Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Purchases

During my lunch break on Friday I headed to the Bobbi Brown counter in John Lewis to have a look. I have my friends wedding next week and wanted to find the perfect lip colour to go with my outfit. Nothing too bright, but something that would add just the right amount of colour to stop me looking washed out.

The girls at the Bobbi Brown counter were so helpful and suggested a few colours for me to try, I tried a few purpley plum colours however I had just got a Tom Ford lipstick which was a purple shade, so when they suggested Mod Pink I was sold. Mod Pink is one of Bobbi Browns Rich Lip Colours. It is described on the website as a bright pink however in real life it a slightly more muted mid toned pink. As the name suggests it is rich and creamy in texture and glides on to the lips perfectly.

Applied straight from the bullet it can be built up to give a pigmented warm toned pink pout or you can achieve a more sheet stain like finish by applying it with a lip bush. Either way the result is very pretty and it really is the perfect shade I was looking for and surprisingly unlike any other pink I own (and that's a lot!).

Being the beauty addict that I am I couldn't leave with only a lipstick. I was also looking for a new blush which would tie with in the lip colour and also be more suited for autumn/winter. As my blush collection consists of a lot of pinky peachy shades and one of my beloved Charlotte Tilbury blushers smashed, I thought a the Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui would be a great addition. This is described as a bronzer however it is definitely a blush. It is described as a pink coral bronze but I would say it is very reminiscent of a less shimmery Nars Orgasm. It has a very finely milled golden shimmer through it but definitely nothing offensive. I have been loving this swept over my cheeks for a healthy glow.

Finally I picked up a Sparkle Eye Shadow in Cement. Theses are Bobbi Brown's most glittering eye shadows. Cement is a grey beige sparkle (almost taupe like). The colour itself is subtle when applied but the sparkle is just beautiful. It is definitely not chunky glitter but tiny sparkly particles that just glisten beautifully on the eye. This shadow is great to layer on top of other shadows to add a bit of extra drama, for example I wore it over my By Terry Misty Rocks Shadow Stick the other day and it was a match made in heaven!

I'm definitely ready make up wise for the wedding, I just need to get my outfit ready now (I have had a few dress nightmares!). Hopefully I can do a face of the day post for you showing my make up and hair from the day. All this effort and I'm only a guest.....I can't begin to imagine what I would be like if I ever get married! Eeek! 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau Foundation

I mentioned that I had purchased the new YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau foundation in my last FOTD post. This is a fairly new foundation to the market and very much one of the 'new generation' foundations which are focusing a lot more on technology.
 Akin to many girls, I am always on the search for the perfect foundation. One that will make my skin look flawless and will last all day. Having tried so many foundation in my 25 years of life (most of them in the last five years, I must admit!) there are only 3 or 4 foundations that I really rate. I have tried both the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat and the YSL Forever Youth Liberator foundations. Both are really nice foundations but slightly dewy for my combination skin.
The YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau aka Fusion Ink foundation is different in that it is supposed to give a soft matte finish. It claims to be light weight yet give full coverage, sweat-proof, heat proof, oil controlling, long lasting (24 hours) and fast setting......wowahweewah! Oh and it has SPF 18.

 The packaging looks like a large YSL Glossy Stain, very luxurious and pretty enough to want to share the contents of your make up bag with the world. The only downside to the bottle is that it comes with a build in spatula for application. Yes a pump would have been preferable but you know what? The spatula is actually alright! I have been applying two strokes to my chin, two to each cheek, two to my forehead, two to my neck and one to my nose. I then buff it in to my skin using my Marc Jacobs Face II Brush.
The foundation is very liquidy and because of this does feel extremely light weight on the skin. It almost feel as if you are applying water. The foundation has a ever so slightly silicone feel to it however this feeling instantly disappears once blended.
The coverage is excellent for such a weightless foundation. I like medium coverage foundations and this one definitely hits the mark. One coat is always sufficient for me but I presume it would be easy to achieve full coverage with a second coat.
The foundation sets to a velvet like finish, giving the skin a very even, airbrushed, polished look. I really like the finish as it is definitely more matte but not completely, there is still a slight sheen.

 This YSL foundation gets top marks from me as it lasts really well on my skin. Usually when I look in the mirror half way through the day my foundation looks patchy and has oxidised giving an orange glow reminiscent of Oompa Loompa however Fusion Ink still looks good. I definitely don't look as oily however as the day wears on shine around my T-zone appears ever so slightly. Having combination skin this is expected!
As for it being sweat proof....yes I can testify to this claim being spot on. Having ran a 5K, I was presently surprised when I looked in the mirror!
Overall this is a lovely foundation and a must try for any one who has oily/combination skin. Yes it is expensive at just over £30 but sometimes you get what you pay for and in this case I truely believe this. Some people are comparing it to the L'Oreal Touche Magique foundation. Whilst there are similarities, I would have to say the YSL is less oily feeling and wears better.
I'm usually not a huge fan of more matte foundations but out of the ones that I have tried the YSL Fusion Ink, with it's buttery soft matte finish is definitely my fave.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

FOTD: Plum Lips

So I'm back with a face of the day. I know, I know, long time no speak!

As we transition in to autumn I always get excited to start wearing fall make up which for me mostly consists of darker lipstick. I recently bought a new lip product which I just fell in love with so thought I would show you the look I created. I was sort of aiming for 1940's old Hollywood when I was doing my hair and make up and above is the outcome. I really liked the end result and got lots of compliments on my make up that day, which lets face it, is always nice!

Here are the products I used.....
I started by applying my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC20) on any blemishes, which for me is around my chin area and under my eyes. I really like this concealer. It is easy to work with, isn't cake and lasts well on my skin.

Once blended out I applied my new YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau foundation. This is the newest addition to my foundation collection. I will do a full review on it soon but I am loving it so far. Light weight, good coverage, lasts well, prevents shine....thumbs up! I used my favourite Marc Jacobs Face II brush to blend this in to my skin.

Next I moved on to my brows, filling them in with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Dark Brown. This product takes a bit of getting used to but I love how long lasting it is, the more practice then easier it becomes.

For my eyes I wanted to use all matte shades and I didn't want anything too dramatic, just a bit of definition in the cease. I used my Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette which at first I wasn't a fan of but now I love the matter shades far more than the shimmery shades. I swept Soft Buff all over my lid then went in and defined my cease with Earth, making sure everything was blended out perfectly.

Once my eyeshadow was done I drew on flicked out liner using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. This has to be my all time favourite eyeliner, it is very black and the marker pen makes creating winged liner fool proof! I followed this with a healthy coat of Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara.

To finish the eyes I applied Millie Mackintosh Ibiza lashes. Unfortunately I think these were limited edition however I love all of Millie's lashes, they all look amazing and the quality is second to none. The Ibiza lashes get longer towards the outer edge which really complimented the winged liner.

With my peepers finished, I moved on to perfecting my complexion. I dusted Sephora Shimmering Bronzer all over my face, focusing on creating a 3 shape along my forehead, cheeks and jaw line. I have been adoring this bronzer recently. The mixture of shades just gives the pretties bronzed glow.

For cheeks I swirled on a touch of E.L.F Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve. These E.L.F Blushes are seriously good value for money at only £3.95. The colour range is great and they are very pigmented. Mellow Mauve is the perfect autumn colour.

As always I finished my look with some lip colour. I found these new Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils in Superdrug last week and am no obsessed with them. They remind me of the Nars Satin Lip Pencils. The provide a matte velvet dose of colour. They are so pigmented and literally stay on your lips forever with out bleeding or smudging. They are amazing! The colour I chose to wear for this look was Berry Much which I beyond love! I was so impressed I now have three other shades :)

There you have a breakdown of my face of the day with plum lips.

I worn this look all day from visiting my gran to going out for dinner. I loved how simple and classic it was yet just dramatic enough.

I would definitely suggest checking out the YSL foundation and the new Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Pencils!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Peek At My Week

Hey! I thought I would try a new sort of post, showing a little peek in to my week of make up, beauty and fashion. A little bit of everything! 

Over the last week I have been trying to restore my skin to normal after it had a major freak-out the week before. I have no idea what caused my skin to majorly break out, I use so many different products it's some time hard to pin point exactly what causes breakouts. 

The first of my three skincare saviours has been Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. These are soaked in a blend of ingredients, including glycolic acid which help exfoliate and brighten the skin. This has really helped my skin to renew and heal itself. Next I have been loving the Superdrug Tea Tree Cleanser & Toner. Obviously tea tree is great for breakouts, I have been sweeping this over my skin after cleansing & exfoliating to help get rid of any bacteria. It also contains aloe vera which really helps to calm the skin. Finally I have been wrapping up my skincare routine by using the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly by Indeed Labs. This is a new product from Indeed Labs and I love, love, love it. It has a unique pump which distributes just the right amount of product for your face. The gel is lightweight and feels refreshing on the skin. It sinks in so quickly yet provides intense hydration, leaving the skin moisturised, plump and healthy.

During the week on my way to work I have been stopping in to get a freshly made juice from the newest juice bar in Glasgow, the Juice Garden. They offer so many freshly made juices, smoothies, shot and fruit bowls. They are so yummy and they literally have a juice for everything. The one in the picture above was called Morning Juice and contained pineapple, apple and passion fruit. Defo makes the morning journey to work a little brighter!

I have had a busy few weeks at work so on Friday night it was good to head out for some dinner and cocktails for my best friends birthday. We headed to TGI Friday's which is great for a nice relaxed meal and it has plenty of yummy cocktails to offer. It's safe to say that Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris and Strawberry Caipiroskas are our faves. 

As it was a pretty casual dinner I just wore some black skinny jeans, a black top, some cobalt blue heels and a nice statement necklace. I also picked up some gorgeous false eyelashes from Superdrug that afternoon to wear. They were Ardell Chocolate Lashes, ones which I had never seen before. They have a mixture of brown and black lashes which gives very pretty effect!

One of my beauty highlights of the week was getting yet another lip product, but not any lip product.....a new Tom Ford lipstick!!! Eeeek! Adding to my little collection is the Tom Ford Lipstick in True Coral. Tom Ford lipsticks have to be one of the most luxurious lip products there is. True Coral is stunning red/coral which is so creamy and pigmented and the best thing is my lovely friend managed to get this for me on her (amazing) staff discount. I can't wait to wear this colour out!

Today is Sunday and I had lovely family lunch to go to. We made the drive to the Bridge Inn in Ratho which is not far from Edinburgh. This was such a pretty little restaurant perched on the banks of a canal, it was just a shame that it was absolutely pouring down with rain. That's Scotland for you! I thought I would share my outfit with you.

My mint green pleated top is from Topshop (I think they only have a cream version now). My floral scuba trousers are from Warehouse and my nude pointed heels are from Primark (I know! What a bargain, they also do them in black, cobalt blue, bright pink and orange). I curled my hair with my Remington Pearl Curling Wand and left my make up fairly simple and natural with a swipe of Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve lipstick.

As soon as I got home it was straight in to my pyjamas (as you can see from the first picture) and time to chill :)

Hope you all had a good week and are ready for the new week ahead!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Recent Purchases

Hi guys! So I am back today to share some of my recent purchases. I shop a lot. My friends and family always make fun of me for it. I even try to hide my shopping bags when arrive back from my lunch break at work. I am the office shopaholic. 

There is nothing I like more than buying make up and beauty products. I would much rather buy products than clothes and shoes. I love reading other bloggers posts on their recent purchases so I thought I would show you some of the things I have bought over the last few months.

Lip Lover is supposed to provide the comfort of a lip balm, the colour of a lip stick and the shine of a lip gloss and it really does do all three. I bought two of these (I can't find the other one at the moment but it was 313) after hearing LisaLisaD1 from YouTube talk about them. They are ultra moisturising, give nice colour pay off and give a gorgeous gloss to the lips without being sticky at all. I love the packaging and the easy doe foot applicator. 316 is a beautiful peachy pink and is great for chucking on and going.

We have all heard of the famous Alien perfume from Thierry Mugler. It is a very strong and very recognisable fragrance. They have release a new fresher, lighter version for summer called Alien Eau Extraordinaire and after smelling a sample in a magazine I thought I would pick it up at duty free on my way home from Marbella. I am rubbish at describing scents so click the link above for more details on what the fragrance contains.

This body cream is AMAZING!! It contains glycol, salicylic and lactic acids which exfoliate and resurface the skin. It has a fresh citrus scent, I usually apply this at night and when I wake up in the morning my skin is unbelievable smooth. It really does smooth and brighten the skin. Also the salicylic acid in it is great for blemishes, razor bumps or ingrown hairs. I am in love with how amazing this makes my skin feel! I got mine from Boots.

This is another product that I am in love with. I really enjoy trying out lots of foundation but I must say that this has to be one of my all time favourites. I would definitely say it is very comparable if not a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and we all know how much I love that foundation. It is described as weightless and it truly is. You definitely do not feel as if you are wearing foundation when you apply this. So it must have light coverage then? Wrong! I was so surprised at how much coverage this gives (medium), with that being set it still looks natural and skin like. It contains light diffusing particles which help blur imperfections to give a flawless airbrushed finish. I usually set this foundation with a powder and I find it wears really nicely throughout the day, plus it has no SPF which means not white face with flash photography!

I bought this on a lunch time trip to John Lewis and was so ecstatic to see that they now stock James Read tanning products. I am a huge fan of his Sleep Tan Mask (click here for my review) so I wanted to try some of the body tanning products. I chose the mousse as I find them the easiest and most convenient to apply. Using a tanning mitt this applied beautifully, blending in well for a streak free finish. I left it on over night and washed it off the next day to reveal a very real looking tan. It wasn't super dark but gave a lovely sun kissed look as if you had spent a few days in the sun. 

Ps. I love, love, love the James Read Tan packaging!

The next of my recent purchases is a hair care product. This Biotin and Collagen Amplifying Lotion is packed full of biotin and nutrients to nourish, collagen to add volume and wheat protein to add strength and fullness to the hair. I apply two pumps of this to damp hair before blowdrying. The result is noticeably thicker and shiner hair. 

This is a body oil gel which is meant to be used as a moisturiser but I had read on Pinterest that it was amazing to use for shaving. The cocoa butter has the most gorgeous coconutty smell and as a moisturiser it leaves your skin silky smooth with a pretty shine. I used it for shaving by applying it all over my legs in the shower and then shaving as normal. It helped the razor glide over the skin and gave a really nice close shave and left my skin super moisturised and nourished afterwards. This Vaseline Gel Body Oil may just have revolutionised the way I shave forever! 

I had no idea that Palmer's had started making skincare products. With a nice little range of products I decided to try the exfoliating facial scrub. My current facial exfoliator is just too gentle for me and I feel like, really, it is doing nothing. This one has a little bit more grit to it but is still gentle enough to use on your face. After using this my skin was left so soft. I also like that you get a lot of product for your money.

I also picked up the Palmer's Purifying Mask. This contains cocoa butter and shea butter to nourish, kaolin to purify and almond oil to cleanse. This is a white clay which when applied to the skin feels so soothing and cooling (this would be great if you had angry breakouts). It begins to harden and set and after 10 minute you can just wash it off. One think that I noticed is unlike other clay masks that I have tried, when you wash this off it turns in to a sort of cream/oil which feels lovely and moisturising rather than dragging at the skin. My skin was left feeling fresh, cleansed and very soft.

Being such a Too Faced fan when I saw this new bronzing palette as part of their summer collection I had to have it. It contains three of their most popular bronzers, Chocolate Soleil (a matte bronzer), Sun Bunny (half matte bronzer, half shimmer bronzer) and Snow Bunny (a mixture of pink/bronze/highlight shades). I love that you can mix and match the bronzers to achieve lots of different looks. It also comes with a little kabuki brush which is actually really good quality. It is a summer must have.

This is just a simple white nail polish. I think that plain white nails can look really nice for summer especially with a tan so I thought this little Mavala polish would come in handy.

This is a translucent mattifying powder. After hearing Essie Button talk about this in many of her YouTube videos I thought I would try it out. I really like this powder. This is usually the last step in my make up routine to set my make up. It helps mattify the skin but leaves a nice velvet finish instead of completely matte and one dimensional. It helps my make up stay in place and definitely controls my shine throughout the day. 

I wanted a peachy coral blush for summer so when I was at duty free I also picked up a MAC powder blush in Modern Mandarin. This looks very orange but once on this skin give a lovely peachy flush. It is a satin finish (my fave!) which leaves a very subtle glow to the cheeks. Usually I don't find MAC blushers to be very pigmented but this one has just the right amount of pigmentation. I think this is a great addition to my summer make up bag.

Wow that was a long post! I hope you found it interested and informative and make you have spotted some new products that you would like to try out. I would love to know what recent purchases you are loving so leave a comment down below!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact

Hey, well it has been a minute!

This is my first post since April :O Sorry for my absence but sometimes as a blogger you just need to take some time out to regain some inspiration. Following a conversation with one of my best friends and fellow beauty blogger/professional make up artist Alice (from Alice Through The Beauty Glass) I decided I definitely didn't want to give up on my blog, so here I am with a new post :)

I recently bought the most gorgeous bronzer from Clarins. It is from their Colours of Brazil summer collection so, yes, that means that unfortunately it is limited edition. I must admit that I haven't been following the World Cup but I am definitely all for the beautiful Brazilian bronzed looked.

The Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact is so pretty. Firstly the compact is huge, much larger than your average bronzer. It has a mixture of matte colours along with a tiny hint of golden shimmer. When swirled together you get a lovely natural looking colour than gives a satin finish once on the skin.

I adore the packaging and the embossed print on the product itself. The good thing about this bronzer is that it is very natural and buildable. You can add a hint of tan or go all out bronzed goddess. 

I have been applying the bronzer all over my face and d├ęcolletage using the Vintage Cosmetic Company Large Powder Brush. I am in love with the brush. It is massive but fits the size of this compact perfectly. It is dense enough yet fluffy enough, giving the perfect finish; plus it is super soft.

As the weather heats up, I have been wearing a bronzed glowy make up look more and more. Lots of bronzer, a warm shimmering eyeshadow all over the lid, lashes and a nude glossy lip. Done.

My quick tips for applying bronzer are

- use a large fluffy powder brush
-apply to the areas that the sun would naturally hit such as forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose and chin
-for a more contoured look sweep over the face in a 3 shaped motion covering the temples, cheeks and jawline
-blend, blend, blend
-always start with a light touch and build up if necessary

I would love to hear your recommendations on the best products for a bronzed glow, so if you have any then leave a comment below :)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Currently on my nails: Kiko Famingo Pink

Today I thought I would share with you the nail polish I am currently wearing, Kiko Flamingo Pink (number 288). I ordered this shade after watching Barbara from ThePersianBabe's recent YouTube video. She was wearing the most gorgeous pink nail polish. It looked so pretty that I had to have it.

Despite owning several bright pink polishes, I have nothing quite like this pink. It is a bright, blue toned pink which I think would be so flattering with any skin tone. Sometimes pinks can be hard to get right but this colour stands out for all the right reasons.

I ordered this polish online from Kiko along with some other bits and pieces as we don't have a Kiko here in Scotland. The polish itself is really inexpensive at only £3.90 and the formula was really nice an opaque, taking only two coats to get the perfect finish.

I started with a coat of my beloved OPI Nail Envy and finished with a coat of Sally Hansen's Mega Shine Top Coat, which gives a sipper shiny finish.

Kiko have tonnes of other colours which I would love to try but since I can't see them in person I may have to resort to googling for swatches. They even sell the cutest little nail polish carry bag for travelling with. I love! 

If you are looking for a bright and flattering pink nail polish for spring/summer then definitely check out Kiko Flamingo Pink.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Pretty In Pink- Sleek Makeup

I should be banned from leaving my office at lunch time because every time I do go out I home back with a handful of new products and much less money! On a recent lunch time shopping trip I popped in to Superdrug and came out with two new Sleek products.

I am a huge fan of Sleek as I think the quality and pigmentation of their products are fantastic and at such a reasonable price.

I only had one blush from Sleek, Pixie Pink which is a matte bright pink. I spotted the Blush by 3 palettes which contain three blushers, two powder and one cream formula. The Pink Lemonade palette really caught my eye. I am a girly girl so the array of sweet pinks appealed to me greatly, so much so I had to have it.

It contains a baby pink powder, a rosy cream and a rose gold powder. Sleek do a blush called Rose Gold which have wanted for a while and on first glance I thought the blush on the far right was Rose Gold. It turns out it isn't but it is very similar.

The two powder shades are so highly pigmented and contain a finely milled shimmer which gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks meaning you don't even need to apply a highlighter. It isn't glittery at all, it is more of a sheen than anything.

The cream blush is again really pigmented, completely matte and blends out really nicely to leave almost a stained finish. I love all three colours and to me the darker pink powder is very reminiscent of Nars Orgasm blush and the lighter pink of MAC's Dainty Mineralized Blush.

This is a really handy compact palette with a great mirror. At only £9.99 I would say this was such a bargain.

The other product I bought was the Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in Petal. This is a matte finish liquid lipstick. I thought the colour of this one was so pretty and wearable. This lip product is very similar to the NYX Matte Lip Creams which I love. I am a huge fan of a matte lip and Petal just glides on to the lips leaving a very velvety soft finish.

This is perfect is the perfect everyday pink and I have been loving wearing it to work or on days where I don't want full on make up. Again this product is only £4.99 which I think is a great price. There is also some seriously gorgeous brighter shades which would look equally as amazing.

If you spent over £10 on Sleek products then you received a cute little black Sleek make up bag which was nice. I love having little zip pouches for travelling or carrying in my handbag. 

These pretty pink products definitely are very spring appropriate I think and no doubt I will be wearing them lots. I might have to do a face of the day soon to show you the products in use :)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring Scents

Now that spring is officially here it's time to change up my skincare, make up and perfumes. I'm leaving my heavy sultry perfumes of winter behind and have purchases so new fresh girly ones which are perfect for spring time. 

The first scent I want to talk about is Vera Wang Princess. This has long been one of my favourite perfumes simply because it is the epitome of the type of scents that I like. Sweet, fruity and girly. I love that one spritz of perfume can bring back so many memories and feelings and for me, Vera Wang Princess, brings back lots of happy ones. This contains pink guava as well as a mixture of waterlily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk, and vanilla. 

I just love the heart shaped bottle and soft lilac colour of this perfume. As I ran out of this perfume around this time last year my mum and dad were kind enough to bring me home a bottle of this from their recent holiday.

The next scent I added to my spring collection is a newbie for me. I am a creature of habit when it comes to fragrance and usually stick to the same four or five perfumes that I have loved forever. Whilst browsing the beauty section of John Lewis on my lunch break I happened to smell Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh and was really drawn to it. It was different from the usual fragrances I go for in that it was a lot cleaner and fresher. 

A week or so later I decided to order the purse spray & refill set from Escentuals. This little set was the perfect size to let me try it out and it was a great prices as well at just over £25. I adore miniature products, I think they are just too cute so when this Marc Jacobs set arrived I so in love. The little bottle was gorgeous with the big daisy, the perfect size for my hand bag yet you still get a decent amount of perfume (25ml). It also came with a 15ml refill and the most adorable gold funnel to help you decant it.

I don't like the original Marc Jacobs Daisy but Eau So Fresh I do like. It is very clean and fresh smelling with a hint of fruitiness/sweetness. In a way it reminds me of a cross between parma violet & refresher sweeties. This scent contains wild rose, apple blossom, violet, raspberry, grapefruit, pear, plum, cedar wood and musk. This as become a staple in my handbag.

The final scent I thought I would mention is a surprising one. It is a scent from NSpa which is a brand exclusive to Asda. The NSpa Orient Fragrance is the perfect night time spring scent. It contains lily, vanilla, musk and mandarin which creates a lovely sweet and subtly sexy fragrance. The warmth from the vanilla makes it ideal for night time yet the floral and fruity notes keep it fresh for spring. The packaging is very Jo Malone and at only £8 you can't go wrong with this scent. 

I think it would be great for taking keeping in a handbag as you wouldn't be too worried about loosing it as it is so inexpensive. It also means you could top up your scent throughout the day without worry about using up really expensive perfumes. The Orient perfume would also be great to layer with.

Now that I have my spring scents in check, time to move on to my make up. I'm excited to start wearing some pretty spring/summer colours so look out for some new spring make up posts coming up.

What is your go to spring scent? I would love to hear all your recommendations!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Pink to Make the Boys Wink: Kate Spade Accessories

So a week of being at home struck down with the flu, feeling terrible and sorry for myself could only culminate in one thing....a lot of online shopping. Aching, coughing, shivering, spluttering and sneezing had left me feeling awful. Having not worn any make up or clothing other than my jammies all week, I knew a make up or clothing haul just wasn't going to cut it; there was only one thing for it...accessories.

Whilst perusing Shopbop I decided to check out the Kate Spade products. I love Kate Spade as a brand but here in the UK it is much harder to get hold off. One click and I was transported out of my sick bed into accessory heaven! So many pretty things!

As I'm sure many of us do, I made my little imaginary shopping bag, all click happy, but once I got to the check out I thought twice. This happened for a few days in a row until I had a weak moment (I'm blaming all the flu medicine, personally!) and actually went through with it. Oops.

Here is what I got....

Shopbop has some amazing iPhone cases and Kate Spade knows how to do a damn good one. I was torn between this Kate Spade Floral iPhone 5 Case or a Dita Von Frustenberg one but in the end the bright, pretty colours of this one won. I love the colours, the acrylic finish and the the gold foil Kate Spade detail at the bottom. You can feel that it is a higher quality than most other phone cases and on the inside it says 'Live Colorfully' which I think is a nice touch. I'm obsessed with it! 

The next item was a bit of a splurge. I ordered the Kate Spade Gramercy Bracelet Watch in Bougainvillea Pink. I entirely blame Makeup by Tiffany D for the purchase. I remember watching her Christmas video where she talked about her Kate Spade watch with the bright pink face (it's a slightly different model) and I feel in love with it. The way she explained why she loved it just made me want it in my life. When I saw this one on Shopbop I decided to get it. I love the bright pink and gold together and think this would be really pretty with a simple black dress or jeans and simple top. It is also a good size, not too small but not to big and chunky. 
Plus it was significantly cheaper than buying Kate Spade watches here in the UK!

Finally I got the Kate Spade Small Square Stud Earrings in Flo Pink. You can kind of tell I was on a pink kick, can't you?! Of course I simply got these because I thought they would look so cute with the watch! The bright fluroscent pink looks really pretty with the gold casing and I think these would look amazing with a tan. They are slightly larger than normal studs which makes them perfect for nights out as they are more eye catching. 

I honestly cannot fault Shopbop at all and in fact I was extremely impressed with the service they offer. I placed my order on Tuesday and it arrives two days later on Thursday, all the way from the US to Scotland, that is impressive! Items I order from here don't even come that fast. The shipping is free and I opted for the prices to include any potential duties and customs charges so I didn't need to pay anything extra when they arrived at my door. Thank you Shopbop! 

I'm a little bit in love with my new Kate Spade accessories and now I want everything from her collection. She has such fun, vibrant and girly products. These bright pinks are perfect for spring and summer and definitely helped cheer me up from feeling so unwell!

ps. the little pouch/purse in the picture if from Accessorize. Cute, isn't it?!

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