SOPHIE'S MAKEUP

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I adore the idea of switching up your decor for a new season - replacing ornaments and wintry hues with pieces more suited for spring/summer. I thought I would share a few things that I've switched out this year and a few ways to freshen up your home for spring!

Decor - Trinkets, Ornaments & Pieces.
I've introduced a gilded glass frame and filled it with a pressed colourful leaf to brighten up my shelves - I'm planning to add a few pressed flowers too! In winter, you can switch them out with ivy or holly leaves for a festive touch. They're so versatile!
I also added a dreamy mirror to my shelves, it's ideal for the warmer months - it looks like sun rays! I switched out my star lights for it, placing them aside until the colder months. The gold mirror really brightens up the room and adds an light, airy vibe to my living room - it's so pretty!
Switch Out Fairylights For Flowers 
Ok, I definitely keep a set or two of fairylights out all year round - I can't resist twinkling lights on a cosy rainy day or evening! But flowers give that same cosy, homely aesthetic if your not a fan of fairylights all year round. 
Flowers can really help to brighten up the place throughout spring, I've been picking up affordable bunches from markets, supermarkets and scattering them round the home!
Candles
I like to opt for fresh, floral scents to burn in spring. Diptyque candles are such luxe picks and so I like to save them to use for a treat. I usually light mine on a Sunday, after cleaning with the window cracked open for a fresh breeze, a tea in hand and a good book! Or, I love lighting them for a pampering afternoon whilst painting on a fresh mani and flicking through Pinterest! For a heavenly floral bouquet of red roses try Diptyque Roses, Diptyque Baies is a favourite for me at this time of the year too, with delicate rose and fresh blackcurrant leaves - it's divine! 

asos cactus pyjamas
Bedding & Loungewear
Crisp new bedding, fresh sheets and satin soft pillowcases - is there anything better?! I just love this range from The White Company, H&M home have some beautiful blush sets too!

Any excuse to buy new pyjamas, a new season calls for floaty, lighter fabrics, shorts and cute prints. Fleecy sets and thick festive pairs are tucked away in drawers and floral picks and lighter hues appear in stores again! This cosy set is ideal for spring - a long oatmeal top paired with shorts with an adorable pink pom pom trim! Also, this pink cactus set is unreal - it's so so soft!



Do you switch up your decor for spring?

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spring beauty
Despite the sudden (and very typical) downpour on the first day of spring here in the UK, the change of season is finally here! The air is scented with cut grass and fresh laundry as people tend to their waking gardens after the long winter's slumber and daffodils, crocuses and tulips spring up, brightening the world again.

From being quite set on muted tones and berries through the transition into spring, I've started to embrace pastels again to welcome me into the warmer months. I've actually pulled out a few shimmery violet and soft lilac tones too!

After spending months without my beloved Origins Ginzing Moisturiser, I repurchased a pot for spring. It's safe to say that I won't be without this heavenly, citrus scented pick again! It's lightweight, gel like texture means that a little goes a long way. It leaves skin radiant, hydrated and feeling refreshed - it's divine!

For an all over pampering treat, the dreamy Scrubee from Lush is the one. This combines nourishing butters and oils with exfoliating ground almonds and coconut to polish, pamper and preen the skin. The honey sweet and uplifting citrus scent is unreal, a great all-rounder for spring!

For fragrance, I've pulled out Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, a breezy, feminine scent with notes of blackberry, jasmine, pear and blue wisteria. It's delicate, airy and floral whilst being warm and light, ideal for the warmer weather!  

On my nails, I'm planning on bringing Essie Eternal Optimist with me through spring, and probably summer too - I just can't get enough of this rosy shade! Another pick, Essie's Ladylike, is a gorgeous creamy muted mauve hue, a great neutral shade for the wedding season.

For blusher, I adore the Hourglass Blusher in Diffused Heat. This perky coral pink blusher boosts radiance with it's bursts of ambient lighting powder and works to create a flawless glow. Paired with the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette, they make a dreamy match for dewy spring skin. 

I've pulled out a couple of brights for my lips, the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu is my go-to for a pop of pink. A gorgeous, creamy, long lasting and pigmented formula, this vibrant pink helps to perk up tired skin and is ideal for a fresh, dewy look. The Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral, a pretty coral pink is a great every day pick too! 

On my eyes, I've been feeling a little uninspired with eyeshadows lately and so I've opted for the Nars Duo in Violetta to try and move away from the everyday champagne shades that I normally reach for. I'm planning on patting the shimmery violet hue on my lids or smudging the muted lavender under my lower lashes. I really need to add a new palette to my collection, I love the look of this Zoeva palette
Lastly, The Nyx Jumbo Eyeliner in Milk is a tired eye saviour, added onto the waterline it really brightens up the eyes!

What are your beauty picks for spring?

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knitted blanket womens institute wool

Knitting
Not just for Autumn/Winter, Spring is the ideal time to knit and to start working on a snug blanket. That way, when the colder months roll round again your blanket will be nearly finished! I've combined stockinette stitch (knit one line, purl one line - love this easy to follow along tutorial) with this gorgeous wool that's speckled with peach, pink and lilac. It's such a cute mismatch pattern, soft, cosy and will look ideal thrown over the arm of my sofa!

flower pressing

Pressing Flowers & Leaves
Another great hobby for spring, the array of fresh blooms available make this the ideal season to press flowers and the perfect way to preserve some of your favourite blooms. 
Take your pick from wildflowers, daisies, leaves or petals - start with small pieces and place in-between sheets of blotting paper, or kitchen roll. Then place in a flower press, or within the pages of a heavy book and leave for a few days! Sometimes they need the paper changing and a bit longer to dry out and sometimes they're ready right away! I like to place mine in gilded glass frames, like this one - they look so pretty!  

hobbies for spring

Reading
My favourite Sunday activity, getting lost in a book with a hot chocolate is the perfect way to wind down and relax. Once the home is tidy and clean, I like to snuggle up on the sofa, light a few candles and completely switch off with a book for a few hours! From reading about the thousands of floating candles in the Great Hall at Hogwarts to getting lost in the enchantments and whimsy of Caraval - there's always something exciting to get stuck into!

What are your favourite hobbies to do in spring?
lush-spring-collections
As tree's unfold in full bloom, sleepy queen bee's drift in the mild breeze and the first signs of hayfever tickle your nose, it's truly beginning to feel like spring! I take this as an indicator, a green light of sorts to kickstart the spring cleaning - clearing clutter and ensuring that every corner of my home is squeaky clean! Whilst tackling my bathroom, I noticed that my Lush supplies were dwindling, my last sparkly pumpkin a crumbly, sorry mess and a lonely magic wand with the bell missing from the festive season. I decided to take to Lush to spy their new spring collections and to replenish my stash. I thought I would share the pieces that caught my eye, along with a couple of old favourites that always make a re-appearance for me at this time of the year too!

Oh my, this smells heavenly! With a honey sweet, rich, warming and uplifting citrus fragrance, this mouthwatering, moisturising scrub smells good enough to eat! It's cleverly striped with layers of exfoliating ground almond and coconut pieces and richly nourishing shea butter, coco butter and coconut oil. It leaves skin silky soft - it's a whole pampering treatment in one! I've completely fallen for this cute lil bee, I'm tempted to pick up another to stock up!

I'm a sucker for Lush's shower gels, they lather beautifully, leave skin soft and the scent normally lingers for hours after. I picked this up on a whim - described as a floral bouquet of jasmine and rose, with uplifting neroli to lift spirits, I couldn't resist. However, the scent is so subtle - a plus if you find Lush scents a tad strong, but for me it was a bit of a let down. It leaves skin soft and extremely clean but it's also very pigmented, so orange that it took a lot of rising to remove! It's possible that I got a faulty batch - I haven't seen any other reviews yet so I can't compare, but I think next time I'll stick to something I love - like the Comforter Shower Cream.

I fall for this toffee sweet sparkly egg each year, it's reminiscence to the Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament Golden Egg just makes it irresistible to me! The glittery gold layers melt away when placed in the bath, infusing the water with a luxe, moisturising mix of oils. With olive oil, cocobutter and uplifting sweet orange and bergamot oils, it's ideal for parched, post winter skin! 

This gorgeous, buttery, multi-purpose balm is an all over pampering treat! It contains shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, beeswax, lanolin, avocado oil... so many nourishing ingredients! You only need the smallest amount of this lemon meringue pie scented pick to smooth over any dry patches and it leaves skin soft and supple.

This year round saviour is a staple to keep lips in top condition. It buffs, smooths and preps lips with hydrating coconut oil, jojoba oil and sea salt and caster sugar to exfoliate. Another divine scented pick from Lush, it's toffee sweet, buttery and has a hint of sea salt - Yum!

Have you spied the new Lush Spring collections yet?
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Spring's unsettled weather is one that demands both sunglasses and an umbrella, with lashing rain one day and cool spring sunshine the next, it's difficult to get a grasp on the unpredictable days! I thought that I would share the products that work for me in every season, from autumn to summer, through rain or shine!

For nails, I've placed aside my berrys suited for autumn, festive glitters and summery corals in favour of two failsafe picks. Essie Fifth Avenue is the perfect all rounder shade, a bright, glossy orange red that's so chic! Essie Eternal Optimist is another everyday pick, a creamy spiced tea rose and pretty pink - it's so flattering on! This rosy pick gels well with Spring, brightens up gloomy, rainy days and adds a delicate, feminine twist to an icy winter's morning.

A helping hand towards a dewy, radiant complexion never goes amiss! The Nars Radiance Primer uses pearlescent peach pink pigments along with added skincare benefits to boost vitality, making dull lacklustre skin a thing of the past. Smoothed over the skin, it makes a great base for make up or dotted on the high points before make up - cheekbones, brow bone and the bridge of your nose, it helps to perk up tired skin!

For cheeks, the cult Nars Orgasm, a warm pink blusher with a divine golden sheen helps to impart a wash of radiance and warmth to the skin, brightening up the complexion all year round. The texture is unreal - buttery soft, blendable and it's so saturated - a staple in my make up bag!
Dusted over the cheekbones, lightly on the temples and down the nose, theBalm Mary Lou Highlighter emits a gorgeous glow. This shimmery, champagne highlighter gives a flawless finish and lasts all day!

For eyes, I find that even glittery picks can work all year round, through sunshine or showers! I normally reach for MAC Honeylust, a versatile peachy bronze pick with a hint of sparkle. It pairs well with bright lips for spring, vampy lips for winter and muted tones too!

Lastly for an everyday lip, MAC Mehr is the one. This flattering mauve pink lipstick compliments most looks, making it my top pick and year-round shade. The slight berry tone means that it works through autumn and winter, it pairs well with (my signature everyday) liquid liner flick and dewy skin too! 

What are your year-round favourites?
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