Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Zara Fragrance - Oriental

Well, today I went shopping (with my boyfriend I may add, bad idea...) with two items in my mind that I wanted to buy and yes, I didn't get either of them. Typical! One was a coat from Next which they didn't have in my size I did end up ordering it online 'should be dispatched within 2 weeks' 2 weeks!? The second was a pair of flat riding boots from Zara which are a bargainous £39.99 and are totally sold out in every size, even a 3 (!) online. So I was having a shoppers strop in Zara when I remembered that they do decent perfume to help with the gap between now and Christmas *Tom Ford Black Orchid* please Santa.

I gave them all a brief whiff as my boyfriend was stalking me around the shop looking increasingly agitated with every passing minute, out all of them this was the one that appealed to me the most.  Now, as for describing a smell the bloggers who confess to being terrible at doing so I think describe fragrances extremely well. I'll spritz some on...

I literally have no idea. I'll say what it's not, it doesn't smell floral or sweet it smells a little spicy... Just had an idea:

Rose, freesia, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and caramel

Kindly borrowed from the Zara website, looking at the notes I can see why it appealed to me I love cedar, vanilla and sandalwood. This fragrance is an Eau de Toilette and is £9.99 for 100ml for this price I think the packaging is lovely, looks more expensive than it is and smells lovely. Of course with it only costing just under a tenner the staying power is not good at all and you will have to reapply if you want it to last all day.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

I Heart Fall Tag ❤ (Or Autumn!)

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Oh hey. If you subscribe to any beauty themed YouTube channels you will no doubt have seen this tag done countless times in the past few weeks, I thought there was still some room for me to have my input as Autumn is my favorite season and one which we actually experience here in the West of Scotland before we go back to Winter, generally skipping Spring and Summer.

I was not tagged by anyone in particular so feel free to participate and send me your links!

Favorite Fall lip products? 

I'm going to split this question into two - necessary lip products and then favourite autumn lip product.  Without a doubt the most necessary lip product when it gets cold is lip balm, must have. I ALWAYS have dry lips, this leads to biting my lips this leads to pain; additionally I should add lip balm and a toothbrush for exfoliation. Recently, while watching a Lisa Eldrige video she recommended just using a cotton bud and running that over your lips as an exfoliant (she is so wise and clever).

I have used multiple lip balms over the years in fact probably hundreds and I have to say I have yet to find the holy grail, which for me is moisturising, non greasy and long lasting. Any recommendations? Currently I am using this

Dark vampy, berry shades are most definitely in right now, I did swatch a couple of shades from the Topshop lip range however, I'm not convinced. I love them on others but I just feel like they will make my lips appear smaller as dark shades often do. The lip product I have been loving just now is from Rimmel's Kate Moss matt lip range in shade 101.

Favorite Fall nail polishes?

I never, ever not have my nails painted my nails are YUCK without polish. I'll pick two of  my favourite fall polishes number one is this steel grey from Miss Sporty no less under £2 and I love it, long lasting, good application and a subtle shimmer when on the nail. Second favourite was a toss up between two I opted for OPI Lincoln Park After Dark which I have talked about before. It's a deep, dark purple based polish that shows up almost black when on the nail a must have for any collection.

Favorite fall beverages?

This is where everyone says Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks in a red cup isn't it? I live on coffee so my favourite autumn drink is coffee in it's basic form (yes I can go in and order just an Americano). Funnily enough I am loving the coffee Frappuchino even though it's an iced based drink I love it just enjoy it inside.

Favorite Fall scents?

Does this mean home scents or fragrance scents? For the home I love spicy, cinnamon scents they make your home smell so welcoming and are one of the main things that switches me into autumn mode, dark nights and cinnamon candles...bliss.

Favorite Fall fashion accessory?

Scarves of course. Although, I have to say I wear scarves all year round but I will be on the lookout for a new woolly, cosy not too detailed not too huge scarf!

Favorite Halloween movies?

When I was a teenager I loved scaring myself stupid and worked my way through all of the popular now cult horror movies: Scream, Candyman, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, The Hills Have Eyes etc...  Consequently I thoroughly sickened myself of the whole horror genre and find it really boring now, if I had to choose I'd go with the good old Excorcist it's at that brilliant age where as a film it's between cult classic and ridiculous.

Favorite sweets to eat on Halloween?

Well I do have a sweet tooth anyway and I can't think of any sweets in the the UK which are brought out specifically just for autumn? Oh, apart from Scream Eggs! Traditionally kids in the UK are often lumbered with the less desirable elements of treats; fruit (?!), monkey nuts or crisps...boring.

Favorite Fall memory? 

My favourite autumn memory would be going out trick or treating when I was a lot younger. Although turning up at someone's door and just saying trick or treat was not enough you had to learn your little party piece and I don't remember much in the way of tricks being dished out!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? 

Halloween has been and gone and I did not dress up nor go out. If I was going to though I would go as Uma Thurman's character in Pulp Fiction.