Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Review: The Pizza Union Kings Cross

Hey guys,

Whilst in London, we stayed near Kings Cross station. Being one of the most popular stations in London, you can imagine the surroundings. There are plenty of places to go and eat, you have your normal fast food places such as McDonald's, and they are currently building a Five Guys too. But they also have Nandos and independent restaurants.

One of the evenings, we thought we would try one of the local eateries, a Pizza place. This restaurant was The Pizza Union. What led us here had been the cheap prices and the fact the that it was so busy. We couldn't think of anywhere better to try.

When we arrived, we joined the line and waited to be served. Before being served you choose your drink,this can range from water, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Once we got to the counter, we gave our order,and chose our sauces,we were given a buzzer. We went to find a seat, and after sitting for 15-20 minutes, our buzzers went off to indicate our food was ready.

The food was freshly prepared and baked in a Pizza oven. And all so reasonably priced. I ordered a ham and pineapple pizza with a bottled water and garlic and herb dip, it all came under £10! What more could you ask for.

The Pizza base, was perfectly thin and crispy, the tomato sauce was lovely, sweet a d herby and the ham used was palmer ham. I couldn't have asked for a better pizza, I even would go to say it's the best pizza I've ever eaten!!

If you are ever in kings cross, London,it's definitely worth a visit!

Thank you for reading and until next time


Friday, 27 May 2016

Review: Kick Bar Shoreditch

Hey Guys,

So, a couple of weeks ago, I visited London for a weekend away. I went with one of my long time best friends, for a getaway. Whilst we were there, we ate some amazing food! One place we ate at, was the Kick Bar located in Shoreditch.

After walking around, looking for something to eat, we stumbled across this rustic looking bar. As we walked in, the authentic music was playing, and a group of people were playing on the football tables having what looked like a mini tournament.

The Kick Bar is a Cuban themed bar, with a lively, fun, family feeling. The staff were having a laugh and a joke, one guy practiced his cocktail making skills, throwing the mixer around trying to artistically catch it (and failing) whilst one of the girls welcomed us in.

We ordered drinks first of all, just a coke, which came in a glass bottle. Now that information may be pointless, but how often is it that coke is served in a glass bottle?! This was a sign that this was going to be a place I enjoyed. And I most definitely was not disappointed.

When we received the menus, we were amazing by the choices. Prices varies, from £9-£15. Food was freshly prepared there, and freshly made to order. So although, the prices may seem a lot, it was definitely worth it.

We ordered a burger which, rightfully so, was named the Bloody Good Burger. And may I say, that was a Bloody Good Burger. It was served with a side of tortilla chips, in a lovely brioche bun.

The burger itself, was a thick beef patty, with herbs mixed into them once used. One the burger, you had salad, pickles bacon and cheese. It had a lovely sauce on it which added to the beauty of it.

Me and my friend were both concerned that for £9 we were not going to be filled up by our meal. But boy, were we wrong. Once the burger had been eaten, we were both so so full, and made the decision that, for £9 that was one of the best things we had ever eaten.

I have included a few pictures of the place,and food, so you can get a feel of what to expect if you get a chance to go. If you go to London,and decide to go to Shoreditch, please go here even if it's just for a drink as its a fantastic place!



Until next time, Thanks for reading!


Saturday, 21 May 2016

My Weekend In London

Hey guys,

Do you ever get that feeling where you just need to get away? Away to recharge your batteries, take time out for you? I was lucky enough to treat must a weekend away with one of my longest best friends, and we chose London.

Now, of course, London is a weird choice to go for a relaxing weekend. It's a massive city that is beyond busy... but it did the trick! We visited so many places in just a few days, and we ate some amazing food,along with some fantastic cocktails!

We arrived on the Friday, the sun was blazing, and it put us both in the happy, positive mood we were looking for. The first thing we did was check into our hotel. We stayed in a travel lodge in Farringdon. Now, the area wasn't very pleasant, it was quite intimidating on an evening. But nevertheless we were happy with the location.

Once the check in was done, and bags were dropped off in the room, we felt it was time to go and explore! The first place we went to was Shoreditch. I had never been to Shoreditch before, but had always wanted to go, knowing the reputation it had for being one of the coolest places.

When we got to Shoreditch we had a wander around, looked at the foodstuffs and all the pop-up shops located near the high street. It was such a fun place to visit. When we were walking around, we found an amazing bar where we ate. It was called Bar Kick. It was a Cuban themed bar, with football tables, great music and a rustic kitchen feel.

 We both had a burger which was called 'The Bloody Good Burger' and it definitely lived up to the name! It came with a side of tortilla chips, which was a great alternative to the traditional chips you'd get with burgers down the local pub. I will be doing a more in-depth review on this bar and the food, including pictures and prices.

From here we walked around aimlessly but we discovered so many places. We walked over London bridge, we saw the shard, walked by the river, and just enjoyed the the Sun and the walk. When we got back to the hotel we were ready for a good sleep.

The next day was a day of shopping. You cannot go to London and not take a trip to Oxford Street. So this is where we started. We had a lovely day. We took our time, and soaked it all in. I brought a few things from the trip,including a couple of cardigans from H&M including a mustard yellow one, that I've been after for ages! (I'm thinking of doing a look book where I feature my purchases)

One thing I was excited to do was go to the Oxford Street Lush shop... and my God, it did not disappoint. I was in awe and of course I couldn't go with out buying at east one thing from there... so of course, I treated myself! I've also planned a haul for this trip... so keep your eye out for that!!

From Oxford Street, we ventured to Carnaby Street, which is another favorite place. It's full of cool boutiques and the famous Chocywockydoodah shop. We didn't really go in any of the shops here however, so we walked to Soho and went for cocktails.

Our next stop on the shopping tour was the ever so amazing Camden. Camden is the place to do, every other shop is a tattoo/piercing shop, the market you can find great items, and the famous food market is situated here. The food market is where we decided to go for dinner. We decided we wanted Chinese, so with £5 that's what we got. Noodles and sweet and sour. It was the nicest Chinese I've eaten.

The final stop of the day was St. James's park. It was a lovely day so we decided to take in the view and have a sit on the grass. After a while we decided to go for a walk around the park grounds, before we decided to head back.

Our final day was full of preparing to travel back home. While we didn't want to rush,we had time to kill. So we spent that time sitting in a small café in Carnaby Street.

Although we did do a lot in the few days we were away, I came back more energised, more positive and in a much better place, then before I went away.

Have you been to London? Where are your go to areas?

Until next time... Thank you for reading.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review: Halsey by Mac

Hey guys! 

Lately, I've been really into experimenting with my make up, stepping out of my normal every day comfort zone and trying something new or daring. 

I have tried lots of different thinks to try and shake up my day to day ruitine and start showing some love to new styles. I have even ditched the eyeliner for one day! 

So, to go along with the stepping out of the comfort zone, I have brought a few new lipsticks. My usual daily tones are more Browns and pinks.. And I leave the darker shades from the weekend. However, I've never really been daring when it comes to new shades. 

When I heard that one of my favourite artists had teamed up with one of my favourite make up brands, I got super excited. And I thought, no matter what it is, I have to get my hands on it. 

When it was released, I was both excited but also, I was unsure. The outcome of this beautiful match, was something that for me was so cool, but so daring I wasn't sure what to do. But then, I saw so many pictures I couldn't resist. 

Behold, the beautiful love child of Halsey and Mac Cosmetics. 

As you can see, this is a grey colour. It has a bluish undertone to it, and in some lighting it actually looks green. 

You can also have a play around creating new colours using a mixture of lipliner a or lipsticks. My favourite that I've tried is a plum lip pencil underneath, as you can see from the swatch, it creates darker grey.

I've tried this colour with a number of different make up looks, but I feel my favourite is a basic cat flick liner. Very minimal. But that's just for me personally. 

I have seen so many takes on how to wear this lip colour, and each and every individual person rocks this shade in their own unique way. 

I feel this lipstick is a quirky alternative to a black lip. One to make you stand out in a crowd. No matter who you are, what your gender or style is. This lip colour works. 

Having looked online it is now sold out. And I believe it is limited edition. But at £15.50, for such a unique colour, it was such a great price. 

If you managed to get your hands on one, congrats :). 

Until next time, thanks for reading! 


Sunday, 13 March 2016

F**k It Therapy - Self Help Book

Hey guys,

This is just a quick little post, just to let you guys know about this book! I am looking to do a review on it once I've actually completed it, so keep an eye out for that! 

This book is a self help book. I'm a lover of self help books, because I they can be helpful. Some are better then others, but it depends on the individual in the long run. 

This book is all about looking at a situation and accepting it, but saying fuck it and what will be will be. It talks about being in a 'prison' and how to break free.

With me, I've overcome a few things using self help books, I've gained more confidence, and I live more for the adventure and true not to dwell on the 'what ifs'. And now I aim to conquer my stress levels with the help of saying 'Fuck It'.

Once I have read this, I will give a more in depth view and opinion on it, and we can see if it actually works!!

Sorry for the short post! I will be back with you all very soon! I'm working on new material!

Until next time! Thanks for reading!


Sunday, 28 February 2016

Tattoos : My Experience And Aftercare Advise

Hey guys,

So this post is something a little different, as I will be talking about tattoos, and my experience and some advise and tips on aftercare.

The reason I am doing this post is because, yesterday I had a new one. And although I'm not covered (I have 2), I enjoy them. And in case some of you lovely lot are interested in getting on or maybe you have a few, I'm just sharing some tips and my experience of having them. 

So to start of I want to talk about my experience. I will insert pictures of both of mine, you will see my older one is quite terrible compared to my new one but I still love it. 

So my first tattoo, I had it done a couple of years ago, I went with one of my best friends and we had them done together. We both went for different designs. We were asked many questions just that we were of age (you must be 18+ in most places). 

As you can see from the photo I have posted below, it's very patch. It wasn't done well at all. I was sat in a chair with my leg in a really uncomfortable position. Half way through the outline my leg was numb. The artist I didn't find very professional, but at the time I loved the finished artwork. 

During this, I went very light headed and hot. I had to have a break, which is totally fine. If you need a break then you need a break or your at risk of passing out. 

I had a phobia of needles before this. Of course having a tattoo hurts. But it's  more afterwards once it is completed. It throbs and stings. One thing you have to remember is that it is an open surface wound. So with that in mind of course it will sting. 

So yesterday, I went for my second tattoo. It was a completely different experience. I had to fill in a medical type form, and sign a declaration. Once I had completed that my artist continued to ask me more health questions. Such as if I'm a smoker, blood pressure. Once all of that the real business started. 

My artist used at least 6 pairs of gloves in my 3 hour sitting. Although I felt totally fine during this tattoo (no dizzy spells, not light headed feeling not hotness) I was made to have a 5 minute break. This was so I could have a sugary drink. I didn't need this break, but my artist insisted.

She talked me through everything she was doing, which parts may hurt and described the type of pain. Advised if it was to much to stop for a break. I didn't. 

She made me feel comfortable, and I was confident that she would do a great job. And I was not disappointed.

While I was having it done I asked her opinion on other parts of the body and the pains. I thought this may help some of you or may be nervous but really want one. 

I was told that, thighs, tops of arms, back of the neck are the least painful. This are just uncomfortable. The hip area is a tickley area along with the side/ribs. 

Anything on the bone, so, feet, hands, shoulders, back, also the throat are the most painful and most uncomfortable ones to have. 

She also stated that the refuse to complete throat tatoosunless they are 100% that the client have thought about it and the design. If they feel it to thought through, then they will refuse to tattoo. 

Like any tattoo, you must think long and hard about what you want. These are very expensive, and last the rest of your life. Along with the design you must also be sure on the location of the body. 

Once you are 100% sure and your of age, and it's what you want, then go for it. In you'll be surprised how confident they can make you feel. 

But always go with your gut. If you are not sure then don't go with it. Wait. Draw it on before hand so you get a feel. But just remember this is a lifetime commitment.

So, aftercare. This is THE most important part of having a tattoo. Once you have paid all that money, you don't want to then ruin your new ink by not taking care of it. As I've said, this is an open wound. They can get infected. They will go funky and that can cause colour loss.

The tattoo will scab over, DO NOT pick it. Don't even think about it unless you want a patchy tattoo. 

Make sure you clean it, and use a good cream. A number of things are recommended. And there are loads of ways to care for your new tattoo. 

Some say to leave it uncovered, let it dry out and scab up. Makin sure you use cream to keep it clean. Try not to get clothes on the area. And once it's scabs do not pick. 

Your new tattoo will start to get itchy... DO NOT scratch that itch. If you scratch that throbbing beast then you are risking taking the scab off. You sat through a tattoo. You can get over the niggling itch. I know you can!

These are the instructions I followed. And my tattoo got stuck to EVERYTHING!

So with my new one I'm trying another option. I'm not letting it dry up. I'm keeping it covered with cling film. Creaming it regularly. 

It will get sweaty doing this. That is fine. It will form a wet scab. This isn't bad. It means you won't get a patchy tattoo. It will still itch. But you won't get stuck on clothing or bedding. It will also be protected from infection as it will be covered up. 

They advise you not to soak the tattoo and to pay the tattoo dry when you do clean it. Once it is clean, then you must keep the artwork creamed. 

Now, the creams that are recommend are, savlon, coco butter or bepanthen. But not to use Vaseline or sudecrem.

I've chosen bepanthen. But you use what you feel. Also some say that dream cream from Lush also works wonders.

I must also point out, tattoos are personal preference. The aftercare is also personal preference. Some people love them. Some people hate them. I tried to get lots of into from my artist to share with you. 

I hope this can be some what helpful for you all. And I hope you enjoy the post.

Until next time!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Cleansing Routine

Hey guys!

I'm back after a short break, there has been so much happening lately, so to ease back into it, I've decided to do a post on the items I use when I cleanse. I do my routine twice a day, the evening is more intense then the morning, to be sure I get rid of any trace of make up from the day. 

I use a range of products, that are on both ends of the price spectrum, some are available in local stores, some are online, or in bigger department stores. 

So let's get started, to start I will explain my skin type, and these products are aimed at my skin type, however, I feel there could be products out there that are better suited to my skin type but I haven't found them yet. And obviously, not everyone has the same type of skin, so these products could be terrible for your skin. So do some research. 

My skin type is very dry and very sensitive. I extremely dry patches on my cheeks and my T-Zone. With that, my skin gets very tight and sometimes stings. I have to use really thick creams, and make sure I use as many natural products as I can, but I don't follow that as much as I should. So the chemicals/ingredients in these products do irritate my skin, hence the use of such thick creams. 

I am in no means a professional, I use it and that people would be disgraced by, and as always, I am not gonna be showing off with the items I use.

As you can see, this is everything that I use. 

To start off, I use the baby wipes (I know they are no good for your skin) this may make people think dear god no! But if they are good enough for a baby, why not on my face? As you can see, I use extra sensitive which are fragrance free. 

I stock up on these as I use a few at a time. And I use them twice a day. These are the only wipes that I have found that agree with my skin. I normally have a serious breakout/rash if I use cleansing wipes. 

One I have took off the top layer of dirt/ make up, I then use a cleansing water/cream cleanser/ cleansing balm. I use the water of a morning, and either a cream or balm on an evening. 

The cleansing water I use is the L'oreal micellar water. Again, I have tried loads, and although this makes my skin feel tight, I don't get a rash. I've used others that have caused me to have a really bad reaction. 

I just apply this to a cotton pad, and gently wipe my face, eyes and lips to get rid of any make up that may have stained. I find this really great to take off any stubborn eyeliner and mascara. It's really gently on the eyes. 

I tend to soak the cotton pad and rest it on my eyes then wipe away after a few seconds. It works wonders! 

Of an evening, I tend to use a deeper cleanser, I alternate these.. Depending on how my face feels. If I just need a gentle but deep cleans, I use Liz Earl's cleans and polish, with a muslin cloth. 

Liz Earl is beautiful, they have a wide range of products, including body was and shampoos. All of which are fantastic, and smells beautiful.

The cleans and polish is a great and easy way to give yourself a mini facial. All you need to do is apply the cleanser (a cream formula) over your face, eyes and lips. This is to be done on dry skin (not dampened). Once that has been applied, wet the cloth in warm water, and using circular motions, polish the cleanser off. Skin is left smooth. 

If I require a deeper cleans, then I go for elemis cleansing balm. You apply this the same as the Liz Earl cleans and polish, only before buffing it off you wet your hands and using circular motions just give your self a mini massage, the balm will turn to an oil consistency. After about 5 minutes just buff it off again using a Muslin cloth. 

After cleansing, I use a toner. This is to cool the skin down, and close any pores that have opened whilst cleansing. This is great, as it helps prevents spots, and any dirt enter your newly cleanser pores. 

There are many out there, and I've used a number of different ones, my favourites are the Liz Earl tonic boost, elemis apricot toner and the one that I'm currently using, which is by Lush. 

They are all used in the same way, for the same reason, to smooth skin and close pores. You apply it using a cotton pad over the face, eyes, and don't forget that neck! 

Finally, I use a face cream. I tend to use an Anti-Wrinkle cream as I'm a big believer in the day that Anti-Wrinkle products are a prevention. (I'm 24 and have been using anti-wrinkle products since I turned 21). 

However, the cream I use does change depending on the condition my skin is in. I usually go between Liz Earl's moisturiser and elemis pro collagen marine cream. Currently it's Elemis. However, for a few weeks I've been using E45 due to having server dryness. 

I apply this all over the face and neck, and it's lovely. It feels silky smooth, and leaves my face feeling soft. 

For those extra special pampers, I use a face mask, this is new to me, as I've never found one that doesn't leave me with a rash.. I've started using the quick fix facials calming clay mask for sensitive and red skin. It irritates my skin a little but it's the best one I've used yet. 

You apply a thick layer to your face, avoiding the eyes, and leave for 5 minutes and then wash off. 

As well as this, I exfoliate 2 times a week. I've been on the hunt for a great exfoliate, and I think I have finally found one. I'm currently using a tester pot. It's the Aloe Vera exfoliated from the body shop. 

It is great for sensitive skin as there is no fagrance, no colour, and the exfoliate beads are so small, but do an almighty job! I can't wait to actually purchase a full size. 

I must say, if you do have any skin issues and are looking for help, try the body shop. The staff are so lovely and so helpful. And if your unsure they supply you with free samples. 

What are your top skincare products? Do you have a product you can recommend? As I said I'm not an expert, but we can all help one another! 

Thank you for reading!!

Until next time :) 


Sunday, 7 February 2016

My First Opera Experience

Hey guys,

This will be something a bit different today. This post, will be about my first ever opera experience. 

Now, I have always been curious on what operas are actually like, people make them out to be old fashioned, or posh. And this maybe, but they are also beautiful and tragic, and not just for the older generations.

I was invited to watch the live showing of La Traviata, which was being shown at the Oden cinema, as it happened at the Royal Opera House in London. My lovely friend Tam, asked me if I'd like to go, as it is her favourite opera. 

The opera is a beautiful and tragic story, about Violetta and Alfredo, and the ups and down of their relationship. It's a whole whirlwind experience. 

So what is the Opera about?

So to start, it is wrietten by Gusseppi Verdi, taken from a play called La Dane Aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, Fils. 

La Traviata simply means the fallen woman in Italian. It is a 3 act opera, based around Violetta, Alfredo and Alfredo's father Georgio. 

Violetta has been very ill for a year, and to celebrate her wellness, she throws a party to show she's well again, or so we think. At the party one of the guests, Gaston, invites Alfredo, a stranger to Violetta. This is because in the year that Violetta has been ill, he has gone to see her every single day. And has fallen in love with her. Knowing this, Gaston tells Violetta, and Alfredo confesses. 

Now, Violetta is a courtesan, which simply is a call girl, and tells Alfredo, she cannot accept his love, because she simply wants to live her life freely. He doesn't want to take this as an answer and tells her how deeply he loves her and what it means to him. She in turn does feel the same, but cannot allow herself to be so ridiculous. But on his way out she promises to meet him, and gives him a flower and tells him to go back tomorrow. 

In the second part, Violetta and Alfredo are living together, and are madly in love, but you learn that Violetta has been selling her belongings in order to be able to afford to live in their countryside home, Alfredo does not no of this, but soon learns and feels terrible. 

He leaves the house, and while he has gone, Violetta has a visitor, Georgio. Who she learns is Alfredo's farther. The reason he has gone to visit, it to tell Violett to leave Alfredo. Alfredo should be with his family, not with her. How it was a terrible thing of Alfredo to abandon his family for her. She tells him how deeply she loves him and begs for him to not make her do it, but in time tells him she's dying, and agrees. He tells her that he understands it's a big sacrifice for her and she will be repaid, that he wants happiness for her. With this she has been invited to a party by her old friend flora. At first she was not wanting to go, as this was her past, her old life, and she did not want that life anymore. But with the news of Alfredo's Farther, she decides to go. 

At the party, Alfredo turns up after learning that she has gone there. He wins at gambolling and throws the money he wins back at Violetta after telling the party that it was Violetta that allowed them to live such a beautiful life in the country. Georgio comes in at this point saying no matter how angry you are, you are not to speak to a woman in such a manner. 

Act three, shows Violetta dying, with only hours to live. She has a letter from Georgio, confessing how sorry he was for making her leave Alfredo, how he hoped one day they could both have her forgiveness. How one day they will return to her, and they will beg her to forgive. 

You learn that she has been waiting sometime, and that if they haven't shown up now, they are far to late. They will never show. And she will die, after all the heartbreak, the happiness, the love, she will die not having any of it, just sadness. That she's too weak to even feel those feelings again. 

Finally, both men show, Georgio offers to embrace her as a daughter as she first wanted, and Alfredo wants her to love him like she loved him before. To be strong and happy, like she was before. How he loves her so, and just needs her to be strong and they can find happiness again. She claims it's too late, she wishes she could be strong, that she does love him, but she is dying. And that even he wasn't enough anymore to save her. And if he wasn't enough, nothing was, so she was just going to die. 

He begs her not to say such words, that she just needs to be strong, in which she finds strength, and advises she's feeling better, she leaps around her room into his arms, and then she's gone. 

It's a heartbreaking story, of love and loss, dealing with happiness and heartbreak. It really is an emotional roller coaster. 

Of course what I have told you is the main story line, but there are also more relationships, more stories involved. 

And, for some of those who are into those girly films, this is the Oprea Vivian is taken to see in Prettt Woman. 

It broke my heart, and brought tears to my eyes. I'm defiantly a fan of this, and I hope to see more Operas. I can understand, it isn't for everyone. It's all singing, of course, and it has sung in a different language, with subtitles. However, you do not need to read the subtitles, in order to follow the storyline. 

It's so tragic, it's beautiful. 

Are you interested in Operas? Would you ever watch one? Any suggestions? 

As always, thank you for reading, and until next time! 

P.S sorry it's such a long post this time around! 


Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Little Outing To Stratford

Hey guys,

Yesterday, I spent the day with one of my best friends, we always have outings that are usually spontaneous. One of those nights happened a couple of weeks ago, when we ended up in Stratford Upon Avon, in a pub. 

That pub, was so lovely, we ended up there again yesterday. That pub is called The Bell. In order to get to The Bell, we drove 30 somethings miles, so we can have lovely food, a few drinks, and a good laugh.

The Bell is situated in a small part of Stratford, near Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

For those who do not know about Stratford Upon Avon, it's the birthplace of famous author William Shakespeare. In the main town, you have a few different bars and restaurants along with shops, but for many the main attraction is of course the William Shakespeare house.

The Bell isn't so much in the centre, so you do not see any of this, but the staff are lovely. We had a meal yesterday, which was lovely. We both had Gammon and Eggs, which was one of the best meals I've had in a pub. 

The staff are friendly and welcoming, prices are a little on the expensive side, but you don't mind that for the amount you get. They do also have a number of offers such as a burger and drink and you only pay £1 for your drink. Another offer is 2 meals for £10.99 where you have a wide veriety to choose. 

They also do a range of drinks including mocktails. I didn't try one, however, some of the options sounded beautiful such as the elderflower cooler, and the virgin mojito. In this range, they also offered fresh lemonade and fresh pink lemonade.

I will definitely be looking to go back more often, as sometimes it's nice to experience new places, and venture out. You meet new people and make new friends. 

Have you tried any nice places lately that are new to you? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you! 

Thank you for reading. Until next time.


Friday, 22 January 2016

Haul - Too Much Shopping (or not enough)

Hey guys!

It's me again, and this time in changing things slightly with a haul post. I always love watching videos of hauls, or reading up on what people have brought, and their reviews. 

So a week ago now, me and my lovely friend, and fellow blogger (Miss Kitty Kaos, off Adventures Of A Riot Girrrl)  went on a bit of a catch up around merry hill (merry hill is located in the West Midlands, where I'm from). The point of the catch up was to discuss blogging, which never actually came up. What did Happen though, was shopping. 

We went in a few different shop, and it was a great day. I thought I would share with you, the things that I got. 

So the first stop was Primark. Now I love a good bargain, and for me, you can pick up some beautiful things from there. A lot of the clothes you can make look a lot more expensive then what they actually are. 

I didn't buy clothes this time, however, I got a few accessories. First of all, they had a sale on the men's hats and scarves. So I took advantage and brought myself a hat. It was £1.50, and it's just a basic burgundy hat, but it's lovely and warm. 

This is the hat, and what it looks like on, I love it. 

Next, I picked up a couple of rings. Again, I don't really buy statement rings, but these just caught my eye. One is black (I only really wear black) and one is red. They are just simple, statement placetic gems. Both £1.50.

And finally from Primark, I brought some new earrings. It's been a while since I brought or even wear earrings because I used to stretch my ears. But I saw these and thought they seemed cool. They are both gold and silver, and they are dangly. These were £2.

Next shop was Tiger. I love this shop. It is full of really cool Nick-nack goodies. If you have one by you, defiantly check them out. I brought a couple of things from here, one being a purple velvet.notebook, however that is at work so I'm unable to show you lovelies. However it was priced at £2.

Next, again, I brought more earrings. They had so many cute studs, and I'm defiantly wanting more from there. The first lot I picked up was a pack of two, (really sorry I can't remember the price of any of these). The two pack, had some basic red circle studs, but the reason I got these, were for the gold wishbone studs. I love wishbones, and anything like that, such as rib cages, lungs, really random bits. 

Second lot that I picked were cute triangles again, this time they are a lovely bright turquoise colour. And they go lovely with my hair being as I have blue tips. 

And lastly, we went to the poundshop. Good 'ole Poundland. The main reason for me to go here, was because I had been after some hair chalks. And my lovely friend Miss Kitty, advised that Poundland were selling Urban Fudge chalks. So I was really excited for that. So when we went in, I was on the lookout. And I found them. They had a wide range of colours from red, to blue, to pink. I decided to settle on the pink and the purple shade that were available. Of course, these were £1 each, however I believe the RRP is £5-£6. 

I have tried the purple quickly, but it didn't really do much, but I'm unsure if it was just my quick application, so I will have another go at this.

Have you brought anything lately, have you used the hair chalks, what are your views? Let me know in the comments :).

Thank you as always for reading! 

Until next time! 


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Hey guys,

Today, I will be doing a review on the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. And before I get into it, this is not an advertisement. This isn't paid for. This is all my own opinion. And my own photos.

So, Like many, I am always on the hunt for that holy grail Mascara, and like many, I've come close, just not close enough to finding said mascara. I have tried so many brands, so many types, and had no luck, until now. 

I have found my holy grail. I have found my perfect mascara. And I couldn't be happier. I know so many have tired the Roller Lash mascara, and I know there are a lot of mixed feelings on the product. Many love it, many unsure, many hate it. But me personally I couldn't rate anything better.

So, let's start with what it claims to do. According to benefit cosmetics, 'Hook ‘n’ Roll' bristled brush lifts the lash along with separating and curling the lashes. They claim you no longer require a lash curler. The brush does all that for you, with a few wiggles at the base of the lash, and through out the length.

This, I don't fully agree with. I still use my curlers before applying the mascara. But, it gives the lashes extra depth, extra length, and holds the curl until I take it off. This is one reason why I love it. 

I have tried the mascara without my curlers, just to see if what they claim is true, for me, I didn't see that it was. My lashes were straight. They had no shape what so ever. They didn't add to my winged liner. And with this I was gutted. I thought i would still be on the quest for my perfect mascara. 

But I didn't give up. The next time I used the mascara, I curled them. I applied one coat of mascara. And BAM my eyes popped. The have me the desired effect. The desired curl. With one application and a few squeezes of a lash curler. I have inserted some photos of the effects. Just so you can see for yourself. 

This is with eye liner.

With and without liner both with the mascara.

Again with and with out liner, both with mascara. 

Now let's talk about the brush. We all have our preferences to what the mascara wand should be. Some prefer fatter brushes. Some prefer thinner. Some like plastic, others don't. 

The roller lash, is a thinner, plastic bristled wand. It is curled to give you the lift and 'curl' that it boasts. It's great for getting all the lashes. And also, if your a lover of applying mascara to the bottom lashes, this brush is perfect. 

The colour, is a true black. Which I love. I dislike those that turn a bit blue or a bit brown after a bit. This defiantly does. It's very flattering. And really opens up the eyes. 

Now the wear. This mascara wears really well. It's comfortable on the eyes, and doesn't smudge. My eye lashes don't clump up (which I hate) and it doesn't flake.

I have found with a lot of mascara, when you run your eye, it's wait her smudges down to your chin, or it flakes like an ice cream topping. Not cool! 

For £19.50 this product is pricey. Especially when it doesn't completely stay true to what they claim with no more lash curlers. However, with curler, this product is well worth the money. I will defiantly be repurchasing once I have ran out. 

Rating : 10/10

Have you got your favourite mascara? Have you tried the Benefit Roller Lash? Or anything by them? What's your opinion on this product? I'd love to hear from you :). 

Thank you for reading! Until next time! 


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Mac Lipsticks and Review

Hey guys,

So for my first official post, I thought I would do a review on some Mac lipsticks (with a lip pencil snuck in too!) being as I've had a couple of newbies added to my collection. I was thinking of just going ahead and doing it all about the new additions, however, thought it might be fun to do my whole collection. 

I don't have many Mac products because they are a bit pricey, so this won't be a big thing at all. This will be a review and swatch post on 2 lipsticks and 1 lipliner. And of course if you want to know any additional information that I may miss, please go ahead and ask. 

Now, I will put a disclaimer below, as I feel it nessasery, especially because we are all friends here! So please read, and enjoy.

DISCLAIMER: so firstly, I just want to put this out there, this is by no means a bragging post. I do not want people to think that. I'm not showing off, just simply giving my review and honesty on these products. Also this is not a sponsored post. All items mentioned have been brought by myself. With that out the way, let's get cracking!

First of all, I want to be talking about Mehr. This colour is one of my favourites. Its a nude pink, with a hint of berry. It really compliments olive skin tones, but I feel it would look stunning on fair skin also. 

It's a Matte finish, but it feels lovely on the lips. I suffer from dry lips, no matter what I do, they always dry out, so I struggle with Matte formulas. This one, I don't have a problem with. It glides on smoothly and does not tug at the lips. It feels comfortable to wear. 

The staying power of it is great. It is very long lasting. However, I do have to reapply after I've eaten a meal. Once reapplied, the texture does alter, and it does go bitty. To stop that, I have to completely take of the first lot and apply again. For £15.50, I would definitely recommend this colour. Do check it out. 

Rating: 9/10

Mac x Elle Goulding : Only You

This one is from the collaboration with the ever so beautiful Elle Goulding, there were a number of items in this collection that looked beautiful, however, I didn't feel would suit me or my style. 

The colour I chose is Only You. This is a lovely coral colour, more on the orange side. It's a lovely subtle colour, and looks lovely with very minimal make up. 

It's a cream sheen finish. So it is quite sheer, but gives enough colour. This colour isn't one for those who love bright or bold shades. As this is neither bright, nor is it bold. It's a very muted shade. The wear of this product is great, and it's really comfortable on the lips. 

I do feel this colour is better suited to those of a fairer skin tone, and I feel that is the case for most of this collection. However, it does look beautiful on tanned skin, gold shadow and mascara! And for £17.50 for this product I'm glad I invested. 

Rating: 7/10

Finally, is the ever so popular lipliner in Soar. I got this colour to go with Mehr, as they really compliment one another's shades. 

This is a nude pink shade, and looks amazing on its own as well as paired with Mehr. There isn't a great deal to say on this product, as it's a lipliner and does the job. 

Priced at £12.50 I would say it is over priced for what it is. You are in this case just paying mostly for the brand. But, and it's a big but, I would defiantly say it is worth the price tag, just for the pure loveliness of the colour. 

It applies nicely, but due to my dry lips, it dose cause it to tug but it doesn't ruin the line. The line is still as perfect as needed. 

Rating: 8/10

So there you have it. This has been so much fun! What lipstick is your favourite? Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any dupes? I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading! Until next time.


Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!!

Hey guys,

So it's here, it is now the year of 2016, it's a new start for some, and just loving life of others. No matter what you wish for this year, I hope you achieve all you want.

Being as this is the start of a lot of new things, and a lot of new regimes for some people, be it getting fit, loosing weight or stopping smoking, I thought I would share with you my top 3 new year resolutions. 

Being as this is my first post, I thought this would be a fun way for you all to get an insight, and get to know me. 

My New Years Resolutions

1. Loose weight - this one is something that a lot of people will wish from this year. It will be a long journey, and I'm sure it will be a roller coaster, but hey, it could be fun! 

2. Commit to writing this blog - now, this is something I've been wanting to do for some time, but for some reason, I can never seem to get a good flow. But I have good support and good people to inspire me, so I'm going to give it a go. 

3. Make more friends - this may seem a bit strange, but really, this year I want it to be as fun filled as it possibly can be. 

So, these are my top 3 resolutions for this year. I feel these are achievable and I think it will be fun to look back on these later on in the year to see how I'm doing. 

Do you have any New Years resolutions? How did you spend your New Years? If love to hear from you, so please leave your comments :).

Happy New Year, may it bring you joy and laughter and most of all happiness. 

Until next time, thank you for reading!