The time I fell in love with Rotterdam

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The Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug)

Take me back to Rotterdam? #Rotterdam #Netherlands #beautiful #bridge #river

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I was recently able to visit Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam with my work; we were based out of Rotterdam for the first couple nights and spent the final night in Amsterdam. The stand out city for this trip was Rotterdam, but put me riverside in a city and I find it nigh impossible to fall in love with it.

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A City Breaks Worth Of Makeup In A Carry On

So I am currently in Rotterdam, and will shortly be in Amsterdam.  This trip is uniquely different to any other I have completed, as I went with hand luggage only, and we’re away for four nights. Last time I stayed in London overnight fir an interview I brought three changes of clothes…

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I thought I’d do this post on make up, it’ll be very similar to my auto pilot makeup, but with a few useful additions from my Glossybox subscription over the last year or so. I have a separate bag for skincare and toiletries, if you want to see what’s in that let me know! Onto my travel makeup bits:

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My makeup bag is from Glossybox, and reaching for it each morning is putting a massive smile on my face. When it came to packing this, it’s a very low key trip so I went low key with my makeup. I decided not to pack foundation, as my skin has been pretty clear lately. Instead I packed my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium Cool (2), and Rimmel’s Clear Complexation Pressed Powder in Translucent (021) allowing me to create a simple base if needs be.

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Moving onto eyes, im not a huge powder shadow fan. It always creates on me, and I didn’t pack liner to minimise my getting ready time, instead I opted for two Glossybox products: Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium which is a lovely colour brow Mascara which defines and shapes my brows, it has a lovely small brush which helps minimise mess. I brought a Jelly Pong Pong Mascara (Fairy Lights Curl Mascara), it creates lovely definition but us far to wet a formula for me. With every application I have to reach for a cotton bud to tidy away flecks and streaks of black. The finish is lovely but the application is too much of a faff.

The products I packed for the “fun” factor were lip products:

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Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti (015). A lovely sheer coral colour, it adds a very subtle something to your finished look. I like this when I want to do something different from my reds and pinks.

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips (colour unlisted). This very glossy, almost Barbie pink is an easy colour for me, it’s the sort of pink I’ve been wearing since I was 18. It suits my colouring immensely and makes me feel cute.

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine with the Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam behind me

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Barry M 121. This lipstick is better known as “I was too afraid to bring my Ruby Woo incase customs decided my makeup was contraband, or it was pilfered by a clearer, or melted on the journey.” it’s very different to Ruby Woo, but colour is similar. It’s a glossy red which applies slightly sheet but builds well, it has a tendency to transfer but in a manageable way. I love a red lip, I feel classy and very “done” even with the most simple of looks.

And that’s the makeup I brought with me, the only thing I’m missing every morning is my highlighter. I like a glowy finish. There is one product I havent included in this and that’s a sample of foundation I got in a magazine. I’ve used it once, but foundation wasn’t something I planned on bringing.

I also have a tiny Yves Rocher perfume with me, also from a Glossybox. I put this on my pressure points and on the ends of my hair each morning, so whenever I swish my hair I smell pretty!

– Emily

All these pieces were purchased by myself, I’ve been a subscriber of Glossybox for the last year and a half. The perfume sample is older, whereas the Mascara was in this month’s box.

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Mini Body Shop Haul

If you haven’t already noticed I am a massive fan of The Body Shop. Not only is the company great, with great ideals and practices, but their products live up to their ideals. Ever since I can remember my mum has always used The Body Shop products. Now my mum is not overly into skin care and make up but she did always have a Vitamin E moisturiser, a raspberry body butter and as soon as they started making it a ‘your lips but better’ lipstick. So as soon as I started to get into taking care of my skin and playing around with make up, The Body Shop was one of the first places I went to, (oh the power of brand recognition) and I still swear by them.

So now that I’ve gushed a little about the love of my life, I should really get on with this haul. I was starting to run low on my staples and since I had a 40% off code I took advantage. Though being me I completely forgot one of the main things I needed (the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil) so I will be waiting for another coupon code and ration what I have. SO let the haul begin.

Mango Classic Picks Gift Box
Mango Classic Picks Gift Box

This one isn’t for me. It’s a Christmas present (yes I am that organised) for a friend. Though I have had their Mango Body Butter and Shower Gel and they smell delicious so I’m more than happy to pass on the deliciousness.

Vitamin E Moisture Serum
Vitamin E Moisture Serum

This is one of my favourite products that I have EVER come across. It gives the skin such a great moisture surge and sets up your skin perfectly for your moisturiser, hence why I repurchase it so so often.

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

Another repurchase, it’s by far the best moisturiser I’ve used for under make up. Not the most moisture replenishing cream in the world but is light enough and sinks in so fast that it is perfect for before make up.

Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub

This is a new purchase for me, I’ve tried many of the body scrubs and I’ve loved every single one I’ve tried. This is the first thing I’ve sampled from the Wild Argan Oil range and from my first little whiff it smells gorgeous, so I’m very excited to try it.

Just a little disclaimer this was all bought with my own money and out my own absolute devotion and adoration for The Body Shop. Who knows there may be another Body Shop haul coming your way soon, I need to re-buy the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and I’ve just seen there’s a new sale on. Wish me luck that I don’t buy the whole shop.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Wedding Guest Outfit and Makeup: The Crimson Lip

So last weekend one of my school friends got married. I just sat down to work it out, and we’ve known each other since year eight, and got close in sixth form. She’s one of the few people I’ve stayed in touch with since we all went off to university. Being able to celebrate the evening do with her and her new husband was amazing,and I definelty teared up at the first dance.

I thought I’d talk you through my look, which was full glamour make up and a pretty New Look dress from A/W 2013. Im very fair so red really suits me, I actually packed three red dresses incase I changed my mind at the last minute. You can’t see my shoes in this photo, but I’m wearing some lacey black flats.

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I curled my hair using a Mark Hill Curling Wand, rolled the sections into victory style rolls, pinned them to my head and left them to cool. I pinned my fringe to the side with a twist and released the curls, giving them a light shake to separate them. The curls dropped out pretty quickly, the only was I can make curls last is if I set them, which I tend to do with overnight pin curls and a spritz of salt spray.

Makeup wise, I used all the bits from my everyday makeup,  and added two special items: MAC’s Ruby Woo and Fleur De Forces Lashes. This is the formula for my favourite evening makeup, I feel so beautiful in this! I used a red lip pencil, from the same range as my favorite Rimmel one and then applied the lipstick with a lip brush, patting and reapplying. As the evening goes on I reapply by patting the Colour on from the bullet.

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As for the lashes, I’ve fallen in love with them. They really add a depth to your lashes, but remain subtle. I’m looking forward to an occasion using these again, I’ve already used the individual ones, I need to buy the rest of them.

Anyway, that was my outfit! I got so many compliments that evening, and only knew a small handful of people at the wedding so that really added something to my evening.

What do you tend to wear to a wedding? Do you like this, or do you feel it’s a bit too informal?

– Emily

My Nail Polish Collection

After years of not being able to wear nail polish because of work, my collection has seriously dwindled. Only being able to paint your toes means you only keep the colours you really love. But with a new job came the chance to wear polish on my fingers again (oh the joy). And so the spending has begun again. So I’ve got a list of some of my all time faves (always got to have an amazing red) and some newer additions for your viewing pleasure…enjoy.

Essie Turquoise and Caicos
Essie Turquoise and Caicos

Gorgeous turquoise, like a tropical ocean, and really quite opaque only takes about 2 coats.

Barry M Need for Speed
Barry M Need for Speed

Beautiful lilac-y purple and only needs 1 maybe 2 coats and really does quick dry. I love this formula.

Essie Russian Roulette
Essie Russian Roulette

The most classic red nail polish in the world, and believe me I have tried a fair few. Amazing colour, great formula.

Barry M Eat My Dust
Barry M Eat My Dust

Lucky this is a quick drying formula because it does take a few coats but the colour pay off is worth it. Such a great pastel purple-y blue.

Barry M Dragster
Barry M Dragster

Only needs 1 coat and dries to a really dark grey with slight undertones of green. Love this for the winter.

Barry M Vanilla
Barry M Vanilla

The only matte formula on my list (but I do own a matte top coat so they all can be matte really).  Dries as a really pretty nude with slight purple and pink tones, perfect for an every day office environment.

Barry M Supersonic
Barry M Supersonic

Really easy fun blue colour with a very fine ground glitter. Great for when you don’t have a lot of time and you need a quick fix.

Barry M Red Glitter
Barry M Red Glitter

My absolute go to festive nail colour even if as just a statement ring finger colour. Its so perfect for Christmas, but be warned it is a pain to take off. I guess you really can’t have it all.

Essie Chinchilly
Essie Chinchilly

This is a newbie but a goody. Really great neutral brown, not quite nude as its a little too dark but still a nice stock colour.

So that’s most of my nail polishes. I do have other brands as well but I just find that the Barry M and Essie formulas are the easiest to work with for me. The quick dry formula by Barry M is fast becoming my favourite as its nice and opaque and really does dry quickly,,,which is always handy. I have found myself moving from the more bright colours to more muted/nude ones as I’ve grown up, but I still like to crack out a beautiful bright red every now and then because someties you need that.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Spring Throwback: Smeatons Tower, Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth is “Britain’s Ocean City”, and being a Seaside City one of the coolest and most identifiable landmarks we have is Smeatons Tower.

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Smeatons Tower is an interesting one, 72 feet high this lighthouse was moved brick by brick (or at least two thirds of it were!) from the Eddystone Reef to The Hoe. This lighthouse is as much a part of Plymouth as Captin Jaspers or Plymouth Argyle, bit few Plymouthians have actually been in and up the lighthouse. That’s what I did this Spring.

It has multiple levels which have been designed to look how they would when the lighthouse was originally built and in use, each level has a different bit of history to discover. Once your at the top you can either stay inside the glass enclosure, or venture out to feel the wind and really experience the amazing views.

I dragged my brother up with me and it was such a good experience. It was quiet so we had the deck to ourselves, and the chap selling the tickets was happy for us to take as long as we wanted!

It has the most amazing views of Plymouth, across the sound,along the Hoe and the Citadel. All for the cost of £4, which also gets you access to Mayflower Museum.

Here are a few photos from the top:

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Sally preferring to stay at ground level
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Perfect spot for a selfie

If you haven’t climbed Smeatons Tower do it! It’s something a little different, and probably thr best selfie backdrop in all of Plymouth! 😉

– Emily

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My Perfect Sunday.

Having worked in the fast food industry for the last 3 years I have always cherished my Sundays off. But now as a teaching assistant I get every Sunday off and it is bliss. My boyfriend and I always use our Sundays off together to get in some quality time and just chill. On this particular Sunday the weather was beyond beautiful, it was one of those sunny late autumn days when its warm enough for a light jacket but crisp enough to not be over heating. So with such a beautiful day we decided to go exploring in Plymstock and found a pretty little wood where Steve wanted to take advantage and get some pictures in.

Entrance to the wood...a little creepy.
Entrance to the wood…a little creepy.
The squirrel could not have posed more perfectly.
The squirrel could not have posed more perfectly.
Such beautiful sunlight.
Such beautiful sunlight.
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Don’t worry we flipped him over and he wondered off happily.
We found a little stream.
We found a little stream.
And a dorky picture of me.
And a dorky picture of me.

For those wondering about that uber stylish outfit:
Trousers: H&M (worn partially because Steve hates leopard print)
T shirt: ASOS
Jacket: Matalan
Shoes: Vans

I’m really looking forward to some sunny winter Sundays and exploring with my boy. If you ask me that is a perfect Sunday. What’s yours?

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂