Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading
One of my favourite things to do, especially on a Summer holiday is relax by the pool or on the beach and get stuck into a good book. I find it really hard to find the time to read at home - work and everyday life just really gets in the way! Whilst I'm on holiday I can easily get through three or four books. Although I'm not actually going on an abroad Summer holiday this year (Got a wedding to plan!) I still want to find the time to get into some new books. Simon and I have just got back from Brighton, we went for a few days to celebrate my 25th Birthday. We took the week off work and I've really been enjoying having the time to relax in the garden with a book, whilst he works on his motorbike. I want to share with you some of the books I've loved this year and also a couple I want to get through this Summer.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Sophie Kinsella has been my favourite author since being an adult. I was introduced to her books by my cousin when she lent me the first Shopaholic book. I absolutely fell in love with this series and it was the first 'mature' book I read whilst in my early teens. I've finally made an effort and got myself in to reading again and I couldn't wait to start reading 'My Not So Perfect Life'. These days everyone looks like they have their shit together and are total 'goals' on Insta. Well sometimes it's not all what it seems. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny and relatable moments and now I'm so eager to buy all of Sophie Kinsella's books!

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland | When Louise first mentioned she was writing her first book, I admit I felt disappointed she fell in to the whole YouTuber book deal craze. I didn't really pay attention for a while when she talked about writing her book until she really explained the story of a single Mum bringing up her little girl. I had never read a book that involved parenthood or 'single- mum-dom' but realised I absolutely loved watching Louise's vlogs and found her so witty and charming, I preordered the book. I really enjoyed Louise's first novel and found it so funny. Wilde Like Me is a great little read and I've preordered the sequel, Wilde About The Girl.

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling | You may know that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I adore the films and watch them multiply times yearly. One thing you may not know, is that I never read the books when I was younger. Not because I didn't want to, but because for some insane reason, my Mum didn't allow me to. My Mum worried that they were 'witchcraft' and had it in her head the if I read the books I would turn into some crazy devil worshipper! Although she didn't let me read the books when I was younger, a few years back I did persuade her to buy my the DVD box set - although she wasn't best please about it, bless her! So I've took it upon myself to read the books. Although I already know the stories and the ending, the books are still as magical as the films and I'm really enjoying reading them. The one thing I love about the films is how detailed they are, so when I read an extra little nugget of magic in the book that isn't included in the film, it's very exciting! I'm trying to read them all before I read the Cursed Child. I've just started The Half Blood Prince and I'm really enjoying it, there's nothing better than the beginning of a Harry Potter book as you know your in for a gripping magical adventure.

New York Actually by Sarah Morgan | I've always loved Sophie Kinsella, I'm always drawn to her humorous, romantic and a little bit naughty light hearted books. So I was on the hunt for something similar and I discovered Sarah Morgan. Sarah Morgan has a ton of 'chick lit' romance books and I was drawn to 'New York Actually' as I'm obsessed with the film Love Actually. I always love films and books set in New York (and of course Sex & The City!) plus there was a cute little Dalmatian on the cover! I've just started this book and I'm really enjoying it so far. We meet Molly, an agony aunt/author/match maker/blogger (my dream career!) who spends her time helping the public with their relationships, but is afraid to have one of her own. Then Daniel a successful New York City divorce lawyer, who's addicted to his career and has intimacy issues himself. I've only read a few chapters but I'm enjoying it so far. This would be a good little read whilst on holiday sitting by the pool!

Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan | This is another book in Sarah's 'From Manhattan With Love Series' just like New York Actually is. I haven't started this yet, but I already know I'm going to love this and I'm sure I'll be picking up the rest of the series. Sleepless In Manhattan follows the story of Paige, who has the perfect New York apartment, the perfect career and amazing friends. She's the girl who has it all, until she find herself packing up her desk. We see her trying to rebuild her life and she realises she was missing one thing from her perfect world, the perfect love story.

I'm so excited to be getting back into reading and I've really enjoyed the books I've read recently. What better time to get into a good book than on your Summer Holiday!? (maybe snuggled up in Autumn time - eeek I can't wait!)

I'd love to know what you've been reading and if you have any recommendations for me?



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High Street Skincare Haul

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High Street Skincare Haul
I've recently been watching Jade Billington on Youtube and I can't get over how gorgeous her skin is. She has such beautiful clear skin, I needed to find out what she uses! I watched a few of her videos and she mentioned some skincare favourites of hers and immediately I was on the Boots website ordering some goodies. You may know that I've been struggling with my skin for a while now. Since I've got older my skin has got worse. I have moderate acne, scaring and oiliness. I've tried so many different brands of skincare but nothing has really made a difference in my acne. I've tried Origins, Liz Earle, ProActive and many more. I thought I would just give a few high street brands a go.

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

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I've been craving chocolate orange muffins for about a week or so now and couldn't seem to find them anywhere in Tesco, so I thought why don't I bake some! I remember at school they used to have the most delicious chocolate muffins and I was trying to find a recipe similar. I used a recipe from Netmums but tweaked it a little. The recipe is so quick and easy and you get these delicious chocolate orange muffins at the end.

You'll need:
280G of Plain Flour
140G of Caster Sugar
2tsb of Baking Powder
240ml of Milk
2 Eggs
4tsbs of Butter Melted
1/2 a Table Spoon of Vanilla Essence
75 Grams of Chocolate Orange Chunks
1 Orange

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C or Gasmark 6. I have a fan oven and preheated it to around 180'c.
2. Whisk all the wet ingredient together. Mix the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence. I tweaked this a little by adding in a some juice from one orange, to give the sponge a bit more of a orange flavour! I was a bit worried when I mixed in the butter as I did it whilst it was still hot, I'd suggest waiting until it's cooled down a bit. 
3. Mix in the dry ingredients. The flour, sugar and baking powder. I also added in a zest of an orange to give the muffins more flavour. Don't over work the mixture or make it too smooth.
4. Mix in the orange chocolate chunks!
5. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Or 6 large cases. 
6. Then bake for around 20 minutes.

I found this recipe so easy to follow and the muffins were done before I could even finish the washing up. I really love the orange/vanilla sponge with the orange chocolate it makes them taste so sweet but refreshing at the same time and not too sickly. I did tweak the recipe by adding orange juice and zest and I did find my chocolate sunk a little bit too the bottom on some of the muffins. I'm not sure if this was because I tweaked the recipe or because my chunks were too big. Overall for a first time baking chocolate muffins I found this recipe so simple and the end result delicious!

Have you been baking recently beauties?


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May Beauty Favourites 2018

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May Beauty Favourites 2018 including Clinique, Colourpop & Maybelline
It's been a fair few months since my last favourites post, but this past month I've been using some new products non stop that I absolutely adore. I'm not the kind of person who will just keep churning out favourites post every single month, because honestly I don't switch up my products that often and  I don't want to just give you a rubbish fake favourites post just for the hell of it. I quite like just posting a favourites every few months and show you the beauty products I really have been obsessed with recently.

12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game

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12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game
I for sure have not got my blog photography down (especially the editing side), but one thing I really do enjoy about blog photography is the props! I love adding new little trinkets and additions to photos, they can make all the difference. I want to share with you some of my favourite blog props that can bring your blogging photography game up a level!

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette

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So it's been a good few weeks since my first Colourpop haul and I've managed to try out some of my new goodies. I only bought one palette and I've been wearing it not stop ever since. Today I want to share with you my Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette.

Base: Matter Of Fact, Crease : Straight Up, Blend: Fortnight
I usually stick to my high end eyeshadow palettes because they're usually amazing quality and so soft and gorgeous to blend. I couldn't help but order a palette though whilst I was making my first Colourpop order, as they are just so gorgeous and also very affordable! The Give It To Me Straight palette is just $16 which works out to just over £11 for 12 shades, which is just insane! I normally expect more affordable eyeshadow palettes to be a bit dry and not really have much colour payoff, but thankfully Colourpop has changed everything!
When I first unboxed the palette I couldn't help but think it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a shimmering warm bronze burgundy shade and this is just what my palette dreams are made off! The warm bronze shades are perfect all year round, at first all I could think about was wearing this in Autumn time with the lovely burnt copper and burgundy's, but of course this is perfect for Spring and Summer too thanks to the warmth! The palette has a great mix of matte and shimmering/foil like shades, I really can't wait to experiment more with the mattes. The colour pay off is amazing, I normally expect high street shadows to be hard work but these are something else! I love blending these shades, because the more you blend the more amazing they look. I was expecting some fall out thanks to the high shimmer, but again was very surprised with the great quality and no fall out! The glitter isn't too chunky, in fact it's more metallic so it's perfect for creating a beautiful multi dimensional look without having full on glitter chunks all over your face. My shadow always stays put and doesn't crease when I wear these shades, it's a perfect all rounder. Although there are some very beautiful stand out burgundy and mauve shades in this palette that are probably more suited to an evening look, this is great for day time too. There are some really lovely warm nudes and light metallics that work really well everyday. I can't really think of an occasion where I wouldn't be able to create a perfect look using this palette.

I'm so impressed with my first Colourpop eyeshadow palette, I really cannot fault the quality!
I'm sure I will be making another Colourpop order soon as I just can't get over how affordable and gorgeous their products are.

What else do I need to try from Colourpop beauties?


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How To Beat Bloggers Block | 15 Blog Post Ideas

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How To Beat Blogger Clock | 15 Blog Post Ideas
When you run a blog it can be difficult to keep churning out high quality, regular content. From time to time you may find yourself in a bit of a blogging rut! I find the best way to try and get of this, is to list as many blog ideas as you can and writing them all down. Here's a list of some of my go to blog post ideas:

1. A favourites post - Grab a few of your most loved things lately and write a post about what you love about them.
2. A haul post - been on a a bit of a shopping spree? Write  post on your new goodies.
3. A review post - Tried out something new recently? Let your readers know about your most recent purchase.
4. What I've been watching - I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good netflix or youtube binge!
5. Shop your stash - Have a look through your makeup collection and bring out some golden oldies.
6. A daily makeup routine - Let us know about your most loved and used daily products.
7. A skincare routine - Tried some lovely new products recently?
8. A life update - Catch your readers up on what's been going on in your life recently.
9. An empties post - What products have you loved that you've used all up?
10. Nails of the week post - What's on your nails this week?
11. What's in your makeup bag - A look at the products in your everyday makeup bag.
12. A Night out look - Your go to evening look.
13.Your holy grail products - Your most loved products that you buy time and time again.
14. High street Vs high end - Your most loved products.
15. A blog post idea post - A list of some of your favourite go to blog post ideas!

I hope this has helped you get of the blogging rut we can all find our self in sometimes. I've really enjoyed this quick little blog post idea and I'd love to do more in future.

How do you beat 'bloggers block' beauties?


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Colourpop Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

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Recently I made my first Colourpop order after years of lusting over so many gorgeous products, I finally got round to ordering some for myself! The first thing I new I needed to try was the Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks, so I made sure I picked up a few - you can read my haul post here. I had high hopes for the satin liquid lippies as satin is my go to formula, thanks to the gorgeous semi matte finish but soft creamy formula - usually! Ever since picking up my first Colourpop goodies I've been wearing Echo Park, non stop!

Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is a warm peachy nude,  I feel like it really is one of those shades that's great for all occasions and all year round. The peachy tone makes it a lovely Spring/Summer shade whilst the warm nude touch to it gets me all excited to wear it this Autumn, I love a warm nude to brighten up your look in the Autumn time. It's nude enough to be able to wear it in the day time but also has that pop of warm peach that makes it gorgeous for an evening look too.
The formula is just incredible. The applicator is just so soft and feels so lovely on the lips and the formula instantly feels creamy but so pigmented! After a couple of minutes the satin formula drys a little, leaving you with a velvety soft finish that looks like matte but it's so much more comfortable. This feels so lovely on the lips and not at all drying in the slightest, that's why I normally go for a satin lip! The staying power is sooooo impressive! The first day I wore this I applied it at 8AM, after talking all day, eating and even brushing my teeth (#invisalignlife), the liquid lipstick still looked gorgeous at 5PM and I'm not telling porkies I swear! I honestly can't fault the look, the finish and the feel of this product. I had high expectations and they were exceeded! I think the only slightly negative thing I could say about this was the fact the cute Colourpop logo has rubbed of since having this lippy in my bag for a few weeks!
Colourpop Echo Park AFTER I had eat far too many burgers and hot dogs!

I'm completely obsessed with Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick and I'm dying to try more, I did pick a couple of others that I need to try out, but I've been so drawn to Echo Park! I can't believe the value and the quality, I can honestly say that this Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is the best (and most affordable!) liquid lipstick I have ever tried, I can't fault it! I can't believe they are just $6.50 (around £4.50!). The gorgeous soft satin finish and the high pigmentation makes the custom charges oh so worth it!

What's your favourite Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick beauties?



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