My Favourite Perfumes ♡

One of my favourite compliments is ‘you smell nice’ which is why I am such a perfume fan, I love the smell, the packaging and the act of putting perfume on. I also find myself reaching for different scents for different occasions so I thought i’d write about my favourite perfumes and the moods that match them!

Vanillary – LUSH

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As suggested by the name this is a vanilla based scent with patchouli and jasmine added in the mix. It’s a nice sweet smell and I find this smells better after wearing for an hour or two, it smells like a vanilla cake so what’s not to love!? I would wear this on a sunny optimistic day.

Flash by Jimmy Choo 

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This perfume was love at first sight back when I got it in 2014 (it’s a different bottle), I’m bad at describing scents but i’d say this one is fresh and fruity. I wear this as an everyday scent, if I had to wear one perfume for the rest of my life this would be it!

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne  

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This is quite a sweet scent but in a more elegant way, it’s a more fancy than everyday smell so i’d wear it maybe to a restaurant or a pub. This also sticks around pretty much all day, it’s so long lasting!

Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo

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Another perfume I love by Jimmy Choo, this one is spicier and a bit more grown up with more patchouli and caramel scents. I also wear this as an everyday scent, it’s the bottle I go for if i’m feeling pretty neutral.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs

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This is definitely the most ‘seductive’ perfume I own, from the plum tones to the amazing bottle. I’d definitely wear this on a night out or a date night it’s such an elegant scent.

Scent of a Dream – Charlotte Tilbury 

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This is my most recent perfume, as soon as I sampled it I put it on my birthday wish-list and I’m so happy to own it! This debut scent is perfect, it’s sweet and spicy all in one and the scent gets better with time. I love the way this lasts and the bottle is so beautiful.

Do you like any of these perfumes, if not what is your signature scent? Thanks for reading!

Sephora haul ♡

In my previous post I wrote about my trip to Paris, during that trip I did what any Sephora deprived Brit would and do spent too much time browsing the shelves of the store. I went in to buy primarily stuff from the Sephora line and I did just that, here’s what I got;

Sephora Avocado & Pearl Face Mask 

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I see Sephora face masks online all the time so I had to get some, I went for the repairing Avocado and brightening Pearl which are two things I need right now! I can’t wait to use these especially since I’ve never used a sheet mask with these ingredients in.

Avocado Sleeping Mask & Charcoal Nose Strip

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My skin has been terrible lately so I got an avocado sleeping mask, I’ve used sleep masks before and they weren’t revolutionary but hopefully this one will be! I also got a charcoal nose strip because pore strips are always necessary once in a while and are oddly satisfying…

Charcoal Micellar Water

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For some reason I am drawn to charcoal products recently, maybe because of the detoxifying qualities or because it’s just something relatively new/strange. This is basically micellar water with a bit of charcoal in it to add some purifying qualities. I have used this once and it was similar to a normal micellar water, it dried out my skin a little bit but only time will tell if it does any good in the long run.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Burnt Sienna 

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I’d heard so many rave reviews about the cream lip stains by Sephora so I needed to get one (or two). The first shade I picked up was Burnt Sienna, I was immediately drawn to this shade, it’s a purple toned colour which is not something I usually wear boldly but I am looking forward to wearing it.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Copper Blush 

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The second lip stain I got is a pinky brown colour, it’s very similar to MAC’s Whirl which is a shade I like to wear often. I’ve worn this once since getting it, it’s very long lasting and the stain does last. It can be drying after a while but that’s kind of expected with cream lip products.

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Last but not least I picked up this cute little lip balm, I originally put it back on the shelf because I was worried about spending too much money but my boyfriend sneakily put it back in the basket and got it for me. I am lucky girl. I got this because it’s nice and compact and easy to throw in your bag without worrying about mess. It’s handy and there is always a need for lip balm!

I expected there to be more exclusive brands in Sephora but it’s the same brands you can get in the UK which is why I only brought from the Sephora line. I am looking forward to trying out all of the skincare bits I got but hopefully I don’t get too addicted to Sephora skincare because it’ll be a while before I visit another one!

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any makeup brands you wish were in your country?

Trip to Paris ♡

Last week I went to Paris with my boyfriend as a belated valentines/anniversary gift. It marked our first holiday together and we had so much fun I thought I’d do a quick write up  about the trip.

Day 1 // Wandering 

We got to Paris in the afternoon and as soon as we got to our hotel we were amazed, we found a good deal on a travel website so got a 5 star hotel for a decent price. We stayed at the Hotel Banke, the lobby was stunning, our room was nice and the service is so good I would definitely recommend it!

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After a break we wondered around to get something to eat. We found a nice little restaurant near our hotel and had some good food and cocktails. We strolled around the Opera district and around the Louvre area until we reached the river Seine and then stopped for a cocktail at a bar. I had a drink called ‘La Vie en rose’ as we sat outside and watched some street dancers, it was Friday and the atmosphere was so good.

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Day 2 // Louvre & Arc de Triomphe


We awoke to British weather, the rain was non stop on our second day so we thought the best way to spend the day would be indoors at the Louvre. Everyone else had the same idea however so we were waiting in the rain for around an hour but the wait was worth it. There’s so much to see at the Louvre, not only in the art but also in the building itself,  looking up at the ceilings is a spectacle. We saw the Mona Lisa and it was pretty surreal, the contrast of people clambering to see the painting and her calm expression was crazy.

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We later took a scary but fun rickshaw to the champs-élysées area to see the Arc de Triomphe. It is an amazing monument and the view from the top is spectacular, and you get to see the chaotic roundabout below. We spent the rest of the day walking and shopping then getting room service because we were too exhausted to venture out again.

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Day 3 // Eiffel Tower

On the third day we did the most touristy thing possible in France and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I wasn’t looking forward to the queues and waiting but due to the rain we missed the queues and it too no time for us to get to the observation decks. The view is amazing and the tower itself is bigger and more intricate than I expected. This is not the best place for someone with a fear of heights but once you get to the top the views are unforgettable.

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We stopped at a cute cafe for coffee and Beef Bourguignon then the rest of the day was a write off due to me getting a bad migraine. Once I felt better at around 10 o’clock we did wander around the Opera district which was eerily quiet.

Day 4 // Disneyland & Montmartre 

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Disneyland! We went to Disneyland on our penultimate day and it was much better than I expected it to be. I do love Disney films, more specifically the films I watched as a kid such as Lion King, Lady & the Tramp, Beauty & the Beast etc but I wouldn’t class myself as a super fan. That being said I felt like a kid again, it’s a well kept place and the rides and attractions are very nostalgic. We went to both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios but I much prefer Disneyland. Again we only had to wait around 5-10 minutes for each ride due to the weather.

After a long and exciting day at Disneyland we took an uber to Montmartre which was pretty quiet and has the best night time views. We didn’t stay here too long as we were tired and needed to pack but you could literally spend all day watching the city. thumb_IMG_0115_1024

Day 5 // Shopping 

Our flight was in the afternoon so we spent the last day shopping aka I spent a lot of time debating what to buy in Sephora. We also visited the Galleries Lafayette which is an amazing department store with lots of designer things to fawn over. After that we went to the airport and returned to equally rainy England.

I loved my time in Paris, people come away with different perspectives of the city but it is laden with so much history and culture that I loved it. Below is a little video I made compiled of clips from my iPhone.

Have you ever been to Paris? Or would you like to?

 

 

Date Night Ideas ♡

I hope you’ve all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year, with those holidays out of the way the next major holiday is Valentine’s day. In fitting with what is soon to be the most romantic month of the year I decided to share some date night ideas that will hopefully inspire some of you!

Shop for each other.

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When you’re in a relationship shopping seems to be a common activity but to mix it up try shopping for your partner. Plan to buy a whole outfit complete with accessories for your other half. It’ll be really interesting to see what they pick out and how well they know your style! Plus you can pick out something you’ve always wanted to see them in. You could do this with movies, books and music too.

Try a cuisine you’ve never tried.

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Most people have had Italian food, Chinese food etc but there are so many cuisines I’ll bet you’ve never tried. Whether it’s french food or Indonesian food there’s something you’ll both have never tasted, experiencing a culture through it’s food together is a great memory.

Make something together. 

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Making something together is a fun experience, the process is the best part and the end product is just a bonus! You could cook a new meal together, bake a cake, paint something, or do a craft, the possibilities are endless. This can also be a pretty cheap date night idea but a memorable one.

Pick something unexpected. 

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Date night jars have been a big thing floating around Pinterest and are such a good idea for those of us who are indecisive! One of the most difficult things about a date night is picking what to do but this way you can write down a bunch of things you want to do, stick them in a jar and pick at random. If you add to it as you go on it’ll be a nice surprise when you pick out something you forgot you wanted to do.

Rent a car and go on a road trip.

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Getting in a car and going to a new city, town or village is such a great experience and creates such great moments. An even better way to experience this is to rent a nice car for your trip, you or your partner can drive a car you’ve always dreamed of driving without having to own it! A company that allow you to do this is Turo, it runs mainly in the US but recently launched in London and you can rent any kind of car from a Ford Focus to a Tesla. Get in your dream car, perfect your karaoke playlist and make some memories!

I hope something on this list gave you an idea for a future date and if you’re single a lot of these activities are great for with friends or going solo!

Hope you all have a great day, do you have any interesting date night ideas? I’d love to hear them!

 

My Little Box December – Christmas Box ♡

Last week I received this month’s My Little Box and it filled me with so much Christmas cheer that it needs to be shared! The theme for this month was Christmas, as expected, and this month included a nice mix of festive beauty and lifestyle gifts.

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The first thing I saw was this cutely packaged candle, I love both candles and cursive writing so this was two gifts in one really! Feu de bois apparently means log/wood fire so this candle smells like a fresh pine forest. I have yet to light it but I love the design.

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The next thing I pulled out of the box was this tiny jar of salted caramel spread by Wilkin & Sons. This stuff tastes so good, it’s so sweet though i’m not 100% sure what you’d spread it on? When I see something labelled as a spread I automatically think of it as something you put on toast but I assume this is more fitting for cakes or biscuits. In all honesty it’s so good you could just eat it out of the jar.

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Another food/drink item is this pot of tea leaves by Kusmi Tea called Tsarevna. It’s black tea and orange with a mixture of spices such as cardamon, aniseed and cinnamon and it’s quite possibly the most festive smelling thing in existence. Unfortunately I don’t have a tea infuser but maybe santa will be kind enough to get me one and i’ll finally be able to try this.

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Another lifestyle gift was this lovely bangle by Lou.Yetu, I always love the jewellery My Little Box pick out with this being no exception. Sadly though this is too big and awkward for my wrist so I’ll probably pass it on to someone else.

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Onto the beauty items, firstly is this Almond shower oil by L’Occitane, It’s an oil that foams up when in contact with liquid. I find it to be very moisturising and it smells really good.

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The item from My Little Beauty this month is this eye shadow duo, it’s called duo smoky eyes and contains two shades to achieve just that. The colour on the left is called Shimmery Taupe and the one on the right is Deep Chestnut. I really like the taupe colour and it is relatively pigmented as for the chestnut colour I have too many similar shadows. It is however super compact and would be great for those who like to travel light.

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The last item is a perfume sample called Hyperbole by Courréges, whenever I hear the word hyperbole i’m transported back to english class! Nostalgia aside this perfume is really nice, it’s a spicy scent with tonka, cacao and vanilla notes. I get perfume every month so I was a bit disappointed to have yet another sample but I actually really like this so it turned out well in the end!

This month’s box was pretty cute and I loved the extra touches like the little candy cane on top of the box. The beauty items weren’t outstandingly amazing but they are things that will come in handy and the lifestyle gifts are great as usual. It has definitely got me into the Christmas mood even though I’m burdened with a common cold drinking Lemsips by the gallon whilst dreaming of all the festive food. This is probably my last post until Christmas so I hope you all have a wonderful holiday whatever you may celebrate!

Festive wishes xx

 

Christmas Party Beauty Essentials ♡

Christmas is so close! Christmas party season is at it’s peak, whether it’s an office party or just a gathering of friends everybody loves dressing up and putting on their best make up. My christmas party was two weeks ago but I thought i’d share the things I loved wearing.

Festive Nail Polish 

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Christmas is a generally sparkly time of year so it’s only fitting to deck your nails with sparkly polish for a christmas party. I love having a plain polish on all the fingers then having a sparkly colour on the middle finger, my favourite combination being Essie’s Maki Me Happy and this unnamed green colour by W7. The other polish is called Stardust by Avon and looks amazing with my all time favourite Essie shade Fiji.

Shimmery Eye Liners

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Another essential is shimmery eye liners, Christmas is also the perfect time to have glitter everywhere which is why a shimmery eyeliner is perfect for this time. I love applying one of these shades on my waterline to add a tiny festive touch. The shades from top to bottom are Gold Ornament by ByTerry, Tetra by Stila & Lionfish by Stila.

Red Lips

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Red is the official colour of Christmas, although Coca Cola are apparently to blame for that it’s still the perfect colour to wear on your lips. These particular products are perfect for christmas parties because they have great staying power, they are MAC’s Russian Red, Rimmel’s Kate Matte in 111 and my all time favourite the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. The lip liner is Rimmel’s Exaggerate in red, it has a great formula and a reasonable price!

Highlighter

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Fitting in with the sparkly theme the last essential for me is lots of highlighter. I don’t wear highlighters that often which is why I love to go all out on special occasions and now is the best time for your cheeks to shine like christmas baubles! My favourites of the few I own are Mary Lou-Manizer by theBalm and Highbeam by Benefit.

This was my finished look for the christmas party I attended, it was held at an exhibition centre and there were fair ground rides and a waterfall at the bar!

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Have you attended a christmas party yet or do you prefer to celebrate the chilled out way with hot chocolate and ELF? Hope you’re all having a great day!

Autumn/Winter Shoe Favourites ♡

Last month I posted about my favourite fashion items for Autumn but I thought i’d elaborate and write about my favourite types of shoes to wear around this time of year.

Ankle Boots 

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When I think of footwear for this time of year I instantly think of ankle boots, they look good with jeans, skirts and dresses which makes them so versatile. I love this pair from the Truffle collection at ASOS, the cut out detail is a nice added touch and they are pretty comfortable!

Lace Up Boots

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Along the theme of boots is another favourite of mine, I think lace up boots look good on everyone and look great with so many things. They also remind me of my favourite Van Gogh painting, strange but true fact. I like this pair because they add a bit of needed height without the pain of a super high heel. These are from Office and if I could I’d have a pair in every colour!

Chunky Heels

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This is a less practical choice but I’ve seen so many shoes with sloped chunky heels and they are a new favourite of mine. I’m a wimp when it comes to heels so i’m glad the trend of block heels is upon us, they are much more comfortable! I love these ones from New Look as the heels aren’t especially high and from looking back through this post it’s apparent I have a penchant for suede shoes!

Leather / Faux Leather Boots 

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Leather / Faux boots are a great material for boots, they’re easier to clean than and maintain their look better than suede (as much as I love suede). This pair aren’t the prettiest but they are super comfy and the colour makes a change from my usual safe black footwear, they are from  Forever 21.

If you’re also a fan of Leather or Faux Leather boots King Ranch shared this graphic detailing some boot care tips that are pretty helpful. They specialise in boots for men and women among other things and they have cute riding boots in their women’s section worth checking out!

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Thank you for reading, what’s your go-to pair of shoes for this time of year? (fuzzy slippers included) I hope you all have a great day 🙂