Thursday, April 12, 2018

5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT SINCE BECOMING A HOMEOWNER

On Saturday, it was one year since we bought our house. 365 days since we collected our keys and officially became homeowners. The time has flown by and I can’t quite believe we’ve hit our anniversary in our little abode already. 



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Friday, April 06, 2018

4 New Nivea Products I’ve Been Using Lately

As brands go Nivea are pretty reliable, so I’m always keen to try out their latest products. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to receive a handful of goodies from them, so I thought I would put together a little roundup post about what I have been using - and how I liked them.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

LAKAZ MAMAN: BREAKFAST WITH MASTERCHEF WINNER SHELINA PERMALLOO

When it comes to food, it can be so easy to get stuck in a rut of cooking the same meals, dining out at the same places and sticking to one or two styles of cuisine. I like to experiment and different food - although, I am not the most creative chef myself - so I was thrilled to discover that our latest Southampton bloggers meet up was to be held at Lakaz Maman.



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Monday, March 19, 2018

ColourPop Haul: My First Order!

Last week, something wonderful entered my life and that my friends, was my ColourPop order. Ok, so perhaps that was just a little bit dramatic but, after lusting after their products for month, I really was very excited to finally get to try them out for myself.



My Instagram feed has been full of fellow bloggers sharing snaps of their collection, while simultaneously singing the brand's praises, so I knew exactly what I wanted to buy. In fact, it would probably be more accurate to say that the real difficulty came with deciding what not to buy, because I could have added everything a whole lot more to my basket. I rationalised with myself that I should start small and just pick up a handful of things because hey, I could always make another order.



It was the eyeshadow palettes that drew me in the most, so I settled on three; Dream St, You Had Me At Hello and Golden State of Mind.

Billed as their 'dreamiest palette yet', Dream St is the end result of a collaboration with blogger Kathleen Lights and it is fast becoming my day to day favourite.
Contained in this gorgeous rose gold palette are twelve pretty shadows, a combination of  metallics and mattes. What I like the most about this palette, was that it could so easily have just been a mix of golden shades, but including rusty and neon reds as well as bold teals has really livened it up. They aren't shades that I would usually apply, but I am excited to experiment with them as I think the blue-green colours will really work with my brown eyes.



Next up, You Had Me at Hello. I love all of the pinky purple shades in this palette, so it was definitely one I just had to have.
Having giving it a whirl, I think it makes the perfect day to night palette. There are a number of muted shades for you could choose for a more subtle look in the office, but the plums and browns are great for adding a bit more drama. I have a girls night out planned for the bank holiday and while I don't have a clue what to wear yet, I know my makeup will definitely involve this palette.

Golden State of Mind brings the wow factor. If you want glitz, you want this.
Comprised of fifteen shadows, this palette is slightly bigger than the other two I bought, and it has all the glitter. These shades have been formulated to be worn wet although, I have actually dusted a little over my lids after applying matte shadow and the colour pay off is still good.
To get the maximum from this palette though, your brush will need to be a little bit damp. I tend to spray mine with a bit of setting spray.
The lighter shades in this palette will be great to highlight the inner corners of my eyes, while the other shades will complement almost every other shadow I think I have!





I wanted to also try out some of the Lippie Stix. The Glossy Lips did look good, but I knew that I wouldn't get as much wear out of those than I would a matte lip colour.

In the end I picked up Lumiere and Baewatch, which are both matte shades and After Shock, which is a matte x shade.The difference between the two formulas is that the x shades are super matte and designed to give really full coverage. And they definitely do.
After Shock is so much bolder in comparison to the other two that I picked up but pleasantly, it feels really silky on the lips and doesn't dry them out.

I've included some swatches below, to show you how the shades come out. Lumiere is my favourite, but I am sure I will get good use from the others. My only slight issue with the stix was that my lips seemed to be slightly stained after using them, but this was only minimal, so I will give this product the benefit of the doubt!

       From top to bottom: After Shock, Lumiere and Baewatch

All in all, I am very impressed with the bits I picked up and I am sure I will be making another order before long. The newly launched Butterfly Collection, along with a good 87% of the rest of the website is basically calling my name!


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Thursday, March 08, 2018

THE LOWDOWN ON MY NEW SKINCARE REGIME

Eyeshadows, mascara, lipsticks, blushers, bronzers, highlighters; it is no secret that I am just a little bit obsessed when it comes to makeup. I'm the type of girl who has her Feel Unique shopping list committed to memory and, while there are no changes there, my focus has shifted a little... to skincare.



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Blogging Brunch at Vospers Woolston

If there is one meal I really don't indulge in enough, it's brunch. So, imagine my delight that my very first Southampton Bloggers event was centered around - you guessed it - "brunching".
On Saturday, I headed to Vospers in Woolston. A relatively new addition to the Centenary Plaza, Vospers is a burger bar that has recently expanded it's menu to include a delicious array of breakfasts. Winning!



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Beauty Tools I Can't Get Enough Of*

I'm a girl who can appreciate the simple things in life - sitting down with a good book, relaxing with a face mask, using fresh new makeup tools for the first time. This post is about the latter; there's something I just find really satisfying about whipping out an unused brush and applying your makeup.




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