New Home

So back in March I finally accomplished one of my 2017 goals- moving out and into a flat of my own- and I was so excited! Although I loved living at home, I couldn’t wait to have my own space that I could put my own stamp on.

I absolutely love interior design, and my Pinterest boards have been full of gorgeous room ideas and inspiration. I swear I’ve been living in Ikea and Dunelm that last few months, and can’t go into a store without eyeing up the homeware section!

My fiancé and I are currently renting our flat in Edinburgh, so we are quite limited as to what we can do to decorate. Luckily our flat is almost perfect. It is very neutral with wooden flooring and creamy white walls, which is the style that I quite like, so I wouldn’t do much to change it up even if I owned the flat myself. Our landlord offered us the property fully furnished. One of my favourite things when we moved in was the living room, we have a light blue sofa with tartan pillows, a gorgeous soft white rug, and two white IKEA units which fit in so well with the white and blue colour scheme we have going on. I’ve just added my own personal touch with photo frames, lanterns and countless Yankee candles (my favourite having to be Baby Powder)

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Funnily enough, my favourite colour isn’t actually blue, however I seemed to have carried on the blue decor through to the kitchen. I was gifted this gorgeous matching pastille blue toaster and kettle set for Christmas from my Mum and Dad last year, so I couldn’t wait to use them once I moved out.

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I’ve been loving having my own space so far, and I will definitely keep you updated with my home decor once I’ve settled in some more and picked up a few more items.

If you have any recommendations for home ware shops, or tips on making a flat even more homely please let me know!

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A Primark Jo Malone Dupe?

I’m going to fully admit it, I’ve never purchased a Jo Malone product. They are on the pricey side, but I know the quality of the product is well worth it. I lust after their colognes and candles, and even just last week when I was heading to Italy on holiday I had to sample nearly every product at Edinburgh Airport.

When I was browsing my local Primark I decided to head to the beauty section- as you get some decent beauty bargains there- and I kept smelling this gorgeous aroma. I eventually found a new stand which had a selection of reed diffusers, perfumes and home sprays. I was really impressed with the range of scents and how amazing they smelt.

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They have very similar scents to the Jo Malone products, such as Primark’s mandarin & basil, which smelt almost identical to Jo Malone’s lime, mandarin and basil cologne.

This was obviously a very popular product as the majority was sold out. But I managed to get my hands on the mandarin & basil room spray and the eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection which was perfect as I was able to try out each scent.

The eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection set came with 6 miniatures of each of their scents. This included; Vanilla Absolute, Amber Noir, Mandarin & Basil, Rose Out, Pomegranate & Black Tea, and Jasmine & Honey.

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I’m fully aware that the quality of these perfumes don’t match Jo Malone products, however I was very impressed with the actually scent of them. The only thing that I have noticed is the staying power. They are strong when put on, but the scent doesn’t stick around for long. This ended up making me apply more perfume as a top up throughout the day, but I didn’t mind seeing as I only paid £8 for the roller ball set.

Overall I’d probably buy the room sprays again and I’ll definitely be back to try out the reed diffusers. I’d say the perfume is good if you just want a light scent, but I can see myself treating myself to a Jo Malone cologne in the future.

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NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray Review

Probably like most makeup addicts in the UK, I’ve been loving how easy it is to pick up NYX products now (thank you Boots!) and the product I have been using pretty much every day is their Dewy Finish Setting Spray.

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The reason I went for the dewy finish over their matte finish setting spray is because I have very dry skin, and I hoped that this would help, or at least not cling to dry patches like powder does.

Now I’ll be honest, this is the first setting spray I have ever used, mainly due to the fact that I found other setting sprays quite pricey, and I never really thought I would benefit from it. It comes in a small bottle but it lasts for a while, and it doesn’t have a scent, which is good for me. Once I apply my foundation, concealer, bronzer & blusher, and blend, I evenly spray 2-3 pumps over my face. I wait about 15-20 seconds for it to become ‘tacky’- a little bit like when your waiting for eye lash glue to slightly dry before applying the lashes- and then I take my makeup sponge/beauty blender and gently pat my face. I’ve been doing this for a while and I find it really does set the makeup and leave a nice smooth finish. Before using this spray I always found my makeup to be patchy or even worn off by the end of the day, but now I find it looks pretty good after a long day at work!

Overall I’ve been super impressed with this product, and for £7 (from Boots) you can’t really go far wrong. Give it a go and let me know what you think! What other NYX product have you been loving?

 

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Tea & Cake at Eteaket

What’s better than a cuppa and a piece of cake on a Saturday afternoon? I can’t think of many things to be honest!

Last weekend my Sister, Fiona, and I were browsing the shops in Edinburgh, and decided to stop for a little break, but we didn’t want to go to your usual chain coffee shop (as much as I like them) so we decided to head just off of George Street to Frederick Street to Eteaket, the ‘leaf tea experts’! I had never been there before, but Fiona had heard really good things about them.

They offer more than just hand crafted leaf teas, you could have a spot of lunch, tea infused cocktails, which I am definitely going to try next time I’m not driving! As well as a selection of home made cakes (they also have gluten free and vegan cake options).

We decided to go for a classic option of English Breakfast tea, and since we were so indecisive we ordered a scone with fresh clotted cream & raspberry jam, and a slice of lemon sponge to share. For the tea they gave you an egg timer that timed how long to brew your tea for. They recommended that after the 2 minutes were up, you’d have the perfect brew! (and it really was!)

 

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The staff were so friendly and welcoming, despite them being ran off their feet because it was so busy. I will definitely be going back to try the rest of their menu, and I can see it becoming a favourite!

For more info visit  Eteaket‘s website. 

 

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Beach Day

On Monday I had to take my Sister through to Edinburgh. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining (for once!) and I didn’t have to wrap up in a scarf and winter coat!

img_0468We drove through to Portobello Beach, and we went to the Beach House Cafe for a quick cup of tea before my Sister had to go for her interview. I would love to go back there for lunch. They had a huge table full of freshly homemade cakes. It felt like you were in a little beach hut. The walls were wooden panelled and decorated in bright colours. I could sit there for hours looking out at the Forth, with the waves crashing, and seagulls cawing.

I went for a little walk along the Promenade.. It was a little bit windy, but felt so nice to be able to walk along the sandy beach, watching people walking their dogs as they paddled in and out of the tide. Made me wish I had a little corgi on a day like that!

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At around half 12 we hopped back into the car and heading along the road to the Shore. We managed to squeeze into a parking space and went to Mimi’s Bake House for a bit to eat. I had only been here once before, but it is one of the best places for a lazy lunch in Edinburgh. Their moto is “It’s all about the cake”, and they mean it! As soon as you walk in, your eyes are drawn to the glass cabinets filled with stacks of freshly made tray bakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and sponges. It’s almost impossible to make up your mind as to what to have!

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I got the French Toast with cherry tomatoes, sausages, and of course, maple syrup. Followed by a cup of tea and the most Easter goodie you could think of, Cream Egg Rocky Road!

If you’re in and around Leith, I’d definitely recommend that you pop in to Mimi’s (unless you haven’t already!)

 

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My Week in Photos

Hello everyone! 

I’ve been a bit unwell this week with the flu, so apologies for my lack of posts recently! I thought I’d do a quick update of what’s been happening in my life this week…

FITNESS: The past 2 weeks I’ve been getting on it fitness wise. I’ve got about 5 months until I go on holiday so I thought it was about time to start slimming down and feeling better about myself.

I’ve been at the gym quite a lot on my days off and for a session after work. I’ve got my own wee routine which I’ve been loving as well! I think that’s what you really need in order to keep yourself motivated.

I’ve usually been doing about 45 mins on the Cross Trainer, followed by some weight training, then either a walk/jog on the treadmill or bike to cool down.

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FOOD: I’ve really been trying my best this week to be as healthy as possible, and this means trying to cut down on chocolate and sweets (all the best things!).

I tried mashed avocado on toast with scrambled egg for the first time ever! I hate to say it but it didn’t really live up to the hype 😦 maybe I did something wrong! Does anyone have any good recipes for avocado I could try?

I’ve also been using the Nutribullet a lot more this week. I’ve either been whizzing up a smoothie in the mornings before work or taking my time and having a smoothie bowl! To make this one I put some almond milk, frozen raspberries and mango into the blender and then pop it into a bowl and top it with some banana. You need to make sure it’s quite a thick consistency though. It tastes amazing! 🙂

 

MUSIC: I love using Spotify. I think it’s great value for money and I love having access to all my favourite and the latest music! The three songs I’ve been loving this month are:

Lush Life- Zara Larsson| Wild Things- Alessia Cara| Cake By The Ocean- DNCE 

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WORK: As I mentioned previously, I’ve been working lots this week. Which means, lots and lots of driving… Don’t get me wrong, I love my wee car! But hours on the road can get a little bit boring!

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FRIENDS: Since graduating and joining the real world this year, I’ve been finding it difficult to keep up with friends. A lot of them are still at Uni and are busy with their dissertations. Although Whats App and that are brilliant for chatting, when it comes to actually seeing them it’s a bit more difficult to organise. So I absolutely love it when I get a day or night with them!

It was one of my old flat mates birthday’s this week so we all met up to celebrate in Edinburgh with dinner and (one too many) drinks! ❤

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Benefit Beauty Bar Experience!

Hello everyone!

Today I was in Edinburgh City Centre to do a bit of shopping after finishing work a bit earlier than usual. I nipped in to Boots on Princes Street to get a few essentials (you know, face wipes, razors and all that jazz). A lovely lady from the Benefit Stand  came up to me and asked if I’d like to try out some of their products. I’m not usually one to go up to beauty counters and ask the sales assistants about products, but I’ve used a variety of Benefit products before and I love them! So I thought it would be a great experience to try some new products and get some hints and tips from the professionals!

First of all they cleansed my face with the ‘Remove It- Makeup Remover’ to clean any makeup on my face for a blank canvas 😉 She then applied the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ this felt amazing on my skin! The product has a light scent to it, and it feels very cooling when applied to the skin.

She then applied the new ‘POREfessional: matte rescue gel’ as a primer, followed by the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ in the shade ‘Believe in me- Ivory’ to one half of my face for me to see the difference. She then finished the rest of my face. It looked fab! My skin definitely looked flawless and it didn’t feel very caked on and like my skin could breath.

They had a 10% off event so I decided to purchase the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ and the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ as I was really impressed by them.

As my skin can flare up with dermatitis with various products, I was a hit reluctant in buying the moisturiser. It felt find at the time of application, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few weeks.

What pushed me to buy it was the 28 day money back grantee that Benefit offer. If the product doesn’t suit you you can return it for a full refund.

I love buying new makeup and trying different brands out. I’ll give them a go for the next couple of week and report back!

In the future I will definitely be more confident in approaching the beauty counters. The expert advice is definitely worth it. I think that once you find out how exactly to use the products the right way for your face, you can get the most out of them!

What are some of your fave Benefit products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! X 

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Deadpool & Nando’s!

= The BEST combination! 😉 

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been super busy with work this week! I thought I’d give you a wee update on what I’ve been up to the past few days. 🙂

Yesterday me and Dino went for a day out for lunch then to the cinema. We took his little sister too. We decided to go to Nando’s as it’s relatively cheap and close to the cinema. I used to always have a chicken burger with piri piri chips but recently I’ve been loving their salads! I got the mixed leaf salad with mango and lime spice chicken breast with a side of garlic bread (can’t say no to carbs!!)- trust me, even if you’re not that into salads, you’ll really enjoy it!

 

We then went to go see Deadpool at the Odeon Cinema in Edinburgh.  I thought it would be like a usual super hero movie, but I was wrong! It was hilarious! I won’t go into details and give away any spoilers, but I’d definitely recommend anyone to go and see it.

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