Beauty | Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein

As you may know by now, I’m a sucker for a good perfume and this one by Calvin Klein definitely makes it on to my favourites list.

My first impression of perfume always comes from the shape of the bottle which in this case is simple but elegant, especially given the rounded square lid that it has, giving it a slight Chanel-esque feel. The print on it is also very simple yet bold and is placed on clear glass which allows for the beautiful light pink liquid to be seen in all its glory. I actually think that the clear bottle with no strange bumps or lines lets the feminine colour be shown properly and looks really beautiful which I love.

The scent of the perfume is very light and summery, with its top note being lychee, base note of musk and heart note of Chinese Pink Peony. The scent is fairly strong which is great as you don’t have to apply too much and lasts for a good few hours before beginning to dull a little bit.

As the bottle is quite big, it’s not one that I would carry around with me in my handbag to reapply but given that the bottle feels like it’s made of fairly resistant glass, if I had a bigger handbag or less stuff to carry around, I would feel confident in carrying it around without it breaking or the lid coming off.

It is a perfume that I usually only use during the day due to its light feminine nature, however I think that the musk notes in the scent make it suitable for an evening out too so I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to use it for this kind of occasion.

It’s a perfume that I am incredibly happy to have received as a gift and I would definitely repurchase it once I eventually start running out!

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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

Lifestyle | Review | Lanson Rosé 1760 Champagne @ Graduation

Last month, I had the amazing experience of graduating from university with a 2:1 in LLB Law! I was super nervous for it (because there’s so much to worry about!) but had the best day ever – I wish I could do it all over again! I was surrounded by the best people in my life (family, friends and my boyfriend) and we all celebrated some very hard work and many the many breakdowns it’s caused me in the past four years.

Beforehand, my family were definitely more excited than I was. I was worrying and fussing over absolutely everything – my outfit, my makeup, my hair, falling over on stage, tripping up, where to go, what to do … the list was endless. But anyway, my mum was so excited that she decided to buy a bottle of champagne to bring along to celebrate at the reception after the ceremony.

Now, this is a fairly big deal for my family. I’m the eldest sibling and the first person in my immediate family to ever go to university, nevermind graduate from it! We don’t go out for fancy dinners and we definitely don’t buy champagne … but this was a special occasion and my mum wanted to splash out a bit with this wonderful (yet still affordable!) bottle of champagne.

Honestly, I felt a bit guilty when she came home from Tesco with it – that she’d spent money on something that I didn’t see as a massive achievement and, quite honestly, at that time, didn’t even want to do because I was so nervous! But she told me that it had been on offer and was only £30 so that made me feel a bit better.

When I finally graduated, I was relieved. It was nowhere near as stressful as I thought it would be and I definitely couldn’t wait to get some photographs taken with my friends and family before opening the champagne! The reception was held in one of the nicer university buildings that had a gorgeous garden area surrounding it – perfect for taking photographs! So once all that was out of the way, my mum pulled out this bottle of champagne with very classy plastic cups. And it was beautiful.

I didn’t even know you could get rosé champagne – but I would recommend it a million times over! It was so light and fizzy with loads of fruity/berry tones. There was loads in the bottle as well – all five of us had a couple of glasses each which was fabulous. I’m not sure exactly what percentage it was, but I think it was around 12% which, for me, was more than enough! I’m notorious for being an absolute lightweight so by the time I’d had a couple of glasses (and not very much to eat all day), I was feeling amazing and practically flying back to hand in my gown! That might just be me though, who knows.

All in all, I’d fully recommend it to anyone who fancies splashing out a little bit – but on a budget. After all, if you can get a beautiful bottle of rosé champagne for £30, why spend more? And if it’s a special occasion – treat yo’ self!

Stacey x

Beauty | Time Delay Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser @ Boots

We all need a good moisturiser, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to have dry skin, like I do. Like many, I’ve hopped around different brands, never really settling on one moisturiser but recently I decided to opt for an anti-ageing on instead.

Now, I’m only 22 and have been asked many times why I would want an anti-ageing moisturiser – especially as I don’t have any wrinkles yet! But I’ve also heard so many times that if you start investing in anti-ageing products earlier than you need them, it can be beneficial in keeping wrinkles away for longer … and I’m all up in that!

However, it’s really important to get the right anti-ageing product for your age group – and that’s where Boots has come in really handy. Not only do they have products to reduce the signs of ageing, but they now have a range called ‘Youth Maintain’ for people like me who want to prevent the ageing process. Using a product that someone much older than you would use can actually do more damage to your skin than anything else, especially as many of these products contain collagen, which younger skin will already have plenty of!

Having used the Youth Maintain exfoliator by the Time Delay range at Boots, I decided to try out their moisturiser too. This particular one is for during the day as it contains SPF15 which, although isn’t the highest SPF factor I’ve ever seen in a moisturiser, is still a plus.

I was really happy to see upon opening the box that the product was contained in that it had a really pretty, attractive look to it. The shiny, metallic lid was something that was really appealing to me as I’m practically a magpie, especially in this gorgeous purple/pink colour.

The actual moistuiser itself is lovely and creamy – it feels very soothing on your skin when applied so it’s something that I always look forward to putting on. This also ensures a nice smooth base for applying makeup and getting rid of any dryness in your skin. It does feel ever so slightly heavy on your skin but dries in quickly so isn’t much of an issue for me. It’s definitely not greasy and there’s plenty of it as well, so thankfully it isn’t running out any time soon!

All in all, it’s great value for money, especially as it’s usually on some kind of deal and it’s ideal for helping to maintain the youthful aspects of your skin – although I’ll let you know how well that has worked in 10 years time!

Stacey x