January 25, 2015

This Week: Lunch at Jamie's







It's been a while since I had the chance to snap some mouthwateringly tasty food, as for the last month I've been keeping to my new year's resolutions pretty well (save a few squares of Dairy Milk here and there!) and have been avoiding eating out too frequently. My tastebuds ended up getting the better of me last weekend though and I practically skipped through the door of Jamie's Italian with one thing on my mind - the Baked Chestnut Mushrooms, probably my favourite restaurant dish ever. If you've yet to try it, do. The non-alcoholic refresher cocktail is an absolute must too - think liquid sour skittles over ice, perfection.

I can't quite believe we've already reached the last This Week post of the month, and next Sunday we'll be in February. It'll honestly be 2016 before we know it! I've got a couple of exciting things coming up over the next few weeks, which include visits to my two favourite cities - London and Paris! After a few failed vlogging attempts since Vlogmas I'm determined to document it all properly, so expect to see some vlogs making a slightly more regular appearance on my channel over the next few months!


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January 18, 2015

Drugstore Make Up Favourites


The drugstore weekend take over continues with a look at my all time favourite budget make up products! I was aiming for a top ten, but after a good look through the archives and an hour or two playing with products at my dressing table it was impossible to narrow the selection down. I was so enthusiastic in fact, that I managed to ramble through this at almost hundred miles an hour (you may need to pause to get your breath back) and committed the ultimate beauty blogger sin of forgetting swatches - oops! Overlooking that though I let you all in on my love for L'Oreal eye products, make a case for a very convincing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder dupe and pick out my top three bold lip options from the drugstore.. a very tough choice indeed!




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January 17, 2015

New In: Three from the Drugstore


Another day, another Boots haul! Checking the 'New In' section of beauty sites is a bit of a weekly ritual for me and when I spied an interesting looking green edition of my all time favourite mascara, I let out what was definitely a small squeal and mentally booked in a trip to the L'Oreal stand.

The Miss Manga Punky Mascara boasts the same amazing formula but with a new plastic wand and some seriously fluorescent packaging. It actually physically pains me to say I was disappointed with this. The bristles are short and spiky as opposed to the long fibres of the original and left my lashes looking clumpy, uneven and actually wonky in places instead of the thick, full and separated look I've come to expect from Miss Manga. I've tried to love it, but really can't. Stick to the original ladies!

I was also running low on another drugstore favourite - the Archery Pencil from Soap & Glory and (partly swayed by Suzie and this video) I decided to go for the lighter of the two colours, Blondshell. When swatched on my hand this is definitely too blonde for me and a lot warmer than my usual shade, but surprisingly fills in my brows really naturally. I find I can be much more heavy handed with this than the darker Hot Chocolate, which I've now been reserving for shaping the arch of my brows and filling in any super sparse areas.

Of course, it's always hard to escape a good deal in Boots and I ended up picking up a second product from Soap & Glory in the form of their Solar Powder. I really don't need another bronzer in my life, but I'm determined to find the perfect drugstore formula. On first use this actually reminded me the Clarins Bronzing Duo - a firm favourite in the bronzer rankings, and I have to say I'm impressed. This has none of the chalkiness I've come to expect of budget bronzers and is well pigmented with the perfect not too orange, not too muddy shade.

Two loves, one unexpected leave from the latest trip around the aisles. Have you tried any of these three? P.S - If you're into drugstore products, tomorrows video will be very much up your street!


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January 13, 2015

Minimal Make Up Routine



I feel like I owe my skin a bit of a break after the festive season. Not only did I go all out on the full coverage foundations, party looks and glitter but I also consumed way too much dairy - aka the five Terry's Chocolate Oranges and entire family sized cheese board I polished off over Christmas and it's really taken it's toll. Since December I've barely worn make up at all unless I'm venturing out the house and even then it's just been a very simple routine of minimal but glow boosting products that have been giving my skin a well deserved breather.




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January 12, 2015

Wear It, Beat It









Who else is surprised that I've actually incorporated a little bit of colour into my wardrobe for a change? Seeing as about 90% of the clothes I own are either black, white or grey, I thought it was about time to branch out into something other than monochrome. I've been eyeing this beautiful red coat from Warehouse for a while now and after spying it in the Asos January sale I had to snap one up for myself. It's the cosiest thing ever, perfectly oversized to fit a snug jumper underneath and when teamed with a black and white outfit (let's face it, I can only handle so much colour at once) I can't get enough of it!

Wearing red may seem part of the norm for some but today I'm taking part in Wear It, Beat It, an event organised by the British Heart Foundation, a charity that's very close to my own heart. I think it's so important to give back and help others and for over 50 years the BHF have been at the forefront of research that's transformed the lives of those living with heart and circulatory diseases.

The event takes place on Friday 6th February and you can join in by doing anything from wearing red - be it a piece of clothing or even a lipstick (I went for a slick of Maybelline Fab Orange myself), to hosting an event of your own whether it involves baking, having a red day at work or even just spending a night in with some red snacks and a film - I nominate Moulin Rouge! There's plenty of inspiration on the BHF site if you're struggling for ideas and you can also sign up for a free fundraising kit here.

Don't forget to upload your red day image onto Instagram and Twitter on the 6th using the hashtag #WearItBeatIt. I can't wait to see all your selfies!

Coat - Warehouse | Jumper - Bellfield via Asos | Jeans - Asos | Boots - Kurt Geiger | Bag - Whistles

British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Their research has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK's fight against cardiovascular disease.
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