Friday, 27 May 2016

#NWmeet 2.0

Okay so I know this post is like a month late or whatever but hey, it's here now! All in all, #NWmeet was an amazing day - I've never been so stressed about anything, but I'd say it was worth it in the end.

I spent Friday night packing bags and boxes, and got to the venue bright and early on Saturday morning. With moral support from their gorgeous lovely wonderful manager, Connor, I set everything up and I was sat down doing my nails just before 12, when everybody started to arrive. Ameriesko is gorgeous, and I think everyone really liked the vibe.

Fentimans and TreeVitalise had sent over some drinks for everybody - Birch Water is the strangest thing I've ever tasted, but I kinda liked it! I had all the raffle prizes along the side for everyone to take a peek at; we had some amazing stuff from Dunelm, Nanshy, Balm Boutique and Pro:Voke to name a few. Thanks so much to everyone who donated prizes, and to everyone who bought a raffle ticket - we raised bang on £200 for MIND, in memory of one of my lovely friends. I'm so proud and pleased.

Everyone was chatting, taking selfies and Instagramming the gorgeous bouquet of flowers from Bloom & Wild (thanks, guys!) - then we had a talk from the lovely Sarra of Weleda, all about their Skin Food which is 90 years old this year. What a reign! It's gorgeous stuff, and Sarra was really energetic and informative.

I went round with the raffle tickets, and then I called it so all the winners could pick their prizes; I'm so jealous of Liv winning that Dunelm hamper, and of whoever won the Sloane Stationery notebooks! I think everybody who won was really happy with what they took home, so that was brilliant. Aisling and Hannah ran up to my little "stage" and presented me with a gift from everybody, and I cried. They'd even bought me a card with a bee on it - so thoughtful, and I couldn't be more grateful. You guyssss.

Next it was goody bag time - a great conversation starter, and I wanted to revel in everyone's joy. Seriously, it was damn hard work and I was so pleased to see that it paid off because everyone was buzzing with what was inside! A massive thank you to all the brands, especially Derma V10 (who gave us LOADS), Make Up Geek, Blistex, Yoshi, I Love..., Pretty Serious, Shiro Cosmetics, MOA and all the rest.

As the day drew to a close I was feeling happy; my hard work had been worth it and I had such a lovely day meeting new faces (Lydia, Bex, Sarah) and catching up with old friends (Liv, Jemma, Aisling, Hannah, Holly, Lauren, Rach) and it was just great.

Thanks to the brands and bloggers who made the day so amazing; thanks to Ameriesko for having us; thanks to my mum and dad for putting up with my tantrums. Big love.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Okay, okay, I know - I've been gone for so long you've probably forgotten who I am, but I've temporarily blown the cobwebs from my keyboard to write this post. I'm not back for good, not yet, but just bare with me. Life happens, and my dissertation is SO nearly done, and I want to make sure I'm in the right place when I get back into blogging. I'll explain everything that's been going on, yadda yadda, when I'm ready to.

However, something very exciting is happening soon - Tropic, my favourite skincare brand, are turning three years old! They invited me to be a part of the celebrations and of course, I jumped at the chance. Everything about Tropic makes me happy; the products themselves are amazing, and the people who work for them more so. I feel so proud to have worked with them in the past and to be working with them now - their cream cleanser is my ultimate holy grail bathroom product, and I can't wait to get stuck into all my new goodies.

It's been a wild three years for Tropic - it did all start way before then, when founder Susan Ma started selling home-made body scrub at Greenwich Market - but 2013 is where it all really began, when Tropic officially opened for business backed by none other than Alan Sugar. Late 2015 saw a complete design overhaul (and seriously, how cute do the products look?) and Tropic won the Product Business of the Year (2015) award. Well done, guys, you rock.

My party bag was waiting for me when I got home from uni on Tuesday last week, and of course I dive straight in. The first thing I pulled out was one of those towel hair band thingymajigs, which I'm actually so excited about because it will stop my hair being in my face when I get ready/do face masks. There was also the Love Lip Balm, which smells incredible, and the Tamanu Rescue. This is one of those products that I love - a thick balm which you can use just about anywhere, choc full of oils and butters and all that goodness.

Now, if you know me, you'll know I have a bit of a thing for hand cream. I rarely leave the house without one, and I smother my paws in it around seven times a day. On that note, I was ecstatic to find the Superfood Hand Therapy in my party bag - and it's got THE best smell ever. Literally. Next up in terms of skincare is the Face Smooth, one of Tropic's best sellers. It's an exfoliator that again smells amazing (are you sensing a theme?) and I can't wait to see how it does on my skin…

I'm a sucker for skincare, but I love make up too - and make up from a skincare brand? Well that's just SO up my alley. I'd never tried any Tropic make up before, so I was thrilled to find three pieces in my party bag. The Sculpting Palette, which has contour/blush/highlight shades, is something I've been desperate to try for so long, and the colours are perfect for me. It's such a handy little palette, too! Tropic do four mineral eyeshadow palettes, and I got Wonderful Wisteria which has purple shades (my favourite) - they're so pigmented and not at all powdery. And finally for make up, one of their Colour Click lipsticks; I have the shade … and it's so me. Not too matte, not too shiny, and my perfect colour.

I thought that was everything, until I came to take photographs and found the Organic Nail Nectar hiding in the bag - and I was so intrigued. It's got actual flowers in it?! Seriously, it's so pretty and it's got so many impressive ingredients in it, so I should have perfect nails in no time!

YOU can win your own Tropic Party Bag tomorrow (May 4th) on Twitter or Facebook - they're giving away 5 on each. Just follow and RT using #TropicPartyBag on Twitter, or "like" their Facebook page and let the girls know what's on your topic wishlist. Keep your eyes peeled on the Tropic social media pages between 10am and 4pm to be in with a chance of winning!

So, I know I'm gushing about how much I love Tropic but I really just want to wish them a massive happy 3rd birthday. Keep doing what you're doing because it's working, and your products are the best, and your ethos is incredible.

Whew, that was a long post. I'll be reviewing the contents of my Tropic Party Bag when I'm back here in full swing. See you soon, guys.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Growing up & moving forward on social media

If there's one thing I firmly believe, it's that people have the ability to completely change who they are - for good or bad - if they want to. On Twitter, there's a lot of "social justice warriors" and while I agree with fighting for a better world, there's ways to do it. You can't fight every battle, because you'll leave yourself exhausted, miserable and bitter.

There are a lot of things that happen in the world that are bad - terrible in fact. There's no denying that, but there are also a lot of good things on this crazy planet we call home; glittery bath bombs, acoustic covers of amazing songs, chocolate brownies that are just the right amount of flaky on the top. And, the fact that people change - they learn and grow and become better, become more socially aware, become more accepting of their privilege or lack of, and want to to make it right.

And isn't that a win? Isn't it amazing when somebody turns around and starts fighting those little battles, starts trying to make the world a better place? I think so. I think, when somebody is being a damn good person, you shouldn't bring their past into it. You shouldn't ask them why they never fought these battles before, why they didn't comment on a similar issue a year ago, why it's taken them until now to wake up. You should be glad that they're here now, fighting back against the bad things in the world - because isn't that what we all want?

I know it's what I want, for everyone to see the bad in the world and challenge it, whilst also seeing the good and celebrating it. It just seems to me that a lot of people on Twitter are so angry at the bad stuff, so tired from fighting everything, that there's no room in them for the good. So where does that leave them? What will happen when a bad thing finally slips away or is made good? That thing they've been fighting for, they're too exhausted to celebrate. And I think that's pretty sad.

People can change, they can learn and they can grow - just don't begrudge them for not being perfect in the first place, because you sure as hell weren't either.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

F.O.Y Skincare // Review

Sometimes I get sent stuff that just isn't for me - it's the nature of blogging, you can't love it all! But my mum/housemates are happy to take them off my hands, and that's exactly what happened with he F.O.Y skincare range. So, today my mama's reviewing that (except I'm actually writing it, because she's too lazy)

The whole range is designed for mature skin, to restore, repair and rejuvenate. The products contain amazing ingredients for anti-inflammatory, tightening, plumping, hydration, repairing damage from the sun and loads more.

Moisturising day cream - "This smells nice, as does the whole range, but it feels quite greasy and takes ages to sink in; this means it's not great to wear under make up. I wouldn't buy this one again as it went quite quickly..."

Rejuvenating night cream - "I much prefer this to the day cream, because it doesn't matter about it sinking in quickly, and when I wake up my face definitely does feel moisturised. This one's a winner for me; I've been using it for a few months and still have plenty left, unlike the day cream."

Revitalising eye gel - "This is one of the best eye creams I've tried; I love the packaging because it seems more hygienic than a tub, and it doesn't leave my eyes irritated. It's hydrating, my eyes are definitely less puffy and I think it really did reduce my fine lines! The only downside is the pump has broken."

Hope you enjoyed my mum's "guest post"!

Wanna know what's on my skincare wishlist?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

April eBay wishlist

I thought I'd switch it up a bit with this month's eBay wishlist, and base it around celebrity inspiration. One celebrity who's style (and face) I adore is Cara Delevingne, and this outfit is soooo cute.

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Although Cara's skirt is a skater skirt, I prefer the look of these American Apparel style tennis skirts. They're just so cute, right? I decided on black as I don't like mixing too many colours in one outfit... Nice bralet/crop tops are pretty hard to come by, but with it being under a shirt I think plain and simple is best. I couldn't find a floppy hat the same colour as Cara's but this colour is so cute and I think it would complement a few different hair colours! Last but not least; the shirt. It's cute and girly, which I think is a lovely contrast with all the black. Plus it looks really soft and cooool.

Hope you enjoyed this month's slightly different eBay wishlist post...

Wanna see my thoughts on the Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum?