Travel and lifestyle blog. Used to do beauty and throw some in for good measure now and again.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


There are lots of tips and tricks within the beauty industry that are obvious many people know but I often find myself stumbling upon blogs and posts that bring me new tips that I've never thought of that are simply..genius. I thought I'd start a little series offering a few of my unique tips and tricks each time, so here we go!

- Keep your expensive mascara brush and buy cheap mascaras. How a mascara applies and looks on your lashes is mainly down to the brush. Unless there's some special formula claiming to make your lashes physically longer in the long term, then it's most likely down to the brush. Take the Benefit They're Real Mascara... amazing stuff. But can I really afford to fork out £19 each time? As a student the answer is no. Therefore I keep the brush and put it into a cheaper mascara and get the same effect!

- Apply white liner all over the lid before eye-shadow to make the colour pop. We may not all have the most pigmented eye-shadows or may just want our eyeshadows to appear more dramatic or vibrant. This is when the white eye liner comes in to play. You can get them for uber cheap and gently applying it over the lashes before a shadow is sure to make your eye-shadow pop.

- Apply highlighter or white liner after lip liner above the cupids bow to accentuate the lips. We all strive for that perfect lip shade which, of course, includes the cupids bow. Some of us are lucky enough to have a defined one already and some of us... well it's pretty much non-existent. I like to apply a lip liner (looove the Max Factor ones) first then apply a white eye liner or highlighter in a triangle shape where the cupids bow should be.

- Use dry shampoo the night before. We all know that dry shampoo can make your hair look white and chalky but that's only when you apply it straight away. If you do it the night before and sleep on it, the dry shampoo absorbs the oils in your hair and the chalky residue disappears. 

- Put your eyelash curlers under the hair dryer for 20 seconds. Be careful not to burn your eye when you do this, but it acts as a heated eyelash curler. It curls the lashes much more and makes the curl last longer without forking out for heated eyelash curlers... Genius idea.

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Lots Of Love


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Day Trip: Bicester Village

I’m currently staying down at my boyfriend’s house which is ‘darn sarth’ so I am going to lots of new places in and around London! I thought it’d be nice to blog about my experiences for my own memories and for you guys to have a nosey at what I’m up to. I used to blog every now and again and there were often 3 week gaps between posts but I’ve now decided to stick to a schedule of blogging every 3 days or so. It’s going to be easier for me as I’ve finished uni for summer and I'm excited to get blogging more! I’m going on a couple of holidays too so they will be all featured on here also. Anyway, today I went to Bicester Village!

After seeing Fleur De Force’s (youtuber and blogger) vlogs about her visits here, I’ve always wanted to go. It’s not toooo far from my bf’s house so we decided to head there. I wasn’t planning on purchasing a Versace dress or anything but I knew that the cosmetics company store was there and as an avid beauty lover, I wanted some beauty bargains! 

We had lunch at Pret a manger (twice). It's such a big pret and they have a ridiculous variety of food. At first I opted for a Bacon & Avacado sandwich and a red berry smoothie. Then later after shopping, we felt peckish again and got this amazing chicken & proscuitto chipotle salad and some salmon, prawn & crab sushi. AMAZING.

I had a lovely day and bought some lovely beauty goodies too! I picked up the Origins Ginzing Moisturiser (£17.25, RRP: £23) which I've seen reviewed many times and have only heard good things. I also bought the Bumble & Bumble Protein Hair Masque (£16, RRP: £22.50) which I'm EXTREMELY excited to try! I never really buy hair products and have never purchased anything from the brand Bb but have heard incredible things. Next up is the MAC intensive eye liner in 'Petrol Blue' (£10.50, RRP: £15) which is an incredible electric blue eye liner with glitter running through it. I will definitely be wearing this for dramatic make-up looks when going on a night out! Finally, a product which I actually when back for after dithering, was the Smashbox lip stain in 'Guava' (£12.75, RRP: £18). This is a gorgeous coral red colour which stains the lips beautifully. I love the staying power of lip stains and I love Smashbox as a brand so was excited to have this in my collection. Reviews on some of these products will be coming soon!

Do you guys know of any other discounted make-up shops I could visit?
Lot's Of Love,

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Coral Bliss | MAC Lipstick

Hey Everyone! I picked up a gorgeous MAC lipstick the other day so I thought I would share it with you all! It's a beautiful coral colour *hence the name* which is so wearable and pretty for summer. It's a cremesheen formula so is extremely easy to apply and looks slightly glossy on the lips. As you can imagine by it's formula type, it's not the most long lasting lipstick around but it isn't obvious when it comes off as it's pretty natural in the first place.

Debenhams were doing a beauty event where you got £10 off when you bought two beauty products; one which has won a beauty award. MAC lipsticks won an award and I was already picking up my origins moisturiser so I got this for a fiver! What a bargain! It was also a student night so I got a further 10% off.. amazing! MAC lipsticks are rather pricey these days so I had to grab this opportunity with both hands! I'm very glad I got this as opposed to 'Morange' or 'Ruby Woo' (two lipsticks on my wishlist) as it's more wearable and I don't know if I'm brave enough for bright bright colours!

I haven't heard it talked about on the blogosphere really but it's definitely one that should be mentioned more. Have any of you guys got this lipstick?


Tuesday, 17 June 2014


My boyfriends cousin-in-law owns a jewellery store called 'Ditty Drops' on Etsy and she kindly sent me some lovely bits from her store to blog about. Handmade in her own studio, her jewellery ranges from dainty necklaces to statement rings. She sent me some of her bestsellers and I was SO impressed with them. The pieces are so unique and of such good quality.

The Earrings: These studs are made with hypoallergenic surgical stainless steel which means they are by no means those cheap earrings that make your ear lobes green! I've fallen for that way too many times but these do not do this at all and feel of really good quality. As they're studs, I can wear them on a day to day basis so they're are well worth the cash. The bright 'kiwi' shade makes them perfect for wearing this summer as well as on a night out! I know I will get a lot of use out of them and there is a wide colour range of these, I really like the peachy and pink colours too!

The Necklace: This necklace is so simple that it can be worn with almost anything but the neon pink elements to it make it far from boring! I think it'd look really nice against a white collared shirt as the pink would stand out against the white and who doesn't love a good necklace when wearing collars? You can get this in a range on bright colours including green blue and yellow. Made with sterling silver, you know you are getting a good quality beautiful dainty necklace here!

The Ring: The violet nebula lacy ring has a stunning galaxy-style print which also appears in many of her other jewellery pieces. The thing I love about this ring is that it's adjustable so it will fit anyone whether you have slim or chunky fingers. I sometimes find rings really uncomfortable to wear but this one doesn't bother me at all. It's such a statement piece if the rest of your outfit is plain and is just gorgeous!

Ditty Drops ships worldwide and you can visit it here. She kindly gave me a discount code for you guys so if type ALICE10 into the checkout, you will receive 10% off!! Let me know what you think of these pieces and if you have visited her store!

Lots Of Love,

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

REVIEW | GarnierPure Active BB Cream

Garnier Pure Active BB Cream / £9.99 / Link

I've wanted to try a BB cream for a long while but have been waiting for my skin to clear up. As you may know if you've read my blog for a while, I used to struggle with acne so I've always reached for the full coverage foundations. Estee Lauder's Double Wear was my favourite at one point but now I cannot deal with the heaviness and opt for L'Oreal's True Match foundation instead which is more of a medium coverage. As summer is here and with my holidays just round the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to try out a BB cream. I have always wanted to try the blogger favourite by Dr Jart however for my first try I didn't want to splurge £20+. (Update: I just found out that it is actually on sale in Boots for £12!!)

Usually I feel BB creams are suited towards people who have almost perfect skin but this one is an innovation created for oily spot prone skin! It hydrates the skin whilst containing Salicylic acid which will help combat those blemishes. Sounds like the miracle product, right? Read on to see what I thought...

As you can see from the photos above, it blends seamlessly but looks 'barely there'. It gives the perfect amount of coverage and feels like you're wearing hardly anything. I thought BB creams wouldn't last as long but that is definitely not the case. Paired with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, my make-up lasted all day. The finish to start with is a nice mixture of dewy and matte but it definitely becomes more dewy as the day goes on, which is not really a bad thing. The smell is quite strong and I can't put my finger on it. I can only describe it as like a strong cucumber smell? I'm not fond of it but I can get past that detail for the quality of the product. It's  really affordable too however they haven't made a cheap horrible product by no means.Note that this is not the usual Garnier BB cream, it's a new release which is adhered to the more oily problem skin types. However, I would say the main downside is the colour range. I only saw the shades 'light' and 'medium'. I have 'light' and it's still slightly too light and I'm definitely not the palest gal there is! I would definitely not let that put you off though, it's something I recommend everyone gives a go!

  Pros: Finish, coverage, price, value for money, longevity.

  Cons: Smell and colour range.

Have any of you guys tried it?
Lots Of Love,

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