Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kate Spade Newlywed Haul

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range

When I was in America for part of my honeymoon earlier in the year, I searched high and low for some of the Kate Spade Happily Every After range but I could not find it anywhere so later in the year when I realised I could have it shipped over from the American Kate Spade website, I placed an order straight away.

There is a UK Kate Spade website but the trouble is that they don't stock everything that I wanted to get and the main thing that I was looking for was a particular phone case so I gave in, ordered from the American website and had to pay the customs charges that weren't THAT bad... although the things that I could have got in the UK ended up being more expensive if I remember rightly!

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range MR AND MRS PHONE CASE

So the phone case.  It's a beauty.  As a newlywed, I am really into all of the Mr and Mrs things that you can buy and this phone case is just perfect.

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range Happily Ever After Phone Case

The case reads 'New York Mr and Mrs Happily Ever After' and I love it.  The case itself is so substantial; it comes in two halves and my phone feels so sturdy and secure inside.  I am so impressed with this phone case and would definitely recommend getting one from Kate Spade if you're in the market for a new phone case.

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range wedding flip flops happily ever after

As Mr WLL and I are jetting off on a bit of a second honeymoon soon, I bought some of these gorgeous flip flops that imprint 'Happily Ever After' into the sand as you walk.

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range Wedding Flip Flops

These would make a great gift for a bride as they come so beautifully packaged with a silk style bag to keep the flip flops in.

Kate Spade Happily Ever After Range Mrs Stud Earrings

The last newlywed pieces that I bought were these gorgeous 'MRS' stud earrings.  They're available in silver and gold but I chose a couple of the pairs of the former for me and one of my best friends who is also a newlywed.  I'm so excited to give them to her this Christmas  as I think she'll love them.

What are your favourite Kate Spade pieces?

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment Review

Back in September, I had my hair done at my favourite salon in the North East and I have been loving my colour ever since.  I basically had my root area dyed darker to give me that outgrown, lived in look and I have loved it, although now my light roots are coming through so I really need to get booked in to have the colour topped up after Christmas.

I've been trying out some new products since having my hair done and today I thought I'd review one of them for you.  You might remember this product from my High End Beauty Haul video.

The Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment is a hair mask that you apply to damp hair and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.  I jump in the bath, wash my hair then wring it out and pat it dry with a towel, then I apply the treatment all over my hair and leave it on for at least ten minutes.  As it is a pretty expensive product, I like to feel as though I'm getting my money's worth out of it!

The Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment is designed to help to repair damaged hair, using argan oil, ceramides and vitamin E within the formula to have a restorative effect on the hair structure while also fortifying the hair fibre, and building strength, body and vitality.

I have tried this treatment on my natural hair alone and also on my natural hair and S Locks hair extensions (fitted by the lovely Sinead at Refine Spa in Whitburn) which are also real hair.  I've got to say that they didn't do anything for my hair extensions really in terms of smoothing down the ends of the hair and I didn't see any improvement on the ends of my natural hair either so I don't really think that this has too much of a restorative effect on my hair.

I was a little disappointed after continued use of this treatment as I had read such rave reviews about it, yet by the time I had finished the pot, I hadn't noticed any huge differences in my hair.

I did notice that my hair overall did look and feel a little more silky than usual, a little softer I would say and it did appear to have a nice boost of body through the mid lengths.  However I do think that you can get products that work just as well, if not a lot better, with far less money than this pot will set you back.

The John Frieda Miraculous Recovery Intensive Mask is absolutely fabulous at restoring dry, damaged hair so I would really recommend that one, especially as it is only a fraction of the price.  I reviewed it alongside several other hair masks in my Hair Mask Showdown post.

My favourite thing about the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment however is that although the texture of the product in the pot is very thick, it is easy to distribute through the hair and when washed out, it doesn't leave the hair feeling heavy or weighted down.

It also doesn't make my roots greasy which is something I have found with restorative treatments in the past so if you're looking for an average mask to use frequently to add a little softness and body to your hair and you have the spare cash to splash out on this one then go for it however I would say that there are far better treatments out there for less money.

Shop this post and alternatives from three different price points here:

What are your favourite restorative hair treatments?  Have you tried this one and experienced different results? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

How To Choose A Winter Wardrobe Colour Palette

When it comes to this time of the year, I love nothing more than layering up my outfits and accessorising in order to keep warm.  With that in mind, it is vital that the colours in my wardrobe compliment one another so that they go together when I am layering up my outfits.

For the last couple of years I have been creating a wardrobe of staple pieces that are all from a particular colour palette so that I know that every morning I can go to my wardrobe and pick out an outfit that instantly looks put together and well thought out.

At night, I like to change things up and opt for deep and dark colours but for during the day at this time of the year, I like to stick to more natural tones.

My favourite autumn and winter colour palette has to be khaki with cream and dark denim clothing and accessories featuring tan, cream and gold.  They are colours that compliment each other so well and create a really beautiful dressed down look that looks so put together.

My advice for choosing your own autumn winter colour palette would be to select different colours that are in shades that compliment one another as well as complimenting you.  I'm blonde with hazel eyes and slightly tanned skin thanks to my holidays this summer and so the colours that I'm wearing both compliment my skin tone, hair colour and eye colour.  As you can see in these pictures, I am wearing pieces that instantly look right together, nothing is clashing, everything blends together really well and the different textures in the products can be visibly seen.

If you want to know more about the outfit that I'm wearing here then you can check out the post that I will be popping up later this week but this basically demonstrates how I put together the clothes from my winter colour palette.  However I will draw your attention to the coat that I'm wearing.

Now, you know you've got a good coat when you can pull it out year after year.  This one is really light weight and quite thin which makes it the perfect layering piece all year round.  I got it from AX Paris last winter and I have worn it so much ever since.  This coat looks fabulous in khaki and really ties this whole outfit together.  As it is such a big item in one colour, this is the only khaki piece that I am wearing as any more khaki would really overload the outfit. 

Here are some of my favourite clothing pieces in this wardrobe colour palette:

Let me know in the comments how you wear different colours in your wardrobe during the colder months!

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

China Glaze in Conduct Yourself Review

China Glaze All Aboard Collection Fall 2014 in Conduct Yourself Swatch

When you're a pastel polishaholic like me, it can be a pretty daunting concept stepping over to the dark side.  Looking down at your nails and seeing a deep, velvet hue rather than the soft and creamy pale shade you're used to can be quite a surprise but my experience of this has certainly been a welcome one.

The polish that has encouraged me to try out more dark shades is called Conduct Yourself from the brand China Glaze.  This is the first nail polish I've tried from them and I was excited to paint my nails with it as I've heard that the China Glaze polishes are really high quality and have that all important 3-Free formula which means that they are free from chemical nasties such as Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP.

China Glaze All Aboard Collection Fall 2014 in Conduct Yourself Swatch

Conduct Yourself is from the new Autumn 2014 collection at China Glaze which is called All Aboard and has a train theme running through the names of the polishes.  If you know me in real life, you'll probably be giggling at this point as I always say that I love trains.  Admittedly that sounds ridiculously geeky but I do, they're my favourite mode of transport and I'd love to go on the Orient Express...  Embarrassing admission over.

Conduct Yourself is the most beautiful burgundy shade of nail polish.  The colour is deep and sophisticated, like a fine wine.  There is a subtle red shimmer running through it that appears to be more apparent in the bottle than on the nails.  When applied, the shimmer gives the polish a little light and shade and sparkles subtly in bright light.

China Glaze All Aboard Collection Fall 2014 in Conduct Yourself Swatch
China Glaze All aboard Collection Nail Polish in Conduct Yourself*
This dark, vampy shade is perfect for wearing this autumn and winter, particularly as an alternative to black nail polish.  In darker lights, this polish can look almost as dark as black but it has a richness to it that doesn't look as harsh against the skin.  I think that this polish would be PERFECT for wearing with your LBD's and Christmas party dresses this time of the year!  It lasted around three days without chipping on me so it would be a great polish to paint your nails with for a weekend of socialising.

The polish was easy to apply, albeit a little uneven until the third coat as the formula is a little watery, which also makes it relatively quick to dry between coats.  The tapered cap is comfortable and easy to grip and hold during application and the brush is a standard nail polish brush, not overly wide or too thin.

China Glaze Nail Polish Swatch Conduct Yourself All Aboard Collection

I got mine from NailPolish.co.uk who have an AMAZING selection of nail polishes from the top brands such as China Glaze, Tanya Burr, Essie, Barry M, OPI, Sally Hansen and many, many more.  They offer free first class delivery in the UK and their polishes are really affordable.  This one from China Glaze is only £4.95!

Buy it here.

What are your favourite China Glaze Polishes?

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