Friday, 28 April 2017

brand spotlight - missguided ♥

If you haven't seen my ramble on my Instagram story about the Missguided store, then you are in for a treat today. I never really understood the appeal of one of my favourite online shops opening a store in Stratford. I originally wondered why anyone would travel to Stratford when you could simply order online with free next day delivery. Oh, how wrong I was. I made my way to Stratford a few weeks ago and then I returned on Tuesday evening. I can only describe the store layout as Disneyland for shopaholics - the mannequins are dressed in fresh, funky outfits and the Unicorn Dreams vending machine is proudly displayed on the second floor. That is correct - the giant store is two levels and it covers pretty much everything, including shoes, tops, bags, jewellery and there is even a pyjama section.
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

teeth whitening with nano whitewash ♥

I have said it before and I will say it again, I hate my teeth. We all know I love to pout - have a peek at my Instagram, you will rarely see me with a smile on my face. I am incredibly paranoid about the colour of my teeth so I try to avoid smiling in photos, sad but true. One day I will make an investment and get them bleached or professionally whitened at the dentist but for now, I want a pain free and purse friendly option that I can really do myself. Personally, I think I need something that I can easily add to my daily routine. I don't want anything fiddly or painful but I still want to see results over time. I have tried a few whitening toothpastes in the past but I was really excited when Whitewash Nano* contacted me, not only did they send me a whitening toothpaste, they kindly sent me an entire kit to try!
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

healthy snacking with abakus ♥

Another week, another chance to restart my healthy diet. This week I am testing out the Abakus* range, a quick and easy way to snack. Let's be honest, we all know I am an awful cook (sorry Ollie), but I do know how to shop. Food and shopping happen to be my two favourite hobbies so I was really eager to find out more about the Abakus range. Instead of having to step into the kitchen, you can simply shop online or find your nearest store. I love that you literally don't need to do any prep work with the Abakus range, you can simply eat them straight from the packet.
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Friday, 21 April 2017

sparkle wish list ♥

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It is no secret that I am like a magpie. I am obsessed with shiny, sequined objects and with Las Vegas right around the corner, I felt inspired to make this wish list. I was also inspired by Kendall Jenner and Paris Hilton, I love that Kendall's birthday dress was based on a retro Paris Hilton outfit! I know this list is super bold but I think its nice to dress up sometimes and go that extra mile. I recently filmed a few Vegas outfits on my on Instagram and they pretty much match this theme. My favourite item has to be the Silver Diamante Clutch Bag from Quiz Clothing and the Tarria Silver Sequin Dress from Pretty Little Thing. What do you think of my blingtastic wish list? I will probably make a gold version next week! Let me know if there is a particular wish list you would like me to create 
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

brand spotlight - house of cb ♥

Hi guys! I hope you are having a lovely Wednesday, I wanted to write a brand spotlight post about the House of CB store in Stratford. I usually focus my brand spotlight posts on beauty but I think a fashion chat is also needed. I visited House of CB on Friday and this was the first time I visited the store. I am usually glued to the website so I was very excited when I found the store in London. If you aren't familiar with House of CB, they sell very glamorous outfits. The dresses are usually priced in the £120 mark and each dress is very unique and perfect for creating or accentuating your curves. I may have to treat myself and buy the Raveena patent vegan dress and if you saw my Twitter video (and the above photo), I am deeply in love with the material and the deep burgundy shade is heavenly. I may be jumping ahead a bit, so lets go back to my first impression of the store.
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

my post gym relaxation routine ♥

I don't know about you, but I have always preferred a hot bath to a quick shower and now that I have been going to the gym more, I am certainly in need of a hot bath. My muscles can ache quite a bit so I have been using Westlab Relaxing Bath Salts* to help soothe my muscles. I am definitely not a gym expert but I thought it would be nice to talk about my gym routine, starting with the last part of my gym ritual. To get the best results from the bath salts, stretching before you leave the gym is so important. This prevents any serious injury especially once your muscles cool down after you exercise - I've learnt this the hard way!
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Monday, 17 April 2017

conceal & chroming with make-up revolution ♥

Okay, lets talk about contouring and concealing. I would like to thank Kim Kardashian West for introducing me to the contour trend, many, many years ago. I have certainly noticed a difference with my skin when I am contoured, especially when I skip it. I just find that my skin looks more defined and pretty much photo shoot ready...even if I'm just popping to Topshop or KFC for 5 minutes. If you are looking for an airbrushed look, contouring is a great way to create definition. I was lucky enough to have the Revolution Pro HD Camouflage kit* sent from Make Up Revolution a few weeks ago so I was very curious to see if this would work as a concealer and a possible highlighter.
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

food time - cow & pig ♥

I don't know whether its because I've started my healthy Las Vegas diet, but I cannot stop thinking about food. I have gone to a few restaurants this month and I thought I would write a few more food reviews because from this week onwards, I will be on a restaurant ban and just eating chicken and healthy greens...I can't wait... Last week I visited Cow and Pig, a modern British restaurant that is gently nestled in the middle of Bromley. Cow and Pig is literally a 5 minute walk from Ollie's flat so it is really easy for us to eat here, if you are coming from London, Bromley North or Bromley South station is your best bet for travel. To celebrate Ollie's birthday, I booked Cow and Pig for 7.30, we made our way down to the entrance and we were seated immediately.
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

current favourites - april ♥

Hi guys, I hope you are having a lovely start to the week. I have spent the day watching old Sex and the City episodes and putting together my to do list for the week. Remember how I can get quite anxious without my lists? I stopped writing them recently and everything has felt slightly muddled, but I am back to my routine and I feel refreshed and excited to get back to blogging properly. Today's post is a mixture of a ramble and I also wanted to talk about a few product favourites. It is officially a month until I go to Las Vegas and I am slightly panicking a bit, I have started my teeth whitening routine, upped my gym training and I am now on the hunt for some natural looking hair extensions. I feel like I want a Kim K, poker straight hairstyle. I also need to improve my tanning game, I am ridiculously pale at the moment, I have actually had to go down a shade in my regular Maybelline foundation.
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Friday, 7 April 2017

food time - quaqlino's ♥

If you are looking for a trip to the 1920's, make Quaqlino's your time travel machine. I visited Quaqlino's last year and I also attended a surprise birthday party last week in the private dining room. The restaurant is just a four minute walk away from Green Park tube station and the slightly hidden entrance doesn't prepare you for the beautiful interior. The doormen were incredibly friendly and polite and as they held the door for me, the cloakroom attendants immediately guided me to the check in desk and took my coat. I first made my way to the bathroom to touch up my make-up (of course), and I really love the overall atmosphere and interior of Quaqlino's, it has a fresh jazz vibe with a mixture of retro Hollywood glamour.
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

brand spotlight - dior ♥

Hi guys, I hope you are having a lovely start to the month! I am starting today's post off with another brand spotlight talk. I am really enjoying talking about my favourite brands and I think it's nice to have a chatty post once in a while. You can see my other beauty spotlight posts here - I've featured Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel and also Estée Lauder. When it comes to Dior, my first thoughts about the brand definitely lean towards the bold, rich shades and of course, Natalie Portman. For me, Natalie Portman really does capture the Dior brand. I actually remember writing a review about a Dior Addict lipstick in 2013, the shade was called Wild 646 and this was one of the first Dior products that I had ever tried and the glossy, glass like packaging has always stayed with me.
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