5 Things I've Learnt Since Moving Out

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Many of you may know that in November last year, I moved out of my family home and in with my boyfriend, Emil. I wanted to move into central London so that I was closer to work and to be in the middle of things more. However, I've learnt so much over the past few months that I thought it was worth sharing a few of them for those thinking of moving out of home.

1./It's expensive
I thought I'd get this one out of the way with as it's the most obvious point. I always knew moving out of home was going to be expensive, but I don't think I realised just how expensive it is. There's so many things that's you don't take into consideration when moving out for the first time. For example, Council Tax, the price of a weekly shop, the cost of electricity. It soon all adds up!

2./There's more freedom
Again, quite an obvious one, but it's so nice being able to do things I want when I want. I'm so used to being told when to do chores or when washing needs to be done etc, but now it's all down to me. Whilst this does have it's down sides (i.e. I now have to do it all myself!), it does mean if I don't want to do something, I don't have to!

3./There's so many things to think about
This kind of ties in with what I was saying about the price of everything, but there are so many things  to think about that I'd never considered before, such as, having to pay Council Tax, having to sort out an internet provider, what meals to cook etc. These are decisions and thoughts that never used to occur to me, but they've soon become part of my everyday life!

4./Interior Design is a lot of fun
Okay using the term 'interior design' is a bit extreme seeing as we can't paint the walls or do too much, due to the fact we live in rented accommodation. However, I really have enjoyed making the little homely touches to the flat. Although, we had a lot of the furniture before we moved in, from Emil's previous flat, I've loved adding little bits and pieces to make the flat look nicer. For example, the classic girly fairy lights and candles (we have so many candles it's ridiculous, I even have a cupboard full of spare candles!)

5./Utility companies will become the bane of your life
Again, something I'd never had any experience of until I moved out. They're impossible to get hold of on the phone as you're constantly in a queue of 1000 people and then when you do get near the front of the queue, they cut you off. A lot of companies are only open during office hours too, which is useless for me as I don't have time during the day to stay on the phone for 2 hours!

So there are a few of the things I've learnt over the past few months since I've moved out. If you've moved out, I'd love to know what you learnt!

Spring Make Up

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

As the weather warms up and with spring now in full force, I like to shake up the make up I use. If I’m being honest, I much prefer autumn / winter make up as I’m a fan of the more dark colours for both eyes and lips. However, it’s just too heavy for the warmer months, so it’s time to pull out the more pinky / peachy colours and the lighter make up, to suit the warmer weather.

I tend to wear this throughout the year for work, but during the sping / summer months, I reach for it a lot more. I find that a foundation can often be too heavy for the when it’s warm and so this is a better and lighter option. (However, as I was trying to find the link for this, I couldn't find the product on The Body Shop website so I'm worried it's being discontinued!)

Again, this is a product that I use all year round, but I switch to a darker shade in spring. Throughout the year, I use 001 Transparent, but I prefer this darker shade to add more colour to my skin during the spring / summer months.

I love this bronzer! I like to wear bronzer throughout the year, but I definitely tone it up during the spring for a more 'sun kissed' look. Hoola is definitely my favourite bronzer as it's so pigmented and long lasting, I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a more glowing look for this time of year.

This is such a lovely blusher which is a gorgeous pink shade, perfect for a fresh springtime look. The NARS blushers are super pigmented, which I wasn't aware of when I first used it - cue very rosy cheeks! 

This is my 'go to' eyeshadow palette for the spring / summer time. As a lot of the shades are a pink tone, I don't tend to use this palette much in the winter, however, it's perfect for this time of year. There are a range of shades in this palette so you can create many different, pretty eye looks at this time of year.

In the autumn / winter months, I like to wear a black liquid liner on my upper eye lid to add definition. However, I find this can be too heavy for the spring / summer months, so instead I prefer to use this brown eye kohl from MAC. It provides definition without being too heavy and so I reach for this most days.

What make up do you switch up in the spring? Let me know in the comments below.

Beauty Wishlist

Sunday, 23 April 2017

As a beauty lover, there's always so many beauty items that I'm desperate to get my hands on. However, often my head has to overrule my heart and realisation sets in that I can't afford it all. Instead, I like to make wishlists of products that I'd like and then every so often, I can treat myself to something off that list.  

What's on my beauty wishlist at the moment?

I've worn the same fragrance for years, but it's recently run out and I've yet to get my hands on another one. Also, I'm quite keen to try something a bit different and have fallen in love with this bergamot perfume from Clive Christian. Everything about it is amazing, the packaging is beautiful and the scents are just incredible. The rich heritage of creativity and craftsmanship makes Clive Christian one of the finest perfume houses. However, it's a bit on the pricier side, so it's definitely something I'm going to have to save up for.

This is an eyeshadow palette that everyone, but me seems to have. It has such gorgeous shades and it has received so many great reviews, the fact that it smells like Peach is another draw factor for me. Also, the packaging is super cute and fun as well. However, I have so many eyeshadow palettes and at £39, I'm just not sure I can justify buying it at the moment, but it's definitely on my wishlist.

I've wanted one of these eyeshadow sticks from By Terry for as long as I can remember. They seem so beautiful and having swatched them in store, they're super pigmented and easy to blend. My favourite shade is Frozen Quartz and I'm determined to get my hands on one soon!

Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are all so beautiful, both the products themselves and the packaging. I've wanted a lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury for a little while now and I recently saw Pillowtalk on their website and fell in love. It's only a limited edition one though so I need to get my hands on it soon, before it sells out.

I've heard such good reviews of this foundation so am keen to give it a try. I've never used any products from Tarte, so I don't know a massive deal about the brand, but this foundation definitely takes my fancy. It's quite a lightweight foundation, but with a full coverage, which ticks all the boxes for me.

Have you tried any of these products, I'd love to know your thoughts? What's on your Beauty Wishlist?

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Spring Lipsticks

Monday, 17 April 2017

As the weather is getting warmer, it's time to switch up the lipsticks to the more lighter, pinky shades and there's 4 that I will be reaching for most this spring.

It's no secret that this is one of my favourite lipsticks and so it's no surprise that I'm going to be reaching for this the most over the coming months. It's a very light pink shade which is perfect to go with spring outfits, but as it's quite light, it's great for a more subtle lip.

This is a brighter pink lipstick and as with all MAC lipsticks it's so pigmented. I don't wear it much in the winter months because it's quite bright, but it's perfect for the springtime, so I always look forward to wearing this again once the weather gets warmer.

When I first bought this last year, it was quite a daring colour for me as it's quite bright. However, overtime, the more I wore it, the more I fell in love with it, it's perfect for sunny days. It's got a peachy undertone to it which looks lovely on tanned skin.

This looks like quite a brown shade in the swatch, but it's more of a nude lipstick. This is perfect for when I want a more subtle lip in the spring.

I'm really looking forward to switching up my lipsticks this spring and wearing these beautiful shades. Also, I'll be switching up the rest of my make up now that the weather is getting warmer and I'll be doing a post on that too,  so keep an eye out for that.

Let me know what lipsticks you'll be reaching for the most this spring.

A trip to Oxford

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Emil and I both had last Friday off work and I was really keen to make the most of it and get out of London for a while. After a busy time at work, I wanted to book a night away in a city that I'd never visited before and settled on Oxford. I've heard how beautiful the city is and as it isn't too far away, we settled on that for a our little break.

One of my friends, Emily, went to uni there so I was keen to get her recommendations on places to visit / eat so we could make the most of our short stay. When we first arrived in Oxford, it was a little cloudy, but we started wandering around the city and admiring all the amazing collages. I was stunned by how beautiful they were and how different the whole city was to London. After a bit of exploring, we started getting a little peckish so stopped off at Mission Burrito for a quick bite to eat, I had a rice bowl, which was delicious, and Emil had a burrito. We then wandered around the shops for a little while before stumbling across G&Ds Ice Cream Parlour. Emily had recommended we try the ice cream here and I couldn't resist. It was incredible, if you're ever in Oxford, you must try the ice cream at G&Ds.

By this point, the sun had came out and it was rather warm. Emil and I then walked along the river to check into our hotel. Once checked in, we wanted to make the most of the facilities and visited the Spa. It was so perfect and a much better end to a Friday afternoon than being at work! Once we were fully relaxed, we headed back to the room to get ready for dinner.

Emily had recommended a restaurant called Turl's Street Kitchen and having looked it up online, Emil and I were really keen to give it a try, the food looked delicious and it didn't disappoint. I had an Asparagus Risotto and Emil had a Beef Stroganoff. The restaurant change their menu on a daily basis, so the food is always really fresh and I think it makes a difference because the food was incredible. We then had a chocolate brûlée for dinner which (and I'm genuinely not exaggerating) was the best dessert I've ever tried, it was amazing.

Once we were nicely full from dinner, we went to a bar called Freud. It's an old church that has been converted into a bar and it was the reopening night so it was really lovely, if a little strange drinking in a church! However, it was a beautiful setting and a perfect end to our evening. After a few cocktails, we wandered back to our hotel to get some rest after our busy day of exploring. The next morning, we feasted on the buffet breakfast, before checking out of the hotel and heading off.

If you're looking for a weekend away anyway, I really recommend Oxford, it's so beautiful and there's lots to explore.

Have you ever been to Oxford?

Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil | Review

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Experimenting with different skincare products is definitely something I'm keen to do more of this year. I tend to stick to a very limited number of products which I'm familiar with and am very bad at reaching out of my comfort zone. However, I recently got my hands on the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil which I was super excited to try. Facial oils are a product that I haven't tried much of, but having learnt of the benefits of these products, they're something that I am interested in incorporating into my skincare routine.

The first thing that attracted me to Dr Botanicals is that they're a vegan and cruelty free brand who only use natural products which I definitely want to use more of. Not only that, but the Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil is Dr Botanicals' greenest product and won silver at the Free From beauty Awards in 2016, so what's not to love? Knowing that what I'm putting on my skin isn't harmful to me or any animals, is always a bonus as far as I'm concerned!

What do I think of the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil?

At first I was a bit sceptical of using a facial oil, it always seems a little unnatural to put oil on my face, but I was definitely open to trying it. The Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil claims to protect, nourish, heal and regenerate your skin which helps it to look fresh and deeply nourished throughout the day. Whilst I prefer to use this at night, I do think the Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil does what it claims to do. I've been using it for a little while now and apply it to my damp face after cleansing my skin in the evening and I have noticed a real difference. My skin is definitely looking healthier and more radiant, which I never realised a facial oil could do.

I'm so glad I've added this into my skincare routine. Whilst you can use it in both the morning and the evening, I prefer to only use it in the evening before I go to bed, and yet I've still noticed such a difference in my skin. At £67.50, it's not the cheapest product in the world, but the good news is, I have a discount code that all you lovely lot can make the most of - enabling you to get the product for just £19.99! If you're like me and are a little unsure of facial oils, make the most of my discount, before splashing the cash on a more expensive product. Simply visit the Dr Botanicals website and use the code BLONDEBLOG at the check out to receive your discount - you won't regret it I promise! However, you only have until the end of April to make the most of the discount, so make sure you're quick!

Have you tried the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil? Let me know your thoughts.

March Favourites

Sunday, 2 April 2017

March has been a really tough month for me, I’ve been working really long hours which has meant my blog has suffered as a result so apologies about that. However, I’ve been living for the weekends and ensuring I make the most of Saturdays and Sundays.

I recently reviewed this on my blog, so you can read the full review here. However, having been a real sceptic of these cosmetic sponges, I am now a convert and have been loving this one from Real Techniques this month. I use it for concealer and it blends it so well into my skin, leaving my make up looking more flawless.

This is another product I reviewed on my blog. It’s a really creamy, long lasting eye shadow stick, in a gorgeous taupe / bronze colour which means it’s super versatile for a variety of make up looks. As it has been so busy at work, I’ve found myself just applying this to my eyes rather than bothering with blending together different eyeshadows.

I love this palette (this also featured on my blog a few weeks ago, there’s a theme to this post!) and I haven’t stopped using it since I bought it. It’s very out of my comfort zone as I’m not very good at experimenting with different types of make up, but I have really noticed a difference in my complexion when I use this palette. It really does colour correct the bags under my eyes and the areas of redness on my face. It’s super easy to use and blend, you must give this a try!

4./Hooped earrings
These earrings were originally bought from Claire’s Accessories. However, there’s no way I could find a link for these as I bought them when I was about 13 when being a chav with hooped earrings and scraped back hair was a good look! However, being the hoarder that I am, I never got round to throwing them away. I rediscovered them earlier this month and have been loving wearing them throughout March – I just have to ensure I don’t scrape my hair back as I definitely don’t want to relive my ‘chavvy’ days!

Another month, another favourite TV series. Admittedly, I haven’t been able to watch as much of this as I’d have liked what with working late most evenings, but when I have been able to watch it, it’s been so good. I know this has been a really popular one and without giving too much away, it’s set in a town in America, centering around a high school. In the first episode, a student dies, but all is not how it seems and different stories start to unfold! It really is good, it’s quite light hearted at times and really gripping at others – I really recommend it!

What have you been loving this month?

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