Friday, 22 November 2013

Meadham Kirchhoff Topshop Collection

Have a peek of the new Meadham Kirchhoff Collection HERE
 Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff; together: Meadham Kirchhoff having recently unveiled a new range for Topshop this season inspired by the Magic Roundabout (you can tell with the shoes) and of course it's new fictional girl band: The Cherry's!

The new fictional Band: The Cherry's;
Cherry Blossom, Cherry Cherie, Cherry Pikka and Cherry Satanika
I was so excited when I got the email and I just had to log on and see because the idea and looked so awesome. Plus Meadham Kirchhoff just scream quirky, cool and simply outrageous.

I was really impressed with the new range - it ticked all the boxes: extravagant, quirky, adventurous and very Meadham Kirchhoff, but less of the romantic darkness you usually get from Meadham Kirchhoff. But not necessarily 'me' - well all of it anyhow.

The new range is separated in to four categories: Cherry Blossom, Cherry Cherie, Cherry Pikka and Cherry Satanika, all names of members of the 'Band' varying in styles and adding up to a total of 80+ pieces for the new collection.

Not all of it screamed 'me' so I thought I'd show you a few of my favourites to each category of the brand!
See More Cherry Blossom HERE


See more of Cherry Cherie HERE

See More of Cherry Pikka HERE

See More Cherry Santanika HERE
Each Cherry has a rebellious attitude and is shown through each category of the collection. The Collection wasn't just inspired by the new Glam Rock style Girl Band, but the overall aesthetic was influenced by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids and Kembra Pfahler. 

In encompasses an array of contrasting textures; leather, lace, suede, chiffon, crochet, glitter, Mongolian shearling, pvc and angora wool. These are all brought together to work a contrasting and clashing palette to suit each Cherry. 

Cherry Blossom and Cherry Cherrie scream the more sweet and innocent, with Cherry Blossom's more ethereal look their almost 'girlier' overall appearance. Whereas, Cherry Satanika and Cherry Pikka have a more wicked and rebellious look with darker streak throughout; definitely reminding me more of a true Glam Rock signature. 

I was originally a bit skeptical about the collection, mainly because of the price, but when I noticed the pieces I liked were made out of angora wool, real suede and animal fur I was quite happy to justify the idea of buying a piece or two - or maybe some lovely relatives and friends will read this and get the hint hint for my Christmas presents!

I'm not a fan of all 80+ pieces, but there is a couple I've been adding to my Christmas list, for their true Meadham Kirchhoff kitsch look, high quality and beautiful appearance. I'm definitely quite excited for this collection, but, I'm afraid the shoes are just not for me! 

My favourite, I think, was Cherry Pikka, 90% was just perfect for me. Maybe I've got a Cherry Pikka rebellious side to me, but it definitely had the only pair of shoes I favoured in the Collection and that lurex cardi and crochet jumper were fabulous, and two pieces that WILL be mine!

Tell me your thoughts of the new Meadham Kirchhoff Collection for Topshop? Have you got any on your Christmas list?

Rachael

Sunday, 3 November 2013

From 'Beatlemania' to 'Honeymania'!


Honey really seems to be making a comeback this year; from Marc Jacobs' new Honey fragrance to Nuxe's Rêve de Miel enjoying the reception of their own and now The Body Shop has made me a buzzy bee (to be cliché) with their new collection! But I've definitely delayed my reaction and love for this for far too long; I have to finally express how much J'adore this fabulous product! 

The new Honeymania collection features honey-infused products such as: shower gel, soap, body butter, bubble bath melt's and even a perfume along with this perfect item: The Body Shop, Honeymania Exfoliating Body Scrub.

A bit about the products in the collection:
The Body Shop Honeymania collection is made with Fair Trade wild harvested honey from Ethiopia. It promises amazing benefits for the skin and the environment; wild beekeeping techniques used by the Beza Mar beekeepers works in harmony with the bees' natural cycles and so supports sustainability of the Sheka rainforest where the honey comes from and I pretty much love anything that'll benefit the environment and me all in one!

Thoughts?
The Body Scrub has a texture that’s coarse enough to make me feel scrubbed and clean, yet fine enough to not make my skin feel raw or look red after shower. Though I feel scrubbed up and clean, my skin still feels hydrated, soft and smooth.
I expected the smell to be sickly, sweet and overpowering; upon using it I was pleasantly surprised that once I was lathering up with it, the smell was light, enjoyably sweet and almost that of like a honey blossom rather than a pot of honey.
It claims to to 'Lift away dead skin cells' and 'help stimulate skin surface microcirculation' - Upon using for over a month I have to agree! My elbows, knees and predominantly rough areas are a world of better! Softer than they have been in a long time. As for microcirculation; my skin feels revived since using this regularly. I can definitely vouch for the claims here!

Repurchase?
I've really loved this, and I'm not someone that would've walked into a shop and instantly go for a sweeter scented scrub -I probably would usually go for a fresher scent - but this has been fabulous! It has such a luxurious high-end texture and smoothness that once combined leaves skin feeling amazing to help me start a day, get me feeling sensual for a night-out or truly relaxed for bed!
So, would I repurchase? Oh I intend to! That and a few other products from the range! I definitely want to try their body butter and maybe even a whiff of the perfume please!

Two years ago there was a completely bizarre honey scandal; where China was 'Honey Laundering' then there was the case of the bees disappearing. So honey seemed to slip out of the limelight, but it's great honey has now made it's 'comeback' into the consciousness of the public and even better that we're recognising the benefits of honey again and getting it from places that's benefiting the environment!

So have you tried any products from Honeymania? What's your favourites?

Rachael
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