Beauty | Trésor in Love by Lancome

I love perfume. It’s an addiction and I just can’t get enough of it – there’s no such thing as too many bottles of perfume! So, naturally, whenever my birthday or Christmas comes around, everyone who knows me well enough always gets me at least one bottle of perfume. Right now, I have 11 full-sized bottles and 6 miniature bottles and I feel like I could really do with some more …

Anyway, I recently received a new bottle of perfume as a gift for my birthday and I’ve fallen completely in love with it. It’s definitely a contender for my all-time favourite. And as you will have seen from the title of this blog post, it’s called Trésor in Love by Lancome.

I’ve never really bought anything from Lancome – not that I can remember anyway. To me, it always seemed like the kind of beauty store that my mum would shop in, but more recently I’ve noticed that they’re shifting their focus slightly to appeal to younger consumers, which is great. So I wouldn’t have chosen this perfume for myself, but that’s the best part of getting gifts, right?

The scent of this perfume is perfect for summer. It’s really light, fruity and floral, making it incredibly feminine. Lancome market it as youthful, modern and flirty and I can definitely agree with this – except from the flirty part … purely because I’m always left confused at how a perfume can be “flirty” or “sexy” and I hate how over-sexualised perfume adverts and marketing is. But that’s enough of that rant.

The final aspect of this perfume that I love is the bottle. The design is very simple, yet elegant and it comes with a cute little bow in the shape of a rose around the neck of the bottle. I do have the smallest bottle, at only 30ml but for me, this just makes the bottle cuter.

I’ve already used around one quarter of the bottle and I would definitely buy more of it. But for now, I think I’ll be reserving this for fancy restaurants and special occasions.

Stacey x

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Beauty | Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish

With so many skincare products out there, it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves blankly staring at millions of products on the shelves in Boots with not the faintest idea what product to buy for what problem. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve went to get a product to clear up my latest breakout and had thousands of brands staring back at me, all promising amazing results. Well, enough is enough.

When I finished my dissertation in March, I’ve never been more relieved to have finished anything in my life … ever! I dedicated a whole week to recovering before starting on the last of my university coursework – and then I looked in the mirror. I might have felt considerably less stressed, but my skin definitely didn’t look it. Spots were taking over my face like a mini army, my skin was dryer than the Sahara Desert and my complexion resembled that of a ghost. And I had no one to blame but myself – my dissertation had taken over my life meaning that stress and lack of sleep had replaced my skincare … and it was obvious.

After looking online, I spent a considerable amount in The Body Shop before heading over to QVC to invest in my favourite cleanser – Liz Earle. This is a product I’ve sworn by since I was a teenager – and looking back, I definitely took my fairly good skin for granted, especially when compared with some of my peers. So naturally, I bought three bottles.

When going to buy the Cleanse and Polish, there are many different packages; for instance, you can get two/three bottles of it, with or without a muslin cloth, in a pump or in a tube, with other Liz Earle products or without. Personally, I always opt for the product in a pump, purely because it’s more convenient and easier to use – and it looks prettier than the tube too. Although it’s not exactly the cheapest cleanser out there, it’s definitely worth the money and if you create an account on QVC, you can opt to pay the cost in a few monthly installments too!

The product itself is very creamy and just heavenly to put on your skin. The routine is very simple – just pop the product on your face, then take it off with warm water and a muslin cloth before finally splashing your face with some cold water at the end. And that’s it! I do this twice a day – morning and night – and I honestly find that if I skip either of these, I’m far more prone to breakouts.

In addition to keeping the breakouts at bay, the product also gives my skin a brilliant, healthy and natural looking glow – so much so that I don’t really mind not wearing makeup anymore. For when I do wear makeup though, it’s fab for taking it off at the end of the day.

It’s definitely a product to bear with though as because it gets rid of all the dirt and impurities in your skin, you may actually find you break out at first, but honestly don’t worry – a few more applications of the product and it will clear them up in no time and keep them away for good!

So there we have it – smoother and clearer skin in a bottle! And it only takes a few minutes each day. Lifesaver.

Stacey x