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Sunday, 20 August 2017

5 Things to do in Lincoln | Lifestyle

I'm very lucky that I get to work from home every damn day but also that I have the opportunity to travel up north and visit my work colleagues at our office in Lincoln. Before I started working at this company, never even visited Lincoln before and I was surprised just how beautiful it was! If you like places that hold a lot of architectural history then you must go and have a visit. 

Considering I have been there a few times now, I thought I would just share with you my top 5 things to do in Lincoln starting with... 

A Visit to the Cathedral...
It's a bit of an obvious one really isn't it? Lincoln is known very well for it's absolutely stunning Cathedral which you can get up close and personal to. It's very much a tourist hotspot but it is so vast that you don't feel surrounded by people, it's actually hard to take it all in but honestly, it is so beautiful! However, one thing that isn't beautiful is the bloody walk to go and see it, oh yes, you have to walk up a delightfully named hill call Steep Hill...It's a killer! 

Browse the Independent Shops... 
Whilst you are walking up that fabulous Steep Hill what you will discover is a variety of independent shops to keep you occupied should you need a little break. There are some really cute shops filled with little treasures and some are filled with yummy treats! I stopped a fudge shop that just smelled like heaven and purchased some delicious salted caramel fudge. The boyf on the other hand found a really cool draft beer place called The Crafty Beer that had a fantastic range of beers and ales, so something for everyone really. 

Afternoon Tea...
Aside from all the cool independent shops, there are actually loads of little tearooms and it would be rude quite frankly, there are lots of different places to have some afternoon tea but it's a really lovely moment to just sit, have a bit of a relax and a cup of tea and prepare you for the rest of the afternoon. 

Brunch at The Cardinal's Hat...
I'm not gonna lie, I love a bit of brunch and The Cardinal's Hat do a bloody good one if meats and cheeses are your kinda thang! As you can see this was quite a hearty platter, served with 5 different meats, 3 chesses, 4 different types of bread and some olives and nibbly bits, I was in my element! This pub actually do an amazing range of beers and ciders too, plus the atmosphere an decor in this place is really cool! It's the kinda place you can have a quite little drink or meal by yourself in the corner or invite a whole bunch of pals down for a few drinks!  

Live Music at Rouge Saint...
The weekend me and the boyf visited Lincoln there was a 90's Music night at the Rouge Saint we both love a bit of live music and we all know the 90's had some utter JAMS in that time so we went a long to see if it would be any good! I was SO impressed with the band, I can't even remember their name but they play some brilliant songs and added their own twist to it! Not only was the music great, they make some brilliant cocktails, I strongly recommend the Singapore Sling if you do venture here. 

There we have just a few suggestions of things to do in the lovely Lincoln. Have you ever been to Lincoln before? 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fashion Faves | Fashion

Ok so before any one says anything yes I know, an ocean of black but genuinely black is my happy colour, I like styling it up with bright coloured accessories so now that's out of the way we shall continue to talk about some of my fashion faves at the moment! Most of these items are nothing ground breaking but so me these kinds of things are more of my everyday/essential items of clothing that personally I think everyone should have in their wardrobe! 

The Wrap Dress... 
I must admit this one took my by surprise because I never really thought about adding a wrap dress to my wardrobe until everyone and their damn dog had one this year! I have always liked the wrap dress but struggle to find on that really suits me but I stumbled across one from New Look in the sale for like £9 and bought it on a whim! The one in the picture is similar but not the same, this one is a Topshop wrap dress. When my dress arrived honestly, I fell in love! The shape is so flattering and mine has little frills on it which gives it a little movement! There are a LOT of different wrap dresses out there right now so you should definitely try some on and add one of these to your wardrobe. 

Black Jeans...
I have needed some new jeans for a while and as my arse has become decidedly bigger it was about time I went on the dreaded jean shop! I haven't shopped in Topshop for year but basically the only reason I went in was because I knew they did jeans and I ended up with the Topshop Jamie Jeans slightly high waisted, claim to be ankle grazers but I got them in a long length so can't really tell the difference to normal jeans to be fair! They're quite a nice fit, I do like them and I honestly feel no wardrobe is complete without some black skinnies! 

Puma Trainers...
I frickin love the style of the Puma Creepers and I even bought a pair of the Rhianna Fenty X Puma ones and I think they are bloody gorgeous! I really like the creeper style and you can get a lot of different colour ways but I don't think you can ever go wrong with black on black but let me tell you where you can go wrong...THE MATERIAL! I got the velvet ones and they do not wear well at all, they started to crack and now they look so rough but I have had a lot of use out of them but it's time I bought some more and I shall definitely be buying the creeper style again! 

Leather Skirt...
This is another item I never knew I needed until I tried it on! I frickin' love this New Look Faux Leather Skirt . I'm fortunate in the sense I have an hour glass shape but I don't often wear things to show it off but this skirt really pulls you in at the waist and the flares out so lovely over the hips! Even though it's faux leather I don't fine it too restrictive and coupled with a black bodysuit it looks really good, which actually takes me nicely onto the...

I must admit, I never really thought about wearing a body suit at all until I got that damn leather skirt and I kinda new what look I wanted in my head so I had to buy the Asos Tall Bodysuit, I opted for a tall version because I really wanted it to fit nicely! 

Not quite for your wardrobe but lets say your underwear drawer, I have to say that if you have big boobs it's gonna be hard to find one that actually fits good! I have quite a small back which means I can wear some high street bralettes but not all because I need larger cups! I think this one fro H&M is really cute but I think Primark have some fantastic ones as well! I think these are a great addition to your wardrobe because on those days you wanna dress super casual wearing a no padded, lacy little number underneath can change the whole thing! 

There we have a few of my fashion faves that I personally think should be in everyone's wardrobe! 

What items do you have in your wardrobe that you just love? 


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Handmade Burger Co, Lincoln | Food

Handmade Burger Co

Handmade Burger Co

It's been a little while since I have done a foodie post and that is purely because my pictures have turned out crap for all of them! That said, today I am talking about this bloody delicious meal from Homemade Burger Co in Lincoln, I mean, doesn't it look good! There are a few Homemade Burger Co dotted around the UK but when I was in Lincoln last this was the first time I'd ever bloody heard of it! All you need to now about the restaurant can be found in the name alone, purely and simply they make handmade burgers, so if you are a bit of a burger fan like me, then you're gonna need to check them out! 

The Handmade Burger Co menu is actually pretty extensive and do offer veggie options as well as gluten free options so they do accommodate dietary needs! The burger pictured is actually from the Pit Range which is a few select burger inspired by BBQ and you guys bloody know I love a BBQ! This one is Buffalo Chicken Burger and I'll be honest with you, I picked it because it had onion rings on it, I mean, whats not to love about a burger AND onion rings! 

The Buffalo Chicken Burger has a smokey but slightly spicy sauce drizzles over the chicken that was more spicy than I was expecting but still not too bad! Sometimes with chicken burger the chicken can be a little dry but this one wasn't at all and personally I thought you got quite a lot it was like 2 mini fillets which I prefer to just one slab of chicken. Plus with a bit of  bacon thrown in for good measure you really can't go wrong with this burger! 

Halloumi Fries

Handmade Burger Co Chips

Moving onto the sides, well, when I saw they did halloumi fries you best believe I had to order a portion! Personally I thought they were a little stingy with how many you got, I literally got 4, 4 is definitely not enough because I bloody love halloumi. This said, they did taste delicious, the batter was light and crispy and the cheese are a nice thick chunk so if they would have given me another two, I wouldn't have grumbled! Moving onto the chips, Handmade Burger Co actually do a lot of different style chips with different toppings and we opted for just the normal chips which as you can see did NOT disappoint! They actually reminded me a little like chip shop chips which are my fave and the portion was bloody big , we actually had to leave some behind much to my heartache! 

I really enjoyed my meal at Handmade Burger Co, it's the perfect place for the perfect burger! 

What burger places do you love to visit? 


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Lush Solid Shampoo Bars | Beauty

Lush Solid Shampoo Bars

I have this problem with Lush and it's mainly that when I walk in, I cannot walk out without buying at least one thing! I usually opt for the bath bombs but this time I was browsing the solid shampoo bars, just a heads up guys there are LOADS of them! I was drawn to the solid shampoo bars because I have heard quite a few good things about them so I was rather intrigued by them. 

I had to ask one of the lush employees how the hell you use the damn things though because I wouldn't know where to start and she advised you can use them two ways. The first way is to lather it up in your hands and then massage into your scalp and the second way was to rub the bar actually on the roots of your hair and then work it into a lather. This said, because I know my hair is very fine and my scalp gets greasy quite quickly I thought I would probably try the first method. Whilst I was chatting to the Lush gal, I mentioned my hair type and she suggested the Montalbano bar because it has lemon in it, it's quite light and fresh on your hair! Also, a fund fact for the blondes out there lemon is a natural lightener and works wonderfully on your hair.

Montalbano Solid Shampoo Bar

Right from the first use of this product I was in love, I foamed it up in my hand and the scent was incredible but once you put it on the scalp it literally doubles in foaminess, like it's quite impressive really! Once  washed it out and blow dried my hair I was amazing how soft my hair was after! Citrus works really well on my fine hair so this bar definitely didn't weigh down my hair at all,even my boyfriend tried it out and really liked it! 

Honey I Washed My Hair Solid Shampoo Bar

I also wanted to try out the Honey I washed My Hair shampoo bar even though the Lush gal advised it might be a little too heavy for my hair, the thing is my hair is really fine but is also is quite damaged and whilst this may be a little heavy on the roots it may actually nourish the ends of my hair! I can't help it, I like the scent of honey and I just needed it in my life so I bloody bought it anyway! It definitely is a different consistency and oddly enough it adds a lot of volume to my hair which I wasn't expecting at all! 

The only thing I would say is these bars are a little difficult to store as personally I don't like leaving them on the side near the shower but I just have a little plastic container to keep them in, it's just something to bear in mind. 

I am obsessed with both of these bars but the Montalbano shampoo bar is literally a game changer and will be something I will repurchase again and again! 

Have you tried solid shampoo bars before?


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Life's Little Pleasures | Lifestyle

Italian Coffee

Every now and then it's nice to remember those little moments throughout your day that truly make you smile, no matter how small, they are a delight! I thought I would share with you just a few of my life's little pleasures....

*An espresso in the morning 
*A thunderstorm after the sunshine
*Apples from the fridge
*The first sip of prosecco
*The hug you give your pal after not seeing them for so long
*Being outdoors when it's sunny
*Sitting on the grass
*Dinner with a loved one
*When your bf holds your hand 
*Cry laughing 
*When your cat head butts you
*Exploring a new city
*Giving gifts
*Buying something online
*Trying out a brand new product
*Crunchy peanut butter on a warm bagel, but to be honest, peanut butter on everything
*Reading a book in bed at night 
*When you favourite song comes on
*Butterflies and bumble bees
*Fresh flowers in a vase

Tell me a few of your life's little pleasures...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Monthly Beauty Favourites | Beauty

I rarely ever do a monthly favourites style of post but I just feel like I have discovered some real gems this month so I wanted to share it with you guys with a combination of skincare and make up! 

Let's start with the Melting Gel Cleanser from the B. range that I recently wrote about in my cruelty free skincare blog post, this cleanser definitely took me a little while to get used to because it's a different product, it goes from a sticky gel to a smooth oil and washes off to a milky kinda fluid but I have noticed over time my skin is actually looking really good! It's a product that's very easy to use too much of, but once you get used to the quantities it's a dream! This product leaves my skin looking so fresh, you really do notice a difference after a couple of weeks or so. I tend to use this gel before using The Body Shop's Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel which is a product that I have HAD to include in this monthly favourites because it's so bloody good! 

The Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel is a bit of a game changer for me, it's a unique product in the sense that it kind of clumps up on your skin but from the first time I used the product I noticed a difference immediately, my skin is so smooth just after one use! I tend to use this product 2 or 3 times a week and it is bloody fab! I wasn't even going to buy this product but it was more of an after thought but I am so glad I did! 

Keeping with The Body Shop, how could I NOT include the Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil, to say I am obsessed is an understatement, trust me! I think the scent plays a very big part in my obssession with this oil but more than that it's the way my skin feels after using this oil! In all honesty, I think it has moved me away from using creamy moisturisers just because the oil nourishes my skin in a completely different way to other moisturisers! 

Moving onto make up, I have to mention this Barry M Lip Paint, I actually haven't written a review about this lipstick before because it's something that goes at the bottom of my make up bag and just forget about it! That said, this month I have found myself reaching for it a lot more because it's not a matte finish which means it's a little kinder on the lips! This is a very nude shade with orange undertones, I like to apply it by just dabbing it on my lips and almost patting it into them. It builds up a much better colour for me as this product is very pigmented. 

And finally we have the NYX Stay Matte but not Flat foundation which at first I remained fairly on the fence about, it was nice but that was kind of it, that was until I tried it with my Sleek CC Cream....! So I bought the wrong shade in the cc cream which was fine when I was a little more tanned, now Ive gone back to pasty pale it's just a tad too dark so I thought I would mix a little of this NYX foundation and boom, glorious coverage that still leaves me looking a little dewy and not TOO matte! Love it!! 

There we have my monthly favourites, what are yours?

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Rose Quartz Accents For Your Home | Lifestyle

Rose Quartz Coasters

I like to think I have a rather minimalist style when it comes to my home and whilst I haven't got my own home just yet, it does NOT stop me from looking for lovely bits! There are a lot of ways you can inject a little bit of colour into your home with things like succulents but if you don't really like green tones or plants then what can you do? Well, I kind like the idea of adding crystal accents to rooms. 

I discovered these Athropologie Rose Quartz Coasters and immediately fell in love with them, my pictures don't quite do these justice! Let's start with the colour, these ones are a lovely rose colour but can look cooler or warmer depending on the surface they are put on, if you put this coaster on a white back ground it will look different than on a dark wooden surface so it makes them really versatile. Colour is a really important thing, even if you prefer minimalist decor adding something like these unique coasters can really make all the difference to the room. You can easily compliment these items with soft furnishings such as cushions or throws in a similar colour whilst keeping the rest of the room in neutral tones. Crystals are a really easy way to add colour into a room without it being overwhelming. 

Rose Quartz Coasters

Another reason I think crystals will become a trend is because they are so unique, whether you want the crystals to be carved into the coaster shape like the ones I bought or whether you like to be carved into something else, you will always know the item you have is unique to you! Some have small impurities which again, I really like because it reminds you that these creations are from the earth! Even though these marketed as coasters, actually you can use them for so much more than just that, you could put a candle on them or you could use them to keep jewellery on and you could even use them to put a small little cactus on if you wanted to. 

Many people actually believe in the healing powers of crystals, personally I don't know but I had to admit there is something quite beautiful about having crystals in your home!  

What trends do you love for your home? 


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Body Shop Fresh Plumping Mask | Beauty

Ok , ok, I know what you guys are gonna say, I'm behind yet again! All the hype over the newly released face Masks by The Body Shop but I must admit I just never thought to go in there or check out these ranges for myself! Especially since everyone was obsessed with the Himalayan Charcoal Mask but I kind of have a love hate relationship with clay masks so I opted for the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

I think I am coming to the realisation that I really love floral scented things and this mask is like being smacked in the face with a bunch of roses (without the thorns, obvs) Like this face mask has a very strong scent so if flowers aren't your thang you need to stay well away from this.

As you can see it's a very gel like consistency and actually has little shreds of rose petals actually in it which I honestly adore, I like products that go that extra mile and lookswise this totally does. Now, the thing about gel like face masks is that you never see a difference right away like you do with clay masks. This Plumping face mask has aloe vera, rosehip oil as well as omega 3 and 6 so it has a lot of deeply nourishing properties but it's something that improves skin over time. 

This mask doesn't dry which I actually really like because it means that when I wash it off, it comes off with ease and I don't end up having a bright red face that feels all weird. The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is one for the people out there who maybe have sensitive skin that wants something super gentle, who wants to inject a bit of moisture into their skin. I only use it once a week after I have cleansed and used my Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel and I really like it! The mask is £16 which I actually thing is really expensive for a face mask but it's something that does exactly what I want, so I don't mind too much but after I run out I'm still a little undecided as to whether I will repurchase. 

What are you favourite face masks?  

Sunday, 23 July 2017

My Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media | Lifestyle

Social Media

I have been thinking about social media a lot recently and I think it's mainly because since moving back to the UK my personal social media had changed a little bit and it's leaving me feeling a bit meh about it all so I just thought what do I actually like about social media? 


Being Influenced
I frickin' love seeing bloggers or even brand showcasing different products or items and I love it even more when I can actually click through and buy the damn product. I like seeing different styles whether they be fashion or home and interior. I like seeing things that make me think differently like "I never thought to style that item that way" or "those coasters are the most beautiful things I have ever seen, I need them"  

Every now an then I look at my entire instagram feed, I just scroll through my pictures and I think it's so nice to see the places I have been or the things I have done. All these memories that are so easy to forget and I really like taking a moment to go back and relive those memories again.

Other Peoples Lives 
I am a nosey little thing, I love to see what people are doing! I love so see their perfect curated snippet of their lives and I also love seeing those real snippets of life where I can happily relate to. Also, it's very much where I got a lot of baking ideas from! Seeing what people are doing over the weekend or over holiday is always so interesting and gives me inspiration to visit new places or try different things. 


Being Influenced
Body image is a tricky one for women and I can't help but feel social media plays a part in whilst I see more bodies represented on social which is fab I also see so many bodies photoshopped. I even saw a girl who I used to work with photoshop her instagram image when she is a gorgeous girl, it doesn't make sense to me. I'm getting bored of seeing these perfect pore-less faces or these tiny little waists that aren't real .

Not gonna lie, last year on Facebook I was obnoxious and the amount of passport pictures I took or "oh just flying to XXX" I never missed an opportunity to tell everyone how much fun I was having and now I am back in the UK living a less hectic/travelled lifestyle time hop never forgets to remind me what I was doing last year which leads me to compare what I am doing now. Comparison is the thief of joy!

Other Peoples Lives 
It's so easy to see a heavily curated picture and just assume that peoples lives are like that all the time when it definitely isn't. We absorb social media at such a quick rate that we become desensitised to the images we are seeing and just assume that this is how life is, and you can't help but compare your life with theirs.I have actually stopped following some big bloggers because they are no longer inspirational to me because the constant jet setting isn't realistic, they are being given trips for free which is great but out of my reach. 

And there we have it, the reasons I hate social media are exactly the same reason why I love it, it's a very thin line between the two and it's mainly because I know I have an unhealthy relationship with social media, as do most bloggers I think. Every time i start getting annoyed or frustrated with it I either take a little break or discover some new accounts to follow whilst getting rid of other ones. 

What do you love and hate about social media? 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel | Beauty

Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

Ok so if you saw my Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil post you know I bought a lot in The Body Shop recently so I have been trying out new products which means today I am talking about a product from the Drops of Light range called the Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

The Body Shop seems to split their products by ranges, whether it be by scent or by specific ingredients, however I found myself looking at the Drops of Light range and very nearly picked up the Brighten Serum until I saw the Resurfacing Liquid Peel and thought it sounded really different so I had to give it a go really. 

It's kind of an odd gel because it's something you use a couple of pumps onto you hands and massage it onto try skin for about 20 seconds and these weird little clumps start forming the more you massage, seriously, check out the pictures below....

Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

How weird is that?

I don't quite know how it does it but essentially it is a gel that kind of draws out impurities and removes dead skin to leave behind a much smoother and brighter appearance. I was seriously impressed with how smooth my skin looked after using it for the first time, but I must admit all those little clumps was a bit grim but doesn't put me off using this product at all. I have read some reviews on this product since buying it an a lot of people say it's really drying on their skin but I have sensitive skin and I don't have any problems whatsoever with this peel. 

It's something I use 2-3 times a week just because my skin can be really fussy I don't want to use it too much but each time I fall in love with it! I actually left the house the other day without any face make up on and felt really happy with how fresh my skin looked! This one is £18 for 145ml so again it's a little pricey but it's a really unique product! 

Have you tried anything from the Drops of Light range? 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Bloggers I am lovin' right now | Blogging

I'm getting a bit meh about blogging and my blog so today I thought I would share with you some blogs I am absolutely lovin' right now. I mean, these girls are incredible so you probably already know them but if you don't bloody check them out! 

Devoted To Pink

Devoted to Pink
Leah is just one of those girls that is frickin' glamorous and owns her own buisness but she comes across like she is really down to earth and approachable! I actually first started following her in instagram and then found myself watching her instastories more and more and she is just someone you can relate to and she has just started her youtube channel! She is so inspirational to me and I think she is going to be the next blogger to really blow up big! 

Nibbles n Scribbles

Nibbles 'n' Scribbles
This wonderful blog is for the people out there who want to know what the latest snacks and how good they actually all!! This girl is also a peanut butter fan so if Nibs gives it a thumbs up you best believe I'm gonna buy it!! I always love seeing her pictures when scrolling through instagram even though they often make me incredibly hungry. She is also so bloody lovely too! 

Beth Eve

Beth Eve
Followed Beth for about 3 years now and I consider her one of those people who is like a friend of the internet, she is so positive and SO supportive, to me she really makes the blogging space a welcoming place (ooo get that ryhme) not only that but if you like cats, you're gonna need to follow her on twitter! Beth has recently started blogging again after a little break and I am so happy that she is because she writes about diverse and interesting topics from "why I'm a hufflepuff" to "Imposter syndrome"

Annie Writes Beauty

Annie Writes Beauty
I'm drawn to Alice's online voice because she is honest which then makes her so easy to relate to because she says what we are all thinking! I adore her instagram feed, it's so cute seeing her little bump grow over time! Alice writes anything from beauty posts to really honest and frank pregnancy updates which I really admire

Who are your favourite bloggers right now?  


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil | Beauty

Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil

We have something deliciously indulgent and a new brand to my little blog today, The Body Shop and I am talking about the divine Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil. I must admit, I haven't shopped in The Body Shop in actual YEARS! It's a place I never think to go but recently the L'Oreal owned company was sold to Natura Cosm├ęticos which is a Brazillian brand who have the same ethical values as TBS in that they don't test on animals! Due to this buzz with the cruelty free bloggers out there it got me thinking that I should go in and check out the store again. 

I used to have a rather dated view of The Body Shop, I just can't help but think about super fruity body butters and that's about it, but this time I decided to walk straight past that stuff and head to all the other lotions and potions and well, I spent a lot, like a lot in a very short space of time! Eeek! So I will write about the other stuff in separate posts but I just had to start with this Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil, seriously oh my god!! 

Let's start with the scent, like what the hell is monoi oil anyway? So monoi oil is simply Tahitian gardenia petals soaked in coconut oil but I would say that the coconut is hardly detectable as personally I am not a fan of coconut but I didn't even know it had it in there until I googled it! From the first use I knew this would be an instant repurchase because not only is the scent delightful but how good my skin looked after using it and even the next day! I am still clinging onto a tan from when I went to Portugal and let me tell you this oil has given it a new lease of life! 

I'm probably using it about 2-3 times a week and because it's an oil a little does actually go a very long way, I was guilty of being a tad liberal at first but I'm just obsessed with it! Another great benefit to this oil is that you can use it on your hair as well, which I haven't yet because my hair is very fine so oil always weighs it down but I have read reviews that it works miracles! The bottle retails for £18 for 170mls which is quite a lot but I think this is a purchase that should be considered as an essential luxury because of how great your skin feels after! 

Are you a fan of body oils or have you tried this little gem before? 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Stews & More Albufeira, Portugal | Food

Stews & More Albufeira

Stews & More Albufeira

Today I am writing a whole blog post on just one restaurant in Albuferia, Portugal and the reason why is because the food was just incredible! Stews & More is restaurant that combines two cuisines Dutch and Portuguese as the restaurant owners are of those origins which does make your heart melt a little bit. 

It was a place we stumbled across and immediately thought we had to go there, it was so busy but just had a really nice energy about it, plus it smelled incredible. We inquired the next day but were met with disappointment because they were fully booked so we called up and booked a table. 

Stews & More Albufeira

Stew & More had a great waiter who talked us through the menu and asked us what we like etc, I was even talked out of a glass of white wine and to have red instead because we're having a stew. Much like many restaurants in Albufeira, Stews & More have Couvert on the menu but with a little twist. Most couverts are served with bread, sardine pate, butter and bread, but this one was served with THE most delicious warm vegetable soup. It was a humble sized started but the soup won it hands down for me. It was a smooth consistency but had a peppery kick, I was in love! 

Stews & More Albufeira

Stews & More Albufeira

Stews & More Albufeira

Now let's move onto the main reason we are all here, the stew! They had quite a good variety of stews, including something for the vegetarians out there but we opted for the Campo stew, which is a beef stew with vegetables and little pieces of bacon in it. The beef is marinated in red wine and brandy for a minimum of 3 hours so it really gets a chance to sink into the meat and adds a real rich flavour to the entire dish. Stews & More offer the stews in 2 sizes - for one or for two and the Campo Stew for two cost 23€ and you get bread and a side dish of potatoes and onions which they will top you up on any time. 

The waiter also joked that he will give us a straw for the sauce but genuinely...I wanted a straw, I couldn't get enough of that sauce, we literally had to have a second round of bread to finish it off. Herbs from the Algarve were also in the dish but it didn't specify exactly what herbs were in it but we were informed that this stew is more like a stew a Portuguese grandmother would make  

The carrots were really chunky but cooked to perfection because they were so soft, I thought they might be a bit hard. The waiter suggested that the reason they are so chunky is because the stews are slow cooked for a such a long time any thinner and they would disintegrate altogether and that wouldn't be what they wanted. There were also mushrooms in the dish, which personally I'm not a fan of but I just fish around those bits.  

Stews & More was a great little hidden gem down a side street in Albufeira and I am so happy that we were able to get a table. I would definitely go there again and urge any one who goes to this part of Portugal to check it out. 

Are you a stew fan?

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Stay Matte But Not Flat NYX Foundation | Beauty

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

Today we are talking about the Stay Matte But Not Flat liquid foundation from NYX and I know what you're all thinking, don't worry I am still obsessed with the Sleek Make Up CC Cream but I kinda wanted to try something new. NYX is a cruelty free brand but they are owned by L'Oreal I think so it's a grey area I must admit. 

The first think that drew me to the Stay Matt But Not Flat liquid foundation firstly was the packaging, I can't stand foundation in glass bottles and I know it looks nice and I know that a lot of foundations are in glass bottles but a cute little squeezy tube is easier for me. Also, it fits better in the make up bag and it's lighter and because I travel a fair amount this is quite important. The NYX foundation retails for £6 which is a pretty good price to try out and about £3 cheaper than my beloved cc cream. Typically speaking, I don't like matte foundations I like to keep my complexion slightly dewy but I do like the fact that this foundation is water based and oil free.  

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation

I got the shade Ivory which I think is fractionally too light for me but the next shade up was a bit too dark but I thought because it is a good price I may as well try! The first thing I noticed was that when I squeezed the product onto the back of my hand, it was more liquid than I was expecting and a lot lighter as well. 

When I actually applied to my face I also noticed that it did tend to cling to my drier patches but I just added a little bit of moisturiser to it and it evened it out a little. I normally apply my foundation with a beauty blender but I thought I would try it out with my RT expert face brush instead because I could buff it a little better into my skin. As with most matte foundations is it quite dry but it definitely wasn't as drying as I was expecting. I added a bit of the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette powder to my face just to make it not look as matte which worked perfectly. This foundation is really impressive because it doesn't actually make your face look too cakey or matte, then when you team it with a bit of shimmer it create a really nice finish. 

As the day went on the more I liked it, I didn't look in the mirror once and think "oh god, I look weird" in fact I forgot that I was even wearing a new foundation at all! The Stay Matte but Not Flat foundation does exactly what it claims to, obviously it doesn't have the dewy glow I like BUT because it isn't as matte as the other foundations you can easily create a dewy look with other products on top of it! Overall, really big fan guys!! 

Have you tried this NYX foundation?

Sunday, 2 July 2017

BBQ Essentials | Food

Sun's out, bums out!! Well, not quite but as soon as the sun comes out I get the URGE to have a BBQ like so many other people so today, I'm just gonna ramble on about my essential things everyone needs at a BBQ. 

We have to start with the obvious one which is an actual BBQ, you can get the disposable ones for like £2.50 but we discovered this cute little orange BBQ in Asda for £10 - but it isn't even online!! There is a similar BBQ but it's no way near as cute at the little orange spaceship! Obviously this is a smallish BBQ but it serves plenty for 2 people and could probably cook enough food for 4 on it no problem. 


Moving onto something to wet the whistle whilst you are waiting for the BBQ to heat up, every supermarket do different offers on booze but I kinda like places like the Co Op because they have some unusual choices and are always on offer like 3 for £5 on beers/ales/craft beers and I quite liked the look of the craft beers because they are a little different and I must recommend the Elk Warning Cider which is Apple and Blackcurrant - so frickin' yummy!  

The Jolly Hog Sausages

Movng onto something a little meaty, of all the stuff, sausages make the BBQ for me, even more so than the burgers! Shock shock! The thing is I don't really have sausages on a weekly or monthly basis so when it's BBQ season you best believe sausages are the first thing I go for, the meatier the better! We went for the Jolly Hog Caramelised Porker sausages which were so bloody nice!! 

Gooney Bird Sweet N Sassy BBQ Sauce

Moving onto a kind of random find but we also tried out the Gooney Bird Sweet n Sassy BBQ Sauce that we actually found in Home Sense, I didn't even realise that Home Sense did food but they actually have a quite a great selection of things that have been imported from the states or Italy or wherever really! this sauce is incredible, I was worried it might be a little too spicy because of the flames on the label but it isn't actually that bad, it's more like a subtle spice but that sweet BBQ flavour is really what comes through! 

I genuinely think that a BBQ is the perfect time to try out new brands of food and drink, to be honest in the summer all the new brands are on offer anyway so not only can you discover some fab brands but you save a few pennies whilst you're at it! 

What are you're BBQ Essentials?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Unique Fragrances | Beauty

Unique Fragrances

I have written about fragrances a few times on my little blog and also about finding the perfect fragrance because until last year, I never really used to wear scents! However that all changed when I found my beloved Jo Malone scent. 

I wanted to talk today about the unique scents out there from Miller Harris with their zesty fragrances to Clive Christian gourmand perfume to Jo Malone with their luxurious range. There are so many scents out there that you can't find on the high street and I think that's a big selling point as it also adds a little dash of mystery when people ask what you're wearing. 

Obviously Jo Malone is one of my FAVE brands and the Peony Blush Suede will always be my scent regardless of how cliche it is but the main reason I love it because because the scent combinations are different. It has that floral hit but it mellows and deepens the longer it's on me which really lingers until bedtime! I do also adore the Jo Malone shops as well, I run right in and literally give everything a spritz which makes it easier to find that unique scent. I would also suggest spraying it on yourself because some fragrances do smell a little different when they are actually on you! 

Miller Harris

Another way to try unique fragrances is to buy travel sets, let's face it, buying fragrances can be really damn expensive but if you look for those little travel sets not only do you get a few handy sized fragrances but you get to try a few different scents that you probably wouldn't have thought to try before! Most travel sets have about 3 different fragrances but the wonderful thing is they all have similar notes whilst being different, so if you like one of fragrances the chances are you may also like the others. I really love the way this brand layers scents together, it's something more than just "floral". 

If you wanted to go super luxury there are some very expensive but utterly divine fragrances from Clive Christian, I was kindly sent a couple of samples and Cosmos Flower is just so beautiful but way out of my price range but if you have the budget and want something truly unique, you could check them out! 

The best way to find your perfect unique scent is by giving everything a try, keep searching and keep looking for something new. 

What is your favourite fragrance? 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Me and the Blogging Community | Lifestyle

The Blogging Community

Lately I have noticed that I have never really felt like I'm really part of the blogging community, I kinda always feel like I am on the outside looking in so I had a little think as to why that may be and here are my thoughts...

I'm neutral...
I don't post political beliefs, I don't get involved in twitter drama, I keep the majority of opinions to myself because I know how easily things can get twisted. I like sharing opinions but online you run the risk of putting yourself in front of people who don't want to have a grown up discussion but just want to tell you that you're wrong! I don't need that headache! My blog and social have and always will be a space for my ramblings

I never show my face...
I'm not the most beautiful person but I started out as a beauty blogger and I didn't want my face on the blog for it to get judged. As time has gone on I care less about judgments on my appearance but it's become more of a safety net for me. However this makes it hard for people to connect to me, after all how can people really form a friendship with half of a face?

I'm not a career blogger...
Sorry, I just like doing it as a hobby! I have started to accept money in exchange for blog posts and I do actually affiliate my content via skimlinks these days but it's mainly because I have nothing to lose! I like my job, like my blog, but I'm not about making that my life. This means I kind of don't fit in with a lot of bloggers because I don't actually see the problem in people writing for free if they want to!

I don't fit into a stereotype...
I care not for Disney, nor do I wish to talk about mental health or sex, I don't often shop at ASOS and I don't have a child! I'm in that weird no man's land of blogging where I don't quite fit into any group! Of course there are bloggers that might fit into several different groups or cliques but I kinda bumble along never quite getting the hype!

I'm a private person... 
I think this is probably the main thing that keeps me separated from the blogging community, people can't get to know the real person if that person doesn't open up a little. Like all communities there needs to be a level where people can relate. So I totally get it but the problem is I have always been a private person, I don't share a lot of things even with my best pals so actually the person on my blog or twitter is still me!

I think these are all really fair reasons, but I think the blogging community can be THE most supportive and have some fantastic people part of it but sometimes I just don't quite seem to fit in!

What do you love about the blogging community?

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