5 Budget Fragrances Perfect For Spring

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Spring is here and it's time to switch out the fragrance you have been wearing over winter and replace it for something fresh! This means wonderful juicy and floral scents!

Below are five of my own favourite scents for Spring that come in at around £15 or under, making them the ideal little treat to add to your fragrance collection. 

Paul Smith - Rose 
£16.69/50ml  Eau de Parfum - Amazon HERE 
This is a perfume I've repurchased so many times now as it's just a stunning scent for spring. Unlike a lot of rose perfumes this isn't stuffy or grandma like in any way but lovely and fresh, really a true rose scent! Other notes in this, though fairly subtle are violet (it adds a little sweetness), magnolia and green tea. If you are looking for a true floral fragrance for spring and love rose scents then this is certainly one to try. 

The Body Shop - Moringa
£8.50/30ml Eau de Toilette - The Body Shop HERE
Another floral scent here but one that is so creamy and fresh! Perfectly feminine, this is a scent I wear on warm sunny spring days and literally inhale it in as I apply it - it's that good. If you are one for fresh white floral scents make sure to have a smell of this is The Body Shop. The body mist is also great!

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Sarah Jessica Parker - Lovely 
£14.99/50ml Eau de Parfum - Fragrance Direct HERE
This is a perfume I seem to mention each year around Spring time as it's my ultimate go-to scent for when the weather warms up slightly. Why? Well it's just a beautiful and soft scent that despite it's budget price tag has a luxury feel to it and is instantly recognisable. For me this is a powdery clean white musk scent with floral notes. If you are looking for a grown-up soft spring scent then this is it! 

Tous - H2o 
£12.50/30ml Eau de Toilette - All Beauty HERE
Onto the one with the oh so pretty bottle! Tous H2o is a great scent for both spring and summer as it's fresh and aquatic. The notes in this for me are lemon, rose and a light cedar to add a slight spice, but overall you do get that fresh 'water' scent that is perfect for warm days! Side note - Although it's cheap online it's worth looking in Boots for as I'm sure they are currently discontinuing the line... I recently picked up a back-up bottle for an amazing £2?! 

Ted Baker - Lyla 
£15.00/10ml Eau de Toilette - Boots HERE 
Another beautiful bottle here with the latest purse spray from Ted Baker (though the rose gold crystal top did fall off because I took it on holiday with me!). This is sweet floral scent with notes of grapefruit, peach, jasmine and rose, which combined give a very light but slightly fizzy sweet scent. If you like your scents fun and fresh then this is for you. I've tried a lot of the Ted Baker scents now and this is so far my favourite - perfect for both spring/summer and ideal for keeping in your handbag.

Let me know if you pick up any of these up!
What is your favourite spring scent?

Fee xo.

My 'New-in' Muji Drawer

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For the longest time now my ever expanding makeup collection has stressed me the hell out. Okay, that sounds like such a first world problem, which it actually is, but this is a beauty blog after all and I'm pretty makeup obsessed... soo it's totally valid in my opinion!

 My dilemma was that as soon as I purchased a new lipstick for example (ha, as if would ever be singular) I would store it away in my abyss of lip products for it to never be seen again. I resorted to leaving new products loitering on my desk but that soon equated to a very untidy looking heap of products that I'd constantly knock off my desk when doing my makeup glasses-less. Just not good!

But then! I had a light bulb moment! What about a 'new-in' basket to store new products in? Then I could try them out for a few weeks and the keepers could then be moved into my current makeup storage. However I decided to go one better than that and instead of using a boring old plastic basket I opted to use one of my Muji drawers - a much more atheistically pleasing option. 

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So now my first world problem is solved and I have my pretty Muji Flip Top Box (£8.50 - Muji here) next to me on my desk that gives new products pride of place. However price wise if you are thinking of doing the same the 2 Drawers narrow box, still with a flip top lid (here) is the exact same price and would definitely give more space.

As for what I currently have in my 'new-in' box - Of course multiple new lipsticks: Makeup Revolution in End With Beginnings and She's Up All Night, MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Tints in French Violet and Maybelline Colour Elixir in Signature Scarlet. Some wonderful new products from Ciate: Eye Chalk Pastel Eye Pencil in Marshmallow, Cooling Eyeshadow Slick in Daiquiri and Triple Shot Mascara in Espresso. Dr. PAWPAW Peach Tint Balm. Makeup Revolution Vivid Blusher Lacquer in Heat and Heart. And lastly Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow Sheer Foundation which is oh so beautiful! 

Looking at this little box of new makeup does make me happy! 
*insert emoji heart eyes x 6*

Fee xo. 

Travel Makeup Tips - How to Travel Light & Efficiently

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Seeing as I'm still mourning being back in the UK and not sunning myself poolside I thought today I would write about holiday makeup! Well more travel friendly makeup and how to pack efficiently. 

Unlike past years I decided to pack light for my recent holiday and only take cabin luggage with me with the maximum weight of 10kg and with of course liquid restrictions. In the past I've been a bit blurry on how many liquids I could take so I looked it up and as long as it's in the correct sized clear bag (I bought this one off eBay for 99p) you are allowed upto 1 litre of liquids (quite a lot!) in bottles no bigger than 100ml each. So with a quick overview of the makeup I planned on taking I knew I'd be fine! I did however pack lighter on the makeup front due to taking a few 100ml bottles with me however this made me take only the makeup I knew I'd use and resulted in me spending less time applying makeup and going makeup-free during the day. 

Below is a look at what I took on holiday with me, along with tips on how to travel light...

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Skincare 
In some ways picking skincare to take on holiday is pretty easy as a lot of products now have travel friendly sizes and if you are subscribed to any monthly beauty box you will have a stack of samples you can try out whilst on holiday. Plus if you think in advance you can collect free sachets from magazines to use whilst on holiday. I did just that with my last holiday, taking 3 sachets of moisturiser to try out, a mini REN Micellar Cleansing Water (didn't love it tbh!), my trusty Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and a bar of Dead Sea Spa Magik Black Mud Soap that can be used on the both the face and body. I was tempted to take more but I decided to keep it minimal as the sun does do wonders to the skin and proper cleansing and keeping the skin hydrated is the only thing that's needed!

Makeup 
If you're a makeup lover packing a compact makeup bag can easily be the most stressful part of holiday prep. Whittling down your makeup to select items isn't easy but definitely achievable, especially if you realise what you do and don't need. For me I decided to ditch primer, highlighter and to opt for multi purpose products such as brown eyeshadow for filling in my brows and using under the eyes and in the crease. My biggest tip would be to take an all-in-one palette with staple colours such as the above theBalm palette and sachet samples to try out. Rundown of my own holiday makeup bag - Dr Jart Beauty Balm, Essence Concealer, theBalm Autobalm Palette, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Clarins Mini Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector - Rosewood Shimmer, Models Own Lip Stix in Beauty Blush, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Mini and L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim. I also picked up a Makeup Revolution 'What You Waiting For?' Palette (£6.00 - Superdrug here) whilst on holiday! Side note - TOTAL love.

Extra Tip: If you are taking sachets with you, whether it be foundation, moisturisers or primer samples, instead of ripping off the top then wondering how you are going to store it without it leaking, simply prick the middle of the sachet with either a pin or the end of a hair grip (with the rubber tip removed of course). Then you can squeeze out exactly how much you need each time!

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Hair 
For my hair I kept it simple with a travel size shampoo and conditioner (50/60ml is just enough for a 2-week holiday) and a hair oil that could be used on both wet and dry hair - essential if you are going to be swimming in a pool or the sea. For my last holiday I took a OGX Macadamia Oil shampoo mini (from Tesco or Waitrose) as I love the brand and most shampoos from the brand are SLS-free and a Aussie 3 Minute Deep Conditioner, again because I love Aussie as a brand and because I can't get enough of the bubblegum scent! I also decided to take a sachet of L'Oreal Extraordinary Hair Oil (free in a random magazine) instead of risking a bottle leaking over everything, which actually worked out really well and lasted around 10 days.

Body 
Packing SPF is a must! Of course you could buy it on holiday but from experience you don't want to risk buying outdated suncream which will give a lower SPF (this can happen if you go to a small resort) and it will most likely cost you more. Easily my favourite easy-to-apply suncream, well oil is Calyspo SPF30-50 Sun Protection Oil, it's the best non-sticky spray oil I've used. As I only travelled with cabin luggage I was restricted on liquids but I simply decanted the 200ml bottle into two 100ml spray bottles which I purchased in travel bottle set from Poundland. Another essential is deodorant, a mini will do just fine and can be picked up from any supermarket. The one product I don't pack however is moisturiser as I always like to slather it on and be quite liberal with it, so I always buy a big tub of moisturiser/after sun lotion whilst on holiday. 

Extras 
For me extras are perfume, nail polish, hair ties and makeup brushes. General extras that seem to bulk up your makeup bag but are very much needed. Starting with perfume as it's pretty much a holiday staple for most, I like to take away a few choices, this year I went for Ted Baker Lyla perfume as it's the perfect size and so sweet smelling, a Cartier mini and a Travelo style atomiser filled with Vera Wang Princess in it. Travelo can be picked up from fragrance shops and Amazon but the much cheaper £1.65 version I decided to buy off eBay here did the exact same job! As for nail polish, again travel/minis are a must. I seem to have a ton of Ciate minis so I went for a vivid orange shade but OPI also offer mini sets as well as Essie offering mini trio sets online and in Boots stores.

Hopefully this has been helpful to all the over-packers out there! 
 
If you are going on holiday this year - Stay strong, I know you've got this! 

Fee xo. 

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