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Barcelona. One of my favourite and most memorable cities. Now I don't boast to be a photographer (I am far from that) I just love taking photos with my camera from an angle or place, as I saw it through my eyes at the time. I believe every photo captures a special memory, that we will never be able to live again but is there for us to always remember.

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February Favourites

Well hello there March! I can't say I'm surprised to see you so soon, as every month seems to be flying by recently! In February, I tried a lot of new things that I loved, so this is a post I've been very excited to share with you all. Don't worry, I did narrow these down! (Also soz for the state of the Beauty Blender, I did clean it the day before but y'know, girls got needs..)

Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-licious Tame & Shine Styling Hair Oil 

If anyone told me to use a hair oil this time last year, I'd have probably shuddered a little. I have horrible memories of using my mums hair serum when I was younger (you know when you went overboard and you had those wet/greasy looking ends?) Yup, it happened. 

Anyway, I thought I'd set all my bad memories aside and give this a try (any excuse for those Boots points!) Let's be honest, bleached hair needs all the care it can get. This is actually a styling oil, which I have never really been familiar with before. You can use it for extra care when pre-washing, on damp hair for better manageability (pre-styling) or on dry hair for a sleek, finished look. I tend to use this before blow drying or on dry hair, as either works wonders on my ends.

 It also contains Argan Oil, which I think we all know is basically a godsend for your hair. Let's not forget what an amazing scent this product leaves on your hair - it literally resembles your ultimate tropical paradise. I would happily lather myself in the stuff if it wasn't frowned upon covering your body in hair oil. Just sayin'.

I had been reading up on all the hype for the Beautyblender when it first came out, but I could never justify £16 for one sponge. I bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (which by the way is a great dupe) ages ago and did use that pretty religiously, until I realised I wasn't supposed to scrub it to clean it and almost ripped the poor thing in half.. Swiftly moving on.

On my mission for change, I had to jump at the chance when Wowcher were advertising the Beautyblender for £6.99. Um, hell to the yes please. (I did end up paying about a fiver postage, but we will just forget about that..)

This distributes my make up so incredibly well. It feels so gentle on my skin and gives such a great finish - without having to worry about losing any excess product into a brush. The Beautyblender is such a multi-functional little sponge which has basically replaced the majority of my make-up brushes - that's when you know you love something a heck of a lot! 

Soap And Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen 

Where has this been all my life?! I see this product being talked about by make-up lovers on a regular basis, but it seemed like every time I tried to change from my Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner to any other formulation/brand, I just couldn't seem to get on with it - especially the pens.

Soap & Glory's make up range is still slowly creeping it's way into my fast growing collection and I've never had any bad experiences with them, so there was no harm in trying. If all else failed, it was only £6 I was losing.
No biggie.

I swatched this on my hand in the shop and I was instantly sold. The pigmentation and stay power is incredible on my eyes, nothing quite like I'd ever used before. It a carbon black formula, so it can also be smudged if you want it to fit in with a perfect smokey eye. I find this so much easier to do winged liner with and I really never thought I would! I 100% recommend this to anyone, especially if you're shy at trying new liquid liners. 

If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that a few months ago I had an undying relationship with the OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner. As much as I love that combo and they work wonders on my hair, I felt like I needed to spice up my hair routine a little bit. As OGX already gained my trust a long time ago, I decided to delve a little further into what else they had to offer. Again, I know Argan Oil is a well known ingredient to help protect the condition of your hair, so as soon as I opened up to smell it - I was basically sold. Although I don't feel it's as nourishing as the Coconut Milk, this definitely still makes my hair super soft with amazing shine! 

Back at Christmas time, the Beauty At Tesco Twitter page were giving away either this free Max Factor Mascara or an Olay Anti-Ageing cream. You could apply to get one of these by getting someone to tweet you the link, on the condition you filled out a short survey when you received your product.

Honestly, I was a little sceptical about if this would ever arrive. I kept having daunting thoughts that I'd given my address out to some random spam company. Paranoia at its best. However almost 4 weeks later, it finally turned up! *pumps fist* I have taken a strong liking to plastic applicators on mascara's lately, as I feel like they grip and lift my lashes much more than a usual fabric brush. I do have to say, the formula is quite sticky to begin with, so you do need to bear with it. However, I love how buildable it is and how you get volume as well as length. Another great thing about False Lash Effect is that it doesn't flake or give you panda eyes.. Yay! This is on the slightly pricier side of high street mascaras, but I can assure you it's worth it.

Soap And Glory 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash

This cleanser is such a breath of fresh air to my skincare regime. I love using products that really feel like they are 'working' as you use them and this is definitely high up on that list. It has a very fresh smell to it, and contains small ultra-soft scrub beads, which give your face that extra clean feeling without being abrasive on your face. It's £8 for the cleanser and the bottle is huge. No kidding, I've used this pretty much every day since Christmas and it looks virtually untouched. You don't need a lot of product for it foam up on your face either, which is one of my favourite things about this. It leaves my face feeling smooth, refreshed and I have noticed a small difference in a brighter complexion too! 

What did you love in February? :)

TB x

Flowers Delivered To Your Door? Yes Please!

I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for a good old bouquet of flowers. They comfort you when you're sad, help you to celebrate the good times or just there to make someone smile. You can always say it with a bunch of flowers. I find they really brighten up a room and add so much more character. As you can imagine, I absolutely couldn't resist when Sam from Floraqueen got in contact with me asking if I'd like to receive some to review!

Let me tell you a bit more about Floraqueen. They are International Flower Delivery Experts, based in Barcelona - which just so happens to be one of my favourite and most beautiful cities in the world. #browniepoints. You can buy and send gifts & flowers from their website, to over 90 different countries worldwide! How cool is that? 

Now, I know what you're thinking.. How the hell do you ship flowers without them getting ruined?! (Don't worry, I thought that too!) Basically, what happens is Floraqueen find the best, local florists in your area, to pick out the freshest & highest quality flowers to match your chosen bouquet. They even follow it up with the florist by phone to make sure you receive your order on time.

I chose the Elegance And Love Bouquet* because I found it the most eye-catching and stylish bouquet on the website. Although they have a wonderful selection, I loved the idea of roses and lilies put together, as that idea has never really occurred to me before. None-the-less, they look absolutely stunning and look even better in person! 

When the flowers arrived, I had already had compliments from my mum (and neighbours) saying it's the most beautiful bouquet they have ever seen! I certainly didn't disagree with them. The flowers looked even better in real life than they did on the website aka. Amazing! They came beautifully gift wrapped, and sat in a big enough box so that the flowers didn't get squashed. The Roses were fully bloomed which worried me a little bit, but I can confirm after nearly 5 days they are still going strong. The Lilies weren't bloomed yet, so it was nice to have the element of surprise waiting for that to happen. A few days later, they came out and oh my goodness.. I can't even tell you how beautiful they are! They really do pick out the best florists! 

My favourite thing about this website is it doesn't really matter where you are in the world, you can send someone flowers directly to their door. I know a lot of people who have long distance relationships or have family who live abroad, so this is the perfect way to say you love them if you can't be there to say it in person. You have 3 choices for the size of your bouquet (Classic, Deluxe & Premium) and can even add an extra little something, like a cheeky box of chocolates at the checkout - if you wanted to go that extra mile!

Overall, I am so impressed with my flowers and I will 100% recommend Floraqueen to anyone!

Have you heard of this company before? :)

TB x

Life Lately.. A Catch Up

Life in the last few weeks has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you will know that my family and I have been going through a bit of a crazy time recently. In amongst all the bad stuff, I have also been SO busy and had some great opportunities thrown my way. Silver linings, I guess?! I thought I'd update you all on what's been going on and share with you what I've been up to over the last few weeks. 

So, at the start of last month, I started working full time again after a year and a half of reduced hours. It may not sound like a big deal, but it was definitely a bit of a shock to the system and I'm still adjusting to the longer days (maybe I just need to man the F up!) In the long run though, it's going to help pay for my oh-so-busy lifestyle, not to mention my not-so-healthy make-up addiction.. All for the blog, not even sorry.

On the 14th was Valentines Day (just incase you weren't aware!) Not always everyone's favourite day, but for me it's a special one. Jack and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary together, as well as Cupid's lil old day. It's absolutely flown by and we've been through so much together. (Me and Jack, not me and Cupid) We kept it pretty basic this year by chilling at home, doing a lot of sleeping and then going out for a lovely meal in the evening. Still salivating over dat Steak though. <3 Sundays are meant for lie-ins and eating anyway, right?! We may not of had the busiest day, but I am very lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive guy in my life and wouldn't change him for the world. Ps. He got me some beautiful roses, some Lush Unicorn Horn's and Percy Pigs.. Aka. A Keeper ;)  

Jack and I have attended A LOT of gigs this month.. Not even exaggerating on this one, so brace yourselves! We go to gigs a lot anyway, but it seems that every year - February takes the lead for being the most musical month! We saw State Champs & Neck Deep at the start of Feb which was utterly incredible, so much pop punkness in one evening! I haven't heard that many people singing along to bands in a very LONG time. I love it when I get shivers from hearing a band play, this was definitely one of those evenings.

The next gig we went to was infact Slipknot at London's Alexandra Palace, which I knew wasn't going to be a disappointment (apart from facing the most horrific uphill climb to actually get there..) It's a great venue that almost has a festival feel as you walk in, but sadly the location lets it down a little bit, unless you drive there of course. It didn't taint the evening at all though, they put on the most awesome stage show and really gave it their all! It was so fun to re-live my metal loving youth! #GOFFLYF

Later that week, we headed off to see Bowling For Soup at Camden Roundhouse. We had insanely high hopes for this gig, as last time we saw them in 2013 - they owned it! They came on a little bit late and it was good, but they sped up their whole set and it kind of ruined their show. They really did miss out some brilliant songs too! With that being said, my Auntie and I went to their Southampton date a few days later and they thankfully redeemed themselves. They are such a giggle, really interacted with the crowd and should never have gone on a hiatus before! Also the CUTEST little boy got pulled up on stage for 1985.. *sheds tear*  

Onto amazing news! I was absolutely ecstatic to be invited to the Make Up Revolution 2nd Birthday Party in London on the 10th of March. I am in love with MUR as a brand and I can't fault a single one of their products I've used, so this is going to be an amazing night! I have no idea what to expect and I'm VERY nervous!! If anyone is going, don't forget to give me a shout! I'd love to meet you there :)

That night, my friend Charlotte and I went off to see City & Colour, supported by Lucy Rose (ultimate babe) at the Brighton Dome. I hadn't seen Dallas Green in forever and I was really loving his new album, so this was a great opportunity to be able to get the last 2 standing tickets to see him with one of my best friends. Thanks Char! So anyway, Lucy Rose killed it on stage. That woman seriously has one heck of a voice (Link to her website here) and Dallas couldn't have asked for a better support. When he came on, he proceeded to serenade the whole crowd with his beautiful voice (and face) whilst we started with our treacherous, awkward singing & grim selfies! #noshame. That man could seriously sing me to sleep, I love him so much. Such a decent evening! 

The gigs didn't stop there! On the 19th, myself, Jack and Ben went up to see Sum 41 in London. They were the headline act as part of the Kerrang Tour line up, but as we got there so late - we basically only saw Sum 41. A band I think the majority of punk rock fans have wanted to see live for YEARS. I don't think a single person left disappointed (apart from the 2 girls who got into a punch up LOL) We also each got a 2 pinter of beer, it was so big I had to hold it with both hands! This photo is the least accurate representation of this, but hey! It happened. Sum 41 were seriously amazing and I really hope they come back to the UK soon!

This next part is very hard to write. Some of you may know that after a long 2 week build up, it was my Grandad's funeral the other week. After 2 weeks of trying to block out my feelings and deal with the remaining ones as well as possible, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I didn't really know what to expect, as seeing all of my family in one room getting upset isn't something I am used to dealing with, nor is the death of an immediate relative. 

The service was absolutely beautiful and everyone involved did such a grand job. It's sad that no words can ever bring someone back, as much as everyone wishes they could. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing anyone will ever have to do, but I hope that it'll eventually get easier and the happy memories never fade away. I wish there was something to take away the pain and guilt of not spending more time with him when he was alive, but I know we will meet again some day. Miss you always, Grandad. You would have been proud.

Aside from being SO busy and dealing with lots of different emotions, February really made me take a step back to look at life and learn where my priorities lie. I want to spend more time with my family and friends, because after all they are the people who will always be there for you. They will have your back and love you no matter what.  

So that's about it for now.. Whether I follow someone's life or not, I love to be nosey and see what's been occurring with them, hoping in some way I'll be able to relate to them. I don't know if I'll make a regular thing of these posts, but here's why I may have seemed a little bit distant on the internet lately. I'm getting back up to scratch, I promise! Let me know if you'd like to see more!

I hope you've all been okay and life is treating you well! 

TB x
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