Giorgio Armani - ARMANI EAU DE CÈDRE

I will be working at Harrods this month for the launch of a new men's fragrance Eau de Cèdre and I am excited about telling you all about this exclusive new fragrance. It is the newest edition to the Armani La Collection Pour Homme- "A wardrobe of couture fragrances inspired by Giorgio Armani's wardrobe of couture jackets." and believe me, this fragrance will transport you to the mountains of Italy!

Eau pour Homme - the first fragrance launched by Mr Armani in 1984 was inspired by the symbol of Italian elegance. After 19 years Mr Armani released his second fragrance Eau de Nuit in 2013 inspired by the scent of a man in a black tuxedo, followed by Eau d'Arômes in the next year representing the de-constructed tweed jacket. This year is the launch of a spicy woody fragrance, a luxurious addition to the family of 'A wardrobe of couture fragrances", represented by the glamorous elegance of a Giorgio Armani velvet green jacket. 

Eau de Cèdre represents the intrigue of the green, forest fresh, aromatic scent of the Italian mountains.

Fragrance of Cedarwood

Well presented in a sublime green bottle, Eau de Cèdre is inspired by the green, pine, earthiness of a Calabrian Forest. Personally, I adore the warm spicy but refreshing aroma of this fragrance and it develops luxuriously on skin throughout the day. Initially the top notes of rich Calabrian Bergamot and the fresh Citrus represents the crisp Italian mornings, while the intensely green aroma of Violet Leaves represents freshly cut grass. The heart notes include a warm cocktail of spices; the pungent scent of Cumin, herbal Sage and rich, spicy Black Cardamom. The base note is a combination of the aromatic, full bodied and refreshing Black Tea, a masculine Suede accord and finally Cedar; a mysterious and powerful essential oil... Ever green native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region.

The perfect new perfume for men who challenge convention appreciating the very best in life

Although it's a men's fragrance, I would happily douse myself with this! Unlike many men fragrances that are pungently masculine, the earthy notes in Eau de Cèdre makes it suitable for a woman too. Maybe not all women- but it's a definite yes from me! From experience, this fragrance lingers on the skin for up to 6 hours.

Celebrating 40 years of Giorgio Armani, Eau de Cedre ( 50ml and 100ml ) will be launched exclusively at Harrods on the 17th August 2015.


2015 Test 1 : Kendel @ Hive Management

Since graduating last summer, I've been busy trying to build a career in the world of fashion PR but since things didn't go as planned, I've returned back to doing things that I love doing- MAKE UP!

So this is my first ever test this year (normally I would be on test number 6842 by this time of the year) and who better to shoot with than the people who I worked with through out my years in university- Scarlett Giannotti on styling / creative directing and Sophie Lobban on camera! We set base at Scarlett's work place ASOS HQ and we all had the pleasure of meeting a gorgeous Kiwi model Kendel from The Hive Management. Under Scarlett's instruction, we had metallic golds and metallic greens to play with around the face and Sophie made sure the colours were captured the right way (as always!) on her digi and film cameras. We also had some extra help from my bessie Jack who took all the photos below :)

It's good to be back shooting again!


Lush - Popcorn lip scrub

I've been using the popcorn flavoured lip scrub from Lush for over a month now and I thought it might be a good idea to write a little review. 

Its simply a gentle exfoliator for your lips but as its a LUSH lip scrub, you get more than just a pot of sugar. You can choose from a small range of flavours but this flavour in particular could be a hit and miss for some. Nonthless, the packaging is minimal, as always with all Lush products and the glass pot is compact enough to fit snug in your makeup bag- which is great for us all as you can scrub away whilst you're on the move.

I've  previously used the bubblegum flavoured lip scrub from their range- which seems to be a favourite amongst most but the same cannot be said about this flavour. The buttery caramel flavouring tastes of a strong salt / sweet popcorn which seems to confuse most people. I personally love the smell and the taste (its always tempting to lick the remains on the lips!) but it might be worth testing it out at the store before purchasing.

"Hand made with fresh ingredients" this lip scrub is basically sugar and sea salt- with added extra virgin coconut oils and organic jojoba oils that helps moisturise, buff and prime the lips. All ingredients are natural except for the "safe synthetic" flavouring.

When my lips are dehydrated, I use it after my face wash, just before moisturising. I dampen the area with warm water, apply a pinch of lip scrub to gently exfoliate my skin and then i wash away the excess. Then, I always apply a coat of lip balm to keep the lips hydrated. 

If your lips are chapped, I would advise using a clean toothbrush to gently brush away chapped skin (dampen lips before) before applying the lip scrub. 

Some may get really addicted to this lip scrub due to the taste and its tempting to scrub away all day long but I would personally refrain from using it constantly. Its also a good idea to gently exfoliate the delicate lip area.

Overall, its a great little pot of sweetness heaven that you can pop in your bag so you never have to walk around with the horrible feeling of dry lips! Great as a little present for teenagers, or even mums! 

You get 25g for the price of £5.50 and I promise you, as long as you dont eat it, it'll last you a good few months.


Black, Iridescent glitter and Baby Oil -Lip Art



Test 1 experimenting with different shades of surfaces and the effect it has on a mixture of baby oil and iridescent glitter. Really pleased with the result of black lipstick + baby oil on the lip (top left & right). Seems to photograph really well next to direct sunlight. Just as pleased with the way Sophie Lobban has photographed the bottom two images but the iridescent 'gooey' mixture needs more development and the black lip appears too 'perfect'.


Sleek Hair with Half Low Ponytail



Photography by Sophie Lobban
and stylist Scarlett Giannotti. Model Marina @ Oxygen Models
Makeup and Hair by Chhimmi Dholkar Gurung