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Life: My Current Favourite TV Shows

June 18, 2017

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I have been enjoying lots of TV recently - TV is just on point at the moment! So many good series out there. Hate to admit how much I watch TV and boxsets - Chris and I are currently eyeing up the Panasonic UHD 4K TV for when we next move (and win the lottery)! The first thing we bought for this flat was a TV - maybe this should become a tradition?!

Here are some of my favourites shows at the moment:

Grey's Anatomy - I have watched Grey's since it started and I am a loyal fan. They have just aired the finale of series 13 and the last two episodes were fantastic - I can't stop thinking about the penultimate episode. I also think that every episode without fail makes me cry.

Modern Family - I've been catching up with this as used to watch it regularly but stopped a couple of years ago. Have been enjoying catching up with the latest series on Sky- I just love the characters so much! Cam, Gloria and Phil are my faves but I do love them all.

The Handmaid's Tale - I've only started watching this but was so impressed with the first episode and know it will be a good series as I read the book at school. It's a difficult watch and I felt tense throughout but the cast is brilliant and I'm excited to watch more.

Catching a Killer - this was shown on channel 4 and documents what happened to Natalie Hemming after she was reported missing to the police. It was so interesting to see the process from start to finish - and so heartbreaking too. 

Love Island - it's back! And I am so happy! It's such trash tv but completely obsessive viewing and I am loving catching up on the drama every night. 

Big Little Lies - I read and loved this book and was so pleased it was made into a show. The cast is amazing (love Reese Witherspoon so much), the script and production is brilliant and it will make you want to move to Monterey!

What have you been watching at the moment?

Post made in collaboration with Panasonic

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

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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!