Review - So...? Couture *

Once again, So...? have come up with another new range of their cheap and cheerful fragrances. This time around is the Couture range, based on four of the world's biggest fashion capitals. I quite like the themed cans of the four body sprays, with simple colours and recognisable monuments within the design. The designs are eye-catching enough, and in my opinion they certainly don't reflect the low price of the So range. These body sprays are the kind of thing I chuck into each bag I use, so that I've always got something on hand should I need a quick freshen-up! I much prefer to use body sprays to perfumes, as I don't much fancy contending with smashed glass bottles! The Couture scents are all light and refreshing, pleasant but not too over-powering. Perfect!
So...? London - Cool, Creative, Urban
Top notes: grapefruit, mandarin, apricot
Heart notes: jasmine, rose, violet
Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, musk

So...? NYC - Fresh, Confident, Neat
Top notes: lychee, peach, violet
Heart notes: orange flower, jasmine, rose
Base notes: patchouli, cedarwood, praline
So...? Paris - Classic, Elegant, Chic *
Top notes: mandarin, plum, violet
Heart notes: hawthorne, rose, heliotrope
Base notes: vetyver, patchouli, vanilla

So...? Rio - Spirited, Warm, Fun-Loving *
Top notes: citrus, pineapple, mango, melon
Heart notes: jasmine, orchard, hibiscus
Base notes: amber, vanilla, musk
As you can see, there is a scent to suit all tastes. The So...? range can be found in Boots and Superdrug, at the very reasonable price of £1.99. You can visit the website here to view the full range of collections. 



Beauty - November Favourites

Having run out of my absolute favourite moisturiser of all time, I had to delve into my stash and pick something else. In doing so I have rediscovered The Body Shop's Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream* (review here), which adds the most wonderful glow to your skin pre-base. My current go-to base of choice is the Hello Flawless powder by Benefit* (review here). It applies so easily, leaving a flawless finish whilst allowing my skin to breath. It pairs perfectly with my current favourite liquid foundation, Rimmel's Wake Me Up.
For the eyes, I am currently getting a lot of use from the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (review here). I like to use this on fresh-faced makeup days, just to even out the tone of my eye lids. It also sits well as a primer and base for shadow, and at the moment that tends to be Foxy and Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (review here).

What have you been loving this month?


Get Ready for Christmas

For me, the Christmas season doesn't truly start until the 1st of December. I can't stand it when November rolls around and everyone starts going mad for Christmas, but once December starts I'm happy to jump on that festive bandwagon! I can't get enough of Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé on the radio, and I'm certainly partial to a Christmas jumper or two! There are a few things which make my Festive season complete, and here they are...
Christmas films - There are a number of films which come out almost ritualistically each year, two of my favourites being Love Actually and Nativity. Elf is another good one, as is Home Alone. There's nothing better than a Christmas film on in the background whilst putting up the Christmas decorations!

Decorations and fairy lights - Nothing makes me feel more Christmassy than the process of putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations. Festoons of fairy lights fill every blank surface, and other trinkets adorn the tabletops.
Christmas jumpers - I absolutely love Christmas jumpers, and I can't wait to get this one out on December 1st. Seeing as they can only be worn for one month in the year, I've got to wear a Christmas jumper every day, right?! I love a bit of sparkle, and glittery red nails go perfectly with my Christmas jumper.

Making a list - 'and checking it twice', as the song goes! Christmas is the time of year we can round up all of the things we've been lusting after all year round, and stick it into a list for our loved ones to treat us. There is a fairly new website which makes this process even more fun, and a lot easier to share, called The Greedy Book. You simply add the links to the things you want to see in your Christmas stocking, and share your list with whoever you want. It's like the Pinterest of Christmas lists!
Food and drink - Whilst watching Christmas films, putting up Christmas decorations, and writing Christmas cards (you can find some fab cards here on the Christmas Connections site), festive food and drink is a must. For me, that means tins of chocolate (which seem to be getting smaller and smaller by the year!), crisps and nibbly bits, mulled wine and cider, and Christmas cocktails. There are some great videos on the Christmas Connections blog with some fancy cocktails which you can replicate at home - certainly worth a go!
Christmas nails - Christmas is the time to amp up the glitz, and the easiest way to do so is by getting yourself a sparkly set of nails. I have far too many glitter nail polishes that I don't wear for the rest of the year, so for the month of December I like to go crazy and try something different every few days - the sparklier the better!

What are you essentials for the festive season?

*collaboration with Christmas Connections


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