Thursday, 24 July 2014

Grillstock in Bristol!

Bristol is a wonderful city. It is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to see! But really, we decided to go after a friend posted a picture on Facebook of this amazing restaurant he'd been to and so my husband decided he wanted to go there for his birthday. Saying "we went to Bristol for Joe's birthday" sounds so much better than "we went to Bristol to eat at Grillstock" so that's what we're going with!

Grillstock is a tiny little restaurant in Bristol's Triangle West! Their main selling point is the quality of their meat and their focus on barbecue. It consist of only one very long table and benches, so we were lucky to get a couple of spots to sit on at lunch time! The fact we didn't have any backrests bothered me quite a bit... That is, until we got our food! 

Here's Joe's review of the place: "It's a barbecue lover's paradise! The burnt brisket ends were my favourite, spicy and juicy."

I had the Smokestack burger, which is no where near the biggest offering! I chose the cheesy chilli fries to go with it, but if I'm honest, the chilli didn't add that much because the fries were absolutely DELICIOUS on their own. The best fries I've ever had by far! The burger was also really juicy and full of flavour, the meat is so well seasoned in this place, they take it very seriously!

The space is quite small, which is why don't take any bookings, so you just have to take a chance when you go in and hopefully you'll find a seat. Nonetheless, I cannot recommend it enough, everything was delicious! Writing this post was very hard indeed, cause it just made me wanna go back to Bristol tomorrow! haha

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Sunday Post #15: The Devil Wears Prada

Gifs from Tumblr.

What is the one movie you've watched dozens of times and know all the lines to? For me, that's The Devil Wears Prada! I actually struggle to watch it without talking over the people on screen and feeling really pleased with myself for getting all the lines right! haha 

I also love the dry humour in it. Who here has never laughed at one of Miranda's mean one liners? Or at Emily's grumpiness? Speaking of Emily, this was Emily Blunt's first big Hollywood film and, in my opinion, she completely stole the show! She has some of my favourite scenes in the whole movie and her acting in it is incredible.

Something that I think gets overlooked about it all the time is how amazing the soundtrack is! If you pay just a little bit of attention, you can tell how really dynamic and on point it is. Not to mention all the Madonna songs, it doesn't get much cooler than an outfit movie montage to the tune of Vogue (Vogue... Vogue)! 

I just realized the other day while watching that it actually came out almost 10 years ago now and it's really interesting to see how some of the oufits look a bit dated now (only if you're really into fashion though!) and what it will all look like in another 10 years time! I just love this "stuff" (see what I did there??).

And not to mention the super cute cameo by the amazing, gorgeous, uber model Gisele Bundchen, playing Emily's bitchy friend, Serena! I'm so proud of her whenever she's on a film, it's the Brazilian in me! haha

Have you ever watched TDWP? What are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel - Review

A couple of months ago, I realized my skin was going on a downward spiral. It looked dull and blotchy, I was getting more breakout than I've had in years. Not to mentions the blackheads, those dreaded blackheads... I love my mum to death, but I'm afraid she didn't realize the benefits of skincare early enough in her life. The consequence being lots and lots of acne scars everywhere. She tells me she got them from poking at her skin every chance she got, so the advice she's always given me was to never pick at spots or blackheads! 

But how on Earth can I just leave them??? Especially the damn blackheads, showing their ugly heads on MY FACE! I can't just leave them there, they need to be gone. When I noticed the situation started getting really bad, I decided it was time I took some action! The first thing I did was head into Boots and pick up a few old favourites I had ditched to try out new products. And the first one was the trusty La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel!

This must be my third bottle of the stuff and I've just been kicking myself for not getting back into using it earlier! It is designed for oilier skin types. I'm more of a normal skin type gal these days, but I still don't feel like this makes my skin dry at all. The aspect I love the most about this cleanser is how easy and fuss free it is to look. We all know the benefits of a flanel/muslim cloth, but we all have our lazy days and this one is perfect for them! Just apply it to a damp face, massage it in a bit and wash it off! I also love that it is safe for around the eyes, it's never felt uncomfortable at all. And to top it all off, it is a very affordable £12 from most Boots!

Have you ever tried this cleanser? xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

The "All Eyebrow" Face!

Watching Anna's weekly vlog while getting ready!
Products used: Benefit's Dream Screen SPF // YSL Touche Eclat foundation in BR60 // Maybellinne's The Falsies waterproof mascara // MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW30 // MAC eyebrow pencil in Spiked // MAC eyeshadow in Mystery // Maybellinne Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark // MAC blusher in Stubborn //  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle // Guerlain Terracota Bronzer in 08 // No7 lip pencil in Caramel

Check those bad boys out! I've really started going all out with filling in my brows. I always used to be scared of getting them too thick and ending up looking a bit funny, but nowadays I am loving this look! It kind of reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor's brows a bit, really dark and shapely. I start by defining the edges and filing them in where I need it with an eyebrow pencil and then I use the eyeshadow to set the pencil and soften everything up a bit.

I also think I've been spending too much time looking at Kylie Jenner's Instagram, cause I've been really into the 90's look. I got a couple of No7 lip liners a few weeks ago and one of them was this browny colour, Caramel. I just fill my whole lip in with it and I love the look and how much fuller it makes my lips look! 

What make up trends are you loving right now? xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Blogging Spaces: Sarah @ Sarah's Beauty Emporium

Hi Everyone! Ferdie has kindly let me guest post on her gorgeous blog so I can share with you my Blogging Space! My name's Sarah, and I usually blog over at Sarah's Beauty Emporium. Today, I'm here to show where I do the majority of my blogging, and how I organize myself as well! My blogging space isn't quite how I'd like it - I'd prefer it to be neater, maybe with a white desk to match my shelves rather than the black piece of kitchen worktop that I have - It does the job though!

Here's my blogging space! This is my desk, which is in a corner of my room where I used to have a built-in wardrobe. Now, this is where I do my college work as well as my blogging. I have quite a few random things scattering my desk (i.e. stuff that I need to tidy up) but there are a few things that are constantly on my desk while I'm blogging. This year, I've made quite a big investment in my blog (and my studies, as my tech is used for my Film and TV course that I'm currently studying) and bought myself a Canon 600D and a Macbook Pro. These are the two main blogging companions in my life - although I do use my iPad on the bus to college sometimes to write up posts.

I've always got a candle burning in my room, as I am literally the Yankee Candle queen. At the moment, I'm burning Pink Sands, which is from my Spring Celebration Gift Box that I did a full review on HERE. Candles always make my room smell nice, so I'm blogging in a nice-smelling environment. It also gives me inspiration for posts, as I do quite a few Yankee Candle reviews.

I have SO many notebooks. In my notebooks I jot down loads of things - new blog ideas, lists of people attending events that I'm organising, to-do lists and it's just general blogging organisation. At the moment, I'm trying this new way of organising my posts - I write down all my post ideas, draw a little camera next to them when I've taken the pictures, and cross them out once I've written the post! It's working quite well. I like to get floral notebooks, so they look pretty on my desk.

Finally, I always have a drink or some food next to me while I'm working - it's good to keep hydrated! Diet coke is my saviour when I'm tired - the caffeine gives me a boost. If it's a hot summers day or I've finished my coke I'll usually drink water instead. I hope you've enjoyed reading my post - if you have, you can read more at . Also, I'd like to say a massive Thank You to Ferdie for letting me post on her blog! 

Other Blogging Spaces: Flo @ Hola FloSophie @ Private Life of a Girl | Maddie @ Call me Maddie | Cat @ What Cats Says | Isabela @ Fusels | Marvelle @ Blog of Shadows

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

What I Wore... Bristol Day Trip!

Jeans: Mango // Top & Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins // Blazer: Primark // Shoes: New Look // Bag & Belt: TK Maxx

Well, look at me all fancy with an outfit of the day! The very first of this blog (hence all the awkward posing), which I hope to make a bit of a regular thing if possible! Last week we went to Bristol for the day and it was so so lovely! The sun was shinning bright, which made me thankful I had bought these sunnies just a few days prior. Usually I find most sunglasses on the high street to be too small for my face, but not this little baby! It is HUGE and I love it! I am also really pleasantly surprised with these New Look sandals. I love the gold metal detailing it's got, which makes it look so sophisticated. But most importantly, they were so comfortable for walking around on all day!

We took a stroll down (not up!) Bristol's Park Street, which is so beautiful. I was surprised about how many independent restaurants, cafes and stores Bristol's got, it is such a wonderful city. We visited the original Boston Tea Party on Park Street and it's a lot smaller than Worcester's, but so much busier. I don't know how those guys do it behind that tiny counter on a busy Saturday! haha We also visited the M shed, which is basically a museum all about the history of Bristol and me, being the history geek that I am, absolutely loved it! I had no idea Bristol had such a rich and interesting history, it's really amazing. I wouldn't mind moving there one day! *nudge nudge, wink wink*.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Zucchini Pasta & Homemade Meatballs

Now, will you just look at THAT! I don't think I've ever cooked a prettier plate of food in my life.

I've recently pick up the Clean & Lean Diet book by James Duigan and I've been really enjoying eating a more balanced and healthy diet. I decided to go ahead and try to create my own recipe based on the mantras I picked up from the book and I came up with this zucchini "pasta" and homemade meatballs! I have to say, it was delicious! I was expecting it to be edible when I was finished, but I definitely didn't expect it to be as yummy as it was! I also made the sauce myself. I think that if you have a hand blender at home, there really is no reason to buy ready made sauces, which we all know are full of preservatives! So here's my recipe! 

For the sauce:
1 can of chopped tomatoes
salt, pepper and seasoning to taste (I used italian herbs and paprika!)
Simply blend everything together using a hand blender and heat up in a small saucepan.

For the meatballs:
500g lean beef mince
some grated parmesan
1 egg
salt, pepper and seasoning to taste
Just mix it all together in a bowl and shape the meatballs with your hands!

For the zucchini "pasta":
1 zucchini
I used a vegetable peeler to make the long strands of zucchini, then wilted it down on the frying pan with a little olive oil for 3-4mins.

And that is it! I love that I can whip up this delicious meal in under 30 minutes and it's still super healthy and super yummy! Let me know what you think and if you decide to try it out at home! x

Friday, 4 July 2014

Essie's Wicked - Swatch

I think I have to admit, Essie are probably my favourite nail polish brand right now! I think it must be the combination of the cute packaging, great names and just on point colours that make all the beauty bloggers go wild, and I'm definitely one of them! I know it's supposed to be Summer and I should probably be going for fun, colorful colours at the moment. But the one shade that's climbed it's way to my top choice is this dark, burgundy red called "Wicked" (love that name)! 

One of the things that makes me feel the most elegant and feminine is when I have my nails done! And this shade just gets that feeling to the absolute max! And, in a funny way, it also makes me feel so grown up! I'll explain: when I was younger, my mother never let me wear the dark colours I really wanted to go for on my nails. So when I started to finally be able to choose for myself, I always went for a combination of Brazilian nail varnishes that looked exactly like this! haha I also love it that combining this with the Essie top coat makes it last a good 4-5 days chip-free!

What nails varnish colours are you loving at the moment? x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Benefit's Dream Screen - Review

Back when I lived in Brazil (where wearing sunscreen is a must 12 months out of the year), I didn't really wear much make up. Foundation was reserved for special occasions only, always in the evening. When I moved to England and really started getting into my make up habit, I discovered and annoying fact about my SPF of choice (the La Roche Posay Anthelios): if you put ANYTHING on top of it, it simply peels off of your face immediately! That, plus the fact it's never quite as sunny here as it is in Brazil, made me quit sunscreen all together.

Fast forward two years and I'm actually starting to worry about what the effects of the sun will be on my skin in a few years time, which scared me into SPF again! After reading a few reviews, I landed on this new-ish Benefit launch. Anna's review of this little bad boy is what did it for me and I'm so glad she hasn't let me down! 

For once, this product matches it's packaging description perfectly! "You can't feel it, you can't see it, but it's got you covered". Perfect! It felt very silicone-y when I first applied, which had me questioning the "can't feel it" part, but after one or two minutes it sunk in and it really was like I had nothing on. Not five minutes after applying this, I followed with my regular make up routine and low and behold, no rubbing off, no peeling of! Wonderful!

Do you wear SPF everyday? x


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