Thursday, 29 October 2015

Life | Cedar Falls Health Farm & Spa Weekend Getaway

Hi blog friends!!

So last weekend my mum, sister and myself went on a very special trip to somewhere I have wanted to go to since I was about 15. Just outside Taunton in Devon is a beautiful health farm & spa called Cedar Falls and as a treat from mum we got to stay for the weekend!

Charlie and I left London on the Friday afternoon after a very stressful battle with late trains and missing busses, we stayed in Bristol on Friday night in a Travelodge and went out for the nicest meal at Las Iguanas, lots of cocktails were ordered and the biggest catch up known to man I think we stayed in there for like 4 hours just chatting!

Early the next day we set off on our journey to Cedar Falls, it only took around an hour and 10 minutes. When we arrived we headed straight to the indoor pool/spa area, put on our robes and I'm literally not exaggerating that is how we stayed the whole 2 days (apart from dinner)! We also booked all our treatments, all of us booked an aromatherapy massage, I booked a manicure and mum booked reflexology. After we took full advantage of the jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and pool. 
My massage was the most incredible thing ever, I swear the woman was magic I told her my back was hurting due to working at a computer and all she did was push down on it and my back literally felt new haha! In our little chat before the massage she asked if I had anxiety and if I slept well and when I said yes I do and no I don't she recommended me to take magnesium, which I'm doing and sleeping is easier now, so I totally recommend trying out magnesium!
Since aromatherapy is all about letting the oils do most of the work you have to pick he right scent for how you want to feel. I chose energised as I am feeling so tired all the time. The scent was peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and sweet almond oil and it was absolutely heavenly. Included in the massage was a mini facial and hair mask using this amazing pink hair mud. We all didn't wash it off till our evening showers and our hair felt AMAZING!!

About 15 minutes after my massage I had my manicure and I couldn't have chosen a more autumnal/blogger colour, it was called pumpkin delight which is a copper/orange tone with SO much glitter. What I love about it is in some lights it looks a rose gold as well, oh its just so perfect! You also get to keep the nail varnish after your manicure so you can touch it up when you please.

So after a long day of reading magazines, lounging around and getting spa treatments we headed down for dinner (in real clothes it was horrible!). The food there was absolutely incredible, I had lamb with potatoes, veg and a pea puree and for pudding we all had the most delicious chocolate pot, thinking about it is making me salivate haha. We also spent about 4 hours at this dinner chatting as well, and it was really nice because we chatted about literally everything and I even got to talk about my trichotillomania which is something I haven never spoken to mum and charlie about.

The next day we woke up and went straight down for breakfast in our robes! Breakfast was really tasty and afterwards we went straight down to the pool to relax, have a swim and a sauna and a little snooze. After mum had come back from her reflexology we ordered a bit of afternoon tea and biscuits but sadly our time at the spa was coming to an end so at around 2pm we started to get ready to leave and make the arduous journey back to London (3 hours on a coach is as bad as it sounds).

I had the most amazing time and it was so relaxing. It was also amazing to get to spend time with mum and charlie as I hardly ever see them. I am so grateful to my mum for taking us and being beyond generous. Thank you mum because I know you're reading this, I love you! I also highly recommend Cedar Falls for a weekend getaway, the whole hotel is absolutely stunning, the rooms are beautiful and comfy, everyone is so friendly and helpful, oh and the food is incredible!

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lifestyle | FOTD & Mickey Mouse OOTD

Hi blog friends!!

So posting everyday this week has already gone out the window haha! I'm just so busy at the moment! But today I received a very long awaited parcel from Romwe with my new Mickey Mouse shirts and jumper and I cannot get over how adorable they all are and I can't wait to wear them all! My favourite piece is the mustard coloured jumper with Mickey pulling a peace sign in front of his face and if any of you know me this is my go to pose for literally every photo, well this or just sticking out my tongue haha!

Okay baring in mind that I am home alone so there are no fancy shots of me modelling, it is just me in my bedroom mirror but we all have to start somewhere ey! I paired the jumper with just my black ripped knee jeans from New Look and I think it is super cute and simple! I honestly felt like I just had to share this jumper, they did it in a few colours but I loved the mustard colour because it is super autumnal and also it is nice and bright so a bit more fun than the rest of my pretty much all black wardrobe haha!

For my make up I went natural with a bit of autumnal colour, I have been wearing this look or something similar throughout the whole of October. I love when it gets into Autumn because it just means that make up looks consist more of pops of colour like lips or eyes.
My skin at the moment is so dry due to the constantly changing temperatures so I try and use less foundation in the Autumn and focus more on getting the flushed cheeks look as if I have just been on a brisk walk. A really great blush for this is Sleek's rose gold but sadly I couldn't find it today but rockateur does a fab job as well!!

On my face today I have used L'Oreal true match foundation, Collection lasting perfection concealer, theBalm sexy mama powder, Benefit rockateur blush, Topshop sunbeam highlight, Benefit browzings brow kit, on my lids is MAC shroom and satin taupe and on my waterline MAC cranberry and mugshot from the Naked 3, Benefit rollerlash mascara and on my lips is 100% Pure fruit pigment lip glaze in rose petal.

I love this look because it isn't too much but I think the pop of colour on my eyes is a really nice touch and just adds a bit more dimension than having nothing there! I can remember the days when I was so afraid of eye shadow and wouldn't ever wear it, and now I feel naked without at least a wash of colour! Im really loving MAC Cranberry at the moment, it is such a lovely red/pink tone but isn't too overpowering and blends out so nicely, if you're looking for an autumnal red I would totally recommend it.

What are your favourite autumn looks?!

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Beauty | Lush Halloween & Christmas Product Haul

Hi blog friends!! 

Over the past week I have been SO busy with my dissertation it is unreal!! My life is becoming a routine of read, analyse, write, repeat! This is the reason my blog and twitter have been a bit quiet recently, but now I have the time to blog and this week I am going to try and do a post everyday to make up for last week (hopefully!). 
We start the week with one of my favourite types of posts EVER, I will always make time to read a post about Lush because I bloody love it!

Seasons changing can only bring about one thing, NEW LUSH COLLECTIONS! The obvious being Halloween as it is just around the corner and the Christmas collection were released a little while back and I finally got my hands on some of the goodies.

From the Halloween range I got the Nightwing shower jelly and the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar. 
Firstly Nightwing smells like a bag of Skittles or a tube of Fruit Pastilles and if they could make this all year round I would be the happiest person alive! This product is a shower jelly in the shape of a bat and I am so excited to try it as one, the smell is literally incredible (think lime and blackcurrant) and two, it is my first shower jelly and they just look so fun! 
Then we move on to the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar and what can I say, well first off they aren't lying when they say sparkly! After touching this for about 2 seconds my hands were COVERED in glitter and so was my floor and my camera and my clothes haha I'm so excited to try this! Oh also it doesn't smell like pumpkins so don't buy it thinking it does!!

From the Christmas collection I chose Star Dust, So White, Candy Mountain and Snow Fairy. 
Starting with an old favourite the Snow Fairy shower gel, I literally live for this scent! I know loads of people don't like it as it is very sweet but I adore the bubblegum sugar smell and this is a staple for me in the winter. 
The Candy Mountain (please tell me I'm not the only person who says that like they do in Charlie the unicorn haha!) bubble bar smells of Snow Fairy as well so I'm super excited to try it. 
Then the 2 bath bombs I got were So White and Star Dust.
So White smells like apples and is super fruity and Star Dust smells like Rosewood and vanilla which is very comforting and also when you put it in the bath inside the bath bomb are tiny little stars!!!

I also picked up some Sparkle Toothy Tabs as I have wanted to try them for ages but never actually thought to buy them, hopefully they will make my teeth nice and well sparkly!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourites from the 2 collections?

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Beauty | Top 5 Autumn Lipsticks

Hi blog friends!!

As soon as Autumn hits my lipstick collection is the one make up item I change the most. I'm a sucker for berry and deep red lipsticks and smokey eyes so Autumn/Winter is definitely my favourite make up season!

I have a few go to lipsticks (that is definitely ever growing) when Autumn hits. Some high end and some drug store so there is something for everyone!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

I love this colour so much, its such a vibrant red and if you love matte lip colours this is definitely the one for you! Although I think this colour has been discontinued as I can't find it anywhere and I got this in Sephora in Florida so I can't exactly pop out and get a new one haha! If you can still buy this someone please link me and I will love you forever!!!

Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection in 48

I love this colour as it isn't too deep berry but enough if you like dark lips! I love this on a night out as it isn't too in your face but is a bit daring for me. 

MAC Brick O-La & MAC Media

Firstly Brick O-La is my go to for everything! It is a lovely brown toned red and suits what I imagine would be everyone. It is very easy to wear as it goes with most colours, a definite staple! Then we move on to the most daring shade of make up I own, MAC Media! This is a very deep purple/berry toned lipstick not for the faint hearted. I adore this lipstick as it suits my pale skin but be warned if you don't use a lip pencil it will look a bit rubbish!! I recommend Current by MAC.

Rimmel Kate Moss Collection in 31

This is a very bright berry, that you'd think would be quite dark from looking at it but once it's on the lips it is quite bright and a perfect Autumn shade! I love the Rimmel Kate Moss collections, they all smell amazing and have really great staying power!

L-R: 31, Brick O-La, Media, 48 & Cruella

What are your favourite Autumn lipsticks?!

Lots of love
Katy xxx

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Life | Recent Happiness #1

Hi blog friends!!

I see bloggers doing posts like this all the time and I think they are so lovely to read that I wanted to share my recent happy moments (recent meaning from mid September to now haha).

My Birthday

See I told you recent meant not really that recent. I was thinking about it the other day and all I could do was smile because it was honestly the most amazing weekend of my life (so far). I have made a scrapbook of all our pictures and memories and it just made me so happy. 


OKAY ARE YOU KIDDING THIS IS INSANE! So my dad got this picture of me dressed as Belle drawn for me for my birthday and can we just appreciate how absolutely amazing this is! When I opened this picture I was in the queue to meet Minnie Mouse and as if I wasn't already excited at the fact it was my birthday and I was meeting Minnie, Dad hits me with all the feels! Basically he sent a picture of me to an artist and they drew me! The resemblance is literally uncanny and I always look at it and remember that I'm a princess! Here's a big version in case you can't see it in the top picture!!

Disney Trip #2

For my uni course we get the option to do a Disney module (which obviously I'm taking!) and we have an upcoming field trip to DLP (you can imagine how incredibly excited I was when my lecturer told us about it). So I have paid all my deposit money and chosen my room mates and now all we have to do is wait! 
For this trip I have also purchased another pair of Queen Ursula UK ears with my next 2 favourite Princesses on (Belle and Aurora are on my other ears) try and guess them in the comments! So when I get them expect to see them on my twitter and other social media.
I'm so excited for this trip because it will be completely different to my birthday trip, I'm so excited to go with all my friends but mainly just to go back to the happiest place on earth! 

It's Finally Getting Cold!

I love Autumn/Winter and I absolutely love the cold weather, some people think I'm absolutely mental for thinking this but oh well. I love being able to dress up all cosy and warm, wearing big scarfs and coats and drinking hot chocolate okay I could go on for hours! BUT IT MEANS HALLOWEEN IS COMING AND I CAN'T WAIT AHHHHH!!!! 
Speaking of Halloween, my latest post about my Halloween Decorations made me happy because I had so much fun writing it and also getting all the items so check it out here!

I Hit 900 Followers On Twitter

I hate jinxing something like this but I finally hit the big 900 and the next milestone is 1000 which is MENTAL! My followers fluctuate so much, one day I'll have 900 then 905 then 898 then 900 again but for 2 days now it has stayed over 900 and I want to thank everyone for following me, it really does mean so much to have your support and also thank you for being interested in my boring life haha (wow sell yourself Katy) if you want to follow me or just check out my page the link is here!

My Dissertation

This is definitely the one thing I have on my mind at all times now, my dissertation for university! So far I have met with my supervisor a couple of times and it is coming along leaps an bounds. Im really enjoying it which is something I didn't think I would say (although you wouldn't do a dissertation on something you didn't enjoy). Mine is based on the monstrous female in horror looking at motherhood and themes of sexuality to explore why these monsters act the way they do. Im thinking about doing a sort of dissertation series on my blog as it may help some people, leave a comment if you would be interested to see my journey!!

Seeing London & Fall Out Boy

So on the 12th (Oct) Bob and I took a day trip into Central London and did some exploring which was SO fun. We went to the big department stores and got ourselves a few treats in the form of incredible cakes from Fortnum & Mason. We explored Covent Garden and also went in to literally every Disney Store in Central haha! We had dinner at Pizza Express on Bond Street then hopped on the Jubilee all the way to Wembley Park as we were going to see Fall Out Boy at the SSE Arena and OH MY FREAKING GOSH THEY WERE SO FANTASTIC I CAN'T EVEN DESCRIBE!!!!!! The tickets were for Bobs birthday but I bought them in February I think it was so we had been waiting ages for this concert. They were absolutely flawless, it honestly sounded like they were playing a record, at one point they came right out into the audience and sang Immortals acoustic and we were so close to them, it was seriously the most amazing day & night!

What has made you happy recently?!

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Halloween | Decoration Haul

Hi blog friends!!

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, mainly because I love the colours but also because I love everything scary! Horror films are my absolute favourites (I'm even writing my dissertation on them!) and also you get to dress up and come on who doesn't love dressing up!

I have picked up some super adorable Halloween themed decorations and treats and wanted to show them to you guys because I just love them all! 

Firstly I went to TK Maxx and picked up this amazing candle. It is by the brand Everyday Luxe and is in the scent Pumpkin (obviously!). It smells exactly like a pumpkin spice biscuit, I cannot stop smelling it and I'm very excited to burn it. It is a 3 wick candle from the Harvest Collection, they also had white pumpkin which was just more of a pumpkin spice scent so I might have to pop back and pick that one up. I got this for £4.99 (bargain).

Next I headed to Tiger and found some super cute items. 
I got this super adorable black tin with ghost eyes on it which I am going to fill up with Halloween sweets and treats, but to put in it for now I picked up these yummy Halloween themed marshmallows which are ghost and pumpkin shapes, tasty and adorable!

I then picked up a few little things, some battery powered pumpkin fairy lights, some ghost, black cat and pumpkin foam stickers and this fold out pumpkin which looks so funky I love it! 

Lastly I went to Wilko, the mother land of cheap decorations! There was SO much I could have bought but I had to restrain myself! I ended up getting 3 things, this really cute dinner menu plaque because I do love a good plaque! I love the food on the menu as well, especially the 'coffin cake' and 'bloody bites', I mean how bloody are we talking?!
An apple flavoured green and black swirled lolly pop which I got because for some reason it reminded me of The Nightmare Before Christmas (don't ask why it just did haha).
Finally my favourite purchase of the haul, A PUMPKIN SIPPY CUP!!!! I know its only small and obviously for children but I couldn't resist it, it was sat on the shelf saying 'Katy buy me, buy me or I'm going to be thrown out' and I mean for 50p HOW COULD I NOT!!!! God I'm such a little child at heart!

Halloween is literally best! I want to go and get even more decorations for my bedroom now. You can expect a lot more Halloween themed posts coming up!

Do you enjoy Halloween?! Why/Why not?

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Beauty | Does This Work?! Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Hi blog friends!!

I have been eyeing up this product for a very long time now and finally was able to purchase it from Feel Unique
This is the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which claims to help you fall asleep faster, naturally and wake up refreshed.

Firstly the bottle is really satisfying to hold as it is a square shape and has a really nice sleek minimalistic design. It is plain white packaging with writing only on the front and back.

I have used products like this before which did nothing but make my pillow uncomfortably damp but this was in a whole different ball park of pillow sprays. The scent is absolutely beautiful and very light, it has Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Chamomile oils in which all have relaxing and de-stressing qualities. 
It is very simple to use, all you do is 5 minutes before you plan to go to sleep spray this on your pillow (I focused on the middle and left side as that is where I tend to sleep) and if you want to the top of your duvet and thats it! 
Honestly once your head hits the pillow you will feel so relaxed! 
I did have my reservations, especially about waking up refreshed but I was amazed at how good I felt in the mornings after I had used this product. I found it easier to wake up and get out of bed, I don't know how that part of the product works but it really does!

I go through bouts of insomnia so finding a product like this, that actually works in my case is a life saver! Unfortunately I know that these kind of products don't work for everyone and maybe its a placebo effect (its telling me I will feel refreshed in the morning so I feel like I have to be kind of thing) but I don't care I really love this product and all I can say is, for me...This Works!

Have you used anything like this before & did it work for you?! 

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Health | Sensitive Teeth SOS Kit With Sensodyne*

Hi blog friends!!

Today we're talking teeth!

My teeth have always been a massive source of anxiety and low self-esteem for me. When I was younger I had braces and when I had them taken off my dentist (more like con artist/absolute moron) left all the glue on my teeth and being young I didn't say anything because I thought it wouldn't be a big deal, but the years passed and my teeth began to get in a really bad state, to the point where I didn't want to go to school or go outside because they were so horribly discoloured (brushing them didn't seem to make a difference and I would brush my teeth 5 times a day sometimes). 
That was until I went to the dentist recently and she used her terrifying scraper thing to grind the glue of my teeth and I could not believe the result. Not only were my teeth so much whiter they looked so shiny and new! The dentist told me the discolouring was due to the build up of bacteria in and around the glue but once it was taken off it was goodbye bacteria and hello new smile!

But whilst having to deal with that, another thing I have struggled with throughout my life is sensitive teeth. 
I have sensitive teeth because I constantly clench my teeth together, sometime I don't even know I'm doing it but this wears away the enamel which in turn exposes the dentine layer of my teeth causing sensitivity. 
I would say my sensitivity is moderate for example really cold drinks sometimes hurt but eating ice cream is fine! 
Having sensitive teeth is never nice though as it makes you feel like you can't enjoy some of the things people with non sensitive teeth take for granted.

Well, step in this little saviour, Sensodyne's Repair & Protect toothpaste*. 
This toothpaste has literally changed my teeth, before I started using this toothpaste my teeth were moderately sensitive and now I can't even feel a thing. I use it with my Sensodyne medium bristle toothbrush* which is one of the softest toothbrushes I have tried! It doesn't feel abrasive on the gums and is small enough to reach right to the back of my teeth and get in all the nooks and crannies  The toothpaste has a really nice flavour and leaves my teeth feeling squeaky clean (side note this is not a whitening toothpaste but there is a whitening toothpaste in the range). 
To top it all off I use the Sensodyne cool mint mouthwash* which to me tastes kind of fruity/spearminty and as gross as that sounds it is very pleasant and gives me fresh breath all day plus long lasting sensitivity care. 
The way these Protect & Repair items work is by seeking out the teeth that are sensitive and creating almost a second tooth around it to stop the sensitivity.

Since using these products I have been able to eat and drink anything hot or cold with no sensitivity to hold me back. 
So if you suffer from sensitive teeth I would definitely recommend trying the toothpaste and the rest of the range for that matter.

One piece of advice I will give you before you go is...


Honestly my teeth were in a right state before I went and now I feel so much more confident, you will not regret it and I know that most normal humans hate the dentist but seriously, healthy teeth means a healthy you!!!

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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