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A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 6 years.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

STYLE: 4 DAYS, 4 OUTFITS #23

Outfits i've been wearing recently...

Outfit 1: I've been feeling seriously floral recently, something to do with spring perhaps? But anything with a floral print has found a space in my wardrobe. The shirt i'm wearing is from Primark and is a gorgeously soft material with a faded, print and wrap around detailing. My PU leggings are also from Primark and were a steal at £5 so I bought two pairs. My statement, coral necklace (also floral surprise, surprise!) is from The Happiness Boutique and I blogged about it here. My sunny mustard headband was a splurge from Anthropologie and will be popping up in a haul soon. On my lips i'm wearing L'Oreal Colour Riche in the shade 'Magnetic Coral.'

Outfit 2: I was actually wearing this outfit on International Women's Day and decided to make a statement with my look to mark the day. My ripped jeans are from American Eagle and the striped polo neck, crop-top is from Primark and is long sleeved. My patterned bomber jacket is from Zara and is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece for those in-between days when you don't want to wear a coat or jumper. My beads are all vintage, some were my Nana's, and some were from a charity shop in Wakefield. My skinny yellow belt was a hand-me-down and on my lips is 'Brick' by Elizabeth Arden.

Outfit 3: I really love this outfit and wear it quite a lot, my black turtle-neck is from Primark - a great basic and my floral skirt is vintage, I think it was originally H+M! I wear it with opaque black tights and layers of beads that i've collected on my travels. My lips and nails are the iconic 'Cherries in the snow' lipstick and polish duo from Revlon and they match the fuschia in my skirt perfectly.

Outfit 4: This is my favourite outfit that i've been sporting recently, it feels like the perfect spring look. I'm wearing my American Eagle jeans again with a paisley top from Boho Moon (At TJ Maxx in the USA) that I didn't stop wearing when I was away last summer as it goes with everything. My shrug is again, Anthropologie (as is the headband, which I rarely take off!) On my lips is one of the MUA Sweet Sheen Balms in the shade 'Coral Reef'.

What have you been wearing recently?

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Friday, 24 March 2017

LIFESTYLE: A LONG WEEKEND IN BATH



Having felt a little frazzled over the last few weeks due to one thing or another...(not all bad mind, my boyfriend and I actually had a lot to celebrate) a long weekend escape to the Somerset city of Bath was spontaneously booked.

We stayed at a gorgeous inn called 'The Hunter's Rest' just outside of Bath and only 9 miles to Bristol in Clutton Village -A very quaint, country pub / lodging that was the perfect retreat.

The surroundings and local feel reminded me so much of Midsomer Murders and anyone who knows me well in real life will know just how much I love that programme. (Not at all ashamed to admit). It reminds me of sleepovers at my Nana's when I was younger and tucking into a box of chocolates that my Papa had sneakily stowed away whilst trying to suss out whodunnit.

With a country, kitsch interior vibe and a beautiful traditional bathroom complete with claw-foot bath and tiny florr level windows, the inn really was a dream for a countryside lover like myself.

And having tucked into a delicious candle lit meal in the pub downstairs could there honestly be anything more comforting than sinking into a hot, luxurious bubbly bath followed by getting snuggly in a big ole' bed, listening to nothing but the sound of countryside silence after a long drive and an even longer working week? 

Before we embarked on the 4-hour road-trip which even has its own playlist which you can find here, I did a little research reading blogs and watching my favourite vloggers The Michalaks, who often visit the city and know it well.

With a packed Wunderlist and a little room left for spontaneity, all that was left was the wing and a prayer of a few sunny, crisp Spring days...which of course didn't happen!

S i g h t s...




We began our touristy trip at the roman baths which costs £15 and includes an audio guide to explain everything. Interestingly, Bill Bryson also provides an audio commentary of the baths from his point of view, which I ended up listening to for the most part. 

The walk through the museum is pretty interesting and features a sacred spring, a roman temple and of course the main bath house. The outdoor bath is also pretty photogenic and you can almost forget you're in the UK, the architecture is seriously breathtaking, especially as you look up over the pillars and over to Bath Abbey.


On that note, a visit inside the beautiful Bath Abbey is also recommended, it is such a bright and happy church and I felt compelled to make a donation and light a candle in memory of my grandparents who I mentioned earlier.


As the weather changed in typical springtime style from windy and overcast, to extremely rainy, windy and overcast, we made our way towards the Circus and the infamous Crescent to the No.1 The Royal Crescent museum. I love period history and especially loved seeing The Georgian era home which costs £10 to visit, set up as it would have looked. I have to say the volunteers situated in each room which includes everything from the servants quarters, to the lady's bedroom are all very sweet and knowledgeable. I wish we could have spent more time around the Victoria park and crescent hilltop area, but the weather was just far too nasty to hang around.

F o o d...

Wherever I go, food is always at the forefront of my agenda and seeking out new and interesting places is one of my favourite past times. As part of our trip was a special occasion I booked afternoon tea for 2 at The Pump Rooms which on-looks the roman baths. 
The dining hall is dominated by a beautiful chandelier and a pianist sets the mood as you eat. I have to admit, I wasn't as impressed with the surroundings as I thought I would have been, of course, it was lovely and the food truly scrumptious but not only did the pump house not process my booking (which could have ended very embarrassingly), the atmosphere was very busy and the room didn't have the ambience I was hoping for. Alas, at £25 each this was just one of those occasions where expectations overruled reality, but 10/10 for the macaroons and scones.

We also walked past a few very interesting places, safe to say the food scene in Bath is thriving. We found a Lebanese restaurant called Comptoir Libanais which can I just say, is decked out to my taste through and through, everything from the mosiac tiles to the morrocan silver teapots stuffed with flowers.  The food is pretty ah-mazing, if you go try the Batata Harra, spiced fries with coriander and garlic - also and the home-made lemonade? DELICIOUS!

I also recommend Dough just outside of Bath market hall for pizza and Absurd Bird for drinks, the fried chicken looked pretty delicious too. And finally, how can any blog post dedicated to Bath not mention the infamous Sally Lunn's buns!? Something of an enigma, the infamous eating house is one of oldest buildings in Bath and the buns? They're kind of like a toasted tea-cake that can be eaten sweet or savoury - I had the cinnamon and chocolate butter variants complimented with a Jane Austen coffee.  How delightful!

Have you ever visited Bath?


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

BEAUTY THAT MAKES ME FEEL CONFIDENT



I have a slight obsession with beauty products, I love the packaging of them, I love the smell of them, I love the way they work, I love they way they are (mostly) marketed and in short I just LOVE everything that makes a beauty product what it is.

I think this is why Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes really tickles my pickles, it is wholly a retrospective of cult beauty products from a bygone era, focusing on how they shaped pop culture and reading it instantly makes me happy. A little while ago I touched upon 'The beauty products that best define me'

And today i'm talking about the beauty products that make me feel confident and happy....


Perfume...

It's no surprise that perfume is up there when it comes to products that make me feel happy, this is something i've spoken about very often over here on GGMH, and if you're interested, my current collection has been documented hereI love a strong, punchy scent - my favourite notes being white floral and amber and I am currently sporting the iconic 'Blue Grass' by Elizabeth Arden which features heady notes that are aromatic, warm spicy and yep, you guessed it white floral. A spritz of perfume before I walk out of the door is a ritual for me, and I love the instant lift a gorgeous scent gives me. I especially love nostalgic scents that take me back to a time in my life, think Burberry Body for my time working in London or Coty L'Aimant which makes me think of my Nana.

Bright lipstick...

When it comes to lippy, i'm team bright 'n' bold all the way, I don't believe that nudes suit me and so I always opt for a red, pink or coral lipstick. Lipstick is a serious statement and bold colour especially gives me confidence as I feel ready for anything. My current squeeze is the Color Riche line from L'Oreal which gives a gorgeous creamy finish and a burst of intense colour payoff.


Concealer...

At 23 years young, I have finally begun to understand my skin better, using products tailored to the needs of my skin and partaking in a slightly better lifestyle than my student days when it comes to the fundamentals such as diet and exercise. Every now and again a big spot that deserves it's own postcode will appear, or I notice my skin pigment is more uneven than normal, thanks to the time of the month and so my trusty 'Lasting Perfection Concealer' by Collection is a handy product to have in the old make-up bag for any skin complaint that needs a lil' attention.

Nail polish...

I have to admit, nail polish hasn't been all that high up on my agenda recently as my nails are so bitten and shit that its' not worth preening them. When my nails are indeed a little more than a stub, I again love a bold pop of colour such as Revlon 'Cherries in the snow'  it's cheery and helps make any outfit look a little more put together.


Blush...

For me, blusher is a recent dalliance and something I have never bothered with when it comes to my daily make-up routine. I am now forever loyal to the iconic Bourjois Little Round Pot blushes - I have the shade 'Rose Coupe De Foudre' which gives the most beautiful, subtle glow and really bring some interest to my cheeks, effortlessly pulling together my eye make-up and lipstick.

Eyeliner...

Of course, no blog post talking about beauty products that makes me happy/confident could be written without and ode to eyeliner! Having seriously small, hooded eyes you wouldn't think i'd be in to a rock 'n' kohl look, but it is my favourite and the smudgier the better! I have recently been loving the Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient' liner which is seriously buttery and packed full of pigmented. My eyes are one of the (few) things I celebrate about myself so I like to enhance them with colour and definition.

Which beauty products make you feel happy and confident?

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