Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fun & Quirky Luxury Father’s Day Gifts at Amara

Posted on June 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

Father’s Day is almost upon us again, and if like me, you’re not particularly prepared as yet, I have some fantastic gift ideas from luxury gifting and home accessories site Amara to share with you today. Enjoy!

For the dads that like a tipple, this Tank Whisky Decanter (£80.00) by Tom Dixon would make the perfect gift. Made of luxurious mouth-blown glass, this contemporary decanter is finished with copper detailing for added elegance. I’ve also included the matching Low Ball Glasses (£45.00 now reduced to £38.00) by Tom Dixon – especially made for short drinks, this pair of glasses with hand painted copper detailing match perfectly with the decanter, and would make any whiskey fan’s dream gift.

There are also plenty more products in the Tom Dixon Tank collection, including wine glasses, vases, jugs and bowls. This range is just perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your kitchen or bar area – I’d definitely recommend checking these out as there are quite a few products currently in the Amara sale, where you can save up to 50%.

If Dad’s a fan of contemporary home accessories, or maybe he might like something to jazz up his desk – this decorative Pineapple Ornament (£25.00) by Bloomingville could be just the ticket. Available in a selection of colours, including Grey, Gold, and Rose, this beautifully detailed ornament is crafted from stoneware and will look fantastic in any space around the house.

For the music and tech lover, I have the aGroove Bluetooth Speaker (£49.00) by Kreafunk – this sleek and elegant wireless speaker is compact enough to literally be placed anywhere around the house, allowing you to be able to listen to your favourite music in style – and without having do deal with unsightly cables. Kreafunk has designed this speaker with both sound and aesthetics in mind. It’s beautifully soft to the touch with rounded edges, and plays for up to 24 hours at full charge via Bluetooth. They’ve also included USB and AUX cables for ultimate ease.

And lastly for something a little different, how about this fabulously quirky Sitting Mouse Lamp (£60.00) by Seletti. I have to say I absolutely love this lamp, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to include it in my write up – it’s just so fun and different! This little guy stands about 12cm tall, so he’s pretty much true to size for a large-ish mouse. He’s made of white resin, and sits nicely on the edge of a desk or mantlepiece, patiently holding a LED lightbulb – whilst looking like he’s really up to no good! There are also two other mice available, with one laying down and one standing up – how cool would they look dotted around the house!

Amara have also put together their own quiz to help you find the perfect Father’s Day gift. You can check this out below –

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection

Posted on June 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have another limited edition collection from MAC to share with you today – this time it’s in collaboration with Korean contemporary womenswear designers Steve J and Yoni P – I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before, but after looking them up I’ve pretty much fallen in love with their designs. Think high end casual wear, with an injection of youthful humour and colour…

Korean design duo Steve J. and Yoni P. strike a spunky balance between flirty frills and sporty thrills. Now, the couple introduces a M·A·C collection as cheeky and progressive as their fashion! Pinks, smoky-warm neutrals and playful, graphic packaging tap into the vibe of Seoul street style.

The Steve J & Yoni P Mac collection is quite extensive, including a large range of colour cosmetics as well as brushes and a makeup bag, all featuring a playful limited edition print.

Starting with the Lipstick (£16.50) – there are four lipsticks in this collection in a range of warm hues with two finishes. I have shade Yoni Crush, which is an intense red that’s truly beautiful. This one also has an amplified finish, which is one of my favourite MAC lipstick finishes as it gives fantastically rich colour that feels comfortable and moisturising on the lips. The four shades are –

  • Spotlight Me – light peachy nude (amplified)
  • Yoni Crush – bold orange-red (amplified)
  • Candy Yum-Yum – neon pink (matte)
  • A Killing Smile – bright pinkish red (matte)

I also have this super cute Eyeshadow X2 Duo (£20.00) – there are two sweet little eyeshadow duos available in this collection, I have Touch Me Baby which includes shades Keep on Twinkling, which is a really pretty light frosted pink, and Soba, which is a light brown with a hint of golden shimmer. Both shades are well pigmented, and are very easy to wear, light neutral colours.

And lastly the Lip & Cheek X6 in Yoni Attraction (£36.00) – this special-edition palette includes six varied pink shades for both lips and cheeks. There are five Casual Colour shades for cheeks plus one Lipstick shade –

  • Keep It Loose Casual Colour – warm pink
  • Secret Admirer Casual Colour – bright coral
  • Young at Heart Casual Colour – bright pink
  • Weekend Getaway Casual Colour – cool rose
  • Lazy Sunday Casual Colour – baby pink
  • Show Orchid Lipstick – very hot pink (amplified)

The other products in the collection include –

Zoom Lash (£15.50) in Zoomblack – a rich black.

Studio Eye Gloss (£16.00) in Pearl Varnish – a white gloss with pearl.

Dazzleshadow X2 in Midnight Fever (£20.00) including shades Let’s Boogie (black with sparkles) and Sparkling Moment (black with purple & red sparkles)

Powder Blush (£19.50) in shades Peony Petal – a bright blue-pink (satin) and Sugar or Syrup – a light yellow-pink (satin)

Brushes in 217 Blending Brush (£21.00) and 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush (£28.00)

Makeup Bag / Steve J & Yoni P X MAC £25.00

The MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection is available now at MAC Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe for Fair Hair

Posted on June 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Friday at last and I’ve been rushing around trying to sort the house out and do last minute prep for mine and Freddy’s fancy dress birthday party tomorrow! I literally can’t wait! So things are a bit crazy here right now, but I thought I’d leave you with a little look at some of the latest products to launch from YSL – welcome to the YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe, specifically for those with fair hair…

Starting with the Couture Brow Palette (£35.00) – this is a super handy little palette, including three powder shades, and a mini brush and tweezers. This palette comes in two colour options and I have 01 Light which is perfect for those with fair hair. The mini brush has stiff, angled bristles which are great for applying just the right amount of product to the brows with precision, whilst keeping the hairs in check – and this palette is also just the right size for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. You might think three separate shades are a bit excessive, but I love that you can mix and match them to create exactly the brow look you desire.

Next I have the Dessin Des Sourcils Pencil (£21.00) – this is a deluxe dual ended precision pencil that fills in and defines brows with ease, for a natural no-fuss look. The formula is smooth but firm, and glides on effortlessly to give you gorgeously groomed brows. I have shade 3 Marron Glace, which is a light taupe brown, perfect for both blondes and redheads.

Next the Couture Brow (£22.00) which is basically a mascara for your brows – very much like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this product has a subtle gloss finish, which gives a natural volume to the brow hairs. Couture Brow has a buildable formula made of gelifying fixators and semi opaque pigments which adapt to your brow hair colour, offering optimal comfort and ultra-long hold. Couture Brow promises to last for 24 hours, allowing you to fix, structure and intensify your brows to be just as natural or as dramatic as you wish. For me, this product gives a nice, natural defined look, that’s quick to apply giving an instant full brow effect. I have shade 02 Ash Blonde, which I think would work well for those with light blonde hair.

And lastly the Couture Brow Marker (£21.00) – as you can probably guess, this is a felt tip marker pen, which gives precise control over application. This is perfect for those looking for a more intense, perfected brow, with a defined shape. The Couture Brow Marker leaves brows looking full and thick, and fills in any gaps within seconds. I have shade 01 Light Brown, which is quite a warm toned mid brown colour.

And here are some swatches, from the top you have the Couture Brow, then the Couture Brow Marker in the middle, and the Dessins Des Sourcils pencil at the bottom.

I’d love to hear which brow products you’re using at the moment? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW Battington Lashes at Space NK

Posted on June 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may not have heard of Battington Lashes if you’re in the UK – they’re a US based luxury lashe brand that have just launched at Space NK, and I have the full lowdown for you today…

Battington Lashes was created by Sirine Swed to fill a gap in the market – where most lashes today are either synthetic, or even blunt cut human hair or mink (!!!) the creators behind Battington wanted to offer a luxury true-to-life looking lash, that is both animal and cruelty free.

Battington Lashes are made of 100% handmade silk. They look completely real and natural, and also promise to last longer then any other lash, offering up to 25 applications per set.

The benefits of silk lashes appear to be second to none – apart from the cruelty free element, they also look AMAZING – I mean the individual hairs on these lashes look just like real human eyelashes. They are also super lightweight, they hold their curl, and they also last longer that traditional lashes. I have three out of the six lash sets available at Space NK to show you today –

Firstly, the Earheart Silk Lashes (£22.00) – these lashes are super, super fine for a realistic, natural look, perfect for those that don’t want their falsies to be detectable in any way, but want a natural touch of volume to their lashes. Earhart gives a subtle emphasis to the eyes, without creating drama.

Next the Hepburn Silk Lashes (£22.00) – these are basically at the opposite end of the lash spectrum to the above Earhart set. The Hepburn lashes give both dramatic length and volume, with longer length lashes at the outer corners to create an open eye effect.

And lastly the Monroe 3D Silk Lashes (£24.00) – slightly different to the above two sets of lashes, Battington’s ‘3D’ lashes feature a multi-layered silk strip lash, giving a fuller ‘fluffy’ effect. I think the Monroe lashes are my favourite out of the three I have, they’re a nice fluttery, noticeable length, without being too long, and they give great volume – which my short stumpy lashes are missing on a day to day basis. These are perfect to wear both day and night, giving definition, length and volume.

Overall I’m very impressed with Battington Lashes – yes they are expensive, but when you consider how many uses you get out of a set, it’s less than £1.00 per wear, which is nothing really. I love how lightweight and comfortable they are to wear, which really is important if you’re wearing lashes for any length of time, and like I said above, the Monroe 3D Lashes were definitely my favourite out of the three. Space NK also offer two other variations of 3D lashes which would be perfect for those looking for a more intense lash look.

Battington Lashes are available now at Space NK.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Moschino Pink Fresh Couture EDT

Posted on June 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may remember about a year and a half ago when Moschino launched their original Fresh Couture fragrance – now they’ve just released their follow up scent, Pink Fresh Couture.

Housed in the same famous cleaning spray bottle as the original, Pink Fresh Couture offers a refreshing new floral take on the original scent…

So firstly let’s talk about the packaging. I absolutely love the design of the cleaning bottle, it’s kitschy, fun and unusual, and fits in perfectly with Moschino’s branding and aesthetic. The bright cool barbie pink colour also appeals to me, this is literally my favourite shade of pink, and I just love how in your face and unapologetic it is. The only thing I will say about the bottle is it’s a shame that the perfume doesn’t spray from the pink and white nozzle – you actually have to remove the whole top to reveal a standard perfume spray button underneath – I’m not complaining though as I still absolutely love the bottle!

And now on to the fragrance – I was initially concerned that this might be a bit too floral and girly for me, but luckily I was wrong. Pink Fresh Couture is a fruity, bright and crystalline scent, it hits you with an instant zesty freshness, later drying down to a lingering, feminine aroma. It’s a modern scent, that’s fresh and captivating, easy to wear both day and night.

Pink Fresh Couture opens with fresh and sparkling notes of fresh Pink Grapefruit, accents of Cassis and luminous Lily of the Valley, giving a juicy and almost tart sharpness at the top. This leads to a floral accord of refined Wild Rose and Pink Jacinth with juicy Pomegranate at the heart. The base is still fresh, yet warm and sensual, with notes of Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Cassis and Lily of the Valley.
  • Heart Notes: Pomegranate, Pink Jacinth and Wild Rose.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk.

I should mention there’s also a Pink Fresh Couture bath and body line too, including a shower gel and body lotion which promise to leave the skin hydrated and delicately perfumed with the Fresh Pink Couture scent – these are now on my wish list!

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture EDP is priced from a very reasonable £35.00 for 30ml, available now at Debenhams, Superdrug and FeelUnique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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