February Favourites 

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This month has been a crazy as I’ve just had three weeks off. Only as the month was coming to an end did I start to gather my February Favourites.

Walking dead

I have just started this and I am hooked ,within a day I had finished the first series. I am now on the second and cannot stop its brilliant I’m almost onto the third series on Sky Box sets. It’s one of those shows that once you watch one episode you have to put the next on. I am so glad I am not up to date with this as I can do mass binges which is how I am spending most of my free time now.

Lush

I went through a phase recently where I was living in lush shower gel and bath bombs, and I had noticed my bath bomb collection was dwindling so I ran over and got myself some more gorgeous smelling  goodies, I  very lucky as I have a friend who works there so she was showing me all the lovely new bits that I should try.  I always try to mix it up with bath bombs to see what works and doesn’t, I cannot wait to try yoga bomb and sex bomb they smell amazing and look like they will be a fun experiment.

Topshop

I have recently had a love hate releationship with topshop, every time I went in I didn’t like what they had or they never had my size, but with the weather slightly resembling spring some of their new stuff is looking good for a seasonal transition. I have even gone out of my comfort zone and got myself a burnt orange velvet cordaroy pinafore which is so comfy it will be worn to death this season now I get to experiment with what tops work . I also finally managed to get a cute cropped shirt with humming birds on it which has taken me forever to hunt down. Both of these items are so out of my comfort zone and I love it, next dungarees I think.

No offence

Another great tv show it’s just had its second series on Channel 4 and gets better each series, written by Paul abbot (shameless) set in a Manchester police station you see the inner workings of how cases are solved and the forensics of them. With the central characters being women it gives a new perspective on how women are precieved in roles of authority in such a male work environment. If you loved Shameless you will love this.

Riverdale

This is the first show that Netflix has aimed for young adults. Looking like it would live on the CW the story is set in Riverdale a small town in America. When a student dies and weeks later his body is discovered how does the town react and who did it?. With twist turns and flashbacks this show is pulling out all the stops and it’s only just begun. Plus Cole Sprouse from  from the Suite Life (Ben from Friends) is in it after having a break from acting.

Science and Natural History Museum

I recently went here in January and have already done a repeat visit. I went during the week so both museums were full of school trips or young families. So much had changed in both museums, part of the Natural History Museum was closed due to an instalment for a new exhibition which was a bit annoying but I still loved it. I have been to the Science Museum twice now and want to go back soon, they currently have a 3D IMAX with films made for the museum about bugs, the universe and many more some of which are narrated by different actors.

Bye for Now

Sarah

Skincare and Haircare Routine

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It’s been ages I know but I have a new post for you today, as the weather has been so unpredictable I have been making sure my hair and skin do not get affected.

With the weather constantly changing I want to make sure my skin doesn’t get  affected. I have been using Orgins for just over three years now and I haven’t found another product that works the way theirs do.

In the morning and evening  I always use the Checks and Balance frothy face wash, I find if I am having combination skin problems this sorts it out as it’s so gentle. Normally when I use other face washes my skin feels dry and pulled when this doesn’t, it smells amazing with lavender, spearmint and bergamot not to strong for the morning or evening. This is designed to work on combination skin keeping your dry and oily areas in balance.

When I need  to give my skin a boost  I use the  Out of Trouble 1o minute mask from the Drink up range aimed for dry skin this mask works wonders, I have used it many a time when I need an area targeted which gets sorted instantly with Apricot Kernel oil used you know this is going to smell amazing as well as giving you great results.

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Left to Right : Checks and Balances, Out of Trouble

 

Once I cleanse I use the Super Spot Remover twice a day to target those pesky spots that need a little extra help, I have been using this product for over five years and it is the best spot gel I have ever used. I cannot recommend this product enough targeting acne prone skin I have given it to other people to try and they have ended up getting it they loved it so much and loved the results. As I have combination skin I try to make sure my eyes are taken care of as the skin around your eyes is so delicate, I also am prone to dark circles and the A Perfect World for Eyes   which I have been using for over a month now has made a difference definitely it  aims to hydrate, tone, firm and target dark circles  while protecting from environmental damage.

Once I have taken care of my eyes I then moisturise with Plantscription SPF 25 Power Anti Ageing Oil Free Cream I have just started using this and I have noticed a difference in the short amount of time. I wanted a moisturiser with SPF to make sure my skin was always protected when I am out and about, I have also used the A Perfect World AntiOxidant Moisturiser with White Tea which protects the skin from environmental damage. Comparing the two I prefer Plantscription as it has a SPF and the results felt like they lasted longer than A Perfect World. Once I cleanser in the evening I use High Potency Night-A-Mins Moisturiser  I haven’t used a evening moisturiser before but I’m glad I have started now I always worry evening creams are heavy and cakey which isn’t nice to put on before you go to sleep. This is the complete opposite I love using this it’s so lightweight and full of vitamins and minerals to help replenish the skin, it smells amazing which helps you relax and let the moisturiser do it’s job when I wake up the next day my skin is smooth and oil free which is the nicest feeling when starting your day.

 

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Left to Right: High Potency Night a Mins, Plantscription SPF 25 Anti Ageing, A Perfect World for Eyes, Super Spot Remove

 

As I colour my hair I try to keep it in the best condition possible with regularish cuts and shampoos and conditioners that protect coloured hair. I heard about Oaui on Lily Pebbles channel and decided to give it a go. I have fine hair so I started with the volume set which I have decided I will not repurchase yet as I have started using the Ouai Clean Shampoo and Oaui Clean Conditioner both of these are good for coloured hair and give your hair a reset if you use styling or texturising products regularly which I have started to do. I normally go through products quiet quickly but I haven’t even got through half of the bottles yet which is always a plus.

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Left to Right: Ouai Conditioner Clean, Ouai Shampoo Clean

 

I always go to Toni and Guy to get my hair cut and coloured and find that the Label.M products work wonders on my hair to make it look fuller and thicker. I have used  other mousses in the past and it always goes sticky, hardens and makes my hair crusty if I don’t style it instantly but the Label.M Volume Mousse  gives you volume without the crustyness mixed with the Label.M Blow Out Spray  my hair look full and thick all day. I use both products everyday and using on just wet hair still has the same effects, both products smell amazing which is always a plus and a little goes a long way which is always a bonus.

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Left to Right: Label.M Volume Mousse, Label.M Blow Out Spray

Bye for now

Sarah

New Years Resolutions

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Its been a while I know but it’s a new year so a fresh start.

Every year I set myself resolutions that I will never be able to keep and by the end of the year I feel crap as I hadn’t kept to them.

This year I am setting myself resolutions that are realistic and if I don’t achieve them it’s not the end of the world.

Get into London more 

After visiting London recently I realised how much I missed venturing out and visiting museums. This year I am going to attempt to make it more into London and explore.

Stop worrying about your weight 

Every year I say I will lose x amount of weight and I never achieve it as Christmas takes all the hard work away with indulging in everything. This year I am not going to worry and just be happy with how I feel.

Learn a new skill

I have been saying for ages that I am going to do some short courses and this year I am aiming to take as many as I can find time to do.

Take your holiday throughout the year not all at once just before it runs out 

This has happened to me now and it turns out I may not be able to take all of it anyway. This year I am going to take small city breaks and plan one big holiday.

Spend a little bit more for something nicer

This year I’m aiming in investing in nicer quality of clothing , make up and skin care that will last that bit longer. I get reactions from cheaper make up and skin care anyway so this is just something I am continuing but I have noticed that in the past year I am looking at better quality products that will last longer and I would get more joy out of using.

I could continue adding to the list but then the more I add the more likely I would not keep half of them.

Bye for now

Sarah

Edinburgh

I have been in Edinburgh since Saturday and have started to write down what I think is worth seeing/ doing in Edinburgh during this fringe festival.

First up Arthurs Seat, we set off around 9.30 ( we got back to the flat around 11 so we were happy with our time) and started to feel like this would be fine we were on a man made path why were people acting like this was a big deal. Boy was I wrong the path splits into the man made one for a different easier less impressive hill and the dirt path to Arthurs Seat. It is a trek but worth it as the view is amazing if you have a look at the instagram you will see its beauty and how much of Edinburgh you can see on a good clear day, the only thing I would recommend would be to wear sensible shoes like trainers or walking boots I saw one guy go and attempt it in flip flops I’m sure he is regretting that now.

Next up  Ahir Shah at the Laughing horse @ Cabaret Voltaire , I saw he was recommended by Iain Stirling on Twitter (I will also try and go see Iain later this week hopefully) put him on my to see list and didn’t think anything about it till yesterday when getting in from Arthurs seat my brother tells me he is also going to see him but we have to get there early as it would be a full room. After running around madly packing for the day we left and agreed to meed fifteen minutes before the show to get a seat, word of advice the entire pub pretty much was there to see him and half of them had already got the seats and the rest were now standing, next time I would have get there thirty minutes early just to get a seat. We all ended up sitting on the floor in front of the stage as that was the only space available. If you like left wing politics and excellent comic timing you will love him also he does a bit where he is a tree which is brilliant , I already want to go again but know I will never get a seat as he is that popular. But don’t worry if you miss him at the fringe as he is doing the same show in London at Soho Theatre early October, I feel I will be dragging my friends to see him as he is becoming one of my new favourite comedians.

After my mum, brother and friend ran out to get to another show me and my dad wondered around Edinburgh to get to our next show Mark Thomas at the Traverse. After a good pale ale we all found each other and and went in, I have never seen Mark Thomas before but my parents love him so I knew I would like it, I am so glad I saw this show not knowing what I was walking into was a nice surprise also if you love left wing politics you will also love Mark Thomas as this show is about his time as a student supporting the striking miners in 1984. With audience participation and various characters Mark tells a story about what is the truth and what is a fabricated lie to make a story good. If you have the chance to see him please do as you will not be disappointed.

 

Bye for now

Sarah

Current favourite places to eat and drink in London

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I know I know its been a long time and I’m sorry but I have recently been out in London and gone a bit food and drink mad, here are some of my current favourites.

The Iron Duke

This was an accidental find as me and my mate were wondering around trying to find our way back to Oxford street from Bond street tube. Located in Mayfair it is pricey but a lovely small pub. It has the look of a classic fullers london pub with its interior relating to the iron duke and having one or two little nooks to hide in so you can drink a great beer and read a book happily. I would definitely return on a quiet day and try some more of their ales. If your in the area please find them you will not be sorry.

 

Amorino

I saw Tanya Burr had gone here in one of her recent vlogs and had to find it. They make their ice cream in the shape of roses, if you have a look at my instagram you will see a chocolate and raspberry one I got which did not last very long but was an amazing combination, they also do sorbets which look amazing and with a wide variety of flavours. I ended up getting a small and that was plenty for me but you need to eat it quick otherwise you will have a hand of melted ice cream. I am definitely  returning and trying more flavours soon.

Pix 

I have been going to Pix for years as my mum discovered it while out and about in covent garden and have been taking us since. Hidden on Neal Street near Shaftesbury Avenue this spanish tapas style restaurant is the perfect quick filling place to eat. With the website describing themselves as having exceptionally friendly and vibrant atmosphere they are right we went in around 2pm and the place was filling up.Their outside seating was full and there were only a few tables left inside, the staff were amazing and explained how the food pricing works as you have only big or little skewers priced 2.25 or 3.25 ( these may have changed I found these on the website). The best part is you don’t have to load up your plate right away you can keep going back and finding new dishes to try. I am so glad this place now has more restaurants all over London and will be visiting them very soon.

 

I will be in Edinburgh next week  for a weeks holiday ( yay woo) so you will be getting some food,touristy and possibly some Ed Fringe posts.

Bye for now

Sarah

The story of a new name review

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I have been very busy reading like a mad man and have now finished the second in the Neapolitan novels and now onto the third which will have a post up very soon I hope.

The book continues straight after the first with Lila is back from her honeymoon and is having s difficult time adjusting to married life. As time passes Lila and Elena grow closer and spend almost all their time together. Lila is becoming erratic and unmanageable and only Elena can calm her ,meanwhile Lila is pregnant . This results in Stefano Lilas husband asking Elena to become his ally. Meanwhile Elena is struggling with school resulting in her barely passing the term.

With Lila still unhappy in her marriage starts to focus on her husbands grocery store and her friends who need help giving them jobs and spending money on them. This results in Elena getting brand new books for school. As Elena is studying and experiencing things Lila has only imagined they start to grow apart like most people do at that age at different stages of their lives. When invited to a party by her teacher Elena decides to bring Lila with her for support. There they see the differences between them already, Lila is quiet and keeps to herself while Elena is surrounded by her equals and is the centre of attention.
Summer is now upon the women and Lila has miss carried her child and on doctors orders she is to go get some sun and get stronger. Elena has passed the year with high marks and has a summer job in a bookstore. Lila persuades Elena to join them , eventually Elena joins but after she requests they go to Ischia. Over the summer Lila and Elena grow closer as they only have each other.

Elena starts to hang out with a friend from school who joins the girls everyday at the beach talking about politics, books he has read and anything else on his mind. Elena is infatuated with him while Lila ignores him, gradually she is intrigued and starts conversations on what she has read and her views on politics. Both the man and Lila fall in love and start having an affair with Elena constantly warning her of the consciences.

Eventually they spend the night together while Elena visits his family in a near by town. Lila’s husband finds out she is with the other man and in outrage makes everyone leave the island and return home. Where Lila is back to her unhappy married life Elena is focused on completing her final year of school and earning money to help her family. Elena decides it is best to keep a distance from Lila for the time beginning , while hearing from friends what she has been up to.

As the school year comes to an end Elena passes her exams and decides she will go to university, but wondering how the hell she would afford it. After one of her exams an examiner asks what her plans are for the future and gives her information about scholarships. Throughout the summer she works as a tutor and takes the university tests with difficulty. She passes and gets a scholarship. When saying goodbye to everyone Elena drops by to see Lila at the family shoe shop to find out that she is still having an affair pregnant and wants to leave her husband.

Elena has started university and is finding it hard to fit in even wanting to go home like most university students , gradually she snaps out of it and starts to alter how she is perceived creating a new identity to her classmates and teachers. With Christmas break coming up Elena gets straight A’s and meets a boy at the school dance. They start to go out and he introduces her to new things more literature , clothes, books and takes her to Paris but she doesn’t love him and it soon fizzles out.

Elena then gives a brief recount of what happens between 1963-1965. Lila had left her husband and has run away to Neno the man she was having an affair with. Elena is studying and has met someone , Lila eventually returns back to her husband to find out he is having an affair and expecting another child. Elena has graduated gotten engaged and written a novel. The last chapter is when Elena’s book comes out and Elena is doing a q&a at a Milan bookstore when Nino stands up and asks a question.

If you have made it to the end well done this was a long post and I’m sorry. The book looks at what most people aged 18 are going through with friends going through different experiences with university and reality of the real world once its all over.With this book you have to keep at it as it sets things up for the third book and drags a little but you should keep at it as it’s worth it at the end.

Bye for now

Sarah

My Brilliant Friend Review

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I know I have been gone a while but I have been on a reading streak and finished Brooklyn and now on to My Brilliant Friend by Elana Ferrante translated by Ann Goldstein.

 

The book starts by introducing Elena and Lila in their present day. Lila has gone and Elena has no idea where she is. The book then jumps back in time to the 1950s when they are children in elementary school, as time goes on a competition starts between the two girls who is the best at something. Lila always winning with Elena making sure not to be last. At the end of school both girls are given the chance to move onto middle school with only Elena’s parents deciding to continue her education.

Their friendship then begins to change Elena is now becoming first and Lila is helping at home and helping with the family business, and trying to keep up with Elena even studying Latin and Italian to push Elena further. At the end of middle school boys are introduced into the mix and the changes both of them are going through. All the boys seem to be enchanted by Lila and Elena is back being second best.

With Elena passing with high marks in middle school she then moves onto high school where she is challenged even more and pushing Lila aside focus on being the best. This starts to show a strain that anyone can relate to. Elena’s relationship with Lila changes even more with Lina not in school boys are hanging off her every word and fight to be hers. After being forced into an engagement she doesn’t want Lila finds her true love and persuades her parents that she should marry him instead. The book ends at Lilia’s wedding and Elena now feeling like she cannot be last once more.

I have already started recommending this book to everyone and have already started the second in the Neapolitan  Novels. Reading the books anyone can relate to them and get hooked instantly, I cannot wait to finish book two and the rest of the series.

Bye for now

Sarah