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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April Favourites

So April has been and gone, and I'm not even going to say how fast it all happened (but really though, I'm pretty sure I left my old job last week not a WHOLE MONTH AGO!) But yeah, April has been a good month for me in terms of starting a new chapter of my life which has been exciting but nerve-wracking at times... but overall the month of April was a good one for me! And here are a few of my favourites of the last few weeks :) 

1. Blogger friends


I met these lovely ladies at the Jet2 event back in March and we have spoken almost every day since and even started our own blogger whatsapp group! It is very refreshing to find a group of girls who have similar interests to you and all get on so well that it feels like you've known them a lifetime. It's also good to be able to talk about bloglovin followers, YouTube, no follow links, photography etc. with people who don't automatically switch off as soon as you mention that you write a blog. As we're from all over the North West (expect Paula who is actually from London, but goes to Sheffield Uni) it was hard for us to get a date in place for a reunion, but we managed to last weekend. Find their blogs here... ErinLily & Paula


2. Yoga


Last year when I was give the all clear from my kidney stones, I still had a bad muscular pain in my left hip which was getting worse and worse towards the end of the year. After a few physio sessions, the pain had lessened but it was still noticeable. To ease the discomfort I decided to start Yoga as a sort of low impact exercise that would hopefully stretch and the muscles that I damaged, as well as giving me a bit of mindfulness at the same time. I've only been going for three weeks but I love it! It's on a Saturday morning and it really makes me feel less stressed and sets me up for the weekend. I haven't seen that much of an improvement yet, but it's still early days.


3. MUA Highlighter 


When it comes to buying makeup, I'm a Boots girl through and through (mainly because the Superdrug where I live closed down a good few years ago) but the other day when I was shopping with my Nan in Southport, I came across the MUA range in there. I'm not sure whether MUA is Superdrug's own range, like Boots has Natural Collection, but I was really surprised at the quality of the products for the price. This highlighter was only £3, and there were so many other things I could have bought because the range was quite extensive and everything I saw was under £10. I've been using this highlighter more as a weekend makeup look as it is a little too strong for work, but I think it gives a lovely champagne pink colour and doesn't look too heavy on the skin which some other brands can. I would definitely recommend checking this range out if you haven't so far! 


4. Eat Pasta Run Faster


I have a blog post on this campaign coming up in the next couple of weeks (maybe even in two parts...) but I thought I had to mention this recipe here. When me and the blogger girls met up last weekend, we went to a restaurant called Vapiano who have started this campaign to show people they can eat carbs and still lose weight. I did my own spin on one of their recipes for dinner last week, and it was amazing. This dish is a take on their 'Gamberetti' which is based around king prawns. Unfortunately as I have a weekly shopping budget to stick to, I used frozen prawns, but it still tasted good. If you would like the recipe to this, keep your eyes peeled in the next fortnight!


5. Real Techniques Face Brush


I finalllllly got round to throwing away my trusty MAC foundation brush which I bought when I was about 22 (I'm not kidding...) I thought it was about time to reinvest in a new one, but one that was going to last me a long time but wouldn't break the bank. I had read a few reviews on this one, and as I am such a fan of the other Real Techniques brushes that I have (a concealer brush and a couple of eye shadow brushes) I thought I would give this one a go. It was only £9 which I think is really good for a makeup brush. It isn't necessarily for foundation, but I feel as though it blends mine really nicely and it makes it last longer. So if you're in the market for a new foundation brush, definitely give this one a go!


6. Max Factor Lipfinity (in 055 Sweet)


Still on the topic of makeup, I picked up the Max Factor Lipfinity lip kit at the same time as I bought the RT brush, and I am already obsessed. I have only worn it out a couple of times, but it does last for most of the night. I did find myself reapplying towards the end, but because the colour isn't a million miles off my natural lip colour, it wasn't that obvious that it was wearing off. For the Lipfinity kit, you apply the colour first to clean, dry lips and wait about 60 seconds for it to dry. After you've done that you add the transparent balm over the top which is lovely and moisturising. 


7. House Party


This might be the lamest thing I have ever written, but I couldn't write my April favourites without talking about one of my favourite nights. One of my friends had an old fashioned house party (at her parents house who were on holiday, for the added bit of charm!) and it was such a great night to have all my friends together, old and new, and people who I hadn't seen in years. The girls in the picture are three of my best friends who I have been friends with since Year 7 incase you were wondering :) 


8. Maxi Dress


As a girl who is on the rather short side of the height spectrum (5 ft 4 to be precise!) I have never really found a maxi that I a) like the look of and b) didn't drag across the floor when I attempted to walk. I recently saw this one in my local H&M but I didn't buy it for whatever reason and kept regretting it... up until the point where I just thought you know what, if we do get a summer in the UK, this would be perfect for BBQ's or days out, so I went and picked it up! At the time there was a 25% off promotion in store as well so it turned out to be only £12; Bargain! 


9. Primark Candle


I love candles. I am a girl at the end of the day... But you know what I like more than just any candle? A three wick candle! I picked this one up about 3 weeks ago from Primark for about £3.50. It's in the flavour sweet berry and patchouli, and smells divine! The pattern also sort of reminds me of Christmas, which is always a good thing in my books. 

Thats it from me! What have been your favourites this month? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing what other people are liking :)

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