Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Yankee Candle True Rose Votives Gift Set

Yankee Candle True Rose Classic 5 Votives Gift Set, Yankee Candles
Yankee Candle True Rose Classic 5 Votives Gift Set, Yankee Candles
Yankee Candle True Rose Classic 5 Votives Gift Set, Yankee Candles
Yankee Candle True Rose Classic 5 Votives Gift Set - £10.00

Recently I've become obsessed with lighting candles in my room to help settle down of an evening and night. I find that by going to bed and turning all the lights off and having a candle lit on my bedside table creates such a relaxing and calm atmosphere. As I had voucher for Clintons I figured I'd have a look at their range of Yankee Candles, the True Rose Votives set was actually the first I saw in store and I couldn't resist the cute packaging. The Yankee Candle True Rose Votives gift set contains 5 sampler candles, and is presented in a gorgeous Valentines themed gift box. 

What I love about Samplers is that they are a great way to try out new scents without buying a jar and then not liking the scent as the full sized jars are quite expensive. You can even house these in your own jars, and I got a couple of these glass jars from The Range, they are quite big and so let a lot of light out around the room. 

True Rose is described as alluring, rich, velvety and as fragrant as a bouquet of flawless deep red roses, and the scent of these candles is pretty spot on. The scent really does smell like a fresh boutique of red roses, without being too overpowering and the floral aroma leaves my room smelling fresh and cosy. Once lit, the candles aromas fill the room within a matter of minutes and once the candle is blown out the scent lingers for a good while. 

I think this would make a perfect scent for a romantic night in over Valentine's Day, whether it be in the form of the True Rose tea lights or the large glass jar. So if you are having a nice meal in or getting comfy on the sofa watching a film these will help ensure a romantic atmosphere for the night. 

In store this set cost me £7.50 which means you are saving a bit of money in comparison to buying the samplers individually at anywhere from £1.60 to £1.80 per sampler.

Yankee state that each Sampler provides up to 15 hours of fragrance, and this is about right. I normally find that these last anywhere from a week to two depending on how long they are burning on a night. If I leave them burning for a couple of hours a night then it will last a week, but if it's up to an hour then they do last two weeks. 

Overall this is a gorgeous set from Yankee, and would make a perfect gift for someone special this Valentines.

What are your favourite Yankee Candle scents?


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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, Maybelline Baby Skin
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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, Maybelline Baby Skin, Maybelline Baby Skin Swatch
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

It seems that pretty much since the launch of Maybelline's Baby line the blogosphere has gone crazy, and left a lot of people divided. Saying that I was actually never tempted to try the Baby Lips line, however when Maybelline introduced their Baby Skin primer I was tempted after hearing its similarities to Benefit's Porefessional. 

Maybelline's Baby Skin Primer is described as a lightweight primer that is designed to minimise the appearance of pores and help prep the skin giving a smooth base to apply foundation onto. This can either be applied on its own to help give skin a soft look that is almost your skin but better or as a primer to mattify skin and fill in pores and lines to help create a perfect base for your foundation. 

When applying you only need a pea sized amount to cover your face, and simply apply with your fingertips. It's a clear silky gel-like formula that melts into the skin effortless leaving skin feeling smooth and velvety. This is primarily down to the primer being silicone based which means that it sits on your skin allowing foundation to glide on top acting as a mask stopping your foundation from sitting in problem areas such as pores or fine lines. 

My issue with this primer comes only a couple of hours after wearing it, now I know that silicone based primers are meant to be great for oily skin but I have found that when using it my skin has become oilier and shiner than previously. So I thought maybe it was the foundation or the way that I was applying my foundation, so tried three different foundations (drug store to high end) all finished with powder and I would notice after a couple of hours patches of shine would appear. Worst of all I did begin to notice areas on my face where it looked like the foundation had melted into this oily clump - as if it had been pumped from the foundation bottle. 

Like I said I have tried a few foundations with this and all have done the same, popped just my Maybelline Fit Me on yesterday (just round the house) without any primer just to check if it was my skin and nope there was no shine to be seen. So Lasting power wise for both shine and foundation, it's a bit worrying as I feel that I am constantly having to check my face for touch ups or to wipe those oily patches of foundation away. 

However despite the one major flaw I found with this, it does actually help smooth the texture of my skin and reduce pores and redness. But saying that it doesn't make it enough for me to fall in love with it, maybe on its own I could give it a shot but I'm after something that is a fab primer for my foundation.

This retails for £7.99 which isn't a bad price for this considering you get the same amount of product as you do with Benefit's Porefessional, and a little certainly does go a long way. 

Overall this is an ok primer, and I think that's all I can really say about it. I know there is a lot of hype surrounding this with a lot of people actually loving this primer, however for me personally it's gonna be a miss and I think I'll stick to my trusty Porefessional.

Have you tried Maybelline's Baby Skin out? I'd love to know your thoughts?

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Moments that Mattered

Moments that Mattered
The lovely folk over at Lloyds Bank have a fab campaign running at the moment where you share the Moments that Mattered over 2013, including their adorable video which you can watch here. Personally for me 2013 has been a whirlwind of an adventure, it was practically my my make or break year with so much happening from graduating university to not only getting one but two full time jobs.

My first photo is my third year dissertation, something I thought I'd never be able to complete. Literally blood, sweat and tears went into the project so to see it in its finished form was amazing, and still brings back so many stressful memories. I can safely say I haven't been able to watch any of the films studied since writing my dissertation.

Next up we have the boys graduation, he managed to get a 2:1 in Law and has now continued to carry on his studies at university. He worked so hard to achieve this grade and was a proud girlfriend.

Every October has turned into a family tradition where we go to London for my brothers birthday, mainly to go Drop Dead shopping but we do also like to do the touristy things also and this includes visiting Madame Tussauds in London, and one of the latest waxworks there was ET. How cute!

In August my closest ex-work girlies and I went on a Bank Holiday weekend holiday (so many holidays) to Newquay. We all had such a fab time, and plenty of hangovers! Despite the 4 hour drive, I really had a fab time and would love to go back as the atmosphere is amazing.

So with leaving university it meant entering the real world and with getting a full time job, it meant leaving my part time job. I had been there since the shop had opened which was nearly 3 years ago, and met so many amazing friends who I will keep in touch with for years to come. So there is a little photo from my leaving do.

A cheeky TGI photo made the cut also, I went there for my 22nd birthday in November. The cocktails are to die for there, along with great food and company made a perfect night. Just for reference I think this was a Strawberry Daiquiri.

Last year I had the opportunity to attend to uni's Graduation Ball, which was an amazing night. With the chance to dress up in a ball gown I wasn't going to say no, and everyone who attended received this little gift which included a BCU mug, Haribo sweets and a rocket balloon - such a random mix.

I have harped on about uni a lot during this, but the next photo is the official later stating that I received a first class honours degree. When I first started uni I was content with the idea of getting a 2:1 thinking a 1st was something I'd never achieve. Well 3 years later I worked my ass off and managed to achieve the one thing I didn't think was possible.

The next photo is from my Graduation Ball, and the two girls featured in the photo are my best friends from uni along with our other halves. I have met some truly amazing people during my time at uni, and now work full time with the one and cannot wait to see the other at graduation in March.

Lastly is a photo of my desk at my new job, so like I said since finishing uni I have had the opportunity to get two full time jobs. I love my job, I work in social media for a jewellery company and honestly couldn't ask for a better job. They even got me the iMac just a couple of weeks after being there.

So they were my top moments of 2013! I'd love to know yours!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

My MAC Lipstick Storage

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Acrylic Storage, MAC, MAC Lipsticks
Acrylic Storage, MAC, MAC Lipsticks

Today I wanted to do something a little different, since getting my vanity unit I have become obsessed with how I store my makeup. With saying that I have wanted to get my hands on Muji storage units but couldn't part with that amount of money on acrylic storage. Off I went a few months ago to find cheaper alternatives and I ended up in Homebase of all places, and managed to get this cute three drawer unit.

I find that this is perfect for storing my MAC lipsticks, and it's safe to say that I have a little obsession that has brewing for some time. This unit sits on top of my unit and it means that I can see clearly what shades I have and can quickly have a flick through the drawer for a shade that day.

The unit itself holds 7 boxed lipsticks in a row, and the ability to pop a couple behind meaning that you can hold nearly 30 lippies in the unit. I honestly think it's just a fab way of keeping everything together, and may have a change around and pop daily items in there as my lipstick collection very unhealthily grows. 

I think this unit retailed for around £12.99 and is the smaller unit of the two that they sell, I had originally intended for this to be storage for lipstick and gloss but it seemed a perfect way to store my MAC lippies. 

As I love to be nosy, if you've done a makeup storage post or video let me know as I'd love to have a read/watch!

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

SearchTheSales


With January upon us, we are all eager beavers in the hunt for the best sales and discounts and I know myself from experience, to keep up with all the sales can be hard. So the lovely folk over at SearchTheSales got in touch to let me know about their new website, SearchTheSales brings together sale items from all the top online designer retailers. This is done to help make shopping easier, allowing you to easily search the site instead of trawling through various different websites to find either the best deals or favourite pieces. 

As products are constantly being reduced and put on sale, the website is updated daily to help you nab those great fashion bargains. SearchTheSales actually do all the hard work for by, by scouring online sites to find the best deals and pop them on to the website. 

The site itself is very easy to navigate round, the homepage enables you to search for an item by brand name or garment. Alternatively you can scroll to the bottom of the page to view all of the designer brands on the site, and then shop from there. The shopping page is very similar to that of online stores allowing you to select garment, price range, colour and most importantly percentage discount. Instead of searching by size the item descriptions actually include the sizes in stock making sure you don't waste time by clicking through to the site to only find that they don't have your size in stock. 

Being someone that is a fan of designer labels I love the idea about this site, as I do like to be frugal and there is always a feeling of accomplishment if I've managed to bag designers goods for a fraction of the retail price. I am quite hooked with checking the Vivienne Westwood and Michael Kors sections of the site in the hope of nabbing some great deals. 

It's easy enough to buy from also, you simply click on the item you want to look at and then on the buy now button. This will take you to the retailers site and then away you go, you can get the item you were looking at. 

You can sign up for personalised brand updates if you are an eager beaver, this means that when the brand have items go on sale you will be notified straight away. I love this little idea as it means you'll be one of the first to know, allowing you to catch those bargains before they sell out - sods law that always happens to me. Collaborative

I'm looking forward to when their brand pages are updated with articles from the blog, something I can imagine I will spend a while having a flick through.

Overall the site is really easy to use, allowing you to browse and filter enabling you to find the perfect item. I love the idea of the site, it makes it easier than going from Harvey Nichols to Selfridges ect, it means you can go to the one site and find everything you need with ease. What's even better you don't have to wait for specific times of the year such as Christmas for the bargains, the website helps you to find discounts off designer fashions all year round. 

I'd love to know what you think of the site!

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder

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Benefit, Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder, Benefit POREfessional
Benefit, Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder, Benefit POREfessional
Benefit, Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder, Benefit POREfessional
Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder

Yet another product by Benefit Cosmetics that I could not wait to get my hands on, following the success of the Porefessional Primer, their latest product inspired by the primer comes in the form of a loose powder. 

The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder is a lightweight compact loose powder, that is designed to control shine, reduce the appearance of pores and smooth the skin.

I find that the texture feels very similar to that of the original Porefessional, the powder feels velvety to touch and silky once applied on the skin. Because it's such a fine powder it applies effortlessly onto the skin, leaving a natural matte finish. I do find that on it's own without the primer I do need to re-apply during the day, but combined with the primer this lasts all day which is fabulous.  

For me Benefit always excel with their packaging of products, just how cool does this look? The packaging acts as an all in one, offering compact powder, dispenser and small kabuki brush. This is perfect for anyone that is on the go, like me as I tend to chuck a few bits of makeup in my bag as a just in case. 

To use the Agent Shine Powder you simply take the top cap off, twist the powder cap, simply tap a little in the top cap and then use the brush to sweep the powder onto your face. Underneath the bottom of the tube the brush twists off, providing a retractable kabuki brush to apply the product. Because the brush is retractable it means that it's easy to pop back in place without damaging the bristles of the brush. 

However I do have one major gripe with this product and the packaging, and that is that it's quite misleading with the amount of product you actually get. Because the brush is underneath the tube it actually restricts the amount of product you get, I would say only about 3/4 of the tube contains the powder. 

Loose powder is usually a product I tend to steer clear of purely because it can be a really tricky product, even more so if you need to pop it in your bag for touch-ups. You normally find yourself covered in dust when opening the lid, and then having to try and tidy the powder that has suddenly decided to cling around the casing - never fun. However what makes this product really stand out is the distinctive way that it's nearly compacted, meaning that you can take this out with you and use easily for touch-ups during the day. 

This retails for £23.50 so whilst on the higher price tag for powders, I do think it's worth the money as a little goes a long way, and if you have the primer it makes a kick ass duo. It does when it says on the tin, and really helps keep the shine at bay especially on my t-zone. I just wished that you got slightly more powder for your dollar.

What are your thoughts on Benefit's POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder?

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Beauty Reward Cards

Beauty Point Cards, Beauty Rewards Cards, Boots Advantage Card, Debenhams beauty club

If you are a regular beauty shopper you will have no doubt heard of beauty reward cards, a fab way of earning points and rewards each time that you spend. As much as I like to have a splurge on beauty items it's still important to make savings on these little luxuries. Beauty cards are a great must have for your purse as they can be topped with points and exchanged for money off beauty products in store or online.

I know you can get more than what is pictured above, but these are the four beauty cards that I own, and honestly the ones that I use the most. I have owned others in the past, such as the Body Shop but didn't really get a lot of use from them. If you are anything like me you'll be tempted by a free points card, and I figured I'd give you guys the lowdown on some of the beauty cards available on the high street.

Space NK N.dulge card

Space NK's N.dulge card was actually the latest addition to my beauty card stash, with this you receive 1 point for every £1 spent in store and I believe online. Once your points mount up to 1000 you will receive a £5 reward which can be used against any product. You can track your points online by logging in to the N.dulge section of the site and what I love about this card is that if you don't have your card on you at the time of purchase you can simply ring their customer service helpline with your receipt and they will be able to add the points to your card. 

By signing up for the N.dulge card you will also receive exclusive emails which includes a birthday treat, and news about the latest product releases, sales and private events. 

With all of the cards, there is one slight downside to it and that it inactivity of the card, if you fail to reach 1000 points within a 12 month period the points expire, and if your card is inactive for 16 months it becomes invalid and can't be used which is sadly disappointing as I don't visit Space NK as much as other beauty stores. 

Debenhams Beauty Club

Probably one of my favourite beauty cards is the Debenhams Beauty Club Card, you receive 3 points for every pound spent in store

Once your points mount up to 500 you will receive a £5 reward, and 1000 points equal £10. Each month Beauty Club members receive an email with their card balance which is a great way of finding how close to earning a reward you are, and most importantly finding out what rewards you have. I love that no matter the amount on the card it be can took off any beauty purchase in store, so you can part pay for items with your Beauty Club Card points. If you don't have your card on you at the time of purchase you can also go back into store and redeem the missed points with the original receipt. 

The points do expire however, I think it's normally around the 6 month mark but it does state when the points will expire on your card balance, and you will get a follow up email one month before they are about to expire. Another good perk with being a member of the Debenhams beauty club you get free delivery with the beauty club promo code. There are also regular instore and online events which enable you to earn anywhere between 500-1000 extra points in one transaction. 

The only gripe with this card is that you have to wait until your points are converted into rewards the following month, however I normally spend this time figuring out what I want to buy.

Boots Advantage Card

The Boots Advantage Card is my other favourite beauty card, and probably my most used store card. With the Boots Advantage Card you receive 4 points for every £1 spent in both store and online. 

Every few months you receive additional vouchers through the post, which include extra points when you either spend a certain amount or buy a certain product, these are a great way to boost the amount of points on your card. You can also visit your local Boots store kiosk machines to see what offers there are and print those to spend that day, these again include extra points on items or when you spend a certain amount. Once again if you forget your card when purchasing items you can simply return with your card and receipt and the points can be popped onto your card. 

Boots have also introduced Treat Street which allows you to collect advantage card points with over 100 retailers, which I find a great addition to quickly accumulate points. 

However my only gripe with this card is that you need to have enough points on your Advantage Card to cover the cost of the item you intend to purchase. Unlike the other cards, they do not accept yours points as part of the payment, disappointing I know.

Superdrug Beauty Card

Superdrug's Beauty Card was actually the first store card that started my budding collection, you earn 1 point for every £1 that you spend both in store and online, so 100 points would equal £1 to spend in store. However while you can receive points when spending online you can't actually spend these points online. 

The major bonus with this card is the ability to part pay for items, meaning that if you have 300 points on your card you can choose whether to use 300 points or 100 and this can be done in multiples of a 100. A little grip with this is that if you go in store and forget your card you can't go back in with the receipt to redeem the points back which is slightly annoying. 

Although the card doubles up as a mirror I don't really use it as one, purely because mine is so scratched from being in my purse. But the idea is good, as it does stand out from the other beauty cards in my purse. 

Overall I think beauty reward cards are a fab way of making great bargains. Over the Christmas period I was able to buy a Mac eyeshadow for £4 and buy the Vera Wang Princess Gift Set in the sale for free by using my Boots points. I think if I had to choose my favourites it would definitely be between Debenhams and Boots purely down to the range of products available allowing for some great savings to be had and allow you to be savvy with your money.

What are your favourite reward cards? Have you managed to get any bargains with yours?

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

One Direction One Moment Perfume Review

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One Direction One Moment Perfume

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret, I'm a directioner. So naturally I could not wait to get my hands on One Moment, the debut fragrance from One Direction. Following on from a fan petition on Twitter, the One Direction boys got busy in creating their fragrance and a year on One Moment was created. Inspired by the band, the fragrances mixed a blend of their favourite scent to create a perfume that is both vibrant and playful. 

One Moment is described as a sparkling, juicy and feminine fragrance that is made up of splashes of fresh fruit and seasonal flowers infused with undertones of warm musk. I was quite surprised at how the scent hasn't fallen in the too young / too sweet category that can sometimes happen with celebrity fragrances. With notes of pink grapefruit, wild berries and redcurrants it's a gorgeous feminine scent that is sweet without being too sickly. The middle notes of this perfume add a hint of playfulness with jasmine petals, fresh freesia and frangipani. This is contrasted by the maturer base notes of creamy musk, sheer woods and white patchouli. Combined this makes a gorgeously scented sweet perfume that is very wearable. 

Once I have sprayed this scent a couple of times I find it very sweet, however I don't mind this as I am a fan of sweeter/floral scents. However the one thing that lets this fragrance down is the lasting power, don't get me wrong it's good but that's all I can really say about it. Because it's not too overpowering it lasts for around 4-5 hours which is a shame as it's a lovely fragrance. Saying that it's not the easiest perfume to carry around so if you are after something that lasts a while this could be a little issue. 

The bottle design is every inch of femininity, from the pink liquid to the cute silver crown. It does kind of remind me almost of a princess feel, making it aesthetically one of the younger looking perfumes on my dresser. I do like that the bottle has an ornament feel about it, adorned with a pink mesh flower and silver crown. The bottle design definitely hits the spot for their target audience, and the addition of the boys faces on the box are a sure fire way of getting directioners in a flutter.  

One aspect of the packaging that got my little fangirl heart explode was the little note from the band enclosed in the box. The note acts as a little thank you card from the band including printed signatures from each of the boys, I love this little addition, it's different yet a lovely touch. 

The prices range from £19.99 for the 30ml bottle, £28.50 for the 50ml bottle and £39 for the 100ml bottle. If you are lucky you may still be able to grab the gift set for around £14 instead of the £28.50 price tag. You can also buy the body lotion and wash separately in 150ml bottles for £12 and £14.

Are you a One Direction fan? What are your thoughts on their perfume?


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Monday, 6 January 2014

Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Collection

Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Collection

So the Duo-Fibre Collection by Real Techniques was something I was a little hesitant with buying, purely because of the mixed reviews I had heard. I figured though why not give them a shot as I was yet to come across a bad brush from the brand and I knew I wouldn't be able to pass up yet another collection from my favourite brush brand. 

The Duo-Fibre collection consists of three brushes, the duo-fibre face brush which is designed for lightweight application and blending of face powders or pigments. I love using this to apply my powder as it doesn't leave the skin looking completely matte, it applies a sheer cover that leaves my skin looking natural. The duo-fibre contour brush is designed for controlled contouring and sculpting, but I like to use this for adding a hint of blush or bronze, as I can sometimes be a little heavy handed I find this helps to lightly pat powder onto the cheeks without looking like Coco the Clown. The duo-fibre eye brush is designed to add finishing touched to the eyes, and has become a favourite brush of mine for blending on the crease line when applying eyeshadow. 

One of the main differences visually with these brushes is that the casing is white as opposed to the colour coded purples, golds and pinks. However don't let the lack of colour confuse you on their function, as the function is written on the side of the brush in the colour of its purpose. I actually really like the addition of the white casing, I love the breakup in colour amongst my brushes and don't think the side descriptions will come off as easily as they do on my others. 

The duo-fibre collection is designed to work with cream, powder of liquid products to create an airbrushed finish. These synthetic taklon brushes are quite different in terms of density in comparison to other Real Techniques brushes, the bristles are quite sparse and that's down to the duo-fibre feature of these brushes. 

I think the main thing with this set of brushes is learning how to use them, as I find the colour pick up is light and quite sheer. These brushes provide a lighter application that leaves your makeup looking more natural and glowing, in comparison to other brushes. I feel that I have more control over application when using these brushes, especially with blushers and bronzers. It means that I can build up the look I want quite easily, and don't end up applying products too heavily but instead leaving a lovely glow to the cheeks. 

I find that these provide a lighter application that looks more natural, in comparison to other brushes. I feel that I have more control with the products that I apply when using these brushes, especially with blushers and bronzers as I can build up the look easily and don't apply any product too heavily. 

The packaging actually states that this set is limited edition, however I have managed to get these a few months after their initial release. However saying that I'm not sure how limited they are, whether it be a 6 month or 12 month release, but you may be able to get these in Boots in their buy one get one half price offer. 

This set retails for £23.99 which I think is a fab price for the set, as always. Slightly higher in price than some of the other sets but completely worth it in my eyes as it works out at around just under £8 per brush. 

Have you tried the Duo-Fibre Collection? If so I'd love to know your thoughts on the brushes and what you use them for.


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Friday, 3 January 2014

Taylor by Taylor Swift

Taylor by Taylor Swift 50ml EDP

You may have seen in my Christmas haul that I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous perfume from my parents. Being a big fan of the Taylor Swift perfumes, I could not wait to get my hands on her latest scent Taylor. Taylor is the third perfume to be released by Taylor Swift, and the first to step away from her fairytale Wonderstruck line of perfumes. Previously Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted have been inspired by a feeling usually to do with romance, however Taylor reflects a more personal side reflecting the singers style.

I find the scent of Taylor a lot maturer, richer and creamier in comparison to her previous scents, with notes of fresh fruits, tangerine, lychee and magnolia petals this makes a lovely feminine scent. The middle notes of this perfume continue with the apparent floral theme, with peonies, hydrangeas and vanilla orchids. However this is contrasted with muskier base notes of creamy sandlewood, apricot nectar, cashmere musk and a blend of woods. Overall this contains a delicious scent that is highly addictive once sprayed onto the wrists. 

Something you notice quite instantly after spraying this is how strong the scent is, you can literally get away with one spritz on the wrist. However the one good thing with this being such a strong scent is that it lasts ages, I had read some negative reviews on this stating that the lasting power wasn't particularly good and couldn't understand why. I popped this straight on Christmas day, probably around 9am and come 9pm you could still smell it on the wrists. I popped it on the following Saturday to go shopping and for food and found yet again it has an immense staying power, which for a celebrity fragrance is probably the best I have come across. 

Packaging wise this once again is a stark contrast to her previous scents, I find the glass bottle gives off retro vibes and reminds me strangely enough of those retro milkshake glasses - which I weirdly love. The top of the bottle is adorned with a vibrant mix of swirls which adds to the retro feel of the bottle. The crystal lid actually reveals a removable pearl band, which I'm not really sure how you could use on it's own as it's a little too big to be worn as a ring. 

I found it interesting when I heard that the bottle had been designed to embody Taylor Swift's retro with a modern twist flare. The pearls on the lid are actually inspired by the necklace that Taylor wears when dressing up any outfit, and the crystal lid is a nod to Taylor's love of crystal gems. 

A gold 13 is stamped once again on the top of the boxed packaging, and I have read online that the number 13 is also hidden on the bottle - which I didn't know about. I can't say I have found it yet purely because I haven't had chance to pop upstairs and give the bottle a quick inspection to find it. 

Overall this is my favourite of all three perfumes, it was literally love at first scent. Despite the fact this is being sold as an EDP the staying power definitely has some kick to it. 

As per usual this is a really affordable fragrance, with the 30ml retailing for £22, 50ml for £29 and the 100ml for £39. However if you are still shopping the sales you may be able to spy this in your local Debenhams or Boots, as the 30ml gift set is currently half price which ranges between £11.50-£15.00. 

Are you a fan of the Taylor Swift fragrances? I'd love to know which you're favourite is.

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