26 March 2015

New Spring Accessories

Astrid and Miyu Necklace

As the sun is starting to shine a little more I purchased some new sunglasses from the Toyshades pop up shop in Topshop. I find that the shape of these kind of sunglasses suit my face as they're a little larger than Ray Bans and smaller than oversized glasses.

Along with my new shades I've still really loved layering delicate necklaces. My new love is this Moon necklace from Astrid and Miyu, which my brother got me for my birthday, paired with a star necklace I picked up in the River Island sale for £1.

Lastly, my next new favourite is this beautiful blue aztec scarf, which was another birthday present. It's a realy light weight scarf, which I think will be so perfect when it gets a little warmer and I think will look really nice with white jeans and brown boots.

25 March 2015

10 Things I Learnt Living In London In My 20's

Being in my mid 20's and having lived in London for almost 4 years, I wanted to share with you some of the things I have learnt living in london in my 20's- the good and the bad. But mainly good!

1. Your friendship group with shrink. When I first moved to London I had such a huge friendship group, and it was amazing but as I've gotten older my immediate group has gotten smaller. This is something that some people would hate, but I actually love it as I have a core group of really close friends that I love so much. 

2. You will learn to survive off very little money and have the best time. Paying London rent when you first start working can be a very eye opening experience and if there's ever a GIF to sum this up it would be this one from London Grumblr.

3. There will always be somewhere new to eat or drink. Being someone who tends to eat out a lot I'm always amazed at how there are constantly new amazing restaurants and bars to eat it. It's probably one of my favourite parts of living in London.

4. Enjoy being single! Something I definitely learnt in my early 20's was to not waste time with mean boys. The amount of hours my friends and I spent agonising over messages from boys is ridiculous and I wish I could tell myself to just forget about finding Mr Right and just have fun, because he will find you eventually.

5. A girls night with cocktails is much more fun than going to any club. I now actually can't remember the last time I went out on a club night and I'm okay with that. As you may have gathered from my Favourite Cocktail Bars in London, I love going out for a few drinks with friends. 

6. Your 20's is also the time in your life where you will cut out those friends who don't really add much to your life. This can honestly be one of the most refreshing things you will do. In turn you will have a much happier and positive life spent with those who you value but also value you. I've never really had a toxic friendship but I know people that have and letting go on that person can be the best thing you'll ever do. 

7. You will learn how to function on a hangover. This is something I did not know how to deal with at university but I feel like during my 20's I learnt how to function on a hangover like a boss. My biggest tip for people who suffer with bad hangovers is to just get out of the house and get active and you will feel 10 times better.

8. When I first moved to London the underground and buses absolutely baffled me, but now I can confidently get myself and direct other people from almost anywhere in London without a map. This probably won't mean much to anyone else but this still makes me feel like a real Londoner!

9. It's better to spend a little bit more money on clothes than buy everything from Primark, because it will fall apart. 

10. Along with everything else I've learnt about friendships during my 20's I've also met some of my most cherished girlfriends. A lot of my really close friendships are those I made at University but I've also met so many amazing like minded people since being in London, who I wouldn't have met otherwise. 


23 March 2015

5 Favourite Single Shadows

I often talk about my love for eyeshadow palettes on my blog and never actually mention the single shadows that I love. I think because I've loved these 5 for so long I forget that I've never dedicated a post to them on This London Life.  

Maybelline Creme Colour Tatoo in On and On Bronze is probably my all time favourite shadow. The colour is a beautiful easy to wear bronze and the cream formula makes it really easy to apply and blend out. Another cream shadow I love is Initiation from Chanel, and this is one that I bring out for parties as it's more of a packing on the glitter kind of shadow. I find that it works really well when applied with fingers and I tend to wear this over another shadow bronze. 

Similarly to the Chanel shadow I also love wearing the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow in White Sand over other bases. This one has more of a silver shimmer to it than bronze, which I really like to give a different look. Again I find that the best way to apply the sparkle shadows is with your fingers as it really helps with packing on the glitter. 

The next shadow I use most days is Mac Mulch, it's a very easy shade to wear all over the lid or blended on the lower last line. It's described as a a red/brown with bronze pearl shade and I think it's the mix of colours, which make it such a beautiful shadow. 

Lastly I thought I'd include a shadow, which can be used both wet or dry and the Nars Duel-Intensity Eyeshadows are the best I've found. I own a few of the gold/silver ones of these but I really love the shade Subra as it comes out as a beautiful purple shade on the lids. I love wearing this lightly pressed on top of other shadows but when applied with a wet brush the colour is so beautiful and intense and perfect for smokey eyes.


19 March 2015

This Works Deep Sleep Set

This Works  Sleeping Partners

This Works Deep Sleep

After using the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for as long as I've been blogging I thought it was finally time to actually review it on my blog! As I love the Deep Sleep range so much I thought I would introduce you to their Sleeping Partners set as it includes the Pillow Spray and Night Oil. 

The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is one of those products that I'm not sure if it actually helps me get to sleep or if it's entirely psychological. It contains a mix of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile, which gives the most beautiful and intoxicating scent and instantly makes me feel so relaxed. I've heard a number of people say that they associate the scent with relaxing and sleep and that's definitely the same for me and probably why it helps me go to sleep. Whenever I'm finding it difficult to sleep I spray 1-2 spritzes of this on my pillow and it really helps me doze off. 

If you're not sure the pillow spray is for you, you can buy a mini sized travel spray and the sleep balm in the Sleep In Progress Duo Set. I tried this first and became absolutely hooked on the scent so moved onto the larger bottle, but I'd definitely recommend trying to smaller one first.

The second product I want to mention is the Deep Sleep Night Oil, which I got in a set for Christmas but I know you can also buy this separately. The Night Oil has the same scent as the Pillow Spray and is a very luxurious oil that isn't too thick so sinks into the skin relatively quickly. If you're into your luxury pamper nights then you need to give this a try because teamed with the pillow spray is an absolute dream. 


18 March 2015

Smashbox Long-Wear Lip Lacquers

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers are the new lip products that really bring it when it comes to long lasting lip stains. Firstly they come in a range of 20 different wearable shades and are some of the most long lasting lip stains I've used. Unlike other lip lacquers, they're not drying at all and give a really juicy looking effect to the lips. They also contain Vitamin E, which is what adds to the non-drying effect and keeps your lips  looking moisturised throughout the day.

I have the shades Fuchsia, which is a very bubblegum pink shade, Firecracker, which is an orange toned red, Legendarya classic bright red and After Dark, which is a beautiful deep purple shade. After Dark would have to be my favourite shade as I love deep purple lip colours and I think when you wear a dark lip it makes all the difference when it's long lasting! 

You can pick up the Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers from Boots both online and in larger stores. 

17 March 2015

Philosophy Fresh Cream

Philosophy Fresh Cream Range

I generally don't lean towards sweet fragrances as I prefer more musky and floral scents, but I've recently been trying out the new additions to the Philisophy Fresh Cream range and it may have just converted me over to the sweeter side of scents. Although the name suggests this range would have a sickly scent there is also a mix of vanilla, sweet macadamia, and soft floral notes of almond blossom and heliotrope to balance it out.

I've been trying out the Fresh Cream Eau De Toilette (£34) and the 3 in 1 Shower Cream, Bubble Bath and Shampoo (£19.50). Even though the range is on the sweeter side I would also say that due to the mix of other ingredients it ends up having quite a musky more mature feel that you would expct.

I love the Philosophy shampoo, shower cream and bubble baths because they create really lovely bubbles for baths and lather up really nicely in the shower. I find they leave the skin feeling silky soft and this scent is one that's lovely to use in the evening before bed as you go to sleep to the sweet scent of vanilla.  I don't ever use these as a shampoo but if you're not fussy about shampoo then I can imagine having your hair smell of their scents would be lovely.

The perfume is a balanced mix between sweet cream and musk on the skin and and I found that the scent lingered throughout the day, which is definitely what you want. This range as a perfume definitely isn't for everyone as I think it's probably aimed at younger girls but it's definitely an interesting scent and worth a sniff!


11 March 2015

Diptyque Mother's Day Candle Duo

Diptyque Candle Giftset

Diptyque Mini Candle Duo Giftset

I know I said I wasn't going to do a gift guide for Mother's Day but when I saw this duo of mini Diptyque candles I just couldn't not recommend them to you. The set contains a 70g candle of Baies and Tubereuse and costs £38, which I actually think is quite good value for money for Diptyque as there mini candles aren't quite so mini compared to others brands. 

I personally think they have picked two of the best smelling candles that they sell as both Baies and Tubereuse are two of my favourite scents from the brand. Baies is the scent of a bouquet of roses sweetened with blackcurrent leaves and smells fruity, sweet and musky. Tubereuse smells of the intoxicating flower itself and gives off a very musky floral scent. I would say Tubereuse is my favourite of the two as it's different to anything else I own. 

If you know your Mum or Grandma love candles but haven't tried Diptqyue before, then I would say that this duo would be the perfect gift as both scents are hard not to like and are a good introduction into the brand. 

The mini duo giftset can be bought from Space NK both in store and online.

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