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Thursday, 23 July 2015

EGO Shoes - Finding the perfect summer heels...



With a holiday to Crete looming, I wanted to purchase a few new pairs of heels for holiday. I wanted nude or white; my favourite colour palette for summer and a few varieties of styles.


Most Manchester students will be aware of Ego Shoes located in the Arndale Shopping Centre as cheap, affordable and on trend shoes perfect for those nights out that, let's be honest, may ruin your heels. 

So when I got the opportunity to go and choose a few pairs to feature on my blog, I of course jumped at the opportunity! The three pairs I have selected are all available to purchase online or in store, let me know your favourite pair!



PAIR 1 - Penelope Nude Pointed Toe Stiletto Heels - £24.99 The classic nude patent court shoe 



PAIR 2 - Gianna Nude Lace Up Heels - £29.99 Introducing lace-ups to my 
collection



PAIR 3 - Jayde Nude Blush Faux Leather Lace-Up Platform Heels - £29.99 A classic white platform





Thursday, 16 July 2015

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...


Today I wanted to share a new favourite of mine, with half the sugar of most fruit smoothies, high in protein, no more than 150 calories and low in fat, The Good Whey Co, maker of protein shake brand Upbeat, sent me some fabulous feel-good treats to try. Upbeat’s growth has been driven by sales to women, who are increasingly turning to nutrient-rich foods instead of fatty snacks. I've never been a fan of protein shakes in between workouts as quite frankly, they scare me! However with Upbeat, the unisex bottle has been modelled on the fun, inclusive branding used by companies like Innocent smoothies.




After high-intensity, high-impact exercise, drinking an Upbeat smoothie helps your body recover and there are several delicious flavours to choose from including: Strawberry; Blueberry & Raspberry; Mango & Passion Fruit; and more recently and my favourite, Chocolate & Orange. You can find these shakes in all the leading supermarkets alongside the other regular milkshakes in the refrigerated drinks isle.




It's like a bit of extra willpower in a bottle! 




Sunday, 12 July 2015

Rene K Couture Clothing




Made to measure dress-clothing company established in 2002, the Lancashire based brand known as Rene K Couture has become nationally loved and recognised. Featured in some of the most popular magazines, including most recently in the Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright wedding feature in Hello Magazine, Rene K Couture dresses are perfect if you are looking for the standout, one of a kind dress for any special occasion.

The very talented creator and friend of mine opened her studio doors to me and gave me the luxury of trying numerous dresses as well as making me my very own tailor-made piece – the Licia multi-way dress in khaki and cream. She tells me that the name of each dress is inspired by a friend, family member or someone inspirational to her.

Follow Rene K Couture on Instagram and Twitter but to avoid disappointment, be sure to email your requests to rene_boutique@hotmail.com well in advance as she is a very popular lady!


With prices averaging at around £100, for a bespoke made-to-measure dress, in your chosen colour, Rene K Couture is very reasonably priced and below are some of my favourites…




The 'Licia'




The 'Anya'





The 'Jessica'





The 'Claire'






The 'Riri'






The 'Ferne'




Let me know your favourite!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Must-Have Cream Contour Palette by Contour Cosmetics

Contour cosmetics cream makeup palette white brushes bronzer concealer highlight




Used and loved by all the reality stars and celebrities and even featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, this cream contour kit designed by ... is the must-have make-up palette to add to your collection. Plus the sleek and simplistic white packaging looks great on display! As an added bonus, this student-friendly brand ensures you get 10% off the collection with your Student Beans ID.

Here is my recreation of that oh-so-famous Kim Kardashian chiselled look before and after blending. The long-lasting cream formula is great if you prefer the dewy finish and the product sets perfectly with a light powder covering if you prefer the matte finish.










Shipping internationally allows all of you reading, the ability to purchase this palette online, and those of you in the UK, spend £50 or more and get free delivery!

I hope you all enjoy this palette as much as I do, share your looks on twitter and instagram using the hashtag #contourcosmetics!



Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Visit to Five Guys in the Trafford Centre, Manchester









From previously living in America where a trip to Five Guys became a regular occurrence, it felt only right to continue that tradition when Five Guys finally came to Britain. With several chains open up and down the country, Manchester’s Trafford Centre, which is practically an American mall in itself, was one of the first locations to welcome the move across to Britain. So here are my views on the Five Guys restaurant at the Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester:

THE ATMOSPHERE – 7/10
The restaurant is located in the Orient and it's all fairly open compared to other restaurants. I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing as I do like the open feel to it however I found there were other people dining in the same area who hadn't actually bought the Five Guys food. 

THE FOOD – 9/10


When it comes to fast food, the competition is getting tougher and tougher and Five Guys is definitely towards the top of the list for originality. At the end of the day, it's a fast food chain so I feel it's only fair to rate the food in comparison to other fast food restaurant as it's clear to see it's not fine dining. So as far as 'fast food' goes, it's definitely my favourite of ALL the chains. I like the way the potatoes are in sacks in the restaurant area with the location of where they come from, I think it's a great little decorative element.

THE SERVICE – 8/10
The way the service works at Five Guys is that you choose your burger size, select your favourite toppings, choose your size of hand cut fries and top it off with an all-American free refill soda drink.  There isn't table service so the service we did receive at the tills was with a smile so I'm happy.

THE PRICE - 10/10 
With prices ranging from around £5-£10, Five Guys is my number one choice to satisfy a fast-food fix at a great cost!

What do you think of Five Guys?