Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Victoria Secret Scandalous

You might remember me mentioning I found a VS shop at the same mall as I have my nearest Sephora? No? Well, I did. Suffice it to say we spent a good amount of time in there, and I almost bought a body mist for myself, but the Bombshell Blossom one. I'm still thinking of picking that one up next time I go there. Instead, I was given this one.

I've been using this every single day at work since I got it in May, and I'm not even half way through it! It's lasting me very well. The sales girl said it wouldn't last on the skin for maybe more than two hours. I'd say it lasts longer than that, maybe four? I don't bring this with me to work to top it of at the end of the day and I'm to tired when I do get home to sniff myself to see if it's still there.

I like the fact that all the VS perfumes came with a complimentary body mist. It's a great way of trying the scent without having to splurge on the actual perfume! Genious!
It's a more grown up scent. Sexier and more sophisticated. I've noticed than I am leaving to  younger fruitier scents and getting over to the more sophisticated scents. Am I getting old or just getting finer scent buds? I don't know. If I was going on a first date, I would wear this. It's that kind of interesting and seductive scent. Not too up in your face, but subtle. If you don't shower yourself in it, you wont irritate someones eyes that's for sure. It reminds me of a fragrance my aunt used to wear when I was younger. And she exclusively wore designer perfumes.

According to the Victoria Secret website it only has three notes to it. Black peony, raspberry liqueur and praline. Odd notes, but they smell like heaven! And I like that the bottle, even though it's made out of plastic, still has some elements of design to it.

75ml 169 SEK ( £12.62 $19.8 and 17.9 Euro )

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer

If you read my July  Favorites post you might've already "seen" me rave about this. But seriously though, if you haven't tried it already, you absolutely must!

I debated long and hard over what primer to get. Something in the back of my mind told me I had seen someone on youtube really liking this, so I ordered it on a whim. And oh was that a good whim.

The packaging is in no way snassy or fancy, the lid is a sparkly red, other than that it is your bog standard white plastic tube. I'm guessing I won't be able to get every last bit out of it without having to cut it open. And that seems a bit desperate. I am in writing moment running out of this.
The formula is a bit thicker than I anticipated. It isn't like glue or too heavy. It sinks into the skin and smooths everything out. It won't make you look like you have no pores or no lines on your face. It just makes your foundation glide on a bit smoother and last a few hours longer. It's kinda blue in tone when it comes out, but doesn't look blue on your face. Smurf isn't in fashion. It just sinks in and you can't tell it's there. Only drawback is you have to give it a minute or two before putting foundation over it, or it might look cakey.

I noticed a huge difference in my foundations longevity when wearing this under. My skin really liked this. Bonus points for not smelling of anything. I would recommend this to any skintype. I picked mine up from Asos, but you can find it at feelunique as well. And I suspect you can find it in any Rimmel display.

30ml 92 SEK ( £7, $10.80 and 9.74 Euro )

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

First Impression - Garnier Ultimate Blends

Do you remember that order I placed with feelunique, the one that got lost and took me ages to finally get? You might remember there was a dry shampoo in it that I was eager to try.

When I first got the box I opened it and smelled the dry shampoo and was immediately put off by the scent. Getting anything vanilla scented is always a huge gamble. Fake vanilla scents is one of my most hated scents. I cannot stand it.
So it took me til about now to try it, and here is my initial thoughts.
The can itself is a bit different in the design from the rest out there. It's smaller and not that shouty, if you get what I mean.
On the front it says No visible residue, which sold me in the first place. And continues to read Garnier Ultimate Blends The silky 7-in-1 dry shampoo with vanilla milk.

On the back it explains those 7-in-1 qualities.
"Instantly cleanses, absorbs grease at the roots, lightweight feel, hair feels supple to the touch, hair easy to detangle, blissful fragrance and leaves no visible residue."

No hard claims or anything new to the market. Shouldn't be that hard. I did not like the first Garnier dry shampoo that I tried, but I still had an open mind towards this. That being said, I wish I had never gotten this is in the first place. I can not for the life of me understand how they could fail so miserably at not only one, but two, dry shampoos. I will never try any other dry shampoo from the brand again. Ever! It does not fulfill any of its claims. It doesn't cleanse or absorb any grease. If anything it adds to it. It does not feel lightweight, you can feel it on your scalp that it's there and it feels weird and powdery to the touch. It smells horrific and it lasts all day and it does leave a white film on your hair. Never before have I wanted to wash my hair so badly after having put a dry shampoo in it. But I shrugged it of and went to work anyways, and it just felt worse and worse throughout the day. This should come with a huge flashing warning sign! And the scent. *shrugs* If you grew up in the nineties, like me, you might recall H&M carrying a vanilla scented fragrance that was all the rave and very inexpensive in like the late 90's early 2000's. I think The Body Shop had one too that smelled the exact same but cost the double. It was horrendous, but you had to have it, if you didn't go for the fruity or more "sporty" scents in the tiny testing tube bottles.This smells exactly like it. I don't think they put the "Madagascan vanilla extract" in it. I just think its a fancy way of saying "we smelled the Madagascan vanilla, but decided to put a synthetic knock off in it instead."

If you're thinking of trying this, don't. It isn't worth it. Not even as an emergency backup. I think even flour would be a better substitute for this. Or corn flour.

150ml 35SEK ( £2.59 $4.06 and .69 Euro )