My New Scent from Daniel Josier

My New Scent from Daniel Josier

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

As you may have seen on Lady Hunter a few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sensory experience with Shy Mimosa in Clifton Village, Bristol. I had the most magical few hours with Maria, embarking on a historical ride regarding small independent perfumers, learning about all these special and beautiful brands. If you would like to read more about my experience at Shy Mimosa, and a few things that I learnt from my time, you can read the full post here.

Learning about the history behind some truly gorgeous brands I discovered a new love for a specific scent. It is perfect for me in every way and now is a vital part of my look each morning.

When it comes to perfume I have never really experimented, always going for something that I think I like or because it is allegedly being worn by a famous star. This is not something I am proud to admit, but I don’t think I am by any means alone in the thought process. Maria really made me think twice about these decisions, and opened my eyes to the entire world of unique and truly special scents created by independent brands. Daniel Josier is a large feature in Shy Mimosa, as Maria herself has fallen in love with his perfumes. Daniel Josier and Shy Mimosa were kind enough to gift me with one of these, the scent being hand-picked for me by Maria after completing my sensory experience.

Daniel Josier

Founded in 2014, Daniel Josier used his skill that he had acquired from working with large brands to branch out and create something of his own. His world seems to revolve around perfume, with the adventure of finding the perfect scent taking up all his days and a lot of nights. As with any artist, his work is only completed once it has reached its maximum potential. Everything he thought it was going to be should be there, and so much more. These perfumes are aimed to enhance your daily experiences.

All of his creations are that of countless hours of dedicated hard work, in order to produce a range of truly unique and extraordinary scents.

A few words from Daniel

“After my studies, I started in the world of perfumery in 1997, responsible for large accounts for the creation of essences by Haarman & Reimer (now Symrise), a German multinational of the perfume industry, coming into contact with companies such as Sara Lee , Unilever, L’Oréal, Puig, LVMH.

In 2004 I made the leap to Iberchem society, responsible for the area of creation of perfumes for the Spanish market.

Continued….

Since 2008 I have been responsible for the French company Expressions Parfumées for Iberia (Spain-Portugal) having clients like Puig (CH, Rabanne, Ricci, Prada, Valentino), Yves Rocher, L’Occitane, and others.

In January 2009, I created and developed my own company L’Atelier del Perfume which was born to combine the work I do in the industry and create not only the essences but the finished product to small companies.”

It is said that no one is ever fully clothed without perfume. That to be enveloped and embraced in a wonderful fragrance upon your skin is an enchantment all on its own.

My Scent | Josune

Josune ∞ Energy and Love

I was blown away by every scent in Shy Mimosa, however I knew the minute I experienced Josune it was perfect for me. Branded as being positivity in a bottle by Daniel Josier, it was created solely to convey simple happiness. It is rich in tone and makes me smile with every spritz, suggesting that Daniel Josier mastered what he set out to achieve. After many attempts at trying to succeed with this perfume, he finally hit upon the correct combination and named it after the person who fills him with the most happiness and love.

With notes of bergamot, rose and jasmine, the fragrance has a very floral based scent which are then balanced perfectly with woody tones. These come from the mixture of patchouli, sandal wood and iris. To complete the scent, and in my opinion give it that richness that makes me smile, it then also contains vanilla, praline and musk. All these components works beautifully together to create a very upbeat and relaxing scent that I simply can’t wait to smother myself in every morning.

The Daniel Josier collected featured in Shy Mimosa is extremely varied, with there really being something perfect for everyone. Pop into the Bristol based boutique and let Maria spoil you with her time and excellent knowledge of the finest perfumes on the market.

Shop this post:

You can explore the whole Daniel Josier range from Shy Mimosa here.

You can use the code ‘HUNTER15’ via the Shy Mimosa website for 15% off your order. Alternatively you can redeem the code in their Bristol based boutique.

Jumpsuit – New Look

Hat – Accessorize

…………………………………

This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa, however all views and opinions are my own.

My Perfume Experience with Shy Mimosa

My Perfume Experience with Shy Mimosa

This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa and Socialight App.

So, where to begin with my fabulous sensory experience with Maria at Shy Mimosa? Last week I was honoured to visit Maria in her wonderful perfume shop, which has now been open for two years in the buzzing setting of Clifton Village. I actually used to work a few doors down, so remember when the shop opened and thinking to myself ‘I must go in there’! I have always loved fragrance, however I think like a lot of people I have been consumed for many years by the strategic marketing of big brands, who use different methods other than good perfume to sell their products. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to not only learn about some beautiful independent perfumers, but to step back in time a little with someone who had a whole dictionary in her mind about everything you could possibly ever need to know about perfumes and its fabulous history.

Marias passion for perfume was utterly contagious and she always aims to showcase artisan, small and independent perfumeries, which to me is incredible important. As we all know, this is where the best products and scents are always found.

I really did find the whole process truly satisfying and it really awakened a love for luxury perfume in me. Being in Shy Mimosa, it was very apparent that there is a substantial focus on personal experience and unobtrusive service, in an extremely intimate environment. In a small space, receiving this experience, it felt extremely cosy and I felt like I was very much immersed in a boutique perfumery like my great grandma would have been so many years ago. Since those times, I think we have all very much lost touch with what a really good fragrance should be like, choosing to buy products purely because of the celebrity who is on the cover.

As a result, not only do we not receive a truly beautiful product, but we miss out on the experience that should always accompany buying it. Perfumery is an art, with everyone having their own individual taste. As a result, every fragrance in Shy Mimosa is unisex. This very much signifies the quality of the experience that you are receiving, as it is always going to be a scent catered to you as an individual, as opposed to just your gender.

In order to provide the most personal experience, Shy Mimosa also focus on Taylor making each customer’s needs when finding their signature perfume or fragrance they look for to wear during a special occasion, such as wedding. This level of service is extremely rare, no matter what you are shopping for, but especially perfume. You most certainly won’t find this when shopping in your local Boots. Again, emphasising that the Shy Mimosa experience is about hand picking a scent that is correct for you and your personality, as opposed to a scent that is on trend or allegedly being worn by a famous star.

Brands selected by Maria

Giovanna Antonelli – this is a beautiful brand that is exclusive to Shy Mimosa in the UK. I had the pleasure of experiencing ‘411 Intenso’, which was a divine rosy and floral scent with woody notes that reminding me of being in a forest. It was inspired by Palais Royale, Paris. Naturally, I fell in love.

Le Galion – are you aware of the famous Marilyn Monroe quote, “I sleep in nothing but Chanel”. It was a total marketing stunt. Her actual favourite perfume is rumoured to have come from this beautiful Parisian brand, and the perfume is named ‘La Rose’. It is classic, timeless and based on an elegant French Rose. Having had the pleasure of experiencing this scent myself, I can very much belief that such a beauty icon like her would have fallen in love with this scent, and it is definitely on my list for one to add to my small collection.

Gri Gri Parfums – Something extremely unique came from this brand, whose admiration for tattooing was incorporated into the design of the branding. The scent I got to smell was very unusual, at first being sweet and resembling bubble gum taking me back to those Summer days as a child pretending I was cool chewing on Hubba Bubba. However, the scent started to change, into a much more mysterious and dark aroma.

Daniel Josier – this was possibly my favourite brand featured in my perfume experience, however I am going to refrain from saying too much, as I plan on bringing you a whole blog post dedicated to this brand and perfume in the next few week! Stay tuned!

Aedes de Venustas – who else is like me and utterly obsessed with Vanilla? Well, Aedes de Venustas have managed to capture that distinctive, sweet scent into one perfume. Not at all overpowering, this perfume placed my mind in my kitchen, baking and eating warm vanilla fairy cakes. Born just a mere twenty years ago in New York City, Aedes de Venustas (which means Temple of Beauty in Latin), has become the global Mecca of perfume connoisseurs.

The Shy Mimosa experience is nothing like anything you have experienced before. In a comfortable and chic setting, Maria will guide you through her extensive range of perfumes, educating you on all the rare and niche scents she has to offer. Shaping a palette for what you as an individual truly love, as well as what works for you on your skin. It is the ideal experience for a celebration or milestone in life, as well as a treat to indulge yourself in if you are looking for a bit of me time.

I was extremely lucky to be gifted a beautiful Daniel Josier perfume, which was hand selected by Maria dependent on what I looked for and loved in a perfume. I really want to experience this perfume a lot more over the next few weeks, which is why I am going to be bringing a whole review and story of my experience to the blog in the next few weeks.

If you would like spoil yourself to an experience like to other with Maria or purchase an artisan perfume from Shy Mimosa, Maria has kindly given me a code for my followers to use which will give you 15% off your personal scent. This can be used at the checkout online or in store. Obviously, I would completely recommend that you get yourself to this beautiful boutique in Clifton for a little nosy of everything they have to offer!

This blog post is in collaboration with Shy Mimosa and Socialight App. However, all view and opinions are my own.

Pink To Make The Boys Wink

Pink To Make The Boys Wink

I have totally failed with my blog resolution in January for working a lot harder on the beauty side of things here on the blog, mainly because the ideas just don’t come to me as much as they do with everything else. I am a little boring when it comes to beauty, as I am very much stuck with most of the products that I use purely just because I have found the ones that work for me. I am not one to every try out much different, and as I don’t go out much in the evening, I never really have a chance to try out more dramatic looks. I love putting on my makeup in the morning – I find the whole process really soothing and it is nice just to be a bit creative before the day ahead begins. So, I decided that I really wanted to try out a bolder look to share here on the blog, as it is something I have worn a few times this Summer and it is so me. I guess it is pretty obvious that I am a real girly girl, with a very feminine taste in colour and everything in life. This is definitely portrayed in my makeup looks, as well as the colour of every single piece of packaging in my makeup bag. Photographing these products, I couldn’t believe how pink everything is.

This look is very versatile for the Summer. The glitter touch makes it ideal for festival season or Summer parties, however the pinky tones can definitely be gotten away with for a day look.

So this look is very much made up of everyday high street products, most of which I have been using for a long time. The eye palette colours have come from a more recent purchase, from the Soph range for Revolution makeup. All these products are extremely reasonably priced and for the money, are great quality. Something I have really learnt in the last few years is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on great products, and brand name really doesn’t mean that much!

Complexion

So this part has almost definitely been discussed on the blog before, as I don’t really ever change my face products. One thing to mention is, I have found my makeup has been so much easier to apply and looked better since I have been using a proper skincare regime. To read all about this, head to my skincare update post here. So to start, I have been using a Revolution face primer, which is really soft to put on and has definitely been making my foundation last longer. I hate wearing foundation in the heat as it does drip off, however I just can’t bring myself to leave home without it. To try and keep it in place, I use a thick foundation stick first as I think it keeps it on longer in the heat. Again, this is from Revolution makeup. My foundation of choice, and one that I love all year round is by No.7 in shade Calico. It is very long wearing, has the dewy look I go for and adds a subtle shade of colour to my skin. With the base, I probably only use one pump of foundation in the Summer, as any more just isn’t needed. I brush it all together and blend with a beauty brush. To conceal, I use my new handy Revolution concealer, which honestly is one of my favourite products. It covers everything and works beautifully with the other products on my skin.

Eyes

To prime, I just use a dab of my foundation base stick, so the shadow has something to stick to, ultimately making it last longer and avoid creasing. To colour, I then started by brushing shade a light pink shimmery shade all over my lids up to my brows. Using a denser brush, I then put a hot pink shade in the crease of my eye, followed by a hot pink glittery shade gently dabbed over the top. Using a floatier brush, I swipe across the white glitter shade in the top of the palette and brush it over the whole eye. I blended this together with a clean brush, followed by my beauty blender around the edges for a crisp look.

To complete the look, I think jet black liner looks best with a subtle flick. I also line my waterline with a black pencil for added definition. It always amazes me at how much this one simple bit makes my eyes pop.

To prime my lashes, I have been using the Maybelline primer and it is amazing! A real secret gem in any makeup bag! Followed by this, I apply two coats of the Maybelline mascara as it is honestly one of my favourite mascaras ever. It lengthens the lashes incredibly and adds so much natural volume. Paired with the primer, your lashes are gonna kill!

Contour & Highlight

I am by no means an expert when it comes to doing makeup, and hate having to spend ages getting a product to work on my skin. I just need quick and easy to use items that I don’t dread doing every morning. The bronzer I use is Benefit Hoola, as it is so natural on the skin, sweeps beautifully and blends easily, especially with the blusher. To add some colour to my skin, I sweep a little blusher from my quick and easy Revolution palette. I just want to make my skin look a bit more alive. I blend the bronzer and blush together and it works beautifully. To highlight, I dab the Revolution pinky highlight to the tops of my cheeks evenly as well as a little on my nose and above the brows. This highlight always gets so many compliments, it is cheap as chips and it blends amazingly.

Brows

I am so boring when it comes to brows, purely because I am lucky enough not to have to do much to mine. I use a L’Oréal Gel and brush it through evenly with a flat brow brush. I then blend it out and straighten with a round brow brush. It is a very natural look, that compliments the colour of the pinky eyes perfectly.

Lips

To finish the pink look, I always feel like I have to go full out pink. When it comes to wearing bright colours, sometimes I don’t actually bother putting on a liner, as I often change my mind, especially in the day. If I have put liner on, it makes it so much more difficult to get it off and change for something more natural. My go to pink of choice is the infamous MAC ‘Girl About Town’. I adore this colour, and have done so ever since I bought it. It is extremely soft and velvety, which I personally always want from a pink, and fades beautifully before reapplying. It is surprisingly easy to apply and is such a vibrant beautiful colour. A real must for any lipstick collection.

Face Primer – Revolution

Base Stick – Revolution

Foundation – No.7

Concealer – Revolution

Eye Palette – Revolution

Mascara – Maybelline

Liners – Rimmel

Mascara Primer – Maybelline

Lipstick – MAC

Brow Gel – L’Oréal

Bronzer – Benefit

Blusher – Revolution

 

……………………….

I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

My Summer Beauty Bag

My Summer Beauty Bag

For me, the Summer is usually the time of year when I change up my skincare and makeup products a little, with a leap of motivation to try out something new due to the weather. It is never over the top and usually products that I have read about online or have seen on my visit to my local Superdrug store. This year, I haven’t actually bought many new products, just brought a few goodies back out of my summer beauty box from 2017. I have reintroduced quite a few into my routine and am really starting to wonder how I managed to live without some of them for so many months. I am well aware that Winter is the time of year when we all need a little extra skincare as the cold can really dehydrate everything, however being so fair skinned, Summer for me is just as important. The sun is one of the biggest things that ages our skin as well as damages hair, so I always want to make sure that I am doing my absolute best to prevent this.

Reintroducing beauty products into my routine actually sometimes excites me more than buying new products. It is a whole new league of experimenting, and is something that I don’t have to put any money towards at all!

 

After a deep skin analysis last year, it revealed that I have underlying pigmentation which will gradually make its way to the surface in many years to come. I don’t know about you, but being told something like that has seriously made me revaluate my skin routine. This is something that you can never stop, however you can reduce the appearance of it if you start early. This is why using an SPF every single day is so important. In terms of other Summer products, I have featured them all in this post, which to me are some of my favourites. I have a range of makeup and skincare, as well as my definite favourite scent of 2018.

Bondi Sands

I am as pale as pale can be, and about six weeks ago I decided that I was sick of embracing how white I was and wanted to enjoy going to the darker side. I went to my local drugstore, purchased some tanning foam and a mitt and kept my fingers crossed for the best. For some reason I was drawn towards the Bondi Sands, in light to medium, purely because I had seen someone mention how much they loved it once on Instagram. I came home, gave it a go and was extremely surprised at the result. Overnight, my skin went from white to a beautiful golden brown and I was instantly transformed to a fake tanning girl. I have found the whole process of using the product so easy to maintain and have never once been disappointed with the results. Once a week I have a proper pamper session, giving my skin a good exfoliate, followed by a double tan. All I have to do then is re-apply it once or twice during the week and my skin is a constant shade of brown. So easy to use and cheap as chips. The perfect tan, that you need in your summer wash bag this season.

AVEDA Brilliant Heat Protection Spray

I was recommended this project a few years ago from an amazing hair stylist in an AVEDA salon. I have never been too bad with the amount of heat I use on my hair; however, I know even the smallest amount can still damage it over time. It isn’t natural to use heat on the hair; therefore, it is very obviously going to have an impact on its health. I don’t use many products on my hair, so asked my stylist for a good one that I can use before drying it. The Brilliant Spray was the first product she recommended and after further research, I knew it was the best one for me. With a heat spray, you obviously don’t see instant, shiny results as it is much more of an underlying effect. In the Summer, I could be wrong, but I always feel like it is much more important to be using it. I stopped using this for a while for new real reason, and started again a few weeks ago as the first heat wave kicked in. It is a great all round product, is easy to use and has such a gorgeous aroma to it.

 

MAC Girl About Town

 

If you know me, you know I am someone who really loves a simple nude lip, so bright and bold colours are very out of my comfort zone. However, recently this very bright pink has been making its Summer appearance. For some reason, when the sun comes out, my confidence level blossoms and a bold pink lip is exactly what I am after. It looks great with all my summer toned clothes and since having my hair dyed to a beach blonde, it seems to look even better. This shade from MAC is a velvet texture, which I love, last for hours and is so pigmented in colour. It really is such an easy lipstick to wear during then day, followed through to the evening.

 

 

 

Gucci Bloom

 

I have definitely spoken about this in a recent post, so I will keep it short, but I couldn’t not include this scent in my Summer beauty bag. It is the perfect aroma for Spring/Summer and is one of the most amazing perfumes that I have ever had in my collection. It is such an unusual floral scent, that is very subtle, whilst also being poignant in smell. Not to mention how beautiful the bottle looks on my dressing table!

Nail Oil

I go through stages with which brand of nail oil I use, and at the moment it is one from CND Shellac. This isn’t for any particular reason, just as it was there in the salon as I needed it. I have actually really enjoyed using this, as it seems to be a very rich product, working miracles on my dry nails and promoting healthy nail growth. It also has a very surprising aroma, which seems to be almond. One of my absolute favourite scents that always reminds me of a cherry bakewell! In the Summer especially, using a nail oil is really important as the heat can damage them. In a way, I am recommending just using one as opposed to this specific one, although this one is very good!

 

 

Benefit Hoola

 

I am extremely late to the party with this one, but Hoola is an AMAZING product! It gives that instant boost of colour that everyone craves in the summer time, lasts all day and is very easy to apply. I have found in the past that some bronzers can be quite clumpy when applied, but this one is incredibly smooth and always blends evenly. An essential product in any makeup bag, during the Summer and of course the rest of the year. Winter doesn’t mean that you can go pale just because the sun ahs gone!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I discovered this little gem a few weeks ago and am really enjoying using it. The thing I have noticed most about using it is how fresh my skin feels in the morning after applying. It is a similar sort of feeling as to when you have brushed your teeth – it is an instant clean feeling with a burst of minty fresh. Since using this cream, my skin has definitely been more hydrated and has a very subtle glow to it. Obviously, I have been paying a lot more attention to my skin, so I don’t think it is just the one product that has had this effect, but it has definitely contributed.

Revolution Pro Foundation Drops

This is the newest addition to my summer makeup bag, however the few times I have used it I have been impressed with the results, particularly given how reasonable it is. To be honest, I wouldn’t expect much less from Revolution. It isn’t cakey, works perfectly in the heat and has amazing coverage. I always wear the lightest shade of foundation and then use bronzer to make it darker when I am getting my tan! The foundation has been so durable in the heat and doesn’t feel at all sticky on my skin. It is a must have for your summer makeup bag!

Shop this post:

Bondi Sands

AVEDA Brilliant Spray

MAC ‘Girl About Town’

Gucci Bloom

CND Nail Oil

Benefit Hoola

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

Revolution Pro Foundation

………………………………………….

I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

Spring Makeup | 2018

Spring Makeup | 2018

I think it is safe to say that Spring has officially not sprung and it still very much feels like the end of Winter. I am seriously starting to hate layering everyday, wearing scarves and even a big coat because I am guaranteed to be cold the minute I leave the house. I am just so excited to get into my denim skirts, pastel coloured dresses and a pair of bloody sandals. It is just one of those things that I guess we are all just putting up with and trying to ignore on a daily basis. The one thing that I have been able to prepare for though and make myself feel in the mood for Spring, is when I do my makeup in the morning. My makeup bag and shades definitely transition through the year and Spring/ Summer are when all the bold, more brightly coloured items come out! I love a soft pink eye, blushed cheeks and light coloured lip. I am just also someone who is constantly changing their makeup routine, as I am always on the look out for new products to try.

I am really into my makeup at the moment – loads of highlight, pastel tones and bronzed cheeks. I love the feeling during the day when my makeup is on point and am really starting to feel more confident in my bolder makeup looks.

I have recently discovered so many new amazing and beautiful products, most of which are from Revolution. I was lucky enough to attend the birthday party for Revolution in London a few weeks ago, which is where I really fell in love with the brand. I could see how much love and passion goes into all of their products, and it spur me on to do a little more research. After reading lots of blog posts I read about lots of products that I needed to try and my gosh, they have not disappointed. I thought I would mix this into the blog post, as some new products in my makeup bag, as well as the different colours and products that I am using for Spring.

Revolution Base Stick & Concealer

So the first two products that are both new to my makeup bag, and I cannot believe I have lived without, are the Revolution foundation base stick and concealer. I cannot explain how much I absolutely love them and how they have completely transformed each of my makeup looks. The foundation base stick, which I have in the lightest shade because of my fair complexion, I use all over my face prior to using my foundation. I apply to my face and simply blend in with a beauty blender. The product is applied easily, as it is incredibly soft on the skin and doesn’t dry too quickly. To be honest, when I have been wanting to wear less makeup, or jus topping to the shops, I have found that this stick is perfect as it is enough coverage but much lighter and easier to wear than foundation. When I do wear my foundation over the top, it definitely makes it look much more defined and make the colour pop.

To conceal, I have started using the Revolution Conceal and Define, which is honestly incredible. I blend in with a beauty blender and it instantly hides absolutely everything and makes my skin look completely flawless. It doesn’t wear at all through the day and the tone is perfect for my complexion. The amazing thing about these products is also how reasonable they are to buy. The concealer is priced at £4 and the base stick is £5 – I mean that is absolutely incredible for two genuinely brilliant products.

Rimmel Foundation

My trusty foundation at the moment which is one that I always seem to come back to is the Rimmel Match Perfection, in Light Porcelain. I don’t know what it is about this product, but it just always seems to come in and out of my makeup bag. I think I go to try out other things then realise that I just want to use this again. I do tend to use this one much more in Spring/ Summer, as it is a very light formula. I think the coverage is great and it is just one of those products that does exactly what it says on the packaging. I have never had a problem using it, and love doing so every day.

Revolution ‘Soph’ Palette

My favourite eyeshades to use at the moment again come from Revolution, this time being from a collaboration with the YouTuber Soph. It is the Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette, with SO many beautiful colours to choose from. I love using some of the softer, more nude shades in the day, adding a pop of colour in the evening for a more glamorous look. This palette is an incredible day to night product, that I have just been using over and over again. Each shade is rich in colour and doesn’t fade like others through the day. My favourite for an evening look is the beautiful vibrant purple in the middle of the palette, which looks gorgeous with the light pinks blended in around it.

Benefit ‘Hoola’

I know I am beyond late to the party with this one, but I recently started using it and had to come on here and rave about it. I am just absolutely loving using the Benefit ‘Hoola’. It is a brilliant all round product and the shade is everything I look for in a bronzer. I find that so many are just way too dark for face, or don’t really show up enough, as well as some that just aren’t really very easy to work with. I think this one is perfect as it really contours and defines my cheeks, whilst adding the perfect amount of colour and being so easy to blend into my skin. Paired with a little blush and some highlight, the product very quickly brings the whole look together.

MAC Liner & Angel

I know that lighter pink lips are not to everyone’s taste, to be honest it isn’t to mine all year round, but at the moment my favourite lip combination is rather pink and rather silky. MAC is probably always going to be go to for my lip products, I am just completely sold with all of them. So for now, I love to pair ‘Soar’ which is a deep pinky lip liner, followed by Angel, which is a silk formula lipstick. Together I can get a good few hours out of them and only really ever top up the lipstick in the middle of my lips.

To finish the whole look, I use the Revolution setting spray, which I spritz very quickly about five minutes after doing my makeup. I am convinced that it really does work as my makeup just seems so much fresher for the entire day. It doesn’t irritate my skin like some other sprays have done, and is just simple, quick and easy to use.

Shop this Post:

Revolution Makeup from Superdrug

Top from New Look Fashion

Skirt from New Look Fashion

Shoes from Asos

Photography – Hana Dallimore Photography

……………………………………………………………………..

I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

4 Years of Lady Hunter

4 Years of Lady Hunter

Four years ago today, I wrote my first ever blog post. I’m pretty sure it was some sort of extremely cheesy introduction, probably incredibly boring with me just going on and on about how I needed to find a hobby and all the things I wanted to share on here. I can kind of forgive myself, as I hope you can too, as it was just the childish 16-year-old me writing on something in a way that I had never done so before. Before blogging, I had always felt like I was missing something – something to keep me occupied and somewhere to express all the thoughts and creative energy going on in my mind. I came up with the idea of starting a blog after I was sharing lots of photos on Instagram and really enjoying the thought process, taking and editing photos, as well as the engagement that I got from it. To be completely honest, I had never read a blog before and hadn’t even heard of the YouTube sensation, Zoella. I mean, I literally must have been living under a rock or something. I was never really someone who was constantly glued to their phone, so I guess that is why I didn’t really know that this huge blogging bubble industry really existed.

I still remember now running into my grandparent’s bedroom and screaming to my grandma ‘I’M GOING TO START A BLOG, I’M GOING TO START A BLOG!’ I was always coming up with new and extravagant ideas, so by this point she was probably just thinking it was another phase that I would not stop talking about. Well, four years later, I am still here and I think it probably is a shock to both of us!

“I am very excited to be writing my first ever blog. So, let me introduce myself. I am Abigail Hunter. I have been debating about whether to start a blog for a while, as i just love capturing all aspects of life and sharing it with people over social networking sites… my favourite being the amazing Instagram! I am a very passionate baker, even though I struggle to find the time with all these dreaded exams, however they will shortly be over and I will have a lot of time to bake and blog! I cannot stress enough how much I cannot wait to leave school and never have to wear my horrible uniform again. It is dreadful. This leads me nicely on to my next major love, fashion. As my best friend would probably tell you, I am very much in love with fashion, especially when it comes to shopping. I live with my grand-parents in Bristol, which means that I am able to take full advantage of grand-parent perks, such as clothes! It is truly fantastic.

Lady Hunter, May 9th 2014

OMG – I CANNOT READ THAT quote WITH A STRAIGHT FACE! So so so so cringe!

I say this a lot, but I am going to say it again anyway, blogging has become such a big part of me as a person, to the point where it has just become more than a part of my life. I think about the blog at all times of the day and night, whatever I am doing. It is like a baby, that I have to nurture, protect and drive to do well. Yes, sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming, but that never seems to out scale how much enjoyment I get out of it. I don’t do this to make loads of money by becoming a successful blogger, or even to please and entertain others, it is very much something for me that just so happens to be read by others. I feel incredibly lucky to have found a hobby that I love, that can follow me through all the important stages in my life, as well as how I have used it to create a career for myself. I am not a full time blogger – but I do work in social media, and the jobs were opened up to me as a result of blogging. So in a weird way, all those hours of photographing, editing, writing and marketing the hell out of everything on social media really has paid off. It has saved me going to university for a degree and getting into lots of debt, as well as messing around for a few years working in a minimum wage job, not knowing at all what I actually want to do with my life.

I think my favourite thing about Lady Hunter is how it has already followed my life through some pretty tough and amazing times. I have got my life when I was a teenager at school, my proms, family holidays, choosing not to go to university, living a bit more in the real world, falling in love, becoming a cat mummy and going through major surgery. A lot has happened to me in the past four years, and I am so different to the girl who sat writing her first blog post on this date four years ago. It makes me feel so happy to know that I have that transition and time in my life documented somewhere that I know I can always come back to and hopefully it can follow me through with the next stage of my journey – travelling, buying a home, getting married and maybe even having a baby. I mean how incredible would it be to have all that on here?

I just wanted to put together a little post to reflect on the amazing four years Lady Hunter has had, getting the opportunity to work with some incredible brands, meet so many people through this online world and be able to share my experiences in a way that others can relate to what I have been through, and essentially help each other along the way. It also feels quite good to know that I have proved everyone wrong who has ever been nasty about me blogging, or just generally take the piss. It never really bothered me because I was enjoying it, but it is still quite a nice feeling to know that I have proved people wrong and carried on despite what they thought.

<3 <3 <3

This industry has become such a huge part of the world we live in, where companies actually get more traffic and customers out of working with bloggers than they do with original marketing strategies. I feel proud to be doing something that so many others creators do so beautifully, with their really being room for everyone to shine and appeal to different audiences. The blog itself has grown massively since I started, and I do always joke that it is like I only started properly last year. At the beginning of last year, I was going through a pretty tough time in my life and really used the blog to help me get through. I started to use photographers for my photos, I was writing much more detailed and thought out posts and in general started to get a lot more engagement. In the years before that, the blog wasn’t my priority and I didn’t have the time to do what I do now. Last year was when my motivational level for blogging really shot through the roof, and I was proud of the content I was creating. Over a year later, I hope that I am still producing just as good content, perhaps even better?

My 5 Favourite Blog Posts

In the last year I have got so many posts that I am so proud of, but these are probably the top five for photos and content!

Things I Need to Change

How I’ve Become More Confident

Become a Cocktail Expert with Fentimans

My Office Reveal

My Everyday Fashion Tips Ft. Joy Clothing

Do you have a favourite of mine?

<3 

Thank you so much to everyone who supports what I do, loves being a part of this journey and constantly motivated me every day to carry on doing what I love! xo

Shop this Post:

Top – Primark

Skirt – New Look

Belt – Gucci

Shoes – Lacoste

…………………………………………………………

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photogaphy | Location: Anna Cake Couture, Clifton, Bristol