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Monday, 19 February 2018

Benefit's BADgal BANG Mascara

If any makeup item I struggle with its mascara. If it isn't too clumpy then its the wand that smudges everywhere and if it isn't that then it doesn't do nothing at-all.  I feel like I'm forever searching for the be all end all mascara. I've had a maybe 2 mascaras that have amazed me which includes the Charlotte Tilbury 5-in-1 mascara for perfect eyelashes and yes the Benefit's new BADgal BANG Mascara.



If your A game is strong on social media then you pretty much cant of missed this launch, if so where was you? I was confused how many people thought the new product launch was silly or unnecessary I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion but hating on a launch isn't getting any of us anywhere. 

Benefit is known for their over the top launches and why the hell not? If you've created a brand and a new product that your proud of wouldn't you do a big launch? I think so! Besides would you say no to hopping over to the Maldives?





The Badgal packaging is sleek and smooth. Its so lightweight too! The wand is really light and almost like it isn't in your hand. Its a matte type packaging so if your someone who throws there makeup into a bag it is going to get dirty. After my first use I knew why everyone was going crazy for this product.  Benefit claim its a 36 hour wear... I mean what? Also apparently tested on 21 women.
 
 
The gravity defying formula contains aero-particles which is one of the lightest materials you can find in space technology. Cool right? The brush is slim and meant to reach corner to corner on your lashes.  For me my lashes are naturally fair because I am, but one coat of this makes such a difference I was truly shocked. You can coat up lots on this if you please but 1/2 times is perfect enough for me.  I would say it is a 'wet' product in some ways when using it little specks can fall out onto your face (everyone's worst mascara nightmare) It does also take a few second to dry so my advice don't sneeze to soon! Just saying.

 

Over 300 different sized bristles in the brush makes it a dream to get every single last lash coated up with ease. The wand is very very flexible you really don't need a heavy hand. I think Benefit's really done an amazing job with this mascara and are onto something with the whole lightweight space particle's thing.
 


Final thoughts
This is my everyday mascara now as I reach for it 9/10 times. I recommend this to anyone with any sort of lashes but if you are someone like me with fair lashes this will do a winning job. Benefit really outdid themselves with this, I also love the fact they do a travel size so if your not sure its the mascara for you or cant justify spending £21.50 then the travel one is £10.50.
 
 
XO
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

3 Things You Should Always Keep Private

One of the most notable characteristics of someone is the ability to be discreet, not hiding anything but more so just living a happy private life. Keeping matters private not only creates a sense of trust and mystery but its kind of protocol and good manners. When we come out with a personal problem/confidential matter, we give a invitation to others into that space even if we mean not too.

The other day I noticed so many people on social media think they have a right to ask you personal things because they see 10 percent of your life. In fact I get so many messages on Instagram asking me things I would never be answering about my personal life.


So what are some of the no-go topics? I'm sharing '3 Things You Should Always Keep Private'. Of course there are many aspects of life that we should keep to ourselves (at the very least only choose to confide in parents, doctors, partner or closest friend)

For me there is 3 that really stand out that I keep private.  Love life, income and your next big move. In a world where everything and everyone is over exposed don't tell your life to anyone who is willing to listen

Don't give people the privilege of knowing everything about you with the exceptional to close family and ride or die friends.
 
 
 1. LOVE LIFE - Whether a relationship, just getting to know someone or anything intimate between two people should only be enjoyed by the 2 parties who are involved! The 'bedroom' so speak is something you should/want to keep private.. because really is it anyone else's concern? Sure we all have a friend or two that we spill the juicy gossip too or just like guys we DO sit around and talk everything to do with the 'men' topic.  What I'm hinting to is don't have your words spilling out to a co-worker on a Monday morning during a coffee break! Not everyone is going to be happy for you and they will voice that, so why even give them chance? I have never ever put anything of a relationship near social media.. purely down to the fact does making it on social media mean we made it in real life? Sure I may hint or you may see a insight from time to time but that's it. Whatever circumstance your love life should be not hidden but private.   Remember ... never kiss and tell.

 
2. INCOME - Ok so unless your applying for a house or purchasing something extravagant that requires you to expose your income your money should never be a topic of any conversation. Discussing with friends or even family members can bring bitter emotions towards a person if they think someone else is earing more or managing money better. Its a polite and right thing to do, who else is spending your income? Lets be real money makes the world go round as much as some people hate to think it (that paper controls us) The amount of money we earn, have or even saved makes people automatically judge us. I took someone on vacation once as a surprise and I had work colleagues and friends asking me "how did you afford that" "where are you getting your money from" Almost as if it was a terrible thing I did. All you need to know is your money is your business. NOTHING good can come from sharing your income.
 
 
3. NEXT MOVE -  Moving down the road? Moving to the other side of the world? Or just simply making your way up in the world? My advice is to stay tight lipped about future plans. A favourite quote of mine is "work hard in silence and let your success be the noise" The main reason for this is because you may have plans, goals and aspirations in life but you never know how they are going to unfold. You tell someone such as your going to go for a promotion or move to another job and it can become gossip that certain individuals will thrive off and get a kick out of. Make people see how your doing by your actions. Not all people have the best intention for you and not everyone is a well wisher. There is people who are silently waiting for your downfall.
 
 
I see so many people online sharing every details of their life down to the last details, and I cant help think why? I know so many people who think they know of me and my life but in fact they know nothing.  Just because something isn't on social media doesn't mean moves aren't being made ... ;)
 
Leave a little mystery it kills people.
 
 
XO
 
   
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Gild Hall - A Thompson Hotel Review

As most of you probably know I visited New York recently for the first time. I loved it. Its definitely  fair to say I explored the city up and down for a week straight. This review is going to be on Gild Hall which is a hotel by Thompson

Its no secret I am picky when it comes to hotels. I want to my hotels to be boutique, luxurious and above all, in a thriving location.  When choosing a hotel I really do my research and prefer to trust personal recommendations from family, friends even fellow bloggers are great. I will be researching up to a year in advance sometimes. Especially if its a destination I haven't visited before.

Gild Hall is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of the new Lower Manhattan that you wouldn't guess was even their. A side to Wall Street you never knew existed Financial District brings the unseen side of Wall Street to life and I really enjoyed it. Its a great hotel in a quiet and convenient location in walking distance to most major attractions. Such as ground zero, brooklyn bride, brookfield plaza and west fields as well as close to downtown soho and little Italy.

I stayed at Gild Hall for 3 nights during my city break to New York. I cant complain about anything. Firstly, the location is perfect like I mentioned above. Close walking distance to a lot but also you have near by subways to take you anywhere you want to go. Around Lower Manhattan you have lots of quirky food places everywhere. You would never be at a loss of where to grab a quick bite or for a meal.  The hotel also has its own restaurants Felice Ristorante which is a mature Tuscan eatery with a damn good wine list.  The vibe in Felice Ristorante is a warm, cozy vibe that makes you wonder are you in NYC or Florence. Felice is open to the hotel guests and public.

Gild Hall also have a tasteful looking wine bar upstairs named La Soffitta . Quick drinks after a busy day or a catch up with friends you couldn't be disappointed being surrounded by elegant custom lighting, glowing bottle-lined walls (so cool).  I really loved how tasteful the décor was designed.


BE ITALIAN- Because what else? This big piece of art really stood out and by the looks of it everyone who has ever possibly stayed at Gild Hall has also photographed this.




  
Surprise Surprise that I had a smoked salmon bagel huh..? Not really. The photo doesn't do the bagel any favour's. My food photography skills are going to get better. They have too! Especially for someone who loves food!!  The breakfast menu was soo good. I could of easily chosen everything.

If the food isn't in your stride you are in a great spot being right near and in walking distance of a few bars/restaurants.


If your a Starbucks lover like me then you will be happy to know there is one right across the road. I mean what could go wrong.. not like I had 2/3 everyday .. moving on.



Everyone I spoke to before heading to New York let me know how you shouldn't expect a large style room.. I asked why?  I got the response " because its New York" quite a few times. The rooms at Gild Hall are the perfect size and the layout is smart. They use the space wisely. The room was just the right size. It wasn't the largest room ever but for sure not the smallest.

You can choose from staying in:
  • King Superior
  • King Deluxe
  • King Premium
  • Double Deluxe
  • King Suite
  • Thompson Suite
  • Penthouse Suite

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    Obviously like any hotel depending on which room you decide to stay in will reflect in the price.
    All the rooms are designed by Jim Walrod who was an assistant art director for the Italian fashion house, Fiorucci. The Italian style comes into play again within the room and hallways.
     
    I have to comment on how comfy the beds was. I never slept so good like that in any hotel bed!  400 thread count sferra linens are not going to disappoint. The hotel area is really quiet at night time, which some people find hard to believe.. especially in the middle of the hustle and bustle that we call Wall Street where nothing stops!
     
     
     
    The bathroom was stylish. The lighting was .. well selfie approved. Lets just saying the lighting of dreams. Haha.
     



     
     
     
     
    Restaurant Hours
    Mon – Sat: 6:30am – 10:30pm
    Sun: 7:00am – 10:30pm
    Room Service Hours
    Mon – Sat: 6:30am – 10:30pm
    Sun: 7:00am – 10:30pm







     
    Some hotels don't offer room service as the same hours the restaurant where as Gild Hall does. The menu is impressive. Something for everyone. The rooms also have a book like a guide but not as such for food places in the area! Bonus! Love that.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The hallways are filled with amazing photos. I'm pretty sure every guest has been and looked at all photo they have around the hotel. They are definitely striking.
     
     
     
     
     You walk in and are immediately impressed by the lobby décor. You have to take it all in and look around everything. Leather, wood, candles make the lobby relaxing and a comfy place to sit an do some laptop work in the mornings, afternoons or evenings.
     
    The staff at the front desk are lovely. I mentioned when I visit anywhere if the staff are nice and really show attentive to you then the visit feels 100x better and welcoming. Its safe to say the front desk staff got a lot of questions from me, nothing was too much! They value their guests is more than impressive when a hotel is non-stop.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Staying with Gild Hall during my first ever trip to New York made me love and discover a side to the city I never thought was even there. The perfect boutique hotel in area you wont be disappointed by.
     
     
    A big thanks to all the staff who made me comfy during my stay and Thompson Hotels; Gild Hall for hosting this stay.
     
    Thompson hotels have hotels in all different locations as you can see down below.
    If I ever cross any of the locations I will be for sure to stay with Thompsons.
     
    I'm going to be writing about my time in New York as a whole, so keep an eye out!
    NYC is really the city that doesn't sleep, but there is something so memorizing that you will for sure never be able to forget.
     
    I loved this crazy, busy and vibrant city and wouldn't fail to take a trip again at any given point.
     
    xo
     
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    Wednesday, 29 March 2017

    LETS GET REAL - LOVING THE SKIN YOUR IN AND BODY CONFIDENCE

     I read so many blogs about being body confident and loving the skin your in so I want to talk about body confidence. Being body confident is easier said than done with social media, magazines and everything else in the present telling us how we should look its harder than ever to break through and be confident in the skin your in. Even the most confident people that you just look at and cant believe one can look like that are sure to have days where they struggle. After all we are all only human so.
    It can actually be quite of a downer.  Even though I eat well and exercise I am guilty of social media stalking until the point where I feel uncomfortable in my own body and for the rest of the night I am completely upset and left wondering how and why I can look like this and why I don't. I have to shut down Instagram to stop me feeling like that .. I am not the only one lets be real.


    The Perfect Body - Everyone has a different idea of what they want their body to look like. Lets be real there is no perfect body shape. Jennifer Lawrence may be my motivation but to someone else 
    they may adore Kim Kardashian's body and want to look like that. Everyone's body is different and everybody's idea of how they wish to look is different! That's the good thing. My body goals may be totally different to yours.. but at the end of the day if your happy with your own body or how your working towards the body you would like that's the goal. Your body hears everything your mind says so be kind!
     

     










    For me, it's about confidence and happiness. Size doesn't matter. Happiness and confidence does. 
    Best Advice - It's about how you feel in yourself not anything else. Being confident in yourself with show to the world. It will glow of you. The kind of glow that people say pregnancy gives you.



    When I was young someone told me never to step on a scale! I refuse to step on something that leaves me thinking is this the right weight for me? When I say its about how you feel in yourself I mean do you feel comfortable in your clothes your wearing? Could you put on a pair of heels and feel like your about to take over the world?? Its 95% in the mind. I say it all comes back to the whole 'law of attraction vibe' Its important that if you are trying to achieve a certain body look to not rush it and go at your own pace. For example looking thorough Instgram and see fitness models and your thinking you need to look like that you could go for a whole week healthy eating and exercising pushing yourself to the limit only for the next week to be binge eating. I will admit I've done it been their and felt awful. Its important to make the change in your own pace without anything feel forced. 


    Turning Envy Into Motivation - Something that really helps me is when I see an incredible pretty woman on social media you know after telling myself she may be filtered and even not trying to breathe out. I use it as my kick ass motivation. I think how I want to look like that and be ready to rock my beach body. Not because its the 'ideal' way to look but because I am happy looking like that. Once I started doing this I felt so much happier in myself wherever along the line I was. Its all about the mind don't let it trick you.. turn your negative thoughts into a positive energy. Don't get me wrong most of the girls I see on social media who are fitness based work damn hard. Comparing yourself really is the thief of joy.

    Make It A Routine Get Into A Habit  - You never regret a work out trust me you walk in feeling like its the worst idea ever but walk out feeling like a total boss. After 2 hours of working out and sweating I feel so motivated to do it all again the next day! I used the 21 day rule to get into the habit. If you haven't heard of it its basically 21 days to form a new habit if you can keep it up for those days then it will be inputted into your life. I have tried it on many other things in life and safe to say it does work if you put your mind to it! When someone tells me they want to change something about their life maybe how they want to cut out a certain food I tell them to stop for 21 days and see after that.

     If I feel crap about my body or I'm having a bad body confidence day I'll go to the gym or take a bath and pamper myself. When your angry and pissed about something the best thing to do is sweat it out. Some don't like going to the gym or just don't have the time. Home workouts are great. In your own personal space. There are thousands' if not even more home workouts on the internet and google. I use them a lot at the most random times.

    Lacking Confidence -  Everyone in this world has unconfident days its human. For me, it's when I walk into a room full of new people, walking into crowded places or even on the beach.

    Around 3/4 years ago I used to suffer with crazy nerves and confidence. As I've got older it has slowly disappeared and not so much of a big issue now. Don't get me wrong it sneaks up sometimes and I have to try and over power it.

    Everyone deals with their confidence in different styles, for me if Im going to a event I know I need to feel confident I'll get my hair done I always feel way more confident when my hair has been done or makeup.
    When I've planned a vacation that I need to be in a bikini every day, I'll make sure I fit in my gym sessions at least 3 months before hand and change my eating habits to something more healthier.  Having that goal is a great way to push you and inspire yourself. Be your own motivation .. when you see a change in yourself for the better you can look back and be inspired.

    There are plenty of books about helping with body image, self confidence, feeling comfortable in your own skin. They are my favourite types of books to read and really motivate me.

    xo










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    Sunday, 5 March 2017

    THE MAKEUP PRODUCTS I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF REPURCHASING

    As much as I want to be adventurous with makeup I tend to stick to the same kind of products I've always trusted. I mean why replace something when its not broke?  I do tend to switch up things from time to time when I see someone rave about a product so much then I will buy it

    Learning what makeup suits your skin best can take soo long! In-fact its a never ending process. I have found holy grail items that I use for my “everyday” makeup look. I've used them for 2 years and still repurchasing them up-to today. I am truly and utterly obsessed with them. These are the must have for me. I have never not had them in my collection for the past 2 years.
     



    MAC PREP+PRIME.
    Its a classic and a big hit for a lot of people.
    Its priced at £18.00 which considering how long it lasts isn't to extreme. All products will be linked.

     PREP+PRIME
    Mist of water packed with vitamins, minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and leave the skin feeling refreshed.
    I grab this everyday for making pigments look more intense. Such as eye shadow and highlights.
    I also spritz is all over the face once complementing my makeup look.


     
     NARS CREAMY RADIANT CONCEALER.
    I've raved about this product before and will continue to. Its my go to concealer I have the shade 'chantilly' the lightest of the whole collection. Its amazzzing! Really I cant get enough of what a lightweight yet such a good coverage this thing is! Its ranged at £23.00 from NARS.





    MAC STUDIO FIX FLUID.
    Again this is another go to for so many people are for me. I had no plan of loving this as much as I do. When purchasing it nearly 2 years ago I wasn't expecting to be impressed. I mean 50% love the other 50 hate. I was surprised as my whole take on MAC foundations was they would break me out and leave my face feeling like I had just applied a paint tub, lol. Its so lightweight and if your like me and want good coverage everyday its perfect! No regrets. None atall . £23.50 from MAC



    NARS BRONZER IN LAGUNA.
    Another NARS product. I cant get enough of the brand. This is my go to bronzer and I am yet to find one I love like this. Its easily buildable but if your looking for that effortless look it also has that. I know so many people who love this and use it religiously like me. The best thing about it is that it suits all skin types from pale skin like me all the way to really dark. Cult classic and award winning, need I say anymore?
    £29.00 NARS
     
     
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    Saturday, 4 March 2017

    CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

    I've been having a bloggers block recently ... not with motivation but struggling to write something that I would read myself.. I love reading other peoples blog as it brings ideas to my head.. I accidently clicked on a page of people revealing their fondest childhood memories .. it got me thinking.. what a great idea for a post! I have lots of childhood memories but some stick out more than others!

    Childhood memories are so much different to watch children will have these days!
    I didn't have a phone, ipad or xbox when I was young! I actually went outside and got muddy believe it or not.
    So here are my favourite's .. you can probably relate ..

     Playing in the sand, collecting seashells from every beach I went too. No joke I walked the whole beach to find the most eye pleasing seashells. I had the biggest seashell collection. Being at the beach has always been one of my favourite things.
     

     Making daisy chains and wearing them around your head.. if theirs daisy's around no doubt their was about to be a whole lot of DIY going on.. I feel like everyone had to have done this as a child at some point..

    Falling asleep on a car journey home.. and waking up in your bed! Magic,? I thought so.
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