photo milkbubbleteadraft_zps63a96196.png

A Mother's Day Gift Guide With Fragrance Direct

Hello,

With Mothers Day being less than a week away its time to think about what present to treat your wonderful mum to this year! I've teamed up with Fragrance Direct (Link) to let you know about a selection of their wonderful gift sets which are simply perfect for Mothers Day.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million £44.95 (Link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic Firstly, the packaging of this gift set is second to none and the fragrance looks stunning placed on your dressing table. This gift set is perfect for any mother who loves a bold and sexy scent - If your mum is a bit of a glamour puss then this is definitely one for her! With top notes of Neroli, Amalfi Lemon and Raspberry, heart notes of Gardenia, African Orange Flower and Jasmine and base notes of Amber, White Honey and Patchouli this fragrance is certainly a feminine and sensual affair. Alongside the fragrance is a body lotion which is an ideal way to end a pamper session and compliments the fragrance perfectly.


Chloe Signature Gift Set £55.99 (Link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Chloe's fragrances are such a classic iconic product, that this is a very failsafe option for any woman. The brand and fragrance simply oozes elegance, class and timeless beauty. This is reflected in the rather stunning packaging of the product. A soft dusky pink box houses a bottle of the fragrance and the body lotion. The light and seductively fresh scent of Chloe Signature contains notes of peony, freesia, rose and lily of the valley which create an intensely memorable scent. As i previously mentioned, this is such a elegant timeless fragrance that i'm sure any mother would be delighted to receive it! In the gift set a body lotion is also included, the same timeless scent which will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished (and smelling delicious).


Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift Set (Link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The iconic and popular Daisy fragrance from Marc Jacobs is a great option if your mother prefers a slightly lighter and more spring like fragrance. Boasting top notes of Wild strawberry, Violet leaves and Ruby red grapefruit. With a heart of Jasmine and Gardenia and a base of Vanilla, Musks and White woods. This fresh and floral fragrance is perfect for the forthcoming Spring/Summer months! The packaging of the fragrance is very decorative, with a duo of 3d model flowers planted on the lid, this will give your dressing table an instant spring update. With the fragrance you also receive a shower gel to add a bit of summer luxe to your pamper time and a body lotion which leaves your skin silky soft and smelling as fresh as a daisy... (sorry!!).

Fragrance Direct have an abundance of gift sets and fragrances which are an ideal mothers day present so definitely check them out if you are still on the lookout for a gift. Its also worth mentioning, the sets were delivered very quickly (within 2 days). I've just checked the Fragrance Direct website and they have a discount code for free standard delivery on orders over £40 - enter 'FREEDEL40' at the checkout. Not too sure when this discount code runs out so be quick!!

Review // Online Pharmacy Website Farmaline

Hello,

A couple of weeks ago i received a parcel from the Belgium online pharmacy website, Farmaline. Farmaline very nicely allowed me to choose one product from their website to review. After browsing the website, my eyes were drawn to the elusive Bioderma! I've been itching to try Bioderma for so long so now seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

I received my parcel very swiftly (well within a week from ordering), which came packaged well in a branded box. Farmaline had also included a few samples of other skincare brands (Louis Widmer, A'Vogel) and also a rather large sample of the Vichy Foundation Kit which i know is meant to be amazing so i'm very excited to try that out. I also received a full size bottle of the Vichy 3 In 1 Purete Thermale Micellar Water which i have not yet tried but i'm looking forward to seeing how it compares to the Bioderma.

I've been using the Bioderma pretty much since i received it and i've found it removes my daily make up with ease. If you find yourself to be a bit lazy with your skincare then Bioderma will suit you perfectly. Every night i apply the Bioderma to a cotton pad and simply glide the pad around my face and eyes to remove all my make up. After swiftly removing my make up i am left with clean skin, no oily residue (which a lot of cleansers leave behind), no red eyes and it didn't irritate my skin either. This stuff truly lives upto the hype. As i previously mentioned, Faramaline also included a Vichy Micellar Water which i'm interested in seeing how this will compare with the Bioderma - comparison to come asap.

Farmaline stock a range of great skincare and health products and are well worth a look into. I for one found the experience very easy and fast. http://www.farmaline.co.uk/health/

Felicity xo


Video & Review // Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers

Hi girls,

If you didn't know already, i've recently decided to enter the realm that is YouTube. I've already uploaded 2 videos (Whats In My Bag and a February Favourites) and today's video is a tutorial for my beloved Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers. I'm hoping that the more videos i make, the more confident i will become on camera...

You can watch the video below



Alongside the tutorial of the Heated rollers i thought i'd include a blogpost alongside, y'know so you can see some decent photos and read about them in more detail.

The rollers arrive in a rather large plastic container, with a plastic lid. Inside, there are 20 rollers (10 larger for volume and 10 smaller for more defined curls) the rollers have a small slit in them which slots nicely into the rail in the casing, which is where they heat up. The rollers take around 2 minutes to heat upto their maximum heat setting.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
(Don't mind me in the reflection...)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The heating process of the heated rollers is quite innovative, as heat is emitted from both the roller, and from the butterfly clip which has a metal plate on the inside. Both these work together to ensure that the roller stays heated for longer, meaning your style will last a whole lot longer. If you have thick long hair, these rollers will ensure that the heat is carried throughout your hair.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The rollers have a velvet type texture to them which means that they cling to your hair a lot better. Once the hair is rolled around the roller, you simply place one of the butterfly clips on top to hold the roller into place. Once all the rollers are in place, it takes around 10 minutes until all the rollers have cooled down to touch, which is when you know they are ready to be gently removed.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

I've used these rollers both when my hair was longer and also on my now shorter hair, and the rollers work great on both lengths. For use on longer hair, they can give you that gorgeous hybrid hair of Cheryl Cole/Victorias Secret - If you want to see the rollers in action on longer hair, i'll refer you to Corrie (of Dizzybrunette3) who is a whizz at using them on her long hair (link)

Tips & Tricks

♥ I find starting from the crown area easiest, then simply work your way through your hair.
♥ If you want more root lift, pull the piece of hair forward and down and roll so the roller sits tight on your hair.
♥ Always roll the roller under rather than over if you want more volume. If you roll upwards over the hair you will get more of a flickier style.
♥ Make sure the piece of hair is knot free and fairly smooth before rolling, this will ensure a more sleeker finish when the roller is released.
♥ For more hold, you can spray each piece of hair with hairspray before using the roller.
♥ If you want bigger but more relaxed waves, try wrapping a larger piece of hair around the roller.
♥ When the rollers are ready to be removed, start from the front section and work your way back.
♥ To ensure that you don't lose any of the butterfly clips - clip each clip back onto the roller when you remove them.
♥ Finally, if you find that your first go wasn't 100% *raises hand sheepishly* don't worry, it took me a few attempts to suss out exactly how to use them.

I absolutely love these rollers, they give full bodied bouncy curls within around 15 minutes and are very easy to use on both longer and shorter hair. Check out my video on them (link) if you fancy a look at them in action - and if you're feeling SUPER nice feel free to Subscribe/Like/Comment. I'm really trying to give YouTube a go, so any interactions would be fab! haha *shameless plug over*

I've found that the rollers are often on offer, so a quick google is well worth it if you are looking to buy these rollers. The rollers are currently on offer at very.co.uk (link) for £48.00 instead of the RRP which is £60.00 (I'm not affiliated/sponsered by Very *i wish ;)*)

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, i can't believe how warm it is today - Hello Spring!

Felicity xo

Twitter | Blog Lovin' | YouTube



My First YouTube Video! Whats In My Bag?

Hello,

Its been one of my new year resolutions to give making YouTube videos a real good go, so with that in mind i sat down and filmed an easy 'Whats In My Bag' video. I thought this would be an easy video to dip my toes into the YouTube pool. I've not quite cracked the lighting situation, so bare with me on that!

I'd love it if you checked it out and subscribe/like if you feel like doing so! :)


I'm hoping to start making videos a monthly thing, let me know if you have any requests or video ideas for me.

Hope you're all having a good Monday!!

Felicity xo

Neal & Wolf Ritual Shampoo & Conditioner // Review

Hello,

I get kind of stuck in a rut with my shampoo / conditioner combo, i don't generally change my combination until the last drop is gone. So when Neal & Wolf asked if i'd like to review the shampoo and conditioner from their Ritual range, i gladly accepted!

Neal & Wolf are a brand which i've always admired, every review i've read has been positive and they have an air of luxury surrounding their products.

As a rather indulgent brand, the packaging follows suit. The shampoo and conditioner are encased in a luxurious looking purple tube, with a slight embossed effect on the tube. It really is the most stunning packaging i've seen for shampoo/conditioner and looks great in the bathroom!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The range i've been using is called 'Ritual'. The shampoo has an infusion of silk and milk proteins to boost vital moisture and deliver brilliant shine, which will lead to luxurious, easy to manage and radiant locks according to Neal & Wolf. I found this shampoo definitely helped hydrate my hair, i noticed that it looked less frizzy and much more manageable to dry and style - a far cry from my usual after shower hair routine! The shampoo lathers up nicely, so if you've got medium to long hair you will be fine using a 50p sized amount of product.

The conditioner is similar to the shampoo in that it has similar promises (leaves hair smooth and easy to manage). I noticed that my hair was a whole lot easier to get a brush through when using this conditioner, usually i'm tugging out my tangles but after using this i noticed that the brush glided through my hair with minimal tugs. After rinsing the conditioner off (i left it on for 30 seconds) it left my hair so soft and didn't weigh my hair down either, which i find some conditioners can do.

I actually enjoy drying my hair when using this combo, as i know its not going to feel like such a chore. The two together leave my hair feeling a lot more hydrated, smooth and a lot easier to dry! I must also add, these two products have that 'salon scent' which i love, it makes you feel very indulgent and it also lingers on your hair too, so others can appreciate the smell too! ;)

Using these products has been a real treat for me, i'll be so sad when they run out! Definitely check out the range if you are on the lookout for a new shampoo/conditioner or if you just fancy a bit of a treat.

The Ritual Shampoo & Conditioner retail at £10.95 each - Neal & Wolf have free delivery at the moment (link)

Felicity xo


Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 // Review & Swatches

Hi,

One of my most anticipated christmas presents this year was the Urban Decay Naked Palette 3. The moment it was available for pre-order i emailed my mum the link (subtle huh?!) and told her i would like it for Christmas. I explained to her that the shades were more rose-gold/pink toned but i don't think she quite understood my hysteria for the palette! Anywho, i unwrapped the palette on Christmas day and i think its my favourite Naked edition yet.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPicAs i mentioned above, there have been 2 other Naked palettes, both of which i still use during the week. The third edition of the palette has more pinky toned shades in, which is a nice transition from palettes 1 & 2.

When i opened the outer cardboard packaging i was very pleased to see that Urban Decay have continued with similar casing as the Naked 2 Palette - its hard, sturdy and easier to clean than the velour finish on the Naked 1 palette. The packaging also has a slight ripple effect on it, which is quite nice although i think i prefer the simple casing of Naked palette 2 out of the three palettes.

Inside the case you get 12 highly pigmented shades (more on them later...), a double sided brush which is slightly different than the one in Naked 2 as the blending end is more dense and a lot easier to blend with. The Naked palette also comes with a mirror in the lid which is always helpful. As a little added extra, Urban Decay have included a pouch of 4 samples of their primers. You get 4 primers, Original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Ageing. I'm a daily user of the original Urban Decay primer potion so these will be great to use. These primers are also great for travelling with as they are only small.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Lets get onto the main part of the palette - the shadows. As i mentioned above, most of the shades are rose-gold/pink toned. There are three matte shades and nine shimmers, quite a nice ratio as i do prefer shimmer eyeshadows than matte.

Strange
Pale neutral pink matte
This matte shade will be great for highlighting the brow bone, or as a base. I've not actually got another matte eyeshadow like this, so i'm sure this versatile shade will come in extremely useful.

Dust
Pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
This is one shade that i'm not totally sold on. It looks pretty in the palette but upon swatching it i found the glitter to be quite chunky and gritty. I found you get more of the glitter in this shade, rather than the actual colour of the shadow.
Burnout 
Light pinky-peach satin
I can already tell that i'm going to be wearing this shade daily, it looks great as a wash of colour over the lid for a simple everyday look.



Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Limit 
Light dusty rose matte
Another matte shade, i'm not a huge fan of matte shades as sometimes they can appear dull/chalky on my skin, however i think this would look nice as a crease colour with a nice champagne shade on the lid. (writing this blogpost is giving me so many ideas for looks from this palette!)


Buzz
Metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
This shadow has flecks of glitter similarly to 'Dust'. However, the colour pay off is pretty decent and the glitter is not much of an issue either. This is a shade which i don't usually wear, but i'm going to try and rock the cranberry trend and this seems like a great place to start! 


Trick
Light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
When i first saw this shade i immediately thought of the shade 'Half Baked' which is my most used shade from the Naked palette 2. This is darker than half baked but its still a beautiful bronze shade that will get a lot of use.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Nooner 
Medium pinky-brown matte
This matte shade is pretty darn gorgeous, i can see this looking uh-mazing in the crease or even used over the lid for an effortless yet gorgeous look.


Liar 
Medium metallic mauve shimmer
A shimmery more bronze/brown shade that i will probably use day/night. A very versatile shade that you can use as a great base for a smokey eye.


Factory 
Pinky-brown satin
Another shimmery brown shade, this will be great to darken up a smokey eye. I had a quick look through my other Naked palettes and this shade is actually quite unique when applied, i don't have a colour thats like it.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Mugshot
Metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
I love this, its a cool toned taupe shimmer shade, which i can tell will be one of my most used shades in the palette.


Darkside
Deep taupe-mauve satin
This is a gorgeous shadow in both texture and colour, i'm not sure how i will wear it yet though as it is quite dark...


Blackheart 
Smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle
A pretty showstopping shade, it has a black base with specks on red glitter running through. One shade which will not be used a lot by me, but it is stunning none the less.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

All in all, this is my favourite Naked edition so far. The palette has a range of matte, shimmer and full on glitter shades which will cater to all occasions. If you like your rose toned shades, then i'd definitely look at purchasing this. At £37.00 its not exactly cheap, however if you take into account that you get twelve highly pigmented shadows, a double ended brush and 4 sample primers its actually pretty good value for money!

What do you think of this palette? Better or worse than the first two?

Felicity xo

Moroccon Oil Treatment // Review

Hello

Before i get started on the review, i'd just like to wish you all a very happy new year! Hope 2014 is everything you are hoping for :). I had a quiet NYE, i'm not feeling 100% at the moment so i slumped on the sofa watching the Britney Spears documentary (ITV player fyi) and indulged in a box of Thorntons chocolates. My mum and i welcomed in the new year by watching the glorious fireworks on the tv - they were pretty amazing! Who knows what 2014 will bring?!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic With that out of the way, lets get onto the review. I have been very curious about the Moroccon Oil Treatment for a while, i've seen rave review after rave review about the stuff so i was very pleased when i received it for Christmas.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
My hair can be quite dry and frizzy, and i often struggle to keep it looking glossy and healthy so i was keen to see if this treatment lived up to the positive reviews it has had. Ever the impatient one, i couldn't wait to use this so on boxing day morning i washed my hair, gave it a quick blast with the hairdryer (its recommended that you use the treatment on damp/dry hair) and applied a couple of pumps through the length of my hair - from about my ear down. I was a bit unsure as to how many pumps to use, but i think if i used more than one pump it would of made my hair feel a bit greasy as it is quite a rich formula - a little really does go a long way!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Upon applying the product i noticed it felt more like a serum than an oil, it certainly doesn't feel oily to me. When i was drying my hair i instantly noticed how much easier it was to dry, usually i'm battling with knots, tangles and frizz but the Moroccan Oil seems to help eliminate these problems and makes drying your hair a hell of a lot easier. When my hair was 80-90% dry i could really see how much the treatment had worked on my hair, it had made it feel much smoother and gave it a real salon finish shine. I also noticed how much more 'finished' my hair looked, my split ends seemed not so noticeable and it just helped my hair look like i'd put a lot of effort into styling in, when in reality i'd just blasted it with a hairdryer and brushed it through!

So, i guess you can say i'm pretty much infatuated with this stuff! I also love the packaging, it comes nicely boxed and inside is a bottle of the treatment with a pump. I'm very pleased that it comes with a pump as it makes dispensing the product a lot easier and helps you not to apply too much either!

Even though the price tag (you can buy a 100ml bottle for around £31.00) is pretty high, i truly think that you get your moneys worth with this. You only need one pump of product so i'd imagine that the whole bottle will last quite a while! It feels like a real luxury to use this on your hair, and i can now understand why so many people adore it. Definitely one to pop on your Birthday/Christmas list, or just treat yourself...

Have you tried Morrocon Oil before? Let me know if you love it as much as i do!

Moroccon Oil is widely available online - www.lookfantastic.com have free standard shipping at the moment so it might be worth buying it from there if you are looking to treat yourself! :) < I'm in no way associated with Look Fantastic by the way (i wish!)

Felicity xo

 photo homeeee_zps214aed0e.jpg