Making Scents of It……

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I’ve been watching a few You Tube videos, and “What I got for Christmas” seems to be popping into my feed quite a bit at the moment. Obviously I watch mostly female vloggers, mostly beauty related. Among the vloggers Christmas presents is of course perfume, be it a pure Parfum where the fragrance is 20%/30% concentration, Eau de Parfum which has 15%/20% concentration or Eau de Toilette which is 5%/15% perfume concentration. The cheaper Eau de Cologne has a higher ratio of alcohol to perfume concentrate as does the Eau Fraiche. Obviously the higher perfume concentrate the longer the fragrance will last on the skin. Which brings me to the reason why I’m writing this post. Do we wear our perfume correctly? Do we store our perfume in the correct way? 

A pure Parfum will almost always be in a bottle with a stopper which you dab onto the skin. Eau de Parfum is probably a spray or spritz application. The Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Eau Fraiche can be in a spray application or the “splash it all over” application. 

Where do you keep all your fragrances? I bet they are all looking pretty on your dressing table or vanity unit. Will you allow me to advise you that it’s the worst thing you can do? Unless they are still in their box. Perfume of any kind will deteriorate in sunlight, it can go rancid. The way to store perfume is by keeping them away from sunlight, keep them in their boxes or in a drawer. 

Applying your fragrance is important too. Most of the vloggers I watched sprayed their perfume onto their wrist. Yes that’s a perfect place to apply it but it was applied with the bottle too close to the skin AND then the wrists rubbed together. Rubbing the wrists together “crushes” the fragrance meaning the scent won’t last as long as it should. A spray perfume should be applied at a distance of 6/8 inches on each wrist. Applying your fragrance to all the pulse points too, behind the ears, behind the knees, the crook of the elbows, and you can always spray the fragrance into the air and “walk” through it too, and if you are lucky enough to have a few bottles to choose from, remember when you opened them, an opened bottle of perfume will last a maximum of 5 years. 

I have just 2 different fragrances on the go at the moment. I have Calvin Klein “Euphoria” and a Binky Felstead ( from Made in Chelsea tv programme) perfume set in the fragrance “Wild” and I treat them both in exactly the same way. They are in their original box protecting them from the light. 

Do you look after your fragrance properly? What are you loving at the moment?  Thank you for reading today.

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Latest in Beauty The Dream Box IV by British Beauty Blogger…..

Welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty my loves.

I thought I’d just share with you the very latest beauty box that Jane Cunningham aka British Beauty Blogger has put together for Latest in Beauty. This is the fourth time that Jane has collaborated with Latest in Beauty, and they’ve named this one The Dream Box IV. All the products in the box have been tried, tested and given the BBB seal of approval. 

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As soon as the beauty box went live on the  Latest in Beauty website at 8am last Sunday morning we (me and Mark) were right onto it! I have tried to get my hands on a BBB box since her first one and always missed out before, this time I wasn’t going to miss it and I was delighted when Mark said my box was ordered!

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The value of the Dream Box IV is £106.20 and we paid just £21.95 including postage, fabulous value for a boxful of utter gorgeousness! So what’s inside? 

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in the shade “Raise The Bar” 1.5 g 

Beauty Kitchen Love Me Wonderbalm. Full Size

Nuxe Prodigieux Eye Cream. Full Size

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy. Full Size.

Shay & Blue Framboise Noire Fragrance. 2 ml

Maybelline Dr Rescue SOS nail Balm. Full Size

Erborian CC Cream 15 ml

L’occitane Almond Oil 35 ml

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. Full Size

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, mini. 50 ml

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. 25 ml

KMS California Moistrepair Shampoo. 75 ml

KMS California Moistrepair Conditioner. 75 ml

Collection Speedy Blush Stick. Full Size

Crown Brush Pro Studio Contour Brush. Full Size

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Also in the box is a booklet written by Jane Cunningham explaining the products and why she chose them for the Dream Box IV. The booklet also gives codes for discount on some of the products for repurchase, and there’s a code for £10.00 with Magnitone too. 

I shall of course be writing reviews as and when I use the products, and I can’t wait to dive in! Thank you very much British Beauty Blogger and Latest in Beauty, the Dream Box IV is a thing of beauty! (pun intended) If you haven’t read Jane’s blog, you really should she’s great! You can find her HERE and also take a look at the Latest in Beauty website too if you haven’t already it’s HERE.

I’m off to have a play!

XXX

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Superdrug Booty….

Hello and welcome back to Elegant Ageless Beauty.

So, we popped into a town near us on Friday to pick up some of the new MUA Makeup Academy Autumn/Winter range from Superdrug, I’d already seen on their own website what I wanted to try but unfortunately not everything I was after was in stock so I had to order my other products online. Mark actually bought these for me, here’s what I got.

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One of my favourite ranges from Superdrug own brand is the Natural Radiance collection of skincare, I’ve used their Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Cream and always wanted to try their own Hot Cloth Cleanser so I picked one up. At the moment selected products from the  Natural Radiance range is HALF PRICE, my cleanser was reduced to just £2.95 HERE

I also picked up a Charlie Bodyspray in the fragrance Edge. It’s fruity, it’s floral, it’s slightly musk too and it’s just £1.00 on selected Charlie Bodysprays HERE

I love Superdrug oval cotton wool pads, they’re huge! There’s 50 in a pack for £1.89, although there is also an offer to buy 2 packs for £2.50 HERE

Then on to MUA Makeup Academy. One of their new releases a few weeks ago was the multi formula palettes, and I picked up Amour. It holds 10 powder eyeshadows and 2 cream metallic shades and it’s just £5.00 HERE or on the MUA website HERE

Also from MUA Makeup Academy, and from their new Autumn/Winter collection I got myself Skin Define Hydro Foundation in the shade Beige. It’s just £4.00 at Superdrug HERE and MUA website HERE.

Lastly from MUA is the Skin Define Hydro Primer, I’m really looking forward to trying these new face products! The primer is just £5.00 at Superdrug HERE and from MUA website HERE too.

So that’s my little beauty booty from Superdrug! I’ll be back with reviews after I’ve used them all a few times, especially the cleanser so I hope you will look out for that. Thank you for reading today.

XXX

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My First Beauty Box!!

Hello lovelies!

I’m a bit late to the party when it comes to beauty boxes, you know those gorgeous subscription ones that you get sent every month, the ones that contain beauty products some full size and some trial/travel size, which can also be a bit hit and miss? You know the ones I mean don’t you? Mark actually surprised me with one this week he bought one for me from Latest in Beauty.

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He bought me The Glamour Spring Edit Beauty Box, which is in conjunction with Glamour magazine. The box itself is a pretty mint green and purple, very Springlike and very sturdy too.

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The products themselves are wrapped in pretty polka dot tissue paper and holding it together is a sticky seal with the logo. On top of the products were three information cards. One card tells me what the products are, one is a card which gives you discount codes for the brands in the box, and lastly there is a card with a pre-paid subscription code to Glamour magazine, 12 print issues + 12 ipad and iphone editions.

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OMG! That was me when I opened the tissue wrapping. The contents are just fabulous. There are 8 FULL SIZE products in this box. From Revlon there is a Gel Envy nail polish and top coat, From Beauty UK, the very popular High Brow eyebrow kit, from Kiko a long-lasting stick eyeshadow, from Model Co a cream lip and cheek tint and the last cosmetics product is a pretty lip gloss from Rimmel. Also in this box of beautiful treasures is a Nuxe hydrating face mask and a Moroccan Oil hair mask, lastly there’s a cute little sample of an Ellie Saab perfume. I believe that there is approximately £69 worth of products in the Glamour Spring Edit box, plus the pre-paid subscription to Glamour magazine too, this is just outstanding value for just £16.99. Absolutely amazing! I’m yet to try all the products but as soon as I do I shall be back telling you my thoughts. In the meantime, if you would like to see this box and more then just click HERE to go to the Latest In Beauty website.

See you soon.

XXX

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MARCH FAVOURITES!!

Hello lovely people!

Well Spring has sprung here in England but it’s a bit blustery today. It has just dawned on me that we are a week into April and I haven’t done my March favourites Doh. Please keep reading to find out what I have loved during the month of March!

 

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I have started to love this gorgeous face wash all over again. Not only does it smell amazing, it cleanses my skin beautifully and leaves it feeling so soft and fresh. My skin doesn’t feel dry and tight afterwards either which is a bonus! I got this from our local supermarket but you can buy Organic Surge online from HERE

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My MUA Make Up Academy matte palette has become a huge favourite over the last month. It has shades within it for Spring and for the rest of the year too, I use this palette alongside another MUA palette. (see below)

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MUA Luxe “Pretty Edgy” Palette. A mix of matte and frosted shimmery eyeshadows, works so well with the matte palette (above) I have been enjoying using both of them. Check out MUA palettes and more HERE

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My gorgeous Calvin Klein “Euphoria” prize that I won from “re-tweeting” a tweet on twitter. I am loving Calvin Klein fragrance at the moment, Mark bought me “Downtown” for Valentines day, but I don’t have pics to show you. I have really enjoyed my CK perfumes through March.

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And I just had to include our electronic cigarettes that both me and Mark started using to help us quit smoking. I would like to be at the stage when I don’t need to use this at all. The beginning of May would be ideal, it’s when my new granddaughter is due to arrive! We bought our Ecig Wizzard cigarettes from HERE.

So that was just a few beauty related things I have loved in March. What have you been loving? I’d love to know ‘cos I’m nosy like that!

Have a great week lovely people!

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FEBRUARY FAVOURITES!…….

Hello again lovely people

I thought I would do another blog post today and bring to you my February favourites, just a few things I have been loving this month.

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Champneys Skin Comforting Bathing Milk, this has been absolutely gorgeous in my bath every day. It’s nearly all gone though so it will be going into my empties bin very soon. It doesn’t make bubbles, it is what it says a milk and makes a beautifully fragranced milky bath. When I run the water and pour in the bathing milk it fills my bathroom with a glorious fragrance. Luxury.

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I think I have finally found my perfect cleanser in this fab Loreal Age Perfect Cleansing Milk. I use as you would a cleansing balm, by massaging it into my skin and wipe it away with a wet face cloth. It just makes my skin feel really clean and fresh looking. Love it and I think this will most probably feature in most monthly favourites posts.

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Obviously I have to include the fab toner too! I wasn’t really into toners as part of my skin care routine, but since using this I am converted. I really need to try the day and night creams that go along side these Loreal beauties, but I need to use up other creams first.

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My MUA Make up Academy Cover and Conceal is another product that I shall always have in my monthly favourites too. It covers everything I need to cover, I can use it under my 50 plus year old eyes without it falling into fine lines or going cakey.

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This a very new perfume I have only had it for about a week, It’s a prize I won via twitter from @davelackie I am in love with this perfume! I shall be doing a proper review soon.

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My last favourite from this month is the eye cream I was trialling for Avon. This will need replacing soon, it’s nearly all used up. It has a rich cream in the main part of packaging that I use day and night, and in the top is a solid serum/balm that I use at night. It has made a difference to the way my eyes look, and keeps the under eye area hydrated.

Well that has been my February favourites, what have you loved this month?

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EUPHORIA part 2!

Hello again lovely people!

My gorgeous prize of  Calvin Klien’s Euphoria arrived all the way from Canada yesterday evening and it is sooo beautiful. Thank You @davelackie it is such a beautiful scent, very sophisticated. I am over the moon with it, you could say I am Euphoric! 🙂

 

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Do you enter competitions on Twitter? I would love to know if you have won anything just by clicking a button.

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EUPHORIA!

Hello again lovely people, twice in one day!

I just wanted to share with you my excitement at winning a gorgeous Calvin Klein prize on Twitter courtesy of Dave Lackie. It’s this pretty set I’ve pictured here and its on its way from Canada as I type. Excited? Much!

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I think Valentines day yesterday has been very kind to me, first my other half gives me my favourite Calvin Klein, Downtown perfume for my present, then I get a tweet from Dave Lackie  @davelackie to tell me I had been picked to receive this gorgeous Euphoria set. I am so looking forward to getting my prize and of course I shall be doing a review asap.

I hope you are having a great weekend lovely people.

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Freebies!!

Hey there everyone. I hope you are all okay and had a great weekend!

So, who doesn’t love a freebie? I know I do. My other half will always get me magazines that has freebies inside for me. Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan, I have had some nice little freebies over the last 6 months or so. I have also had Calvin Klein’s new fragrance sample sent to me from Boots.

When I first get the magazines they can sometimes feel as though they are “stuffed” with things inside, and more often than not they are. So before I begin reading I go through the pages and find various sachets stuck within the pages. Sometimes I can use them, sometimes not. There is always perfume samples or shampoo/conditioner sachets, sometimes “Premium” brand skin care can be found amongst the pages too, serums or eye cream for example. I have had magazines where there have been a sachet of shower gel too.

As you can see, I have had some pretty nice freebies over the last few months, maybe 6 months. Let’s take a random look at the products that have been gracing the likes of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and In Style.

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There has been quite a few full sized products too. Like these gorgeous nail polishes from Ciate. Which work out to be a real bargain, as you pay about £3.95 for your magazine, while one of these nail polishes would set you back £9.00 each. These were from 3 different months by the way, it wasn’t all three in one mag. As you can see they are well loved, one bottle is missing it’s ribbon.

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In another month I got a gorgeous Nails Inc nail polish. These are priced at £11.00 each. It is a beautiful berry colour called “Tate”

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Another very lovely freebie was this Avon lipstick and mascara. These were together in the same magazine along with a sample sachet of their BB Cream. I think the lipstick is about £8.00 to buy, and the mascara between £5.00-£10.00 so that is quite a bargain for a £3.95 magazine again. The mascara is in black and it has the curved brush for curling the lashes, I haven’t tried it yet but I will be and do a proper review asap.

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As for the lipstick, it is a gorgeous deep red very creamy very moisturising and quite glossy too. I thought that being red, at my age it would look awful on me but I actually like it if I have quite a natural eye look.

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This I have only had a few days from Marie Claire magazine. It is a serum and I have been using it every day. You only need few drops and my skin feels so soft. I have been using it mainly around the eye area. This was a 7ml bottle. The full size bottle from Clinique will cost from £39.50 to £85.00.

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This next freebie I was really chuffed getting. It’s a liquid eyeliner in black from Eyeko the “felt tipped pen” sort. I have been practising applying eyeliner with it and I am getting there. This when purchased would have set me back £10.00!

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These next few sample sachets were all attached to various pages within the magazines, so it’s always worth checking through your mags to see what you can find.

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Some samples do last for more than one application, this one above gave me two mornings worth.

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I used the shampoo that was attached to this conditioner. They were quite big sample sachets too.

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A gorgeous little find was this beautiful perfume sample from Dolce + Gabbana called “Intense”

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This last sample freebie I got last week from Boots to announce the beautiful new fragrance from Calvin Klein.  It’s a 1.2ml vial, and this actually has a spray so you can spritz on the perfume. It really is a lovely fragrance too.

I thought I would save the best till last. My favourite freebie just has to be these super sun glasses! I was getting pretty bored with my usual pink shades and I was looking to have a change. My other half came in with my magazine and inside was this gorgeous pair of sunnies! You could choose which style of glasses you liked best. Wayfarer style or Aviator style or these which he knew I would like most. They aren’t branded, just a very nice pair of tortoise shell effect sun glasses. They are quite dark too, and they protect my eyes from the glare of the sun i do prefer quite dark sun glasses. I should think if I was to purchase these in a store they would probably cost about £10.00.

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So, that’s my freebies from the last few months. I am expecting some more freebies very soon. One is a sample of  a new Jo Malone fragrance called Peony and Blush Suede, and also I have been chosen along with 199 other ladies to trial new products for Avon’s Anew range. I am really excited about that. I have to trial it for a month, so when I have done my stuff for Avon I will let you know how I got on.

Thats about it for now, I would love to know what freebies you have enjoyed from your glossy mags. Let me know here or pop over to my Facebook page.

Take care……Toodle Pip!

My Beauty Wish List….

Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and Living Life Beautifully!

I thought I would do something a bit different with this post. Those of you who are regular viewers of my blog will know that I am a beauty on a budget kind of blogger. But hey, I do still wish for those more premium brands, those brands that are out of reach at the moment. So, I thought I would show you the products that are on my beauty wish list. Actually not just beauty though, there is fragrance, skin care, make up, some fashion items and electrical too! I’m not doing them in any particular order, its completely random. So here goes.

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Oh yes please! I would love to have a Jo Malone cologne standing on my dressing table and her bath products in the bathroom. Each fragrance name just makes me think that it would smell divine. English Pear and Freesia sounds incredible, I think that if I could afford a Jo Malone Cologne I would go for this one. But there are quite a few to choose from. White Jasmine and Mint, Amber and Lavender, and French Lime Blossom the list goes on. Jo Malone is also known for her home fragrance too. Room spray, linen spray and of course candles.  A 30ml bottle of cologne is £39.00 and a 100ml is £78.00. Yes this will have to be on my wish list for now.

CHANEL NO5 no5 edp 100 ml

Yes I know I already have a fragrance on my wish list, but I have always loved the iconic Chanel no5. It’s mainly because it was my late Mothers’ favourite perfume, it always reminds me of her. I do have one of her empty purse spray bottles in my dressing table drawer, and every so often I take it out and have a quick smell. I love the look of  the Chanel no5 bottle with the beautiful amber coloured fragranced liquid within it. It is the Parfum that is on my wish list, and if I was to have a bottle of my own I would have to keep it in a drawer away from the light. A 7.5ml bottle of  Chanel no5 Parfum is £87.50 from The Perfume Shop here in the UK. I think this will be on my wish list for quite a long time.

CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA FOUNDATION 

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One day I hope to try this.  I have seen many tutorials on You Tube where this has been used, and it looks amazing. It is light reflecting and moisturising, the packaging looks beautiful just as Chanel should be.  You get 30ml for £31.00 at Boots here in the UK. I think I shall be sticking to my faithful Undress Your Skin from MUA for a wee while.

NO!NO!

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The thought of never having to shave ever again would be just a dream. It would stop the horrid in-growing hairs I sometimes get. Now at the age of 53 I am getting sodding hair where I shouldn’t be getting them! On my ears, chin and even half way down my neck for pity’s sake! I don’t shave my face, I pluck the little blighter’s out, if I had a NO!NO! I wouldn’t have to bother anymore. but once again this is out of my reach for the time being. So I shall keep on plucking! I have seen a NO!NO! at the high street catalogue shop Argos for £134.99.

EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE LIFT AND SCULPT MORINGA CLEANSING BALM 

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When I first saw this product and what it is meant to do for the skin, I just fell in love with it. But I couldn’t  justify the price tag of £34.00 for 100ml of product. When I researched it though, I found out that it more than just a cleanser for the face. You can also leave it on the face for about 10 minutes as a face mask, use it as a lip balm, massage into dry areas i.e elbows, knees and heels of feet so it is a multi-tasker eh. I did find this cleansing balm on the Feel Unique website on sale for £28.90 and free delivery.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES

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Now what woman would not want a pair of these super beautiful shoes gracing her “plates of meat” (feet) with their iconic red soles. I mean the soles of the shoes are iconic red, not the soles of the feet!  I tried to win a pair in a competition but I was unlucky.  I would go for a pair of black patent mid heel shoes, I wouldn’t be able to walk in the huge platform ones unfortunately. I found “my” shoes on the Louboutin website priced at £395. While most things on my wishlist are in theory achievable,  I fear that these beauties will remain a dream.

Well, that is my wish list.  I could have gone on with quite a few more too. I would love to hear if  anyone has any of the things on my list. Let me know what they are like, especially the Louboutin shoes!  You can leave me your comments here, or over on my facebook page.

Take care till next time…..

My Spring Favourites….

Well!  Hello there fellow beauty lovers!

Here in the UK, my favourite season is Spring when the weather starts to make a turn for the better, or so it should do. But right now our Easter/Spring holiday is turning out to be a really cold and still very Wintery with snow in some parts of our country. I am usually starting to put away my thick sweaters and socks, but I think I will have to hang on to them a wee while longer (and right on cue, as I write this the sun decides to pay a call!)

So with Springtime in mind I thought I would tell you about MY SPRING FAVOURITES.

IMG_3678My Favourite Perfume? This is an easy one, it is my all time favourite for many years actually.It’s “Sunflowers” by Elizabeth Arden. It is perfect for me to wear through Spring and also into the Summer months too. It is light and floral and I think it has a slight spa like scent to it. Yes I know that Sunflowers don’t have a fragrance, but if they did I think they would smell like this. lol

 

IMG_3650My Favourite nail polish? I am loving “Frozen Yoghurt” by MUA Make up Academy. This is a very pretty lilac shade, and I think it looks very elegant. I am currently wearing it when my nails have a bit of length to them, but it looks just as nice on shorter nails too. The colour I think is quite anti-aging.

 

 

IMG_3660My Favourite shower gel/Bubble bath? This just has to be Citrus Mint shower gel from Organic Surge. It is so refreshing  on my skin. It obviously has Mint within it and the citrus comes from lemon and orange essential oils. I can actually feel this shower gel cooling the skin as I am washing, it is just so reviving.

 

 

IMG_3668My Favourite Body Lotion/Cream?  Tropical Bergamot body lotion from Organic Surge once again. Oh wow, this is so moisturising and sinks right into my skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or sticky and I can dress right after application. I adore the smell of this. Lemony citrus and floral are the fragrances that hit my nose. It leaves a light refreshing fragrance on the skin, and it doesn’t clash with my Sunflowers perfume.

I do have a matching hand cream which is amazing! I shall do a more in-depth review of hand creams I love in future blog posts.

Sorry that this is such a short post, I am in the process of reviewing an MUA Make up Academy product. Watch this space!

So until my next post I hope that you Live Life Beautifully…….

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