MAISON MARGIELA - WHISPERS IN THE LIBRARY


Maison Margiela have recently released two new fragrances; Under The Lemon Trees and Whispers In The Library. Both of these fragrances are part of the ‘Replica’ line which aim to evoke memories of places, times and people, and as we begin to move into the Autumn season here in the United Kingdom, Whispers In The Library is an ideal transitional fragrance!

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WHISPERS IN THE LIBRARY

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Pepper

  • Middle Notes: Cypriol, Patchouli

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Vanilla Absolute, Tonka Bean

Whispers In The Library begins with a spicy kick that initially feels creamy and sharp, but then quickly softens into a warm, woody accord. Once the dry-down begins, the fragrance stays pretty linear and ultimately has an overall woody feel to it.

If you have ever smelt ‘By The Fireplace’ I would describe this as a ‘younger, softer’ version of that fragrance. They both equally have this warmth, enveloping feel to them which packs a punch for the colder, Autumn weather!

The overall longevity of Whispers In The Library stayed upon my skin for an impressive 7 hours given that this is classed as an Eau De Toilette, and its sillage is medium to heavy.

A little side note and I don’t particularly know why, but when I initially wore this for the very first time, it immediately took me back to my time in Paris 2 years ago… There’s something about the notes and the fragrance that highlights my time spent there, and that’s exactly what I love about the Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ fragrances! They always transport you to a different place or bring back forgotten memories.

Available in 100ml, and 10ml as a Travel Spray you can purchase and find out more details here.

Be sure to read my other reviews on Maison Margiela: Replica fragrances below -

Under The Lemon Trees | By The Fireplace | Filters | Gender Anonymous | Jazz Club Candle

Have you smelt Whispers In The Library before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you smelt any Maison Margiela fragrances? Which ones? I would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave me a comment below and click the ‘like’ button!


POCKET WATCH UK - MOUNT ROYAL


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Now that Autumn is officially here which just so happens to be my favourite season of the year, and with the return of Peaky Blinders for its 5th series, Pocket Watch UK have very kindly gifted me this stunning Mount Royal - Chrome Plated Half Hunter Pocket Watch!

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Throughout the Autumn/Winter seasons, my go-to outfits tend to be long, tailored overcoats with a skinny fit suit underneath, a crisp white t-shirt and some trainers to dress the outfit down to add more of a laid-back, relaxed feel. It’s only been recently that I’ve discovered jewellery and accessories, so this Pocket Watch has come at the perfect time!

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A sleek, stylish and sophisticated design, this Mount Royal Pocket Watch has a crisp, white dial with a skeletal display and I have always preferred a skeletal display as I find this to be rather understated and fascinating to see the elements that make up a watch! This Pocket Watch also comes with its own chain that you can select from, perfect to slip away neatly in your suit jacket pocket.

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I found that my Mount Royal Pocket Watch went perfectly when styled with my outfit, and its sleek design gained me many compliments! Pocket Watch UK also provide an engraving service on a wide range of their watches which could be used for a special birthday gift, retirement gift, a wedding gift and much more.

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Each Pocket Watch is encased in a leather presentation box which also comes with an extended 1 year warranty, and to find out more about the Mount Royal Pocket Watch, click here.

Have you shopped with Pocket Watch UK before? If so, what did you buy? What do you think to my Mount Royal Pocket Watch? Is this a style you like? I’d love to hear your thoughts below so drop me a comment, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


MANAHATTA - HARROGATE


Last night I had the pleasure of being invited along to the grand opening of Manahatta in Harrogate!

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Before Manahatta arrived, the location was previously home to ‘The Pit’, a bar where I had spent many nights in, dancing away, having far too many rum based drinks and I won’t mention the countless times of being carried out of the venue for being a little too ‘merry’ shall we say… Moving on!

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Manahatta was inspired by a trip to New York, where the chic and modern decor appealed to the team at Arc Inspirations and the team wanted to bring a fresh, upmarket cocktail bar where people could enjoy delicious food, relax with their friends and have a wide range of gorgeous cocktails to choose from, all of which were inspired by New York.

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As I walked into Manahatta, I was immediately drawn to the decor where a wall had been covered in gorgeous purple flowers! We were given a quick tour around Manahatta (including the ladies toilets which I must say, pure Instagram goals!) As we were being shown around, straight away the mood and vibe of Manahatta immediately felt more grown up and sophisticated, gone were the ‘rocky’ vibes where The Pit once was although structurally, nothing has changed.

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With that being said, as we walked up the stairs, a fresh, brand new cocktail bar was waiting upstairs! The new upstairs bar is a new addition to the venue and solves that annoying problem of having to go up and down the stairs all the time to get a drink which you previously had to do at The Pit!

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The decor with Manahatta is all stunning and completely ‘Instagrammable’. My particular favourite were the industrial looking lights and of course, the disco ball! We then got to sample some delicious food and if I could recommend trying something, then you have to try their Eton Mess… You can thank me later. I then got the chance to make my own cocktail and I chose to make the Rum based ‘Sailors Punch’ which contained the ingredients: Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Caribbean pineapple, ginger, maple syrup, lime, pineapple. I think I did a rather good job if I do say so myself!

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The whole evening was a great way to get a better insight to Manahatta and is the perfect addition to the Harrogate nightlife, I’m already planning my next trip!

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Manahatta officially opens this evening (Friday 6th September) so what are you waiting for!? For more details, click here.

Will you be visiting Manahatta? Have you been a Manahatta before at another location? If so, which one? I would love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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DRUNK ELEPHANT - ANTI-POLLUTION SUNSHINE DROPS


As Summer draws to a close here in the United Kingdom, and with the opportunity to be able to get a tan naturally slowly fading away, with just a few drops of Drunk Elephant - Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, you can keep that Summertime glow all year round!

Having recently been introduced to the brand; Drunk Elephant, it’s safe to say I had already been won over by a few of their products that I tried out such as their Protini - Polypeptide Cream and their views and stance on using ‘clean’ ingredients within their products and chic packaging, what’s not to love?

DRUNK ELEPHANT - ANTI-POLLUTION SUNSHINE DROPS

(Full Ingredients list - Water/Aqua/Eau, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Colloidal Platinum [nano], Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Boron Nitride, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.)

(Full Ingredients list - Water/Aqua/Eau, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Colloidal Platinum [nano], Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Boron Nitride, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.)

When I first tried this out, I wasn’t sure how much to apply or how the drops would initially look on my skin so for me, it was definitely trial and error until I worked out the correct amount for my skin-tone. The first time I applied this, I used about 3-4 pumps which looking back on, was rather questionable as this was way too dark for my skin and looked a little unnatural! I also applied this straight onto my skin which is perhaps why I had a bit of a shock…

Having learnt from that mistake, I then found that 1 pump was enough as my skin-tone is rather fair and light and I wanted something that made my skin look radiant with a healthy, bronzed effect. I also applied the Sunshine Drops to a moisturiser this time, so that the application was easier and I found that adding the Sunshine Drops to a moisturiser, allowed me to get the benefits of hydration and nourishing my skin whilst still having that fresh, glow from the Sunshine Drops.

The texture of Sunshine Drops was light and not too gloopy or heavy when applied onto my skin. I also liked that this was fragrance-free and the overall effect from applying the Sunshine Drops made my skins appear healthy, dewy and sun-kissed! Again, don’t make the mistake I did! Gradually build up the amount of Sunshine Drops until you achieve the tint and glow that you’re after.

To learn more about Sunshine Drops and to purchase, click here.

Be sure to also check out my Drunk Elephant review where I got my hands on the Pekee Bar, C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream and Protini - Polypeptide Cream here!

Have you tried Drunk Elephant - Sunshine Drops before? If so, what are your thoughts? How do you apply yours? I would love to hear from you so let me know your thoughts below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, this had been gifted to me for the purpose of a review.


HOLLISTER - FESTIVAL NITE FOR HIM


Hollister’s latest fragrance launch comes in the form of: Festival Nite. Inspired by the evening drawing to a close, but the night just getting started, this fresh, spicy fragrance aims to capture the essence of a breezy, Summer evening!

HOLLISTER - FESTIVAL NITE

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  • Top Notes: Tangerine Leaf, Apple, Bergamot

  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Timut Pepper, Ambroxan

  • Base Notes: Tonka, Musk, Sandalwood

The opening begins with a fresh burst of the citrusy notes that whilst makes the fragrance rather sharp and tart, there is an undertone of the spiciness from the Timut Pepper and Ginger notes which adds a spicier kick to a rather fruity opening!

During the dry-down, the Festival Nite then begins to feel rather earthy and musky with the woody note of Sandalwood and Musk blending together with that extra hint of Tonka which rounds off the fragrance rather nicely, making this feel creamy and well bodied.

The longevity of Festival Nite lasted for up to 7 hours on my skin which was rather impressive given that the scent is an Eau De Toilette! Festival Nite could be considered as a bit of a leap from the other Hollister fragrances such as Festival Vibes which I reviewed last year here in terms of its sillage and I would say that this is light-medium with a moderate projection.

To find out more about the fragrance, click here. (With every purchase of 50ml Festival Nite, you also get a free blanket!)

Have you smelt Hollister - Festival Nite before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you tried any fragrances by Hollister? If so, which ones? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, Hollister - Festival Nite had been gifted to me for a review.


LIBERTY LONDON: CONSCIOUS BEAUTY


One of the biggest movements that I have noticed this year when it comes to Male Grooming, Beauty and Skincare, is that brands are now becoming more aware of our environment and are wanting to minimise and reduce waste by making changes such as introducing eco-friendly packaging, doing away with unnecessary plastic, and re-designing their products to make them recyclable or reusable. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of brands out there who haven’t made any changes nor do they seem to listen to their customers when it comes to environmental issues, but for those brands who do, it’s a step in the right direction!

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I had a meeting with Liberty London a few months ago and was told about their newly launched Beauty Conscious campaign which features brands who are changing the Beauty/Male Grooming industry by spear-heading the eco-friendly ethos towards a cleaner future by using organic, cruelty-free or vegan ingredients and being more conscious of zero-waste packaging.

I had kindly been gifted some products from the brands within the Beauty Conscious campaign which includes:

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  • Votary - Super Seed Facial Oil (Fragrance Free)

    Votary are vegan, cruelty free and a natural brand. The Super Seed Facial Oil nourishes dry, sensitive or irritated skin with a fragrance-free blend of 21 Super Seed oils. To learn more about Votary and their different products, click here.

  • Claus Porto - Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

    Suitable for all skin types, this soap bar is made with 100% Vegetable Oils enriched with Shea Butter. Hand-wrapped in decorative recycled wrapping with original graphics from Portos’ archive. To learn more, click here.

  • Truthbrush - Beautiful Bamboo Toothbrush

    A bamboo toothbrush which has an ergonomic handle, made with medium. castor oil based bristles and is naturally antibacterial and sustainable. To find out more about Truthbrush, click here.

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  • Sana Jardin - Tiger By Her Side

    A perfume created sustainably by artisans with zero waste. Formulated using naturally perfumed oils and free from phthalates, artificial colorants, parabens, formaldehydes and animal testing.

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Coriander Seed / Middle Notes: Rose Absolute, Thai Benzoin Resin, Patchouli Heart / Base Notes: Labdanum Resin, Vanilla, Olibanum

    To learn more, click here.

  • Omorovicza - Acid Fix

    Vegan and cruelty free, this Acid Fix by Omorovicza is suitable for oily, combination or normal skin. Using a potent blend of AHAs and BHA, this multi-purpose acid treatment deeply exfoliates, resurfaces, brightens and plumps up lacklustre complexions. To find out more, click here.

  • REN Clean Skincare - Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

    REN Clean Skincare is best known for natural products that steer away from synthetic compounds and skin unfriendly ingredients. The tube for Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 is made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic and the cap is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Formulated with Zinc Oxide, Yellow Passion Fruit Seed Extract and Rice Starch, this is suitable for all skin types which helps to leave skin feeling protected, comfortable, soothed and mattified. To learn more, click here.

Prior to Liberty’s: Conscious Beauty campaign, I had already become increasingly aware of brands packaging, the skincare ingredients within each product and ultimately, are they effective? I feel quite strongly now in doing my best for the environment whether that’s reducing single use plastic, not using plastic carrier bags and finding alternatives that are eco-friendly. Liberty London are also wanting your beauty empties! Within their store in London, they will recycle any of your empties in partnership with Teracycle. To find out more about their incredible campaign, click here!

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What do you think to Liberty’s: Conscious Beauty campaign? Are you aware of the environment more? Are you doing anything to be more eco-friendly? Have you heard any of the brands featured within this post? If so, which ones? Have you used any of these products? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


MAISON MARGIELA - UNDER THE LEMON TREES


Maison Margiela Replica fragrances are all created to evoke images, impressions and emotions of those memories that we have perhaps long forgotten about. A fragrance that reminds you of a certain time in your life, or perhaps a certain somebody that you knew/know of! For this Summer season, I have been wearing their newly released - Under The Lemon Trees which is a fragrance that is sharp, fresh and incredibly citrusy!

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MAISON MARGIELA - UNDER THE LEMON TREES

  • Top Notes: Lime, Petitgrain, Cardamom

  • Middle Notes: Coriander, Mate, Green Tea

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Rock Rose, White Musk

The opening of Under The Lemon Trees begins with a sharp and tart blast of the citrusy notes which at first is a little overwhelming but soon fades away into a fresher, more green scent. As the fragrance became more ‘green’ the fragrance then transported me to a hot climate, somewhere where the grass has been freshly cut with the sweet undertones of the citrus in the air.

Under the Lemon Trees is a fragrance that feels light and airy, yet has that warmth to it which adds more depth to a otherwise clean scent! The dry-down began around 1 hour into the fragrances performance and I found that the fragrance as a whole lasted up to 3-4 hours on my skin. A little disappointing, but Under The Trees is an Eau De Toilette so it was to be expected. In terms of its silage, the fragrance starts off with a medium-light silage but very quickly becomes lighter. Perhaps ideal for daytime wear!

If you are a fan of sharp, citrusy fragrances that feel fresh yet with added layers, then I would recommend trying Under The Lemon Trees! To find out more and to purchase, click here.

Be sure to read my other reviews on Maison Margiela: Replica fragrances below -

By The Fireplace | Filters | Gender Anonymous | Jazz Club Candle

Have you smelt Under The Lemon Trees before? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you smelt any Maison Margiela fragrances? Which ones? Any favourites? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!