Sunday, 28 April 2019

A Payday Wishlist

payday wishlist

I am so excited for pay day to come around this month! I feel like all I've been doing these past few months is booking and buying things for the wedding. As I have had my eye on so many things recently, I've decided that I'll actually treat myself this time around. 

How gorgeous are these white Ted Baker heels?! And YES, they're expensive... £139. To be honest, I don't think I've ever spent this much money on a pair of shoes. But, I have been searching high and low for bridal shoes and can't find any that I actually like apart from these. I am still debating whether to give in and buy these or just wait to see if I find anything cheaper. Another pair of shoes I'd love to add to my wardrobe are these wedges from River Island. I loved their wedges last year but I left it waaay too late and they were all sold out by the time I went on holiday. 

I swear by my all time fave Bondi Sands tan, but I was actually recommended this certain tan lotion from Rosi on Instagram. Her tan has been looking flawless recently and she had mentioned that she uses bBold tan, which I've never even heard of! For only £14.95, I will definitely be giving this a go. After trying the Nars all day luminous weightless foundation, I really want to give the Estee Lauder double wear a whirl! I've realised that paying a little bit extra for a foundation does pay off. 

As for my hair, it has been needing some hella TLC at the moment. I don't know why but it feels so damaged and dry. LUSH is always a winner with their products. So I found a treatment and a conditioner - what more will my hair want?! 

What's on your pay day wishlist this month? Let me know if you've tried the bBold tan too!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wedding Haul #1 - What I've Bought So Far + Update

wedding haul

Considering our wedding is still 17 months away, Liam and I have been insanely organised for it. Since my last wedding planning post, we have booked our videographer, hired a donut van, a photobooth, a fairy light backdrop, a chocolate fountain etc, transport and sent out save the dates! We have also bought so many little d├ęcor bits for the venue. I love watching wedding haul videos on YouTube so I thought I'd write about our purchases on the blog. 

wedding haul blog post

I have always wanted personalised hangers for the bride squad. After searching the internet high and low, I found these ones on Etsy for such a reasonably good price at £4.99 each. I actually contacted the seller asking if she did package prices for bulk buys and luckily she did! I think these hangers are lovely for the girls to keep after the wedding too.

After being told there was a really good wedding section in Home Bargains, I of course popped in there on my day off work to have a nosey. I found this cards box which only cost around £3. It's actually a pop up box, it's so easy to put up and it's such a great size too! Another place I have been popping in recently is Hobbycraft. We have actually bought quite a few things from Hobbycraft including this wedding sign and Mr & Mrs table sign. You can hang them up which is what we'll do with the wedding ceremony sign but we'll probably have the Mr & Mrs sign just sitting on the top table in front of us.

wedding haul blog

what ive bought for my wedding

the range haul

homeware haul

wedding decor haul

The petals, table diamante confetti and the bride & groom chair signs are all from The Range. We're going to put the petals down either side of the aisle. These bride and groom chair signs look so pretty hanging on the back of chairs. I definitely want a photo of me and Liam sitting on our chairs with those signs hanging on the back of them on the day. 

After buying the bridesmaids champagne flutes, I realised I didn't actually get one for myself *face palm emoji.* So I hopped back onto Etsy and bought mine for £2.75 and it actually got delivered really quickly. This wishing jar from Hobbycraft was the first thing we bought when we were newly engaged. I can't remember how much it was but it was on sale at the time. I just thought that it was such a cute idea of leaving little messages as well as having a guestbook.

wedding decor haul blog

wedding decor

personalised wedding guestbook

I had seen a blogger mention this guestbook on their blog and it's been bugging me for days because I cannot remember who it was. It's real leather and I just loved the style of it. I paid around £40 for it from a shop called Oh So Cherished on, which I don't think is too bad. 
However, I am now freaking out about the guestbook. There are so many pages and the pages themselves are so big! I just know the majority of people are going to write all on one page and there are going to be so many blank pages left in the book. I have been googling so many different ideas of what else the guests could do with it. Seriously though, the guestbook should be the least of my worries.

ikea haul

ikea homeware haul

Hooray!! We have finally found our white lanterns for our centerpieces. We saw some in The Range which were £11 but we didn't want to spend that per lantern. So when we went to Essex, I drove to the IKEA down Lakeside and we found these lanterns for £7 each. So we wiped out half the shelf by taking the lanterns haha. We were so happy that we finally found some! My mother in law wanted to do our centrepieces, so she's going to get some white and pink flowers with those firefly lights and make them look all pretty.

Whilst we were in IKEA, I saw these little jam jars. I think they came in a pack of three and they were quite cheap. My original idea was to have them in front of the lanterns with the LED candle inside with a few flowers coming out of them. But when we got home and set them out, they didn't look right with the lantern. So we're now going to use them as sweet jars and put them on the tables instead.

That is all we've bought for our wedding for now. No doubt there will be a few more wedding hauls coming up. We could go on forever buying stuff haha. 
Monday, 8 April 2019

I Finally Got My Hands on That NARS Foundation...

nars luminous weightless foundation review

nars luminous weightless foundation blog

nars all day luminous weightless foundation review

Yes, I finally gave in and bought the NARS luminous weightless foundation. I've literally wanted this foundation for ages but really couldn't justify paying the price for it. After mainly using drugstore foundations for years, I decided that it's time to give in and try another higher end foundation for a change. I have heard many amazing things about this foundation, so of course I couldn't wait to slap it on my face.

It doesn't say 'shake well' on the back of the bottle for no reason. This really is a runny foundation. I've applied this with both a brush and a beauty blender and they both apply and blend out the foundation beautifully. I couldn't believe how full coverage it is considering it's a super watery foundation. The first day I tried it, I even forgot to put my concealer on because of how full coverage it is. It wasn't until after I set my face with powder, I realised. Bear in mind I have the worst dark circles under my eyes, so this really worked some magic for me! It covers redness and dark circles so well too, this will definitely be my go-to everyday foundation. It does what it says on the bottle; it really is lightweight. It has got to be the most weightless foundation I've worn in a long time. It doesn't even feel like I'm wearing make-up.

It can sometimes make my combination skin more on the oily side than normal, but it's nothing I can't deal with. It lasts for a good nine/ten hour day for me without fading or going patchy which I think is amazing.
My skin has been looking so hydrated and soft and I've had so many people recently tell me that my face has been looking flawless. What girl doesn't wanna hear that!?
£35 really is worth it for this foundation. Why didn't my tight-ass purchase it sooner?