Just A Check In

Hey guys,

This is just a really brief post to let you know that I’m flying to India tomorrow and won’t have anyway to write or post blog posts out there (it’s a ranger trip. No phones allowed etc!) but when I get back you can bet there will be so so so many because I have so many ideas! 

Can’t wait to start writing again and I hope your summer is fab!

Thanks for reading (if anyone still is, it’s been a  while so you might have all given up on me!)

Love Alice x

Brew and Brownie

Recently I went for lunch with my Mum at Brew and Brownie in York and it was SO GOOD!! Really too good not to share on here!

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The cafe is on Lendal in York right opposite the Archive Library and Museum Gardens, which is one of my favourite areas of York. The outside of the cafe just looks so appealing and friendly, not to mention all the cakes in the window drawing me in!! I also love the shop sign and logo a lot. I didn’t get to try their American pancake stack but I’ve heard they’re so so so good and a woman next to me had one and it looked delish.

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As you can see it is beautiful inside too, I love the brick tiles, the jar lights and the rustic wood surfaces so much! The atmosphere was also lovely and the staff working there were sososo friendly.

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I had Smashed Avocado and Bacon on Sourdough Toast and Crunchie Brownie and it was IIIIINNNNCREDIBLE. I could just do with one of those brownies right now. The smashed avo was delicious and another thing I noticed, looking at my food and everyone else’s, it’s all beautifully presented. It even had fancy purple leaves on top of the smashed avo! The crunchie brownie was also delicious, so gooey and sticky which I think is how they should be. And even though they were so chocolatey they weren’t sickly. Perfect! I was also looking at the Oreo Brownies but I’ve made them before myself so I decided to go for something a bit different, but as you can see they also look amazing!

A Couple of Skin Saviours

Recently my skin has been awful with a capital A. It’s been so dry and dehydrated and I have been desperate to fix it so I’ve been hunting for things that might work.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme (£14)

I came across this moisturiser in a little independent pharmacy in my local town and the things it says on the tube sounded promising so I bought it. Bioderma is a brand that I have never used before but I have heard a lot of good things about their micellar waters so I thought it would be worth giving a go. The moisturisers I’ve used in the past have always been a bit meh, they were never quite right and most of them either broke me out or left my skin feeling soft but tight which I HATE! Although the moisturiser says it is for normal to combination skin, it is so so hydrating and makes my skin feel really soft, smooth and best of all, no dry patches! I also love that the tube has a pump on it, not just a squeezy tube.

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£6)

I have never used a serum before but I heard saw Fleur De Force talk about this brand and how it works (you can watch her video here) and I thought it sounded like what my skin might need so I gave it a go. Let me tell you, I love this stuff. Although the combination of this and the moisturiser above are what has helped my skin I reckon most of it is down to this, and it’s so affordable! It feels like I’m giving my skin a long drink when I put this on and you only need a tiny amount too! Seriously love!!

Thanks so much for reading!

 

 

 

Frustration, Feeling Trapped and Dreams and Aspirations

Recently I’ve been feeling very trapped and frustrated by school and work and the area where I live.

I live in a small village in the countryside and to get to any town it’s at least a 15 minute drive. Slight problem no. 1, I can’t drive yet. Slight problem no. 2, my parents are not a taxi service (although they do their best for clubs etc.). Slight problem no.3, there are no buses to or from my village. So you can probably see why I feel trapped. I’m sure a lot of people my age have this problem and feel frustrated so I’m not alone but at the moment all my head is screaming is I WANT TO GO SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE, WHERE THINGS HAPPEN!

School is also making me feel trapped. Don’t get me wrong I quite enjoy school, I can see my friends, I enjoy (most) of the subjects I’m doing but I’ve been in this routine for 8 years of my life and that might not seem long but it feels agesssss and I’m honestly a bit bored of it. The work load for A-level is so much and although I was expecting it to be hard, I just have no motivation to do any of it. Par exemple, right now I should be doing my french homework or revising for mocks which are in two weeks (crap!) but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Even getting bad grades doesn’t give me a kick up the bum to get going anymore.

Another reason for feeling trapped right now is because I’m a dreamer. Always have been, always will be. At the moment the place I want to be is London. I think about it everyday and my friends and family are probably sick of hearing me talk about it but it’s where I want to be more than anything. Another big dream is to study makeup artistry and because I’m getting bored of studying what I’m studying at the moment, it leads me to constantly think about what I’d rather be doing. Another thing constantly on my mind is TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL. I want to see the world so badly. I follow so many amazing Instagrammers and YouTubers who go to incredible places and I just wish I could get on a plane at the drop of a hat. Having said that, I am going to India this summer with my Ranger unit which I’m hoping will be loads of fun, watch out for a blog post coming your way!

I think that is the end of my rant/vent. I any of you feel like this, let me know, let’s have a chat about it in the comments?!

Thanks for reading

Love Alice x

A Chilled Night In

I thought I’d run you through the products I use to have a pamper night because having time to yourself to relax is really important especially if you’re feeling low after the festive season is over.

The first thing I like to do is have a bath because they are just the ULTIMATE relax, physically (so nice fore aching muscles) and mentally to just block everything out, Personally I like to watch a bit of YouTube in the bath or read a book.

In the Bath

Lush Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

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Zoella Sugar Dip and Pretty Polished

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Out of the bath

Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion; Simple Moisturising Facial Wash; Nivea Makeup Remover; Pixi Glow Tonic; The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Lotion

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Another little treat you can add for extra pamper is some chocolate (I definitely did!)

Hope you enjoyed reading! I’m hoping to have a few more blog posts up soon and a pretty exciting on mid-February if all goes to plan!!

Thanks for reading

Love Alice x

 

 

An Update

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t posted in ages, I’ve just been so busy and weighed down with school work. A-levels are hard!! I have a blog post that I want to put out but at the moment my laptop is broken so I haven’t been able to write it or upload the photos. When that is fixed I really want to get back to my blog. I miss it! Hopefully there will be a post from me soon.

Hope you all had a great Christmas too and that you have a great New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2017!

As always, thanks for reading and your support!

Love, Alice x

Elegant Touch Nails

I’ve been wanting to try false nails for a while now since Zoe (Zoella) included them in a favourites video and yesterday I picked up some Elegant Touch ones in Boots and I thought I’d give them a go. Here are my thoughts…

Firstly they are so easy to apply, just brush on the glue and press the nail on for 4 seconds, the glue dries so quickly! Secondly they look so good because they are thinner near the nail bed so they just blend upwards from the cuticle. They are also so comfortable to wear because they’re really flexible and fit to the shape of your nail really well. The colour I got is the Polished Garnet ones because I liked the autumnal look of the wine red colour but there are so many more interesting colours and designs which I want to try, they even have rose gold metallic ones! The only thing I would say about them is that if you have smaller nails you might find it hard fitting them because, and especially on the thumb nail, they are quite wide. I also had to trim down the nail on my thumb because it looked too long but they look completely fine when they’ve been trimmed and filed down.

 

Sisley Skincare Review

I have been trying the Sisley skincare that was i the box I was sent for my birthday a while ago and let me tell you, it is so luxurious!

Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk with White Lily – £70

This cleanser claims to clean deeply but gently and remove makeup and impurities and I would completely agree with that. My skin feels so clean and soft after using this. Lyslait maintains the balance in dry and sensitive skin which I love because my skin is always so dry and dehydrated so any extra moisture I can get is so good! The White Lily extract is meant to create a sensation of comfort and leave the skin feeling luminous, supple, and soft and it definitely does, my skin glows the day after using this.

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Sisley Floral Toning Lotion – £61.50

The Floral Toning Lotion for removing makeup completely and cleansing the skin and this toner does leave the skin feeling so clean and clear. The extracts of rose, cornflower, and Witch Hazel soothe and soften the skin which makes it so good for dry, sensitive skin and I love how hydrating this is especially along with the Lyslait cleanser.

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Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Balm – £81.50

Personally I just use this balm around my eye area because I don’t need it round my lips but I love it just for that. The combination of tomato phytostimulines and vegetable proteins in the eye balm are really good for treating under-eye puffiness and smoothing and moisturising the skin around the eyes. It is supposed to help to protect the delicate skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (I can’t test this yet but it probably does a great job because it’s so hydrating!). It freshens up your eyes because the gel like texture is so cooling and it makes you feel so much more awake in the morning.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Will you treat yourself to a product from the Sisley counter?

Thanks for reading!

Alice x

 

 

Sephora Haul – France 2016

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, I hadn’t quite anticipated how busy I was going to be. I literally only had a week free but I’ve had an amazing time despite the busyness!

For my holiday this year I went to France with my family and I was desperate to visit a Sephora this time as we don’t have it here in the UK, and  I went! It was so cool to go and see what they had and I picked up few bits which I’m going to show you in this post. Get excited for all the Sephora beautifulness *heart eye emojis*

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette has the most gorgeous colours in it and the eyeshadows have such good pigmentation. There is the perfect mix of shimmers and mattes and I JUST LOVE THIS PALETTE. Not to mention the packaging if beaut too.

Sephora PRO Airbrush #55

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I bought this on recommendation from HelloOctober (who if you don’t read or watch on YT, you should) and this is probably the softest brush I’ve ever felt and is perfect for blending in concealer and foundation but also applying bronzer, blush and highlight. A perfect all rounder.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Watermelon Slice 09

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First of all, I love this colour but I didn’t realise how bright it was and I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to wear it. The consistency is really nice and once it’s set it isn’t going anywhere but it is very bright!

Formula X Nail Color Ignite

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This is a perfect nail colour for autumn. I love when you can start whipping out the reds and berry purples and this is the perfect berry/wine red. It applies really smoothly too and stays on for about 5 without a topcoat, even longer with one!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it might havegiven you some things to add t your Sephora shopping list!

Thanks for reading!

Love Alice x