Wednesday, 27 April 2016

BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

BIRTHDAY WISHLIST


So it’s my 24th birthday on May 16th which is only a couple of weeks away! (2 weeks and 5 days to be exact). I used to count the days, hours, minutes and seconds till my birthday when I was younger, but nowadays the thought of getting another year older horrifies me! Especially now that I am hitting the mid-twenties. However, as long as I would still be selected for the X Factor ‘girls’ category instead of the ‘overs’, I’m happy. *smug face*

My birthday wishlist is pretty hefty this year as you can see. Not because I feel like 24 is a landmark age and I need to be spoilt rotten, but because I haven’t published a ‘lust list’ in a while so this is kind of a build-up of the last couple of months. (But Mum- if you are reading this, yes I am 100% expecting to unwrap everything pictured below on the morning of the 16th. Don’t let me down. It's my birthday.)

Starting top left clockwise:

The Balm Mary-Loumanizer. Heard amazing things about this highlighter so I feel like it needs to take pride of place in my make-up bag. Especially now that it’s almost summer- it would look amaaaazing with a natural tan.

Moschino belt. I recently won £200 in a fashion blogging competition (thank you to everyone who voted for my Ladies Day OOTD!) so I feel like instead of frittering it away on random shit, I want to buy something to show for it. I spied the skinny Moschino belt on the Selfridges website for £120 so it would be a perfect investment, AND it leaves me £80 over! (…to fritter away on shit.)

Celine Sunglasses. A liiiiiittle on the pricier side but they are just SO fit. Although I saw some really similar ones in Aldo recently for £40. At least at that price I can wear them to pool parties on holiday and get drunk and not care if I sit on them or not. Winner!

Zara Leather Jacket. How amazing is the colour! Leather, pleather, whatever. It’s so cheap I don’t know why it isn’t already hanging in my wardrobe?! Mum?!?!

Too Faced Melted lipgloss in ‘Peony’. Such a gorgeous colour. However after spending a small fortune on MAC lippies recently, I couldn’t bring myself to fork out another £19 on this bad boy.

GHD classic curl tongs. My heated curlers broke recently, so I have been scowering the web for their replacement. If anyone can leave a comment with any recommendations, then let me know! I want big, loose curls as opposed to party sausage curls that make me look like an Edawardian. Thanks in advance.

Moroccan Oil. I’m planning to go back full Barbie blonde for my birthday, so I am going to need some SERIOUSLY incredible hair treatments to stop it all falling out by July.

River Island bikini. I love the style of this bikini, especially the silver coins on the bikini top. I feel like it’s perfect for ocean club or another pool party and it saves me having to look for some form of body jewellery to wear on top. It’s always a pain finding bikinis that fit me properly because I struggle to find ones that fit my boobs well! I mean, I’m not exactly Katie Price, but I’m not Miley Cyrus either! UGH.

Christian Louboutins in ‘So Kate’. Yeah, the colour is a little garish but I absolutely LOVE it! I think they would look amazing with all black. If I chicken out last minute though I want them in nude or black.

Nike Roshe Run trainers. I have some neon orange Nike free runs that I got for my birthday 2 years ago but they are sooo filthy now it's getting to the point where I need to invest in a new pair. I always wear black in the gym so I feel that I may as well continue this adventurous colour scheme into my choice of footwear.

Calvin Klein bralette. Is that a bandwagon I see getting closer and closer?!?! Yeah, I know I'm about ten years late to the party where it's acceptable to post a half-naked picture on Instagram with the caption '#MyCalvins' and pretend I'm Kendall Jenner but whatevs. It's my birthday and I'll wear Calvins if I want to.

Origins GinZeng. As a heavy sunbed user, I need every single miracle cream that is going to prolong the time it takes for me to slowly turn into a leather bag. The texture of this is unreal, think of it like a cheaper alternative to the Estee Lauder night repair cream.

Giorgio Armani 'Si' perfume. Perfume is such a crap present to get somebody. In my opinion it's so thoughtless. Like chocolate. Or the dreaded BATH STUFF. As much as I love Lush products I don't want a box full of bath bombs, thanks. However, I am in need of a new fragrance to add to my collection, and this smells absolutely divine! (N.B... If you are reading this thinking yep I'm gonna buy this for Claudia on her birthday- the 100ml bottle plz.)


Sunday, 17 April 2016

#OOTD: WEEKEND BIRTHDAY FUN!

You know when you have one of those days when your make-up looks good and your hair goes right and you have a nice outfit to wear and you're just feelin' yourself?! Welcome to my life!!!!

Kidding. It's a rarity that this happens for me as I'm usually rushing/have nothing to wear/don't leave my rollers in long enough so any photos I upload have to be expertly filtered in order to make me look anything over a 6/10. Anyway, I've been progressively getting better at applying my Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow and yesterday my eyebrows and eyeliner actually coordinated with me for the first time in FOREVER. Which was wonderful because I was OUT out with the gals yesterday for a day sesh to celebrate my baby Liv's birthday.

#nofilter
Apologies for the gigantic spot on my chest that you can probably see from outer space. But if you can try and distract yourself from it for 2 seconds I am wearing:

Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in Nw25, with Urban Decay Surreal Skin over the top (yep, I wear two foundations- just call me Ru Paul)
Contour: Sleek medium contour kit
Bronzer: Chanel Tan De Soleil
Setting Powder: MAC Prep & Prime transparent finishing powder
Eyelashes: Eylure 155 lengthening lashes
Eyeliner: Rimmel waterproof liquid liner
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown and soft brown
Lips: MAC lipliner in 'stripdown' and NYX matte lip creme in 'Stockholm'



I wore this beautiful top I bought from Topshop about a year ago. I've only worn it once before and forgot I even owned it to be honest! (Now thats a sign you can too many clothes!) The material is so gorgeous and premium so it's perfect for dressing up. Topshop have actually brought it out again this summer in a beautiful soft peach colour so go get it whilst you can!


Top: Topshop
Jeans: River Island 'Molly' jeans (I LIVE in these! I have them in most colours)

Excuse the noticeable absence of footwear but my Mum was hurrying me so I didn't have time to put them on! But I wore some black 'barely there' sandals from Missguided.

#PAPPED

Monday, 4 April 2016

TRIB3 SHEFFIELD: THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT

Not trying to blow my own trumpet here, but as a regular gym-goer, I would say I'm pretty fit. The classes I do at my own gym are challenging, but there have only been a few times where I have been literally dragging myself along the floor to leave because it has been so intense.

I heard about TRIB3 on Twitter, as the studio is based on Ecclesall road where I used to live in my student days. The classes are divided up into lower body, upper body and full body workouts and last for 45 minutes. Think Barry's Bootcamp-kinda vibe. I am a huge fan of trying anything new when it comes to mixing up my workouts, so when I was in Sheffield over the weekend I just had to try it out for myself.

The industrial-style interior of the building is absolutely stunning. Every detail has been paid attention to- including the toilets which have showers, hairdryers, straighteners, free tampons, and even Batiste dry shampoo! It's clear that no expense has been spared- and it really makes a difference. I could have moved in then and there! There is a reception desk, a waiting room and branded merchandise  available to purchase. My favourite part has to be the bar! No alcohol here though, just a selection of delicious protein shakes in the most indulgent flavours made fresh to order- and completely guilt free!

The studio itself is SO intense...but in a good way! I felt my heart rate increase as soon as my Nike Free Runs stepped through the door. The lighting is dark apart from coloured lights on the ceiling, and there are no mirrors or clocks (which is a good thing!) When the workout started, so did the music, loud, upbeat hip hop- my favourite genre! I felt like I was in a music video! I've done so many classes where the music was just too slow but this was absolutely bang on and really motivating!



The workout itself consisted of a mixture of treadmill, weights and floor work. The first stint on the treadmill was hard enough (on an incline of TEN at one point, can I just add!!!!!!) but when Hannah, our drill sergeant...I mean trainer, told us to get back on it half way through the class I nearly passed out! 



No joke- blood, sweat and tears went into that 45 minutes! I was sweating from places I didn't know it was physically possible to sweat from. But however hard it got, I didn't give up and I felt untouchable afterwards! We were all given a cold, wet flannel before we stretched off (lovely touch!) and I'm not joking- actual steam was coming off my forehead! Now THAT'S when you know you've worked hard.

After the class, one of the other staff members came in to take a photo to upload to the social media pages. (Another really nice touch!) Thank GOD the camera is pretty far away though so you can't see how red and sweaty I am. (My hair was literally in a dreadlock bun on my head and my face looked like I had just had a chemical peel it was so red) God knows how I'm even mustering the strength to crack a smile in this photo never mind bust out the peace sign! (Hello Becca next to me!)



I was pleasantly surprised by the manager (I think?!) getting one of the girls at the shake bar to rustle up this for me as I left the studio. It's a berry protein shake and it was DELICIOUS!  

Thank you sooooo much to the TRIB3 team (especially Hannah for putting us through our paces!) By far the best workout I have ever completed in my life! I will certainly be bringing my gym kit with me every time I visit Sheffield in future so that I can come and get my ass kicked again! I'm just gutted that it's only recently opened because it's located on the same road I lived on for my last 3 years at uni- I would have been there daily. No joke. It's addictive.

If you are one of the lucky ones who still lives in Sheffield then make sure you check out the TRIB3 website here and try it for yourself!