Review: Miller Harris Fragrance Samples

I was kindly sent some fragrance samples from Miller Harris which is a high end/luxury fragrance, body and candle brand. I received five samples to try which look so cute! I haven't tried any Miller Harris fragrances before but I have heard a lot of good things about them. I brought the fragrance samples on holiday with me in my 'mini-mergency' handbag kit - posts coming soon!

"A swirl of incense encircles dry and sensual woods in this dramatic arrangement of citrus, smoke and spice"

This scent to me is very musky, masculine but also slightly sweet so I think it would be a nice unisex scent. I would probably only wear this fragrance during autumn/winter or just in the evenings as it is smoky, woody and almost mysterious, if that makes sense! I don't really smell too much citrus in the sample, it is more of a potpourri, musky citrus scent combined with the smoky notes. Overall: ★★★★★, 5/5. 

"Inspired by one of the last remaining tuberose fields in Grasse. The plant's intensely fragrance leaves are at the heart of this scent"

This fragrance is in stark contrast to the previous one as it is very sweet, floral and quite candy/sweet smelling - maybe overly so, in my opinion. The scent is quite difficult to describe as on the one hand it is musky and rich, then it is also very sweet and floral. It is definitely feminine and suitable for summer evenings, however I think it could be a little cloying and sickly after a while. Overall: ★★★☆☆, 3/5. 

"A velvety rich fragrance inspired by the sensual dark side of the rose"

This fragrance is definitely very rich and velvety, the descriptions of the fragrance is pretty much spot on! Sweet rose notes combine with musky rich, slightly powdery notes. It is a nice combination and I think a unique take on a rose fragrance. Overall: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

"Created by Lyn Harris for the iconic Jane Birkin, this fragrance evokes the nostalgia of dusty libraries and old books"

Before reading the description for this fragrance I thought it had musky, magical, floral and slightly herbal notes then and after reading the description I can definitely smell an old book/wood scent mixed with musky floral notes - it is quite amazing how the scent of old books (or maybe an old country manor) can be captured and mixed with other notes to make a delightfully english fragrance. Overall: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

"Inspired by the dew and herby floral bouquet of an early morning walk on the island of Port Cros"

Along with the La Fumee fragrance this is my favourite out of the five I have tried. The fragrance is very fresh, clean and sweet, I adore this scent. It reminds me of a couple of other fragrance I have but it is a little more unique. The previous four fragrances have been quite musky, rich and deep but this one is incredibly light and airy. Citrus, floral and fresh - perfect for spring/summer. Overall: ★★★★★, 5/5. 

Overall, I adore all of the scents however my least favourite is the Noix De Tubereuse and my favourite two include: La Fumee and Fleur De Matin, the former would be a gorgeous autumn/winter scent and the latter a perfect fresh spring/summer scent. The fragrances are only samples so I cannot really test the longevity very well but they seem to last for a good few hours on my skin. They have made it into my travel handbag minimergency kit!

Have you tried any Miller Harris fragrances or body/candle products? What is your all time favourite fragrance? 

Review: LookBookStore Mint Faux Leather Bag

I was kindly sent a couple of items, of my choice, from the online store LookBookStore which have a wide range of clothing, bags, jewellery and accessories. I chose this bag as I have a bit of an addiction to bags and I don't have a bag in this colour. 

I have the *Lookbookstore Mint Faux Leather Bag ($41 USD) which comes with two handles, a shoulder strap, one large interior space as well as two extra zip up pockets either side of the main compartment. There is a little detachable strap with a clip at the end which I have been using for my keys - so I can find them quickly instead of searching through my bag for an hour. 

The bag is a gorgeous mint green/blue shade which is perfect for spring/summer and it has gold hardware that looks so pretty against the mint faux leather. I love the shape of the bag, it reminds of Zara bags - the winged shape is everywhere at the moment! There are four studs on the bottom of the bag which are really useful as the bottom of the bag will not get as dirty or marked over time. I would say that the bag is a medium size, it isn't huge but it is definitely not small. I can fit everything I need in this bag including my purse, iPad mini, iPod, notebook, snacks, my bridge camera, hand cream, beauty extras and more! 

I love the extra two pockets on the side, I use one for tissues/hair ties etc and the other for notes/receipts and pens. The zips feel well made, although the zip for the main compartment doesn't span the whole length of the bag which is a bit annoying as there is an open space at one end of the bag which someone could reach into. To help with this I keep my more valuable items at the other end and where possible I keep items in smaller bags inside the main bag! 

Overall, I am very happy with the bag, it makes a gorgeous summer colourful bag! I like the design and quality, for the price, and it fits everything I need and more. My only problem with it is the little padlock on the front which I don't like and the zip which doesn't span the length of the bag. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Have you bought anything from Lookbookstore? What do you think of this bag?

Review: Colorsport Lash-Gro Eyeliner

I am definitely a liquid liner lover, I have been since I was about 16 and I used to wear it almost everyday as a teenager - it probably looked like I had been punched in the eye! I have a post all about winged liner for hooded/deep set eyes, here. I was kindly sent this liquid liner to review and so far I have been loving it!
I have the *Colorsport Rapid Lash-Gro Eyeliner (Black, £14.95) which claims to give thicker-looking, fuller-looking and longer-looking lashes in just 8 weeks* The study the statistics came from included 17 subjects and the active ingredient in this liner was applied twice a day to the subjects lashes from what I can deduce from the text on the box - not a great start for the claims so far as the actual people buying it wouldn't really use a black liner in the morning then again in the evening everyday for 8 weeks. Also the number of subjects is very small.

The product is a combination of a black liquid eyeliner and an eyelash serum - the active ingredient is Capixyl 2.5%. The liner is supposed to be water resistant and smudge proof, here are my thoughts on the liner after using it for approx. two weeks. 

The packaging is nice, simple and easy to read. The tube is quite thin and light so it would be good for travelling. Although the applicator is a bit difficult to get out of the bottle and little drops of liner can fly out if you are not careful. The applicator is thin and quite long. The applicator in my opinion is a tiny bit too long and flexible. Also the applicator seems to pick up too much liner, I have been wiping of the excess on the side of the bottle before use. 

The formula is very smooth, very black and the consistency is thin/fluid so it is incredibly easy to get a completely black line. As the applicator is so thin you can apply the product very close to the upper lash line which is just fantastic. I have been using various forms of eyeliner since I was 13 years old and this is one of the nicest liquid liner formulas I have come across. It doesn't seem to feather or run, it doesn't drag the skin and it lasts well on me. It isn't waterproof but it is water resistant, although I wish the formula was waterproof then I wouldn't have to worry about potential panda eyes in public! 

It was easy for me to create a thin line and thicken it up, it was also very easy/quick for me to create a wing at the outer corners. Touching up areas to make them sharper (such as the outer corner flick/point) is super easy as the applicator is so thin. It is easy to control the applicator most of the time, although I wish it was a little shorter/less flexible then I would have even more control. 

Overall, I am very happy with the liner, I haven't noticed any lash thickening or lengthening effects although I haven't been wearing it for a long time and I think I would have to use it pretty much everyday to give it the best chance of working. As a liquid eyeliner for creating thin lines and winged liner it is fantastic and I would recommend it - even though in my opinion there are areas for improvement. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 

Have you tried this liner, if so what did you think of it? Have you tried anything from Colorsport? 

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