Jo Malone London ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection

With the summer months come an excuse to embrace all that the world of scent has to offer; it’s an opportunity to hang up those rich and moody fragrances in favour of something lighter, more energising and reminiscent of time in the sunshine – whether that’s in the UK or abroad. Although we’ve become accostomed to a summertime scent including citrus or tropical notes that remind us of beach days and lazy afternoons in European destinations, with the pandemic forcing us to look closer to home for a getaway it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace notes that are a little more homegrown. And Jo Malone’s ‘Great British Summer Fete’ collection is the antidote we all need this year.

Inspired by the country fetes that we all experienced in childhood (and more so in adulthood as they’re making a comeback!) the collection nods beautifully to the gingham tablecloths and freshly baked goods often found on offer. Orange Peel, Tangy Rhubarb, Elderflower Cordial, Rose Blush and one of my favourites from the permenant line Blackberry & Bay (I wore this on my wedding day,) make up the five piece collection – and it’s one of my favourite limited edition ranges of all time.

Not only do the bottles feel incredibly special and totally different from what you’d expect from Jo Malone London, but the scents within are so smile-inducing that it’s going to be tough to stop using them when we hit the colder months. Elderflower is one of my favourite scents (and flavours) so it’s no surprise I utterly adore the concoction that’s just the right amount of sweetness; it’s not sickly sweet, but instead more of a comforting and uplifting scent that wafts for hours to the enjoyment of everyone around me.

Over the weekend I walked in the woods with my Nan, who pointed out a huge elderflower tree and told me stories of using the flowers to make award-winning wine in her youth. Moments later she asked what ‘beautiful perfume’ I was wearing as she kepy catching a delicate hint as we wandered through the overgrowth; the fact it was Jo Malone Elderflower Cordial was the best kind of coincidence and an even better endorsement for the spritz I’d applied that morning.

The Rose Blush scent is also a beautifully delicate embodiment of the roses that adorn a typical British countryside garden; a slightly sweet modern interpretation, it’s a great way to wear floral without it being heavy or ‘old fashioned’. Rose has been given a hard time in recent years, but this is a whisper of a fragrance that makes an ideal daily scent that would work beautifully when layered as much as it stands out when worn alone.

Although I’ve yet to try the Orange Peel or Tangy Rhubarb, they sound just as divine – and I’m sure I’d wear either in a heartbeat. And I’m already a huge fan of the Blackberry & Bay, as I wore it over English Pear and Freesia on my wedding day; it still reminds me of the early Autumn day we said our vows and the countryside barn we spent our reception in, so will forever have a special place in my heart.

This is a collection I fell in love with from the very first spritz, and one that will sure to find itself in the Jo Malone hall of fame for years to come.

Discover the Jo Malone ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection HERE

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And So She Returns…

Well hello! It’s been a while. Almost three months, in fact, since I last sat down fingers to keyboard to write up a blog post. The intention was never to take such an elongated hiatus, but taking a step back while I acclimatised to a new working week was the best thing I could’ve done – both emotionally and physically.

For eight years I worked to the beat of my own drum: my own schedule, my own priorities and my own choice work-life balance; the ability to say yes or no to opportunities that came along, rather than feeling backed into a corner or withholden to corporate tape and process. But over time, inevitably sped up by the unpredictability of a global pandemic, the freedom I so thrived upon became more and more claustrophobic – because the control I once had was completely removed and left my head in a constant spin, thanks to the lack of clarity, certainty or stability I craved.

And so I started to think it was the right time to jump back into a full time position – albeit one that offered the flexibility, autonomy and entrepreneurial spirit I knew I would flourish in. It took a while (almost a year in fact) to find the perfect role, but I finally did… And honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Over the last three months I’ve had to adjust quickly to no longer having the time to nurture this blog and populate my channels as frequently as I once did, for they’ve had to take a backseat while I settled into the day job. I fully intended to take a temporary step back (juggling a new job, a part time client and an online presence is too much for anyone!) but those first few weeks snowballed into many more, and before I knew it it’d been three months.

But you know what? It’s been a blessing in disguise, to take an unintended break, for now I’ve rekindled my passion and rediscovered my love for a space that has grown and evolved over the last eleven years.

It no longer feels like a chore, to open my laptop screen of an evening or weekend or take photos of products I’ve been loving, which is honestly what it had evolved into over the last few years. When a hobby transforms into a career there are so many amazing positives, but when you put monetary pressure upon something that was previously driven only by the need to be creative the edges become more than a little fuzzy. I felt I *had* to write, I was *obliged* to take photos, and the pressure was always on to find new revenue streams.

For all the collectives and groups out there telling you to stop making money for other people and follow your dreams – I get it, I support it and I encourage it. But also, there’s no getting away from the fact it’s not a lifestyle that works for everyone and it’s not always sustainable in the long term. There’s no shame whatsoever in giving it a go for a while, and then changing your mind down the line; it’s braver, in a way, to admit when things aren’t quite working out and you’d rather have the stability of a monthly pay cheque.

I gave it eight long years, and they were wonderful. But the time was right to take a step in a different direction – for my own mental wellbeing as much as my bank account.

For the first time in a long time, I’m excited about breathing life back into this site and to create content just because I want to. No pressure to be ‘commercial’ and no accountant niggling in the background asking if this year’s profits will be up or down; just me, my laptop and an empty screen.

I’ve got a lot to say. I hope you’re ready.

Photos from one of my favourite shoots last year – in a sunflower field near my house.

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Contents are:

make up bag

pack of scrunchies

watermelon toner

watermelon fine mist

watermelon lip pop 

paypa lip balm

pineapple bright serum

banana souffle moisturiser

blueberry bounce cleanser

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Pic 1

CT pillow talk instant eye palette new and boxed £25

Chantecaille Tibet eye duo, one shade is chipped, the other swatched £8

D&G Vulcano Eyeshadow Quad, lightly used £8

CT The Legendary Muse Quad, swatched £10

Avon Underwater Paradise Quad, new £1.50

CT stars in your eyes palette, lightly used £15

Pic 2

Urban Decay one and done in medium light 50% left £5

Make up forever Matt velvet foundation in shade 35, unused £10

Clinique blend it yourself pigment drops, used once £8

New L’Oréal true match foundation in shade 3.5 peach £5

Unused Nars hydrating glow tint in medium, £15

New L’Oréal infallible total cover foundation in porcelain £4

New L’Oréal infallible 24h matte foundation in rose beige £4

Sealed MUA skin define Matte foundation in natural ivory £1

Bourjois health mix foundation in shade 54, used a few times £3

Bourjois health mix foundation in shade 56, used a few times £3

L’Oréal nude magic bb cream, medium to dark, about 50% left £1

Pic 3

New Burt’s Bees goodness glows foundation in ivory £7

NARS All Day Luminous foundation in medium 1 Punjab, 80% left £15

Ps Pro longwear mineralise foundation in shade 3 rich beige, unused £1

Ps Pro longwear mineralise foundation in shade 1 ivory, unused £1

Clinique even better foundation in shade 03 ivory, used once, £15

Laura Mercier silk creme foundation in bamboo beige, 90% left, £10

CT magic foundation in 6 medium, 80% left £12

New Dior Star Foundation in shade 021 £16

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation is shade 2 alabaster, used twice, inside lid is loose £8

New max factor skin lumininzer foundation in shade 50 natural £5

Pic 4

Mememe beat the blues highlighter, 80% left £1

L’Oréal glow mon amour highlighter in sparkling love, used once £2

L’Oréal Bourjois nudista awaking skin tint in medium, used once £3

L’Oréal glow Cherie natural glow enhancer in light glow, used once £3

Sleek barekissed Illuminator in Cuba, used twice £3

Sleek barekissed Illuminator in Monaco, just tested £3

Rimmel good to glow highlighter on soho glow, 70% left £1.50

No7 highlighting drops in rose gold, used 3-4 times, £3

Mua glow light lustre liquid highlighter, only tested £1

Freedom pro studio strobe cream, used once £1.50

Bourjois healthy mix glow primer in pink radiant, new £3

Bourjois healthy mix glow primer in apricot vitamin, new £3

Sleek highlighting elixir in she got it glow, used twice £2

Pic 5

Clarins sos primer in coral, 90% left £5

L’Oréal infallible mattifying primer, new £4

Clinique superprimer used 5 times max, £5

Stila One Step primer, used once £6

No7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer, used twice, £4

Nivea express hydration primer, sealed, £2.50

Etude face blur, used twice, £2

Essence my skin tinted primer in nude beige, new £1

Pic 6

Clinique workout face and body hydrating spray, tried once, £5

Urban Decay rebound setting spray, used twice £5

Freedom priming water, tested once £1

L’Oréal infallible fixing mist, never used, £2

Maybelline dream satin mist luminous setting mist, used 3 times max £1.50

Mua glow up setting spray, never used £1

L’Oréal shake and glow setting spray, never used £2

Pic 7

Vs midnight mimosa body spray, 95% left £3

Vs love spell body spray, 95% left £3

Escentric Molecules Esentric 02 EDT 30ml, 90% left, £15

Diptyque mini santal candle, new, £10

Dior Jadore mini, 50% left, £4

Hugo boss Hugo woman edt, 80% left, £5

Pic 8

Elf prep and hydrate balm, new £2

Weleda  new skin food mini £2

Weleda wild rose skin soothing cream mini £2

Origins original skin mask, used twice £7

Origins no puffery eye gel, used once £7

Caudalie beauty elixir 30ml, new £5

Nivea urban detox mask, new £1.50

Origins by all greens mask, used twice, £6

Nivea urban skin detox night gel, new £1.50

L’Oréal pure clay face wash, new £1.50

Superdrug simply pure serum, new £1

Bobbi brown skin remedies skin salve, new £10

Laneige water sleeping mask,new, mini £2

Ren clear sunscreen mini, new, mini £2

Pic 9

Lee Stafford hair growth treatment sachet £1

Invisible bobble, 3pack, £2

Nuxe huile prodigieuse oil, 50ml, new £6

Percy & Reed no oil, oil, new, 60ml £5

Percy & Reed Dry Instant Volumising Spray, new £5

Pic 10

Nip Fab foundation in shade 25 never used £4

Mua pro base full coverage concealer, new, shade 104 £1

Nyx full coverage concealer shade light, new, £2

Maybelline instant anti age eraser concealer, shade light, new, £2

Nars sheer glow foundation in medium 4, Barcelona, 80% left, £12

The body shop lighting touch concealer in shade 00, new £2

Benefit hello flawless mini foundation in shade honey, new, £2

Tarte rainforest of the sea foundation, shade light neutral, used once, £10

Rimmel insta conceal & contour palette in dark, new £1.50

Rimmel insta conceal & contour palette in light, new £1.50

Bourjois radiance reveal concealer, shade 2 beige, new £2

La pro hd concealer in light ivory, new, £2

La pro hd concealer in beautiful bronze, new, £2

L’Oréal more than a concealer, new, shade 328 biscuit, £2

Nars radiant cream compact foundation, shade medium 1.5 vallauris, used once £10

Pic 11

Weleda pomegranate hand cream mini, new £2

Clarins gentle refiner face exfoliator, new £4

Clarins hand and nail cream, new, £5

Elemis hand and nail butter new, £5

Roger & gallet hand and nail butter, used twice, £3

Neom mini sleep spray, new £3

This works mini sleep plus sleep spray, new £3

Loccitane vanilla hand cream, used twice -£3

Pic 12 all new

Lottie lash curler £1.50

Prima lash express eyelashes £1.50

Prima lash dainty professional lashes £1.50

Kiss shy wispy lashes £1.50

Elf face brush £1,50

Superdrug solait tanning wipes £1

Pic 13

NCLA Nudes nail polish in volume v, new £1

2am London gel polish in hotter than her, used twice, £2

Essie spin the bottle, used once £1.50

Essie for the twill of it, used once £1.50

Essie ballet slippers, new £2

Essie off the wall, used once £1.50

Pic 14

Nyx contour palette, used a few times £3

Clinique chubby contour stick over 80% left £4

Bourjois sculpt & bronze liquid, over 90% left £2

Smash box contour stick, never sharpened, £2.50

New rimmel duo contour & conceal stick in deep £1.50

New rimmel duo contour & conceal stick in light £1.50

New sunkissed sculpt & glow duo £1

New but has small chip Kevin Aucoin the creamy glow duo £6

La girl glow palette, blush and contour, new £2.50

Pic 15

Benefit Hervana blush, used lightly £5

Benefit galifornia blush, used a few times, mirror inside cracked £4

Benefit rockateur blush used a few times £4

Illamasqua blush in Nymph, new but shattered may shatter more in the post £2

Ciate summer love blush, new, £3

Nars exhibit a blush, new £10

Illamasqua cream pigment in Androgen, new £5

Bobbi brown calypso cheek palette, used lightly £8

Mac blush in Equilibrium, used a few times, £5

Clinique blush in sunset glow, new, £6

Pic 16

Tarte colour wheel blush palette, used a few times £12

New Dior blush in rose Cherie -£10

New Clinique sculpting blush in defining roses £8

New Kevin aucoin blush in dolline £8

New Becca blush in Flowerchild £8

New tarte blush in celebrated £10

Tarte blush in fearless, used once £8

Bare minerals that peach tho blush, used twice £5

Pic 17

New mua light lustre highlighter palette £1.50

Wet n wild cushion highlighter in who’s that pearl, tested £1.50

L’Oréal true match lumi powder in rose, new £2

New L’Oréal glow kit, one shade is smashed £1.50

Mua undress your skin highlighter in golden £1

Wet n wild highlighter mega glow in crown of my canopy, new £2

New INIKA baked mineral highlighter, £3

New L’Oréal true match lumi powder in ice glacé, £2

Pic 18

New anastasia Beverly Hills peach nectar highlighter £10

New anastasia Beverly Hills starlight highlighter £10

New Bobbi brown shimmer brick mini in bronze £6

New Estée Lauder flash illuminator in heat £8

New Laura geller baker gelato swirl highlighter in ballet slippers £8

Becca shimmering skin perfector in moonstone, used a few times £6

Golden Rose terracotta stardust blush powder £1

New Bobbi brown highlighting powder in pink glow, £6

Hourglass ambient light palette, used a few times £15

Pic 19

New emite make up lip and cheek tint, red, £2

Nars power matte lip pigment in rock with you, used once £8

Nars power matte lip pigment in light my fire,used once £8

Nars velvet lipglide in paradise garage, used twice £8

Nars full vinyl lip glide in Valencia, only tested £8

New Sephora creamy lip stain in mandarin muse,£8

New Sephora creamy lip stain in classic beige,£8

Sephora creamy lip stain in strawberry, used once £5

Beauty pie liquid lipstick in hello petal, used once £2

Ciate liquid velvet lipstick in obsession (brown) used once £2

Ciate liquid velvet lipstick in fast lane used once £2

New Clarins instant light lip perfector in shade 02, £4

Too faced sweet peach creamy lip oil gloss, used once £4

New Armani lip magnet, shade 301, .£10

New Clinique lip pop lacquer in go go pop £5

Pic 20

All only tested or used Once £1.50 each

L’Oréal les chocolates ultra matte lipstick in box of chocolates x2

L’Oréal les chocolates ultra matte lipstick in candy man

L’Oréal les chocolates ultra matte lipstick in Sweet tooth

L’Oréal les chocolates ultra matte lipstick in Dose of rose

L’Oréal matte in I explore (deep nude)

L’Oréal matte in I rebel (purple)

L’Oréal matte in I enjoy (brown)

L’Oréal matte in I’m worth it (red)

L’Oréal matte in I savour (pink)

Pic 21

Clarins lip oil in 01 honey, 70% left £3

New bourjois sweet kiss gloss in orange presse (coral) £1

New bourjois sweet kiss gloss in rose (pink) £1

Barry m lip gloss in shade 4, new £1

Rimmel oh my gloss in ohh la la £1

New elf lip lacquer in praline £1

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Kiko less is better matte lipstick in shade 01, used once £1.50

Nyx liquid suede in tea and cookies, used once £1

Ofra matte lipstick in Brooklyn, used a few times £1

Lancôme matte lip shaker in yummy pink, used once £5

Maybelline super stay matte ink in loyalist used twice £1

New Topshop longwear liquid in cartoon, £1.50

Sleek matte me liquid lipstick in velvet slipper used a few times £1

Revlon Ultra HD matte liquid lipstick in hd love (red) tested £1

Revlon Ultra HD matte liquid lipstick in obsession (pink) tested £1

Estée Lauder liquid lipstick in rebellious rose, new £5

New essence liquid lipstick in date proof £1

Pic 23

Nars cruella lip crayon, used once £5

New inglot lip crayon in shade 23 £3

New lacqua & Co cheeky lip crayon £1

New elf catwalk orange lip crayon (top is damaged) £1

Used mua lip trio bundle £1.50

New Mac velvet tease lip pencil in aim to please, £5

Soap and glory sexy motherpucker gloss stick in purple rain, used twice £1

Clinique chubby stick in curvy candy, used twice £4

Tarte lip creme stick in vintage, used twice £4

Bourjois, lip crayon in pinking of it, tested £1

Revlon lip crayon in complex, lightly used £1

Pic 24

New illamasqua precision gel liner mini £3 Black

New elf black liquid liner £1

New urban decay razor sharp liquid liner in bump (white) £5

Dior show waterproof liner, new black £8

Sigma liquid liner in black, new £4

New Lord & berry eye polish Pencil in black £2

New mua metallic eyeliner in icon £1

New Eyeko liquid liner in black, £2

Pic 25

Sleek contour palette in light, new £3

Sleek blush palette in sugar (browns) tested £2

Sleek blush palette in pink lemonade, new £3

Kiko blush palette in sweet coral, new £3

Milani baked bronzer in glow, new £2

Max Factor creme puff blush in seductive pink, tested £1

Cover girl blush in natural, new £1.50

Gosh lumi drops in peach, used twice £1

Mua cream blush in tiger lily, tested £1

Bourjois duo blush in Romeo and Juliette, new £2

Benefit lollitint, mini £2

The balm Bahama mama bronzer, over 90% left £4

New bourjois bronzing powder in dark, £3

New bourjois sculpting duo, £3

Slightly bashed but sealed milani blush in tea rose £2.50

Pic 26

Collection wonder brow semi perm brow Gel in light, new £1

Collection wonder tinted brow mascara in brunette, new £1

L’Oréal unbelievable brow in chatain, tester £1

Collection wonder brow semi perm brow Gel in medium, new £1

Collection wonder tinted brow mascara in blonde, new £1

Bourjois brow duo pencil in blonde, new £1.50

Collection wonder brow pencil in dark brunette , new £1

Pic 27

Ysl blur perfector, new £10

B.prepared primer, new £1.50

Mua pro base primer oil, new £1

Collection fixing spray, new £1

Pic 28

Topshop vanilla lip balm, new £1.50

New Burt’s bees lip shine new £1.50

Moa hand & lip balm new £2

Loccitane lip balm new -£2

Balm kind lip balm £1.50

Jouer lip balm, 90% left -£3

By terry lip balm, 90% left £5

Pic 29

Clinique all about base eyeshadow primer in medium, tested £5

Bobbi brown long wear sparkle in molten bronze, used twice £5

Bobbi brown long wear in golden pink, new £4

Ysl full metal eyeshadow in shade 3 (grey) £5 used a few times

Ysl full metal eyeshadow in shade 6(green)£5 used a few times

Etude house bling bling pencil, peach £1 used twice

Kiko eyeshadow stick in shade 5, new £2

Loc eyeshadow stick in uncorked, new £1.50

Zoeva bronze eyeshadow crayon used a few times £1

Nyx French fries jumbo eyeshadow pencil £2 new

Revlon cream eyeshadow in 730, new £1.50

Clarins ombré eyeshadow in black, only tested £4

Pic 30

New made up London everything warm palette, £3

Urban decay naked basics, used a few times £5

New ciate the fun palette £4

Mua singles bundle -£3 (5 shades)

D&G tender eyeshadow palette used a few times £7

Inglot pastel palette, few shades are chipped But new £5

Z palette with 21 mug geek eyeshadows, all used lightly £15

Pic 31

Mac mini lipstick in please me, used a few times £3

Mac mini lipstick in ablaze, new £5

Mac mini lipstick in blazing haute, new £5

Mac lipstick in Vegas volt, used a few times £6

Mac lipstick in ruby woo, used once £6

Pic 32

Nars jungle red limited edition, new £10

Nars jungle red normal, new £10

Nars Grace audacious lipstick, new £10

Nars natalie audacious lipstick, new £10

Ysl rogue pur couture lipstick, new £10

Ysl lip ink in shade 206, used twice £8

Pic 33

New Estée Lauder lipstick in restless £8

New Clinique lipstick in Paypa pop £8

Clarins Jolie rogue lipstick in guava, new £8

New Clinique lipstick in matte crimson £7

Dior addict lipstick in nude fever, lightly used £6

New Laura mercier lipstick in rogue electric £8

New illamasqua lipstick in rosepout £6

Lancôme lip lover in 334, used once £5

Pic 34

Bobbi brown lipstick in telluride, lightly used £5

Bobbi brown lipstick in grenadine lightly used £5

New Bobbi brown lipstick in pink tulip £10

New Bobbi brown lipstick in Russian doll £10

New Bobbi brown lipstick in shell £10

Bobbi brown lipstick in peach sorbet, lightly used £6

New Bobbi brown mini extra eye repair cream £2

New Bobbi brown hydrating face tonic, mini £3

New Bobbi brown mini vitamin e face base £4

New Bobbi brown mini face cleansing oil £3

New Bobbi brown hydrating face cream mini £3

New Bobbi brown hydrating eye cream mini £3

Pic 35

Used a few times Ct airbrush powder in 2 medium £8

Used once ct pillow talk quad £10

Benefit Dr feel good balm New £3

New Ct bar of gold highlighter £10 (pan is loose)

New Nars orgasm lip tint £10

New Aramini maestro glow fusion make up in shade 5 £15

New hourglass brow fibre gel in warm brunette £10

New stila magnificent metal eyeshadow in diamond dust,£4

New it superhero mascara in black £6

New Clinique eyeshadow in cream pop £5

New too faced sunny bunny bronzer, mini £5

New hourglass mascara mini in black £5

New ct eyes to mesmerise cream eyeshadow £10

New ct superstar lipstick in pillowtalk £10

Estée Lauder bronze goddess blush stick, used once £7

Pic 36

New Mac lipliner in stone £6

New Mac lipliner in lasting sensation £6

New Mac lipstick in plum £6

New Ct lip liner in pillow talk £8

Pic 37

Revlon candid loose powder in shade 001, new £2

Crown blush bronze illuminate palette new £3

Ysl translucent loose powder, new £10

Make up obsession baked powder in Cabo £1, new

INIKA baker powder foundation in nuture, new £3

Essence my skin loose fixing powder, shade nude, new £1

L’Oréal infalliable foundation stick in sable, new £2.50

Nyx hd powder, pressed £2 new

Rimmel insta matte powder, new £1.50

Laura geller Baker powder foundation In medium, new £60