MariesConnections

A beauty, lifestyle & photography blog.

Since I first heard about Glossier, months ago, I just knew this brand was up my street. New beauty launches happen almost every month and to be honest with you for a lot of them I am just not that interested (mostly because I don't always have the funds), but last summer when I heard Glossier was soon to launch in the UK I could not be happier. I am a skincare type of girl, I love my make up (especially my lipstick), don't take me wrong, but I get way more excited about skincare. Glossier had everything that I love, and yes, I'm not going to lie that the huge number of mentions this brand had before their arrival in the UK got me even more excited!
There is a new kid on the block and it goes by the name of Botanicals. What appealed to me was the Organic label, the vintage looking packaging and mostly for the promise of many things that come with this brand, that I am sure we'll hear more and more good things about in the months to come. 
I am lucky enough to own a house that my partner and I can decorate as we pleased. We moved there early this year and the whole house is in serious need of redecoration (see my post about it here). We have now completed my baby girl room, the office / studio and now we are in the process of decorating our bedroom. My partner mentioned, numerous times, that I can design it how I want it. So with this in mind I decided to go with one striky feature wall. The paint I choose is Nirvana by Colours, a very deep dark blue with a teal undertone that I totally adore. It is 'out of my white walls comfort zone' but I love it. My plan now it's to built decor and furniture around it, I am feeling:  teal, copper, rust, grey & mustard colors along with texture and also gold and wood artefacts is, I believe,  the way to go. Below are what is inspiring me and I hope will inspire you too.
There is a misconception that when you first start a blog you need a lot of equipment to be able to create professional content. The truth is that really you don't, you can easily create content that is very pleasing to the eye without breaking the bank.
Here is what people think you need but really you do not:
You know I have a big love for skincare. If I had to choose between skincare and makeup I think I'll choose skincare no questions asked. When Qlabo proposed that I try their Eauphoria Complete Moisture Treatment* I just could not refuse, especially that I have been recently looking for a good moisturiser. When the colder months of Autumn & Winter arrive my skin just screams help! for hydration.  This Eauphoria Moisture Treatment seems to be the answer for it and with it comes high expectations.
Its been a while since I entered a Lush shop or do a little Lush haul for that matter. Not because I didn't feel like it but since I moved out of London, 9 months ago, and that my new town do not have a Lush store, its been difficult for me to get my hand on some well deserved Lush products! I know I can place an order online but I have to admit I much prefer the store experience where you can touch, smell and and even try most of the Lush products. Lately my partner and I went for a date in Worcester (His home town) and I knew Lush is available in my partner home town so between a movie and a dinner date I cheekily managed a quick little wonder in one of my favourite store. Also I do have to admit that we are going away in Devon in few weeks time and the cottage place we are renting as a huge bath so this was a second excuses of mine to get my hand on one or two bath bombs.
Its already that time of the month (although I am such not a regular...oups!) where I bundle everything that have been loving the past few weeks from beauty to books to YouTube etc. Whatever have been rocking my boat will be mentioned the below.

Today, partner, baby and I decided it was just the perfect autumnal day to go have a little wonder around Warwick which , lucky enough, was only 30 minutes  drive away from where we live.
This was our first visit in Warwick we knew barely nothing about it apart the famous Warwick castle built from 1068. We weren't planning to visit the castle but just have a nice walk around town, get a bite to eat etc. You get the idea! We are planning to see the castle, eventually, but as it is pricey (£28/per person) we though it was better for us to wait few years, when our daughter will be bigger ,so she'll also enjoy the visit right now she is only 9 months old. 

Here we are again, a brand new Beauty Haul its been a little while. You know you love them and well I love them too. I noticed a theme on this month Beauty Haul, its rather rose Gold, black etc. very Autumnal I must say and I am loving it! Autumn being my ultimate favourite season I could only love the theme which was not planned by the way. So what's new? 5 things all already tried and all already loved. I have to say it is not always the case, when I purchased new makeup, very often about a third will be a disappointment so for me enjoying my 5 new purchase its diffenately two thumbs up. 
3 colours! This is all you need for this Autumn season nail polish collection. I selected for you the 3 colours that is a must have for any outfit from out in the the colder nights, misty mornings, or cosy evenings. Yet again I have to admit that I utterly love L'Oréal Nail Polishes Collection, it might not be the biggest one to choose from, but somehow they know what are the right shades that are going to fly off the shelves. Why providing hundred of shades when you can provide the best one instead?
Below is my little L'Oréal collection which lately have been well loved since the Autumn season began. And they are :
Autumn, that one season that I look forward every single year. I am always so happy when it start and so sad when it end. I really dislike Summer, I know I must be mad but I hate the heat, hate being tanned, hate feeling hot, not sleeping well at night because of the heat, never know what to wear especially when you are a big girl like me etc. The only thing I love about Summer it's that I know that as soon as it end my favourite season will start. 
Picture from my Instagram.
I have a little confession: I am a huge fan of Essie and I always been faithful to their product but when you do not always have the found to pursuit your addition then usually my second or third choice of nail polish, to add to my collection, is Essence
Essence is a very affordable make up collection but what usually draw me to their counter its their always very colourful nail polishes selection, They are almost like little sweet in a candy shop and whatever colour you like you are almost guarantee to find it and at around £1.60 you really can't go wrong. Also the quality is there, despite the price.
The past few weeks have been loving those 4 nail gel polishes by Essence. To be fair they are the only 4 that I own by this brand but I certainly will get few more in the near future.
How to grow your following? This is the question that most bloggers will wonder at some stage of their blogging adventure (mostly at the beginning) & I'll be honest with you no one has the secret ingredients, even if many people will tell you otherwise by claiming they can double your followers in two days, honestly its much harder than that. Blogging is freaking hard work but one or two things that will help you immensely are to follow below along with also what you should not do. Also before going any further I would like to point out that the tips below are my own opinions from my 3 years experience as a blogger but I hope they'll come in useful and help you along the way.

Well If you know me , then you would know that I love food and especially food market/ fair. What more is to love when you are surrounded of great foods from different corners of the globe! This year my little town organised (like apparently every summer) one of those event and, I'll be honest with you because I just left London (after living there for  about 18 years) I was not too sure what to expect from my new little town (Banbury- Oxfordshire) food market I knew how amazing they are in London but I was not too sure how my little town will compare.
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