Friday, 17 November 2017

YSL Black Opium with Perfume Click

There's always that one perfume we lust over, and for me that has always been Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium! I've been hooked on it ever since I saw the adverts, and it's always the one I would try out in department stores. However, I think the scent of it is quite unique, especially considering that it probably does come across differently on everyone's skin, so I wasn't entirely sure it would work well on me. Also, if you add in the fact that it is hardly ever on offer (you can tell it is a very coveted perfume!), it was one I still hasn't purchased.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

However, when Perfume Click got in touch with me about trying something from their website, I thought to myself well it's finally time I gave it a go. They kindly gave me a £35 gift card towards the purchase, and I paid the difference. I got the 30ml version (see here), so I could get a better idea before I invested in a 50/100ml bottle. Their website is worth checking out as they have some great offers on sometimes, especially with their Black Friday sales that are now on. I've scrolled through some myself and these ones really caught my eye; Vera Wang Princess 100ml for £22.90 here, Estee Lauder Modern Muse 30ml for £27.15 here (I love this one too), and they have my favourite Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh for £55.55 for 125ml here.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

Moving on, the website was really use and my order actually came quite fast with standard delivery, and it was also tracked. It made a really nice present when I came home for one of the weekends (I like treating myself when I'm on the move! It helps cheer me up haha).

I thought the packaging was really fitting too, with the dark glitter themes on the box matching with the glittery bottle, and the addition of some rose gold (which always goes down well!). The bottle is actually smaller than I expected, I can fit it comfortably in the palm of my hand, so that was interesting at first because I was like how did they manage to fit 30ml into this?! I love the little circle in the middle though, it's handy to see how much you have left, and I think it adds to the whole edgy look of the bottle. The cap with the Yves Saint Laurent stamped on it is a nice touch too!

In regards to the scent, I''m not the best at describing these, but the perfume is supposed to be a glam rock interpretation of the classic Opium (which I've never tried personally). It has main notes of coffee, which then follows with notes of pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar. I actually never drink coffee and I don't like the smell of it either, so I was a bit surprised when I was researching the notes before I brought it.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

When I first spray it I really get the vanilla coming through (it''s also quite strong initially), then that quickly dies down quite a bit to give a thicker, sweet scent (on me I think the fragrance gets a bit muted at this point so I really have to give it a sniff). I wouldn't say it screams dark and mysterious (like I was expecting), but at the same time it is more suited to Autumn/Winter. It isn't an incredibly strong scent (well on me), but at the same time I don't think you want to spray too much at once as it can start feeling a bit heady. The wear time is average (so no more than 6 hours on me), but it does leave a nice, warm scent on your clothing. It is a perfume that I'm glad I own and one I would take out for occasions, but I would strongly recommend you try it out a few times because 1) it's not really true to how you expect it to be from the advert (I find it to be weaker and the scent wasn't exactly what I was expecting) and 2) it does come up differently on everyone so it is down to personal preference.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

I know this was a bit of a mixed review but I am still struggling to make sense of this perfume in a way, when I asked my Sister she said she thought it was quite flowery! Black Opium is an enigma! I'm sure I'll get a lot more use of it in the coming months though (so I can always report back), I reckon it's the definite choice for the Christmas German markets. Personally I find it to be a bit too much to wear for work, so it's mainly weekends and evenings I reserve it for.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your thoughts on Black Opium?

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Essie Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff 2017 | Review + Swatches

First of all, I'm so sorry that I took off again. Some of you might know that I started a new job (my graduate job), but even then I was intending on posting regularly, but I've had to travel a lot more than expected and it's all been quite last minute. However, I am home now (well that's the latest!) and ready to catch up on your posts, and I'll do an update post soon!

Moving on, Essie have really been spoiling me! I've come back home for the weekends, and surprise; another amazing parcel! It's honestly incredibly kind of them. This particular post will be about their Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff*. The Leathers Collection has been inspired by Essie's global colour designer, Rebecca Minkoff, and her handbag line. Unlike the leather look nail polish trend that I remember was quite the rage a while back (I did give it a go but found it a tad gritty personally), this range aims to capture the rich, buttery feel of the finest leather. So, from what I believe, it's not supposed to give a full-on leather look, but more of a subtle, luminous effect.

The collection is split into two kits; mini kit one and mini kit two. Mini kit one features three deep shades. I find that they have an almost gothic take on some classic winter shades, but as you will see I personally think two of them also have those Christmas feels. Mini kit two, in comparison, features three neutral toned shades, but again these have some added vividness and offer more than you would guess on a first impression. The mini kits feature 3 nail polishes which have 5ml of product each (their full size polishes have 13.5ml).

Moving onto the shades ... Mini Kit One*

Tote-ally in Love
Oxblood reds are always a good Autumn/Winter shade in my book, and no I'm not biased because I have a huge collection of them (!) Tote-ally in Love is a tad brighter than the majority of my collection as it has more red running through it. I do like the fact that it's a bit more vivid though as it separates it from all the similar shades I have, and I find it a bit more wearable for different occasions. It was slightly more messy than the other shades to apply and there was some staining with this one and In Hot Purse-uit (below), that can happen with some Winter shades so it just needs a bit more work to remove. The matt finish works well with this shade though, it doesn't look flat and it gives it an edgy, grunge look.

In Hot Purse-Uit
This is one of the first shades that gave me Christmas vibes. Even if you just look at the bottle, you can see the iridescent violet shimmer coming through. Essie do describe this shade as a rich indigo blue, but to be honest I don't really see the blue when I'm wearing it (although that could just be me!). It pulls more of a deep purple for me, with the reflective violet flecks. This is a very bold, standout shade. I see it more as a Christmas party shade, for me it's if you wanted to make a statement, this shade would be it! Again, this one needs a bit more work to take off and it can smudge and get a bit messy if you accidentally touch it before it's completely dry. It is a really pretty two toned shade, but maybe not an everyday shade (then again mini kit two is better suited for you if you want everyday shades!).

Back in the Saddle
I'm not really one of those people who has ever been drawn to green nail polish, mint green maybe, but anything else and I just pass it over. It's like when you ask people what their favourite colour is, you rarely hear green, right? There is just something about this shade though! It has those Christmassy vibes, it's just reminds me of a Christmas advert where the female lead is twirling around in an deep green gothic skirt. It's a very deep, enchanting green, I would say it's an ivy green but even deeper. The silver flecks really add to this shade, and it is completely unique in my collection! I think you can guess, I really love this shade. Essie have got it spot on with the colour choice and the silver flecks, and this is definitely a shade you can go out and buy without worrying you have something similar at home. Plus, if you fancy a change from the classic Winter shades, why not give this a go?!

Mini Kit Two*

Push the Envelope
This plush lilac is more your everyday shade but as you can see from the picture, it's slightly brighter than most neutral shades so it really pops against the skin. Saying that, in the photos I can definitely see what Essie mean by plush lilac. However, when I was wearing it, I felt like it was more what I would describe as a concrete grey. It is a very office appropriate, formal shade that I'm sure will really appeal to people who enjoy wearing these kind of shades, or other neutrals by Essie like Ballet Slippers/Fiji. However, I'm not sure it's one of my preferred shades as I don't think it looks as good on me personally as the neutrals from Essie's Fall 2017 range (see here). It's supposed to have a soft, silver glimmer. However, I don't think it's very noticeable (especially not in this image), yet it still gave it a gritty feeling. This was the only one where I felt like you could feel the shimmer slightly, it wasn't a problem with the others however.

Cross-body Heat
This is also another shade that I can say I adore! I think the description for this is pretty spot on so I won't try to add to it: a rosy mauve accented with subtle lavender shine. Again, I think Essie have got the balance perfect with this shade, it looks muted but the colour still comes across so well, it's also cool enough that it looks quite formal and understated, but it's not too cool in that I find it doesn't suit me. I'm really glad to have this one in my collection! I mean, you could probably find something similar, but this is literally just the kind of shade that I was looking for, it doesn't pull too grey or too purple like ones I've seen. I really don't know what I can add to that! But I would definitely buy a full size version of this if it ever came out, just encase I ever run out of this (not that I've ever finished a bottle of nail polish in my life).

Bucket List
Lastly, I really expected this shade to be a traditional mint green. I was a bit surprised when I put it on as it goes on a lot brighter than it looks in the tube, but then again Essie do describe this as a turquoise green brushed in a light aqua luster. After a bit of umming and ahhing I finally came to the conclusion that I actually rather liked this. It is quite bright and vivid but I think it's a refreshing burst of colour, and its actually not too much, if that makes sense. Again, I think this shade would suit all skintones, and even though it is marketed as more of an Autumn/Winter range, I can see it being a popular Spring option.

Formula + Brushes
I really do think Essie have the best brush applicator out there, but I didn't think the brush applicator in these minis would be the same as the full sizes. It is, however, the same (which is perfect if you're not the best at applying nail polish like me!). The formula is also opaque in one coat for over half of the shades (including the 3 shades in mini kit one), it was mainly Push the Envelope and Cross-body Heat where I felt like I needed a second coat. The dry time was also quite reasonable, I thought that they dried quite quickly, although the second layer took a bit more time.

If I was being really picky, I think In Hot Purse-uit might have looked better with a glossy finish because I think the shimmer would have come across a bit better, it gets a bit lost with the matt finish. On the other hand, not everyone wants glossy nails for Winter and I think the semi-matte finish of these will be a happy compromise for many people who don't want to go for the full matte finish.

You can still buy these kits online on Boots for £12.99 (mini kit one here, mini kit two here). They are also included in the 3 for 2! I have atleast two favourites from each kit so I would recommend them, they're a great way to try some shades that might normally have been out of your comfort zone!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Which of these shades is catching your eye?

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