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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Winter Warmers Wish List

Winter is one of my favourite seasons. As much as I love the sunshine and sitting outside in the summer time, I love crisp winters and wrapping up warm. As such, I thought I'd share some of the items I'm currently lusting after to keep me snug this season. 

Not strictly winter themed, but something I've been wanting for ages. I literally love nearly all the Olivia Burton designs and it's a daily struggle trying to choose the one for me. This mink and rose gold design is so classic I think it's perfect for the winter season. 

Since writing this post, I went ahead and bought this hat and I'm totally delighted with it. It's such a pretty blush pink shade with adorable faux fur bobble and it's so soft so keeps my head nice and cosy. 

It wouldn't be a true wish list from me if it didn't include a candle. This aptly named one from The White Company sounds like the perfect addition for dark evenings at home wrapped in a blanket. 

Topshop Cream Jumper
This cream jumper will be a staple for me this winter. Although I love the dark greens and oxblood colours that typically multiply during winter, I've always naturally gravitated towards pastels - regardless of the season. I think this cream jumper will look perfect with so many outfits and work really well offsetting a tartan scarf. 

Jo Malone Fragrance
As I mentioned in my recent Jo Malone post, I've been delving into all things Jo Malone recently. One thing I'm yet to own is one of their colognes, and I'm definitely keen to try one this winter. I'm undecided on what scent I want, but I'll definitely be looking for something spicy and woody scented. 

I love dressing gowns. For me they're an absolute essential every winter and I always try to pick up a new one each year as mine tend to be very well loved. When I spotted this adorable bear hooded delight in Topshop I nearly cried with joy. It's so thick and soft and it's definitely destined to be mine. 

What's on your Winter Warmers Wish List? 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Leighton Denny | Light & Dark Perfume

Leighton Denny was a name I was already familiar with, having more than one of his famous nail polishes in my collection. However it wasn't until I won a giveaway on the lovely Carissa's blog that I realised he had moved into the world of fragrance.

Light and Dark* is a perfume designed for women that are looking for something a little different. It has a special blend of absolute oils, including a fruity mix of pepper, myrrh and incense which offers a warm, welcoming and very unique fragrance which is perfect to wear day or night.

Whilst it's not traditionally my kind of scent, I have to admit I do like it. It mixes Gardenia (Chanel's favourite flower), Jasmine, Lily and Rose with fruity top notes of Mandarin, Grapefruit and Peach which help to give the fragrance a fresh  scent.

This is definitely a sophisticated, seductive scent that would be a perfect Christmas gift idea. At £43.50 for 70ml with no option to buy smaller bottles it is a little expensive and as it's not my usual taste I probably wouldn't repurchase it at that price - however it is a lovely fragrance for those that like something unique.

What's your favourite perfume?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish Winter Collection

The Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polishes have long been some of my favourites. They're a girl's best friend because they dry super fast and only need one coat to reach opacity. When I was invited to the Bourjois Winter Collection launch last week, I was delighted to see they had brought out a range of shades that are perfect for the A/W season.

To stand alongside their original Christmas red (Rouge In Style*), Bourjois have also introduced a celestial silver grey polish (Grey To Meet You*) that's the perfect ode to the dark evenings of winter, as well as a beautiful silver sparkle polish (Glitterizer*) that creates a gorgeous glitter leaf effect on your nail.

The best bit about these polishes is how easy they are to work with - they have an innovative fan-effect brush which perfectly contours to the shape of the nail making application a dream. I've been rocking the red shade on my nails since last week and I know it's going to be a favourite for me this season.

What do you this of Bourjois' new winter shades?

I'm currently running a French Giveaway to win some Sephora & Bioderma goodies - enter here!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bath Bomb Storage

I've written a few interior posts recently which seem to have been well received, so today I thought I'd share another - my bath bomb storage. 

I picked up this white wooden box from one of the beautiful boutiques in the village in France I was staying and decided for €10 it had to be mine. Let me tell you, it was a nightmare to get home - but oh so worth it. I decided it was the perfect storage box for all my Lush (and other miscellaneous) bath bombs which had outgrown the various tins I was storing them in.

I absolutely love it, not only does it looks so pretty with all the colours contrasting against the white, but it means that my room is forever filled with a mixture of delicious scents. 

How do you store your bath treats?

I'm currently running a French Giveaway to win some Sephora & Bioderma goodies - enter here!

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Not so long ago I was sent some products from Nudestix - a new brand on the block that I'd never heard of before. The range was created by model, sister duo Ally and Taylor who with the help of their mother, created this range with the ethos of enhancing your features, instead of covering them up. 

Nudestix are multi-purpose products as one pencil can do a multitude of jobs and best of all, they're really compact so they're great for popping in your handbag and rushing out the door. To emphasise this point, each Nudestix comes with a charming tin with mirror and sharpener inside, which Nudestix describe as a modern day makeup bag. 

I was sent four products to review: a Concealer pencil* (Light 3), Lip & Cheek Pencil* (Sin), Eye Pencil* (Star Dust) and a Magnetic Eye Pencil* (Twilight). Initially I was dubious at how easy these pencils would be to work with, but I'm pleased to report that they were a dream - super creamy and blendable. The Lip & Cheek pencil is great because it's multipurpose working equally well on both your lips and cheeks. It's soft to work with making it easy to blend and this particular shade is a perfect berry shade for autumn. 

The concealer is probably my least favourite of the bunch, mainly because I didn't feel it was as strong as the others. It was easy to work with - creamy and buildable but I just didn't have as much confidence in it as I did with my other concealers. I found it good for brightening my under eye area, rather than to cover any blemishes. 

My favourite of those I tried? Has to be the eye pencils. They're described as an eyeshadow, liner and highlighter all in one which is exactly what they are -they're so versatile and such pretty shades. I found they were easiest to work with when applied directly onto the eye and blended out with your finger. The staying power of these are particularly good too, my eyelids can be oily but these had good longevity. 

I really enjoyed working with these products and have been challenged to create a day and a night FOTD which I'll be sharing at the weekend. These can be picked up from Cult Beauty for £24 per pencil which is a little steep - but they will last a good while. 

Have you heard of Nudestix? What do you think to the pencil product concept? 

I'm currently running a French Giveaway to win some Sephora & Bioderma goodies - enter here!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

French Beauty Giveaway

I've just got back from a lovely relaxing trip to the South of France. Whilst I was there I of course made sure I had time to visit Sephora to pick up some of my favourite beauty products. I decided to also pop a few extra bits into my basket to give you the opportunity to get your hands on some products that aren't readily available in the UK as a continued thank you for reading my blog. 

Available to win:

1 x Sephora Eyeshadow (Dying For Shoes)
1 x Sephora Kiss Me Balms (Strawberry Fizz)
1 x Bioderma Micellar Water
1 x Sephora Kiss Me Balm (Candy Apple)
1 x Lancome Hypnose Mini Mascara)
1 x Sephora Blush (Orange Pop)


To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many entries as you wish (some are mandatory). 

- This is an international giveaway - I will post the prize anywhere. 
- This giveaway will run for 3 weeks. 
- The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway closing and if I have no response within 48 hours another winner will be chosen. 
- All prizes have been bought with my own money. 

Bon Chance!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Guest Post: How To Bubble Nails

Hello readers of Tea Party With Alice! I'm Chloe and I usually post nail tutorials and beauty posts on my blog, but today I'm going to show you how to do this bubble nail art on Alice's blog.

To do this you will need:
- Two different coloured nail polishes
- Two different sized dotting tools.

(If one of your nail polishes is dark like mine, then make sure your other polish is quite thick so that it will show up on top!). 

Firstly, paint your nails with your main colour (mine is teal), then paint just over half of it with your second colour (mine is black).

Taking your largest dotting tool, do a few dots in a vertical line down your nail, on top of the second colour.

Then taking the smaller dotting tool, create lots more dots in a line next to it.

This is when the look really starts to come to life and gets a unique feel. Taking the largest dotting tool again, take the second colour and do dots directly between the first dots and the main colour background - I realise that I have explained this awfully, but hopefully you can see in the photos!

The last step is to take the first colour again, on the smaller dotting tool and to dot in the middle of the previous dots.

I really hope you like this look and if you recreate this then please show me via Twitter, Instagram or do a post of your own!

Thank you for reading!

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