Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Serial Sampler #4

I have another perfume sample for you today and it’s one I have had for a while now.

It’s Valentina by Valentino and it is a 1.5ml spritzer sample of the eau de parfum.

Valentina marks out a solar, unexpected trail, classic yet modern”.
It contains notes, such as, bergamot, jasmine, strawberry and amber. It smells really delicate and fresh. It is quite strong, but elegant and it’s the strawberry note that mixes up the floral notes and makes it special.

I really like this perfume and it’s one I would consider purchasing in a full size bottle.

What do you think of this perfume?

Monday, 9 March 2015

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette

I saw this palette a while ago on a beauty blog and instantly knew I had to have it. It’s not long launched here in the UK, but it’s already a cult favourite!
I just adore the packaging, everything about it! It’s made out of cardboard, but it feels sturdy and durable and it is a gorgeous kind of coffee/red velvet chocolate colour. It has a beautiful rose gold design on the front, with swirls and then a centered key. It has a magnetic closing, which is quite strong because if you hold it from the top when closed and give it a shake, the two parts don’t separate (palette doesn’t open). It has a light feel in general and inside it’s all one beautiful colour and the eyeshadows are well spaced. Around each pan is a rose gold diamond border and underneath in small rose gold letters are the shade names. On the back of the palette is the usual ingredients and other information blurbs.
You get ten full size eyeshadows (0.5oz) with matte, metallic or satin finishes and each has a cute and creative name:-
LUSTER - nude beige (matte)
REFLECTIVE ELEGANCE - light pink bronze (metallic)
COPPER IS KING - rich copper (metallic)
SHINING BRIGHT - shimmery taupe (metallic)
RUSTY PETALS - rusty pink toned brown (metallic)
FOIL - light gold (metallic)
JUST A ROSE - rose gold (metallic)
GOLDEN RULE - dark gold (metallic)
HARMONY - charcoal grey (matte)
WONDER FULL - dark chocolate brown (matte)

This palette is absolutely stunning! All ten shades are beautifully pigmented, soft and easy to blend together. It is light, compact and creatively designed, which makes it incredibly appealing to me. I really can’t find any faults with this palette, especially for the price! There was a minor flaw with my palette, the pan for the shade Foil fell out, but luckily the eyeshadow didn’t crumble and I stuck it back in with glue. This isn’t a reflection on the brand or the palette itself, I just happened to get a slightly dodgy one. My favourite shades from the palette have to be, Copper Is King and Just A Rose. Not only are the names so adorable and creative, but to me they are the true rose gold shades, which is what this palette is all about!

Price - £15.50   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - BeautyBay.com, ZOEVA-shop.de

What do you think of this palette?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

New Layout 2015!

Hey everyone,

I have finally changed my blog layout. It is not perfect or how I really want it to look, but it will do for now and at least there is some purple at last!

I am hoping to get back into the swing of posting in the next couple of months and hopefully it will be for good this time.

Watch this space! ;)


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

GUCCI Mini Perfume Gift Set

Today I am going to review a perfume gift set that I bought from Boots.com during their Boxing Day sales 2014. It is the GUCCI Miniatures Gift Set and it was exclusively sold in Boots stores and on Boots.com. I love the concept of mini perfume sets and it’s a shame that not more brands do them! You get to sample more scents from brands, and if there is a certain perfume you are interested in, you would be able to sample it before potentially wasting your money buying a full size bottle of a scent you might not like. In this particular set you get five (5ml) mini fragrances to sample and I actually already bought a full size of the Guilty scent, but waited until I got this set to test it! A big gamble I know, but it did pay off this time! Here are the five miniature bottles of scents included:-
FLORA BY GUCCI
The bottle is so cute and with a little ribbon bow too. The notes contained in this little bottle are; citrus, peony, mandarin, osmanthus, rose, sandalwood, patchouli and pink pepper. It smells really light and florally. It comes across strong when first applied, but then it settles down and smells delicate. I do quite like this scent, although I wouldn’t re-purchase it as it comes across a bit mature. I give this perfume 4/5.
GUCCI GUILTY
The bottle design is simple but lovely to look at. It contains the notes, mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli. To me it smells quite fruity and the floral notes give it that sexy scent. I am actually a little in love with this scent and I am glad that I also bought it in a full size bottle (before trying). It smells quite strong when first applied, but settles a little after, but you can still smell it yourself. I give this perfume 5/5.

GUCCI GUILTY BLACK
The bottle design is a near copy of the Guilty scent, but darker in design. The notes included in this scent are; pink pepper, red berries, raspberry, peach, violet, lilac, patchouli and amber. It smells a lot like the Guilty version, but this one smells more floral and comes across more deep, like you’d expect a night time fragrance to be. I do really like this scent, but I wouldn’t pick it over the regular Guilty version. I give this perfume 4/5.
GUCCI PREMIÈRE
The bottle is simple, squared and block gold. The notes included are; bergamot, blackberry, white flowers, musk, orange blossom, wood, patchouli and sandalwood. It smells quite floral and the musk stands out the most. It is quite a strong scent when first applied, but it does dry down nicely to a warming floral scent. There is a slightly different eau de toilette version of this scent below. I give this perfume 5/5.

GUCCI PREMIÈRE (EAU DE TOILETTE)
The bottle for this scent is the same as the eau de parfum, but the glass is transparent and you can see the liquid perfume. The notes slightly differ to the eau de parfum; bergamot, orange blossom, champagne, Bulgarian rose, freesia, jasmine, musk, patchouli, wood and leather. It smells really light, but not delicate. It has a strong floral scent, but it is not overpowering and actually smells kind of classy. It smells a lot like the eau de parfum in the way that they share the same floral notes, but they do smell different and most notably the fact that the eau de toilette doesn’t contain musk as a note. I actually like both versions of the scent, but if I had to pick one, I would probably choose the original/eau de parfum version. I give this perfume 5/5.

Overall this is a really great sample gift set and I wish more brands did this for their fragrances, especially the more expensive brands. My favourite fragrance from the set is definitely Guilty! I do like the other four scents, but Guilty is the only one I would re-purchase myself (already have!).

Price - £35.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes (as a gift)
Available at - Boots.com (exclusively)

What on your thoughts on this perfume set?

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