Thursday, 20 April 2017

KISS by Rihanna

KISS is the latest scent to launch from popstar Rihanna.

Sitting alongside RiRi and Crush, KISS is described as ‘the dynamic addition to the RiRi fragrance trilogy.’

Encased in the same, familiar bottle design as her other two scents, Kiss features a baby blue tinted, heavy glass bottle adorned with a gold lid.

 Of the three scents id definitely say that Kiss is more grown up.

It retains the same flirtatious and feminine aura, but it also creates a more sophisticated and light hearted experience.

I feel that this is partly due to its floral elements which are much more in the forefront than in some of her other scents.

Top notes of fragrant freesia blend with juicy plum and neroli while heart notes of orange blossom, gardenia and peony offer a beautiful bouquet before base notes of cashmere wood, ambergris and cedarwood form a warm and seductive base.

It is a pretty, chic and delicately sophisticated fragrance that is perfect for sunny spring days.

KISS by Rihanna Eau de Parfum is available now and 100ml costs £40.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

Tropical Escape is the lush new glow enhancing colour collection from Elizabeth Arden.

Inspired by the lustrous and vibrant hues of the tropics, the range allows you to escape the city with a healthy, sun-kissed glow, hydrated and illuminated skin and kissable, soft fruity lips!

These beautiful Sheer Kiss Lip Oils (£18) pair the hydrating benefits of an oil with the pigment of a gloss.

Captured within a clear, eye catching Perspex orb, you can see the shade of each individual lip oil, making it easy to find in your make up bag which I love.

To dispense, gently squeeze the soft center of the orb to reveal the lightweight oil gloss within.

It is a really beautiful product, both in terms of the look when applied and how it feels to wear.

Shade 06 Heavenly Rose

  As you can see from the photos, the lip oil is fabulously pigmented, though when applied to your lips it does appear more sheer and offers a beautiful pop of colour with just a hint of shine.

Shade 03 Coral Caress

The texture is fab; it feels silky and soft when applied without any greasiness or stickiness and possesses a soft, delicate menthol scent. It reminds me of a soft, lightweight lip balm almost.

It does far more than just look and feel good though. 

Key Ingredients include coconut oil to soothe lips and keep them hydrated, avocado oil to condition and offer antioxidant protection, Meadowfoam Oil to balance out lips natural oils for a supple, hydrated appearance and Tsubaki and Splianthes Acmella Flower Extract oil to support the skins natural collagen for plumper looking lips.

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil’s are available now in 6 gorgeous summer inspired shades and cost £18 each.

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of A Dream

As far as I’m concerned, Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong.

 Her products don’t just look amazing, they ARE amazing and as for her debut fragrance, Scent of a Dream, it’s everything I hoped it would be!

It is a beautiful, sophisticated, sexy and complicatedly-unique scent which screams glamour and elegance. 

In Charlotte’s own words;

Darlings, I have created a one-of-a-kind ‘floral chypre' perfume harmony that IGNITES a mind-altering fleurotic frequency. Featuring a blend of JOY top notes including Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper, ‘FLEUROTIC’ heart notes of Jasmine, Frankincense, Tuberose and Violet, plus MAGIC MOLECULE base notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan. It attracts LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, POSITIVITY and SEX to the wearer!

I must say that she describes it rather perfectly!

Before I go into the complicated and decadent scent can we take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is the bottle.

It screams old school 1920’s Hollywood glamour and the spritz features her iconic rose gold hue as seen throughout her collection.

The bottle is the perfect reflection of the scent within.

Charlotte labels the top notes as Positivity: Fresh and invigorating, this confidence-boosting aura develops over 15 minutes and features Lemon, Peach, Black Pepper, Saffron, Mandarin, Bergamot.

Heart notes become Love & Light: Intoxicating floral extracts trigger desire and resonate over 5 hours and contain notes of Tuberose, Jasmine, Frankincense, Hedione, Violet, Muguet, Orange Flower, Rose Oil, Tea Rose, Green Ivy, Magnolia.

Finally base notes are Power & Sex: The ‘pheromone’ notes are activated by body heat, lasting up to 9 hours. Fire Tree, ISO E Super, Patchouli, Ambroxan, Precious Woods, Cistus, Amber, Castoreum, Musks.

I’ve never come across such a complex scent before and it’s clear that Charlotte has put her heart and soul into creating this intoxicating fragrance.

You all know I’m not a big fan of floral fragrances, but every now and then something which is just a little bit special comes along and completely changes my opinion and Scent of a Dream has done just that.

It is a rich, heady, feminine and seductive fragrance which I could easily imagine Hollywood Starlets from the Golden age of cinema wearing.

 Everything about it from its exquisite bottle to its nectar reminds me of vintage glamour.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent of a Dream is available now and costs £68 for 50ml.
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