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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*PR Sample

Friday, 7 April 2017

Pretty Spring Purchases

Pretty Spring Purchases | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Palette | Love, Catherine

Too Faced Natural Love Palette | Love, Catherine

Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector | Love, Catherine

Pretty Spring Purchases | Love, Catherine

ASOS Bunny Flats | Love, Catherine

If you think you have your spending under control, pop all of your recent purchases into a blog post and you'll see that you're very much mistaken. Oops. But cute things just have to be blogged about...don't they?

ASOS |  Bunny Flats
I spotted these adorable shoes whilst browsing ASOS and instantly needed them. They have the cutest little bunny design with a heart shaped nose and glittery pink ears, and they have the prettiest iridescence in different lights. They even have little white pom pom tails on the back of the shoe! My boyfriend thinks they're hideous but what does he know *sassy emoji*.

TOO FACED |  Natural Love Palette
The neutral palette of dreams! As soon as I heard about this limited edition release from Too Faced I was all over it, and I ordered it straight from the Too Faced site they day it came out as I was far too impatient to wait for the UK release. Luckily they were offering free shipping at the time and I wasn't charged for customs, phew. The palette itself is just stunning and I will definitely swatch it in a blog post soon!

As I'd previously mentioned in my  March Photo Diary, I splurged on the new limited edition highlighter from Becca. I'm already a massive fan of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, the quality is so intense and velvety, so I knew I'd love this newbie. It's a gorgeous pearly pale lavender with a really unique iridescent sheen. It's like a barbie/mermaid hybrid and is so pretty. Plus that packaging though...my heart can't cope.

Whilst not being particularly Spring themed, I did pick up a Twilight bath bomb which is one of my favourites from Lush. I love the cute lilac pink design with the moon and stars, and it has a relaxing scent of sweet lavender with a creamy almost caramel scented undertone. It releases frothy swirls of soft pink and baby blue and is so pretty!

One of those 'the packaging made me buy it' purchases. Can you blame me though when it's baby pink with ribbons AND roses. It's a dusting powder that you can use with the puff after a bath or shower which leaves your skin feeling silky soft and delicately fragranced. It has a very fresh, floral scent which smells so lovely and I think women of all different ages will love it. It will make for such a pretty dressing table addition.


Which of my Spring purchases is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

March 2017 | Photo Diary

March 2017 Photo Diary | Love, Catherine

I'm so excited that it's finally Spring, which I've come to the conclusion is my favourite season. I just love that the cold harsh weather gradually fades, we finally get lighter days and evenings (a bloggers dream), the trees and flowers begin to bloom, the Easter baking is definitely the cutest (& yummiest) and we can look forward to more sunny days, ice creams and picnics in Summer! Which season is your favourite? Anyway... here's some of my favourite photos from March!


MAC Mariah Carey | Love, Catherine
Getting A New Camera

So after taking all of my photos directly from my faithful iPhone for years, I finally have a fancy DSLR camera and I'm so excited! I'm still getting to grips with using it so for now you may only see the pretty pictures it takes occasionally (like in this post). I'm also thinking of attempting a YouTube channel at some point as I do often get asked if I have one, and it's something I'd love to try, although don't hold out on my editing skills being anything incredible! Is that something you'd like to see?


Hello Kitty OPI | Love, Catherine
Pale Pink & Rose Gold Glitter Mani

I wanted to take advantage of the fact that my nails had grown to a nice length and I decided I don't use my pretty Hello Kitty OPI nail polish enough. So created a soft pink mani with a rose gold glitter from Barry M named Duchess. Isn't the Hello Kitty bottle so cute?! This shade is called Let's Be Friends. Oh and my nails chipped and broke basically straight after taking this picture, *woe is me*.


Bambi Dreams And Wishes Mug | Love, Catherine
Dream And Wishes Bambi Hot Chocolate

How lovely is this Bambi mug with the Dreams and Wishes design? It's from the Disney Magical Moments range which you may still be able to find on eBay. I maay have also purchased the Princess mug with Marie on it from Aristocats (makeup and cute mugs will be the death of me.) I made an Easter themed hot chocolate with these sweet little bunny and chick marshmallows. At what point in the year does it become weird to still be drinking hot chocolate?...


Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector | Love, Catherine
Becca Prismatic Amethyst Highlight

I was totally influenced by my lovely friend Freya for this purchase! It's a limited edition Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector called Prismatic Amethyst which is the prettiest pale lavender with an iridescent glow, although it isn't really coming across in this photo. It's honestly so gorgeous and much more wearable than you'd think.


Dunelm Toulouse Chest Of Drawers | Love, Catherine
Pretty New Furniture

I have a love for pretty white furniture and the only thing clashing in my bedroom was my chest of drawers which I finally decided to give an upgrade. I chose this pretty Toulouse set from Dunelm which looks so girly and lovely don't you think?

Beauty And The Beast Cupcakes | Love, Catherine
Beauty And The Beast Cupcakes

I went to watch the new Beauty And The Beast film on Mother's Day and I loved it. I thought the whole set design and costumes were amazing and I loved the whole Marie Antoinette Parisian vibes, so pretty! I felt inspired to make some cupcakes to match the film and I'm so pleased with how they turned out as I'd not made anything for a while. Which design is your favourite? I think I love the book the most!


Hair Half Up | Love, Catherine

I've actually had my hair done since this photo, I'd left it for a whole six months so my roots were looking a bit disastrous and wearing it half up seemed to sort of disguise it a little. I decided to have balayage and get my roots blended in a little, so it doesn't look too different now, but much better!


Hope you had a lovely March!

xoxo


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