Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers.

For the last of my gift guides this year, I wanted to collate some  gorgeous stocking filler ideas with some favourite pocket sized treats that I've picked up over the last few months. There's a mix of beauty, lifestyle and jewellery so there should be lots of inspiration to draw from!

Starting off with some drugstore beauty, the Zoella Gelat-eau Body Mist was one of the standout products from Zoe's summer launch this year. It's a really affordable body mist that smells very fresh, making it the perfect little fragrance to drop into a stocking. The packaging is gorgeous too which is always a bonus! Another great affordable skincare product is the Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray. It's such a great pick-me-up in the mornings and evenings, and it adds that little bit of 'extra' into anyone's skincare regime. Definitely a princess product, but if it's in your stocking, totally justified. However, something more integral to my skincare routine is the Pixi Glow Tonic* which I use every single day. It's great for exfoliating and brightening the skin as a toner and it's available in the most adorable mini size which is perfect for a stocking!

I mentioned that there would be plenty of Pixi in my gift guides this year and I wasn't joking - the Pixi Lip Polish* would make another gorgeous idea for a stocking-sized gift. This is perfect as a night time nourishing lip oil with a little exfoliating pad that ensures lips are soft and smooth in the morning. It's also a great pre-lipstick prep product for a really voluminous pout.

Pretty hand creams make a gift feel really luxe, even if just to fill a stocking. I'm a huge fan of the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Hydrating Cream* which smells incredible and so unique. They have lots of different fragrances to choose from and each cream has different skin benefits too.

Onto makeup picks... the Benefit Galifornia Blush is a recent purchase of mine - I just couldn't resist the colourful packaging! And no regrets, the blush is totally gorgeous and wearable by so many skin tones. It's a beautiful peachy coral with a hint of shimmer, and as I mentioned a few moments ago, the packaging is beaut. Speaking of stunning packaging, you can't go wrong with a bit of Tilbs as a stocking filler - and the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Electric Poppy is my favourite festive shade of the year. It's a bright pink-red that looks so striking when used as a pop of colour with simpler makeup.

I couldn't have a stocking gift guide without a couple of highlight options so here are my two picks for this year: the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Highlighter is a firm favourite of mine - in fact, I recently purchased my second pan. It's super glowy, with pink undertones and it's very affordable too. Even more affordable are the Makeup Revolution Liquid Glow Drops. These types of liquid highlighters have been huge this year and they've filtered into the drugstore with some gorgeous shades to chose from. The bottles look really special too, so they'll definitely be appreciated by someone who loves a good glow!

False lashes are a really handy gift idea for stockings as they come in so useful over the festive parties and New Year celebrations. My all time favourite lashes are the Fleur De Force Petit Fleur Lashes which I actually wore on my wedding. I never like anything too dramatic and these are the perfect balance for me - a little bit of extra lash without it being too obvious. 

A few non-beauty ideas include some of the monogrammed goodness in Matalan at the moment - this purse is so adorable and extremely festive, not to mention super affordable as a stocking filler. I've featured my Anthropologie agate coasters a lot over the past few months so I thought I should definitely mention them as a gift idea this year. They are each incredibly unique and super special so I highly recommend them for someone who loves hot drinks! Pretty costume jewellery is a lovely way to fill up a stocking as well, and some of my favourite places to find them are Accessorize and Urban Outfitters. If you're looking for a more special piece to gift, Annie Haak offers so many gorgeous bracelets* that are packaged beautifully and would make the perfect gift. 

A cute little book is a great stocking stuffer, and my favourite is definitely the Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba. It's the perfect little toolkit for any girlboss and would make a wonderfully motivational read with the new year just around the corner.

What are your favourite stocking filler ideas?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Gift Guide: Home & Lifestyle.

Oooh, probably my favourite gift guide of all... especially for all the home & lifestyle lovers! 

Let's get right to it:
Anthropologie is usually my first stop for beautiful home and lifestyle gifts and this year is no different! I'm in love with this agate cheese board which would be such a special gift for a hostess. It's available in rose quartz, amethyst purple and dark green, each with a gorgeous gilded gold trim - it's a splurge but one that will definitely be loved by anyone who loves pretty things! However, if the price point is a little high, Anthropologie also have some stunning bottle openers which are perfect for the festive season as well.

There are lots of wall calendars around in preparation for the new year and one of my favourites is this one from Rifle Paper Co. It would make such a wonderful gift for stationery lovers who like to keep everything organised! The quotes and prints on this particular design are so vibrant and gorgeous - I've already put mine up in the kitchen ready for the new year. Rifle Paper Co. also make the most gorgeous art prints which make a great gift for someone who loves to decorate - I am totally smitten with this blush pink print which I picked up for my gallery wall. 

A pair of salt & pepper mills would make cute gift, especially if they're in a unique style or colour. I recently purchased these traditional style mills in vintage green and they make a lovely talking point when hosting. Accompanying the mills with some pretty salt would make the gift extra special, and it doesn't get prettier than a jar of pink salt in a fancy bottle!

Beautiful books also make great presents when you don't know someone that well. I love to read coffee table books and receiving them is always a real treat. Some of my absolute favourites are Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe and How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are. West Elm have some marble bookends which would also make a gorgeous gift - I bought this one last week and I love using it to prop up my cooking books in the kitchen.

Soft furnishings are a really gorgeous gift for home lovers, and unwrapping a beautiful geometric print throw would be a wonderful surprise. I know Mongolian fur cushions have been all the rage recently and I've chosen several to fill up spaces on my sofa and bedspread! They would definitely make such a statement gift for someone who loves to cosy up on the sofa with a good book or to watch TV.

A little tip: if you're on a budget and you still want to give something super special, a cute cacti or house plant would be perfect. IKEA have some gorgeous brass plant pots for a little over £1 which instantly make any little plant look a lot more luxe!

What are your favourite gift ideas for home & lifestyle lovers?

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Gift Guide: For Her.

Although I wrote up a whole separate beauty gift guide, I decided to put aside a few beauty related items for this guide too. These beauty favourites are more for the everyday girl, and they're products that would suit anyone - no matter their age, style or skin type. I've also included some home, lifestyle and fashion pieces too, so this is definitely more of a mixed guide with gifts that would be loved by any girl.

Starting off with skincare, the Glossier Supers Set is one of my ultimate skincare finds of the year. The kit includes three full size serums, each tailored to different skin related issues that we all suffer from time to time. Super Glow is the perfect morning skin booster, Super Pure is great for any breakouts or redness and Super Bounce is a surge of moisture for days when things are looking a bit lack lustre. I wrote a whole post dedicated to Glossier a couple of weeks ago which I'll link here for a more in-depth review.

The Pixi Its Eye Time Eyeshadow Palette* is one of the most versatile palettes I've seen this year! It has soft, buttery shades that work really well for a glowing eye look that accentuates features in such a stunning way. For something a little more luxe, and still extremely festive, the Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Palette is the perfect luxury shadow quad for all the parties this season. I love the pigmentation of these shadows and the foiled formula is so dreamy! This is the third quad from this line that I own now and I love it to pieces.

Pixi has such a great festive selection this year so I'm featuring another product from their line - the Pixi + Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Palette* is a wonderful gift for anyone who is beginning to venture into the world of contour and highlight as it's such an easy and versatile palette to use. 

Onto more lifestyle present ideas - marble is always such a chic print and makes a gift feel super luxe. I found this Marble & Copper Jewellery Stand in Asda and I'm totally smitten, it's tall and stylish and very on trend - plus, it works as the perfect gift for the girl who has it all. 

Anthro is always a great stop for gifting because everything is extremely special and the store seems to have something for everyone. Their Monogram Mugs are always extremely popular and make a very personalised touch to a regular mug. They also have a gorgeous selection of hair accessories such as this Hair Barrette which looks stunning and would make the perfect addition to any New Years outfit.

Pampering treats are definitely very well received by many and a selection of bathtime goodies would be perfect to put together for a spa night post-Christmas season. I've been enjoying the Bath & Body Works Candle in Almond for the past few days and it would make a great affordable present for someone who loves home fragrance. A more luxury option is the Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Bath Oil which I've also been using for relaxing winter baths. The scent is perfect for this season and it comes packaged so beautifully! On the bathtime theme, a more unorthodox gift is something like a Bamboo Bath Tray - it makes the perfect addition to the bathroom with a spa-like feel, especially when you pair it with some bath oils and salts. 

Coffee table books are really lovely gifts and I often gift these to people who love reading. A recent favourite of mine is Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home, which offers some lovely interior styling advice for the girl who loves to decorate! If you're still stuck for inspiration, here are some more ideas:

What are your favourites from this gift guide?

Monday, 13 November 2017

Gift Guide: For Him.

It's time for another gift guide, and today I thought we'd talk about the men in our lives, from dads to brothers and your other half - hopefully, this gift guide should have you covered! I wanted to cover as many personalities as possible - from fitness lover to avid gamer, there should be something for everyone in this post.

For the chefs and men who love to cook, I've picked out Super Food Family Classics from my cooking books - it was released this year and I believe it's Jamie Oliver's latest recipes compiled into one big fabulous book. It's perfect for dad's with culinary talent and it is filled with so many wonderfully delicious meals inside. 

For a sleek style staple, a Ted Baker Wallet is something that would definitely be well loved. I bought one for my husband a while back and he never leaves the house without it - it's compact, smart and stylish, as well as amazing quality that will last for years to come. A sleek, black leather belt is another wardrobe essential that will always remain a classic. Paired with the wallet, both would make the perfect 'classic gentleman' gift. The Braun Series 3 3020 Electric Razor is definitely a more affordable gentleman's gift. It's perfect for those who love to stay well groomed without anything too fancy. It's quick and easy to use, and it gives a really close, clean shave.

I always find this time of year is perfect for enjoying time together over a board game, so a new one to play might make the perfect gift. I've recently learnt how to play Power Grid and I love it! The box itself is really retro and the game is based entirely on strategy so it's good for those who enjoy that.

For gamers, the MSI Gaming Headset is a really useful gift for great sound quality whilst gaming. It has a built in microphone, it's noise cancelling and enhances sound effects for any games, music or movies (plus, it looks the part too). If you're on more of a budget, the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse also makes a cute little tech gift or stocking filler.  

If you know a man into fitness, the Withings Activite Pop Watch is a great, more affordable fitness watch to invest in. It comes beautifully packaged and appears as a regular watch would but it also tracks activity level as well as the time. The Bluetooth feature automatically syncs data to your phone so it makes for the perfect fitness companion.

If you're looking to spend a little more and want to get him something really special, the Google Pixel phone is extremely popular right now. It's extremely sleek, fast, has an amazing camera and a crisp display - and I know it would be loved by any Android appreciator. I have an Apple iPhone myself, but after having watched my husband use his Pixel for some time now, I can certainly see the appeal. 

For super stylish men, a classic Burberry cashmere scarf would keep them warm this season as well as being such a special addition to their wardrobe. The brand also offers a service where you can get initials monogrammed onto the scarf for free, so it makes for the perfect personalised gift as well. Along the lines of getting something personalised (and definitely more budget friendly), a gorgeous monogrammed leather notebook would be a lovely gift or stocking filler as well. There are lots of different sizes, leather types and embossing styles to choose from - and a gift like this would show that you put a lot of thought into it!

What are your favourite gift ideas for men?

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Gift Guide: Beauty.

It's that time of year again! I wanted to kick start all of the festive content over the next month with something really exciting, so the gift guides are coming out early this year! As this is primarily a beauty blog (and I've been trying out lots of new beauty bits lately), I thought I'd start with my beauty gift guide. 

Starting with skincare, I thought I'd do a little bit of a brand focus on Pixi. It's definitely one of my favourite brands, especially when it comes to choosing products for my skincare routine, and I know lots of their cult favourites would make wonderful gifts for beauty addicts. A couple of my absolute favourites are the Double Cleanse* and Peel & Polish*. The cleanser is a hefty jar which makes it a substantial gift, and it comes with two products inside - a cleansing balm and a cream cleanser. Both formulas are extremely nourishing and give the face a really deep clean after a long day... a total skincare must-have for every makeup wearer. I've mentioned the Pixi Peel & Polish* in my wedding skincare prep post, and I stand by the product throughout the winter months as well. It does exactly what it claims and is radiant skin in a tube - perfect to gift those who love to boost their glow. 

Glossier is another brand with lots of skincare gems to choose from, especially if the person you're buying for is into pretty packaging too! I'm particularly smitten with the Glossier Mask Duo which contains two perfect products for any skincare junkie. It comes with the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack for a quick skin detox and the Moisturizing Moon Mask to soothe and hydrate afterwards.

If you're looking to spend a little more, a skincare tool that I've mentioned quite a bit this year is the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Cleansing Brush*. It's a really good investment and would make a really thoughtful gift - and it even comes in limited edition rose gold for the festive season!

I thought I'd touch a little on body and hair care as well - the Bardou hair care products are a favourite of mine, and I reviewed a couple of products earlier this month. For the gift of swishy hair, I recommend the Finishing Mist Hairspray*. My new bodycare brand favourite is definitely Herbivore Skincare and I'll be writing a post up on them soon. I've featured the Coco Rose Body Polish on my Instagram a few times but I thought I should mention it here too. It's such a luxurious bath time treat.

Moving onto makeup, I've been obsessed with Hourglass powders for years now and my most recent purchase from the brand is the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume III. It contains six stunning powders, varying from setting powders to blushers and bronzers, and it's the perfect travel companion. I've used mine non-stop, so I know it would make an absolutely perfect gift for any beauty lover who loves a little luxury in their life.

For those who love their eyeshadow, one of my favourite palette discoveries this year has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. It was released last year but the hype is still there, and for good reason - the shadows are extremely blendable and soft. The colours work together really well and the palette as a whole can create a whole variety of different looks, particularly for the festive period. 

I thought I'd include a couple of gift ideas for sculpting the face as well. A gem for the most beautiful bronze glow is the Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, which would make a wonderful gift for all the parties this season. I reviewed Rihanna's beauty line earlier this year after its launch in September. I've been using the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio non-stop for a really easy but gorgeous contour, so I know it would make the perfect present for those who want a fool-proof product for chiseled cheekbones. These are available in shades for everyone and you can mix and match according to the person you are gifting them to.

Speaking of personalised gifts, monogram products are always a lovely little touch for someone you don't necessarily know that well. Matalan have a lovely selection of affordable monogrammed gift ideas including this velvet makeup bag. It's a great size to throw into a bag or travel case with some makeup favourites. I also love gifting coffee table books, and for beauty lovers, Lauren Conrad's Beauty book is perfect. It's filled with stunning photographs, tips and tricks - such a gorgeous gift.

If you're brave enough to gift fragrance, Jo Malone is my go-to recommendation. I love nearly all of their scents and I feel like a lot of them are well loved by everyone. One of my favourite discoveries this year is the Peony & Blush Suede scent which I've added to my collection and nearly used up entirely!

What are your favourite beauty gift ideas?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Let's Talk Glossier.

As you probably all know, Glossier recently launched in the UK and it was a very exciting day for bloggers and beauty lovers alike! I've been living in Canada for a few months now, so I was lucky enough to try Glossier out a little early, but I wanted to place another order after the brand launched in the UK so I could try out some newbies and share some of my thoughts. 

Although you can purchase all items separately, the Glossier website does group some of their products together and create bundle offers that help you save money if you're wanting to try practically everything (of course, that's really helpful for skincare addicts like me). The first bundle I chose was The Mask Duo which includes two full size face masks which you can use alone or together as part of your skincare routine. The first mask is the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, described as a juice cleanse for your face. It's a clay based mask which helps draw out any impurities while also nourishing your skin with a lot of leafy green nutrients and antioxidants. I've found that this is perfect to use in the evening when my skin is feeling a little clogged up and needs a refresh. 

The duo also comes with a full size tub of the Moisturizing Moon Mask, which helps to hydrate and brighten the skin. It's a creamier formula which is very cooling when applied to the face, especially after the galaxy pack. I find it helps soothe the redness on my cheeks and boosts my overall complexion. If applied lightly, you can leave this overnight to quench thirsty skin and then wash off in the morning. My skin definitely feels plumper and very well nourished after using this mask combination together! The tubs are also very decently sized (90ml), which means you get plenty of applications per mask. 

The second bundle I chose was The Super Pack. I've been eyeing up the Glossier serums forever because the packaging was just so adorable, but I couldn't justify the price tag because each bottle is only 15ml. However, after seeing them everywhere on Instagram, I caved and bought all three - although I did save a little so with the bundle deal so I guess that's good. My favourite serum from the lot is probably Super Bounce because it's incredibly hydrating and feels thicker than the others. It has more of a jelly like texture which feels like it's adding plumpness and softness to the skin, just like the name suggests.

The pack also includes Super Glow, which is a lot more runny in texture. It is meant to brighten the appearance of my complexion and give an overall vitamin enriched boost. I haven't used this enough to notice a huge difference, but I definitely want to keep at it and give this one a real shot. Super Pure is the last of the three that come in this set, and it's a lovely one as well. It definitely eases all the redness on my face after a good cleanse, and calms any blemishes that might have appeared. I think this is definitely worth a try if you're prone to acne. Once I've applied one or two of the serums, I like to follow up with the Glossier Priming Moisturizer and watch it sink right in - it's amazing how the products work so well together!

Glossier is definitely a brand with a lot of hype around it, and although I can't speak for everyone in saying whether it's worth it or not, I can say that I'm in love with everything I've tried so far and I can't wait to try more.

Have you tried anything from Glossier?

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two Lush Hair Essentials.

I've been dipping more and more into haircare lately, as I'm on a quest for the perfect swishy hair routine. This means trying lots of new hair styling products and finishing sprays to give my locks that softer, shinier, glossier appearance. Bardou is a luxury haircare and cosmetics brand that I only recently discovered - and I have to say, I was so impressed by the products sent to me that I had to share them. 

I was sent two products: the finishing mist hairspray* and the immaculate spray dry shampoo*. Both of the products feel extremely light and leave your hair feeling extra swishy. The dry shampoo is the perfect second day hair pick-me-up and the hairspray helps maintain that glossy shine with a medium hold finish. I like to use them one after the other for a more polished look after a good blow dry. Each product is enriched with keratin within their formulas, so both are extremely nourishing - especially for dry hair like mine. 

They smell incredible! There's a really luxurious feeling to the scent and the packaging, even though the products themselves are very budget friendly. Each spray comes in a sleek black can with 200mls of product, topped with a gorgeous gold lid - it's definitely a product that would look extremely elegant on your dresser. 

I really want to try more from the brand - I think that the texture mist is definitely next on my wishlist!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Four Happy Things.

I've seen posts like this around the blogosphere and I thought it was such a cute idea! I've been having so many wonderful experiences lately, so I thought it was the perfect time to sit down and reflect. Here are some of my highlights from the past month or so...

1. Driving across Canada.
I just experienced the most exciting road trip that I ever could have hoped for and it was perfect! Definitely a highlight of the year, and possibly my whole life - there was so much to see and enjoy, and I had the best company. We didn't get a chance to plan a honeymoon after the wedding but this filled its place without a doubt. If you ever find yourself in Canada, it's well worth driving through a few provinces to get a real feel of how vast and beautiful the country is.

2. Enjoying the gorgeous Autumnal weather.
Autumn is by far my favourite season. The changing colours, the crisp air... there's something so romantic and beautiful about taking a walk on a late Autumnal afternoon. I'm loving the switch to warmer coffees and cosy knits, and the colour mustard. I'm really looking forward to injecting warmer pieces into my wardrobe for the upcoming season. I've already purchased this wonderful jumper from Topshop to get me ready for sweater weather.

3. Decorating the new house.
Of course, there's still lots of decorating going on - we have a painter in the house as I type! I've been desperate to switch up the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as I feel they really transform a room and I'm keen to see the finished results. I've purchased lots of new homeware to help make the space more homely so let me know if you'd like to see a post on some of my favourite pieces. 

4. Reaching 1K on Bloglovin'!
This is a goal I've been wanting to reach for the longest time and it finally happened! Thank you so much to everyone who follows my blog and reads my posts. It honestly means so much to me when I know that you're enjoying my content and leaving such lovely comments. I'm planning a giveaway to host later this month and I want it to be super special... watch this space! 

What have you been enjoying this month?


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Trying Out Fenty Beauty.

I don't think I've ever been as excited for a beauty release as I was when I heard that Rihanna was launching a range of products - and when I saw the packaging, I knew I had to try it. Everything about the line feels incredibly unique, from the combination of pastel pink and holographic typography, to the magnetized octagonal casing, it all feels very new to the makeup market. It's been a couple of weeks since the line launched, and I managed to pop into Sephora and purchase a few pieces that caught my eye the most. 

When I saw that every product was colour matched according to skin tone and warmth, I knew that a lot of thought had been put into the line. I was particularly intrigued by the Match Stix Custom Trio which combined three shades of conceal, contour and highlight sticks to create your perfect combination. I chose Medium for a more dramatic contour, with the concealer stick in Bamboo, the contour stick in Mocha and the highlight stick in Trippin'. The concealer gives surprisingly high coverage for a stick formula, without looking cakey or dry on the skin. It's a very neutral shade that would work with a lot of light/medium skin tones. 

The contour is probably my favourite - I love the difference it makes! When applied to the right areas of the face, it really sculpts and defines, and it doesn't look orange or muddy at all. You can build up the intensity and go for a heavier contour if you want as well. The highlight shade in this kit is definitely one of the most unusual highlights that I own. It's described as a gold-glazed apricot shade, and it's exactly that. I was afraid it might look too harsh on my skin but it gives that most illuminated peachy glow.

The last product that I picked up was the Universal Lip Bomb in Fenty Glow. This is a colour that would suit anyone and so it's a fail-proof product to pick up if you don't want the hassle of finding the right gloss shade for your skin tone. It's a gorgeous neutral gloss with a gorgeous amount of shine that totally lifts your complexion and gives you such a healthy look. I've been pairing this over other lip products and wearing it on it's own... it's honestly a great all round lippie. I love it!

From left to right: Mocha, Bamboo, Trippin' and Fenty Glow.

I definitely think I'll be trying more out from Fenty Beauty as I'm incredibly impressed. I have my eye on the foundation and I've already been matched so I think I might be getting that next. 

Have you tried anything from this line? 
What are your thoughts?


Saturday, 7 October 2017

October Goals.

These are a bit late to go up because I've spent most of this week unpacking, but here are my goals for this month!

1. Unpack and set up the new place.
This has already taken up a lot of the first week of this month as there is lots to sort out in the new space. I've been reassembling furniture, moving them around to try and make things feel as homely as possible. I can't wait to share everything once it's all set up!

2. Buy some new pieces as well.
We've already purchased a lovely new sofa, shelving and a cute little kitchen table set, but there's still a couple of other pieces that I've got an eye out for. I'm desperately in search of the perfect new marble coffee table and a beautiful new dining set. A lovely velvet armchair would also be the perfect addition to the living space.

3. Get the kitchen & bathroom cabinets repainted.
One of the largest projects that we have (besides repainting the walls downstairs), is definitely freshening up the paint in the kitchen and family bathroom. We went to choose colours yesterday, and we're hiring a painter to complete the work over the next couple of weeks. I want to be able to include more recipe posts on my blog too, so I've gone for an airy, dove grey in the kitchen. There are lots of cabinets so it's definitely a larger project, but I know it's one that will completely transform the space. 

4. Switch back to healthy eating and working out.
The past month has been pretty rough on my body as we've been travelling and on the road, so making healthy choices has been extremely difficult...and I failed most of the time. I want to take this month to get back on track with my eating and lose the few pounds that I managed to gain in September. I know it shouldn't take too much, just a little bit of 'normal life' and a bit of exercise here and there should do it.

5. Take some time out to relax. 
I know I'm going to be exhausted after all of this month and taking some time out to relax is well overdue. I'm thinking a trip to Lush to buy some of their autumn launches and a long bubble bath with lots of candles... just thinking about it has me all ready for the month!

What are your goals for October?
I'd love to know!



Friday, 29 September 2017

September Loves.

With the seasons slowly changing from Summer to Autumn, I've been really excited to start switching up a few of my summer favourites for some fresh fall-time essentials. Here are some of my absolute must haves that I've been enjoying month:

A pop of pink blush.
The Estee Edit blush in Purr Pink has been on my cheeks nearly every day this month - it's such a beautiful, light wash of pink with a hint of sheen. What makes it such a favourite is definitely how healthy it makes my skin look, and how much life it brings on days when I'm feeling a little less glow.

Metallic gold details.
I've also been all about the metallics this month, with little jewellery or accessory additions here and there. My favourite is definitely gold, with my horn necklace from H&M and Annie Haak bracelets* being on me at all times! I've even added a little metallic on my shoes, with these totally gorgeous ballerina flats from Zara.

A crisp fragrance.
I think my favourite ever summer-to-autumn fragrance has to be the Jo Malone Cologne in English Pear & Freesia. I love wearing this when the weather is as crisp as the scent - it's one of the most invigorating fragrances I've ever used. Definitely an investment - but I'd even go as far to say that it's my favourite from the entire Jo Malone range.

A touch of blush suede.
You might have seen my new Zara bag on Instagram recently, and I'm totally smitten. Blush pink has been around for a while, and I've been looking for the perfect pink bag - this one is definitely it! It has a little suede detail and the rest is grainy leather which makes it very durable - especially with the road trip across Canada. The bag is spacious enough to hold all my essentials but not too big that I carry too much. I also love how structured it is, it will keep it's shape forever.

Tortoiseshell frames.
A good pair of sunnies have taken up permanent residence in my new bag this month, because despite the breeze, it's still been bright. I love the tortoiseshell frames these days - they feel lighter than the traditional black and more feminine too. My favourites are these from Cheap Monday - they're quirky and fun, but they go with everything too! They're out of stock now, but these are some similar ones that I've found.

What have been your favourites this month?

Friday, 22 September 2017

How I Edit My Blog Photography.

One of the most popular questions I'm asked on social media and when people read my blog is how I take and edit my photographs. Whilst my photographs are by no means perfect, they do take a lot of time and effort to take and upload, so I thought I'd share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt over the past two years about editing. I've tried to include some examples of photography that I've taken recently and uploaded to my blog or my Instagram. Hopefully these help give you a better idea of what the original images look like, and how much of a difference editing can make!

These are just some of the ways I like to edit my own photos, and as everyone has different tastes and styles, of course there's no 'one way fits all' with how to edit blog images. 

Find a good editing software.
This is definitely something that I've found to be essential when it comes to blog photography. The kind of editing software you choose is really important because how you edit a photo can reflect the vibe of your overall blog. I like to keep pictures bright and airy, with pops of colour and an overall crisp appearance. Saying that, it doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune on finding the right editing software. I actually use iPiccy - it's online and it's free. 

Crisp, light & bright.
This is just my personal preference when it comes to blog photography but a good editing software gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to editing. I usually like to turn up the brightness and adjust the colours using the 'curves' feature. I love turning up the clarity and sharpness of an image so any text on products becomes a little clearer. The warmth of an image is something worth playing around with too - I like to turn up the warmth of a photo when the light has turned out too harsh in order to soften an image a little. 

Keep photographs tall.
This is particularly useful for Pinterest, but taking your images vertically really makes a difference. Longer images seem to fit better on screens and they follow the natural scrolling process when reading through a post, which balances out the text and the images. I make sure that the images I take stay as long and tall as possible when I'm cropping them (if I crop them at all), so that they really take up room in the blog post. This might be because I'm a visual person and I always like to see images as well as text on my screen. I made the switch from horizontal to vertical images at the start of the year and I've never looked back. 

Try not to over-edit.
I've definitely fallen into the trap of over editing my blog photography in the past. More recently, I've tried to only take photos when the light is right, so that minimal editing is needed. I always find that over editing leaves images looking harsh and grainy which is the opposite of the look I'm going for. Although editing is an important part of creating a blog post, balancing the colours and brightness are really important to me.

What are your top tips for editing blog photos?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Soft, Autumn Glow.

I love glowy skin all year round but I find that around this time of year, I tend to dial back my makeup and opt for brightening, glow-boosting products to keep my face looking fresh and youthful after being in the sun. I wanted to share some miracle cheek products which work together to give the most luminous, dewy glow for September:

For super natural days, I love using my new Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. It's a subtle, glossy sheen that works brilliantly on no-makeup days as well as over makeup. I apply some of this onto the high points of my face and blend it in with my fingers (it works best this way). It's subtle and pretty - perfect for the girl who love a little complexion boost, but not too much.

On days when I want to put in a bit more effort, the perfect cheek combination is definitely my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat and the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter in Bubbly. All of the Hourglass blushes give the smoothest application and last so well throughout the day - I honestly want to own them all! Paired with the more champagne toned highlight, the colour just seems to pop in the most beautiful way. Definitely a go-to combination for me this month.

When I first tried Beauty Pie last year, I was incredibly impressed with the Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer for a gorgeous overall glow. This works really well over primer and underneath foundation for a little healthy boost that takes your makeup base to the next level. It's not sticky or greasy looking, and it's probably the most natural-looking product that I've mentioned. A little goes a long way with this one - it still looks like the jar is really full and I've been using it for a while!

What are your favourite products for a soft, autumn glow?
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