The Ultimate Summer Lip Combo (ft. GIVEAWAY!!)

27 June 2019


WAHOOO summer is finally here in the UK - the sun is out and it's more humid than ever. It definitely feels so refreshing now that the weather has brightened up, in turn making everyone leave their houses and putting a smile on their faces. It's so lovely seeing how wonderfully happy the weather can make everyone - including myself!

For me, summer is all about glowy skin, floaty fashion and pure relaxation. Now that I've booked my summer trips, it's time to start planning and deciding what I'll need to bring to keep me feeling revitalised and confident. One of the main things I love to bring on holiday with me is a gloss - I think they give a gorgeous fresh look paired with my face of makeup and I adore how when the sun hits it, making my lips look extra glossy. Each year I go on the hunt for the perfect gloss so I've been testing this new incredible combo that was kindly gifted by Code Beautiful. A simple pink lip liner paired with the ultimate plumping gloss - your lips look fuller and ready for an evening of cocktails in no time. Stay tuned to hear my thoughts on these two summer-perfect products (*hint* there may also be a giveaway at the end of the post too...).




REVIEW

As you can see from the photos, this gloss/liner combo is dreamy. The deep rich pink colour complimented by a glossy finish is the most divine summer lip duo. In terms of the products, the liner applies extremely smoothly - no uneven edges, extremely pigmented and feels super comfortable on the lips. I personally like to outline my lips and then add a bit of colour into the corners of my mouth to create an 'ombre' effect. I then popped the gloss all over my lips - at first, I was a bit shocked by the colour of the plumping gloss as it appears a vibrant orange/red. However, the gloss applies almost transparent, with a little hint of pink to add that extra burst of colour to the liner. These products compliment each other well, in my opinion, and make for such an easy travel accessory. Packaging is super compact, sleek and luxury looking - the black casing and colourful text is such a simple, yet effective, design and I LOVE IT! 





GIVEAWAY TIME

If you want to be in with a chance of winning your own perfect lip duo, fill out the form below. Good luck!

Win The Fabulous Lip Duo From Code Beautiful #8


What are you fave summer beauty trends? Do you love gloss as much as me?

Lots of love


These products were gifted; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

The Best of Birmingham

31 May 2019



One of my favourite cities in the UK has to be Birmingham - there is so much to do that the hours fly by and before you know it, it's time to head home. Today I thought I'd share with you some of my top places to visit if you're looking to stay in Birmingham for a weekend or want to know the best places to explore if you're there just for a day. There are plenty of hotels in Birmingham, and close to the city centre too; so if you want to stay the weekend then you can really enjoy experiencing the eclectic styles of bars or simply spend that extra day to shop till you drop!

Here are my top 5 things to do, play or visit whilst you're in Birmingham city: 




THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PRIMARK

If you weren't aware, Birmingham is the host city for the world's largest EVER Primark store. With 5 floors, cafes and a beauty salon, you could spend hours shopping away and indulging in the delicious foods available. Personally, I'd recommend heading to the shop early if you're going on a weekend or weekday because you tend to avoid the rush of people. My highlights about visiting this Primark definitely have to be 6 racks of sunglasses - sooooo many amazing styles to choose from and for such an affordable price - as well as the aesthetically pleasing Disney cafe. Unfortunately, we didn't get to eat due to a crazy half term week queue but we admired the food from afar. I need to get my hands on some Mickey Mouse pancakes next time!




BIRMINGHAM BULLRING - SHOPPING & FOOD

I absolutely adore going to the Bullring for shopping - especially during Christmas time. The atmosphere is always buzzing, the shops are amazing and there are so many lovely restaurants all a short walk away from each other. Myself and my cousin decided to head to Pizza Express during our recent trip because there were some new amazing meals on the menu. This honeycomb cheesecake was a WINNER - super creamy and delicious, served with your choice of ice cream. I'd highly recommend if you're a cheesecake lover like myself! From Italian to Mexican, fast food options to a healthy juice bar, there are so many options inside and surrounding the Bullring if you're feeling a little peckish. 






GHETTO GOLF 

Situated in an industrial estate about a 10 minute walk from the Bullring, Ghetto Golf is a cool place to go for some fun with your mates/family/partner. This is definitely my new favourite thing to do in Birmingham - I was extremely impressed with my experience thanks to the amazing staff, unique holes and of course, the COCKTAILS!! Not only is the location and graffiti artwork incredible, the holes were hilarious and innovative. An experience unlike any that I've had before - you have to go there at some point in your life. Combined with a couple of deliciously tasting cocktails (Lethal Drizzle was my fave) and great company, this would make the perfect night out with your mates or your partner. 



TATTU

Looking for the most Instagrammable location in Birmingham? Tattu is the place for you. A gorgeous cocktail bar and restaurant that oozes beauty, elegance and tonnes of blossom. A romantic atmosphere partnered with class and plenty of gin, this would make for the most incredible date location. The interior design is stunning, the menu is diverse and it's located under 10 minute walk from the Birmingham Bullring/Grand central. If you're up for cocktails with a pretty view, Tattu is the one for you. 



KITTY CAFE & BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

One of Birmingham's newest additions to the amazing list of things to do and see in the area is the brand new Kitty cafe. An adorable place for you to chill, drink hot drinks and relax with a bunch of furry animals - this is what we've all wanted in life, right? I feel like the kitty cafe has answered our prayers and created a place where people can completely detox from social media and enjoy the company of furry animals. I love this idea so much and it will definitely attract cat fanatics to the area. 

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery can be visited for no charge at all. From history to current affairs, this museum/gallery hosts a range of exhibitions that will entice passionate individuals from all around the country. They are currently holding an amazing exhibition about body image and how our perception on body image has been curated through different mediums over time. This really intrigued me as I have a strong passion for body confidence and positivity. However, if you're into history knowledge or want to take your kids for a fun, intellectual day out, there are exhibitions that are fitting for everyone. 


Let me know what your favourite things to do in Birmingham are. Make sure to check out the vlog from my recent day out in Birmingham. 

Have you been to any of these places before? Do you have any recommendations for my next visit?

Lots of love



This post is in collaboration with Hotels.com; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Lost City Adventure Golf + Tiki Bar | Nottingham

20 May 2019



In the midst of exam revision and stress, my best friend Carrie (from the blog Carried Away) kindly invited me to join her in Nottingham for a fun event. We got to venture to Lost City Adventure Golf, located in The Cornerhouse, and tasted their amazing new summer cocktail menu at their incredibly decorated Tiki Bar. To celebrate the beginning to the fruity tasting, thirst quenching menu, Carrie and I popped on some leis and Barcadi shades to make the most of the props provided during the evening. I thought this post would be lovely to share with you guys as it is an amazing way to spend a night out with your friends, family or even for a date. There are two available golf courses and partnered with the Tiki Bar, you can have a pleasant evening getting lost in the jungle atmosphere and stunning theatrics.

If you want to watch my video from the evening...CLICK HERE!



Greeted by the kindest staff and tropical interior decor, Carrie and I made ourselves and home, then started to analyse the new summer cocktail menu. There is an option there for anyone's taste buds - different spirits, flavours and aesthetics for everyone! I opted for the Sapphire Martini consisting of blue curacao, lychee liquer, vanilla vodka, lemon, vanilla syrup and apple juice and the Violet Ark - described as 'a refreshing blend of violet gin, archers, bacardi, eristoff and cointrea shaken together with violet syrup and lemon juice'. I was seriously impressed with the portion size, aesthetics and tasty-ness of both cocktails that I tried; I also had a sip of Carrie's which were equally as yummy. If you fancy trying the cocktails, you could head down on an evening from Monday through until Thursday between 4:30-6:30pm to enjoy 2-4-1. 




A few cocktails later, we were kindly gifted a round of the adventure golf - we chose to play the TEMPLE TRAIL course and it was 18 holes of great fun! Carrie and I laughed as we made our way around the course - I didn't manage to get any photos or much footage of the golf course as the lighting is very dark in there; however, I can tell you that it's unlike any golf course I've done before. I'd like to think I'm a mini/adventure golf connoisseur - my family and I are competitive fans of it whenever we go away on holiday - so to say this was completely different to anything I've participated in before is fab! The course was super interactive - lots of cool projectors, noises and moving objects made the game extra fun and unique! It's only £8.00 to enjoy one of the 18 hole courses and an extra £5 if you fancy taking them both on. I think it's a great deal and such a fun day out for the family, you and a date or a group of friends.

Make sure you're following myself and Carrie on Instagram as we will be taking over the Lost City Adventure Golf story in the coming weeks. WOO! I cannot wait to return for some more golf and I'm sure we'll let you know our opinions of the SACRED SKULL course...we may even be able to test out the rest of the summer cocktails if we have time!

Would you like to head to the Tiki Bar in Nottingham this summer? Do you love adventure golf as much as I do?

Lots of love

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This experience was gifted; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Warner Bros Studios | Is The Harry Potter Tour Experience Worth It?!

14 May 2019



At the beginning of 2019, I ticked off one of the top things from my bucketlist - to visit the Warner Bros Studios and experience a Harry Potter tour in the UK. I've been lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter World in Universal, Orlando; however, I really wanted to visit the Warner Brother Studios in Watford because it holds some of the most amazing sculptures, costumes and more from the films. Growing up, the Harry Potter books and films were a huge part of my childhood - I was maybe too obsessed, collecting all of the merchandise, roaming the streets with a broom and wand and finally, owning a bloody cauldron?! Seriously. I was a little obsessed kid when it came to Harry Potter so I become very nerdy whenever I attend something wizarding-world related!

Anyway, myself and my best friend, Hattie, booked tickets for early January to treat ourselves after the Christmas exams. We were extremely excited and were fortunate enough to experience Hogwarts in the SNOW!! We had no idea until we reached the venue, best surprise ever! I thought I'd write a little review of my time there - telling you all whether I'd recommend spending your hard-earned money on this tour or whether to just stick to binging the films on a Sunday afternoon.




If you don't want any spoilers of your trip, I'd suggest skipping this post until after your visit because I will probably talk in detail about all my favourite elements of the Studios. Before starting the tour, we were given a little talk by one of the amazing staff members, seated as if we were about to watch one of the movies ourselves. After a few minutes, the screen unveiled the incredible Great Hall door - the theatrics were amazing and I was so excited to walk through the doors. I was literally such a little nerd smiling away to all of the intricate details - the Christmas touches were an extra bonus too! The food on the tables included Christmas puddings and there was a gorgeous Christmas tree at the top of the hall. 




After being overly excited from the first section of the tour, Hattie and I roamed all of the amazing set, costumes, props and other amazing items from the Harry Potter films. I literally adored seeing everything with my own eyes; it was like I was honestly living my childhood fantasy. The tour groups are designed very intelligently so it never gets overcrowded in an area. We took our time, there was absolutely no rush and we could stroll around reading all the cool information about the pros/set/etc.





One of the general standouts from my trip was definitely the interactive side to it all. There were green screens, moving sets and fun things for both myself and younger kids (haha!) to participate in to make the trip extra entertaining. We even tried some magic to levitate our own broomstick! I couldn't stop smiling as we ventured around the studio.





The layout of the place was a wonderful choice, in my opinion. All of the favourite destinations were planned towards the end so you left feeling incredibly happy and fulfilled with your time in Harry Potter world. Hogwarts in the snow was so stunning, Diagon Alley was super cool and the new Forbidden Forest that Hattie hadn't been to yet was very fun. I cannot wait to return in the future to see all the amazing additions they keep working on to get customers back! I've heard Gringotts is now there and I'm desperate to head back in the near future. Before heading home, we couldn't resist buying some merchandise haha. Check out the video I created from our day if you want to see all of these photos come to life and what we ended up buying HERE.

Have you ever been to the Warner Bros Studio? Do you love HP as much as me?

Lots of love 

The Best Graduation Dresses 2019

10 May 2019


Getting glam for an event is something I absolute adore - styling my hair, applying a fresh, glowing layer of makeup and choosing the perfect outfit for the occasion. Somewhere I adore shopping for big events and occasions is Quiz - their incredible dress range includes stunning prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and lots of wedding guest appropriate dresses. Personally, I would opt for Quiz when looking for a graduation outfit; their style is sleek, sophisticated and oozes class. It will be my graduation next year, as I'm currently finishing my second year at university, so I've already been eyeing up the perfect dress for the occasion. I thought I'd pop this post together to share with you my top 5 favourite dress picks that I'd love to pull off next year when graduating.



My Top 5 Quiz Dress Picks

Lemon Off Shoulder - For me, graduation will be held within the summer season; therefore, I've opted for five gorgeous, light coloured dresses to suit the occasion perfectly. This lemon, off-shoulder number is super simple, yet screams elegance. I love the way the material hangs off the model's body and the leg slit is extremely flattering. Paired with some dainty gold jewellery and some perspex heels, this outfit would be ideal for graduation.

Lilac Lace - My next favourite is this heavenly lilac dress with laced detail on the straps and upper body. The contrast in textures on this dress is what made it stand out to me. The scalloped hem clings to the chest area like a dream and I just find the overall fit of this lilac dress very flattering. Lilac is the colour of summer 2019 so I can imagine a lot of people will be opting for this dress for prom, weddings, graduation and many other special events.

Pink Peplum - If you're one to avoid wearing a dress for special occasions but still want to look glam, I'd definitely recommend trying this pink peplum dress. The style makes the dress appear almost like a two-piece. A peplum top with gorgeous floating material at the waist (very flattering on the figure) and a delicate pink skirt. The material looks high quality and the style of this would be ideal for my perfect graduation dress - a figure hugging, pink coloured garment.

Blue Bardot - If you're looking for a pop of blue, this blue bardot number is sweet, elegant and beautiful for your graduation day. The slightly off-the-shoulder straps paired with the fishtail style instantly made this dress appeal to me. The light blue is so pretty for the summer months, so if you have a summer graduation day, this dress is the one for you!

Nude Showstopper - Finally, if you love making a statement and want everyone at your graduation to be looking at you...this has to be the SHOWSTOPPER of all the Quiz dresses. I'm honestly in awe at the drop sleeves, ruched front and sparkles all over. If you have an event coming up where you want to make jaws drop, wear this! The model literally looks unreal and I'd love to be able to pull something like this off at my graduation next year.

Which is your favourite out of the five dresses I picked? Do you ever shop at Quiz for dresses?

Lots of love


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This post is in collaboration with Quiz Clothing; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

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