Blogging Essentials!

We all know that blogging requires you to spend quite a lot of time in front of your laptop and doing various tasks such as answering emails, writing posts, editing photos and never ending tweeting! Blogging requires some essential pieces of kit, laptop, obviously, camera, obviously and I like to have countless notepads, coloured pens and organisers dotting about. I also can’t sit down without a cup of tea perched next to me on the desk in my favourite mug.

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6 of the Best Party Flats

We all love a party, but the sore feet at the end of the night are the worst part, am I right? You feel like you could dance the night away the second you get out and by 20 minutes into your first cocktail you feel the familiar burning and aching sensation in your tootsies. This sucks. So I’ve brought you a few snazzy pairs of flats that you can dance the night away in without getting sore feet! I might not convert the heel-loving gals out of you but I’ll definitely be rocking a pair of flats next time I go out, they’re so much more conformable! I especially love the leopard print slippers.

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Mini ASOS Beauty Haul

ASOS is always the best place to go for a little pick me up order that you need to brighten your day! I’m finding that I’m needing a few little day brighteners at the moment because of uni stresses and the new house. I got all of this for £7 because a few bits were on offer. Two of them are useful, hand wash and dry shampoo (but in funky packaging!) and a new nail varnish always brightens up your little pinkies. I’ve not tried any Models Own polishes before this one and I’m liking it so far. The colour is fab and so summery and the formula is nice and dried quickly. I didn’t apply a top coat though so I had a few chips the next day, but that’s my fault isn’t it! The hand wash smells lovely and I might just keep the bottle once it’s all run out and refill it because the branding of Anatomicals is so funky! What do you do when you need to brighten up your day?

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Mr Nutcase Personalised iPhone 4S Case

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 I’ve always wanted one of these personalised photo phone cases, I’m probably really late to the party here but I think they’re really cute and individual. It’s nice to look down at your phone and see some photos that make you smile! This case from Mr Nutcase (jokes name, I know) is my first foray into the personalised iPhone cases.

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Getting Crafty with KraftyMonkey

This weekend was my baby twin sisters’ birthday. But, they’re not so baby anymore! They’re 9 and I can’t believe it, nearly double figures. They had separate birthday parties because they’re like chalk and cheese. One being pastel coloured hair chalk and the other being a big bit of Stilton. I’m not even joking, my 9 year old sister is obsessed with stinky cheese and the other one loves all things fashion, hair and beauty!  E had a Build-A-Bear Party the weekend before and Little G had a crafty party at a local craft centre at home in Chippenham, called Krafty Monkey! They specialise in decoupage which is essentially sticking different coloured and patterned bits of paper and decorating things, it’s amazing. It’s really fun and therapeutic and G loves it! Anyway, there was an empty seat because one of her friends couldn’t come in the end so me and Luke decided we could jump in a make some new ornaments for our new house! So this happened! I went for a gingham, spotty and stripy affair in red, yellow and black and Luke went for a cheeky camo number! They end up really shiny and smooth with the layer of PVA that y0u put over them!

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Essie Millionails

This is my most recent foray into repairing my super soft nails. I really like Essie as a brand, some of my favourite nail varnishes are from them, I especially love Fifth Avenue, it’s the perfect orangey red! Anyway, I picked this up as I’d run out of base coat and this is supposed to really make your nails super strong and stop them peeling and doing all that rubbish that usually happens.

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Edelweiss Comes to The UK

I’m one of the lucky 75 bloggers that have been chosen to try out this lovely little skincare regime that’s coming over from Austria. Edelweiss is actually a flower, not just a brand name and houses some incredible hidden cosmetic powers. It naturally protects against the sun’s harmful rays and is packed full of antioxidants. It can also help with ageing, sagging and rebuilds collagen! Clever little plant huh?

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Southwell Vintage & Antiques Fair

Luke and I love a vintage and retro find so we popped along to Southwell Antique & Vintage fair on Sunday to see if we could find any bargains for our new house. We actually found a bargain 70s two-tier coffee table for £14 which was great but I’m keeping that for another post, surprises, surprises. Anyway, here’s a little photo diary of the day, we saw some lovely bits. We also went to a car boot sale the day after and it’s so funny to see the difference in what people take in terms of goods to sell but you can also find some similar bits so it’s useful to go along and grab a bargain or two.

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

 The thing about me is, I love food and I quite like cooking but I’m a lazy cook and if it’s just for me, like it has been for pretty much 3 years of my university life, I’ll cook something big like chilli or lasagne and make it last 3 days or do something simple such as spicy chicken with some pasta and veg. So, there you have it, my cooking repertoire.

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Skincare Wishlist for Oily/Combination Skin

My skin has been a little bit of a nightmare recently, probably due to last minute uni deadlines and job interviews galore mixed in with stress tears and comfort eating. We all know this can become a little bit of a downer and doesn’t help if we’re already stressed! I like my current skincare routine but I feel like I need a little switch up! So here’s some products I’ve been lusting after recently for my oily/combination skin issues! I like trying new products because I’ve not yet found the total holy grail of my skin care routine, so if people have any recommendations I’d love to hear them. My little wish list below includes two micellar waters, the classic Bioderma green cap which is of course a pure necessity and then another little beauty from NUXE which I’d be interested to try as I’ve liked their products in the past so I’m wondering whether this cleansing water is up to scratch! I’ve also includes two night creams, the Origins Night-A-Mins is one I’ve been after for so long but my student budget won’t let me drop £34 on a moisturiser I’m only using once a day unfortunately. The alternative is the No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream which I’d definitely be up for trying as I trust No7 down to the ground. As well as these, I’ve got a little mask on there, the REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Mask which looks fab and the Kiehl’s Eye Cream which looks lovely and hydrating! Wishing really hard right now!

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