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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Current Favourites

Back when my blog first started I religiously posted my monthly favourites, but over time I felt too pressured to stick to it and it slowly slipped off my schedule. With that being said, I still enjoy reading about what current products others are loving so decided to bring it back, only this time with a non-committal 'current favourites' - no time frame, no series.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
All hail, the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm is brilliant. It's been on my wish list for quite some time, but I never seemed to remember to pick it up. Thankfully, Space NK were giving them away as part of their birthday treats in April, so I've finally been able to give it a try. I absolutely love this product - it's super relaxing to massage it into my face, and only a tiny bit warmed in the palms of your hands is needed per time, meaning this small tub has lasted a few weeks. I use it over my entire face (eyes included) and have suffered no stinging whatsoever, proving that it's incredibly gentle. Once it's all massaged in, I take a damp cloth and rub it off and find that it's removed all traces of makeup and left my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Conatural Dead Sea Body Scrub*
Conatural is a fairly new brand which has a large following in Pakistan. The ethos of the brand is to provide brilliantly performing products with natural ingredients as an alternative to the common chemical products that are out there. The Conatural Dead Sea Body Scrub is made from pure Dead Sea Salts and contains a rich blend of 35 different beneficial minerals mixed with essential oils vital for the health of your body and skin metabolism. The scrub is really easy to use, just taking a small handful in the shower, and massaging it into my skin. It feels super exfoliating, but the essential oils leave the skin feeling soft, polished and fresh.

MeMeMe Eye Inspire Classic Set*
I love a smokey eye and tend to wear something of this nature almost every day. MeMeMe's Inspire Classic Set is the perfect companion to creating a variety of smokey eye looks on the go. It features both baked and pressed formulations and contains three of MeMeMe's eyeshadow trio palettes - Smokey Eyes, Goddess Eyes & Smouldering Eyes. The pigmentation of the shades are great, giving good colour pay off with a soft formula but as always, lasts longer with a primed eye. My favourite is Goddess Eyes, which contains beautiful burnt bronze and gold shades which will look perfect with a tan.

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay
I have a dangerous obsession with Jo Malone. Candles, Colognes, Room Sprays and Bath Oils, you name it - I've probably got it. One of the newer additions to my collection is the scent Blackberry & Bay which is beyond gorgeous. It combines the scents of bursting blackberries with the freshness of just-gathered bay and bramble woods creating a deliciously fresh and fruity scent that is perfect for the Summer months.

Bath & Body Work's Antibacterial Hand Gels
I've made no secret of my love for these little bottles in the past, and it's still going strong. I've built up quite the collection particularly as I enlist my friends help in bringing some back whenever they travel to the US - I bought back about 15 when I was in New York in April too. They smell absolutely heavenly, are really moisturising and best of all, keep your hands free of germs and nasties. My current favourites are Pineapple Punch and Mint Julip which are both fresh and fruity scents.

Face-D 3 Luronics Depuffing Eye Mask*
Nobody likes eye bags, so when I was sent this set of Hydrogel eye masks from Face-D 3 Luronics, I was excited to give them a try. They're designed to help with instantly reducing eye bags as well as comforting and revitalising the eye area. They're rich in green tea extract and aloe vera, and include a collection of decongesting and moisturising properties, containing hydrating and nutritive elements which immediately reduce signs of tiredness. I've used quite a few of the masks since I first received them, and they're lovely - super refreshing on the skin and were a real god send when I'd got back from my long haul fight to help reduce the evident signs of tiredness!

What are your current favourites? Have you tried any of mine?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bank Holiday OOTD

Trench - Jack Wills (currently on sale!)
Striped Top - Pull & Bear
Jeans - Topshop
Heels - Primark
Bag - Mulberry
Sunglasses - Forever 21

After a mixed-weather bank holiday, I strategically booked an extra day off work - which turned out to be a blessing as it's been the most beautiful day. To celebrate my extra day of freedom, my boyfriend and I headed into Richmond as it's one of our favourite places in London. Richmond is so wonderful because you feel like you are stepping out of London altogether. It has a plethora of gorgeous shops, bars and restaurants and it plays host to the most beautiful green spaces to sit and watch people drifting down the Thames.

As the weather is unreliable in England at the best of times, I wore my trusty Jack Wills Trench. I couldn't love this any more, it's beautifully fitted, incredibly classic and will last me seasons to come. I paired it with my new favourite tan heels from Primark which are incredibly comfortable and at £14 a pair, a complete bargain.
What did you get up to for the bank holiday?

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Cereal Killer Breakfast Rave with DJ Yoda & Alpro

Bright and early this morning, I headed down to the Cereal Killer Cafe in Camden for a particularly lively breakfast. I was invited down by Alpro who were hosting an amazing breakfast with a range of plant-based delights, and cereal cocktails to kickstart the morning. As if this wasn't already cool enough, they got DJ Yoda to provide just the right level of bass and some almighty tunes to help wake us all up. 

If you're keen on breakfast and haven't been to one of the Cereal Killer locations yet (Brick Lane or Camden Stables) then you need to. They sell over 120 different types of cereals from all over the world in an effortlessly cool, but very welcoming setting. 

I settled on a mixed bowl of Coco Pops and Krave with a generous helping of Alpro's Original Soya Milk and a Kinder Happy Hippo to garnish. Admittedly not the healthiest breakfast in the world, but it's Friday - and if you can't treat yourself on a Friday, then what's the point? 

You could sit and get a massage or manicure, chill at one of the tables and focus on the eating (like me), or dance along to DJ Yoda's beats, depending on how much of a morning person you are. It was an awesome event that I'm so glad I woke up early for and as always, Alpro provided some delicious treats.

Get yourself down to the Cereal Killer Cafe, you won't regret it!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lush Oxford Street Haul

Last weekend, I excitedly skipped through the doors of the brand new, world's largest Lush Store on Oxford Street. Set across three levels, the store plays host to an array of new ranges, old favourites and even some products that are (currently) exclusive to the store. Having long been a Lush bath bomb fan, I filled my basket with a selection of exclusives, desperate to give them a try.

Forgive me for wanting to break into song here, but as Lush have decided to name one of their newest bath bombs after the Disney hit, I knew I simply had to try this bath bomb.  It contains both grapefruit and neroli oil, giving it a subtle but sweetly floral fragrance and is the perfect product for the summer season.

Sacred Lotus
By far one of the prettiest bath bombs that Lush have created, Sacred Lotus has been designed as a mood brightening product that will help you drift away on exotic waters as you settle down for bath time. Scented with neroli, jasmine and tonka (my favourite ingredient) this bath ballistic has a beautifully sweet and floral fragrance that is perfect to help you relax after a day in the sunshine.

Yoga Bomb
Yoga bomb is, much like it's namesake, designed to calm and relax. As such, it's not an all-singing, all-dancing product like many bath bombs. It contains olibanum, sandalwood and a mixture of essential oils to provide a unique fragrance that's both warm and woody, with citrus notes and is utterly gorgeous.

Ylang Song
Ylang Song is a simple bath bomb and very similar to Rose Bombshell that was released for Mother's Day. It features neroli, rosewood and ylang ylang to create a light, floral scent that's perfect for those baths where you don't feel like having a spectacle unfold around you, but simply want to lie back in peace, surrounded by a beautiful fragrance.

Johnny Appleseed Bath Oil
Johnny Appleseed is one of 20 new bath oils that have been created especially for the new Oxford Street store. They're only small little things, no bigger than a ping pong ball, but they're designed to be small yet mighty and pack a real punch. Johnny Appleseed, unsurprisingly, smells just like juicy green apples. It melts into the water surrounding you with essential oils that linger on the skin and leave it feeling moisturised and super soft.

If you're a London local, get yourself down to the new shop as soon as possible, you'll love it. If you're not, hold tight - word on the street is that these current exclusives will soon be making there way to stores nationwide.

Do you like the sounds of these new products? 

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Monday, 18 May 2015

A Rose Gold Affair

Having made no secret in the past of my love for rose gold, I wanted to share some of my favourite pieces in my rapidly growing collection with you. 

First up, is my beloved Olivia Burton watch which is just as loved as it was the day I opened it. It's a timeless piece that's quintessentially feminine and elegant, and at less than £70 also a bit of a bargain too. 

I wrote a post about my Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Hoop Ring quite recently, but as it really is the prettiest ring I've ever laid my eyes on I think it's ok to give it a second mention so soon. It doesn't come in cheap at £160 but it's both classic and contemporary and something I can wear for years to come. 

Last but not least, I wanted to introduce the most recent piece in my collection, this beautiful rose gold necklace from Posh Totty. I stumbled across this shop in the North Laines of Brighton and was simply overjoyed to see such a wide collection of delicate rose gold pieces. I chose the Geometric Tag necklace as I thought it would be the perfect dainty necklace to wear every day, particularly as I had it personalised with my initial. It's a sterling silver necklace plated in 18ct rose gold, meaning it's excellent quality and incredibly durable. Posh Totty also have an online store (hooray) so if you're not local to Brighton, I'd urge you to take a peek at their exquisite pieces. 

What do you think of my rose gold collection? Are you as big a fan of it as I am? 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Iconemesis Cactus iPhone Case

Aside from all the cool features, one of the best parts about owning an iPhone is being able to switch the look by alternating the case. Having smashed my iPhone 6 screen to smithereens recently, I decided a new case was a must, so I headed over to my favourite one-stop-shop case store - Iconemesis.

Iconemesis is great as their cases all have darling designs and are made from hard wearing plastic. They update their site regularly, constantly adding new designs, which is where I stumbled across this gorgeous Cactus case. I'm really into succulents at the moment, so when I laid my eyes on this case I knew it had to be mine. The case costs £15 which I think is a fair price, particularly because it has a lovely glossy finish which makes it ooze quality.

What do you think of my Cactus case?

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Ted Baker Sugar Sweet Bath and Body Collection

If you're as big a fan of Ted Baker as I am, then you'll be delighted to hear that Ted Baker have given their indulgent bath and body range a spring clean, with the launch of their brand new Sugar Sweet collection. The collection is inspired by one of their most coveted floral fashion prints - depicting a waterfall of bold, luscious flowers set amongst a melting watercolour background of soft mint green or pretty pink, each with it's own captivating fragrance. 

The Body Souffle* (£10.00) is a super rich cream scented with fruity top notes of violet, mixed with vanilla, patchouli and amber which leave your skin feeling silky sooth and pampered to perfection. The Body Lotion* (£8.00) entwines the soft floral notes of jasmine and neroli, whilst base notes of patchouli, sandalwood and musk complete this beautiful scent. The lotion is light and perfect for using daily after a shower. 

These are really lovely products that are reasonably priced considering their designer heritage. I think they'd be charming presents for any female friends or family, so I'd definitely recommend you checking them out next time you're in Boots or browsing 

What do you think of the Ted Baker Sugar Sweet Collection? 

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