Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rimmel x Daily Mail Goody Bag!

When I went to the Mail Online studios a few weeks ago with Rimmel for the Volume Colourist mascara trial that I had been working on, we left with the most amazing goody bags, and it was something that I desperately wanted to share with you all. There's nothing I personally love more than having a snoop at bloggers hauls and a peek inside goody bags (thank god for snapchat!). This was the goody bag to outshine all goody bags, it was a cross between Rimmel goodies and some branded Mail products that I'll always been able to treasure and look back on with excitement. I know you're all dying for a peek inside, so lets get to it!
 The branded Rimmel bag was filled to the brim with stuff and I couldn't wait to have a peek inside. Does anyone else save it until they get home and then pour the contents out onto a bed to have a proper look?!
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First up was this amazing Alphabet Bags slogan makeup bag pouch, I love this brand so much that I already have two makeup pouches from them with cute slogans. I find them so perfect for holding my makeup when I'm travelling, and hey, they look amazing in flat lays! This one is slightly different to my others as it's been branded with the Mail logo on the back, how cool? It's instantly become my favourite makeup pouch, and it's so flattering too...
Available in 3 different shades, the Rimmel Magnif' eyes double ended shadow & liner is going to become my summer staple this year. My favourite is the gold/copper coloured one as this is the main type of colour I go for on my eyes, the two colours look amazing together and it makes creating a smokey eye look super easy. Again, this product is so perfect for travelling as it doesn't take up much room.  Did I mention that they're also waterproof, crease proof and transfer proof? Amazing!
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The main reason for getting this insane goody bag was for the 6 week trial that I took part in testing out the new Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara, which claims to tint your lashes over time. Another summer staple for my bag, it's so easy to remove and gives your lashes a dramatic look in just one coat. Make sure you check out my initial review of this mascara to see whether it really did tint my lashes over time. 
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A girl can never have too many primers right? I've been a big lover of Benefit's and Too Faced primers so I'm looking forward to giving these two a try. The first is their #InstaFlawless (I already love it from the name), which provides a glowing base for underneath your makeup or it can be worn by itself for a really natural look, it's also SPF15 which is great for holidays. The Fix and Protect is a more all rounder primer which works to combat lots of problem areas to give you the best base possible for underneath your makeup. I'll have to let you know how I get on with these!
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 Another fairly new release from Rimmel is the Kate Moss sculpting palette, I'm such a fan of contouring but end up having to use about 5 different products to create the look so this little palette is going to be ideal for travelling. It includes a highlighter, bronzer and blush, I've only tried the bronzer so far but really like the colour of it and finish it achieves on my skin. It's highly pigmented so it's a must have for any bronze loving babes.
 I'm such a simple Sally when it comes to lips, I just love my nudes and pale pink colours so I definitely need to try and be a bit more adventurous. These two are part of the Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine range, they're quite bright berry/coral shades which are nice summer shades, because of their formula it means that it won't show your dry or cracked lips beneath them.
Lip glosses are definitely not just a teenage thing, although I've not worn one in years because I got fed up of my hair sticking to the gloss, there really isn't anything more annoying! I see lip glosses as such an easy thing to use in the summer though, and again it's a plus that they don't make your lips look dry or flaky too. This is a really bright colour for me so I'm going to have to be brave trying this one out!
 These sweet Mail Online branded chocolates sadly didn't last long, they were filled with delicious salted caramel, they literally couldn't have tasted any better!
 I'm still a newbie when it comes to perfecting that cat eye liner flick, but I've found that the pen type liners are the easiest to use, I'm seriously going to have to up my game with this Precise Eye Liner. 
 One can never have enough notebooks, as I travel a lot on the train I usually hand write blog posts to then type up when I'm home. I've taken this Daily Mail branded notebook under my wing and classed it as my new 'blogging book', how could I not when it's so cool! 
 Like notebooks, you can never have too many branded or slogany mugs. I probably won't even use this mug, it will be a gentle reminder of the amazing time I had filming at The Mail online.
 Branded pen drives and pens, makes me instantly the coolest person in my office...
Last up was another amazing product from Rimmel, I didn't even know that a product like this existed to create your own gel nails without the use of a machine. I've never had gel nails done before, but always love how glossy and long lasting other peoples are. I think I'll test this out on my holidays so I don't have to worry about chipped nails or having to repaint them whilst I'm away!

So that's how The Mail Online and Rimmel do goody bags - I still can't believe their generosity and how amazing the whole experience was, I will hopefully have a link to share with you soon to see the finished piece, I can't wait! 

What do you think of the goody bag? Can you spot anything you've tried before? Do you have any favourite makeup products from Rimmel?

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Open Water Swimming Series: Training Update

It feels like it was months ago that I first posted about the Breakwater swim that I'm taking part in in August. Fast forward to June and its now just over 2 months until the event, now that really is a scary thought. The 2.2 mile across the Plymouth sound is slowly looming, the good news is I've come a long way since the start of the year and have already done a few sessions in the sea to get a feel for it. Contrary to what it comes across like on social media, as expected it has not been easy. When your first thought when you enter the sea for the first time is 'what have I let myself in for' you can imagine how tough this challenge has been for myself so far, both physically and mentally. Underneath the surface my life really isn't all pretty outfits, lush baths and delicious food, there's really nothing glamorous about wild swimming, but it's an escape from reality that I find so compelling about it. Despite the hurdles I've faced so far, I'm taking baby steps and seeing progression each week, so do you know what? I think I'll be okay. 
I literally couldn't have made the initial plunge without finding the Devon Wild Swimmers group on Facebook. They meet every Thursday night at 6pm in Plymouth (as well as many other days/times to suit), which is ideal for me, but it does means I spend my whole Thursday at work feeling sick with nerves. Wild swimming is something I have never tried before because it fills me with so many fears (polluted water, SHARKS, the cold to name a few), but the group are SO friendly and some of these wild swimmers have swum the channel, ice lakes and the like so they come armed with a lot of information that made my first step into wild swimming an easy one. I was so numb with cold the first time that I did a sea swim (without a wet suit might I add, I know, what was I thinking?) that I didn't have a chance to think about anything else, and I also didn't give myself a chance to try front crawl because I was too scared to put my head in the water. The thought that I'd have to do the whole 2.2 miles swim as breastroke filled me with horror, luckily I've persisted and have tried a bit more each week.
Wearing a wetsuit has dramatically improved my time in the sea, as I literally don't feel the cold anymore, and I don't feel so exposed to the elements and whatever else is lurking in the sea (*gulps*). Although, I still need to invest in a swimming wetsuit as it feels like resistance training in my current surfing wetsuit! I've been doing one sea swim a week, with a couple of long pool swims each week too. Whilst having to juggle this with work, blogging and a life, it's really not been easy. But the end goal is in sight, and the thought of how I'm going to feel after the swim is keeping me going. Although I can't say I love it just yet, there is something about wild swimming that fills me with excitement, and there's never a time I don't feel proud when I get out.
5 Things I've Learnt from Wild Swimming so far:

#1. Training in the pool does NOT prepare you for swimming in the sea.
#2. The sea is cold, really cold!
#3. If you don't get changed within 10 minutes of getting out of the sea you're heading for dangerous territory (hypothermia!)
#4. You can feel sea sick from swimming in the sea (urgh)
#5. Wild swimming isn't actually that bad.

Like I always say to myself, what's the worst thing that could actually happen when I'm swimming in the sea? The most important thing for me over the next 2 months is to gain more confidence in the sea and keep my mind from wandering off from the task ahead. I'll probably do one more training update before the big event to let you all know how I'm getting on. Like I mentioned in my initial post, the Breakwater Swim is a charity event to help raise money for the Chestnut Appeal which supports men with prostate cancer, it's a great cause and any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you'd like to donate to this great cause you can find my Just Giving page here

Would you want to try wild swimming? Are you a wild swimmer? Are you training for any challenges at the moment?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Evening At Wildwood Restaurant & Deli, Plymouth

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Last Wednesday I was invited down to Wildwood Plymouth for an evening of drinks, nibbles and a spot of networking. Wildwood is one of my favourite places to head to for dinner, it's located in the historic setting of The Royal William Yard in the old slaughterhouse which has been beautifully restored, whilst they offer a mix of Italian and American style food. But ultimately, the whole dining experience there really does lend itself to the industrial styled interior and eclectic set up. We are lucky enough to have 2 Wildwood restaurants in Plymouth, with the newest one in The Royal William Yard which has been open for just under a year (it's also my favourite of the two!). It was possibly the best evening of weather for the year, and there was no shortage of food and drink top ups during the evening... 
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I took my parents along for the evening as I very rarely get the opportunity to bring them along to events, it also didn't matter if I left them both for a while to wander off and take some pictures! Upon arrival we were greeted with wine, beer, prosecco or orange juice for the designated drivers and teetotallers like me!
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I've mentioned The Royal William Yard SO many times on my blog in the past, and the historic buildings give all the restaurants in the yard this fantastic industrialized look that makes any interior look fantastic. Some of the Wildwood branches are just restaurants, but this one benefits from a deli too which offers fantastic selection of fresh salads, conserves and sweet treats that are all perfect for an impromptu picnic or a little gift!
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Whilst we were waiting for the main food of the evening, there was lots of delicious breads and chutney, chocolate and other nibbles to get our teeth into!
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After speaking to some of the other Plymouth bloggers and having a browse through the deli, it was almost time for the food to come out...
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The sight of a pizza oven makes me very happy!
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There's so much seating in Wildwood both inside and outside which is a real asset to the restaurant. As I'd come straight from work I was super hungry, and it was time to find a table and get ready for the food to be brought out!
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The drinks were on tap...
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The food just kept coming, deep fried mozzarella sticks and the cutest mini beef burgers!
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The selection of food for the evening was so impressive, and it was refreshing to get a chance to try a lot of different dishes, as I'm always the fussy eater in the group who opts for the same meal every time! There was pizza, risotto, garlic bread and deep fried mushrooms to name but a few of the delicious foods from the evening. 
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If there's one motto I have in life it's that 'there's always room for dessert'. No matter how much you've gorged yourself on starters and main meals, as soon as a plate of sweet food emerges you just 'somehow' make some room for a helping of it (in this case brownies!). This brownie sharing platter was what dreams were made of, gooey melt in the middle warm chocolate brownies, chocolate sauce to dip and strawberries and cream, perfect for sharing (or for yourself!). 
The chocolate brownies didnt hang around for long....
Full to the brim, I did another round of pictures and a bit of networking before I left for the evening. I always find it so interesting the different types of people you meet at events that you're connected to in a strange way. It's also always the times I meet the most people that I forget my business cards, but there's always next time...
We also got to leave with the most adorable little boxes filled with goodies from their Deli, with delicious pieces of fudge, biscotti and chocolates, I'm almost certain that I'll be popping back to the deli soon for some more treats!

I'd like to say another thank you to the team at Wildwood, Plymouth (& Onshore Media) who invited me down for the evening. It was a great night of food, drink and finding out more about Wildwood, and the staff were so welcoming and attentive throughout the whole evening! You can find out where your nearest Wildwood restaurant is here!

Have you been to a Wildwood restaurant before? Would you like to visit one?


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

OOTD | Hello Summer

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Top - Zara
Shorts - Primark
Bag - Primark
Sandals* - Asos
Sunglasses - Zara


It's evident that I was born to live for the summer, there's nothing like feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin after a cold winter and being able to go outside without having to wear layer upon layer. It seems like the summer is finally here and I'm trying to make the most of soaking up the sun when I can, you can't begin to believe how hard it is when you work in an office 9:00-5:30 Monday-Friday. But it's always a treat to be able to enjoy longer and lighter evenings like this when you can go out in shorts and a top without feeling cold.

On Wednesday night I headed to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth for a delicious evening of drinks and nibbles at Wildwood Restaurant (more about that in another post!). As the location is one of my top choices to head to in Plymouth I couldn't pass up a chance to get some outfit shots when the light was just right and I could admire the sunset from a distance too. There's something so therapeutic about watching the sun go down, I wish I could bottle that 'calm' feeling for a lifetime.

I wore my favourite new Zara off the shoulder number for the occasion, frills, off the shoulder, blue and white stripes, could it be any better? If you like off the shoulder tops then you're going to love Zara this season, their collection is so on point! I teamed it with my new Primark shorts which were a bargain, white shorts are such a classic staple for summer wear, as they literally go with everything. Yes, it is another novelty bag... I just can't help myself where they're concerned, this is an almost identical dupe to the Skinny Dip London shell bag too, for only £9 I know which one I preferred!


What do you think of this outfit? Which season is your favourite? Do you like watching the sunset?


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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