Jo Malone Autumn 2017

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

As a lover of Autumn, I need little persuasion to try a new and warming fragrance that encapsulates and celebrates the richest season of all. Answering my call for a warming yet refined, ready-to-wear scent is one of the two new Jo Malone colognes – Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant.

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

I’m a city girl but come September my head is filled with the thoughts and aromas of leaves crunching under foot, ripe berries and generally the rich, delectable foods of harvest. As much as I enjoy burning Pumpkin tinged scented products (and who doesn’t), it’s not a fragrance I’m overly keen to mist onto my person, and yet there is certainly an Autumn shaped gap in my fragrance collection. Up until now I relied upon two other iconic Jo Malone colognes: Pomegranate Noir and Blackberry & Bay – both are delectable but a little too fruit based for my current needs.

Then came along Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant…

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

Yes it’s bold, full bodied and has a red, almost tangy note but it is unlike anything else on the Jo Malone repertoire. It’s soft, cosy and crisp like the first day of November thanks to the unforgettable notes of roasted oak and rose, then of course there is the sweet uplifting note of juicy redcurrant, that injects both a warm and playful whimsy twist into the scent. Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant cologne begs to be worn with a large cable knit, cream sweater and your favourite scarf, whilst you go scavenging for chestnuts…or wait for the bus, whatever is more realistic.

Autumn has been bottled and boy does it smell great.

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne £88/£44 – link.

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The New Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gels

The New Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gels Review

Do you like speed reviews? Great because I have been using the new Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gel for a good few days now and I have a few thoughts on it – mainly you should treat yourself immediately – but not quite enough pleasantries for a lengthy and typical of me blog post.

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I’ll be entirely honest, I am a fairly new recruit to the world of Jo Malone bath and body products; typically when I splurge in one of their luxurious boutiques, I leave with a cologne…or two and yet the new Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gel has me hooked. A shower gel, really? Yes and I beg that you hear me out.

The Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gels aren’t your bog standard shower gel – they are an experience. As to be expected the first thing that will lure you in, is the heavenly aroma and familiar notes of Jo Malone fragrance, with three scents to choose from, I can safely assume that there will be something for everyone. This is my first dip into the iconic fragrance that is Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin, and let’s just say I finally understand the fuss: a bright, bold yet never overwhelming, sophisticated fruity concoction that is perfect for a refreshing morning shower.

What sets the Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gels aside from the rest is that they both cleanse and of course, gently exfoliate the skin using Jojoba beads and Orange peel. Now I’ll be the first to admit that this light body scrub won’t be enough to remove layers of self tanner but it is more than sufficient

for a quick daily polish, that will in turn result in continuously soft and supple skin.

It’s not everyday that I will rave, let alone write about a shower gel but then again it is not everyday that Jo Malone launch a new body treat.

Jo Malone Exfoliating Shower Gel £30 via John Lewis – link.

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Le Labo Palo Santo 14

Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Candle

I am obsessed with fragrance: from candles, to incense, perfume and all that is in-between. If it smells good, I probably own it or want it. With Autumn slowly but surely drawing in, I have been nesting at home and trying to create a cosy little den to work, rest and entertain in and central to that has been one brand of candle (and my new pink sofa but more of that at a later date). Yes my friends, I have finally plucked up the courage to light not one, but three of my Le Labo candles and I can’t say I regret it one iota. As they say, you can’t take it with you (not that I am playing on going anywhere) and what good is having a luxury good, if you can’t enjoy it?

The latest addition to my small but perfectly formed Le Labo collection is Palo Santo 14: a rich, woody, intense concoction that combines lingering notes of Cedarwood, labdanum, incense and patchouli. It is bold, earthy and comforting, all at the same time, in my mind it has the magic of the first touch of Winter frost combined with the scent leading up to Bonfire night – nostalgic to some, unfathomable to others. In a nut shell it is a fragrance with soul, vigour and has the ability to stir up long forgotten memories.

Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Candle

I also selected Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Candle over the other fragrances, for the significance behind burning such type of wood: in some cultures it is considered sacred as it can dispel negativity and misfortune. I’m sure the candle won’t have quite as much weight behind, igniting the actual wood but it is a lovely sentiment and talking piece, none the less.

As a collector of candles (we both wish I was kidding), I have noticed that Le Labo creations (hell yeah they are fancy enough to warrant such moniker) burn a little cleaner than others of a similar price point. This will most likely be down to the soy base and natural infusion of scented oils, which undoubtedly are kinder to all around (and your walls/ceiling/furnishings). So far I only have three and until I fall into a pot of Gold, that won’t be changing anytime soon but I will say that they have not disappointed, each scent beautifully fills a room and lingers for hours later, and you can customise the labels of each purchase meaning you have a pretty and forever keepsake.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have dollar bills that need burning. I’m kidding…kinda.

You can shop the full range of Le Labo Candles here:

UK/£51 each via Liberty – link

USA/World/$75 via Barneys – link

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review

Everyone and their Mother raves about the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes and of course the skincare but I never see nearly enough love for the real star of the show – Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow. It is a fusion of primer and illuminator that will leave you wondering how you ever survived without it for so long. Really how did you manage?

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review

We all know the drill in regards to primer: you apply it underneath foundation and/or general make-up to intensify and prolong, and if you are lucky it will boast a few skincare benefits too. To find something that brightens, hydrates, prolongs, perfects and has a handful of anti-ageing ingredients to boot (BioNymph Peptide Complex to stimulates collagen), is all but unheard of, and yet that is exactly what Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow offers and more.




Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review



For every product that I can visually display it’s sheer brilliance – magic if you will – there’s the odd launch or two that no photograph or paragraph can document with justice and Wonderglow is one of those. To the naked eye, Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is a fairly loose, liquid illuminator that is a neutral gold in tone – heck you might even be put off on that alone as not everyone likes an all over glow but I can promise you it is worth the risk. The light reflecting pearls present in Wonderglow – even when applied under make-up as a primer – create a soft, lit-from-within glow that is youthful, forgiving (even on fine lines and enlarged pores) and brightening. For a moment let’s forget the additional benefits and focus on that glow, one quick application of this liquid gold primer, quickly and effectively disguises any signs of tired, sallow and dull skin. You can also apply it as a stand alone liquid highlighter, or mix into any other liquid face product, such as foundation to add additional radiance, or to create a dewy finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Review

How ever you decide to use it, I’m sure you will come to agree that Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is a non-greasy, lighter-than-air brightening choice. What is slightly odd about this product is that it contains soft focus, ceramic microspheres to smooth over the skin’s imperfections and blur as it goes. I’ve never experienced anything like it – a radiance boosting product that also helps to visually soften the appearance of my pores. One word – magical.

Promise me that this will be the next Charlotte Tilbury product you in the very least swatch in store?

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow £38.50/40ml via FeelUnique – link.

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