February Favourites

Hello Lovely Readers! As part of my 2020 plans, to share more about me and the things I love with you all, I am excited to share with you a line up of things I am loving at the moment. This will range from my beloved Interior’s through to things I tend to blog less about like clothes, make up and family days out. I hope you enjoy!

Interiors

Hulu Soy Wax ~

This month I was kindly sent some candles and wax melts from Hulu Soy Wax to try and I am really impressed so wanted to share them with you all. Hulu pride themselves on being a natural, healthy and more sustainable way to fragrance your home. Every product is handmade using the best quality, 100% soy wax. For the sweet scented lovers, the Rhubarb and vanilla gives a beautifully sweet scent, without being sickly and artificial smelling. The burn on the candles is great, really even and long lasting, a single candle easily fills a room with beautiful scent. I received the Amber Noir scented wax melts, I absolutely love the re-sealable packaging, I found this so handy when it came to storing the melts and again love that all packaging is recyclable and environmentally friendly. The Amber Noir is a stunning fragrance, with a luxurious depth and notes of dark balsamic fruits and sensual exotic forests. The melts are long lasting and the cute heart shape reflects that all of the Hulu products are made with love. Lastly I sampled the Pink Grapefruit and Basil candle, the smell is a deliciously fresh and vibrant scent, I found this candle was very fast to fill the room with scent and I love an uplifting scent like this. From sleek design to a great range of gorgeous scents, Hulu soy wax have made it to my February Favourites list. Check out Hulu website to view the huge range available and keep your eye on their social media here.

George At ASDA Homeware~

If you follow my Instagram you will know that I have a serious obsession with Art Deco interiors, especially fan/shell print. I have recently ordered a couple of bits from Asda Home for our master bedroom and I love them, I ordered a runner and some new bedding and not only were these a total bargain at around £15 each but they are so on trend. My lust list for Asda home is still getting longer and I have asked for some deco fan print mugs for my birthday. Keep it coming ASDA!

Fashion

Print Dresses~

I will keep this section short for now as I am in NO way any kind of fashion expert. I am however and always have loved fashion and have a bit of a clothes obsession. We are trying to get on top of our finances this year after almost completing phase one of the house so I have been on a bit of a spending ban, but I went shopping in town the other day and could not resist this bargain dress from Zara, reduced from £30 down to £10. Anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I love a bit of leopard print and I love a floaty midi dress. I love buying pieces that I can dress up or down and that I can wear through the seasons. I dressed this up for an event the other day with tights and boots but am looking forward to wearing it in the spring with trainers for a more casual look.

Beauty

Pixi Glow Tonic~

Really bloody late to this party aren’t I? On the same little shopping trip as the bargain dress, I stumbled into the dregs of the Boots post Christmas sale and found a little Pixi miniature set that included glow tonic. I have wanted to try this for a long time but as someone with temperamental skin, I am always cautious to add new things into my skincare routine especially when they are quite expensive products. I am about a week into trying this out and WOW, I can see where the hype has come from. My skin feels plumper and softer since using it and after my miniature has finished I will be buying the larger bottle and continuing to keep this in my routine. I am surprised how far the product goes, I am only about a quarter of the way through the miniature after a week so although a larger bottle is a bit more pricy at £18, I think it will be value for money.

Primark Double Wear Dupe~

I am an Estee Lauder Double Wear girl through and through, I have tried just about every foundation on the market but I always come back to Double Wear. I have heard lots of good things about the Primark dupe so was eager to try it for myself. I have been using it for around two weeks now and for the money I am really impressed. Is it exactly the same as Double Wear?….. No. The selection of shades in comparison to DW was minimal, I was fortunate to find a pretty good match in the Nude to my usual 2W2 Rattan shade, although I would say the Primark is slightly lacking in yellow pigment, it still works well for me. Consistency wise the Primark is slightly thicker than Double Wear but gives great and perfecting coverage… maybe even more so that DW upon initial application. My only qualm is that it does not stay flawless all day like DW does, by around 4pm I look slightly cakey and need to have a bit of a blot, but all in all I am impressed. Despite it not quite having the same longevity as my favourite foundation I am going to continue to use the Primark dupe during the week and save the Double Wear for special occasions, it offers a huge cost saving at just £5 per bottle I could buy 6 bottles for the price of my usual foundation, so yes for cost saving purposes this is a good dupe and that is why it has made my February favourites…… but please do not expect miracles.

I hope you have enjoyed my first ever favourites list and look forward to sharing more next month.

Chynna x

*This post features products gifted by Hulu however all words, images and opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide- Something a bit different?

This year I have decided to ditch the usual his/hers gift guides and bring to you some ideas for fun, quirky and alternative gifts including stocking fillers and wrapping paper.

Frenzy 230mm Black Folding Commuter Scooter V2

This Frenzy commuter scooter is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to commute in style, commuting from both a place or work or study has never been easier, this wonder scooter folds down easily to a small size and even has a carry strap for easy transportation. The quality is fantastic, with it’s big wheels for speed and comfort this is sure to be a hit this Christmas. Head to Skates.co.uk to see their huge range of scooters, skates, boards and bikes to find the perfect gift.

Tesalate Super Absorbent Towel

Know someone getting some winter sun? Want to dry off from that Boxing day swim in style? Tesalate offer a totally unique and beautiful range of super absorbent and sand free towels, they are rapid drying, compact and come in their own bag. With their stylish and colourful designs these towels are a great and unusual Christmas gift idea that will be used again and again. Check out Tesalate’s huge range here.

Willow of London Personalised Phone Case

If you are looking for a personalised gift Willow of London is the place to go. From Phone cases to luggage they offer a vast range of stylish options. This latest design phone case is amazing, Willow of London are constantly bringing out incredible designs so keep your eye out. The quality is superb and the gorgeous sparkling leopard pattern is so on trend. Their phone cases are made to fit a huge range of phone models. Check out Willow of London here to find the perfect gift for someone special.

Maps International Scratch the World Map

Do you know someone who loves to travel? Maps International offer a huge range of stylish and fun wall maps. With their extensive collection, Maps International caters for both functional use while also looking fantastic in any home. The Scratch the world map ticks all the boxes for a great gift, simply grab a coin and start scratching off the destinations you have been, creating your very own personalised map.

Sportsman Recovery Kit

Whether hubby is an avid weight lifter or dad loves a round of golf, this Sportsman Recovery kit from Atlantic Folk is the perfect manly pampering gift. Included in the smart tin case are a relaxing bath oil, a muscle rub and stretching elastic. The bath oil and muscle rub are made with invigorating and refreshing blends of essential oils and smell divine. You can also have the tin personalised to make this a great and unusual gift for your athletic loved one.

Just the Tonic

Sick of buying that gin lover the same old bottle of gin every Christmas? Why not surprise them with this great book. Just the Tonic offers an informative and fascinating look into the colourful history of tonic and it’s changing role over the years. The book also includes cocktail recipes inspired by historical events, and is beautifully illustrated throughout. Team this with some quirky tonic water for a fabulous gift. Get yours here.

Boobs Phone Case by Crudelydrawn

Designed by the wonderful creator of Crudelydrawn Antony Armstrong, this boobs phone case has certainly met the “something a bit different”breif. Made from top quality plastic and offered to suit a huge range of phones this case is a fun and feel good gift. Head to the Crudely drawn website for a huge range of quirky and fun gifts this Christmas.

Kensie Satin Pillowcases

These Kensie pillowcases are a great and unusual gift to a loved one. Not only are they a beautiful and luxurious gift, Satin pillowcases are a must for preventing creases and fine lines from forming and keeping hair neat and damage free. Fully machine washable in in a lovely gift box pick these up at your local T.kmaxx.

Stocking fillers

  • Taylor Benfield Floral & Ginger Travel CandleThese gorgeous little candles may be small but wow do they pack a punch! The floral scent is uplifting and the ginger compliments it perfectly for a truly unique scent. The stylish packaging makes these the perfect stocking filler.
  • Pecksniffs Leather and Oak Moss Candle– When I saw this in tk maxx I had to pick one up for my husband. The fragrance is rich and dark and I know my husband will love it. The man candle or ‘mandle’ if you will, is forecast to be a huge hit this Christmas. Nothing un-manly about a candle lit bath!
  • M&S festive bath bombs– These lovely little bath bombs not only look adorable but they smell great too. Perfect stocking filler size and a bargain at only £3 each.
  • M&S Gents Cracker– This mini shower gel cracker is an adorable addition to any stocking.
  • T-zone Glitter Peel off Mask– Perfect for party season. This T- zone glitter mask draws out impurities to help keep skin clear. Enriched with skin loving Strawflower and firming Centella Asiatica Extract. Add some glitz to someone’s pamper routine this Christmas.

Unusual gift wrap.

Vamp up your Christmas wrapping this year with these unusual wrapping paper options.

  • Leopard print gift wrap– This quirky gift wrap still feels seasonal with it’s luxy gold tones. Head to M&S to get yours. All gift wraps are 3 for 2 making them great value.
  • Marianne North Gift Wrap Book-Twelve beautiful paintings from the iconic collection of Marianne North- These botanical style prints are sure to liven up your Christmas wrapping for a totally unique look. Printed on the finest quality paper, each sheet tears out easily, leaving you with a clean edge for hassle free gift-wrapping- Genius and stylish. Get yours here.
  • 12 Days of Christmas gift wrap– Unicorns and flamingos meet Father Christmas what’s not to love! This is a great alternative gift wrap for the kids. Find yours at Sainsbury’s.

*Post contains gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.