Toy Story Alien iPhone Case

Sunday, 30 June 2013
Toy Story Alien iPhone Case - £3.71 via Amazon

Okay, okay, just call me the crazy iPhone case lady. I do tend to have a slight obsession with buying more and more iPhone cases, and I'm particularly drawn to the most in-your-face/off-the-wall designs. As you probably know, I'm a huge fan of Disney and whenever I see a Disney iPhone case available I'm always desperate to get my hands on it. 

I think I saw this case a few months ago on someone's Instagram, and ended up hunting it out online. I'm a biiiiig fan of Toy Story and I couldn't resist how cute and unique this iPhone case is! Okay, it's big and bulky and not very practical, but it's amazing, right?! It was from Amazon for less than £4 which I think is pretty good. It comes in two parts which you slot together, and features an awesome moveable eye where your phone camera is, for when you want to take photos.Wondering how to turn the volume up and down? Simply wiggle the alien's ear. AMAZING, RIGHT?! 

I love this phone case and although I struggle to use it as often as I'd like (it's a big no no for nights out - definitely won't fit in a clutch bag!) it's definitely a talking point and a very unusual case. My boyfriend gets embarrassed if I have it out in public as he thinks it looks like a toy but I love it and will continue to use it when I'm in the mood for a bit of Toy Story to jazz up my iPhone.

Are you a fan of collecting iPhone cases? Would you have a case like this or do you prefer simpler case designs?

She Will Remember Your Heart When Men are Fairy Tales in Books Written By Rabbits

Saturday, 29 June 2013
Necklace: H & M
Braclets: Topshop/Peacocks*
Shoes: Primark

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this dress. As you might have seen in my last outfit post, unicorns are featuring heavily in my wardrobe at present, and I definitely don't have a problem with that. Although some people will think my unicorn outfits are utterly ridiculous I am completely obsessed with them. I see fashion as fun and something to get creative with, and as I'm a huge fan of anything remotely magical/fairy tale-related, why not wear my loves on my clothes?! 

I got sent this dress from Lashes of London about a month ago and I've been wearing it none-stop since. You might have seen it feature in my anniversary post a little while ago. It's the perfect dress to wear up or down but I quite like wearing it down with my trusty Primark Converse-alikes. I've also been using my bag from Krisp Clothing none-stop too, it looks so expensive and classic and it was actually really cheap. It's a bit boxy which can get annoying but I love how classic it looks. 

I'm loving the sunshine this weekend and hope it stays around for tomorrow as I'm doing another 5k run for Cancer Research this time, I'm really looking forward to it! It's probably going to be tough in the heat (it's meant to be 26 degrees tomorrow, squee!) but I think it'll be fun. I've been going to the gym for the past month and I'm feeling loads better for it. I'll be blogging about my gym experience soon as I'm a total gym noob so think it'll be good to help fellow gym first-timers! Let me know if you have any fitness post requests or anything as I'm looking to feature a few more on the blog, especially if things keep going as they are! 

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and if you're at Glasto, I'M JEALOUS! Have a fab time! 

Benefit Porefessional Review

Thursday, 27 June 2013

I can't actually believe I've never reviewed this product on here before. Ever since Benefit's Porefessional was launched a few years ago, and I tested it on my hand at a local counter, it has been my go-to primer. I'd had a few small love affairs with a couple of primers previously, but when I set my sights on this baby I knew I'd never look back. I was originally attracted to the product after learning that it supposedly minimised pores and mattified skin. Now, I suffer with big ol' pores and horrible oilyness, so I'm always looking for ways to combat them. Along came Benefit's Porefessional and I was sorted, seriously. 

I've been using this product for about three years now I think, so I've definitely had a long time to review it. Does it do what it says it does? Yes, absolutely. It feels like silk on my skin, makes my pores invisible, gets rid of my oil and creates a flawless base for my foundation. If I don't use this primer I notice the difference dramatically - without it my skin looks blemished, dull and oily. When I pop some of this on it's suddenly transformed to looking like it's been airbrushed (with foundation over the top, obviously). I honestly feel like Porefessional makes my skin look the best it can possibly look, and that's the reason why I'll never go for any other primer. Okay, so I occasionally dabble in new releases, and like to test out primers as part of the fun of blogging, but Porefessional is a product that will always sit firmly in my makeup bag, and I'll continue to purchase for as long as Benefit decide to make it (which will hopefully be forever!)

Have you tried Benefit's Porefessional before? If you suffer with large pores or oily skin I seriously suggest you try it! 

Cheap Essie Polishes

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Essie Polishes (L-R): Tour de Finance, Bikini So Teeny, Action, Cascade Cool

I've been a big fan of Essie polishes since they came onto my radar a little while ago. I was impressed with their amazing quality, their ease of application, how well they last and their fantastic range of different colours. However, I only really like spending £5 max on a polish (at a push), and as these are in the £7.99 range they're a tad out of my price-range. I definitely think they're worth the price, but as a nail polish-aholic like myself I can't really afford to house a huge collection of them, which is really unfortunate as I really, really love the products. 

However, I recently discovered that a few websites are actually selling Essie polishes for ridiculously cheap prices. I saw Fee blog about Fragrance Direct and Xtras Online selling Essie polishes for as little as £1.99 a piece, which to me is a fantastic price. I couldn't resist taking a look on both websites and placed a couple of cheeky orders. Now, they don't stock that many shades on either website but apparently they get restocked a lot and different shades tend to circulate so it's best to keep checking back. I first placed an order on Xtras Online as it was free delivery and I'd fallen head over heels for the shade Tour de Finance which was on there. It's a gorgeous, slightly shimmery deep berry pink that looks amazing on toes. After purchasing it I went back to Fragrance Direct (after finding a couple of 10 and 5 percent off codes) and ordered three polishes; Bikini So Teeny, Action and Cascade Cool. These three are probably my favourites out of the lot and turned out to be the cheapest! Bikini So Teeny is very muted-down bluebell colour, similar to Models Own Beths Blue, a polish I absolutely love. Action is a really bright yellow-toned orange that is totally perfect for summer, and Cascade Cool is a ridiculously pretty candy pink colour, which is unlike any other polishes I own. 

I am so pleased I discovered these affordable Essie polishes as I seriously cannot fault Essie for quality - even the thick brush on the polishes astounds me! I'm definitely going to be checking back on both the websites mentioned to see if they get more shades in, as I can see me building up an addiction to buying Essie polishes online! 

Are you a fan of Essie polishes? Let me know if you've ordered some from Xtras Online or Fragrance Direct before! 

Zest Challenge with Alpro: On the Day

Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Zest Challenge with Alpro - 15th June 2013

If you read my post here you'll know that a couple of weeks ago I took part in a really exciting challenge with Alpro and Zest Magazine. I was incredibly nervous, but after training hard and lots of tips and diet plans from Alpro I felt prepared for the day ahead. It was actually pretty chilly when I arrived at the venue for the run but luckily it brightened up as the day went on, and when it was Team Alpro's wave time the sun was well and truly shining. I had a really fun time going round the course; I think I started off too quickly (getting ahead of myself ha) and I paid for that a bit during the middle, but I paced myself carefully and managed to overtake a lot of the girls who'd previously been in front of me because of my pacing which I was pretty proud of! There were lots of little obstacles around the course, including hay bales, a bouncy castle, waterslide etc., and this totally added to the fun factor. After the race I was given a Zest goodie bag full to the brim with fab fitness goodies and treats, and had a chance to chat to the other girls properly over Alpro's picnic they put on for us. 

I had an amazing day and the thrill I got from running the race was like nothing I'd ever experienced. There was a real 'girl power' feel to the day and I met so many lovely people, I would 100% do it again and I cannot wait for next years race! I totally recommend doing the Zest Challenge to anyone, it was such a great experience and it's definitely something I'll always remember! 

Follow That Unicorn

Sunday, 23 June 2013
Unicorn Baseball Tee* - The Pretty Junk
Leggings: Primark
Trainers: Primark
Flower Headband: Primark
Bracelets: H & M

Lately I've fallen completely in love with the clothing brand The Pretty Junk. I'd not previously heard of them until I saw this amazing Unicorn top doing the rounds on Instagram, and I knew I needed it in my life. I love unicorns and basically ANYTHING with a unicorn on gets me excited, but I really love the baseball style of this tee and the font and everything is pretty awesome. I really want the 'Beware of the Plastics' one and the 'Miss Universe' one as well now as they're so cute and easy to wear. If I had the figure for it I'd also be all over this beautiful dress. So pretty! 

I love that 80% of this outfit is Primark. I haven't been in a while but I'm definitely craving a trip to my trusty old Primani. The floral headband I'm wearing is from Primark and I love it so much. The trainers are from Primark too and I've currently been living in them. I really want some new Converse but these will do for now! 

Unfortunately this weekend was a bit of a wash-out in the UK, but I still enjoyed an indoor BBQ with friends and getting my blogging hat on to get lots of new posts planned and photographed for you guys. I can't believe it's going to be July in a week - I really hope this weather perks up! I have so many lovely pieces of summer clothing I want to blog about so fingers crossed it warms up soon! 

All you need is faith, trust and a sprinkle of FAIRY dust...

Saturday, 22 June 2013
Fairy Dust Necklace* - Ginger Pickle

As you probably know, I'm a little bit infatuated with fairies, and I also have a big penchant for cute jewellery. Naturally, it leads me to hunting out treasures like the fairy pendant I featured a little while ago, along with absolute beauties like this stunning Fairy Dust necklace from Ginger Pickle.

I've been meaning to blog about this gorgeous necklace for ages now, it really is a unique piece and I absolutely love it. The chain is fairly long which I like, and it has a seriously cute and kitsch feel to it. The miniature bottle is glass and filled with sparkling fairy dust, with a cute little fairy perched on the side of the bottle. I was sent it from the fab website Ginger Pickle, which sells tonnes of cute and unique jewellery and accessories. There are lots of animal-themed pieces, as well as a plethora of amaaaazing fairytale inspired jewels. These are my favourites and I'm obsessed with all the gorgeous bottle necklaces, like my Fairy Dust one but with a different theme for each piece. There's a 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' one, a 'Once Upon a Time' one, as well as loads of others I really want to get my hands on. I can see me building quite a little collection up of these, and I actually think they would make a pretty amazing fairytale charm bracelet with each of the bottles on - I know I'd buy it! 

The piece came packaged in a cute little lilac bag, along with a beautiful postcard that is pride of place on my pinboard. I love handmade pieces like these and wish I was creative enough to come up with ideas like this! I think the necklaces are a total steal at £8.00 too. Are you a fan of fairytale jewellery? 

Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish

Thursday, 20 June 2013

I've been meaning to post about this bad boy for absolutely ages now. I actually got it waaaay back in February when I was staying in London, after searching for months in my local Boots hunting it out, where I always found it sold out (boo hiss boo). I'd seen a few rave reviews on it and knew it sounded just up my street so wouldn't rest until I got it. So there I was, shopping list in hand, when I found it in one of the Boots on Oxford Street on offer for around half price. I quickly snapped it up (and now I'm wishing I'd bought two). 

The words 'microdermabrasion' never fail to get me excited. I'm always looking out for new exfoliators or products that will encourage skin renewal and buff away old skin cells. This does just that. For a minuscule price, I have to say this is the best exfoliator I've ever used. Whereas most exfoliators are quite chunky, this one is really fine and gritty, meaning it gets deep down into your pores and really gets rid of any impurities, whilst leaving your skin feeling SO smooth and incredibly radiant and glowing. 

As soon as I started using this, I saw a reduction in blackheads, and my pores looked seriously minimised. I use this once a week and I honestly don't know what I've been doing without it. If you're looking for a good exfoliator for really renewing the skin and getting rid of blackheads, then this is for you. 

I really can't fault the Boots Botanics range at all. Do you have any favourites from Botanics?

Pocketful of Sunshine

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

 Bow Top*: Drop Dead Clothing
Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Disney Coutures
Bracelets: H & M
Watch: Michael Kors

How gorgeous has the weather been today?! I'd like to say these photos were taken today but they were actually taken a few weeks ago and I've been meaning to put them up for ages. My laptop broke a couple of weeks ago which kind of messed everything up completely regarding my blog etc., and I was so worried I would lose all my photos and documents but thankfully my wonderful boyfriend came to the rescue and fixed it all - phew! 

I was sent this gorgeous top from Drop Dead Clothing a little while ago. I absolutely love it - it's two of my favourite colours, lilac and pink, and I'm pretty sure I will be wearing it to death (geddit?!) over the summer as I love it so much. I paired it with my acid wash denim skirt from Primark and my cute Converse-esque trainers. Apologies for the slightly wonky photos - this is what you get when you have a tall boyfriend taking the picture! 

I have to say a massive sorry for not blogging much over the last few weeks, like I said my laptop died on me and I also got a new job so everything has been a bit hectic! I'm getting organised now though so blogging shall resume from now on! 

I almost forgot to mention - I took part in the Zest Challenge at the weekend and it was AMAZING. I will be doing a proper blog about it soon but just wanted to say a massive thanks to Alpro for inviting me to get involved, and I completely recommend doing it to anyone thinking about it! 

1st Anniversary in York and Our Stay at The Premier Inn

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
 

Premier Inn York North*

The weekend before last, me and my boyfriend celebrated our first anniversary together. We decided months ago that we wanted to do something special for it, and after having a think we chose York as a place to spend the weekend. I love the city of York, I haven't been in years but whenever I go I always love how pretty everything is and how lovely and friendly the people there are. We thought we'd spend the Saturday seeing some sites and doing a spot of shopping, and then Sunday would be spent doing lots of exploring! 

On the Saturday we headed into York and had a look at the castle, took in the views of the city and then headed to The York Dungeons for a bit of a scare-fest. I've never been to either of the Dungeons before so I was really looking forward to it (if not slightly apprehensive!) and we managed to get a 2 for 1 voucher (these are always everywhere - I would say never go to the likes of The Dungeons, Alton Towers etc. without them as they save you loads!) so it only ended up being under £16 for us both. The Dungeons were awesome, it was properly scary and I would say if you've got a nervous disposition it's definitely not for you! Also, top tip here - stand at the back so you don't get picked for anything! I was constantly on edge thinking they would pick me - they didn't, phew! After visiting The Dungeons we had a mooch round the city centre, looked in the shops and at all the pretty cafes and chocolate shops. We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch and sat in one of the gorgeous gardens to take in the beautiful weather - it was a seriously gorgeous day.

We were lucky enough to be treated to a one night's stay at The Premier Inn York North so we headed back there at around five to get ready for our meal and night out. I am a HUGE fan of Premier Inns. I am the fussiest person in the world and there aren't many hotels that you'll find me happy with, but Premier Inn NEVER disappoints. Their rooms are big, super clean, full of everything you need (kettle, tea and coffee, toiletries, pillows-a-plenty, television, hairdryer) and their beds are ridiculously comfy. Our room was no different - we even got a sofa as well which was a massive bonus. The bathroom was lovely and big too, really light and clean with a separate toilet to the actual bathroom which was great. We freshened up at the hotel, got changed into our glad rags and headed out to experience York's night life! 

We'd booked a meal at Bella Italia which was absolutely lovely, I've never been before but would totally recommend it - it has a really authentic Italian atmosphere and the food was delicious. We didn't really have a clue where to go in terms of clubs and pubs, but a quick look on our phones showed us all the hot spots and we had a really lovely evening. After a gorgeous night's sleep in our lovely Premier Inn bed, we headed down to breakfast, something we'd both been looking forward to A LOT. The breakfast was actually amazing - I wish I'd taken pictures of it now (I did instagram a pic but it's not the same!) - there was a Full English with all the works, cereals, croissants, toast, yoghurts, fruit, muffins, crumpets... I could go on. I opted for a bit of everything - I loved the Full English as I was so happy to discover they did a veggie version, whilst Tom tucked into his bacon and egg-fueled feast. 

After we'd filled up on breakfast, we headed out for a day of exploring. My boyfriend really wanted to show me Brimham Rocks, so we spent the morning there climbing and enjoying the views. It was really fun and I'd definitely recommend it. Afterwards we then headed to Stump Cross Caverns, after a recommendation from some locals the night before, and it was also really fun - don't we look good in hard hats?! We then popped to Harrogate, where I found the best Primark ever, as well as having a little peruse of the lovely Space NK there, and then we headed home, ridiculously tired from all the exploring but very happy to have had such a great weekend. 

Me and my boyfriend had an amazing 1st Anniversary in York and a wonderful stay in the York North Premier Inn, which I would completely recommend. Are you a fan of Premier Inns? I seriously cannot fault them! 

There's a fairy at the bottom of the garden...

Sunday, 16 June 2013
 
 

As you may probably be aware by my blog name, I have a little obsession with fairies. Anything with a fairy on it gets me excited - books, pictures, accessories... but most predominantly, jewellery. I find pieces of jewellery featuring fairies to be really few and far between so when I find one, I have to have it. I think fairies invoke images of magic and enchantment and beauty, so when I was offered something to review from the Henryka website, and I stumbled across a little selection of pretty nympths, fairies and pixies, I couldn't resist getting one. 

I hadn't previously heard of the website Henryka, but after a little perusal I found so many beautiful pieces of silver and amber jewellery, making me really glad I found it. I remember when I was little I had a bit of a thing for silver amber jewellery - I bought a silver and amber elephant necklace off a lady in Camden Market  years ago, and when she told me it was lucky I never took it off. Since then silver and amber jewellery has held quite a bit of sentiment to me. I chose the Silver Fairy Pendant Holding a Cognac Amber Sphere, which for £19 I think is such a cute and delicate little piece of jewellery. It's really detailed and cute and I like wearing it with a slightly longer chain to give a kind of boho vibe. It's seriously pretty and I love it so much. 

Are you a fan of silver jewellery? I'm usually a costume jewellery girl at heart but I can't resist little pieces like this!
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