Well, I think Baylis and Harding have knocked it out of the park again with their new Beauticology Unicorn Candy Collection. How adorable is the kitsch pastel packaging and like all Baylis & Harding releases you get a lot of product for your money. These bottles are huge and they range in price from £2.15 – £3, so very affordable indeed & don’t forget this collection is exclusive to Boots.
This is such a fun collection and Unicorns have become extremely popular over the past few years, this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon (and I am OK with that). This magical collection brings me more joy than it probably should but It just looks so cute in my bathroom and it makes me smile every time I use it.
I’m such a big fan of the huge Baylis & Harding Hand Washes and have used so many over the years, they’re so good because you get a whopping 500ml of product and they just last forever. Perfect for popping in your guest bathroom or keeping next to the kitchen sink.
All 3 products in this collection contain Shea Butter to help keep your skin soft and smooth! They also share the same sweet candy scent (I think it smells like candyfloss) – let’s just say if you don’t like sugary sweet scents then this isn’t going to be for you, but the Tropical Cocktail Range which is more fruity might be perfect.
OK so there is a fun new haircare brand in town & it gets the prize for the most adorable, instagramable packaging, ever! It’s fun, simple and pastel coloured – I love it! Design.Me hail from North America and are an innovative, ahead of the curve brand who want to protect, enhance and keep your locks looking fabulous. I’ve been trying out a few products from their collection and they’ve become my goto Summer styling products. I’m pretty impressed by these pastel packaged hair treats! The range consists of 4 cult products:
PowerDRY.ME – a unique technology product to reduce blow dry time by up to 50%.
Fab.ME – the mother of all hair treatments, with four defence formula that will give you your youthful, fabulous hair back in a matter of seconds!
Puff.ME – The FIRST EVER super-volumising powder spray in a pump to pep up medium to thick hair to give you the instant volume you’ve always dreamed of.
Puff.ME Light – A lighter version of Puff.ME, this super-volumising powder spray is perfect for fine to medium hair.
DESIGN.ME products give hair sheen, oomph, volume, and styling speed. Plus, these high-quality products are vegan, cruelty-free and contain not one single drop of harmful sulfates, parabens or gluten.
I have such a quick hair care routine and the fewer products I need to use each day the better. I like to keep it simple and this Fab.Me Hair Mist is described as ‘The mother of all hair treatments’ and it really is! It has so many wonderful benefits from hydrating to detangling and even protecting against heat damage caused by styling.
You lightly mist it on to clean, damp hair and it works its magic, giving you shine, preventing split ends and leaves your hair feeling manageable and silky smooth. It is such a great multi-benefit product and one that fits right into my haircare routine. I love a product that has more than one benefit and this styling mist has a whopping 18 benefits – as well as smelling amazing and looking super cute. It ticks all the boxes for me and I have been using it a lot over the Summer to lock in moisture and reduce frizz & static (so no flyaways here!)
Detangles & hydrates
Colour fade protection
Shine and lustre
How adorable is this little pink and white bottle?! Well, let’s just start by saying it looks cute but the packaging was a nightmare for me – this is a powder and for some reason when I took the lid off so much of it puffed out all over the place. I wouldn’t travel with this and I would say not to put the lid back on.
This product is to give your roots volume and texture and it does that in abundance. I have to say I wasn’t 100% blown away with this and it left my hair feeling weird and the powder wasn’t translucent in my hair. When I used it I 100% had to wash my hair the next day otherwise my hair felt like straw. I think I prefer to use a standard dry shampoo to achieve the same results, this product is great in theory but needs a little more tweaking.
Odour and mess free
Made for fine to medium hair
Perfect texture for updo’s & braids
Say hello to my new best friend – as most of you know in the UK we have had some of the hottest weather we’ve seen in a LONG time and the last thing anyone wants to be doing in this heat is spending ages blow drying our hair (and melting in the process). So this Powerdry.Me mist has halved the time It takes me to dry my hair. This mist is wonderful if like me you have thick, unruly hair, it speeds up drying times by up to 50% and it also leaves your hair sleek, protects from damaging heat and UV. So it’s the ideal product to add to your hair care routine this Summer. I am singing its praises and have been recommending it to anyone that will listen.
Decreases your blowdrying time by 50%!
Heat and UV Protection
Smooth & conditions hair
The Design.ME hair styling range is now available in Sally Beauty stores nationwide and online at www.sallybeauty.co.uk
I don’t actually own too many perfumes, I try to keep my collection small and actually use them before they pass their best. Fragrance can quite often be very expensive and often that can lead you to only using them sparingly or for special occasions. I like to use my perfumes every day and so it is nice when you can have a nice mix of good quality affordable options as well as more luxe options too.
I want to introduce you to, two affordable scents from two very well known high street shops, both perfumes have slotted well into my collection and have been seeing a lot of use!
I used to use Accessorize makeup all the time and always loved the fun, feminine packaging, so I was excited to try their signature scent. This Love Lily fragrance would make a lovely everyday scent, it is nicely subtle and settles to wear for quite a few hours before the need to reapply. It is incredible value for money and the bottle is beautiful.
The perfume comes in a pretty hexagonal bottle, it is quite weighty and is finished with a pink floral stopper. Out of the two perfumes, this does have more of a youthful feel, I think it is because the scent is fruity and sweet. It features notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla.
If you enjoy scents that are juicy, fresh and fairly sweet you need to add this to your collection. Don’t think this is going to be sickly sweet because it is not at all, the zesty fruit and floral jasmine help to give it a twist.
The Monsoon Rose Gold is very different from the Accessorize Love Lily. The bottle is more understated and elegant and the scent is sophisticated and sexy. That is how I have justified keeping both – this one makes a beautiful evening scent. So I now have new scents for both day & night.
What I like about the Rose Gold fragrance is that it has more of a warm, sexy scent and neroli and musk are two of my favourite notes. They add a masculine feel. These notes work so well alongside the rose, lemon and vanilla which give it that zesty, sweet twist.
Top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents
Heart notes of velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen
Base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber
Once it has settled down it smells beautiful, not too heavy but it lasts well on me. I can still smell it on my scarf 4 days after I’d sprayed it.
Both scents are affordable are very pretty. They’re very different in terms of scent and I do feel like the Accessorize Love Lily would be perfect for late teens early 20’s. The Monsoon Rose Gold has a slightly more romantic, sophisticated feel but that being said I have enjoyed them both.
Perfume is down to personal taste & I always recommend trying them out for yourself. So if you get chance to pop into a Monsoon or Accessorize store give them a whirl and let me know your thoughts.
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.
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.
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.
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