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Sunday, 30 April 2017

In Retrospect | April 2017

Well, another month has passed us by in the blink of an eye and we're now a third of the way through 2017 - which is pretty scary really! I've been a bit disappointed with the weather towards the end of the month, as it seems to have gone really cold again, but apart from that April has been pretty darn good! As always, I like to take the opportunity to check in with how the month has gone, including my goals for the month...
April In Retrospect

April Empties.

April Empties
Will Repurchase: Toni & Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo | This is a favourite for me, it's a bit more expensive than I'd like at full price but I've noticed that it's often on offer in Asda. // Kind Natured Coconut & Passionflower Body Wash | This smells amazing and doesn't trigger my eczema - yay! It's also super-affordable and available in Boots. // Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Cleansing Oil | I loooove this. It smells beautiful and works really well to break down make-up and general day-to-day grime. // Rimmel London Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder | Powder is an absolute must-have for my oily skin - this is cheap and cheerful and, whilst it doesn't keep me matte all day - I've yet to find a powder that does...

April Beauty Empties
Might Repurchase: Klairs AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner | I have a few other acid toners to use up before I think about repurchasing but this did work nicely for me. // Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Masque | This actually reminded me of the Origins Out Of Trouble Mask which I love when my skin is playing up - this one is a little more expensive so I'd probably go for the Origins, but you never know! // Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish | I loved the scent of this, really fresh and mango-y, and it was quite nice once a week or so to smooth my skin out. I'm trying to move away from manual exfoliators but this one was quite gentle so I may pick it up again in future, who knows!

April's Beauty Empties
Won't Repurchase: Umberto Giannini Morning After Dry Shampoo | This did nothing to refresh my hair and I wasn't too keen on the scent either. // Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones | This worked okay but not as well as the Toni & Guy one, and I just can't justify the price! // Elemis Hydra Balance Day Cream | This was quite nice as a moisturiser but I didn't find it did anything to balance my oily skin, which I was disappointed about - maybe I was hoping for too much!?

April Samples.

April Sample Sachets
Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask | This is one of those self-heating masks which feels super luxurious on the skin - I really liked this actually, it didn't dry down as I was expecting, meaning it didn't leave my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable as some clay masks can, and it seemed to work quite well to clear my skin out. | £10/100ml here // L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil-in-Cream Leave In Cream | I wasn't expecting to like this but it actually made my hair feel really nice and soft, without weighting it down as I was worried it might. | £4.50/170g here // Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser | Yhis felt cool, light and refreshing on my skin which I really liked. It sank in quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky feeling, and seemed to work well to hydrate my skin. | £12.99/50ml here.

April Goals.

• Read at least two books. Sadly I'm not quite there with this one - I did finish The Outrun by Amy Liptrot which I'd really recommend, but am still working my way through the second book of the month! I'm really enjoying My Son's Not Rainman, but don't seem to find myself reaching for it as much as I should.
• See friends at least twice. A couple of walks with my friend Matt, a leaving party where everyone had to bring a dish from a country they'd never been to (Afghan food is delicious, FYI), a few afternoons hanging out with one of my friends from Warrior and a trip to the cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I really enjoyed! We've also had a couple of leaving dos with work, which have involved a lot of delicious food.
• Interview prep. I feel like I've made a good start on this, I've got another couple of weeks until interview day so I can get some more prep in but I'm feeling pretty good at the moment.
• Get out on my bike. I managed a couple of rides, although I have to say I've not been getting out as much towards the end of the month - the weather hasn't been as good, so it's far less appealing to head out in the evening after work! That said, I need to make more of an effort as I'm finding I'm really enjoying cycling at the moment.
 No chocolate or sweet treats til Easter. I made it! I had a Creme Egg on Easter Sunday and it was so disappointing... And then I've basically not stopped eating sweets and chocolate since then, it's pretty horrific. I really need to sort it out actually because, for the first time, I've noticed that my skin has got so much worse since I started eating sugar again.

Four out of five, then - I'm happy with that!!

April Loves.
I loved Nida's post about her experience of doing a face mask every day for a month - I was amazed by her dedication and I've added approximately 943 masks to my wishlist as a result of reading her post... It's no surprise to anyone that Gwennan is pretty much a monthly feature in my Loves, and this month I've really enjoyed her impartial post about the upcoming General Election - she's even included gorgeous illustrations of some main party leaders, and has managed to make Theresa May look almost appealing (I am far less impartial than she is, clearly!)
Here on The Indigo Hours I shared a little peek into my perfume collection, and some tips on keeping motivated at the gym, so do check those out if you missed them!

April In Summary.

All in all, April has been quite a nice month! We've had some half-decent weather (and some horrific weather - snow! Ugh!) so I've been able to get out and about a bit more, things have been going well with work, I had a nice little road trip with my Mum to watch my brother racing... How was your April? Have you been up to anything exciting?

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

An Infallible Duo?

L'Oreal's Infallible range seems to be growing almost exponentially, and I just couldn't help myself picking up a couple of the newer items to try - the Infallible Total Cover Foundation, and the Infallible Fixing Mist. I know the Fixing Mist has been around a while, but I've only just got round to picking it up...
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover & Fixing Mist
I picked up the foundation in shade 12 'Natural Rose', which I believe is the second-lightest shade of the nine available in the UK - so not the best shade range, but better than some drugstore foundations. The foundation itself is pretty thick and almost mousse-like in texture, and has quite a weird scent to it which thankfully fades pretty quickly upon application. I've found this blends into the skin best with a buffing brush, I really struggled to get it to look even when using my dampened Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Below I've used the foundation on the left of the photo, whilst the right side is no-makeup - you can see that it evens my skintone out nicely, has a matte finish, and works well to hide redness, blemishes, and the dark circles under my eyes.
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review
I really like the finish and I was pretty excited at first about this foundation - for the first 2-3 hours. Sadly, that's as long as it lasts on my skin - I generally apply my make-up at around 8:30 before work, and by 12:00 my face is a veritable oil-slick. Given that this claims to last up to 24 hours, I found that pretty disappointing! It's just about redeemable with blotting sheets and powder, but even that will only last me another couple of hours before, once again, I'm as shiny as a shiny thing. I'm actually quite disappointed as I did really love the finish and the coverage. It might work better for skin more in the normal-slightly oily category but for me, it's just not workable.

I've not tried a fixing mist before, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this - but I was hoping for something that would keep my make-up looking fresher and my skin matte for longer. I've been using the Infallible Fixing Mist daily for the past month or so and to be honest, I'm still not sure what I think - it's easy to use, as long as I remember to spritz before I apply my mascara, in order to avoid panda-eye smudges (I've only done that twice!) I haven't found that it really changes the appearance of my make-up, apart from maybe making me look a little less powdery if I happen to have overdone it with the setting powder... And I honestly haven't noticed any difference in how long my make-up lasts - I still get shiny quickly, my eyeshadow still creases if I don't use a base, and my foundation still tends to settle into fine lines over the course of the day. I'm not sold, I'm afraid!
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Tattoo
The TV advert for L'Oreal's Infallible Total Cover Foundation seemed to make the claim that it will cover tattoos - as you can see above, this certainly wasn't the case for me! I actually found that two layers was as good as it got, as the third layer just kind of went a bit cakey and started moving the previous layers around, rather than building over them. To be honest, I didn't buy this foundation to cover tattoos, so it's not the end of the world to me - I just thought it'd be interesting to share, and I definitely wouldn't bother if you're after a product to hide your ink.

L'Oreal's Infallible Total Cover Foundation is priced at £9.99 for 30ml, whilst the Infallible Fixing Mist is £7.99 for 100ml. If your skin isn't too oily and you're after a full-coverage foundation then this might be worth a try, and similarly with the Fixing Mist - but sadly they were no match for my super-oily skin! I'll be sticking with the Infallible Pro Matte (US version) from this line for the time being. Have you tried either of these products? What's your favourite full-coverage foundation? Do you use a setting spray?

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Perfume Collection

I've been curating a little perfume wardrobe for a while now, collecting delectable scents which I love to wear each day. I like smelling nice, and I feel like a gorgeous perfume can really finish off an outfit. I love to choose a fragrance for the day based on how I'm feeling, what I'm wearing, or what the weather is doing; I also really love how scents can evoke such powerful memories. Fancy a little look at what's on my perfume shelf?
My Perfume Collection
Armani Code | from £48.50/30ml here | This is the only perfume I've ever repurchased, and there's actually only about half an inch left in this bottle - sob! I really love the warm, rich scent, which has top notes of Jasmine and Orange, heart notes of Orange Blossom and a base of Honey and Vanilla.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream | from £42/30ml here | This is a beautiful fragrance for spring and summer, with its fruity top notes of Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear. These open to a heart of Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria, whilst the base consists of White Woods, Musk and Coconut Water - a gorgeous, refreshing scent.
Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose | I haven't been able to find this for sale anywhere, but I received it in my February Glossybox. It's honestly not a scent I would have chosen for myself, being far more floral than my usual choices. It's unmistakably a rose fragrance, quite light in nature, and I've found it wears off quite quickly. That said, it is a pretty perfume, and I have been wearing it now and then.
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture* | from £59/30ml here | A true gourmand scent which lasts amazingly well on my skin, this offers notes of Mandarin and Peach Accord, with a heart of Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Caramel. The base consists of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Vanilla.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom* | from £45/30ml here | The latest addition to my collection, this is a gorgeous Spring scent which I've been wearing quite a bit lately, as the days get warmer. Notes include Centafolia Rose, Jasmine, Osmanthus and Orchid, over a base of Musk, Vanilla and Patchouli.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium | from £50.50/30ml here | I picked this up in a gift set in the January sales on a total whim but I'm so pleased I did - it's definitely one of my favourite scents! It's another gourmand scent and honestly, the notes of Coffee, White Florals and Vanilla just make me happy.
My Perfume Collection - Marc Jacobs, YSL, Armani, Viktor & Rolf, Jeanne Arthes
It's not a huge collection by any means, but I'm really happy with it - I feel like there's something for every occasion, from lighter, fresher scents through to heavier more evening-appropriate fragrances. I've also noticed from writing this that there are definitely certain notes that I'm attracted to - namely the fruity top notes, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, and musk What's in your perfume collection? Are there any particular notes that you tend to lean towards?

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sleek 'All Day Soireé' Eye & Cheek Palette

I received a Sleek Makeup palette in my Glossybox (get 50% off the April box with code GB50 here!) last month; it's been a while since I've tried anything new from Sleek, but the Eye & Cheek Palettes look perfect for travelling. They each contain two cheek colours and four eyeshadows - I received the 'All Day Soireé' palette, which looks to contain some lovely daytime shades. On first impressions, this really reminded me of a NARS palette.
Sleek Makeup All Day Soiree Eye & Cheek Palette
The palette did come with a little brush, intended for the cheek shades, as well as a double-ended foam applicator for the eyeshadows, but I ended up chucking them as neither of them were much good. There's also a good-sized mirror in the lid of the palette which, again, really lends itself to a travel make-up bag!
Sleek All Day Soiree
The two cheek products are both shimmery; I think they're both supposed to be blushers, but the left-hand one is definitely more of a highlight shade to my mind, being a pale champagne-type colour. The right-hand one is a very pale pink which I didn't think would show up too well on the skin, and I was right - it's definitely more of a subtle shade, but perfect for giving just the barest hint of colour to the cheeks. Both transfer reasonably nicely to the skin, giving a touch of glow without any obvious chunks of glitter.
Sleek All Day Soiree Palette
Meanwhile, the eye shades split quite nicely into two little duos - a matte mid-brown with a shimmery cream, and a matte peach/orange with a shimmery orange/gold. All four are well-pigmented, applying smoothly to the eyes - there's a bit of fallout from the matte brown shade, but the other three seem okay. I've found they wear well over a primer, and have easily lasted me 10 hours of wear even on my oily lids, without creasing or fading.
Sleek All Day Soiree Swatches
As you can see below I've used the peach/orange shade all over my lid and up to the crease, paired with the shimmery gold/orange just on the lower part of my lid. I was unsure as to how wearable the orange shade would be for everyday wear, but I actually really like how they look on my eyes. They're super summery and look really striking, but I don't think they're too over the top? I think you'd struggle to get an evening look from this palette, but for daytime wear I really like the shades.
Sleek All Day Soiree Palette Look
Overall, I've been pretty impressed with this palette; it'd be perfect for a weekend away to give yourself a blush, highlight and a couple of options for eye make-up, without taking up too much room in your make-up bag. I've found it super-handy for in my gym bag!! I'd like if the blusher was a little deeper in colour but all in all, I'm happy with the shades on offer.
The Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in 'All Day Soireé' is priced at £10 for 9g of product. Do you like the look of this palette? Would you wear these kinds of shades?    Glossybox

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Monday, 17 April 2017

6 Ways To Keep Your Fitness Motivation Up

Having been working out regularly since I re-joined the gym at the end of last October, I've noticed what an impact it's had on my fitness. I've recently started running and cycling again, and it's been easier than it ever was - I'm literally the fittest I've been in my entire adult life! That said, a lot of hard work has gone into it, with gym visits 4-5 times per week and more early starts than I care to remember... Which has got me thinking about how I've kept myself motivated for the last six months. Here are my top tips!
Six Ways To Keep Your Fitness Motivation Up

Plan Your Week.

The biggest thing for me is figuring out how to fit everything in! I find it helps to know what I'm going to be doing, when - so I plan out my week of workouts in advance. I have little post-it note tabs which I stick onto the relevant days in my planner, so I can see at-a-glance what I should be doing each day, and plan around whatever else is going on in life. So if I know I'm busy one evening, I know not to plan a workout then - and if I have to be at the other side of the county for 9am with work, I know getting to the gym in the morning isn't possible so I can plan to run instead, or go to the gym after work!
Gym Motivation - Planning Workouts

Be Flexible.

That said, you don't want to let your workouts take over your life - it's important to keep some flexibility so you can switch things round if you need to! The post-it notes are particularly handy for this... So if a friend suggests a run on Thursday evening, it's easy to swap things around to make it work. I've also recently found myself ditching post-work gym sessions to go out on my bike to make the most of the good weather. There's nothing more demotivating than dragging yourself into a sweaty over-crowded gym on a beautiful night!

Think In Chunks.

Breaking your goals up into manageable chunks is just common-sense, but somehow we can miss this when it comes to forming a gym-going habit. I find that working in chunks of 30 days means I have more clarity and focus, rather than trying to think too big. This way I can set myself monthly goals and see how I'm progressing towards them. Rather than seeing fitness as a huge commitment, it's just something you're doing this month. (And then next month. And the next one.)

Rest Days.

Rest days are just as important as training days when it comes to improving your fitness! I try to fit in at least one rest day each week (usually on a Sunday), when I'll just go for a gentle walk rather than doing anything high-impact. This gives the muscles time to repair themselves, which is how they get stronger. I also make sure to alternate between muscle groups so I get some recovery time in between.

Mix it Up!

I'm sure it's not just me that has the attention span of a goldfish? I get bored so easily, so I try not to do the same thing too often - whether that's trying a new machine at the gym, using the recumbent bikes instead of the upright ones, or switching up my run routes. Keeping things fresh means I'm much more likely to stick to my plans. Maybe for you this means trying a new class, booking in a session with a personal trainer to get some new ideas, or switching up your cardio - whatever it takes to keep things enjoyable!

Figure Out What Works.

For me, it's early-morning workouts before work - getting to the gym for about 7:00am, which gives me an hour before I need to start getting showered and ready for work, and then having breakfast when I get to work. This way, my workout is over and done with before I get started with my day, and I don't have to drag myself into the gym after a long day in the office when frankly, all I want is my bed. It's all about finding the routine that works best for you!

But when all is said and done, the part I find most motivating is seeing myself get stronger and fitter - whether it's adding another 5kg on to my weights, or running to the top of a hill I'd previously have had to walk up - it's just so satisfying, and really spurs me on to keep working hard and see what else I can achieve!!

Do you have any tips to add to my list? What are your favourite ways to keep yourself motivated when it comes to fitness?


Friday, 14 April 2017

Review | Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream*

I was recently very kindly offered the opportunity to try a product from Skin Chemists's new Pro-5 Collagen range; I was sent their Advanced Pro-Collagen 5 Oxygenating Night Cream*, which claims to offer increased radiance, skin tightening and firming, as well as aiding with blemishes.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collage Oxygenating Night Cream Review
"Our Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Range is a unique and true revolutionary formula for perfect skin showing the early signs of ageing. Our Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream aims to boost skin elasticy and even the skin tone, restoring it to optimal level when your skin is in its most restorative state as you sleep. Gatuline Bio works to promote skin health and regeneration, reducing the visibility of wrinkles by renewing dull or ageing skin, and providing hydration. Matrixyl 3000 aims to smooth away visible wrinkles and blemishes for an even, mattified complexion."
From the description this actually sounds pretty much perfect for me; I'm 25, with my skin beginning to show some fine lines around my eyes and mouth, as well as on my forehead. My skintone can be very uneven, with redness on my chin and cheeks; I also have very oily skin and suffer quite a lot with blackheads and blemishes, and my skin often looks a bit dull and lacklustre.
Skin Chemists Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream
I've found that the Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream has a lovely light texture which absorbs quickly and easily into my skin, without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy. I was a bit thrown at first by how shimmery the cream is - I couldn't figure out why I was covered in glitter the first night I used it! I'm still a bit unsure as to why a night cream needs shimmer, but there it is... That aside, I feel like the cream works really well to hydrate my oily skin, although I have had a couple of dry patches lately (hooray for eczema) which have required something a bit heavier-duty. I'd suggest if you have dry skin, this won't be enough for you, but normal- or -oily-skinned ladies (and gents!) should be just fine.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream Ingredients
In terms of the results claimed - I've been using this for the last three weeks and can't say I've noticed any improvements in blemishes - I've had a couple of bad break-outs lately and I don't feel like this night cream has made any difference to those. However, I do think that the fine lines on my forehead and around my mouth have softened a little - it's early days, so I'll be keen to see how I get on with the rest of the bottle, but it's a promising start! I've also been impressed by how soft my skin feels in the morning after using this at bedtime, and I don't seem to be as oily as I often am when I wake up, which is a bit of a bonus.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Night Cream
I have to say, I really like the bright yellow bottle, and love that it comes with a pump dispenser! Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is available here at £109 for 50ml of product, but until the end of April you can get it for just £19.99 with the code INDIGOBLOG - so if you like the sound of it, I'd be popping an order through sooner rather than later! Whilst it's a bit beyond my budget at full-price, I do think it's a total bargain for less than £20; if you're in your 20s or early 30s and after an anti-ageing product for normal or oily skin, I think this would be well worth a try. Have you tried any Skin Chemists products before? Do you like the sound of the Pro-5 Collage range? Do let me know if you give it a try - I'd love to hear what you think!!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Magazine Freebies | May 2017

It's been a while since I've shared any magazine freebies, mainly because there haven't been that many around - they always seem to go quiet for the first couple of months of the year, and pick up again towards Spring & Summer - so hopefully there are some good ones to come in 2017! I've only spotted one so far this month but I think it's a good one...
May 2017 Magazine Freebies
Marie Claire (£3.99) comes with a full-sized 50ml tube of Neal's Yard Remedies Hand Cream - there are three variants to choose from. I went for Wild Rose (how pretty is that tube!?), but also available are Bee Lovely and Geranium & Orange - both of which I've tried previously, and both of which are really nice! I also got a sample of Lancôme Le Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum and a 1.5ml sachet of Neutrogena HydroBoost Moisturiser within the magazine.
Neal's Yard Hand Cream
Neal's Yard hand creams are really lovely so I think it's well worth picking a copy of Marie Claire up - there's a good chance I'll grab another one before the end of the month as I always like to have a good stock of hand creams! These retail at £10 for the 50ml tubes, so getting them for £3.99 is an absolute bargain. Have you picked up this freebie? Have you spotted any others this month?


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Recently Rediscovered

I'm sure I'm not the only one with a ridiculous stash of beauty products, to the point where I completely forget I even own certain things? This is frustrating in a way as it means products are going to waste, but on the other hand it means that a good old sort-out can throw up some little gems that almost feel like new! It's like shopping without the spending, which I think we can all get on board with. I often find these rediscoveries can happen as the seasons change and we look to mix up our routines - here are a few of the products I've been loving all over again now Spring is (just about) here...
Recently Rediscovered
Recently Rediscovered Beauty Products
Benefit Sun Beam | I've been loving High Beam (and, of course, this £3.50 dupe!) lately but now the sun is putting in more of an appearance, the gold tones of Sun Beam are just beautiful for a real sun-kissed glow. I love blending this onto my cheekbones and browbones to give my face a bit of a 'lift'. You can see how well-loved my bottle is - all the writing has worn off!
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in 'Earthly' | I posted on Instagram the other day that I always feel like I'm neglecting my single eyeshadows - palettes are just so much handier to reach for, aren't they!? This looks gorgeous in the pan; it's almost a disappointingly wearable mid-brown once the swirls are all blended together, but it's pretty nonetheless!
George at Asda Shimmer Me! Shimmering Brush On Powder in 'Heaven Sent' | I hadn't forgotten this as such, it's just more of a summery product to me - it gives such a beautiful flush of colour with a real glow to it, but without being over-the-top. I love blushers that can double as highlight, and this definitely ticks that box!
Topshop Holographic Nail Polish in 'Wistful' | How much does this look like unicorn nails!? I must have had this about four years, I remember being so excited when Topshop launched their holo nail polishes... and then it disappeared into my nail polish hoard, never to see the light of day again. I'm so happy to have dug this out recently, I can see it getting a lot of wear!

Do you love the look of any of these? Have you rediscovered any forgotten beauty treasures recently?


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spring Fragrance | Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette*

I'm the first to admit that I don't tend to mix up my fragrances with the seasons; I'm more in the habit of finding a scent I love and sticking with it. I have a small collection of perfumes which I wear year-round, depending on my mood each day. That said, I can totally see how heavier, muskier scents work well for the cooler months, whilst Spring and Summer might call for lighter, sweeter fragrances. And so I was thrilled to receive a bottle of Viktor & Rolf's latest addition to the Flowerbomb family, Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette*.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette
"The new eau de toilette continues the iconic addiction of the Flowerbomb floral bouquet, adding in a breath of fresh air with a burst of fresh spring flowers to bring a fresh, sparkling and sensuous tone. Fresh rewriting of Flowerbomb, Bloom’s floral signature becomes more aerial with a breath of flower led by the delicate essence of sparkling pomegranate. Woody tones of patchouli enhanced by musky vanilla give the fragrance the extra layer of sensuous complexity that has made Flowerbomb so successful. A contrasted and seductive alchemy that will leave many captivated hearts in its trail."
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom
Now I don't know about you but Viktor & Rolf's beautiful poetic blurb means very little to me - so for the less perfumier-minded among us, Bloom offers top notes of Pomegranate, Bergamot and Mandarin. The heart is similar to that of the original Flowerbomb, consisting of Centafolia Rose, Sambac Jasmin, Indian Osmanthus and Cattleya Orchid, with the addition of a pure air molecule; the base offers musk, patchouli and vanilla.
Flowerbomb Bloom Viktor & Rolf
Now I'm not a lover of floral fragrances, tending to lean more towards sweeter, fruitier and more gourmand scents; so for me, Flowerbomb Bloom is the perfect floral, with its fruity top-notes and the warm, deep notes in the base. A couple of spritzes is all that are needed as it offers quite a strong fragrance, with the fruity top-notes really coming through for me. As it settles on the skin, it does indeed smell more like the original Flowerbomb - a light floral scent which I find quite girly and 'young'. Being an eau de toilette, this doesn't last as well on the skin as, say, an eau de parfum - but I've still found it to wear pretty well, with the musk and vanilla from the base still coming through after a good six hours' wear.
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom EDT
Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette starts from £45 for 30ml; if you like your florals with a bit of an edge, or are just a fan of the original Flowerbomb and looking to add to your collection, I'd say this is a great pick! Do you tend to choose a new perfume for each season, or do you have a few trusted favourites you wear year-round? Will you be searching out the new Flowerbomb Bloom Eau de Toilette to see what you think?

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Hello April!

Well here we are in April - already past a quarter of the way through 2017, which I'm trying not to think about too much! April is the first proper month of Spring and I always feel like it holds a lot of promise, somehow - the days are getting lighter, the sun is putting in more of an appearance (hopefully!), the flowers are out and the whole world feels happier. I love it! As always, I like to set myself some goals each month to keep me on track, so here's what I'm hoping to achieve in April.
Hello April!
Read at least two books. I failed miserably at my one book for the month in March, so I've got March's book to finish, and then another one to read to get back on track with my goal of 12 books in 2017! I've almost finished The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, and I'll have to pick something quick & easy for the second one, I think...
See friends at least twice. I always find this a nice goal to include - it can be far too tempting, after a long day at work, to just come home and hide in my bed - I need a bit of motivation to make more effort to see people!
Interview prep. Having surprised myself by actually getting an interview for a Clinical Psychology course, I now need to start preparing for it! It's not til May so I've got plenty of time but still, I'd like to get thinking about how I'm going to answer some of the questions. Thankfully the interview process doesn't sound toooo brutal so hopefully it'll be a pleasant experience, whatever the outcome.
Get out on my bike. I've really got back into cycling lately (just for fun, I won't pretend I'm good at it!) and now the evenings are getting lighter, there's a good hour or so when I get home from work of a night when I could get out for a quick ride - so I'm hoping to do that at least once a week.
No chocolate or sweet treats til Easter. I've been doing really well with this so far and have almost stopped being tempted! Easter is only a couple of weeks ago now so I'm aiming to keep strong til then so I can really enjoy an Easter egg. I'm actually planning to carry on being quite strict after Easter, as I have a ridiculous sweet tooth and it's really not good for me. I'm thinking I'll allow myself one sweet treat a week?
April Goals
I don't think I've got anything exciting planned for April just yet - I've got an appointment to give blood mid-month and I'm looking forward to a few days off over the Bank Holiday weekend, but that's about it! Have you got anything nice planned for April? I'd love to hear what your goals are! Here's hoping we don't get too many April Showers...

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