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Spring Scents | Gucci Flora #SummerWithFD

Saturday, 29 April 2017

We have another bank holiday weekend ahead of us and boy am I glad, although we have kind of been spoilt with all the bank holidays recently, who wouldn't love another one?!

Summer is fast approaching and it is my favourite season to try out new scents, especially because the heat really tests the staying power of the perfume. Heat isn't something we get a lot of in the UK but on the rare occasion that we do, it's perfect to experiment with new scents.

Today's post is about a newbie in my collection although it has fast become a favourite and that is, Gucci Flora.
For me the longevity of a perfume is just as important as the scent itself. I absolutely hate strong scents that linger for a lifetime and give you a pounding headache, so I tend to reach for light floral/sweet scents and Gucci Flora is one that I have found myself reaching for quite regularly.
The staying power of this scent is impeccable, I've put my clothes in the wash and they've come out still smelling of the perfume, which is insane.
The scent features top notes of Mandarin Orange, Peony and other citruses, heart notes of Rose and Osmanthus and base notes of Pink Pepper, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Give me anything with hints of Peony, Rose and Sandalwood and I will happily sleep in it for the rest of my life! Mum if you're reading this, I've seen you watching him (yes my bottle of Gucci Flora is a male) and if he goes missing, you're at the top of my suspect list #justsaying.

I've always been a huge fan of Gucci as a brand but I've also found that their perfumes are absolute classics. The scents never go out of fashion, the staying power is impressive and the packaging is beautiful. I am a packaging hoarder, so of course I still have the box (sorry not sorry). I love that the packaging mirrors the scent, the bold hints of gold and black and the beautiful floral print, sums this scent up perfectly.

Gucci Fragrances - available here
Gucci Flora Collection - available here

Fragrance Direct currently have free delivery on orders over £20 with the code FREEDEL20 and you can get 10% off with Unidays, so there couldn't be a better time to switch up your scent!

There's a Royal Challengers Bangalore match on today and on Monday, so you know where to find me if you need me ;)
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Yogita x

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Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks | Review & Swatches

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter guys! I hope you're all having a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

I thought I'd get a good old review+swatches post up today incase you guys want to take a break from eating all that yummy food and Easter eggs and have a little read; I on the other hand have no intention of putting this chocolate down because the Royal Challengers Bangalore aka my team are playing today, so I need all the chocolate in the world to keep my energy up as I scream at the top of my lungs.

I will be talking about the Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks today. You may have seen these making the round on Instagram and also causing a fair bit of controversy as they do resemble the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. I won't go into this too much but in my opinion, I love a good dupe. If I really want something high end I will go out and get it, no questions asked, regardless of whether a dupe is available or not. I think purchasing something designer or high end is an experience in itself. Of course not everyone can afford to spend a huge heap of money on a lipstick and you shouldn't have to. A lot of the time the dupes are better than the high end products and sometimes the dupes just can't match up to the high end products and that's just the way things go sometimes, but it's great to have some inexpensive alternatives out there, especially for someone that is just starting to dabble into makeup. I have been a huge fan of Makeup Revolution ever since I read about them on Daily Mail (this was before they had released any products) and I sure do own a fair bit of their products. They're great for everyday use when you don't want to rub £50 in the form of a lipstick on your face. Their products are really affordable and sometimes, just as good as some of the high end products on the market.

The Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks are INCREDIBLE for just £4, they're very pigmented and don't dry out your lips, of course they aren't as long wearing as liquid lipsticks but that can be expected from any lipstick in bullet form, so you may find yourself having to reapply it throughout the day. The packaging is beautiful and has a fair bit of weight to it, so you don't have to worry about it breaking or the lid suddenly falling off and finding your makeup storage in a right old state and assuming it has been vandalised.
The shade range is pretty impressive too, I believe there are 20 shades in total, a lot of these are nude/brown shades, which is right up my street, so I am not complaining.

Below are swatches of the 6 lipsticks that I own from the range.

Top - Bottom: Vintage, Vow, Breathe, Class, Rebirth and Finest

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks - available here and here (currently 3 for 2 at Superdrug)

Enjoy the rest of your Easter bank holiday weekend!

Yogita x

Nip+Fab Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

If you guys follow me on Twitter you will know that the Indian Premier League started last week and I have been watching the Royal Challengers Bangalore matches religiously (as always). I am a HUGE cricket fan and an even bigger RCB fan.
Another great thing that happened last week was that Nip+Fab launched their makeup range at Superdrug. Now, you all know that Nip+Fab is one of my favourite skincare brands, I literally love everything in their skincare range. So as soon as Nip+Fab posted that the range was now available at Superdrug I went straight on to their website and ordered 3 of the matte liquid lipsticks that stood out to me the most, which were Marshmallow, Biscuit and Cinnamon. I will, of course pick up some more of their makeup products in due course and let you guys know what I thought but for now we'll start with the lippes!

The applicator on these liquid lipsticks is SO soft, it glides the product onto your lips evenly without leaving behind any streaks and is the perfect size to get in to the corners of your lips without looking like Miranda Sings. When Nip+Fab stated that these liquid lipsticks were pigmented and long lasting they were not messing around, they last absolutely ages on your lips, although I wouldn't sleep with a lipstick on, I can definitely say they'd probably last the night. I ate with one of these lippes on and it did not budge! One swipe of these lipsticks on your lips is enough to test the pigmentation. The colour range is beautiful, there are some deep nudes, some pink nudes and some peach nudes. My favourite shade out of the ones I have, has got to be Cinammon, it is one of the prettiest shades I have ever come across.
The formula of the lipsticks is very buttery, they go on to your lips like a lovely glossy balm but dry matte. The lipsticks are in no way uncomfortable on the lips, they feel lovely. I get really irritated with the way that some liquid lipsticks feel and want to take them off as soon as I apply them, but these lipsticks are probably the first that I would happily wear all day without ripping open a pack of wet wipes. You could wear these lipsticks with lipliner but I prefer to wear them without.

Top - Bottom: Cinnamon, Biscuit and Marshmallow

At first I was a little sceptical about a skincare brand introducing a makeup range, but I guess if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Nip+Fab. I can safely say that I am impressed, they did not let me down. For the price (£7.95) I cannot praise these lipsticks enough, they are totally worth a try. Compared to some of the more expensive yet not so impressive lipsticks on the market these are easily accessible, they don't burn a hole in your pocket and you certainly won't be disappointed. 
Superdrug currently have 3 for 2 on all makeup, which includes the Nip+Fab makeup range. You can also purchase the lipsticks (and everything else from the range) on the Nip+Fab website.

Nip+Fab Makeup - available here
Nip+Fab Makeup at Superdrug - available here

Yogita x

Goodley Bullen AW17 Press Day | Asceno, The Fold, Kelly Simpkin & More

Saturday, 8 April 2017
On Thursday the 6th of April I attended the Goodley Bullen PR press day, that I was kindly invited to by Nazer. It was such a beautiful day in London so of course I was excited from the moment I rolled out of bed.
I had the opportunity to see some beautiful pieces from Pretty Ballerinas, Asceno, Wyse London, Tara Jarmon, Kelly Simpkin and The Fold.
There wasn't one piece that I wasn't salivating over (to be honest a bib would have been useful at this point). Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons when it comes to fashion. I love layering things, experimenting with different textures and different colours, so of course I had to share some of my favourites with you all because if your style is anything like mine, you will definitely be drooling over these pieces.

The embroidered loafers/mules from Pretty Ballerinas were right up my street. This style of footwear is everywhere and are totally in at the moment with the likes of Gucci taking full advantage of this trend. To resist this style is pretty much futile. The best thing about these shoes is that you can dress them up with a skirt or dress or keep it casual with a pair of jeans. The hype around this trend isn't going to die down any time soon by the looks of things.

I think we all remember the days when we wished we could go out in our pyjamas. Well our prayers were answered in SS16 when designers such as Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana showcased their sleepwear as outerwear last year on the catwalk and it's safe to say this trend has stuck around. 
These silk pieces from Asceno were SO soft. The prints were absolutely beautiful and the colours were to die for. If someone had let me loose I would have thrown myself at the clothing rails and ran through them (come on, we all did it when we were kids!). I would totally wear these pyjama tops tucked into a pair of jeans on a night out! Not only are these pieces from Asceno bang on trend but you can also have your pyjamas monogrammed, so they're perfect as a gift with a little personal touch! Asceno do a tonne of other pieces such as beachwear, jersey sleepwear and beautiful luxury beach coverups.

The first thing I noticed about these pieces from The Fold were the colours. They had some beautiful camel coloured dresses and coats and let's be real you can never go wrong with some earthy tones in your wardrobe. These pieces are extremely sophisticated, perfect as workwear. I love the message behind this brand, which is 'empowering professional women'. Their pieces are designed in London and manufactured in Europe. The colours, materials and style in general really reminded me of 1940s fashion, which I love! The colours are perfect for Autumn/Winter!

Can we just take a minute to admire these Tara Jarmon pieces? Look at those colours and prints! I had a look at Tara Jarmon's website as soon as I got home and the photos of their stores just had my full attention, their stores are very minimal so all of your attention is on their clothes, which of course it should be. It's very evident that Tara Jarmon loves to play around with colours, materials and prints. I love designers that mix things up and stand out in the crowd and Tara Jarmon is definitely one of those designers!

When you think of AW, you think earthy tones and layering up. Kelly Simpkin is not about that life. We're talking bright colours, ruffles and mixing materials. And I am obsessed. As soon as I saw Kelly Simpkin at the Goodley Bullen office I was extremely excited to see what was next because her SS17 collection was stunning, to say the least. My favourite piece was the Arch Scallop Skirt available here.

Wyse London's pieces were very minimal, which I love. Every now and then I saw a little pop of colour, whether it was rainbow stripes or gold buttons. I loved every little detail on their beautifully designed cashmere pieces. The pieces were also really soft, so they will be extremely comfortable to wear and we all know being comfortable during Autumn/Winter is always a plus. Less is definitely more when it comes to their pieces.

I am the most excited about Asceno and Pretty Ballerinas AW17 collections, mainly because they are very much my style and also they can be paired together. Let's just take a minute to imagine an Asceno silk pyjama shirt, some lovely skinny cropped jeans and some embroidered Pretty Ballerinas mules (yep it works!).
I really hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Yogita x