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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

30/08/2013

Friday’s Face #3

Third time’s a charm, this is the makeup that I wore yesterday for popping to the shops and seeing le boyfriend. I’m really loving doing these FOTD type posts again as it encourages me to use my makeup collection and branch out a bit from using the same old products. I bought this Chanel Lipstick last year and I’ve probably worn it about 3 times since then, it’s such a gorgeous colour that I had to start using it again, a lovely red with pink undertones. It has really great staying power too, I applied this around 1pm and it was still there at 5 without any touch ups and I’d been eating too. The foundation I’m wearing is Estee Lauder Doublewear again, although it’s looking a bit cakey here – really need to buy a pump for it so I don’t pour out too much. The mascara I’m wearing is Clinique High Impact and I’m loving it – it’s fast become my favourite mascara, I only have a little trial size at the moment but I will be repurchasing when I run out.
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Base: Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation – Shell
Cheeks: MAC Blusher – Blushbaby
Eyes: The palest shadow from the Sleek Monaco Palette
Lashes: Clinique High Impact Mascara
Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco – 22 Paris
What’s your favourite makeup product been this week?
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29/08/2013

Blog Sale: MAC/NARS/Bourjois/Topshop/Laura Mercier & More

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  •  Bourjois Healthy Mix – Shade 51 - £4.50
  • Soap & Glory Hocus Focus – Liquid Highlighting Lotion - £3
  • Topshop Highlighter – Crescent Moon – Limited Edition - £6 
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  • Illamasqua Gleam – Cream Highlighter – Aurora - £8
  • Sleek Blush – Rose Gold - £2 [Pending]
  • MAC – Cream Colour Base – Virgin Isle (MAC Pro product) - £10
  • Dainty Doll Blush 001 – Hippy Shake - £1
  • Dainty Doll Cream Blush 001 – Paper Roses - £1
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  • Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour – Lapis - £12
  • Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour – Rubellite (Limited Edition) - £12
  • Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent - £2
  • Barry M Dazzle Dust – Mushroom – £2
  • Pixi Gel Liner – Jade - £1
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  • No7 Stay Perfect – Gay Geranium - £3
  • Sleek – Mystic - £2 
  • Bourjois – Colour Boost – Red Sunset - £4
  • Revlon – Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – Rendezvous - £4
  • Rimmel – Kate Moss 101 - £3

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  • Maybelline Colour Show – Urban Turquoise - £2
  • NARS Orgasm - £5
  • Model’s Own – Ibiza Mix - £1 [Pending]
  • Model’s Own – Dancing Queen - £2
  • Model’s Own – Lilac Dream - £2
  • Model’s Own – Pastel Pink - £2
  • L’Oreal Confetti Topcoat - £3
  • OPI – Get Your Glamour On - £5
  • Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine – Lychee - £2
  • Look Beauty – Nail Pop – Vintage - £2
  • Barry M – Yellow Topaz Glitter - £2
  • Revlon – Facets of Fuchsia - £2
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Happy shopping : )
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28/08/2013

Life: Seaside Holiday in Blackpool

At the start of August me and my boyfriend went on our first holiday together, just a little break to the North West of England with stops in Bolton, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool. I went to university in Preston and I loved living up north, so I thought it was about time I introduced Jamie to it. My favourite part of our little holiday was the time we spent in Blackpool, I love Blackpool it’s got everything a British seaside destination should have. Yes, it’s a bit tacky and it’s full of undesirables but it just has a bit of old school charm that captured my heart on my first visit. I used to pop to Blackpool all the time when I lived in Preston as it’s only a short train ride away, and I really miss it now that I live in the middle of nowhere again.

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We had some lovely weather while we were there, it was sunny the whole time! This meant that we spent a lot of time walking up and down the beaches. We even had a little paddle in the sea, which wasn’t the nicest colour but was refreshing on tired feet. We went on adventures up and down the piers, trying to dodge the gaps in the wooden planks and spending too many pennies in the arcades trying to win my baby sister a teddy. It was so nice to just be carefree and enjoy being together whilst having lots of fun. Our hotel was a bit rubbish to be fair but we didn’t really spend much time there so it was fine, think it only cost us about £50 for 3 nights too!

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Have you been on holiday this year?

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27/08/2013

Pay Day Wishlist: August 2013

I’m not sure how it’s almost the end of August already but at least that means it’s nearly Pay Day, I get paid on Friday and I haven’t done too badly this month – I still actually have money in my bank. This is a first. This month I’ve been trying to sort my skincare out and get rid of anything that doesn’t suit me, I’m planning on going back to basics in September and working on a routine that is easy to follow and effective. I go back to work this tim3e next week and after six glorious weeks off it’s going to be tough, I really need to buy some new work shoes and boots for the new term – comfy shoes are a must for chasing naughty students around the school! Everyone needs a new school bag for September too, don’t they? I’m still working on buying things ready for moving out with the boy next year and my Pinterest boards are full of homeware at the moment.
Here’s what I’ve chosen to buy this month:
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What are you planning on buying come pay day?
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26/08/2013

Nails: Mint Nail Art

This week on my nails I thought I’d try out a little bit of nail art, I’ve been browsing Pinterest a lot lately and I always admire everyone’s skills with the nail polish. For a beginner I don’t feel like I’ve done too badly, although I didn’t try anything too extravagant. The base I used was OPI Mermaid’s Tears from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection a couple of years ago, it’s my favourite mint green polish as it is quite muted and more green than blue. The white stripes and spots were applied with the Barry M Nail Art Pen which I’m loving at the moment. The teal details are also Barry M but the Gelly Hi-Shine in Watermelon, which I bought ages ago and haven’t used much. The glitter polish I used is the amazing Nail Junkie by Sinful Colours which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. The little hearts are actually nail tattoos by Skin Art and I received them in a goody bag last year, haven’t really experimented with them before but they were super easy to use.

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White details: Barry M Nail Art Pen – White - £4.99

Teal details: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine – Watermelon - £3.99

Glitter: Sinful Colors – Nail Junkie - £1.99

Hearts: Nail Tattoos – Skin Art - £5.99*

What do you think?

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23/08/2013

Friday’s Face #2

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Hello again, I’ve returned for week 2 of ‘Friday’s Face’ – here’s what was on my face yesterday. I was feeling all bronzey and glowy when I did my make-up, I think it was looking at the grey skies that did it – made me wish it was sunny again. This makeup is probably one of my favourites looks that I have in my arsenal, I love a bronzed eye with a coral lip, the dewy natural skin ties it all together perfectly.

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On the eyes I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze as a base, I applied once and blended with my finger and then repeated this twice more. I wanted a super shimmery bronze eye look today, I love the Color Tattoos – they blend so easily I didn’t even need to use a brush for this step. I then applied a bit of the Bourjois Little Round Pot Lights in 01 to the inner corner of my eye and my brow bone as a highlight, I used a fluffy brush to blend this in. I then took a small angled brush and dipped it into the Color Tattoo and then applied this along my lower lashline, again I applied quite a lot of this. For mascara I applied 2 coats of Barry M’s Lash Vegas to my top and bottom lashes, I love this mascara it’s so lengthening and you can layer it up without clumping. I left my brows untouched because I’m a rebel and accidentally left my eyebrow pencil at my boyfriends house.

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The base I used was my trusty Dr Jart Regenerating BB Cream, I seriously love the stuff, as it gives a nice healthy glow to the skin and it has pretty amazing coverage for a BB Cream. On my cheeks I used a favourite combination of mine, I applied MAC Melba blush first and then topped it off with a coat of Benefit Coralista. This combo is perfect for us pale ladies as it gives a nice bright pop to the skin without being a typical pink shade, the peachy coral is super flattering too. On the lips I applied Benefit Cha Cha Tint, it takes a few layers of this to make it opaque but it’s such a gorgeous colour when it is that I don’t mind the hassle of that.

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What do we think of this week’s look?

Are you a fan of coral cheeks?

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22/08/2013

EAT: Five Guys London Review

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Yesterday I was in London as my boyfriend was getting a new tattoo done at Frith Street Tattoo in Soho, we spent the day wandering around the city and doing a little bit of shopping. We had already decided before we even got to London that we were going to check out one of the new burger places, I really wanted to try out Five Guys and he wanted to try Shake Shack – we rock/paper/scissored it and I won, score.

Five Guys in London is the first UK branch of the American chain and it’s located in Covent Garden, we only found out about it because we happened to be wandering along Garrick Street last month on the way to a gig and saw the massive queue of people outside! That was opening night though, I’m not sure what the queues are like at peak times now it’s been open for a while, we went mid-afternoon and we just wandered straight in with no problem. The restaurant is surprisingly large with two floors of seating, we found a seat straight away on the ground floor – there were plenty of seating options too, tables big enough for families of 8 and lots of 2 and 4 seat opportunities.

When you first go into Five Guys you go to the order bar and choose what kind of burger you’d like, there are four basic burgers: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Burger and Bacon Cheeseburger. There are also ‘little’ versions of each of these burgers. You then choose which toppings you’d like on your burger: mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, onions. All the toppings are free! There is also a wide range of sauces available to have on your burger. You then choose any side orders you want, there are two kinds of fries on offer; Five Guys style or Cajun Style and they’re available in three sizes. The drinks available are the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine, Bottled Water, Budweiser or Premium Beer. You then get given a number and move to the collection point to wait for your food to be prepared, it doesn’t take long probably around a five minute wait but then that would depend on how many people are also waiting.

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We ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger each and Large Five Guys Style Fries to share, we both got a Regular drink each too. On my burger I just went for ketchup, I like to keep it simple. Jamie added Grilled Mushrooms, Pickles and BBQ sauce to his. We’re familiar with the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine as the Burger King just over the road in Leicester Square has one, but if you’re not it’s a drinks machine with over 100 different drinks for you to choose from – I nearly always go for Cherry Coke with Vanilla for a hit of sickly sweetness.

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Let’s talk about the burgers, they’re huge for a start – not that this is a bad thing. I found mine to be quite dry and not quite as greasy as I wanted it to be, if you’re gonna eat a massive burger, you at least want it to create some lasting damage, no? The bacon was a little too well-done for me, and I like my bacon very crispy normally, this was just hard and was difficult to eat in the burger. The bun was a traditional sesame seeded one and it was nice, nothing special though and the cheese and ketchup were the same. I enjoyed eating my burger but I don’t think I’ll be rushing back for another any time soon, it was nice but nothing special. The fries however, I really liked, the portion was huge and we couldn’t eat them all. They were quite salty with a hint of sweet vinegar too, they were skin-on fries which are fried in Peanut Oil. They weren’t very crispy though, some were, I found them to be very moreish and could have happily just eaten a (smaller) portion of those. Jamie wasn’t a fan of the fries though, saying they were too greasy.

Jamie’s thoughts:
It was sort of like Pringles, I kind of liked it but I don’t know why. The drink machine of joy was my favourite. The burger was pretty good but the bacon was overcooked. Not sure if we’d return as it was pretty expensive. Would rather try out some of the other places first and then maybe return if they’re not as good.
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It was very expensive, for our meal (two burgers, two drinks and one large fries) it cost £27.50. Our burgers cost £8.75 each which is a bit pricey, if I went back I’d definitely get the ‘Little’ version as I couldn’t finish mine. We’d also probably get a smaller portion of fries and maybe share a drink to save a few pennies. I don’t think Five Guys is worth the price but it definitely fed my curiosity and I did leave with a full stomach.

Have you tried Five Guys yet?
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21/08/2013

First Impressions: Organic Surge Skin Perfecting Face Polish

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I haven’t done a First Impressions post for ages now so I thought it was time, today I will be trying out this face scrub from Organic Surge. I’ve tried lots of products by this brand and have never been disappointed before so I have high hopes for this product.

The Skin Perfecting Polish aims to remove dirt, impurities and dead skin cells in order to rejuvenate the skin and make it appear brighter and clearer. The scrub uses a blend of essential oils and other natural ingredients to make your skin softer, smoother and more radiant. Sounds like a winner to me. I don’t often use a scrub like this to exfoliate any more so I’m intrigued to see how it works for me.

On first appearances the scrub has quite a smooth base with little grains in it, not too many either. It doesn’t really have a scent that I can smell, it just smells clean and fresh.

After using the face polish once I did see a change in the amount of radiance in my skin, my face looked nice and glowy just after I washed it but it wasn't at all greasy. While I was using the product I didn't experience any scratchiness but I did find the little scrubbing bits to be quite sparse so maybe that's why. It was pleasant to use and was really simple; just massage into damp skin. 

I will continue to use the Skin Perfecting Face Polish to see if it continues to work as well as it did the first time, hopefully it will clear some of my little spots up around my chin. I will only use the product once a week though as I don't want to exfoliate too often.

What's your favourite face scrub?
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20/08/2013

HAUL: Boots Treats

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I was a little bit naughty on Saturday and allowed myself to pick up a few bits and bobs from Boots, I don’t normally buy so much in one go any more so this was a bit of a splurge for me. I needed to pick up a new Dr Jart BB Cream and as it was 1/3 off I had to get it really, my top coat had gone all gloopy so I picked up this Maybelline one as Maddie recommended it on her YouTube channel. I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of the Baby Lips as I’ve been seeing them everywhere, the red one Cherry Me is perfect for slicking on for a bit of every day colour. I’ve been more interested in my nails lately and I’ve been going back to my roots and loving red on my tips, I picked up the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Blood Orange and this Maybelline Leather effect one. I also bought the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White as I really want to do polka dot nails and I thought that white would work with a range of different colours, I think it will look especially pretty with this Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Strawberry Cream shade that I also picked up.

What have you been buying lately?

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19/08/2013

CYBER CANDY: Betty Crocker Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix

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Betty Crocker Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix – Cyber Candy - £4.45*

Last month a very exciting package arrived on my doorstep containing this box of joy, I love making cakes and I especially enjoying cheating at it. I was really excited to try out this Party Rainbow Chip mix by Betty Crocker as it’s not readily available in the UK. It is available on Cyber Candy though, along with lots of other Betty Crocker products, including some amazing looking lip balms! When I was little I used to bake cakes using these cake mix kits all the time with my Nan, normally those Tom & Jerry ones with the strawberry icing though, I used to call them ‘making cakes’. This ‘making cake’ is a bit more special than those though, it’s vanilla flavoured with little rainbow coloured bits in it. I also bought some of the Betty Crocker Vanilla Icing to frost the top and put in the middle along with some pretty sprinkles and ribbon for a bit of ‘jeushing’ up. Wanna see how I made it?

You will need:

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The Cake Mix | 3 Eggs | 250ml Water | 125ml Oil

How to make it:

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Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees F or Gas Mark 3/4

Grease the bottom of two cake tins

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Mix together the cake mix, oil, water and eggs together.

Start off on a low speed for 30 seconds then on to a medium speed for around 2 minutes

Give the bowl a stir and pour the mixture into your cake tins

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Pop your cake tins into your oven and bake them for 28-35 minutes

Mine took 35 minutes to be perfectly baked

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Place your cakes on a cooling rack for around 10 minutes or until cool

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Spread some of the icing on top of one of the cakes and sandwich them together

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Then decorate as you desire, I spread some more of the icing around the whole of the cake – this didn’t look too good so I covered it in sprinkles and ribbon!

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Cut a piece and enjoy!

I was really impressed by this cake mix kit, it was really easy to follow the instructions and I can never make cakes rise as well as these did! I really enjoyed the decorating aspect too, even though I did get filthy and covered in icing. The cake tastes amazing too, really, really sweet and indulgent. I’m not a fan of sweet things myself but even I ate 2 slices of it. I would definitely buy one of these cake mixes again for a special occasion, I’m thinking my birthday in November deserves a lot of sugar.

Have you tried one of the Betty Crocker Cake Mixes?

Have you ever visited Cyber Candy?

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