Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal

Scandal is the beautiful and addictive new scent from Jean Paul Gaultier.

Designed specifically to be the most perfect scent for both day and night time wear, it possesses an elegant aura and is captured within one of the most beautiful bottles I’ve ever seen.

For 20 years Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances have come in bottles fashioned in the form of busts but Scandal has bucked the trend!

This feminine, intimate, powdery pink juice is housed in a thick, heavy and chic glass bottled adorned with a silver stopper feature a pair of legs in heels!

This playful and distinctive stopper invokes images of woman dancing the night away and having fun, exactly what this fragrance represents!

It is as iconic a bottle as the JPG busts without a doubt and I love it!

The bottle itself is housed within powder pink velvet covered tin which not only reflects the colour of the perfume itself but offers a feminine softness too.

As for the fragrance itself, well, it is magnificent.

Top notes of sweet, fresh honey mix with sensuous and soft blood orange before heart notes of gardenia sweep into play.

Base notes of patchouli, Ambrox and black vanilla offer a sweet, musky and sensual tone to the fragrance leaving a scent that is both fresh and sweet, yet rich and mysterious. 

It is an exquisite, rich and woody fragrance that screams playful sophistication.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal is a seductive, feminine and chic fragrance and I simply adore it!
Scandal is available now and costs £63.50 for 50ml.

Tigi S Factor Diamond Dreams

The new S Factor range by Tigi stands for seriously sensational hair.

‘’S Factor creates hair that oozes red carpet glamour. For everyone wanting serious glamour S Factor creates shine, shimmer and silky soft hair.’’ Says Maria Kovacs, TIGI European Session Director.

They’re not wrong either! I’ve been using their Diamond Dreams Shampoo and Conditioner and im in love!

Infused with Champagne Extract, Diamond Dust, Cashmere and Crushed Pearls this brilliant duo create a multi-dimensional shimmer  which adds depth and richness to your colour while protecting and conditioning your hair.

They smell gorgeous, but then what would you expect from Tigi!

Fresh and fruity the shampoo is creamy and rich and froths into a delicious lather that gently cleanses your hair and leaves it feeling soft and nourished.

The conditioner is rich yet light in texture so as not to weigh your hair down. If your hair needs some serious tlc this conditioner may not be quite nourishing enough, but as an every day conditioner it is fab.

Once dried I really noticed a difference to the softness of my hair and the shine. 

My hair looked healthier, felt beautifully silky and smooth and smelt delicious!

I’m very impressed with this duo, to the point where I’m planning on exploring the rest of the S Factor range!

Tigi S Factor Diamond Dreams shampoo and conditioner are available now and the shampoo costs £15.50 and the conditioner £16.50.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Goodlife : They know their veg!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not (and have never been) a fan of vegetables.

I’ve always viewed them as an evil necessity. Something to be consumed for the sake of your health. Something that is not enjoyable.

I was a bit nervous then when I was asked if I’d like to try GOODLIFE’s range of vegetable based frozen foods.

GOODLIFE have been seeking out the most amazing vegetables from Great Britain’s best farmers and using them to create vegetarian meals for you and your family for over 25 years. 

They work closely with their farmers to sow, grow and harvest the best vegetables at their peak and put them in the spotlight, making them the star of a meal rather than part of the chorus in the background.

Their food contains absolutely no artificial additives, preservatives or colourings, and despite my life long dislike of veg, I have to say that from the start their food looked (and sounded) really appealing.

I tested out four products from their range; Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander, French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese, Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic and Cheese Sauce and Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice.

First up is their Falafel (£1.80). 

Despite not being a big veg fan I’ve always enjoyed falafel and I can safely day that these were delicious.                                                                            
These classic, Middle-Eastern domes of delight are made with chickpeas and a hint of spice and are ridiculously moreish! Soft, tasty and delicately spiced they didn’t last long!

 I wasn’t sure what to expect from these as I’m not a great fan of beans but I was pleasantly surprised!

Crisp French beans, sweet petit pois, fresh spinach and nutmeg create a beautifully textured, sweet and soft sausage. Mild and crumbly wensleydale offer depth to the taste and left me wanting more.

I was really impressed by these and never expected that a sausage made entirely from vegetables could be quite so tasty. These were a big hit with my husband which I didn’t expect as he loves a sausage, but he declared ‘I think I’d chose these over a banger any day’. So there you go!

Next up are my favourite from the collection. The incredible Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic and Cheese Sauce (£2.25).

Hiding within a crunchy, seeded breadcrumb you’ll find earthy mushrooms, tender spinach and  mouthwatering creamy garlic and cheese sauce.

These kiev’s were nothing short of amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and featuring a rich, garlicky, creamy centre they are nothing short of a masterpiece.

Packed full of texture and flavour I would without a shadow of a doubt choose to have one of these over a regular chicken kiev. 

The mix of flavours is gorgeous and I thoroughly enjoyed eating these!

Last but by no means least is their Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice (£2.25).

Containing 3 of your 5 a day this protein rich dish combines sweet potato and red peppers in a fragrant curry sauce made from coconut milk, tomatoes and indian spices.

This curry sits on a bed of soft, fluffy cauliflower rice and is a delicious, warming treat of a meal.

It is a really mild, delicate masala so if you don’t like things too spicy you’ll love this. Sweet potato offers a soft and sweet experience while the peppers give a lovely, fresh and distinctive taste to the meal.

I’m already a fan of cauliflower rice and I love that in just 1 meal you have ticked off 3 of your 5 a day, all while eating what feels like a naughty treat!

I’m seriously impressed with this brand and their meals and for someone who isn’t a big lover of veg that’s a big deal!

You can try GOODLIFE’s range of foods now from Sainsburys.
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