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Friday, 27 May 2016

Made Me Happy This Week

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I feel as if we've had more than the usual amount of Bank Holiday weekends over the first half of this year -not that I'm complaining! I love these longer weekends, they feel slower and much more relaxed, and the extra lazy morning in bed isn't a bad thing either. I'm hoping we have time for at least one late lunch or brunch. Tonight though, we are kicking off our weekend with a night on the sofa, a good film and those doughnuts up there. Seeing as I'm the worlds biggest Nutella fan I've told I have to try them -I have high hopes! How are you spending your Bank Holiday weekend?

1. Our new cherry tree, I think I mentioned last week that we were going to get one. Shes (yes shes a she) so beautiful, and while I'm sure she wont produce any fruit this year, we can still enjoy how pretty she is.

2. The drive home with our new cherry tree. It was really quite funny. Clearly we hadn't put all that much thought into the transportation aspect of thing. All very safe though, I promise.

3. My new choker necklace, I have to say -something I never thought I'd wear but I really rather like it.

4. The white and purple flowers brightening up our living room.

5. How every time I visit my gran, she gives me and who ever I'm with sweets or chocolate of some kind. She's such a sweetie.

6. Long drives on rainy afternoons.

7. Dealing with the most friendly, helpful girl when calling customer services. It always makes a big difference.

8. A lovely morning spent having tea with my grandma.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

New York: Part 3

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Well, this is it, the last of my New York pictures. I hope you've enjoyed them, I've certainly enjoyed sharing them with you all. We honestly had the most amazing time, and I fell well and truly, head over heels in love with the city. It's going to have a special place in my heart forever.

I enjoyed every minute of it, from the sights and sounds, to the wonderful people, even the smell of the city waking up in the morning. Which, I think is going to remain my favourite smell of all time -there's nothing quite like it.

We tried to pack in as much as we possibly could while we were there, but still there is so much more we want to see, a second trip is most definitely on the cards. 

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sephora Haul

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I don't often do hauls, but I thought it was only right to share my excitement and little purchases from my first ever visit to Sephora. Everything beauty related that you could ever want, all under one roof -and the free wifi in store is just a huge bonus! I'm lucky that Paul enjoys shopping as much as I do, so I don't have to feel bad dragging him from store to store looking at eye shadows and blush. In fact, there's no one I'd rather spend time shopping with. Also, he is the worlds worst enabler, he will encourage you to spend all your money.

With it being our first visit to New York, we didn't actually do all that much shopping. Instead, we found ourselves spending as much time as possible exploring the city and seeing as much as we could in our limited time there. So I'm sure when we go back, there will be much more time spend browsing for products and the Sephora bag will be much heavier -but I was happy with my mini haul.

I haven't yet tried any of these products (except for the brush that we'll get to in a minute), they have in fact been sitting in their little striped bag since we returned home. Does anyone else enjoy leaving certain shopping bags sitting around for as long as possible? Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this! But now they've been photographed I'm sure I can put them away.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I love mascara, it's possibly my favourite beauty product off all. For me it's the one thing that makes the biggest difference to my face, it opens my eyes and I feel as if I look much more awake. I've heard rave reviews about this mascara since it first hit the market so I'm excited to give it a try.

Sephora Pro Liquid Foundation Brush #63. I spotted this brush while having a look at huge collection of bushes in store. I didn't have a foundation brush like this so thought I'd give it a try. This is the only thing so far that I've used since returning home, my other brushes and sponge applicator have been almost forgotten. It applies foundation beautifully. My skin looks smooth and natural and the edges on the brush make it perfect for blending make up around your nose.

Kat Von D Ink Liner. I've heard so much about the Tattoo Liner, and before going in to store had decided I was going to pick one up. However, after looking at them both and realising that the Tattoo Liner had a brush tip (albeit still a fine point) and the Ink liner had a felt tip, I decided to go with the latter. I'm hoping I made the right choice, have you tried either?

Boscia Masks. We had the absolute best week weather wise, we got so lucky for the whole trip. It was so hot and sunny, with clear blue skies and even with the one overcast day it was still just as warm. Because of the travelling and the heat, I wanted to pick up a hydrating mask to use -which I ended up completely forgetting to use while we were there; oh well. I spotted the Boscia ones on our way to the till and since I do love a sheet mask I thought I'd give them a try. I got the Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask, and the Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. They're both two part sheet masks, ensuring you look excellent while using them. Tell me -how do you pronounce Boscia?

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Having had everyone tell me about the dreaded isle at the tills, and how you couldn't make it through without getting sucked in by all the minis -I assumed I'd come out with handfuls. But no, just one. I would like to point out first of all though, that they have the most amazing minis you'll ever see. Minis you would never have thought existed. But yes, I got through with only one miniature purchase, it was an eye primer, and this was purely because I needed one. The Urban Decay primers are by far my favourite and the mini size is actually more than enough as they last for such a long time.

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So there you have it, not a huge amount but I'm sure that wont be the case in the future. Until we meet again Sephora.

Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Made Me Happy This Week

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The weather this week has taken a different turn, we haven't had the warm sunny evenings and clear blue skies of the last week or so. Instead, we've had quite a lot of rain, but I've been enjoying every minute of it. I love these warm spring/summer evenings when the rain can only be described as torrential, and the clouds are so dark and heavy that you'd swear it was midnight. I always feel as if a storm is just around the corner, and it leaves me feeling all happy and cosy indoors. Having said that, I do hope we get dry-ish weather this weekend as we're hoping to add some flowers into the garden. And...what I'm most excited about -we may be planting a third tree! We currently have two apple trees so we thought a cherry tree would be a nice addition. Lets just hope our thoroughly un-green fingers can do the job.

1. Helping Paul's brother and his girlfriend move into their new home.

2. My new foundation brush from Sephora, this is the first week I've been using it and its wonderful! It gives such a beautiful finish on the skin

3. Toasty warm socks.

4. Having a proper catch up with my little brother. We haven't had the chance for weeks and weeks and since then, he's been to London and we've been to New York. It was an afternoon full of tea and pictures.

5. Paul having Friday off.

6. Chinese take away on a rainy Wednesday night, followed by a film and cuddle on the sofa. Perfect evening.

7.  Tea and crumpets with lots of melted butter.

8. That fluffy little face in the picture above -she's forever leaving me with a smile on my face.
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Monday, 16 May 2016

New York: Part 2

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One of the things that fascinated me most about New York was Central Park. Not just the size of it -I mean, it's huge, but how at times you can actually forget you're in one of the busiest noisiest cities in the world. There are parts that are so calm, quiet -even tranquil, that you can get lost in your own little world. That is until you look up and catch a glimpse of the skyline towering above you.

We explored Central Park over two days while we were there. One full day, when we walked and explored until the sun had started to disappear, leaving everything with a warm glow -only venturing out for coffee and lunch. The second time was on our last full day in the city. We walked a little and decided we couldn't leave without going out on the boats, where we very quickly learned that I am possibly the worlds worst at rowing! Seriously -I don't think I moved the boat. Thankfully Paul knew what he was doing.

Also...did you know there are turtles in Central Park? Adorable little things, and I have many a picture (possibly too many?) of them laying out in the sunshine -clearly they were enjoying the weather as much as we were.

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