Sunday, 31 May 2015

May - What I Wore, Ate, Read, Watched and Used

It's time for a little round up again. April was pretty relaxed and I was basically counting down to our trip to Disney! Sam and I celebrated being together 4 years on the day we got there so that was lovely. I could easily have made this Round-Up completely about Disneyland but I restrained -It was only 5 days out of the month after all! It was incredible though and I might dedicate a whole post about it at some point. The rest of May came and went very quickly, it doesn't feel like it's June tomorrow! I feel like we've been cheated out of nice weather to be honest! It needs to get warmer! So anyway, here's a little more about how May was for me... 

What I Wore- I moved back to Epsom when I had Mason so  I was closer to my Mum. It meant I left a lot of my friends in London and even though it's only half hour away it's still too far at times. Any time I am feeling down I arrange to see the girls and I end up feeling loads better, they just have a way of making me smile every time I see them. This is what I wore for a little catch up in Nandos, Kings Cross. The crop top is one I wear a lot from Topshop and the slouchy joggers are from Dorothy Perkins. Quite a casual 90's pop star look but dressed up with my wedges. Comfy in Khaki!


What I Ate- While in Disney we went for a meal at the Steakhouse in Disney Village one evening while Mason was asleep. It was really nice to have a bit of couple time. Everything we ate in Disney was lovely and this meal was one of the best, Steak, salad, chips and crusty bread with decent butter (the butter makes all the difference!) I was too stuffed to even touch the chips as the steak was so amazing. It was a really nice way to break up the day before we headed for a couple more rides and the end of day fireworks.


What I Read- didn't do a lot of reading. I was mainly looking up reviews of Disney restaurants and finding out lots of tips and tricks. I spent a lot of time reading the Disney programme working out what we were going to do next.


What I Watched- A lot of people hate it or gave up watching years ago but I am a big fan of Big Brother and I am loving this series! They are being ruthless and  really stirring it up. There's not one dull housemate and it's still early days and so much has already happened. New housemates went in on Friday and I think they are fantastic, yes they are annoying but that's the point! Marc is going to cause so much drama it''s going to be great to watch.

What I Used- picked p the Garner Micellar Cleansing Water for combination and sensitive skin after loving the original so much and feeling like this was ore for my skin type. But I actually think it broke me out a bit, there's something about it that my skin doesn't like so I'll be picking up my trusty pink bottle again soon. I took a pack of the wipes to Disney with me to save space in my suitcase and as it was only for a couple of days I didn't see it as 'too bad' -they did the job and were nice and light on my skin.


We don't have a lot planned for June right now but I'm just hoping for some amazing weather! 

I'd love to hear how May was for you in the comments!


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Disneyland Tag

I'm on a Disney comedown. All the hype getting excited about going, buying loads of Disney themed clothes to take, literally counting down the days and then it comes and goes so quickly. It's over. I'm back living real life now - it's just not the same! 
When I saw this tag on Bee's blog I knew it would help me string out my latest Disneyland experience a little longer and relieve a few of the memories.


Hell, If I get a chance to talk about Disney, I will!

1. What year did you first visit DLP and how old were you?
I've wanted to go  all my life but I didn't actually go to Disney for the first time till I was 21 and I still loved it as much as any kid!

2. Which of the Disney hotels have you stayed in, if any, and do you have a favourite? I like to make sure the money I have for Disney is spent on presents and food so I wouldn't want to fork out on an expensive hotel. You're out for 90% of the day so as long as there's a bed and a shower I'm happy. I've stayed in the Cheyenne and Santa Fe hotels which are close enough to walk to the park but not expensive at all. I think I prefer Santa Fe as it has a Disney Cars theme which looked really great. 

3. Let us in on where the best places to eat within both parks and the Disney Village are. We had such a good meal in The Silver Spur Steak House in Frontierland. It was a lovely 3 course meal and the main was Flank Steak and chips - though I didn't even eat the chips the steak was that good! Flank is the cut just under the ribs so it had that sort of rib-taste to it and it's gorgeous! Also I have to give Cafe Mickey a mention. It has lovely food and of course you get the added bonus of dining with the characters which was incredible. Having Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Tigger entertaining us while we ate was brilliant -even for the adults. It's well worth the money. It's easy to head for places we know like Planet Hollywood and Rainforest Cafe but we have those in London so I like to try out something new.


4. Where is your first port of call when entering the Disneyland Park?
Straight down Main Street to see the castle of course! It's impossible to do without grinning ear to ear!

5. Do you have a favourite ‘land’? If so why? I don't think I do. There's great things about each one. I love how Fanstasyland is just so 'Disney' with the castle in the middle surrounded by pink houses -it's all so pretty. Frontierland and Adventureland just look brilliant, you just get sucked into the the Cowboy and Pirate themes in seconds. And Discoveryland has the Buzz Lightyear ride and Space Mountain. 

6. Which ride could you ride over and over and never tire of? I do love 'Indianna Jones and the Temple of Peril' and The 'Rock N Rollercoaster' but we had to keep the rides more child-friendly this time around (annoying....) but I do really enjoy 'Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast' and I'm hoping when we next go M will be tall enough for Crushes Coaster as I love that!


7. Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios park? I prefer the main park - it's the one with the castle! I flit between the 2 throughout the day. I find Disney studios easier to meet characters as it doesn't get as busy and it's got a little more to do that's inside so it's a good place to spend a rainy day. 

8. Tell us about your favourite character meeting ever at DLP. I love meeting all of the characters but seeing M meet them was incredible. Donald Duck was the first he met and I wasn't sure how he would be but he ran and gave him a big cuddle and kissed him on his beak. It was adorable. Even as an adult you can't help but get excited too see them and when they wave at you on the parade it always makes you smile.

9. What is a parade/show from any year that is most memorable to you? This years 'Disney Dreams' fireworks display was fantastic. Even though it was on at 10.30pm after a very tiring day it was a perfect ending. They project pictures on to the castle and it looks great. As it was all about Peter Pan's shadow M was totally in awe of it and it brought a tear to my eye. It's all very clever and really beautiful 


10. You can only ride one – Mad Hatters Teacups or Dumbo the Flying Elephant? Flying elephant, you get amazing views of the park and it's nice to control going up and down. 


11. What do you think is the best attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park? Oh that's a tough one. I really think Animagique is a great show to go and see and I think my favourite ride overall is probably Crush's Coaster.

12. Describe your happiest Disneyland Paris memory of all time. This is an easy one. M's favourite is Peter Pan, he loves him. He was dressed in his Peter Pan costume to watch the parade and as the Peter Pan float came around the corner he got so excited. We were at the front and one of the Pirates saw M and shouted to Peter that he was there. Peter went crazy over him and was so exited to see him. He waved and waved and when he got nearer they pulled faces at each other and Peter said 'Come to Neverland!' -I've never seen M more starstruck and it was beautiful! It was topped off my Tinkerbell at the back of the float seeing him and fussing over him too. Of course Tinkerbell loves Peter! I've actually tracked down 'Peter' on Instagram and thanked him for making a little boys year! He is very impressed than Mummy has been talking to Peter Pan!



 I completely love anything Disney and my recent trip to Disneyland was the best yet. I plan on going another time with M and then the big plan is to have another child and when they are both old enough we'll all head over to the US and do the big one! 

I'd love to hear any other Disney lovers answers to this so if you have done this tag let me know in the comments!


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Nail Box Monthly Subscription Box Review

Subscription boxes have been around for ages. They are a great way to try out products and have a nice little treat through your letterbox every month. Usually you get a mixture of products in your box but this is the first to narrow it down to one particular type of product. 


Nail Box  cater solely for your nails providing you with 5 nailcare items every month. This is a mixture of  the hottest nail colours and essential nail tools. Each month you will receive 3 or 4 nail polishes and 1 or 2 nail tools to try out and keep.

It's £15 for a one-off box but you can sign up to the box for a yearly subscription which makes each box £13.50 - a total bargain when you see what's inside! If you don't want to commit to a year there's the option of a quarterly or 6 monthly subscription too. 

I was kindly sent out Aprils box which contained 4 great Spring nail polishes from a variety of well known brands and an emery board too.

Here's a closer look at the colours in this box-


From top to bottom
OPI 'Kiss me on My Tulips' a gorgeous fuchsia pink,
China Glaze 'Peachy Keen' -a bright orange-peach which I have on my toes at the moment and it's lovely with a tan!
Revlon '100 Buttercup' a pale yellow which is such a fresh shade.
Essie 'muchi, muchi' a sheer pink with a blue tone, a nice subtle shade perfect for work.

-they look quite pretty all together don't they?! I love how they are all great shades for this time of year.

As you can see  it's a good mix of the higher end of the high street brands. OPI polishes are around £10 alone so the box is a total bargain. The emery board is a great extra, I'm always losing them! 
It's nice to try out a Revlon shade as I haven't really used them much in the past and Essie and China Glaze are two of my favourite brands.


Each month you know what you're getting before it arrives which is great when deciding whether to subscribe, you can really decide if the shades/brands are for you. There's a great in mint shade the May box that I have my eye on!


I think a subscription to the would make an excellent gift for someone. I know one particular friend of mine who has an already overflowing nail polish collection who would love the idea of this!

I personally think this is a great idea and I'm wondering if any other companies are going to go down the same route - a hair box perhaps?

What do you think of this idea? 
Do you have a monthly beauty box subscription?

*This box was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are 100% my own


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Sunkissed Rapid Tan Mousse Review

Sunkissed asked me to try out their new Rapid Tan Mousse and with the sun sticking around a lot more it meant more of my body was on show now so it was perfect timing. I don't need much of an excuse to try out a new tan anyway!


I love 1 hour  tans for when you have an unplanned night out. Picture the scene, you get a last minute invitation to go out, you have the perfect dress and then you notice it has cut-outs in the side exposing your bright white mid-riff. Big triangular patches on you waist that blind everyone as you walk past! I'm speaking from experience here! Especially as I am a lover of a crop top and with the weather being brighter I tan naturally on my arms and legs but my belly just doesn't get the tan to match the rest of my body - so faking it is a must!

The Rapid Tan only needs to be on for an hour and you have a great colour. It's a complete bargain at £4.99 and to be honest I wasn't expecting much from something so affordable. But this little beauty proves you don't have to spend a lot to get a good result. 


I applied a little to my tanning mitt to avoid any staining to my palms. I did find it sprayed out a bit quick - I made a bit of a mess (and a strange squealing noise!) so I would advise to go easy with it, don't press down too hard! After a couple of pumps I got used to it and I found it a breeze to apply. The formula is pretty weightless and went on evenly, you can see where you are applying it due to the guide colour so it's easy to make sure you don't miss any spots. 

There are no parabens and as it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E it's very moisturising. It seems that the days of an old biscuit smelling tan are long gone too as this one has a really nice sweet scent to it.


I left it on for an hour and after washing off I was left with a natural golden colour that I was really pleased with. As far as I'm aware 'Medium' is the only colour available and I do usually prefer a dark tan. However this worked brilliantly as an early tan and it certainly matched my naturally tanned body. By no means will you end up looking like you've had month in Dubai but it's perfect early on in the Summer as it's a really natural tan. 

You can pick this up at the Sunkissed tan from their website and from Superdrug.

*this was kindly sent to me for review purposes but all thought are my own 


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

NEW Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel Review and Swatches

I have another new release from Bourjois for Spring, moving away from the lip products which have been so popular it's time for the nails to get some attention. The new La Laque nail polishes are pretty special. The first thing you'll notice is the triangular packaging. The bottle is so unique and looks really high end. It reminds me of some of the Nails Inc bottle-very swish! (swish?... yea I'm going with swish).


It's nice that they fit together so nicely so they look pretty lined up on the dresser -it's a good excuse for me to not tidy my nail polishes away anyway! If you buy four they fit in a perfect circle -I'm easily impressed!


These are released tomorrow so you don't have long to wait. The polishes give an incredible shine in just one coat and have lovely deep colours. I didn't find these one bit streaky at all - even the lighter shades are really pigmented.

They have 12 shades with great vibrant colours perfect for Spring time. I have 5 shades to show you.

 Flambant Rose -a bold pinky red shade which is probably my favourite!


Ni Vernis Bleu - a bright teal/turquoise which I love for Spring!


Orange Outrant -a bright orange which looks great on tanned toes.


Chair Et Tendre -a perfect nude-pink which is really versatile


White Spirit -a pure white that only needs one coat to cover the nail perfectly


The precise round brush makes it really easy to apply as it covers the nail in pretty much one stroke. It also has a non drip stem which has grooves down the middle so you get just the right amount of polish for controlled application. I usually paint my nails while watching TV so I don't always give them my full attention - this means I drop nail polish on my hand almost every time, so this is a really useful feature for me!

I think these 3 are my favourites...

Orange Outrant, Flambant Rose, Chair Et Tendre

They are great value at £6.49 each  but I'm sure you'll want to pick up more than one!

Do you have a favourite shade? 
What do you think of the bottle design?

*I was kindly gifted these at an event but all thoughts are 100% my own


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Coloristiq Nail Polish Rental Box 4

don't know if others feel this way about monthly subscription boxes but don't they make the month fly by? I can't believe I'm receiving my next one this week. Where is the year going?

I've mentioned my Coloristiq boxes in previous posts. For those who are not familiar, it's a monthly subscription box where you rent nail polish. You make up a wish list of shades you like and each month you are sent 3 at random from your list to try out for a month before you send them back. You can use them 3 times each (2 coats for each application) so that's plenty of time to give them a fair test. I love trying out shades I wouldn't necessarily buy without wasting money. 


I had some great colours to get me ready for Spring this month and I tried a new brand of nail polish too. Here's a look at the shades in this months box-


Coloristiq are always adding new lines to their collection and when I saw the bright Spring 2015 'Road Trip' collection from China Glaze I had to add  a couple to my wish list. This is Dashboard Dreamer  -a brand new pale blue with subtle shimmer to it. It's very pretty when the light catches it - lovely for sunny days like we've been having lately!


Oh I do love me some neon! I've not tried any Morgan Taylor polishes before and this one is so bright and striking! They have a great selection of brights, I actually think everything on my wish list from them is a form of neon! This bright neon pink is excellently named Pink Flame-ingo, it lasted a really long time too so I'm keen to try some more from Morgan Taylor. 


OPI Chillin' Like a Villain is a nude-peach which kind of disappointed me. I thought it was going to be much brighter but it's just a pale peach colour. It's a nice shade but nothing exciting really. I think it washed my hands out a little too. I actually found the formula a tiny bit streaky too. It's not too bad but it didn't 'wow' me.

I've had an email to say my next box is on it's way and I know there are some great shades to play with. I look forward to seeing what I have to try out next.

What do you think of a nail polish rental box?


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Models Own Polish for Tans Turquoise Sea

In the past I have had a love/hate relationship with Models Own. I've found some of their nail polishes just don't last very long (on me anyway) and I get so frustrated as the colours are so pretty but I just want them to last.


I am always drawn in by their new shades, their Festival Collection looks brilliant and I was a huge lover of their Polish For Tans range last year. When I heard they were adding some new shades to the collection they sure got my attention. I love bright nails when the sun is out and brights are what Models Own do best.

Loving being the first to the party I happened to be at a Models Own Bottle Shop the day these were released. I had my nails painted with Model Own's lovely purple Hypergel shade 'Purple Glare' and with my Barry M plumpy top coat it had actually lasted a good 5 days. I was warming to Models Own again! I looked at the new Polish for Tans shades and tried a couple on my partners hand (purple is not the best base for testing out a bight polish!) and 'Turquoise Sea' was so different from any I've tried I had to pick it up. 


It's a lovely vibrant blue that reminds me of swimming pools ... or Turquoise Seas as the name suggests! 
It's a perfect summer shade if you're not a fan of a girly - pinky shade. They are only £5 so it's hardly breaking the bank to try them out.

With 2 coats it's perfect and I made sure I used my top coat and it's lasted brilliantly. I'm so glad I have found a way to have some Models Own back in my life. I'm welcoming the bright shades with open arms!

Are there any nail polishes you jut don't get on with?


Monday, 4 May 2015

Disney Wish List

Have I mentioned I'm off to Disneyland a WEEK TODAY?! .... yea a couple of times.

It's no secret that I love Disney as much as I love high heels so to say that I'm excited is an understatement. I've wanted to go as a family since our son was born but I wanted to make sure he'd be the right age to really enjoy it. He loves all of the Disney classics and even the princesses so I'm certain he's going to absolutely love it. I get really emotional at Disneyland anyway - I first went when I was 22 and I cried when I saw the parade!...yep. I know seeing Mason with his favourite characters is going to have my bawling my eyes out -I'm packing a good waterproof mascara! (Lancome Hypnose waterproof if you are wondering...)

Everything I've got ready to pack for M has a Disney theme -I've got really into this! And I've been tempted to pick up a few bits for myself. Here's what I've seen on my online travels so far.

1. Mickey Case
I love the idea of a Mickey suitcase! You'd definitely see that coming around the conveyer belt a the airport and there's nothing like themed luggage to make you feel well put together for a trip to Disney!

2. Sleeping Beauty tee
Sleeping beauty is who I count as 'the' Disney princess - it is her castle after all! I love the film, it's one that really does feel like a proper classic fairy tale. 

3. Little Mermaid Bikini
Hot Topic know how to do great Disney bits and pieces and their Disney bikinis are brilliant! The Little Mermaid was the first film I saw at the cinema and it also came out on DVD on the day of my 21st birthday. It's got a big place in my heart. 

4. Disney print Bomber Jacket
I'd really like a Disney jacket and have been toying with the idea of buying myself one. Something lovely and colourful, a great print but not too 'in your face' either. 

5. Peter Pan Snow Globe
I want to get a snow globe for M's room. He loves Peter Pan and I think something like this would be a lovely thing to keep. The detail on the Disney globes is incredible. 

6. Shell PJs
There are a few of these about, they aren't strictly 'Disney' but they obviously a nod  in that direction. I love the shell print shorts, so cute! Proper mermaid vibes. 

7. Crop Top
I love a crop top and the pattern on this one is great and quite subtle. I'd actually wear this out side of Disneyland -even if technically I might be a little too old to wear Mickey mouse across my chest. 

8. Disney Tote 
I think this bag is brilliant, they have 3 different designs but this is my favourite. A nice grown up take on something Disney and practical too!

9. Minnie Mouse Ears
No trip to Disneyland is complete without some headgear of some sort. I already have some for Mason and I still have my old Minnie ears from last time I went. I will definitely be picking up some new ones specially for this trip though.

Are you ever to old to love Disney?
Have you been to Disneyland?