The Scents Filling my House this Season

Is anyone else just completely obsessed with candles!? I remember it all starting with when I first took a sniff of Yankee Candle’s Strawberry Buttercream and thinking “How can I ever allow my room to smell of anything else but this?”. Ever since then, candles were something that I could always justify spending money on (although I’m still working my way to buying a Jo Malone candle), and since moving to our new house, I’ve branched out to buying a lot of diffusers too.

Now that I’ve sadly packed away all my Christmas candles (yes, it takes me a good few months to say goodbye to my spiced cinnamon scents), I thought it would be a good time for me to share all the amazing smells filling my house at the moment.

  1. White Lily Signature CandleThe White Company
    This is such a delicate mix of white peonies, freesias and lilies – it just fills the room with such a fresh and homely smell. It’s the most expensive one out of this list, so I do only bring it out on special occasions, but when the packaging is so clean and minimalistic, I’m not complaining with it just sitting prettily on my sideboard either!

  2. “Red Velvet Cupcake” – Bath & Body Works
    Oh my goodness. Now I thought nothing would ever beat Yankee Candle’s Strawberry Buttercream, but I think this does. When James first gifted me this for Christmas and I took a whiff of it, my initial reaction was that it was way too sickly and overpowering. Boy, was I wrong.
    When burning, the balance is just perfect, and not too strong at all. I love how cleanly the Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles burn too; it’s a game changer!

  3. Sinnlig, Red Garden Berries Scented Tealights IKEA
    At £1.50 for a pack of 30 – these are an absolute STEAL in my opinion. I’d tried the vanilla IKEA tea lights before, and didn’t think they worked well in a big room at all as the smell was quite faint, but it’s the complete opposite for these red berry ones. I was so surprised at how fragrant they were. I burn three at a time usually, and it was more than enough for our living room.

  4. White Jasmine Fragranced DiffuserNext
    I obviously can’t get enough of a jasmine scent and I just adore how stylish this bottle looks, and the cute details of petals inside. The scent is very strong however, so I wouldn’t recommend using it in a smaller room at all but it’s perfect for big open spaced areas.

  5. Lime, Basil & Mandarin Diffuser ASDA
    A new addition to my collection, and I already know this is going to become a repeat buy. Who knew ASDA would have such a hidden gem! It’s only £4 a bottle, and it really is just the most gorgeous combination of smells.


What sort of scents do you usually love having in the house? Fruity? Floral? Let me know in the comments!

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

Loungewear on a Budget | The H&M Pieces you Need

Now I don’t know about all of you, but when I get in from work everyday, the first thing I will do is have a shower, and get straight in to my jammys. Home = slob time for me.

But what do we do now that we are working from home!? Is it acceptable to be in pyjamas 24/7? YES…probably not?
If you’re like me and just can’t work from home in anything that doesn’t have elasticated waist bands, and loose fitting tops – then H&M have answered our prayers!

H&M has always been a firm favourite for me, especially when I need to tighten the purse strings a bit. I am a huge fan of the quality you get for the price, and I wanted to share some of my favourite things from my recent purchase.

(In order)
I was in need of some new, comfy tops that are wearable with every outfit and I have to say, this cute Love Jersey T-Shirt and comfy Dark Mole T-Shirt were perfect! I personally am always more drawn to a loud, patterned skirt/bottoms – so with tops, I usually like to keep it plain and simple.

Speaking of loud bottoms, my favourite of my purchases have been these patterned joggers, or as I like to call them, my “gap year” pants. They’re high waisted, stretchy, loose fitting and have pockets – the necessity to your loungewear wardrobe.
The weather has been absolutely glorious, making our daily walk so enjoyable, but it can still be a bit deceivingly chilly. So I had to pick up these grey cotton-blend joggers which are a bit warmer to wear on any windy walks.

This striped jumper is going to be a transitional staple wear for me. I love wearing jumpers and hate leaving behind all my thick wooly knitwear now that we’re entering that awkward Spring jumper/no jumper weather. This is warm enough and thin enough for that, and I love that it’s so bright – the red stripes against the white really stands out well!

So you’ve got a Zoom meeting with your boss today. Does anyone else dress up on the top, and slob it out on the bottom? This ribbed fitted top has become part of my “smart casual” work from home meeting outfit. Although it’s fitted, it’s so surprisingly comfortable, while remaining a very flattering fit.

Where is your favourite place to shop on a budget?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

My Essie Favourites this Month

Essie remains my number one brand for nail varnish. Whilst I still continue to add to my ever growing collection, I thought I’d whittle it down to the three shades I can’t get enough of recently. I’ve just been constantly rotating these three, as they’re so wearable and match anything and everything…including my very jazzy pyjamas, because that’s all I’ve been in!

Starting off with Essie’s Island Hopping, it’s this perfect dusty plum shade, that is an absolute must-have for rocking in sunny weather!

Essie’s Merino Cool has become my go-to to wear to work. It’s a dark smokey taupe colour, and for me, it just oozes sophistication! Take your standard “shirt and skirt” look, and this shade can just instantly add the right edge to your outfit.

Last but not least, I’ve recently rediscovered my love for Essie’s Sole Mate. As a rich burgundy colour, most would reserve this for the autumn/winter season, but when something is this wearable, it would be a shame not to use it to vamp up any look! If you need a dark shade in your collection, this is the one.

What are some of your Essie favourites?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

Product Review | L’Occitane Immortelle Oil Make-up Remover

Right, we’ve all been there. Coming out of the bathroom with tears in your eyes, skin bright red, raw and irritated. There’s only one reason for it – scrubbing hard to remove that makeup that just will not budge.

I got the L’Occitane Immortelle Oil makeup remover for Christmas after it was high on my wish list, and it has been my absolute saving grace. My main two everyday makeup items are eyeliner and mascara, and we all know that it can be an absolute pain to remove sometimes.
All I need though is one little pump from this, and it all comes off so easily!

It is so gentle on the skin, and feels really silky to apply. I love that I can just rub it in with my hands and wash it off, rather than having to apply it on a cotton pad. It makes the whole process of removing makeup a whole load more relaxing, rather than a daunting chore.

I guess the only downside would be the price. I’m not usually one to really splurge on my makeup removers, I’ve previously relied on something from Boots, or the Body Shop which is a bit more budget friendly.
This costs £22 for a 200ml bottle, but although the price sounds a little more than what you may usually buy from the drugstore, a little really goes a long way, and with such effective results.

Overall, it is definitely something I can see myself buying again. It’s made my skin feel so much less irritated, and dare I say, I actually look forward to taking my makeup off at the end of the day.

Have you tried the Immortelle Oil Make-up Remover? What were your thoughts?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

My Last Month of Netflix

I have a confession…I only got Netflix a few months ago.
Yes, I was one of those people who stayed awkwardly quiet whilst everyone else swapped stories on the latest shows that were trending. Now that I have it, how did I survive so long without it!?

So, after spending countless hours catching up on all the hot shows, and eating my weight and more in snacks – I thought I’d share what I’ve finished and loved this last month.

The Stranger

I just HAD to start with this one. If you love gripping thrillers, it’s impossible for you to not love this one. After the first episode, I had so many unanswered questions – and I did wonder how they would cover everything over the space of only seven more episodes. I can tell you however that they did, and every minute was brilliant.

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It’s Dan Humphrey! Oh wait…Dan Humphrey got creepy as hell.

Penn Badgley is absolutely fantastic in this. Although, just a fair warning, if you’re planning on watching Gossip Girl for the umpteeth time – prepare yourself, because sweet, endearing “Lonely Boy” will never look the same again.

What does everyone think the third season will be about!? Send me your thoughts in a DM on Instagram to avoid leaking any spoilers!

Love is Blind

When I saw a clip of this on Gogglebox, I just knew that this would be my kind of show, and it was. Cheesy, ridiculous, and with extreme levels of cringe – what’s not to love? It’s the easiest thing to watch, and will have you screaming at the TV in disbelief in no time.

Sex Education

“Wash your hands you detty pig!”

If you know, you know.
I’m praying for Netflix to reveal when Season 3 will be making an appearance because I am seriously missing Eric’s infectious laugh, and hilarious one-liners.
You’ll be hooked from the get-go, although, probably not one to watch with the family…

What have you been loving on Netflix this month? I could always use more recommendations!

There’ll be more from me soon…

Mel x

New Beginnings…

It’s hard to start something new.

Instagram has been something that I have always enjoyed (no matter how hard I tried to stay away!) and something that I’ve been on since I was 16. But when it comes to blogging, I always wanted to get in to but saw it as more “unfamiliar territory”.
I’ve started and stopped more times than I can count over the years, whether it’s due to work, general life, and also just because I was anxious over whether I was any good at it, or if anyone is even out there reading.

But this year, even though we’re already coming in to April and I may be late to the party for new years resolutions, I want to force myself out of my comfort zone.

So it’s decided – I will start blogging! I’ve left behind the old blogs, left behind the old social media sites I once had, and I’m starting again. New content, new start.

Watch this space, there will be more to come.

Mel x

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5 Ways to Relax After a Long Week

So it’s the first week of January, and already I find myself feeling worn out and daydreaming about the weekend! If you’re like me, and have had a tough first week at work, or you’re stressed out with university and exams, or even if you just feel like chilling out this weekend (because who doesn’t love a chill day!?) – then I’ve got a few things that you could do to ease that heavy weight off your shoulders!


Film fest and a tonne of snacks:

If you know me, then you’ll know that I love to watch films. Because with films comes snacks, and I love a snack or two…or three, or four. I spend most of my weekends watching film after film, and diving into my snack cupboard (yes, I have a cupboard just for snacks) mulling over whether today’s the day for the unboxing of the fancy chocolates, or how many packets of popcorn should I pop.

So grab a few cushions, fluffy blankets, pop on your comfiest pyjamas and cosiest socks – and veg out on the sofa for a couple of hours!

Binge on a TV Series:

If films aren’t your thing and you prefer to watch something shorter like an episode, then why not start up on a new TV drama? I’ve seen quite a few (and re-watched a lot), and sometimes escaping into the world of Beverley Hills, or the Upper East Side is just what you need! Here are a few of my favourites that I’d highly recommend!

One Tree Hill – 9 seasons, 187 episodes
Breaking Bad – 5 seasons, 62 episodes
90210 – 5 seasons, 114 episodes
Gossip Girl – 6 seasons, 121 episodes
Pretty Little Liars – 7 seasons, 150 episodes

Colouring:

Do you have quite a busy lifestyle and find that you don’t have much time to do anything? Colouring books are perfect for using some of that stress and tension towards something creative. What I love about these books is that you don’t have to be this professional artist to do them. I personally used to love drawing when I was younger but I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. I was good at drawing from observation but when it came to things as simple as doodling – I sucked.
For these, all you need is some colouring pencils, and then just let the pencils flow! I tend to just randomly pick a colour for random sections and 9 times out of 10, they somehow just work! It’s oddly very relaxing.


Give yourself a mini spa treatment:


Remember those chick flick films, where all the girls get together and go to this amazing spa to relax, and that always involved lounging on a bench with a mud mask on and eating the cucumber on their eyes? Well, sadly I don’t have the time, money, or even friends *plays violin*, so I’ve brought the spa to me!
Here are my steps to pamper heaven:
  1. Hop into a nice hot shower, or relaxing bath if you have more time.
  2. Scrub away all the stress with your favourite exfoliator – I am loving The Body Shop’s Moringa Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub!
  3. Remember to rub some of that love back into your skin with a good body cream – I recommend Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter 100%.
  4. Wash away the long day with a fresh facial cleanser – I’m using my favourite one at the moment, The Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash.
  5. Apply a more than generous amount of your favourite clay mask – You HAVE to try The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. My skin has never felt better!
  6. Sit back and RELAX.

Curl up with a book:

Nothing says relax like cosy-ing up with a cup of tea, and a good book in your lap. I just love to end my day with the calming smells of my candles, tea or hot chocolate in hand, and immersing myself in a fictional world. I am loving Sophie Kinsella books at the moment! They’re girly, hilarious and light – so all around perfect!

What do you like to do to relax? I’d love to hear about it, so please do comment and tell me!
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My Favourites of 2016 | Beauty, Fashion & More!

Here we are, saying goodbye to another year.
I’m going to say it.
The thing that I’m sure some of you have said, or your parents, your aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends – someone will have said it.

2016 went so quickly!!!

To be honest, I do say that every year but this year feels like it’s been the most life changing year of my life to date. So it seemed only natural to write up a few posts focusing on my favourites, highlights and memories of 2016 – starting with the products and things I’ve loved this year!

Beauty:



Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics Palette:

Okay so I am not in any way a makeup expert, but in particular I really struggle with applying eyeshadow! I seriously applaud and bow down to everyone that can do it because…you guys have some serious skills. It doesn’t stop me from being tempted by all the pretty palettes though!
When James (my boyfriend) surprised me with the Naked 2 Basics palette, I was over the moon! I personally feel like it’s the perfect palette for me at the moment. It comes with six neutral matte shades, which are so pigmented and can create a look for any occasion! I find it so much easier to practise different looks with these shades, and hopefully one day *fingers crossed* my eyeshadow won’t just look like a line of colour.

Benefit’s Dandelion Blush:
I’m pretty sure I’ve been wearing this for nearly the whole of 2016, and I am still not sick of it! It adds the perfect touch of colour to a simple makeup look, or really highlights a bold, “time-to-party” look.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Lipstick in Amazing Grace:

I remember walking in to the Bentalls Centre in Kingston and seeing this new big sparkly stand next to the MAC section, and thinking “Right, I’ve never heard of this brand before but everything is in rose gold, so I have to have it“. Now I’m not much of a wearer of pink lipstick as I’ve always loved a dark lip, but this shade Amazing Grace was a huge game changer for me. It’s a beautiful, rosy pink that just adds the perfect pop of colour to any look. I just know that my 2017 is going to involve a lot more CT purchases…

MAC Lipstick in D For Danger:


It’s no secret that I haven’t loved splurging on a MAC lipstick every now and then, it’s a habit! But I just saw hearts when I came across this sexy, seductive shade. D for Danger is another one of my recent purchases in the matte formula, and it has forced me to tuck the Russian Red away for a while!  If you’re looking for a dark pinky red – this is the shade for you!
Skincare:



The Body Shop’s Seaweed Facial Wash & Exfoliator:

My yearly skincare favourites would never be complete without some Body Shop products! I’ve really been appreciating them a lot more recently, and how amazing is it that they do free delivery for orders over £10!? I thought I’d try out their seaweed range and I’ve already bought more for the new year! My skin feels so fresh and I adore the exfoliator. I use it about 3 times a week or more, and I feel like it really gets out all the impurities from my face.
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisturiser:

I have combination skin, so winter is quite difficult for me in terms of finding the right moisturiser. My face can get very dry, but I can’t use too much of a creamy formula, or the areas around my nose becomes really oily. This Vitamin E Moisturiser is my saviour. It’s insanely moisturising but it’s not heavy, and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy for a while. It’s really light, but you don’t need a lot for it to do it’s job! I would 100% recommend this to anyone because it’s suitable for all skin types!
Fashion:

Zara:

When I received the offer for my job, it was only then that I’d realised that I had zilch to wear. Cue Zara! I’ve purchased some amazing shirts from there over the past couple of months, so if you’re looking for a smart, yet trendy look for any interviews etc. Zara is the place to go!
Aldo:

For some reason, I’d never really gone into Aldo before to shop for shoes, more for bags. But when I saw these babies, I just had to have them! The dark pink heels are about 3 inches, and I was worried about how long I would be able to wear them in the day, but they’re so surprisingly comfortable!
I’d been searching high and low for the perfect pair of brown boots, so I was overjoyed when I found these! They’re perfect for adding that classic style to any outfit, and I’ve been wearing them non-stop!

Ted Baker Purse:
How could I write my fashion favourites without including my baby? This beauty is my favourite statement purse at the moment. I love how simple it is, but the bold colour really adds something special and daring to any outfit. Who needs a handbag when you’ve got this, eh?
Bits & Bobs:

Pretty Little Liars:

Got a secret, can you keep it? I LOVE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS! I am so happy that I got James into it because I don’t think I would’ve been able to survive watching it on my own – I’m such a chicken! If you watch it…who’s excited for April!? (At least, I think that’s when the final episodes get released)
And for those of you who have no idea what I’m on about, I would highly recommend that you devote some of your time to watching it because it is incredible! It’s got a bit of everything – drama, mystery, and those good ol’ chick flick romances.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:

After joining the hype and reading Gone Girl, I didn’t think I would find another book for a while that would have my fingers itching to “turn the page over already!”, but The Girl on the Train was just unbelievable in my opinion. If you’ve already watched the film, but haven’t read the book – the film does not do the book justice at all! It’s intense, clever, and who doesn’t love a book that will always keep you guessing?
What are your favourites of 2016? Leave them in the comments below – they could be in my favourites of 2017! 
I hope you enjoyed this post and Happy New Year everyone!

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What I got for Christmas

Well since Christmas was only a couple of days ago (cue the crying, and sad face!), it seems only natural to share some love for the things I got this year!
I hope no one feels I am bragging in any way, I personally just love reading posts like these, and seeing what other people got, so I thought it may be quite fun to share! I am extremely grateful for everything I have received, as I always am!

Right, so here we go!

Soap & Glory Suitcase:


I was so excited when I received this! Ever since I saw this selling in every Boots I walked into, it went straight to the top of my Christmas wish list. I could even smell it through the wrapping paper…or maybe that was my wishful smelling (?).
What’s in the super cute packaging I hear you cry? Pure, sweet-smelling heaven.

Sugar Crush Body Wash
The Scrub of Your Life Super-Smoothing Body Buffer
The Righteous Butter Body Butter
Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk
Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream
Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash
Speed Plump Super Moisture Day Cream
Thick and Fast High Definition Collagen Coat Mascara
Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss
Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel

Stay tuned for an inevitable review post!

Liz Earle The Winter Icon:

Does anyone else lose their mind when a new limited edition Cleanse & Polish set comes out? I’ve been a huge lover of Liz Earle for quite a few years now, and the famous Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has always been my go-to makeup remover!
Aside from that, the smell of this sweet orange and clove edition is out of this world – coming with the cutest matching muslin cloths.

Kindle Paperwhite:


I’ve recently started reading a lot more, but I find that I just don’t have the space to keep buying more and more books! I’m one of those that still has all her Jacqueline Wilson books lined up in alphabetical order..
I’m glued to my new Kindle now though. I’m in the middle of reading The Gift at the moment, so you can expect a lot of book review posts in the future!

Clothes:

I adore Christmas, and I pretty much love anything to do with it so you can imagine my face when I received this amazing jumper from Superdry! I will most likely be wearing this with everything until it’s time to sadly put away all the cosy knitwear.
I know that there are probably some people, and many kids that put on a forced smile when they receive socks…but not me! I love socks. And I love Christmas. So…Christmas socks!? I’m basically hashtag winning.

Bits & Bobs:


And finally to the best category…the random little gifts that everyone loves, or has a hidden joke/meaning behind them.
I got a lovely rose gold compact mirror from Ted Baker, a Starbucks hot chocolate gift set, a power bank, sweets and a lot of earl grey tea!

What did you guys get this Christmas? Also, is there anyone out there who shares my love for earl grey tea!?

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and enjoy the rest of your holidays!

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Playsuit Love | Fashion

Playsuits are probably something that I wear religiously, they’re just so comfortable and easy to wear! Recently, playsuits have been becoming more and more interesting, with different styles, and especially with different prints. Today, I’m bringing out my much loved floral playsuit from Miss Selfridge.
There are two things that make this playsuit one of my absolute favourites. One is the delicate lace trim, which I feel adds some elegance to the outfit. And the second, is the lovely open back detail which gives the playsuit a cheeky, playful feel!
And of course, the floral print is just gorgeous with the mix of bold colours that seem to compliment each other so well and adds a seasonal touch.

Playsuit – Miss Selfridge (£35)Choker – TopshopRings – TopshopWatch – Urban OutfittersNail Varnish – Barry M In other news, I am SO excited for bonfire night tonight! James and I are going to this fireworks festival event that’s taking place on our university campus, and this will be the first time that I’ve seen fireworks up close on bonfire night! Is it sad that I’m more excited about stuffing my face with toffee apples and hog roasts, rather than the actual fireworks..?What are your plans for bonfire night tonight?See you guys in my next post, and please remember to follow me over on Bloglovin’ and like my page on Facebook!
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