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Spring has beautifully sprung in London, and even though I am most definitely an Autumn/Winter lover (more like obsessed-with), there is something really refreshing about the crisp air when the sun is shining (a rare but delightful moment) and cherry blossoms (the ultimate blogger cliche).

I read somewhere that Spring signifies rebirth and rejuvenation – not that you need a new season for a reason to start again but I think there is something really special about that.

I also wrote a similar post for Autumn and I thought it would a good idea to do it for Spring too, and also there is something super satisfying about ticking things off a list.

1. Book a spontaneous weekend trip.

I truly envy people who can book a flight the day before, I overthink and spend way too much time on TripAdvisor and end up talking myself out of it, so this season I really want to try and not think too much and just book.

First on my list is Vienna – watch this space.

2. Have a picnic.

This is probably the easiest and best way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. Whether you make your own snacks or pop down to Tesco’s (sausage roll anyone?), all you really have to do is a pack a blanket and perhaps a frisbee and that’s your afternoon sorted! Easiest date ever!

3. Visit as many rooftop bars as possible.

I’m very lucky in the fact that I live in London and there are endless rooftop bars! I have been a few, but there are so many more on my list, and spring is the best time to try and visit because I think summer is going to be mad busy (not that I won’t visit in summer but spring is a better time to take pictures #bloggerlife).

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3. Wear a flower crown.

I blame Louise for this, she rocks flower crowns better than anyone I know and I’ve always been super jealous because I think they would look ridiculous on me. But this year I don’t care and I will be trying to make them look effortlessly cool. I’ll let you all know how it’s going but you can always follow me on Instagram if you want to be the first to see (shameless self-plug).

4. Take pictures with cherry blossoms.

Like I said before, cherry blossom pictures are probably the biggest blogger cliche, and it’s literally all I have been seeing on my Instagram timeline, but I still want to join in on the fun! Cherry blossoms are absolutely beautiful and one day I will visit Japan for their amazing season, but for now London will have to do.

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5. Do yoga outside.

I’ve recently become obsessed with yoga. I started doing it a few months ago and I love the feeling it gives you. I leave the class feeling energised and alive, super invigorating and I fully recommend it. I sometimes go to classes on the weekend or before work and as much as I love it, I would love to do yoga outside in the fresh air and (hopefully) warm sunshine. There are so many lovely parks as well, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to organise.

6. Have a garden afternoon tea party.

I love afternoon tea, I mean I think all British people do, it’s kind of in our blood. So combining a classic afternoon tea, with scones and jam and clotted cream, with the beautiful backdrop of a garden is just music to my ears. Have to admit, I’m getting super excited just thinking about it – eek!

7. Go on a bike ride in London.

I have done this before when the Santander bikes in London were Boris bikes, so a pretty long time ago! We also went to Hyde Park which I do love, but I think sometimes can be a bit too touristy so I’d love to ride bikes somewhere a little more low-key. If you have any suggestions in London, do comment below and let me know.

8. Take a cooking class.

I’ve said this before that I would love to take a cooking class. Cooking is something that I really enjoy doing – it relaxes me and I love learning new recipes, even though I rarely stick to them. I’m more of a chuck-it-all-in-one-pan-and-hope-for-the-best kind of gal! Even so, I’d love to learn some new techniques and flavour combos, so I will definitely be looking into this.

So that was my Spring Bucket List!

Do you have a bucket list? What kind of things are on it?

Skincare was something I promised myself I would work on this year and I have been sticking to this for around a month now and I have been trying really hard with it, so I thought it was about time I share it with you guys. I’m not claiming to be a skincare blogger or anything, but this is a routine that has been working for me for a while now. Also, my skincare routine is usually only at night, I only use moisturise in the morning.

*Disclaimer: As with any skin care regime, it’s important to do a test patch first. Everyone’s skin is different so do not continue if your skin does not react well.

Moisturisers

In the mornings and after a shower, I like to use Argan Oil on my skin. I find this so great for my skin, it soaks up all the moisture and leaves me skin feeling so smooth. My make up also sits really nicely. I love that you can use it everywhere, I even use it as a hair mask which I fully recommend!

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I also use the Day Cream*, it’s very soothing and light on your skin, which is really nice to have on during the day. Also, I know it’s anti-ageing but to me that is actually quite nice because it’s important to start looking after your skin from a young age. It’s also great for sensitive skin and has lasted for ages!

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It’s not pictured but I also frequently use E45 for skincare too, I really prefer it as a hand cream, especially when it comes to winter months so it’s not really applicable now as we finally have some sun in London but I thought it was worth mentioning. The only thing that frustrates me about E45 is how long is takes to absorb into the skin, but the results that I have seen on the dry patches of my skin are unreal, so I’m willing to let it slide!

Cleanser

Taking my make-up off used to be such a chore and now I literally look forward to it so much (lol I’m such a loser). I’m not one to follow the crowd, but even I have to admit that the Liz Earle Cleanse + Polish is just as good as people say it is, if not more. In fact, I may be a little obsessed. It is just the easiest way to remove my make up and leaves my skin feeling super soft. If you haven’t used it before then I fully recommend it, all you do is apply the product on your face, massage in circular motions leaving your eyes last. Then you rinse the cleanser cloth in warm water and use it to remove the polish from your face. Pat your face down with cool water and voila – make-up free skin!

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Exfoliator

After I remove my make-up, I like to exfoliate, removing the dead skin from my face using my favourite exfoliator which I’ve raved about in previous blog posts as well. It smells super fresh and lemony and always leaves my skin feeling really silky.

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Toner

I don’t know if this is the ‘right’ way to do things but this is the part of the routine that I use my toner. This is something that I have only recently been using but I actually really enjoy this part of the routine. It’s amazing how much make-up still comes off with my toner. Using my toner is how I actually know that my make-up is completely removed and my face feels totally refreshed.

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Serum

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After the toning step, I like to use a serum as well as a normal moisturiser, just because I want a deeper hydration of the skin, and a serum penetrates deeper into the skin. I still use a small amount of moisturiser because a serum doesn’t actively protect the skin against the environment like moisturisers do. This Kathleen serum is really lovely, smells like watermelons and I feel like it works quite well, but I do think it’s quite pricey for what it is. However, my usual serum [pictured above, second from left] I do feel like works better for my skin, as it is more gel-like in consistency and I feel like it sinks better into my skin. The serum is also a part of the bigger skincare collection which I adore because it includes the exfoliator and the toner.

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Eye Gel

Not sure if this really counts as skincare but I don’t use a proper eye cream for my eyes, and when I feel like my eyes need a bit of refreshing, I use this gorgeous eye gel*. I find it so cooling and relaxing. Every once in a while it is really great to use.

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Face Mask

Obviously I don’t use a face mask everyday but once every fortnight I feel like it’s one of the best things ever. It always leaves my face feeling extremely clean and refreshed. The only thing I don’t like about this mask is that it doesn’t smell great but that is because it’s a natural product without many added perfumes so that’s a good thing. I like how quickly it dries as well and you never need a lot of product so it lasts for ages.

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Lip-balm

After my skincare routine, I always apply my favourite lip-balm. This stuff is a godsend, my lips are so smooth and it also smells amazing, like cherries. It also lasts for ages and is super cheap – super recommended!

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So that is my current skincare routine!

Do you have a skincare routine? Is it similar to mine?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

*Warning – Photo-heavy post ahead!*


As you all know, it was my birthday a few weeks ago, on the dreaded Valentines Day. I’ve mentioned before that I always have mixed feelings about my birthday, it’s never something I truly look forward to and weirdly I’m always relieved that it’s over.

Nevertheless, I was looking forward to the plans for this year. I kept it simple, with dinner plans over at the Mayfair Kitchen, and then drinks at Dirty Martini in St Pauls.

What I ate: Lobster Risotto

What I drank: The Andalucían

What I wore: Dress from Missguided + Shoes from Christian Louboutin + Necklace from New Look (couldn’t find a link for it – sorry!)

I had such an amazing evening, I would fully recommend the restaurant, food was very simple yet tasty. The atmosphere was lovely but the service was one thing that could’ve been improved, as the dishes all came at separate times, which was slightly annoying!



I hope you all enjoyed this photo-heavy post – I had an amazing birthday with my friends and family. I think the key for me is to keep it simple!

What would be your ideal birthday plans? Let me know in the comments!

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I have using a lot of products recently, and the amount of empty bottles I had sitting in my recycling bin was pretty astounding, so I thought it was the perfect time to write an Empties post. I’ve seen people do these before and they’re some of my favourites to read, so here goes!

Tooth Gel

I can’t even tell you how much I love this toothpaste. It’s so amazing, first of all it’s bright green. I’m not sure why I really mentioned that, but I like the colour of it (lol). It keeps my mouth so fresh, and on the rare occasion that I use the Colgate in the bathroom, it just doesn’t feel like my mouth is as clean. Also there is no fluoride, which we don’t need because there is fluoride is our water anyways. And if that put you off, I have been using this for about 3 years and I’ve never had one problem with my teeth, nor has my dentist mentioned anything!

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Sanctuary Spa Shower Gel

As you will have known from the review that I posted about last Christmas (why does that feel so weird to say), I had the Sanctuary Spa Advent Calendar. If you read that post then you will know that I pretty much loved everything that I received and now I’m trying to use it up so that I can determine which are my favourite scents and how long-lasting everything is. I already knew that Sanctuary Spa products were great value for money, and now I’m just 100% sure. This was one of my favourite smells, which is why I used it first, and I wasn’t expecting it to last so long.

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Garnier Body-Hydrating Lotion

I received this ages ago in exchange for a review and it smelled so great and I loved it at the time, but being a blogger I do like to mix my products up and I’m always testing and trying new things. So this cream just kind of fell at the back of my drawer full of skincare bits and I found it a few weeks ago half empty, and remembered why I liked it so much. The smell is just insane, and it lasts for ages after you’ve applied it which I love!

Victoria Beckham Signature Perfume

I received this ages ago I think at Christmas, and it smelled amazing! I’m so fussy when it comes to perfume smells. I feel like a lot of women’s perfumes are super sweet-smelling and I can’t stand that kind of smell. I prefer muskier smells, probably why I prefer men’s aftershaves to some women’s perfumes! Anyways, this smelled so me that I loved it as soon as I smelled it. Kind of sad that it’s finished so I better order it again!

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BB+W Candle

I did a whole post on my candle haul after I visited Dubai, which you can read here, and this smelled so good. I just love how long Bath and Body Works candles last, it feels like they last forever and the smell just travels throughout the house.

Sonya Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator

I’m so gutted this has run out, I think I have a spare one somewhere so I’ll have to hunt around for it, but having a shower just isn’t the same without this beauty. It cleanses and exfoliates my skin so gently. I don’t have particularly bad skin, but I do get little spots on my forehead, and I find this clears it up fairly quickly. It also smells so good, very fresh and lemony.

So that is all of my empties! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I’m sure there will be plenty more of these in the future, the way that I’m going through products! If anyone has any empties post, I’d love to read it so link it below!

 

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Ah Valentines Day. As well as being one of the most argued about days of the year, it also happens to be my birthday! I love and hate my birthday, mainly because I can never get a table in a restaurant if I want to eat out with my family, but generally I hate that people judge whether you want to celebrate it or not.

I get the whole ‘you should show love the whole year round, not just one day’ but if people want to shower extra love for one day a year, let them!

Anyways, I didn’t want to do a gift guide because I don’t personally like receiving gifts for Valentines Day and everyone has different ideas about what to get and receive so I avoided it.

Instead I wanted to show you guys what I put on my nails!

Whether you’re single and want to have a cosy night in or are going out for dinner with your S.O. and want an easy way for your nails to look fabulous, you’re going to love these!

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I was sent some packets of stick-on nails and I usually hate these but I liked the look of these ones, I much prefer French manicures because I think they look super classy and you can always paint over them as well. I loved how easy they were to apply; the nail glue is veryyyy sticky and stringy though so just be warned that you do have to be careful when applying it, as you don’t want it to touch your clothes.

It also says that they last for around 7 days, I’ve only just applied them so I’m looking forward to seeing how long they actually last, but quality-wise, they are very strong and have shown zero signs of coming off.

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What are your plans for Valentines Day? Will you be doing a DIY manicure?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info