Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Santoro London | Product Feature

I was recently contacted by the lovely people over at Santoro who offered me a great opportunity to review some of their products here on my blog. To my delight, the package arrived very quickly and I couldn't wait to see what was inside! All of the products sent, minus the card, are from the watercolour birds collection
The first thing that I noticed was this gorgeous card that they had written me, with the names of everything they had sent. I adore how vibrant and colourful the card is and I really love the design. 
Santoro's Summer Garden pen - £4.99
Having gotten a little bit excited, I rushed outside to take photographs of everything immediately. Unfortunately, the photographs of the gorgeous wrapping were completely washed out by the sun, and by the time I had realized this it was too late. The first thing that caught my attention was this gorgeous pen who's packaging may have suffered during transit, alas the pen itself is absolutely fine and is such lovely quality! The nib is super smooth and it writes (black ink) like a dream. I adore how bright and summery and pretty the decoration is and it will receive a LOT of use and love!
Neoprene Accessory Case - £7.99
The next thing that I saw was this gorgeous accessory case. The case itself is amazing quality and is made from neoprene which makes it nice and durable as well as easy to clean, should it get dirty. I personally am planning on keeping my sunglasses in this as I don't yet have a case for them and I feel that this would do a nice job protecting them as it is quite spongy, but it would work just as nicely for storing anything from makeup to general bits and bobs. The inside of the case is a gorgeous deep red colour to contrast the outer decoration beautifully. 
Summer Garden Santoro's Eclectic Cloth Notebook - £10.99
The final thing that I received in my lovely package was this adorable little cloth notebook, which is probably my favourite although it is hard to choose. What I love most about this is how flexible the inside is, I hate it when I buy a new notebook that has never been used and the pages are almost impossible to push down and open so that it is flat to write on (does that even make sense?) but anyway, this doesn't do that. I also think that the design on the front is so unique and detailed and the colours are just beautiful. There are three different coloured ribbons on the inside to bookmark your pages and more pretty bird designs on the inside covers and at the top and bottom of every page, which makes me love it even more. 

I would really like to thank Santoro for sending me such wonderful little things to review here, and the quality of each and every product is just amazing. If you're looking for something a little bit different to treat yourself to, or even a gift for someone else, I think they are definitely worth a good look at! I think I may make a couple more purchases sometime quite soon!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tartan and Kimonos | ootd

kimono - New Look    Jeans - Topshop    vest top - tesco ;)    Shoes - Topshop    Rings - Asos and Topshop    Necklace - Claires    Scarf and watch - found at antique fair 

First of all, I apologize for my disgrace of a bedroom, in my defense, it is mostly just school stuff that I'm meaning to do, but haven't. Today has been a really pleasant sunny day spent at home, with a nice trip to my local pub for some lunch in the sunshine. Although the sun has finally decided to grace us with its presence, there is still a chill in the air, so i figured it was perfectly acceptable to be wearing a scarf. 

Tartan is one of my favourite things to wear because it adds so much colour to an outfit and I noticed it had come crawling back into trend over the winter months. Kimonos are something that i only recently discovered and boy am i glad! I love that they look great with pretty much anything you pair them with and i can see them being one of my summer staples. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sunglasses For Spring and Summer 2014

1. Quay   2. Ted Baker   3. Cheap Monday   4. Topshop   5. Topshop

At last, sunshine has (on occasion) greeted us! After having completely lost my last pair of sunglasses, which I actually found at a carboot sale for 20p, I decided it was time to get some shiney new ones. Very kindly, my dad offered to buy me a nicer more expensive pair which will last me a long time and these are some of the ones that I've liked so far, with a case included ;). Until the time comes that I actually decide which ones I want, I have brought myself some others which I don't have to worry about breaking. Last time I went to my local Primark, I found some I actually really liked which for the price i payed, a mere £2, were pretty nifty. I've actually been very impressed by the sunglasses Primark has to offer and always feel that they look a heck of a lot more expensive than they were. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

March Beauty Favourites

March really hasn't been a month of many favourites for me. I have found myself using the same old products for the majority of the year so far. Alas, spring has at last found us (or at least it did, the weather is horrible outside again now, Que April showers.) This year in particular, I have welcomed the warm weather, daffodils, chocolate eggs and baby animals with open arms as all the colours and blossoms excite me. 

My first favourite this month was this topshop nail varnish in war paint. I have really enjoyed painting my toe nails with this (I'm a nail biter, i have no fingernails to paint) throughout the month. The colour is extremely bright, almost on the florescent side and i think it would look amazing with a tan. This year I've really been reaching towards brighter and louder colours instead of my usual pastel shades and I've really enjoyed the change. 

Along with the warmer weather we are now having, I have found that my skin is really starting to suffer. when i was watching one of zoella's favourites videos from winter last year, she mentioned this particular clay mask which really interested me as I have been having problems with my skin for a few months now. Sure enough, the next day I trotted down to my nearest boots and purchased it, used it once or twice and was rather disappointed with the results it gave. I don't know whether my skin was just going through a really weird patch or whether the weather had anything to do with it, but I found that instead of improving my skins appearance it made it worse. So, I tucked it away and almost forgot about it until recently. I decided to try it again and couldn't believe that I had ever hated it as this time I adored the results it gave. It left my skin clearer, cleaner and my blemishes appeared really reduced and it has been working for me ever since.

One thing that almost always comes hand in hand with warm weather is slippy slidy makeup that never seems to stay where you put it for more than an hour or so. I am a HUGE eyeliner lover and I'm pretty sure I haven't gone a day without it in at least a year now, this particular one has been repurchased time and time again and is an absolute staple in my makeup bag. It is practically the god of the eyeliner world. It makes for super easy application with its pen nib that is ideal for beginners, it stays exactly where you put it and is so affordable that I cannot find any area to fault it on. 

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and brought a babylips. At first I really couldn't see the appeal in them as I had plenty of lip balms that did exactly what I wanted and some great tinted balms. But of corse, I just couldn't resist the curiosity and brought this one in cherry me in the winter of last year, and I love it. I find that it really soaks into the lips, it smells amazing and i actually really like the colour of the tint on me. If you didn't want something so bold in a lipbalm, there are plenty of other colors and purposes you can buy them for.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

My One Shoe Love.

I find when it comes to shoes, I am extremely fussy. I tend to find myself sticking to the same ones and wearing each pair I become obsessed with to the death. I came into some money around Christmas time and was wanting to replace my fake converse which I had worn to the point of disrepair, with some real ones. A month or so prior to this, I came across these whilst hunting around on the Topshop website and fell in love. For the majority of last year and the year before that, I had lived in my vans and my fake converse and so decided that these would make a nice change to my usual converse and to help me branch out and try something different. 

My mum and dad actually ended up buying these for me as a Christmas gift which I was hugely grateful for as I wasn't so keen on forking out £32 for a pair of shoes which may or may not last a great deal of time. I absolutely adore these shoes, once you work past the painful, hobbling breaking in stage (I promise they're worth it), they are absolutely beautiful and have seen a fair few people sporting these in their full collection of colours recently. The one disadvantage of these shoes is that the gloss is so soft, and scratches extremely easily which means its hard to keep them looking new and clean for very long. the soles are good and sturdy so there is no worrying about them splitting away from the top of the shoe. 

Styling wise, I find these to be incredibly versatile. I have found that they look best with black tights and a skater dress or with skinny jeans for the winter time, and I'm sure that as the summer months approach, they will look great with shorts and floaty tops or summer dresses. I have found that every single pair of these shoes that I have tried on in the shop, in the same size has fit me differently, so I would highly recommend trying these on in store if you were considering buying them. I have found myself to be a huge fan of these shoes and are planning on buying them in the burgundy colour and will be seeing what else the internet has to offer me in the T-bar shoe department. 

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