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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

five tv shows you need to watch

You just can't beat a good TV show binge watch, especially when you have a Netflix account...
When A/W rolls around and you get those cosy evenings, I like to watch my favourite shows either on the sofa with a soft blanket or in my bed amongst pillows whilst eating a snack. I thought I would share with you my top TV show picks:

Suits | I remember watching the first episode of Suits when it aired on the channel Dave and then I just never saw the others until I saw them on Netflix, then I was hooked! It focuses on a character named Mike Ross, a talented college dropout guy, who started working for a law firm as a law associate for Harvey Spector. However, Mike never actually attended law school. It's a really good series and I am fully up to date with it. Plus, you get to see men in suits.

Pretty Little Liars | Even though this series is now over, it still has a place in my heart. If you're a girl like me and loves a good 'thriller' then you will love it past the first season as it can come across a bit meh for first impressions. It's based on four young girls who try and figure out where their friend Alison is, who has gone missing. They get tormented by a mystery person who call themselves 'A'. It's a great teen series and I still put it on sometimes just to have it in the background whilst I do some work.

Gossip Girl | If you're a close person to me, then you will know that I LOVE Gossip Girl. This is another one that is now finished and still makes me sad to this day. I remember when this aired in the UK and everybody in my school was obsessed (as I went to an all girls school.) It's all filmed in New York City so when you watch it you see all the amazing locations. Also, Blair Waldorf is just my favourite person on the show.

Game Of Thrones | Onto one that I have recently been watching. Sean was watching this one day and I was just doing some work and then I ended up watching it. Didn't really get me that interested until I read more about it on Twitter and friends told me to give it a try. So I decided to start from the first season and I did find it hard to get into at first, but it is one that I quickly binged watched before the new season was released.

Gilmore Girls | When I find a series that I like I really go all in with it and one of them is this one. It's one of those shows to definitely watch in A/W time as it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sean bought me a Borg Jacket for Christmas last year because of this show. Also, Stars Hallow is the place to live and Luke's Diner is a great place for coffee!

Have you watched any of these shows?
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Monday, 7 August 2017

my current skincare routine

I have finally found some products that puts my skin in a good place, so why not share with you my current skincare routine and the products I am loving...

Before I apply my make-up I go on to using the Skin Kissed Serum* as a base primer. With a few drops it is designed to remove acne and help reduce signs of ageing. It has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst hydrating and leaving your skin with a natural glow.

Firstly after a regular make-up day I would use my trusty Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water to remove all my make-up and cleanse my skin also. Every morning and evening I would go over my face with the Clinique Clarifying Lotion which leaves my skin feeling super clean and looking fresh especially when I have blemishes.

After cleansing my skin in the evening I would go onto using the Alphah Liquid Rose Gold Edition. I had never heard about this product or brand before so when I received it in my Tili box last month I was really intrigued by the packaging and how it will work. It has been great for making my skin look more hydrated as it works over night.

I rarely tone my face but when I do I use Lush's Eau Roma Water and I just love this. It's my 5th bottle now, it's refreshing on my skin and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight which most other toner waters do to my skin.

After all the cleansing and treatments I would then go onto my moisturiser which is the Clinique Ant-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser. This moisturiser has a great texture to the cream when applied as it turns into a gel when massaged into. It's light and not greasy!

Lastly I would apply my Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm which I have always had. It brightens your eyes especially after using it the night before and I wake up as it gets rid of the puffiness. I pop this balm onto my eye lids and underneath.

What's included in your skincare routine?
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

my august to do list

Can you believe how fast this year is going, it's now August! Time to savour the last of the Summer we have left and I am determind to complete this to do list I have for this month...

1. Use up the last products in my Lush stash in the evenings so I am ready to go and buy some of the A/W Range when it hits the shops.

2. Read the rest of my books on my "to read" pile.

3. Stock up on more of the Yoo Moo Frozen Yogurt Lollies that I discovered in Waitrose. These are suitable for vegans if you're interested.

4. Go on a hunt for a cute affordable statement rug for my bedroom.

5. Start driving lessons again. I am aiming towards getting my driving licence in the next 2 months so I will be getting back on the road again and revising for my theory test.

6. Get my fitness back on track. Quitting the gym had it's reasons, but I want to still try and work out even if it's at home or seeing a personal trainer once a week.

7. Spend time outside when the weather gets that little bit warmer.

8. Cook some delicious recipes I have found on Pinterest. Stay away from the takeaways!

9. Let someone else tackle my brows. I think it's time to book in to get my brows waxed and tinted. I have let them grow bushy purposly so I can get them done professionally.

10. Continue watching Game Of Thrones and Suits every week.

What's on your to do list for August?
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

my second trip to barcelona

A couple of weeks ago me and my boyfriend Sean were back to our favourite city, Barcelona. What made us want to go back was the fact that I am a sucker for a city break holiday and the beautiful weather of course. Today I thought I would share with you a guide to the most gorgeous city abroad.

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Dress - Primark | Bag - New Look (Similar) | Sunglasses - Accessorize
I do need to mention firstly that I couldn't recommend the metro enough. When you arrive at the airport and you're struggling to find a way to your hotel, never get a taxi as they can be expensive. Get the metro! When we went last year we struggled to get a train pass because honestly it is confusing. But I recommend that you buy them online as you get 10% off and it is cheaper. You can buy them here.

Our first day we didn't plan to do much as we had just arrived and our flight was horrendous! Also, just very tired from a 6am take off. The first thing we wanted to do was go to our hotel although we was worried that we got there a couple of hours early before check in, but they surprisingly had the room ready for us. We stayed at the same hotel we stayed at before which was Hotel Catedral, I will be writing a full post about this hotel very soon. So we decided to drop off our bags at our room and then head upstairs to the rooftop pool and relax in the sun and at 12pm it was 39 degrees.
For our lunch we went to a great place for tapas called Pintxo De Petritxol which is located in the gothic quarters nearby the Barcelona Cathedral. We came to this place last year and it was just how I remembered.

Second day was mostly a shopping day. As our hotel was in the middle of a shopping centre we decided to take full advantage and take a few trips around the shops. I ended up spending a fortune in Sephora as you would have seen if you saw my recent post on what I had bought which you can read here. Also went to my favourite shops like Bershka, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Paul & Bear and all the rest.
When we wanted a food break from shopping we went to a pasta/pizza restaurant called La Poma, Ramblas. I finally had a massive glass of sangria which was lush and for food I had a tagliatelle pasta with mussels, It was very delicious.
We spent most of our third day on the metro visiting all the tourist spots. First stop was visiting this beautiful church called Sagrada Familia which is still being built after a 100 years later. It's based near a park where you can look over a pond and get the best view of it. Sadly tickets were sold out to go inside which we was gutted about but we know for next time that we need to book them in advance. We both got hungry whilst we was there so we looked around on the web for somewhere to eat and we came across a cute cafe which I cannot remember the name of but we had the best pizza and I had a strawberry mojito.
Back on the metro we decided to go to a place which was on my bucket list and that was The House Of Bones (Casa Batllo). Luckily we got fast passes for this and we fully enjoyed the experience. Make sure you take some water with you as you walk up so many stairs and it does get cramped and very warm.

On the evening we went to a really nice bar called Marmalade where we also had food. We got there around 7pm and it was so quiet but it soon got very busy at 8:30pm.
On our final day we had a lovely morning by the pool with chocolate croissants from the little cafe next door to our hotel called Chocolat-Box  which do the best coffee, ice cream and pastries. We did a bit more shopping and went to The Hard Rock Cafe for a massive lunch, I would recommend calling up or popping in to reserve a table as it gets very busy.

Just writing this up makes me want to go back so bad, but we are currently planning our next adventure holiday which will be my biggest one yet! I am so excited.

Have you ever been to Barcelona?
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Monday, 17 July 2017

sephora haul from barcelona

So, I was feeling a little splurge in Sephora had to be done while I was in Barcelona. Just by walking down towards the store I ended up going a liiiitle crazy when I saw the Too Faced stand.

Tarte Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette In Bloom
I have been wanting this palette for absolutely ages so when I saw it in store I couldn't resist getting my hands on it. The rose gold packaging is just goals! I may already have some palettes with these similar shades but I think this could be the perfect one to use in Autumn especially with the nude browns. When I bought it I didn't realise that the brush came along with it so that was a treat!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow
This is another product I've been eyeing up for what feels like forever! I feel like every beauty blogger must have this by now but I was a little late to wagon, I'm happy that I waited though. I put a few swatches on the back of my hand and the glow from these highlights look amazing, can't wait to see what they look like when I include it in my make-up routine.

Sephora Face Masks - Green Tea / Pomegranate / Avocado
My face has been in dire need of a face mask so I decided to pick up 3 of Sephora's own which were just 3 euros each. I tried the green tea one last night and already my blemishes have gone down.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Travel Sized Mascara
As I was waiting to pay I noticed that they had loads of travel sized products so I decided to pick up 2 of the Too Faced Mascara's because let's be honest it is the best mascara I have ever used.

This Works Can't Sleep Kit
I picked up this little kit because I had always wanted to try the can't sleep range but I couldn't bring myself to spend so much on it without giving it a try first. Also the travel sized set is so cute.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Another travel sized beauty I found was the UD Primer Potion which I have heard great things about. I think this product will stay in my make-up bag for now on.

Kat Von D Setting Powder
I am so happy I got this product, I tried the tiniest bit yesterday and it does wonders. It creates a light matte effect to foundation which doesn't make it look too cakey at all.

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette
I am in love with this palette. It is small enough to travel well but big enough to make some amazing eye looks. These colours are so pigmented and I love the shimmer in the majority of the shades with enough shadows for transitioning. Have I mentioned the sweet smell? Yes, it smells like chocolate!

Have you tried any of these?
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

how to get into holiday saving mode

Being a Blogger can sometimes be difficult especially when you're a shopping addict - guilty as charged! But there are ways to save money for important things, for me I am saving for a car and just putting money away if I need it for emergencies.
Summer is coming around and that means it's Holiday/Vacay season! Myself and Sean are going to Barcelona, Spain in July which is coming around so fast already. Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to get into a holiday saving mode ready for your time away. I hope I can help you in anyway possible if you are a shopaholic like me...
Open a savings account. I did this when I turned 16 and I am so happy that did. If you are aiming towards something like a mortgage on a house, a new car or a holiday this is the perfect way to put some money away each month. Each month I put away at least £30 which isn't a lot but It does help. This would be helpful if you are going on a big trip, somewhere like New York. If you want to read top tips on looking for the right savings account, go here.

Earn some extra cash. Recently I have been obsessed with selling a view bits on Ebay. When you start earning loads more money you suddenly think WHAT ELSE CAN I SELL. Look through your Summer clothes for example and think of what you would take or wouldn't take away with you and give them to somebody who could use them more than you. The money I have made from selling a few of my things are going towards some new holiday bits and it gets you more excited.

Saving when online shopping. Everyone loves shopping online it's simple and easy, but it can make you poor and abuse your bank balance in the process. There are ways to save money while browsing online. Every time I now use TopCashBack, which hides in the background when you go on a website and it tracks when you buy something and you get a percentage back of what you spent. It's worth giving it a try!

Get the best deal on travel money. If you are at the point now where you have booked your flights and hotel, now is the time to get the best exchange rate on your travel money. The best time to start getting your euros for example is at least one month before your holiday. This gives you enough time to order your travel money online if you wish to. Don't wait until you get to the airport, your hotel or foreign banks, as these will usually charge more commission I learnt this last year when I bought some in Barcelona.

I hope these tips have helped you and let me know if you are yourself going away on a Holiday this year.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

my april to do list

April has come around so fast and I couldn't be more excited. Blossoms are everywhere over my Instagram feed, blue skies are upon us and the Easter eggs are hitting the shops. Today I thought I would share with you my to do list for this month...

1. Get baking! I have seen some yummy Easter treats on Pinterest so I have made notes of some that I will be making throughout the month. This vanilla peach cake looks amazing.

2. Purchase some new Spring/Summer bits. My wardrobe is looking a little empty since my clear out, I need some more blush items. I have my eye on this tea jumpsuit from ASOS.

3. Have some afternoon walks in the local woods. I want to make the most of our sunshine days so a nice Easter walk would be lovely. Imagine the Instagram shots I could get!

4. Light my new Yankee Candle from the new collection. I already love the Wild Mint, it reminds me of a virgin mojito.

5. Read and finish at least one book this month. I'm on the look out for the perfect book to read in the sun, if you have any recommendations please let me know.

6. Plan more healthy lunches and dinners at the start of the week. I'm trying to cut down on sugar, and instead make some healthy salads for lunch. Using a food schedule planner really does help keep you motivated.

7. Drink a lot more water. I have become forgetful when it comes to drinking the correct amount of water a day. Drinking more water will help keep me more hydrated throughout the way.

8. Take my skincare more seriously. My skin hasn't been looking it's best recently and that is because I haven't been doing my skincare routine every morning and evening. I would like to push myself to cleanse, tone and moisturise my skin before I do my make-up or before I go to bed.

9. Cut down on eating sweets and chocolates in the evenings. Although the mini eggs and Easter sweets are around at the moment, I really need to try not to eat so much before I head to bed. I would like to keep this going even when Easter is over.

10. Save some money and not splurge. I have a holiday in July to Barcelona and I really want to try and do a lot whilst I am there like visit the top tourist places there. So I am going to try not to splurge my money when I get paid.

What are your plans for the month?

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

asos wishing for spring

After giving my wardrobe a spring clean, it was about time I got onto ASOS and looked into the "new in" section.
This Spring I have a few special occasions and a Summer holiday in July. So when I am scrolling through all the lovely pieces I am thinking about when I would wear them. I have my eye on these pretty cactus pjs which look incredible for Summer and to take away with me on holiday.
This cute cold shoulder ruffle top tucked in shorts or jeans, looks like the perfect Summer outfit. Below you will find a couple of other bits I have my eye on...




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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

spring lush haul

I had a lil trip to Lush not so long ago and I was so happy to see all the new Spring collection. When I looked upon my Lush collection in my bedroom, I noticed that had a sad looking sparkly pumpkin from October time and half of my comforter bubble bar. So, when I went into Lush I knew it was for a get some new bits! I went with two old favourites so they made an appearance in my basket.

Lemony Flutter -  If you want something that smells like Spring in a pot, you need this. As soon as I smelt this in the shop it reminded me of a lemon curd. To be honest here, my cuticles aren't in the best condition so when I saw this I just had to get it. You only need a small amount of this to smooth over any dry patches on your fingers and it leaves them feeling soft. I have to say, since using this my cuticles are looking decent.

Sex Bomb - An old favourite of mine and one I think everybody loves is this bath bomb. The design itself reminds me of Spring and along with the scent of jasmine. This is a perfect pick me up after a stressful day.

Ups-A-Daisy - This one was part of the mothers day collection but it is still online to get hold of! I am in love with this bath bomb. The design and scent is just beautiful. I can already imagine how this will look when it is fizzing in my bath but I am too scared to use it as it is so pretty!

Which Came First? - If you love the smell of grapefruit like me, then you need to get hold of this bath bomb. A lovely girl in the shop said that you can use this one many times just by breaking it up if I really wanted to which I didn't know.

Twilight - Personal favourite and one I will always pick up again and again is this bath bomb. This is the perfect treat for bed time when you just want to relax and settle in a shimmering deep purple bath. Trust me, if you have not picked this up before you really do need to.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

beauty picks for spring

Suddenly Spring is upon us in the UK and I couldn't be more happier. As much as I love Winter, I adore tulips springing up along with daffodils. Little things like the air smelling of freshly cut grass (even though I have hay-fever) and seeing neighbours getting out their washing line because the sun is shining, makes me so happy.

Now I had to say goodbye to the tones of berries, I'm slowly getting back into the pastel colours. Right now I am loving blush pink, especially on clothes.

For highlighting my dewy Spring skin, I love to use the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. Pairing this with a pinky coral blusher like Revlon Racy Rose Powder Blush gives me a natural look.

I don't have many bright lipsticks but I did pull out this Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Demure". This is a shy pink colour, easy to apply and it's shiny. The other day I decided to get this NYX Professional Matte Lipstick in "Antwerp". I had seen this colour on a couple of people but was scared to give it a try as it is quite 'out there' meaning bright. But I really think this could be a favourite for Spring and Summer.

For fragrance, I've pulled out my favourite Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. It has a soft feminine scent along with the pretty daisy bottle. It's the perfect fragrance for the warmer weather! For a lovely body mist I love this Pink Grapefruit from The Body Shop. I tend to wear this one quite a lot especially in the warmer days. For something sweet I tend to grab Zoella's Sweet Inspirations Mist.

On my nails, I will be wearing a lot of Essie Mint Candy Apple which is a lovely pastel blue colour. Another one, Essie Meet Me At Sunset, is a bright orange/red shade that I just can't get enough of!

For a little bit of pamper, Lush Lemony Flutter is great for giving your cuticles a little helping. The scent reminds me of lemon curd, so beware you might want to eat your fingers after you have applied this. Another product for your hand is this Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream from The Body Shop. Their hand creams are my favourite, they make your hands feel lovely and not claggy.

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