Friday, 1 September 2017

The Ultimate Festival Checklist: What To Pack For Bestival

It’s Bestival next week and as you can probably tell I’ll be heading there this year - and I’m so blooming excited. I love writing festival content every year but this year, usually my favourite beauty products to take with me... but this year I’ve decided to take it a step further to write my ultimate festival checklist for girls.

I remember when I bought my first tickets to a festival where you actually had to camp – Glastonbury, in fact, you’ll probably remember from this VLOG, and I cannot tell you the amount of times I googled a billion different phrases to work out what on earth I should be taking with me. And for someone that hadn’t put up a tent or camped before, I pretty much had nothing to go on. That’s why after a couple of years of going, I feel like I’ve worked out the ultimate festival checklist for what you should take, but if I’ve forgotten anything – please do drop me a tweet or let me know in the comments  - I will thank you forever. Also, please excuse my excessive beauty list. I don’t pack light – not even for a festival, as much as I might try to.

Beauty Essentials

  • Your usual makeup bag filled with your favourites

The first year I went to a festival I skipped out on some makeup favourites in fear I’d loose or ruin them but I missed them too much, so just take what you want to take. It can be replaced if it REALLY has to be. Essentials coming with me include my new favourite base, the IT Cosmetics CC Cream for a flaweless but natural coverage with SPF,  the perfect natural matte lip – the Lancome Matte Lip Shaker in Energy Peach and my new favourite KIKO lippy from theirFALL 2.0 range in Rosetto

  • Additional makeup – bold colours, brights, sparkles...

I like to add in a few makeup bits that I wouldn’t necessarily wear on a day to day basis. I like to play with my makeup when I’m at a festival so like to make sure I have a few bits to play with. For eyes the Makeup Revolution Acid Brights palette is perfect for adding a pop of colour. I adore the Barry M Metallic Lip Kits for this too. Each kit comes with a lip liner and liquid lipstick and they last for so long which is key for festival season. There are so many stunning shades, but I think Prestige a gorgeous burgundy and 24 Carat, a golden copper might just be my favourites.

  • Glitter and glitter glue 

This one is key this year. The glitter trend seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year, so don’t go without it. It’s your chance to get as sparkly as you want. Grab a mixture, Barry M do great fine glitters like their Glitter Rush Body Glitters or their Fine Glitter Dusts. They have an incredible shade range – I’m obsessed with Moonstone and Enchanted Forest. If you’re after something a little chunkier, then I’d recommend getting your hands on the Beauty Blvd Star Dust sets, they each come with a stunning glitter mix, a fixer gel and a brush to apply it with – great if you’re looking just to pick up one. Otherwise Ebay absolutely kills it. You don’t usually know about the quality until it arrives but if quantity is what your after for not much expense then your in the right place. If you want to add a little more glitter into your makeup look itself then the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are perfect. They apply like nothing else and last all day long. 

  • Coloured hair sprays 

I love to add a little colour to my blonde ends while I’m at a festival if I’ve got the chance. The Schwarzkopf blush sprays are perfect for adding a pastel hue to the hair before you go when you use shampoo and conditioner your hair or if you’re after something a little shimmery, the Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup is perfect – plus they have it in rose gold, and rose gold everything is always great. If you’re looking for something a little more natural though, EVERPRObeauty have a great range of blonde and brunette shades to keep your hair looking fresh and vibrant while away.

  • Spare nail polish and file

For nails I swear by getting gel or shellac done before you go, but pack a polish with you for any last minute touch ups. You want good nails and this is the best way. I am obsessed with the ESSIE polish in 503 right now. For gels however, I’ll be heading along to London Grace salon to get one of their glitter gel manis before I go.

  • Hairbrush 

Get something portable like the Tangle Teezer or a fold away Denman brush. I can’t live without my Tangle Teezer though... 

  • Dry Shampoo

A festival essential. Do not forget it. This year I’ll be bringing along the TIGI Catwalk Dry Shampoo – it gives volume and keeps my hair looking fresh at the same time. 

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

I adore taking a Sonic Chic Toothbrush with me. It comes with a lid and is battery powered and works perfectly for cleaning teeth at the campsite.

  • Wipes

A key festival purchase for keeping fresh when camping. I usually grab a mixture – the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes are great, as are just generic baby wipes. Ladies, pick up a pack of the Fem Fresh wipes too, they usually come in mini packs with a printed festival design on. 

  • Deodorant, body spray and perfume

Anything to keep you fresh and smelling good. Whatever is your favourite works.

  • Mini skincare items  

It’s super important to look after my skin as much as I can when I’m at a festival. With all the drinking and eating, I like to do what I can. I will be packing a Mini Garnier Micellar Water, the Mini Liz Earle Try MeKit which includes a few of my all-time skincare favourites including the Cleanse and Polish and Eye Bright. I’ll also be bringing the Nip & Fab Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing pads for a skin boost. For a boost in the morning though, I love using the Merci Handy Refreshing Face Mist.

  • Lip balm

Keeping your lips hydrated while sleeping often in the cold is super important. I adore the Liz Earle Superskin Lip Balm at the moment. It’s small and works perfectly.

  • Hand sanitiser

This one is super important. You want it to be portable and you want it to work as there isn’t usually any hand washing facilities at festivals. I adore the Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

  • SPF

This is super important, even if you don’t think it’s that sunny. Pop some on at the start of the day and keep a small one on your person while you’re wondering around. My favourite for this is the Elizabeth ArdenEight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Protection Stick.

  • First aid kit

Stuff this with plasters, ibuprofen, berocca and hayfever tablets.

  • Insect Repellent

If you’re camping in a field or near a woods, it’s a good bet to bring this with you unless you want to be bitten alive.

  • Razor
Get rid of any unwanted fuzz quickly. I swear by the Gilette Venus Snap Razor as it comes in a handy case. 

  • Hair ties and grips
For tying back your hair when you can't physically keep it down anymore... 

  • Cotton pads/buds
For removing your makeup at the end of the day or sorting out any makeup mistakes.

  • Mirror
I like to bring a big travel mirror. Getting ready in the morning is fun so I like to have a good mirror to see what I'm doing with. 

General Festival Essentials

  • Tickets
Do not forget these...

  • Portable phone chargers
An essential. I always bring a few so I can keep taking snaps and find my friends when needed without having to worry about running low on battery. 

  • ID
For buying drinks etc. 

  • Money/bank card
For food, drinks and god knows what else.

  • Phone/Camera

 You want to remember it, no matter how many drinks you have... 

Camping Essentials

  • Tent

I like to go for a pop up tent for ease. I’d just recommend making sure it’s definitely waterproof if you’re going to a music festival in the UK and also make sure it’s big enough, because you need to fit your stuff in there too. 

  • Sleeping bag & travel pillow
You can get away with the travel pillow if you don't have the room. Just use clothes, but if you can find the space for a pillow lover like me, it really does make the difference. 

  • Inflatable mattress and electric pump
Again something you can go without if you really don't have the space but it really helps with getting a good nights sleep. 

  • Camping chair

Trust me on this one, I know it just seems like another thing to carry but having a chair to sit in is the best thing when your camping.

  • Light/torches
For seeing what your doing in your tent without losing precious battery on your phone.

  • Rubber mallet
This makes putting the pegs into the ground so much easier and quicker. 

  • Bin bags and Gaffa tape

This is perfect for anything, they will come in handy.

  • Trolley

These are incredibly useful for carrying heavy booze but also your too-big tent. If the floor is dry you can just drag it along, so helpful. If it’s super wet however, that’s just another story...

Fashion Essentials

  • Enough outfits for the time your there & accessories
Bring a few extra tops etc. too just in case. Also think about layers. Bring jackets, jumpers and cardigans etc to keep warm at night. 

  • Rain coat

Especially if you’re going to be in England

  • Wellies and wellie socks
Don't forget the socks, if you don't have long socks your wellies will rub and they will be a nightmare. I have a cheap pair of wellies if the weather is that constant rain and the mud literally goes up to your knees. If you can get away with something shorter though, I love my Blundstone's. They're super comfortable and I love how similar they look to my usual Chelsea Boots. 

  • Bikini

If you need to use the showers etc.

  • Sunglasses
For when your praying for some sun... Your outside all day long so likely (or hopefully) you will need a pair

  • Pyjamas and sleep mask/ear plugs if needed
Depending on how easily you get to sleep it depends on how much you'll need all of this, I'm good with sound but will definitely bring along my favourite Iluminage Eye Mask. 

  • Small backpack or bum bag

 Big enough to put all your stuff in for the day but small enough to actually carry around. 

Food and Drink Essentials

  • Snacks

Anything from crisps to cereal bars or brioche buns. Anything that is likely not to get too crushed but will keep you going when your at your campsite. Cream crackers for hangovers are a god send too.

  • Alcohol

In cans or plastic. Whatever your choice, just decant it if needed. If you go for wine or a spirit and mixer make sure to bring plastic cups or bottles to decant it into. 

  • Chewing gum/mints
For staying fresh. Essential. 

 And that's it.... Well, it's pretty much all I can think of anyway. I just wanted to say a little thank you to Push Doctor for sending me a brilliant package that inspired this post. Usually I just chuck a load of stuff into a bag and don't really think about making a physical list for others to read. They didn't sponsor this, they just sent a tonne of stuff that reminded me about what on earth I actually should be bringing with me. So that being said, you don't NEED to take all of this, it's just what I like to bring with me. I'm sure I've probably forgotten a few things too, so please let me know if you can think of anything! 

What are your festival essentials? 


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Shampoo & Conditioner Brand That Always Get It Right

Shampoo and conditioner isn't something I always think about. I am always trying out something new  but rarely do I think about what I have loved and what I haven't but lately I've noticed one brand always in my shower as they just get it right every single time - and to prove that, I use every single one up until the end! Hello empties. 

OGX Beauty are the hair care brand in question. They have a huge range of shampoo and conditioner duos that hero a different ingredient to target a specific concern. I have used so many and I have adored using each range. They smell incredible and make my hair feel like nothing else does - the best bit though? It's so budget friendly that you don't have to break the bank for great hair. The range is available on the high street (in Boots, Superdrug etc.) and are £6.99 each - they often go on offer though, so keep your eyes peeled for those. 

Favourites include the Coconut Water range as it smells incredible and isn't too heavy on my hair. It hydrates my hair so well but is still light enough to not way it down. The Coconut Milk range (pictured) is also incredible for that reason - it's a little more hydrating though so if you need an extra boost, I'd definitely opt for this one. If you love a floral scent, you need to try the Tsubaki Blossom range. This leaves my hair so soft, in fact potentially the softest of the all of the ranges. It blends Japanese Tsubaki blossom with bamboo oil to create a 'petal-soft' texture on the hair and that it does. 

In the summer, my favourite range to use is the Sea Mineral Moisture range. I adore it for when I've been out in the sun all day or at the beach especially, as it gets super dry and the texture of it goes completely wrong. If I can I'll use this one as it turns my brittle hair super soft and back to normal - and it smells perfect for summer holidays and reminds me of the beach. 

Generally, I rotate a lot of them just to give a new one a go as they all leave my hair feeling incredible - and as they're so budget friendly you don't have to worry about trying several too much. Other favourites include the Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength and Keratin Oil. Put it this way, I've never tried one that I haven't liked.... 

Have you tried OGX? Which are your favourites from the range? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The 'In Between' Salon Solution You Need To Try

Image credit - @EVERPRObeauty

When it comes to haircare, I look for things that are quick and instant and my hair colour goes alongside that. Never have I coloured the entirety of my hair for the lack of options to tide me over during those 'in between' times when I can't get to the salon (or don't want to pay for it so soon!). Hence my constant choice for the classic ombre or balayage. Put it this way, never have I needed a trip to the salon more. I'm a procrastinator and that's what leaves me with stupidly long hair with damaged ends, really needing a bit of love - and my lack of adventure when it comes to my hair colour. 

When I first heard about the brand EVERPRObeauty and their innovative products I was incredibly impressed - and went straight to my Mum to tell her the news. She had used similar products before but hadn't ever found one that worked well enough so I knew she'd be excited, which is why I had to write this feature as I'm sure a lot of you out there are in the same position. She dyes her hair on the regular and struggles with her roots coming through. I remember when she used to dye her hair blonder, but now she goes for something a little darker, it's the greys that she really struggles with.

If you too struggle with the same and need a temporary root touch-up solution, read on... You NEED this product range in your life. 

EVERPRObeauty is a small but extremely targeted range of haircare products. The range gives blondes and brunettes a way to instantly cover up roots and greys - and it really is just that, instant. Each of the two colour lines - ZERO GREY and BACK2BLONDE have a spray formula, the Temporary Root Concealer Spray and a powder formula, the Temporary Magnetic Touch-up Powder. Each also come in three shades - but these cover much further than that due to the Self-Adjusting Colour Technology embedded in the product. 

I know, I know - I usually roll my eyes at these claims too but you can literally see it when you look at the product, especially the powder as you can see it directly in the compact. It glistens in the light and it is filled with different tones, which makes it incredibly natural when applied to the hair - and the spray is the same.

My Mum swears by the ZERO GREY range to cover up her roots and now uses it all the time.I'd recommend getting your hands on both of the products for your shade as they are so budget friendly. But if you want to try one out first, give the powder a go - the adorable compact is my favourite as it comes with a mirror and applicator sponge in the packaging but it's still super portable. 

This really is one of those problems that I have never seen a 'fix' for be done well, but I adore this and for my Mum to love it really is saying something! 

The full range is available on Superdrug here

Monday, 19 June 2017

Oily Skin SOS

Struggling with oily skin? So was the skincare tester I've recruited to do a bit of testing for me. When a skin concern comes up against you in full force, generally it can be blooming hard to know what to do. That's where my SOS series comes in. I'm delving in deep to skincare concerns to let you know what are the best products out there to combat your concern. First up: oily skin. 

The best cleansers for oily skin

I'm a self-confessed skincare junkie, so I often like to have a few cleanser options to give me choice when it comes to cleansing in the morning or evening. My tester and I have narrowed down 5 of the best.

Yes, it's expensive but everything about it makes it worthwhile. If you like a cream cleanser but want something with a bit more "oomph", then this is definitely going to be your cup of tea. Launched in February, this cleanser detoxifies, purifies and has anti-microbial properties. It's filled with one of Omorivicza's most effective (and unique) ingredients - their Hungarian Moor mud which is best known for its skin-perfecting properties as it's used within several products in the range. So if you're already a big Omorovicza fan like I am, then chances are you'll love this for that reason only. 

The mud works to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, and the essential oils also included in the cleanser hydrate and soothe. Just because you have oily skin doesn't mean you need to steer completely clear of oil and hydration! This cleanser helps to reduce the oil alongside your pore size - if that's something you're struggling with too while also leaving your skin feeling revitalised and refreshed.  If the price is a problem, pick it up as a treat and keep it as your cleanser for when you really need a skin boost or for special occasions. 

If you love a foaming action - or the rest of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range then you're going to love this. It's a gentle, gel-based cleanser that deeply cleans the skin and is the perfect start to your skincare regime - both in the morning and in the evening. It leaves skin feeling oil-free but without stripping the skin at all. 

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser, £18 for 150ml

Another cleanser for the foam lovers out there. This gel cleanser from Aveda is formulated for normal to oily skin and works in a very similar way to the LRP one I mentioned before. If you don't always struggle with oily skin then this could be a good option to go for. It's gentle, and removes makeup and cleanses the skin so well. Ingredients include Vitamin E, coconut, chamomile, lavender and rosemary that works to protect the skin from damaging free radicals and soothe the skin at the same time. 

Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel, £10.50 for 200ml

Another foaming gel option - and this one is especially great if you also suffer from acne/blemishes alongside oil. This cleanser is soap-free and non-comedogenic and is designed to be used on the problematic areas of your skin and body. It's patented with Fluidactiv® sebum-correcting complex and this makes sure that the sebum is a better quality on the skin which reduces breakouts.

Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, £21

First things first, I adore the bright and bold packaging of this cleanser from Ole Henriksen. Much like all of the other Ole Henriksen product packaging actually. It's beautiful! This cleanser is designed for acne prone and oily skin and for use at both morning and night. It's filled with aloe vera to heal the skin, chamomile to soothe and the other ingredients each have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties. This is a 360-degree cleanser and you'll really notice the difference. 

The best toners for oily skin

Following on from the Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, this toner is the perfect second step in your skincare routine. Again with the same, bright and bold packaging, this facial water is quickly spritzed onto the skin and it reduces shine and refreshes skin giving it a natural glow - without the excess oil. If you need a boost throughout the day, give this a spritz over your makeup for a skin boost.

The best moisturisers for oily skin

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, £18

This Moisturiser from Clinique is an oil-free take on the infamous (and personal favourite of mine) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser. It's a gel based hydrator that is light on the skin but hydrates while removing excess oil and leaving skin smooth and comfortable. It works perfectly for day and night. 

Bioderma Sebuim Moisturising Mattifying Fluid, £11.50

If you're after something that's more directly mattifying and a cream-gel texture over the gel specific hydrator then this is a good bet especially if you struggle with acne or blemishes- or are a fan of the Bioderma cleanser I mentioned earlier in this feature. This is a small tube, but a little goes a long way so don't worry about that. It's perfect if your skin is really on the worst end of the spectrum. 

Voya Even Pure Light Calming Moisturiser, £53

This 95% certified organic moisturiser, albeit expensive, is really lovely. It's light and calming as the name says but it's the fact that it still hydrates my skin that is the reason this moisturiser has got me hook, line and sinker. Not only that, but it replenishes the skin with the essential vitamins, minerals and hydration leaving the skin perfectly balanced, reducing sebum along the way. This is a perfect hydrator, if you don't want to overload your skin with a heavy cream. 

Institut Esthederm Intensive Propolis Cream, £33

If you struggle with oily, acne-prone skin - you need to give this moisturiser ago. It's highly concentrated and while hydrating and working as a moisturiser, it also works as an antiseptic to heal and decongest the skin. It soothes and actively eliminates the bacteria flora on the surface on the skin. 

My boyfriend's favourite facial SPF, the Effeclar Duo [+] SPF 30 really does live up to the hype. This hydrator has all of the benefits of the cult favourite, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo but with added SPF. It's perfect for this time of year and doesn't overload the skin but protects from sun damage and pollution - a must for busy London life!

The best face masks for oily skin

Roger & Gallet Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask, £17

I absolutely adore the packaging of the Roger & Gallet skincare - it's so beautiful. Packaging aside, the product inside most definitely doesn't disappoint either. This cleansing mask can be used on all skin tones but with its 95% natural ingredients, it works perfectly on oily skin too. It removes makeup, detoxifies the skin while adding radiance. It's perfect for a deep cleanse at the end of a busy day! 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask, £24

The name pretty much says it all. If you're struggling with blemishes and oil at the same time, this is the perfect pampering product for healing blemishes, preventing breakouts and keeping the skin shine-free. It's a clay based mask and is perfect for a deep pore cleanse.

La Roche Posay Unclogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Anti-Shine Mask, £13

La Roche Posay absolutely nails it with every skincare launch. This face mask is specifically targeted at oily, spot and blackhead-prone skin. It deeply cleanses the skin and unclogs pores while controlling the shine. If I can get my boyfriend to use a face mask, it's this one as the clay mask is so effective on his oil-prone skin. LRP has done it again! 

The best budget skincare range for oily skin

The Body Shop is a brand I constantly rave about on here. Virtually everything I've ever tried from them I have loved and it's a brand that has very much taken me through the years. I have mentioned a few times that I worked in store when I was a lot younger and that was most definitely one of the reasons my love of beauty expanded and my knowledge of products extended. The Body Shop's seaweed range has always been one of their best ranges. I've only ever heard good things - including when I worked in store. Everyone loved it and that hasn't changed. There are quite a lot of products in the range, so it could be worth popping in-store to have a play, but here are the products we recommend. 

This cleanser is oil-free and soap-free making it perfect to combat your problematic oily skin. The gel-based cleanser is mineral rich and cleanses deeply leaving your skin shine-free but also super refreshed. It's incredibly affordable, I love the new packaging and it really does everything it needs to. 

After cleansing, this oil balancing toner works additionally to cleanse impurities and refresh the skin. It's alcohol-free so not stripping but works to rebalance the skin and keep the oil at bay. 

A lot of people I know that have oily skin say that the night is the worst. If they don't use something overnight to combat the oil, then they're starting the day with a problem that only gets worse throughout the day. This overnight treatment from The Body Shop is applied after toning and is left on overnight, much like you would a night cream or moisturiser. It feels light on the skin - not like some overnight masks. It's not drying but clears up the oil and is little goes a long way so the product will last well. 

What products are your oily skin saviours? 

Lorna x

This post features products gifted to me and affiliate links, but as always all views are my own

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The best candles for your home

I feel like I write here too often that I'm obsessed with a certain thing. In fact, I'm currently drafting a skincare post alongside this candle feature and I've already written about my skincare obsession in that one but when starting this feature, it felt so natural to begin it by expressing my love of candles (and subsequently my candle obsession). There's just something about them that gets me. From the packaging, usually super luxurious to the scents themselves. 

There are so many candles out there - from brands, to scents and packaging that gives me the "gotta catch em all" kind of vibe which is where my hoarding comes into play. I wouldn't even want to know how many candles I have stashed in my current home. I'm moving next month, so I'm using it as an excuse as I'll need to fill a whole flat with them and not just my bedroom in my current shared house. Put it this way, if I look around my room right now, I can see 13 - and that's not including the ones I know are stashed away in other hidden places.  I just blooming love them. 

My favourite thing is trying out a new candle and with that, I've very much tried most of them out there so I know which are the best to pick up. From luxury to affordable and from enormous to mini, here are my candle picks. Get yourself a cuppa tea, I can feel a long one coming on. 

Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf Home Candle, £44

Jo Malone candles are probably one of the candles I get the most excited about and ever since I first smelt the Green Tomato Leaf scent I have been in love. I'd heard great things, but you don't really know if it's going to be for you until you really give it a smell for yourself. This scent is fresh, fruity, earthy and so clean. I absolutely adore it - it's my current favourite day time scent. If you've tried a Jo Malone candle before, then you'll know about the incredible quality - but if you don't, the burn quality, scent pay off and packaging make the price so worthwhile. 

"Glasshouse tomatoes. Earthy, leafy and full of sunshine. Crisp with stem-green galbanum. Lively with artemesia, fruity with cassis, resting on a cushion of moss. Tangy and evocative."

Timothy Dunn Tiger Eye Home Candle, £36

If you're a candle fan, chances are you're always on the hunt for a new home fragrance brand and if you've not tried it yet, Timothy Dunn is the one. Their candles are so luxurious and the scents are different to what I've tried before. My absolute favourite is Tiger Eye. It comes in beautiful luxurious black packaging and feels like an absolute treat. It's quite a grown up scent and actually was one of the first I got my hands on since my Yankee Candle Apple candle days. Its warming and I adore burning this in the evening. The quality is amazing and I'm feeling the need to pick up a new scent as they all sound amazing!

Top notes: Orange Blossom, Petitgrain, Jasmine
Heart notes: Lily, Cyclamen, Sandalwood
Base notes: Vanilla, Amberwood, Patchouli

Cochine Saigon Scented Candle in Vietnamese Rose & Delentii, £45

The thing that first gets me about the Cochine Saigon candles is the beautiful packaging. It's a metallic silver glass candle and feels so so luxurious. I fell in love with this brand for the luxurious packaging and it's what's kept me going back to the candle I've got in my stash time and time again. I've got the Vietnamese Rose & Delentii scent and although it is nice, and I can appreciate it it's not really my cup of tea completely. I adore it for the packaging but this scent is not very me. If you love rose, you'll love this but if not I'd suggest giving one of the others a go. I am already eyeing up the other candles in the range, especially Vanille & Tabac Noir, Juniper & Ginger and Tuberose & Wild Fig - as I need to get this beautiful packaging in some other scents. Perhaps I could pick them up as a new house treat? 

Top notes: Rose, Bergamot
Heart notes: Violet, Rosewood
Base notes: Delentii

Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien Candle, £45

Again for this one, it was the packaging that got me. The branded gold embossing on the candle glass has an incredibly luxurious feel which is what I absolutely love. The scent of the candle is incredible. It's citrus-esque but with a slight spice it. It burns beautifully and 

Top notes: Sicilian Lemon, Grapefruit
Heart notes: Citron, Green Mandarin, Ylang Ylang
Base notes: Cypress, Bergamot

Liz Earle Eucalyptus and Rosemary Botanical Candle, £40

Liz Earle has been one of my favourite beauty brands for many years. In fact, probably since around the time I actually started getting into beauty and blogging. I fell in love with their Cleanse and Polish  ad have subsequently fallen in love with everything else I've ever tried from them since - candle included. The Eucalyptus and Rosemary candle is incredible. It has great scent pay off and if you love a clean, fresh scent this is perfect for you. It's inspired by the botanicals in the Cleanse and Polish, so if you love that then you'll probably love this. This one is going straight in my bathroom in my new place and I can't wait to find it a spot and relax in the bath with it burning.  

Top notes: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Birch, Cypress, Pine Needle, Black Pepper
Heart notes: Amber
Base notes: Patchouli, Vetiver

this works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £25

I've got into the routine of burning a specific scented candle in the evening before bed, and this is one of those. The calming scent really relaxes me before bed - especially when paired with their pillow mist. It's on the affordable side of the candle spectrum which is great considering I pretty much burn this every night. It's simple with its white packaging and looks perfect in the bedroom. It's a little sexier than the usual lavender-esque sleep candle. which makes for a nice change and is probably why I love it so much. 

Notes: Lavender, Chamomile 

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle, £38

Again, like the this works candle, this is one of my other pre-sleep candle go-to's. If you love the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath oil scent, you'll love this. It's intense on the relaxing front and is my favourite if I need calming down or if I've had a long day. It's luxurious, I adore the brand and my love of their products doesn't stop here. 

Notes: West Indian Bay, Myrrh

Orla Kiely Geranium Scented Candle, £25

I have loved Orla Kiely candles for so long. As a self-confessed big fan of Orla Kiely in general I had always dreamed of owning some of their pieces and in fact I think the now discontinued, Orla Kiely Rhubarb candle was one of my first, if not the first luxurious home fragrance buys I got my hands on. I fell in love with the beautiful Orla Kiely designed glass on the candle and that is what keeps me going back every time. Their packaging is iconic and their candles don't disappoint either. The one I got recently is the Geranium scent and it's beautiful. A little girlier, but fresh and a go-to day time scent for me at the moment. 

Notes: White Geranium, Eucalyptus and Clary Sage

Mini Moderns Paisley Crescent Candle, £24

Again, much like the Orla Kiely candles it's the unique design of the Mini Moderns candles that made me fall in love with them. The Paisley candle not only has a beautiful bold design but it smells incredible. It's a little more on the masculine side compared to some of my other favourites but that's why I love it so much. It's warming and so beautiful. Even my boyfriend loves it. 
If you're a gin fan or are after something a bit fresher, you need to smell the Mini Moderns Pavilion Candle, £24 - its light and fresh and so delicious and will be right up your street. 

Notes: Jasmine, Orange blossom and hints of Cardamom

Neom Happiness Scented Candle (3 Wicks), £45

Neom candles are some of my all time favourites and in fact, I couldn't even tell you when they first came into my life. I've had many Neom candles as generally they are some of the best I've ever burnt (plus they have great customer service if you have any problems)! Their scent range is always on pointbut my current obsession is the Happiness scent. It relaxes me but it's so uplifting at the same time. It boosts my mood and there's just something about the three wick candles that get me excited in their own right. 

Another of my favourites from the brand is the Neom Christmas Wish Candle (3 Wicks), £45. It's not currently available but it's been out for the last two years and is the best festive candle I've tried. Yes, I have a stock of it. Yes, I have two already stashed away for Christmas this year and yes, I can't wait to burn them. 

"A dew-carpeted garden on a fresh spring morning. A sparkling blend of white neroli, mimosa and lemon is combined with natural fresh grass notes to create a scent evocative of the awakening of spring."

Yankee Candle Linden Tree Small Jar Candle, £8.99

When it comes to Yankee Candle's, I hate to pick which is why I love their small jar candles. They are affordable and you can pick up a few to see which is your favourite before purchasing one of the larger ones. At the moment my favourite is definitely the Linden Tree scent as it smells like freshly washed clothes or a fresh summers day. If you're looking for a few others to pick up, I'd recommend the Yankee Candle Wild Mint scent or the Yankee Candle Cherry Blossom scent. 

Top notes: Hosta Leaves, Linden Blossom
Heart notes: Viburnum 
Base notes: Musk, Cedarwood

What are your favourite candles?

Lorna x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Happy 20th Birthday KIKO

KIKO is one of the best budget beauty brands out there. Not only is it incredibly affordable but the quality of the products are always on point. They are celebrating 20 years since launching and are doing so with seven limited edition collections in collaboration with emerging designers that will be launched throughout the year. 

KIKO are forever launching new ranges and collections and the packaging that goes along with them is always new and exciting. The latest launch and the first of the limited edition collections to celebrate their anniversary is their Less is Better collection and is perfect for those of you who like a natural, but enhanced look.

The range includes the super pigmented KIKO Less is Better matte liquid lipsticks, £6.90 in natural nudes, rosy pinks and deep browns. These liquid lipstick are in super cute pastel pink packaging and are small enough for popping in your handbag and topping up on the go. They last super well too! 

For eyes the KIKO Less is Better Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow, £6.90 comes in three natural but glowy shades. These are great for brighting up the eye area and applying if you're in a rush as they can be blended in quickly with your finger. If you're more of an eyeshadow palette kinda gal, then the KIKO Less is Better Eyeshadow Palette, £11.90 is going to be your new favourite palette for on the go. It's a neutral lovers dream as it includes 9 brown and nude shades in a variety of finishes. It's super small, so perfect for taking on-the-go. 

For highlight, the KIKO Less is Better Fluid Highlighter, £11.90 is perfect for strobing. It comes in two shades, a lighter champagne shade and a slightly darker golden shade and is enormous for the price. You get so much product in here, so much so I couldn't ever imagine ever running out. It blends well and gives the skin a beautiful, enhanced natural glow. To finish off the skin, the KIKO Less is Better Cream Blush, £8.90 is perfect. It comes in a large tub and feels super luxurious. It comes in two shades a rose and a slightly darker mauve and they blend into the skin well while still having great colour pay off. It leaves the skin looking flushed but still dewy. 

Finally, the last product in the range is perfect for the makeup removal process as the KIKO Less is Better Konjac Sponge, £5.90 is also included in the collection. It deeply cleanses your skin gently and preps it for makeup application (or helps to remove)!

Like I said, KIKO is one of my favourite budget beauty brands and this range doesn't disappoint. I am already excited for the other limited edition designed collections to come out later in the year as this design is so beautiful. Roll on the rest of 2017... 

Lorna x

This feature may contain products gifted by brands or affiliate links but as always all thoughts are my own

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

REMINDER. It's Mother's Day on Sunday! If you're anything like me then you still won't have picked anything up just yet. In fact, if I wasn't writing this post (or yesterday's) then it would have barely crossed my mind. Oopsie. 

For Every Mum

Yes. Trust me, every Mum will LOVE this. I wrote a post with The White Company yesterday on their Mother's Day gifting and just wanted to reaffirm that I really do blooming love it.  The stunning but simple white packaging is what always gets me and I generally find it hard to narrow down what I want from them - and gifting is no different. The White Company have a great Mother's Day gift guide on site but my top pick from the brand is the Seychelles Luxury Gift Set, £49. The set includes a signature candle (around 28 hours burn time), a bath and shower gel (250ml), a body lotion (250ml) and a triple milled soap (150g) all in the incredible Seychelles scent. 

For The Tea Addict

Everyone knows someone that loves tea - and if that's your Mum, you need to get your hands on this set. The Clipper Tea's A Sublime Selection Gift Set, £12 includes a selection of teas (60 envelopes to be precise) across the Skinni Vanilli, Happy Mondays, Skinny Mintie, Snore & Peace, Calmer Chameleon and Flower Power flavours - delicious!

For The Makeup Addict 

Clarins have released the Tender Moment's range for Mother's Day. If you're Mum likes makeup and you want to get a little soppy then this range is definitely worth eyeing up. The Skin Illusion Blush, £16 and the Daily Energiser Lovely Lip Balm, £16 makes up this collection filled with love and kisses (and embossed with them too). The products are natural looking - so won't be too bright or bold for your Mum but a really lovely, and sweet addition to her makeup bag. 

For The Skincare Addict

If I wanted to treat my Mum skincare-wise then Decleor would most definitely be one of my go-to options. For one, my Mum (and most Mum's) know the brand so they know the luxurious quality of it and two, it delivers. The Decleor Recharge Your Life Awakening Box, £35 is a lovely idea. It encompasses the wellness trend and gives you what you need to have a pamper - and give your skin a glow boost too for, as they say, "total body radiance". I love this idea and the notebook is super cute too. 

For The Mum With A Sweet Tooth

Crabtree & Evelyn are so well known for their hand creams, and rightly so - they are some of the best but this Mother's Day I'm talking the lesser known part of the brand - the food. Crabtree & Evelyn do some of the most delicious treats and the Limited Edition All Butter Rose & White Chocolate Biscuits, £5 are a must-buy for any Mum's with a sweet tooth. Pick up one of the mini hand creams, like the Rosewater Hand Therapy, £6 to go alongside it for pink perfection. 

For The Au Natural Mum 

Know someone that goes down the natural route for beauty products? This year Balance Me have launched a gift set featuring their best selling Rose Otto range - a personal favourite of mine. The Balance Me Balancing Rose Otto Gift Set, £40 is a great option for Natural lovers or Mum's with sensitive skin as the products are great and come in generous sizes - steer clear though if they're not a fan of a rose scent. It smells delicious if they are however. 

For the Sanctuary Obsessive

Much like everyone knows someone that loves tea, everyone also knows someone that loves Sanctuary. It can be a bit of a Marmite brand but it's on such a high at the moment and this budget friendly gift set is sure to bring a big smile to your Mum's face. Pick up the Sanctuary With Love Mother's Day Gift, £22 for the wow factor without breaking the bank.  

For The Mum Who Loves A Throwback 

If you mention Vera Wang Princess to any girl, they've got a story. Whether they owned it and adored it when they were younger or it was so high up on their wishlist they literally couldn't reach it - it's part of most girls stories, and Mum's will most definitely rememeber that. Vera Wang have recently released the latest addition to the Princess range - the Vera Wang Princess Of Hearts EDT, £19.99. 

Fragrance notes: Top notes of Bergamot, Watermelon, Wild Strawberry. Heart notes of Lily of the Valley, Star Jasmine. Base notes of Cedar, Musk, Vanilla. 

It's a sweet as the original scent but a little bit more "wearable" today. It's sweet, it doesn't break the bank and it's a lovely memory-inducing beauty gift that gives so much more than just the fragrance. Now let's not forget the secret ring on the bottle...

For The Difficult-To-Buy-For Mum

If your Mum is one of those, 'I've got everything' or 'I don't really like anything' kind of women then picking up products that everyone uses in their everyday lives are a great option. No7 doesn't break the bank but also is great quality for what you get. The No7 Indulgence Collection, £25 includes everyday essentials like hand cream and body wash in a beautifully packaged gift set. The products are nicely sized and I adore the pretty Spring-like packaging of the products. 

For The Mum Who's Not A Gift Set Fan

I know quite a few people who think that gift sets around "gift giving" times are the absolute bane of their life and so finding that one product to give to someone who feels this way can often be a little on the difficult side. I'd generally recommend picking up something from The White Company - as like I said earlier in the post, they really can do no wrong in my eyes and are the perfect spot for a gift. But as I've already raved about them, I'm going to give another option. The Cochine Saigon Vietnamese Rose & Delentii Scented Candle, £45 is a great option. From the beautiful packaging to the luxurious scented candle in side - it's a great option to treat your Mum all year round. 

What are you eyeing up for your Mum this Mother's Day? Let me know in the comments below. 

Lorna x

Some of the products in this post have been gifted to me for features on Studs and Dreams