It was one of those days where I had to travel miles for something that wasn’t great fun at all, so to make the journey a little more exciting I decided to pay a visit to Primark (as you do!) I know spending money isn’t the answer to cheering yourself up, but a girl needs some retail therapy once in a while and to be fair to myself, it has been at least six months since I’ve done a full on haul. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Primark have so many fabulous new arrivals and I keep seeing pictures of beautiful items on their social media every day. The minute I went through the door I felt my money slip right out of my bank account. I really didn’t need any more clothes but there was one top that just had to be hanging in my wardrobe. I picked up a bunch of other stuff and if you’re like me, I love seeing what people have bought in a haul post or video.

 

If you already know me then you’ll know I am a huge Disney Fan, especially Beauty and The Beast. People kept telling me to go to Primark to have a look at their Disney range and it’s such a tease that there isn’t one in my home town. I picked up this absolute bargain, a Beauty and The Beast T-shirt for £6! They also had it in grey but not in my size or else I’d have grabbed that one too. Perfect for Spring and Summer to wear with my jeans.

I saw these cute My Little Pony Unicorn pyjamas on someone’s Instagram, so I had to hunt them down in store. I was jumping for joy when I saw them hanging on the rack, anything Unicorn related gets me super excited. The bottoms were £8 and the top was £6 and these little beauties were coming home with me!

Yes, more Disney, yay! I know I really don’t need any more pyjamas, but come on, what girl doesn’t want to lounge around in cute nightwear whenever they get the chance? Well I certainly do. So I picked up this cute Little Mermaid night dress for £5, perfect now the weather’s getting warmer.

I can be forgiven buying this gorgeous tote bag because most of the ones I own are in black, black, purple and more black. I wanted a bag that I could pair up with my summer outfits and this one seemed the perfect choice as I seem to have a lot of blush and pink in my wardrobe at the moment. At only £9, it’s a right old bargain!

What on earth possessed me to buy a scarf when we’re going into summer. I suppose the forever changing weather in the UK has something to do with it. This scarf is a pretty soft satin style with a beautiful floral design, so it’s light enough to pair with my blazers and T-shirts and brighten up an otherwise boring outfit. It was hanging on the sale rack and at only £2 it didn’t break the bank.

These are honestly the prettiest sunglasses I have ever seen, I already own similar pairs but these ones have mirrored lenses (not easy to photograph!) I did get a few funny looks as I got a tiny bit over excited when I saw these sunglasses. I just needed them in my life. £3 well spent.

How adorable is this beaker, yes it even has a unicorn especially for me. I have a travel coffee mug for taking my own coffee out with me and it’s been so useful, as well as saving me money. With this cute beaker I’ll be able to take juice out with me if it’s a hot day or to remind me to drink enough water when I’m at home. I could quite honestly have come home with every design Primark had on the stand, but then I’d be broke for the rest of the year. No, I was sensible and only spent £3 on this dome shaped mug with a straw.

I don’t really need to say anything about this wall hanging plaque, I’m guessing by now you’ll know how much I love it. It’s sooo cute, it’s a Unicorn, it’s pink and it’s mine! I should probably mention that it was only £1.50.

Believe it or not, I did actually pick up a few things that are going to be useful. I have long hair and own a cat who is forever malting, so this Lint roller with refill (£1.50) is going to be my best friend for picking up stray hairs from my clothes or bedding. I never seem to have enough coat hangers, so I picked up this pack of 5 coloured aluminium ones for £2.50. I’m forever getting through Sticky Notes (reduced to £1.00) to write myself little reminders and I love to make hand written letters to penpals look pretty with stickers and Washi Tape (£1.50).

One thing I didn’t need was this PS…Pro Blending Brush. I’d seen a lot of people saying how good it was  and it was just as lovely as the more expensive ones. So I decided to pick one up and give it a try. I haven’t put it to the test yet as I need to experiment on a day when I’m not leaving the house, just in case I don’t get on with it. Hmm, we shall see!

Have you been to Primark lately? What items did you buy? Or do you have another favourite high street store you love to shop in?

 

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April flew past in a flash, I know I say this every month but April seems to have gone quicker than any other month. There was so much going on in my life, mostly good stuff and I am a little late putting up this favourites post, I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

I’ve been trying out loads of fab new products and it’s been so hard to narrow it down to which ones I’ve been loving the most, I’ve changed my mind like a zillion times!

Anyway, I’ll stop waffling and get straight down to business.

After months of my feet being stuck inside tights or socks with ankle boots, my feet were probably not looking there best. As the warmer weather is just around the corner, and hopefully I can finally start wearing my new sandals, I’ve been giving my feet a little extra love and attention. A couple of times a week I’ve been using Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Foot Scrub to get rid of any dead, flaky skin especially around my heels and ankles. I’ve then applied Bare Foot Lavender and Mint Foot Cream, which not only smells incredible but leaves my feet feeling super soft. It also contains Tree Tree Oil to help soothe tired feet, so it’s great if you’re on your feet all day.

Staying on the subject of feet, I’ve been painting my toe nails just in case the sun does surprise me one day and for me I don’t wan’t my feet on show without a splash of colour, I really don’t like my nails bare if I’m wearing open toe shoes. I’m loving the cute pastel nail polishes from PoundLand as part of my mini at home pedicure. Lavender Cream and Popping Pink are just the prettiest colours ever! For a nail polish that only cost a £1, they are absolutely incredible, they dry super quick and last for ages before they start to chip.

I’ve been neglecting my hands a bit recently so when I saw one of my favourite hand treats was free with a magazine I gave in and bought it (one of my many weaknesses!). I’ve been using Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Hand Cream all month and it’s made my hands feel wonderfully soft again. I’ve been carrying it in my bag and applying it after my hands have been in water or when they just feel a bit dry. I’ve loved it so much that this one has run out, so it looks like I’ll be heading over to their website to order the full size product.

You may have seen these already over on my instagram, but I’m all about colour right now. I’m so in love with liquid lipsticks and for me NYX Liquid Suede has to be right up there at the top. The shade Run The World is a really vibrant purple and totally out of my comfort zone, but it is just a beautiful colour to wear and I’m trying to be even more daring with my makeup looks. The shade Pink Lust is a gorgeous bright fuschia which is probably more in keeping with what I’d normally wear and would look good day or night.. These are so lovely to apply, they don’t dry out my lips and last for ages after I’ve applied them.

 

I loved using Kat Von D Lock It foundation as part of my everyday makeup routine over this past month. Normally I’d have to apply a little extra foundation in the areas of my face that need a bit more coverage, but with this  one the first layer is more than enough to give me that flawless look. It feels so comfortable to wear, not heavy on my skin and it blends in so easily with my makeup sponge. I shall definitely be repurchasing this foundation and it’s going to be in my collection for quite a while yet!

I’ve finally got round to finishing Radical Self Help by Gala Darling. This book is not your typical self help book, it covers a range of topics but mainly self love and ways to bring positive energy into your life. Each chapter has a section of “homework” to do at the end, some of them I found fun and interesting to do. It made me look at areas of my life in a completely different way and learning how Tapping a body part can help you (no spoilers, sorry!). This book is absolutely brilliant, even if you’re a self help sceptic, I’d definitely recommend you read this book.

If you’ve seen my social media then you’ll already know how obsessed I’ve been with this New Look embroidered backpack ever since I got it, so I had to feature it in my monthly favourites. It’s so cute, the design has a Beauty and The Beast feel about it, which made me love it even more. It’s large enough for me to carry everything I need during the day and there’s a pocket either side for my essentials. I’ve been wearing it with a load of outfits such as the pink jacket I’m wearing in the photo and it looks great with my denim jacket too.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments down below.

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I simply adore having candles in my home, no matter what the season, I’ll make sure to stock up on them whenever I’m in a homeware store. They give my room a more cosy feel and I particularly love using anything with Lavender in, so this candle from Roam by 42 Pressed is absolutely perfect for when I want to feel calm and relaxed.

Roam 42 Pressed have a range of candles based on cities around the world and can be used for travelling as well as at home. I chose the London candle*, not only does it contain Lavandin, but London will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve travelled there on many occasions, creating so many wonderful memories. Each time I’ve been burning this candle it not only puts my mind in a happy place, it makes me think of what new adventures my life will take me on.

They are made from natural soy wax and the London candle contains notes of:

  • Lavandin
  • Black Pepper
  • Oak Moss
  • Labdanum

The scent is described as:

“The vibrant mist off the River Thames sets the tones for the days adventures. From the earthy aroma of Kensington Palace to the aura at Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Regal notes of lavender  and bright citrus mix with sharp spice; a bold mix of modern and traditional paring properly together in the cosmopolitan hub.”

It has a slightly more spicy fragrance than the sweeter lavender candles I’ve owned, however it smells incredibly divine. I’ve been burning this candle at any time of the day, not just the evening but when ever I’ve felt stressed or wound up, I have it burning beside me on the desk as I write this post. Even when it’s not lit I can’t help but give it a sniff to take in the beautiful scent.

I recently had a relative staying over from Canada and she would absolutely love the London candle* as a reminder of her visit to the UK.

I have to mention how gorgeous the packaging is, the cream textured paper with rose gold print making a simple glass jar look so pretty. Overall, I think this candle looks and smells beautiful and I just love having it lit in whichever room I’m in.

If you love anything travel related then you’l love the range of candles and prints that Roam by 42 Pressed have to offer, there’s one for London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. You can also find Roam by 42 Pressed on Twitter and Instagram.

Have you tried these candles? Let me know which fragrance would bring back memories for you and why.

 

Any products marked with a * have been gifted or sponsered, all opinions are my own.

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I love birthdays, whether it be my own or someone else’s. I enjoy planning a small party complete with balloons and birthday cake, but the best bit is seeing the smile on someone’s face when they open a gift that I have carefully chosen especially for them. Spring seems to be a busy time of year for me, looking in my diary I found I had quite a few friends and family members with birthdays all at the same time. When it’s my birthday, I tell everyone weeks before and give them some idea of what’s on my wish list, not everyone is like that, making it a bit harder to find the perfect gift. I had great fun shopping for suitable gifts for people who I know, and came across these goodies that may give you a little inspiration too.

  1.  L’Occitane gift sets* all smell absolutely divine, my favourite is the cherry blossom one, and the packaging is so pretty. They range from skincare, bodycare and fragrance, making wonderful treats for just about anyone who needs a little bit of pampering. the Moments of Pure Delight set, not only smells incredible but would be perfect to take on holiday, it contains 5 mini products including shower gel, conditioner, shampoo, bath foam and hand cream.
  2. I’ve fallen in love with this gorgeous pink and rose gold makeup brush set from IndyLuxe, who are a brand new company. The pearlescent unicorn set includes 8 different shaped brushes for highlighter, blusher, contouring and eyeshadow. They look so luxurious and would make a wonderful addition to any makeup lovers collection!
  3. This adorable Boudoir Old Romance Earring Holder from Lylia Rose would look amazing on any woman’s dressing table, it has a beautiful vintage finish and comes in duck egg blue. The frame is large enough to hang other necklaces or bracelets over the corners, as well as attaching earrings to the wire grid. Who wouldn’t want their favourite sparkles on show with something like this?
  4. This embroidered back pack from New Look has such a cute design on it and perfect for anytime not just Spring, I don’t know about a gift but I need it in my life too! It’s large enough to carry all your stuff around with you, either for work or Uni, plus it has a smaller pocket either side making them ideal for your mobile or keys.
  5. If you know someone who loves their make up, they’d be over the moon if they received the heart shaped makeup bag from Kat Von D/Too Faced. It includes four mini products (a lipstick, liquid lipstick, blusher and highlighter) and features the adorable dog design on either side.
  6. These mini gifts from The Body shop are just about the right size for sending in the post. I know quite a few beauty lovers who would be so pleased with the Shea Butter set, containing a body butter, shower gel and hand cream, leaving the skin and hair feeling beautifully soft and smooth.
  7. A friend who has just had a room makeover or moved house would absolutely love something to go with their new decor, like this pink fluffy cushion for her bed. It’s so cute but would look great almost any where, especially that chair in the corner that needs jazzing up.
  8. Who doesn’t love to luxuriate in the bathroom for a good few hours for a pamper session when they get the chance, one of my friends does this at least once a week and doesn’t surface until she’s done the full top to toe beauty treatment. She would be squealing with delight if I got her this Hello Gorgeous set from Lush, and she’d most probably use the pretty box for storage in her bedroom!

If you’re never too sure what to get someone then a gift card is always a winner, Amazon, iTunes, a restaurant or one for their favourite fashion store. possibly a subscription to the magazine they love to read every month on the bus to work.

I’m sure what ever you choose to give to someone on their birthday, they will absolutely love it!

Let me know your most favourite gift you’ve ever been given.

 

Any products marked with a * have been sponsored or gifted but all opinions are my own.
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It seems like forever since you had a day off and you know you should be doing all those chores that have built up over the week, but you just want to do something fun during those precious hours before your next shift begins. I know the feeling well!

Even when the weather is pretty dismal and I can’t get out, I still like doing fun things indoors, it stops me getting bored or grumpy and snapping at the first person I see.

So if you’re at home or want to get out and about, I have a few ideas that anyone can do to make your days off seem a little more enjoyable.

  1. Start a Scrapbook – use anything that makes you happy, photos, cut outs from magazines, quotes or cards.
  2. Colouring in – there are some great adult books about.
  3. Bring out some old photos and put them in an album.
  4. Read that book you’ve been meaning to start.
  5. Visit a museum or art gallery – great for inspiration.
  6. Go on a bike ride.
  7. Write a handwritten letter to someone.
  8. Start an art journal – don’t worry if you can’t draw, only you’re going to see inside it.
  9. Declutter your makeup drawer – you never know what’s lurking at the back.
  10. Create a new makeup look – now you know what products you’ve got after your declutter.
  11. Do a DIY project – there are loads of ideas on Pinterest.
  12. Make a mood board to hang on your wall – I used an old cork board and completely covered it with anything I could lay my hands on.
  13. Visit the library – I know it’s a bit old school but you don’t have to buy the books, so it saves you money, and once you’ve read the books, just swap them for new ones.
  14. Visit a friend or family member – you know the one you’ve been promising to have a catch up with for ages.
  15. Plan a party – who says it needs to be your birthday to invite all your friends round, why not make it a themed night?
  16. Bake something different – always baking cakes, trying making a savoury meal from scratch.
  17. Be a tourist in your own town – it’s amazing what little treasures you can find and you never knew they existed.
  18. Clear out your wardrobe – make way for a few cheeky purchases and donate your old stuff to charity.
  19. Try a new skill – learning a different language ready for your holidays, how to play an instrument or your way round the camera settings to improve your photography.
  20. Play a board game – yes, the traditional game from years ago, these will keep you entertained for hours.
  21. Go on a picnic – if the weather is nice enough, get out with a few friends and explore somewhere new, find a picturesque village or a beautiful walk by the river. Don’t forget your camera!
  22. Have a sleep over – get whoever comes along to each bring a different treat to eat, paint each other’s nails, stick on a movie and wear the cutest pjs ever.
  23. Start a photo a day challenge – it’s harder than you think!
  24. Visit an elderly neighbour – yes, they’ll chat to you for hours about their youth and offer you biscuits you can’t refuse, but having your company for a while will have brightened up their day.
  25. Visit an animal shelter – both of my dogs, Sandy and Cassie, were rescue dogs  and I’ve made crochet blankets for Woodgreen animal shelter.
  26. Have a room makeover – paint the walls a different colour, buy some cute cushions, trinkets and prints for the walls.
  27. Customise a jacket – check on Etsy for some cute patches or pins, it could be a whole new look for you.
  28. Make up a care package for a friend – know someone who’s not well, has a birthday coming up or generally needs cheering up, put together a few mini treats in a pretty box and send it through the post.
  29. Start a Diary – write whatever you want, poems, quotes, essays, your feelings, just let your thoughts run away and be in your own space for a while.
  30. Plan a visit to the seaside – either a day trip or a few days away, do all the things you only do by the sea, collect sea shells, walk along the pier, have cake in a quaint tea shop, run away from the tide and laugh like you’ve never laughed before.
  31. Have an at home pedicure – always painting your finger nails but forgetting your toes, show those feet some love and pop on your brightest nail polish.
  32. Watch a new T.V. series – all your friends are talking about it and you’ve been promising to watch it for ages, now’s the time to do it.
  33. Listen to a podcast – there are some hilarious ones out there.
  34. Plan a girls night out – drinks in the local or a trip to the cinema followed by pizza.
  35. Try a new hair style – go on, experiment, dig out those curlers you were given for Christmas but haven’t used yet, learn to French plait or dye your hair a completely different colour.

What Do you like to do over the weekend to have fun?

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