posted by on Fragrances, Roger & Gallet

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Zanzibar. A part of the world I would love to visit. It also reminds me of a Tenacious D song simply because the name randomly crops up. “What on earth is she wittering on about?”, I hear you say. Don’t worry, I’m there.

Gingembre Rouge* is Roger & Gallet’s new summer fragrance, inspired by a stopover in the exotic island of Zanzibar. In case it’s not obvious from its name, ginger plays a prominent part as a main ingredient in this scent which is fresh, fruity and floral.

For a little bottle, this one packs quite a punch. The fragrance is a colourful explosion of fresh ginger complemented by mandarin and pomegranate with notes of ginger flower, lychee and crystallised ginger, which delicately lingers on the skin. Perfect for the warm weather!

For the fragrance connoisseurs, here’s a break-down of the ingredients…

Top Notes: Fresh Ginger, Pomegranate Pulp, Mandarin
Heart Notes: Ginger Flower, Lychee Flower, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Crystallised Ginger, Cedar Wood, White Musk

Housed in a wonderfully handbag-friendly size bottle, Gingembre Rouge is £16 for 30ml and £32 for 100ml, available from Marks & Spencer’s beauty hall as well as online beauty retailers.

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At the weekend I paid a visit to my beloved Birmingham. ‘Beloved’ because it feels like a second home. Less than 90 minutes from London, it’s a city I can escape to for good company, entertainment and crucially, shopping. You see, Birmingham is home to (probably) my favourite spot for retail therapy, the Bullring, and since the redevelopment of New Street station, the temptation starts as soon as you disembark off the train with shops lining the way towards the heart of Brummy’s shopping central.

What I was most excited about was seeing my dear friend, Rucksana from Walking in a Beauty Wonderland for a long overdue catch-up over pizza, make-up and shoes. We always pay a visit to Selfridges, of which its building is truly iconic and an architectural landmark of the city. You will either love it or hate it. Personally I love it and it’s a photographer’s dream to capture from the lens.

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This time our visit was extra special for we had an hour booked in the shiny new and revamped beauty hall with personal shopper, Rose Gallagher. Beauty blog enthusiasts and fellow bloggers will recognise Rose from Mixed Gems. If you find yourself here, chances are you will see Rose on the shop floor. The new beauty hall was unveiled at the launch of the six week The Beauty Project in May which also ran in London.

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Enough of my waffling! I’m going to let Rucksana tell you more about the experience and what’s involved if you’re interested in booking an appointment. Click here for the full post.

I will say one thing: the girls at Charlotte Tilbury were warm, amazing, informative and very helpful – something that was sadly lacking at the London counter when I was blanked recently. A shout-out to Sasha who didn’t wince at my overgrown brows and showed me the simplest and easy way to contour with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which I desperately want AND The Brow Lift.

It’s been a year since I visited Selfridges beauty hall in Birmingham and the change is majorly different. It’s fresh, bright, modern, easy to see afar from every corner and a breeze to walk around. They’ve recently added an Urban Decay counter and are introducing more brands from niche to budget friendly ones to make beauty buying accessible and a pleasure.

If you would like to book a personal shopping appointment at Birmingham’s Selfridges, get in touch with Rose at

P.S: Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting events in the beauty hall in the coming weeks. It’s enough to make me want to relocate!