Beauty

Empties: What I’ve finished up & purchased again!

I do love to treat myself to new beauty products, it’s an illness really… I just can’t help myself. I might be addicted to shopping and trying new products. I thought I would share the skin care, hair care and makeup products I’ve finished up, what I loved and would buy again?! As well as what I liked but wouldn’t buy again and why!

Skin:

Soap & Glory: Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 daily detox vitamin C Facial Wash.

I have and will continue to repurchase this face wash because its just so damn good. It makes my skin feel so fresh and clean. It slightly tingles on this skin which I like. Someone bought me this originally as a present, I didn’t think it was going to blow my mind because I didn’t see soap and glory as a skin care brand, but I was wrong, I love it. I have sensitive skin and it works so well for me.

 

Fresh Lotus youth preserve face cream with super 7 complex.

I bought this when I was in America at the start of the year and I have to say I loved it. It made my face feel so moisturised throughout the day. I could still feel the product on my face when I washed it at the end of the day (on a no makeup day). As much as I loved it, I wouldn’t repurchase it. This is only because it’s just to pricey for how long it lasted. Using it day and night didn’t last me long at all and because it is a high-end product it isn’t cheap. I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on a moisturiser that lasted me just under 3 weeks. If you have the money I would recommend this one.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream SPF15.

As I was running out of the fresh moisturiser above I went around Boots and Superdrug to have a look and I came across Superdrug’s own skincare. This was new to me, so I thought I would have a gander. The ingredients looked good, cruelty free, paraben free and had spf 15, couldn’t go wrong for £5.99, so thought I would give it a go and its great. I have repurchased it twice already and will probably continue to do so. It’s really nourishing and makes my skin feel hydrated throughout the day. So, pleased with this cheeky bargain.

Micellar Cleansing Water for sensitive skin.

I have been using this for a while and I think its great. Taking my makeup off is so easy and it doesn’t feel like I’m dragging anything along my skin. It takes off the makeup I wear well, I haven’t come across any product it hasn’t been able to remove using this before. I have repurchased this so many times and I love it.

 

Hair:

Boots curl cream: natural, control and define

I came across this little gem over the past few weeks, really randomly. I asked a shop assistant to recommend some gel to keep my crazy fly away hairs down and for some reason she recommended this, I don’t think she understood what I meant but never the less this is now my holly grail. I run this through my hair after a shower when its wet, evenly from the root to the tip of my hair to keep the curl but stop it frizzing. And it works, I was shocked considering it was only £1.99!!!!!! I have very crazy out of control hair and it has really helped stop my hair frizzing when its dry’s. I would 100% recommend this product for fellow crazy haired people. And will keep buying this bargain.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment.

I do love a good hair mask and saw this one on offer so thought I would give it a go, plus it smells amazing. I love that it’s a 3 in 1 hair mask/ treatment, you can use it as an overnight mask, leave in conditioner and normal conditioner. So much choice! I like to leave it on overnight to get the most of it. It makes my hair feels so healthy, shiny and less dry. I really like it.

Makeup:

Wet n Wild mega clear mascara.

I have purchased this one so many times over, its just so handy to have in your makeup bag. I don’t use it for mascara. I use it to hold my brows in place, with or without filling them in. it makes them look so much fuller and more controlled. I like it a lot. 

Makeup Revolution conceal and define: Shade C6.5.

So many people have been raving about this, so I was waiting until my Fenty Beauty concealer ran out and went and got myself this one. I’m so glad I did, it’s a great drug store concealer and to me its better than some of the higher end concealers.

Precisely, my brow pencil: Shade 4.5.

Exactly as the name states, I love how precise this pencil is. I can draw on the brow hairs and make it look so natural. Its so easy to work with and blends so nicely with my natural brow. I have had to repurchase this so many times because well I love it. Benefit is defiantly at the top of the list when it comes to brow products for me.

Fenty Beauty pro filt’r foundation: Shade 150.

I just love the way this foundation feels and looks on my face. The coverage is great, it doesn’t dry out my skin and it doesn’t make me look greasy! It seams to work really well with my skin and lasts all day long. I repurchased this when I went to America and I’m over the moon they now do Fenty beauty in Boots…. Finally, I can just pop to the shop to get it. I would defiantly recommend this foundation, it’s amazing and so many shades to choose from.

Beauty, Lifestyle

My favourite products for a pamper night!

Everyone loves a pamper night, whether it be with your friends, your partner or just by yourself. Sometimes you need to take the time to relax and just look after yourself. Even if it is just for an hour or two, make sure you take some you time. I love a pamper night, I usually do this by myself just out of convenience when I get some time to myself.

The products I like to use are face masks, pour strips, foot masks, hair masks, moisturisers and hair oils.

Face masks I like to use are:

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
  • Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
  • Glamglow Bubble sheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask
  • L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purity Face Mask

 

Eye masks I like to use:

  • Garnier eye sheet mask hyaluronic acid & coconut water
  • Garnier eye sheet mask hyaluronic acid & orange juice
  • Nip + Fab dragons blood fix eye mask
  • Soap & Glory puffy eye attack undereye brightening hydrogel patches

 

Hair masks I like to use are:

  • Sephora collection coconut hair sleep mask
  • Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment
  • Moroccan Argan Hair Oil, Renewing Treatment

 

I also love a good foot mask; some good ones are:

–          Skin Republic Foot Peel Mask with Foot Socks

–          Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Nourishing Foot Sock Pack

–          Coconut Moisturising Foot Pack

–          Moisturising Charcoal Foot Pack

Sometimes I like to spend a few pounds on different masks and treatments but sometimes cheap and cheerful does the job too. So, all the products above are really varied in price from £1-£20

Lifestyle

Friends Fest!

I don’t think I will ever get bored of the TV series ‘Friends’. It doesn’t matter how many times I re-watch the show, it never gets old and I just love the story lines they are so relatable. If you’re a true friend’s fan whenever you move furniture you will say “Pivot” and so many other situations that happen in my everyday life reminds me of an episode.

Last year I went to Friends Fest, its basically the sets and props from the TV show Friends and you can have a look around and take photos. They have restaurants with the same names as in the show and the iconic coffee shop. Last year I went to Cardiff but couldn’t resist going again this year, this year I went to Bristol to see it. It moves to different areas over the summer at select dates.

This year they had a few different sets from last year which was fun. I went with my mum and two other friends. We had such a good time and though I would share some of my photos. I would defiantly go if you enjoy the show, it was a blast. 

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Lifestyle

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

I always tell myself to relax, don’t stress and ignore negativity but its so hard to do when reality slaps you in the face. Why is it that if you don’t have a house, married, a career or children by the age of 25, you feel like a bit of a failure. Don’t get me wrong when I was a teenager I genuinely thought I would have my life together by now, good career, my own house and maybe even children. The years just go so fast and life doesn’t always go the way you think it will.

I went back to college at 24 to pursue a career in something I love, trying to turn a hobby into a career. Don’t get me wrong I would love to have all my ducks in a row and be settled now but I’m not. Its so hard sometimes to focus on all the things I’ve accomplished and how lucky I am to be where I am. My mind just goes to the negative things, like I have a job not a career, I don’t have a house and just feel so unsettled. When I say I’ve got a job not a career I mean for me a job you can swap and change whereas a career you need some kind of training to do it and not everyone can. I have always strived for a career, to be successful. Should I be disappointed that by 25 I don’t have a career? Where did all this pressure come from to have all your shit together so young. Why does society feel the need to push young people into having a house, career, children and get married by the time your 30. Just seams like a hell of a lot of pressure.

I’m terrible for jumping to the negative side and focus on the things that I haven’t done and haven’t got as appose to looking on a positive side. Don’t get me wrong things could be so much worse, my life is fine, nothing wrong with it. But doesn’t everyone want life to be easier, less worry, more money. Does anyone else feel like that?

My goals sometimes feel so unrealistic, negative me again I guess. But its so hard to do things like get on the property ladder, have a successful career and have a social life. I constantly tell myself its ok to have these bad days and feel like life is basically crap. But it’s so important to wake up the next day and try and get on with things. Be positive and keep going.

By the end of 2020, I will have finished my college course, I want to be in the process of buying my own house (with my boyfriend) and start progressing my career. I can’t see why this isn’t achievable. Sometimes feels like I need a kick up the ass and a sprinkle of confidence to get me to my next chapter. I do hope this helps someone who feels the same way that I do and you’re not alone in feeling this way. Something I’m trying to do at the end of everyday is write down something I’m grateful for and what I’ve accomplished, trying to bring positivity into my life.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Places to eat in Amsterdam!

I always make sure I do a lot of research into places to eat before I go on any holiday because I am fussy with food. I don’t eat fish, meat or eggs so I want to make sure we have plenty of places that accommodate my fussy self. I found so many places online that catered to me and the meat eaters I went with, so everyone was happy. Ill also add in a few places for deserts and drinks. These are all places I would recommend and are great for vegetarians. Prepare to be hungry and lots of pictures, FOOD PORN.

Vegan Junk Food Bar

As you can probably tell from the title it’s a vegan restaurant. I’m vegetarian not vegan but DAM the meal was amazing. Even my friends who eat meat really enjoyed it. Defiantly worth a visit, crazy colour and delicious food. It was very busy, we went around 2pm and had to queue for an hour to get a table but it was worth the wait.

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The Happy Pig Pancake Shop

We went here for breakfast and it was so yummie. You can choose from sweet or savoury. It was about a 20-minute wait to order food and about 30 minutes for the food to be made. So wasn’t to bad. I had white chocolate, hazelnut and cream.  My boyfriend had bacon and gouda cheese. Well worth the wait and money, so scrumptious.

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Pluk Amsterdam

We went here for breakfast and it was a beautiful little restaurant. so much choice and not to busy, we got a seat straight away and if you sit down stairs you can see into the kitchen and watch them prepare the food. The food came really fast and was so good. I had avocado on toast and my boyfriend had egg Norwegian.

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Fat Phill’s

I didn’t eat here myself, but my boyfriend and friends did. They said it was amazing, they didn’t do a vegetarian option, so I just had to sit and watch them eat but I did steal a few chips and they were tasty.

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New York Pizza

On the first night we got to Amsterdam we just wanted something on the go instead of a proper sit-down meal. The pizza was so tasty we ended up coming back here again before we left Amsterdam. Had to be in my top 5 pizza places I have ever been before. Definitely try and pop in if you get a chance. You can get just a slice or an entire pizza.

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manneken pis verse vlaamse friet

The name is quite a mouthful, but you need to go here. it is basically what I would call a chip shop. We went around 7pm and there was a huge queue, but it does go down really fast. I think we queued for around 30/40 minutes. I had chips with cheese and onions. Was so so good. They have so many different sauces and toppings. Perfect snack if you don’t want a proper meal.

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The butcher

I was really surprised but I really enjoyed this place. I wasn’t sure it was going to be great for me because it’s a burger place, but they did a stunning vegetarian burger. Think this might have to be the best veggie burger I have had in a long time. Really tasty and full of flavour. Plus, the meat eaters I went with really enjoyed it too. So, everyone was happy.

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Downtown Cafe 

I went to this cafe the first time i went to Amsterdam and it was so nice, couldn’t resist going back. They do all different types of food. I had honey, goats cheese and walnut warm sandwich with chips and it was divine. My boyfriend had a chicken sandwich with egg and shared some of my chips. It doesn’t seam like a lot but was really filling.

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Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in Amsterdam!     

This was my second trip to Amsterdam and there was still so much I wanted to do. Before we went I did a lot of research into different things that I wanted to do and things my boyfriend mentioned in conversations he wanted to do, as it was a surprise for him I had to bring it up very discreetly. I know from the last time I visited, you do need to book some things in advance to avoid waiting in long queues or not being able to do it. I like to make the most of the time when I’m away and do as much as I can to take in the city and culture.

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Ann Frank House:

I booked this a month before we went because you just have to. Its such a popular tourist attraction and if you book beforehand you wont have to wait in a huge queue or be disappointed because you can’t get tickets. I have always been interested and wanted to visit the Anne frank House.  It was very interesting and eye opening to see what herself and her family went through, I didn’t know much about it before I went and was definitely worth the money but be prepared it is very sad. It wasn’t particularly busy, we were there for just over an hour.

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Those Dam Boat Guys:

I don’t think you can go to Amsterdam and not do a boat tour, it’s such a fun way to travel and take it all the beautiful sights. I booked a tour called ‘those dam boat guys’ and it was amazing. You can drink, smoke and eat on the boat, as well as it being quite intimate there was the 4 of us and another 5 People. They tell you all about the history of the city and a few must visit or eat at places. Any questions you have they are happy to answer. Its really worth the money. Thankfully it was sunny for the boat trip, it was torrential rain the day before, so we were lucky.

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Prostitution and Sex Museum:

Couldn’t go to Amsterdam and not visit a sex or prostitution museum, so we did both. They are definitely worth a visit while in Amsterdam. It was only a few euros and a good laugh.

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Amsterdam Lookout and Swing:

I didn’t even know this was a thing until I saw lots of people uploading onto social media about it and being an Adrenalin junkie, I had to have a go. Amsterdam lookout is basically a tall building that you can walk all the way around the top and take in all the views of Amsterdam, with a swing off the edge. A literal swing on the edge of a building, definitely my kind of thing and it was brilliant. A unique experience indeed. They take photos throughout your visit which are free to download from the website. You can have food and drinks on top of the lookout. You can get a free ferry across from Amsterdam central to the lookout. It was an amazing experience and would 100% recommend.

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Artis Zoo:

Amsterdam has the most wonderful zoo, aquarium and planetarium. I don’t know why or how It started but no matter what country me and my boyfriend travel to, we always go to a zoo. This zoo was founded in the 19th Century. It’s a huge zoo and really does take most of the day to go around. We went on a Saturday and they had live music playing until sunset. It really was wonderful. It cost 22 euros each but was worth it. The planetarium was amazing, despite the fact there was a man explaining it all in Dutch, but you could get the gist of it. This was included in the zoo price.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Amsterdam Surprise & Accommodation!

Every year I love to take my boyfriend to a different country as a present, I love giving him an experience and memories over an actual object. He loves it too. This year I booked Amsterdam, I invited our two friends as well as a surprise.

I made a few hints over the last couple of months but managed to make it all the way to August without slipping up and spoiling the surprise. It worked so well because I told him that our friends were going to drop us to the airport but in fact, they were coming with us. So, they dropped us to the airport as they normally would, at the short stay drop off. My boyfriend still had no idea, they went off and parked the car as we went through and checked in.

We went through security and sat waiting for our flight. I kept texting our friends to keep them updated with our location, so we didn’t bump into them. We managed to get all the way onto the plane without my boyfriend finding out. They just got on the plane and sat next to us. It was brilliant, I am so happy that he didn’t guess, and it went so smoothly, he was over the moon. Next step was getting to Amsterdam to enjoy our getaway.

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When booking accommodation, it can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss. Usually I’m a hotel kind of girl, I like my own room and own bathroom. I did speak to a few different people who have been to Amsterdam before to see where they stayed and if I could get any recommendations. This is the second time I’ve been to Amsterdam and I love it there. I didn’t want to stay in the same place as before because its nice to mix it up and the place I stayed last time has gone up massively in price since they finished doing renovations. It was stunning, but I don’t want to spend crazy money on accommodation because I never end up spending much time in the room, its just a base.

Our two friends helped me with the accommodation. Some people suggested staying in a hostel, had a look at a few but didn’t like the idea of it for myself. So, we had a little look on Airbnb and found a cute place, we could come and go as we pleased, place to our self and two separate rooms.

The accommodation was lovely, very happy with it. It was really clean, that makes me so happy. I can’t cope staying in a place that is dirty. The woman who we booked with was lovely, she sent lots of messages with information about the area. She stocked the fridge and cupboard with lots of food for us, provided toiletries and towels. We stayed slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the city, it was lovely and quiet but still close enough to walk to the main city centre. I would defiantly say it was worth the money. Had an amazing time.

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