My Top Five Favourite TV Shows


Good morning guys, and welcome to another blog post, if you don't know I am currently undertaking a blog challenge where I blog every day in June.

Today's blog post is going to be my top five TV shows, and I will warn you now, they aren't current. I've not found a TV series that I have really liked for a while now.

1. Sex and the City
I love this series, I didn't really get into it until it had finished, but I spent all my university years watching and rewatching the series'. I think its a great series for women, and I think we all secretly identify with at least one of the girls (I like to think of myself as a Carrie - but my favourite of the girls is Miranda).

2. Heroes
This series, when it first started, was AMAZING. I think the first series was the best, and by the 4th series I think it went downhill. I've only ever watched it through twice, but I think I definitely need to watch it again soon.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I have just rewatched this and I love it. It was a show I watched in my teens, and I still enjoy it just as much as I did. I particularly love the final episode in the final series... I won't spoil it for anyone, but I love the outcome and the person who plays the biggest part is just right. Brilliant. 

4. Dawson's Creek
Loads of my friends have always taken the mick out of me for my love for Dawson's Creek, but I used to watch it in my teens, it was nice an angsty for a teen to watch. I didn't see the later series' until I was a bit older, but I still really like it. And after Friends (which I am currently re-watching) its my next series to re-watch.

5. Friends
Friends was big when I was growing up, and its crazy to think that it finished 10 years ago.  Like I said above I have recently been re-watching my old box sets and I have just started re-watching friends, for the first time in probably over 5 years. Its funny, it seems so dated now, but its still great to watch. I started by watching random episodes in series 9 (random I know!) but I think once I have finished this series I will go back to the beginning and watch everything through.

What are your top 5 favourite TV shows, either past or present? Leave me a comment below!

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Collection 2000: Eyebrow defining pencil


I had never really tried an eyebrow definer before, so in the name of all things research, I went out and got myself one.
When I went out looking for one I wanted something cheap, drugstore that worked well, and being that I had no idea what I was looking for it was a bit of a challenge.
I took myself along to boots and ummed and ahhed over the different brands and where would be a good place to start… which turned out not to be quite so hard, as I found only two brands (Natural Collection and Collection 2000) actually did Eye Brow Pencils, so it was been those, and in the end I went for the Collection 2000 one because NaturalCollectionhad run out of black.
I was actually pretty shocked to find out that drugstore make up-wise there is hardly any brands currently selling Eye Brow liners.
Anyway, I took myself home with my new Eye Brow Pencil…and then didn’t use it for about 2 weeks. I was going out one evening and decided to give it a go, and from the moment I tried it out, I was hooked!
Its really easy to use, the pencil is really soft and very easy to blend. It gives a great coverage for those of you who use it because of sparse brows, and gives great colour too.
All round a great product that I am going to use time and time again!

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Meatless Monday: Home made Sweet Potato Fries


Sweet potato fries are one of my all time favourites, and whenever I go to the states I can't get enough. I don't know why the Sweet Potato isn't something we use much in the UK when it is so tasty and better for you than a regular potato.

1 baked sweet potato has your daily intake of vitamin A... so remember that next time you are out shopping.

* Sweet Potato (at least one per person)
* Olive Oil
* Salt (optional)

* Peel the potato and slice into slices/chunks.
* Line a baking sheet with foil and lay out your slices of sweet potato
* Drizzle in olive oil and place in a pre-heated oven (200 Degrees)
* Bake for 10-15 minutes on each side. Leave for a further 10-15 minutes or until golden. 
* Serve on a place and add salt if needed.

I love this as a snack, and due to their great vitamin A content, and that they are a complex carbohydrate, means you can pretty much eat these guilt free (although the salt is going to make them slightly less ok, so hold back on the salt if possible).


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Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Concealer


Usually, where concealers are concerned, I find one I love and run it into the ground (then to find that its been discontinued and can never have it again).
Recently, I’ve been trying out a wide range of different things, not only in concealers but other make up products too, not to waste my money but to find the best thing out there for what I need.
My chin is a problematic area for me. I suffer with a form of adult acne and every now and then it flares up to epic proportions, and when it does I need a concealer that will work.
My latest find is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Concealer which you can see pictured. What I love about this concealer is it’s a duo action stick. The creamy/yellow colour covers the blemish while the green treats the blemish, helping it heal that much faster.
I love this because its got great coverage and it really does help the blemish go down and heal!
If you suffer with breakouts and blemishes and want a concealer that not only covers, but heals too, then go for this. It comes highly recommended!

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E25 Sigma Brush

When it comes to brushes, one of my most important criteria is to buy good quality. A good quality brush means good quality application, and with that comes a gorgeous make up application.
I am a great fan of Sigma make up brushes, they a great quality, and in my opinion are better than MAC brushes, so when the lovely people over at Sigma sent me one to try, how could I refuse?*
The E25 is a super soft blending brush.
Here is the quote from the official Sigma Beauty website:
Oval-shaped brush with gently chiseled sides. Blends and softens the look of powder or cream shadows. Ideal to apply eye shadow primer, base eye shadow colors, and blend harsh lines.
What I personally love about this brush is the shape, size and quality.
The oval shape makes it easy to use, easy to apply product with and easy to blend. The chiseled sides prevent any fall out and the brush itself covers just the right area.
The brush itself is soft, but not so soft that it becomes pointless.
What is also great about this brush is how comparable it is to the MAC 217. It is honestly a really great dupe.
So if you’re looking for a great brush, comparable to the “high end” brushes of MAC then I definitely suggest going with Sigma, and for just $10 I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!
*PR Sample received from Sigma Beauty

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Lake District & Gretna Green Review

Hello everyone, and welcome to another blog post!

Today I wanted to do a quick holiday review, you may or may not know that back at the end of March me and the Mr had a short break away in the Lake District and then onto Gretna for a wedding after.

When we booked our holiday, around Christmas time, I remember saying to my boyfriend how being the end of March, you never know, we might get some nice weather. How wrong could I have been!

Although the picture above does show a beautiful sunny day, as you can see there was snow on the ground! 

The Lakes

We left home early on the Friday morning, I had travelled to my Boyfriends the night before (for those of you who don't know, my boyfriend lives in the Midlands) and started heading Northwards, the Mr laughing at me because I hadn't really travelled too far North before, I am quite the Southern Belle!

After what seemed like hours on the road...well, it was hours on the road and more snow than you could shake your fist at (Thats a weird saying, isn't it?) we decided to stop for coffee and too warm up. However the service station was freezing and the snow was really coming down, so we bid a hasty retreat back to the car.

Arriving in the Lakes we headed straight for our B&B in Bowness-on-Windermere, which overlooked Lake Windermere, and much to my Boyfriends anguish was up a hugely steep hill (which he had to conquer in the snow & ice). We checked in and got ourselves settled in. Our room had a wonderful view of Lake Windermere, but there was such bad snow outside we couldn't even see where the lake was supposed to be (as you can see from the picture below).

The rest of the first day mainly consisted of exploring Bowness, and then taking ourselves off to dinner at the most wonderful Tapas Restaurant Bodega which can be located on Ash Street. If you are in the area you must give it a try, we were thoroughly impressed and it had a great range of vegetarian options for my boyfriend.

The next morning, we got up and headed off for our walk, we had decided to do at least one walk, weather permitting, and to be honest, it wasn't prime walking weather, being snowy, but we did a walk which had been suggested to me by a colleague, called 'Brants Fell'. It was a pretty tough uphill walk, which was exacerbated by the immense snow (as you can see above). The 360 degree views from the top were well worth the walk.

For more information on Brants Fell: Walking Brants Fell

After a strenuous morning, in the afternoon we headed into Bowness and visited the Beatrix Potter Museum. If you aren't aware, the Lake District is strong Beatrix Potter country, with a number of places relating to the author. The Museum looked tiny from the outside, and I guess it wasn't massive inside but it does give you a great insight into the life and works of Beatrix Potter, and it was great to see so many of my childhood characters come to life. 

In the evening we went to a gorgeous little Italian place, called Rumours, our bottle of red wine wasn't up to much, but we both really enjoyed the food.

On our third day in the Lakes we decided to head out by car, and check out the stone circle at Castlerigg. I love things like that, history, heritage etc. So we made our way to Keswick, and on seeing the road up to the stone circle, we decided to park up and walk, and good job we did, on the way up we saw an ice cream van stuck on ice (No we never worked out why the ice cream van was out in the snow either) and on the way down helped a couple who got their car stuck and then themselves slipped on the ice. 

After that we headed for a nice warm drink in a local pub, and then headed off through Ambleside and visited Kendal. We stopped for the most amazing lunch in a really great little bistro, but I can't for the life of me remember its name (and I have searched high and low online too) but I do know I had the most wonderful Eggs Benedict.

Our B&B

Our B&B, Blenheim Lodge, was set in a beautiful location, just off the main road in Bowness, meaning we were just a short walk away from a wide range of bars and restaurants. We had a beautiful room, The Langdale, with a beautiful bay window which gave beautiful view of the lake, as you can see from the above picture.

The room was a great size, comfortable and had beautiful views, and it was a wonderful picturesque scene to wake up to every morning. 

Breakfast was wonderful, I can particularly recommend the poached eggs which were lovely.

The owners were wonderful, helping us out with potential walks, things to do and see in the local area, and looked after us wonderfully.

If you're looking for a wonderful B&B, in a great location then look no further, I thoroughly recommend it.

Gretna Green & The Wedding

After a wonderful break in the lakes it was onto Gretna for the wedding. It was freezing in Scotland when we arrived, we went to the wedding before going off for some lunch in Costa (and a nice Hot Chocolate to warm ourselves up).

Our original plan was to use the time between the wedding and the evening reception exploring Gretna, but it was very cold and instead we headed to our hotel, checked in and warmed up and relaxed.

It was a very short visit, the next morning, we quickly explored the grounds of our hotel, took a few photos before heading back to the Midlands.

We had a wonderful trip, it was busy but relaxing at the same time. 

If you're in the Lakes or Gretna, I thoroughly recommend the places I have mentioned. 

Have you been to the Lakes or Gretna? Do you have any great recommendations? Please leave your comments below.

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OOTD: Outfit of the Day for Duxford Airshow

Today's Outfit of the Day was from a few weeks ago, when we went to Duxford Air Show (review coming soon!)

As with British weather you never quite know what you're getting, I dressed for the ambiguity.

Floral top: Bershka
Black top: River Island
Jeans: Stradavarius

Shoes: Primark

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