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Not your typical health and beauty gift guide.

Not your typical health and beauty gift guide.



This post contains gifted items. 

The first week of December has flown by and we are heading to Christmas full steam ahead. For once I have actually been pretty prepared in my Christmas present buying this year, by either avoiding the shops altogether and shopping online or getting my in-store shopping mostly done in November with just a few bits to grab during December. I don't cope well with going out into busy places at the best of times and in December it's pretty damn mad. Plus those queues are not a fun place to be. This year I've gone with a variety of present ideas and decided it would be great to create a roundup of health and beauty products, instead of doing guides for him and for her as I've done these so many years in a row and fancied a change. This post is full of goodies which can be great for creating a hamper for a loved one, secret Santa gifts or even just to treat yourself, you know how it is. 

Haircare:
I am a huge fan of all things hair colour, I've dyed my hair a huge range of colours over the last 3 years. In this time I've learnt you need to have your hair in the best condition to keep being able to dye your hair. For reasons such as colour not taking and to stop it falling out (god knows I still have my hair!) For fellow hair dye fanatics, there are three things we always need: hair colours, hair treatments and a huge supply of dry shampoo. To keep our hair looking bright for as long as possible, dry shampoo is our best friend. I am constantly applying some sort of treatment to my hair, but Moroccanoil is my staple for after washing my hair and nothing even comes close to it, it's revolutionary. 

Included within my haircare gift ideas are some bottles of Crazy Colour which are all semi-permanent so great to experiment with they offer a huge range of colours. They also offer spray in colour which is fabulous for experimenting if you're not brave enough to totally commit to a colour. I've also included one of my staple hair care products which is Moroccanoil which comes in a variety of sizes, I've included the 25ml for £11.99 on Amazon or you can get it within a gift set from Look Fantastic for £28.00. A few other staple products worth taking a look into are the Living Proof dry shampoo (which is a little pricer for dry shampoo but really does the job), any Colour or Style Freedom products and also Primark offers some great hair masks which are budget friendly. 


Skincare:
This year I've fallen head over heels in love with skincare, I've been trying a huge variety of brands this year to make up the perfect skincare routine. Skincare can be a hard present to buy for friends and family, but a lot of products can be used on a lot of skin types. This year I was introduced to the brand Yes To who have completely changed up my mask game with a variety of sheet masks, peel off masks, night masks and even nose pore strips. Their products are super fun and brightly coloured so would look amazing in a hamper or for a secret Santa present. 

For a more luxury product, Skin Pearls have you covered with their four-step routine like no other. They offer a variety of different products for different skin concerns. I have recently been trying out the acne range and I am in love. The product comes in four jars which are a month supply each, and on their site or in the package you receive a step by step guide of how to use them. As these are skin pearls and I haven't tried anything like this before I was more than happy for the guide. Each pot is targetted at a different area on your face and so far so good for my acne, my skin is feeling smoother and a lot less oily and I haven't seen any new breakouts this week which is huge. Let me know if you've ever tried their products in the comments too! 


The 'man' stuff:
In 2018 and men love giving themselves a good old pamper, Will is into his skincare and loves looking into the new beard oils on the market. He also uses face masks with me *no shame* and enjoys helping me with my skincare routine. So a great present for most men in your life is some shower pals, I know I like to spend a lot on skincare and do on a regular basis but for Will it's not a priority in his mind. Fat Face offers a huge variety of products, which up until recently I had no idea includes grooming, pampering and accessories. I'd totally recommend the Moss and Amber collection, this includes a body wash and a soap and then as an add-on the beard oil. I love the smell of the body wash and would use it for myself for sure. For other cool gift ideas for men, I'd recommend checking out Iwoot and Firebox. 

Which is your favourite product on the guide? 
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Highstreet Bargain Beauty Haul!

Highstreet Bargain Beauty Haul!



I love to find a good bargain, I mean who doesn't? It's a great feeling when you find a huge discount on an item you've been wanting for a while or even seeing an item you once knew was 4x the amount of what it is being sold for currently. TKmaxx is one of my favourite places to shop all things discount beauty, earlier this year I wrote a post about bagging a bargain and it was massively popular so I thought I'd share with you some of my latest discount beauty items. I am writing this post just after buying the items so I am hoping you guys will be able to locate these in your local stores. Let me know in the comments what your best bargain of all time was. 

Too Faced Unicorn Dreams £22 - £7.99
When I go to TKmaxx I am a little wary of how old products are for the price in which they are being charged at, but when I saw the mermaid and unicorn collections within the items I knew the collections are both relatively new. So when I saw this amazing unicorn dreams mystical effect highlighting stick for £7.99 when it is still on sale in Selfridges for £22, I knew I needed to snap it up. The other thing about TKmaxx is that often people use the products for swatches which means that often there are faults with the items, but this unicorn horn was completely untouched which made me super happy. They had two shades of the highlighter and I went for Unicorn Dreams.   

Freederm Pore Minimiser £6.49 £1.63
I was looking around the skincare in Boots and spotted this Freederm Pore Minimiser for £1.63, I suffer from acne and I am constantly looking for new products to keep it at bay. I picked up this as I know that Freederm is always a great go-to for troubled skin. 


Biore deep cleansing pore strips £8.49 £2.13
As far as I am aware of the reason that these are currently £2.13 is due to Biore are rebranding their packaging of these strips. However, I believe the product will be exactly the same. For the sake of an old box for a quarter of the price, I am pretty happy with that. 

MasqueB.A.R Anti-Blemish Mud Mask £7.99 £2.50 
I first heard of the brand MasqueBAR on ASOS when I purchased some of their charcoal masks, I believe I paid around £9 for them at the time. They are some of the best face masks I've ever used and for £2.50 for 3 masks you can't really go wrong. I can't actually see any reason these are reduced as of yet, but it is likely to also be due to a re-package of the product.


Too Faced Mermaid Tears £16.20 £5.99 
Another Too Faced bargain that I picked up from TK Maxx, I was shocked to find that this gorgeous colour changing lipstick from Too Faced was just £5.99. The packaging of the product drew me in and once I opened the product to check it wasn't already used (and it wasn't, win) I saw a beautiful greeny purple glittery shade and I fell in love. For the price and the fact I knew I'd wear it so much I had to purchase it. I know a lot of people wouldn't want to wear the colour so that may be one of the reasons it's cheaper. 

Honourable mention- Popbands: 
Finally, I thought I'd give a quick shoutout to Superdrug as their clearance section has some bargains in it and I found these Popbands for just 30p for 3. They're great for tieing up your hair and don't hurt like normal bobbles can. They come on a card so they're also great for storing in your bag. I'd totally recommend seeing what bargains you can find in your local Superdrug as I know sometimes it can be pretty hit and miss. 


It's amazing what bargains are available on our highstreet and half of the time we don't even know they're there. Plus I still got Boots points on my Boots purchases as I had additional ones loaded to my card for a face product. Win. 
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Here's to 5 years of Dungarees & Donuts!

Here's to 5 years of Dungarees & Donuts!


When I think about how long 5 years is, I can't get over the length of time it is and what I've achieved in that time. I launched Dungarees & Donuts back in college and since that time I've completed a degree and I am now working a full-time job. I've changed my name via deed poll and had two relationships. Like, a lot has happened. I remember talking to my best friend at the time about her blog and YouTube, she would speak to all of these really cool people on Twitter and it was like they were real-life best friends despite never meeting. Her blog was full of book reviews, colourful pictures and posts about makeup and I wanted to get in on the action. I set up my blog which to this day don't know why the name Dungarees & Donuts stuck, but I did eat a lot of Donuts in college and Dungarees goes well with it, plus when I first launched my blog I wanted to talk about fashion. Over the years my blog really has taught me a lot and I've made some great friends, gained some confidence I know I would not have without my blog and have been able to share my passion for writing with the world.


Since I was younger I've always wanted to be a writer, even in Primary School, I'd create these 'books' which were essentially a lot of folded paper stapled together and a drawing I'd done on the front and in reality the book was only around 5 pages, but it felt like a huge deal to me at the time. In early high school, I decided to go down the route of creating children's books and although I never shared them with anyone bar, my family, I think it gave me, even more, drive to get my writing out there. 



I get asked a lot what I blog about and sometimes it feels easier to say what they want to hear e.g. beauty. But in reality Dungarees & Donuts is me, on a website. It's full of colour, quirky clothes, ramblings about everyday life and tons of posts about my own mental health and it's a huge part of me and although it's been 5 years I couldn't see myself getting bored of it anytime soon. I take small breaks from time to time and do often get frustrated when it comes to writers blog but I manage to come out of it stronger and as long as you guys still want to read, I will keep posting. For me my blog was once about constant scheduled content, 5 times a week to posting weekly once or twice and loving the content I am putting out. Each post full to the brim of photos I love and each piece of content I actually feel proud of, whereas before I created the content because I felt like I had to. 


The blogging community has changed over the years too, I was forever wanting to fit in with everyone else and what they were doing and over recent years there have been more alternative blogs making a stir within the community and they're who I aspire to be like. I love to read makeup blogs and learn new things which I would otherwise have been clueless about, but I know it's not my forte so it seems pointless trying to make it what my blog is about. The blogging community has shifted from a ton of chats each night to just a few a week, I am glad they're still going somewhere. Blogging feels like it is mostly now about making it someway in the industry, YouTubers, as we know, have HUGE incomes and get invited to lots of events and it makes us jealous, me included, but although bloggers may not get as much of the industry as YouTubers do, it's still great to know we have that kind of influence. It's amazing that normal people such as you and I can have such a big influence from anywhere in the world. 

I still pinch myself each time I get an email in my inbox about reviews and sponsored content and each time I still wonder why they'd want to work me, but at the same time, I feel eternally grateful and I doubt that feeling of wow, will ever stop for me. I feel privileged to be where I am today with my blog and have such a supportive readership. For the future of Dungarees & Donuts, I hope to keep spreading awareness around mental illness and it makes me feel great doing so because I know that during my struggles, so many of you have had my back and helped me through the tough times. I promise to keep making you proud and on to the next five years. 

I feel like I totally need to hold a glass of champagne and this point. 
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My 'lazy day' routine 2018

My 'lazy day' routine 2018



*This post is in collaboration with Lyons 

What do you mean Olivia, that every day isn't a lazy day?! Shockingly enough, despite the image that my Instagram portrays (with the bed flat lays on a daily) I can be a pretty *busy* person, although I do enjoy my bed, probably more the average person. So on my days off from work, I usually like to dedicate one of them to be lazy, which often helps me reset my mental health for the following week at work. Sometimes I run errands on these days or go to the gym, but for the most part, going out is kept to a minimum on that day. I tend to consume copious amounts of animal biscuits and want to sleep a lot, but what is in store for Olivia on a lazy day? I hear you say (nobody said that really, I just needed to imagine they did so I could have an angle for my post) However, if you do want to find out about what my lazy day entails stay tuned and all will be revealed

Each lazy day starts with no alarms, of course, waking up when you want is the beauty of a day off, unless I have a delivery or its bin day then I am good. Once waking up, coffee or some form of Caffeine is needed. Recently I've been relying on my coffee bags which I didn't actually know were a thing until a few weeks back when I was sent some by Lyons. The concept is exactly the same as tea, except it is coffee. It's so great to be able to chuck a bag in some boiling water and leave it for a few mins, then you discard of the bag and add the additionals as you usually would, milk and three sugars please! (No judgement on my sugars allowed.) I love to enjoy my breakfast at the table whilst reading a magazine or catching up on my favourite YouTubers. Today, this will be watching the new Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star video, if you are yet to see this series, you are missing out. 


After I've finished my coffee and food, I like to go brush my teeth and then take a shower. About 2 hours later (slight exaggeration) I usually air dry which is another beauty of not being in a rush for work. Then I will dry off the excess water out of my hair and plait it or just leave it to dry naturally. Lazy days are not for makeup so I usually skip my usual makeup routine and apply some skin care products, I am completely in love with Clinique recently and ended up buying a whole new skin routine to try to combat my acne and oily skin, so far so good. Following this, I'll probably lay on my bed and either watch countless episodes of Jeremy Kyle, 90-day finance or Friends and then move on to some blogging and be semi-productive. 


On the days on which I actually head out to do things for a while, I make another coffee to go in my travel mug, and of course, grab a couple of the Lyons Coffee bags for caffeine-related emergencies! For 14p per bag and each bag is filled with freshly ground coffee beans and is quick and easy to make, I think I am on to a winner. After I've run my errands, it is time for the remainder of the day to be completely unplanned, I like to hang out with my bunnies, clean a bit and watch more TV, I am currently working my way through my Netflix watch list and if I have time, chuck a cheeky nap or two in there for good measure! #Perfection, and that folks is how I roll on my lazy days! Let me know in the comments how you like to spend your lazy days and if you've ever tried coffee in a bag, I am curious! 

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BPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

BPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette


BPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

BPerfect is a cutting-edge makeup brand which launched back in 2013 created by Brendan McDowell in Belfast. The brand was launched by Brendan to make beauty products which are on trend and unique, the products are claimed to be easy to use, and to change your makeup routine forever. Oh, and last year they were on Dragons Den and even secured an investment. Recently BPerfect has started being stocked on Beauty Bay which is where I noticed the striking Carnival Palette which is in collaboration with MUA Stacey Marie. The palette features 24 shades, including 17 vibrant matte shades and 7 high pigment shimmers as well as 2 highlight shades and to top it off inside of the palette is a decent sized mirror, the palette is in sturdy packaging and a lot more lightweight than what it looks, so is perfect for travelling with. 

BPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

If you know me, you'll know I was instantly drawn to the bright shades within the palette such as Funki, Keen and Lit which are super eye-catching as well as highly pigmented. The palette as features some more neutral shades to create a more natural look and if you're wanting to go all out there are some glitter shades which look bomb! The palette itself isn't afraid to break the makeup rules and I feel like that is similar to my own personal view on makeup, as I am one who loves the colour and will put as many bright shadows on my eyes as possible and unlike normal 'bright and pigmented' palettes this one does what it says on the tin. Stacey Marie who is a makeup artist who loves colour and isn't afraid of creating out of the box looks. Her Instagram is full of dreamy looks and I would love to be able to create similar looks from her palette. The looks you can create are extremely versatile from a more simple everyday look to a full-blown rainbow affair.  

The Palette itself is currently is £40.00 and you can get FREE UK next day delivery on the Beauty Bay with this palette which enables you to get this glorious palette in your life even sooner. I found the shades easy to blend and only a few of the shades really have fall out, which is way better than previous coloured palettes I've tried. I am raving about this palette due to the variety of colourful shades which you would not find in the same palettes including neon pink, bright orange and a deep blue! I would definitely be interested in trying more of the BPerfect products after such a stellar first impression with the Carnival Palette.  

BPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

Would you try this palette? 
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Subscription Box Sunday: Introducing Stickii

Subscription Box Sunday: Introducing Stickii



Subscription boxes, love them or hate them, there is now just about a box for everything from stationery to clothes to food and booze, you can pretty much find a box for any hobbies you may have, I mean there is your standard beauty boxes, on to boxes for self-care and even my favourite, the pasta subscription box. I recently set myself a mission of some of the best subscription boxes in the UK (and I assume most of the world) can buy. I have decided to create a series of a variety of boxes and review them for you, obviously, the content of these boxes may vary dependant on how recent the box I have is, but hopefully, you get the gist.


So what is Stickii? 
If you haven't guessed already, Stickii is a subscription box (more like an envelope) full of stickers, a stationery addicts dream right? Under a different theme, each month, which I think is pretty cute and you can pick from three categories. I obviously went for the cute theme because who would I even be, if I didn't? The theme of this box was milky way carnival, which is a unique and fun theme to go with and included  Each month the stickers come in a ring binder page so you can buy a ring binder and keep them all together. 

First impressions:
When I saw the stickers were in an envelope I was a little worried there wouldn't be much inside, as for some reason I was expecting a box, but I was wrong, using an envelope saves rubbish and makes the overall price of the package cheaper and fits through my letterbox as a nice treat for when I come home from work. I pulled the stickers out of the wallet and found 5 big sheets, one of which is 3D! 2 mini sheets and a little packet of cut out stickers. As well as a few stationery items including little notes and a paper clip. So great for having a sticker filled house. I think it would be an ideal present or package to receive if you have a bullet journal. For $10 a month I can't complain as it is jammed packed with goodies and can tell a lot of thought goes into each month. 




Themes:
Stickii Club has three choices of packs each month and they will fit a theme within your chosen category. Cute, Retro and Pop are the choices of themes and I bet you can't guess which one I went for (hint, it's the cute one!) This concept to me is pretty cool as it means the box is a little more tailored to you as a person. You can change this up if you fancy a change or you can continue getting cute stickers forever, yes pls. I think the variety of themes means that people of any age can enjoy them. 

What did I think of my first box?
On monetary terms, I think this box is a steal for the quality and quantity of items you receive. Overall I loved the box and would order again, I mean they won me over at cat stickers! I have since found out that Stickii box does share spoilers of their boxes online, which if you wanted to know the themes of the boxes before purchasing this would be ideal. Now I am off to cover absolutely everything I own in cat stickers.  

Would you order a box from Stickii? 
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$30 Colourpop Haul You Need to See

$30 Colourpop Haul You Need to See


Colourpop Supershock Shadow

Colourpop has become one of my staple brands over the last few years, for their amazing products at an even more amazing price. A couple of years back they finally started offering shipping direct to the UK, which has made the beauty bloggers of the UK very happy people. For the purpose of this post and the fact I wanted to shop elsewhere too I used a shipping service called My Mall Box, who I used when I had my first experience with Colourpop, they offer a range of options to get packages consolidated, chose who its shipped with and roughly how much that will cost for the size of your package. I decided to go for the DHL express delivery (as I am impatient) this cost around $34 which is a little on the pricer side, but worth it and within a week of my order, my package arrived totally not like for the entire day of the delivery, every time I heard a noise I got excited and jumped up to go to the door. I was impressed with how small the package was, and it was completely well wrapped and there were no customs charged on it. Although it feels a little bit less exciting that it doesn't arrive in the Colourpop box, however, the card was still included. Despite only ordering it a week ago, when the package arrived I was clueless about the contents. 


Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks

So what did I order?
Four liquid lipsticks, two super shock shadows, and an eyebrow pencil. Which for me this is a pretty tame order. I was shocked the entirety of the contents came to $30 which is around £22, bargain right? I have recently been into liquid lipsticks since rediscovering my Kat Von D one, and the lipsticks within the post were all $6.50. All of the liquid lipsticks I purchased were from different collaborations and each came in the cutest boxes. 

The first lipstick I opened was an ultra satin lip in Felix, which is a beautiful bright orange shade, which is SO me and I haven't seen a shade like this in any other store, I think would be the perfect festival companion for a pop of colour. I like the satin finish due to it having good staying power, but doesn't have that stuck lip feeling which can often be felt with matte liquid lipsticks. This is not smudge proof and you will end up applying this throughout the day, but with such a lovely finish and a pretty colour, you won't mind as much.

Next, I picked the shade in the mysterious black box, which is a collaboration between Ellarie and Colourpop, when I opened the box I was greeted with this beautiful and bold pink shade, not what you would expect within the box. The with the shade name Yoshi. It is a bold look for sure and I can confirm now that ultra matte finish is an almighty beast! No matter what I did to it, it did not budge or crumble, I was amazed. I would recommend this for any time you need long lasting lip colour without topping it up. 

The third liquid lipstick I purchased which was in the shade Coquette a shade completely out of my comfort zone (this is coming from the girl who wears bright blue lipstick), it is a beautiful red shade with a metallic finish. I am crazy in love with metallic finishes at the moment as they're so out there and look great. This lipstick did have to be re-applied a few times, however, it looks gorgeous!

The final liquid lipstick I purchased was in the shade Zipper, this is the shade I think I will get the most wear out of, as it's the typical shade I would usually reach for. Like Yoshi it was ultra matte, and I noticed the formula of this one was more drying and did crumble easier after a few hours. It is still long wearing but may need topping up from time to time throughout the day. 

Colourpop Haul

Supershock Shadows:
I purchased two of the Supershock shadows from Colourpop which is unusual for me as I usually purchase around 6 of them. I fell in love with the shades Cusp and Superfly. Cusp is a turquoise colour and is an ultra glitter shade, and amazing for finishing off any look. It's bright and easy to build. Superfly is a lot darker than Cusp but is harder to build. Both shades came in a cute little box and the Supershock shadows from Colourpop always have a unique formula which I find enjoyable to use. It is very creme like and bouncy and great to have fun with and their super shock shadows are $5 each, so well worth the money. I can't wait until my next order to get myself some summer ready shades. 

Brow Boss:
The final item I purchased was an eyebrow pencil in the shade dark brown and is fabulous to apply as the pencil is really thin so it is super easy to apply. It doesn't come out heavy and perfect for creating your dream brows. For only $5 I was I had purchased several as it is a serious game changer. 


Have you ever ordered from Colourpop?


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Places you need to visit when in Spain!

Places you need to visit when in Spain!


Just about everyone and their dog (literally) is off on holiday this summer and it's giving me seriously wanderlust, as someone with anxiety I do find it hard to travel around. Which gives me some serious FOMO, as I see a constant stream of beautiful places I want to visit and have a list as long as my arm of destinations I want to visit in the (near) future. I want to step out of my comfort zone and make the leap of a visit to one of the destinations on my list, I love doing the research into places and finding out what there is to visit, and planning what I would want to do whilst there, as I am a hugely organised person and love to make lists and finding the best places to stay. I recently was looking into Spain, I feel like it can be an underrated destination to visit and is worth looking into for sure. I've fallen in love with some beautiful places to stay such as these divine mansions in Spain, perfect if you are going away with a group of people or if you're looking for pure luxury. If you're looking for a more intimate affair or a family holiday Spain has you covered. With many villas, hotels, and hostels for you to take your pick from. 

When researching Spain and with the help of my friend Ariana who has travelled a lot and was happy to share her recommendations with me, I was able to compile a list of amazing things you NEED to do when in Spain and where to stay. Obviously Spain is a big place and dependant of where you want to visit, will depend on what you can do from this list, hopefully, it inspires you to visit these places as much as it did for me whilst writing this post. 



Valencia:
In a town near Valencia on the last Wednesday in August a huge festival is held called La Tomatina, which is the 'worlds biggest food fight' and as you've probably guessed, it's a food fight of... tomatoes. Nobody is completely sure how the tradition started but was thought to have started back in 1944. As it only happens once a year, it is a perfect reason to visit nearby Valencia. As well as this, Valencia has some other great offerings, including L'Oceanogràfic which is a huge aquarium, with dolphins, sharks, and even penguins. It also has a Butterfly house and a Crocodilary. The perfect place to visit for any age group. 


Mallorca: 
Was the destination of my family holidays as a child, but as you can probably guess I don't actually remember much, all I can picture is what I can see in photos of 5-year-old me. I would love to go back as an adult and explore. Known for having many beaches and being a popular holiday resort for us Brits, but it also has many beautiful places to explore including the Cuevas Del Drach, roughly translated as the Dragon Caves which is the most popular cave in Mallorca and I am not surprised as to why filled with pure beauty. You can get a boat trip through the caves which takes around an hour and from the pictures looks like a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Barcelona: 
Barcelona is a popular tourist destination but within there are many hidden gems worth visiting. When I was doing research into Barcelona I found some dreamy places including Park Guell, which is full of history and known for Mosaic-covered buildings, steps & sculptures in verdant park with Gaudi museum & panoramic views. There are also guided tours to make your experience extra special as you learn on the go. 

Also during my research, I found out about Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the worlds oldest and still functioning theme parks. The attractions in the park look out of this world, the carousel looks like a 'proper' old school one and it makes me happy that places like this still exist, I love the sheer amount of colour within the park and it looks like a really exciting day out. Barcelona is known for having the best food and months of endless sun which to me sounds like a dream destination for me. 



Madrid: 
The capital city of Spain, Madrid. Known for its alluring art scene and football team (of course). The Madrid Art Triangle is a must-see for anyone who wants to what is on offer in the big museums such as Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Del Prado. It is also known for those more intimate galleries. Another thing that not many people know about Madrid is it is full of parks with Casa De Campo which is 5x the size of Central Park in New York! Which within has a fun fair, small boats, the Madrid Zoo and plenty of places to take a stroll around and take in the beauty which surrounds. Sounds like a dream for someone who isn't a fan of beach holidays!

There you have it, four amazing destinations to visit in Spain. When researching for this post I couldn't quite believe the number of places there are to visit in Spain and a few of them I hadn't even heard of. I am now off to add a few more destinations to my wanderlust list and check out the best deals that Kayak and Expedia have to offer me because this girl is in need of some serious sun!

Where is your favorite place to visit in the whole world? Let me know in the comments!


*Collaborative Post

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6 beauty products you must have!

6 beauty products you must have!


 My effort levels during the winter are somewhat lacking when it comes to my beauty routine. My makeup usually ends up all over my face from having a cold, and my hair ends up getting ruined from the random downfalls of rain we have pretty much constantly... Although I do wear makeup throughout the winter, spring and summer are where it is at. With festivals on the horizon and the fun colours making their return, I am in my element. I don't blog about beauty as much as I should, so today I am bringing you my favourite products currently. Hopefully, you enjoy this post and let me know in the comments what products are essential to your beauty routine.



The first product to take the spotlight is the Nivea lip balm in soft rose which is only £2.49 and one of the best lip balms I've ever tried and completely budget friendly too. Working in an office with aircon often dries out my lips, but I find it is easily fixed with this lip balm which leaves your lips feeling soft and it also adds a little tint to your lip. Next up is the Airbrush Away Primer from No7 which comes in at £16.50, a little more on the pricer side as in the past I have only bought cheaper ones but haven't found them to do the job, after having my makeup done in Boots and been shown the difference that the primer can make, I knew I needed to have it in my life. It creates a lightweight base for your foundation to glide over and helps to even out any imperfections. A little goes a long way with this primer, so I believe it's worth the investment. My go-to foundation currently is from IT cosmetics and is the Your Skin But Better CC cream*, I fell in love with this CC cream as soon as I tried it, giving a flawless full coverage, covers up my acne more than other CC creams/foundations I have tried and has SPF 50 within, so great for those summer months and the bottle itself is in a tube with a pump which makes it 100 times easier to get the amount you want and to carry around as its not heavy.



I love whacking out the perfumes during the warmer months, and I have to pre-warn you that I am terrible at describing scents, but my two favourites currently are Candy Sugar Pop* from Prada and Dior Poison Girl Unexpected*, both perfumes according to experts fit under the Oriental scent bracket, which I hadn't actually heard of until I looked into these perfumes. Both fragrances are made up of vanilla base notes and smell divine. Poison girl unexpected has a sweet scent and The Perfume Shop advise the scent is "A radically pop inspiration, a sudden, lightning-fast sensation that sends sparkling shivers down the spine and then rounds off with sugary softness." A must-have scent for 2018. Candy Sugar Pop isn't the usual perfume I would be drawn to, as it's more elegant than my usual 'type' described online as "Delicate notes of Peach and Vanilla mingle with airy Apple and Mahonial and shiny top notes of Vert de Bergamote and Green Citrus, comprising an unexpectedly substantial scent story: a sweet first impression cut with an ironic aside, Prada Candy Sugar Pop leaves the room on a high note." Also a perfume you need to add to your collection in 2018. 



The final product I wanted to include in this post has been a firm favourite of mine for a few months now, and I don't imagine it changing. I've had a love-hate battle with dry shampoo for a long time now, growing up Batiste dry shampoo was the one but the relationship ended when I came to the conclusion of how much white residue that it actually leaves behind. After spotting an AD on Insta for Colab I was drawn by the colourful packaging and fell in love with the product on first use, I can feel it actually absorbs the product and makes my hair feel clean for a good 2-3 days and for someone who washes their hair once a day to go that many days, it must be good. Colab has an amazing range of scents and is available from Boots currently at £1.74 (usually £3.49). 

What products have you been into lately?  

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TK Maxx Haul + Tips for Bagging a Bargain.

TK Maxx Haul + Tips for Bagging a Bargain.


Taking things back to basics today with a haul, back in 'the day' when blogging was all about the makeup bargains that you had picked up and photograph them on the equivalent of a potato (I am being serious, look at one of my old hauls here) whereas now the haul is a little more classy, with lush photos taken and they actually look professional for the most part which is so cool to see how far some people have come, as well as to see some amazing photography made by fellow creators. With me, I am all about the colour and fun shots, I will never be the best photographer, but I am happy to give it ago! So back to the point at hand, I recently did a small haul in TK Maxx and picked up 5 items for £20 which is pretty good going IMO. I decided to share this with you as I was super excited by some of the items I was able to pick up, I swear every time I go into TK Maxx it gets better. So today I decided to share my haul with you, as well as a few tips for finding the best deals in TK Maxx.



Tip 1:
With TK Maxx, I have heard they've previously been in trouble for making up an RRP to make the discount sound better when the product was never even sold anywhere but TK Maxx, however, I believe they've now fixed this issue and if it was not sold anywhere previously, it will not have an RRP. It's always worth Googling items found in TK Maxx to find out how much of a deal you are really getting, as it can be misleading.  

Steve Madden Metallic Purse £3.00
I am instantly drawn to metallic stuff recently, and by this, I mean like a magpie attracted to anything silver. I went to look at this purse as it looks like something I'd buy, picked up and decided I needed to have it, and I was expecting around the £15-20 mark, to look and find it was only £3.00, which is a pretty good find. 

EOS balm £3.99
The EOS balm became one of my favourite items when I was visiting the states after I was introduced to them by Ami back in 2014, every time I visited I would make sure I picked up a huge stash of them so they didn't run out back in the UK. However, in recent months it appears that Boots have started to sell them for a hefty £6.50, and I find it hard to part with that much money for a lip balm. But when in TK Maxx I found a range of flavours for £3.99, which is still on the pricer side of a lip balm, but I swear these things do not run out? 




Tip 2:
Do not browse TK Maxx sections you do not need items from, I am the worst for it. I cannot just go in for a look in TK Maxx, I go through the whole store looking for items I may need, and shock horror I actually never use any of the items I pick up. When I am looking for homeware I will try to avoid the beauty and hair section as they always have tempting deals and I have next to zero willpower.  

Unicorn Nail Kit £4.99
I am not going to lie, no matter what was inside I was going to purchase it, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it to find an adorable nail kit, perfect for storing in your bag and has just about everything you may need in a nail kit, including two pairs of clippers. It also has tweezers in which will come in handy I am sure. 




Nails Inc Nail Varnish £2.99
A few months ago I purchased a Nails Inc gift set with two fabulous shades and wondered why I'd never tried the brand before, although they're on the pricier side I would definitely say they're worth it. I picked up a beautiful polish with little pink flowers within, however, it didn't really stay all, so for this one, I wouldn't be repurchasing but it may have just been the shade of polish. 

Melted Lipstick from Too Faced £4.99
Every time I go in TK Maxx I am always lusting after their melted lip stains and they have a pretty good range for the summertime, I've never bought one due to the copious amounts of liquid lipstick I already own, but seen as I was doing a haul, I decided it was worth treating myself to one. For £4.99 any Too Faced item to me is a bargain at that price. 

*What is your favourite thing you've ever picked up from TK Maxx? 
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Intu Potteries SS18 'Think Pink' Haul

Intu Potteries SS18 'Think Pink' Haul



Think Pink

Recently I was invited by the lovely PR team at Intu to be part of their SS18 campaign in the Potteries Centre in Hanley. For Spring and Summer 2018, the focus is on four key trends which are Think Pink, Love Lavender, Club Tropicana and Sparkle & Shine. The Potteries teamed up with a local florist Natalie’s Florist and covered 5 mannequins from head to toe in artificial flowers to show off these amazing trends. All of these trends can be found in some of the stores in the potteries. I was given the theme Think Pink, which works well for me, as I am a huge fan of all things pink and of course I had to show you what I picked up, because who doesn't love a haul, amirite? First things first, I went to check out the mannequins for some inspiration, for think pink there are two mannequins, a female one and a male one which are both showcasing a different style. I also had to take some pictures with the other mannequins, they are so creative and look fab. 

SS18 Intu Potteries Stoke

With so much choice in the Potteries, I first headed to Accessorize as I know they usually have some of the best accessories when I walked in I was greeted with a huge display of pretty things which were right up my street, a lot of them being stationery and other cute bits. I am always drawn towards the socks in a shop as you can never have too many socks right? (My boyfriend says otherwise) where I saw these pun socks and I knew I had to get the socks that said 'You're Jawsome' on them, as they were so cute and fitted the theme perfectly, with socks in hand I carried on my search in Accessorize, where I came across a lovely little purse and I knew I had to have it as part of my search, with these two items in hand I decided to head into Superdrug. Superdrug is always my go-to place for beauty as they usually have waaay more counters than Boots, oh and they sell Makeup Revolution. I always love the Potteries Superdrug as you look down the aisle and there stands a huge array of makeup stands.

The first stand I came across was I heart Revolution which had a huge variety of beautiful products. My first choice was the amazing light and glow palette which on the outside looks like a chocolate bar, dipped in pink and inside has two beautiful shades, a pearly pink and a highlight which are both perfect to brighten your skin during those warmer months. Next, I came across a triple-baked blush which features some of the prettiest blush shades I've ever seen and they create such a lush look when all used together. It's also really long wearing which I was pretty impressed with.


Think Pink SS18

Think Pink

Think Pink

Following this, we came located a stand for Bleach London which was full of makeup and their hair products, I actually only knew about their bleach and a few hair products, but I was pleasantly surprised with the huge choice of makeup now on offer (if you're going to any festivals, make Bleach London your number one for glitter and other cool makeup bits), now if you know me, you'll know I am a huge fan of bright hair dye. I recently took the plunge to dye my hair bright pink and I am in love with it, and bleach London has some standout pink called the big pink and mixed with conditioner it's great for a long lasting dye, even for someone like me who is obsessed with washing their hair. Lastly, I spotted a pack of beauty blenders, in bright pink and they are in all different shapes which is great for doing your makeup. I am forever going through beauty blenders like no tomorrow, for £14.99 I was able to pick up 4 sponges which are a pretty good bargain, I would go as far as to say the sponges are as good as my beauty blender from real techniques. 

I would love to know what trend you'll be rocking this season in the comments!

*I was given a gift card to purchase the items in this post, all thoughts are my own.

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Mothers Day With Debenhams

Mothers Day With Debenhams



Mothers Day to me is a great time to share that true appreciation for your mum, for all of the things she does, and how she deserves to be awarded for all of those times. To all of the mums out there, you're doing a fab job. Remember that.  

It's that time of year once again, Mothers Day is on Sunday! It's usually about the time of the week in the lead up to Mothers Day, that a lot of people remember it's Mothers Day on Sunday! I included. I don't know about you, but the panic sets in. Your mind goes blank trying to think of that perfect gift, recently I bought you my bumper mothers day gift guide which features those more 'quirky' gifts, including chocolate pizza and a mystery box full of goodies which I guess is one way of getting mothers day sorted. I have also teamed up with Debenhams this Mothers Day to bring you some real show stopper products that every mum (and yourself obviously) needs in their life. With next day delivery being able to save us on many occasions, Mothers Day will be no different from the rule. Debenhams have a huge range of products with everything from chocolate to the latest beauty products and even a huge range of homeware and clothes. Today I am sharing with you my top three last-minute gifts from Debenhams. 

Yankee Candle Votive Gift Set
First on the list is this lush Votive set from Yankee Candle, featuring 5 fragrances perfect for Spring, not only do they look pretty they smell pretty good too. I love getting people candles for gifts, however buying them a full sized one can often be a mistake as they may not like it. However, with the mini gift sets, they can try them out and if there are any they really like you can purchase them as a gift at a later date. The set of 5 is £9.00 which is a pretty good offer, I've found the mini candles last around 6-7 hours, but Yankee candle claim they can last up to 15, so for the price, I'd definitely recommend. I will say the scents in this gift set are sweet smelling scents. The scents included in this set are 1 'Midnight Jasmine', 1 'Summer Peach', 1 'Shea Butter', 1 'Lavender' and 1 'Cherry Blossom'.


Every mum deserves a good old pamper this mothers day, and I love the idea of buying your mum pamper gifts for Mothers day as it is usually the case that this is the last thing on their mind to buy. The Glamglow Supermud mask is great for fixing so many issues with the skin. The aftermath of the mask is actually an amazing result for someone who suffers from acne and also has dry skin, I found this to clear up my acne massively and smells so good too. Debenhams offer a huge range of face masks, but Glamglow is one of their best offerings that's for sure!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume
Perfume for sure is one of the most popular gifts to buy your mum for Mothers Day, this one can be a bit trial and error, if you know her favourite perfume it's always a good idea to buy her that one, or some similar. If your mum has a variety of perfumes or is forever wanting to know what your wearing, it's the perfect time to give her a new one to try. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is one seriously popular scent and comes in a range of sizes. Described by Debenhams as: "Adding to the sensational floral scents and addictive qualities of the iconic fragrance, Flowerbomb Nectar has a feminine and sensual flower liqueur, with an explosion of floral notes and a surprising twist. A sensual floriental, the initial impression of the fragrance leads with fresh bergamot oil and rich sweet blackcurrant syrup. The heart of this fragrance unveils a feminine and enveloping white floral nectar of Sambac Jasmin and Orange flower combined with the sweet notes of Osmanthus, again ensuring the Flowerbomb unique trail. And finally, Nectar is even more sensual and luxurious thanks to an addictive gourmand sensation of warm spicy hues of tonka bean and creamy soft vanilla." Flowerbomb Nectar is the latest perfume to be added to the Flowerbomb range and it's one not to be missed. 


What have you treated your mum to this Mothers Day?

*Contains PR samples

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