Monday, 28 August 2017

New Chapters.

Hi, to whoever you may be. This post was such a difficult one to write up as my brain is full to the brim with questions and doubts when it comes to my space on the internet. Truth is, I've found myself having a bit of a blogging identity crisis and I finally feel like I'm ready to chat about it. So here goes, grab some snacks and a cuppa.

The blog sand.

I may or may not have nabbed this from Love Island but 'Help... I've fallen into the blog sand'. Some of you are probably currently thinking 'Jen mate, what are you talking about?' so allow me to explain. The 'blog sand' is the current Blogosphere we're all a part of and it's easy to lose yourself amongst the masses of bloggers. With so many of us trying to leave a mark on the scene, you can't help but grow to recognise and relate to a certain style of content and before you know it, you're stuck. 

Now, don't take this the wrong way as this definitely isn't a bad thing at all. I've gained a lot of exciting brand relationships due to the content I've been known to produce. As nine times out of ten, brands are hunting for that 'blogger aesthetic' that we all know and love. I guess a lot of my readers have stuck by me because of this type of content too. 

But truth be told, to quote our babe Britney Spears... I'm not that kind of girl. 

I've fallen out of blogging to fit in. I don't want to scroll down my Bloglovin' feed and lose my content in the sea of blogposts that are styled exactly like mine. As much as I love reading these blogs and enjoying their content, for me, I feel like I haven't been true to myself. I take a look at my recent posts and I can't see any of my personality or personal tastes coming through and it makes me feel like I just want to quit entirely. 

So, even though my Twitter poll preferred my other style of photography, I'm giving this whole new blogging style a go for my own state of mind. I don't know whether this change is going to bite me on the bum in the long run, or whether I'll still prefer to do this a couple of months down the line. But currently, it feels like the right thing to do. 

I'm glad I've found the right words to get that out of the way and push all the doom and gloom aside. So I guess now we can talk about this outfit? 

I've been lusting after a cardigan like this since the infamous Lovers and Drifters came on the scene and sold out almost immediately last summer. Leaving a loop cardigan shaped hole in my heart and wardrobe. So you can imagine how giddy I was to randomly stumble upon this baby on And Other Stories, what a dream.

It's a little on the expensive side than what I'd typically spend. But it's a total investment piece (I keep telling myself). I can style this up like I have here with a pair of light jeans and boots for colder weather, or a cami dress and vans for summer. 

You can shop the look here

I hope you'll join me on this new blogging journey, promise it'll be a good one! 

Friday, 25 August 2017

Skincare review with*

If you've been a Velvet Spring reader for quite some time... (you go girl), you'll know that I like to write about skincare when I find something new that works for me. It's very rare that I find something that totally agrees with my skin, as it can be super temperamental due to it's sensitivity. This post is also featuring a new style of photography, I'm unsure whether I want to go ahead and rebrand so this is just to test the waters.. let me know what you think! 
Skincare Review

A few weeks ago, I was approached by the lovely PR Georgia, behind the online pharmaceutical retailer In exchange for a skincare review, I received a voucher to go wild with and spend to my hearts content. When the email first popped in my inbox, admittedly I felt like giving this a swerve. As from my own experiences of visiting chemists, there's never really much variety to pick from and especially not with regards to beauty and skincare. 

But after giving the site a quick once over, I managed to pick up a lot of products that I've been eyeing up for ages. Including the renowned Cetaphil cleanser (that every blogger seems to rave about) and Dr Paw Paw balm. I guess this is living breathing proof that you shouldn't judge a book, or a website, by it's cover. stock such a huuuge variety of brands that you can save a fortune on delivery costs in the long run too.

Since I was so surprised, I had a cheeky peek at the beauty section too. The site also stocks brands like L.A Girl, Rimmel and Max Factor and they're ALL super cheap and below actual retail price (go have a nosy, thank me and your saved pennies later). 

So, without further ado, here's my thoughts on the products I picked up: 
Nivea Express Hydration Primer

Nivea Visage Hydrating Primer

I am all for 2-in-1 beauty products. A product that can prime and moisturise at the same time, gives me a few extra minutes in bed on a morning and I can definitely get on board with that. This primer is so refreshing to pop on on a morning. It's very light, cooling and absorbs super quickly. It's left my skin feeling really moisturised and cared for whilst managing to create the perfect base to pop my makeup on. For £4.89, you can't get much better than this.

After interning at Closer as part of the beauty team, one of the main requirements of an intern is to do some good ol' research. I was tasked with the job of finding out celeb beauty favourites and the one that kept cropping up was this balm. Honestly google Dr Paw Paw, everyone from Rita Ora to Nicole Richie swear by it. Even though the actual description of the product is a little bit gross, I mean 'fermented Paw Paw?' come again? The product is amazing and the possibilities are genuinely endless.

I've used this to moisturise my lips, pop on my lids and cheeks for a dewy glow and I've even swiped this across my eyelash curler to prime my lashes. I am so impressed, I'll definitely be picking up the tinted versions in the future! You would think, since it's such a staple it would come with a huge price tag, but it's just £8.99 on

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover

This is a product I've seen absolutely everywhere on the Blogosphere, so I thought I'd cave and give it a whirl. Initially I was put off by the bottle as it states it is, 'fragrance free, soap free and non comdeogenic' like... if you've got none of those, how are you gonna go about doing anything for my skin? Though after using this on the daily for the past two weeks, I'm a convert. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean and has no problems when it comes to removing makeup. 

I did have a little bit of a chin breakout (period chin, you know?) before I started to use the cleanser and it hasn't done anything to help that on it's way. But my skin definitely feels refreshed and squeaky clean, so I would recommend this for people who have normal/combination skin. Definitely a great gentle cleanser for better skin days!

I'm a real no fuss gal when it comes to my skincare routine. I just like to whip off all of my makeup with a face wipe before I get stuck in with all my lotions and potions. So I bought this on a whim, just to see if it would sway me. But, unsurprisingly I'm definitely not swayed by this. Since it's supposedly formulated and created to cater to the sensitive eye area, I was expecting it to be pain free. It didn't do a spectacular job at removing my eye makeup to be honest and left my eyes feeling really sore and stingy anyway. So, its a no from me.

I hope you've enjoyed this skincare update. I'm sorry that it's quite a long one! Have you got any skincare products you'd recommend for oily skin?

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Monday, 21 August 2017

I Colourpop caved...

Prepare for the prettiest packaging and products of your life
Colourpop After Hours

Yes, I did it. I caved, I just couldn't go any longer knowing that my face was still yet to be blessed by the Colourpop gods. The minute I saw the After Hours palette I just knew I had to bite the bullet and hit that checkout button. Since Colourpop offer free international delivery with orders over $50, I bought a few other goodies to save in the long run. I'll keep them for a separate post because I want to keep it short and snappy, though I'm sure you'll be able to guess what they are from my photos. 

One thing I want to mention, is the amazing customer service Colourpop offers. If you watched my Instagram story and heard the ridiculous amount of 'oohs and ahhhs' when I was unboxing this order, everything was packaged so beautifully. Even little touches down to the individual comment cards to say thanks for your order really made a difference for me. Mine was a little animated lettuce saying 'lettuce celebrate' how cute?! Since they're such an affordable brand, it's nice to see them putting in the extra mile more than a typical brand would and I'll definitely be buying from them again in the future. Not to mention how amazing the products actually are. 
Colourpop After Hours

The Process

I've heard on the grapevine more times than often, that Colourpop can be really expensive to get here in the uk. I was initially put off after having such a bad experience with getting just ONE Kylie Jenner gloss and paying a fortune in fees. Though, I decided to just go for it and worry about the damage later.. treat yo self. I did look into shipping couriers etc but honestly, the free International delivery swayed me and I knew what I'd be paying in fees would more than likely equal an international shipping cost. So win win, technically?

When the little box of joy came, I was surprisingly only faced with a £12 fee, so everything came to exactly £50 in total. Which I get, some of you may see as a little steep. But £50 for two matte lips, a satin lip, a highlighter and seven insaneeely pigmented eyeshadows is good enough for me. Considering I'd pay £16 for just one lip product at Mac or Urban, you really can't complain. I'm still holding out for the rumours that Colourpop will come to Sephora though, so I probably won't be making another order in a rush! 

The Palette 

If you know me, I love a good glittery eye. So I popped this collection into my basket as fast as I could when I saw the swatches. These warm, cranberry tones are perfect for my eye colour and they're ridiculously glittery so I couldn't get a more perfect match if I tried. All of these eyeshadows are part of the 'Super Shock' collection and they're absolutely beautiful to touch. It's really hard to describe how they feel on the skin, but they're super velvety and buttery and glide on ridiculously well. 
After Hours swatches

As you can see from the swatches, if you aint a fan of glitter I don't think After Hours is suitable for you. The shades Wattles and Drift, are probably the only less glittery, more matte shades of the bunch. I've been using these shades almost daily to create a really warm, burgundy look as they're great transitional shades for my pale AF skin and really help making my green eyes pop. I'm so excited to use this collection more in autumn as I think the warm tones will be perfect for the season. 

Would you recommend any Colourpop Products? Thanks for reading! J x

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer sale picks.

"I don't know about you, but I love a cheeky bargain"

ASOS sale picks

First things first, yes I still haven't got to grips with shooting on my Olympus Pen for my outfit photos. I think I need to invest in a portrait lens as my 42mm lens just aint working for me, so for now I have to rely on my iPhone and this is the bloody result, crap photos. I get really annoyed over this because if you know me, I'm a bloody perfectionist. My flat-lays are exactly how I want them due to my Olympus, but the rest of my photos are very... iPhone, ja feel? 

Anyway... rant over. I came across a site a couple of weeks ago that has totally changed the game when it comes to shopping sales. I don't know about you, but I'm the type of girl that has to look through every single page of sale items just on the off chance that I may miss something good. After I eventually find something, I then have to repeat the bloody process for all the different clothing websites I usually buy from and it's such a boring task. 

Nine times out of ten, I just stress myself out and just shut the whole thing down and have a quiet word with myself to stop spending money lol. Thank god I came across the site  Love The Sales. It works by gathering all of the sale items from every decent retailer and pops them all into once place and into really helpful categories. I've found SO many bargains through them, including this  turtleneck jumper and  lace culotte pants

Monochrome outfitMonochrome outfit

Meaning that I managed to bag myself a pretty cute transitional outfit for just under £20, hurrah. Although, these particular culottes are sold out now, I've linked a few similar you can have a nosy at. Since we're pretty much saying goodbye to summer and hello horrible humidity, I think super comfy loose culottes and a light long sleeved top are the perfect combination for combatting this. I've just teamed these with my good old trusty  Zara city bag,  ASOS western belt and my  Old Skool Vans, which are legit never off my feet.

Have you found any bargains from the summer sales?
Thanks for reading, J x

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Monday, 14 August 2017

August goals

I'm still very shocked and personally offended, that it's already August. My god, this year has been a total blur. Summer seems to be flying away and I've only been to the beach and had a 99p ice cream, once... which is totally unacceptable. It's also beginning to dawn on me that I'm the ripe old age of 22 in four months, growing one step closer to impending adulthood by the minute and I am not a fan. 

Since I've somewhat spent the whole of July either in bed or at the pizza shop, I thought I'd start up my monthly goal posts again. Purely because I've been such a lazy arse lately and I need to get some sort of motivation from somewhere. So my logic being, if I write these posts which will be spread on the internet for everyone to judge my lazy arse ways, surely that'll spur me on. So here goes... 
August Goals

August Goals

1. Start to work out. 

It's official, I've gained weight. But what did I expect, lazing around doing nothing and eating nothing but carbs and regret? It's not a substantial, huge amount of weight. But I think being someone who can only look at a slice of pizza and gain weight on her thighs, I can tell the difference almost immediately. So far, I've done a pretty amazing job of hiding it, due to my trusty culottes and mom jeans stash I've been stacking up. But enough is enough, because the minute final year begins is the minute stress eating begins and I don't want to end up gaining even more weight. So August is the month of eating healthily and being more active (with a sneaky pizza in between, more than likely)

2. Shoot more style posts.

This is the blogging goal that I'm really trying my best to work with. It's not like I don't have enough content to shoot (believeeee me, I've got a terrible spending habit). I just haven't got the time or the right photographer for it. Currently I'm using my boyfriend Nathan, he works full time and I don't want to waste the little time we spend together always getting in a hump and being moody because the photos aren't how I want them to be. To be honest, I don't know if I'd even have the balls to get a photographer, I'd probably just look like a huge ball of awkward and uncomfortable. But yeah, this is something I'm definitely trying to work on this month. 

3. Hit the big 2K mark on Instagram.

Now, don't take this goal as me being like 'oh my god, she's so ungrateful' because I can assure you girllllll, that ain't the case. I am honestly so overwhelmed by the support and love I've been receiving on Instagram lately. I still act like a small child at christmas when I wake up to follow notifications, how sad is that?! Working my little butt off to try and grow my Instagram organically seems to be finally paying off. Being just under 200 followers away from 2,000. TWO THOUSAND a whole 1,800 of you are actually interested in the photographs I take. If you want to help me reach my goal, you can follow my instagram here and we can be friends.

4. Get a bloody bedtime routine back.

Hi, I'm Jen and I like to stay up until 4-5 in the morning and do weird things like plan a food shop or google best places to eat fish and chips in the North East. Getting into the habit of staying up late and not being able to switch off, is really beyond a joke now. I need to start to get a decent bedtime routine going before I head back to university next month. Otherwise it's night owl life for me. If anyone has any product recommendations that help you sleep, please pass them my way!

5. Plan a year of blogging giveaway.

This is something I've always intended to do and SHOCK yet again I'm two months late with it. But this will definitely be up and running this month I swear by it. Making a poll on twitter I found that a lot of you would prefer beauty giveaways, so I'm on the lookout for the best giveaway products I can get my lil hands on. Would you love to win a certain thang? lemme know and I'll see if I can work my magic. 

What are your goals for August?
Thanks for reading x 

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Beauty with Barry M

Barry M Beauty

Ah Barry M, the nostalgia. 15 year old me would love absolutely nothing more than saving a few pounds of her dinner money and going to Boots on the weekend and buying a new polish. I wish I was still that easily pleased, life could throw anything at me and I wouldn't bat an eyelid because I was so happy with my 50 odd different polishes lined up on my windowsill. Anyone remember those crackle polishes? they were the ultimate fashion statement back in the day. 

I took these photos quite a few weeks in advance because I wanted to make sure I gave these a good old test run before I wrote this post. I have to say, I'm really impressed! I haven't tried any beauty products from Barry M before, so I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about them, as I tend to stray away from high street brands (not a snob, just have sensitive AF skin). These are almost always on three for two offer at Boots too, so it's not like they broke the bank either. 
Barry M Lipstick In Runway

I honestly have sooo much love for these lip products and I'm definitely going to pick up a few more shades when I'm back in Boots. I had no idea the lip liner came in a kit with the lipstick because I was so busy obsessing over my hand swatches. Naturally, I was over the moon when I got home and opened it because I'm rarely a girl who bothers buying liners. But anyway, lets get onto the actual results shall we?

The lip product itself is pretty thin and dries in a few seconds, which is great because I hate the feeling of thick, cakey lips some cheaper liquid lipsticks can give. I assumed since the product is so thin, the longevity wouldn't be that great, but the colour payoff in both the lipliner and the lipstick is pretty good. Obviously for £6.99, you wouldn't expect some holy grail life-changing miracles to happen. But I'd say you'd only really need to reapply this lipstick maybe once or twice during the day, so really it isn't bad at all. This particular shade 'Runway' only really suits me when I'm wearing false tan though, because the colour is quite dark. But, I'm definitely going to invest in a few lighter pink shades because these are a total steal, I love the look of the metallic range too. 

This was the product that initially caught my eye. I've never tried a water based primer before so I was quite intrigued to see how I'd get on with it. It's a cooling based mist so it's very refreshing and gives you that instant hydration you want to start applying makeup. It dries pretty quickly and leaves your skin feeling smooth and ready for snatching. Overall, it's a pretty good primer. It doesn't do much for brightening your skin, but it does the job of smoothing out your pores and prepping your face just fine. Definitely worth giving a go and keeping for your simpler makeup days.
Barry M Strobe Cream in Galactic

I didn't really know what else to purchase on the three for two offer, so I decided to go with this product because of the cute little sparkles on the packaging and I'm a sucker for a pretty highlight. I'm easily pleased, I know. The highlighter stick has a small dome which makes this absolutely amazing for applying because its so easy to just pop directly onto your face wherever you please. It's a very creamy formula which makes the highlight effortless to blend too. This shade, Galactic, has a really icy holographic tone and is the perfect intensity for my fair skin. I'm so glad I decided to go for this product, I love it! 

Do you have any Barry M favourites to recommend, I'd love to try more.
Thanks for reading, J x

more beauty posts

july beauty favourites / la girl pro collection / affordable beauty buys 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

July Beauty Favourites

July Beauty Favourites

Well, cya later July. God you've been quick haven't you?! Now I have to sit here and contemplate the fact that my summer is almost over, I've caught absolutely no trace of a sun kissed glow and I have to start mentally preparing myself for final year of university soon - bummer. But I discovered a few banging beauty bits this month, so I guess you weren't all that bad. I've had quite the penchant for a lotta things lately and surprisingly they're all really affordable, so bare with me - it might be a wordy one! 

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Love Lipstick in Blaise Buff

Honestly, I wish I didn't love this lipstick as much as I do. I went to my local Estee Lauder counter in the hopes of getting a sample of double wear to try out. But due to my underwhelming ability to simply say no and a ridiculously pushy saleswoman, I left spending an absolute arm and leg. After testing out a lot of Estee Lauder products and them being completely average and overpriced, I weirdly fell in love with this lipstick. The shade is a gorgeous 'me, but better' type and it's a very comfortable matte. The longevity is great and the thing I love the most is the smell. Omg, it literally smells like a yummy vanilla buttercream. Go out and swatch one, you'll totally know what I mean. 

Sleek Distorted Dreams Palette*

The thing I'm most excited to babble on about is the Sleek Distorted Dreams Palette. I was kindly gifted this by the lovely gals at Brandnation and I absolutely love it. Being such a fan of the infamous Solstice palette, I was kind of sceptical that this palette wouldn't compare - but I was soooo wrong. The shades, I admit, aren't necessarily everybody's cup of tea as they're quite luminescent. But I love it, total unicorn vibes and I'm hooked.

What I loved most about the Solstice palette is the mixture of cream and powder highlights as I found that the cream ones worked really well for me. So thankfully, this palette has a whopping three cream formulas. My only niggle with this palette is that the blue/lilac highlight is so teeny and it's my favourite one because it's so pigmented so I can tell I'm going to run out of this real quick. But the palette is so affordable at just £10.99 for five shades, I think I'll survive. 
July Beauty Favourites

Distorted Dreams Palette L-R: Three cream shades, two powders / Estee Lauder Blaise Buff
(sorry about the ugly flash photo)

Patisserie De Bain Sugared Violet Body Spray

When I was interning at Closer Magazine, I got to see some of the most amazing PR packages and one that stuck out for me was Patisserie De Bain, I just remember the most gorgeous smell coming from the box. So, naturally, when they were holding a giveaway on their Instagram page a couple of weeks back, I entered and won - woohoo! This scent is insaaaaaane, if any of you ate and loved Palma Violets when you were younger as much as I did, then this is the body spray for you. I've almost used this whole bottle in the space of a month because I just keep unnecessarily spraying myself with it because it smells so good. If you seen my Insta story of when I received this package, they included a tiny little bottle with an even tinier cute quote and some baby palma violets. You can tell Patisserie De Bain really put thought into their products and I love brands that go the extra mile - so I'll definitely be repurchasing! 

St Moriz Skin Perfecting Tancealer* 

I'm going to do a single review post on this tan because it's just so damn good - but in the meantime, I thought it deserves a mention here because July has been the month of blessed false tanned legs, down to this miracle. I've been a loyal St Moriz fan since I was in school, I've tried several different brands over the years from all different price points and I always come back to my trusty St Moriz mousse. However, the waiting process is something I hate about tanning, going to bed sticky and gross is such a pain #palegirlproblems. So when I received a press release on this new St Moriz Tancealer which sets instantly, I obviously had to try it out. This is such an amazing product for when you need a tan in a hurry, it's totally streak free and provides great coverage. This has been such a lifesaver for me when I've been too hot and bothered to tan on an evening, I just pop this on in the morning and bam, golden legs for days. Although the teeny applicator you get with the tan is pretty useless, I would 100% recommend you try this out if you're a false tan addict like me, it's a staple.
July Beauty Favourites
H&M Nail Polish in Sepia

I don't know about you, but whenever fashion brands bring out a beauty line I always assume it's going to be a little bit.. naff? I mean, if they're spending all of their time and attention on clothing and accessories - why would the beauty be any good? I was recently making an order with H&M for some blogging bits and bobs (if you haven't looked at h&m for blog props, definitely do!). I decided I'd go out on a whim and try a few bits from their beauty line too. 

I was instantly drawn to the selection of nail polishes, the design of the bottle is so pretty and retro? and even if I didn't like it, it could double up as a blog prop in the background of a photo - so it was a win/win purchase. I've really been taken aback by how good this polish is, I'm a beige/nudey nails kinda gal so the colour is perfect for me for starters. Then the longevity of the actual polish is so good, I can go 4-5 days without topping up this polish. Which is honestly a miracle for me because I'm always fiddling about with my nails. So yeah, would 10/10 suggest you try out these polishes if you're on the hunt for a new affordable one.

Koko Amore Lashes*

I've really been trying to 'up' my makeup game lately and that involves taking the plunge and wearing false lashes. I'm honestly absolutely hopeless when it comes to applying them but I've been practicing and getting better! I was contacted by FalseLashes a few weeks ago asking for me to review a few pairs. I went with the Koko lashes in the strip 'Amore' as I've seen so many people talking about these. They're the perfect, subtle shape for everyday wear and they look so pretty on. You can use the code LASH10 for 10% off the whole range if you fancy trying some too. 

Shop The Edit x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Pleats, Please!

Topshop Wrap Floral BlouseRomwe Pleated Pink Culottes

Topshop Blouse - on sale /  Romwe Pants* - Similar  /  Asos Juza Shoes

Hi, I'm Jen and I have a confession to make... I've been a terrible procrastinator lately. I've been stuck in this mindset where I feel I have a billion things to do before I start final year of university, which results in me stressing too much that I just can't find a place to begin. It's like I've been in limbo for the past month, I find it hard to even drag myself out of the house at the moment. But, here I am, I left the house and I have photographic evidence and a nice outfit to show for it, what more could I want.

I don't know whether it's something to do with my current existential crisis, but I've really been obsessed with girly outfits and accessories lately. I was kindly gifted these pleated pants from Romwe, literally weeks ago (terrible blogger, I know) and I haven't took them off. Being generally lazy and fatigued 24/7 has left me feeling really out of shape and 'bleh', so I find that culottes are my go-to at the moment because they're just so bloody comfy and flattering. 

The top is a pretty floral blouse from Topshop, which I've neglected massively this summer. I think this is the second time I've actually worn it, just because I've found wrap tops to be a nightmare to wear. I have a Zara wrap top that I love but it's completely impractical and one of my boobies will definitely always end up popping out, which is enough to put me off for life. But having a total wardrobe epiphany the other day when I was planning some outfit posts, I found this top and trouser combo to be pretty enough for me to cope.

Romwe Pleated Pink CulottesPrezzyBox Bee Necklace

The part of this outfit I'm most excited to babble on about though, is this gorgeous Bee Necklace. I've been obsessed with Alex Monroe jewellery for so so long, I just love the small dainty details and the infamous bee necklace has been on my wishlist for ages. So, when I was recently contacted by Prezzybox to review some of their personalised jewellery, I was over the moon when I came across this little bee, what a perfect affordable dupe. 

Not only is the price tag a major 138 POUNDS CHEAPER, yes... you heard it here first. The necklace goes one step further and has the cutest little circular charm which you can personalise with a letter of your choice, mine was obv a J. I tend to worry about inexpensive jewellery as I have quite sensitive skin and cheaper jewellery tends to get grubby and corrode, you know? but this necklace is actually 14 carat gold plated and corrosion and flake free. Amaze. It also came in the cutest little pouch and had it's own certificate of authenticity, so I think it would be lovely to gift to someone. I'd definitely recommend having a browse of PrezzyBox's personalised jewellery range if you're wanting to treat yoself, everything is lush! 

Thanks for reading, Happy August everyone! x

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