Sunday, 24 September 2017


Daily essentials can sometimes be a bit overlooked when it comes to sharing the things you love and use regularly, mainly because that can of deodorant or whatever just isn't quite as pretty as the latest Naked eyeshadow palette is it? But ultimately, the basic stuff you use every day needs to be stuff that you actually like and stuff that works for you so although I don't have a huge daily routine of products, this is mainly what I use every single day...

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion £10.00 (The Body Shop)
Lancome Hydra Zen Moisturiser £41.00 (Feel Unique)

Admittedly, the Tea Tree lotion has come out in force again just recently because my skin has decided to have a bit of a tantrum and numerous spots have decided to appear on my chin. Tea Tree oil can be good for targeting particular spots to help clear them up but this gel-like lotion provides light hydration while calming your skin so you don't get the dryness that sometimes come with clearing spots up. 

The Hydra Zen is what I use in a morning before applying makeup, it provides just the right amount of moisturising without making my face look oily. It also helps to reduce any redness and soothes sensitive skin. I really struggled to find a moisturiser that was suited to my face and I discovered this through a little mini I got in a Christmas set so although this is quite pricey it's worth it for me because it works. 

Caudalie Vine Body Butter £21.00 Feel Unique

Although I do use the Caudalie Body Butter on a daily basis I'm now using it rather sparingly because I'm almost out of it and I really do like how this smells. It's really thick and creamy and is perfect for putting on after a shower because it absorbs really quickly but still makes your skin feel nicely moisturised. There's no stickiness which can sometimes come with using a butter and the scent is quite light but really distinctive. 

One of the newest fragrances from Dove is Pear and Aloe Vera, I wouldn't have normally gone for a fruity kind of scent but this really surprised me with how nice it smells and it does a good job of keeping you fresh throughout the day!

A very, very old favourite. I rarely ever stray from Simple face wipes simply because I know they suit my skin and they are moist enough to be really refreshing when you just need something to wake you up in a morning. I know removing makeup with face wipes is supposed to be a cardinal sin but sometimes a full on cleansing routine day and night... ain't nobody got time for that. 

What products are among your daily essentials?

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Monday, 4 September 2017


September is that month when I always feel obliged to stock up on new stationery; old habits die hard and going back to school always meant a bag full of fresh stationery stuff. I seem to spend my life window shopping on Typo so I thought I'd do an actual wish list and make anyone aware of this online bazaar of amazingness who hasn't already discovered it.

A4 Spinout Notebook £3.50 (4 for £8 mix & match)
I probably definitely have too many note books but the designs on these are too good to pass up, I picked this one because, well: it's Disney, but there are loads to choose from and when they're 4 for £8 it'd be rude not to buy 4.

I actually really like the idea of a hard plastic folder that clips at the side, i've never seen anything like it before I don't think; I've usually just gone with ring binders or plastic wallets. The 'mundane tasks and master plans' print is just an added bonus.

I'm becoming a teeny bit obsessed with bullet journalling (you should see my Pinterest board it's brimming!) and this looks like the perfect kind of journal to accommodate all your journalling needs and it's A4 which means there's more room!

Because Disney.

I do love a compartment so I can keep things organised and separate and I really like the design of this one (although if this one isn't your style there are lots to choose from).

It's rose gold and sequinned. What's not to like. 

Staplers are forever going missing in my office but I'd definitely see this attractive beast if it went walkabout!

A llama pencil sharpener. Everyone would be jealous. They'd all want one.

Side note: this is not in association with or sponsored by Typo. I wish it was. But no, I just really, really like what they sell.

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Friday, 1 September 2017


It's September, X Factor is starting soon and shops are starting to change their displays... so surely I can mention the C word without being shouted at?

Anyway, technically if you were going to take my advice you'd need at least a few months notice before you could do it so here goes...

This time last year I booked a trip to New York with my best friend, Kayley. On a bit of a whim really, we both decided we wanted to go somewhere and found a fairly good deal for 3 nights between Christmas and New Year. To be fair, NYC is amazing at any time of year but the bright lights, big city thing gets ramped up around the festive period (from mid-October onwards, really). Even if you've been to New York before, the Christmas season is truly a sight to behold and you can have so many amazing experiences and see so much more than you can at any other time of year.

Shops and window displays

Christmas shopping in New York, can it really get any better? All the decorations and Christmas ranges seem on another level to what we have in the UK so even if you were just window shopping and only buying a few bits it's amazing just to be there. It does get VERY busy, especially on the streets but for me that just added to the atmosphere.

The displays in Macy's windows are a sight to be behold and the sheer scale of some of these stores has to be seen to be believed! America really does go all out for Christmas and NYC is no exception.

Macys christmas window display

Macy's at Christmas

Christmas store decor

christmas baubles

Saks at Christmas

Huge Christmas trees and light shows

Probably the most well known Christmas tree is the one outside the Rockefeller centre near the ice rink, now I wouldn't necessarily recommend that particular place for ice skating because it gets really stupidly busy but you absolutely must see the tree lit up and all the decorations that are around it, you can get some amazing photos. There's also a free light show on the front of the SAKS store (you can see this and the Rockefeller tree at the same time, bonus!) which happens every 10 minutes between the hours of 5-11pm so there's plenty of opportunity to catch it.

Saks Light Display

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas

Rockefeller Ice Skating

New York at Christmas

Ice skating in Central Park

I'm just going to put this out there, I am an absolutely shocking skater, I can't do it to save my life. I did it purely for the Snapchats and Instagrams! I'm so pleased I did it though just to say I had aswell, it isn't free but it's not ridiculously priced; during the week including skate hire it's around $25 but at weekends and actual 'holiday' dates it is a little more expensive. Wollman Rink in central park is much, much bigger than the one at Rockefeller and therefore far less crowded which I much preferred.

Wollman Rink

Where would you most like to visit at Christmas time?

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