Yes, it’s time for the monthly favourite post again! I have a few makeup items that I’ve just really enjoyed using and a couple of lifestyle things that have made me really happy this month.
So I’ll jump straight to it.

 Hylamide HA Blur Surface Hydrator
This will probably come as no surprise as I’ve been going on about it all month but it really is the best primer I’ve ever tried. It’s smoothing, leaves my skin looking plump and radiant and makes a really wonderful base for applying my makeup.
If you’d like to read my full review then I’ll leave the link HERE

 

 

When I first saw this cushion foundation I wasn’t convinced as I’m used to a bottle with a pump. I was on the hunt for a foundation that was light enough to use through the summer months but had slightly more coverage than a BB cream and I can never seem to leave the shop without picking up something extra when there’s a 3 for 2 offer on! So of course it came home with me (whoops!). Well I’m glad it did because it gives such an amazing, natural dewy finish without being too heavy and it’s so easy to use. I didn’t get on too well with the applicator that came with it though, so I used my Real Techniques makeup sponge instead. You simply press your makeup sponge into the cushion sponge of the foundation, then dab your makeup sponge over your face to apply the foundation. I actually found it really easy to blend in and I wasn’t left with any streaky lines across my skin, just beautiful flawless makeup. You can start off light for a sheer coverage or build it up for something a little heavier. I don’t always want to be caked in heavy makeup and I’m not a lover of foundations with a matte finish so this was perfect for me, plus the size of the packaging makes it ease to carry in your makeup bag to apply quick touch ups through the day if you need to. I chose the shade Rose Beige which is perfect for my skin tone.

 

NYX Butter Gloss in shade Cupcake
Oh my word, I adore this lip gloss! Once I’d eventually managed to fight my way through loads of people when the NYX counter finally arrived in Boots and I’d swatched nearly every colour they had, I settled on the shade Cupcake which is a bright peachy pink. This one is really moisturising and makes my lips feel really soft. It gives a creamy sheer to medium coverage but the pigmentation is really high for a lipgloss. It’s not sticky and lasts extremely well, even after eating or drinking. I found having a smaller wand made it so much easier to apply the product with too. Such a bargain at only £5 and a really gorgeous product to wear!

NYX Colour Correcting Concealer

 This is the first all in one colour correcting palette I’ve tried and I’ve really loved using it. Like most people I suffer from blemishes and dark circles and the shades in this palette seem to not only suit my skin tone but actually conceal those problematic areas too. The green one is great for redness, the yellow for brightening, the peach for covering up any blemishes and the pink for concealing under dark circles. I’ve even used the darker shade for contouring, which is something I don’t find easy using cream products but this one seem to be the right shade and easy to blend out with a make up sponge so I didn’t get any harsh lines. The consistency is super soft and creamy but not greasy and really easy to blend in. I dabbed the corrector and concealer shades on with my finger tips and applied them under my liquid foundation, then blended it in using my makeup sponge before applying a light dusting of loose powder to set it all in place. I found it lasted really well and didn’t go all cakey, which I am so pleased about! I was worried that my face would look like a mixture of colours but luckily it really didn’t. This will definitely be a repurchase!

 

 New Stationary
So many of my friends and I are are used to sending emails or texts to stay in touch and a few months ago some of us were discussing how writing an actual letter to a friend seems to be a thing of the past and that we only get something hand written at Christmas or birthdays. We decided to purchase new stationary and exchange letters once in a while. Do you know, it’s been so lovely to hold a letter in my hand that’s come from friends all over the country as well as those who live near by. I think it gives a more personal touch than just typing a few lines on a keyboard.
I’ve even swapped addresses with a few blogger friends I’ve made on Twitter and its been great fun having some new penpals. It makes me feel as though I’ve met them in real life rather than just a name on a screen.

Blossom print paper and matching envelopes: AMAZON
Notepad and pens: Pound Land stores

My Portrait
I couldn’t go the whole month without mentioning how over the moon I was after receiving a portrait of me drawn by Jemma (@dorkfaceblog). I was not only excited but a bit emotional as well because the photo this drawing was based on has a really special meaning to me (I did tell you I was a sentimental old thing, didn’t I?). I think she has done a wonderful job so I’m now on the hunt for a lovely frame to put this picture in once I have printed it off and it will have pride of place hanging on my wall.
Jemma is an amazing, talented artist and also designs blog headers, stickers and other artwork.

Phew, well I think that’s just about it for this month! Oh, another thing I have enjoyed is the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in the UK over the past few weeks. I think they call it summer?!

Thanks for reading. Let me know one thing you’ve really loved using or doing lately.

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I thought it’d be quite fun for you to get to know me a little better now I’ve been blogging for a few months with a some totally random facts about me that you may not already know. You may have come across a couple of these already but stick around and you may find out something new, including a few personal ones.

  1. My first Saturday job was working for Superdrug to earn some extra cash while I was at college
  2. My favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast, or is it The Little Mermaid, maybe I love them both
  3. I am 5 foot 7 1/2 inches tall (the half is very important!) and a shoe size 5
  4. When I was 18 I went through a faze of wearing tie dyed skirts and DM boots
  5. When I was 20 I used to be part of a pit stop crew for a bike drag racing team at Santa Pod
  6. When I was 16 I started having my hair permed, then grew it out when I was 21
  7. I am an only child by my parents but have a half sister from my dads first marriage
  8. I don’t have any tattoos and only have my ears pierced once
  9. I’ve had a nerve operation on my left ankle which has left me with a scar and a horrible lump
  10. I collect thimbles from places we’ve visited
  11. I hate the smell of fried food and garlic
  12. My dream holiday would be to visit Australia, but I’ve never been abroad!
  13. I can’t have children (nature wasn’t kind) but there are loads of relatives and friends with children so I get to spoil them
  14. My favourite colour is pink, always has been since I was little
  15. I love porridge with blueberries and almond milk for breakfast
  16. Apart from my cat Pepper, who I have now, I’ve also had two dogs Sandy and Cassy, plus another cat Munchkin
  17. I passed my driving test first time when I was 18
  18. Adrian and I had a small wedding in a local registry office
  19. I didn’t go to Uni but did study Business Studies at College
  20. My first full time job in retail was for New Look which I absolutely loved
  21. I worked in a pub in the evenings for about 3 months but I hated it, it really was like Bridget Jones pulling pints!
  22. I don’t take sugar in my tea or coffee although I used to have 3
  23. I am scared stiff of spiders and clowns and will scream the place down at the sight of them
  24. I love putting on my favourite pjs and snuggling under my duvet listening to the rain, it’s so relaxing
  25. My bedtime routine consists of a shower, skincare, reading and a herbal tea
  26. I cry at everything sad in a film or TV program, one bit of sad music and that’s it, I’m off
  27. My favourite feel good films are Clueless, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Bridget Jones, oh the list could go on
  28. I have an obsession with jewellery, I just love pretty sparkly things
  29. My nose got broken when I was a child and has been slightly wonky ever since
  30. My father died when I was 2, so I never got to know him and I spent time growing up with my Nan, Aunts and a foster mother
  31. A guilty pleasure, well it’s quite embarrassing but here goes…..I love listening to Abba ( please don’t judge, haha!)

Well, there you go, a bit of random stuff about me. If you are still around then thanks so much for reading. What’s your most embarrassing guilty pleasure? What was your first Saturday job?

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It was a gorgeous sunny June day and I’d got all excited that the sun was out which meant I could finally wear a summer’s outfit. So I went riffling through my wardrobe and found just what I was looking for.
I was going for a day out at The Swiss Gardens in Bedfordshire and I just knew this was also going to make the perfect setting for taking a few photos for my next outfit post.

 

 

The Swiss Cottage is a beautiful rustic cottage which is a focal point right in the centre of the gardens.

 

There are lots of walks to explore and each one has something different to look at along the way with a story behind each feature. The gardens have a huge verity of beautiful flowers, plants, trees and wildlife and whatever time of year you visit the gardens they can look completely different with an array of seasonal colours. The style of the Swiss Gardens makes it perfect for wedding venues and ideal for photographers. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I could visit time and time again.

 

The gardens have seen many changes over the years with the most recent restoration in 2014 to make it more accessible for everyone. There;s also a tea room, although it was such gorgeous weather on the day I went that I chose to take a picnic with me and sit in the lovely picnic area so that I could take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the fresh air.

Even the peacock wanted to get in on the action!

I chose to wear a white skirt and top which seemed just perfect for a summers day and where we were going. The cotton top has short frill capped sleeves, it features two lines of crochet detail down the front and a tasselled tie around the neck. The midi length cotton skirt has stitched panels making it loose and flowy, ideal for keeping cool in hot weather. I also wore one of my favourite straw hats, not just because it was hot but because I thought it looked good too! I popped on a pair of camel strappy heels and added a camel bag. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit as it had a real vintage feel to it. The top is such an easy piece to wear and I’ve also worn it with some cropped jeans and a pair of diamante flipflops for a more casual look.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed visiting there. Have you visited some lovely places recently? I’d love to hear about them. What’s your favourite summer outfit?

Top New Look
Skirt Primark
Shoes TK Maxx
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I do enjoy sitting down to a cup of tea and a slice of cake, particularly on special occasions such as my birthday. I think it’s great that you can send flowers or gifts through the post but now you can even send a personalized cake to someone, delivered straight through their letterbox.
I’d seen Baker Days come up a few times on social media, so when they contacted me asking if I’d like to try their letterbox cake I thought what a lovely idea.
Baker Days is a company that specialises in personalised celebration cakes and they provide a delicious range of fillings and sizes for any occasion.

This letterbox cake measures 5 inches in diameter and comes in it’s own tin which fits perfectly through the letterbox. No need to wait in for a parcel to be delivered or going to the post office to pick it up because of a missed delivery. Perfect!
With this size you get 3 to 4 portions and you can choose from 6 different flavours, vanilla, chocolate chip, fruit, gluten free and dairy free. So Baker Days cater for everyone.

Baker Days also have 3 other size cakes to choose from, small 7″, medium 9″ and large 12″ or even 12 cupcakes, and with the larger cakes you can choose from a range of cute little extras including balloons, banners, bubbles and candles to add that extra special touch.

My cake arrived with a mini pack of love heart sweets and a card telling me to enjoy my cake. I’d chosen the vanilla filling and I found the sponge moist with a light fluffy texture. The cake was absolutely delicious!

For the design I was spoilt for choice but I decided on this one as I thought it fits perfectly with my obsession with shoes! I was really impressed with the actual print on the cake, how the cake was delivered and the little extra special details that Baker Days have thought of to make it a lovely package for anyone to receive in the post.

Baker Days are changing the way we send greetings to loved ones through the post and what a tasty gift to receive straight through the letterbox. I can think of a few friends of mine who would absolutely love to receive one of these cakes on their special day!

The price of the 5″ Letterbox cake is £14.99 and delivery is included in the price. The Baker Days website offers a huge range of designs for you to choose from and you can add your own special message for that personal touch.
If you order before 2pm you get next day delivery. My cake arrived with the normal post the following morning, well packaged and undamaged. All I had to do was open it and tuck in!

Are you a cake lover? Would you love to recieve a cake through your letterbox?

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You may have seen in a previous blog post that I enjoy taking a stroll in the countryside as often as I can, and that’s exactly what I did over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We went to Hitchwood in Hertfordshire and the bluebells were out in full colour. It was so peaceful and great to get out in the fresh air just listening to the sounds of nature. The day wasn’t quite warm enough for me to go bare legged as there was still a spring chill in the air and my feet were going nowhere near a pair of open toe shoes until I’d had a pedicure, or at least stuck some nail varnish on my toes!
I fished out my denim knee length skirt as I thought this would make a nice change to wearing jeans for a casual weekend outfit.

A denim knee length skirt has to be one of my favourite all year round pieces to have in my wardrobe and with summer on it’s way the skirt will probably get a lot of use over the coming months. For this outfit though I chose to wear it with a brown jacket and striped top as we were out taking photographs so I didn’t want to wear anything too bright in case I frightened away any wildlife. I’ve added a pair of black boots and my favourite black box bag to carry those few essentials a girl might need whilst out in the middle of the woods.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any key items in your wardrobe that see you all year round? 

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Skirt – New Look
Top – Topshop
Boots – Clarks
Bag – La Redoute
Jacket – Vintage Shop
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