Sunday, December 13, 2015

SASS and BOHO Luxury Hand Poured Candle Review - Perfect scents make perfect sense!

 Our sense of smell is one of the biggest triggers to memories within ourselves. A scent can bring back memories long forgotten, and remind you of a time, a place, or a even of a person. It's why at Christmas time, it's always the smells that bring us back first and foremost. New perfumes, certain foods, or just an atmosphere that can stir nostalgia. It's part of the reason why I love buying new scents - in all forms, but my favourite is in new candles and oils, for other people, as well as myself, in the hopes of providing a tiny bit of relaxing nostalgia, or a creation of a new memory.

 Which is why this past week I was thrilled to receive some gorgeous new scents from a brand spanking new NI based Luxury Hand Poured Candle Company SASS & BOHO.
Three scents so different from each other in style and notes, but with that underlying luxurious comfort that comes from something hand crafted with care. 

 Three scents that included:

LES ÉCURIES – Santaliff – Leather :

This was an unusual scent for me, as I tend to gravitate toward more floral or essential oils in tone, and yet I found it had a place in my home very easily. It wasn't overwhelming, and the longer the flame burned on it, the nicer it got. A smell that starts off with a strong undertone masculine spice but somehow evolves into something lighter and more floral when burning. A nice surprise and perfect for that guy in your life!

My personal favourite of the three was the  MYKONOS – Rose of Saffron & Pink Pepper:

Described by Sass and Boho as " Spicy and alluring. Uplifting and has a certain optimism to it. It’s bold and zesty, but has a warmth that’s comforting. It’s the contrasts that make it exciting: feminine and floral, yet sexy and exotic"  - It's a sweet and spicy smell that exudes femininity and an optimism, perfect for anyone that is drawn to more obviously floral scents, ending on the sweeter end of the smell spectrum!

 The third was the larger of the three candles sent, and which now lives in my living room, as it is the perfect time of year for such a smell to be present, with the, well, presents!

(Retails for £21.00)

With a 50 hour burn time promised this beauty is aptly named Christmas Night because it encapsulates the warmth and optimistic feel of the holiday season. With tones of warm spicy cinnamon  and clove and something else I can't quite place. It's the perfect luxury gift for this time of year, or for filling your own home with the comforting smells of Christmas past, present and future that even my Santa's couldn't help but get in on the act! !

Check out SASS and BOHO over on their newly launched site HERE. For all of these and more! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Le Blush Creme De Chanel - My most reached for blush this Autumn!

 As a fan of Creme Blush in general I was excited to try these Chanel Creme Blushes that I received as a gift from a friend for my 30th birthday in September (Thank you, Sherry!).

I adore Chanel's makeup line anyway, but I absolutely acknowledge that some of their products fall flat, while others (like these!) are wonderful in doing what they say they will and sticking true to their promise.

As I am a pale, blue-toned, Irish-skin-having-Irish-girl, these shades do work perfectly on my complexion, and their creme to powder formula perfect for those of us with a dry/dehydrated skin texture.

The two pinkish shades this time, a bright and blue toned baby pink experience with the Affinite (65), and a deeper raspberry toned flush with the Chamade (67) have been on my most-reached-for list since I received them, the creme to powder perfect for building as much, or as little product as you want or need. I tend to go easy on the blush, using only a flush here or there to highlight my cheek bones, and give a healthy colour to my otherwise at times Casper-esq skintone.

 +CHANEL promises a "A melt-away texture with a silky feel. Vibrant, luminous shades with a satiny finish." And they don't lie with these. The coverage is barely there (easily build-able), if you apply it with a soft touch - I like to use my +realtechniques buffing brush to apply and and buff into the skin so that it leaves no harsh lines, and is completely blended into my cheeks for the most natural finish possible.

But you can, if you so desire, layer these bad boys on and look a little crazy and I for one certainly won't judge you, because hey, sometimes you just want really rosy cheeks, right?

Ok so maybe NOT like this... 

But no, seriously though...

The coverage was tested on several occasions for me, and most recent being a wedding where I had to be on the go for at least 12 hours, and I needed something that as my skin is rather dry - particularly at this time of year, I needed something that wouldn't budge but continue to look *jazz hands * luminous. And as I checked my makeup several times throughout the night, my lipstick needed a few applications. My blush and base did not!

Tiny swatch test on my ghostly skin. Baby Pink or Raspberry it's nice to have a choice! 
This range comes in six shades over all, and these two in particular I find could carry you though a few seasons as they are diverse enough that light applications and the overall look of the rest of your makeup could take you very easily from Autumn /Winter into Spring/Summer. And even though they were a lovely birthday present I'd be happy to pay for the rest now that I know the +CHANEL formula works with my skin and works so well!