Monday, 20 January 2014

Signature Scents: Chanel Coco Madamoiselle

Everyone's got that one bottle of perfume that makes them feel just that little bit more special than the rest of them, the one that you maybe don't reach for everyday but it's the one that you spritz on when you need a little confidence boost. For me that perfume is Chanel Coco Madamoiselle, always has been, always will be.

I received my first bottle of this for my thirteenth birthday and I felt so grown up spritzing it on before school (that is until I realised just how expensive it was and it got put to one side for special occasions) and I've been ridiculously lucky enough to receive bottles for almost every Christmas and Birthday since then. There's been other scents that I've collected since then but this will always have a special place in my heart and on my dressing table. It's a scent I always come back to and when I met up with an old friend a while ago she mentioned that whenever she smells it she thinks of me which is always a nice thing to hear and I've had that comment a few times since then and I will admit that I have a few scarves that no matter how many times they're washed still have the scent in them..

It has quite a strong scent, so it's easy to put a little too much on especially with the Eau de Parfum but unlike it's older sister Chanel No5 which I've always felt is way too mature for me, It still has a slight youthfulness to it. According to Chanel It's 'Oriental-fresh, a floral jasmine-rose accord, as light as a petal' which describes it better than I ever could, It's fresh enough to wear in the day but it's still musky enough to be a great evening scent. Also you can't overlook just how pretty the bottle is, definitely one to sit on top of my dream dressing table, never to be hidden away.

I'm thinking about posting more of my favourite scents so let me know if you'd like to see more and what 
you think of Coco Madamoiselle.

Do you have a favourite perfume or do you have a few that you like to pick and choose from?

Friday, 10 January 2014

My Theatre Wishlist for 2014

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As an MT student the only thing I love more than taking class, dancing about and performing all the time is watching other people do it (that's a little white lie, I love it less as it means i have to sit still and pretend I don't wish it was me up there on that stage) so I thought I would share a few shows that I would love to see in 2014.

West Story has finished it's run at Sadlers Wells and is now embarking on it's Uk Tour, it's coming to Nottingham so I just might have to see if I can get anyone to come with me. If anyone hasn't heard if it, it's basically a modern version of Romeo and Juliet set in New York and instead of sword fights they have choreographed dance off's (Choreographed by the legend that was Jerome Robbins, that man knew how to make a kick ball change look good.) It's a must see for the amazing songs alone, seriously who doesn't want to be in the 'America' dance scene and it really is incredible to watch this iconic take on the original story.

I also would love tickets to see the West End revival of Miss Saigon, It's last run was record breaking and it has quite a lot of people excited for it's return. It's based on the the story of Madame Butterfly with a few slight changes, in this case the story is of an American GI who falls in love during the Vietnam war and has a Child with a young Vietnamese girl before being forced to return to the US...and that's all your getting as any more will ruin the story (unless you already know it which is fine as you don't need the short notes.) So far only the casting has been announced but with some west end veteran and completely new faces it looks like a must see.

I adore the Royal Ballet and though I'm yet to watch them live in person (thank you lord for televised ballets and youtube) I'm hoping that this year will change that. I've always wanted to see Giselle, it's not a ballet that get's travelled around by many companies so it's not one that I've ever had the chance to see. It tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a man who she mistakenly thinks is of a similar background to her, when in fact he is of the nobility and devastating consequences occur when she discovers his true identity and his deceit and betrayal. It's a gorgeous ballet and i would particularly love to see the second half which is meant to be so challenging for the performers, especially the principal ballerina. Almost all of the tickets are sold out so I think that this is a dream for another year.

Last but not least is the smash hit Book of Mormon which is a Tony Award winning transfer from Broadway which promises to be hilarious in so many ways. This has been on my to see list for so long and in case anyone is wondering it's not a musical by the Mormons, It basically takes the piss out of them and is written by the creators of South Park and if that doesn't make you want to see it too then I don't know what will! I you love a little satire then check out a few of the songs on Youtube and I promise you you'll want to see it (unless your Mormon or just don't enjoy the kind of humour south park employs, in which case don't check it out.)

You can buy tickets for the shows directly from the individual shows or the ROH website or through registered theatre break companies (which are great, we went on one last year and I really enjoyed it!)

Are there any shows that you'd love to go and see this year? Or are you going to see one of these, in which case I am extremely jealous.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Haircare Review- Charles Worthington Salon at Home Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer

One of my resolutions this year was to try and stay on top of my posting schedule and put out higher quality offerings but so far 2014 has been pretty hectic sand I've been struggling to find time to get in front of the laptop but I'm hoping once I'm back to my routine I'll be able to get a bit more time. However as the weather has become a little (well a lot) chillier practically overnight after having such a mild winter so far I thought I would quickly share with you one of the products that has been saving my hair this winter while it's back on offer and you all have your Christmas money burning a hole in your pockets.

I bang on about the fact that my hair has been bleached quite a lot these days but it has meant that my hair is a lot harder to please than it used to be, gone are the days of using any old shampoo and conditioner and still having nice smooth hair, these days my hair needs more and that's where when it came time to bring in the big guns, the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer came into play.

I hears quite a lot about this when it first came out but I just wasn't convinced enough to go out and buy it until it was on offer in boots, however it's a purchase I definitely don't regret making. It is part of the 'Salon at Home' range of which the premise is to give you Salon Quality hair in the comfort of your own Home, I wouldn't say that this product gives me that just been to the salon feeling but it's been tiding me over in between appointments.

This is an overnight treatment which i don't always have time for in the week as I'm up early every day but i do quite like to do it at a weekend when i get a little more time in bed before I start work. I tend to put a walnut size amount on damp, towel dried hair and comb it through before putting my towel back on and leaving it to do it's work. After I wash my hair in a morning my hair feels so much softer and smoother and is a lot easier to manage over the next few days. The box also states that you can use it as a quick five minute mask which I've tried  but I just don't feel like I get the same quality results but it is a lot more time efficient. I also think that if you find that hair products can cause breakouts on your skin, it might be a better option as once it's washed off you can avoid any residue getting onto your skin as opposed to risking it getting onto your face whilst you sleep.

I really enjoy using this product and it's definitely made a difference to my hair so far, I'm looking forward to seeing if it helps me with the damage cause by putting my hair up and down for class this month as that's been causing quite a bit of damage so far. I'm also looking into getting the Rescue Balm, Elixir Oil and Shine Booster when I can afford it as my hair needs all the tlc I can give it.

Have you tried this product or anything else from the Salon at Home line? What are your thoughts?