Monday, 1 February 2016

Bake Box subscription

Back in December I was contacted by a lovely PR company asking if I'd like to try their new subscription box; Bake Box *. I'm a big fan of cooking, and although I'm not the best baker (can't bake sponge to save my life), I love brownies, meringues and lots of other baked goods!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

What I got for Christmas / Birthday

I usually love watching these kind of videos and reading these blog posts. Hopefully noone finds them bragging or vulgar - I think they're fun! I'm sharing just a few beauty and home bits that I got for Christmas and my Birthday as they're only 3 days apart. 
First up, I got the ever so stereotypical 'blogger' candle. But I can't help it - it was copper and smelt nice. All the important things right? This one is from Anthropologie -- Similar here
Next from my lovely friend *STOP READING THIS KIM, I KNOW YOU DO*. I got a copper terrarium. As she knows my love of copper and these are so pretty at the moment. I'm still deciding what to put in it!
I've been wanting Charlotte Tilbury for so many months now and couldn't decide between the lipsticks or eye palettes. In the end this Dolce Vita eye palette won me over.
Lastly, and kind of the star of the show as they were by far the most expensive / extravagant things were these Hakuhodo make up brushes. I got mainly from the J and G ranges.
L-R: G510 M round powder brush, G5544 angled powder brush, G5521 Highlighter brush, B004 eye shadow flat brush, J142 eye shadow brush round, J 162H angled eyeshadow brush.

What did you get for Christmas? What have been your favourite 'What I got for Christmas' videos?

Monday, 7 December 2015

Home and Accessories Christmas gift guide

As promised, following my beauty gift guide, it's my home and accessories guide. I'd love pretty much all these pieces & as you can see there's a bit of a copper / rose gold theme running through!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Beauty addict Christmas gift guide

I've seen lots of gift guides like this at the moment, so I thought I'd a mini series again (think I did one before about 2 years ago!).
This first one is for beauty addicts, next up will be; homeware & accessories then his 'n' hers stocking fillers. Hope you like!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Winter skin essentials

As it properly gets into winter; outside is freezing with blistering winds and inside the central heating comes on. I find my skin (and lips) are worse than ever. And my summer moisturiser just isn't cutting it any more!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Recipes: Pumpkin, Chilli and Coconut soup

Last weekend - when there was an abundance of pumpkins left in the supermarket from Halloween - I decided to use a small pumpkin to make some soup with coconut milk and  chillies. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Travel destinations: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (part 2)

A few weeks ago I posted about my trip to Indonesia and the Gili Islands. Well after the Gilis, we stopped in Bali for a few days, before our flight home. I'm so glad we did and sad we didn't get to spend longer there!

Monday, 26 October 2015

New in: Orelia Jewellery

I've long been a fan of Orelia Jewellery, since I first came across the brand in Topshop. And when I was recently asked by Etail Pr if I'd like to feature some pieces on here - of course I said YES

Friday, 23 October 2015

H&M beauty pieces

So I'm late to the game, but obsessed with these pieces nonetheless! A few weeks ago, H&M launched their brand new beauty range and every beauty blogger worth their salt has mentioned them. So of course, I got massive FOMO and had to go out and see what all the fuss was about. 
The store I ended up visiting, seemed pretty rinsed of most things already, so I only picked up four bits. But I'm really happy with them.
Let's start with the packaging - which I love! It looks more like high-end high-street than from a (predominantly) clothes store. I remember the old days, when you could only get 'beauty' products in Scandinavian countries - and there was a big Snoopy theme :) (who else remembers this?).
I got this gorgeous grey nail polish in Cloudburst, along with a cream blush - which is in my favourite packaging design - in Cameo Brown. I also got my first eye shadow pencil in a beautiful greeny gold called Treasure Hunt. Lastly, I really needed some new eyelash curlers and these pretty gold ones fit the bill.

I've only been using these for about a week now, and lets just say I'm glad I picked them up! The quality is brilliant, my favourites are the nail polish and the blush.

Have you seen the H&M beauty range? Did you pick up any pieces, what did you think?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

#SaySi with Armani

Last week I was lucky enough to be sent a gift from the Say Si range by Giorgio Armani.
It arrived in a beautiful box and contained three variations of the scent, an Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Parfum and an Intense Parfum.
“For me fragrance is about memory, even more than imagery. It’s a really subtle but important way in which women can express themselves.”
– Cate Blanchett
Say Si to Elegance, say “si” to risk, say “si” to playfullness, say “si’ to be remembered 
 I'm in the same opinion as Cate. I do find scent very evocative when it comes to bringing a memory. These scents have notes from Cassis Nectar, dark fruit and Vanilla, with fresh-cut freesia and rich rose de mai. It is completed by an addictive, melting base of patchouli, creamy amber wood and luminous orcanox. While the Intense Parfum is more sweet, it develops into a deep, heady smell.
Which I definitely agree with! At first smell (of the Intense Parfum), I can't say I was the biggest fan of the scent - it was very sickly sweet. But after an hour of it sitting on my skin, it settled into a subtle, sweet musky smell. I loved it!

Have you tried this scent, or another from Giorgio Armani? Before this, I'd tried Armani Code.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The ultimate hot chocolate

I believe I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest, but I can't remember to be honest! As the Autumn days are getting darker and the air colder: I've been craving hot chocolate more and more.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A rosy Autumn

Everyone always picks berry for Autumn, and it's a gorgeous colour, but I've found myself favouring  rose gold eyes and cheeks.