Monday, 1 September 2014

China Glaze - Neon & On & On | Review & Swatches

China Glaze is definitely a second favourite nail brand of mine. I recently posted a review on the gorgeous shade That's Shore Bright which you can read about here.  Both of these polishes I snapped up in a blog sale and I'm so glad I did.

Neon & On & On is a gorgeous vibrant crème coral shade that's so perfect for summer time. I know it's coming to the end of summer now but it's the shade I shall be wearing to wave off summer on my holiday to Morocco. To get a streak-free application, 3 coats is needed which is slightly annoying but for the coral it's worth it. It lasted about 2-3 days on my nails before it started chipping, not the best wear time but again, I got so many compliments for the shade, it's worth it. That's Shore Bright lasted longer than this shade.

If you can't tell, I love this shade, it's probably one of my favourite. My favourite is being replaced all the time but this is definitely an impressive one that's worth getting your hands on. It also makes you look more tanned, I love shades that do that. Although the longevity isn't that great, the formula is lovely and it dries pretty quickly and without any streaks or marks. You can buy Neon & On & On from BeautyBay here for £4.17, bargain.

What's your favourite China Glaze shade?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Gifts & Pieces | Home Interior

You have probably all heard of Gifts & Pieces, a home interior shop run by Abby. She also has a beautiful blog Beautyfull Homes which is hands down the prettiest interior blog around. Ever since Abby posted that her new shop was live, I was swooning all over the cute girly items and asked for a couple of bits for my birthday. I could have easily chosen half the site as everything is in the style that I want my future home to be in.

I went onto the site with the intention of buying the Polka Dot Monogrammed Mug but when I saw the "Peek-a-boo" Scalloped mug I changed my mind. I love the pink and gold together, it looks so pretty and the scalloped detailing is beautiful. The "Peek-a-boo" is also so adorable! It comes packaged in a cute pink box which is where it's living for the time being. I want to save it for my own home when I have one as I just know that if I use it now, it will get broken and I do not want that to happen. 

My mum has kindly given me a really cute cream and gold tea set which matches the Belle Teacup and Saucers that are for sale. I just really hope they are still there when I move out as I would have the cutest tea set ever...I feel like a 5 year old girl again.

As soon as I saw the Reserved for the Cat Cushion I knew I had to have it to satisfy the crazy cat lady that lives in me. Again, I wanted this for my own home when I move out as I would display it on a single chair. So far I have it on my bed as I want it on display now and my cat Bobbi has already settled down on it once or twice. When I ordered it back in May, this cushion had just gone out of stock so I waited a couple of months for it to arrive but I was always informed as to what was happening and then when the parcel arrived, these cute pink polka dot straws were inside as well so thank you! I don't know want to use them, they're too cute!

I wanted to share this little post for you as I had a lot of people liking the cushion picture on my Instagram and also because Abby sells such beautiful items for such reasonable prices that I wanted to dedicate a post just to her store. 

Have you got your eye on anything from Gifts & Pieces?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Adventure | New Forest Camping Trip

On the 9th-11th of August Brent, my brother Mark, cousin Liam and I all set off for our second camping adventure this year. After Dartmoor we really had the travelling bug and couldn't wait to go somewhere else. Originally we wanted to go to Brecon Beacons in Wales, then it was Lake District, then back to Dartmoor but due to heavy storms forecast over our weekend in all the above areas, we decided to go closer to home and somewhere that didn't require major hiking to look for a campsite. We settled on the New Forest as we had all been there before when we were younger. We booked a private campsite and set off early Saturday morning.

It only takes about 2 hours to get there from our house which is great and although we were bummed at first about the campsite (we were told no-one else was there and there was) we actually really liked it. Unlike Dartmoor where there aren't any facilities, this site had a little area for washing up and also a converted horse box for a bathroom. Minus all the spiders, it was nice.

At this site, we were supplied with everything we would need for a fire which is great. There's nothing more amazing than sitting around a camp fire with some mulled wine and a game of cards. By the end of the trip, Brent and I had mastered the art of using our flip flops to keep the fire going. On the second night, it rained just as we were trying to start our fire. Everyone else gave up on it but I went over to it armed with my flip flop and got it going again, after it had rained! I was pretty impressed with myself. I was then in charge of the fire all night.

We of course roasted marshmallows both nights whilst camping, it's not a camping trip if this isn't done.

We spent the first day just having a walk through the common behind our camp site. There are wild ponies, goats and cows everywhere you look and we came across two ponies on our walk. Although it was lovely and the views were nice, you're bound to see someone else about whereas Dartmoor it felt as though you were totally alone, scary sometimes but amazing.

It rained pretty hard on the Sunday morning but I came up with the idea of draping a tarp over mine and Brent's tent and shutting the other end in the car doors as a shelter. This way we could still cook our breakfast. Baked beans with mackerel in curry sauce sounds gross but it was amazing! It's crazy how you just eat anything when there isn't an option.

Once the rain had passed, we went to a holiday park, a bit like Centre Parks, and rented some bikes to set off on a 20 mile ride. Yes 20 miles. I hadn't ridden a bike properly in about 14 years and by 2.5 miles I was already working out my route back. There were so many hills and most of it was on a track so it was really difficult, but I powered through!

Due to the rain in the morning and this losing us 4 hours, we decided to cut the 20 mile ride in half. There was a pub on the map and once we got there we decided to have a little drink and set off home. Although it wasn't the 20 miles, it was so enjoyable. On foot you don't get to see as much as if you were on a bike and it was so much fun cycling down huge hills and just feeling the wind pass me. Although I was trying my hardest not to fly over the handle bars as well!

Both nights we found ourselves in the bar in the holiday village, having a drink (I had a slush puppie every time haha) and playing endless rounds of Jenga. Who remembers that game??

On our way home on Monday, we made a day of it. We spent the morning playing cards in our tent, had a nice big breakfast and started packing away. I forgot to mention that there was a really cute Jack Russell dog named Milo who spent most of his time with us at our site and peeing on my brothers tent haha, he was so cute, I really miss him.

We drove towards the forest, parked up and went on a hike off the trail. They had set up lots of little dens everywhere and I of course had to go inside one. We then hid ourselves in the forest away from any trails and had a sit down. Mark draped a tarp above us to stop the rain (it was raining really hard at this point) and we had a hot drink and some lunch. It was a lovely little shelter and we made sure that we didn't leave any rubbish or damage anything.

Finally, we moved from that spot and moved to somewhere else. We wanted to leave at 6pm to beat the traffic and so we set up a little area into another section of woods in a clearing. I had a quick read of my book whilst the boys were off searching for things. There's huge trees that have collapsed all over the forest and this one was surprisingly comfortable to sit on. We had another round of cards and set off home at about 7pm.

Although it was a completely different experience from Dartmoor, it was still a lot of fun. At the time I was struggling but I really enjoyed the bike ride. I love the outdoors so much and can't wait to go away again. We are hoping that maybe we can climb Snowdonia in the Winter. I have an unrealistic dream of climbing Everest but Snowdonia will be a good start. I would love to go back to Dartmoor at some point too. If I could, I would quite happily pack up my things and move into the wild. Here are my previous post - Dartmoor Day 1 and Dartmoor Day 2.

Do you like camping? Where are your favourite places to camp?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Make Up Revolution Bronzer's | Review & Swatches

After receiving some Make Up Revolution products and writing my first initial thoughts in a first impressions post here, it's still safe to say that I am well and truly hooked on the brand. Being so affordable but still bringing the quality of a more expensive brand, it's hard to not get addicted.

I am so in love with the Salvation Girls on Film palette* the pigmentation is just stunning and I have been using it nearly every day since I got it. During the summer months, I've loved being able to fake a tan on my pale face and this was achieved by two products. 

The Ultra Bronze Shimmer Highlight* bronze is huge, seriously it's bigger than my palm. This product is a bronzer and highlighter in one. I personally love the size and packaging as it makes it really easy to store and you get a whopping 15g of product for the £4.00 price tag, amazing. 

I did find that this product wasn't as pigmented as the bronzer I will be talking about next but it just gives a softer natural look. In the winter when I'm really pale, this will be perfect as it's not orange toned at all and blends in really nicely to leave a subtle glow to the face. It's actually not too shimmery and the highlight just gives a very soft sheen to the cheekbones. You can use each shade separately but I much prefer to swirl all the shades together.

The product I was most excited about was by far the Vivid Baked Bronzer in the shade Golden Days*. It's a beautiful baked bronzer with a slightly darker shade that threads throughout the bronzer. The packaging is nice again, easy to store and nice and compact. This one contains 13g of product for the same price of £4.00 which is brilliant.

I love the subtleness of this shade and it can easily be built up for a more dramatic look. It easily blends into the skin without appearing like a questionable dark brown streak on your face. The shimmer is very subtle and it gives my skin such a lovely healthy glow, no orange ompa-lompa here!

First 3 swatches are Bronze Shimmer Highlight, final swatch is Vivid Baked Bronzer.

The quality of these bronzer are great and the size of them means they are going to last a long time. Both bronzers stayed well on my skin with the baked bronzer lasting all day. I think that both these bronzers will definitely suit paler skin types without looking orange or ashy, they are just the right shade for a nice healthy glow.

I'm yet to find a Make Up Revolution product that disappoints, everything is so great so far. I'm seriously addicted to their site, I can't stop looking! There's so much choice and everything looks so great. I also love how they listen to their customers, we say we want a contour palette, we got one! It's brilliant and definitely the right way to make a business grow, I certainly can't wait to make a huge order in the future.

Have you used anything from Make Up Revolution? What are you thoughts on the brand? 

*PR product

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Quick Healthy Breakfast | Healthy Recipe Ideas

American style pancakes have to be my favourite ever snack and I love this quick healthy breakfast idea. It leaves me feeling full but I don't feel guilty at all when I eat this. I've had this every morning for the past couple of months, it's super quick and easy to make and tastes amazing.

You will need - 

Pancakes, strawberries, blueberries, greek yoghurt and syrup/honey.

I use 50/50 pancakes as they have the goodness of wholemeal (I am yet to find all wholemeal pancakes) I also use syrup over honey as I have a huge sweet-tooth. A tiny bit of syrup isn't going to make this unhealthy as it's loaded with fruit and greek yoghurt. Lots of protein and fibre here!

Pretty simple and obvious to make but I just toast the pancakes for about 2 minutes until they are to my liking. I then place two tablespoons of greek yoghurt on top, drizzle some syrup over it and then add the fruit. I love blueberries and strawberries together. The yoghurt makes it more filling and the syrup adds a touch of sweetness. Perfect healthy breakfast.

I want to try and write more recipe posts as Brent makes an amazing noodle dish for dinner that I want to share with you all. Let me know if you like these types of post. I find them great for finding inspiration for my own meals.

Will you be making this for your breakfast now? Let me know what you think!


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