Saturday, 28 February 2015

RADLEY SS15 FASHION & BEAUTY PRESS DAY


Earlier this week, I attended the Radley SS15 press day in Edinburgh to have a look at their new handbag collections, and their first ever venture into beauty.

Radley Aluminium Bloomsbury Canteen Bag

I adored the soft leather, and the bright and neutral colours, of what was on offer. Top of my accessories wishlist is now the adorable circular Bloomsbury Canteen bag in Aluminium (£129)- it is so cute and is just the most perfect cross-body I've ever seen. Grey also goes with almost everything.

Radley Mango Holland Park Drawstring

I also love these bright mustard duffle-style bags. They would add a great pop of colour to a daytime look. The colour is delightfully called Mango, and the style I like best is the biggest one- the Holland Park Large Drawstring (£TBC).

Radley Jade Clerkenwell Punch Grab Bag

Another look I really liked, was the punched hole detailing on the sportier Clerkenwell Punch bags. The green shade, Jade, is beautiful and I would love for the Medium Grab Bag (£199) to be mine.
Their handbags just scream style and quality; plus they are at such affordable prices as designer label bags go. What more could you ask for?!

Radley Fragrance

I also got a beauty surprise, with a look at (and smell of) Radley's first fragrance (£34, 30ml). This is the perfect Spring/Summer scent- very fresh, clean and 'grassy'. The pretty but simple green packaging reflects the scent perfectly. The top notes are Freesia, Sicilian Bergamot and Pink Peony; which sit alongside Rose Dr Mai Absolute, Tiare flower and Tiger Lily. Along with the perfume, there is also an accompanying body wash (£20) and body lotion (£20) too. The scent was developed for Radley by Azzi Glasser; who has been a perfume designer for the likes of Agent Provocateur and Bella Freud.

Do you like the look of any of these?

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION MATTE EFFECT CONCEALER STICK

Makeup Revolution Matte Effect Concealer Review

I love this little gem of a budget concealer! I have shade 01 Fairest- I have such fair skin that I am usually the lightest shade in everything. This concealer, however, is even lighter than my skin tone; making it perfect for under my eyes to hide dark circles and brighten.

Makeup Revolution Matte Effect Concealer 01 Fairest Swatch

It is a very thick formula with a heavy coverage, and it hides a multitude of under-eye sins. It's a little too light in colour for me to use on blemishes; but if you find a shade that works for you (there are 8 different ones), the formula is perfect for this too. Also, as it's matte, I feel that it is a lot more long-lasting too- I don't have to touch up nearly as often as I do with other concealers.

This is only £1 (from the Makeup Revolution online store), and for this bargain price you can't really go wrong; so it's definitely worth a try if you are on the hunt for a new concealer.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother's Day 2015 is on Sunday 15th March; so you have just over two weeks to choose and purchase a present for your Mum or motherly-figure. I've put together an edit of what's available out there- all products that I love and would happily gift.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Silver Linked Heart Bracelet With Heart Charm, £50, Tales From The Earth 
This delicate and pretty bracelet would make a great gift for any Mum. I also have a giveaway running on my blog (until 6th March 2015) to win one of their necklaces- enter here!

Harris Tweed Clasp Purse, £20, Edinburgh Woollen Mill
This is such a cute purse, made from 100% Harris Tweed fabric. A stylish and practical gift.

White Lavender Travel Set, £25, The White Company
A gorgeous smelling set of pamper products is perfect for relaxing at home or away.

Linea Floral Skinny Scarf, £29, House of Fraser
The pretty print will put a smile on your Mum's face, and allow her to enter Spring with style.

Ladies Fragrance Collection, £30, Penhaligons
A selection of their best scents, that she will delight in wearing all year round.

Clerkenwell Medium Zip-Top Cross Body Bag, £159, Radley
Delight her will a new handbag. This one, she'll adore!

Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, £6.49, Amazon
This newly-released psychological thriller is a hit, and a must-read for book-lovers.

by Terry Eye Designer Palette, £69, Space.NK
These ten shades are perfect for a dark smokey eye, or a subtle nude look. They are super-blendable, and come in the most gorgeous case.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

FAVOURITE LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15 LOOKS

It has been all about the brightly coloured prints for me at this past weekend's London Fashion Week. We are set for a riot of bold colours and florals this AW15, and I love it. I wanted to share some of my favourite looks from the LFW catwalks with you- all really wearable, simply gorgeous and with a lot of high necklines.

Matthew Williamson AW15

I love Matthew Williamson's mixture of fabric textures- faux fur, silk and suede- in beautiful rich jewel tones and pretty floral prints. The Bionda Castana fringed ankle boots in his show are stunning and add great little pops of colour.

Issa AW15

Issa's show had a lot of geometric monochrome prints; but this clashing floral print look really caught my attention. I think the neutral-toned floral blouse goes beautifully with this bright red patterned skirt for a real statement look.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW15

The Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show was a true riot of colour. There was a lot of checked colour blocking prints with primary colours; but it was the richly detailed floral looks that I loved. This is a gorgeous embroidered black lace dress covered in a mass of pretty blue, red, yellow and white flowers with their green foliage.

House of Holland AW15

House of Holland was all about bright check, houndstooth, stripe and chevron prints. I love the mixture of colours in his looks; especially this pink, fuschia and burgundy combination. The cinched-in waist and neck tie are cute too.

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HOW TO UPCYCLE A WARDROBE WITH WALLPAPER

Wardrobe Upcycling

Luxury wallpaper and paint manufacturers Farrow & Ball got in contact with me to see if I wanted to upcycle a wardrobe with their new wallpaper collection. It just so happened that I actually had a disaster of a wardrobe in one of my rooms, so this was the perfect chance to give it a makeover. The wallpaper I chose was a grey and white paisley pattern at £95 per roll.

Grey & White Paisley Pattern Wallpaper

First of all, I removed what was left of the existing wardrobe's handles and locks. The locks were broken and the wardrobe didn't stay shut on its own anyway (I told you it was a disaster).

Farrow & Ball sent their own wallpaper paste; but I opted to use PVA glue to apply the paper, which I bought from B&Q for £4.98. I did this as I didn't want to have to sand the gloss off of the wardrobe surface (I hate sanding and find it akin to nails on a blackboard), and I wanted to be able to apply a layer of PVA over my newly applied Farrow & Ball wallpaper to dust-proof, water-proof and generally just protect it.


I used the PVA glue neat (straight out of the tin) to apply the paper. This gave it a really strong bond. Papering the wardrobe this way used up three quarters of my 250ml can of glue. I then diluted the remaining quarter (four parts glue, 1 part water) to use as a shiny protectant wash over the wallpaper. I just used a regular large paint brush to do all of this.


Finally, once it had all dried, I used a little bit of neat PVA glue that was left in the tin's lid to stick on two handles that I had also bought at B&Q for £1.98 each. I then got some cute heart ribbon from my stationery box to wrap round the handles as a way of keeping the doors closed.

I'm really happy with how it turned out, and that I was able to breathe a new lease of life into what was once an eye-sore.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: DR PAWPAW ORIGINAL BALM


Dr PAWPAW Original Balm is a British-made multi-purpose wonder product that tackles dry lips and dry skin. You can even use it to soften your cuticles. This past weekend, Dr PAWPAW has been the lip saviour of choice for M+P Models doing London Fashion Week AW15 catwalk shows; and it's a product I adore too.

It is a scentless balm, with a similar texture and colour to Vaseline; although with a thicker consistency. It contains naturally fermented Papaya; which contains lots of vitamins and minerals and boosts skin repair as well as adding moisture. Olive oil is also included due to the presence of the antioxidant Hydroxytyrosol- this is a great anti-inflammatory and prevents skin damage from free radicals. Dr PAWPAW also contains the juice from the Aloe Barbadenis Leaf as this is great for restoring moisture and promoting skin regeneration.

Although it has many possible uses, I use my tube of Dr PAWPAW Original Balm for two purposes- it is an instant lip softener and lipstick primer (that absorbs well and doesn't have the greasy feeling of some treatments), and it is great at soothing and moisturising the dry skin on one of my elbows- I must lean on this arm all the time! 

If you suffer from chapped lips or dry skin, I'd definitely recommend giving this a go as it works really well for me. It's the perfect product to throw in your handbag to solve a multitude of beauty woes.

Dr PAWPAW is available for £6.95 at www.drpawpaw.com.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

I'M GIVING A GIFT OF INSPIRATION THIS MOTHER'S DAY

Inspirational Mother's Day Gifts

What better gift to give your Mum on Mother's Day, than a gift of inspiration? I was asked by Tru Print to make my Mum's Mother's Day present on their website of really affordable personalised photo gifts. I thought about what I wanted to create for a while, and figured there had to be something better than a mug or calendar with my, her darling daughter's, face on it. So, I decided to have some items made that would inspire her in life and as a woman instead.





If you search on Google for 'free gallery wall printables', you'll get hundreds of results of pretty printable quotes that you can use for free for your own personal use. I chose some of these, and had them made into posters she can frame, a mug (along with a pretty mug with a kiss on it from me) and some stickers. I also chose one of Tru Print's own cute personalised Mother's Day cards.


My favourite free printable was from Oh So Lovely, who created the phrase 'goal digger' as opposed to 'gold digger'. Genius! I also love the other slogan- 'Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You'.

Do you like this Mother's Day present idea?

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: BY TERRY CRAYON KHOL TERRYBLY BRONZE GENERATION


I received this full-size By Terry eyeliner pencil (available for £23.50 from Space.NK) in this month's My Little Box subscription box. It is in the shade Bronze Generation.

By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Bronze Generation

By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Bronze Generation Review

My opinions on this product are a bit mixed. I don't think the colour strip on the pencil or on the website is an accurate representation of the actual shade that you get. It is shown on these as being a dark khaki-bronze shade; but if you actually draw on a harsh eyeliner line with this, it just comes out as a standard black shade. It is only when you start to blend it out, that you see green-gold glitter particles appearing. To me, the base shade is still black though, and isn't different enough to be worth spending £23.50 on; when you get such great black pencil eyeliners on the high street from the likes of Sleek MakeUP (such as their £4.99 Eau La La Liner in Molasses). 

It is a very long-lasting product though, and is incredibly soft and creamy- so perfect for both the upper and lower lash lines, and on your waterline (as the glitter is very fine so doesn't scratch). It's a good eyeliner; but to my eye, as an eyeliner, it's basically just black, and there are so many cheaper and just as good options out there. You can, however, also apply this all over your lid by really blending it out- this is when you do see the khaki-bronze colour; but it's so much easier to apply (and cheaper) just to find a similar cream eyeshadow shade on the highstreet e.g. the metallic khaki shade Kaki Cheri from the £6.99 Bourjois' Colour Edition 24h Eyeshadow range.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

COPPER WISHLIST

Copper is fast taking over Rose Gold in the style stakes. Here are my must haves...


Laura Ashley Copper Effect Metal Barrel | Next Home Copper Malmo Table Lamp | Sixtrees Copper Photo Frame | Odoyo Copper iPhone 5/5S Case | Habitat Klein Copper Tealight Candelabra | Copperfield Copper Desk Lamp | John Lewis Copper Hex Bowl | John Lewis Copper Cookware 

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GIVEAWAY: TALES FROM THE EARTH SILVER MUM NECKLACE

Tales of The Earth Word Circle Necklace

I have a gorgeous genuine Silver necklace to give away to one of my readers. It's a pretty circle that discretely says 'Mum' on it, and hangs on a delicate chain. This pretty piece is one of Tales From The Earth's Word Circle necklaces, and retails at £30.

Tales of The Earth Word Circle Mum Necklace

This would make a perfect Mother's Day present, or just a treat for yourself if you are a busy Mum. All you have to do to win it, is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below by following the instructions. The giveaway is open to the UK & Ireland only, and the winner will be chosen randomly when the giveaway closes on 6th March 2015. That's in great time for Mother's Day on 15th March. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: REAL TECHNIQUES BOLD METALS 200 OVAL SHADOW BRUSH

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush Review

The brushes from the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection are so pretty. They are more expensive than regular Real Techniques brushes; but are definitely worth it for the added beauty. I have one Bold Metals brush so far- the 200 Oval Shadow brush (£15 from Boots).

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush Packaging

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush Bristles

As well as being better looking, it's also a lot more luxurious in quality compared to their normal brushes. The bristles on this brush are so incredibly soft, the brush handle is shaped in a way that is a joy to hold and it is weighted for extra control when you're working with it. It's a real pleasure to use.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush Handle

The 200 Oval Shadow brush is designed to use with both powder and cream eyeshadows, and it blends beautifully. I like to use it for a wash of colour over my lid, before going in with a smaller and more angled brush to add a darker shade to my crease. I'm actually going to get another one of these brushes, as I discovered that they are great for blending in concealer too- so soft on the under-eye area.

Have you tried any of the brushes from the Bold Metals collection yet?

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Monday, 16 February 2015

IN LOVE WITH: COLIN LESLIE TORTOISE RETRO BAMBOO SUNGLASSES

Colin Leslie Eyewear Tortoise Retro Sunglasses

How amazing and unique are my new Tortoise Retro sunglasses (£75) from Colin Leslie Eyewear!?

Colin Leslie makes stylish and ethical sunglasses using vintage designs, ethically-sourced bamboo and recycled acetate. They all look really cool, and Emeli Sande and Olly Murs are fans of the brand.

Colin Leslie Tortoise Retro Sunglasses

Colin Leslie Eco Bamboo Sunglasses

My sunglasses are from their Eco Unit.T Collection, and have a recycled acetate frame, along with hand-crafted bamboo arms. They are 100% eco, and even come with a pouch (soft for cleaning lenses) made from recycled drinking water bottles.

Colin Leslie Eyewear Tortoise Retro Sunglasses

Colin Leslie Eyewear Tortoise Retro Sunglasses Review

I just adore how these look on me, and they have fast become my favourite pair of sunglasses that I own.

Colin Leslie Eyewear Tortoise Retro Sunglasses On Face

Black & White Pluko Hair Dressing Pomade Review

I especially love them with a sleek ponytail, as it puts the focus all on the glasses. I've used Black & White Pluko Hair Dressing Pomade (£4.65 from Boots) to get my hair so smooth- it's a great-smelling styling wax that gets rid of all my flyaway hairs so easily, without looking greasy.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

IN LOVE WITH: CHERRY DIVA ENCHANTED WONDERLAND STATEMENT NECKLACE

Cherry Diva Enchanted Wonderland Necklace

I am so in love with my new Enchanted Wonderland Statement Necklace (£15) from Cherry Diva. It's huge, so detailed and so eye-catching. 

Cherry Diva Jewellery Review

Cherry Diva Enchanted Wonderland Necklace On Neck

I love the green gemstones, and the gentle baby pink shades. It's just so pretty. This will be a great necklace for me to wear in the Spring and Summer; either dressed down with a black vest top and jeans, or with a plain floaty dress. I can't wait for the sun to come out!

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: I LOVE... PEACHY PASSIONFRUIT RANGE

I Love Peachy Passionfruit Collection Review

I love the new Peachy Passionfruit range from I Love... Cosmetics. They are such a feel-good budget brand, and offer a huge range of 'good enough to eat' fragrances of bath and body products.

Peachy Passionfruit is their newest offering, and they've introduced a bubble bath/shower crème (£2.99), body butter (£2.99) and body spritzer (£2.99) with a delicious scent. It has a strong tropical fruity smell that's also very sweet, like custard. So if you aren't into strong vanilla or gourmande scents; this won't be for you.

I Love Peachy Passionfruit Bath & Shower Creme

I Love Peachy Passionfruit Body Butter

I Love Peachy Passionfruit Body Spritzer

The bubble bath/shower crème is lovely to use- it makes lots of bubbles or offers a creamy luxurious shower experience. It's free from parabens too. I found the body butter, containing Shea Butter, really enjoyable to use too. It moisturises and absorbs into the skin well, and will be a great skin fragrance for the warmer months. The scent from the body spritzer lingers noticeably for hours, and when it starts to fade, it leaves behind the vanilla custard-like smell rather than the fruitiness. I found this a tad sickly; so use sparingly.

I'm going to really enjoy having more baths, showers and pampering sessions with these when the weather starts to heat up, as it's definitely a 'sunny' fragrance.

You can purchase the I Love... Peachy Passionfruit collection from Superdrug online or in stores from 22nd February.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

LUXURY VALENTINE'S PRESENT WISHLIST FROM BUCHANAN GALLERIES

I thought I would share with you my ultimate luxury Valentine's Day present wishlist with you, so that you can drop some last-minute hints to your other half.

All of these gifts are available at my local shopping centre in Glasgow- Buchanan Galleries; which has over 90 shops, including John Lewis, Boux Avenue, Pandora, Mango and Swarovski. You'll be able to get them local to you (or online) too though.

Buchanan Galleries have launched an online gift finder feature to their website in time for Valentine's Day, where you can search by budget (instead of trawling round all the stores) and can create your own wishlist too.



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BEAUTY REVIEW: MODELS OWN CHROME NAIL POLISHES

Models Own Chrome Nail Polish Review

Models Own Chrome Mauve Nail Polish Bottle

I am beyond impressed with these new chrome-effect nail polishes from Models Own. I have three colours from the range- Rose (rose gold), Mauve (purple) and Indigo (dark blue). You can also get Blue, Olive, Green, Pink, Cerise (bright pink), Gold and Silver.

Models Own Chrome Nail Polish Swatches

The Rose polish is my favourite from the ones I have, and will definitely appeal to all you rose gold and copper lovers out there. It's a phenomenon right now in the blogosphere!

Models Own Chrome Nail Polish Swatches

The effect of these polishes is basically that of molten metal. What I adore is that you only need one coat for it to be completely opaque. They are also incredibly fast-drying, and long-lasting. I definitely want to try the Silver from the collection next.

You can purchase the Chrome nail polishes from Models Own from £4.99 each.

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