Friday, 14 April 2017

SUMMER SCENTS FROM YANKEE CANDLE


Hi lovelies! As seems to be the usual for Bank Holiday weekends in the UK, we're off to a pretty grey and gloomy start. So, to make my house feel at least a little more summery, I've been burning this gorgeous candle from Yankee Candle's new Summer Collection 'Viva Havana', a range of scents inspired by the capital of Cuba. I'm super into candles during the winter and am constantly burning warm cinnamon and sweet vanilla scents, but like puppies, candles are not just for Christmas! Fresh, fruity scents and pretty florals are just perfect to make your home smell like gorgeous sunny days, despite grey skies outside!

This particular scent 'Delicious Guava'* is pretty much the most perfect fruity scented candle I've ever come across. Sometimes fruity scents can be a bit overpowering and overly sweet, but this is just the right amount of sweet and sharp, making it a lovely fresh scent. It's described as 'A rush of sunny tropical guava with a hints of sea musk and malted sugar for an exotic and luscious sweet treat'. Like a perfume, I love when a candle has a few different 'notes' and makes for a slightly more complex scent.

As with all Yankee Candles, this has burned really well so far, burning right to the edges and evenly as it burns down. The scent it gives off is just strong enough and smells gorgeous as you walk into the room, but isn't overwhelming. This is only scent I've tried from the new range, but if this is anything to go by, I'd definitely recommend checking them out when they're released. As well as this scent, the range has three other scents; 'Viva Havana', which is a mixture of sandalwood and spices, 'Cuban Mojito', definitely next on my list, a mint and lime scent and 'Tobacco Flower' which is a blend of cedar wood, ginger, bamboo leaf and jasmine.

The Viva Havana range will be available on the Yankee Candle website from 1st May 2017.


*This product was gifted to me, however this is not a sponsored post. As always all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

BARGAIN SUMMER STAPLES FROM PRIMARK

Hi lovelies! Today, I wanted to share with you all a few bits and bobs that I've picked up in Primark lately. I think this summer has some of my favourite trends ever and while I love to invest in key pieces, I love bargain when it comes to more trendy fashion items that will not necessarily be on trend forever.
First of all, the embroidery trend. At first I wasn't sure but now I want ALL OF THE THINGS. I'm still hunting down the perfect pair of embroidered jeans but for now, this adorable little bag gives my outfits that cute 90s feel. This was just £7 and is also available in nude pink. Because this bag is black and a pretty decent size, I feel like I'm going to get a lot of use out of it. I also feel like I can really make the most out of the trend with this as I can use this bag over and over again, whereas I may not wear an embroidered dress or shirt many times before the trend fizzles out.
Another thing that seems to be everywhere at the moment is wire framed, mirrored sunglasses and for only £3, I couldn't leave these in the shop! As they're quite a fun shape, they're mirrored and they're rose gold, I wouldn't have wanted to spend too much on them, so finding some as inexpensive as this is just fab. Primark has a huge range of sunnies right now so I suggest you get down there asap if you're after a new pair for a bargain price!

Possibly my favourite trend of all time is Bardot style, off the shoulder tops. I wear them constantly in the summer so I love when they're all over the shops! They have this blue and white striped one at the moment for just £6 and it's available in several colours and prints. The material is nice a flowy and cool and the style is super flattering. I've already bought this is two colours and I'm hoping they'll bring out more of the same!

Finally, I'm not sure if it's a trend right now or not, but I'm loving high waisted everything and I just couldn't not mention these high waisted shorts. They're just £10 and I've got them in light blue denim and black as shown above. For reference, I'm wearing a size 6 and I'm about 5ft 5. What I love about these is that they actually cover my entire bum. They're nice and short and tight fitting, but there is NO butt-cheek on show. I am not into showing off my bum in public and it it stupidly hard to find shorts that keep you covered so these made me want to sing with joy when I put them on. They're a super soft, comfy denim too and don't feel tight or uncomfortable at all which is fab! I love the look of high waisted shorts with crop tops in the summer so I'm sure I'll get a ton of wear out of these! Side note, the top I have on in this pic is also Primark and was just £3! 

What do you think?

What's your fave summer trend? Have you picked up any bargains from Primark lately?

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Monday, 27 March 2017

DOGGIE DENTAL HYGIENE: PEDIGREE DENTASTIX

Hi lovelies! If you've followed my blog or social media accounts for any length of time, you'll know I'm a huge dog lover and my Chihuahua, Belle, is my absolute world! So, when the lovely people at Pedigree got in touch as asked if they could send Belle some Dentastix to try, I was super excited! These aren't just tasty treats for our favourite little fluffy babies to enjoy though, they actually help with a very important part of caring for our pets.

Dental hygiene is something we take very seriously ourselves but can often be overlooked when it comes to our dogs, however, without properly caring for their teeth and gums, dogs can can develop dental diseases. This is obviously bad enough on it's own as they'll suffer from soreness, rotting teeth and gums and bad breath, but the bacteria from these diseases can also enter the dogs bloodstream and damage their liver, heart or kidneys, which is super scary! Of course, brushing your dogs teeth is a very effective way of keeping them plaque free, however using Pedigree Dentastix daily has been proven to reduce tartar build up by up to 80%! As you can tell from these pictures, Belle absolutely loves them as she just treats it like any other treat! I notice as well that when she eats these, she really does use her whole mouth, this is down to the X-shape, meaning it gets right into her teeth and gums and helps to scrape off any nasties that are building up! I like that these take her a lot longer to eat than most other treats too, meaning she's unintentionally taking a good amount of time to really clean those pearly whites!

When it comes to cleaning your dogs teeth otherwise, it's best to start early, when Belle was a tiny puppy, we bought her some doggie toothpaste (never use regular toothpaste, it's poisonous to dogs!), and a toothbrush. We were told by the vets to use toothbrushes made for dogs or a very soft children's toothbrush. Letting the dog lick the toothpaste off your finger at first to get used to the taste (though usually they're meat flavoured and they love them anyway!), then slowly introduce them to the toothbrush. Gradually touching their mouths a little more day by day also helps them get used to your fingers being around their mouthes, meaning they won't feel the need to bite down when you try to put a toothbrush in there! Persistence and being gentle is key when it comes to this, perhaps giving your dog a little brush time, followed by lots of praise (and maybe a dentastix treat!) when they've done good will soon teach your dog that brush time is fun time!

Do you have any dental hygiene tips for dogs? Does your dog love dentastix as much as Belle? Let me know!

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Friday, 10 March 2017

HEALTHY HAIR MUST HAVES


Hi lovelies! As many of you will know, I'm getting married this year, so with my Wedding day approaching, I've been doing all I can to grow out my hair. Of course, growing your hair one thing, but growing longer and healthier is another story all together. So, today, I wanted to share with you all a few things that I've been doing and products I've been using that have been helping my hair to grow longer and stronger.

A Good Quality Hairdryer
High quality hair tools are essential, a hair dryer like the Panasonic hair dryer above is much better for your hair as it has a 'healthy mode', which drys your hair quickly to avoid excessive use of heat on the hair. Dryers that use special technology to reduce heat damage really are worth the investment in my opinion, as if you have a good quality hair dryer that dries your hair quickly and leaves it looking healthy and smooth, there's less need for extra heat from other appliances. This one in particular is on my wishlist at the moment and is definitely worth checking out if you're serious about upping your hair-care game!

Regular Trims
Possibly the most important step in trying to grow your hair longer and healthier is getting it trimmed regularly. It sound counterproductive, but until December last year, I was only getting my hair trimmed every 12 weeks or sometimes even longer and despite the not very regular cuts, it was taking a seriously long time to get any longer! This was because by the time I went to get it cut again, the ends were so split and broken that whatever new length I had had to be chopped off! Hair that is trimmed little and often appears to grow faster because the ends are kept looking healthier, split, straggly ends can actually make your hair appear shorter! My hairdresser only cuts off a bare minimum, but as I have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks now, it has time to grow an inch or so, so having half an inch cut off each time means that I am slowly but surely getting towards my goal of super long, swishy mermaid hair. I should also mention that it is important to get a hairdresser that will be honest with what you need, but also listens to what you want, a scissor happy hairdresser that lops off 3 inches every time you go will not help if you're trying to grow out your hair!

Softer Hairbands
I think this is one that is really quite overlooked as I know I definitely did before! I'm not really one for tying my hair up too often, so whenever I did, I'd grab whichever hairband I could find without too much thought about it. However, tight, harsh hairbands can do serious damage to your hair, they cause friction which can eventually snap and break your hair. Scrunchies like the one above can seriously help to reduce damage to your hair (and they look super cute and retro too!). Especially if you tie your hair up to go to bed, switching to a hairband that's softer and more gentle on your hair is much better and will dramatically reduce damage.

Hair Oil & Serum
I've found a new love for hair oil and serums recently and this has made a huge difference to my hair. I use Macadamia oil on my hair to keep dry, split ends at bay and just a little bit every time I wash and dry my hair has been making my hair feel a lot better, which in turn makes it look better. This along with a little serum makes my hair look and feel smoother and healthier, which I find means I use less heat. No product can actually repair damaged hair, however, when your hair looks and feels dry and frizzy, it's easy to use too much heat trying to style it, so products like this really help to keep your hair more manageable.

Sulphate Free Shampoo
I've also switched to sulphate free shampoos lately and I think that it's made the world of difference. My hairdresser told me that sulphates are also in washing up liquid and help to cut through the grease on dirty dishes, which sounds pretty harsh for your hair if you ask me! I've tried a couple of different ones and don't have a paricular favourite yet, but I'm certain my hair has actually been growing faster since using the sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. It's also softer and much less falls out in the shower. The actual growth could be a coincidence but I've definitely noticed a difference in the condition of my hair since I've thrown out the harsher products so I'd thoroughly recommend going sulphate free!

Less Frequent Washing
On the topic of washing our hair, this one does prove the most challenging for many of us, but washing your hair less frequently absolutely makes all the difference in the overall condition of your hair. Washing your hair too often strips your hair of its natural oils leaving it dry and prone to breakage. I tend to wash mine every other day or every three days if I can. I used to think I had to wash my hair every day, but in doing this I trained my hair to get oilier faster as it was trying to quickly restore the natural oils that I was constantly stripping out. Over time, my hair has almost got 'used to' being washed less often and I'm in the process of trying to stretch it out so I can go to every third day rather than every other day. In doing this, dry shampoo is an absolute life saver. I only really use Batiste as I find it feels the lightest on my hair. I know some people dislike dry shampoo, but I think if you use it sparingly, it's much better than over-washing!

So, that's it! Those are my tips for healthier hair, I don't claim to be a hair expert as I'm sure you can tell, but this is what I've been doing and what's worked for me!

What are your top tips for healthier hair? I'd love to know!

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

KAT VON D SHADE AND LIGHT EYESHADOW QUADS


Hi lovelies! I said in my last post that from now on, im only going to write about products that I truly want to write about, whether that be because I think they're really great or a bit shit. This time though we don't need to worry about the latter as I'm going to do a little review of some new love's from Kat Von D. In today's post I'll be showing you two of the Shade and Light Eyeshadow quads and let me warn you, you may not want to read on if you're trying to save your money!

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