Autumn Winter Trends: Matte Lips With The Body Shop x House of Holland

Thursday 30 November 2017

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One of my favourite Autumn/Winter beauty trends is matte lips. I've actually been wearing a matte lip since forever (read: 3 years) and I'm glad it's starting to become increasingly popular, because more and more lip products are being released. This season, Rawr faves The Body Shop have collaborated with the one and only Henry Holland to create some wonderful Christmas gift sets. Included within the collection is this pretty awesome matte liquid lip kit, which would make a sweet festive gift.

The HOH Limited Edition Matte Lip Liquid Collection comes in a cute tin, in the shape of a pair of luscious lips. I'm such a big fan of House of Holland's clothing and accessories, so I'm pleased the packaging is playful and on brand! Inside, there are three gorgeous shades of matte lip liquid:

House Of Holland Body Shop Matte Lip Collection
Matte Lip Liquid Set: The Body Shop (c/o)
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Retro Perfumes - Babe and Goya Black Rose

Friday 24 November 2017

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Last year I got all giddy when I discovered that my 90's teen fragrance of choice 'Tribe' had been re-released, so this year I was super intrigued to hear that a few other retro perfumes had been re-formulated and re-released much to the joy of their old fans too. It's a fab idea, not all fragrances have a couture design house behind them to keep them going, so they tend to disappear over the years though it seems their memory lingers on!

First up is 'Babe', which I actually remember my older cousins wearing. As a little kid I would sit at their shared dressing table trying on lipsticks and spraying glitter hairspray and perfume while they pulled taffeta and net dresses from their amazing wardrobes! Like most 70's/80's fragrance it was quite strong but feminine, like a good shoulderpad. The bottle is so kitsch and a perfect addition to your instagram props, file under 80's Glam. 

What I love about this one is that fans on social media helped to recreate it, so there was obviously a lot of them out there. Do some digging with your 40+ rellies, friends and colleagues to see if they remember this classic beauty gem and maybe it would make the perfect Christmas gift this year!

Babe perfume

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Luxurious Gift Ideas From Charlotte Tilbury

Tuesday 21 November 2017

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A very savvy gifter once said, 'Tis' a far far better thing to gift small but well', and it's by this rule that T and I live by when it comes to Christmas and birthdays. Buying one small but beautiful gift will always show so much more thought than a huge generic gift set that mainly consists of packaging than anything of actual interest, so let's be clever here. 

I know it's an obvious choice these days, but I don't know one girl who doesn't lust after some Charlotte Tilbury, and as her products are so dressing table fabulous in their own individual rights, there's really no need to feel like you have to spend a fortune on trinkets, treats or treasures when a token is just as pretty!

We've picked out some perfect pieces if you're looking to spend £20-£30 on something special that they'll love . . .

Charlotte Tilbury blog review

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Monsoon Dhalia Military Coat

Thursday 16 November 2017

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I've always been a fan of the military trend, last year I found a hella cute jacket but I was still on the hunt for a long version. As soon as I saw the Monsoon Dhalia Military Coat (£129) in store, I knew I had to get my paws on it. I'm not sure if you guys feel the same, but it seems to me that Monsoon have really upped their game this year. Their outerwear is on point! I was almost DROOLING over their capes and they have lots of lovely occasionwear pieces too. Good work, team.

At the weekend we headed to Royal Fort Gardens, which is such a peaceful little spot just off Park Street, in Bristol. It was a really crisp day but my wool coat kept me surprisingly warm, as did my latest purchase from Tommy Hilfiger. This awesome baker boy cap!

Tommy Hilfiger Womens Nautical Hat
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John Lewis Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Monday 13 November 2017

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Christmas is coming! With only six weekends left until the big day, I've already started my shopping and I'd estimate I'm 50% done. I'm in my element during festive season, I enjoy heading out for Christmas drinks (let's not mention last year's office party), buying festive food, choosing gifts and trimming up. It's also become a tradition that every year, my mum and I head to John Lewis to buy new tree ornaments and get into the festive spirit! 

John Lewis Secret Santa Ideas

Piccadilly Sweet Parade Bon Bons: c/o John Lewis
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Bershka Yellow Faux Fur Jacket

Thursday 9 November 2017

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Big Bird from Sesame Street was my inspiration for this outfit. Jade found this coat for me on ASOS and I was instantly smitten - that girl knows me so well. I've wanted a yellow faux fur coat for a few months and this one by Bershka is the perfect specimen. It's fluffy, warm and slightly ridiculous... Basically, right up my street!

I have a *couple* of faux fur jackets already but none as bold and bright as this beaut. I feel like Big Bird, a baby chick, a duckling and the honey puff monster all rolled into one. 

Bershka Faux Fur Jacket
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Shovava Boho Owl Scarf

Tuesday 7 November 2017

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A bit like Pinterest, I find it easy to unintentionally lose hours of my life to Etsy. Last year (or maybe before that), I came across Australian brand Shovava on the site and immediately added it to my favourite shops. I must've ranted about it for months as on Christmas Day last year, I unwrapped a present from Sam only to find this beautiful owl scarf... Proof he does pay attention to me!

I absolutely love owls, they are such magical creatures and when I get close to them in real life, I immediately experience warm and fuzzies. Jade even bought me an owl Olivia Burton watch for my birthday last year because she knows how much I adore them. Thanks babe.

Shovava Owl Scarf Review
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FENTY Beauty by Rihanna Review : Harvey Nichols Exclusive Part 2

Sunday 5 November 2017

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Last month Rihanna released her long awaiting cosmetic line, FENTY Beauty, and the world rejoiced. An all inclusive range of skin, eye and lip products for everyone (40 shades of foundation - 40!), FENTY has gone down a storm and the positive reviews just keep pouring in for all the right reasons, it's pretty epic. We were sent a few items to review, and this is part 2 of that feature!

The packaging is sleek, simple and modern, but the weighty quality of a premium product is there. I LOVE the shade names, they're 100% Rihanna. As a teen one of my dream jobs was to name lipstick and eyeshadow shades and now I'm aspiring to it again!

Anyway, first up is Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (£26) in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. Mean Money is a soft champagne sheen, and Hu$tla Baby is a supercharged peachy champagne shimmer. The brand encourages multi-use with the products, so along with the usual cheekbones and nose highlighter use, these shades look really good used on the body (shoulders, legs and decolletage) and eyes. 

FENTY Beauty Killawatt Mean Money Hu$tla Baby Review

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Amethyst Rose Quartz Hair with JOICO Color Butter

Wednesday 1 November 2017

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I had my hair professionally ombre'd in January this year. It was initially a caramel blonde and I loved it, but as the summer went by I did my usual thing and got a tad bored so I started dipping the ends in various pink and peach wash out dyes. I was happy with the results I was getting, until I was introduced to the fab JOICO Color Butter, a super nourishing colour booster for pre-lightened hair that sticks around for up to 10 washes, all the time reducing breakage up to 44% and promoting strong, glossy locks. Hurrah!

JOICO Color Butter review

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