I dubbed the original By Invitation fragrance from Michael as my favourite discovery of 2016, it was a really sexy fresh scent and encapsulated luxury and so I’m so excited that Michael Bublé is back with a new version, this latest release from Michael is just as luxurious and has a real Spring/Summer feel to it.
If, like me, you often overlook ‘Celebrity Fragrances’ I urge you to give this one a go. Unlike most celebrity endorsed products Michael Bublé himself was actually an integral part of every aspect of both fragrances and I have to say this new Rose Gold edition is something very special and has that touch of glamour and luxury you’d expect from the man himself.
Michael Buble’s new ‘By Invitation Rose Gold’ is a Floral Oriental Gourmand. A charming, feminine fragrance, it’s sensual, glamorous and combines a variety of luxurious warm, floral tones. This fragrance is very charming and elegant and it not only has a very layered, luxurious mix of notes it is a bottle that will look stunning on your vanity.
This beautiful new By Invitation Rose Gold is a Floral Oriental Gourmand. A charming, feminine fragrance – it’s sensual, glamorous and combines a variety of luxurious warm, floral tones. It’s a tender, modern sophisticated scent and I think it’s an ideal Spring/Summer perfume.
Starting with sophisticated top notes of radiant magnolia, red fruits and Granit pear, By Invitation Rose Gold has the tenderness of a rose and peony heart, with a hint of black plum. With a lingering praline and vanilla base – and just a touch of precious spice – the fragrance is charming and elegant.
This perfume has quite an unusual mix of notes, it’s a Floral Oriental Gourmand so you can make out the sweetness of the pear and red fruits which give it a Summer feel. The beautiful rose and peony give you a familiar fresh and floral scent whilst the black plum, praline and vanilla give it a warm, sweet but sexy twist and I just love the hint of precious spice that adds a very modern layer to this perfume. Your senses are really taken on a scent journey with this perfume and I just love it.
We have to discuss the stunning packaging and bottle, both of which have such a luxurious feel to them. The jewellery inspired bottle is a nod to the original By Invitation fragrance, I think this new Rose Gold release has a more contemporary feel as Rose Gold is very on trend.
I really like the way the bottle is suspended in the centre of a metal rose gold circle (which is designed to resemble premium jewellery), it looks extremely sophisticated and very elegant. The perfume also has a soft blush pink tint to it which makes it look very feminine and sexy. The bottle is weighty and there is such a luxurious feel to this design, and I think the bottle is quite unusual for a perfume bottle. You can tell a lot of time and work went into developing both the fragrance and the iconic bottle.
Michael Bublé’s By Invitation Rose Gold is available in two sizes
Over the past few years, the use of acids in skincare has become super popular and most people have introduced them into their routine in some way. Whether it be in a weekly face mask, daily toner or even in a serum, there are so many ways to incorporate them into beauty regime. Certain acids target specific skin concerns and they’re a powerful way to see quite quick, but also long-term results. For example, Hyaluronic Acid which is one of the more well-known acids used in skincare is a powerful hydrating molecule which when included in skincare can intensely hydrate & strengthen the skin’s barrier for deep, lasting moisture.
So I’m very excited to introduce you one of StriVectin’s latest skincare releases, their Advanced Acids Collection. Each product in this line contains their famous patented NIA-114 alongside other active ingredients.
NIA-114™ is our patented, optimized form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients for visibly transformed, more youthful skin.
This is a serum specifically designed to target skin concerns associated with ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin. This lightweight milky textured serum will replenish skin making it look plump, feel tight but bouncy to the touch. It is so easy to smooth over clean skin, it instantly hydrates skin and smooths fine lines but it also has incredible long-term results too.
Oleic Acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid, replenishes skin’s lipid layer – an essential component of the skin’s barrier. Paired with NIA-114, it improves skin’s resiliency and visibly repairs signs of ageing.
Visibly repairs and replenishes skin’s lipids for improved firmness and elasticity
Restores youthful cushion lost with age
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
This serum doesn’t contain what most people might associate with an acid (like hyaluronic or glycolic) it contains a rich form Omega fatty acids, omega-3 and -9 fatty acid which are incredible for repairing, hydrating and reducing the signs of ageing. They also replenish and support your skins lipids. This can be used alone or under a serum.
My skin feels and looks plumper and more supple since using this and my fine lines are smoother and skin is looking more even, especially around my eyes. I like how refreshing this feels on my skin and it certainly feels like it’s repairing my skin and working its magic.
Who doesn’t love a skin reset for those days when your skin isn’t playing ball and your makeup just isn’t applying well? This mask is the answer, you only need to apply it for 5 minutes so it is perfect if you’re in a rush and just need glowing, refreshed skin!
The Advanced Acid collection pairs our patented NIA-114 molecule with the most potent, skin-transforming acids for maximum efficacy and results. NIA-114™ + Glycolic Acid, the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), exfoliates dead skin cells from the face to reveal fresh, renewed skin. Paired with NIA-114, this potent yet gentle retexturizer delivers maximum results with minimal irritation. With micro-encapsulated Glycolic Acid for slow-release exfoliation, the supercharged formula restores radiance and dramatically improves texture in just 5 minutes.
Mask with micro-encapsulated Glycolic Acid delivers gentle yet potent exfoliation
Gentle, one-step exfoliating treatment for glowing, radiant skin in 5 minutes
Exfoliates for smooth, soft skin
Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
Brightens and restores radiance
This gentle exfoliating mask although fast acting is still quite gentle (even for an acid). Glycolic acid, is the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) & exfoliates dead skin cells from the face to reveal fresh, renewed skin. Paired with NIA-114, this potent yet gentle retexturizer delivers maximum results with minimal irritation. This is so quick and easy to use, I have been loving how smooth and polished my skin feels after using it, it also gives it a healthy glow oh, and my makeup sits so much better too!
I love that this mask is a peachy pink in colour and smells really nice too, slightly citrus. It is a really good product to have in your skincare routine and you only need to use it 1-2 times a week which means this 50ml tube will give you last months and help transform dull, textured skin into smooth, youthful skin with a natural healthy glowing. I really like this mask and can’ believe it delivers such visable results in just 5 minutes.
This clear, gel-like serum instantly feels hydrating on the skin, it has an almost silky smooth feel to it once smoothed out on to your skin. So I feel Hyaluronic Acid is the most well-known acid when it comes to its use in skincare, it is such a popular ingredient in products aimed at giving intense hydration and lasting moisture. I have used quite a few hyaluronic acid products over the years and think they really help prevent moisture loss and keep skin looking plump which is great for smoothing out fine lines.
Dual-phase serum with six types of Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates skin and locks in moisture
Visibly plumps skin and smoothes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
Improves skin’s ability to retain moisture
The Advanced Acid collection pairs our patented NIA-114 molecule with the most potent, skin-transforming acids for maximum efficacy and results. NIA-114 + Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful hydrating molecule, can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Paired with NIA-114, this dual-action serum visibly plumps skin with moisture to bring dehydrated skin back to life.
Chamber 1 contains 6 unique forms of Hyaluronic to visibly plump skin with immediate and sustained hydration.
Chamber 2 combines NIA-114 and ceramides to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.
If like me you often feel like your skin is feeling dry and your fine lines are a little more visible than usual then this dual response serum will deliver a boost of hyaluronic acid to immediately quench dehydrated skin, but also help give sustained hydration and lock in moisture. Which means your skin will feel and look plump and bring dehydrated skin back to life.
So there you have it. 3 Acids which all deliver visible results for specific skin concerns. These new releases from StriVectin have quite a luxurious price tag but if you only bought the one that you’d see the most benefits from then it would be money well spent. I really liked them all, but would 100% repurchase the Mask & the Serum.
Rapid Recovery Milk was replenishing and is helping firm the slack skin around my jaw and mouth
Skin Reset Mask is where I saw the fastest results, this is phenomenal for exfoliating away dull skin and giving that fresh, healthy glow
Dual Response Serum – this serum is so good at delivering hydration and strengthening the skin barrier for plumper, smoother that has visibly less fine lines.
Just remember that if you’re using any kind of acid you must use a facial SPF!
Let me know which Advanced Acid you’re most tempted to add to your skincare regime.
If you’re like me you have been waiting patiently for years for Sephora to open in the UK. I’ve always felt disappointed that there isn’t a shop that caters to ALL of my beauty & makeup needs. Well, now there is. Let me introduce you to Indulge Beauty. Indulge Beauty is beauty heaven and they not only have an incredible beauty shop in Westfield Stratford City, they also have an online store too so you can shop till your heart’s content.
At Indulge Beauty, our mission is to empower you when it comes to beauty and grooming – leaving it all in your hands. We aim to redefine the industry so you feel good about how you shop, feel and look – confidence to show the world the real you. We recognise that so much of the beauty out there seems prescriptive, encouraged by sales targets and commission schemes. Instead, everything from our products, services and expertise is informed by you. We’re here to revolutionise the industry and the way you shop for your beauty.
With over 120 brands to pick from Indulge Beauty cater for both men and women and stock a carefully curated selection of the world’s best beauty, makeup, fragrance and grooming brands. These brands include Make Up Forever, The Ordinary, NIOD, Beauty Blender and Sachajuan. So get excited because there is a new beauty destination and they are very customer focused rather than sales or target lead. So you can shop without being harassed, which is bliss.
The lovely people at Indulge Beauty kindly sent me a small selection of the products they sell. I was so excited to see some very sought after brands and quite a few products I’ve wanted to try for ages, It is always fun when a new beauty store opens its doors, especially when they stock such exciting products.
Indulge Beauty stock a number of brands that I had heard of but up till now not had the chance to try and these include, Beauty Blender, Sachajuan, Verso and Skin Laundry. So I had to give them a whirl first.
The award-winning, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge in pink (cute colour), I can’t believe I have never tried it especially as it’s has a six-time Allure Best of Beauty award winner. This applies makeup with ease and so evenly. I hardly used any product as it blended it out so effortlessly giving my skin a lovely natural, soft-focus finish. I am completely sold on a makeup sponge now, there is no easier way to get such a flawless finish. Love it!
Sachajuan Ocean Mist
I have heard a lot of positive reviews about this brand and this salt spray couldn’t have been a more perfect introduction to the brand. I’m that girl that longs to have salty beachy looking hair but you will never get me in the sea in the UK – it is FREEZING! So a salt spray will have to help me fake that effortless beach look. It is lightweight and doesn’t give your hair that crispy feeling nor does it look greasy – it adds both texture and volume and holds your beach tousled hair in place. This is going to be great for Summer in Cornwall!
Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick
This crayon style lipstick is a gorgeous bold orange toned red, the formula is creamy and very pigmented. I have tried a few Lord & Berry lip products over the years and always think just how overlooked this brand is. Their products are amazing quality and last really well on the lips. Red isn’t my go-to colour but it is always handy to have a good red in your collection and this fits the bill perfectly.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
This makeup setting spray from Urban Decay is such a cult product. From makeup artists to beauty editors this product gets a lot of love. I have been through a few bottles over the years and have to say I like the packaging update, the black and purple design looks a lot more swish compared to the old white bottles which got so dirty with makeup. This product is a foolproof way of ensuring your makeup looks amazing and stays put throughout the night. This mini bottle is adorable and will fit perfectly in my travel makeup bag.
Skin Laundry Neck & Chest Mask
Well now I am a pro at using sheet masks for my face (and love them) but I have never used a neck & chest mask, have you? It felt a little odd at first and was tricky to apply but once I had figured it out it felt relaxing and it made me realise I don’t pay this area enough attention. I need to make sure I apply my skincare right down my neck and chest and I would use this mask again, it was a nice addition to my pamper routine. This mask is Enriched with natural nutrients and 19 skin conditioning extracts. Leaves skin noticeably refreshed and restored. Improves skin smoothness, and firmness.
I’m going to work my way through trying and testing all the products in this box, make sure you check out Indulge Beauty either in their store at Westfield Stratford City or online at www.indulgebeauty.com and let me know what you think, or if you do a cheeky order let me know what products you treated yourself to.
You know some months you seem to run out of all your favourite products at once? Well, that’s what happened to me in March. Almost every product I use in my daily skincare routine came to the end of its life and it made me so sad. I will be repurchasing every single one of these products and I don’t think I have ever said that in an empties post before, there is usually at least one product that was a somewhat underwhelming but not this time, I have a lot of love for all 5 of these and I need them back in my routine ASAP.
If you’re looking for a toner that feels instantly refreshing and energising on your skin then this is 100% for you. It not only helps keep skin hydrated, feeling fresh and drenched in vitamins but it’s also infused with vitamins and amino acids that help to balance pH and reduce pore size. This is so easy to spritz on cleansed skin in the morning to kick off your skincare routine or I’ve even sprayed it on top of makeup throughout the day to refresh my skin. It is bursting with so many skin loving ingredients such as organic rose water, aloe vera and cucumber juices which are nourishing, soothing and deliver a boost of hydration. I used this religiously both morning and night,
I have used this cleansing oil for years and nothing removes my makeup quite as effectively. It melts away even stubborn mascara and removes lip-stains with ease. With it being an oil it is easy to use when giving your skin a mini facial, I like to spend time really massaging it into my skin which wakes my skin up and helps it glow. It is a good cleanser for protecting skin against environmental aggressors, is extremely gentle and leaves no greasy residue behind (which a lot of oil based cleansers do).
Olive oil – Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight damage caused by free radicals without clogging pores
Rosemary leaf oil – Extracted from the leaves of the plant, it contains invigorating properties and imparts a refreshing scent.
This has to be one of my most repurchased skincare products EVER, I mean are you even a skincare addict if you don’t have one of these in your stash? Even if I don’t use it daily, or try other products and overlook it for a spell, I always find my way back to the Liz Earle C&P. It just never lets me down.
It removes makeup with ease without leaving skin feeling dry and the hot cloth helps dislodge dead skin to keep it looking radiant. Its a ritual I look forward too in the evening and the distinctive botanical scent is also calming. This cream cleanser contains so many skin-loving ingredients which include, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract and Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract so it is very gentle, soothing and antioxidant-rich.
I received this for Christmas as part of a gift set and fell in love with it after a couple of uses. It is a serum which is perfect for my skin type and my age, turning 40 this year I’ve been more focused on using products that are nourishing, firming and target those early signs of ageing and this serum is ideal for that. Enriched with some of nature’s most powerful naturally active ingredients, including Persian silk tree to even skin tone, pomegranate flower to lift and firm, and rhubarb to plump and smooth. This deluxe sample size lasted me a surprisingly long time but I am looking forward to getting the full 30ml size.
I have spoken about this green miracle worker so often on my blog over the past 6 months but it is just that good. I used the last of this serum a little over 2 weeks ago & I have missed it so much in my evening routine. This is what I use when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, or if I haven’t been eating as well as I should, because it just helps your skin look refreshed, glowing and plump in the morning like you’ve had 10 hours sleep and have drunk a green juice. The visual results and incredible.
The key ingredients are Super Greens (which you might be more familiar seeing on your plate rather than in your skincare) such as Kale, chlorophyll and maca root extracts which help rejuvenate dull skin and organic tamanu oil helps to repair inflammation and heal blemishes. Green coffee extract not only stimulates skin cell renewal, it protects against pollution which is a major factor in premature ageing and dull skin.
If I had to recommend only one of these products for you to add to your skincare regime it would be this Super Greens Serum, I think everyone would benefit from the wonderful ingredients and see visual results in the skin.