Friday, 29 April 2016

APRIL 2016 FASHION & LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES

Hotter Natasha Shoes

It's time for my monthly fashion and lifestyle favourites again, and in April I've been loving a real mixed bag of things. There are books and films, shoes, homeware, tech and tea; so lets get started...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

APRIL 2016 BEAUTY FAVOURITES

April 2016 Beauty Favourites

I can't believe it's nearly May- my birthday month! The weather is really starting to brighten up (although I did hear reports of rogue snow yesterday) and I'm getting into the summer spirit. I've been loving several beauty products throughout April, and as usual, I have rounded them up in a monthly favourites post for you.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

KIKO MILANO LE SUMMER TREND COLLECTION

Kiko Wanderlust Collection

Kiko's summer collection* is a range of beautiful limited edition products in gold-packaging designed by Ross Lovegrove. I've been trying four products from the collection and I wanted to share them with you. You will want all of them!

Monday, 25 April 2016

URBAN DECAY SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

Urban Decay Summer 2016 Releases

I've been trying out some pieces from Urban Decay's new summer collection and I love them. The products perform beautifully and the packaging is stunning. I'm definitely going to have to pick up some more of their summer releases.

Friday, 22 April 2016

FACE MASK FRIDAY: MASKERAIDE PRE & POST PARTY SHEET MASKS

MaskerAide Sheet Masks

I've been trying out the range of sheet masks from MaskerAide* (£5 from M&S) recently and I wanted to share two of my favourites with you- they are the perfect party prep and party repair solutions. If you have a big night out planned, pick these two masks up and thank me later.

CLINIQUE SONIC SYSTEM PURIFYING CLEANSING BRUSH

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

I have a new addition to my skincare regime, replacing my Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush (that I reviewed here). I have been loving the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (£79 from Boots) recently, so wanted to share a review of it with you.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

SUNDAY LUNCH IN STYLE

Trading House Glasgow Sunday Lunch

I had such a lovely Sunday lunch a few weeks ago with some blogger friends at The Trading House in Glasgow. The whole experience was so Instagram-able, so I wanted to share the photographs I took with you. They had the most amazing live lounge singer too that sounded flawless like a produced track.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

DIY POMPOM NECKLACE

DIY Pompom Necklace

I am more than a tad obsessed with pompoms at the moment, so I wanted to share my latest crafty makes with you and show you how to recreate them- two DIY pompom necklaces that are perfect for summer.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

WHY SCHOOL WAS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

Matilda & Miss Honey

It's not often that I feel compelled to sit down and write a spontaneous personal post, but I'm feeling strangly sentimental at the moment for my school days, so I thought I would tell you about them and what they meant to me. I hope that this will help someone who is finishing up at primary school and worried about moving up to high school, or who is currently at high school and not enjoying it.

THE BALM NUDE'TUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE

The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette

Believe it or not, apart from a lip/cheek stain, I hadn't properly tried out anything from The Balm before this palette. I've long admired their quirky packaging, but with the constant stream of beauty products I need to try, I just never got round to them. The Balm NUDE'Tude Eyeshadow Palette* (£30 from Debenhams) is a collection of twelve matte, metallic and shimmer shades.

Monday, 18 April 2016

LOOK FANTASTIC APRIL BEAUTY BOX

Look Fantastic April 2016 #LFBLOOMS Beauty Box

I had a delightful digital detox in a country cottage last week. I spent four days by a log fire eating chocolate and drinking red wine. Today I'm back blogging and I'm bringing you a look inside the April 2016 Look Fantastic #LFBLOOMS box* (monthly subscription from £11.25 at Look Fantastic).

Monday, 11 April 2016

SS16 SWIMWEAR EDIT

SS16 Swimwear

This year's swimwear collections have hit stores and everyone is dreaming of their upcoming holidays. Here are my favourite pieces available from the high street and online!

Friday, 8 April 2016

THE KIMONO - MY SS16 HERO PIECE

Kimono Style

When intu Braehead asked me to share my SS16 hero piece with you, it had to be a kimono. My kimono collection is continually growing as its such an easy piece of clothing to wear, but can make a real style statement at the same time. They are perfect for people like me who don't want to show off the flabby section at the top of their arms and are low in body confidence. Due to extreme stress in my life recently, I've put on well over a stone again, so I'm not feeling my best. As well as being incredibly chic, my kimonos are great cover-ups for hiding lots of the bits that I don't like about my figure. I also love the fact that they go with just about everything and are the perfect companion to my black legging obsession.

New Look Kimono

This one is from New Look last year (there is a store at Glasgow's intu Braehead shopping centre) but they always have such an array of different designs for sale. Other stores at intu Braehead also have some fabulous SS16 kimonos- here are the ones to pop on your shopping list...



New Look Rust Crochet Trim Flutter Sleeve Kimono | Dorothy Perkins Viila Large Floral Kimono | Evans Black Bird Print Kimono | M&S Classic Floral Kimono Top | H&M Kimono | River Island White Embellished Sheer Kimono | New Look Mela Cream Bird Print Kimono

intu Braehead SS16

If you live in Glasgow, intu Braehead have some great fashion events this spring- the centre is filled with pretty flower-covered boxes that will host various SS16 activities and events around them- everything from pop-ups to talks and fashion shows. On 30th April, the centre is hosting a fashion show at the intu Style Garden on level one, where models with be showcasing the key SS16 fashion trends using pieces from the intu Braehead retailers. If you aren't in Glasgow, your local intu shopping centre will also be hosting events up until 1st May, so check their site for details.

This is a sponsored post with intu Braehead, but all opinions are my own.

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FACE MASK FRIDAY: SEPHORA INSTANT DEPUFFING EYE MASK

Sephora Instant Depuffing Eye Mask

Oh man, I LOVE this eye mask. I think it might be the best I've ever tried- not just because of the results, but because it forces you to take some serious time out due to its lack of eye holes. The Sephora Instant Depuffing Eye Mask ($6 from Sephora) is a serious rest for your peepers.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

SS16 OCCASION WEAR

Black Tie Dinner

It struck me today that I must have written about 30 different posts and features on SS16 fashion across the various publications I write for, but have only focussed on day wear. I've neglected all of the beautiful party dresses and evening gowns that are out there at the moment. I saw some stunning pieces at the Debenhams SS16 press show and lots when I've been out on shopping trips in places such as Quiz- I've just not had anywhere fancy enough to go recently to make me purchase one. There are less formal or glitzy evening occassions at this time of year compared to Christmas, but if you have a wedding or a prom to go to, I hoped that rounding up some of my favourite dresses from the high street would help you out.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER OIL

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

This is one of those products that you've never thought about before, but that solves the last remaining problem in your makeup routine. I'm lucky to have basically every tool and product I need to do my makeup at my disposal at home, but I could still never manage to get foundation to sit right on certain extra dry areas of my face no matter what I used. Then Smashbox comes along with their new Photo Finish Primer Oil* (£28) and makes my base go on like a dream.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

5 SUMMER NIGHT SLEEP TIPS

Teami Relax Tea

Teami sent me their amazing Relax Tea (£19.99 from Teami Tea Blends but get 10% off with code FRILLS10) along with their cute and handy Teami Tea Infuser (£5.99), and I've been loving them.

FRAGRANCE & NAIL POLISH GIVEAWAY


Happy April everyone! For this month's giveaway, one winner will win a Replay Stone For Her Eau de Toilette (worth £40), a red Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Colour Lacquer (worth £17) and a Mylee Crystal Nail File (worth £6).

The Replay Stone For Her fragrance, from denim brand Replay, takes its inspiration from the denim fabric washing technique 'stone washing', where the denim gains a worn and faded appearance. This fragrance aims to embody these feelings of experimentation and innovation. It has top notes of bergamot, orange and mandarin; base notes of sandalwood, cashmere wood, amber, vanilla, tonka bean and musk; and a heart of orchid and almond blossom. The fragrance launched at the end of 2015 and has a stunning purple carved stone-like bottle.

All you need to do to enter is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close at 11.59PM on Friday 29th April 2016. Good luck!

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Monday, 4 April 2016

SOAP & GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER MATTE-LIP 3D LIP COLOUR & SCULPT

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip 3D Lip Colour & Sculpt

I've been loving these Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip 3D Lip Colour & Sculpt crayons (£3.50 from Boots), so I wanted to share them with you and let you see swatches of all six shades.
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