Life: A very special day

As you probably know, at the end of May I went on holiday to Florida for two and a half weeks. It was an amazing holiday and I will be posting about it, but I had to start by sharing some very happy news - Chris proposed whilst we were out there! 

We have been together over 9 years so I knew would get engaged at some point, however his proposal was a complete surprise - which was so lovely as I really thought I'd have some idea that it was going to happen.

Everyone kept asking me if I thought Chris would propose whilst we were in Florida (everyone knows how much I love it there!) and at first I'd thought that he might, but had completely convinced myself that he wasn't going to. I thought if it was on the cards, he'd be nervous going through the airport as if he had a ring in his bag he would probably be quite edgy - but he was cool as a cucumber (even when his bag had to be searched! He thought he was going to have to pop the question in Gatwick airport!) and he also kept talking about us going to Florence for a mini break so I assumed that's what he was planning.

So onto the actual proposal - he had asked for my Dad's permission at the airport as they went for a beer before the flight and then for the first week he kept trying to get me on my own. Unfortunately I was a difficult girlfriend and was rigidly sticking to my itinerary! Even when he asked if I wanted to go on a bike ride I declined because I wanted to sunbathe. Poor Chris!

Finally he got me on my own by saying that his workmate had recommended some lovely gardens that were a nice bit of escapism from the Disney and Universal parks. This was a total lie to get me there (I still quizzed him on his workmate, when he'd been, what he'd done...again, poor Chris!) but it worked and we found ourselves at the very beautiful Leu Gardens

We walked around and it was just gorgeous. I felt like I was in The Notebook. We eventually came to this pretty bandstand area...

First of all I made Chris take numerous pictures of me posing, and then I started dancing around it singing 'I am 16 going on 17...'. Eventually I got down and he said that he needed to ask me a question....and he proposed!

It was all a bit of a blur but was the most happy moment and I was so surprised - of course I said yes! He did so well - the ring was made for me in Hatton Gardens and is exactly what I would have chosen myself, I just need it resizing slightly. It's so sparkly and beautiful and I just love it.

After he proposed, we walked around the gardens a little more before heading back to meet the family for dinner - it was amazing to have them all out there to celebrate with, and also to have most of the holiday ahead of us. The perfect day.

Beauty: Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle

In Florida I bought one of the Sephora Cream Lip Stains as have heard great reviews, mainly from Lily and Anna. For $14 they are well priced and I have been so impressed with it.

I went for pink souffle and adore this colour - it's the perfect pink for summer! The colour applies really smoothly and lasts for ages without making your lips feel dry- you know that it's really not going to budge. You apply it as a cream and then it dries into a silky, lightweight stain and this works really well.

I can see why these lip creams are so popular and now I need to get my hands on more shades! Do you own of these? What shade would you recommend?

Beauty: Florida Sephora make-up buys

In my last post I shared the 'drugstore' products that I bought in Florida. Today I'm showing you my Sephora buys. These were all purchased from the Sephora store in the Mall at Millenia - I love Mall at Millenia and would highly recommended going if you're over there! The Sephora is amazing too. 

So here is what I came home with:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter - I saw Freddy raving about this in a video and knew I had to buy it. Anything that claims to give you super glowy skin is a must-have for me, and this most definitely gives you that glow! Will be doing a full review on this so watch this space.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop - this has had so much hype online so I wanted to give it a try. It's a beautiful shimmery highlighter which is packed with gold pigment - again, I will make sure to post about this properly.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe - I actually bought two of these as I tried it and knew straightaway that I needed a back-up. Georgina recommended this brow pencil to me and so far it hasn't disappointed.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Souffle - this is a beautiful lip cream and is a dream to apply. This is a gorgeous colour and stays on for ages. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - I adore the 'mini' section in Sephora. I could browse it for hours! I've heard good things about this so thought it was worth a try - and will be handy for my next holiday where I'm only taking hand luggage!

Sephora Green Tea Mask - I'm yet to try a sheet mask and these were only $6. It's a mattifying and anti-blemish formulation and I'll let you know how I get on!

Ole Henrikson The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths - I try not to use face wipes very much but sometimes (when travelling) it's a necessity and these are meant to be great.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender - my Mum's Sephora card had 200 points (top tip- get a card if you're out there- the points really add up!) and this was one of the 100 point gifts. This is a unique primer that claims to extend a hair style by up to two days, so you can longer without washing it.

YSL Black Opium For Her Perfume - this was another product I bought with 100 of the Sephora points. It's a mini rollerball (again, really handy for travel) and smells so delicious - it's very sweet which I didn't expect!

Beauty: Florida 'Drugstore' make-up buys

I've just come back from Florida and we had the most amazing and very special holiday. Posts coming soon with photos and all about our news.

Obviously whilst out there I had to stock up on make-up so paid visits to Walmart, Target and Sephora. Today I'm sharing my buys from Walmart and Target.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette - I've wanted to buy this for a while after seeing rave reviews, and strangely RT products are cheaper in the US! This looks super handy - you can hold this palette on your hand and use it to swish and swirl your brushes to clean perfection.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Magique Foundation - I love this foundation so decided to pick up another bottle. It gives a lovely healthy glow.

L'Oreal Paris The Super Slim Infallible Eyeliner - this liquid pen eyeliner is a dream and I haven't purchased it in a while so decided to buy it again. It's so easy to apply!

CoverGirl Crump Clusher Mascara - I love CoverGirl mascaras and decided to give the Crump Clusher a try - it claims to give 200% more volume and zero clumps so we'll see how it works!

CoverGirl Plumpify Blastpro Mascara - this was being hero-d in Walmart and I always fall for the mascaras that are being promoted. I've been trying this and it's good but not amazing.

Maybelline Lip Elixir in Nude Illusion - I've not tried a Maybelline Elixir before so wanted to give it a try. It's a nice gloss but nothing life-changing.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm in Nourishing Nude - this is a lovely balm and gives a hint of colour. It also smells like caramel which is lovely!

Ardell Wispies false eyelashes - I've heard great things about these false lashes and they are so cheap in the states! (like $3!).

Life: 10 things that happen when you are super organised

1) You get everywhere early, even to casual catch-ups with friends and always end up having to hang around for ages waiting for them to arrive.

2) Everyone relies on you to be the organiser for everything. You are a walking, talking Citymapper app.

3) Deadlines are always smashed.

4) If, shock horror, you are looking to be on-time for something (rather than early) you start getting the sweats.

5) And don't even talk about when you know you're going to be late.

6) Lists are the backbone to your whole life.

7) Your iPhone holds the key to your whole organisational life. Calendar, notes and to-do list apps (currently using Paperless) are your best friend.

8) The recommended airport check-in arrival time is your minimum time, plus an hour. 

9) Upward managing comes very naturally! 

10) It gives you small heart palpitations when someone has 1023 unread emails on their phone.

Life: Recommended books!

My reading game has been terrible recently. I go through phases where I will read constantly and love being engrossed in other worlds, and then others where my Kindle isn't touched in months. I am hoping to read a few books over my holiday and have downloaded lots of great-sounding titles. Today I wanted to share some books I've read over the past few years and have really stuck with me as being great reads. I am not the best at describing them and don't want to give anything away so have included the blurb for each book!

My book 'taste' is a mixture of light-hearted chick-lit and thriller/mystery type books. I love a twist! Please let me know if you have any recommendations for me.

Broken Dolls by James Carol - "When Detective Inspector Mark Hatcher calls from Scotland Yard about a particularly disturbing case, Winter leaves his native California for the chilly streets of London to help track down a sadistic serial kidnapper. Four victims, all young women, all tortured and then lobotomised. None of them able to tell the police the name of their attacker. None of them able to live normal lives again. Just broken dolls, played with then discarded. When another young woman goes missing, Winter has to race against the clock to identify the attacker and find the latest victim before it's too late." 99p on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty - "Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others." £4.99 on Kindle or £5.59 for paperback.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - "Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time." £4.99 on Kindle or £3.49 for paperback.

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane - "Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend." £2.49 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des RĂªves, The Circus of Dreams." £2.99 on Kindle or £5.59 for paperback.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - "In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating" £4.99 on Kindle or £3.85 for paperback.

Daughter by Jane Shemilt - "Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. One year later Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces. Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together? Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?" £1.99 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson - "Libby has a good life with a gorgeous husband and a home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. But in doing so she unearths devastating secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved..." £4.99 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes - "Catherine has been enjoying single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But there is a dark side to him and his erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything..." £3.79 on Kindle or £7.99 for paperback.

Beauty: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss

For Christmas, my Mum bought me the wonderful Soap & Glory box of goodies (you know, the one that is always on offer just before Christmas and everyone goes a little mad for). It was full of brilliant products and one of them was their infamous Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Rose & Shine*.

This is a lip pumping gloss so when you apply it you get lots of tingles and it makes your lips look fuller. I think it does, but sometimes it's hard to tell whether its just the gloss itself making them look more plump!

The shade is very subtle but pretty and it lasts on your lips for quite a while which is always good. It's not too sticky either. I really really like this and have been wearing it most days - unusual for me as I'm not a massive fan of lip gloss.

Have you tried this offering from Soap & Glory? I know it's one of their bestsellers!

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