Currently #8

Wow it’s been a whole seven months since I last wrote a currently list! Well no time like the present and I have a long time to catch up with to be honest! I still can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote a currently, I guess it just goes to show how busy I’ve been.

Watching – I’ve been watching all sorts of stuff recently but for some reason throughout November and December me and Dane were watching LOADS of anime! I love anime so much and at times I go months without watching it, only to come back to it and realise how much I miss it. We’ve been watching various different anime’s at the moment but a couple in general that we’ve been watching are Penguindrum and Your Lie in April.

When I was first talking to Dane I was making my way through Penguindrum (known in Japan as Mawaru Penguindrum) and it’s a very strange anime, but one I will never forget as it does leave an impact on you due to the story line. I had told Dane about it before and for years he wanted to watch it but it was always expensive to buy. However when we were at Comic Con in November (you can read about what fun we had here) we found the anime for £20, which was a bargain! We haven’t actually finished watching it together yet BUT we’ve watched most of it and I forgot how weird and funny the show can be. To quickly explain what it’s about…

With their parents gone, twin brothers Kanba and Shouma live alone with their beloved little sister Himari, whose poor health cannot decline any further. On the day Himari is given permission to temporarily leave the hospital, her brothers take her out to the aquarium to celebrate, where the family’s supposed fate is brought forth with her sudden collapse. However, when Himari is inexplicably revived by a penguin hat from the aquarium’s souvenir shop, the hand of fate continues to tick faithfully forward. With her miraculous recovery, though, comes a cost: there is a new entity within her body, whose condition for keeping her fate at bay sends the boys on a wild goose chase for the mysterious “Penguin Drum.” In their search, the boys will have to follow the threads of fate leading from their own shocking past and into the lives of other wishmakers vying for the Penguin Drum, all hoping to land upon their chosen destiny. (Taken from My Anime List)

I decided to attach a funny video of the penguins in the show, as they’re probably the best part of the anime. 😀

Another anime I mentioned that we’ve been watching is Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso in Japanese) which I am yet to finish watching. It’s currently on Netflix but for my birthday Dane bought me the first Blu Ray (you can read about that here) which I loved so much! My favourite anime is Nana because of how romantic and beautifully realistic and powerful the story line is, BUT this is definitely one that could have overrode Nana as I love the story line so damn much! I recently guessed how it ends, which I’m gutted about. I’ll pop a little synopsis for this anime as well, even though I’m sure the trailer above will do it justice!

Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano. Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again. Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April. (Taken from My Anime List)

Reading – I’ve been reading quite a lot of manga lately! Reading books isn’t really something I do anymore… Which is a shocker considering I love writing. I actually blame my masters to be honest. I read so much shit during my course (is that too much to admit? :P) that I think I’ve read enough to last me a while.

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ANYWAY… I finally finished reading Nana and I felt so numb and deflated at the end of it because of writer and artist of the manga hasn’t finished it yet. I want to know how it ends so I won’t be able to find out until she returns from her hiatus. I thought I was going to cry as I came close to finishing the manga due to what happens and what I’ve already said, but I was okay. I’ll just have some hope that someday soon I’ll be able to know what has happened to certain characters.

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Dane and his parents bought me quite a lot of manga for Christmas and my birthday so I have loads to keep me occupied for a while. Before Christmas however Dane gave me the first volume of Your Lie in April which I loved reading! Since then I’ve been gifted some more and bought all of them, so now I have the whole collection! I intend to spend the next couple of weeks reading the series as I want to know what happens.

As well as that I was gifted some other manga books too which I intend to get through after Your Lie in April.

Listening – I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned it on my blog recently but I went to see The Pretty Reckless live nearly two weeks ago and I can safely say I had an amazing time and definitely had some post gig blues a few days later. Dane went with me and it was our first gig together, which was also really lovely. I’d seen The Pretty Reckless support Evanescence back in 2011 and I loved the show so much. I had heard The Pretty Reckless’ stuff before but had never thought much about it until that gig. From then on I fell in love and they’re one of my favourite bands now. Their new album came out in October so since then I’ve been listening to the album loads, especially recently after seeing them play. One of my favourite songs from the new album is “Take Me Down” which was the first single they released from the album. As well as that I also love the first song on the album “The Walls Are Closing In / Hangman”.

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Eating – Since the start of the New Year I’ve changed my diet so much! Both me and Dane realised that since moving into the house we’ve not exactly been eating as well as we could or should so we said we would change the way we eat and what we eat. I’ve been making a lot of stuff myself, including chips and let me tell you, my own chips are the best! I’d prefer to make my own than go to the chippy for example. I’ll be popping my recipe up on my blog in February as they’re too nice not to share. As well as that I’ve baked a couple of times since my birthday including gingerbread men (and foxes!) as well as a red velvet cake loaf.

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Wearing – I’m not going to lie when I admit I’ve been living in my lounge wear the majority of the year so far. I bought myself a new pair of Victoria Secret PINK boyfriend pants, which I picked up in the sale. They were meant to be £29.00 but the sticker on them said £21.00 so I got them cheaper than I should have! WOOP! As well as that I have been wearing my Ohayou Clothing Eevee varsity jacket loads since Dane gave it me for Christmas. At The Pretty Reckless gig I bought one of their t-shirts before the show and picked up a raglan tee. I love these and would love to get more! This new addition to my wardrobe is one I’ve worn quite a lot already as it’s just so comfortable and I often team it up with my PINK pants, which are a dusky rose pink by the way. 😛

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Wanting – I’m trying to be all spending ban at the moment and as hard as I try I do keep seeing things I want. ARGH! But right now the one thing I REALLY REALLY WANT is tickets to go and see Evanescence in June. They’ve released another date which isn’t yet sold out and sadly due to lack of funds I can’t afford to go, BUT I’m going to see what I can do. I want me and Dane to go to London for a few days for the show, to have a look around London and just enjoy ourselves. We’ve had a very busy seven months since we got the  keys to our house and I think we deserve a break and something to look forward to. Sadly we can’t afford to go aboard on holiday right now, so why not just go somewhere for a couple of days? I’ll see what I can do. Maybe make it a surprise. 🙂

SO I finally have a currently list since when me and Dane first got the keys for the house. Those seven months have flown by and I can’t believe we’ve been in the house that long already.

What’s on your currently list right now? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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July ’16 Favourites

Is it really August now? The past two months have flown by and I’m really gobsmacked about it. It’s due to my house, and now I can safely say that me and Dane have moved in! Hopefully things will start to slow down a little now, and I’ll have more time for my blog. Yay! As I write this I am wrapped up on my new sofa, in my gorgeous new M&S blanket, with a horror movie on… Did I also happen to mention it’s 8am? Oh dear!

Anyway let’s get on with this post! OH and you may have noticed that the background image is now different then how it was before. This is how it should be from now on, due to moving into the house, etc.

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  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio (review here)

I can’t believe I haven’t yet mentioned this shade by Jeffree Star, especially as it is on of my favourite shades to wear! I don’t really get as many compliments on this… So to speak. I usually get, “That looks very gothic!” or “Wow I wish I could rock a shade like that!” I guess the latter is kind of a compliment. It’s a gorgeous grey purple shade and one I love to wear whenever I fancy being different.

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Pop Art in Grapefruit Zing (review here)

I recently reviewed this on my blog and it has seriously been my go to lip product since I bought it. I have been wearing my lipsticks of course, but this has just been handy for when I’m too tired from early shifts at work (getting up at 4.30am is hard work people!) to be arsed to apply liquid lipstick. I get loads of compliments on this too, which is always lovely to hear!

  • Victoria’s Secret Body Mist in Snow Mint

This is an old Victoria’s Secret product and have owned for nearly two years now… Wow a long time! I love using this during the warm summer months as it’s so cooling to just spray onto the skin, especially before work, or if you want to pop out to do some errands. I get nothing but compliments on the Victoria’s Secret body mists and this is no different. Everyone always says how nice I smell, which of course is a great thing to be told! I hope they release these again this Christmas, as they are limited edition. You can pick these up on eBay though, which is always good.

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

This is a sample I picked up a couple of weeks ago from The Body Shop and it is safe to say that I loved it. It’s one of those products where a little bit goes a long way, and as it’s lightweight and cooling it has been a real treat to use when it’s been hot and clammy. I don’t know if I would pick up a full size of this, but it has left my skin feeling gorgeous. I may have to treat myself to it in the future. It is a beautiful product to use.

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss in Wink Of Pink

Another Maybelline product! I have been waiting for these to hit the UK for quite some time now, and they are finally here. Not all shades that America have mind, which is frustrating. These have been lovely to wear on their own or over the top of Grapefruit Zing. I intend to review this soon as it is such a lovely lip gloss to wear over the summer, and it really does remind me of lip glosses I wore as a teenager.

So those are my favourites for July! Sorry that there isn’t anything mind-blowing on here, but sadly I haven’t been able to really use anything special this month due to house related issues again. Now we have moved in things will start to get more exciting on my blog again, I promise!

What things have you been loving throughout July? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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A Belated Birthday Money Haul

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I mentioned in a post recently about how I’d received a Debenhams gift card (post here) from my brother for my birthday, as well as some birthday money from family… But that I hadn’t spent it yet.

Well after a crap week, a trip to A&E, and some resting in bed, I decided if I was feeling up to it I would take a trip to town with my boyfriend and do some much needed therapy shopping… and eating.

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It’s not technically something I bought with birthday money, but I wanted to give the item, and my friend a mention. My friend Claire (over at All Mouth, No Spoons) offered to sell her Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Unicorn Blood to me earlier on this week, and when she said for £10, I jumped at it straight away! She knows how much I love Jeffree Star’s lipsticks, and bless her she knows my skin tone well and that it would suit. It was nice to have a natter with her for a while when I went round to her house to buy it. I’m sure I’ll be meeting up with her soon, and doing some collaborative posts in the future!

Our first stop of for the day was to Yakinori, a noodle, bento, and sushi restaurant. There are two in Birmingham, one in Grand Central, and one in Selly Oak by Birmingham University. I have to say hands down it is some of the best katsu curry I have ever had, and let me tell you I’ve tried a lot from various Japanese restaurants… So I’m kind of a pro now at this taster stuff. Joke. 😛 It really did set us up though for the day, and we didn’t feel hungry at all after that. We intended to get some more sushi from there on our way home, but that never happened.

So we went into town to do some shopping, parking was a pain but it wasn’t SO bad and town was actually quieter than we originally thought it was going to be, due to people being paid and such. It was good though, nice and quiet just how we like it.

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Our first place to go shopping was Nostalgia Comics. It’s my favourite place to go if I want to do some much needed geeky shopping. They stock comic books, manga, Pop Vinyl’s, various figures, I could go on. You get the gist of it by now, they stock a lot of nerdy stuff. We went in to get some comic books and manga. My boyfriend was on the hunt for more Deadpool comics, and I wanted to try and get some new manga to read. My boyfriend kindly offered to buy me some manga, my choice being the Sword Art Online Progressive series, which started not long ago. Nostalgia do a 3 for 2 offer on most manga, and these were on the deal too. They weren’t cheap in my mind at £9.99 each, but meh. They’ll keep me happy for a while!

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I loved Nostalgia Comics anyway, but after yesterday I love them even more. When my boyfriend purchased his goodies, the woman serving us put some free Deadpool goodies in too! She gave him a beanie, a sleeping mask, and a badge. I said, “Oh wow I’d love the beanie!” To which my boyfriend replied, “No I bagsied it!” I said aww and obviously looked sad, so the woman asked if I wanted a hat too! I said yes of course, and only when I had a nose at the hats a while later did I realise she gave me a full set of goodies too. What a legend! The beanie hat is so damn comfortable and baggy, it’s definitely going to be worn to death.

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Next stop was Debenhams, where I decided I would either use the whole £50 on my gift card, or just half of it. I ended using all of it! On things I really wanted mind. The first thing I picked up is this adorable fox dress by H! by Henry Holland. I LOVE foxes so I couldn’t pass picking this up. I went and tried it on, and it was just perfect. The fit, the length, and especially the print. It has a nice little cut out above the boobs as well, which is a nice change. For £28 I thought this was a bargain, and that’s full price. I’ll wear this loads throughout the year.

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As well as that I picked up a new product by Benefit, the POREfessional: matte rescue. I can’t wait to try it, and have had my eye on it since it releasing in America a while ago. I’ve heard nothing but positives about it too, especially for people who have oily skin. I have an oily t-zone (which I HATE!) and whilst the POREfessional does help it, it doesn’t help it all day. This wasn’t cheap at £21.50 but to be honest, it’s a huge tube and a little bit does go a very long way, so I don’t mind spending that much. I’ll be writing a review on this in the future. The woman who served me at the Benefit counter was amazing too, she gave me a couple of free samples, which I can’t wait to try!

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Finally I made a stop off at Victoria’s Secret, the shop I mainly wanted to go to town for. Since my friend Poppy introducing me to the store back in December 2014, I have loved their bras. It is like my boobs are on air, and they’re loving it! However, my first bra from there is damaged, two more I bought aren’t the right fit for me, and a duplicate/replacement I bought of the first one is just wearing away from overuse (oh dear…), so I decided it was time to buy a couple of new ones. I’m so glad I did! I always get my bras from upstairs in the PINK section, but this time I opted to try the Victoria’s Secret section downstairs, and I’m really glad I did. I picked up a gorgeous red bra that I liked the look of and waddled to the changing room to try it on. I asked Gemma, the girl who served me if I could try it on and be measured as I was concerned that I may have gone down a bra size. She said yes, not a problem and helped. She said I was still the same size, and that the bra I had picked up fitted perfectly. To be honest, I felt pretty damn good in the bra I picked up, and I loved it so much I picked up another one but in a nude shade. I can’t wait to wear them next week now. I’ve missed having a comfortable bra! The only problem with VS though, is the price… These made me want to cry when they came to £77.50… But meh they last quite a long time, and they feel comfortable, so to me it’s worth every penny.

So that was everything I picked up from town with my birthday money! I have bought some little bits and pieces up this month, but I’ll feature those in a separate post me thinks. I really need to stop buying things now. 😛

Have you picked up any nice goodies after pay day on Friday? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

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November Favourites

I am currently on holiday, but that isn’t stopping me from getting my favourites post written and scheduled on time like I always do! I’m actually writing this up the early hours before I fly… I’ll still get a lie in of course, but I won’t allow for my blog to miss out on posts… So my sleeping is missing out instead.

That probably makes zero sense, but it makes perfect sense in my half asleep, exhausted state. I graduated earlier today which was amazing, but more on that when I get back from my holiday as I want to talk more in depth about how it went, as well as show off what I wore.

So onto my favourites for November. Still cannot believe it’s December now! Not long until 2016.

  • Victoria’s Secret Body Mist in Snow Mint.

This is actually from last Christmas, but this is just how long it has lasted me since I bought it a year ago. This is a limited edition scent that only comes out for Christmas in Victoria’s Secret. I love the smell of this, it reminds me of sweet candy canes! I’m a massive fan of mint scents so when I first gave this a sniff it was right up my street. This has come back out again this year too, so if you like the sound of it you can pick it up! The packaging is different now however, so make sure to keep eyes peeled for it. What I love the most about this body mist however is how long it lasts for! I find most you’ll spritz yourself with them, and the scent disappears after a couple of hours. I’ve sprayed this on me before going to work, and when I’m getting changed at home after a long shift I’ll still smell of it! Due to this I especially love to use this after a late bath before bed, so I can smell of it all night.

  • Lily Flame candle in scent Fairy Dust.

Oh my I have been after this candle for years! First in the tin, then as the reed diffuser, and now I finally have it in the glass jar version! I picked this up on a whim when I was in Waitrose one afternoon after work. I always go and have a nose at the candles in there as they always smell amazing! They had this beauty and I just couldn’t leave without it. I can’t even describe the scent to be honest. It’s floral, but a little musky and sweet too. I hate floral scents to be perfectly honest with you, but I think this is the sort of candle where if you hate floral, this is a must have because it has all those notes, but just something else in there too! This wasn’t cheap to be honest at £12.00 but when I want something comforting after a long day at work, this has been what I go to. I definitely want to get the reed diffuser soon.

  • Lush Reindeer Rock Soap.

I love Lush, as regular readers will be aware of, and I especially love this soap. So far this year this is the only Christmas item I have picked up. Not even joking. Why (after I was so hyped about everything)? Because I am on a Lush ban! My boyfriend actually bought this soap for me after he treated himself to some goodies from there, and kindly offered me to have one thing. I picked this. I kinda wish I had picked up Yog Nog soap instead, but I am happy with my choice nonetheless. I picked up a bar of this last Christmas and the formula and colour of it has definitely changed somewhat. The one last year was burgundy, this year it’s a rich, dark purple. I don’t know which I prefer to be honest! Either way I’ve been using this soap none stop and I’m actually sad I can’t buy this whilst on holiday otherwise I would pick one up there to use as well.

  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade HoeHoeHoe.

I LOVE this lipstick, and to be honest I can’t wait to review it when I get back from holiday! It’s a beautiful deep red shade with pink and purple shimmer running throughout. I haven’t been able to wear it as much as I’ve wanted to due to a very painful cold sore, but before and after that I wore this all the time. I have noticed it isn’t as good as Jeffree’s permanent line (this one is out for Christmas as limited edition) but I’ll save all those details for a review!

  • L’Occitane Shea Zesty Lime Hand Cream.

I first picked up this hand cream about a year ago as a sample in a magazine. So I had one full size tube… Then I picked up a free one thanks to a voucher in the same magazine, making me the owner of two full size tubes, and then after all that my mom went in store to buy something and got given a set for free, with a matching lip gloss/balm! So now I own three of these bad boys. It was so long ago that I got these that I completely forgot that I owned them, and to be honest they have done my hands wonders these past couple of weeks. The weather has dropped in temperature and my eczema prone hands have really taken it hard. The Lush hand cream Love & Light (review here) really hasn’t done anything for my hands which I’m rather sad about. Thanks to L’Occitane my hands will keep soft and supple throughout the winter. I really want more of these in the future, especially the vanilla scented one!

So those were my favourites for November! What were you all enjoying using last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and see you when I get back from holiday!

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June Favourites 2015

June has flown by and I can’t believe it’s the first day of July. We’re now officially into the summer season and I’m off to London in just over a week. I pray that July is a good month as June was pretty decent and I want to keep that good streak going.

I really started to enjoy using some new products, as well as a few old ones that I forgot I loved. Just a warning, some of these products have long mini reviews. Just shows how much I’ve loved them this month!

  • Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub.

I bought this back in May and have been slowly using it and seeing how I’d get on with it. I won’t lie, at first I thought, “what does everyone see in this product? It’s rubbish!” But that was only after a first use and the more I used it, the more I realised what all the fuss was about. This scrub is so amazing for so many reasons. First of all, the smell! I love the Sugar Crush scent, it’s by far my favourite by Soap & Glory and now they have the body spray out, I’m trying to use all my Soap & Glory ones up so I can buy this one. Another great thing about this scrub is how thick it is. There’s nothing good about a fine scrub that slips off as soon as you apply it to the skin. It also means it lasts a lot longer. I’ve had this over a month now and I use it once a week, I’m just over halfway through the tub. That to me is amazing! Something I did notice I had to do with this scrub though to make it work to my liking was to rub it together in my hands first to get the scrub nice and rough and then I rubbed it on my skin. It does work amazingly on dry skin, but I always use this when I have a bath so the only dry parts will be my shoulders and upper arms. After I use this my skin feels moisturised, super smooth, and smelling lovely. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this in the future as it’s a keeper now.

  • Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist in Snow Mint (LE).

I’ve owned this since before Christmas and I remember picking it up the first time I went into Victoria’s Secret. I’m a sucker for that shop now and each time I pop into town (which isn’t that often anymore) I usually pick something up. The fragrance mists are a definite must if you love things like this, not just for the gorgeous scents, but for their lasting power. I had used these on and off over the winter and spring months, but now summer is here I’ve been using my body sprays a lot for work, as well as for after pole dancing classes. I’d never noticed before how good these sprays actually are! I spritzed this all over my neck, chest, arms, and legs in the morning before I went out for the day and when I got back in the evening and was snuggled into bed relaxing, I could smell this all over me. I was well chuffed! Snow Mint is definitely one I wish I’d picked up a dupe of. It’s a peppermint sweetie style scent that isn’t too strong and isn’t too sweet, it’s perfect in the middle. It leaves me feeling refreshed and smelling good. Once I wore it for work and got nothing but compliments! I think I might take this to London with me to spritz on during Hyper Japan. It really does cool you down! I hope this comes back this Christmas as I’ll be stocking up on it for sure.

  • John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray.

This was something that came up on one of my wish lists for London during June and of course if I said I wanted it… Chances are I was going to buy it. I honestly couldn’t resist picking this up and I’m so glad I did because I don’t regret it. Whilst this hasn’t made my hair curly, that’s due to not putting any hair curling effort in… Lazy me! HOWEVER this has made my hair thicker when used in both wet and dry hair and it’s definitely good when I want a bit more volume and style for my braids. I spritz this onto wet/damp hair and blow dry. Blow drying upside down gives you more volume and body. Then I brush it through and style it afterwards as and how I want. This makes my hair super wavy after wearing a braid all day and makes my hair feel thicker and very beach like. The only issue is, it can be a tad tough to brush, but not as bad as another sea salt spray I’ve used! This smells like yummy coconuts too, so just as a treat I sometimes spray this into my hair before I style it. This doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on the hair and it’s as if you’re spraying water onto the hair. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this as it’s just such a great product. I need to style my hair with this though next time!

  • The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion.

If there is a range from The Body Shop that I adore out of them all, it’s definitely their peppermint foot range. It’s by far the best one you can pick up on the high street and for amazing prices too. I picked up most of the range back at the start of February after my holiday and they’re still lasting me to this day. Since starting back at my pole dancing classes, my feet have been busy, as well as my legs getting bashed and bruised. After a quick shower and a good scrub of my dirty feet, I like to get my servant *cough* I mean my boyfriend (he he he :P) to rub some of this on my feet and legs as a nice after pole dance treat. As it’s a cooling lotion it really does help tired limbs and leaves me feeling great. This weekly treat has now turned into a daily one. As soon as I get in from being out and about I like to rub some of this on my tootsies. It’s a fast drying lotion so you don’t have to apply foot socks, or wait around ages for it to dry (but you can if you want to, of course) which is convenient for me. This lasts ages too as you don’t need to use a lot. Although I won’t be taking this to London with me, I will be taking the Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray with me, which is something else I use alongside the lotion after pole classes. This is perfect for summer, especially holidays so pick some up.

  • Rimmel London Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lip Liner.

This is something I ordered on a whim that I’d wanted to try it for ages, and for less than a fiver I didn’t see the harm. I have all sorts of lipsticks, but not that many lip liners… I own three and out of various shades of pinks, reds, and now purples, I could do with one lip liner for them all. Which is where this one comes into play. I had heard nothing but bad things about this, so I was worried I’d regret what I ordered. However, I haven’t had any issues since ordering and if anything I personally love it! It doesn’t exactly do as great a job as other lip liners, but I didn’t expect it to. I mostly use this with my darker shades such as Rebel, and my purple lipsticks. I even tried it with a black lipstick I recently purchased and the staying power wasn’t as great as a bog standard lip liner, but it did really help some of my lipsticks last longer and that worked for me. It applies creamy to the lips and doesn’t leave them feeling dry, which is a bonus. I would like to try a more high brand transparent liner next, but this one is a bargain for sure. I definitely recommend it, but don’t go in with high expectations because you will feel disappointed.

So those were my favourites for last month! What did you enjoy and love using? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time take care all and I’ll see you soon.

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February Favourites 2015

2015 is already flying by and it’s now March! February was a mixture of feelings for me and I honestly couldn’t wait for it to be over for many reasons.

I couldn’t wait to get my February favourites written as I loved so many products last month and whilst I know there are two lipsticks mentioned, who cares! The more the merrier!

I also want to add-on this post how I’m so glad I decided to stop making monthly empties posts. I was thinking about it Friday and yesterday and how much easier it has been so far not having to gather and hoard all my used products. It just makes each month a hell of a lot easier.

  • Victoria’s Secret Ultra-Moisturising Hand and Body Cream in Frosted Apple (LE).

When Victoria’s Secret first opened in Birmingham before Christmas, I honestly couldn’t wait to go there. I’d heard nothing but good things about them and I just wanted to see what great lingerie they had. I ended up buying a bra and it’s now my favourite. Alongside that I had a look in the beauty section and fell in love with their Christmas products. What attracted me the most was their body sprays, which I picked up in Frosted Apple and Snow Mint. When I got to the till the girl who served me said that I could pick another product up for free! So after sniffing it whilst waiting I picked up this body cream. I use it once or twice a week before I go to uni and it is such a beautiful body lotion! It’s not a thick lotion which means it’ll soak into the skin quickly and leave you feeling lovely and soft. I’ve found with this body lotion that in less than 10 minutes I’ll be moisturised and ready to get dressed, which is perfect for me. As well as that, this smells beautiful! If you thought The Body Shop apple range at Christmas was good, well this stuff was better. It reminds me of Hubba Bubba bubblegum, which I always loved as a kid. I’m gutted that this is only limited edition and I regret not buying more, but there’s always eBay and with how quickly months go by, this will be in the shops again soon anyway!

  • Dior Addict EDP.

This was one of my birthday presents whilst I was on holiday (mentioned here) and I really do love it! I keep it in my Travalo for when I’m out and about. It’s a very strong scent and whilst it is said to be an oriental floral fragrance but I feel like this is a mixture of floral and sweet which I really like! I’m a sucker for sweet scents and something that is pretty unique. Due to this being strong it’s lovely to wear on days where I’m out for the majority and want to make sure I don’t have to keep topping up with sprays. This is especially great for when I’m at uni all day and weekends if I’m doing something special. This may not be to a lot of people’s liking as it is a strong scent, but if you like Angel or Alien by Thierry Mugler then you’ll love this!

  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Viva Glam – Miley Cyrus (review here).

Since buying this around Valentine’s Day, I have been in love with it and worn it as much as I can. It lasts ages and feels so creamy and nice to wear. I’ve popped the link to the full review, so if you want to know more definitely go and give it a read! I really want to pick up the lipglass next, but I can wait.

  • The Body Shop Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub.

Back last month I popped into The Body Shop to use my birthday gift and ended up picking up their foot set (post about that here), which contains this foot scrub. Whilst I’ve so far loved everything in the set, this is the thing I have been loving the most! This is a foaming foot scrub which you can use in both the bath and shower, as well as over a bowl of water if you like that sort of thing. I take about a ten pence size of this and give my feet a good rubbing over with the scrub and then rinse off. My feet were in awful condition after I got back from my holiday and since using this scrub along with the foot cream my feet have been better than ever and I love what it’s done to them. I want to get the rest of the foot range soon, which I might just treat myself to eventually. I’m already confident I’ll have perfect tootsies for summer!

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Emotion.

This was one of the presents my Mom bought me whilst we were on holiday (mentioned here) and I love it so much. I’ve wanted a Chanel lipstick for years and this one is perfect for me. It’s a gorgeous berry shade and applies like a balm gloss but lasts like a lipstick! I’ve worn this a couple of times for work on top of a lip liner of the same shade and it works really nicely. I also wear it alone whilst at uni and I’ve had a couple of compliments on it so far. It just feels like butter to wear and keeps my lips feeling moisturised and lovely. I want to review this soon and I probably will at some point this month. It’s amazing and I recommend these lipsticks to anyone who is wanting a Chanel one!

So those were my favourite for this month! What did you think? What are your favourites for February? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all.

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Holiday Haul

Whilst I was on holiday I think I brought home more items than I took away with me! It was my birthday the day before I went away and my Mom’s the day we flew and it meant I was spoilt with birthday presents and bought myself quite a few items too.

I just want to say I’m not showing off in any way what I was bought/bought myself, I just thought as I love haul posts, that some may enjoy this one. Especially as it’s all things from another country.

I also want to mention that some pictures are from Spain and some are from here, so do ignore the different settings in both images. Oh and that this post will be very image heavy, enjoy!

First of all I want to talk about what we picked up on the plane journey there. I knew I wanted one of these items but when my Mom passed me the others after purchasing them, I was rather touched as I had secretly looked at them but thought deep down how I didn’t need them.

These are the two lip products that we picked up. The one I said that I really wanted is this Victoria’s Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper in Baby Pink. This is a gorgeous lip gloss with a built-in lip plumper, as you can tell by the name. I wore this loads on my holiday and after trying it on on the plane my Mom picked one up for herself. This was only £12.50 and I regret not buying another one on the way home. I’m sure Victoria’s Secret in town will stock these (hopefully in more colours!) so I’ll be keeping my eyes on these in the future. I will be reviewing this soon!

Another lip product that my Mom picked up for herself was a set of three Revlon Balm Stains, one which she gave to me. She gave me Honey Douche and although it isn’t really my colour, I bloody love it! I took a variety of lip shades on holiday with me but for the majority of it I wore this as it just worked with my new tan, and it just looks beautiful. It’s a nude pink shade and perfect for my skin tone. I can see me wearing this loads, especially for work. I really want to review this too.

Two of the products I looked at but didn’t ask for, where these two so my Mom must have read my mind when she handed them to me after buying them. They are a three-piece L’Occitane hand cream set, as well as six mini nail polishes from OPI’s Coca Cola collection.

I have to say that I haven’t really used much of the hand creams yet, but I did give the Verveine one a go and it does feel really light on the skin, as well as fresh and moisturised. This one will be perfect for summer! I’ve tried the other two hand creams in the set and will be saving these for a rainy day.

These nail polishes are amazing! I wore most of them throughout my holiday, apart from two shades (Sorry I’m Fizzy Today and Today I Accomplished Zero). My most favourite shade out of the set was Coca-Cola Red, which I wore on my toes throughout my holiday and was so beautiful to wear. I really love this set and is probably one of the best ones I’ve owned! I can’t wait to review this in the future, and hope to very, VERY soon.

I don’t know how long Spain have had Essence, but I know it only came to the UK late last year. So when I eyed up this nail polish whilst out food shopping I just HAD to have it! It reminds me of oil slick shades and because of that, it’s beautiful! These images don’t so it justice, but I know I’ll be reviewing it soon to bring you a hell of a lot more pictures and information about it. This was super cheap too at just €2! The shade I picked up is called You Wow’d Me Again. I wore this a lot on holiday and really loved it, it worked perfectly with the weather.

This is a rather random purchase but where we went on holiday they have quite a lot of Chinese markets with various different items in. It reminds me of a huge version of eBay but in the flesh. My boyfriend knows how much I want a Lucky Cat, so he picked this cutie up for me. You pop in a battery and his arm waves. I left this in my home abroad as I didn’t really want to bring him back home with me and I love it so much! There was something very relaxing about watching his arm waving back and forth, is definitely something I want for my own home when I move out.

I’m such a big softie when it comes to cute things, especially plushies and ones that resemble animals I love. Foxes being one, so when my boyfriend spotted this cute fox plush he picked it up for me straight away. He even bought me a matching keyring version too which I at first kept on my bag, but is now in my room hanging up.

The second plush I bought for myself and is a cute white seal. I saw this in the gift shop of the zoo we visited whilst on holiday and I honestly couldn’t resist him. I’m still really pleased I bought him and I’m currently using him as an arm rest. He made a comfortable pillow on the plane journey home, as well as something nice to snuggle into when I’ve felt a bit crappy. He’s just so soft and lush, and I just came up with his name, Bobby. 😛

As regular readers will know I LOVE foxes and as soon as I spotted this hoodie in Animal I KNEW I had to have it. My Mom was lovely enough to pick this up for me after I pointed it out to her and I haven’t stopped wearing it since. It’s quite a thick hoodie and I went a size up to ensure it would be nice and baggy, as I don’t like tight fitted hoodies myself. I haven’t seen this in the UK, although I literally just checked the UK website and they do infact have it on the website for a little less than what my Mom paid. So onto the design of this hoodie. It isn’t just a cute fox on it, within the fox is a picture which is beautiful. Inside of is as you can see from the above images there is a picture of a bird, some trees, and a lake. Basically a forest. It’s just so beautiful and I know I’ll wear this throughout the year.

Whilst on holiday I discovered a brand that I have indeed fallen in love with and wish we had here in the UK. This brand being Women’s Secret. I bought so much stuff in there and as there was one only a ten minute drive away from my home, I was there every other day having a nose at what they had. And what makes it even better? They always had a sale going on! Altogether I picked up a wash bag, a pair of knickers, a pack of six pairs of Pusheen knickers, and two sets of pajamas.

The first thing I want to talk about is this cute little Pusheen wash bag that I picked it. I can’t remember how much this was but it wasn’t much. Women’s Secret stocks so much Pusheen and as I love the cute little kitty, I couldn’t help but snatch this up. It’s very roomy and I’ll be using this to use whenever I go on holiday in the future, as well as possibly having it for when I travel to and from my boyfriend’s house.

This was probably my favourite purchase from Women’s Secret, once again Pusheen. In Women’s Secret they sell knickers in packs of six and they usually consist of cute characters such as Pusheen, Hello Kitty, Miffy, Minnie Mouse, and Pink Panther. Alas I really liked the Pusheen ones and didn’t care much about these being Christmas themed either. These were a bargain and I really have been in need of some new knickers.

Speaking of knickers, I picked these cute little ghost ones up for a cheap price too. I wore these quite a bit on holiday and they were rather comfortable so I ended up bringing them back home to the UK. The print on these are rather cute with these little ghosts and I can only imagine that these came out during Halloween. I was after a matching bra for these, which they did sell but all the sizes were WAY too small for me.

If there is something I noticed about Women’s Secret is that their sizing is a little off in comparison to UK sizes, they come up a size smaller which I won’t lie, made me feel overweight. 😦 Anyway, continuing on…

I love Hello Kitty, I always have and I’m pretty sure I always will. The pajamas I took on holiday aren’t exactly the warmest and after the first night there I was frozen solid. Where I have my second home it’s usually boiling hot, however in January it hasn’t been THAT hot, but more like a mild UK summer, which was still good nonetheless. Anyway! So I needed pajamas and so I got these. The print on these is so simple yet gorgeous and I was somewhat sad to leave these behind, but it’ll be more exciting to wear them when I go back.

More Pusheen, and more pajamas. These have come home with me and I can’t wait to wear them next week! Like the Hello Kitty pajamas they’re both extremely comfortable! The t-shirts are both long-sleeved and baggy, whilst the trousers are more like leggings and aren’t super tight, but aren’t exactly baggy either. The print on this set of pajamas is a hell of a lot more pretty than the Hello Kitty pair. On the sleeves and leggings there are cute little faces of Pusheen, which really do look cute. I bought way too much Pusheen from Women’s Secret, but I don’t care, was so worth it!

Every Tuesday and Saturday there is the market nearby where our home is and after a short walk, you’re there. So we decided after such a long time it would be nice to go and have a look around. I won’t lie, it was crap. I think from memory there was only one stall that didn’t sell duplicate items to one, or even two other stalls nearby. I didn’t really have anything in mind that I wanted to buy from the market, more like if I saw something I REALLY wanted to pick up, I might. That’s where these two harem style trousers came from. My Dad bought me two pairs and I can safely say they were worn a lot throughout my holiday, and I’ve even brought a pair back home with me. These are really baggy and comfortable and whilst the material isn’t very thick, it’s somewhat warm. These will be perfect for summer days in the UK seeing as they aren’t the warmest.

I was in need of a pair of flip-flops back home and I knew I wanted a decent pair, so when I spied these Roxy flip-flops, I knew I wanted them. They were in the sale too, so I couldn’t not snap these up. I won’t lie, these weren’t comfortable the first couple of times I wore them and my feet were pretty damn sore afterwards. However after wearing them in they’re super comfortable and I’ll probably wear these loads during the summer in the UK. I’ve not found a nice pair in the UK before, so these will come in handy.

Perfume wise I really was spoilt by my parents and I can’t say I’ll be needing any new perfume anytime soon (although I’ll probably end up buying some!). My Dad bought me a 75ml bottle of Loverdose by Diesel, which I have loved and owned since it first came out so I was excited to get a new bottle. My Mom picked up two perfumes for me, Ralph by Ralph Lauren which is a perfume I’ve wanted since I was a teenager. This is only a small 30ml bottle and is one I’ll keep in my handbag for work. It smells really nice and is rather strong for an EDT.

My favourite of the three is Addict by Dior. I’d never smelt this before until my Mom took me to the shop to pick up something for herself. I can’t describe how it smells, other than it being like a sweet but mature scent. It’s a really strong perfume and lasts for ages! The only flaw with this bottle is the weight, it weighs a bloody ton. This is definitely fast becoming one of my new favourite perfumes. It only cost around €63.00 for a 100ml bottle, but in the UK it costs nearly £100! I can’t believe how cheap it was to be perfectly honest and I really do love it.

These were some last-minute presents from my Mom and I can safely say they’re meaningful and lovely. My Mom’s known for ages that I’ve always wanted a Chanel lipstick and whilst we were away she bought me one. I looked at so many shades and I finally settled on this one. This one is the shade Emotion and is the Rouge Coco Shine finish, which is a mixture of a lipstick and lip balm. My Mom bought this the day before me and my boyfriend went home so I haven’t had much chance to wear it, but whenever I have it is has been amazing and I already want another! I can’t wait to review this soon, I’m so excited to show it off.

As well as that she picked me up a new lip liner to go with my Chanel lippy. The one the woman recommended in the store was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Wine. This lip pencil is meant to stay in place for 12 hours, although so far I haven’t found that this does as it says on the tin, but I’m going to test it out at work and uni next week and see how I get on. It’s a gorgeous wine shade, as the shade gives away and works well with most of my dark shades, including my newest.

This isn’t anything special but this is a necklace I picked up whilst I was on holiday and one I have fallen in love with. It’s so simple, yet so nice. It’s two rings linked together to create this cool little necklace. I think it’s meant to be a religious necklace, but I don’t care. They also had these in a black ring instead of blue, but I preferred this one. It wasn’t the cheapest of necklaces but I didn’t care, as I had some euros to use up anyway. I’ve worn this none stop since I got home and I think I’ll be wearing it for a while.

This was one of the last things I picked up before I came home and I’m so glad I found it to buy, as it’s one of my favourite things to wear now. It’s a cardigan by Protest, a surfing and snowboarding company who I hadn’t heard of until we went on holiday. My boyfriend had however and when I told him about a surf shop called Protest where we were going shopping he got super excited and we went there as soon as we could. This is a waterfall cardigan and isn’t the thickest one in the world, but is gorgeous and will be perfect for spring and summer when it starts to get warmer outside. I’m sure I’ll be doing a look book with this in the future! I checked on the UK website and this costs more over here than it did where I bought it from, so I’m pleased about my bargain! It’s a gorgeous white and navy knitted cardigan and isn’t itchy at all! As well as that it has nomadic patterns on  it, which looks beautiful.

When I discovered that there was a Zara a mere fifteen minute drive away from where our home is, me and my Mom knew we wanted to go and have a look. I can just tell you, everything in that Zara was cheap! I think there was only a small part of the store that wasn’t marked on sale, which surprised me. I didn’t really spot anything that took my fancy, however I saw this bag and although I knew I didn’t NEED it, I WANTED it. It was originally €35.99 down to €29.99. I’ve wanted a really nice handbag for a while, as currently I use my backpack for everything so now I have something nice to use whenever I go anywhere special… Ish. Although I would like a Vivienne Westwood bag. 😛

Just want to first of all say, I know that this t-shirt is creased, I don’t know how it got into this state. :S As you may have seen from my Holiday Wish List post, you’ll have seen this t-shirt on there and whilst I went shopping on holiday I found it and picked it up. It’s this lovely fox t-shirt by Element, one of my favourite skateboarding brands to wear. I own quite a few of their t-shirts and they’re all super comfortable, this one is definitely comfortable too. This actually cost more to buy whilst I was on holiday than what it would have cost here, as after looking it’s now in the sale for £9.00, although they don’t have my size. It’s not a very thick t-shirt and was lovely to wear both in the day and in the evening. Whilst it’s chilly in the UK I’ll be wearing a thermal t-shirt underneath it.

I know this isn’t the best picture of my new jeans, but I was pressed for time when getting these pictures and I didn’t have anyone at home at the time to take a picture of me wearing them. These are the jeans I picked up whilst I was away and I can safely say they’re the best jeans I own at the moment. They’re by G-Star and I ended up buying them to wear in the evenings when it was a little on the chilly side. I knew I should have taken some with me! Anyway, I can’t say I remember how much these were, but they’re so damn comfortable! They’re a mixture between a boyfriend fit and skinny fit, which is a perfect jean style for me. They do come down a little baggy on me so I sometimes find I need to roll the bottoms up so that they don’t drag. I can see me wearing these loads now I’m home and especially for university as they’re just so comfortable. I wore these with my new Star Wars Vans that I mentioned in my Boxing Day Sales haul and they looked amazing together.

From the same shop as my jeans I picked up this beautiful maxi dress, it was the reason I ventured into the shop in the first place to be honest. I’ve only owned a couple of maxi dresses and over the years I’ve put a bit of weight on and those two dresses don’t look that great on me anymore… Which sucks. Since then I have gone on to try on other maxi dresses and they all look the same, show off all the horrible parts and don’t even show off my best assets! So since then I have envied smaller girls than myself for being able to wear them, as quite frankly I love the look of maxi dresses. So I did worry when I went to try this maxi dress on that it would do what other maxi dresses had done and in the process make me feel fat and crap. HOWEVER it didn’t do that at all and made all my best assets look a hundred times better! This is a gorgeous navy maxi dress and is really long. On the back there is a see through netting style which looks really nice. This only cost €25.00 which is dead cheap for how lovely it is. I’ll be doing a look book with this very soon.

This was one of the first things I picked up when I went on holiday and whilst I didn’t need it, I’m so chuffed my Mom picked it up for me. I hadn’t even noticed it in the one shop we popped into, until she showed it to me. This is a pretty cool t-shirt, as when you wear it the Vans logo on the front turns pink with body heat. This isn’t a very thick t-shirt but as I said with the Element t-shirt, I can wear a thermal underneath whilst it’s cold in the UK. I wore this quite a lot whilst I was on holiday as it’s so soft and comfortable. I can’t wait to wear this more here.

Whilst I was away I knew I wanted to start a collection of bracelets as whilst I love my Pandora, I wanted something I could wear around the house as well as at work and just all the time basically. The watch was something I saw in a Billabong shop and my Mom offered to buy it for me, considering I didn’t have one. The bracelets all cost next to nothing and are all really nice quality for how much I paid for them. The white peace bracelet was picked out by my boyfriend due to the message on it, which he says sums me up (although of course I don’t agree!) and sadly during my time there and since I’ve come home, it’s began to rub off, which has made me sad. The turtle bracelet is from the same shop and I love it! I was going to buy another one, but I left it in the end. It’s really pretty and I wear it all the time now. I don’t know if its real leather or not mind.

I want to talk about my new watch, because it’s bloody gorgeous! It’s by Roxy and is called Whenever. I spotted it whilst just having a nose at the watches and kind of fell in love. I told my Mom about it and asked me to show her, as she said I would be a fool to leave it as it sounded really nice. The band is real leather and is splash proof, which is handy and was handy whilst I was on holiday. This isn’t a very big watch which I really like, nothing worse than a huge watch hanging off your wrist. These are available in the UK by the way and are currently in their sale.

The last thing I wanted to talk about was my new Pandora charms. My Dad owed me a birthday present and said before we went away that he would buy me a new Pandora charm, so whilst I was having a look for a charm to buy my Mom, I spotted this seahorse charm that I’ve wanted for nearly a year. So he offered to pick it up for me and I can safely say I LOVE it! It really does add some colour to my bracelet, which now seems to be having a turquoise and red theme going on with it. I also wanted the water bead charm, but I ended up buying this myself as a treat and it really does stand out on my bracelet but I like how it works with the seahorse charm and it will always remind me of my holiday away and where my second home is.

I loved my holiday away and I’m so glad that my boyfriend was with me. It was our first proper holiday together and it was amazing being able to show him my second home and where I spend many years of my childhood and early teens.

I’ll be posting more about my holiday very soon in the future, so please keep eyes peeled for that!

I hope everyone has been okay the past two weeks I was away and posts will be back on here starting from today.

Thanks to all my readers who stuck with me whilst I was away for still being here.

Until next time, take care all.

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