16/02/2015

Mac Turquatic | Review

Valentine's Day. I can never quite get my head around it. I'll always participate, write a card for Nath, we'll get each other gifts etc etc - but I've never really been one for bunches of roses or wining and dining just because it's February 14th. Why should we reserve one day to show the people we love, just how much we love them? I think it's much more special to receive some flowers out of the blue, whatever day it might be! 

Either way, I hope whatever you got up to on ol' Valentine's day, you had a good'un! Ours was quite unconventional as we decided to go and get Friday 13th tattoos together instead -crying laugh emoji!- I wouldn't change it for the world though. I'll admit I got a little spoiled and received the most gorgeous perfume I think I've ever seen/smelled. 


Enter MAC's 'Turquatic' perfume. The packaging is gorgeous, the scent is gorgeous, everything about it is just soooo gorge. Every time I went into the MAC store and this caught my eye by the tills, I HAD to smell it. I'm usually a sweet/floral 'on the verge of sickly' scent kinda gal, and I like my heavy scents (think Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb/Ghost). Turquatic is at the other end of the 'fragrance scale' completely, it's like nothing I've ever smelt before, but it really does take the cake. (Take the cake... is that even a thing? Oh well, it is now haha!). The website describes it as 'featuring anemone, lotus, orris and coriscan blue cedar', and I'd be lying if I said I knew what half of those things smelled like!  I'm sure you perfume buffs out there will be more familiar with what I just said but I mean, anemone? Really? Unless you're Nemo and live in one, I'm pretty sure most of us humans living on land have no idea what an anemone really smells like. 


Oh me oh my, I got so carried away taking photos of this bottle of beauty - it's too photogenic, it's insane. I can't stop looking at it haha. Anemones aside, I'd describe this as a really light, fresh, 'girl about town' flouncy scent, perfect for every day wear and VERY spring/summer. To be honest it's completely different to anything I'd ever go for, but it's fast becoming one of my all time favourite scents. One little spritz of this on the base of my throat literally lasted me the whole day. I also absolutely adore how every now and then it'll waft up and you'll catch a whiff of yourself like 'ooooh giiiiirl you're smelling GREAT!' (and yes, I did deliberately flounce around so I could smell it more - arms waving and all).

I've got the 50ml bottle that retails at £38.50 - which I personally think is amazing, especially when you take the hefty price tags of other high end fragrances into consideration - Viktor & Rolf, I'm looking at you. When someone mentions 'MAC' to me, I think of cosmetics, not fragrance, but I've been very pleasantly surprised by Turquatic and I can definitely see it being a staple in my collection from now on. 

Let me know if you've tried Turquatic or had a little whiff in store, I'd love to know your thoughts.

Big love, 
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08/02/2015

Empties #1


Whilst searching for a bit of blog-spiration it suddenly occurred to me that I've never actually written an empties post. January also left me with a lot of empty products, that (not-so conveniently) ran out simultaneously. Needless to say I put two and two together and this post was born! Here's all my empty stuff! Yaaaas! 


MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash: The first MAC mascara to enter my collection and definitely not the last! I think this is the very first mascara that I've actually liked enough to finish, and that's saying something. The brush in this works so well with my lashes that I'm keeping it to use with other mascaras (only until I can muster up the savings to wander into MAC and repurchase another haha).  
Zoella 'Let's Glow' Candle: Damn I love the scent of this candle SO MUCH. I don't know if it was just me burning it far too often, but I did find that once it started, it burned down super quickly. Although the refreshing scent wins me over every time so no doubt I'll be repurchasing at some point. 
LUSH 'Hello Gorgeous' Gift Box: Or at least I think it was called 'Hello Gorgeous'. It's that snazzy looking little floral box in the background. Apart from the little bottle of Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion that I'm still working my way through, everything else is gone - and come on, when I'm faced with my full size favourite 'The Comforter' bubble bar, what do you expect?!


Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: A teeny tiny sample size that I received in a Birchbox that lasted a surprisingly long time. At 19 I've only just started getting into eye creams so I don't have much to compare this with, and although it did a good job at taming my dark circles, I still found the skin around my eyes getting dry particularly when the snow started falling. It's a nice little start, but I think I need something more nourishing so I probably won't repurchase. 
Benefit The Porefessional: Another teeny tiny Birchbox sample that I enjoyed a lot more than the former. Again, this seemed to last FOREVER and even though it is silicone based and silky, I still really liked the way it worked for me under foundation. 


LUSH Tea Tree Water: LUSH have done it again, and this stuff has become my HG toner. Tea Tree has always been able to work wonders on my skin anyway, and I can definitely notice a difference when I don't use this. There is a definite repurchase on the horizon.
LUSH Mask of Magnaminty: This was the first 'proper' face mask to enter my collection and it's definitely opened me up to the world of LUSH's Fresh Face Masks. Whenever I was having a bit of a skin crisis, I'd slap some of this on and my skin would be glowing afterwards, with no redness or irritation in sight. If you're interested, you can read my full review on this here.
LUSH Angels On Bare Skin: If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you'll have probably heard me ranting and raving about this at some point. My HG cleanser; it can get a little messy but clears up my skin wonderfully and leaves it squeaky clean. Definitely worth the money. 

It takes a lot for me to actually use up a whole product from start to finish, and typically ALL of my LUSH skincare decides to run out at once. A skincare haul is imminent. See anything you've tried before and loved, or would like to try in the future? Let a girl know! 

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