What a gorgeous, gorgeous fragrance!

L`Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette is a vanilla based fragrance.

Top notes of Blackcurrant and Bergamot
Heart notes of Narcissus and Gardenia
Base notes of Vanilla and Tonka Bean

It first starts of slightly musky, then evolves into a warm cuddly vanilla scent with a hint of spice. I can smell the Tonka Bean too. There is a sweetness to it but it is not as girly nor as pronounced as some of my other favourite fragrances (see Lancome La Vie Est Belle). The musky spicy-ness to it adds some sophistication and maturity to this fragrance. It was love at first whiff, and somehow, the scent makes me think of root beer or vanilla coke.

The fragrance is quite long-lasting - I can still smell it on my wrists the next day! It has little to moderate sillage. No matter how many spritzes, I don't find it overwhelming at all. I suppose you can say it is quite subtle in that way.

I think this type of fragrance would work best worn in the cooler autumn-winter months due to the cuddly vanilla, although the sweetness is also refreshing for the summer.

Personally, I find this fragrance a perfect combination of sexy and sweet. I have been using it every day, and I love it!

L`Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette is priced at £49 for 75ml. This fragrance is available from your local L`Occitane shop and their website!

What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

31/05/2013

L`Occitane en Provence Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette for Women Review


I don't tend to buy pre-made MAC eyeshadow quads, mainly because each quad usually has at least one eyeshadow dud. But every once in a while, there is an exception. 

The MAC Bare My Soul eyeshadow quad from this year's summer collection, Temperature Rising, contains 4 warm-toned eyeshadows with beautiful well-pigmented finishes.

Romantico is a light taupe bronze in a soft veluxe pearl finish. Bare My Soul is a frosted gold with a lustre finish, but behaves like a frost. Friendly is a deep bronzed chocolate with a veluxe pearl finish. When In Rio is a deep green with copper pearl in a frost finish - this is the better more pigmented sister of MAC Club eyeshadow.

I am truly impressed by this eyeshadow quad and I definitely recommend it!




 
Available at £38.50 from your local MAC Cosmetics Store, Selfridges and House of Fraser - while stocks last!
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

30/05/2013

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad Review, Swatches

Giles, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY
 
 I have always been a fan of big fat hair,
and I'm especially crazy about the stunning Katherine Pierce's do on the Vampire Diaries 
(yes, I am a fan, and I'm proud of it!) 
 
 
However as you might notice, I don't do a lot of hair care posts and reviews on my blog, 
because unlike most beauty bloggers, I am incapable of styling my own hair.
I have never been gifted with talents of using hair tongs and irons for hair curling/straightening purposes.
 And I am, therefore, constantly searching for ways to get the oomph I want with minimal effort.
 
Enter the VO5 Plump Me Up Hair Care Range!
 
 
We have been together for 6 months now and going strong.
 
I have been religiously using the following products:
 
VO5 Plump Me Up Shampoo
VO5 Plump Me Up Conditioner
VO5 Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo
VO5 Plump Me Up High Definition Blow Dry Amplifying Lotion
VO5 Plump It Up Heat Defence Volume & Lift Spritz
 
Reasons why I love this range.
- deliver weightless volume to my hair
- conditioner makes my hair feel soft  without taking too much time to work in the shower
- my scalp does not feel dirty with the dry shampoo, unlike some others
- does NOT cause any acne breakouts
(I tend to get acne on my chest and back with some other shampoos and conditioners)
- volumising hair spritzers have heat protection
- affordable price
 
My hair care routine.
I wash my hair every other day with the shampoo and conditioner. 
The gaps between washes prevent my hair from drying out too much.
With my trusty hair dryer, I then dry wet hair by flipping my hair upside down.
In between washes if my hair feels yucky or if I'm in a pinch, I use the dry shampoo to quickly dissolve any grease and make my hair feel fresh again.
Before meeting friends or nights out, I spritz some of the hair volumisers, spread through my hair and then blow dry with hair flipped upside down.
 
If my hair feels dry, I apply 2 pumps of L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil UV Filter on my palms and run through my hair, for added softness and shine.
 
Simples!
 
PK, myself and Kate
 
These products mentioned are available from your local drugstore or the Boots and Superdrug websites.
 
What are your favourite products for big hair? ♥
Livia xx
 
All products mentioned bought with my own money!

29/05/2013

Beauty Trends for Spring/Summer 2013 - Big Hair feat VO5 Plump Me Up Range


 
MAC 188SH brush
 
This duo fibre brush is easily one of the cutest brushes I own. 
I literally squeed when I laid eyes on it!
At just about 4.5 inches in length, it is short but sturdy.
Its head is the same as it's full-sized MAC 188 brush.
I love using duo fibre brushes to apply face powder over liquid foundation (prevents it from being cakey)
and to apply darker more pigmented shades so its easy to build colour
instead of applying the fierce shade all in one go.
 
The 188 is also smaller than the MAC 187 duo fibre brush
and is therefore more able to get into smaller areas 
such as on the sides of the nose and underneath the eyes.
 

 
 
 Available from your local MAC Store or the MAC Cosmetics website.
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

19/05/2013

MAC 188SH Short Handle Brush

 
Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Palette

Now this is a force to be reckoned with. The Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette is inspired from 12 of the most popular Sleek Makeup palettes. This palette contains 12 wearable eyeshadow shades, some of which are from previous Sleek Makeup palettes. I have quite a few of these palettes and have compared the shades to see which ones are most similar and which ones I have not been able to find dupes for in the said palettes.

Paraguaya - similar to the said palette's Bellini - a matte pale yellow beige, perfect for highlighting
Sunset - a shimmery peachy beige, perfect lid colour
Me, Myself and Eye - similar to the said palette's Barry White - a shimmery white
Bad Girl - a shimmery golden olive, new to this palette
Noir - a shimmery gunmetal grey, new to this palette
Ultramattes V2 - similar to the said palette's Noir - a matte dark grey

Oh So Special -similar to the said palette's Wrapped Up - a matte grey
Bohemian - a matte yellow toned pink, new to this palette
Storm - a matte navy blue, new to this palette
Sparkle - a sparkly pale gold, new to this palette
Au Natural - a dark purple with silver sparkles
Graphite - a shimmery bronze




 
All eyeshadows are super pigmented as to be expected from Sleek Makeup.
It would be perfect if they included a matte brown instead of two shades of grey.
 
I expected most of these colours to be excerpts of shades from their named palettes,
however I'm surprised to find that only some of them are.

 Available from your local Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup website.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

17/05/2013

Sleek Makeup Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette

 

The Little Round Pot Cream blushes are new additions to the huge Bourjois makeup line. Here I have two gorgeous colours. They are 02 Healthy Glow and 03 Rose Tender. Healthy Glow is a coral colour with some subtle peachy shimmers. Rose Tender is a slightly shimmery medium-toned rose. The texture is just divine. They are creamy to touch and apply, but dry to a powdery finish. Feels like second skin! I love it!



 
Available at £7.99 each from your local Boots, Superdrug, and wherever they sell Bourjois!

What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

16/05/2013

Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush Review

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Soap & Body Lotion

They've done it again! Roger & Gallet's Fleur de Figuier has to be one of the most gorgeous delicious refreshing scents I've encountered in a long time. I never thought fig could be used as a fragrance. Roger & Gallet's Fleur de Figuier collection smells fresh, fruity and sweet. Francis Kurkdjian created this scent inspired by his memories of the Mediterranean. As well as the soft sweet scents of Fig Leaves, Fig Milk and Fig Pulp, it also contains the tangy zesty freshness of mandarin and grapefruit. Cedar, Caraway seeds and musk adds a little bit of enchantment to this amazing scent.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Body Lotion (£12.50) has a nice thin consistency that dries quickly, leaving a velvety feel on the skin. Perfect for the summer!

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Soap (£5.50) comes in its own soap case, ready for use in the shower.

Roger and Gallet never fails to disappoint! I'm in love with these products. I definitely recommend this range. Also available in Shower Cream and Eau Fraiche.
 
Available from your local Marks and Spencer from May 2013.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx
Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

14/05/2013

Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier Review

 
I'm so thrilled to share this bad boy girl with you. 
It is Bourjois Queen Attitude Mascara
It is one of the best drugstore mascaras I've tried to date!
 
The brush is a little bendy with bristles spaced wide apart.
 
It applies beautifully and separates lashes.
It elongates them (a lot!),
and allows several coats to get your desired volume.
 
 And it still looks natural on.
 
It does not clump, and lasts all day.
 




 
I'm in love with it!
 
 Available from your local Boots or Superdrug or the Bourjois website.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

13/05/2013

Bourjois Queen Attitude Mascara - A Must-Have!


Sleek Makeup have released a line up of 4-colour lipstick palettes called the Lip4 Lipstick Palettes for this spring and summer. Here I have the palette in Tease.
 
Tease is a quad of predominantly red-themed lip creams. They are all very pigmented. 
 
Show Off is a pinky red with a creamy satin finish.
Spotlight is a coral red with a matte finish.
Paris is a blue based pink with a matte finish.
Dita is a bright red with a glossy finish.
 
Each palette comes with a single ended lip brush for a precise application.
Otherwise, you can use clean fingertips to apply these with ease.
 
 
  
 
 
Available from your local Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup website.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

11/05/2013

Sleek Makeup Lip4 Tease Lipstick Palette Review, Swatches


Sleek Makeup have released a line up of 4-colour lipstick palettes called the Lip4 Lipstick Palettes* for this spring and summer. Here I have the palette in Ballet.
 
Ballet is a quad of nude-themed lip creams. They are all very pigmented. 
 
Tutu is a beige nude with a glossy finish.
Plie is a brown-tinged nude with a matte finish.
Swan Lake is a yellow based nude with a matte finish.
Pirouette is a nude rose with a satin finish.
 
I just love these names. I was a ballerina for a decade. 
Seeing and using this palette brings back memories!
 
Each palette comes with a single ended lip brush for a precise application.
Otherwise, you can use clean fingertips to apply these with ease.
 
 
Available from your local Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup website.
 
What do you think? ♥
 
 Livia xx

09/05/2013

Sleek Makeup Lip4 Ballet Lipstick Palette Review, Swatches

 

I love this blush. It is probably one of my favourite NARS blushes in the shade Deep Throat.

07/05/2013

NARS Deep Throat Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

 

Here are the most recent additions to my MAC neutral eyeshadow collection: Brule, Soba and Retrospeck.

Brule is a creamy beige with a satin finish. This will make a good natural looking highlighter especially for those with yellow undertones.

Soba is a mid-tone yellow based brown that's perfect for the crease.

Retrospeck is a glittery light beige in a lustre finish. This is beautiful as a lid colour.

 
 
Available from your local MAC Cosmetics store or the MAC website.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

05/05/2013

MAC Neutral Eyeshadows: Brule, Soba, Retrospeck Photos, Reviews, Swatches



I'm addicted to lippies and have been so excited for the release of this new MAC collection.

It is the MAC Fashion Sets collection which is comprised of matching sets of lipstick, lip pencil, lipgloss, eyeshadow and nail varnish. I'm not a fan of the MAC lipglasses as I find them way too sticky. Not a fan of the MAC nail polishes either as I find them overpriced for the quality of product. I don't tend to wear coloured eyeshadows anymore so I decided to skip on the eyeshadows. HOWEVER, MAC lipsticks - I DO love. I picked up 3 lipsticks and 4 lip pencils from this collection. I got lipstick and lip pencils in Embrace Me, Ablaze and Silly. As I don't wear purple lips too often, I only picked up the lip pencil Heroine as I felt it was quite unique. Here are a few photos and swatches. I will be reviewing them separately in subsequent posts! Enjoy xx


  Embrace me lipstick and lip pencil, Ablaze lipstick and lip pencil, Silly lipstick and lip pencil, Heroine lip pencil, Feel My Pulse Lipstick
 
Available from your local MAC store or the MAC website.
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

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