My Perfume Collection

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I think there's a lot in a scent. It's extremely personal and I love how fragrances change dependent on the wearer. Obscure perfumes call to me and I frankly dislike many of the 'cult favourites', so I hope this post is somewhat useful! If nothing else, enjoy whilst I hopelessly try to describe fragrances!


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Hollister Addison.

Mine: A pretty simple, fruity fragrance.
'Young summers'
'Tropical berries'
'Pimms and picnics'

Theirs: An intoxicating blend of pineapple, Hawaiian jasmine and sandalwood.

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Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey.

Mine: Light, sweet, fresh, floral and fruity.
'Honeysuckle and peach'
'A little bit of acidic exfoliating pad scent' .. I'm sure that will go down well.. sorry Jo!

Theirs: London's Covent Garden early morning market. Cassis top notes, Acacia honey heart and peach base.

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Burberry Body Tender.

Mine: Dreamy, sweet, floral, more complex.
'Sugared rose petals'
'Lying in a meadow in warm evening sun'
'A headturner'
'Chocolate box English country cottage'

Theirs: Lemon, apple & green absinthe top notes. Rose, white jasmine and sandalwood heart. Cashmeran, amber and musk base.


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Stella McCartney Stella.

Mine: Sweet, sensuous, sultry scent.
'Romantic evening out'
'Summer nights in central London'
'Plum, smudgey makeup'
'Femme Fetale'

Theirs: Beautiful and unapologetically feminine. Rose, peony & mandarin topnotes. Rose heart. Amber base.

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Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia.

Mine: A light, floral, ?????
'Sugared berries and lemon zest'
'Hop over the garden wall type of spontaneous day in the country'
'Pop into the drawing room to see Grandad who's smoking cigars'

Theirs: Sumptuous floral fragrance. Top notes of red berries. White gardenia and frangipani heart. Brown sugar base.

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Zara Life On Peach // The Library Of Fragrance Peach

Both of these perfumes somewhat satisfy my insatiable appetite for peach-scented-anythings. The Zara offering smells more of white peach (my favourite), whilst the other offering is more of yellow peach. In terms of notes, hearts and bases, it's pretty simple. Peach. These are single scent fragrances and I adore that simplicity. 



What are your favourite fragrances??

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Affordable / Drugstore Beauty Haul #2

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Finding great value products on the highstreet is unquestionably satisfying. With my second bout of beauty bargains (check out my first haul here!) to show you, get your mitts on some great products at prices that won't break the bank. 

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Bourjois 24h Shadows

These creamy, slick pots of joy give lasting colour and beautiful shimmer. This formulation is my fave for eye makeup, a quick swipe and blend with fingers for an effortless look; Prune Nocturne is to die for. 

A great alternative for? Chanel's Illusion D'Ombres


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Primark Lashes

For £1, who can go wrong? There's frankly not much more that needs to be said. If I had to critique, the band is not as supple as I'd like. 

A great alternative for? Eylure's 116's.


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Body Butter Minis

Honey and Mango. Dreamy and creamy. I picked these up BOGOHP to use as hand creams as my hands get just so damn dry for no substantiated reason. A body classic, I'm sure you know these feel delish, if not, make sure you get to a Body Shop asap to try!


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Kiko Highlighter

As much as I adore my No7 highlighter, I loathe the packaging. This Kiko number is the same delectable, subtle champagne dewiness in a much more friendly twist-up tube; so fab for travel/on-the-go highlighting!

A great alternative for? Benefit's Watt's Up.


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Nivea Lipbalm

This balm is frankly dirt-cheap and gives the most gorgeous, sheer shine to the lips whilst smelling of peach (which lord knows I cannot resist, for my sins). Great for when your lips need something.

A great alternative for? My favourite lippie ever. 


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RT Sponge.

Another product that's old news but having nabbed both friends' Beauty Blenders and RT sponges, I actually prefer this! The flat plane is a really nice addition and gives you a crisp edge for getting in around the nose/eyes.

A great alternative for? The Beauty Blender


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Kiko Polish in 488 and Collection's in Daredevil.

488 is this gorgeous, vibrant coral/pink shot through with a lot of gold glitter. It's pretty bright on the nails and is the perfect colour for summer, the glitter glinting away in the sun. 

A great alternative for? The sorely missed Chanel Morning Rose - different tone, same gold glitter. 

Daredevil is almost the polar opposite; an understated and moody, rusty, red-brown colour that makes me feel just terribly sophisticated and womanly. 



For more bargains, check out my other haul here!







BD Trade Secrets Dream Shimmer Highlighter

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Highlighter is fast becoming my new obsession. And if it's yours too, I'm telling you to all get yourselves down to Tesco's, of all places, and pick up this beauty.

BD Trade Secrets (formerly known as Barbara Daly) is Tesco's own brand of makeup, which I've always overlooked. I'm hardly enamoured by the brand names (past or present!) but they've outdone themselves with this exquisite highlighter-come-blush-come-bronzer; let's just say.. 'Glow-ifier'!





The Dream Shimmer highlighter in Radiant Bronze is everything you could ask for. Sleek gold case. Simple, large mirror. Pretty, embossed shell design. Creamy, pigmented colours. Everything reminiscent of a high end product, but costing a mere £7.99, hallelu!



4 beautiful shades; Chocolate plum, Golden bronze, Pastel pink (which is actually rather reminiscent of NARS Orgasm) and Soft shell.

I mix the colours in the right side of the palette for a gorgeous rosy highlight and keep the left side free for use as eyeshadows, because who doesn't love a good multitasking product?!


Quick, hop it down to your local Tesco, how could you possibly resist?!




Real Techniques Contour Brush Review

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I confess to splurging on makeup; usually base and mascara as that's what I wear on a day to day basis. Saying that, i'm just not the type to spend a lot on makeup brushes, applying most products with my fingers..

HOWEVER. 

Seemingly like most of the beauty community, the Real Technique brushes, I just cannot resist!






Their 301 Contour Brush is a densely packed, short bristle brush with a rectangular/oval profile, great for stamping onto the cheeks and dragging inwards to create the perfect contour/highlight. 

The brush head is super soft and the synthetic fibres, I've found, work brilliantly with both powders and creams. The rose gold handles are nice and weighty and aesthetically divine but pick up fingerprints so easily which, I can't deny, niggles me.



I use mine for a little bronzey-ness through the back of my cheeks but mainly for highlighter; it has the perfect proportions for effortless application onto the cheekbones.

If you've been umm-ing and ahh-ing, hesitate no longer! This brush is worth every penny of the £22 price tag.

I think the RT Tapered Blush is next on my list...

Real Techniques 301 Contour Brush // £22


GIVEAWAY: £50 Giftcard with Wayfair.co.uk CLOSED

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I spend a disproportionate amount of time daydreaming about my ideal interior or browsing/pinning the 'perfect aesthetic' (to the detriment of any productivity I had planned that day!) and provide me with some inspiration. I mean, just take a look at my Pinterest..


Thank goodness, there are havens like Wayfair.co.uk who allow us to turn these mood boards into reality.

There's bucket-loads of high quality items on their site to fit whatever theme you're proposing, and I've happily been allowed to give away a £50 Giftcard to one of my lucky readers! There are no strings, no minimum purchase necessary, no expiry date, you can spend it on whatever fabulous pieces you choose from their site, and it's available to all of you in the UK and Ireland.

I've chosen a few of my fave picks (above) which inevitably display a blue & white/nautical theme - just gorgeous.


The giveaway will run from noon JULY 17th 2015 until 11:59am AUGUST 17th 2015 (London/GMT) and is open to all UK and Ireland applicants. Good luck everyone!

P.s, not that this should sway you (it totally will), they have a whole page of picnic hampers. (The one I've chosen is boat themed. *swoon*) Just saying.


A Week In The Life Of #4

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Well this week, it's fair to say, has very much been an 'at one with nature' kind of week. And good golly Miss Molly am I glad to just relax for a while. No photos of a packed to the brim schedule, but something a little more subdued and none the less beautiful. Summer means there's lots around to photograph and I got rather snap happy..













I'm so fortunate that where I call home in the South East is amidst the countryside, I wake up to the sound of blackbirds singing and my first sight upon opening the curtains is greenery; things like that are priceless.

I've found myself waking up and going for a walk and a wander close to my home, armed with camera, sunnies and little else. It's easy to forget to appreciate the everyday things. The amount of times I've driven past something (usually in a hurry!) and, in the back of my mind, wished I could stop and take a closer look. So I have been. Primarily of flowers albeit. But so should you!


I've even taken flora onto my nails, in the world's easiest cop-out nail art, what do you think?

In other news, ART. Namely Hockney inspired montages, Jack Vanzet, Islamic inspired art and watercolour. Bit obsessed lately. It makes me happy just to scroll through the stuff. Here, cast over your gaze and enjoy.

Watercolour.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Islamic Inspired.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

David Hockney Inspired.

1, 2, 3

Jack Vanzet.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
If you're in need or want of more inspiration, do follow me on Pinterest.



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