Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Manchester, Grimsby and London

Hey guys! So i think I mentioned in a post from last week that I was going on my travels for a week with the boyf so i thought I'd give you a little update and show you a few snapshots. 
First of all, I travelled down to Manchester on the train, Will actually met me there (he lives in Grimsby and I live in County Durham) We actually stayed in an Ibis hotel which was loads better than we were both expecting. While we were in Manchester we just did a bit of shopping and ate so much good food, in the form of my first ever Taco Bell and the best veggie burger I have ever eaten in my life from the Hard Rock Cafe! The reason we were in Manchester was to go and see Ryan Adams, who is my favourite musician of all time ever, I adore him. We saw him once before in Sheffield a few years ago and he definitely did not disappoint for the second time around. If you've never heard of him, I definitely recommend you give him a listen! 
After Manchester, me and Will drove back to his house in Grimsby for a few days which was so nice and relaxing and involved breakfast in bed, shopping and lots of lazing in bed watching telly! 
We then drove down to Kent to visit our best friends from uni as it was Naomi's 23rd birthday. We ended up going to a boat party in London which was incredible, it was so amazing seeing London all lit up from the middle of the Thames! We spent a few more days there just chilling and catching up which was long overdue and so nice! 
Unfortunately after that it was back to reality and back to work! 
I hope you enjoyed this post guys, let me know what you think of these sort of posts and whether or not I should keep doing them! 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Little White Lies Bag

So recently I was lucky enough to win a competition on twitter, yes I know, how crazy, I usually never win anything!
I've been following Little White Lies on twitter for a while now as I absolutely love their brand. They are a contemporary womanswear brand based in London and they are actually up for Drapers Young Fashion Brand Of The Year, how amazing!
Their clothing is really cool and right up my street. You can purchase the a/w 14 collection online now. The collection includes a lot of monochrome pieces in really interesting fabrics, like faux fur, leather, lace and velvet. The mood is a little dark and romantic but totally wearable and I am in love with the blue furbaby jacket, definitely on my current wishlist!
Check out their website here: http://www.littlewhitelieslondon.co.uk/


Friday, 26 September 2014

Beauty Haul

1. Tangle Teezer - £10.99
I have been wanting to buy one of these for so long. Everyone in the world of beauty blogging seems to have one and they are absolutely raved about. I haven't tried this yet but I'm so looking forward to it. I recently had my hair cut short again and have sworn to keep it in good condition, as my hair is super tatty I think this will be a good addition to my hair care routine! 

2. Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Split Ends Serum - £10.49
Again, I haven't actually tried this yet and was bought in my bid to keep my hair in good condition. I completely love Lee Stafford products, I usually buy the hair growth treatments which really do work well. I'm looking forward to trying this and may do a review on here afterwards as I have high hopes!

3. No 7 Beautifully Matte Mousse Foundation in Cool Ivory - £13.50
This is a product I find myself going back to time and time again. It's probably my favourite foundation but often the price tag stops me buying it every month. It's for normal / oily skin which is ideal for me, it gives an excellent smooth coverage and lasts the whole day. I usually just apply this with my fingers rather than a brush because it's so light and airy and applies easier. I love the No 7 brand and would definitely recommend this product. 

4. Maybelline Express Remover - £4.99
I had heard several good things about this product and have been really eager to try it. I absolutely hate normal nail varnish removers, as I usually spill them everywhere! This is ideal though as you just dip your finger in, twist it and then the nail varnish is gone! I was slightly skeptical to begin with but it really does work. Very happy with this! 

5. Real Techniques Powder Brush - £12.99
I adore real techniques brushes and own a lot of them already. This is one I didn't have but really wanted. At the moment I use the duo-fiber face brush to apply my powder but excessive use has made it all clogged up and gross and no matter how many times I clean it, it's still not right so I thought I'd invest in a new one instead! 

6. Ciate' Paint Pots in Vintage and Twilight - £2.99 each 
I actually bought these nail varnishes from TK Maxx, which incidentally is my favourite shop ever. I try not to jump on the band wagon with beauty brands as I've never tried Ciate' before but I absolutely adored these colours when I saw them and couldn't say no for the price tag. Vintage is like like a matte dark grey with perhaps a tiny hint of blue and Twilight is like a shiny black with flecks of gold glitter. I thought these shades would be ideal for autumn / winter and applied Twilight as soon as I got home! 

7. No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Medium - £11.50
I love this powder and have bought it several times before, and obviously it goes perfectly with the No 7 foundation I also purchased. Again, I don't buy this as much as I'd like too due to the price tag but there was an offer on in Boots today where if you bought 2 No 7 products you got a little gift bag for free! 

8. Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Red Diva - £3.99
I actually only bought this today because I've ran out of my Mac lip liner in Cherry and wasn't near a Mac counter today. I've had this before and it is actually a really good product, it's super cheap and goes perfectly with Mac's Lady Danger and Ruby Woo. 

9. No 7 Stay Perfect Metallic Eyes Pencil - Promotional Offer
This is one of the products I got in the free No 7 gift bag. It's not necessarily a product I would have bought myself as it's a purple / lilac shade and I'm pretty unadventurous with my eye make-up, but I'll probably give it a go nonetheless, so watch this space.

10. No 7 Eye Colour Brush - Promotional Offer
I haven't tried this yet but it seems like it will be pretty good. Not really much to say about this but you can never have too many make-up brushes! 

11. No 7 Lovely Lashes - Promotional Offer
I've tried this product several times before and really like it. I use it more as a base coat as it's fairly thin and I like my lashes to be thick and clumpy (as weird as that sounds) it's an ideal size to pop in my handbag too so I'm pleased with it! 

12. No 7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow - Promotional Offer
I'd actually gone into Boots to buy this product anyway, I think the shade is called Minx or something along those lines, it doesn't actually say on the packaging for some reason. When I saw it was in the free gift bag I was over the moon as it normally costs around £7.50 for a pot but it's the most perfect champagne shade and my favourite eye shadow ever! 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Peak District

Hi guys! So this is my second day in a row of blogging, so far so good!
So the last time I was blogging, I tried to make it more focused on fashion and beauty but this time around I thought I would try and make it more lifestyle-orientated like it was when I first started out. I used to absolutely love writing and keeping this up to date so I'm trying to recapture that feeling.
So anyway, last weekend me and Will went to Sheffield and the Peak District, and we had such a lovely time. I had to pop down to Sheffield Hallam to pick up my collection, portfolio and sketchbooks. It was so wonderful being back and it breaks my heart knowing I'm not moving back there this month like normal! We actually nipped into the halls of residence that we lived in in our first year, where Will's brother has just moved in too. The feeling of nostalgia was so overwhelming, I think my first year of uni was the best year of my life! I may even write a blog post on it at some point! 
We just stayed in the travelodge in the town centre and we ate at the new buffet restaurant Cosmo, which I didn't enjoy but Will certainly did... Although my large cosmopolitan afterwards cheered me right up! On the night we went out to The Leadmill, my fave bar in the whole of Sheffield aside from West Street Live of course! 
On the second day, we thought we'd be a little adventurous and head out to the Peak District. This is something we always wanted to do while we were at uni but I couldn't drive (...and still can't) and Will never had a car! So we ended up stumbling across a gorgeous little place called Castleton, which had huge and interesting caves, an old castle and lots of cute little shops and pubs. We wandered around for ages and had the most lovely time! 
I didn't want the weekend to end, although next week we are off to Manchester to see Ryan Adams, then to Will's house in Grimsby then off to London for my best friend Naomi's birthday so lots to look forward too! Watch this space, hopefully more blog posts to come!