YSL Beauty Travel Minis

YSL Products in Travel Miniatures

YSL Products in Travel Miniatures

OK so not much gets me more excited than beauty minis, I know it is an exciting life I lead but you have to admit they’re just so flipping cute. When this bag of YSL Travel Minis * arrived on my doorstep I was ecstatic. I have a birthday trip booked for September and this set will be perfect to take with me, so I am saving everything for that.

For me when I was growing up, YSL was so well-known for its Black Opium scent, it is such a cult perfume and I’m sure everyone knows at least one person that wears it. Well included in my oh so sweet bag of minis is that iconic Black Opium fragrance and also their latest addition to the Opium family, Black Opium Floral Shock.

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Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum 

I would say it is a modern more youthful twist on an iconic scent. Not only have YSL updated the scent but the pretty black glitter encrusted bottle has also had a revamp. The bottle is just as luxurious as the classic version but it now has subtle frosted pretty pink hues but it still looks just as glam rock!

  • Top notes – Bergamot Essence, Pear Accord, Freesia Accord
  • Heart notes – Orange Blossom Absolute, Golden Gardenia Accord, Solar-floral accord
  • Base notes – Coffee Accord, Sandalwood Accord, Vanilla

The fresh mix of fruity and floral scents work really well together and the addition of coffee is unusual but gives the scent a warmth that is quite sexy, while the vanilla and sandalwood offer both sweetness and luxury. I am in love with it and I think if you find the original a little too heavy and heady, this Floral Shock version will feel more fresh and youthful but still with that edginess you expect from YSL Opium.

YSL Beauty Travel Gift-Set

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Blurring & Illuminating Primer

This is a lightweight primer with a nice gel consistency, formulated to smooth and blur pores and wrinkles which I have to say is a pretty accurate description. It is such a nice base for your foundation and is enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue.

Not only does it help give your skin a soft focus finish but it also has subtle, tiny golden shimmer flecks which gives your skin luminosity and radiance. This is such a good product for people like me whose makeup tends to start looking a little dull after a while or whose makeup sinks into their fine lines. This is a really good primer for a special event or night out as it keeps your makeup looking fresh, flawless and in place for hours.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

How sweet is this mini YSL Lipstick! The packaging is beautiful and has the YSL logo embossed on their iconic gold packaging. The shade is 52 Rosy Coral and it is a vibrant pink, it’s a lovely flattering shade and it brightens up any makeup look. It’s the perfect Summer holiday shade. It’s a lovely lightweight, hydrating formula which feels very comfortable on the lips and has an easy to wear satin finish. I also really like that the Rouge Pur Couture range has SPF15. I’ve never tried a YSL lipstick before so this is a very exciting addition to my makeup stash. With this in my makeup bag I feel like a sophisticated woman who has her shit together.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Swatch

YSL Top Secrets Lip Perfector

This is a product I’ve also never tried from YSL. It is a 3 in 1 product and can be used as a primer, lip treatment or a lipbalm. It has a really comfortable non greasy formula and it gives the lips a nice glossy finish. It is clear and works well both under your lip colour as a nice smooth base which helps prolong the wear time of your lipstick or on top to give it a subtle glossy finish. I am for sure taking this away with me to Amsterdam as my fancy lipbalm!

What are your favourite mini products and do you have a drawer full of them just incase you need them for a trip?

To shop for your own YSL Minis and Gifts head to www.yslbeauty.co.uk

*This post contains PR samples

Fragrance – Prepping For Summer

NEW Summer Fragrance

NEW Summer Fragrance

I use the change in seasons as an excuse to switch up my beauty routine especially my fragrance. I like more of a fresh, light scent as we head into Summer, one that reflects how much I enjoy this time of year. I can already tell you that one of these scents has already won me over and is set to become very much a signature scent for me. Scents are able to evoke memories and take us on a journey so picking a new scent is important and can stay with us for years.

I have two beautiful Summer appropriate scents to share with you, I’d love it if you let me know in the comments what perfume you like to wear during the warmer months.

Givenchy Live Irresistible Perfume

NEW Givenchy Fragrance

Givenchy Live Irrésistible EDP délicieuse

This beautiful fragrance comes packaged in a pretty pink box which depicts a classic Parisian scene. The tall triangular bottle is very striking with an etched studded pattern on two sides. Givenchy say it is a contrast between elegance and modernity.

This Délicieuse version of Givenchy’s best selling Live Irresistible scent is a sweet mix of edible gourmand notes and a floral bouquet which make it a really fun, youthful fragrance. The original offering had more of a zesty, floral scent and although this latest version keeps its Rose heart notes I think it will appeal to people that like their fragrance to be more sugary sweet. It contains notes of,

  • Top Notes: Madeleine Accord, Cherry
  • Heart Notes: Rose Essentielle, Orange Blossom
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Iris, Bitter Almond, Vanilla, Caramel

This fragrance is like Summer in a bottle. A delicious cocktail of sweet, floral and warming caramel notes give it a juicy scent. At first the smell is quite intense and you can really smell the zesty, tart notes but once it settles down the Almond and Caramel notes come through which give it depth and more of a warming but still quite sweet scent.

If you are looking for a Summer scent with a flirty, fun & youthful feel to it I 100% recommend this latest Givenchy release. It’s sweet, juicy & floral cocktail make it the perfect fragrance for those warm Summer days.

Favourite Summer Fragrances 2017

Gucci Bamboo Perfume

Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition EDP

This classic Gucci fragrance is the same original sexy woody floral scent but now comes in a stunning limited edition bottle. This updated version comes beautifully packaged in a pretty dusky pink outer box with drawings of a bamboo garden scene. Whilst the bottle itself is a gorgeous blush pink with its art deco inspired silhouette and silver bamboo stopper. It looks and feels extremely luxurious and the packaging really reflects the strong, feminine Gucci Bamboo scent.

I think this perfume is very modern, sexy and has a refreshing sophisticated feel to it. The mix of woody, floral and sweet notes work really well layered together and I adore the citrus twist of the bergamot which adds such a Summer vibe to the scent.

  • Top Notes– Italian Bergamot
  • Heart Notes – Casablanca Lily & Ylang-Ylang
  • Base Notes – Sandalwood

I like that this isn’t an overpowering scent which works well for Summer, you like your perfume to be more fresh and uplifting in the warmer months. The floral notes make it just ideal for Summer and it’s woody notes settle down to give it a sophisticated feel. I do also like that there is also a juicy sweetness to it whilst the Sandalwood and Bergamot add a rich contrast and once it settles down it’s a juicy, refreshing but sophisticated scent. I adore it.

Luxurious GUCCI Bamboo Perfume

Two very different scents for Summer but both are feminine and very pretty. I would say the Gucci Bamboo has stolen my heart and has become my go to fragrance. I think this scent suits me more than the Givenchy Live Irrésistible Delicieuse only because it is less sweet and I tend to gravitate towards more woody scents. Although I am enjoying the lighthearted feel to Givenchy Live Irrésistible Delicieuse and have been wearing it as more of a day scent.

Let me know what scent you have added to your Summer line up this year & if you’re tempted by either of the scents I have been wearing.

  • This post is in collaboration with Fragrance Direct

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer Fragrance

Viktor Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer Fragrance

Viktor Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer Fragrance

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 Bottle

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.

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer Fragrance

Bonbon Spring Summer contains some of my favourite notes including cedarwood, musk and blackcurrant,

  • Top notes: grapefruit essential oil, tangerine essential oil, orange essential oil, blackcurrant
  • Middle notes: icing sugar accord, orange blossom absolute, sambac jasmine absolute, peach accord
  • Base notes: musks, guaiac wood essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, caramel accord

Spring Summer Perfume from Viktor and Rolf

NEW Viktor and Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer Perfume

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!

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Spring Summer EDT 50ml – £58 and is available from John Lewis, Selfridges, Boots and Online at Escentual.com

  • This post contains PR samples

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom

Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb Bloom Fragrance

Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb Bloom Fragrance

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom* 

I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about switching up your scent for Spring and if this had landed on my doorstep at the beginning of March this would 100% have been included. I adore the original Flowerbomb fragrance, it is such a recognisable, cult scent and for me it evokes so many happy memories. I have repurchased it countless times since it was first released back in 2005.

This latest release from master perfumers Viktor & Rolf is a lighter more refreshing take on the original scent, it has been called the sister scent (I like that).

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate Accord, Bergamot, Mandarin Oils
  • Heart Notes: Freesia, Rose, Jasmine, Pure Air Molecule
  • Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Patchouli

What I enjoy about the Flowerbomb fragrances is that they are a beautiful mix of floral and sweet. With neither being too overpowering, also once the scent has settled it has a very flirty, youthful musk undertone, which I love.

The bottle is not too dissimilar to the original, it is a little more slender but still diamond cut and looks just as pretty.

It is described as another chapter in the Flowerbomb story and if you’re a fan of the original you’re going to really enjoy this new airy, fresh, Spring offering.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom is available now from Boots, Escentual, Debenhams and John Lewis in 30ml – £45, 50ml – £58 and 100ml – £80

*PR Sample