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!