Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Mask That Makes Your Skin Glow.

Firstly, my apologies for not uploading a post yesterday as usual. It just didn't feel right to post anything after the events of Monday night in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected. I cannot begin to imagine what parents, friends and family are going through right now. May we always stand united and strong, both as a nation and as part of humanity, and support each other throughout this difficult time. 

Over the past few weeks, I've been really enjoying trying some new skincare, especially as I'm all about glowing summer skin. Face masks have always been a weekend pamper treat for me, and this week I was lucky enough to try The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask* as part of my Sunday night skincare routine. You might remember how much I love The Body Shop Superfood Masks, particularly the Rose Hydrating Mask that I tried last October. I still use that when my skin is super thirsty, but this new mask promises to cleanse, purify and boost your natural glow - all really lovely things that I definitely want for my skin!

The texture is slightly grainy, and grey in colour. It smells like a spa, really relaxing and easy to apply - especially with The Body Shop Facial Mask Brush*. The mask works to refine skin texture and absorb excess oil, leaving pores purified and improving the overall glow to your complexion. One thing I really love about these masks is that it's incredibly quick to use and see results. I apply one layer on my face with the brush, leave it on for about fifteen minutes, and then wash off. It has a slight tingling feeling as it works its magic, but nothing uncomfortable. The scent is beautiful and not heavy either, it feels very natural and lovely to use. Most of the masks in the range are vegan as well, and this one is no exception!

The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks are really great if you're looking for some new affordable skincare treats. They feel very luxurious, and there are several to choose from depending on what your skin needs. The only thing I would suggest is that you use a foundation brush or the matching facial brush to apply the masks rather than your fingers. This is because the product comes in a jar rather than a tube, and although this looks lovely, it's better to use the product with a clean brush each time to avoid contaminating the amount remaining in the jar.  

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop Superfood Face Mask range?

*PR sample

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Tanya Burr Cosmetics Neutral Ambiance Collection.

I have been watching Tanya Burr's channel for years now, and it's been amazing to see how far she's come and the success she is achieving each year. She's really passionate about beauty and this really comes through in her videos - so it's no surprise that when her cosmetics line launched four new products, I was first in line to get my hands on them!

I've never tried Tanya's eyeshadow quads before because I had heard mixed reviews. However, when I saw the swatches for the new Tanya Burr Cosmetics My Paradise Eyeshadow Palette on her blog, I just had to see for myself. I'm so glad I did. The colours are absolutely stunning and I couldn't believe how affordable the shadows were! These are all very rose toned, so if you love you metallic pink golds then this little palette is right up your street. The pigmentation is fairly strong for a drugstore palette, and not patchy from what I see. The packaging is a bit bulkier than some of my other quads but, then again, it's also lighter so it's still easy to travel with. I didn't wear these shadows with a primer and they seemed to wear fine throughout the day. There also wasn't much fallout. Overall, I think this is a really great affordable holiday palette, and I can see myself using it a lot to create summer looks over the next few months.

I also purchased the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Bear Hug Lipstick. You probably all know how much I love Pink Cocoa from Tanya's fall collection last year, so when I saw the two new shades, I needed to get at least one! Of course, I opted for the brown toned nude - always a favourite of mine - and this one is no exception. The formula of these lipsticks are some of my favourite from the drugstore, and the packaging itself feels very luxurious and high-end. The products definitely meet the right criteria and fulfill the best of both worlds - a reasonable price matched with a beautiful, high performing formula. 

The two products that I picked up have definitely got me wanting the other two launches as well. I'm holding out for the time being, but who knows when I'll cave?! Soon, I think.

Have you tried anything from Tanya's new collection?


Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Spring Nude Lip Edit.

I love me a good neutral lip for Spring. I love them so much that I've steadily built up a vast collection of different lipsticks which work perfectly for the season - and all year round for that matter. I've noticed that there have been a handful that I've been reaching for moreso than others, so I've rounded them all up in this post to share with you all.

Possibly the most beautiful drugstore neutral lip choice for Spring, the Rimmel London x Kate Boho Nude is a serious favourite. It's creamy but long-wearing, with a more satin finish and really beautiful peachy undertones. The packaging is rose gold and absolutely gorgeous, it's lightweight and easy to carry around in your bag for touch-ups. I posted a full review on this formula back when it was first launched last summer which I'll link here.

If you're more of a lipgloss girl, the NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu is a beautiful glossy nude lip option. The formula isn't sticky at all which I love, and the pigmentation is strong and wears well. Of course, it's very affordable, and it smells like cupcakes which is always a bonus in my eyes!

An affordable deeper, more brown toned nude shade is definitely the Beauty Pie Lipstick in Cowboy Nude. It's completely matte, not too drying and very pigmented which I love. Of course, as with most matte formulas, you do have to apply this with a good lip balm underneath to keep your lips moisturized and prevent the colour from caking, but the wear time is brilliant.

Going onto the slightly pricier lipsticks, a well loved and long term favourite of mine has to be MAC's Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick. It's possibly one of their most iconic shades and for good reason - it's the perfect combination of brown and pink to give the best your-lips-but-better pout. This is one of those matte formulas that isn't very drying at all, but beautifully soft and very easy to wear.

Leaving one of my most recent discoveries until last, the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Super Cindy is a stunning peachy nude for the Spring season. It's another matte formula that is very comfortable on the lips and not too drying. As with all Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the packaging is luxurious, making the whole experience of wearing such a beautiful shade that much more special. Another total favourite of mine for Spring.

What are your favourite lipsticks for Spring?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Easy & Affordable Blog Prop Ideas.

I seriously believe that adding props to photography helps gives the photos some real personality. I'm always on the hunt for new pieces to purchase that reflect my style and taste, so that this comes across in my photographs. Adding photography to a post brings the words to life with visual appeal, and makes it a lot more enjoyable to read, so having a good selection of props really does help your blog in the long run. I've done this style of post before but it was a while ago and I've learnt so much more about blog photography since, so here are some of my more recent prop favourites:

Postcards/Note cards - I love using ones with foiled quotes or beautiful illustrations on the front, as the central focus of some of my photographs. I usually have loads laying around in my desk drawer because I love to write thank you notes, and they double up as blog props perfectly!

Trinket Dishes - these are available everywhere now, and they are gorgeous as dishes to hold products that you're talking about in the blog post. I often find that the simpler the dish, the more the products in them stand out, so I have a couple of gold leaf shaped dishes which are plain but still beautiful. Some of my favourite places to look for these are H&M Home and Anthropologie.

Ribbon - I recently started adding ribbon to my photographs for some more colour and they work so well! They're perfect as a way of spicing up a plain background, whilst also adding some texture and layers to the photograph. I usually just wrap a piece around my finger a few times and then let it go so it spirals into place and looks really delicate and beautiful alongside what I'm photographing. 

Coasters - these work similar to trinket dishes but I like using coasters as a stand for candles or mugs, again adding another layer and more texture to a photograph. I recently purchased this geode coaster from Anthropologie and it does the job perfectly. The best thing about it are the edges which have been painted gold - this shows up in the photographs and adds that extra special touch of metallic.

Books - this is a classic, but pretty coffee table books work as great 'stages' for presenting products. I often use this technique when I'm trying to show multiple products in one post that are all different heights and shapes, and it works really well. I usually stack up two or three to give some height and use this setup as the 'stage'.  

Teacups/Saucers - I drink a lot of coffee and tea, so it makes sense for me to feature them in my photographs from time to time! I love my recent purchase from H&M Home - their mugs are beautiful for blog photography and they come with matching saucers for that extra special touch. I love pairing these with books and other stationery bits for a great 'stock' lifestyle post flatlay. 

Perfumes - fragrance often comes in such pretty bottles which makes them perfect as props for blog photography! I've been obsessed with my Jo Malone fragrances lately and their simple, minimal packaging gives a beautifully effortless vibe to any photograph.

So these are just some of my favourites.
Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this with some more ideas!


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday Brunch Makeup Picks.

There's no meal I love more than a lovely summer brunch in the sunshine, with some strong coffee and a warm pastry! As this weekend is my last in Exeter, I wanted to make the most of the weather and have a good time - and seeing as I'm heading out to brunch for the first Sunday in forever, I thought I'd share some of my favourite makeup picks for the occasion. 

I've been smitten with The Ordinary High Adherence Primer for warm days when makeup can tend to slide. It really works as an excellent base to keep foundation and concealer in place and it's such an affordable option too. I tend to keep things light on the base front, usually just opting for a tinted moisturizer and a high coverage concealer. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer gives me enough coverage where I need it, but on it's own, it's still light enough to be a comfortable base for the summer. 

For eyes, I've been using the Nars Alhambra Eyeshadow Duo non-stop for the past few weeks and it's the perfect little combo for a shimmery neutral eye. With a little of the Stila Eyeliner in Stingray smudged along my lash line and lashings of the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, my eyes look bigger and more awake - perfect for lazy Sundays!

My go-to highlight product has been the Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer, which gives a beautiful subtle but golden glow to the skin without looking heavy on the skin. I love pairing this with the Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat for a flush of warm pink to the cheeks. The formula of these blushes wears so well - they're definitely some of my favourites out there. For lips, I love to keep things simple with a swipe of Mac Brave to keep with the pink theme. With a splash of Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, I'm good to go.

And that's it! Nice and simple, pretty pink makeup for a Sunday brunch.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

I'm Engaged!

So this is a little bit of news I thought it was about time I shared - I'm engaged! I just want to take a minute to thank you all for the sweet messages and comments on my Instagram post earlier this week. It's actually been quite a while since the proposal, but I've kept everything a secret from my blog and social media for several reasons. Firstly, I wanted to enjoy the exciting part of being engaged for as long as possible. Now that the wedding planning is well underway and the date is set (very soon approaching), the excitement has turned into a bit of a stress! Secondly, my ring had to be sent off for a resize and then another resize (turns out my fingers are smaller than I thought), and it's taken a while to get it back - I only got it back two days ago. I love it - it feels very art deco and right up my street. So so beautiful.

Up until last week, I was still trying to finish up my dissertation before handing it in, so my mum has been a massive support with all things preparation. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her, but she's working tirelessly to help me have the perfect wedding. There's still so much to sort out and ends to tie up/confirm - as my mum puts it, we've thrown lots of skittles up in the air and now it's time to catch them all! The reason why we decided to set the date so soon was simply for the ease of starting fresh - I graduate this July and having a summer wedding allows me to move and find a job near my new home. 

That brings me onto where that will be. I'm actually moving abroad to Canada - and I already know I'm going to miss London so much! I've grown up in the hustle bustle of a busy city, and I know I'm headed for lots of huge changes. This year is definitely going to be a hectic one... but then again, I guess I knew that before it even began. I'm not planning on doing lots of wedding related content up on my blog, and I intend to keep things quite private in that regard, but there might be a couple of posts here or there. Of course, I'm really excited and I want to try my hardest to enjoy the next couple of months and make the most of it.

Let me know what you'd like to see on the blog, I would love to have your input for summer content - I already have quite a few ideas and mini projects lined up but I'm always searching for more!

So... that's my little (big) life update!
Lots of love to you all,

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My Blogging Routine.

I've been blogging for about a year and a half now and I've managed to establish a blogging routine and schedule that I'm really happy with. In this post, I want to share some of the ways I like to create my content, and the process that I follow to write and publish my posts.

It all starts with finding inspiration and there are so many places I like to look for this. There's inspiration everywhere, but the key is to identify your niche and look for other sources within that niche. For instance, a food blog might find inspiration from recipe books or cooking shows. I've written a post which goes into finding inspiration in more detail, so I'll I'll link that here.

Once an idea comes to mind, the next step for me is planning. I like to grab a notebook and pen to write down a rough sketch of what the post will look like. This can include sketches of flatlays or photography styles that I'm thinking about shooting, or bullet points for the post which I can expand on later on. I also try and think of the title at this stage of the process.

Next I turn to photography. I always find that if I have a nice set of photographs to work with, I'm more easily able to navigate the direction that my writing takes. I like to have bright, well lit photographs with lots of props and a theme. I take a whole batch and then edit the best ones of the bunch, narrowing it down to only one or two photos which actually make it to the published post!

Then comes writing - I've been trying to improve my writing style over the past few months to become as chatty and personable as possible. I find that sometimes I accidentally slip into essay writing mode (because that's often what I've been doing alongside blogging!), and that can be boring to read. I think the best blogs are when personality shines through the words, and this is exactly what I've been trying to achieve. I also try and stick to bullet points or short paragraphs broken up with photos, as that way it's easy to read and more enjoyable than long blocks of text.

I then sort out the date I want to publish the post according to my blogging schedule. I also add any tags to images or labels to the post, preview it a few times, and when I'm happy, I hit the 'schedule' button. Then comes the wait for when it's actually live and ready for you to read!

Once the post is up, I like to take the images and share them across social media. I usually post on Instagram immediately, as well as Pinterest. At some point throughout the day, I'll schedule a tweet with a link to the post and an image or two from it. I also sometimes talk about it on Instagram stories to get as much exposure as possible - especially since the changes to Instagram. I love reading your comments and feedback on the posts and I try to reply to them all - it always makes me feel so happy when my content is read and enjoyed!

I hope this post helped give you an idea of my blogging routine!
I'd love to hear all about where you find your inspiration to blog - let me know in the comments!


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Five Ways To Make The Most Of Sunday.

I spent most of this morning shooting blog photos, only to find that the photo editor that I use to edit them was down so I sat down to type up a few posts instead. It's rare that I'm in this super productive mood on a Sunday - especially seeing as last week at this time I was groaning at my computer screen with a half finished dissertation in front of my face. However, seeing as I am in the mood to get some work done today, I thought I'd share some of my favourite ways to spend the day on a regular Sunday:

1. Get some reading time in.
I'm not super into fiction, but I love reading beauty and lifestyle books on the weekend. There's something so therapeutic about stepping away from my phone and lounging with a good book with pretty photographs. I always find that I'm most inspired whenever I do this.

2. Wear comfy clothing.
A few weeks ago, I hauled this beautiful pink bralette and sweatshirt combo on my Insta stories knowing full well that I would wear them non-stop. That's certainly been the case - I've loved cosying up and feeling the weekend vibes... and yes, those pieces are incredibly basic blogger. I love them and I couldn't resist.

3. Go makeup-free.
I actually do this whenever I'm not leaving the house because my skin definitely needs a break from time to time. I find that Sunday is brilliant time to do this because I often do house chores or meal prepping throughout the day, and neither of those tasks require makeup!

4. Take care of yourself.
I might be doing chores throughout the afternoon but Sunday evenings are perfect me-time slots for a good bath, skincare pamper and mani/pedi. I love watching a little bit of Netflix alongside the pamper session and it's the perfect end-of-the-week treat!

5. Plan your week ahead.
I know that thinking about Monday is probably the last thing you want to be doing on the weekend, but it definitely helps to take a few minutes out to plan your week. I keep a desk pad planner which has the days of the week laid out in columns - I just fill in the key goals, meetings, jobs that I have lined up so that everything for the week is mapped out. It also helps me stay prepared so I'm not feeling stressed or disorganized when Monday rolls around. 

How do you like to spend your Sundays?


Friday, 5 May 2017

My Current Skincare Routine.

It's been a long while since I shared my skincare routine up on this blog, and seeing as I spent most of April revamping the selection of products I'm using, I thought this would be a good time to create a post. Being on Accutane, my skin has gradually changed and become more dry and flaky than usual. This meant that I had to find new products which helped combat these issues and worked well at keeping my complexion smooth - especially under makeup (believe me, it's the worst thing when you have bits of foundation flaking off your forehead and onto the desk during meetings!).

My skincare routine is different depending on the time of day - in the morning, it's much simpler, whereas at nighttime, I try to choose products that will give me the most hydration during sleep. When I wake up, I usually cleanse my face with a pump of the No. 7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser as it's light and leaves my skin feeling clean without being stripped of all natural oils. I follow this up with an application of the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream and the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. Both of these moisturizers act as the perfect base underneath makeup and provide enough hydration to keep flakes at bay. That's usually it for the morning, and I go ahead and apply a primer and the makeup that I want to wear that day.

At night, I cleanse my face using the same No. 7 cleanser, apply the Pixi Glow Tonic using a cotton round, and then follow up with the Oskia Restoration Oil. This is great for renewing skin and giving it an extra boost of hydration, and it doesn't feel greasy or sticky as you might expect of an oil. I usually wait a few minutes for this to sink in before applying the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream and the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream which is the perfect combination for really dehydrated skin. They are very natural products and it definitely feels like a treat to apply them - I've spoken more about my love for Antipodes in this post. I also apply a little of my Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm, which I've spoken about before. This is an extremely thick consistency so I use it more like a mask so that my lips don't become too chapped overnight. 

When my skin asks for a bit more TLC, I usually opt for the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask to heal redness and calm down and flares. I've also been loving The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin + Hylaronic Acid to help with my hyper pigmentation on no makeup days. Overall, I'm really happy with the routine that I've put together and I feel that the products really work well with each other on my skin. I know that, once I'm off the course of treatment, some of the products I use will change - so if you enjoy reading skincare routines, let me know if you'd want to see an updated one when my skin becomes less dry! 

What skincare favourites have you been enjoying recently?


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May Goals.

Last month was a total blur for me, it went by so quickly! 
As with each month, I'm really enjoying setting myself monthly goal posts to help plan out what I want to achieve. Here are mine for May:

1. Hand in my dissertation.
Finally! The day has come. I'm handing everything in this week and I'm really excited to have my first break in a while. I'm actually spending the next two days tying up loose ends, getting it printed and bound etc. But I'm really glad that bulk of it is over. Lots of you lovely bunch have been leaving me comments wishing me luck and telling me it's the best feeling to hand it in - I'm sure it is! I really can't wait!

2. Refresh my wardrobe.
I have been holding out on buying so many pieces that I've had my eye on recently. Firstly, because I want to drop a few lbs before summer, and secondly, because I've been so caught up in work that it made even online shopping stressful! I've got several things saved to my wishlists which I plan on getting this month - let me know if you'd like to see a haul (or two) when it all gets here.

3. Enjoy my last few days in Exeter.
I have loved living in Exeter for the past three years. It's such a beautiful place with lots to see and I will always have fond memories of my stay here. I'm only here for a little whilst longer and I definitely want to make the most of it, seeing all the places I still haven't managed to see, and enjoying the sunshine by the river or outside the local cafes. Definitely another goal I'm looking forward to!

4. Post a tonne of new content.
I have had so many ideas come to me in the past few months that I've been putting off because of my dissertation. Once that's all finished and handed in, I'm ready to dive back into blogging to get all these ideas up. I have noticed that my Instagram engagement seems to have dwindled (I think this is the case for most of us), but I definitely want to work on my feed and take lots of beautiful photographs. If you'd like to follow me to keep up to date with my Instagram posts, you can do so by clicking here.

What are your goals for May?


Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Loves.

This month seems to have flown by faster than all the other months this year! I'm not sure if that's because I've been working on trying to finish up my dissertation, or because it feels like I haven't taken a break in weeks - but I know I'm looking forward to next month when everything is handed in and I can relax a little more. 

I've been loving lots of new skincare this month, but I'm going to give two products a mention in my favourites as I need to try the rest for a little longer before they make the cut! Firstly, the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream has been so incredibly hydrating and soothing as an overnight intensive moisturizer. For my body, I've been applying the Antipodes Jubilation Hand & Body Cream to soothe the dryness. It smells divine and has my skin feeling soft and supple so I do recommend having a look at the body cream range from Antipodes. I wrote a whole review featuring these two gems, so you can read more about how lovely the texture and results are of both of them in this post

I'm including a couple of haircare favourites as well this month - I mentioned The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil has been perfect for adding some extra conditioning to the ends of my hair. It's so affordable and the tiniest amount goes a really long way, and I really do notice a difference after using it. I've also become a huge fan of the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - it certainly lives up to the hype, although I'm not sure it justifies the price tag. Saying that, if you're looking to add some volume and texture to your hair on days when it's looking a bit limp, this is your product.

For makeup, I have been reaching for the same products over and over again this month (I haven't had time to switch things up with the stress of my dissertation deadline looming!). The NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Alhambra and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara have been on my eyes all month. They work perfectly together for a light bronze eye with lots of lash. I also reviewed the Primark P.S... Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit earlier this month, and in that I mentioned that I had been using this palette every single day that I wore makeup. That has definitely carried out throughout the rest of the month and I know that I'm going to love using it all throughout the summer too! I'll leave a link to the full review here so you can see more thoughts and swatches.

Just a couple of non-beauty favourites - firstly, I'm so glad I managed to get my hands on this beautiful Anthropologie Geode Rose Quartz Coaster - isn't it beautiful?! And it makes such a gorgeous blog prop. I've also been wearing my new Jewellery Box* rings ever since I received them, and I'm loving the stacked silver rings look for summer!

What have been your April favourites this month?

*products gifted by Jewellery Box

Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Favourite Places To Purchase Jewellery.

After publishing this post on my new jewellery box find, I got asked lots of questions about the jewellery I keep in it. As I mentioned in that post, I don't own a lot of jewellery and I'm only just getting into wearing it more often - but the pieces that I do get, I know I'll love for months and years to come. Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite places to shop for pretty jewellery pieces:

1. Anthropologie - this is probably the most expensive I get when it comes to jewellery. I usually come to Anthropologie for beautiful statement accessories and pieces that are a bit more unique. As you'd expect, the price is a little steeper, but the quality is stunning. 

2. Urban Outfitters - I've been shopping for jewellery in UO for years now. It was always one of my first choices to find affordable pieces that were slightly edgier and interesting. When midi rings first got popular a few years back, UO was the first place I checked - and sure enough, they had a huge selection to choose from. I still have the gold ones I purchased back in 2012, and they feature in so many blog photos! 

3. Jewellery Box* - I'm very new to Jewellery Box, but ever since I first browsed their website, I wondered why I'd never shopped from them before. They have a huge selection of different jewellery, ranging from affordable to ones that have slightly higher price points. I chose to get this gorgeous white gold diamante band, and this sterling silver plain band - the quality of both of these pieces are gorgeous, and I can't wait to try more from the brand in the future. 

4. Accessorize - a classic when it comes to jewellery. They always have beautiful seasonal picks, from simple to statement, and for every occasion. The Z for Accessorize line came out a few years ago, I've been totally smitten with everything in that line too. Definitely worth checking out for high quality, affordable jewellery that lasts really well over time.

5. Oliver Bonas - I love shopping at this store for several things - homeware, gifts and jewellery. They have some stunning styles which are both on trend and classic at the same time. I've just had a peak at some of their current selection and I'm already spying several bits that I want to add to my collection!

Where do you like to shop for jewellery?


*products gifted by Jewellery Box

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Styling A Trench Coat For Spring.

styling a trench coat

I don't usually write much about fashion, but if there's one thing that I love, it's the classics. I love flicking through style books that show how fashion has evolved through time and watching old movies to admire the wardrobe on set. One of my ultimate favourite pieces in my wardrobe is a classic beige trench coat. It's actually only recently that I've paid more attention to what I buy, and although I'm all up for fun, affordable pieces from Primark, I prefer to invest more in the pieces that I know I'll be wearing over and over again for years to come. Saying that, I don't quite mean I can afford to splash out on a Burberry - as much as I'd love to, it's not possible for a while. However, I've found a gorgeous beige trench coat* from Jack Wills, so I thought I'd share three ways I'm styling it for Spring. 

One of my most worn ways of wearing a trench coat is which a classic tailored shirt, some dark wash skinny jeans and pointed flats. There are so many variations of this pairing that it looks different every time. You can switch up the colour of jeans or switch up the gold accessories for silver ones, depending on what suits your personal style. I find that a fun way to tie the look together is through pointed shoes, and so I have a variety of different styles of this shoe in my wardrobe. I often buy mine from Zara, as they often have a brilliant selection and they last well too.   

A trench coat doesn't just have to be styled casually - it works great with business formal wear too. I love how sleek monochrome colours look underneath the beige, it really seems to tie the look together beautifully. I've opted for pointed black heels as I'm all about the pointed toe to elongate my (very short) legs, and the simple black and white stripes on the blouse keep it looking bold but elegant. Styled with a black bag and some subtle accessories, it's the perfect look for when you want to look formal and stylish.   

This look is the most fun, and I love how many colours there are! The red and white breton stripe is my new favourite shade combination, and paired with the ruffle  sleeves and shoulder detail, this blouse is one of the cutest I've seen. Boyfriend jeans have been in for a few years now, and they work perfectly underneath the trench, especially paired with some fun coloured mules. Mules have come around in a big way and there are so many different patterns and styles, from velvet, to fur to embroidered fabrics. 

There are so many more ways to style such a classic piece but these are three ways that I'm loving for Spring. I don't usually write too much on fashion, but let me know if you liked this type of post and I'll see if I can create some more style-related content!

What are your key style pieces for Spring?

*this post is sponsored by Jack Wills

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Spring Beauty Wishlist.

All the Spring sunshine is making me so excited for the summer, and that includes splashing out on some gorgeous new beauty bits to pamper myself with throughout the season! I wanted to share a handful of gorgeous items that have been sitting on my wishlist for most of the winter, and I know I won't be able to resist getting some of them for much longer.

Starting with skincare, the Pixi Double Cleanse is a serious contender for when my current cleanser runs out. I love the concept of double cleansing and this makes it incredibly simple - plus I've been hearing such good things about it! I've been seeing product from Verso all over Instagram lately and I'm really intrigued by their products - this facial serum is what caught my eye first, it looks incredibly luxurious and hydrating for dry skin. It's also designed to help minimize pores and even out the skin tone which is always a bonus. The Oskia oils are a serious splurge but I know I want to invest in one soon, they are raved about by everyone I know who has tried them and I want to hop on the bandwagon to see if they work for me too. L'Occitane also have some amazing beauty gift sets* on their website which I've been eyeing up recently too. I love the sound of this Sweet Cherry Blossom Trio (and isn't the packaging just so gorgeous?!). 

Speaking of pretty packaging, the Jo Malone Bath Oil in Pomegranate Noir would look so pretty on the bathroom shelf! I've been resisting purchasing it for myself because it feels like the kind of product that should be gifted, but I'm not sure I can hold out much longer with this one. I haven't tried this particular scent from Jo Malone but it seems to be one of their best-sellers so I have high hopes! 

Makeup-wise, there are a few beautiful pieces that have been incredibly popular in the beauty community over the past few months, and yet I still haven't tried them. The NYX Angel Veil Primer paired with the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation sounds like the perfect lightweight summer base - or for something a little more full coverage, I've been eyeing up the Becca First Light Primer and the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. Of course, with summer comes lots of bronzer, and this Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer seems perfect for the job. 

I saved a couple of my most favourite beauty releases until last - the Benefit Galifornia is the latest shade in the Benefit blush box range and it looks absolutely stunning. After swatching it in store, I know it will be the perfect warm coral peach blush shade for the summer. I'm torn between that or the Nars Narsissist Unfilterd II Cheek Palette which is possibly one of the most beautiful blush palettes that Nars has ever released. I've been seeing it all over social media and I'm tempted... (I feel like the caving will happen very soon!)

What's on your beauty wishlist this season?

*this post is sponsored by L'Occitane
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