Thursday, 21 July 2016

Shiseido Ever Bloom Perfume

I don't think in the three years I've been blogging that I have dedicated a whole post to a perfume. I did do the story of my life through perfume if you are interested, but it was very early on in my blogging life. Back in April after going to a Shiseido Masterclass I received two small sample vials of Shiseido Ever Bloom perfume and I've become obsessed, so much so I picked up the 30ml bottle (€49) from Sam McCauley Chemists.

I'm very picky with perfumes and stay loyal to the same ones over and over again but this has become my summer scent and I can see it been a firm favourite for a long time to come. I've really become intrigued with everything Shiseido do from their makeup, skincare and now perfume, which I didn't realise they did until I got the sample! 

Shiseido uses olfactory structures; these use the different parts of our bodies which are involved in sensing smell. This brings along with it the emotions and memories a perfume can create. The fragrance is floral but light and airy but dries down to a musky woody warmth (my explanation of scents is just mind boggling but hope you can imagine the scent). 

Also included in the perfume are the lotus, transparent jasmine, and Bulgarian rose oil. The center includes Tunisian orange blossom, gardenia and molecule Sylkolide. The different notes of scents don't overpower the other and keeps the air of feminity with it. It stays with you all day, always changing but never fading. The bottle is gorgeous and feminine with an aura of pink around the base of the glass to make the bottle glow.

The inspiration for the perfume came from a 1940 black and white photo of the white camellia (Shiseido's logo) taken by Roso Fukuhara who was known for his modern approach to photography, but also the son of Arinobu Fukuhara who was head of Apothecary Shiseido.

Also available in the Ever Bloom range are a body lotion, shower cream and body cream. The candle in the picture was a free gift with purchase and doesn't seem to be available to buy alone.

*No PR Samples contained within this post.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Z Palette Hot Pink Review

I'm back, kind of. Since Lillibug finished montessori finding time for blogging has been non existent, but I've been loving the break. I thought I'd come back to tell you about the Z Palette. A hot pink customisable palette to house all my loose eyeshadows. 

Available through BeautyBay for €8.80 the cardboard palette fits 9 single eyeshadows. I didn't have many loose shadows until I delved into MakeupGeek (I'm obsessed now). So the Z Palette comes with magnetic stickers and instructions on how to de-pot from other palettes etc. Yes, I gave it a go and took out the hair straighteners and depotted my MAC shadows, and amazingly it worked for me and I didn't burn myself or melt everything to nothing! I did have two MAC refills that already had their magnets on them and it was very noticeable that the magnets on them were basically crap. The magnets on the MAC shadows are not strong enough for the Z Palette and they slid around, however the Makeup Geek shadows were perfect with a strong magnet as well as the magnets that came with the Z palette.

The one concern I had with the Z Palette was the strength of the plastic window on the front, and I'm happy that it is very strong, I know because Lillibug decided to use it as a frisbee (pure accident) and it survived the hit off the wall.

I really love the versatility of the palette and making my own palettes with the colours I choose. It's small, eco-friendly, versatile and sturdy. The palettes come in many different styles and sizes, I have my eye on one of the larger palettes now and de-pot more of my shadows to help with storage.

I always had the MAC Pro Palette on my wishlist especially with it's hard plastic housing which would be super durable, but I love the fun of these designs and now with the knowledge that the magnets are better on the Z Palette.

Would you consider a Z Palette? Let me know in the comments what it is that attracts you to one.

*No PR Samples contained within this post.
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