Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HOW I AM PLANNING MY WEDDING

Before I actually started planning a wedding, I had this very misconceived idea that the process would be easy. Find a nice venue, choose some food grub, gather your family and friends and voila!

How naive of me.



Planning a wedding is hard. At this point, we’ve nailed the big stuff; venue is booked, guest list confirmed - but now it’s all the niggly little bits which I actually think are more stressful.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

5 Things You Don't Expect To Happen When You Get Engaged

It's been four months since Ben popped the big question and we officially became ENGAGED. It's been such an exciting time, a little bit of a whirlwind and I can't believe that in just over 8 months time we will officially be Mr and Mrs. Eek!



While we have always talked about getting married, Ben did shock me with his romantic proposal and I never really thought about how it would feel to be engaged. Aside from it being really great, obviously, there have been a few things that I didn't expect to happen too as well...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Summer Nails with Roxanne Campbell: A Review*

I love having my nails painted and I have been even more conscious of having a fresh manicure since getting engaged. Honestly, I don’t think people have ever asked to see my hands more than in the last few months!

Although my days of spending hours trying out different nail art might be behind, I still love to switch things up with different shades. When celebrity nail expert Roxanne Campbell contacted me and invited me to try four shades from her range, naturally I jumped at the chance.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CBD Oil: The New Skincare Essential? Testing Out MGC Derma*

When I start using new skincare products, I always make sure to give it a fair go and so, for the last couple of months, I’ve been trying out some products from MGC Derma. Currently, the brand has three different lines: Derma Plus, Essentials and Anti-Ageing and I have been sampling the latter.

I was, admittedly, unfamiliar with the brand when they first contacted me but I am always keen to test out different things and I was really intrigued by a particular key ingredient used throughout MGC Derma's range. That ingredient? CBD oil.


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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Powdered Face Mask: Chic Chiq Review

When I want to kick back and unwind, my routine is always much the same; good snacks, a good tv show to watch and last but not least - a good face mask.



Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a few new ones to try from the lovely people at Chic Chiq, who produces Ayurveda inspired cosmetics. Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life” in Sanskrit, originated in India thousands of years ago and is one of the world’s oldest types of medicine. It focuses on the mind and body connection and it's basic rules in terms of beauty care, which Chiq Chic follow, are simple; cleansing, nourishing and moisturising.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

A Super Duper Sunday | Astonishing Premiere with Southampton Bloggers and P&O Cruises*

I fell in love with cruising when I enjoyed my first one a couple of years ago, so I was ecstatic when I received an invitation to join Southampton Bloggers to board P&O Cruises' Britannia to enjoy a very special premiere of the entertainment team's upcoming show, Astonishing. The fact it is produced by TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern and fellow performer Jonny Wilkes, only served to make me more excited!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Essentials for Summer*

The UK has been blessed with some seriously good weather lately and I am certainly not complaining. When the sun is out, my mood is instantly lifted, sense of adventure rejuvenated and my mind is whirring with activities I want to do and trips I want to embark on while its wonderfully warm outside.



When summer comes around, there are a few things I can’t do without. Aside from BBQs in the garden and Mr Whippy ice creams by the seaside, that is.

First on my essentials list, is suncream.

I have very pale skin so I always opt for factor 50+. At the moment, I’ve been using Eucerin suncream for some time now and find that they’re products aren’t as sticky as other brands I’ve used.

I particularly like the Sun Fluid Mattifying Face cream. I had never used a separate suncream for my face before this one, but I’ve definitely noticed the benefit. It has been specifically formulated to be non-greasy, so it doesn’t leave your skin really oily after putting it on.

When I’m tanned (fake, not real, obviously), I tend to wear much less makeup and I use this in place of any foundation. It doesn’t claim to have any concealing properties, but I really think it improves my complexion.

The most important thing, however, is that my skin is protected. This can be bought from a variety of stockist but is currently reduced at Feel Unique!



Next up is a good deodorant. When I’m running around all over the place, I definitely want something I can rely on.

I’ve been using the Nivea Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant lately. Billed as their most powerful protection against sweat and body odour, it's been designed to give you 48 hour protection. It has a really light but fresh fragrance and it does leave me feeling confident that I needn't worry about nasty sweat patches! 

The issue I do find I have with spray deodorants sometimes is that you end up more irritating white marks when you dress after use. With this one, I spray it slightly further away; the bottle recommends 15 cm but I leave it a bit further than that. I then leave it to dry a little before putting my clothes on. 

The other thing I really like is that the product is in a handy travel size so it can be slipped into your handbag so you can have it whenever you need it. If you've had a particularly overactive day and you just want to freshen up a little, you have it right there to grab. 

A summer perfume. I discovered Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez a little while ago. I wasn't sure at first on this one, but I really grew to like it and I have developed a bit of a new found love of floral fragrances as a result and I think they are a great option for the warmer weather. I know that there are a few other Narcison Rodriguez fragrances and after giving this one a whirl, I really want to try those now too!



Something I want in my makeup bag all year round, but just as much in summer, is a lip balm. My current favourite is the Glossier Balm Dot Com, which I have in rose. I love how smooth it leaves my lips feeling and that it doubles up and can be used for dry skin too. I am eyeing up the birthday one next, maybe for my own birthday, which is only a couple of months away now! How are we nearly in August..?

That aside, my next requirement is a good mani/pedi! When sandal weather is upon us, I always want my toes nails to be looking tip top. Since I’ve got engaged, I’ve also developed a new found dedication to keeping my manicure perfect too.

At the moment, my favourite polishes are from Essie. The Gel Setter top coat is one of the best I’ve used and it works as well with other brand polishes, as it does with Essie shades. At the moment, I am really loving floral shades - Saltwater Happy is my top colour right now. 

Obviously my mermaid nail file is a must too!


  
Last, but my no means least, is a good book. My new year mission was to make sure I read at least one new book a month and so far I’m more than on track with that. I always feel like I get so much more reading done in the summer. I love switching off in the afternoon in the sunshine with a good book - which is pretty good because I have a tonne of them piling up to be read now. Here's hoping I find the time to make a big dent in them over the next couple of months. 

Talking of books I have read though, that does not include this one, so please fold off on any spoilers!


What are you reading right now? I am always in the market for recommendations because, can you ever have too many books... seriously..?

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