How To Make Your Home Smell Like Paradise

12 September 2016

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of scents, and incorporating them into my space is an element of interiors that I feel really turns a house into a home. It's such a joy to discover a new fragrance that you fall totally in love with, and that's exactly what happened with the Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood collection. Coconut is the ultimate holiday scent for me and I think that's the reason why I find this particular blend so gorgeously relaxing; even if the skies are grey and rain is lashing at the window in classic British fashion I need only close my eyes and breathe in to feel like I'm on a private island looking up at palm trees, surrounded by turquoise waters with a piƱa colada in hand. It really is that good!

I can't sum it up quite as beautifully as Molton Brown can, so here's their description: "Fresh top notes of creamy Filipino coconut, milk and spicy-sweet cinnamon melt flawlessly into a heart of honeyed jasmine, cedarwood and copahu; comforting sandalwood, guaiac wood and vetiver blend for rounded, subtle depth". Believe me, it smells just as good as it sounds and having my home this beautifully scented is just dreamy. 

My favourite item of the collection so far is the Coco & Sandalwood Aroma Reeds - I find reed diffusers are so efficient in their ability to fragrance an entire floor of your home without being overpowering, and you get the added bonus of not having to worry about whether you definitely blew that candle on your dressing table out. Let's face it though, we all know I love a good candle and there are two stunningly packaged ones in this range; Single Wick and Three Wick. I also adore the Home & Linen Mist as I can't express how much I love this fragrance, and having my sheets infused with it makes me one happy lady!

Next on my list are the body products, notably the Body Wash and the Nourishing Body Lotion so I can make myself smell like paradise - and I can imagine getting a lot of use out of the Replenishing Hand Cream whether it be on my bedside table or in my handbag. These three items also come in a Gift Set if you fancied treating a loved one to a pamper.

Now, I think I'm gonna go and light the candle so I can pretend I've been whisked away to a white sandy beach on an idyllic island, rather than being sat in Primark pyjama bottoms and about to tackle the big pile of washing up...

Duty-Free Shopping Heaven!

10 September 2016

One of my favourite parts about going on holiday has always been duty-free shopping - it's there when you've arrived ridiculously early to the airport and you need something to do for a few hours, and it's there to greet you when you've returned home and are possibly experiencing some post-holiday blues. I love the sparkly floors, the way everything gleams, the rows of perfectly lined-up shiny products, the incredible exclusives and discounts... yep, it pretty much turns me into Rebecca Bloomwood and I'm perfectly okay with that.

With that being said, when World Duty Free got in touch to see if I wanted to come along to their #JetSetTour at Heathrow Airport to celebrate their new beauty hall, I was of course totally game and couldn't wait for the big day. I have to say, walking into an airport and going through security (shoes off and all!) when you're not actually going on holiday felt slightly peculiar, but it also felt like an adventure and I was so excited to chat with the various brands and discover some new products.

It was such a fun day of girly chats, travel-themed cupcakes, fragrance consultations and much, much more - I truly loved it and it completely made up for the fact that I didn't actually buy anything on my last holiday to Italy, both in the airport on the way there and back or on the trip itself! My lovely friend Harry from Harry Makes It Up was also there doing makeovers and I fell head over heels in love with the blue liner she did on me using MAC Fluidline Gel Liner in 'Siahi' - it was conveniently included in our goodie bags and is a look I'll definitely be trying out myself. Thank you to World Duty Free for having us, we were truly spoilt and I kinda wanna book a trip just so I can come back!

To see everything else that was very kindly included in our goodie bags as well as the items I picked up myself, there's a High End Beauty Haul over on my channel now.