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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet Buzz!


Hello Lovelies, I hope you're all well! Today I thought I'd write a little post to announce that on Saturday we finally went to pick up our Golden Retriever puppy! We'd been wanting to get a dog for a long time and we felt the time was right. We were a little wary when it came to choosing a breeder because my boyfriend Charlie has had an issue before, but we couldn't of been more lucky and found the perfect breeder! We put a deposit down on our puppy just after we got back from Brighton, but I decided to stay completely silent on the matter because it felt way too good to be true and I didn't want to jinx it! It was complete torture counting down the days until we could finally go and pick him up and when we went, the whole litter were still there and they were all such lovely puppies! If you're looking to buy either a Labrador or Golden Retriever puppy, feel free to email me and I'll pass on her details! 

Today he's 8 weeks old and we've now had him for five days and he's settled in perfectly. He's also now had his first injection, I cannot wait until all his injections are complete and I can take him out for walks! The only slight problem we have is that the cats aren't too sure of him yet and I hate seeing them so nervous. If you have any tips on making them feel a little more comfortable, please let me know!

I'll probably do a little update post in the near future, but if you do want to see more of him, I became one of those super cringey people to make their pet an Instagram haha! - @TheAdventuresOfBuzz.. In my defense I only made it because I wanted to upload a few pictures a day to look back on because Golden Retrievers grow super fast and I didn't want to annoy people on my normal account. 

And the last thing I want to mention - in terms of blogging, I managed to get a few posts scheduled, but posts might be a little slow at the moment. Puppies are alot of work and require alot of attention.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eyeliner Made Easy?

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner Review Blog
Zoeva Rose Gold 317 Wing Brush

Eyeliner has never been my forte. Ever since I first started wearing makeup, it was always the thing I wanted so much to perfect, but here I am six years later and I'm still pretty clueless when it comes to those dreaded cat flicks. I've tried a whole range of different options over the years - kohl pencils, liquid liner pens, gel pots and even a simple bit of black eyeshadow, but I've never been happy with how it looks... until now. 

I think the key to creating the perfect wing is using whatever you feel comfortable with. For me, I definitely think it's a gel pot and an angled brush because I feel like you have so much more control and if you do make a mistake, it's easy to correct. If I'm in a rush I won't even attempt eyeliner because I think it's best to take your time, it's such a horrible feeling when you know your makeup looks rubbish. As it's not something I use every day I haven't felt the need to invest in anything high end and my current go-to product is one that I've been loving for a few years - the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner which retails at £7.99 and the pot lasts absolutely ages. The product itself is so creamy and glides onto the lid without any need of tugging!

I've tried many different brushes over the years, but I had never found one that actually worked for me and then for Christmas I received the Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes and I completely fell in love with the 317 Wing Liner Brush which retails at only £5.95 when bought separately, such a bargain! It's the most perfect angled brush that creates a perfect thin line and wing. My eyeliner still isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than it was and practice makes perfect, doesn't it?



Are you a fan of gel eyeliners?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Makeup sponges are something that had never really appealed to me before, until I heard everyone raving about the Beauty Blender. I definitely wanted to give it a go, but the £15 price tag always put me off. I had a look around for some cheaper alternatives, but for some reason, I never got round to buying any and then for Christmas I received the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and I couldn't wait to try it! I really love all the brushes I've tried from Real Techniques, so I had high expectations for this sponge and it didn't disappoint!

The sponge retails at only £4.99 and can be used either wet or dry. My main concern before trying it was that it might be really hard to work with and scratchy on the face, so I've always opted to use it wet. To do this I simply just soak it under some cool water and squeeze out any excess. I've heard beauty sponges work alot better with full coverage foundations, so I've been using it with my beloved Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. I simply pump a small amount of foundation onto the back of my hand and using the flat edge of the sponge, I start applying it all over my face in a kind of patting motion. Silk Creme can sometimes look a little heavy, but when applied with the sponge it looks so much more natural and glowy!

The only slight niggles I have is that using a sponge takes a lot longer to apply foundation than a brush does, which is slightly annoying when you're in a rush. And I also find it really difficult to get completely clean and I hate using something that looks dirty on my face. It seems to wear away pretty quickly too, mine has already torn slightly in a few places and I've only had it a couple of months.

Overall, I'm a huge fan of the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques, I think it's one of the best budget buys I've found in a long time and I definitely will repurchase when mine starts to fall apart a little more.


What are your thoughts on makeup sponges?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Brighton Haul

Hello Lovelies! I hope you're all well and are having a lovely weekend! Today's post is another haul. This time I'll be showing you some of the things I bought in Brighton that aren't beauty related!

Sass & Belle Bunny
First up are the items I picked up from Sass & Belle! I've been wanting to buy a jewellery dish for quite some time now, but I never knew which one to go for (unicorn, cat or bunny) but in the end I opted for the bunny! What I love the most about Sass & Belle is that they have so many items with the cutest quotes on them. I picked up a tin that has a little bear on the front and it says 'Do more of what makes you happy' I love this quote SO much! And I also picked up a plaque that says 'Bee happy' .


The next items are from the store England at Home! If you've ever been before, you'll know that they sell the most amazing cushions, not only do they have the best prints/images on them, but they also feel really good quality. There's nothing worse than buying a cushion and it being completely flat within a couple of weeks. If I had my way I would have bought tons of cushions (I am obsessed) but as they're £34.99 each I settled for just the one and I opted for the panda one in the end, mainly because I know my boyfriend loves pandas too, so it's something we both like! And I also picked up the book I Could Pee on This It's basically a poem book 'written by cats' some of the poems are amazing and SO funny, others are pretty poor, but as I have cats of my own some of them are pretty relatable!

This was actually one of my birthday presents, but I thought I'd add it in here anyway as I got it around the time I was away in Brighton! I've needed a new phone case for a while and I've always wanted a Ted Baker one - this actual one is called Sugar Sweet and it has such a lovely floral print. They are more expensive than the average phone case, but they feel a lot more durable than other phone cases I've had!

I also took a trip to Waterstones and the Waterstones in Brighton is pretty damn huge and to be honest, I was completely overwhelmed, so I decided to just look for the little Youtuber book section, so I could purchase Tanya's book! I also went over to Urban Outfitters and finally purchased It by Alexa Chung! I've been seeing quotes from this book all over Tumblr for the longest time and I've always wanted to actually own a copy. I'm not sure why but it seems to be pretty hard to get hold of in hardback form now and it's pretty expensive in Urban Outfitters retailing at £16.99! 

Also from Urban Outfitters I also picked up this drinking cup. I really wanted to get a couple from the Disney store, but the one in Brighton has closed down, which makes me sad! 




Just like many other bloggers I really want to join the bandwagon and start my own scrapbook. Most people I'm aware of are going down to Project Life route, but it all seemed pretty expensive, so I thought I'd just go old school, buy a scrapbook and do whatever I fancy! Everything I've bought so far it from Paperchase.


From Tiger, I picked up a bunny cotton wool holder. The Wonderland ones were being stocked in Boots during the festive period and I really wanted one, but I didn't really want to pay £10, so I was so happy to see these being sold in Tiger for around £2! And I also picked up some heart shaped measuring cups, whenever I find recipes online they are always in cup measurements so these will come in so handy!

Although I did just turn 20 that doesn't stop the obsession I have with Disney and there's nothing I love more than visiting the Disney store and picking out a new plush toy, but as Brighton no longer have a Disney store I headed to Build a Bear instead and purchased Olaf. He's so soft and smells like bubblegum!

And lastly I bought two pairs of shoes - I've been wanting a new pair of ankle boots for a while now, my current favourite ones are from Primark, but the heel was starting to really wear down. I had a look round various shops and then I found some lovely suede ones in River Island. There was a choice between beige and grey and I loved both, but I opted for the grey ones in the end because I thought they would look cleaner for longer. And I also picked up some new ballet flats from New Look which are also suede and have a gold chain on the front.


And that's it! I hope you've been enjoying my recent hauls! What have you been picking up recently? 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Benefit Rockateur Blush


As I've probably mentioned before, Benefit is a brand that doesn't usually interest me that much, but all I've been hearing about the last few months is how amazing the boxed blushes are and in particular the Rockateur blush, so I popped it on my Christmas Wishlist and luckily I got it!

In terms of packaging - I just don't love it. Usually, Benefit packaging is so cute and girly and something that looks perfect sitting on your dressing table, but the combination of the snakeskin and pink lace together just look so incredibly tacky to me. As it's one of their 'boxed blushes', it comes in the standard hinged cardboard box which also contains a little mirror and brush, but to be honest, I never use either.

"Pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famously provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off. The crowd will go wild for its sexy faceted design, accented in luxe gold. For an encore, the custom angled, dimensional brush gives rich, show-stopping payoff every time"

The product itself looks incredibly shimmery and at first I was a little worried it might make me look like a human glitter ball, but once applied I don't find it looks overly shimmery at all. It just gives you the most perfect subtle glow, which is just what I go for when looking for the perfect blush.

Overall, I'm completely obsessed with the Rockaeur blush. It's quickly made it's way into my everyday makeup routine and as soon as it runs out I will repurchase! Which means alot coming from me because I'm never usually bothered by blushers. If you're looking for a subtle peachy/pink blush then I would definitely recommend giving this a go!


Do you like Benefit blushes?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brighton


I feel like everyone has that one place from their childhood that even today, is like your little haven. Brighton is definitely mine. To me, it's perfect. It has amazing shops, nightlife, beach and marina. Long gone are they days that I get to travel to Brighton every weekend for £1, but I do go back as much as I can. As most of you know I was lucky enough to spend a whole week there recently and I got a few questions about my stay so I thought I'd write a post!




When I first started to go for weekend stays to Brighton, the whole weekend had to be as cheap as possible and we'd usually stay in budget hotels such as the Travelodge on the seafront. It's bearable for a few days and it doesn't break the bank (prices start from £39 a night) Fast forward a few years and we found the company - Brighton Holiday Homes. They have a whole range of different rental holiday homes available around Brighton and Hove, which are all beautifully decorated and can sleep from 1 to 40 people! We've used them twice now, the first time for my 18th birthday and we stayed in the apartment called Sea Breeze - which is the perfect apartment for a couples getaway and the location is perfect, just by the pier! and more recently we stayed at the Bristol Court apartment, which is also on the seafront and has beautiful sea views, this apartment is alot more spacious with two bedrooms and two bathrooms ect..

Personally I think Brighton is a lovely place to visit all year round, but I'll admit it is that little bit nicer in the summer - obviously, so you can take full advantage of the beach, but if I'm looking to stay for a week I usually go in the winter because it is SO much cheaper and a lot less busy. 




Shopping: As I've mentioned before, shopping in Brighton is amazing. Where I live, the options of different shops is very, very limited, so I always end up having a huge shopping spree when I'm there. The shops that I always like to visit are:


Sass & Belle sell lots of really cute homeware items and gifts and I'm completely obsessed with everything they sell! Luckily, you can order online, but I do prefer going into the store. They currently have five stores - four in London and one in Brighton.

Velvet - This is definitely my favourite store in Hove and it is pretty similar to Sass & Belle and they even sell some S&B stock. Inside Velvet is shabby chic heaven and you will find homeware items, gifts, furniture and clothing. 

England at Home is exclusive to Brighton and they actually have two stores there. They sell lots of quirky homeware items and every time I visit, there is always something that catches my eye! I've just realised that you can order online here too which makes me happy!

Tiger - There are lots of these dotted around the country, but I don't have one where I live and you can't order online, so I make sure I always pay a visit when I go to Brighton. Tiger sell a whole range of items and I always find that they sell so many handy items and they're so affordable!

And lastly Choccywoccydoodah - This place is simply amazing and the cakes that they showcase are incredible!


Eating:

JB's American Diner - American diners are one of my favourite types of restaurants to go to and JB's is definitely my favourite by far. The portions are huge and amazing value for money and my all time favourite thing on the menu is definitely the Lucky Charms milkshake, yum! 

Catwalk Cakes is the cutest vintage tearoom that sell the most amazing cakes and it's where I had a little birthday tea. I only found out about this place recently, but it's amazing! 

Pizzaface was just around the corner from our apartment and we became obsessed. They make the most amazing stone baked pizzas (If I had one local to me I'd never go to Pizza Hut or Domino's again!) and they also sell Boho Gelato ice-cream which is incredible!

Slice Sussex is based in Hove and is my favourite place to go for breakfast! It's such a quirky and unique place and I love that they have a Roald Dahl quote on the wall! 

Harry Ramsdens - Every time I visited Brighton with my Grandparents, we'd always, always go here. So, I still go now because I don't want to break the tradition. 



Other:
The pier and the beach will probably forever be my favourite places to visit, there's nothing more calming than hearing the sound of the waves and looking at all the different beautifully coloured beach huts.


I feel like I've mentioned everything that I've been asked, but if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or drop me an email!

Have you ever been to Brighton?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Review
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Review
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | 30ml | £5.50

Skincare products don't usually excite me, but Liz Earle's offering of Hot Cloth Cleanser did and after hearing so many rave reviews, it's something that's been on my wishlist for a long while. I really love Hot Cloth Cleansers, after a long day of wearing a full face of makeup, all I want to do is take it off as quickly as possible and Hot Cloth Cleansers melt away makeup so effortlessly, leaving the skin feeling amazing! I finally got my hands on the Cleanse & Polish in a travel size version with the Glamour Beauty Power List Box and as you probably imagine, I was SO excited to finally try it. I've now had a good few months to give it a few tries, so today I thought I'd tell you my thoughts! 

I love that the cleanser was created for a wide range of skin types and contains fabulous ingredients that really nourish the skin such as rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus essential oils. When using this, I find that it does remove my makeup quickly and effectively and it always leaves my skin feeling so soft, but this is the first hot cloth cleanser that has actually stung my eyes, which can be such a pain when I have a lot of eye makeup that needs to be removed.

Overall, I like this, but due to it not being the most gentle of cleansers, I probably wouldn't repurchase!


Have you tried this? How did you find it?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Lush Haul 2015

Lush Haul February 2015 Blog

Hello Lovelies! Today I thought I'd show you the items that I've recently picked up in Lush. As there isn't a Lush store local to me, I usually go pretty crazy when I do finally find a Lush store, but I think I've actually been pretty well behaved this time!


As the Valentine's range is always out just in time for my birthday, I usually receive a few of the products as gifts, or if not, I buy something myself. The first three items are from this years Valentine's range. Unicorn Horn - this has to be the most beautiful product I ever seen! As soon as I saw photos of it floating around social media, I completely fell in love and knew I had to have it! The only problem is.. I think it might be too pretty to use? Bath bomb wise I picked up the Floating Flower - Last year I opted for the huge 'Love Locket' bath bomb, which I did like, but I think it is a little expensive considering how dull it is! And lastly from the Valentine's range I also picked up the limited edition lip scrub The Kiss - I hadn't actually bought any of the lip scrubs in a while, but this one was too pretty to resist! 


 Granny Takes A Dip, Sakura and Big Blue have all been on my wishlist for a while, so I'm pretty excited to finally give these a try!


Next up is The Comforter which is an old favourite of mine and I would probably go as far as to say that it's my favourite bubble bar I've tried! It has the most gorgeous berry scent, creates lots of bubbles and as you can cut it up into different sections, it lasts for ages! 


 Twilight, Dragon's Egg and Fizzbanger are also some of my favourite bath bombs I've tried, so I had to stock up my collection! Twilight was the first bath bomb I ever used and I'm still obsessed with it! It smells amazing, creates the most beautiful pastel colours and leaves my skin feeling so silky smooth. Dragon's Egg is one that takes a little while to fizz away and at first, it does look a little dull, but once finished ,it transforms the water into the most gorgeous orange bronzey shade. And lastly, Fizzbanger! I love everything about this bath bomb - the scent, the colours that burst out and most importantly it helps to reduce the feelings of anxiety. 




And the last item I picked up was the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub! I really want to start trying out more skincare products, I feel like I spend so much time and money on makeup, but really neglect taking care of my skin. I have only tried a couple of things skincare wise from Lush, but I've never been disappointed. I've heard so many amazing things about this scrub, so far I've only used it a couple of times, but I'm loving it so far!


Are you a fan of Lush?