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Wish, Want, Need: Chickidee

I stumbled across Chickidee Homeware in my search for some bits and pieces for our new house. Though at the moment we're really focusing on all the big things like furniture I fell in love with loads of little knick knacks. It's got some gorgeous gift ideas. I've made myself a bit of a wishlist, perhaps for later in the year when we've got more of our essentials sorted. Or perhaps ones that I can pass on to family members wondering what I'd like to help settle in. How delicious does oatmeal cookie sound? And that cute little dog will go perfectly with our new sofa.

Have you heard of Chickidee before?

Outfits of the Week: September #4

Vest Top: Forever 21
Shirt: Aeropostale
Jeans: River Island
Boots: Ugg Australia

Dress: Primark
Belt: New Look
Shoes: Primark

Top: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Trousers: H and M
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Dress: Primark
Blazer: Quiz
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Vest Top: New Look
Cardigan: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark

Home Happenings: 3 Weeks to Go

Our mortgage has been accepted and completed. It's been all passed over to our solicitor and it's back to the waiting game. Thankfully we've got no fees to pay for our mortgage so it's just time to start thinking about the solicitors bills.

I've been on a mission to start clearing out. I've sold a few things on eBay, popped a few things to the charity shop and binned the mountain of products I was hoarding that only had a dribble left in them. With all this organisation I was able to pack up most of my beauty products for my dressing room. I've also made a start on packing up dresses and summer clothes that I definitely won't be needing over the next few weeks. 

Our feature wall wallpaper is ordered and ready to pick up from B&Q this weekend - that's one room almost 100% ready to go. We've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest this week trying to choose colour schemes and we've decided on both bathrooms which was made easy by all the accessories I've already bought. We've collected paint cards from Homebase but aren't sure on the exact shade we want. We might have to buy a few samples and try them out once we move in. 

With a disagreement on which coffee table and TV unit to get we finally came to agreement on a living room set from The Oscar Oak range wasn't too expensive, had a nest of tables which I knew would be essential for our living room and was the perfect size and height for our living room.
We were also looking for a unit to put in our hallway, under our stairs, and stumbled upon a Corona sideboard on Facebook. It was only £60 and is in really good condition. With some varnish and a bit of TLC it'll be as good as new. My friend also mentioned that she's got a wardrobe that they don't need so hopefully that will be a step in the right direction for our bedroom and dressing room.
We've also been looking at different internet packages to figure out which one is going to be best for us. With the amount of devices we use we're looking for one that's unlimited and fast. Though that being said that's definitely one for him to sort out.

Any moving house tips that you can share with me?

TIGI Bed Head Maxxed-Out Review

£13.15 (RRP)

I'm so used to aerosol hairsprays that I've never really considered using a liquid hairspray like this massive hold one from TIGI. I only really use hairspray for an up-do or for proper going out curls so when I'm using it I want something that's going to hold my hair in place, no questions asked. When I got this in a goodie bag I thought I'd put it to the test. TIGI never normally disappoints.

Like most TIGI products it's got a gorgeous scent, the grapefruit stands out for me.  The packaging of this is really quite good. The nozzle makes it easy to cover a large area without having to go mad spraying loads. I've learnt from experience (and a dodgy crispy hair do) to hold this as far away as possible and not to over spray. When i'm using it on curls I always spray from a distance, flip my hair then run my fingers through it. That stops the stiff, crispy feeling. A little bit certainly goes a long way. My curls stay put without feeling glued in place.

It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised. I think I'll be branching out and trying a few more different products from TIGI.

Romantic Weekends Away in the UK*

Are you planning a couples weekend away? Need somewhere with lots of fun/romantic things to do to keep you occupied? There are so many places in the UK for couples to have a great time together.

Liverpool always has something exciting on for couples. If you are both fans of the Beatles, you should definitely go on the Magical Mystery Tour and to the Cavern Club afterwards. You’ll learn so much and really get a taste of their history and where they started. If that doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of places to explore at Liverpool One shopping centre, as well as theatres and museums. Why not see a comedian perform if you want a laugh? There’s always something fun on!

Manchester has one of the best shopping centres ever for couples who love shopping; the Trafford Centre. If you like a drink, there are lots of places to go for cocktails too. If you don’t want to shop and drink, you’ve got museums like the Museum of Science & Industry. If you’re football fans, you can even go and explore Old Trafford.

York is one of the most beautiful cities, so it’s perfect for couples. Here, you can enjoy things like the National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum, and even go on a Vampire tour. Don’t forget the York Maze and York Gardens either! You can have so much fun and make so many memories in this beautiful setting.

London is so diverse, there are probably hundreds of things you’d enjoy doing here as a couple! You can eat at luxurious restaurants, go shopping, explore museums, and so much more. You can have a different experience in London each time you go. There are so many reasons to see and enjoy London, so you should definitely add this to your list of places to visit!

Birmingham? You’re probably wondering why this place is on the list, but it’s a totally cool place for couples to visit. There’s a great selection of shops and places to eat. There’s a whole area dedicated to vintage shopping, so you can have a unique experience there. There are some amazing cocktail bars. Nice places to stay. You could definitely have a romantic weekend away here!

Bath is another absolutely beautiful place to visit for couples - everybody should travel here at least once. It’s one of the prettiest places in the UK! Here, you can explore by foot, spend time in a spa, and even the outdoor baths. It’s a place full of culture and history, so make sure you go along. You won’t believe how clean it is either!

These are some of the best cities in the UK for couples. However, I’m sure you’ll find any place you go a treat as long as you’re together. Book things in advance to avoid disappointment, and create an itinerary so you get everything done. Have fun!

AW15 Hair Trends

While LFW has been taking over Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest it's the hair trends that I've been paying most attention to. It's not often that the catwalk makeup trends have a real impact on my makeup choices but the hair trends are something a bit more achievable.

Deep Side Parting

Low Ponytails

Rainbow Hair Colour

Hair Tuck

1970s texture

I've not drifted from the deep side parting so I'll definitely be rocking that trend. Unfortunately low ponytails remind me too much of being in primary school and rainbow hair is never going to happen. 70s texture is a winner with me.

Derma V10 Make-Off Mitt

About a year ago I reviewed the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. It's a £16 face cloth mitt that takes off your makeup without any products - just water. I was quite sceptical when I first heard about it and couldn't believe how good it was. I ended up taking it with me to New York and Vegas as it's perfect for travel, getting rid of any worries about leaking products.  Since then I've used it on and off and it's the perfect alternative to a makeup wipe.
When I heard about the DermaV10 Make-Off Mitt I couldn't wait to put it to the test and compare it to the high end equivalent.

So the obvious place to start is the fact that it's £15 cheaper. You don't get much for 1 pound these days so it seems crazy to find a make-up removing, cleansing mitt at such a low price. I'd never really heard of DermaV10 before but with a slogan of "Love Yourself for Less" it's definitely one to look out for.

The actual mitt works in exactly the same way as the Jane Iredale one. It's really soft flannel like fabric (the technical term is Microfibre) and all you've got to do it wet it then rub off your makeup gently.  It's amazing how easily your base makeup and even mascara and eyeliner come off. I found that it only took 2 "rounds" (if that's what you can call it) to leave me with clean, fresh skin. After that your skin is ready for moisturiser and sleep.

The thing I like about this for sensitive skin is you're not using any harsh products. Without using cleansers and soaps your skins pH balance isn't being altered so you're able to achieve clean, soft, smooth skin quite quickly. I don't like to use it every day though, I can't put Boots out of business.

The thing about the Jane Iredale mitt was you had to hand wash it after using it a few times. I didn't notice the same instructions for this one so I took the risk and threw it in the washing with the rest of my towels and it came out as good as new. Mascara does tend to stain a little bit but it doesn't have that much of an impact.

What skincare dupes have you found with such a saving? 

Wish, Want, Need: Valuelights

I'm like a broken record at the moment with all the house stuff. I feel like it's been so long since we first started looking at houses and now we're only 3 and a half weeks away from getting the keys. There's still loads to think about but typical me is looking at decor - that's really important though right? Our house comes with all of the light shades and fittings but unfortunately they're not to our taste so we've got a lot to change.

 Our living room and bedroom both have wall lights which I never thought of having before. I can be convinced to keep them if we have something as gorgeous as the decorative wall lights from Valuelights. I'm thinking my boyfriend might need a bit of convincing as they're a bit girly. Doesn't wall lights just make you think of hotel rooms though? The Blossom tree would be a nice decoration piece as well as light, I'm loving that there's a few colours to choose from. Mark has turned his nose up at every chandelier that I've looked at but I feel like I could compromise with a chandelier style spot light. Are spot lights still in fashion? Last one is the Moroccan style lamp shade. For this one there's no compromising. I'll be getting this whether he likes it or not. Perhaps it'll be a sparkly addition to my dressing room. 

Outfits of the Week: September #3

Blouse: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark
Hoodie: University of Edinburgh
Gilet: Superdry

Top: New Look
Trousers: F and F @ Tesco
Shoes: Primark
Bracelets: Pandora and Annie Haak
Watch: Michael Kors

Dress: Cutie @ New Look
Cardigan: River Island
Shoes: Primark

Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Primark
Shoes: Primark

Top: Primark
Cardigan: H&M
Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Primark

Proactiv+ Redness Relief Serum Review

Proactiv+ is a skincare range designed for blemish prone skin and one I've put to the test before. I tried out the 3 Step System and was pleased with the results on my dry, sensitive skin so wanted to try out some more.The Redness Relief Serum sounded right up my street.

It's a soothing serum with botanical extracts to reduce redress that's packed below a stainless steel roller which is designed to depot swollen, irritated and blemished skin. Being really fair skinned I find my blemishes seem to glow red and sometimes look a lot worse than they are. I've tried so many different blemish treatments but this is one of the first I've found that's specifically tackling the redness and inflammation. 

I really like the metal roller, it's so soothing and cooling, it's such a nice feeling when you've got an angry blemish brewing. The only thing that concerns me about packaging like this it's a bit unhygienic and unsanitary. Not a good thing especially when you're applying it to blemishes. Proactiv+ recommend storing the serum in the fridge for maximum results. I gave it a go, although I wouldn't keep it in there on a long term basis, and it was a really refreshing, soothing feeling. 

I didn't see a huge difference which was disappointing when I noticed such a difference with the 3 step products. It's a nice product to use though so I'll definitely manage to use the whole tube up purely because of the way it feels. Maybe I'll start to see a difference in the redness when I least expect it. A bit pricey at £24 but you're paying for a brand too...

Home Happenings: Town House Table Lamp

Last week we bought a sideboard unit to put underneath our stairs in our new house. It's the perfect size and has loads of space to keep our stuff organised. It looks lovely but needed something on top to make it look more homely. I couldn't have stumbled upon this Dutch Town House lamp at a better time.

The cute Dutch Town House shape is trendy, minimalistic and has a really cosy feel. The warm glow through the windows and door make me think of a house all lit up during the winter.  The lamp is really good quality, the ceramic is sturdy and the white gloss finish looks lovely in any room. I can't believe it cost less than £15!
The only thing about this lamp is it doesn't take a bog standard bulb, you need an SES Candle bulb. Thankfully we found one in Tesco for about £3.50 but you can buy them from Valuelights too. If only I was a bit more prepared.

I love how huge Valuelights range of table lamps, ceiling lights and floor lamps is. Perhaps Skulls or Buddhas are a bit more up your street? Ever theme is covered. Next is to choose which chandelier would be best for my dressing room...

Organising a Hen Night

There are few things better in this life than seeing one of your girls tie the knot. Before that, though, you’ve got to treat the bride to be to one last night of freedom. Quite frankly, the hen night is a crucial part of the whole wedding process. If you and the other friends are organising the night out, you’ll want it to fun and memorable. Most of all, you want the hen to understand just how special she is to you girls. There might not be as much pressure on this night as the big day itself, but you’ll still be determined to get it right.
Look The Part
In truth, the hen night is far from being the only time that you’ll want to dress to impress. Nevertheless, it is important that you all look the part. If nothing else, it sets the tone for a great night out. One option is to go for fancy dress. This night is a celebration, and a little silliness can crank up the fun. You could make it a theme where the hen stands out, but it’s not a necessity. Alternatively, you could dress up in normal clubbing outfits. Just be sure that you’ve got an extra special outfit for the bride to be. It is her night.

Arrive In Style
Due to the convenience, there’s a strong possibility that the night will take place in your local town. After all, some of the girls will have other commitments in their lives. Keeping it nearby reduces the chance of dropouts. And at the end of the day, people are the most important aspect. However, visiting one of your local spots can feel a little less special. You need to find a way of making the occasion stand out. Arriving in style with a stylish limo hire is a fantastic way to achieve this. Cruising around town prior to arrival will give you the perfect chance to get the wine flowing and start enjoying the tune. This sense of luxury is a far cry from your average night on the town and is something that you’ll all treasure for years to come. Besides, it’s a great way to prevent the group from being split up too.

The tradition of hiring a stripper is by no means a necessity, but you do have to make this night entertaining. There are various drinking games to get the party started while you can also make good use of various products designed for the perfect hen do. As long as it’s all playful, you should have a great time. However, you must be certain not to cross any boundaries that will make the hen feel uncomfortable. Ultimately, this is your friend, and you should already know where to draw the line.

Girls just wanna have fun. Make sure the night ticks this box emphatically and the bride to be will have no complaints at all.

Benefit Gimme Brow Review

I've dabbled in my fair share of eyebrow pencils, powders and gels but I've finally found a firm favourite in Benefit's Gimme Brow Gel.

I'm quite a minimalist when it comes to my eyebrows. I'm fortunate that I've got fair hair so I don't have to worry too much about them growing back in. I tend to get them threaded every once in a while and use tweezers to keep on top of them. On a day to day basis I don't always fill them in but I love the defined, polished look that the Gimme Brow Gel achieves I can't resist using it. I use the light/medium version which is perfect for my blonde hair and brows. The applicator is really small and really easy to use. It doesn't take long to shape my brows and give them more definition. £18 feels quite steep for such a little product but it lasts so long and makes doing your brows a total breeze with amazing results it almost feels justified!

Are your eyebrows part of your everyday routine? Could you justify £18 on a tiny little product?

Hello September

We're only 2 weeks into September and I'm already having a fab, busy, sociable month. I've definitely been making the most of my weekends.

1. We went out for dinner to catch up with friends that we've not seen in ages. It was a lovely night, great food and a few drinks consumed. We tried out a new restaurant and I loved my calamari starter.

2. I've been trying so hard to stay away from the unhealthy aisles in Tesco but it's so difficult. Spotting this giant Bourbon biscuit, it was hard to resist!

3. The swatches for our sofa and cushions arrived from DFS and I've been showing anyone who'll listen. I'm so excited to start planning other rooms next.

4. My Friday night snacking consisted of Galaxy Salted Caramel and milk in my oh so Pinterest milk bottle from Home Bargains. Rock and Roll!

5. I had a lovely lunch catching up with one of my teacher friends at a local tearoom. We spent 2 hours putting the world to right and venting to each other. I had an amazing salmon and cream cheese sandwich.

6.I couldn't resist a Chocolate Orange Brownie with ice cream to finish it. It was delicious.

7. One of my best friends turned 24 on Friday so we celebrated on Saturday night with punch, cheesie tunes and some drinking games. 

8. One of many attempts of taking a selfie with her puppy. She's very lively and excitable. 

9. I spent yesterday using our new Amazon Fire TV - which by the way is amazing - whilst doing planning and work for school. If you've got an Amazon Fire TV you have to check out Kodi.

I'm looking forward to a busy week at work and having a super chilled out weekend next week whilst Mark disappears off to Aberdeen with his friends. 

How's your September been so far? Any exciting plans coming up?