Treating Myself Haul!!!

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As you may guess from the title this is a haul from when I was just having a bit of a dull week and needed a pick me up!

Quite a few of these items I actually needed so I didn't really feel that guilty about getting these. Though what I have not pictured is the cheeky bits I purchased from forever 21, shhh that's just between you and me!!

First up are a few boring items, as whenever I attempt to paint my nails it seems to peel off within  a day and that's if I am lucky. I paint my nails in thin layers like they say, I do my base and top coat like a good girl but it still happens. I thought that if I attempted to dry my nail out that the polish may stay put longer and I would hate my nails a bit less. For this I invested in a new nail buffer (including some buffer blocks but they came in the post after this) a nail drying solution and the very popular seche vite quick dry top coat. I have to say I have tried this combination out and after three days only a couple of pealed, so for me it is working I just need to keep trying and it should slowly improve.

Next up I popped into Holland and Barrett for a few bits, some magnesium as Morgan Stewart from the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (yes i'm obsessed) swears by it for 'clearing out' if you know what I mean, was that too much detail, I don't think so!

I have also needed to get an eye cream as I have found my eyes are really dry at the moment and though my face moisturiser is great, it isn't really for that area. I decided to go for the DR Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Eye Perfect which is great as its all good stuff no nasty chemicals and with it being the coconut oil it is really moisturisng. I am loving this so far and as you only need a little bit I can see this lasting a while and its relatively inexpensive which is always a plus. The other item I bought from the Dr Organic range was the Morrocan Argan Oil day cream as I have been looking for a replacement for my MIO body lotion, as good as that is, it is expensive and it doesn't last all the long. The Dr organic one is said to be fast drying and I can agree with that, but I'm not sure just how moisturising it actually is, I will have to keep you posted on this one.

Now I am not the best at replacing products when they should be, I probably have a load of lotions,shampoos etc. just sitting there with their 12m on and it is most definitely over 12 months!! So I finally bought a new mascara, I bought a waterproof one as they are meant to be the best to use after curling your lashes as it makes the curl last longer and boy does it. This is just a cheap and cheerful one from MUA at Superdrug and it pretty much does the job for length and then I go over this with a soap and glory one for thickness.

The final beauty item is the Big Easy BB Cream from Benefit, now I know I always say that I hate paying for expensive items when I am unsure whether it will actually be right for me. But this purchase was influenced by a recommendation that Gabi aka Velvet Ghost made on her YouTube channel recently. She said that its great for people who have slightly oily skin as once applied to the skin it goes like a powder, great for me as my skin is combination normal to oily and mainly oily in my t-zone. I also don't really like applying a foundation during the day as I feel like its too heavy for what I want so I am excited to use this and shall let you know what I think soon.

Finally we have the book Welcome To The Real World, this has been recommended by many along with #BossGirl (which I am also looking at getting). I thought that this one was a bit more fitting for me, I have been out of uni a year now and have become stuck in a rut and many said that if they had had this when they were 20 it may have spurred them on a bit quicker so I thought I would have a gander at it.

Have any of you guys used any of these products, what do you think?

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Brighton Day 4

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So as it was our last day we had decided to get our backsides up and out so that we could get all the goodies we wanted and make the most of our last day there.

But as they say you should always start the day with a decent breakfast and Bills lived up to this.

Bills is the place that anyone from down south will tell you you just have to go there and thank goodness we did. Myself and SS went for the vegi breakfast, hers with a black coffee, myself with a breakfast tea which came in the biggest pot for 1.

The food looked and tasted amazing, with the cute and kitsch surroundings,along with the lovely service myself and SS were very happy that we visited and would recommend anyone near a Bills to go if you haven't already.

We headed out to get all the items we wanted, of which a haul shall be coming soon and ended up taking a bit longer than we thought it would. Whilst I had finished, SS had a few more things to get but my feet were most definitely barking, so I headed to a coffee shop we had visited the previous day to have a drink read and avoid looking at my bank balance!!

Messing around with my new toy, a lense for my iphone

It was a cute little coffee shop and really reasonably priced, so much so we decided to grab breakfast there the next day before we left.

After catching up we went for a wander on the pier before heading back to dumb our bags and head out for dinner.

We decided to eat at Burgers & Cocktails, which even from the name of the place doesn't feel like you could be disappointed. It is brought to us from the Giraffe chain, which I only realised when I tried to look at the menu and it kept taking me to the giraffe website.

Its a bit of a retro/vintage restaurant with a twist on the foods you would get in giraffe. I got the fish finger caesar burger, with a side of crinkly fries and a mac and cheese wheel - mac and cheese deep fried with a side of sauce,what is not to like!

I reasoned that it was ok to have this much as I had only had breakfast that day so it would  be like having lunch and dinner at the same time, right that's not too bad is it???

The food was great and after an evening stroll back through the pier we were more than ready to head back and get ready for the departure the next day, which I was too excited for, you'll have to come back to see why??!!!??

Hope you guys enjoyed this and let me know if you've been to Brighton before and your experiences.

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Brighton Days 1 & 2

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My best friend and I recently headed down to Brighton for a long weekend break away from work, family and other stresses, to hopefully have a chilled and lovely time in Brighton.

The plan originally was to go on a amazing trip abroad with sun,sea and sand. The only 2 problems that we had was time and also money (two kinda important thing when it comes to holiday planning if you didn't know this already).

We headed down on the train, which actually when your in good company doesn't feel as long as it takes. We arrived around 3ish and headed (by taxi, I just did not have the energy to walk) straight to the hostel. We decided a hostel was the best plan for us as it meant we could eat when and where we wanted and also as we did plan on going on nights out they had no closing time, which is great when you are having a great time and come to realise its 3am!!!

The hostel room itself was very 'hostely', we luckily enough had a double room to ourselves and after a power nap (due to someone having a sugar crash from a whole bag of percy pigs!!) we refreshed ourselves and headed out.

Having never been to Brighton I had no clue where to go, but was more than up to exploring. After wandering around for a while our stomachs were telling us we needed to find somewhere asap. As I am a pescetarian normally I can eat in most places but nothing was calling out to us, until we discovered Fil Fil. Now if your into vegi mezze and falafal then you most definitely need to visit here. Unfortunately I didn't manage to take a picture of my food, but I promise you it was one of the greatest mezzes I have had and if its your type of food you won't be disappointed.

The camera didn't leave the room after that, which was lucky as we may have had one too many drinks. The following day we had a lazy get up and headed for breakfast at starbucks as I needed a large tea stat!! After having my fill of tea and my hangover slowly fading we head out for a wander round to properly explorer brighton.

Now I was under strict instructions to visit Choccy woccy doodah, my mums a bit obsessed with the programme. The work that they do is amazing and I am still amazed at how all the displays are in perfect condition when the shop can get rather warm!!

Some of the amazing cakes at choccy woccy

Massive cotton balls that are wrapped around fairy lights, definitely an investment once I have my own place.

After wandering for a while and a lot of window shopping, we decided that we could probably manage proper food now and headed to Food for Friends. Now I had never been here but we had heard that the food was great and there was a 30 minute wait for a table, which to be a place being popular is never a bad sign.
All the menu there is vegi friendly and if needs be they can alter items to gluten free or vegan friendly depending on what you want! I had the Haloumi Burger which was amazing, whilst SS went for the Marinated stuffed aubergine, which looked great and she said it tasted just as good as it looked. 

Though the wait for the table was a while the staff were really nice and the food didn't take long at all to come out. I would recommend going and even if the queue is long, trust me it is most definitely worth the wait. We decided to skip desert there as we had already spotted on our wander a little cake shop which sound some amazing treats, so we headed there instead.

Cloud 9 another place you can only find in brighton is a cute little cake and ice cream shop where they make all the products that they sell there themselves, including the ice cream..... I know amazing, probably a good thing they don't have them up north!!

I went for pistachio and JAM DONUT, yes you read that right jam donut ice cream which is one of the greatest ice creams I have ever had and yes I am a connoisseur of ice creams. I didn't get a chance to try their cakes as I was nearly exploding from the mass of ice cream I had eaten, but they all looked amazing!

We went for a another wander in an attempt to de-bloat from all the tasty food we'd had, having never been to brighton I didn't know how great a place it was, everyone fits in here, there's no set way of dressing and there is always something to do.

After feeling like we would be able to fit into tighter clothing, we headed back and got changed for another girly night out. We were meeting a friend of SS and a couple of her friends for dinner and drinks before heading on to a club. As we were all looking for a cheaper night we headed to Pompoko, it is a little Japanese restaurant where for £1.50 you can bring your own alcohol which is pretty decent, if your a classy bird like myself you head to Tesco and get 4 ciders for £4 and then the dishes only being a couple of pounds each its hard to say no really. The food is really good and they cover all food bases, from your standard chow mein, chicken curry to pumpkin curry which sounds strange but I tried some of SS's and it was really good.
Again the camera stayed in the room,which is good for all I feel as I tend to embarrass myself when a camera and alcohol are in the same situation.

I hope you enjoyed this post and days 3&4 should be up soon.

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