SHAY & BLUE and QVC BEAUTY LAUNCH 4 PIECE FRAGRANCE COLLECTION

Shay & Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC

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 and Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

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

Shay and Blue Four Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV October 2018

  • 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.

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Fragrance

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!

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Collection QVC TSV

Shay and Blue QVC TSV October 2018

Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

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 Belladonna Collection 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

QVC TSV October 2018 Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna

  • 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.

Shay and Blue London Fragrance Collection

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.

Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna Perfume

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.

SAVE OVER £60
Collection value: worth over £112
QVC special price: under £50
Special price available for ONE DAY ONLY from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18th October 2018

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 Powdered Veil Fragrance

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.

NEW Miller Harris Powdered Veil

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.

Miller Harris Powdered Veil Perfume

Miller Harris Powdered Veil EDP 100ml – £105

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Rhubarb, Geranium

Heart Notes: Floral, Hedione, Orchid

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.

Miller Harris Powdered Veil Matte Pink Bottle

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.

Powdered Veil Perfume Review

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

Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection

Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection from Molton Brown

I love to switch up my perfume as the season’s change and I think this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new scent. So August saw Molton Brown release their stunning new Pretty Bold – Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection. This Collection celebrates being fearlessly feminine and looks to empower women and their individuality. The range centres around the starring note, the jasmine flower, which is both beautifully delicate yet exceptionally powerful. I think It’s the perfect scent to see us through the end of a beautiful Summer and take us into a crisp fresh Autumn.

Jasmine and Sun Rose Collection Molton Brown

The new Jasmine & Sun Rose fragrance is a mix of fruity and floral, layered with warm sexy feminine notes. It’s a real scent journey and I just love the boldness of the sharp fruity notes coupled with the more smooth and sexy notes of bergamot and musk. It is a real treat and I think it will be a great transitional scent as the seasons change.

As I mentioned this new collection is a celebration of fearless femininity and I’m totally onboard with that. I love anything that champions modern femininity. At its core, this Jasmine & Sun Rose collection is beautifully feminine but I also like that it has a rich, sexy, bold vibe to it too. I think it’s quite a contemporary feminine fragrance and one I think you’re going to love.

New Molton Brown Jasmine Sun Rose Collection

Opening with fresh Bergamot, Raspberry and soft Peach, the captivating scent is enhanced by a delicate heart of Rose, Jasmine and Osmanthus, before settling on a luxurious Patchouli and Musk base.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Raspberry, Peach
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Osmanthus
  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Musk

The peach and raspberry give this fragrance a real sweet fruitiness that has a juicy touch. The floral notes of osmanthus, jasmine and rose add a classic feminine layer whilst the notes of musk, patchouli and bergamot add that bold, modern sexy feel. This is a fragrance that works for day or night. When it is first spritzed you can really make out the fruity notes but once settled down the elegant, rich, sexy notes of musk and patchouli really come through.

Molton Brown Pretty Bold Jasmine Sun Rose

Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection

Bath & Shower Gel £20/€22

Jasmine & Sun Rose Eau de Toilette 100ml £69/€75

Jasmine & Sun Rose Eau de Toilette 50ml £45/€49

Jasmine & Sun Rose Body Lotion £25/€31

Jasmine & Sun Rose Exquisite Bathing Oil £39/€49

Molton Brown Luxurious Fragrance

The packaging for this collection is simply stunning & to illustrate the fragrance, Molton Brown has collaborated with acclaimed British artist Rhea Thierstein evoking the soul of this fragrance in her own piece of moving art. The bottles themselves are the classic Molton Brown deigns but the colours have a feminine peachy, pink hue and the gift boxes are just extra special. They look like a colourful marble effect and this is one box that I will be keeping, it really is too nice to throw away.

Molton Brown Jasmine Sun Rose Perfume

So if you like classic scents with a modern twist you need to check out this latest offering from Molton Brown. I’m going to pop into a store and treat myself to the bath & shower gel.

As always with fragrance I highly recommend popping into a store & giving it a test, I think it will make a gorgeous Summer/Autumn transitional scent and of course, Molton Brown products always make fantastic gifts.

Molton Brown’s Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection is available nationwide instore & online and also at select John Lewis Stores.

*this post contains PR samples

Everyday Makeup Favourites 2018

Current Beauty Favourites

Over the past year, I have been working towards a more minimal lifestyle and have been trying to declutter my life. One area that really overwhelmed me was my beauty stash. So I’ve managed to reduce it quite considerably, I now only have products that I love and use regularly. I don’t hang on to things just in case I might want to use them, or make excuses to buy new products when I clearly do not need them. Today I’m sharing most of the products that are in my everyday makeup bag and I would say it is a third of the makeup I now currently own and that makes me so happy!

Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara

Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara

I’m usually the person who has multiple mascaras on the go at once, forever on the quest for the perfect all-rounder that ticks all the boxes. Well, I am here to tell you, I have found it and it is the Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara (please never let them discontinue it). I only have one mascara in my collection and it is this one. It is all I need. First up the packaging is super cool and looks like an oil slick, I love it. The wand has quite short bristles that apply the perfect amount of product to each lash & make them look thick, voluminous and the formula is so black! Zero clumping, no fallout and it doesn’t transfer or smudge. It is a pain to get off but that means it has some serious staying power. This is my number 1, my holy grail the ONLY mascara I need in my life. Oh, & it is Vegan, so that is a big plus.

Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

I go between this and the Essence Brow Mascara, they’re almost identical and similar in quality, the Rimmel one I think has slightly better staying power. The Essence one is Vegan and Cruelty-Free but I can only get it in Wilko and that isn’t a shop I have locally so the Rimmel version is a good back up for me. This adds a nice amount of colour and texture to your brows, I like that you can use it alone for an effortless look or on top of your powder to set your brows and add a little more colour. It gives the illusion that I spend more time on my brows that I actually do and that’s what I want. I am all about that simple makeup life.

Current Makeup Favourites 2018

Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Stick

This is the creamiest stick concealer I have ever used. I tend to steer clear of stick foundations & concealers as they’re usually quite dry and hard to apply but this is buttery and blends like a dream. I use it everywhere, under eye bags, blemishes, redness and it covers all my imperfections with ease without looking heavy. I would say this gives a very decent medium coverage. I quite often just apply this and feel confident enough to not wear foundation. It has been a lifesaver during the crazy heatwave because its formula is sweat, water and smudge resistant!

Enriched with a careful dose of mineral pigments, beeswax, carnauba wax and a lightweight oil, the formula allows for more spreadable and waterproof coverage that blends in effortlessly. 

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed

I do have a couple of other bronzers but I just always go back to this Urban Decay one because it is matte and the colour is perfect for giving the skin a subtle healthy sun-kissed warmth. It is a lovely natural colour (on me) and you can easily build it up without it looking muddy or orange. It has been my goto bronzer this Summer and for £23 I think it is a Summer Holiday must have!

Soap & Glory Radiance Powders 

These two cheek products are stunning – I have used them for years, I wouldn’t be without them in my collection. I like that they both have a highlight, glow feel to them. The blush is a stunning light pink, peach on the cheeks with a gorgeous gold glow running though. It adds a healthy fresh glow to any look. The bronzer is a beautiful golden glow and I often use it as an eyeshadow and brow highlight.

soap and glory makeup

Essence Fresh & Fit Foundation

This creamy foundation gives a nice medium coverage whilst feeling lightweight on the skin, I hate it when your base feels thick and heavy. This foundation is enriched with a complex of vitamin b3, e, pro-vitamin b5 and cranberry water, it is fantastic to see a budget-friendly foundation with such fantastic skincare benefits added to their formula. These ingredients are going to help your skin glow, look refreshed and awake. I use it as my everyday foundation and quite often I don’t even feel the need to powder, it does have a nice glow to it without looking greasy or shiny. For £5 you need to try it!

w7 Mid-Summer Nights Eyeshadow Palette

I always travel with this 9 pan eyeshadow palette. It’s super compact and has 9 wearable, versatile shades. I can create a simple, smokey or even a bold eye look with this palette and it has a really nice mix of matte and shimmer finishes. For under £4 the quality is pretty damn good & I’m here to tell you that you 100% need it in your makeup bag.

W7 Mid Summer Nights Eyeshadow Palette

w7 The Naughty Nine Eyeshadow Palette

NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12%

This is nothing short of liquid magic, It’s flipping amazing. This is a highlighter, primer and serum in one (love a multi-use product) it instantly blurs imperfections and gives a healthy dewy, even-toned radiance. Designed to create a photo-ready finish on all skin types, this complexion perfector creates a lit-from-within glow in seconds with a wide variety of light-refracting prisms, tone and hue correctors, and photo-finishing technologies.

So you can apply to your skin alone or wear it under your favourite foundation to add a beautiful radiance and correct discolouration. It can also be mixed with other products for subtle radiance. It’s such an easy product to incorporate into your makeup routine. I haven’t ever used a product quite like this & I just can’t get across to you just how incredible it is and how radiant and glowing my skin looks when I wear it.

Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation

I am a loyal user of the Vichy Dermablend 3d Liquid Foundation and I am so pleased to have discovered this high coverage compact powder option. This is a really lovely foundation that has buildable coverage. The lightweight powder sits nicely in the skin giving you a velvety matte finish and it covers imperfections with ease. I wear shade 25 Nude and it’s a good all year round shade for me. When I want to achieve that full coverage, makeup last all day look I often set my liquid foundation with this powder simply because it makes my skin look incredible (flawless) and everything is locked in place all day! It is a great foundation if you have redness, acne scarring or just want a more full coverage look without your makeup looking heavy or dusty.

Imperfections are decreased by up to 60% day after day with active dermatological ingredients including sebum-regulating zinc gluconate and anti-imperfection salicylic acid and vitamin E. The appearance of pores is reduced and skin texture looks improved.

Everyday Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink Lipstick

I must confess that I rarely wear lipstick or anything on my lips for that matter. I have a very small collection of lip products now and they’re all pretty much nude shades apart from a couple of more deep Autumnal colours. I like to wear quite a basic lip colour and go bolder on my eye look and I find Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to be some of the most comfortable and long-wearing. This pinky nude shade freshens up any makeup look as works day to night. I love it and the packaging feels super luxe and special.

What makeup is in your everyday makeup bag?