Saturday, 25 October 2014

#9:






As you might have gathered from my Five Guys review this week, I spent last weekend in my second home, Birmingham with my long suffering boyfriend and so, spent all of Saturday in the Bullring shopping, shopping and... shopping.

 I chose to shake up my normal all black look by throwing on my bargain H&M jumper with the comfiest (albeit hugely sized) wet look leggings (Primark, of course) and my new favourite piece, an amazing Primark gilet I picked up in their Selfridges store. It's made of an amazing fluffy material, pretty much identical to this H&M jumper and means I can throw it over jumpers on those not-quite-warm-but-not-really-cold days we seem to get a lot of in England. It was £14 which I thought was quite a lot (cheap girl at heart) but I love the quality and it's so different to anything I own that I had to have it.  I also added my favourite Chelsea boots that have barely left my feet since I bought them... they're so practical, stylish and comfortable.

What's your favourite Primark piece?   



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

LUSH COSMETICS | Father Christmas:












After a recent trip to Lush to pick up another bottle of Snow Fairy (Please don't judge me- it's a once a year obsession I just have to indulge) I wanted to also pick up a bath bomb.. I toyed between my favourite or trying something new and the festive feeling must have swept me away because I ended up with this bath bomb. I can't lie, I mostly went for this bath bomb from the promise of it smelling like Snow Fairy. For me, I definitely got the unmissable Snow Fairy pear drop whiff, but the bath bomb is a little less sweet and more citric- I liked this as it meant I could happily lather myself in Snow Fairy without risking smelling like a sweet shop on steroids. 

As for the actual bath bomb, as you can see the colour was definitely the biggest surprise; the bath bomb is pink when it crumbles under the water (The Lush website might say red but mine was definitely pink!) but immediately the colour changes to a yellow,, then a green then finally settles as a glorious, neon extra-terrestrial green colour. There aren't many bubbles, but that isn't the point of the the bath bomb- they would only hide the alien-hue.

I can't lie though, for me as much as I loved the smell the bath bomb and how squeaky clean it made my skin feel, the colour was just a little bit too full on for me.. sitting in neon green water realising what i'd look like as an alien wasn't my idea of a relaxing evening but if you fancy seeing yourself in space-age form, or want to enhance that Snow Fairy smell, i'd really recommend Father Christmas and I can't wait to try more of the Lush Christmas range!


Do you love Father Christmas? Any other Lush Christmas goodies I need to try? 


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Five guys:
















So, in case you didn't realise from the title of this post and the pictures- I finally visited Five Guys! Describing itself as a 'fast casual restaurant chain', Five Guys, an American fast food export, opened in Birmingham in March and since it opened i've been so eager to go so last weekend I finally faced the queues and went All The Way...

Walking into Five Guys is an experience in itself; it stands right on the edge of the bullring so you can see the beautiful Selfridges building and do some serious people watching. Inside has such an authnetic American feel with the signiture red and white subway tiles, various reviews printed on the walls and the free peanuts are a nice touch.

In terms of the menu, apparently there are over 250,000 possible burger options but I stuck with the classic 'All The Way No Shrooms' which included two beef patties, peppers, mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, gherkins, fried onions and lettuce and mushrooms for any crazies that like eating fungi. You have to pay extra for fries and your drink which is annoying- who goes just for a burger? But the chips are fried in a cajun spice that is beyond words and there are over 100 different drink flavours. Yep, 100 which, for me, is absolutely the best bit of Five Guys. For only £2.50 you get an unlimited (really decent sized) cup however The Birmingham branch are totally missing a trick by only having two machines (and only one was working on our trip) placed way too close to the counter; meaning at busy times you feel too cramped and rushed to really peruse the drinks menu like you might want to. 

In terms of the actual burger I can't fault it in fact i'm almost drooling thinking about it...(but lets keep that between us); even at peak times the patties are cooked to perfection, and there wasn't too much mustard or ketchup; just the right amount and I won't rave about the fries again (even though I really really want to).As i've already mentioned, it's definitely on the pricey side for what is essentially fast food- sure it might be twice as nice as McDonald's but it's also more than double the price as a burger 'All The Way', little fries and a drink comes in at just over £11. The boyfriend and I reduced our price by sharing a drink (who needs a refillable litre drink each, really?) but I was still a little blown away by the price. 

All in all I absolutely loved Five Guys; I love the little touches, the friendly staff and the amazing food but at over £10 for posh fast food, it's definitely a once in a while treat. 

Have you been to Five Guys? Did you love it as much as me? 




Sunday, 5 October 2014

MAC Myth Lipstick & Naked Liner:










After my recent Harvey Nichols trip, I couldn't resist a trip to the MAC counter.. oops!
I have a seriously love-hate relationship with lipstick; I love how it looks on other people, I love the colours and I love how it can instantly transform a simple makeup look. However on me, lipstick is not a good look' I have really small lips so struggle to not look like a child playing dress up whenever I wear any lip shade.
However, one of my favourites in my collection is my MAC lipstick and i've been after a very Kylie Jenner inspired nude lipstick for the longest time so the lure of the MAC counter proved too much. 
I picked up 'Myth' first after being immediatley drawn to its light pink nude colour- the perfect 'your lips but better' shade for me - and knew I had to get the matching liner for the maximum impact. Because the lipstick is a Satin lipstick it doesn't last as long as matte effects but I find it much more flattering and much softer on my lips- especially as the winter comes in and lips get chapped. As for the liner, don't even get me started. The naked liner is my new beauty must have- it provides such an amazing base and is so long lasting. It somehow manages to be stuble enough to wear under the pale Myth, whilst still packing enough of a punch to wear alone or with a simple gloss for a long lasting, simple lip look. 

I'm so happy with my MAC purchases although I can see the liners quickly becoming a must have for me!

Do you love MAC? Any shades I need to try? 



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Thursday, 2 October 2014

September Favourites:






Andrew Barton Frizz Tamer  
     1984            

A mixed bag for my September favourites, including my new favourite foundation which has found me finally making peace with Rimmel and their ridiculous shades- I wear 100 (Ivory) and although it's still a shade too dark, I love the coverage of the Match Perfection Foundation enough to overlook it and my new favourite hair product, the Andrew Barton Frizz Tamer. 
I included '1984' because I picked up this copy for 50p in a charity shop and haven't been able to put it down or stop thinking about it all month.
 I've seen a couple of stage adaptations of 1984 and had briefly studied the novel in school but never really took the time to properly devour the book. I actually missed my stop on the bus a couple of weeks ago because I was so engrossed in the book! I find George Orwell's books absolutely fascinating - his take on society and his manipulation of words is next level - i'll definitely be adding to my Orwell collection and couldn't recommend this classic enough- although it may give you nightmares! 

Finally, my mum recently picked up this Shea butter, along with a body butter for herself at Manchester airport and we all know how much I love me a body butter. The Shea one has been no exception; it absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel amazingly soft. 


What were your September favourites?          



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