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NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick - Baby Doll

In March I was raving about the Lip Lingerie lipsticks by NYX and I was keen to try another shade. I was hooked by the long lasting power, the doe foot applicator and the moussey formula. As soon as I came across another NYX stand I got my hands on the Baby Doll shade, the lightest out of all 12 Lip Lingerie lipsticks. I was excited for a lighter, pinkier more natural colour than Bedtime Flirt (the first in my collection). 

Unfortunately it's a little patchier and streakier than I was expecting. It is a lovely peachy nude colour but it takes a bit of work to make it even. I've got pale skin so this shade doesn't wash me out too much. It isn't as moussey as the other Lip Lingerie lipsticks that I've tried. For me I'll have to scrub my lips a little harder before wearing this colour because it shows every little dry patch and crack in my lips. A bit disappointing and not quite the Kylie Liquid Lipstick dupe that I was hoping for.

NOTD: Ombre French Nails

My bestie is an absolute babe when it comes to doing nails. She mentioned wanting to try doing ombre nails and I was totally up for being a guinea pig. She uses shellac and in amongst some of her different tools and potions is some kind of miracle hardener. Basically whatever she used on my nails a few appointments ago has made my nails rock hard and these are my own nails - no tips needed! When it came to doing the ombre French she painted the pink and white directly onto a sponge and sponged it on to my nail. They look great and I'm delighted with her first attempt. I'm also loving that these are my real nails.

What's your favourite nail trends and shapes for summer?

Wish, Want, Need:

I've got less than 3 weeks of work until it's my Summer holidays - 6 lovely weeks off and I can't wait. I've got lots of exciting plans including my first wedding dress appointment and 2 of my best friend's weddings. I'm also planning a week abroad after a week in Edinburgh (close-by to the 2 weddings which are all in one week), but at the moment it's not booked. We're hoping for a good last-minute deal and because all we're hoping for is something all inclusive and sunny we're not too fussy! A potential holiday requires potential holiday clothes. Sunshine calls for bright colours and floral prints. My Slimming World journey has also meant that some of my holiday wardrobe no longer fits so an update is 100% needed. I came across through an advert on Facebook and I've ended up lusting after loads. Their prices are really reasonable and there's such a good selection, my only concern is the different sizings. Lots of the items have been reviewed and mention sizing though.

By the pool

Out exploring

Nighttime cocktails

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water

It's the hydrating products that always catch my eye when I'm browsing the aisles of Boots and Superdrug, even more so when they're on offer. Neutrogena brought out a new Hydro Boost range this year and with that was some introductory price offers. With my other micellar waters running low I bought the Hydro Boost Cleanser Micella Water. I've been a fan of micellar waters since the Bioderma days and was keen to try out another brand and another one formulated for dry, sensitive skin like mine.

I don't wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis so I knew this cleanser wouldn't have to work too hard but the combination of Hyaluronic acid and cleansing technology was intriguing and I wanted to see if I'd notice a difference in my skins hydration. After using it just one or two times I was amazed at how soft my skin felt and there's never any tightness or stinging which I can sometimes get from other cleansers. Touchably supple has definitely been achieved. As for the cleansing part, it's perfect for removing the concealer and bronzer I wear each day but if I've got a full face of night out makeup then I quite like to double cleanse, using something else in combination with this, like a hot cloth cleanser. But it does seem that this would rise to the challenge it's self and best of all not leave your skin stripped of all moisture.  

The bottle is plastic which is quite good for travelling and the top of the bottle gets top marks from me. There's no wasted product with this as you're totally in control of how much micellar water gets onto your cotton pad. I hate the bottles that just pour straight out, soak the cotton pad and everything else around it! Another little side note that the scent of this product is quite nice, it's almost a light bubblegum scent. 

Unfortunately I wouldn't pay £8 for this as it's not too different from other micellar waters that you can get in Boots or Superdrug for half the price, so if I'm to buy it again it will have to be on offer. But don't get me wrong, I'm happy with the results, will use up every last drop and I'll keep my eye out for offers. I'm also keen to try some more from the range, boosting hydration is one of my top skin care priorities. Have you used anything else from the range? 
Thumbs up for convenience that's kind to my dry, sensitive skin.

Edinburgh Hen - Vodka Revolution Cocktails, Apex Dinner & Three Sisters Karaoke

The other weekend I headed to Edinburgh to celebrate the hen party of one of my uni friends. Her sister planned the day in the city where we went to uni and I was reunited with her and 3 others after 3 years apart! I was so excited for the day to be able to catch up and have some fun before her wedding in July. I had a brilliant day and I thought I'd share what we got up to for anyone planning a hen in Edinburgh(or anywhere) and looking for ideas. I've also shared the much loved hen party goody bags we got too!

Cocktail Masterclass at Vodka Revolution
Vodka Revolution is famous for it's cocktail master classes. The 90minute session is hands on experience with lots of cocktails, fun and learning. It's really popular with hen parties and birthday parties and I think it was worth every penny. Our masterclass cost £30 each which is good value for the food we ate and the number of cocktails we drank. We were booked in at 1pm in the Vodka Revolution on Chamber Street to have party nibbles first before starting our class at 2pm. We were downstairs which was really spacious and felt really big but private. We were no where near the other 4(at least) hen parties. The nibbles included sweet potato fries, mini burgers, garlic bread, popcorn shrimp, pizza and chicken. This was great for setting us up for our afternoon of drinks and a chance to mingle and chat. We also got our hen party goodie bags at this point too. The class started promptly at 2pm and kicked off with a game which highlights the fun ahead. There was chocolate shots for winners and chilli shots for forfeits along with a few cocktails to share and try. Everyone got the chance to get behind the bar and learn to make their own cocktail too. I'm not made out to be behind a bar but I made a very tasty Fruit Salad Fizzer. After the hour and a half were up we went back to our tables and had a space to continue the hen fun including a Mr & Mrs Game until 5pm. 

2 Course Meal at Apex Hotel
The Apex Hotel on Grassmarket is in an excellent location for access to other pubs and for us it was a middle point between Vodka Revolution and Three Sisters. There's an amazing view of Edinburgh Castle from the hotel door and we passed Greyfriars Bobby for a bit of luck for the Bride. We went to the restuarant in the hotel with the All Day Dining restaurant rather than the Tony Singh restaurant. The restaurant was a good size and had different sections allowing us to dine without causing any disturbance to the other customers. We had a table of 17 and the wait was really reasonable. The menu is quite big but we all chose from the set 2 courses for £15 menu. This made it easy for us to split the bill and meant our stomachs were prepared for the next bucketload of drink. I had Haggis Bon Bons with Whisky Sauce as a starter and Chicken Fillet with Potato and Suede Mash for my main course. I ate every last bit, it was delicious. Unfortunately they were running low on Brie which was a shame so early in the night but I think everyone managed to get something to suit them.

Karaoke at Three Sisters
After dinner we headed off along the Cowgate to Three Sisters for karaoke. They have a karaoke room up the stairs which we hired for 2 hours. It's £80 per hour during peak hours for 10+ people. We were booked from 7pm to 9pm but unfortunately we had to wait half an hour to get in. This didn't dampen the mood too much as we picked from the drinks packages while we waited. We went for a cocktail and vodka package and a prosecco package with a £10 per head kitty which was pretty reasonable. There was 16 of us at karaoke and we all squeezed in, just comfortably but apparently it seats 20. There's was a nice big screen for the lyrics, 2 microphones and an easy to use computer/machine for choosing songs. There was quite a big variety of songs but there was some classics missing and some really disappointing ones too. Every hen night should have 'Marry You' by Bruno Mars but not this one! Remember we didn't get in the room until 7.30pm? We paid for 2 hours and so shouldn't be out until 9.30pm? Well the staff didn't quite deal with the situation very well which led to a bridesmaid and the Bride having to deal with a very disappointing situation. Please be aware of times if you're planning a karaoke hire - you might just be cheated out of £40 through no fault of your own!

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Gifts to Help Them Say I Do

Wedding season is well underway and with 2 this year within the space of the week I'm starting to think about wedding gifts to give to the special couples. As both brides are one of my best friends I'm focusing on ways to treat her and help her into married life. But I can't completely forget the Groom and one of my favourite options is some personalised pressies. I've put together a little collection of wedding gifts ranging from low budget to big spending all focused on celebrating the marriage of a fantastic couple.

For the Bride

Primark Haul - June 2017

Picture the scene... 9am, just finished pancakes at Frankie and Benny's and head into Primark at Fort Kinnaird. It was probably the most peaceful visit I've ever had to a giant Primark and I think my haul reflects this - I bought loads. It's been months since I've been to a decent Primark and although I didn't have a shopping list there was lots of fab things that I knew about from the website and hauls that I couldn't resist.

This blazer ticks all the boxes for me - blush pink, floral, not too oversized. There's quite a few nice jacket style tops but a lot of them end up drowning me, even when I go down a few sizes. I prefer a true to size fit and this blazer has that. The sleeves are a little different too with the tie close. I can see myself wearing this loads.

Peg Leg Trousers
These trousers aren't as Barbie pink as they look in this photo, they're more of a blush pink. I'm looking forward to wearing these with a black bodysuit or top tucked in and flip flops or heels for one of those Summer get togethers that go from day to night. They're really comfortable but pretty on trend.

Off the Shoulder Top
This top was in one of my wishlists months ago and I've never seen it in my local Primark. It's a simple top but looks so flattering on. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't rise up too much with the elastic.

Embroidered Tshirt
This top is gorgeous, you would never guess it's a Primark one. It's extremely see through so I need to find a vest top for underneath which is a pain considering the embroidered panel will show the straps but fingers crossed I can make it work. 

Floral Tshirt
I've actually already got a top very similar to this but these Tshirts are fab for Summer time. The print helps inject some colour into my work wardrobe, the material is lightweight for when the sun actually comes out and the fit is pretty flattering.

Floral Waterproof
I'm going on a residential trip with my class at the end of the month and didn't really have a lightweight waterproof jacket, just a big cosy one. This is in the sportswear section and though it's probably not going to be great in torrential rain it's good for the 'just in case of a shower' days. The floral print adds a bit of fun and colour and considering most of my sports stuff is plain this is perfect.

£4.50 each
I bought some silky pyjamas from Primark in January but they are long sleeves and trousers and there's no way I could wear them through the night now without being a sweaty puddle by the morning so I bought some littler ones for Summer time. These are so cute and girly, look fab on and are a pretty good price.

White Skinny Jeans
I have never, in my life, worn white jeans. It's not something I've ever really thought about considering until last year and even then I wouldn't have dared. Fast forward 5 months through Slimming World and I've been brave and bought a cheap pair (size down too, might I add). The first outing of these will actually be as part of a fancy dress costume but that's a good way to try them out.

Bikini Top and Bottoms
£8 and £4
I have to be honest I wasn't too impressed by the swimwear in the Primark at the Fort. I don't like bikini tops that are just a tiny bit of material, I rather ones that feel like an actual bra. There wasn't many to choose from but this tropical print was probably best. It's different from what I've already got, so that's good.

Inflatable Donut
The infamous Primark inflatable! We've not booked our summer holiday yet but I'm fully prepared when we do. I've never had an inflatable on holiday before and I always say I want one on like day 5 when there's no point. This time I've got a bargain one from the beginning. There's a chance the whole pool will be covered in these so I might need to find a Sharpie to write my name on!

Dark Tropical Duvet
I don't really wear fake tan but I have been wearing gradual tan lotion for months and it's been marking my sheets and covers more and more recently. That's 100% not a good look and I don't want it ruining my stuff so I dragged my fiance to the homeware section to get his approval on a dark duvet cover. Our bedroom is grey so I wanted something colourful at the same time and I think we found the perfect compromise with this tropical print.

Screen Protector £2
Reed Diffuser £3
Tweezers £1
Lastly some good old Primark essentials. The glass screen protectors are the best ones I've every used, I love this scent of reed diffuser and who can resist marble design tweezers? (I actually needed new ones for my eyelash extensions - I'm not just a blogger obsessed with marble)

Slimming World - Month 5

When I decided in January that it was time to really focus on losing weight and start Slimming World I had no idea how much it would change my lifestyle and that I'd actually still be doing it 5 months later. It's become part of my everyday life and I'm still learning, making changes and most importantly, living life. May hasn't been as 'off plan' as April was but I did still have a hen weekend in Edinburgh and there's no way that Slimming World was going to win with that one. Across the month I maintained quite consistently and had a 1lb loss bringing me to a stone and a half off!

Hints, Tips and New Things
Trying out crispy kale for the first time
My new Kate Spade diary keeping me on track - write everything down!
Meal planning leads to an organised food shop
I tried Schar Gluten Free ciabattas for the first time - thumbs up to a new HEXb.

Did anyone else stock up on Fibre One bars (4syns) while Tesco and Asda had them on offer?
Fibre One with quark and strawberries
Chocolate Fibre One and muller light with berries
And then with Mikado on top
Salted Caramel Fibre one - the best!!

Syn free greek style yogurt
Cuppa and a Fibre One
7 syn mint Aero and cuppa
The last of my Easter Egg

Summer leads to ice cream - malted moments and an Oreo Burger King Ice cream
Easter egg (7.5 syns) with squashies(2.5 syns) and grapes
Muller light with raspberries

Salmon, veg and salad (Walden Farms dressing)
Chicken stir fry
Chicken kiev, oxo roasties and veg
Pitta pizza (HEXa and b)

Cajun chicken burger, salad, chips and coleslaw (3.5 syns)
Salt and Chilli chicken and chips
Salmon, asparagus and veg with nandos sauce (1syn)
Pulled pork ciabatta, chips and salad 

Sweet and sour chicken and rice
Steak, peppercorn sauce, chips and veg
Risotto with asparagus, sweetcorn and cheese 

Stand and stuff tacos (2 syns each)
Chicken skewers and salad
Pizza topped chicken, chips and salad
Chicken stroganoff and cauliflower rice

Burrito bowl and fromage frais
Sweet and sour with cauliflower rice
BBQ pasta with cheese
Chicken stir fry

 Eating Out and Celebrations
Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup at Frankie and Benny's
Haggis Bon Bons at Apex Hotel
Chicken and veg at Apex Hotel 
Bubblegum frozen daiquiri at Vodka Revolution

Chicken fajitas at Chiquitos
Cheesecake at Chiquitos 
Coronation chicken baked potato
Chicken Flatbread and hot Ribena

 Doughballs at Zizzi
Chicken risotto at Zizzi
Salted Caramel Brownie at Zizzi
Morrisons Salad