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Thursday, 20 October 2016

An Oh-So-Sweet Clinique Gift With Purchase

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful week so far. I thought today I would talk to you about an oh-so-sweet bonus time gift with purchase that Debenhams are currently running. I just love everything about gift with purchases and I always enjoy trying out the products and sharing my thoughts with you all. Firstly, who doesn't just love receiving a free gift when you have treated yourself at the beauty halls? I know I definitely do haha. Secondly, I honestly think they are a fantastic way to try, trial and test a new product before committing to the full sized versions. Also, how handy dandy are the mini sized product - they are perfect for a girl on the go like me and they are ideal for travel! Clinique is a brand I absolutely adore, however, I put my hands up and say that I have tried more of their skincare than makeup products - funny how thats worked out considering I am a complete makeup junkie. I don't even have a valid reason why or some kind of excuse to share with you because I have worked on a Chanel counter in Debenhams with copious of wonderful makeup and beauty brands around me...Clinique being one of them.

This particular gift with purchase is oh-so-sweet, I mean just look at that cute makeup pouch and detailing on the palette. All of the products come enclosed in this super fun and eye catching makeup pouch which is perfect for travel or throwing in your handbag on the go. The overall quality of the bag is just fabulous. Like what you see so far? If this gift with purchase is something that is just calling your name I would recommend picking one up as soon as possible. This offer ends on 22nd October and I would hate for you to miss out on such a great deal. To qualify for this Debenhams Exclusive Gift with Purchase you will have to purchase two or more items from Clinique, one being skincare or foundation. With any third purchase you will receive a full size 75ml Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream too!

What's in the bag?
Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips | 50ml
All About Eyes Eye Cream | 7ml
Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion | 30ml
All About Shadow Duo in Uptown Downtown | 1g + Blushing Blush in Powder Blush | 1.8g
High Impact Mascara in Black | 3.5ml
Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in Sprinkle Pop

Starting off with skincare, there are three wonderful products within this set. The first product being the Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips - this is a product that popped up in a previous gift with purchase and I absolutely love it. This is a unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the more persistent eye makeups, mascaras and lipsticks. I like to coat a cotton pad with the liquid and hold it on my eye for a good 30 seconds or so, then once removed your eye makeup is pretty much non-existent after one swipe! I would definitely purchase the full size version of this...it makes makeup removal so much easier and panda eyes are no more! The second product is the All About Eyes Eye Cream which kind of reminds me of Clinique's Moisture Surge range but they don't appear to be part of the same lineup. This lightweight eye cream reduced puffiness and minimises dark circles and fine lines. This cream-gel formula helps to hold eye makeup in place and is super refreshing once applied. The final skincare product within this sweet set is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and this is another product that I have tried before. Clinique have recently generated a new formulate for this product and it now helps strengthen skin's own moisture barrier, so more moisture stays locked in the skin. I am not 100% keen on the scent but there is no doubt that this lotion keeps your skin feeling soft, springy and leaves a healthy-looking glow.

Now, onto the makeup! Firstly, we have this ever so gorgeous All About Shadow Duo in Uptown Downtown which also includes a Blushing Blush in Powder Blush. This is the only limited edition product within the set and I think we all need to take a moment to appreciate how cute it is. From the packaging and multi-use compact design - it is the perfect on the go product. They couldn't have chosen a better colour scheme...you can do so much with these shades. The eyeshadows  and blush are extremely blendable and offer high pigmentation and a long wear time - what more could you ask for? You could literally go from desk to dance floor with this palette! The next product is the High Impact Mascara in the shade black - this is another product that I have tried before and another I love.  This is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length. The brush itself has been specially developed to work with the formula to thicken and separate your lashes. I found the wand really easy to use and it wasn't too chunky or too thin. I always find the formula to have great wearing time, I can wear it all day at work and it never flakes on me. The final makeup product within this set is this gorgeous Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in Sprinkle Pop. This is the first time I tried one of Clinique's Pop Glaze lipsticks and they lived up to their reputation. These lipsticks add a pretty pop of bold yet see-through colour and a smoothing primer all in one coat. They are super luxurious but weightless with a built-in primer which glides on the lips like a dream and wears up to 8 hours. The more I wore this lipstick the more I noticed that my lips weren't as chapped as usual. With the change in weather my lips have been taking a toll and this definitely helps! Also, how season appropriate is this shade?! I know I'l be wearing it through Autumn and Winter.

Overall, I think this Debenhams Exclusive Gift with Purchase is just amazing and I was so amazed to see how generous all of the samples were...there were no foil packets in sight! All of the products including this gorgeous cosmetics pouch are the perfect size for traveling, for someone constantly on the go or for someone looking to try some new products for the first time. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

Lots of Love

*PR Sample

Saturday, 8 October 2016

13 Things I Love About Autumn

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful weekend so far. This week it felt as if we had finally started to transition into the Autumn season and it honestly started to make me feel so excited for the final few months of 2016. I'm not really season bias because there are things I absolutely love about them all, including the beautiful sunshine through summer, however, there is just something so satisfying about crisp Autumn mornings, the change in the colour palette, layering up with cosy clothes, copious amounts of hot drinks and more. So, in honour of Autumn I thought I would put together a few reasons why I love it so much!

1. More Baths & Bath Bombs

I don't know about you but as the weather starts to cool down there is nothing I love more than indulging in long bubble baths. With the transition into Autumn this is the perfect time to be stocking up on all of your favourite Lush bath goodies and I recently took full advantage of this at a recent blogger event. I can't wait to share my recent Halloween and Christmas Lush haul with you and enjoy an overdue bubble bath.

2. Comfort Food & Sweet Treats

Everyone who knows me personally will understand how much I LOVE food. I mean, I have a major sweet tooth but I genuinely love comfort food too. I can't wait to prepare more warming dishes like hearty porridge, sheppards pie, stews, lots of pasta dishes (I'm Italian and we eat pasta all day everyday haha) and of course, sweet treats like apple pie, cherry crumble and more! You will all know that I've been on a health kick since the start of the year but there is no reason you can't indulge too - it's all about balance.

3. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

Believe it or not but I only tried my first ever Pumpkin Spice Latte last year - I was a little late jumping on the bandwagon but I am so glad that I did because they are delicious. I have always been a huge fan of cinnamon, all spice and of course, gingerbread so it was only a matter of time before I tried pumpkin spice.

4. Candles, Candles & More Candles

If you have been reading this blog for quite some time then you will know how much I love candles. I will light them all year round but as soon as Autumn hits thats when it starts to get serious. I start whipping out my cult favourites from Yankee Candles and Bath & Body Works. Candles are all rounders for me because they help create ambiance, character, mood lighting, create gorgeous aromas and of course, they come in handy for Autumn dedicated blog photography as you can see above haha.

5. Hot Drinks On Tap

I know I mentioned Pumpkin Spice Lattes already (basic, but you can't deny how amazing they are) but I thought I needed to dedicate a slot to all of my other favourite hot beverages. You all know how much I love hot chocolate but I'm talking about endless cups of tea and hot squash or cordial. I used to drink hot Ribena when I was growing up so whenever I have something similar it just brings me back to my childhood.

6. Long Crisp Walks

I love long walks in general but walks in the crisp autumn time with my little Yorkshire Terrier Bella kick things up a notch. Where I live we are very fortunate to have a Priory Marina pretty much in walking distance, so I love taking my little Bella there and it is such a joy seeing her face light up playing in all of the fallen leaves.

7. Hand Me The Remote 

Not only do all of my favourite US shows start up again in the Autumn time, I'm talking about you Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Teen Wolf. BUT all my favourite UK shows start also, like the X Factor, Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice and more.

8. Layer Up, It's Cold Outside 

As much as I love my summer wardrobe I do love switching things up and layering up cosy knits, turtle neck tops, faux fur gilets, fuzzy socks, boots and more. Last year I literally lived in my beloved Topshop Joni Jeanes, River Island black ankle boots and New Look roll neck tops. Autumn is the time for cosy yet chic outfits.

9. Seasonal Treats

I love seasonal treats but hate the fact that they are limited edition because it makes me so sad when I can no longer get hold of something. Mr Kipling releases these gorgeous Gingerbread Whirls every year and I found out this week that they are officially back! I would definitely give them a try if you love their originals whirls but also if you are a fan of autumnal spices.

10.  Changing Colours

Spring and Summer are very beautiful and vibrant but I do love it when you start to see all of the colours changing. Autumn is the perfect season to be taking beautiful scenic photos and spending time outdoors and I just adore the orange, red and golden hues of the leaves.

11. Quality Family Time

With so many holidays coming up during Autumn it is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and loves ones. I work full time outside of my blog so it's not the same as when I was in school or University but there is still plenty of opportunity to partake in fun activities.

12. My Birthday

For #12 I thought it was only fitting that I included a special reason why I love the Autumn time...my Birthday! I am an Autumn baby and I was born on 12th November (the day after Leonardo Di Caprio and the same day as Ryan Gosling *queue heart eyed emoji*). I love the fact that I was born in November and not being biased in anyway (cough, maybe a little bit) it is one of the best months of the year, especially with Christmas just being around the corner and the change in season.

13. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

What kind of Autumnal post would this be if I didn't mention Halloween and Christmas?! It does't feel quite real yet but we are only 2 weeks away from Halloween and 77 days away from Christmas - where has this year gone?! Queue my seasonal movie reel including Hocus Pocus, Elf, Santa Claus and more.

I hope you all enjoyed this autumnal inspired post - it's something I've been thinking about writing for quite some time. There are a million and one reasons why I love Autumn but thought I would share 13 of my favourites. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

Lots of Love

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Win Autumn Beauty Goodies with Cohorted

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful weekend so far!

So, we have officially jumped into Autumn and I'm kicking off the season with an exciting collaboration with Cohorted. For those of you who don't know who Cohorted are, they been on the beauty scene for a little while now and they originally started off as an exclusive website where you could find the best cult beauty products at the best prices. Since then they now also offer exclusive beauty boxes which are packed full of luxury products. For example, their recent August Black Edition Beauty Box included a limited edition Nars palette, two deluxe LancĂ´me samples, Smith & Cult Nail polish, a brush from their own Ovali Collection and more! The value of the box was £118 and the subscription is £35 per month including postage. Sounds pretty amazing right?!

So, the giveaway! Cohorted have very kindly put a goodie package together for one of my lovely readers to win. The package includes an Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, Paul Yacomine 3 Essential Hair Oils, the Ovali Sculpt and Shadow set and the Dr Botanicals Daily Moisturiser. I mean, the prizes speak for themselves but what better way to jump into Autumn than with some fabulous new beauty products?! To enter all you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below and Cohorted will be announcing the winner on their Twitter account on Monday 31st October.

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and Lots of Love

*Prize provided by Cohorted

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Couture

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you are having a wonderful weekend so far. I thought today I would  share with you one of the newest fragrances to my collection and one that I have absolutely been loving. Now, I have been a Viktor & Rolf fan for as long as I can remember and a few years ago when my blog was pretty much starting out I was invited to my local Debenhams store for the Exclusive Original BONBON launch. Since then I have always felt a strong connection to the fragrance and fast forward two years Viktor & Rolf have created a sister fragrance that is equally as beautiful.

On 14th September 2016 Viktor & Rolf launched their brand new fragrance BONBON Couture which is a much more intensive, luxurious and stronger scent than the original. Both scents are equally as beautiful and incredibly sweet but I'd have to say that if you're looking for one to wear throughout the Autumn and Winter time, then BONBON Couture is for you. The fragrance opens with a juicy combination of mandarin, neroli oil and peach before transcending into a heart of orange blossom and sambac jasmine, sweetened by a potent caramel note. The base is defined by a woody accord of sandalwood and patchouli, with vanilla and blonde tobacco. It smells absolutely incredible and has great staying power throughout the day!

Now, I know they say to never judge a book by it's cover but honestly it is just so hard when the fragrance itself is so beautiful and detailed. I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and this one gets top marks from me every time. The bottle itself continues the original BONBON 'sweetie' design and it just screams luxury and couture vibes. There is definitely weight to this bottle which confirms the quality and there is no doubt that this will look beautiful out on display.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this perfume review - I would love to hear your thoughts on BONBON Couture. I have been reaching for this scent on a daily basis and I couldn't wait to share it with you all. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

The fragrance itself is available at Selfridges.com and comes in three different sizes; 30ml at £57, 50ml at £79* and 90ml at £109.

Lots of Love

*PR Sample
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