February

February is usually my most favourite month of the year but this year I think I would call it the worst… I do not like to dwell on negatives and I try to focus on good staff but every now and again I have my ups and downs. Part of my life you see on this blog is very fashion and lifestyle based and I try to show you the best and most interesting things that are happening in my life. The other part tends to be hectic as well as difficult and at times like every human, I have my problems…

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Moving on from that I did managed to publish quite a few posts in February and got even more work done and pictures coming in the future weeks. The post I liked the most was trend related and I would recommend it check it out if you have not had a chance yet (available here). As I get a lot of questions about handbags, how to start the collection and where to invest you money, I am thinking of doing a comprehensive post listing all the does and don’ts. Let me know if it is something you would be interested in ?

My favourite outfit of the month would have to go the most recent one (available here if you want to check it out). I love the relaxed vibe of the look and just being comfortable in what I am wearing. Plus the scarf adds that something different that I have not tried before !

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My favourite(s) of last month would have to go to beauty products. I have been pretty minimalistic with my fashion purchases and somehow concentrated on beauty more that ever before. I have been loving most of the products I tried in particular these two…

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Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay

I feel like I quite late to the party as both of these have a cult status but sometimes it takes me longer to buy into idea of needing to own certain things. But without the shadow of the doubt they are worth the money and I have been using them daily.

As for my resolution to travel somewhere different every month, it looks like I failed completely this month. It was too busy both at work and in my personal life and unfortunately I had to stay home. However, it looks like I have one very unexpected trip coming up in March so stay tuned for that !

How was your month like ? I would love to hear from you !

As usual thank you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you soon !

Aggie x

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November

November is one of my least favourite months. Cannot really explain why but somehow it feels gloomy and brings up bad memories. Last year my husband had serious accident this time of the year and it took him well over six months to recover.

This year November was different and it brought some changes both in our professional and private life which I am looking forward to embracing. The weather have been pretty mild and I had not had a chance to catch a cold (yet !). We also had our first snow in UK which made me feel a little bit more festive.

Last month was a month of spending… Right or wrong I have made few purchases that I will be able to share with you all in the near future. Season of sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is not something I go crazy about but somehow I felt that I needed to add some essentials to my wardrobe !

Most loved item‘ title would have to go to this Acne Studios scarf. It is the softest and warmest of scarves and the quality is to die for. I like the shade of grey as well, not too light not too dark.

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Second of the items I have been loving this month is the pair of sneakers by Isabel Marant you may have already seen here and here. They are not new, I got them last year but somehow only this autumn I have learnt to love them. They are super comfortable, well-made and add a little bit of edge to my outfits.

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Blog has been doing very well last month and there were number of posts you really liked. Gifts ideas for her and him ended up on the top of your favourites. They were quite tricky to prepare so I am happy that you checked them out and enjoyed my suggestions.

The blog post that you liked the least was vlog from Brighton (available here if you are interested). I personally really like this post as it brings back positive memories but I agree if may not be for everyone.

One thing that I have missed in November is going for a walk. With so many nice villages  around where I live I should definitely do it more often than I do !

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In December I am looking forward to some family time as well as documenting first Christmas on the blog. I cannot wait to share some of my Christmas traditions with you all and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

I have four different videos in a making on my YouTube channel (one of which is an incredible train ride from Sri Lanka…) so stay tune for that and do not forget to subscribe.

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As usual thank you very much for stopping by !!

Aggie xx

Five beauty products worth the hype…

There is nothing worse than spending your own hard-earned money on a particular beauty product that is not worth it… That is even more painful if the product in question is on a pricy side.

Over the years, I have made that mistake on several occasions. I have also tried product that I liked and would use again but only a few became my holly grails. I am more than happy to share them with you today and I promise that if you decide to give any of them a chance, you would not be disappointed !

I discovered both products on one of the YouTube channels I follow and decided to try both for myself. I had high hopes but the reality was even better. They are by far the best shampoo and conditioner combo I have ever used !

They make your hair unbelievable smooth and shiny and somehow healthier looking. I like the texture, the smell, the fact that they are made from natural ingredients and that they are sulphates-free.

I am a huge fan of cleansing balms and tried a lot (I mean a lot !)… This one is probably the most luxurious yet still more affordable than others.

It takes all the make up off in one go and leaves my skin fresh and moisturized. It has the right consistency and texture without any artificial fragrance or colorants. I love everything about this product and I cannot recommend it strong enough !

I wanted to try this one for a long time and when I finally did I liked it instantly. Firstly, due to very luxurious packaging and nice, thick consistency. Overtime, I discovered that my under-eye area is much smoother and defiantly less discoloured.

It is not the cheapest of the eye creams but it is by far the best one I have ever tried !

I really do not like to fake tan. I am not keen on the smell and the fact that most fake tanning products make my skin dry and itchy. This one is different… It is an oil to start with and somehow makes the tanning process easier and more enjoyable.

The tan is very natural looking, never yellow and stays on my skin longer than anything else. I like the packaging too and as you only need small amount this one is fairly reasonable priced too !

I wanted to keep this post fairly skin care based but this one was so obvious to me than I could not resist. It is tinned moisturizer by Nars (I currently use the matte version but they are both equally as good !).

It is very light cream-foundation with a good coverage so much so that my colleague at work was really surprise when I told her that I have no foundation on !

It has a natural finish, moisturizes my skin and never leaves it dry and uncomfortable. A clear winner and a long favourite of mine…

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What are your holly grail products ?

I would love for you to let me know and maybe recommend something I have not tried before ?

As usual, thank you very much for stopping by !!

Love,

Aggie xx

Current favourites August

The idea for this post came to me quite some time ago as I did one before (available here). I love watching my favourite bloggers uploading videos discussing fashion and beauty choices of the month and their personal recommendations. It helps me to discover and select products and items I would like to try to purchase for myself.

I thought it will be good to share my personal favourites list and see if I can be of any help to anybody ?

Fashion:

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I simply cannot get enough of these shoes (first shown here). They are the perfect flat sandal and as I love them so much, I am now considering adding different colour of the same shoes into my collection.

They are not cheap but the quality matches the price and in my opinion they add that special something into every outfit.

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When I bought this shirt, I had no idea how much I would love it. It is of a beautiful quality, fits perfectly and it is so versatile that adding different elements of the outfit cannot be easier. It is now a true staple in my closet and one of the few items I could not be without !!

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Something new for me as I was always more conservative when adding injection of colour. But now I love my red lip, it gives a bust of confidence and feels very natural.

I think that adding collar or lipstick it is the best way to experiment with colour without pushing the boundaries too hard… Any recommendations for a new red lipstick for me to try ? My favourite one will be a surprice for some of you but it is this one here !!

Beauty:

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If you follow my blog for a while you may know that I am a huge fan of Diptyque fragrances. I have already spoken about another scent before (here) and now I have added this one to my list of must haves. It is so unusual, yet interesting without being overwhelming and at your face.

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One of my essentials that I put on most days. It is natural and delicate enough for every day use and will never leave your lips dry and uncomfortable. The colour is a perfect match for me and I love the smell, packaging and presentation.

Culture:

It was not a type of movie I would think I am going to enjoy but I did. Charlize Theron is spectacular and the movie is packed with unexpected twists and surprises. It is maybe on a violent side and it made me uncomfortable at times but all in all so worth seeing. Plus the outfits selection is to die for…

  • Chopin music

Classic music is something that I love and always have, especially in the evening. It helps me to relax and rest properly. Chopin is not for everyone but is something that I have been enjoying and listening to most days in the last few weeks.

What have you been enjoying lately ?

Is there anything else I should try ?

Thank you very much for your visit and I hope to see you all very soon !!

Love,

Aggie xx

Find your perfect match… foundation !!

I have already revealed my favourite fragrances and pairs of jeans so it is high time for my most tested make up essential… foundation. I have tried variety from the cheapest on the market to the most expensive. Sometimes the price is not a guarantee for quality and as you will be able to see on my shortlist some of my favourite foundations are available on the high street. Good foundation must be durable, blend well and never cake or look like a mask… Colour selection is crucial, but over time you can learn to blend different shades to create the best match.

So without further delay that is what I have for you. I have selected five of my absolute favourites (plus that extra special one) and I will present them in a price order from the cheapest to the most expensive one !

My latest discovery that can easily compete with the high-end brands. I love how durable it is and how natural my skin looks. It comes in variety of shades but to get my perfect match I normally mix two shades in equal proportions ivory and true ivory. It offers medium to full coverage and it is ideal for day and night.

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The one I would recommend for everyone to try. The coverage of this foundation is unbelievable, it will cover anything ! Consistency and the feel on your face is like there is nothing there. The only negative is quite limited colour range. From my experience finding the right shade may require mixing different shades…

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This brand is quite new to me and initially I was very caution to try it. I am very glad that I did because this foundation is amazing ! It offers full coverage and can easily cover blemished and dark circles. Shades are quite close to each other and I can easily buy one of three and they will all match !

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Nothing else will give you so much glow and general appearance of health than this foundation. It is a perfect colour match for me (shade Deauville for the reference) but I tend to use it more in summer than winter as it is lighter in texture and it will give you maximum of medium coverage.

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Not cheap but in my opinion worth every penny. It does offer quite high coverage and it lasts forever… I love that you only need a small amount of this foundation to make such a difference to your face. It is probably better for combination skin as it will suppress any shine but I always made it work for me as well.

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Bonus one as it is number six on the list. My shade (number 2) got discontinued some time ago and I do not use it anymore. Very pricy but in my opinion worth every penny. Will last months plus it smells of roses so be prepared to get sold on it quicker than you think !

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That is it for today… I hope you liked it and please let me know if I missed anything off ?

As usual many thanks for stopping by and see you soon very soon !!

Aggie xx

Ps. The cover picture is by Adam Trzcionka our amazing wedding photographer !!