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28 November 2014

Fashion | Top Trend Oversized Scarves

If there's one trend that I've been loving this A/W 14 it's the oversized scarf trend. There have been so many different styles around, Primark being having some of the best selection. I picked up this burgundy tartan scarf from Primark for around £6.00 and I absolutely love it.

One of the reasons that I love this trend is that they have so many different uses. You can either wrap it around numerous times and it really keeps all the heat in so you stay nice and toasty all day.

Or you could use it as a cape, which is another top trend this season. A 2 in 1 product? right up my alley! But it doesn't stop their.. they also make excellent blankets, particularly useful if you are doing any travelling this winter as planes are often quite cold.

For £6.00 and so many uses I think this is definitely a trend worth investing in this year.

Have you gotten an oversized scarf this winter?

25 November 2014

Beauty | Make-Up Revolution- One palette, More looks.

Make-Up Revolution

So, there's a new kid on the block, and if you haven't heard of them then you have definitely been hiding under a rock. Yep I'm talking about Make-Up Revolution.

I've seen them popping up everywhere on the blog scene, twitter and in superdrug. So I thought why not jump on the band wagon and give them a go myself. I decided on the 'Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection''. There is so much choice of colours, and so many looks that you can create it just seemed the perfect palette.

The colour pay off is excellent, even with the lighter colours.

I thought that in order to give you a better look at just how broad the colour scheme is I would take a few close ups.

make-up revolution

make-up revolution

Although I'm a neutral girl at heart I love the fact that there a few bold colours to choose from for when the occasion arises, the blues and greens are another of my favourite selection alongside the pink toned gold's.

The palette was on offer when I bought it at just £10.00 when it should usually retail at £20.00! A steal in my eyes for how many good quality shadow's there are, even if the bright oranges and purples might not get used very much the neutral and jewel toned shadows really make up for it.

If your a bit of a shadow fiend like I am (I already have Naked 1,2 and 3!) then I think this would be the best palette to add to your collection, or if you have a friend who loves make-up this would be the perfect present this Christmas without breaking the bank. You can purchase the collection from Superdrug or Make-Up revolutions own website.

Have you tried any of the Make-Up Revolution collection?


23 November 2014

Lifestyle | We Went to a Christmas Market

christmas market

On Saturday me and my other half decided it was time to start the big Christmas shop, we donned our coats, hopped on the train and prepared to tackle the crowds.

It was a momentous task, it was absolutely jam packed in every shop we went in, Topshop and Boots being the worst! We decided that we needed a break mid way through and thought why not mosey around the Christmas market and get a drink and a bite to eat while we're there. That's exactly what we did!

christmas market

Although we didn't escape the crowds it was refreshing to be out in the open rather than squashed into a humid busy shop. We mooched around the little cabins that were selling everything from fudge to little wooden plaques before deciding on getting something to eat.

christmas market

After gorging ourselves on some yummy food; Beef & Chilli hot dogs and Steakhouse chips with curry ketchup! (If anyone knows where to buy this let me know) we made our way over to the outdoor Wetherspoon's for a much needed drink.

I opted for hot apple with a slice of orange and a sprig of cinnamon while the Mr had a pint, which he thought he deserved for putting up with me looking at make-up and clothes!

It definitely lifted my spirits and got me excited for Christmas. Refreshed and Re-energised we battled on with the rest of the shopping.

Have you started your Christmas shop yet?

19 November 2014

Lifestyle | Nottingham Blogger Meet-Up


On Saturday 15th November I had the pleasure of attending the Nottingham Blogger Meet-Up or #Bloggerssecretsanta14 as it was known as. The Meet-Up was organised by the Lovely Hannah (HannerKing) and Em (DinosBeauty).

Me and my friend Becca (xBeccaBe) Headed down on the tram to Ned Lunn where the meet was taking place. We were lead to a room upstairs that the girls had decorated beautifully, you could tell a lot of thought and energy had been put into this event.

Ned Lunn

The Tables were set with Candy canes and Crackers to enforce the Secret Santa side of our meet, it was the perfect décor for the event. We were given a welcome drink and then took to our seats ready for the first speaker to begin.

The First Speaker was Ian (Known as the Friendly Guy, so true!). He had two Products which he wanted to talk to us about. The first one being The Ultimate Fix, a nail setting spray with a twist in technology.

The Ultimate Fix

The trick with this product is to apply to all coats of your polish, not just the last one! A review will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

The second Product Ian spoke about was the Hello Breath Spray, A newer product with a take on the old-style breath freshening sprays but brought into a modern era with brilliant packaging and new flavours! Again a review shall follow this post soon.

Hello Breath Spray

The second speaker was Lekha from a  skincare brand named MeruMaya which she informed us actually derived from a combination of special family members' names. I absolutely love the concept behind this and think it makes the brand much more personable.

Lekha was very interactive and informative in the way she spoke about MeruMaya, she explained that the brand is very honest in the way they advertise and the ingredients that they use. She passed around each of the products for us to try and get a feel of. All of which smelt beautiful!

Here she is testing out one of the products on our lovely host Hannah. MeruMaya were extremely generous, in the fact they gave us all some samples of the line to take home and try for ourselves. I am especially keen to try the Serum and the Melting Cleansing Balm which I've heard nothing but good things about.

Once Lekha had finished her excellent talk we had a mini interlude in which we ordered some food (I had a chickpea sandwich, it was that good I forgot to photograph it!), chatted amongst ourselves and prepared for Suzy's talk on the brand Xenca.

Suzy gave an amazing talk on nutrition and how it can affect us both on the inside and outside. The product she specifically spoke about is the Five a Day+ which is a nutrition powder containing some superfoods such as Chlorella and Spirulina. She also shared that through research it has been proven that using the Xenca Five a Day+ you can reduce your cellular age by 13.5 years! We got to sample some of the powder mixed with orange juice. At first I was sceptical just by the colour of it, but it actually tasted really good with the juice!

Xenca Five a Day+

I have currently trialled the Five a Day + for 4 days now and Suzy recommended that in over a week I should be able to see a differences in my energy levels. I cannot wait to share the results with you.

The fourth and final talk of the day were by one of my favourite brands, Lush. Holly, Ivy and Charlie did an excellent talk on the principles that Lush hold specifically in terms of their values against animal testing, one of the reasons I love Lush. After the talk we were able to get up and have a go at making our own Bath Bomb.

Lush Big Blue

I made a 'Big Blue', I can't wait to run a nice hot bath and use it!

Before Lush left they let us have a sneaky peek at their Christmas collection, one that really caught my eye was this 12 days of Christmas box, it's now added to my wish list...

We were really spoilt and were given a goodie bag full of amazing samples to go home and try!

The Blogger Programme

It Truly was an amazing day, especially being my first ever meet-up, I would like to thank Hannah and Em for organising the whole thing, they did such a brilliant job and it went perfectly. I hope to attend another one soon and meet some more of you fellow bloggers!

Have you ever been to a blogger meet-up?


17 November 2014

Beauty | Tanya Burr False Lash Review

Tanya Burr Lashes

So it's probably no secret that Tanya Burr has launched her own line of false eyelashes. Being an avid wearer of them I was really excited to try out her range. As soon as they launched I  hopped onto FeelUnique as quickly as I could and put in an order.

The packaging of the lashes is really pretty and you can clearly see that Tanya has put her own stamp on the design front. The pricing of the lashes is extremely fair and affordable costing £5.49 which is similar to other eyelash brands such as Eylure. I think this is an excellent price point for Tanya's range as it's affordable to her younger audience.

In terms of accessibility you can find her range in most large Superdrug stores or online at both Superdrug and FeelUnique.

The best seller from what I can gather are the Bambi Eyes set, which had already sold out when I went to make my order. Instead after some debate I decided upon the pairs ''Pretty Lady'' and ''Date Night''.

Tanya Burr Lashes

The 'Pretty Lady' lashes give a lovely natural look to the eyes by simply adding volume to your existing lashes. They are fairly short to imitate the natural length of your own lashes but are densely packed to give a thicker appearance. I really like how comfortable these feel once they have set, you really can't tell that you even have any lashes on. I would say that if you are a daily false lash wearer these would be an excellent addition to your make-up drawer!

Tanya Burr Lashes

In comparison the 'Date Night' lashes are much longer than the Pretty Lady lashes, however, they are much more separated to give a flirty wispy look to the lashes. These are much more delicate  and have a really girly feel to them. They don't give a sultry look like you would expect from a date night lash but they certainly have an element of flirtatiousness to them, perfect for batting them at your date! Similarly to the Pretty Lady lashes these are very comfortable to wear but I would save these for a meal or evening look rather than everyday wear as the length makes them stand out much more than the Pretty Lady lashes do.

I would usually use a liquid liner before applying false eyelashes to ensure that you cannot see the line in which the lashes are attached, but for the purpose of the photographs I missed this step out. This allows you to get a better look at how the lashes sit next to your own.

Overall, I have tested both sets out at different events and have been really impressed with them. They stayed put all night long and there was no need for a quick toilet trip to stick them back down! The price and comfort level have me sold and I am looking forward to getting my hands on a few of the other pairs to see if they too live up to expectation. Well done Tanya!

Have you tried any of Tanya's new lash range?


15 November 2014

Lifestyle| We Went To a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding

This Friday marked a very special occasion, the re-marriage of my Fiancé's Mum and Dad. I personally love a good wedding but this one was that just that bit more meaningful to us. We donned our best outfits, My skirt is Miss Selfridge and my top is Next, and we headed off to watch them get married.

The day was full of joy, tears and laughter as we watched two people re-connect and become a family once again. It was lovely to be a part of their moment as a future daughter-in-law and be able to see how happy they are together.

 We were surrounded by family and friends as we took to the streets for photographs, some of which I have used in this post that were taken by the wonderful Charlotte Bell ( who is just starting out in photography and she managed to get some stunning shots of the day.

After the formal ceremony we headed out for dinner at a local restaurant that had a fish & chip buffet night, right up my alley! We wined and dined ourselves into a food coma before heading off to party for the rest of the night.

The evening reception saw more dancing, drinking and eating. The perfect way to end a perfect day.

Hope you all had a good Friday!


11 November 2014

Lifestyle | Loving Lately..

Gingerbread Men

So just recently I have developed a little obsession with these little smiley creatures. Yes Gingerbread Men. Don't ask me why, but whenever I see one of them I have to buy it whether it's baking them, bath stuff or wearing them.

This cute little tin from Beauticology was found in Boots on a recent shopping trip. I was doing a spot of Christmas shopping and ended up popping him into my basket too.. Oops! The tin comes with two mini shower gels, one gingerbread scented with gold glitter in and the other cranberry scented. Now, I would love to shop in lush but the truth of the matter is that because I live in my family home  time for a bath does not exist. You could bet your bottom dollar that as soon as the bath has been run and one foot is in someone will need the toilet. Therefore I tend to stick to having showers. The set also includes a Vanilla Frosting body butter which smells incredibly delicious! This would make the perfect Christmas gift for any of the women in your lives, especially those who prefer to shower.

Another gorgeous set from Beauticology is this little Mug! I found this gem in Asda, I was already sold when I saw the gingerbread man but just look at the candy cane handle! It practically screams Christmas and festivity. This set also comes with the gingerbread shower gel, but this time instead of a vanilla body butter it's marshmallow scented. Yum. Again this would make a lovely present this Christmas.

Now if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I love to bake, whenever I have the kitchen to myself I love to have a go at something new. Normally I bake from scratch but this cute set was only £1.99 from PoundStretcher and I thought that it would be so easy to do if I only had an hour to spare. Although, I might try and twist it a little and add an extra something to the mix..Stay tuned for a future post hehe.

Finally who can resist a pair of cute socks, These came in a set of three. There was a; candy cane pair, a mini gingerbread man pair and then the ones I have on right now. If you ever need a stocking filler you can't go wrong with some pretty socks, they are just so handy to have. I always feel a little bubble of happiness when I pull out my festive socks on a cold winter morning.. does that sound sad? I hope not!

Now to find those gingerbread man leggings in Primark...

Hope you enjoyed my little post on my current obsession! Do any of you like gingerbread men?
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