Last week I was invited to Smythson on New Bond Street to attend the launch of Mr Porter Volume 2- Manual For A stylish life (£150). The evening began with a wonderful speech from the editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead before being lead through to the back of the store to collect our signed copies of the book and feed on delicious plates of food and drink champagne. If you're stuck for the perfect gift for a Boyfriend or Brother then look no further, Mr Porter collaborated with Smythson to create a stylish and chic limited edition leather-bound book *insert Anchorman jokes*, which would look perfect in any book case. The book features everything the modern day man would need to know to navigate through life from how to ace a best mans speech to how to buy your girlfriend underwear, which creates a truly fantastic and entertaining read.
5 December 2013
3 December 2013
This is my final gift guide post and definitely one if you're looking to splash the cash on a loved one.. or yourself. I've picked a good mix of real high end presents and affordable luxury gifts . I think the Stroke of Midnight collection from Mac this year is so beautiful and this very much at the top of my Christmas wishlist, it contains a lipstick that's perfect for the festive season and then a few other Mac favourites. If you know someone who loves Diptyque candles then their 50th Anniversary Collection would be perfect as it contains some of their most loved scents. I've added a few bits for men in here too- the Tom Ford scents are so delicious and this gift set makes the perfect gift.
Philips Senso Touch Shaver- £139
29 November 2013
It's so so important to take good care of you skin when flying as the air conditioning in planes completely sucks all the moisture out of your skin leaving you with a dry and flakey complexion. Normally your skin needs approximately 40% humidity to retain moisture and on planes there is only about 7% so this means that throughout your flight you need to drink plenty of water and keep topping up your moisturiser.
To start with I'm going to be taking my make up off (leaving on my eye make up) with the L'Oreal Micellar Water and cotton pads. We're flying to Thailand, which means we're going to be flying for a total of 12 hours so instead of using a moisturiser I've opted for the Kiehls Algae Face Mask (£23.50) (full review here) as it's perfect for keeping dehydrated skin at bay and goes on clear so you don't look like a crazy person. I've decanted this into a little small pot from Muji so that it fits into the 100ml maximum liquid allowance. Next I've got a mini Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream (£14.00), which I'll apply a good layer to my lips and a mini L'occitane Hand Cream (£7.20) for my hands. If I decide to take my face mask off early I've got a B.Vialised eye cream, Hydralauron Moisture Booster Serum (£16.6) (full review here) and a mini sample of Philosophy's Hope in a Jar moisturiser (£30.00).
When we're almost ready to land I've got my Clarins BB Cream in shade 02 Medium (£22.40) in case I want a little coverage, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade Light (£4.19) for under my eyes and any blemishes, and Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink (£6.99) (full review here). I've also go a Muji fold up toothbrush to freshen up and a mini Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Miscellaneous bits I have in here are tissues, a hair clip, compact mirror (Models Own) and hair ties and the clear bag is from Boots as part of a pack of 3.
28 November 2013
If you’re not a chocolate lover then beauty advent calendars are definitely for you, and there’s a great selection to choose from this year. My personal favourite is the mini mani month from Ciate as it offers such a great range of colours and textures leaving you with a pretty impressive Ciate collection at the end of the month. For the beauty junkies out there I think the YOU Beauty calendar has such an incredible selection of gifts and I think this would also be perfect for someone looking to get into beauty and new brands.
26 November 2013
It seems that blogging about looking after my winter skin is becoming a bit of theme for me a the moment (see here and here) but as my skin really does suffer as soon as the temperature drops I thought another post was in order.
My main areas of concern in cold weather are my arms and legs so I've been using quite a few products to keep the dry skin at bay this month. It's not pictured here but I love using the Elemis Body Scrub (£28.50) (full review here) to buff away any dry skin before I apply a good layer of moisturiser. My two main go to moisturisers at the moment are the Aveeno Shea Butter Skin Relief (£3.99) and the La Roche-Posey Cicaplast Baume B5 (£13.50) (see full review here). As the Aveeno lotion contains shea butter and a triple oat complex is feels super moisturising and nourishing. Earlier on in the month I started using the Cicaplast Baume B5 all over my body but now that I don't have as many dry areas I tend to only use it on dry patches and then a normal moisturiser all over.
Moving onto the face, I don't know if it's the change in weather or my change in diet (I'm trying to be good as I'm going to Thailand in 2 weeks!!) but my skin seems to be freaking out at the moment. I've been so impressed with La Roche-Posey recently as they seem to have a solution for every skin concern and when my skin went crazy they were definitely the brand I reached for. Efficlar Duo (£13.00) is a corrective and unglogging product that really works to rid your skin of impurities. I've found it's amazing for calming down spots, speeding up the heeling process and helping with scaring. It's an all round amazing product that is a firm bedside favourite.
My go to cleanser at the moment has been the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus (£18)* (full review here) as I find it has a lovely luxurious feeling and smells delicious- it's also perfect for dry sensitive skin.
Lastly, the lips, not only do you need to keep them hydrated in Winter but you also need to buff away any dead, flaky skin. For this I love Lush's Lip Scrub in Mint Julips (£5.50) as it tastes like after eight mints and leaves your lips smooth and hydrated.
24 November 2013
Origins Crackers (6)- £45 Available from Harvey Nichols from 1st Dec
There's such an amazing collection of beauty Christmas crackers and baubles this year that I feel there's something for every beauty lover out there. My personal favourites are the origins xmas bauble as it's really well priced and allows you to try out a good range of their products and then the Clarins crackers as I think they would look beautiful on the table and have a really great selection of presents inside.
20 November 2013
1. Aspinal of London Keyring- £35- 2.Liz Earle Stocking Fillers- £5-£14.50- 3. Hotel Chocolat Mulled Wine Sachets- £5- 4. This Works Duo- £10- 5. Watermelon iPhone Case- £10- 6. New Look Christmas Pudding Coin Purse- £3.99- 7. Hot Chocolate Spoon- £4- 8. Estella Bartlett Star Braclet- £15- 9. Christmas Cookie Yankee Candle- £8.39- 10. The White Company Knitted Penguin- £10- 11. Wild About Beauty Nail Varnish- £9