Thursday, 11 September 2014

The One Where We Went To Barcelona

This July, Andy and I celebrated 6 years together. Around the time of our anniversary he informed me he had a surprise planned and more details were to follow. A few weeks ago he told me to book certain days off work and remained tight lipped. Then two days before we were due to go away he dropped a hint saying we were actually leaving a day early and flying to our destination. Upon arrival at the airport I found out we were going to Barcelona, a place that had always been on my list of places to visit. I still had no idea where we were staying until we pulled up outside the Crowne Plaza. We went to check-in, only for me to find out he had booked us into a VIP room giving us full access to club lounge where there is an abundance of snacks and drinks to help yourself to.
Barcelona is simply amazing, with so much to see and do. We sampled many tapas places and drank lots of sangria.

However it was on the last night when the big surprise really came. Andy suggested we went out for dinner and then visit the Magic Fountains to witness an amazing show that combines water, drama and music. Towards the end of the show, the most surreal, beautiful moment came:

Andy asked a bystander to take our photo, so we posed and as I walked away he grabbed my hand, I looked down to see him on one knee and he popped the question. I glanced over at the lady taking our photo, she was in tears and her partner was jumping in the air. We were then met with a round of applause and cheers from the hundreds of people watching the show. A truly magical moment I will never forget. Barcelona, you were amazing and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Enjoying working out?

Exercise. The dreaded E word, at least for me anyway. I'm not one of those who was born to work out, wear sweat pants and go for a run on the gloomiest of days. At school I used to suddenly have an unexplained tummy bug every P.E lesson and even now, when someone mentions Hockey I get flash backs of wearing shorts and a t shirt in the snow and my teacher blowing her whistle at me and telling me to get a move on. So you could say, I'm not one for exercise. I've never really had any issues about my weight, sure I'd love to be more toned but I really lack the self motivation to do sit ups instead of vegging out with a take away watching Eastenders.

I've been working in an office for the past 18 months, and if you work in an office you know it's always someones birthday, which means there is always cake working it's way round the room and you probably know you spend a good 8 hours of the day sat on your bum. All of this combined can mean the weight starts to creep on and before you know it, you're struggling to do your jeans up blaming the tumble dryer for shrinking them. A few months ago, something snapped in my head and I realised I needed to get active. We have a small gym at my work so I joined it, went a few times a week but never really saw a difference. I munched on salad everyday and before long, the thought of going to the gym after work filled me with dread. 

Then one evening while sat in Pizza Hut sharing a stuffed crust pizza with a friend, she suggested joining a bootcamp (the irony) and for some reason I jumped at the chance. Fast forward a month, I survived and absolutely loved every single moment, granted at the time I thought I was going to die but upon reflection it was an absolute blast!

I'm now going to share some photos, that really are not me at my best but we're all friends here, right?

I'm not going to lie, it was the most challenging month of my life. I was nearly in tears after the first session and numerous times I came close to throwing up because it was so intense. I experienced pain in places I never knew existed, walked funny for most of the month and surprised myself at every session. For the entire month I stuck to a pretty strict food plan and was determined to see some form of result. After the last session, I measured myself and was astounded to see I had lost 40 cm across my whole body! This is probably the most I have ever lost in my life and I was super proud of myself. Now it's over, I feel there is a void in my life, so we've signed up for another month! 

The message here, is that even if you think you can't do something, dig deep and do it! You won't regret it!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

My Summer Lip Colour

It's been a while since I bought a new MAC lipstick, but as the Summer months drew in I was craving something that said to Summer to me, and for me, that came in the form of MAC's Coral Bliss.

When this time of year rolls around, I always tend to lean towards the peachy hues, and this offering from MAC has not left my lips since I purchased it. As a creamsheen formula, MAC Coral Bliss offers the perfect amount of moisture, my only gripe is that I wish it lasted a touch longer on the lips, but we can't have everything can we?

What's your Summer go to lipstick?

Monday, 7 July 2014

A little life update..

One of the great things about having your own little space on the internet, is that it gives you the chance to document parts of your life enabling you to look back in years to come. I often read earlier posts on Charlotte's Obsessions, and aside from cringing at my make-up choice it's great to see where you were a few years ago. That being said, I feel I have been fairly withdrawn from the blogging world over the past 18 months or so, so I thought I'd do a little update as things are looking positive for us.

In the July of 2012, I graduated from University with little understanding of where I wanted life to take me. Andy still had a year left at University so I embarked on a year of living in limbo. Pre university, and during I worked at Pizza Hut (which is where Andy and I actually met), after University I found myself being a full time hutter, not exactly the career I had in mind. Fast forward several months, I landed a job in the digital marketing industry which believe me, during my Educational Studies degree I never thought that would be where I ended up.

Then, last Summer, Andy graduated with a high first class honours degree and I literally could not of been prouder. Life then got messy, we had no idea where or what we wanted to do, living in a seaside town with limited opportunities was hard and Andy was getting knocked back from various jobs so we had to rely on him working full time at the hut. Last October, we made the decision to move in with his parents so we could save some money so that if we decided to up sticks and move, we could. The older you get the more you realise how life revolves around money. We're incredibly grateful for having the chance to live with them and get on our feet.

Two weeks ago, we received some incredible news, something that was set to change everything and give us direction. 12 months after graduating, Andy has landed a job that is full of promising opportunities for him and for the first time, it means we have some direction as to where our life's are potentially heading. (There has been a lot of consumption of the below lately, not that I'm complaining)

At the end of this month, we'll celebrate six years together. Don't get me wrong, they've not all been perfect but I wouldn't swap a single day because each argument and smile has brought us to where we are today. I'm a typical "the glass is half empty" kind of person, but for the first time in a while, the glass is half full and that's pretty exciting.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet: The Review

As a foundation junkie who is in remission, I tried my very best to turn a blind eye when Chanel dropped their newest release, but who can resist a new Chanel foundation? Certainly not me it seems!

Super sleek packaging aside, what initially drew me to this product was that it was aimed at the oily gals among us, with me being one of them I thought I best put it through it's paces...all in the name of research of course.

If Vitalumiere Aqua didn't work for you, then you may want to read on as this is the same idea, but gives a more semi-matte finish that us oily skin gals have been waiting for. Once upon a time, I loved the dewy glow that Vitalumiere Aqua delivers, but these days I need something on the other side of the spectrum.

Let's discuss the formula. Chanel could not of found a more suitable name for this product as velvet is exactly what is feels like. As it's a water based foundation, I found applying this with my fingers gave me the best result. At first I was using a brush and was quite disappointed with the finish but one day I decided to ditch the brush and opted for my fingers instead and it was honestly like an epiphany moment. If you opt to use your fingers, be warned as a quick bathroom visit will be required as the formula is a cream to powder finish it can get quite messy post-application.

Once you have found the perfect application, you'll find that the product will instantly dry to leave behind a silky finish that isn't over matte and doesn't look cakey or heavy. It's not full coverage, I find two coats delivers my desired coverage which is a medium finish as I find one to be too sheer.

Shade wise, Chanel don't seem to have delivered a wide spectrum. I opted for shade 10 but I'm definitely not the palest gal out there, so anyone paler than me would find problems in finding a perfect match.

If you're trying to control oil, then this is well worth a look. It's not the most mattifying product I have ever tried, but I love the finish it leaves so I am prepared to overlook this. It lasts a good 8 hours on my skin and some days I don't need to powder at lunch time.

Have you tried Chanel's new offering?

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Glossybox- The June Edition

It's been a while since I last dabbled my toes into the beauty box world, but I thought I would share my thoughts on the Glossybox June Edition *. When the beauty box phase first hit our shores a few years back, I was a loyal subscriber to a fair few and really enjoyed receiving samples of products that I would never normally try. A few months in and I was sick of receiving perfume samples and paying for the privilege, however of late they do seem to have upped their game although I'm not sure they'll be able to beat the full size Nars product that was in the first ever Glossybox, they do seem to be trying to raise the bar and for £10 a month, I think they're doing a good job.

Upon first inspection of this months Glossybox, I can't say I was overly impressed but after having a play with the products I'm quite happy with what I received in this months box.

The products that stood out to me the most was the nailgirls 3-in-1 base/top coat (full size), the Teeze Trend Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush and the So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush.

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a nail product that claims to act as a top coat, strengthener and base coat. I'm dubious as to whether it will live up to my beloved OPI Nail Envy and Seche Vite but at £13 it can never hurt to try something new. Eyeshadow brushes are always handy, I hate the design of it but the shape of it is reminiscent of the MAC 239 brush which always seems to be a popular choice among beauty bloggers. I personally use this brush to pack on the colour and its a great addition to this months beauty box. Finally, the universal blush by So Susan Cosmetics is a really flattering mauve/nude colour that seems to work well on my pale complexion.

Overall, I think this is a good box. Variations I have seen are a Rituals Travel size deodorant, a tube of L'oreal Million Lashes mascara (one of my favourite mascaras ever) and a So Susan Cosmetics concealer quad. The staple products across the board seem to be the brush, and the topcoat.

What do you think to monthly subscription boxes?

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Smell Good This Summer With Benefit

With the season changing, it seems only right to switch up my fragrance. When it comes to fragrance, I like anything sweet. I have grown into more floral scents lately, but a sweet scent will always be my go to. So Hooked on Carmella by Benefit literally ticks every box for me. It is quite literally, Summer in a bottle. I always seem to have a bottle lying round and as soon as I smell it I am transported to fun times in the sun.

If you've not had a whiff of this before, then I will try my best to describe it for you. The major note in this fragrance is vanilla, teamed with peony, sandalwood and amber this is definitely a Summer scent. 

Benefit always have fun packaging and this bottle is no exception.This cute 30ml bottle fits perfectly in my handbag making it ideal for touch ups during the day. In my opinion, this is quite strong for an eau de toilette which means you need to go sparingly with the application. I spritz it on in the morning, and even in the afternoon I can still smell it on my clothes.

What is your Summer scent this year?

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