Wednesday, 27 June 2018

What I've Been Watching: In June


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Again, I can't quite believe that the month of June has flown by as quickly as it has. I pretty much spent most of the evenings this month either out and about when it was warm and sunny, which surprisingly it frequently was here in Scotland or any dull or rainy nights inside with Netflix on, which is why this month's What I've Been Watching post is as Netflix heavy as it is.

So let's get straight into it, here's what I've been watching this month;

The Staircase

As I've mentioned in many a What I've Been Watching post, I love a good true crime documentary so The Staircase was always going to be something that I would inevitably watch. I have a feeling that as soon as you watch the trailer for this, you'll be hitting the play button on your remote almost instantaneously, at least that's what I did anyway. It centres around the trial of Michael Peterson who is accused of beating his wife to death at the bottom of a flight of stairs in their home. He claims that she fell, the police immediately think that foul play has been involved. It's one of those cases where you truly don't know who to believe or what to think and my thoughts as to whether he was guilty or not changed so many times throughout.

It follows his original trial and without me spoiling it for you, the subsequent years. It was so easy to binge watch and I think we had watched the entire thirteen episode season within the space of a week. Much like Making A Murderer and The Keepers (see my review for that here), the end of each episode has you dying to find out more and press play on the next episode. I've got another one of Netlfix's Original documentaries, Evil Genius on my list of shows to watch next. Be sure to let me know what you think if you've watched either of them.

The Kissing Booth

As I seem to say every month, I'd seen a lot of people talking about The Kissing Booth on my Twitter timeline so decided to give it a go one night this month.

It instantly reminded me of the kind of movies that I would watch at a sleepover in my teens, primarily Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Wild Child. Admittedly, I haven't re-watched any of them as an adult but watching The Kissing Booth as an adult was probably about 50% good and watchable and 50% cringey. It's in no way the best teenage rom-com that I've ever seen but it's also not the worst. One of the biggest issues for me not being as obsessed with it as others have been, was the fact that I really didn't see the appeal of Noah, like at all. Sure, he's good looking in a traditional high school jock kind of way but he literally would not stop fighting. Most of his scenes in the movie were of him in a fight, about to get into a fight or recovering from a fight. They usually have the love interest or even the 'bad boy' change a bit to show that he's actually the right guy for her but that didn't really happen at all in this, which I found a bit odd if not more realistic, I guess.

I felt like I'd seen the lead actress in a lot of things before but couldn't quite work out what. After a bit of swift googling, I quickly realised that she'd been in The Conjuring (see my review here), Crazy, Stupid, Love (see my review here) and White House Down, as well as the next movie that I watched in June, which you'll see below.

Set It Up

Just when you think one Netflix Original movie is more than enough for one month, I saw that Set It Up had been added. I'd seen the trailer for it a few weeks prior to it being added to the streaming service and thought that I would stick it on as I ate lunch one week. And boy was I glad that I did!

I feel like it's been years since a proper romantic comedy came out and then a movie that I wasn't expecting to be that good totally took me back to those rom-com glory days. It was that good that I even felt like watching it again the next day and I honestly don't know the last time that I did that. All I can say is that if you like a good rom-com, get Set It Up watched ASAP! You will not regret it.

Glen Powell, who was one of the best things about Scream Queens as the brilliant Chad Radwell and Zoey Dutch, who I'd only seen before in Why Him? (see my review here) play personal assistants who work for what you would dub horrible bosses (yes I know that that's another movie series). At first I was worried that the bosses were just a bit too mean to be believable but maybe that's because I've never worked somewhere with bosses like that or personal assistants and employees being treated like that, at least openly. They then decide to try and set their bosses up so that they'll spend less time at the office and more time with each other, therefore solving both of their problems. What I really enjoyed was the fact that they were self aware about what they were doing and even acknowledged The Parent Trap as they attempted to pull it off.

It's got heart, made me smile and laugh throughout and you really are willing the two leads to ultimately get together, which is always a good indication of a great rom-com. It's also set in New York, which tends to make me like a movie or TV show even more than I would if it was set elsewhere, solely because they're traipsing around my favourite city. Seeing them walk The High Line, through Bryant Park and in the shadow of the Empire State Building made me smile even more and gave me those butterflies in my stomach that New York will always give me.

50/50

50/50 is easily one of the most underated movies that I've ever seen. You never really hear anyone mention it, especially when you think of who stars in it but it is just such a brilliant movie! It's ultimately a story of friendship, survival, love and still being able to laugh, even when in the most horrible and painful of circumstances.

It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a twenty-something guy who finds out that he has a rare form of spinal cancer and his chances of survival are, as the title would suggest, 50/50. It's just SO good! Every time that I've seen it it makes me cry but then there are scenes and quick quips from Adam's best friend, played by Seth Rogen, which will have you laughing as well.

The supporting cast are fantastic in this. Rogen is brilliant, so much so that it made me want to rewatch some of his best work (I've already watched Knocked Up, Superbad and Bad Neighbours since seeing 50/50 at the start of the month). Anjelica Huston, who will always be Morticia Addams to me, plays his worried mother without being that typical nagging stereotype and Anna Kendrick is perfectly cast as his hospital appointed therapist, who's still in the process of completing her Masters year.

You'll find it on Netflix, along with everything else in today's post and it is well worth a watch.

Wish Upon

Another movie fronted by Joey King. I'd seen billboards when I was in New York last Summer for this movie and had mentally added it to my 'to watch' list but only if it was on the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, as very few horror movies are ever worth buying on DVD. Saying that, this certainly wasn't the worst teen horror movie that I've seen (the first Ouija movie, for example, was absolutely dire) but it was still in no way good, if that makes sense.

Basically the main character, played by King, discovers a mystical box which magically starts granting her wishes. And these wishes then come true but as it's a horror movie, there is a price to be paid for these wishes. The concept itself and even the little bit of background story that we get on why the box is cursed is actually quite interesting but they just didn't do enough with it for me. It's almost like they were trying to make a PG version of one of the Final Destination films but with none of the interesting deaths or the lead up to said Final Destination style deaths. You know, when water trickles out from somewhere for a character to slip on it, only for it to trickle away again to make it look like it wasn't involved at all, that kind of thing.

The main character is also really unlikeable which makes it hard to enjoy this movie. Some of the wishes that she makes, even after she knows that by her making that wish, someone close to her will die, are so stupid. You just didn't care what happened as a result.

So that's what I've been watching this month.

Have you seen any of the movies or TV shows in this month's post? If so, what did you think of them? What have you been watching recently? And are you looking forward to any upcoming releases such as OITNB etc.?

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

SPF That You'll Actually Want To Apply This Summer



Even though we should all be wearing some form of SPF, specifically on our face, on a daily basis, now that the sun is making a regular appearance sun protection is absolutely vital. As a pale skinned, freckly, redhead I have to wear it pretty much religiously which has allowed me to try out quite a few different products and brands in my time.

I have a feeling that many of us are either put off by the white residue that some lotions leave, the time it takes to make sure that you've properly applied it or just the hassle of applying it altogether. So I thought that I would share some of my absolute favourites and to even break them down into hopefully helpful categories. Even though I'm mainly featuring higher factor SPFs, most are also available in lower factors so be sure to click through to see the other options available if one or several of them sound up your street.

So without further ado, here are the SPF products that you'll actually want to apply this Summer;

If you're lounging by the pool...

Since many of us will be heading off somewhere warm and sunny this Summer, I thought that I would start with two SPFs that would be perfect for lying by the pool.

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 30 Hydrating Solar Protective Water

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 30 Hydrating Solar Protective Water*

I was really intrigued when I first saw this new release from Vichy and honestly can't wait to take it on holiday with me later in the year. It basically feels like a product that was made for me in the fact that it's designed to hydrate skin. If your skin is drier than the Sahara Desert and only feels tighter when it's exposed to the sun, I really do urge you to give this a try!

It doesn't leave any kind of visible residue which is such a big thing for those of us who hate that white pasty look that most SPFs leave behind, making it a great choice for women and men of colour too. It also doesn't feel greasy or oily on the skin either. Instead my skin feels moisturised and properly protected, which is such a nice change. I can definitely see this being a big hit this Summer!

Bioderma Photoderm Bronz SPF 50+ Dry Oil

Now if you're planning to lie by the pool and actually get a suntan but in a safe way, then this is the product for you. I've always been put off the idea of using oil in an effort to tan, mostly because I never ever tan naturally but also because it conjures up images of wrinkly old sun damaged bodies for me. This product, on the other hand, isn't your typical tanning oil. It protects against premature aging whilst also intensifying and prolonging your natural tan. So get those 'Tan With You' (fans of Ru Paul's Drag Race will know exactly what I mean) images out of your head.

It can also be used on the face and the body and would be the one product that I would recommend if you're really looking to get the bronzed beach babe look in a safe way.

For everyday application...

The next few are some of the best for everyday easy application, both to the face and body.


Superdrug Solait Kid's Trigger SPF 50+

Since I'm such a big fan of Superdrug's Solait range (it's easily my favourite budget or High Street sun care range!), I thought that I would give this contraption a try. If you're someone who's prone to burning or ridiculously pale like I am, I would always recommend giving a range designed specifically for children a try. They're often even more affordable than the main sun care ranges.

This is also a really big bottle for the price so it should last you a decent amount of time or if you actually have children, should make applying SPF that much quicker, easier and stress-free. As an adult without kids, I find that the trigger applications really does make it so easy to cover large areas like the legs and arms without having to spend ages doing so.

Pixi Sun Mist*

I was very kindly provided with the Pixi Sun Mist to give a whirl in the run up to this Summer and I'm pretty happy to have been given it. It's not greasy, can easily be toted around with you in your handbag or even in your hand luggage. I also found that it left my skin feeling lovely and smooth thereafter, something that certainly can't be said for all facial SPFs.

My only slight issue with it is that the pump applicator can sometimes take a bit of squirting for it to actually come out so if you're buying it with the intention of it really being like a fine mist, it technically isn't but don't let that put you off. I actually use it by pumping an amount into my hands and then applying it to my face, neck and decolletage and don't find it too thick or too greasy either. It's also cruelty free much like Superdrug's Solait range and really leaves your skin feeling so nice and soft.

La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS SPF 50+ Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist*

Now this is a mist! And using one like this basically guarantees even application. It also leaves you with a completely matte finish making it great for using on the face and on oilier skin. It doesn't sting or irritate the eye area, which is an issue that I've found with several cheaper drugstore facial SPFs. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it's been made by a brilliant skincare brand and by the fact that it includes La Roche-Posay's iconic thermal spring water. If you've read Ellis Tuesday before, you will probably know how much I love this brand and the way in which their products work for me and my skin and this is no different.

It's definitely one to stock up on and use throughout the year as your facial SPF!

Bioderma Photoderm SPF 50+ Mineral Spray*

As you'll have seen me mention in other posts, my Mum also likes to have her opinion on beauty products so today I thought that I would share one of her top picks too. I initially gave this a try and wasn't completely blown away by it so it ended up getting passed on to my Mum. She, on the other hand, really rates this spray.

Again, it's more of a traditional spray rather than a fine mist but it doesn't claim to be that anyway. It does leave you with more of that white residue that I'm not particularly a big fan of but for my Mum, that's exactly what she expected. She's been using it on her face, arms, neck and decolletage these past couple of weeks when the sun has really been making an appearance here in Scotland and hasn't been burnt or had any breakouts, which for her, is a win.

For on the go...

And last but certainly not least, we have two little travel sized tubes perfect for taking with you on the go.

La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Fluid

Superdrug Solait SPF 50 Pouch

I tried and tested this particular SPF both on my trip to New York in July of last year and on my trip to Florida two years ago. This ensured that I could top up my sun protection throughout the day, particularly on areas that were really being exposed to the sun, such as my arms and chest. I'm pretty sure that this little easy to carry pouch is the main reason that I didn't burn once during either trip and I mean, how can you go wrong at just £1.99 a pouch. They also often do a buy one get one half price promotion on their whole Solait range over the Summer months so it's well worth taking advantage of it and is why I have about four backup pouches sitting in my beauty drawer right now at this present moment.

La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Fluid

If you're looking for sun protection that you can literally carry around with you either in your pocket or in your handbag, then this little bottle has seriously got you covered. I specifically use this as a facial SPF as I find that it doesn't irritate, leave me with that noticeable white residue or break me out into any spots or blemishes, like many other facial SPFs have. It also doesn't smell too overpowering, which is a big plus when you're using it on the face and this Summer La Roche-Posay have launched an even smaller 30ml bottle of it! I mean, how cute and dinky is this one?! 

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What's your go-to SPF product or range? Have any of the products in today's blog post caught your eye? If so, which one will you be taking on holiday with you this year or applying on the daily? And do you always remember to apply SPF?

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My Summer Road Trip Essentials


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With the weather unusually warm and sunny up here in Scotland, I've been making more of a conscious effort to actually get out of the house every single day. As someone who works from home, it's easy for a whole day to pass without me crossing the front door but every single day since the sun has started to make an appearance, I have made it my top priority to get out more. This is even more true when it comes to the weekends.

A lot of this was certainly spurred on by the brilliant CCW Blogger Road Trip (see blog post here) which took me out to The Trossachs, about an hour away from Glasgow. And it got me thinking about how easy it is to get out and about and that's what coincided with Fenetic Wellbeing's #FoldAndGo campaign, which I'll also be talking about briefly in today's post.

I'm still in the process of learning to drive but I'm in the really fortunate position that both of my parents do drive. This makes it a lot to easier to get the whole family together for a road trip. However, my Gran in particular, who probably loves a good road trip more than any of us, can struggle to get around unaided, that was until she got her folding wheelchair. It makes proper mobility possible again, whether it's to go to the seaside for a day out or simply down to the shops to get bread and milk, etc.

Fenetic Wellbeing's #FoldAndGo campaign is all about portability, saving space and being mobile with ease thanks to folding and electric wheelchairs. If anyone in your family struggles with mobility or walking great distances, this will no doubt be an everyday and holiday essential for them.

And since we've already made a few trips together, I thought that I would share what I've learned in terms of what's really an essential and what never gets used. Disposable picnic cutlery, I'm looking at you.

So here are my Summer road trip essentials;

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

Whether you're driving for a couple of hours or several days, snacks are key. If you're a little bit healthier than I am, protein bars, mixed nuts and dried food would be a good shout. We, on the other hand, tend to opt for a few share bags of sweets or crisps, ones that can be passed around the car easily, without taking up too much room or making a mess.

A decent sized bag

A decent sized bag, that you can pack everything into comfortably, is a must! I love this duffle bag from ban.do*! It's such a great size and instantly gets me excited for my next trip, wherever that may be. If, like me, you love ban.do but haven't been able to find their products here in the UK all that easily, Amara Living have many of their lifestyle and Summer holiday bits and bobs available on their site. I may or may not have my eye on one of their beach towels for my next trip abroad.

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Your must have toiletries

And when I say this, I really do mean the essentials. I don't know about you but when I'm on a road trip or even when I'm on holiday, I certainly don't need my full beauty or makeup routine with me and 100% travel with the bare necessities.

Dry shampoo, a mini or travel hairbrush, antibacterial hand sanitiser, SPF, face wipes, body wipes and a travel toothbrush/mini toothpaste are all you really need to make sure that you're covered for every eventuality. Having Invisalign means that I'm never without my little travel toothbrush/toothpaste bag anyway, so it's easy for me to take that with me wherever I go.

If you're really making a conscious effort to go plastic free, as much as you can and to choose products that are ultimately better for the environment, be sure to check out Yes To's Coconut Cleansing Wipes.* They are paraben, SLS, phthalates and cruelty free, plus the coconut scent is divine!

Good music

You've got to have a road trip playlist or even just one for when you're out in the car. A good mix of music that everyone on the trip will enjoy is key. If your car enables you to connect your phone or pick your favourite Spotify playlist definitely take advantage of that, if not, go old school and make an actual road trip CD.

Offline maps

Going off the grid or exploring more of the great outdoors or even just somewhere a bit different to where you live, means venturing into the unknown. A lot of the time, particularly if you're heading into the countryside or a natural park, it means spotty reception at best and often none at all. By using offline maps you can continue to use the maps and your GPS without being connected to WiFi or mobile data. It really is such a game changer.

A portable charger or cigarette lighter charger adapter

I don't know about you but a portable charger is just an everyday essential for me and something that's always in my bag no matter where I'm off to. If you don't have one already, I can't tell you how much of an essential it will be, especially if you spend hours away from your desk/charger. Mine is from Box but you can find them pretty much everywhere these days. Even better when it comes to a road trip; a cigarette lighter charger adapter which allows you to charge directly from the car.

What are your roadtrip essentials? Do you have any trips or holidays planned this Summer? If so, where are you off to? And how many of my picks will you be using on your next trip?

Written in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

What To Buy From IT Cosmetics Now That It's Available In Boots


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The time that so many of us UK beauty fans have been waiting for is finally here; IT Cosmetics have hit the British High Street and in a big way! If you've always wanted to try out some of their hero products (hello Your Skin But Better CC Cream!) or have been intrigued by this cult US beauty brand, you will be happy to know that you'll now find IT Cosmetics in Boots, both online and in-store. So I thought that I would share the products that I really love from their range, which also happen to be some of their best loved and biggest sellers.

Here's what to buy from IT Cosmetics now that it's available in Boots;

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Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

Without a doubt when you think of IT Cosmetics, the first thing that I and many of us will think of is their iconic, bestselling and award winning Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I've already featured this dream of a product in my The Best Foundations For Someone Who Hates Wearing Foundation blog post. Basically, if you've been wanting to try this beautiful base product out for a while, get it now!

They also now do an illuminating version, which I've heard great things about as well, particularly if you're looking for something for the Summer months.

One of their brushes

It looks like at the moment Boots are just stocking the core range of brushes rather than the whole collection that's available on IT Cosmetics' own site and the likes of Selfridges but I simply had to mention this specific makeup brush. As someone who often just wears concealer on my no makeup makeup days, being able to blend it quickly and seamlessly is vital. I can't sing the praises of this Heavenly Luxe Magic Eraser brush enough. It's unlike any brush that I've used before and the bristles are so densely packed that it just feels like the softest thing ever. Hopefully it will arrive at Boots soon.

Although, I have heard really good things about their entire range of brushes and have been trying to buy more of the brushes that are designed to work with specific products, rather than just picking up a Zoeva or Spectrum brush, these days. And this specific brush leads me on perfectly to my next favourite.

Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 

If you struggle with concealers that crease or cling to any fine lines and wrinkles, I would honestly urge you to give this a try. I will say, however, a little really goes a long way with this. If you apply too much it is quite thick and as a result just doesn't sit right, on my skin anyway. I definitely recommend squeezing out a little bit onto the back of your hand to then blend it in with your fingers or a brush.

My Mum, who's notoriously picky when it comes to her makeup routine, is also a big fan of this, so much so that it's now the only concealer that she uses. The lightest shade is also light enough for me and my incredibly pale skin, which is quite the feat.

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Superhero Super Black Mascara

Another one of their top 10 products, the Superhero Super Black Mascara* is a true black shade that promises to add volume and length to your lashes. I would say that this is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which is one of my all-time favourites. Much like that mascara, however, Superhero can dry out quicker than other mascaras that I've tried in the past. To be honest, I probably use mascaras for much longer than I really should so maybe it's just me noticing that a few months into use but I thought that I would make sure to mention that as it is one of the slight cons of Superhero.

But whilst it is still in tip top condition, this is a great mascara that really makes a noticeable difference to my lashes.

it cosmetics superhero mascara review

I'm a big fan of the brush that this mascara comes with. It truly coats the lashes and clings to them. One to check out if you're looking for a new mascara, for sure.

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Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil

Now this is a brow product that you really need to try out for yourself! It is simply SO good! You can use it with a light touch to achieve an everyday or natural look and also build on that for a night out or bolder brow. What I really love about this is how natural that it looks. It also, bizarrely matches my hair and skin colouring, which was a big surprise, especially as it only comes in one colour or shade; universal.

When other beauty brands say that their product is universal, I usually scoff as there's no way that something which works for me (a pale, freckly, redhead), will work for the general consensus but this honestly does. It's not too dark and it doesn't have a strange reddish tinge to it either, like many other brow pencils. It lasts well too.

IT Cosmetics is also available from Selfridges and QVC Beauty here in the UK but them now being stocked in Boots means that it's a lot easier to try and to ultimately buy their products. Being able to click and collect from Boots is always a big motivation for me to buy from there versus other retailers plus I'm all about collecting those Boots Advantage Card points. Is anyone else the same?

Have you tried IT Cosmetics before? If so, what is your favourite product? If not, what have you wanted to try? And do any of the products from today's blog post sound like they could be the ones for you?

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Is The New York CITYPass Worth It?


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There's no doubt about it, New York can be one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit but as you will have seen in my How To Plan A Trip To NYC Without Spending £££ blog post, there are plenty of ways to keep costs down and to seriously save both before and after you get there.

Today I'm going to be talking about CITYPass. And more specifically, is the New York CITYPass worth it or not?

If you followed me along on my travels to New York last Summer you will have seen me pay many of the big tourist attractions a visit. Before I jetted off, one of the biggest decisions to make, in terms of saving money, was whether or not to go with a New York CITYPass.

So let's get down to details and see what are the pros and cons of the New York CITYPass;

You are in control of which attractions to visit

First of all, there are two options open to you. You can either go for the traditional New York CITYPass or the New York C3, which I have detailed below;

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New York CITYPass

The original New York CITYPass ticket consists of 3 preset tickets along with 3 option tickets, costs $126 (or £98) and will save you 42% compared to buying tickets individually.
The Empire State Building
American Museum of Natural History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
New York C3

The New York C3 on the other hand, costs just shy of £64 (or $82), allows you to choose any 3 of the above attraction tickets, saving you up to 25%.

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I went for the original New York CITYPass as it was my first trip to NYC and I basically had all of the tourist attractions on my travel to-do list.

So why did I go for the New York CITYPass and what were my thoughts after using it?

Pay in advance

One of the big bonuses of the New York CITYPass, for me, was the fact that I could pay for it in advance of my trip. I didn't need to worry about budgeting for attractions once I got there or dipping too heavily into my spending money. This was a big plus for me and allowed me to pay for my tickets several months before I jetted off.

Flexibility

You don't need to know the exact dates before you leave for your trip, like you might if you're booking Top Of The Rock tickets for example and this allows you to be a lot more flexible with your time in the city. This means that you don't need to rush off to make sure that you're at an attraction for your ticketed time, allowing you to go with the flow a lot more and as a result, discover places that weren't originally on your itinerary.

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Shorter or dedicated lines/queues

Many of the attractions such as the American Musuem of Natural History and Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island have dedicated CITYPass queues, meaning that you didn't need to stand in the large general line. In a city where there is so much to see and do, the last thing you want to be doing is spending time standing about waiting.

The savings are real

There were a few attractions that I knew I really wanted to visit, namely the 9/11 Museum, Top Of The Rock, the American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. A simple calculation showed that I'd be paying $162 for those tickets and would have to worry about buying each of them once I got there. So it made sense to save some money and get even more attraction tickets for about $30 less.

So is the New York CITYPass worth it? As you might be able to tell from the above, yes!

Even if you're only there for a few days and as a result won't be able to visit all 6 attractions on your CITYPass, I would still definitely recommend looking into one, especially if you already have the attractions on your list of places to visit anyway.

If you're looking for ideas of where to visit when you're in NYC both of the ticketed and completely free variety, be sure to check out My Top 10 New York Must-Sees or my The Ultimate Guide To NYC blog post.

Is New York on your list of places to visit one day? If so, which attraction would you want to visit most? Or have you been before? If so, where were your favourite places to visit?

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Ten #CantLiveWithout Bobbi Brown Products That You Need To Know About


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Last month I was invited along to a Bobbi Brown makeup masterclass held in Glasgow City Centre and to say that the day changed my everyday makeup essentials would be a bit of an understatement.



So let's see what I mean when I say #CantLiveWithout and what I thought of each of the ten all-time favourite Bobbi Brown products that I got to try out;

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched face base review

Vitamin Enriched Face Base (£43)

Now this was a complete revelation to me! It's a primer but not like any that I've tried before. It gives the skin so much hydration and leaves it looking unbelievably glowy, even after you've applied foundation.

It's rich but in no way greasy and has quickly become one of my favourite beauty products of all-time and that really is saying something. I now can't imagine doing my makeup without it.

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Corrector (£19.50)

As someone with darker under eyes and tiny little purplish veins and capillaries, I often find that I need to pile on the product to completely hide these imperfections, which often leads to creasing and the area feeling laden with concealer. I had never even thought about attempting to 'correct' or cover this before going in with concealer and that's just one reason why I was so happy to be given a real makeup masterclass from the brilliant Bobbi Brown Pro Artist Aimee Morrison who led the class so brilliantly and informatively.

There are two types of correctors to choose from; peach and bisque, which brighten, neutralise and cover any discolouration. I was the shade Porcelain Bisque in this, for reference.

Instant Full Cover Concealer (£23)

I'd already had a little play with this concealer prior to attending the masterclass and can now share just how good it is. Now this isn't the concealer for you if you're looking for very light coverage, something similar to Glossier's Stretch Concealer for example. This truly is full coverage and the concealer that I reach for when my dark circles are looking their worst. If you also have dark under eyes, I would seriously urge you to pay your local Bobbi Brown counter a visit to check this out!

It also covers spots and blemishes well but for me it's all about the under eye area when it comes to this concealer.

bobbi brown foundation reviews

Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation (£31)

Much like the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, this was another complete revelation for me. Bobbi Brown is one of only a handful of brands that actually cater to a really wide range of skin tones, including shades that really match me and my incredibly pale skin. I'm the lightest shade, Alabaster, in this, which if you're also someone who struggles to find foundation light enough, is where I would steer you first.

This brand new release from Bobbi Brown is such a big hit in my eyes. It honestly feels like I have nothing on my skin but it also covers everything that I would need it to at the same time, which blows my mind a little. Applied with the Full Coverage Face Brush, this just looks so seamless on the skin and really does last a whole day. You can also build up the coverage or wear it a little sheerer, which I really appreciate. It just looks so natural and as a result, I think I'll be adding it to my all-time favourite three foundations, as seen in this blog post.

Skin Foundation Stick (£31)

Talking of foundation, we also had the opportunity to try out the Skin Foundation Stick. You can either use this as you normally would a foundation or you can go for a slightly darker shade than your skin tone to create a contour or bronzed look to the skin. I've actually never tried a foundation stick before as I always worried that the consistency could be slightly drying on my dehydrated skin but it doesn't cling to dry patches or areas and blends nicely.

I'm also the lightest shade, Alabaster, in this, again for reference.

Bobbi Brown smokey eye mascara

Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil (£30)

When it comes to my brows, I'm pretty loyal to two brow products; the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift and NYX's Eyebrow Marker.

There isn't a shade designed for redheads, such as myself when it comes to this brow pencil but I did find that the colour Blonde (see below left) was a really nice match for my brows. The consistency is nice and allows you to fill in your brows quickly and precisely. It also didn't fade or smudge, even in this warmer than usual weather that we're experiencing in Scotland at the moment. I'm also always grateful when a spoolie is included on one side, which this one does.

Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick Swatch

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (£23)

Now, I'd heard a lot of good things about these shadow sticks but had never gotten around to giving them a try until now but I now completely get why so many people rave about them.

There honestly were so many different shades, textures and hues to choose from when it came to these but I ended up going for the matte neutral shade Sand Dune which is now my go-to daily shadow. I've already got my eye on some of the glittery shades such as Sunlight Gold and Pink Sparkle which would really make the eyes pop, so if you see me wearing eyeshadow these days, it will most likely be this one.

Smokey Eye Mascara (£24.50)

I actually hadn't heard a great deal of buzz surrounding the Smokey Eye Mascara but after applying that first coat, I seriously couldn't understand why not. This mascara promises thicker longer lashes and it really does give you that plus it's a true black shade, which is what I always look for in a mascara.

I don't know the last time someone remarked on my eyelashes. It was probably at school when I used to wear about five coats of mascara which I then topped with glitter eyeliner. Yup, I was 100% more bolder with my makeup back then for some reason. But whilst wearing this mascara, I had three separate people stop me midway through a conversation solely to ask where I got my lashes done. Now if that doesn't say something, I don't know what else does!

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Review

Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks (£22)

At the masterclass we were each set up with our own little makeup station (as seen on my Instagram) which housed a selection of shades and colours for us to pick from when applying our makeup along with Aimee. In mine there were three shades but one immediately stood out to me and that was the one that I went for.

For as long as I can remember my Mum has always warned me of wearing blush. Much like wearing white or horizontal stripes (as you will have seen me talk about in my CCW Blogger Road Trip blog post), I really wish I had ignored this advice as this is honestly the best blush that I have ever tried! It adds so much life to my skin and face and when you're as ghostly pale as I am, this makes such a big difference. The shade in question is Fresh Melon and it is so worth trying!

Luxe Lip Color (£27)

And last but certainly not least, we have the Luxe Lip Color. Again, much like with the Pot Rouges, we had three of the Luxe Lip Colors at our station. At mine I found a bright orange coral shade, a ruby red and this stunning berry hue.

It's so comfortable on the lips and wears off in a really nice way, unlike a lot of other lipsticks which inevitably go patchy or disappear completely. I'll definitely be seeking out more of these when I'm next out shopping to try some more of the shades.

Bobbi Brown Can't Live Without

If you want to try out the 10 #CantLiveWithout products for yourself, you can book in for your own complimentary how-to lesson with one of the Bobbi Brown makeup artists here.



Are you a fan of Bobbi Brown? If so, what product(s) can you not live without? Have any of the products in today's post caught your eye? And would you like to see more brand focused reviews like this in the future, say on Charlotte Tilbury or NYX, for example?

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

The CCW Blogger Road Trip


loch lomond and the trossachs national park

Over the years I've attended quite a few blogger events. From pop up shops, to makeup masterclasses and spa experiences, I've always felt incredibly lucky and grateful to be invited along. But a few weekends ago I was invited on a blogger event like no other; a blogger road trip!
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