I don’t remember the last time I didn’t write this weekly round-up from the comfort (LOL) of a Greater Anglia train.
Life has been busy, good busy, and I’ve taken writing a lot of my blog content from trains and coffee shops and other people’s houses. WHERE ARE THE PLANES? WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN ON ANY EXOTIC LONG HAUL FLIGHTS, EH EH EH?
Anyway, yeah. I’m currently hurtling towards London with some cheeky period pains (thanks body, you boo) and a belly full of a white chocolate Valentine’s lollipop. Basically, we had pancakes a day late because ya know busy life n that, and then as I was frantically attempting to curl my hair/apply fake lashes/pack pyjamas/read Twitter notifications because hello what you saying about me, I got the worst sugar crash and panic ate him.
Mild regrets because period hormones are making me feel like a moody self-conscious teen and now I’m like YOU ATE CHOCOLATE AND YOU’RE SO FAT AND YOU DESERVE TO DIE ALONE IN A CAVE WITH BATS AND SLUGS AND DEMENTORS.
Shall we move on to chirpier things, eh?
1. NEW BARRY M SHADES
Aside from Essie, the only nail varnish I’ve been using in recent months is the speedy dry hunnies from Barry M. Most of them do need three coats because they’re such sweet, yummy pastels, but because each coat legit drys in about 12 seconds, it doesn’t matter.
I find that as long as they’re topped with a decent top coat (hello Seche Vite), they last just as long as Essie, and for about a third of the price, that’s pretty bangin.
I’m obsessed with these two new shades – Winnging Streak and In A Flash, especially the pink which is the perfect dupe for Essie’s Minimalistic which I snapped up in Vegas last summer. RIP my old travelling-America life.
2. MANGO HAUL
I call this a haul, it is literally like three things, one of which I’m still too I AM NOT FEELING CUTE ENOUGH to try on.
I’d been eyeing this striped roll neck up for weeks (I know right, so wild and out there and fun and fashion, lol jk), and then I got paid and I was like mate, I am splashing out on that £17.50 piece of knitwear because I like living on the edge.
But anyway, Mango. New love. All of these things were from their sale (and bought on the John Lewis website because old) and I think it might be like, my new fave high street shop because SO on point, so reasonable and so bladdy good quality. Don’t tell H&M though. Plz.
3. EYLURE EXPRESS
I’ll be honest with you babes, I haven’t used fake eyelashes since about 2012 because I am about as good as applying them as I am at climbing trees. Like, all that faffing about with glue, trying to wait until the glue has dried to the right amount of sticky and then trying to put the lashes on without smearing glue across your entire eye lid and smearing eye shadow and eye liner and alright ok, put me to bed already I don’t want to go out anymore.
But these new hunnies. OMFG. THERE IS NO GLUE. THEY’RE BASICALLY JUST STICKERS FOR YOUR EYE LASHES.
I applied both of them in about 7 seconds and there was no mess and they looked natural and divine. I tried the most natural style for a day in London but am pretty bloomin’ buzzing about wearing something a lil more BANG BANG BOYS I’M HERE for Valentine’s dinner this weekend. (Shop ’em here)
4. NECTAR COMPETITION
Oh hey guys, here’s something a little sassy for ya. Nectar (as in the wonderful little card you collect points on whilst shopping at Sainsbury’s alongside other retailers) are kicking off their month of fashion with a sneaky little ASOS giveaway.
Can I get a woohoo?
For your chance to win a £500 voucher (just IMAGINE the suede skirts and pretty floral dresses you could buy – be still my beating heart) all ya gotta do is upload a 10 second clip to your Instagram of you showing off your best catwalk strut.
All entries need to be tagged with @nectarcard using the hashtag #10SecStrut and the comp is open until 23:59 23rd Feb 2016. And you can enter as many damned times as you like. GOOD LUCK SAUCEPOTS. More info here.
5. GOLDEN SNITCH BRACELET
Whilst waiting at Gatwick for our flight to Scotland last week, my fave pal Tilly told me to close my eyes whilst she put a present in my hand.
It all happened really fast and now I’m like wait why did she give me a present for no reason, but WHATEVS I LIKE PRESENTS.
And this little champ was him. An actual bracelet with a Golden Snitch on. Beat that, I dare ya.
Anyway, I know it’s from Etsy but don’t want to go hunting out a link and find ou how much it cost, so hopefully you won’t mind having a little nosy for yourself.
6. MURINE EVENT
It’s not that often that a blogging event hits me so hard with the good feels that I’m like IT HAS TO BE IN MY FRIDAY FAVOURITES AND I HAVE TO TEXT MY IRL FRIENDS TO TELL THEM ABOUT IT, but Murine did just that. The beauts.
Murine basically do eye drops and eye mists (and I used the eye mist on my minorly hungover eyes today and woah, instantly fresher and less, ahem, bloodshot and ugly).
Anyway, on Thursday they invited a bunch of us internet weirdos down for a Murine tutorial on Oxford Street, followed by a RIDE ACROSS LONDON ON AN ACTUAL MOTORBIKE (had to wear an actual helmet and motorbike jacket, lolz). It was insane. I loved it. We rode in a little convoy and can I do it again today plz?
The event was then followed by cocktails in the Sky Garden and dinner which may or may not have involved macaroni cheese and steak.
Safe the say the scales look sad today but my face is full of smiles, so whatevs.
Well, well, here’s an obvious one.
There will be a full post going up on this over the weekend (so long as like I don’t accidentally have too many naps or get lost on Netflix), but I thought I’d just give him a lil wee mention here.
Chris and I headed up to the Highlands last Friday for a long weekend in Ardmair Bay alongside Josie and her bf and my bezzie pal Tilly and her gf, and OMG SO BEAUTIFUL.
Scotland, you’ve kinda gone and taken my heart and poked it about a bit. But it reminded me just how good for the soul long weekends with good friends can be – that you don’t need to spend £58463746 for a luxury two-week long holiday to feel like you’ve stepped away from your life and refreshed and relaxed and explored.
Got my travel vlog going up today and it *might* be my fave video ever. So there’s that.
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