Tuesday, 15 April 2014

40 Beauty Questions

Do you have any freckles?
I think so! At least in Summer I do.
Do you use eye cream?
Nah. Would like to get a cooling eye cream at some point though.
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Yeah. I have oily skin so spots are a given. The biggest disappointment is still getting spots as an adult, I wish someone had told me!
What foundation do you use?
Lush Colour Supplement or Rimmel Wake Me Up depending on my mood.
How about concealer?
Collection Lasting Perfection and Benefit Erase Paste.
Do you know your undertone colour?
Pink without a doubt!
What do you think of false eyelashes?
Yes for night, no for day. And as natural looking as possible.
Did you know that you're supposed to change your mascara every three months?
Yes. Do I do that? Not really.
What brand of mascara do you use?
Maybelline is probably the best for mascaras. I don't believe in buying high end mascaras.
Sephora or Mac?
They're not the same are they? Sephora is a department store with loads of brands and Mac is just one brand. Either way, probably Sephora for the variety.
Do you have a Mac Pro Card?
I would if there was a Mac in my town! *Shakes fist*
What make up tools do you use in application?
Real Techniques concealer brush, buffing brush, powder brush, blush brush and a couple Fearne Cotton eye brushes.
Do you use base/primer for eyes?
Everytime I use shadow. I have pretty oily lids!
For the face?
My La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo doubles as a primer.
What is your favourite eyeshadow?
Maui Wowie and Tease by Urban Decay.
Do you use pencil or liquid liner?
Liquid on a special occasion.
How often do you poke your eyes with an eye pencil?
Never. Mascara on the other hand...!
Do you use mineral make up?
No I never have. I would like to give it a try in Summer though.
What is your favourite lipstick?
Mac Please Me. Looks beautiful just dabbed on or fully applied.
How about lipgloss?
Ain't nobody got time for that!
What is your favourite blush to use?
HD Brows or my Barry M one that has literally lasted 4 years without hitting pan.
Do you buy make up on ebay?
Only rare products I can't find in store. I can't be bothered to wait for postage!
Do you like drugstore make up?
Absolutely. It's a real thrill when you discover a great product at a bargain price.
Do you go to CCO's? (Cosmetic company outlets)
I think we have one in Swindon that stocks Mac, Bobbi Brown, etc. It's all old stuff, but I once found a blush from the Marilyn Monroe collection at a discount which I was chuffed about.
Do you like colourful shades of make up?
Bold lips and neutral eyes!
Which celebrity always has great make up?
Does Charlotte Tilbury count? She looks like she glows from the inside out. Other than that, Beyonce. But only 2008 onwards.
If you could leave the house with just one make up product what would it be?
CC Cream.
Could you ever leave the house with no make up on?
Of course! I think it's a problem if you couldn't. Every girl should be able to say, 'this is my face, world!'
Do you think you look good without make up?
Yes and no. My skin is bad and my under eyes are terrible, but my eyebrows don't need filling in so I've got that going for me.
In your opinion, what is the BEST make up line?
Hard to say, but in terms of price to quality it would have to be Mac.
What do you think of make up?
Obviously a lot to spend an hour answering this tag! It's hard to replicate the feeling of lusting after a make up item and finally putting it in your shopping basket come payday. I feel empowered to say i've mastered contouring or I can pull off a certain look. Make up should be a fun expression, not a mask.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Weighbridge Brewhouse


The Weighbridge Brewhouse has been described as the premier eating and drinking experience in Swindon. It serves posh English comfort food in non-pretentious portions, and the food is so rich you will struggle to finish your plate. The old brewery building was transformed into a modern dining experience for Swindonians in 2011, bringing their experience of running The Three Crowns in Brinkworth. Notable dishes include crocodile on coconut rice, new season pheasant with pan fried apricots and rabbit suet pudding.


The dinner menu ranges from £16 to £34 and all dishes are served with dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The lunch menu is incredible value at £12.50 a plate, although slightly less extensive than the evening list.


I went for the Homemade Pie Of The Day which happened to be chorizo, pork and turkey with a puff pastry. The sauce was lovely, and it proved to me that you can chuck any old meat in a pie and it will taste nice!


Lucy chose the 8oz steak with a £3 supplement, served with peppercorn sauce and cooked medium.






The staff were attentive and the food only took 15 minutes. The staff could have been a little happier, but everything was done efficiently and in a timely manner so no real complaints.


On the way to the ladies, you can peek into a room and see the brewing equipment. If beers are your thing, you can take a guided tour and sample the ale at the bar.




I've been to The Weighbridge three times now, and always have the best time and come out having eaten a little too much! On this occasion we were absolutely stuffed and couldn't manage a dessert let alone coffee, but on previous visits I've tried the sorbet, creme brulee and honeycomb cheesecake and all were stunning. You can peek at those dishes in this post.



If you are a resident or just passing the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a meal at lunchtime or dinner, just make sure you secure a table first!

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Raspberry Nails


I'm a little crazy about this nail polish. It's very rare for me to buy a beauty product and still be repurchasing it three years later, which is very much the case with this shade! It's bright and vampy enough to keep me interested and goes on evenly like all Barry M formulas do. I very much recommend having this shade in your polish collection if you don't already.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dogs And Robbers

"Draw me like one of your French girls!" 

This month has been all about settling into my new job, warding off a nasty cold and dog sitting a needy black lab. I've been given 49 hours at work meaning a sweet pay check next month-unfortunately this was the result of a robbery at work meaning we have to double man the shop at all times.

I resisted the urge to throw my scales through a window due to my frustration at not losing any weight despite eating modestly and cutting out meat. I've also lost my passion for cooking and blogging temporarily. (It's hard to blog about beauty and lifestyle when you haven't done anything and wear the same make up to work everyday) I've been scouring my favourite blogs for inspiration and that's just resulted in an even longer make up wish list! On the plus side, pay day's rolled around again and I'm itching to get to Boots for some beauty 'supplies' for my group holiday to Newquay. So excited!

Cheerie-bye for now, I will see you in a week hopefully with a bit of partying worked out of my system.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A Day In Oxford

a day in oxfordMe and my friend decided a nice, girly shopping day was well overdue and planned a day mooching about Oxford. We hopped on the bus and made our way to the University town through all the picturesque villages of Faringdon, Shrivenham and Watchfield. 

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
 We were falling asleep on the bus so nipped into Neros for some liquid caffeine and an obligatory muffin.

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
Yo!Sushi is our usual port of call when we arrive.

a day in oxford
 I snatched Pumpkin Korroke, Tamago Nigiri, Crispy Salmon Skin ISO and Cucumber Maki off the conveyor belt and watched the plates pile up.

a day in oxford
 Visiting a Mac store is always a novelty for me because we don't have one in Swindon.

a day in oxford

a day in oxfordWe were lucky enough to have beautiful weather and had to strip off to t shirts while walking about in the hot sun!

a day in oxford
a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
There was a sign saying 'please don't leave bikes on railing as a period drama is being filmed here.' Clearly no one paid attention!

a day in oxford
a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
What I love about Oxford is that it has quaint, small shops as well as the big chains you recognise dotted about the highstreet.

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
 We stopped at The Vaults Garden Cafe for afternoon tea, a lovely hall and patio with garden benches as chairs and flowers poking out of bike baskets.

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford

a day in oxford
We're far too childish for nice establishments.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Top 5 Under £5

top 5 under £5 beauty products

MUA Undressed Me Too Palette

Probably the best value of the lot, UMT contains 12 buttery and blendable eyeshadows to create endless gold-toned looks. Each shade is interesting enough to be swept across the lid alone, or blended together. And all for £4. More ranting about it and a tutorial here.

Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry

Raspberry is my all time favourite nail polish without fail. I've dabbled in many shades and brands over the years, but always come back to this alluring colour. It's a nice cross between bright and vampy and I always find myself admiring my nails like some kind of hand narcissist.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

A very good brightening cream concealer for the price. I swear with a bit of careful powdering this far outlasts my Benefit Erase Paste in terms of wear, and at a mere fraction of the price. Dry skins may find that this creases on them, I would suggest you try the slightly more hydrating Maybelline Fit Me concealer if that's the case. 

MeMeMe Cherub's Blush

I love the name of this lip and cheek stain as much as its finish on the skin. It is instant English Rose in a bottle and a slightly darker dupe for Benetint (sorry again, Benefit). Guaranteed to suit any skin tone with it's build-ability and at just £5. 

Beauty UK CC Cream

I never really bought into the 'cc' or 'bb' cream hype as glorified tinted moisturisers, but the Beauty UK CC cream has really saved me time on busy mornings. I can apply it with fingers where I need it and my skin looks even and natural with no horrible shine at the end of the day. Just about skims the £5 mark at £4.99. 

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