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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

NEW CLINIQUE CHEEK POPS

Clinique Cheek Pops will be available from Boots (£16.50) from 26th June!

Over the bank holiday some new Spring drops from Clinique arrived and I actually let out a small (*loud) squeal when I saw they had some new Cheek Pops launching! I've spoken of my love for the Clinique Cheek Pops plenty of time here on FMIF and they always tend to be my go-to blush (you genuinely can't see the flower on my Peach Pop anymore, sob!). 

Pictured above is the '12 Pink Pop' on the left which is a beautiful pale pink - perfect for a rosy Summer glow and on the right is '08 Melon Pop' which I can tell is going to be a new favourite with me and my absolute summer go-to as it's a stunning peachy/pink tone - it looks really subtle on and can be built up which I love!

Both of these blushers are going straight into my makeup bag as I know I'll be switching between shades on a daily basis for my summer blush! They will soon launch in Boots at the end of June for £16.50 each which even though it's a 'higher-end' product in terms of pricing, I've had my last three cheek pops for an age and they last so long!

Which shade is your favourite? Will you be picking any up this Summer?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

#TIPSTUESDAYS: MY BLOGGING ESSENTIALS


This weeks #TipsTuesday post is more of a peek inside my blogging essentials rather than blogging tips as such, but I thought I'd share it all the same. I'm super nosey and love reading posts on what other cameras and equipment other bloggers use so I thought I'd put together one for what I use! When I started blogging 3 years ago I bought myself a standard point and shoot camera but around a year later when I started to really get into my blog I upgraded my camera to a Canon 600D and I haven't looked back since! The rest of my kit I've grown over the last two years and added to it as I went along!

 Sony A6000 Compact Camera: This camera isn't in the above shot as it's what I shot this picture on! It's the latest addition to my blogging essentials and I absolutely adore this camera - I was looking for a compact camera for a while as they are so handy to take to London with me for events and shoots rather than carrying my SLR around all the time. I was honestly stunned at the picture quality - it's incredible, you can see my latest posts on Portugal here and here which I shot on this camera!

Cannon 40mm Lens: The other week I headed to London to shoot some outfit posts with some blogger pals and the beautiful Meg shot my latest outfit post using her Canon 40mm lens and I was in love! The images came out so great that I decided to save up and treat myself, the lens cost me £126 which I didn't think was too bad price wise considering some lenses can cost thousands and the quality is perfect for what I need when it comes to shooting outfit posts.

iPad: I bought my iPad around three years ago for my birthday whilst I was still at uni, I wouldn't say it's an absolute essentials but I love using it for Pinterest of an evening when I'm in bed! Hot cup of fruit tea, snuggle pjs and pinning on a Sunday evening is where my iPad comes in (oh and watching hours of YouTube videos when I'm procrastinating!).


Canon 600D EOS Digital SLR: As I briefly mentioned above this was my first 'proper' camera, I bought it on Very for around £400 and just paid the monthly payments as I didn't want to fork out the £400 in one go at the time. I absolutely love this camera and I would say it's the perfect blogging camera! I take all of my blog pictures on this including my outfit snaps (up until the last few where I've been trialling my new lens and camera) and it's always been perfect for what I need!

Macbook Pro: I saved up and bought my Macbook Pro once I'd graduated uni as my desktop died on me a few months before the end of my third year (which was all the fun I can assure you!) - I started doing some freelance work and blogging more so I decided to invest in a Macbook Pro and it was the best thing I've ever bought! I also purchased the Adobe creative suite so I can use Photoshop and all that jazz which really helps with blogging and editing pictures!

DSLR Memory Card: Ahhhhh, memory cards - a bloggers best friend! I have about 4/5 and keep them by my desk (or in my handbag - they seem to turn up anywhere!). It's always handy to have a new memory card to hand so you aren't trying to capture that crucial shot when your memory decides that it's full. I tend to pop into Currys and pick up a couple more as they usually have deals on or order them online to get a good deal as it's always worth stocking up!

iPhone 6: Last week I upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6 and I'm. In. Love!! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new iPhone as I always steal Josie's to take snaps and the camera quality is amazing! I've been snap happy since I got it and am so happy I upgraded, the quality has made all the difference to my pictures - expect to see lots more pictures on my Instagram from now on!

What are your blogging essentials? Anything I need to add to my kit?
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Monday, 25 May 2015

OUR STAY AT THE CONRAD ALGARVE, PORTUGAL


Okay, okay I get it - from my blog posts and Instagram spamming I'm guessing you'll know I was on holiday in Portugal last week with my best friend, after five glorious days of relaxation I'm now back home and spending my bank holiday catching up on lots of blogging, emails and brunchin' with my girlfriends. I wanted to do a full feature on the beautiful, beautiful hotel we stayed in and show you some more pictures as lots of you have been asking to see them - if you're ever thinking of visiting the Algarve you seriously need to look into this hotel, and if I haven't sold it to you already then it's time I let the pictures do the talking….

Our room...

Our room was insane! When we were initially shown to our room we both let our a little nervous laugh, a kind of 'is this real life?!' moment - we had two huge, comfy, squishy beds, a rain shower (need one of these in my life pronto!), a TV in the bath (how amazing?!), and a lovely balcony overlooking the beautiful pool area. We had a sofa and two separate chairs on our balcony so of an evening we'd sit out there gossiping and drinking wine whilst the sun was setting, I love the feeling when it's still warm in the evenings on holiday… the best!

We had a deluxe twin room which was stunning and had tonnes of space, the hotel offers a range of rooms for different budgets and they even have a roof garden suite with it's own private pool (I really need you to just have a peek at how beautiful the room is - if I was staying there I'd never leave!) - the suites would be beautiful for a honeymoon or a special occasion!

The hotel...

I have to say of all the hotels I've ever stayed in this is definitely up there with one of the best I've ever stayed in, the hotel was honestly breathtaking and it just kept getting better! It had an infinity pool which was where we spent most of our days lounging and reading (or sipping on yummy cocktails!), they also had another pool surrounded by beautiful sun lounging beds and a heated indoor pool in case the weather wasn't quite warm enough.

The hotel lobby was beautifully light and spacious, everything was marble (as you can imagine I was in heaven!), the service when we initially arrived at the hotel was impeccable, we were greeted by the friendly staff who took out luggage and sat us down to be checked in. They explained everything to use from where we'd find breakfast to the free hotel service which would take us to the beach. The staff  were the icing on the cake for me on this trip, just when I thought it couldn't get anymore amazing they went out of their way to do everything they could for us and I'd honestly return to the hotel on that basis alone as it made our trip so special!

We stayed at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis and oh my goodness the breakfast was amazing! It was a buffet service but unlike any buffet I'd had before, they had a huge array of hot and cold foods, pastries, cooked breakfasts, fresh smoothies, champagne (champagne for breakfast?! Of course we couldn't say no!). We usually sat outside for breakfast as it was a little cooler early in the mornings so it was nice to sit outside, there was always plenty of tables each morning and the staff were so efficient, every morning they'd bring over a fresh basket of pastries to our table which was a lovely touch!

The food

A few nights we decided to have a wander out of the hotel and found a lovely little Italian restaurant in a luxury complex opposite our hotel, another night we had the most incredible meal at the hotels michelin-star restaurant Gusto by Heinz Beck - but there will be another post on that later this week as the food was out of this world and I have a lot of pictures (drool worthy ones, yes!) so that deserves another post altogether!

One evening we decided to eat dinner at the hotels Louro restaurant (which is where we had breakfast everyday) and the food was divine and more affordable. We were lucky enough to watch the sunset over the pool area which was beautiful (picture above) and were brought some warm, crusty bread once we'd sat down with a side of oil, butter and seed which was a lovely touch! We ordered some crisp white wine which was delicious and I ordered roasted vegetables and potatoes with feta cheese - it was absolutely divine and so tasty! Amy ordered a Cajun chicken breast with a side of fries - both of which I tried and can vouch for how yummy hers was too!

The spa...

I honestly don't know where to start with the spa, it was out of this world! Me and Amy both had an hour long bespoke treatment, it started by us completing a form about how we've been feeling lately, stressed, anxious, had a cold, looking for inner strength etc then we were lead into our treatment rooms to access which treatment would be best for us. As I've had a lot of stress with my back lately I had a 40 minute back massage followed by a neck and head message which really helped as I'd had a cold pretty much from the moment we arrived and I felt much better afterwards!

After our treatments we were super sleepy and relaxed so we headed to the loungers around the spa's private pool area and went for a swim. We also used the sauna, heated beds and jacuzzi which were amazing! After a morning of relaxation we headed down to the pool area to grab some lunch and spent the afternoon napping on our loungers - it was the perfect day!

I genuinely don't know if my post and images have done this incredible hotel justice, it was honestly one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at and the service was out of this world. If you've never been to the Algarve (or Portugal) then I'd highly recommend a trip - it's so relaxed and beautiful I'm already planning to return within the year, Lisbon is next on my list! The Algarve is also perfect if you or your partner are big on golf as they have so many golfing resorts you would love it!

Also, Amy enjoyed her stay equally as much as me and has a few words on our trip; "Our stay at the Conrad Algarve was amazing, definitely the best hotel I've ever stayed in! Such a beautiful hotel and the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Our trip to the Gusto by Heinz Beck restaurant was amazing and a meal I'll never forget! The hotel ticked all the boxes and then some, I'd 100% recommend it if you're looking for somewhere special to stay!"

Have you ever been to the Algarve? Would you like to visit Portugal?

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

12 FREE SUMMER IPHONE WALLPAPERS

Today I woke up and had a 'I need to get my shit together' moment so I've pretty much spent my bank holiday Sunday doing food shopping, having a complete clear out of my room (eek), and planning some blog content (all after a tasty brunch date with a friend this morning obviously) - whilst I was on Pinterest I became *slightly obsessed with looking at iPhone wallpapers and found some super cute ones for Summer! I've never really done a post like this before but I really enjoyed rounding up my favourites for you all - now I just need to decide which one to have on my phone… decisions!
*I've numbered each wallpaper above so if you want to download it for you phone all you need to do is click on the the number below, it will take you directly to the image on Pinterest, just right click the image and save down to your computer then bluetooth or email it to your phone and set as your wallpaper… et voila - sassy new iPhone wallpaper! I've also created a Summer iPhone wallpaper board on Pinterest if you want to follow me on there as I'll keep it updated with fresh ideas!
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Will you be using any of these wallpapers for you phone? Would you like to see more posts like this?
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

POSTCARDS FROM PORTUGAL


As I mentioned in my last post me and my best friend Amy have just returned from a five day break to the Conrad Algarve which was the most relaxing trip, ever! I'm going to be doing a post on our time at the hotel (as the pictures are just incredible and there was even a TV in our bath, that's a thing apparently!) and also a post on my holiday outfits. Last night I was going through my holiday snaps and thought I'd share some of my favourites so you can take a peek at the highlights of our trip...

Watching the sunset over dinner at our hotel Conrad Algarve 
Dressed for dinner! Dress: Reiss | Shoes: Mango | Bag: Michael Kors (full outfit posts coming soon!)
The spa pool! 
A wander around Vilamoura - Portugal's largest harbour! Dress: Boohoo | Shoes: Mango
Spa time at the hotel with Aromatherapy Associates!
Giant Passionfruit sangria's!
Breakfast at the hotel & beauty beach essentials!
Garlic pan fried prawns at the harbour, yum!

Have you ever been to the Algarve or Portugal before? Did you love it as much as I did?

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