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Favourite Fragrance: Jo Malone 154 Cologne

Jo Malone 154 Cologne

There is no better time to venture into a classic, high end brand than when passing through duty free.

In February when I travelled to the Philippines, I couldn't resist the Jo Malone shelves staring at me as I sat killing time in Heathrow's T5.

I love buying new perfumes before I travel. Fragrances work great to conjure up old memories of travels and experiences you left behind.

I think most women are always on the search for that fragrance that epitomises who they are though, something they can call 'my scent' and the true friends can bulk buy to supply you with each Christmas, year on year.

For me, before my introduction into the world of JM, I have always had the likes of Bvlgari's Mon Jasmin Noir, and anything Tom Ford on my dressing table. Now I have added Jo Malone's 154 Cologne to that group of favourites.

154 was brought out in 2001. It's name comes from the address of the 1st of Malone's stores in London. A similar naming strategy to Dipytque with '35' (another firm favourite of mine!).

I've been using this most days since late February this year and am not even a quarter of the way through this perfect handbag sized bottle.  You can purchase at top department stores such as John Lewis, or even got direct to Jo Malone.

The fragrances I always go towards are those which are feminine but woody, normally based upon Vetiver like this one - as are many of Tom Ford's. Something fresh, rather than floral and sweet, something that lingers but doesn't give you that perfume overload headache.

The notes that complete this fragrance are; a base of Vetiver, to add dimension and woodiness, Lavender to provide the fresh but soft scents and finally Mandarin Orange which equips each spray with a bright freshness. A spritz of this when you are feeling a bit rubbish, or applying every morning to kick start your day is how I like to use it.

I'm not sure whether it's the cologne formulation but this scent just lingers beautifully, it stays with you but doesn't overpower you. This means you are not going to be a woman smelling like aftershave on the morning commute, but the man in your life can, (and is likely to) use this. You'll probably need to provide him with his own bottle of this stuff after he uses your own a few times too many, but perhaps use his credit card...

The travel size of 154 retails at £40 for 30ml, & £82 for 100ml.

Do you have a favourite Jo Malone scent? Let me know below!

Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards

IMG_0250 copyCosmopolitan Magazine is on the search for all of our beauty favourites to be compiled into one fabulous issue! If you have product which you are beyond impressed with and really think it deserves to be featured in the Cosmo Beauty Awards (US) edition & want an opportunity to bag yourself all of the beauty award winners, keep on reading!

Simply snap a selfie with your favourite product and then tweet @Cosmopolitan using the hashtag #CosmoBeautyAwards, including the product name.

It's that simple  The more it's promoted through twitter, the better your chances are at getting yourself and your favourite product in the upcoming Beauty Awards issue. My entry just had to be with the Dermasuri. It's changed the chore of exfoliation into a quick regime for me and means my skin stays as soft and smooth as possible. To read more about my thoughts on the Dermasuri just click here. It's time to get passionate about your favourite products! Leave me a comment below with your entry ideas! This is a US Cosmo competition, although I am from the UK, I have decided to enter as I could not find anywhere that this was restricted & it's also a fun way to share your favourite piece of beauty kit.  Battle of the Beauty Tools: #3 The Clarisonic     Follow on Bloglovin

Review: READY to go makeup!

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Whether you are a makeup fanatic or you are a newbie to the world of minerals, this bareMinerals READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette is a great value product. 

Priced at around £34 and available from various retailers including FeelUnique.com this kit was the perfect solution to my makeup travel problems. 

Designed for when you want to travel light / and also those occasions when you don't want to be slathering on and sweating off liquid foundation, or maybe you want your skin to be able to breath in hot conditions but bare the dehydration of an aeroplane environment (in my case - ALL of the above!) mineral makeup is the way to go.

I have only ever tried mineral powders from this brand, the biggest of mineral makeup retailers bareMinerals, and that was years ago. Having gone away earlier in February this year, it was my perfect opportunity to make this as my go to kit for complexion perfection in 30 degree heat.

No bigger than an A5 notepad, the sleek handy case is packed with 5 top quality products, and two brushes including an instructional booklet on how to use everything (hello gifting opportunity!).

When you use this palette your really do not need anything else for your complexion needs - everything is included! 

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I used the kit shade R170 (I would say this was medium / fair skin tone, suitable for those who want a more yellow undertone). When I am used to the hefty coverage of a liquid foundation I always doubt the capabilities of coverage when it comes to mineral.

But I sucked up my doubts and got buffing the foundation into my skin, and things were soon looking a lot less red, and a lot more concealed. 

A great foundation for a natural look, and I think that is something we all (well most of us!) strive for in a foundation. 

I dabbed a little of the concealer on my finger tips and used under the eyes, and any place, like my chin for example that had suffered some breakouts. It is a very blendable formula and isn't as dark as it may look, but i think one of my reservations with this was it's slightly cakey appearance under the eyes. 

Still using the two great quality brushes in the kit, I applied some bronzer and some luminizer to the cheeks / cheek bones and under the brows. 

Coverage wise for complexion this is a great product -  the combination of the concealer, touch up veil and foundation work amazingly to deliver a extremely natural finish, evening out your skin tone. However perhaps it is my constant usage of highly pigmented products from the likes of Nars / MAC that have spoiled provided me with disappointment when I used the bronzer and luminizer from this set. They just didn't seem to do enough. I am used to a light hand with my bronzing products but this I felt like I needed to layer and layer to get any results.

I would definitely recommend this if you are looking to get into the world of mineral makeup, it's a great price from a great company and provides a fabulous finish from one set of products. Whether you are in school, travelling or just perhaps suffering from unhappy skin - mineral makeup is often suggested as the way to go!

If you already have a few bits and pieces from the bareMinerals / other mineral collections and you are happy, I would probably save my money here, as the kit really features small versions of full size products. 

A great gift or discovery set though! I will be using this for travel again in the future!

The set includes the following & has a value of £81:

bareMinerals READY® SPF20 Foundation in R170 (Light, Netural Tone) 4.5g

bareMinerals READY® SPF15 Touch Up Veil in Light 4.5g

bareMinerals READY® Bronzer in The Skinny Dip 3g

bareMinerals READY® Luminizer in The Love Affair 3g

bareMinerals SPF20 Correcting Concealer in Light in 2 - 1g 

bareMinerals Mini Precision Face Brush 

bareMinerals Mini Tapered Face Brush 

bareMinerals Keepsake Makeup Clutch

Let me know your thoughts on mineral makeup!