Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Summary | Workin' 9 - 5

 photo SundayPost_zps41b9785f.jpg Evening lovelies!! I'm so sad I haven't been able to post much this week - I've started a new job and have lost a lot of my blogging time as a result, add being poorly the last two days to the mix and it's not the recipe for blogging success!! But this isn't a pity party so onto more positive things.

I feel like I mention the weather all the time but what can I say, it's a fall back topic in the UK - and it has been gorgeous!! I work overlooking the most beautiful lake which hasn't been too shabby considering the sunshine and general loveliness. I've also been enjoying the leisure club use which comes alongside and going to pilates classes on a more regular basis: it is honestly the best excersise in my opinion, especially for a cardio phobe like myself.

I've managed to develop a slight addiction to Traffic Cops and Nothing To Declare - I completely and totally blame my sister  but oh my goodness these shows are just so watchable!! There goes my last chance at being cool...Anyone else? 

A short and sweet post today, but I wanted to pop a little Sunday summary up to have a little catch up and check in! Hope you've had a lovely week :) 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #9

 photo WednesdayWishlist7_zps03b4b969.jpg Happy hump day everyone!! Hope you've had a lovely week so far - this feels more like Sunday to me as I'm back off to work tomorrow, but after 3 days off I can't complain! I'm currently on a serious spending ban, so the wishlist this week is going to have to stay just that - a wishlist. Which is such a shame as I think this is one of my faves yet and I absolutely love everything on it!!

I have both ears pierced twice but always forget to actually wear earrings on a daily basis. I love really basic dainty ones and this little selection from New Look would be perfect for everyday wear, being quite simple but with a little added sparkle.

I discovered Oysho whilst in Barcelona and will be writing a whole post on the brand pretty soon as I just can't get enough of them!! They have an amazing sale on at the moment and this gorgeous blue clutch is a total steal and so perfect for Summer.

This co-ord set is my favourite thing this week, the print is stunning! Loving anything blue and white at the moment, add in the red band and it's just the perfect mix. I think this would be an amazing festival outfit: I wasn't sold on the matching top/shorts trend initially but am totally won over.

Continuing on the simple jewellery theme, how cute are these little gold bangles! Stars on jewellery are my favourite (I once almost got a star tattoo, but am happy now to just wear them on my wrist instead) and these are just lovely.

Summer = sandals, the blue of these would look great with a fake tan and they're just a little bit more glamourous than your average beach shoe.

Kimonos are definitely the coverup of the year - I wear mine all the time, they're perfect for solving the British summer dilemma of jacket or no jacket, as well as being ideal for the beach worn over a bikini! The colour and print on this one are so beautiful.

Summer hats can be a bit hit and miss but this one is a definite thumbs up from me!! Really basic, a little bit beachy and a perfect size for keeping the sun at bay.

What's on your wishlist this week?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sunday Summary | The Tuesday Edition

 photo LakeDistrict2_zps12803f93.jpg photo LakeDistrict1_zps8e39923b.jpg photo LakeDistrict13_zpsc5948a00.jpg  photo LakeDistrict3_zpse72fda3a.jpg photo LakeDistrict4_zps8ae37b13.jpg photo LakeDistrict5_zpsd38f386f.jpg photo LakeDistrict7_zpsb9ad029b.jpg photo LakeDistrict8_zps6379a540.jpg photo LakeDistrict10_zps48cad897.jpg I'm being a bit cheeky in calling this a Sunday summary as it is really two days later, and I will admit to being a bit unorganised over the last few days - blogwise and other! With the weather being so gorgeous today, my sister and I decided to take a little picnic down to the lake and rowed to one of the islands bobbing about in the water. We made some focaccia the night before, I wish I'd taken a photo as it was really beautiful if I do say so myself! The little sis brought back these AMAZING chocolate covered Oreos from Morocco - why on earth do we not have these in the UK?! If anyone's seen them in the shops please let me know as I think I might be addicted...

It's so nice to be able to do fun things like this - I mentionned that I really wanted to explore my area more often and this is a great way of doing so :) It's easy to forget how lucky we are to live in such a pretty part of the world, I never appreciated it when I was younger but am definitely doing so more now! I think we may have scared a few tourists on the roads singing Let It Go at the top of our voices, I still haven't seen Frozen which is literally crazy as I know all the words to that song, it's only a matter of time before I see the film and then I can only imagine the road trip fun...

It was the perfect chilled out afternoon and I hope to have so many more like it this Summer :) Add in some Pimms and you've got the perfect combination.

Have you been making the most of the gorgeous weather? Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Review | Lancome Hypnôse Mascara

 photo LancomeHypnoseMascara1_zps8189c023.jpg photo LancomeHypnoseMascara2_zps101373fd.jpg photo LancomeHypnoseMascara3_zps71f22e90.jpg photo LancomeHypnoseMascara4_zps9263e6cb.jpg

Honestly? I was all prepared to sit down and talk about a good but not amazing mascara. I bought Lancome's classic Hypnôse mascara back when Debenham's were offering it for £10 to celebrate it's 10th Birthday - described as a cult classic, there was NO way I was missing out on this opportunity (normally Hypnose retails for £22.50 so a pretty hefty saving there). I had to wait a while to try it as I was still in Brussels when the offer was on, but I got home and eagerly tore it out of it's packaging, all ready for fluttery voluminous lashes which looked like falsies but were in fact my very own. Maybe because I had such high expectations, but the first time I used this I'll admit to being quite disappointed! It was OK, but Collection's Does-it-all mascara did a better job at adding volume whilst also separating lashes (and costs about a quarter of the price). I tried a few more times and it grew on me, but still - I wasn't wowed. The thing is, the first coat would add some lovely natural oomph, but perhaps slightly too natural for my liking. Adding a second coat and my lashes looked pretty good, but I found it quite difficult to work with and *whisper it* slightly clumpy!

It was when applying it this morning in preparation for taking photos for this post, that I finally realised why this is such a popular and hyped up product. I had quite a bit of time to spare, as I wasn't rushing off to work or anything, so really took my time wiggling the brush into the roots of my eyelashes, making sure they were nicely coated and separated. Two coats later and I had the most natural looking yet ridiculously fluttery eyelashes I've had since my no.1 favourite, Benefit's They're Real, ran out (a dark, dark day).

The tube for this mascara is very pretty: simplistic, with the Lancome name and logo imprinted in gold onto the lid. It definitely looks as expensive as it is, and whilst lovely packaging will only get you so far, it's defintely a bonus. The brush is quite bristly and pretty soft, so it does take some work to get to the roots of your lashes but oh my goodness it is worth that tiny bit of effort. It really coats every single one, separating and lifting them, and holds a curl so well throughout the day. This mascara also wears really well, throughout a full day at work it didn't smudge at all - no panda eyes here!

And so, for me, the trick to this mascara is really taking time with it - the results are so worth it. I've done a complete U-turn on this product and I'm so glad I gave it a few more chances. For those days when I literally need to run out of the house, I'll be sticking with Collection - which to be fair, did take a while for me to get the trick of as well, I clearly need mascara lessons -, however for the 2 minutes longer it takes, I think I will be prioritising spending a little more time on my mascara in the future.


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