Saturday, 1 August 2015

- Themed Wishlist: Crazy Cat Lady...

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Big or small, we all have our obsessions.

Mine? Lipstick, flowers, peanut butter, and coffee to name a few. And it seems lately, another has joined the list: cats.

Having only had a hamster during my childhood, I was never really that fussed about cats. However, since moving in with Rob, I've realised (despite making me sneeze) they're the cutest things. Ever. This has led me to regularly stalk the #catsofinstagram and #catstagram Instagram hashtags, and has inspired me for my 'themed wishlist' series.

If the price tag doesn't make you gulp, Kate Spade really is the place to go if you're a cat-lover. The watch, phone case, purse & bag are all adorable, yet still manage to latch on to the elegance of Kate Spade.

If those are out of your range don't worry, as there are some lovely bits floating around on the high street. Paperchase always have a lovely selection of cards and, I'll admit, I used to buy them to decorate my uni room back in the day. This 'Crazy Cat Lady' one would look fab in a whitewash vintage frame.

Branching out from the typical floral crowns, a festival fashion favourite has been cat ears. These pink rose ones from Topshop are the perfect way to add a girly feline touch to an outfit.

Oh and how could I not include some Grumpy Cat lols; I could sit for hours giggling at the various memes online.

Lastly, I've noticed there seems to be a sleeping cat theme on a lot of items (cushion & socks), which is definitely how I feel right now - yay for the weekend!

Are you a crazy cat lady? what do you think of these items?



KAREN
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Thursday, 30 July 2015

- Dr. PAWPAW Balm...

In my post where I featured the recent CatalystPR event, I mentioned that one of the brands I had spotted beforehand, and recognised, was Dr. PAWPAW. I had heard and read a lot about the famous balm, with top make up artists declaring it an essential in their overflowing kits. Therefore, I was super excited to finally get my hands on it and learn more about the story of the brand.

Incase you didn't know (I didn't), pawpaw is another word for papaya - the key ingredient of these balms. The exotic fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (and much more), making it the perfect ingredient for skincare products.

The DR. PAWPAW Original Clear balm, £6.95* is a multipurpose product, aiming to aid skin regeneration, help minimise the appearance of pores and moisturise lips, nails, skin and hair. It's also amazing to use on any burns or insect bites; the list is pretty much endless.

Alongside the original clear version, DR. PAWPAW decided to create two tinted additions to enable you to incorporate the balms further into your beauty routines. As you can see, Peach Pink (£6.95*) and Ultimate Red (£6.95*) are now available.

Due to their multiple uses the balms remind me of the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, but these may in fact override my love for it! The things I love about these is that they're not sticky at all and they're unscented. When swatching them, I was surprised at how thick and structured the formula is, as well as the level of pigmentation, but it easily blends in. The product itself feels smooth and the tinted versions leave a lovely, subtle hint of colour.

These balms are suitable all-year round, but are particularly perfect for creating a fresh Summer glow. I used all three balms to create my look in the image below: Original Clear as a highlighter, Pink Peach as a blusher and Ultimate Red as a lip tint. The Original Clear adds such a gorgeous gloss to skin which is unlike any of my other highlighting products, the Pink Peach is such a pretty shade which would suit all skin tones and the Ultimate Red provides both moisture and a lovely sheen to the lips.

Overall, I'm far from disappointed with these. In fact, I'm verging on obsessed. They're buildable, smooth and long-lasting, and have quickly become a make up must-have for me. Packaged in vibrant 25ml tubes (a little definitely goes a long way) at £6.95 each, or you can pick up all 3 for £13.90, they're super affordable too!

What do you think of these DR. PAWPAW balms? Have you tried any?


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

- Blue Ditsy Print Maxi Dress ft. Apricot...

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As you probably know I spent the weekend at home, so I took the opportunity to take some countryside outfit photos. Before moving south, my mum was my blog photographer and I have a feeling she slightly misses it. Bless her.

I was kindly sent this Ditsy Print Maxi Dress* from Apricot. I had heard of this brand before and remembered liking a few of their pieces in the past, but they weren't on my regular 'browse/swoon over' list. Well, that's certainly changed.

How gorgeous is this dress?! It's blue. It's floral. It's me all over. And if that's not enough, it's currently only £15 (down from £24) - say whaaat?!

I'm actually only just hopping aboard the 'maxi' bandwagon. Since falling in love with this black skirt, I've been searching for the first maxi dress to make an appearance in my wardrobe.

When choosing this, I was a little apprehensive. At 5"8 I was worried it would be too short on me, as I often find this to be the case. However, I needn't have worried because this is literally perfect. In fact, my mum commented on how it looked like it had been made for me. Made from 95% viscose and 5% elastane, it's the perfect material that clings to the right places and flatters my figure.

It's safe to say, I'll definitely be browsing Apricot more often.

Have you heard of Apricot before? What do you think of this maxi dress?


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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