Sunday, 29 March 2015

Spring/Summer Make-Up Essentials

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With the on-set of British Summer Time today, my mood lately has firmly been looking towards products to brighten my complexion and give me a burst of colour. Whilst we are a little way off those long summer days, I can at least invest in a few products to help give me that summer glow a little bit earlier.

I was sent a few products* to try from the Michael Kors Beauty range. To be honest, I have not generally been a huge fan of the Michael Kors brand. And as a result, was not even aware there was a beauty line available to buy. But when I actually got to see these products in person before being sent them, I was absolutely smitten. The packaging is so luxurious and the coral colours exactly what I go for in my summer make-up palette. (And as a bonus, they retail at a very affordable price point). As a pale gal, I'm not usually one to bronze up but I do own a Chanel bronzer already and it comes in handy when my skin is looking a little off-peak and I am in need of something to brighten it and get rid of the winter pallor, so I am looking forward to trying out this shade. 

I was sent the Bronze Powder in the shade Glow, Lip Luster in Fire Coral and Nail Laqueur in Paradise. I haven't used the products yet, I really feel like I want to save them for an occasion of a day with lots of sunshine, but I'll report back and link back when I post a look using these products. I can't wait to try them out.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vara

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Ferragamo Vara shoes - are these not the most perfect pair of granny shoes to exist? I already owned a pair of these, vintage bought from eBay for around $14 six years ago. And despite being a little battered I have worn them probably more than any other pair of shoes I have owned. I always knew I wanted to buy a new pair of these from the Ferragamo boutique, so recently made the splurge and made them my own. I decided on the patent leather this time as I think they look so much more dressy, my last pair were a leather skin effect. It is also worth noting that it is better to size down half a size with this particular style. 

I believe the Vara shoe is 37 years old this year and for me epitomises a perfect classic shoe which will never go out of style. I tend to favour classics like this whenever I am making a big purchase, knowing I will get my money's worth for years to come. I have recently gone off complete flats in recent times, so the small heel on these are perfect to make me still feel 'dressed' and not too casual as I do in a flat shoe. Although if flats are your thing they also come in the Varina style which is without the heel.

If you can manage to get your hands on a pair of vintage Vara in the colour, finish and style of your choice - I say go for it, you will get many years of wear out of them, they are so well made. And if not, a pair of new Vara are definitely worth the investment.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Scents for Spring

Twice a year, I like to update my scent wardrobe with the purchase of a couple of new perfumes. This will usually be at the beginning of the Spring/Summer season and then again at the beginning of Autumn/Winter. I love the feeling of wearing a new fragrance that really inspires me to live in the season. Perfume also helps to create a path of memories, I think the main purpose for me (along with smelling good!) of wearing and changing my fragrances, are the memories they evoke of the various experiences throughout my life. I can still remember the fragrance I bought and wore on my very last family holiday as a teenager (Chanel No5) and the fragrance I bought at the airport on my first ever girly holiday (Guerlain Jicky). I know if I were to wear either of those perfumes now, they would take me right back to those days. And there are many many more besides those across the various seasons and years of my life.

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So, getting back to the purpose of this post, I wanted to share with you my choices for Spring/Summer 2015. Ideally I like a light daytime fragrance and then a heavier evening fragrance that is a little stronger and more unusual for those special nights out.

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The daytime fragrance I have chosen is DKNY's Delicious Delights*. This comes in a few different scent options, mine is the Dreamsicle fragrance. This is such a light floral, fruity fragrance and at a good price point, so perfect for daytime use. It reminds me a little of Clinique's Happy, so if you are a fan of that you will love this too. The bottle is so cute (packaging is nearly everything afterall), it comes in an apple shape with a bottle top that you remove with a sort of twist/slide motion. Wearing this makes me feel young and carefree �� In terms of it's make-up, it has sweet notes of green apple and exhilarating accents of peach nectar and apricot sorbet - it is definitely those peach notes that feel strongest to me and that I find most appealing. 

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The evening fragrance I have chosen is Pulp by Byredo. This brand has been across my Insta-feed for the longest time and I have had my eye on purchasing a bottle for myself but couldn't quite make up my mind which one. I eventually decided on Pulp which is another fruity fragrance but with a delicious musk scent to it, making it perfect for evening. The price point is higher with this brand so I'm more inclined to keep it for special occasions. This fragrance is described as Floral-Fruity - which isn't a perfume description I would usually go for but when I looked at the notes, I could see why my nose was drawn to it. The top notes are bergamot, cardamon and blackcurrant, with middle notes of fig, red apple and tiare flower and base notes of cedar, praline and peach blossom. Can you detect a peach scent theme in my fragrance choice this season? I definitely have my eye on more Byredo perfumes in the future, they have such an unusual tone to them.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Snapshots from London

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On Tuesday I took the train down to London to take advantage of the Sisley Facial and Josh Wood hair cut that were part of my Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar. As well as some shopping around Mayfair and lunch in Selfridges, I had a really lovely pamper day. The calendar remains one of my best received presents to date, the staff at Liberty were so lovely and really made my trip rather special.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

PinkBow x The Little Beauty Guide

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I was invited by The Little Beauty Guide to share the contents of my make-up bag. You can read the full post here.

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