Thursday, March 02, 2017

REVIEW: Accessorize Love Lily Perfume

When you think of scent and perfumes, do you think of Accessorize? Well, I'm hoping by the end of this post you will want to head to your local store to discover a new scent that epitomises you and what you love in a perfume, because it's not just cute bags and jewellery to be found in store!

My favourite perfume of all time is Annick Goutal's 'Vanille Exquise' but it really is quite the luxury, so when I was contacted by Accessorize about the new fragrance 'Love Lily' I noticed a similarity in ingredients and I was excited to try it out and share it with you all.

The fragrance is described by Accessorize themselves as 'sweet and vibrant' and that sounds like the perfect spring and summer scent to me! On a first spritz, the fruity notes of raspberry, orange and zesty notes of bergamot come out to play but are then toned down with the beautifully comforting jasmine, muguet (lily of the valley) and sweet vanilla that just last and last and last. This is everything you want in a scent and I just adore perfumes that alter and change throughout the day but always have that woody tone at the very core underneath the first sweet hit.

I think this scent, whilst marketed as being the perfect spring and summer scent, would work perfectly for autumn and winter too as that deep musk scent is so powerful and feels as comforting as a snuggly jumper and a warm cocoa by your side!

And finally, shall we talk about the packaging? Becuase isn't it just so lovely? The hexagon shaped bottle is so perfect for any dressing table or vanity, and the cap, with that 3D looking lily flower, gives it that ultra-girly finish with a pop of yellow and colour contrasting pink. To round the whole thing together even the box accents the floral notes of the scent, and that summer feel with bright pops of colour tying it all together beautifully.

This fragrance is just £19 for 75ml which is really just such excellent value and can be purchased from Accessorize stores, online or even at The Fragrance Shop  who even have a gift set with a matching body lotion.

I hope you liked this review of this prettiest perfume and it's made you inspired to check out the Accessorize beauty line! What's your spring and summer scent of choice? Will you be checking out something like this?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

DHC Japan Beauty Haul

DHC is one Japan's No. 1 skincare companies and I just knew before I even started planning my Japan trip that I needed to come home with something from their range. The historic vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature's finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC's full range of skin-gentle products. I only had 10 minutes in a DHC, right next door to the famous Shibuya Crossing (I'll pop the address at the bottom of this post), so it was a scramble trying to find what the must-haves were amongst the chaos of the smallest shop ever in one of the busiest parts of the city (it reminded me of the LUSH London Waterloo station if any of you are familiar with it!) So, the first thing that was a simple, easy purchase was the Deep Cleansing Oil in an Alice in Wonderland exclusive print. This product is a cult-classic anyway and so it was on my list of things to get, so when I spotted this exclusive Disney design, I just had to get it! I haven't actually tried it yet because I got a lot of Japanese skincare products and I'm currently just making my way through everything. But I'm really excited to try this because it's so raved about. If you're after the exact design I see Yes To Style stock it for around the same price I paid, £10, so I'd highly recommend buying it here as they stock so many amazing Japanese and Asian beauty products.

I believe this oil based cleanser turns into a milky solution once applied to the skin and I really hope it works for me. Would you like a review? If so, please let me know! Apparently, one is sold every 10 seconds worldwide which is just incredible to think about! The next purchase was totally spare of the moment because I actually suffered terrible jet lag whilst away, really the whole of my trip, and just couldn't sleep which is so unlike me. I picked up this 'Sleep Time Aroma Mist' just because I was desperate. It sort of worked, to make me feel relaxed at least, but I don't think it's a miracle cure unfortunately. I haven't used it much since I've been back in the UK because I normally sleep so well but I'll try it out soon and let you know.

My final purchase was a the DHC Milk Soap in a Winne the Pooh design. I actually found this in a drugstore but for the sake of categorising everything together, I'm popping it in here! I had to ask the sale assistants about 3 times if this really was designed as a facial soap because it looks like plastic soap! Because I travel a lot with just hand luggage I thought this would be so handy to travel with a non-liquid product and something had a little tin to protect it, and then other products longer term. I haven't tried it just yet, but it apparently has olive oil and honey to keep the skin hydrated so hopefully that means it won't dry my skin out. I'm intrigued to see how this works and it was so affordable so I'll let you know!

And so there is my mini DHC Haul (I also got samples of the purchases I've made so they will be fantastic for one night stays away!). I'm slowly making my way through my Japanese hauls one by one. To catch up, I have an Etude House haul right here, and I'll soon have a drugstore haul up! I also have a stationery haul right here and I'm working on a general souvenirs one and one for clothing. Truly, Japan is a beauty and general shopping haven and I'm so in love with all my purchases! I hope you enjoyed this one and if you want to see a review on anything above in more detail please let me know. How many of you love DHC, do you recommend anything else I should try? Please let me know!

DHC Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan address:  

Japan, 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 1 Chome−24, 渋谷1-24-15 (this will take you directly to Google Maps)

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