Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Espana Espana Espana

Last week myself and three of my best friends from uni popped off to Madrid for a cheeky weekend break away. I’ve been so looking forward for a few days off work and sometime in the sun and it was amazing to relax and catch up with the girls. We are all very spread out across the country since finishing uni so weekends like this are very special to me.

We left mine at 5am on Thursday morning to catch our early morning flight and arrived in Madrid just in time for lunch. We then spent the rest of the weekend eating and drinking copious amounts, wandering around the lovely city, clubbing and exploring. We intended on having a quiet dinner the first night however one thing lead to another and before I knew it Laura and I were queuing for pizza at 6am. We went to a club called Kapital and had an incredible night, it was the perfect way to start the trip and I am now super excited for my holiday to Portugal at the end of July!

Madrid Bar Crawl
Rowing on the lake 

Cervezzzaaaa

We got caught in a bit of a rain shower...





Cycling around the park on golf buggy things




Yummy Tapas


Have you ever been to Madrid or planning to go soon? Let me know!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Barry M spring nails











Work has been so manic recently that I haven't had time to blog, however yesterday afternoon I popped in to Boots to pick up the new Barry M Spring colours and oh em gee they are so beautiful I just had to show you guys.  I picked up Huckleburry as you can see in the pictures and also Pink Lady which is a lovely baby pink colour. Boots are currently offering a buy one get one free offer so get down there sharpish! 

On another note how amazing is this weather?! I hope you have a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

My Etsy obsession





Firstly I would just like to let you know that this post is not sponsored I am just completely in love with a certain Etsy sellers products!

My Etsy obsession is a lovely American based seller who makes handcrafted jewellery at very decent prices. I first came across her products when looking for a twenty first birthday present for one of my best friends and instantly fell in love with her designs. My favourite item is this silver engraved ring, I have bought so many of these for various people (including myself...shhhh) and everyone has loved them as much as me! They are also so reasonably priced, for about 25 pounds (depending on the dollar exchange rate at the time) you can have a handmade, silver ring which is personally engraved on both sides.

You can click here for Delias's page, she posts your purchases out very quickly however if you are buying for a specific event it would be advised to plan in advance as the products have to be shipped from America.


Oh by the way, I stole the lovely Delias's photos because they are so much better than my own. I did ask her if she minded me doing this post though so dont worry!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

My 22nd birthday list!


On the 6th of March I will be turning 22, this is something that absolutely terrifies me as I feel like I should still be about 15 years old! Anyway, I thought I would put together a post to show you the lovely things that I have put on my birthday list this year. 

1. Brow Zings by benefit. I have just finished my one of these (good timing hey!) and as I am such an eyebrow perfectionsit am in desperate need of a new one. I wrote about this in my ‘what’s in my makeup bag’ post here. It is such a brilliant product and has lasted me a whole year.

2. The body shop Satsuma shower gel. This stuff smells INCREDIBLE, it is probably my favourite shower gel ever, it lathers well, it wakes me up, it smells great and it’s not going to break the bank... any other reasons required?!

3. Similarly to my eye brow benefit kit I am on my last few spritzes of perfume and am in desperate need of a new one. Vera Wang Princess is my favourite day time perfume; I have been using it for years and years and never get bored of the smell. The packaging is cute too don’t you think?

4. Close your eyes and imagine the smell of fairy dust. A sweet, powdery, happy smell which makes you picture pink fairies flying around sprinkling glitter everywhere they go. This candle smells EXACTLY like this and I am telling you now, it is incredible! Lily Flame candles are all homemade in Somerset and the packaging is as great as the smells. Check out their website here.

5. I have been wanting a travel wallet for ages, I don’t fly that much but when I do I always seem to lose something. Once I lost my boarding pass in New Deli airport and nearly wasn’t allowed on my flight to Thailand, can’t take me anywhere! Anyway I love that this purse has sections for money, cards, travel and receipts so you can keep everything organised in one place. Its real leather as well and only £25... bargain! Available here.

6. Mmmm soap and glory bubble bath... need I say anymore?

7. How bloody cute are these slippers! I have an obsession with bunny rabbits, a full blown obsession and these are possibly the best slippers I have ever seen. I don’t actually know where they are from but I am currently trying to track them down online and will let you know if I find them!

8. I love the combination of materials in this necklace. It is from warehouse but available on ASOS here and I think it would look so cute with a high neck top. 

So there you have it, my 22nd birthday list! Is there anything else you think I am missing and should ask for before it’s too late?

Monday, 10 February 2014

Essie instant dry oil review



I have become so ridiculously impatient when it comes to painting my nails. I used to find it quite a satisfying break and now I just get bored so I decided it was time to invest in a product that would save me the time. After reading a few reviews about instant dry oils I decided to go for the Essie one which I bought from amazon and can be found here

It isn’t the cheapest of products but it looks like it will last forever so I thought it would probably be worth it. Anyway what did I think? Um, well it is really weird! The information I have read about it all seems to be quite vague and I wasn’t too sure what to do the first time I used it so I waited a couple of minutes after putting my topcoat on and covered my nails in a thick layer of the oil. It is a very messy product, it doesn’t sink into your nails or dry, instead it sits on top of them and dribbles down your fingers. It does however make the varnish dry incredibly quickly. When I paint my nails I use two layers of colour and a top coat which means it normally takes a while  but when I used this I was up about knocking my hands around within 5 minutes. 

If you do purchase this don’t put this on too thick, the best thing to do is wait until your nails are half dry and then apply a thin layer. When I have done this it has helped with the drying process and not made quite so much mess. 

As for the claims of preventing chipping and increasing the life span of the painted nails I haven’t noticed any difference at all. 

So would I recommend this product? Yes, if you want to save some time but be aware it is a bit messy!

What products do you use to dry your nails quickly? Am I missing a trick!?


Saturday, 25 January 2014

This or That tag







I thought I would do the 'This or That' tag as I have seen so many bloggers doing it and it looks like fun!

Makeup
Blush or bronzer? 
Bronzer- I look so pale without it!

Lip gloss or lipstick? 
Lipstick

Eyeliner or mascara? 
Mascara

Foundation or concealer? 
Foundation

Neutral or colour eye shadow? 
Neutral

Pressed or loose eye shadows? 
Pressed, I make too much mess with loose colours

Brushes or sponges? 
Brushes

Nails
O.P.I or China Glaze? 
O.P.I

Long or short nails? 
Short

Acrylic or natural? 
Acrylic

Brights or dark's? 
Dark's

Flower or no flower?  
No flower

Body
Perfume or body splash?  
Nothing can compare to perfume

Lotion or body butter? 
Lotion

Body wash or soap? 
Body wash

Lush or other bath company?  
We dont have many other bath companies in the UK so I would have to say Lush, also I am currently obsessed!
  Fashion
Jeans or sweat pants? 
Jeans

Long sleeve or short sleeve?  
Short

Dresses or skirts? 
Dresses

Stripes or plaid?  
Stripes

Flip flops or sandals? 
Sandals

Scarves or hats?
 Scarves

Studs or dangly earrings? 
Studs

Heels or flats? 
Heels, for the right occassion that is!

Cowboy boots or riding boots? 
Riding boots

Jacket or hoodie? 
Jacket

Hair 
Curly or straight? 
Straight

Buns or ponytail? 
 Bun

Bobby pins or butterfly clips? 
Bobby pins

Hairspray or gel? 
Hairspray

Long or short?  
Both!

Side swept bangs or full bangs?  
Side swept

Up or down?  
Down

Random 
Rain or Shine?

Shine,  I love Summer 

Summer or Winter? 
As you may have guessed from my answer above Summer for sure. Although I do love wrapping up when its so cold outside. 

Autumn or Spring?
Spring, its so pretty.  

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate!
Let me know in the comments if you have done this tag or plan to do it so I can have a look at your answers! 

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Sacred Truth- Lush face mask review





I have never been a massive Lush fan but recently went a little bit crazy in-store and oh boy have I been missing out!

I had a chat with a lovely shop assistant and decided that as I have combination skin with a mix of dry and oily patches  I needed the 'Sacred truth' face mask. This mask is designed to enhance and revive your complexion whilst the enzymes found in it strip away dead skin cells leaving you with a wonderful glow. Apparently this product is often used by older customers with ageing skin but it is also great for more youthful complexions.

The mask smells amazing, it is made out of  wheatgrass, green tea and papaya and the light scent seems to linger after you take it off which I really like. I tend to apply this product straight out of the fridge as it is so refreshing. After about ten minutes it is dry and I then use a face cloth and some warm water to take it off. It leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and glowing and I would recommend this product wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a bit of a winter pick me up.


The one thing to note with this mask is that it must be kept in the fridge as it is made of entirely fresh ingredients and it will go off after about 3 to 4 weeks. If it is used a couple of times a week though you will easily be able to use it all up before it goes off. The smalls tubs cost 5.95 each so they are not the cheapest of masks but they are definitely worth it.

Even better, if you take back 5 empty pots of any face mask to a lush store they will give you a new one for free. What else could you ask for?!