Tuesday 3 May 2016

April Favourites

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You guys know the drill by now. If I do a monthly favourites post, I keep it to five items, because... well, because I'm lazy, basically. But this month I just had to include seven. Yes, that's right, seven whole favourites! I've got two perfumes, three lip products and two accessories. So shall we just jump right in?

April Favourites 2 - Zara Scarf

1. Zara Scarf 

I can't believe I'm including a scarf as a favourite this far into the year, but I kid you not, it is snowing as I write this. I knew the weather was going to be poor for my trip to North Yorkshire recently, and I felt really sick of all my winter clothes, so I ordered a couple of things from Zara just to perk up my outfits a bit. This scarf was one of them, and I absolutely love it. It's a creamy white on one side and delicate beige on the other, and the combination looks really lovely when it's wrapped around your neck. It's also incredibly soft against your skin and kept me so cosy when out and about in this unseasonable weather. I know I'm going to love wearing this next autumn/winter too.

April Favourites 3 - Zara Boots

2. Zara Boots 

Hands down my number one favourite this month. I ordered these along with the scarf and thoroughly enjoyed wearing them on my trip and pretty much everywhere else really. You know when you really love a new pair of shoes and keep looking down at them as you walk along? I may or may not have been doing that! They pull on and off - so they're effortless - and the low heel means they're super comfortable, which was great on my trip as we did quite a bit of walking. I totally love the design of these and the whole cowgirl vibe. They look fab with jeans, but I also think they'd work beautifully with denim shorts or floaty dresses during festival season - not that I'm a festival kind of girl, but if you are then I think they'd be a great choice!

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3. Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent Perfume*

Powerful, earthy and distinctive, I have been loving wearing this unusual fragrance this month. If you want to know more about it, you can check out my review here if you haven't already. Suffice it to say that if you like your perfumes to pack a serious punch, you will love this.

What a shame I only have a tiny little sample of this instead of the very Instagram-worthy full size bottle! Even so, I couldn't not include it in my favourites this month, because I'm completely in love with it. It's about as different from Vetiver Insolent as you could imagine, so delicate, yet I love it just as much. It smells fresh and floral, with just a hint of the sea about it. Basically, it's what you'd imagine a princess would smell like on her yacht on the deep blue, sun-kissed waters of the Mediterranean. If you want to smell like a princess on a yacht then you need this!

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April Favourites 6 - Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

I'll be honest - this was one of the products in my goodie bag from the Debenhams Press Day that I wasn't so excited about. I've never really been that bothered about tinted lip balms before. If I want to moisturise my lips, I'll wear a lip balm, and if I want colour on them, I'll wear a lipstick. I think it's mostly because they're sheer, and sheer lip products don't do much for me as my lips are naturally quite pigmented. But this one is so lovely. I have the shade Hibiscus, which is deep enough to show up on my lips, yet maintains all the effortlessness of a sheer product. It's also beautifully moisturising and feels gorgeous to wear. I came back from North Yorkshire with a horrible head cold, so this past week I've wanted my makeup to be as hassle free as possible. This has really fit the bill and helped to make me look human too. Winner!

April Favourites 7 - Mac Spice Lip Pencil

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6. Mac Lip Pencil in Spice

Number 6 and number 7 go together, and the combination is something I 100% shamelessly stole from Tamara from The Glam and Glitter. If you don't already know of her and you like your fashion and beauty fit for a princess, then you need to go check out her blog and YouTube channel. She basically is that princess on the yacht! Tamara mentioned a lip gloss in her March Favourites Video that looked so incredible on her lips that I knew straight away I was going to have to go out and get it. She also talked about often wearing it with Mac Spice, and since I've never actually owned a Mac lip pencil (gasp!) I decided to get both products. It turned out to be a great move because Mac Spice is just gorgeous. I can totally see why so many people adore Mac lip pencils. The shade, colour pay-off and application are all superb. And while Spice looks great on its own, it looks even better paired with...

April Favourites 9 - Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Gloss in Seductive Honey

Oh my goodness, this lip gloss. It's so beautiful, and gives the most delicious plumping effect and shine to the lips. When paired with Mac Spice it's absolutely stunning. I wore the combination out for dinner and drinks recently and it also wore beautifully over time, fading slowly and evenly. I definitely need more of these glosses. Thanks Tamara!

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Swatches from left - Mac Spice, Estee Lauder Seductive Honey, the dream combination 

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And that, my friends, concludes my April favourites! Anything take your fancy here? What have you been loving this month?

Kate x

*PR Sample. All opinions, as always, are my own


  1. I really want to feel like a princess on a yacht! If a perfume can do that, it is worth checking out, I guess.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Love the Boots, they look so pretty and cool :) Mac Spice is beautiful and paired with the lipgloss makes a really nice combination! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  3. Ah wow, it doesn't snow where I live but it does get really cold. As I type this I'm actually cuddled up in a blanket and I'm still freezing! I love that Zara scarf, it would be perfect paired with a nice coat for the weather we're having in Melbourne lately.


  4. LOVE your boots! :)

    Photography & Fashion Blog


  5. Love the boots and the lip combi. It's so beautiful :)

    Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit | Curious And Confused Me

  6. The scarf is really lovely - having different colours on either side is such a good idea, it would look awesome on!

    Jane / deluminators

  7. The scarf is beautiful and I love the combination of Mac spice pencil and that gloss. That looks amazing!

  8. Obessed with Burts Bees, the products sort my skin right out - even my boyfriend loves them! Those boots from Zara are gorgeous, I can see why they are in your favourites!


  9. I loved reading your favourites, I always enjoy these kinds of posts. I absolutely love the scarf and boots from Zara. They're gorgeous and both look so versatile. The boots especially are amazing and I can totally see them working perfectly with so many great spring and summer outfits. By the way, how crazy is the weather at the moment? We had snow here in Manchester too a few days ago. I'm so ready for some sunshine. I hope you enjoyed your trip, Katie xx


  10. The scarf and the boots are my favourite pieces!


  11. I really want to smell that Capri scent as I have a Vince Camuto perfume and it smells divine! xx

  12. Who wouldn't want to smell like a Princess on a yacht? Need to smell that perfume now! xx


  13. In love with the boots. So pretty

    Take care doll! Kisses,

  14. You're so lucky to have pigmented lips, I have tried that Burt's Bees tinted lip balm before but it looks like crap on me and actually dries out my lips.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. Such lovely favorites! My favorites video is going to be coming this weekend in video format. Such a nice pair of boots, I want those! xx adaatude.com

  16. Fantastic favorites! Love them all :)

    xoxo ❤
    Melania | modeintechnicolor.blogspot.com

  17. love that boots! :)

    xoxo, rae


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