The Big Blogger Expo


Sunday 24th July was the Big Blogger Expo held at the Danibus Hotel near Regents Park. I was excited about this event as it was my first ever blogger event. It was also great to go with my friend and fellow blogger Shannon (check her out at

First up was Bonnie Boo Gifts, a newly launched brand. Bonnie Boo Gifts feature hampers for newborn babies, which are all high quality and hand packed. This makes a great gift to give when you’re unsure of what to get and also a great gift to receive to receive a wider variety of products. Everything looked so cute on this stand.

Next up was Two Three. I loved how the name was inspired by the two sisters who founded the brand being the 2nd and 3rd out of 4 daughters. This is all about fashion for bold, confident women.


Jewellery Box

Jewellery Box was my favourite display, I loved how put together everything was and how the pieces all complemented each other. The jewellery is all either sterling silver or 9ct gold. Everything also appeared to be such good quality at affordable prices. I loved the tinkerbell necklace and all of the rings.



Juvadent offer high quality Botox and Dermal Fillers based in Chelsea, London. This was the first time I had heard of treatment for excessive under arm sweating, which given it lasts for about 8 months considering the winter months would only need to be done once a year.

Living Proof

This is a patented brand that features no silicone. The dry shampoo smelt amazing and makes the hair look straighter and tames frizz.


Dr Paw Paw

Having heard the name Dr Paw Paw before but with limited knowledge it was interesting to learn more about the products. Dr Paw Paw is a fragrance free balm that can be used for anything from cracked heels, for cheeks, flyaway hairs, for moisturising lips and so many other uses. Great for having a product on the go small enough for your bag.



Jody Belle

There were a wide range of outfits on view at a very popular stand, which are hand made in Spain. There was quite a buzz around this stand with excitement.


Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell

Heaven skincare are the inventors behind the bee venom mask. We were able to sample one of the cleansers called the cleanse and foam wash which smelt really fresh from the mandarin scents.


4 You By You

When I was a student I remember the times of being on a budget. Bringing beauty to students on a budget is such a great concept. Scott founded 4 you by you on his placement year I was so impressed by his passion and drive. This is a concept where it’s run by students for students. Learning about the different products from instant effects was great too as Scott was so informative. I was definitely interested in the instant lash which increases the thickness of lashes by up to 20%!


Brandbassador is all about creating a platform to engage with brands, which is invitation only. There are missions to be completed such as following brandbassador on twitter which add up to points and points equal perks. This stand also featured pieces from onepiece which focuses on slackwear great for lazy Sundays.


Borough Box

A London based company – Borough Box had a wide selection of hampers on view and with samples to taste. Everything seemed to be really good quality and these would make perfect gifts!


Big thank you to Lauren and Abi for organising and for all of the brands for taking the time to show us their great products!

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Summer shoe haul


Although I love shopping shoe shopping is not top of my favourite things to shop for as I often find i’m between sizes or can’t find shoes that are completely comfortable. However, having shopped at Shoe Zone previously I decided to pop in for a pair of shoes and came out with a few extras, as you do.

If you haven’t heard/shopped at Shoe Zone before here are some of the perks:

  • Free returns to store for 12 months – this must be the first time I’ve heard of this!
  • Free click and collect
  • Express delivery free if you spend £30+ or £1.99 if you don’t spend +£30
  • 10% student discount – with a valid student ID

I first came across Shoe Zone as I used to buy shoes from a brand called Lilley from Stead & Simpson and traced them back to Shoe Zone which bought Stead & Simpson. I actually unintentionally bought all the pair of shoes from the Lilley Brand and all are so comfortable and well fitting and at great price points for the good quality.

Lilley Womens Nude Ballerina with Bow

Shoe Zone have a wide selection of ballerina pumps and run a great 2 for £10 offer across select pairs as well. I picked up these as I felt they’d go with many of my outfits. They were also a steal at £4.99 reduced from £7.99.

Lilley Womens Tan Cross Strap Plaited Mule Sandal

I initially thought that these looked a bit strange with the sole but it turns out this is actually a breathable insole which also makes the sandals extra comfortable in hot weather. I did go one size up on these as I felt I just needed that extra little room at the back.

Lilley Womens Black Lace Up Wedge Sandal

I liked how different these shoes looked to anything that I have currently got. There is lovely caged detailing to the ankle and they have a slight wedge heel to them.


With these flower sandals from Lilley I couldn’t quite decide which colour to get so I went for both. Comfortable if you’re looking for more of a flat sole heel these would go great with a wide range of outfits.


Lilley Womens Beige Flower Wedge Sandal

Last but not least I purchased these flower wedge sandals, which have a low wedge heel. I like how neutral they are to wear with a range of outfits.

All of these shoes fitted so well and are all so comfortable. I would recommend Shoe Zone if you are looking for good value shoes – plus if you change your mind the returns period is pretty generous!

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OOTD Boutique of Molly Paisley Playsuit


When Boutique of Molly reached out to me for a collaboration I jumped at the chance due to the gorgeous pieces available on the website.

The website is easy to navigate around and delivery was made pretty quickly in a lovely pink package.

I love playsuits as I just find them so comfortable so I opted for the Paisley Print High Neck Playsuit as I loved the lace up detailing to the back and the print. I ordered this in a size 10 and it was true to size. The playsuit feels very comfortable to wear and is a good length as well (I’m roughly 5’4″ for reference). There is also a zip at the back below the lace up detailing. I liked this playsuit so much it was my outfit of choice to the Big Blogger Expo as well.

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It’s worth really unloosening the back before you try and take it off or you can get tangled. Otherwise this is a good quality, true to size playsuit.

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Lovely lace up detailing at the back

Please note that I received a discount on this purchase but all opinions are my own.

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Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm Review


So I finally picked up the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm after hearing so much hype about it I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

This originally came to light as being used as a primer from the Youtube guru NikkieTutorials.

This retails for £5.35 in Boots for 100ml but currently on sale at Superdrug for slightly cheaper. This contains Vitamin E and the ingredients Bisabolol and Calendula which both work to calm the skin. Most importantly it also contains Glycerin which encourages other products to stick to the surface of it.

This is relatively runny when tipped out so you don’t need to use so much. As per the below photo this is just a standard bottle with no pump so be gentle when tipping out.


It feels very lightweight on the skin. Once applied to your face I’d recommend leaving it to sit for a little while until it goes slightly tacky. It does have a manly smell (which I guess can be expected from a men’s skincare product!) but once make up is applied this smell disappears.

Once I applied my foundation over the top of this I did find that it blended in easier and it gave my face a radiant glow. However, after just a few hours I became oily around my T-Zone especially around my nose area. I also found that it had settled into the fine lines around my mouth. Therefore, I’d use this product again but it wouldn’t make it onto my go to list of primers. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a primer that won’t break the bank.


  • Fraction of the price of other primers
  • Feels very lightweight on the skin
  • Absorbs very quickly


  • Runny texture – may be better to transfer to a pump bottle for less messier use
  • Lasting power not great for oilier skin

Overall I’d give this a 6/10.

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Current Playlist


Just thinking about how much I love to listen to music has got me wanting to share my top played songs.

I listen to music when I’m getting ready, when I’m travelling, when I’m working, when I’m blogging, when I’m working out, when I’m cooking. Is there such a thing as listening to too much music? I also like having music videos on in the background occasionally. I love how it can just change your mood.

Back when I was 15 I had the studded belt, black vest top look and I loved listening to the likes of Green Day and Good Charlotte. These days I’m all about a variety of music.

So here’s my current top 10 most listened to songs – some of these are slightly older now but I just can’t get enough of them!

  • Faded – Alan Walker
  • Please Don’t Go – Joel Adams
  • Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott
  • Love’s On The Way – Sebastian Kole
  • 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  • First – Cold War Kids
  • Roses – The Chainsmokers
  • I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
  • This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris, Rihanna

Live performances I would recommend catching up on (wish I was there in person to enjoy these!):

Adele at Glastonbury – loved her comments in between the singing so down to earth as always!

Calvin Harris at T in the Park – can really tell the energy in the crowd was crazy!

What’s on your playlist, please feel free to share any recommendations of new songs I can try listening to 🙂

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GWR first class train service review


Having tried out first class on a GWR (Great Western Railway) train for the first time here is what I thought.

Destination: London Paddington

Time of day: Lunchtime

Journey Duration: 2 hours

Seat number: K6 (window seat sharing a table with one other in the opposite seat). This was located next to the luggage rack too.

The seats are lovely and comfortable with plenty of table space and conveniently located plug and USB sockets.

There was no at seat service on this particular journey but this was completely fine as I was sat right next to the on board buffet service.

The following were the complimentary options available to first class customers at this time on a Sunday: tea, coffee, orange juice, apple juice, coke, diet coke, sprite. Crisps, fruitcake and short bread.

Seating seemed to be available in either a table for two or for four format.

Seats K2, 3, 4 and 5

There is free wi-fi but I don’t believe this is limited just to first class. The signal also kept dropping out.

All in all for the added comfort and quietness of the coach this was a pleasant journey. I would consider going first class again on GWR for longer journeys in future. It’s definitely worth booking a few weeks ahead online to get a cheaper price and guaranteed seat reservation.

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Trip to Edinburgh


I recently went to Edinburgh for a weekend getaway, it’s such a charming place I could definitely see myself living there.

First up the hotel – Village Hotel Edinburgh

This is located roughly 15-25 min by bus from the centre of Edinburgh depending on traffic, with a bus stop conveniently located right outside on the main road. It is also opposite a petrol station and a 10 minute walk from a supermarket.

This is the standard village double room – the bed was comfortable and the room was clean and tidy and a good size.

The hotel also has a Starbucks conveniently located in the lobby. There was also a bar area which showed sports and next to that was the Verve Grill. Included in our room package (bought through buy a gift) was breakfast both mornings and dinner on the first evening.

The three course dinner was delicious I had a portion of ribs to start followed by a burger (which seemed to be a popular choice in the restaurant) I believe I had a creme brulee for dessert. We ordered from a set menu and only paid for drinks.

The package also included access to the spa facilities (I believe normally there is a £5 charge). This included a 20m swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which was not that busy both occasions I used them (between 5-7pm) and a welcome relaxing break.

Edinburgh centre


The views in Edinburgh city centre were lovely and it was also great for shopping! I was rather happy to find a NYX section being sold at the Boots.

The buses are convenient to get around on. An adult day ticket was £4 for unlimited travel, if you are also looking to travel to or from the airport I would recommend the airport day ticket for £9 for an adult. Both of these options include unlimited travel for the day by bus or tram. I would also recommend downloading the app and linking up your ticket purchase. Much easier to flash the screen at the driver each time rather than digging out my paper ticket.

Based on the good reviews on trip advisor we also visited Camera Obscura and World of Illusions located next to the castle. This was £14.50 for an adult and they stamp your hand so you can return again later that day. It features several floors (seemed to be stair entry only) of optical illusions and I would definitely recommend watching the show (upon entrance they let us know what time the next show would be at). This attraction kept us amused for a few hours – just nice to experience something different. There are also lovely views at the top.

One part of camera obscura that was quite amusing was the ability to take a photo of your face and amend it based on a series of selections. So here I am transformed into a manga character:


Edinburgh Dungeons

Located at 31 Market St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1DF. The walk up price for this for adults is £16.95 but cheaper if booked in advance.

This is effectively a walk through tour lasting roughly 80 minutes where you are in groups of up to 32 people. Having previously visited the London dungeons it was really interesting to see what they did in Edinburgh. I won’t say too much on this as I don’t want to spoil the experience as it’s best to see for yourself.

Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Located at 1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD just around the corner from the Huxley. This gin distillery offers a range of tours to suit different requirements. Best booked in advance as it does get booked up for the weekends. At the time of booking there were only spaces left for the Gin Discovery Tour at £10 per head, which runs at 10am, 12pm or 2pm for groups of up to 8 people.

Having only recently gotten into drinking Gin this tour was a real eye opener filled with lots of interesting facts. There is also an opportunity to try a gin and tonic at the end and make purchases from the rather cosy gift shop. I would recommend this tour if you like gin :).

The Doric

This can be found at 15-16 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE. We actually went for a drink in the downstairs area before the dungeons and surprisingly ended back here based on reading good recommendations eating upstairs that same evening.

The restaurant and wine area upstairs had a lovely feel to it and there was a good selection of options on the menu.

Wanting to try some more Scottish food I went for the traditional Cullen Skink soup to start which had haddock, potatoes, onions and cream. This was quite filling but absolutely delicious, especially good on a cold day as it’s very comforting. For the main course I had Haggis Neeps & Tatties, which has Haggis, mashed potato and mashed turnip. This was actually my first time having haggis. This was a lovely dish to try but alongside the filling starter I barely managed to finish it. All in all a lovely bistro and I would recommend to try.

Dragonfly cocktail bar

This can be found in Edinburgh Old Town at 52 West Port Edinburgh EH1 2LD and is open until 1am. This has an extensive cocktail menu and great if you’re feeling adventurous and wanting to try something different. They also had a cosy sofa area upstairs. The staff are friendly and service is quick offering the option of paying for your tab at the end of the evening. The decor is eclectic but modern and the whole place had a really good chilled out vibe to it.


Can be found at 34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW and offers a simple menu of Hog Roast Rolls.

Firstly you choose your size: piglet, oink or the grunter and your choice of white or brown bread. The option then is sage & onion, apple sauce, chilli relish or haggis. I went for sage & onion and apple sauce and it was delicious.

Seating is limited here but it’s a great pick me up if you’re looking for some quick, comfort food.

I was also recommended to try a deep fried mars bar and came across Clam Shell a takeaway on 148 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS.

As per below, the deep fried mars bar with ice cream on the left, on the right I was throughly surprised to see random food being fried such as ribs?!

As for the deep fried mars bar I still feel mixed about this at some points it was delicious and gooey and at some points it was sickly sweet, definitely couldn’t have a lot of it and couldn’t have had it without the ice cream. At least I have tried it though!

So that sums up my highlights of a trip to Edinburgh. All in all it was a great trip. Unfortunately, the flight back was cancelled so a 2 night trip turned into a 3 night trip with the last night being an exhausting combination of miscommunication and trying to sort out last minute transport home and accommodation. However, I will thoroughly remember Edinburgh for its friendly people and charming landscapes. Hopefully I will be back again in future!

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NYX vs Urban Decay Setting Sprays


The battle of the setting sprays this is my review of NYX vs Urban Decay.

Setting sprays work to pull your make up together and should prevent it from moving throughout the day. I would say these are good for if you’re doing a full face of make up on either a long/warmer day.

NYX Make Up Setting Spray 

Retailing at £7 at Boots for a 60ml bottle. This is available in the matte shine-free finish or the dewy finish glow. The one that I have is the matte finish.

I was keen to try this one as I had heard some good reviews and also the price makes it good value for money. This does actually come with a cap for the spray pump but I just couldn’t seem to find it today.

I find with this one it does help to complete the look but it doesn’t make my make up last as long as I would like it too. I also found there is a slight scent to it and you need to spray it a further distance away from your face. It also on rare occasions comes out in droplets rather than a mist (not ideal). This did help to mattify my face but it’s lasting power is not great. Perhaps this is better suited for use on a shorter day out.

Rating 6/10

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Retailing at £22 for 118ml this also comes in a convenient travel size of 30ml for £9 (also good if you are just looking to initially try it out). This has temperature control technology, which lowers the temperature of your make up to keep it in place.

This product really does help to extend the longevity of a full face of make up – it also dries quickly on the face once your first spray it.

One way that I would recommend using this is spraying it onto your sponge and then using your slightly damp sponge to apply foundation as this helps it to blend more easily and not look so heavy.

Another way is to give an eyeshadow brush a quick spritz before applying eyeshadow and it will make the colour pop.

Also, if there are any areas on your face that look cakey just give your sponge a quick spritz and lightly dab the impacted area.

This is my current go to setting spray.

Rating 8/10

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NYX concealer and eye pencil reviews


Now that NYX is in stock in Boots I’m sure there will be more NYX reviews to come but for now here’s my thoughts on some of the NYX eye products i’ve been trying out recently.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil 12g in Milk

Retailing for £5 this is a great product to either use on its own or as an eyeshadow base. Coming in a wide range of colours, milk is the first one I went for as I always think white eye pencils are so versatile. This is also great for lining your eyes and making yourself appear more put together after a late night. Also works well for applying just to the inner corners to brighten the eye area. I would recommend this, I think it’s a steal at £5 only and I’m sure I will be adding more jumbo eye pencils to my collection.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer 

Retailing at £6.50 from Boots I purchased this one in the shade light. This is a concealer with orange undertones to combat the appearance of dark circles and comes in 4 shades: fair, light, medium and deep. I like to place this in a triangle shade on my under-eye area with a concealer brush and lightly pat in with my fingers which works to warm up the product simultaneously.

For me this is more of a corrector which I apply under a brightening concealer. This does correct some of the darkness under my eyes but I’m not sure if this is a product I would shout about from the rooftops.

NYX concealer wand 20g in yellow

This retails for £5.50 at Boots and is a lightweight concealer that can easily be blended into the skin. I picked up the yellow for colour correcting the dark circles under my eyes. This does not appear cakey at all and I am yet to experience any creasing. This does work to colour correct my darkness but I do find that I need to build it up to get enough coverage. It’s also extremely easy to apply with a wand applicator.

NYX  concealer wand 20g in green

Similar to the product listed above I also purchased the concealer wand in green to combat any redness in my skin. I’m not sure why but every time I apply this on my face it makes me think of toothpaste (I’m sure it’s just the green colour). This does work to colour correct but can appear odd at first due to the green tinge on the skin but once foundation goes on over it, it’s noticeable how the redness is magically cancelled out. I’ve also found that a little goes a long way with this one. I would recommend this product and I do prefer it to the yellow concealer if I had to choose between them.

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Current skincare and perfume favourites!


I always enjoy reading other peoples top favourite products as it gives me an opportunity to learn and try out great new products so I just wanted to share some of my current favourites.

Garnier Skin Oily Skin Clarifying Wash 150ml

This retails for £3.29 from Boots in the UK and is quite often on special offers e.g. 2 Garnier products for £4. This is a daily cleanser for combination to oily skin that contains Green Tea and Moringa extracts that cleanses and purifies simultaneously.

Although this is directed to be used twice a day I just like to use it in the evenings by lathering it in my hands and applying to my wet face in upwards circular motions focusing on my t-zone before rinsing off. I always pat my face dry afterwards and apply moisturiser.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser 125ml

This one retails for £4.19 at Boots in the UK and contains vitamins that claim to keep skin moisturised for 12 hours.

I like to apply this one after cleansing my face and it feels very lightweight on the skin with no fragrances to it. When my skin becomes very dry – usually due to changes in the weather this one keeps me feeling moisturised all day.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream 15ml

This pot of goodness retails for £32 from Bobbi Brown. Although it sounds steep for an eye cream a little goes a long way with this one. I find this to be a great base for concealer and other eye make up. The cream absorbs quickly and feels really hydrating around my eye area. This contains mineral water and aloe vera too.

I’ve been using this for a while now and feel that it has improved the puffiness under my eye area.

GIORGIO ARMANI Code for Women Eau de Parfum 30ml

This is my all time favourite perfume, it is a very distinctive gorgeous smell that is very long lasting. This is also the perfume that I am also most likely to be complimented on. This can be a bit too strong for the day but perfect for dressed up evenings out or even casual dinners.

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