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Saturday, 25 April 2015

FOREVER REPURCHASING #1


So we all have those key products in our makeup and beauty stash that we'll always repurchase because we can't quite find anything that comes close to it or we can't simply imaging our makeup bags without it - I thought I'd start a little series where I share the products I'm forever purchasing before they run out, I'd love to know what products you always buy!

I'll kick off with the only hair products in this post, the Bumble and bumble Surf Travel Set, every time I go away for a weekend or a night I always have this kit with me, I adore the Surf shampoo and conditioner and once I've towel dried my hair I always spritz in the Surf Spray - it's so perfect for beach holiday to give your hair a tousled wave! I have to admit there's only really ever one primer in my life and it's the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - if you haven't tried in then where have you been girls?! I'm yet to find a product to match up to this one, it keeps my makeup long lasting all day and feels lovely on my skin too.

I apply the Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream every morning and evening to help me feel more refreshed and to help with dark circles, I really love the smell of this eye cream and it's a great budget buy that does the job well! Since discovering the Maybelline Lash Sensational about six weeks ago I've already re-purchased as it's an amazing high street mascara for around £8! It gives my lashes so much curl and volume, I really can't fault it (and yes it's a great dupe for the Benefit Roller Lash!). 

I've always been a fan of Rimmel foundations and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is one I use daily and have stocked up on a couple of times, it feels really light weight on the skin but offers a good coverage, it's also brightening too which really gives the 'wake me up' effect! Along with the foundation I'm a fan of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer for banishing dark circles in the mornings! My favourite blusher which I've spoken about a fair bit on my blog are the Clinique Cheek Pop's - I picked up a new one the other day as I love them so much, they look really pretty and have a great pigment and colour! I did have the Berry Pop but picked up the Plum Pop to give that a whirl!

What products are you forever re-purchasing? Spot any of your favourites in this post?

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Friday, 24 April 2015

5 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND



A few weeks back I blogged about 5 things to do in London over bank holiday weekend which went down well, as I spend a lot of time in London on my days off and in the evenings, trying out new restaurants, checking out the latest beauty launches and what not I thought I'd put together another five recommendations for this weekend (or any that weekend for that matter!)...


1.) Visit a Bobbi Brown counter: I know, I know, I've said it before but Bobbi Brown really is my favourite high end beauty brand! Whenever I have a spare half hour to kill I always find myself browsing the Bobbi Brown counter taking a look at all the new launches and shades, swatting and chatting with the counter staff - who are always rididuclously lovely and will always demonstrate any looks you'd like to try out just ask them! I usually head to the Selfridges or Liberty counter but they have 28 store in London (yipee!) - check out your closest one here.

2.) Dinner at The Woodstock: Last week I went for dinner at The Woodstock with JosieSabrina and Vicky and it was so delicious! It's a Japenese bar just off of Oxford Street (and I mean literally! It's pretty much opposite Debenhams) so the location is spot on! We were greeted with amazing cocktails which had edible flowers, a really nice touch! As an appetiser we had Calamari with chilli dip and for mains I had King Prawns and Pork belly skewers with sticky rice which was so yummy. The idea is to order small taster dishes but we were all surprised at how filling the meal was! It was also great value so definitely worth checking out if you're shopping in the area!


3.) Shopping at The Royal Exchange: Around Mother's Day me and Josie spent the afternoon shopping at The Royal Exchange (I blogged about the experience here) and we had such a lovely day - they have lots of luxury stores and it's a lot less stressful than shopping at somewhere like Westfield which can get a tad manic on the weekends. We headed to our favourites stores such as Kiehls, Jo Malone, Links of London and Lulu Guinness followed by a pit stop at Ladaree which is conveniently opposite, so it makes a lovely day out!


4.) Eat at Byron Burgers: I've been to Byron Burger many times in London and I took my best friend the other month for her first visit and she loved it! We ordered Oreo milkshakes and cheese & bacon burgers with courgette fries and onion rings *cue mad dash to the gym the next day haha! There are so many locations in London (find your closest here) - definitely make sure you check Byron out if you haven't already been, it's great for a cheap meal on the go! Let me know what you think!


5.) A girls night in with Betway Bingo: If you don't live in London or fancy a night in instead my favourite suggestion is always a girls night! Have a couple of your girlfriends over, order a takeaway (or cook some nice food if you're trying to save/eat healthier!) and catch up on some films and gossip over wine! Another great idea for a girls night is round up your generations and have a night in with them, this weekend I'm having my nan over as it was her birthday this week, along with my mum and I'm going to do us all some tapas and Sangria for a little Spanish evening, my nan is a huge bingo fan (and has been since I can remember) so I'm going to introduce her to the world of online bingo (bless her she barely understands how my laptop turns on so it should be fun!), with Betway Bingo, you put down a deposit of £10 and get £30 free to play with - that should keep her quiet for sometime!


What are your plans this weekend? Let me know if you have any must-do's in London!

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

5 WAYS TO WEAR: SHIRT DRESS


Last week I was featured on the La Redoute blog styling up their striped shirt dress, I was asked to style the shirt 5 ways which was such a fun challenge! It sounded much easier than it was but once I'd started experimenting with the silhouettes of the dress by tucking it into a skirt and tying it up over jeans I was really please with the five looks! Which one is your favourite?...


Outfit 1 - Shirt: La Redoute | Jacket: Wallis | Jeans: Miss Selfridge | Shoes: Forever21 | Bag: Radley | Keyring: Pom Pom Poodle


Outfit 2 - Shirt: La Redoute | Jacket: River Island | Shoes: New Look | Bag: Bershka | Belt: Primark | Bracelets: Monica Vinader & CARAT London


Outfit 3: - shirt: La Redoute | Jacket: River Island | Bag: Kurt Geiger | Shoes: Primark | Bracelets: Monica Vinader & CARAT London


Outfit 4 - Shirt: La Redoute | Skirt: ASOS | Bag: Kurt Geiger | Shoes: Daniel Footwear | Bracelets: Monica Vinader & CARAT London


 Outfit 5 - Shirt: La Redoute | Jacket: River Island | Jeans: Marks & Spencers | Shoes: Oasis | Clutch: Coast | Bracelets: Monica Vinader & CARAT London
Which look was your favourite? I think 1 and 5 were mine as I love the shirt tied at the front!
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

SPRING BEAUTY STAPLES

Since it's started getting warmer I've been really switching up my beauty regime and products and thought I'd share my Spring beauty go-to's! At the first sign of warmer weather the first thing I update is my fragrance, lately I've been loving the limited edition Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne which is a stunning scent, light, fresh and girly - the packaging is just the dream too! Another big change is also tan as we always need to be prepared to whip our pins out at 24hours notice, I'm putting together a post on my tanning routine so stay tuned for that one. However, for my face I prefer to use specific face tanning products and my favourite is the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask - it's so easy to use, pop it on overnight and wake up with a glow. It doesn't smell of biscuits or streak either, result!
I decided to update my makeup bag for Spring too (that's probably a bit anal but oh wells!) - I've chosen this beautiful Ted Baker Makeup Bag via ASOS Beauty as I'm having a bit of a think for pink right now and this one was too cute, it's also really spacious (hurrah!) so it will be great for holidays too! I tend to switch to a lighter skincare routine and am loving this Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream - I went to an event with the brand last weekend and am so excited to try more of their products. I've been trialling this cream for the past few days and love it, it's light but still hydrating and is also a great base for my makeup!

Makeup brushes I've been loving lately (not really specific to Spring I know, but it's always nice to rotate them and try new ones) are the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush (uh-MAZING!), Eco Tools Mattifying Finish Brush - wonderful for powder/bronzer and the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush - I have spoken of my love for these beautiful brushes many times! Now y'all know I'm a huge fan of the Clinique chubby sticks, anything to save time is always a winner in my books and lately I've been loving the Kiko Modern Tribes Lips & Cheek Blush Pencil, a beautiful shade which is doubles up for lips and cheeks so a perfect one for your bag!

I'm really diggin' a nude/mauve lip lately and the Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve Lip Pencil is really ticking every box for me right now, I usually wear this all over my lips with the Models Own HyperLips Premiere Plum Lipgloss  over the top as they make a lovely duo! I recently spoke about how much I love the Benefit Roller Lash via ASOS Beauty in my everyday makeup staples post - it honestly is a new favourite that I just will forever re-purchase as I adore it and I'm yet to find a mascara that does the job better!

For my nails my go-to primer always has to be the butter LONDON Nail Foundation - it's the most amazing nail product and I swear by this stuff. Apply it before your polish and it evens out any ridges and preps your nails for colour application - genius! My favourite polishes for Spring have to be the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ones, they come in so many colours and are super long lasting! You don't need to cure them or a LED lamp, you just apply the gel formula topcoat for gel effect nails et voila, beautiful nails for Spring! My favourite shades have to be 'Birthday Suit' and 'Creme de la Creme' both pictured above. 
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What are your Spring beauty staples? Spot any of your favourites in my post?

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

#TIPTUESDAYS: HOW TO NETWORK WITH BLOGGERS

On Sunday I blogged about my top 5 tips on how to run a successful blog which was really well received, one of the five tips was networking. I had a couple of comments on the post saying that they found it really hard to network with other bloggers and brands, so for the next two #TipTuesdays post I thought I'd break down my top tips on how to network, this week with bloggers and next week with brands - if you have any great tips please leave below so we can share as much advice as possible!
Twitter chats: Jump on as many Twitter chats as you can to make yourself know to other bloggers, engage in their conversation and share your blog links and posts. The #Bbloggers chat is one of my favourite which takes place every Sunday and Wednesday at 8pm (GMT), each week there will be a topic floating about which bloggers can engage in conversation, it's great to chat with like minded people who are so passionate about the industry - don't be shy to get involved!

Hand out business cards: As I mentioned in my 5 tips on how to run a successful blog post, hand out business cards to as many bloggers as possible when attending events, I always keep mine and make sure I follow up by emailing or tweeting the blogger to say how lovely it was to meet them and that I'd love to stay in touch. Often I've stayed in touch and made friends with many bloggers this way!

Strike up conversation: If you're attending an event and you don't know anyone there (trust me it's happened to me enough times and it's so daunting!) but just approach some bloggers - maybe it's a face you recognize or someone new and strike up a conversation. It can scary but most of the time we're all in the same boat and hoping for someone to talk to as well, everyone I've ever spoken to has been super friendly you soon feel at ease!

Contact bloggers: If you have a question or inquiry you'd like to ask why not tweet the blogger (for a quicker response) or drop them an email, don't always expect a reply quickly as some bloggers are extremely busy but it's always great to introduce yourself. Whether you're looking for some advice, or even if you live in the local area and want to meet them for a coffee, I find it's always worth introducing yourself!

What are your top tips for connecting with other bloggers?

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Monday, 20 April 2015

LONDON ADVENTURES WITH UGG + A COMPETITION! #THISISUGG


Happy Monday you lovely lot - new week, fresh start and all that, hope you've got lots of fab plans! This weekend I donned my princess skirt and cute new Accessorize camera bag and headed to London for a day of fun with my girl Josie. UGG are running an amazing competition to win a holiday for two (full details and T&C below) - all you have to do is share some snaps of your 'great escape'. 

To help promote the competition I wanted to share some snaps of my 'great escape' - when UGG first contacted I couldn't decide where I spend my day, I contemplated going to Oxford (a la Bicester village) or to Paris but then I decided to venture somewhere closer to home and spent the day in London. I spend a lot of time in London with work and events but I never really get to leasurely spend the day there exploring, so on Saturday that's what I decided to do!

I started my day by having a delightful afternoon tea at The Berkeley with Josie, after we headed to South Kensington high street for a spot of shopping - there *may have been a cheeky Whistles purchase made! We stopped by the UGG store to take a peek at the new collection too - the store was beautiful! We then spent the afternoon wandering around beautiful Sloane Square taking in the picturesque views and stopped for some outfit snaps before the sun set! 

 Top: Primark | Skirt: Needle & Thread via ASOS | Shoes: UGG Lizzie Shoes | Bag: Accessorize | Bracelet: Monica Vinader

Hoping for a break this Summer? Then you need to enter the UGG #ThisIsUgg competition to be in for a chance to win a getaway for two! What's up for grabs; a Weekend Forest Holiday getaway (3 nights) for two people up to the value of £1,450 and you'll spend your weekend in style as you and your plus one will be kitted out in UGG S/S product up to the value of £500! All you have to do is tag a picture of your 'great escape' whether it's a day out at your local beach or a holiday of a lifetime - share your snap, use the hashtag #ThisIsUgg for your entry to count (oh and make sure you're following UGG UK on these platforms: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) - Full T&C here!

How to enter:

- Follow UGG UK on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
- Share a picture of your great escape and hashtag #ThisIsUgg
- Competition ends on Thursday 30th April at 23:59

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Let me know if you enter as I'd love to see your great escape pictures! Good luck! :) 
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