Monday, May 30, 2016

Brighton restaurants with Wriggle

Whenever I go to visit family or friends in other cities, I tend to go to the same places every time. Whether that's food wise, drink or even shopping, I'm very much a creature of habit. If somewhere has been recommended to me by someone, or I frantically research and do an in-depth stalk of the website, then I'll feel comfortable. Having said this, I've found something that has changed the way I find Brighton Restaurants.

Having planned a couple of weekend trips down to Brighton to visit some family, I was very happy and grateful that Wriggle contacted me about trialling their website in order to find new restaurants.  Not having used something like this before, I have to say I was slightly skeptical as to how good it would be.


The low down - Wriggle is a website/app that allows you to search the city your planning on visiting to see any restaurants that has special deals they've confirmed through Wriggle. Deals go live anytime from three days before your trip to on the day of. Its as easy as creating an account, clicking on the city you wish to search,finding a restaurant and buying your special deal.


Having visited Brighton on a number of occasions I'd become quite accustomed to visiting the same places to eat. I looked on the app on the Thursday (even though I wasn't going till Saturday) and there were loads of different places. Maybe even 15 to choose from including vegan, vegetarian and alcoholic bottomless brunches. When I opened the app on the Saturday I was quite disappointed to see only four places to choose from and actually quite shocked as I was in Brighton for the weekend and thought surely more were going to be added. This wasn't the case and had just four to choose from for the Saturday and Sunday.


I ended up going for The Dog Haus on the sea front for a bottomless prosecco brunch, which turned out to be pretty darn good. Endless prosecco, vegan dog and a really nice atmosphere. The pricing was good at The Dog Haus and you got some good quality food and with the bubbles on tap, I feel made it even better. The place itself had some very friendly staff who were so incredibly helpful with my food issues and would recommend the restaurant deal through the app to everyone.  


The second time I used the App was bank holiday Monday (yesterday) and was so happy to see deal after deal coming up with options for vegan and gluten free diets. Myself and and my family went for Fountain Head just off the Lanes in Brighton. 


The whole family were so happy with their food, and Fountain Head is now on our good restaurant lists for Brighton. The food was delicious and the staff were excellent with us and our fussy order due to intolerance's and way of life (my veggie burger was the best I've ever had and wish I could eat it again). The app was so easy to use and had no complications or issues at all.  

Overall the Wriggle app is an excellent idea and would recommend you downloading it, as you never know when you'll be in a city and in need of a new place to eat. I'm yet to use it in another city other than Brighton, but am sure it'll be just as good and effective. All you need to do is sign up either on the website or the app and you're good to start searching for your next favourite foodie place. The deals on Wriggle are exclusive and to be honest, the two I've experienced, I've thoroughly enjoyed and have been more than happy with. 

Do you think you'll be downloading this and giving it a go? Have you tried something similar or Wriggle before?

xoxo

Benefit lashes v Burberry lashes

I've been a fan of Benefits They're Real for a long time now and have even got my mum and sister hooked, to the point that they refuse to use anything else. I on the other hand am always up for checking out whats around and realised I had one of these Burberry mascaras unopened in my stash. In a way I wish I hadn't opened it as it's actually making me reconsider my previous full on love for They're Real.

A bit of lash background- Mine are stubborn, straight forward lashes that find it hard to hold a curl for more than an hour......... Enough said.


Benefit They're Real: Holds a curl for a long period of time without any flaking at all. Jet black and after a couple of weeks after you initially open it the consistency changes and is no longer gloppy and in a way slightly runny. Hard to take off at the end of the day so would recommend an oil based make up remover. It works even better alongside the primer that Benefit brought out, but on its own, its still a really good mascara.

Burberry Effortless: Not as reliable in terms of holding a curl. I most certainly need to curl my lashes prior to applying this to really maximise its longevity. I find that in comparison with They're Real this is much more of a manageable consistency from the word go and was more than happy to use it as soon as I opened it. 

Overall, both these mascaras are up there in my top 5 and would tell everyone and anyone to give them a go. If you have stubborn straight forward lashes like me, then youll really appreciate both of these beauts.

Do you have any mascara recommendations for stubborn lashes?

xoxo

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quick spring picks for on the go


Recently, during the week I've been really slapped dash and short on time for my makeup application, so, I've been grabbing and going and using these products on the train. I apply my base first at home, which at the moment is my Chanel Les Beiges (and yes I'm still totally in love). It gives such a natural look with good coverage and lasts all day and doesn't wear away. I also do my brows quickly before running out the door which is still my trusty steed, the Soap and Glory Archery. I go through these like no ones business and so thankful they're affordable. Before I head out the door I've been spritzing the Modern Muse Estee Lauder giving me an instant spring like boost. 

My step by step guide whilst on the train is the following:

1: Curl the stubborn cow lashes with my N7 eyelash curlers. Got these last Christmas and they're really not bad. I was very dubious as to whether they'd actually be worth using compare to my Kevyn Aucoin ones and was very surprised. They allow you to get really close to the base of your lashes and pulls them gently round and up. I have to say, not my favourite, however pretty good.

2: The lids, in the form of the Maybelline 24 hour tattoo eye shadow which I literally chuck on my eyelids and rub in with my fingers. You've got to work quickly with these, but they do last well throughout the day. I don't bother with priming my eyes during the week and do see a difference with the longevity, but nothing a quick lunch time touch up can't handle. I use the shade Permanent Taupe which, when applied lightly is a really nice everyday shade. 

3: Benefits They're Real push-up liner is a product that's taken me quite a while to love, and learn how to use it properly. At first I found it very awkward and could never get a nice straight and crisp line, unlike when I use the felt pen nibs. Now I've had a great deal of practice with it, I honestly love it. Its so easy to blend out too, and gives a lovely smudged effect. One thing to remember with this though, is that a good oil based makeup remover will be your best friend. 

4: Mascara of choice is still the lovely Burberry which has been my go to for a while now. A blog post will be going up very soon featuring this so I won't go into much detail other than I love it. 

5: Instead of layering up with the bright Sleek lipstick in Heartbreaker, I've been pressing it into my lips after applying my EOS lip balm, and smudging it in. This method is great when you know yo'll be eating or drinking or just won't have time to re-apply as its a more natural way of giving your lips a pop of colour, without smothering them in matte lippy that will crack or smudge. Love this shade around spring time and really compliments my very light skin tone. 

6: Lastly, these invisibobbles are my life and have changed the way I put my hair up. They don't snag, pull or rip your hair and hold onto your hair with a good grip. I'm really into putting my hair up in a pony and pulling sections to mess up the front slightly, giving a 'I woke up like this' vibe. 

Do you commute and have easy to use, quick products you could recommend to me?

xoxo


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gluten free crepes and waffles at The Creperie


I hold my hands up, I have a major sweet tooth, and pancakes, crepes and waffles are something I very much enjoy tucking into when I need a sweet fix. With what feels like an unlimited amount of combinations you could have, it's a meal that you'll never get bored of. Having had to completely cut out gluten from my diet (and living with a coeliac for 6 years) I've come accustom to baking and cooking gluten free, however, I never get my pancakes to look like The Creperies!


I was invited by the lovely people at Brightons 'The Creperie' to try out their gluten free crepes and waffles with a friend, and on route myself and my sister couldn't contain our excitement flapping are hands like school kids.


I opted for the lemon and sugar crepe and added banana and caramel. My sister went for the waffle with strawberries and cream, with a drizzling of Nutella (both of which were very photogenic and delicious). Even though they were both made with gluten free flour, they were both soft and didn't crumble or fall apart at all, which I've found to happen when I've made them at home myself. The consistency was very much how regular crepes and waffles are which was surprising considering they were gluten free.


Instagram is full of waffles, crepes and pancakes, you know the ones, they're thick and very dense looking with mountains of toppings and cream. Basically a whole load of you stodge. The Creperie offered us thin and much more manageable ones, but still gave a satisfying hit (Currently salivating over the melted Nutella).

I was so impressed with the crepe I ordered. In a way slightly blown away as it was so similar to a regular one that I'd come to miss so much. It was quite big, had no tears in it and with a lovely light brown and slightly crispy exterior. Cooked to perfection should I say. Being a little greedy, I added the sauce and banana and took a while to eat with a few brakes, but boy was it worth it. I was very tempted to just create my own using the list of toppings available, but there were so many to choose from it would of taken me ages to decide.


If you're in Brighton and fancy trying a new place to eat, whether that be sweet or savoury, I'd highly recommend The Creperie. A wide range of combinations and very flexible to suit your likes and dislikes. The interior is lovely and comfortable with great staff who are friendly and helpful. Food came very quickly and was presented to perfection (in which I took full advantage of and now have quite a few pictures in my camera roll). It doesn't matter if your coeliac or not, these crepes and waffles are great for all. But if you have a gluten free friend or family member, they'd really appreciate being able to eat here without the hassle of asking for gluten free as this is a registered gluten free restaurant!

Have you eaten here before? Do you think you'll swing by?

xoxo

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thoughts on concealing and my go to product right now


Concealing isn't for everyone, and I'm not one who does it every day. But when you've had a few too many late nights working or playing the only thing that can help disguise those bags or blemishes is a concealer and great application.

Now we're experiencing nicer weather in the UK I'm reaching for my Maybelline Better Skin concealer which is just fab. If I apply it with my finger and dab it into the skin, it leaves a natural finish and stays around for hours and hours. I find I can use it both blemishes and under my eyes, which is a dream.

Some days I really don't feel the need to conceal and definitely see a difference in my skin when I drink more water, sleep more and I just use the concealer to hide any  blemishes I have.

What are your thoughts on concealing? And what's your go to concealer right now?

xoxo

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reminiscing over lush weather and a superfood lunch


Let me set the scene of my current situation. Its late afternoon, grey, wet and all round gloomy. I's sat here with a jumper a blanket and a cup of tea thinking about what a beautiful weekend we had. Even though it was warm, it wasn't warm enough to really bare a lot of skin. I ended up going for this long knitted COS jumper dress which is a little baggy and light weight. This was tucked amongst sale items and of course other black (amazing) COS classics, so I was really happy with this cheeky find.


 Its just tradition for me to borrow my sisters clothes and shoes when I stay at my parents so I have to give credit to her for these gorgeous Office espadrilles. Shoes like this are perfect for the warmer days when its not quite sandal weather. All I was doing was walking around Canterbury, shopping in the sun, drinking green juices and spending time with family.


If you ever find yourself in the South of Kent, you're a healthy eater, gluten free or a vegan, you should hit up Kitch in Canterbury. Whenever I'm in the area I always pop in for a snack, juice or this yummy superfood salad. The staff are lovely and the menu is great and always has little changes to keep you intrigued.

What did you at the weekend? Anything similar?

xoxo

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New hair, new Redken haircare

Spending a good amount of money on haircare has never really been something that's been on my radar, apart from just grabbing whatever is on offer whilst doing the weekly shop. My lack of love, care and attention for my hair was picked up by a hairdresser who I'd never gone to before, and has since changed the state of my hair within just a week. 

Before using these products my hair was unmanageable, being very matted and dry. When wet it'd be virtually impossible for me to get a brush or comb through it and I was just a horrible battle I'd dread. 


 



The Redken 'all soft' range claims to wash away any impurities that your hair has to make it more manageable and as you guessed, soft. When using the shampoo and conditioner it intensifies the softness and and also adds a healthy shine to your hair once dry. I can honestly say that this is exactly what it does, and I still can't believe I've only just tried out this range. I no longer have lifeless hair that constantly looked matte and dull, I have hair that shines, catches the light when it moves and looks nourished. 


If all that added softness wasn't enough I also got the 'Supple touch' after wash product which seriously packs a punch. Spraying into towel dry hair your able to intensify conditioning power. 

These three products have seriously changed the state of my hair as well as changing the relationship I have with it. Going from putting off washing my hair for as long as I could, to actually not minding the long task of shampoo, conditioner, comb through and second condition. Small changes I've made like combing my hair whilst in the shower whilst the conditioner soaks in has allowed my hair to stay in better condition for longer.


If your hair's dry, matting and dull then you need to try out this range. Honestly, it's changed my haircare life.

Do you have any more affordable alternatives?

xoxo

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Zara print top for mother and daughter


'Fashion for all ages' should be Zaras slogan. Not every shop allows you to pick up the same top as your mum and for you both to fall in love with it. We're both big fans of comfortable outfits and buying key pieces that you can dress up and dress down. So this was right up our street and straight in our basket.



 Top- Zara
Me: Jeans- Topshop, Shoes- boohoo, Bag- Whistles, Earings- Vivienne Westwood
Mum: Jeans- Next, Boots- Topshop (sale), Bag- Russell & Bromley

 
The top's quite light weight with pretty long sleeves, and has a longer back compared to the front.  What attracted us to it was not only the striking pattern, but the colour palette. As you can see, we like wearing black so it's nice to include a little colour where you can.  I've said before how much I love the whole pale blush pink/nude which is a nice touch on this top.


I know myself and mum will be getting a lot of wear out of this from now through to summer, and could even be wearing it through to the colder months. Would look so nice with some pale blue denim jeans, white jeans and even some denim shorts (planning summery outfits already).


Have you bought the same thing as your mum before?


xoxo