A Holiday In a Bottle | Tom Ford Private Blend Fragrances

Perfumes are not something I usually write about on my blog because I find it very hard to describe fragrances, but I have recently got my hands on one of Tom Ford’s exclusive fragrances and I had to tell you about it because honestly I have never experienced anything like it before.

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I think the first time I smelt one of Tom Ford’s fragrances was once browsing around Heathrow for a present for my husband. The sales assistant mentioned that their Private Blend fragrances were all unisex, which I must say definitely sounded like a bonus because it meant we could both use it, and given I don’t usually like very girly floral or overly sweet scents I thought this sounded like a fragrance right up my street, and boy was I right!

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5 Minute Makeup Challenge

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I am definitely not one to get ready in a rush. Anyone who knows me will probably tell you that my biggest flaw, is that it takes me over an hour and half to get out of the door on a daily basis so I thought it would be super fun to film this video and take on the 5 minute makeup challenge!

A  lot friends and viewers had been requesting me to do a video showing a quick and easy routine that they could use on daily basis, and whilst i am not sure I would walk out of the ouse like this, it definitely doesn’t get quicker than 5 minutes so I hope you enjoy the video!

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Most Worn Items in My Wardrobe | Fashion & Accessories

I feel like as influencers we are always talking about what we have just purchased or what is on our wish list, however we rarely talk about how much we are wearing or using those purhcases after a few months and really talking about how they have withstood the test of time. So after seeing a couple of Youtubers do this video I really wanted to share this with all of you, what my most worn items in my wardrobe are, ranging from fashion to jewellery and accessories.

I would’t call myself a compulsive shopper, and I actiually feel that I don’t shop that much at all. I like to invest in luxury fashion so I usually buy a couple of key pieces each season which I feel work with a number of existing items in my wardrobe and which I hope to love for years to come, but like everyone I too have those key times which I wear time and time again and which I feel were definitely worth the money, whether they were expensive or not! A lot of these pieces are things which not only have I worn for years but which I also can wear during multiple seasons and most of the time they are neutral pieces which classic cuts that go with pretty much anything.

So I hope you enjoy this video and that perhaps it gives you some ideas when you’re looking for key pieces to invest in that will see you through for many years!

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APRIL Favourites and Unfavorites

I am back with a monthly favourites and in this one, to add into the mix also has a couple of disappointing products in there. With Spring on our doorsteps a lot of brands have been launching their new collections and I was very excited to try out a few of them, especially when it came to lip products, however after trying a few of these at the counters themselves I was quite disappointed to find they really weren’t anything like I was expecting them to be. So I thought I would share my thoughts with you, just so you can avoid spending money on things you might not end up using. I feel this can especially be the case when you are shopping online, as swatches on screen can be quite deceiving and you can’t really tell what a texture will be like without trying a product on.

Other than that I am sharing with you my usual beauty, skin care and fashion favourites for the month of April so I hope you enjoy this video, and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.

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Exploring Malta | VLOG

As some of you may know if you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram (if you don’t I have linked those below), I went to Malta last week. I actually headed out there for a friend’s wedding and I thought it would be super fun to take you along with me to a full 3 day Indian wedding extravaganza. However, vlogging at the wedding was an epic fail! There were so many functions and I was catching up with friends I hadn’t seen for years so it didn’t appropriate to vlog a lot of the time, and I am not going to lie I did forget my camera quite a few times!

I did however stay on for 3 days after the wedding to check out Malta with my mom and we had a bit of a girly holiday, exploring the island and just chatting and chilling quite a lot. I thought it would be really nice to share this with you and show you a little sneak peak of Malta, which has some stunning views and the capital city is almost like out of a fairytale. We stayed in a small boutique hotel just by the city centre and it was super quaint. So I hope you enjoy this video and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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Spring Fashion Haul | Net-A-Porter, Zara, AD ….

So Spring is finally here, well sort of – this English weather has not been on its best behaviour, but there have been a few days where the sun has been shining so I decided to start getting my Spring wardrobe ready and since I was going away on holiday to Malta it was the perfect excuse to get myself a few more summer bits.

Spring trends have really got me excited because there are so many crisp poplin cotton style tops and shirts which are one of my favourite things, and given I was on the hunt for a new white top (you can never have too many of those!) I checked out what Zara and Adolfo Dominguez had and found quite a few options! I have to admit that I have also been very impressed with Zara’s collection for Spring and actually since filming this video I have picked up a few other bits because they have so many classic, versatile yet still trendy pieces this season! I have also been after a pair of boyfriend jeans for a while, and I purchased a pair from Net-A-Porter which you would have already seen featured in this blogpost.

So this one really is a mixed bag with some high street and some designer pieces, and some of the stuff featured is actually on sale right now so well worth checking it out! I hope you enjoy this video and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel!

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Designer Handbag Collection | Louis Vuitton, Dior, AMQ, Ferragamo, Gucci & More

Seen as so many of you enjoyed my shoe collection video, I thought I would share with you today my designer handbag collection.

Handbags are my guilty pleasure, and I find no better way of treating myself than buying a one of these beauties for myself. I do only own designer handbags at the moment, just because they are pieces I cherish for a very long time and in a way I also feel like they are somewhat of an investment given most of them have quite good resale value, so I prefer to save up for one designer purchase than buy lots of cheaper ones.

From the time I graduated from university I would either get a handbag as a present from my family for a special occasion or I would save up to buy myself something I had been eyeing up for a while and this is really how I have built my collection. I also don’t hang onto bags that no longer really fit my style or that I feel would have better home somewhere else, so I do sell some pieces on Depop and Vestiare Collective (I will link my accounts below so you can check them out) and use this money to then put towards new handbags.

In this video I am sharing all my collection from shopping bags, to clutches so I hope you enjoy it and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette | Product Review

By Terry is a brand I discovered very recently and I have only tried a couple of their products but I have to say so far I have been extremely impressed by every single one. For a long time I had heard so many Youtubers talk about their products but unfortunately the seriously hefty price tag always stopped me from purchasing them, as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to splurge so much money on something I wasn’t sure I would even like.

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Their products tend not be anything revolutionary or that other brands don’t have, however after having tried them I can say their quality is incredible and in most cases nothing like what other brands have to offer, so I can say that so far the price tag is somewhat justified.

The first product I tried from this brand was a highlighting powder, very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, but better! It is their Imperlious Voile de Pearle, and although its meant to be a highlighter I actually use it as a setting powder. I did a full blogpost on this item which I will link here.

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GUCCI Unboxing

If you follow me on Instagram and snapchat you will probably know I have headed out on holiday to Malta, but before I left I did a little bit of cheeky shopping and seen as most of you loved my last unboxing video, I thought I would share what I had bought this time by unboxing it on camera once again! It is something I have been in two minds about buying for quite a while, because I feel like it is quite a trend based purchase and I wasn’t sure it was worth the investment.  But last week I finally took the plunge and headed to Gucci to get these. I hope you enjoy this video and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel

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Essie Couture Gel Range | Product Review

Nails are always something that have fascinated me. I know it might sound very weird but hands are something I notice almost at a first glance when I meet someone and I guess that is why having my nails done has always been such an integral part of my beauty routine. Although I can do my own nails, I must admit I have lost practice! There used to be a time when I could do a french manicure on myself but for the last 7 years, ever since I started working and had a bit of money to splurge I have been visiting Marcela’s Nails in Kensington religiously and getting my nails done by the wonderful and very talented Josefa.

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The salon is tucked away in a quite street, and has a very latin cheerful vibe to it. Every nail technician is very skilled,  but Josefa and I have created a very special bond, and very week when I go on a Friday it almost feels like meeting up with a friend. Its an hour that I dedicate to myself, where I can de-stress and get pampered knowing I will walk out with perfect looking hands every time.  I am actually quite fussy about how I like my nails shaped and how my cuticle looks and I have to admit that till date Josefa is the only one who has fully understood me!

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As you may have guessed from what you have read so far I am a creature of habit and this is not only for the salon I go to but also for the shades I use on my nails. My preferred ones are always sort of milky nudes or pinks or a very subtle french with a milky pink base and a very faint line on the tip. These colours although they look beautiful, don’t usually tend to last very long as in order to be opaque (I hate sheer shades on my nails) they  have quite a thick texture which makes it chip fairly quickly.

Josefa is definitely very talented and when she does my nails they always last much longer than when anyone else does them, but even so I have to admit that most of the time my nail colour only stays intact for 3 or 4 days, so I am always on the hunt for a nail polish that will prolong this. When CND’s Vinylux polishes came out I was super excited to try them, however they ended up chipping quicker than when I used normal polish. This is not to say that the Vinylux range isn’t good, because it has worked wonders on my mom (who has nails which are very prone to chipping), but it just didn’t really work on my nails, so since then I have just been sticking to using my normal Essie polish.

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However, recently Essie came out with their version of CND’s Vinylux and it is the Essie Couture Gel Range and ever since I tried these I have been completely hooked. Firstly the colour selection is incredible especially if you are a nude lover like me. They have quite a few nudes and light pinks and my absolute favourite has to be the shade ‘Lace Me Up’ a very opaque milky pink almost identical to Essie ‘Peak Show’, which I was wearing non stop for almost a year until it was discontinued a fe months ago. However, the range is not just limited to nudes, and they do have some stunning reds, corals, pinks and pastel blues and greens, so there definitely is something for everyone.

This range has definitely impressed me not only because I love the colours but actually because of their longevity. I have been using these for about 3 weeks now and I have to say my manicure has lasted much longer than with any other non-permanent polish till date. My nail colour remains intact for a good 5 to 6 days despite down housework, cooking, etc… and it hasn’t dried my nails. My nails are very prone to getting ridges and cracks due to dryness which is one of the reasons why I can’t use Shellac or other gel polishes very often, but with this nail polish they are in perfect shape.

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The colours I have tried have a great consistency and give you a completely opaque look in 2 coats. The brush is slightly wider than on normal Essie polishes so if your nails are quite narrow like mine you might need to do a bit of cleaning up around the edges but other than  that they are amazing. They don’t need a base coat and the special top coat that comes with the range doesn’t need to  dry under a lamp, which is great if you are doing your own manicure at home.

Overall I am super impressed with the range and if you are looking for a polish that looks, feels and lasts like gel but doesn’t dry out your nails and needs no lamp or special removal method then I think you may have found your match!

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