uk blog beauty wishlist spring 2016Finally, tomorrow the springtime month of April begins!  With all of the daffodils popping up every other second on social media, as well as the flatlays featuring soft pink and blush shades, I'm feeling well and truly immersed in this gentle new season.  I've heard many people discuss lately how this time of year feels more refreshing than the 'January rush' that prompts us all to make resolutions - and I agree!  I'm ready to set my sights on pops of pink with regard to beauty, clear out old stationery to make room for the new, contemplate my next luxury handbag splurge and daydream about how maxi dresses are nearly season appropriate....
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BEAUTY

Clarins Instant Concealer - A firm favourite of mine since early 2015, goodbye dark circles!

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Himalayan Bath Salts - Super keen to give this one a go since spotting it for the first time last week in a magazine

Narciso Rodrigues for Her Perfume - Swoon-worthy scent.  I seriously have no idea what happened.  I've gone from juggling multiple fragrances at once, to using none at all.  Indecisiveness has left me au naturel, oops!

Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss -  New to the beauty world this year, these are being praised left, right and centre.  Tempted?  Definitely.  Better yet, if one just isn't enough, House of Fraser are currently running a beauty offer* where if you spend £50 or more on any beauty products, you'll get £10 off.  So, three it is then!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Liquified long wear lipsticks in a gorgeous collection of colours and of which you'll have no doubt read a positive review or two, or three, or four...

Artis Brush (Oval 10) - Made with over 250,000 velvet-soft CosmeFibre filaments, it's pretty much the Holy Grail of makeup brushes

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uk blogger stationery gift guide 2016

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STATIONERY

Kate Spade Strike Gold Magazine Holder - Somewhere to store those many subscriptions! 

Smythson Panama Blah Blah Blah Notebook - I was going to get this until I watched the animation Hotel Transylvania (do your best not to judge my film choice there) where it totally killed 'Blah, Blah, Blah' for me.  Still, it's unique...

Smythson Top Secret Notebook - Probably the most mysterious notebook I've laid eyes on and I love it

Accessorize Tropi-Cool Applique Pencil Case - I adore Accessorize for their Z for Accessorize range by Zara Simon.  However, lately their too-cute-to-be-true stationery has earned a special place in my heart as well

Abigail Warner Be Happy Pencils - I'll admit, I own a lot of metallic-decorated pencils for someone who only ever writes with pens...

Paperchase Bloomingville Rose Gold Stapler - The perfect desk accessory, plus, uh, pretty useful

Cross Townsend Limited Edition Rollerball Pen - There's something so beautiful about metallic pens and especially when they're well-made.  Thumbs up, Cross!

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HANDBAGS

Valentino Lock Small Leather Bag - I'd go as far as to say this is the perfect Spring shoulder bag - the gentle colour provides the perfect excuse to step into this fresh new season

Tory Burch Robinson Shoulder Bag - I blame all the gorgeous American bloggers I've come across for putting Tory Burch on my radar in such a big way!  Someone take my purse away from me...

Sophie Hulme Barnsbury Nano Leather Bag - This is probably the most unusual of Sophie Hulme's designs so far.  I don't mean with regard to colour or quirks/charms, but rather the shape itself    

Chloé Elsie Medium Shoulder Bag - Recognise this beauty?  Since I purchased this versatile black version earlier this year, I've been totally smitten; the size is ideal and I adore the gold-twist chain design!   
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spring 2016 maxi dress guide blog



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MAXI DRESSES

Weekend Max Mara Domez Dress - There are so many options of this dress around right now, though quality is always guaranteed with Max Mara

Eliza J Halter Neck Maxi Dress - Wrapped in a pretty-in-pink parcel over at House of Fraser: the reason why spring/summer fashion beats autumn/winter hands down.  So, so feminine!  One to store in your wardrobe and pull out in a couple of months from now

Marciano Guess Maxi Dress - This dress ticks so many boxes for me, though most of all, I love how it brings the option of wearing a maxi dress forward in the year and all without raising any eyebrows thanks to the dark colour combo and long-sleeve design

Reiss Tascha Sunshine V-neck Dress - I'll confess, the name alone pretty much sold it to me!

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Speaking as a Summer-baby, I can't help but get excited as we step a little closer to that time of year and dive into the many flowers of Spring; it's a refreshing time that offers rejuvenation and so many opportunities.  I hope April treats you all very, very well!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: This post has been sponsored by House of Fraser, however all opinions are my own.