BYREDO LEATHER COLLECTION


About a month or so ago I had an e-vite come through from Byredo. Now, I will confess that I had an absolute ‘fan-girl’ moment as Byredo is one of my favourite brands when it comes to fragrances. Ever.

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The event took place at the Byredo boutique in Soho, London and was to showcase the new leather goods. I was greeted with champagne (always a good sign) and I was taken upstairs where the leather goods had been displayed. As I walked around the room, I was immediately drawn to the ‘Blueprint’ collection. A series of beautifully crafted leather bags which can be hand-held, shoulder held or worn across the body in a range of designs such as:

  • Embroidered Black Leather

  • Overstitched Black Leather

  • Printed Black Leather

  • Black Leather and Painted Python

  • Black Anaconda

  • Black Python

  • most of which are available in other sizes and colours

My personal favourite? The Black Leather and Painted Python - so chic.

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I then noticed another display in which several bottles of Byredo fragrances and candles had been encased in leather! These leather cases were designed for the traveller in mind, for those who want to be able to take their favourite fragrance and candle away with them with the comfort of knowing that their glass bottles will be protected. I had also been informed that with every leather fragrance and candle purchase, you get a free bottle of your choice. Ideal!

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Another collection that caught my eye was the ‘De La Sac’. My particular favourite one was the Red Leather bag. The shade of red was so striking and the detailing was so precise which really stood out amongst the rest!

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Other pieces from the Leather Collection are:

  • Eazy Bag

  • Umbrella Wallet

  • Credit Card Holder

  • Wallet Clutch

  • Circuit Bag

  • Travel Perfume Case

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To read more on the Leather goods from Byredo, click here! Shortly after this event, I was then invited along to the launch of the new fragrance ‘Sundazed’. Check back soon for the review on the fragrance!

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In the meantime, be sure to check out my other reviews on Byredo such as -

Gypsy Water Fragrance / Baudelaire Fragrance / Bibliotheque Fragrance and Home Scent / Seven Veils Fragrance / Ambre Japonais Home Scent / Chai Home Scent

Have you visited the Byredo store in Soho before? What do you think to it? Have you tried anything from Byredo before? If so, what have you tried? Have you managed to see the Leather Collection? Which is your favourite piece? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


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THE PERSONAL BARBER


*Please note, this post has been sponsored.

I had recently been contacted by The Personal Barber to try out one of their subscription boxes! The box that I had received was their ‘Wet Shaving Box’ and this is the first box that you receive when signing up to their subscription service.

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The Personal Barber aim to create the ‘ultimate shaving subscription for men’ and by doing so, they wanted to turn a shaving routine into a fun experience as opposed to a daily chore. Using a single sharp blade for maximum control and comfort combined with top quality products, they wanted to show that you don’t need a gimmicky razor with extra, unnecessary add-ons! Every 6 weeks you will receive some of their hand-picked, top quality shaving products and all orders get shipped out on the same day, including free delivery to the UK.

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Within the box came some handy tips and how to care for each of the items inside such as:

  • What To Do With Your Used Blades

  • Keeping Your Razor In Good Nick

  • Looking After Your Brush

  • Getting The Most Out Of Your Soap

I liked this little touch as this would prove highly useful for somebody who is a complete beginner to shaving! Now, the products that I had received inside of the box were:

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  • The Personal Barber - Double Edged Safety Razor

A double edged safety razor that was a new one for me having not used a razor like this one before! Upon first glance it did confuse me a little as I couldn’t see a blade on it. Luckily, this came with instructions… Made up of 3 parts, you can unscrew the handle, place one of the blades from Polsilver Super Iridum or Shark in between both of the head plates and then screw back into place. I found this razor to be strong, sturdy and managed to eliminate most of my facial hair. I’ll admit, it did take about 3 or 4 attempts getting used to this style of razor, but now that I have gotten used to it, I like that it feels more premium with a luxurious feel to it as opposed to other razors I have used before where they have been made from plastic and felt rather cheap in comparison!

  • The Personal Barber - Synthetic Hair Shaving Brush

Made from high quality nylon, this synthetic hair shaving brush felt smooth upon my skin when applying the shaving soap, and I also liked how the sturdy handle made it easy to use. Again, I found that this brush had a premium touch to it, similar to the double edged safety razor!

  • Faena - Premium Electron Shaving Soap

Sourced directly from the island, Lesvos - Greece, this premium shaving soap contains the ingredients such as: Tallow, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, aqua, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, lanolin, glycerin, kaolin, dehydroacetic acid (and) benzyl alcohol, parfum. I enjoyed using this shaving soap and I liked how the texture felt on my skin! I’m used to shaving gels and creams where they ‘foam up’ so to speak so this soap was rather unique to use in as it began to lather up which allowed the blade to glide easily across my face thus resulting in a rather easy and effective shave! There is a slight, subtle fragrance to this which had a woody, musky scent.

  • Seven Potions - Pure Equilibrium Pre-Shave Oil

This pre-shave oil was again, unique for me as when I have previously shaven before, I tend to just stick the shaving gel/cream on and hadn’t thought about using a pre-shave oil before! Using a pre-shave oil helps to soothe and protect your skin and are rich in vitamins such as Vitamin E which helps with anti-oxidation, moisturisation and anti-inflammation. I was slightly dubious at first adding this into my shaving routine, but now, it’s a firm staple! I applied this when my skin had been cleansed, still slightly damp and I have noticed that since using this pre-shave oil, it has helped to make my facial hair feel softer in texture which in return allows the blade to work more effectively.

  • The Personal Barber - Waffle Piqué Shaving Towel

I liked how easily this waffle piqué shaving towel absorbed water after a shave which I used to wipe off any excess. Plus, the aesthetic of the yellow logo against the dark grey makes for a rather good ‘insta-shot’!

  • Polsilver Super Iridum & Shark - Super Chrome Replacement Blades

Working out how to insert these into the double edged safety razor was a bit of a challenge I’ll admit! (The razor does come with instructions so don’t panic!) Within this particular box I got 2 packs of replacement blades and the reason for this is due to different blades varying in levels of sharpness and different materials which allows you to pick out which best suits your facial hair and needs!

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Overall, I was impressed with the results after the shave and I think this is a great introductory service somebody new to shaving! I also like that the products featured within the box are of top quality, and the packaging of the blades are rather slick too.

To find out more and to sign up for The Personal Barber, click here!

Have you tried The Personal Barber before? If so, what did you think? Is a subscription service something you’d be interested in? Will you be giving this a try? Let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


FATHER'S DAY FRAGRANCES 2019


With Father’s Day approaching us here in the U.K on Sunday 16th June, I have put together a few fragrances that will win your Father over! Failing that however, at least you’ve managed to gain yourself a new fragrance...

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HUGO BOSS - BOTTLED INFINITE

  • Top Notes: Apple, Mandarin Orange, Cinnamon, Sage

  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Olive Tree

A woody, aromatic fragrance that feels clean and sophisticated which has a strong projection and lasts on the skin for around 6-7 hours! Ideal for the Father who likes to make an impact without worrying about the scent fading away. To purchase, click here.

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CALVIN KLEIN - ETERNITY FOR MEN: FLAME

  • Top Notes: Pineapple

  • Middle Notes: Rosemary

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Amber, Leather

A fragrance that takes you on an interesting journey, starting off with a sweet, punchy hit of fruitiness, that then settles down into a dense, smokey scent with a long lasting performance around 7-8 hours on the skin! If your Father enjoys interesting fragrances, then perhaps this could be one to try! To purchase, click here.

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VERSACE POUR HOMME - DYLAN BLUE

  • Top Notes: Water Notes, Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaf

  • Middle Notes: Violet Leaf, Papyrus, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Ambroxan

  • Base Notes: Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Saffron

A solid fragrance in that it delivers a fresh, aquatic scent that epitomises the Summer feeling. Perfect for this time of year and despite feeling so light, its performance is rather impressive with the fragrance lasting for around 6-7 hours! A perfect fragrance for your Father if he enjoys a fresh, aquatic scent. To purchase, click here.

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JUSBOX - BLACK POWDER

  • Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Apple, Pimento

  • Middle Notes: Suede, Tobacco Leaf, Olibanum

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli

Possibly the most interesting and unique fragrance within this Gift Guide. A leathery and spicy fragrance with a few of the fruity notes bursting out during the fragrances opening with a heavy silage and long lasting performance. If your Father enjoys having the attention on him and likes to impress, then I would strongly recommend Black Powder! To purchase, click here.

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DSQUARED2 - WOOD

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Mandarin Orange

  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Cardamom, Violet Leaf

  • Base Notes: Vetiver, White Woods, Ambroxan

WOOD opens up with a citrusy feel which then quickly turns into a more woody scent. A pretty steady fragrance in the sense that its performance is quite linear. Ideal for daytime and those who prefer a fuss-free fragrance that simply does its job! Its silage is soft-medium and lasts upon the skin for around 4-5 hours. To purchase, click here.

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LACOSTE - EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 POUR LUI FRENCH PANACHE

  • Top Notes: Lemon Zest, Mandarin Orange, Cardamom

  • Middle Notes: Apple, Lavender

  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Narcissus

A woody, aromatic fragrance that has a spicy kick throughout its performance! Eau De Lacoste French Panache lasted for up to 6-7 hours with a medium to heavy silage. I would recommend this for those Fathers who enjoy a fragrance that has a clean and sophisticated feel to it. To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Fragrance Gift Guide for Fathers Day! Are there any which you know will win your Father over? Perhaps any you think he might like to try out? Do you have any other recommendations when it comes to fragrances? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*AD/Gifted for the purpose of this Gift Guide.


FATHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY - HUGO BOSS: DARK BLUE


For this Father’s Day I wanted to give away a classic staple in any mans fragrance collection: Hugo Boss - Dark Blue! Launched in 1999, this fragrance has stood around for 20 years and still feels as fresh and as relevant today. Pretty impressive right? A fragrance that is sweet yet spicy and has a dark, mysterious undertone to it running right through its performance.

  • Top Notes: Orange, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime

  • Middle Notes: Mahogany, Cypress, Sage, Geranium, Cardamom

  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver, Cedar, Vanilla

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For your chance to win this classic fragrance, all you need to do is the following;

  1. Follow me on my Twitter page here

  2. Retweet my pinned Father's Day Giveaway tweet here

It's that simple! All entries will be checked on my Twitter feed, and the winner of Hugo Boss: Dark Blue will be announced via my Twitter on Thursday 13th June in time for Father's Day.

I wish you the very best of luck!

*Please note, this has no affiliation or link to the brand. This was purchased with my own money and this is classed as an AD due to having worked with Hugo Boss before on separate blog posts/work.


BETTY'S EASTER GIFTS 2019


For the past 3 years that I have been blogging, and whenever Easter has arrived, there is always one thing that I look forward to each time which is, a bundle of gorgeous treats from Betty’s! I feel proud and lucky to be able to work with such an iconic brand known both nationally and internationally, so it feels only right to share with you; Betty’s Easter Gifts for 2019!

I had been gifted some treats which include:

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Trio of Filled Chocolate Eggs - £10.50

A gorgeous little box which contains 3 pastel coloured eggs, all made from Betty’s finest Swiss Chocolate! A white chocolate egg filled with vanilla caramel, a pink egg filled with raspberry ganache and an eau de nil egg filled with Moët & Chandon and Marc de Champagne ganache. All of which have been hand-decorated with Royal iced-spring flowers. To purchase, click here!

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Praline & Milk Chocolate Eggs - £7.95

A continental styled paper cone, this treat contains both solid milk and praline-filled milk chocolate eggs! A fun way to enjoy some delicious Easter goodies with Betty’s illustrations displayed on it. To purchase, click here!

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Dark Chocolate Shimmer Egg - £7.50

A Venezuelan dark chocolate easter egg, a perfect alternative to those who favour dark chocolate to milk chocolate (I know I do!) - hand finished with a gold lustre and a piped design based around Betty’s Centenary emblem!

To purchase, click here.

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Betty’s Tea Room Blend (80 Tea Bags) - £4.25

A fragrant blend of teas from East Africa and Assam, these teabags can be enjoyed at any given time and these come encased in the stylish box designed by Yorkshire artist; Emily Sutton! To purchase, click here.

Milk and White Speckled Rabbits - £7.50

A group of 4 Spring rabbits, these were created using milk and white Swiss Grand Cru chocolate which are presented on a milk chocolate base. So tasty! To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this tasty guide from Betty’s, hopefully to inspire you when it comes to selecting your Easter treats for this upcoming Easter weekend! (Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April).

For more details and to have a look at the full range of Betty’s Easter treats, simply click here, or why not pop along to one of their cafes/tea rooms such as Harrogate, Harlow Carr, York, Stonegate, Ilkley, North Allerton!

Have you visited Betty’s before? If so, which tea room did you go to? Do you have any favourites from Betty’s? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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MENS LIP PRODUCTS


Over the course of the Winter period, the area on my face which seemed to suffer the most, were my lips. Dry, chapped, sore and overall, not that great to look at if I’m honest! As we live in a society where lips seem to be the main focus point within the beauty/skincare world, I knew that I had to fix this, sharp. Luckily, I had been gifted a few lip products which all aim to nourish, hydrate and restore your lips!

Within this ‘Lip-Guide’ are 6 lip products which range from your high street brands, to your luxury premium brands. I wanted to give you a variety so that when it comes to looking after your lips, it’s the right one for you. Please note, I trialled out each lip product 3-4 weeks at a time to get a full and fair use of each one starting from early October 2018 to current date - March 2019.

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KORRES - LIP BUTTER STICK £8

This Lip Butter Stick features Mandarin Oil which offers deep nourishment which aims to provide long-lasting care for your lips.

Similar to the Lab Series in the sense that they both were the easiest to use with their applications, I found that the Lip Butter Stick did indeed leave my lips feeling hydrated, however, there was a slight white mark that was left behind with each application that almost highlighted the cracked/chapped effect on my lips… That being said, my lips did feel hydrated afterwards!

To purchase, click here.

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LAB SERIES - LIP TECH £10

Formulated for all skin types, this Lip Tech from LAB Series features Beeswax which helps to protect, Shea Butter which helps to soften, and Menthol to revive and invigorate!

The taste of this particular lip balm was the most enjoyable I found, rather minty! The application was also the easiest to use as it comes in a simple tube that massages into the lips easily. The texture felt light and had next to no shine.

To purchase, click here.

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GLOSSIER - BALM DOTCOM £10

Glossier’s infamous Balm Dotcom is not only a lip balm, but can also be used on your skin such as your cuticles, elbows and any other dry patches you may have! A multi-purpose product that can cover more than one area but for me personally, this worked best on my lips.

The texture is a little heavy but quickly penetrates into my lips which leaves them feeling soft without appearing too shiny! The Balm Dotcom also comes in different flavours such as; Rose, Cherry, Mint, Coconut and Birthday.

Click here to purchase.

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MOLTON BROWN - LIP SAVER £12

Blended with antioxidant Vitamin E and beeswax, this Lip Saver from Molton Brown does exactly what it says.

Perfect for when your lips are feeling cracked and chapped, the glide applicator glides perfectly across your lips without it sticking. I also liked that my lips appeared healthy rather than that ‘glossy’, in your face effect!

To purchase, click here.

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KIEHL’S - LOVE OIL FOR LIPS £18

Now, don’t be put off by the neon packaging, but I wanted to include this recent release by Kiehl’s, mainly because I’m a huge fan of the brand, but also because this Love Oil For Lips is the product that gives the ‘glossiest’ shine to it. This particular lip product I received came in the ‘Neon Pink’ shade which surprisingly, didn’t come off as too bold!

The colour stayed relatively clear on my lips, it was just more of the shine that was noticeable. On a day to day basis, this is a little too much for me, however, for a night out, it adds that extra glow to my lips which not only helps them to look healthier, but also keeps my lips feeling hydrated too! Love Oil For Lips comes in several colours such as; Untinted (perhaps one to try if you’re after a more subtle look!), Neon Pink, Botanical Blush, Apothecary Cherry, Midnight Orchid.

To purchase, click here!

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LA MER - THE LIP BALM £52

The most expensive one featured here, but with good reason. Featuring their key ingredient: Miracle Broth and is formulated without Parabens, Phthalates and Sulfates. I liked how this Lip Balm had a minty taste to it that was rather subtle with a warm, vanilla scent.

The Lip Balm absorbed easily into my lips and the results were noticeable after 2 or 3 uses! My lips felt nourished and hydrated and felt soft again.

To purchase, click here.

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I hope you enjoyed my round-up of Lip Balms/products and that this has given you some ideas in terms of which to go for when it comes to looking after your lips!

I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these out for yourself and what worked/didn’t work for you! Drop me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button. Any questions? Feel free to ask!


PANCAKE DAY 2019


As tomorrow is officially Pancake Day here in the United Kingdom, I wanted to do a little roundup of my favourite local cafes/restaurants where you can order pancakes!

Just in time for you to make that last minute dash… After all, why go to the trouble of buying the ingredients and settling for a miserable looking pancake (well, it’s certainly miserable looking in my case when I’ve attempted to make them previously!) when you can have one that tastes as delicious as it looks!? 

HARROGATE - THE WILD PLUM // SNOOTY FROX

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The Wild Plum is renowned for its GORGEOUS food which honestly looks as beautiful as it tastes! Voted 5 stars on Trip Advisor consistently, and is ranked in the top 5 of the best restaurants to visit whilst in Harrogate, it isn’t hard to see why… Using fresh and local produce, the pancakes come with cute, little edible flowers which naturally makes for the perfect ‘Instagram shot’ alongside seasonal fruit, whipped cream, nutella, maple syrup and pecans. You can find The Wild Plum upstairs at Snooty Frox Boutique but please note, this coffee shop gets busy rather quickly, so it’s best to get there a little early to avoid queuing or any disappointment in case it’s too full!

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HARROGATE - FILMORE & UNION

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If I’m ever in need of a health kick, you’ll most likely find me grabbing a take-out Filmore & Union ‘Back to Basics’ bagel, yum. With that being said however, for a ‘naughty treat’, their pancakes are equally delicious! Using only the highest quality local, fresh produce from nearby farmers and suppliers, Filmore & Union aim to provide the best nutrients which helps nourish the body and soul. Their pancakes come with two options: 

Sweet - with Greek Yoghurt and berries 

Savoury - Scrambled eggs and bacon

I tend to opt for the ‘sweet’ version as seen in the photograph as I find savoury pancakes can be a little too heavy at times! Filmore & Union have many branches which you can find dotted all over Yorkshire which all have pancakes on their menus too.

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LONDON - NEPTUNE LONDON

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Following my recent trip to Kimpton Fitzroy down in Bloomsbury, London, I had the pleasure of visiting Neptune which is hidden away in the corner of the hotel. You can view the full review of both Kimpton Fitzroy and Neptune London and see how I got on there! I opted for their sweet pancakes which came with blueberries and raspberries drizzled in raspberry sauce along with Greek Yogurt. As I’m typing this my mouth is watering so let’s wrap this up…

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I hope these delicious pancakes have swayed your minds to try these out tomorrow!

Let me know either way what your plans are, whether you’re making them yourselves, or if you’re going out! Don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below and have a lovely evening whatever you do.


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