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Fashion Trends I Need In My Wardrobe

I've been reading so many fashion blog posts recently that I've been swooning over certain fashion trends. I'd just love to incorporate these into my Autumn/Winter wardrobe and with my birthday fast approaching...well I just think I should treat myself! I'm actually surprised that I've found myself clicking on more fashion themed posts because I've never really been involved in the hype of fashion weeks, catwalk outfits etc but I think I'm now starting to appreciate fashion more. Who knew?!

Long Coats

One of the big trends for AW16 is the long coat. I feel it's a perfect overcoat for any shapes and sizes. I think it definitely adds a classy edge to any outfit whether that's daywear or evening wear. At the time of writing this I actually found myself the perfect coat from New Look which you should look out for on my blogs in the next couple of weeks!

Big Sleeves

A slightly unusual trend at first glance but oversized and big sleeves have been a big feature on the catwalks recently. It's also a trend that's featured heavily on many blog posts that I've read. I absolutely love this trend and I think it's a great piece to add a bit more glamour to an otherwise casual outfit.

Velvet


Velvet is a beautiful material that I've currently got in shoe form from Erasmo Pagano. However, I'd love to find a velvet dress in time for my birthday. I think velvet is so glamorous without trying too hard and I've seen quite a few in various shops and online stores so I'll definitely have to make a trip to the dreaded Oxford Street soon!

Shearling Coats

Shearling coats are beautiful. I mean, they are the ultimate forms of comfort with their thick inner lining and soft outer material. I would love this coat as alternative to my long coat for more casual occasions.

Layering

LAYERING. I am literally so happy layering is a hot trend right now, mainly because the idea of covering myself with layers of clothing is my idea of heaven. I love the white shirt and cream jumper combo in the above picture and it's great to see so many variations of this all over blog posts, catwalks and during fashion weeks across the globe.

What is your favourite fashion trend at the moment?

Let me know in the comments below!






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How To - Turn Your Favourite Outfit Into A Halloween Costume

Peter Minkoff is one of my regular guest bloggers and you can always expect the best advice from his blogs. Check out his last one here. He's a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. This week, Peter is helping those with a tight budget, create Halloween costumes from your casual day-to-day outfits!
Halloween is just around the corner and you still haven't figured out what you want to be. All the good costumes are sold and you don’t have any choice unless making something yourself. Now, I know that it may seem hard, but it is actually super easy. You just need to figure out what you want and a lot of spare time to make it. I made a list of some garments that probably 90 percent of people have and under that, the ideas how to use them. If you are not among those 90 percent of people...Stay home this year, lol.


Denim Overalls


This is a garment you have to have. It is like the most basic and common thing ever. Here are some ideas what to do with them.

Despicable me Minion

Just pair them up with long sleeved yellow T – shirt, black boots, yellow beanie and the signature minion round glasses. It will be a great DIY project, easy and super funny.

Super Mario 

This one is similar as the minion one, just instead of a yellow shirt and cap wear red shirt and cap and some white gloves. Oh, and don’t forget to make a mustache.

Striped T-Shirt


A mime

Paint your face white, put a black or red beret on your head, white gloves and some black overalls. Shut your mouth and really try to put yourself into the role.

Bank robber

This one is similar as the mime. Put on black trousers, black gloves and eye mask. If you want to you can also bring a bag with dollar sign on it with you.

A pirate

Put on an eye patch and a pirate hat and take a toy sword with you. Add some black knee boots and pants and you are good to go.

Swimsuits

One word: Baywatch. Is there anyone on planet Earth that doesn’t like Pamela? Seriously. To look like Pamela from Baywatch, you will need a red one piece swimwear, a blond wig, some balls or balloons to make your cha cha’s really big, and of course a really heavy makeup on your face.

Short Leather Skirt

Let’s play a guessing game, shall we? Okay. Which person from which most popular teen movie of all time wears a leather skirt? That’s right – Regina George. Combine this skirt with a short pink cardigan, white tank top with a cool print on front, necklace with an R pendant and a blonde wig and you instantly became so FETCH!

Trench coat

Come on, you have to have this item hidden in some corner of your closet. It is the chicest fall essential ever. 

The teacher

For this one your hands are going to get a little tired because you will have to carry a globe with you during the whole party, because without it, your costume won’t make sense. Put on a cute working outfit with a cute hat and add a soft makeup to it.

The detective

You can be the detective only if you have a beige trench coat. Wear it buckled with black shoes, black aviator sunglasses and a black hat.

Basic green dress

There is only one way to use this: to become Marge Simpson. As for the outfit, you just need to add red heels and red necklace. Your makeup needs to be on the minimum and as for the hair, you can find a wig online or make it yourself out of multiple blue wigs and a cardboard.
Oh, and I almost forgot, you will have to paint your entire visible skin in yellow – this means that you have to be extremely careful not to get sweaty, because it will start to drip and you will look like you have some kind of a disease (or like someone who had a lot of corn for lunch just threw up on you).

Yellow Crop Top

Did you watch Pokemon? I’m sure you did. Then, you sure know who Misty is, right? Well, this is the easiest and the coolest costume to make. Take your yellow crop top and your denim shorts. Put them on. You are halfway there already. Not add red suspenders to all that, with white sneakers and tie your hair into a ponytail at the top right part of your head and you are done.

White Polo T-Shirt

These are designed specially for men, since usually the men are those who have white polo shirts.

Homer Simpson

Paint your face, neck and arms in yellow, put on a yellow swimming cap (unless you are bald) and put on your jeans or dark blue trousers. You can also add the beer belly (if you don’t already have one) by putting a pillow under your shirt.

The golf player

White t-shirt + any trousers you like + white cap + a golf Club = a golf player costume.
That would be it. I hope I gave you some inspiration and that you will make your costume in time. Happy Halloween!

Thanks Peter for this Halloween inspired blog post. This is perfect for those shopping on a budget or if you aren't a fan of splurging a big amount of a costume! Hopefully this has inspired you to get creative with what's in your wardrobe. Peter is also an Editor In Chief on High Style Life. So go check that out too!






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Dreamboys - Hold Onto Your Pants!

Aside from the crude title of this blog, I can assure you that this review is of the highest professional standard and in no way, did the appearance of a certain male body and copious amounts of red wine alter my opinion of this show...

OH MY DEAR GOD YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS SHOW. 

OH HOT DANG...cover your eyes y'all!

Imagine yourself in The Orchard Theatre in Dartford (in the UK for all those across the seas) and you enter the theatre to an audience full of women and I mean FULL. This show was indeed sold out and it was so weird to see a female only audience arriving through the doors of the auditorium. The only downside I found with The Orchard Theatre was the lack of bar staff added on for the event. I actually don't think they expected the audience to be so alcohol hungry but I think this show is sort of considered as a night out, it's an excuse to get well and truly tipsy or in some individual's cases...completely trollied.

Now I kid you not, as soon as the music started, something took over these women. These women who just five minutes ago were giggling with excitement and anticipation, sipping (or chugging) glasses of wine, prosecco etc suddenly turned into screaming banshees. Myself and Laura who came with me (and has been my best friend since we were in nappies - seriously we've done every education level together too, primary school, high school, college and part university), looked at each other in disbelief. It was like we'd been transported into a Justin Bieber concert where hormonal teenage kids screamed as if they were possessed. But let me tell you  this my friends...myself and Laura were soon screaming too.
As the curtains rose, the dance music burst in and the lights went crazy, we were all practically screaming our lungs out....for no apparent reason whatsoever. I mean, there was one guy on stage in a cloak.

What the hell was wrong with us? Anyway, this was short lived as the dancer than revealed his topless physique to a very hungry female audience and I mean, what can I say the rest is a blur of washboard abs, squirty cream and big...performances!

My favourite (and yes I have a favourite, sorry Sam) was Lotan. Lotan is actually a fashion/lifestyle blogger himself and you can check out his blog here.
I mean...I literally can't even deal with this.
He is literally perfection. Enough said.

Laura also had a favourite who I thought looked a little like a young version of Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who you might remember from playing Zack Morris in Saved By The Bell.

Anyway, I urge you to go and see this incredible, talented group of performers if they do come to a theatre near you. They are worth every single penny and more. Also make sure you get a calendar as that means you get to see them afterwards. WINNING!

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Happy Belated 1st Birthday UpYourVlog!

So I definitely missed my blog's first birthday. I've actually had the blog for two years now but I consider this to be it's first birthday only because since September last year, did I decide to dedicate A LOT more time into my blog. 
So to celebrate my blog's birthday, I thought I would share some of the lessons learnt from my experience of blogging and the benefits of owning a blog.

Always check before posting


When I first started blogging, I was so keen to get blog posts up and thrust into the world wide web. I'd rush through them and not check them for mistakes. It wasn't until a friend told me that although my blogs were good, there were some grammatical errors. It was then that I quickly changed my ways. Of course, even now I'll probably make one or two mistakes but that's only because I'm human. I have also noticed quite a few bloggers who have made one or two mistakes on theirs too, so I know I'm not alone on this! My advice is to check and re-check before posting. (It would be totally hilarious if I'd made a mistake in this... )

Don't post to just compete with other bloggers


I started this blog for a number of reasons. My main one was that I'd been watching YouTubers for a while and noticed how much blogging was going on in the background. I had a serious FOMO moment (fear of missing out) and felt that I was at the right point in my life where I could benefit from having a blog. I was just finishing university and moving for the first time to a big city - London! My blog became an online diary for me to express my feelings, do some fantastic reviews and work with some incredible clients. It was also a way of keeping my mum appeased. My biggest regret has been having moments where I felt as if I needed to compete with other bloggers. It wasn't until recently that I've moulded my blog into something that's my own. I now only work with brands/clients that I think my readers would benefit from and I spend time brainstorming different ideas for blog posts that I'd like to do, on various themes and topics. That being said, there's no harm in a bit of creative theft...is there?

Think outside the box


I constantly tell myself to think outside of the box and to not be afraid to post about topics that some readers may have different opinions to. After all, it's your space on the internet so if there's something you feel should be talked about, then talk about it! I also find that I'm constantly reading blogs and helpful guides on how to improve my blog. The more you absorb, the more you can reach a wider audience and generally make your blog the way you envision it to be.

Working with PR/Clients


I'm definitely still learning but I've found that working with PR companies and clients can sometimes be a big task depending on who they are and what they want from a blogger. The main challenge I'm currently finding difficult is how much I should be charging for sponsored blog posts because a whole lot of time and effort goes into each blog post that I do for a client. I'm now learning when to say no, even if it means that I'll be turning down paid work. If it's not genuinely beneficial for my readers or my blog then I won't do it.

Social Media


I do find some of my days are consumed by spending so much time on various social media channels. Sometimes it's great just to switch off but I cannot stress how beneficial it is to link in social media to your blog. I find Instagram is my favourite platform and it's the one that's been growing in followers in the past six months. I love my little scrolling bar along the top of my blog which features my Instagram posts. It enables my readers to explore other aspects of my life and to see what I get up to on a daily basis. I'm not a massive fan of changing my Instagram into the next clean cut, all roses and daffodils, my life is perfect, profile. Instead, I like to share more personal moments and show more of life as it is genuinely. 


As I celebrate posting over 400 blog posts since this blog was born, I've had so many incredible experiences and moments in my blog that I will be sure to sum up in another blog post fairly soon. Let me know in the comments below, what you like about blogging. Whether you're a reader of one or a maker of one - or both!






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Why Jealousy Can Be A Good Thing?

Jealousy.

We all experience it in our lifetime, whether we dish it out or get it from others. It's a part of us it's natural. It's an emotion that we cannot help but feel in certain scenarios or situations. Think back to a time when you felt jealous. Perhaps someone you know was able to splurge on something expensive that you've always wanted? Or maybe someone had got a fantastic new job and they were bragging about it all over Face Ache?

On the other hand, when was the last time you experienced jealousy? Sometimes it's obvious when someone is jealous towards you but on other occasions jealousy leads to bitchiness which leads to you finding out from someone else. Jealousy I admit is one of the more negative feelings. That negative jealousy that we experience is something that really doesn't look good on anyone. But what about good jealousy? Does anyone talk about that?

As human beings, we tend to by default, strip away positive aspects of a life goal, achievement or award and instead we critique ourselves. We must work harder, perform better, be something more than what we currently are. I don't know about you but I tend to do this fairly frequently. I would secure acting roles for numerous projects but after it's completed, I'd always feel slightly dejected and think to myself - is this all I'm good enough for?
But what if, we could turn this typically negative feeling of jealousy, into a positive force that drives us to do better?

Your Workplace

No matter the environment of your workplace, whether it's online, in an office, warehouse, shop etc, there's always going to be someone who to you, is in a better job. Or if you are one of the lucky few who has the perfect job, then well done! And I don't mean that sarcastically or in a...ironic...jealous way. Getting a job that you love is tough work and you'll only get there if you are determined and motivated enough to get it. So many people are working just for the paycheck, just for that pension pot at the end of a loooooonnnngggg rainbow where retirement waves to you excitedly. Work is a major part of our life, yet so many people want to waste it away on a job they are competent with. I see so many people in different jobs that are truly happy with their situation. Therefore, I use this jealous feeling to work harder on my blog because I love to write. Writing is what keeps my mind creatively active, so use those negative thoughts to push through your own ambitions and dreams.


Your Competition

This leads pretty nicely into your competition. Competition is everywhere and there's always this constant pressure to do better and to outsmart and outmove your competition by doing something different. Jealousy certainly plays an active role in this, but is it all so bad? The answer is no because by being jealous of your competition, it makes you as a person, brand or company, work harder to either be on par or excel further than your competition. If you spend your entire time thinking jealous thoughts about your competitors, you'll never progress.


Your Friends/Family

Yes everyone except for you seems to be going somewhere, everyone is getting a new house, a new job, getting engaged, getting married, having kids and having AMAZING EXPERIENCES THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD DO. Stop. Just because they are all doing it now, doesn't mean you have to do it. Again, there seems to be this pressure that comes with seeing friends and family moving forward at different variations that makes us terrified that we should be doing the same. Everyone is different and everyone's time to do something significant is justified and at the right moment for them. I hate this kind of jealousy because you often feel like such a bad person for thinking these thoughts about your own flesh and blood, your friends that you've been through so much with. But it's ok because if you want those experiences, you'll end up having them in your own time. The worst thing you can do is do things because others are telling you to do them. It ends up with you feeling regret. BAD ENERGY PEOPLE!


Your Wellbeing

Being jealous can be both a positive and negative feeling. I think I've sort of clarified that as best as I think I can in this blog post. However, most importantly, it's your health and wellbeing that matter mostly and if you spend all your time being a negative nancy then you'll end up doing more harm to yourself than to anyone else. Jealousy used negatively can lose friendships, partners, family members, jobs, lifestyles and much more. But being jealous in a good way can build relationships, enable you to reach career goals and personal ambitions and more importantly, it makes you happier.


So try it out. Next time you're feeling jealous, stop and find a way of turning that negative feeling into a positive one! Tell me in the comments below how it goes!






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Skincare Pampering

I'm pretty impressed at the fact that myself and Sam have now had three weekends just gone where we have had nothing planned. And you know what? It's actually been blissful. Sometimes, you find yourself going at 100 miles an hour and it can be exhausting. London tends to have that effect on me and it also makes me feel as though I'm never quite working hard enough. I know I have a lot more to give but it's finding the balance between working my butt off to having a few days off for rest and relaxation. Last Saturday was my rest and relaxation day. I'm really getting into trying new skincare products at the moment. I've not yet branched off into the more organic/natural and independent brands yet but I'm trying to figure out what is best for my skin. Recently I have been breaking out all over the shop and of course it's due to stress. Thankfully my skin up until this point has been pretty much blemish and spot free (and that's saved me tons of money previously). However, I've noticed as I've reluctantly been thrust into adulthood, my skin needs a bit more attention now than before. FINE LINES ARE APPEARING EVERYWHERE PEOPLE!

But back to the spots.
I spotted this Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask whilst browsing through Superdrug and it was a steal for 99p, reduced from £1.49. It's a single use mask that's crammed full of revitalising and hydrating products. Including pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum, the mask provides instant hydration to the skin and continues to hydrate the skin for a week after using the mask.

The mask is made up of two parts, one part is tissue and the other is a blue film that you peel off after applying the mask to your face. It's a slimy mess but once it's on your skin, I could almost feel my tired skin sucking all the moisture off the mask...weird. The mask is worn for 15 minutes before peeling off and there's a choice of either wiping off the residue or massaging the serum into the skin. I chose to massage and it was quite a lot of serum for the skin to absorb, so I was left with a wet face for a good 20 minutes. Although, I instantly felt more refreshed and more to the point, hydrated! My skin feels a lot less groggy since using the mask and I shall definitely be buying it on the regular when I want to pamper myself again!
Neutrogena has it's visibly clear range, which I've wanted to try for a while now. I brought the 2-in-1 wash mask, priced at £3.79 and the Blackhead Eliminating SOS Cleanser at £4.99. Both are very versatile and can be using as a face wash and mask. The blackhead eliminating mask is also a face scrub and was great for exfoliating my skin. It was a little abrasive and I felt a little sensitivity to the skin under my eyes but I was left with a nice cool, tingling effect on my skin which I loved. The 2-in-1 wash mask was another great buy and I'm definitely going to be using this for both purposes. I love the mask as it's thick and you don't need a massive amount to cover the face. The mask easily blends into a face wash once combined with water and again my face felt cool after wiping the product off. At the time of writing this Neutrogena have a buy one get one free offer at Superdrug.

As far as first impressions go, these products were definitely a good buy and I think my skin is definitely enjoying it's much needed moisture at the moment, especially with winter fast approaching!

What skincare products have you bought lately?






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Have A Fashionable Workout

During a good workout, you can't stop your makeup from running. Your hair will probably get matted and you'll sweat from seemingly impossible places. However, there is a way to still look cute. If you're the type of girl that doesn't need to look cute while you workout, then kudos. But some of us like the added confidence boost that a cute outfit can provide. Maybe it's the encouragement you need to try that new machine at the gym without feeling self-conscious. Or maybe it'll will give you that extra push to run the neighborhood trail during the busiest time of the day.
Whatever your reasons, if you want to look good during a workout, there are a few easy ways to go about it. And thanks to the continued popularity of the athleisure trend, there are are plenty of tips out there that can keep you feeling cute while you're breaking a sweat.

Wear Clothes That Fit Right


If your clothes can affect how you feel, a slouchy T-shirt and baggy pants will likely make you feel unkempt and unfeminine. On the other hand, a properly fitted top and some leggings can make you feel like a gym goddess. They're also ideal for activities like yoga and Pilates, where your body form is important. It's a lot easier for an instructor to help you with your poses if they can see your shape.



Most importantly, Livestrong stresses the importance of the proper shoes. Not only will they support your feet, they can also aid in your posture. And while correct posture is crucial for aerobic activities, it's also more flattering than slouching.

Buy a Pushup Sports Bra 


A sports bra is a undeniable necessity when you're working out, but that doesn't mean it has to make you look like a boy. Keep your femininity and invest in a push-up sports bra. Your hair might be messy, and you might feel gross, but every time you check your workout form in the gym mirror, you'll see a perky reminder that you're still girly and beautiful.

Who knows, it just might inspire you to do some extra chest workouts. According to an article from Women's Health, with a few specific workouts, you might be able to lift your assets naturally in the future.

Try the Latest Brands


Sure, any old shirt from a chain store can get the job done. But how much better do you feel when you're wearing the latest looks in workout clothes? Quality, high-end clothes can make you look and feel like a movie star, even when you're drenched in sweat.

You don't have to sacrifice fashion for function either. Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 line on Lyst is a collaborative creation between the designer and Adidas—meaning you get all the high-fashion style of a top designer, with the performance of a sports brand. Try the Lux Track Jersey Hoodie for a sleek, sporty look. Or grab a pair of Printed Jersey Leggings to give your outfit an eye-catching pop of colour.


Just because you're working out, doesn't mean you can't look cute. Take advantage of a few of these tips, and you can continue to look great, feel great, and still kick some serious butt at the gym in the process.

This is a guest post by Jade Vogel

Jade is a freelance writer based out of Phoenix. She enjoys writing on anything related to fashion in addition to baking, running, and finding the best fashion deals in Arizona in her spare time.






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Summer Vs Winter

I cannot deny that I'm missing Summer right now. I think it's because it's been probably one of the best ones here in the UK, that we've had in a LONG time.

My wardrobe still sadly remains in a weird 3/4 summer and 1/4 winter state and I just can't seem to find the motivation or the wanting to pull out those chunky ass knitwear leggings and jumpers from the plastic storage boxes that are currently looking desolate and unwanted in the corner of my room. So to make me feel better (or worse), I'm challenging the seasons - it's Summer Vs Winter!

Clothing

There's nothing better than wearing next to nothing on holiday and walking into a local bar/cafe without a care in the world. I mean can you imagine doing that here in the UK?! I love Summer clothing but the downside to it is that there's not normally a lot of material, meaning it's not always long lasting especially when it comes to things like sandals. Winter however is another story. I cannot deny that I wholeheartedly love my chunky cardigans, knitwear and leggings. There is nothing better than being inside when it's freezing cold and wrapping up in layers and layers and layers of material. I also find winter clothing to last longer obviously because of the thickness of it all!

Weather

Of course this involves no competition whatsoever. I LOVE THE WARMTH. I am the type of person who when in bed, will wrap themselves up into a human sausage roll, scream in pain if bare skin is uncovered and has in the past, kept their next day's clothes in bed with them just so they'll be warm when I put them on in the morning...#i'vebeenthere

Food & Drink

I certainly do enjoy the amount of soup and hot food I consume on a daily basis during my lunchtimes. I find that I always gravitate towards the hot dishes when the cold call of Winter comes around. However, it's a subject I also find myself in limbo with because summer food is always where I find myself eating healthily. That 'beach body ready' phrase seems to be permanently etched in my mind every time my hand reaches out for a chocolate bar. NO NATALIE. 


Beauty

I tend to let myself go at times which I actually think is beneficial to my skin and body. We all have those moments where we think 'Screw it. Today I'm going to go an extra day without washing my hair and I'm not going to bother slapping my face with make-up'. And when do I do this? Most of the time I do it over the summer period, especially when I'm on my holidays. I just tend to embrace mother nature and let my body breath. In the winter however, I am crying internally at the tan I've slowly and painfully built up over Summer, disappear within an instant. Thank goodness for contouring and bronzers!

Emotions

I mentioned in a blog here, that I am one of many who suffers from seasonal sadness. I hate the feeling I get during the winter and it plays havoc on my mood and how I am with those closest around me. Summer is the complete opposite and I am loving life, making new friends and smothering my boyfriend with affection rather than lobbing him on the head with my hot wheat bag (aka Mr Piggy).


Work

Regardless of your workspace, I feel my attitude differs depending on whether it's hot outside or cold. When it's hot, the only thing I can think about is sunbathing and drinking strong cocktails. When it's cold, I am hitting the boil on that kettle like the world's coffee supply is about to end. Either way, finishing work means I go and enjoy the last rays of sunshine or curl up in bed and binge watch Netflix.

Weighing up the pros and cons of these two seasons, I've got to say that I think Summer wins. Although I love the warmth of the clothing, nothing beats the blazing sun beating on your bare skin as you sip or chug a pint of the finest lager or cider (or whatever beverage you prefer) and bask in the beauty of this season. I feel like it just beats Winter in a lot of places. Sorry Winter but I'm breaking up with you, I want to be with Summer.

Do you agree? What do you like more, Summer or Winter? Let me know in the comments below.






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Win a VIP Weekend For Two In Paris

This cheeky little competition is only open to UK residents so sorry for all those who are reading this from the US of A and any other places my blog may have surprisingly reached!
Vente Privee, an Ecommerce company has very kindly given you, my readers the opportunity to win a VIP weekend in Paris for two. That means you can take your lover, mother, friend, neighbour or hey even me, to possibly the most romantic city on the globe.

As part of the package, you get a one night stay in a four star hotel (lovely jubbly). You'll be treated to one gourmet dinner for the two of you and you'll also get £250 to spend on Vente Privee, meaning you can travel around the streets of Paris in true Parisian style.


Now I've never actually been to Paris myself (unless you count Disneyland Paris) so I'm actually going to enter myself into this competition too. If I win, I'm totally going to rub your faces in Pinterest worthy imagery and pictures of me, stuffing my face with gourmet food, in a nice restaurant.* 

*To be honest though, that's highly unlikely as I have no luck when it comes to competitions...

If you'd like to enter just click here to take part in a fun quiz and that all important entry that could win you a magical weekend away. The competition I believe closes on 31st December, so get your entries in before Christmas. It could turn into a New Year's treat for 2017!

Good luck and let me know when you've entered in the comments below.

P.S. I'm not actually entering this competition for fear of winning and then looking like a total tool.







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EatFirst - Chef Made Meals

The other night myself and Sam had a night in together on our own. Most weekdays we find ourselves out and about with friends, seeing shows and doing various other stuff that sometimes stops us spending quality time together as a couple. I love spending time with Sam, he's a best friend and partner rolled into one and it's comforting to just be next to each other, even if he's playing games and I'm blogging! There's nothing like sprawling out on the sofa with a thick duvet and Mr.Piggy (my hot wheat bag which provides me with all the positive feels).
Conveniently I had put in my EatFirst order, who had kindly gifted me with a voucher to spend on their website. EatFirst is a delivery service that brings chef-made meals straight to your door (or workplace in my case). Each day, there's a different set of meals, including ready to heat and ready to eat dishes, sides, snacks and drinks. I went and ordered the Salmon Teriyaki and the Spicy Flat Iron Steak. Instead of being healthy, I added the Massaya Classic (RED WINE!) to the basket. I mean it was mid-week so that's my excuse ok?!

Now what I love about this service is that they will deliver at anytime between 11am-10.15pm which is extremely handy for even the busiest of people. They deliver it straight to your door without any fuss or complications. It came in a sturdy thick paper bag, along with an envelope with helpful instructions on the 'meal prep' which is basically warming it up in the oven for 8 minutes. WINNING! They had even personalised the instructions with my name. Made me feel all spesh.
The recipe is for me! Thanks Cheff Benn Hodges

Now I'd actually ordered the food for the following day, however I quickly realised I was busy so had to cancel. Their customer service is quick and effective as within 15 minutes of me e-mailing them, they'd responded. So top notch there EatFirst!

I left Sam to warm up the food whilst I laid out on the sofa, sipping some leftover wine from the night before and watching The Big Bang Theory. The cooking process is super simple and our meals could either be warmed up in the oven or microwave. It was simply a case of taking out the sauces and popping the boxes in the oven. We split the meals between us so that we could taste both. One of the problems I found with the website was that there wasn't really any guidance on how big the meals were. I assumed that they might be big enough for two people but they weren't. It would probably be good for the menus to offer some couples or group alternatives to attract a larger customer demographic.
The Massaya was a Cabernet Sauvignon at a staggering 14.5%. It was something that was a lot more fruiter than we're used to in a red wine, as we typically drink Merlot/Pinot Noir (total wine snobs). However, it went down very well as Sam drank 3/4 of the bottle.

Now onto the food. The salmon - glorious, flakey and melt in the mouth went just perfectly with the fluffy quinoa and jasmine rice. The teriyaki sauce gave that sharp salty cut to the overall flavour. The steak was well seasoned and cooked rare/medium rare. The only negative thing me and Sam agreed with was that the portion size was a little too small for one person (but maybe that's because we're just greedy). The sides to the main dish just weren't substantial enough and if I'd have eaten just one of the dishes on it's own, I fear I'd still be hungry.
Overall I would say that as a delivery/takeaway service, EatFirst is a good alternative to your online takeout services and local takeaways. It's not a value for money choice though if you'd want it on a daily basis. The meals are quite pricey but fairly reasonable if you're ordering from them with a takeaway treat in mind. Use this code XWX83W6U to get £7.50 off your order!

*The only downside to this is that they don't deliver to our home address, hence why I ordered to my workplace. Sob.






Disclaimer - I was gifted a voucher to redeem in return for my own honest opinion.

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Latest Beauty Buys

I've only just realised the coral theme that seems to be running through my beauty buys this month, which I love! Ain't nothing more fitting when it's the month of October and it's all pumpkins and orange tinged leaves. This weekend I decided to treat myself and do a little shop in my local Superdrug. I need some more concealer, foundation and a coconut infused oil for my hair so it was the perfect time to spend a few pounds...
Now up until recently, I was using Makeup Revolution's Duo Eyebrow kit, but unfortunately that's now all been used up and has crumbled into a sad mess. So I decided to go for a product that I'd considered when I picked up my previous eyebrow kit. This is MUA's Pro Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit in the shade Dark. 
This comes with a little tweezer and eyebrow brush combo that to be honest, isn't really for me. They don't work as well so I probably won't use them. I found that using a combo of the black and dark brown shades works the best rather than just the one. The nude is a great highlighter for under the eyebrows and the eyebrow wax on the bottom right is perfect for keeping the pesky stray hairs in place! I love this kit already and for £3.50, it's a steal.
Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer is something I've wanted to try for ages but I just don't get why I didn't get it sooner. It's been constantly raved by blog posts that I've read in the past. I got mine in the shade Ivory which I believe is the lightest shade they do (sob). I was going to go for a lighter shade anyway as this helps cover up the dark circles under my eyes. It's £5.49 which I think is a great price for a concealer.
To match my concealer, I picked the Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade Ivory and this was £8.99. They were doing an offer of 2 products for £10 on Rimmel, so what a bargain! This lightweight liquid foundation is PERFECT! I do prefer a mousse or press powdered foundation but I've decided I'll make an exception on this occasion. The foundation blends well and has a nice finish that isn't too dewy nor too mattifying. 
I've only recently noticed this whilst watching some make-up tutorial videos on Instagram and YouTube. I picked up BarryM's Flawless Colour Correction Kit for £5.99 and for a first timer, I'm quite impressed. The kit comes with four different colours that has the consistency of a solid concealer. The palette becomes more wet as you rub your finger into the product. Each colour approaches different skin issues. The orange/red is used under the eyes to reduce dark circles which when I used, I definitely thought I wouldn't be able to cover it up or that I'd not blended it in properly.
The green is used to reduce redness so I mainly suffer redness around the nose area, again as a first timer of these things, I looked like I had the nose of an ogre. The nude one acts as a concealer which I think is a pretty handy back up and purple is the only one I didn't use. This one perfects uneven skin tone and dullness but my skin was looking pretty fresh for a change. After applying my concealer and foundation on top I did notice a difference, definitely with the dark spots under my eyes. So far so good but I'll be sure to keep you updated.
And finally, onto a haircare product. I've loved using Garnier's Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil and I recently ran out of the stuff. However it turns out Superdrug doesn't stock it. BOO! So instead of waiting to find myself near a Boots store, I brought the Palmer's Coconut Oil which promises to strengthen roots, leaving the hair sleek and shiny. Doesn't really smell like coconut and I much preferred the thicker oil Garnier provides, however I'll stay with this product for a while and see whether there's more results over time. Also for £3.49, it's not too much of a waste of money!
Have you been beauty shopping recently?

Let me know in the comments below what you brought!






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