Just Charlie G
17. 10. 2012

You may or may not know that I have two daughters, Lola:

And of course, Chloe:

I recently reviewed the Lola Eau De Parfum and so it seemed only right that I should write about the Chloe Eau De Parfum! When you’ve got kids, you’ve got to be fair!

Chloe Eau de parfum

I find it odd myself that I’ve not tried this yet! I have it in mind as one of those modern classics, very famous and very popular. Actually I had no real idea what to expect. What it turns out to be is really rather classy, it’s light in scent but nonetheless quite powerful (in that people will smell you as you walk past), but it’s not a heavy scent. It is undoubtedly a floral perfume with notes of rose, lily-of-the-valley, caribbean magnolia, peony, freesia and litchi (lychee) but there’s a warm woody base of amber and cedar.

Chloe is a world away from my usual heavy rich scents, but there’s something about this that is just… classy. The combination of lightness and depth work so well to make this highly suitable (to my tastes) for an every day scent.

Really rather beautiful and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get round to trying this out.

This was provided to me by Escentual, for review purposes and I can say without bias they are one of my favourite online retailers, you’ll find me recommending them often for products even when they haven’t provided me with a sample! It’s a good job they don’t have a wishlist function because my list would probably make me cry.

Escentual people, go shop!

I have been admiring this scent for a long long time. When wandering through beauty halls, it is Lola I spritz on most often and it truly is a beautiful scent.

Lola by Marc Jacobs Review

Lets just start with the fact I have a daughter named Lola (and a Chloe) so I feel a special draw to both of those perfumes, but in the case of Lola, it’s not just the name I’m drawn to it is of course the absolutely beautiful bottle. The purple glass, the gold neck and writing and then of course the beautiful flower perched on top. It makes the bottle as much of an ornament as it is a receptacle for fragrance.

About the scent itself, we’ve got pink peppercorn, pear, ruby red grapefruit, with heart notes of rose, fuschia peony and geranium and base notes of vanilla, warm tonka bean and creamy musk. What is not to love?

In terms of longevity, I don’t find this lasts a huge amount of time on me, but it’s certainly not too quick to fade either, it’s just about right, and then there’s the sillage… I think this is deceptive, it doesn’t seem to be massively overpowering, or dominating, but I think it throws out more scent than I think it does. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, I like people to smell me (in a good way) before they see me and I don’t think the scent is one that could offend people although it is heavy on the pepper.

I love it.As always for most things, I’d recommend Escentual as there are great discounts.
30ml is £31.45 (£5.55 less than RRP), 50ml is £39.95 (£7.05 less than RRP) and 100ml is £53.55 (£9.45 less than RRP).

I have Dot by Marc Jacobs next in my line of sight. Dragonfruit, jasmin and vanilla, all in a ladybird bottle? Yes please!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

 

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Y’all know me by now. My big ‘thing’ at the moment is brows. I’m obsessed. I spend far longer on my brows each morning than I do on any other part of my make up and regularly have them maintained by my HD Brows lady.

It would seem however, I’m not the only brow obsessed person around at the moment and Escentual.com are holding Kate Middleton entirely responsible and I have to say the facts do sound rather compelling. Escentual have experienced sales of eye brow kits and accessories that have been through the roof, in June sales were 600% higher than the previous June and the biggest sales spike  was over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, on the days Kate appeared a lot on the TV, such as the Thames river boat procession and the Jubilee pop concert, there were record sales of brow products. Escentual Marketing Director Louise Reed said:

“Over the Jubilee celebrations we sold nearly
five months worth of stock in three days – and it can only be down to Kate
Middleton.” She added: “Clearly this was a time when a lot of the country were
watching Kate on TV and she looked absolutely amazing so many women went online
to try and emulate her eyebrow look. From now on, whenever there is a major
televised event that Kate is attending we make sure that we stock up on key products
to try to keep up with demand.”

So if you have a desire to have brows like Kate’s then you have loads of options available to you. There’s the sell out Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit or the bareMinerals Brow Colour, or indeed the kit I’ve been trying out, the Too Faced Brow Envy Kit.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

This kit has everything you might need to get those brows into shape and I’ve been using it religiously for a week or two now. It’s fantastic. It has setting wax, (non shimmery) highlighter, blonde brow powder, brunette brow powder, tweezers, spoolie brush, angled brush, templates and a pencil. Oh and there’s instructions, I do love a kit with instructions and this is my second Too Faced kit and I think they excel in this department.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

For me the stencils are a waste of time, its not that they don’t work, they do work very well, and in fact they stick to your skin so are much easier to use than others I’ve tried, but I have my eyebrows shaped by a professional so I’m not about to start trying to do that myself. Everything else I use. I comb my brows, fill in with powder (both shades actually work for me and so I just decide on the day whether I want a full on brow or a slightly more subtle one), then I add in final details with the pencil, then go over with the setting wax before going under my brow with the highlighter.

I only have one gripe, and it’s a tiny one, it’s just that having one brush to apply your highlighter and brow powders as well as the setting wax means cleaning the brush thoroughly between each product so I tend to use my own brush just for the highlighter, then I don’t have to worry about getting dark powder in it, other wise this kit is amazing.

Have a look at these babies. Ta-daaa!

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Love it, I did try to take a picture of both my eyebrows but all I got was this pre-lipstick beaut.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

haha! So anyway, thanks to Escentual for the brow kit and for increasing my love for Too Faced, think I’ll get one of the eye shadow kits next.

So for all your brow needs and to get the “Middleton Effect”, head over to Escentual.com who I often recommend anyway, especially for Clarins!

*not a sponsored post although it reads like one, but the Brow Envy Kit was sent for review purposes*