Yankee Candles from Love Aroma (Discount Code included)

10 Sept 2016

Love Aroma Yankee Candle

Love Aroma Yankee Candle

Love Aroma Yankee Candle

Did you know Britons spend around £90 million on Candles every year?! That is an insane amount of candles, and I myself can never have enough candles. If you open my kitchen cupboard you will see hoards of candles just waiting to be burnt. I was recently contacted by Love Aroma and they asked if I would like to try out some of their candles, so of course I said yes. Love Aroma is one of the UKs fastest growing home fragrance specialist and the largest independent retailer of Yankee Candle. They also sell my favourite, WoodWick.

They kindly sent me the Yankee Candle Riviera Escape 6 Votive House Gift Set*, which includes six beautiful summer fragrances for just £10.99, and a votive candle holder*. I personally love these gift sets as they are a great way to try out multiple fragrances before you commit to a larger candle. The candles came well wrapped and protected, which is always a worry when buying candles online. The parcel also came scented with lotus flower and jasmine, one of the candles they sell, which was a lovely surprise! 

Delivery is reasonable at £2.99 if you spend under £30 or free if you spend over £30. It was very speedy, and overall I would highly recommend you check them out. 

Enter VANILLACRUSH at checkout to receive 20% off your order - it expires at the end of September.

Let me know what your favourite candle is!
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The Eye of Horus Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Imperial Bronze

14 Aug 2016

Eye of Horus Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Imperial Bronze

Eye of Horus Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Imperial Bronze

I have spoken about my love for Eye of Horus many times on my blog, my favourites being the Maat Dark Temptress Eye Shadow Palette and the Sultry Serpentine Goddess Pencil. I recently found out about the Liquid Metal Eyeliners and this may be my favourite of them all. The liquid eyeliners come in four colours, but the one that I have fallen in love with is Imperial Bronze* - a rich metallic bronze with hints of gold.

I have never really taken to liquid eyeliner, however since using this I am a total convert. The felt tip applicator is very thin and the handle is very long, which I find very easy to use to apply a thin precise line. It is very opaque in one sweep and the colour is just beautiful. Its cruelty, Nut, Gluten and Paraben-free formula is infused with Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Water and Evening Primrose Oil which means it is very gentle on your eyes.

Eye of Horus Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Imperial Bronze

Once dry this eyeliner does not budge and it does not transfer to the top of your eyelid. It is extremely long wearing - I apply in the morning and it is still there by the evening, without any smudges. The colour is suitable for all skin tones, and looks great with blue eyes. As usual I am very impressed with Eye of Horus and I would highly recommend you try out any of their products. They are more expensive than your typical drug store products, but in my opinion they are worth the extra pennies.

The Eye of Horus Liquid Metal Eyeliner are available now from Beauty Bay and the British Museum for £16.50 and are also available in Alchemy Gold, Ancient Pewter and Sphinx Copper.

Nicole Miller Phone Cases

10 Aug 2016

Nicole Miller Phone Case

Go back a year and I rarely changed my phone case, however recently I seem to be growing quite a collection. In particular, I have grown quite fond of the Nicole Miller phone cases. I picked up both of these from TK Maxx for a very reasonable price of just £6.99 each, and yet they are very well made. The floral case on the left is a hard case back with Nicole Miller engraved at the bottom and this is the case that first attracted me to Nicole Miller. The clear floral case on the right is a more recent purchase and comes in two separate parts - a soft gel frame to protect the phone edge and a hard case back to protect the back. 

I adore how these look on my phone and there are many other beautiful designs available. Unfortunately it seems they are not particularly easy to get hold of, there are some on EBay, however do pop into your local TK Maxx store and have a look!

Where do you buy your phone cases from?


The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil #FindReggieLove

31 Jul 2016

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Growing up I would always use Tea Tree Oil on my spots. It wasn’t till I was older that I began to dabble in more 'sophisticated' spot treatments, but recently I have returned to the old favourite. For the most part, my skin is generally pretty clear, the only time I usually suffer is around the time of the month, however recently my skin has not been very happy and tea tree oil has really helped.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil, is derived from the leaves of the tea tree, a plant native to Australia (this is not related to the common tea plant that we use to make green and black teas). Most people know tea tree oil as a blemish treatment thanks to its topical antiseptic properties, but there are many other ways that you can use the oil such as to treat scars, soothe insect bites. To read 25 everyday uses for Tea Tree Oil, see here!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil* is a fair trade organic tea tree oil that comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers' Association. I have been applying this oil morning and night, using a q tip to avoid spreading bacteria. Although an oil, it is much runnier and therefore dries quickly. When first applied it does sting a little, something I find strangely satisfying - at least I know it is doing something. It helps to dry out your blemish, reduce the redness and within a few days you will see the spot begin to disappear. 

The bottle is very medicinal, and the cap is leak proof making it very travel friendly. The applicator itself can be quite hard to use, I often struggle to get the product out - but after practice it does become easier. Although small, the bottle will last a long time as you only need to apply one or two drops morning and night.

I must mention that tea tree oil does not have the most pleasant scent, and it is very strong, however I don't mind it too much and it dissipates quickly. It doesn't help much with spots that have already filled with pus - therefore apply as soon as you see the first signs of a spot. This particular version contains 15% tea tree oil and costs £8 for 10ml, but if you are looking for a cheaper version that is 100% tea tree oil, check out Superdrugs own version for £2.99.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil


The Body Shop are currently running a campaign called Find Reggie Love, but who is Reggie you may ask. Reggie is a Red Shanked Douc, a monkey that is on the red list of endangered species. Doucs are poached for both food and use in Chinese medicine, and the forest that they live in is being destroyed, so they need our help. 

For every purchase made in participating stores, The Body Shop will contribute 1p to help restore the rain forest in Vietnam. Now this may not sound a lot, however 1p can help save 1 square metre of the rain forest, and help Reggie to find some friends to expand their population. This is an easy way to help make a difference whilst purchasing your favourite products from The Body Shop.

Do you use tea tree oil as a spot treatment?

24 Hours in Athens

27 Jul 2016

On our way to Santorini, we decided to stop in Athens for the day. Now, Athens is not a city I have thought to visit exclusively, but as our flight was going via Athens we decided to make the most of it and stay there for one evening. We landed just after 10pm, and left the following evening - leaving us 24 hours to explore the historical city of Athens. To be honest, we did very little planning before we got there, which surprisingly turned out very well.

Top of the list is the Acropolis. Yes, it is full of tourists, and it can get very hot in the middle of summer but you cannot go to Athens without taking a trip to the Acropolis. From afar, the Parthenon can be seen from most places in Athens, but up close it is even more impressive.

Be sure to head to Areios Pagos, a rock below the Acropolis where trials were held for murders in ancient times, to get amazing views of both the Acropolis and the city. If you want to beat the crowd, visit early morning or later in the day when it will also be a little cooler. 

Next up, head to Plaka for some lunch. Plaka, arguably the most beautiful neighbourhood in Athens, is a labyrinth of streets with whitewashed buildings. Some areas are very touristy, however you can spend hours strolling along the old cobbled streets, discovering the bars and cafes. Here we stopped in and had my favourite Greek food - souvlaki and Greek salad, whilst we watched the world go by.

Near to Plaka is the Acropolis Museum, which houses the old riches of the Acropolis. The setup of the museum is one of the best I have seen, arranged in chronological order from pre-history through the late Roman period. It is very modern offers a beautiful view of the Acropolis from the cafe/restaurant. This can take a few hours to get around but is well worth the visit.

Lastly, if you are after a quick and easy dinner head to Monastiraki Square and eat at one of the two famous tavernas - Thanasis and Bairaktaris. It is here that I experienced my first gyros and it sure was amazing - highly recommended.

Be sure to find out if anything is on in the city that day - whilst we were there, there was a food festival that was on which was so much fun.

24 hours is a good amount of time to get a feeling for the city, but if you can afford to stay a few more days then I suggest that you do. It is a great city to not really have much of a plan, but just explore side streets and get off the beaten track a little.

3 Simple Tricks to drink more water

20 Jul 2016


You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again - drinking water has many health and skin benefits. When you haven't had enough water, you become dehydrated and you may begin to experience dry skin, headaches, a dry mouth and worst of all, tiredness. So why do we not drink more water? I for one used to struggle to drink the recommended 2-3 litres a day, until I started tricking myself into drinking more. Here are some tips that will hopefully encourage you to try and drink some more water throughout the day.

This is a more recent discovery, but one that I would highly recommend. Hydratem8* is a water bottle with a difference. The markings on the water bottle remind you to keep drinking every hour, motivating you to reach that 2 litre mark. It has a flip straw which means it is very easy to use on the move, it is BPA free and can hold 900ml of liquid. Since using this water bottle I am definitely drinking a lot more. I am always checking that I have reached the recommended amount, and if not, I drink up. They come in a variety of colours and cost £13.99 each. For every purchase made they also donate £1 to Pump Aid, a charity who help provide safe water to those who need it the most.


If you struggle to drink a lot of water because you find it quite simply boring, add some fruit, vegetables or herbs. Not only do you get the benefits of the water, but you get added benefits from the fruit and vegetables. Here are my top three infusions:
> Raspberry and Mint - This has wonderful antioxidant properties from the raspberries, and the mint helps to aid your digestion.
> Blueberry and Oranges - This also has antioxidant properties from the blueberries and toxin flushing properties from the oranges.
> Lemons, Mint and Cucumber - Otherwise known as sassy water. This is a well known detox water that has been shown to help people lose weight.
Lastly, make drinking water a habit. Many people simply forget to drink water, however, adding it to your daily routine will mean that you are prompted to drink. This could be every time you pop to the bathroom you drink a glass of water, or when you go to sleep/wake up you drink a glass of water. Make it a ritual and every time you do said activity you will be reminded to drink some water. This is an easy way to add a few more glasses to your routine each day.

What are your tips for drinking more water?

DHC Rich Eye Zone Care Pack

17 Jul 2016

Every time I have my skin analysed I am told that my undereyes are dehydrated, so I am always on the look out for hydrating treatments.  I currently use the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado every evening, but sometimes I am in need of a little extra boost of hydration. Eye Masks are not that easy to come by in the UK, however DHC have just released the Rich Eye Zone Care Pack*. This deeply hydrating eye mask contains moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and elastin, which help to protect the skins natural moisture barrier and olive fruit oil to deeply hydrate.

There are 6 applications in the pack, and they are stored inside a plastic container. The right and left eye masks are paired together, and when you peel them apart you reveal the creamy formula. After cleansing and toning, you apply the mask to your eye area, leave for 10 minutes then masage any remaining cream into your skin. It is suggested to use this mask once or twice a week, so you can get up to 6 weeks worth of treatments in one pack.

The first time I used the mask, I found it quite hard to apply in a place that was comfortable. Little did I know that I had put them on the wrong way round! When applied the correct way, it is still a little uncomfortable, perhaps I have a large eye area? Once I removed the mask, I could instantly see a difference - my eyes looked bright and more awake. My under eyes looked much more hydrated and I could still feel the moisture is there hours later. I like that it works on both the under eye and on the upper lid, something that would be very beneficial to older skin.

The DHC Rich Eye Zone Care pack is now available online at for £15 (£2.50 per treatment).
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How and why you should be Double Cleansing?

13 Jul 2016

Double Cleanse

Every day your skin is ageing, and ensuring your face is thoroughly cleansed will allow your skin to work on preventing those ageing signs from appearing. The skin repairs itself overnight, and so, if you leave make-up on your face, or do not remove it properly, you will clog your pores, dehydrate your skin and it will really suffer.

Why Should I Double Cleanse? 
Double cleansing ensures that your skin is as clean as it can be. The first cleanse removes your make-up and any build up of dirt throughout the day, and the second cleanse provides a deeper cleanse. This will ensure that any products that you apply to your skin afterwards are as effective as possible.

Double Cleanse

The products you should use depend on your skin type, and what works best for your skin. If you have dry skin, cleansing oil and balms are best to remove your makeup. They are very nourishing and will not dry out your dry skin even more. If you have oily skin then you can still use an oil or balm if it does not break you out, otherwise stick to a cleansing milk. Use a muslin cloth to ensure all makeup is removed before moving onto your second cleanse. The second wash should be using a cleanser. If you have dry skin you may wish to use a moisturising cleanser, whereas if you have oily skin then a clay based cleanser will help soak up any excess oil.

Double Cleanse

Do I need to double cleanse morning and night?
No, you should only double cleanse at night. However, ensure that you wash your face again in the morning to remove any excess sebum and oil that has built up overnight. It is important that you use a cleanser, not just water, to remove any toxins that the skin has eliminated over night.

Over time you will begin to see a difference in your skin, your pores should appear smaller because they are now getting a much more thorough clean, and your serums and oils will be much more beneficial. 

Do you double cleanse?

The New Pixi by Petra AW16 Collection

10 Jul 2016

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

Last week I was invited to the Pixi Flagship Store to have a sneak peak at the new AW16 Collection. There are a total of eight new products in the collection; three new skincare items and five new makeup items. If you are a fan of the Glow Tonic, look out for the new portable pads infused with the cult-classic called Glow Tonic To-Go (£20). There is also a Best of Bright Kit which gives you brighter clearer skin in just 3 quick steps (including a Glow Mud Mask which sounds fabulous). Lastly in Skincare they have the Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads (£10) which deeply condition your lashes and nourish the under eye area while effectively removing all your makeup.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

From the make-up launches, I got to try three products. The Lip Lift Max in Sheer Rose* (£14) is a peptide infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances. Initially I thought Sheer Rose would be too dark for me, but once applied it is the most beautiful rose colour that enhances the colour of your lips. The added peptides hydrate, firm and plump lips without it being too glossy and sticky. It also contains aloe, jojoba and chamomile which heals, moisturises and soothes your lips. I am pleasantly surprised with the gloss and although my lips do not look much different, there is certainly some plumping going on.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

They have also added two new colours to the Endless Silky Eye Pens* (£12) collection. As I am quite fair, black eyeliner can often look too harsh on me, so Graphic Greige is the perfect softer alternative. This long wearing, waterproof eyeliner is super soft and gentle on the eye. Once set it does not budge, therefore you have to be quick to blend. It stays on all day and I am in love with the colour - definitely recommended if you want something a bit different to black.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max

Lastly, one of my favourite new releases in the Multibalm in Wild Rose* (£12). This multi use balm can be used on both your lips and cheeks, but I personally prefer this colour on my cheeks. It is infused with aloe vera, Shea butter and rose hip oil, so it is super moisturising. I blend this in with a brush on my cheeks and it gives you a beautiful flush of colour.

Along with these products, they are also releasing a lower lash mascara (£11) which has a super slim brush and short bristles to effortlessly cost lower lashes, and a deep brown ink liner, called Lash Line Ink in Velvet (£12).

The AW16 collection launches late July and is available online and in store.

My Invisalign Journey: How I Clean my Aligners

28 Jun 2016

Keeping your aligners clean is imperative to keeping your breath fresh. On a day to day basis I clean my aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Once I have finished cleaning my teeth, I use the left over residue to clean my aligners gently, or add some more toothpaste if there is not much left. Although this does a good job of freshening them up a little, after a few days you will notice your aligners are not as bright, and to be quite frank, they begin to smell.

Therefore, once or twice a week, I like to use denture cleaners. Now, Invisalign do not recommend this, therefore do so at your own risk. However I have done this since the beginning and have had absolutely no issues in doing so. I have been using Steradent, which is available to buy from all supermarkets, including Boots and Superdrug, for around £1. It is very simple to use, just put one tablet into a tumbler, add your aligners and some warm water. Do NOT use hot water, as you do not want your aligners to warp - I just run the hot tap, and add the water whilst its warm. Leave for 10-15 minutes, rinse with cold water and you are done. It kills 99.9% of bacteria, leaving your aligners nice, clean and fresh.

If you have any tips, please do let me know!
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The Lipstick that Doesn't Budge | Lord & Berry Lipsticks

23 Jun 2016

Italian Fashion house, Lord & Berry, are not your typical Make-up brand. They describe makeup as a fashion accessory,just like a handbag, aiming to blur the lines between fashion and makeup. Their main focus is on lip and eye makeup, and judging by the lip products I have been testing - they have nailed it.

The Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick* is the lipstick to go to if you want perfect lips all day long and I mean ALL day long. Once set it really does not budge. Perfect nude is exactly what it says - the perfect nude. In just one stroke it achieves the most beautiful matt pigmented finish. It is lightweight and moisturising due to the neem oil, sesame oil and frankincense oil, therefore not drying at all. At £14 it is more on the expensive side, but not having to reapply every few hours makes it worth it.

However, if you like something a little less matt then the Lord & Berry 20100 Lipsticks Crayons* are perfect. I have both Scarlett, a bright true red, and Intimacy, a beautiful pinky nude. Both are of a lovely creamy consistency, which applies smoothly, and are highly pigmented. Again, they are very moisturising and feel very much like a balm on the lips. You will need to line your lips when using Scarlett as it is not very easy to get a nice clean line. These do not last as long as the kissproof lipstick, nor do they claim too, however they do still last around 4 or 5 hours. The lipstick Crayons are usually £10 however at the time of this post they are currently on offer for just £5 from Boots!

What is your go to lipstick?
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The Easier Way to Clean your Makeup Brushes

21 Jun 2016

Until recently, brush cleansing palettes were only really available in the USA, so when the Pixiwoo sisters released the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette I couldn't wait to try it out. The palette is palm sized and measures roughly 5 inches by 2 inches. It is soft, and therefore easy to bend and it has a little strap on the back for your hand, making the tray easy to hold. There are three different textures on the palette, one for large brushes, one for medium and one for small brushes. It also comes with two free trials of the Real Techniques brush cleansing gel, enough for a few cleanses per sachet.

To clean a brush I apply a small amount of gel to the palette, add some water and then swirl the brush across all three textures to give it a thorough clean. After a while I then rinse the brush under the tap and go back to the Palette to clean it some more. I find that once I rinse the brush I do need to add some more cleansing gel as the brush tends to soak up most of the gel and so it gets washed away. Once done, you can lay the brush across the top of the palette to dry, however I clean my brushes in batches so rarely use this feature.

All in all, I do like this palette however I wouldn't say it is a necessity to have in your collection. I like the control that the hand strap gives you and the palette is a good size, not too big and not too small. The three different textures do come in handy, and they are great at cleaning your brushes. I much prefer this technique to my usual of placing some soap in the palm of my hand and rubbing the brush until they are very sore! However, I felt like I was using a lot more cleansing gel than usual, which seemed a bit of a waste.  I also wasn't really a fan of the RT cleansing gel, I much prefer the Dr. Bronners magic soap, which I spoke about in this post.

The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is available now for £12.99.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?
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Kourtney Kardashians Favourite Serum from Manuka Doctor

19 Jun 2016

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming Serum
Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming Serum

Manuka Doctor recently announced Kourtney Kardashian as their new Global Brand Ambassador. It was soon revealed that her favourite serum is the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming Serum* and I can see why. The serum contains hero ingredients Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey, along with plant extracts, which work together to help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as regulate discolouration. The Colloidal gold helps to lock in moisture and stimulate cell generation, and the light reflecting particles help illuminate your skin.

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming SerumThe serum has a very delicate perfume scent and feels very light on the skin. Once applied it drys a little tacky and you can feel your skin begin to tighten slighty due to the bee venom. Once settled my skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated. On first glance, the gold dust appears very glittery, however on your skin it produces a beautiful soft healthy glow that is a great base for your makeup. When using this my makeup applies so much better, and the finish is just the look I am after. After a short period of time I have begun to see a visible difference in my skin, it definitely feels more firm and hydrated and I can see why this is a favourite with Kourtney.

The Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming Serum is available online for £29.99 for 30ml.

What is your favourite Manuka Doctor product?

Seventeen Gel Colour in Hurricane

16 Jun 2016

Hurricane nail polish seventeen gel colour

When it comes to nail polish I generally stick to safe colours - pinks, reds and soft muted colours. Today I decided to go for something a bit different, Hurricane - a beautiful, bright, cobalt blue and surprisingly I absolutely love it. It is so out of my comfort zone and yet I have had more compliments than any other colour.

The brush is wide and flat, making it a breeze to apply and you only need two thin coats to achieve an opaque colour. As it is a gel polish, a top coat is not required to achieve a shiny finish, however I still like to have that extra protection just in case. Unfortunately I found the polish to chip quite easily, but I am still a big fan of the colour!

Seventeen Gel Nail Colour is available from all boots stores for just £3.99, along with many other colours.

What do you think of blue nail polish?
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The Perfect Travel Accessories from Aspinal of London

19 May 2016

The Aspinal of London Travel Collection is the best way to travel in style. Hand crafted from the finest Italian leather and lined in a beautiful cream suede, this travel collection comprises of a classic travel wallet, a passport cover and two luggage labels (one large and one small). All are of the highest quality and very durable, meaning they will last for many many years.

Previously when traveling I would keep all my important documents in a clear plastic wallet that was rather quite ugly to be honest. Instead, the Aspinal Travel Wallet is not only stylish but also very practical.  It features one large gusseted compartment for currency, four tabbed sections for safe storage of all your documents, a zipped compartment for coins and an open pocket for boarding passes. The passport section can just about fit a passport with a cover, however it is a bit of a squeeze.

The passport cover comes embossed with PASSPORT on the front and has reinforced corners to ensure it holds up well through travels. Inside it has a pocket, which is great for your boarding pass if you are in a rush and it is finished with a grosgrain ribbon marker which I use to find my photo page much quicker.

Lastly, the luggage tags come in two sizes, one for hand luggage and one for hold luggage. I have never really used luggage tags before, however now I will not go without. It really stands out against my black suitcase making it very easy to spot on the carousel. They both come with a gold foil Aspinal signature address card, with flaps to cover your personal information.

This would make a great gift as not only is there the option to customise the collection with your initials, making them that little bit more special, they also come beautifully packed in a gift box, wrapped with a ribbon. 

The Deluxe Travel Set comes in at £165, and is available in 14 different colours. Purchased separately these would cost you £205 - a total saving of £40.

The Giorgio Armani Si Perfume Range

17 May 2016


There is something very special about perfume. In just one spray you can be transported back to a period or event in your life, evoking some very happy (or sad) memories. It this reason that I will happily invest a bit more into perfume. The Si range from Giorgio Armani was first released in 2013 as a tribute to modern femininity. There are three versions of the scent ranging from light and delicate to intense and sexy. These high end perfumes cost more than your average perfume, but produce the most beautiful long wearing scents. The luxurious bottles are classic and elegant, and will stand out from the rest on your dressing table.

The lightest fragrance of them all is the Eau de Toilette*. This is your every day scent, with notes of pear, freesia and amber wood, and a musky vanilla base. It is much more subtle than the other two, with the perfect balance of fruity and floral scents. I wear this scent the most our of the three as it is very soft and feminine. The Eau de Parfum* is more of an evening perfume due to its heavier scent. When first sprayed it is warm yet woody, then it softens to a floral yet sweet scent. It has notes of mandarin, rose and jasmin with a base of patchouli and vanilla. Lastly, the strongest of them all is Eau de Parfum Intense*. This is the darker, more sultry scent that is very intense when first applied. I much prefer this scent once it has settled down, otherwise it can be a little over powering.

Definitely try all three before you buy as they although they have the same underlying scent, there are subtle differences. Prices range from £54 to £72 for 50ml but can also be purchased in 30ml or 100ml. 

What is your favourite high end perfume?
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Book Review | How Not to Travel the World by Lauren Juliff

15 May 2016

When I'm not travelling, I love to travel vicariously through others, so its no surprise that I can spend hours and hours getting lost in travel blogs. When I learnt that one of my favourite travel bloggers was releasing a book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. How Not to Travel the World is written by travel blogger Lauren Juliff from Never Ending Footsteps. As the title suggests, this book is all about the adventures of a disaster prone backpacker. After suffering from anxiety for much of her life, Lauren decided to leave her safety net, England, and travel the world solo. She had never tried eggs, never tried rice and had never been on a bus, yet 5 years later she is still travelling, and has now accomplished all three and much much more!

The book begins on day one of her travels and continues for more than a year. Many of the stories are hilarious, whilst others are scary. You will read about how she got scammed in Shanghai and how she had to travel for six hours with a dead body, but she also tells the tale of how she met her boyfriend through travelling. Lauren takes you through her adventures as if you are there with her, making it very hard to put the book down.

This book is more than a travel book, it is a story about growing as an individual and gaining the courage to do things you are afraid of. Lauren is very relatable and super inspiring. Through this book she shows that although you sometimes may fall, you will always pick yourself up and be a stronger person because of it. Just a warning, despite the mishaps this book will make you want to travel the world.

Do check out Lauren's blog, it's far from your typical travel blog and is a great read.

Should we be using Aluminium in our deodorant?

12 May 2016

Last month Soft & Gentle released the UK's first 0% aluminium anti-perspirant deodorant and this got me thinking what is so bad about aluminium? After some thorough research I learnt some interesting facts. Aluminium is used to form a temporary plug in the sweat ducts, hence why it is used in deodorant. This doesn't sound too bad. However, some research suggests that aluminium that is applied near the breast can be absorbed into the skin and cause estrogen like effects. This can promote the growth of cancer cells, and therefore contribute to the development of breast cancer. That doesn't sound so good right? Having said that, there is no conclusive evidence linking aluminium and breast cancer and so there is no real concern. This does however make me consider using a more natural based deodorant.

The aluminium free deodorant from Soft & Gentle* uses plant based ingredients for natural protection. It is free from allergens, parabens and alcohol and rather than aluminium, horsetail is used to tighten underarm pores and sage is used to help soften the skin and neutralise body odour. They work exactly the same as your typical deodorant but with the natural goodness. There are three scents available,  which are all very lightweight and fresh, for just £2.99 for 150ml from Superdrug.

What do you think of natural deodorants?

Current Spring Favourites

10 May 2016

I use a purple shampoo once a week to get rid of any brassy tones and to help brighten my hair. I have tried a multitude of different shampoos, some cheap and some expensive, yet I always go back to the cheapest of them all; the Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo*.  This does exactly what it does on the tin for just £3.19, my hair is more vibrant and fresh in just one wash. I really do believe there is no need to invest in a more expensive purple shampoo. I do however recommend that you use a deep conditioner with this shampoo as it is a little drying.

I have also been loving this Yankee Candle in Vanilla Lime (£10.99). The combination of rich vanilla, sweet cane sugar and zesty lime smells good enough to eat. It is not sickly sweet, but very fresh and fills the room with the most beautiful aroma. I also much prefer this style of glass to the typical Yankee Candle glass, and although it is smaller the throw is just as good. Another favourite is the new long wear range from China Glaze called EverGlaze. I have fallen in love with the colour We Be Jammin'*, a purple grey that is perfect all year round. This gel like polish does not need to be set with a UV light, but is as long lasting and as durable. The formulation is not the best, it can be quite hard to apply a thin layer, however the colour makes up for it. These are exclusive to Sally Beauty for just £8.99.

I had a bit of an impsule purchase in the Charlotte Tilbury store in Covent Garden and bought the Magic Foundation for £29.50. The service was fabulous, they couldn't do enough to help and I would definitely head back for more help. The foundation really is magic, it is perfect for my normal/dry skin and provides a flawless full coverage. It feels very moisturising on my skin and lasts all day. There is a colour for all skin tones so do check it out if you are after a new foundation.

Lastly, I have been using the Sanctuary Spa Wonder Body* a lot recently. Now that the weather has improved my legs are on show more now despite not seeing the sun for a while. This is essentially a tinted moisturiser for your body, giving you a very slight colour with a nice glow. It has sheer pigments and blurring skin particles that improve the look of your skin, giving you more confidence. It also contains grape seed and abyssinian oil which are rich in vitamin E and a good source of hydration.

What are you loving at the moment?

Summer Travel Plans

8 May 2016

It is officially less than one month till I start my summer travels and I cannot tell you how excited I am. Firstly we are off to Athens. We are only there for for 24 hours, so we won't get to experience much of the city, however top of the list is to visit the Acropolis and to explore as much as we can. We have yet to book our hotel so if you have any recommendations or blog posts on Athens then please do share. 

Then we move onto Santorini for the rest of the week. This beautiful caldera is infamous for its blue and white buildings, its stunning sunsets and amazing food. It has been quite a few years now since I have been to a Greek island, the last being Crete in 2007. When I was younger we used to visit Greece a lot as a family, so it will bring back a lot of childhood memories. I have always wanted to go to Santorini and experience the beautiful little towns, but most of all, I am looking forward to some sun and simply relaxing.

Once I get back from Santorini I am then off to Budapest with my mother. Every year we go on a mother daughter holiday, and last year we went to Prague and fell in love with the city. We then decided that we wanted to travel more of Eastern Europe, and chose Budapest. With its world famous baths, beautiful churches and stunning architecture, its no wonder why more and more people are visiting Budapest.

Lastly, but not yet confirmed, is Indonesia at the end of summer. I have booked the time off work but we have not booked flights or accomodation yet. The main reason for choosing Indonesia is that we want to learn how to dive and have been recommended going to the Gili islands. I have never been diving before so I am a little nervous, but having read into it some more I am actually quite excited. We are then hoping to travel around the islands, relax and explore the beauty that Indonesia is.

What are your summer travel plans?

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