Monday, May 23

happy birthday fraser!

My little brother Fraser turned 15 last thursday, we all went out for a lovely meal at Frankie & Bennies, I can't remember the last time we spent quality family time together. This time last year, we did exactly the same thing but my boyfriend Mark was with us, I missed him not being there.
Anyway, here are a few pictures from the meal!

The dress I'm wearing was a gift from my grandma, she brought it in the charity shop the other day for £3! Originally from Topshop! I really should start rummaging in these shops! I paired it with a brown blazer from H&M, a white cardigan from H&M and an 'owl' necklace from Tesco! Mum pinched my denim jacket...


Friday, May 20

I booked my driving test!

how scary is that?

Thursday, May 19

Cath Kidston Buys!

1. English Old Rose Flower - Make-up Bag

I completely fell in love when I saw this, and seeing as I've just broken my current make-up bag, I thought it was a pretty good idea to get it.  Its a really good quality material, and even the inside is easy to wipe if I get make-up in it. The pattern is gorgeous and typical Cath Kidston. It's got a cute little handle and an easy open zip too.


2. Keyring

As you can see in the picture, I brought this for my car keys. I needed something that stood out next to the rest of our keys hanging up, and also something that is easy for me to grab out of my bag. Really liked the design too as it's slightly different to the make-up bag.


By the way, sorry if the quality of the images is terrible, my brother is using our SLR for his photography (I finished all mine on tuesday) so I'm temporarily using a HD video camera that takes photos! So yeah, they were my two very lovely Cath Kidston buys, I'm still really craving the phone case and a bag but just don't have the money right now :(

Thursday, May 12

Beauty Haul

Okay, so I didn't go on a big shop yesterday, but I did spend quite a bit! I mainly went out to get my beauty essentials (I'll do a separate post for the clothes) so here is what I got...

Boots (3 for 2 at the moment)
1. Garnier 7 Day Intensive Moisturiser - £2.99
2. Xtreme 3 Wilkinson Sword Shavers x4 - £4.69
3. Nail File x2 - £1.23
4. Maybelline Volume Express Mascara - £8.49
5. Revlon Lipgloss (Crystal Lilac) - £7.99
6. Rimmel Pro Super Wear - Nail Varnish Gloss - £4.59
7. Natural Collection White Nail Varnish - £1.89

1. Perfection Nail Varnish (Orange Fizz) - £7.50
2. Chiffon Lipstick - £3.00
3. Coconut Lip Balm - £2.00

So far, all these products have been amazing. The Garnier Moisturiser is something I have seen on many YouTube videos and will hopefully clear my skin up! The rest are just bits and bobs I needed really. Marks & Spencer's do a really lovely collection of make-up, the lipstick is amazing and apparently really popular, I managed to grab the last one!


Wednesday, May 11

this is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful

take a minute to watch it, it's a time-lapse of beautiful images from sunsets to stars. Incredible.

Tuesday, May 10

how cute is this?!

this girl has literally used a over-sized shirt and wrapped it round to make it a cute bow dress! Impressive! xo


driving and my car

so I've mentioned this a lot on my tumblr but I'm currently learning to drive. At first, I was so nervous, but now I have a buzz and love it so much! I was an extremely lucky lady and my mum brought me my little baby, a Citroen C1 in white for my birthday in March! I've named her Pippa or Pip for short, haha :)

I've only done 10 hours of lessons but I'm improving and going out most evening with my mum in my car. I just popped down to KFC with her! I have my theory test (again) this friday so hoping to pass as I failed by 1 mark last time :( Next lesson is 2 hours on thursday, yay!  xo


I'm totally addicted to 90210 at the moment. In the UK, its on every tuesday on E4 at 9pm. The story line is getting better and better, and the series seems to be going on for ages! I used to watch it online, but am being patient and sitting down to watch it instead!


holiday reads

I absolutely love reading, but never seem to find the time. However, whilst on holiday, I managed to get my head stuck in two great books!

1. Before I Die - Jenny Downham

I work in a WHSmith's, and as I was stocking the books a few weeks ago, I stopped to read the blurb on this one. It was the first I read on holiday and was absolutely amazing. The fact it made me cry my eyes out just highlights how good it was. If a book has the power to make you cry, it must be amazing.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa is going to die. And she's made a list of ten things she wants to do in the time she has left. But getting what you want isn't easy. And getting what you want doesn't always give you want you need. And sometimes the most unexpected things become important.

After reading the book, it really made me appreciate my own life and how I really shouldn't moan and complain as much. Very powerful and highly recommended!

2. Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman

A friend recommended this to me a while ago, and after seeing and hearing about it, I ordered it online. When it first arrived I read the blurb and thought 'eh?'...

Callum is a nought - a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. In their worlds, noughts and crosses simply don't mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try. And then the bomb explodes...

Okay, so a love story about how two people can't be together but try anyway, right? Well, I read the first few pages and put the book down. Judgement of me I know, but it starts by giving you some background about the 'noughts' and 'crosses' and the family behind it.

I took it on holiday with me as a 'back up' incase I finished Before I Die, and after the first chapter, I was completely hooked. It is now one of my favourites, the story is always jumping and making you want to read and read and read, a quality I love about books. The author has used her past experiences to highlight the issues of prejudice and injustice, through the characters you can see how they are treated differently.

This is the first book that Malorie Blackman has written in this series. But I'm not sure if I want to read the next ones as they most likely won't be as good. If you've read them, shall I go on to read 'Knife's Edge' or not? If you read this, you'll know what I mean...

my henna tatoo

Whilst in Egypt about 3 weeks ago, I got a henna tattoo on my foot for £15. It was such a good quality but is starting to fade now. I've completely fallen in love with the design and prospect of a tattoo, especially on my foot. I hated the stars on my little toe but I think it needed to end there. I'm really considering getting a real one done, maybe adjusting the design slightly...

what's in my shower?

1. Radox Bath Therapy Original
2. Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner
3. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo
4. White Sponge
5. Bic Soleil Shaver
6. Dove Soap
7. The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream

1. Radox Bath Therapy - I've been using this for well over a year now, hence the big bottle! It's an absolutely perfect solution for a relaxing bath, the smell isn't cheap or overpowering like other bath products, but more enjoyable. It has juniper & thyme in it, which generally makes you want to close you eyes and relax! It makes my skin really smooth after I've had a bath and the smell doesn't stick to me either. It's really cheap too!

Tesco - £1.95 (500ml bottle)

2/3 - Aussi Miracle Moist Shampoo/Conditioner - I've also been using these products for a long time, and always seem to run out of them really quickly! However, they are honestly the best shampoo and conditioner I've tried. The smell is amazing, and stays in your hair for ages after you've washed it. The Aussi range has a selection for different hair types including dry, damaged and coloured hair or even for long, volume and frizzy hair. I vary between dry/damage and frizz, as my hair is usually in better condition once it's been cut. I usually also find these products on offer so look out for them!

Sainsbury's  - £3.60 each OR 2 for £6

4. White Sponge - this is literally a simple white sponge which I use to scrub my upper arms to make them smoother. I sometimes vary to using a scrubber with harder brussels which can be brought from any supermarket, but at the moment this one is just good to keep in my shower!

Primark - £1

5. Bic Soleil Shaver - I personally prefer to 'wet shave' therefore, after trying a few different shavers, I have found that these ones are really good. Sometimes I'll spend a bit more on one good shaver alone, but these do the job just as well. Again, they are usually on offer and come in a pack of 4. (I got buy one get one free in Superdrug not long ago!)

Sainsbury's - £3.59

6. Dove Soap - I don't choose the supermarket's own brand of soap as they never last as long or smell as nice as Dove. The soap always leaves my skin so smooth and a small, single one is really cheap!

Tesco/Asda - 54p

7. The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream - I've been looking for a really nice shower gel for a while, and after using the body shop's body cream for my skin, I thought it would be good to try out the shower cream too. It smells lovely (maybe because I love the smell of coconut) and doesn't produce loads of bubbles, which is really easy to use. Again, I get good results with smoother skin.

The Body Shop - £4

So, there we have it! My shower products aren't amazing nor are they the best brands or most expensive, but this is just a personal opinion on what I find good to use! Do you have any other suggestions?
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