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Autumn may be here, but I like to keep my indoors sunny and bright. Karen Walker Runaway Azure Eau de Parfum perfectly epitomises this.

It’s Paradise in an Azure blue bottle. The scent evokes adventures in warmer lands, like running away to your clifftop treehouse. I’ve been wearing Karen Walker Runaway Azure all day and it’s so lovely.

It has that spicy, smoky scent of Autumn against the sweeter notes of citrus and rose, like an interplay between masculinity and femininity.

As you can see, I’m intending on sharing this wonderful scent with friends and family for Christmas as gifts.

It may seem early to be talking about Christmas, but it always catches up on me unprepared every year. Karen Walker is a renowned designer from New Zealand. She also designs clothes and the most amazing sunglasses ever.

When asked, Karen describes Runaway Azure as ” a mystical bonfire with smoky amber and warm spices, cardammon, black pepper, and Guaiac wood, sparkling against the lushness of oriental mandarin and rose.” I normally only go for Spring summery scents, usually something light floral or with citrus tones.

However,  Runaway Azure has been able to balance both seasons so well that I’ve been able to transition into a warmer spicier scent, and I’m loving it. That clear blue bottle is transporting me to the clear waters of the Seychelles or Maldives.

It’s hypnotic looking at the bottle and though it’s cold in London, I feel a glow of optimism and tranquility. Karen Walker fragrances are stocked in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It is a gorgeous scent, you have to try it.

There will be a giveaway of three 30ml bottles, each retailing at £50 on my instagram tomorrow (Sunday October 13th till Wednesday 16th October 2019).

I hope you’ll enter.

( Paid partnership post)

Bagsy-gift-2-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I recently had the pleasure of creating some photography for the super cool cosmetics brand bagsy.

Even better, I got to try out the products after I had finished the photoshoot.

I was instantly drawn to their on trend colourful packaging. Who wouldn’t right? Bagsy-10c-little-Big-Bell Just look at what I found inside those pretty boxes.

Gorgeous products in sleek and elegant shapes.  Bagsy-no-22-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Like candy pouring out of my green Aspinal of London handbag.

So much choice, I just couldn’t decide which one to try first.
Bagsy-cosmetics-bronzer-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan I finally decided on the Ray of Sunshine bronzing powder.

The engraved words “Sunshine is my favourite accessory” is a cute touch don’t you think?

The bronzer gave my cheekbones, nose and forehead a subtle and natural sun kissed glow.

Its smooth matte consistency created a thin translucent layer that reflected light to create a healthy radiant look. Bagsy-11-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I used this super soft Kabuki brush to apply the bronzer.

The powder application glided on easily and created a seamless look. The small cylindrical handle fitted snugly in my palm for precision blending.
Bagsy-3-Little-Big-Bell The Kabuki brush also came in a cute turquoise pouch for storage. Here are my bagsy make up ready to go into the handbag. Bagsy-lip-velvet-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Next, I tried the lip velvet soft matte lip colours. The texture and feel on application was as its name suggested, smooth like velvet.

The one above is called Spinning Plates, a rosy pink tint. Bagsy-cosmetics-2-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here are my lip velvet colours, lined up with more Bagsy products, all ready to slot into my blue envelope bag.

Don’t you love the monochrome black and white design of the other products too? Bagsy-wow-lips-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Check out these Wow lips chubby stick colours.The colours are gorgeous and bright with a creamy texture that hugged the lips well.  Bagsy-14-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These colours are called Happy days and Killer heels.
Bagsy-wow-lips-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Want Wow lips? You should try it to see what I mean.  Bagsy-30-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan Look at the cool packaging they came in. Bagsy-with-roses-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Complementing the WOW lip colours, are these Pretty Cheeks creamy blushes.

Using circular motions, gently apply to the apples of cheeks and blend using fingers along the cheekbones.

They’re the perfect compact size for on the go touch ups throughout the day. Bagsy-cosmetics-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Pretty pops of colours. Bagsy-25-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Next are these lip cocoons which were my absolute favourite. Bagsy-lip-cocoon-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The lemon lustre stick smelt delicious. It glided on smoothly and tasted of fresh lemon zest.

My lips felt instantly moisturised and softened from its blend of sunflower oil, shea butter, castor oil and beeswax. Bagsy-pink-Photo-by-Geraldine-Tan Here’s the lip cocoon in raspberry with a pretty rosy tint.

Its sweet scent reminded me of childhood lollipops.
Bagsy-7a-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Jewel colours like candy scattered on my table.
Bagsy-8a-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Have you ever tried dry shampoo?

bagsy’s Hair Wonder spray is infused with nourishing pro vitamin B5 and oat oil that adds volume and a tousled texture. Its blend of rice and tapioca absorbs excess oil from the roots.

I was pleasantly surprised by how a little spray could freshen up tired looking hair on the go. It smelt lovely too. Bagsy-17-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell As a medical doctor, I’m always washing my hands in between patients. Hand cream is one of the essentials that I carry in my handbag.

I got to try out bagsy’s Heavenly Hands cedarwood scented cream which was moisturising without the greasy after feel you may get with other creams. Bagsy-16-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the images I created for bagsy.

If you are U.K based, you can purchase these products from Debenhams, otherwise they can be bought from bagsy’s website too. Bagsy-20-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell You can win all these bagsy products I have shown here in my giveaway too.

All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog. Tell me what your beauty handbag essentials are. You can also enter the competition on Instagram with a comment and follow. Good Luck!

The competition ends on midnight 14th August. The winner will be announced both on the blog and Instagram. The competition is international.

( All photography and styling are created by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with bagsy. All opinions are my own).

Green-velvet-chair-from-the-French-Bedroom-company I recently wrote about my love of green and velvet, and how I thought velvet will be a growing trend this year.

Look what popped into my inbox recently. If only my computer keyboard had Emojis, I would have shown you that canary yellow face with the two red love hearts popping out of its eyes!

How gorgeous is that Emerald green chair, part of French Bedroom company’s recently launched Kae collection. Yellow-velvet-chair-French-bedroom-company-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell I know I said I loved green velvet, but now I’m being tempted with so much more choice, enough to fuel my shopping habit. ( Emoji with hands over eyes).

This Popping yellow chair just screams Summer. I can already feel the warmth of the sunshine on my face, can you too?

This chair would be perfect for adding a pop of yellow, as an accent colour to any interior space. It will go well with this season’s popular shades of pastels against a white backdrop, but would equally look stunning in darker interiors.

Imagine how this chair would light up a space when set against a slate grey or deep pigment blue wall. Blue-velvet-chair-from-FBC-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Just when I thought I’d settle for either green or blue, out pops Royal blue (Emoji with a blue heart).

The Kae collection is definitely getting me in the mood for a vacation. I’m picturing the calm of a deep blue sea, perhaps I will dive in and swim amongst the coral reefs. If only such dreams can come true.

I love how this image has been styled, the chair juxtaposed between the old and the new, showing how it would fit in well into the two worlds of interior styles, the period and contemporary.

I’m picturing the sumptuous setting of a grand Downton Abbey style room and the contrast of a clean, modern, nautical theme coastal home or luxury hideout in the Hamptons.

Which style are you? Pink-velvet-chair-the-French-bedroom-company Those who follow my blog know that I have a soft spot for all things pink.

As far as I know, there isn’t an emoji for hands up in surrender right? Because, that is me surrendering to the desire to purchase this pink beauty for my workspace.

I am in need of a chair upgrade in my study. Not sure who I’m trying to convince, as I know I already am.

This Fuchsia pink chair screams girly glamour. I’m already picturing a glass table with gold accessories and a rounded vase full of fresh pink peonies. I could go on, but maybe I will show you one day (Emoji with a wink). Colourful-velvet-chairs-from-the-French-bedroom-company-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Just look at them altogether. Beautiful right?

I asked Georgia Metcalfe, the creative director and founder of French Bedroom Company about the inspiration behind the Kae chair collection, and this was her reply ” We wanted to merge the classic style of beautiful French furniture with modern popping bright colours to create wow factor and impact. We didn’t want to have the forgotten chair in the corner”.

She’s certainly right there. This collection is definitely a “wow” and full of “impact”. Aspinall-handbags-colourful-with-the-French-bedroom-company-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell The colourful goodness doesn’t just end there. Oh no it doesn’t!

Do you see some lovelies on those chairs? Yes, those are the beautiful new collection handbags from Aspinal of London. Introducing you to The Mini Trunk Clutch in Raspberry Lizard, the Lottie in Orange Lizard and the Grass Green Pebbles.

The wonderful news is that you will have a chance to win one of them. All you have to do is enter your details on French Bedroom Company’s site here.

You’re probably now wondering how did Aspinal of London come to collaborate with French Bedroom company?

I’ve been told that Aspinal came about as they fell in love with French Bedroom company’s Chablis and Rose sofas, which were used for their London Fashion Week 2016 presentation. French bedroom company then found out that Aspinal of London were due to launch these colourful bags around the same time as the chairs. A match made in heaven and the rest is history.

Which one will you pick? I’ve gone for the green.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and good luck in the giveaway.

(This post is a collaboration with French Bedroom Company. All opinions are my own. Photos are all courtesy of French Bedroom Company. I have been gifted the Green Grass Pebbles bag, with thanks).

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