Thistle Hotel, Barbican London

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Last week, I ventured in to Central London for a one-night stay at the Thistle Hotel in Barbican. I invited Joanna along with me for a little girls night in session and it was so lovely just to chill, relax and have a pamper evening over loads of snacks and trashy TV. The hotel is tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the main street and easily accessible from both Barbican and Old Street underground station. The reception area is very clean and modern looking with super friendly staff at the desks. The room itself is quite large, yet cosy with a comfy bed, bathroom with a tub and nice little table for those who need an area for work. The hotel also has a pool and spa area which I didn't get to try out, but it looks amazing when I pop in to check it out. 

In the morning, we popped down to the dining area for breakfast before we both headed off to work and loved the selection of food they had on offer. Everything was freshly made and ordered in, we both pretty much rolled ourselves out of the hotel due to be too full. Overall, I had a lovely stay at the Thistle and would stay again in the near future.

Just a quick note to add, Thistle Hotels are currently still running their winter sale offer and the Barbican branch in particular have teamed up with energy expert, Oliver Gray to share some tips on how to get the best out of a girlie break. Here they are:
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Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes

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The most anticipated new brush collection has launched and having read mixed reviews throughout the weeks, I got the chance to try them out for myself and I can honestly say, I am team YAY on this one. 

An extension from the main collection, this is a more premium and luxurious range. Judging by the price, these are not for the faint-hearted and especially if you're already a huge of the main collection, you may find these a bit to pricey for your liking. However, the quality as a whole is on top form and everything from the colour of the handles down to the bristles is well put together and really gives these brushes that extra special something. 

I have the Triangle Foundation Brush (*), the Oval Shadow Brush (*) and the Angled Liner Brush (*). Having been a firm fan of the Buffing Brush from the Core Collection for a while, it did take some courage for me to move away and trial a new foundation brush, but I am impressed with the result. The bristles are a bit more dense, but it distributed the foundation well, especially round the nose and chin area. The eyeshadow brush is actually my favourite, the large, oval head picks up pigments well and spreads the shadow evenly. Lastly, the angled liner brush is perfect for use with gel or cream eyeliners. The slanted angle makes applying eyeliner super smooth and precise and can be used on the eyebrows too. I am definitely a huge fan of these brushes and would highly recommend checking them out if haven't. 

What are your thoughts on the Bold Metals brushes? Will you be trying them out?



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VIDEO: February Beauty Favourites

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I'm back with another beauty favourites video! I didn't actually try a lot of new products this month, but somehow this video is slightly longer than my usual ones, guess I waffle on too much. I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it.
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End Of Month Mini Reviews - February

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I Love Coconut Cream Super Soft Hand Lotion (*) - I am normally a coconut scent fan, but this hand lotion from I Love really didn't do it for me. The scent is super sweet, to the point where it's actually quite sickly. Apart from that, the texture is quite rich and was really moisturising on my hands, but I just can't get over how sweet the scent is which is a shame.

Fudge Urban Colour Hair Chalk in Festival Pink and Pumped Up Purple (*) - I'm looking to dye my hair purple again for the summer and these hair chalks have been satisfying my needs so far for coloured hair. They're easy to apply and last all day once sealed with a touch of hairspray. At £3.99 for one, it's super affordable and I may even pick up the white one soon to turn the bright ones in to a more pastel shade.

ecoTools Skin Perfecting Brush (*) - I love ecoTools brushes and this one is no exception, it's just as amazing as all the others that I've tried. Designed for use with BB/CC creams, the angled edge is ideal for areas such as around the nose and under the eyes. It also helps that the bristles are super soft as with all the other brushes from the range and is cruelty-free.

Pouty Lipzz Lip Serum (*) - I was actually really surprised with the result of this lip serum. I have tried plumping lip glosses before and none of them ever worked for me, so being a skeptical, I gave this try and actually loved it! There was a slight tingling sensation upon application, but it wasn't uncomfortable at all. My lips appeared fuller and plumper pretty much instantly.

MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl - Described as a creamy, neutral beige with a cremesheen finish. This shade is actually a mix between a beige pink and beige peach, in certain lights, it looks more peach than anything, but you can see the slight pinkness that runs through it. The texture is soft and supple and it applies beautifully. It lasted a good fours hours on and definitely one of my faves to add to the collection.

Have you tried any of these products before?
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Holiday Inn, York

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Having had an amazing stay at the Holiday Inn, Paris last December, I had the pleasure of experiencing another great stay, but this time, in York. Close to York Racecourse and only two miles from York City Centre, the hotel is set in leafy grounds with plenty of complimentary parking. The room itself was spacious and came complete with a sofa, flat screen TV, a comfortable bed and toiletries. The hotel also has it's own restaurant which I didn't get the chance to sample, but having had a little look through the menu, there was a lot of variety which is great. Driving in to the town centre took roughly fifteen minutes, but parking did cost a bomb, the great thing about this hotel is, you can get a direct bus to the city centre right outside the hotel and it only costed a mere £1.20 (bargain compared to London bus prices!). The breakfast area was really lovely and quiet, which meant you could enjoy a nice start to the day with either a full English or continental breakfast. The staff were very friendly and super speedy in helping us with our room and talking us through all the in's and out's of York which was really helpful. Overall, I had another lovely stay at the York Holiday Inn and would recommend it if you're looking for an affordable hotel up North with great service and facilities.


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Desk Side Beauty Essentials

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If like me, you spend most of the day glued to your desk in front of the computer churning out work, then desk side beauty essentials are a must. I can never be without a good set of products to not only keep me looking refreshed (for those unexpected visits *inserts winky eye emoji*), but also to hydrate my skin, especially when the air conditioning/central heating is on full blast. In today's post, i I have rounded up my current desk side beauty essentials and trust me, there are some good un's in there.

I'll start off with the skin stuff and I'm sure you'll all agree that every desk needs a good hand cream. I currently have Le Couvent Des Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer (*) in my draw, it's a lightweight cream with amazing moisturising properties. My hand always feel super soft after using this and it really protects my skin against the cold. I also keep a face cream handy, sometimes I get dry patches on my skin due to weather change and the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream is perfect for hydration as well as general use. Last on the skin menu is a new addition, I have heard a lot of Paw Paw balm and recently picked up the Dr Paw Paw Multi-Purpose Soothing Balm. It's a really nice alternative to the my usual Vaseline as it contains fermented Paw Paw (Papaya) and is super soothing on my skin. I use it for my lips, dry parts on my body as well as the ends of my hair, it's one of the best multi-purpose balms that I've tried and isn't too expensive either.

Next, let's talk hair, I currently have a bottle of Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray (*) sitting firmly on my desk for those moments when I need a bit of shine boost, it also helps that smells absolutely amazing. Lastly, on to make up bits, a bit of bronzer is a must, my current favourite is Soap & Glory's Solar Powder, a light swirl of this is enough to give me a lovely, warm glow that lasts. For eyes and lips, Bareminerals Lash Domination Mascara (*) and MUA's Sheen Lip Balms (*) are keeping my peepers bright and my lips coloured and hydrated. I'm always desk side ready.

What are your desk side beauty essentials?

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OUTFIT - If Only

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Dress - River Island
Boots - Zara (similar here)

Sometimes, the simplest of outfits can turn out to be the most stylish ones of all. That's how I feel with this grey boucle dress from River Island teamed with some classic black heeled boots from Zara. Just two items and it creates my perfect kinda casual/glam look. The dress is actually made of a thick type of material, so it kept me warm on a blustery winter's day. As for the boots, I nabbed them during Zara's winter sale and they're just super comfy when worn, definitely one of my go-to boots to smarten up my day to day outfits.

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VIDEO: This Or That Tag

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I haven't done a tag video in absolutely ages, so when I was tagged by the lovely Chantelle from The Girl In The Tartan Scarf to do the This Or Tag Tag, I jumped at the chance. I really hope you enjoy the video and make sure you check out Chantelle's video and channel too!

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Bloggers Block

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Lately, blogging hasn't really been doing it for me. I feel detached from it all, I feel that my content isn't good enough, not creative enough and not "in" enough. It's such a fast-paced industry that I often struggle to keep up, although I do give it my best shot at all times. I guess this is the the first time I am experiencing what all bloggers know as "bloggers block". Whereby you just have nothing to produce and even when you do, it's not something you enjoy reading yourself. The question for me now is, shall I take a break? And trust me, I am not one for breaks, I barely ever take them (apart from my lunch break), I have FOMO. But I know of a few bloggers who have taken breaks and have come back so much more revitalised and energised and ready to take on the world. Maybe it is what I need at this point in life, maybe I just need to slow down and stop worrying about whether I have a post ready for the day or not and just produce quality content rather than quantity. Let's go with that shall we? Catch you on the flip side!
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