Saturday, 24 October 2015

Autumn Favourites/Staples || Guest Post by Macey

Hi there Petals of Perfection readers! It’s Macey again, a friend of the gorgeous Sophie. Sophie asked me to do a blog post for her and so I of course said yes!! Today I’m going to take you through my current autumn staples although these travel with me into winter as well.
I am aware that Bath and Body Works is not in the UK, (sad times), but living in America does provide that and thank God because Bath and Body Works is beauteous! This is not about candles because I actually have not had time to go down to B&BW for the WONDERFUL candles. Anyways, moving on! The Japanese Cherry Blossom scent. As you can see, I have the body wash, lotion, and body spray. I got these last autumn time and so I associate them with that time of year. The scent is light and not too strong, I’m really very bad at describing scents and I have never smelt a real Japanese cherry blossom before so I can’t say it’s spot on, but it wears really nice and when all three are used together, it’s a winning combination!!
Next up, I have the Ogx Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. This stuff is amazing!! It smells nice, and provides a whole lot of texture. I stumbled upon this gem last October as well and I am so so glad I did. I tend to cut my hair in the spring, so by autumn it is long and I like to go to for some casual waves on a daily basis. This spray just added a lot of texture, dimension (if that’s a thing haha), and grip to my hair and kept it looking fantastic.

Now I don’t have one of the B&BW candles, but I do have Gold Canyon candles which, I have to say, are the best candles around. They burn down so well, their scent permeates not only the room they’re in but just spreads out so nice. They don’t burn uneasily either, but the wax is always going down at an even rate. I’m not sure if they ship to the UK, but I’m sure you can find some of their products on Amazon. Here, I have my favourite autumnal scent which is ‘Pumpkin Pie’. This smells of, pumpkin pie, of course, and I would say it’s nice a blend of a sweet and spice, not overpowering at all.
Okay so this isn’t something you can wear or put on, but it’s SO CUTE I couldn’t resist adding this in! It’s an adorable little owl I picked up ALSO last Autumn, (man that was really a great time for great stuff :’)). He’s called Franklin and he is my favourite autumn d├ęcor item. Everyone has that little something that they enjoy putting out during their favourite time of year, and he is mine. 
Around this time, everyone needs a good pair of combat boots! I got these, oooh would you guess it, LAST autumn time!! I actually got them for my birthday last November and I love them so much. I think they can complete your look for the day, or maybe just add a special something.
And of course, the classic flannel. These are so fashionable especially when the weather is getting crisper, but is not freezing cold. They keep you warm but aren’t something to weigh heavy or hot. You can get these in so many different colours, pick one up the next time you see one!
I honestly envy pretty much everywhere else right now as California is having a hard time cooling down, last year this time, we were still hitting 90 degrees Fahrenheit, pretty much up to the last week of October. Thankfully we’ve only hit 90 a couple of times this month, that’s still really frustrating to me haha, to everyone who actually has four working seasons, you are so blessed, and do NOT take it for granted. I just went on a whole tangent there, but anyways, this is all I’ve got for my autumn staples, really hope you enjoyed! These were probably all things you’ve heard of :’) I’m not sure, but they are my go-to’s.
 Thanks to Sophie for asking me to do this post.
Let us know your autumn staples in the comments below!!
(Thank you Macey for guest posting again for me! I have so much work etc pilling up atm that I'm finding it hard to find any free time... so bare with me haha)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Giveaway with MsCharee!

I was lucky enough to be asked by MsCharee if I would like to become part of their team and contribute to their website! I was so honoured that they had asked me and I couldn't wait to get a post written for them... if you would like to read my post on there, it'll be uploaded on the 20th October, so keep your eyes peeled! 

They have just relaunched their website so in celebration of this, we have partnered up to host a giveaway for you lovely people! 

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and wait until Friday 23rd October to see if you're the winner or not! 

The prizes are:

Daniel Galvin Shampoo
Daniel Galvin Conditioner 
Batiste Dry Shampoo (Citrus)
Batiste Dry Shampoo (XXL) 

Total: £31

Terms & Conditions: 
  • This giveaway is only open to people in the UK (I will disqualify anyone who enters outside of the UK)
  • Enter using Rafflecopter below
  • The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or it'll be drawn again until someone claims the prize! The winner will be contacted via email so please make sure you enter with the one you check regularly! 
  • Please mention me (@petalsofperfect) and MsCharee (@chareemag) in any of your tweets about the giveaway so your entry is valid! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks to MsCharee for partnering up with me for this giveaway and providing the products!
If you have visited MsCharee, leave a comment below letting us know what your favourite article is on there!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Beauty Blogger Awards 2015

I was lucky enough to get invited to the Beauty Blogger Awards on Sunday 4th October at the Pillar Hall, Olympia! I have been invited to a few blogger events in the past but most have been quite hard to get to or I have been busy on the days  :( So I was extremely excited to go to this one and see what I had been missing all these times! 
I decided to take my friend Kate/Katie (whatever her name is) as she is also a make up lover like myself and I know that she's very into blogging/ she reads my blog a lot so I thought this would be a nice way of saying thank you for being so supportive of it! We set the alarm for 5:45am so we could aim to get up and ready by 8. (Of course we didn't actually get up at this time) ... we managed to drag ourselves out of bed at 6:30am which gave us a couple of hours to get ready :') 
By 8am we were ready to go... But no, I was still not happy with the way I looked and going to a beauty blogger event put the pressure on! In the car I was constantly moaning about my hair... and for basically the rest of the day hahaha! (and yes snapchat needed to know that) 
After jumping on and off different tubes with our Starbucks we eventually got there! It was across the road from the station which was great because knowing us, we would've gotten lost! The main event was the Olympia Beauty exhibition which was open to the public, with endless amounts of stalls where companies promoted and sold their products! In a separate room was the exclusive Beauty Blogger Awards, with a live stage and a few stalls as well as a free goody bag with products worth up £250. 
My favourite stall in this room had to be the NYX one! I had heard about NYX products but never been lucky enough to buy any of their products so I was eager to see what they were all like! We went in the photobooth a couple of times and shared it on social media, by sharing it we got given goody bags each filled with Nyx products! It was like heaven in a bag! 
We went from the little room exclusively for the Beauty Blogger awards, to the main exhibition a few times throughout the day and yes I did cave in and buy myself a few little treats ;) I have been looking for a contour stick for AGES and the only one I could find in shops was the Clinique one, which is wayyyy over my budget, so I was so excited to see the WonderStick by Nyx cosmetics. It was only £9 with contour on one side and highlight (not shimmery) on the other side... I can already tell that this is going to be my new favourite item in my makeup collection! I also got a tapered crease eyeshadow brush and an angled eyebrow brush from crown which came to around £7, which I thought was an absolute bargain, as well as a China Glaze nail varnish for my sister! 
After a day of looking around the exhibition, trying out what felt like millions of products and listening to a few talks on the live stage at the Beauty Blogger awards, it was finally time for the actual awards! I can't remember the names of the bloggers who won the awards, but what I do know is that they all deserve them! Blogging/vlogging is not easy at all and it can literally take over your life (which you can argue is good and bad)... you could tell how much the awards mean to these bloggers and it made me so happy to be part of this lovely community! 
After a long but amazing day, it was finally time to go home! I was so excited to get home and show my family all of the complementary makeup I had been given and to try it all out! 

Thank you so much to the organisers and sponsors who invited me to the Beauty Blogger Awards 2015! It made me so excited for more blogger events in the future... If you haven't been to a blogger event before and like the look of this one, I highly recommend you go! It's a chance to meet fellow bloggers and to get a few tips and tricks about blogging... it's also a great day out for everyone and shouldn't be missed :)

Did you go to the Olympia beauty or the Beauty Blogger Awards? What was your favourite part about the event? Leave some comments below :)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

John Frieda || Beach Blonde*

I had just come off of my holiday in Portugal when John Frieda contacted me, asking if I would like to review some of their new 'Beach Blonde' collection! This was like a God send for me because the sun and chlorine etcccc from my holiday damaged my hair A LOT and it needed some tlc!
My natural hair is VERY VERY VERY unpredictable. I have naturally curly/frizzy hair which needs a lot of product in it! I can't brush my hair when it's dry because well... lets just say, it would probably look better even when I've stuck my finger in a plug socket. So I was really excited to try this shampoo, conditioner and sea salt spray to see if they had any difference on the condition of my hair!

I kindly got sent the 'Beach Blonde' Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo,  the Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner  and the Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray
The shampoo has a peppermint and citrus scent which leaves your hair feeling so fresh, reminding you of those amazing summer days! The peppermint is not overpowering at all like some mint scented hair products can be. It actually reminded me of a Mojito, which admittedly I drank a lot of on holiday, so the scent will always bring back holiday memories for me :) I have used this shampoo quite a few times now and judging by my pictures, you can see that not a lot of product has gone from the bottle. You really don't need to use a lot, which is great because you can save a lot of money! The shampoo lathers up almost instantly and leaves your hair feeling so clean, smooth and repaired! 
Once I have used the shampoo, I go on to using the conditioner. Again, you don't need that much product... a little goes a long way! Personally I think this leaves your hair feeling amazing and silky, however my mum has used it and she said it left her hair feeling a bit greasy; so you really only need the smallest amount and also make sure you wash it out properly, otherwise it can go a bit greasy. This is also peppermint and citrus scented to compliment the shampoo. It also has kukui Nut Oil in its ingredients, which is rich in Omega 3; this gives your hair the 'nutrients' it needs to repair and detangle, in order for it to look 'beachy'. 
To finish off my hair routine, I use the Sea Salt spray. I'm a bit unsure about sea salt sprays on my hair. I think it's because my hair is very frizzy and curly naturally, that if I add any product that sort of 'dries' it out and adds texture, it can leave my hair looking very sorry for itself. I think I need to practice more with product and find the way of using it to suit my personal preference. However, if you want that little bit of texture and that beach wave look then this is most definitely the product for you!  
I hope you liked this blog post!
Thank you to John Frieda for sending me these amazing products to try out... I highly recommend them to everyone!
I apologise in advance if my blog posts are not as consistent as they usually are... I have just started Uni so I'm trying to juggle everything at once... but bare with me haha!

*The products in this post were not paid for by me; they were kindly sent by the company. However, all views are 100% my own and were not influenced by the brand.