I am leaving WordPress :-(

Hello everyone!

Yes, that is right, I am leaving WordPress. It is nothing personal, but I feel that the format is not quite what I was looking for.  That doesn’t mean that other blogs here are doing something wrong, far from it! It is just that I prefer the more ‘snappy’, ‘instant’ feel from using apps like Instagram and BlogLovin’. I guess you could  call me a sucker for instant gratification.

What does this mean for the current ‘Pretty White Stars’ WordPress blog?

  1. For one, this will be my final post on WordPress ;-(  so all of my new and upcoming reviews and articles will appear on my Instagram account, and/or my Facebook page instead (the details are below).
  2. Any likes or comments left on this WordPress blog will not be seen, so PLEASE ‘Like’/Comment/Follow on Instagram/Facebook instead.
  3. All my reviews and articles will remain here, untouched, but as archived items only. So they will still appear in search engine results!

 What it does mean, however, is that you can follow me on other channels:

I post photos and what I like to call ‘flash’ reviews, on Instagram at least twice a day, and am currently transferring some of my WordPress material from here to my new Facebook page.

I do hope that you will continue on this journey with me; I want to make it easier to engage with my followers as well as share my world in what I think to be more friendly and accessible formats. So go ahead and like my page on Facebook, like the posts and leave comments – I want to know what you think!  And follow me on Instagram, click the ‘heart’ symbol under my photos, and leave a comment there too!

Thank you very much to all my followers for your support thus far and thanks also to WordPress for providing this amazing blogging site!

See you on the other side!

BIG HUGS XXX

My Obsession with French Style

What is it about French style that makes it so desirable?

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Coming from England – and more specifically, London – you would think that there is more than enough ‘style’ on the fashionable streets to keep me occupied. But I just can’t get enough of French chic. And it turns out I am not the only one. Hundreds of books, blogs and Pinterest boards are devoted purely to the Gallic inclination. Heck, I even eschewed the numerous – and reputable – UK beauty boxes in favour of My Little Box, a lil box of beauty and lifestyle goodies sent every month from across the Channel.

I have thought long and hard about this, and I think I have found the answer(s).

Firstly, I think it is a classic case of the Grass Being Greener. We always want what we can’t have. Us Brits have Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen…AMAZING British brand that constantly push the envelope and become modern classics. But the French have Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel! Exquisite tailoring and classic designs that go with everything!

Secondly, French style living seems so romantic. Living in a cottage in always sunny Provence by lavender fields, going to the market to buy fresh bread and vegetables…swoon…You would NEVER get that here. Chicken Cottages everywhere, cold rain, grey faces, extortionate rents…To think, all I have to do is pack up my life in London and fly an hour’s journey to achieve the dream!

Thirdly, it seems so easy. But not. Does that make sense? Despite having read all my books from cover to cover on how to look Parisian (my favourite type of French chic) I don’t think I always nail it. Some books actually have step-by-step instructions on how to dress a la Francaise, along the lines of: “Stripy Eric Bompard cashmere jumper, Isabel Marant skinny jeans, leather clutch by YSL,  Chanel flats“. I could invest in these items, but still look like a fashion disaster/wannabe, and lacking in the nonchalant stylishness that seems to emanate from the French girls in my books. Is it all a ruse, I wonder? Is this representative of all French women? Answers please, on a carte postale. Invitations to French cottages in pursuit of the answers are accepted.

 

I am on Instagram now, too!

Happy end-of-weekend, everyone! 

What do you mean, you hate Mondays? Think of it this way: EVERYONE hates Mondays. So celebrate your shared loathing and general mistrust of the first working day of the week by following me on my new Instagram account!:

http://www.instagram.com/prettywhitestars/

If you prefer reading my beauty reviews and articles in ‘quick flash‘ mode, (say, for example, because you are too busy trying to wake up on the train into work and just want a summary of my review/article), then following me on Instagram is the way to go!

You know how WordPress works; I use it as a blog to post my comprehensive reviews and articles on beauty, complete with lots of lovely photos and details of products…And you know how Instagram works; I use it to summarise the most AMAZING beauty finds and bargains with a collage of those lovely photos complete with one or two buzzwords or phrases to describe the product. These really are flash reviews.

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Above: One of my flash reviews on Instagram of an amazing beauty bargain!

And since I started Instagramming (that would be only yesterday!), I am enjoying the process immensely. And just so you know, not everything I come across in my makeup and beauty world will be featured on my WordPress blog. So what are you waiting for? Go to Instagram pronto! Follow me, like my posts  -it takes less than a second to press the ‘heart’symbol -, and comment. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Thank you x

JO MALONE COLOGNES – REVIEWS

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Photo above c/o Vogue magazine

Wow – that’s a bit of a tongue-twister! ‘Jo Malone Colognes – Reviews‘!!

Yes, dear readers, I have done more reviews on the wonderful Fragrantica website. This time, the reviews are of three Jo Malone fragrances that I absolutely love, and could spritz time after time…

  • Blackberry and Bay
  • Mimosa and Cardamom
  • Blue Agave and Cacao

Any of these three could be my signature scent; such is my olfactory affiliation with them.

Please check out my reviews (and other people’s opinions too if you like!) on the Fragrantica website:

http://www.fragrantica.com/member/976031/

If you like my review, please, PLEASE click on the small ‘thumbs up’ symbol at the bottom left hand side of the review. And if you want to share your experience of the scents, register with the website and add your review too!

 

Beauty Sales Shopping

Do you love shopping for your favourite things on the sales? Of course you do! Perfume gift sets, make up bundles, toiletry hampers…all these beauty things and much more are prime sale items post-Christmas. Stores cannot exactly take toiletry baskets apart and sell the items individually – no –  so what they do is kindly reduce them to very low prices so we, the willing customers kindly take them off their hands. It’s a win-win situation.

Sales are a wonderful time to try that beauty brand you have been wondering about. Makeup Revolution,  Superdry, Soap & Glory…there are a lot of brands to try, but the money spent on just ‘trying’ them adds up, made worse by the very real prospect that you might not even like them in the end. So take advantage of the sales, dear friends, and become a savvy beauty shopper.

One of my beauty sales purchases was from the wonderful Superdrug. I love Superdrug! Their reductions during the sales are insane. It is quite possible that you will spend less than a tenner in there, but emerge an hour later with a sackful of goodies. I have always been intrigued by Superdrug’s very own make-up range; ‘Studio London‘. This brand only seems to come out for crimbo, so unless you have some of their items already, you are in for a looooong wait until they come back!

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I treated myself to a pack of x5 eyeliner pencils, which were reduced to just under £2. Two quidlies! For five eyeliners! As you can see from the little blurb at the back, Studio London ‘is inspired by the latest fashion trends, created with the expertise of professional make up artists’. So what did my bargainous box of pencils look like?

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Quite a good range of colours you have here. Classic black, classic brown, an experimental double-ended pencil of gold and silver glitter, an electric blue and an aubergine purple.

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People, I urge you to buy these when they next come out. Not only are the colours well pigmented, but the staying power is excellent for the price. It took me a great deal of rubbing to remove the colour from my eyelids. The double-ended glitter pencil requires two strokes to achieve GCI* (I have created this make-up term, see at the bottom of this post for its definition!), as does the the brown and purple shades, but the electric blue = wow. It is gloriously bright for the blue trend this 2016, dotted between the upper and lower eyelashes, for which you only need to apply once to achieve the colour.

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(drawn on my hand)

I think my next aim with Studio London is to try out other products from the range. I saw a couple of eyeshadow palettes, a liquid eyeliner collection, some nail polish colours and pretty glitter lip wands, so if they are still about, I will snap them up and let ya know!

*GCI = glitter-colour intensity. To possess this quality, a product must achieve both the quantity of glitter AS WELL AS the colour of the product in one swipe. In other words, when you apply it, you can see both glitter and colour, not just sparkle!

THE FRAGRANTICA WEBSITE

Happy New Year everyone! 

Whether you spent it partying all night, or in the warm coziness of home, I hope you had a good one. Bring on 2016!

I spent a lot of the Christmas/New Year period on the Fragrantica website, scoping out new scents and reading reviews. In case you haven’t heard, Fragrantica is a genius website that combines both perfume profiles and user reviews. If you create a username, you can build up your perfume profile with scents you ‘love/like/dislike’, as well as write reviews, and send messages to other users.

Of course, my profile is called ‘prettywhitestars‘, so if you search for my name, you will find all my reviews for the scents I have tried and tested.  All of the reviews from this WordPress blog are on there, so you can easily retrieve the reviews just by finding my profile.

The perfumes I have reviewed so far on the Fragrantica website are:

  • Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood
  • Happy by Clinique
  • Pure Honey by Kim Kardashian (I know, I know)
  • 02 by Impulse
  • Look by Vera Wang
  • Jack by Richard E. Grant
  • Black Orchid by Tom Ford
  • Fame by Lady Gaga
  • Glow by Jennifer Lopez
  • Stormflower by Cheryl
  • Orange Elanzia by Elaniza Mervielle
  • FleurTeese, Erotique, Rouge and Dita Von Teese by Dita Von Teese
  • Salt Caramel by Shay & Blue
  • Framboise Noire by Shay & Blue
  • Eau de Parfum by Helmut Lang
  • DKNY Be Desired by Donna Karan
  • Eau de Karma by Thomas Sabo

Just so you know, from now on, ALL of my perfume reviews will be put on the Fragrantica website, so please do check my prettywhitestars profile from time to time to see which perfumes I have reviewed.

Happy reading!