29 November 2014

I'll show you what it feels like | Outfit

Primark smock dress | New Look boots

I can't enough of checked patterns, and this smock dress from Primark is brilliant to wear this season. I don't usually like wearing sleeves but, as this dress is loose and baggy to wear, it doesn't bother me that much!

It's definitely my comfy dress this winter, and I'm so tempted to buy it in a different colour, especially for the £10 price tag!

I'm also practically living in these boots at the moment. They're so comfortable to wear and are just perfect. I like the small buckle detailing as well, as it makes them slightly different to the usual Chelsea boots you can get.

After an epically busy few weeks, I'm finally able to kick back and relax! I've now got a whole week off work and it's already blissful. As it's my birthday on Friday (oh gahd), Alex and I will be off to Sheffield for a night during the week, seeing friends and family at the weekend, plus I'm having my annual Bicester Village trip! Any recommendations on what I need to look out for?

Alex and I also off to Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre tonight with his niece and nephew, as they're staying the night at our flat for the first time. I love the Christmas Fayre! Eeeee. No doubt, after the fayre, the night will end with a Disney film... His niece loves Frozen. Totes going to try and watch that!

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26 November 2014

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette | Review

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette - £4

I desperately needed a new eyeshadow palette that a) doesn't break the bank, b) is perfect for both daytime and nighttime looks, and c) lasts all day. Welcome Makeup Revolution's Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette.

Now, I'm going to go into the whole "it's such a great dupe of the Urban Decay 'Naked' palettes" because I don't own any of them so I couldn't do a comparison. Plus there's plenty of dupe reviews out there anyway!

This paletter has got a lovely mix of pearl, shimmer and matte shades - Makeup Revolution calls it the 'ultimate' palette and I'd like to agree. It's got all the shades you need to create a smokey eye or a more natural look.

It's perfect for daytime, and I always use it for work just to add a bit of colour to my eyes as it lasts for most of the day (which is perfect when I'm out the house for over 12 hours)! It's not the best when it comes to pigmentation, but it's pretty decent, especially for £4.

What's your favourite eyeshadow palette?

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23 November 2014

I #LoveSundays, do you?

Did you know that us Brits are burning ourselves out by not getting enough ‘Me Time’? That's according to a new study by eHarmony, we need around 20 hours of mental downtime a week to feel relaxed and refreshed, but 39% of us actually get this.

When eHarmony contacted and challenged me to spend some much-needed 'me-time', I took the chance. I know I need some downtime. Desperately. This was a good chance for me to discover the importance of having a relaxing Sunday - something which I forgot existed.

My little care package/Zen box got me very excited for my 'day off'. I had a lot of goodies to play with, and ended up planning what I would get up in my day. I'm like that. I still need some kind of routine! So, what did I get to?

Had a long hot bath with candles.
Yes, I may have woken up to my shower not working (great start to my Sunday) but I thought to myself: Now's the time to make the most of it and enjoy soaking in a bath with some gorgeous Molton Brown Seamoss Stress-Relieving Hydrosoak which smells divine and my little Daisy Dip candle. My bathroom isn't the best room in the world, but doing that actually helped me to forget the mouldy state of the flat and let me drift off in my own little world. Bliss.

Put my feet up.
Feet up. Tea in hand. Cereal ready. The Big Bang Theory. Need I say more? I may do this often in my evenings, but on a Sunday morning? You'd usually find me cleaning or getting ready to go out for the day.

A spot of shopping.
You know what I discovered? I actually enjoyed food shopping by myself... On a Sunday. I thought that I needed to get out of the flat and get some fresh air, so I ended up walking round Asda for nearly an hour on my own with my trolley, buying more than I should have. I don't why but I loved casually walking round the supermarket in my own little world. Sometimes it's good to just get out the house, especially if you're not in a rush and you can just have a wander.

End the day with good food and hot chocolate.
I enjoy cooking, and I don't find it particularly stressful unless it's for a dinner party. Luckily, I only had Alex to please. The kitchen is small so I allowed Alex to relax after work whilst I slaved away in the kitchen. Jokes. After eating some yummy toad in the hole, we finished the day by watching Breaking Bad and drinking the Hans Sloane brand of drinking chocolate - my new ultimate favourite. I added some whipped cream on top and some crushed flake and it was SO GOOD. It was the perfect way to end the day.

I haven't had a Sunday like that in SO long, and I'll definitely make the effort to make more time for 'me', as I felt much better after such a relaxing day.

Do you get to have lazy Sundays? Next time you've got a Sunday on your own, I challenge you to...

Spend the first hour of your morning having a long, relaxing bath or shower, and maybe try some new beauty products whilst you're at it. Not only is it a good opportunity for us bloggers to fully appreciate new products without feeling like we're 'working', but a lovely pampering session gets you ready for the week ahead.

When you're in the bath, perhaps use an eye product such as Liz Earle's Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - apply it on cotton pads and place them on your eyes for 5-10 minutes. That was definitely a highlight to my Sunday, plus I've discovered a new product which I love. Spa heaven.

Use the hashtag #LoveSundays and share what you got up to this Sunday :) Both myself and eHarmony would love to know!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by eHarmony. All opinions and views mentioned are my own.

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18 November 2014

Photoblog: November 2014 (Part 1)

1. Bills #1. | 2. Bills #2. | 3. Bills #3. | 4. Fireworks night. | 5. Date night. | 6. Getting through football... | 7. Plate full of deliciousness. | 8. Bourbon biscuit chocolate cake. | 9. Lasagne time. | 10. Baby shower. | 11. Pin the dummy. | 12. FOTD. | 13. Chocolate overload. | 14. It's Christmas. | 15. OOTN. | 16. Celebration time. | 17. The Grayling family. | 18. View from my hotel room. | 19. #LoveSundays. | 20. Takeaway overload.

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MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact | Review

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MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact - £30

A lovely MAC make-up artist at Schiphol Airport persuaded me to try out the Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm when I explained that I never get on well with BB creams, but I'm fed up of using foundation all the time.

MAC's Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Compact is a great little product. It's got a creamy texture to it that offered semi-sheer coverage. Compared to various BB creams I tried in the past, I thought this compact helps to reduce the appearance of my pores more, yet doesn't give strong coverage like foundation. I guess as it's called 'prep and prime', it's not supposed to... Maybe I expected more for the price tag!

It's easy to blend on your skin, but the product doesn't exactly sink into your skin. I'm used to my skin feeling like it can breathe during the day (mineral-based foundation is my current go-to) so I'm not quite used to this one. It doesn't feel like I've got it completely caked on my face, but I do know that it's there.

I do love how my skin is more illuminated, without looking like I've got a sweat on. However I would use this more during the summer, when my skin is probably at its best. It's also got SPF30 in it which is a good little bonus!

Has this product won me over? I wouldn't say so. I think it's great to keep in my handbag so I can touch up during the day if needed, and I'll happily use this now and again in general. I won't be swapping my foundation for this just yet though!

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15 November 2014

Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay | Outfit

Primark t-shirt and skirt | New Look boots

The words "it's so fluffy I could die!" spring to mind with this skirt. It's so darn cute and FLUFFY! I had to buy it in black so I'm not restricted in what to team it with, and I feel like I can get away with wearing this at work too.

I'm terrified to wash it though. I'm pretty damn sure it's going to shrivel up and disappear into a little ball of, well, fluff.

I've been working some exciting projects at work, meaning next week will be make or break. Keeping my fingers crossed all works out well! I don't think I've ever felt so nervous, stressed and excited all at the same time.

In other news, I attended the CIPR Midlands PRide Awards last night with the agency I work for. I've never attending an industry award ceremony before, and it was such a good night. Needless to say, I need to catch up on my sleep...

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13 November 2014

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser for Dry Skin | Review

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser (for dry skin) - £3.56

Summer is over, meaning it's even more tricky to keep your skin nicely hydrated outside. I'm the laziest when it comes to moisturusing my body during winter. It's cold so of course I'm going to put clothes on straight away and not wait around a long time for my moisturiser to sink into my skin!

I attempted to use Nivea's In-Shower Body Moisturiser for normal skin last year, which I didn't really like, but I came across the dry skin version so I thought I'd give it another go.

The formula feels very similar to that of the normal skin version - thick and creamy and a little goes a long way. It applies really well and your skin does feel very soft and smooth.

One big difference is that your skin actually does feel moisturised when you're dry. This never happened for me before. I was left with a coating of the product that never seemed to go and it felt like I just needed to wash it off completely. However, this does sink into your skin and leaves your skin feeling hydrated.

My skin is pretty dry in general, so maybe that's why this product works much better for me! I wouldn't replace my normal moisturisers or body butters with this, but it's a quick alternative if you don't want to be cold during winter whilst you moisturise.

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11 November 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser | Review

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - £7.99

There's so many reviews out there comparing this primer to Benefit's The Porefessional, and quite rightly so. I love Benefit's primer but I've only ever used a couple of small testers of it. I've never spent the full amount to own it (in my opinion, I can't justify the £££ for such a tiny tube of the stuff!) so I was pretty excited to find out a cheaper dupe is available from Maybelline.

Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser isn't the perfect dupe. It does smooth out your skin and hide your pores, but I wouldn't say it hides every imperfection or redness. Saying that, it's perfect to use before applying foundation as it does make it easier to apply and your skin tone evens out completely... I just wouldn't use it on its own.

This primer has a lovely, silky feel to it, and has the same consistency to Benefit's The Porefessional. It may not suit everyone though, but as someone with dry skin, it doesn't make my skin tight or dry at all. It's also fragrance free which is a massive bonus for me.

To be honest, I expected the packaging to be slightly bigger, but I guess you can't expect too much as it's more than half the price of The Porefessional. A little goes a very long way too!

This isn't my most favourite primer, but I'm no longer in need of spending more money than necessary on a primer!

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08 November 2014

Photoblog: October 2014 (Part 2)

1. Lunch at Bills. | 2. Favourite meal ever. | 3. Famous in the Birmingham Post. | 4. Vodka time. | 5. #VeryBadDay | 6. Speick goodies. | 7. Officially winter. | 8. #RedCups | 9. Starbucks goodies. | 10. OOTD. | 11. First roast in the flat. | 12. This is Halloween.

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