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It’s fragrance central at Just Nice Things with a string of new spring scents to update your wardrobe of perfumery.

First up is Jade, the latest from Yardley. A modern twist to the influence of the swinging sixties, Jade is fresh like Yardley’s Royal English Daisy but with bit of a bite to it.

When I read the description of Jade, I knew I would like it. The fragrance is a crisp, zesty scent that sits on the skin delicately. Top notes are peach, bergamot and galbanum with heart notes of rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and orris and base notes of patchouli, sandalwood and moss.

The bottle itself is contemporary and a stark contrast to the usual packaging Yardley is recognised for and an obvious indication that Yardley wants to attract a new and younger audience. It bears a striking resemblance to Chanel’s Chance actually, which might be the obvious give-away.

While Yardley has made a conscious effort to break away from its established traditions, one thing it hasn’t compromised over is its price which remains sincerely reasonable at £19.99 for 50ml. Available on Yardley’s website as well as Boots and other stockists.


Alien Eau Extraordinaire is Thierry Mugler’s angelic sister to the original Alien. And it’s nothing like the dark, broodiness of the original. Except for the identical looking bottle.

Eau Extraordinaire is a mix of bergamot, tea and neroli, tiare flower and white amber that makes this a light and sweet floral fragrance.

I have the original and much prefer Alien to the new one, which is dainty rather than daring and distinctive. Thierry Mugler has the Marmite effect – you either love or hate his scents (*cough* Angel). Alien Eau Extraordinaire dangles its legs over the fence in a playful way.

Eau Extraordinaire is £50 for 60ml and is available in Boots and Debenhams.


Ghost’s iconic crescent moon shaped bottle makes a return with a difference in the form of the summery Eclipse. I wasn’t at all keen on Deep Night and found it too sickly but Eclipse sways to my senses. It’s fresh, feminine and flirty with top fruity notes of sweet bergamot, lemon, mandarin, apple, marigold, blackcurrant and peach. Heart notes are freesia, lotus flower and rose with base notes touching on amber and musk. This sounds like a recipe for a very sweet scent but it’s not. A total surprise.

Eclipse will be available exclusively at Superdrug and The Perfume Shop from 7th May and available nationwide from 1st July at Boots, Debenhams and The Fragrance Shop, with a 30ml bottle for £25, 50ml for £34 and 75ml for £46.50.


L’Occitane’s Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette is another fragrance perfect for the spring and summer seasons. It is a lend of radiant neroli essence from the Mediterranean with white orchid absolute from Madagascar. With bursts of orange and heart note of peach, it’s a sensual floral scent that sits lightly on the skin. As it’s an Eau de Toilette, its intensity and longevity will be boosted with layered its matching perfumed Body Milk.

L’Occitane’s Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette costs £49 for 75ml and is available from L’Occitane’s shops and counters.


Finally there’s Clinique’s Calyx. I am not familiar with the original scent when it was introduced in 1986 though it makes no difference as Calyx smells so fresh and modern.

Out of all these fragrances, it’s definitely the most distinctive one. It’s a very energising and bold scent so beware. Top notes are grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, papaya, mandarin, guava and green leaf with middle notes of freesia, muguet, rose, neroli, jasmine, lily and marigold. Bottom notes are oakmoss, orris, sandalwood and vetiver. You can certainly smell the grapefruit in this one and although it sounds like a fruit cocktail, Calyx is a very sharp, crisp and citrusy scent.

Calyx is available in 50ml and 100ml bottles, priced at £46 and £66 respectively.

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PIXI Glow Tonic

Apr
2014
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posted by on In Praise Of..., Pixi, Skin Care, Toner

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I’ve been trying to get hold of this notorious product for months but making my way to the Pixi shop off Carnaby Street just hasn’t been convenient until two weekends ago when I met with Fashionicide and we both marched towards it and swooped up two bottles each.

I have never tried Glow Tonic so buying more than one bottle may have been presumptuous on my part but the overall verdict from bloggers and beauty lovers alike overrides the gamble. It was also good timing with my current exfoliating toner running out.

Two things attracted me to Glow Tonic – it’s gentle enough to use every day, twice a day and the price. It’s only £16, which is very reasonable. Anything over £25 and I do begin to doubt if the investment is worth it.

Glow Tonic is an oil-free, alcohol-free (very important), gentle but astringent toner for normal to dry, dull and ageing skin. Judging by the reviews, it’s also suitable for sensitive skin. The toner’s popularity stems from Caroline Hirons’ strong recommendation, often out of stock and only obtainable at the shop until its availability online recently.

The key ingredients are aloe vera, ginseng and fructose, all three beneficial to the skin. How this toner works is it gently exfoliates and oxygenates the face, removes dead skin cells and helps to tone, firm and tighten the skin for a glowing, healthier looking complexion. It doesn’t dry out the skin and it smells wonderfully soothing.

I’ve been using Glow Tonic twice a day for over a week and in such a short space of time the results are remarkable. I am using less foundation and it is blending better. I can honestly say my skin has never looked this good (yes, this gives you a ‘glow’) and I do credit using the correct type of toners (exfoliating and hydrating). So glad I bought a second bottle!

A toner is the one product which runs out faster than the rest in my skincare (as I imagine is the same for everyone) so the cost is important when replenishing stock, for which Glow Tonic hits the nail on the head. It’s going to take a lot to turn my back on this one. Thank you, Caroline.

Pixi’s Glow Tonic is available from Pixi Beauty online at £16.

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posted by on Blushers, Daniel Sandler, Eye pencils/eye liners, Eyeshadows, Eylure, Foundation, Hourglass, Illamasqua, Lipsticks, Make-Up, Primer, The Body Shop

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Weddings are fun but big fat Asian weddings are something else - bold, bright and larger than life. I make no apologies for being bias here – Asian weddings blow other nuptials out of the water. Outfits are colourful and sparkly and make-up and hair is on the point.

This Easter I saw my friend tie the knot and it was a privilege to be part of the momentous occasion. Good food, cake and everyone – and I mean everyone (aunties and uncles the most!) – was on the dance floor before the main course had been served.

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I bought my dress from a designer called Aamir Baig in Karachi, which I absolutely love. I was a tad nervous about what to do with my make-up because it had to compliment the outfit and that meant bold eyes and lips. I was worried that with one false move I would look like a tranny.

My beloved Hourglass liquid lipstick Icon served as the perfect red shade. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Glamour added a flush of colour to the cheeks and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Aurora acted as a highlighter. For the base, I went for Illamasqua’s Skin Base in No12 in partnership with Hydra Veil.

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For the eyes I blended Avon’s Supershock Gel Eyeliner in black along the lash line and outer corners, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner in Infinity on the lash line, Inglot’s Eyeliner Gel in gold (No 95) as a base on the lids and packed the Body Shop’s Colour Crush eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold on top with the dark brown shade from Daniel Sandler’s Beyond Sunset quad blended in the crease. I also added a tiny bit of Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal in Surge in the inner corners.

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Finally I finished off with Eylure Naturalites lashes (No 161). I can only apologise as one seems to be making a break for freedom in the picture below. Do forgive me, this was taken at the end of the evening after nine hours wear and a drive back from Southampton to London:

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The sad thing is I don’t get to play around with make-up and bold looks as much as I used. This wedding injected some fun back into what make-up should be about and I have realised I must make more time for it. Who knows, I might share some more looks on the blog…

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