Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Opium Vapeurs De Parfum!

I've never been able to wear YSL's Opium before, I've always found it a bit too heavy for my tastes - and although I know it is still popular with many people, even after all these years, I've always steered clear. I even felt this way with Belle d'Opium, which was released in 2010 - I really wanted to love it, especially as the packaging and marketing were totally up my street, I just didn't!

I thought this would always be the case with the Opium range, that was until I caught a whiff of Opium Vapeurs de Parfum a couple of months ago, and I've been wanting to post about it ever since (but due to internet issues, have been unable to do so, until now). It has to be said, I absolutely love it! It's a stunning fragrance, that gives a nod to it's big sister, Opium, whilst being SO much more wearable for the modern girl.

The bottle stays true to the most recent Opium design, with a frosted peachy hue replacing the brown - keeping the classic, sophisticated design, but bringing it more up to date to match the scent. 
On spraying the perfume, the first note I recognise is the pink pepper which gives it a slightly spicy scent, this is quickly followed by the citrussy notes (I can't really tell whether it's the mandarin or the orange blossom at this stage) and finally the amber, vanilla and incense on dry down.

The perfume reminds me of a slightly lighter, more feminine version of Spicebomb (although I personally wear Spicebomb too) - I think this is because of the shared pink pepper notes within the fragrances that my nose really picks up on.

Top Notes
Mandarin, Pink pepper

Middle Notes
Orange blossom, Jasmine

Base Notes
Incense, Amber, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Woods

Wear time is also fabulous on me, I could still smell this after 8 hours of wear, which is exceptional performance for an EDT.

This fragrance should make the Opium range a lot more accessible to younger people in my opinion, it's light, fresh and modern. It's also perfect for both summer and winter due to the mix of light citrus and spicy/warmer notes, I can see me getting a huge amount of wear from this - love it.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

QVC Today's Special Value - Nails Inc 7pc Special Effects Collection £24.96 (Normal QVC price £30.25)!

Just a quick post to let you know that today's QVC TSV is a beauty one, Nails Inc to be precise. It looks like a fab little set and I am heavily tempted to get the credit card out for this one as that purple-y shade (second one in) looks pretty fantastic to me.

Whaddya think?

Seven-piece Nails Inc Special Effects Collection. Showcases a fashion-forward range of special nail effects including glitter and sprinkle polishes, the revolutionary diamond nail jewellery, plus bestselling Porchester Square and more. Let Nails Inc help you experiment and create your own unique looks with confidence.

Why Nails Inc? Polishes are long-lasting, easy-to-apply and keep a high gloss shine day after day. Fashion is at the heart of the brand, and they’re often found behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, collaborating with top fashion houses.


  • 1 x Brand New Sloane Gardens (10ml) – deep navy blue glitter made especially for QVC
  • 1 x Brand new Warwick Street (10ml) - pale lilac colour with fine red, blue and silver sprinkles effect made especially for QVC
  • 1 x Pudding Lane (10ml) - teal with navy and gold sprinkles. The glitter particles are mattified to give you the perfect amount of sparkle
  • 1 x Princes Arcade (10ml) - pink diamond nail jewellery. This revolutionary formula has been created with hand-cut particles creating faceted fragments that dazzle like precious stones
  • 1 x Cheyne Walk (10ml) - purple mirror metallic with two tone effect. Created with new mica pearls that give depth of colour, mirror shine and a two-tone effect
  • 1 x Porchester Square (10ml) - bestselling, muted mushroom shade
  • 1 x Portobello (10ml) - neon coral

Take me to the booty!*

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Muji Kardashian Style 5 Drawer Acrylic Makeup Storage!

Muji 5 Drawer.
I'm sure everybody has seen or heard about the acrylic beauty storage box that was shown on an episode (or 2) of  Keeping up with the Kardashians, haven't they? I believe it was a Clear Cube unit, highly expensive and basically unavailable to the UK! Anyway, it was seeing this that made me desire acrylic storage for my own make-up, it's just so organised and it looks fab, don't you think?!

I started buying Muji acrylic storage for my bits, but they only came in 1 and 2 drawer options - which is fine as they stack well and do the job, but I still lusted after something more for my large beauty collection; and ever since I saw a 5 drawer wide acrylic storage unit on the US Muji site, I've been wondering if we'd ever be able to get our mitts on it here in the UK.

Well, my wait is over as it's heading over here right now and will be available in stores and online from August 24th, priced at £24.95 - a bargain, really.
I actually can't wait to get my hands on one (or two), although I'm told that stock is limited so time will be of the essence!

Will you be buying one... or at least trying? x

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cult Beauty Ltd.
Cult Beauty have a fab little offer starting at 10am today, giving you a fantastic looking gift containing 'Cult Beauty Booty' for free, with all orders over £40.

"The gift will include....

Institut Esthederm Technology Cream (10ml)

Collin Micellar Radiance Cleansing Water (50ml)

d.j.v. Beautenizer Fiberwig LX Mascara (full size)


Paul Labrecque Daily Shampoo & Conditioner (30ml)


Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo & Conditioning Creme (15ml)


BECCA Resurfacing Primer (15ml)

DuWop Revolotion Bronzing Body Moisturiser (29.6ml)

Ultrasun Ultra Sensitive SPF 50 (15ml)

Limited time available. Offer valid while stocks last! Subsitutions may occur."

It's a great way to try out new products without having to shell out your hard earned cash for them, especially if you were already going to be purchasing from Cult Beauty! I do love when companies give great gifts like this, don't you?!

You've only got about 10 minutes to wait (providing my post schedule works, of course) before it starts, so get over there and fill up your basket with all those goodies that you've been eyeing up lately.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Essie Mirror Metallics Collection!

I saw this on the Essie Facebook page and thought that you guys would be as interested in this as I am. I love metallics, even though they require a bit more prep work to avoid any ridges or bumps in the nail from showing - a good base coat usually sorts that out.

The colours aren't necessarily groundbreaking in the metallics field, but I find Essie nail polish to have a great formula, application, and staying power so I'm looking forward to seeing these in the flesh!

Are any catching your eye? I think I need them all in my life.

I have no idea if they're out soon, or not but I'll be sure to update if/when I find out.

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