Friday, 12 February 2016

Travel: My 2016 Dream Destination Wishlist

At the beginning of the year, I vowed to make 2016 the year of Travel. Since finishing University last year, I've found myself with a serious case of Wanderlust, I'm even prepared to go on a spending ban and halt my addiction to buying handbags in order to save for exploring new countries, cities and even new continents. I've been fortunate to visit some amazing places in my twenty-one years but I really want to focus on exploring brand new places, even though the struggle to go back to visit Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney World or eat macaroons along the Seine in Paris is real.
I've set myself with a goal of visiting six new places in 2016 which I know is pretty ambitious. I dream big and in the wise words of Walt Disney "If you can dream it, you can achieve it". These are the following destinations I would LOVE to visit in 2016. 
Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a place that I've always wanted to visit yet never really came close to booking a trip. I'm hopefully making a trip next month so look out for plenty of post's and pictures of the beautiful canals and exploring the museums. I really want to visit Anne Frank's House and possibly even hire a bike to cycle round the city.
Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas! I don't think there is anywhere in the world like Vegas, such a buzzing atmosphere 24/7 - I think I would love it there. With incredible resorts such as Caesars Palace, The Venetian and The Bellagio amongst many others, you'll be resting your head in style. I would love to visit the Venetian and see the Grand Canal. I'm not much of a party animal but I think I would step up if I visited Vegas and I think a pool party would be on the itinerary! And let's not forget, I would NEED to go see Britney Spears. 
New York City
Slightly breaking my rule of visiting new places but New York City really captured my heart when I visited back in 2012 for my 18th Birthday and I've spent the past three years pining to go back. I'd ideally love to visit at Christmas and see the decorations across Manhatten and do a spot of Christmas shopping. There really is no place like New York and I'd love to explore the city that doesn't sleep more. 
Iceland
Iceland is currently having a moment in the Travel industry, everyone seems to be booking trips and I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty envious. Seeing the Northern Lights is the top of my Mum's bucket list so I would love to take her. I personally would love to visit the Blue Lagoon and do a tour of the Golden Circle and see the hot springs, Reykjavik looks like a great city to explore too.
Rome
Italy is a place I would love to visit, Ideally, on a multi-city trip as It just seems like such an incredibly beautiful country filled with such a rich history and obviously, amazing food. Visiting Milan, Florence, Venice, Verona, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast are all on my travel wishlist but If I was to pick one city it would be Rome. There's so much to see and do in the Italian capital like visiting the Colosseum, the Trevi Foutain to make a wish and the Vatican. I'm pretty sure I've wanted to visit Rome ever since I watched The Lizzie Mcguire movie (haha!) which is such a lame reason but the city clearly captured my attention on screen!
Brighton
I thought I would also include a UK staycation on my list as Brighton is a place I've also really wanted to visit for such a long time. I'm hopefully going to plan a trip in the Summer, it seems like a bit of a trek for a northerner but visiting Brighton Pier and shopping in The Lanes will hopefully be worth it.

So there's my 2016 Dream Destination Wishlist, fingers crossed I can hopefully make a couple happen! This post is an entry for icelolly.com's #SendMeAway competition where you could win a fantastic holiday and an Olympus Pen! You can find more details here and I also nominate Hayley, Caroline and Liv to take part in this! 
Where would you love to visit? Have you made any 2016 travel plans?

XOXO

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Beauty: New Additions to my Make-Up Bag

Over the past few of weeks, I've treated myself to a couple of new items of make-up. I tend to have a big splurge every four months or so on a few bit's and recently I have become a little bit obbessed with pretty eyeshadow palettes, I even made a wishlist here and as you can see I've picked up two off my list!
The Balm Nude'Tude Palette was on my wishlist from last month and I was so incredibly happy to find this lurking in the beauty aisle of TK:Maxx for half the retail price. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know I have a complete love/hate relationship with TK:Maxx's beauty section, sometimes you can find some amazing bargains but sometimes everything you find has been touched and tampered with which is just completly unhygenic and horrible. Safe to say, I was vey pleased that the Nude'Tude Palette hadn't been opened and tampered with - It was a miracle! The palette has a mix of twelve mattes and shimmers and I actually used it today and It's got some gorgeous shades.
The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette was also on last month's wishlist and also my Christmas wishlist so I thought it was about time I treated myself after eyeing it up for so long. Too Faced is a brand that I only recently discovered and their Melted Lipsticks have become firm favourites in my make-up bag so I have very high hopes for this palette. The shadows are made with 100% cocoa powder and smell like chocolate, I also have to mention that the packaging is amazing! There is a lovely range of matte and shimmer shadows and I am so excited to use 'Black Forest Truffle' and 'Candied Violet' - They are a little different to what I usually wear but will definatly create a glamorous eye look. 
I spent my Boots advantage card points on the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation after much deliberation. I had tried this foundation in-store before and really liked it so decided to spend my points on this. Since trying it for myself, (which I've only tried it once) I've not liked this as much I wanted to but as it's quite a light to medium coverage (which I like quite a full coverage) I think I need to work with it and get used it a little more. I'm going to report back on this one.
Mehr by MAC is a matte lipstick I have been looking to buy for such a long time. Everytime I swatched it in store (amonst others) it really stood out to me. I wore this today and absolutley love the shade, it's a brown-ish pink but really wearable and for me, the perfect neutral. I can already tell that this lippy is going to be a new favourite of mine. 
I haven't used any MAC Paint Pots but I wanted to get the shade Painterly to use as a base for my eyes. I really needed something to substitue my go-to base which is from the Naked Basics palette and I've quickly hit pan on it (I think it's Stark). I've heard really great things about the paint pots but I haven't used this yet but I do have really high hopes for this. 

Have you used any of these producuts? Would you like to see full reviews of any of these? Have you treated yourself this month?

XOXO





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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Event: #MurderOnThePoshFloor

A couple of weeks ago, I popped on the train to Leeds to attend Posh Flooring's blogger event at the Leeds City Hilton Hotel. This wasn't a typical blogger event, Search Laboratory and Posh Flooring had to come up with an idea to get us all excited about flooring thus the #MurderOnThePoshFloor Murder Mystery event was born. Although I wasn't 100% sure what to expect, I knew it was going to be good and it sure didn't disappoint. 
The invite stated we all had to dress to impress, I wore my ever so faithful Topshop striped dress (as seen here) and once I arrived at the Hilton I was greeted with a glass of wine and a photo booth. What more could I want? Once we had all arrived, (there was about 30 of us!) we were split into three tables/teams and all seated in a beautifully decorated room. All of a sudden a man stumbled in the room, making a total racket where he fell down to his death on the floor. It was all very dramatic and as teams we had to solve... The Murder On The Posh Floor! 
After receiving a big evidence file and reading up on the suspects, we could use interview slips to give to the police to get more information and we even did a bit of fingerprint dusting with a piece of evidence which was pretty fun. In between collecting evidence we had an incredible three-course meal which was absolutely lovely. Unfortunately, our team didn't solve the murder, although we did mention the murderers name at the end, we just didn't have a valid reason! Despite this, it was so much fun participating and I do blame the delicious food and wine as a major distraction to the investigation!
A big thank you to everyone involved at Posh Flooring and Search Laboratory for inviting me, I had an absolute blast and spent the whole afternoon giggling, eating and drinking lot's of wine. The perfect event!

Have you ever been to a Murder Mystery? Did you solve it correctly?

XOXO

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Fashion: BIBA Chevron Faux Fur

Last week, I took the plunge and decided to buy the Olympus Pen E-PL7 (aka what every other blogger owns) and yesterday I took it out for a spin. I've also picked up the 45mm lens which I haven't used in these images, but there will be an outfit post next week with it. I can already see an amazing difference in the photo's from my previous compact system which was the Sony A5000 and also my Nikon DSLR. I'm not the best person when it comes to technology and camera but I'm learning! 
Caroline (who also joined the Olympus Pen family this week) and I had a little walk through the old town testing out our cameras. I wrapped myself up warm from the blustery wind in this chevron faux fur jacket from BIBA at House of Fraser. It's also no secret that I have been all about over the knee boots this A/W so I paired my jacket with my suede boots from DUO Boots (which has been re-branded as Ted&Muffy) - These are seriously gorgeous timeless boots and so comfortable! 

Bag - Chanel
Boots - DUO Boots / Ted & Muffy (Similar Pair Here

XOXO



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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Beauty: January 2016 Favourites

I nearly didn't do a January Favourites as I'm basically using everything from my 2015 favourites at the moment but there are a couple of new products I have been loving. The first being the Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten limited edition eyeshadow palette which I picked up in the Boots Christmas sales. I've not tried any Soap & Glory eyeshadows but this palette has seriously surprised me, at around £8 - I've used a lot of these shadows which are really pigmented and long lasting. I really am loving the shades Minky and Damsel
I've also been using a deluxe sample of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream and I have been loving it so I'm going to purchase a full-size one. The cream is really moisturising and one of the best I've ever tried. Kiehl's isn't a brand I've tried much of until I went to an in-store event last month. The midnight recovery oil is also amazing. 
Peaches & Cream is a brand I discovered at The Clothes Show in December and I bought a couple of products from their stall. One of the products was their Halo Highlighting Powder (which is currently half price online), this highlighter is super pigmented and I'm really impressed with it. I also bought a couple of pigments which are also pretty amazing. 
You might have seen my top ten lip products which featured Up The Amp by MAC*. Everyone loves a good MAC lipstick and Up The Amp is a gorgeous warm purple shade which isn't too in your face but a really pretty shade all the same. It's definitely something different to what I would usually wear but I absolutely love it. 
I really love Marc Jacobs fragrances, there isn't one that I don't like. When Fragrance Direct got in touch and sent me Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs* I was thrilled, it's one I haven't owned before but I'd smelt it numerous times in the beauty halls of different department stores. I do love a good floral and fruity scent and Daisy Dream is right down my alley and also the bottle is totally adorable. 
I really wanted to include this amazing mug from Truffle Shuffle from their new Little Miss Mugs, I've got the Little Miss Blogger mug which is so cute, they also have Little Miss Sassy, Selfie, Social Media and a few more! Another favourite for January is Pretty Little Liars, I'm so happy that it's back on our screens. So those are my January Favourites, quite a few items considering I wasn't going to do a post! 

What have you been loving recently? Have you tried any of these products?

XOXO


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