Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Calvin Klein's 'Downtown' Fragrance Review

Morning all - long time, no blog!

It has been just over 6 months since my last blog post but with exams finally over, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and what better time to do it than in the summer holidays? If you've stuck with Which Way To Wonderland? throughout this time, I really do appreciate it, but hello and welcome to new readers - I'm sure there's a whole lot more of you since November in the ever-growing blogging world.

A very long time ago now, I  was sent the Downtown fragrance by Calvin Klein to review from PerfumeLover.co.uk - an online fragrance and beauty store that I have worked very closely with in the past. The perfume arrived so quickly and well packaged, as always from PerfumeLover. I've never tried a Calvin Klein perfume before and so I was eager to see what this one had to offer...

I was sent the 50ml version of the perfume which retails for £40.48 on PefumeLover.co.uk - this is £5.52 cheaper than the RRP, a nice little saving! I'll agree that it isn't the cheapest of perfumes around but the 50ml bottle will last a while as the scent is quite strong so I'd definitely argue that it's a worthwhile investment if you're looking to purchase a new fragrance. 

The fragrance was aimed at the younger populations, as a sweeter fragrance however I don't quite agree with this. I, being a 'young girl' or one of the 'younger popuations' actually think this scent seems more suitable for women slightly older than myself. Despite this, I love the fragrance and have found myself wearing it daily - I'm just in slight disagreement with Calvin Klein's marketing focus here.

The scent can best be described as a cross of floral and woody notes. It's got a really fresh smell with extracts of gardenia petals and green pear which makes it a really light and summery fragrance - it's definitely one for the day rather than the evening. Although the scent is quite light and fresh, its lasting power has impressed me. It's not overwhelming at all and you can still smell it by the end of the day as it appears to me to get more of 'musky' smell as the day goes on - which I really love.

The bottle of the fragrance is really simplistic. The design in minimalistic with simple, capital lettered writing, yet edgy with the hollow, bright pink cored lid. This, in my opinion, is the only downfall as the hollow style of the lid makes it quite prone to falling off inside your bag and hence spraying everywhere all over your Filofax (from experience, you might guess). Nonetheless, the pale pink tinted bottle gives the perfume a feminine feel, making it perfect for women - whatever the generation.

All in all, I've really loved trying this fragrance from PerfumeLover.co.uk - I'd definitely recommend the scent if you're on the hunt for a summer perfume that's fruity, florally and light as this 100% fits the bill (and why not grab it with a little bit extra discount whilst you can!).

Have you tried any Calvin Klein fragrances? What do you think of Downtown?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas with BHS

Christmas is my second favourite time of the year (after summer that is - I'm not a fan of the in-betweeny rainy but not snowy stuff). I love the whole atmosphere of the build up to Christmas with the lights, the food and the Christmas music - it's just a really cheery period of time. If, like me, you love Christmas and Christmas time then you'll definitely be interested in BHS' new Christmas campaign video. It's the Christmas adverts that really do get me excited about Christmas; there's nothing quite like a festive reminder every 15 minutes!

I absolutely adore this ad from BHS (it's in competition with the Bear and the Hare advert at the moment!) and think it's such a cool and quirky way to showcase their Christmas gift range for this year. The personification of the gifts and toys really adds a clever twist to the ad rather than the standard and boring 'here's what we've got in-store' type ad that we normally visits our TV screens (which probably ends up on mute, or is fast-forwarded). The BHS advert is, instead, really fun and engaging for all. It also gives you some really great ideas for Christmas gifts too.

Love it or not, it's that time of year again - and time to get our Christmas lists out and get buying presents and I think the ad gives so much inspiration for presents for all the family. As always, BHS have a huge range of gift ideas. This year for me will be no exception - I've already found myself visiting my local BHS store to have a little browse of what they have to offer - and they certainly do seem to have it all ranging from little stocking filler gifts like retro sweets and chocolate, to kitchen appliances and home decorations.

I tend to always go for the same types of gifts for the same people - mum always seems to get a bath or beauty set (which BHS have loads of!) and dad gets the standard socks or a mug - I'm loving the 'Mr Grumpy' one in the advert - but I'm definitely thinking that this ad has given me a wider range of ideas to mix things up a little bit this Christmas.

What do you think of the BHS Christmas campaign?
Will you be making a visit to BHS anytime soon to stock up on your Christmas goodies?

*Sponsored by Spreaditfast

Tartan: love or loathe?

Tartan appears to be one of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter this year and it is already taking over our fashion stores left, right and centre. Being Scottish, it's an awfully familiar trend and at first I wasn't too keen however I must admit, it definitely is growing on me. I've eyed up a couple of gorgeous tartan and leather dresses from New Look as well as some sweet midi length skirts in Topshop. 

What's your opinion on tartan - love it or loathe it?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Recently... (+ a haul)

The majority of my time nowadays is being spent getting my teeth stuck into A-Level work (some interesting and some not, to say the least) and I do feel as though blogging has been taking a bit of a back seat at the moment but I'm trying to post when I can, so bear with - please! Apart from school and work, not a lot has been going on in my life - the usual - friends, boys and shopping really (oh and food - lots and lots of food).

I've probably been spending a lot more than I should have lately, but as my fortune cookie said the other day (see what I mean, lots of food) - "Treat yourself as a reward for good work" so I took that maybe a little bit too literally and splurged this weekend - here's what I bought...

I've been eyeing up this top for a while in Topshop, especially last month for a music festival however I resisted with the thought that a white top at a muddy and dusty festival show-ground was never going to end well. However, I managed to snap this up in the Topshop sale the other day for half the original price at a bargain £15! I was so chuffed. I love the contrast between the lace and the tassles and the slightly longer than short sleeves are great as it's getting a little colder now.

The next goodie I treated myself to was this belted Fedora hat from Accessorize. I've been on the look out for a hat like this ever since I saw Fearne from TOWIE wearing one on Wednesday night I think it was. I'm not a hat lady and I don't think I've ever actually worn a hat out so this was a bit of spontaneous buy for me however I absolutely love it and I've already been planning outfits that I can incorparte this look into. The downside is that it did set me back about £30 which is quite pricey for a girl that never tends to wear hats so hopefully I will get a lot of use out of it, and I must admit, it was the best quality one I had seen whilst looking around!

Finally, my last treat (or six). You can never go wrong with a Barry M nail polish and so I treated myself to six of the new Gelly nail paints. I love the finish that these produce - it's so shiny and the colours are really bright and glossy. I picked up Grapefruit, Dragonfruit, Papaya (top row), Prickly Pear, Blueberry and Passion Fruit (bottom row). I can definitely saw that Prickly Pear is my favourite shade so far - it's cool but girly at the same time - a great combination!

Have you treated yourself to anything lately?

Monday, October 7, 2013

BHS: Get Dressed Up For Autumn

If I'm honest, BHS isn't the first shop I'd think of if I were looking to go shopping and if I'm telling the truth, I'd probably just completely forget to put it on my list in the first place. Well, until now that is.

BHS have recently launched their new campaign 'Get Dressed Up For Autumn' which is accompanied by a great new video advertisement. The rather 'sexy' video features model Zuzana Gregorova performing a backwards strip-tease in which she layers her skirt, jacket and accessories over her lingerie - pieces that are all featured from the store's new collection for Autumn. The video itself, although only featuring a few staple items from the new collection, has completely changed my outlook on BHS as a brand. I never knew that their clothes were so classy and feminine - and so fashionable and bang on trend too. Since seeing the ad, I've been eyeing up the collection and spotted some fab bits - all perfect for the coming Autumn months. I absolutely love Autumn time as it means I can wear big wooly knitted jumpers and knee high boots - I've already spotted a few pieces from BHS to complete the look. The great thing is, it's all so affordable too!

So, take a look at the new video campaign and tell me... will you be getting dressed up for autumn with BHS?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Marc Jacobs Honey Fragrance Review

I was recently sent this new fragrance to try out - 'Honey' by Marc Jacobs* courtesy of Perfume Lover. I've been keen to try out this fragrance for a while as it has always seemed to catch my eye in shops due to the appearance of the bottle. It's truly beautiful with the eye catching white spotty bottle, black stripy bumble-bee and pearl details - how could you possibly miss it? The bottle acts as a lovely decoration on my dressing table as it's so cute and girly - one of the many positives of the perfume!

I must admit, I was quite surprised by the fragrance. As the name of it suggests 'Honey by Marc Jacobs' - I was expecting the fragrance to smell really sweet like honey and so was quite shocked to realise that it doesn't actually smell that honey-ey (let's make that a word for now). The perfume does still have a sweet-ish smell but I'd describe it to be more of a fresh and floral smell rather than sweet honey. Perhaps, this is a good thing as maybe a really sweet honey smell would be too overpowering whereas this fruity, floral scent is 'just enough' - it's strong and fresh but it's not too 'in your face' (or nose). The scent has a real orangey smell to it at first which sort of dies down into subtle hints of vanilla for a longer-lasting smell. Honey by Marc Jacobs is a scent that completely differs to any of the others in my perfume collection and I absolutely adore it for that reason - it's just 'different'.

So, is Marc Jacob's Honey for you? Well yes - if you're looking for a young and fun fragrance that's both fruity and florally but not too overpowering! It's got a gorgeous crisp and fresh smell and lasts all day long. Not only will you get that in a bottle, but a stunning decoration to brighten up your dresser with the cute bottle design. 

The retail price for a 100ml bottle of this is currently £68 which I agree, is a little pricey. However, the fragrance is quite strong and so I can guarantee you'll only need a couple of squirts a day and so it should last you a while! Also, Perfume Lover have a great saving on this fragrance at the moment - so at £56, you better be quick and snap up this bargain by clicking here!

Have you tried Marc Jacob's Honey fragrance?
What do you prefer - sweet or fresh?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Filofax Giveaway

The Filofax is the ultimate blogging accessory - not only is it stylish and cool, with an amazing range of bright and fashionable colours like this neon pink one but they are also perfect for getting your blog organised and for helping keep you up to date. Whether it be making a list of some upcoming post ideas to avoid you losing your blogging mojo, or making note of useful contacts or likewise - the Filofax has room for it all - secured in a pretty pink binder that will slot easily into your bag. 

I've got a full review post to come soon regarding the Filofax so I wont babble on, but I really wanted to get this competition post up before the start of school - as I'm sure that many of you heading back to school or university would love to win this for that purpose! 

Filofax have very been very generous and have kindly provided me with this amazing fluorescent pink Original Filofax Personal Organiser to giveaway to one of you lucky readers. Follow the simple steps below to enter for a chance of winning!

The giveaway will run for a week and then a winner will be chosen on the 5th of September!
Good luck to all!