Friday, 29 August 2014

Post Holiday Catch Up

I landed back in London after a slight delay last night and it's bitter sweet. After being away for a whole month I of course missed being at home (and having internet at home!) but at the same time I know I'll have to wait until next summer to experience 30C+ heat and to spend a day lazing around in the sunshine.

I had an amazing holiday although it wasn't anywhere as relaxing as a holiday should be. It was great to spend time with my family and friends whilst building some crazy memories with them all. I did actually try to vlog and will hopefully be editing and uploading over the next few weeks if any of you are interested in watching don't forget to subscribe here. My holiday is a little different to a standard family holiday as we go away for quite a long time to see family that lives in Portugal and as a lot of my friends do the same I get to also spend time with them. Instead of sight seeing and spending time on the beach we spend time visiting family, attending parties, weddings and that sort of stuff but it's still great fun.

I've got a few more posts about my holiday coming up but I just wanted to check in quickly and say hello. I hope you have all had a fabulous August wether you spent it away on holiday or at work, I'm still hoping for a few more days of sunshine.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

5 Things to Do This Weekend

1. Try Waterfall Nail Art
Remember that nail art tutorial I posts last month (here) well why not give it a go? I promise its an easy one!

2. Eat your water
Last month I went for a Murad facial where they recommended I eat my water as apparently it's even better than drinking your water! I'm talking about eating more Cucumber, Iceberg Lettuce, Radish, Tomato, green peppers and more!

3. Dress up a T-shirt with a statement necklace
Credit: Here and Here

4. Explore your local Ice Cream Shop
and by explore I mean try lots of different flavours. I recently discovered Marine Ices if you're looking for one in London

5. Plan a trip to a nearby city.
Grab your friends, partner or family, plan a trip to a nearby city and spend the day there. If you're from London I'd recommend Cambridge or Brighton. Explore the local area, eat in a local restaurant and don't forget to take lots of photos! I'd love to see them so tag me on Instagram @a_littleobsessed  

What have you got planned for this weekend?

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ten More Blog Post Ideas

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Since my last Ten Blog Post Idea post I thought I would share 10 more quick ideas in case you're still a little stuck for ideas...

1. Favourite Nail Polishes
2. Non-Beauty Favourites
3. Products I have finished/Empties
4. Handbag Essentials
5. Top 10 Makeup Brushes
6. Favourite Drugstore Mascaras
7. Current Haircare Routine
8. Ten Beauty Tricks
9. How to wear a bold lip/graphic eyeliner
10. Top 5 Phone Apps

Do you have any other blog post ideas? I would love to hear them in the comments! 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Facial Spritzer Faves

Really I wanted a photo around the pool with the favourite facial sprays but in reality they're just too heavy for me to justify bringing them all on holiday so I had to take the photo back in London. It was hard to chose which ones to bring with me away on holiday but I decided to simply pack the lightest ones.
I love facial spritzers; to freshen up on a hot day, to finish off my makeup and to help hydrate my skin.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml, £32 
This baby has been raved about for years now on beauty blogs, it's filled with essential oils of orange blossom, mint and rose which helps reenergise the skin. Perfect for under or over makeup to add a little radiance, a nice tip is to keep it in the fridge to make it even more refreshing.

Jurlique Rosewater Mist 50ml, £16.50
This may actually be my favourite of them all (although this bottle is far too large and difficult to hold) This one smells divine and is always what I reach for when I need to be awakened, the scent is also particularly comforting meaning it's my favourite product to use during a long day especially as I find it to help calm my skin too.

Neal's Yard White Tea Facial Mist 45ml, £11
When I am really looking for hydration I find that this product helps the most in terms of facial sprays, this is my second bottle and I could really see a difference when I went back to it. I love to use this one before makeup to really help give me a dewy finish.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml, £13.50
Out of all the product I have mentioned this is the one I use most like a standard toner after cleanser however I also love the smaller travel size one to carry around in my hand bag. It contains cucumber, aloe vera and calendula to calm the skin which is always great any time of the day.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist 100ml, £8.50
The 100ml bottle means that you can travel with this and you have enough product to apply generously both on the plane and during your holiday, it's also in a light plastic bottle so it won't weigh you down. It's great to set makeup and really helps my makeup last a little long while making it look a little more natural and dewy which I love. It got a much lighter rose scent than the Jurlique Rosewater mist if thats something you're quite sensitive to. For the price it's such a great product!

The ones I'd like to try:
Clinique Moisture Surge Face spray / Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist

Which are your favourite Facial Spritzers and what do you like to use them for?
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

New Glasses- Boots Protect Lenses

Before coming away on holiday I was invited down by Boots for an opticians appointment and to choose a new pair of glasses. Boots are currently offering Protect Lenses as standard with all their glasses. We all worry about the effect the sun and UV rays has on our skin, Protect lenses help shield the delicate skin around the eyes as well as preventing squinting and eye strain which also reduce the appearance of crow's feet and lines. The incorporate dual defence technology is on both sides of the lens for all round protection is anti-scratch, anti-glare and UV resistant. Protect lenses used to be £40 but are now totally free and come as standard with every pair of glasses.
Compared to my usual opticians I felt that the test was far more in-depth and although I found the glasses selection to be good I did struggle to find a perfect pair for me. However I did pick a beautiful pair of Dolce & Gabbana ones (Here) which have a very me leopard print design and I love the shape. Of course as a beauty blogger I love that it helps combat wrinkles especially now in the summer when I need a little more help than just eye creams.
What do you think of my new glasses?

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Chi Chi Clothing Giveaway

The lovely girls over at Chi Chi Clothing are giving my readers the chance to win a Chi Chi Dress (up to the value of £60)!

For those of you that don't know much about Chi Chi they are a London based retailer which specialises in cocktail, prom and evening dresses but also sell day dresses, shoes and more. They're a great website to visit if you are looking for a prom dress, graduation dress or even a Christmas party dress, they have it all covered!

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Must be over 18 // Worldwide // Winner can pick dress up to value of £60

Good luck! 
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Saturday, 9 August 2014

5 things to do whilst on holiday

1. Visit some of the street markets
Theres something about street markets I can't resist, they're filled with locals and usually local produce too. Obviously be careful to not get targeted with high prices as your a tourist and remember that in most places you can haggle.

2. Get lost
Okay please don't actually get lost. But stop following the map and your GPs so carefully and instead take the off road and just trust your instincts every now and then. I have found the most beautiful views by doing this, admittedly I have also ended up on some scary roads but that' part of the fun!

3. Try something new
This means something different to everyone but what I mean is be a little more open. Try the food, even if it's a little unusual , get on a scary ride and if the opportunity comes up why not go skydiving?! I mean I wouldn't but if you're brave enough a holiday is the perfect time to do it.

4. Ask the locals
Its obvious that the locals now the area really well, they now what's good and what isn't plus they don't usually do the touristy things. I always think it's a good idea to ask your cab driver or waiter for a few little tips, places to visit, things to see, restaurants to eat at and even for the best place to enjoy the night life.

5. Have a lie in...
It's tempting to spend your holiday exploring everything there is to explore in this new part of the world but this usually means getting up early. Have a lie in every now and then but don't feel guilty, we all get up very early for work and school when we're back home so a holiday is the perfect excuse to sleep past 10am, maybe even past 11am!

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