Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Weekend Getaway: Cambridge

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a weekend trip to Cambridge for our 1 year anniversary/Valentines Day celebrations. We have wanted to go to Cambridge for a while so thought this was the perfect excuse to spend a romantic weekend in the beautiful city.

After a nightmare Friday night with the car breaking down on us in the middle of nowhere, at the peak of the awful storm on the way to pick up our Chinese takeaway... it's safe to say the weekend didn't start well! Luckily we managed to get insured on my boyfriends brothers car ready to drive up in the morning. I must say, it worked out pretty well as we now had an open-top sports car with batman-style doors so we were able to drive up in style. We checked into our lovely hotel and went to explore the city.

Cambridge really is a beautiful city and the building and architecture is just stunning. There were many times when I felt like I was on a Harry Potter film set! My Grandfather went to Cambridge University a good 60 years ago, so it was amazing to see his college and where he would of studied and lived and hearing the history of the university. After a full day of exploring and a little shopping and a little eating, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening, as well as popping some champagne in the hotel room and opening our valentines day presents to each other. We then headed out to the most amazing steak restaurant called Cau. There is one in my home town of Guildford and one in Cambridge, so of course I had to visit both! The food there is literally amazing and we went all out with the starters, sides and cocktails too! We then headed to a couple of bars for some cheeky cocktails before calling it a night. The next day we had to do the classic river punting. We were so lucky with the weather and it was full sunshine all weekend (if absolutely freezing) so it was perfect weather for sailing down the river. It was such a great experience and I would 100% reccommend it if you are visiting Cambridge. It is very pricey (£30 for two people) but definitely worth it as you see all the stunning colleges and buildings from the river whilst being told all about the history and snuggling up under a blanket at the same time! We then finished the day off with some more exploring and shopping, broken up with many stops for food and coffee as well as the best cream tea I have ever tasted at Harriet's Tea Room.

I completely feel in love with Cambridge and didn't want to leave. The history of the city was mesmerising  and I can't wait to go back for another visit in the summer!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Lauren's Way Party

Last night I headed along to Dirty Martini in Bishopsgate for the Lauren's Way Darker Than Dark Launch Party. I have never used anything from the brand before but have heard nothing but great things about it, so I was super excited to find out more about it, as well as mingling with some beautiful ladies and eating lots of cupcakes! I met up with the gorgeous Emily beforehand and we headed to the event together, after getting a little lost on the way! The event was held at the swanky Dirty Martini cocktail bar, which has been on my checklist for a while so I was excited to test out some of their famous cocktails! The area of the bar dedicated to the event was kitted out with all things pink and girly, which fitted the brand perfectly, and there was products from the range to test out. I have heard the sleep-in rollers and the eyelashes are amazing, as well as the tan of course, so I was excited to have a little preview. 

As well as checking out all the fab products, there was also some yummy food by the very talented Nicola at Vanilla Chilli and lots of delicious cocktails from Dirty Martini. Overall, I had a fab time and met lots of lovely girls and came away with the most amazing goody bag which I can't wait to test out. Watch this space for reviews!

Sanya, Emily, Shaunie and Samantha
Looks like I need that tan...

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Pink & Navy

I finally have my wonderful photographer back- my sister-in-law who takes the best photos! With us both having such busy lives it's always hard to schedule in time to take outfit photos, as well as trying to find a time when it isn't raining/dark! (Bring on the summer...!) But we finally managed it. 

This outfit features some of my new sale bargains- including these £12 Zara trousers and this jacket I picked up from H&M a while ago for £10! It's such a great quality fabric and feels so nice to wear. I also got this top using my Christmas gift card. It's another really plain piece, but a lovely fabric which makes it feel so much nicer to wear. 

Check out my sister-in-laws photograhy website here- if you need a wedding photographer or a family/childhood photoshoot, her photos are absolutely stunning! 
Coat- H&M
Boots- Monki
Watch-Uniform Wares

Saturday, 8 February 2014

My Daily Makeup Routine

I thought I would share with you my daily make-up routine today. This is my standard 'face' for every day going to work or going out at the weekend. However, I do like to add a bit of lippy or eyeshadow to the equation now and then to mix it up a bit! Most of these products I have been using for a while now and are firm favourites in my make up bag. I will talk you through my routine...
After cleansing and moisturising I begin by applying my Kiehls BB Cream. I just use my fingers for this as I feel it looks more natural and blends more easily than with a brush. I try to use BB cream as much as I can without having to use a foundation as it is so much lighter and natural on my face. However, when my skin is looking really blotchy or if I have a sudden breakout, sometimes I have to switch to a heavier foundation. I love this one by Kiehls as it is gives quite good coverage at the same time as being light and dewy. I have reviewed it in more detail here. I then cover up the dreaded under eye shadows using my YSL Touche Eclait. You may have read my review on this before here, and how I am not the biggest fan considering the price tag. At the moment I am just using this up really and will then revert back to buying a cheaper version when it is finished as I don't think it is worth the money. I also use this on the sides of my nose to reduce redness. Next I comb my eyebrows with my little brush and sometimes fill them in, sometimes not, depending if I can be be bothered! They don't really need filling in but sometimes I like that extra bit of definition. However, I am obsessed with combing my eyebrows and they always have to look neat and in place... my friends laugh at me for carrying this little comb round everywhere and whacking it out for a quick brush at random times! 
Next, I move onto the eyes, which simply consists of a flick of eye liner and some mascara. However, it is definistely the most time-consuming part. I begin with using a gel eye liner, which, after a lot of trial and error, I have discovered is the easiest form of eye liner for me, giving the best results. After finishing my beloved Bobbi Brown gel liner, I couldn't justify spending that much again so went for a Maybelline one,which is just as good and half the price. It also comes with a little brush, which is the best shape and density for the perfect line. After lining just the top lid, I then move onto the mascara. I am so anal with my mascara and can't understand how some people can just apply a couple of swipes and they're done, it takes me a good 5 minutes to get it perfect. I apply mascara to my top and bottom lashes to open up my eyes. My current favourite is Pur Minerals Big Blink which gives the perfect amount of lengthening and curling. I think it may just be my all time favourite mascara and can see myself sticking with it for a long time- a rareity for a mascara whore like myself! 
Once my eyes are done I then finish of my face. I use a Mac Studio Finish Concealer (which lasts forever!) to cover up any blemishes,using a Jemma Kidd concealer brush. I then use my Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder all over my face to set it all and perfect my skin. Now I have to say, this is proabably my favourite product of all time. I have tried to look for cheaper alternatives but nothing beats it! I am now on my second one and it has nearly run out, so I will be re-purchasing this weekend. Although parting with £22 for a face powder hurts me a little bit, it does last for ages so is probably better value for money than cheaper powders. I then sweep my Nars Laguna Bronzer over my forehead, down my nose and under my cheekbones to give a little bit of definition and colour. This and Benefit Hoola are the best bronzers you will ever use, trust me! Then finally I sweep Benefit Coraline over my cheekbones and under my brow bone to give me a bit of a flush. This has also nearly run out so I'm currently on the look out for a new blusher to try, any recommendations!? And last but not least, I, of course, finish my routine off with another brush of the old brows, standard! So there you have it, my daily makeup routine. I am always so interested to hear how people apply their makeup and find it so fascinating to watch other people do it. Do you use any of these products? What are your must-have makeup buys, I would love some tips!