Who doesn’t love receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers? When Blossoming Gifts got in touch to ask if I wanted to review their service, the answer was a no-brainer. Fast forward to my chosen delivery date and a beautifully packaged box arrived filled with peony perfection.

Blossoming Gifts are a UK company offering stunning hand-tied flowers, potted plants, hampers and personalised gifts. After some serious deliberation I opted for the Scented Pink Peony bouquet* and I actually oohed and ahhed when I opened the box, even before arranging them in a vase!

Before trying Blossoming Gifts, I was a tad sceptical about boxed flowers but as soon as the package arrived I was totally won over. The peonies arrived tied and fastened in the box and looked totally fresh, not showing any signs of their adventurous postal journey. The flowers were delivered as buds and mine took a day or two to fully bloom. The bouquet was made up of 8 peonies and a healthy amount of green bell foliage, which was beautifully delicate and complemented the flowers perfectly.

I was super grateful for the no-nonsense care instructions that came in the box – who knew peonies were such thirsty flowers? I’m a bit of stickler for instructions and was keen to see if I’d get the guaranteed 7 days of freshness by following them to the letter, and I totally did! My bouquet started to turn on day 8 which couldn’t be faulted at all.

If you’re looking for a floral gift or just want to treat yourself, I’d highly recommend the Blossoming Gift service. Their website is super easy to use, the photography is beautiful and they truly cater for every budget with a gorgeous collection for under £20. I’d recommend checking out the orchids, succulents and rainbow collection, and the Scented British Sweet Pea and Rose bouquet is stunning too!

For 33% off your Blossoming Gift order use the code BGIFT33.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Wet N Wild Photo Focus is a relatively new range brought out to create a perfect base that lasts all day and looks flawless, especially in photographs. Think instagram filters but in real life. That was the end goal I was expecting when I picked up the primer, foundation and setting spray and I’m surprised to say that for an inexpensive drugstore brand, they have unequivocally delivered. 
 
Pores are a nightmare when it comes to the appearance of certain foundations and can be a bugbear for many of us. This Wet n Wild Photo Focus primer seriously smooths out the appearance of your skin and fine lines without blocking pores – imagine polyfiller for the skin. Some silicone based primers can feel greasy on the skin but not this one. There was a noticeable difference in the longevity of my makeup and the tube has been lasting me really well. I tend to only apply this to my cheeks and chin as oppose to all over and I wouldn’t be without it now. This is the best drugstore primer I’ve ever used. 
 
Where do I start with this… Full coverage? Check. Light-weight feeling? Check. Long wearing? Check. A joy to apply? Check. Evens out skin tone? Check. Glowy finish with a semi-matte finish? Check. I could go on all day as to why this stuff is sh*t hot but the general buzz in the beauty world speaks for itself. This stuff is genuinely worth every penny, and it’s only $6.00 to start with. I would prefer the bottle to come with a pump but that aside, this foundation is changing the game and seriously competes with many luxury alternatives. Wet n Wild have brought out 20 shades and have tested SEVEN light conditions, with and without the flash to ensure this is perfect, and they have without a doubt succeeded. 
 
Before Wet n Wild I was never a huge lover of setting sprays, but this is some sort of magic potion I wish I’d known about years ago. I can get to the end of the day with makeup that looks freshly applied; it’s actually become something of a challenge now. The pump on this setting spray could be a bit better and disperse product more evenly but for under $5.00 you can’t complain too much, and it doesn’t make the product less effective.
 
If I was to order the Wet N Wild Photo Focus range by preference, you can probably tell the foundation would come in solid first place, followed by the primer and then the setting spray. All three are fantastic but there’s no denying the foundation seriously competes with higher-end alternatives, and for $5 you’d be nuts not to stock up on a few bottles!
 
Have you tried the range yet? Let me know what you think in the comments!
 
Sincerely, Sarah xx

I love a good gift guide and with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 18th June, I hope this will come in handy. As with all of my gift guides, I’ve included prezzies to suit all budgets and interests. Some Dad’s

1. Pitt Cue Co. – The Cookbook – £17.00 – If your Dad is always next to the BBQ on sunny afternoons, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. My foodie boyfriend adores Pitt Cue Co as a restaurant and this book really does bring their quality to your kitchen (or garden!). If you’ve left shopping to the last minute, you can make the most of Amazon’s Prime delivery too. 

2. Clinique For Men, Age Repair Set – £32.00 – I swear by Clinique or Clarins for men – they both do what they say they will and look great in the bathroom. This Age Repair set would be a great gift for new Dad’s and slightly older Dad’s. 

3. Sipsmith London Dry Gin Gift Box – £28.00 – Gin is now the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK – it’s even overtaken beer! Sipsmith gin is a great option and the gift box adds a little bit of extra occasion. 

4. GANT Summer Polo Shirt – £60.00 – Buying clothes for men can be a bit hit and miss but if you know your Dad’s favourite brands, you can’t go too far wrong. This GANT polo shirt is a pretty universal option, comes in lots of colours and you know you’re going to be getting good quality. Just make sure to get a gift receipt if you have a guess with the sizing! 

5. Penderyn Welsh Single Malt Whisky – £35.00 – If your Father isn’t a gin man – and mine isn’t – how about a good bottle of whisky? I know a bottle of Penderyn goes down a treat with my Dad, but why not mix it up and opt for one he’s not used to. I can vouch for this being a total crowd pleaser.

6. Nespresso Pixie – £149.99 – I bought my Dad a Nespresso machine for his birthday this year and it’s possibly the best thing I’ve ever got him. Nespresso have a great range of coffee machines so whatever your budget, they’ll have an option for you. Every machine comes with a selection of coffee pods so collectively it’s a really well-rounded gift.

7. M&S Shoe Care Kit – £15.00 – A bit of self-care goes a long way and for £15.00, this shoe care kit is a fab gift. A good shoe polish and brush are staples for many men so why not revamp your Dad’s stash with this purpose made kit?

8. Chanel, Bleu De Chanel Eau Du Parfum – £87.00 – For a well-groomed man you really are onto a winner with a good bottle of aftershave and Chanel is fool proof – I don’t think they’ve ever brought out a bad fragrance. Bleu de Chanel is a timeless scent and wears well on all ages. If you don’t want to spent quite this much, check out the Eau du Toilette version – same scent but slightly less concentrated.

9. The Ladybird Book of ‘The Midlife Crisis’ – £3.00 – If you’re yet to get your Dad one of the Ladybird books for a birthday or Christmas, then you absolutely must pick one up for Father’s Day. Turning classics into pages of sarcastic fun, these are not to be missed and whose Dad hasn’t been guilty of a midlife crisis moment every now and again?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I finally went to an American Sephora and it was heaven on earth. I got lost in the aisles of skincare, makeup and all things beauty for more than an hour. It was bliss. I somehow managed not to go too OTT but have fallen in love with everything I picked up. Here’s a walkthrough of everything I bought – enjoy!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you make of them in the comments.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Unless a hair product is truly spectacular, I very rarely purchase the same thing twice. Whilst I normally pick up whatever’s on offer or labelled ‘new’, I’ve recently developed a surprising loyalty to three L’Oreal products and felt it was only right to share the love. Whether you’re a hair expert or a little lazier with your locks, these are the products I’ve been loving lately and why you need to try them too.  

L’Oreal Paris, Hair Expertise Pure Sleek Smoothing Mist & Heat Protection

I blow dry and straighten my hair multiple times a week but I’ve always thought of heat protection a bit like flossing – I know I should do it but I often forget. (Don’t judge me!) That said, this is a heat protection spray with a difference and whilst the product name is a total mouthful, it’s effects have kept me reaching for it time and time again. Protecting against frizzy hair as well as heat damage, this mist is a bumper 2-in-1 product. It’s lightweight and you only need a few spritzes on towel dry hair before blowdrying. For me, the end result is salon-like sleek hair with zero guilt about heat styling. I’ve actually stopped using a hair oil in favour of this and I see a noticeable difference if I forget to spritz before drying! 

L’Oreal Paris, Studio Pro ‘Curve It’ Curl Mousse

Getting my hair to hold any type of curl can be a bit of a nightmare but this mousse has seriously changed my hair game. A healthy amount of mousse on towel dried hair plus a fair bit of scrunching is the easiest way to create natural, gentle waves that hang about for most of the day. I like the buoyancy it gives my hair and the volume actually lasts and doesn’t fade as soon as you step outside! Mousses really aren’t normally my go-to products but this one has quickly found it’s way into my regular hair routine. I’d imagine this would be great for those lucky people with natural curls too! 

L’Oreal Paris, Elvive Fibrology Root-Lifting Dry Shampoo

Flat limp hair, be gone! Labelling this product as a pure dry shampoo would be doing it a serious disservice. How about a root-lifting, texturising, refreshing dry shampoo? Not quite as marketable but you get the idea. I wouldn’t say this is the best high street dry shampoo I’ve ever tried but it definitely does the job well. What makes this so special is actually it’s power to lift and invigorate hair from the root and I like that my hair looks fresh, healthy and shiny again not dull and matted like some similar products. I spray this at the roots, and use my finger tips to tease at the scalp and that’s really all you need to do. It’s great as a refresher on the go or as a ‘pick me up’ on a non-hair wash day. I absolutely won’t be without this product now.

So that’s it – three inexpensive hair products that actually work! I’d love to know what hair goodies you’ve been loving lately, and if you’ve tried these three let me know what you think of them too! 

Sincerely, Sarah xx