19/04/2014

Few of my recent favourite things

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Few of my recent favourite things,  Timothy Dunn Blue Rose candle, review, Accessorize, candles, earrings, flowers, jewellery, perfume, Sarah Jessica Parker, Timothy Dunn,
Few of my recent favourite things,  Timothy Dunn Blue Rose candle, review, Accessorize, candles, earrings, flowers, jewellery, perfume, Sarah Jessica Parker, Timothy Dunn,
Few of my recent favourite things,  Timothy Dunn Blue Rose candle, review, Accessorize, candles, earrings, flowers, jewellery, perfume, Sarah Jessica Parker, Timothy Dunn,
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I am truly enjoying my Easter break so far with some good food, relaxing books, drinking copious amounts of tea and good bad TV. I thought that to go with the Easter theme I will show you the things that recently make me smile and enjoy life - even if a little bit - it's all in the little things, right? So first is the amazing Timothy Dunn Blue Rose candle which smells absolutely divine. I seriously cannot get enough of this scent full of roses, peonies, gentian, forget-me-nots and jasmine - it is simply perfect for spring and I am lighting it every single day to change my flat into English country garden oasis. Also, how amazing is the candle's design - all white, sleek and fresh, it's definitely a welcomed addition to my nightstand. I urge you to check out these candles - you can find them in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Liberty of London to name a few. Next is one of my all time favourite perfumes: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker, which I've mentioned on the blog many times before. I simply love its fresh scent full of orchids, apple martini and white amber. The ballet dancer-inspired perfume bottle also looks very chic. I'm also munching on Mini Eggs - send help because I'm getting seriously addicted! I prefer them much more to Creme Eggs - which ones win your heart? I've bought these beautiful earrings from Accessorize last week. Although I haven't worn them yet, I just love having them on a display - they are just so pretty and sparkly with a right amount of neon and pastel hues. Last, but not least - fresh flowers - guaranteed to put me in a good mood, no matter what time of the year, but I especially enjoy pink and purple spring flowers.

18/04/2014

River Island Light Pink Mini Structured Tote Bag

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River Island Light Pink Mini Structured Tote Bag, review, summer, 2014, S/S, spring, bags, pink, River Island, pink handbag, fashion, blogger, UK blogger, top UK blogger

I saw this River Island Light Pink Mini Structured Tote Bag (£30) featured on a couple of bloggers's wishlists and I've fallen in love. I instantly checked the dimensions and saw that it is small and compact (exactly what I want!), so I knew I had to see it up close in the store. First River Island I visited only had gold, white and black versions, but I didn't give up and hunted it down in another branch. And it is amazing! I literally snapped it up fast and there were only two more left on the rail. It has the most amazing shade - pastel pink, reminds me of an ice-cream, but isn't washed out - has this neon vibrancy to it. I absolutely love the clip top gold fastening, two zip pockets and the fact that I can carry it in my hand or use the shoulder strap. I expect this will be THE summer bag for me and it will feature a lot on the blog.

Do you like this bag or something else recently caught your eye?

17/04/2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks

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I waited impatiently for this Bourjois release, literally counting the days to find it in Boots and Superdrug. After swatching all available shades, I've settled on these two Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks in 05 Olé Flamingo! and 06 Pink Pong. However, I also want to get a red shade 01 Personne Ne Rouge and 07 Nude-ist, but I've found the latter one only on the blogs which were sent the lipsticks from the PRs, to review ahead of the launch! I searched all Boots and Superdrug stores in central London, asked Bourjois on Twitter, but I have no answer to when and even if this shade will become available - super annoying! If you will spot it somewhere - please let me know! (Just a follow up info: Bourjois responded to my tweet and shade 07 Nude-ist is set to launch in July.)

The formula of this liquid lipsticks is very light and velvet. It creates perfect matte and statement pout which doesn't smudge and the applicator is a dream to use - glides on the lips. I simply love it! When I am not in the mood to go out there with the colour of my lips and prefer something more subtle, I simply use my fingertips to dab some colour on. On the swatches they look quite glossy because of the flash, but I assure you that in real life they have this amazing super-matte finish. 05 Olé Flamingo! has great coral undertones and will look perfect with a tan, while 06 Pink Pong is all pink and bold. 

Which shade do you prefer?

16/04/2014

KIKO Life in Rio limited edition summer collection

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I've received few bits from the limited edition KIKO Life in Rio collection* last week and I knew I had to share them with you. This stunning summer collection is literally packed with vibrant colours and in my opinion captures the true essence of Rio. The vivid shades and gold packaging remind me of colourful exotic flowers from Amazonian jungle and of course the famous Carnival in Rio.

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Life in Rio has ten amazing KIKO Sun Show Nail Lacquers to choose from, ranging from yellow to pink, purple, blue and green. All have this beautiful shimmery effect and reflective gold pearls, which give splendid iridescent reflections - especially in the sun. I am planning to paint my tanned toes in the summer with Delicious Mango and can't wait to take Samba Pink on holidays with me. As with all KIKO nail polishes, these have excellent quality and are easy to apply with flattened brush. (RRP £5.90)

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The product from the collection I am really excited about is this KIKO Shimmering Body Oil with SPF 10 (this shade is Satin Bronze, but there is also another one called Intense Bronze suited for darker complexions). It is a golden dry oil for face and body which has multipurpose use. You can use it on your shoulders, décolletage and legs to even and brighten the tan, or on the cheekbones and temples to add radiance to the face. It has a very subtle amber scent and gives beautiful 'sun-kissed' effect. (RRP £12.90)

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Another limited edition products are KIKO Exotic Shine Lipsticks in six colour variations ranging from nude, orange, pink and red shades. I own classic KIKO lipsticks and to be honest I am not a huge fan of them, the longevity is not that great. However, this creamy lipstick resembles more like a hybrid between lipstick and lip balm, is super easy to apply and the colour stays put for much longer. It's perfect to take on holiday since it is small and light and I can keep it in my pocket for a touch up on the go without the need of a mirror and together with some colour, it gives some moisture and shine. Everything is packed in this golden packaging which oozes luxury. I am really impressed! (RRP £8.50)


Have anything from this range caught your eye?

15/04/2014

Alexander Wang x H&M Collection - what to expect?

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The biggest fashion news I've heard in the last couple of days was the announcement of the collaboration between Alexander Wang and H&M. Yes, Alexander Wang x H&M Collection will hit around 250 stores worldwide and online on 6th November this year! The king of downtown cool, Alexander Wang is currently holding a position of the creative director for Balenciaga and his own designs emulate casually cool downtown style, always finished with a slouchy rolled-out-of-bed edge. Alexander Wang x H&M Collection will include collection of men's and women's clothing, as well as his famed accessories - I especially can't wait to see the latter! I've complied some of my favourite pieces in the post - maybe we'll find something similar in the stores at the end of the year?

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14/04/2014

L'Oréal Miss Denim collection

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Just in time for spring and summer L'Oréal is releasing a new Miss Denim collection. As the name suggests, it is inspired by the denim - textures, colours and the effect of effortless coolness. The collection consists of four nail polish shades with texturised effect imitating jeans, four matte lip glosses/lipsticks and two eyeliners. All products are launching in May, so they're only a month away!

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I got my nails painted at the press event with the beautiful pale blue shade of Color Riche Miss Denim Nails in Azur Salopette. As you can see on the photo above, it has a texture effect, similar to Nails Inc and Barry M offerings. However, this particular shade is so unique I was instantly drawn to it like a moth to a flame. For the last couple of days I wore two coats of this nail polish with no top coat and I haven't experienced any chipping, so I must say it has excellent quality. The other shades available are Indigo Classique - a deep navy colour resembling classic jeans, Bermuda Rose - dark pink shade - and Jean & Tonic - pale pink/peachy shade (see photo) (RRP £4.99).

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Superliner Perfect Slim got two new shades - blue and green (RRP £6.99). I personally love the look of this emerald green shade and it makes me feel more determined than ever to master the perfect cat-eye flick. It's going to be amazing to play with in the summer. Glam Matte lipsticks (RRP £7.99) remind me more of lip glosses with matte finish. There are four shades available (Fuchsia Flare, Coral Denimista, Cherry Crop and Zip It Red) (see photo) ranging from pink, red and coral tones with powdery finish which surprisingly doesn't dry the lips. As you can see from the swatch above, Glam Matte it can be worn layered on for a more glossy and opaque effect or simply dabbed on the lips and gently blended on the lips with the finger for a more subtle look. I truly expect them to be a huge hit, the formula is simply amazing with no dry or flaky lip in sight and amazing colour payoff. 

Do you like anything from this range?

13/04/2014

Weekend in Oxford VLOG + Photos


Two weeks ago I've spent my weekend in Oxford. I have never visited this cute little town and I can't even describe my excitement when I've learnt I'll be heading that way. Sadly, as for now, I've explored very little of the UK outside London (only Brighton, Eastbourne, few countryside walks and Stratford-upon-Avon), so any trip - little or small is always very much appreciated and welcomed. I hope you'll enjoy watching this VLOG from our trip (please subscribe to my channel too!) and read more on what we saw:

12/04/2014

LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb review

LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb review
LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb review
LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb review
LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb review

As a recent treat, I've bought myself LUSH Immaculate Eggception Yellow Bath Bomb. It comes in yellow in pink, but I didn't know that and there was only yellow one in store which I've picked up. First impressions were great - it is very big and heavy, smells really nice - like powdery lemon scent - not too zesty and not too sweet. However, the pros end here and I am sad to say that I was disappointed with it. Not knowing that I should crack the egg to discover a hidden bath bomb inside - either a yellow chick or a white bunny - I threw the egg in and missed on some additional cuteness. Furthermore, all of my hopes of water changing into a nicely coloured bath were quickly dashed when few seconds of sizzling and fizzling (I barely had time to take the photos!) confirmed my worst suspicion - the water just simply stayed yellow. Let me tell you - of all the bath colours I guess this is the least appealing one. The nice scent still lingered on my skin in the morning, but the overall experience wasn't pleasant, so I definitely advise you to choose a pink option if you're looking for some Easter bath-time pamper.

11/04/2014

WHAT I WORE TODAY: relaxed dress for rowing in Oxford


dress - Primark, tights - Primark, shoes - Primark,
bag - ASOS, necklace* - ONecklace, earrings - Swarovski, sunglasses - Ray Ban

Another outfit from our Oxford trip. I wore it on Sunday and the weather was simply perfect with the sun shining and after walking through the Botanical Gardens we went to get some food and decided to throw an impromptu picnic on the boat! We hired the standard rowing boat and even managed to get to Thames (the current was really strong, let me tell you that!). I wore this Primark dress which is ideal for the current weather - the material is rather thick, so you can get away with wearing it without any jacket (although I did take one with my just in case). I'm also wearing my favourite Swarovski earrings which I got from our honeymoon in Paris and the ASOS bag which you all seem to like.

10/04/2014

New Murad Essential-C Sun Balm

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On Friday I went to see the brand new sun protection products from Murad, presented by brand's Vice-President Jeff Murad, who is also son of the founder Howard Murad. The range consists of various face creams, but the product that literally stick out for me is this Murad Essential-C Sun Balm* with SPF 35 (RRP £19.50).

This balm in a form of a stick gives a powerful SPF protection in a portable package, allowing quick and easy application. The balm hydrates the skin while broad spectrum sunscreen delivers maximum protection against UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays. The key ingredients are broccoli extract, tangerine butter and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. I am already in love with this product and it is not summer yet! It is just so easy to apply and top up the sun protection, I can glide it onto my nose, cheekbones, ears, forehead and hands - all areas which are more prone to the sun exposure. It is ideal to keep in my bag, pocket and take on a holiday.