Sunday, 31 May 2015

Beautiful Frankfurt.

 

Germany is easily my favourite place to visit. I adore the culture, architecture and the general lifestyle in Deutschland. Of all the city breaks we've ever made, Frankfurt was certainly the hardest place to find information on. It seems not too many visit as a tourist, in favour of Berlin, the capital. I adore Berlin but there is definitely a special place in my heart for Frankfurt. 

We spent the week exploring this wonderful city. Frankfurt is a shoppers heaven, so if you are heading over, I recommend saving some pennies before you get there. We discovered the art, communication and history museums and even took a sneak peak at some original Monet paintings. Frankfurt celebrate the Whit bank holiday in the best way, with a amazing festival. We stumbled upon Waeldchestag festival, known as the forest festival which was filled with food stalls, a fair, beer tents and Apfulwein. We ate like kings and enjoyed the German band and chilled atmosphere. And may have had a Erdbeer Bowle - strawberry wine or two.

On Thursday we headed to Titus Thermen which is three floors of different types of saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi's and a swimming pool. It was an incredibly relaxing day, spent lounging around with the locals - it turns out Europeans like to sauna naked, which was certainly a new experience! We finished off the afternoon by heading up the Main Tower towering 200m above the city, which was pretty incredible.

We finished the week by exploring Plantengarten which are gorgeous gardens right in the centre of the city. We even stumbled upon a few wedding ceremonies taking place in the Rose Garden. It was absolutely the perfect way to finish a fantastic holiday.

I would without a doubt recommend visiting Frankfurt if you get the chance. There is so much to do and see, we found just jumping on the underground and getting off at random stops was the easiest way to find new things. There are so many brilliant places to explore and street markets around every corner. If you're looking to explore Germany on a budget and fancy a change from Berlin, head to the gorgeous Frankfurt, you won't be disappointed,

Katie xx
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

What's New in My Shower.


My bathroom is easily my favourite room in my house. It was the first room we transformed when we moved and I love nothing better to chill in my bath or have a hot shower. I find it so relaxing being in a gorgeous bubble bath or washing away the days make up with a beautiful cleanser. 

In my family home, I grew up with no shower and only a bath, which meant getting up a lot earlier than I would have liked to get myself freshened up for the day ahead. I now couldn't live without a shower at least once a day, and my sparkly new showerhead from Mira Showers* which has four different settings - amazing. I've been using a few different shower gels at the moment, Original Source and The Body Shop, to name a few. I've recently been trying out my Soap & Glory Shower Butter, which I actually got for Christmas. It's a gorgeous thick shower cream and leaves my skin incredible soft and of course, smells amazing too.

As I've raved about baths, I couldn't not mention my favourite highstreet bubble bath, I love lots of Sanex products, but the Pro Hydrate Bath Foam is lovely and provides plenty of bubbles without drying my skin out. I use the formula for very dry skin, which keeps my skin happy and prevents it from dehydration.

Next up are my latest skincare obsessions. Vichy have brought out an incredible range at Escentual. The range is designed to help remove the pollution from your skin, from the busy day in the city. I've been using these as a double cleanse for a good month or so now and I still can't get enough. I use the Beautifying Cleansing Miceller Oil* to initially take off my make up. This is a gorgeous cleansing oil which takes off every ounce of make up. I then cleanse my skin with the Fresh Cleansing Gel*, which is a thicker consistency and massages into the skin perfectly. Considering how sensitive my skin is, these haven't irritated it at all and I think my skin is looking happier than it has been in a long time.

Finally I've switched up my shampoo again and I couldn't be happier. The Body Shop Ginger shampoo not only smells like a dream but cleans my hair so well. I've actually been able to get away with leaving my hair an extra day before washing. And I'm pleased to say it lives up to it's name, not a dandruff flake in sight.

Katie xx
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cream - Marie Antoinette.


Something a little naughty may have happened... You know how much I adore Charlotte Tilbury make up and when the new cream eye shadows hit the shelves I knew I need one. I wandered into Selfridges beauty floor (which is always a bad idea for my bank balance) and spent a good 15 minutes umming and ahhring over which shade I wanted. I eventually decided on Marie Antoinette and I've never looked back.

Marie Antoinette is a gorgeous champagne-gold cream shadow, which is easily buildable to create a more intense gold. I'm really into block eye colours at the moment and this is no exception. Despite it being one shade, it's a colour that creates the illusion of wearing a few different shades, especially in the crease. 

I've never been a huge fan of the cream texture as they've always creased on my lids, however this is a complete game changer. The staying power in incredible, even worn alone or used as a base shadow with my other CT shadows. I can't wait to try some more colours in the range.

Have you tried the new cream shadows?

Katie xx

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Friday, 22 May 2015

OOTD: Pineapple Pop.


Jacket & Bag - Primark
Top - Zara
Jeans - Miss Selfridge
Boots - New Look

I've been hunting for a summer jacket for some time, so when I spotted this gorgeous oversized black blazer reduced to £5 in Primark I know my prayers had been answered. This has become my go-to outfit and I just love how casual but sophisticated it is. I'm all about the monochrome (still) but I love the pop of colour my pineapple bag gives. Hopefully I will be able to rock a lighter jacket over the next few months if the sun manages to make an appearance - fingers crossed.

Katie xx


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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Life Lessons Before 25.

Me and my Daddy

It's official, in less than three weeks I will be 25, a whole quarter of a century. Where does time go? It feels like only yesterday I was sitting my English GCSE on my 16th birthday (FYI worst present ever). If I think back ten years ago, I have grown so much, learnt so much and made many mistakes. But every moment has led me to where I am today, and I'm pretty happy with that. Here are a few things I've learnt in my almost 25 years on this wonderful planet.

1. Friends come and go, you won't stay in touch with everyone and that's okay.
2. When it comes to make up, less is always more.
3. It's okay to have a duvet day, every now and again.
4. Whatever you're stressed about will pass.
5. Sometimes you need to let your guard down.
6.Your soulmate may pop up when you least expect it.
7. Not everyday has to be planned within an inch of it's life, go with the flow sometimes.
8.Having 'you time' is so important.
9. No make up days are the best.
10. Savour those days you can have a sleep in.
11. You will never feel like a 'grown-up'.
12. Nights in are just as good as nights out.
13. Listen to older people, you can learn so much.
14. All your hard work WILL pay off.
15. There is no set path, if it doesn't work out try something else.
16. A degree isn't the be all and end all.
17. Set realistic goals.
18. Say YES more.
19. Your biggest regrets will be things you didn't do.
20. If you can't master the perfect eye liner, just bin it.
21. Look after your skin.
22. Use social media wisely.
23. Your tastes will change, move over rom-com.
24. Life will always find a way to surprise you.
25. Be you, it's okay to be a little different.

Katie xx
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Monday, 18 May 2015

My Own Beach Hut.

Nautical set

Heading into the summer, I'm all about seaside-nautical themes. In fact, I've recently been thinking about converting my shed into a beach hut-esque chill out area. I'm pretty far from the sea, especially since I grew up very close to the coast, so I like to bring a little of the seaside to me. 

I'm hoping to transform my little shed from a dump zone to a little piece of tranquillity and I think a nautical theme would be perfect for that. I'm envisioning some big cushions to sit on and some cute scatter cushions dotted about, I love the striped design of this little number.  I'm wanting to paint the inside with blue and white stripes, which I think could be really cute.

Every beach hut needs some nautical accessories and these little bits and bobs would be perfect. I'm thinking of adding a few little shelves to keep books, shells and other decorative items. I love the rustic looks of the binoculars and storage box would be perfect for little nick-knacks.

What beach hut would be complete without a sailor? I love the striped beach shoes and the anchor watch from House of Fraser, it really brings the whole thing together. 

I will certainly be keeping you up to date with my shed renovation, but until the rain stops I will keep browsing the internet!

Katie xx

*In association with House of Fraser.
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Pale and Interesting.



I think it's fair to say us Brits aren't the best when it comes to taking care of our skin in the sun. The media seem to have hopped on board recently and have been piping up about the importance of the right protection for your skin. The BBC give a good, easy explanation of how sunscreen works here, which I'm sure is a better explanation than I could give. 

 I know many people who have used sunbeds, including myself and not thought about the toll it's taking on my skin. I've never been a sun worshipper as such, but I have always been terribly pale and sometimes a little colour was exactly what I needed. I have tried adding the fake stuff, to prevent damage to my skin, however as the years have gone on, I've decided to embrace my pale complexion. This means I've taken control over looking after my skin. Not only am I protecting my skin from sun damage, premature ageing and all the rest, I'm hoping to reduce my chances of developing skin cancer too. 

Our skin is the biggest organ in our body, so why wouldn't I want to protect it from harm. I've been burnt a few times in my life, as well as enduring sun stroke..on a plane (something I certainly don't recommend). I am guilty of leaving the house in the UK with no sunscreen on my body, but lately I have religiously been protecting my face. I know many foundations now contain SPF, but I've found they tend to be SPF 15/20, which really isn't enough for my complexion. The myth about sun creams, is that they're super thick and leave that white film all over your skin. However, I finally found a solution to all my problems...hello Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV defence SPF 50*.

This sun cream is amazing. It rubs in like a moisturiser, doesn't clog my pores or break me out and gives me the perfect base to apply my foundation to. Plus this is unscented which is great for my sensitive skin and so light, I forget I'm wearing it. 

Even though applying sunscreen is a tiny tweak to my daily routine, I actually feel like I'm being more proactive in looking after my skin for the future. You only get one body, so why not look after it as best you can? The last year or so, I've changed to not care about the colour of my skin, but to care more about how healthy it looks. Plus if I keep getting told I only look 18, I will be pretty happy with that. 

Katie xx




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Friday, 15 May 2015

Event: Home is Where the Spa Is.


Last night I was very kindly invited by Anastasia to a beauty event at Artisan in Manchester. The event was held by Current Body and was a chance to check out their fab products and bring the spa into your own home. 

There were a huge range of beauty gadgets to try and test out, I particularly fell in love with the Foreo Luna - which I've heard so much about. As well as Foreo's great toothbrush range, which I would love to invest in one day.There was also chance to try out the Elegant Touch gel nail kit, which was amazing. The kit can be used at home and is super easy to apply and I love the finished look of my nails.

We were treat to yummy cocktails and gorgeous canapés in an incredible atmosphere. I adored the setting and décor, Artisan is seriously stylish, I'm hoping to drag the hubby back for a chilled out meal there, sometime. 

A huge thank you to Anastasia for the invite and Current Body for such a fab event.

Katie xx
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The 'Jenner Lip' for Pale Girls.


I can't remember the last time I was so obsessed with a high street make up brand. I had a moment over MUA when it first arrived on our shelves, but Essence is on a whole new level. I've raved about their products in the past and their lip products are my absolute fave. The best part of the brand is it's so super affordable, plus I can pick it up with all my other essentials in Wilkinsons. Anyway the latest collection from Essence is dedicated to beautiful nudes and I adore the range. I mentioned a few weeks back that I love the lip glosses, however I have now fallen in, what might be, my all time favourite lipstick.

Move over MAC, Essence have nudes on point. My latest find is the lipstick 'Come Naturally 03' from the nude range. This is the most perfect purple toned nude I've come across and I really think it would suit any skin tone. I'm always worried about purple as I'm so pale, but this compliments my skin tone perfectly. 

I think it's fair to say this is the closest thing I will get to the perfect Kylie Jenner lip but for £2.30 I can't complain.

Katie xx


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Sunday, 10 May 2015

#StressFreeSkin with Witch Skincare GIVEAWAY.


This time of year is super stressful for anyone in education. Unfortunately exam season is approaching and it certainly takes it's toll on our skin. I get hugely stressed over assignments and finishing work on time and my body really doesn't react well. This is when my skin is at it's most sensitive and gets really grumpy no matter what. So I've teamed up with Witch Skincare and their #stressfreeskin campaign to help you worry about one less thing over the exam period. 

Witch Skincare* kindly sent me a few bits and bobs to try out myself over the next few weeks and I can assure you they will be coming in very handy. Without a doubt the Overnight Clearing Serum with be plastered all over my face for the next month or so. Witch also provided me with a few other essentials to promote a stress free exam period. I know I will be getting a lot of use from the pillow spray and Camomile tea is up their with my favourite de-stressors. Hopefully with their help I will come out the other side chilled and happy with how I've done.

So now it's your chance to try and get your hands on some of the fab Witch Skincare range. I will be giving away:

Witch Blemish Stick
Witch Overnight Clearing Serum
Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash
Witch Cleansing and Toning Wipes.

All you have to do to enter is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Please not this is a UK ONLY giveaway and the prize will be coming from Witch Skincare. Spam entries will not be counted. There will be one winner of all the items. 

Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Katie xx
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

DIY Afternoon Tea.


A few weeks back Udi's Gluten Free* challenged me to hosting an afternoon tea. I am rubbish at cooking and don't spend much time in the kitchen, so this was certainly a plunge in the deep end. Thankfully Udi's provided me with the essentials to get me started. 

I managed to bake the perfect cake using the Udi's Sponge Cake mix, which was so easy to do. I was a little worried cos the batter looked super thick (despite tasting good), but it came out perfectly. I have eaten a slice or four, the second it came out of the oven.

I also used the Udi's All-Purpose Flour to make some yummy short bread. I like making shortbread cos it generally takes a few minutes and only involves three ingredients. I'm so lazy when it comes to baking, so biscuits are the perfect option for me. 

Udi's kindly provided me with some bread for my afternoon tea too. I always find I prefer to choose my own filling if I'm making sandwiches so I left the bread ready for the hubby to create his own sandwich creation.

Finally I was provided with Lemon Wafer Biscuits...as you can see I haven't featured them in my afternoon tea selection. That may be because, I ate them. Yep I ate the entire packet and I don't feel one little bit guilty. Sorry but they were too good to share.

Katie xx
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