THE RE-BRAND: ESSENCE OF HARRIS

 

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I’m so excited to share this post with you all as I feel like working with this brand sums up perfectly the reasons why I love being a blogger. For those of you who have followed my blog for a little while – you may have read my previous post back in April reviewing Buth Bheag Candle Co.

Since the spring this luxury brand has gone from strength to strength with the help of bloggers and influencers from across the UK sharing the love for their stunning range of products. They have now landed themselves over 30 stockists and two brand new shops.

 

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Sometimes when a project or new venture takes shape and naturally progresses a re-brand can be a really exciting and refreshing way to move forward and celebrate the success you’ve made. When the team announced the re-brand I instantly couldn’t wait to see what this meant for them as a company; I was pleasantly suprised to see that they are still taking their inspiration from their beautiful home of the Scottish Isles by keeping their scents named after the many beaches that make up the stunning coastline.

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When I opened the parcel up to reveal the two beautifully packaged items I thought for a moment what good gifts they would make. The re-brand has taken on a slightly more mature, sophisticated vibe.

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You can tell as soon as you open the box that it’s a luxury item – from the on trend marble exterior to the minimal, slick glassware. Each and every perfectly executed little detail completely sets Essence of Harris apart from the other brands on the market. Everything down to their scent collections, packaging and brand story is unique and you truly feel like you have a little bit of paradise in your home when you purchase from them.

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Each scent collection comes in a different colour palette, each with rose gold lettering which makes the new range ideal for gifts with the festive season coming around.

Another reason that makes this new collection special is the fact they’ve gone right back to basics by discussing how each of the candles and reed diffusers are made on the side of the packaging. Absolutely every single item is hand-poured with love in the Isle of Harris and you can even learn more about the creators of the brand on the ‘Our Team’ section of their website.
WINTER SCENT REVIEW:
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A sophisticated, deep and sensual scent with top notes of pomegranate, plum and rose.
(Black Pomegranate Reed Diffuser, £17. Available at http://www.essenceofharris.co.uk)
Warm, cosy and not too overpowering. It’s also a very natural scent, sometimes in the past I’ve purchased room sprays and diffusers that are way too strong and almost have an artificial scent.
Each of their diffuser ranges come the 100ml size which will usually last for up to 12 weeks. Ideal for Christmas in the living room or bedroom.
Shop the full luxury range by clicking here. 
Make to follow them on Instagram to find out more about this exciting brand and keep up to date with their most recent collections!
Thanks for reading,

 

 

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STYLING SATIN WITH STUDS

 

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I’ve always considered myself a bit of a magpie for all things shiny and metallic, so when I first saw this dress, I knew I had to have it!

Last Autumn I found myself getting back into shirt dresses and soft tailoring, I adore the combination of cutesy fabrics like satin and silk contrasted with traditional buttoned sleeves and collars. I consider myself to be half tomboy so this style reflects my personality perfectly!

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I styled this look with a pair of bang on trend studded heels which I managed to get in the sale at Missguided, they’re currently at 67% off and cost just £10, absolute must have purchase! What I like about these shoes is the heel, from the side they look like traditional stilettos, however they actually have a wide heel which is 100x more comfortable to wear and party all night long in!

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Studs are making a huge comeback this winter, you can shop my favourite studded garments (including the super hot heart studded Saint Lauren leather that took Milan fashion week by storm) in the Shop my Style section.

Adding studded accessories is a quick and easy way to make a smart/dressy outfit more relaxed and chic, if you’re new to this trend have a look at the images below for inspiration. Designers such as Louis Vuitton and Valentino have incorporated studs into their most famous collections…

 

GIVE ME SHAPE

 

Being 5’9, some dresses can make me feel shapeless which is why I’ve always been a fan of the wrap style dresses that tie in at the waist. This detailing brings attention to your smallest area (the waist) and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, perfect for tall girls like me, or girls with a small bust that want to accentuate their curves.

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The satin material of this dress itself is also very flattering, the fabric doesn’t cling or stick like some do. Instead, it hangs perfectly and the rouched detailing at the front combined with the deep plunge neckline gives this dress the all round wow factor.

SHOP ME 

If you love this look you can shop it here:

Katalea Twist Shirt Dress, Pretty Little Thing, £28, available in 13 colours.

Studded Pointed Tie Barely There Heels, Missguided, £10.

Total outfit cost £38.

Thanks for reading,

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CANDLE SCOOP | THE SCENTS YOU NEED THIS CHRISTMAS

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This week I received a very special package from my favourite candle brand Buth Bheag Candle co. You may have already read about this brand on my blog back in April this year where I reviewed two candles from both the Losgaintir and Huisinins collection. You can catch up here.

Since my last post the company has been going from strength to strength with mini pop up shops and the launch of several new fragrances. It’s always a joy to collaborate with independent, ambitious brands that have created a unique and exciting product; Buth Bheag Candle Co. are the ultimate pleasure to work with, from the team to the products, it’s the ultimate luxury experience.

In this post I’m going to review two products each from new collections that have launched this year – both of which I absolutely love! Plus, this is my first festive post of the year which makes me so excited!

Cranberry Christmas Candle

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“A festive combination of cranberries, orange and cinnamon with floral back notes on a base of sandal, cedar, musk vanilla and sugar.”

If like me, you love Christmas and all things festive, you have to get your hands on the new Christmas collection. When I first opened the box the scent reminded me of all things festive and when lit, the candle fills the room with a gorgeous rich fragrance. I wanted to point out that a lot of scented Christmas candles can become quite headachey after a while but this one is completely different. The soy formula burns slower than most candles I’ve purchased in the past, they also last a lot longer than most other brands I’ve tried.

The Christmas collection features wax melts and reed diffusers so you can choose which product works best with your household. One thing I really like about the Christmas candle is the glass jar and festive design – it makes the perfect centre piece for the dinner table or little addition to the mantle piece.

Horgabost

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“Stimulating and sensual – evoking the tranquil beauty of an exotic eastern garden. Top notes of tangy lemongrass, Sicilian lemons and juicy limes lead into a heart of spicy ginger root and grated nutmeg, and a hint of refreshing eucalyptus. Base notes include sensual patchouli, white woods and creamy vanilla.”

This candle is very different from their other collections, this luxury scent is incredibly refreshing – the citrus burst makes you feel instantly uplifted, to me, this is the ideal scent to burn in the morning or to have in the bathroom.

I recently went for dinner at Sketch, the famous French restaurant in Mayfair, London and I remembered they has numerous Diptyque candles burning – the scent was very fresh and citrus based much like the Horgabost collection. When I first smelt this candle, I was reminded of that night – the scents are practically identical however Diptyque candles start at £40, four times the price of Buth Bheag’s collection! Not only do they use the very best ingredients – each scent is blended to perfection. What I love about this brand is the fact you can enjoy luxury in your home for less.

The deisgn of the Horgabost collection is similar to their previous collections with a minimal design. The chic packaging gives them a sophisticated edge and the greyscale beach scene on the sides is a reminder that each and every candle has been hand poured in the beautiful Isle of Harris.

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If you’re looking to start your Christmas shopping early, take a look at the gift sets available on their website by clicking here.

For all enquiries please contact info@buthbheagcandleco.uk

Follow them on Instagram to find out more about this exciting brand and keep up to date with their most recent collections!

@buthbheagcandleco. 

 

Thanks for reading,

LET’S TALK LOCKS

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My hair has always been wavy, but not those nice kind of waves you see on LA models, I mean somewhere in between straight and curly with really annoying flicks that do not like to be tamed! So, like a lot of girls I’ve tried and tested a huge range of products in order to find the ones that are right for me. Here’s a list of my current hair car routine products and the reasons why I think you should give them a go!

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John Frieda Beach Blonde Purifying Shampoo, £3.99 at Superdrug

I love this product. It has a tingling effect on your scalp and leaves hair feeling squeaky clean and smelling ah-mazing. Plus, it’s not just for blondes! The product doesn’t have any colour depositing ingredients so can be used on all hair types .

(Click here to shop)

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Living Proof Restore Mask, £35 at Space NK

So you know how Jennifer Anniston has the best hair in the world? Well, she uses this. Enough said.

Seriously, I know it’s pricey but it’s so worth it!

(Click here to shop)

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Oribe Gold Lust, £45 at Spack NK

If you suffer from wispy  stray hairs or hair lacking shine then this little bottle of miracle oil is for you. Not only does it smell amazing but it also lasts forever. 1/2 drops through wet hair after washing will make a huge difference. Well worth the investment!

(Click here to shop)

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Bumble and Bumble Thickening Conditioner, £7.50 at Boots

If you love that fresh hair feeling when you leave the salon then this conditioner will be your new best friend. Finally, you can achieve a professional bouncy blow dry at home. This product adds gorgeous volume and actually makes your hair feel thicker, as if you have more of it. Use with their thickening blow dry spray for extra wow factor.

(Click here to shop)

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Schwarzkopf got2be 2 Sexy Big Volume Hairspray, £4.00 at Ocado

Aside from sounding like an awkward compliment from a chavvy boy this hairspray is my go-to product to make sure everything stays in place. A lot of hairsprays that I’ve used in the past turn my hair hard and frizzy, which I hate. This one is very different, it provides all day hold and doesn’t harden at all, so your hair stays soft and manageable. Plus it smells delicious.

(Click here to shop)

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Would love to hear your reviews on these products if you have used any I’ve featured, let me know what you thought in the comments section below!

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