Sunday, 16 February 2020

What I've Been Watching On Netflix Recently

Liam and I have been obsessed with Netflix at the moment. I feel like there has been so much great stuff on there, I had to share our recent watches with you. We still have lots left on our list to get through too.

This reality series is about individual volunteers going undercover as prisoners in a jail in Indiana for 60 days without inmates or staff knowing.
It is a really interesting documentary, learning about seven very different, innocent people volunteering to leave their families behind and experience life behind bars. 

This film is fairly new on Netflix and man is it good! After watching it, I've literally recommended it to everyone. 
After Grace's ex moves on with somebody else and her son moves away, with the help of her best friend, Grace meets the man of her dreams. However, not too long after marrying her love, she's shut in a cell awaiting trial for his murder.
I can't explain much without going into too much detail but it's definitely worth a watch.

Again, this series is recent to Netflix. Liam and I actually watched this whole series in less than 12 hours.
A mother and her three kids move back into their ancestral house after the murder of their husband/father. In this home, they discover multiple magical keys which they use to open different doors. The three siblings have to protect these keys from an evil creature who wants them.

I actually found the first episode of this series very slow and hard to get into. However, stick to it as it's worth the watch.
A father of two boys randomly comes across a stranger one day, to which the stranger tells him a shocking secret about his wife. This father gets caught in a mystery and desperately searches for answers.
The ending will surprise you and it won't be what you expect. But overall, it's a really decent series.

Let's be honest, I probably don't need to go into too much detail with this one. I feel like since the most recent series has aired, (series 2), everyone has watched it. 
A man stalks as well as use social media to gain information about a certain woman to get close to her. He soon becomes obsessed and 'strange', keeps items that doesn't belong to him and gets rid of anything and anyone in his path.

Have you seen any of my recent watches? What are your opinions?

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Three Base Picks From Revlon

revlon colorstay products

revlon colorstay range

Revlon has to be my favourite drugstore makeup brand, hands down. No matter what, I always seem to get on with their products.
I only realised, when editing the photos for this post, that all three products are from the colorstay range. This post is definitely not sponsored, haha.

First up is the Revlon Colorstay combination/oily foundation. I'm sure I've written about this little gem on my blog before. In the winter months, I always get it in the shade 'buff' as it's the perfect colour for me. It's just your typical drugstore foundation. It doesn't go patchy throughout the day and it really keeps my oily T-zone under control.

Next is the Revlon Colorstay concealer. This is on the list of my top favourite concealers I've owned. I think this is a very close second to the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define coming first.
Colorstay does settle into the fine lines under my eyes, but with a damp beauty blender and after setting it with powder, all is good.

Talking of setting powder, this is my third base fave. This is in 'light' or I sometimes buy the 'translucent' one - depends what I'm feeling, y'know. You don't need a lot of product to cover the whole face. It sets everything in place without it going patchy or looking like there's product build-up.

The clues in the name of all of these products. They don't really budge at all. Sometimes I need to touch up a few areas with my pressed powder but hardly ever and it depends what I'm doing to have to touch it up.
Monday, 20 January 2020

12 Things I've Learnt in 12 Months of Wedding Planning

what I've learnt in 12 months of wedding planning

I can't believe we've been engaged for a year already, it's just insane how quick that year has gone! On that note, there is only EIGHT months left until the big day and that actually scares me.
Here is what I've learnt in 12 months of planning our wedding...

Wedding Fayres aren't for me
We attended our first wedding fayre last year when we were newly engaged and WOW. It set my anxiety sky high. All we wanted to do was walk around and get ideas but people were constantly bugging us. Forcing cake in our faces and trying to sell the idea of having a tipi at our wedding. It was too much and ended up not staying long. Also, wedding fayres seem to always have the 'top' suppliers - photographers, cake makers, stationers etc, which are super expensive and booked up. So because we were on a budget, I'm glad I didn't fall in love with anything.

Facebook is your best friend
I have been loving Facebook for wedding bits. Firstly, people sell so much stuff on there, if you're looking for something in particular, you're bound to find it. And secondly, there are so many wedding and bride groups you can join. If you have any questions or need opinions, you can post them into the group and so many other brides-to-be or previous brides can comment and give you their opinions. I actually really enjoy spending time in these groups. Everyone's so lovely too!

People have opinions
I have received a lot of opinions, some quite rude, since I told people we had booked our wedding. People have their own opinions, so take their opinion into consideration but remember it's your day and if you don't like their ideas, you don't have to go ahead with them.

Shop around
This is very important because weddings aren't cheap. If you like something, shop around to find something similar that's a little cheaper. The worst thing to do is rush into buying stuff and then regret it at a later date.

Ask for help
You can't do everything by yourself, even if you want to. It just makes you stressed and sometimes, ideas from other people can be better than your own. People like to be involved in wedding planning as well. We asked my mother in-law to do the table decorations and centrepieces and she's so grateful that we asked. 

Use Planning Apps & Websites
Bridebook has been my number one planning app. From when you first download it up until your wedding date, it gives you a timeline of deadlines. It also has lists of venues and suppliers in your area too which are super helpful!

Know when to stop scrolling through Pinterest
I made this rule when I found my wedding dress. I have a board dedicated to wedding dresses and before my first shop, I was neverendingly looking at different dresses. After buying my dress, my Pinterest feed was still full of dresses, and of course, it makes you self doubt. There's a button you can press to hide certain things from your feed which is what I done. You can forever scroll through Pinterest and see all gorgeous and different centrepieces, but then you'll be forever changing your mind. So, once you have ideas set in stone, try to control what you see on socials.

Everything is SO bloody expensive!
I knew weddings were expensive but I didn't actually realise HOW expensive they are. We have done it on a budget but it's still a good ££££. So keep your finances in mind when thinking about wedding planning.

The table plan is hard work.
Some of Liams family don't get on, so it's been hard to choose who sits where. We also don't know who we'd like with us on our top table. I feel like this has been the biggest challenge so far.

Write everything down
We have neverending amounts of lists. From songs for the DJ, to how I'd like my invitations designed. Literally every idea that pops into my head for the wedding, I jot down or make a note of it in my phone.

You become very organised
We have a pretty little storage box that we keep all of our wedding documents and invoices in. I'm an organised person anyway but I'm even more organised than I've ever been. It also makes everything 100x easier when everything's together in the right place.

Remember that it's YOUR day
Of course, the most important thing to remember. I'm trying not to stress and overthink about silly little things. Like 'what if our guests aren't happy with this or that...', it's our day and we'll do it how we want to.

Can anyone else relate to any of these or have any more tips?
Monday, 13 January 2020

A LookFantastic Haul.

beauty and skincare haul blog

I have been in need of some new makeup and skincare products for a while. I always buy from LookFantastic when I have a list of things to buy as they seem to have every brand and every product on there.

First up is the ABH brow pomade in the shade 'taupe'. I did originally purchase this in the shade 'soft brown', however it was a couple of shades darker than I expected it to be. So when this one arrived, I gave the other pomade to my sister. I love everything about this pomade, the way it smoothly glides on, the consistency and a little bit of product goes a long way so it's definitely worth the money.

anastasia beverly hills pomade review blog

hoola bronzer review blog

Another little product that seems to be everyone's favourite is the Hoola bronzer from Benefit. When I first opened this up, I actually thought it was going to be a little too dark for me but it's actually the perfect shade. 
I also finally got my hands on the NARS radiant creamy concealer. As you know, I love the NARS weightless luminous foundation, so I just had to purchase one of their concealers too. I got it in the colour 'vanilla' and again, it's the perfect shade for me. My opinion so far is that it blends out really nicely and it doesn't crease!

Onto skincare now, I bought the Burts Bees Mama Bee belly butter. No, I'm not pregnant. But, this has been highly rated and recommended for stretch marks. Since losing and gaining weight I have some pretty bad stretch marks that have appeared on the backs of my knees. I currently use bio-oil in the evenings - I hate applying it in the mornings before work because I hate the oily feeling against my tights. So, this butter should be perfect to use in the mornings.

Another skincare product that ended up in my basket was the MIO shrink to fit cellulite smoother. This product wasn't actually on my to-buy list, I was just browsing the site when I came across it. Even though having cellulite is completely normal and the majority of women have it, considering I'm 22 years old, I have it pretty bad on the backs of my legs and bum. I don't expect it to completely clear up but I'd be super happy with a little difference. So, as this had amazing reviews and was most recommended, I bought it.

Lastly, I've been needing a new sharpener for my lipliners and eyeliners for ages and I always forget to put it on my list. This time, I actually remembered! It's only the Brush Works brand and was only a couple of pound. It'll do the job.

a lookfantastic haul