Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: January 2011

30 January 2011

My Perfume Collection

Like most girly girls, I love collecting perfumes. With such a huge array of fragrances available with various brands and packaging on offer for a range of budgets, it's one of those things where you can never have too many!

Lacoste Joy of Pink - £36.99 for 50ml EDT
I received this at the Lacoste Joy of Pink launch and it's perfect for Spring time, a fresh and invigorating scent.
Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice - £50 for 50ml EDP
Beautiful fragrance and with gorgeous packaging too. The charm can be worn but I think it adds a certain something to the bottle.
Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style Baby - £20.43 for 30ml EDT
A cute little perfume to have in my collection, this is a musky floral scent.
Miss Dior Cherie - £69.45 for 100ml EDT
Perhaps my favourite scent of all time, this perfume is fabulously girly and light. Katie Price's Stunning and Next Diamonds and are more affordable dupes.
Britney Spears Fantasy - £25 for 100ml EDP
A touch more musk than I usually go for, but I love it all the same. My fiance always comments on how lovely I smell when I wear this.
Balenciaga Paris - £60 for 50ml EDP
This is the most 'grown up' scent I own and I adore it. It lingers for a long time and makes me feel like a fabulous sophisticated lady!
Paris Hilton - £20 for 100ml EDP
A favourite of mine at age 17 and now a guilty pleasure at age 24, this is a sweet, delicious and cheap perfume!
Marc Jacobs Daisy - £60 for 100ml EDP
I will never tire of this scent, it is perfection in a bottle!
Benefit Crescent Row: Garden of Eva, So Hooked on Carmella, Lookin' to Rock Rita - £30 each for 30ml EDT
I reviewed Benefit's Crescent Row fragrances when they were released last year and Eva has since become a firm favourite of mine and a handbag essential, I urge you to try it!
Givenchy Play For Her (pink) & Intense (purple) - £50 for 50ml EDP
Both are lovely scents with the Intense version having a slightly more musky note. Unique packaging too!
Liz Earle Botanical Essence - £40.35 for 50ml EDP
A very fresh fragrance with strong citrus notes, this is one to wear on crisp Spring mornings.
 I also have a mini Dior collection which I keep on my dressing table. Although the miniature Miss Dior Cherie and J'adore are now empty, the diddy bottles are so cute I've kept them to display. I definitely want to add a full size J'adore to my collection, such a divine scent!
I keep the majority of my perfumes in this big box on top of my chest of drawers so they're protected and easy to reach.
I know it's advised you keep all of your perfumes away from sunlight to prolong their life but Naughty Alice and Miss Dior Cherie have such pretty bottles I just couldn't resist setting these two out on top of my dressing table.

What's in your perfume collection? Any favourites you'd recommend?

19 January 2011

Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick

I had to dedicate a blog post to a product I have become quite obsessed with. Estée Lauder's Crystal Baby lipstick is my dream lipstick come true. I cannot say enough good things about this lipstick, it is my all time favourite. It smells good. It looks good. It makes me happy. 

I've tried various shades of pink lipsticks over the years and for some reason or another I've never liked them. Then I tried Estée Lauder's Crystal Baby lipstick and I was wowed by how much I loved it. It is just the most lovely, flattering soft pink I have ever come across. The perfect shade of pink; pale yet delicate and romantic all the same. 

Not only is the colour perfection, I adore the formulation of this lipstick. Soft and creamy, it glides onto the lips, leaving a beautiful gloss of colour. This lipstick gives a slight sheen and almost a balm-like finish which I love. No dry, matte lips in sight. 

To top it all off, the packaging is lovely and luxurious - a lipstick you'd be happy to parade in public.

I attempted a close-up lips shot but my camera wasn't having any of it and I think you get a better idea of the colour if you can see it in relation to the rest of the face so here it is from a recent FOTD...

The price is steep for a lipstick, but when a product is this fantastic I'm quite happy to hand the money over. I feel the beginning of an Estée Lauder love affair coming on. I have yet to try a product that I haven't loved and I'm excited to try more.

Which are your favourite Estée Lauder lipstick shades?

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13 January 2011

RapidLash - The Results!

Back in September, I was given the opportunity to try RapidLash, the latest lash serum to cause a buzz in the beauty world. With the promise of longer, thicker lashes, I was intrigued to discover whether the new wonder product would really live up to its claims.

RapidLash strengthens lashes against breakages and improves the appearance of lash length by delivering a blend of essential proteins that help restore lashes to optimum condition. Lashes look longer, stronger and fuller in as few as 8 weeks.

The applicator brush resembles liquid eyeliner and is just as simple to use. The instructions advise applying RapidLash one a day in the evening before bedtime, using the applicator brush to apply a thin line of RapidLash to the base of the upper lashes.

As I already have fairly long eyelashes, I wondered if I'd see a difference at all. I had my doubts until I reached around week 10. The key to this product is perseverance and I finally saw the reward to my painstaking applications each night.

I began to notice that my lashes were longer, particularly the outer lashes which were a lot longer and more curly. Since this revelation with RapidLash, I haven't needed to reach for my eyelash curlers once, a momentous outcome for someone who was prone to straight lashes which neither curlers or mascara could cure. I also noticed a difference in the length of my inner baby lashes which are usually rather short even with mascara. My fiancé noticed my longer, more fluttery lashes too. Even without mascara the were long and lustrous.



I don't know how well the photo's show the difference but in real life it's definitely noticeable and I'm very proud of my new long, curly lashes! I was delighted to find this product works and would highly recommend it to those who need a boost to their lash length. 

RapidLash retails for around £39.99 and is available from Boots, where more RapidLash reviews can be found.

4 January 2011

Looking Back & Going Forward

It seems just like yesterday I wrote last year's Looking Back & Going Forward. This year seems to have passed more quickly than any other and I fear as I get older, time passes faster. Here's a little summary of the past year and my hopes for the year ahead...

What happened in 2010...

♥ I had my first real job
♥ I experimented with ombre hair
♥ I joined the organ donation register
♥ My fiancé and I bought our dream house and made it a home
 ♥ My brother got engaged on Christmas Eve (congratulations James and Rachael!)
♥ I discovered I was going to become an aunty for the first time (he's due next month, so exciting!)
♥ My fiancé and I planned a romantic, shabby chic inspired wedding. Everything is coming along nicely and I feel we're at a place where we know how everything will look and feel on the day, it's just a matter of finalising everything!

My plans for 2011...

♥ Learn to drive
I've wanted to drive for so long, but it's so expensive I've had to wait. It has to happen this year!

♥ Get a job I love
I'm not sure how likely this is, but I have hope.

♥ Get my teeth straightened
My lower teeth seem to get more crooked every day. I have my sights set on the 6 Month Smile clear brace, it's just a matter of when.

♥ Get married!
Despite getting engaged all the way back in August 2009, the time has just flown by and now there's less than 8 months until the big day! I'm already having sleepless nights with excitement so I don't know how I'll cope as the day draws closer!

What are your hopes for 2011?

3 January 2011

New Years Eve OOTN

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I can't believe just how quickly this year has gone. I had a bit of a panic when it came to getting ready for New Years Eve this year. I assumed I had a whole host of dresses to choose from, but when I actually looked through them, nothing took my fancy. My style seems to have changed a lot over the past year or two since finishing Uni and my 'going out clothes' collection has shrunk considerably as my fiancé and I now favour staying in with a good film and snuggling over braving the drunken crowds on the weekend!

In the end I opted for a dress I bought last Christmas from Topshop...

Dress: Topshop
Shoes: Schuh & New Look (a change was required to protect the toes!)

We had a lovely low key New Years, going for dinner at Piccolino's and then heading to Coco Tang for a few delicious cocktails afterwards. We had fun trying out the huge array of cocktails on offer and discovered a favourite in the Refreshers cocktail - it tastes exactly like the sweets, so delicious!

I hope you all had an amazing night & a great start to 2011...