Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spain Holiday Haul - Sephora, Zara, Tiger and more!

Tissues, Russian Doll Notepads, Bunny Lamp and Owl candle holder all from Tiger
Bunny Lamp from Tiger - Couldn't resist!

I love a bit of holiday shopping and my recent trip to Spain was no different. Alicante has a pretty decent Sephora store so I couldn't resist a little spree in there. I have been scoping out the Formula X nail polishes for a while so I was pleased to see that little stand and picked up the shade Quantum as well as the other goodies pictured above. 
Although I have heard of Tiger I have never actually been in a shop and have definitely been missing out! They stock all kinds of things and I couldn't help but buy that little bunny lamp even though I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it! A word of warning though, the tissues are like cheap serviettes so give them a miss!
As for clothing I have a bit of an addiction for over-sized tops and got five in total from Mango and Zara. As the clothing is slightly cheaper than over here and these are just part of the basics range, price wise I was on to a winner. I absolutely love the cut of the black and striped Zara vests and if they had more colours available in the store I visited I would have probably bought them all!

So that's it for this haul! Who needs New York huh?! I will follow up with some reviews on the Sephora purchases...

Have you got any holidays planned? Do you manage to squeeze in a bit of shopping?


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Afternoon Tea and Manicures at Rudding Park Hotel

Two weekends ago I went to my friends Hen Party at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. It was the absolute best weekend so I thought that I would share a few photos that I snapped from the day.

We arrived early afternoon and just relaxed in the Library Lounge until it was our turn for a treatment in the Spa. Most of the girls chose facials and massages but being the true nail addict that I am I chose to to have a Jessica GELeration manicure. I went for a lovely turquoise gel polish and I would highly recommend this as an alternative to Shellac.

We then made our way to the Clock Tower Restaurant where we were spoiled rotten with some scrummy afternoon tea and a glass or two of prosecco! There were so many cakes that we had to take them away for later.

After all this pampering we headed to our 5* luxury lodge, complete with an amazing hot tub where we partied till the early hours with yet more glasses of fizz and even more food!

Such a good weekend was had by all and I really want to repeat the experience soon. Even though I was only half an hour away from home this little getaway was so fun and relaxing that it felt like a million miles away!

If you are ever in the North Yorkshire area it's a great place to stay or dine. We stayed in the Huntingdale lodge and you can access the Rudding Park Hotel website here.

Where is the best place you have visited for a hen do?

Hope every one has had a great weekend!


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Life Lately | March

3 for 2 time | Spring sprung in Harrogate | New Topshop Top | The best caramel latte
Eviewoo | Graze box | Still my favourite | First time bingo
Drunk | Loving Lu | Bingo eats | Foxy lady
Gorgeous lodge | New shoes | Little trinket | Girls night in

March has definitely been the best month of 2014 so far as I had so many lovely days out and get together's with friends. To kick it all off I tried bingo for the first time! Yes I know, I was expecting the place to be packed with Grannies but there really was a good mixture of all ages. I quickly learnt that my number dabbing skills weren't up to scratch. Much concentration is needed and it's safe to say that I could do with a bit more practice, or less wine? Hmm. This was all followed with a few drinks in town and thank goodness the next day I enjoyed a Spa Day at Rockliffe Hall that somehow managed to nurse me back to normality. 
The weekend after it was my friend Rachel's hen party at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate which was so much fun. I'm going to do a little post on that next so I'll save the details for now.
My favourite nibbles have to be my new subscription to Graze. The chocolate orange snack and beef jerky were delicious! I also seem to have developed an unexpected addiction to Cadbury Dairy Milk Lu bars. If you haven't tried these go and grab one now! Not so good for the waistline but they taste like heaven so who cares? 
I'm so happy that British Summertime has finally landed! Light nights, Spring flowers and warmer weather, what's not to love?

I hope you all had a lovely March? What did you get up to?


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Huckleberry

When Barry M released some more Gelly Hi Shine polishes Huckleberry was definitely the stand out colour to me as I don't really have any similar shades that I can think of. Huckleberry is a pale blue that is perfect for an on trend pastel toned Spring manicure. If Essie Fiji had a a blue baby sister brother this would certainly be it! Application wise it did take three coats before I was happy with the result but that can be forgiven as I love the effortless shine that these polishes create without the use of a topcoat. 

Sugar Apple is next on my list as you can never have too many mint polishes...

Have you tried any of the new Barry M Gelly polishes?


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Spa Day At Rockliffe Hall Hotel Darlington

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited along to Rockliffe Hall for a Spa Day to celebrate a close friends birthday. Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is a luxury 5* retreat located on the outskirts of Darlington in North Yorkshire. It is a great base to explore the beautiful local countryside or just to simply get away from it all.  As I have never fully experienced a true spa I was really looking forward to it and thought that I would share a few photos from the day.

After we had checked in we began our day in The Brasserie with a substantial and delicious breakfast to set us up for the day before heading down to the changing rooms and slipping into our swimwear, robes and slippers, ready for a day of relaxation!

We used the hrdro pool, sauna and igloo first of all before heading upstairs for the Rasal Mud Ritual. This involved using a beautiful salt scrub prior to applying Dead Sea mud which detoxifies, relaxes the muscles and nourishes the skin. Twenty minutes in a steam room allows the mud to work its wonders before a lovely warm tropical rain like shower gently washes it away. I was a little dubious about this treatment beforehand but the mud is so silky and moisturising and not dry and coarse which I had somehow envisioned! My skin felt so soft after this treatment so I would highly recommend a mud treatment if you ever get the chance.

We spent some time in the relaxation room on a giant sofa sipping tea before a full manicure. They use Orly nail products and I chose the shade Butterflies which is a perfect Springtime coral.

This wonderful day was completed with afternoon tea and a glass of fizz back in The Brasserie. The scones with jam and clotted cream were absolute heaven, not to mention the orange cream macaroons...

Do you enjoy Spa Days? 


Monday, 10 March 2014

New In | Barry M Pacific

While browsing my local Superdrug I spotted the new Aquarium Collection from Barry M and was instantly drawn to the gorgeous duochrome shades. The range includes four two-tone nail paints and a further two complimentary glitter topcoats. I was instantly drawn to Pacific which is a beautiful shimmery turquoise that reflects blue or green depending on the light. With a typical skinny Barry M brush the first coat went on particularly sheer and patchy but this was completely rectified by coat two and the colour was fully opaque. With a topcoat this lasted a good four days with only minimal tip wear.

This one is definitely a winner for me as I couldn't stop looking at my mirror like nails when I was wearing it and it looks far more expensive than the tiny price tag. It's a perfect shade for Summer and would look great on the toes also for a true mermaid like effect! The next one I would like to try out is Mediterranean, a lovely pink and gold creation...

Have you tried any polishes from the Aquarium Collection?


Friday, 7 March 2014

Everyday Makeup

It has been a while since I have done any posts like this so I thought it was about time to share my daily makeup essentials. Although the products are constantly changing I'm really loving this little bunch going on here at the moment. I have had the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in my stash for a while but at the moment this lightweight formula really seems to work for me on a good skin day. I blend this base in with my fingers before lightly giving it the once over with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush to ensure it's seamless. Although I stupidly forgot to include these in the photo the concealers of choice are Benefit Fakeup to minimise the dark circles and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover the redness and blemishes. I then finish all this off with a dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which still remains to be my favourite powder to date as it keeps the sheen at bay for at least half a day before requiring a top-up. Next up I apply Stila's Convertible Color in Gerbera with my fingertips and blend out with the RT Expert Face Brush. I had never really got to grips with cream blusher before owning this palette but this way of applying it really works for me and I adore the gorgeous healthy glow that these create. For the brows it's the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in soft brunette. The colour of this is a perfect ashy brown without any nasty red undertones and the wide shaped nib makes easy work of filling in my sparse brows. I couldn't be without this now! Eye shadow wise it usually ends up being a pick from the Naked 2 palette. In this picture I am wearing Suspect which is a light, wearable taupe. My other daily choices are Chopper and Verve. The liner I used is the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner and although I prefer the L'Oreal Perfect Slim, I am trying to use up an abundance of products and this does an ok job. I was in need of a new mascara so popped Maybelline The Falsie Black Drama in my basket on a whim and I'm really pleased with this! My eyelashes are rather crap and this does a great job of adding volume and length with the blackest of black colour. Last but not least, I have been using the Stila Convertible Color palette on the lips too and here I am wearing Petunia, a vibrant peachy coral shade that sits well with Gerbera on the cheeks. 

I am really enjoying this simple makeup routine, I feel the products help me to create a put together look that isn't too time consuming and most importantly allows that extra five minutes in bed each morning...

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

Have a great weekend!


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