Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Three Spring Scents

Spring time is always so special for so many different reasons - but I'm definitely all for the fresh scents, the flowers and the colour. I wrote a post on Sunday dedicated to my favourite Spring fashion picks, so today I thought I'd talk a little about my top three Spring fragrances this year. I don't have an extremely vast perfume collection because I'm very picky when it comes to scent - and these three have ticked all of the boxes so they're absolute firm favourites.

I think fragrance is one of those products that you need to invest in. Usually the more expensive a perfume is, the higher the concentration of the key note ingredients. It also means your scent will usually last a lot longer, and the perfume scent itself will stay true and not change over time (providing that the bottle is kept in the right conditions). All three of the scents that I'm featuring in this post are investments, but they're ones that I've loved for a while and they last really well. I know all three of these are ones that I'd happily purchase over and over again.

Firstly - and I've mentioned this perfume on my blog before - Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is a scent that screams Springtime. It's extremely floral, as the name suggests, and looks stunning on a dressing table. The notes are centifolia rose, India osmanthus, catleya orchid and sambac jasmine - if you love floral bouquets, you'll love this fragrance. 

The other two scents I wanted to mention in this post are both from Jo Malone. I've loved Jo Malone for a couple of years now, and there are some really stand-out scents in their range. They're all extremely long lasting - I remember spritzing my wrist in duty free and the fragrance still lingering for hours the next day when I landed across the other side of the pond! The two I tend to reach for the most throughout Spring are English Pear & Freesia - a beautifully crisp, fruity scent with a slight floral edge, and Peony & Blush Suede - a softer scent with notes of red apple, jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Both of these are really stunning options for a Springtime fragrance, with flowers, fruits and pretty bottles - they're just the whole package!

What are your favourite Springtime fragrances?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My ASOS Spring Wishlist

There have been so many gorgeous Spring trends floating around after London Fashion Week! What makes them even better is that lots of them have been incorporated into high street fashion, which makes them much more affordable for people like me. ASOS is probably the sight which causes the most damage to my bank balance, but I almost always so thrilled with the pieces I find, and their selection of styles is incredibly vast... I could spend hours on there! For today's post, I thought I'd put together a little board of some of the pieces that I've been coveting for Spring.

Lace seems to make an appearance every Spring, and the white shirt is always a classic - but these two styles combined are just perfect. Ruffles and layered sleeves have been a huge trend lately, so when I saw this beautiful white ruffle sleeve lace blouse, it went straight into my love list. When you combine cream ruffles with stripes, it becomes such a beautiful twist on two classics - so this striped frilled shirt is another gorgeous alternative.

Speaking of ruffles, I found this little pink blouse in the sale and I'm waiting for my size to come back in stock. It's such a beautiful shade of pink (always a favourite for Spring), and the sleeves make it just that little bit extra feminine. Another stunning pink sale pick is this embellished knit from Miss Selfridge at ASOS, the detail on the front is so intricate and special - it would be a lovely piece for a smart-casual do. 

Speaking of embellished, I recently discovered Maya at ASOS - a brand that makes beautiful jewelled, sequinned and beaded party pieces for really affordable prices. I've bought a couple of stunning dresses from them already, but this periwinkle blue beaded dress is another one that I keep going back to. The dress paired with these gem drop earrings... such a sparkling Spring combo!

Another trend that I have fallen head over heels in love with, is the embroidery trend. And it's even better that nearly everything has some sort of embroidery on it, it's come in to the high street with a bang! These embroidered mom jeans are beautiful, and they'd make a real statement with one of the white blouses and some classic flats. This neon pink embroidered bag has also been on my wishlist for a while - it's definitely a love-or-hate item, but I think it's such a statement and really fun for summer. I also mentioned these pointed embroidered sandals in a tweet a couple of weeks back (and I've since bought them), but aren't they just stunning?! Another bold piece for a spring summer wardrobe update.  

Have you been lusting after anything on ASOS recently? 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

An H&M Home Haul

My love affair with homeware is no secret - and I get incredibly excited when I find gorgeous new pieces at affordable prices. One such place is definitely H&M Home. The range changes each season with new home accents and decor which are completely on trend, yet without the steep price tag. I went on a little browsing spree a few weeks ago and bought a few new pieces from their website - a because they're so beautiful, I thought I'd show you what I chose. 

When bloggers write up their H&M Home Hauls, one of the bits you're almost guaranteed to see are a couple of metallic mugs (and I'm no different). The quality of the mugs is fantastic, they're white porcelain, medium sized and they come in a lovely range of different designs. The newest pattern that H&M have released for this season has been gold feathers, so I chose two mugs with golden feathers around the base - aren't they just stunning?! 

Of course, to match the mugs, I needed saucers, and H&M just happened to have the perfect ones. Again, white porcelain, decently sized and they work well as general plates as well if you're not wanting the mugs. They're also half covered in golden feathers, with a soft golden rim around the edge. It's such an elegant collection, and for the price, it certainly looks like it's worth a lot more than I paid for it!

Speaking of golden rims, I saw these beautiful little ridged glass tealight votives which I instantly fell in love with. I've seen several bloggers mention the drinking glass version of these which is what I was actually after, but as those were out of stock, I decided to settle for these smaller jars. I don't actually use them for burning tealights - I've found that they're the perfect size to store pretty lipsticks and little trinkets so that's what I'll keep these beauties for.

Last but not least, I'm sure you might have seen this golden feather (there's really a theme going on here, isn't it?) trivet around on lots of Instagram feeds. It's such a perfect blog prop and table accessory, so I'm happy that I picked it up. What made it even better was that it was in the sale - I think I managed to get it for around £3 - but that does mean it's probably selling out fast, so grab one while you can!

Have you seen the new H&M Home range?


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mid Week Makeup

I've been keeping it really light with the makeup recently, instead focusing on an intense, hydrating skincare routine to combat my dry skin. I'm actually really enjoying the feel of light makeup on my skin, with only a handful of products on my face so it doesn't feel weighed down. Here's are some of the products that I've been using lately:

For my base, I've actually been skipping foundation altogether and going straight for concealer. I use a little more than usual, but it feels like good coverage without feeling too heavy on my face. My favourite is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard which gives just the right amount of coverage without caking or creasing on the skin.

It's no surprise that some Charlotte Tilbury is making it's way into my makeup routine, I think it's been a long time since I haven't had at least one of her products on my face! The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is such a beautiful light sculpting option, just to add a bit more dimension to my face without a full blown out contour. 

My love for the Colourpop Supershock Eyeshadow in Amaze has been rekindled after finding it in my makeup drawers last month. It's a beautifully pigmented, champagne shimmer which lasts a really long time and can easily be worn on its own blended in with a nice buffing brush (I highly recommend the Zoeva eye brushes, they're all I've been using lately!).

I'm also revisiting certain products that I haven't reached for in a while, mainly the Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in Boho Nude. It's such a beautiful peachy nude that definitely hasn't been used enough until recently. I actually posted a full review of these lipsticks and their formula last summer, so I'll link that here.

What makeup products have you been reaching for lately? 


Sunday, 12 March 2017

The So...? Fragrance Body Mists

I'm sure lots of you have probably tried or remember So...? Fragrance from your teenage days, I know I used to carry a bottle of So...? Eternal in my gym bag around school! That's why when I was contacted to try out the brand's new launch of some body mists, I had a real blast from the past. However, this new line is totally different from what I remember the brand to be - the packaging is super fun, colourful and cute, with lightweight bottles and pretty patterns. The scent range is really wide, from Musk to Vanilla Milkshake, so there's something for every mood and every taste.

If you watched my Instagram Stories a few weeks ago, you will have seen my first impressions of the So...? Body Mists* when I first opened up the package. There are twelve scents in the range which is quite a lot of choice for a body mist range: six scents are sold in Superdrug and six scents are sold in Boots. I've been trying these mists out over the past few weeks, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts on them in this post. 

They are definitely all very summery, with the packaging also aimed at warmer months when you'd be reaching for body mists for a quick burst of fragrance out and about in the sun. Of course, they are body mists, so the fragrance won't last all that long... but there's lots in the bottle to top up your fragrance throughout the day. I've tried four out of the range: 

Vanilla Milkshake: an incredibly sweet scent, with notes of sweet vanilla, peach and plum. 

Iced Melon: my favourite out of the ones I've tried - it's also definitely the fruitiest, and those are the kinds of fragrances that I'm drawn to.

Floriental: a subtle, everyday fragrance which is light and floral. It's perfect for a pick-me-up.

Musk: the deepest and strongest scent from the four, it's definitely for those who prefer richer sandalwood scents.

Each bottle is said to have up to 600 sprays, and they are very light and easy to carry around in a handbag. They retail at £3.99 each which I think is incredibly affordable for the amount of product you get and the scent variety to choose from.  

Have you tried the So...? Body Mists?

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