Friday, June 28

Brownsea Island Adventure

 I live in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the UK. I can see the Isle Of Wight from my Dad's house, have a beautiful town by a Quay at my house and we're a short drive to Sandbanks in Poole by Rich's house, the fourth most expensive place to live in the world. Brownsea Island is the largest of eight island in Poole Harbour, and is owned by the National Trust. Accessible via ferry or private boat, there is a large population of non-native deers, endangered Red Squirrels, Peacocks and is beautiful for long walks and camping. I took the day off work today and we spent the morning/afternoon walking the whole island. It was so peaceful and the sun was shining through the trees. I absolutely love doing things like this with Rich, we had such a nice time and enjoyed our first picnic (with a few pheasants wanting to join!). I couldn't leave my camera behind but the photos just don't do justice to how beautiful it truly was. 

Thursday, June 27

IMATS London Haul

I was a little bit excited about uploading this haul! I personally think I did quite well, didn't go too crazy like I thought I might and I'm really pleased with what I came away with. I can't wait until IMATS next year now! Check out my photos from the event here and watch my vlog here.

little life snaps

Late last night I was digging out pictures and came across some snaps I've been wanting to share at some point or another.  If I could carry my Canon camera with me all the time I'm sure I'd have a lot more pretty pictures. These top three were recently taken at my dad's house whilst I looked after his dog Charlie, a 7 month old cockapoo who is an absolute joy to cuddle and play with. Although, I was extremely glad to hand him back over, dogs are hard work! He's also got a pretty cool Hot Tub (don't even ask), so I like to take full advantage and dip in. My dad's house is actually the same house I was born and raised in, until my parents divorced and we moved out when I was 15. Although the years have passed, it's still quite hard for me to re-visit a place that once held so many memories. Having Rich come always puts me more at ease and it's getting easier. Oh and the random picture of the birthday cake? My brother turned 17 and well, I munched on the leftovers...

Whilst taking the thumbnail picture for our 'Meet My Grandma' video, my poor Nanny got a bit tired of all it and we started taking sillier photos. It just puts a smile on my face when I see it. The photo above was from our holiday in Tunisia at the beginning of the month. I feel so blessed I have the opportunity to travel and go on nice holidays. Rich and I honestly had the best week ever, beautiful food, weather and memories. If only England has a snippet of warm sunshine, I can't stand being cold all the time!

 This final snap was taken in a photo booth at the Style Haul party at the weekend. I love the mix of fun and silly, these girls are so beautiful and I'm grateful to have spent time with them. We've all been talking for over a year and finally met in person on Saturday. YouTube is a pretty crazy thing, and sometimes you can get overwhelmed and swept up in it all. A photo like this just reminds me of who I am, why I created videos in the first place and finally, what it's like to have nice friends in your life. I sometimes reminisce on friendships I used to have and evaluate why they broke down, but then I look at my life and realise its changed so much compared to theirs. 

 June has been a fabulous month filled with a holiday, shopping, IMATS, friends, bbq's and Rich. I also had a good month at work, hitting targets and going into commission, I just hope it stays this way! I'm really looking forward to July, my bestest chum Megan and I are heading to Thorpe Park next week and hopefully, the weather will be better! I appreciate I don't write posts like this much anymore, maybe I should. 

S'laters! IMATS haul needs to be filmed ;)

Monday, June 24

London IMATS 2013

IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) was even better than I imagined and I'm so glad I went. I wouldn't hesitate to visit again, it was absolutely fantastic! I was lucky enough to have a press pass, but I do believe £45 is quite expensive for a ticket. Saying that, if you go early enough (we got there 8am!), you can really make the most of it. Dionne and I were some of the first people in, we had no queues, no pushing and did everything within two hours. We visited a few talks, met subscribers, other YouTubers and browsed/swatched for ages. I'd advise to take plenty of cash, wear flat shoes and bring wipes too. My favourite purchases were from Crown Brushes, NARS, Bobbi Brown and NYX (haul coming soon!). Featured in my pictures from top to bottom includes Dionne, Jade, Frankie, Charlie, Becca, Laura, Louise, Vivianna, Shirley, Jayne, Holly, Sabrina & Lucy.

Thursday, June 20

Simply Beach Seafolly Bikini Review

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly contacted by one of my favourite websites called Simply Beach, and asked if I'd like to review a product. As my holiday to Tunisia was swiftly approaching, we agreed a new bikini would be perfecto! Before I go into more detail, I must say what amazing service I received with Simply Beach, especially from a lovely lady called Leanne. This bikini was originally out of stock, so I settled for a different one and didn't like it as much. It was no problem for Leanne to change when this was back in stock, and then change the top again as it didn't fit first time round. Therefore I have no hesitation in recommending the good service you'll receive with them. 

The bikini I chose is by an Australian brand called Seafolly. I've admired their collections and styles for years but there's always been one thing stopping me - the price tag. Read on to discover if I think it's worth the extra money!

When I saw this online, I instantly knew I'd like it. I'm a massive fan of florals and anything pretty, delicate and girly is right up my street. I absolutely love the turquoise colour, it looked really nice against my paler skin and even nicer when my tan developed. The underwear in the top was really comfortable and  has the prettiest little bow in the centre, whilst the bottoms have a skirt attached and button detailing. I've never seen something so nice.

 It was important to me when I was choosing bikinis last month to have the top designed like a bra, so my tan lines matched my clothes when I came home. This of course had the bra-type adjustable straps, although you can't undo them if you wanted it strapless. They call this style 'bustier bra' which I really thought I'd like. However, I think it made my size D boobs look more like a B. It came with padding which I removed because it didn't help the situation. However, the bottoms were an absolute dream and I love them! As I have larger thighs which I'm quite self-conscious of, I went for the pretty skirt 'skirted pant' bottoms and I felt really nice in them. The also do 'normal' style bottoms which are just as pretty with a little bow on the side.

Seafolly come up really small. I'm a size 12 and I had to get a 14 for the top but it was still quite tight, especially round my chest. My advise? Don't be afraid to go 1 or even 2 sizes bigger! For such an expensive bikini top, you'd think they'd do proper bra sizes rather than just woman's clothing sizes, something which I was a little disappointed about as the fit wasn't quite how I'd have liked. The bottoms weren't 'baggy'/didn't stretch and again, I went for a 14 which was a good fit. 

I have no doubt in saying that the quality is absolutely amazing. Both the top and bottoms are quite thick, with a lovely lining and the colour didn't fade or show signs of breaking after wearing it all day. The bra has a rubber lining along the inside top (if that makes any sense!) which helps keep the top in place, something I really liked as I was jumping in and out the pool and participating in water aerobics! 
The bottoms came with a hygiene sticker which actually left a sticky residue when I removed it and was hard to get off! I didn't have time to wash and dry the bikini before I went on holiday, so I had to keep scrubbing and used soap to the best of my ability. Again, not something you'd expect from something so expensive. As the material is thick, it took a while to dry which wasn't great when I was sunbathing and still wet over an hour later. Overall though, I'd definitely invest in a Seafolly bikini again because it felt so different to wear compared to my cheaper ones. 

I'll be the first to admit I'm very body concious. I've always been a little bit 'bigger' and my BMI is actually overweight. Therefore, I couldn't face adding any 'front on' shots of me wearing this (sorry!) and poor Rich took so many photos for me. Saying that, whilst I'm on holiday I like to feel the best I possibly can. As I wear a bikini all day (8am-5pm), it's extremely important I look and feel good, just like anyone else. That being said, it doesn't mean more expensive is better, it just means investing in the right thing for you. I can't sit here and say that this particular bikini is perfect for me, but it's very close and I'm going to buy a bikini with a slightly different shape top, almost more like a bra. I know for a fact I'll be getting it from Simply Beach though, they have an incredible selection of swimwear (and underwear!) and I've already got my eye on a Lepel one. I do believe this particular bikini is extremely expensive, but you could always mix and match. This whole process has taught me two things - 1. Don't be afraid to invest more in a bikini, because you'll feel 10 times better on holiday and 2. I definitely prefer a bra type top which makes my boobs look better!

What do you think? You can shop Simply Beach here!

Thursday, June 6

Kringle Candle Review

I lurrrvveee candles. I enjoy watching the light flicker, they make my room smell lovely and they create such a relaxing atmosphere. So when Kringle Candle contacted me and asked if I'd like to try some of their scents, I said yes pleassseee!

I added pictures from the leaflet as it's quite an interesting read. I discovered that they were actually the original owners of the popular Yankee Candle! Despite being a similar brand, I've grown to enjoy Kringle a little bit more. The packaging is really sleek and the scents are to die for. It's far too difficult for me to convince you how good they are, but I certainly wasn't let down. 

I put the candles to the test by hiding the packaging and testing my other half Rich on what he thought. He wasn't so keen on Warm Cotton, it's just like freshly washed towels and I agree, it's not a personal preference in a candle. However, his favourites were Royal Cherries, Atkins Cider Donut and Cozy Cabin.

My favourites were definitely Creme Brulee, Spiced Apple and also Atkins Cider Donut. In terms of sizes, I was kindly sent a selection and I'd probably recommend either the apothecary jar or coloured tumbler. Colours are toned to match the fragrance and the white wax create a really pretty glow. However, starting at only £2.50 for the little Day Light Candles, they're a great way to try a new scent and they burn for up to 12 hours too!

I wasn't very fond of Citrus and the Vanilla and Watercolours let me down, they weren't as strong as I hoped. However, American Apple Pie is so nice if you like sweet scents, almost sickly! I'd love to try Mango and Brownie Cheesecake, mmmmm!

I can't tell you how impressed I've been by the scents, quality and even the price of these candles! With a massive selection to choose from (they even do car jars!!) you're pretty much spoilt for choice and delivery was really quick too. Plus, theres BOGOF at the moment, definitely worth checking out! I'll be placing an order myself because they make great gifts for people.

Have you tried Kringle Candles? What are your favourites?

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