Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Indulge Yourself, Christchurch

29 March 2019

I feel like the next installment of this cream tea series is a little overdue, sorry! I genuinely haven't had time to go for a cream tea recently, but, rest assured, after this post there's another on its way in the next few weeks too. I've received lots of suggestions of places to visit, and I can't wait to get to them all, but if you have any more then do send them my way. There's no such thing as too much research, right?

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Indulge Yourself, Christchurch

Today's location is Indulge Yourself in Christchurch. Now, I'm going to be honest, it really does look a little naff on the outside. The name isn't anywhere on the sign and the colours of the branding really aren't that inviting, in my opinion. Nonetheless, we wandered in and the inside was so much nicer than its exterior! A bit of a hidden gem one might say. It's cash only but there are cashpoints on the opposite side of the road, so it's not too much of an issue!

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Indulge Yourself, Christchurch
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Indulge Yourself, Christchurch
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Indulge Yourself, Christchurch

Taste 

The scone (yep, this cream tea only comes with one and is the first in this series to offer such) was pretty tasty! It definitely wasn't the best one I've ever had but it was good! 

Clotted Cream Quantity 

A good size portion was provided, 10/10. It did come in this little paper cup, however, which was a bit of a pain as it sort of disintegrated as time went on and made it hard to get the cream out of it. Let's not talk about the rubbish, lol. 

Price

The standard cream tea - a scone, jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea - is £4.95 which is very reasonable indeed. 

Aesthetic 

The interior was all white, with wooden tables and white chairs. There were lots of handmade cards for sale as well as other cutesy homeware bits too. It's definitely not the prettiest of places I've been to but it was still really nice! 

Location 

Indulge Yourself is right in the middle of the high street in Christchurch, so very handy if you're having a wander of the town! 

The Evening Acne Skincare Routine

27 March 2019

Last week I posted my morning skincare routine and I figured it was only right that I also posted my evening skincare routine. As I mentioned in that post, my skin is far from amazing and I've had acne for many years now, but I seem to have found a group of products that are helping it. Obviously, I can't guarantee that because they work for me they'll also work for you, but I wouldn't feature anything I didn't love!

My evening acne skincare routine featuring products from Dermalogica, Balance Me and Lacura

My evening skincare routine always starts with a micellar water to remove any eyemakeup that I've worn. Next up is Dermalogica's Precleanse* to remove any base makeup. It's an oil-based cleanser that really does a good job removing any makeup/sebum/gunk on my face. You apply this with dry hands to a dry face, and massage it in. Then, when rinsed with water it turns into a more milky texture.

Following this, I'll then cleanse my face again with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel*. As I mentioned in my last skincare routine post, this is a really light, refreshing cleanser that leaves my face feeling really clean. 

When my face has dried, I'll then use Lacura's Healthy Glow. It's a not-so-subtle Pixi Glow Tonic dupe and I love it! Whilst I haven't tried the Pixi offering, so I cannot compare it, I must say that I do really like this product. 

I'll then use the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream because your girl is getting older now and you can never be too premature on the eye cream. I'm not going to lie, this is the first eye cream I've ever used routinely so I'm not sure if it's any good as I don't have anything to compare to. That said, my eye area is always really smooth - so I guess it's doing something right, yanno?

The last product to go on my face is Nivea's Regenerating Night Cream. This is quite a heavy product, so I only tend to apply a small amount. When I wake up, however, my skin is always super soft and well moisturised. This was less than a fiver in Sainsbury's and I'm really quite impressed with it!

My evening acne skincare routine featuring products from Dermalogica, Balance Me and Lacura

If any of you reading this also struggle with acne prone skin - what are you holy grail products? Oh, and if anyone has any wonder products for getting rid of acne scars send them my way! As if having the spots themselves wasn't bad enough, there's nothing like being left with a face full of scarring, yay.

Sick Tings 044

25 March 2019

Ooooh, two posts in one day? I was so busy yesterday hanging out with my friends that I genuinely didn't have the chance to sit down and have a natter about all the things I got up to in my birthday week. But, spoiler: I had a really good week!

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring my 21st birthday, three cream teas and varsity against Portsmouth

I said in last week's Sick Tings post that I was going to save my birthday weekend at home for this post, so, here we are. After spending a couple of days in London to see Post Malone I headed back home-home for a couple of days. I opened my birthday cards and presents, had birthday cake and then we went for a delicious meal. We actually went somewhere I'd never been before: Miller and Carter Steakhouse (the Bournemouth branch) and it was deliiiish! We had creamy mushrooms and pulled beef garlic bread to start, then I had a steak for my main, and a caramel apple crumble tart with custard for dessert and it was amazing! Lemme tell you, there's nothing more bouijee than a three-course lunch. My Grandma very kindly gifted me a Pandora gift voucher so I spent that after lunch and you can see what I chose here. I received so many other incredible presents including this bag here and plenty of other things that I'm sure will end up on my Instagram at some point! Thank youuuu, everyone!

That was the Saturday, on the Sunday my parents and I went for a cream tea, shock, how else was I going to want to spend the weekend? Well, funnily enough, it actually ended up being two cream teas and I'm embarrassed to admit that I couldn't quite finish the second. We went to two different tearooms in Christchurch, and one was significantly better than the other. (There are blog posts coming soon as part of my Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast, don't you worry!) We then had a roast dinner (another of my faves) before I headed back to uni for the penultimate week before the holidays. 

Monday, was as always, just a day spent at uni! I did get to meet my supervisor, however, and we chatted all about my research project and he really put my mind at ease. I still don't have ethical approval for my study but he was saying that I really shouldn't worry and there will be other options if time really does start running out. 

And, Tuesday, my 21st birthday! Toria and I made pancakes for breakfast (what else? I really am so on-brand) and they were fab. I had my usual strawberries and white chocolate and they were incredible. I then went to my lecture - is that a bit a sad on your birthday (???) - and it was on maternal mortality, so that was a very cheery one it's fair to say. Then, I came home and for lunch Toria, Rhi and I went for a cream tea! Again, so on-brand. This one was at Kettle and Cake which I've already posted allll about and it was fab. 

Then, that evening, was my birthday night out. My sister and her boyfriend came, a load of my best pals came and it was all just really good fun. I bought all the ingredients to make pornstar martinis after my sister bought me a really pretty cocktail set, and they were fab. It helps to have a sister and a best pal who both have jobs making cocktails at a bar... After getting suitably 'merry' (absolutely sh*t-faced doesn't sound so good) we headed off to one of my favourite clubs in Southampton, and the only place to be on a Tuesday: Sobar. 

A very good night was had, and Wednesday, and some of Thursday, was spent making up for it. I watched all of the episodes of Afterlife on Netflix and I loved it! It was simultaneously really funny but also really sad, it's really really clever. 

The rest of the week was just spent doing uni work what with all of these deadlines coming up, so there isn't very much to report from Friday and Saturday.

Sunday, however, was Varsity day! I'd never been before, but, every year Southampton Uni take on Portsmouth Uni in all sorts of sports, and the winner of each game/match/race wins a number of points. The overall winner is then awarded the Varsity cup for the year. This year the event was being held at Portsmouth, so my pals and I headed down there and spent the day watching football, rugby, hockey, and athletics, drank snakebites and ate a load of Domino's pizza. Southampton won Varsity again this year, woop woop, but at lunchtime it was looking like it was going to be a Portsmouth win. However, we managed to pull it back and won by quite a significant margin, wahey!

Then, that evening, my pals came round for dinner and we had a really nice evening just chatting about all sorts of things... Just hanging out, yanno?


What have you been up to this week?

The Budapest Bucket List

As someone that's been fortunate to do a fair bit of travelling, one area of the world I haven't actually seen all that much of is Europe... That sounds so weird to write, but it's true. Considering that a lot of European cities are a few hours flight away at most, there really isn't any excuse. 

For example, I spent two months in Asia last summer but I haven't ever been to Paris (actual Paris that is, I've been to Disneyland). Anyway, after all of that ramble, I'm slowly but surely getting through lots of the places on my Europe bucket list, what with visiting both Amsterdam and Iceland last year. This weekend, however, my housemates and I are jetting off to Budapest for four days as a joint 21st birthday trip and I am SO EXCITED. So, for today's post, I thought I'd do a quick Budapest bucket list of all the things I hope we manage to do whilst we're away! (I don't expect us to do all of these, I got a bit carried away whilst making this list)

The Budapest Bucket List
  • See the Parliament Building
  • Walk around Heroes Square
  • Climb St Stephen's Basilica
  • Visit the Fisherman's Bastion
  • See Dohany Street Synagogue
  • Drink in a few ruin bars
  • Visit Buda Castle
  • Swim at the Széchenyi Thermal Baths
  • Wander around City Park 
  • Walk across the chain bridge (and see the two former cities)
  • See the Opera House 
  • Wander along Andrássy Avenue
  • Try goulash and other Hungarian dishes


Have I missed anything?
What's your favourite thing to do in Budapest?

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

22 March 2019

Aaaah, today's cream tea post is a bit of a special one because Kettle & Cake is where I spent the afternoon of my 21st birthday. After a hefty scroll of google I came across Kettle and Cake and as soon as I saw the photos of the cakes I knew I had to visit. 
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Kettle & Cake, Southampton

Taste 

The scone (yep, there was one) was delicious. It was really crispy on the outside but really soft on the inside. I opted for the fruited scone, as always, and it really didn't disappoint. I also had a slice of the rhubarb crumble cake and, oh my, it was INCREDIBLE. Potentially even better than the scone which really is saying something.


Clotted Cream Quantity 

Plenty of cream for the scone, no qualms here!


Price

The cream tea at Kettle & Cake is £4.99, and, unsurprisingly, came with a pot of tea, a scone, jam and cream. The afternoon tea (which the girls had) comes with sandwiches, a slice of cake as well as all the usual cream tea components and is £12.50. I personally cannot stand sandwiches but apparently, they were delicious.


Aesthetic 

The decor was really really nice at this tearoom! It was fairly simple but had so many lovely touches. Each table had a vase with a few fresh flower stems and all of the food came out on pretty floral china.


Location 

This tearoom is located in Hedge End, in Southampton, which, is about a 20/25 minute drive from West Quay, so is not quite in the usual tourist part of the city. Of all of my criteria, location is the only one that lets this tearoom down - location aside, it's scoring very high marks indeed.



Where should I visit next?

The Morning Acne Skincare Routine

20 March 2019

I've had pretty terrible skin pretty much all of my teenage life and it's fair to say I've tried all sorts of products, so-called miracle cures and old wives tales in the hopes of clearing it up. Now, as I'm sure you can tell from the title - I still haven't found the cure, but, what I have found is a load of products that seem to be helping. My skin is smoother than it's ever been and generally just looks miles better. So, for today's post i thought we'd have a chat about all of the products I use as part of my morning skincare routine, and, next week, we'll do the same but for my evening skincare routine! Let's dive right in, shall we?

My morning acne clearing skincare routine featuring products from Dermalogica and The Body Shop.
My morning skincare routine is pretty simple and doesn't take long to complete at all. I start by washing my face with Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel*. It's really light and refreshing, and leaves my face feeling really clean. 

Following this, I'll use Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant - which, can I say, I absolutely love. I was sent a selection of Dermalogica's products to try out, and even after just one use I knew this was going to be my favourite product of the lot. It's actually a white powder that turns into a scrub when it meets water, and is such a good exfoliant. It's not too harsh but definitely gets rid of a layer of dead skin cells or two - it's amazing.

I then wait for my face to dry before using The Body Shop's Chinese Ginseng and Rice Toner. I apply a fair amount to a cotton pad and just tone my whole face with it. I've been using this for months and months now, and my face always feels really good after using it. 

The last step in this routine is a fairly new product addition. I have pretty oily skin - unsurprisingly, you know having acne and all that - and this moisturiser has been doing really good things for my skin. It's the Dermalogica Clear Start Matte Moisturiser*. It's really light on the skin, sinks in really quickly and contains SPF 15. Now, it certainly doesn't keep my skin matte all day, but it's by far one of the best oil control products I've used!

My morning acne clearing skincare routine featuring products from Dermalogica and The Body Shop.

Aaaaand there we have it, my morning skincare routine. As I said earlier, it's not the most complicated of routines but it's doing really good things for my skin currently! If you only try one of the products in this post I for sure recommend that it's the exfoliator - it's amazing! Now, I know this isn't the most affordable of skincare routines, but, having tried a lot of the high street teeange/acne products it's fair to say you definitely get what you pay for.


What's your favourite product in your skincare routine?

21 Things In 21 Years

19 March 2019

As you are reading this it is currently my 21st birthday, eeeek! Now, I know it's more common to impart some wisdom when you reach another year older - what you've learnt that year etc - but, I'm going to be honest, I didn't really have a lot to say. So, instead, have 21 things I've done in my 21 years on the planet. To save this post being stupidly long, I'm not going to go into each thing in any detail, but, if there's something you're particularly interested in - let me know and I can do a story time or something? Anyway, enough rambling, let's get into this very narcissistic post, huh?

A list of 21 things I've done in 21 years... From being the lead rapper in the school nativity to doing the fastest zipline in the world.


1. Solo travelled
2. Passed my driving test
3. Been to two festivals
4. Performed in pantomimes
5. Competed in a spelling bee
6. Collected a ridiculous number of clothes
7. Worked in 2 supermarkets
8. Saw Ed Sheeran in concert in Florida
9. Worked with some amazing brands
10. Trained as a florist
11. Been part of 2 athletics clubs
12. Broke both bones in my arm at one of said athletics clubs, idiot 
13. Made the best friends, everrrr
14. Did a photography GCSE after school
15. Almost completed my Duke of Edinburgh Award
16. Travelled to 13 countries 
17. Did a den building experience with my Grandad
18. Was lead rapper in the school nativity aged 9
19. Did the fastest zipline in the world
20. Got into a Russel Group uni (and completed the vast majority of a degree)
21. Never watched Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Friends etc etc etc


What are some of your life highlights?

Sick Tings 043

17 March 2019

Not to be dramatic but I think this might be one of the best weeks everrrrr! I've had such a good week, even with an exam thrown in there too! The absolute highlight of the week has to be Post Malone - what a night! The weather has been less than ideal this week though - Storm Gareth is starting to become a bit of a nuisance. Pls stop being windy soon, I'd like to walk to uni in peace! I posted one of my favourite blog posts to date this week - responding to your assumptions - I'd love to know what you think!

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring Post Malone, a day in London and a much needed haircut.

The first half of this week was pretty much only midterm revision. I study a module all about advertising and this week we had an exam on all of the content we've learnt thus far. The exam was fairly difficult, but, we knew it was going to be, so that didn't come as a shock at all! I'm just so glad it's over! Revising the same 4 topics over and over really is incredibly dull. 

In other news, I finally had a haircut! I haven't had it cut since this post, so, yeah, it's safe to say it's been a long ol' while. I'm gonna be honest, the absolute best part of going to the hairdressers is having your hair washed. Forget the rest of it, just wash my hair for me pls. I love the length that my hair is now. It was getting to that awkward in between stage where it's neither long nor short, so I'm much happier with how it looks now. It's also sooooo much softer and healthier, so it's an all-round win if you ask me. 

This week I bought my ticket for the grad ball and also received the invite for the formal graduation ceremony too! The ball is the second week of June and gradation itself is mid July... How is uni almost over?!! It feels like only last week I was moving into halls and making those first few awkward conversations with my now best friends. Please, can time slow down a little?

Aaaah, Post Malone. We (my housemates and I) had seated tickets for his Thursday night show at the o2 and it was so so good! We had dinner at Ask beforehand and made our way to our seats towards the end of the second support act's set. One thing I think we need to discuss before we get onto the main man himself is the price of drinks at the o2?... £8 for a single and mixer - are you having a laugh? Anyway, Post Malone. WHAT A SHOW. He literally played all of the classics including a guitar rendition of Stay aka my favourite Posty song. He was on for an hour and fifteen and the time absolutely flew by. He gets a 10/10 from me. Love love love. 

I stayed at my friend's house that night and then a group of us headed into London the following day for a wander. We went to a lot of the main sights, ate a lot of good food and generally just wandered our way around the city. We went to Notting Hill, Hyde Park, Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden, and Trafalgar Square. What a good day. 

Then, this weekend I've just been at home home having early birthday celebrations. It's my 21st birthday on Tuesday, and I'm going to be at uni, so my family and I have spent this weekend celebrating! I'm not going to go into that too much now, I think I'm going to save it all for next week's post after my actual birthday! But, let's put it this way, I've been absolutely spoilt! Thank you, fam!


What have you been up to this week?

Responding To Your Assumptions About Me

15 March 2019

I've seen these posts floating around a lotttt recently and decided I wanted to give one a go myself... I set up an anonymous way for people to send me their assumptions, so I'm going to be honest, I was waiting for some absolutely raucous replies. Well, here we are and you guys couldn't have been nicer! So, thank you to anyone who sent them in and onto my reactions...

Responding to your anonymous assumptions about me. Topics include regretting going to uni, hating being single and being sassy


You're sassy
Ummm I'm not sure if I agree. I certainly am very opinionated but I'm not I'd say sassy... I like to make my own mind up on things and share said views if and when appropriate.

You're so bloody cute and a lovely person
Aaaah, I'll take that! I like to think I'm a lovely person. I guess we'll have to see if my family and friends agree with that but I'm sure they will. If they don't I'll just have to bribe them with my finest pancakes until they do.

You hate being single
Noooope, I don't hate it at alllll. As I mentioned in my Being Single  post, I've seen a lot of the shitty situations my friends have been in because of their relationships and I'm really not jealous at all. I'm only twenty, there's plenty of time for more relationships etc, so, for now, I'm just going to focus on smashing uni, working more on my blog and finding the perfect career.

You are veggie
Incorrect! I eat quite a lot of meat, chicken especially! Fun fact though, as a child my Mum was a vegetarian so I'm quite accustomed to a Quorn meal or two. I'm not adverse to being veggie, I just love the meals I make that contain meat and Quorn just isn't quite as good, yanno?

You want to do blogging full time
I mean, who doesn't? A job that involves staying in PJs as much as you want, setting your own working hours, producing content for brands you love, growing a following of people who love what you do... The only downside is, of course, the money side of it all. The work isn't always constant and it's worrying the number of brands who don't pay on time/go bankrupt! So, whilst it looks like the perfect career the grass isn't always greener on the other side!

You regret going to uni
Absolutely not! I've genuinely had the best three years ever at uni! I love the lifestyle, the friends I've made and just the freedom! I'm genuinely going to be so so sad when I leave, it's been an incredible experience. I've for sure grown and changed an awful lot and have done things I never thought I would. (Some of which should definitely not be written on the internet, so we'll just leave that there!) So, no, I don not regret going to uni at ALLLL.

You wish you did a different course at uni
I definitely agree with this to an extent! I kind of wish I had. But, I'm good at Psychology and some of it really does interest me a lot. However, because I don't want to go into a Psychology related career, doing a different degree definitely would have made this whole job searching thing a lot easier. That being said, I've made some incredible friends on my course and have learnt an awful lot. Everything happens for a reason, yanno?

You get lots of brand collab opportunities! Ps love your content!
I'm very grateful for all of the brand opportunities I'm offered - but I wouldn't say there were lots of them! I've been fortunate to work with a number of fab brands and could have worked with a whole heap more, but I'm always keen to turn down opportunities that don't align with me/my values. I know that is suuuuuch a wanky thing to say but it's true! I've been offered products/sponsorships related to dieting before and anyone who knows me knows that this gal is NOT about dieting. So, regardless of how good the opportunity, if it's not very 'me' I turn them down. Oh, and if you include those pyramid scheme DMs on Insta then I definitely get a lot of bran collab opportunities. *rolls eyes*

You are 22/23
I'm 20, 21 on the 19th of March! This one surprised me actually as I have such a baby face! If people thought I was 15 on appearance alone I genuinely wouldn't be shocked or offended.

You're a very determined person that won't stand for any bs
This is definitely a fair assumption and I agree! I have been known to call people out - including my friends - for things that I don't agree with or think are right/fair/acceptable. As for being determined, I'd agree with that too! I've averaged a first in every semester at uni thus far, so yeah, I like to think I have determination.

You have a kind soul and are dedicated to the friendships you make in life
What a nice thing to say?! I'm very much dedicated to my friendships... If any of my pals are reading this you know I love ya and how much you mean to me. I would definitely say I was a very sociable person, and being around my friends is by far my favourite thing to do. Ask any of my housemates, I just love to linger and chat!


Aaaaand, there we have it! My response to your assumptions about me. Thank you again to anyone that sent assumptions in, this was such a fun post to write. I'll leave the link for sending them in here just in case this has sparked anyone's curiosity and they have any more they'd like me to respond to!

Styling Four Trends #2

13 March 2019

Styling Four Trends #2. A fashion post including four current trends; ribbed, check, lace and leather.

I posted my first Styling Four Trends post just over a month ago and it received such a good response that I figured I'd do a second... So, here we are, welcome to another! As with the last post, this one is also in collaboration with Femme Luxe who very kindly gifted me these clothes. I looooove trying new trends so maybe we'll make this more of a regular occurrence? I'm thinking once a month? Does that sounds like a good plan? Answers on a postcard, please.

Styling Four Trends #2. A fashion post including four current trends; ribbed, check, lace and leather.

To start off this installment of the series it felt only right to go for this pink check pinafore*. Now, I've been getting more and more into check recently but didn't have any pink check and, now, here we are. It is winter, and I am really quite pasty, but I loooove how this looks on. I layered it with a cream knit and bare legs and I think it looks pretty fantastic. When it gets a little warmer, I think it'll also look really cute with a white tee underneath and trainers, with a denim jacket thrown on top.

Styling Four Trends #2. A fashion post including four current trends; ribbed, check, lace and leather.

Okay, so this one is hardly a new, mind-blowingly exciting trend, but, I've never had a pair of ribbed leggings* before, so thought I'd try out a black pair. I paired them with a black ribbed bardot and I love how comfy it is as a pair. I can definitely see me wearing these lots on lazy days... I mean, I've only had them a few days and they've already had their first wear to Aldi. The sign of a good cozy piece, no?

Styling Four Trends #2. A fashion post including four current trends; ribbed, check, lace and leather.

Now, I didn't think I'd EVER own/wear a lace bodysuit, but, do you know what, I lowkey love this white bodysuit*. Yes, it will look 100 times better with a tan, and yes, it is literally see through (plasters are your friend) - but I think I'm a convert. I have mine in a size 6/8 and it's a perfect fit for me. It does literally look like lingerie but with a big denim jacket I think it's such a cool combo. 

Styling Four Trends #2. A fashion post including four current trends; ribbed, check, lace and leather.

I used to own a pair of leather coated jeans, but, I very recently tried them on and they were not looking cute - I literally couldn't do them up. So, here we are with a replacement; black leather leggings*. Unfortunately, these are really quite short on me so I had to roll them up and I'm not sure what I think of them... They're really really high waisted and also have a really thick waistband, so they're really flattering. They are, however, very shiny, so I'm not sure when they're going to get their first wear. They're a little too much for a geography lecture, no?

Aaaaand there we have, four more trends as trialed and styled by me. Of the four, the check pinafore is by far my favourite - I think it's going to look so so cute in Spring. I'm also really excited to wear the bodysuit when a) the weather's a bit warmer so I don't freeze to death and b) I have a bit of a tan...


What is your current favourite trend?

Sick Tings 042

10 March 2019

I cannot start this post without immediately mentioning pancakes. It was Pancake Day this week and this girl went HARD. So, on Pancake day itself I had two lots of pancakes, then I had pancakes for lunch the two following days... Four lots of pancakes in two days. That's not too shabby, eh? In case you're wondering what my toppings of choice are, here's what I had: white chocolate and strawberries, milk chocolate and raspberries, and the classic lemon and sugar x2. Delicious.

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring four lots of pancakes, the hardest workout ever and a trip to the theatre.

As always, my Monday was fairly mundane. I had my usual full day at uni and it was all rather quiet. Nothing much to report here.

Tuesday, aka Pancake Day was a fantastic day. After my breakfast fit for a Queen, I headed to uni for a lecture and then spent the afternoon working on our group project with my pals. At 6.15, Lucie and I attended Circuits at the uni gym and let me tell you, I was almost the sweatiest I've ever been. It was SUCH a good workout and we've decided to try and go every week that we can. After circuits, we had pizza and garlic bread, and then a batch of pancakes, so yeah, it's fair to say Tuesday was a really good food day. 

On Wednesday, I attended the theatre. As part of my course, we were offered discounted tickets to see Rain Man at the Nuffield Theatre. It was actually really really good. I had no idea what to expect having not seen the film but it was such a good watch. For those of you who have no idea what I'm on about; Rain Man is about a man who discovers at the age of 30 that he has a long lost brother. His brother has severe autism and the play just depicts them building their relationship together. The acting was incredible, so if you have the chance to see it, do it! That evening I went to my most-hated club; Oceana and I can confirm that I'm still not a fan. I promised one of my friends that I'd go, so that's my good deed done for the month! We left the club at 3, then headed back to Anna's for Domino's and I finally got into bed at 5am.

Thursday was a very leisurely day. Having only had a few hours of sleep it's unsurprising that Thursday wasn't the most energetic of days. I just had a lecture and a seminar at uni, came home, had dinner and was in bed by 9pm... Rock and roll!

Other than uni work, Friday wasn't spent doing a lot other than a workout at the gym. I also watched the first of the Leaving Neverland documentaries, and, let me tell you, it does not make for comfortable viewing. I know they say that hindsight is 20/20, but there really were some warning signs, no? If you've seen it, that birthday video he made for Wade seemed really odd?? 

At the risk of sounding really dull and repetitive, Saturday was spent in much the same way as most of my other days of late. I did a load of uni work and also hit the gym. I've mentioned before that I want to run a 10K this year, so I'm trying to run as often as I can in preparation. Saturday evening was much more exciting. I headed to the pub with two of my best pals and we had a really good evening. We need to make more of an effort to hang out more, so, if you're reading this - hold me to that!

Aaaaand, Sunday. I spent this morning shooting photos for my next Styling Four Trends Post and as I mentioned on my story, I'm actually really pleased with how the photos turned out! Toria and I spent the afternoon in bed working on our dissertations and are currently whipping up yet another roast dinner. This evening we've got Yorkshire puddings, stuffing balls and homemade roast potatoes, as well as all the usual trimmings. YUM. 


What have you been up to this week?

The Home For The Weekend Makeup Bag

8 March 2019

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If you read my blog post on Wednesday alll about my relationship with makeup you'll know that I've recently got back into makeup, wearing makeup, makeup launches, product reviews, the lot. So, to kick off my foray back into the world of beauty I thought we'd chat through all the products I grab when I'm heading back home for the weekend. 

The home for the weekend makeup bag. A round up of all of the beauty products I reach for when packing lightly.

My makeup bag itself is from Kate Spade and I LOVE it. Isn't it the prettiest thing ever? It's such a good size. I manage to fit all of these products in it and more, and it's a really good shape too. (Is that even a thing?)

If I'm just popping home for the weekend I don't typically have any crazy plans. No nights out nor flashy events so the products I reach for are always my no-makeup makeup staples. The simple base products, one eyeshadow palette and a couple of nude-ish lip products. The really easy go-to's, yanno?

The home for the weekend makeup bag. A round up of all of the beauty products I reach for when packing lightly.

Base

For day to day wear, the foundation I've been reaching for the most is Rimmel's Match Perfection. I've been using it for so so long and it's just a bit of a classic. It's so easy to blend out, the shade I have - Light Porcelain - is a really good match for me during the winter and it just wears really well. I use this in conjunction with the holy grail Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and it's such a good combo. I genuinely cannot fault that concealer. It's such good coverage and retails at less than a fiver. I dread to think how many tubes of the stuff I've gone through... 

Another classic product is my setting powder; Rimmel's Stay Matte. I've been using it for years and I don't think I'll ever stop repurchasing it. As for highlighter, I've been reaching for ELF's Moonlight Pearls a lot recently. It's a really pretty champagney shade and simultaneously looks very natural but also very glowy, win win. 

I'm not usually a massive blush fan but Benefit's Goldrush has been my blush of choice of late. It's a really pretty pink shade and is so easy to blend out. As for bronzer, I'm still using NYC's Sunny Bronzer and I'm still a big fan. It's quite buildable and doesn't look too orange, which, when you're as pale as I am, is pretty good going. 

Eyes

I keep forgetting about my Mac Quads so I've been making a real effort to use mine more often. I have two, but the one that contains Satin Taupe is my absolute favourite. That eyeshadow is incredible. I'm not sure what it is about it but I just LOVE how it looks on me. When it runs out I will 100% be repurchasing it, it's a gooden. The mascara I'm currently using - and loving - is from Diego Dalla Palma. It's both volumising and lengthening, so, for me, is ticking all the boxes. In my brows, I use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough As Taupe and have done for yeaaaars. It's the perfect ashy tone, and when applied with a light hand looks really really natural. 

Lips

As for lips, I tend to reach for one gloss, one lipstick and one liquid lipstick. My current go-to lipgloss is Marc Jacobs' Pink Flamingo. As for liquid lipstick, NYX's Lip Lingerie in Baby Doll is my current favourite. It's such a pretty pink. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that the only lipstick I ever really reach for is Mac's Velvet Teddy. It's an absolute cult favourite and is the prettiest shade ever. It wears really well and makes my teeth look whiter than they are, I genuinely don't think I can fault it. 


What are your makeup bag must haves?

My Relationship With Makeup: Getting Back With An Ex

6 March 2019

Okay, so something rather surprising has happened recently, I’ve actually got back into makeup, beauty hauls, tutorials, new releases, the lot. Don’t get me wrong I haven’t not been wearing makeup for the last few years, I’ve been reaching for the same few products creating the same few (read: two) looks and just getting on with my day. Spending five mins max concealing my spots, applying some mascara, filling in my brows and setting my entire face. If I’m going out, I might add some eyeshadow and lipstick to the mix, but that’s about it.. You could say that makeup and I's relationship got a bit too comfortable. Stale some might say.

Well, things are changing.

A ramble about my on/off relationship with makeup and where we're at now and where I plan on taking my blog in the future.


I used to really love doing my makeup whilst I was at school. I think the majority of us had a phase like that. We’d slap a load of makeup on before school because God forbid our classmates seeing us without at least 3 coats of mascara and a thick layer of orange foundation, the horror. I mean, I even used to wear gold eyeshadow to school everyday… Okay, babes, you do you. 

Since being at uni, however, things have changed an awful lot. For one, I have a very empty timetable so quite a few days of the week I don’t have anything I need to attend, and even when I do there’s not that routine structure that most people are used to. I only get dressed when I have to (lol, talk about lazy) and so whacking some makeup on my face is oh so unlikely. Plus, I live with my best pals – they see me without makeup and have also seen me in all sorts of other states – so I really couldn’t care less how I look… Is that a weird thing to say? Have I lost the plot? Anyway, what I’m trying to say in this backwards, rambly way is that I rarely wear makeup at uni, unless I’m going out-out, and even then you won’t find any cut creases around these parts. 

Maybe this is all just part of ‘growing up’ and ‘being comfortable in your own skin’ and all that malarkey. I’ve spoken about it previously quite a few times but I really don’t have nice skin. I’ve had acne on and off for about 5 years now, and only in the last couple of years have I been comfortable going out without my safety blanket of an inch of concealer. Throwback to year 11 and the thought of leaving the house without any makeup I’d be petrified. Now, I don’t give a flying fook. And I think that’s incredible. It’s so easy to get so caught up in what we look like and in turn letting that affect how we feel. Well, so long sucker, not anymore. 

Anywaaaaay, I was watching Youtube videos with Rhi the other day and we watched a new in beauty haul and out of nowhere I just really felt like jumping head first back into the beauty community again. So much so that I then spent my evening watching beauty videos and reading all sorts of blogs about new-in beauty products. Name any new product release and I can guarantee I don’t know a thing about it. I’ve genuinely been so out of the loop the last few years. But, guess what, I’m back. 

This has all come at such a convenient time too. My sister recently bought me a Tarte sample kit because she wants to treat me to a Shape Tape foundation for my birthday, what a legend. The kit contains different colour testers of the matte and hydrating foundations as well as the concealer, alongside a mini mascara and eyeliner also. I was also really kindly gifted the most gorgeous PR from Pixi Beauty for Galentine’s Day and I’ve been loving trying it out. 

So, what was the point of this post I hear you all asking? Well, I just wanted to have a chat about my relationship with makeup and how we’ve recently taken things to the next level. And by that, I mean, we’re going to start seeing each other a little more often again. We’re not meeting up every day, but things are getting a little bit serious and I think we might even start trying out some new, more extreme, things, ooo-er.

I received some gorgeous beauty bits for Christmas (YSL Touche Eclat I’m looking at you) so I think I’m going to start making a ‘what I’m trying’ kind of post a regular thing around these parts. I’m by no means an expert, but I figured these beauty posts could all be branded under a ‘dummies guide to…’ umbrella and we’d just have a chat about products purely from my little product knowledge and actual experiences. How does that sound? Good, I hope because it’s going to be coming your way regardless…


How is your relationship with makeup going? Is it on and off or has it been going solidly for years?

Sick Tings 041

3 March 2019

The glorious weather really has put me in a fab mood this week. I dug out a load of my summer clothes, hit a beer garden, went for a walk as the sun set, smelt my first BBQ and moaned about leg shaving season being upon us already. It's been a good week. I didn't ever think the weather affected me too much but maybe it does, I've had an absolute spring in my step this week and I can only put it down to the weather. Thank youuu, vitamin D.

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring beer gardens, my first time trying Greek food and birthday shopping

Monday consisted of my usual day of lectures at uni but the evening saw me try something new. Now, this probably sounds mad to a lot of you but I'd never had Greek food until this week... I've never been to Greece nor a Greek restaurant but this week I went for Gyros with Lucie and had a fab time. Yes please to all of the chicken gyros. 

Tuesday was just as glorious and, of course, ended in a beer garden. Yes, it's February. Yes, we've destroyed the planet. But, when it's 16 degrees and uni is done for the afternoon where better to head than a beer garden for a few pints. Well, a few pints were had and we ended up having a really last minute, lowkey house party. By lowkey, I literally mean 4 people, but the thought's there, right?

Unsurprisingly, I ended up waking up feeling pretty worse for wear on Wednesday and spent most of the morning just lounging around in bed. I had lunch and then headed to a cafe to crack on with some uni work with Lucie. For someone that only ever does work sat at their desk in their room, I actually managed to get quite a lot done. Maybe this whole working in a cafe thing does work, after allllll.

Thursday was a fairly quiet day. I had one lecture and then headed to the gym. I was planning on attempting another mammoth run but alas that didn't happen. In the evening I went for a couple of drinks with one of my gal pals and spent the evening chatting away. The one thing I'll miss the most when I leave uni is my friends, oh, and how easy it is to plan and do something. Can we all just live in Southampton forever, pls?

I woke up early on Friday morning to hit the gym with Matt at 8am. 8am!! We had a good workout and then I went to West Quay to meet my fam. We had a good ol' wander round, had lunch at Byron and then headed back home home. I had the C-Rex at Byron and let me tell you it was delicious! After such a busy week I was sound asleep by 10 and oh boy was it nice to be back in my own bed. 

We woke up fairly early on Saturday morning and headed to Gunwharf Quays to do some shopping. It's my 21st birthday on the 19th of March and so I picked out a few things to receive for my birthday and I literally love them all. What I had in mind on choosing when we arrived couldn't be more different than what we left with but I cannot wait to receive them! 

Tomorrow is my Nannie's birthday. So, after a leisurely morning and lunch, we're going to head to her house with flowers, cake and presents in tow. I've got my fingers crossed for a slap up roast at home home this evening before heading back to Southampton ahead of another week at uni. 


What have you been up to this week?

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst

1 March 2019

Hello, and welcome back to the best blog series I've ever written. In case you missed the last one installment on Halladay's I'll give you a quick recap now... Becca is a girl that loves a cream tea so Becca is going on a mission to find the best cream tea on the south coast. A pretty neat concept, huh? I've compiled a few judging criteria and will be writing a whole blog post on each place I visit. I'm not sure how many I intend on reviewing, but the more the merrier, right? I'm doing this all in the name of both scientific research and a public service. (It's not just that I love scones, definitely not.)
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst
This installment's location is Peggy May's Cafe, situated on the high street of a pretty New Forest Village: Lyndhurst. My gals and I went for a wander in the New Forest, and so a cream tea afterwards was an absolute necessity. After wandering up and down the street, peeking in at the various cafes we settled on this one as it looked really cute, and we were not let down. 

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Peggy May's Cafe, Lyndhurst

Taste 

The scones (one plain and one fruit) came out warm and oh my they were lovely. They were really soft and generally just delicious. With the scones came a pot of strawberry jam and a pot of blackcurrant jam and I actually think I preferred the latter... Who'd have thought it, hey?

Clotted Cream Quantity 

Potentially the most important criteria for me. Nobody likes to be stingy with the clotted cream and I can confirm that 2 pots were provided per cream tea. What a score.

Price

I opted for The Forest Cream Tea which includes 2 scones, 2 pots of jam, 2 pots of cream and a teapot of tea. At £6.45 for a cream tea in the New Forest, it's very fairly priced! They also offer High Tea which includes all of the above as well as sandwiches! (I really don't like sandwiches but even I thought they looked really good.)

Aesthetic 

The aesthetics are what drew us into this cafe rather than others and I'm sure you can see why. All of the tables and chairs were in varying pastel shades and there were lots of decorative bits and pieces scattered around.

Location 

Located about 5 minutes from the free Bolton's Bench New Forest car park it couldn't be in a better location for a cosy Sunday expedition. There are lots of pretty little knick knacky shops on the same street so it really is a good place to for for a wander of an afternoon...


After reading all of that I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that overall I rate Peggy May's pretty highly! The food was delicious, Lyndhurst is a lovely place to visit and so, for that reason, this cafe will definitely rank pretty well compared to the others.


Where shall I visit next?
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