This Love Is Be & End All

Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Jacket - ASOS
Tee - Topshop
Jeans - Matalan
Necklace - F21
Trainers - Dunlop

This probably isn't the best OOTD post I've ever done but it is the outfit I was wearing the day I got engaged! Looking back now I'm disappointed about the scruffy trainers and jeans but as far as I was aware I was going for a walk in the forrest and on the beach so I didn't expect to need my ball gown on!
I was eyeing up this boucle style jacket on Asos for ages before I nabbed it in the sale. It kept selling out in my size so when I saw it come back into stock it flew into my basket like the speed of light. It's a fab little jacket. It's a great shape, a lovely soft material and the neon colour is perfect for the S/S season. It looks great over a casual tee or with a more formal dress so it's definitely earned it's keep in my wardrobe. 
The printed tee is one I've had for years that I refuse to part with (same with the trainers to be honest), it's the perfect oversized fit and I like the unusual print. The necklace is a recent purchase and the colours are a match made in heaven. Gold and mint. Swoon. I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the necklaces in F21. I wanted at least one of each!  


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I just thought I'd share a couple of photos of our cheesy grins after getting engaged. We're a pair of happy chappies at the moment! 

I Belong With You, You Belong With Me, You're My Sweetheart

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Last Thursday I woke up thinking it was a normal day but I couldn't have been more wrong. Thursday was the day that I finally became engaged to my wonderful and loving boyfriend. He took me on a trip to the beach where he very inventively (&sneakily) hid a message in a bottle for me to find. Inside the bottle was a simple message 'will you marry me?'. He then got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring for me. I promptly burst into tears and of course said yes.
We've been together for 6 years and I honestly couldn't be happier right now. I wrote this super late while he was snoozing away next to me and I felt like I could burst into a million glittery pieces (yes I'm being super soppy and whatnot but humour me - I'm a little overwhelmed right now). I've been waiting for this for what seems like forever and I can't wait to become his wife. 
I'm going to marrying my best friend and what could be more perfect than that? I'm a wedding fanatic and we intend to get married in the not too distant future. Would you be interested in seeing some wedding-ey bits on the blog? I love seeing other peoples plans. 

Tanatomicals - the Holy Grail for the Deathly Pale instant + self tan mousse

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

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Tanatomicals instant + self tan moose Superdrug £6.99

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know I'm fake tan mad. Unfortunately I have that very pale skin that never ever tans (only burns sadly) so if I want a golden, sun kissed glow I must resort to getting it from a bottle. I appease myself by telling myself that at least I'm not at risk of skin cancer or wrinkles (I completely avoid the sun - sunblock is my best friend!). 
I actually came across this product during a rummage in TK Maxx and picked it up for £3.99 so if you live near one get down there and have a root! 
I've come across Anatomicals before but I've never actually tried any of their products. I'm not sure why as they're extremely reasonably priced and the quirky tongue in cheekness of the brand really pulls me in. I love the names of the products and I had to include all these photos just to show the funny little verses covering the packaging. When I came across the instant and self tan mousse I was immediately intrigued. 
My last experience with instant tanner was a bottle of Rimmel Sun Shimmer and I'm not going to lie it wasn't a pleasant experience but I decided it's time to give instant tan another go. Sometimes you may embark on an impromptu outing and you may need a tan for that. Instant tan is the way to do that. 
My first impression of the product was the absolutely amazing smell. It's exotic, coconutty, pina colada-y...just gorgeous. The mousse is incredibly smooth, easy to apply and blend using a self tanning mitt. You are left with a beautiful colour straight away so it's easy to see where you've already applied the tan and it also means you can be tanned and gorgeous straight away although it does develop a little more into a deep, rich colour. It doesn't streak at all and it only lasts until your next shower so you can avoid that horrible patchiness you can sometimes get with tan although it does leave behind a sheer tan on the skin. 
Another massive plus of this product is the lack of that biscuit/curry smell you are sometimes left with from tan. There's none of this what so ever so no one needs to know that you've actually haven't spent 2 weeks in the Bahamas and and that in fact you've been chilling somewhere wet and windy for the weekend.  
This product hasn't quite knocked Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan off it's top spot yet (read my review here) it does sit with it side by side in my dream tanning team.
While this is my first foray into Anatomicals products it definitely won't be my last. 

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Monday, 31 March 2014

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£5.99 - amazon.co.uk

I've never actually written a book review on the blog before but I'm a massive reader and often get through 2 books a week and when I love a book I just want to tell everybody about it. Books are one of my favourite things in life and I would choose them over the television, magazines and even the internet if I was made to make a choice. I love how a good book can transport you to a completely different place and make you feel so many different emotions just by the power of the written word. I love words. I am an English graduate and blogger so I'm sure that's pretty obvious. 
I may be 25 but I'm a complete sucker for a Young Adult novel. Perhaps I'm not ready to give up my youth, perhaps I'm just weird I'm not sure but I love reading teenage stories. I first heard of Rainbow Rowell while browsing the best sellers list on Amazon, as I often do when I'm looking for something new to read. Eleanor & Park isn't the first Rainbow Rowell book I've read (Fangirl is highly recommended) but it is the first book of hers that I've fallen completely in love with.
Eleanor & Park is the story of 2 'misfit' teenagers who fall in love. Eleanor has a troubled family life, a strange dress sense and she's 'big'. Park is half Korean in an exclusively white neighbourhood and he's not fitting his Dad's expectations of him. The book spans over a school year in 1986 and the up's and down's of Eleanor & Park's relationship. 
They fall in love over a shared love of alternative music (Joy Division and The Smiths are amongst them - the playlist for this story would be my dream - swoon) and comic books. Their relationship isn't easy - it's quite fraught at times but it's very real. It doesn't end how you expect but at the same time it couldn't end any other way.
Everybody remembers their first teenage love and this book just reminded me of how strongly you can feel when you're a teenager and experiencing these feelings for the first time. The book is beautifully written and I hung on to every single word. I honestly didn't want it to end. I was transported back to being an awkward teenager myself and I think I fell a little in love with Park myself. 
I also love books (or movies) with a nostalgic edge. No matter what era I love looking back and seeing the differences between now and then. Give me a flashback in anything and I'm happy.
If you like a YA romance novel then you should definitely give Rainbow Rowell a try. As of yet I haven't read anything by her that I haven't loved. 

L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Shampoo & Conditoner - Boots £5.99 each

I am a fickle girl when it comes to beauty products especially hair products. Obviously new products are being released every day so there's an infinite amount of products that promise a number of different things so a girl can become rather spoilt for choice. When I hear about a new shampoo the curiosity in me normally takes over and I'll give it a go. I'd also heard about the new danger of sulphates and was keen to try a sulphate free product.
 It was quite a while back when I first heard about L'Oreal's EverRiche range. I was already using the EverPure shampoo and conditioner and I really liked it so when I finished it I picked these up instead. 
'Sulphates' seems to be the new swear word when it comes to hair care and everybody is avoiding products that contain them like the plague. So you may be wondering, what are sulphates? Basically sulphates are what make your shampoo lather up into that bubbly gorgeousness we expect from shampoo but it's been said that they can cause excess frizziness and damage to colour treated hair. Now when your already dealing with dryness whether that be from colouring your hair or heat styling you don't want the chemicals in your shampoo to be adding to this. You want your shampoo and conditioner to really hydrate and smooth your hair. 
These days people seem to be a lot more keen to cut out chemicals from their products and their diet with clean eating and organic products being more popular than ever but using purer products can be a lot more expensive. L'Oreal lets you cut the chemicals from your routine without adding a hefty price tag. At just under £6 each you can't really go wrong here. 
Both the shampoo and conditioner smell amazing and have a lovely creamy texture. Obviously with the lack of sulphates the shampoo doesn't lather up as much as you expect and this can take some getting used too but when you do I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as  I do. My hair is so silky and smooth even without using other products and straighteners. 
As I said at the beginning of this post I'm a fickle consumer but I have in fact purchased these products 3 times now so you know they must be doing something right.  

Currently Coveting #19 - Shoes. All The Shoes

Monday, 24 March 2014

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Photos taken from Spartoo.co.uk, office.co.uk, topshop.com & asos.com

So as my title suggests at the moment I want ALL the shoes. I've always been a girl with lots of shoes. What girl hasn't? At one point I was definitely a heels collector (whether I could walk in them or not) but now it's a toss up between boots and trainers. I can't get enough of either and I'm in love with so many pairs at the moment. 

1. When I was 17 I never had my slip on Van's off my feet. I was completely attached to them (they had flying pigs on if you're interested) and they were so comfy. When I bought my first pair of Vans they were £25.99...unfortunately they're pretty much double that now. Sob. These leopard print ones from Office are my absolute dream. I must get my hands on them no matter the cost! 

2. Chunky boots are pretty much my go to shoe at the moment. This chelsea boot style pair are gorgeous and look super cute. River Island always sell such amazing boots at a reasonable cost and the quality is great. My cut out boots are River Island and they're so comfy and still look pretty much brand new. These boots would look fab with a little dress and a leather jacket for an edgy vibe.

3. Carrying on with my love for Vans are these little stunners from Spartoo.co.uk. The print on these are different to any others I've seen and will definitely get you noticed for all the right reasons. I'm seeing these with rolled up jeans and a cami for a cool summer style. You can get comfort and style rolled into one! 

4. These pretty slip on pumps from ASOS will give you the laid back style of Vans without the hefty price tag. At less than half the price of Vans these pack a stylish punch and again these would be a perfect summer shoe. I know I'm going to end up with these in my possession eventually. 

5. Yes another chunky boot and pretty similar to number 7 but just look at them. How can you not be in love with that chunky white sole and fake croc exterior. These are so wrong that they're definitely right. I haven't had a pair of Topshop shoes in forever but I really think I need to change this and pronto.

6. Next to a chunky boot, Converse are my go to shoe. I love everything about converse and I have done since I got my first pair when I was 15. Spartoo.co.uk stock such a massive range of gorgeous converse with all sorts of colours and patterns. It was hard to pick just one to show you guys but I chose this pair of pastel peach trainers as another nod to spring/summer fashion. 

7. Finally yet another boot and like I said previously these are similar to the Topshop pair but this ASOS pair are just slightly more casual. I really like the laces up the front and even though they look pretty high they would be easy to dress up or down. 

*This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are 100% my own.

Soap & Glory - Peaches & Clean

Thursday, 20 March 2014

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Soap & Glory - Peaches & Clean Boots £8.00

I got this bottle of Peaches & Clean cleanser in my Yule Monty gift set at Christmas time and I had it sitting my in drawer for a little while before I decided to try it out. I personally absolutely love Soap & Glory and my bath and shower routine is full of their products but I wasn't sure how I felt about their range of skincare. My skin is fairly sensitive to new products and if my skin doesn't like something it's first response is normally to massively break out and obviously I like to avoid this happening at all costs. 
So, like I said I was a little apprehensive to start using this but in the end I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. 
It's described as a '3-in-1, wash off, deep purifying, milky-creamy face cleanser with super T-zone decloggers, antioxidant-rich Peach & Gojuice extracts and detoxifying oxyginseng technology'.
I use this like a hot cloth cleanser, applying this to my dry made up face and wiping off with a hand hot muslin cloth. Soap & Glory claim that this cleanser melts make up away in 2 minutes and I tend to agree. I massage this into my skin and it does wipe all my make up away super easily. 
The fragrance is a very fresh peachy/minty smell and the light texture leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth. I only really use this in the evening to remove make up as I use a separate cleanser in the morning. The fabulous news is that the product hasn't broken me out and it does leave my skin feeling fresh, clean and ready for my evening skincare. There's no residue left over (I think the muslin cloth helps with this as well). 
You get a good amount of product in the bottle as well as one pump is plenty for your whole face. I've used a few different cleansers before and this is really high up my list. Soap & Glory's super cute packaging and retro vibe is a slightly shallow yet aesthetically pleasing thing about the product but the quality of it is what has definitely hooked me in. I'm now dying to try some more Soap & Glory skincare. 
The next one I have to try is the iconic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish so watch out for that post. 

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