I was first introduced to CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in 2017 and they’re one of the best, long-wearing nail polish brands I have tried. I adored their Nude Collection from last Summer and more recently their Boho Spirit Collection was super pretty too. So that brings us to their latest release for Autumn/Winter (how did we get here so quickly?). This is their Wild Earth Collection and right away you notice that they’ve not gone traditional A/W but still kept a bold pop of colour and I’m over the moon about that. This new collection has 6 wearable shades and I particularly love the bold red and think it is the best shade for Christmas Parties & Events the gorgeous subtle peach shade is my favourite for everyday wear.
CND Vinylux polishes have a lovely thick formula, which is easy to apply and gives you that salon quality smooth finish. The brush is a perfect size, I like that it is short and wide which I personally find quick and fuss-free to use. I applied two coats of all the polishes so the colour looked even and opaque. I would say that the blue (Blue Moon) would need 3 coats just to make it really bold but apart from that the other shades looked great with just 2 coats.
Blue Moon – is a gorgeous bold cool toned blue Element – is the perfect bold Winter red Brimstone – is a subtle stone nude Spear – is a soft pumpkin peach Dreamcatcher – is a creamy intense purple Arrowhead – is a warm Autumnal Brown
This long wear formula dries quickly and I didn’t have to wait long at all to apply the topcoat & I think this is when the magic happens.
The Vinylux Weekly polish Top Coat is a must, it gives your nails a high shine finish and the quality looks as good as a professional nail salon. I feel that without the topcoat the nail polish would not have lasted as long without chipping over time the high shine finish didn’t dull either with is so good. This topcoat is a serious winner and I’m going to use it on top of all my manicures from now on.
Vinylux™ – weekly, chip-resistant wear, fast-drying, two-step application, brilliant shine which lasts without the need for a base coat. Increased durability with natural light.
CND products are available from pro nail salons and on-line at ellisons.co.uk to find a pro salon near you, go to lovecnd.com
Shay & Blue have done it again, it has been exactly a year since their previous QVC TSV and I thought that one was unbeatable value but they’re back for 2018 with a very special deal indeed. This one is not to be missed, so mark your calendars because from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018 you will be able to get your hands on a 4 Piece Fragrance Collection worth over £120 for under £50, making a huge saving of over £60 and the most exciting part is you get to pick from 2 of their best-selling scents!
Shay & Blue are a London-based perfume house and they will be giving you the opportunity to purchase two different Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collections, for one day only on Thursday 18th October. So will you opt for Black Tulip or Atropa Belladonna? (or both!).
Black Tulip is still a quite a new addition to the Shay & Blue line up, only being released in 2017. So this is an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this collection.
The Black Tulip Collection will include,
1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Black Tulip
1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Black Tulip
1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Black Tulip
1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches
Top Note – Snowdrops and cyclamen bring instant floral freshness.
Heart Note – Black tulip and plum bring a rounded richness to the heart of the composition.
Base Note – White chocolate and soft woods for a smooth finish.
This is perfect if you like scents that are quite spicy and bold layered with subtle freshness of the floral notes. It is an unusual fragrance but very long wearing and quite sexy.
If purchased at the Shay & Blue boutique these products would cost £112, but QVC is giving its customers a chance to purchase them for, under £50, that’s a saving of over £60. Just remember this is a TSV offer so will be available for one day only!
Atropa Belladonna is still Shay & Blues award-winning, best-selling scent, so this is quite an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this gorgeous collection.
The Atropa BelladonnaCollection will include,
1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Atropa Belladonna
1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Atropa Belladonna
1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Atropa Belladonna
1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches
Top Note – First impressions of mesmerising dark Cassis berries intoxicate and draw you in.
Heart Note – The narcotic full blooms of white narcissus and jasmine from Grasse.
Base Note – The dry-down yields the sultry end-of-day secrets of patchouli and sandalwood.
After you initially spritz it and the sweet, floral notes have died down you are left with the sexy, rich warm notes which make this the perfect sophisticated evening scent.
Handcrafted in England with real flowers, fruits and spices. This perfume contains over three pounds of jasmine and white narcissus.
The EDP comes packaged in the most luxurious blue box with a blue and white striped ribbon which adds such a sweet touch. Inside the box, I just love how the bold blue and white strip theme carry through and think these fragrances make the most incredible gifts! The fragrance bottles are also beautiful too and the mix of blue and gold make them look sophisticated and luxurious.
You’re also getting your hands on Shay & Blues’ White Peaches, which is a special launch for 2019, so Shay & Blue fans are getting the opportunity to experience a fragrance that has not even been smelt yet by the beauty editors of the major magazines. How exciting is that? And I can tell you that it’s a beautiful, fruity, sophisticated scent with the 10ml bottle being ideal for your handbag.
Shay & Blue are an award-winning, cruelty-free, boutique perfumery creating modern and unique fragrances. Made with real flowers fruit and spices. Created by Dom DeVetta ex Senior Vice President of Chanel and former Global General Manager of Jo Malone Ltd. With Julie Massé, new generation perfumer of the moment.
Miller Harris is the ultimate in luxury for me when it comes to fragrance. Their products are quite unique and incredible quality. I have really loved everything I have tried from them and I have been wearing Powdered Veil every day for well over a month now. I think it has an air of confident sophistication about it & that is how I feel when I wear it.
Miller Harris was founded 15 years ago by expert parfumer Lyn Harris who spent five years training in Paris, then in Grasse at Robertet, the world’s leader in natural aromatic ingredients. Whilst respecting tradition, Miller Harris strives to push the boundaries, creating exquisitely crafted fragrances that are innovative yet timeless. Miller Harris perfumes are beautiful, luxurious and timeless.
Powdered Veil is the latest offering from Miller Harris and it is a modern nod to old school Hollywood glamour. This Eau de Parfum is rich, fresh, sexy and warm all in one. Miller Harris describes this scent as,
‘Delicately powdery and sweetly resinous, amber is the definitive oriental accord and, in Powdered Veil, it is given a nuanced and translucent air. The sparkling freshness of spicy pink pepper flirts with a twist of rosy geranium. A sensuous orchid accord provides a fragile and haunting floralcy to the heart, combined with transparent florals and the luminous freshness of hedione. A rich and radiant lasting impression of soft powder is created through the combination of amber, vanilla Bourbon and musk, where a sensual and animalic vibration of labdanum combines with sandalwood to create intimacy and warmth.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Labdanum, Bourbon Vanilla, Cashmeran
When you first spritz this subtly powdery fragrance it has a real touch of sweetness which is quite refreshing. This leads into more fruity fresh notes which are uplifting and delicate. Then when left to settle it reveals its more confident, warm, rich notes which I think make this perfume feel modern, sensual and very romantic. I love the mix of fruity, floral and sweet notes with the more warm, elegant, rich woody and musk notes. It works so well and gives it layers the change as it wears throughout the day. It is a great day to night scent and one that has a confident edge to it.
The packaging for Powdered Veil is quite different from what we’re used to from Miller Harris. The bottle shape is still the familiar weighty squared off design but they have stepped away from the clear bottle. This offering comes in a simple, sophisticated matte pink bottle. The contrast of the soft matte pink bottle and the gold embossed lettering really gives the design a modern, glamorous and sleek look that compliments the fragrance.
It’s always quite difficult to describe a fragrance because they’re such a personal product. Everyone’s take on a scent is different but I do I urge you to seek out your local Miller Harris retailer so you can explore their range for yourself. They have a very wide selection of scents and I just know you will fall in love with at least one.
Powdered Veil is available now online at www.millerharris.com & selected retailers throughout the UK
Jurlique has completely revamped & remastered their iconic Herbal Recovery Range. Not only has the packaging received a (stunning) facelift but the new formulas are more potent, have a higher concentration of botanicals and the ingredients have all been meticulously selected to improve the overall appearance of dull, uneven skin. There are 5 products in this new range, including a serum, hydrating mist, eye cream, moisturising lotion and rich moisturising cream.
This collection focuses on minimising the signs of ageing, reducing dullness and helping your skin retain more moisture. As I Head into my 40’s this range this new Herbal Recovery Signature range is perfect for my skin type & immediate skin concerns.
I’ve been trying 2 out of the 5 products from this new collection and I’ve noticed a positive change in my skin. As we head into the more dry, cold weather of Autumn/Winter I think these products will really help replenish and nourish my skin.
At the heart of the new Herbal Recovery Signature range is a more potent signature blend of powerful botanical extracts. The Viola Tricolor is the pure Viola from Jurlique’s organic farm in the South Australian hills & they’re handpicked only when they’re at their peak.
Viola Tricolor: Our highest dose yet (more than triple) of our vital antioxidant botanical protects from signs of premature ageing
Yarrow rejuvenates and reduces the appearance of fine lines
I hear a lot of talk about whether or not an eye cream is a necessity and although I don’t think it is vital I still like to use a product that has been specifically designed for this area. The skin around your eye is so delicate and particularly thin and prone to damage. It is where I show signs of being tired and dehydrated so I prefer to use a cream that can minimise these by plumping, hydrating and adding luminosity to my skin, an eye cream is a really good way of doing that. So if an eye cream is within your budget I would say it is a great (not mandatory) step in your skincare regime.
This new addition to my skincare routine from Jurlique is lovely and lightweight, it feels almost like a serum in texture. I pat it all around my orbital bone and on the tops of my cheekbones too and it gives my skin a boost of hydration and leaves my eye area looking fresh, more awake and it helps makeup/concealer sit so much better, I think it is because it plumps, smooths my fine lines and is super hydrating.
Rich, hydrating and bursting with plant antioxidants, this eye cream contains extracts of Yarrow, Japanese Cedar Bud and Beech Tree Bud to firm, re-energise the delicate skin around the eye. As well as combat those pesky fine lines.
The hero ingredient is Persian Silk Tree which minimises the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and smooths skin! Everything you need in an eye cream!
• 80% of women agree skin feels replenished and hydrated
• 88% of women agree skin feels firmer
I am taking this with me on my 40th birthday trip to Amsterdam, I will need all the help I can get to combat those late nights, effects of travelling and all the pollutants from a city break!
If you like to use a lightweight moisturiser then this Herbal Recovery Moisturising Lotion will be right up your street, it’s not as heavy as your standard moisture cream and it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It has a very lightweight, fluid texture which is easily absorbed, it instantly makes my skin look fresh and feel so smooth. I like to use it as part of my morning routine as I find it works well under makeup but I prefer to use a heavier night cream. This lotion is jam-packed full of natural and effective age-defying botanicals including,
Cedar Bud Extract to help nourish and revitalise your skin’s glow, improves skins suppleness and reduces the visible signs of ageing. Yarrow, Viola Tricolor and Marshmallow Root replenish your complexion and smooths and softens skin helping reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
It comes in a lovely pink ombre effect glass bottle with a pump dispenser, I’d say 3-4 pumps give me enough product for both my face & neck (and that is quite a generous amount of product).
• 80% of women agree Herbal Recovery Signature Moisturising Lotion reveals radiant younger-looking skin
I have really been enjoying using this moisturising lotion and would never have thought such a lightweight product could hydrate my skin so well. It has given my complexion a revived radiance (ideal as we head into the colder months) and I’m thrilled to have it in my skincare routine
I have to say the packaging is just stunning, I love the pink colour palette and the ombre effect adds a fresh modern look which I think It’s quite eye-catching. Each product comes in a glass jar/bottle so it feels luxurious and has that quality feel to it. Top marks on the packaging for sure!
This new revamped version of Jurliques Iconic Herbal Recovery Collection contains their most concentrated formulas ever, optimised with advanced absorption, a more luxurious feel and a subtle scent inspired by the botanical drying shed at their Australian Farm. If you’re looking to add a few new products to your Autumn/Winter skincare regime then you might want to give this new Signature Collection a go.