Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Magic of Christmas: My Favourite TV Adverts

With Christmas now less than a month away I wanted to do something a little different on the blog and share with you all my favourite Christmas TV adverts. Christmas is always such an exciting time of the year for me and I feel that adverts just play a big part in the festive build up, and after all Christmas cannot officially begin until you've seen the Coca Cola advert. 

Coca Cola Holidays are Coming

So let's start with what I find the most traditional Christmas advert, and the one that marks the beginning of Christmas. The Coca Cola Holidays are coming advert is just so nostalgic and after gracing our screens for over 20 years this just never gets old. What makes this advert even more festive? The fact that you can see the Coca Cola truck in your local town!

Sainsbury's Mog's Christmas Calamity

One of my favourite adverts this season has to be Sainsbury's Mog's Christmas Calamity, not only do I love the story of Mog and the idea that Christmas is for sharing but I love how Sainsbury's have teamed up with Save the Children by selling the book and stuffed Mog toy. Such a shame as he is now sold out as I would have loved a cuddle with my very own Mog!

L'Occitane A Dazzling Provence Journey

I really love the L'Occitane magical Christmas in Provence advert, it's so enchanting and really reminds me of the magic surrounding Christmas. I find that the journey really helps you to discover the style of the limited edition range, whilst getting a feel that each luxury product is natural at the same - and after all I cannot resist a beauty Christmas advert!

House of Fraser #YourRules

As much as I love a traditional Christmas advert, I have fallen in love with House of Fraser's #YourRules advert. Whilst it breaks all the rules of a traditional Xmas advert, I like that it's different and it feels quite fresh and fashionable. I always find each time I watch it I end up getting the song stuck in my head!

John Lewis the Man on the Moon

My favourite Christmas adverts wouldn't be complete without the John Lewis Xmas advert. I love the story of the man on the moon especially when the young girl somehow manages to send him a telescope so that he can see her. I always end up looking forward to seeing what John Lewis do in terms of their Xmas advert, and this is one of those which is not only heart warming but conveys such a lovely message!

I'd love to know what your favourite Christmas adverts are!

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Birmingham #HiddenGems

Living in Birmingham the UK's second biggest city definitely has its perks for a city girl like me, so when Travelodge got in touch in regards to their latest campaign, discovering Birmingham's hidden gems I couldn't wait to share with you what Birmingham has to offer looking past its marmite accent and the Bullring. 

Starting with the Custard Factory, situated just a short walk away from the city centre it's full of colourful and quirky offices, restaurants, pubs and shops. As a media student we actually held numerous events down at the Custard Factory just because it screams creativity and definitely worth a visit to take it all in. There are a lot of independent stores around there and events pretty much every week there is always something on offer. Even if you don't fancy a shop I definitely recommend taking a walk down there and sitting by the fountain and take in the colourful culture that the Custard Factory has to offer. 

If you're looking for an evening with a difference then I would completely recommend Jekyll and Hyde, not only do they do great food but the drinks are beyond amazing. When else could you drink out of jars and mini bathtubs? Think the mad hatters tea party x100 and that's the experience you get when visiting Jekyll and Hyde. For me it's one of those places that you are always guaranteed an amazing time!

A special hidden gem is the Electric Cinema, the UK's oldest working cinema and is a cinematic experience like no other. Who needs the excitement of 3D or HD screens when you can have comfortable sofas, great food and drink, table service and an amazing atmosphere. I like that they show a mix of films also, from new releases to indie films to live streaming. I'd definitely recommend the Electric Cinema as it just provides that sense of nostalgia and uniqueness that you'd never get from a chained cinema. 

Last but not least is the Jewellery Quarter, while it's a short walk from the city centre I find that the Jewellery Quarter is a hidden gem worth exploring. Whilst being renown for its jewellery stores it is also full to the brim with history, and often many events are held in the square. There are art galleries and museums which are also worth a look, and to top it off the pubs and restaurants are amazing especially the Red Lion.

If you want to explore what Birmingham has to offer without breaking the bank then the Travelodge is a great option. With several prime locations there are plenty of Travelodge's to choose from depending on where you want to go exploring. The cheap rates mean that you can have an affordable break enjoying what the UK's second biggest city has to offer!

Have you ever been to Birmingham? I'd love to know your favourite places to visit. 
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Makeup For When You're Feeling Under The Weather

Feeling under the weather can really put you down and leave you craving a day snugged up in your favourite pjs, under the duvet watching movies and daytime tv. But what about those days where you feel rubbish yet have a busy day ahead with plans that can't be cancelled? Despite how I feel when I'm ill I always find a bit of makeup tends to help me feel better no matter how minimal it is, and I wanted to share with you my makeup picks for when you're feeling under the weather. 

I don't know about you but I find that when I'm feeling ill my skin likes to tell the world this, so I like to opt for the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, I really like that this foundation is buildable without ever looking too cakey. This not only provides coverage to conceal any tell tale signs of illness but it always looks natural on the skin, banishing redness without leaving your skin feeling weighed down or looking dull. I like to team this with the Nars Creamy Concealer as I can never seem to get a good nights sleep when I'm ill I don't know about you? But this helps to conceal and brighten any dark circles under the eyes whilst giving extra coverage to any areas that may have redness or blemishes. 

To perk my pale skin up I like to dust my complexion with Nars Laguna and Benefit Bella Bamba - which is now unfortunately discontinued - but this duo really helps to perk my skin up with a healthy flush of colour. Bella Bamba is one of those shades that you only need a little but it gives you such a healthy glow which makes me sad that it was discontinued. Laguna is definitely my go to bronzer as it never looks too overdone or orange but instead very natural warming glow on the skin. 

To create the illusion of wide awake eyes I like to wear the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara as this definitely adds a bit of oomph, naturally lengthening and volumising my lashes. When applied this mascara doesn't clump, flake or smudge so you don't have to worry about looking like a panda throughout the day. 

Last but not least I wouldn't feel complete without a swipe of lipstick, and I love to wear Mac Angel, this is the most perfect pink-y nude that is great for when you want to sport a bit of colour without going too full on. This is really creamy when applied so will never feel heavy or drying on the lips, because after all when you are ill you don't want to make yourself feeling worse with uncomfortable makeup. 

So these were my makeup picks for when I'm feeling under the weather, and I'd love to know what your comforts are to help you feel better!

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

MAC Lipstick Collection: Red and Orange Lipsticks and Swatches

MAC Lipsticks LtoR: (top) All Fired Up, Salon Rouge, Steam Heat, Dreaming Dahlia
(middle) Charlotte, Ruby Woo, Sparks of Romance, Viva Glam I, Lady Danger
(bottom) Viva Glam Rhianna, Margherita, Toxic Tale, Damn Glamorous

I'm gonna start by apologising for the lack of posts over the past month, I've been suffering a mix of personal issues and just trying to get back into my old blogging routine. I figured what better way to get back into the swing of things,then to share my next batch of MAC Lipsticks, in the form and red and oranges. If you missed my last post you can catch it here where I shared with you all my Berry and Purple Mac lipsticks, and to be honest I didn't realise I owned so many reds and oranges until sorting through my collection to pick the shades out. 
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Perfect Night's Sleep with Neom

Neom Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment - Link, Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist - Link*

I don't know about you but I often mind myself struggling getting to sleep at night, which can often result in tossing and turning, thinking about little things or even just staring at my ceiling for 20 minutes. So I must admit every now and then I could always do with a helping hand to help me relax my overactive mind and have the perfect night's sleep.

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