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No matter what season or time of year it is, I never get bored of glittery nails. Essie Summit of Style has been a constant favourite of mine these last few months. The glitter has almost a rose gold tint and the particles come in varied sizes which looks really pretty when layered on. The only downside to applying glitter straight onto the nails is that I find it to be quite strenuous on the nails and its so hard to remove. To tackle this, I’ve really been enjoying applying it on top of colours. Essie Peach Daiquiri in particular. This is the best summer-time nail colour. I don’t really see it to be in the peach spectrum at all, it’s more on the bright, raspberry/coral shade. Summer is on the horizon, or so I hope, so the pastels will be going back in the nail-polish cupboard and out come the bright pinks/peaches and reds. However I often find a classic red quite hard to wear on my nails, some shades almost looks ageing on my hands – it normally has to be a red with an orange undertone so the search for the perfect red continues, feel free to leave suggestions.

On the other hand pinks/corals work a lot better with my skin-tone and Essie Peach Daiquiri is the perfect shade. I wanted to wear Peach Daiquiri and Summit of Style together so my lame attempt of nail art where I just apply it 50/50. It’s really simple but the two colours work well together. 

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grey1Surely I can’t be the only one who struggles to wear a smokey eye, especially when it’s heavily black eyeshadow/liner based. I assume its something to do with having super small eyes and being partially intimidated by a black eyeshadow resulted in me looking for alternatives. I’ve previously been addicted to MAC Teddy eyeliner which is a bronze/shimmer brown eyeliner which works so well when you just want to add a little something without having to be too neat. Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink usually made an appearance when I really wanted to jazz up a look. However in recent weeks I found myself wearing a grey eyeliner, it’s almost Black without being looking too harsh. I have three that I really love – Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal  (£18) has a little smudger at the end of the pencil which I tend to forget even exists half the time. This is the lightest out of the three in terms of pigmentation. It blends really well and pretty much is MAC Teddy but the grey version, it does tend to steer slightly on the sliver sheen none the less it looks really effortless when applied and it’s definitely my ‘no-fuss’ sort of product.  Chanel Stylo pen was a bit of a splurge a while back and if I’m honest there are so many cheaper alternatives but sometimes a girl just needs her Chanel fix. This is so creamy, probably one of the creamiest eyeshadow sticks I’ve tried, the formula is extremely easy to blend. It’s definitely the darkest shade of grey you could possibly get and it also has small glitter particles so this only tends to be used on the rare occasion when I actually leave my flat to have some sort of social life. In my opinion the picture does the product no justice. There is an angled tip which makes it really easy to apply on the contour of the eyes and I always use a MAC pencil brush to smudge it in. Still not over the whole Olsen-twin vibe. However I do think that Chanel really lacks in the longevity department, as beautiful as the colour, pigmentation, creaminess and blend ability is, I just don’t find that this stay put or lasts on my lids and I don’t even have particularly oily eyelids. After 5 hours it does start to fade and move around slightly so for the price, I don’t think I’m in a rush to buy another one any time soon. KIKO eyeshadow sticks though, a whole other story. These are hands down the best affordable formulas I have tried. They just last! The grey shade is slightly a darker hue of the Bobbi Brown Kajal pencil, verging more on the silver ends of things.

A swipe of grey and full thick lashes seems to be the look I’m wearing these days and I kinda like it…

Who knew grey would be the new black for me? I know a black eyeliner is a statement look but have you ever tried an alternative? You never know, you may actually like it.

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MANGO WISHLIST

Late last night I found myself browsing the Mango website. Ever since my Barcelona trip I have been really loving Mango as a store and pretty much everything they have out at the moment but particularly the premium range. Which obviously is slightly more pricier than the rest of the store however I assume the quality of material would be a lot better. Also I am trying to build a more classic wardrobe at the moment, looking at the state of my clothes choices through-out the last few years I seem to have brought a lot of in the moment trend pieces that aren’t in style right now. If I were to get everything on my wish-list I would set myself back just over £300 ouch. So whilst I patiently wait for a sale or some from of discount code I thought I’d share some of the pieces I have my eyes on. The sandals in particular. I had a similar pair a few years back from ALDO and I was absolutely obsessed with them so these are definitely on my ‘to-get’ list. The navy culotte style jumpsuit is such a timeless piece and the spaghetti straps just add a touch of elegance. Mango are really impressing me with their collection at the moment.  I also wish I was a bit better at this whole wish-list presentation thing…

 

Mango culottes jumpsuit

Wide sleeve blouse

Mustard Print Jumpsuit 

Linen blend bow skirt

Fringe Leather Sandals

Culotte style trousers

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Do you remember being in school and a friend stopped talking to you for no apparent reason. You had unknowingly said or done something which has upset the friend and you have no idea what it is.

Did you get that weird uncomfortable gut feel and it drove you insane thinking about what the hell was it that you’d done?

I went through exactly that and more in my early school years and at the age of 16 I thought “forget this, if this is what it’s like to have friends then I’m better off without”. I created a goal to study, and work and it’s all I did until 18, then it was time for University where I made a small group of friends. But the way I felt never changed, I used to trod carefully, trying not to say anything that would upset someone. I was never really myself – and when you think about it, that’s a really sad way to live. To be surrounded by so many people and still feel alone. Fast forward 6 years - by some form of miracle I got married to someone with who I feel 110% me and I eventually started to careless. It also helps that I’m mainly surrounded around adults who are 10years my senior, they have more life experience and no time for crap. Life was good and felt normal…for once. But it was short lived.

I’m at the stage again where somehow I have upset someone completely unknowingly. You know when you get that feeling that something has changed in the friendship…and it may or may not even be something to do with you.

The predicament that lays before me, do I confront the person in question? What if that person turns around and says that I’m being paranoid…? What if it becomes more awkward then what it already is…

I have been in all these positions before, am I ready to repeat history?

Or – should I just not care. I mean do I really have time and energy to bother with someone who can’t be open and honest. Because obviously whatever I have done it was unintentional – maybe I’m not the one at fault here at all. Just when you forget what a certain feeling feels like – bang, there it is again. 

This also made me think, do we ever grow up, and do things really ever change?

 

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I am really having a blusher moment.

Something about the spring blossoms and brighter weather gives me an urge to buy every pink blush that is out there. However I do struggle to find a pink-toned blush which is flattering enough on my skin. Tarte Amazonian 12hr Clay Blushers are amazing – they last a really long time (not sure about the whole 12hour thing) they’re extremely pigmented and really easy to buff into the skin. I also find that they work exceptionally well when I’m wearing a mineral powder and the longevity is increased. I only own two Tarte blushers at the moment, its quite hard ordering blushers online, the only place I’m able to get them from is Sephora and I can never really tell what the shade-pay off would be like off screen.
To the left we have Natural beauty which is a stunning pink shade which looks amazing on olive skin-tones and it’s one that’s been on my cheeks quite a lot these past few weeks. And to the right we have Blushing Bride – this was my wedding blush of choice of course. It’s a small detail but absolutely love the mirror that it comes with. The Bobbi Brown face blender brush, I think is more of a foundation brush but recently I’ve been using it to apply blusher and it just adds the right amount of colour onto the cheeks. I own way to many blushers for my own good. Not that I need any more enabling but I would love to know what your spring/summer blushers of choice are!

 

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I find it so much easier to sit and think ‘oh I wish I had done this…‘ than to actually applaud myself and say, ‘I’m so glad I did that’. I do strongly believe in whatever happens, happens for a reason so I don’t really reminisce that much. However yesterday I found myself sat on my bed thinking about how I was 10/15 years ago and certain decisions I made un/knowingly that have helped to shape my life. With that being said, today I will share a handful of positive decisions that I made when I was in my teens and till this day I am so glad I did them. 

 

*Learnt how to ride a bike, without training wheels. My dad received a bike from a friend and just told me to get on it. I fell a few times but my dad was a firm believer in tough love. 

*Took my exam revision seriously. I always wanted to be an A* student but was predicted D’s and E’s – after months of revising I walked out with 7 A/A*

*Didn’t have a mobile till I was 18 (however this was more my parents choice then mine!)

*Wasn’t actively involved with social media till 4 years ago (FaceBook changed it all)

*I said I wanted to study Architecture when I was 8 and it’s exactly what I did.

*Self-taught myself how to do henna

*Learnt to say NO. This one was probably in my late teens.

*Wrote a diary

*Had few but true friends

*Read a lot

*Watched cartoons, you know the 90′s ones, Rugrats, Hey Arnold.

 

Some of these are completely random, I think whenever I’m feeling down I’ll look back on my list and remind myself of all the things I did right as opposed to things that aren’t going so well. Tell me one thing you’ve done that you’re proud of…

 

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Spring obviously means more nail polishes right? There are 5 shades that have been taking turns to grace my nails – surprise surprise most of them are pastel shades which one bright turquoise one. Barry M nail polishes are my favourite brand when it comes to nail colours, they seem to have every single colour available for under £3.99. The new range at the moment has the most gorgeous selection of muted hues and I only picked up two, Eat my dust which is a powder blue, its very sheer on first application so you definitely need 3 coats. But the formulation of these are the super fast drying ones, you don’t need to wait too long to apply a 2nd and 3rd coat. Stop the clock is from the same quick dry range but I found the colour to be a little more pigmented so I only required two coats. These last a good 7days before I see signs of chipping. Coconut is from the Barry M Jelly range which is supposed to have this hi-shine with a gel-like look. I love the range but the Coconut shade just stands out, its almost white with grey-ish, nude undertones. Normally these sorts of colours tend to wash out my skin-tone however there’s something about the pigmentation of this that works really well with my olive skin. The next two favourites are from Maybelline. These have pretty much been out of stock in every Boots or Superdrug that I have gone into until one day I finally got my hands on these two beauties. Uptown blue is a gorgeous bright sky-blue, I haven’t come across a colour quite like it before. Whilst Mint for life is very similar to Mint Candy Apple by Essie but a few pennies cheaper. It’s the classic pastel mint shade. I find that the Maybelline colours have better pigmentation in one swipe I get a better colour pay-off. They take slightly longer to dry than the Barry M polishes and they tend to start chipping on day 5. Overall these 5 shades have been in rotation and I can foresee them being with me for the next couple of months. What nail colours have you been loving?

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I did a similar post a while back when I went away for a couple days on a Visit to the battlefields of Somme with school where I broke down my makeup menu. And one thing I realised, the simpler the better. There is no way that I would get more then a base and touch of concealer on, maybe a swipe of liner if I’m lucky. So this time round I’m away on a trip with Year 8 students for two nights – trips away from school are so important for students development. They get to see parts of the world that they possibly wouldn’t get a chance to see. Any who, my makeup menu is super simple and some of the items are fairly new. Firstly the Balm Shelter by the Balm – I have not read any reviews on this what so ever and I am always weary when I buy products without doing any research especially if they’re my base product but saying that The Balm products are one of my favourite, everything I have ever tried from their range is so lovely and I was expecting no less. I brought this in Spain in some random Boots/Superdrug equivalent store. The coverage is sheer to light but evens the skintone out and gives this lovely dewy fresh glow that I love. It is a tinted moisturiser so it’s very nourishing and super easy to blend, plus its SPF18 and weather forecast states that the sun is shining at 20degrees. I will be doing a full-on detailed review on this product in the near future. Concealing is so important to me, its probably the one thing I could not give up makeup wise, I’ve kept my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer which is my new love and as we all know – students are going to be so excited that they’ll barely sleep the first night which means I’ll barely sleep the first night and ultimately dark circles. To tackle that area I’ve got my beloved MAC Conceal palette, I very rarely bring this out but it literally has all the concealing shades I could need. Base essentially done, it’s time to get a little adventurous. Marc Jacob is seriously becoming one of my favourite high-end brand. I picked up this eyeliner in the shade brown(out) and it is insanely pigmented, creamy but it doesn’t budge at all. I’ve brought a MAC 219 brush to smudge it out abit, a quick way to make it look like I’ve made more of an effort then I really have. 

One thing drugstore is good for are mascaras, I normally find great mascaras and I absolutely love my Bourjois mascara but picked up this Barry M Showgirl mascara and it’s supposed to be lengthening. It’s definitely a love-hate relationship with this. Some days I love it, sometimes I really hate it and sometimes I really enjoy it. I wouldn’t say rush and get it, there are far better mascaras out there. This definitely gives me more natural looking lashes and for that I think it’s quite good. For blush this Guy Bourdin Nars palette is my fave, four blushers which I love, a bronze and highlight. For lips I’ve kept my favourite Snob lipliner from Rimmel. My favourite thing about this entire set up is that it is a completely fuss free makeup look, potentially I could even just use my fingers if I wanted to. 

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I made somewhat of an attempt to vlog! There was so much footage and over half of it was lob-sided or looking up at the wrong angle – so i tried to salvage what I had and make a decent vlog. I have done a what I did in Lisbon’ post. It is an absolute beautiful city and I do feel like the rain stopped me from going out as much as I wanted to. But the atmosphere is so chilled – everyone is so relaxed and happy – definitely never get a vibe like that in London! I did enjoy the whole vlog process and even though at time I caught someone looking at me with a weird look, you kinda just get used to it. A film maker who has been creating incredible vlogging content is Casey Neistat - I’ve been a fan for SO long but incredible amounts of respect for him. He creates amazing amounts of content on a daily basis. 

Enjoy the vlog and let me know what you think 

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If you’ve read my last post you’ll know that I was away for the last 8 days, gallivanting around Lisbon and Barcelona. After our 4 day trip in Lisbon, 9th April we had a flight booked heading towards sunny Spain. Scheduled to arrive at 6.35pm, factoring in the luggage pick-up, catching an aerobus and getting to the hotel we had hoped to be roaming around streets of Barcelona around 8.30pm. However due to the french strikes we were still in the departure lounge at 8.30pm! Tired, hungry and and pretty annoyed! There was literally nothing to do. Finally arriving at Barcelona at 12am – got to our hotel and went to sleep, hoping that the next morning would be a new start!

My husband is quite good at finding good hotels which are value for money, we try and book decent sized hotel rooms which are normally 3*-4* and always in the city centre! We were located in Pl Catalunya which has a metro with lots of different metro lines connections. It is also the aerobus drop-off and pick up point. If you’re thinking of heading into Barcelona definitely look into staying close to Pl Catalunya if you’re looking for convenience.

10th April – sun was shining and La Ramba was our first stop. It’s seemed to be where all tourists were, with lots of restaurants and bars, little stalls and lots of sangria around. We found a market where you could literally find anything/everything spanish-food related. Olives, fish, fresh fruit and fruit smoothies, chocolate, spices, nuts. It was incredible! We situated ourselves towards the back of the market where we saw the locals. I assumed the locals would know what all the best markets were and we started browsing. We walked our way around the lanes – had a lot of ice-cream! Around 3pm we decided to walk towards Sagrada Familia – about 45mins walk, but again the best thing to do when abroad is walk as much as you can. Tourist sites are great but I love getting to see the realness of a city by exploring all the hidden streets. Once we got there it was fully booked and we were advised to book online and have a screen-shot of the ticket saved online. So we started to make our way back to the city centre. That evening we booked tickets for Sargada Familia and planned to see Gaudis Park in the morning. 

11th April – We made our way to Gaudis park, firstly if you’re going with a pram – find a bus route! Because after getting off the metro you will have to walk uphill for a good 30mins. Once we got there we spent about 20mins getting to the highest point of the point and we could see Gaudis museum all the way at the bottom of the park. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go to the bottom because we had tickets booked for 4.15pm for Sargada Familia, which by the way is probably one of the most breathtaking piece of architecture I have ever seen. As an architect graduate I really appreciate a good building but this is beyond and above anything I had envisaged it to be. Apparently its going to take another 80years to complete depending on the finance situations. We spent the evening walking around and exploring Catalunya and the area around it. 

12th April – Sunday is where most shops apparently are closed. Well that’s what it said on the internet, so we headed down to Barcelonta (that’s the name of a metro station) where the beach was! There’s also a cool cable car which zips across most of the city – we spent about 3 hours lining up for it but totally worth it! Spent most of the afternoon chilling and eating a lot of ice-cream. For dinner we went to the coolest burger shack. Where my tongue graced the taste of Parmesan and Garlic chips – oh my god, they are so good! In the evening we headed towards the Magic Fountain - located on Espanya on the metro line. Probably one of the most magical water fountain show (it will all be vlogged in on my YouTube channel)

13th April we were due to head back to the airport at 5pm – so after checking out of the hotel we headed back to the beach – we planned to hire an electric bike/scooter and zip around the city, maybe go Camp Nou. Unfortunately the husband struggled to move the bike more then 5metres. So after an hour of trying to teach him how to balance, we gave up, returned the scooters and headed back towards the city centre. Shopped in Zara and Mango. I didn’t expect the clothes to be as cheap as they were. Sandals that I brought for £89.99 were on being sold for 69.99 euros! Nojmul and I have made a deal that if I don’t shop in Zara for 9months – we’ll go next year specifically for Zara and Mango shopping!

That was pretty much my Barcelona experience. Currently looking at tickets for Santorini and Athens for summer! Being a teacher is a tough job, but I got to agree with non-teaching people and say the holidays are one of the perks!