Thursday, 22 March 2018

Current Netflix Top Picks...

I've been watching a load of different things on Netflix recently so I thought instead of putting them all into a monthly favourites post, I'd start a new Netflix series on my blog! I don't think it will be a monthly thing, but just whenever I've seen a few different things that I think are worth mentioning. Throughout February I watched some brilliant shows so I can't wait to talk about them with you!
current netflix picks
The End Of The F***ing World - Everyone was raving about this for weeks so in February we eventually caved and started it, and by the end of the same night we started, we finished the whole series. I totally get why people we're loving it, because I did too and I couldn't recommend it enough! Though the title might lead you to believe it's about the end of the world, it really isn't but it's a dark comedy about two 17 year olds who go on a roadtrip together. James think he is a psychopath and Alyssa doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere, so why not team up together? James' original plan is to kill Alyssa but but as time goes on, they end up embroiled in a tangle of violent events and things don't really go as either of them planned. Each episode is only about 20 minutes long so it's super easy to get through, and it's just quite a laidback program. I'm kind of sad with how quick we finished it as it's so good and I'd have loved more.
the end of the f***ing world
The Good Place - Another show I'd seen people talk about over and over but I kept putting it off. For some reason I had it in my head that I wouldn't like it but when we were stuck with what to watch a few weeks ago, we put it on and we ended up getting through it embarassingly quickly. Within a few days we had watched both series, and now I'm desperate for series 3! It starts with Eleanor, played by Kristen Bell, who finds herself in the afterlife and she's happy but surprised to see she's made it to 'the good place'. After meeting her apparent soulmate, she soons start to realise a mistake has been made and she was never supposed to be there, so it's then about what the right thing is to do next and the consequences of her being there. That being said, there is a massive twist at the end of the first series and I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't seen it but I didn't see it coming and it completely got me hooked for the second series as I had no idea what they were going to come up with next. I loved everything about it, the cast is brilliant, and Ted Danson who plays Michael, the creator of 'the good place' in the show is genius!
the good place
Wild Child - This film is a proper throwback to being a teenager for me! I remember when I was about 14 I was obsessed with this film and also Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, anyone else? It was recently added to Netflix and I decided to watch it on a whim a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it! It stars Emma Roberts as 16 year old Poppy, a girl who has just about everything included a spoiled attitude. Her father decides the only thing that will help her is to send her to boarding school in England. While there she meets her match with the headmistress (played by Natasha Richardson, her last on screen appearance) and a class full of girls who at first won't tolerate her selfishness but soon become best friends. It's such a feel good film and it was just as good watching it as a 23 year old as it was when I was a teenager.
wild child
Dan In Real Life - I love Steve Carell in pretty much every TV show and film he's done, and Dan In Real Life was no exception to that. Illness took over out flat for a good few days in February so we watched countless films in bed, and this was one of them. It had never really appealed to me before but I was surprised with how good it was! Steve Carell plays Dan, a widower with 3 daughters, who meets a beautiful stranger in a bookstore one day. When he turns up for a stay at his family's home he sees her again, and realises she's actually going out with his brother. As the weekend goes on, they have to try and hide their attraction and affection for one another. It's quite a laidback film so a great one to put on to chill out with for a few hours.
dan in real life
The Crown - I'm so glad we finally got round to watching this. I'm not a huge fan of the royals so I didn't really think it was worth watching but I have been hooked by it! It's so interesting to see how everything played out when Queen Elizabeth took over from her father and how it affected her and her whole family. It's kind of odd watching it knowing that it's all supposedly true and what really happened behind closed doors, while there are still members of the royal family alive to see it themselves. It's definitely more of a serious show compared to the others I've mentioned in this post but sometimes you need a good drama to get stuck into!
the crown
Have you got any Netflix recommendations? Or have you seen any of these before?

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

100 Blog Post Ideas For Every Blogger...

I definitely have times where I have real bloggers block and can't for the life of me come up with new blog posts. I find I can go for weeks at a time feeling so creative and then I'll just be stuck and feel I have no where else to go with it, that's where blog posts like this come in useful. I always turn to blog posts similar to this when I'm struggling so hopefully this will give you a bit of inspiration if you need some ideas!
100 Blog Post Ideas For Every Blogger
1. A day in the life
2. A monthly favourites
3. Weekend summary or roundup
5. How you stay organised/tips
6. Take part in a tag
8. Goals for the year
9. Plans for the future
10. 50 facts about yourself
11. Homeware hauls
12. A home tour
13. Current playlist
14. Musicals you want to see
15. How you self care
16. Things you've learnt over the years
17. Money saving tips
18. Current Netflix or TV picks
19. Go to apps
20. What you would do if you won the lottery
21. A book review
22. Stationery wishlist/office inspiration
23. Favourite films
24. Films to watch on a bad day
25. Why you love your hometown
26. Your dream wedding
27. Childhood memories
28. Boxsets to binge watch
29. Gift guides
30. Seasonal home decor 
31. Seasonal playlists
32. Why you enjoy a specific season
33. The perfect movie night in
34. Favourite candles
35. Where to buy homeware on a budget

36. Favourite makeup brushes
37. Beauty tips and advice 
38. Nail polish favourites
40. What's in my makeup bag
41. Changes to your makeup each season
42. Morning routine
43. Evening routine
44. Pamper evening essentials
45. Beauty advice you'd give your younger self
46. 10 products under £10
47. A beauty wishlist
48. Anti haul
49. Current skincare routine
50. A brand focus
51. An everyday makeup look
52. Specific product review
53. How your makeup has changed over the years

54. Share your current favourite recipe
56. Baking recipes
57. Restaurant reviews
58. Seasonal food favourites
59. Food you've tried in different countries
60. Cocktail/mocktail recipes
61. What I eat in a day
62. How to use leftovers

63. Travel bucketlist
64. Why you want to visit a specific destination
65. Travelling tips
67. Places you'd like to go for a city break
68. Favourite places you've been in the past
69. A travel guide to a specific location
70. Places to visit on a budget
71. Places in the UK to visit
72. Why you enjoy travelling
73. Free things to do in places you've been too
74. Holiday outfits
75. A holiday photo diary
76. How to pack light

77. Things you love about blogging
79. Your favourite bloggers
83. Where to find blogging collaborations
84. How you take and edit your photos
85. A post like this with ideas
86. Favourite blogging apps
87. How you've grown your social media accounts
88. Why you started blogging
89. Instagram roundup
90. How you juggle blogging whilst working full time

91. How you style your hair
92. Haircare staples
93. Outfit of the day
94. Clothing wishlist
95. Wardrobe organisation tips
96. Red carpet favourites from a recent event
97. Interviews tips
98. Shoe collection
99. Staple wardrobe pieces
100. Driving tips and experience

So, that's 100 blog post ideas, hopefully plenty of ideas for every kind of blogger no matter what your niche is! It can be such a struggle to come up with a constant flow of new ideas so posts like this I personally find extremely helpful.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Haul Time - Beauty, Books & Bags...

Over the last few weeks I've been feeling a little bit spendy and I've not really been able to stop myself from online shopping. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself so that's kind of what I've been doing, and as I've picked a few different bits up I thought I'd do a little haul as it's been a while!

Bags - Starting with bags, I couldn't help myself when I spotted this gorgeous Duffle Across The Body from Dorothy Perkins. I really don't buy bags often, in fact I can't even remember the last time I got one because I just don't usually have too much need for taking stuff out with me, but my thinking with this was that it would be perfect for when we go away this year. It will hold my camera nicely and will be big enough for any little bits we buy and also obviously my phone and things like that. As we have a few weekend breaks planned and a honeymoon hopefully not too far off, I wanted to get something that I could take on a plane with me and also something that I could walk around with and it not be too big or fussy. I love the style of it, it looks even better in person than it does online and I'm obsessed with the colour of it! I went for the peach one obviously but they had a few others available too. I managed to get it when it was reduced to £16.50 which I thought was really reasonable but it's usually priced at £22. I'd have probably bought it at that price anyway as it's such good quality and is everything I was looking for. I think it will be perfect for taking on our travels with us.
Dorothy Perkins
Books - I don't often buy books, but as I said in a few of my goals posts last year, this year I really wanted to get back into reading. We were kindly gifted an Amazon voucher from Georges work as a wedding gift so we both had a little bit of an online shopping spree and I was instantly drawn to all of the books. There were a few I had my eye on, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine being one of them. It was only £3.99 so I couldn't not get it. It was the first I read out of these and I was finished within 24 hours. I was hooked right from the beginning, I'm contemplating whether to do a full review on my blog or not, it was that good. I'm just not sure I could do it justice as I struggle to explain things well sometimes! I also really wanted to get Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I'd been wanting to read it since it came out towards the end of last year, and also How To Stop Time By Matt Haig. His previous book, Reasons To Stay Alive is one of the best I've ever read so I couldn't wait to pick up more from him. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this is like, I've read so many good reviews. Lastly I got myself another recipe book because I clearly don't already have enough 🙊. I really enjoyed watching the Nigella At My Table series on TV last year and there were some recipes I really wanted to try, so when I saw this was on offer for £8.99 instead of £26 it had to be mine. I've already marked some recipes I want to make including meatballs with orzo, emergency brownies and white chocolate cheesecake.
Book Haul
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Beauty - Whilst I was browsing Amazon I decided to have a quick look at the beauty section as I was desperate for a new foundation. I'd been after the L'oreal Paris True Match and I ended up finding it for only £6.90 so I snapped it up. I was going to buy it from Superdrug where it was £9.99 but as I'd not tried it before, I didn't want to spend too much in case I didn't like it. It arrived in perfect condition and it's exactly the same as anywhere else so I'll definitely be looking for more bargains on there in the future. They had pretty much every shade range available too, I went for Ivory and I'm hoping that will be the same as my current foundation. I've heard such good things about this so I can't wait to try it.
L'oreal Paris True Match
Aswell as the foundation I've also recently ordered a few bits from The Body Shop but they've not arrived yet. They such a good sale on though and I'd pretty much ran out everything I ordered last time so I really wanted to try a few new bits.

I'm a sucker for sales and offers but I think everyone should treat themselves every so often. I can't wait to get reading the other books, have you read any of them?

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Monday, 19 March 2018

L'oreal Paris Beauty Egg - First Impressions & Review...

There have been so many new beauty releases recently, one of those being these beauty eggs from  Superdrug which are all available in time for Easter. There are a few different ones available but the one that intrigued me straight away was the L'oreal Paris one which was £8 and contained 3 skincare products. I thought as this is brand new I would do a little blog post all about it and tell you what I think of the products inside, and also let you know about some of the other beauty eggs that are available if you haven't seen yet!
l'oreal beauty egg
As I said, the L'oreal Paris Beauty Egg contains 3 skincare products, those being a sample of the Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturiser, a sample of the Pure Clay Purity Mask and a Smooth Sugar Clear Scrub.

L'oreal Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturiser - I was really happy to get a sample of this, it's actually one of the main reasons I was intrigued by this particular beauty egg as I'd heard fab things about it but I didn't want to splash out on the full thing if it wasn't going to be any good. The Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturiser is a skincare product which has a several features to leave you with refreshed and glowing skin.

The Liquid Care - It delivers pure moisture which penetrates quickly and deeply but doesn't overload the skin.
Instantly Refreshes - It absorbs extremely quickly into the skin as it has a water like texture.
Locks In Moisture - It reinvigorates the skin and leaves you with a healthy looking glow.
72 Hour Recharge - It releases continuous hydration, drenching the skin with moisture for up to 72 hours.

As I only had a small sample I only got a few uses out of this. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it absorbed into my skin, it really does have a water like consistency so it doesn't take much rubbing in and it didn't leave that heavy or sticky feeling some moisturisers do. I also really did feel I looked a little more awake after using it which was nice! I can't even put into words how nice my skin felt after using too. Just extremely soft and so hydrated. The sample has definitely made me want to pick up the full size version so I'll be getting that soon.
L'oreal Paris Beauty Egg
 The Smooth Sugar Clear Scrub was the main thing that intrigued me as it's a product I'd never seen before but as I'd tried similar products in the past, I couldn't wait to see what this was like and how it compared. This is the first sugar scrub with treating actives in gentle textures for a deep yet gentle exfoliation. It's supposed to be great for tackling pesky blackheads and pores, leaving them less visible within a week and also leaving your with softer, clearer, and purified skin. This is made from 3 fine sugars and kiwi seeds (I love the bright colour of it and how much it actually looks like kiwi!), those being white sugar which just melts on the skin while buffing away any impurities and dead skin cells, blonde sugar which is a natural moisturiser and finally brown sugar which is rich in minerals which are supposed to strengthen the skin's barrier. The first thing I noticed about this was it's scent, it has quite a strong fragrance of lemongrass and peppermint which I absolutely loved! Though it wasn't quite as minty as I expected, the fresh kiwi scent was lovely. I've been using this a few times a week now and it's become one of my new skincare favourites. It leaves my skin feeling incredible! It buffs in really well, the sugar genuinely melts in a matter of seconds and it washes off really easily. I'd definitely buy this again in future, I feel so refreshed after using it.
L'oreal Paris Beauty Egg
Finally, there was a sample of the Pure Clay Purity Face Mask which is actually currently on offer for £5.99. I'd already tried the purity mask as it's part of the multi masking kit which I featured in my February Favourites and I was always so impressed with it. This features 3 clays masks with eucalyptus extract which is known for it's purifying properties. The mask works deep into pores, leaving skin purified and matte looking, without it feeling dry, something I was worried about before first using. The reason I love this mask in particular so much is because I really do find it has instant results. I find my skin looks much healthier and like any bacteria has been lifted, and it also makes it feel really fresh and soft. As the full size L'oreal masks are now on offer I think I'm going to treat myself as they work so well and are a perfect addition to a little pamper night.
l'oreal beauty egg
Whilst this particular beauty egg was the one that caught my eye, they do have a few others on offer too which are definitely worth considering if you're wanting to treat yourself! There are several Makeup Revolution ones for £5, Ghost ones which contain mini perfumes and finally a Olay Total Effects Day Moisturiser Egg.

Have you tried any of these skincare bits from L'oreal?

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