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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Benefit Event at Tiger Tiger, March 2014

On Wednesday I manage to bag myself a space at a Benefit event held in Cardiff (oh the magic of Twitter). I met up with Leanne and Georgina before the event and we went to Yo Sushi. I hadn't been for years so it was pretty exciting, I was a bit like a cat staring at a fish tank watching all the pretty dishes go past - I can imagine it's pretty easy to spend a fortune in there as you just want to grab them all!


After that we headed to Tiger Tiger for the Benefit event. They were showing us their new eyebrow product, Gimme Brow, which is a bit like a mascara, but for your eyebrows (and apparently I forgot to take a photo of it, oops!). I liked it but it felt a bit wet and I was very conscious that I was wearing it. I have to say though, other than that it is amazing. I have a huge scar on my one eyebrow that usually needs a lot of pencilling in, but the Gimme Brow managed to hide it completely, so hats off to you for that Benefit. Gimme Brow is definitely a good quickie product, but I don't think it will be able to keep me from my pencil-wax-powder routine.


Their new big deal product is the 'Bigger than BB' cream, Big Easy. I tried a blob of this 'liquid powder' on my hand and it was so unbelievably soft, I was genuinely stroking my hand all night long like a weirdo. Needless to say, I skipped all the way to Debenhams the next day to grab it, and it is totally worth the £27.50 price tag (I got it at 10% off though so even better!). I've also got to say, the fact that the lady in the store spent the time swatching different shades on my chin and then properly made me up with my best match (light/medium, just fyi) really added to the value of the product. Too many times I've wasted precious pennies on foundations/BBs that matched my hand superbly but looked so wrong on my face. Lesson learned.

 

We also got to play with a few other products, and were sent home with a very pretty box of goodies, including the Fake Up concealer, The POREfessional (which I have never really got on with but am going to give another go now), Hello Flawless foundation and the Total Moisture facial cream which I have already started using as it smells incredible. Needless to say I will most likely be posting a bumper Benefit review post before long. I also popped back to Debenhams the next day to get my eyebrows waxed as part of Brow Arch March, and will post about that in the next few days.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Embroidered Elbows

 

Jumper: Dorothy Perkins
Shirt: River Island
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Bank

Hello all. Check out this fancy new jumper I bought yesterday! I was just mooching around Cardiff waiting to meet my boyfriend for lunch and I found myself in Dorothy Perkins. I don't normally like much in Dorothy Perkins, so perhaps I thought it was a sensible way to kill some time without spending any money. Well I was wrong, but only a little bit. This jumper cost me a grand total of £4.50 with student discount, what a bargain! 

I'd pretty much forgotten about the bow hair tutorial I made last year, but we watched Hair on BBC3 last night and one of the contestants had her hair like it (except much more fabulous as she had super long red hair) so I thought I'd help bring it back.

Today I need something exciting to do so I'm going into Boots to get my disposable cameras developed. I've had one of them since last February, so that should be entertaining! And then I think tonight involves face masks, wine and Chinese food. And a little bit of Uni work, obviously ;)

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Birthday Breakfast at Barker Tea House

Hello, I hope everyone had a super sweet Pancake Day yesterday! For me it was twice as awesome because it was also my 23rd birthday! I had a really lovely day with my housemates, and my Mum sent me a surprise Sainsbury's delivery full of birthday/pancake treats like chocolate spread, ice cream, banana, lemon and a birthday cake and a cheeky bottle of wine! Such a good idea for a surprise if you can't be with someone on their birthday.

Josh and I went out for dinner and drinks on Monday to celebrate our anniversary, and because I had a voucher from LastMinute.com (thanks guys!) we got to stay in The Royal Hotel right in the centre of Cardiff, which was great because it meant we didn't have to worry about getting trains/taxis home. And of course, when we woke up it was my birthday so I insisted we went for a fancy breakfast!

I've wanted to go to Barker Tea House since I saw Nina's blog post about there, so we hunted it down and I was not disappointed! It's got a lovely vintage feel without being over-the-top or pretentious. The food all sounded fabulous and the cakes looked delicious; Josh went for pancakes with bacon and maple syrup but I (knowing there would be a big pancake dinner in the evening) opted for eggs florentine.


 

My breakfast was absolutely delicious, I can't really say any more than that! I wish I'd ordered a large portion! Josh couldn't even finish his (what a lightweight!) so I had to help him, and I can confirm that his was delicious too! Barker Tea House is a teensy bit out of my price range for regular visits, but I'll definitely be back if I have something to celebrate/deserve a nice treat!

Oh and for funsies, here's a photo of me with the moustache pencil (and pretty scarf) Josh bought me as a present :)


Sunday, 2 March 2014

What's in my Bag?

For my birthday (which is on Tuesday so this post is a bit naughty) my Mum offered to buy me the Zara Office City Bag which I've wanted for ages but never been able to afford. The original 'office' version has long been sold out but happily this version is still available online and in most stores. I have been using it all week (see, so naughty) and I am really happy with it! It's got a crazy amount of pockets and compartments and as I am Mary Poppins but with a rubbish singing voice and a Poundland umbrella this is pretty perfect for me. My one complaint is that, as I've found with a few Zara bags, the zips aren't great and get stuck a lot. This happens more when the bag is empty as the fabric moves more, so my advice is to carry a lot of stuff to avoid annoying sticky zips, simple!



The contents of my bag are actually quite dull. Normally I carry a lot more rubbish around with me - right now, and I kid you not, there is a wooden spoon in there. My purse is from Topshop, my make up bag is from Zara and contains pretty much everything a girl could need - concealer, eyeliner, glasses wipes, Polos, lip balm, hair brush, dry shampoo, deodorant - I'm always the go-to person if my friends need something on a night out! My glasses are Cosmopolitan from Glasses Direct, pen from Paperchase, notebook from Sainsbury's and my phone case is from eBay. I think I'm the only person who still has a BlackBerry, am I wrong?!

Inspired by the lovely Being Little and her creative prompts, I'm trying to get back into drawing which I am keeping track of through Instagram. Day two is 'What's in my Bag', hence this post! These prompts have also (clearly) inspired me for a lot of exciting blog posts, so hopefully I can find the motivation to stick with it!

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Happy St David's Day!

 
Hat - eBay
Cardi - Vintage via charity shop
T-shirt - Primark
Jeans - Topshop Joni jeans
Boots - Matalan

I don't think I've ever posted an outfit photo in skinny jeans before. I always find that photos of me in skirts are more flattering, although IRL I've been leaning towards jeans and trousers a lot more recently as I'm pretty self-conscious about my legs. I always feel like I look better when I look at myself in the mirror than in photos. Does the camera really add ten pounds? Or is my mirror a very kind, flattering liar? Is it just me who feels like this?!

Now that the weather is brightening up I've finally started taking better quality (I hope) photos in the great outdoors. I do feel pretty self conscious taking photos on the street and I've had some odd glances, but nobody seems to say anything which is reassuring!

Today I went into town for a mooch, just for something to do to get me out of the house. I forgot it was St David's Day (I am the worst Welsh person ever!) and town was a bit crazy. The local radio station was in town blasting Tom Jones from the speakers and people were dancing and singing along. Welcome to Pontypridd.

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