Nars // SS14 New Lipgloss Launches

Nars have reformulated their lipglosses and this collection is the end results. There are loads of shades to choose from which I love because it's always easier to find a few shades that stand out in a large line up where as an amazing small lineup is so-hard! 

This collection is due to launch in the UK in May this year just in time for my birthday *yay* 

The lip gloss offer a natural but glamorous shine that's suppose to leave your lips feeling silky soft and nourished. There's thirty shades in the collection with seven absolutely new colours as well as twenty three iconic shades all in a range of finished from cream, glitters, shine and shimmers. 

Colours that have a * on the left are the new colours, here's the lineup: 

Angelika // Pink cotton candy with gold 
Belize // Mauve-pink with gold 
Chihuahua // Sheer guava 
Dolce Vita // Sheer dusky rose
Eternal Red // Bright red-orange
Easy Lover // Super sheer hot pink
Giza // Sheer nectar
Greek Holiday // Sparkling pink sand 
* Istria // Pink glace 
Misbehave // Sheer cherry with gold 
Orgasm // Peach-pink with delicate shimmer
Ophelia // Strawberry
Priscilla // Bright pink
Risky Business // Warm raspberry
Rose Gitane // Sheer sangria
* Salamanca // Flamingo pink
* Sixties Fan // Pomegranate 
Stella // Calm raspberry
Scandal // Sheer cherry
Sweet Dreams // Pink shimmery grapefruit
Stolen Kisses // Caramel pink sparkle 
Super Orgasm // Pink-peach with gold glitter
Striptease // Nude 
Supervixen // Sheer mauve 
Sweet Revenge // Sheer pink grapefruit
* Tasmania // Cantaloupe pink
Triple X // Clear 
Turkish Delight // Pink sherbet 
* Quito // Bright strawberry toned pink
Wonder // Sheer mandarin with pink and gold

Whatcha think guys? excited? I love the line up but they're not quite getting me so excited that I have to put them to the top of my wishlist. Once launched you'll be able to purchase them from House of Fraser.

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Monk Shoes // The 'IT' Shoe

Monk Shoes

River Island Chelsea Boots (£38) / ASOS Perrie Heels (£55) / Topshop Adder Grey Boots (£40) / KG Kurt Geiger Luther Shoes (£72) / ASOS YMC Navy Shoes (£110) / Dr Martens Red Joey Shoes (£110) / Russell & Bromley White Grosvenor Shoes (£110) / Russell & Bromley Black Grosvenor Shoes (£175)

Just like clothing shoes go through a style phase, platforms, wedges, metal additions and flats have all been 'IT' shoes at one point or another. Last year Creepers and Brogues were huge and brogues still continue to be a shoe of choice for some people but this year the brogues should be put on the back burner because the Monk Shoe is the next best thing. 

The Monk shoe is typically a flat shoe although there have been midi and higher heeled shoes and boots launching, normally there is one, two or three buckles that fasten off to one side - it's that detail that makes it a 'monk' shoe. The great thing about these 'it' shoes is that they go with absolutely everything, jeans, skorts, skirts and shorts - you name it these are going to pair perfectly. Plus when the next it shoe launches these are still so classic that they aren't really ever going to go out of fashion, I suppose that's why they're called it shoes huh. 

Celebrities are getting in on the act and the most surprising of all celebrities for me was, Victoria Beckham. Yes the VB who lives in skyscraper heels is wearing monk shoes see, 

And the thing is she actually looks incredible, it's so refreshing to see her laid back these days, I love where she's taking her career, style and life at the moment and her VB collection is out of this world. Who agrees? 

From the line up above I am absolutely coveting the boots, the Russell & Bromley white cut outs and the ASOS Perrie Heels, do you think you'll be swapping your brogues for monk shoes this season? 

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Primark // Boho Summer Launches

Primark have some incredible pieces coming up sweets, bohemian style is back big time for SS14 and I am completely driving this bandwagon - jump aboard, we have green tea. 

Striped Maxi Dress £15 / Spear Rope Necklace £5 (due May 5th) / Black Shoes £14 

Black Tassel Kimono £14 / Mexicano Feather Shorts £4 / Mexicano Feather Top £4

Printed Playsuit £5 (due May 7th) / Diamante Cuff £4 / Caged Ankle Boot £16

Button Down Sundress £7 / Sequin Hairband £3 / Caged Ballerina Sandal £8

Belted Aztec Maxi £10 / Orange Sandals £14 / Crochet Crop Top £10

Black Tassel Kimono £14 / Plaited Pom Pom Necklace £6 / Acid Wash Cami Dress £10 / Black Eva Sandal £8 (due April 20th)

Floral Culottes £10 / Daisy Bracelets £4 / Caged Ballerina Sandal £8

I am absolutely in awe of these pieces, Primark are launching so many free spirited designs this summer and these were my absolute top picks, since posting these I have noticed they have some pre-tee awesome boho styled bags. Possibly another post? would you like to see those featured? 

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Turtle Doves // Luxury Eco Style

The beginning of April marks the first of many bohemian inspired posts on Sweet Elyse Blog. The first being this one which is featuring the most amazing Eco-friendly company - Turtle Doves. 

At Christmas Santa very kindly brought me some super cosy fleece G-Star mittens. They're pink knitted on the outside and super fluffy soft fabric on the inside and from the moment I received those my youngest son Rome has been asking for a pair. Every afternoon on the school run I hear 'mummy have you found me a pair' and my answer is 'nope' see I can't find something as soft as he is asking for in his teeny little hand size. Last week he then asks me 'mummy do you have any wrist bands?' and proceeded to steal my bangles huffing that they weren't right. See he wanted to play WWE Wrestling with one of his brothers and he wanted John Cena wrist cuffs so he could be a real wrestler. 

The next morning Mr Postman popped this parcel through the door. It really couldn't have come at a better time - opening up the parcel I was so impressed to find this cute hand stamped bag with 'Great British Design That Doesn't Cost The Earth' This makes me very happy because I do like to be a conscious consumer and living a karma lifestyle is important to us as a family. Recycling is a genius way of playing for us to all play our part, I have tried to recycle many items before and I could only ever get as far as quilt making and could only dream of being able to make something so beautiful. 

My Turtle Doves cashmere (yup real cashmere guys) hand warmers are incredible. One size fits all and they sit nicely on my little monster as well as myself and hubster. They are made to a flawless standard and you would never have guessed these were from a small company - honestly these would fit into premier stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols with ease. 

While the weather should be easing up I do suffer from Renaud's disease as apart of my other autoimmune conditions; this means my blood doesn't flow too well and my hands (and the tip of my nose for some strange reason) can go icy blue and feel icy cold. Having a pair of hand warmers is an excellent idea and let's be fair the UK weather isn't really too warm right now and in the spring, team these with your cosy cardi and you're good to go. Another benefit is mobile use! it's such a nightmare when you pop on your gloves only to get a call or an important text, you whip off those gloves and brrrrr! 

As you can see from the main image Rome claimed my super soft baby grey hand warmers for his own and hasn't taken them off since they arrived. Ever since that day I haven't managed to steal them away so I shall be purchasing another pair, I absolutely love the soft grey shade but there are lots of other colours available such as baby blue, light camel, minty green and even cerise on the Turtle Doves website. Each pair costs £20 and they are oh-so-soft, like seriously baby soft guys and absolutely worth every single penny. You can check out their reviews on Facebook and of course Tweet Turtle Doves too. 

P.S they have the cutest little cashmere baby collection coming out soon *wink* I'm guessing we all know someone who's due a bambino this year and purchasing gorgeous neutrals is so hard. These would make an excellent gift - dammit I want adult cashmere booties, never mind the bambinos. 

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Depression // Sunny Side Up

These are all of the profile pictures from my Facebook page over the last seven years. While my life has evolved in so many ways; having children, health problems, moving house, fall outs, fall ins and everything in  between there has always been two constants for me over the last twelve years at least. The first is hubster, my rock, my best friend and the most loving and dependable man I know; the second is depression - not dependable, not loving or comforting in the slightest but it continues to sit there just edging into the picture and at times making it's presence known whether I'd like it to or not. 

For years I felt dirty, ashamed and uncomfortable about having depression, I saw it as being a weakness. Only crazy people got it (or at least that's what the stigma led people to believe) and I didn't want anyone second guessing what I was saying or not putting their faith in me due to a temporary condition. 

After a very bad bout of depression as a child that wasn't dealt with purely due to my age I hit rock bottom. In the years that followed afterwards I made sure I tackled those gutting, dark and depressive feelings as soon as they were about to hit, I would not let it get the better or me and I made a promise to myself and silently to those I loved that I wouldn't let it affect them either.  

I find that I definitely go to a darker place when the season changes, Some people call this S.A.D others call it depression - it is both, but typically it's the darker days and the lack of sunlight that makes it worse. Around that period I ensure that I'm keeping track of my stress levels, I meditate, eat right and recently I added regular yoga into the mix. I also find that my levels of fatigue increase at that point, poor health plagues me and so I figured I would try a few products to see if I could reclaim my natural happy self. With my poor health normally I hate taking medications, I figured natural therapies and treatments were the way forward and..... they were. 

Both products that are featured are by Lumie who are a company that specialise in light therapy products. Light therapy has been used for many years to cure things such as depression, S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder), sleep problems, skincare issues and so much more. You know I'm a stickler for health and will only feature products that genuinely pass my rigorous testing and high expectations. I hate paying for something that's suppose to help and doesn't, especially when you're trying to improve your health - for yourself, your family or your children and that is why you will never see or read about any health products that do not offer excellent results.  

First up is the Brightspark light. On the outside this looks like a standard light, it works in the same way as any other light too but the light inside of it was created to help those with SAD or poor energy levels. 

So how does this work? Think about the recent change to Spring, the light days and how it's affected your mood. Has it made you happier? are you eager to get out in the fresh air and wear looser clothing and layers? 

Sunlight increases serotonin and melatonin. Both are hormones that affect our 'happiness' melatonin controls our sleep patterns and serotonin is called our happy hormone. When these two hormones are in tune with each other our body reacts positively. When one or both hormones are out of sync our body reacts negatively - those negative reactions include SAD, poor health and immune function, over eating, tiredness and even poor female fertility. 

What I found with this light is I felt a definitely lightening in my first session, it's advisable to use it for around an hour to an hour and a half a day. My eyes didn't scrunch up, I felt less fatigued and I certainly got more work done when I was working with the light on. Another positive is that I can take blog photo's at midnight and it looks like it was taken during the day - the daylight bulb makes an excellent blogging tool. 

I found that my typical seasonal dip never came, I am so positive now - all of the time actually, so much so hubster can't believe how I can see the positive when there was so much negative things going on in our lives a month back. 

It was hard to really get a clear picture of the light on a mobile, it kept reverting the background to black even though it was daytime. As you can see however the light is clear, clean and has a blue tone - any typical night light would be giving off a glaring orange-yellow tone. 

And, this is the little beauty not switched on. You can see how portable it is even though it is very powerful. You can lay it on it's side like it's pictured above, or you can stand it on it's small foot base so it takes on the look of a light tower. 

It's ideal for sitting on a side table, bedside table or even at work on your desk. It really is portable enough for that. The Brightspark costs £115 and you know what, given how well this has worked for me I would absolutely pay double that price. 

The second product is the Bodyclock GO 75. I'm still part way through testing this so will do a further write up on how well it performs but so far, I love it. Again the light in this gives off the appearance of daylight and it works in the same way as the Brightspark in that it helps to increase our sensation of happiness. 

This product doesn't just have a pretty face, it's also multifunctional. 

Don't you hate it when your alarm goes off and you're dragged out of bed half asleep and groggy. I've always found my tiredness never really fades and around midday it becomes a huge problem. The Bodyclock GO 75 helps to regulate your natural sleep and wake cycle. 

You can set the clock to brighten up, simulating dawn 20, 30 and even 45 minutes before your alarm goes off. This ensures your body is gradually woken up before you get up reducing sleep hormones - when you wake up your cortisol is increased making the get up and go response easier. During the day your mood is boosted, energy levels are increased and of course your happiness and positive frame of mind is boosted too. 

As well as having the dimming and brightening daylight feature it also works as a standard alarm clock where you can choose the sound you want to wake up to, I have mine set on a windchimes tune; there's also the standard clock too so it can be as a functional bedside clock. If you prefer the light to be switched off or dimmed you can choose that option also - it really is customisable to your needs and it's certainly made my life so much easier in the morning. My sons no longer think they have a grumpy mummy in the mornings *win-win* 

So far I've found it works really well and I have no concerns or issues with it what so ever, I did have to study the handbook so I could set it but once you've set it up you kinda have a 'how the heck did I not manage that straight away' moment.  I've had the flu recently so I want to continue on with testing this out so I can really see how well it performs over the next few weeks and I'll definitely keep you posted on the outcome guys. 

Do you suffer from S.A.D or any other problems that could benefit from light therapy or have you tried light therapy before? I'd love to know how it worked for you if you have.  

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Ryan Gosling // You're Welcome

Another lighthearted post to celebrate Spring. I definitely feel positive, inspired and ready for taking on the world - it's just the mentality that comes with Spring I suppose and along with that positive mentality is the appreciation for fine specimens such as Mr Gosling here. 

Keeping in tune with the whole bohemian theme I have going on for Spring, bohemian is a way to describe being free spirit so I am throwing caution to my trusty piece of paper that makes me a Mrs Hubster and saying 'heck yes! Mr Gosling you are one fi-yn-e piece of man candy woot-woo' 

Keeping in mind we're throwing caution to the wind guys, wouldn't you love Mr Gosling to put a ring on it? Touching your legs and feeling your chesticles? If so, keep reading...

Mr Gosling for your legs, ring finger and chesticles!! WAY-HAY! 

The best part is that the t-shirt on the top row on the right is from PRIMARK of all places - Primark I tell ye. It's also in store now for the bargainous price of £6 but will go fast, hit the shop before these hit Ebay cause you know they're going to sell for oh so much more than that - Primark buying meanies *waves fingers *

You can find The Notebook, notebook; get it, I was literally rolf-ing at that', leggings, t-shirt and the Colour Me Good (Mr Gosling, we will colour you go-oo-oo-d book from an awesome little store I found while on the hunt for Gosling goodies. The store is La La Land  they actually have lots of cute, quirky goodies so definitely check them out. 

Who's feeling the print guys? I wouldn't recommend teaming the leggings with the tee but you know if you're feeling a tad cray cray one day - go wild. If you're going on a date, meh I'd give it a miss. 
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