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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Primark Jewellery Haul

I popped into Prirmark to pick up another suitcase for when we go on holiday in September (I thought it best to grab one sooner rather than waiting til the end of Summer when the shops possibly won't have them in stock any more), but of course I had to have a wander around. There weren't any clothes that took my fancy this time. I personally find the shop very hit or miss-sometimes I find loads of things I like and sometimes nothing. Hubby grabbed a couple of things but what I ended up coming home with was a few necklaces and a headband, most of which I bought with our hols in mind.

The first thing is this pretty floral headband, which was £3. I'm not really sure I'd wear this at home to be honest but I always feel like I can get away with these things more on holiday. I thought it would be pretty with a nice flowy maxi dress and at £3, if I don't get that much use out of it afterwards it doesn't matter too much.

These two necklaces were an absolute steal, being on sale for £1 each...I couldn't leave them! I thought the pastel shades of the one on the left would go nicely with a dress I already have. It's patterned and includes lilac and peach so this would tie in. Or it would also look nice with a plain top in either white or matching one of the shades in the necklace.

The 2nd £1 necklace reminds of something almost Egyptian looking and I actually looked at something similar in Dorothy Perkins recently that was around the £15 mark. I don't like spending an awful lot on costume jewellery because a lot of the time, all the high street branded stuff is of similar quality in my opinion. I didn't really want to spend £15 on it, but a similar one for £1 I had to have!

I also picked up a more brightly coloured necklace that is similar to the first of the £1 ones...only this one was £4 as it wasn't on sale. I thought the bright shades in this would be lovely with a white dress or top to add a splash of colour.

The final item I chose this floral necklace. It's sort of a smaller statement necklace and not too in your face while still being noticeable enough to add something to an outfit. I thought this would be a good one to bring on holiday because being gold, white and diamante, it would go with most outfits.

I will of course wear all the necklaces at home as well but I guess going and buying the suitcase put me in the holiday mood!

What do you think? Have you picked up anything from Primark lately?

Em x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Kiko Haul

On a recent trip to Oxford, I spotted a Kiko store. I wasn't actually planning on doing any shopping but let me tell you I virtually ran when I saw it haha. I love Kiko but don't have one anywhere near home. You can of course buy online but sometimes it's nice to be able to try things out, you know?

I came away with 6 items and I believe the total was around £23, which to me is great value. Some of the things I picked up were actually on sale.

Left to right: Kiko Colour Sphere Shadow 11;  Kiko Colour Sphere Shadow 36, Kiko Water Eye Shadow 229
I bought 3 eye shadows, two of which are the Colour Sphere shadows which I hadn't tried before. 11 is a shimmery lilac shade that I have to say does work better over some sort of primer/ base, but the shade is super pretty and it was also super cheap (under the £3 mark) so I couldn't resist. Shade 36 is a deep shimmery teal that I thought would make a lovely smokey eye as an alternative to the standard greys or browns. Find the Colour Sphere shadows here.

Left to right: Kiko Colour Sphere Shadow 11;  Kiko Colour Sphere Shadow 36, Kiko Water Eye Shadow 229
The third shadow is one of the Water eye shadows, called that because they are designed so that you can use them wet or dry. I love the formula of these and already own shade 200 champagne, which sadly, seems to have been discontinued despite its popularity as it was nowhere to be seen in the store (I never understand why brands discontinue something that is so popular). The water shadows have a lovely smooth, pigmented texture and are super shimmery, with this grey/ silver shade being no exception. Worn wet, they look more metallic. Find the water eye shadows here.

I then picked up 3 lip products. The first is the 'Creamy Lipgloss' which is one of those chubby balm/gloss pencils that have become so popular. This one in shade 102 is really easy to wear, a sheer peachy pink shade with enough pigment to brighten the face. Find the creamy lipgloss online here.

Left to right: Kiko Creamy Lipgloss 102; Kiko Smart lipstick 927; Kiko Pencil Lip Gloss 106
I bought another of the Smart lipsticks (I already own two) in the shade 927, which is a slightly mauve, cool toned pink. This lipstick formula is also very easy to wear. It is nice and moisturising which is something I like in an everyday lip product. Find the Smart Lipsticks here.

Left to right: Kiko Creamy Lipgloss 102; Kiko Smart lipstick 927; Kiko Pencil Lip Gloss 106
Finally, I picked up the Pencil Lip Gloss in shade 06. It was the colour of this that drew me to it. As you can see it is a warmer pink shade with some sparkle. I'm not normally into sparkle in lip products but actually once you have this on, it just makes your lips look fuller rather than being obviously glittery. This has a nice comfortable and non sticky formula but is thicker feeling than the Creamy Lipgloss pencil. It therefore lasts longer on the lips. Find the Pencil Lip Glosses here.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any favourites from Kiko?

Em x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Places to Visit: Blenheim Palace

I'm going to start this post by saying that the blog has been a bit quieter during the last month or so. Things have been a bit crazy at work and if I'm honest, I just haven't had the inclination to sit writing blog posts when I get home. I made the decision to not put any pressure on myself to put things up, after all this blog is a hobby and should be enjoyable rather than something that is a chore.

Anyway...myself and hubby recently went on a little trip to Oxfordshire and really enjoyed it. It was such a welcome little break. I felt like sharing our trip to Blenheim Palace (which is in a part of Oxfordshire called Woodstock) so here we go! I may do another post soon as we also visited Oxford and I did a bit of beauty shopping at Kiko-super exciting because I don't have one anywhere near home!

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is set in absolutely stunning grounds. Hubby is really interested in history (I do find parts of it interesting but he's more of a history buff than I am!) and there is certainly plenty of history to it. 

It is the family home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and has been passed from Duke to Duke over the centuries. It was built in the early 18th century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. It was given as a gift to the first Duke of Marlborough (otherwise known as John Churchill). He was a military commander who led the Allied forces in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim (hence the name!).
Blenheim Palace
Not to mention it is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born in 1874. He also proposed to his wife, Clementine Hozier, in the grounds and are lots of historical artifacts, tributes and plenty of information about him around the palace and grounds.

Inside Blenheim Palace: the room where Churchill was born
Churchill bust inside the grounds of Blenheim
Some of the rooms inside are pretty spectacular, with extravagant chandeliers, ornate ceilings, some amazing furniture and many paintings.

One of the Palace State Rooms
Amazing ceiling at Blenheim Palace
Amazing ceiling at Blenheim Palace
The fanciest cot I've ever seen!
I was pretty amazed by the palace's fantastic looking organ, which I would love to have a go of!

Organ inside Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace gardens
Blenheim Palace Gardens
There is a large lake that you can walk by, it was so peaceful.The grounds are huge and you could honestly spend hours just walking around them. In fact, there are routes mapped out on the map we got on arrival for those who fancy a longer walk.

Blenheim Palace gardens: The Lake
Blenheim Palace gardens: The Rose Garden
Blenheim Palace gardens: Flower in the Rose Garden

We spent around 5 hours walking around both the palace and grounds before we had to catch our coach but honestly we could have spent longer exploring the rest of the grounds if we'd had the time and energy! Amazing how tiring walking around places like this is haha, worth it though!

Have you ever visited Blenheim Palace or anywhere similar? What do you think?

Em x