Product Review: Bella Freud candles

So, it's officially September which that means that it's finally okay to get excited about coats and candles: autumn is basically upon us. 

As I mentioned in my latest haul, I rent the little flat I share with two of my favourite humans so we're quite restricted by how homely we can make it. We've come up with ingenious ways to hide ugly mismatched furniture and worked out all possible ways to add non-permanent personality to rooms: one of my favourite ways is with a fun little candle. 

Whether you're keen on cutesy or classic styles and/or scents candles are a super easy and affordable way to add a little something to a sad looking windowsill, or ugly mantle piece. Crafted in the UK, Bella Freud's quirky soy wax candles are all inspired by her signature sweaters: hand-poured into a stylish matte black glass jar (which, once the candles been burnt out doubles nicely as a brush holder) they make a really sweet addition to a room.

Ginsberg is God
Fresh, yet seductively husky: this candle has a fresh green scent, defined by green notes of Fig Leaf, Vine Leaves and Tomatoes it's rich yet fresh. With Frankincense and Wormwood adding depth it's my favorite from this miniature set - I've got the full sized version of this and love burning it during winter.

Je t'aime Jane
Sweet and floral, yet balanced by fresh Green Leaves and cool Water Stem, it's flirty yet fresh. I've been burning this on rainy summer nights.

Bella Freud
Bella's signature candle is richly scented with Moroccan smoked Incense, with notes of Cedarwood and resins of Myrrh and Amber for added warmth. Dry and dramatic, it's perfect for early autumn.

Inspired by the heavily-incesed scents of the era, this candle is rich with Patchouli oils, Myrrh and Frankincense with Sandalwood, Musk and Vetiver adding a luxurious intensity. 

Trending: Retro romantics

Shirt, Zara; Jeans, Pull & Bear

First off, HUGE apologies for the brief break in my usually pretty regular posts. The last couple of weeks have been so beyond mad I've not been able to dress myself nicely let alone plan anything pretty for SRG. On Friday I finished my year's maternity cover at YOU magazine as Fashion Coordinator and spent my final two weeks manically prepping for, compiling and finalising our accessories special which was a lot of fun but totally mad.

I'm now quite literally a free woman and am currently in the process of embracing the fun new challenges of freelance life (which I have to say is just as mad...) I'm hoping that this will enable me to spend a little more time on my little blog, as I really enjoy writing and putting pieces together for it :) I've got lots of ideas and can't wait to share them with y'all.

Excluding my little Primark excursion I've not actually purchased anything properly for a little while, so I (of course) used my new venture as an excuse to make a small, celebratory purchase. It's super sweet, and reminds me of both my Grandma's tea towels and Kim K's 2013 met-ball dress at the same time which, for me, is a win.

I've been wearing mine tucked into my favourite high waisted jeans with a pair of trusty loveworn Vans and love how retro they look when teamed together.

Shop a few of my favourite floaty, romantic floral tops below...
Clockwise from top left: Off-shoulder sheer top, Asos; Floral tee, Asos; Smuge floral shirt, Y.A.S; Cold shoulder ruffle top, Asos; Floral shirt, Only Eleanor; Ditsy floral shirt, Asos


Trending: Chokers

Shirt, £42.50, White Stuff; Wrap around choker, £12, Asos

Belted, bejewelled and bold chokers were seen all over the autumn/winter catwalks from Balmain to Lanvin. While statement styles that fully cover your neck are set to be the most popular winter accessory, simple velvet ribbon chokers will always have a little place in my heart.

Super affordable, this simple accessory toughens up the simplest of looks: while velvet styles make a bold impact, a classic gold choker is the kind of necklace that you can wear every day, while still making a statement.

I’ve compiled a little edit of classic styles you can shop and wear now and bolder styles to save until the weekend…

Wide choker, £4.99, New Look; Pieces fine choker, £8, Asos; Blush coker, £5, River Island

Heart choker, £6, Asos; Khaki choker, £5, Missguided; Double layer choker, £5, Missguided

Vine choker, £8, Asos; Fabric choker, £6, Asos; Swarovski flower choker, £55 £22, Krystal

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The lust list: my summer beauty wish list

Clockwise from left: Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15.50, Lancome; Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum, £48 for 30ml, Givenchy; Narsissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette, £40, Nars; Retouching Face Pencil, £22, Bobbi Brown; Eye Art Caviar Palette, £45, Laura Mercier all exclusively available at John Lewis.

It's almost inevitable that as soon as you start saving, you see things you're very keen to/must purchase. Of course none of these pieces are exactly essential but then, where's the fun in that? I'm always keen to trial products and am constantly adding pieces I see at launches onto my wish list.

I thought I'd try something a little different to my usual reviews and share five new-in products with you that are currently at the top of my wish-list: a compilation of August's must have beauty products if you will...

Cleansers are a must-have in your daily beauty routine: the perfect tool to remove make up and clean your face but finding the right one is a bloomin' task and a half. Suitable for dry and sensitive skin, I've heard great things about Lancome's offering and am keen to see this foaming cleanser lives up to it's promise of radiance.

The third addition to the Dahlia Divin collection, Givenchy's latest offering also contains the same Sambac Jasmine note as the previous two: complemented by notes of Mimosa, Rose and Tonka Bean it's got the husky, wood-y tones that I love. I always spritz it when I passing through John Lewis' beauty hall and think this will be the first product from my wish list that I actually purchase.

Offering endless blush options this compact is sure to see you through from summer-to-autumn: with ultra-modern shades that work as well when worn alone as they do when layered together. Super versatile and flattering on all skin tones, Nars' compact features blush, highlighter and contouring shades: a great all-in-one option! 
A make-up artist recently shared her NARSissist secret with me, advising my to apply my blush wet in order to achieve a natural-looking glow or high-impact flush.

As I discuss in my concealer edit, a great concealer can make all the difference: the right one should brighten shadowy areas, disguise blemishes and, when paired with your favourite foundation provide an even, smooth and flawless skin tone: something often easier said than done. Bobbi Brown's promises this and more - I'm really eager to try this and their new Illuminate Pencil.

Make the most of the remaining days of summer with this versatile new 12-shade eye palette that'll take you from office-to-bar (or pool-to-party, it's a travel-friendly compact after all...) with ease. Inspired by the cult-favourite Caviar Stick Eye Colour, Laura Mercier's mirrored palette contains six matte and six crushed pearl-shimmer shades. I love neutral shadow shades and think this will make a great investment.

Tweet me @SarahRHarrison and let me know which are your must-have beauty products this August.

Whilst this post was sponsored by John Lewis, all content and coments are my own.
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