There is something quite luxurious about wearing a perfume from a relatively small perfume house that is not readily available on the high street, and something even more luxurious when you wear it knowing it was the perfume of choice for the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day.
Founded in 2011 by Michael Boadi, Illuminum is a British fine fragrance house making the most exquisite scents with each one consisting of just 8 notes. It is this that really makes this appeal to me. I’m quite particular when it comes to my perfume – as most of us are.
Illuminum White Gardenia Petals perfume first came to my attention when it was confirmed that this was the perfume of choice for Kate. Curiosity got the better of me and I ordered a bottle from Fortnum and Mason.
White Gardenia Petals is described by the fragrance house as being as fragrant as a vase of white flowers, gently quivering in the breeze from an open window. This is a delicate and refined scent – the top note of lily evokes a nostalgic summer ambiance, whilst heart notes of gardenia, Ylang Ylang, lily of the valley and jasmine breeze are sumptuous and feminine. Amber wood underscores this light bouquet.
It really is every bit as beautiful as it sounds. I can see why Kate chose to wear this on her wedding day. It has moderate longevity and is appropriate for a number of occasions. It has a warm clean scent and is very elegant. It is not overpowering yet strong enough to radiate a delicate scent wherever you go.
The perfume comes in a choice of two sizes and is priced at £70.00 for 50ml and £100.00 for 100ml.
A real classic that will stay that way for a long time.
Expensive, yes. Yet it is also delightfully beautiful. And as one would expect, expensive and beautiful make for a very special combination.
Talk to you all soon x
Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink Lipstick
The Duchess of Cambridge and I have something in common. We both love Bobbi Brown’s Sandwash Pink lipstick. This lipstick is my all time favourite ‘go-to’ colour that I like to wear to work or on days I just want to look groomed and well put together. It is a creamy, semi-matte lipstick that gives my lips instant polish with rich, full coverage. Sandwash Pink is a very pretty natural nude that is quite literally my natural lip colour but better. Sometimes when wearing nudes I find they can wash me out but this particular colour has a lovely pink tone that I love.
Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink Lipstick swatch
Kate Middleton chose to wear this lipstick on her wedding day and this is when I fell in love with it. It complimented her natural but well put together look perfectly. It is very pigmented and lasts a good 4-5 hours. It does not feather and does not transfer onto my teeth.
Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink Lipstick
The lipstick is housed in a classic Bobbi Brown black lipstick case that features metallic chrome detailing very similar to that of a Chanel lipstick case. I can safely say this lipstick will be a firm favourite for many years to come.
This lipstick costs £19.50 and is available from Bobbi Brown counters nationwide.
Talk to you all soon x
Richard Ward- Overnight Hair and Scalp Remedy Masque
Hair stylist and brand owner Richard Ward has long been a celebrity favourite. He has cut and styled the hair of many high profile celebrities, including my favourite the Duchess of Cambridge. I love the Chelsea blow-dry – a term used by many to describe the Kate Middleton curls that Richard Ward does so well. It is my dream to have my hair styled at his London Salon but until then, that thought is but a fantasy. So to try and recreate the Richard Ward experience at home, I treated myself to the Richard Ward Overnight Hair and Scalp Therapy Masque in the hope that I would wake up with hair like Kate.
Richard Ward Overnight Hair and Scalp Repair Masque
This masque is part of the Seasons range. This particular masque belongs to the Winter collection however it can be used throughout the seasons. Like other parts of our body, we need to ensure we protect our hair against the elements. Winter can bring wind chills, rain, and cold conditions and coupled with central heating our hair can suffer. This masque, along with other products from the Seasons Winter Hydrate collection gives you all you need to prevent and treat any damage that has been done. As we are now in Spring and starting to think about getting Summer ready, it is a good time to deep treat our hair and scalp to a good masque.
I love to pamper myself so the thought of my hair benefitting from a hair masque while I sleep really appealed to me. I ensure my hair is combed through thoroughly and apply the product working in sections from my scalp through to the ends. The product obviously goes on wet but dries after about 10 minutes. All thats left to do then is tie my hair back loosely and go to bed! The product does not leave any residue on my pillow and is comfortable to sleep in. In fact, the scent is very calming and relaxing. In the morning when washing my hair, it is important that I ensure I have rinsed my hair well as any product residue would prevent me from achieving bounce and shine which is imperative with a chelsea blow-dry.
So does this work? I certainly notice my hair feels healthy and it does calm my scalp. When I apply heat whether that be in the form of heated rollers or a hairdryer I find it leaves my hair more responsive. By that, I mean it holds a curl better. I will definitely be buying this again as the results are simply brilliant.
The Richard Ward Seasons Overnight Hair and Scalp Therapy Masque costs £23.00 for 125ml and is available from Richard Wards online store.
I would love to know if you buy any products from the Richard Ward range. Can you recommend what I should buy next?