Thursday, 11 April 2019

Spring Homeware Wishlist

While I absolutely love spring fashion, there is something about homeware at this time of year that I get so excited about. We wave goodbye to all the thick, fluffy blankets, burnt oranges and burgundies and make way for pastel hues, floral prints and spring accents. Like the phrase 'having a spring clean', I feel as though spring homeware well and truly reinvigorates and refreshes the home, brightening up our spaces and giving them a new lease of life. Plus, I absolutely love pastel no matter what time of year it is, so spring is always a big hit with me.

As the homeware in the shops is so incredible at the minute, I thought I'd put together a little spring homeware wishlist of some of the best bits I've spotted online.

1. Shell-shaped plant pot - H&M, £12.99
Shock horror - the first item I've got to mention isn't actually pastel! I'm really into gold accents at the minute and love the Little Mermaid vibes this shell planter is giving me. It's a really unique piece unlike anything I've seen in the shops before now and I don't think it's a bad price either. I do think it's probably smaller than I'm envisaging, but how cute would it look with a string of hearts plant in it? 

2. 'HEY' set of three vases - Next, £14
As soon as I saw these vases I knew I needed them in my life. Pastel? Tick. Gold detailing? Tick. Super cute? Triple tick. Honestly, I just need an excuse for somewhere to put them and I am so getting these. I think they'd look cute on a side table or even on a shelving unit. 

3. Caravan birdhouse - Rex London, £16.95
I've been after a birdhouse for my garden for ages, but could never find anything very 'me' - they're all quite plain and boring. However, as soon as I saw this one it went straight to the top of my wishlist. I've never seen anything quite like it before and it'll look adorable hanging off the tree in my garden. What a cute little house for the birds (and me) to enjoy!

4. 'Love is Power' A3 print - Oliver Bonas, £65
Oliver Bonas has so many gorgeous prints in at the moment and this one in particular caught my eye. I just love everything about it - the colour, the tiger, the flower detailing... I think it bring an amazing pop of colour into any home.

5. Pink and gold mug - H&M, £3.99
You just can't go wrong in H&M when it comes to kitchenware. This mug is super cute; I love the gold detailing and it's just 'my' shade of pink. Such a great price too!

6. Pineapple wind chime - Anthropologie, £40
Okay, so whilst I can't really justify splashing out £40 on a wind chime, I have to admit I've never seen anything like this before and just how cool would it look in the garden during the summer?

7. 'Peachy Clean' bath mat - Urban Outfitters, £29
Again, this is definitely on the pricey side but if you're looking for a 'talking point' bath mat that screams personality then this is it. Urban Outfitters are amazing when it comes to cool pieces like this - they actually have a whole range of amazing Insta-worthy bath mats. 

8. Armadillo faux cactus planter - New Look, £6.99
I'm sorry, but how cute is this?! It's pastel, the cutest little armadillo AND it's a fake cacti so I'm not going to kill it... ticks all the boxes for me!

9. Safari trinket dish - Anthropologie - £14
Anthropologie manage to nail trinket dishes and jewellery boxes every single time and this is no exception. I absolutely adore the giraffe one - it's so pretty I might actually be inclined to dust it!

10. Fabric wall hanging - Next, £32
Okay, so this is currently out of stock online but I'm praying to the homeware gods that it will come back in soon because HOW PRETTY!? If not, there's always a chance you can get it in your local store. I need this so badly for my office.

11. 'Love' balloon word block - Next, £16
I actually have the real-life balloon version of this (I got it around Valentine's day a few years back and can't seem to part with it) but I love this as a cute little ornamental piece. Definitely a must-have for anyone looking for some rose gold accent pieces!

Let me know what your favourite piece from my wishlist is, and if you'll be picking any of these bits up this spring!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation Review

It's not very often that I try a new foundation. Forever a die-hard Estee Lauder Double Wear fan, it's hard for me to even consider trying something else, as it's pretty much guaranteed I will always go back to good old Double Wear. If you've been following me for a while you'll know I love a full coverage, matte finish, which DW delivers every time. However, after falling in love with Revolution's Conceal & Define concealer, I just had to see how the foundation version compared.

The Revolution Conceal & Define foundation was released last year and there was SO much buzz around this product. As with the concealer, beauty vloggers were filming positive reviews for this product in their droves, and with 50 different shades to choose from, I had to give it a go.

The foundation basically looks like a bigger, chunkier version of the concealer, and even comes with a similar-styled applicator (something I'm not used to with a foundation, but actually makes getting product out of the bottle a bit easier). The shades work in the same way as the concealer shades, with each shade tailored to a different skin-tone (light/fair/medium/dark/deep) and undertone (yellow, pink, neutral). It means you should be able to find a perfect (if not pretty decent) colour match.

I picked a few different shades - one for when I'm tanned and one for when I'm not - and both blend with my skin tone pretty well. Upon application the foundation definitely seems thinner in consistency to Double Wear, but it does build up to a really good coverage without much product being used. It's definitely a matte, full-coverage finish, which doesn't look too dissimilar to how Double Wear does once applied. I did find it a tad trickier to blend, however, particularly around my nose. I also found, particularly with the paler shade (no idea why!) that it would start to go patchy around my nose and transfer really easily - I'd touch the skin on my face and find foundation on my fingers, which isn't ideal.

However, I think for the £9 price tag, this is a really good foundation and it's no wonder it's had so many rave reviews. It's full-coverage, affordable, comes in an endless range of shades and leaves your skin looking pretty flawless. I'm yet to try the foundation with a primer so this could be the answer to my patchy nose problems, but other than that I really can't fault it.

Have you tried Revolution's Conceal & Define foundation? I'd love to hear what you think to it!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Learning to Love Myself

We're finally one month into 2019 and it's officially February: the month of love. I know people joke about January being a practise month but I really felt like it was. It dragged horrendously, I didn't blog at all and feel like I set myself up to fail with the 12927843 unrealistic new year's resolutions I gave myself. But you know what? That's okay.

I am so happy it's February now and everyone knows this month revolves around love. But instead of focusing on romantic love, I have but one goal for this month, and every month going forward to be honest: I need to love myself more.

I've never really been my biggest fan. Forever the first to put myself down, I've struggled with insecurities my whole life and have always been so focused on loving everyone around me, I've forgotten to love myself. Ever since I was a teenager my source of happiness always came from a boy - since the age of 17 I've only ever really been single for a few months, and the thought of being alone always terrified me.

But, something hit me today and made me realise that in order to be really, truly happy, and in a happy relationship, I have to love myself. You'd think that the countless quotes I re-pin on Pinterest about 'loving yourself first' would have had some impact before now, but it actually took a very emotional Sunday listening to sad songs and songs about self-love for me to realise where I've been going wrong all this time.

It honestly feels like I've had a bit of an epiphany - I'm in control of my own story, and I don't need anyone else to make me happy - I can do that all by myself. So, I'm going to be taking more time to do the things I enjoy on my own, practising more self-care and just generally giving myself a bit of a break. I'm planning on taking up some new hobbies, learning new skills and taking time to look after my body and my mind.

I implore anyone who has ever felt down about themselves, anyone who is riddled with insecurities or anyone who has ever felt like they needed someone else to show them that they're worth loving - learn to love yourself. You are absolutely enough and you deserve all the love in the world.

Still doubting yourself? Listen to the Spotify playlist I put together above. If you only have time to listen to one song, make it Katy Perry's 'Love Me'. The lyrics just some it all up - 'I don't negotiate with insecurities, they always seem to get the best of me... I'll be the one defining who I'm gonna be... I'm gonna love myself the way I want you to love me'. Trust me, these songs will make you want to love yourself more.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Last-Minute Luxury

Can you believe there is less than a week until Christmas?! It's actually scary how quickly it's crept up on me this year. Have you bought all your presents? I still have one or two to get, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is going to be rushing around this week getting last-minute gifts - so I thought I'd put together a little luxury Christmas gift guide for anyone in need of some last-minute inspiration! 

There is nothing better than receiving some luxe beauty products on December 25th. While you guys know I love a bargain, I don't think you can really replicate the feeling you get when opening something really lavish and luxurious. There are so many incredible luxury beauty brands out there too, so we're spoilt for choice!

Makeup is one of my favourite things to get at Christmas, and every year the makeup brands never fail to step up and release some insane ranges. For the girl who loves a highlight, Anastasia Beverley Hills has this stunning ABH Sugar Glow Kit*, which features four beautiful highlight shades packed full of sweet sparkle. If you want to go all out bling, however, then the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife is insane and would make an amazing gift for any girl who loves glitter. 

Charlotte Tilbury, to me, is the definition of luxury beauty and so anything from there gets the seal of approval from me - particularly the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick* and the gorgeous palettes they have so many of - I'm in love with their Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes this year. For any blush fans out there, the Guerlain Meteorites are absolutely stunning and would make a great gift for anyone looking for a gorgeous natural flush. 

If skincare or fragrance are more your thing, then there are countless gorgeous perfumes and skincare sets to choose from. My all-time favourite luxury perfume has got to be Lancome Tresor La Nuit - I always get compliments when I wear this. Whether you choose to get it in a set or on its own - this little beauty won't disappoint. For luxe skincare lovers, Gatineau have so many amazing gift sets this year - at some really fab prices. I love the Little Luxuries Set* - it's got travel sizes of so many of their incredible products, so it's ideal for anyone new to the brand. If you're looking for a single luxury skincare item, I can't recommend Caudalie Divine Oil* enough - this multi-purpose oil can be used on the face, hair and body and smells amazing. For £18 it's the perfect luxe stocking filler! 

Need some more inspiration? Take a look below for even more luxury beauty gift ideas. Happy shopping! 

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