Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Library of Fragrance // Simple Fragrances

Heres a fresh new fragrance brand with a difference, the Library of Fragrance. Rather than a mix of exotic scents, they're keeping it simple and identifiable with the one layer of scent that is often overlooked in day to day life.

I picked three scents, and they can be worn separately, or layered together for a unique scent that lingers for ages, (this is what I love most about this range). My absolute favourite is the fresh Apple Blossom, though my mum has fallen in love with Strawberry Ice Cream - Its pretty self explanatory, but it genuinely smells as close to the real thing as you could probably get! 
There are over 100 scents to choose from, and whilst I chose pretty basic scents, the 'unusual' ones mostly smell pretty nice! I also sniffed Gin and Tonic and Thunderstorm in Boots, and adore them both! 

At £15 each these would make a lovely gift this Christmas (I know my younger niece would love the Strawberry Ice Cream scent)! Boots are currently selling two for 25, so if you fancy it, click here and have a gander.

Which scent would you choose?
S xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New House // Bedroom Wishlist

Candle Stick - Laura Ashley 
Headboard - eBay
Chair - Dunelm
Mirror - Ikea
Fitted Wardrobes - Betta Living
Bergerac Carpet - Carpetright
Josette Wallpaper - Laura Ashley 
Stripe Wallpaper - Laura Ashley

Mirror // We've got a lovely original ceramic fireplace at the end of our bed, and whilst I had a fisheye type vintage mirror, I'm starting to think I'd prefer a larger one to open up the room a bit. I'm forever in search of the perfect silver mirror, and this ones the closest I've found yet.

Fitted Wardrobes // We're moving into a tiny victorian cottage, and although I love it, I have to admit that I'm completely used to a walk in wardrobe now. Not knowing where I'm going to keep all of my stuff, I'm wishing for some fitted wardrobes with a clever design to keep things neat behind some huge mirrored doors to compensate for the space they take up! These are completely tailored to your specific area and tastes too, perfect!

Carpets // I'm still torn between original whitewashed floorboards and carpet, but for the sake of warmth I'm looking at carpets for now. I've found these textured, slightly rustic carpets that would fit perfectly with the cottage feel of the whole house, and so far they're a winner. 

Wallpaper // Now, wallpaper is definitely something I'm stuck on. Is it best to have it on the 'busy' wall with the mirror and fireplace, or on the opposite wall, with the head of the bed? Why is such a minor thing such an annoyance to me? Where would you put it?!

What do you think to these bits?
S xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Body Shop Make Up // Testing on Bloggers

Foundation - Giorgio Armani
Concealer - YSL Touche Eclat
Eyebrows - Nars Pencil and Benefit Gimmie Brow
Mascara - Body Shop 'Define and Lengthen'*
Eyeshadows - Body Shop Colour Crush*
Liquid Eyeliner - Body Shop*
Lipstick - Body Shop Colour Crush 'Red Siren' 
Bronzer - Nars 'Laguna' and Body Shop Shimmer Waves 'Bronze'*

Body Shop are working together with the RSPCA to promote testing on bloggers, not animals. As an avid animal and make up lover, obviously this #makeovertheworld campaign I was only more than happy to go along with. I must admit that although I know a lot of companies still test on animals, its not always been at the forefront of my mind when buying cosmetics. You can read more about the RSPCA's campaign to make over the world here, and for now I'll share my thoughts on these cruelty free make up goodies.

I've tried a few Body Shop make up goodies before, and whilst I'm a lover of a certain few products, I've never really given much thought to their entire make up line. I was sent a good variety, and I have to say I'm massively pleased with every single aspect, though some more than others (as with every brand, really).

The 'must have's //
Lipstick - The perfect texture between matte and shine, good staying power, and a super sharp colour. Pretty much everything you'd ask for in a lipstick. I need to pay more attention to Body Shop's lipsticks from now on, for sure. 
Shimmer Waves - I previously hunted high and low for the pinky white highlighter version of this, and loved it until my brush randomly stopped picking up pigment half way through. This one seems fine so far, and I love the subtle warm, shimmery bronze it leaves. 
Mascara - I'm not sure why I've never thought to try Body Shop's mascara before, but this is one of the best 'daytime' mascaras I've ever tried. I did need a few coats to get my desired covering, but it had a super natural and clump free finish that I'm more than happy to work for.
Slanted Brush - I've never known it was possible to have a slant brush much better than any others I've ever used, but I'm honestly wondering how I ever went without this. Not only is it slanted, but ever so slightly curved for the perfect fit. Huge love!
'Something Blue' Eyeshadow - Super pigmented and bright all day, its a thumbs up from me for a little under eye colour 'pop.'

The 'buy later's //
Liquid Eyeliner - Its not that I don't love this eyeliner, because I absolutely do. The lasting power is incredible, and its a true black, but its just trickier than some other eyeliners I've used before and I couldn't get it right first time. If you're still getting the hang of a steady hand and perfect line, you might want to skip this one as its quite runny.
'Sand by Me' Eyeshadow - Although I love nude, matte eyeshadows, this one just doesn't show up on my skin colour. At all. For that reason alone, I probably wouldn't repurchase it. 
Lip/Concealer Brush - I prefer my lip brushes retractable, and I prefer my concealer brushes a little bigger - Thats it! If you like smaller brushes for the job then this is certainly strong and soft enough! 

Have you tried anything from the Body Shop make up line?
Share your favourites - I need to try more!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Perfume Beauty Box // Fragrance Shop Discovery Club

As a huge lover of fragrance, the Fragrance Shop discovery club caught my attention pretty quickly. The idea is based around that of a beauty box, but it actually just contains sample vials of perfumes. The box is £5 and includes £5-10 vouchers for each individual perfume, so if you find one you like the box is essentially a freebie (and an awesome marketing tool). What I like about this is that you can just buy one as a one off if you prefer to do so, though there is an option to sign up to two or four boxes a year, as you wish.

I remember trawling through Debenhams asking for free samples of loads of perfumes as a teenager, so I admit I feel strange about the idea of paying for these. Saying that, £5 is definitely reasonable if you're on the market for a new perfume and have no idea where to start, or you just like a little perfume for travelling or to keep in your handbag. I'm pretty sure I've found a winning perfume from my Autumn Winter 2014 box, so its definitely worth a shot. I do, however, wish the discount included inside was more than the £5 paid for the box - That'd be a real incentive though perhaps a little unrealistic! 

The box offers a true range of scents, and if you're into that that, you'll love this! In future though, I'd love to see categories, as I'm a lover of fruity, floral and oriental scents and would prefer a bunch of those. For example the two Loewe perfumes were quickly given away to my mum as I hated them, the Jimmy Choo to my dad as I'm er, not a man, and I kept the other two. In fact, I'm fallen head over heels in love with the Kenzo offering, and I'm hunting it down right after I finish this post (Potential wedding day perfume hello)!

Have you tried this?
Would you give the discovery club a go?
S xx 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

What I Wore // Travelbag Cruise Day to Night Outfit Challenge

Jacket - Topshop (Via eBay)
Top - Topshop
Tights - Primark
Shorts - Topshop
Clutch - ASOS (Via Depop)
Boots - Duo Boots*
Earrings - Accessorize 
Bracelet - Charms Direct (Charm)*

Top - Topshop
Shorts - Topshop
Tights - Primark 
Clutch - Asos
Earrings - Accessorize
Bracelet - Charms Direct (Charm)* (All as above)
Kimono - Topshop
Necklace - Coast at House of Fraser*
Shoes - Glamorous 

Recently, I was challenged by Travelbag to create an outfit that would be suitable for the any-occasion, day-to-night varied atmosphere that a cruise offers. This is my entry for a chance to win £500 cruise vouchers (come to me)! Now, I've never been on a cruise but I chose this outfit as its suitable for any occasion and its pretty easy to dress up and down. To transition the day night into the evening I simply swapped the ankle boots for heels (though a smart pair of flats would've done nicely for day and night), added a fancy statement necklace and changed into 'swishier shoulder coverage.' And with the base being shorts and a vest top, it'd be a quick job to remove the tights and jacket if things heated up during the day. 

I recently picked this clutch up from Depop - I tend to use the site mainly for selling but this pony clutch had to be mine at £10, and somehow it goes with everything. Or just because I say so. The shorts are also a recent addition and are a little more winter appropriate I'd say, (despite being shorts). They're of a super silky velour material with a little lace trim and a high waist to er, tuck my food baby into. 
These boots are also pretty Autumn appropriate, and I'm loving them already mainly due to how super comfortable they are - I have toe wiggle room! This was the first time I wore them out, but I'm looking forward to pairing them with different variations of sock - I'm not sure how sad that makes me but I'm sure you've been there before. 

You'll also notice a couple of new jewellery pieces. I am quite impartial to a statement necklace, and this Coast baby is something special. I love House of Fraser for things like this as theres so much variation between brands - Spoilt for choice really! This bracelet is brand new too and I'm loving the Tiffany-esque of it. I might even prefer it with its chain catch as I can actually do it up myself. I've only got one charm on it, and I probably won't add more anyway - Always a fan of simplicity! 

What do you think?
What would you wear for a varied cruise environment?
S xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Under The Weather Skincare Solutions // Emergency go-to Skincare Kit

The weather has taken a turn for a worse and its certainly dampened my spirits. To add to it, I've had a very strange virus for a week, and I'm going through what seems to be another phase of it. I've pretty much spent the last few days tucked up warm in bed, and doing so has left me looking a little… Well, rough. My skin is cracked and dry, and my face is sensitive, congested and just looking a little 'naff.'

In an effort to raise my spirits and avoid deconditioning (or rotting), I've dragged myself out of bed to try and do something several times, but its only left me feeling a bit worse for wear. Today I dragged myself out for a pamper - How could that possibly make me feel worse? I grabbed a few of my recent favourites and got started... 

First off, I set about diminishing my congested, red skin. I've always been a fan of charcoal based masks for this, and this BiorĂ© self-heating one minute mask is simple enough, in sachet form. It also warms when applied which I find so soothing, although its not the easiest to remove. Saying that it left my skin feeling super soft and clean which I definitely needed! I haven't properly looked after my skin for at least a week. 

Propolis has been a favourite ingredient of mine for a couple of years. I tried my first Propolis based product at Thermae Bath Spa and fell in love with its undoubtable ability to calm redness. The oil I used worked wonders for calming spots and soothing redness from scars, and this Bee Good Cream Cleanser* is no different. Granted, I've only used it this once, but the invigorating natural scent reminds me exactly of that oil but more intensive, richer, and I can't wait to use it again. It left my skin feeling supple and smooth, and I almost forgot how that felt. I plan to write a full review on this, but I had to include it for now. 

I used Herbalifes Vitamin C Face Quenching Spray in place of toner. I've always taken this on holidays with me, making the most of its refreshing and revitalising qualities. Its been my sidekick throughout the day as well as for a quick boost. Then its on to the hydration station, and theres no better than Hydraluron. I slathered on the already classic Hydraluron Serum, followed by HealGel's Intensive Gel in a further attempt to sooth and restore my skin into what it was before this illness (read my full review here). After that, I enjoyed the almost-water texture of Hydraluron's Moisture Jelly* (Think of it like the moisturiser of the family with two extra ingredients to moisturise and protect). This instantly sinks in, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cool. Seriously, if you can afford nothing else, the last three products are essentials in your emergency-go-to kit. Whenever my skin seems to be feeling a little angry, sad or looking extra drab, I reach for these three products before anything else.

For good measure I'll then finish off with my favourite eye cream, for its simplicity if nothing else. That'd be Bobbi Browns Hydrating Eye Cream. It doesn't claim to be anything beyond a moisturiser and thats all my sensitive and delicate eye area needs. You can read more about that one right here.

Feeling a little less groggy, thats for sure. 

Whats your go-to skincare when you're a little under the weather?
Do you use any of these?
S xx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

What I Wore // Body Con-ciousness

Dress - Hybrid*
Shoes - Nine West 

Since hilariously splitting a body con dress a couple of months ago, I've accepted my fate and steered clear since. Hence why I left the house wearing this dress with jeans and a vest tentatively stuffed in my bag. I'm pleased to say that the impeccable quality managed to withstand my hips and derrier with no problem. In fact, I got several compliments and was asked where my dress was from, and if I'd lost weight. Obviously I haven't, but I'd not hesitate to blame (or thank) the clever panelling and waist shape of the dress. 

I'd been looking for an excuse to wear this for a couple of weeks, and decided to chuck it on for a wedding show we recently exhibited at. I obviously forgot that this included packing up, and it managed to stay together as I reached around, wiggled on the floor and crawled around on my knees. I can't vouch for how ladylike that looked, but I was comfortable enough! Hurrah Hybrid, for restoring my faith in the body con. 

What do you think?
How do you feel about body con?
S xx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

GIVEAWAY // Autumn Sun - Carrera Sunglasses

Carrera 5011s £86*

On our recent Portugal holiday I found myself reaching for these sunglasses more than my usual favourites, Ray-Bans. Although I'll always love my aviators, theres something a little more summery about a bright frame around the pool and along the beach. These wayfarer style glasses are colourful and flexible (the arms are rubberised and perfectly malleable for my weirdly shaped head) so they're pretty durable as well as cute. I find Autumn sun to be even more blinding than high summer sun as its lower, and pretty dangerous when driving - So I'm still reaching for these in desperation of summer colour!

Sunglasses Shop have been kind enough to offer a pair of Carrera's up to one of you lucky lot - All you need to do is choose a pair up to the value of £100, let me know which pair that was, and click a few buttons to follow us both. All entries will be checked, so serial compers who don't actually follow the options will be disqualified - Its not fair on real followers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good luck! 
S xx