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Sunday, 27 March 2016


I love the Smashbox brand and therefore wanted to share a quick review of the Smashbox Softbox eyeshadow palette which was kindly gifted to me in December. As I seem to be traveling here there and everywhere I love palettes like this that are small and easy to use on-the-go. The neutral colours are versatile to have whether you are after a more natural daytime look or a brown smokey night time look. The palette comes with a large mirror considering the size of the palette, and a small double-ended brush to help with application.

I literally use all six of these colours, the colour Russet and Truffle are probably my most used colours for day-to-day; Russet for a warmer toned everyday crease colour and Truffle for a cool-toned crease colour. I also love using Sumatra for a darker night-time smokey look. My eyes are blue and  my skin tone fair-medium. However I truly believe this is the perfect little go-to palette to take away for long weekends no matter what your skin tone and eye-colour. 

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A Last Minute Adventure to Berlin

Having never been to Germany before, I was super excited to be visiting Berlin - a city that I knew very little about and one that I was very impressed with! I went on this little adventure with my boyfriend and having only booked it a week before departure, it's safe to say it was a very last minute yet very exciting adventure!

Our initial plan to visit the city was to attend an exposition for a work project, however we made sure to set aside a full day and 2 nights to explore! On the day of departure, we woke far too early for my liking (4am!) to fly from Manchester Airport to Berlin Schönefeld airport which is about an hour and a half flight followed by a 30 minute drive from the airport to Berlin city centre. 

We stayed in a 5 star hotel called Eurostars Berlin. I would definitely recommend this hotel for affordability considering the rating and location. It is right in the heart of the city with little need to get public transport as you have everything on your doorstep. Cafe's, restaurants and shops (including Zara) are right around the corner and the hotel is just a 15 minute walk from the infamous Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust Grey Wall memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. We also went to visit a portion of the remaining Berlin Wall (of which there are several sites). We took a stroll from 'Hackescher Markt' through a district with cool and quirky shops similar to the Northern Quarter of Manchester or the Camden of London. That's when we then saw the portion of remaining wall which, to be honest, didn't look too dissimilar to many other graffiti walls throughout the UK. It was only the tourist signs with the history of the feud detailed that made us realise it was the wall we were looking for.  A little further exploration and we seemed to stumble across the Twitter Berlin HQ which was quite cool although we may have pushed our luck upon entry; I doubt they welcome tourists like us mooching around their offices!

On the final night, we treated ourselves to a meal in the revolving restaurant at the top of the TV Tower, set right in the heart of Berlin. There were spectacular views of the city which went on for miles. We went at night time when it was all lit up which I would highly recommend as opposed to going during the day. The revolving motion is a little bizarre at the beginning however you quickly get used to it. We were fairly dressed up however don't feel you need to be as the majority of people were actually dressed incredibly casual. Much like the rest of Europe on a night out, I wouldn't recommend dressing the same as you would in Manchester! As we went at the end of February, it was snowing so wrap up warm if you go there the same time of the year! As for the rest of the trip, I'll let the photos do all the talking...

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

My Top 3 Healthy Green Juice Recipes in Collaboration with Holland &Barrett

After receiving a Nutri Bullet for Christmas I couldn't wait to start juicing! I actually really like the taste of green juice and I decided no more wasting money on expensive pre-made juices as it was time to start making my own. Here are a few of my go-to green juice recipes that I have on a regular basis to kickstart my day! 

1) The Ultimate Green Juice 

Ingredients: Spinach, Kale, Green Grapes, Cucumber, Apples, Coconut Water, Lemon

This green juice is full of iron, perfect for healthy blood cell and muscle function. It also delivers more than your daily recommendation of vitamin K - another must for blood and bone health. Although I still like it, this is my least favourite green juice however I know all the green goodness inside it is worth it.

2) Sweet Superfoods Juice

Ingredients: Blueberries, Mango, Spinach, Banana, Coconut Water, Flax Seeds

Antioxidants in berries are great for fighting diseasing and boosting your immune system whilst 2 tablespoons of the flax seeds contains more than 100% of your recommended daily allowance of the omega-3 fatty acids, great for the heart!

3) The Detox Juice

Ingredients: Ginger, Beetroot, Carrot Juice, Apple

Perfect after a season of over-indulgence, this is actually my favourite green juice recipe. High-fiber root vegetables and fruit keep things moving through the digestive tract, while ginger calms your stomach.

I also want to add a final mention to Holland & Barrett who were kind enough to send me a selection of vitamins for me to trial which I have been taking for the last few weeks. Alongside trialling these new vitamins, I have been going to the gym and exercising more (about 4 times a week) and I have been making a conscious effort to eat healthier. I definitely feel the difference, with all these things put together I feel like I have more energy and I feel happier in myself. 

Do you have a favourite green juice recipe? I'm always looking for more ideas...

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The Ultimate Makeup Kit by Estée Lauder

I was kindly gifted the Estée Lauder The Ultimate Makeup Kit or also known as 'Give Every Shade Palette for Holiday 2015'. It is unfortunately a limited edition release and may be difficult to get your hands on but I wanted to share my thoughts on the product formula for any other eyeshadow palettes you may be thinking about purchasing from the brand. The set contains 3 interchangeable palettes in 'Tempting Nudes', 'Smoky Skies' and 'Steel Orchid' featuring 10 eye shadow shades each, two Pure Color lip glosses in 'Plum Divine' and 'Praline Paradise' and one full size Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner in black. This eye liner has always been a favourite of mine since first discovering it. It's great for its durability and perfect for a smokey eye as it just doesn't budge!

Considering you get 30 Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadows which are easily interchangeable to suit your needs, I think this set is very affordable. The original palette is perfect for on the go and it features a generous sized mirror and a dual-ended eyeshadow brush for easy application.

The Estée Lauder 'Tempting Nudes' Palette is my favourite one of the three. It features neutral earthy toned shades in light and dark shades and in both matte and shimmer finishes. This is the perfect palette to use if you want to create an everyday look as well as smoking it up for a more dramatic yet earthy-toned evening look. The shadows apply easily and evenly, although they are not as pigmented as I'd have hoped. Nevertheless, they are buildable with plenty of blending.
  • Ivory Slipper (Satin)
  • Sugar Biscuit (Satin)
  • Sandbar Beige (Matte)
  • Nude Fresco (Satin)
  • Khakis
  • Sepia Sand (Satin)
  • Hot Cinnamon (Shimmer) 
  • Khakis
  • Cobblestones *This is my favourite shade of the entire set*
  • Lavish Mink (Matte)

The Estée Lauder 'Smoky Skies' Palette is better suited for a more intense and darker smoky eye look and the shadows apply well, without any fall-out. The palette offers a variety of textures as well from satin to shimmer and matte however some of the names of the shadows are duplicated for some reason which seems odd (e.g. khakis and black chrome).
  • Sugar Cube (Satin)
  • Waves
  • Sepia Sand (Satin)
  • Tempting Mocha (Shimmer)
  • Wild Truffle (Matte)
  • Silver Bell (Shimmer)
  • Peacock Blue (Shimmer)
  • Nocturnal Blue (Satin)
  • Black Chrome 
  • Black Chrome 

The Estée Lauder 'Steel Orchid' Palette reminds me of the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay as it features more pink and purple shades. These shades work quite well with blue eyes but the key is to make sure the skin is blemish-free and bronzed up so the pinky hues don't wash you out and make you look tired. 

  • Pink Flash (Shimmer)
  • Waves
  • Tranquil Moon (Satin)
  • Candy Crave (Satin)
  • Smoky Ember (Shimmer)
  • Wild Truffle (Matte)
  • Iridescent Violet (Satin)
  • Provocative Plum (Matte)
  • Amethyst Spark (Shimmer)
  • Black Chrome

The Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in 'Praline Paradise' is a light caramel peachy shade with a shimmer finish. It has a sheer-to-medium colour coverage with a semi-sticky formula. It makes lips appear fuller, giving them a fresh and natural look due to its shimmer particles. I like this color for a natural look, on a every day basis. The lipgloss does last for a few hours however the finish is a bit too sticky for my liking. The Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in 'Plum Divine' is a dark cherry with cool undertones and a shimmer finish. This colour is deeper and more intense, perfect to take the look to night-time. It has the same semi-sticky formula like the other shade and looks better applied over a dark lipstick colour, dapped just in the centre of your lips to make them look more plump. I wouldn't repurchase the full sized lip glosses, purely due to the sticky consistency however the same can't be said for the eye-liner. As previously mentioned this is my favourite go-to eye liner as the durability is great. The formula is creamy for an easy glide-on application and comfortable for those who may have sensitive eyes. Overall I am extremely impressed with the set and would definitely consider re-purchasing their future eye-shadow palettes.

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