Germany without a doubt has some amazing beauty bargains. I raved a few weeks back about some of the products I picked up, but this pretty nail varnish is certainly my favourite product. P2 is Germany's answer to MUA or Make Up Revolution, which means great quality for a fraction of the price. I think I picked this nail varnish up for around 3 Euros, which is an absolute steal. The staying power is incredible and I just love the subtle, simplicity of this perfect nude shade. I think this is a gorgeous colour, to complement any skin tone.
Obviously, it would be a little mean to rave about this tone when it's only available in Germany. So I've found some very similar UK versions, which I'm sure would do just as good of a job. Nails Inc in Basil Street, Collection Lasting Gel in Almost Nude, Max Factor Glossfinity in Desert Sand and Models Own in Naked Glow are all pretty similar to this gorgeous shade.
Nudes are certainly my favourite colours when it comes to nail varnish, are you a nude or a brights girl?
Last Sunday I was very kindly invited to a super relaxing event at Manchester Yoga Central with Ocean Finance. To be honest this couldn't have come at a better time for me as I was desperate for some chill time.
As soon as we arrived we chose one of the relaxation therapies on offer. I went with some reflexology which was incredible and just what my tired feet needed. Luckily we were a small group so we managed to fit in another treatment each, before the yoga group finished. I managed to try out reiki for the first time, which was a very surreal experience, however something I would certainly recommend for anyone that gets super stressed.
After our treatments it was our turn to try out an hour of yoga tailored to bloggers and spending a lot of time at the computer. The stretches were great and I seriously felt like a new woman after we had finished. Everyone then came together for a little talk about different relaxation techniques, and things we can all do on a daily basis to improve our stress levels and sleep patterns.
Finally the day was finished off by a gorgeous tofu Thai green curry, which was really the perfect end to an incredible day. We all commented on how great the event had been and that we all couldn't think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
For my birthday, a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to receive a Selfridge's gift card from my parents. I knew immediately that the Beauty Hall in Manchester Exchange Square was the place I needed to head to spend my pennies.
I'd been eyeing up some of these products for a while and couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I will be honest the Mac Paintpot in Soft Ochre and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Dusty Mauve were completely enabled by other bloggers. I've seen the Paintpot being used as a eyeshadow base on so many YouTube channels, I knew I needed to try it for myself.
I also picked up a new Mac lippy in Twig, which is just the perfect raspberry-toned lipstick, which really compliments my pale skin. I know I will be getting a lot of wear out of this easy-to-wear colour.
Finally I picked up the YSL Baby Doll mascara in black, which I've been lusting after forever. I love the brush which really helps to separate my lashes and add a bit more density. Plus the packaging is easily the most sophisticated thing I own.
As you may have guessed I've become somewhat of a book worm recently. I've set myself a Good Reads challenge for the year and I'm pleased to say I'm very much on track. My latest read has been the new YA book from the fabulous Sophie Kinsella, Finding Audrey*.
The book follows Audrey and her struggles with mental health issues and generally growing up in her teenage years. There is some really serious underlying discussion in this book, but Sophie writes in such a way that you will laugh out loud and find yourself completely relating to Audrey and her family. I've discussed my own mental health situation with you all and with that in mind I found myself nodding along with Audrey and completely immersing myself in her day to day life.
However, if it still doesn't sound like your kind of book, there is of course a little romance running through.
This book completely took me back to my school years and reminded me how difficult being a teenager can be sometimes. I'm pretty sure anyone whose lived through high school will be able to recognise some of the struggles and feelings Audrey has throughout the book.
I would completely recommend this if you're looking for some light reading with a serious and relateable story line running throughout. Kinsella has done it again.
I've been in love with Primark's re-vamped website for a few weeks and I've added loads of stuff to my online wishlist, so I thought it was about time I shared some of it with you. The only downside to shopping at Primark is they have no online shop, however I know my bank balance would certainly be unhappy if they did. At least now I can copy items to Polyvore, which is fab - expect lots more Primark wishlists in the future.
A few of the items I've actually seen in store, but I can't wait to get my hands on the newer products. I love the duvet cover and I've yet to have found it in my local Primark. I'm desperate for a few more casual tees, so this 'Over It' t-shirt needs to make it's way into my wardrobe ASAP. Alongside the cute black bag, which would be perfect for over the summer.
Today we endured that lovely June weather and huddled up in Manchester to watch the Manchester Day Parade. Shamefully we've never been to the parade before and I really feel like we've been missing out. It was such a great day, the parade lasted an hour, just going past where we were stood. There was so much effort put into the costumes and carnival accessories, it was such a great atmosphere. We saw so many different groups of people from schools to dance groups and football teams. Manchester always has a great feeling, but today was really something special. I love this city.
I've seen a few fellow bloggers raving about this eye shadow shade from Seventeen at Boots, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and share my thoughts. I picked the shade Rose Quartz a few weeks back and I'm completely obsessed. The Seventeen single shadows are priced at a tiny £3.89 each and are a complete and utter steal.
Not only is the colour incredible, but the pigmentation is second to none. I actually think the consistency and colour pay off, is up there with the likes of Urban Decay, but for a fraction of the price. I'm loving the 'one-wash' of eye colour at the moment and this shade is perfect for that. It naturally looks a little darker in the crease and makes you look like you've made a whole load of effort with your eye make up. I'm all for a product that makes getting ready quicker on a morning.
If you've never tried Seventeen shadows, I would highly recommend going to have a quick swatch in Boots, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
If you follow me on Twitter you will know it was my birthday on Monday. I turned the big 2-5 and I'm now officially a quarter of a century. I didn't ask for anything this year as I'm rubbish at deciding what I want and mainly requested vouchers to spend in my own time. However the hubby surprised me with a very exciting present in the form of the Olympus Pen EPL-7 camera. I'd been lusting after this camera since the Clothes Show last year, when I got to borrow one for the day. I completely fell in love with it and was planning to buy one with my first pay check in September. But Mr A beat me to it and I am so utterly grateful and feel very, very spoilt.
I've been playing around with it a little and trying to get to know how everything works, so here are a couple of un-edited photos of Luna. I can't wait to take lots of more photos and share them with you all!
I've been a fan of Paige Toon ever since I randomly picked up Lucy in the Sky when I was 16/17. Ever since I've been addicted to her books and always get incredibly excited when there is a new one on the horizon. I managed to pick up The Sun in Her Eyes on it's release date, ready for my holiday. I actually read the entire book in 2 days, which left me bookless for the rest of the trip, but it was so worth it.
The story follows Amber, an Aussie living in London. Amber heads back to Australia to see her sick father and old feelings creep back for her school mate Ethan. Despite being married to Ned, Amber finds herself increasingly distant from her husband and is left torn between two men. Amber is left making big decisions and finding out secrets about her life, that she never knew.
As always Paige's writing drew me and I couldn't wait to follow Amber's story right till the end. If you're looking for a good bit of chick-lit for your summer holiday or just want a light-hearted read, this is certainly the book for you.
I'm not so sure Germany is famous for it's beauty and skincare, in quite the same way at the UK and France. However Germany does house some pretty amazing drugstores and does some incredible budget make up brands. Much like Manchester, Frankfurt has a drugstore on every corner, the three main stores are DM, Rossmann and Douglas. DM and Rossmann are both budget stores, much like Boots or Superdrug and Douglas is slightly more high end, selling Zoeva, Bobbi Brown, MAC etc.
I think I could have spent days searching through the stores, swatching every product in sight. I particularly took to the P2 range and in DM, which is an own brand from the company. P2 have an amazing range of products and all are under the 10Euro, however everything I picked up was 5Euros or less - bargains! Everything is great quality too and the make up is incredible. I picked up a concealer in a pot too, which I forgot to photograph but it's the best cover up for imperfections ever. In Douglas I managed to grab a Zoeva brush which I thought I would feature on a post on it's own. I really wanted to buy a set but sadly couldn't find them.
I finished up my beauty shop by picking up a few essentials such as grapefruit flavoured tooth paste, raspberry cream and a good few hand creams for work. I'm really impressed with everything I bought and wish I'd picked up a little more before coming home but that gives me a good excuse to go back!