Monday, 26 September 2016

An Autumn Wishlist

Love, Catherine | Autumn Wishlist

When there's too many things on your wishlist what do you do? Make a wishlist post obviously! I'm so ridiculously excited for the Too Faced Christmas In New York collection to come out in the UK, (it all looks adorable) and I can't wait to buy a new Winter coat for this year's colder months! I also couldn't help myself but purchase the Ban.Do Organsier already as it's currently 30% off on the Miss Selfridge website! Such a steal.

1. Topshop |  Pink Split Sleeve Crop Shirt | £32

2. Ban.Do |  Lady of Leisure Organiser | £28 

3. Miss Etoile |  Open Eyes Mug | £12.60

4. River Island |  Light Pink Faux Fur Collar Swing Coat | £65

5. Pretty You London |  Octavia White Slippers | £28

6. Too Faced |  Let It Glow Highlight & Blush Kit (Christmas 2016 Collection) | £22

7. The Library Of Fragrance |  Pixie Dust Perfume | £15

8. Too Faced |  Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder | £24

What are you lusting after?


Friday, 23 September 2016

A September Beauty Haul | Charlotte Tilbury, Pixi, Rosie for Autograph & Luxie

Beauty Haul | Charlotte Tilbury, Pixi, Rosie for Autograph & Luxie | Love, Catherine

You know when your beauty wishlist is just a little out of control and the only way to tame it is to just tick a few things off of it?! Well thankfully  Ocean have kindly gifted me £50 to help me do just that, so obviously new beauty products means a shiny new blog post right?

Charlotte Tilbury | Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder

Charlotte Tilbury | Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder

I've been lusting after this beauty from Charlotte Tilbury for the longest time, (and I swear it was unavailable for a while too?!) and as I'd been having issues finding a good powder recently I thought this would be the perfect one to try. I've only had the chance to test it a few times so far, but I can already tell it's probably going to become an expensive addiction. It sets my foundation really well and smooths out my skin without looking the slightest bit cakey (hoorah) and I adore the classic rose gold compact which looks so beautiful.

Luxie Pink Makeup Brushes | 520 Tapered Face Brush & 504 Large Angled Brush
Luxie Makeup Brushes |  520 Tapered Face &  504 Large Angled | £18.95 & £12.75

Luxie is one of those brands I've been dying to try for so long but never been able to get my hands on here in the UK, so when I got an email from Beauty Bay announcing they were now stocking Luxie, I got a tad excited and headed over there instantly. A girl just needs pink makeup brushes in her life! I picked out the 520 Tapered Face Brush as I thought it would be the perfect powder brush and it's been working beautifully with my Charlotte Tilbury powder. I also got the 504 Large Angled Brush which I thought could replace my battered Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush which I use all the time for bronzer and blush. It's a little smaller that I'd hoped but is a lovely size for carving out some cheekbones! Both brushes are super soft and fluffy and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

Pixi | Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths & Makeup Fixing Mist

I've not tried a great deal from Pixi, I always seem to almost buy their products but for some reason talk myself out of it. Yet I was browsing the beauty section in Marks & Spencers (which is so underrated by the way) and gave the Makeup Fixing Mist a little spritz on my face. It wasn't until I walked away that I noticed it really 'setting' my makeup and I decided I needed it right then and there. It's really refreshing, smells lovely and actually does a good job of keeping my makeup in place. I've been loving it so much, even more so that my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray! I also picked up the Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths even though I don't usually use makeup wipes, but I thought they'd be handy to take with me on my upcoming holiday and the pink packaging was just staring me out...

Rosie for Autograph | Summer Rose Shimmer Body Oil
Rosie for Autograph |  Summer Rose Shimmer Body Oil | £15

I've been looking for a shimmer body oil to take with me on holiday and I decided to pick up this gorgeous Summer Rose version from Rosie for Autograph. The packaging is so pretty and the product itself looks lovely, although I've not tried it yet on my pasty white bod...I'm waiting for the sort of tan I'll get in the sun (wishful thinking, I'll probably go red and peel). It does annoy me that it doesn't come with a pump but at £15 I can't really complain.

Which product is your favourite?


Monday, 19 September 2016

Why You Need Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

If you've ummed and ahhed about the Anastasia Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette for a while and you haven't yet bit the bullet, I'm gonna tell you to just hurry the hell up because you are seriously missing out. You can probably all guess that the luxe pink design definitely drew me in when I first saw it on Norvina's  Instagram page, I just love pretty packaging so sue me. But once I saw the how beautiful and unique the shades were my purse practically begged me to splurge (honestly).

The shade selection is utterly gorgeous and like no other eyeshadow palette I own, or on the market for that matter. Those stunning pink berry tones just look so damn good on everyone that I've seen use it! The shadows themselves are so buttery soft, blend like an absolute dream and are by far the best quality eyeshadows I've ever owned. In fact, I now want to make a purchase of ABH's solo eyeshadow pans because they are just that good. Plus the brush that comes with the palette is also pretty decent.

I've been obsessed with the shade Vermeer which is a shimmery pink champagne shade that looks so gorgeous especially applied with Mac Fix +! I also really love Buon Fresco, which is a beautiful mauve shade which looks so pretty in the crease paired with Vermeer all over the lid. Love Letter is also one of those shades that just transforms any makeup look, the deep berry pink colour is so striking and surprisingly wearable once blended out! The whole palette is a lot more versatile than it looks and each shade just compliments the other so nicely.

I bought mine for £41 on  Cult Beauty, and whilst that price is seriously eye-watering, I don't regret it!

What do you think of the Modern Renaissance Palette?


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bedroom Details & Homeware Haul

Bedroom Details & Homeware Haul | Love, Catherine

I've recently changed my bedroom up a little and I now have a beautiful new princess bed, so I thought it was only right to pop a few pretty new additions in to help it look perfect!
I was also kindly gifted £50 to from Ocean to help me in my little homeware haul/majorly overdue bedroom spruce up. £50 might not seem like a lot, but once I'd shopped around I found lots of cute bargains, it's surprising how far the money stretched as I actually went a couple of pounds under budget (minus the bed obvs!)

Bedroom Details, French Chateau Princess Bed | Love, Catherine
New Princess Bed

I painfully had to throw my precious Ikea Leirvik Bed (yep, that pretty bed you see all over Instagram & Pinterest) straight in the skip as it was basically a heap of junk, as pretty as it looked. So I had to find a fitting replacement, and I'm so in love with this  French Chateau Bed I found on  The Furniture Market! I think it's gorgeous and as much as I loved my previous bed, at least this one's quite unique (for now...)

Bedroom Details, Primark White Lace Bed Linen | Love, Catherine
Bed Linen | Primark | £20

I love crisp white bed linen with small girly details to them as they look pretty but not over the top, and plus white will match any cushions and bedroom items you have! I was so pleased to find this embroidered lace duvet set in Primark of all places, and I got a little £3 discount due to a tiny mark on them (which came straight off in the wash!). I feel like I need a couple of coloured (cough*pink*cough) cushions so everything doesn't look quite so stark white, but it's a work in progress.

Homeware Haul | Dunelm Heart Milk Bottle Vase
Heart Bottle Vase | Dunelm | £4.99

When shopping for cute homeware items, Dunelm is always one of the first places I'll check as they have some really lovely pieces that are so affordable. I was on the lookout for a new vase, and I spotted this white heart vase from their Country Heart range which I already love. I think it's adorable and looks like a little milk bottle. I just need a real bunch of roses to make it look perfect (now's the time I'd drop hints to my boyfriend but alas he doesn't read my blog..)

Homeware Haul | Pink Glass Bird Cake Dome Stand
Pink Glass Bird Cake Dome | eBay | £7.99

I don't know about you but I seem to have an eBay watch list that goes on for pages and pages, and this miniature cake stand has literally been on there for well over a year. I don't really know why I didn't purchase it straight away as I'm so pleased with it now, but you know, that's me and eBay for you. I love the scalloped pink stand and the sweet little bird on top of the glass dome! Obviously it's a cake stand so it would look lovely to present a special cupcake in, but I bought it with the idea to display a few favourite items in, like these pretty lipsticks!

Homeware Haul | Paperchase Rose Photo Frame
Rose Photo Frame | Paperchase | £10

I saw this beautiful rose detailed white frame in Paperchase and thought it was gorgeous and a perfect fit for my bedroom! I think you can probably find these a bit cheaper if you look on eBay or Amazon, but I love the quality of this one, I think it looks much more expensive than it is! I've just popped in this pretty flamingo print I got from  TreatBoxUK, but I'll probably change it up every now and then.

Homeware Haul | Sass & Belle Rose Heart Wreath
Rose Heart Wreath | Sass & Belle, eBay | £3.99

I bought this cute rose heart wreath with the idea for it to go on the wall above my bed, but once it arrived I'm not sure if it looks quite right in that place as my headboard is already quite tall. I do like it though as it's quite delicate yet pretty so i'll definitely find another little spot for it elsewhere!

What do you think of my picks?


Monday, 5 September 2016

August 2016 | Photo Diary

Love, Catherine | August 2016 Photo Diary

Okay how on Earth is it September already? I hate to sound like everyone else in the UK, but Summer has literally flown by and I'm not quite ready to see it go and I especially don't want the light evenings to disappear. That aside, here's some pretty pictures from my Instagram taken during August!

Yankee Candle Bunny Cake & Pink Victoria's Secret Makeup Bag
Pink Pretties

If my love for pink wasn't obvious enough before, it's sickeningly obvious now. I can't help but see cute pink things and instantly need them! I bought the Yankee Candle Bunny Cake candle back at the start of Spring and have only brought myself to burn it briefly a few times, as it's just so cute that I want it to stick around forever, (award for the lamest person ever goes!)  I'm also still obsessed with my Victoria's Secret makeup bag, it's the perfect size for all of my everyday essential makeup and it surprisingly fits a lot more than you'd expect! 

Scent Circus Personalised Confetti | Love, Catherine
Personalised Confetti

A lovely brand called  Scent Circus popped some of their gorgeous wax melts over to me in the post and when I opened up the parcel, I was greeted by the most adorable personalised confetti! They took my name and the bow from my blog header (scroll up to be reminded!) and I just think it's the cutest thing ever. I love it when brands go that extra step to make something special for you and even though it was only little, it made my day.

Doll Face Beauty Sweet Rose Cleanser | QVC UK
Doll Face Sweet Rose Cleanser

Since following Doll Face on Instagram a while ago, I've been totally heart eyed over their pretty products and have been dying to try them out. As it's a US brand (I believe) I didn't think I'd be able to ship it to the UK, but to my surprise the brand is actually stocked on QVC UK! I was actually sent a couple of items to try out, which I was so excited about, how gorgeous is this Sweet Rose Cleanser?!

Fondant Roses Floral 60th Birthday Cake
60th Birthday Cake

I made a 60th birthday cake for my boyfriend's Aunt and this was the outcome! I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I wish it could've been a little neater but I'm still pleased with the result, and those fondant floral decorations took me forever to make!! This wasn't the only think I baked during August but do check out my  Instagram to see the rest if you fancy, and I'm often baking yummy things on my Snapchat too (catherine-mw), sorry for the not so obvious plugs there haha...

Dior Blush, Shiseido Anti-Spot Serum & Rose & Co. Hand Cream
Pretty Products

A trio of beauty products that I'm currently loving. I had a sample of this Intensive Anti-Spot Serum from Shisedo that I admittedly left it alone in my drawers for a while, you know how it is, yet one day I decided to give it a go, and I was surprised by how much I like it. It's a lightweight serum that sinks into the skins so quickly that you feel like it's not even there, and the next day it had definitely improved the state of any minor breakouts I had. Trust it to be heart-breakingly expensive though *sob*. I've also got the Rose & Co. Hand Cream on my bedside table at the moment, it smells and feels lovely and I love the beautiful packaging!

A Little Trip To Laduree London | Love, Catherine
A Little Trip To Laduree 

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to London to watch the football and as we had some spare time in the day, he said he'd take me anywhere I wanted to go, he's a good egg isn't he. I was half tempted to subject him to Peggy Porschen again, but decided on Laduree as I'd never been before! Not quite my boyfriends scene but then can you picture me at the football surrounded by hooligans either?! The hot chocolate we had was literally the nicest I've ever tasted! 

Half Up Pull Through Dutch Braid | Braided Hairstyle
Half Up Pull Through Dutch Braid

Braided locks just have to be done during Summer don't they! This cute half up braid was inspired by the gorgeous Grace from  Grace and Braver whilst lusting after her beautiful princess hair on  Instagram. She did a really easy to follow tutorial on the full braid version  here, and I simply turned it into a half up style! I love it, I think it's so unique and pretty!

Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup | Pink 11th Birthday Gifts
Birthday Gifts from Lily Lolo

To celebrate the beauty brand  Lily Lolo turning 11, they sent out a gorgeous box of pink birthday goodies to a handful of bloggers and I was thrilled to be one of them. Lily Lolo is a mineral makeup brand which is free of any parabens and nasties, and I can't wait to try out this selection of products. I particularly love the Nail Polish in  Candy Floss and the Lip Gloss in  English Rose