Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BEAUTY : Blogger's Winter Brawl. Day Three : Hair Mask

Hello Everyone, 

So its time for Day Three of the Beauty Brawl. 

You can see yesterday's review on this link here

So Today's brief was to pick a hair mask product. 

I decided to go for Percy and Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery. 

This is a product that I first got introduced to via on of my Birchboxes. 

However it was alot smaller than the one in the picture , so I guess you can say that it is a good indicator of my love for this product. 

The Larger bottle featured above retails for 18 pounds, which is knocked down if you are a Birchbox VIP. 

To use the product, you apply to dry hair in the evening before you go to sleep and shampoo it off in the morning. Simple.

Here is how I scored it: 

I'll be honest, both Luke and I love this product. 

It does the job effectively, and it leaves the hair silky smooth! I did dread looking at my pillow in the morning and luckily there was nothing there. My hair became a damp but not leaking mound. 

 Its easy to apply, take small bits and brush it through. I have to admit due to the length of my hair, I had to rope Luke into applying it for me. I returned the favour of course. 

Even with my long hair, I found that it didn't take too much to get the desired effect. 

When I washed it out in the shower, the first thing I noticed was the smooth feeling and then I noticed some shine in the mirror. 

One thing that I should note is that the smell is either one that you will love or you won't.

 Its a classic salon smell, which I personally love but Luke didn't. 

But all in all, I think that its one of the best discoveries from Birchbox that I have made so far.

 I have yet to browse the rest of the range, but if it is anything like this one, then I know that I will love it! 

So thats it for today. 

Thanks for reading 


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

BEAUTY : Blogger's Winter Brawl. Day Two : Nail Varnish

Hello Everyone, 

Its time for Day two of the Beauty Brawl! 

You can catch Yesterday's review on this link here

Today's brief is to review a Nail polish and I have chosen to go to my favourite brand, Barry M. 

I have decided to go for a Christmassy shade - Pacific from the Aquarium Collection. 

It should be noted that in the picture above I am also wearing a shade from Maybeline - in the shade Colour show in Rose Gold. However I will not be reviewing it.

I just love how they both complement each other. 

So on to the score card: 

I am a fan of the finish of this product, the colour is green and is shiny and also has notes of glitter in it. 

It applies smoothly and it dry quickly, typically two coats does the job. 

My only concern that it warps rather easily, but after an hour this threat disappears. When I bought it, it was only a couple of pounds, which is great value for money.

 I find that Barry M's varnishes on the whole last very well throughout the week. 

I would definitely recommend the product to anyone looking for a fun, festive colour! 

So thats it for today, 

Thank you for reading! 



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Monday, 11 December 2017

BEAUTY : Blogger's Winter Brawl. Day One : Spectrum's Glam Clam Brushes

Hello Everyone, 

Its time for the return of the Beauty Brawl! 

Originally, it was meant to be taking place in the Autumn but it was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances...

What is the Beauty Brawl? I hear you ask, well you can read all about it on this post here

So its time to kick off with day one, the brief was for a Base Makeup Application Product. 

I was excited because it meant that I got to talk about my set of Glam Clam Brushes by Spectrum. I bought them after months of deliberation and as a treat for finishing University in October. 

Here is how they score on the Top Trump Card 

It's no secret that I love these brushes, they are beautiful. 

In case the picture is unclear they have a pink and a purple top. 

They are the softest brushes that I have ever come across and they are made from cruelty free material. 

They are very easy to clean and they do their job well, I have tested them on mousse foundations, liquid foundations, bb creams and tinted moisturiser.

The only down side is the price, to buy the clam collection, it was 75 pounds. As I did it through Birchbox, I did manage to get a 15% discount. 

When you consider that you can pick up a set from super drug and boots for 2 pound a brush, it does seem steep. 

However, I am a firm believer that you need to pay a little bit more if you don't want to keep buying brushes. 

So thats it for day one, 

Check back tomorrow for another review! 



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Sunday, 10 December 2017

BEAUTY: This Month's Birchbox and A Whole Load of Snow!

Hi Everybody. 

So, as I live in the Midlands of the UK we have been hit with alot of snow overnight. 

For people who love it like me, its amazing. 

For people who hate it like Luke and the cats its not. 

In fact today was the first time that the cats saw snow, up until last year they were flat cats and now they have their own garden to explore.

 They have both been out and have looked horrified when they came back in. 

In fact Diego has taken to sitting under the Christmas tree, trying to remind us who the real present is. 

Before I move on the Birchbox unboxing, I thought that I would announce that the Beauty Brawl starts tomorrow - ten days of beauty reviews. 

I am excited for it to start as I love some of the items that I am reviewing! 

More on this tomorrow.

So here is this month's Birchbox, it is in collaboration with designer Matthew Williamson 

The box is a lovely festive red and has little geckos and Hummingbirds on it. 

(You can enlarge the picture to see this) 

And these are the items that feature in it below: 

I'll start from the left as always. 

(You again can click to enlarge the picture) 

The First item is a Spectrum Collection Angled Blender Brush (B04). You guys should know by now of my love for this brand of Beauty brushes, I have about 13 of them.  This nifty little brush is designed for blending eyeshadow, so I know that it will come in handy over Christmas! A Perk of this brand is that it is made from super soft, cruelty free material!

Next is this month's choice item.  I chose that Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Colour Me Confident. I haven't tried it yet, but I did a swatch and it certainly is very red! I love a red lip so I will report back on how it tests! 

Next is the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is the item that I am most excited for. When you open the product up, it smells so fresh, it smells so much of watercress, which I love. I'm sure that it is going to become a firm favourite.

Next is the Kelelo Clarifying Shampoo. This is definitely the time of year that my hair needs a treat to help it to battle the cold weather. I look forward to leaving it in to see what magic it can create. 

Finally is the Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel by Rituals. I always feel a tad fancy when I use a foaming shower gel and also them seem to last alot longer so I look forward to testing it! 

So thats the box and thats it for now. 

I have retreated under my duvet for the day! 

Thanks for reading 



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Saturday, 9 December 2017

TRAVEL : Our Trip to Rome

Hello Everyone, 

So I thought it was about time to share our pictures and video from Rome!


I should put a little disclaimer that I'm not really a big picture taker when I go away. 

I like to enjoy my surrounding and soak up the atmosphere of the place that I visiting. 

I have this thing, in which I take one picture a day, that way I have all I need to remember faces, feelings and the location. 

I have also prepared a video, that was uploaded this morning to YouTube

Day one

A big portion of the big day was travelling to Italy. I had made the fatal error of not having any sleep on the Friday prior because we had to leave at 2am on Monday. 

I was a tad overtired, hungry and groggy. 

The view as we landed was beautiful 

We got to our hotel in the early afternoon and immediately wanted to locate food. We paid for half board which meant that only Breakfast and Dinner was paid for. 

We found a supermarket and had what can only be described as a feast, followed by a good three to four hour nap. 

We woke up recharged and went to explore our surroundings in Piazza Di Porta Maggiore 

Day one's picture. 

When we returned to our hotel, we noticed that it had the most amazing Christmas Tree! 

It was the first one that I had seen (it was the last week of November) so I was so excited and had to get a picture! 

Day Two: 

We made sure that we got a good night's sleep as we wanted to go the Vatican early. 

We found out that on the last Sunday of the month that its free to go in. 

We did decide however to pay for a tour guide because my knowledge of the place is quite limited. 

As a British History student, I of course knew of its importance and it's impact on England.  That it is a separate country but I didn't know much about those that built it. 

Rumours are that you can see the whole of the Rome from the top of the Vatican, this was one of the views from one of the Balconies. 

Once inside, we said a prayer for our families back home and I was invited to observe Mass, as I was christened a Catholic. Luke however was not and therefore did not participate. 

Day two's Picture. 

We walked so far over 16,000 steps in total so the rest of the day was exploring the hotel and resting. 

Day Three: 

A day that shall forever be one of my favourites. 

We went to the Trevi Fountain (it was one of my monthly goals).

I had wanted to see it ever since I watched the Lizzie Mcguire movie as a child. 

Day Three's picture.

If you haven't heard, Luke knew that this was a childhood dream of mine and proposed to me on one knee.

 It was everything I've dreamed of and more.

It was perfect. 

I do have the actual proposal recorded, but I decided to omit it from the video and Luke and I have decided to only show it to close family members (and future children maybe....)

Once its out there, its not an imitate memory but just something that anyone can pass judgement on, therefore I described it in a previous post and also in the video

Below is the picture that we shared after both families were told.  

We also told my Grandad in person when we came home as he didn't know. 

To see the joy on his face was lovely. 

My life changed forever in that one moment, also in the week, we had found it was also changed in another way. 

But I won't share this news until the new year as it feels a tad premature. 

Day four :

Day four's picture 

It was our last day and also Luke's Birthday.

We decided to go the Coliseum, but first we decided that we were going to do a cake tour of rome. 

We had the idea of trying a few Italian deserts throughout the day. 

Sadly, one of the deserts disappeared because it looked amazing (you can see it on the video though). 

It was an amazing day, especially as it was a birthday and we had that post engagement glow. 

The perfect end to the perfect trip. 

The next day, on our return it rained. 

So I was glad that we could enjoy the weather and it felt as though it held out for just us. 

Since coming home, we have announced and enjoyed being engaged. We have so much to look forward to in the next couple of months. 

Starting with having the best Christmas ever. 

Thanks for reading 



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

LIFESTYLE & GAMING : November Goal Review

Hi Everyone, 

So, it's been a rather busy day today. 

You know when it just goes in the blink of an eye and you only have a headache to show for it? Yeah that was my day.  

I did however get a delivery of a lovely Birchbox, which I will review tomorrow on here! 

I thought that I would take this opportunity to talk about the goals that I set myself last month! 

They were as follows:

1) I want to try a Yoga Class at the gym.

Sadly, the gym did not offer this... I did however go to alot of spinning classes. I have since fell in love with it, I love the pace and the music that we do.

 Its hard work, but I know that my body appreciated the extra exercise. It definitely got me ready for the long and demanding walks in  Italy. I haven't been in the week since we got back and I'm keen to change that. 

2) I want to make a wish in the Trevi Fountain

Well. I went and as you may know.... I got engaged. 


You can read a little bit more about it on this post

3) Prep the Christmas Cake 

I made the cake shortly after we returned from Rome. 

In Fact, I made way too much mix. 

But, I didn't want to make two cakes, so I used the rest of it to make mini cakes. 

I plan to make them look like Christmas puddings after they are fed for three weeks

More on these guys later in the month! 

4) Try Weekly Vlogging for a month

So I wanted to show a month of my life in weekly vlogs. 

I managed to do it and fall in love with it, so I have decided to continue into December as well. There is one video left to come, which is the Rome one. 

I'm so excited for you all to see it. 

Week one 

Week two

Week Three 

5) Have a gaming centred month

I'm happy to say that I certainly got some time in with Mr Playstation and Mr 3DS.

 It felt good to relax and unwind, I still have alot of games to complete but I think that over December, I should have more time to do this. 

So that was November.

Without a doubt, a life changing month. The Best month of my life. 

If you want to see this months goals you can catch them here

As always, thanks for reading 



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