I don’t actually own too many perfumes, I try to keep my collection small and actually use them before they pass their best. Fragrance can quite often be very expensive and often that can lead you to only using them sparingly or for special occasions. I like to use my perfumes everyday and so it is nice when you can have a nice mix of good quality affordable options as well as more luxe options too.
I want to introduce you to, two affordable scents from two very well known high street shops, both perfumes have slotted well into my collection and have been seeing a lot of use!
Accessorize Love Lily
I used to use Accessorize makeup all the time and always loved the fun, feminine packaging, so I was excited to try their signature scent. This Love Lily fragrance would make a lovely everyday scent, it is nicely subtle and settles to wear for quite a few hours before the need to reapply. It is incredible value for money and the bottle is beautiful.
The perfume comes in a pretty hexagonal bottle, it is quite weighty and is finished with a pink floral stopper. Out of the two perfumes this does have more of a youthful feel, I think it is because the scent is fruity and sweet. It features notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla.
If you enjoy scents that are juicy, fresh and fairly sweet you need to add this to your collection. Don’t think this is going to be sickly sweet because it is not at all, the zesty fruit and floral jasmine help to give it a twist.
Monsoon Rose Gold
The Monsoon Rose Gold is very different from the Accessorize Love Lily. The bottle is more understated and elegant and the scent is sophisticated and sexy. That is how I have justified keeping both – this one makes a beautiful evening scent. So I now have new scents for both day & night.
What I like about the Rose Gold fragrance is that is has more of a warm, sexy scent and neroli and musk are two of my favourite notes. They add a masculine feel. These notes work so well alongside the rose, lemon and vanilla which give it that zesty, sweet twist.
Top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents
Heart notes of velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen
Base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber
Once it has settled down it smells beautiful, not too heavy but it lasts well on me. I can still smell it on my scarf 4 days after I’d sprayed it.
Both scents are affordable are very pretty. They’re very different in terms of scent and I do feel like the Accessorize Love Lily would be perfect for late teens early 20’s. The Monsoon Rose Gold has a slightly more romantic, sophisticated feel but that being said I have enjoyed them both.
Perfume is down to personal taste & I always recommend trying them out for yourself. So if you get chance to pop into a Monsoon or Accessorize store give them a whirl and let me know your thoughts.
I have been reducing down my makeup collection for a good few months now & have found a good way to weed out products you don’t enjoy anymore is to rotate your makeup & shop your stash each month. That way you get to use more of what you have, discover products you may have forgotten about & also reaffirm why you might not reach for a particular product anymore & pass it on to free up space!
Doing this each month has helped me no end and it means at the end of the month I have condensed my collection down even further and It is becoming more manageable. I’m aiming to be left with only products I really love. #makeupgoals
I think I will just have to accept that 9/10 matte lip products are just not going to be comfortable on the lips. This one from Mii Cosmetics isn’t too bad if I put a crap tonne of lip balm underneath to lessen the blow. I suffer through (slightly dramatic) because this shade is just beautiful and it is such an easy shade to wear. I love it and I am willing put up with the tight, dry feeling on my lips. I am sure that most people wouldn’t find it that bad but I don’t often opt for a matte lip, however I have fallen for this nude shade in a big way.
I adore this cheek trio but it has found it’s way to the back of my drawer, so I am excited to use it more. The shades are nice and subtle and you get two beautiful blush colours and a highlight shade. I often use the highlight shade as an eyeshadow too – I just sweep it all over the lid to brighten up my eye look and it works a treat.
I am going to be bold and say this cream shadow stick is my all time favourite and I don’t say that lightly. I have quite a few brands and shades in my collection but I always reach for this one. I took it away with me on my recent trip to Amsterdam and I wore it on a night out & my eyemakeup stayed in place all night long. This shade is a stunning deep bronze brown shade and you can either blend it out really well so it is quite light or go bold and wear it quite dark. Either way it doesn’t crease and it looks so good either on its own, under a powder shadow as base or worn as liner.
This is a base that transforms to your skin colour to give you that fresh, even skintone. It isn’t going to give you the same coverage as a foundation but I like to wear this either under my base or alone as a lighter coverage. I would compare it too a tinted moisturiser, it gives you a nice amount of coverage whilst feeling hydrating and lightweight on the skin and it also leaves your skin looking smooth & beautifully radiant. I loved using it over the Summer so I am going to carry on using it as my everyday base. I love that it has helps protect my skin from the effects of pollution and free radicals.
This is the only brow product I have been using these past few months so it is no surprise that I am keeping it in my everyday makeup bag again this month. The brush is small enough that you don’t get product all over the place and are able to be quite precise with where you place the gel. It tames, enhances and keeps my brows in place all day so that ticks all the boxes for me.
This mascara helps to keep your lashes looking and feeling their best – it contains Argan Oil which is nourishing for your lashes and stops your mascara from going crispy and flaking. I have recommended this product to so many people this year and love how long and fluttery it makes my eyelashes look! My tube is almost finished so I wanted to keep it on rotation this month so I could use it up but spoiler, I am going to repurchase ASAP!
I stopped wearing eyeliner earlier this year mostly because I am lazy but I think the colder months call for darker eye makeup so it is the perfect excuse to get my winged liner on! This Essence Cushion Liner is jet black and applies very smoothly, it isn’t as much of a phaff as you’d think, just make sure you have yourself a decent angled brush and take it slowly. Do not apply too much at once & I find I get the pointiest wings using this liner and it doesn’t bleed at all.
I love these kind of multi-tonal powders & have a few in my collection from different brands and they are such so easy & effortless to use. I just swirl my brush through all the shades and sweep it across my cheeks & you get a lovely glowing, bronzed look. Think sunkissed & fresh faced rather than disco ball. I am not too sure how much I will use this in the colder months but I will apply it with a light hand – oh & I have used it as eyeshadow too, it works really well!
Essence Blush / Rimmel / Rosie / Mii Matte
What products have you switched in & out of your makeup bag this month? I bought a new foundation whilst I was in Amsterdam so I have been using that all the time this past couple of weeks. I will be spilling the beans on what it is in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for that. Al I will tell you is it was under £5.
Every trip I say ‘I’m going to pack light this time’ but I always end up taking products I never use, So I’ve tried hard (very hard) to be ruthless with what I take on my city break to Amsterdam. I will be decanting the foundations into little pots so I don’t have to take the big bottles. I do that with most of my skincare too – it saves so much space & the little travel bottles & pots are super easy to get hold of. I get mine in Wilko & The Poundshop. So let’s take a look at what I am taking with me.
I’m taking two base products one for the day & a more high coverage option for the evening. I like to wear a base during the day that provides a good amount of protection from the sun. So I’ve opted for my beloved Tropic Tinted Skin Shade as this has SPF50 and it gives a nice light coverage too. It looks natural but gives my skin a nice even, healthy colour. This has been my go to base all Summer and I am excited to take it away with me.
For my evening foundation I have to take my Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear as this makes my skin look flawless without having to build up the coverage. It is a decent medium coverage and has serious staying power. I always feel really confident with my skin when I wear this, it is that mix of good coverage but still lightweight enough that you don’t feel caked in makeup!
For concealer I’m taking one that does it all and that is the I.T Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, this stuff is wonderful. It covers blemishes, redness and even hides dark circles and when I tell you you need the tiniest amount of product I am not exaggerating. It comes out quite thick but if you warm it up in between your fingers and take your time to blend it out, this concealer with work miracles. I have been recommending it to everyone.
I’m only taking one brow product with me and it is the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel, It’s a nice dark brown shade so matches my brows perfectly. It gives them a good amount of colour & helps cover any sparse areas and I like that it keeps those unruly brow hairs in place too. Such a fuss free product to use.
I don’t wear too much eyeshadow these days (lazy beauty blogger) so I am taking one of the Rosie for Autograph Cream Shadow Sticks. I have the shade Feline Fox which is a gorgeous metallic mauve bronze and it looks great on its own all over the lid or as a base for eyeshadow. It is creamy and I just blend it out with my finger, makes doing my makeup in the morning quick and easy.
Also in my travel makeup bag is the Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quadwhich is my goto for an evening smokey eye. I love the shade Pop which is a stunning copper pressed pigment with a pop of sparkle. You just press this on top of the finished eye look with your finger to make it look extra special. All the colours in this quad are beautiful and pigmented & I love it when I get chance to use it. I have to be careful with it though as a couple of the pans are loose and tend to fall out in my bag! Must remember to fix them at some point before I lose them altogether.
I’m not one to wear blusher too often so I have packed my Soap & Glory Wonderbronze which is a multi shade mix of blush, bronzer and highlighter. It is pretty swept across my cheekbones for a nice daytime glow. The shades in this also make nice eyeshadows too!
I’m also taking my new delilah Cosmetics Illuminating Powder which is just gorgeous and more of an evening highlighter. It is a really nice mix rose gold, soft peach and lavender pink – so you just swirl your brush and add it to your cheekbones, brow bones and I like to sweep a little down my nose too. It just brightens dull looking skin, giving it an illuminating glow.
For an all over face powder I have opted for my bareMinerals Perfecting Veil, this adds a touch of coverage whilst helping to minimise shine and keep my makeup in place and looking flawless for longer. This is a firm favourite of mine because you can wear it alone for a very light coverage or over your foundation for that soft focus finish.
The Rimmel Wonder’full Mascaralooks nice with just one coat for a subtle everyday look but you can layer it up for more va va voom lashes so that is why I have to take this with me. It works for both day & night. I like how nice and long it makes my lashes look but it is also very quick and easy to remove.
Lips, now this is always hard but I have been beyond ruthless and have only packed 3 options (who even am I?) This Essence Matte Long Lasting Lip Glossonly landed on my desk this week but as soon as I tested it it went straight into my travel makeup bag. OMG the colour is a dusky matte pink and it looks fab on the lips and feels pretty comfortable for a matte finish. I would say it is a nice velvet matte finish and I am in love with the sweet vanilla scent of these too. So excited to wear this.
I never travel without my Urban Decay Lipstick in Backtalk – It is my favourite lipcolour and always makes me look awake and pulled together. It is a nude toned pink and I just take it everywhere with me! Although it is another matte option it dries down to have a satin finish.
The third lip option is my favourite Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry which is one of the intense shades. It is a nice lipgloss, lipstick hybrid and It gives me a nice amount of colour and they’re so easy to apply on the go. They nourish your lips as the formula contains Vitamin E so that is a plus too.
Essence Matte Lipgloss in Girl of Today // Urban Decay in Back Talk / Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry
Lastly I am packing two black eyeliners. The first is my Essence Gel Eye Pencil, I use this on my lower lash line or to smudge out for a smokey eye. This stays put and for a pencil liner the shade is very intense black. The other is my favourite L’Oreal Superliner. I get the Black Lacquer option as I find when this dries down it still looks glossy and bold. I can get the more precise flicks with this and also right up close to my lashline. It is one of my Holy Grail products and this is a fresh one for going away and we all know how well a brand new liquid liner performs (bliss).
So there you have it, my travel makeup. I think I have managed to pack light this year?! Let me know if you struggle to pack light and what products you always take away with you.
Over the years I have used a few products from Crabtree & Evelyn but I only seem to repurchase their hand creams so I was excited to learn that they’ve released a whole host of new products that are focused around our wellbeing! I have fallen in love with one product in particular that I just know is going to become a holy grail product in my routine.
‘Introducing the new Crabtree & Evelyn’s Everyday Wellbeing collections. Each of the six ranges inspires a different benefit with botanical elements to uplift, soothe, calm, energise, hydrate or nourish, depending on your needs and inclination. Bursting with natural ingredients and deeply pampering, think of them as your bath and body “5 a day.’
The 6 Everyday Wellbeing Collections are,
Lavender and Espresso to calm
Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn to hydrate
Citron and Coriander to energise
Pomegranate and Argan Oil to nourish
Pear and Pink Magnolia to uplift
Goatmilk and Oat to soothes,
Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out 3 products from 3 of the Everyday Wellbeing Collection and my skin has been getting a pamper in the process.
This Pomegranate and Argan Oilrange features antioxidant rich Pomegranate, pistachio, ginger extract and grape seed oils as well as nutritive Argan oil. I have been putting the Nutri-Oil to the test and it has been so good for hydrating my skin, especially after this lovely warm weather we’ve been having in Cornwall.
I also really like that this is multi use oil which can be used pretty much anywhere. It is great for nourishing dry damaged hair, massaging into cuticles, using all over your body and it is even gentle enough to use on your face. I’m taking this with me on holiday this week so I can hydrate and nourish dry hair, nails and skin all with this one oil. That has to mean I am packing light for a change.
Because this is a very lightweight oil there is not greasy residue, it is easily absorbed and leaves your body looking healthy with a subtle glow. This Nuti Oil smells amazing, it has a lovely sweetness from the pomegranate, orange and fig but I can also really make out the ginger which gives it a nice warm calming scent.
This Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn range features the fragrance of rose petals, spicy pink peppercorn, fresh peony, bergamot, Tonka Bean and Akigalawood (a new natural captive derived from Patchouli) which together with olive oil and Vitamin E, quench thirsty skin.
This has to be the most luxurious, absorbent and incredibly lightweight body product I have ever tried. As the name states this is a body gel and it is ideal for people who find body butters / lotions too heavy or greasy. I would say this feels almost like a serum for your body. I have been slathering it on my legs after my morning shower (which is when I shave my legs) this gel makes them feel silky smooth and also to stop them drying out.
Its incredibly light formula means you don’t have to wait ages to put your clothes on, which is why I prefer to use it in the morning so I don’t have to waste time waiting for my body lotion. This gel sinks into the skin really quickly and gives it a healthy smooth, glow.
This scent is a little more classic with the distinctive rose notes but it does have that twist of peppercorn and bergamot which bring out more of a masculine vibe which I really like. This is quite a whopper of a pot at 250ml so it is going to last me well into Autumn.
This Goat Milk and Oatrange features free range goat’s milk, nourishing oat kernel, skin- conditioning vitamin E and lavender blended with rose, geranium and bergamot. It is so calming, soothing and very hydrating. I I didn’t expect too much from this as I find hand creams can be much of a muchness but after using this just once my hands felt hydrated, smooth and so soft. I instantly put it to my handbag so I have it with me all the time.
This new collection is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates and propylene glycol. Let me know if you have tried any products from the new Wellbeing Collections.
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