Review: New Look Pure Devotion Blue

New Look Pure Devotion Eau De PArfum 10ml

I think this is the first time I’ve reviewed a fragrance properly and what better way to do it then justifying an impulse purchase. In the UK rollerball or small perfumes apart from tiny gift sets, small perfumes are rarely seen and the main way to get a handbag friendly perfume is using a travelo. So when making my New Look order I couldn’t resist buying one to test out. New Looks Fragrance Range contains 4 difference scents Blush, Devotion, Touch and Dusk which are all affordable and in various sizes. I picked up New Look Pure Devotion Blue 10ml which retails for £2.99.

The New Look website describes the scent as:

“A fresh, smooth floral fragrance with top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee. At the heart, mid notes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose provoke femininity. A base of velvety elegance comes to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey.”

The packaging is a pretty pastel box with silver foil, and reminds me of when you’re a teen of viewing certain packaging as ‘adult’. Still I think it is cute and simple, I also love the fact the small handbag size bottle is glass which is a nice touch especially at this price point. The bottle is nothing fancy, but it does its job and is nothing over the top and tacky.

I’m not sold on the scent, the lychee in the website description is not on the bottle and it’s definitely a floral fresh scent. I am more of a fruity floral scent but I think it may take a little getting used to. Over the past month or so the scent has really grown on me, different from all my over scents it is lovely to have in rotation and I love the fresh floral notes for the warmer weather. A definate summer scent rather than for the winter. The scent lasts a good 4 to 6 hours, although if you want it to last all day you may need to top it up but it is a very good size to do this as it could fit in any handbag, makeup bag or clutch so you don’t need to worry about the scent fading too much.

As mentioned above New Look Fragrances  have 4 scents, and come in two forms a 150ml Spray Bottle Body Mist or a Perfume which is a spray at 10ml, 50ml and 100ml and a roller ball which is 17ml. The entire range is super affordable with prices between £2.99 and £12.99 so if you like a scent its super affordable and I always feel that if you love the fragrance the brand and price doesn’t matter.

Have you tried any of the New Look Fragrances? If so which one is your favourite? Also let me know in the comments about what scents you like to carry around with you.

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Empties #12

keep thinking I am always writing up empties posts but then it’s because I write the mini ‘review as and when I finish the product and then collect them up into the post (junk in my empties bin) has built up. I just find it is the best was to do it so that I can remember what the product is like while I used to write it all in one block, plus I stay more motivated. Anyway see what I’ve used up this time.

makeup empties ft rimmel, ps love and l'oreal paris

Rimmel London Wake Me Up! Concealer in Ivory: I’ve gone through a number of these as I feel as though this is one of the best drugstore under eye concealer on the market, and it is more likely to be in stock than the collection concealer. It really covers and brightens the under eye area and just wakes up your face and keeps it looking flawless. Would I Repurchase: yes, again and again.

Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream: I won’t say much about it as I did a full review of it back in the summer which you can read here. Headline: liked it then, still like it now. Would I repurchase: possibly.

P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara: I tried this just after using the Benefit Roller Lash, any amazement in the curl ability and last from that went out of the window when I tried this. This adds a touch more curl, and creates more fluttery lashes which can be built up so I could go the whole hog or nice and natural. This is also so much cheaper with no tacky packaging. Would I repurchase: definitely.

L’Oreal Miss Manga Puny Mascara: Although I never follow the dates on makeup, naughty I know but if I followed it so much would get chucked out. I’ve had this almost a year and a while back it started to really irritate my eyes soon after putting it on and throughout the day so it’s had to go, saw me well over xmas though and it is almost finished anyway. For a review check out my post here. Would I repurchase: probably.

 skin empties ft loreal and botancial choice

Superdrug My Little Star Cotton Wool Pads: (x2) Although I love the double faced pads from Boots you end up going through them so quickly, and I love using the bigger pads plus picking them up in the baby isle oppose to cosmetics mean they are cheaper and softer than the large cosmetic pads. This means I can use less pads to do my face or take off nail polish and these can be split in half if needs be. Also cute bonus these have cute teddy bears on them which you can see in my original haul.  Would I repurchase: yes.

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water: By now we’ve all tried out a least one or two micellar waters in an attempt to find the perfect lazy but effective make up removal product, micellar waters seem to be that. Either as a makeup remover or a quick effective cleanse, and the L’Oreal Micellar Water is no exception. Although I think I prefer the Garnier version this is a damn good product the smaller bottle stops it lasting as long only lasting 2/3 months opposed to the 5 I can manage out of the garnier but it quickly and effectively removes the makeup and leaves my skin clear and fresh. Would I repurchase: yes.

Skin Therapy Face Wipes: I’ve mentioned these a fair number of times so won’t say much, these are okay and do the job. I tend to use these for a quick freshen up or touch ups while doing my makeup. Would I repurchase: yes.

Botanical Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches: I live for these eyepatches which I have no idea if they do reduce the circles as I don’t use them regularly enough but they feel absolutely amazing. Would I repurchase: yes!

 skin empties ft superdrug my little star, skin therapy & nair

Nair Gentle & Effective Ultra Hair Removal Sensitive Cream: Sometimes you just don’t want the effort of shaving and these creams can be great, I have to say these Nair ones are great and I’d consider getting more than the sachet but then again I don’t use them often and you only need one at a time as there is a lot of product. Also it cost £0.52 for two so well worth the price. They also worked in the 5 minutes. unlike some, wash off really well, don’t smell too strong and I didn’t have stubble for about a week so great for a week or long weekend away you won’t need razors and you’ll just have irresistibly smooth legs. Would I repurchase: yes, definitely.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub: It’s taken me a while to use this as I seem to go in phases with products such as body scrubs, but I love this scrub. Having a large and small exfoliating particles I feel as though it might do more but probably not it might just be in my head, but this works a dream especially for helping having smooth skin before shaving or just in general. This also smells amazing, it sucks blueberry was limited edition really but I will always attempt to repurchase this it’s to die for. Would I repurchase: yes, although it was limited edition. I would buy more of TBS scrubs.

Dove Soft Feel Antiperspirant Roll-On: I’m not fussy with deodorants although gel/sticks always offer protection, I just wasn’t sure of the initial smell of this one, not to my taste but it was okay. Would I repurchase: unlikely.

The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream: In winter hand creams are a must and I think the body shop almond is my favourite, this is my second tube. Deeply hydrating, not sticky, soaks in quickly and it smells like Bakewell tarts what more could you possibly want. Would I repurchase: for sure.

Macadamia Oil Foot Pack: I’m not going to say much these always appear in my empties as I love them so much. Would I repurchase: yes.

empties ft the body shop & dove

Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT: Just one more after this until I’ve used all of my Elizabeth Arden Minis, I think these mixed scent sets are great especially as a gift or a way to try loads of new perfumes. Red Door is a great every day scent, sweet and kind of musky I think it’s a great work day scent just dab a small amount on the wrists and you’re great. It’s long lasting, just a really great scent and one of my favourite Elizabeth Arden scents I’ve tried. Would I repurchase: yes.

I love Raspberry and Blackberry Body Spray: I love perfumes but sometimes what you need is a sweet & refreshing body spray. This is deliciously fruity and lasts all day, I think it’s amazing, plus being plastic means it’s less likely to break in my bag. Would I repurchase: yes.

 

This One Gets You Silky Smooth Light Hair Oil: I love a good hair oil, this is one that was given to me by a friend to try as this is her favourite one and uses it ¾ times a week. It smells great and works into the ends of my hair super easy, the only problem it’s not the easiest to get hold but I have a number of hair oils on the go at the moment anyway so I’m not too bothered. Would I repurchase: if possible.

skin empties ft superdrug my little star, skin therapy & nair

Colgate Flurigard Mouthwash: I have being using this since I first got my braces 11 years ago and haven’t used anything else since. This leaves your teeth feeling wonderful and clean, and your breath so fresh. Would I repurchase: always.

Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel: I have to have hand gel in my bag, work desk, makeup station just to have perfectly clean hands, although I absolutely hate the just alcohol smell. This smells kinda alcoholic but more like a strawberry cocktail rather than sterile and is just a treat to use. Would I repurchase: yes, for sure.

Barry M Nail Paint in Fashion Icon: The cap snapped within days of buying it however for the first month or so of winter 2014 it seemed to be fine, I then stopped using it for the year and when I revisited it winter 2015 it was horrible and dry so into the empties it when. Saying that it was a so-so nail polish as it peeled off easily so I’m not too disappointed it’s dried up. Would I repurchase: no.

 

What have you used and loved in the last month or so? Let me know in the comments and i will speak to you guys soon.

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Empties #10

Empties #10

Just after I’ve written and empties I seem to then finish everything so I always attempt to space these out somewhat. I don’t know if I should switch to doing these monthly or not but between monthly favourites, collective monthly hauls and then monthly empties I feel like my blog would just feel too repetitive. So just let me know in the comments if I should make this a monthly thing or just make it this semi regular more bi-monthly occurrence.

mkeup empties ft bourjois, collection

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory (Sample Size): I’ve owned this in the past and love having the sample size, which lasts ages by the way. I loved it over the summer for travelling, used it for graduation and in between and think this will definitely will be the next foundation I repurchase. Would I repurchase: sure.

Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory: This was a little bit of a dud, the colour was way too dark despite being ivory and the lightest shade and on its own it can tend to oxidise. Yet the coverage was great so if it’s the right colour it’s probably a great CC cream with a good level of evening the skin tone out. I’ve used it up by using it mixed with other foundations or bb creams especially during the summer and in varying amounts to use it up and make the colour up to match my more tanned colour especially in the summer as even tanned this didn’t match me. Would I repurchase: nope.

Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory: This is my favourite pressed powder ever and I rarely bother to buy anything else, I’m never oily so I cannot comment on its oil control but it thoroughly sets your makeup in place and is actually pale enough. It is fairly finely milled especially for the price point but it doesn’t look cakey. Would I repurchase: always.

P.S Love Egg Shaped Sponge: The sponge is starting to tear and just doesn’t seem to be cleaning properly so it’s time to swap it out again, this has transformed my makeup routine and I absolutely love using it. I usually end up chucking this every three months for a new one but at £1.50 a time it’s what £6.00 a year. Would I repurchase: yes.

skincare empties ft teco & garnier

Superdrug Tea Tree Skincare Lemon Facial Wash: Another item which has been in empties before as well as in the odd routine. So I won’t say much it is just a really nice refreshing face wash, great to use in the mornings. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (‘Handbag Sized’) & Regular Size: After loving the Garnier Miceller Water I thought I would buy the handbag size to take with me on trips and travels, so I could get makeup off properly . I thought this would be great as you could refill it but as it turns out the top doesn’t come off which sucks. This would be great for going away for longer than a week especially as it lasts way longer than that and it’s a great easy to use product. This has lasted me absolutely months well worth it. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: This has lasted me absolutely months, although I haven’t repurchased it yet instead buying the L’Oreal Micellar Water because I got it with discount vouchers. I love Micellar Waters in general as they take off your makeup thoroughly and I’m super lazy, I use it not only to take off my makeup but as a quick pre-makeup cleanse. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tea Tree and Peppermint Deep Moisturising Hand Pack: As it starts to get colder my hands start to need more moisturising as sometimes they crack, so sometimes they need some extra TLC. Like foot packs which I have talked about before these have moisturiser within like plastic gloves and they are perfect for a bit of pampering but you can still do stuff while wearing them like a touch of blogging or changing the channel on the TV. Would I repurchase: yes.

Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack: I’ve had many foot packs in the past so just look back in my empties if you want to know more, they rock that’s all. Would I repurchase: yes.

Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter: Thick, creamy and delightfully floral scent and it isn’t overly heavy but it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. The scent lasts all day too but not in an overpowering way, the main issues is that this was a Christmas gift and isn’t readily available but I think I will try other Laura Ashley Body Butter as the formula is so nice. Would I repurchase: yes, if I can find it.

hair empties ft argan oil & batiste

Batise Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Sized): So I brought this over the summer to take on holiday with me, but it’s taken me forever to use as I rarely use dry shampoo. I am starting to think I should switch to only buying travel sized dry shampoos so they take up less space. I definitely think batiste is my favourite dry shampoo although I like the original scent I definitely prefer some of the others like cherry and blush. Would I repurchase: yes probably.

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: I initially reviewed this way back at the start of my blog way back in the day, and I found it so-so and it spent most of its time sat the bathroom cupboard. But I’ve recently been using it after swimming and it’s really helped my hair stay in good condition. Would I repurchase: undecided.

Theraputics Renergise Shampoo and Renew Conditioner: These are little hotel bottles which I picked up to take swimming with me, really fresh and a good lather. I don’t think I would bother with trying to find these to buy I think I would use them again.

tesco cotton pads, ps love hand gel

Ghost Girl Eau De Toilette (sample): I received this lovely sample in the post, and it is absolutely delectable with notes of pear and pomegranate it’s a sweet fruity scent which I adore. I loved having the sample in my bag for the odd touch up and to freshen up throughout the day. The only thing I am not sure about is the packaging which looks cute but is slightly teeny if I dare say, but it smells too good I may crack. Would I purchase: yes.

P.S. Love Anti-Bac Hand Gel: This hand gel costs amazing and it costs £0.60, best impulse buy ever. Always keep an eye on the till stuff at Primark as this is impulsive and useful. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Wool Pads: So-So not great, but not awful they did the job and were good when I needed cotton wool pads tended to use them for polish removal. Would I repurchase: probably if I needed them.

 

So another empties over and done with, and off to the recycling. What products have you loved and used up recently?

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Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

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So continuing the gift guide series here are some gift ideas for the men in your life.

The Big Child . . .

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What guy doesn’t want this? Loads of guys I know either own one or want one of these however, warning these are bloody annoying after a while so purchase with caution. Also I know a lot of guys that don’t keep up on keeping charged so they’ll either stop using it or it will break when they drop out of power mid use. They’ll love it but take full consideration before buying one, this one is fairly inexpensive for a helicopter, costing £34.99 from Men Kind.

The Cooking Enthusiast . . .

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These look so amazing and will be a feature of pride in any mans kitchen (not matter if they like cooking or not). Functional yet such and interesting and unique piece. Available from Menkind for £39.99.

The Hard Man (foodie) . . .

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Every man likes to act like his tougher and more manly than any one else so put him to the test and gage his spice tolerance with this sophisticated and elegant looking Edingborough Preserves Blazing Hot Box. Just see how long it takes for him to start to sweat and struggle with Jalapeno Sauce; Cajun Sauce; Chipotle Sauce; Chili and Vodka Mustard. Any foodie will love this too with a delightful mix of high quality products to add to their recipies. Available at John Lewis for £18.00.

The Impeccably Groomed. . . 

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This Bluebeards Revenge Deluxe kit is ideal for any man who wants to be perfectly groomed and its a bit fun and pirates but its a great brand. Bluebeards Revenge also offer a wide range of gift set no matter what your price range so ideal for everything. This kit includes: Pre Shave Oil; Shaving Cream; Post Shave Balm; “Doubloon” Brush; Roll on Antiperspirant Deodorant. Available from Feel Unique for £35.00.

The Gamer . . .

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If that man in your life loves gaming then why not buy him a video game, this needs to be less or a surprise ask him what he wants and he’ll still love it no matter if its a surprise or not. I tend to default to buying my boyfriend video games as thats what he loves doing and there are always loads of new games released this time of year . Also prices and packages can vary dramatically so make sure you shop around.

The Sophisticated Gentlemen . . .

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Personally I think Hugo Boss create the nicest mens fragrances and this is a well presented and sophisticated looking gift set. Also I love how in this set the second part is a shower gel as I feel like this is of more use to a man, not many men I know can be bothered with moisturisers but many use shower gel and aren’t fussy so you can guarantee it will get use. This is just a nicely presented, great smelling perfume set for the men in your life. Available from Feel Unique for £40.00.

 The Business Man . . .

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Strong, sophisticated, stylish, classic what more could he want? An essential for every business or well dressed man. Although I’m not sure how many blokes I know would appreciated the fact its Armani it is a good looking watch and thats something no one can deny. Available at the Watch Shop for £159.

l sample of the amazing gifts that are on the market this year and as Christmas draws closer the more full the shops will get. Take a look a round and there are gifts perfect for every one you know. What are you buying for the men in your life this year?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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Day 6: What’s in my bag!

So I watch these all the time on youtube and find them so interesting probably because I’m just so nosey so I thought I would see if this worked as blog. So read on if you’re nosey like me although I’m unsure how interesting it will be.

So I guess the best place to start is the bag, I’ve recently changed my bag from a beautiful tan canvas eygptian symbol bag from Drop Dead that I got for my 18th birthday, changing to a classic black one which is more suitable for interviews ect. as after all I’m growing up. I’d spend hours online gazing at beautiful bags, looking in t k maxx for something perfect and never finding in. In the end I settled don’t get me wrong I love my bag but I mainly choose it for the brand and price.

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So this is it a nice black Fiorelli bag that I brought used off ebay for £6.50, a smoke free home and nothing more than a few scuffs on the bottom that I new about when I brought it but no one sees. It has two main compartments and then two smaller compartments with a zip for each one so everything inside is safe and secure. It is so roomy and fits nice on my arm or over my shoulder all in all not a bad bag.

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So what is in my bag:

  • Beauty Basics and Back Ups: 
      • Hair Grips and Bobby Pins: something no girl can ever be with out to fix a hair style or just bung it up if it gets wet and you know all is lost.
      • Eye Make Up Wipes: I mentioned these in one of my previous posts they are the small make up remover wipes and are small and absolutely great, although I don’t especially know what they are doing in my bag.
      • Avon Mini Lipsticks: I have two small lipsticks in my bag as I went out Friday night to see a local band and I wore one of them, so as any girl knows its good to keep that lipstick in your bag for touch ups especially with bright colours.
      • Ted Baker Body Spray: I’ve had this for years but didn’t actually use it until recently its a lovely scent and such a handy size, I think it was probably from a gift set either way great to have in my bag.
      • Compact Mirror: Must have for make up touch ups and the silver glittery heart is something I’ve had for years one side even has one of those x2 mirrors so is great for touching up eye liner on the go.
      • Hand Sanitiser and Hand Lotion: both of these I mentioned on my previous blog so check it out here if you want to know a little more about them and where to get them. They are such a hand bag staple that most people do or should have in their bag.
  • Purse: My purse is also a Fiorelli, I brought this in t k maxx some 3/4 years ago and it is now pretty much on its last legs but it case two sections for notes, zipped coin section and a few card slots. I have an insane amount of cards which probably added to the decline in the condition of my purse in the last year of so I never turn down a good loyalty card.
  • Diary and Pens: the pens are random but are important for jotting down notes, appointments or just in case for those weird infrequent moments when you actually genuinely need a pen. I’ve found having  physical diary is so much easier than jotting everything down on my phone, especially during term time balancing work, lectures, tutorials and bills so I know exactly what is coming when. I feel so old having one but it has made my life so much easier. I brought mine from staples I think, any way I loved the colour and its an academic 18 month one so goes from sometime last summer up until December this year fitting in perfectly with the transition from university to ‘real life’.
  • Two Sets of Headphones. Because one set is never enough.
  • Phone Charger.
  • Chewing Gum.
  • Online backing thingy.
  • Allergy tablets.
  • Lighter.
  • Random Loose £5.00 note.
  • My Beautiful Necklace: This is my favourite piece of jewellery, it is only in their as I took it off the other day and put it in my bag for safety, it was so safe I forgot it was there and panicked for ages that I’d lost it. My boyfriend brought it for me for our 1 year anniversary in a beautiful set and it is perfect, I couldn’t of picked something more perfect myself. I get loads of compliments for it, he has good taste.

So there it is my bag, unlike most of these you see I don’t take a full make up thing all the time it moves in and out and as it’s fairly new apart from the odd receipt there really isn’t cuttered up next give it another month and it will be more interesting possibly.

Love

G.B

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