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Beauty: Spring Essentials

April 19, 2017

The sunshine we've seen in the UK recently has made me so happy! It feels like Spring is really here and although it's slightly scary (as I get married this Summer- eek) it's the best feeling to have the sun on your face and to not have to layer up with scarfs and big coats. Today I'm going to share my 9 Spring Essentials.

1. L'Occitane Shea Light Comforting face cream. I always find that my skin struggles a little when it emerges from the cold winter weather - it's very dry and doesn't feel very bright so a moisturiser is an essential. The Shea Light offering from L'Occitane is great as it's lovely and light, and so perfect for Spring when you don't feel like a heavy product.

2. Daffodils. Having daffodils around the house really brightens up the rooms and brings spring into the home. I love how cheap they are and how quick they are to open and look beautiful - our only issue is that Chris doesn't like to seeing a dying bunch in the shop so will always buy them so they have a chance to 'thrive'. Bless him!

3. New Look pinafore dress. This is in the sale for £9.99 so an absolute winner - I love a pinafore and have just bought two new denim ones. So easy to wear and I like how they can be worn in the awkward transition between cold and warm weather. 

4. Nars Illuminator in Copacabana. I'll be honest, I like to wear a highlighter all year round but in Spring/Summer you can really go for it. I like to mix the Nars Illuminator in with my foundation to make it feel lighter and to add a lovely glow. 

5. Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette. I've just discovered this palette but oh, it is so pretty and so perfect for spring time! I have a nostalgic love for all things Stila and have always rated their blushes. I feel like I could use this one palette for months.

6. Diptyque Baies scented candle. Although I can't spell both the brand and the name of this candle, this is my absolute favourite scent for Spring. It's a mix of blackcurrant and rose and is just light, fresh and floral. Love!

7. Topshop bomber jacket. I find that my go-to jacket for Spring time is a bomber. I find they 'make' an outfit and they keep you warm, without acting like a big winter coat. Very much enjoying the satin and suede variations that are popping up at the moment.

8. Adidas Gazelles. I am lusting after these trainers and having to make do with a knock-off from Primark. I like how trainers are being worn everyday, rather than just at the gym as they are so comfy! These look great with a bomber and jeans. Such an easy outfit.

9. NYX Cream blush in glow. Although the MaxFactor creamy blush is one of my faves, this blush from NYX is gorgeous. I love wearing a cream blush in the warmer months as it settles into skin so much better than powder and looks so much more natural in the bright daylight.

What are your spring essentials? 

Beauty: My Evening Skincare Routine

February 23, 2017

Last week I posted about my morning skincare routine so today I'm telling you all about my evening routine. I love the process of taking off my make-up. Of course there are days when it's the last thing I want to do, but nothing beats the feeling of a nice clean face and however tired (or drunk, ahem) I may be, I will always always cleanse my face. Here's my current routine:

1) Remove my eye makeup using the Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water. This is a bio-phase product where you shake it up before using and it's great for removing waterproof mascara.  I use this by applying to a cotton pad and gently wiping off my eye makeup.

2) Next step is to massage a pump of the No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser into my dry skin. I usually do it around my eyes too, to get rid of any makeup still there. I then soak a flannel or muslin cloth in hot water and polish off the cleanser, and all of my makeup from the day. I find it so satisfying to see it all on the flannel! 

3) The third step is fairly new into my routine but I'm loving it. I've finally got my hands on the Pixi Glow Tonic, a cult favourite in the beauty world which is an exfoliating toner and aims to give a healthy glow. I simply put some of the tonic onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over my face.

4) It's then time to moisturise! As with my morning moisturiser, I often switch up which I use but my current favourite is the Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Night Cream

5) The final step in my evening routine is to dab on a little eye cream. I'm using the Argan Eye Cream at the moment and it's a nice creamy product which feels gentle on my skin. 

Beauty: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

February 19, 2017

Everyone raves about the NYX Lip Creams and it's no surprise as to why. They are beautiful lip products and so easy to use. 

I bought the shade Stockholm a few weeks ago and it's really lovely. It's more of a nude than a pink, although looks quite pink on my lips as they are naturally very red! It applies as a cream and then dries to a matte velvet finish. It feels really comfortable to wear and doesn't dry my lips like other similar products sometimes do, and is foolproof to apply. 

Highly recommend this lip product and at only £5.50 you can't go wrong!

Beauty: My Morning Skincare Routine

February 15, 2017

During the cold winter months my skin has been terrible - lots of spots popping up and it was just looking so lacklustre and dull. In the New Year, I decided that enough was enough and that I was going to get up 5 minutes earlier so that I could do a proper three-step skincare routine in the morning (I used to just wash my face and that was it). I've also been making the effort to drink lots more water and both of these things have improved my skin so much!

Here's my three step routine:

1) I've been using the This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow to start the day. It's a brightening daily cleanser and I love it. You simply rub a small amount into your dry skin, and then use wet fingertips to massage into your face for one minute. You can leave it on for ten minutes for a really intensive cleanse but it's not recommended for sensitive skin so I just do it for a minute. You then rinse off and you're good to go. It makes my skin feel so clean and fresh.

2) Step two is a refreshing spray of the La Roche Posay Serozinc. This toner type product is great for oily/combination skin and I always feel like it's doing my skin good.

3) Final step is a moisturiser. I do swap these around a little but at the moment I'm using Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Moisturiser. It's a gel like moisturiser which sinks into your skin super quickly and means that you have a great base for make-up. I can't stand the smell though!

And that's it. Super quick and easy! My evening routine will be coming up soon.

Life: A Little Catch Up

February 11, 2017

Photos from Instagram - username is daisyelizabeth87

So....hi again. It's been a while since I opened blogger and wrote a post. I've had a complete lack of blog motivation - probably a mix of the time of year, it being too dark to take photos, work being absolutely manic and using whatever creativity I have left for wedding planning!

So what's being going on since December when I last posted? Obviously we had Christmas and New Year which were lovely as always. It's always so nice having those days off to completely relax, to not know what day it is and to eat lots of delicious food with family. New Year was spent with friends playing board games, going on walks and wearing my comfy clothes the whole time - perfect!

Shortly after New Year we had some really sad news that my Nana had passed away. She would have been 90 this year (so had a wonderful long life) and had been battling with dementia for the past seven years - a cruel and horrible disease. My Mum and her sisters have had to deal with losing her twice, once to the dementia and for the second time now she's passed away. She had an emotional but lovely send off and after the service we spent hours at my cousin's house chatting and catching up. It ended in a full on pizza party and us not leaving until late. Nana would have loved it.

The New Year has also brought wedding planning to the front of my mind. We get married in August and time is flying - it's going to be here before we know it! We've done lots of the big things but it's all of the little things which seems to take up so much time. We're so excited though and it's amazing how exciting all of the people around us are for it. I can do a proper wedding planning update if anyone is interested.

We are booking our mini-moon tomorrow as we're planning to do a couple of nights away after the wedding, somewhere in the UK and then we want to go on honeymoon a few months later so we have it to look forward to. This year is going to be full of fun! 

That's it for now - our Indian takeaway is on it's way and I'm going to carry on watching my current obsession, Gossip Girl. Re-watching every episode is making me super happy. I hope everyone is well and hopefully I'm going to get back on track with blogging now!

Travel: Our Trip to Iceland

December 04, 2016

Chris turned 30 last month so I decided to plan something special to celebrate him getting old (haha). We have both always wanted to go to Iceland so this was the perfect excuse to go - the week before he opened a present to reveal an Iceland guidebook and last Wednesday we made our way to explore this beautiful part of the world.

We booked all of our transfers and excursions through Gray Line and I can't recommend them highly enough. Everything was so well organised and ran super smoothly. When we return, we'll probably hire a car and go exploring a bit more but for a first visit, using Gray Line tours were perfect. We absolutely loved Iceland - it was such a calming, lovely place to visit. Here is what we got up to:

Where we stayed

The Fosshotel Reykjavik hotel. Try the Alda or The Borg Hotel if you want something more fancy, but we really liked the Fosshotel. We were a ten minute walk from the centre, all of the tours did pick-up from it and the breakfast buffet was great. Definitely go for a deal where you get breakfast included as it's one less cost to think about!

What we did

Blue Lagoon. Of course! No trip to Iceland would be complete without a trip to the Blue Lagoon. I'm going to do a seperate post with tips on it, but it was probably my favourite thing that we did. It is absolutely beautiful and is just so relaxing. Usually I get a little impatient in a spa but we stayed in the water for a good three hours. 

Golden Circle Express Tour. The sights on the Golden Circle are a must - first stop is ├×ingvellir national park which is where the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, second is the breathtaking Gulfoss Waterfall and third is to see the active Geysir called Strokkur. It's a long tour with even the express tour taking 6 hours, but is well worth it and I enjoyed some great coach naps between the sights! 

Northern Lights Tour. I included this as we were going to be on a Northern Lights Tour but it got cancelled as was too cloudy every night we were there. Boo. A reason to go back!

Exploring Reykjavik. On our last day we mooched around the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. It's a lovely little city with such a chilled vibe. When we first arrived and went out for dinner I could feel how tense and stressed my whole body was - you become so accustomed to the London hustle and bustle, and you need to step out of the bubble to really relax. Iceland is the perfect place for this. We wandered around the harbour and went into the Harpa Concert Hall which is just incredibly beautiful and an amazing piece of architecture.

Where we ate

Le Bistro - this is a really cute French restaurant which is super cosy and looks out to the main street so is great for people watching. Chris had french onion soup to start and I had the salmon for my main, he had a lamb shank. As you'd expect, their seafood is fantastic so definitely give it a try.

Rossopomodoro - this was a nice Italian place - I had a pizza which was delicious and Chris had spaghetti. It was ever so slightly cheaper (more on the prices later!) than the other restaurants too.

Caruso - our favourite restaurant of the three, this was a gorgeous cosy place with live music and set in a traditional looking Icelandic building. Chris had surf and turf which was so good (I don't even like lobster that much but this was amazing) and I had a herb-crusted salmon dish. Delish!

We also had lunch at Barber Bistro (also nice!) and a gorgeous hot chocolate at an Artisan Bakery called Sandholt.

Other things to know

♥ Iceland can be extremely cold. We were actually really lucky and although we went very prepared we didn't need to wear much of the warm clothes we'd brought - I think it was colder in the UK whilst we were there! Our walking boots, and waterproof cosy coats were invaluable though. I'd definitely be as prepared as possible for the cold and bring thermals, thick gloves, a fleece snood, good hats and obviously walking boots and a big warm jumper.

♥ It is mighty expensive! I couldn't believe how expensive Iceland was - it was eye-watering at times and London now feels like an absolute bargain! An average main course is £20 and even for a cheap lunch (such as a soup or sandwich) it will cost you around £10. 

Wedding: 10 Things That Happen When You Get Engaged

October 26, 2016

It's been a few months since I got engaged (read our engagement story here) but I wanted to share a few things that I noticed after he put a ring on it...

1. Your hands and nails won't know what's hit them - they will look the best they've ever looked. So many people were looking at my ring so I was constantly painting my nails and applying hand cream! Cue a few months later and if someone asks to see it I have to do an awkward claw hand to hide my chipped nail polish.

2. You become an absolute pro at telling your proposal story, and also feel sorry for your desk buddies at work who have heard you telling said story about a million times!

3. Wedding magazines quickly become your new best friend. I never thought I'd be interested because of the wealth of information you can find online, but I've found myself buying every magazine on the shelf! 

4. On a similar vein, wedding blogs are also a new addiction. My Bloglovin' feed is filled with real weddings and they're my favourite posts to read. 

5. For the first few weeks you'll be so paranoid about losing your ring or damaging it. To be fair, a few months down the line I still feel like that! It's a lot of money on one tiny finger!

6. The ring, champagne and bride emojis will be used to excess.

7. You will look at the wedding budget and flit between "it's only one day, lets not go overboard" and "it's the one day that you get married with everyone you love in one room, let's order all of the confetti and doves to carry the rings!"

8. Google Docs will become your saviour

9. You will marvel at how excited everyone is for you and how much love you feel. It's quite overwhelming!

10. Prepare for ALL of the questions. When are you getting married? Where are you getting married? Are you thinking big or small wedding? Have you chosen Bridesmaids? One person even asked if I'd thought about where I'd be getting the alcohol from - we'd only been engaged a couple of weeks!