Showing posts from January, 2018

Best Spots in Manchester for a Good Old Drink

I'm surprised I've never really covered this before, but in the past year I've ventured out a bit and gone around town looking for the best places for a drink, from cocktails to ciders there's a range of places across Manchester that deserve a bit of a spotlight. I like a mixture of drinks and there's nothing worse than going to a new bar and choosing the same drink you have everywhere else, I like to try something different each time. So if you're looking for a new place to grab a drink take note of where am about to mention, from the Northern Quarter to Spinningfields. 

First up, is Jimmy's if you're into the more indie scene of Manchester this is a great place to check out. They have a great range of cocktails, great music that you can't miss and they house a lot of gigs around the year. Some of my best gigs from the past year have been at Jimmy's and it's somewhere you really can't miss. It's a bit different to the rest on the lis…

5 Minute Train Makeup Routine

I haven’t done a makeup routine in a while. I was in the midst of hopping off one train onto the next and I was trying to get a bit of makeup on my face before I miss the next train. I’ll tell you now it’s doesn’t require lashes and super glam makeup it’s minimal essentials that dolled me up a little. The 5 minutes of panic and blending was done for me and the woman on the train across from me seemed to be impressed by my quick work. Anyway let’s get to what I used and how it all worked out. 
The base was very minimal the trusty Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer dotted where needed and quickly blended in with a buffing brush. No blending sponge you say! Well am I really gonna hop into the train toilets just to dampen a sponge I think not. 
For the rest of the base I stuck to the Freedom Pro Contour Palette sweeping a bit of contour across the cheeks and that lovely little bit of yellow highlight under the eyes to try an add a little bit of life back to them. I had a morning…

What I Did In January

January was a weird month. It was a mix of stress and laughs which is an odd combination I’d never normally put together. Semester 1 exams hit and I was in full revision I learnt a lot over the exam period and I’m ready to talk about that soon so stay tuned. Mentally it was a lot I struggled to find motivation and find a moment to be calm. I can only thank the ones around me for the support over exams. 

Which brings me to the laughs part of the month. Exams brought me closer to Jessistrying. It’s comforting to have such a babe of a friend that we can cry over exams and bond over food and blogging. I’ve longed for a close blogging friend for a while and it finally happened. We’ve found so many food spots that have a place in my heart and my stomach! Also praise to her to always get good photos she’s a gem. 

Food was another one for the month I visited so many different places. I’ve got a book full of food places to go to now and it’s refreshing to have a change of scenery. I’m exploring …

Hidden Gems- Budget Skincare

It's crunch time and your skin is in need of some tic. Writing this post makes me think of 16 year old me. Saving up my pocket money to get some skincare goodies. Overtime your skin becomes used to products so there isn't many things I can go back to skincare wise that give those amazing results time after time. Apart from the Boots Witch Hazel and Tea Tree range. It's a stand out line that ranges from masks to moisturiser. 

The range is inexpensive which is the real beauty of this. You won't pay more than £6.99 for a product so why haven't you tried it out already? I thought to persuade you more to give this all a try I'd break the range down to my top three products that are an absolute must for your life. 

Let's start off with some Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Nose Strips £4.99. Yes the sexiest bit of skincare you could have, apart from looking like you've broke your nose these little beauties are a skincare go to for me. We know I love a good mas…

Do I Have Enough Shoes?

Shoes never really were my thing. As a kid I didn't want many pairs, I lived in my converse as a kid and that was me. It's not until I got older and got a job on a shoe shop that I became a bit obsessed with shoes. I never really realised how much they contribute to an outfit. As my uniform at work is based around the shoes i got my appreciation for what's on my feet. Which brings us to the present day me trying to justify the amount of shoes i have. Especially the styles you should invest in.

Let's get the highest amount out of the way, the boots. We've just had Autumn and we're escaping Winter how could I not get new boots. Well 4 pairs of boots to be exact. They are versatile they aren't like sandals that you only wear in Summer these are an all round year investment. Come on that justifies the amount I have right? I mainly go for heeled ones. Being 5'3 ain't easy especially when it comes to walking next to everyone else and feeling like the lit…

Let's Go For A Trip Around The World

It's that time to break out the suitcase and the travel essentials and get ready for some exploring. I am off to Edinburgh and Budapest in less than a week and I am so excited. I am currently drowing in revision cards and the idea of a couple days away and somewhere new to explore is keeping me sane. I wanted to travel more this year, stop holding myself back. I want to go so many places this year and learn to do what's better for me sometimes. That place i've always wanted to visit doesn't have to stay on my list all the time. So it's time to look at some new places. 

I want to visit London this year. I went years ago and I loved it, wasn't there long enough sadly but I would love to go back even just for a weekend. I wanna take in the city and finally go near Camden market. I have dreams of walking down the streets inspired, with so many ideas and visuals to take in. 

I'd love to go back to Paris maybe, it's such a hectic and busy place it was kind of a…

Hidden Gems- Face Mask Fixer Upper

It's a face mask this week, I've really been wanting switch things up and some of new skincare goodies have been the way to go. I found myself sticking to the same thing and my skin wasn't showing a lot of change. Rather than going too drastic I thought about trying a new mask. We all know I won't turn down the opportunity to get a new face mask so let's talk about how this went. 

I'll admit now, I've never used a jam mask before. The Superdrug Vitamin C Revitalising Jam Face Mask £4.99 packed with kakdu plum extract and orange peel this is the sure fire way to get that skin pumped for the new year ahead. After a heavy Christmas and a cold January it's time to treat the skin a little. 

This is one of the weirdest masks i've ever used I'll say that now. I have tried a large variety of masks but this really is something different. It's a hybrid of a gel and a scrub mask in a  lovely zesty form. The usual leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wi…

Drugstore Palette Envy

There's gonna be more palettes and makeup posts coming up soon. It's been a little quiet on the makeup front but it's back with some of new things to feature. Speaking of an inexpensive palette last week I have another one you need to invest in. You've probably heard so many people rave about this palette and I am about to be the next. It's the Soph does Nails Eyeshadow Palette £10

Let me tell you now those warm tones, wow they are something real special. I haven't picked up a palette like this for so long. It's a real mix of colours in this, with purples to pinks to reds to dark browns you've got a real mix of colours up in here. As someone who likes to switch it up and experiment with colours i wouldn't wear in the day this is a real good one.

When it comes to a big palette like this, the fact that there's a big variety of shadows makes it easy to travel and experiment with this. I don't have to take my massive BH one I can take this and h…

Why It's Okay To Not Have A Style

It's 2018 people, styles and trends change rapidly. Still to this day the worst question I can be asked is what is my style. What kind of style is my dress sense. It's a bad question because how am I meant to know. One day I'm in yoga pants and a baggy jumper with trainers and the next its flares, boots and all the glory. 

Style is such a subjective thing, what I think is rocker to someone else may just be punk. I think there isn't a need to have an exact style. Fashion trends don't stick to exact styles it's pulled from different times and ranges that if you followed the trends everytime you wouldn't get an exact style. To sit here and say my fashion and dress sense leads towards this exact style is wrong and to be telling the truth a few white lies. 

I don't try to follow a specific way with fashion, for me I prefer adding my own spin to things. I like to pull inspiration from places. The beatnik era, the 60's for me are an era i take inspiration fr…

Hidden Gems: Revolution Concealer

It's that time of the week again where I bring another hidden gem. I've planned these for the next couple of weeks another is a mix to come. I wanted to bring you food, clothing, makeup the whole shebang. This week it's a makeup gem, there's a few makeup and beauty bits lined up so if that's your thing then let's get cracking. 
If you live in the world of makeup particularly drugstore you would've seen the release of the Makeup Revolution Define and Conceal Concealers £4 these daring things are meant to set out the makeup world by storm. Providing full coverage and an amazing base for your face. I took the plunge a couple months back and stopped wearing foundation for 30 days. It's very rare now that I wear foundation as I managed to find a lot of full coverage concealers that did the job pretty great. At just £4 I had to give this a try and give you all the rundown. 
Now, the shade range is incredible the lovely Makeup Revolution team tried to vary the s…

That £4.50 Palette You Haven't Bought Yet

We all love a good bargain, can't exactly deny that. If you find a makeup goodie it's got to be shared and talked about. It's been a while in the making but i'm finally letting you in on the secret eyeshadow palette I've been loving for a while. If you follow my Instagram and twitter you would've already heard enough about this. It's the Primark Gold Rush Palette £4.50. Packed with those warm tones and the shimmers it's that must have palette you need to grab. 

I'll admit now they don't work too well without an eye primer. But at £4.50 I'm not really expecting top of the range standard. With a little help from concealer or an eye primer this last on the lid all day. They blend out beautifully and those mattes work great when they're patted across the eye. 

The palette itself has a real dupe vibe to it. I can't help but be reminded by the Kylie palettes. With the layout and the colours it definitely screams luxury but at the smaller pri…

Why I Still Use Bloglovin

It's crazy to think we're in the new year and there is so much happening. With Uni, work, life, and my blog it's all a lot to handle. Over Christmas I had a good think and set out some plans of where I want my content to go. I don't want to give anything up but I did want to spice things up. Bloglovin was very new to me during last year. I always had a profile but I just never really used it. I found myself always on there but never posting so I thought let's give that a change. 

And a year later and I've done over 20 weekly posts talking all about what I loved that week. As well as a few things I was crushing on fashion wise. As much as I enjoyed all of this I knew that this was just the beginning and I wanted to change it up a bit. 

The new posts to hit the Bloglovin screen are a mixture. They will be outfit appreciation posts, little life reminders, something that is grinding my gears. It's something that will remain small and personal. 

Why do I want it to…

The New Coffee Shop Hidden Gem

So you're probably wondering why am I posting on a Friday? Well especially on here. I decided to move my bloglovin posts onto my main blog. It works best and makes more sense to have all my posts on here. As i post on here and on the growing up guide it was becoming quite difficult to be posting constantly on 3 different platforms. Every now and then I will do posts on Bloglovin but the new series is moving onto here. 
So this new series I've just told you about. What is it gonna be? Well a couple of months I did a cafe crawl and thrift shop guide where I talked about the go to spots I've been finding. They are hidden gems that I come across but I keep them hidden for so long. With some of the posts I didn't mention them till weeks after I had found them. I want to create a guide for Manchester. So the hidden gem series is all about the places i've stumbled upon that you need to check out. 
To kick it off it's a good place to get some well deserved food and drink…

So I'm Using Affiliate Links

Affiliates and sponsors have been a taboo subject for as long as I can remember. The eye rolls and backlash bloggers and youtubers get when they get paid to review a product or use an affiliated website is wrong. Why are we so upset that people are earning money. The money isn't being taken from us. I think what makes it worse is how uneducated we are over affiliates. Especially affiliate links. 

So I've started using ShopStyle Collective. It's a website that allows you to earn 5-7p per click if you add a link through their website. They have a wide range of brands with some offering a higher commission for some retailers. Through using these links I earn a small amount of money and I thought rather than just telling you that I have them but why I'm using these affiliate links. 

For me this blog has been my hobby since day 1. It's hard sometimes to spend a lot of money on my blog and not get much back. Obviously this isn't done all for money but as it's my lo…