5 ways to treat yourself when trying to save

This month I have been a bit more spendy than usual, but sometimes in life it’s necessary (although, not that necessary) to have those ‘f*ck it’ slash ‘yolo’ moments.

But like so many people my age, setting long term goals along with trying to get life in order and simply turning my hand at adulating, certain things more-rightly take precedent over buying the latest pair of heels, cult beauty buys and even the occasional date night – no matter how ‘cheap’ it is.

And while I use my blog as an outlet to share places I love visit in and around London, eateries, clubs and pubs I’ve discovered as well the occasional new makeup find, the reality is, I just can’t spend a frivolously as I used to, especially if I’d like to own my house in the near future.

However, every now and then a little treat can’t hurt, and here’s how I like to give myself a lil’ pick me up…

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  1. Call me a Starbucks w*nker but I love me some coffee on the go. Chai Latte, Vanilla Latte, Flat White… don’t get me started – anything but Cafe Nero ūüė∑ and I’m good. I don’t know what it is about a hot coffee in a paper cup to go, but it makes me feel sassy. And if it can pick me up at only ¬£3 a pop – why the hell not. ¬£3 here and there can add up though, so drink aware lol!
  2. Candles are a beautiful thing, and I haven’t bought one in ages, but I am a sucker for a lovely smelling Yankee Candle. Plus, Now that it’s winter and I’ve been reading loads of favourite posts which include a homely scented candles, I’ve reverted back to my faves; Baby Powder and Snowflake  Cookie. The Yankee Candle Jars are quite pricey at ¬£18 but they do last forever. Think of it as a short term investment ūüėČ
  3. Curled up with a chunky magazine in one hand and a warm cup of tea in the other is how I would love to spend any evening of the week, especially, now that it’s getting colder. I have to admit, I’m not one to often buy a magazine, but I do have my faves like Porter and Glamour. They are great inexpensive treats that I often only buy when there’s a freebie, meaning I get two treats for the price of one!
  4. Treating myself at times can be as simple as buying a chocolateūüćęūüėč. Although, it’s very counter productive when I’m trying to lose weight. Nonetheless, I’m sure I’m not the only one who switches up there favourite chocolate snack. At the moment I’m feeling Lindt. What tickles your fancy?
  5. Getting nails done really should be considered as standard self-care ūüėā. I often go for shellac (¬£20) which lasts me about a month. It’s affordable and gives me that feel good factor without breaking the bank. Am I the only one who feels like they have their sh*t together when they come out of the salon ūüíÖ

Treating yourself doesn’t always have to break the bank, it could be as simple as buying a bouquet of flowers, or a new app, if that’s up your street.

How do you treat yourself? 

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Date Night at Mai Thai

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I’m not even gonna lie, it’s been a while since me and the babes had ‘date night’.

Sure we like to chill at home, put on a movie, Netflix, order in pizza, but in terms of going out, it really hasn’t been at the top of our agenda¬†as both of our schedules have been busy and at the end of a long day at work, we both just want to chill.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit stagnant. Work, my blog, my next steps in my career – nothing seems to be going the way I want, so, I thought it would be a good idea to spend some quality time together, by ourselves, outside the house and just eat and talk.

Plus as it was just payday, we thought we deserved a little treat.

My boyfriend lives a few minutes away from Wimbledon, so we headed down there. It really is a good spot for finding nice spots, I swear there’s always something new when we go.

We actually planned to go Franco Manca but EVERY time we plan to go there’s always a bloody long line outside, like, is this just me?

Anyway, we ended up finding a small Thai place called Mai Thai, which is kinda ironic as on the same day I uploaded a throwback picture to Instagram, of me drinking a cocktail on Patong Beach  wishing someone, anyone, could just #takemeback

As soon as we entered Mai Thai it felt like we were back in Thailand, the decor was so oriental from the lamps, to the wooden furniture and even the waiter staff who greeted us in Thai – it was so cool because we knew how to greet them back!

The food was all kinds of yummy. and the price was even better ¬†as we paid ¬†¬£38 for everything, although we knew that we could have eaten the same thing in Thailand for about ¬£10 but hey ho, it’s all about gaining new experiences and living in the moment right.

We ordered fishcakes and Prawn Tempura for starters, I had egg fried rice with prawn and cashew stir fry and Earl had Thai noodle couple with Pork. The food was nothing but amazing and so, so filling too!

I was really hoping for a Mai Thai cocktail but, unfortunately they don’t sell any, and I really didn’t want to chance it on a horrible rose so I stuck to lemonade and Earl had a Lemon Iced tea which had a cinnamon kick.

We had a good night, the food was so authentic, and I had great company, so I’ll definitely remember Mai Thai whenever I feel like escaping to Thailand again!

We’re on the hunt for some new places to visit in London, so if you have any bars, clubs, cafes etc in mind, send them over ūüôā

See you on my next one x

 

23 Things I’ve Learned In 23 Years

It’s been so, so, soooo long since I last blogged – it’s September already and there’s only 16 weeks until christmas (how crazy is that!)

Although I’ve been away for the majority of August, there has been good reason for it – It was my birthday month and boy did I enjoyyyy… I was insanely spoilt so i’ll be sure to share soon.

But, more recently I’ve been in reflective mood, enjoying the people around me, and the experiences/ lifestyle I’ve been fortunate enough to have, which is why I think actually noting down 23 life lessons – one for every year I’ve been alive – will help me remember what’s actually important in life, and perhaps help younger females out there that come across this post somehow.

23 things I’ve learned in 23 years (in no particular order):

  1. Failure is necessary. I think everyone says this, but no one knows why failure is actually necessary. When I was younger, I was quiet academic, always on the straight and narrow and never really felt any failure or rejection until I finished uni. I searched for nearly a year with many #FAILS in the process but it was so necessary because it made me work harder and really appreciate what I did get.
  2. Scrutiny is necessary. Just like failure, you need to experience scrutiny as well as constrictive criticism to move forward and better yourself.
  3. Learn to live below your means. This point has never been more relevant in my life, especially when things like buying my own house and getting a better car become more of a priority, it’s never been more important to save, even if it’s just a little every month, in order for me invest in things that matter in the grand scheme of things.
  4. Buy experiences, not things. When you work and you can afford to buy things yourself, you soon realise, experiencing things and travelling takes precedent over owning the latest pair of trainers. After all memories last a lifetime.
  5. Avoid trends. As far as I’m concerned trends are a waste of time and money. I have learned to invest in things that I genuinely like.
  6. Not everyone will be there for you. When you go through real tests in your life you realise who’s actually there for you, and who makes time to check up on you. Sometimes it’s a harsh but necessary wake up call on who you need to cut #CutIt
  7. Keep your head up. As a black female, especially over the last year with all the madness happening throughout the world, I’ve learned how important it is to keep my shoulders back and head up, no matter if I’ve got an unusual hairstyle, rocking an au natural face or weird ensemble.
  8. Do what you want. Life is way to short. Don’t worry what other people will think, as long as you’re safe and responsible, live life and do what you want #YOLO (what happened to that yolo)
  9. Speak up! Never shy away from voicing what you actually believe in, no matter how daunting – the feeling of keeping quiet is more disappointing when you look back.
  10. Never accept bad treatment.
  11. Love yourself.
  12. Consistency is key. I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post before, but being consistent will help you get to where you want to be quicker. Whether it’s in blogging or at the gym – keep at it.
  13. Be a ‘Goal Digger’ – If you been on my insta, I recently posted this quote with a somewhat motivational message. Don’t rely on anyone else to gain success, be a goal digger and get’cho goals!
  14. You are a queen. #MelaninGoddess
  15. Hustle Hard. No one will hand you what you think you deserve, so hustle… HARD!
  16. You can always rely on family. I know this may not be completely true for everyone as every family is different, but I’m sure everyone has at least one person that’s so close they’re practically family whom you can rely on. Having a ride or die is the best.
  17. The world is not fair. Point blank, but what are you doing to make it better?
  18. Look after your relationships. Whether romantic, family or a friendship, look after the relationships that are important to you. Relationships are so fragile and it’s so common that if you get into a romantic relationship, your friendships can take a back seat, but it really doesn’t have to be either or – just be better at time management and care about those close to you.
  19. Parents are always right. A lot of mistakes I’ve made could have all been avoided if only I had listened to my parents. They can be annoying at times, but they are usually right – parent’s intuition and experience is a crazy thing.
  20. Live in the moment. (see no.8)
  21. Keep your circle tight. Not everyone is your friend. There have been so many people that I thought were for me, only to find them bitch about me, take ideas and pass them as their own and everything else, so keep your circle tight.
  22. Keep moving forward. Never become stagnant, no matter how hard life gets, as long as you’re still breathing (Have you seen the Revenant?) you can keep going.
  23. Life’s too short to be unhappy. Stuck in a dead end job? Have a lifelong dream of working for yourself? Want to travel the world? Whatever it is that you think will truly make you happy – do everything in your power to achieve it, even when fear tries to hold you back. You don’t want to look back and regret staying put.

So, there are my pearls of wisdom, hope you enjoyed and make sure to stay tuned for my next post all about my trip to Dubai!

 

Lean Greens Unboxing & First Impressions

If you’ve read my post about some of my recent lifestyle changes¬†and keep up with me on Twitter, you will know that I’ve been in the gym, trying to get my waist right and thighs tight -the right way!

In the past I’ve been about some crazy and unrealistic fad diets, juicing and extreme workouts. While these may have given brilliant results, the amount of prep and planning that goes into it, I just didn’t last. It was just an unrealistic way to loose weight.

As a person I know that I can change my physique quickly, which is my downfall as I’m hella lazy and know that I can do it later…¬†that old chestnut!

Although I go to the gym 2-3 times a week, I still suffer from uncomfortable bloating which I feel is down to my diet, which is where Lean Greens come in…

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Last week I was sent a special package from Lean Greens! I previously saw their product through the Bloggers Hangout and knew I needed to try it.

Lean greens is one of the UK’s leading green powders that are designed to help with reducing bloating, killing cravings, naturally increasing energy and cleaning up the health of the gut.

Lean Greens is the daily nutritional supplement that everyone can benefit from.

To be completely honest, I was really dubious to try Lean Greens, but after reading plenty of reviews and researching what goes into their green powders I grew confident on what it could do for me. All the ingredients were natural and contained properties that would help in areas my body needed an extra boost in – like energy!

Once I started the shakes, I began to receive daily emails from Tim, which were so motivational and witty – no one likes a boring email. They included tips and pointers on how to stay on the straight and narrow, great articles and funny anecdotes, perfect for days when your struggling, or would risk it all for a chocolate biscuit!

I was gifted their starter pack, which included the Lean Greens Shaker and the Lean Greens Powder worth £49.99.

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The shaker had so many compartments, but I was sent a helpful video on how to use it.

Once that was all sorted, I tried the shake. The powder had a light green colour and had a faint smell of green tea – which pre- warned me how the actual shake would taste.

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On the powder tub, it gave instructions on how to take the shake. Fill a glass on cold water (the colder the better, in terms of taste), add a heaped spoon of green powder, shake well and drink immediately – and that’s exactly what I did.

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The colour of the shake was a bit off-putting as it was a dark green, however, the taste was similar to green tea with a subtle hint of vegetables, more specifically, broccoli. The shake wasn’t as offensive as I thought it would be, from its initial smell, but the only way I can describe it was like normal water with an after taste of green tea lol.

The taste isn’t great, but not horrible either – it just takes some getting used to, but after doing more research on how I can drink this supplement, I found that I could mix the powder in with a home made fruit smoothie, and still enjoy all the benefits of the powder – so it’s totally versatile, and great for any taste palette.

After I had the shake, there weren’t any immediate effects, but I did notice I didn’t get as tired and fatigued¬†throughout the day¬†as I would normally (I’m one of those people who struggle to keep their eyes open at my desk at work) – and I think this is down to the active ingredient of Spirulina and Chlorella, which helps boost energy.

So far, I’ve used the shake every other day, but I’ll continue to use the shakes every day in the next week and give you another update – hopefully, I’ll notice an end to my bloating.

Have you tried any Lean Greens product, what do you think of their products?

Weekly Rundown #1

Hiya lovelies!

So, I’ve been wanting to bring something news related to my blog for longest time now, but, I just didn’t know what to do or how to do it.

After taking to some of my favourite outlets (Stylist’s Emerald Street and Cocos Tea Party) I gained some major inspo and I am proud to now introduce to you –¬†Weekly Rundown – a feature that will be on ze blog every Sunday!

As a blogger with a journo background, I am always reading the news, ¬†finding out the latest whether it’s to do with current affairs, entertainment, music, fashion & beauty or lifestyle, and with this week being so eventful (to say the least) in terms of news, I thought there’s no better time than now to share what I’ve been reading.

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Homes ‘too expensive’ for Help to Buy ISA scheme

Akala: focus on fear of others insults British people’s intelligence

People React to EU Referendum Results: Worrying Signs

Cats getting brain freeze

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The pound drops due to Brexit

EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn under pressure amid top team revolt

Kanye West Gets Almost No Reactions From Stars Depicted Naked in “Famous” Video

Fire In The Booth – Waka Flocka

Skepta at Glastonbury

Hope you enjoy and please do share your thoughts on the articles featured or any links you think I might like. 

See you on my next post x

 

 

 

Thailand Adventures: 5 things you need to do in Phuket

For 10 beautiful days, I was living a life of luxury in Phuket, Thailand ‘The Land of Smiles’ and I loved every minute of it. The weather, the people, the culture and of course the food (ugghhh guys you need to try Tom Yum Goong) gave me a life refresh I was in dire need for.

If you’re planning or have already planned your summer getaway and Phuket is on your brain you won’t regret it.

Phuket is a¬†popular destination in Thailand and there really is so much to do, perfect for every type of personality, so I thought I’d fill you in on 5 things you NEED to do during your time there.

A Day Tour
After arriving at your hotel, it can be a bit¬†daunting to actually go out and explore, as you have no idea where to go. A day tour can be the perfect remedy to¬†familiarise yourself with your new surroundings and see the real Thailand, not just the atmosphere in your hotel. Depending on who you book with, they’ll show you landmarks, beaches, and places to shop, and should stop off at certain points for you to enjoy and explore for yourself. On my day tour, the most memorable locations were a view point where could see the coast and visiting the beautiful temples in Chalong.

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Elephant Trek
Going on an Elephant trekking experience is a MUST! It truly was a life changing experience, I can’t really explain my own feelings as the whole day was¬†unbelievable, but it was amazing to be able to touch, feed and ride such a majestic creature. SIDENOTE: Find a reputable company that properly cares for its animals.

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Thai Massage
You cannot go to Thailand and not get a massage – there’s a massage parlour on EVERY road! However, if you want to spoil yourself, there are more romantic massage experiences where you can go on another island and spend the day. Whether you opt for an¬†actual Thai¬†massage or not is up to you. It’s a relaxing experience that’s really nice to do with your other half or your bestie, and is a treat that nicely ends your thai holiday with a bit of pampering and relaxation.

Island Tour
Thailand is surrounded by picturesque islands. Take a speedboat tour to Phi Phi or James Bond Island and go snorkelling – it’s absolutely amazing how many fish surround you, an underwater camera won’t do it justice! Picking a good all round tour is vital though, so try and find one that stops off at different islands along the way, giving you plenty of snorkelling opportunities and gives you a chance to explore the little islands, to get the perfect pic or just lay on the beach, until it’s time to go to the next one.

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Street Food
Do I really need to say any more. The local food is tastes amazing and is super cheap. ¬†Opposite our hotel we had scoped a family run open ‘restaurant’ (it wasn’t really a restaurant) and the food was delicious, I fell in love with their Tom Yum Goong soup which is meant to be a Thai favourite. If you love seafood you¬†won’t be at a loss either, as many places have fresh sea food that’s delivered every day, so you can pick what seafood you want before you sit down and they cook whatever you choose. Phuket also has a great nightlife and they definitely know how to party, so if you like to let loose on holiday and have a little drink, Thai’s pull no punches when it comes to alcohol and they are known for a strong mojito – does it get any better?!

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My time in Phuket was a dream (I’ll be sharing more about what I got up to in my travel series) and there’s so much more to do than my list of 5, but I was¬†so glad I did them. Of course there’s more options like hiring a motorcycle (if you decide to brave the Thai roads I applaud you) or visiting a tiger sanctuary, and just taking time out to visit Patong beach.

Time flies when you’re having fun, so if you can, plan a few excursions before you arrive in as¬†it’s definitely worthwhile, and you may also find cheaper deals which is always a great thing!

Have you visited Thailand, what was your favourite thing to do?

 

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5 Hair Products I’m Loving

Hello blogging world, I cant believe it’s been two weeks since my last post *sobs into tissue* – what can I say, life has just got in the way, but, in my time away a lot has happened, one of them being… I am no longer a red head, or more accurately a russet head lol *sobs even more*

I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair chocolate brown. I was scared, but it was long overdue. Being a red head was a stressful time in my life – just take a read of my hair disaster!

No, but in all honesty there was a lot of upkeep that my hair just couldn’t handle, so I decided it was time to go a bit darker and it’s the best decision I could have made, my mum’s immediate reaction was ‘your hair looks so healthy!’ – I don’t think there could have been a clearer sign that I should have went darker a lot sooner.

After making the conscious decision not to go to the hairdressers last year (after my hair mishap) I’ve been loving the freedom I’ve had with experimenting with my locs and¬†exploring new products that have made a real difference in the quality of my hair, so I thought I’d share the hair products I’ve been loving and continually reaching for…

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Monoi Oil is a miracle in a tub… I have high porosity hair, meaning it absorbs water and products quickly, but loses moisture just as quickly and this oil has been the perfect answer for me. Monoi Oil is a leave in conditioning creme and has the beautiful consistency of butter and oil, that I can rub into my locs when it’s wet or dry around 2-3 times a week without any nasty build up or residue. I find this product is perfect for hair that has been dyed as my hair needs to stay moisturised to avoid breakage and this oil definitely helps to avoid that. Made with Coconut oil, it smells beautiful too, so I would definitely recommend it, plus it comes in a big tub so it’s worth its buck.

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Second up is Jamaican Castor Oil. Funnily enough, I initially started using this product in the caribbean. Seeing¬†so many naturalista’s rave about natural Jamaican castor oil really made me want to try it as it had properties stimulated hair growth. Since starting to use this product I’ve gone through two bottles. Embracing your natural hair is hard business especially when everyone’s minds are on how fleeky their edges are these days, but when your hair has been through some trials and tribulations, castor oil is the answer to restore those edges! Have you tried?

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Since starting my dreadlocks I’ve always come back to this Oil. Mango & Lime is a brand that I was first introduced to when I began my locs and their ¬†non-abrasive formulas have been very kind to my hair. Once I wash my hair I go in with this oil and massage it into my scalp. I hate using thick grease on my scalp that leaves a horrible residue, so this oil is perfect if you’re like me and need something that deeply moisturises and sinks in.

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Since I loved the Monoi Oil conditioning creme I had to get myself some of their anti-breakage oil fusion. I’ve found great results using this oil, it comes with a pipette applicator for direct application allowing me to target areas on my scalp and at the end of my hair – really moisturising and tackling breakage, which is something I’m so worried about having dyed my hair multiple times… plus it smells divine.

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Lastly, this is my guilty pleasure hair product – a gel. Since a young age I’ve never been a fan of gel as it can cause hair to break, flake and suffocate follicles, which is why i don’t use this all the time. However, since boycotting the salon, I still wanted to achieve goddess like fleekiness when I do my hair at home, and this really allows me to slay my edges. I don’t go all in as this has a very thick consistency, but once I mix with water to kind of dilute it, I find that it lays down any stray and can really neaten up a look. I would recommend only using this product when your hair is wet and the tying down your hair to achieve a slick look, as on dry hair it can pull and damage your hairs. Also, I use this every so often, as I don’t believe locs should be all neat (defeats the whole point of embracing natural hair) but it’s nice if I have an interview or going out on the town.

So, those are the 5 products I’ve been using in my hair for a while, and I’m really enjoying the results. Do you have locs or rock your natural hair? What products would you recommend me using? Also, who are your favourite naturalista’s on Instagram, I need some hair inspiration!

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P.S – Here is a pic of my new do – even though you cant really see it *hides face* Who else is loving this snapchat filter? Follow me on SC: rirr9316 x

Coffee Chronicles: Monmouth Coffee

Hey boo thangs! How’re you all doing? Easter weekend has flown by and now I’m sadly back at work *weeps into tissue*

Normally over Easter I just chill at home and over indulge, but this year¬†I thought I’d take advantage of my time off work to go out and explore London… and as with any trip out, mine always involves – COFFEE!!!

I am a coffee and tea addict. There, I said it lol.¬†I have a cupboard in my kitchen dedicated to all types of teas; chocolate, lemon, liquorice, chai… anything you could think of, and while I do love sipping a nice warm brew in the comfort of my own home, I do love to treat myself to a cheeky Costa or Starbucks, however, sometimes a girl needs a little change, which is why I made my way to Monmouth Coffee – the best coffee in town…or close enough!

My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to convent garden in search of what has been described as one of the best coffee spots in London (rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor and ranked 11  out of 756 in London)

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As a Londoner, it’s actually ridiculous that I’ve only been to Convent Garden a handful of times,especially as¬†it’s so beautiful and filled with a good mixture of high street and high end shops…

After a peruse around the shops we made our way to Monmouth Coffee which is about a 5 minute walk from Convent Garden square.

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We spotted it instantly as there was a decent line going outside which is definitely a reflection of how good the coffee is.  After a short wait to get a seat, it felt like we escaped the hustle and bustle of London, and entered a little safe haven. The atmosphere was really relaxed inside, we shared a booth with two other ladies and the staff were so friendly.

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I didn’t really know what to order, as they had a minimalistic menu, normally if I go to Starbucks, I order a White Chocolate Mocha or a warming Chai Latte, but it was time to branch out (within reason) so, I opted for a Cafe Au Lait – a very milky option for those that love a creamy blend, and a Latte – for those that love the full power of coffee as well as a velvety creamy taste.

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Talking to the barista about my preferred taste in coffee she recommended these two, and ‘bae’ got a Flat White.

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I am in no way a coffee connoisseur but Monmouth Coffee tastes amazing and it’s super affordable pitstop. It’s really smooth and each drink tastes different, showing how perfectly blended they are. The distinct taste of each coffee is testament to how they source their coffee too, while they also sell coffee (whole and ground) using¬†organic Jersey whole milk from Jeff Bowles in Somerset along with¬†organic whole cane sugar from Assukkar, Costa Rica.

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My boyfriend always makes fun of me and calls me a ‘Starbucks wanker’ but even he appreciated how beautifully blended this coffee was, so, I will definitely recommend this place to all you coffee lovers and re-visit as soon possible.

What coffee shops in and around London do you think I should visit next? x

 

6 Beauty Products I Wish I NEVER Bought

Over the past few months I’ve accumulated ¬†a lot of beauty products, LOADS of which I’m a fan of and would definitely repurchase, but there’s been a few that I’m just NOT feeling, no matter how much I try to use and get used to them, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

First off is Sleek’s Matte Me. I bought this lippie last month on my hunt to find the perfect matte lipstick – I’m actually obsessed with any matte look but I find it hard to find colours that sit well against my skin tone. I decided to give these a go, they were cheap and every one had been raving about them. I picked up Birthday Suit¬†that had been sold out everywhere¬†and Fandango Purple. However, these lippies looked terrible on me and felt really drying and papery on my lips – am I the only one?¬†

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Next up is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser.¬†I’ve really got a love hate relationship with NARS, they have beautiful products that I would love to try, but their foundation shades just don’t cater to my skin tone, which leads me on to this product. I bought this tinted moisturiser for a holiday I was going on – I didn’t want to wear makeup, but I didn’t want to go bare faced, so I thought a tinted moisturiser would be the way to go. I bought this tinted moisturiser in Polynesia, which was the darkest they went up to (i don’t think they’ve got anything darker) but it definitely wasn’t my shade even after being recommended it in Selfridges. I was also disappointed with its coverage.

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One thing that really annoys me when applying makeup is my visible pores. It’s one thing I would definitely change if I could, but I’ve come to learn that no matter what I do, nothing tremendously improves their appearance. I bought this Garnier Smoothing Correcting Primer, and after reading what it could do for me, I was sold! I did notice a difference in it smoothing over my pores, making my makeup look that extra bit flawless, however, it made me super SHINY! – absolutely not a good look, especially as I suffer with oily skin.

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I’m sure you know by now that I’m in love with Nails Inc from my last nail inspired post. I received this Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown for Christmas, and I instantly fell in love. It truly is the perfect nude pink. I love it, but sadly it just doesn’t suit me ūüė¶

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I think it would suit a fairer skin tone though, but to be completely honest, I just like looking at it *covers face in shame*

Carrying on with the whole lip pie saga, I recently found out that NYX is now available on ASOS- yes, hunny! I had heard so many people raving on social media about NYX¬†products, saying they were really good and super affordable, so I thought I’d give them a go. I would never normally recommend buying lip gloss/ lipstick products online as you just don’t know if the colours you’re seeing are true to life, but I went with it anyway – more fool me!

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I chose Prague in the soft matte creme and Merengue in the butter gloss, which really do look beautiful, but¬†look terrible on me. Again I¬†found the matte gloss felt papery on my lips – I think this is a sign that I stick to matte lipsticks as I just don’t find matte glosses are my cup of tea. Does anyone else have this problem?

The last item on my list is Decleor Aroma Night.¬†This is a night balm, which you put on after cleansing your face. I found this product left my skin sooo hydrated and smooth, however, it STANK. The smell was just not pleasant and actually put me off, because it’s all over your face, you cant escape it lol. The only thing I could compare it to was black Liquorice, like those black jack sweets lol. I wouldn’t say this product was a complete fail, but I won’t be re-purchasing, simply because of the smell.

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So tell me, what products have you been loving and hating? Let me know x

Impending Doom

 

impending doom blog

I’m one of those people who experience the horrible feeling of impending doom every Sunday evening.

It’s not something I thought I’d ever experience, and I don’t think that’s down to naivety, it’s just that I always believed if I didn’t like my job, I’d just leave and find something I enjoy doing. Sadly –¬†I have bills to pay!

It’s not that I hate my job, but I feel like I’m trapped. Having to do something, not necessarily because I’m passionate about it, but because I have adult responsibilities and that’s¬†one of the reasons why I started my own blog. I can’t live for my 9-5.

So, if you’ve ever felt like me, here are some tips that I use to clear my headspace and take one working day at a time.

Talk to someone new
Im the type of person who is comfortable and content with my own company. So, I have to consciously make an effort to talk to people, or I could go through my day happily without any social interaction. However, I’m the first to admit, segregating yourself when you’re feeling trapped at work is the worst thing you can do. Talking to someone new¬†and making friends can help you enjoy your working environment more, even if you don’t like your job.

Go out for lunch
Taking time away from your desk or immediate work environment is a great thing. Getting some fresh air, some hot food and a good coffee, gives you time to clear your head, focus on something other than work and splits up the working day.

Create a role you like doing
This can be a challenging and daunting task, especially if you haven’t got support from peers at work, but, if you don’t like certain aspects of your job, change them. Suggest new ideas to your manager, talk about things you’re passionate about and try to incorporate them into your work.

Work hard, play harder
There’s nothing worse then going to work, coming home and repeat 5 days a week. If you’ve got a group of friends at work, try and go out once a week after work, or Payday drinks. You spend so much time at work, so it’s worthwhile making¬†it a place you enjoy going or at least a place where you know you can have a good laugh with people you like.

Be Proactive
Life doesn’t start and end with your job. Know’s the time to do something you’ve been telling yourself you’ll start tomorrow!¬†Change your situation proactively ūüôā

I hope this post has helped someone, do you have any tips?