Friday, 31 October 2014

Food: The Crafty Pig Manchester.

There is nothing more that I love than exploring my favourite city - Manchester. Despite living in Greater Manchester and knowing the city pretty well, I always find somewhere new to explore and today was no exception. Me and the hubby went in search of some good food and we weren't disappointed when we stumbled across The Crafty Pig in the Northern Quarter. Just an FYI this isn't a sponsored post, I was just so excited by our new find, I needed to write something up.

The bar and kitchen is super quirky and well designed. We loved how intimate the booths were and how unique the decor was. The walls were covered with retro paper with American adverts that gave the restaurant a cosy feel. The seating booths were really well thought out and even had plugs and USB charging spaces to charge your phone - very 21st century! We initially couldn't find the menu but it was cheekily tucked away inside a DVD cover, which I thought was a super cute touch. The atmosphere was cool and calm and was perfect for getting off the busy Manchester streets and just chilling out.

There was a great selection of food but Ribs & Chips immediately caught my eye and they were INCREDIBLE. It's been so long since I've had 'proper' garlic sauce and my fries came smothered in melted cheese, garlic sauce and yummy pork ribs. Jonathan opted for the lunch time deal, with a pulled pork wrap and dirty fries. The prices were really reasonable too, all our food and drinks came to a total £13.

If you're looking for somewhere cute and quirky to eat in the NQ, I would certainly recommend The Crafty Pig. It's the perfect place for a catch up with friends over amazing American-esque food. And to quote myself 'this would be the perfect hangover meal'.

Katie xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Brands Worth The Hype: TheBalm.

TheBalm is a brand I've lusted over for some time. The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter has been raved about in the blogesphere for some time and I've been desperate to try this and other products from the brand. So the question is, are the products worth the hype? In a word..YES.

First up Frat Boy* a gorgeous pinky, peachy blush. This is really quite matte compared to other blushes I've tried but the colour is perfect. The pigmentation is next to none and this gives the ultimate rosy cheek. This is really easy to wear, but I've made the mistake of apply a little too much a few times because it is such good quality. I imagine this blush would work for any skin tone and is perfect for us paler girls.

Ahhh the holy grail of highlighters - the Mary-Lou Manizer*. I've never tried a highlighter in this powdery form, but I've been completely converted. I actually apply this all over my face to add a subtle glow to my skin, without looking shiny. This is a firm staple in my make up bag right now, and I imagine it will stay there for a very long time. There is no way to describe this product but a-m-a-zing.

Next up is a cheeky eyeliner named Schwing*. I'm not a huge eyeliner lover but the nib on this one looks soooo good. I really need to work on my winged eyeliner look, so this will come in very handy for a novice like me. 
Last up is the gorgeous Meet Matt(e) Nude eye shadow palette*. These are, as the name suggests, all matte shades with once again incredible pigmentation. I've been loving the bottom three shades, which work so well with my Charlotte Tilbury palette. I'm going to experiment more with the darker shades too, these would work well with a smokey eye.

Have you tried anything from TheBalm. You can find all the products here.

Katie xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Event: Murder Mystery.

Last month I attended a very exciting event at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester - a murder mystery night. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect as I'd never done a murder mystery before, but I was really pleasantly surprised.

We began the evening with a few drinks and introduced to a few actors that were helping us solve the murder. We were given a pack with some clues and allowed to discuss and investigate further within our teams. We could ask questions to the suspects and had a really fun time trying to discover the murderer.

Throughout the evening we were served a lovely meal. They even catered to my gluten free needs and I really appreciated the thought. I had an incredible mushroom pasta dish for my main, but I had finished it before I could take a photo! 

After the meal we continued our investigation and each came up with a suggestion of who we thought the murderer was. We actually won, which meant we got to dress up and act out the scene for the other teams to show them how we solved the mystery.

It was a really fun night, thank you BGO bingo and the Murder Mystery Company for a great event.

Katie xx