Review: Givenchy Play EDT

Givenchy Play EDT was launched in 2008 and is actually a fragrance for men, the female version Play for Her wasn’t released until 2010.
I’ve had this sample knocking about for ages, it was in a magazine a good while back, but decided to try it for myself this week as the mix of ingredients appealed to me.
Play contains top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, bitter orange and mandarin orange, middle notes of amyris wood, pepper and coffee flower accord with its base notes being vetiver and patchouli.

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Musings: My Experience of ‘Coming Out’

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked, by people I barely know (we’re talking friends of friends and the like), what it was like to ‘come out’ to my family and friends. 
My answer really depends on the tone in which the question was asked, more often than not I reply with ‘Well, how did it go when you told your parents you were straight?’ This normally leads to people staring at me with a bewildered look on their face while I try not to laugh. Although one guy did say that he hadn’t gotten around to breaking it to them yet

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Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin in Ivory (110)

‘Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon has the solution – ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex.
Specially formulated for normal or dry skin, this oil-free, moisture-balanced formula gives you flawless looking skin.
Make up looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay Formula’.

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Musings: Running Away From my Thoughts

Why do I run? The obvious answer is that I do it for the exercise, it’s the easiest way for me to keep in shape because it doesn’t involve putting pressure on my hands and wrists so it doesn’t aggravate my arthritis. 
But the obvious answer isn’t always the honest answer and this week I discovered why I really enjoy running so much. It’s the best way to get away from whatever nonsense is going on in your head.

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Review: So Hooked on Carmella EDT

So Hooked on Carmella is part of Benefit’s Cresent Row range of perfumes and is described as a ‘floral vanilla that’s exquisitely feminine’.
Hooked on Carmella contains top notes of grapefruit and lemon, middle notes of tiare flower, peony and cyclamen with its base notes being vanilla, amber and sandalwood.

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Review: Liz Earle Botanical Essense No. 1 EDP

I received this sample of Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No.1 EDP following my skin consultation last June but I only got around to actually trying it recently.

This perfume contains top notes of bergamot, cardomom, lemon, mandarin, and orange bigarade. The middle notes consist of coriander, geranium, lavender, nutmeg, and rose absolute. The base notes are cedarwood, patchouli oil, tonka Bean, and vetiver.
When first applied I was immediately hit by a really light and fresh citrus scent, as I had expected. However, this dissipates almost immediately and the scent becomes more spicy, the cardamom, coriander and nutmeg are really present at this stage and give it a nice depth. Over time (three or four hours,) the smell changes from spicy to woody and the cedarwood and vetiver really come to the fore.

I love woody, musky scents and Botanical Essence is no different. Although it starts out citrussy, which is the opposite end of the scale to woody, the different notes bounce off each other well and what you’re left with is a really warming scent that wears really well.

Eau de Parfum always lasts longer than Eau de Toilette anyway but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the scent lingered for about nine hours.

Botanical Essence No1 retails at about €47 for a 50 ml bottle which as perfumes go isn’t the most expensive I’ve come across. In my opinion it’s definitely worth the cash but if you’re a floral fan then it might be one to miss because, for me at least, the floral tones are the least long lasting aspect of the scent.

Review: LUSH Buffy Body Butter

It’s been a while since I’ve used Lush’s Buffy Body Butter, but I couldn’t resist buying a bar during my trip to Lush after last Saturday’s Blogger/Vlogger Meet Up.
Packed full of ground rice, ground almonds and ground aduki beans this is a wonder product for dry skin and buffing away any bumpy bits, including the dreaded Keratosis Pilaris.
So far so exfoliating, right? But what makes Buffy such great product in my opinion is that it’s also made with cocoa butter and shea butter so it’s extremely moisturising too.

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Review: LUSH Colour Supplement in Light Pink

‘The lightest of our four colour supplements, the light pink shade is designed for the classic ‘English rose’ complexion. If you have freckles, pink cheeks or pale features you’ll love the way it evens out your skin tone, leaving a flawless finish.

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Review: The Body Shop Candied Ginger Body Scrub

I got this body scrub in my gift basket at The Body Shop Christmas Collection Launch a couple of weeks ago and as a lover of all things ginger I couldn’t wait to try it.
It’s a light but creamy scrub that isn’t too harsh on my sensitive skin, the creaminess comes from the inclusion of Community Fair Trade cocoa butter. The use of Ginger Root Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Soyabean Oil combined with the cocoa butter make this one of the most moisturising scrubs I’ve come across in a while. Providing your skin is not desert dry I reckon you’d actually get away with not using a moisturiser afterwards.

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