Escentric Molecules has fast become my new favourite perfumery brand due to the boundaries that they push in fragrance. If you are unaware of Escentric Molecules, they base each fragrance on a single aroma-molecule and create two separate fragrances from it; the Molecule scent will always contain just that single aroma-molecule and nothing else, whereas the Escentric scent will add extra ingredients to the molecule to further enhance the fragrance, this leads to the 4 different pairings – Molecule 01, Escentric 01, Molecule 02, Escentric 02, Molecule 03, Escentric 03 and most recently Molecule 04 and Escentric 04. Each pairing will smell very similar but Escentric will always be more complex and enhanced than the Molecule. Another way in which Escentric Molecules is revolutionising the perfume industry is through their fragrances being gender neutral, allowing them to be worn by both men and women.
Molecule 01 is the original and probably the brand’s most prolific fragrance, made up entirely of the aroma-molecule Iso E-Super, a synthetic molecule. It is the ultimate in minimalist fragrance, with Escentric Molecules describing it as containing an almost “hyper-modern cedarwood note”. I have found myself unaware of the scent after a few minutes, however the aroma will still be apparent to hours, with people stopping me in restaurants to ask what perfume I am wearing even 6 hours after I have sprayed it; I have never experienced this with another fragrance.
If you haven’t had a chance to try this fragrance (or any of the others from the range), get yourself down to Liberty London and take a whiff, I guarantee you will fall in love like I have! With the 30ml bottles costing £30 and 100ml £69, this perfume is not one to break the bank either!
I am lucky to have long and silky hair, however it is also extremely fine and therefore has a tendency to just hang there limp and lifeless. I have tried getting layers cut in, I have tried rollers, mousse, you name it but nothing ever works and due to my hair length curls drop out within minutes. Then, within the space of a year I found three different products that have remedied this issue: the Color Wow Carb Cocktail, Philip Kingsley Plumping Cream and Color Wow’s Raise The Root.
The Color Wow Carb Cocktail is a bionic tonic leave-in supplement that binds cellulose, oat bran and corn starch (carbs) to hair strands to thicken when blow dried and heat activated. I apply a small amount – about the size of a two pound coin – into my hands and then onto damp, towel dried hair that has been brushed through, making sure to focus the product on the ends and mid-lengths of the hair rather than the roots. I then brush through to ensure even distribution and then blow dry as I usually would, making sure to dry upside down too in order to ensure extra volume. This bionic cocktail really does an incredible job and thickens my hair to almost twice it’s size, just make sure to brush thoroughly as sometimes it can get a bit crazy. I would also recommend using a serum like Color Wow’s One Minute Transformation, as the Cocktail can leave hair looking quite dry.
The Philip Kingsley Plumping Cream is very similar to the Color Wow Cocktail in the sense that it is applied the same way, with the same amount needed and it also contains a wheat protein, which I guess acts similarly to the carb complex in the Cocktail to thicken individual hair strands. The main difference, however, is that the Plumping Cream acts as a serum too, ensuring a smoother and softer finish to that of the sometimes unruly and drying results of the Cocktail, whilst still reaching nearly the same volume. This is my current go-to product due to the fact that it is less hassle, however the Cocktail does still leave a bigger and longer lasting effect.
Color Wow’s Raise The Root is a ‘thicken and lift spray’ to give lift and fullness to limp, flat hair. Raise The Root contains flexible resins that form a thickening “spring” around strands to ensure volume and staying power. I use this with both of the products previously mentioned to add volume to the roots where they give thickness to the body by spraying on damp hair – concentrating mainly on the roots and then blow drying.
All of these products are great solutions for lifeless locks and really have saved my bad hair days. I would recommend the Color Wow Carb Cocktail for hair that needs extreme volume as this definitely does the better job but for just a bit of extra fullness I would go for the Plumping Cream as it leaves hair looking silkier and smoother.
The only eyeshadow palette that I have used for the past year or so has been the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and however gorgeous it is I found myself extremely bored and regularly resorted to using bronzer as eyeshadow instead as transitional shades were non existent… Enter the Morphe 350m palette.
I have heard incredible things about this palette but it was not until I tried it that I realised what I have been missing. This is holy grails of eyeshadow palettes, not just because of the easy to blend buttery texture or the hyper-pigmentation, but because of the colours – each colour is completely wearable, which can’t be said about many palettes. The red tones are completely on trend at the moment, with the two colours in the bottom right of the palette being by absolute go-to colours for nights out, with the top two rows being prefect for day looks or transition shades.
This palette costs just over £20 for 35 amazing matte colours and is so much more pigmented than most high-end brands that I have tried – I have not turned back to my Naked 2 palette since and I can’t see myself turning away from Morphe anytime soon – with the next on my list being the 350s so I can see how the shimmer shades compare!
Last month Elle gave readers the Benefit ‘Goof Proof’ brow pencils, which I have since been addicted to and used every single day, so when I saw that Marie Claire were giving away an invisible eyebrow gel (the very product I having been looking to buy), I snapped it up immediately. Marie Claire retails at £3.99, so for that price you are also receiving a near full sized benefit product that would retail for nearly five times that amount. I have been using this product constantly as I’ve felt that my Model Co. brow gel was too pigmented and looked almost as if I was painting my brows, however this invisible gel shows your real brow colour through it and the result is a lot more natural.
One thing that I did find really odd about this product is the spoolie, which unlike other brow gel spoolies, is a hard one with bristles that don’t continue the whole way around, rather just on two of the sides. This has taken some getting used to as I feel like a softer spoolie gives off a softer effect. I have found myself using the spoolie from my Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Definer’ on top of this, but I will probably give that up once I have become more accustomed to this brush.
Overall, I am really happy with this product, my eyebrows do not move all day and the transparent gel really proves for a more natural look. I would definitely recommend buying this month’s issue of Marie Claire to get this amazing product at a discounted price.
Elle are giving away the newest member of the Benefit family, the not yet released ‘Goof Proof Brow Pencil, in their July issue (out now). Because this product is not yet available to buy, Elle readers are the first people able to try it and trust me, this is no sample size! This will probably retail for over £20 once released, so buying this £4.10 magazine is so worth it.
The actual pencil is the same triangular shape as the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Definer’, however it is harder and therefore easier to use (and hopefully won’t snap as easily either). The only negative I have about this product is that you are unable to tell through the packaging of the magazine what colour product it is and therefore I got 6, which I am guessing is the darkest colour, as the pencil is actually black. Because of the dark colour of the pencil I have to be incredibly light when filling in my brows, but the overall effect is still impressive and natural looking.
Along with the product giveaway, included is also a card which provides readers free second eyebrow wax at a Debenhams Benefit counter after you pay for a first, which is great value for money as Benefit are famous for their waxing.
Lastly, Elle gave readers a sneak preview of the new packaging of Benefit’s eyebrow range, which also includes a couple new products. The new packaging definitely creates a more dramatic feel for these products and I can’t wait to purchase a new Brow Zings and Gimme Brow in this amazing silver form!
This month Birchbox said that they were including a Benefit sample for every box, which I was so happy about because I love Benefit and haven’t received anything by them yet. I got the Benefit ‘Dew The Hoola’ liquid bronzer, which is the exact item I wanted as I almost purchased it a couple weeks ago for myself. I absolutely love the original Hoola bronzer, as it really is the perfect shade and definitely isn’t orange, however I am so sad to say that I really don’t think this product lives up to the hype surrounding it. I applied quite a lot and the moment is has buffered into the skin it is almost undetectable and this seems to me pretty pointless. I have a reasonably pale complexion but I definitely have more colour to my skin that a lot of other people so this may be one for the extremely fair girls to try out, as it may show up a lot better. I am still happy I got to try this as I probably would have ended up buying it for myself eventually and would have been more disappointed at paying £20+ for this product.
The second makeup item I received this month is the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner. I have used this a couple of times and the staying power is incredible, I have mine on for probably around 8 hours and I even caught myself rubbing my eyes unintentionally and this stuff didn’t budge. It is incredibly creamy and pigmented and it glides on like an absolute dream. The only thing is if you are going to smudge it for a smokey effect like I did, do it quickly as it dried fast. Unfortunately, I am and always have been a liquid liner girl and I rarely line my waterline as I have quite small eyes and I don’t like closing them up even more, but I will definitely play around with this a few more times to find a look that suites me because I do really think it’s a great eyeliner.
For my skincare product this month I received the Balance Me ‘Tinted Wonder Eye Cream’. This is a really good concept that I’m surprised many brands have not caught onto yet because it seems the two elements of this product go hand in hand. This is a tinted eye cream that hydrates, plumps and firms the under eyes whilst concealing at the same time. I’m lucky to not suffer from bags or dark circles so personally I can’t see much of a difference, but I don’t tend to with any eye cream, however I can definitely feel my under eyes tightening after application and it definitely makes them feel a lot firmer.
My haircare product was the Parlor by Jeff Chastain ‘Detangling Leave-In Conditioner’. I wasn’t too excited about this product as I received a leave in conditioner by Number 4 a couple of months ago in my Birchbox and I really hated the smell of it so it kind of put me off them but I am happy to report that this one smells so good! It does what it says and detangles really well but I must admit the main reason I apply this is definitely for the smell, so I am super happy with this product.
Finally, my bodycare product is one that I really was looking forward to using but am probably the most disappointed with. The Kueshi ‘Foot Care Cream’ is a foot cream that contains almond oil, royal jelly and tea tree oil so it smells amazing – I absolutely love the smell of tea tree oil, however it is so thing and I love a really thick foot cream that you can put socks on after and let soak in overnight, which is exactly why I love the Soap and Glory foot cream so much. I have used this a few times and there is no need to put on socks afterwards as it really does soak in immediately, but apart from the nice smell I haven’t noticed my feet being any softer.