Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Surviving The Summer Festivals

I've been to more festivals than I could possibly ever remember.  For over 10 years I've found myself laying in a field surrounded by the best folk I've ever met and all the loud noises I could ever wish to hear.
Over the years I have attended festivals in many a guise; as a customer, as a volunteer and as an employee.  And I think I've managed to put together an essential list of items one needs to survive camping for 5 days.
Now most of the festivals I attended, I actually had to fly to, so I had to travel LIGHT.  There's no crates of booze or weeks worth of BBQ gear in my backpack.  But I did manage to survive over 5 days, in a tent, in sweltering heat OR rain and still come out of the end not covered in mud or missing any limbs.  

Surviving The Summer Festivals

Without trying to sounds like your mum, plan for all weathers!  I've been sunburnt one afternoon and stuck in a downpour the next and believe me, it can be miserable if you're not prepared properly.
The essentials:
  • Waterproof coat or plastic poncho - I preferred the plastic disposable type as they saved space and weight for flying.
  • Loo roll or wipes - I'm a fan of wipes personally, clean the loo before you go and clean yer lady bits too.
  • Dry shampoo - ahh how I love how far dry shampoo has come.  Back in 2005 it was like golddust and it smelt like sand and an ashtray had a baby.
  • Layers - a jumper or two to keep warm at night or even to double up as a pillow to sleep on.  I used to wear a big one on the flight over to save luggage space.
  • Ticket, Cash, Card & ID - I'd highly advise buying a locker onsite if you can to keep these safe, plus most festival lockers these days have phone chargers built into them - BONUS!  Some festivals even use cashless systems these days so look into the festival websites before heading off.
  • Suitable footwear - yes, ok, I may be turning into your Grandma here but believe me, I've made all the mistakes.  Just taking trainers so not great when it gets muddy.  Just packing boots - well that's not great for 25 degree heat either.  I'd advise 2 old pairs of sturdy trainers and some cheap wellies you don't mind leaving behind if they get in a mess.
  • Food - for me this wasn't always practical due to luggage restrictions but buying food on site for every meal is damn expensive!  I'd tend to buy one hot meal on site a day and you're talking around £7 for that meal but I'd make a point to stop off at a local supermarket on the way to the festival and pick up fruit, water and snacks for the rest of the time.  Who can be bothered using hexi stoves and tins of beans these days?
  • A torch!  Ahh man torches are great, eh?  Falling over tents is not fun.  Stepping into a minging portaloo is worse.  Buy yourself a cheap torch, don't use your phone - dropped that shiny iPhone6 down a bog will break your heart.
  • Binbags!  ok, sure we'd all love to leave the site lovely and clean afterwards, that'd be great but this one is actually a little more selfish - pack a bin bag that's big enough to fit your backpack in, that way if by chance you do end up stuck in the middle of Glasto's annual mudslide you can protect your backpack/ clothes etc.
  • Tent :  'cos y'know, sleep etc.

Surviving The Summer Festivals

To be honest, I could probably go on for another three posts worth of festival bits and bobs, and I might well do that but for now, you get the jist.  Stick to packing light but sensible and spend more time enjoying the music and atmosphere.

Are you heading to any festivals this year?

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Barcelona: A Photo Diary

I've been a little MIA recently, eh? 
But I can explain!!
Life had taken over for a few weeks there and then I went off on a lovely break to Barcelona with my bestest girls to relax, recharge and indulge in some good old fashioned culture.
This was my second time in Barcelona - although my first was as a child so I don't think that really counts.  So this time we made sure to do as many touristy things as we could squeeze in.  You gotta, don't you :)
barcelona gaudi sagrada familia

barcelona gaudi sagrada familia

Boqueria Market Mercat de La Boqueria  2

Boqueria Market Mercat de La Boqueria  2

Boqueria Market Mercat de La Boqueria  2

Casa Milà La Pedrera Gaudí Barcelona

Dunnes Irish Bar Barcelona Gothic Quarter

L'Aquarium de Barcelona 1

L'Aquarium de Barcelona 1

L'Aquarium de Barcelona 1
I'm hoping it won't be long until I'm back again as my other half still wants to visit so I have that to look forward to. 
Have you ever been to Barcelona? 
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

My Little Bubble Box : My Little Box March 2016

My Little Bubble Box : My Little Box March 2016

Ohh so, it's May and I'm talking about March stuff ....I'm a tad slow lately but sure, let's ignore that, yea?  Life and all that jazz takes over sometimes.

I couldn't help myself but re-subscribe to My Little Box again.  It's the one subscription box that brings beauty, lifestyle and cuteness together in one place and I just couldn't resist it and boy, am I glad I did.

The March box : My Little Bubble Box was a little parcel of pastel perfection that arrived near the end of the month and I almost ripped the outer package apart in anticipation.

My Little Bubble Box : My Little Box March 2016

With the My Little Boxes being so varied, we've had a few questionable items in the past, such as the bracelets in the January box (review here) and a cardboard photo frame in the February box but this month the contents of the box have been right up my street.  Probably as the March box certainly seems to be a little more beauty focused than previous boxes.
Well ok, they did include a balloon on a piece of card, but the other contents make up for this rather odd but cute addition.

First up, the star of the show for me a Givenchy mascara.  Ok, it's a sample size but I'm totally cool with sample sizes if they are high-end brands and this one is going to be ideal for me travelling later this week.  The full size of this Givenchy Noir Couture Volume mascara (mouthful, eh?) retails for an eye-watering £25.00 in Debenhams at the moment so this deluxe sample is a tiny bit of luxury that I'll be taking full advantage of.

Next up is something you may be surprised that I've never tried before - a make up sponge!  That's right, I've never given the beauty blender style sponges a go.  I've always been a brush or caveman-esque bare hands kinda gal and that's for no reason other than I'm a lazy sod.  This own brand My Little Beauty sponge is SUPER soft and perfectly formed.  I've given it a few test runs but I think it may take me a while to get used to applying my base with it but so far it's been really lovely and washes up a treat.  You can actually buy some of the My Little Beauty items in their store and this item retails at €10.

My Little Bubble Box : My Little Box March 2016

Love Benefit Lollitint?  Well this month My Little Box chucked in a bottle of their version.  Bubble-Blush retails at €13 and it's a liquid blush that to me looks exactly like the cult Benefit product.  I might even do a wee comparison in the future to show how similar these really are.

I'll roll the last two items into one short chat here, 'cos I've gone on a bit already, haven't I?!  A cute blue hairbrush in it's own wee box that say's "Be Cooler" on it.  It's sweet but this one will be given to my niece.  No reason other than I use a round hairbrush 'cos I've a massive fringe! 

Last up is one I'm still a little unsure of, as my French is not as good as it used to be but the Garancia Pschitt Magique New Skin looks to be some sort of micro face peel that retails for around €20 for this 30ml size which is pricey enough.  I'm both excited and intrigued by it and I'll certainly be getting stuck into it after my holiday next week.

Have you tried My Little Box yet?  Don't forget you can get £1 off just by having it delivered to your office - how awesome is that?!

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wednesday Wishlist: Summer Shoes

At the start of May I'm heading off to Barcelona with the girls for a few days of sight seeing, wine guzzling and Sephora haulin'.
But right now I'm spending all my time worrying about what to pack.  I'm a big heavy boots and black clothes kinda gal so a few days in what could be heat-wave central could be a bit of a shock to my system.
I've been pouring over House Of Fraser a lot recently.  Y'see, I was very lucky to win a gift card from the lovely "Just me, Leah",  If you don't know her, you really need to check her out.  She's a babe!

So, yes... I've been pouring over HoF a lot trying to find something suitable to get spendy on and I've narrowed my choices down to but a few.

I've never been a fan of those thong style sandals, they just don't do it for me but I've managed to find a whole load of goodies that'd do me nicely while away and even better, they're all below £30.00!!!

Wishlist: Summer Shoes With House Of Fraser

Have you started holiday shopping yet? 

Help me decide on some foot candy?

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016

Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016
Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016

Are you a lover of all things stationary, cute and creative?  Then pull up a pew and let me introduce you to this months Boxcitement box.  

Boxcitement is a monthly subscription box jam packed full of accessories, jewellery, stationary and greeting cards all squeezed into a slimline box which fits perfectly through your letterbox - ideal if you're out during the day and hate those dreaded red leaflets from the postie. 

Each month Boxcitement choose a theme and March 2016's box was all about "Animal Magic".  When I first saw this theme I was a little confused.  Animal stuff, yes.  Magic stuff.....erm, ok, sure!  But animal magic just seemed like a bit of a strange combination.  That is until I unpacked everything. 

Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016

The packaging of this box was super cute, tissue paper, sequins and everything all tied up with a pretty polka-dot ribbon. 

Included in the March 2016 Animal Magic Boxcitement Subscription box* 

An exclusive laser-cut wooden bunny craft
Two types of animal print tissue paper & some stickers 
A set of adorable acrylic and silver plated earrings in a gift box 
Set of three animal themed postcards and a mini mechanical pencil 
Two greetings cards with envelopes 
Fabric hanging decoration

Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016

I have to say my favourite items in the package have to be the postcards and greetings cards.  I am a complete hoarder of stationary and love writing little notes to friends whenever I can so these will certainly be used.  I especially love the antelope postcard- I think that one will be finding it's way onto one of my gallery walls soon. 

The little mechanical pencil is adorable I've found myself reaching for it everyday since receiving the box. 

The earrings were a little wasted on me as I have 16mm tunnelled lobes but I have already found a home for these - my 13 year old niece thought they were a wonderful addition to her Easter pressie. Overall this months' Boxcitement box was bright, fun and quirky.  

Boxcitement Subscription Box Review : March 2016

I didn't quite get the theme and from what I've seen, their previous boxes have been a little bit stronger but there were certainly some great items included that I'll be putting to good use.  I'd say this sort of subscription box may be aimed at a slightly younger market than my 32 years but hey, who doesn't love a bit of fun stationary? 

If you're anything like me and on the look out for something new to try out there's a good number of options to look into.  They do some great deals on ongoing subscriptions or you can grab yourself a one off box for £20inc P&P but remember - Obviously, the longer you sign up for the more you save...wink wink ;) 

Have you tried Boxcitement yet?  Or have you discovered any other fun subscription boxes recently?

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water

Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water
I've spent the last week raving about this product over on my snapchat and I figured it was only fair to share the goodness over here too.
I was lucky enough to win this Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water last year in a giveaway but I've been very restraint and not opened it until very recently as I've been on a bit of a mission to use up all my opened products.
Let's start off with the name - DRAGON'S BLOOD CLEANSING WATER - Awww man, that fills my little black metal heart with so much joy.  Every time I pick it up I want to do a serious CVLT pose ala Immortal.
Judge me all you want!  Ha!
Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water

Rodial are a brand I've been dying to try more from for a long time.  I had a small tester of their Bee Venom Moisturiser last year but at £150.00 a tub that was never going to be something I'd ever be able to justify.
The Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water comes in at a much more purse-friendly £29.00 for 200ml.  Granted it's still not cheap but if you're looking for a high-end cleansing water, I'd certainly keep this one in mind.
The packaging is sleek and fuss free, it looks pretty on my dresser and the pump works really well with the consistency of the product. 
Rodial Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water
I've been a fan of the Garnier Micellar Water now for around a year as I've found it also removes my make-up really well.  The Garnier one however is certainly a Lazy Girl pre-cleanse type cleanser, it doesn't take away every trace of make-up and I know when I want to look after my skin I need to do a full deep cleanse afterwards. 
This sexy little Rodial version, although pricer gives me a deep, super clean feeling cleanse and since it's stuffed full of hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and rose water this cleansing water removes my thick, stubborn black eye make-up in one sweep while brightening my complexion and leaves my skin feeling soft and very refreshed.  Oh and let's not forget about the Dragon's Blood - that's in there to hydrate the skin too.  Lovely.
In the market for a little treat?  Add this Rodial baby to your wishlist.  You won't regret it.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday Wishlist With Farfetch

I'm forever lusting and dreaming over new items to add to my make up bag or daily skincare routine.  It's becoming a very long list these days with so many of the items on the higher end of the purse-string scales.

Recently I discovered, the high-end online retailer specialising in luxury fashion have launched a new beauty section in conjunction with Space NK Apothecary and it's everything you'd expect it to be and more.

I've pulled together a totally drool-worthy wishlist of some of my most sought after items.  'Cos what's better than spending hours day dreaming over the latest beauty releases?

Farfatch new highend beauty range
Becca Blotting Power - I've been dying to get my hands on some BECCA products for a while now and this blotting powder is top of my list.  It's non drying and controls shine without adding colour.  Perfect for me as I have combination skin. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - The one cleanser I've been desperate to try recently.  It's a bit of a quirky one too.  The pink gel turns into an oil when you massage it into the skin and it's designed to brighten, clear pores and help protect against environmental damage. 

Lipstick Queen - Black Tie - Oh hello you gorgeous £35.00 quid worth of pin-up goodness!  How's about you go'an jump into my make up bag now, eh?  MAN this lipstick is just a thing of pure beauty.  From the sleek, gold packaging to the deep dark red (apparently) silky but matte formula.  I need this.  I need it bad! 

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Face Oil -  I'm actually disappointed with myself that I've yet to get my hands on some Sunday Riley products.  Since falling in love with the Kiehls Midnight Concentrate (review here) I've been meaning to try out more facial oils and this Hydroactive Face oil is top of my "To Buy" list. 

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lip Gloss - Just look at that shade!!!  My inner alt princess does a little squeal each time I find a new bold lip brand.  I've read reviews of this in the past and it's said to go on quite light at first and then you can see the shade transform in front of your eyes (if you look in a mirror, obvs).  I'm all abut the quirky and unusual so this is one I've keeping and eye out for. 

By Terry Rose Melba Cellular Blush Glace - A blush that helps smooth the skin?  Sign me up!  I love this style of packaging too, it looks expensive (well, it is £38.00 so it is expensive) and it's just the perfect shade for me.  I love a good bold pink blush.

Wednesday Wishlist with beauty

As you can see, my make up bag is in serious need of a make over and I know I'll be checking out's beauty selection on payday.

Have you checked out's beauty section yet?

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