Maybelline Master Ink Eyeliner…

For a long time my favourite eyeliner had been the E.L.F liquid eyeliner and when I came home from the US I even brought about 4 or 5 home with me because I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy it England. So when I ran out a few months ago I was looking for a one which was similar to the E.L.F one in brush style, quality and price. The E.L.F eyeliner was pretty cheap so I was’t sure if I was going to be able to find one that was as cheap as that and had such a good quality, so instead I was looking for a mid priced option. That is when I found the Maybelline Master Ink Eyeliner.

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I bought the eyeliner in Charcoal Black and Matte. What originally drew me to this particular product was that I liked the brush style because it is very fine at the end so I thought I would be able to get a precise application. I think I was right, with the brush being fine it is quite easy to apply and get that precise application that I wanted.

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I wear this eyeliner everyday and I do have quite a busy day job, in which I am on my feet constantly, running round after a lot of children under the age of 2. So as you can imagine I need an eyeliner that will last me all day. So far I haven’t had any issues with the longevity of this product and it has lasted me through many a hectic working day.

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I am currently on my second bottle of this eyeliner since I bought  it a couple of months ago and I am still loving it. I would defiantly recommend this to friends because I really like the quality and for just £5.99 in boots the price won’t break the bank for people like me who can’t afford to spend a small fortune on designer make up even thought they would really like to!

If you have any recommendations of any similar products to this one, let me know in the comments, over on Twitter or Instagram because I would love to give them a try.

My Summer Playlist…

Since it’s summer, I say summer, but really I mean England’s attempt at summer, I made a summer playlist to help me get through the rainy days we had in June, July and August! Then when the sun does come out every once in a while, although most of the time when the sun does make an appearance I am in work which is just typical, this playlist sounds great!

These are the songs I’m loving at the moment which I’m currently listening to on repeat and playing very loudly in my car!


My Travel Bucket List…

I am obsessed with traveling, I am always looking at places to go and new trips to plan! Whenever I don’t have some kind of trip planned I get really itchy feet and end up googling places different places to go and planning which countries I want to see and the things I want to see there.

So with this in mind these are my top 10 places I want to go:

  1. Bali – Indonesia. I actually have a trip to Bali planned in October. I will be going Island hopping and I am way too excited for it! Bali is a place I never thought I would actually be able to go but I am and I still cannot believe it.
  2. Havana – Cuba. I am so obsessed with Cuba right now. This is one of the places I just have to go too.
  3. Santorini – Greece. I also want to go to Mykonos, Athens and Rhodes as well. I have been wanting to visit Greece for a long time, so it is most defiantly on my list. I can’t wait to see the white streets and the buildings with blue roofs.
  4. Bora Bora – French Polynesia. Staying in those huts that are over the ocean is my dream and has been since I was a little girl and saw them in holiday brochures at the travel agents!
  5. Venice – Italy. Basically I would love to see so many cities in Italy and I am learning Italian at the moment so it would be great if when I go I can speak the language.image
  6. Honolulu- Hawaii. I would have loved to go here whitest I live in America but it was to expensive, especially on an Au Pair’s wage.
  7. Cancùn – Mexico. I have seen so many pictures of Cancùn and it just looks completely beautiful! I have a friend who went and said it was the best holiday she had ever had.
  8. Barcelona- Spain. I’ve been to Spain many times as a child but since I was so young I never got to appreciate it’s beauty. I have been learning the Spanish language for nearly a year now and I have planned many a road trip around the country. Now I just have to put those plans into action.
  9. Toronto- Canada. I have kind of been to Canada before but not really because I was on the Niagara Falls boat trip and didn’t get off the boat but I got the ‘welcome to Canada’ text on my phone so I’m counting that!
  10. Sydney – Australia. Australia is one of those places where you just want to see. I know so many people who have moved over there for a year or two or just been to visit and have absolutely loved it.

Honolulu – Hawaii,  Cancùn – Mexico, Toronto – Canada, Barcelona – Spain, Sydney – Australia

There are so many more countries and cities I want to explore like the Maldives, Amsterdam, Prague, Paris, New Orleans, Seattle, Berlin, Brussels, Cannes, the Bahamas, Copenhagen, Shanghai and practically anywhere else. If someone asks me if I want to go somewhere I will likely say yes. Basically if travelling was free I’d probably never come home!

July Favourites…

With the end of yet again a busy month, as always I have another list of my favourite things for the month of July.

  1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern                                                                                             This is probably my favourite book I’ve read. I don’t think I have read a book where I have been so immersed in it. I was so lost in this book that I forgot how long I had been reading for and where I was because I really felt like I was at this magical circus. I even dreamt that I was at the circus a couple of times and then I was sad when I woke up because I wasn’t actually there. If you want to read more about this book check out my blog post about it here. If you want to read this book check your if local library has it like me or you can buy it from WHSmith’s for £6.29.                                                                                                                                                9781846555237
  2. NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette                                                                                                  I’ve been loving this NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette lately. It has 16 shades, which are a mix of matte and shimmer. The colours are a variety of of pale, medium and dark browns. Some of which have hint of gold and red in them. It costs $18 from the NYX website. You can read my full review of this product here.                                              dsc_0256
  3. They Gym                                                                                                                                               One of my new years resolutions this year was to join a gym again because since I left Philadelphia I hadn’t joined one here. So I joined a local gym and I have been going regularly and I have gotten into quite a nice routine. I always feel so much better after going to the gym, I think it’s a good stress reliever for me too. I just hope that I can keep going this year and stick to my schedule, I just have to think positive! You can read my gym clothes haul here.                                                                                                  dsc_0309
  4. Veggie Stix                                                                                                                                            When I lived in Philadelphia I used to absolutely love these, but since I have been home I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. So you can only imagine my delight when I was waiting in line to pay at TK Maxx the other week when I saw that they had them! There was only two packets left so naturally I bought both packets. I opened them as soon as I got back to the car and, wow I had forgotten how good they are! Now I might be finding reasons as to why to I need to go to TK Maxx more often.                                                                                                                          veggie-stix_sea-salt_675oz

 

Gym Clothes Haul…

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to join a gym. Back in February I did just that. (Admittedly, I have only been the gym a handful of times since I actually joined!). I signed up for a 12 month membership at my local gym.  Then I realised I had joined the gym but had no gym clothes at all and nothing that I could even pass off as gym clothes. So this called for a trip to TK Maxx. (TJ Maxx if you are in America) I don’t usually buy clothes at TK Maxx but I do love the home-ware section they have and they always have a great selection of what I was looking for – sports clothes.

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I was on a budget so I did’t want anything to extravagant, so the cheaper the better. All of this I got from TK Maxx. I bought 1 pair of leggings, two tops, a sports bar and a jacket. The leggings are from yoga-lic-lous  and where originally $88 and I got them for £14.99. The first top is from Adidas, I couldn’t find out how much it was supposed to be but I paid £9.99. They second top is from Manuka Seamless was originally £45 but I paid just £12.99. The sports bar was from Marika and was originally $40 and I paid £9.99. Lastly the jacket is ELLE Sport and was supposed to be £50 but I paid £25. So, not including the Adidas top this should have cost me £277.00, but I paid £62.97, saving me a total of  £214.03. I think this is a pretty great saving in my eyes and I am really happy with all of my purchases at TK Maxx.

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I did buy gym trainers as well. I was intending to buy them also from TJ Maxx but they didn’t have any my size unfortunately so I went to Sports Direct instead and got another good deal. I got Nike Core Motion Trainers which where supposed to be £46.99 but where on sale so I paid £33 instead. This time I saved £13.99.

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Overall I think my I got some good deals on these clothes considering I could have paid a whole lot more for them in other shops. Now I have gym clothes, and they are in my gym bag in the back of my car, I just have to actually go the gym after work!

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Books I Read In June…

As soon as Ive finished a book these days I am eager to return them to the library and pick up some more. Once again I wasn’t looking for anything in particular so I chose two that caught my attention.

  1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern                                                                                     This book is set in the late 1800’s and follows two people who are partaking in a game, of which neither of them know the rules. They are being taught magic and real illusions from a young age and they will find themselves at the centre of a one of a kind circus which will be a key part of the game. What will the outcome of the game be? How will that effect the lives of all the people inside and outside the circus?              At first I wasn’t so sure if I would enjoy this book but I kept reading and I am so glad that I did. The Night Circus is a truly magical and enchanting book that once you start reading you wont be able to stop. It is full of the most incredibly detailed descriptions that will make you feel like you can actually smell the popcorn and candy apples of this mysterious circus. You will be hooked right from the start to find out how the game works and what will happen to the characters. This was one of my favourite books I’ve read.                                                                                                                                         dsc_0238
  2. Looking For Alaska – John Green                                                                                             Looking For Alaska is about a boy, Miles Halter, who moves from his home in Florida, to go to a boarding school in Alabama, this is where he meets a group of friends including, a girl called Alaska Young. You will follow Miles as he seeks his ‘great perhaps’ and how life has been turned upside down since meeting Alaska Young and it will never be the same again.                                                                                                         I really enjoyed this book, it is all about how powerful love is, how love can change you, and how important good friends can be when times are tough. It was funny, heartbreaking and I didn’t want to put it down.                                                                            dsc_0244

 

Check out what I read previously here. Have you read these books? What did you think? Also I would love to hear any book suggestions you have let me know in the comments ore follow me on twitter.

 

NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette…

This is the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette. This palette is available in 4 different colour combinations, Brights, Cool Neutrals, Warm Neutrals and Smokey & Highlight. I choose to buy the Warm Neutrals because it looked like the one that had more colours I would use. It costs $18 on the NYX website but I did’t buy this product from the website. I bought it from Boots but I can no longer find it on the website. It might still be available in the stores.

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  • The first row is a mix peachy, beige shades, 2 of which are shimmer shades and 2 are matte.
  • The second row is a mix of soft and pale matte browns and a brown with a hint of silver shimmer.
  • The third row is a dark brown/gold shimmer, a matte deep brown, shimmery copper/red and a matte deep red/brown.
  • The last row is a deep brown with a gold shimmer,a matte medium brown, a brown/bonze/gold shimmer and a matte dark brown/pale black.

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With the mixture of brown and beige shades it makes this palette great for creating many different day to night looks for any occasion.

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If you like this palette or have the ones that I don’t have let me know in the comments below.
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Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate …

I recently purchased the Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate in 002 – Coral Glow from Boots for £6.99. This product immediately caught my attention in the shop. It has nice rose gold packaging and I am that kind of person that is rose gold so anything that colour instantly attacks me. But I wouldn’t buy something just because of the colour, the product has to be good quality. I thought that the colours in this palette where just too pretty that I knew I had to have it right there and then.

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This contour kit comes with three powder shades, one a highlight, one a contour and the last a blush. All three of the colours have a beautiful shimmer to them. The highlight is a lovely pale gold. The contour is a nice light shade of brown and the blush is a pretty coral colour. All three of these shades blend effortlessly with your natural skin tone and give your face a gorgeous glow. The palette itself is small and compact, which makes it the ideal all in one for your make up bag. This then in turn makes it perfect for travel so you don’t have take 3 different palettes with you if you only have limited space in you suitcase or bag.

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January Favourites…

I cannot believe that we are already at the January!  With it being the end of the month it means that it is time for this months favourites.

1.Fifth Harmony
First on my list this month is the girl group Fifth Harmony. I have always loved Sledgehammer, then Worth It and then Work From Home, so when they released their album 7/27 in May last year I thought I would give it a listen and I loved it. Then a couple of months later I listened to their previous album Reflection and loved that too, and now it’s January and somehow I am fully obsessed with them. When Camila left in December I was actually heartbroken! I don’t know what it is about girl groups but I always end up obsessed with them! Anyway they are on my favourites list because I love them!! I could start listing the reasons why I love them but this post would be way too long so I will just carry on with the rest of this post.

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Fifth Harmony –  Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello

2. Let It Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle                                                    This book was one of the books I read last month, and out of the two I enjoyed this one the most. It made me feel all Christmassy and since it was December it was the perfect book read in the run up too Christmas. I liked how each of the three short stories all connected and you got to see the same night from 3 different people perspectives. You can read my little review of this book and the other book I read here.

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3. Learning Spanish
I have had an app on my iPad since I first got it years ago, it’s called Duolingo. It is a language learning app and using it, I have attempted to learn Spanish a few times but I can never stick with it, but lately I have gotten really into it and I have been practising for 98 days now. I would love to be able to go to Spain this year and be able to understand people and maybe even have a conversation with them!

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4. Healthy Snacks                                                                                                                                              Trying to eat healthy is really hard, at least that’s what I think. Mostly because unhealthy food is so easily accessible. So when I found some snacks that where healthy I was super happy, and even happier to find that I actually like them! One of things I bought a couple of times now, is the Urban Fruit, Perfect Pineapple.  It is sweet, chewy and overall just delicious. Once I start eating it I can’t stop! Read about the other healthy snacks I like here.

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5. Sleek MakeUP Precious Metals Highlighting Palette                                                                      This is my favourite highlighting palette at the moment and I have been using it nearly everyday since I got it. It has the most beautiful selection of gold colours that give you face a gorgeous radiant glow. It is has a shade for everything that I want to highlight. For £9.99 at boots this is a product I would defiantly recommend. I wrote a full review of this product earlier in the month, if you want to read it, it is here.

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What where your favourites this month? Leave them in the comments or message me on twitter, I would love to give the a try!

My January Playlist…

Spotify is probably one of my favourite things and has been since I discovered it years ago. I am always listening to music on there and I am constantly adding new songs to my playlists. I don’t do anything unless I have music on, including now, while I’m writing this post I am listening to Ed Sheeran. I will admit it does take longer to get things done when your too busy dancing and signing in your room instead of doing what you are supposed to be doing, but it’s just more fun this way…

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These are just a few of the songs I’ve been listening to lately, go and check out the playlist and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your song recommendations, leave them in the comments below or tell me on twitter.