Beautiful smelling haul!

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Firstly, I picked up this beautiful vest top from Oasis. It is a gorgeous grey colour (although it is showing up more lilac on camera) with a scalloped edge. This is a beautiful light-weight vest in an unusual colour which I know I will get a lot of wear out of.

I then went in to the body shop to shop for a present for my friends birthday. I did pick up a present for her but I also treated myself! I picked up the Solid Oil for Lips as recommended by FleurdeForce. This is a very oily lip balm (stating the obvious I know). It really does nourish your lips however I don’t think that a lipstick would work on top due to the oily texture. It is definitely more of a lip balm to use on its own. 

In The Body Shop I also picked up their Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette. I don’t normally wear the body shop fragrances because they are so fruity and remind me of the kind of scents I used to wear as a teenager. However, this is simply divine. It really does smell of fresh raspberries and I just can’t keep smelling it. There is something very addictive about this scent. 

I did also pick up another perfume! I picked up Britney Spears Island Fantasy. It was one of the offers at the till and it was £15 for 100ml!! Bargain!!! This is definitely a summer scent. It smells like a tropical cocktail with notes of coconut and pineapple. I would’t wear this of an evening but for a day at work it is perfect! 

Clinton Cards had a fantastic offer on their Yankee Candles. I picked up a couple of their large jars for presents but for myself I picked up these two votives in Pink Hibiscus scent. This is a beautiful floral scent with hints of rose. These were 50% off so i couldn’t resist even though I have way too many candles at home!

The last things I picked up were a couple of products from L’Oreal. I picked up another of their nail polishes in Pistachio Drage. This is a stunning colour as is the rest of their latest range. These are fantastic quality and seem like good value, however they work out at the similar price as OPI and NailsInc per ml. That said, the colours are gorgeous and they are always on offer. They were on offer so I also picked up an eyeshadow from the same brand. I picked up the Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Gel-Infused Eyeshadow in Nude. This is a cream eyeshadow in a beautiful taupe colour. I haven’t tested the longevity yet but it looks promising!

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My new favourite scent

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Jo Malone has been my favourite brand of perfume for a few years now ever since I purchased my first bottle!

I did a blog post a couple of months back about my Jo Malone consultation where they fragrance match you. This week I went to buy my mom a bottle for her birthday and decided to treat myself as well.

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I picked up the Peony and Blush Suede fragrance for myself. This is a beautiful light floral with a sweet edge to it. It is simply divine.

This perfume lasts all day and is a handy size to pop in your handbag.

I would definitely recommend Jo Malone if you want a great shopping experience and a wonderful long-lasting perfume

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Jo Malone consultation

Today me and my mom visited Jo Malone in Selfridges in Birmingham. We had a complimentary hand and arm massage which we received with christmas gifts. They are still giving out these complimentary vouchers when you make any purchase from a Jo Malone stand.

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The consultation started with the assistant giving us testers of different scents to work out which one was our favourite. My favourite was Peony and Blush Suede. The assistant then mixed it with other fragrances to make my signature fragrance. She mixed the Peony and Blush Suede with English Pear and Freesia. This combination was deliciously sweet and floral. These perfumes are definitely going to be added to my wish list!

The lovely assistant then gave me an arm massage using the English Pear and Freesia body cream followed by spraying the Peony and Blush Suede cologne. This was brilliant as I had never considered mixing fragrances by layering body cream and cologne.

This was definitely an experience I would recommend as it has given me ideas for fragrance combinations I would never have thought of and that are unique!

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November Birchbox

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Laura Mercier Body Butter in Fresh Fig |£26 for 170g| Sample is 30g so worth £4.59Packed with nourishing shea butter, grape seed oil and protecting aloe vera gel for silky, scented limbs | This body butter smells fantastic. It is a lovely thick creamy texture, however, would I pay £26 for the full-size? I don’t think so. It’s a lovely treat to use but there are other body butters on the market for a much cheaper price tag

Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo | £8.95 for 190ml | Sample is 18ml so worth £0.85 | This gentle shampoo contains nourishing organic jojoba oil to smooth, reduce breakage and improve suppleness | This is a very disappointing sample size especially when it is one of the 5 main samples. I have not tried this shampoo as it does not say whether or not it is safe for coloured hair so I don’t want to risk it. Even if I had tried it, it would have been difficult to give a true review as with my long hair I would be lucky to get 2 shampoos out of the tiny tube. 

Chella Highlighter Pencil |£15.95| Presumably the sample is full size | Brighten and add glow to areas you wish to accentuate | This is a peach toned highlighter pencil. This is not a good colour match for my pale skin so I will not be using this as a highlighter. When I applied this it did not seem to highlight much at all after you had blended it. However, on the plus side, it would make a good waterline highlighter (however I wouldn’t recommend this as I am not sure how safe it is to use actually as an eyeliner). 

Lilla’lli Line Define Fill in Blackmail | £10 | Presumably sample is full size | A waterproof pencil to define eyes | I received the black eyeliner. It is a lovely soft, creamy pencil and the pigmentation is fantastic. However, it smudges very easily and did not last me all day. Definitely not a contender to replace my Rimmel black eyeliner!

English Laundry Signature For Her EDP | £16 for 10ml | Sample is 2ml so worth £3.20 | A divine delicate fragrance with elegant notes of quince, jasmine petals and musk | This is a beautiful feminine fragrance. It is sweet and floral at the same time. This would be a lovely summer fragrance. I will definitely consider purchasing the full-size of this. Or maybe put it on my christmas list. 

Lifestyle Extra | Pukka Herbs Teas | £2.29 for for 20 teabags | Sample was 3 teabags so worth £0.34 | I quite liked this as a sample as I love trying new fruit teas. Unfortunately because I am very fussy with my teas I gave the earl grey and the cinnamon to my mom, but the elderberry and echinacea was very nice. If they sell them in my local supermarket I would definitely consider buying them.

Beauty Extra | Pencil Sharpener | £3 | This would have been really useful a week age when I had lost my sharpener and had to repurchase a new one. There’s not much else to say about a sharpener, they’re much of a muchness!

Total Box Value = £34.73

The box was good value, however, there were a few disappointing products in there. I would prefer to see some more well known brands and better sample sizes for some of the products  

Wedding Handbag Must Haves

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Two of my best friends are getting married this summer: one in July and one this coming weekend so I think that I have nailed the must-have products for in your bag for the big day!

The first item is a boring one, as it is RENEE. These are indigestion tablets but I feel they are a necessity for a day filled with food and drink. I suffer from IBS so I take a Renee after eating to help to ease my stomach and to stop me from bloating. They are also great for heartburn and of course indigestion. For me this is the most important handbag essential because if my stomachs uncomfortable then I’m not going to feel pretty and confident.

My second essential is of course TISSUES. I bought this cute Union Jack print pack from Boux Avenue as it compact yet pretty. Unfortunately I wont have these with me at the church as I am a bridesmaid so wont be carrying my bag into the service, however they will be very useful for the speeches and the first dance.

My next essential is my TRAVALO perfume atomiser, filled with perfume of course. I cannot rate these highly enough. They are so easy to fill and so compact. I never carry a full size bottle of perfume anywhere anymore. This is of course for freshening up throughout the day. A little spray of perfume really makes me feel fresh and confident.

Next I have my RIMMEL WAKE ME UP CONCEALER but any concealer would be fine, this just happens to be the one I am using at the moment and is in a practical stick form. I use this to disguise under eye circles and blemishes throughout the day. This and a powder is all that I require to touch up my makeup throughout the day and keep me looking fresh. Weddings can last up to 12 hours and put your makeup through a lot with dancing and crying, so having a concealer in your bag allows you to look and feel fresh in the many photos.

I also carry KLEENEX BLOTTING TISSUES. This are my favourite blotting papers as they do not have any powder on them but work so fantastically you can see the grease off your skin left on the paper. These come in a compact pack so are perfect for popping in your handbag. I use these before I powder to ensure a truly shine-free complexion.

Of course RIMMEL STAY MATTE POWDER is in my handbag. I apply this using a REAL TECHNIQUES POWDER BRUSH. This is an everyday handbag essential for me so of course it will be in my wedding handbag.

My lipstick of choice for both my girls’ weddings is REVLON LIP BUTTER IN SUGAR FROSTING. I am not particularly into lipstick so I love the concept of the Lip Butters. They are a cross between a lip balm and a lipstick. This colour is a subtle pink sheen on the lips rather than being a full coverage lipstick. Perfectly pretty but perfectly subtle for a wedding.

My final product but one of the most important is my AVENE THERMALE SPRING WATER SPRAY. I use this both to fix my makeup in the morning and to refresh my makeup throughout the day. This spray stops your makeup from looking ‘cakey’ throughout the day and makes it look like you’ve just applied your makeup.

Of course I will also have my PHONE, CREDIT CARD AND CAMERA in my handbag. The above are just my beauty essentials. Although my clutch bag for the day is a decent size I have tried to keep essentials to a minimum.