When it comes to Armani fragrances I have remained loyal to Si for years, it is one of my all-time favourite perfumes, so when Armani asked if I’d like to try their latest release, In Love With You I wondered how it would compare to Si. Let me tell you right out of the gate that they are so different and there is room in your fragrance collection for both! Si is a little more grown up and undeniably feminine. Whereas ‘In Love With You’ EDP is sweet and sexy but with a modern intense twist.
Emporio Armani In Love With You EDP
In Love With You is a brand new women’s fragrance launched nationwide on January 30th 2019 and is a rich, fruity bold scent. It is quite intense and a little more playful than Armani Si and I like it!
It comes in a lovely simple, weighty bottle with a silver cap and the Armani Logo embossed into the spray cap. Those subtle details make the product feel so much more luxurious.
Top Notes – of black currant, cherry and raspberry.
Heart Notes of jasmine absolute and rose
Base Notes of wormwood, vanilla, patchouli and vetiver.
This fragrance has a great mix of floral, fruity and warm notes that work to make this scent intense, juicy and modern. It is the perfect scent for strong, sophisticated women. A wonderful day to night fragrance, the berry notes make it juicy and fresh, perfect for daytime. But if you apply it more liberally the sexy, adventurous heady base notes make it the perfect evening scent too.
Patchouli and vetiver are two of my favourite notes in a fragrance, I am always drawn to these notes and think they make a scent really edgy and interesting. I think the mix of notes works so well together. I love the sweetness of the fruity notes that give you that initial youthful feel. Then the floral notes make it a little more feminine and sophisticated and the base notes give it that sexy, modern scent. The layers compliment each other so well.
If you’re looking for a new scent for 2019, I have to say this perfume from Emporio Armani has to be top of your shopping list. I think it is a scent that will have such a wide appeal. If you get the change to get to an Armani counter you have to try it for yourself. Make sure you spritz it and let it settle so you can really appreciate all the notes, you will not be disappointed.
Or if you need ideas for a Valentine’s Gift then look no further. This perfume would make such a thoughtful, luxurious gift for someone special.
If you’re not already familiar with Jurlique, they’re an Australian brand which was started back in 1985 by a husband & wife dedicated to harnessing the power of nature to create incredibly effective products. Their ethos was Nature + Science = Beauty and to this day Jurlique develops high-performance skincare, using potent, biodynamic (Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition), organic and natural ingredients sourced the world over.
Jurlique has an Organic Farm in the Adelaide Hills of Australia where the magic happens and this was the brainchild of the founders Dr Jurgen Klien and his wife Ulrike, a Horticulturist and a Botanist with a passion for combining nature with science to deliver natural skincare with long-lasting effects. To this day the farm is thriving and its where many of the herbs, flowers and plants are grown for Jurlique’s products.
I am a long time user of Jurlique’s classic Rosewater Balancing Mist and always have a bottle on my desk just to refresh my skin throughout the day. I was so excited to learn they’d released a lovely limited edition version. The Sweet Violet and Grapefruit Mist are packed full of potent natural antioxidants, which help improve skins moisture levels, leaving the skin feeling hydrated, soothed and balanced.
This is such a versatile product. I like to use it on clean skin before my skincare regime, and also throughout the day to refresh my skin or indeed to refresh my makeup. It gives the skin a real boost of moisture, the scent is also very calming and a nice blend of zesty fruit and floral notes. I like that it comes out as light misting of moisture to your skin, and doesn’t drench your face.
Jurlique products always come so beautifully packaged and this hydrating mist does not disappoint. The outer box has a gorgeous purple floral design with gold writing. The purple ombre bottle itself is simply stunning, it looks so luxurious. This would make a thoughtful gift for anyone who enjoys skincare and is maybe missing out on this step in their routine.
2017 was the year of the sheet mask and I for one love this beauty trend. Sheet masks are the ultimate in pampering. I was very excited to hear that Jurlique had released their own sheet masks and I love that Jurlique has included an extra piece for under your chin. What a fantastic idea! It helps to keep the mask in place a lot easier
Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolouration, addressing the signs of a dull, uneven skin tone.
The innovative formula with VitaBrightKX and other potent brightening ingredients delivers a highly concentrated solution to help inhibit melanin synthesis, reducing the appearance of dark spots and discolouration to help revive a dull looking complexion with uneven skin tone and texture.
It recommends to leave the mask on for 15 minutes but I have found with most sheet masks that you can really leave them on for longer. I tend to have a bath when I use a sheet mask so I just leave it on the whole time & that tends to be about 30 – 40 minutes. The mask fits my face well (I have quite a small face) and was easy to get into place, it felt cooling and very relaxing and there was quite a lot of product to massage in after I removed the mask which felt so nice.
You get 5 masks in each box, I have been using mine the night before a big event or indeed after. These are quite luxurious masks so I have been using them as a real skincare treat but I have to say they leave my skin feeling incredibly soft and looking fresh and radiant. In terms of reducing dark spots and uneven skin tone, this is something that takes time and I will update you if I see a positive change in my discolouration.
This trio of handcare treats from Jurlique just screams festive gift! It even comes packaged in such a pretty red floral box which makes it so easy for gifting. This set comes with three luxurious treats for your hands, to keep them looking and feeling their best over the colder months. Our hands can really dry out over the Winter and they can look a little neglected. This set includes,
Exfoliating Hand Treatment – A two-in-one formula that works as both a mask and a scrub for beautifully soft and smooth hands. Formulated with a blend of Jojoba Beads and White and Red Clay, the luxurious treatment gently and effectively exfoliates hands, eliminating dry, rough patches whilst nourishing and protecting for long-lasting comfort.
Nail & Cuticle Oil – A deeply nourishing and conditioning formula for healthy-looking nails and cuticles. The unique oil helps to strengthen dry and brittle nails, soothe cracked cuticles and intensely hydrate fingertips, resulting in beautiful nails in optimum health.
Rose Handcream – Enriched with nourishing Honey, the fast-absorbing hand cream delivers intense hydration to leave your hands full of moisture. Precious Rose Oil restores skin, whilst Sweet Almond and Viola soothe dry, irritated hands. Transform hard-working, rough hands thanks to antioxidant Vitamin E, which works to protect skin from damage caused by environmental aggressors.
If you’re still looking for a few Christmas Gift ideas then I highly recommend checking out what Jurlique have on offer either via their online store www.jurlique.co.uk or at Jurliques new flagship store on 489 Oxford St, London or Debenhams in Chester & Oxford St London.
One of the things I love most about Baylis and Harding are their festive gift sets & this year they have so many affordable treats on offer. Their products make for amazing stocking fillers and they do gifts for all of the family, their home offerings are extra festive this year too.
You can find Baylis & Harding in most major supermarkets and also online at Amazon. Which means you can pick up gifts whilst you do your food shop or from the comfort of your home. I find buying online is super convenient & it also means you can pick up last minute gifts without having to treck into the Christmas shopping madness.
Baylis and Harding always release fun, festive treats which make adorable stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts. This Bath Time Treats duo has my nieces name all over it. She will think the mini roll top bath is super cute and use it to keep her nick nacks in after the products are all used up and the body products in this set smells so festive, the Midnight Fig and Pomegranate is a beautiful rich scent. Included in this set are two body products,
50 ml shower cream leaves skin feeling cleansed
Indulgent 30 ml body butter to nourish and fragrance the body
This beautiful Mulberry and Mistletoe collection has been inspired by Baylis & Harding’s very own Boutique country Inn called The Fuzzy Duck which is nestled right in the heart of the Cotswolds. This year’s collection comes in s sensational scent which perfectly captures the nostalgia of the season and brings to mind warm cosy nights in, wrapped in blankets and sitting by a log fire.
I love this collection, it really is so festive and the collection includes some really thoughtful, luxurious gifts.
This lovely limited edition gift set comes in a stunning red faux suede style wash bag which is big enough to fit all of your travel toiletries in for an upcoming trip. It also includes four Fuzzy Duck products.
Luxury quilted wash bag in festive red faux suede
Luxury 100 ml shampoo and conditioner to keep hair silky smooth
Indulgent 50 ml bath and shower gel and 50 ml body balm to soothe and gently cleanse skin whilst deeply moisturising and nourishing
Ideal gift fragranced in festive mulberry and mistletoe
How festive is this gorgeous gift set? The glitzy gold sequin clutch is an ideal party bag and you also get 3 body products in one of my favourite Baylis and Harding scents. The Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit is a lovely fresh, fruity scent, it is crisp but not too heavy, the body spritz is the perfect size to pop in your handbag. This set includes,
Glittering gold sequin clutch bag containing a trio of bathing luxuries
100 ml luxury shower gel leaves skin feeling cleansed
100 ml hand and body lotion soothes and nourishes working hands
100 ml body spritz to refresh and balance skin with its spicy and zesty fragrance notes
This is a limited edition handwash in Prosecco Fizz. What could be more fitting for Christmas than a product that is prosecco scented? It is a huge 500ml bottle and the packaging looks very luxurious and expensive but the beauty of all Baylis & Harding products is that they’re all so purse friendly. This has gone straight into my bathroom for our house guests to enjoy over Christmas, although this huge bottle will last well into the New Year.
This has to be my favourite gift option. Everything is so festive from the incredible packaging right to the Winter Spruce scent. This candle screams Christmas. I adore the Gold Christmas Tree detail on the lid it really makes this candle look so luxurious and very festive. The scent is light enough so you can have this candle lit in any room in your house and the scent lightly fills the room without being too overpowering. This is one product you need to either add to your Christmas List this year or buy as a stocking filler for a loved one.
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.
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
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 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
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 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?