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Beauty Bite: The Fragrance Fix

There seem to be a couple of different schools of thought and approaches to fragrance.
Some people love to try all different types of fragrance and are always switching up their perfumes and sprays etc.
I prefer to have one fragrance and stick to it. Religiously!

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I have been involved in a love affair with Chanel no.19 since I was 16 (so we’re approaching our 5th anniversary!) and it’s a completely monogomous relationship! It goes on every morning when I get dressed and is topped up throughout the day. Pretty much without fail. (Unless I’m actually not leaving the house AT ALL…my flatmates just don’t care what I smell like!)

This comes from my childhood. For as long as I can remember, my Mum, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, who were all a big part of my life, all had their own ‘signature’ scents. They wore the same perfume all MY life and I associated them with those smells completely. I still think of my Great Grandma when I get a whiff of Chanel no.5 (the classic!) and although my Mum has recently changed her frangrance to Bobbi Brown’s ‘Almost bare’ (which is lovely by the way) I still feel her presence when I smell Eau De Ciel by Annick Goutal!

There’s a big connection between our sense of smell and our memories and experiences throughout life, so I see a lot of sense in having your own personal frangrance. My friends now all say they know when I’ve been round, beause they can smell my perfume where it lingers! And a year or so ago, a freind liked my Chanel 19 so much, she bought some, but she doesn’t use it because people kept saying she smelt like me!

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So, by all means, play with scents and fragrances, I think there are so many stunning scents out there and many that I love the smell of and would happily have as a home fragrance, but for me, I like to have one smell. People know me by it, they associate it with me and it’s also comforting for me. And whats more, because it’s so consistent, all my clothes smell of it now, after years of use, so I have to use less and less!

And I can always stock up in duty free too…

Our sense of smell is intrinsically linked to our emotional memories. A whiff of this or a gust of that smell can trigger a whole sequence of nostalgic memories, so I like to have a fragrance that is totally and utterly me. Chanel no.19 is young, yet timeless and a classic…no doubt I will change it at some point, but for now, it is my scent. People know it, they remember it and they associate it with me. it’s my signature scent and I love it!

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Style Bite: Autumn Colour

Style Bite: Autumn Colour

Autumn has well and truly arrived! The temperature’s dropping and it’s about time to delve back into hard work and a fresh start. Summer’s gone and we’re all back at work, Uni or school and it’s time to get organised, but more importantly, it’s time to break out the Autumn/Winter wardrobe and give our beauty regimes a good shake-up!

One of the biggest signs of Autumn is the leaves starting to fall, and bursting into a vivid array sensational colours. But as the trees shed their leaves, we need to start packing on the layers, and if nature can have a colour make-over, then so can we!

So, for the beginning of my Autumn/Winter Series I’ve opted to follow in nature’s footsteps and begin with colour!

Wine and Berry Blast

The hedgerows are bursting with the seasonal crop of blackberries, plums and red currants and there’s nothing like a warming glass of deep red wine to warm the blood as the weather grows colder. This Autumn, I’m loving shades of burgundy, plum and deep reds and purples. A great way to bring some colour to your life and brighten up the days and they grow drearier! I’m feeling a romantic theme in style this Autumn, and the deep burgundies and purples are reminiscent of renaissance royalty!

BurgandyHenley Dress in Burgandy – Hush. Limited Edition Berry Quad Eyeshadow – Lancome. 1969 Legging Cords in Ruby Wine – Gap. Nail Lacquer in Pomegranate- Crabtree & Evelyn. La Laque Nail Laqueur in Black Tulip – Yves Saint Laurent. Wool and Cashmere Wide Neck Sweater in Garnet – Massimo Dutti. Velvet Ankle Boots in Red – & Stories. Byrony Shoppe Handbag in Red – Somerset by Alice Termperley. Narrow Buckskin Belt in Burgundy – Massimo Dutti.

Brighten up the Winter Blues

It’s getting colder, and everyone’s starting to feel a little blue…but blue doesn’t have to be a bad thing! This season, bring blue back in bold and vibrant shades! I’m loving the deep and vivid blues this season, from a romantic midnight blue to an eye catchingly bright, almost electric blue. From the seductive romance of a dark velvety blue to the iconic stand-out quality of a dazzling bright sapphire, blue is the way to go this season!

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Danoe Wool and Cashmere Belted Coat – L.K.Bennett. Nail Lacquer inBlueberry – Crabtree and Evelyn. All About Shadow Quad in Galaxy – Clinique. Jersey Snood in Cobalt – Hush. Amy Dress in Marine – Hush. Wool Scarf Cardigan in Blue – & Stories. Le Pliage Shopper in Navy – Longchamp.

Toasty Autumn Tan

So the summer tans have faded, but we can still bring tan into our style! A classic colour palette, neutral tones and browns are a must this season. Soft, luxurious pale tan to deep dark brown, the animals are all donning their winter coats, so take a leaf from them and echo the luxurious shades of hide and fur that are surrounding us right now. Going neutral doesn’t mean you have the blend in…

tanBoard Large Collar Overcoat in camel – Reiss. Leather Knee Boots in Brown – & Stories. Rich Chocolate Eye Palette – Bobbi Brown. Serum De Rouge in Light Beige – Christian Dior. Luxe Nail Polish in organza – Rococo. Large Suede Tassel Clutch in Stone – The White Company. 100% Cashmere Cableknit Sweater in Brown – Massimo Dutti. Plaid Scarf in Brown – Jigsaw. British Tweed Kilt in Brown Windowpane – Boden.

Back to Black

Monochrome always seems to make an appearance at this time of year, and it’s little wonder why. There’s nothing more striking and bold than a sharply contrasting monochrome palette. Bold blacks matched with shimmering grays can have you standing out from the crowd and a chic combination of crisp white against jet black is both classic and always up to date. And you can really make a statement with monochrome by adding a burst of startling colour in one statement accessory.
MonochromeStretch Cotton Moleskin Jeans in Black – Jigsaw. Dahlia Top Stitching Shirt in Silver Grey – Reiss. Dionne Leather Ankle Boot in Black – L.K.Bennett. Cashmere Shawl in Grey Marl – Hush. faux Fur Mini Bag in Black – & Stories. Sequin Cuff Cardigan in Natural – The White Company. 3 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Black – Christian Dior. Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin – Chanel.

Stick to a few kep palettes this Autumn: Burgandy is vibrant and cheerful, blue is vivid and perfect for the winter weather, neutal tones can be paired with anything and are a softening, classic combination and you can really make a bold statement with a monochrome edge! Stick with a few simple colours and you can create any number of outfits in the blink of an eye, and you’ll be right on trend this season!

Beauty Bite: My Cabinet Essentials!

Although products come and go, cleansers, serums, masks and treatments always change, there are some essentials that are all-time favourites and constant staples in my beauty regime!

The bathroom cabinet basics: (or a nifty little basket as my landlord hasn’t refitted my cabinet in the bathroom yet!!)

  • Basic Make Up Remover
    Neways True Touch Make-Up Remover. This is an online only, mail order company specialising in only using safe products and really gental ingredients. They are completely safe and chemical free products, so I find it’s really gentle on my skin and won’t irritate, no matter what concern I may have! I’m always changing my cleansers and toners etc. but I always use this before cleansing so that I don’t irritate my skin by scrubbing away too much with the cleansers. I love this product and will use it forever!
  • TCP
    The ultimate spot treatment. It stings like hell, but it really works. A couple of days of applying it gently with a cotton bud and it’s completely gone, and the redness is reduced from the first application. And no unslightly scarring! A godsend at less than £2 a bottle!
  • Basic All-Purpose Moisturiser
    DSCF0821Puriskin Therapy Resurfacing Formula. I use this mainly for my face when I don’t have any specific issues or concerns. It’s a great, gentle, general moisturiser that’s always there in case of emergencies or if I just need a light moisture. Also full of vitamins is proven to help reduce scarring and even skin tone, so thats a bonus!
  • Basic Body Lotion
    Sanctuary Body Lotion. Great general body lotion. Goes on a treat, isn’t too heavy and is a light, general body lotion. I use lots of different products depending on whether I want a gradual tan, or have particularly dry skin etc. but this is there for every-day, no fuss moisture! I love the scent and have used this for years!
  • Hand Cream
    Another old favourite! Trusty old L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I adore this hand cream. It doesn’t leave a funny residue on the hands, and is such an excellent deep moisturiser for the hands. I have used it for years and will continue to use it for years. The best hand cream I have ever come accross, and smells great!
  • Basic Shampoo and Conditioner
    Another Neways product. Exuberance Conditioner and Ultimate Shampoo. I use other shampoos and conditioners depending on circumstance: sometimes I have very dry and damaged hair and this doesn’t cut it, but it’s great for regular washing as it’s very gentle and light, leaving no weight in the hair and leaving it smooth, shiny and soft. But if I need a deep condition of repair, I need to use something else!
  • Lip Balm
    Kiehl’s SPF15 Lip Balm. Deep moisture, nice SPF coverage. Enough said!
  • Tweezerman Tweezers
    I will never be able to use any other tweezers again! These are great, the diagonal edge on the ends is great for getting the tricky little hairs and they are strong and firm enough to be useful! I’ve been ruined for any other tweezer manufacturers!
  • Cotton Wool Pads and Buds
    Need I elaborate?
  • Frangrance: Chanel No.19
    Okay, it doesn’t live in my beauty cabinet, but it’s an utter staple in my routine. It goes on after I’ve done my make up but before I get dressed and then I reapply after I have clothes on. I use it every day and have done so for years. I adore this fragrance and have no desire at all to change!!

fruitMy final beauty basic: Healthy diet and plenty of water. I cannot stress enough the importance of lots and lots of water and a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables. Every meal has fruit and/or veg and I must drink about 6 litres of water a day! It has a remarkable effect on the skin and it is my ULTIMATE staple in any beauty regime!

Having a few tried and tested staple products always at close hand is a must for any beauty regime. Cleansers, toners, serums, treatments and masks all change with the times, but when you’re on to a good thing, why change it?

Friday Bite: Treat Yourself!

En-Route slurges is what I call it…

I’m working currently in the North East of London, and on my route to and from work are the shopping complexes of Canary Wharf and Westfields Stratfield City. Both of these happen to be attatched to stations where I have to change trains. This creates a little issue…

On my way home, I’m never in a particular rush and the trains that I need to get home all run every 4-5 minutes, so I’m never on a tight schedule train wise. Which allows me the option to stop off at the shops. This is very handy as there are Waitrose and M&S close to the stations in both of these complexes and I can grab any things I need for dinner easily on my way home.

BUT, there are so many other shops that I love…and they’re all close at hand! Option to go shopping is what I said, but It feels more of an obligation/compulsion!!!

That is why I call it en-route shopping! I’m not planning to go shopping, I have no list or object in mind, I just pop in for a quick browse on my way somewhere else…they just happen to be on my route!

This is what happened today. I finished work, got off the train at Stratford and instead of going straight to my connection, I turned right…right into spending a lot of money!

But then again, I had a lousy morning…overslept, cold-shower as I didn’t turn the water on early enough and then the kettle exploded HOT water all over me. Wasn’t a good start to my day, so I needed some cheering up. I needed a treat really, and that is exactly what I gave myself!

My haul!

My haul!

Ah John Lewis department store…how I love thee…

Picked up my favourite fragrance: Chanel no.19. It is my one true love and I never wear anything else! I normally wait until I can buy it duty free, but I’m not planning any vacations any time soon and I’m running rather low. Such a great fragrance, with the elegance of chanel but it’s not as ‘old’ as No.5. It’s younger, lighter but not overpowering or too sharp/fruity/sweet/strong etc.

Had a consultation at Clinique: I was undecided whether I needed a skin-evening primer, or a tinted moisturiser to even my skin tone and create a good base, and as I don’t wear foundation I need something light but that gives some coverage. I came away with their BB cream and I will get back to you on how it works out? …and then of course, I had to buy some eyeshadow as it was of offer!

Rococo Nails do great polishes st reasonable prices and in a great selection of colours. I pretty much just picked at random….

I love Neal’s Yard and I use their hand washes and body lotions, but I came across their cleanser and toner and thought I would give them a go. I need a new cleansing regime, as I like to switch it up so my skin doesn’t get ‘immune’ to it (maybe I’m going loopy, but I think my skin does become resistant to cleansing products) and I only like to use organic and major chemical free as it’s better on my skin. Once again, I’ll get back to you on how I find these products.

The candles were just there…I felt like I needed some TLC, and scented candles around a nice bath always does the trick. And they were reduced…score!

Everyone needs to treat themself from time to time. In my opinion, if you really want something…just get it. Go with your gut reaction and indulge yourself. Go on, whats the worst that could happen?