Mexico 2017

Mike & I went to Mexico back in May and I didn’t have my blog at the time and I don’t want to try to remember all the tiny details which made the holiday so perfect so I have decided to just post some pictures and give you the main details.

  • We travelling on 1 May 2017 and stayed for 11 nights
  • We flew from London Gatwick
  • We stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Akumal
  • We have no complaints about the hotel at all and enjoyed our 11 nights there
  • The Hotel featured a coffee shop which became a daily afternoon activity
  • It had two ‘party’ pools and one quiet one – all were great for what you preferred that day
  • The sea was rocky but Mike loved spending hours in there. I was not so keen
  • There was a huge selection of food and you could eat somewhere at anytime of day
  • The cocktail menu was great and included in the All Inclusive
  • We flew with Thompson and it was a long 10 hour flight & it felt even longer returning even at night.

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Love, Minnie x

 

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[Review]Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes

I stopped using wipes to take off my makeup a few years ago however, these jumped out at me when I was shopping in Superdrug recently.  I bought them on the idea that they would be used once in a while and occasionally if I am home late and feeling lazy but I have used them everyday so far almost everyday.  They have not replaced the usual Micellar Water routine for taking off my makeup but I use these before I shower in the evening to ensure that most of my makeup is removed, once I have showered I then use the Micellar Water and toner to ensure that my face is super clean before bed.


What they claim:

New Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes contain thin silk fibres in a thick, soft wipe.
Soaked with Micellar water, they are specially formulated for make-up removal on sensitive skin. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture impurities and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to efficiently remove make-up.

The result: In a single step, your make-up is removed and your skin feels refreshed and soothed.


The first thing that I noticed and LOVED about these is the fact that they are really soaked in Micellar Water.  It is so obvious as soon as you open the packet.  The wipe is actually very thick too which means that it holds the water well and doesn’t break up in your hands.  You also get 25 wipes per pack and if you use daily then this is less than a months worth so can become expensive if you were to keep repurchasing.  The wipes are £3.29 from Superdrug but are currently on offer at £1.59.  They do leave your skin feeling super smooth and refreshed though.

It removes my makeup well but I wouldn’t say that it is the easiest method and I don’t wear that much makeup. It takes a good few scrubs with the wipes to get all the makeup off, especially eye makeup.  I also notice that when I use the Micellar Water after I shower it does still remove some of my makeup which is ok but it means that the wipes haven’t completely removed it all.

The packaging is very cute which may have been one of the reasons why I was drawn to it in the store however, I feel that because the product contains so much Micellar Water it actually needs to have a better seal.  I am very concerned that the product will dry up over time which means that if you don’t use it everyday then you may have to throw it away.

Have you tried these?

Love, Minnie x

 

My favourite everyday makeup

Hello my loves, today I will be sharing my everyday makeup favourites.

I am a Solicitor and therefore, work Monday to Friday in an office environment except for the occasional trip to court or days when I work from home.  I have to wear makeup and keep it professional however, I don’t like appear being too done up.  I also wake up at 5:45 each morning and I am usually at my desk before 8am so I feel that I have suddenly got into a very rehearsed routine in respect of my every day makeup.

Base 

I am currently loving the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, which I have done a couple of posts on specifically.  I have started using a lot less of this as my skin as started to clear up and I feel that it applies much better lighter.  I then use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and on my problem areas i.e. my chin where I do have the last remaining parts of my recent breakout. I then set my face with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder which I have to say is probably my favourite product at the moment.

Bronzer & Highlight

I switch between a couple but for Bronzer I am currently loving the Collection Bronze Glow as this gives such a variety of shades which can be built up depending on what you have planned and is great for a subtle look while at work. I am still using the Collection Highlight in the Collection #facetheday palette which is so perfect for days in the office.

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Eyes

I only wear mascara to work and as I have long dark lashes anyway I am pretty lucky in this respect.  I am loving the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara at the moment for work and it can be used as either one coat or two.  I can feel this starting to run out and although I plan on re-purchasing there are other drug store ones that I am also hoping to purchase and rotate into my routine in September/October.

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Lips 

I normally wear a Mac Lipstick to work and all my Mac Lipsticks are nude-ish shades which are perfect for every day.  My newest addition to the collect is Taupe which is a muted reddish-taupe brown which I feel can look too dark when applied heavily but is great when lightly applied and built up.  I think that this will be great for Autumn, which is fast approaching.

What are your favourite everyday makeup products?

Love, Minnie x

 

 

 

Get To Know Me [Tag]

I am going through a pretty hard time currently which I don’t really want to go into yet, so the usual review of my week wasn’t great and I haven’t had time to do the post I had planned so here is a way to get to know me better…


 

1. What is your middle name?

I don’t actually have one….

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.

It was probably Business Studies which was an option I picked for GCSE but dropped at A Level. I also really enjoyed Chemistry.

3. What is your favorite drink?

Water // Coffee

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I listen to different music on a daily basis so I don’t have a favourite song

5. What would you (or have you) name your children?

I like the names Elsie for a girl and Henry for a boy but I have not put that much thought into it tbh.

6. Have you participated in any sports?

Yes, I have a black belt in Karate.  I also undertook ballet, tap, modern and jazz for about 12 years before starting University and most recently undertook ballet classes agin.

7. What is your favorite book?

Again, I read so many books that I don’t have an all time favourite

8. What is your favorite color?

Currently it is Mint Green but it changes regularly

9. What is your favorite animal?

Elephants

10. What is your favorite perfume?

Bella Freud GINSBERG IS GOD.  I am scared of running out so this will be on my bday/xmas list.

11. What is your favorite holiday?

In the sun! I also enjoy city breaks whatever the weather

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.

10 – it was the best. I have been so lucky

13. Have you been out of the country?

Yes!

14. Do you speak any different languages?

Unfortunately not. I undertook french exchange when I was about 14 but I did not keep up learning the language, which I regret.

15. Do you have any siblings?

One sister who is only 18 months younger than me and my best friend

16. What is your favorite store?

I shop at lot at Primark, Topshop and New Look

17. What is your favorite restaurant?

Love Nandos but also cute independent places

18. Did you like school?

Not particularly, I really enjoyed the college I did my A Levels at and University.

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

SophDoesNails, Zoella, Lily Pebbles, The Anna Edit

20. What is your favorite movie?

Legally Blonde or Clueless

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?

I enjoy the UK soaps, Orange is the New Black and casualty/Holby city

22. PC or mac?

Mac but I use a PC at work and have no complaints

23. What phone do you have?

Iphone 7 Plus

24. How tall are you?

5ft4

25. Do you have any pets?

Nope but I really want a pug

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

You may have seen that I picked these up in my Boots haul and as they were on offer I picked up the shades Moca and Pink Bliss.  The costs of the lipsticks are £5.99 each but the offer I used was buy one get the second half price.


What they claim:

Want the London look? Rimmel introduces Stay Matte Liquid  Lip Colour, a liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, velvety matte finish, and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.   

Boldness that stays on. Stay Matte delivers full coverage in one stroke that’s kiss-proof, touch-proof, and waterproof while also being unbelievably comfortable and lightweight. 

Rimmel London is an inner confidence that how we look is always cool, irreverent, never predictable and always evolving.


I personally feel that you need more than one coat to give a good coverage and I opt for two coats when I am using these.  They do last for ages and as a big coffee drinker when I have these on I do not notice any transfer on the coffee cup- which is great.  The first day I wore the Moca shade I think I had two coffee’s from Starbucks (oops!) and half a three course meal before the lipstick needed a slight touch up.  It had also been hours so it is long-lasting.

With all liquid lipstick, the long-lasting effect does mean that the formula is drying on the lips and this is no different.  Although, it is still comfortable to wear it is drying and I find myself applying a lip balm before and after wearing the lipstick.

The two colours I picked up are gorgeous, I am definitely more of a pinky nude and therefore, the Pink Bliss is the one I feel more comfortable wearing however, I love the Moca shade too and hopefully I will become more confident with this on.  There is a total of 14 shades to choose from so I will definitely be back in Boots to check out some of the others.  The shade ‘Plum This Show’ looks perfect for Autumn/ Winter and ‘Latte to Go’ seems slightly lighter than Moca so I may feel more comfortable with that one.

Pros 

  • Affordable (cheap anyway and then can be found on offer too)
  • Accessible – in the drugstore and on Amazon
  • Long Lasting – perfect for coffee drinkers like myself
  • Doesn’t transfer
  • Comfortable to wear
  • available in a wide range of shades

Cons 

  • Drying on the lips
  • You do need more than one coat for full coverage

 

Overall I do like this lipstick as it is great for drinking coffee, is long lasting, looks good and is not too drying on the lips.  It also comes in a wide range of shades at a very affordable price.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?

Love, Minnie x

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What they don’t tell you about going #dairyfree

People go dairy free for various reasons.  I have a milk allergy and have been dairy free for almost 2 years now and when I was first advised by the doctor to cut out everything containing cows milk and lactose, I thought ‘well I don’t like milk so this won’t be that difficult.’ I was so wrong ; it has been hard and it still is hard.  With an allergy if I accidentally have the smallest bit of milk, it can make me so poorly.  I have created a list of things that they don’t tell you when you become dairy free:

Milk is in everything 

Well not literally everything but almost everything, things that you wouldn’t even realise had milk in.  Examples of things that have made me ill where I didn’t realise: cooked chicken from ASDA, pre-packaged salad and baked beans.  Ok, so not all pre-packaged salads and baked beans contain milk but some do and therefore, you have to check the ingredients every time you go to eat something. It is also listed as many different things so you need to know what you are looking for.  Companies are also known to change their ingredients and sometimes they can be good at putting ‘updated recipe’ on the packaging however, this is not always the case. Therefore, you do need to check the packet every time you buy a product.

I have also found that a lot of the veggie options in stores contain milk as a substitute for another product.  I understand that Quorn do a vegan range which is perfect as most of their veggie stuff which I have looked at contains milk.  I am not 100% veggie as I do still eat meat on occasions so I cannot complain too much.  If I was a full veggie this would be very difficult.

Tablets contain milk 

I can no longer be on the pill because in the UK we do not produce or sell a contraceptive pill which does not contain milk, which I think is a disgrace.  Of course, there are other great alternatives for the pill but I still feel restricted in my options in this respect.

My consultant recently prescribed a medicine for my suspected IBS which contained milk, he later said that he knew this but wondered how much milk I can tolerate. Turns out I could not even tolerate this small amount of milk.  It makes it worse that there is not a suitable alternative he can give me.

I understand that they have to coat the medicine in something, of course they do, but surely they could manufacture alternatives, especially with something so common as the pill.

No one seems to understand what dairy is 

I cannot count the number of times that staff in restaurants have advised that a certain dish contains dairy when in fact it only contains eggs.   I personally think that staff should have better training in this regarding if they are giving advice as to what you can and cannot eat.  Often if you realise that it does only contain eggs and try to explain that this is not dairy it can be hard and uncomfortable.

It is expensive 

Dairy free foods specifically marketed as such are becoming much more common in the UK now, which is great. However, these often come as at a price increase.  It is often worth doing your research and looking at foods which is not marketed as being specifically dairy free but do not contain milk.  These are often the cheaper version of brands i.e. garlic bread which is made with oil instead of garlic butter etc.

It is hard to eat out 

I have done a whole post on tips when eating out, which you can find here.  It is hard having to ask for advice on the menu at every place you go, especially when you are in a large group of people or with people who you don’t know that well.

Your teeth and nails become weak

I have had to have so many fillings since becoming dairy free which the dentist has put down to the lack of calcium in my diet and I only have to look at my nails and they snap in two.  I have started having gel nails but if I have a gap in these then the nails still snap! I don’t think that the girl who does my nails can believe how often they snap.  It is therefore, important to find good replacements for the calcium and make sure that you include them in your diet at all times.

What are your tips for dealing with a good allergy?

Love, Minnie x

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My Evening Routine

Although it is still mid-August, I have noticed how it seems to definitely be turning to Autumn already.  I love a relaxing evening any time of year however, they definitely feel cosier as the weather cools down and the nights draw in.

I have therefore, decided to post what I usually do after work in the evening. Weekends are similar but a little different as I often have Mike with me then. My evenings during the week are ‘me’ time. I live alone in a small flat and therefore, I am free to do what I please without being interrupted.  This makes a big change from shared houses at University and when I first moved to London.

I normally arrive home at 6:30pm (I leave at 5:30pm and the time of arrival varies between 6:10pm and 7.00pm depending on the traffic.) I then like to put my dinner on as soon as possible.  I hate eating late as I don’t digest as well so I decide to crack on with dinner as soon as I am home.  Often I have it prepared in advance and while this is looking I quickly change into my comfies more often than not pajamas and take my makeup off.  I eat my dinner often have a quick desert normally, ice cream or fruit then I shower.

I then try to do some housework, I believe that if you do one job each day then the tasks become smaller.  I often put a load of washing in or do the hoovering at this time.

I always shower in the evenings rather than the mornings and I wash my hair every other day.   The shampoo I am currently using is L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Air however, I do swap between shampoos regularly to avoid build up. Once I am out of the shower, I dry my hair as soon as I can and put my pajamas back on.  I have started drying my hair before brushing it as I read online that it is better for your hair.  I always use my Pantene Pro V dry oil repair & protect hair oil too.  This seems to be working for me and my hair feels great.

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Although I take my make up off before I shower with Micellar Water, I do the majority of my skin care once my hair is dry and I am in my pajamas.  I also brush my teeth at this time and at the moment I am also cleaning my rook piercing.

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I then like to relax whether this is on the sofa with the soaps and other TV dramas or in bed with Netflix. I light some candles and just unwind from the day until I am feeling sleepy. This doesn’t take long after a day at work, especially as my alarm is always set for 05:45am.

When I feel sleepy, I head to bed if I am chilled on the sofa or if I am already in bed I turn off Netflix and snuggled down.  I am lucky as I received a Lumie Alarm Clock for my birthday last year and I set this for the sunset mode and flick through social media or possibly watch YouTube Videos as the light dims.  It takes half an hour for the light to dim and I am usual almost asleep by the time that this happens.

What are your perfect evenings?

Love, Minnie x

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