Friday, April 18, 2014

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 6th Edition

The 6th edition of the Discovery Club Box* from The Fragrance Shop has arrived, and it contains some lovely samples to tickle your senses. This edition contains 7 fragrances that allow you to try before you buy, as well as a leaflet full of discounts to use when you visit The Fragrance Shop, including £5 off vouchers for all of the fragrances you get in the box, and a special £10 odd voucher for the Lacoste Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle - and all for only £5 per quarter (£25/year)*. This time around there are 5 female and 2 male scents - perfect for sharing with your friends and family, or for keeping in your handbag all to yourself. So, what samples are in store for you? Let's take a peek...

Guerlain - La Petite Robe Noire Couture
Givenchy - Very Irrésistible L'eau En Rose
Lacoste - Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle
Thierry Mugler - Alien Eau Extraordinaire
Ellie Saab - L'eau Couture
Valentino - Uomo
Loewe - Solo Loewe Sport

So far my favourites are La Petite Robe Noire Couture by Guerlain, and Very Irrésistible L'eau En Rose by Givenchy, and my Dad is enjoying the Valentino Uomo, so there's definitely something for everyoneJust as with the previous edition, this containea some incredible, high end perfumes, and I still love the idea of this whole service. I think it's marvellous that for such a reasonable price you get to try 7 different scents before you have to splash your cash on a perfume that you might not end up enjoying in the long run. On top of that, 5p from every subscription is donated to Rays of Sunshine children's charity - meaning that you'll feel good as well as smelling amazing. So, if you're interested in getting your hands on one of these boxes, then head to The Fragrance Shop website and sign up!

Have you tried The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club? What did you think of it?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Giveaway WINNER!



Hey guys! So, if you don't follow me on Twitter, you may not have known that I finally got the chance to announce the winner of my 3rd Birthday giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered, it's so lovely to get such a large response, and to know that people are really reading and enjoying what I've got to say. Anyway, as you can see above, the winner is Rebecca Louise, and although Rafflecopter chooses the winner randomly, I'm so glad that this lovely lady won as she's been having a bit of a tough time lately, so hopefully this will bring a smile to her face! 

Once again, thank you to everyone who entered, and don't worry, they'll be another giveaway before you know it! Until next time,

Isobel x


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Dynamic Hair Duo

Hair can be a fickle creature, somedays it's working an afro-frizz, other days it's limp as a soggy biscuit that's been dipped in the tea for too long, and sometimes it's a super fun mixture of both that can make you want to pull it all out and simply give up. Mine is usually the delightfully inconvenient third option, which means I need to find products that not only fix each problem, but also balance each other out to make me look like a presentable human being again. Enter the Bumble and Bumble duo that works in perfect harmony to leave me with frizz free, yet voluminous locks.

I've never really tried many Bumble and Bumble product - mainly due to their steep price tag - but the two that I've tried so far haven't disappointed. So, how does this hair-saving duo work you may ask? Well, let's see - to start things off, I take a quick squeeze of Bumble and Bumble's BB Defrizz to calm things down a bit. You can use this on damp hair to define curls and control frizz, of like I usually do, use it on dry hair to add a gorgeous shine and tame those nasty flyaways. It also leaves your hair feeling silky smooth for days after use. However, if you're used to having frizzy hair (which I presume you are if you are using this) then you might find that things get a bit... flat. It by no means makes your hair limp, but when you're used to volume, you can feel a bit deflated. So, this is where the second part of the routine comes in, the re-volumising. 

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder must be some kind of witchcraft, because boy is it good. A dry shampoo, style extender and volumiser all in one? How is that ever possible? Like I said, witchcraft. Either way, this stuff is incredible and will turn any limp mop into fashionista's locks in the blink of an eye. This puts the life back into my hair, releasing a tiny bit of the animal that the Defrizz is working desperately to contain - but just the right amount to give you back that volume. And ta-dah! The perfect balance has been achieved. For the first few times, you'll probably have to experiment how much of each product you need to use, but the beauty of this pairing is that you can just add a sprinkle of this and a squeeze of that until you've found your perfect combination.

Bumble and Bumble BB Defrizz retails for £12.50 for 50ml / £22.00 for 125ml, and Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder will set you back £21.50 for 56g and they are available at most larger Boots stores or online. This may sound extortionate (trust me, that's what I thought) but I've hardly made a dent in either product, and I've had both for a considerate amount of time. If you're still hesitant, look out for magazines as minis have popped up a few times as freebies, or visit your nearest B&B counter and check out their travel section. They don't have miniature sizes of every product, but it might be worth checking out if you have a particular product in mind. 

Have you tried any of Bumble and Bumble's products? What did you think of them?

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