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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Spring Tag

The Spring Tag 2015 Blog

Hello Lovelies! As it's now officially spring, I thought I would do the spring tag! I've seen two variations of it flying around, so I've mixed and matched the questions a little. 


001: What are you looking forward to the most in spring? 
As I've mentioned before, I just cannot wait until the weather has improved a little and I can leave the house without having to wear layers upon layers. The clocks went forward one hour last night too, which means lighter evenings are on the way!

002: Favourite thing about spring? 
I did write a whole blog post on all my favourite things about spring, but I think my top five favourite things are the warmer weather, lighter evenings, all the beautiful flowers, waking up and hearing all the birds singing and the spring fashion is beautiful too!


003: Favourite spring nail polish?
During spring I always opt for pastel shades and my favourites are definitely mint green shades, such as Mint Candy Apple from Essie and Sugared Apple from the Barry M's Gelly range! 


004: Favourite spring lip product? 
As I always wear pretty dark, matte shades throughout autumn and winter, when spring finally comes around I like to wear nice, subtle, natural shades. My current favourites are Lovelorn from MAC and the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in 'Melted Peony'.

005: Favourite spring drink?
Definitely rose lemonade!

006: Favourite flower?
Ooh, this is such a tough question! My top five are: Tulips, Hydrangeas, Roses, Peonies and Dahlias. 



007: Favourite spring candle?
As I've mentioned before, I always become obsessed with lighting candles in the autumn/winter time and I rarely light them during the rest of the year. But I do really want to pick up one of the Easter Yankee Candles! 

008: Favourite perfume to wear in spring? 
I'm currently really loving Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs!

009: What are your favourite clothing items to wear in spring?
I love wearing skater skirts, with floaty, blouses! 

010: Any plans for spring break or upcoming vacations?
I was originally going to be heading to Florida later this year, but we then made the decision to postpone it due to how bad my health is right now. As a lot of you already know, I suffer with CFS and going to Disney would involve an awful lot of walking everyday and if I'm honest, right now I just wouldn't manage it. I even struggled walking around Brighton everyday.  This year, I just definitely want to focus on trying everything I can to get better, so I can start living a little bit more and hopefully will get to go in the future. Just so we still had something to look forward to, we recently booked to stay in a little cottage in Dorset near where they filmed Broadchurch and it's dog friendly, so we can take little Buzz (who definitely won't be little by then haha) I'm pretty excited for that! My Nan and Grandad used to go on holiday to Dorset every year and I've been wanting to go ever since I lost my Grandad! 

*All images featured in the post are from Pinterest. 


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this tag!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TIGI S Factor // Smoothing Lusterizer

TIGI S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer Blog Review

Hello Lovelies! I feel like I haven't done a beauty review in such a long time, so today I thought I'd share with you, my current favourite hair care product! 

The S Factor range from TIGI was first brought to my attention by Zoella back in 2012 and the Smoothing Lusterizer has been something I haven't been able to live without ever since. I love having long hair and I definitely won't joining the hype and having short hair any time soon, but it does come with it's disadvantages. After washing my hair, it becomes incredibly tangled and sometimes it's such a task to brush it all out and it also leaves it looking incredibly frizzy.. But luckily the Smoothing Lusterizer is the perfect product to combat both of those problems!

I've always been in two minds when it comes to the packaging - I love the colour scheme and the bottle is pretty unique, but at the same time it's unnecessarily big which makes it the worst thing to take travelling. If you're like me and love your hair products to smell good, you will love the S Factor range as they smell just like strawberry laces or strawberries and cream! The formula is to a medium consistency, but incredibly light weight which I love because I find my hair does tend to become oily pretty easily after using product and even if I apply this to the roots, it doesn't make my hair oily at all!


TIGI S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer Blog Review

One thing that might be slightly off putting for some people is that the product looks shimmery when first squeezed out from the tube, but as the shimmer is so finely milled, once it's applied to the hair, it no longer looks like actual shimmer but gives you the shiniest hair ever!

You can apply this to either wet or dry hair, but I always use it on damp hair after I've washed it. I apply it from root to tip, but mainly concentrate on the ends and then I brush my hair to make sure the product has been distributed evenly and detangled all the hair. After applying it leaves my hair smelling, feeling and looking amazing and it also makes it so much more easier to style too!

Overall, this is definitely one of my favourite hair products I've ever used! At £15.25 it is more pricey than I'd usually spend, but I'll always repurchase because it's one of those products I cannot live without and each bottle does last an awful long time!


Have you tried this before? Or, any of the other products from the S Factor range?
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Buzz: One Month On...


Hello Lovelies, I hope you're all well! Today marks a whole month since we first bought Buzz home, so I thought I'd write his first update post and just give you some more information on him as in the last post I wanted to keep it pretty short and just introduce him to you all!

Buzz is now 11 weeks old and is growing incredibly fast and weighs around 8kg. When we went to pick him up we were provided with a diet sheet which instructed us to feed him on Pro Plan Puppy Food for Large Breeds four times a day, which we have been doing, until next week when he will drop down to three meals. He's always been really good with eating and knows what din-dins means and he always gets SO excited.

The thing I was most nervous about before getting him, was how he would sleep at night. Before we even had found a particular puppy we already decided that we would crate train him. From what I've seen online there seems to be mixed opinions on this, but we made sure to do a good amount of research before going ahead and in the end we thought it would be the best for him. As he was only 7 weeks old when we brought him home, he was very nervous and he felt really safe in the crate. We didn't have any problems with sleeping, he cried a little the first couple of nights - but nothing major. He's now in a pretty good routine, we throw his teddies into the crate and he knows it's bed time and he will get into his bed straight away!


I'm really happy with how things are going with his training, we haven't knuckled down and done anything that amazing yet, but he knows how to sit, give you his paw, high five, stay and lie down on command. 


Vaccinations were something we were eager to get over and done with, so we could start taking him for walks and he had his first one just before he was 8 weeks and the second one when he was 10 weeks. Shortly after having his second vaccination he started to become really sleepy and wanted to cuddle alot more, which was definitely strange because he is more of a playful puppy than cuddly. Five days later he had a lump the size of a tennis ball on his back, it was so heartbreaking and I was just thinking the worst. It turns out the vaccination caused an abscess and we still haven't really been told why, we're still waiting waiting for a phone call to get to the bottom of it. We took him to a different vets to treat his lump and they gave him four needles in an attempt to reduce the lump as much as possible and they also gave him some anti-biotics. At one point it was looking like he would need to go back to be sedated and have it completely removed, but it is slowly going down now and he's definitely back to his usual self!




We've now also finally taken him for his first walks! At the moment of writing this he doesn't really get the concept and decides to sit down alot, but once he gets going he really enjoys it!

And I think that's all I have to say at the moment. I'll probably do another one of these posts when it's been three months since we've had him and I can imagine he will have grown an awful lot more by then! 


If you want to see more of Buzz feel free to follow his Instagram - @TheAdventuresOfBuzz 




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pinspiration : Getting Organised

PHOTO CREDIT: Link 

When it comes to being organised, I'm pretty awful.. and I think that's probably one of the main reasons I sometimes lack motivation when it comes to blogging. I don't actually have anywhere special to blog, I just usually curl up either on my bed or sofa with the laptop and it's definitely not the most inspiring atmosphere. I've been in need of a new laptop for a long time now and I was lucky enough to receive enough money for my birthday to buy one.. In the end I decided to opt for a desktop computer rather than a laptop because I was always so much more productive when I had a desktop. Now, I just need a desk...

To get a little inspiration for how I want my desk to look, I've been spending too much time on Pinterest, pinning various images and I've completely fallen in love with that Kate Spade - gold, pink and white combination. Here are some of my favourite images:



All images from Pinterest & We Heart It 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub

Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub Blog Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub Blog Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub Blog Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub Blog Review
Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub 

Whenever I'm in a Lush store, I always get so transfixed by which bath bombs to buy that I never bother to have a good look around at the other products on offer. When I was last in Lush back in January, I decided to not go mad when buying bath bombs, because they don't have a great shelf life on them, so there isn't much point having hundreds stocked away. I decided to have a little look at the skincare items and I saw the 'Ocean Salt' scrub and I remember alwaays seeing this on Instagram a while back and I'd been wanting to give it a go ever since!

"Limes steeped in vodka, grapefruit and lashings of salt go into this invigorating face and body scrub. Sea salt is rich in minerals and is excellent for scrubbing away any dead skin. We also add rich, silky avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed absolute to keep your skin soft, smooth and conditioned. If you feel you need a good scrub down, apply to dry skin and rub all over using circular motions, or for a more gentle buff, use on damp skin."

The Ocean Salt Scrub can either be used as a facial or body scrub, but I've always just used it on my face. The consistency of the scrub is pretty thick and it also has small chunks of salt to exfoliate the skin. I've currently been using it around 1-2 times a week and I just apply it to damp skin. The thing I love the most is the smell - it's so citrusy and zingy and those type of scents are my favourite when it comes to skincare products. The scrub always leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and smooth and a little amount of product definitely goes a long way. I think, sometimes, if I use too much it can sting a little and I don't have sensitive skin at all! They do also sell an alcohol-free version of this, so if you do suffer from sensitive skin, maybe give that one a whirl instead.

Overall, I love this and I definitely think I'll have to repurchase it once I run out! It is a little expensive at £7.75 for a 120g pot and £13.95 for a 250g pot, but I definitely think it's worth it!


Have you tried this?
Sunday, March 08, 2015

Current Favourite Nail Combo.


Before spring has officially sprung and all I wear on my nails for the next few months are pastel shades, I thought I'd show you the nail combo that I've been really loving recently!

I picked up all three of these nail products whilst I was in Brighton back in January. First up is the 'First Base' base coat from Essie. I used to always, always use the one from Barry M, but it's not that great, so I picked this one up on a whim and I'm glad I did because it made my polish stay on for 10 days before chipping! 

As I've mentioned many times before, I just love the Gelly polishes from Barry M and as you would of seen in my recent beauty haul, I picked up a few more - one of them being Chai. Grey is a shade I've never actually worn on my nails before, but I was so surprised to how much I loved it! I'm one of those people who always need to add a little glitter to the nails, I just feel weird without it.. So I added a little of the Essie nail polish in Set in Stones!

Essie // First Base // £8.99 // 
Barry M // Gelly Nail Polish in Chai // £3.99 //
Essie // Glitter Nail Polish in Set in Stones // £7.99 //



Have you tried Barry M Chai? 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Too Faced Melted Kisses

Too Faced Melted Kisses Blog Review
Too Faced Melted Kisses Blog Review
Too Faced Melted Kisses Blog Review
Too Faced Melted Kisses Blog Review
Too Faced Melted Kisses Blog Review Swatches
(Melted Berry, Melted Fuschia, Melted Peony, Melted Nude)

Another day... Another Too Faced product that I'm completely smitten with! I received the Melted Kisses Gift set for Christmas and it was part of their Christmas 2014 Collection, so i'm unsure of how easy it would be to get hold of now. Inside contains four of the Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks: 

Melted Berry - is a deep berry shade that I think it pretty similar to Rebel from MAC. I think this is definitely my favourite shade of the lot, it looks incredible on a wide range of skin tones and as a pale gal, it doesn't wash me out at all! This one also leaves a stain to the lips which I love because it means you don't have to reapply product as much. 

Melted Fuschia - is a standard bright, fuchsia shade. I haven't been opting for these kinds of bright shades recently, but you can also apply this sheerly, so it looks like a wash of colour on the lips, which makes it a lot more wearable. This also leaves a stain to the lips.

Melted Peony - is a gorgeous soft pink shade. I really love how this looks on paler skin tones and I find it's one of those perfect everyday, neutral shades. I've been wearing this one a lot too and I just love how it looks!

Melted Nude - is a brown toned nude. From pictures I've seen, this looks like the most beautiful everyday, nude shade for darker skin tones, but as I'm pretty pale, it just doesn't look good on me at all!

The Melted Lipsticks come in standard squeezy tubes with slanted sponge applicators. I don't usually like sponge applicators because I find it's hard to get a precise application. The formula is super creamy and incredibly pigmented, so application always looks even, but isn't as neat as I'd usually like. Each tube contains 5ml of product, whereas the full-sized lipsticks contain 12ml. Once applied they appear glossy, but dry to a semi-matte finish. I love that these feel so lightweight and don't feel drying at all!

Overall, I really love these lipsticks and I definitely think I'll purchase one in full size in the near future!


Have you tried these?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Bake: The Perfect Pancakes

American Pancake Recipe Blog

I've wanted to be able to make those perfect american style, fluffy pancakes ever since that scene in Matilda when she makes them, anyone remember that? I attempted them once a couple of years back and they just tasted so salty and they made me feel so sick to be honest! After watching Evie Youung's Pancake video I HAD to give them another go and they are so yummy!


Ingredients: 
(Makes 10 Pancakes)
200g Self Raising Flour
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Medium Eggs
1 Tablespoon of Syrup
Milk
Oil
& any toppings of your choice!


Method: 

 In a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and mix together until well combined. 

 Then in a separate bowl or cup, mix together the eggs and add 1 tablespoon of syrup. Mix again and then add it to the rest of the mixture and mix until well combined. 

 Now, it's time to make sure you have the right consistency. Slowly add a few drops of milk, mixing well each time, until you have the perfect - thick, but runny mixture.

 Pour a small amount of mixture into a pan and cook on a medium heat.

 And now add the toppings of your choice. I opted for some of the Milky Way Spread (which is incredible) and some strawberries!

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this post, I do love sharing my favourite recipes with you. These are really amazing, although not the healthiest! Don't forget to check out Evie's video if you want to see a step by step!