Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Review: Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf


Viktor and Rolf's Flowerbomb is a perfume I have loved for months now, if not longer, but despite this, is a perfume I have only just purchased. I remember spraying it by chance in Boots and absolutely loving it. But, because I am a penniless student, I could never quite handle spending that amount of money on a bottle of perfume. So I would stare wistfully at it as I passed it in Boots, spritzing it on my wrist when I got the chance, and then spending the rest of the day smelling it and wishing I could afford to buy it. So, imagine my delight when I woke up Christmas morning, opened a present to find a bottle of this beauty staring back at me. Okay, well, that's not strictly true. It wasn't Christmas morning, it was the 14th December, and I knew exactly what it was before I opened it, but that's not so Christmassy, is it? My lovely boyfriend bought me a bottle of it, and I couldn't wait until Christmas to open it (not that he knows,) and instead opened it as soon as he gave it to me just before he left for home.
Part of me wants to save it, so I own it for ages, but I can't help but wear it every day. Each morning I reach up to my perfume shelf, and this is always the one my hands go straight for, and I can't argue with that!
With a gorgeous translucent pink bottle in the shape of a grenade, with a cute black flower on the side, this bottle is a beautiful addition to any perfume shelf.

Top notes: Bergamot, Tea
Heart notes: Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid
Base notes: Centiflora Rose, Patchouli
 (My knowledge of perfume notes is very limited, and I got the notes from this page.)

This is easily become my favourite perfume, it has fantastic staying power - I can smell it all day without having to reapply, and it's got such a gorgeous scent. I've worked out that I definitely have a bit of a thing for Jasmine perfumes, each perfume I go for seems to have jasmine in it somewhere, but I never realise I'm doing it!
If you like girly, sweet perfumes, this is definitely for you!

Have you tried Viktor and Rolf's Flowerbomb before? And if so, did you like it?

Ps. Sorry I've been so shit for posting recently, I was rushed off my feet all last week with a 4000 Portfolio assignment that I stupidly left to the last minute, baaaaad idea! Anyway, I'll have more time on my hands for the near future, so I'm hoping I can get back into the swing of things, I miss blogging so much!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Guest Post: 'Feeling Beautiful'

Feeling Beautiful
By: Jackie Clark

After a cancer diagnosis, women are often devastated and emotionally wrecked. Any cancer diagnosis, such as mesothelioma or breast cancer, can put a shadow on women’s lives. It goes further than just the battle to survive; women often battle raw emotions relating to the feeling of beauty. It is one thing to suggest that beauty is internal, but when a woman loses her hair to chemotherapy it might seem challenging to feel beautiful.

Clothes and Beauty:

Though cancer can wreak havoc on feelings, particularly as they relate to beauty, it is still possible to look and feel beautiful. Fashionable clothing is one of the first steps in making that transition in mind and body.

A stunning skirt with a smart blouse or that amazing dress seen on a fashion model can go a long way to improving mentality about beauty during the worst situations. Clothing is like armor: beautiful clothing gives protection against the idea of feeling ugly. It is difficult to feel anything less than beautiful while wearing the most stunning dress.

Even a great pair of shoes can go a long way to lifting the spirits and feeling like the stunning woman who stood in front of a mirror before diagnosis issued a blow to confidence. Looking at a pair of lovely shoes coupled with a great dress can uplift the spirits, especially when it is the height of fashion.


Beyond the fashionable clothing, makeup is another tool women can use when feeling less than amazing after chemotherapy or other similar situations. With the appropriate makeup, it is possible to hide dry skin and other flaws.

Along with makeup, it is possible to add fake eyelashes to enhance the appearance of eyes and draw in eyebrows with a pencil for a beautiful look even if eyelashes and eyebrows fall out from chemotherapy.

Beauty is an internal state, but with the help of fashionable clothing and great makeup, it is possible to appear as stunning as before the chemotherapy began. Fashion is about looking and feeling beautiful from in inside out, regardless of the circumstances that bend confidence and require searching for something to bring it back into place.

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