Thursday, 12 October 2017

September favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! I say this about every month but I'm pretty sure September swept by way too quickly with 2017 going along at a very fast pace. The month of September had a few exciting memories and with that, I've put together my favourite things.

Here are my September favourites...

September favourites


Nyx's matte liquid lipstick in 'Rome'

I have an obsession with all things lipstick and will be that girl to buy 25 of the same shade just to try out different formulations. A range of lipsticks I adore are Nyx's matte liquid lipsticks and I've raved about them on various posts. The past month, I've been reaching for the shade 'Rome' a lot. When it comes to nude lipsticks, I'm a sucker for a dusky pink, whether its dark or light, it has my name on. 'Rome' is the ideal autumnal dusky pink, with that slight darkness to it that makes it look more than a nude lipstick. It applies with ease, has a creamy texture and sits for hours on the lips. Nyx's liquid lipstick in 'Rome' is definitely going to be a staple for the rest of autumn.

Slogan jumpers

Cooler weather means the jumpers come back out. Like lipsticks, jumpers are one of my biggest obsessions that when autumn hits I can't wait to dig into my collection. The weather hasn't been crazily cold or anything like that, however there has been a slight chill in the air and as I work in a causal office, throwing on a jumper with jeans is easy. What I've been reaching for are my slogan jumpers, from thicker ones with a small sentences to a big print in the middle on a thinner jumper. They're so easy to pair and look casual yet super cute. H&M, Primark and Pull&Bear do some of the best ones.

September favourites


Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' Roll on perfume

Marc Jacob's Daisy perfume is my all time favourite scent. I went away to Amsterdam in September and as I'm going abroad again this month, I decided to invest in a rollerball perfume. It was the best decision I've made! I can take my favourite perfume with me wherever I go; whether that's abroad, on a night out or long day in London, I can quickly freshen up on the go. Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' has the freshest floral scent with a slight muskiness and I absolutely love it.

Anne Frank's Diary

Before I visited Amsterdam, I wanted to read Anne Frank's Diary as visiting her house was top on my list. I was about to pick a copy up on Amazon but ended up finding one at a boot fair for 50p and you really can't go wrong with that. The diary was incredibly eye-opening and bittersweet, I was amazed reading every single word. Anne was such a talented young writer and I feel blessed to have read her work. I love how the diary was a mixture of every girl's teenage thoughts and an insight into what they were going through in hiding. Reading it, really put a perspective on everything and it was so interesting to learn even more about the subject. Anne wrote how she really wanted to be a writer one day and make a name of herself, well that's exactly what she did. If you haven't already, add it to your reading list, it'll make you feel every single emotion and I couldn't recommend it enough.

Amsterdam

Towards the end of September, I visited Amsterdam for a few days with my boyfriend. I've wanted to see this city for a while now so finally getting to go meant so much to me. Amsterdam didn't disappoint; the never ending canals, rows of bicycles and characteristic buildings had a beautiful charm about it. I loved every minute, walking around to take in the view, visiting its museums and taking a canal boat tour, it was dream-worthy. There were so many highlights and I'd love to back to see it all over again. If you're planning a trip there, check out my 48 hour guide to Amsterdam for my best tips.

Amsterdam 48 hour guide


I hope you enjoyed my September favourites. Which products have you been loving?

Thank you for reading <3

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Autumn inspired OOTD and makeup

Well hello to you my reader chums! The leaves have fallen, the chiller weather has set in and my favourite clothes are out, autumn is officially here. I say this all the time, but one of my favourite things about autumn is the fashion and makeup. Darker lips, over-sized jackets and ankle boots are back; every item that describes autumn fashion to me.

Here's my take on an autumn inspired OOTD and makeup look...

Autumn inspired ootd and makeup
Autumn outfit

Denim jacket - Primark
Stripy top - Pull & Bear
Black jeans - Topshop's Joni jeans
Ankle boots - New Look

Autumn inspired ootd and makeup

I've seen oversized denim jackets everywhere this season and had been wanting to get my hands on one for a while. Topshop are known for selling these pieces, however instead of the £60 price tag, I found a dupe in Primark for only £20. The difference between them is minimal; stylish, comfy and a piece that will get the most wear this autumn. I paired it with a stripy tee, high-waisted black jeans and Chelsea boots, for a casual yet quirky vibe.

Autumn inspired ootd and makeup

The jacket is the featured piece of this outfit, which you can wear paired with jeans, skirts or even a dress for that over-size look. Its one of those items that are so versatile, you're able to look super casual or incredibly stylish; a trendy jacket every girl needs this autumn. I'm in love with it an cannot wait to style it with more outfits.

Autumn inspired ootd and makeup

Autumn makeup

Typically in autumn, I take out my copper shadows and berry lipstick, however I wanted to do something a little bit different with this look. For the eyes, I focused on a champagne base, darkened the outer corners with a blend of browns/reds then ran a burnt orange, red shade under the eyes for a bit of definition. The base is my general everyday makeup with bronzed cheeks and a light highlight. I chose to go for a red lip as it added that pop of colour and complimented the stripes well.

Base
Revlon's 'colour stay' foundation, Rimmel's 'wake me up' concealer, Rimmel's 'stay matte' powder, Benefit's 'Hoola' bronzer and Sleek's 'Cleopatra highlighting palette'.

Brows and eyes
Sleek's eye brow palette in 'light'. Too Faced Sweet Peach palette; shades used, 'Peached 'n cream', 'Nectar', ' Luscious', 'Puree', 'Summer Yum' and 'Charmed, I'm sure'.

Lips
Nars' velvet matte lip pencil in 'Cruella'.

I hope you enjoyed this autumn inspired OOTD and makeup post. What's your go to autumn look?

Thank you for reading <3


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn evening routine

Well hello to you my reader chums! Autumn is finally here; the darker nights, crispy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and bath season are making their appearance once more. I love the cosiness of this season, how you can spend more time inside, taking that time for you or enjoying movie nights with loved ones; the heart-warming woodland walks and Christmas excitement to come.

For today's post, I wanted to share my autumn night time routine, how after a day at work, I like to unwind and pamper myself.

Here's my autumn evening routine...

Autumn evening routine

Bath time

Whether you're a massive Lush cosmetics fan or adore bubbles, autumn is the time to appreciate a bath. As the weather is getting that little bit chillier, I find myself wanting to soak up in the bath then get into some snuggly pyjamas and fluffy socks. Lush have released their Halloween and Christmas range recently that are packed with the best spicy scents! Cinnamon to ginger, it's all there. The spicy pumpkin has to be my favourite this time of year; its mixture of sparkles, the best bubbles and musky scent scream autumn to me.

Makeup removal

As the evenings get darker quicker, you almost want to get ready for bed that little bit earlier and for me that means wiping away my makeup. I'll usually take majority of the makeup off with Garnier's micellar water and continue with the matching face wash, to cleanse my skin, ensuring there's no residue left over.

Autumn evening routine

Face mask

Face masks are a necessity for a bit of pampering especially during the autumn season. I usually use a face mask once a week, typically on a Sunday night, to prepare for the week ahead. My favourite picks are Lush's speciality's 'Cupcake' and 'Brazened honey, Sephora's sheet masks and Garnier's. At this time of year I like to choose a mask that will nourish and repair the skin as not only does my skin get drier in autumn, but I find it can also be more problematic.

Moisturising

After makeup removal or a facemask, I always ensure to moisturise my skin. My top choices for face moisturiser are Simple's 'kind to skin' moisturiser or Garnier's 'rose extract' moisturiser. For all over body moisturiser, I have a wide variety of favourites, from Soap and Glory's 'sugar crush' to Zoella Beauty's 'ginger cream'. As my skin gets a lot drier in the autumn, moisturising is key after a shower/bath and before bed time, each evening.

Reading

I'm an avid book reader and always have been. I find the best way to unwind and fall asleep with ease is to read a book before bed. This allows for my eyes to naturally drop, whether that's mid paragraph or not, it helps my sleep quality be that extra bit better and dream sweetly of the story I've been reading. A comfy mattress, my favourite assortment of pillows and a snuggly blanket help create the perfect relaxing environment to read in bed.

I hope you enjoyed this post about my autumn evening routine. What's one thing you do before bed time in the autumn?

Thank you for reading <3



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

48 hour guide to Amsterdam

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you're a regular reader of this blog then you'd know about my love for travelling. A place I've always wanted to visit was Amsterdam. The endless canals, biking way of life and its historic significance had a place in my heart that I wanted to explore. My boyfriend and I found a fab flight deal (only £46!) so decided to make a trip there. We arrived home on the Sunday just gone and loved every moment. With only 2 and a bit days in the city, we made a plan and researched everything we wanted to see.

Here's my take on a 48 hour guide to Amsterdam...

Lines of colourful bikes, canals at every turn and bursts of nature all around, you can't fault the natural beauty of Amsterdam. Everywhere you look it's a picture moment, whether that's a bicycle propped up against a canal, the twin buildings or blooming flowers, it's a city not to miss.

There's 101 things you can do in Amsterdam from the museums, endless walking paths, restaurants, shops to sightseeing, bike and boat tours, you need to prioritise what you want to see if you're there on a short-term basis. With this guide, I'm going to run through my must-sees and tips, to help make your planning a little bit easier.

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

We arrived in Amsterdam on a Thursday night and delved into hopping on a tram, to get a general idea of how the public transport worked before out two big days panned out. A tram stop was outside our Air b'n'b which stopped in Central Station, the prime location to hop onto any tram for each region of Amsterdam.

Day 1

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam
Westermarkt

On the first day, we headed straight to Westermarkt where the famous Anne Frank House stands, a landmark I've always wanted to see. If you use the tram to reach this location, the stop is only a  5 minute walk from the house. I'd recommend booking online tickets with a time slot to visit the house, otherwise you could be queueing up for hours to get in. Anne Frank's House was beyond any words. She's such an inspiring young writer and through reading her diary, I really related to her love of writing that when I walked through the house I couldn't help but feel emotional. It was a moving yet an insightful experience to what hiding was really like during the war. I was astonished by the size of the annexe they lived in and the gruelling reality that happened. This has to be my number 1 must-see to any Amsterdam newbie.

The surrounding Westermarkt was stunning; its beautiful canal boats and quaint cafes warmed my heart, I could walk round the area forever to take it all in.

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

Museum Quarter

When in Amsterdam, you can't not visit one of their famous museums. The Museum Quarter is home to their top three, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum as well as the big I AMSTERDAM letters. There's also cafes and restaurants surrounding the area if you'd like to stop off for a bite to eat.We first made a stop at the letters to get a candid snap of each of us in them then took ourselves around the area. Out of the three, we chose the Van Gogh Museum to visit as I knew the most about his work.

Amsterdam letters

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

The Van Gogh museum was ever so interesting. I've never been a major art enthusiast, however seeing his work and learning more about his background was truly eye opening. His drawings are amazing to witness in person and I loved finding out the inspiration behind each one. I'd highly recommend visiting!


How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

Dam Square

Only a short stroll from Central Station stands Dam Square, a bustling area for locals and tourists. The centre features the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace), Madame Tussauds and the National Monument that's opposite the palace. With hundreds of restaurants, cafes and shops, it's a focal point of Amsterdam and we loved looking around, absorbing the busy city vibe.

How to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam

Jordaan district

On a quieter note, Jordaan is the opposite of Dam Square with a much calmer vibe and less going on, however a charming location for a lovely stroll. I'd describe it as the 'Brooklyn of New York' because it's more residential than tourist-based and doesn't feature as many restaurants nor shops. It had that quiet appeal with the Amsterdam beauty shining through. We took a walk through here before heading back into central for dinner.

Day 2

48 hours in Amsterdam

48 hours in amsterdam

Vondelpark

Sometimes you can't beat a charming little walk in the park and that's exactly how we began our second day in the city. Vondelpark is a hidden gem of Amsterdam and it's not raved about enough! The draping trees, quaint streams and ongoing bikes create a calm atmosphere you wouldn't want to leave. There were dog walkers, best friends cycling through and old couples chatting along on benches as the morning passed by; it was beautiful.

48 hours in amsterdam

48 hours in amsterdam

City strolls

Amsterdam has natural beauty at every angle so wherever you are, an historic building or stunning canal will take your eye. Even if you're there for a short amount of time, take a break from the agenda and walk around to get a glimpse of hidden gems and see what you can discover.

48 hours in amsterdam

Bloemenmarkt (Flower market)

Amsterdam is renowned for its tulips so when you're there don't forget to take a stroll down to the Bloemenmarkt. Its located in a charming little area with bakeries, cafes and shops. The flowers are a treat to admire as they smell amazing and look even better. You can purchase your own seeds, real produce and fake ones, whichever floats your boat.

48 hours in amsterdam

Canal cruise

Amsterdam has thousands of canals running through the city so what better way to see it than a canal cruise? In the tourist centre, they offer various different tours from 1 hour cruises, hop on/hop off to dinner and a cruise. We chose the hour option, as it gave us the opportunity to go round the canals and learn a bit about the city's history. Riding along the canals, it felt so peaceful and the views were phenomenal; I loved every minute.

48 hours in amsterdam

48 hours in amsterdam

Canal tour in Amsterdam


Red Light District

Amsterdam has a weird and wild side to it, that being the Red Light District. We took a gander around in the afternoon and it was everything I thought it would be. There's the sex museum, erotic shops and ladies waiting in the window, something you don't see back in England. I can imagine, it's a bustling and crazy atmosphere at night but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit in the evening.

48 hours in amsterdam

48 hours in amsterdam

Glow Golf

Before the trip, we saw a 'Glow in the dark' mini golf in Amsterdam advertised on Facebook and added it to the 'must-sees' straight away. When we arrived, we discovered it was in the downstairs of a pub and couldn't wait to begin. They gave you 3D glasses which made the game extra fun but also a little bit hard. It was so inventive and I loved the different experience!

Glow golf amsterdam

Glow golf amsterdam

Tips and tricks
  • Public transport is easy - We took the tram everywhere in Amsterdam as we found it was the most accessible way to everything we wanted to see. You're able to buy a 48 hour pass for only 12.50 euro and you'll definitely get use out of it. If you're ever in doubt of which direction to go, take a tram back to central station and go from there or ask one of the tram drivers which is the best route as they are always incredibly helpful
  • Walk everywhere- Yes we got the tram a lot but also found for a few things, going by foot was best. This way you can take in the ambiance and discover new places you wouldn't have seen before.
  • Look out for bikes - I underestimated how significant bikes are in Amsterdam. Every single resident practically rides one so watch out as you're walking or they could knock you over. As you go throughout the city, you'll see thousands parked up ready for their owners to collect.
  • Know the difference between coffeeshop and café - Coffeeshops are cannabis cafes and cafes are your usual coffee shop.
  • Use an Uber instead of taxis - Taxis can be pretty expensive in Amsterdam so if you'd prefer to get round my car, order an Uber as they're efficient and much cheaper.
  • Beware of pickpockets - Like in every city, pickpockets are around. Always keep an eye on your bag if you're at a bar or restaurant and know the whereabouts of your important personal belongings.
48 hours in amsterdam

Amsterdam was everything I could have wished for and more. The picturesque views, calm canals and safe environment made you feel at home. I loved learning all about Amsterdam's history, talking to locals and immersing myself into somewhere new. Amsterdam, I will be back!

I hope you enjoyed this 48 hour guide to Amsterdam. Have you ever visited?

Thank you for reading <3




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

August favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! After the ups and downs of British summer weather, we're slowly coming into the Autumn season, let's wave hello to September. I can't be the only one to say this but August did really sweep by, like all our summer months with the exciting season of Christmas that lays ahead. I have so much love for autumn; with the leaves falling off the trees, its cosy nights in, the best fashion options and makeup looks, it can't get much better. Through August, I hadn't tried out many new beauty items, however a few did catch my eye.

Here are my August favourites...

August favourites 2017

Too Faced sweet peach palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette

I received this palette for my birthday and fell in love with the shade selection. Its packed with a variety of colours from everyday neutrals, warm browns/reds with bright pinks and purples thrown in. The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette has something for everyone, whether you love a toned down look or want to go wild with a bright pink. You can't fault the intense pigmentation, colour pay off, blending ability and endless lasting power; like all Too Faced products, this palette is top quality. I can't wait to use the warmer shades for the winter months and continue using its neutral shades. I'll be doing a review and makeup look very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that post!

Makeup revolution blending sponge

Makeup Revolution sponge

I'm the biggest fan of using sponges to blend liquid base products as I find they give the most even coverage and reach every angle of the face. My favourite to use are the Real Techniques take on them because they're incredible quality and do the job. However, I received a Makeup Revolution brush set lately and in it came their dupe on the beauty blender. After giving it a go, I was very impressed. It's slightly smaller than the Real Techniques option, however holds the product and provides that even coverage I love. The only down side is makeup stains the sponge very easily and can be hard to wash off. Yet, if you're looking for a dupe of the beauty blender or Real Techniques version, I'd recommend Makeup Revolution's sponge.


Tresemme Keratin Smooth deep conditioning treatment

TRESemme deep smoothing mask

My hair has a natural curl to it and can generally look quite dry, given its slight frizzy state. When it comes to a hair wash routine, I like to incorporate highly conditioning products to bring out the shine and keep it smooth. This deep conditioning treatment helps a lot. I like to use Tresemme smoothing mask on every other hair wash as too much product for the hair isn't too good. After leaving it on for a few minutes, I really notice the difference and once my hair is dry, it feels silky smooth; a must with hair products for me.

Zoella beauty Sweet Inspirations mist

Zoella Sweet Inspirations body mist

Zoella Beauty mists are completely underrated. I've found that as their scents are so strong, you can wear them like a perfume and they'll last all day long. 'Sweet Inspirations' has become my favourite at the minute because I'm addicted to the sweet scent. It reminds me of a mix between sweet shops and a spa, yet completely moreish, you want to keep spritzing. With sweet scents, I always find they can be too sickly, however this is much more of a lighter option which lingers throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed my August favourites. What's your go to product at the minute?

Thank you for reading <3

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Glamping experience and Brighton ventures

Well hello to you my reader chums! The weekend just gone, I was whisked away by my best friends in celebration of my birthday. I turned 21 in June and they surprised me with a glamping experience in a yurt and day out in Brighton. After waiting a few months, the day finally arrived!

Here's what we got up to..

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

After a 2 hour drive, we arrived at Hales Farm in Chiddingly, Lewes, located around 45 minutes from Brighton. On site, there were horses, sheep, a few other glamping pods, pitched tents and cleaning facilities; I loved it. The environment was ever so peaceful; living in a seaside town, I sometimes forget how quiet a place can be with the only noise on the farm, its animals in the distance and fellow campers. I strangely loved that silence, it made our conversations that extra bit louder and as if we we're the only ones there in our little world.

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

Once stepping in the yurt, I was amazed by how super cute and efficient it was for the 5 of us. There was one double bed, a sofa bed and camp bed, enough space to accommodate us all for a good nights sleep. The yurt provided a sink, camping stove, indoor wood burner, outdoor dining table, mini BBQ and all the cutlery you could need. As our little home that night, it lived up to all the glamping excitement!

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

The girls put on a BBQ, we drank wine, they sung a belated happy birthday with a surprise cake and we chatted all night long until our eyes shut; it was everything I could have wanted. Having that time with my best friends, away from technology and Wi-Fi, somewhere so peaceful was incredible. It's times like that you appreciate what life is really all about, the little things.

Glamping at Hales Farm Chiddingly

I'd never thought to go glamping myself so for my girls to plan it was really special. We had the best cosy night in and I loved every single moment. The pictures we shot captured the perfect snippets of our night away that I wish we could have stayed for another night to relax even more!


Brighton beach

On the Sunday morning, we headed down to Brighton, my favourite ever UK city. With the calm environment mixed with that city bustle, I love everything about Brighton. Its charming seaside scene, endless shops, quirky discoveries, restaurants and overall beauty. There's always something going on, yet you never feel crowded like in London for instance. As I'm a beach baby, I think it combines my love for the seaside with that ambition to be a city gal.

Brighton seafront
Exploring Brighton with Danielle, Chloe and Molly

Brighton seafront

Glamping needs to be on everybody's bucket list, whether for one night or a long weekend, it's a crazy amount of fun with your best friends. I just wanted to give a massive shout-out to Danielle, Chloe, Molly and Lily who organised this trip for my 21st. I'm incredibly grateful and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I'd love to spend more time in the countryside, it made me feel at such ease, even waking up to the sound of horses was a crazy moment in itself. Brighton, you'll forever be my favourite place in the UK and I can't wait to visit you again soon.

I hope you enjoyed this weekend post. Have you ever stayed in a yurt?

Thank you for reading <3

Saturday, 2 September 2017

5 Top packing tips for your carry on bag

Well hello to you my reader chums and long time no see! The past few weeks have been crazily busy but I'm excited to be back, typing away at a new post. I've been travelling a lot lately, whether it's abroad, going up to London for a couple of days or spending the weekend with family, a lot of packing has taken place. If you're looking to prevent excess baggage costs on a plane or spending a few days in the next county over, here are my best packing tips for your carry on bag.

5 Top packing tips for your carry on bag

1) Pack multi-purpose clothing

Carry-on suitcases tend to have a lot of room in them, however if you can save space, then do it. Items like jeans and jackets can be used for a variety of different looks so there's no need to pack more than what you need. If it was a slightly cooler location, I'd suggest packing a pair of jeans (depending on the length of the trip) and a variety of tops as they're very lightweight with a versatile jacket, either denim or leather. For a summery location, swap out the jeans with shorts and pack either dresses or playsuits, as the lightweight material can be rolled up, packed in the suitcase, neatly.

2) Wear your heaviest clothing items

If you are travelling abroad and only using carry on, wear your heaviest items to keep the suitcase's weight down. Most airlines have a 10kg weight limit, however some can be lower or higher than this. Items including trainers, boots, larger coats and denim clothing can all add to the weight than your typical t-shirt. If you're able to, wear these items for the journey.

3) Minimalize your beauty products

As a beauty blogger, lover of all makeup, skincare and haircare, it's a tricky task minimising which products to bring when going away. For makeup, I'll tend to bring my smallest eye shadow palette, two lip options, a nude and bolder shade, then my standard everyday makeup. Skincare and haircare is usually the tricky bit. Either I bring the mini-version of my makeup remover (which is a 2 in one cleanser and makeup remover) and a moisturiser or switch to makeup wipes if it's only one night. To save on space, you can bring a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner or head over to your local supermarket to purchase mini haircare products. Or there's the option to put all your products in 100ml bottles, which are available to buy anywhere; Primark do them for a few pounds!

4) Rollerball perfumes

Everybody loves a good perfumer spritz before the start of the day, however when it comes to carry-on, there's the chance a lovely glass bottle could break. To prevent any damage, rollerball perfumes are the way forward. They're compact and light enough to pop in your bag or take wherever you go.

5) Buy a lightweight suitcase

I love travelling so took the plunge last year and bought matching white Tripp suitcases, one of my favourite luggage brands. Unlike typical suitcases, they're incredibly lightweight and only feel a lot heavier when they've been fully packed. By having a lighter suitcase, this will bring your baggage weight down on the plane, be easier to travel with and store away after the trip. Also, a four wheel suitcase, makes pulling a suitcase along much more fun!

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your best packing tips for a carry on?

Thank you for reading <3