Summer Haul - H&M, Topshop and River Island

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Summer Haul - H&M, Topshop and River Island

I finally got around to filming a haul! There are a few things here that I've bought with holidays in mind, and others that should see plenty of wear throughout the UK summer too. I've also filmed this video in a different location from the other sit-down videos I've done so far. I think the light is much better here, plus it's easier for me to set up and film in this room. On the other hand, there is a slight echo, and as I have already received some criticism for my sound quality in the non-echoey room, this might be somewhat irritating, in which case I apologise! Do let me know what you think. If the echo is a problem then I will see if there is something I can do about it.

I hope you enjoy the haul. Let me know what your favourite piece is and what you've been buying/looking for so far this summer. And if you like the video, I would love it if you subscribed to my channel for more.



Till the next time!

Kate x
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The Best Flat Sandals For Summer 2018

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The Best Flat Sandals For Summer 2018

For the first time in two years, I have a summer holiday booked, and I could not be more excited. Admittedly, it's not till September, but it's never too early to start getting prepared, especially as the shops are full of gorgeous holiday clothes right now. So I've been having a look around, and picking up one or two things I can both take with me and wear through the English summer too. 

For example, these gorgeous gold flat sandals. They're real leather, lovely quality, and will go with everything from jeans to floaty dresses. Not only that, but they're currently on sale for less than £15, and available in tan and leopard print too. In fact, I love them so much that they inspired me to put together a collection of some of my favourite flat sandals available on the high street right now. If only I could fit all of these into my suitcase...

High Street Flat Sandals Edit 2018

1. Super cute pink bow slides, 2. Silver stars, 3. Embroidered roses
4. Fun feathers, 5. Beaded detail (these will look really pretty on), 6. Yellow flowers

Summer footwear 2018

10. Leather toe post sandals, 11. Delicate bead embellished sandals in the softest blush pink, 12. Wear these lace up gladiators with short, girly dresses.

The best flat sandal styles for summer 2018

13. Soft blue and embellished, 14. Silver sandals, embellished with pearls, 15. Hint of hot pink
16. Designer dupes, 17. Gold showstoppers (I love the idea of these for evenings out on holiday), 18. Affordable yet jewel encrusted

Which are your favourites?

Kate x

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Scent By Mail - The Subscription Box For Home Fragrance Lovers

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Scent By Mail - The Subscription Box Service For Home Fragrance Lovers

Despite being a beauty lover, I've never been tempted to subscribe to a beauty box. I've always felt that they can be a bit hit and miss in terms of what's included, and the thought of ending up with a lot of sample sized products I'm not really bothered about, for the privilege of paying a monthly fee, just isn't something that's ever appealed to me. These days, though, the subscription box market has expanded to different areas, and lately, I've found one that I really like. It's called Scent By Mail, and if you're as obsessed with scented candles and home fragrance as I am, chances are you will like it too.

Scent By Mail - The Subscription Box Service For Home Fragrance Lovers

Scent By Mail - The Subscription Box Service For Home Fragrance Lovers

Scent By Mail has been recently established by a lady called Lauren who has spent many years working in the home fragrance market and has a huge passion for filling her own home with scent. Working with 40 of the world's top brands, Scent By Mail aims to select a variety of seasonal fragrances each month, including scented candles, reed diffusers, scented sachets and more. They also offer a variety of options when it comes to buying from them. You can choose from 3, 5 or 7 piece boxes, on a rolling monthly subscription or a 3, 6 or 12 month plan. You can also buy one off boxes, or you can choose any of the above as a gift for someone else. I was sent the 5 piece Scent Enthusiast box*, which  arrived looking beautiful, and smelling even better. So what was inside?

Yankee Candle Small Jar A Calm & Quiet Place


Yankee Candle A Calm & Quiet Place

I'm a huge Yankee Candle fan, so I was thrilled to find one in the box, especially as it was a scent I hadn't tried before. A Calm & Quiet Place is new for 2018 and contains jasmine, patchouli and warm amber musk. All of these are favourites of mine, so it's no surprise that I've found a new candle obsession with this. I rarely burn candles in my home office while I'm working, but I've been doing that with this one and I'm loving it.

Lily-Flame Blush Scented Candle Tin


Lily-Flame Blush Scented Candle Tin - The First Kiss Of The Night!

Lily-Flame Blush Scented Candle Tin - The First Kiss Of The Night!

This is so pretty to look at, and there is something really addictive about the heady, sweet scent of it. It actually reminds me of a perfume I used to wear years ago, although I can't exactly remember what that perfume was, if that makes any sense! This is a brand I have heard of but never got around to trying, and I think that's one of the nice things about a subscription box like this, as you get that opportunity to become more familiar with different brands as opposed to just sticking with what's tried and tested.

Shearer Candle Amber Noir Tin Candle


Shearer Candle Amber Noir Tin Candle

Speaking of becoming familiar with different brands, this is one that was completely unknown to me, so it was interesting to find it in the box. It's absolutely gorgeous - a beautiful combination of tuberose, violets and amber which really fills the room with scent. Apparently, this is one of Shearer's bestselling fragrances and it's not hard to see why.

Yankee Candle Wax Melt Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose


Yankee Candle Wax Melt Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose

This requires a set up with a dish for the wax melt and a tea light underneath to melt it. I don't have one of these, so haven't tried this out yet, although it smells beautiful through the packaging! 

Bridgewater Candle Company Sweet Grace Scented Sachet


Bridgewater Candle Company Sweet Grace Scented Sachet

The final item in the box is something a little bit different - a scented sachet which you can slip into your wardrobe, linen cupboard, underwear drawer or anywhere you like. A delicious combination of patchouli, sparkling tea and fruity notes, it's another addictive fragrance and I'll definitely be keeping this on a shelf in my wardrobe to make my clothes smell incredible!

Although monthly subscription boxes have never really been my thing, I've absolutely loved this one and I'd definitely consider getting another, either as a treat to myself every now and then or as a gift for a friend. Prices start at £13.50, while the 5 piece box like mine costs £20 per month plus £2.95 for postage and packaging.

Do you receive any subscription boxes? What are your thoughts on a home fragrance version?

Kate x

*Gifted item. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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Yoga At The Shard

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Vlog 2 - Yoga at the Shard

I made my first vlog for YouTube recently, and not only did I love putting it together, but it quickly became my most watched video yet. So it stood to reason that I was going to make another! Getting the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers and participate in a yoga class high up in the Shard with incredible views of London was an opportunity I didn't want to miss, and I was determined to capture it on film too.

The Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London

The event was organised by Forever, a brand I've worked with in the past, to promote their Argi+ supplements, a vitamin complex that helps reduce fatigue. Having been impressed with Forever's signature Aloe Vera gel as well as their Infinite skincare range, I was definitely keen to get involved. I was so glad I did, as it was a fantastic experience, and I hope I've managed to capture a little of that in this video.

You can watch the vlog on my YouTube channel or right here. Hope you enjoy!



Are you a fan of yoga? And what's the most spectacular view you've ever seen?

Kate x
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5 Makeup Products For A Long Lasting Base

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I flit between a lot of different requirements when it comes to my base makeup. Flawless or natural, matte or dewy, bronzed or fair - I could want any of those things on any given day. One thing I always want from my base, however, is longevity. No matter what look I'm going for, I want it to last the distance. There's nothing worse than being in the middle of an event/meeting/day out and worrying that your face is falling off! Lately, I've been using a combination of products that seems to work really well, giving me a natural yet polished base that lasts a solid 8 or more hours of wear. It would be remiss of me not to share, so here are my 5 hero products for a long lasting base.

1. Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum


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I've rediscovered this primer in recent months and I'm thrilled to have it back in my collection. It's so light to wear which is lovely in the warmer weather, and really feels more like a serum than a primer. My skin feels instantly smoother after I've applied this, and no matter what foundation I wear, I notice an improvement in how long it lasts when I have this on underneath. As if that wasn't enough, Perfect Canvas contains hyluronans, which increase the hydration and elasticity of the skin, as well as a-Glucans to promote the growth of skin friendly bacteria and optimise skin health. A primer that feels light as air, nourishes your skin and makes your makeup last longer? Yes please! I wrote a more in-depth review of Perfect Canvas a while back so do check it out if you're interested in this product.  

2. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation


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This is my most recent purchase of the 6, although I gave a very brief first impressions of it in this vlog. Bought on a bit of a whim, I picked it up because I was in need of a new foundation and  had the vague idea in the back of my mind that I had heard good things about this one. I've been wearing it every single day since I bought it and I'm so impressed. I got the shade True Ivory, which is a great match for my fair to medium skin tone. It's a creamy formula with higher coverage than I've used for a while, but the finish is still very natural and gives a lovely glow to the skin. It lasts a decent length of time on its own, but does even better when layered over the Ren primer. Containing hydrating properties as well, it's the best drugstore foundation I've tried in a long time and I will definitely  be repurchasing when I finish my bottle. It's under £10 anyway, but I've found it on sale at Very if you feel like giving it a go.

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3. Clarins Instant Concealer


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While I've been loving the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer recently, I feel that the Clarins Instant Concealer just has the edge when it comes to not settling into fine lines during the course of the day, so that's why I've gone with this one for my current favourite long lasting base products. It's also very effective at brightening the under eye area and conceals blemishes nicely too. The packaging isn't my favourite as it's a little messier to apply than concealers with a doe-foot applicator, but I can put up with that as it gives such lovely results. The texture is fairly fluid, which I think helps to keep it from sinking into lines, yet it packs a punch when it comes to coverage too. For anyone over a certain age, or indeed anyone who worries about their concealer making them look older due to emphasising lines, this is a great one to go for.

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4. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder


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This lighter than air, finely milled setting powder is perfect for setting the concealer under my eyes. Containing micronised pigments, it's designed to keep from settling into fine lines, while the transparent white colour adds a subtle brightening effect. I don't set my whole face with this, just under my eyes, where the extra brightening is welcome. It's perfect for adding that additional layer of protection to my under eye makeup without disturbing what's already there.

5. Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist


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Once I've applied the rest of my makeup over the base products mentioned above, I'll set it all in place with a quick spritz of Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. Containing rose water and green tea, this smells like a spring morning, contains skin hydrating and balancing properties and feels so lovely to use. It leaves my makeup looking fresh and ever so slightly dewy and helps to prolong the wear just that little bit further. You can also carry it with you for a quick refresh on the go, as the hit of hydration it provides can help to stop makeup sinking into lines as the day wears on. My one criticism of this product is that I wish the spray was a little bit finer, but I do love using it and definitely feel it helps my makeup last longer.

What are your favourite makeup products for a long lasting base?

Kate x

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The Button Down Dress Edit

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Every season brings its own trends. Some are exciting, new and different, and some are subtle reworking of old classics. Right now, I'm crushing hard on one of the latter - button down dresses. Well, as a matter of fact, I'm loving button down everything right now - tops, skirts, even trousers - especially with those distinctive, slightly oversized horn buttons that seem to be popping up all over the high street. But with the weather having been so warm lately, it's dresses I'm most focussed on, so I thought I would put together my own little edit of the button down dresses I'm most loving on the high street right now.

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Not least is this cute blue dress from Topshop. Perfect for summer holidays and just as useful for warmer days at home, it could not be easier to wear. The fabric is actually a very thin denim, but you'd never guess as it feels so soft, light and cool. The frilled sleeves and those gorgeous horn buttons add just enough in the way of design details, while the A-line cut and tie back ensure that it retains a flattering shape. I've accessorised with my favourite cream circle bag - I'm warning you now, you are going to be sick of the sight of this by the end of the summer! - as well as some lace up flat sandals and oversized sunglasses. Perfect for warm sunny days, whether you're strolling through a field of bluebells or not.

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I've also recently purchased the midi length, black linen bardot dress, another Topshop find, which you'll spot in the edit below. Again, I had summer holidays in mind when I bought this. I'm going away at the beginning of September and, as much as I don't want to wish the intervening months away, I can't wait! The black dress has such a chic and elegant vibe about it, yet it's effortless too. Definitely one to take you from day to evening.

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I will admit to being quite greedy when it comes to clothes, and there are so many more button down dresses I am lusting after right now - most of which you will find in my edit! Still on the summer holiday theme, the fresh white and nautical striped options would be ideal, while I love the idea of the sleek lemon dress with the buttons to one side for an evening out or even a wedding.

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Looking well put together without having to make much effort is such a great feeling, and in my opinion, button down dresses are perfect for this. You could quite easily take any one of the dresses I've selected, add sandals, shades and a straw bag, and you'd have yourself an outfit that's both classic and bang on trend. Who knew fashion could be so easy?!

Are you a fan of button down dresses?

Kate x

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My First Ever Vlog!

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Vlog! Getting My Hair Done

A couple of weeks back I went to get my hair done, and decided it might be fun to use the opportunity as a practise run for vlogging, which is something I've not yet attempted on my YouTube channel. I never intended to actually upload this, but once I'd finished editing it I thought, why not? It's fairly haphazardly thrown together on my iPhone, but I hope you'll enjoy this little snippet of my day. As well as getting my roots lightened, I share my first impressions of a new drugstore foundation, heat up a pizza, and somehow manage to completely miss the Tour de Yorkshire on the day it passes through my town. Now if that's not entertainment, I don't know what is!

You can watch the vlog on YouTube or right here. Enjoy!



Kate x
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Yardley London Lily Of The Valley And English Bluebell

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As anyone who's visited my blog before will probably know, I'm a huge fan of floral fragrances. I'm also a sucker for pretty packaging, so when this lovely delivery from Yardley London arrived on my doorstep last week, it made my day. I've reviewed some similar products from the brand in recent months (check out my timeless beauty gift sets post if you missed it), so I'll keep this short and sweet, but Yardley do these little affordable luxuries so well that I just had to share. This time, they were kind enough to send me body washes and body lotions from two very spring appropriate ranges - Lily  Of The Valley and English Bluebell.

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Body Washes


My favourite thing about Yardley body washes is that they are equally good used as a shower gel or a bubble bath. They foam up beautifully, and leave behind a lovely floral fragrance that lingers subtly on the skin. As tempted as I am to use them up myself, I think I'm going to leave them in my guest bathroom. They look beautiful lined up on the shelf, and I always think it makes visitors feel more at home to have some nice toiletries available for them to use.

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Body Lotions


Lightweight but hydrating, these body lotions are ideal for the warmer months, or whenever you want to smell like spring flowers! Just like the body washes, the floral fragrances are beautiful without being overpowering. Again, I think these would make a lovely addition to a guest bathroom. Often, when I'm visiting friends or family for a night or two, I'll travel light and maybe skip a body lotion as a non-essential item for a short trip. On those sort of occasions, it's lovely to find one sitting ready for me in the bathroom.

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I love both the Lily Of The Valley and the English Bluebell fragrances, and it's such a nice idea to use them now while both are in bloom across the UK. I actually took some outfit photos with a backdrop of bluebells recently and they'll be coming to the blog soon!

Whether you keep them for yourself or offer them to guests, these products are a pleasure to use, smell wonderful and are really affordable too, with each one coming in at well under £10.

Are you a fan of floral fragranced products?

Kate x

*Gifted item. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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How To Wear Coloured Jeans

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I've said it before and I'll say it again - I spend most of my day-to-day life in jeans. They're comfortable, practical and suitable for just about every non-fancy occasion, which to be honest equates to about 90% of my life! The average pair of jeans doesn't require much thought when it comes to styling, and that's the beauty of them - they just work with everything. But a recent scroll through the Topshop website presented me with a bit of a dilemma. I fell in love with a pair of jeans that wasn't my usual "type". Pastel pink and covered in tiny diamanté studs, they're about as far away from practical as you could possibly get. Nevertheless, I loved the summery vibe of them, so I decided I just had to make them work. As a result, I've come up with a few tips on how to wear coloured jeans, and because one new obsession tends to spark another, I've also put together a few of my favourite coloured denim pieces that are available on the high street right now.

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Choose The Colour And Style That Works For You


This might sound a bit obvious from the outset, but I think it can be easy to get carried away by the idea of trying something radically different when it comes to choosing coloured jeans. Picking a colour that you already know works well for you, and that will fit into your existing wardrobe, makes it a lot more likely that you're going to love and actually wear your new coloured jeans. The same goes for the cut. In my case, skinnies are my comfort zone, so that's what I've gone for here.

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Build The Outfit Around The Jeans


Standard blue, black or even white jeans tend to be a bit of a fall-back item. When I'm planning an outfit, I'll generally choose the top I want to wear first and the jeans get thrown in as an afterthought, because I know they'll work with anything. Coloured denim turns this on its head. Whether they're rainbow bright or soft and pastel, coloured jeans are a statement piece, so you need to build the outfit around them.

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Neutrals Always Work


There's a bit of a trend at the moment for wearing different bright colours together and if that's something that looks good on you, go for it. It's a look I really admire on other people, but not one I can pull off myself. Neutrals, however, are always going to work. My relaxed fit white shirt is the perfect partner for these pink jeans, although I think a soft lacy top in the same hue would work just as well. In fact, I think that white tops and jackets in general would look great with any pastel coloured jeans - I love the idea of lemon or lilac. If brights are more your thing, red jeans with a Breton striped top and navy blazer would work beautifully - you cannot beat a classic nautical combination - while black or grey would look amazing with cobalt blue. 

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Coloured Jeans Are Not Just For Kids


Before I bought my pink jeans, I was of the opinion that coloured jeans were more of a "young" trend, but now I think it's all in the styling. Having had mine for a couple of weeks, I actually think it's quite easy to make coloured jeans look grown up. For me, the key is to add at least one smart piece into the mix. A tailored shirt, blazer or Chanel style jacket would do the trick, or perhaps a structured handbag or a smart pair of shoes. Just one piece like this adds instant sophistication and polish to your outfit and makes you look like a grown up, even if you are wearing bubblegum pink jeans covered in tiny diamanté studs.

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I'm definitely a convert to coloured denim now, and not just for jeans. Below, I've put together a little collection of some of my favourite coloured denim on the high street right now. I am seriously tempted by the pink skirt. 

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Are you a fan of coloured jeans, or coloured denim in general? Do you agree with my styling tips, and do you have any of your own to add? I would love to know!

Kate x

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April Favourites

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April Favourites 2018 Kate Louise Blogs

This is a little bit belated, but on the other hand, is there ever a bad time to share a few of my favourite things with you? Didn't think so! This month, some accessories I've been wearing to death, a couple of new beauty discoveries I'm obsessed with and the TV show that's been the highlight of Saturday nights spent chilling at home.

You can watch my April Favourites on my YouTube channel or right here if you prefer.



What have you been loving lately?

Kate x
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The 2 Hero Products You Need For Summer Ready Feet

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As much as I welcome the arrival of sunshine and warmer weather with open arms, they do bring with them certain concerns. Have I topped up that tan? Am I going to feel body confident in a bikini on that beach holiday that's suddenly around the corner? And are my feet fit to be seen in summer sandals after what feels like an eternity in boots? When it comes to the latter, I have to admit to being a little lazy over the winter months. The UK was treated to a mini heatwave a couple of weeks back after months on end of freezing weather, and let's just say that my feet in strappy sandals were most definitely not fit for a princess. Obviously, something had to be done about this, and fast. So I headed straight back to basics, and back to the place that I find pretty much impossible to beat when it comes to products for getting your feet summer ready - The Body Shop.

Hero Product 1 - File A Foot


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This is about as basic as it gets, but in my opinion, you really cannot beat this simple £5 foot file. Resembling an oversized nail file, it has a rougher side and a smoother side and is incredibly effective at sloughing away that unpleasant, tough dry skin that can build up on feet, especially heels, if we neglect them. While I have tried one of the fancier battery operated foot exfoliators in the past - and found it excellent - the effortless simplicity of this foot file seems to suit me best right now. You don't have to faff around with changing batteries or rollers and it gives you pretty much instantaneous results.

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The first time I used this after a winter of neglect, I couldn't believe how much softer my feet felt. Having used these in the past, I know that it will last a long time before I need to replace it, and I'm very happy to have this low tech but super efficient little tool back in my routine. I'm using it every morning before jumping in the shower, and even if I did nothing else, it makes a world of difference by itself to the state of my feet.

Hero Product 2 - Heavy Duty Hemp Moisturiser


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The Body Shop moisturisers in general are some of my all time favourites, and the hemp range is their most intensive. Dubbed the "heavy duty" moisturiser, it really does feel incredibly thick, rich and nourishing on the skin. It doesn't have a beautiful scent like many of their other body butters and it's that little bit more expensive too, but trust me, if you're suffering with any areas of persistent dry skin anywhere on your body, this is the stuff that will sort it out. There is a dedicated foot cream in this range, but I've gone for the body butter version instead. I actually prefer the more solid texture of this and feel as though it's the most effective at moisturising my feet. Not only that, but it's twice the size of the foot cream yet considerably less than twice the price, so it's better value for money too. (This is just my personal preference, and I'm sure the actual foot cream is also wonderful.) I love slathering my feet in a generous amount of this and then popping some fluffy socks on until it has sunk in.

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I only reintroduced these products into my routine a few days ago, but already my feet feel so much softer and look so much nicer. All I need now is some pretty polish on my toe nails and they will be ready for summer and all those open sandals!

What are some of your favourite products for getting your feet summer ready? And which nail polish colours will you be rocking on your toes throughout the warmer months?

Kate x
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