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Lovely Girlie Bits was started way back in September 2010 as a little corner of the internet where Karen could share her love of all things makeup and beauty. Somehow over the years, it's grown into an award winning blog that people (hopefully!) trust and Karen's mission is to have a blog that people can search when they're standing at a makeup counter wondering what products to buy!
When Clarins launch their spring products every year, my heart is happy because I know brighter days are just around the corner! They always do the most beautiful packaging and I know that's not what's important, but I'm a sucker for something that looks beautiful on my desk. I know. I'm a disaster darling.
First up, Clarins have six SOS Primers, promising to colour correct your skin, giving you a blank canvas to work from. I speak for myself when I say that different parts of my face have different issues that one primer won't sort, so I've been taking the multi-masking concept and have been multi priming with these.
Each one has a different function - the peach tube blurs imperfections, lilac visibly brightens sallow skin, the white tube boosts radiance, pink minimizes signs of fatigue, the green one diminishes redness and the coral tube visibly minimizes dark spots. I've been testing out the ones that suit my skin and so far I'm loving them. I don't wear them all on the same day FYI! They set quickly on my skin and my makeup goes on beautifully over them. They're €31 and are on counters now.
Now Clarins do some gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and their spring offering is no different. It's called "Lovely Rose" and despite its pinkiness, it's actually really wearable!
Now I've said this before, but there's a lot to be said for eyeshadows with medium pigment. Not everyone is blessed with the powers of blending and palettes like this one are really user friendly for those who like a softer approach when it comes to makeup. And it's why my Mam puts her eye on every single palette that arrives from Clarins! For her, being able to build up the coverage is much better than having something that she applies too much of. And as someone who can be heavy handed with her makeup, I genuinely don't mind something with a bit less pigment.
I decided to try and follow the two tutorials on the card that comes with the palette, just to show you it in action the way Clarins suggested. And I think they turned out really well! It's such a bright, fresh palette and while it does take a bit of work to build up the colour, the shadows themselves blend beautifully. It's €43 and is on counters now.
On to my favourite things! I love love love the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balms and each season, I hope they bring out new shades! They've two in the spring collection, Plum and Hot Pink and if you're a fan of sheer glossy lips with a hint of colour, you're going to love these.
I've Hot Pink on in the photo below and it looks more peachy on me which makes me love it even more. It's spring time in lip balm form! Each of these lip balms are moisturising and leave my lips looking and feeling all juicy. They're €20 and I'm such a collector of them so Clarins, do me a favour and keep bringing new ones out each season ok thanks bye.
Plum, pictured below, is one of those shades that I can throw on with any look because it's quite subdued, won't compete with my eyeshadow and is like a my lips but better shade.
I love that Clarins have a small but perfectly curated spring collection this year. The primers are fantastic and I'll showcase the ones I've been using in some upcoming makeup tutorials over on YouTube.
I posted these photos over on Facebook yesterday and had some fab feedback so I thought I'd post it here as well! I've a couple of events and christenings coming up and have been doing a bit of online window shopping to see what's new. Asos never fails me... It knows what I like and it has the things I love... I was supposed to go to a fancy thing in Powerscourt recently but wasn't well, so I have a gorgeous spangly fancy dress to wear but nowhere to wear it. It's too fancy for a party or a christening, so I did what any normal woman who has a wardrobe of things waiting to be work did. I looked online. Just because.
Now I'm a lady who's large and in charge so I don't wear short dresses, and midis just have my heart. You show enough leg to warrant fake tanning from the kneecap down, and you still feel like you're not exposing too much flesh. Flesh. What a manky word. BUT I DIGRESS!
I picked out 10 of Asos' gorgeous midis that I myself would wear, in the hopes that it might help a fellow bridie out. Most of them area really reasonable and as someone who only wears dresses on special occasions (with my anti chafing shorts a la Aisling Mariah Keenan), I love each and every one of them. I've attached affiliate links but by all means, don't feel obliged to use them. Just search for midis on Asos and you'll find them.
I absolutely love these gunas and have spent far too long watching the videos of them in action wondering if I too can look like a lady, flouncing around the place. I think it's highly unlikely that I can glide the way the models do, but a girl can dream eh!
Which one is your favourite dress? I can't pick favourite and am now considering becoming a fashun blogger so I have an excuse to start shopping more!
Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean we have to say goodbye to our love of shimmer and glitters and Stila have set the bar high for their spring 2018 launch. We're talking lots of colour and sparkle and a few surprises too! The Stila Bohemian Beauty Spring collection is only fabulous and last week I got to swatch as much of the products as possible and got given one of the bits to try out too.
They've brought out more Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow and Shimmer and Glow, the shimmers have the rose gold lid and the glitters have the gold lid. Can you cope? The answer is no. No Karen, I cannot cope.
If that wasn't enough sparkle for you, they've two new shades of the Glitterati Top Coats, one of which I've swatched over a matte red on my hand below so you could see. I haven't tried it out properly on the lips but the bi-phase formula has a water base, packed full of really fine shimmer that dries matte, so you won't have glitter all over your face.
They've extended their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick range and have added six Stay All Day Shimmer Liquid Lipsticks and six Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipsticks (more on one of them below). And they've brought back their Smudge Kajal Eyeliners! The nude was one of my favourite shades to wear on the waterline years ago and I'll have to get their new version to see how it compares.
The imagery for the collection is beautiful and each look is something I could actually do myself. Ok, maybe I couldn't pull off the pale blue eyeshadow but still, you never know!
I was given a full size of the Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Grace, one of my favourite shades from the Christmas set I bought last year. And I got the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Sheer Beso. Packaging is spot on as per uge.
I thought a little hand swatch might be a good place to start and as I've shown Grace before, let's have the chats about Sheer Beso. This is a double layer, just to show how much it can be built up. But let's see it on the lips.
Now, when Stila said they were bringing out a sheer version of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and when I found out one of them was red, my inner scaredy cat rejoiced! You know me and my goal to wear red lips more outside of the house and now thanks to Sheer Beso, I can build myself up to that. In the photo below, I've applied just one layer so you can see the finish and in the photo underneath that, I've applied two coats.
The finish is beautifully smooth and first impressions are really positive. But I've only worn it around the house so far and I've an event next week that I'm planning on wearing it to, so stand by for a proper wear test in real life!
The Stila Bohemian Beauty Spring collection is available now on Cloud 10 Beauty and on the Stila website. Keep an eye out in Marks and Spencers for it too along with ASOS. I just had a look on their websites and it's not on there yet. Is anything taking your fancy in the collection?
L'Occitane's Terre De Lumiere was my absolute favourite fragrance of 2017 and I had everyone tormented talking about it, making them smell me, making them try it and now, just when things had calmed down, L'Occitane have only gone and released a new version of Terre De Lumiere...
Say bonjour, comment ca va, ou est le centre de George Pompidou, to L'Occitane's Terre De Lumière L'Eau.
The bottle has the same shape as the original fragrance, but this time it's got touches of pink on it, a nod to the dawn light of Provence. I love how the two Terre De Lumieres reflect the start of the day and the end of the day, making a grand duo altogether. Now because of these two perfumes, I feel the need to visit Provence. If it smells like this in the morning and smells like Terre De Lumiere in the evening, sign me up and ship me out lads.
With top notes of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant, heart notes of pink peony, and base notes of bitter almond essence, tonka bean and white musk, it's a mix of bright zestiness, delicate floral and round warmth. To me, this is a more sophisticated scent than the original. It's lighter and fresher, with hints of citrus and way more floral, making it the perfect daytime spring fragrance.
Right now in Ireland, the skies are mainly grey and they can make me feel a bit meh, but every single time I spritz myself with this, I feel refreshed and it puts a little pep in my step and at the moment, I need all the pep I can get!
The scent is available now at €55 for 50mls and €75 for 90mls and there's an accompanying shower gel, body milk, radiant balm and perfumed soap if you're a fan of layering your products and helping them last longer. AND, Mother's Day is coming up in a few weeks so this might be a good one to treat the mammy to!
When I worked in the hospital, I used to keep my makeup pretty neutral, just because I was too self conscious and a big wuss. I remember going a bit heavy handed one day with my eyeshadow and one of the girls was like "Oooh your eyeshadow is luffffffly" which was code for "What in the name of Jaysis did you do to your eyes on purpose you dirty lookin' eejit and aren't you supposed to be a beauty blogger?!"
WELL, now that I'm working in the beauty industry properly, I feel motivated and inspired to try new things and to step outside my comfort zone! You might know that I'm fond of a brighter lip but mainly in the confines of my office, but now, now is the time to be brave and wear the things out in public! Sleek have launched some new shades of their Matte Me Metallics and while some of the shades launched last year didn't really suit my complexion, the new shades are more up my street.
See? Beautiful! And Sleek's Matte Me range is my favourite of all the budget matte liquid lipsticks on the market and the metallic versions are no different. They dry matte (obvs) but don't dehydrate my lips, they wear off nicely and stay put for aaaaaaaages. Each of the photos below shows one coat of the lip cream and by all means go back in with a second coat if you want a bit more opacity.
Metallized Rose (above) is actually quite wearable for a metallic shade. I love dusky pink shades in the spring and now I've a metallic version for my collection.
Of the three shades here, Electroplated Nude is the one I'd wear the least, not in terms of formula, just because it makes me look a bit washed out. But if you're on the hunt for a metallic rose gold shade that will stay put for ages, definitely check this one out.
Adonized Ruby is the absolute star of the show... Ooh it's gorgeous and I'd so many questions about it in my last blog post. Go have a look and see it in a few more photos. But it's a different take on a red lip, ok, it's darker than a red, but brighter than a burgundy, but still manages not to overtake the darker eye makeup on me.
For trend driven beauty like this, where I don't know how often I'd wear a metallic lip, I don't want to spend a fortune, and I don't want to compromise on quality. Thanks verdy much Sleek for allowing us to try new things, step outside our comfort zones and not go broke in the meantime! The Matte Me Metallic range is on Sleek counters now and are €6.49 each. Grand job! They're available from Boots and Cloud 10 Beauty as well. Think you'd wear a metallic lippie?
I'm officially self employed! Or without a permanent job. Either way, it's scary as shit! And it's very surreal altogether. Let me fill you in...
I've been in the same job for 9.5 years which is mind boggling, because when I started back on the 08.08.2008 (three weeks after my marriage ended), I was agency staff, working week to week on contract before applying and interviewing for my own job and being made permanent. Oh yeah, I've always been pretty vague about my job in the past, mainly because it had no connection to the blog or my "online life". I worked in the Dermatology Department in St Vincent's Hospital doing admin, learning loads about skin, sun awareness and had the best craic with the girls over the years. I made some lifelong friends, have belly laughed until I cried and learned that there really is a link to a full moon affecting all the madsers!
I started blogging in September 2010 and sometimes I still think what I did with my free time before that. And then I remembered. I existed. I went to work, I came home, I had my dinner and I either watched TV or YouTube and that was it. I was going through the motions of life, not really having a focus or direction, just wanting to work to be able to pay the mortgage on my house by myself. My Dad had passed away the year before and it was a rough aul year, but starting the blog was the distraction I didn't know I needed.
I wrote and wrote and wrote, building myself a lovely little audience in my corner of the internet and as the years went on, things changed in the blogging world. Social media platforms became things we had to keep updated constantly, almost becoming as important as the blog itself. And if that wasn't enough, I decided I wanted to start a YouTube channel in 2013. I had the chance to do some overtime in work so it got to the stage where I was starting work at 6am and working through lunch for a few years to build up the overtime, all while trying to keep all things Lovely Girlie Bits on the go. No matter how exhausted I was, I loved blogging so much and couldn't just sit and watch TV in the evenings.
To cut a long story short, things in my life have changed over the last couple of years and for the first time, creating content as a job became a real possibility. And that's still so weird to even think, never mind say out loud! I've had so many really lovely messages from people and just one from someone saying they hoped I wasn't leaving my job to be a blogger or an influencer... We had a really good chat back and forth and while I don't identify as an influencer (that's a whole other blog post), I'm proud to be a proper blogger. But I'm more than that. I'm a photographer, I'm a writer, I'm an editor, I'm an administrator, I'm a content creator and I do it all myself. Ain't no team here! And how feckin lucky am I now to be in a position to do what I love with all of my guts as a job? I will never take this for granted. I'm not about the numbers and will happily grow slowly if it means producing great work. I've never pulled the wool over yizzer eyes and never will and I have a post in the works on what you can expect from me for the rest of this year.
So as of February, I'll be working in house at a PR company three days a week doing content creation and social media management in a consultancy capacity for some whopper brands and for the other four days, I'll be doing my own stuff. I want to be able to have more content everywhere - the blog, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook and I'm hoping I'll get my love back for Twitter some day too. When I first made the decision to leave my job, for about 30 seconds, I thought to myself, maybe I'll be able to have some more time off and take things a bit easier. But I know me. I can't sit still and if I have more time to create content and work, that's what I'll be doing and I can't wait. I'm going to work my ass off and see what it's like to look forward to going to work, be excited at the day ahead and see where it takes me.
I'll hopefully be doing more brand collaborations and that will give me the freedom to give you lots of free content. So many of you are really supportive at the collabs I've done so far and I promise to keep up a high level of creativity, honesty, transparency and craic! I'm also going to be doing some more projects off camera, sharing my knowledge and skills with others. The fact that I actually have proper knowledge and skills boggles my brain! And with those skills, I'm going to be working with businesses and brands with their social media, their photographs and videos and I can't wait to get stuck in. Me? Teaching people stuff?!
See, I've always been average. I've plodded along through life not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up and up until last year, I thought I'd be working in the hospital until I retired. But I'm actually good at this! I can take a mean photo and I can string a sentence together. I've taught myself how to edit videos, have researched photo and video techniques for hours at a time and I'm creative. It's taken me a while to feel confident in my abilities but I'm finally there! I know I'm taking a big risk and a huge leap of faith leaving my permanent, solid, comfortable job but I think and I hope this will be the making of me.
Now I do realise that I'm at the start of this whole big chapter of my life and everything is rainbows and sunshine and I'm full of positivity, but I'm going with it! It might go diddies up and if it does, that's ok. I'll have tried. I'm 41 and I'm starting a business and a new career out of a hobby I began in 2010. I don't know what the next year holds, but I'm dying for the challenge! If it doesn't work out, I can get another job. But right now, I'm taking that leap and following my dream. Jesus I'm like a quote on the front of a notebook!
Thanks for all yizzer continued support everywhere lads. It doesn't go unnoticed and it's never taken for granted. I won't let you down because you're the reason I'm able to do this. I'm going to make you proud lads. I promise.
One of my favourite brand discoveries of 2017 was Note Cosmetics. And over the last few months or so, I've been testing out a bunch of their products, but realised that while I've spoken about them lots online, I haven't blogged about them, so behold the Note cosmetics foundation uber post! Now for the purpose of this blog post, I'll say at the start in case you miss it, that my skin type is as follows. I've normal cheeks, an oily t-zone and I'm 41. So keep that in mind when you're considering picking any of these up.
Starting with my one true love and the one that made my 2017 favourites, we have the Note BB Cream. I use shade 1 and while it's way too dark for me, I still love it and wear it all the time, once I blend it down the neck or have fake tan on. The finish this leaves on my skin is incredible. I look properly luminous and flawless #NoFilter and it wears really well too. Every time I wear this on Instagram or in a video, I always get lots of questions asking what it is and it's this. For a BB cream, it gives a really decent level of coverage. We're talking starting at medium and builds up to as full as you'd like. My skin always looks so smooth and even when I'm rocking this and the fact that it has skincare built in is just icing on the cake. It lasts a good 4-5 hours on me before I need to powder my oily bits and then I'm good to go again.
Now, if truth be told, if I had a shade that matched me, this would be my favourite of all the bases in this here blog post. But alas, shade 1 is mahogo. So Note, if you bring out lighter shades, I will 100% buy all of them because it's a stunning base. You'll see in the before and after photos below just how dark it is, but you'll also see what an absolutely flawless finish it gives me. It makes me look radiant, it looks like my skin (if it was 3 shades darker), and again this is packed full of skincare and dries matte but doesn't look flat. We're talking satin sheen and that healthy looking glow.
I'm not a big fan of loose powder mineral makeup, but this mineral foundation has got my heart all a flutter so rest assured, I'll be making it a mission to self tan more this year just so I can wear it.
As someone with oily skin, I love finding mattifying foundations that keep me shine free, that don't enhance any dry patches and don't look cakey. Hello Note Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation. This formula is fierce thick, so I don't even need a full pump to do my face because a little goes a long way. Again, I'm wearing shade 1 in it and you can see that it's slightly dark on me, but I've been wearing this a load over the winter. I've tested this out with and without powdering and both ways it performs beautifully, keeping my shiny noggin grand and matte.
Now I'm not sure how a foundation can detox the aul mush, but protecting? I can get on board with that. This base is said to act as a shield against free radicals and environmental factors, so maybe it's one I'll wear more often when I'm going to be based in town during the week. Shade 1 is in the hot seat again and it's a close enough match to me. But it's just a tad ashy on my skin and while it doesn't dry out my skin or anything, it just doesn't give my face that oomph that the others seem to. I think I just love the other ones more than this, so it's not getting much of a look in.
The one I've been wearing the least is the Note Luminous Moisturising Foundation, mainly because the other ones just work better on my skin type. I will say though that the shade range is great and I'm wearing the lightest one in the photos, which I thought looked a bit too light initially. What I've found with this foundation though is that it oxidises on me slightly, so it's one I have to blend down the neck, no matter how perfectly it matches my complexion at the start of the day! It also doesn't sit as flawlessly on my skin as the other bases and if I'd tried this without trying the mineral foundation or BB cream, I'd probably be more impressed than I am. But on my oily t-zone, it doesn't quite mesh as perfectly as the others do. I'm just being picky! If you've got oily bits on your face, you're definitely going to need to powder this. I powder every day anyway and by lunch time my nose starts to shine, so either layer on a mattifying primer, or keep your powder handy. Those with dry skins will like this though I think. It gives a lighter and slightly patchier level of coverage than the other four bases and while so many people love this and rave about it, on my skin it just didn't perform as well as the others.
And thus concludes my massive rambling blog post on the Note Cosmetics foundations! I hope you found it helpful and didn't mind looking at my face all up close and personal! The main gripe that pretty much everyone has with the foundations is the shade range. Most of the ones I've tried are very dark and are yellow toned, but I do love a yellow toned base as it counteracts my redness. But it's worth noting. Har har. Did you see what I did there?!
Beauty and stationery - two of my favourite things ever and when they collaborate the way L'Occitane and Rifle Paper Co have, it gives me all the feels. Anna Bond, Rifle Paper Co's creative director designed the packaging for some of L'Occitane's best known shea products, each one reflecting the beauty of Provence. I've never been to Provence but I feel like I need to go, take these products with me and take all of the photos!
As much as I give myself the ultimate cringe balls when I say this, I'm going to say it. I love gorgeous packaging with beauty products. I do. And the Rifle Paper Co collection is made for displaying on your bedside table, on your vanity, on your desk and I'd be willing to bed you'd probably keep it for "good use" because of its beauty. It was made for Instagram!
The Shea Butter range is one of L'Occitane's finest, in my humble opinion, having saved my scaldy hands and body many a time. When I want to give my skin a hardcore boost in the colder months, I reach for them year after year. And now I have whopper skincare that looks cute too!
This little travel set containing an ultra rich body cream, an ultra rich body scrub, a hand cream with four dinky postcards, all in pretty tin, at €30, it's a really lovely gift for someone or a loved one, and a nice entry level way to start your L'Occitane journey if you're new to the brand.
L'Occitane is famous for their Shea hand cream and now I've even more of an excuse to reach for it! Isn't it looking beautiful now, all prettied up! It's €23 and I rarely get a look in with this hand cream at the best of times because Mam loves it so much, so I'm hiding this one from her. My desk needs cute products!
I wanted to include the Milk Shea Butter Solidarity Soap (€5) in the post because it's a lovely idea in that for each soap purchased, one year of vitamin A for three children goes to UNICEF's International Vitamin A Supplementation Programme. In developing countries, up to 500,000 children go blind due to vitamin A deficiency, so it's great that 100% of profits go towards this cause.
I haven't tried L'Occitane's Rose Shea Butter Hand Cream (€10) yet but I'm going to keep this one in my handbag. The packaging is beautiful, and I think it's my favourite of the whole collection and it goes perfectly with the Rose Shea Balm (€10) which can be used on lips, cuticles and any dry patches you have. One of my missions this year is to look after my cuticles more and now I've no excuses!
I know Mother's Day is a couple of months away, but the set would make a beautiful gift. And there's most definitely the option of doing a bit of self gifting too. If you're new to L'Occitane or have yet to try out their Shea collection, this is a great way of starting out. Do any of these products tickle your Provence loving pickle?
New Year, New Subscription box! As you may remember, I had signed up to My Little Box in November, a monthly lifestyle and beauty subscription box. As soon as I got my first box, I received an email to say they weren't doing any more boxes - typical!! I spent the next few weeks researching different lifestyle boxes and eventually I settled on the Moi-Meme box. This is a quarterly subscription box, costing £49.99. So every 3 months you will receive a box with at least 5 full size products. After looking at past boxes and being impressed, I parted with £49.99 and waited for January to come.
I was so excited when I received my email from Parcel Motel to say it was ready for collection. The first thing I loved was how the box had my name inside! It's the little things, eh? When I opened the box it was jam packed full of goodies. The theme of this box was the Happiness Box and it definitely made me happy! What better way to start the new year!
The first item I saw was Lola's Apothecary Relaxing Wellness Tea. I'll admit this was my least favourite item in my box. I'm not a fancy tea person but I'll definitely give it a go some day when I need to chill out a bit more. Maybe I'll be converted? Who knows! Next was an adorable J mug from Lisa Angel. Again I'm just loving the personal touches. The mug is worth £9 and the colour may vary depending on what letter you are. I loved that they gave a mug to go with the tea.
What else would go lovely with a cuppa? A bar of Creighton's Salted Caramel Chocolate. How amazing does that sound! I have to say I'm a sucker for packaging and I love how pretty this looks.
This book would be perfect with the cuppa and some salted caramel chocolate; Lagom - The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life. This book is totally something I would want but I would never buy myself, so to receive it in the box is perfect. It goes through so many things such as Lagom gifts, or ways to prepare your mind for bedtime, just different suggestions to bring balance and happiness into your life.
This grey and rose gold bracelet also from Lisa Angel is just gorgeous. It's exactly my taste too as it's so dainty. I've been wearing it since I opened the box and I love it.
How gorgeous is this bath oil from Prismologie. This is a restorative oil with bonatical extracts, jade micro-crystals and vetiver fragrance to help smooth, renew and moisturise skin. This is a full size and costs £43, which I could it was expensive as it comes in a fancy glass bottle and smells divine. If I could make the picture a "scratch n sniff" I would!
And finally, what any happiness box would need - a Happiness Planner! I've seen so many people on Instagram, Snapchat, basically any form of social media with a Happiness Planner and again, it's something I've wanted but would never think to buy myself. This is a 100 page Happiness Planner, so it's not something you need to start in January, you can start it any time you want. It's something I want to use to set out some goals for myself and see in 100 days if I'm closer to these goals, as well as start being more positive and focusing on that.
After reading through the little brochure that comes with the box, explaining each item, there is a section at the back letting you know if you don't like something or you would prefer a different colour or flabour you can return the item for an exchange. That's such a great idea which makes it even better value for money.
As soon as I finished going through this January box and sending Karen a million pics of everything I received, I immediately got excited for the April box. I just loved it!
Serious question people. Why did nobody tell me that Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom was missing in my life and that I should've gotten it years ago? Why lads? Why? In future, tell me!!
Let me set the scene. I was having the chats with Trish and Ellen from Waxperts a few months ago and when Trish and I were having the hugs, I did what every normal perfume loved did and said "Ooh Trish you smell gorge, what is that?" She said it was the dregs of her bottle of Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom and my first instinct was that it didn't smell like what I thought it would. I thought it would be a sweet and spicy scent and I couldn't be more wrong. It's a scent I see every time I visit the Jo Malone counter but I've never been enticed to try it, just because the name didn't appeal. So the purpose of this blog post is to encourage you to give it a sniff next time you're in Jo Malone. Trust me.
Now, after smelling Trish that day back in November, I put it on my Christmas list and because I loved it so much, I bought a bottle for Joanne and Mam because I know them. When they got it for me in Brown Thomas, they kept smelling my wrist telling me I smelled only massive. So now we all get to smell gorgeous!
On me, this smells powdery, light and in contrast, there's something really comforting about it too when it dries down. Initially it's bright and airy, almost floaty, like you've just gotten out of the shower and I love when floral scents do that. Then when it dries down, it becomes a smooth, warm, cosy scent. I don't get much of the spicyness on me, it's more subtle than that. It's like it's giving me a hug and I know that sounds weird! Maybe it's the tonka in it, but when it dries down, you can really smell the warmth, but it's not a spicy warmth, it's more of a smooth warmth.
I feel fierce fancy when I wear this and I think it's a real crowd pleaser because I haven't had this many compliments about a perfume in ages! And what I love about it is that it's not a real seasonal scent. It's an all rounder and that's why I know it's only a matter of time before I finish the bottle and repurchase.
I'm always hearing people say that they love layering Jo Malone fragrances and I'm going to have to expand my collection because at the moment, I only have this one and my beloved Wood Sage & Sea Salt, so I'll give it a go with that and then get collecting more!