Sunday, 30 July 2017

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2017

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2017
It's almost that time of year again. A time when the festivals are almost over but there's that one to look forward to. Reading and Leeds. Last year was my first year at R & L and I have to say, I had a blast. Standing there on a sunny bank holiday, beer in hand and surrounded by thousands of people who were there, like me, to listen to some of the best music around. 

Sadly I'm not going to either of the festivals this year but just like last year, I'm going to round up my top picks for who to check out at Reading and Leeds this year. 

Kasabian | I have to admit, I've never been a huge Kasabian gal but after I caught then on Jools Holland a few months ago showcasing 'You're In Love With A Psycho', it's really made me want to go out and see them tour.

Mallory Knox | I don't think there will ever be a festival where I don't recommend seeing these guys. As I've said many times before, I love their sound, I love their energy and they're such a bloody good band to see.

Korn | I mean, it's Korn.

You Me At Six | I can't believe that I've never seen You Me At Six live when I loved them so much throughout my teenage years. I didn't manage to catch their 'secret set' last year but they're gracing the festival again and I think they're one to watch.

PVRIS | I've been absolutely loving PVRIS over the past year and let's face it, Lyndsey is life. They're such a great band and I seem to love everything they release.

MistaJam | Why the hell not?

Billy Talent | I'd never listened to Billy Talent before reading Joe's blog which is crazy because they're bloody fantastic. Afraid of Heights is such a great album and if you've never heard them before I'd highly recommend giving them a listen.

Jimmy Eat World | I absolutely love Jimmy Eat World and Bleed American was such a good album. I featured them in my 'bands to see live' post and I stand by what I say, they're great.
Are you heading to one of the festivals this year? Who's your favourite on the line up?


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Eight Ways to Use Eight Hour Cream

Eight Ways to Use Eight Hour Cream
We all have that beauty product that we reach for time and time again. We reach for it because we know what it does and we know that it works and whether it's your favourite mascara or a skin-changing serum, these two things are absolutely key.

That product, for me, is Eight Hour Cream. The Skin Protectant to be specific.

I first tried this cream just over a year ago. I was travelling to America and realised at the airport that I'd left all of my skincare at home. I'd heard of the Eight Hour Cream on blogs before and by chance, found a 'starter pack' of Elizabeth Arden skincare in duty free. From then on I was hooked.

In all honestly, I love every product I've tried from Elizabeth Arden but this one just seems like the holy grail. It's the one I go back to over and over and the one I recommend to anyone who asks. This cream has made a bit of a comeback on blogs recently and it's amazing to see how many different ways it can be used. So,without further ado, today I thought I'd tell you the eight ways I like to use eight hour cream.

Dry Skin I wouldn't use this as an all body moisturiser but it's great for dry patches. I mostly find myself using the tiniest bit on my nose and around the perimeter of my face.

Tough Skin There is no better feeling than swiping Eight Hour Cream over your hard working hooves to make them soft again. You don't even need a lot, a little bit goes a long way.

Lips Eight Hour Cream is an absolute lip saver (see what I did there) in the winter months or to be honest, whenever your lips are feeling a little dry and in need of TLC. The Lip Repair from the same line is also a great option.

Stubborn Patches I'm not an avid fake tan user but when I do, I always make sure to put this on my elbows, knees and ankles for a few minutes before hand. I make sure to wipe it off before applying.

Cuticles Before giving myself an at-home mani, I like to massage this into my cuticles to make sure they're soft as can be.

Minor Burns You know the burns I mean where you catch your ear on the straighteners or accidentally touch your hand on a baking tray - basically a burn that doesn't need dressing or medical attention. I dab a little bit of this on after I've ran it under a tap.

Brows On the days when I'm not wearing an ounce of make up, I use Eight Hour Cream as a brow gel. You'd be surprised but it actually does a really good job of grooming them and keeping them in place.

Chapped Skin/Chafing/Peeling I've used Eight Hour Cream in the past when my legs have been chafing and it's never disappointed. It's not only soothing but I find it makes the healing process so much easier. Same for peeling, it works wonders on re-hydrating and repairing the skin.

I'd love to know if you use Eight Hour Cream and what your holy grail products are! 



Friday, 21 July 2017 / Troon, UK

What To Eat, Drink & Do in Troon

What To Eat, Drink & Do in Troon
Sitting peacefully on the west coast of Scotland is my favourite little seaside town, Troon. Known for its famous golf course and stunning beach, it's the perfect place for a quiet getaway.

Over the last ten years, I've spent a lot time in Troon because some of my closest family members live there. As a teenager, I'd save every penny just to go up for the weekend and have fun. As the years have gone by, Troon has become more of an escape for me and I've really began to appreciate how quiet and lovely it is. Unlike usual travel recommendations telling you how to stay busy for a week in a bustling city, this one is going to give you some ideas for what to do when you want to relax and take a trip to the coast. 


The South Beach Hotel, 73 South Beach, Troon The South Beach Hotel is a lovely family run hotel right on the seafront and naturally, offers amazing views across the sea. It's popular with golfers and is often booked up so get in fast. 

AirBnb, Anywhere you like There are so many amazing AirBnb's in Troon, we actually stayed in one on Wellbeck Crescent last time we were up. There's everything from family homes to holiday apartments and in my experience, they're all reasonably priced. 

Premier Inn, Kilmarnock Road, Ayr If you like to stick to what you know, there is a Premier Inn situated a few miles down the road at Prestwick Airport. If you're not driving, it may seem far out at first but there is a train station close by and taxis are only around £10. 


Scotts, Troon Yacht Haven If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that Scotts is my absolute favourite spot for breakfast. It serves the best Scottish breakfast with an amazing view over the marina. It's part of the Buzzworks chain which has several restaurants in the Ayrshire area. If you head here, make sure you ask for a seat in the conservatory. 

The Golf Inn, Prestwick, 154 Main Street, Prestwick Technically this isn't in Troon but it's an absolute must if you love a properly cooked steak. It may not look like much from the outside but every time I visited Troon with my parents, we would all go out for a family meal and devour the most mouth watering steaks. 

Any fish & chip shop, Everywhere I don't know what it is but eating fish and chips from by the sea is so much nicer. There are a number of different chippys around Troon and I've not heard a bad thing about one of them. Yum.


Lido, 11 West Portland Street, Troon Lido is also part of the Buzzworks chain and is perfect for a cocktail in the evening. It's decorated so lovely and the service is fantastic. They offer a classic selection of cocktails and it's a must visit if you fancy dressing up a little. 

7 Saints, 3-5 The Cross, Prestwick Like The Golf, this bar isn't in Troon but it's great one to check out if you're looking for something more lively. They have a crazy selection of drinks from cocktails in bath tubs to shots in shotgun shells. They also have an amazing burger kitchen!


South Beach, Troon South Beach is absolutely swarmed in the summer months and it's clear why. It's beautiful. The sand is clean and soft and the water is crystal clear. The beach spans pretty much the whole town center so it's a good walk if you're looking to occupy yourself outdoors. 

Isle Of Arran It's super easy to get to Arran from Troon and it's been something I've been dying to do for years. You can catch the ferry from Adrossan just around the corner and they run there and back a few times a day. I'd love to climb Goat Fell or just take a drive around the Isle because the scenery looks stunning.

Golf at the Royal Troon, Craigend Road Troon If golf is your thing, you can't visit Troon without playing on the Royal Troon golf course. It's held competitions such as the open and runs the length of the beach. The views must be absolutely stunning.

There you have it, my recommendations for things to do and places to stay if you're ever in Troon. I'd love to know if you've been before or if you'd consider visiting in the future!


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Things I Text My Best Friend In The Past Fortnight

Things I Text My Best Friend In The Past Fortnight

'What do girls really talk about?' Is a question I get asked by my guy friends a lot. I'm not sure why but they seem to think our WhatsApp conversations are full of bitching, plotting revenge and periods. Let's be honest, they're not half wrong but after reading Gwennan's post on the things she's text her dad over the past fortnight I couldn't help but look through the conversations between me and my best gal pal, Bethan.

Now, some of the things we say to each other span from damn right hilarious to things that definitely shouldn't be shared with anyone else but I thought, what the heck. People want to know what girls really talk about and I'm going to show them. Let's go!

'We had a Snapchat filter in workkkkkkk'

'Which driving instructor did that girl have a baby with?'

'It's casual drinks but whoever is wasted can go to Liquid'

'Why is she such a stinge, like always wants stuff for free'

'Burgers, sausages, baps/rolls, anddddddd cheese. Maybe kebabs? Minted lamb?'

'We were only in Revs for half an hour, same for Kuckoo'



'I was legit nearly sick. Legit choked on my drink. How dare he even reply.'

'Things ALWAYS get out'

'Why are they such hoes?'

'I sized up in the shorts that I bought but that should be fine'

'Sluts galore'

'I was like "Mate, your life gets more unbelievable by the day"' 

'The back of that is like knickers, I don't think it's races appropriate' 

'He said he was sleeping with a guy on that estate, this is his Snapchat map, dya think it's a coincidence?' 

'I wish I was in so I could have heard about it myself'

'Ugh, dirty hoes' 


'I don't know whether to come in. [My manager] said I can and just sit at my desk but like, can I be assed?'

'Is my charger in the box or at your desk?'

'Are you gonna get merry?'

'Oops soz' 

Flicking through our messages to find these gave me a right giggle, we actually talk so much shit that it's unbelievable - I also use the term 'hoes' a lot. These messages are taken out of context and we're definitely not as bitchy as this seems but still, they're a laugh and they're a little insight into the things we chat about.


If you decide to recreate this post, be sure to tag Gwennan because I'm sure she'd love to see it!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Getting Races Ready

For the races this year I was basically looking for that flawless base and a clean contour. I wore an all black outfit so I wanted a bold lip, a little flush of colour on the cheeks and a small amount of highlight for a natural glow.

I firstly cleansed with my Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference cleanser and followed with L'Oreal's Hydra Genius. This cleanser offers such a good base for makeup and the Hydra Genius has been a favourite over the last month or so.

Moving on to makeup I started with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer in my t-zone and in the pores. I've been making a conscious effort not to skip this step recently as it really does make a difference. Next is a relatively new step in my makeup routine - Contouring before my foundation. I know this isn't revolutionary but it is for me. I use the contour shade from the Smashbox Contour Sticks in the hallows of my cheeks, on my forehead and in my temples and after that I added a small amount of Dew The Hoola to my hairline for a natural finish. I added a spritz of De-Slick setting spray and moved on to my foundation.

Another new for me is the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I've seen Fleur de Force rave about this for years but never believed the hype until I picked it up a little over a month ago. I absolutely love it, it's so buildable and gives such a natural finish. I used the concealer from the same range to cover my dark circles and blemishes and finished off with a dusting of the new Rimmel Insta Fix powder. This powder is a lot more matte than I would have usually gone for but as I needed my makeup to hold well for at least 9 hours, I knew it's what I had to do.

To finish the face off, I first added some Hoola Bronzer into the hallows of my cheeks, under my jawline and around the temples to compliment the contour. Then, to give myself a healthy and youthful glow, I flushed my cheeks with the gorgeous Galifornia which left me with enough radiance to not need highlighter.

As I mentioned earlier I wanted to my eyes to look clean and classic. I opted to run a light warm tone from my Morphe 35F pallet through my crease to compliment my bronzer and then used a slightly darker colour as a discreet cut crease. I then added a light shimmery shade onto the centre of my lids for a youthful, more awake look and also made sure to put this in my inner corners to make my eyes pop.

I moved on to my go-to Collection Fast Stroke liner to give me the sharp wings that I wanted and made sure to tight line my upper lash line so there was no skin showing. I used the waterproof Lash Sensational to ensure my mascara would stay on my eyes all night.

Lastly I filled my brows in with NYXs Tame and Frame brown pomade and finished them off with Gimme Brow for definition. I cleaned up around the edges of my brows with the Match Perfection concealer for a sharper look but I left the inner thirds so they didn't appear drawn on. I also added some of the Fleur De Force Fleur Loves lashes over top. Simple yet effective.

Last but not least, my lips of the evening. As I was going for a classic look, I knew it had to be a red lip but I needed something that was going to see me through endless glasses of wine and cocktails. After adding a few pats of the Eight Hour Lip Repair, I chose the red shade from the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner range because it gives such smooth and creamy base but doesn't allow the colour on top to bleed. This colour is also opaque enough that if you wish to over line your lips, you can do seamlessly. Over top, I opted for the staple Ruby Woo from MAC. It's matte enough to not dry your lips out but enough to allow everything to stay in place. I finished with another spritz of De-Slick to make sure everything stayed in place.

To summarise, my look was a classic winged liner with a red lip and sculpted cheeks. I absolutely loved this look and received so many compliments on the night.
Let me know if you enjoyed this style of post because I'd love to do more in the future.  


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