PERFUME 001 | ESPECIALLY ESCADA


"Especially Escada is the gorgeous fragrance from the House of Escada; a luxurious and feminine scent inspired by the spirit of today's joyful, spontaneous and glamorous woman. Her attitude is positive, she lives to have fun and her happiness is her strength but she always remains true to herself."

Especially Escada is housed in beautiful rosy pink glass bottle, with a gold-finish plastic lid in the shape of the double E logo. In my opinion, the packaging looks elegant, without being overly fussy.. I couldn't wait to display this bottle on my dressing table. 

Beginning with fresh pear notes, followed by ambrette, with heart notes of rose and ylang ylang, Especially Escada makes for a floral, very feminine perfume. I find it to be floral and girly without being sickly sweet. This makes it the ideal day perfume, but the musky base notes allow it to work well in the evening too. As an EDP, the lasting power is fantastic.

It really does smell wonderful; rosy and sophisticated, and I can see myself wearing this all through summer. 

Have you tried any other Escada fragrances?

OJON DAMAGE REVERSE RESTORATIVE HAIR TREATMENT PLUS



I've been using hair oil as a pre-wash treatment for years. Ever since I was a child, mum used to apply Vatika Hair Oil overnight and wash it out in the morning. It leaves hair soft, shiny and tangle-free after washing, and can prevent heat-damage. I still use the Vatika oil when I am at home, but due to their time-consuming nature I rarely use hair masks/ oils before my shower at university.

When I received a 50ml sample size Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus with my Ojon order I couldn't wait to try it. Having been a loyal fan of the Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner for many months now, I was expecting great things from this product. 

I haven't tried the original version of this product, but I have read reviews that the fragrance was similar to stale ashtrays. The fragrance of the Plus version is similar to the Shampoo and Conditioner, but a bit lighter and a little bit fruity. I don't find it offensive, but Ojon products do seem to have an odd smell, so if you're sensitive to the smell of a product then have a sniff before you buy.

When warmed between palms, the hard balm melts into an oil, which is easily worked through hair and left on for twenty minutes before washing. This claims to leave hair soft, silky and manageable. I usually leave mine on for at least an hour or two, and sometimes overnight. It is also designed to be activated by heat, so a gentle blast of low heat from your hairdryer should do the trick. 

Having been using it for a few weeks, I can confirm it's left my hair 'soft, silky and manageable' but no more than using a cheaper oil such as the Vatika.. It was a lovely product to try out, but I won't be repurchasing, purely because at £16 it doesn't come cheap, and I don't feel it does any more for my hair than cheaper alternatives.

What drugstore hair/ masks oils can you recommend?

SUMMER KISSING


I doubt I'll be getting up to much fun this summer, but here are my top three products for leaving lips smooth and kissable.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner is a product a mentioned in my travel essentials post. If you don't mind the somewhat sickly vanilla smell/ taste, then layer generously onto lips and leave for ten minutes before using the Lush Mint Juleps Lip Scrub. In contrast to the previous product, this smells and tastes amazing. I wish all products were made to to taste like mint chocolate! Made with castor sugar and jojoba oil to add moisture, this sloughs away dry bits of skin, whilst being gentle enough not to damage lips. Finally, Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon provides the perfect pop of colour, whilst being balmy enough to keep lips hydrated after a good scrubbin'

Does anyone else have a 'lip-care' routine?

PLANE & SIMPLE BEAUTY BAG | TRAVEL ESSENTIALS



If you don't follow me on twitter, and haven't seen all my excited tweets, you may not know that I am going to Florida tomorrow. Having got back from uni on Saturday night, I have frantically been packing and unpacking my uni things, and packing my suitcase all weekend. What with exams before that, and then trying to get all my holiday shopping done I have been neglecting HIW. There will be posts going up whilst I'm away (follow me on Bloglovin' to find out when) but normal blogging will resume when I return.

So what am I taking away with me beauty wise? I've packed my essentials for the plane into this little bag from Ted Baker, making it easy to see what I have. Because liquids need to go through security separately, a clear make-up bag means no more rummaging around transferring products into a sandwich bag at security.

First up, from the left, essentials:
My contact lenses, kirby grips and hair ties, and hand sanitiser. A toothbrush and mini Oral B toothpaste will be necessary for such a long journey, and Boots dry eye drops to combat redness and itchy eyes. A mirror for touch ups, and a Zara woman perfume sample to keep me smelling fresh.

Next, lotions and potions to moisturise and treat my skin over seven hours: 
The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream, which I blogged about here, will revive tired under eye skin. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is my spot treatment of choice, and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream will work as a bit of everything, particularly an intensive moisturiser for my hands and face. Caudalie lip conditioner will ensure my lips don't dry out on the flight. All of these products will be getting a review soon, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to see them

Finally, make up essentials for looking groomed when I land:
Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer and BB cream will give my skin a healthy glow, and hide all signs of tiredness. I'm also taking Revlon lip butter in candy apple for a slick of colour, and Rimmel kohl eye pencil  and Maxfactor Masterpiece waterproof mascara for wide awake peepers. 

I also need to grab face wipes at the airport (and no doubt will end up with many other beauty bits). Is there anything I am missing? What multi-purpose products do you love for travelling?

SANCTUARY SPA 5 MINUTE THERMAL DETOX MASK

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - Boots £10.50 - Sanctuary £10.20
This product has been around for a long time. I think I first used it over a year ago, and promptly forgot about it when it didn't do much for my skin. However, the other day I picked this up on a whim, needing a third skincare product for a 3 for 2 offer in boots. I love face masks, I can't think of anything better to do when I have a bit of time to spare, and this five minute product appealed to me as a quick and easy deep cleanse. 

The packaging is quite boring, although I really like it.. I think all Sanctuary products look professional and sleek. And the product description is right to the point.

What Sanctuary say: The warmth of this self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out impurities from deep within the skin. As well as purifying, the mask also helps to rebalance the skin's oil levels to clarify, cleanse and leave skin with a silky touch. Essential oil of myrrh helps smoothe and calm.

The product itself is quite sticky and hard to move around your face. It is really important to apply this mask to a damp face, as it makes it easier to work with. The colour is grey, similar to the tube infact, and it looks very plasticky. It actually has quite an odd smell, but it's quite faint, and I don't dislike it. The product is naturally fragranced, which is great as I can't stand overly synthetic floral or fruity smelling products, particularly in skincare. I know that some people find it uncomfortably hot at first, but I wouldn't say it is hotter than any other self-heating products I have used before. The heating effect disappears after about a minute. 

You are meant to apply this mask for five minutes, twice a week. I usually leave it on for longer, but I don't find it drying at all. When I washed it off my face, my skin felt considerably smoother and not at all tight or dry. 

After using this a few times, I find that my skin looks clearer and brighter. The stubborn clogged pores on my nose look reduced, and I have fewer spots than before I started using it. 

This mask is actually designed for oily skin, which I don't have, but I am prone to blemishes and dull skin. It's really good for a deep cleanse, and definitely leaves me with brighter skin. You only need a thin layer, making the tube last for ages. I think £10.50 is a really good price for what the product gives you, especially as boots often have 3 for 2 offers on skincare. This mask will definitely be a regular in my skincare routine.

Has anyone else tried this face mask, or found anything better for a deep cleanse?