New Launch – Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie Rubis Eau de Parfum Spray

Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie Rubis Eau de Parfum Spray

So which ever way you look at it, summer is done and it’s time to leave those cool fresh summers scents behind and seek out something warmer. This magical Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie Rubis Eau de Parfum Sprayis set to fill  that space in my perfume collection. (Yes, I mean that collection that’s outgrown the top of my chest of drawers and is making me think I’ll have to pack away my summer perfumes to make enough room!)

This fragrance is exquisitely presented in a stunning bottle that resonates with the world of fine jewellery which is at the heart of the brand. The base of the bottle represents a ruby and if you fancy a few minutes dreaming about how you would spend a lottery win here’s a link to the high jewellery section of the Van Cleef & Arpels website that tells you more about the real thing.

The top of the bottle is in the shape of the cutest fairy sitting atop a flower. I was in love with it even before I smelled the fragrance. I always find it hard to describe fragrance in words. They tell me that it has:

Top Notes: Red Currant, Raspberry, Lychee, Pink Pepper

Heart Notes: Peony, Magnolia, Freesia, Iris

Base Notes: Musk, Tonka Bean, Cedar, Sandalwood

I would say in layman’s terms that it’s fruity and rich and warm and definitely autumnal. If you’re starting to make a wish list for yourself or planning a Christmas present list I can’t think of any woman who would be disappointed with a gift so beautifully crafted and containing such precious “nectar”.

Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Rubis

If you are as enchanted with this Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie Rubis Eau de Parfum Spray as I am then you can find it on-line here from £34.00 and in selected stores from 5 October 2015.


This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed. This post contains affiliate links.

Empties – September 2015

I almost forgot to do this empties post! Even though all my social media feeds kept telling me it was October, as if it was the first time ever that October 1 followed September 30 it still didn’t click that it was time for an empties post!

Here we go:

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle

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I started off not really appreciating the benefits of dry shampoos and ended up using this Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle regularly and then really missing it once it was finished. I reviewed it fully here and you can get it for £8 for 150ml here.

Eve of St Agnes Hydrating Body Cream


This Eve of St Agnes Hydrating Body Cream was a wish come true in more ways than one. First I wrote it on a wish list, then it arrived in the post and then it actually turned out to be amazing! This time it’s your turn to be lucky though because it’s on sale at half price right now. It’s just £10 for a huge 200ml jar here. The full review is here if you fancy a read.

DHC Resveratrol Lotion

This DHC Resveratrol Lotion is more or less a toner. It’s the product that has got me back into using toners as when this one ran out I really felt I was missing out on part of the cleansing and preparation stage of my skin care routine. I’ve reviewed it here. It’s not a cheap option though I’m afraid – it’s available here priced £43.00.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10


This Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 was the class product that I always expect from Vichy. They never fail to deliver on quality and they’re not overly expensive. I must say though that this was just a shade behind my favourite serum, also by Vichy which I’ve told you about many times – the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. I reviewed the Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 here and it’s currently on offer at £23.67.

I always feel really vituous when I use things up so I’m hoping to have another few goodies in the next empties post for you. Have any of you managed to use up amy products this month?

Review – Micro Nail Elegance Electric Nail Buffer

Everyonemicronail elegance likes a gadget don’t they? Well, when I got my hands on this Micro Nail Elegance Electric Nail Buffer recently I was keen to try it but I did wonder if it would be difficult to assemble or whether I would need to buy batteries but I needn’t have worried. It came with full instructions and it was so simple to pop in the batteries and attach a roller I was using it with seconds!

The Micro Nail Elegance Electric Nail Buffer has an ergonomically designed handle for comfort and easy hold.

All you need to do to get lovely shiny nails is use the Micro Smooth Roller over the tops of clean natural nails to buff away lumps and bumps, reduce staining and get rid of dryness. Then use the Micro Shine Roller  to make them shiny.  You don’t need to apply any pressure it’s super easy. It’s great for when you want a natural look and want to give your nails a rest from polish. An extra bonus is that the rollers have a unique anti-bacterial feature.

The Micro Nail Elegance Electric Nail Buffer is on offer here for £24.99 (save £5 on line) and if you’re looking for an ideal Christmas gift then there is the Micro Nail Elegance Nails Inc. Gift Set too for £34.99 (Save £15).

What do you think, time to start the Christmas shopping? Or too soon?


This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and aren’t prescribed. This post contains affiliate links.

Review – eSalon Custom Colour


Way  back in August I told you about an event I went to that focussed on beauty at home. You can read about it here if you missed it. One of the brands that was showcasing there was eSalonThe idea is that you get individual hair color, crafted just for you, with personalised instructions for easy at-home application. It’s been developed by renowned master colorists and the advanced formula has high-quality ingredients for rich, long-lasting color and superior grey coverage.

You get to order your product on-line.  The hair colors aren’t pre-stocked and every order is custom blended, bottled and packaged, then sent to you as soon as it’s completed. Now I have to say that it did take a while to arrive but it was sent from the US so that could account for it but I’m not sure how patient I would be in future as once I’ve decided I want something I want it immediately! Still the aim is to bridge the gap between the uncertainty of retail products and the excessive expense of salons.

They take into account your natural hair color, amount of grey hair, previous color applications, hair texture and condition, desired color. The personalised instructions are customised for each individual client.


In the pack you get absolutely everything you need for the hair application:

  • personalised instructions and a safety guide
  • the hair colour (blended specially for you)
  • developer
  • an applicator brush
  • stain guard
  • stain remover
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • shampoo
  • conditioner

How was it for me? Well first let me say that I love the end result. The colour is subtle and my hair is shiny. But there were one or two things along the way that weren’t quite perfect for me.

So, back to the beginning. I loved the quality of the gloves, so often these kits have really flimsy gloves that tear. The mixing process was standard and I applied the formula to my grown out roots. I’d given this information on-line so the formula was specially designed to be applied in this way. I set the timer for 35 minutes, again the timing is prescribed for my kind of hair.

The next part was a bit tricky. With my usual home colour I spread the rest of the product over the lengths of my hair for a few more minutes before rinsing. The directions were to add water to the remainder of the mixture and then get in the shower. (They advise this “as this bit can be messy”) Then I was told to pour the mix over my hair and massage it in – but this is where things went wrong the mix went in my eye and so I wasn’t able to massage it in properly as it was painful so I just rinsed everything off and applied the shampoo and conditioner. Fortunately I had already cut the sachets open and had them to hand or I would have been in trouble as I couldn’t really see where they were as my eyes were still stinging!

So, how would I sum this up? The concept is great, I’m not sure it’s good enough for me to want to order it again, even though there is the option to subscribe and tweak and change the colours to suit. The cost is reasonable, with the first order costing £7 (50% off). It’s just that the benefits just aren’t quite enough for me to change from my usual supermarket shelf buy. May just be laziness creeping in on my part. (Oh and maybe the instructions could be tweaked a bit so that others don’t pour the dye in their eyes!)

Anyway here’s the link to the 50% off trial if you’d like to give it a go for yourself. There are also plenty of other hair products to browse and order. I’ve tried a couple of those too but I’ll tell you more about those another time as I think I’ve rambled on enough for one post!

Do you colour your hair at home? What brands do you use?


This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and not prescribed.

Brand Focus – Woods of Windsor

Woods of Windsor

I was just trying out a couple of products from Woods of Windsor recently and noticed the date below the logo – 1770! First thoughts were “wow!” that was a long time ago (245 years) and then I started to wonder about what was going on in the world back then.

So I took a look first at the Woods of Windsor site and found out a bit about their history. You can read the whole thing here but I was really intrigued to hear about the current business growing out of  finding old recipe and prescription books that dated back to the founding of the original apothecary.

Then I took a look at what was happening in the world at that time. George III was on the throne, Captain Cook embarked on his first voyage, the Industrial Revolution was underway and across the pond the American Revolution had begun!

So for me, that made me think of the Woods of Windsor brand in a whole different light. What it didn’t do was affect my thoughts on whether the products were effective and great to use. So enough of the history lesson – here’s what I thought.

Honeyed Pear & Amber

The Honeyed Pear & Amber Moisturising Body Lotion smells as delightful as it sounds. In fact the honeyed pears made me think of food (I don’t need much encouragement!) and how pears and honey would make a gorgeous winter pudding of some kind! I’ve been using the lotion night and morning on my feet and legs mostly, my driest places, and have been really loving the fragrance but more than that the silky feel and the quick absorption factor. It comes in a really generous 350ml size for £8.75 so it should last me for a good long time.

They say:

“A light moisturising lotion for hands and body with shea butter and grape seed oil that absorbs quickly and keeps skin soft, smooth and delicately fragranced with our NEW sweet floral Honeyed Pear & Amber fragrance. Contains keratin to strengthen nails.”

Cedar Woods Handwash

The second thing I tried was the Cedar Woods Moisturising Hand Wash. I was a bit uncertain whether I would like the fragrance as I tend to associate cedar with male fragrances. Still, they market it as a unisex product so I thought I should give it a fair try. The overall fragrance is quite light and not too woody and it smells to me quite fresh and clean. I had to look up the descriptor “fougere” that they use for the heart note and found it means fern-like.

I think it’s a great all-round handwash for the bathroom. In the past when I’ve had particularly feminine scents my male guests haven’t quite known how to handle smelling of strawberries and cream or the like!

Again it comes in a 350ml size and costs £5.99.

They say:

“A moisturising hand wash that leaves hands feel clean and soft . The luxurious lather is delicately fragranced with our NEW enlivening Cedar Woods fragrance with citrus top notes, a fougere heart and a warm cedar wood and patchouli base.”

So what do you think? Does the history behind the brand make you think differently about today’s products? I wonder whether the people of Windsor in 1770 could ever imagine what the future would hold for the recipes first thought of in that little shop.

Love to hear your thoughts.


Bees & Honey – the perfect match? Manuka Doctor – ApiNourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser

Manuka Doctor Apinourish2

This is one of those products that I was drawn to and yet apprehensive about at the ame time. The Manuka Doctor – ApiNourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser has a long list of ingredients (see below) that we’ve all come to appreciate as being beneficial for skin health but anyone who’s ever been stung by a bee has to feel a little apprehensive about something that contains bee venom right?

So I made sure I read a bit more about the purified bee venom, how it’s collected without harm to the bees, how it’s purified and how it shouldn’t cause any adverse reaction but that you should test it out first a bit like you would a hair colourant.

Here’s the list of ingredients which is pretty impressive I think you’ll agree.

  • Purified Bee Venom (PBV™) – Proven to nurture natural collagen formation, increasing skin’s elasticity
  • Manuka Honey from New Zealand – Well known to help boost moisturisation & elastin
  • Hyaluronic acid – skincare active known for its moisturising properties
  • Shea butter – renowned for its skin soothing and replenishing properties to reduce skin dryness and improve skin’s elasticity
  • Silk extract – a complex mixture of unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, proteins & amino acids to aid retention of water by the skin
  • Jojoba seed oil – helps regulate the amount of sebum your skin makes, creating less oil. It is also a well renowned moisturiser
  • Grapefruit extract – rich in natural ingredients that nourish and protect the skin, including vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. It also boasts essential phytonutrients — such as lycopene, beta-carotene and bioflavonoids — that promote cellular health.
  • Lecithin – known to help protect the skin’s barrier
  • Pine leaf – antibacterial, energizing, antiseptic & properties for smooth & renewed skin
  • Bamboo stem – a rich source of silica renowned for improving skin health. Aids absorption of essential minerals & helps smooth skin as well as being a well- known anti-oxidant

Still when I applied it for the first time I think I expected it to tingle a bit – but the feeling I got was fresh feeling, a bit like when you apply a mild toner perhaps? Even more gentle than that – but still it felt like it was doing something!

The Manuka Doctor – ApiNourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser is described as being a rich, uplifting age-defying formula. When I hear a cream described as rich I expect it to be heavy, possibly greasy and this was neither it’s a brilliant white silky formula that melts into the skin and is instantly absorbed leaving a matte finish – so no greasy look or feel to go with the richness. It does give an instant firming look and feel which is much needed and not often achieved. This award-winning product is available here at £29.99.

Have you tried any beauty products with unusual ingredients? I have one with snail gel that I keep meaning to try but haven’t quite been able to yet!


This product was gifted to me for review but the views are my own and were not prescribed.

Fashion Meets Fragrance – Catwalk Collection Discovery Box from The Perfume Society

Beauty boxes – they’re all over the place aren’t they? That hasn’t made me try any before so what made me want to take a look at this one? First there was the fashion connection – the box contains designer scents and cool cult brands. It was London Fashion Week this week too so I felt like I had a bit of a connection. Then there was the sheer number of items it contains – 10! (plus information cards and blotters) and finally the cost – £17.50 including free delivery!

Discovery Box

Here’s what I found in the tightly packed box:

  • 1 x nail polish 8ml
  • 1 shine and fragrance spray 50ml
  • 1 x trial size mascara 30g
  • 1 x trial size EDP 6ml
  • 1 x EDT sample
  • 5 x EDP samples
  • Information cards for each product with beautiful photos and information about the brands with detailed notes about the fragrances.
  • A booklet of blotter strips to test the fragrances and note the names.

All this contained in a sturdy little box that you can keep use to keep your testers in.

Discovery Box2

So when I took everything out of the box (it really felt as though I was emptying Mary Poppins handbag the treats just kept on coming!). Now let me show you the individual items in a bit more detail.

Nails Inc Old Burlington Street

This gel effect nail polish is from Nails Inc is in the deep blue shade Old Burlington Street. I have several of these polishes in different shades already and they’re really hard to beat for quality and depth of colour.

Percy & Reed Shine and fragrance spray2

Although this is a hair product if fits in perfectly with the perfume theme as it’s the Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray. It does smell delightful with a mix rhubarb, geranium, lily of the valley tulip and bluebell softened with amber and it delivers on its promise of shine too. I do have this amongst my hair products already, although I must say that I tend to use unscented hair products and let my scent do the talking.

Benefit They're Real

This is the mascara that’s been the talk topping everyone’s favourites lists for months. I can’t believe that it’s taken me so long to get around to owning it. It’s Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. It promises to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift and separate and it has a unique brush. I’ll be giving it a try and letting you know what I think in a separate post.


This mini version of Valentino’s Valentino Donna is just delightful to look at! It’s gloriously girly and I love the scent.

They say:

Fragrance family: chypre

Top notes: bergamot essence

Heart notes: rose essence, iris pallida absolute

Base notes: vanilla, leather, patchouli essence

Black Opium

This is a scent that you’ve been hearing a lot about its YSL’s Black Opium Eau De Parfum. I’d say it’s a heady, intoxicating scent for the evening.

They say:

Fragrance Family: oriental floral gourmand

Top notes: black coffee, pink pepper

Heart notes: jasmine, orange blossom

Base notes: cedarwood, patchouli, vanilla


Now this Cosmopolitan Eau De Parfum is hard to get my head around. I get that Cosmopolitan magazine has strong fashion links so that’s why it’s in this box but I don’t gext the link between a scent and a magazine. Still the bottle design is stunning (the sample container is a little more utilitarian though) and the scent is delightfully fruity.

They say:

Fragrance family: Gourmand

Top notes: pineapple, bergamot, cardamom, mandarin

Heart notes: saffron, heliotrope, jasmine, pimento berries, carrot seed.

Base notes: tonka, patchouli, musk, sandalwood, caramel.

Remarkable People

This scent is definitely new to me. It’s Remarkable People from Etat Libre de Orange.  This scent is a little out of the ordinary, both in its branding and its unique scent which is  a spicy blend.

They say:

Fragrance family:  Oriental spicy

Top notes: cadamom, champagne, grapefruit

Heart notes: black pepper, curry tree, jasmine

Base notes: lorenox, sandalwood, labdanum


Love the minimal style of Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDT. It’s a warm woody fragrance that I think really works for autumn.

They say:

Fragrance family: woody

Top notes: Bulgarian rose, peony

Heart notes: musk

Base notes: vetiver, white and dark cedarwood

Jimmy Choo Illicit

I first came across this Jimmy Choo Illicit EDP at a blogger event in the summer and I found it warm and enticing on a hot summer’s evening.

They say:

Fragrance family: floriental

Top notes: ginger, bitter orange

Heart notes: rose, sambac jasmine

Base notes: honey-amber accord, sandalwood


Agonist Dark Saphir is a Scandinavian, contemporary tribute to sapphire. What? Yes, I know, it’s all a bit odd but we like the swedish style don’t we? (how many millions of pieces of IKEA furniture have we bloggers bought?). This isn’t the kind of scent I expected – it’s all middle eastern spice and not swedish freshness, but it’s a glorious heady, sensual mix that will warm any winter evening.

They say:

Fragrance family: Oriental

Top notes: violet leaves, black pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger, bergamot, peach, raspberry

Heart notes: rose, iris, jasmine, geranium, carrot, carnation, orchid, heliotrope, cinnamon

Base notes: oudh, patchouili, guaiac wood, vanilla, tonka, copaiba, olibanum

If you’ve stayed with me this far and haven’t been distracted  by the links I’ve included for the individual full-sized products then here are the details of where to get your box.

And if you’re a perfume fan then the Perfume Society is about much more that subscription boxes. There’s a website featuring everything you ever wanted to know about fragrance, a community that you can join to enjoy events, ‘discovery boxes’, an online perfume magazine and more.

I’ve had such a lovely time today trying all these new fragrances, just can’t decide which one to wear next!


This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own, this post contains affiliate links.




Last night I was invited to one of the brightest most colourful and fun events that I’ve been to in a while the #MYDREAMSUPERDRUG Event. With balloons covering the ceiling giving a nod to the Covent Garden art installation and a cheeky santa and his companion in attendance there was a real upbeat feel to the evening.

B Makeovers

We were offered makeovers, hair styling and nail treatments to give us a taste of some of the new services that Superdrug plan to offer in selected stores soon as their response to what we asked for in our Dream Superdrug! They’re planning on offering brow and lash bars, blow dry bars, braid bars and a glitter lip service to keep us happy and all at low prices – brow shaping will be from £4 .

Glitter Lips One of my favourite parts of events is always the people and I got talking to the girls behind the brand Glitter Lips. They’re a clever and sassy pair of business women who have no shame in travelling down to London on the train with glittery lips at 8am in the morning. Their product is great fun and perfect for the party season. Glitter Lips will be launching in 14 Superdrug stores soon with an application costing just £3 redeemable against a £12.50 lipstick purchase.

Pix Lott Paint2

Pix Lott Paint3

Another  new launch this autumn exclusively in Superdrug is Paint by Pixie Lott. This is a collection of nine products offering semi-permanent hair colour in the form of hair chalks, spray on and wash out colours.

Tanya Burr Advent Calendar


On the celebrity theme but this time from our blogosphere we saw Christmas gifts and advent calendars from the likes of Tanya Burr and Zoella.

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar2

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar

Then we saw the Advent Calendar that everyone’s been talking about the ginormous offering from Makeup Revolution! 25 exclusive products each in its own drawer for £50. Amazing!

Freedom Pro Glow

Freedom Pro Lipsticks

Freedpm Lipglosses

Freedom Brow Pomade

Freedom strobing

As I said earlier one of the best parts of these events for me is the people and so I was really excited to meet the man behind the Makeup Revolution and Freedom brands – Adam Minto. He talked me through  a bit of his business background, the story behind the two brands and his mission to bring us affordable cosmetics that work. He showed me one amazing product after another and there was no way I could keep up with all of the facts and fun aspects of the huge library of colours, textures and products that are on offer. He’s really in touch with what we need as customers, his brands are reactive and he listens to what we say on social media and in stores. A fascinating personality behind brands that seem unstoppable.

In between hearing about all these new launches we were reminded about some of the hundreds of Superdrug own and exclusive brands that make up the diverse affordable offering across beauty, health and beyond.  I brought home a few of those to try – and no doubt you’ll be seeing reviews of some of them on this page soon.

Seems to me that Superdrug have been listening to what we want and are adapting along with our tastes and making the journey with us. Think it might be time for a Superdrug haul!


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#FaceTheDay Professional Palette from Collection

Collection palette

I think it’s fair to say that us beauty bloggers love a good palette, so of course I was really happy to get my hands on this one from Collection! It contains all the essentials  in one place with a highlighter, blusher, bronzer and four eyeshadows.

The highlighter has a slight sheen and is great for using down your nose, under your eyes, on your chin and on your cupid’s bow. (I’ve only just recently tried highlighter on my cupid’s bow and it does wonders for making my top lip look a little plumper.)

The bronzer is a lovely warm shade that could double as a blusher depending on your skin tone. I don’t tend to use it all over my face but on the apples of my cheeks and up to the temples with a little swish across the hairline and the jaw line.

The blusher is a delicate pink that gives just a hint of flush, it’s not shimmery which I like as it compliments the sheen of the highlighter and doesn’t fight with it.

The four shimmery eyeshadows can be used together for a complete look or separately for a tone down neutral approach. Collection suggests that you use the highlighter eyeshadow under the brow and at the corner of the eye and then blend the lighter shadow all over the lid. Then, use the medium shadow to  add definition to the centre of the lid and finish with the darker shadow in the outer corner, blending it across to the centre of the lid. You could also use the darker shade along the bottom lash line.

It’s definitely a set to keep at home as it’s a little bit big to carry around in my make-up bag. But it’s marketed as a pro palette so that’s to be expected. It comes in a sturdy cardboard case but there aren’t any extras such as a mirror or brushes but when I tell you that it retails at just £5.99 I think you’ll agree that they’ve done a great job in including so much for the money!

It launches exclusively in Boots from 14 October so look out for it!

Review – New Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

Trilogy Make Up Be Gone

It’s been a bit of a week really – one where I’ve had to battle with a non-functioning phone, inept couriers and torrential rain. Thank goodness that this new addition to my skincare routine has been dependable and delightful in equal measure!

I first came across Trilogy as a brand about a year ago at my first Pegasus Beauty Showcase but it was at this year’s Pegasus Healthy Beauty Forum that I was introduced to one of their newest products Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm.

I have to admit it took me a while to get into cleansing balms but over time I’ve worked out how to fit them into my skin care routine. They’re great for dissolving make-up easily and this one works like a dream. At the end of the day I rub my finger tips across the surface of the balm in circular motions and this melts the balm slightly. I then apply it to my face, (no water at this point) and massage it in gently so that it dissolves the make up. The mango butter and coconut, sunflower and rosehip oils work their magic and smell good too. Next step is to dampen the cloth (you get an unbleached organic cotton cloth in he box) and gently wipe the balm away. You’re left with clean, soft and smooth skin. If you’re like me then you might want to double cleanse with a gel cleanser perhaps something like the Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser would fit the bill. It’s not a must have it jut depends on your skin and what you’re used to.

The 8oml jar of Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm costs £19.50 and the Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser costs £22.50 for 150ml.

Oh and while I’m talking Trilogy – I’m back using my Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil AntiOxidant+ which I reviewed here. So you’ll see I’m a bit of a Trilogy fan!

Have you tried any Trilogy products? Do you have a favourite to recommend? You can tell me about it in the comments box – I love to receive comments and always respond!