The Honest Truth | My Rodial Beauty Review

The Honest Truth | My Rodial Beauty Review

So a few months ago I jumped onto the Rodial sale hype and ordered a few products to try out. I ordered three products and paid £40 for what should have cost £252. I wanted to put this post together, as there will probably never be another time in my life when I can afford, or even want to pay this much money for skincare. A brand like this is something that I would just never consider having as part of my everyday skincare regime, so this was the only opportunity I would have to test out the products and see if they really are worth the money. I bought a selection of products, mainly from the most popular section, as well as a hero product box to get a little variety of what they offer. I have never used Rodial before, nor heard too much about them, so this was a real opportunity to see what they were like with no assumptions already in my mind. I want this to be a very honest review, so will also be comparing the products to those I use already as part of my healthy skincare regime.

I never want to use this as a space to spread negativity, however just as an introduction, the reviews are very mixed when it comes to what I have tried.

My current skin care regime, which I have been using for a long time before trying Rodial includes brands such as Guinot, Alumier MD and BeautyLab London. It has taken me a while to find products that are right for me, but I finally got there. My skin has never felt or looked healthier. One thing I wanted to achieve from the Rodial products, for the cost, was instant results and a much healthier glow. For me, this didn’t happen. Obviously, everything I say in this post is only relevant to my experience and my skin type. So what didn’t work for me, could still work for you.

Bee Venom Moisturiser

This was the product that I was most excited about, as it is the only product from Rodial that I had heard of before buying into the brand. This product is claimed by beauty critics to be revolutionary in the industry, using an advanced formula that revitalises the skin for a naturally younger finish. Some of the key benefits include the use of bee venom to plump and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles; vitamin C to promote an even skin tone and correct sun damage; as well as long lasting hydration. I have probably used this product the most out of the whole selection I purchased from Rodial as it is the one I was the most excited for. As I said before, this is going to be an entirely honest review, so this is the product that I needed to start with as I have very mixed feelings. I definitely noticed an instant glow to my face after using this product and during the days afterwards (whilst carrying on using it morning and night), as well as a much more even skin tone. However, compared to using my usual moisturiser from Guinot, I definitely noticed that my skin was not as hydrated as normal. I also found that the product was not rich and did not feel luxurious when applied. For the price of £160, I would expect to have all these features, especially compared to my Guinot product that costs £50. All in all, it is an okay product and definitely does a lot of what it suggests, but for the price tag I do expect to be blown away.

White Brightening Mask

This so far has been my favourite product out of the whole Rodial selection. I started using face masks in about March of this year when I really wanted to better my skin care regime. I have got through countless of products trying to find the right one for me, and if I’m being honest, I have found  a few that I like but none that I love. This one, I have really enjoyed using. Unlike most other face masks, it has much more of a gel like consistency, and is a clear product that you apply evenly over the face. It covers very easily and doesn’t dry the skin out by any means. I always remove the product after 10 minutes with some warm water and my face is left to feel baby soft. The results over the next few days are always consistent, with a much more hydrated face and even skin tone. It is an easy to use product and in my opinion, well worth the money.

 

 

Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel

 

So for me, this is the product that I have seen the least results from, probably because it is something that needs to be used over a longer period of time, and being only 20 I probably don’t need my skin to look plumper yet. There may be a few people hating on me right now for saying that…but give it 10 years and I will probably bring this product out again! I have heard really good things about the long term effects of using this, so would definitely still recommend it if you suffer from dehydrated skin and to reduce the effects of ageing.

Stem Cell Superfood Cleanser

 

 

I was really excited about using this product as I am such a sucker for a really nice cleanser. You can easily take this product out the pot with your hands and work it into your skin like a cream, however it obviously doesn’t soak in. This cleanser was so gentle on the skin and easily removed all remaining makeup and thoroughly cleaned my skin. Using the muslin cloth I removed the product with warm water and was left with super fresh, baby soft skin. Following my remaining skincare products my skin felt incredibly after using this product.

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Bee Venom Moisturiser  

White Brightening Mask 

 

Hero Discovery Set

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

A Luxury Experience with Dior

A Luxury Experience with Dior

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Kieran, the manager at Dior beauty House of Fraser in Bristol. Dior for me has always been my go to for true luxury and elegance in a beauty brand, from their fabulous range of makeup and competitive skincare products, not forgetting their gorgeous fragrances. The first product I ever bought from Dior was a bright red lipstick a few years ago, which I still use and love to this day. In fact, it is my staple lip colour during the festive season. It is a part of their infamous Dior Addict range, in a beautiful silver packaging, that boasts high quality and a unique selection of colours. Being able to go along to Dior, I was incredibly lucky to try out a huge variety of their products, which was absolute heaven. My face was transformed, and Kieran created a look which I have been trying so hard to replicate ever since.

Dior for me hasn’t just got it with beauty, but also their fragrance and fashion. Being a keen follower of those high up in the fashion industry, I adore admiring those wearing bespoke Dior and am always able to identify when it is a piece from this truly beautiful brand. Victoria McGrath from Inthefrow always looks incredible in her Dior pieces.

During my experience at Dior, I learnt a lot about the beauty and skincare products they have on offer, as well as the services they are able to provide at the counters. I love my makeup and skincare, however have always been someone who finds it quite hard approaching counters and asking to test out products. It just isn’t in my nature and I am always unsure as to what services they actually offer. At Dior, Kieran and his fabulous team in Bristol, work so hard to provide an exquisite service and will always be open to helping you select the right products for your beauty bag, and your skin needs. I honestly felt like I was in the best hands, and it was just so heart-warming to speak with someone who was so passionate about the beauty industry and the brand they work for.

Before starting my makeup, Kieran and I discussed my usual makeup habits and what I love in my looks, as well as a variety of others things of course. I think in the end I was at the counter for over two hours! Time flies when you’re having fun! The look I was going to have was developed around the beautiful eye shadow palette named ‘inflame’. It really brought my eyes to life and was so rich in colour. Using these deep red tones, I also got to experience a whole variety of other Dior products that best complimented the eye look as well as my skin type and of course personality. I usually go for a very subtle, feminine look, which I think Dior cater for extremely well. Their makeup products and looks created are always representative of their brand, and in my view completely timeless in their beauty.

 

The first step in creating the look was obviously removing my pathetic excuse for an everyday look and a applying a little skincare. Kieran started with a Micellar Water, known from Dior as a new generation of Micellar Water, that offers a combination of powerful makeup remover as well as a comforting texture. Up until this point, I had not yet found a product that didn’t irritate my skin. This was so gentle, I had no idea that it even was a Micellar Water. Followed by this was the Capture Youth Redness Soother Serum, a product designed to sooth and balance out red or sensitive skin. This beautiful products contains a blend of cotton peptides derived from natural sources for skin, that appears smooth and even. As a bonus, the bottle is incredibly beautiful and would look perfect on any night stand.

To then hydrate the skin, Kieran used three key products. Dior Hydra Life Intense Rescue Sorbet Crème, Dreamskin Perfector and Dreamskin Cushion 012. I was reassured by the cream that my skin was hydrated, and was thrilled to try out the two products from the Dreamskin line, designed to prevent lines and signs of ageing. All the products worked beautifully together and my skin felt baby soft. For me, what was also amazing, was just how good my fresh faced skin made me feel.

 

Complexion

I am always very basic when it comes to my face makeup, often using the lightest foundation from any range and just a little contouring to make me look awake! Pale problems!

To begin with, Kieran used the Dior Airflash Mist and Setting Spray to prep the skin allowing for a more even coverage of foundation. This was a very cool product, that all you have to do is spray over your face as opposed to rubbing in as I have always done with other products.

The foundation used was also a spray from the Airflash collection, however Kieran opts to spray onto the brush as opposed to face to reduce product wastage. I couldn’t agree more with him on this. It was very light in colour, obviously to match my skin type and was applied incredibly easily. It had amazing coverage and a beautiful dewy finish which I always sway towards when choosing a foundation. To finish the foundation look and keep everything in place, Kieran used the Forever Translucent Loose Powder (001).

To add some colour and definition to my face, Kieran used the Nudeair Mineral Bronze which I absolutely adored. It added just the right amount of colour to my face, whilst also keeping a very natural and polished look. To the apples of my cheeks, I got to try the Rouge Blush (250), which just added that little bit of colour that the look was in need of. This is very new to the Dior range. Finally, to highlight, Kieran added a subtle amount of Nudeair Luminizer (002), which just completely brought it all together. I love a light sweep of highlighter, and always dread leaving the house with too much on! This look was the perfect amount for me.

Eyes

As I mentioned earlier, this whole look was based around the eye colour, which is from a 5 shadow palette called Inflame (767). The beautiful rich tones really brought my eyes to life, and the lessons Kieran taught me for applying eye shadows were just completely priceless. I have always completely winged it when it comes to eye makeup (no pun intended), so it was really nice to hear from an expert and learn all about how it is actually meant to be done. Starting with the light shades around the eye and in the corner, Kieran then applied the beautiful red to the centre before finishing with the darkest shade along my lash line. The final stage was where it really all came together and the look ‘Inflame’ was glaringly obvious.

 

To finish the eyes, Kieran used the Pump n Volume mascara which added endless length to my lashes. I couldn’t believe how long and volumized they were! I have only ever had one designer mascara before and this really reminded me of how incredible they are for a quick and easy look. You really do get what you pay for.

Then for brows, we used the Browstyler which was so simple. You draw through where you feel you need a little more colour and texture in your brows and then brush through, brushing the hairs upwards. My brows looked defined and instantly volumized. It was so quick, which is the biggest thing I usually look for in a brow product.

Lips

To finish this beautiful look, I opted for a red lip as I knew it would complement the eyes perfectly. Also, for me, whenever I think of Dior I think of glamour and sophistication, which red lips always adhere to. It was an obvious choice really. Before applying the lipstick, I got to try the Lipglow, which is a hydrating balm that is perfect for nourishing the lips and providing the perfect base for any lip colour. The lipstick used for this look was the Rouge Dior Matte in shade 666. It was a striking red, that utterly brought my whole face together. I looked ready for a picturesque Dior ball, which sadly wasn’t the case this day. The look had to be sported around the house and local supermarket instead!

 

I was absolutely in love with my makeup look and everything Dior had to offer in House of Fraser Bristol. The service was phenomenal and it reminded me of how much I enjoy luxury makeup. If you are looking for a luxurious experience, or would just love to get to know Dior beauty a little more, head down to this counter and explore everything they can offer you. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank you so much to Kieran for this wonderful experience.

 

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This post is in collaboration with the Dior counter at House of Fraser Bristol, however ALL views and opinions are entirely my own.

The Barn, Somerset

The Barn, Somerset

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting The Barn; a beautiful niche salon and place to escape buried in the country lanes of Somerset. I have been following along on their journey via Instagram for a while, completely besotted with the interiors and ethos of the brand. Kelly, salon owner, Dermologica ambassador and therapist, was kind enough to get in touch to see if I would like to visit the salon. As you can imagine, I jumped at the opportunity. Luckily for me, and unluckily for my bank card, I found a love of salons quite early in life and enjoy nothing more than taking some time out for me and visiting a salon to explore new treatments to help me escape, whilst also being beneficial for my skin.

The Barn, who celebrated 10 years of business this year, was first established in 2008 and is formed from the oldest building in Loxton. Using the original stone and oak timber beams, The Barn was rebuilt and is home to an extremely tranquil and unique salon, with a heavy focus on skincare and mental well-being. At The Barn, simplicity rules, with natural and honest beauty seen throughout all Interiors and products,  as well as a natural attitude towards taking care of ourselves mentally and physically. Being a leader in the industry, The Barn connects cutting-edge treatments with the calmness of the natural world. Sitting in the waiting area, filling in my form, I felt instantly at ease with a view of the surrounding land. The green hills immediately rest your mind and soul. Set within 2 acres of gorgeous land, The Barn is completely private giving clients the opportunity to enjoy the serene setting. This is a feeling that is very hard to achieve in the modern world we live in. Because of this, The Barn is a huge step ahead in my eyes compared to a lot of other salon/spas, purely for how you feel when you are in it.

I was lucky enough to take full advantage of the new treatment lounge within the salon, which is home to the beautiful pedicure area, manicure station, massage table and THAT copper bath! I felt extremely privileged to enjoy a blissful hour in the raw copper bath which was fully equipped with candles, mineral salts, fresh herbs, essential oils and the very Instagrammable rose petals. It was an experience like no other and a sheer moment of relaxation, ideal before my massage treatment. I rarely experience moments like these, as unfortunately taking a bath at home will never compare. Especially with my screaming cat next to me begging to come in and explore the water.

“WITH GENEROUS TREATMENT ROOMS AND A RELAXATION LOUNGE WITH VIEWS OVER CROOKS PEAK, WE CAN HELP YOU ESCAPE, HOWEVER BRIEFLY, FROM THE STRESSES OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” – The Barn, Somerset

Carly, who was the therapist responsible for my divine massage, has been with The Barn since 2011 and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Stepping into The Barn, I knew instantly that the treatment was going to be amazing, and boy It didn’t disappoint. I have been having massages for a good few years now mainly due to back problems, so am quite particular with what I like. Basically, I love having the balance of relaxation whilst also feeling like something very good and effective is happening to my back physically. Those knots won’t get rid of themselves in a hurry. Carly was thorough, responsive and is extremely talented. My back felt extremely at ease after my treatment and the whole thing just put me completely into a chilled and peaceful state.

Having now finally visited the salon and experienced what they can offer, I can definitely say that I will be going back. I couldn’t fault my time at The Barn in the slightest and I am incredibly grateful to have been able to switch off and just enjoy a few moments for myself. I have a lot going on at the moment so it came at the perfect time. I am also extremely keen to try out some of their skincare from Dermalogica, as it is very apparent from being in The Barn that there is a heavy focus on good skin and helping those get to a good level with their skincare and regimes.

The Barn 

 

Instagram – @thebarnsomerset

 

Thank you so much to Kelly, Carly and all the team at The Barn for making my experience incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. I will definitely be back!

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This blog post is in collaboration with The Barn, however all views and opinions are my own.

Autumn Makeup Look 2018

Autumn Makeup Look 2018

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

I have found such a love for makeup in the last year, exploring a range of new products and differing my looks through the seasons. Doing my makeup in the morning can often be the only chance I get in the day to get a little creative, and it really uplifts my mood. When Urban Decay released the Naked Heat palette, I fell in love with the colour combinations and depth to the tones. However, initially I didn’t purchase it as I was actually quite afraid to use it. One of my best friends got her hands on it, and it has very much become a part of her everyday makeup routine. Although, she does tend to wear makeup that is a lot warmer in tone to me and she just thoroughly pulls it off. When putting together my birthday list this year, I thought I would pop it on just in case. Luckily for me, my grandma bought it and I have loved it ever since. I think what scared me about it was that I am not very good at using darker coloured products, as I am always scared I will look a little like a drag queen.

My number one tip when it comes to makeup is blending. I used to be so scared of applying too much, and often found that because of this fear, it didn’t really look like I had anything on. Now, I just apply as much as possible and spend the majority of my time blending. It has completely transformed my makeup looks.

For Autumn, this palette is going to be my go to. I haven’t used it much through the Summer as I like to go for the subtle ‘no makeup makeup look’, especially in the heat, unless I had a spontaneous night out! During the Autumn/ Winter season I do opt for these darker tones, and love a good rich eye look and darker lip. I created this look for the purpose of the blog, and have been recreating it most days since the greyer sky and lower temperatures have arrived. So what did I use to create this look?

First things first, let’s start with the skincare. Autumn is an amazing and beautiful season, that also brings the colder weather resulting in dry or dehydrated skin. Keeping up with your skincare is key, not only to protect it from the weather, but also to be able to create a flawless makeup look. To read my full blog post featuring my skincare regime, click here.

So, for my complexion, the minute the new season hits I always resort back to my fuller coverage of makeup. I just find that I enjoy the barrier in the cold and feel so much better when wearing my foundation. So to start I use two products from Revolution makeup. The first being their face primer. I love this product as it is incredibly light on the skin and without a doubt makes my foundation last longer and look much more sleek. The second product from Revolution is then the foundation base stick. I love this product and through the Summer just used it on its own as my face makeup. However, now that the colder days are here, I am using it as an extra layer underneath my liquid foundation. These sticks are so soft, apply very easily and colour match exquisitely. Then, I use my trusty No.7 Stay Perfect foundation, which I wear in shade Calico. I love this foundation for many reasons, the first being the amazing coverage it offers, how it works perfectly with sensitive skin like mine and has a very beautiful dewy finish. All these products together complement each other and work extremely well to offer a flawless and magazine worthy finish.

To conceal, I use the Revolution ‘Conceal and Define Concealer’ which I always read amazing things about online. I love this product as it truly hides everything I want hidden and is very light on the skin.

So, for the eye look, I primer the lids with a little smidge of the Revolution foundation stick just using my finger. This product is a much cheaper way of priming and offers the perfect base for your eyeshadow. Using the Naked Heat palette, I firstly use the shade ‘Chaser’ with a large eye brush to cover all my eye lid up to my brow, followed by ‘He Devil’ on the lid. In the crease I then use a smaller, denser brush with the shade ‘En Fuego’. To finish, I lightly go over the look with shade ‘Lumbre’ to add a little shimmer. I then thoroughly blend the look together and use a beauty blender around my eyes to finish the look.

Using my favourite Rimmel liners, I then add a line and a flick to the top of my eyes, and using the pencil, darken my water line. I personally find that with the red look, you need the liner to add that added definition.

For my lashes, I start by priming with my Maybelline eye primer. This was a miracle find in my local drug store, after a friend had mentioned it. It is honestly one of the best products that I have ever used. You put a little on your lashes and let it dry slightly before applying mascara. My lashes stay in place all day and have probably doubled in length and volume when wearing mascara since I have been using it. Once it is a little dry, I then use the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, applying one coat followed by another. These products together work amazingly and my lashes have never looked so long without having extensions or a lash lift.

For my brows I always use the same one product. I am very lucky that my brows are naturally dark and well-shaped, so just need to simply give them a brush and a little colour in the lighter patches. I use the L’Oréal ‘Paris Paradise Brow Pomade’. It is a gel product, that I apply with a small brush and then brush out with a brow comb.

To contour, I use the same products all year round in general, however in the Autumn I just use a little more. I also use a little less highlight, as I prefer to keep it a bit more matte at this time of year. I use the Benefit Hoola to bronze, just on my cheeks, followed by the Revolution blush palette in the apples of my cheeks. I blend this all together, then I use my foundation beauty blender underneath to make sure that the contour is even. I then lightly highlight the top of my cheeks, using the Revolution compact highlighter and a light fluffy brush. This is all so easy to create and can be done very quickly.

For the lips, I like to go for a bigger pop of colour and something a bit richer in tone during Autumn. One of my go to lipsticks is the Bourjois liquid lipsticks, in the velvet shade ‘peach club’. I wear this on its own as it last for hours and has enough colour in it to warrant not using a liner. I love the slight orange tone that it has, making it much easier to wear in the day through to the evening.

What is your favourite makeup product for Autumn?

Products Featured:

Primer – Revolution

Foundation Stick – Revolution

Foundation – No.7

Concealer – Revolution

Eyeshadow – Naked Heat

Liners – Rimmel

Lash Primer – Maybelline

Mascara – Maybelline

Brows – L’Oréal

Bronzer – Benefit

Blush – Revolution

Highlight – Revolution

Lips – Bourjois

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

My New Scent from Daniel Josier

My New Scent from Daniel Josier

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

As you may have seen on Lady Hunter a few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sensory experience with Shy Mimosa in Clifton Village, Bristol. I had the most magical few hours with Maria, embarking on a historical ride regarding small independent perfumers, learning about all these special and beautiful brands. If you would like to read more about my experience at Shy Mimosa, and a few things that I learnt from my time, you can read the full post here.

Learning about the history behind some truly gorgeous brands I discovered a new love for a specific scent. It is perfect for me in every way and now is a vital part of my look each morning.

When it comes to perfume I have never really experimented, always going for something that I think I like or because it is allegedly being worn by a famous star. This is not something I am proud to admit, but I don’t think I am by any means alone in the thought process. Maria really made me think twice about these decisions, and opened my eyes to the entire world of unique and truly special scents created by independent brands. Daniel Josier is a large feature in Shy Mimosa, as Maria herself has fallen in love with his perfumes. Daniel Josier and Shy Mimosa were kind enough to gift me with one of these, the scent being hand-picked for me by Maria after completing my sensory experience.

Daniel Josier

Founded in 2014, Daniel Josier used his skill that he had acquired from working with large brands to branch out and create something of his own. His world seems to revolve around perfume, with the adventure of finding the perfect scent taking up all his days and a lot of nights. As with any artist, his work is only completed once it has reached its maximum potential. Everything he thought it was going to be should be there, and so much more. These perfumes are aimed to enhance your daily experiences.

All of his creations are that of countless hours of dedicated hard work, in order to produce a range of truly unique and extraordinary scents.

A few words from Daniel

“After my studies, I started in the world of perfumery in 1997, responsible for large accounts for the creation of essences by Haarman & Reimer (now Symrise), a German multinational of the perfume industry, coming into contact with companies such as Sara Lee , Unilever, L’Oréal, Puig, LVMH.

In 2004 I made the leap to Iberchem society, responsible for the area of creation of perfumes for the Spanish market.

Continued….

Since 2008 I have been responsible for the French company Expressions Parfumées for Iberia (Spain-Portugal) having clients like Puig (CH, Rabanne, Ricci, Prada, Valentino), Yves Rocher, L’Occitane, and others.

In January 2009, I created and developed my own company L’Atelier del Perfume which was born to combine the work I do in the industry and create not only the essences but the finished product to small companies.”

It is said that no one is ever fully clothed without perfume. That to be enveloped and embraced in a wonderful fragrance upon your skin is an enchantment all on its own.

My Scent | Josune

Josune ∞ Energy and Love

I was blown away by every scent in Shy Mimosa, however I knew the minute I experienced Josune it was perfect for me. Branded as being positivity in a bottle by Daniel Josier, it was created solely to convey simple happiness. It is rich in tone and makes me smile with every spritz, suggesting that Daniel Josier mastered what he set out to achieve. After many attempts at trying to succeed with this perfume, he finally hit upon the correct combination and named it after the person who fills him with the most happiness and love.

With notes of bergamot, rose and jasmine, the fragrance has a very floral based scent which are then balanced perfectly with woody tones. These come from the mixture of patchouli, sandal wood and iris. To complete the scent, and in my opinion give it that richness that makes me smile, it then also contains vanilla, praline and musk. All these components works beautifully together to create a very upbeat and relaxing scent that I simply can’t wait to smother myself in every morning.

The Daniel Josier collected featured in Shy Mimosa is extremely varied, with there really being something perfect for everyone. Pop into the Bristol based boutique and let Maria spoil you with her time and excellent knowledge of the finest perfumes on the market.

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You can explore the whole Daniel Josier range from Shy Mimosa here.

You can use the code ‘HUNTER15’ via the Shy Mimosa website for 15% off your order. Alternatively you can redeem the code in their Bristol based boutique.

Jumpsuit – New Look

Hat – Accessorize

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This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa, however all views and opinions are my own.

My Perfume Experience with Shy Mimosa

My Perfume Experience with Shy Mimosa

This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa and Socialight App.

So, where to begin with my fabulous sensory experience with Maria at Shy Mimosa? Last week I was honoured to visit Maria in her wonderful perfume shop, which has now been open for two years in the buzzing setting of Clifton Village. I actually used to work a few doors down, so remember when the shop opened and thinking to myself ‘I must go in there’! I have always loved fragrance, however I think like a lot of people I have been consumed for many years by the strategic marketing of big brands, who use different methods other than good perfume to sell their products. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to not only learn about some beautiful independent perfumers, but to step back in time a little with someone who had a whole dictionary in her mind about everything you could possibly ever need to know about perfumes and its fabulous history.

Marias passion for perfume was utterly contagious and she always aims to showcase artisan, small and independent perfumeries, which to me is incredible important. As we all know, this is where the best products and scents are always found.

I really did find the whole process truly satisfying and it really awakened a love for luxury perfume in me. Being in Shy Mimosa, it was very apparent that there is a substantial focus on personal experience and unobtrusive service, in an extremely intimate environment. In a small space, receiving this experience, it felt extremely cosy and I felt like I was very much immersed in a boutique perfumery like my great grandma would have been so many years ago. Since those times, I think we have all very much lost touch with what a really good fragrance should be like, choosing to buy products purely because of the celebrity who is on the cover.

As a result, not only do we not receive a truly beautiful product, but we miss out on the experience that should always accompany buying it. Perfumery is an art, with everyone having their own individual taste. As a result, every fragrance in Shy Mimosa is unisex. This very much signifies the quality of the experience that you are receiving, as it is always going to be a scent catered to you as an individual, as opposed to just your gender.

In order to provide the most personal experience, Shy Mimosa also focus on Taylor making each customer’s needs when finding their signature perfume or fragrance they look for to wear during a special occasion, such as wedding. This level of service is extremely rare, no matter what you are shopping for, but especially perfume. You most certainly won’t find this when shopping in your local Boots. Again, emphasising that the Shy Mimosa experience is about hand picking a scent that is correct for you and your personality, as opposed to a scent that is on trend or allegedly being worn by a famous star.

Brands selected by Maria

Giovanna Antonelli – this is a beautiful brand that is exclusive to Shy Mimosa in the UK. I had the pleasure of experiencing ‘411 Intenso’, which was a divine rosy and floral scent with woody notes that reminding me of being in a forest. It was inspired by Palais Royale, Paris. Naturally, I fell in love.

Le Galion – are you aware of the famous Marilyn Monroe quote, “I sleep in nothing but Chanel”. It was a total marketing stunt. Her actual favourite perfume is rumoured to have come from this beautiful Parisian brand, and the perfume is named ‘La Rose’. It is classic, timeless and based on an elegant French Rose. Having had the pleasure of experiencing this scent myself, I can very much belief that such a beauty icon like her would have fallen in love with this scent, and it is definitely on my list for one to add to my small collection.

Gri Gri Parfums – Something extremely unique came from this brand, whose admiration for tattooing was incorporated into the design of the branding. The scent I got to smell was very unusual, at first being sweet and resembling bubble gum taking me back to those Summer days as a child pretending I was cool chewing on Hubba Bubba. However, the scent started to change, into a much more mysterious and dark aroma.

Daniel Josier – this was possibly my favourite brand featured in my perfume experience, however I am going to refrain from saying too much, as I plan on bringing you a whole blog post dedicated to this brand and perfume in the next few week! Stay tuned!

Aedes de Venustas – who else is like me and utterly obsessed with Vanilla? Well, Aedes de Venustas have managed to capture that distinctive, sweet scent into one perfume. Not at all overpowering, this perfume placed my mind in my kitchen, baking and eating warm vanilla fairy cakes. Born just a mere twenty years ago in New York City, Aedes de Venustas (which means Temple of Beauty in Latin), has become the global Mecca of perfume connoisseurs.

The Shy Mimosa experience is nothing like anything you have experienced before. In a comfortable and chic setting, Maria will guide you through her extensive range of perfumes, educating you on all the rare and niche scents she has to offer. Shaping a palette for what you as an individual truly love, as well as what works for you on your skin. It is the ideal experience for a celebration or milestone in life, as well as a treat to indulge yourself in if you are looking for a bit of me time.

I was extremely lucky to be gifted a beautiful Daniel Josier perfume, which was hand selected by Maria dependent on what I looked for and loved in a perfume. I really want to experience this perfume a lot more over the next few weeks, which is why I am going to be bringing a whole review and story of my experience to the blog in the next few weeks.

If you would like spoil yourself to an experience like to other with Maria or purchase an artisan perfume from Shy Mimosa, Maria has kindly given me a code for my followers to use which will give you 15% off your personal scent. This can be used at the checkout online or in store. Obviously, I would completely recommend that you get yourself to this beautiful boutique in Clifton for a little nosy of everything they have to offer!

This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa and Socialight App. However, all view and opinions are my own.