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I'm a big fan of L'Occitane for their bath and body products - their hand creams are just incredible! However, I had never tried any of their fragrances. Earlier this year, L'Occitane released the Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum - a fragrance that is inspired by the golden, magical hour of sunset.


Sunset is by far one of the most beautiful and relaxing things to watch - especially if you happen to be near a beach or somewhere equally scenic. I love the fact that the L'Occitane Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum is inspired by that magical moment, and you can definitely see that in the design of the bottle. 

The fragrance itself has been designed to combine several different facets and notes to create a gorgeous, complex and rich scent that is reminiscent of walking through the fields of Provence - the home of L'Occitane - at sunset. The scent has a zesty and aromatic head with Bergamot, Ambrette Seed and Pink Pepper top notes, followed by beautiful Lavender Honey middle notes, and a sensual base of White Musk, Tonka Bean, Acacia Flower and Bitter Almond Essence. 

I find this to be a really sophisticated floral scent with a slight (and beautiful) herby lavender scent when you first spritz this on. It is absolutely perfect for the spring and summer, and as the scent is quite strong and very long lasting, it's a great one to wear before heading to work in the morning.

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L'Occitane Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum | New Release

27 March 2017


I'm a big fan of L'Occitane for their bath and body products - their hand creams are just incredible! However, I had never tried any of their fragrances. Earlier this year, L'Occitane released the Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum - a fragrance that is inspired by the golden, magical hour of sunset.


Sunset is by far one of the most beautiful and relaxing things to watch - especially if you happen to be near a beach or somewhere equally scenic. I love the fact that the L'Occitane Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum is inspired by that magical moment, and you can definitely see that in the design of the bottle. 

The fragrance itself has been designed to combine several different facets and notes to create a gorgeous, complex and rich scent that is reminiscent of walking through the fields of Provence - the home of L'Occitane - at sunset. The scent has a zesty and aromatic head with Bergamot, Ambrette Seed and Pink Pepper top notes, followed by beautiful Lavender Honey middle notes, and a sensual base of White Musk, Tonka Bean, Acacia Flower and Bitter Almond Essence. 

I find this to be a really sophisticated floral scent with a slight (and beautiful) herby lavender scent when you first spritz this on. It is absolutely perfect for the spring and summer, and as the scent is quite strong and very long lasting, it's a great one to wear before heading to work in the morning.

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Skincare for men

For many guys out there, skincare is something that their girlfriends or wives do, something that is completely unnecessary if you happen to be of the male species. Some may even go as far as saying that all the lotions and potions kept in our bathroom cabinets are simply pointless. However, dermatologists recommend that both men and women stick to a simple skincare routine to protect the skin and ensure optimal skin health.


The lovely people over at Mankind recently sent over a box of skincare goodies for my boyfriend to try out. Mankind is an online store which specialises in men's grooming products including skincare, haircare, body and shaving products. The store brings all of the best brands in men's grooming together in one place, and you can find unisex brands including Clinique, First Aid Beauty, and Caudalie, as well as men's specialist brands such as Bulldog and Daimon Barber.

My boyfriend's skin can be quite dry so Mankind sent over a box of skincare goodies targeted at dry skin - as well as some other exciting extras! After being met with some rather questioning looks from my boyfriend, I forced treated him to a little pamper sesh by yours truly, and I explained what each product is for and how best to use it. Since then, my boyfriend has been testing out some of the products, which I thought I would share with you in today's post.

Skincare for men

First Aid Beauty is a brand that I've been wanting to try out for ages myself, so I must admit I was slightly jealous when I saw that my boyfriend received this! This cleanser contains a powerful blend of antioxidants and works by gently removing any impurities and dirt from the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used daily to reduce flare ups and skin reactivity. This is one of the products that my boyfriend liked the most as it is fuss-free and easy to use.

The Bulldog Original Face Scrub is another fuss-free product that my boyfriend quite enjoyed. It is an all-natural face scrub which contains pumice to exfoliate the skin, as well as a blend of essential oils and shea butter to leave the skin feeling fresh and free from impurities. 

My boyfriend never uses hand cream, although to be fair he somehow manages to keep his hands feeling soft whilst mine feel like sandpaper! The Bulldog Original Hand Cream is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy hand cream enriched with a unique blend of eight different essential oils. Whilst this won't be a part of my boyfriend's regular routine, it's a good idea to keep a hand cream on stand by for when the weather is particularly cold and harsh on the skin. I've stolen tried this hand cream myself a few times and I love the fresh unisex scent and just how fast it gets absorbed into the skin!

Daimon Barber is a London-based brand that delivers innovative, high-quality skincare products that have been specially designed for men. The Anti-Fatigue Face Cream is a fast-absorbing and non-greasy moisturiser that contains Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil to nourish the skin without leaving an oily residue. My boyfriend has been using this following the face scrub and face cleanser above, and it has worked really well at getting rid of any dry patches on the skin. This is another product I'm quite tempted to steal for myself!


Skincare for men

Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite Homme
Even guys who have absolutely no interest in skincare and beauty products will most certainly use shampoo! The Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite Homme is a shampoo that is specially formulated for guys with thinning hair that lacks density. Apart from smelling amazing, this uses Biotin and Polymers to lift away impurities whilst having a thickening effect on the hair fibre, leaving you with thicker looking hair over time.

My boyfriend doesn't tend to use hair products on an everyday basis, however when he does use products to style his hair it tends to be using hair wax, so this is just perfect. The TIGI Bed Head for Men Matte Separation Workable Wax contains Beeswax that provides the hair with a natural hold whilst Cera Carnauba keeps everything workable rather than super stiff. It also smells AMAZING!

Admittedly, if there's one bit about men's skincare that I don't really understand, it's shaving creams! However, my boyfriend seemed pretty happy with this one and I quite liked its lime and black pepper barber scent too. This is designed to help create the ultimate close shave and demolish any tough stubble!

Skincare for men

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste
The Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste is specifically designed to protect the teetth and reverse the effects of tooth erosion and protect against any cavities. This works by forming a natural barrier to protect the core of the tooth, protecting the teeth from damaging acid erosion caused by food and drinks. It also helps to restore the enamel's natural mineral content with its innovative blend of NR-5 ingredients. As I suffer from acid reflux myself, this is another product I might have to steal once or twice!

The Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste contains flouride to strengthen the teeth, and comes in a handy mini size, making it perfect for packing on weekends away! Plus the vintage style tube looks really sophisticated!

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
Having a lip balm is always super handy to have - whether you're a man or a woman! The Jack Black Intense Lip Balm contains Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to nourish the lips and relieve lips that are dry, chapped or irritated. This comes in a Natural Mint flavour which feels tingly on the lips once it is applied, and it also has SPF 25 and provides protection from sunburn, windburn and temperature extremes.

Skincare for men

Skin Authority Men's Collection
The final thing that my boyfriend got sent is a box full of Skin Authority skincare products. Skin Authority is a brand I hadn't heard of before, however from the research I have done it turns out that this is a California-based brand that provides a range of high-quality and innovative skincare products for both men and women. 

The box contained 4 products, including a Daily Wash, and Anti-Aging Shave Serum, a Reviving Eye Brightener and a Hydrating Sunscreen. Again, my boyfriend quite liked these products as they are fuss-free and effective. I think that the Hydrating Sunscreen in particular is such a great idea, as my boyfriend doesn't normally use a sunscreen that's specifically designed for the face. This one in particular is packed with antioxidants to hydrate the face whilst providing broad spectrum protection against UV rays.

If you're after any skincare products for men I would highly recommend checking out Mankind.

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Skincare for men

For many guys out there, skincare is something that their girlfriends or wives do, something that is completely unnecessary if you happen to be of the male species. Some may even go as far as saying that all the lotions and potions kept in our bathroom cabinets are simply pointless. However, dermatologists recommend that both men and women stick to a simple skincare routine to protect the skin and ensure optimal skin health.


The lovely people over at Mankind recently sent over a box of skincare goodies for my boyfriend to try out. Mankind is an online store which specialises in men's grooming products including skincare, haircare, body and shaving products. The store brings all of the best brands in men's grooming together in one place, and you can find unisex brands including Clinique, First Aid Beauty, and Caudalie, as well as men's specialist brands such as Bulldog and Daimon Barber.

My boyfriend's skin can be quite dry so Mankind sent over a box of skincare goodies targeted at dry skin - as well as some other exciting extras! After being met with some rather questioning looks from my boyfriend, I forced treated him to a little pamper sesh by yours truly, and I explained what each product is for and how best to use it. Since then, my boyfriend has been testing out some of the products, which I thought I would share with you in today's post.

Skincare for men

First Aid Beauty is a brand that I've been wanting to try out for ages myself, so I must admit I was slightly jealous when I saw that my boyfriend received this! This cleanser contains a powerful blend of antioxidants and works by gently removing any impurities and dirt from the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used daily to reduce flare ups and skin reactivity. This is one of the products that my boyfriend liked the most as it is fuss-free and easy to use.

The Bulldog Original Face Scrub is another fuss-free product that my boyfriend quite enjoyed. It is an all-natural face scrub which contains pumice to exfoliate the skin, as well as a blend of essential oils and shea butter to leave the skin feeling fresh and free from impurities. 

My boyfriend never uses hand cream, although to be fair he somehow manages to keep his hands feeling soft whilst mine feel like sandpaper! The Bulldog Original Hand Cream is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy hand cream enriched with a unique blend of eight different essential oils. Whilst this won't be a part of my boyfriend's regular routine, it's a good idea to keep a hand cream on stand by for when the weather is particularly cold and harsh on the skin. I've stolen tried this hand cream myself a few times and I love the fresh unisex scent and just how fast it gets absorbed into the skin!

Daimon Barber is a London-based brand that delivers innovative, high-quality skincare products that have been specially designed for men. The Anti-Fatigue Face Cream is a fast-absorbing and non-greasy moisturiser that contains Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil to nourish the skin without leaving an oily residue. My boyfriend has been using this following the face scrub and face cleanser above, and it has worked really well at getting rid of any dry patches on the skin. This is another product I'm quite tempted to steal for myself!


Skincare for men

Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite Homme
Even guys who have absolutely no interest in skincare and beauty products will most certainly use shampoo! The Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite Homme is a shampoo that is specially formulated for guys with thinning hair that lacks density. Apart from smelling amazing, this uses Biotin and Polymers to lift away impurities whilst having a thickening effect on the hair fibre, leaving you with thicker looking hair over time.

My boyfriend doesn't tend to use hair products on an everyday basis, however when he does use products to style his hair it tends to be using hair wax, so this is just perfect. The TIGI Bed Head for Men Matte Separation Workable Wax contains Beeswax that provides the hair with a natural hold whilst Cera Carnauba keeps everything workable rather than super stiff. It also smells AMAZING!

Admittedly, if there's one bit about men's skincare that I don't really understand, it's shaving creams! However, my boyfriend seemed pretty happy with this one and I quite liked its lime and black pepper barber scent too. This is designed to help create the ultimate close shave and demolish any tough stubble!

Skincare for men

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste
The Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste is specifically designed to protect the teetth and reverse the effects of tooth erosion and protect against any cavities. This works by forming a natural barrier to protect the core of the tooth, protecting the teeth from damaging acid erosion caused by food and drinks. It also helps to restore the enamel's natural mineral content with its innovative blend of NR-5 ingredients. As I suffer from acid reflux myself, this is another product I might have to steal once or twice!

The Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste contains flouride to strengthen the teeth, and comes in a handy mini size, making it perfect for packing on weekends away! Plus the vintage style tube looks really sophisticated!

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
Having a lip balm is always super handy to have - whether you're a man or a woman! The Jack Black Intense Lip Balm contains Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to nourish the lips and relieve lips that are dry, chapped or irritated. This comes in a Natural Mint flavour which feels tingly on the lips once it is applied, and it also has SPF 25 and provides protection from sunburn, windburn and temperature extremes.

Skincare for men

Skin Authority Men's Collection
The final thing that my boyfriend got sent is a box full of Skin Authority skincare products. Skin Authority is a brand I hadn't heard of before, however from the research I have done it turns out that this is a California-based brand that provides a range of high-quality and innovative skincare products for both men and women. 

The box contained 4 products, including a Daily Wash, and Anti-Aging Shave Serum, a Reviving Eye Brightener and a Hydrating Sunscreen. Again, my boyfriend quite liked these products as they are fuss-free and effective. I think that the Hydrating Sunscreen in particular is such a great idea, as my boyfriend doesn't normally use a sunscreen that's specifically designed for the face. This one in particular is packed with antioxidants to hydrate the face whilst providing broad spectrum protection against UV rays.

If you're after any skincare products for men I would highly recommend checking out Mankind.

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A Look Inside Mum's Makeup Bag

My love for all things beauty definitely comes from my mum. She taught me many skincare and beauty related lessons as I grew up (among other, more meaningful things!), and to this day we still share new tips and tricks with each other all the time. 


Today I'll be taking a look inside my mum's makeup bag and sharing a few of her favourite beauty and skincare products - and why she loves them so much!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

My mum only recently tried out Charlotte Tilbury for the first time, however she claims that she's now found her perfect foundation, that is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation! I'm proud to say that this was one of my recommendations to my mum as she was on the hunt for a light foundation that didn't feel too heavy on the skin. Although I am a big fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, I had a feeling my mum would really enjoy the Light Wonder Foundation as it smoothes, hydrates and illuminates the skin while providing a light coverage. She loves how easily this blends into the skin, and although her skin looks exceptional with no makeup on, I can confirm that this foundation really enhances that. Fortunately, we are both the same shade in Charlotte Tilbury foundation so I might have to borrow some of this at some point!

YSL Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter

My mum has been using the YSL Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter for as long as I can remember, and it is a product that she has repurchased time and time again. This is amazing for brightening the area underneath your eyes, and again she loves how easily this blends into the skin. I am yet to try this myself, however it's definitely a product that I'd love to invest in at some point!

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

My mum has tried many different mascaras throughout the years, however the Lancome Hypnose Mascara is one that she always goes back to! I tried this mascara myself a few years ago, and I must say I was very impressed with the way this made my lashes look too - you can see what it looks like on my lashes in this post. My mum says that what she loves most about this is the fibre bristle wand that really coats every single eyelash, and also just how volumising this mascara is!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Pink Rose

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in 'Pink Rose'

My mum has only recently got into using sheer lipsticks, as she normally prefers to go for more satin finishes, such as MAC Twig. The Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in 'Pink Rose' is her current go-to lipstick and she loves this because it feels super moisturising, and although it's not very long lasting due to its sheer formula, she loves being able to apply this without needing a mirror (risky, but she somehow manages to get it to look perfect each time!).

Hydraluron

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster Face Serum

As I mentioned, my mum's skin looks amazing! The Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster Face Serum is one of the products that my mum uses pretty much every single night without fail - and is a product that I definitely need to take note of and start using myself! I had actually recommended this product to my mum a few years ago as I'd seen so many bloggers rave about this. Since then, she's repurchased this quite a few times - and always keeps a backup too! Note to self: Purchase this for great skin!

Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum

Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum

The Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum is my mum's current go-to perfume - and it smells amazing! This perfume smells very feminine and floral, with a slightly fruity touch. It has a Bergamot top note, followed by Rose and Iris middle notes, and an interesting combination of Patchouli, Vanilla and Leather in its base notes. The scent isn't too overpowering but it lasts well throughout the day - plus the bottle looks gorgeous!

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A Look Inside Mum's Makeup Bag | Favourite Products

26 March 2017

A Look Inside Mum's Makeup Bag

My love for all things beauty definitely comes from my mum. She taught me many skincare and beauty related lessons as I grew up (among other, more meaningful things!), and to this day we still share new tips and tricks with each other all the time. 


Today I'll be taking a look inside my mum's makeup bag and sharing a few of her favourite beauty and skincare products - and why she loves them so much!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

My mum only recently tried out Charlotte Tilbury for the first time, however she claims that she's now found her perfect foundation, that is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation! I'm proud to say that this was one of my recommendations to my mum as she was on the hunt for a light foundation that didn't feel too heavy on the skin. Although I am a big fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, I had a feeling my mum would really enjoy the Light Wonder Foundation as it smoothes, hydrates and illuminates the skin while providing a light coverage. She loves how easily this blends into the skin, and although her skin looks exceptional with no makeup on, I can confirm that this foundation really enhances that. Fortunately, we are both the same shade in Charlotte Tilbury foundation so I might have to borrow some of this at some point!

YSL Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter

My mum has been using the YSL Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter for as long as I can remember, and it is a product that she has repurchased time and time again. This is amazing for brightening the area underneath your eyes, and again she loves how easily this blends into the skin. I am yet to try this myself, however it's definitely a product that I'd love to invest in at some point!

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

My mum has tried many different mascaras throughout the years, however the Lancome Hypnose Mascara is one that she always goes back to! I tried this mascara myself a few years ago, and I must say I was very impressed with the way this made my lashes look too - you can see what it looks like on my lashes in this post. My mum says that what she loves most about this is the fibre bristle wand that really coats every single eyelash, and also just how volumising this mascara is!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Pink Rose

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in 'Pink Rose'

My mum has only recently got into using sheer lipsticks, as she normally prefers to go for more satin finishes, such as MAC Twig. The Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in 'Pink Rose' is her current go-to lipstick and she loves this because it feels super moisturising, and although it's not very long lasting due to its sheer formula, she loves being able to apply this without needing a mirror (risky, but she somehow manages to get it to look perfect each time!).

Hydraluron

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster Face Serum

As I mentioned, my mum's skin looks amazing! The Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster Face Serum is one of the products that my mum uses pretty much every single night without fail - and is a product that I definitely need to take note of and start using myself! I had actually recommended this product to my mum a few years ago as I'd seen so many bloggers rave about this. Since then, she's repurchased this quite a few times - and always keeps a backup too! Note to self: Purchase this for great skin!

Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum

Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum

The Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum is my mum's current go-to perfume - and it smells amazing! This perfume smells very feminine and floral, with a slightly fruity touch. It has a Bergamot top note, followed by Rose and Iris middle notes, and an interesting combination of Patchouli, Vanilla and Leather in its base notes. The scent isn't too overpowering but it lasts well throughout the day - plus the bottle looks gorgeous!

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We've all heard the saying that if you want to grow your blog and potentially start to earn a part-time or even full-time salary from your blog, then you must start to treat your blog as you would a business. One of the ways in which you can start treating your blog as a business and promote it offline is by creating some business cards for your blog. Today I'll be sharing 3 reasons why you need business cards as a blogger.


Aura Print recently got in touch and helped me design my very own blog business cards. The business cards were printed on thick 800gsm card with a pink edge which gives the cards a very luxurious feel and really helps them to stand out. You can choose to get the cards printed on either one or both sides, and if you choose to get a coloured edge, Aura Print offer this service in 15 different colours. I decided to go for pink, as you can see from the picture below. I found the team at Aura Print to be extremely helpful when it came to designing a set of business cards that I was 100% happy with and I would thoroughly recommend them if you're looking to have some business cards printed for yourself or your company.


1. Business Cards Help You Connect With Other Bloggers & Brands

One of the main reasons why every blogger should have their own business cards is that it can really help you build a connection with the people you meet, whether that is at blogger events, conferences, or any other event that involves some sort of human interaction! Exchanging your business card with other bloggers and brands at events can help you build a relationship with them in terms of gaining new readers as well as opening up new opportunities for collaborations. 

2. Business Cards Look Professional

People won't see your blog as a professional business unless you treat it that way yourself. Of course, being professional as a blogger has a lot to do with the quality of the content that you create as well as how you approach and communicate with other brands, bloggers and readers. Having your own business cards for your blog is another way of treating your blog as more than just a side hobby and it's also a great continuation of your brand from the online to the offline world.

3. Business Cards Give People Something To Hold On To

In this day and age where everything is online and technology-based, having an business card to give to potential readers or brands is something that can really help you to stand out and be more memorable. Think of all the times you've spoken to someone about your blog - perhaps you'd mentioned the name or given them the URL. It's quite likely that the person either forgot or just didn't bother to click on to your blog. By giving people something to hold on to, it's more likely that they will translate into new readers, thereby helping to grow your blog. 

Have you got business cards for your blog?


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3 Reasons Why You Need Business Cards As A Blogger


We've all heard the saying that if you want to grow your blog and potentially start to earn a part-time or even full-time salary from your blog, then you must start to treat your blog as you would a business. One of the ways in which you can start treating your blog as a business and promote it offline is by creating some business cards for your blog. Today I'll be sharing 3 reasons why you need business cards as a blogger.


Aura Print recently got in touch and helped me design my very own blog business cards. The business cards were printed on thick 800gsm card with a pink edge which gives the cards a very luxurious feel and really helps them to stand out. You can choose to get the cards printed on either one or both sides, and if you choose to get a coloured edge, Aura Print offer this service in 15 different colours. I decided to go for pink, as you can see from the picture below. I found the team at Aura Print to be extremely helpful when it came to designing a set of business cards that I was 100% happy with and I would thoroughly recommend them if you're looking to have some business cards printed for yourself or your company.


1. Business Cards Help You Connect With Other Bloggers & Brands

One of the main reasons why every blogger should have their own business cards is that it can really help you build a connection with the people you meet, whether that is at blogger events, conferences, or any other event that involves some sort of human interaction! Exchanging your business card with other bloggers and brands at events can help you build a relationship with them in terms of gaining new readers as well as opening up new opportunities for collaborations. 

2. Business Cards Look Professional

People won't see your blog as a professional business unless you treat it that way yourself. Of course, being professional as a blogger has a lot to do with the quality of the content that you create as well as how you approach and communicate with other brands, bloggers and readers. Having your own business cards for your blog is another way of treating your blog as more than just a side hobby and it's also a great continuation of your brand from the online to the offline world.

3. Business Cards Give People Something To Hold On To

In this day and age where everything is online and technology-based, having an business card to give to potential readers or brands is something that can really help you to stand out and be more memorable. Think of all the times you've spoken to someone about your blog - perhaps you'd mentioned the name or given them the URL. It's quite likely that the person either forgot or just didn't bother to click on to your blog. By giving people something to hold on to, it's more likely that they will translate into new readers, thereby helping to grow your blog. 

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7 Tips For Choosing Your Clothes This Spring

Spring is very much here, and you know what that means: a whole new season to suitably dress yourself for. If you've recently been keeping an eye on London, Paris, Milan and New York catwalks, you've probably already seen many of the emerging trends. However, if you haven't, today's guest post has some advice for putting on clothes that can be comfortable, pretty and sometimes even political. 


Don't be afraid to be pretty in pink

Pink seems to be making a big comeback - just look at all of those rose gold iPhones in the wild. The trend has extended to clothes, too, with pink - especially fuchsia - prominent at various fashion shows, Cosmopolitan reports. There's room for experimentation; you could layer various hues or wear coats on top of statement dresses, to make just two suggestions.


The right not to bare arms

Detailed sleeves have long featured on the catwalk - and they are slowly making their way onto the streets, too. You can expect to see ruffled, cropped, bunched and oversized sleeves. Well, why leave your arms bare when you can treat them like artists' canvases instead?


Bralettes aren't just for Kendall Jenner

Long gone are the days when only Superman seemed to like wearing underwear on the outside. Kendall Jenner has a lot to answer for, as her favourite clothing piece, the bralette, will be common this Spring. Look out for strappy, floral, and luxe velvet textured prints.

Also, being stripy isn't just for barcodes

Stripes were common on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks. They looked great, too - with Mulberry showing off pinstripes and Marques' Almeida displaying thick stripes. There were even stripy boots! Never before has emulating the look of a barcode made so much sense.

Get it white with these dresses

Excited about the prospect of putting on a white dress? Thankfully, you won't have to wait until your wedding day to do so. There were plenty of white dresses on the SS17 catwalks, and there weren't any grooms in sight. Alberta Ferretti and Chanel paraded delightful maxi dresses that combined beachwear with eveningwear, while there was a unique new take on "off the shoulder" at the Rodarte and Tibi runway. You'll want to say "I do"... to buying one of these dresses!

Say the word: su, su, slogans

Contrary to what Phil Collins told us in the 1980s, you shouldn't say the word "sussudio" - instead, it should be "feminist". That's largely thanks to Emma Watson's efforts - and, on the runways, we have seen the promotion of girl power with tees bearing slogans like "We Should All Be Feminists".

Experiment with colour

Esquire aptly calls black "the new black"; however, it adds that "as soon as the sun comes out you might want to consider mixing some colour into your daily wear." While avoiding going overboard, you can invest in coloured trousers and shirts; retailer Dickies Life has a good selection of both. Putting a colourful piece over a less vibrant layer would be a wise idea.

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7 Tips For Choosing Your Clothes This Spring | Guest Post

25 March 2017

7 Tips For Choosing Your Clothes This Spring

Spring is very much here, and you know what that means: a whole new season to suitably dress yourself for. If you've recently been keeping an eye on London, Paris, Milan and New York catwalks, you've probably already seen many of the emerging trends. However, if you haven't, today's guest post has some advice for putting on clothes that can be comfortable, pretty and sometimes even political. 


Don't be afraid to be pretty in pink

Pink seems to be making a big comeback - just look at all of those rose gold iPhones in the wild. The trend has extended to clothes, too, with pink - especially fuchsia - prominent at various fashion shows, Cosmopolitan reports. There's room for experimentation; you could layer various hues or wear coats on top of statement dresses, to make just two suggestions.


The right not to bare arms

Detailed sleeves have long featured on the catwalk - and they are slowly making their way onto the streets, too. You can expect to see ruffled, cropped, bunched and oversized sleeves. Well, why leave your arms bare when you can treat them like artists' canvases instead?


Bralettes aren't just for Kendall Jenner

Long gone are the days when only Superman seemed to like wearing underwear on the outside. Kendall Jenner has a lot to answer for, as her favourite clothing piece, the bralette, will be common this Spring. Look out for strappy, floral, and luxe velvet textured prints.

Also, being stripy isn't just for barcodes

Stripes were common on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks. They looked great, too - with Mulberry showing off pinstripes and Marques' Almeida displaying thick stripes. There were even stripy boots! Never before has emulating the look of a barcode made so much sense.

Get it white with these dresses

Excited about the prospect of putting on a white dress? Thankfully, you won't have to wait until your wedding day to do so. There were plenty of white dresses on the SS17 catwalks, and there weren't any grooms in sight. Alberta Ferretti and Chanel paraded delightful maxi dresses that combined beachwear with eveningwear, while there was a unique new take on "off the shoulder" at the Rodarte and Tibi runway. You'll want to say "I do"... to buying one of these dresses!

Say the word: su, su, slogans

Contrary to what Phil Collins told us in the 1980s, you shouldn't say the word "sussudio" - instead, it should be "feminist". That's largely thanks to Emma Watson's efforts - and, on the runways, we have seen the promotion of girl power with tees bearing slogans like "We Should All Be Feminists".

Experiment with colour

Esquire aptly calls black "the new black"; however, it adds that "as soon as the sun comes out you might want to consider mixing some colour into your daily wear." While avoiding going overboard, you can invest in coloured trousers and shirts; retailer Dickies Life has a good selection of both. Putting a colourful piece over a less vibrant layer would be a wise idea.

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Fragrance Direct Haul

When it comes to buying beauty products, it's not always easy to find a one-stop shop that stocks everything from drugstore brands to more high end beauty products (that are also frequently on offer!). Today I'll be sharing a few products I picked up from Fragrance Direct, including some makeup items as well as two gorgeous newly released fragrances.


Fragrance Direct is a great place to shop if you are looking to treat yourself to the latest fragrances, an old classic (that is likely to be on offer!) or even a few makeup bits, and offers delivery within the UK and overseas. The website stocks high-end brands including MAC, NARS, Clinique, Clarins Elizabeth Arden, YSL, and Gucci, as well as drugstore brands such as L'Oreal, Maybelline, Rimmel and more.

Bulgari Rose Goldea Perfume

The first product I chose is the new Bulgari Rose Goldea Eau de Parfum (30ml). First of all, how stunning is the bottle!? This perfume was released in July 2016 and has a gorgeous feminine, floral scent, which I love wearing in spring. As the name would suggest, this has top notes of rose, as well as musk and pomegranate, middle notes of jasmine, peony and peach, with bottom notes of sandalwood and vanilla. This is a lovely spring scent for the daytime.

YSL Black Opium Foral Shock

I've been dying to try out the YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum ever since it was released in 2014, and when I found out that the YSL Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum (30ml) was released at the start of the year, I knew I had to have it! This is described as a fresher, more floral version of the original YSL Black Opium scent, which is perfect for me as I absolutely love floral scents. This also smells a bit fruity thanks to its bergamot, pear and freesia top notes, its orange blossom and gardenia middle notes, and its amberwood, musk and coffee base notes. This makes a great evening scent for the spring and summer.

Nuxe Clarifying Cream-Mask With Rose Petals

As I've previously mentioned on my blog, I am a big fan of Nuxe skincare products - especially the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Moisturiser. Fragrance Direct have a really good selection of Nuxe products on their website, so I decided to try out the Nuxe Clarifying Cream-Mask with Rose Petals (50ml). Face masks are a big part of my skincare routine and I use them around 2-3 times a week as I find that they can make a huge difference to my skin. I've tried a lot of face masks over the last few years, however I can hoenstly say that this one is up there in my top 3 face masks of all time! This gentle and purifying mask helps to balance the skin and shrink pores. It only needs to be left on the skin for 5-10 minutes, and once you rinse this off it leaves you with the softest skin ever. Look out for a full review coming soon!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Deauville

Fragrance Direct have a great range of NARS products available, and another product that I have been dying to try out for years is the highly-coveted NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in 'Deauville' (30ml). This foundation promises to give you a medium-buildable coverage with a natural satin finish and leaves your skin feeling more hydrated as you use it. So far I have tried the foundation a few times and I must say that all the rave reviews this foundation receives are very well deserved! I'll definitely be posting a full review of this foundation soon - so keep an eye out for that!

NARS Dual Intensity Blush Fervor

Another product that I picked up is the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in 'Fervor' (6g). I've heard great things about NARS blushers so I was very excited to pick this one up! This comes with two different shades - a peachy coral shade and a burgundy shade, both of which contain pearls to give your cheeks a healthy glow. These can be used wet or dry, depending on how intense you want the finish to be, and it comes it the classic, sleek NARS packaging which makes this perfect for travelling (especially when you like to have different blush options!).

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour Desert Rose

No makeup haul is complete without a lipstick, and I decided to go for the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour Lipstick in 'Desert Rose' (3.8g). I'm a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour formula - you can see my recent review of the shade 'Sweet Nectar' here. The formula is creamy, pigmented and moisturising - perfect for smoothing over dry lips. 'Desert Rose' is a beautiful everyday lipstick that is a nude-mauve shade, similar to MAC Brave, and it also contains SPF 15.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Powder Brush

Finally, the last product I picked up was the Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush. Most of the Real Techniques range is currently on offer on the Fragrance Direct website so it is definitely worth checking out the full range here. I already owned the original Real Techniques Powder Brush and have loved that for years. However, this brush from the Bold Metals collection is a really luxurious version of the original powder brush and is just such a pleasure to use! Not only goes it look gorgeous, but it is also extremely soft that you'll want to sweep it across your face all day long!

Have you ever shopped from Fragrance Direct?


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Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul Ft. NARS, YSL, Bobbi Brown + More!

Fragrance Direct Haul

When it comes to buying beauty products, it's not always easy to find a one-stop shop that stocks everything from drugstore brands to more high end beauty products (that are also frequently on offer!). Today I'll be sharing a few products I picked up from Fragrance Direct, including some makeup items as well as two gorgeous newly released fragrances.


Fragrance Direct is a great place to shop if you are looking to treat yourself to the latest fragrances, an old classic (that is likely to be on offer!) or even a few makeup bits, and offers delivery within the UK and overseas. The website stocks high-end brands including MAC, NARS, Clinique, Clarins Elizabeth Arden, YSL, and Gucci, as well as drugstore brands such as L'Oreal, Maybelline, Rimmel and more.

Bulgari Rose Goldea Perfume

The first product I chose is the new Bulgari Rose Goldea Eau de Parfum (30ml). First of all, how stunning is the bottle!? This perfume was released in July 2016 and has a gorgeous feminine, floral scent, which I love wearing in spring. As the name would suggest, this has top notes of rose, as well as musk and pomegranate, middle notes of jasmine, peony and peach, with bottom notes of sandalwood and vanilla. This is a lovely spring scent for the daytime.

YSL Black Opium Foral Shock

I've been dying to try out the YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum ever since it was released in 2014, and when I found out that the YSL Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum (30ml) was released at the start of the year, I knew I had to have it! This is described as a fresher, more floral version of the original YSL Black Opium scent, which is perfect for me as I absolutely love floral scents. This also smells a bit fruity thanks to its bergamot, pear and freesia top notes, its orange blossom and gardenia middle notes, and its amberwood, musk and coffee base notes. This makes a great evening scent for the spring and summer.

Nuxe Clarifying Cream-Mask With Rose Petals

As I've previously mentioned on my blog, I am a big fan of Nuxe skincare products - especially the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Moisturiser. Fragrance Direct have a really good selection of Nuxe products on their website, so I decided to try out the Nuxe Clarifying Cream-Mask with Rose Petals (50ml). Face masks are a big part of my skincare routine and I use them around 2-3 times a week as I find that they can make a huge difference to my skin. I've tried a lot of face masks over the last few years, however I can hoenstly say that this one is up there in my top 3 face masks of all time! This gentle and purifying mask helps to balance the skin and shrink pores. It only needs to be left on the skin for 5-10 minutes, and once you rinse this off it leaves you with the softest skin ever. Look out for a full review coming soon!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Deauville

Fragrance Direct have a great range of NARS products available, and another product that I have been dying to try out for years is the highly-coveted NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in 'Deauville' (30ml). This foundation promises to give you a medium-buildable coverage with a natural satin finish and leaves your skin feeling more hydrated as you use it. So far I have tried the foundation a few times and I must say that all the rave reviews this foundation receives are very well deserved! I'll definitely be posting a full review of this foundation soon - so keep an eye out for that!

NARS Dual Intensity Blush Fervor

Another product that I picked up is the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in 'Fervor' (6g). I've heard great things about NARS blushers so I was very excited to pick this one up! This comes with two different shades - a peachy coral shade and a burgundy shade, both of which contain pearls to give your cheeks a healthy glow. These can be used wet or dry, depending on how intense you want the finish to be, and it comes it the classic, sleek NARS packaging which makes this perfect for travelling (especially when you like to have different blush options!).

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour Desert Rose

No makeup haul is complete without a lipstick, and I decided to go for the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour Lipstick in 'Desert Rose' (3.8g). I'm a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour formula - you can see my recent review of the shade 'Sweet Nectar' here. The formula is creamy, pigmented and moisturising - perfect for smoothing over dry lips. 'Desert Rose' is a beautiful everyday lipstick that is a nude-mauve shade, similar to MAC Brave, and it also contains SPF 15.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Powder Brush

Finally, the last product I picked up was the Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush. Most of the Real Techniques range is currently on offer on the Fragrance Direct website so it is definitely worth checking out the full range here. I already owned the original Real Techniques Powder Brush and have loved that for years. However, this brush from the Bold Metals collection is a really luxurious version of the original powder brush and is just such a pleasure to use! Not only goes it look gorgeous, but it is also extremely soft that you'll want to sweep it across your face all day long!

Have you ever shopped from Fragrance Direct?


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