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Friday, 30 August 2013

Jo Malone : Peony & Blush Suede

I was so excited when I opened this little envelope from Jo Malone yesterday, it was so beautifully presented I couldn't wait to smell it. In the envelope was information on a new fragrance Jo Malone are adding to their permanent collection, not a limited fragrance this time. When I read the name, Peony & Blush Suede I immediately thought it would be too floral for me! Certain perfumes can give me a very sore head after a while, Wild Bluebell is an example, it is another Jo Malone scent but is just far too much for me...even though it is beautiful. I was so surprised and so please when I opened the sample to find that not to be true! The scent is floral but isn't too overpowering. It has lovely fruity notes to it, and is also just a little sweet, which I would think comes from the apple in the fragrance.

Peony & Blush Suede

The essence of Charm
Peonies in voluptuous bloom.
Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple
and the opulence of jasmine, rose
and gillyflower. Mingling with 
the sensuality of soft, blush suede.

Even though we are coming to the end of summer now I think it would have been a lovely scent for the season. It isn't too heavy and when I smell it something about it just brings me straight to warm Spring Summer days, not that it wouldn't be just as beautiful for any time of year. It is also a much more sophisticated scent, more grown up if that makes sense? 

As I said the new fragrance is going to be added to the permanent collection and as far as I know after speaking to a very helpful lady in store, it is going to be released on September 1st or 4th. Also, because it is going to be a permanent fragrance this means you will also be able to pick up the coordinating items such as the candles or body & hand wash! This is definitely a scent I would like to add to my very small, but growing Jo Malone collection and I can see it becoming a favourite in the future. 


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Boots!

I have been looking for a pair of boots just like these for what feels like forever now, so imagine my surprise and delight when I spotted this pair! Paul and I decided to spend this past Sunday in Glasgow, we haven't been to the city in quite some time and there have been changes and some new shops have opened, one of which is Forever 21! I have never been to a Forever 21 and it is on my list of stores to visit when we finally get to the US but still, I was so excited to get to see one.

I spotted the boots almost as soon as we had walked in the door and I had to immediately try them on. Every year I try to find a pair of boots like this, to me, they just scream Autumn but there is always something just not quite right and I leave what ever store it may be, boot-less. These however were perfect in every way and seeing as Summer is coming to an end it is making even more excited for the colder weather. They are brown faux leather which normally puts me off a little because I don't always love how it feels but these actually feel like really good quality.

The top of the boots can be folded down to reveal a kind of dog-tooth check pattern inside, they have two studs on the side of the boots so how low you want them to sit it up to you. I fell in love with the design, this is such an Autumn kind of pattern.

I love that they have laces on the front for the appearance but zips up the back so it is much easier to get them on and off. I can't wait to style these when the weather gets colder, I have years worth of ideas for how to wear them. Bring on Autumn! only £29.80 I think I might have to go back and get them in black? What do you think? 


Saturday, 24 August 2013

Special Keepsakes

Last night I was doing some tidying up and I came across piece of material I had cut off Cody's bed, if you don't know Cody was my beautiful Dalmatian that I lost a couple of months ago. Dalmatians are big dogs and so I obviously could keep the whole thing but I wanted to keep a small part of it, at the time it made me feel better to still be able to smell her. Even as she got older she still kept that "puppy" smell, if any of you have dogs you might know what I mean. I was so surprised when I picked it up that it still smelled just like her, even after months have past. It just brought back so many happy memories of her in that moment.

It got me thinking, I have quite a few things like that, things that if people where to find around my bedroom they would probably consider to be rubbish. One of the most special would be a receipt from Costa which has written on it "I owe you one engagement ring, love Pauline xxx" (Pauline is my name for Paul). When he proposed he wanted to take me to the store so we could choose the ring together, so when he actually asked me he wanted to have something to give me and so he had written on the receipt from the coffee we had bought that morning. That was honestly one of the best days of my life and I love that I still have that very sweet little keepsake.

Another would be a torn, used, scribbled on map of Dublin, it is a mess and very out dated so would probably be no use to anyone now but it reminds me of a weekend trip to the city my best friend I and took years ago. I have all the little bits and pieces from a flight Paul and I took on our first holiday together, things such as the plastic cutlery you get with your food and salt and pepper sachets. In the box they are are stored in is the most random collection of what looks honestly like rubbish...but I love it all dearly and I think it is something I will never part with. 

It started me thinking just how many people actually keep things like this, my mum for instance isn't very sentimental. She will keep gifts, but even then its not all the time, and cards are things she just throws away. I don't keep every single card I have every been given but I have a collection of very special ones, they might be from special people or be hand made and too pretty to just get rid of. 

Do you keep anything along these lines? Things that may look so insignificant to other people but mean the world to you. If you do I would love to hear about them, it would be nice to know its not just me.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Emma Hardie Skincare

When I first tried my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish I thought there would be no going back or trying anything new, well...something caught my eye and it was too hard to say no.

I have been reading a lot of reviews on the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm for nearly a year now, so when an offer came up on QVC to try that and two other products I had to give it a go. The main reason I have put off trying it for so long has been the price! The balm its self is £32/£34 depending on where you buy it, and for 100ml that is more than double the cost of my Cleanse and Polish for the same amount of product. The set came with the balm, a rejuvenating night cream (£39), an age support day cream(£42) and an Emma Hardie cleansing cloth, all full sized products for £44. That is a HUGE saving and what tipped it over the edge was the fact that if it turned out that I didn't like the products, I could send then back for a refund, something I wouldn't have been able to do in store! I have only had these products for 6 days but I wanted to let you know my thoughts so far.

The Moringa Cleansing Balm
This was the main focus of my excitement and when I tried it for the first time I ended up being very unsure about it. I think it was due to the fact that it was the first time I have used a balm cleanser and it felt a lot heavier and oilier that my Liz Earle, and to be honest I thought it would end up being too much for my skin. I have kept up using it for nearly a week now and my opinion has completely changed! A concern I had initially was that it wouldn't do as good a job removing my make up but it does, it takes off even waterproof mascara very easily without any harsh rubbing at your eyes. After rinsing my face my skin is left feeling smooth and very clean without being dry or tight. Because I haven't even been using this for a week yet I can't say I have noticed any huge differences but so far so good. Because my skin can be quite prone to breakouts I was a little worried with how it would react but I haven't had one spot since switching and I cant tell you how happy I am about that! The balm can also be used as a mask, something I am yet to try, you massage into your face and leave for 10 minutes. This is said to help with redness and or skin that is a little dehydrated.

Rejuvenating Night Cream
This I was happy to have included in the set as I needed a new night cream and I have been wanting to try something new. It is a highly concentrated night treatment cream and is a thicker consistency than I am used to, I find these types of cream can leave your face shiny but that is something i don't mind at night -its not like you have to apply make-up or go out! The moisturiser helps with dehydrated skin, something I have found out recently that I have, so not only does this keep my skin moisturised but it also goes a long way to help improve the overall hydration of it too. I can say that even in the short time I have been using it I have noticed a difference, the texture of my skin looks better and a little more radiant in the morning, which is always nice to wake up to. Tips I have picked up from listening to the experts talk about this product is that if your skin is feeling particularly dehydrated or dry is to double moisturise. Apply once all over as you would normally do, and then go over a second time and this time pat on to the areas you need it most. It will eventually sink in to your skin and will give you that extra bit of hydration you need.

Age Support Treatment cream
To be honest the name of this scared me a little, I am still in my twenties, not even late twenties so I wondered if this was too much of an anti-ageing type thing and maybe I should stay away. After reading a bit more about it I decided to give it a try. What swayed me was the long lasting hydration it is said to provide which I liked the sound of as my skin can some days be on the dryer side of things, and that it is said to help reduce redness. I can get quite a bit of redness around my cheeks and nose when it is cold so any help with that is good. So far I like this product, my skin looks happier -for lack of a better word, and I love how my make up is looking on top of it. My skin looks fresh and hydrated all day long. After reading quite a few reviews on this product I have found that women in their twenties who may not be in as much need of an anti ageing product are also using this on their neck and chest. I have been doing the same to try it out and my skin does feel softer. I always moisturise my neck anyway but this cream has made a difference. You can also do the same as with the night cream if your skin needs that extra boost, but I wouldn't recommend doing so if you are going to apply make up after.

Overall I am very happy with these products, they seem to be doing my skin some good so I don't think they will be going back. But I don't think I will be giving up my Liz Earle fr good either. 

Have you tried any Emma Hardie products, or balm cleansers from other brands?

P.s the cloth isn't pictured because it is dirty and is in the wash.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe Evening

Last night was our first night out at the Edinburgh Fringe festival this year! It is such an exciting time to be in the city and we had managed to get tickets to see Sarah Millican's stand up show, she is such a funny lady and just so easy to like. We had no set-in-stone plans for the evening other than the show so most of before and after dinner was spent strolling around watching street performers and listening to music. We also made a few naughty stops, first at Patisserie Valerie for macarons -they seemed like the perfect sweet treats to eat as we walked about, I want more pistachio ones today! Then later in Starbucks for a much needed hot latte! We also picked up a slice of pizza just before getting the train home, it wasn't necessary but in some way seemed like it was.

My accessories even matched the occasion, I had on a fringed bag and fringed moccasins which only occurred to me as we were walking and it made me laugh little. Tonight however will be different and some warmer clothes may be required! We will be going to the Edinburgh Tattoo which is always exciting but is outside in the castle grounds and doesn't finish until after midnight at which point I'm not sure it will be as warm.

A trip to Starbucks before the show could be in order!


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Must be More Organised!

Ok, I think I have to admit that this past week or so has some how got away from me. I had no intention of being away from you all for so long but things have been a little busy and I haven't even had time to read blog posts, let alone write any. I may have lost total and complete control of my "be more organised" goal this year...maybe next year my resolutions should be to not make any resolutions? Or just spend more time trying to keep them on track!

So that is my plan from today, to try and get the organisation back in my life, write more events down in my diary at the time they are planned. Not say to myself "I will remember that", and think I will write it down at a later time which inevitably NEVER comes! Leading to disorder and chaos.

Tomorrow we are off to see Sarah Millican at the Edinburgh Fringe, she is so funny! And we have the Tattoo on Saturday night, I am so excited about both. If you don't know what the Fringe is this will explain a little, it is basically a month long festival that takes place all over Edinburgh and includes everything from art to comedy and music to theatre. It really is a wonderful time to be in the city, the atmosphere is like nothing else and there is just so much to see and do.

So how are you, what interesting things have you been doing lately? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I would love to hear about them :)


Monday, 5 August 2013

Current Hair Care Routine

Over the years I have gone through 3 phases with my hair, the first up until age 13 involved doing nothing at all except washing and taking care of it and until that point I was adamant that I would never dye it -EVER! Then around age 13/14 I had a few dark red highlights/lowlights (not sure what you call them) added and this started phase 2 which was 5 or 6 years of non-stop colour changing. So, from being someone who never wanted hair dye near them I became someone who had a different hair colour every few months, pink, red, blue, purple and each time it was in a different style. One of my favourites was having bright red roots of around 2 inches and the rest of my hair almost black, as nice as that looked it didn't last long because as you can probably imagine, trying to keep dying only the roots of your hair is quite difficult!

Now I am in the third phase, I haven't dyed my hair in quite a few years and am instead just enjoying it being my natural brown colour. It is also now quite long and after spending so many years with it shoulder-ish length I am in no hurry to cut it, even though in summer that sometimes crosses my mind. My hair now is in pretty good condition, even with my apparent fear of the hairdressers and it being in need of a good trim. I honestly could not tell you the last time I had a really has been that long!

Because I don't have any major issues to work out I keep my hair care really quite simple and right now it is down to 4 products. For the past few months I have been using Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, these were originally a necessity purchase while food shopping but have turned out to be a good buy. They claim to restore strength, and prevent the formulation of split ends, that is what really grabbed my attention as not having your hair cut n a long time can give you quite a few of these. I have to say I do notice a big difference however I'm not sure if they are being restored, prevented or just covered up...but how ever it is being done it does give my hair a more healthy look and feel.

For damage protection I have been using TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray, even though it is summer and I am trying to avoid heated styling as much as possible, I still like to spray this through my hair. I'm not entirely sure if it works in the same way but I like to think it goes a little way in helping with the heat from he sun, I spay it in after washing and leave my hair to dry naturally. Lastly i have been using and loving Moroccan Oil. Hair oils are something I am still quite new too but they have completely changed the condition of my hair, it feels softer and smoother and looks better than it has done in a long time. I use this two ways, if I am just leaving my hair to dry I will apply this while it's still damp, if I am styling my hair I will apply this at the end when I have finished. I am happy with my short and simple routine, the only thing I would like to add is a deep conditioning treatment, any suggestions for long thick hair?

Now all I need to do is get over my fear of hair cuts and get a trim! Does anyone else hate having their hair cut? I'm not sure if its the change in how it looks or the worry they wont do what I want but I would just rather not go!


Friday, 2 August 2013

Some Favourites from July

I was trying to think of skin care/ beauty products to put in my monthly favourites and then I realised...I shouldn't have to think about it! I really don't change my skincare or make - up often enough to talk about new products each month so these posts would really start to read the same every time which would be rather pointless. Instead, I am going to share my favourite anything from the previous month, this might sometimes include skincare but I'm sure it will more often than not be completely random, I hope you don't mind?

My first two favourites are food and drink related. I have such a sweet tooth, if I could eat cake and chocolate all day I would, and do so happily! That is one of the reasons I love to bake, but due to the fact that this year has been seriously up and down I wanted to try and get back into some kind of healthy eating and exercise routine which obviously can't involve quite as much chocolate as it previous has done. Enter "Guilt Free Snacking"!, it's not actually guilt free really, it has just been measured out into small calorie counted portions so you don't go crazy with larger sized bags but i am pretty sure it's the same stuff. You can pick this up at Marks and Spencer's if you are in the UK and they do a few different treats in this line, one being chocolate covered salty pretzels which are just yummy! 

My Starbucks tumbler is all I have used for drinking since I got it a few weeks ago. It was a spur of the moment purchase when standing in line to get an iced latte and I absolutely love it, plus my first drink was free as I had it put in the cup. There were 3 or 4 different designs n the shelf but I love how this one looks just like the plastic take-away cups you normally get, I have used it so much since getting it that my doubts about it being worth the money have been forgotten.

I got this hat last summer to go with a maxi dress I had just bought at the time but we had quite a lot rain so I ended up not wearing it more than two or three times, this year however we have had lots of sun and I have been wearing my little hat with everything I can. Its not too big big but it helps keep the sun off my face which I like because my nose and cheeks can get quite red even with sun cream. Along with my hat I have been loving the Hi-Shine Gelly polishes from BarryM. I only have two colours are the moment, Prickly Pear and Blueberry but I would really like to get some more, any recommendations? The formula leaves your nails super shiny and it can last a good few days without chipping, the longest for me has been 5 days and on my nails that is impressive!

I honestly cannot believe we are now in August!, it is already making my look forward to autumn...but I know we aren't quite there yet. And the best thing about August in my opinion is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival...I am so excited, can't wait to go :)

What are you looking forward to this month?

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