Sunset Safari at London Zoo


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Summer is well and truly over now, so, despite the fact I've been wishing for winter, it's time for me to reminisce about one of my favourite evenings from this year. The night I went to London Zoo and experienced their Sunset Safari.

What is it?
Every year, London Zoo open their gates on Friday nights throughout the summer, allowing you to have a meander, see all the animals, perhaps with a delicious tipple in your hand. This is the second year running I've been, and I loved it even more! We managed to visit most of the animals, but got distracted by the amazing food stalls!

We made of accidentally had some hog dogs. And some curry. And some churros. It was just so good.

The whole experience and atmosphere in the zoo are perfect. Thankfully, both years Jim and I have been blessed with a beautiful sunset. There were a weird ten minutes this year where it seemed to drizzle, but before you could put an umbrella up it had already stopped.

Everywhere is decorated with pretty fairy lights, there music playing, a steel drum band, singers, alcohol stalls, food stalls, shows at all the main exhibits.

Take a look at my vlog for a slice of the action. 

September Favourites 2016


Okay, so serious real talk for a second. How on earth is it the end of September? It seems like just like last week I was on holiday in Menorca, excited for September to begin, and all of a sudden it's over? What even. 

Anyway, it's time to tell you what I've been loving this month.


Vampire Diaries
Oh, my dear god, I have become well and truly addicted to it. I recently got Netflix and it has changed my life. I put on Vampire Diaries for a bit of a laugh, not intending to become addicted to the whole series. I am in love. I've already binge watched a series and a half and am so invested in the story. I've even managed to get Jim to watch a few episodes with me. 

Barry M Plumpy Top Coat
Barry M, you are my saviour, a couple of weeks ago, I splurged on some Barry M top coat and base coats which are meant to help your nails (see Iron Mani down below), and the work! I love this plumpy top coat though because it does exactly that, it makes any old nail varnish feel like a thick, strong gel coat. It makes my nails so glossy and shiny, and after a couple of uses, I'm noticing them chip a lot less. Woohoo!



Iron Mani
Okay, onto this serious nail strengthener. I am in love. If you've seen any of my recent Instagram pics, you'll know how happy I am with my nails at the moment. I'm trying to grow them all and maintain them at that length, and this, combined with my already owned Super Mani, is helping! Bring on strong nails that don't chip!

New piercings
Okay, so this isn't in the photos, but you might have seen my new piercings! I am in love, I'd been putting it off for ages because I was being a wimp, but I'm so happy I finally bit the bullet and got it done! Can't wait to change the earrings over soon! Read the full post on my experience here


Pink Hat
Remember my new cap from last month? I bought a pink one! I loved the black one so much, then when I saw this dusty pink version, I had to get it. HAD TO! It's so cute, and I think I might like it even more. I'm going to wear it as long as I possibly can before my beanie hats come out. 

Brighton
At the very beginning of the month, I got to go to Brighton for a work conference, which in itself was amazing. If you're interested in the world of SEO and social media on a professional level, check out my blog post for work about my experience, here. After the conference was over, I travelled to the Marina and met the boyf there to had driven down from our hometown. We stayed in such a lovely hotel, had an amazing night, and then spent the next day being tourists. I loved every second. Every time I go to Brighton I discover somewhere new and fall in love with it more and more. 

Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in the shade Shabby Chic
It's become my go-to lip product. Read my full review here. Over the month I've reached for this time and time again. It's just so wearable. It's long-lasting, it doesn't smudge everywhere, and when it does eventually begin to fade, it's subtle. It's not like "Woah, her lipstick has rubbed off". It's gradual. 

What are your favourites this month?

Toodles! ♥


A Trip to Cadbury World


Oh hey! 

Way back in June (how time flies) my boyfriend and I went on a road trip up to Birmingham to visit one of our friends. We decided to visit Cadbury World during our visit because it's my favourite chocolate brand. 

When we arrived, we got given some freebies, hello massive crunchy bar! You then get to walk through a section which teaches you all about the history of Cadbury's, and the whole chocolate making process. It's done in a really creative way and there's a really cool cinema type room where your chairs move and all sorts. 

Once we'd visited this section, we got to explore some of the factory. We didn't actually see much in the factory at all. It was very hot, smelt so much of chocolate you could taste it, but we didn't see it all going around being manufactured which was a slight shame. At different points they had staff making chocolate, which was viewable through glass windows, plus there was a section where we got our own pot of melted chocolate with sprinkles. 

There were quite a few interactive points throughout the tour, as you'll see in my vlog, we especially enjoyed an area where you got to kick around cream eggs on the floor. It looked very snazzy. 

Anyway, enough chitter chatter, why not watch my visit here!

Thanks for popping by!

Toodles 

Sleek Matte Me Review


Aloha!

Today I bring you a review of Sleek's Matte Me liquid lipsticks. I have fallen in love with this range and am pretty darn excited to now own three of the shades.

Let's get cracking!


Velvet Slipper
This is the darkest shade I own, it's a deep berry colour and perfect for autumn/winter. Can't wait to use this over the festive period. I find this shade pretty easy to apply, as the applicator allows for a fair degree of precision. Since it's such a dark shade, though, a lip liner would be best if you were wearing this for going out somewhere. I didn't have to top up the applicator at all, it covered my lips in an opaque shade no problem at all. I didn't think it was patchy at all and didn't show off the fact that my lips were a little bit dry. Damn, you changing weather!

I haven't worn this shade out yet, but I did eat my lunch with it on and drink a lot of apple juice to put it through its paces. It came off a little bit as I was eating, but not anything a quick top up couldn't fix. The only thing I would say about this liquid lipstick is that when it does rub off, it's fairly unforgiving, for me personally, as the contrast between my natural lip colour and this dark velvety shade is so different. This will not be stopping me wearing it, though! I should also point out that when I wanted to take it off, it did not budge. It looks a lot of makeup wipe to get this to come off.


Shabby Chic
This is probably the most wearable shade for me. It's a dark brown/purple colour, depending on whether you are in natural or artificial light. Once again, this was easy to apply and I only needed one application to cover my lips. I really like this shade because although it's a bit darker than my natural lips, it's not that far off, that when it does start to rub off it's not blindly obvious to everyone else. I've got through a night of Mexican and pubbing it up only have to apply this once. Yes, I used straws all night, but it was still on my face at the end of the night. This is my fave out of the three.


Petal
Petal, petal, petal. Oh, how I wanted to love you. When I was perusing around Boots a month or so ago, toying with which shade to buy first, I remember swatching Petal on my hand. At first, I wasn't impressed, and I fell in love with Shabby Chic. However, as the day went on, I don't know whether it was just because it had fully dried, or what, but I immediately regretted not buying it. So a couple of weeks back, I caved and bought it.

Why did I do this? The first time I wore this, I knew it was a mistake. I don't know what it is about this shade, but it's just not cool. It looks like it's going to be quite a dusty shade of pale pink. Not too in your face, nothing cray cray, just an everyday pretty little colour. Nope! Upon application, Petal comes out in a bright, almost verging towards baby pink shade in some light. This is not what I wanted. Also, I don't know whether this formula is slightly different, but it just seems to come out very patchy, shows up any dry flecks on my lips, and well, it just doesn't float my boat. It doesn't fit with how much I love the other two.

Another point I must make, this shade has a different applicator. Is this the case for all bottle of Petal? Should they all be this shape, or have I just picked up a dodgy one? The applicator wasn't bad by any means, but it just made the application a little less precise than the others.


All in all, I'm pretty happy to like 2 out of the 3 shades I've purchased. What I love about these liquid lipsticks from Sleek is how affordable they are. Only £4.99 makes it very easy to purchase more. I will be keeping an eye out for any new shades, for sure. If you own some of the range, please enlighten me on the whole applicator mystery. I'm curious whether it's just a lucky dip on which one you get, whether it just depends on how old the stock is, or maybe there's some secret behind it all. Who knows.

Thank you for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it!

Toodles ♥

I got some new piercings!


Hello, everyone!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my latest piercings. Nothing crazy, but I did get my second lobe piercing on each side just over a week ago.

I've been thinking about getting them done ever since I got my helix pierced, just over two years ago. I was slightly put off by just how long that took to heal. I know it's different because that was through cartilage, but I couldn't be bothered to put up with the pain.



But, there I was, last Saturday, conveniently shopping somewhere with a Claire's accessories inside. I decided to hell with it, I would get it done.

They used a gun for each side, and the whole thing was over very quickly. Compared to having my helix pierced, it didn't hurt at all! My ears felt very hot for a few minutes, but very quickly I couldn't even feel them.


Claire's sold me a cleaning solution, not going to lie, I think it's very overpriced considering you can just use a salt water mix, however, it's handy if I'm feeling lazy and means there's no excuse for me not to keep up with aftercare. This solution claims that if I use it three times a day for three weeks, my piercings will be healed. Enough to change them anyway. I'm slightly sceptical, but if this is true then that's great! I'm just going to keep an eye on them and see how I go.

So far the healing has gone really well, I can sleep absolutely fine on each ear, and so far haven't really had any problems with getting my hair caught around them or anything. For the first few days, that were a little sore if I touched them, especially during cleaning. Now, a week on, they're fine to touch, a bit uncomfortable during cleaning, but so far so good! Actually a lot less painful from what I remember when I got my first lobes done about 10 years ago.


It's definitely given me food for thought when considering future piercings. So far, I'm really happy with the piercings I've got and have got a couple of fake ones to wear if I really want to. I like the idea of getting my conch pierced, but I've heard it's very painful, and I'm not sure I'm brave enough. Ask me in 6 months. I'd consider other cartilage piercings, but the healing time puts me off slightly, considering I had quite a long journey before my helix finally settled down.

Thanks for reading!

Edit: I didn't really make it clear, but the conch and lower helix piercing are clip in, fake piercings, whilst the upper helix, and both lobe piercings are legit.

Visiting Hever Castle


Hello!

This post is well overdue, but I had such a great time visiting Hever Castle at the start of the summer, it needed to be talked about. Let's get into it.

Hever Castle is based in Kent, in the most beautiful village called Hever. It was a short drive for my friends and I and if we'd had more time we would have spent more time exploring the local area. The castle dates back to the 13th century and was actually the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Cool huh?


Since we were blessed with gorgeous weather on the day of our visit, we spent most of our time in the castle gardens. There are two mazes explore outside, the English Yew Maze and the Water Maze. I enjoyed the Water Maze but there were lots of children running about deliberately splashing each other, but that's half the fun, no? The English Yew Maze is what you imagine a maze to be, tall green hedges that you can't see through as you try and reach the middle. So. Much. Fun!

I would seriously recommend the onsite restaurant. If we'd thought ahead we could have bought a picnic. but we didn't, so instead we ordered a feast! Everything was delicious! It was sweet potato fry heaven, and I had the best pea & mint soup I've ever tasted. Jim also ordered about three different cakes and demolished all of them. I'll take it that they were pretty yummy too!


When we actually went inside the castle, we got to follow a route around all the different rooms, it was very interesting but very hot. I would definitely keep this in mind if you're visiting on a sunny day. I feel like we probably rushed it a little bit due to this. But, the room with lots of different torture equipment was amazing, if a bit gruesome to think what they were used for...

All in all my friends and I had a great day. It was so much fun and everything looked so beautiful. If you go there, explore! Oh, and don't always go the most obvious direction to the different areas of the castle gardens, we took a path that was less popular, and we got to see the cutest rabbit ever!

Please watch my vlog if you want to see the above in action :D


P.S. Make sure you grab an ice cream whilst you're there!

Toodles

So, I vlog now?


Hey hey hey!

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that over recent months I have actually been vlogging. Me? Yup. I finally did it. Woohoo!

I've been wanting to vlog for quite a while but just didn't have decent editing software, didn't like the footage from my old camera (literally the sound of the camera whirring away was louder than whatever was going on), and just didn't know what to vlog and what not to vlog.

This year, it seems I've finally found my jam. I wish I'd done it sooner! First of all, I considered weekly weekend vlogs, since me vlogging in the week would be very boring. Just work work work work work. But then I thought every single weekend is quite a lot of pressure, and some weeks I might not do anything that is remotely interesting for other people to watch.

So, I decided that I would vlog any fun day trips, long weekends away, and bits of holidays. I've always been one to take fifty million photos when I go somewhere new, but it's not as easy to look back on them or share with others. 

Editing takes a lot of work. My laptop is on its last legs and struggles through every time I edit a video. I'm currently waiting (and saving up for) Apple to release new Mac Book Pros so I can edit and vlog to my heart's content. 

Apple, please hurry up.

I'm really enjoying vlogging my favourite days and parts from holidays and such, so if you'd like to have a look at what I've vlogged so far, visit my YouTube channel
That feels so weird to say! But eeep go check it out!


Thanks for popping by my blog today!

August Favourites 2016


Hello, everyone!

Today I wanted to write an August favourites post. Can you believe I've never actually written a favourites post before? Let's get into it. 


Fallout 4
Okay, this game is a big reason why I haven't been blogging all that much lately. It's just so good! I know I'm pretty late to hop on the Fallout train, but at the beginning of the summer my dad got a PS4, and for the last two months or so I've been borrowing it to play Fallout on. I'm addicted. I love the story, I love some, but not all the characters, and am trying to play as many side quests as possible to I can eek out the main story for as long as possible. I really don't know what I'm going to do when I finish this game. 

Makeup Revolution Highlighter
Remember this old chestnut, I wrote a post on it way too long ago. It used to be a staple in my makeup routine but I'd gradually gone off of it due to the highlighter. It's a very shimmery highlighter, and for a while, I was into matte highlighters. Well, guess what, it's all changed. I had a wedding to go to in early August (Hey Uyen if you're reading) and I wanted to go glam. This, my friends, is when I rediscovered this highlighter and just how amazing it is. It is so shimmery! It's perfect! My old palette is definitely getting a well deserved second lease of life. If anyone has any other great highlighters they would recommend, please do tweet me! I'm hooked! 

New Hat
I headed up to Leicester for a long weekend in August to visit some friends, and of course, what would a long weekend be without some shopping. I've been eyeing up baseball caps for a little while now. I hadn't found one that I liked, and I wasn't too sure if they suited me. I popped into New Look, not even looking for a hat, and bam, there was this one. It's become an instant hit and I wear it as much as I can. My friends haven't refused to hang out with me in public either whilst I'm wearing it, so I guess that's a good thing. 

Colour freedom hair dyes
I'd been meaning to dye my hair for ages. I'd had an ombre kinda vibe going on for a good few months, but wanted to dabble with pink. I'd tried Manic Panic, which made the very lightest shades of my hair turn a very subtle pink, but it wasn't enough. I wanted more! I went into Superdrug and bought these dyes on a whim. I wasn't sure what colour they would show up on my hair, I wasn't sure how well they'd last. But I did it. Enter, Becca the mermaid. I love them! They're so easy, just stick some in a bowl and dilute or just slap it straight onto your hair. The first few washes were the most vibrant, but even when the colour starts to fade it doesn't seem to go too patchy. The purple definitely has a much stronger pigment, but I think I prefer the pink. Definitely contemplating getting a teal shade to mix into my mermaid hair. 

Barry M Super Mani
Last but definitely not least, it's Barry M's Super Mani. It's a 7 in 1 treatment and I am so impressed with the results, My nails can grow quite long, but they're so bendy and look really warped half the time. It's super annoying and I hate how they look. I bought this on a whim, I didn't really expect it to do much, but with a regular application it has actually made a difference! It doesn't stop my nails bending completely but they're so much sturdier, and they've been growing a lot longer before they break! It's become a staple now every time I paint my nails. I find it applies easily and is actually a pretty good base coat if you're being lazy. I want to try the rest of Barry M's nail care range now!

That, my friends, sums up my absolute favourites this month. I really enjoyed this post, and hopefully, you did too. You might see another one pop up at the end of September. Only time will tell! 

Toodles! 

The Thief Taker - C.S. Quinn | Book Review


Hey guys, today I wanted to share a book with you. I've recently finished reading The Thief Taker by C.S Quinn, and have had a serious love-hate relationship with this book, so I thought I'd tell you why. Let's begin! 

The general gist:
The book is set in 1665, during the time that the Plague is taking hold in London. I really enjoyed reading a story from this time period, I so often read books based in the modern day, it made a really nice change. The book begins with Charlie Tuesday investigating a murder case, however, not all goes to plan, and things quickly take a turn for the worse. Throughout the book, you follow Charlie as he moves across London, pursuing this murder, whilst also discovering links to his forgotten past. Ooh, mysterious. All of this is done whilst trying to avoid catching the plague I might add! 

Characters:
Charlie: Charlie seems to have his head screwed on right. He's experienced a tough childhood, both he and his brother were orphaned from a young age, and they have some unanswered questions about their past. I think this has made Charlie quite thoughtful, I didn't ever feel annoyed by his actions, which made it enjoyable to find out what he was going to do next. He lives life as a thief-taker, so you'd think that he'd be used to finding himself in some sticky situations, but it does seem like he's being challenged to the limit throughout the book! 

It's really hard to write about the other characters without giving major spoilers. Which is super annoying because I feel like I can only speak about Charlie. But hey ho. During the book, we see him have to place his trust in someone, and it's a big gamble, but I think the way Charlie handles the situation shows he's a true gentleman, even through these troubling times. Something that I didn't expect to see happens very close towards the end of the book. You could say that a space in his life has been filled. It certainly came as a shock to me, pulled on the heartstrings, and made me eagerly await the sequel (which I've now started reading). I also really learning about Charlie's past, and how he has come to learn so many secret routes around London, whether it be from his own exploration, or because of help from some of his friends. 

The read:
So, despite my enthusiasm above, it took me a long time to fall in love with this book. A long time. I'd say it wasn't until I was about a third of the way through, maybe even half, before it finally felt like I was getting somewhere. Yes, things were happening in the book, but, some chapters aren't from Charlie's perspective, and I actually found those chapters a little confusing and distracting. Towards the end, you see that they are necessary, but during the read every time it took a turn away from Charlie, I would sigh and it would become an effort to keep reading. However, in the last half of the book, things get crazy and my attention was gripped, which was pretty shocking considering I was so very close to giving up in the beginning, and now here I am reading the sequel!

Would I recommend it?
Yes. I would. I think the setting for this book is great, you really get a sense of what it must have felt like to live amongst the plague, and it is so worth getting through the first half to find out what happens in the end. The mystery aspect of the story is also pretty good, I certainly didn't see it coming. You'll know what I mean when you get there. 


Go, go, go! Get reading!


Toodles! 

InstaApril '16

Oh why hey there!

Hasn't April flown by? I've been a busy bee this month, there's been something going on almost every weekend and I've got up to lots of fun things. It's been so nice this weekend to have three days off! This month I have:

  • Gone to Brighton for the day
  • Camped for a weekend
  • Become super body confident
  • Organised a surprise party for the boyf (and partied hard)
  • Done perhaps a little too much shopping

Hope everyone had a wonderful April! Bring on May, and remember to keep up with my Insta to see my latest adventures!

Toodles!


Review: Lash Accelerator Endless by Rimmel


Hey hey hey,

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on this amazing mascara. I've been using it for a good year now and it is one of my must haves in my makeup bag. Seriously, this is a must for the repurchase pile.

Let's talk mascara.

First up, the applicator for this mascara, do you see how tiny weeny the bristles are? I like to layer up my mascara, using this and a few others, such as Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara. I absolutely love this as a base layer, it separates all my lashes, leaving no clumps, and the fibres in the product really help to add length. I then like to use it again as a final step to catch any lashes I've missed on the inner or outer corners. I never realised how much of a difference it made it get those last few mascara-d up!


Although I've just told you how much I like to layer up different mascaras, I've also used this plenty of times on its own. A couple of coats and you're good to go. Like what I said above, I think the fact that the bristles are so small, they allow you to have that extra bit of precision when applying the product, so just the fact that you're coating all your lashes from inner to outer corner makes a huge impact in itself! If only using this mascara, it gives a very natural finish to your look. My lashes never look clumsy when I use this, nor to they get that sort of, crispiness. It just looks like I have super long lashes that day. I know quite a few people like the more clumpy look, myself included, but for days when you want to be a bit more subtle, this comes in very handy. 

What's your favourite mascara for achieving a more natural look?

Toodles! 

Charlotte Tilbury "Walk of Shame" | My Thoughts


 Hi guys!

Today I wanted to share a little bit about how I feel about a new lipstick I've got my hands on. It's part of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution range and claims to be luminous, modern-matte and long lasting. 


I've never owned a lipstick or any product for that matter by Charlotte Tilbury, so I'm excited to share my initial thoughts with you!

Firstly, the packaging. It's beautiful. If there's anything apart from the quality of product that's going to make me buy high range beauty products, it's amazing packaging. The bullet comes in a pretty little cardboard box. One that doesn't rip when you open it for the first time. It's so nice I don't want to throw it away! Then you look at the bullet itself and omg. Amazing. I've always seen Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in people's videos and blogs and have thought 'now there is some eye candy'. Beautiful rose gold, has a nice weight to it, feels expensive. And rightly so, this is no cheap lippy!


As for the colour, I have shade "Walk of Shame" and am loving the pinky red. I feel like it's going to let me pull off a red lip, without being too crazy and in your face. It's also matte, as you've probably gathered from the name, which is an instant yes from me. 

I know that a lot of people aren't always keen on lipsticks, or just beauty products in general that have a strong scent, but personally, I quite enjoy it, especially when it smells as delicious as this! It has a very strong vanilla scent, but I imagine it will wear off after application. 


Speaking of application, when trying out this lipstick I was pleasantly surprised. After my recent disappointment when trying my first Mac lipstick, I'm pleased to report that this definitely doesn't drag across the lips, and the square end makes it quite easy to get crisp edges even without a lipliner.

Overall, I'm really excited to give this lipstick a lot of use, I think it's going to be a great colour to wear as we move from Spring to Summer) if the weather ever cheers up, and is hopefully the beginning of my Charlotte Tilbury collection! 

Toodles!  

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Blusher Review


Hello!

Today I wanted to mention Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Blusher because I'm a little bit in love with it. 

One of my friends got me this blusher back in February for my birthday and I'd never tried a product like it before. In the past, I've only ever used powder blushers, which have worked fine, but I always felt like they disappeared quite quickly, and I may as well not have worn blusher at all. However, this definitely changes that. 


This blusher comes under the cream blusher category. It comes in a bullet and you simply twist up to extra when you need to. It is very pigmented. The first few times I used it, I didn't really know how to apply it, so I sort of imagined adding war paint to my cheekbones, in a continuous line, and then blended. It actually blends really well, but my cheeks were very pink, and I had to tone it down a little which my foundation brush. What this does mean, however, is that the product goes a long way, you only need a little bit!


Now, I apply it by dabbing 3 dots across my cheek bones, blending out, and then adding more if I feel I need it. This is much better, you can still see that I've got blusher on, but it's not OTT. It's also a lot easier to add more than take it away! 


What I like about this product is how easy it is. I carry my makeup between my house and my boyfriends almost every weekend, and it's easy for powders to smash. So this solves that problem. Just pop the lid off, twist, and apply. Nice and compact if you want to take in your handbag to reapply later too. 

All in all, this is my new favourite blush, and I'm definitely considering buying one of the other shades to play with. 

Have you tried Soap & Glory's cream blushers? 

Toodledoo!

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist Review


Hello, hello, hello! 

Today I wanted to write a little review on this uh-maz-ing makeup fixing spray, my lovely friend Emma (hello!) recommended it to me about a month ago and I swear it has changed my makeup life!

I don't think I've ever tried a proper setting spray before, in the past if I was going on a night out I'd use the old spray hair spray on your face and hope for the best technique, but that didn't seem to do much. The main thing that smudges or ends up out of place is any eye makeup I have on. I suffer from really bad hayfever, which means I quite often fiddle/rub/itch my eyes without even realising. When I've got makeup on I make a conscious effort to try not to touch, but there's always the chance I'll cave in, and then boom, there I am sat in the middle of work with Panda eyes. Great. 

I picked up this spray from Boots for £7.99. At first, I thought it was a little pricey, but after using it I can say it's totally worth it. To apply, you shake the bottle vigoursly and then spray almost in an X shape across your face. Be sure to really shake it or you will suddenly have white freckles everywhere!


It dries in under 30 seconds, and then you completely forget it's there. It doesn't make your face feel taut, and your skin doesn't feel sticky or anything. I've found that now, any fancy eyeliner I do will actually still be on my face at the end of the day. This is a revelation for me, usually by the end of the day it will have faded and will look rubbish. and I will probably have smudged it, but now! It's there! It makes me have the confidence to wear my makeup to work without fear that I'm looking to look worse for wear at the end of it. Another thing I've noticed is that it prevents my makeup smudging when your eyes water, whether it be hayfever or just when you're walking in the wind. April where you at. 

All in all, I am in love with this product, and will definitely be repurchasing. It is now a staple in my makeup routine and I feel like I can really get the most out of my makeup now. 

If you've never tried a fixing spray before, seriously, try this! It's so worth the money!

Toodles ♥

InstaMarch '16

Why hello!

I can't believe that March is over. This month has been crazy fast. It started off great, I had a fun trip to Birmingham and saw some of my faves, and then sadly I got ill right after! I was out of the action of nearly two weeks and it meant that my blog got a little neglected. I'm back to normal though and feel nice and refreshed. I'm so happy that we finally get some more sunshine now and am so excited for April. I've got a lot of fun things planned so hopefully it will all go well. Take a look at my snaps from last month!

This month I have:

  • Got a pet cactus for work
  • Spent a weekend in Birmingham
  • Bought some lovely new clothes
  • Bought some lovely new makeup
  • Visited the park
  • Ate super delicious food in Brum
  • Dyed my hair - goodbye dark reddish hair, hello 'bronde'!

Thanks for stopping by! Please follow me on Insta to see all my latest photos!

Toodledoo! 

Mac Smoked Purple Lipstick & Cyber World Lip Pencil Review


Oh hey!

Today I bring you a review of Mac's Matte Smoked Purple lipstick and Cyber World lip liner. Before these two products, I had never owned anything by Mac before! Let's get cracking and I'll let you know how I found using them!


Okay, first things first, the lipstick. I actually got both the lipstick and the liner as a present, and I think if I'd chosen them myself I wouldn't have gone for such a dark colour. I'm all about the vampy lip, but on me, this just looks too dark. I don't think I'd be brave enough to wear it out, in fear that it would end up smudged or on my teeth or people that knew me would ask 'Why are you wearing that?'. It's a shame because it's such a rich, deep purple colour, but I think unless I have a serious tan it's going to wash me out. 


This lipstick is a matte shade. I love matte lipsticks and prefer wearing them to anything else, but I found when applying this lippy, it really dragged across the lips. It didn't thrill me during the application process, which is kinda a shame because I wanted something else to convince me to wear this shade a little more often! I know that this is probably because it is matte, but I have other high street matte lipsticks which are nice and smooth to apply. For my first Mac lipstick, I am sadly disappointed. 

The lipstick does have quite good staying power, especially when worn with the lip liner. My only complaint would be that when it does start to rub off, it is so obvious! The colour of my natural lips compared to this shade is so different (obviously!). Does anyone else get annoyed when the inside of your lippy rubs off? It's just a pet peeve of mine, especially if there's a significant difference between my natural lip colour and the shade I'm wearing. Maybe that's just me. 


As for the liner, I found it really nice to apply. It didn't drag like the actual lipstick, and even by itself is a very nice colour, a rich purple. I similarly wouldn't really wear this shade out unless I had some fancy pancy party to go to, otherwise I think it's just a bit to BAM in your face for everyday wear. 


All in all, I'm a little disappointed by my first Mac lippy. Hopefully, though, when a pay day comes along I might invest in another, perhaps not a matte one, or if it is matte, a much more neutral colour that I'll be able to get lots of wear out of. All the hype. 

Hope you enjoyed this post chummies! Please let me know any recommendations you would suggest for a Mac newbie!

Toodles

Digital Fortress - Dan Brown | My Review


Oh hey, today I wanted to share with you how I found my most recently read book, Digital Fortress. I'm getting back into the swing of reading regularly and thought I share with you how I found it. Enjoy! 

Digital Fortress. Right. Can we just. Let me set the scene, I've never read a book by Dan Brown before, and wanted to start off by reading Digital Fortress. I read some reviews saying how this was perhaps not his best work, but I decided to go ahead anyway.

The general gist:
This book follows Susan Fletcher, a cryptology genius, as she tries to solve a major problem with the National Security Agency's super computer. It's hit a code it can't break, and this is a major cause for concern. Susan and her boss, Trevor Strathmore work together to figure out how to solve this very complex problem.

Characters:
Susan: I really like Susan, most of the time. I love how she is the head cryptographer, like come on that's something we should all be aiming for! Girl power! She's got the beauty and the brains and knows exactly what she's doing, much to the annoyance of some of her colleagues. Susan's actions do not make me want to hit my head against the wall, for the most part, she seems to make logical decisions and, without making her sound boring, she makes quite sensible decisions. Towards the end sometimes I found myself asking why she does things in a certain way, but the pace fastens so you can understand her perhaps less thought out actions.

Strathmore: Oh my god. This guy. So Trevor Strathmore has worked his way up inside the NSA, good on him, but he always seems to have a point to prove. He puts way too much at risk all for his own pride, and his actions are very poorly thought out. He seems to make rash decisions, and then struggles to deal with the consequences, so makes a poor effort to cover them up. I never really jelled with Strathmore throughout the book and found myself almost constantly annoyed at him.

David Becker: David is a university professor, he is the love interest of Susan in this book, but don't expect much romance. Before the pair get a chance, David is put on a flight to Spain, to go in search of Ensei Tankado, who holds the solution to the unbreakable code. I don't dislike David, he seems like a pretty nice guy, but again, some of the choices he makes are questionable, and you find yourself thinking, if that was me, I'd say "No way, I'm completely out of my depth, I'm going home". And he doesn't. He's choices are frustrating, but you can't help but empathise with him given the situations he finds himself in.

The read:
I found that it wasn't until a good quarter way through until I really got into this book. The pace is quite fast, but it does feel like the majority of all the exciting parts happen very quickly near the end. Still, it's an enjoyable build up and makes it easy to follow the storyline. There's no getting confused with who's who, which I like. I don't want to read a book and constantly have to be reminding myself who's who.

I also enjoy how this book switches up the perspective. You get to know what's going on in all the main character's heads, and this will help click into place some of their possibly questionable behaviour.

I found the book easy to read, I enjoyed the ending, however, I wish it could have continued, it felt like it was a bit cut short, and I was left with some questions. For the time invested in 500 pages or so I was like, "What? It can't end there, not now!". I felt like there were definitely some loose ends that hadn't been tied, but the final outcome was what kind of what I wanted, I just wanted it to be explored a little more.

Would I recommend it? 
Yes, I would, but I'd warn you that you're definitely going to get frustrated with some of the characters, and maybe the ending. However, the story line is extremely fitting with everything that's been in the news recently about the FBI requesting backdoor access to iPhones. This book explores this concept in the age before everyone had a smartphone in their pocket, people are stressing about their emails being read by the FBI and government. Sounds familiar huh? If that was how people would have reacted back ten or so years ago, imagine just how big a conundrum we could be in now! We basically are! 

I shall leave you with my favourite quote from the book, one that stayed with me and made me question what's happening in the news at the moment:

"Who will guard the guards? If we're the guards of society, then who will watch us and make sure that we're not dangerous?"

My Makeup Storage


Hello. It's me. . . 

I've got Adele songs in my head and I can't stop. Oh dear. Anyway, today I wanted to show you some of my makeup storage. It's not all of it, but it's my day-to-day essentials and favourites in a neat and somewhat organized way. If I showed you everything it would just look a mess. 


I bought this acrylic storage from Muji. I started off with just two drawers but then it got too crammed in and it turned into me just stuffing things all the time. Not good. So then I bought another two and boom, I have a nice little system in place. 


I'm going to tell you about each drawer in the order that I use them, so starting from the bottom. In this drawer, I like to keep things for the base. This includes primers, moisturizers and concealers, as well as those trusty contour palettes. If I'm feeling lazy with my makeup I try to make sure I always do my base properly, because it just helps me look a bit more awake, and with it. Ready to face the day! 


Next is a mixture of lip products and my Soap & Glory powders. They don't fit in the bottom drawer! In this drawer, I like to keep all my liquid lipsticks that I'm loving, as well as the occasional lip balm or lippy. Whatever floats my boat. I keep all my favourite lipsticks on the top of this unit in a cute little acrylic display. 


Next drawer up, I guess this is a 'to-blog' drawer/new products drawer. Do you ever have new products that are just so perfect you can't bare to use them yet? Hopefully, it's not just me! Anyway, I like to keep new products I haven't used yet in here for a number of reasons. Firstly, I want to remember that they're new and I haven't used them yet! There's always the chance that if I put them straight in the appropriate drawer I'd just reach for my usual fave and forget all about them! I also like to keep new products in here so that if I have any duplicates (looking at you Thick & Fast Mascara!) I know what to use up first before I open the newer product. I also like to keep products in here that I want to blog about in the near future. So you might just be seeing some of these in closer detail sometime soon!


Finally, the eyes drawer! It's getting a bit packed in lately because over Christmas I've accumulated a few new mascaras. I have wayyyy too many liquid eyeliners. Some of them are really on their last legs so I'm just trying to use them up now so I can make room for more. I also keep eyebrow pencils/pens in here. I know that once I've got to this drawer my makeup is almost complete and I will soon be on my way. Not before setting it of course (can we just talk about how amazing setting spray is? I hadn't used one before until recently and I am a changed woman!)


So, on top of the drawer unit, I like to keep my go-to nail varnishes, which are all either Ciate or Barry M. I'm going through a bit of a neutral or black phase with my nails at the moment, and let's not forget a good splash of glitter too. I also have my lipsticks! I'm making a real effort lately to try and use lipstick more. I think in the past I've been a bit scared, as it can make such a statement. I'm also just worried I'll forget I have it on and accidently smear it across my face without realising. My favourite at the moment has to be Rimmel 207. I hadn't used it for absolutely ages but I've rediscovered it and want to wear it all the time. All the time. I really want some more Nyx suede lipsticks, though, I mean aren't they just to die for!


Now you've seen where I keep the bulk of my makeup, I keep palettes and extra stuff, or things I rarely use in the drawers of my dressing table. I think in the near future I'll have to have a sort out so that I can make room for even more lovely makeup! I love it at the moment, I feel like my friends and I are all really getting into and can share what our favourite products are at the moment. I love it!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing how I organise my favourite makeup. It's slightly organised chaos, but it keeps all my day-to-day bits and bobs in one place. 

Toodles!