September 02, 2014

USA Make-Up Social App

Hi darlings! 

I wanted to let you all know about a new Beauty App which I've been loving lately.

The app is called 'Makeupsocial' and the feed is available to view online here: http://www.themakeupsocial.com/posts. The App is USA based, which for a UK gal is actually quite interesting. 

Whilst living in Los Angeles last year, I tried a lot of beauty products exclusive to the US and loved the majority.  I still search for the latest US beauty buys and order via the internet from the UK but there is the added risk that buying the product incurs hefty delivery charges, so I want to be sure about a product before I commit to purchase. There is something exciting about trying something not available on the high street in the UK, so its truly handy to have all the beauty reviews you could ask for in one easy to use app available for free from the app store. 

What's more is you can request advice on certain products so there is true community feel to this application - which as a blogger is a major plus. 

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 











August 27, 2014

August Favourites: Urban Outfitters

Hi darlings, 

I hope you're all well! I'm so sorry I've been absent of late. I started a new job and life has been all about the transition. I now work in Bristol so if any of you are from the area I really need some tips on best places to shop etc. especially vintage! 

I decided to kick start my return to blogging with an August favourites post as let's face it, we all love them and I sure do enjoy creating them! 

This month's favourites is all about the home decor/accessories for about your person, all from Urban Outfitters. I absolutely adore re-vamping my bedroom and although sometimes costly, it is always fun and there are actually some bargain buys out there! 




1. Crazy Night Sipper Cup £12
My crazy nights tends to involve sex and the city reruns and nachos but each to their own! Hey...don't judge! 

2.  I Feel Pretty Notebook £8
I am a sucker for stationary and never need an excuse to get a new notebook... floral for the win.

3. Owl Candle Holder £10
Shabby Chic/Owl love... need I say more?

4. Anorak Bedding (Pillow Case Set: £15 & Double Duvet £55)
I adore this brand, I have a bunny mug which I simply MUST have my morning cuppa in... Now onto the bedding! #obsessed?

5. Nathalie Lete Rose Clock £45
This wall clock is so cute - Add a touch of pink to your bedroom and keep an eye on the time when you get ready for work... Hitting the home button on your iPhone isn't enough to get me out the door double time!

6. Awesome Wooden Wall Art £25 
Nothing like a bit of self appreciation...right? 

7. Moon Geometric 3x5 Rug £35
Pink pink, makes the boys wink... Such a cute rug, I have wooden flooring so having a rug to stand on first thing in the morning is heaven! This rug comes in other colours too (just in case pink isn't your thing). 

What do you think?


July 10, 2014

Dating on a Budget

Hello my darlings, I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine today and manage to avoid the dreaded brit sunburn. I've got a new man in my life and so dating is once again part of my weekly routine. I know dating can be expensive and sometimes weather restricting, so I decided to share with you some of my ideas for impromptu dates that don't cost the earth for both rainy days and delicious days like the one we have been blessed with today. 

Without further ado, here are my top 3 date ideas for June 2014.

Scenario: Its a Saturday, the sun is shining and you're stuck for what to do. You can't afford to fork out for tickets to Thorpe Park but you don't want to spend the day in a pub garden. 

Solution: Exercise! I live close to Bradford upon Avon, which is a beautiful little town in Wiltshire. They offer bike rentals at £15 per adult for a whole day out on the Towpath Trail. If you prefer water, why not rent a canoe for £10 per hour of £40 for the day? You're bound to find yourself in fits of giggles with these activities. 

Image credits: greyfieldfarm.net & greyfieldfarm.com

Scenario: Its Friday evening, its a little chilly out but you don't want to spend the night in front of the TV. 

Solution: The great cook off! Set yourselves a budget and challenge each other to create a main meal (and or desert and starter). Judge each other on flavour and creative flair. The winner gets a pre-agreed prize - you don't need me to help with this I'm sure. 

Image credits: lifed.com & irfoods.net

Scenario: It's the weekend, you can't afford to jet off to Europe but you're itching to get away from home. 

Solution: Camping! I recently went to Newquay with my boyfriend and a couple of friends and it surprised me how much fun it was! Newquay was hosting polo on the beach with a DJ and refreshments (free entry) but we were too busy fascinated by the copious amounts of jellyfish on the shore. We sat and watched the sunset on a picnic rug with our own refreshments then went back to the campsite for the evening where we cooked hotdogs and sang kumbaya around the disposable BBQ (just kidding we didn't sing kumbaya... it was more Carly Rae Jepsen)

A pitch at the Watergatebay Touring Park in Newquay fits two four- man tents and costs only £7 per adult. Facilities include showers, toilets, electricity, a swimming pool, bar and local shop. This park is a 20 minute walk to the local beach and pubs. What more could you need?

Image credits: intocornwall.com & coolcamping

What do you think? Do you have any ideas for purse friendly dates?


June 01, 2014

Gym Diary of a Nike Hoarder



Hello my darlings.
I've just started a new job (hurrah) but it is 40 minutes away from where I live... and from my local gym. So I started looking around at gyms in Swindon and have narrowed it down to two:

1. Kiss Gyms
2. 24 Hour Gym

They both seem to be quite weights focused, which is great for me as I'm looking to sculpt and tone. I'm not huge on running, nor swimming, and with there being no pool, the membership prices are much lower (thank god). 

I went on the hunt for some new gym gear today and came across this lovely lot. I love Nike, I can't help it, I just do! The trainers (1,2 & 3) are all grabbed from ASOS who are currently running a 20% off everything promotion with code EPIC20, the rest are from the NIKE website itself. 

So, what do you think? What would you go for? I need some help deciding!!! 

xox

1. Nike Free 4.0 Grey Flyknit Trainers
£110.00
Knitted upper with breathable mesh panels
Signature swoosh logo
Shaped and ribbed cuffs
Lightweight cushioned sole
Waffle outsole for greater traction

2. Nike Free OG Breeze Yellow Trainers
£85.00
Free OG trainers by Nike
Lightweight mesh upper
Secure lace front fastening
Signature swoosh logo
Shaped and padded collar
Heel pull tab
Cushioned, flexible sole
Traction grip tread

3. Nike Orange Faded Rosherun Print Trainers
£72.00


Roshe Run trainers by Nike
A breathable mesh upper
Lightweight cushioned sole
Cushioned cuff for comfort
Lightweight waffle tread outsole for greater traction

4. NIKE Sculpt Women's Training Tights
£73.28

5. NIKE Pro Core 7.5cm Compression Women's Shorts
£21.56

6. NIKE Pro Elite Knit Women's Tank Top
£45

7. NIKE Elastika 2.0 Women's Training Tank Top
£28

8. NIKE Element Women's Running Hoodie
£55

April 19, 2014

My Go-to Hair Products - Wavy & Straight Stylin'


I am a slave to hair products, be it oil, spritz or heat protector - but I swear by each and every one I use and can see proof that they do improve the condition and style capability of my hair. 

I only use shampoo when washing my hair (screams of horror) - now I know some can't get away with this and would battle for hours with their tangled mane should they not use conditioner - but - for myself my hair tends to last longer without the dreaded grease skulking in if I avoid conditioner. Instead, I will use moroccan oil on the mid -length and ends of my hair 2-3 times per week. I was introduced to moroccan oil a few years ago and really stand by it as a miracle product so if you are a sufferer of dry, damaged hair, reach for some oil. It doesn't have to be the expensive stuff - most drug stores do own brand versions which are just as good!

Once I've applied the oil I will spritz my hair, including a little on the roots of VO5's heat protectant spray which, above all else, smells gorgeous! I then use my trusty tangle teaser to brush my hair out of its towel contained nest. 

We will get to the drying part I promise, but first I either rub a pea sized amount of Bumble & Bumble Texture creme into my roots or spritz in some Bed Head Superstar, Queen for a Day thickening spray (which also smells fantastico!) to give my roots a little lift. This is heat activating so when you do blow dry your hair *I do this now* you will notice your hair drys with more oomph. 

I'm not sure if you are interested in how I dry my hair but just in case you are... I dry the top, holding sections to rough dry then I turn my head upside down and blow dry the roots this way (helping with the oomph) and onto the ends also. One more blast with head the right way up and hey presto. 

Now for styling. Below are two examples of my general hairstyle (apologies for the snapchat pic - I clearly did not wake up like that! Beyonce humour never fails amongst my friends). On the left is the curled style, for which I use a barrel curler as a wand (instead of clipping the hair under the handle as this always leaves me with an awful curl dent). I separate into sections and backcomb each part at the roots, spraying on Bed Head Masterpiece hairspray to keep the backcomb in place. This just creates more overall volume - in case you hadn't noticed, I suffer from flat hair blues. I do this all over then finish by spraying Bed Head Spoil Me hair smoother/hairspray onto my tangle teaser and brushing through the curls to make them looser and more delicate. 

For the straight look (right) I do exactly the same but instead of curling, I use GHD's to straighten my mane - again finishing with a brush through of the Spoil Me smoothing spray/hairspray. 



If you would like to see anything else specific from me, such as a make up regime or hair tutorial, please let me know in the comments below. 

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