Thursday, 30 November 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Jean Paul Gaultier have released their brand new fragrance for 2017, Scandal.  Everything from the concept behind the fragrance to the bottle and most importantly, the scent, makes this a sparkling release that's got me feeling really excited... especially as the Christmas gift set is absolutely beautiful too!

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is the fragrance of and for a woman who is free and strong, quite like myself!  It very much encompasses JPG as a brand and the designer who started it all himself.

Jean Paul Gaultier is someone who pushes boundaries, confidently disrupts the everyday and isn't afraid to stand strong, alone.  He's the designer who rejected the confines of gender by dressing men in skirts, sent plus sized models down the runway at Fashion Week and cast men and women from the streets on the catwalk.  Not forgetting, he's the man who famously gave Madonna the supersonic-conic breasts.  As someone who always found the politically correct tedious, he became the king of Scandal and it is this free living spirit that inspired the new fragrance.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is a fragrance about life; a woody scent that embodies day and night, dreamt up by top perfumer Daphne Bugey along with Fabrice Pelegrín and Christophe Raynaud.  It is very sweet but in a grown up way rather than a sickly, teen perfume.  When wearing it during the day, it is a gourmand fragrance combining fresh honey with a floral heart of gardenia and a sparkling hook of blood orange and at night, it is a sensual and seductive honey that's blended with a woody patchouli base.

This is the kind of fragrance that you could wear at anytime; it all comes down to your own preference.  For me, I like to wear this one during the day and I'd opt for more of the JPG Classique for the evening as it is heavier, sexier and stronger.  That being said, Scandal is still strong in that it is a long lasting, eau de parfum.

Scandal is a really fun approach to fragrance compared to Classique and one that I think will appeal to a wider female audience.  It is a totally different take on perfume so if you've not been a fan of JPG fragrances in the past, I'd highly suggest giving it a go.  For me, though... well, I've always loved JPG perfumes and have been wearing them since my teens!

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

As you'd expect from JPG fragrances, the packaging of Scandal is stunning.  Even the outer packaging is gorgeous; they've kept the signature can style but given it a dusky pink colour change, with a fuzzy texture that's just like a suede or velvet. However the bottle itself is what sets Scandal apart from the other Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances.

Forget the corset dressed torso bottle that you'd usually associate with the perfume house, sexy legs are taking centre stage with this bottle.  Reminiscent of the endless fun of Paris by night, Scandal's bottle is flirty, sexy and dressing table ready.  The notion behind it is the powerful Madam Minister, a woman who spends her days consumed by her serious career with her head buried in confidential files, while at night, she creates her own classified, private files.  However her ultimate example of a work-life balance was thrown off course when the paparazzi snapped a photo of her, flooding the social networks online and therefore creating a scandal!

What a fabulous story behind a bottle design; surely this could only come from Jean Paul Gaultier!

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is available in a 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottle nationwide, as well as in a gift set, making it the perfect Christmas gift.  I think this fragrance will appeal to daughters and mothers alike from the packaging design through to the scent itself.

You can find out what others are saying about the new fragrance and join in the conversation online yourself @JPGaultierOfficial with #BeScandal!


What do you love about this perfume?  Do you have a favourite Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance?

Monday, 27 November 2017

Whats Under My Yours Clothing Dress?

Yours Clothing UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

'Whats Under My Yours Clothing Dress?' Now hows that for a title?

A little tongue in cheek perhaps but when you're wearing a statement dress such as the Limited Collection Black Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress, its important to consider what you'll wear underneath it before purchasing.

When I had a fancy work event and a wedding come up in my calendar for autumn, I knew that this dress would be the perfect outfit to wear.  The scuba style jersey fabric is a little heavier than a lot of my other dresses and it makes this dress hang beautifully.  Its a really flattering fit with a beautifully feminine shape that makes me feel so pretty and girly when wearing it.

I like to pair it with strappy heels such as these ones from Primark and I love to pop on a shawl across my shoulders and arms for when it gets cold.  This dress also looks awesome with tights, little ankle boots and a black waterfall jacket too.

Yours Clothing UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

I really love the neckline and the way the frill detail falls over the cut out shoulder but those strappy details definitely make it impossible to wear a normal bra with it.

When wearing a dress or top like this then I'd recommend checking out the shape wear range from Yours Clothing.  They have a wide range of lingerie to suit many styles, budgets and concerns.  Great shape wear and the right underwear can really work wonders underneath outfits as they can smooth and contour the body, make your clothes look even better, help your posture and give you a confidence boost.

If you're going strapless to suit a dress like this then you could check out the Black Seamless Surefit Bandeau Bra with Soft Padded Full Cups.  This is a great piece to wear with any tops that have straps or cut outs as they'll not be seen at all.  However it is incredibly small fitting so you may find that you'll need to go up a couple of sizes.

By comparison, the  Nude Multiway Lace Bra, or the same but in Black is a much better option for most as it is a standard strapless bra and offers more support and structure than the bandeau style.  Sizing on this piece is on the large side, particularly in the cup in my opinion, so I'd suggest ordering a couple of different sizes just to be on the safe side.  With this bra, you'll have the option of wearing it with straps too as they are included, making it great for wearing with other tops and dresses as well.
Shapewear Underwear from Yours Clothing Plus Size

When it comes to the bottom half of my body, I absolutely love to wear the Black and Nude Floral Lace High Waist Brief that I discovered quite recently and any opportunity to wear them underneath my dresses, I take.

They're high waisted and elasticated so they hug my body and they stay in place without rolling down like most other pairs of knickers do on me.  They're supportive, hold me in a little and enhance my shape a little by smoothing everything over and disguising the dip of my belly button which I really like when I'm wearing clothes that are tighter across my tummy.

I'm a huge advocate of body confidence and theres some pieces out there that have really helped me to feel even more confident in the clothes that I wear; high waisted knickers and a great strapless bra are definitely one of them!

What makes you feel more confident in your clothes?  What are your favourite kinds of underwear or shape wear?

Friday, 24 November 2017

Channelling Autumn Vibes in Camo from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

With all of the rushing around that I've been doing this autumn, pulling on my Converse All Stars has been an easy choice for casual days; they're  an iconic design, mega comfortable and in a gorgeous burgundy shade that pairs so well with a huge majority of my wardrobe this season.

I've been working year round favourites like black and cream with seasonal faves, navy and khaki, and the burgundy colour of these trainers fits right in.  I find these colours particularly easy for the vast majority of people to weak.  Really, its all about getting the right hue and making sure that the style and fit of the garment is what you feel most confident in.  As a plus size girl who has been on a body confidence journey over the years, I really am a firm believer in wearing what makes you feel happy, confident and like the best version of YOU and for YOU!

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Sometimes though, a style comes along that completely surprises us and that's exactly what happened when I discovered the Khaki Camo Longline Jacket With Pockets and Rhinestone Embellishment in Yours Clothing.

I'd been eyeing it up for AGES, as you do, and I was really attracted to the khaki colour first of all.  Its a shade that I'm wearing more and more with each autumn that passes and I'm finding that regardless of how tanned or pale I am and no matter how dark or light blonde I have my hair, it always suits me and looks flattering against my skin tone and hair colouring.  However I wasn't so sure if the shape of the jacket or the camouflage design would suit me.

Trying it on in the changing rooms proved to me that I'm right when I say, if in doubt, try it on!  I loved it from the moment that I put it on.  The heavy cotton mix material (feels a bit like canvas) is a great material for autumn as it has a weight to it for warmth but it isn't thick so its easy to layer pieces underneath depending on the weather outside.  I bought my usual size as its an accurate fit and find that I can easily layer a thermal vest, long sleeved top and even a jumper underneath without it feeling uncomfortable.

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

The shape of the jacket is really relaxed, almost like a boyfriend style which adds to the casual vibe and the 4 pockets come in handy for keeping my hands warm and holding the multitude of loose change and receipts I seem to acquire when only nipping to the shops.  The funnel style neck is one that instantly drew me in too as it feels so cool, calm and collected to have a collar sitting up right!

Undoubtedly though, my favourite thing about this jacket is the combination of the gorgeous khaki shades within the army camouflage design and that gorgeous jewelled embellishment on the pocket.  The jewels may not be to everyones taste but they can be easily taken off without damaging the jacket; I know this as one of my friends did that but I personally love it.  I'm all about adding a little feminine sparkle to an otherwise grungy, masculine or casual look.

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

True to form, I've paired the jacket and converse with a couple of staple pieces from my wardrobe that I really think everyone needs; a long sleeved T and some black jeggings.

The Yours Clothing basics range is fantastic; whether you're looking for vest tops, camis or t shirts, they have something for everyone and they're ridiculously affordable, many with buy two offers on.  As well as those, their plain long sleeved tops can't be overlooked either.  I've had the Ivory Long Sleeved V-Neck Basic T-Shirt since September and I've got so much wear out of it, especially on the days where the milder weather still wants to give us a wave.

It sits so well underneath jumpers for added warmth and looks great alone or layered underneath this jacket.  I always tend to prefer v neck shapes on me; they're much more flattering than a round neck on me.

Another staple has to be the Black Pull On Stretch Jeggings.  These are one of my all time favourite styles from Yours Clothing and I have them in quite a few of their different colours.  If you're looking for jeggings that are uber comfortable then these are a must try!

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields
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When I'm wearing an outfit that I feel comfortable in, I instantly feel more confident and able to tackle the day head on.

Speaking of which... must dash as I'm taking over the Yours Clothing Facebook today for Black Friday where you can grab this jacket for a whopping 50% off!

*Photographs by India Jackson

Monday, 20 November 2017

On Looker, Sharing My Glamorous Curve Denim Jacket

Pearls have made a contemporary comeback in 2017 as embellishments on a whole host of key fashion pieces from bobble hats and sliders to cardigans and denim.

I've been loving the trend, especially when added to denim jackets and jeans; its girly, feminine and oh so pretty.

However the trend has been a little slower to reach the plus size fashion world than I'd have hoped.  All year I've been in search of a pair of denim jeans or a denim jacket that feature a pearl design.  Finally I've found the perfect style for me; the Glamorous Curve Ripped Pearl Jacket from Simply Be (Also available from the Simply Be US site for my friends across the pond; don't worry girls, I've got your back!).

I've long admired the Glamorous clothing that I've seen featured in fashion hauls from other vloggers but I didn't realise that they had a plus size range until very recently when I happened upon them on the Simply Be.  This is my first piece from Glamorous Curve and I'm so impressed with the quality but even more so by the on trend styling.

Distressing and rips, light wash denim that'll suit any skin tone or hair colour and a little feminine touch with silver beading and pearl embellishments; I feel as though this is the denim jacket I've been waiting for years for.

The embellishments not only give this jacket a style upgrade but they take what could be quite a vintage 90s piece and bring it up to 2017 with a girly twist.

I've been wearing this jacket so much since I got it; over the top of dresses to make them look more casual and layered with my faux fur collar grey cardigan for a cosy laid back look.

One of my favourite ways to style it however is in an off-duty fashionista meets slightly sports luxe way.  I take a T like the Grey Textured Zip Cold Shoulder Longline Top With Stud Detail from Yours Clothing and pull on some leggings that can be worn more as trousers such as the Limited Collection Black Leather Look PU Leggings. The two together with the jacket create a look that's off-duty  and effortless, yet still on trend and stylish.

Keeping along the girly sports luxe theme, I added two of most worn pieces this autumn and they're both from River Island.

The River Island Grey Quilted Chain Front Bowler Bag and the River Island Rose Gold Metallic Lace Up Runner Trainers were both pieces that I lusted after in store and bought with my birthday money at the end of September.  I'm really trying to cut back these days and not splash out willy nilly on things that I don't need so to treat myself to these really did feel like a treat, plus the bag was down to £30 in the sale (it still is!) which felt like even more of a treat!

This bag has served me so well over the last couple of months.  It holds everything I need and is strong and sturdy so whether I'm travelling, going out to work all day or running errands, I can take my laptop, ipad and charger, phone, purse and anything else that I need out with me.

I love the combination of grey and white with the pale gold chain; its a great way of wearing neutrals without going down the nude route.  These are colours that always work so well together and they pair beautifully with almost everything else in my wardrobe.

Just like the bag, as soon as I clapped eyes on the River Island Rose Gold Metallic Lace Up Runner Trainers I knew that I had to make them mine.  Clearly inspired by the Balenciaga Runners, these trainers are out there, bang on trend and a real statement piece.

Yes, they're uber comfortable but these trainers are all about how they look and thats GORGEOUS!  They complete my outfit perfectly and accessories this look exactly to my style right now.

While I'm so happy that I've now got the pearl embellished piece I've been searching all year for, I can't help but think that I could have found an embellished denim jacket like this and had an idea on how to style it a lot sooner had I used the new Looker app.

Looker is a brand new app, available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play, that enables you to share photos of the outfits and the latest looks you've put together with your audience.  You might be thinking, 'surely that's what Instagram is for?' but you're wrong as while Looker too is totally free to download and join just like Instagram, it has some added benefits that you don't get with many other social networks.

The difference with Looker is that there aren't any annoying algorithms getting in the way of who can see your outfit posts and follow you.  I know that as a blogger, its really frustrating when I work so hard on a post for Insta or Facebook and it doesn't show up in peoples feeds and I know that that's not only frustrating for the people who follow me but for the people who post themselves too.  Everyone is affected sadly but with Looker, that's not the case.  You post and your followers see your posts, similarly, someone who you follow posts and you see their posts; its that simple.

Whats even better about Looker is that all of the posts on the app are directly shoppable, meaning that if you upload an image to the site, you can click on the different elements of your outfit and create an affiliate link directly through the app to that item.  Then when people view your picture, if the love the jacket you're wearing, they can click straight through to buy the item or take a closer look at the finer details.  All users, regardless of whether they're a blogger or not, can earn up to 5% commission on items sold through their looks so its a great opportunity for all you fashion loving beauties out there to capitalise on your style.

The Looker app is a really positive place to be both in mind and body; I guess you could say it has a community feel to it.  Looker recognise that style has no boundaries so they don't restrict on age or size; anyone can upload any outfit post from any retailer and if they have an online website and you can find the item, you're able to link to it.  Having no size restrictions is fantastic as it enables app users to find the fashion that will fit them and be inspired by other stylish women who have also joined the platform and are sharing their style with the rest of the community.

Speaking of community, there is no opportunity for negativity, jealousy or hate through the Looker app.  Unlike many social networks, it doesn't come with the drawbacks that come with social sharing as there are no likes or comments and you're not obligated to follow or follow anyone back.

Social media can often feel like being fed to the lions as people can be so cruel online so I love that there isn't an option to comment on the outfit posts.  I also love how there isn't the pressure that usually comes with a lot of social networks; since I work as a blogger, I feel as though some people validate my job by the number of likes and followers I have, gain and maintain on each post and I'm not entirely sure that's healthy.  With Looker, no one else can see how many followers you have which not only relieves the pressure but I also feel it gives smaller accounts more of a chance.

However while I loved the idea of Looker from the off, I really fell in love with the whole concept when I came to post my first outfit picture.  I wanted to explore all of the areas of the app and try out the different features.  I clicked on the words 'FaceTune' which I assumed would take me to the App Store to download the app that so many people use to whiten the background of images and so many more use to manipulate their body and face to within an inch of its former self.  However rather than doing that, a prompt pops up simply saying 'You don't need it. You look perfect the way you are :).'

Now that's the kind of positivity I want to be a part of!

You can find out more about the Looker app and download it here.  I'll be posting my outfits over on the app under the username 'What Laura Loves'.

Happy styling girlies!

How does the Looker App sound to you?  What do you think about the pearl trend?

*Thanks Sarah for taking my photos for me, you beaut!

Monday, 13 November 2017

My Favourite Clarins After Sun Combinations for Face and Body

My Favourite Clarins After Sun Combinations for Face and Body Review

Jetting off for some winter sun?  Then you'll be needing the Clarins Aftersun Range!

You might recall the post I blogged last month all about the Clarins SPF range well their range of aftersun products is just as fantastic.  I've been using them for a long time now, my favourite being the Clarins After Sun Moisturiser Self Tanning which rehydrates the skin and intensifies a tan with a small amount of false tanning pigment within the lotion.  It gives the skin a golden glow without making me feel as though I need to really hammer the sunbathing to get my tan up fast!

However this summer and autumn, I've been trying out a combination that's new to me and that's adding the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster For Body into my aftersun products.

This is a really genius self tanner that comes in a dropper bottle so that you can customise your tanning result; simply add 4 to 6 drops into your regular body lotion or aftersun in your palm, mix and apply as usual for a natural looking, made to measure tan.  Adding more drops intensifies the bronzing effect and less understandably, gives you less of a golden glow.  The effect is soft, gradual and my skin has never looked streaky using it.

The result is really natural looking and I love that I can use these drops on holiday with my aftersun to have a similar effect to the Clarins After Sun Self Tanning that I've used and loved for a long time, or I can add them to my regular body moisturisers to reap the benefits of those with an added healthy glow.

The Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster is available for the face and the body but as far as I can see, the ingredients are the same.  I bought the one for the body as the bottle was bigger and the cost difference meant that it was cheaper per ml (£27 for 30ml) overall than buying the face one (£20 for 15ml) either on its own or with the body booster and I use it in both my face creams and my body lotions.

My Favourite Clarins After Sun Combinations for Face and Body Review

Since trying out the booster drops, I've dabbled with more of the Clarins after sun range and I've found a couple of absolute gems.

The Clarins After Sun Gel Ultra-Soothing is a fantastic body product for soothing the skin when you've spent a day basking in the sun and prolonging a tan.  I used my first bottle up on my trip to Bali and have since repurchased in the airport when I went away to Crete with my friends.  It smoothes onto the skin effortlessly, cools as it absorbs, reduces redness and sinks in within a few minutes leaving my skin looking and feeling hydrated, soft and smooth.

This after sun has the most fabulous formula that is cooling like a gel but quite dense like a cream.  It contains refreshing watermelon extract and feels cooling on the skin; not in a cheap aloe vera aftersun way, this gel is soothing and nourishing on the body.  It works quickly to rehydrate the skin, making it feel comfortable and deeply moisturised.  Keeping your skin hydrated helps to prevent peeling and helps your tan to stay around for longer which lets face it, we all want!

My Favourite Clarins After Sun Combinations for Face and Body Review

For the face, the Clarins After Sun Replenishing Moisture Care For Face and Décolleté is an absolute winner.  Just like I'd always recommend using a separate SPF for the face and body, I'd suggest doing the same with your aftersun too as generally they contain different ingredients and a lot of things that are suitable for the skin on our body can clog the pores on our face.

This Clarins face aftersun has the most gorgeous texture that's somewhere between a lotion, a gel and a balm; not too dissimilar to the body aftersun I've reviewed above.  Only one pump is needed as the bottle dispenses just the right amount of product for the full face and décolleté.  It immediately soothes, hydrates and regenerates the skin using a combination of powerful ingredients including moisturising Shea, Centella Asiatica and Mimosa Tenuiflora.  It also contains sunflower seed and aloe vera extract which cools and soothes the skin and reduces redness.

I'm very conscious of premature skin ageing so using an aftersun like this one is important to me to help to repair the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while protecting against free radicals that can remain active even after you've come out of the sunshine.

I love to get a tan while I'm away on holiday but taking care of my skin has to always be the priority.  I love that with Clarins, I get the best of both worlds; fantastic sun protection and nourishing aftercare, resulting in a deep, long lasting tan without burning.


What Clarins products do you love the most?  What aftersun formulas do you like to use the most?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Atkinsons Scilly Neroli Fragrance Review

Atkinsons Scilly Neroli Fragrance Review

When it comes to luxury perfumes, Atkinsons 1799 is sure to never disappoint.

From the scents themselves to the packaging and heritage of the fragrance house, this is one perfumer to not miss.

One of their latest releases Scilly Neroli, launched as part of The Contemporary Collection in 2016, is an aromatic aquatic fragrance that'll have you leave you feeling awakened with its zingy air.

The growing Contemporary Collection is currently made up of eight fragrances which are a modern take on the ingredients that are really symbolic of Atkinsons 1799.

It is a powerful citrus, floral fragrance with top notes of lemon, petitgrain and sea notes, a heart of neroli essence and orange blossom and a base of ambergris and patchouli.  The effect is long lasting on the skin which I was surprised to find from such a fresh scent.

Atkinsons fragrances come in stunning 100ml bottles and are quintessentially British in design with robust glass and a coat of arms etched lid and plate.

I could see both women and men enjoying this fragrance and the stunning packaging would sit well on a dressing table or on top of a mens dresser which is great news with Christmas coming up.  Scilly Neroli is a luxury fragrance and therefore sits at a, albeit well deserved, higher price point and would make the most fabulous gift this December 25th.

Atkinsons Scilly Neroli Eau de Parfum is available from House of Fraser and Selfridges.


Which Atkinsons fragrances would you like to try?  How does Scilly Neroli sound to you?

Friday, 10 November 2017

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum Review

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum Review

2017 has seen many new releases but one of my favourites has to be the Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum.

'But wait a minute, doesn't Decléor already have a Neroli Serum?' I hear you ask.  Well beauts, this one is a reformulation and its back, better than ever.

I've used plenty of the Decleor oil serums in the past after first discovering the Aromessence Rose D'Orient Oil Serum (review here) on recommendation of Pure Bliss Spa in Sunderland;  I've been going there for Decléor facials for years and trust their advice completely.  The Neroli is an oil that I started using last year and now that I've tried the new and improved one over the last seven months, I can certainly say that Decléor have done the impossible; made an already incredible product, even better.

The new Decléor Aromessence Neroli is a completely natural face oil thats designed to hydrate and boost the skins radiance while having a soothing effect on the senses.  It is applied in the same way as the other Aromessence oils day and night; warmed between the hands, lightly held over the face to breathe in the oils and then tapped into the face and neck with the fingertips in 3 movements, before adding moisturiser.

The oil is suitable for both female and male skin and I can see it being effective on all skin types, even those with sensitive skin as it is very gentle.  The oil is light in consistency and not greasy feeling to the touch.  It is instantly nourishing on the skin and sinks in relatively quickly.  The scent is noticeable when you first apply it, quite spa like and very relaxing.  This is the kind of product that has the ability to calm my senses as well as nourish my skin which I tend to find is the case with a lot of Decléor products and one of the many reasons as to why I've used their products for over 10 years.

When my skin is in dire need of moisture, this is the serum that I know will instantly turn it around and if I use it consistently, my skin looks and feels its absolute best.  Undoubtedly, this is down to the powerful blend of ingredients selected for the formula.

Aromessence Neroli Amara uses a blend of the highest grade Essential Oils; these being Neroli, Petitgrain, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood and Clary Sage, along with the cold pressed Botanical Oil, Hazelnut Virgin Oil, all of which are 100% natural and free from colourants and mineral oils.  There's also Parsley in the formula which is said to help lighten pigmented spots on the skin; if this is something that you're concerned about then this oil serum maybe a good one for you to try out.

Neroli is at the centre of the formula and it fulfils the exact intention of a serum; it moisturises and acts as a vector to drive other ingredients further into the skin.  A serum is usually applied as the layer sandwiched between the skin and moisturiser, with the idea that it'll help to add an extra layer of hydration and help the moisturiser to be drawn deeper into the skin, making it more effective.

This oil makes my skin feel so soft and nourished thanks to the Neroli and the Hazelnut Oil within the formula.  I have oily skin but it is dehydrated too, especially around the perimeter of my face and this oil helps to nourish and combat the dryness in these areas.

While the previous Aromessence Neroli worked wonders on my skin, the new one does even more so thanks to the new addition of Sweet Orange Essential Oil from which essential oils are derived from the flower, fruit leaves and twigs.  It is a wonderfully effective ingredient that soothes the skin, reduces redness and boosts glow.

I didn't think I would be able to notice the difference between the formulations but the Sweet Orange Essential Oil really does make such a difference and my skin looks even more radiant after using it.

With that in mind, if your skin is looking dull and lack lustre and is in need of nourishment, hydration and radiance restoration, then the Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum is the one for you!


What are your favourite Decléor products?

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Simple Water Boost Range Review: Micellar Facial Gel Wash, Micellar Water and Hydrating Booster

Simple Water Boost Range Review: Micellar Facial Gel Wash, Micellar Water and Hydrating Booster

Sensitive skin experts, Simple, have released their brand new Water Boost range which is designed to reverse the 5 signs of skin dehydration; dryness, roughness, tightness, dullness and dehydration lines.

Over the last two weeks, I've been trying out the three principle products from the line to see how they would work for my skin.

Typically, I have a clear complexion and I've always been proud of how well I take care of my skin but it is not without its faults.  I have oily skin, especially around my t zone but the outer parts of my face and high up on my cheeks, my skin is dehydrated and if I ever let my skincare slid or if I'm stressed, not getting enough sleep or eating a poor diet then it really shows in my skin.

A lot of people don't know that their skin is dehydrated, especially if they have oily skin like me as its a common misconception that skin cannot be both oily and dehydrated at the same time, but it can.  If I take the outer part of my cheek and gently lift my skin up wards, I can see small lines and it is those that are a sign of dehydration.  I also get dryness around the outer part of my face which again, shows that it is dehydrated.

Simple Water Boost Range Review: Micellar Facial Gel Wash, Micellar Water and Hydrating Booster

There are three key products in the Water Boost line; a gel face wash, cleansing water and a hydrating booster which is almost like a serum.  I have been trying these three out but they've also released a gel cream and a sleeping cream too which sounds awesome!

The range harnesses a unique blend of skin-loving ingredients such as plant extracts and minerals, with none of the harsh chemicals, artificial colours or perfumes that let many skincare products down.  By containing ingredients that the skin loves rather than hates makes this range ideal for those with sensitive skin as well as dehydrated and dry because it shouldn't have any aggressors in it.

One of the key active ingredients within this line, Pentavitin, is a natural plant extract that has a complex that is identical to our skin.  It works intelligently to mimic the naturally occurring moisturising agents that are found in our skin.  It has the unique ability of being able to bond with skin cells and allowing the skin to build moisture over time.

The first product that I tried out from the range is Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, which can be used morning and night.  It contains cleansing bubbles called micelles that gently attract make-up and dirt and instantly hydrate the skin.  I found that this wash good to use as part of my morning skincare routine as its refreshing and cleansed my skin well.  Unlike other gel face washes I've tried, my skin didn't feel tight or dry after use; it really does hydrate the skin, leaving it looking and feeling clean and soft.

I preferred to use this on my skin when it was makeup free as I really enjoy using a cream cleanser to remove my makeup (after a micellar water) and I just can't get away from that type of product; I just love a cream cleanser!)

The product that I instantly enjoyed was the Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water which is great whether I'm using it to refresh my skin in the morning with the quick sweep of it on a cotton pad or as the first step in my cleansing routine to start to remove my makeup.

This micellar water sweeps over the skin easily and for being so gentle, it really effectively removes surface makeup and dirt from the skin.  My skin feels refreshed and hydrated after use and again, it doesn't feel dry, squeaky clean or tight.  I much prefer this cleansing water over others like Bioderma and I'd definitely choose it when I run out in the future.

Simple Water Boost Range Review: Micellar Facial Gel Wash, Micellar Water and Hydrating Booster

The last product I've been trying out is the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster, a first for the brand.   Designed to enable long-lasting skin hydration that cannot just be washed away, this product can be used as a hydrating primer, mixed in with a moisturiser or applied as a treatment to dehydrated areas.  Personally, I like to use it in place of my serum, applying a layer to my skin before adding my day or night moisturiser.  Its lightweight, none sticky and quick absorbing, leaving my skin looking and feeling visibly hydrated and healthier.

The range is completed with another two products; a Hydrating Gel Cream which is an instantly hydrating moisturiser and the product that I cannot wait to get my hands on, the Simple Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream which sounds like the intense nourishment that my skin needs!

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