Theres no denying that a fragrance can transport you immediately back to a time or place - to a familiar feeling. A happy memory that triggers a smile or a sad time of your life that tugs at your emotions. So when it comes to picking your own signature fragrance to wear, it is a very personal decision.
Sometimes we pick a fragrance we love and it becomes a staple - day or night - its like marking our territory. It is a reflection of our personality, a personal trademark.
Some of you might choose a few fragrances - something casual, something for evenings and something for very special occasions.
There are so many options to choose from when deciding on your personal fragrance - from earthy, woody scents to fruity and floral and fresh and sporty.
Recently, whilst I was researching the different options for interesting beauty box subscriptions on the market I discovered The Perfume Society.
The Perfume Society offers an amazing way for you to sample lots of different fragrances ranging from designers through to independent artisans. There are boxes available for both men and women and if you are a product junkie or you just want to experiment with finding your unique scent, The Discovery Box is the perfect option for you.
It boasts a combination of various types of stand-out fragrances - there is literally something for everyone in this box. From sample sizes through to full size and they also include a cute bonus beauty product. With around 15 options of scents to try, you are inevitably only a spritz away from finding your new favourite - or maybe even a few.
These boxes make an ideal gift for that special person in your life but hey, everyone deserves to feel amazing so add one to your basket for yourself without guilt because the price tag definitely will not break the bank.
A Box of Treats Discovery Box - £23.00 or VIP price £19.00
Whats in the box right now?
Banana Republic Peony & Peppercorn 1.5ml eau de parfum
Escentric Molecules Escentric 04 30ml eau de toilette
Floral Street Arizona Bloom 1.5ml eau de parfum
Kenzo Flowers by Kenzo 1ml eau de parfum
Jovoy Remember Me 2ml eau de parfum
Parterre The Hour of Dusk & Gold 2ml eau de parfum
Perris Monte Carlo Ylang Ylang Nosy Be 2ml eau de parfum
Shay & Blue 88 Pineapples 2ml eau de toilette
Yardley Decadent Mimosa 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley Elegant Iris 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Exquisite Peony 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley Luxe Gardenia 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Opulent Rose 1.5ml eau de toilette
Malin & Goetz - Bergamot Deodorant
Body Guard - Fragranced Hand Sanitiser Citrus
The Everyman Discovery Box - £19.00 or VIP price £15.00
Whats in the box right now?
Atelier Des Ors Cuir Sacré 2.5ml eau de parfum
Banana Republic 17 Oud Mosaic 1.5ml eau de parfum
Eight & Bob Original 2ml eau de parfum
Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss 2ml eau de parfum
Jimmy Choo Urban Hero 1.2ml eau de parfum
JUSBOX Beat Cafe 1.5ml eau de parfum
Kierin Santal Sky 1.5ml eau de parfum
Lalique L’Insoumis Ma Force 1.8ml eau de toilette
Montblanc Explorer 2ml eau de parfum
Salvatore Ferragamo Ferragamo 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Gentleman 18ml Urbane pocket spray
Super Facialist for Men Vitamin B3 Deep Cleanse Face Mask full size
Fish Original Fish Shape Texturising Cream full size
There is a VIP Club membership available for £25.00 per year. The benefits of joining will mean you will be eligible for discounts on Perfume Society Discovery boxes, you will receive 6 downloadable editions of The Scented Letter through the year and you will receive an amazing Discovery Box of samples, available in either female or male fragrances.
There is a great tool on the website which even suggests fragrances you might like based on the scent you already wear. It’s really quick and easy to use! The website is packed with lots of useful and interesting information around how to pick your fragrance, new launches and the stories behind some of the perfume houses…
So if you are looking for a unique gift idea or simply wanting to indulge yourself check out The Perfume Society for all the delicious nose-tickling inspiration you will ever need.
One of the most common questions I get asked is...
"How can I stop my mascara from smudging underneath my eyes?"
There are several reasons why this might be occurring - and primarily the root of the cause will be if you are wearing a non-waterproof mascara. Having oily skin, applying a face oil under your foundation and not setting your makeup properly can all contribute to the dreaded panda eyes.
The easiest way to combat this is to use a good quality waterproof mascara. To be honest, I always wear waterproof - then I don't need to worry about getting caught in the rain, a sneaky bout of hay fever or watching a sad movie (I'm not crying, you are).
Personally, I have tried so many mascaras over the years. We all have a favourite foundation, a must-have powder or go-to lipstick but I have found finding my holy grail mascara such a challenge! I have worked my work through clumpy applications, so-called volumising formulas and flaky fibres to bring you my top recommendations for fabulous fluttery lashes that won't transfer on to your skin.
DIEGO DALLA PALMA SEMI PERMANENT TECHNICAL WATER RESISTANT MASCARA
Available in several shades, this mascara enhances your lashes with a unique temporary lightweight lash dye formula. It provides great definition and is infused with natural oils to keep lashes protected from environmental damage from wind, sun etc.
BAD GAL VOLUMISING MASCARA
If you love volume, you will adore Bad Gal. With staying power of 36 hours, it really is one of the best waterproof mascaras I have tried. The brush also reaches root to tip with ease, making for a full and easy application.
Tom Ford exudes luxury so for those who want to splurge on some gratuitous self-indulgence, this mascara is for you. The creamy deep black formula will add the perfect amount of drama to your lashes to really intensify your look.
BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA
This iconic mascara is now waterproof and contains porcelain flower extract to nourish the lashes. It thickens and lengthens the lashes and the deep black shade is the perfect way to add enviable definition.
LASH SENSATIONAL WATERPROOF MASCARA
Enhance and plump up the volume with this purse -friendly mascara. This is such a great product for the price and does not compromise on quality. The wand is curved for easy application and helps to reach even the tiniest of lashes and coats them in a bold, clump-free formula.
It’s August, it’s sunny and we’re clinging on to every drop of summer feels we can during Covid-19.
As the weather heats up, you might want to consider changing your makeup products - cutting out some of the heavier coverage products and swapping for a beautiful fresh dewy look. Dewy, glossy makeup is the secret to “glowing” your way through those hot, sticky days and it can look super sexy.
SPF is your BFF so this is always your first step before applying your makeup. There are so many amazing products now to apply under your base and even spray over the top of your makeup application to top up your protection from the harmful rays! SPF protects your skin against premature ageing as well as helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer - so it is a beauty product that needs to become part of your daily skin care routine.
Teaming up a sheer coverage - allowing those youthful freckles to peep through with a glossy lip is my absolute go-to look for this time of year and you can even add a pop of colour for a more statement look.
Bright coloured eyeshadows and eyeliners have really surged in popularity recently. As with all trends, they come and go and blue eyeshadow has long been considered a faux-pax which belonged to the 1980s. However, you can modernise a bright eye with a simple wash of colour, a bright eyeliner in the waterline or go full on colour if you are brimming with sass! So don’t fear the colour - just choose how you choose to wear it for your own comfort level and rock it!
Here are some of my favourite summer makeup products to glam your way to stunning skin and the versatile eye makeup products you absolutely need to try!
DIEGO DALLA PALMA DAILY PRIMER BASE SPF50+
This primer is a great base for underneath your makeup application - offering broad spectrum protection against UVA, UBA and infrared rays. The lightweight fluid is both illuminating (ideal for boosting radiance to the skin) and translucent in texture once applied. It contains ylang ylang and frangipani butter which add a delicious helping of hydration to the skin.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER
If you are looking to elevate your glow, look no further… This versatile complexion booster can be used as a radiant primer or can be used as a liquid highlighter for the ultimate high gloss glow. It provides a dreamy soft focus effect to the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores.
NUDESTIX TINTED COVER
I love the creamy formulations in the Nudestix products and this lightweight foundation does not disappoint either. It is hydrating, buildable and even protects skin from environmental damage which can contribute to premature skin ageing. The ingredients are packed with anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and help to tone and lift. If you think this little gem couldn’t get any better, you are wrong. It is waterproof which makes it ideal for combatting the summer sweat (or should I say “summer glow”). Free from fragrance, gluten and parabens, cruelty-free and and vegan friendly. What's not to love?
BEACHED RAYS FOR DAYS BRONZER
I absolutely love a liquid bronzer and this natural bronzing serum provides a beautiful sun kissed natural look, which you can build up to the level of intensity you want to achieve. It is super quick and easy to use which is always a bonus and the Aussie plums used in the formulation help to protect from environmental damage and reduce the signs of ageing. Who doesn’t want to look younger? I adore this little bottle of Aussie summer.
STILA EYE-SPY GLITTER AND GLOW LIQUID EYE SHADOW SET
Even if you struggle with applying your own eye makeup, this is a mega quick way to add some subtle sparkle to your eyes and the only tool you need is your pinky. A little dab on your eye lid instantly provides a pretty halo eye makeup look and they are very long wearing which is a perk on a hot day. You can wear these alone or over the top of an eyeshadow.
KAT VON D EYE CRAYONS
If you are looking to experiment with colour, these eye crayons are amazing! Very creamy in consistency and vibrantly pigmented, they glide effortlessly on the skin for ease. These eye crayons can be built up to increase colour intensity and can also be worn in the waterline for added drama. There are 3 colours in this pack - “Electric Blue”, “Bubblegum” and “Wild Orange”. For colour lovers, these are dreamy and are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
MEMI MAKEUP HIGH SHINE LIP GLOSS IN AFTER HOURS
A nude brown gloss is the must-have staple for your makeup kit in the summer and I am loving this gorgeous colour by Mimi Makeup. A nude brown is generally flattering for all skin tones and looks stunning with a subtle tan and freckles. This high shine gloss has a long-lasting, non-sticky formula. It is cruelty free and vegan friendly.
£10.00 (currently on sale for £5.00 so grab it quick!)