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Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Weekend in Liverpool

I don't get out much so this post is mainly to show off that I actually left my house to go somewhere other than work. 
We stayed, as we do everywhere we go, in a Travelodge. They are always in the most amazing locations and we got ours for an absolute bargain considering this was the view.
Look at that sunset!!

Our trip to Liverpool was originally supposed to be a trip to watch the gymnastics but by the time we collectively got our shit together the tickets were sold out, so instead we just had a lovely weekend away. 

My sister wasn't too happy that this was as close 
as she was going to get

My town is ridiculous for shopping. We have New Look, Topshop and not a whole lot else so it's always nice to head to a city and have a look around. As it turns out it's impossible to head to Liverpool One without doing a hefty amount of shopping. Day one included lots of that. Nothing too spendy though, that came the next day from the bad influence of my sister. I spent £13 in Urban Outfitters on a book which I'd best describe as a 'coffee table' book.... I don't have a coffee table. It's been added to my bookcase probably never to be read. Don't cave to peer pressure, kids.

The second day was more cultured with a trip to the docks, after the obligatory second Primark visit. There are always the things you regret not picking up the first time.

I think it helped that the weather was bloody wonderful that weekend but look how pretty it is! I imagine if I lived there (and drank) I'd spend most of my summer living on the docks as the amount of bars in that one small space is something else.

It wouldn't be a trip away without at least one museum visit. Weirdly there are a handful buried between all of the bars and shops. One building we went in housed facts about the Titanic, slavery and customs. I'm obsessed with Nothing to Declare so I loved that last one. 

Two days is definitely not enough time to really explore Liverpool, I'm already planning another which hopefully will be longer.
That being said I'm going to make it my mission to get out of my town more often, even if it is only for a weekend. All of the places I don't live make me super happy. Especially Liverpool. Where else do you see women shopping with their curlers in and not bat an eyelid?

Nikki x

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April Favourites

Hey folks, I hope you all had an amazing April. It's time for another roundup.

Watching πŸ“Ί
Anything and everything with a superhero in. I've been totally immersed in the Marvel universe this month. I’m 100% Team Cap but that could be something to do with my Chris Evans obsession πŸ˜‰

Another month calls for another new tv obsession. I started The Originals a while ago and didn't get into it but I gave it another go recently and I've almost marathoned the first three seasons in less than a week. I'm reluctant to say it but I think I prefer it to The Vampire Diaries.

πŸ’„ πŸ’…
I haven’t honestly been wearing much makeup this month. Out of the house at least. There’s no boredom that can’t be cured by playing around with makeup.
My main love this month is actually more of a love/hate. Benefit’s They’re Real mascara makes my lashes look brilliant. I love the separation and length that it gives. One small snag…my eyes hate it. It makes my eyes stream like crazy. Does anyone know of any dupes??
I’ve also got a perfume favourite this month. Red Door by Elizabeth Arden has been a constant in my collection for about 10 years but I’ve never gone through a bottle at quite the rate I have this month. It’s such a sophisticated smell, it definitely reminds me of older generations but I’m obsessed.

Listening πŸŽΆ 
April’s Top 5
All Time Low – Life of the Party
Paramore – Hard Times
Steps – Story of a Heart
Ultravox – Vienna
Harry Styles – Sign of the Times

Can we all just agree that SOTT is amazing?! It’s literally everything I wanted from Harry as a solo artist and more.

Two of my favourite things collided at the beginning for this month. London and gymnastics. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever actually end up seeing Verniaiev compete but that’s one crossed off the bucket list. The atmosphere in the O2 was incredible and I definitely plan on going to more events there in the future.

My Trek America trip fell through towards the end of March but this month I’ve booked a week in Florida as a replacement. I've now got 10 months to work out whose wand I'll be buying in Ollivanders 

What are you listening to at the moment?
Nikki x

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Jouer Palette

I know I've literally just posted my ultimate eye products professing that the original Naked palette is the be all and end all of palettes but there's a new palette in my collection which is making me rethink it all. 

This was a complete impulse buy. As soon as I opened the 'just arrived' email from Beauty Bay I was on the site buying this. I was after an orange shadow and I wasn't blown away by the 35O palette. That has since moved on to another home and I've been reaching for this one almost daily.

I wish I'd done the blogger thing and taken pictures before diving in but I was just too excited to get these shades on my face. The palette consists of 7 matte shades and 5 shimmer shades and i'm obsessed with them all.

Clearly thinking I'm BNTM....But seriously, loving having orange eyes!

Every one of the shades is amazingly pigmented. Each shade compliments the rest of the palette meaning you can create dozens of different looks. I'm not that talented myself but I'm working on it. As a complete amateur I love how blendable these are, especially as I get zero fallout.

The size of the mirror is another plus for me....They just keep on coming! You could (and I regularly do) use this as the mirror to do your face on the go. This is the first Jouer product I've tried but, given how obsessed I am, I now want to try everything they have to offer. 

What are your favourite Jouer products?
Nikki x


Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Favourites

Reading πŸ‘“  
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. I love this! 
The book is written from the perspective of John Cleaver who works in the family mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He is a sociopath who has a list of rules he follows to appear outwardly 'normal' but when a serial killer turns up in town he faces an inner battle. Should he let his inner 'monster' out? It might save people but would he be able to control himself? I'm rubbish at describing things. If that sounded a bit naff, it really isn't'
I think the story is brilliantly written. It's a must read for any fans of mystery fiction. Goodreads

Watching πŸ“Ί

WAGS...What can I even say about this? It's my new guilty pleasure show. Like, some of the drama is totally cringe but I'm running out of episodes to watch. I hate catching up with shows and having to wait between episodes.

Will anyone be able to do a favourites this month without mentioning Beauty and the Beast?? I was a little late to the party but it was so beautifully shot. Also, my family left the cinema with a collective love of Luke Evans

Beauty πŸ’„ πŸ’…
On my cheeks I've fallen in love with a blush from Emite Makeup. I'm not going to lie, I'd never heard of them until I received this in a Glossybox. It is also a shade that I would never reach for in a shop but I'm obsessed! This is very pigmented so I do have to use a light hand but I'm loving how natural it looks.

Listening πŸŽΆ 
I finally got around to watching Moana and I'm obsessed. It's pretty much all I've listened to on Spotify this month.  That being said, I'm totally behind on all of my youtube subscriptions from March because everytime I open the site I end up in a Backstreet Boys spiral. I was never the biggest fan, they flew under my radar a little bit but I'm more than making up for that this month. Can they please just come and do some shows over here??!

Loving ♡ 
Liverpool! I don't think I've been to Liverpool since 2014 but I honestly think it's the most beautiful city and I can't wait to go back.

Thanks to (unintentionally) saving up all of my holidays at work, I've had most of this month off. I do enjoy my job but it's been nice to have a breather and I honestly think I'm going to struggle next week when I have to go back. 

Nikki x

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Top 3: Vegan Snack Edition

When I tell people you eat vegan, they generally have two questions. 
1) Why? 
2) So what exactly do you eat?
They then generally proceed to tell me that they could never do it because they'd miss chicken nuggets.  
In answer to the second question I always say that I've probably got the most unhealthy diet in the world, I definitely don't only eat lettuce and I feel like the only person on Earth who hates avocado. 

I'm trying to be more healthy, I really am, but my sweet tooth isn't going anywhere and sometimes healthy snacks just won't do. Also, I generally don't like a lot of 'healthy' foods.
Here are my three favourite vegan snacks for when an apple just ain't cutting it.

Ice Cream
I've always been boring when it comes to ice cream flavour choices. I know there are plenty of dairy free options on the market but 'smooth vanilla' from Swedish Glace is my absolute favourite. It tastes just like the Hagan Daaz dairy version.

Alpro pots
Love these things so much! They come in lots of flavours. Special shout out to the chocolate, really tasty and less than 100 calories! They're a bit like a yoghurt but they aren't kept in the fridge. I love these for breakfast. One of these and a cup of coffee and I'm good to go. 

These are so moreish! I'm actually ashamed of how much of this I've gone through. Fudge was something I knew I was going to miss switching from veggie to vegan so I was super happy to find this in Morrisons. It being stocked is so hit and miss that I have actually bought the box on a past occasion so that I would never have to go too long without it. 

What are your favourite dairy free snacks?
Nikki x

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February Favourites

Another month down calls for another round up of things I've been loving.

Reading πŸ‘“  
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.
Granted I'm only on book 5/17 but this has been my favourite of my reading challenge so far! It's been a long time since I read a book in two days but I just couldn't put this down. I never saw the ending coming! 

Watching πŸ“Ί

CSI. I don't know how it takes me so long to get around to some shows but I've recently started on CSI. Naturally I started on the original as well as the Miami and New York versions. Annoyingly Sky insists on airing them in the wrong order so I've had to dedicate a whole section of my planner to keeping track of which episodes I've seen. The original series remains my favourite and I'm more than a little bit obsessed with Gil Grissom.

Beauty πŸ’„ πŸ’…
Elf palette. 
As somebody lusting over the Nars blush palettes but not willing to pay their price this version from ELF is perfect. Not only do you get four shades in one palette but they're all different shades/colours so they can be used for pretty much any look you're going for. At only £7.50 this is an absolute bargain!

Beauty sponges. 
I have a serious love hate relationship with beauty sponges, in that I've always hated them. I have come to the realisation that a damp beauty sponge is the best applicator for my Lock It Foundation, though. It's the heaviest foundation I own so I guess the sponge helps with the blending.

Listening πŸŽΆ 
I've pretty much had five songs on a constant loop this month.
All Time Low - Dirty Laundry
Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
Lana Del Rey - Love
Billy Joel - Tell Her About It
Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
I'm doing that thing where I'm listening to them on repeat until I end up hating them.

Loving ♡ 
My new layout. I bought a layout from Pipdig a couple of weeks ago and it couldn't have been more simple to install. I'm still playing around with some bits but I'm glad I finally took the plunge and I'd definitely recommend them if you're looking to upgrade.

What music have you got on loop at the minute?
Nikki x

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Freedom Pro Blush Palette: Bronzed & Baked

This palette is so pretty! Other than a couple of lipsticks, this is the only thing I own from Freedom.

Freedom comes from the same family as Makeup Revolution so it's hardly surprising that their palettes are the same brilliant quality whilst also being super affordable. 

There are shades in this palette to suit pretty much everybody, ranging from a subtle pink shade ideal for blush to the deep warm toned contour shade. You could also use 4/5 of them as highlight depending on the tone you prefer. 
I can only really get away with the two darkest shades as eyeshadow, I'm way too pale for them to work anywhere else on my face. The rest I mix and match as highlight, contour or blush. 

Never fear if you're someone who normally steers away from shimmer, the shades range from the super duper shimmery right down to a subtle, barely there shimmer. Nothing too intense at all but you could always build it up if you prefer to glow. 

This palette is only £6!! I'd definitely recommend picking it up if you're looking to add to your collection because that's a complete steal for what is essentially eight products at a super high quality. I'll definitely be heading back to the Freedom stand soon.

Do you own anything from Freedom?
Nikki x
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