Friday, 18 December 2015

Relaxing at Christmas Time

I always find pampering during the Christmas holidays that little bit more relaxing, don't you?!
I finished work for the holidays today, which means two full weeks of relaxing, playing games, and watching films (and stuffing my face with all things chocolatey in between of course).
I have to admit I have been pretty organised with my Christmas presents and wrapping this year as everything has been bought and wrapped already; which of course means more time to chill and enjoy my time off! The pampering will be well and truly under way this weekend, starting with a 'Frozen' Lush bubble bath, a good old mud mask to cleanse my face and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in (sounds like heaven to me!). Next on the list will be the plucking of the eyebrows (or bushes as they are more commonly known these days), painting of the nails and moisturising of the face and body, basically I'll be looking a million dollars for the first time in months! After my relaxing bath and pamper session I plan on playing some board games with my family (you can't beat a bit of monopoly and scrabble!), before heading up to bed to watch a couple of Christmas films. Of course this whole routine will be repeated on Christmas Eve too, but with the addition of my new Christmas Eve pyjamas (which I just realised, I still haven't bought! *frantically runs out shopping*).

What do you guys do to relax at Christmas time?

*In collaboration with BrightHouse

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Online Avenue Franchesca Block Heel Pointed Toe Boots*

Online Avenue is a new online footwear store that aims to provide their customers with all of the latest trends, and great quality products at affordable prices because they say 'fashion is a right not a luxury' - I definitely think I'm with them on that one!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Liverpool's Hidden Gem

Liverpool is one of the best places in the world. 
I'm not just saying that because I'm a Scouser, but because its absolutely fantastic for tourism. There is just so much to see and do here! You can pay a visit to the world famous Cavern Club home of The Beatles, spend the day shopping in the Liverpool One shopping complex, explore the Albert Dock, the two huge cathedrals and the many art galleries, or even get your photo taken next to Shankly at Anfield or Dixie Dean at Goodison Park. The list of things to see and do is endless, and i've even got a little hidden gem up my sleeve to tell you guys about!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Tech Wishlist*

Technology is going to be a pretty big deal for Andy and I when we move out. We pretty much spend our lives on our phones or computers (I'm making us sound so interesting!). But like most people in our generation we simply love the internet. So I thought I may aswell go ahead and make a tech wishlist of all the wonderful items I'd love to purchase for our future home.

1. Panasonic Viera 4K TV - This high resolution TV offers both great images and a sleek look making it a perfect centre piece for our future living room. It features built in freeview, and as it's a smart TV apps such as youtube and netflix can also be used with ease, making my lazy days on the couch a lot more lazier!

2. Apple iMac 21.5 inch - The Mac OS is ideal for editing pictures which makes it perfect for blogging (of course), and frankly would look pretty elegant sitting there on my desk in my new office.  

3. GoPro HERO - The GoPro is the perfect camera for when you're on the move as its small, compact and produces great quality images. Who knows maybe I could even start vlogging (if you could excuse my dreadful accent that is!)?!

4. iPhone 6S Rose Gold - I couldn't imagine having any other phone than an iPhone to be honest, i'm a self confessed apple product addict! The rose gold iPhone 6S is quite possibly the most beautiful phone i've ever seen, its such a beautiful colour and the size of the screen is perfect. 

5.  Playstation 4 - If you follow me on twitter you will probably be aware that i've just purchased an xbox one, so you may be wondering why i've added a playstation 4 to my wishlist. Well, I bought the xbox for the xbox exclusive games, in particular Halo. But I also want the playstation for its exclusive games such as Bloodborne and Uncharted 4. Plus it would pair up perfectly with the lovely Panasonic 4k TV!

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*This post is kindly sponsored by Panasonic

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Orelia Jewellery*

Minimalist Multi-row Necklace (£20)
Circle Ditsy Necklace (£12)
Infinity Bracelet (£10)
Orelia is a British jewellery brand which is available both online and within Topshop stores in the UK and USA. Their costume jewellery collection is hypo-allergenic, and features gold, silver and rose gold colour electro-plating with an anti-tarnish finish. I picked out three gold coloured pieces from the collection which I am personally in love with and couldn't wait to share with you all! The Minimalist Multi-row Necklace (which is priced at £20) features a pretty glass stone pendant and has chain lengths of 25cm and 40.5cm. I'm a huge fan of long and layering necklaces so this piece is for me, the perfect accessory. The Circle Ditsy Necklace (which is priced at £12) has a simple delicate design with a chain length of 40cm meaning it sits quite high up on chest making it a perfect extra layer for the minimalist multi-row necklace. My final piece is the Infinity Bracelet (which is priced at £10) is another simple styled piece with a dainty gold colour brass chain centred with a charming little infinity symbol.
Overall I am really impressed with all three pieces of jewellery, and would definitely purchase a couple more pieces from Orelia (infact I already have a little wishlist for the next time I pop into Topshop!)

Which of the Orelia pieces is your favourite?


All jewellery was kindly sent to me by Orelia*

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Zoella Wonder Hand Moisturising Hand Cream

Hand creams are a must have for me during the winter. My job involves a lot of washing dishes, and using chemicals so as you can imagine they do get extremely dry. When I found out Zoella was bringing out a hand cream with her new products for the original scent I was pretty excited. The original scent is one of my favourite all time scents, so I had to head out and get it as soon as I could.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Sephora 10hr Fix and Correct Concealer

I picked up this Sephora 10hr Fix and Correct Concealer for about $17 whilst on my travels in the USA. It is double ended with one end for concealing and the other for correcting, making it the perfect duo for hiding those imperfections! 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

MADE.COM Showroom Opening Event

I was recently invited to the grand opening of MADE.COM's latest showroom at the Metquarter, which was pretty exciting considering I am obsessed with all things homeware. MADE.COM is an online e-commerce company which means they sell products at prices up to 70% below their high street rates. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Cruising: Turkey, Greece & Israel

I was lucky enough to be taken on a cruise with my family at the end of August which visited Turkey, Greece and Israel.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Exploring London

A couple of weeks ago Andy and I went on a little city break to London. We had both never been before so we were pretty excited to head down south and explore for a couple of days. We stayed at the Travelodge Royal Scot which was a pretty basic room but in a central location, which is ideal if you're out all day and just need a place to sleep.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

I picked up this Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser for £16 a couple of weeks back now after a very persuasive member of staff at The Body Shop in Liverpool One told me how amazing it was.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Body Shop's Instablur vs Makeup Revolution's Ultra Face Base Primer

I first picked up Instablur from The Body Shop during a blogger meetup for its launch event and have been buying it ever since. To be honest i'd never even used a primer before i'd picked up Instablur, so it was quite a surprise when I realised how good primers actually were for oily skin.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Makeup Revolution Haul

I don't know about you guys but I have some serious love for Makeup Revolution. I mean the quality of their make-up is just insane for the price they charge! So, I decided to pick up some items after my last payday because well, why not!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer

I have been desperate to try out the Estée Lauder Double Wear concealer for months. I've seen people raving about the foundation, and really wanted to get my hands on the concealer in hopes it would be just as good. Thankfully Andy bought me it for my birthday way back in March, so i've had plenty of time of test it out and let you guys know what I think of it! 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Lush Oxford Street Haul

I recently went on holiday to London for a couple of days, so obviously I had to pay a visit to the three floor Lush store on Oxford Street. My eyes were darting from side to side as we walked down Oxford Street, until I caught a scent of the bath bombs in the wind and like magic, my body seemed to gravitate towards it (rather quickly too!).

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Exploring Chester Zoo

Going to the zoo is definitely one of our favourite things to do as a couple, when we went to Edinburgh the zoo was top of our list of places to visit; so of course when we get the chance we love to visit our local zoo in Chester.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Zoella Fizz Bar

I'm going to start of by saying i'm a huge fan of both the packaging and the scent of the Zoella products, it's just super pretty and the perfect fragrance. However, the products are a bit hit and miss for me as Soak Opera is one of my favourite shower gel/bubble bath products, but the fragrance mist was nothing but trouble as the spritzer constantly breaking so that I couldn't use the product (I got it replaced twice and had the same problem each time, so I gave up in the end!). So after months of it being released I finally decided to try out the Fizz Bar, I had heard some mixed reviews on the product (mostly negative tbh!) but wanted to give it a try regardless.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush*

The Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush gently cleanses and exfoiliates skin to remove any residues, impurities and dead skin cells using active electromagnetic technology (sounds impressive doesn't it!). It naturally unclogs pores, and sweeps away any dead skin cells with its 10000+ gentle oscillations per minute, and can be used within the bath/shower as its 100% waterproof. You simply add your cleanser to the brush and select one of the two cleansing modes - deep clean or sensitive, the mode used will depend on your skin type.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil

I recently picked up my first ever Urban Decay product in the shape of the 24/7 Concealer Pencil for £14 to try out on those pesky old cholesterol marks as you may have guessed by now!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Rimmel Rita Ora: RainRain Go Away Nail Polish

Rimmel have always been my favourite drugstore brand for nail polishes, and the Rita Ora collection definitely didn't disappoint. There are 12 different wonderfully coloured shades within the collection priced at just £2.99 each. 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer

Its no secret that Benefit are one of my favourite beauty brands, and have been for a couple of years now. When I first started noticing my cholesterol marks under my eyes Benefit's Boi-ing concealer was the first high-end product I picked up to try and cover them up.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Revlon Rose Glow Highlighter Palette

I recently picked up this Revlon Rose Glow Highlighter Palette from Boots for £8.99 after seeing it featured in one of Tanya Burr's videos. I have never owned a highlighter palette before as I usually just apply blush and leave it at that, however I thought i'd push the boat out a bit and pick up a couple of Revlon products as they looked great on Tanya's skin. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A Dupe for Benefit's Fake Up, for less!

Concealer is the most important part of my makeup collection. I have cholesterol marks which I often feel embarrassed about, so I made it my 'mission' to find a concealer that would completely cover them up so I wouldn't be as concious of how they stood out on my face. This post is a bit of a mixture between my quest for the best concealer posts and a high end dupe post as I have two concealers which I would consider to be quite similar, but from different ends of the shopping scale - a high end brand in the form of Benefit's Fake Up and a drug store in the form of Makeup Revolutions The One

Sunday, 12 April 2015

My Little Super Box: March

I'm afraid i'm a little late to the party with this post. 
It's March's edition of the my little box which has a superhero theme! Honestly, I bloody love superheroes so its safe to say I did a little squeal when I saw this.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

I recently picked up the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation in the palest shade Ivory for £8.99 in Tesco after seeing a couple of other bloggers raving about how good it was, so as you can imagine I obviously had to head out to pick one up for myself. I'm not a massive lover of foundation, infact I never use it unless i'm heading out somewhere special as I feel as though a lot of the foundations I have tried in the past just make my face look horrendously cakey and I guess I just feel as though my skin just doesn't look right with it on. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

For my birthday this year I was lucky enough to get the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume as one of my gifts from Andy. I have been desperate to purchase this perfume for a while but y'know when you just can't afford to treat yourself, yep thats been me for a couple of weeks now.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

West Coast USA: San Diego, Laughlin & the Grand Canyon

We headed down to San Diego for the day whilst based at Buena Park in Los Angeles. It was nearing Halloween so the locals had the day of the dead decorations up which were amazing! If you are thinking of heading there anytime I would definitely recommend visiting the Old Town towards late October.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

West Coast USA: Los Angeles

I realise I went on holiday quite a while back now (October) but I only put up my pictures from San Francisco (here) for you guys to see. So expect a couple more posts in the next few weeks with the rest of my favourite holiday snaps on!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Tanya Burr's Lunch Date Lip Gloss

I wear lip products on a daily basis, I tend to sway more towards lip glosses as I feel lipsticks can sometimes be a little too heavy for daytime wear (depending on the colour). So as a bit of a fangirl of both Lip Glosses and Tanya Burr it was a bit of a no brainer when it came to purchasing one of her products on FeelUnique. Tanya's range of Lip Glosses currently includes 20 different shades ranging from subtle pinks to deep reds, some of which have a little bit of glitter for that extra sparkle. I decided to pick up the subtle pink shade 'Lunch Date' which was on sale for £6.29 (Normal price £6.99), for my every day use.

Friday, 13 February 2015

My Little Frenchie Box: February

I love the originality of this box, the items are just so bloody cute! I think the non-makeup items are always my favourites out of these boxes as they are just so thoughtful.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer

The next drugstore concealer I tried out in my quest for the best was Soap and Glory's Kickass Concealer which I picked up from Boots for £10. This concealer is available in two different shades light and medium. I went for the 'light' shade as it is the colour best suited for my skin tone. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I was lucky enough to grab a copy of the January issue of Elle this week which came with Benefits latest mascara Roller Lash, which is yet to be released. As a massive fan of Benefit I couldn't pass up the chance to try out one of their products before its release date so I went out looking for a copy of Elle on Wednesday (28th) and was able to pick one up a day early (yay!).

Friday, 16 January 2015

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

The next drugstore concealer I tried out is the Lasting Perfection concealer by Collection which I picked up for £4.19 at Boots. This concealer is available in four different shades - Fair, Dark, Cool Medium and Warm Medium; and again I went for the lightest available shade which is Fair. as it is the shade best suited for my skin tone.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My Current Top 3 Favourite Fragrances..

I'd say that i'm pretty hard to please when it comes to finding the perfect perfume. Usually I buy one, use it for a couple of weeks (if that), then move onto a different one. But I think things are definitely looking up lately as I've finally found some beautiful fragrances which will be sticking around for a little while longer...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

This post will be the first installment of my 'Quest for the Best Concealer' posts in which I will be testing out a number of concealers in search for the one with the best overall coverage . I will be looking at both drug store and high end brands, and comparing their coverage through looking at how visible my Cholesterol marks are after use. I will then be giving them a score out of ten at the end of the post with one being terrible and ten being great; at the end of the 'Quest for the Best' posts I will do a summary post containing the concealers with the best coverage both from the drug store and high end so that you guys can grab the products with the best value for money.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

What I got for Christmas 2014...

I realise January is now upon us but I thought i'd still share this post containing all of the beauty items I got for Christmas, some of which I had tried out before and loved, and others which I had seen and wanted to try during 2014..