Autumn Accessories Update!

Posted on October 20, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve been attempting to tidy up my house and my ever growing stash of ‘stuff’ when I kind of noticed I’ve had a sudden influx of new autumnal accessories! So I thought it was about time I updated my wardrobe and put my summer bits and pieces away to make room for my gorgeous new things which currently have nowhere to live. Cue box packing of strappy sandals and vest tops all weekend! Read on to hear about my lovely new things…

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First up are these gorgeous Melissa Virtue Studded Flock Pumps from Logonstyle. They’re flat pumps which always get my vote as they’re super comfortable. They have a faux suede ‘flocked’ finish with gold pointed studs and I love that they’re simple enough to wear with a multitude of outfits, without being plain at all. Oh and did I mention they also smell of bubblegum?? No really, Melissa shoes are all scented, how cool is that! Logonstyle have loads of awesome designer pieces, and they have a sale on too right now so make sure you check them out!

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Next I have a gorgeous Black Trellis Print Canvas Bowler Bag from Landsend. This is smaller than my previous go-to every day bag, which is actually a good thing as I often found myself carrying around junk I didnt realise I had. Only the other day I decided to sort out my bag and found two cans of diet coke rolling around at the bottom – I wondered why it was so heavy! This bowler style bag is surprisingly spacious, and it’s also made of coated canvas so it’s easy to clean too.

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous Fiorelli Emilie Claret Red Matinee Purse on Twitter! YAY! Fiorelli had a giveaway on where ten winners would get their hands on this purse, and I was chosen! Amazing! I’m in love with the claret red shade, it’s so gorgeous and perfect for this season. This purse is also pretty big, which is exactly what I need as I usually keep a pen and chewing gum in my purse as well as other bits and pieces. I think this may end up replacing my old and trusty Lady Dior wallet.

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And lastly this blue leather Ashiana Statement Leather Cuff with Studs – this was originally £30 then down to £8 in one of the many ASOS sales, what a bargain! I love anything with studs and spikes, and with this being real leather, and the studs being very similar to those on my Balenciaga bag, it has a definite luxe feel. Also not forgetting my ‘Fake’ watch from ASOS too, this was only £5 so another great bargain! I’m not really a wearer of watches, but I love them as accessories and I reckon this will be sported on my wrist for the rest of the season!

So there we have it, out with the old and in with the new. I’d love to hear if you’ve treated yourself to any new accessories for Autumn?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Lands’ End Launch at House of Fraser Norwich!

Posted on October 18, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I was so excited a couple of weeks ago to be invited to the brand new launch of Lands’ End at House of Fraser in Norwich! Unfortunaltey on the evening I was supposed to go, Fred was poorly so I couldn’t actually make it. I still wanted to tell you all about the evening though (as reported back to me) as I should have been there.

Lands’ End offer a large range of quality clothing and homewears with a guarantee that if you’re not happy with something you can return it AT ANY TIME. These products have a lifetime guarantee, if you’re not satisfied you can return for a refund or replacement whenever you like. I can’t think of any other company that offers this! Read their famous story about somebody purchasing and also returning a London taxi here! Amazing!

Anyway back to the event! It took place in Cafe Nero in House of Fraser, and was hosted by celebrity stylist Helen Boyle. Helen picked out a selection of Lands’ End garments and spoke about the key trends within the collection including rooted affair, monochrome and jeans wear. She showed the attendees how to style Lands’ End coats and jumpers and how to mix and match and coordinate  items together. She also presented a selection of shoes and other accessories such as scarves that you can accessorise with any outfit.

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I’ve also been quite ill lately so I haven’t actually been into the city for a long time, I’m definitely going to check Lands’ End out next time I’m there though, and hopefully stock up on some winter essentials!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx



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My Current Budget Dry Skin Saviours

Posted on October 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a sufferer of dry skin like me, you’ll know that as the weather gets colder your skin KNOWS, and it doesn’t like the change in temperature one little bit. Skin becomes dryer, irritated and more sensitive, and requires a whole new set of products to tackle the problems that the colder weather brings. So with this in mind I’ve put together some my favourite purse-friendly skincare saviours for those with dry skin…

Natio Daily Protection Moisturiser (£13.60) – Keeping your skin moisturised really is key. If you’re like me and you’re a bit lax with your skincare regime (sorry), make sure you at least use a daily moisturiser. I’m loving this Natio Daily Moisturiser at the moment, it’s lightweight so it’s perect for every day wear, it has a non-greasy formula that helps protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and it’s enriched with organic rosehip oil, lavender and lemon to leave skin hydrated, soft and smooth.

Mary Elizabeth Juniper & Jojoba Hand Cream (£9.50) – And while your at it, don’t forget your hands! We use our hands all the time, they are one of the most active parts of the body, but do we look after them? Well I don’t. I’m a handcare novice. It’s never really been something I thought about until now. I’ve recently started using this Mary Elizabeth hand cream and it really is working wonders for my tired old hands. Nurturing Juniper Oil soothes skin, whilst Jojoba Oil has antiseptic properties and helps to retain moisture. Other active ingredients include Calendula Oil which calms and promotes suppleness for youthful looking hands. 

Carmex Lip Balm (£2.69) – My lips are literally a sore point for me most of the year round, so come winter I like to up my lip care game. This Carmex Lip Balm lives in my makeup bag for relieving dry lips on the go, and it really does work wonders. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the product comes in a pot, so you have to stick your finger in to apply. I can live with it though!

Anatomicals High Noon for the Prune (£4.00) – If you’re susceptible to dry patches on your skin that require a little extra TLC than what your regular moisturiser can offer, get some of this Anatomicals Dry Relief Balm on and let it work it’s magic. High Noon For The Prune is a natural remedy for eczema and extremely dry skin. The formula includes all-natural ingredients and features the amazing healing power of the Cocus Nucifera Extract and Gardenia Tahitensis. This stuff will really soothe the driest skin, and it can also be used on sunburn, rashes, and minor scrapes and burns. It’s suitable for children too which is super handy, so this is definitely a handbag essential for me.

Weleda Skin Food (£9.95) - This is one of Weleda’s oldest products, originating from 1926. A product that stands the test of time like that really says something to me! Weleda Skin Food is a nourishing and hydrating treatment for the whole body, especially hands, feet and elbows. It’s is a deep-penetrating replenishing skin repair cream for skin that is dry, flaky and in need of extra care. Made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up tired skin, it’s a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre or generally undernourished complexions.

I hope this post has been useful, and please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! xxx

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NEW Makeup Revolution Atomic Lipsticks! | Review

Posted on October 16, 2014
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Hi Guys!

It seems like not a week goes by without another brand new release from Makeup Revolution. I remember when they started they promised they’d be offering regular new products and they weren’t wrong! My latest Makeup Rev fix arrived in the form of a set of brand new Atomic lipsticks.

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The Atomic collection includes five lipsticks in shades of purple, bright red and green. There’s no doubt these are an intentional release due to the impending Halloween holiday. I love that Makeup Revolution are bringing out these more ‘daring’ product shades – sure metallic green isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love that they bring something different to the table. It kind of makes me think they’re picking up where Illamasqua left off, almost like a budget version of Illamasqua, bringing more risqué shades and products to the high street. And this is why I love them :)

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First up we have Magnificent. This is a beautiful high shimmer lavender purple. It’s quite an unusual shade, I’ve racked my brains and I can’t think of any other lipsticks this could compare to. This is probably the most wearable colour out of the set.

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Next is Make It Right, this is a deep intense purple again with a shimmer finish. You know I love my purples! This is such a deep, highly pigmented colour, it’s not for the faint hearted!

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Next is Ruby, this is a bright red with a hint of pink. It has a clean cream finish and though the lipstick bullet looks a true red, it definitely has a pinkish tone in there. It’s a lovely bright colour and perfect for a statement lip.

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Next is Make Me Tonight. This appeared to be a very deep purple, but when applied it has more of a berry / brown tone to it. It’s slightly sheer, which makes it more wearable as the colour isn’t so heavy.

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And lastly Serpent. This is an amazing high shimmer deep green shade. Would I actually wear this? I’m not so sure, but if you like experimenting with makeup, or your looking for some devilishly dark colours for Halloween, this should be right up your street!

So what do you think about these lipsticks? I think they’re perfect for Halloween!

The Atomic Lipsticks are available from Makeup Revolution for £1 each.

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx



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Serenata Flowers Ultimate Chocolate Hamper GIVEAWAY!

Posted on October 15, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well, I know it’s not even Halloween yet, so I shouldn’t really be mentioning the ‘C’ word, but… just look at this AMAZING hamper I’m giving away, it would be so perfect for Christmas! There I said it, don’t shoot me! It would also make an amazing gift, or just keep it for yourself and scoff the lot! (I know what I’d do!) The lovely people at Serenata Flowers would like to give you the chance to win this drool-worthy Ultimate Chocolate Hamper, worth £79.99. In this wicker box of heaven you will find every type of chocolate you could ever want…

  • Belgian Choclate Infused Handmade Fudge 113g
  • KC Chocolatier, Caramel & Praline Milk Chocolate Bar 75g
  • Luxury Box of Assorted Belgian Chocolates by Cachet 800g
  • Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Ginger
  • KC Chocolatier, Crunchy Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bar 75g
  • White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Luxury Chocolate Coated Peanuts & Raisins
  • Cachet, Box of Belgian Truffle Assortment 155g
  • KC Chocolatier, Hazelnut Cream White Chocolate Bar 75g
  • Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Brazil Nuts
  • Willow Hamper – Extra Lage

There’s over 1.2 kg of rich velvety chocolate goodness in this box. It’s overflowing with everything from white, dark and milk sensations to tantalizing truffles, tangy fruit and naughty nut fillings. This magnificent showstopper of chocolate ecstasy is a guaranteed to be a gift that will never be forgotten!

This giveaway will run for two weeks and is open to UK addresses only. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a shout. Good luck! xxx

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YSL Black Opium EDP | Review

Posted on October 13, 2014

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Hi Guys!

As soon as I heard YSL had released Black Opium on some of the bigger beauty blogs, I was so excited. I must admit I was mesmerised by the bottle before I’d even heard what the fragrance was about – and I’ve never even tried the original Opium. I get a bit silly over perfumes like that! Black Opium has had rave reviews everywhere I’ve looked and as I’m a complete perfume addict I knew I had to try it!

Ok so lets start with the bottle, it’s basically the same as the original Opium, but Black Opium has been totally revamped and glitzed up. The bottle is the same shape and style as Opium, but this time it’s black, it’s sparkly and it’s sexy. Unfortunately like I said Ive never actually tried the original opium fragrance, so I can’t compare the the scents to one another, but if the bottle is anything to go by, the new Black Opium will be a sharper, more glamorous version of the original.

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Black Opium has top notes of pink pepper and orange blossom, mid notes of jasmine and coffee, and base notes of vanilla, patchouli and cedarwood. It’s a gorgeously seductive fragrance, that’s surprisingly wearable. It’s not too heavy for day time, but lingers all day – my other half noticed I had it on in the evening when I’d only put it on first thing in the morning! I’ve been wearing it every day since my bottle arrived and I’ve had so many compliments!

2014’s Most Anticipated New Fragrance Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent – new glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. 

Black Opium is available from Beauty Base for £44 for a 30ml bottle.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this fragrance?

I hope you enjoyed my review xx

This post contains a sample provided for review



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September Beauty Favourites

Posted on October 10, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’m hoping it’s not too late for my September favourites post, am I? I don’t know how but it totally slipped my mind. I’d been making a note of my favourite products all throughout September too, so I’ve got a good list ready for you! – Here goes…

Yankee candle – Pink Sands. This is pretty, summery fragrance, described as a beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. Pink Sands has been a favourite candle of mine over the summer months, and on one hand I’m sad that it’s almost ran out, but on the other hand I’m looking forward to bringing some more seasonal scents into my home – I’ve been recommended Witches Brew, Harvest and Cranberry Ice, so I’ll definitely check these out next time I’m at the shops :)

Super Facialist Cleanser – This mild cleanser has been my go-to ever since its arrival. It’s glycerin based to help retain moisture and includes elderflower to minimise pores, and also contains salicylic acid to refine and detoxify whilst washing away impurities. This cleanser leaves my skin with a lovely matte finish and a light, refreshing scent of orange and yang yang.

Nanshy Blending Brush – Nanshy kindly sent me this blending brush a few weeks ago as a sample to try out – and I have to say it’s fantastic! It’s lived in my makeup bag ever since and I’ve been using it on a daily basis. The blending brush is part of the new Masterful Collection which you can read about here.

Mitoq Power Antioxidant Rejuvination Serum – This is an old favourite of mine, I loved this product so much when I first tried it out, but then with just being busy and trying out other products it kind of got pushed to the back of my stash. I recently started using it again and was reminded of why I originally raved about it. It’s been completely reviving my tired skin, making it look brighter and more even – take a look at the full review :)

Ashley Cahill Skincare Samples – I was sent a couple of samples to try from luxury skincare brand Ashley Cahill. I especially liked the Microdermabrasion Cleanser, which is a powerful exfoliator that uses medical grade aluminium oxide crystals to scour away dead skin and wash away dirt. It left my skin feeling amazingly soft. The other product was Tight, yes it’s just called ‘Tight’! This serum has been dubbed ‘plastic surgery in a bottle’. Tight promises to lift, tighten and rehydrate the skin in just a few minutes, claiming to be a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery. And my God did my skin feel tight! I’m not even joking!! I was so surprised it actually felt and looked tighter! Amazing!

Opi Nail Polish in Don’t Mess With Opi – This is a gorgeous mid green, it’s more of an autumnal colour but I’ve been wearing it loads in September. I’m a massive fan of green and blue nail polishes and this is definitely one of the best greens I own. It has a super shiny finish and only takes two coats for full opacity.

Anatomicals Headache Relieving Balm – After trying this for the first time recently, this has been a new handbag staple. It has a menthol scent which isn’t too overwhelming, and you just rub the balm on your pulse points and await headache relief, simples!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita – These are THE lipsticks of the moment. The new NARS Audacious collection is simply stunning, the colours as well as formula are to die for and with the massive range of 30 different shades, there really is something for everybody. You can read my review here.

W7 Chunky Eyes Pencil in Latte – The new W7 Chunky Eyes pencils all have gorgeous, easy to wear shimmer finishes, and the four pencils come in lovely brown shades ranging from cream to dark brown. The pencils give a beautiful shimmery finish, with a fantastic level of pigmentation.

Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette – I bought this recently in a blog sale – I’ve been eyeing it up for a while but kept telling myself I didnt need it as I had too many palettes. When I saw it on sale for £18 inc postage, well it would have been sill ynot to for for it! And I absolutely love this palette. All the shades are neutral and easy to wear, and the shadows are so buttery soft and blendable. It’s still a great bargain for the full price at £25. I’ll have a full review on this shortly.

Sorry it’s been a bit of a long one! I hope you enjoyed my post anyway! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review



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