img_3209So I think this is the first time I’ve written an empties post…Mainly because I’d never quite understood the idea behind them until now! I was recently mulling over some blog post ideas when I realised I’d accumulated a few products that I planned to review but ended up using up. So what better than to combine the two? Have a look at my recent empties below…

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I know this may be a rather late August Favourites, but I thought one would be better than none at all! I haven’t written a monthly favourites post for nearly a year and I find them the best way to ease myself back into blogging after a break.

I’m bizarrely following a pattern with my monthly favourites, as this one mentions a lipstick, hair product, tanning product and a perfume… just like my 2013 September FavouritesHowever this time, I’ve thrown in a nail varnish for good measure.

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Last week I was lucky enough to receive a Discovery Club box by The Fragrance ShopIf you haven’t heard of these before (which I hadn’t until now), they are the fragrance version of the Glossy Box. Instead of getting samples of beauty products you may not usually go for, the Discovery Club box includes a variety of scents in cute little 2ml bottles; also the perfect size to pop in your handbag.

The Discovery Club is available for just £5 per quarter, where you receive a collection of samples of newly released fragrances from each season. Not only that, it comes with a booklet with information about each one that’s included, as well as a handful of vouchers to use; there was £40 worth with this edition.. not bad at all!

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Shortly after this fragrance came out around a year ago, I bought myself a 30ml bottle to see what I thought of it, having liked it on first impressions in the shop. When I ran out, I had to ask for some more for Christmas, and this time I was lucky enough to get 100ml!

Why do I love this perfume so much?

  • The bottle is beautiful. Its gothic, aubergine oversized flowers wrapped with chiffon & netting just on the lid gives an edgy addition to Vera Wang’s collection.
  • It therefore looks amazing on my shelf.
  • It’s a perfect evening scent; as a lover of sweet, fruity fragrances in the day, and a muskier, floral scent at night it ticks the right boxes –
  • Pink guava and mandarin cover the top notes; I usually find these are the first to fade.
  • A floral mix of tuberose and lotus blossom are in the middle notes, which I find lasts a couple of hours.
  • At the base there are precious woods and a sheer musk; this is the scent that will last all night on your skin.
  • The sweetness of the fruit can be overpowering at first, but giving it a few minutes or so to settle on your skin helps you smell how lovely this perfume is.
  • The fact that it’s Eau de Parfum really helps it last at least 3-4 hours before needing to spray it again.

The campaign topped this fragrance off for me – a modern twist on Romeo & Juliet, and beautiful Leighton Meester who I love!

I’ve always liked Vera Wang’s fragrances; the ‘Princesses’ are young, sweet and girly, which is what I look for in a perfume.  The only downside; I wish they were more long-lasting. It’s really off-putting having to re apply all of the time, as you don’t feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Sort it out Vera!