#BirminghamBloggersMeet14

#BirminghamBloggersMeet14


Hi lovelies, some of you may know that I organized a bloggers meet up which took place over the weekend, which I think went really well and thank you if you attending and I am hoping to organize another one at some point in the summer but I'll probably stick to a smaller scale as this one was super stressful! I hope everyone who came enjoyed it, and thank you to all of the lovely companies who provided items for the goody bags! So what actually happened on the day of the meet I hear you ask? Firstly I decided to start with some shopping we started at Selfridges and did a look around the beauty halls before splitting into smaller groups, I spent the majority of the day with Siobhan who is so lovely and bubbly and as she is going to Florida in May she spent the day shopping for essentials!

After the shopping, we headed to Birmingham lush and got a talk and a tour from the lovely ladies who taught us how to make a face mask and then we were shown how to make the "fluffy dragon" by another Lush assistant which smelt gorgeous! Lush also gave us goody bags each which I thought was so lovely of them! Finally, we headed to Ming Moon and I booked out the VIP so we could get to know each other on a better level and also get a talk from Chris & Kirsty (who you may of seen on this series of Take me out) who were talking about a company called Motives which was great! Then we ended the day with food and a raffle with all the money going to Rethink mental health! I hope everyone had as much of an amazing day, but I am glad it is finally over as I've been stressing since October!







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Discovery Box

Discovery Box



One of my favorite things is perfume and about 8 months ago I found out about the Discovery box from the fragrance shop, it's like a beauty box but for perfume you get 5-7 samples (one of which are for men)  of perfume and also a £5 off voucher if you decide to buy any of the bottles as full size. The perfumes come in the little sample sized bottles (2ML) it only costs £5 quarterly which in my opinion is an amazing deal and the best way to try out perfume before you buy or just a chance to have lots of different ones on the go at once! So what did I get in this box? 


Givenchy- Very Irresistible:
I've seen this fragrance everywhere lately, and although it is not my cup of tea I definitely think it is the perfect fragrance for spring, it has quite a floral smell to it! 

Elie Saab- Le Parfum:   
This fragrance is absolutely gorgeous, such a sweet smell and is something I'd definitely buy full sized, the perfume itself is a strong smell it is one of those perfumes you smell and keep coming back for more! 

Guerlain- La Petite Robe Noire: 
Not the sort of fragrance I'd wear unfortunately, it smells like something my grandmother would wear, not keen on the smell at all. 

Lacoste- Eau De Lacost:
Another gorgeous smelling fragrance from Lacoste, I am always a big fan of their perfumes they smell luscious, a very girly fragrance.   
 
Thierry Mugler- Alien Eau: 
I have smelt this fragrance many of times and it is so gorgeous, I fell in love with this scent all over again, very sweet smelling when I smell it I always think of designer not even sure why, but absolutely gorgeous, as soon as my current perfume runs out this is in! 
 
Loewe Solo Sport & Valentino Uomo:
These are the two fragrances for men that come in the box, I'd definitely be happy if my boyfriend came home in either of these both gorgeous smelling, I am considering buying him the Valentino one for our two year anniversary. Loewe Solo Sport reminds me of a golfing club it seems like quite an upmarket fragrance.  
 
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Inspire me.

Inspire me.



Inspiration is everywhere, it's just about opening your eyes and thinking hey look at that sun, look at how those trees move in the wind, that sun set is gorgeous. But sometimes we need more inspiration to make our day the best it can be so here are my tips to giving you inspiration even on those rainy days. Lets start with that one song that no matter how you feel can instantly pick up your mood and get you feeling inspired. Mine is Regina Spektor- Us, if you're sat there after listening to this song wondering why you've heard it before the answer is 500 days of Summer I heard it on there about 4 years ago and it has always been my go to song, whether I am trying to write a blog post or get up in the mornings I just pop it on and I always seem in a better mood.On my wall is a collage of pictures of me with friends, and also quotes that are meaningful to me and no matter what I just look at a (the) photo's and one of them will just spark inspiration in me one of my favourite quotes on the wall is "you can't have sunshine without the rain" and that just somehow always puts a smile on my face. My final tip for getting some inspiration is go out for a day and just take pictures of everything and anything, you may look insane but it'll help, if you take them back and look through them and they may not be useful for anything whatsoever but some may be, they may strike an idea in you or just a nice thing to look at when you're uninspired.
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My product of the month!

My product of the month!




I can't believe it, February has been and gone again already! I am a few days late with this post, but I am going to share with you my favorite product of the month. I am aware I have done it again, picked another product from the USA. The pocketbac, in other words hand sanitizer but look how cute these ones are, and the best thing is they smell gorgeous too! But I do have some good news you can buy them in the UK from amazon, they are little more pricey than they are in the States, but definitely worth investing! If you are from the states I'm sure you are well aware of these things and bought many of them yourself, I have also heard a lot of bloggers talking about them visiting Florida this year and when you do take yourself to bath and body works! Else you'll regret it. I am pretty much applying hand sanitizer every 10 minutes and I do get strange looks from customers, like what is that? I do promise next month I shall be picking an English based product so it is a lot easier for you lovelies to get your hands on, and I am thinking I shall do an American Based giveaway in September after I've been to the USA so you can get your hands on some of these cuties too!



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My mood boster playlist!

My mood boster playlist!


It's a lot harder to make a heart with your headphones than it looks! 

I have really mentioned my music taste on my blog at all, but I do have a pretty strange music taste I like anything from what's in the charts to heavy metal it depends on my mood. My Spotify has so many different playlists on of my different music, but there is one playlist I made after seeing a similar thing on Spotify, "mood booster" everyone needs one of these playlists for a pick me up when you're feeling down or uninspired. So I thought I'd share you my top ten tracks on the playlist (definitely not the whole thing which is 288 songs long!) Some of the songs boost my mood due to the memories behind the songs, and others I just like from the radio!
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TAG: Blogger Firsts Beauty edition.

TAG: Blogger Firsts Beauty edition.


I have seen so many tags floating around during my time as a blogger and I am always a sucker for a good tag, I have been thinking about doing my own tag for a while now, I've wrote this tag and re wrote it about 100 times now, but I think it is finally good enough for people to want to do! This is blogger firsts only, else you'd probably be wracking your brain back quite a few years! If you do my tag I'd love it if you could link it back to me and feel free to use my image that I have made.



The first brand you found out about due to blogging? 
MUA, before blogging I barely bought any make-up I think I owned 1 of everything when I first heard about MUA after reading a blog post on them I rushed down to my nearest superdrug and invested in 5 £1 lipsticks, I mean £1 lipsticks how can you go wrong with that, I couldn't believe it!

The first youtube tutorial you watched and attempted? 
only recently started watching youtube tutorials before I thought I could never do my eye make-up as good as that! But after watching Ellen I finally faced my fears (you know what I mean) and took on some make-up tutorials and they are actually a lot easier than I thought!

The first high-end item you bought? 
A MAC lipstick, it took me a fair while though I kept seeing them pop up everywhere and thought may as well, and have never looked back. Definitely worth every penny in my eyes. 

The first product you regret buying? 
The baby lips, I bought these pretty much two weeks into blogging and I instantly regretted going out and buying all 5, I wish I had bought one then realized these are crap instead of buying the whole collection! 

The first product you repurchased? 
Soap and glory lipsticks, I had one of these pretty much as soon as I started blogging and then bought 3 more since, they are such good quality for the price tag! P.S. they smell gorgeous! 

The first product you reviewed on your blog? 
*Takes a look back at my blog* My first reviews were terrible I did review the Spray on Vaseline sprays, at least I was honest and I think it was the first time I realized how much I loved reviewing things and that was when I became totally hooked on blogging! 

The first product you bought due to a blogger review?
Baby lips again. I saw them everyone and went out and bought them and you know the rest, I regretted it instantly!


Do you still use any of your first blogger make-up purchases? 
I do actually, I still use the Kate Lipsticks and also the soap and glory ones as they are both amazing! To be fair my first blogging products were only bought about 7 months ago!

& I tag Lucy, Siobhan, Jess, Leah, Katie & all you other lovely bloggers and youtubers out there! 






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The Sunday Summary #3

The Sunday Summary #3


I actually really enjoy taking for this post in the week, and making this post on a Sunday morning before work! So I do hope you guys actually enjoy reading these, so what have I been up to this week?


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What I've done: This week I went for a walk with my boyfriend along the chase, it actually felt like spring and it was sunny *shock horror*, went for milkshakes in a pub with my best friend this is how we roll! I had to put the picture of my cat and the pizza in this, it was too funny not too! I saw Russell Kane on his smallness tour, damn I love that guy, such an amazing performance, shame we weren't allowed to take pictures during his performance! Me and Charlotte also got the train to Birmingham, got to our home town station and jumped on another train to somewhere else, we must of looked very strange! But a very fun week on my behalf!
Moment of the week: Well this obviously has to be seeing Russell Kane in tour again, I've been waiting to see him again since Leeds Fest, he writes some amazing comedy and took the wet out of towns near to us and did the accents was so hilarious!


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