Month: November 2017

Christmas // I’m doing Blogmas 2017!

So, it’s happening…I’m participating in Blogmas! Every year I look forward to reading everyone’s posts and watching Vlogmas, however, this year I decided to go one further and join in! I did ‘Blog Every Day May’ last year so I know what’s to come and I’ve already planned the first 12 posts which is super helpful! So, watch this space and let’s find out if I can actually make it all the way up to Christmas Eve! Expect gift guides, beauty posts, restaurant reviews and recipe posts will even be making a comeback! Stay tuned as it all kicks off tomorrow….

Beauty // Technic Cosmetics New Launch Unboxing

I think we all have those brands that we’re loyal to. Whether you find their mascara to be your holy grail, the price point is en point or you just haven’t found a better brand out there…for whatever reason, they’re your go-to. Mine is Technic Cosmetics. Super cheap, lasting products and always bringing out innovative new products that I can’t wait to get my hands on. So, when an email landed in my inbox from them as they noticed I’d featured them on my blog before I was so happy. It’s proof in the pudding that brands look at all calibre of blogs and I was so excited to find out what they very kindly wanted to send me! After a couple of days wait and a speedy hotfoot down to the Post Office, I had the package in my hands! Filled to the brim with some of the latest releases, it’s safe to say, at this initial unboxing, I was already a fan! I will be doing full reviews of each of the products weekly …

Review // The Sandpiper, Bickerstaffe

I don’t think you can go wrong with a pub lunch and when you know it’s a good one, it’s something to behold. The Sandpiper in Bickerstaffe is the perfect mix of a country pub in a countryside setting yet just a 25-minute drive from Liverpool. I’ll admit, it’s pretty much on my doorstep, so I’m a regular and it’s dog-friendly too, which is a winner! However, following their recent refurb I was invited to come along and sample the A/W menu…how could I refuse… Nestled just outside Ormskirk, The Sandpiper is the perfect destination all year round. Complete with a generous beer garden with ample seating, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun in winter with a gin and tonic or two. Or, head inside and soak up the cosy atmosphere during the colder months. Visiting on a freezing cold yet sunny Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t wait to whet my whistle with a Hendricks and tonic and enjoy some great food. Upon entering the pub, you’ll notice it’s pretty spacious inside with …

Beauty // MAC Cosmetics Snowball Collection

I don’t know about you but soon after I first discovered make up I became MAC obsessed. Studio fix foundation was my go-to, between the ages of 17-21 and everyone has dabbled with Ruby Woo lipstick in their time. However, as my love for make up expanded, I sadly left MAC behind. But I was lucky enough to attend the Met Quarter Christmas Press Day a couple of weeks ago and I was re-introduced to the brand and their amazing Snowball Collection. Honestly, it’s a game-changer. The event in itself was fab and there were so many amazing pieces to fawn over, ahead of writing up your Christmas list! With standout brands such as Daniel Footwear, Michael Kors and Illamsqua, it’s the perfect one-stop shop to stock up on gorgeous presents for friends and loved ones. However, for me, the standout presence at the event was the MAC Snowball Collection. It compromises of gorgeous gold and bronze tones. There was an MUA at the event from the MAC store within the Met Quarter, so naturally, I …

Fashion // My A/W Capsule Wardrobe

Since losing weight over the last six months, I’ve found a lot of my larger winter clothes just don’t fit. However, hitting the shops after losing weight and trying clothes a size or two smaller can be quite daunting. Whilst it’s a fantastic feeling as your hard work and sticking ‘on plan’ is paying off, it’s hard to know how to dress your new body shape and which pieces to invest in for the upcoming colder months. Rather than getting hot and bothered in the shops and braving the changing rooms, I decided to online shop instead. The change in seasons is the perfect time to perfect your capsule wardrobe, so I turned to LOTD to invest in a couple of pieces that I know I will wear throughout the winter…. I started by delving into my wardrobe and had a mammoth trying-on sesh. Filling charity bags with clothes that no longer fit and removing the temptation to keep items that were on the larger size, so I don’t have any ‘comfort’ clothes in-case I …

Food // Discovering ‘Off The Eaten Path’ Recipes

Since joining Slimming World in June this year, my attitudes towards food has massively changed. I consider the brands I buy when shopping, like to think about ingredients, meal plan for every day of the week and like to discover new cookery books and recipes to try. I love meal planning and making my favourite meals ‘on plan’, however my fall-down can be snacks. Generally, I don’t actually snack, tending to stick to three meals per day, but over the weekend I like to treat myself to a pack of crisps whilst binge watching Stranger Things and looking for new snacks to try. So, when the team at ‘Off The Eaten Path’ reached out to introduce the brand and showcase their partnership with chef and food blogger, Deborah Thompson, I was intrigued… Deborah blogs over at Salted Mint and she’s teamed up with Off The Eaten Path to help people eat exciting meals that are simple, quick and easy to make. Inspired by the different flavours in the new snacks range, they’ve created three unique recipes, which …

Review // Have You Experienced VR-Here?

When it comes to activity days out in Liverpool, the options are endless. Food, drinks, cinema dates, indoor trampolining and now VR-Here. If you’re an old-school gamer, someone who enjoys playing on the Xbox, The Simms or even Typhoon Rollercoaster or you’re after a day out with your mates or your other half with a difference, the latest virtual reality experience is perfect for all. Tucked away just outside the city centre, VR- Here  is just a 10-minute walk from Moorfields train station and it’s SO worth the visit! I’ll admit, I don’t play games at all, I leave that to my boyfriend, so I thought it would be something different for us to go along to visit together…and I was right. Leave your expectations at the door and get ready to immerse yourself in another world, complete with zombies, robots and out of this world characters. VR-Here specialise in virtual reality experiences and games. During our time in the green booth, we fought zombies, got very scared indeed walking the plank at the top of …