INSIDE THE OCTOBER GLOSSYBOX | MERMAIDS VS UNICORNS

This month’s Glossybox was a beautiful one and the theme is Unicorn vs Mermaid (you can the same items in each box – it’s just the box that deffers). I had the Mermaid box and the box itself is really cute!

I actually cancelled my subscription last month, well I thought I had cancelled it. After ending up having to email them it turns out the cancellation never went through, despite them telling me they can’t find an account with either of my email addresses. It was really annoying and I found the whole process very frustrating! I cancelled my subscription because I didn’t think the box was worth it anymore. They’ll bring out a really good box (like the one this month) maybe once every 3 or 4 months. The months in between are a little rubbish and I even end up with duplicate products because they send me the same product to try more than once. At the moment, it’s just not worth it.

I have a few Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes and they’re really good value for money. One of my favourite eyeshadow palettes is the Iconic 3 palette. I was pretty excited when I saw the Makeup Revolution Mermaid Vs Unicorns palette in the box, it’s not one I would usually go for but some of the colours are really beautiful. The two light blues (second and third from the left) swatched identical to each other (why have them both in there?) and the blues are all very similar. Similar but beautiful. The darker tones didn’t swatch as well as the lighter colours, they’re chalky and you’ll definitely get some fallout from the blue shade third in from the right. I haven’t tried to use any of these eyeshadows on my eyes yet however.

Also in the box was a Sleek Makeup Crème to Powder Blusher in the shade French Rose, Kawaii Enterprise Blush Cleaning Egg (I’ve received a smaller version of this in another box before), Lord & Berry Magic Brow Perfect Eye Brow Pencil and a Bang Beauty Cream Colour in Dolce Pink which you can use on your lips, eyes and cheeks.

24 HOURS IN BATH



This weekend Tom and I spent an evening in Bath. We had both booked a long weekend off work and wanted to get away somewhere so we decided on Saturday morning that we would spend our Sunday evening in Bath. Both hungover and really tired, we took a 2-hour drive from Birmingham to Bath.

I’ve been to Bath twice before, once with college and once to check out the university. Both times not really exploring the city too much.  Tom on the other hand had never been before.

Funny story - As we were entering Bath Tom said "imagine if we see the Michalak's" within 10 minutes of us watching their latest video and leaving the hotel to see what is around us we saw them!! We embarrassingly just froze, kinda star struck and smiled at Hannah cringely as she looked over at the two wierdo's starring at them! Ground, swallow me up.

(This is a picture heavy post)

Where we stayed:

We stayed at the Abbey Hotel which is a minute walk from the Pulteney Bridge. We were upgraded to a superior double room for free (GET IN! First time that’s ever happened!) which was really modern and artsy. It also had an amazing bath that I couldn't help but flaunt all over my social media.

The hotel is in a great location, its right in the middle of everything and is surrounded by bars and restaurants. I didn't think it was too expensive either, we paid £99 for the night - defo wouldn't have got that bath in a Travel Lodge.

Check out this light in the ladies toilets?! Swanky or what?
Where we ate:

Sunday evening, we went to the Herd Steak Restaurant. We had been given some money from a family friend as a gift so wanted to go somewhere nice for our treat, it really was delicious. If you’re a steak lover like me, I highly recommend. If you’re going on a busy night (Friday or Saturday) then I’d recommend booking, there is only around 10 tables I think, it was very intimate and I can imagine on a Friday and Saturday night it being difficult to get a table.


For breakfast on Monday morning we took a quick walk to Blue Quails Deli. I had avocado and smoked salmon on toast and a cup of the best Latte I have ever had!! It was really really nice! The gentleman working that morning was really nice (I think he was the owner) he had a little joke and chat with us. Another place I would recommend if you’re stopping for a coffee and a bite to eat.


We stopped off at Wild Café for a quick tea break which also resulted in me falling in love with the décor!



What we saw:

We spent most of Monday morning wondering around the Roman Baths. The entry fee was a little pricey - £15.50 each I think it was. It was an interesting visit and the baths were fascinating to see but I just felt like we it was over and done in a couple of hours. Let’s be honest, there is so much warm water you can see.


We had to cut our afternoon short due to parking. Parking was the only bad point to our visit. The maximum you could pay for in the nearest car park to our hotel was for 12 hours so we needed to head back before getting a fine.

We both really wanted to visit Alexandra Park before heading home. After an unsuccessful attempt of walking there (google maps sending us to another park each time), we drove up the steep hills to see the most incredible views. I don't even have the words to describe how beautiful these views were!!


ONE LAZY WEEKEND

I have had a really lazy weekend and I'm not ashamed to say so.

It is very rare that I will spend a weekend doing nothing (unless I'm hungover, then I really can't function and get out of bed). I hate the thought of wasting my weekend in bed or being lazy - it really pisses me off. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I really am not enjoying my job and I spend the week dreading the next day because it means I have to do it all over again. There is nothing like that feeling on a Friday night of knowing there is no work tomorrow and you have 2 whole days off to fuck about doing whatever you want.

This weekend however, I have been nothing but lazy. Tom went fishing so I had the whole weekend to entertain myself. On Saturday I only got out of bed to make tea, food and have a wee (which I did more than once). I didn't even shower. It was bliss. I watched youtube videos, read blog posts and napped, a lot. That is it. I did brush my teeth so I was a little bit clean I suppose.

Sunday I managed to venture into the bath. This was nice. I used A French Kiss bubble bar from Lush which turned my water pink and gave me a few bubbles. My Mom had it for a while so I don't even know if it was ok to use, it certainly didn't look like the picture on the website (I'm alive so it must have been alright). I also continued to read #Girlboss. The book I think every blogger and their friend has read. It's really good actually, I'm enjoying it. Although it has made me feel like the total opposite of a #girlboss. I don't yet have my house (although we're making good progress), I hate my job which seems to be getting worse and not better and I'm not living 'my best life'. But I do have a Cineworld unlimited card #alittlebitgirlboss.

I think weekends like this are actually really important. Especially for me. I realise that I can enjoy my own company, that I haven't got to be busy at all times to forget about work and that I need to re-charge for the week ahead. Because by the time next weekend comes, I'll only feel like a beaten egg once again.
In case you didn't see, or could tell... These photos are from my Instastories, I'm getting a little into doing Instastories at the moment, follow me on Instagram to keep up with them. 

AUTUMN WALKS & A COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY (already)

It's no secret that I am much more of a winter baby than a summer baby. Give me a knitted jumper over a summer dress and I'm happy.

I saw earlier that it's only 106 days until Christmas Day! Which means we're entering my favourite time of the year and I just can't keep my excitement in!! The days are already getting shorter, the heating has already been put on (OK only once, but that on button was pressed so it still counts) and I'm already wearing my coat when I leave the house.

This means it'll be Bonfire Night (which is my ultimate favourite night of the whole year), Halloween and then CHRISTMAS before we know it!!!!

I don't actually have anything to share other than how excited I am that Summer is over and Autumn is here.


THE PLACE WE VISITED TWICE IN ONE WEEKEND

A couple of weekends ago Tom and I visited the Heart of the Country Shopping Village and we've now visited it three times! We love it there. It's really pretty and has some nice places to eat. When we first visited we had a look around the shops, had lunch at the Idle Pig BBQ and then went and had a crepe at The Pear Tree Creperie. We also took a little walk around the Fairy Trail and saw a pig!

We've actually been back there twice this weekend. We went for lunch there yesterday, again at the Idle Pig BBQ because it's seriously delicious! And then we went again today for a crepe from The Pear Tree Creperie.

The Idle Pig BBQ is definitely my favourite place to eat there, both times we've visited I had the pulled pork burger which is seriously delicious!! They use local fee range ingredients and cook the meat in front of you on a big wood and charcoal BBQ (you can smell the BBQ from the entrance!).

The Heart of the Country Shopping Village has some pretty cute shops as well, a lot of interior shops and little gift shops. It's a really nice place to visit, somewhere nice to have a wonder around the shops and grab a coffee. If you're around Lichfield I'd recommend having a visit one afternoon. The Fairy Trail is really cute as well, they've decorated the trees in the woods to look like fairies live there, you may have seen from this instagram picture I put up from our first visit.