Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review

I am so fickle when it comes to foundation. I have really sensitive combination skin which means that any foundation I use needs to be a liquid one that I can press powder over the top. However, I don't want it to be too pigmented with too much coverage; I tend to go for something light with SPF protection. For the past year I've been using the MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF Foundation. It was okay, but the product itself was slightly oily and wore off quite quickly with any exposure to "weather". Weather happens quite a lot in England. I thought I'd try the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation after reading a tonne of very positive reviews from people with combination skin. I have to say that I absolutely love it.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Clubhotel RIU Tikida Palmeraie: Marrakech by Night

On Friday I returned from an amazing week in Marrakech, Morocco. We stayed at the RUI Tikida Palmeraie which is a gorgeous hotel that has won a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award every single year since 2011. We stayed there for 10 days back in 2014 and completely fell in love with the city, so when I noticed that Thomson were advertising a week all inclusive for an excellent price we thought we would take a risk with the weather. The risk definitely paid off- we had a week of beautiful sunshine (zero rain!) and temperatures floated within the 25 degree range which was perfect for me as I'm pretty much allergic to strong sun and high temperatures.

The Edge of the Atlas Mountains on the Flight In

We flew with Thomson Airways and the flight out from Gatwick took a measly 2 hours 50 minutes due to some lucky tailwind. A typical flight between London and Morocco takes around 3.5 hours. The whole travel experience was super easy- the flight out was at 7am which wasn't particularly thrilling but it did mean that we had checked into the hotel by 12 mid day and were able to drop our bags off and grab some lunch and sunbeds.

The rooms at the RUI Tikida seem to be entirely comprised of twin rooms. I noticed a few Suites on the room upgrade list that possibly had double beds, but the standard issue room at this hotel comes with twin beds that are pushed together. It's not a huge inconvenience but it would be nice to choose whether you want a double or twin room and there were plenty of couples staying that I'm sure would have generated enough demand. Aside from this, the rooms are both spacious and clean. We had a room on the ground floor in a building that was behind the huge pool. We also had a little terrace area with a table and chairs that were lovely in the evening when the sun was at the right angle. Our room had a small but adequate television and a large clean bathroom which was lovely. One thing that I didn't enjoy much was the bedding that the hotel use. We had white bedsheets which were pressed and perfect, but on top of these sheets the hotel wrapped a sort of brown fleece type blanket around the bed. A blanket was definitely welcome because the temperature dropped significantly at night, but the fleeces are quite old and dirty looking. On close inspection I decided that they were definitely clean and smelled freshly laundered, but they weren't too inviting to climb under. I think a refresh may be in order!

Poolside View

Monday, 21 March 2016

The "Get to Know Me" Tag

1. Do you have a middle name?
Yup- Elizabeth. With a "Z".

2. What was your favorite subject in school?
Either English or ICT. Loved my Geography teachers but still couldn't tell you what continental drift is.

3. What’s your favorite drink?
Pinot Grigio.

4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Lush Life- Zara Larsson.

5. What would you name your children?
I'm not telling in case I need to use them soon & people be all like "Oh ew I hate that" & then I have to cut them out of my life.

6. Do you participate in any sports?
Running for the bus when I'm late for wine.

7. What’s your favorite book? 
Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird.

8. What’s your favorite colour?

9. What’s your favorite animal?
Elephants, they're sooo cuuuuute.

10. What’s your favorite perfume?
Armani Code for women.

11. What has been your favorite holiday?
My honeymoon in Thailand was the best 2 weeks of my life! Also a huge fan of New York.

12. What is the most money you've spent on one thing?
That would be my house. Thank God for mortgages.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

5 Ways to Save Money Literally Right Now

I'm currently undertaking a long and arduous task: I'm paying off my debts.

2015 was by far the most expensive year of my life. I was in the first proper year of home ownership, I got married, I went on honeymoon. I racked up a fair amount of debt across the year which comprised mainly of secured debts like 0% finance agreements to pay for wedding rings, for example. I'm now paying those debts back which feels really good but it's meant that I've had to really look into what I'm spending money on with much more detail (turns out that the the majority of the spending went on "literally pointless crap" and that I'm pretty much a magpie with longer hair). I found a few simple ways to save some money that I thought I would share:

  • Switch up your energy providers: You might have been with BT Broadband for a few years because the speeds are good. Are you sure you're still getting the best deal? Call up and ask them when you can switch providers or tell them that you're looking at going elsewhere because their pricing isn't competitive. Sky just reduced my bill from £40 a month to £27 a month for the same service because I told them I was going to Virgin. (Useful hint: you can get the same speed broadband from pretty much any provider: the fiber or telephone lines are the thing that dictates the internet speed, your provider may just be capping it as per your contract).
  • Close down your store cards: I am the effing Queen of impulse buying. New lipstick on the Benefit Twitter page? It's mine. Going out this weekend? New outfit for Sian. Shutting down your store card credit lines means that it's more difficult to impulse buy all that pointless crap that you regret buying as soon as it arrives. It means that to buy something you have to have the actual money in the bank, and that always hurts a little bit more doesn't it? 
  • Have a 'Sit Down Look' at your outgoings: Sit down at a PC and create an Excel spreadsheet that lists every single outgoing you have. Use a pen and paper if the thought of using Excel formulas puts you off. List out everything that you pay for on a monthly basis: your phone contract, car insurance, road tax, credit card direct debits, your home insurance, Netflix and your store card payments. Yes, it's going to be bloody terrifying, but you'll also be able to take a holistic view of your outgoings and identify your problem areas. I recently realised that I was spending £20 per month on insurance that I had no use for. I was also able to work out that I could quickly pay off a few store cards to give myself more of a disposable income for next month. Yes, it's dull, but it's the most helpful thing I've done this year. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sigma Travel Kit- Mr Bunny Brush Review

I got the Mr Bunny Travel Brush kit for my birthday and I wanted to make a very quick post to let you know how amazing it is. I've never been one for spending loads on makeup brushes. Don't get me wrong; if I could afford to spend a couple of hundred quid on the MAC Kabuki brush kit I definitely would. But I can't. *sob*

Sigma brushes have been featured in so many blogs and vlogs and are firm favourites of the likes of Zoella and co, and after some careful research I realised that they pretty much had exclusively 5 star ratings on most reputable online beauty stores. I decided to give them a go and asked my husband to get them for me for my birthday.

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