Beauty Tuesday: National Fragrance Day…

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To everyone who loves a good quality perfume, happy National Fragrance Day.  

Your favourite scents evoke such strong memories because your sense of smell connects to the part of your brain that controls memories and emotions. This is why certain fragrances will often remind you of certain places, times in your life or memorable events. 
Personally, I have a few fragrances that evoke memories of certain points in my life, some of which have been sadly discontinued or are very hard to find.  

Teen Memories…

Valentino’s Rock n’ Rose was a favourite during my late teens, it reminds me of my favourite lively bustling city, Dublin, because the last bottle of Rock n’ Rose I bought was from Dublin Airport.
One I Would Go Back To…

Who can resist the warm luscious notes of a floral bouquet…? Lola by Marc Jacobs is that type of scent that’s playful with a flirtatious wink. Lola is one of those perfumes that reminds me of all of the adventures I got up to in my early twenties, doing different interesting jobs and travelling to some amazing places, I remember discovering Lola during this time. It’s not just the scent’s irresistible floral notes that make this, the artfully designed bottle is a beautiful way to liven up any dressing table.

Another One I Would Go Back To…

I couldn’t just pick one for this category. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf will always evoke memories of Charlie as a tiny puppy, as this was around the time I discovered this wonderful pink grenade. Flowerbomb has a full-bodied mix of sambac jasmine, orchid, rose and patchouli that to me have always given me the impression that this is what the most magical secret garden would smell like if I was to stand in it. 

One I Wear Everyday…

I absolutely love Ghost the Fragrance. Even though it’s notes of Ambrette, Rose and white flowers work together in Ghost to convey this enticing feminine fragrance, Ghost remains a modern classic which is understated enough for everyday.  

My Recent Discovery…

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on night fragrances lately and Midnight Heat from Beyoncé’s perfume range was one that was of particular interest. I was mainly attracted by the gradual lilac to blue purple bottle which gives a sensual introduction to what I expected this to smell like. Purple orchid and a velvety aroma make Midnight Heat the ideal captivating aromatic fragrance to wear at night.  

Mani Monday…

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Essie’s Spring collection this year is beyond stunning.  The colours have that tropical California vibe to them and you’ll want to get them all!

America’s number 1 salon nail brand have called their latest colourful collection Baha Monent, after one of the collection’s namesake shades, which is an enlightening pomegranate toned pink shade perfect for SS17.

Other shades in the collection are On The Roadie, which is a vibrant Kelly green, All The Wave, a sapphire toned indigo blue, Designated DJ, a plum sangria cream, Backseat Besties, a delicate pink plumeria and Excuse Me, Sur, a pale sun-kissed coral mango.

Baha Moment collection colours have already been on sale at larger Boots stores and you can also find the latest shades on Amazon too.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these beauties.  Which shades will be your favourites…?

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. What better day to celebrate our love of Ireland and everything Irish.

Dublin sunrise on the Liffey

The St. Patrick’s parade in Birmingham is the largest parade outside of Ireland to take place.  

Birmingham celebrates 

Dublin is my favourite city and I feel so privileged to have made several trips to the Emerald Isle.

Grafton Street in Dublin by night

The liveliness and overall chypre feel of Dublin has always appealed to me and will continue to as I get older. It’s a city I have always loved to go back to.

Ireland inspires. It is one of the countries that has produced some of the best music, old and new and it’s also the birthplace of 24 Olympic gold medalists, 14 Oscar winners and 9 out of 10 of the world’s global pharmaceutical firms. Forbes has called Ireland the best country to do business. 1,033 companies from all over the world have chosen the Emerald Isle as their base because it remains number 1 for adaptability of their workforce. If you’ve ever been to Ireland you may have met some of the most charitable people in Europe. Ireland, 5 million people live there, but no wonder more than 70 million, including me, call it home!

Starbucks St Patrick’s Day Green Tea Frappucino 

If, like me, the spirit of the Emerald Isle is strong, be sure to enjoy a pop of green today.  Happy St Paddy’s!

SS17 Trend Alert…

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Gingham. That checkered pattern long associated with summer days in the school yard wearing a floaty dress. New Look’s latest offerings have, however, grown up and left the playground behind.





Tie-up ankle heeled sandals, £32.99



Monochrome and the occasional smattering of scattered floral embroidery have breathed a new lease of life into this summer classic. New Look’s drop of uber sleek tops, shoes and accessories will add instant chic to any spring look without the childhood throwback; who remembers their school summer dress…?


Black & white gingham clear anorak, £39.99




Black & white gingham floral embroidered mules, £25.99

Gingham strap watch, £14.99


Bell sleeve check top, £22.99





Light blue gingham Bardot style top, 17.99



Combinations of blue and white and red and white check are also big news for SS17, with the pattern varying in size from chunky checks down to ditzy detailing.


Black & white gingham tie front mini-skirt, £17.99




Rose embroidered frill trim shirt, £22.99


Blue & white gingham lace trim Bardot style top, £15.99



Red & white gingham lace trim cold-shoulder top, £15.99



Red & white gingham check print flat shoes, £12.99


Gingham check frill trim top, £19.99



It’s only March but I’ve already seen the checks making their way onto the high street, and cannot wait to pick up some of these irresistible pieces. This is a timeless pattern and doesn’t just remind me of summer school uniform, but of those oilcloth table settings at fish and chip shops, the sort of kitsch eateries that line the seafront at my favourite British seaside resorts.  Summer memories.


Beauty Tuesday…

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I can see myself stocking up on Sampar Paris, a French skincare brand comitted to providing balancing and correcting skincare for every skin type, their dry foaming cleanser is well worth a try. It is the best make-up remover I’ve ever used and it makes light work of removing even the toughest of waterproof mascaras.

France know more than a thing or two about making excellent skincare and cosmetic products, Sampar, a brand I had never heard of until this week, are a sterling example.  

To find out more about this brand, visit their web site:

International Women’s Day

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130 million girls won’t go to school today. Not because they don’t want to, but because they are not given the chance to.

Stopping a girl accessing an education robs a woman of the chance to equip herself with everything she needs to take the world in her stride.


Beauty Tuesday …

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Happiness is finding the Make Up Revolution eye palette you have been after for a while.  I’d been itching to try the Affirmation Pro 32 Eyeshadow palette for ages.  None of the Superdrug stores I went to had it in stock, but I was lucky to think of the new store close to Wolverhampton station.  They were the only place that had Affirmation in stock.  I love all the Eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter palettes MUR do, the quality and colour pay off is as good as MAC, Nars, Bobbi Brown or Urban Decay, without the beauty counter price tag.    


Make Up Revolution Pro 32 Affirmation Eye Shadow Palette, £8 at Superdrug

I’ve been using their other Pro 32 palette, Beyond Flawless which I absolutely love.  Each boast an abundance of natural and deep smouldering shades that can be worn day or night.  MUR sure know how to make super wearable shimmery neutral and smoky shades you can use to create virtually any look.  


Make Up Revolution Pro 32 Beyond Flawless Eye Shadow Palette, £8 at Superdrug

Matte lips have stuck around for a while and are here to stay.  In a previous post I mentioned dupes for my favourite Kylie Lip Kits.  NYX have a dupe for nearly all of the popular Kylie shades if you can’t get your hands on the much sought after Lip Kits.  

Soft Matte Lip Creams come in 34 shades, wear without cracking and feel super velvety.  


Transylvania, a black-forest plum, is the best copy for Kourt K, for those brave enough to take a chance on a dark lip.

On the more subdued end, Stockholm is the perfect dupe for Candy K, both are a suits-all pinky nude.

My favourites have to be Cairo, a very pale nude, Zurich, a mid tone nude shade, Tokyo, a bubblegum pale pink, and Sydney, a pale pink with blue undertones.

abtrannysylvania nys

Kylie Jenner’s Kourt K and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

NYX also do a similar product to the Soft Matte Lip Cream called Liquid Suede, a liquid lipstick with a silky matte feel.  If you’re looking for a dupe of Dolce K, the Liquid Suede in Sandstorm is your answer.  



Kylie’s Lip Kit in Dolce K and NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm

Lip Lingerie, also by NYX, is shockingly similar to Ms. Jenner’s brainchild product, the shade called Embellishment, a mauve toned nude, is the best Koko K dupe. 


Kylie Lip Kit in Koko K and NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment

I like a lot of NYX’s products because they are committed to delivering professional formulas to a wide market, I was over the moon when I discovered NYX stands had landed in my local Boots stores, and they’re cruelty free! Happy Bunny.  

I had a route around in TK Maxx this week and came across some amazing bargains.  I’m in love with my new fragrance Viva La Juicy, Juicy Couture’s popular fragrance.  It’s a charming and irresistible scent with notes of delicious berries, vanilla, jasmine and amber.  This is the one fragrance everyone should own in their lifetime.  I got a 30ml gift set with a body wash.  30ml would’ve cost £37 in Boots, I found this gift set at TK Maxx for £19.99!


A longtime fan of floriental fragrances, I was gutted a week or two ago when I found out Flash by Jimmy Choo had been discontinued by the brand.  For a couple of years I considered it my signature scent, one I kept going back to.  I loved the combination of red fruits, white flowers and woody notes and I got loads of compliments on my perfume.  Blossom, the pink version of Flash, is a fruity floral take on Flash that smells just as amazing as its predecessor.