21/12/2014

New jewellery from House of Fraser

I'm always after a good quality and affordable jewellery. I like to invest in a better piece and wear it for few years rather than throw it after one season because it got discoloured or went out of style. Now, don't get me wrong - I still love to indulge in Primark or New Look's pieces from time to time, but it's usually once or twice a year.


One of the places I've been recently introduced to find some affordable gems is House of Fraser. Can you believe that these gorgeous Cachet Rose Gold & Crystal Stud Earrings* and sparkly French Connection X Ring* were together under £30?! There are so many good quality items, including bracelets and necklaces that I am tempted to get something for my mum and aunt, especially with majority of the jewellery being currently on sale. With Christmas parties just around the corner, these pieces will add just right amount of demure sparkle and are also a great last-minute present idea.

20/12/2014

NAILS: Essie Chinchilly

NAILS: Essie Chinchilly, Essie, grey, nail polish, nails, NOTD, swatches, beauty blog, UK blogger
NAILS: Essie Chinchilly, Essie, grey, nail polish, nails, NOTD, swatches, beauty blog, UK blogger

Essie Chinchilly is a gorgeous sleek granite grey nail polish which looks very cool and chic on your nails. At first I wasn't quite sure what to think about it, but after wearing it for past couple of days I really like it! I wish the shade would be a little bit lighter - but it's not a surprise since I love all pastel shades. One of my good friends is a huge fan of Chinchilly and I am glad I got it thanks to her recommendation. It's perfect for this time of the year and I am planning to add some golden glitter on the tips next time.

19/12/2014

WHAT I WORE TODAY: Christmas jumper time

ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark
ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark
ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark
ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark
ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark
ankle boots, bags, coat, Dorothy Perkins, H and M, hat, jeans, jumpers, Primark, River Island, Topshop, WHAT I WORE TODAY, WIWT, christmas jumper, polar bear, primark

coat - Dorothy Perkins, jumper - Primark, jeans - H&M, shoes - River Island,
hat - Topshop, bag - Primark, ring - H&M

It's Christmas jumper time! I can finally dig out my festive frocks and wear them proudly in public, starting with this new jumper I wore on Christmas Jumper Day last week. I got it from Primark, I swear I get a jumper from there every year! This time I opted for this cute polar bear one, it's so warm and snuggly! I teamed it up with my fun H&M jeans, grey Primark handbag and my new Topshop beanie.

18/12/2014

Penhaligon's Ostara Eau de Toilette review

Penhaligon's Ostara Eau de Toilette review, Penhaligon's, perfume, beauty, review,

Not many people know this, but daffodils are my favourite flowers. You may be surprised or not, since these are not very high-maintenance flowers and don't get as much mention as roses or tulips, but I will choose daffodils every time. They remind me of early spring days, when I gather them from my mum's garden and put them in a vase on my bedside table. I'm not huge fan of yellow colour, but in this case they are so cheerful and they simply remind me of a good time and happy memories. That's why I was super excited to learn that Penhaligon's latest fragrance Ostara, due to be released around Easter, is going to be focused solely on daffodils! Inspired by the daffodil, the fragrance is a modern interpretation of this delicate flower and ensures you will get an olfactory journey from bulb to bloom. Top notes of the fragrance include Clementine, Red Berries, Spearmint, Blackucrrant and Bergamot; heart notes have Hyacinth, Narcissus, Ylang Ylang and Wisteria while base notes are Vanilla, Musk, Amber and White Wood. It simply smells like a spring in a bottle and it's so unique and beatiful I cannot wait to use it come spring!

17/12/2014

Schwarzkopf products mini-reviews



Schwarzkopf is a brand I started using when I was in high-school. I loved their Liquid Silk Express-Repair-Conditioner so much that when I moved to London, my mum was still sending me new bottles when I was running out of it. But then I discovered lots and lots of other brands and my favourite leave-in conditioner was forgotten for a long time. I recently got a chance to try few other products from the brand and I am loving their selection!

Schwarzkopf got2b Rise 'n Shine Hairspray*
It is an amazing hairspray which gives my hair some extra volume and shine without weighing it down. I went through my fair share of hairsprays over the years and I am quite picky on what I like. I am happy to report this one definitely doesn't make my hair sticky and I love the pink bottle!

Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-Licious Styling Oil*
This styling oil is contains argan oil and is perfect for daily use to tame and add some extra shine. Because I have long hair and I like to style it quite often, I always make sure to use oil on my ends by warming it in my hands and applying on the last inches of my hair for extra conditioning. It seems like a decent oil and I like that the bottle is quite small, perfect to take on a trip. 

Schwarzkopf got2b Volumising Style Powder*
This powder has an unique weightless formula which texturises each hair strand to create maximum volume at the roots in an instant. I like Bumble & Bumble's Prêt-à-powder and this seems to be a decent alternative, especially for someone on a budget.

Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel*
Whenever styling my hair I make sure to use heat protecting spray and this is a fantastic product to try! The product smells great, works well with up to 220°C heat protection and simply gets the job done.

Did you try anything from Schwarzkopf?

16/12/2014

Topshop faux fur pom pom beanie

Topshop faux fur pom pom beanie
Topshop faux fur pom pom beanie

I spotted few fashionistas sporting beanies with huge faux fur pom pom detail on top and I instantly liked them. When Julie got herself one of them in red from Topshop, I went to investigate what other shades they have on offer. I spotted this cream beanie and it was love from the first sight. At £14 I think I might have gotten a cheaper version in Primark or New Look, but I wanted something of a better quality, a hat I can wear in few years time and it will still look stylish and cool. It's really warm too - perfect for this time of year and I am super happy my ears are no longer freezing. 

What's your current  go-to hat/beanie?

15/12/2014

Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews

Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews

Le Couvent des Minimes is a new bodycare brand on the English market - it's been in Boots for only one month. After trying a couple of products from the range and attending a launch event, I can safely say that it is a younger and cheaper version of L'Occitane (who also owns Le Couvent des Minimes). Le Couvent des Minimes is a range of simple, authentic and natural French products which provide daily essentials for the whole family. All the ingredients and good for the skin and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. What is so special about the brand is that it is true to their monastic heritage and use the very same herbs and botanics in the natural beauty recipes which were used hundreds of years ago (dating back to 1600s!). 

Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews

One of the ranges is The Recipe of the Morning, which has a bell sketch on a packaging. This is a representation of the morning bells that would wake up the convent and pays tribute to this particular time of day when nature comes to life and reveals all its richness. The fragrance opens with crisp notes of apple, orange and lemon; heart notes include pear flower, fig and basil while base notes are full of woods, cedar and soft musk. I urge you to give the products a sniff, they smell absolutely gorgeous and most of them have an ingredient which is not commonly used - pear and pear flower, so if you're a fan, Le Couvent des Minimes is simply a must-have for you! 

Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviewsLe Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews
Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews

Other ranges are The Recipe of Love with fruity and floral scent of orange blossom, The Recipe of the Cloister with floral fragrance including rose, peony and grapefruit, Relaxing Recipe with lavender oils and more. They also include hand creams, shower gels, body moisturisers, soaps, body butters and lip balms, so there's something for everyone!

Le Couvent des Minimes products mini-reviews