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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!


Life: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

October 23, 2016

For Christmas last year I bought my Mum a treat for us both to enjoy - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldywch. Last weekend we finally found the time to go and I can't praise it highly enough. We had such a lovely time!

We were seated in the upstairs area of One Aldywch, overlooking The Lobby Bar (perfect for people watching) and were taken through the sumptuous looking menu. We were told that we could try as many different teas as we wanted! Obviously I went for the English Breakfast but Mum did try the chocolate tea which was unusual and delicious!

We were each delivered a big pot of tea, and our savoury 'course' arrived - our favourites were the tomato tarts and the leek and stilton quiche. As we were coming to the end of the savoury, our waiter asked if we wanted any more of anything so we asked for more of these and he happily obliged. The service was outstanding - probably the best service I've ever had!

It was then onto the best part - the sweets! As you'd expect from a Charlie and the Chocolate Tea there were some amazing treats. From the golden chocolate egg filled with cheesecake, to the homemade candy floss with a secret flavour that you have to try and guess (I got it right and was very smug). It felt sparkly, and fun, and truly indulgent. Even better was that there was a constant supply of tea.

Once again, we were asked if we wanted more of anything but we were getting so full by this point that we just couldn't eat anything else! We were given boxes to put our leftovers in so we could take them home and enjoy them later when we had a bit more space in our bellies!

We had an absolutely fantastic couple of hours at One Aldywch. We felt very spoilt and the waiters were just incredible. If you want to treat yourself, or want to buy a lovely gift for someone then I highly recommend the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea!


Food: My Favourite Healthy Recipe Books

October 20, 2016

I love curling up on the sofa and looking through my recipe books. My book buying habits have changed a lot since the Kindle arrived a few years ago and so it's rare that I buy actual books, however I love to have a good stash of recipe books in the house, if only for how pretty they look on a shelf!

Here are three of my favourite 'healthy' cookbooks; Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella Every Day and Eat.Nourish.Glow by Amelia Freer. 

Deliciously Ella Every Day is Ella's second book and is just as fantastic as the first. It's filled with plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes divided into sections such as breakfast, easy weekday dinners, batch cooking and of course, smoothies. I love Ella's recipes and have made so many of them - there are some ingredients that you wouldn't usually have in the house (like tahini and apple cider vinegar) but once you have them they will last you ages and they pop up in lots of recipes.

Eat.Nourish.Glow is by Amelia Freer who is nutritionist to lots of celebrity clients. This first book explains her 10 steps for losing weight, looking younger and feeling healthier. This is far more of a text heavy book but it's so interesting and divided into the 10 steps which makes it feel far more manageable! There are a handful of great recipes at the back of the book too. 

Get The Glow is popular blogger, Madeleine Shaw's first book. The first part shares her six-week plan for how to 'get the glow' and to help you ditch the sugar and junk foods, and the second section includes 100 brilliant recipes which are all simple to follow. I like how lots of her recipes include meat as I tend to find that most 'healthy' eating books are focused on a vegan or vegetarian diet. The book is beautifully illustrated too.

I hope you find this useful and do let me know which healthy recipe books you recommend as I'm always on the lookout for new ones!