Monday, 30 March 2015

March Favourites

Wow, who can believe we're at the end of March already?! Where is this year going.....

Here are a few things I've been loving this month:

Fortitude 



I'm hooked on this at the moment on Sky Altlantic, I don't know what on earth is actually happening, but the skandi landscape is enough for me.

Victoria Jackson Palette



I've had this palette for a couple of years and been saving it for a rainy day. I've never heard anyone mention Victoria Jackson, but at the time I bought it I heard she was a makeup artist. The colours and textures of the eyeshadows are lovely.

Jelly Pong Pong Lid Primer



Another product that I've had for a while and barely used (can you tell I'm trying to whittle down my make up collection?!) this glides on smoothly and easily without dragging, and really sets my eye make up for the day. So far I prefer this crayon version to my Smashbox Liquid Lid Primer (bold statement!)

Lovestruck by Vera Wang



This is the second time I've had this perfume, it's light enough for day but also has staying power. I got this huge bottle for Christmas. I love the flowery lid! Pretty make up bottles always help sell things for me. 

Spotify



I'm a bit late to the Spotify party, I downloaded the app a few years ago and just didn't really gel with it. I've decided to give it another go and I'm really liking it this time around, I often listen to the pre-made playlists while I'm chilling out or working. Music is my passion, I literally couldn't live without it, I always have it on in the background. So this is fab for me so far.

Cath Kidston Honeysuckle Hand Cream



Finally, this hand cream has made it onto the list not only because of the gorgeous smell, but also because it's so thick and creamy. It's perhaps a little sticky (it doesn't sink straight in) but it's nourishing and heavy duty, it's always in my drawer at work to heal my horrible dry hands.

What are your favourites this month? Have you tried any of my favourites? 
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Life Lately Through My IPhone

Hello everyone!

Hope you're all having a great week?!

Here is a little of what I've been up to this week:

Had egg and soldiers on Saturday morning, such a comfort food.
On Saturday night my friend and I went out for some incredible cocktails, we had such a good night.
These pretty tulips brightened up an otherwise boring Monday, I love tulips, they're my favourite flower, feels like spring could possibly be on the way at last.
I bought this lovely clutch bag over the weekend from TK Maxx. I love it there because there's always quite unusual stuff to be had. This bag is quite 'art deco' which is an era I love, so I had to have it.

Who saw the eclipse? I popped out of work to have a quick look at it, didn't get any great pics though.



The rest of my week has been spent purging on 'Fortitude', has anyone else been watching it? It's a bit slow moving but I'm hooked!

Have a great week! 

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Little Pick Me Ups

As its the International Day of Happiness today, I thought I would make a list of those simple pleasures that can't help but lift your mood and make you happy!

1. Matching Underwear


Photo from Pinterest

This sounds so silly, but knowing I have a lovely set of underwear on, even if it's completely plain rather than fancy, really boosts my mood.

2. A Bubble Bath


Photo from Pinterest

I absolutely love soaking in a warm bubble bath, it's just so relaxing, especially if you light some candles and have a cheeky glass of wine. I love having a relaxing night in with a bath, and then smothering myself in moisturiser and putting on some clean PJ's. 
Which leads nicely onto my next point:

3. Clean Sheets 


Photo from Pinterest

Bed is just the best place ever anyway, and I think most of us would snatch an extra hour a night if we could, but is there a better feeling than climbing into fresh, clean sheets? I don't think so. 

4. A Nice Cup of Tea


Photo from Instagram @yellowicing

I'm a tea addict, I just couldn't go a day without a cup of tea. Tea just makes everything better! Especially the first mouthful of a piping hot cuppa. Mmm. I'm already considering going to put the kettle on!

5. Lighting Candles


Photo from Instagram @yellowicing

I'm addicted to candles, they just immediately change the mood and make me feel relaxed. I nearly always have some lit. Having a relaxed room with dim light, candles lit and a hot chocolate is my idea of bliss. 

6. Fresh Flowers


Photo from Instagram @yellowicing

Flowers are just so simple but so effective at cheering me up. They're bright, pretty and smell lovely. What's not to like? 

7. The Sound of the Sea


Photo from Instagram @yellowicing

I'm such a beach bum, and the sound and smell of the sea cleanses my soul like nothing else. It never ceases to pick me up. 

8. Sunrise, Sunset


Photos from Instagram @yellowicing

Never a day goes by where I don't find myself staring at the sky and marvelling at it. Every morning when I drive to work I'm looking out for a pretty sunrise, and likewise on the way home, hoping to catch a glimpse of a stunning sunset.

9. Playing With My Hair


Photo from Pinterest

I love the feeling of having my hair played with, or being stroked. It gives me shivers! It makes me so relaxed I often just fall asleep. 

10. New Books/Notebooks


Photo from Pinterest

Finally, I love starting a new book or diary, the smell of the pages and the crispness is just so satisfying!

What little things cheer you up? 

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Aurora Borealis

Disclaimer: I apologise in advance for this massive plug, I'm not usually so blatent.

Ben (who is a professional photographer to be fair, therefore us mere mortals don't have the gear OR idea to do this) went out last night to shoot some photos of the amazing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) because we were told that where we live on Anglesey would have clear views of it last night. And he took this incredible shot of the Aurora behind the lighthouse.



It's making me feel happy just looking at it, I didn't go out with him, but I'm mesmerised by it. 

Did any of you see any of it last night? 

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Mother Nature Spa Day

Happy Mother's Day, to all those mums, fur baby parents and for those mums sadly not still with us.

I treated my mum to the Mother Nature package at The Quay Hotel & Spa, which included a back, neck and shoulder massage, an Indian head massage, and a pressure point facial. It was all amazing and super relaxing! Plus amazingly good value for money.


I have a lot of tension in my upper back, particularly around my shoulder blades, so it felt amazing to have that concentrated on. It was so relaxing I could have fallen asleep, I didn't want it to end. The only downside was heading to Tesco straight afterwards with a head like an oil slick!


After our treatments which lasted an hour, we sat in the spa's Relaxation Room with views overlooking the marina. We then had lunch served in funky bento boxes, I had the lamb kofta wrap which was sooo good.



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Friday, 13 March 2015

Mother's Day - A Mother's Advice.

As its Mother's Day this Sunday, I started thinking about how much of influence my Mum has been throughout my whole life. She really is my best friend - we go for lunch every week, go on holiday together every year, and she's the only person who's opinion I trust when I'm shopping.


So due to the fact that whatever she's been doing all these years has managed to make her look 20 years younger than she actually is (she often gets mistaken for my sister) I asked her to impart some motherly knowledge and wisdom for my blog, and these are her 10 top tips:

1. Think Young.
My Mum has always had the attitude that age is just a number. She's never let her age define her, or stop her doing what she wants. She says "you can be an old 45 year or a young 65 year old, it's all about the attitude and outlook."

2. Dress to Suit Yourself.
Know what suits you. As long as it's not obviously too 'young' - go for it. She says "no one wants a mutton dressed as lamb mum, but at the same time you don't have to hide away in long frumpy jumpers if you don't want to".

3. Do Things for Yourself.
My mum has always looked after herself, and by that I don't mean she's always had money to burn having loads of treatments. She says for her, it's important to have her hair and nails done, and look after her skin by treating herself to facials whenever she can afford it. 

4. Look After Your Skin.
Following on from the above point, my mum has always had a beauty regime as far back as I can remember, and she's always drilled it into me to be scrupulous about my skin too. "I've cleansed, toned and moisturised my whole adult life. I always take my make up off before bed, and very rarely go to sleep without applying face cream. I layer up with facial oil, serum, and moisturiser in the morning, and at night facial oil, night cream and eye cream. I don't use the same brand religiously, but I do like to buy the best product I can afford."

5. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise.
My mum really stresses the importance of a good moisturiser, and encouraged me to start using different creams for day/night, as when I was younger I just used a general face moisturising cream."I like to put my night cream on around 9pm so it has longer to sink in and doesn't end up all over my pillow. I also leave my moisturiser on for as long as I can in the morning before applying my make up."

6. Eat a Balanced Diet.
On the subject of food, my mum says "I eat whatever I want as long as it's in moderation, and if I feel like a glass of wine I'll have one." This is definitely advice thats rubbed off on me (well, apart from my lack of restraint with a bottle of wine!)

7. Keep a Positive Outlook.
"Keep up with friends. Talking and laughing keeps you young. Don't let life weigh you down too much, think positively - life is what you make it." I must say, I very rarely hear my mum say anything negative or waste time on idle gossip. I definitely need to learn to be more like her in this respect.

8. Be Happy In Yourself.
My mum has got the kind of natural confidence I can only dream of. I'm always really critical of myself, I definitely need to work on my confidence and self-esteem. "Be happy with the way you look, and if you're not, do something about it. And retail therapy will always lift your spirits!"

9. Smell Sweet.
I've definitely inherited my mum's love of perfume, I spritz away throughout the day and love to smell nice. My mum says "I always wear perfume, even when I'm only in the house."

10. Keep Active as Long as You Can.
My mum still works, and I know that she dreads the day she has to retire. She says "keep working for as long as you can, there's nothing like sitting on your own in the house to make you feel depressed."

What advice have your mums passed down to you?

Happy Mother's Day, Mum x





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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Sephora Haul - France

While I was in France, I had to make a pitstop to Sephora.
I can only visit Sephora when I'm on holiday, so I always like to pop in and have a browse.

(Side note: how annoying can Sephora staff be sometimes?! I must have been swooped on 15 times in a half hour visit, and don't even get me started on the perils of accidentally opening a non-tester palette just to look at it. Jeez)

Anyway, rant over! 

There was literally so much I wanted, but I had to be reasonable so I refrained and mostly just window shopped. 
Of course there are the cosmetic staples I really would like to add to my collection, like an Urban Decay Naked palette, a Bobbi Brown colour brick and a NARS blusher, but they will all have to wait sadly.


bought Make Up Forever - High Definition Powder which was on offer for only €14. I've never really been a powder wearer so I'm hoping I get on ok with this. Already I notice I have less of a shine on my face.


Secondly, I bought Sephora HD Brow Palette  because I have HD brows and I have really noticed the difference using a brow palette makes. I couldn't quite justify £25 for the proper HD Brows Palette with all my other expenses, so I decided to have a go with this one, which was also €14. So far I'm really impressed with it, the spoolie and wax have made a big difference to my brows.


Do you have anything on your Sephora wish list? 
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A Weekend in The South of France

One of my biggest passions in life is the South of France. I've been going there for the last 7 years or so; my Mum and I make an annual trip to enjoy the sun, relaxed lifestyle, shopping and food.

Once you get familiar with Nice (which is where we always stay as its a central location to get everywhere else on the coast, and also in our opinion has the most there) it's really simple to find your way around. We never stay at any specific hotel, because they're all well situated. But this time (and last year) we stayed at a hotel right off Place Massena - the central square.


(The bottom two photos are the views from our balcony)

I could literally go on and on forever about the place, when you're passionate about something/somewhere that's usually the case. It's definitely my 'happy place', when I feel the plane wheels hit the ground I feel like I'm home.


We spent our first morning strolling along the pebbled beach that runs alongside the huge Promenade des Anglais - I always dream about living there and spending my days running along the lovely straight prom in the sun! 

The Promenade was British-built in around the late 1800s, and runs the entire stretch of Nice itself. On our trip this time we discovered that there was originally a grand casino that was the focal point of the Promenade, but it was destroyed during the War and the metal used by the Germans. It's so sad to see the old photos and realise that such a grand and beautiful building is no more. To celebrate 80 years since it was destroyed, there is a replica statue made out of fairy lights in one of the parks.


On our second day we decided to take a trip on the bus to Menton, which is the last town on the Riviera before you reach Italy. We spent a leisurely day there, looking at the carnival floats (amazingly made COMPLETELY out of oranges!) before having some lunch and sangria overlooking the beach.


On our last day (sob!) we got a bus in the opposite direction to Antibes, which is the only place on the coast we haven't been to before. It's a lovely old town with a Marina filled with super yachts and cobbled streets. Picasso was from there.


It was so lovely to get away to a little bit of paradise, even if it was only for a long weekend. This weather was glorious too which definitely helped make a truly beautiful place look even more stunning. 

Nice - I love you.


We flew - Easyjet
We Stayed - Hotel Massena
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

My Carry On Essentials


If there's one thing I love, it's going on holiday. I'm also a really efficient packer, and actually enjoy packing my case.
So as I'm going away for a short break tomorrow, I decided to write a short blog about my essentials to take on the plane with me.

(Obviously I take my phone but couldn't include it in the picture! I never take my DSLR with me when I only have carry on luggage, as there just isn't enough room in a hand luggage sized case and I'm always afraid of damaging it.)

I always take headphones so I can listen to some music, or play games on my phone during the flight.
My kindle is a must and I've downloaded a couple of new books to read.
My new Naked travel palette is super handy, the only other make up I'm taking with me is my Chanel foundation, blusher brush and Sephora handbag perfume.
Sunglasses to keep the (hopefully) bright sun out of my eyes while I'm away.
And finally, my funky travel wallet which I love, it's so bright and cheerful, and ideal for keeping my passport and money in.

See you in a few days! 

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