Thursday, December 1

Beauty Supplies Haul | Superdrug


I popped into Superdrug today (as you do), to pick up some of my favourite beauty supplies and thought I'd share them with you.

Firstly, Rimmel have an awesome offer right now. It's 3 for 2 on all items plus, you get a free tote bag (and it's actually quite nice!). So I picked up another Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, my absolute favourite for keeping my foundation in place all day. I'm a huge Rimmel lover right now, currently using their Fresher Skin Foundation too, but I can't be without the primer. I've tried the other two in the range and much prefer this for my dry skin. Next up, a new powder. I'm not too loyal with powders and normally go for the (Rimmel again) Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This time, I thought I'd try the new Clear Complexion Radieux Clarifying Powder. It also comes in the shade transparent, so doesn't matter how tanned (or not) you are. Finally from Rimmel, they've got a new Brow This Way Gel, yes! With 3 for 2, I got it for free, which is quite nice.


The last bits I got were buy one get one half price on the Cotton Wool pads, which I use to remove nail varnish or my makeup with micellar water. And speaking of Micellar water, these Simple Wipes are THE BOMB. I love them. They're half price right now too, so I bought all the ones they had on the shelf. They're perfect for sensitive skin, and genuinely remove stubborn mascara. Highly recommend. Last but not least, I also picked up this Gillette Dry Skin Shaving Gel, which was also on offer. This stuff last ages. I normally go for the Sensitive Skin one with Aloe Vera, but thought I'd try the Dry Skin version with Shea Butter.

Love a good skincare/beauty splurge.
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Saturday, November 26

Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter | #HogwartsInTheSnow


I hate to admit this, but I'm a fairly new Harry Potter fan. Having purchased the box-set and marathon watching the films a year ago now, (but only just beginning to read the Philosopher's Stone), I can't quite fully pledge my love from the phenomenon just yet but trust me, it's there. I'm a proud Slytherin, often ambitious and achievement-oriented. So imagine the excitement I felt on my spontaneous decision to drive three hours from Bournemouth to Watford on Thursday afternoon, to attend the official launch of Hogwarts In The Snow* at the Warner Bros Studio Tours...yup, I was pretty ecstatic. 

I arrived pretty flustered, half an hour early, repeating myself about my long ass drive to the array of team in front of me. They kindly gave me with a goodie bag and glass of mulled wine, and my anxieties of standing alone until Amy arrived quickly disappeared. 

It's my second time visiting the tour and I was absolutely blown away with how beautiful it all looked. Based at the Leavesden film studios just outside London, home for ten years for the cast and crew creating the films, it's now an incredible opportunity for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the magic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have to point out that even if you've been before (no matter how long you took to go round the place), you'll spot things you missed...because I certainly did!

From now until 29th January 2017, you can experience the tour like no other time of year. Being a huge Christmas lover (my tree was up November 6th..no shame), I couldn't miss the chance to see the Hogwarts festivities. Starting in The Great Hall, they've lined it with Christmas Trees, special-effects roaring fires, and the dining tables are dressed with seasonal feasts (including flaming Christmas Puddings!). The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory are decorated with the original props, including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made by the cast members during production.

It doesn't do justice in photos, but the Hogwarts model castle is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, which took four days to transform. There's an opportunity to discover how artificial snow and ice is made, and of course, all the usual excitement like drinking butterbeer, flying a broom, riding the Knight Bus (where it was snowing in the lot!), discovering Diagon Alley, climbing on board the original Hogwarts Express (and getting a classic photo with your trolley at Platform 9 3/4) and exploring the gift shop. You honestly won't want to miss it.

Huge thanks to Warner Bros for having me, I can't wait to come back soon.


*Complimentary ticket, press launch invitation.
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Wednesday, November 23

Soap & Glory Zing Along Gift Set


If you like lime, you will absolutely love Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush. It's my very favourite scent from their range, and the perfect wake-me-up in the morning! Zesty, fresh and super uplifting.

The Zing Along set comes in the most awesome pink bag. It's universal,  so you can change the shape into a handbag, tote or vanity style case, by folding the sides and popping into place. It's actually a really great quality bag, and I'll be getting plenty of use as a vanity to store my nail varnishes!


Featuring four of the famous Sugar Crush products inside, including the body wash, buttercream, scrub and spray, the Zing Along set is priced at £30.00. All full sized, they'll last you ages too. 

I've got really sensitive eczema-prone skin, but I love the scrub on my legs before shaving. It's a blend of lime and almond oil, macadamia grains, and brown sugar. Next up, the Body Wash is lovely and foamy, with kiwi water juice and exactly the same Sugar Crush scent. For after the shower, the Buttercream is ultra-rich, again with shea and cocoa butter, almond and coconut oil, lime oil and lime tree blossom extract. Yup, it smells exactly as it sounds! INCREDIBLE. And finally, the Body Spray is a cocktail of vanila musk, lime, ginger and smashed brown sugar. Yum. I actually really love spraying this around my flat, it's that good.

If I was gifted this for Christmas, I'd be pretty smitten. Highly recommend.


*PR Sample
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Sunday, November 20

YouTubers I've Enjoyed This Week #2

...and we're back! I'm not going to commit to these weekly yet, but I'm going to try my best. Last week, I shared the love in the form of videos I enjoyed which were uploaded during the week. I watch a lot of content, and although I'm loyal to a select few channels, I like finding new stuff too. So here's my round-up of what I've enjoy this week!

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I bloomin' love Hazel Hayes. Her 'Time Of The Month' series is one of my favourites, but today, I'm featuring her first animation. I watched it on a day I was particularly emotional, so yes, it did make me cry. Beautiful little video.


Lucy & Lydia produce the prettiest vlogs. I love their style and their travel vlogs are fab. Super jealous they went to Tahiti for the new Disney Moana film, it looked amazing!


I think Steph speaks a lot of truth in this and I admire his approach to discussing politics. It's something I'm going to incorporate into my own channel soon. Worth a watch!


Ellie has been a 'real life' friend of mine for years. If you like my weekly vlogs, you'll also like Ellie's. I watch every week without fail. Congrats on 25K subscribers Ellie!


I found Steve a while ago when I was researching Disneyland Paris. I'm not planning another trip just yet, but I really like his weekly news updates. If you're a DLP fan, you'll want to subscribe. He also does a podcast I'm subscribed to too.



Casey Neistat is amazing. Up there as one of my all-time favourite YouTubers. He's stopping daily vlogging but I particularly like how he put this. "This idea that life or career, my career, is a huge jungle that I'm trying to navigate through, and the only way to get from one side of the jungle to the other, the only way to get to where I want to be in my career, is by swinging from vine to vine and grabbing onto that next opportunity, that next vine, to take me closer to where I want to be."



That's all for this week! Let me know if you like these and I'll continue them every now and again!
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Saturday, November 19

The Perfect Sunday Roast | The Curlew, Bournemouth


A few weeks ago, my mum gushed about The Curlew near Bournemouth Airport. It's a pub/restaurant owned by a chain called Vintage Inns, with a really cosy vibe and excellent food. She loved it so much, she's kindly booked it for our Christmas Day dinner too. There's only three of us this year, so we wanted to find a place which was close to home to spend the special day. In light of booking for Christmas, we went down a few weekends ago so my mum could show me for herself. Alas, I had a pretty perfect Sunday Roast.

The building was constructed in the 1800's and served as a farm mostly producing root vegetables. After gaining its license, the building became Mulligan's fish restaurant, then a themed pub, and was more recently called The Manor before settling on being named after the wading bird - the Curlew.


For starter, we all had the prawn and lobster cocktail (£5.95) with avocado, lobster mayonnaise and rustic bread. It was absolutely delicious. On to mains, I went for beef (£11.50), served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, honey & thyme roast carrots, parsnips, seasonal vegetables and as much gravy as you like. It was so big, I actually couldn't finish it all. The quality of the meat and veg was gorgeous, and the waiter was extremely polite and didn't rush us. For dessert, I was pretty full, but they serve a 'mini pudding and hot drink' for £4.50, so I had bramley apple pie with custard, and a hot chocolate. Absolutely perfect.

I couldn't fault anything about it. I can't wait to go back for Christmas Day dinner!
Cheers, Curlew!
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