Manchester, UK

What's in my KOKO Couture bag: Christmas Party Edition.

30 November 2016




Everyone knows the countdown to Christmas gets earlier and earlier each year. And as the countdown commences, the festive parties start. Last week I was invited to my first party of the season. The spiced mojitos, christmas music and nibbles were in full flow.

When I was contacted by Manchester based brand Koko Couture for a collaboration post, I thought what better than combine a post about a bag I adore, which was the perfect addition to my (rather dull) christmas party outfit with my first 'What's in my bag' post.





If you know me well, you'd know I'm the queen of all black. Even though christmas is meant to sparkly and colourful, my outfit choices are still predominantly black. For the party, I donned a strappy, black midi dress from Miss Selfridge which was bought about 2 years ago. BUT on this occasion it didn't matter, as the Alison Chain Detailed Glitter Clutch in Silver by Koko Couture brought all the sparkle and sass a girl could ask for. The detail on the metallic chain of the bag is a favourite feature of mine. The bag is priced at just £20.










In my bag that evening I had the usual stuff; phone, keys, and ID (unfortunately, they didn't make the cut when editing my pictures).

Usually, I can never find a clutch bag to fit my purse, which at the moment is the Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Leather Continental Wristlet in Cherry. But my lovely Alison Chain Detail Clutch was big enough to fit my purse. So Thank You Koko Couture for making a clutch bag that gets full marks on the practicality side.



To keep may face looking adequate throughout the night, I had my trusty MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW45, MAC lipstick in the shade Diva, a handy NYX matte Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in LSCL12 - Vintage and a Gucci perfume sample I got as a gift. For a clutch bag, I'm surprised all my stuff could fit in it and it not look bulky.

You may have seen these bags in a Topshop near you and also on the Instagram and Twitter accounts of lots of beautiful bloggers and influencers. KoKo Couture have an amazing range of bags, alongside hair extensions which are all on trend and bang on budget. To check them out, click here! You can also find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #MyKOKOCouture #KOKOCoutureUK

Until next time,

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with KOKO Couture. However all opinions are honest and my own.
Belgium

Weekend Wanderlust: France and Belgium.

23 November 2016



I can't go 3 days without looking at Yonder for cheap flights or lastminute.com for a holiday away. I don't know if it's just because I'm in my third year at University and I will do anything to procrastinate from work and preparing for the real world. Or if I'm just generally bored of England.

Last weekend I was able to satisfy my wanderlust-ness and took a trip to France and Belgium. I managed to intertwine a general sightseeing trip with a shopping trip , so was doubly excited for this trip despite sitting on the floor on a train from Manchester to London and getting 3 hours sleep seeing as my alarm was set for 5am.









Having already been to Brussels and Bruges, I wanted to see what a proper Belgium town felt like. And Veurne gave me just that. I also found an amazing chocolate shop (because who doesn't go to Belgium and get chocolate?!).







Seeing as we left the house at 6am, my outfit for the day was designed to be comfy.

Padded Jacket - £30 @ H&M
Jumper...Lavish Alice  (Similar)
Jeans - £36 @ Topshop
Boots - £25 @ Ajvani Shoes  








I'm still not over the fact that France is 35 minutes from England when traveling on the Eurotunnel. And when you get to Calais, you're met by the beautiful shopping centre of CiteEurope. Home to over 132 boutiques and a Sephora, me and my credit card both enjoyed our time there. It's also decorated really christmassy (I know...not a word) at the moment. I got a bit too excited and had to take pictures with the decorations.




Any suggestions for my next trip? I'm thinking somewhere in Scandinavia for January time.

Mx

Interrail Italia

6 November 2016


Sort of.

Towards the end of the summer, myself and one of my closest friends from Sixth Form booked a girls sightseeing holiday to Italy. Our plan was to spend 2 days in Rome whilst also using the rail network to visit the cities of Florence, Naples, Pompeii and Pisa. And with the help of Loco2.com, we did just that. 


To fill our schedule of all the things a tourist could dream of, we got what felt like the earliest flight in the world,  departing Stanstead at 06:30am arriving at Rome Ciampino. 

Our first day was spent doing all the touristy things Rome has to offer. Apart from the Spanish stairs which were shut for maintenance. 











When it rains in Rome, it pours. I’ve never felt like a drowned rat as much as I did at the very moment when we were waiting for the bus outside the colosseum. And there was no chance of buying one of the hospital esque rain ponchos the street vendors were selling, so I suffered and got absolutely soaked. Looking back, I guess it would be appropriate to say ‘When in Rome’. But at the time I was barely keeping it together. Despite this, we dried off and went for food. Food in Italy is amazing. Our first Italian meal was in a cute little restaurant near Rome Termini station. It was off the main roads and had a few actual italians in so we took that as a good sign. I was really basic when it came to food and ate my body weight in Pizza, Pasta and Fish. And a abnormal amount of coffee, orange juice and Gelato. 


We were staying at the nicest little hotel near the Basicilla San Paolo metro station and would 100% recommend Hotel San Paolo to anyone looking to spend some time in Rome on a budget but also stay in a really good quality hotel. 

Day 2: Another early start as we had to catch the train to Florence which was about 1 hour 10 minutes away. We booked first class train tickets so the free coffee and food didn’t go down badly at 7:30am. Florence was my favourite place of the whole trip. Something about it is so peaceful and the cathedral is absolutely stunning. When we set out for the day, I did not see us walking up nearly 500 stairs to reach the top of a bell tower, so I wore sandals. Big mistake. 









We then caught a 50 minute train to Pisa to take some obligatory pictures with the leaning tower of Pisa. I genuinely don’t know how people do that cliche, leaning on the tower pose, because I when I tried it, I failed miserably. We then went back to Florence and spent early evening there then catching a train back to Rome. 











Day 3: Naples and Pompeii. I loved visiting the old town of Pompeii and seeing the ruins. It was probably the one and only time my GCSE in Latin will ever be useful. I’m gutted we didn’t spend more time in Naples as I would’ve loved to catch the ferry over to Capri but we did have Pizza in the birthplace pizza, so I have lived. 













Day 4: We battled the crowds of people on a Wednesday, which was when the pope came out to give a special address at The Vatican. The crowds were insane but it was a once in a lifetime experience. 



I also would’ve loved to visit Capri, Sorrento and Milan but i’ll save those for next time when I do interrailing around Italy properly.  

Until next time Italy. 



Mx 

Manchester, NH, USA

Love me beauty review.

2 November 2016


 I love 'Love me beauty'.

I was first introduced to the members beauty club after I received an offer voucher when a package of clothes from Missguided got delivered to my house (Typical Maya).

As I love a good offer, I decided to try out the online store.  Love Me Beauty is a site where there are hundreds and thousands of beauty products and then you, the beauty addict can pick and choose which products suit you and put them in a gift box. A bit like graze.com but for beauty not for healthy snacks.







It works through 3 simple steps:

Firstly, you use the online questionnaire to tell the company a bit about yourself so they can get to suggest which products will be good for you.

Secondly, there are lots of emerging brands and established brands with products on the site and a girl simply has too many choices. So the first part works really well as you can browse the recommendations the company prescribe as tailored for you and you only. They also have a monthly edit which are best products on offer put together by their beauty experts. I always love taking a browse in this section.

Finally, choose your products, sit back, relax and they'll be delivered to your door.

I can't recommend this site enough, I absolutely love experimenting with new products ands it's perfect for this. You can get different credit allocations depending on how much you pay for a subscription which determines the number of products you receive. As it was my first box, I decided to go for lowest coin amount which still got me 4 great products.




The first was the Ecotools brushes 'Day to Night' set. If I'm being totally honest, I bought this mainly because of the shape of the contour brush. But upon using the brushes, they all have such a great feel and the application of my makeup was great using these plus they're environmentally friendly so I don't have a bad word to say. If you bought them from a store such as, Superdrug they are £16.99. But my box in total, including this 6 piece brush set was under £10 including delivery so the bargain hunter inside of me was ecstatic.







I love Nuxe. So as soon as I saw they were available on the site, I had just had to get 2 Nuxe products. The first was the Huile Prodigieuse® Or Dry Oil Golden Shimmer for Body & Hair. Which in the past, has normally been bought by my mum and has been known to go missing. Love me Beauty offered the travel size version which I used on my summer travels to give me a perfect glow in the evening. Also, it lasts forever. Although its the travel size, I can see lasting me until next summer, which my mum will be extremely happy about as it means less of hers goes missing.


I also wanted to change my face wash at the time of purchasing my love me beauty gift box so I got NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals. Again the travel size, so the perfect size to take when interrailing around Italy for a few days. This gel contains gentle exfoliating grains which exfoliate, remove superficial dead cells and refine the skin's texture. It may be cliche, but my skin felt as soft as a baby's bottom.


The final product was from a brand I hadn't heard of but was willing to try as my skin was in desperate need of repair. It was a cellular repair product, but I wasn't sold on it as I didn't really notice that much difference.


But overall, the concept of Love Me Beauty works so well and they've just started stocking Kat Von D cosmetics so I cannot wait for my next package to arrive.

Mx 

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