ZARA HOME: THE PERFUME COLLECTION


About a month or so ago, I was invited to attend the ZARA HOME: THE PERFUME COLLECTION Fragrance Launch, however due to 'overhead difficulties' with my train (we've all been there right?) it meant that I was unable to attend! Luckily, I was still fortunate enough to have been sent the full collection to review, and I have to say.. I was definitely in for a treat! 

Launched in December 2016, The Perfume Collection is still relatively new, and features 6 fragrances within the collection! 

1. TONKA WOOD

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Blackcurrant
  • Heart Notes: Midnight Violet, Lily of the Valley
  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Praline Flower

Easily one of my favourites out of the collection! The opening of Tonka Wood is rather powerful, and the Bergamot and Blackcurrant notes can be identified easily. As the drydown starts, the fragrance takes a more muskier, sexier direction, and the longevity of the Tonka Wood fragrance lasted upon my skin for around 5-6 hours.

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2. FLORAL MYSTERY

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Blackcurrant, Lotus Flower
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Bamboo, Spring Magnolia
  • Base Notes: White Woods, Amber, Pink Peach

Despite it's name, I don't actually find this fragrance to be too 'floral'... More of a sweet, fruitier fragrance! The opening is especially fruity, and the note of Lemon seems to be the most prominent, whilst the note of Amber shortly kicks in during the drydown. The longevity of Floral Mystery lasted on my skin for up to 3-4 hours which I hate to admit, but I was slightly glad as this fragrance was my least favourite!

3. ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Mate
  • Heart Notes: Violet, Black Tea
  • Base Notes: Brown Sugar, Guaiacum Wood

I found that the Absolutely Sublime fragrance was the most interesting out of the 6, in the sense that the opening of the fragrance started off quite fresh and sweet, but then ended up being a predominantly woody fragrance! The longevity of Absolutely Sublime lasted for up to 4-5 hours on the skin, and was one I received a few compliments on!

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4. AQUA BERGAMOTA

  • Top Notes: Green Bergamot, Tangerine Aroma, Primofiore Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Neroli, Blackcurrant
  • Base Notes: Pamplewood

A crisp, fresh scent, absolutely ideal for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons! The opening of Aqua Bergamota begins with a burst of the Lemon note and instantly feels light and airy on the skin. Having said that however, the longevity of Aqua Bergamota lasted for up to 6-7 hours! Rather impressive for such a light fragrance. 

5. CUIR VELVET

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Geranium, Provence Lavender, Elemi
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Australian Sandalwood, Marine Accords

Cuir Velvet is my favourite fragrance out of the 6 within the collection! The Cayenne Pepper note creates a spicy feel, whilst the Lemon and Ginger give a fresh, citrus take on it. The longevity of Cuir Velvet was the longest on my skin, averaging around 7-8 hours!

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6. EVITORIAL TWIST

  • Top Notes: Sage, Lavender Flower
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, Cedar
  • Base Notes: Cardamom, Musk

Evitorial Twist was the fragrance that I received a full bottle of, and I must point out the design of the bottle as I find it so sleek and I love how the cap is magnetic! The fragrance is quite similar to the Cuir Velvet, as I have found them both to be rather spicy. I have found Evitorial Twist to be slightly too heavy for me, as the sillage is quite powerful. Having said that, the drydown of the fragrance was my favourite part, and the longevity lasted for up to 6-7 hours!

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Each of the fragrances are all Eau de Toilette's, and they are all available in the 100ml size bottle! They each retail at £29.99. Yes you read that, just £29.99 for 100ml... If that's not tempting you to try these out then I really don't know what will! You can view the full collection here.

*Please note: Each fragrance I received were in the sample sizes (except Evitorial Twist), so I sprayed these to their full use to get their full, and best effect for fair evaluation.*

Have you tried any of these fragrances before? Perhaps you've bought a different fragrance from Zara? If so, which one? I would love to hear from you guys, so don't forget to leave me a comment, and click the like button!


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MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA; FILTERS


As a fan of the Maison Margiela fragrances; By The Fireplace and Jazz Club, I was rather intrigued to try out two new additions to the Replica collection; 'Filters'. I had been fortunate enough to have been sent the two 'Filters' which were, Glow and Blur!

Both of the Filters primarily add a new dimension to a fragrance. So perhaps you've worn a fragrance before and thought 'I really wish that smelt slightly more citrusy!' or 'I would have liked that fragrance to have been slightly more muskier.' That's where the Maison Margiela - Filters come in!

I have found that both of these filters, although are meant to enhance your fragrance, can be worn alone individually! That being said, they are much softer and don't command as much notice, nor do they have a strong sillage, but the longevity of these lasted for a very long time when sprayed upon my skin.

GLOW: 

  • Boosts radiance
  • Zesty and Solar notes

Out of the two, Glow features many citrusy notes and smells incredibly fresh and radiant! Perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons. I have found that Glow works best with By The Fireplace as the Glow filter adds a fresher take on what is otherwise classed as a muskier fragrance.

BLUR:

  • Boosts softness
  • Cotton and Musky notes

Between the two, the Blur filter is my favourite. Blur features the notes of Cotton, White Musk Accord and Grey Amber Accord. I have found this to be a softer scent, and although it features the Cotton note, it doesn't feel too powdery upon my skin. Blur works best with the Jazz Club fragrance, as it enhances the musky feel to it!

Both of the Maison Margiela Replica Filters are impressive, and I have found trialling these out and mixing them with other fragrances, a rather exciting process! You can purchase both Glow and Blur here. You can also read my fragrance review on the Maison Margiela 'By The Fireplace' here!

Have you tried the Maison Margiela Replica Filters before? Which was your favourite? Did you notice a difference? What fragrance did you layer them up with? Let me know your thoughts below, and don't forget to click that like button!


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BELOW THE BELT GROOMING


A rather risqué blog post for you today, as I shall be talking about keeping your manhood smelling fresh and clean, without having to wash! You're intrigued now right? Thought so.

Now, I need to be clear. I do not advise going days without showering and not washing yourself, but there are those days when you just cannot be bothered right? You're not seeing anybody and you're not leaving the house that day, so what's the point? Until you get a message asking if you'd like to go for a drink or two and you're already getting ready, but there just isn't enough time to catch a shower...

This is where 'Below The Belt Grooming' comes in! I had been sent three of their products to try out; 

  1. Instant Clean Balls
  2. Fresh & Dry Balls
  3. Sport Lubricant (Groin Protection)

In this post I will be reviewing two of their products, as I am not a fellow sportsman, nor do I go to the gym regularly enough, so I haven't been able to try out their 'Sports Lubricant'. Having said that however, I will be making more of an effort to head to the gym soon, so perhaps there will be a new update on that!

INSTANT CLEAN BALLS

This has been an eye opener for me. I was slightly dubious about trying this out beforehand, as I was unsure as to what sort of benefits it would do, and to see if it would make any sort of difference! The product doesn't have any sort of scent to it, instead masking any odours! The spray was easy to use and apply, and it felt very light and fresh 'down below', and most importantly, there was no irritation! You can purchase the Instant Clean Balls Spray here.

FRESH & DRY BALLS

This gel is best applied after showering, as it helps to keep everything fresher, for longer. The gel was very lightweight, and similar to the Instant Clean Balls spray, it was also odourless. Fresh & Dry Balls absorbed itself well, and although at first there is a slight 'tingling' sensation, it soon fades and you start to forget that there has been anything applied! You can purchase the Fresh & Dry Balls Gel here.

I've definitely appreciated having these products around, especially for those early starts when I've accidentally slept in... You can check out their full range of products here!

Have you tried any of the Below The Belt Grooming products before? What do you think to the sound of these? Would you give these a try? Let me know your comments, and don't forget to click the like button!


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JO MALONE; MYRRH & TONKA


Myrrh & Tonka is the latest addition to the 'Cologne Intense' range by Jo Malone, and it is a truly stunning fragrance.  

Myrrh & Tonka truly delivers when it comes to a well rounded fragrance, I have sprayed this countless of times, and I still cannot get enough. It is addictive to say the least!

  • Top Note: Lavender
  • Middle Note: Omumbiri Myrrh
  • Base Note: Tonka

The opening to Myrrh & Tonka is a rather creamy, sweet opening with the Lavender note coming into play. I must admit, that I have often found the note of Lavender a little overwhelming at times, yet with this fragrance, it blends just perfectly with the Omumbiri Myrrh and the Tonka notes. As the fragrance settles on my skin, the fragrance becomes incredibly rich and intense, creating a slightly Oriental feel to it with the floral notes.

My favourite part of wearing this fragrance has got to be the dry-down! The fragrance becomes more warm and captivating, and I have gained many compliments from wearing this. So much so, that a friend of mine is now purchasing this for her partner!

Longevity of Myrrh & Tonka lasted upon my skin for up to 5 hours, which was slightly shorter compared to other Jo Malone fragrances that I have tried out before, but I just view this as an excuse to top it up some more! 

I find that the fragrance is best worn at night-time, allowing the fragrance to stand out, and to garner the well deserved attention it needs. The sillage of Myrrh & Tonka is light to medium, and the fragrance is encased within the stunning 'Cologne Intense' black bottle. 

The nose behind Myrrh & Tonka is the Master Perfumer; Mathilde Bijaoui and is now available to purchase here, being available only in the 100ml bottle.

You can also read my other reviews on Jo Malone's products such as the Black Cedarwood & Juniper fragrance, the Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream, and most recently, my time spent at their fragrance release event; The Bloomsbury Set! (PS. A review on the upcoming 'Tobacco & Mandarin' fragrance will be coming very shortly, and let me tell you... It's a good 'un!)

Have you smelt Myrrh & Tonka before? What do you think? Which is your favourite Jo Malone product and why? Do let me know your thoughts below, and don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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KIEHL'S BREAKOUT CONTROL TARGETED BLEMISH SPOT TREATMENT


Let's face it. January is probably one of the worst months right? Well, at least it is for me anyway. Christmas has gone, which means that all of the parties and the late nights are over, and the only reminder of those parties, is how dull and tired my skin looks!

Growing up I suffered massively from acne and reddening of the skin, so whenever I trial out new skincare products, I always welcome them and reflect on how far my skin has come! It should come as no surprise that Kiehl's have been one of my favourite skincare brands for a while now, and with the release of their 'Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment', I was keen to try this out! Now, I don't get spots as often anymore, but when I do, it feels as though the world is over. (Okay, I'm being dramatic, but you get the picture.)

Most recently I had a breakout, so the Spot Treatment came into good use! I applied the cream just before I went to bed, allowing it to work its magic overnight. Before application, I cleansed my face, and applied a thin layer of the cream onto the designated areas of the breakout. It is important to point out that only a small amount of the cream is needed for application, as too much of it will clog up your pores, thus resulting in it having the opposite effect! The following morning, the spots had reduced in size, and the colour didn't appear as enflamed as before. 

 

Overall, yet another fantastic product by Kiehl's, and once again proving why it remains one of my favourite skincare brands! You can purchase the Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment here

You can also read my other blog posts on many of the other Kiehl's products such as the:

2016 Kiehl's Beauty Calendar | Age Defender Moisturiser | Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado                        Midnight Recovery Concentrate | Facial Fuel

You can also read about the two events that I went to with Kiehl's: 

Kiehl's On Wheels; Manchester | Kiehl's Boutique Store Opening; Manchester

Have you tried the Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment? How did you find it? Did it work for you? What are your favourite products by Kiehl's? Let me know your comments down below as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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YOUTUBE; TOM FORD GROOMING RANGE

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SACHA JUAN HAIRCARE


Last year, when I visited the Harley Street Hair Loss Clinic, Nadeem very kindly gifted me a few shampoos, one of which, was the 'Ocean Mist' Shampoo by Sacha Juan. Instantly, this became one of my new favourites! So when I had been sent out a bundle of Sacha Juan products by The Grooming Clinic, naturally I was ecstatic to further try out more of their products!

The Sacha Juan products that I received were;

  • Normal Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Cleansing Cream
  • Ocean Mist
  • Hair Wax

HAIR CLEANSING CREAM

Prior to trying the Hair Cleansing Cream out, I only ever shampooed my hair and didn't bother much with any conditioners or hair cleansers. Yet, ever since using the Hair Cleansing Cream, it is now a firm staple within my haircare regime, and I couldn't imagine not using this! I apply the Cleansing Cream after the shampoo, and massage it into my scalp to allow full results of the cleanse. After rinsing the cream out, my hair almost feels like silk. It feels so incredibly soft and clean! I use the Hair Cleansing Cream twice a week as I find that too much usage of this, can leave my hair feeling slightly greasy. You can purchase the Hair Cleansing Cream here.

OCEAN MIST

At first, I wasn't too sure on what this product actually did. I know that may sound silly, but I didn't know if it was a hairspray, or something to keep your hair in place. It is neither. In fact, this actually does the opposite, it enables you to play around and style your hair and I have found it to be a life saver to get 'pat down' those annoying stray-away hairs that won't get into place! The Ocean Mist adds volume and texture to my hair, which is ideal as I find that it helps with styling and texturising! You can purchase the Ocean Mist here.

NORMAL HAIR SHAMPOO

I am infatuated with the scent of this shampoo, of course shampoos are supposed to smell clean and fresh, however this particular shampoo truly epitomises that! My hair was soft to touch, and whenever I have finished using this, my hair always feels really well conditioned and nourished. You can purchase the Normal Hair Shampoo here.

HAIR WAX

Unfortunately, I found the Hair Wax to be too soft to style my hair with, and found that it didn't help with anything... Perhaps their Hair Paste might be a better fit for me? That being said however, the Hair Wax has the signature Sacha Juan scent to it! You can purchase the Hair Wax here.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with Sacha Juan's haircare range, and I hope to use more of their products and try out new ones in the near future! I must add, that purchasing Sacha Juan products here in the UK is actually quite difficult, (unless I've been looking in the wrong places?) so luckily, The Grooming Clinic stocks a full range of the Sacha Juan products! You can view the full range here.

Have you tried any of the Sacha Juan Haircare products before? Which is your favourite? Have you bought anything from The Grooming Clinic before? Do let me know your thoughts, as I would love to hear from you! Also, don't forget to click that 'like' button down below!


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