Falling for the new Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

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If you've been a reader of my blog since the beginning you may remember the first ever outfit post I published - I know I do. It was one of the most blistery days of the year - a mild storm had swept Cornwall - and there I was standing on the edge of Portreath harbour in stilettos, attempting to look somewhat poised in front of my new boyfriend who convinced me to let him take my photo. I was wearing baggy leather trousers, a baseball tee and a bomber jacket - not my most sophisticated of ensembles - but I'll always remember that post fondly, as it featured the first item I had ever been gifted as a blogger: a Daniel Wellington watch. Years later, and it's safe to say a lot has changed - although a few things still remain: that not-so-new-anymore boyfriend that still shoots all of my outfit photos, and of course, my taste in watches. And so it's actually incredibly special for me to be able to share with you the brand new addition to the Daniel Wellington range (and my personal favourite) the Classic Petite - the brand's first 32mm watch with a mesh strap, and my new every day accessory.

As with all Daniel Wellington watches, the Classic Petite is customizable, and is available in a rose gold or silver mesh strap with either a white or black dial. I feel like as I've grown older I've really learnt to appreciate the beauty of a good time-teller. I've never been the sort of girl to stack bracelets, or layer up necklaces - I much prefer the practical over the pretty. But it's even more special when those two qualities combine to create a piece like the Classic Petit (even more so again when it's light on the purse strings). It's the finishing touch to every outfit - almost like that final mist of perfume before leaving the house. I slip it onto my wrist and my every day outfit feels complete, and I put together. There are very few loves like that that have lasted in my life, but as I said, a certain two still remain.

And so with that little love story of mine, I'm delighted to announce that I've been given a personal discount code 'COCOCHIC' to share with you all, giving you 15% off of everything on the Daniel Wellington website (including the new Classic Petite style!) as well as free worldwide shipping, right up until the 15th of May 2017. Because whilst money may not be able to buy you love in the form of a patient photographer boyfriend, it can buy you one of the new Classic Petites. Which by the way, won't leave it's laundry lying around all over the place.

 

"I feel like as I've grown
older I've really learnt to
appreciate the beauty of a
good time-teller."

 

Use code 'COCOCHIC' for 15% off the Daniel Wellington website!



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Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighters

After swatching on my hand I was impressed, but not blown away. The pigment was there, but it did take me a few swipes to pick up the exact amount of opacity I wanted. However - just like a lot of other drugstore glows - once you break through the 'outer layer' of the pan the powder softens and becomes a lot easier to pick up. It's when you apply these powders with a brush that they really come into their own. One application gives a subtle (but still enviable) glow, two applications give a more intense shine. But three? You better have your sunnies on. The best bit is that - despite being incredibly buildable - the Skin Kiss highlighters never seem to look powdery on the skin.

As for the Bronze Kiss, this cream swatches as more of a subtle glow than any kind of bronzing or contouring product. As someone who prefers powders, I wouldn't say this is my favourite product of all time, however I imagine it'd be amazing on sun-kissed skin or across the decoletage for a night out.

Makeup Revolution is one of those brands that churn out products like it's no ones business. I mean, I could probably even dedicate an entire blog to just posting about new MUR products and I'd never run out of new content (in fact, that's probably not a bad idea) - however today, I decided to focus more so on their latest releases and review the new Skin Kiss highlighters and cream bronzer, which, don't only photograph amazingly well, but apply pretty damn nicely too.

The highlighters come in three shades - Ice Kiss (a white highlight), Golden Kiss (a champagne shimmer) and Peach Kiss (a rose gold glow - and retail for just five pounds each for 14g worth of product. The rose gold compacts are big, but still quite nice and slim and contain a large, flattering mirror that's perfect for on the go. The bronze (aptly named Bronze Kiss) is packaged in the exact same way and retails for the same price, only for 11.5g of product.

L-R: Golden Kiss, Ice Kiss, Peach Kiss, Bronze Kiss

Will you be trying these out? Which is your favourite shade?
 


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Benefit They're Real Double The Lip Swatches

I'm sure we're all very familiar with Benefit's They're Real mascara - AKA the UK's number 1 best selling mascara and the mascara I seem to have back ups of back ups in my dressing table.  A few weeks back, Benefit chose to expand on the 'They're Real' franchise and release eight brand new semi-matte lip colours that act as both a lipstick and lip liner in one. 

At first, I was a little dubious. I mean, are we really so lazy that we can't even be bothered to line our lips separately any more? After using this, I can confirm that yes, yes I am. For quick on-the-go application the Double The Lip lipsticks are a god send, and perfect for fuss-free summer makeup looks.

The lipsticks are 3/4 lip colour, 1/4 lip liner (the lip liner being a slightly deeper shade than the corresponding lip colour) and are shaped in a way that hug the lips perfectly to create a fuller looking pout. Apply lightly for a natural tint, or firmly for a more intense pop of colour. Scroll down for swatches of every single shade!

 

NUDE SCANDAL

"A warm pinky nude"

 

CRIMINALLY CORAL

"A pale coral"

 

FLAME GAME

"A bright red / orange"

 

LUSTY ROSE

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"A rosey mauve"

 

PINK THRILLS

"A bright warm-toned pink"

 

REVVED UP RED

"A coral red"

 

FUCHSIA FEVER

"A cool toned fuchsia"

 

JUICY BERRY

"A medium purple"


Which is your
favourite shade?


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How I went blonde + the best salon in Cornwall

Now don't get me wrong, Cornwall has plenty of amazing hairdressers to offer, but not a lot of amazing salons. However Blow Out has the best of both, in the form of a swanky new salon in the city centre and a certain man named Marc Sampson (AKA the genius behind my new do). The salon itself is completely decked out with floor to ceiling mirrors, modern interior and a brand new blow dry bar so you can just blow and go. Make of that sentence what you will. Anyway. I came in with a basic balayage and - four not-so-grueling hours later - a head full of icey hues. You know when you walk out of a salon and you have to go home and re-style it yourself right away to figure out if you like it or not? I left completely head over heels in love with my new hair. And - thanks to a round of Olaplex to keep every thing in tact - it felt pretty brand new as well. If you're in the area (or, even if you're not) I definitely recommend popping in. You'll find me foiled up in the corner with a glass of wine in my hand and a big fat smile on my face..

23 Victoria Square, Truro, Cornwall.
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Hair is one of those things that I feel you only really learn to appreciate when you've experienced a hair cut from hell. It's a weird thing, hair. It sprouts from our heads and then we pay people to cut it into pretty shapes and dye it, only to grow it all over again. And thank god it does grow - otherwise I'd still be stuck with a wonky fringe (thanks mum) and frazzled ends. Note to self: when attempting to bleach your own hair, don't. Ever since then I've been too traumatized to do anything dramatic with my hair - a bit of mild balayage here, a few extra layers there. Nothing special.

And that's exactly what my hair was - nothing special. So when I was invited to try out a brand new hair salon in my hometown of Truro, Cornwall I decided to put my trust (and my hair) into a man I'd never met before and begin the process of going blonde. Or at least as blonde as I can go before I start looking like a failed Draco Malfoy. And with my second appointment to brighten up my Barnet on Friday, I thought I'd share my initial experience with you all. Since I'm going back for round two, I think it's safe to say I was pretty impressed.

How to make a high street wardrobe look high end

How to make a high street wardrobe look more expensive

I am not a millionaire, not even close. I've bought designer bags in the past, and I've spent weeks eating beans on toast and/or e-baying half of my wardrobe in an attempt to make up for the whopping dent it made in my bank account. I love fashion - both high street and designer - but I don't think I'll ever be one of those people that can justify (let alone afford) a wardrobe full of Wang. These days, the majority of my money gets spent on council tax and cat litter, so when it comes to getting glammed up I'm always on the look out for pieces that look high end, but have a high street price tag. I live for the moment that I can tell

people my new shoes aren't in fact Marni, but from my local supermarket instead. I love it. I love seeing their faces change from somewhat impressed, to sheer confusion, (sometimes judgment) to absolute amazement. Having grown older, I've moved past the pressures of wearing the latest labels, and instead I focus more on - quite simply - whether or not I like the look of something. Of course quality control comes into account, but when you hunt enough it's 100% possible to compile an entire wardrobe that has longevity, a low price point and loads of style. Scroll down for some of my top tips!

How to make your clothes look more expensive
How to make your wardrobe look more high end


foCUS ON FABRICS

Generally speaking, super cheap jersey neither lasts, nor looks good. If your're scrimping on style, opt for more trustworthy fabrics like denim and wool.
 

LOOK AFTER YOUR CLOTHES

Cheaper clothes tend to wear out quicker, so it's important to look after them. Dry clean, lint roll and hang up pieces to ensure they're pristine for longer.
 

AIN'T RIGHT? DON'T BUY IT

Cheap price tags are tempting, but if it's not exactly what you want, don't buy it. Sure, it's cheap, but what's the point if you never end up wearing it?
 

BUILD ON THE BASICS

I'm much more inclined to spend more money on a basic that I intend to wear every day. My advice? Save up for wardrobe staples, skimp on trend pieces.

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