Jo Loves : Shot Candle Collection

Jo Loves Shot Candle (TM) Studio is the first, of I'm sure to be of many, studios owned by Jo Malone where customers can go, and create their very own, candle, with help from the wonderful staff who have all be trained personally by Jo. They may even be lucky enough to meet Actual Jo, who spends a lot of her time there.

When I visited the Elizabeth Street store it had only been open for 4 days, and already was stirring up a storm - items going out of stock, a hen party, and a constant flow of customers. The story that goes alongside it, makes it all the more magical - Jo's first ever job in a florist was in the very same building that is now her studio... 50 years later, on her birthday, her husband presented her with the keys, and it was then that she became a 'shopkeeper' - and a bloody good shop it is too!

The whole of the Jo Loves range can be found at the front of the shop, as well as a customer experience of 'Fragrance Tapas' which I am definitely going back to try... then the room to the back is where the Shot Candles are created.

After seeing people customising their own Pop Tarts in New York, Jo was inspired and decided to make a customisable candle - giving you the choice of how you want something to smell, without taking away any quality - resulting in a product unique to you. The Shot Candle is made up of two parts - a base, which sits in the bottom and up the edges of the glass jar... then the shot which is the shape of a (rather large!) shot glass. You choose your fragrance of each, and they burn and meld at different rates so your candle will always smell different. Sometimes it'll smell of the Shot fragrance, sometimes of the Base, sometimes of the both - and other times one will be stronger than the other.

Jo described how, to her, scents are like memories - so each scent will trigger off a memory for her - Tahitian Gardenia, for instance (which is one of the base smells), takes her back to a distinct memory walking down a beach. Her philosophy is that memories should be created from fragrance - like a photo album... and I love that. 

The other base scents to choose from are Charcoalled Lemons, which is what I went for - a sweet, carameley, fresh citrus smell which is honestly, so good I wanted to lick it. Mint Mojito which smells deliciously summery, and Fig Trees which was a definite second favourite for me - such a rich, beautiful fragrance.

The shots. Ohhhhhh the shots! Wow. Yum.

Salted Caramel. Do I need to say any more!? She managed to get it just right - just like salted caramel, but without the sicklyness that sometimes comes from sweet scents. Mango - just like the best, ripest, juiciest mango you have ever picked. Lemongrass - reminiscent of lemon sherbet, so clean and fresh and good enough to eat. Petitgrain - a clean, floral, citrus, summery smell (and also, one of the most popular among customers). I had a really tough time choosing my shot - but in the end I went with Mango. I don't even like mangos particularly, but I have never smelt a mango better than this in my life.

The top of the base is then warmed up with a mini blow torch, the shot is popped on top, and you, personally, walk your fingers around the top to mould the two pieces together. The gorgeous white jar is then placed in a white box along with Jo Loves matches and a card reminding you of your fragrances, then sealed with a red bow. The thought gone into each part of the creation process is amazing. Once your box is bagged and ribboned up, you 'paint' your fragrance onto a piece of Jo Loves card (which you and your Jo Malone consultant both sign) - so you can smell what you've created all the way home. 

London transport has never smelt the same as it did that night. Every now and then I would get a whiff of my creation, and I couldn't wait to get home and delve in.

Thank you Pop Tarts.

This is the beginning of a wonderful story. In the pipeline are more fragrances to choose from, and more ideas, which Jo is full of. I'm so excited by this new idea, and what is to come from Jo Loves.

A Shot Candle costs £75 for a 260g candle (60 hours burn time) and includes a one-on-one consultation. Available exclusively at Jo Loves Shot Candle Studio. For more info, check out 
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Video: Spring Primark Haul

I love watching Primark haul videos - it's a great way of seeing if it's worth popping into a store without the hassle of searching through the rails. So, seeing as I did a bit of a Primark shop recently - I thought I would share my haul.... enjoy!

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Video: Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Tutorial

I finally have a new computer, which means some blogging may be happening!

To kick it off, I've dipped my toe into the water with a video tutorial.

I work for Charlotte Tilbury - and have the pleasure of working with Sergio, one of the Lead Makeup Artists at Selfridges London. For this video, he created the Golden Goddess look on me - and we get to hear some of his tips and tricks on the way too...

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WIN PürMinerals Jupiter Ascending Collection

I'm sure you'll have noticed the trailers for Jupiter Ascending... with Channing Tatum!? ....thought so! Makeup brand PurMinerals have made a collection inspired by the film, and have set a handful of bloggers a challenge. You may have seen Zoe Newlove or Laura Louise Beauty's challenge posts... but this is the last of the challenges, and your last chance to win the collection, which is exclusive to Feel Unique, (plus pair of tickets to see the film)... with me!

I was sent a parcel from PurMinerals, with some products to use for the challenge, as well as a photo taken from the film which is the makeup they wanted me to recreate. 

Those that know me know I am a Double Wear wearer, but the PurMinerals Disappearing Act Concealer with the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup (in Shade Golden Medium) over the top worked a dream. The foundation buffed into the skin easily, great coverage, and fab staying power. I am definitely going to be adding this one to my regular makeup bag.

I also used the Mineral Glow Bronzing Powder, and warmed my face up slightly, to make the look a little more wearble than that of Jupiter Jones in the film. I finished off with Kinky blush, a gorgeous coraley-pink, then it was onto the eyes.

The Jupiter Ascending palette comes in a great set along with a black liquid liner, and pale pink light-up gloss. The products all compliment each other beautifully.

There is a good range of colours in the palette - nice warm, rich, earthy tones with a good mix of matt and shimmer. Be sure to check out Zoe and Laura's posts (mentioned above) to see some alternative ways of using this palette.

The look I was challenged to recreate was pretty full-on, eye-wise. To ensure I got a strong, punchy colour, I used a wet brush to pick up Jupiter, then packed the colour on all over my lid, before blending it out at the edges using Majesty on a fluffy brush.  I added some Jupiter under my eyes with a dry smudger brush, before finishing with a slick of Big Look Mascara on curled lashes.

I finished off the look using the Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day - a rich, glossy tomato-red... and this is what I ended up with.... what do you think?!

The best news is, that you can win the collection for yourself! Included in the prize is the 4-in1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in your choice of shade, Mineral Bronzer, Big Look Mascara, Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick, the Jupiter Ascending Palette, Gloss and Liner, and of course, a pair of cinema tickets to see the film for yourself. Basically everything in the photo below, plus a night out at the movies!

To be in with a chance of winning, please enter your details into the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that this giveaway is open to residents of the UK only, and will end on Sunday 8th February. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. Good luck!

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Super Gorgeous February

Well hello there :) it's been a while 'ey!? I have an actual dead iMac :( I am missing blogging sooooo much - and, once I get past the technical problems (i.e can afford a new one!), I plan on being back here as much as life allows!

I am still armed with an iPhone, so am active on Instagram (username: supergorgeous) - and last year started creating monthly photo challenges for people to participate in. It has been lots of fun, and a great way to see product recommendations, and find new like-minded people to follow.

I hadn't created a challenge for January, but had a lot of messages asking where the challenge was, and hoping I would be making a February challenge... so here is it!

How does it work? In an ideal world, you would post this image on your own Instagram (or Twitter, or you blog, Facebook, print it out and stick it on your fridge.... wherever you have chosen you are going to display your pics... for me, it's all about Insta) - tag some friends, get them to play along too - the more the merrier.

Each day, you post the photo relating to that date of the month - so for instance, today you would post a pic relating to Outside, tomorrow is Copycat, Tuesday is Nude.... and you can interpret each theme as you wish. It doesn't matter if you miss a day or two, or five even.... it's meant to be fun, just do it as and when you can. THAT said, this month, I have decided that of the people that complete the entire challenge, I will pick one at random to win a prize. I realise I am posting this at gone 10pm on day 1 so I will let you off day 1....

The only rule I ask, is please use the hashtag #SuperGorgeousBlog when you post your photos - that way everyone playing can see your photos too.

Happy picture taking :) see you on Instagram!
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For all you bargain lovers - make sure you check out -  a new website which allows you to find great bargains. I hadn't heard of them since they got in touch to see if I'd be interested in trying out the Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensils set which they had on their site for £23 instead of the usual £37.01 it normally is online.... and I haven't been able to stop searching on their since! Such a great place to be part of especially at this time of year with some fab bargains to be had (and while you're there, I'd definitely recommend the set - my favourite feature is the fact they stand up by themselves, never having to touch the work surface!) 

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Super Gorgeous October

If you'd to join in with this month's Super Gorgeous photo challenge it's as simple as this.....!

Screenshot this image and post it to your instagram / Twitter / blog.... or wherever it is that you'd like to be doing the challenge. Tag some friends to play too - the more playing, the merrier!
Make sure to use the hashtag #SuperGorgeousBlog so everyone else playing along can look at, and support your photos.
Don't worry if you miss a day or even a few - this is meant to be fun, not a chore! If you want to do just a handful of days.... do it!
Most of all... HAVE FUN!

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