Lifestyle

The Lowdown – Benito Brow Bar, Belfast

Hello lovelies!

Brows are now undoubtedly a “thing”. Many moons ago, when I first started learning about make up, brows were not a focal point, the only thing that I had to ensure was that they were tidy and there was no mono-brow. As it happens, that wasn’t an issue for me, given the fact that I had plucked my brows to within an inch of their life and thought they were amazing. They weren’t. But that’s besides the point.

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Happy New Year!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!!!

Unfortunately, December proved to be impossible for blogging for me. I had an exam to study for, a very busy work and social calendar and was unfortunately struck down not once but twice with different nasty infections. In fact, I am currently writing this post from bed as I am still recovering from my second infection which completely wiped me out.

Anyway, enough moaning! I really hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I had a beautiful time spending quality time with family and playing with the puppy. I was spoilt rotten by everybody as usual – plenty of new beauty products to keep me going for a few months at least!!

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My little sister and I spent plenty of time playing with each other’s make up – how amazing is hers for a thirteen year old?! I certainly didn’t have those skills at that age! Tide mark lines and concealer lips anyone?

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I have some really exciting posts planned for this month, so please tune in to keep up.

Happy New Year once again! I hope 2017 brings you all much happiness and health.

Lynsey xox

Jo Malone Herb Garden Launch

Hello lovelies!!

For any of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that I’m perhaps a little obsessed with Jo Malone products. So when the lovely Hollie in the Belfast Store invited me and my mum along to the official launch of the new Herb Garden collection, I couldn’t say no, could I?

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This event was one of the better events I’ve been to for Jo Malone. On arrival we were given a lovely herb infused cocktail menu in collaboration with The Ivory restaurant to choose our drink from. Once cocktail orders were in, we were given some lavender infused shortbread to nibble on – quite the strange pairing.

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Cocktails in hand, it was time for the Jo Malone girls to introduce the collection to us and explain each scent.

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First of let us take a moment to appreciate the pretty packaging. Very different for Jo Malone to have a colourful bottle and this all green one looks perfect for Spring. The green tones vary depending on the intensity of the fragrances inside and there is a pretty little illustration on the bottle of each herb included in each cologne.

This new limited edition collection is inspired by scents from the British herb garden. There are five scents in the collection including:

Wild Strawberry & Parsely

A peppery fragrance filled with unexpected parsley and vine tomato leaves, beautiful balanced with the sweetness of strawberries an blackcurrant.

Nasturtium & Clover

Peppery Rocket is blended with bright lemon and soft white florals.Carrot Blossom & Fennel.

Lavender & Corriander

Refreshing and soothing lavender is blended with spicy coriander. The Tonka Bean adds warmth to the mossy base. The most masculine of the five fragrances.

Sorrel & Lemon Thyme

A fresh, zesty citrus fragrance which is uplifting and invigorating, beautiful balanced with thyme on bed a woody, earthy moss.

Carrot Blossom & Fennel

The unexpected sweetness of carrot is blended with aniseed fennel, with delicate florals and a moss base.

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My personal favourite from the collection and the one I opted to bring home is the Carrot Blossom & Fennel. It is sweet and fresh with added depth in the form of the rose and orange flower water. Hollie gave me a wonderful arm and hand massage and layered the Carrot Blossom & Fennel with Mimosa & Cardamom which smelled incredible! My mum opted for Nasturtium & Clover which was paired with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. This was a beautiful sweet pairing, and I could smell this so much more clearly than my own.

After a wonderful massage, we had some time to chat to the very interesting, Denise Dunne who runs Theherbgarden.ie. Denise is a wealth of knowledge on all things herb and gave us a lovely little hand tied posey of various herbs to take home with us, the scents of which were amazing.

In all, I think Jo Malone have knocked it out of the park with this new collection. Of the five scents, I absolutely love four. The only one I’m not crazy about is the Lavender & Corriander. I might have to return to pick another one up before they completely sell out.

Have you smelt this new collection? What’s your favourite?

Lynsey xox