May Empties Video: Regret or Repurchase?

May Empties Video: Regret or Repurchase?

There was a time when I never used to finish products, but doing my Declutter series has really made me see that having a collection of products hidden away in storage was defeating the object. I wanted to have a collection that I could actively use and enjoy, and so I've made it my pact to try and use up more products this year, both in general and as part of my Project Pan

Because of this change in thinking, I've been doing a lot more empties videos, and who am I to complain? They have always been some of my favourites to make, and indeed watch! There's something so satisfying about finishing a product (even if you know you're going to have to shell out for a replacement), and I believe it conjures up the most honest of opinions. I think we're all guilty of proclaiming our love for a product in a first impressions or haul, but you only know your true feelings when you have used the whole lot, and so you're getting the most reliable recommendation from an Empties.

In my May Empties, I've used up mainly skincare products, and apparently I had a thing for sheet masks. There's everything from the affordable 7th Heaven, to the much more pricey WOW and Estée Lauder, and I'm chatting about whether they're worth the hype and the money. Of course there are the staples, Lush Big Shampoo and the Colab Dry Shampoo, which seem to make their way into every single empties. I always find that I don't love a lot of the products I use up, and that's certainly the case here, not being overly taken by any of the samples that I've tried, however I did love a good few, and I've repurchased (or already had backups) all of the products in the image above.

Products I've used up...

What have you finished up recently?

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The Fragrance 411: May

The Fragrance 411 May Perfume Launches News

Latest Fragrance Gossip

The Perfume Society are launching their latest and third Discovery Box for men, The Men's Edit, just in time for Father's Day. It contains eleven fragrances plus two grooming samples and is priced at £15 for VIP subscribers and £19 for non-subscribers. The box includes scents from Escentric Molecules, Jimmy Choo and Miller Harris, as well as a Penhaligon's moisturiser and Aromatherapy Associates eye gel.

American actress Haley Bennett has been signed by Chloé as the new face of its signature scent for its 10th anniversary. She joins the likes of Clémence Poesey, Chloe Sevigny and Dree Hemingway, who all embody the brand's free-spiritied Parisian vibe. No amount of Chloé perfume can make me as cool as them sadly, but the Chloé signature scent and Love Story are among some of my favourites!

Italian brand Etro have introduced their latest fragrance concept, Metamorfosi: the art of layering. Throughout the year, they will be introducing new and evocative fragrance blends, made up of their existing fragrances. So far, we have Greenery Mood, which combines Paisley and Vicolo Fiori, and the delightful Enchanted Garden blend of Etra and Royal Pavillion, with many more to come! If you're new to fragrance combining, this will be a great introduction for you and its a concept to keep in mind if you're building your Etro fragrance collection.

Etro Metamorfosi Greenery Mood
Etro Metamorfosi Enchanted Garden

May Designer Fragrance Launches

There are two new additions to the Juicy Couture range, this time in its more luxurious Regal Collection. The first scent is called Royal Rose and includes notes of rose de Mai, incense and suede, and then there is Majestic Woods, which has notes of tonka, praline, amber and patchouli. Both are priced at £89 for 100ml.

Moschino have launched a follow-up to the gimmicky-bottled, yet surprisingly popular Fresh Couture. This time, it's the turn of Pink Fresh Couture (from £35 for 30ml), which launched on the 15th May. It is a fresh, floral scent, perfect for Spring, and is described as "exuberant and crystalline", with its blend of grapefruit, lily of the valley, and cassis in the opening, juicy pomegranate, wild rose and pink jacinth at the heart and a base of cedar, ambrox and musk. I actually secretly love the packaging of this one, the pink works well and somehow makes it look less brash than the blue of Fresh Couture, which literally looks like a bottle of kitchen cleaner. Just don't get them mixed up...

This summer, a new chapter of the cult classic Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue will be written, 16 years after the launch of the original, making the scents more vibrant and long lasting. Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Femme, has been reworked by Olivier Cresp and opens with lemon and apple, with a heart of marigold and jasmine and a base of amber woods and musk. Pour Homme also gets the Eau Intense treatment, and both scents are available from mid-May priced from £47.

Gucci Bloom (from £68 for 50ml) is the first fragrance by new creative director Alessandro Michele. It is due to be launched in August, but you can actually pre-order your bottle now (limited to the first 1000 bottles), which is why I've included it in this month's line-up. The scent has notes of jasmine, tuberose, orris and Rangoon creeper, which is an exclusive note to this fragrance, sourced from India and also known as Chinese honeysuckle. I absolutely love the design of the bottle, and its sure to be a popular one! 

May Niche Fragrance Launches

Trussardi Parfums are launching unisex scent The Black Rose, which is inspired by the Middle East. It has top notes of Saudi Arabian Taif rose, with a heart of amber, musk and pink pepper, and a base of patchouli and vanilla. It is set to launch exclusively at Harrods from 5th May, priced at £77.50 for 100ml.

Atkinsons of London are launching a new fragrance in their Legendary Collection called Californian Poppy. The Eau de Toilette is a modern, radiant reworking of the 1908 original and is described as being "hip yet heritage", "modern yet vintage" and "bohemian chic". It has top notes of lemon, jasmine and pink pepper, a heart of poppy accord and orange flower and base notes of cedarwood, helvetolide (a sophisticated, modern musky note with a fruity pear aspect) and incense. It will be available at the end of May at Selfridges, and priced at £100 for 100ml.

Lastly, there's a new scent from Eight & Bob, called Nuit de Megeve. It is inspired by the ski resort of the same name (although personally I find the time of year a bit odd for this launch!) and has notes of grapefruit, petigrain, clove, tonka, orris, black coffee, vetiver, tobacco and musk to create a woody, aromatic scent. It is available at Harvey Nichols from 12th May, at £125 for 100ml.

Do you have you eye on any of these new launches?

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The Perfume Society X Latest In Beauty Scented Skincare Unboxing Video

The Perfume Society Scented Skincare Unboxing

The Perfume Society have teamed up with Latest In Beauty for their very first collaboration, combining forces to create the Scented Skincare* bag, which features products specially selected for their gorgeous fragrances. I'm a big advocate of scented skincare, basing much of my opinion on the experience of the product rather than the results I (rarely) see. Co-founder of The Perfume Society, Jo Fairley agrees, stating "Something I learned long ago as a beauty editor is that the fragrance... is intrinsically linked to its effectiveness. When we love the scent of our skincare, we use it often, and that's when we see results".

For £22, there are 10 must-have products, spanning skincare and body care with a value of over £65, including the Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream, the MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion and one of my personal highlights, a full size Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque. Most of the products are really good size samples, so there's none of the teeny sachets you usually find in subscription boxes, which means you can really get a good sense of the product.

The Scented Skincare bag contains...

Ultrasun Face SPF 30 - 25ml, worth £10
MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion - 10ml, worth £2.75
Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque - 100ml (full size) worth £11.49
Rosalena Rock & Rose Face Oil - 5ml, worth £14

In my latest video, you can see me unboxing the Scented Skincare collaboration, and giving my first impressions of the products inside and their scents. I'll be back in a few weeks once I've had chance to properly try each of the products, letting you know what worked and what didn't (if anything!). It's early days, but everything I've tried so far has been fab and I'm really impressed overall with the collab. It's definitely something to check out if you're into skincare, fragrance, or both!

Which products are you most excited to try from The Scented Skincare bag?

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Superdrug Layering Lab Body Sprays

Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists Review

2017 well and truly is the year that marks the comeback of the humble body spray. It is no longer reserved for pre-teens who want something cheap and cheerful to spray around in the changing rooms, rather being a great alternative to an eau de toilette or parfum. With fragrances to rival high-end perfumes, and scents that last (almost) all day, the body mist is back and better than ever. The latest additions to my body mist collection come courtesy of Superdrug and their Layering Lab range. The collection has a focus on mixing and matching scents to create your own custom combo, an idea championed by Jo Malone, only on a much more expensive level. I'm sure I'm not the only one that is horrified at the thought of buying not one, but two or three high-end fragrances at £40+ a pop! Luckily, the Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists are just £2.99 for 100ml, and with six scents, there's bound to be one that takes your fancy.

Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists Gourmand Review

I have three of the scents: Floral, Oriental and Gourmand (not the most imaginative of names, I know), and there's also Fresh, Paradise and Cocoon in the lineup. Gourmand* was the first that I tried, and I was absolutely blown away by it! When I first saw the name, I assumed it'd be a sugary candy bomb (which is totally okay with me), but it is quite the opposite. It has notes of cassis and red berry, with sweet rose and a base of vanilla, sugary notes and musk. There's definitely a bit of bergamot and subtle spice in there too, and it is really reminiscent of a lot of popular high-end fragrances. It smells expensive, in a similar vein to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, and lasts for most of the day on the skin. Even if you're sceptical of body mists, I would definitely recommend giving this one a smell, you'll be surprised! They're definitely worth spraying on the skin, as they smell a lot different in comparison to how they smell in the bottles. It's not my personal favourite scent, but in terms of the quality, this is one of the best body mists I've tried!

[ Gourmand + Oriental = a fresh, yet rich spicy scent ]

Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists Oriental Review

Oriental* had me intrigued as I own and love the So...? version, Floriental. With a similar hued bottle, I wondered whether it would be a similar scent, and it definitely is. Oriental contains a spicy floral accord of orris, rose, and sensual warm spices, enriched with an oriental base of patchouli, amber and vanilla. This definitely has a spiciness to it, and if you're not a fan of sickly sweet fragrances, but you still want something warm, deep and sensual, this would be a great one for you. I find Oriental is stronger, more musky and more soapy, whereas Floriental is more fresh, but you definitely don't need both.

[ Oriental + Floral = a complex, fresh floral ]

Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists Floral Review

Saving the best for last, Floral* is a beautiful, romantic bouquet. It has notes of raspberry and blackberry, with a heart of fresh peony, rose and violet and a base of soft white musk. It isn't the strongest or most long lasting out of the lineup, but its the one that I've reached for the most as I love its soft, youthful floral scent. The sweet berry/rose combo actually really reminds me of Stella McCartney Stella, and if your're a fan of those kinds of pretty, girlie, everyday scents, you'll love this! You'll also love the £75.01 saving against the 100ml bottle of Stella...

[ Gourmand + Floral = a rich, sweet spicy scent. Think Armani Si ]

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the Superdrug Layering Lab Body Mists. They're all really good quality for a body mist. The scents are complex and unlike what you'd usually see at this price point, and when you start mixing them up, they really come into their own! I definitely want to give the remaining three scents a sniff, and I'm particularly keen on the idea of Paradise, which sounds reminiscent of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess with notes of tangerine, solar white florals, green tea, vanilla, amber and sandalwood. Fingers crossed we have a dupe on our hands!

Do you like the sound of any of these? Which combination would you try?

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New So...? Eau de Parfums #UnleashYourStyle

So...? Eau de Parfums #UnleashYourStyle

Hot on the release of their two new body mist collections, everyone's favourite budget/90's throwback brand So...? are back with three new Eau de Parfum fragrances. The collection revolves around the hashtag #UnleashYourStyle, drawing inspirations from catwalk trends to create three very different scents: So...? Sheer Illusion, I Am... So...? and So...? Dark Romance, all retailing for £6.99 for 30ml from Superdrug (and later launching in Boots).

On first impressions, I love the packaging. It is a departure from So...?'s original range of eau de toilettes, and there isn't anything else in the budget fragrance sector like them. They each come in a cardboard box, with great attention to detail like the rose gold of Sheer Illusion and the textured cardboard of I Am So...? The fragrances are housed in squared-off glass bottles, each with a different design peeking through the glass on the back and a complementary coloured lid. I love that they have been designed with aesthetics in mind, so your fragrance not only looks great on your dressing table, but you won't feel embarrassed about pulling it out of your handbag. That being said, the 30ml size is still great for taking with you on the go. The only downside for me is the text on the front of the bottles, as it makes them look a little less sophisticated.

So...? Sheer Illusion

It was a tough choice of which to try first, but I went for the pastel pink hues of So...? Sheer Illusion*. This is inspired by the luxurious, sheer fabrics that adorn the catwalks for spring and summer, like tulle and satin. The fragrance matches the feminine feel of said fabrics, with a fresh opening of bergamot and mandarin, a soft powdery heart of rose and jasmine, and a base of sensual sandalwood. Sheer Illusion is a soft, woody floral that warms to a creamy skinscent. The scent really intensifies as it dries down, and even though the top notes are a fleeting visit of fresh citrus, don't be tempted to overspray as the base really comes into its own as it warms on the skin, and has decent lasting power. This is a fairly inoffensive scent: clean, comforting and classic, with a touch of fresh laundry in the opening, before becoming warm and sensual on the skin. I can imagine this would make a nice office scent as it is pretty and pleasant, although it is not my typical kind of scent. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you find the likes of Chloé fragrances a little too sweet, or you usually go for florals from Valentino or D&G.

So...? Dark Romance

Then there is So...? Dark Romance*, inspired by gothic influences in fashion, and combining darker elements with a more romantic look. It is described as being "rich, mysterious and sassy", and I totally agree with this! It is sweet and indulgent, with that darker feel, like the sexier sister of So...? Sinful. It opens with a rich, sweet blend of bergamot, pink pepper and dark praline, and softens with feminine violet and vanilla notes. As soon as I first spritzed this, I thought of dark cherry liquor chocolates.This is more of an evening scent, but the thing I love about it is that it's not too overpowering: it really had the potentially to be really sickly, but the strength is perfect. It still has that candied finish of So...? Sinful, or even scents like Britney Spears Fantasy or Ariana Grande, but it's just that little bit more sophisticated.

I Am... So...?

Lastly there is I Am... So...?*, which has a vibrant and fun pink design which initially led me to believe this would be a fruity, tropical scent. It is actually more of a bold floral scent, with fresh mandarin and vibrant orange blossom, with a base of luxurious cashmere wood, perfect for pairing with a brightly coloured summer dress. In contrast to Sheer Illusion, I Am So...? really packs a punch in the opening, and this continues throughout the fragrance. It opens with a certain fizziness, and reminds me of a sherbety orange and raspberry cocktail. The orange blossom comes in the form of a bitter orange neroli scent than soft floral and the cashmere woods give it a lot of dimension. Personally this isn't my cup of tea, as it is really reminiscent of bold "night out" fragrances like Paco Rabanne Lady Million or Jimmy Choo, but if you're a fan of those, this is a brilliant affordable option!

Overall, I really like this new range of Eau de Parfums from So...?. I really like the concept and I love that the range draws upon having a signature scent based on your style. The scents are good quality and long lasting and don't smell at all cheap, which is key when choosing something more affordable. My favourite out of the three has to be So...? Dark Romance, followed by So...? Sheer Illusion, with I Am So...? not really being my cup of tea. There's a good range of scents so far, but I'd like to see them bring out something more fresh or fruity, as two out of the three have floral undertones. They are in fact bringing out a fourth scent in the range for AW17, so I'm really intrigued to see what they come up with!

Which scent do you like the sound of?

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