Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recent Instagram Loves #2 ||MaddyBeautyLove

Recent Instagram Loves #2

Last May I uploaded a post "Recent Instagram Loves"with the tag line -

"One thing you will quickly learn about me is that I am an Instagram addict. So, it's no surprise that over time, I have taken photos of products that I can't help but stare at lovingly."

and I thought that this might be a lovely monthly thing for me to do. So let's do the January edition! 

Bath of the Night
There are MOTD, MOTN, OOTD, OOTN and now there is BOTN!
I hauled a few products from the Aromatherapy Company in my recent Collective Haul in hopes that it would be a cheaper alternative to the This Works range that is so raved about by bloggers like Vivianna Does Make-up and Lilly Pebbles. I picked up the Essential Oil Blend with Wild Manuka, Lavender and Chamomile - a perfect combination for a peaceful bath and a relaxing sleep. After adding a few drops in to my bath I decided I wanted something with a little more pazzaz so I popped my Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb in too. It was a visual, scent and textured sensation. I left the bath softly scented like honey, sparkly like Edward Cullen and as calm as a Sloth. 

Recent Lush Purchases and Lush Tag
The more you see of my Instagram feed, the more quickly you realise that Lush is a big part of my life and something that I love to share. A lot. This post features a few new products; D'Fluff Shaving Soap (Delicious and strawberry filled), Parsley Porridge face, hand and body wash (sure to be a favourite), the new Self-Preserving Mask of Magnanimity, the Dirty solid perfume, Danger: Cosmetics to Go (an illustrated book about Lush before they were Lush) and their Liquid Lipstick in 'Decisive'.

In this post I also invited people to have their input in to the Lush Tag that I'm currently creating. I'm so excited for sharing my love for Lush with some creative expression. So watch out for that, I'd love to see your answers too.

Keep in tune to my Blog and YouTube for the upcoming reviews! 

Pamper Essentials
So by now you might have figured out that I love taking time out to pamper myself, because sometimes time by yourself is what you need to refresh and rejuvenate. I often show my love for my bath products BUT I hardly show my appreciation for the post bath items. For the colder nights I opt for my soft bunny (I think?) Onesie that I purchased in Sainsbury's from my trip in London (Watch my London Vlog to see how unflattering it is). My silky Mulan satin robe is my alternate option for the warmer days. There is no material more comfortable than this robe of freshly bathed skin and lastly my Peter Alexander Cinderella slippers. I was so excited when I found these on sale for $19 instead of the original price of $49-59!

'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham 
'Not That Kind of Girl' is a collection of essays written by director and actor Lena Dunham. If you've heard of the show Girls, her name might sound familiar. After being on my reading list for a little while, I came across the book in the Metropolis book store that's in the same building as the Rooftop Bar/Cinema. I found the novel very raw and somewhat captivating and the illustrations that are spread through ought the book are gorgeous.

You can find my on Instagram at nice_n_spiffy!

What have been your recent Instagram loves? 

Bisous, bisous

Current 2015 Summer Scent ||MaddyBeautyLove

Current 2015 Summer Scent

One of my favourite things about perfumes is their ability to connect you to a time in your life.
I will always remember Christina Aguilera's debut perfume as my year 7 to 8 perfume of choice to dance around my room to her 2007 "Back To Basics" album.

So which of my Summer Scents are reigning supreme?

 Taylor Swift: Eau de parfum 30 ml

Fruity. Fresh. Floral. Woody. Teens to young adult. 

Ms. Swift's third perfume release is a clear separation from the delectable Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted perfumes. While their notes tended to be berries, amber and more woody notes, Taylor Swift EDP is suited perfectly for the spring/summer time.

The longevity as an eau de parfum is spectacular. After applying it late this morning, I can still smell it (albeit lightly) at 9.40 PM at night. 10 hours. WOOP! It's the perfect no fuss perfume when it comes to longevity, thats for sure. But, if you felt inclined to enhance this perfume even further, I've seen body lotions, shower gels and even hair mists floating around Myer. 

It is definetly one that you don't need to soak yourself in, as the scent is quite pungent and with notes that continue throughout her perfumes (musk, peony, woody notes) there's no wonder I'm so drawn to them. 

Scent Notes:

Top notes: 
Tangerine, Lychee and Magnolia petals.

Middle notes: Peony, Vanilla Orchid, Hortensia

Base notes: Apricot, sandalwood, chasmere musk.

Secretly, this was a perfume that I didn't like at first, but it soon grew on me. I used to think myself as someone not in to those overly sweet perfumes, but I can now confirm that after a few minutes the top notes (a.k.a the sweetest part) tones down and you get down to the fruity musk type notes. Divine! 

Though I've seen some love for this perfume, I've also seen some distaste in the design of the bottle. My opinion? I actually LOVE the design. The classic bottle (it even has its own pearl necklace!) mixed with some modern is something I adore. I would love the bottle just the same if instead of those psychedelic colours it was plain gold, however it would lose a little of it's loud summer vibe!

This is the scent that I feel best encompasses those summer adventures out of my collection. 

I also discuss this perfume in my January Favourites and in my February Empties Video. 

I'd love to know your current summer love! Comment below! 

Bisous, bisous

Sunday, January 4, 2015



Struggling with the lack of inspiration to pick up my camera, a video fell in to my lap after my friends showed interest in aspects of my work-do on Instagram and in conversation.

So I should start by saying that I am currently employed at Lush as a Christmas Temp (ah!), which means of course the product list is majority Lush! 

If you've ever been in to a Lush, there are the bare-faced beauties and the loud and proud Mademoiselles (or monsieur's)! On the in-between is where I like to sit. I've settled with the red lip and black eyeliner look with a natural skin finish. Though after converting almost completely to Lush's skincare, I've not actually needed to use any foundation whatsoever. Insane! 

You can watch the video here and I've listed all the products mentioned below!

Products used: 

Lush Tea Tree Toner 
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
Simple Blemish Fighting Face Lotion 
Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Primer in 002

Coverage & Colour
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in 01
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 01 Transparent 
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Rimmel London 001 Spring Flower Blush  

Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner
Covergirl Natureluxe Mascara in Black Brown

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Le Couvent Des de Minimes Baume
Essence Lip Liner in 08 Red Blush
Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint
Savy by DB Loose Powder in Translucent

Lush Deer Knot Wrap
Lush Shine So Bright Split End Balm
Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser

Body Care
Lush Celebrate Body Lotion
Lush First Snow Dusting Powder

Lush Tuca Tuca Gorilla Perfume
Lush Imogen Rose Gorilla Perfume

Have you used any of these products? 
What are your thoughts?!

Thank you all for reading! 
I hope you have a lovely week! 

Bisous, bisous