Viktor & Rolf are one of my absolute favourite perfume brands, I’ve reviewed quite a few of their releases on my blog over the years. I’ve also been a loyal wearer of their original Flowerbomb scent for almost a decade, it is a scent that holds so many happy memories for me. I get excited when they add a new scent to their range and this beautiful Bonbon Spring Summer addition is something very special. The original version was extremely popular and is more on the sweet side so this more citrus based version is different but still as beautiful.
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer*
If you like the sweetness of the original Bonbon fragrance then I think you will appreciate the more refreshing, subtleness of this limited edition offering. It is the perfect scent update for Spring Summer and although it is still quite sweet like the original it is a little more warm and zesty and I think it is my favourite Bonbon scent to date.
I think this new Bonbon release is a more sophisticated version, the mix of citrus, wood and floral notes work so well together and they give you such a beautiful feminine scent. Although this limited edition version is more Spring appropriate and lighter it is still longwearing.
Bonbon Spring Summer contains some of my favourite notes including cedarwood, musk and blackcurrant,
As with all Viktor and Rolf fragrances the bottle is just as stunning as the perfume itself. The outer cardboard packaging (which I can’t bare to throw away) is a bright fuchsia pink with the classic black V&R faux wax seal at the centre of a pretty ribbon effect. The bottle itself is just gorgeous, it is lighter than the original and comes in a pretty frosted luminous, pearly pink ombre effect bottle which feels very luxurious and heavy. It is shaped like a wrapped sweet (candy), its very feminine and looks pretty sat on your dressing table.
So if you’re looking for a scent that is perfect for the warmer months then I recommend trying this fresh, warm, citrus scent. It is a great twist on the original but perfectly updated for Spring Summer!
This is the second book I’ve read from Fredrik Backman and I have to say I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to ‘A Man Called Ove’, which was my favourite read of 2016. I quickly realised Britt-Marie Was Here was going to be a wonderful read. It is about a lady who after decades of hiding away from the world has developed a strong belief of how certain things should be done. She takes a job in Borg, a very small, run down & neglected town in Sweden where she in fact discovers her self worth. Britt-Marie makes friends with people that challenge her, encourage her and even fall in love with her and in return she gives the entire town hope. This book evokes such a mix of emotions but ultimately it is a story of letting go of the past, rediscovering your dreams and letting people into your heart. I urge you to add it to your reading list.
I wasn’t so keen on this book – I found it frustrating at times. It is about a young couple whose son has autism and through trying to learn to cope and navigate through the early years of his life they have stopped communicating as a couple and live very separate lives. The dad also struggles to connect with his son and finds it difficult to understand his world. Through the videogame Minecraft comes a bit of a breakthrough which proves to be the catalyst that helps this family to communicate and appreciate a new side to their son. The Dad Alex also realises that he has been holding on to a lot of pain from his childhood and it is stopping him from moving forward in all aspects of his life. I know this is a bestseller and has been well received but I just found it to have so many Minecraft references that it got a little annoying.
This story is mainly set in South Carolina and centers around a young girl named Sarah Grimke whose family are very wealthy and much like most wealthy families in America at this time (1803) own quite a few slaves. It follows her defiance to accept her 13th birthday present which is in fact a slave girl of the same age as herself named Handful. Sarah educates herself to a level that is not usual or accepted amongst women in America at this time and she longs to be the first ever female judge but that is a dream beyond what society can allow. Sarah and Handful struggle to understand the world and how cruel it can be, but they both find the strength to make a difference. This is a book about ambition, loss, pain but ultimately on all sides it is about the need to be free.
I was surprised to learn this story is based upon the Grimké sisters who were in fact real-life abolitionists and in a way you could say early feminists. I read this book really quickly and I want to read more from Sue Monk Kidd.
This is a story about love, loss and friendship. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures and if you have a romantic soul like me then you will love this story. It is mostly set on board a book barge in the centre of Paris and that in itself was enough to make me purchase this book. I love that the main character, Jean Perdu, doesn’t let people pick their own books, he chooses their books for them almost like a prescription from a doctor. It follows his journey to try and mend his broken heart and you’re taken along for the very scenic ride. I 100% recommend adding this to your reading list for 2017.
This thought provoking novel doesn’t hold back, it brings to the forefront subjects and situations that are still very much part of the modern world. It talks openly, honestly about racism, discrimination and privilege in America. I don’t want to give too much away as the story is gripping from the get go but this one book that brings you face to face with some very hard hitting situations that make you feel uncomfortable at times.
I read this book without knowing anything about it – sometimes that is how you discover some incredible reads although I am not too sure I would class this as one of those. The main characters, Wavey & Kellen, I thought had a very uncomfortable story to tell. At times I really rooted for them but more often than not I was unsure how I should feel about their relationship. For me this was a heartbreaking read and I was left feeling the main character Wavy was let down by almost everyone. If you’re looking for quite a shocking, coming of age novel then add this to your reading list.
I’ve watched a few documentaries about people that have escaped North Korea but this account from Park Yeon-mi was so hard hitting. I had no idea that her struggle was going to get so much worse once they’d fled North Korea. This true story follows Park’s desperate, poverty stricken life first living under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-il in North Korea then as her family attempts the dangerous journey into China. It is incredible just what the human spirit can overcome and Park’s account of what her family had to endure in North Korea and then as defectors of the regimes will stay with you for a long time.
This really reminds me a book I read last year called ‘All The Light We Cannot See‘ It is similar in that it is set first in Paris and then in rural France during the German Occupation of the Second World War. It follows two sisters that couldn’t be more different and we get to see the War from a female perspective. You get lost in the details and are quickly transported to the French countryside but the harrowing effects of the Nazi occupation are hard to ignore. The sisters are both trying to get through the War as best they can one desperate to make a difference and the other focused on staying safe. I sped through this and loved it just as much as I’d hoped, make sure you have a tissue to hand, as I think you will need it.
What have you been reading so far in 2017? Let me know if you read any of the books I have mentioned.
I discovered this product last year and it was the first Essence I had tried. I’d heard using an Essence was a very popular step in Asian skincare routines but was dubious as to whether I needed to add another step to my already quite rigorous regime. After using it for a while I realised that it was that perfect step for refreshing and hydrating your skin before going in with your serum. Just to be clear, an Essence is not a toner, nope it’s used after both cleansing and toning, it can replenish moisture, balance skins PH levels and help skin look glowing and it is now one of the steps in my routine that I look forward too.
At the centre of the Jurlique Activating Water Essence is their star ingredient – Marshmallow Root Extract, which is great at deeply hydrating skin and improving its ability to retain moisture. If you have yet to try an essence I highly recommend trying one.
Jurlique are well-known for their incredible quality rose products, they have an Organic Farm in the Adelaide Hills of Australia where they grow many of the herbs, flowers (including their roses) and plants for their products. This serum is part of their Moisture Plus range and it is fantastic at reviving tired, dry skin. It combines rose hip fruit oil, evening primrose oil and green tea extract to protect the skin’s barrier and provide extended moisture to keep skin cushioned, fresh and looking radiant.
LOVE this product, in fact I really like the whole Purely Age Defying range, if I was pushed to name my must have product from Jurlique it would 100% be this Face Oil. I have used up so many bottles and always have one on the go. I use it at night and it performs nothing short of a miracle because when I wake up my skin looks well rested and healthy, it also works to even skintone and keep skin looking plump. It is infused with a trio of potent anti-ageing ingredients; Blackcurrant Seed Oil helps to improve elasticity and firmness, Buriti Oil reduces fine lines and wrinkles and Rock Samphire Extract helps to support collagen synthesis and promotes a firmer complexion. So your skin is in good hands with this and my skin always feels incredible after I have used it.
Most people are unaware that Jurlique do a finishing powder, I think it is the only makeup product they stock but it is one of my absolute favourites. This loose powder is so fine & lightweight that it never feels heavy or drying on the skin. It’s a translucent powder so it’s not going to add coverage or leave a white cast to your skin. It is great at setting makeup and keeping that oily t zone in check. I like to apply this with a big powder brush & sweep the product across my t-zone & chin, it has a really nice floral scent and my go to powder for eliminating that dreaded shine but leaving the skin with a slight matte velvety smooth finish.
It contains the key ingredients Corn Starch & Rice Starch which act as natural substitutes for talc, while Silican imparts a smooth texture on skin, Glycerin helps to moisturise and prevent moisture loss and Arnica helps soothe and cool the skin. If you like your setting powder to leave your skin with a slight matte finish without looking flat then this would be a great product for you.
This moisturiser does feel quite thick and rich when you first apply it but give it a minute and your skin will have absorbed it to leave you with a velvety soft finish. It’s so nourishing and instantly smoothing. It contains powerful natural ingredients such as, Yeast Extract to help promote collagen synthesis, Amino Acid Lipid Complex promotes skin remodeling and contraction of collagen fibers, Rock Samphire Extract supports skin density while reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and finally Beech Tree Bud Extract accelerates the production of fresh new cells. For me the one thing I noticed almost instantly from using this is my skin looked smoother, which is why I think it makes the perfect base for foundation. It helps give you that flawless base.
Have you tried any products from Jurlique that you would recommend?
All year round I have dry hands and I always have to have a hand cream with me. It has to be one that doesn’t just make them feel smooth but one that actually hydrates them and stops them feeling dry again within minutes. One of the first products I ever bought from Jurlique over 10 years ago was one of their luxurious hand creams & all this time on I still adore them. I’m currently using their Jasmine one and it has a light fresh scent and includes safflower seed oil & macadamia nut oil, blended with glycerin, aloe vera, calendula, honey, violet & chamomile extract which replenishes skin with deep hydration.
I thoroughly enjoy using serums in my skincare routine, they’ve become a step I look forward too. Yes, this serum from Tropic Skincare is green and it does have an unusual scent but do not let that put you off. This is a luxurious serum which at full price is £42 and I have to say it is worth every single penny. It is a serum that combats quite a few skin concerns including dull, tired, skin and also addressing troublesome skin by helping repair inflammation and heal blemishes.
The key ingredients are Super Greens (which you may 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 is a major factor in premature ageing and dull skin.
This lightweight serum addresses so many skin concerns and the rich, nutritious, natural ingredients ensure this is a product that you can rely on to deliver results. If you get chance you must give this serum a go.
This Roger & Gallet Body Oil is beautifully nourishing and leaves your skin with a healthy glow & feeling very hydrated. Also just as importantly as all the lovely skincare benefits the scent of this is incredible, fig is my favourite scent and the Fig scent in this is beautiful and its so long lasting on the skin and smells divine. It has that signature fresh Mediterranean Fig scent that I love but it has a slight sweetness to it too & I can smell it on my skin for hours. I use this after shaving my legs to keep them feeling as smooth and soft for as long as possible and during the winter I also like to use this on my knees and elbows as they always get very dry. I love that although this is an oil it never feels greasy or heavy on the skin.
You can’t go through Winter without having a lipbalm strategically placed in your car, handbag on your desk and coat pocket. I have one close at hand at all times. I have been using this Decléor one whilst I work at my desk and its helping combat the effects of central heating drying out my lips. This is one of the more luxurious lip balms I have used, it is enriched with marjoram essential oil, shea butter and macadamia oil which all help to hydrate, sooth and protect your lips.
I have spoken about this mask quite a few times and I’m still not over how much I love it, its fantastic at helping to remove dead skin to promote a healthy glow and during the Winter I can use all the help I can get combating dull skin. This mask has a cooling almost jelly like texture which feels soothing on the skin and the combination of volcanic rock and AHA both gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to revive and rejuvenate your complexion. I have been using this at least once a week for a couple of months and I notice the results. Its a really good mask to use the evening before an event or special occasion as your skin will have that healthy glow then next day.