Sunday, 23 June 2019


Image via Kaushal GRWM video
I found out about this gorgeous new fragrance through Instagram and good old YouTube, namely through Kaushal's recent video (see photos above, watch full video here). The Cacharel Yes I Am Eau de Parfum Spray is a perfume that looks like a lipstick, considered a must-have for makeup lovers everywhere, which would look ridiculously cute on anyone's vanity. 

Of course, perfume is not just about how aesthetically appealing the packaging is but also what does Cacharel Yes I Am Eau de Parfum Spray smell like? This cute fragrance is described as being oriental, which I truly do not know what is meant by that. It combines fruity top notes including mandarin and raspberry with a heart, by which I think are the base notes, of white floral accords, possibly jasmine, on a base of milk and sandalwood. A "fun and flirty fragrance". 

Image via Gordons Direct
Typically I don't go for a floral fragrance but I really do enjoy a fruity note and mandarin and raspberry sound brilliant. My preference is for sweeter fragrances usually with vanilla notes in it, but this does sound really nice, so I can see why it is so popular. For Cacharel Yes I Am Eau de Parfum Spray the tops notes of the fragrance are mandarin, raspberry and cardamom (I love cardamom); the heart notes (medium or in-between notes) are ginger flower, jasmine and gardenia. I truly did not know there was such a thing as a ginger flower, but I love the smell of ginger. Ginger tea and cardamom tea are my favourite types of tea, so I will be picking up Cacharel Yes I Am Eau de Parfum Spray as it sounds right up my street. Base notes are milk and sandalwood, as mentioned, I have never heard of milk as being a base note for a fragrance, is this a common thing? Sandalwood is not my favourite base note but I prefer it to musk.

Overall, I think this fragrance would make such a great gift and on top of that is the most Instagram worthy perfume in the history of the world. Comment your favourite fragrance below, I was just looking for a new fragrance now that my Mon Guerlain perfume has run out which I adored and was quite taken with the Jean Paul Gautier Scandal Eau de Parfum Spray, the top notes for this fragrance are blood orange and grapefruit, middle notes are honey and gardenia and the base notes are patchouli which is one of my favourite base notes for a fragrance. Whilst I was there I found a great fragrance for men too, the Paco Rabanne 1 Million for men is such a good fragrance. The notes are as follows, top notes are grapefruit, mint and blood mandarin, heart notes are cinnamon, rose and spice and base notes are leather, amber and patchouli. You can see why I like this fragrance.

Thank you for reading, please let me know what perfumes you like for yourself, for men, for gifts. Perfume and fragrance are so personal, I would love to hear your favourite notes etc. as well. I hope you have had a great weekend so far. Wishing you a fantastic week ahead. Take care. 

What are your favourite fragrances? 


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Monday, 17 June 2019


The beauty community has all but exploded over the past few weeks, it has been messy. I know it has been a while but as a quick catch up I was in Marbella just last week for my birthday and now I am back and I do want to get properly back into blogging. I am taking it slow and I can't make any promises as I  have been off my game for so long it is actually sick. So bear with, please. In other news, who is excited for the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special? Regardless, the drama we are addressing today is the Jaclyn Cosmetics Lipsticks

All 20 nude lipsticks are swatched above, the lipsticks are described as being rich, buttery and smooth. They are the classic cream lipstick with great pigmentation, boasting a one swipe pay off, and Jaclyn highlighted that she really wanted to create a collection that every person no matter their skin colour could find their favourite go to nude lipstick which would turn into a repeat purchase for them. At a first glance I think the colours are really nice, do I think this is the most innovative amazing release? Absolutely not. I am sure for some people this is what they were crying out for, but for me, if I want a go-to nude there are plenty of brands - from Maybelline to MAC - I can choose from. Anyway, the actual product isn't the shocker. 

If you watched Jaclyn's initial launch video - see above - you would know that she stressed heavily how this launch would be pure perfection. No cock ups to see here and boy oh boy was she wrong. Before her launch el scandalo began and lipsticks that were half melted, mouldy, fuzzy and hairy were received in PR, followed by actually purchased products. YouTubers like Raw Beauty Kristi and Brianna Fox posted in depth videos talking about their purchases, putting their lipsticks under a microscope and tweezing out sickeningly long hairs. If you are interested in those videos you can watch here: Raw Beauty Kristi Video, Brianna Fox Video, Nikkia Joy Video. Below is a lipstick that showcases some of the problems people were experiencing. 

After being called out by people like Marlena Stell, CEO of Makeup Geek, and Kevin James Bennet, a well known professional makeup artist who has a lot to say about influencers, Jaclyn finally posted a video on YouTube explaining everything. She apologised and took responsibility for the problems people were experiencing with her lipsticks. I'll be honest, after watching the video, I was disappointed. Really truly disappointed. After her conviction in the launch video where she insisted everything would be perfect the buffoonery that presented afterward is just inexcusable. They mixed the lipsticks in too big of a vat so the ingredients weren't properly broken down which was why people had balls in their lipstick? They used cloth gloves? The whole thing just screams massive eye roll. I feel bad for people who are disappointed with their products and spent their money believing that this release would go without a hitch, because even as someone who had no intention of spending a penny on these lipsticks, I fully believed that this Jaclyn launch which has been four years in the making would go without a hitch.

In general, my opinions on this latest release is abject disappointment. Not only for the issues consumers have experienced but for the actual  product itself and the component. I really don't like this packaging, I don't think it looks sophisticated or of high quality. I am sure it feels and looks better in person but in photos it translates as quite gaudy to me. 

Thank you guys for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Unsurprisingly, the lipsticks so far have all sold out on Jaclyn's website so I would say that despite the backlash it has been a success. Please let me know what your thoughts are down below, were you surprised or outraged by what happened? Do you have any opinions? Have you bought anything from Jaclyn Hill? Hope to see you back here at the end of the week, I am going to do a good old fashioned beauty post. Take care. 

What is your take on Jaclyn's first launch of Jaclyn Cosmetics? 


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