My Go To Scent - YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche Eau De Parfum

June 04, 2017

I haven’t been updating my blog as much over the past month, I’ve had so much going on in my personal life that I truly didn't have a minute to even think about posts. Everything’s starting to look up now and I finally can focus on posting more regularly and this time I’m trying to plan ahead instead of doing it last minute… how does that old saying go? Failure to prepare is preparing to fail? Noted.

So… today I am talking perfume. I’m not a massive perfume horder, I know what scents I like and honestly, perfumes are expensive. But I have found the one that’s so beautiful I would pay the high price tag for and buy a back up incase I ran out. YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche to me is seriously the most intoxicating smell, one that is instantly recognisable yet still quite understated at the same time… a cult classic. I think if I had to wear 1 perfume for the rest of my life, this would be it.

First of all, the design of the perfume bottle is gorgeous. I love the black and silver glitter on the bottle teamed with the rose pink lid, it makes me feel quite luxurious when I’m using it. The top notes are Rice & Bourbon Pepper so theres an element of spice when it’s first applied, however the Orange Blossom from the middle notes does bring through a floral element which lingers on the skin. I do think that as the day wears on the base notes of Vanilla, Sandlewood & White Musk come through abit more, leaving a more of a sweet scent behind. 

I think the wear time for this perfume is insane, I can still smell it on my skin nearly 10 hours later. It's the perfect night out fragrance (the name Nuit Blanche translates to “White Night” a night where women take control of Paris and make the city their own”), but I do also wear it in the day, as putting a little on can leave a subtle scent. 

As I mentioned before it isn't the cheapest perfume (between £55.50 to £91 depending on size) but I do think it’s a worthwhile investment for such a beautiful and long lasting fragrance.

Are you a fan of YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche? What are your must have perfumes?

Steph xo


The Ordinary Skincare

May 14, 2017

There’s one brand at the moment that is getting quite a bit of hype.. The Ordinary. It’s part of the brand Deciem and the main selling point is clinically proven skincare ingredients without all the fancy extras, allowing the products to be sold at a fraction of the price. Their quite a technical heavy brand so I do think if you’re not familiar with skincare ingredients it can be quite scary to look at the list of products (acids, on my face.. what!?), but luckily the website offers a regime guide which is very helpful. 

A lot of the products are serum based however they do some moisturisers, primers and very recently makeup. The packaging of the products is quite simple, the serums come in frosted glass bottles and they have a pipette dropper, very clinical but I am a big fan of the style. The Ordinary is now avaliable on The Ordinary, Asos, Beauty Bay & Victoria Health.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 

This is one of the stand out products for me, I didn’t realise how much of a fan my skin was of hyaluronic acid until I tried this. It’s a clear water based solution which sinks in to the skin and doesn't leave any residue. I use this in my skincare routine of a morning and an evening and my skin is left feeling so refreshed and plumped. I must admit it’s never felt so hydrated, I have noticed that if I skip it from my routine my skin feels tight and uncomfortable, definitely a staple in my routine now.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 

I use the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum as the next step in my routine. Again, it’s a clear water based solution however it does leave a slight tackiness to the skin once applied, nothing that doesn't dry in after about a minute or so. This is a good serum if you suffer from breakouts, unfortunately it doesn’t prevent them however it does help to reduce the redness and inflammation when used regularly.

Azeliac Acid Suspension 10% 

This is a cream product that helps to reduce the look of blemishes but I think the real charm of it is how it brightens the skin. I use this of an evening after my serums and I notice that the next morning my skin looks a lot brighter and my skin tone looks a bit more even. As I use it in my nighttime routine I don’t use an SPF, however if I was using it in my daytime routine it must be worn.

Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 

I hate to admit it but I was a little disappointed with the Rose Hip Seed Oil, I do think that after reading a few reviews online I was possibly expecting a little too much. Rosehip is good for adding hydration to the skin and while it does deliver, it just doesn't beat the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil or the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial. However when used over a prolonged period of time it does have the added bonus of reducing the appearance of fine lines and some acne scarring. It is of course a fraction of the price of the other oils and without comparing it to anything else it really is a brilliant product that does the job well. If your new to skincare then this would probably be one of the best products to try out. 

High Adherence Silicone Primer 

Im not really a fan of many silicone primers, I find a lot of them help makeup slip off rather than fixing it in place, however I was quite surprised by this one. It’s a white cream texture unlike many other silicone primes which tend to be a gel texture. It absorbs in to the skin pretty quickly and I do find that my makeup goes on a lot smoother and it does have a slightly blurring effect on the pores. I wouldn’t say that it helps my makeup to stay on longer throughout the day, but it’s nothing that a touch up can’t sort out.

Overall I’m very impressed with The Ordinary, I think it’s so hard to find a skincare brand at drugstore prices that actually works. It is definitely worth taking an hour out of your time to read up on the products and the ingredients, because in the end it will save you so much money. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more of the serums.. more specifically The Buffet!

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What are your thoughts?

Steph xo


April Favourites!

April 30, 2017

April is one of my favourite months of the year, it’s the start of spring, the nights stay lighter just that bit longer.. oh and it’s my birthday! It’s been a bit of a hectic month for me but these are some of my favourite things from it.

I’ve been a wrestling fan (on & off) for nearly 20 years now and every year the WWE have their biggest pay per view in April.. Wrestlemania. I managed to actually go to Wrestlemania in Texas last year, but this year I had to make do with watching it in Camp & Furnace, while there is nothing like actually being there it is a good alternative. Favourite moment has to be The Hardy Boyz making a comeback, and a bittersweet moment at the end where The Undertaker lost his final match and retired (all time favourite, incase anyone was wondering). It was actually a really solid pay per view this year.

I turned another year older on April 10th and I had possibly one of the quietest birthdays i’ve ever had in my life. Unfortunately I had to work on my birthday this year, but I spent my night eating chocolate cake, drinking wine & spending some time with my family. It’s strange to think that a couple of years ago I would make such an event out of my birthday, usually planning a night out in a different city, I think as I get older I’m definitely becoming more of a homebody.

I first heard of The Ordinary through an Instagram story of Fleur De Force, it’s a skincare range of the brand Deciem. The concept behind the brand is to make products using only ingredients that are scientifically proven to help the skin, meaning they are sold at an affordable price point. I placed an order for a couple of products which I’ve been using all month, and I have to say I’m very impressed! I do have a full review of the products coming up in a couple of weeks.

One of my favourite things to do is to listen to music, I pretty much always have something on in the background whatever I’m doing. Whilst I do have my firm favourites, there is something so satisfying about finding an artist that you’ve never heard before.. or the newest song from one of your favourites. I find the Apple Playlists on Apple Music are perfect for this (also Spotify is a great alternative), one of my favourite playlists at the moment and one I have had on repeat this month is the Mellow Days playlist. It has a lot of new music from mainstream artists but there are also some diamonds from newer artists. It gets updated weekly so it is constantly changing, it’s perfect for background music and chilled out days.

I have been wanting to redecorate my room for the longest time and this month I finally decided to just get up and do it. It did take a little longer than expected and I may have had a mini meltdown while doing it, but it’s coming along well. I wanted it to be nice and bright, so I painted the walls white (I’m a poet & I didn’t know it.. okay I’ll stop) and its crazy the difference it makes. I still have a few things to do & a few things to buy but I’m happy with the way it’s turning out.

So a couple of my favourite things from this month, I can’t believe it’s May tomorrow, how quickly is this year going? I’m sure it was like New Years last week.

Steph xo

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