Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pandora Poetic Blooms

Pandora Poetic Blooms | Love, Catherine

Pandora Poetic Blooms | Love, Catherine

Pandora Poetic Blooms | Love, Catherine

Pandora Poetic Blooms | Love, Catherine

Pandora Poetic Blooms | Love, Catherine

I'll admit I'm not usually a Pandora fanatic, but the release of their Poetic Blooms range for Spring had me totally and utterly swayed. Like, steal my heart and take my money kinda swayed. I had some birthday money to spend so I decided to treat myself to a bracelet and two charms, and I'm so smitten that I decided to dedicate a blog post to them.

I bought the  Pandora Moments Bracelet with Poetic Blooms Clasp which I thought was so so pretty. I love that the clasp actually looks like another charm with the circular floral details and little sparkly gems. It's so lovely, and even though it's pricier than the standard  Pandora Bracelets, it's much prettier (in my opinion) and makes for such a special and unique piece of jewellery! I couldn't resist the dainty  Poetic Blooms Heart Charm to match, how gorgeous is the pink, white and silver floral design? So beautiful! I also bought the  Pink Sweet Sentiments Charm, which has cute little bows wrapped around it. It isn't part of the Poetic Blooms range but it does look adorable and it was also on sale ~winner~. 

I can't wait to gradually fill my bracelet up with a few more charms to make it super pretty and girly! I may also have my eye on the  Pink Bow & Lace Heart Charm and the  Pink Rose Clip!

Which charms do you have on your Pandora bracelet? 

xoxo


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

You know when you get the urge to spend your wages before you've even earnt them? Yep that's the effect of making this wishlist...I don't help myself do I?!  I am loving how much lace. ruffles, and pretty clothes there are about for this Summer! I'm dying to get my hands on a cute little wicker bag (you can blame both  Kate La Vie &  Julia Engel for influencing me), they look so summery and make me want to go on all the sunny picnics.

Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

MISS SELFRIDGE |  Pintuck Flute Sleeve Dress


Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine



Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine



Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

OLIVIA BURTON |  Vintage Bow Hoop Earrings


Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine



Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

LAZY OAF |  Feeling Blue Coat


Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

ASOS SALON |  Lace Smock Dress
NEEDLE & THREAD |  Constellation Lace Top


Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

RIVER ISLAND |  Pink Feather Cross Body Bag


Summer Wardrobe Wishlist | Love, Catherine

RIVER ISLAND |  White Tie Waist Mini Skirt


Which items made it into your wishlist?

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

May 2017 | Photo Diary

May Photo Diary | Love, Catherine

May has always been a favourite month of mine, not only are there two bank holidays, but both myself and my boyfriend celebrate our birthdays in May and, if we're lucky, the sun sometimes decides to be a babe and put his hat on for us.

Hen Party Cupcakes | Pretty Pink Hearts, Bows & Pearls
Pretty Hen Party Cupcakes

I came up with this pretty design for a hen party cupcake order and I love how they turned out. I went for a more classy, girly theme with hearts, bows, dainty flowers and pearls. I think it's pretty much impossible for me to create anything non-girly, isn't it?..


Milani Rose Illuminating Face Powder | Beauty's Touch
Milani Rose Illuminator

I totally caved and purchased this beautiful Illuminating Face Powder from Milani after seeing it dotted about over the internet. I'm just smitten with the gorgeous rose design, isn't it so pretty! The product itself is a little underwhelming I must say, and I'm a little confused as to whether it's supposed to be a blush or a highlight but I'm not sure I really care haha.


Luxury Makeup Mess
Makeup Pretties

Hands up who else has high end luxury makeup products that they just can't bring themselves to use? Enter my MAC limited editions, especially that dreamy, beautiful, sparkly Mariah Carey lipstick. It's okay to keep them as collectors items, right?!..


Pink Princess Candy Floss Drip Cake | French Fancies, Party Rings & Iced Gems
Princess Birthday Cake

Everyone felt a little sorry for sad old me for baking my own birthday cake. I mean yeah it is a little lame, but I was totally happy to do it (excited even, haha), because it meant three things. One, I got to create a cake with myself in mind aka. a dream, pink princessy cake, two, there was no pressure if it failed (hey, it's only me not a paying customer) and three, I actually got to eat a piece (or three..). Don't get me wrong, I do love making my cakes and cupcakes to order, but it's always nice when I can literally create whatever I fancy! So I went for a classic vanilla sponge, layered with pink candy floss flavoured buttercream, a white chocolate ganache drip, decorated with French Fancies, Party Rings, Iced Gems and aall the glitter! It was perfect.


MacBook Pro Birthday Present
Best Present Evah

My boyfriend only went and completely spoilt me with a bloody MacBook Pro! Let's be honest I've got him to thank for all of my latest posts because I've been blogging from his laptop for a good half a year, as my previous one practically died and fell apart on me (literally). So a new one was definitely needed. I just wasn't expecting such an amazing gift! What a babe. (I think he probably just wanted his laptop back...)


May Photo Diary | Love, Catherine
~ Birthday Gal ~

What's a birthday without a selfie! It was the first time in over two years that I'd bothered to pick up a bottle of fake tan and I felt I needed photographic evidence of the result! If anyone has any fake tan recommendations, feel free to shoot them my way as I did enjoy not feeling like a ghost for once.

Hope you had a lovely May!

xoxo


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

Ted Baker | Blush Pink Porcelain Rose Collection

This post comes at you today in collaboration with Ted Baker and their gorgeous new  Porcelain Rose bath and body collection*, a beautiful, and feminine range which harks back to the glamour and luxury of yesteryear. Think dreamy bubble baths, silk robes, feather slippers, pearls and roses and you'll see the vision for this elegant collection. It's certainly a range to treasure, that will add a touch of luxury to any bathroom or dressing room. 

I have here the Blush Pink range which comes housed in pretty powder pink packaging, complete with luxe rose gold detailing. The delicate rose petal design featured across the range is so darling, with the soft greys, pinks and hints of magenta flowering across the products. It's very unique yet so classic to the feminine, graceful Ted Baker style. 

The Blush Pink fragrance is a gorgeous one I must say. It's a beautiful, soft floral scent which entwines notes of jasmine and neroli with sparkling grapefruit and a base of patchouli, sandalwood and powdery musk. It's delicate but still impactful and reminds me a little of the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia scent, which of course is ultra-feminine and luxurious!

The whole range is a princessy dream and there's something for every beauty lover. I adore the little  Lip Balm with the rose gold lid and pink packaging, it has a dreamy vanilla scent unlike the rest of the range. The  Pampered Petals Bath Fizzers shaped like pink and white diamonds, are super pretty and sit within a lovely slim box with a magnetic lid adorned with an elegant bow. The  Bubble Bath is in a lovely heavy glass bottle, there's something about a weighty product that just makes it feel all the more deluxe isn't there?

I'm super impressed with the price range, for such a lovely collection, especially the gift sets. Not only do you get beautiful products but you also get to keep the gorgeous packaging they come in. The  Little Luxuries set, priced at £12, comes with a pretty wash/makeup bag with three mini products inside, and with the  Enchanting Treats set, priced at £25, not only do you get three full size products but the gorgeous vanity case also. Both have the beautiful soft rose petal design, with rose gold detailing and cute little bow zips. It's definitely worth thinking about a purchase if you've been heart-eyed over the original Ted Baker wash bags, as they are much more affordable and the bags are just as pretty.

The Porcelain Rose Blush Pink range can be found in Boots stores and is also available online  here. It's a perfect collection to pamper yourself with or treat others to!


Which product has you the most heart-eyed?

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Monday, 8 May 2017

April 2017 | Photo Diary

April Photo Diary | Love, Catherine

I do find that sometimes my motivation for blogging hits in waves and other times life simply gets in the way, which is why this photo diary is a little late sorry dolls! I do hope you'll appreciate it anyway as I love this months selection of pictures!


Miss Etoile Pretties | Love, Catherine
New Miss Etoile Pretties

I purchased some pretty new items from one of my favourite brands Miss Etoile. They have the cutest homeware items and trinkets, I'd been after this adorable eyes open mug for so long, doesn't it have such Beauty & The Beast vibes? I love the design with the little scalloped rim and the big pink bow on the inside! I also spotted the little pink and gold ring dish with the lash design and couldn't resist!


A Peggy Porschen Visit | Love, Catherine
 A Peggy Porschen Visit 

A Peggy Porschen Visit | Love, Catherine
 A Peggy Porschen Visit 

Every time I take a little visit into London I always end up back at my favourite little cake shop; Peggy Porschen. Believe me I do try and plan to go elsewhere but the last time I went somewhere different I regretted not taking a trip to Peggy's! The cafe has the prettiest pink, girly decor and the cakes are not only beautiful but delicious too, it's basically like taking a trip into the centre of my brain and I'm just in my element. I had an Easter themed carrot cupcake with a floral rose tea!


Pink House In Notting Hill | Love, Catherine
 Pretty Notting Hill 

We also took a stroll around Notting Hill in the Spring sunshine. Literally every street you walk down has rows of pastel coloured houses, it's so cute, not to mention it's an Instagram dream if you appreciate a pretty coloured door. I came across this pretty pink house and had to snap a quick picture of the front door, #housegoals.


A Princessy Flatlay | Love, Catherine
May Issue Harper's Bazaar 

I spotted the May Issue of Harper's Bazaar over on the lovely Freya's Instagram story (that girl makes me need everything I swear!) and it looked like such a princessy dream that I had to pick up a copy. The front has a gorgeous pink cover with dainty leaves and flowers wrapped around the Bazaar letters (see a photo here), it's so pretty! I love the spread on the inside on the Chanel Spring/Summer Couture show, just look at all the soft pinks, glitter and feathers *heart eyes*. I don't often buy magazines but I will definitely cherish this one.


Spring Picnic Date | Love, Catherine
 Spring Picnic Date 

We had some lovely warm weather at the start of April so me and my boyfriend took the opportunity to have a little picnic by the Royal Crescent in Bath. I took a soft blanket and cute napkins and we bought a feast of picnic foods including a fresh baguette, cherry tomatoes, rose lemonade and a punnet of strawberries. Picnics really are the best! Until the sun goes in that is...


Mini Egg Easter Cupcakes | Love, Catherine
Easter Mini Egg Cupcakes

Isn't Easter baking just the cutest! I did really want to create something a bit more detailed like I did for my Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's cupcakes, but as I was short of time that week I settled for the next best thing; mini egg nest cupcakes! Mini eggs really are the epitome of Easter treats thought don't you think?! These have a yummy Nutella centre with a hidden mini egg inside!


Luxe Pretties | Love, Catherine
Luxe Pretties

You didn't think I almost finished this month's Photo Diary without popping in a pretty makeup picture did you! I still can't bring myself to use that beautiful Dior highlight, I swatched it once and have been to scared to ruin it since haha fail. I was quite pleased with this photo as I took it at 6.30pm and uploaded it straight away to my Instagram, and the lighting/quality doesn't look bad at all, yay to Spring!

Hope you had a lovely April!

xoxo

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spring Wishlist | Pretty Pastels

Spring Wishlist, Pretty Pastels | Love, Catherine

I seem to be making these wishlist posts a monthly occurrence because as always, there's so many cute things that steal my heart! I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the limited edition Guerlain Birthday Candle Pearl Meteorites, which is part of their Summer 2017 Anniversary collection that celebrates the 30th birthday of their Meteorites. I've heard the release date is April although I've yet to see them so far, but I will definitely be needing them because that pretty pink packaging with the white petal design is gorgeous! I'm also lusting after this adorable little kitty ring dish from West Elm, (you can blame Lily for this, she makes me need things...) I love how they've incorporated so many little hearts into the gold design, need! Also, don't Olivia Burton just make the prettiest watches around? Every new design is always so cute and this beautiful daisy design is no exception.




MISS ETOILE | Hearts & Eyes Cushion

KATE SPADE | Oh Hello Sunhat

WEST ELM | Cat Ring Dish


OLIVIA BURTON | 3D Daisy Midi Dial Watch




What's on your Spring wishlist?


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Friday, 21 April 2017

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced
recently killed off the eyeshadow game for every other brand with their gorgeous new Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette, aka. the mother of all neutral palettes. The floral packaging with the little bunnies and birds is so romantic and beautiful, and the names of the shades are so flippin' cute I just can't deal. Bunny Nose, Kittens, Pink Cheeks, Fairy Tale, umm sorry but you can't tell me that isn't all kinds of adorable. 'Cos it is.

The colour range is a dreamy selection of soft pinks, milky browns and golden bronzes and is what initially enticed me to spend a pretty penny. I'd use every single shade at some point, it's a neutral lovers dream! If you are a Too Faced fan you may already spot some of the shades from previous palettes. Heaven, Nudie, Push-Up, Honey Pot and Chocolate Martini can all be found in the Natural Eyes palette (which you can see in this post) ! If you like the look of the Natural Love palette but don't want to commit to the splurge, this one would be a great alternative, it's a beautiful little palette and was one of my first makeup loves. Satin Sheets can also be found in both the Boudoir Eyes palette and the Chocolate Bon Bons (review here). So although there are a few repeats, the vast majority of the shades are new.

Eight of the thirty shades are matte and I was surprisingly super impressed with every single one. It's so nice to see a palette with really pigmented, creamy matte shades as more often than not it can be the matte shades that let a palette down, but not here, I cannot fault the quality of them! I've included Pink Cheeks as a matte shade, although it does have a very subtle shimmer running through it. My favourite matte shades are Honey Butter which is a gorgeous warm caramel brown, perfect as a transition, and Makeup & Chill which is a lovely deep chocolate brown.

The stand out shimmer shades for me are:
♥ Moonbeam; a beautiful pale silvery gold
♥ Cutie Patootie; a rosey golden peach
♥ Kittens; a cool toned lilac pink with a gold reflex
♥ Satin Sheets; a champage rose gold 
♥ Push-Up; a gorgeous bronze
♥ Honey Pot; a perfect gold
♥ Love Bug; a purple taupe
♥ Coffee Date; a warm coppery bronze
♥ Dear Diary; a frosty golden bronze
All have that great 'one swipe' pigmentation and look so shimmery and beautiful!

The shades I did find to be iffy were Tickle Me, HoneymoonFingers Crossed and especially Fairy Tale. I say this as they have more of a glittery formula, so when applied with a brush the pigmentation is a little lacking and the fall out can be a bit of a nightmare. However I then tried them with MAC Fix + to see if I could get any use out of them and they completely transformed! So if you don't mind wetting your brush to get the most out of your eyeshadows then you will be fine, I actually do this all the time with shimmery eyeshadow shades as it intensifies the pigment and makes them more metallic. Night Fever is a little patchy however, and Stiletto isn't quite the deep intense black you might hope it to be, but it's not too bad once built up.

The palette retails at a pricey £52, but if you were to build a collection of 30 solo eyeshadows and pop them in a palette yourself it would be much more costly. For example, Makeup Geek eyeshadows retail at £6 a shadow, which if you do the math will set you back a massive £180 for 30 of them, and that's without a palette to put them in (see how I like to justify my makeup purchases..haha). 

If you're expecting something a little different from your classic Chocolate Bar, Naked palette etc. then this probably isn't for you. But ultimately if you are a neutral eyeshadow lover like myself, you will adore this palette, forgiving the few dodgy glittery shades.

*EDIT* If you UK babes were wanting to get your hands on this palette but can't find it in stock anywhere, they still have it available on the Too Faced website here. They currently have free shipping for international orders until the end of 21/04/17, so be quick if you want to grab yourself a bargain. I purchased mine directly from the Too Faced site, shipping was slow and took around 3 weeks, but I wasn't charged customs so it was definitely worth doing.

What do you think of the Natural Love palette?


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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Jurlique Rose Petal Limited Edition 2017

Jurlique Rose Petal Limited Edition 2017

Jurlique Limited Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist & Rose Hand Cream 2017

I always get so excited when brands release beautiful limited edition versions of their most popular products, especially when it's from Jurlique which is one of my favourite skincare brands! They state that they care deeply about the purity of their skincare which is why they grow and extract many of their natural ingredients directly from their farm in Australia. I really feel like the brand truly care about their products and have a passion for the way in which they carefully produce them.


Jurlique Limited Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist 2017

I already own and adore their Rosewater Balancing Mist which I wrote about in this post. It contains really lovely ingredients like rose extract, marshmallow, aloe vera and grapefruit seed which all help to restore, soothe and hydrate the skin. It's honestly such a lovely product, it's really refreshing, leaves my skin feeling glowy and it also has a beautiful, delicate rose scent.

Each year they release an Intense Deluxe Edition* of their original Rosewater mist, complete with gorgeous limited edition packaging. This years is in collaboration with Australian artist Belynda Henry, who created a beautiful watercolour scene which resembles the Jurlique farm in the Adelaide Hills. It's a lovely collectors piece! Plus the bottle itself is a gorgeous ombre pink which makes the rest of your skincare look dull in comparison... I can't rave about this stuff enough and I'm so glad I've now got such a pretty version of it. This one is already available so grab it whilst you still can!


Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Hand Cream 2017

In addition to the beautiful mist, Jurlique are also releasing a limited edition version of the Rose Hand Cream*, which is one of their most iconic skin care products that I also happen to already love. It's packed full of amazing ingredients including rose extract, almond oil, honey, daisy flower extract and grapefruit seed. It's a rich hand cream which deeply moisturises and softens the hands, for long lasting hydration and it has the same divine rose scent.

This limited edition packaging however, is just so stunning and is one you truly don't want to miss out on! It has a gorgeous cream tube with a gold cap, and a pastel watercolour design which is inspired by the pink, red and soft yellow shades of their rose petals that they grow and use in their products. It's so unique and pretty, I think it looks like candy floss! This one launches in the UK on 1st June, although I have been warned that quantities will be very limited due to the incredible way that the floral water is extracted from the rose petals. If you're interested they do have a waitlist here so you can be first in line when it releases!


What do you think of Jurlique's 2017 limited editions?

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