Saturday, 29 August 2015

August Favourites

August is nearing it's end which means one thing - it's time for my August Favourites!



I was determined to hunt down the Lush store on Oxford High Street when we were in London recently and I'm surprised I managed to contain myself and only buy two bath bombs! It's three floors of gorgeous smelling products and there's so many new and different things to look at compared to your regular Lush store. I knew I had to contain myself so picked up the Experimenter and Intergalactic. Wanting to make the most of them, so far I've only used the Experimenter. This consists of five of the most vibrant colours that leaves your bath in a psychedelic frenzy. It's truly mesmerising to watch and well, just look at the results below! As usual with lush products, your nose will thank you for the fragrant smell it leaves as you relax back into the warm water. 


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Photo Diary #1

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

BAKING: Crunchy Caramel Bites



These yummy bites are deliciously devilish - packed full of nuts, caramel, biscuits and chocolate, what's not to like? It's also a really simple recipe to do and you can easily swap ingredients to other choices you might want to try like coconut or peanut butter.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Top Three Summer Reads

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Homeware Haul

Shopping for homeware has quickly become one of my favourite things to do. As you may or may not know, in a few months I will be moving out of my family home and into my own little house with Matt. This has been such a long process for us and it's been exhausting! But finally, we are at the fun part, buying bits and pieces for our home, something I have been really looking forward to. It's actually really difficult to shop for a place that you've not even technically been in yet (the house is a new build), but I've not let this stop me, much to Matt's dismay! Having picked up some really lovely bits recently, I thought I would let you take a look into my shopping bags!


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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Skincare Saviours



It's only in recent years that I began really taking notice of my skincare routine and appreciating how important it is. It's fairly simple stuff, but I finally feel like I'm in a pretty good place with it all, so thought I would talk through the products that are firm favourites in my bathroom cupboard.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This is the very first thing I reach for at the end of the day and I wouldn't use anything else, especially for such a good price! I find two or three cotton pads with this stuff will remove all of my make-up effortlessly and painlessly, even tough mascara like Benefit's They're Real. It has no perfume to it either, which for me is preferable as it can often be overpowering. I really do think it is the most perfect dupe for Bioderma and it's the third of the price of it too which is a bonus.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I never really got into the habit of cleansing until a few months ago when talking to my Mum and I decided to give it a go. Her brand of choice was Liz Earle, so naturally I borrowed her bottle for the night. It didn't take me long to be impressed with this, which probably isn't surprising given how many people rave about it. Made with rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil, the cleanser has a luxurious feel to it and you really feel like your in a spa, giving yourself a little treat. It leaves my skin smoother, clearer and brighter which was just what I wanted. This is also really great at ridding you face of any excess make-up still lingering.

Every morning and night I gently massage a couple of pumps of the cleanser into my dry skin before wiping a warm muslin or flannel across my face and then patting it dry with a towel. My boyfriend has even tried it a couple times and liked it so much that I even brought him the men's version for his birthday!

Some people may find this a little pricey, but I really think spending more money on a product that leaves your skin in such good condition is well worth it, especially when you think about all the make up we throw on our faces!


Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

Before this product, I always used to struggle with dry skin around my nose so I began the search for something to rid any dry spots completely. I was flicking through a magazine one day and spotted an advert for Aveeno which promised to do exactly what I wanted. I don't tend to go by advertisements, preferring to read reviews before buying something but this time I just went out and brought it. My instincts must have on the right track as this stuff is brilliant! It really has replenished my skin and I only have to use a small amount which I rub into my skin before I go to bed. It also absorbs really quickly so there's no need to spend much time waiting for it to soak in. You can use this all over your body, whether you want silky smooth legs or just on some stubborn areas that won't shift. Aveeno have quite a few different options so I would definitely check them out in your local boots or superdrug.
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

TRAVEL: A Trip to Scotland


Being a long drive from where we live, we decided to go up on the Sunday and stay in a hotel in Carlisle. The next day, we continued the journey and after picking up some groceries, we checked into the resort. We were staying in a gorgeous lodge, nestled deep in the trees. The rooms were spacious and comfortably kitted out with everything thing we could want. The best parts had to be the private sauna and hot tub – hidden away from any onlookers so you could really relax.

The resort had plenty of activities from you to choose from for a fee. Matt had brought along his clubs especially for their golf course and he was really impressed with it all. Together, we went along to archery which was good fun (I felt a bit like Katniss – except rubbish!) and hired out the tennis courts for an hour which were both a really reasonable price.



There is also a pool free to use for guests with a sauna, steam room and gym which are all really high quality facilities. Although we didn’t venture into the onsite restaurant ourselves, it sat overlooking the Piperdam’s loch and the menu sounded really lovely.



The true beauty of the place only hit us when we ventured up a mountain half way through the week. I’m not one for long walks (I was enticed by a particularly delicious picnic) but upon reaching the top and the view, I was so pleased we’d done it. The sun was shining, making everything even more beautiful and we settled down with our picnic to really enjoy our surroundings.
If you were thinking of booking Piperdam, I would advise you prepare for no internet whatsoever and very little phone signal at times but there is something quite nice about being out of touch with reality for a while. It’s easy to forget to look up from our various electric devices and really take in what is going on around us. And where better to do that than somewhere as picturesque?

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Wishlist - Summer Edition

Summer wish list


Naked Smokey – As the proud owner (and lover) of all three current Naked palettes, I feel it is necessary, no obligatory, that I must have Naked Smokey too, so this is particularly high on my wish list. Even the packaging is enough to make me drool, let alone the twelve stunning shades. I need. Now.

Instax Mini 8 - I shouldn’t want this, but I do. The camera roll for these things are pricey at around £13.95 for a roll of 20 photos (I can practically hear Snapfish shuddering). But I’ve always loved Polaroid pictures, not to mention the array ofpastel colours it comes in means it even looks nice sitting on your shelf.   

Charlotte Olympia slippers - I would probably actually start eating my vegetables if it meant I could own a pair of these adorable pumps from Charlotte Olympia. These could be paired with so many outfit combinations, day or night.  I daren’t do more than drool over them, but a girl can dream right?

Retro Slush Maker - If my boyfriend had let me, I would happily have gone and purchased this slush maker by now. What’s more refreshing in Summer than a nice cool slush? Think of the fun you could have! And the flavour combinations! And the red chrome matches my toaster and kettle. It’s a match made in heaven. 

Oreo Peanut Butter - I may not have tasted these, but I don’t need to. Oreo? Peanut Butter? What’s not to love? I will be eying my local supermarkets until they are in my stomach!


What's on your wish list this Summer?
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

July Favourites

July has come and gone already, with many people already citing how many days it is until Christmas(!). I decided to take a look back at my favourite things this month!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow

A recent boots splurge led me to pick up three of the most lovely shades from Maybelline in their Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadows in (from L-R) pink gold, metallic pomegranate and on and on bronze. I'm not sure how much the photos do the colours justice, but they are a richly pigmented cream formula, blending beautifully across the lid. I've worn them all individually across numerous events such as a wedding reception, dinner out and even just a shopping trip, so you can really incorporate them into any occasion. And at only £4.99, it's a good excuse to pick up a couple of shades!

I Let You Go - Claire Mackintosh


I've always been into books, but for the last year I've been reading consistently, constantly carrying my iPad round in my handbag. One of my most recent favourites has been psychological thriller, I Let You Go. Similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, it was one of those books where for the first 100 or so pages, I wasn't really convinced by it. But then the twists and turns began and things began to slot into place and I couldn't put it down! Luckily I had a nice seven hour journey from Scotland to devour it in and I found myself crying out at parts to my boyfriend (who was doing the driving, poor thing). The writing is excellent for a debut author and really engaging. I don't want to spoil anything so shall leave you with the book's blurb:

It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...

Dungarees - Topshop



I'm sure that everyone must own some of these by now as they seem to have really come back into people's wardrobes this summer. It was a purchase I never thought I would actually make (as much I pined over them from afar) but one day, feeling brave, I marched into the Topshop changing rooms and was pleased to find they didn't actually look too bad! I've been wearing these with a plain white t-shirt underneath and sandals or converse though they are versatile enough to really make your own.

The Book of Mormon

As part of our London trip for my boyfriend's birthday, we booked tickets to see The Book of Mormon which I knew would be a perfect trip as it was created by the writers of South Park which my boyfriend loves. Everywhere that promotes it goes on about how crude it is, but we didn't find it too bad. Sure there's plenty of bad language, but nothing happens which horrified us. Anyway, I've never really seen any comical musicals in London, so this was really different for me personally. It was very enjoyable and plenty of laughs were had, with a very talented cast. Unlike the likes of Wicked and The Lion King which are a lot more theatrical, I wouldn't want to see it again, purely because you wouldn't find the jokes as funny second time around but was really great to see something new in the West End!

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