Month: March 2018

Beauty // March Favourites

I don’t know about you, but this year I’ve been waiting for the Easter break and long weekend to creep up on us. Whilst the working weeks seem to fly by, waiting months between time-off work and bank holidays seems to drag. I’ve booked some annual leave for the week after Easter, taking full advantage of the shorter working weeks. As excited as I am to hopefully receive an Easter egg or two, if you’re in the mood for treating yourself to a little shopping splurge or two, here are my New In top picks for March! Tangle Angel Brushes A good quality hairbrush is something we take for granted, but you forget how much you need one until you attempt to brush out the corkscrew curls that you decided to do the night before cos you were bored. Tangle Angel brushes don’t just look good, thanks to the gorge design but this is one sturdy brush. No need to begin cutting this one out your hair! Look Good Feel Better Make Up Brushes If …

Travel // Doubletree by Hilton, Chester Review

I’m a strong believer that a change is as good as a rest and sometimes, all you need is a slight change in surroundings and a break from the norm to recharge your batteries and relax. Chester is a city that isn’t too far away, but one we certainly don’t visit enough. So, when the opportunity for a night away arose, Darren & I packed our bags, dropped the dog off at the mother’s and away we went! The hotel in question was the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester. The hotel Located just outside the city, we were pleasantly surprised to discover it was a lot bigger than expected and had country hotel vibes about it. Popular with weddings and formal events; the Doubletree Chester is also popular with spa days and weekends. Set within impressive grounds, we arrived a little early for check-in, so we took a seat in the appropriately named Garden Room for lunch. Over-looking the hotel gardens, it was the perfect suntrap to sit and enjoy the glorious spring-like weather we …

Blogging // The Importance of Separating Instagram From Reality

I’ll hold my hands up; I’m as guilty as being influenced by social media and what I see online as the next. Working in PR & Outreach and having a blog, which I post on fairly frequently as a little side-hustle, if you will, I can easily see both sides of the coin whilst seeing how easy it is to believe everything you see on the internet. This post isn’t designed to be super-negative. I love the blogging industry and adore that I’ve managed to carve a full-time career out of it, whilst writing on this here website weekly. I’m inspired by the amazing brands that are pushing the boundaries with huge campaigns, the blogger trips we see on Insta and even spotting some of my fave bloggers on telly in ads. It’s crazy. But, whilst it’s real in the sense that these guys and girls are earning a serious wage from their content and endorsements; the way we romanticise events and places spotted in vlogs, can be damaging. Press trips for example, aren’t as …

Travel // A Weekend in Liverpool

Whilst it may be spring at last, sadly the weather hasn’t got the memo and with ‘Beast the East’ part two threatening to return for the Easter weekend, I’m defo longing of an all-expenses-paid trip to sunnier climes. We all dream of seeing more of the world. Whether its island hopping around East Africa or taking a train through the foothills of the Himalayas, travel is a goal for so many of us because it opens the window to new experiences. But, in the quest to explore all four corners, it’s so easy to overlook what’s on our own doorstep. The UK is home to some of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. If you’re looking for a city break somewhere that offers rich heritage and bags of character, add Liverpool to your travel list. s I work in the city, it’s so easy to overlook the historical landmarks and fantastic architecture right on the doorstep. Especially, when I’m dashing across town on my lunch hour, without even taking the time …

Lifestyle // Being a Bad Friend and How To Fix It

Over the past few years, I turned into a real homebody. I find joy in having fresh flowers on my windowsill, spending a Saturday morning cleaning every corner of the house, to try and encourage spring to hurry up and I love to meal plan. Sometimes I worry if I’ve become boring. I’m massively aware that I don’t see or check in with my friends as often as I should and for that I get the guilt. The guilt that I’m a bad friend and should be around more. It doesn’t always have to be going out for drinks or food. Especially as we’re all trying to build up the savings pot for one thing or another…houses, weddings, babies. Sometimes, just catching up with friends, over a pot of tea and having a good gossip and heart-to-heart is all it takes. Especially as I spend so much time preening my home. Why not invite my closest pals over to enjoy it and sit on the newly-hoovered sofa. I mean, it won’t be free from dog …

Life // Is It Embarrassing to Rent in Your 30’s?

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘from the heart’ blog post around here. Without sounding too ‘Dear Diary’ this is one of those topics that I think about often, cos it’s my life. And as we all know, Instagram is the devil for making us feel like we’re not where everyone else in life is up to. Oh and comparison is the thief of joy. I’m nearly 30. Two months away, in fact. And the bf is just one month away. We rent a house. Well, we’re on our second rented property and soon to be third, as our landlord is selling. TBC as no one’s made an offer and we’re saving for a rental deposit. We’ve started viewing houses and whilst we can’t really afford to be picky, some have been less than ideal…. So, is it embarrassing to still be renting, a million miles away from the property ladder and nowhere near a house deposit in the bank? In my relationship, we differ. He wishes we were further along. I think …

Food // Bills, Liverpool ONE Review

When it comes to going out for lunch there are a few different hotspots that top my list every time… Castle Street if we’re in the mood for a sophisticated yet boozy lunch with cocktails, Bold Street for independents and L1 for tried-and-tested faves. On this particular day, Bills was our location of choice. With a varied lunch menu, choice of soft and alcoholic drinks and after-meal desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, it’s the place to head to tbh. I love the decor at Bills. Whilst it may be a chain restaurant, they’ve nailed the cosy decor and it feels super inviting and a place you want to relax and enjoy great food. On this particular Saturday I was lunching’ with my Mum so the menu had to hold lots of variety to suit both of our palettes. Prices are fair and the width of the restaurant was bustling with tables of shoppers grabbing a bite to eat, families and friends catching up. As always, we begin assessing the menu by selecting our starters and …

Beauty // Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & Concealer

I got a Boots voucher for Christmas and where I’d normally skip down to my nearest Boots faster than you can stay ‘new make up’ this year I’m trying to be sensible so I decided to save it and only use it when I really needed to. Fast forward to the start of March and I’d run out of foundation and concealer. My everyday go-to’s has come to an end and even the old tubes of miss-match foundation knocking around in the bottom of my make up bag have been used. So, off to Boots I went and after spending a while looking at the different brands, shades and coverage options, I went with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and concealer. I’ll be honest I haven’t seen much hype around this foundation or even recall reading any reviews, but I liked the blurb on how it’s designed for normal to oily skin and it’s a matte foundation. As I’m naturally pale, I wanted something super light and a true match to my skin tone. I’m …

Beauty // Three Haircare Product Faves

I’ve spoken before about my haircare routine and how I have a short bob and managing it, without ending up a frizzy mess is a daily struggle. So when I discover new products that do the trick and keep my hair straight, under control and not something that looks like Hagrid hair, I can’t wait to share them! Whilst some people tend to remain brand loyal to their tried and tested haircare brands, I’m a fan of switching things up and trialling new products to keep my hair looking it’s best. Especially as we reach that awkward slight-grow out stage but you’re not ready to commit to the hairdresser chair just yet…. Eco Cosmetics Hair Mousse and Hair Spray* This brand has been making a lot of noise on social media lately and I keep spotting their products popping up in amazing flat lay’s on Insta. When the team got in touch and asked if I fancy putting them to the test, I couldn’t say no.l The brand is super fun and cruelty-free, which is always a …

Food // Hickory’s Smokehouse Review, Southport

Over the weekend my boyfriend and I went to check out Hickory’s Smokehouse in Southport. Opened just 5 weeks ago, the restaurant is located in the Kew area of Southport and if you’re travelling by car, is a doddle to get to. Our ears pricked up when we heard the restaurant catered to all-American dining and we were excited to peruse the menu and get stuck in! The Service and Starters We arrived at the restaurant and pulled up in the spacious car park to make our 1 o’clock lunchtime booking. The restaurant is super spacious and has lots of seating areas, perfect for families, couples or friends catching up over food and drinks. We were shown to our seats overlooking the restaurant and open grill, showcasing the large cuts of ribs and brisket brought straight from the smoker to go into the grill, as ordered. A nice welcome touch was a bag of popcorn to snack on whilst we assessed the menu, ordered drinks and decided just how indulgent we planned on being…spoiler alert, …

Beauty // Superdrug B Clay Face masks

I’m sure we’ve all spotted the hype around face masks and clay masks in particular over the last 12 months ago. Whilst the variety of green and grey masks have intrigued me, I’ve been yet to try them. Until the B Beautiful team from Superdrug got in touch… The B range is available in Superdrug and stocks make up, skincare and men’s grooming products. I also didn’t know until reading up on the brand that it’s vegan, cruelty free and targeted the skin care products at different ages so you can shop and experience the brand at any age, from your 20s to your 60s and your using the right products that you need to look after your skin. The most popular masks on the market have to be L’oreal. But, I didn’t fancy splashing out on something I didn’t know would work for my skin. The B Beautiful masks are designed to – Purify The skin Provide hydration Get rid of toxins The small sample size masks good enough for about 3 masks per …