Home Inspiration: Hillarys House Beautiful Range

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I went to an event at the v.swanky Chelsea Harbour Hotel hosted by Hillarys to promote their new range in collaboration with House Beautiful Magazine. I've unfortunately lost the photos I took on the night, but I thought I'd share some of the lovely images from their press release instead, as they're amazing inspiration to see how the collection would fit into a home. The evening included a chance to check out the range up-close and personal, as well as talks from the product design team and House Beautiful editor Julia Goodwin, who both gave a really interesting insight into the way the collection was put together.

The 'global textures' range with House Beautiful is Hillarys' first collaboration with a magazine, and takes inspiration from architecture across the globe. The resulting colour palettes of pinks, purples and contemporary neutrals feature a mixture of patterns and plain designs, so you can mix and match to make a 'feature' with a curtain or cushion. I really like the purple Portia floral print (photo 2, and the cushion in photo 5) and the Baroque Mulberry (picture 1), both are totally the kind of style I'd go for if I was doing up my own home! The colours in general are really luxe and gorgeous, and I got to have a feel of the fabrics at the event - they feel like amazing quality and real investment pieces that will last in your home for years and years.

Hillarys offer a bespoke in-home service, where an advisor will bring samples to your home and work out the best options for the interior look you want, then

Hillarys have also put up their own blog post if you want to know more about the evening and the collection, so check it out here!

What do you think of their choices for the House Beautiful range?

Weekend Wishlist 18.10.14: Party Dresses from Warehouse

Saturday, 18 October 2014

First up - sorry for the lack of posting of late, my internet has died on me so I'm unable to post from home, and I'm super busy with work. I'll be back properly soon, promise! As it's nearly November already (whaaat), lots of us will be on the hunt for the perfect party dress - and Warehouse have come up trumps with some amazing frocks, with price ranges going from budget to payday treat. Taking three classic styles for the festive season, here are some of my top picks from Warehouse's fab selection of dresses:

perfect party dresses - metallics - warehouse
Metallics are always a great go-to for party dresses, and there are styles to suit everyone. If you're looking for something cute and laid back, the Metallic Mesh Plisse dress is a perfect choice, and an absolute bargain at the sale price of just £15! For something a bit more dressed up, I'd pick the Metallic Strappy Midi - the see-through layer over a shorter dress is really striking and great for striking a balance between leggy and modest. If you want to go all out, I really love the Animal Jacquard, which mixes a bold print with sparkling metallics - it looks like it'd be a really flattering fit too!

The LBD - With A Twistperfect party dresses - little black dress - warehouse

The LBD is an absolute classic when you're having a 'NOTHING TO WEAR!' drama or facing a bit of an ambiguous dress code for a fancy event. However, if plain black is a bit too simple for your tastes, there's plenty of choice when it comes to subtle embellishing that adds the 'wow' factor. Although on the pricey side, the Leather and Scuba dress mixes two great-looking textures and the skater style makes the leather really wearable for any body shape. For something a bit more adventurous, the cut out panels in the Mesh Insert dress flash some flesh without being too OTT. Or, if you want something simple and subtle, go for detail on the lower half of the dress, like this Lazercut Detail dress.


perfect party dresses - lace - warehouse

Lace dresses are a party go-to for me, and the huge range of styles and colours mean there'll always be something lacy I'll love. Even though the colder weather has firmly set in, pastels haven't been completely left in the summer, and this pastel pink Structured A-Line dress brings some light into the dark evenings. For something elegant and classic, I really like this Jacquard Lace Shoulder dress, in a subtle colour but with gorgeous detailing. And if you want to stand out from the party crowd, why not go for something bright and eye-catching, like this hot pink High Neck Lace Prom dress?

What kind of styles will you be looking for this party season? Check out the full range of Warehouse dresses online - let me know which ones you're loving!

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My New Favourite Perfume: Jasper Conran Nightshade

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Jasper Conran Nightshade Woman perfume blog review
Jasper Conran Nightshade Woman perfume blog review
Jasper Conran Nightshade Woman perfume blog review

I absolutely love finding amazing new perfumes, and I think I've found my favourite so far of anything I've tried! I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Jasper Conran Nightshade Woman (£25 for 50ml, FeelUnique) in a FeelUnique Facebook competition. I'd never actually even had a sniff of it before, so I was quite excited to try something new - but didn't realise just how much I'd adore it! Launched in August, the Jasper Conran Nightshade range features two perfumes - one aimed towards men and one aimed at women.

Purple is my favourite colour, so even before smelling it I fell a little bit in love with the packaging. The bottle is simple yet pretty, with graduating purple tones and a black lid, and I think it definitely looks more expensive than it is. Scent-wise, it's actually quite different to the type of fragrance I normally opt for - less sweet and girly and more sensual and deep. The top notes of mandarin orange, pink pepper and freesia are quite zingy and bright-smelling, without being excessively overpowering. Once it's settled into the skin, there's a woody, musky feel with the base notes of cedar, musk and amber really coming through, and it has brilliant longevity too.

With a lot of high-end fragrances costing upwards of £50, I think this is quite the bargain for how gorgeous it smells. I had a look online for reviews of Nightshade and it doesn't actually seem to be that well-covered, which surprised me. This is definitely going to be my 'signature scent' for Autumn and Winter, and it's great for anyone looking for a slightly more grown up perfume that still has a youthful sultriness to it!

What perfumes are you guys using and loving at the moment? Do you have a 'signature scent' you swear by?

Nail Art: Essie 'Naughty Nautical' & Nail Tattoos

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Nail Art: Essie Naughty Nautical polish, Nail Art Nail Tattoos, swatch & review
Nail Art: Essie Naughty Nautical polish, Nail Art Nail Tattoos, swatch & review
Nail Art: Essie Naughty Nautical polish, Nail Art Nail Tattoos, swatch & review
Nail Art: Essie Naughty Nautical polish, Nail Art Nail Tattoos, swatch & review

When I went to London Fashion Weekend last month, I was super excited to find an Essie polish in the goody bag - as I've never actually tried any of their polishes, despite them being highly rated in the blogging world. The shade I got was Naughty Nautical (£4.95, NailPolish.co.uk), and as you might know, I love all things nautical so it was a perfect surprise. Naughty Nautical is a lightish blue-green, with a slight shimmer. The polish was so easy to apply, with the perfect brush and an even consistency. It dries faster than a lot of other polishes I've tried, and it stayed chip-free for around three days, which for me, the girl with constantly chipped nails through being clumsy, is pretty great.

I also got my hands on these Nail Art Nail Tattoos (£5.99, Boots), inspired by cult tattoo designs. Although not all the designs are to my taste, I really wanted to try out the leopard print and diamond ones (the pack advertised on the Boots website offers a slightly different variety of styles). I assumed they'd work like temporary tattoos, but they're basically just stickers that you pop onto your nails. The diamond shapes were really easy to apply, although the leopard print was more tricky, and I had to use tweezers to apply them more precisely. Not that it REALLY matters with leopard though, as it's a look that can be a bit random and messy. Using a top coat, I found these lasted around 3 days without starting to look tatty, and could have lasted a couple more before I actually needed to remove them.

I really enjoyed playing around with the Nail Tattoos and think they look awesome over Naughty Nautical. If you're not the most dexterous person when it comes to decorating your nails, these are an easy way of creating nail art with minimal effort.

Are you an Essie fan? What are your favourite nail art designs?

The Best-Smelling Face Wipes In The World

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes blog review

Okay okay, I know MAKEUP WIPES ARE SO BAD FOR YOUR SKIN, but let's face it - who hasn't come in from a night out or long day once in a while and barely had the energy to open your skincare drawer, let alone do a full routine. I figure using a wipe is better than sleeping with a full face on, so I do like to have them around - they're also good to use for the majority of makeup removal prior to a full cleanse-tone-slap-stuff-on session. Wipes aren't usually something that have the 'wow' factor when it comes to blog reviews, but bear with me. We'll get to the good part in a minute.

Usually, a lot of wipes are quite similar to me. They do a good enough job removing makeup, and well established skincare brand ones are usually quite soft and don't make your skin feel scrubbed to death. These Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes (£3.45 for 25, Boots) are no different. They're oil and alcohol-free, and quilted to cleanse gently and effectively. One wipe was enough to remove a full face of makeup easily.

However, the main selling point of these for me is that they smell EXACTLY LIKE PARMA VIOLETS! Y'know the sweets? I don't actually like the taste of them much, but they smell bloody amazing, and these wipes just smell exactly like them. When I first got them, I took my makeup off in the taxi home and the first thing I did when I got in (slightly tipsy, I must add) was run into the living room and order my housemates to 'SMELL MY FACE!'. So, if you want easy cleansing for those nights when you're nodding off the second you get in the door, a simple pre-cleanse, or just to shout at people to sniff your face, the Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes are a most excellent choice.

What products do you love the smell of?

Easy Hair Removal: Nair Shower Power Cream

Monday, 29 September 2014

Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream review
Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream review

One of the less glamorous aspects of beauty is hair removal. Shaving is most certainly the devil. I got this Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream* (£6.69, Boots) in a goody bag, and was quite interested to give it a whirl. In the past, I haven't been that big a fan of hair removal creams, I used one a while back and found it irritated my skin, so I did a little patch test with this one first (which I definitely recommend, especially if you're using it in...um...'sensitive' areas). As I had no reaction, I decided to go the whole way and do my legs and bikini line.

Although the cream's meant to be used in the shower, I'd have ended up washing it off too early, so I left it for just under the maximum time (about 8 minutes) and used the handy spatula to take it off before rinsing in the shower. The spatula is something I really like - the curved shape means it's great for both applying and removing the cream from trickier bits, and it allows for a nice, even application.

I'd say the cream removed about 95% of visible hairs, which is pretty good. Sitting still while it worked was pretty awkward, but worth it for the result. There was no irritation, and the argan oil, jojoba and cocoa butter ingredients resulted in my skin being smooth and soft after use. The hairs did start to creep back after a few days, but less quickly and prickly (poet and I know it) than they would do with shaving. I also tried it out on the couple of pesky upper lip hairs I have, and it's so gentle it removed them easily without causing any irritation on my face. I probably won't use it all the time everywhere, as it's a bit time consuming, but it's great for weekly use and I just use a razor for a bit of a quick tidy up when the hairs begin to come back.

What's your preferred hair removal method?

Where To Go: Alternative Clubnights In London

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Back when I lived in Portsmouth, every Monday night without fail I'd get (even more) fabulous (than usual) and head out to Delight, the big rock night in the city, to drink cheap booze, dance to pop punk and get silly with my chums. When I moved to London, I was lucky that I knew people here already who introduced me to the London rock club scene, but for those not so lucky, I've compiled a bit of a list if you fancy a night of loud tunes and slight mayhem. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it covers the sort of general rock nights that cater to a lot of tastes - if you know of any others, do let me know in the comments! I'd like to be able to pad this out and make it even better, so please do share suggestions.