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Wedding: Let's talk Bridesmaids!

June 29, 2016

As you probably know, I got engaged to my lovely Chris in May (read how he proposed here). I am absolutely loving being engaged and wedding planning - everyone says 'it's only a day' but it feels like it's going to be a very special year of getting everything ready. I've been overwhelmed by how lovely everyone has been and how excited our friends and family are to help and celebrate with us. 

I'm going to be doing some wedding planning posts as I love reading other people's and it will be nice to look back on. First up is how I asked my Bridesmaids! I have chosen three Bridesmaids - my sister Jess, my oldest friend Jenny (we've known each other since we were two!) and my close friend from Uni, Flora.

I wanted to ask them in a special way and I love receiving surprises in the post so decided to make them each a cute little package. I bought these brilliant cards from Etsy - you write your message under the balloon (obviously I wrote 'will you be my Bridesmaid' but you could use them for anything special!) and then cover it with a scratch off circle to make the balloon. 

I then chose three pictures of me with each of the girls and got them made into polaroid style photos using Photobox. I then wrapped up these cute Bridesmaid notebooks* (from Etsy here) in pink tissue paper and included lots of confetti in each parcel!


Beauty: Becca Jaclyn Hill Skin Perfector Champagne Pop

June 26, 2016

Meet the best highlighter of all time. The Becca Jaclyn Hill Skin Perfector Highlighter in Champagne Pop has been raved and raved about in the beauty community and I can completely see why. It's a creamy powder which gives your skin a gorgeous pearlized glow. It's a golden, peach colour which is perfect for summer skin and a little goes a long way.

Since buying this in May, I have been wearing this every day. I should probably limit it to special occasions but it's just too good not to wear as much as possible. I knew it was an absolute winner when it got to 7pm and we were having post-work drinks; a colleague asked what highlighter I was wearing as it looked so glowy and nice. 

So yes, this product is a dream. It's pricy at £32 but I guarantee that it's worth it. The only problem is that once you've tried it you will want to buy everything else from the Becca highlighter range - and I've just seen that they've brought out lots more products including a Champagne Pop liquid highlighter...uh oh!

You can buy the Becca Jaclyn highlighter from Space NK here.

Beauty: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Flush

June 22, 2016

I really am loving a liquid lipstick at the moment. They are so long-lasting and the formulas now are so advanced that they don't leave your lips feeling dry. This is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Flush. It has a very creamy formula which glides on smoothly and gives you a velvety matte finish. 

The applicator is great and makes it so easy to apply - you can easily control how much you put on your lips too as sometimes it can be tricky to apply a highly-pigmented liquid lipstick and you end up getting half of it around your mouth! 

I just love how smooth and creamy the formula is. It doesn't last as long as the Sephora lip cream but for a high-street lipstick it's great. The colour is also really wearable and I can wear it to work without a million people commenting on my lip colour!

The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colour is £6.99 from Boots.

Wedding: My Little Wedding Book

June 18, 2016


Shortly after I got engaged I went on the search for a wedding planner. I couldn't find much inspiration online and so tweeted asking for recommendations. I ended up receiving this one in the post and it is the most perfect little wedding book so I wanted to share.

My Little Wedding Book* was created by wedding blogger and fashion buyer, Karen Mason. This was a book she wished she had when she was planning her wedding and it's much more than a planner as it offers advice and tips too. There is so much information packed into it which is brilliant as going into a wedding is quite the minefield! 

The book is divided into 14 sections. Each section has a few pages of advice and tips, and then sections for relevant lists (such as your budget, guestlist etc) and also a good chunk for notes. There are also lots of notes pages at the back which I've found really handy.

I highly recommend this if you've got engaged and want something to start you off on your wedding adventure - it would also make a perfect present for a bride-to-be. It's had 73 5 star reviews on Etsy so others must agree!

You can buy My Little Wedding Book from Etsy for £24.95 and you can also visit Karen's wedding website which is great too.


Life: A beautiful bouquet

June 15, 2016

I'm pretty obsessed with flowers at the moment. Since being engaged we have been very lucky and have received some beautiful bouquets - they brighten up the house so much and always make me smile.

When Prestige Flowers asked if I wanted to have some flowers delivered from their luxury range I jumped at the chance and was delighted to receive their Paris bouquet*, a gorgeous mix of Memory Lane roses, lilies, astrantia and eucalyptus. I asked for it to be delivered before I headed out to work and sure enough, it arrived early in the morning. It came in a pretty bag and included a lovely vase. 

They arrived on Tuesday and are still going strong, with some of the lilies yet to open! Hooray for beautiful flowers.

Life: Monthly Summary May

June 12, 2016

Doing:

  • The first half of May was spent in Florida! We had the most wonderful holiday and Chris proposed which made it even more special (read about his proposal here). I will do some Florida posts sharing the highlights from the holiday soon.
  • We have obviously been celebrating getting engaged - everyone has been so lovely! We've had so much love from friends and families and have enjoyed going for drinks and food to celebrate.
  • Returning to work was also helped by my team decorating my desks with pictures of Chris and I, and loads of paper hearts!
  • We went to the Royal Albert Hall to watch Gladiator with the live Philharmonic Orchestra performing the soundtrack. We've seen it before and it was the most amazing show, so had to see it again. It was incredible and I've never seen an audience applause for so long - I was an emotional wreck!

Reading:

Watching:
  • Game of Thrones - we are totally up to date with it after starting series 1 earlier this year. Am loving the new series but not loving having to wait a whole week between each episode!
  • House of Cards - we started watching this a couple of months ago and am really enjoying it, despite me not really understanding a lot of the politics side! Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are fantastic as Frank and Clare.
  • Sophie and Tom's YouTube channel - I have recently discovered Sophie and Tom's Florida vlogs and they are getting me through the Florida blues! They are both so likeable and I love following their trips.


Beauty: Becca Backlight Priming Perfector

June 01, 2016

I bought this highlighter after seeing Freddy talking about it in this video. I am always drawn to products that claim to give you a glow, and this one looked right up my street! Becca are killing it at the moment and have so many gorgeous highlighters and shimmery products to choose from - it was my favourite stand in Sephora.

The Becca Backlight Priming Perfector creates both a priming base for your make-up and also an instant filter on the skin which gives you a healthy, luminescent glow. It blurs imperfections and is infused with a blend of crushed pearls, allowing your skin to look lit from within.

I love the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow (read my review here) but this is another level of glowy-product. You don't need much to create a gorgeous glowy base. It's all I'm wearing in the photo above and I don't think that picture does it justice! It's almost too glowy but when you add your foundation, it calms it down and gives your make-up a gorgeous finish.

I am in so much love with this primer and highly recommend it! You can buy it for £32 here.