Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Springtime Luxury Beauty Haul

Springtime Beauty Haul | Love, Catherine

Springtime Beauty Haul | Love, Catherine

Springtime Beauty Haul | Love, Catherine

Springtime Beauty Haul | Love, Catherine

Springtime Beauty Haul | Love, Catherine

Today's post comes in collaboration with Fragrance Direct, a site I've used many times myself especially during my Uni years (hello discounted Essie polishes!). I was shocked to see how many amazing, luxury brands they now stock since my last purchase, most at a reduced price too, I know where I'll be buying my fave Bobbi Brown Lip Liner from now on...So even though I could've easily made a wishlist as long as my arm, these are the lovely items that caught my eye!

These adorable little Guerlain eyeshadow quads have been on my wishlist for quite some time and I'm so excited to finally own one. The gold compact with the brand name scripted into it looks so elegant and beautiful and you know it's fancy when it comes with it's own little velvet pouch. Les Cuirs includes four neutral beige browns which are perfect everyday shades. I can already tell I'll be getting lots of use out of this one.

BOBBI BROWN Bikini Pink Lipstick
You all know my love for Bobbi Brown's Ballet Pink lip pencil, I mean it's basically the only lip liner I ever use and I've been through so many, so it's surprising that I've never taken a venture into their lipstick range. Of course I chose a pink shade aptly titled Bikini Pink which is a pretty summery pink and is like a lighter, creamier version of MAC Please Me.

CHLOE Love Story Eau Sensuelle
My all time favourite fragrance is the original perfume by Chloe which is so delicate and feminine so although I'd never tried the Eau Sensuelle version of their Love Story perfume, I knew I would like it. Which thankfully I do, it's lovely. It's fresh and floral but with a powdery vanilla and sandalwood undertone which gives it more of a grown up romantic Chloe scent. The Parisian style bottle is so pretty and dainty and is inspired by the love padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge. So cute.

BOBBI BROWN Makeup Remover
As my beloved Garnier Micellar Water was running low, I thought it was about time I gave something else a try and I'd heard so many good things about this one from Bobbi Brown. It's supposed to break down and remove even the most long-wearing waterproof makeup instantly, whilst being extra gentle on your skin.

CLARINS Multi Active Day Lotion
The last item I thought would be perfect for me is this beautiful moisturiser from Clarins. It has a lovely lightweight formula which hydrates and rebalances for youthful radiant looking skin. It's just the right type of product I usually love with moisturisers and the blush pink and gold bottle is beautiful. Plus I adore the scent of Clarins products they smell so classy and fresh.

Have you tried any of these?

xoxo


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Spring ASOS Picks


I swear making these 'wishlist' posts actually make me far more spendy that I ought to be, I just find so many cute things! I'm especially glad to see the arrival of lots of light coloured, ruffled, lace detailed items that would go perfectly as new additions to Spring clean your wardrobe. To tell you a little secret (a very obvious one at that), I'm currently waiting on a little ASOS delivery as I type...oops! Making this wishlist definitely got the better of me, I meaaan those little bunny ballet flats with pom poms tails?! So cute.


3. SKINNYDIP  Cat Pom Pom Bag Charm






8. DAISY DIXON  Pink Pheobe Leather Watch






15. ASOS PREMIUM  Lilac Lace Skater Dress



16. ANUSCHKA REES  The Curated Closet
18. TRUE DECADENCE  Lace All Over Ruffle Blouse











Did anything catch your eye?

xoxo


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Monday, 13 March 2017

5 Princess Products Every Girly Girl Needs

5 Princess Products Every Girly Girl Needs | Kate Spade, Olivia Burton, Essie & Laura Mercier

5 Princess Products Every Girly Girl Needs | Kate Spade, Olivia Burton, Essie & Laura Mercier

You'll only need to take a little glimpse at my content (or my  Instagram) to see that I am a huge lover of all things pink and girly. What? Really? No way! You'd never have guessed right?... I mean, you're probably well aware by now, so I thought I'd pop together a little post featuring some of my favourite princessy items that every girly girl needs in her life!

I received this beautiful Olivia Burton necklace as a Christmas gift (which you'll already know if you've read  this post) and oh my I absolutely adore it. The scalloped silver coin with the logo branding etched delicately into it, matches perfectly with the little rose gold bow. It's got such a dainty and girly design which really looks so beautiful when worn. It has an adjustable ball chain adjuster which is so handy because you can literally adjust it to whatever length you'd like. Of course I love their original watches too, the pretty pink and gold  Wonderland watch I've featured here has had a lot of love too!

Kate Spade |  All In Good Taste
The girly girls bible! This beautiful Kate Spade book is the perfect guide to being a hostess, with how-to's, recipes and a little sprinkling of style. It's one of those books that would look gorgeous as a coffee table centrepiece, as not only does it look pretty on display as decor, but it's also great if any guests fancy a little flick through.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm so lazy when it comes to applying body lotion after showering, that I very rarely do it (eek I know, get your act together Catherine!) However, sometimes I'll have one of those bubble bath-face mask-full skincare routine-manicure kinda nights, and this Laura Mercier Body Souffle always makes an appearance as it's the ultimate indulgent pamper product. It sinks quickly into the skin. leaves you feeling silky soft and the warm caramel, vanilla scent is utterly delicious that you'll almost want to eat it instead of slathering it over your body. Divine.

Essie |  Mademoiselle
This little one from Essie is one of my all time favourite nail polishes. It's such a delicate, pretty pink manicure shade, which is perfect for those that prefer something a little more natural. It's such an easy shade to wear, it matches everything and adds such a perfect, polished look. It's really similar to  YSL Rose Romantique polish (another one of my faves), but is a fraction of the price.

My last ultimate girly item is of course this beautiful candle from Kate Spade. Not only is the blush pink and white striped packaging so pretty and feminine, but the actual candle itself has a lovely floral fragrance of Lily, which is light but fresh and relaxing. It's gorgeous and would make for the perfect addition to a girly boudoir. Plus you can reuse the jar for makeup brushes afterwards! I did have a hard time choosing between this one and  Diptyque Roses, which comes a close second, but in terms of packaging Kate Spade wins (I mean, it's pink right?!).

What are your favourite girly princess products?

xoxo


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Friday, 10 March 2017

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches | Is It Worth The Hype?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches | Is It Worth The Hype?

Oh the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette*, an eyeshadow collection you've likely heard a ton of talk about since it's release a few years ago. You'll know I'm a massive fan of Too Faced products, and their Chocolate Bon-Bons palette holds a special place in my heart (or makeup collection shall I say - full review here). I'm a little late to the party with their original chocolatey themed offering, but I thought I'd see if it's really worth the hype it gets.

The palette contains sixteen chocolate scented eyeshadows which are all housed inside a milky brown 'chocolate bar' style packaging, even the back has very 'Wonka Golden Ticket' theme. Cute to say the least. All of the colours are candy inspired with a great selection of neutral shades, which are perfect for creating soft to smokey everyday looks. As much as I adore aall the shimmers and glitters, there's nothing worse than a palette with little to no matte shades, and this one certainly has a perfect mix of mattes and shimmers, so you can really create some lovely, versatile makeup looks with it. 

Obviously I instantly gravitate towards Champagne Truffle, a beautiful pearly champagne pink with a slight golden undertone to it. It's definitely a me shade and looks stunning when applied to the lid with MAC Fix+Salted Caramel is the most gorgeous warm, orangey brown shade, which is so perfect in the crease or as a transition shade and is actually a really complimentary colour. Marzipan is a beautiful frosted, pale peachy gold and is a dream when paired with Semi-Sweet a matte medium brown and Hazelnut a shimmery golden bronze. I really love the hues of Amaretto, Cherry Cordial and Black Forest Truffle which are perfect for creating those berry toned Autumnal looks. 

The majority of the shades have great pigmentation and are super smooth and blendable. But you know I do always like to keep it real and so the shades that let the palette down for me are Strawberry Bon-Bon which lacks a little in pigmentation, Gilded Ganache as it applies a little chunky and patchy, and Triple Fudge which I don't feel is as good quality as the rest. I do think it's quite rare to find a palette with every single shade being exceptional though.


That being said, I think it's an amazing palette for creating everyday neutral looks and has a lovely shade selection. I'd personally choose this one over the Urban Decay Naked palette, so I'm gonna go with Y.E.S, it's definitely worth the hype and the splurge on it. Plus it smells like chocolate, what's not to love? 

What are your thoughts on the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette?

xoxo


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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Pretty Pink eBay Finds

Love, Catherine | Pretty Pink eBay Finds


I can't say I wasn't influenced by  Makeup Savvy's amazing collection of  eBay Finds for this post, because I totally was as they're amazing although I'm sure you've seen them already. They've inspired me to create my own, but with a pretty pink twist (obvs). It's actually surprising how many cute, affordable things you can find on eBay and now I need everything... I do already have a pink passport holder but I think I've just found my next replacement. The pink Mason Jar would be so lovely for fresh flowers, pens, makeup brushes, or even in the kitchen to store wooden spoons! 



Which item is your favourite?

xoxo


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Monday, 6 March 2017

New In | Ciate Dewy Stix

Love, Catherine | New Ciate Dewy Stix

Love, Catherine | New Ciate Dewy Stix

Love, Catherine | New Ciate Dewy Stix

Love, Catherine | New Ciate Dewy Stix

Love, Catherine | New Ciate Dewy Stix

Searching for the ultimate dewy complexion? Then look no further as Ciate has (potentially) ended your quest with their new product aptly named: Dewy Stix*. What it is, is essentially a twist-up highlighting balm which gives your skin a gorgeous luminous glow, without any shimmer or glitter.

As you can see in my swatch, it definitely does give a lovely radiance and sheen, which would look amazing on minimal makeup days and perfect for those that are after a natural glow without any shimmer. The texture is quite waxy almost like a lip balm, which does apply quite smooth and glossy, but I can't help but feel like you could perhaps get the same effect by using an actual lip balm.. It does state that it's supposed to dry down, yet I found it stayed quite tacky on my skin and never fully dried. But that does mean it could make for an amazing base to intensify your powder highlight!

I kinda feel like the £22 price mark is a little steep for what it actually is, but then again it is quite a unique product. I do however think that the packaging is absolutely beautiful! The pale gold casing with dainty stars dotted over it is too pretty.


What do you think of the Ciate Dewy Stix?

xoxo


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Thursday, 2 March 2017

February 2017 | Photo Diary

Love, Catherine | February 2017 Photo Diary

Urmm sorry but wasn't it just Christmas like yesterday? How did March roll around so flippin' quickly! Not that I'm complaining, bring on Spring and all of it's longer, lighter, cherry blossomed days please and thanks!

Love, Catherine | Kate Spade Pink Cedar Street Perforated Lacey Bag
Kate Spade Bag

So I've probably harped on enough about my pretty new Kate Spade bag now, but just look! It's so pretty it deserved it's shining moment on my blog (lol). I'm not one with hoards of expensive bags (I only own this and a Ted Baker) but I've lusted after Kate Spade's gorgeous collections for so long and you may even remember I popped this exact bag in a wishlist a while ago. So when I happened to come across it in store with over 60% off my heart actually happy danced all the way over to the till. I mean, it was just fate right?


Love, Catherine | Hearts & Teddybears Valentine's Cupcakes
Valentine's Cupcakes

Pink, girly, cutesy themes put me in my element so obviously I couldn't pass Valentine's Day without creating some adorable cupcakes! I went for a pink hearts and teddy bear theme and I just think they are too cute, even if I do say so myself. Special shoutout to the men that ordered some for their wives/girlfriends, they know the way to a girls heart...


Love, Catherine | Pretty Pink Flatlay, Freya Lingerie in Petal
Freya Lingerie

I was so lucky to be gifted the prettiest lingerie set from the amazing Freya brand, that I'd already heard really great things about. I have the Freya Fancies set in a beautiful soft, petal pink and it has the loveliest lacey detailing. It comes as both a Bralette* and a Plunge Bra*, and they are just so delicate and gorgeous that I thought they deserved a mention!


Love, Catherine | Giant Heart Shaped Iced Cookie
Giant Iced Cookie

What happens when you can't get to Millie's Cookies to purchase a Giant Heart Shaped Iced Cookie for Valentine's Day? Make your own of course! I've actually never even tried Millie's Cookies but their personalised large cookies always look so cute, so I thought I'd give it a go myself and I have to say I was so pleased with my first attempt! I think I might have gotten more girlfriend points if I hadn't made it super pink and girly though...


Love, Catherine | Sparkly Pink Mani
Sparkly Pink Mani

I always go through stages with my nails of keeping them super neat and polished all the time or literally not at all for months on end. I hadn't painted them for the longest time and I decided they needed a little tlc. I used Barry M Kiss Me Quick for a pretty pink mani shade and popped a little bit of Tanya Burr's Glitter Rain at the cuticle end for a little pop of sparkle.


Love, Catherine | Magical Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Cake
Unicorn Birthday Cake

Unicorns are real okay...at least in cake form! I got a lil' bit excited when a customer requested a Unicorn themed birthday cake, because I'd been dying to do something magical and rainbowy for too long. I know I say this with basically everything I bake, but this is definitely my favourite creation so far! Pastel pink, candy floss, rainbow heaven!


Love, Catherine | Fresh Glowy Makeup & Straight Hair
Fresh Glowy Makeup & Straight Hair

I rarely ever straighten my hair as I'm addicted to soft, bouncy, princessy curls, and I personally think straight locks look kinda boring on me as my natural hair is quite straight anyway. But strangely enough whenever I do wear it straight, I always get lots of compliments! Perhaps just because it looks different...
I've also been obsessed with my Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer which gives the loveliest luminosity to the skin and makes your makeup apply flawlessly! Another favourite of mine that I'm wearing here is the Laura Geller Charming Pink Illuminator, which is the most perfect pearly pink highlight shade.

Hope you had a lovely February!

xoxo


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