Spring fling: Why you need Guerlains ‘Mon Guerlain’ perfume this May 

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Personally I’ve been wearing a rather heavy classic Chanel fragrance religiously since winter, and I thought to myself this week it’s time I switched it up. 

Spring often signifies new beginnings, fresh starts. As the flowers bloom, and the birds sing. We look forward immensely to warmer weather (I say this phrase loosely, as we know the weather in England is somewhat bipolar, to say the least) and longer days. So it’s a perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new perfume to reflect the change in season. 

5 reasons why you should invest in Guerlains latest perfume Mon Guerlain: 

1. Spring fling 

As mentioned it is a fresh girly scent which makes you feel ever so pretty. Perfect for the changing season. Perfectly perfectly fitting. 

2. You deserve it 

Its almost halfway through 2017, we’ve been working hard since the beginning of the year. Personally I’ve been saving hard and being extremely disciplined. 

Working hard is great, but sometimes you need to know when it’s ok to treat yourself. I bought this perfume this weekend to congratulate myself on getting a new job. (I’ll probably be living off pot noodles the rest of the week but hey at least I’ll smell fly 💁🏼) 

3. Relatively cheap 

I’m still weighing up whether I have become de sensitised to what expensive is, or living in London has warped my view of what expensive is? But I found a 30ml version of the perfume in John Lewis for £38, which I believe is outstanding value for such an upmarket brand. I mean the perfume is about the going price for any prestige 30ml bottle – but shopping around you can get it slightly cheaper. 

Also this weekend Boots is offering 10 percent off the fragrance! (Where I purchased mine) 

4. Understated 

I love the fact that I haven’t seen everyone posting this perfume on their Instagram. I love the fact Guerlain still oozes French classic glamour, without becoming too overtly commercialised. Why not be different and classy? 

5. Smell delicious 

It’s one of those fragrances where you can’t stop sniffing yourself. It is a tribute to today’s femininity and was inspired by Angelina Jolie. The fragrance combines fresh raw materials; Lavender from Provence, Jasmine from India, Sandalwood from Australia & Vanilla from Papua New Guinea. And the combination is pure decadence. 

A sweet enchanting smell, fresh and floaty and feminine. Absolute perfection for spring. Go on.. you know you want to. 

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That’s so hot: best of summer 16

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Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!

It’s all in the brows 

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You can’t leave the house without your brows on right? Well me neither. 

Everyone knows how important eyebrows became in 2015, and they won’t be any less poignant in the new year. The fundamental question is, which products help aid ‘fleeky’ brows? With so much choice out there, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. 

Personally I have always found pencils to be the best at shaping eyebrows; they provide steady precision, and give natural looking results. (What we don’t want is hugely ott drawn on eyebrows which could rival Pete Burns). 

I put to the test a designer eyebrow pencil versus a high street brought one. 

The first product to review is soap and glorys archery brow pencil. The great thing about this is that one end you have a pencil, the other is a liquid tint. 

Great value at just £10. And I thoroughly enjoyed the fact they have a blonde colour. It is increasingly difficult to find light eyebrow pencils. And I don’t want to be that girl with platinum hair and black eyebrows. Harsh is an understatement. 

In all honesty for the past few months this product has been my saviour. However, just one small criticism. Because you can’t sharpen the pencil it doesn’t tend to last as long as traditional pencils, and there is only two shades available which doesn’t give much scope to a wider audience. All in all I would give a score of 9/10. 

Now, for those who know me they will know how much of a Chanel addict I am. That being said, I always review their products with an open mind. But they are just so goddamn aesthetically pleasing. Like I want to live at a Chanel counter and never leave. 

However, when it comes to modern concepts Chanel can sometimes lag behind due to its classic image. But I was pleasantly surprised that the eyebrow pencil comes in various shades. At £19 it isn’t cheap, but it isn’t particularly pricey either. If you take into consideration the fact it’s a pencil which may last several months, it does work out quite economical. 

As usual, the presentation is on point. That black and white glamour never fails to make me spend my money. 

The quality of the pencil is fantastic, unlike cheaper pencils it doesn’t break when being sharpened. Much like Mac lip liners, it stays sharp giving precise lines upon application. 

The pencil itself comes with a sharpener and the other end is an eyebrow brush (those things which I never use, which could actually come in handy). Overall 9/10. 
Soap and glory has to win this one though, I’m afraid. Although both pencils were awarded the same score; I understand Chanels price isn’t attainable for many people and buying their products it’s more about the whole experience rather than product performance. Whereas soap and glory present their products in a high quality way, with a great value price and the product offers more diversity when shaping eyebrows. High street wins this one!