Perfume Books Part 2.


Hi Everybody,

This is the second part of my interest in books on perfumes. The three I have chosen are completely different but all have a distinctive approach to perfumes.

The first book is A World of Fragrance. First thing to say is the packaging of the book, which is in the shape of a perfume bottle! How cool is that! It looks like a giant bottle of perfume. This gives you an overview of the importance of scent over time. It describes in an easy to read manner some of the famous perfumes and the people who created them. It doesn’t go into great depth but it’s a nice introduction to perfumes.

Quintessentially Perfume is a journey through the world of luxury and niche perfume brands. This goes through the most famous brands but also the niche makers. It also has chapters on individual perfume makers who have made their mark on the perfume world. It has a glossary of terms in an easy to understand manner. It explains what ‘earthy, ‘base notes’ and the difference between Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette mean. It’s a very good book if you want to know more about perfumes and what the process is in making them.

Perfume A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom goes through the history of  certain perfumes from the 1900s to the end of the 1990s putting them into the context of the time. She picks one fragrance from each year, from 1900 to 1999, and you will be amazed at the perfumes she has chosen, some famous and some forgotten.  Lizzie Ostrom has a wonderful ability to bring these perfumes alive as she brings an insight into perfumes very few writers can do. I only wish I could see them ( no pictures unfortunately ) and smell them! I was very lucky to meet her at the Victoria & Albert Museum and she signed the book for me and I treasure it.




My Beauty Bedtime Routine!


Hi Everybody,

After washing, cleansing and make-up remover, I  have a simple routine which I try to stick with!

I always use an eye cream, this may vary to whatever I have bought. At the moment I am using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream. The areas around my eyes seem to get fairly dry. This is cream gel texture which is quite thick. It absorbs so nicely into the area, it doesn’t feel greasy or burns or give puffiness. I then follow up with Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Serum. You only need a tiny amount which you massage into your face and neck but I also rub any  excess onto my hands. It does take time to see any difference to my skin so I do need to give it more time before I have a real opinion. I also use Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream. I have found that this product really makes a difference to my skin.  My skin feels brighter, moisturized and gives a real boost to it. A really affordable product. I follow up with Pai Bergamot Lip Balm. My lips feels so moisturized after using it. You only need a small anount and it lasts forever! When I’m in bed, I use the Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil. This is in a pen form, so easy to use and even apply on my husband. This is a really nice product and has made a difference to our nails. Finally I love my hand creams.You look after your face and you need to look after your hands too! I have been using Inspired Silky Hand Cream with Geranium & Orange. This has beeswax, honey and various essential oils in it and my hands feel silky afterwards. A lovely hand cream and a good amount in a pot which lasts a long time.

It’s worth the effort and the results make a difference!



Roger & Gallet ‘Fleur de Figuier’ EDP.


Hi Everybody,

Roger & Gallet have made beautiful products since 1862 but they also make beautiful perfumes. When you go to Paris, all the pharmacies stock Roger & Gallet. Although not available in Boots, you can buy their products in M&S and John Lewis and certain online retailers.

Fleur de Figuier was launched in 2015 and is a more intense, concentrated version of Fleur de Figuier EDT. The perfume bottle designed by Martin Szekely is a faceted rectangle shape with his signature at the bottom of the bottle. It is a  simple but classy design. The best part is the scent. A heady, intoxicating sweet, fruity scent. Fig, of course, is the main ingredient at the beginning but wood, patchouli and musk come to the fore after the dry down. This is a warm fragrance so I will be wearing this over the autumn and the winter.  I’m not a fig fragrance lover ( but I do love fresh figs!) but this is a perfect blend of figs and woodiness in a perfume. I love the design and the colour purple so this is a perfect perfume for me!



Asiana Beauty Box!



Hi Everybody,

These days it feels that there is a new beauty box been introduced to the market every day.  Therefore it’s quite hard to keep up with these new beauty boxes and try to find boxes that are good value and different enough from the rest.

Last week I bought a new beauty box catered for the Asian market but it can also apply to the other markets. Asiana magazine is a wedding magazine catered for the Asian market and this is their first beauty box and very impressed I am to with it.

For £25 including postage, I received a very nice green turquoise coloured box with an Asian symbol. It came with a booklet with descriptions of the products in it, recommendations by the staff of the magazine and also how to do looks. It also offered cards with offers from the brands. The booklet was useful and a very good idea.

The seven items were:

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple Action Cleanser (45ml)

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (15ml)

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (7.1ml)

MAC False Lash Mascara (sample)

Bobbi Brown Pot Rougr for Lips and Cheeks ‘Powder Pink’

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner + Brush

Clinque All About Shadow Duos ’11 Nightcap’

The last item was an empty container from Estee Lauder to go to one of their counters for a foundation sample.

I have never tried any of these products so I am excited to try them and see how good they are. The contents is spot on and covers all the areas you want for a beauty box.

This is an excellent choice of products from all the very best brands. Some other beauty boxes can be boring or expensive but not this one. I hope this does well and we can see another boxes in the future. Well done Asiana Magazine, a great box and superb value for money!



Autumnal Lipsticks!



                                               Lip swatches in order as described below.

Hi Everybody,

I do love my bright pink lipsticks but as autumn is now with us, I swap them for the deeper shades of wine, plum, brownish lipsticks. Here are a few of the ones I have been wearing lately.

Art Deco Lip Brillance 10 – A mauve pink long lasting lipgloss. This stays on the lips for quite a while and the texture is creamy without stickiness. It feels quite moisturizing on the lips.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ‘Rose’ – This is a pink rose shade, not too nude or too pink. Lovely texture and doesn’t dry the lips out.

Rimmel by Kate No8 – A Mauve pink/ brown shade. So long lasting on the lips and doesn’t dry them out. I only needed to apply after eating. Nice scent as well.

Maybelline Moisture Extreme ‘ Raspberry Sorbet’ – This is a real raspberry shade. If I want more of a red shade for autumn, this is the one I pick up first. A lovely creamy texture as well.

Rimmel Lasting Finish in ‘Sugar Plum’ – A plum shade with a hinting of frosting in it.  A nice texture and a non-drying feel to this lipstick.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide ‘Brick’ – This is a brick red shade, I have found that with this lipstick I had to use a lip liner as it bleed over the edge of my lips.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide ‘Ruby Rose’ – This is a beautiful dark pink plum shade. Nice texture and it doesn’t dry the lips out.

Sleek ‘Cherry’ – This is the deepest shade of my autumnal colours, almost a burgundy wine with a hint of purple. This really gives you a dramatic look. Lovely texture but I did need to use a lip liner so it doesn’t bleed over the edge of lips.

L’Oreal Gloss Infalible Matte ‘Smoke Me Up’ – It has a applicator so more of a lip gloss but it has a matt finish. It does have a thick texture but it doesn’t dry the lips out. This is a berry mix shade, very rich and deep in colour. It sets easily and the applicator is good to use. Quite long-lasting too.

Have fun with your shades and don’t be afraid to change your lipsticks when the seasons change!






September Favourites!



Autumn is here now, so long summer! With Christmas nearby, the stores are full of gifts and the eyes are greedy!


Neal’s Yard Organic Eye Make-Up Remover is gentle, hydrating, conditioning make up remover. It doesn’t dry out the eye area, doesn’t sting and does a wonderful job in removing make-up and mascara. The smell is not for everyone but I did get used to it. Quite expensive at £8.00 for 100ml but a very good product. Travel friendly packaging as well.

Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer is a soft hydrating product. It doesn’t feel greasy and make-up didn’t slide on me. The lightweight formula absorbs easily into the skin and no breakouts appeared. My skin felt moisturized and felt plump. I liked this very much.

L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil is a product for lazy people! If you don’t put a moisturizer on your body after showering, this product is perfect for you. One thing though, I didn’t like the scent and It should smell nutty but didn’t  A really nice product though.

Cowshed Moisturizing Hand Cream is made of essential oils of grapefruit and coriander. Quite a strange combination but it works.  After doing housework,my hands felt dry and rough. As you know I love my hand creams and I have quite a stash of products and this is one of the best. My hands felt so moisturized after using it.

Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Scrub is still a little bit of summer for me. The smell is incredible and lingers long after scrubbing onto your body. It has little coconut pieces and the texture is a mixture of grittiness and creaminess. A typical Body Shop winning product.

Songbird Sports Massage Wax is my go-to product when I do massage professionally. Its better to use than oil, so no spillage can occur and is easy to grip onto the skin. A natural product from New Zealand and a small tub goes a long way.

Braun Silk-Epil 9 was something I wanted and thanks to my Boots reward card, I purchased a new epilator. It is a better updated version of what I had before. Cordless and wet-dry capability and easier to use than my previous one, I am so glad to have it!


Only 2 make-up products this month.

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Lip Paint ‘110 Never Bare’ is a beautiful pinky-nude colour. It isn’t long lasting but I like how it feels on the lips. It looks great too.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in ‘Ruby Rose’ is a lovely autumnal shade. A dark pinky plum shade which lasts a good time on the lips. You do need to apply after eating of course but that is the point of lipsticks, to re-apply!






Bobbi Brown 25 Years!




Hi Everybody,

1991 marked the birth of  a brand that has redefined make-up and the role of it in women’s lives:Bobbi Brown.

It all started in 1991 when Bobbi Brown teamed up with a chemist and with $5,000 and 10 lipsticks changed make-up for ever. The natural shades invented changed lipsticks forever but she did stop there. Just a year later, she invented yellow-based foundation sticks. This may seem nothing special but for the make-up it was revolutionary. Before this, women used the wrong foundation shades which were mainly pink based which do not given even tone. Bobbi’s yellow based foundations evened out the tone of your skin. Her company was bought in 1995 by Estee Lauder. Leonard Lauder told Bobbi “I want you to keep doing what you’re doing” – and she has ever since!

Now it sells 23 million products a year, available in over 70 countries and sold in over 2000 stores. She has written 8 books and has even created a line of eyeglass wear!

She has been at the forefront of the no-makeup makeup look before it was even on Instagram. She has shown to us how to feel our best in the skin we were born with and how all women can be empowered.  The Pretty Powerful campaign shows us to be who you are.

I was lucky to meet her, all to briefly, at the Vogue Festival 2015 when she was walking around on that Sunday morning. The Bobbi Brown PA who was accompanying her asked if we would like to meet her. I have to say I was speechless and wanted to cry as she is such an inspiration to me. She was kind, polite and oh so sweet to me. Even my husband was speechless to meet her!

I want to end this post with a few quotes from the lady herself.

‘I believe that all women are pretty without make up – but with the right make up can be pretty powerful.’

‘Beauty isn’t about looking perfect. It’s about celebrating your individuality.’

‘I look at a woman and I don’t see what’s wrong with her. I see what’s right.’

The secret to beauty is simple, be who you are.’

Thank you Bobbi.