Tag Archives: spring

Yankee Candle My Serenity New Spring Collection

Posted on March 16, 2016

Yankee-Candle-My-Serenity-New-Spring-Scents

Hi Guys!

It’s Wednesday morning and it’s bright and breezy here in sunny Norfolk, so I thought I’d make the most of the weather and take a bunch of photos this morning! So I have Yankee Candle’s newest offerings to share with you today, the My Serenity Collection of candles come in an array of lovely spring time pastel shades, with fragrances that are warm, bright, sweet and fresh – just perfect for this time of year. The My Serenity fragrances aim to inspire the gentle awakening of springtime with a sense of calm, mindfulness and optimism.

Starting with the My Serenity candle – this is a wonderfully light and sweet scent. It really reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. The My Serenity scent combines distinct notes of warm pear with orange, tropical flowers and soft musk, for a lovely calming scent. This is definitely my favourite fragrance out of the collection.

Next the Moonlight candle – I had no idea what to expect with this one! What does moonlight smell like? Well it’s a very subtle light clean scent, with woody notes, bamboo and bergamot. Personally I’d have preferred if this candle’s fragrance was a bit more intense – if you’re not a fan of strong scented candles though this could definitely be the one for you.

And I knew I was going to love the Peony candle – peony is one of my favourite flowers in terms of fragrance, and it features in plenty of my favourite perfumes too. This candle is of course floral, but also has a sparkling sweetness that brightens up the scent. It’s a very feminine and girly fragrance.

And lastly Lemongrass & Ginger – this has a gorgeously fresh and zesty scent, perfect for those that love clean and citrus fragrances, this candle contains gentle lemongrass and just cut ginger to evoke feelings of refreshing invigoration, optimism and energy.

Yankee-Candle-My-Serenity-collection

I’m so impressed with Yankee Candle’s new spring fragrances, I think this candle collection is going to get used up very quickly in my house!

The serenity Collection is available now from Yankee Candle. Small Jar Candles are £8.99, Meduim Jar Candles are £18.99, and Large Jar Candles are £21.99.

I’d love to hear about your favourite candles? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Must Have Spring Beauty!

Posted on March 9, 2016

must-have-spring-beauty-products

Hi Guys!

I know it’s a bit late, but Happy International Women’s day for yesterday!.. 🙂

As you can probably guess, this post was supposed to go live yesterday, but if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I wasn’t having the best day – pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong! So between trying to get everything sorted out and work shifts and seeing to Fred, I didn’t get a chance to finish this post.

Anyway, onwards and upwards hey! I’ve been trying out some gorgeous new beauty products lately, and I’ve put together my recommendations for a few ‘must have’ products for Spring – enjoy!

L'Occitane-Ultra-Soft-Balm-review

So to start with, I had to include the L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm (£4.00) – fans of the brand will know that every year, to mark International Women’s Day L’Occitane launches an exclusive product to support women in developing countries. They’ve actually been working with women of Burkina Faso for over 30 years now to produce the fantastic shea butter used in their products.

The Ultra Soft Balm is this year’s product. It’s a fab little multi-purpose moisturiser, containing 98.6% shea butter, it’s super nourishing and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body. It lt also has a lovely light rose scene and comes in a pretty tin which is the perfect size to keep in your bag for application on the go.

L’Occitane will be donating 100% of profits from this product to fund special local projects to support the women of Burkina Faso – so this is definitely a must have.

No.7-Skin-Illuminator-Nude-review

I don’t know about you, but now we’re moving into the spring, I’m all about glowing, healthy looking skin. And this No.7 Skin Illuminator in Nude (£12.50) is perfect for giving your complexion a lovely light sheen. If you’re not a fan of foundations or coloured bases, you can wear this on it’s own to give skin a healthy glow, or if you wear foundation, its also great as a primer. Personally I’ve been mixing it with my current base to give my skin a touch more luminosity.

Urban-Decay-NAKED-SKIN-concealer-review

Urban-Decay-NAKED-SKIN-concraler-swatch

Though I love the idea of natural, glowing skin, unfortunately my complexion is less than perfect right now, so I still like to conceal blemishes and my under eye dark circles. Lately I’ve been loving the Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50) – this concealer gives fantastic buildable coverage that doesn’t settle into fine lines. The formula is super lightweight and demi-matte to give a ‘second skin’ feel too, which I love. There’s nothing worse than cakey looking and feeling concealer!

too-faced-candlelight-glow-review

too-faced-candlelight-glow-swatch

Highlighters are also really popular right now – and I’ve literally just fallen in love with the Too Faced Candlelight Glow (£25.00) – it’s a gorgeous duo powder created specifically to warm and brighten the complexion. The formula is not glittery or sparkly in any way, this is pure ethereal glow in a compact and I can’t get enough of it! Both powders actually look pretty similar on my swatch above, but one is more of a pale gold, which is fantastic for adding warmth to the complexion, and the other is a light rose pink which is great for adding brightness and luminosity.

No.7-Glistening-Coral-Blush-Palette-review

No.7-Glistening-Coral-Blush-Palette-swatch

On to blusher now, and this No.7 Glistening Coral Blush Palette (£12.50) is just perfect to add a touch of sun kissed glow to paler complexions. The swatch above is a swirl around the pan mixing the gold and coral shades together – you can see the colour is very subtle, and has a touch of shimmer. This works really well applied a bit heavier on the apples of the cheeks, or lightly applied over the face almost like a bronzer to give skin a radiant glow.

fresh-sugat-lip-treatment-lancome-juicy-shaker

fresh-lip-treatment-lancome-juicy-shaker-swatches

On to lips now, and I’m very pleased to say I’ve been trying out one of the rather fabulous and highly anticipated Lancome Juicy Shakers (£18.00) – I mean, it’s a lip product that looks like a cocktail shaker, need I say any more?

Ok I will, so as a teen of the 90’s and coming of age around the 2000’s, Lancome’s Juicy Tubes were a must have for makeup enthusiasts – my friend actually bought me one for my 17th or 18th birthday and I was absolutely made up! Lancome have now launched their latest product in the Juicy range – the Juicy Shaker! This combines the juicy lip look from their original Juicy Tubes but in the style of the Shaker, one of Lancome’s early products from 1946 based on a cocktail shaker.

So basically this product has a biphasic formula, meaning it has two phases, which need to be shaken up and mixed before application. Juicy Shakers combine a special blend of oils with an infusion of pigments, that when shaken, gives a sheer vibrant lip colour that feels silky, smooth and comfortable on the lips with no stickiness. It’s also worth mentioning the interesting looking cushion applicator – it’s short and stubby, and velvety soft to touch. Kind of like a pointed velvet sponge which absorbs the product ready for application.

I love how this feels on my lips, it’s basically like a coloured lip oil – and there are also 14 shades available which each have different fragrances too. This is definitely a spring beauty must have!

Whilst on the subject of fresh and rosy lips, I also have the rather aptly named FRESH Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (£18.00) – this fantastic balm moisturises, protects and soothes lips, with added SPF 15 and an exclusive blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils and antioxidant-rich polyphenols to leave lips feeling wonderfully soft and supple with a pretty rosy tint.

liquid-lipsticks-review

liquid-lipsticks-swatches

And lastly, at the other end of the spectrum to glossy, shiny and silky lips, we have matte liquid lipsticks – another trend which has shown no signs of slowing down. Everyone wants gorgeous pigmented matte lips that won’t budge – including me, so I’ve included two of my favourite brands here – LA Splash and Coloured Raine. Both brands are US based (sorry) but they do both offer fantastic liquid lipsticks in a massive range of colours, that are really quite reasonably priced. I definitely recommend checking both sites out if you’re looking for a liquid lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for spring? xxx

This post contains press samples

The Winter To Spring Transition

Posted on February 3, 2015

spring wishlist_edited-1

Hi Guys!

So it’s now turned February (Where did January actually go?) and the weather seems to be getting worse here. It’s been chucking it down and snowing, you know those really big wet flakes of snow that just make you wet through and freezing cold? Yeah that. It’s really pretty miserable with no hints of warmth or sunshine, so with the optimism that better weather is on it’s way, I’ve been immersing myself in online window shopping.

Due to over indulging in the money sense at Christmas I’ve now put myself on a spending ban – so why is it that I still keep browsing my favourite sites and filling up my basket with clothes and accessories that I’ve told myself I can’t buy!? Anyway, I thought I’d put together a little list of some of the things that recently have caught my eye, from cosy wooly jumpers to beautiful jewellery pieces, and an amazing oil slick coloured leather bag – at least I can still window shop for now!

I’d love to hear if you have your eye on anything to cheer yourself up in this dreary weather?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This is a collaborative post.