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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gift Guide: So...? Sinful Gift Set

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There’s nothing like a cheap and cheerful stocking filler and this set from So…? Fragrances ticks all of the boxes.

christmas gift for her girls sister friend so...? perfume

The So..? Sinful City* box set contains a 30ml EDT, a 50ml body lotion and a 10ml lip balm.

christmas gift for her girls sister friend so...? perfume

I remember So..? scents as being sickly sweet and completely overbearing but the Sinful City set is really mellow. Whilst still carrying sweet notes, the perfume is quite musky and would make the perfect day or night fragrance.

christmas gift for her girls sister friend so...? perfume

The body lotion smells exactly like the spray, which I really like as I find that sometimes the lotions in gift sets are nothing like the perfume!

christmas gift for her girls sister friend so...? perfume

It’s nice that the set comes with a lip balm, as it’s not really an item you’d usually see in a perfume gift set but honestly speaking, the balm isn’t the best. It’s smells very artificial and would probably be suited to very young girls.

Overall I think it’s a pretty decent set when you consider that the price tag is just £6.

My only dislike is that both the lotion and balm contain mineral oil, which I’m not really a fan of – especially when it comes to body care. But for £6 you can’t really complain.

Christmas gift rating: 

So…? Sinful City gift set is available from Boots and Argos priced at £6.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gift Guide: FCUK Friction For Her EDP

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FCUK friction EDP review christmas gifts for her perfume

As well as bath sets, perfume is definitely an ideal stocking filler contender. I find that scents are quite personal so unless I know someone’s favourites I don’t usually go for anything high end. Although it’s an Eau De Parfum, I class FCUK Friction as more of a body spray, making it a perfect stocking filler.

It’s described as having a mix of ‘fruity, floral scents’ and a hint of vanilla. It smells gorgeous! It’s quite sweet and fairly ‘girly’ but very wearable. It’s the perfect day fragrance for a young woman. Plus the bottle is just lovely!

In terms of price point, a huge 100ml bottle will set you back around £12-14 so it’s extremely affordable.

Christmas gift rating: 

FCUK Friction For Her EDP is available from HalfPricePerfumes, Cheap Smells, and Perfume Click. Prices range from £12 to £14 for 100ml.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: Perfume-Click.co.uk

Perfume-click.co.uk* is one of the leading retailers of designer and celebrity fragrances online. Home to brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and YSL, Perfume Click is a perfume lover’s haven.

I’m pretty much on a spending ban, so but wanted to buy a gift for my boyfriend. He’s very fussy when it comes to aftershave and has specific fragrances for different occasions – honestly, he’s worse than a girl.

I searched the website and found a Banana Republic EDT that I was sure he’d like. The 100ml size made it perfect for everyday wear too.

I placed the order on my iPad, it was all very quick and easy. There were a few different ways to pay, which is great if you don’t like to input your card details. Standard delivery was £1.95 and I received my item within a week of ordering via a courier.

The website has a reward system where you earn points when you spend. I love stuff like this but personally I think that loyalty scheme is a bit pants. 1 point for every £1 spend, but 1point = £0.01 – so you’d pretty much have to spend £500 on the website to get £5 off of your next order. Hmm, no ta.

Bottom line: I think it’s a pretty decent website, especially with Christmas coming up. The loyalty scheme doesn’t interest me, but it wouldn’t stop me placing an order with them again. Prices seem to be subject to a very quick change – the aftershave I got for my boyfriend was £21.50 the night before I bought it (for £29.50) which I thought was a little bit cheeky as I’d had it in my basket overnight.

Would I purchase from this website again? Oh yes. It reminds me a lot of Cheap Smells, Fragrance Direct, and Half Price Perfumes.

Be sure to check out Perfume-Click.co.uk – they must just have your favourite perfume on offer.

*I was given a £15 voucher to use on the website for the purpose of this review. This in no way affects my opinion and my review is 100% honest, innit.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

June Empties ..

I love reading people’s empties posts, and I’m always just a little bit jealous as I don’t really go through products that quickly. Simply because I have too many! Anyway, I’ve been saving these up for a while now so they’re not really June empties, more recent-ish empties.

Tesco Clear Skin Wipes
I bought these ages ago because Tesco had run out of Simple wipes. They’re awful to say the least. They don’t remove makeup properly and leave bits of lint over your face. To finish them up I used them to clean the side in the bathroom where I apply my makeup.

meTime Nose Pore Strips
I love these. The stuff that comes off – well I won’t go into that, but I love using products that I can actually see working and these do just that. My boyfriend also really likes them. These were only 99p but I think I’ll be trying the Biore Nose Strips next.

Simple Oil Balancing Wipes
I don’t tend to use wipes to remove my makeup anymore; I double cleanse to make sure everything’s gone. But if I were to pick my favourite wipes then it would be a toss up between these and the No7 wipes. Definite bathroom staple.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Body Oil Gel
Blogged here, this is one of my favourite products; life just isn’t the same without it! As you can see I’ve been through quite a few of late – I’m pretty much addicted.

Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash
I usually quite like balanceMe products, but I just didn’t get on with this. The smell was too ‘herby’ and the product itself was way too runny.

Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter
This is what I use on the rare occasion that I run out of the Vaseline Oil Gel. It smells great – as do all S&G products – and is very moisturising. I got this in a set for Christmas, but I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself.

Dr Bronner Tea Tree Pure-Castile Soap
I found this way to drying to use everyday. The tea tree was refreshing, and smelt very 'fresh' when I got out of the shower but my skin was really dry. Love the fact that it's multi use though.

St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
LOVE. Bought the full size after I finished this sample. Feels great on my oily/combination skin.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
The sample was so small that I can’t really review it. It was great at breaking down the glue from my horrible experience at OMG Beauty though.

Sasy n Savy Hand & Nail Repair Cream
Really not anything to rave about. The full-size is completely overpriced. No different to a hand cream that’s a fraction of the price.

Caudalie Vinosourse SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
This is the product that made me fall in love with Caudalie. It’s amazing. Absorbs really quickly and means I only need a small amount of moisturiser. The full size is expensive, but a definite must-have.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Styling Treatment Oil
I absolutely loved this. The smell, the texture, and the way it made my hair feel. Top marks.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP
I hate perfume samples, but loved this. It has a spray pump which made it great for chucking in my handbag. Smells amazing. Will definitely buy the full size at some point.

L’Oreal Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner
I’ve been using this for years but only because it was the easiest thing to reach for in the supermarket as I’d been using it so long. Probably won’t be buying this again as I don’t think it’s suitable for my skin.

bareMinerals Blush in I’m Amused Rouge
My favourite blush, ever. Probably because it was my first. I used to be content enough with foundation and a slick of eyeliner, until I went to the bareMinerals counter in Selfridges. It lasted me more than 18 months so it was a great investment.

EOS Lip Balm – Mint
One of the most overhyped products on the planet. It’s perfect if you reapply every 10 minutes, but aside from that it’s really not that great. Yes it’s cute, but I’d rather hideous packaging and a great product, than vice versa.

White Glo Whitening Toothpaste & Mouthwash
Since switching to these I’m unable to use anything else. I’ve noticed such a difference in the whiteness of my teeth since using them.

What have you been using recently?

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