Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Barry M Picks!

Now some of you may know I write on another blog called The Beauty Hot Squad which all of us are currently taking a break from so I've decided to do a beauty post exclusively on this blog here.

I do love make up, I am not great when it comes to application of said make up but I do love buying it. Lately I've seen in Boots that Barry M is currently bringing out some amazing stuff. I have already been and got some stuff but I know I'm going to go back and get more ASAP (when I get paid). SO here's a list of my top Barry M picks from December 2014.

I actually bought this mascara and was so made up with it. It gave my lashes so much more shape and definition. It was a bargain and it's great, I do love a good mascara! 

Now who doesn't love a bit of sparkle at Christmas? I love this eye and cheek palette and have been trying to get it in stores for a while now but it's always out of stock. I think I will have to buy this when I get paid off of the website. My fave it the bronze gold and I want to see if the blush is anything like the Nars Orgasm.

3. Barry M Brow Kit Shape and Define - £5.99

I see this and think "Brow-Zings" except sooo much cheaper. I love brows and this is just perfect because it's small enough to just pop in your bag and with the little compact mirror you can top up your brows on the go - Amazing!

4. Gelly Hi Shine Lips - £4.99

I hate lipsticks and lipglosses but love these. These give great colour and shine without feeling sticky or clumpy. I really like the shade gsl4 which is a rose coloured pink and is gorgeous.

So there you have it, some of my top picks for Barry M. They have some amazing products available! I remember when Barry M used to be all Dazzle Dust and Nail Polish but I love all the new stuff they offer now.

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Snow Fairy!

One of my favourite parts of this time of year is all the new stuff that Lush bring out. One of these being Snow Fairy Shower Gel which I adore.

Snow Fairy is like childhood memories wrapped in a million sparkles. This pink concoction smells exactly like it's come out of an old timey sweet shop with strawberry bon bons coming to mind. It's a limited edition and only available around Christmas time. I bought myself some and I've asked for some for Christmas. It's no longer available online but can be bought in stores for a limited time only and the price ranges depending on which size bottle you get.

A little bit makes lots of lovely bubbles and there's a little sheen of glitter in the gel which doesn't transfer onto skin but it makes all the bubbles shimmer like diamonds. It's just a really lovely product, it's probably my second favourite Lush product after Rock Star soap. I just felt I really needed to share this with you before it disappears until Winter 2015.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Our Christmas Day Out

After booking tickets for Ross Noble for the 11th December me and Lee decided to take two days off from work and make the most of it being all Christmassy.

Thursday morning we got the bus, yes a bus (those who know me know I'm not one for public transport after many a mishap a few years ago), up to the train station and took the train to Ormskirk. 

In Ormskirk, we went to new restaurant called Salt & Liquor, a place we have wanted to visit this since we first heard it was opening earlier on this year. My first impression walking in was just like "whoa, very hipster" it's definitely aiming it's demographic toward 18 - 30 year olds, even though when we walked in (even though it was a Thursday afternoon) there were a few people there older than this demographic that seemed to be enjoying their meals. Now I want to do a full review of this place, but we were cold and hungry by the time we got there so we just dug in!

The decor is lots of exposed brick walls with dark wooden floors with some oddities hung up on the walls. The tables and chairs feel like going back to school with mis-matched furniture which just adds to the hipster-vibe of the place. There wasn't a theme going on but I did like it. 

Onto the food. We ordered: 
  • Deep Fried Belly Pork Bites
  • Corn Dogs
  • Salt & Liquor Burrito from the Express Lunch Menu (Served between 11am-4pm)
  • Double Bacon and Cheese Burger
Now as I said we were starving so only managed to get a few pics and only 2 of the food. One thing I will say before I write about the food is that our server was the new boy and missed off a few things off our order but the manager rectified it within minutes making the burger and a round of drinks free, which do show the hospitality of the place. And all the staff in there were so lovely and friendly, one of the main reasons why I want to go back.

The food was pretty good, it's definitely our type of place to go to eat. As I said we want to go back when of a night when we are prepared for a full on feast. The Street Eats (Belly Pork and Corn Dogs) were just amazing, they are definitely a winner. My standards of Corn Dogs are set extremely high due to my love of American Food and these definitely lived up to my expectations, they were lovely. My burrito and fries from the Express Lunch Menu was an amazing deal at just £6, the burrito was stuffed with Pulled Pork lots of cheese, guac, sour cream, salsa and rice with a serving of fries on the side. It was amazing, I even said to Lee "I am stuffed, just like that burrito", Lee had a Burger which just looked amazing, he tucked in before I got a chance to get a picture. It was a homemade beef burger on a Brioche Bun with crispy smoked bacon, chilli cheese, cheddar and lettuce, beef tomato and pickle. You don't get a side order with it but you can choose extras from the menu. 

There is lots of choice if you love different types of draft and craft drinks. Lee got a Strawberry Beer and I just got a coke because I'm just a bit boring. 

When we go back we know we want to try some more street eats, nachos, loaded fries, wings, ribs and the desserts. This is definitely a place we will recommend. 

Salt & Liquor is situated right by Ormskirk Train Station, which is about 25 mins on the train from Central Liverpool. There is parking nearby behind Ormskirk Town Centre. Price Range is £-££ dependant on when you go. It's perfect if you go to Edge Hill University and have a break between lectures because it's cheap and quick from the Express Lunch Menu. A copy of their menu and pictures of their amazing food is available on their Facebook and Twitter Pages.

Onwards from Salt & Liquor we went to the new Wetherspoon's in Ormskirk, the Court Leet. It's a beautiful new and MASSIVE building. Lee got a Pilsner of Erdinger and I got a Strawberry Daquiri (YUM) I love the Wether's because it's a great place to go if you're looking for a cheap night out or an afternoon drink. 

We then took the train into Liverpool and walked through the Christmas Market. Now I love Liverpool at Christmas, it's beautiful with all the lights and there is just a great atmosphere all around. 

We weren't there to shop but there was one market stall I couldn't just walk past. The fudge stand, last year my sister bought this amazing fudge from this stand and it was just like heaven. I went for 5 bars for £10 and we got Red Velvet, Chocolate Orange, Salted Caramel, Mint Choc and Rocky Road. I can't wait to try the Red Velvet. We also stopped by the Custom Cupcake Company which is a cupcake shop which specialises in over 100 different flavours of cupcakes. We went for a Twix and a Red Velvet (of course!) they were £2 each and they very, very yummy. 

Before we went to go and see Ross, we stopped by Revolution in St Peter's Square in Liverpool, it's one of my fave Rev's to go to. We got a Swedish Pirate Jug which is Rum, Malibu, Chambord, Orange Juice and it's all topped off with a Mango & Raspberry Rekorderlig Served over ice in a Copper Jug. It was very alcoholicy, but I did love it. Lee loved it too and he's not normal a cocktail drinker. 

Finally on to the main attraction. Ross Noble in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic! I've been a fan of Ross' since I was about 16 with one of my college friends lending me Sonic Waffle. This was the second time I have seen him live and as last time I was completely in awe. He was amazing, he's the type of comedian who interacts with his audience and every show is completely different. My face was aching from laughing sooo much. From making jokes about an over sexualised half kestral-half human woman who's laugh very much duplicated the sounds of the predatorial bird to talking about his 2 daughters, he is very much the doting dad and very proud of his youngest's "mentalness" and his eldest's likeness to his wife. He also talked about the charity, of which he is an Ambassador, Riders For Health. It's a charity which funds the restoration of off road vehicles which are made into emergency vehicles which can reach places further than ambulances in Africa, all of the proceeds from his merch being sold were going towards this charity with the government matching all donations raised up until Christmas, so we got a Tee for Lee and another Signed Poster for me. Another amazing show Ross, I can't wait to see you again! 

I had an amazing Christmassy day out in Ormskirk and Liverpool. I was sooo tired when I came home and so was Lee, we just crashed and slept in which shows how amazing and fulfilled our day was. I can't wait for our next day like this. 

Liverpool is a GREAT Christmas day out for Adults and Children a like with shopping, bars and restaurants for the Adults. The Liverpool ONE Ice Festival has so much fun to be had for the little ones with rides, fair games and an ice rink it's the perfect day out to be had by all. 

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Airpure "Mini Me" Candles

Now I have to share this little gem with you. I was browsing through Home & Bargain today when I come across these cute little jar candles, I only really bought them because they looked cute but they were an absolute bargain because they smell amazing too!! 

They are a brand called "AirPure" which I'm not too familiar with (which I will be familiarising myself with from now on) and it's a range called Mini Me which come in a wide variety of scents.

These palm-sized jar candles cost 39p and they had a few "flavours". I went for Cinnamon Spice and French Vanilla. The smell is amazing, it's not too subtle and it's not overbearing. We burnt the Cinnamon Spice ones and they definitely made us feel Christmassy. 

These bad boys have up to 8 hours burning time, we had them burning for about 5 hours before we blew them out and they still looked like they had quite a bit of life left in them. The other scent we've got is French Vanilla which does smell amazing, like a cake. 

UPDATE: I've started burning the French Vanilla and just the one teeny candle creates so much aroma. It smells like Creme Brulee when it's burning. Perfect for those who love the smell of cakes baking or fresh cookies.

Is this a brand you're familiar with? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and any other candle recommendations. 

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Book Review: Divergent

Now this is completely new territory for myself. I've never done a book review before but I felt like I needed to share this. 

Last book I read before Divergent was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and I was a bit hesitant to read this because I was so loyal to The Hunger Games Series. But I was going on holiday and I knew I needed a book to tide me over whilst I sat by the pool. I seen this was on offer in Asda for 2 for £5 so I bought this along with another book. It's really safe to say I loved it and here's why. 

The main story is about a girl called Beatrice Prior who lives in a post-war dystopian type America where to keep the peace the population have been split into five factions (groups) and each faction has different traits and when a person is 16 there is a picking ceremony every year and they get to choose which faction they belong to. The factions and traits are below: 

  • Abnegation - Honour Selflessness
  • Erudite - Honour Knowledge and Intelligence
  • Amity - Honour Peace
  • Candor - Honour Truth and Honesty
  • Dauntless - Honour Bravery
Beatrice is Abnegation born, a faction to which she feels like she does not fit in and finds it difficult at times to conform to the Abnegation rules. Before the picking ceremony there is a test which is meant to determine which faction you belong to. As suspected Beatrice's results are inconclusive which means one thing, she's what they call a Divergent, which is not a good thing when she lives in a society where each faction conforms to different rules. She is told to keep this result private. 

Bored with Abnegation during the picking ceremony Beatrice is still unsure about her future. In a moment of thought she chooses what most consider the most dangerous faction, Dauntless, leaving her family and Abnegation behind. 

When Beatrice arrives at Dauntless she decides she wants to try and belong, changing her mind track and also her name and appearance going as "Tris". In Dauntless she is trained by Dauntless trainer Four, who is quite the mystery to Tris. She is set a series of tasks and challenges which push her to the limit. 

Does she belong in Dauntless? You'll have to read to find out. 

I loved this book so much. I was pretty much hooked from the start and I found I couldn't put it down when I was on holiday. I really love books with a strong female lead and this one was just perfect because not only is Tris a YA Heroine but she's confused and conflicted like I know I have been in my life and she never lets it get her down in the whole book. 

When I had finished this book I was so sad because it was the middle of my holiday and I had nothing else to read. I kept going into Asda hoping they'd get the second book Insurgent in and it was always out of stock! I went to The Works Outlet in Cheshire Oaks and they had the 3 book set there for £7.99 so I just bought the whole set and I am completely enthralled in the story. 

I have told my friends about this and my pal Charlotte quickly became obsessed like myself and she's loving the series. I also love the film and think Shailene Woodley has done Tris justice. I do advise you though, please do read the book before watching the film.

So there's my first EVER book review. I hope you've enjoyed it and I haven't given too much away and it has made you want to go out and buy the book. It is available in Asda and Tesco and Amazon and all places like that. 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Black Friday Madness

I just don't get it. Now I understand a good few things in this world like Red means stop and Green means go, but I can't understand the madness that is Black Friday. 

I'm not going to say I haven't been succumbed to the deals of Black Friday, I have. I got some Christmas presents that I actually knew I wanted to get and I would have got them full price anyway but I got a deal. What I really don't get is people going stark bonkers crazy over things they never intended to buy until they saw it was 30% off. I've seen videos and vines of grown men ramming trolleys into other adults to pick up tellys, women screaming at each other over the last George Foreman Grill. 

I got a Chromecast with 30% off (I'm still not 100% on what this even does) and a PS4 controller £15 cheaper than RRP, so I'm happy with the deals I got but can't believe the fuss it took me to get them. I also got a pair of K Swiss Trainers from Amazon's lead up to Black Friday Lightning Deals got them for £19.99 with only 10 mins left on the deal, I was pretty lucky with that one!

Don't get me wrong, I love a bargain, I live to shop, it's my favourite past time but I wouldn't go to the shops and belt people out of the way to get what I want.  What really does make me laugh though is that Black Friday is traditionally an American custom and they are worse than us, they spend the Thursday giving thanks for all they have got and on Friday that "thanks" just sort of gets forgotten and they turn into bargain wanting monsters. I think this is the way Britain's going. 

I want to put this out there who thinks if Black Friday is going to become a regular thing over here then we should get the day before off too to eat loads of food and get ready for the sales! Who's with me? 

But I know that even some of you are truly embracing Black Friday and as a treat here are some discount codes from some fashion retailers (courtesy of Hot Deals UK):

50% off
Starts Thursday, ends Friday

30% off and free delivery
No code
Starts on Friday, ends on Monday

20% off
Starts Thursday, ends Monday

20% off
Starts Friday, ends Monday

20% off
Starts Friday, ends Tuesday

River Island
20% off everything from 11am-3pm on Friday

French Connection
30% off
Starts today, ends Friday

40% off
Starts Friday, ends Monday

Up to 50% off selected lines
Starts Thursday, ends Monday

Urban Outfitters
Up to 50% off
Friday only

30% off everything
No code
Starts Friday

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Getting To Know Me Tag

Here are some questions for my new readers to get to know me, some really random ones here. I'll tag some other blogs at the bottom and if you wanna do the tag then please leave your link in the comments below.
1. What was the last TV show you watched?
Smallville! I love it
2. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?
Strongbow with Blackcurrant
3. Have you ever lied to get out of a date or relationship?
4. What do you think of velvet knickers? 
I just cringed thinking about velvet knickers. Bleugh
5. Have you ever been in the back of a police car?
6. Post a pic of something you love

7. Post a pic of something you hate. 
Cabbage Bleugh

8. What do you normally order in a bar/pub? 
Bacardi and Lemonade
9. Have you ever wanted to be a police officer?
10. What is your usual everyday dress code?
Leggings and a Dress for work.
11. Do you lift weights?
Yeah, but I don't wanna get too big! (Haha Monsters University ref there)
12. Sherlock or Doctor Who?
13. Do you know self defence?
Yea, if I have to walk alone in the dark (which isn't often at all) I keep my key between my fingers in case I'm attacked. My GCSE English teacher taught me that. 
14. What fandoms are you part of?
15. Who is your OTP (One True Pairing)?
Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid
16. Glitter or feathers?
17. Daisies or buttercups?
18. What countries have you been to?
  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. Greece
  4. Germany
  5. Tunisia
  6. America
  7. Turkey

19. Do you think schools should bring back corporal punishment?
No, but I think some kids should be disciplined a bit more because kid's attitudes these days stink!
20. Post a pic of something completely random

21. Have you ever eaten a whole pizza to yourself?
22. Do you look after your body?
Not as much as I should
23. How much sleep do you get per night?
6-8 hours
24. If you could take only one trip with the Doctor in his TARDIS where would you ask him to take you?
The Opening of Disneyworld Florida - October 7, 1971
25. Do you think women look good in suits?
Hell Yes! They can work it!
26. Matches or lighters?
Lighters, less burnt fingers but Matches are better for lighting candles. 
27. What is your favourite type of cake?
Red Velvet
28. Who was the last celebrity you spoke to and what did you say?
Can't even remember.
29. Do you get starstruck?
Obviously not haha. 
30. Who was your favourite author as a child?
Roald Dahl

I tag the following blogs: 
Samantha at Coco Butter Blog
Alyssa at Mum to a Monster
and Sarah at Let Them Be Small