4 Date Night Favourites: Essie, Elie Saab, Hourglass & Pandora

Date night favourites featuring essie nail polish, hourglass, pandora and elie saab image

My favourite type of night out has to be date night.  I love going on dates with my hubby and I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together, date nights, or indeed days, are very important.  It doesn’t matter how much money you spend or what you actually do, its all about taking time our of your busy lives to spend quality time together.

I love getting ready for date night; picking out my outfit, having a pamper and spending time on my hair and makeup.  I’m always changing up the products that I use but generally I focus on having nicely manicured nails, a flawless complexion without looking over done, a beautiful fragrance and a pretty piece of jewellery, usually one that my hubby has treated me to.

Here are my current date night favourites…

Essie nail polish in Not Just a Pretty Face Image

2016 has been the year of nude, muted nails for me.  I’ve worn natural hues all year and ditched the brights for the first time in my life.  I’m loving the pretty feminine look and they don’t get much more pretty than the  Essie nail polish in Not Just a Pretty Face which is a pinky nude that is perfect for a date night.

This is a really wearable nail polish that compliments a multitude of skin tones and looks great whether you’re wearing it during the day or at night, whether you’re at the office, out with the girls for lunch or dancing the night away at a Christmas party.

I bought quite a few Essie polishes at the beginning of the year and I’m really impressed with them.  I’d tried a few some years ago but the brush and formula was completely different.  The formula of the ones I have now is so much better.

Not Just a Pretty Face glides onto the nails and the smooth, even formula is opaque in one coat.  Drying time isn’t too long and I get quite a few days of wear if I apply a base and top coat too.  The shade range with Essie is incredibly extensive and I’m always so tempted to buy lots more, even though they’re so similar to ones that I already have!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Image

To give my skin a flawless looking complexion, I’ve been using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit which was an eye watering gamble when I bought it from Space NK this summer as I had never used an Hourglass powder before.  After the first use, I was hooked.

These powders are literally INCREDIBLE; especially the shade Diffused Light which I will be repurchasing in the full size as soon as it runs out.  Every powder from the blush to the bronzer and the highlight is stunning and sits beautifully on the skin.  It is the perfect combination of powders for a date night because it gives your skin a really perfected, lit from within kind look which makes the most of your natural beauty but it doesn’t make up look cakey or overdone.

The palette that I have isn’t on sale now (I’m not sure if it is discontinued as I’d thought that they had brought it back permanently) but they have just release their new version, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light which comes in the most stunning marble packaging and would make an ideal Christmas gift for any beauty lover!  If you follow me on Snapchat (WLLofficial) then you’ll know that I have this one too… review coming soon!).

Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture Image

For fragrance, I’m opting for the beautiful Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture scent at the moment which you can read my full review of here.  This is an ideal perfume for a date day or night because it has a sweet floral scent to it that settles down into a light fragrance which isn’t over powering.

This perfume has top notes of peony and rose, heart notes of jasmine, orange blossom and rose nectar and base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver and vanilla.

It smells pretty and feminine and makes me feel that way too but it isn’t so over the top that it will make your date sneeze!

Pandora Rose Hearts of Pandora Necklace Image

My final date night favourite has to be my gorgeous Pandora Rose Hearts of Pandora Necklace which Mr WLL got me as a treat last month from the Pandora shop in Sunderland.  I’ve worn it so frequently since as it looks great regardless of what time of the day I wear it.

Perfect for date nights, it sits quite high on my neck and sparkles beautifully without being a bit of bling.  I love dainty pieces of jewellery that still look special for date nights as they look understated and classic.  This necklace in particular is from the rose gold tone Pandora line and it has little crystals in a circular shape which catch the light beautifully.

They have earrings to match which I’m tempted to buy too but for now, I’ve been wearing it with some other rose gold studs that I have, or skipping earrings entirely and wearing it with my rose gold choker which makes a really pretty duo.

Date night favourites featuring essie nail polish, hourglass, pandora and elie saab image

As you can see, my current date night favourites are all about enhancing my natural beauty, complimenting my current style and making me feel great which is generally how I like to approach life everyday!

Of course date nights aren’t about how you look, but if spending time getting ready and feeling your prettiest makes you smile from the inside out like it does for me, then I say go for it!


What are your favourite products to use on date night?


  1. Jade Bremner
    November 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I have a date night this Saturday and we are going for a pig out dinner. I was thinking of popping into harvey nicks and getting my make up done just so I feel like a girlfriend for the night and not just same old mum. I've no idea what I'm going to wear though as we are shopping all day as well :/

  2. LaaLaa Monroe
    November 16, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Some great picks. I need to pick up the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder. Essie have some of my favourite nudes xo

  3. Lisa Valentine
    November 16, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    As a very new newlywed, I adore this post! Date nights are also something that we try and keep up with on a regular basis. The Essie polish is gorgeous, I love that shade.

  4. Shannon Bryson
    November 16, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    That palette is gorgeous! I love date nights/days, most times I make the effort with makeup but some days I feel like going bare, it's refreshing 🙂

  5. Ordinality
    November 16, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I love that Hourglass palette; such gorgeous colours! I really should get back into the date night game…

  6. Charlotte Guyon
    November 16, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    That pallette is absolutely gorgeous!! I'm going to have to add that to my shopping list.

  7. Leah XL Channel
    November 16, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I love this post – it just gives the products a reason – not that you need any excuse to buy pretty things and use them but it's just nice to see a glimpse at what you would choose x

  8. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life
    November 17, 2016 / 5:32 am

    AHH! Gorgeous flatlays dearie! I am going to have to get that super pretty blush. Love it!

  9. Elizabeth S
    November 17, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Such a lovely collection of things! I agree, date nights are really important. Fortunately, my husband and I enjoy date nights on the couch with a film and bottle of wine. No prep needed. 😉

  10. Rhian Westbury
    November 17, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I have been searching for this exact hourglass palette forever and I don't think they make it anymore but their blushes are so stunning x

  11. Amy Deverson
    November 17, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Everything in this post is beautiful. I love that nail polish shade and that Pandora necklace is beautiful!

  12. Paola Cioppi
    November 17, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Oh they look so great, your pictures are beautiful too!

  13. Jo Wiggins
    November 17, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I used to love date nights but since having a newborn we don't get them very often. That nailvarnish shade is gorgeous, I love nudes x

  14. Cattitude & Co.
    November 17, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Wow that palette just looks to die for! I haven't had a date night in what feels like forever.

  15. Nayna Kanabar
    November 17, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    What gorgeous palette, the bracelet is nice too. Great that you are keeping the romance alive with date nights.

  16. anthea barton
    November 18, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I love the hourglass palette. Such a shame they don'y do it anymore. I'm hoping the other palette you mention looks just as nice

  17. Nicol
    November 18, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    that hourglass palette is like heaven. i still need to get my hands on the current limited edition one

  18. Stephanie Merry
    November 18, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    What a great selection! I love that Hourglass palette as well and the Essie nail polish is just beautiful! x

  19. Harriet Shearsmith
    November 18, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    I love that shade of Essie! So pretty and easy to wear! H x

  20. Teresa Bowen
    November 18, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Date nights are essential to keeping the romance alive in a long term relationship. Even better, now that neither my husband or I work outside the home, we have date days. Whole days of being out and about, exploring the local area and having fun.

  21. My Dreamality
    November 18, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I am a firm believer in date night. My Hubby and I normally designate Fridays as date night and it's lovely to pull out looks that you don't wear usually. I love the palette! xx

  22. Daniella Keating
    November 18, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Ellie Saab perfumes are gorgeous! That Hourglass palette is amazing too.

  23. Melanies Fab Finds
    November 18, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    The Pandora necklace is so pretty I'd love one of those. Rose gold really is in at the moment 😉

  24. Tanya Brannan
    November 18, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    What a lovely post! I have date nights with myself… Hotel stays, meals out, and baths with bubbles. Really love that necklace! So pretty xx

  25. Emma Iannarilli
    November 19, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Love the colours, and that is one of my fave perfumes.

  26. Caffeinated Reactions
    November 20, 2016 / 12:24 am

    I'm just home from a date and although it didn't go very well, having the chance to dress up and put that extra bit of effort in was fun!

  27. Paula De La Asunción Poveda
    November 20, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Love this post! It's so nice that you and your husband go out on date night every week, and also that he treats you to jewelry without reason, it does sounds like you have the perfect marriage :).Also, love everything you showed, but specially the essie nail polish, I'm also a fan of nudes since a couple of years ago!

  28. beautyqueenuk
    November 20, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    OOh I do love that necklace and I dream of owning an hourglass palette, that one is just stunning x

  29. The London Mum
    November 21, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    That essie nail polish looks like the perfect shade!

  30. Life-As-Mum
    November 22, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Those items are beautiful, especially the necklace.

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