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Friday, 18 November 2016

Top 5 Holiday Beauty Must Haves + Giveaway

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful start to the weekend. Now that my birthday is officially over (cries) I can fully start thinking about Christmas and the holiday season. So, I thought today I would share with you my 'Top 5 Holiday Beauty Must Haves' with a cheekily little giveaway waiting for you at the end...pssstt, don't peak! When I think of the holiday season and beauty items I'm drawn to the classic must haves...something to enhance your eyes, a kissable lip shade, maximum glow, the tools and an iconic flirty scent.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette*

This is one of the newer palettes to my collection and I am obsessed with it already. This must-have palette featured all the universally flattering shades you would need for day to night, no matter the occasion. There are 14 anti-aging eyeshadows that, with a tap of the bonus Transforming Pearl shade, turn from matte to a radiant pearl for endless eye-opening colour combinations. If you are looking for a glamorous palette for the holiday season I would definitely recommend this one.

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

I think everyone and their dog knows about this iconic highlighter! Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is a beautiful apricot golden highlighter which has been developed in collaboration with Youtuber and makeup maestro, Jacyln Hill. A beautiful, buttery pressed powder, this illuminator is so finely milled it's almost creamy - perfect for granting a dazzling, lit-from-within glow that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #6

When I think of the holiday season I am instantly drawn to nude, berry and red tone lip shades. So, I thought today I would share one of my all time favourite nude shades from Hourglass Cosmetics. The Femme Nude Lip Stylos are a seductive collection of nude lip crayons delivering a creamy, full-coverage formula and satin finish. Enclosed in a luxurious retractable styli, Femme Nude enhances the natural sensuality of your lips by adding fullness and dimension. Nude #6 is a beautiful mauve beige that would look incredible alongside an array of makeup looks.

Spectrum Collections You Look Marbleous 12-Piece Collection 

These brushes are everywhere at the moment and I could't resist treating myself to the full 12-piece set once they were back in stock. What is a glamorous holiday makeup if you don't have some tools to help you complete look?! The 12-piece set finishes in a stunning rose gold, grey and white colour way and consists of 5 luxe face brushes and a collection of 7 best selling eye, brow and lip brushes.

Katy Perry Mad Love Eau de Parfum*

Finally but certainly not least, you most definitely need a fragrance to complete your holiday must have beauty items. A girl can never have too many and this one from Katy Perry has grown to become one of my all time favourites, it is such a whimsical scent. Katy Perry fragrances are designed to capture the sexy and playful essence of her unique personality.

Firstly, let's take a moment to appreciate the fun and irresistible packaging. The glass design takes its cues from a classical round potion bottle that has been dipped in Cupid’s favourite color, light pink. Cupid’s arrow is displayed prominently on the sleek neck of the bottle. The front of the bottle features an embossed heart-shaped seal inspired by the vintage wax seals from love letters (such a cute touch!). The marbleised cap is the finishing touch and a bloggers dream. And like every love, is one-of-a-kind.

Addictive from the start, this playfully sexy floriental fruity fragrance opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with the freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses. Indulgent warmth builds int he background with the allure of Coconut Wood, Skin Musk, and ever so sensual Sandalwood. Katy’s Application Tip: “I never spritz on my skin. I always spritz and walk into it and I like to spray on my hair.”

If you would like to win a bottle of #KPMadLove Love then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Can't wait? Thinking of treating yourself or someone else this holiday season? This fun and flirty Katy Perry fragrance is available to purchase at Superdrug.

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I hope you all enjoyed talking through my 'Top 5 Holiday Beauty Must Haves' and I would love to hear your thoughts. 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.

What are your 'Holiday Beauty Must Haves' this season?

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Unicorn Gift Guide ft. ASOS

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful weekend so far. I thought today that I would bring you something a little fun. Now, as we are officially heading into the festive season I love nothing more than self-indulging in a few treats, however, I also love indulging in a spot of shopping and treating all the special people in my life. I've had some great feedback on my previous gift guides that I thought I'd put another one together...one with a special twist! I recently signed up to the ASOS Premier Delivery service and I have been completely hooked to the ASOS app ever since. I find myself throwing countless items into my shopping basket and half of which I genuinely don't need! I am developing an ASOS shopping addiction! One evening whilst browsing through the app I stumbled across a few Unicorn items and I instantly became obsessed. If you know me personally then you will know how much I love Unicorns! My cousins were round a few weeks ago and we actually counted how many Unicorn items I had in my room...I think it was something like 9 different things?! So, given my love for all things Unicorn this post has been a long time coming and I really hope you enjoy a few of my picks!

1. ASOS Metallic Unicorn Pom Bag Charm Key Ring | £6

When I saw this Unicorn Pom Bag Charm Key Ring I literally dropped my phone on my face...just look how cute and fluffy it is! I just love the silver tone chain, fluffy outer, holographic detailing and overall Unicorn design. For only £6 this would make the perfect treat to yourself or even a cute gift or stocking filler. All I know it, this has gone straight to the top of my Birthday wish list.

2. New Look Unicorn Carousel Drinking Cup | £6.99

When I saw this drinking cup it instantly reminded me of two of my favourite things; Unicorns (obvs haha) and the Central Park Carousel in New York. I was surprised with a trip to New York for my 23rd Birthday last year and I love how it reminds me of such a sweet memory. We probably have countless drinking cups already but do we have a Unicorn one...that is the question?! I love how cute and magical this one is, especially with the glitter detailing. I definitely don't drink enough water so if I was to use something like this it would definitely help me to ensure I get my daily allowance.

3. ASOS Oversized Unicorn & Rainbow Clear Makeup Bag | £15

How cute is this makeup bag?! I absolutely adore the Unicorn and rainbow all over print with the combination of the transparent material. You get the best of both worlds with this type of design, not only is it convenient when you're searching for a particular piece of makeup but it's very easy to wipe clean too! It is listed as a makeup bag but I don't see why you couldn't utilise this for other uses also.

4. ASOS Unicorn Print Tee & Legging Pyjama Set | £24

I love nothing more than lazy Sundays in my pyjamas with no makeup...imagine lazy Sundays in magical Unicorn pyjamas?! Talk about kicking it up a notch. This soft-touch jersey print tee and legging pyjama set are super adorable and would make the perfect gift for any Unicorn fan and the pink / purple vibes remind me of sweet candy floss!

5. Meri Meri Unicorn Cookie Cutter | £5

I am a huge baking fan so when I saw this Unicorn cookie cutter there were literally no words. This would make the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth who has been looking for the perfect opportunity to rustle up a batch of Instagram worthy Unicorn cookies. I'm definitely purchasing one of these for myself! If you'd like to see a Unicorn cookie recipe please let me know - I'm looking for an excuse to finally share some of my favourite baking recipes.

6. New Look Glitter Contrast Unicorn Slippers | £14.99

I was lucky enough to receive a pair of Unicorn slippers for Christmas last year and they are literally the best thing ever! They were also from New Look so I'd think they would be pretty much the same as these ones...super soft to the touch with a slip on style and glitter detailing. These would pair up perfectly with the pyjamas above too.

7. Pull & Bear Unicorn iPhone Case | £9.99

I have always admire the large silicone Unicorn phones cases, they are so colourful, bright and fun! The pastel pink and green hues are so whimsical and would definitely add some magical character to your iPhone. Imagine whipping this bad boy out of your handbag - it's a total showstopper!

8. Keep Calm & Colour Unicorns Book | £4.99 

I have wanted to try an adult colouring book for the longest time, I think they sound so therapeutic and are super nostalgic. There is nothing like a Unicorn to give life some colour so I think this would make another wonderful treat or gift. Relax, take a break and let your imagination take over!

I hope you all enjoyed this gift guide post, I had so much fun putting it together! I now officially want everything on this list! I would love to hear your thoughts on the items mentioned above and of course, please leave any other Unicorn item suggestions below too - whether they are from ASOS or not. Like I mentioned, everything featured in this post is easily accessible on ASOS.com or via the app. If you've been looking for some Unicorn inspired gifts then I hope this post has helped - if you have any special occasions coming up or if you're looking to drop some hints to someone then please share this post (please and thank you). These are only 8 of my top picks from the ASOS website, so don't forget to head on over and browse through all of the other items too - there is something for everyone.

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.

What do you think about these Unicorn gift ideas?

Lots of Love

Monday, 31 October 2016

5 Ways To Add A Twist To Your Day

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a great start to the week! A huge thank you to everyone who read, left a comment or messaged me directly about my 13 Thing I Love About Autumn post - I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together and I couldn't wait to start work on the next one. So, here it is! I for one can openly hold my hands up and say that I like routine but sometimes we can get stuck in a rut and we need to switch things up. So, I thought today I would share with you 6 ways to add a twist to your day. All of these steps are super easy yet effective and I've really enjoyed incorporating them into my daily routine.

1. Don't Skip Breakfast 

With a busy Monday to Friday schedule like mine I can hold my hands up and say that I don't always make time for breakfast. Slap on the wrist I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gears us up mentally and physically for the day ahead. So, to add a twist to your day try switching up your morning routine. Do you usually eat breakfast at the table? Make time to enjoy your breakfast,  maybe enjoy it in the garden (if the UK weather permits) or with a cosy blanket on the sofa with some morning television or your favourite spotify playlist. If you'd like to check out my playlists you can find me at @SophiaMeola.

2. Squeeze In A Workout

At the time, workouts don't seem like the most glamorous thing but just think how amazing you will feel after you've completed a quick HiiT session, spin class or even a quick circuit on the floor. I was recently in a little bit of a fitness rut so I decided to treat myself to some new gear. I feel so motivated to go to the gym when I have new workout clothes or new trainers (shopaholic haha) so don't be afraid to treat yourself to a new sports bra or fancy water bottle if you know it'll help kick start a new gym lifestyle change.

3. Bubble Baths & Face Masks

After a busy day make sure you allocate some time to unwind and de-stress. There is nothing I love more than enjoying a bubble bath with my favourite Lush bath bombs and a deep cleansing face mask. Add a twist to your bubble bath by combining 2 or more of your favourite bath bombs (you can cut these into chunks) and add some soothing bath oils for good measure. These are the little things that are so uplifting and will make you feel 10x better the following day.

4. Coffee Doesn't Ask Silly Questions...Coffee Understands

I have always been a tea and hot chocolate kind of girl...that was until I started my full time job almost 2 years go. I still drink my favourite hot beverages but sometimes coffee is the answer! During the week I am pretty much glued to my desk and sometimes it's hard to make time for a quick break. I was recently introduced to the Starbucks Caffe Americano with Milk and they have become my new  guilty pleasure. Starbucks Caffe Americano with Milk is the brand new addition to the #1 bestselling Chilled Classics range - a cool and uplifting blend of creamy milk and Starbucks 100% certified Arabica Espresso Roast coffee that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. You can enjoy a chilled twist on your favourite coffee that is perfect for an on-the-go pick me up at work, home or play.

5. Believe In Your Dreams...They Were Given To You For A Reason

After being in a little rut I decided to start writing down a list of things that I had achieved each day, however big or small. I struggle with self confidence so writing down these achievements has made such a different. I can be so hard on myself sometimes so I can always look back on these lists and prove to myself that I did have a productive day and in turn it makes me that even more bit motivated to work hard on my dreams and aspirations. I'm just using a cute notebook at the moment but I would like to get one of those Q&A or One Line A Day journals!

This is a slightly different post from me but I hope you enjoyed it - I really enjoy putting these type of posts together and I can't wait to work on some more. 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 ready to drink Starbucks Caffe Americanos with milk can be found in the chillers at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Waitrose, WHSmith and Boots alongside a handful of other retailers. The Starbucks Chilled Classics range consists of four delicious flavours including Caffe Latte, Caramel Macchiato and Cappuccino - and now Caffee Americano with milk.

How do you add a twist to your day?

Lots of Love

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Written and edited by Sophia Meola - all opinions are my own 

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

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