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My love affair with Primark is continuous; I just cannot get enough. I know the weather outside right now is close to that of the arctic, but shops are starting to drop their spring collections, and as a little mind retreat away from the jumpers, boots and umbrellas, I can't help but line up my spring wardrobe. Back in November I attended the Primark SS17 Press Day, which is always one of my favourites. There are many trends from Primark to come, some of which are starting to make themselves known in-store, so I thought I would share some of my Primark SS17 Press Day picks with you to help lift the January, winter blues. From gingham, nautical prints and trusty florals and frills to monochrome and tropical threads, Primark really has the spring season nailed. There is also a real focus on luxe loungewear, which is right up my street, because even in spring and summer, comfort is essential. Space odyssey metallics also creep their way in to spice up the spring in the way that they should. Oh and I need that pastel pink leather jacket, it's just calling my name!

An image of the Primark SS17 press day
What is really big for Primark this season, and what got my materialistic heart beating 10 times its usual pace, is its footwear line-up. The shoes were on point and very designer-led in design. Hello Gucci loafter dupes. There was a lot of fur and embroidered embellishment, which got me super excited . I think my feet are going to be more well dressed than my body when spring rears its head. Mules are sticking around too, which couldn't make me happier because who can resist a good mule?

Homeware is very light heavy, and who can turn away a good fairy light or circus light? I certainly can't. Only Primark can make you need (and justify the need) for a large circus flamingo light - it's in the collection, I just forgot to photograph. Beauty seemed to be very skin and body focused, which is a nice move away from make-up, because I feel they've already got that covered exceptionally well...That's not to say there won't be some great new make-up additions, though.

an image of the primark ss17 metallics trend
an image of primark pink fluffy shoes
an image of the primark ss17 embroidered loafers
an image of primark ss17 trends
an image of embellished jeans from primark
an image of a monochrome handbag from primark
an image of pink leather jackets from primark
an image of primark lavender flower and salt body scrub
an image of primark ss17 homeware
an image of the primark mermaid beach bagHas anything taken your fancy?

Fashion // Primark SS17 Press Day

My love affair with Primark is continuous; I just cannot get enough. I know the weather outside right now is close to that of the arctic, but shops are starting to drop their spring collections, and as a little mind retreat away from the jumpers, boots and umbrellas, I can't help but line up my spring wardrobe. Back in November I attended the Primark SS17 Press Day, which is always one of my favourites. There are many trends from Primark to come, some of which are starting to make themselves known in-store, so I thought I would share some of my Primark SS17 Press Day picks with you to help lift the January, winter blues. From gingham, nautical prints and trusty florals and frills to monochrome and tropical threads, Primark really has the spring season nailed. There is also a real focus on luxe loungewear, which is right up my street, because even in spring and summer, comfort is essential. Space odyssey metallics also creep their way in to spice up the spring in the way that they should. Oh and I need that pastel pink leather jacket, it's just calling my name!

An image of the Primark SS17 press day
What is really big for Primark this season, and what got my materialistic heart beating 10 times its usual pace, is its footwear line-up. The shoes were on point and very designer-led in design. Hello Gucci loafter dupes. There was a lot of fur and embroidered embellishment, which got me super excited . I think my feet are going to be more well dressed than my body when spring rears its head. Mules are sticking around too, which couldn't make me happier because who can resist a good mule?

Homeware is very light heavy, and who can turn away a good fairy light or circus light? I certainly can't. Only Primark can make you need (and justify the need) for a large circus flamingo light - it's in the collection, I just forgot to photograph. Beauty seemed to be very skin and body focused, which is a nice move away from make-up, because I feel they've already got that covered exceptionally well...That's not to say there won't be some great new make-up additions, though.

an image of the primark ss17 metallics trend
an image of primark pink fluffy shoes
an image of the primark ss17 embroidered loafers
an image of primark ss17 trends
an image of embellished jeans from primark
an image of a monochrome handbag from primark
an image of pink leather jackets from primark
an image of primark lavender flower and salt body scrub
an image of primark ss17 homeware
an image of the primark mermaid beach bagHas anything taken your fancy?
I often have a love hate relationship with my hair; I adore the colour (most of the time) but sometimes its condition lets me down. I’m also not one to do much with my barnet as it never plays ball and can either be great natural or a total unruly mop - and who’s got time for a bloody bouncy blow dry these days? Well probably many people, but I’m lazy so count me out!

I can’t really say I am loyal to my hair wash routine. I swap and change like there’s no tomorrow, but lately I have to confess I have really been liking using the KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner. I thought I would share it with ya for any of you that suffer from, let’s say, un-smooth hair? Sorry descriptive words have exited my brain this morning.

an image of KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner review
The Shampoo is a targeted smoothing and refining shampoo that cleanses, smoothes (oh look it’s that word again) and softens thick, course or unruly hair. I’d say I have very course hair everywhere on my body apart from my head, but it’s definitely unruly. This shampoo makes my barnet look more salonified (I think I just made that up) and less dragged through a bush. So that’s a winner in my eyes.

The Conditioner uses ion-based cationic technology whereby keratin protein (oh so good for ya hair) mimics the structure of proteins in the hair to fit seamlessly where it is needed most for smoothing and refining. Cocoa seed butter also acts as a natural layer of protection to seal raspy and split ends. I put a liberal amount of this on my mid-lengths and ends and my hair is one happy mane.

an image of KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner review


The products both smell amazing too, which let’s be fair, is definitely a deciding factor in haircare. I think it must be the cocoa seed butter. They also look pretty cool and remind me of Tetris. I had great fun - you can image I’m sure - when photographing these. Oh and the benefits? Those that are far more clean-orientated than me will appreciate that the range is both sulphate and paraben free. I believe these will be available in the UK very soon.

*this post contains PR samples*

Tame The Mane // KEVIN.MURPHY

I often have a love hate relationship with my hair; I adore the colour (most of the time) but sometimes its condition lets me down. I’m also not one to do much with my barnet as it never plays ball and can either be great natural or a total unruly mop - and who’s got time for a bloody bouncy blow dry these days? Well probably many people, but I’m lazy so count me out!

I can’t really say I am loyal to my hair wash routine. I swap and change like there’s no tomorrow, but lately I have to confess I have really been liking using the KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner. I thought I would share it with ya for any of you that suffer from, let’s say, un-smooth hair? Sorry descriptive words have exited my brain this morning.

an image of KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner review
The Shampoo is a targeted smoothing and refining shampoo that cleanses, smoothes (oh look it’s that word again) and softens thick, course or unruly hair. I’d say I have very course hair everywhere on my body apart from my head, but it’s definitely unruly. This shampoo makes my barnet look more salonified (I think I just made that up) and less dragged through a bush. So that’s a winner in my eyes.

The Conditioner uses ion-based cationic technology whereby keratin protein (oh so good for ya hair) mimics the structure of proteins in the hair to fit seamlessly where it is needed most for smoothing and refining. Cocoa seed butter also acts as a natural layer of protection to seal raspy and split ends. I put a liberal amount of this on my mid-lengths and ends and my hair is one happy mane.

an image of KEVIN.MURPHY SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH Smoothing Shampoo and SMOOTH.AGAIN.RINSE Smoothing Conditioner review


The products both smell amazing too, which let’s be fair, is definitely a deciding factor in haircare. I think it must be the cocoa seed butter. They also look pretty cool and remind me of Tetris. I had great fun - you can image I’m sure - when photographing these. Oh and the benefits? Those that are far more clean-orientated than me will appreciate that the range is both sulphate and paraben free. I believe these will be available in the UK very soon.

*this post contains PR samples*
Just before Christmas a very exciting beauty package from new brand Beauty Pie landed on my doorstep, and I had to wait until after the Christmas break to delve in and try it. This past weekend I have been properly looking into the brand and trying some of their products, which has been very exciting. I LOVE it when something amazing is launched, and Beauty Pie is just that. Beauty Pie is a new make-up concept that aims to change the way we, the consumer, shop for make-up. The mission? To bring members the best beauty products at a totally transparent factory cost - “no mumbo jumbo, no middleman, no markups”.

an image of beauty pie make-up reviewed
To experience Beauty Pie, you sign up to a monthly subscription - priced at £10 - which allows you to purchase a whole collection of make-up at a fraction of their usual price. This means for a foundation that would usually be £30, you’d spend close to £5, and a lipstick will cost you £2.24 - gals, that's the cost of your morning coffee! Even if you didn’t want to continue a subscription, paying for one month and buying a foundation - for example - would cost around £15 (the ten pounds subscription plus the factory cost) + shipping and handling fees as opposed to the £30 non-member price.

There are so many more products on-site than I first expected, which means you really do have a great choice - it's a beauty addicts' heaven! The concept is all about attaining luxury products without the mark-up and I have heard that the ingredients found in Beauty Pie’s products are similar to those from luxury brands like Charlotte Tilbury and MAC. The company has vowed that they do not re-engineer cosmetic formulas to fit particular retail price points; they don’t pay the big margins and they show us the complete break down of the factory cost so we can see exactly where the money has been spent.

an image of beauty pie products
When I put the make-up to the test, I wasn’t disappointed. You can curate a great little make-up kit with Beauty Pie. The product design is simple, chic and to the point. Products are not over packaged and are light to be ecologically conscious, which I really love. Despite the shade being too dark, my favourite product that I have tried so far is the Beauty Pie Everyday Great Skin Foundation (£4.75-£5.06), a lightweight formula that provides great coverage and a dewy, soft-focus finish that is long lasting and not at all cakey. I also really rate the lipstick so am excited to get some more of those. You can watch my latest YouTube video on Beauty Pie to see the products I have in action…




Are you going to check out Beauty Pie? Do you think it's a concept that will last?

*this post contains PR samples*

New Beauty Concept // Beauty Pie

Just before Christmas a very exciting beauty package from new brand Beauty Pie landed on my doorstep, and I had to wait until after the Christmas break to delve in and try it. This past weekend I have been properly looking into the brand and trying some of their products, which has been very exciting. I LOVE it when something amazing is launched, and Beauty Pie is just that. Beauty Pie is a new make-up concept that aims to change the way we, the consumer, shop for make-up. The mission? To bring members the best beauty products at a totally transparent factory cost - “no mumbo jumbo, no middleman, no markups”.

an image of beauty pie make-up reviewed
To experience Beauty Pie, you sign up to a monthly subscription - priced at £10 - which allows you to purchase a whole collection of make-up at a fraction of their usual price. This means for a foundation that would usually be £30, you’d spend close to £5, and a lipstick will cost you £2.24 - gals, that's the cost of your morning coffee! Even if you didn’t want to continue a subscription, paying for one month and buying a foundation - for example - would cost around £15 (the ten pounds subscription plus the factory cost) + shipping and handling fees as opposed to the £30 non-member price.

There are so many more products on-site than I first expected, which means you really do have a great choice - it's a beauty addicts' heaven! The concept is all about attaining luxury products without the mark-up and I have heard that the ingredients found in Beauty Pie’s products are similar to those from luxury brands like Charlotte Tilbury and MAC. The company has vowed that they do not re-engineer cosmetic formulas to fit particular retail price points; they don’t pay the big margins and they show us the complete break down of the factory cost so we can see exactly where the money has been spent.

an image of beauty pie products
When I put the make-up to the test, I wasn’t disappointed. You can curate a great little make-up kit with Beauty Pie. The product design is simple, chic and to the point. Products are not over packaged and are light to be ecologically conscious, which I really love. Despite the shade being too dark, my favourite product that I have tried so far is the Beauty Pie Everyday Great Skin Foundation (£4.75-£5.06), a lightweight formula that provides great coverage and a dewy, soft-focus finish that is long lasting and not at all cakey. I also really rate the lipstick so am excited to get some more of those. You can watch my latest YouTube video on Beauty Pie to see the products I have in action…




Are you going to check out Beauty Pie? Do you think it's a concept that will last?

*this post contains PR samples*
If there is one make-up product that is lacking among my make-up collection, it is eyeliner. I am a great fan of the winged cat eye, I love how it looks, but the skill is one I am yet to fuller master. I, of course, have good eyeliner days, but the bad far outweigh them. Until DHC’s liquid liner came into my life, I was an even worse eyeliner novice, but it changed my whole perception of eyeliner and suddenly it became a lot easier to master. I still don’t wear eyeliner daily, purely because I am a perfectionist and achieving equal wings is a challenge for me, but without DHC, liner wouldn’t be made possible.

Bearing this in mind, when I was introduced to the new DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX (£9.50), I was intrigued. I fully trust the brand with my eyeliner needs, so I was interested to see how these new gel formulas performed in comparison to the brand’s liquid liner I have grown to depend on, and ultimately, love. Liquid liner is the only liner I really use. I have dabbled in the heavy black waterline look - mainly as an angsty teen - using kohl, but since I looked so terrible, I left it firmly in the past. I have also used gel eyeliner pots - Maybelline, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier to name a few - but I have always gravitated back to liquid.

an image of DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EXAs I have gotten older, I have delved more into make-up experimentation and I now fully understand the greatness of tightlining (when done correctly). When you line your upper and lower lash lines, it gives the illusion of fuller lashes, which is something - I for one - desperately need. I have also learnt this occasionally comes with the downside of smudged panda-like eyes. The new DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX is different; it doesn’t budge, which means no smudging - yay! The pencil is available in black and brown, the latter being my favourite, and it twists up, which means no sharpening - double yay! The product is said to give the precision of a pencil and smoothness of a gel, but I have to confess I found the pencil a little hard in formula, which tugged at the eyes at times. The end actually snapped off on one occasion, which was slightly disappointing. I believe that was an error of my application, because after learning how to use it - warm it up slightly (I read that rubbing it on the hand helps, and it does) and be soft on approach, it works really well. Overall, it’s a handy make-up product to own. I tend to stick with brown day-to-day and black for evening looks and at £9.50, I don’t think it’s bad to own both!

an image of the DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX in black and brown

Side note: if you also haven’t tried the DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection (£14.50), you should because it’s bloomin’ marvellous and a great mascara for lengthening and defining each lash.

*this post contains PR samples*

The Product For Tightlining // DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner

If there is one make-up product that is lacking among my make-up collection, it is eyeliner. I am a great fan of the winged cat eye, I love how it looks, but the skill is one I am yet to fuller master. I, of course, have good eyeliner days, but the bad far outweigh them. Until DHC’s liquid liner came into my life, I was an even worse eyeliner novice, but it changed my whole perception of eyeliner and suddenly it became a lot easier to master. I still don’t wear eyeliner daily, purely because I am a perfectionist and achieving equal wings is a challenge for me, but without DHC, liner wouldn’t be made possible.

Bearing this in mind, when I was introduced to the new DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX (£9.50), I was intrigued. I fully trust the brand with my eyeliner needs, so I was interested to see how these new gel formulas performed in comparison to the brand’s liquid liner I have grown to depend on, and ultimately, love. Liquid liner is the only liner I really use. I have dabbled in the heavy black waterline look - mainly as an angsty teen - using kohl, but since I looked so terrible, I left it firmly in the past. I have also used gel eyeliner pots - Maybelline, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier to name a few - but I have always gravitated back to liquid.

an image of DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EXAs I have gotten older, I have delved more into make-up experimentation and I now fully understand the greatness of tightlining (when done correctly). When you line your upper and lower lash lines, it gives the illusion of fuller lashes, which is something - I for one - desperately need. I have also learnt this occasionally comes with the downside of smudged panda-like eyes. The new DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX is different; it doesn’t budge, which means no smudging - yay! The pencil is available in black and brown, the latter being my favourite, and it twists up, which means no sharpening - double yay! The product is said to give the precision of a pencil and smoothness of a gel, but I have to confess I found the pencil a little hard in formula, which tugged at the eyes at times. The end actually snapped off on one occasion, which was slightly disappointing. I believe that was an error of my application, because after learning how to use it - warm it up slightly (I read that rubbing it on the hand helps, and it does) and be soft on approach, it works really well. Overall, it’s a handy make-up product to own. I tend to stick with brown day-to-day and black for evening looks and at £9.50, I don’t think it’s bad to own both!

an image of the DHC Gel Pencil Eyeliner EX in black and brown

Side note: if you also haven’t tried the DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection (£14.50), you should because it’s bloomin’ marvellous and a great mascara for lengthening and defining each lash.

*this post contains PR samples*
I love any kind of personalisation, whether that be a monogrammed perfume bottle, or let’s be honest, monogrammed anything, but I also love it when a brand offers a tailored beauty service, personalised to your beauty preferences. Latest in Beauty - and let us bow down before Latest in Beauty - have recently had a glam makeover to offer curated beauty subscription boxes with products recommended on what you like and genuinely want to try. I love the idea of beauty boxes but have, more often than not, been put off by the idea of getting bits that are not ‘me’; those that I generally won’t use. This is a great way to swerve that issue and you can unsubscribe at any time if need be.

an image of Latest In Beauty Box
The relaunched Latest in Beauty site brings all the glam, all of the sass and opens up a huge marketplace to discover the best beauty products across skincare, make-up, haircare and bath and body. You can choose three (Beauty Novice, £9 p/m), six (Beauty Enthusiast, £15 p/m) or nine (Beauty Guru, £18 p/m) of your favourite products to try each month, all with free delivery (now that’s what I’m talking about babes!). There are also one-off collection boxes available too if you simply cannot choose. And if that wasn’t enough, Latest in Beauty adds a new product to the offering every single day - beauty with a bang!

Latest In Beauty Box
I was kindly gifted the chance to build my own Latest in Beauty ‘Beauty Guru’ box, choosing nine products to fill it with. NINE. That’s pretty good considering the cost is £18 a month. A lot of the products are full size or deluxe samples, which is already more than pretty decent. I mean, when a 50ml bottle of Alpha-H Liquid Gold costs £15, and you get eight other products, you just cannot dismiss the chance. This box definitely reignited my love for Liquid Gold, but I have also taken a shining to the microdelivery peel from philosophy, the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (HOW HAS IT TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO TRY THIS BAD BOY) and HD brow products. Thanks LIB!

an image of personalised Latest In Beauty Box
I think these would make great gifts, too! How about giving it ago and letting me know what you get? I’d love to see what you choose!

*this post contains PR samples*

Pick 'n' Mix Beauty // Latest In Beauty Box

I love any kind of personalisation, whether that be a monogrammed perfume bottle, or let’s be honest, monogrammed anything, but I also love it when a brand offers a tailored beauty service, personalised to your beauty preferences. Latest in Beauty - and let us bow down before Latest in Beauty - have recently had a glam makeover to offer curated beauty subscription boxes with products recommended on what you like and genuinely want to try. I love the idea of beauty boxes but have, more often than not, been put off by the idea of getting bits that are not ‘me’; those that I generally won’t use. This is a great way to swerve that issue and you can unsubscribe at any time if need be.

an image of Latest In Beauty Box
The relaunched Latest in Beauty site brings all the glam, all of the sass and opens up a huge marketplace to discover the best beauty products across skincare, make-up, haircare and bath and body. You can choose three (Beauty Novice, £9 p/m), six (Beauty Enthusiast, £15 p/m) or nine (Beauty Guru, £18 p/m) of your favourite products to try each month, all with free delivery (now that’s what I’m talking about babes!). There are also one-off collection boxes available too if you simply cannot choose. And if that wasn’t enough, Latest in Beauty adds a new product to the offering every single day - beauty with a bang!

Latest In Beauty Box
I was kindly gifted the chance to build my own Latest in Beauty ‘Beauty Guru’ box, choosing nine products to fill it with. NINE. That’s pretty good considering the cost is £18 a month. A lot of the products are full size or deluxe samples, which is already more than pretty decent. I mean, when a 50ml bottle of Alpha-H Liquid Gold costs £15, and you get eight other products, you just cannot dismiss the chance. This box definitely reignited my love for Liquid Gold, but I have also taken a shining to the microdelivery peel from philosophy, the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (HOW HAS IT TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO TRY THIS BAD BOY) and HD brow products. Thanks LIB!

an image of personalised Latest In Beauty Box
I think these would make great gifts, too! How about giving it ago and letting me know what you get? I’d love to see what you choose!

*this post contains PR samples*

I am not one to really celebrate New Year’s Eve, but there is one thing I love doing, and that is my make-up. I must confess I have been known to do my make-up all appropriate for an evening, but instead stay home with a plate of cheese and a large G&T watching the tele. I think that is the prime plan this year, and for this particular make-up look, I turned to my pals at Rimmel London for their trusty products that can take you from day to night quicker than you can eat your large portion of camembert. Yes, really.

#GetReadyWithRimmel image of new year's eve makeup
I wouldn’t say this look is extravagant. There’s no glitter, but I think it serves its purpose. The Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Eyeshadow Palette was central to the look, and offers a number of different shades to suit individual tastes. I played it safe for me and went for the plummier shades as opposed to the greys (I just cannot master them myself). These shadows are longlasting and easy to blend, suitable for all eyeshadow novices like myself and deliver a hint of shimmer.

an image of #GetReadyWithRimmel products for NYE
The Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara is one I have tried and loved before, as is the Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Liner. Super black and capable of creating both neutral and dramatic looks. I’ve pictured two lipsticks, which are chosen dependent on which eye look you go for. Because I went quite heavy on the eyes, I kept the lips nude, and this Kate 15 Year Lipstick was perfect for what I wanted to achieve. The darker The Only 1 Matte Lipstick shade would look nicer with a slightly subtler eye, or possibly if you went for a grey smoke. Overall, Rimmel London have impressed me again with its offering and it proves that you can do a good evening look on the cheap. Winner winner, make-up addicts’ dinner.

an image of a new year's eve make-up look using rimmel
*this post contains PR samples*

NYE Make-up Look // #GetReadyWithRimmel

I am not one to really celebrate New Year’s Eve, but there is one thing I love doing, and that is my make-up. I must confess I have been known to do my make-up all appropriate for an evening, but instead stay home with a plate of cheese and a large G&T watching the tele. I think that is the prime plan this year, and for this particular make-up look, I turned to my pals at Rimmel London for their trusty products that can take you from day to night quicker than you can eat your large portion of camembert. Yes, really.

#GetReadyWithRimmel image of new year's eve makeup
I wouldn’t say this look is extravagant. There’s no glitter, but I think it serves its purpose. The Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Eyeshadow Palette was central to the look, and offers a number of different shades to suit individual tastes. I played it safe for me and went for the plummier shades as opposed to the greys (I just cannot master them myself). These shadows are longlasting and easy to blend, suitable for all eyeshadow novices like myself and deliver a hint of shimmer.

an image of #GetReadyWithRimmel products for NYE
The Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara is one I have tried and loved before, as is the Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Liner. Super black and capable of creating both neutral and dramatic looks. I’ve pictured two lipsticks, which are chosen dependent on which eye look you go for. Because I went quite heavy on the eyes, I kept the lips nude, and this Kate 15 Year Lipstick was perfect for what I wanted to achieve. The darker The Only 1 Matte Lipstick shade would look nicer with a slightly subtler eye, or possibly if you went for a grey smoke. Overall, Rimmel London have impressed me again with its offering and it proves that you can do a good evening look on the cheap. Winner winner, make-up addicts’ dinner.

an image of a new year's eve make-up look using rimmel
*this post contains PR samples*
Wrapping presents is one of my favourite things about Christmas, and I like to showcase my chosen wrapping designs on the blog each Christmas for something to look back on. I wouldn't say I am the most meticulous wrapper of all time; there are certainly people out there that do a much better job, but I do love it. I am a bit OCD in terms of design. Everything has to match in some way. I like to keep to one traditional design - usually based around some kind of brown paper and twine or string, and then a more funky design. Usually I find myself spending a fortune in Paperchase (literally Christmas stationery heaven), but this year I could only find one lot of paper in there that I liked. The silver stars paper and pastel ribbon and tags actually came from Primark, which absolutely nailed Christmas this year. I am also obsessed with present toppers and I found the snowflakes in Sainsbury's for a bargain!

an image of Christmas Wrapping ideas
an image of Christmas Gift Wrapping ideas
Christmas Gift Wrapping ideas
What designs have you gone for this year? 

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Wrapping presents is one of my favourite things about Christmas, and I like to showcase my chosen wrapping designs on the blog each Christmas for something to look back on. I wouldn't say I am the most meticulous wrapper of all time; there are certainly people out there that do a much better job, but I do love it. I am a bit OCD in terms of design. Everything has to match in some way. I like to keep to one traditional design - usually based around some kind of brown paper and twine or string, and then a more funky design. Usually I find myself spending a fortune in Paperchase (literally Christmas stationery heaven), but this year I could only find one lot of paper in there that I liked. The silver stars paper and pastel ribbon and tags actually came from Primark, which absolutely nailed Christmas this year. I am also obsessed with present toppers and I found the snowflakes in Sainsbury's for a bargain!

an image of Christmas Wrapping ideas
an image of Christmas Gift Wrapping ideas
Christmas Gift Wrapping ideas
What designs have you gone for this year? 
Sometimes, personalisation at Christmas is the way forward. I love personalised treats, there’s just something about it that makes me giddy. When I was at the Boots Christmas event a few months back, I was introduced to the Boots Personalised Scent Stories, and mine arrived recently, which induced a rather big squeal. LOOK HOW COOL IT IS.

The idea is that you choose a perfume that matches a personality out of the ones available - including: Giorgio Armani Si 50ml EDP (Confident, £69); Lancome La Vie Set Belle 50ml EDP (Happy, £63.50); YSL Mon Paris 50ml EDP (Passionate, £68) and YSL Black Opium 50ml EDP (Rock Chick, £65.50). This is then delivered inside a luxurious book-inspired gift box which has your receivers name and a special message inside. Each fragrance has a story behind the scent based on personality, which includes the name of who you’re sending to. The idea is to find the right scent to match their personality. 

an image of YSL Black Opium Boots Personalised Scent Story
Not only do you get a story and your chosen fragrance, but you can also pick two complimentary deluxe miniatures to add to the gift. I chose a mini YSL lipstick and a mini Emporio Armani Diamonds For Women EDP.

an image of YSL Black Opium Boots Scent Story
The main scent story I went for is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, which is divine! I had only ever smelt my friends and I knew it would make the most loveliest fragrance for the evenings; so sexy and sultry.

an image of the Boots Scent Story Fragrance gift
an image of xmas Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Which Scent Story would you choose?

*this post contains PR samples*

SUNDAY STAR GIFT // BOOTS SCENT STORY

Sometimes, personalisation at Christmas is the way forward. I love personalised treats, there’s just something about it that makes me giddy. When I was at the Boots Christmas event a few months back, I was introduced to the Boots Personalised Scent Stories, and mine arrived recently, which induced a rather big squeal. LOOK HOW COOL IT IS.

The idea is that you choose a perfume that matches a personality out of the ones available - including: Giorgio Armani Si 50ml EDP (Confident, £69); Lancome La Vie Set Belle 50ml EDP (Happy, £63.50); YSL Mon Paris 50ml EDP (Passionate, £68) and YSL Black Opium 50ml EDP (Rock Chick, £65.50). This is then delivered inside a luxurious book-inspired gift box which has your receivers name and a special message inside. Each fragrance has a story behind the scent based on personality, which includes the name of who you’re sending to. The idea is to find the right scent to match their personality. 

an image of YSL Black Opium Boots Personalised Scent Story
Not only do you get a story and your chosen fragrance, but you can also pick two complimentary deluxe miniatures to add to the gift. I chose a mini YSL lipstick and a mini Emporio Armani Diamonds For Women EDP.

an image of YSL Black Opium Boots Scent Story
The main scent story I went for is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, which is divine! I had only ever smelt my friends and I knew it would make the most loveliest fragrance for the evenings; so sexy and sultry.

an image of the Boots Scent Story Fragrance gift
an image of xmas Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Which Scent Story would you choose?

*this post contains PR samples*

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