Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Star Wars Dark Eau De Parfum by Disney | Review

Come to the Dark Side... we smell really good!

Hey guys!

Today I simply had to tell you about my new perfume, Star Wars Dark, which I fell in love with instantly and bought as soon as I tried it on. To give you some backstory, I was early to meet someone at the O2, so I went past the gift shop of the Star Wars Identities exhibition. Since I was not wearing any perfume (I forgot), I decided to put some on there. As soon as the perfume touched my skin I knew I had to get it, and I immediately took it to the cashier and made it mine!

Star Wars

The top notes of the perfume are grapefruit, orange and aldehydes.
The middle notes are violet, magnolia, rose and cloves.
The base notes are cedar, patchouli, vetiver, amber, chocolate and vanilla.

Star Wars Dark perfume box

The first thing that I noticed when I put it on is how warm and spicy it smells. I was not sure if it was a men's or a women's perfume - it is in fact unisex - exactly because of that reason, but I wanted to wear either way. I would also like it on a man, because of the cloves and the chocolate notes that I find very attractive in men's perfumes.

Star Wars Dark

Out of women's perfumes that I've owned before, and potentially a good alternative to consider if you can't get your hands on this one, is the Eau de Soap & Glory. They both contain magnolia and vanilla, which I think gives them that sweet sexiness, and they both have citrus fruits in them, Dark has grapefruit and orange and S&G has mandarin and bergamot.

Star Wars Dark bottle

Another thing that particularly impressed me in Star Wars Dark was how intense it it. It not only surrounds me in its aroma, the first hour or so everyone walking past me can definitely smell it clearly, but it is also long lasting and I can still smell it on my skin for hours after I put it on. It has been quite hard for me to find many perfumes like that in recent years, the last one I really liked was Black XS by Paco Rabanne.

Star Wars Dark

Now for the scent test over the next few hours after you put it on:

1 hour later: The perfume is exactly like the moment I put it on, sitting on my desk anybody walking past me can smell it coming from me. It is not overpowering but it is present.

Star Wars Dark

3 hours later: I can still smell the perfume around me as I'm sat down on my desk working, without getting close to my skin and I can tell the scent coming from my neck apart from the one coming from my wrists, due to the intensity.

Star Wars Dark eau de parfum review

6 hours later: After washing my hands I can not pick up the scent in my immediate environment all the time. However I can still smell it on my wrists, which I washed with soap, and I can smell a hint of it every now and then from my neck, so it has managed to remain on very well.

Star Wars Dark eau de parfum

There are a few more perfumes in the same collection. Galaxy is the closest scent to Dark, all the notes are the same except it doesn't have the chocolate and vanilla, so it is less sweet than Dark. Light, which is supposed to be Dark's main counterpart, has lemon and cypress in it which to me smelled more fresh but for some reason I did not particularly like its scent.  

Droid, is more woody and musky, with jasmine, mint and bergamot, which takes out the sexiness of Dark and replaces it with a calming dependable innocence (somehow that is how I can only describe this perfume). As for the protagonists' perfumes Rey is quite sweet with caramel, praline, red berries, sandalwood and amber and Revenge, Kylo Ren's perfume, is sexy but fresh at the same time thanks to the combination of rose, geranium, cypress and bergamot.

Star Wars Dark notes

You can get all of the perfumes in the line here or in person at the Star Wars shop at the O2 like I did; prices range at around £20 for 50ml. Keep in mind it is limited edition so when they run out that's it.

I firmly believe that Dark is the best one of the collection, although this really depends on individual tastes and the kind of perfume you enjoy. However, if you are anything like me and you want your perfume to say you are a woman strong and confident in her femininity and sexual energy, I would say Star Wars Dark is the perfume you should go for. 

Star Wars perfume

So put on your favourite black dress, spray some perfume on, pick up your light saber and get ready to take over the world!

Lots of love
Kristine

Thursday, 6 July 2017

ELECTRIC SHEEP Zappy Bat Necklace

Hi guys! I'm back!

Today I wanted to show you a recently acquired piece, from a brand that is great for fairy kei, decora, pastel goth and a few more alternative fashion styles. The brand is called Electric Sheep and you can find their accessories on their Storenvy shop.

Zappy Bat Necklace

They also usually have a stall at Hyper Japan, which is where I originally found out about the brand and saw their accessories. They describe themselves as a brand with 'cute Japanese and alternative/cyber scene inspired handmade jewellery and hair accessories'. Their main influences are Harajuku fashion fairy kei, lolita, cyber, punk and goth. A lot of their items remind me of accessories I usually see in cyberdog, or something you would love to wear at a rave.

electric sheep

The necklace I picked up is called Zappy Bat, since the bat's tail is shaped like a thunderbolt, which is a running theme due to the name of the brand. The quality of the piece is exceptional and there is a variety of colour options that you can choose from, like purple, acid green, black and orange. It is perfect for any creepy cute and pastel goth styles and can be worn with a variety of Harajuku fashions. The acid green and orange versions would look particularly gorgeous with a cyber goth look.

Zappy Bat Necklace storenvy

When it comes to alternative fashion I believe it's very important to support independent creators and smaller brands like Electric Sheep, especially when they have such quality pieces, so I would absolutely recommend and advise you to have a look at their store and pick something up if you like it. They have a variety of other designs, including lightning bolts, skulls, stars and more.

If you have a favourite alternative brand, do let me know what it is so I can check it out!

Lots of love
Kristine


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

How To Decorate A Florida Inspired Room

Hi guys!

I was recently challenged by Douglas Elliman to put together a Florida inspired room and I thought it was such a fun way to prepare you for summer. I know a lot of people like to change up their decor for each season, so, if you were looking for something perfect for summer, look no further. 

When I think of Florida I think of beaches, sunshine and parties, so this is the inspiration behind the decor of the room. The main colours I chose are pink, turquoise and gold and the patterns are flamingos and pineapples.


Let's start from the couch. Picking a statement piece like this blue Iceberg fabric vintage sofa (£407) will instantly set the tone for the rest of the room, the colours and the general style. To add extra colours and tie everything together, cushions are a great help. I particularly like the two marble Cosima cushions from Anthropologie in turquoise (£98) and in pink (£98) because the same pattern ties in the two different colours. Adding another blue cushion, this one with a pineapple pattern (£68), allows me to bring the pineapples into the mix.


Now for some statement pieces. I found this canvas, which goes perfectly above the couch and is called Miami Days (£65); of course Miami is in Florida and this is absolutely perfect for a Florida inspired room. The wire flamingo plant stand (£128) helps bring the plants from the photo into the real room and is quite unusual and eye catching. I also really like the recent trend of inflatable flamingos at pool parties, so this is a slightly more subtle way to incorporate that pool party element indoors.


And now for the finishing touches.... the knick knacks. There is so much to choose from that you just want it all, which is why having three coffee tables seems reasonable. This nest of three vintage coffee tables (£115) has two of our three main colours (blue and yellow - yellow can sometimes substitute gold when decorating) and will allow us to play around with the colours of the rest of the items and their placement. On top of that, you have the choice of keeping them together or splitting them up, having one act as an end table next to the couch and another in front of it.

On the white table we have a tropical blue/green photo frame (£10) and a vase of the same colour so that the combination of the colours echoes the sea and foam of the beaches you love. The yellow table, as the highest will be where the light goes. A pineapple lamp (£38) and one of my favourite summer candles Pink Sands by Yankee Candle (£24) will sit there and provide some extra light and a relaxing smell for when you are resting on the sofa. On the third table, a pineapple cake stand (£28) with sugary snacks and a flamingo mug (£10) with some hot tea or coffee will provide the finishing touches of your relaxation room.


And that is the room finished! Just add a good book and you will be as close to being on a beach in Florida as you can get without leaving your house. In fact you can order all of the items online so you do not even have to leave home to create this room, although, I totally recommend going for an actual holiday in Florida and enjoying the sunshine and the beaches in person (also Disneyland and Universal Studios).

Now, if you are actually thinking of moving, Douglas Elliman has some amazing Florida properties for rent and for sale that you might want to check out. In all honesty, they are worth checking out even if to just pin them to your dream house pinterest board because yes, they are that gorgeous!

Let me know if you liked the items I picked out and if you would like to see more decorating posts. I now feel the need to add some pineapples to my flat and go burn my own pink sands candle.

Lots of love and see you next time!
Kristine

Thursday, 13 April 2017

How To Decorate Your Dream Office Space With DECASO

Hi guys!

I firmly believe that working in a space that inspires you is a great way to motivate yourself and become more productive. Once you have created a space that makes you happy to look at and be in, you will find yourself coming back to it.

I was challenged by DECASO to put together my dream space using items from their website; they have a lovely selection of antiques that I can not afford... but a girl can dream. One day when I buy a beautiful house and set up my office space it is definitely going to look like this.


Ok so let's get down to business (since this is an office after all).

Every office needs a desk. Do not be fooled by this image and my editing skills, this one is totally see through and the top is mirrored. This Elegant Lucite Desk will be the centre of attention of my office. While it is a substantial piece of furniture, the lucite material lets the light through and creates the illusion that the space is not really taken up by a table. It is particularly good if you have a smaller room but still want to fill it with beautiful things.

On top of the table of course you will have your laptop to do some work. Next to it, this Pivoting Crystal Ball Table Lamp will not only provide some light for those late nights working hard, but also turn around so you can adjust where the light falls. And... it looks like a crustal ball for your casual fairy tale element. To balance it out, This Italian Murano Glass Vase is sleek and will hold a bunch of roses to brighten up your day. Fresh flowers are definitely something you should start keeping around the house as it makes everything feel fresher.

Above the table a Hollywood Regency Mirror will add some extra glamour to the whole space and will be perfect for a quick makeup touchup once you are done with work. An inspirational quote next to it will also give you motivation and boost your confidence. And, last but not least, your chair will be where you will be sitting while working so you should make sure that it is both very comfortable and pretty. I picked this Lucite Armchair made of the same material as my desk, because it looks like it is a set with it and also appears as if it is taking up less space, due to the light going through it.

And this is it: my dream office space, created in an image and in my heart. One day this will become reality and I will be writing all my blog posts in a space like this, not just on my bed. Until then, I hope I have helped some of you get inspiration for your home offices. Remember, these items are available to buy so you can even buy these exact ones and own my dream space way before I can. Oh well... 

Until next time, lots of love,
Kristine

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PRIMARK OOTD: Winter Style

Hey guys!

We had a snow day on Saturday and it was great fun. Personally I love snow but rarely have the chance to see it, so I instantly jumped on the opportunity to take some outfit shots. Everything I'm wearing is from Primark, bought over the last few years.

primark

Black and gold are great colours to keep in your wardrobe, as they are easy to match with other items and you can transition them from day to night easily. I got this jumper from Primark a few years back, I think around Christmas time, and it has been a winter staple for me ever since. The elegant star pattern does not really scream Christmas, making it perfect to wear after the holidays are over too.

primark outfit

Underneath the jumper I was wearing a thin gold top, perfect for when you go inside and there's heating on. Having a thinner top under your jumper means that you can take it off if you need to. The statement necklace I'm wearing goes perfectly with both the dark jumper and the light top, in the first case the clear stones pop and in the second the red ones. Either way, the necklace manages to catch the eye. What is more, since my hair is more red now, it also compliments the colour of the red gems.

primark outfits

My shoes were probably not the best choice for snow, as they did end up getting wet at the front, but I thought they went well with the gold elements of the outfit. I'd probably recommend boots with a shiny, waterproof surface though instead. As for my midi skirt, the clear striped panels let you see the snow through it and make the skirt look different according to what you stand next to, which I find quite amusing.

primark shoes

This ended up becoming one of my go to winter outfits, as it is perfect for work, shopping or even a night out in town. That is the reason I always recommend gold and silver items, because you can make them look casual or formal by pairing them in different ways or simply by changing up your makeup a little bit.

primark fashion

I also filmed a video with this outfit, including what Chris was wearing on the day, in case you need some male fashion inspiration too. His clothes are from Farah and his shoes are from Jacamo.


Let me know what you thought of this outfit and what your go to winter clothes are.

Lots of love,
Kristine

Friday, 3 March 2017

L'OREAL Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession 24g Lipsticks | Review & Swatches

Hey guys!

L'Oreal lipsticks were some of the first lipsticks I ever tried (see this post from back in 2012) but I had not checked out any of their most recent releases. 


Then, the other week my eyes caught a bright gold lipstick in Boots and I could not resist getting it. I also picked up the red one in the line, as it has beautiful gold glitters in it.


The L'Oreal Gold Obsession line has 5 lipsticks (the other two being a plum and two pinky nudes).


 Obviously the stars are the gold, Pure Gold, and the red, Rouge Gold. The package goes from a matte black fading into gold, ironically thus containing less gold than the standard all gold packaging of their normal lipsticks.


The two colours look very bright on the stick and that does translate in the swatch, they are very eye catching and bold, so they are definitely a statement when you put them on.


The lipsticks themselves are are very soft and creamy and they are very easy to apply on the lips. However, they are quite sheer and they do requite some building up, particularly the gold one.


The photos here are with one layer of lipstick on. While the gold is not fully opaque, from a distance it looks like your lips are gold all right, but you can definitely make the effect more visible by building it up. 


The red one, while more opaque, is a bit trickier to apply, which is why you can see that one layer is not exactly perfect and I did need to go back and fix the lines later.


All in all, I think the gold one is a beautiful choice and quite rare as a lipstick colour so it is worth picking up; the red one is a beautiful bright red lipstick, however, if you already own a few others, it is not particularly worth purchasing.

Have you tried any of the other lipsticks in this series and if so what did you think? If you have any looks with gold lipstick do tag me @darcrose22 on instagram or twitter.

Love
Kristine


Friday, 24 February 2017

Travel Outfits: How To Use Colourful Eyeliner With Monochrome Outfits

Hey guys!

Colourful eyeliner is one of my favourite things (I may have a small obsession with Sephora's own brand liners, that I own in every colour). Out of all the colours my top pick is electric blue, as I find it stands out the most on top of gold and cream eyeshadow. Now one of my favourite ways to wear blue eyeliner is with an otherwise neutral outfit, so that it is the only thing that stands out.


Black trousers, white top, black shoes, dark hair... it all seems fairly normal, right? And then you come up close and you see blue liner. It creates a fun surprise and makes most people look twice.


In this look I am wearing my favourite Sephora electric blue liner in Fancy Blue and my MAC Impassioned lipstick, which I think compliments it well. The rest of the makeup can be quite simple beyond that and you will still stand out in the crowd.


And since I was on holiday in Prague, I made a new friend with this stormtrooper in the mall. As you do....


What is your favourite colour eyeliner to wear and which brand do you think makes the best liners? I will be doing a post on my Sephora liners so keep an eye out for that one.

Lots of love
Kristine

Friday, 17 February 2017

Travel Outfits: How To Blend In With The City In Photos

Hey guys

Today's post might sound a little bit like a joke, but I can assure you it is for real. When you go travelling and you are bound to be taking a lot of photos, it is a good idea to consider the colours of the city when you are putting together your outfits. 


For this example I will be using my outfit from my trip in Prague and also my friend Maddie's outfit too. Prague has a lot of orange roofed buildings and yellow walls. There is also a good chance you will be taking photos by the river and have a lot of clear blue sky as part of your picture.


Orange and yellow are at the opposite side of the colour wheel from blue, so they create a good eye catching contrast between them. I chose this orange top with blue jeans for this type of contrast, which mirrors exactly the colour contrast we found in the city itself. Maddie on the other hand went with an all blue outfit in different shades, which puts her in contrast with the city.


Consider the above photo against the John Lennon wall. The wall itself has every possible colour mixed together. Maddie's blues as well as my jeans stand out more obviously than my orange top. However, orange makes my skin look warm toned while the blue makes Maddie look more yellow. This is worth keeping in mind when you consider your choice of colours.


Now consider this photo, where my top, which falls right in front of the orange building, is the same colour as the wall. This makes the whole photo more visually pleasing for me and makes it look like I belong there. Camouflage level = chameleon. 


What is the point of all this? Mirroring the colours of the city you are in, can make a huge difference in your photos, so be aware of this technique and use it to your advantage. Personally I love doing this just like I prefer wearing blues, mint greens and whites when I am by the sea. Do let me know your thoughts on this type of outfit creating process and if you have ever done something similar.

Lots of love,
Kristine


Monday, 6 February 2017

3 Great Date Outfits For Men

Hey guys

With Valentine's Day coming up I thought I would put together date outfits for men. The first two are inspired by things my boyfriend usually wears and I really love on him, so I thought that some other guys might like something similar. The third one is actually inspired by the outfits of Mon El from Supergirl, who I think has the best style out of all the guys in the series. I know that is a bit random but I just watched this week's episode and I wanted to add it.

Blazer - Shirt - Trousers
Outfit 1 - Easy Blazer

This is perfect for those situations where you want to look smart but also effortless and be prepared for all sorts of occasions. Nice dinner, night out, even a walk in the park; this outfit will not let you down. Plus you can wear it both in winter and summer because the colours look great all year round. 

Having a white shirt handy is a great tip for both men and women so chances are most guys will have one lying around somewhere. The blue blazer is a great alternative to a black one, as it is still dark enough to look formal but can also look young and fresh paired with a bright smile. Light trousers - I prefer beige but you can also do grey - will make the look less formal and more fun, while showing off your skills at putting an outfit together and they are very versatile as you can wear them with a tshirt the next time and still look great.

Jumper - Shirt - Trousers
Outfit 2 - Cheeky Print

This outfit will keep you warm and stylish and it will look great going to a nice coffee house or cocktail bar or browsing some art in a gallery and exploring a new part of town. The goal is to show your date your personality, share your favourite spots and do an activity together.

Blue is one of my favourite colours to wear, both me and my boyfriend have a lot of blue items in our wardrobes. For this outfit I chose a blue chino type trouser but jeans would also work great. The navy jumper on top compliments the trousers and leaves it up to the shirt to make its statement with a print. In the last few years men's shirts have gotten a great selection of prints that look like your usual polka dots but the dots are replaced with other images like cocktail glasses, palm trees, animals, geometric patterns etc. Thus you can get the same overall effect but have something unique that expresses your personality on your shirt. 

Cardigan - Top - Trousers
Outfit 3 - Cool Dude

I recommend this for outdoor dates, like a picnic, a nature walk, visiting a quaint village etc. In this case you want to be ready for anything but still look put together and stylish.

The red trousers will show that you do like fashion and experimenting with your style, but the dark tone means you are practical and confident and are not looking to show off. The nice fitted tshirt is a great way to show off your muscles if you're been hitting the gym, or your collarbone with the v shaped collar. The grey cardigan will keep you warm, be snuggly for your date to cuddle up to and you can even play the chivalry card and offer it to them if it gets cold. Just make sure you do not freeze either. 


Bonus: Here is Chris wearing his version of outfit 2, when we were on holiday in Lisbon, looking amazing. If you plan to take lots of photos on the day, definitely go for the white shirt with the print to make them more interesting.

I hope you found this guide helpful and got some date outfit ideas (and some fun date ideas too). To make things easy for you I picked all the items in the photos from Bonobos, as it is one of the best men's clothing websites around and you can find pretty much anything you need for these styles; you can check out more of their pants options here. Of course you can wear all of these outfits any day as well, according to where you are going, so make sure you pick up items that will make you look great every day of the week when you go shopping.

Lots of love,
Kristine

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mystical Mermaids | Roxie Sweetheart Review

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to show you some pieces I got from Roxie Sweetheart, from the Mystical Mermaids collection. I have admired the brand for quite a while, and, while I think all of Michelle's designs are stunning, her recent jellyfish items have a unique innocence and cuteness about them that made them stand out for me.

sea jelly shimmering shell

To start with the first design, the Sea Jelly, it is a design perfect for fairy kei and lolita coords and any sea inspired outfits. It features an array of pastel colours, making it perfect for any outfit combinations you have in mind and an adorable cute face to melt your heart. 

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

This design comes in a pin and two necklace variations. I originally purchased the pin back in July at Hyper Japan; it was the last Sea Jelly item in stock. I loved it so much that I knew I had to get the necklace as well, which I did at the Hyper Japan Christmas Market.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

The necklace I chose out of the two variations was the one with the clear chunky chain; the other one features a pearl chain. I believe the clear chain links stand out on your neck but without taking away from the jellyfish, which is the main focus of the necklace.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

To add to my mermaid theme I picked out the Shimmering Shell Ring. The ring is composed of two pieces, the bottom one a reddish black layer and then a clear iridescent layer on top. The look is topped off with two diamonte jewels adding some extra sparkle.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

Since the Sea Jelly and the Shimmering Shell designs have more items in their sub-collection, I will link all of them here in case you want to check them out.

Sea Jelly
Brooch - Necklace (unfortunately only the pearl one)

Shimmering Shell

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

All three of my items feel extremely well made and durable, living up to Roxie Sweetheart's reputation as a quality brand and a leader in the alternative and japanese fashion markets. It is definitely a brand to look out for for accessories and clothes as every new collection adds to the unique character of the brand. I definitely look forward to buying more items in the future and expanding my collection.

Love
Kristine