Saturday, 28 June 2014

How To: Nutella Hot Chocolate

I am a massive fan of Nutella, I could honestly eat a whole tub if I was allowed! I am also a massive fan of hot chocolate so why not mix my two loves?

How I made it: 
I got my awesome Hello Kitty mug and filled it to the top is semi-skimmed milk, I poured the milk into a saucepan which was on a medium heat (3 on my cooker) I then used two tablespoons of Nutella as I wanted it very chocolately, I allowed the Nutella to melt a little before stirring and putting the heat up to 5. After stirring for two minutes it was time to pour it back into my mug and ready to drink. 

If you don't want to do it on the saucepan you can do it in the microwave. First heating the milk then adding Nutella and heating it further. Timings would depend on your microwave. You can also make this with water if you want a less creamy drink. The water would just replace the milk and can be done with both methods but you would need to make sure you leave the water on the hob and bring to a boil.
 As you can see it leaves a skin around the mug which is a bit of a nightmare when doing the washing up. I wouldn't leave it too long as it really stains.

Have you tried Nutella Hot Chocolate?
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Summer Tag

 I spotted that Georgina from Makeup-Pixi3 wrote a summer tag and I wanted to join in. Here are my answers. 

1.  What's your favourite thing about Summer?
My favourite thing about summer is having free time to spend with my friends and family. For me, summer means holidays, bbqs, drinking cider and long nights doing nothing.

2.  Do you have a favourite Summer drink?
I love drinking an ice cold cider in summer. My favourite are Rekorderlig, Kopparberg and Somersby Cider. 

3.  Is there a location you like to go to each Summer?
I change my holiday destination every summer. I have been Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Morocco. Three years in a row now I have been to Spain so I guess there. But in England my favourite place would be just walking round central London with my friends. 

4.  Favourite makeup look for Summer?
Very simple. Mascara, Eyebrows and lipgloss. Summer is too hot to have a full face of make-up.

5.  Dresses or skirts?
I'm not a fan of dresses or skirts. I am always in leggings really but if I had to pick a dress, mainly a maxi or midi dress.

6.  Sandals or ballet pumps?
Sandals for me. I love my Primark sandals. I get a new pair every year. I think I've had every colour. You'd normally catch me in trainer though. 

7.  Do you prefer to wear your hair up or down for Summer?
I get too hot during summer to have my hair down, my hair grows bigger during the day haha I always tie it up.

8.  Deep smokey eyes or bold lips?
Bold lips, I am really into red lipstick at the moment!

9.  Favourite perfume for Summer?
I love Chanel - Chance. My favourite perfume by far. It is perfect for summer.

10.  Last but not least, favourite music for Summer?
As I go on clubbing holidays I often get given my song for the summer. It would be a summer club anthem. 

Have you done the summer tag yet?
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Holiday Hair & Beauty

I've already been on three holidays this year and we are only in June with a holiday next month (20days) and my final holiday of the year in October I thought it was about time I did a holiday inspired post around hair and beauty. 
Getting my hair done in Greece
 When going on holiday I ALWAYS go to the hairdressers the day before or day I am going depending on my flight. I'll get a 'wash, cut & blow dry' and often a free treatment will be thrown in. This allows my hair to have the best chance when in the sun. Many people when going on holiday go for the 'beach waves' looks but my weakness is my GHD hair straighteners, I could not live without them and could easily use them twice a day. I like my hair to be nice and straight on holiday, no frizz and easy to manage as I don't have time to do my full hair routine. In an ideal world I'd love to have a fish tail plait but my hair isn't long enough at the moment after having so much cut off so I have to stick to a boring down look.
I am looking to invest in a new pair of GHDs and I've been looking at the GHD V Gold Max Styler with FREE ghd Thermal Protect Roll Bag
 I have only recently been told about K√©rastase and I was excited to see they do a hair after sun product. You can get K√©rastase Bain Apres-Soleil 250ml from Regis Salons for £16. The benefits are that Bain Apres-Soleil eliminates the build up of protection products, sand, salt and chlorine present on the scalp allowing hair to stay beautiful, soft and colour radiant. I also get an irritated scalp when I am on holiday and would love to try Mizani Comfiderm Scalp Oil 50ml which is only £8.75 and made for Afro hair. The oil is formulated with jojoba and avocado oil. This helps to replace all the moisture that leaves your hair, it also helps towards stopping flaking and itchy scalp.

 With all the sun my skin gets really damaged, I wouldn’t recommend it but I never wear suntan lotion till the last day of my holiday when I am now burnt and peeling and in Greece my face, for the very first time, got affected. I like the look of Sothys Micro-Gel Peeling 50ml  which is £23.50 and Sothys Hydradvance Comfort Cream 30ml which is £49. The micro-gel gently exfoliates the skin without major scraping of the outer layers while the Hydradvance Comfort Cream hydrates your skin to leave it comfortable, supple and protected around the clock.

When I am on holiday I like to keep my beauty routine to a minimum. I will go away with gel or acrylic nails, false lashes a full body wax and my eyebrows on point. I couldn't live without my pre-holiday beauty routine. It instantly makes me feel beautiful therefore boosting my confidence and allows me to wake up each day knowing I don't need to spend hours shaving, plucking and gluing. 
What are your beauty and hair routines for a holiday abroad?
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

ILWF sale

Have you seen the ILWF sale items?! My friend and I almost died! So many beautiful clothes at amazing prizes. She pretty much lives in ILWF clothes. Here is our joint wish list of items from the sale.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
 My favourite item from the sale is the LOVE Black And Blush Checkered Scoop Back Tea Dress which was £38 but now £19 which is a £19 (50%) saving. My friend's favourite is the LOVE Brown And Beige Animal Print Woven Skater Dress which was £40 but now £10 which is a £30 (75%) saving.
Have you checked out the ILWF sale?
What are your favourite items? 
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Monday, 16 June 2014

Round up of MyTravels

So I have not blogged in a week and as you would have seen this is due to the fact I was away in Greece from 5th June - 12th June. I had an amazing time and even took a day trip to Bodrum, Turkey. I wanted to share some of my pictures with you guys before I start getting back into the blogging flow.
I am going to have a very busy week as I have a new job in a clothing store but I am sure I'll find the time to share some stuff with my readers whom have stuck by me even when I am not blogging! I came home to so many amazing comments and views that I just didn't expect. 

Sunrise the morning we went to Turkey

No Mcds in Kos. Had to eat it in Turkey!

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Primark feather manicure set

I spotted this set in Primark for £1 and I picked it up for the manicure sticks and top coat more than anything but I thought I'd try the set out before I put it to one side and only used what I wanted. 
Top: Two coats of silver Bottom Left: Feather on and cut Bottom Right: Top coat over the feather.

I was very much surprised how much I liked this set. It works very well. I am yet to use it on my own nails I'll do a full review once I have but so far I am very pleased with my £1 purchase. 
Have you tried this set before?
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Saturday, 7 June 2014

14things//for2014 update #2

Original Post | update #1

1. Do an assignment as soon as I get it 
I tried again this semester and I may write like 500+ words then forget about it till the last minute and this nearly made me fail! The university site was down the whole day and I couldn't log on to submit my work or email my lecturers that this was the case, I finally submitted my work at 11:50pm which is 9minutes before the deadline. I am never doing that again, but on the other hand I handed in a 4 section assignment over a month before it was due so I guess I've stuck to this.

2. Get a 1st at university.  

I've honestly struggled this semester! This is because this semester has been marketing and economics, both of which I dislike. I got a first in a group assignment, I didn't even know you could do that haha because we were such a diverse group, we could never meet up as people had kids and had to work to pay rent and stuff it was a hard few weeks but we did it! I also got a first on the third assignment in marketing which I believe makes it an overall 1st! I am pretty chuffed about that. I often get a 1st and a 2:1 in assignments and the overall mark doesn't equal as a first. I've broke up from university now so I'm resting till October where I'll buckle down a bit more and secure them 1sts! I want to leave university with a 1st or upper second BA honors.
3. Make sure I go Amsterdam this year.

I've been to Amsterdam! It was amazing, you can check out my post about it here. I'd love to go back so I could do more and visit more areas of Amsterdam. I am planning to book a trip there again soon, not sure when but soon.

4. Get 1000 blog followers across GFC & Bloglovin’. 
I now have 692 followers across GFC & Bloglovin' I'm thinking of doing a big giveaway when I get to 1000+ followers and I'm pretty close, so close I can smell it haha.Don't forget to follow me if you don't already

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5. Write more often. 
I had been finding it so hard to write more often, I'm always so busy. Now I've finished university I have more time but I always have writers block or don't have anything to write about. I miss blogging and I come on my blog daily but I just don't write.

6. Work in partnership with a big brand.
I've not worked with a massive brand but I've had some good emails with some well known companies, some didn't fit right with my blog or wanted what I personally feel I can't give them like follow links but I know one day this year I will get to work with a company I love. I can feel it. As long as I keep working hard and start posting more.

7. Get a new job! 
I have applied for a few jobs in the last few months and I was lucky enough to get an interview with one of my favourite clothing stores. I got the job! Unfortunately I am now allowed to blog about them. It is going to be really hard as 90% of the time I am wearing their clothes.

 8. Buy less. 

With holidays coming up I've found it hard to buy less but I can honestly say everything I have bought is being used soon or already used. May was the worst month for me with three main birthdays so I've spent loads there. I'd say all in all I've done a good job at curving my spending.

9. Move out. 
I'm still not sure if I want to move out or not, I have the option to move out and spend £4000 on rent from September - July or stay at home and buy a car, insurance and drive to university everyday. It is really hard because insurance is about £3700 for me! That is the cheapest I've currently found and that is with the device inside the car that monitor my driving. :( It is a hard life. I guess I'll updated you on this when I know what I am doing.

 10. Forgive & Forget.

I've had an old friend try and come back in my life, I'd love to forgive and forget but he/she just dug a bigger hole. With my close friends I don't even let things make us fall out anymore, I instantly fix things as soon as they start to go sour which is a massive improvement for me. I'm a pretty moody cow these days so I can't believe they even put up with me.

11. Give to charity. 
I've personally not given to charity but at work all the tips we get go to charity so I've helped a little here. When work email us to say how much we gave to GOSH I will let you know, I remember last year it was £6200 from tips alone.

12. Learn Spanish. 
I've still been learning Spanish, ever so slowly. You can see my review of DK Spanish Language Learner here. It is currently my main source of learning, I'd say I'm doing okay, I'm still on basics though.

13. Lose weight. 
I've not thought too much about losing weight, I've stayed at the same weight for a while now and to me I'd rather stay the same weight than gain. I've been eating badly but I walk so much more than I once did so it balances out very well, I'm just not walking or exercising enough to then lose. I am thinking of going on a liquid/milk diet where you only drink high protein drinks and nothing else. I'll let you know how that goes! If I do it I'll be sure to blog about it, I know it will be hard.

14. Wear heels more. 
I've not had the need to wear heels, I've got a few birthdays coming up soon so can't wait to get the heels out.

This is a scheduled post I am on holiday
Have you done an update?

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

NOTD: Holiday time part 2

As you might have seen I had a post about my nails but due to work they chipped and I had to get them repainted. *sulks* I didn't have my Barry M on me so picked a colour in store. I went for OPI 'Modern Girl'.
OPI Nail Polish: MOD About Brights Modern Girl B65

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