23 March 2017

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

When I hit my early twenties my taste in fashion, jewellery and of course make up changed drastically. Gone were the days of heavy liner, slogan t-shirts that made no sense and a million and one multi-coloured bracelets up one arm. Generally speaking I now opt for more minimal pieces and for some reason find myself steering away from bright colours. My wardrobe consists of pretty much black white and grey these days with the odd splash of colour where I see fit.

In terms of jewellery I have very little upon reflection. I cut back a while ago and donated all the 'dress' jewellery I owned because I simply stopped wearing it. One off unique pieces fit in more with my style, which brings me nicely to the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Watch*.

Since the watch arrived on my doorstep I have being keeping it under wraps on my social media until the official watch launch; I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to now share it with you.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

Daniel Wellington create beautiful sophisticated elegant time pieces which are, in my opinion perfect for any occasion. Whether you are out and about casually or are dressed to impress, their watches will always live up to expectation. Having being such a huge fan of the original classic design from Daniel Wellington I was super excited to hear and indeed feature their latest launch.

The Daniel Wellington Classic Petite* is without a doubt utterly beautiful. This is the first time piece from Daniel Wellington to feature a stainless steel mesh strap and to have a 32mm face. There are currently four designs within this range, all of which are gorgeous; in fact, it is hard for me to pick out my stand out favourite.  There are two designs in gold, both which offer a white and black face. The same also applies for the silver version of which I thought it would make a nice change to opt for a watch with a dark face as all of my current ones are very light in that respect.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

As you can see from the image above, the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch is incredibly thin. It is also extremely light in terms of weight, so much so that I very easily forget that I am wearing it. Of course, due to this being a mesh strap you may find that you have to adjust this manually in order to fit your wrist. The watch itself does come with a handy little guide on how to do this yourself, although it is pretty self-explanatory.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

It goes without saying that once again Daniel Wellington have created a beautiful piece of jewellery here. This design is timeless and will easily go with so many other items of jewellery due to its simplistic but elegant presentation.

The Daniel Wellington team have kindly offered me a discount code to offer out to you which will give you 15% off everything on the Daniel Wellington website; this discount includes the new Classic Petite Design. Simply use the code 'ALITTLEBOAT' to obtain your discount at the checkout, be sure to let me know if you decide to treat yourself to something. The code is valid until the 15th April so make sure you make a note of that date; just in case.

In fact, I absolutely love how this has been paired up with the Daniel Wellington cuff in their promotional images for this launch, so much so that I may have to make an order myself.

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 


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21 March 2017

My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

In an ideal world, I would love to say that I stick to a strict skincare routine every single morning. However, I must face the fact that more often than not I am rushing around trying to get out of the house on time for work; often not making a cup of tea before I leave or even having any breakfast, let alone following every single step of a skincare routine (I confess to sometimes skipping out the toner). 

That being said, I do try and in doing so I have found a really nice little routine that is so far working rather well for me. Naturally of course the success of this has spurred on this blog post. What has pleased me even more is that all the featured products today are all old favourites of mine, which has somewhat curbed my curiosity in terms of buying new skincare...for now.

Generally speaking and of course depending on the time of year I like to ensure that my morning routine consists of light products which are hydrating, protective in terms of SPF and which work well under make up. 

My Morning Skincare Routine

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel


This is a product which I have used several times and each time I open a new one I wonder why I ever used anything else. It is incredibly light and so refreshing on my skin, so much so that I really do look forward to using this (I need to get out more). However, unfortunately this has been discontinued which has really annoyed me as I think it is such a great product. It has since been replaced with the Micellear Water Gel which I do own and whilst I like it, it just is not the same as this. Why La Roche Posay? Why?

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 


When I first used this product many moons ago it was quite simply love at first sight, or something to that effect. Originally reviewed back in August 2013, this has remained firmly within my routine ever since. Once again it is light and refreshing and it smells beautiful. It is a pure pleasure to use after cleansing in order to prep my skin for my moisturiser. For a full read up on this then head over here

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream* 


First and foremost, I love the fact that this has SPF 15 within it as more often than not most of my foundations do not. It means that I can pop it on in the morning and not have to think about adding anything extra within my routine. The majority of rose scented products out there can smell extremely traditional which I personally have nothing against, however they can be quite over powering which is never good when it comes to skincare for your face. Despite this being rose scented it is a very light floral which is hardly noticeable once applied. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated without any greasy feeling in the slightest. 


Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
 


If ever there was a product that I harped on and on about then this would most certainly be it. I do often feel like a broken record when it comes to this because I mention it at nearly every given opportunity. It sure is a sign of a darn good product though and to this day I would recommend it to anybody. It is a thick eye cream in my opinion but it instantly hydrates my under-eye area like no other, it really is perfect and it without a doubt helps to keep my concealer looking good once applied. For a full review please head on over here

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy 


Without fail, if there is one product I will not skip using each morning then it is the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. For me this is a must as it helps to hide my lack of sleep on a daily basis. Personally, I would not opt to use this as an eye cream in itself, this is mainly due to the fact that it is not hydrating enough for me, that being said as a tinted eye cream on top of my normal choice it works perfectly. It is of course salmon toned in colour which helps to counteract against the blue tones of under eye dark circles. The formula sits well on my skin and it does, without a doubt make a visual improvement for me. It goes without saying that I will be repurchasing this or at least something similar very soon as mine is almost empty. 

What is in your current skincare routine? 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

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11 March 2017

Tony Moly | Korean Cosmetics

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics

Korean cosmetics have always fascinated me, however due to availability in the past never being that good, I have up until now never tried anything for myself. Therefore, when the opportunity arrived to sample a few products from Korean brand Tony Moly, I immediately said yes.

Tony Moly originates from South Korea; however the brand is slowly becoming much more widely available with its distinguishable cute packaging and products popping up in your local Selfridges store. The range isn't particularly huge, however there are several interesting looking products such as the Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream and the Magic Food Banana Milk...I mean, the latter almost sounds good enough to eat.

Having tried three products over the last few weeks I thought it was about time that this brand was highlighted on here because I absolutely love it. In terms of the beauty products I own I can honestly say that I have nothing quite like this. It feels fun to have something cute like this and to not feel like a seven year old, because unlike children's make up, the product inside, hidden away in the cute exterior is actually pretty darn good.  

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Hand Cream*


To kick things off I am introducing my favourite product out of the three being featured today. The Panda's Dream Hand Cream is infused with manuka honey and bamboo sprout extract, which I must say is an ingredient that I have never heard of before. Contained within the panda packaging, which of course is incredibly cute is a rich hand cream that instantly hydrates and soothes hands. In the past I have never really reached for a hand cream very often, which is a shame as I do suffer from dry skin on my hands which I believe is caused by the fact that I am quite prone to washing my hands excessively. 

When I have finally reached for hand cream I have always opted for light weight creams so that I do not feel restricted for too long as nobody likes greasy hands. That being said, this cream isn't particularly light, in fact it is quite thick in comparison to so many that I have used. Despite this, I can honestly say that it sinks into my skin so quickly, leaving no trace of the product. My hands feel so soft and hydrated and really do look so much better since I have started using it. For such a typical, every day beauty product that we may take for granted, I truly do think that this is awesome and despite it being a little more expensive than I would like for a hand cream, retailing at £10.50 I know that I would definitely purchase this in the future. 

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics


Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm* 

Encased within the golden egg (never fear, you won't have to open this one under water...queue the Harry Potter reference) is a silky-smooth primer to help create a flawless canvas for your foundation. Whilst I don't think any primer will ever give you a flawless base, I do believe that this is right up there with some of the best that I have tried. 

In terms of texture this is a solid primer which requires little manipulation to work around the skin. It is clear in colour once applied to the skin and it has a light, fresh lemon scent which I really like. It has a similar texture to Benefit Porefessional in my opinion, however it does feel smoother than that overall. Once applied I found that my make up sat upon this beautifully and it firmly stayed in place throughout my working day. I have to say that I was impressed, although it is worth mentioning that despite the young and chic packaging these products are not entirely budget friendly. For the price of £20.00 one would expect them to be decent. Overall I really did like this primer and I would happily consider purchasing this for myself in the future. 


Tony Moly Mini Berry Lip Balm* 


Seeing as I embark upon a little trip to Morocco at the end of March I will be wanting to ensure that I have plenty of SPF. Despite covering our face and body in the stuff come the sunny weather I know that I often forget about my lips, luckily for me this little cherry lip balm has SPF15 which is super handy. Whilst it is not the most hydrating lip balm that I have tried, it is fun and quirky and that I guess is the main attraction here. It has a soft cherry stain to the balm which is a nice little feature, especially if your lips are dry as that can make wearing lipstick quite difficult. In all honesty for the price of £9.50 I did expect more from this, however two out of three isn't bad and at least it will look quirky on my desk at work once I am back from holiday. 

Have you tried Tony Moly?

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 
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6 March 2017

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder

Out of all the beauty areas that exist, brows to this day still continue to baffle me. There are so many products available which promise us perfect natural brows yet in all honesty I haven't found many brands that live up to this claim. In my experience, it isn't really the actual product itself in terms of the powder or gel which fail to work for me, it generally falls down to the packaging and how you physically can use it. 

This brings me to the most recent line from one of my high street favourites, Rimmel. As a consumer and beauty blogger I am a huge fan of Rimmel, they produce great products which are accessible and affordable, with some even rivaling higher end products. To date the Salon Pro nail polish range is one of my favourites. 

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder
The Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders* are the latest release from Rimmel. They currently consists of four shades and are essentially light weight brow powders which are used for shaping and filling in brows. The product is contained within the slim tube which you shake before use, you can then use the applicator attached to the lid to apply the product.

From first instance, I really quite liked the idea of these powders, as I am always rooting for high street beauty to produce something truly awesome. Whilst this product could be quite good, I fear that it falls down majorly on the applicator itself. It just simply does not work well enough unless you want to create really intense brows which are not precise. Let's face it, that just doesn't appeal at all and that is long before I even mention the fallout from this. 

In terms of applying my own make up I always opt for an angled brush to apply my brow product, unless it is of course a pencil (however I rarely use those these days). Of course, I used the applicator from this in order to form a fair opinion of the product on a whole and sadly I just found it to be a bit of a faff if I am honest. In fact, I still ended up picking up my brow brush and going over everything in order to neaten things up, this just simply isn't ideal and it made the process twice as long.

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder
The shade range is of course very minimal, as is often the case with high street launches so whilst this is a bit of a criticism I can overlook it to an extent as it is somewhat expected from the high street. The shades available in my opinion are very warm toned, even the lightest shade of all still leans firmly towards the warmer spectrum. Brows generally as a rule are cooler in terms of shade, this is what looks more natural so I would highly recommend checking these out against your skin tone and of course brows. What doesn't work for one may work for you so it is always worth forming an opinion of your own by simply popping to your local store and trying the tester for yourself. 

On a plus side, they do retail at £5.99 which is a bargain, especially when offers are running all the time in the likes of Boots and Superdrug.

Overall I do like the product itself as I like the packaging and the idea behind it. Unfortunately the shades don't work very well for me, therefore I probably won't be reaching for these very often, although perhaps I should try them as a mineral eye shadow? Waste not want not as the saying goes. In the meantime let's hope Rimmel launch new shades with cooler undertones to them.

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 
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2 March 2017

Currently Coveting #3

Beauty Wishlist

It has been a long time since I last posted a wishlist post on here, so much so that I had to delve back through my blog archives to see what I used to call this little series. 

As it stands I am somewhat on a beauty spending ban, in fact I have been for a good while. This is mainly due to the fact that I still have so many products to use up and also that my life has changed and I find myself spending money on other things these days as opposed to make up and skincare. That being said, the beauty junkie within me is still fully present! I cannot wait to pick up a few new things come the summer time. Therefore, until that time I will sit back and collect a list as long as my arm of the things that currently take my fancy; I will then have to narrow that list down considerably come later on in the year. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette


Well if there is anything I should finally pick up it is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette considering it was on my last wish list back in February last year...oh my! Everybody I know who has this raves about it, I own the blush version myself and absolutely adore it so I know that this would be a really nice treat. 

Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleansing Oil and Cream


Naturally as a beauty blogger I am aware of Caroline Hirons and the sheer amount of knowledge that she has put my way, just through reading her blog. I really do think that her no nonsense attitude is incredibly refreshing which is perhaps one of the reasons why I tend to follow her recommendations, so long as the budget will allow. Luckily for most of us, she has collaborated alongside Pixi and has released a cleansing balm duo which I really do hope to pick up later on this year; I am incredibly curious to see how this works for me. 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector 


The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop has, like the Hourglass Palette, been on my wish list since its launch. Once again I have read so many positive reviews about this product, so much so that out of everything on here this is probably the product that I will purchase without question come the summer time. It'll be the perfect time to pick it up too as hopefully it'll go nicely with a bit of tan....perhaps that is wishful thinking, I do live in the UK after all. 


MAC Smoked Almond


This is a shade that I have seen Fleur from Fleur de Force rave about several times. I personally haven't tried it and would never just purchase it online having not swatched it in store, yet next time I do pass a MAC counter I do intend on checking this out. As of yet I haven't tried any of the new liptensity range so I am also looking forward to seeing what that is like. 


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk 


If you haven't heard of this lipstick or the corresponding lip liner then quite simply, where have you been my friend? The liner under the same name is incredibly popular and is for me once of the nicest liners I have personally used. The colour is insanely beautiful and it looks so natural on the lips. It is most certainly a product I would really like to purchase this year, although I already have so many lipsticks that it somehow does feel rather unnecessary. 

Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream


To this day I have yet to try a Kiehl's product that did not work for me. Unfortunately for me this is one of the more expensive products from Kiehl's that I am aware of so it is unlikely that I will be able to pick it up any time soon. That being said, I am still very much in love with their Tumeric and Cranberry Seed Radiance Mask which is more affordable; I would highly recommend it. 

Hugo Boss The Scent


Last year I only discovered two fragrances that I honestly liked. The first was YSL Mon Paris which I managed to pick up in the Christmas sales and the second was Hugo Boss The Scent. When I last tried this at the beginning of January I still liked it a lot, therefore it may end up falling onto my birthday list come July. Having said that, my bottle of Bronze Goddess is due for replacement this year so I may just have to pick that up instead; I really do need that in my life. 

What is on your beauty wishlist? 
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