16 March 2017

Life: A Weekend In Bologna

If you follow me on social then you may already know that last weekend I headed to Bologna  with my Boyfriend. I have already shared (most) of the photo's from my trip on my Instagram but I wanted to put together a post about my weekend as well (although this post may be a little photo heavy).

After a slight delay at our departing airport we arrived in Bologna around lunchtime on Friday. After doing a little bit of exploring we headed to our Air BnB apartment to check in. Our Air BnB host had provided us with a guide containing recommendations of places to visit and places to eat etc, which we found to be very helpful. That evening we headed out for drinks and then we went for dinner at a local restaurant which served the most amazing, traditional dishes!

On Saturday morning we woke up bright and early, eager to explore the city. We started our day with a visit to The Basilica of San Petronio and The Whispering Walls before heading to the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio.

1 March 2017

Beauty: High Street Haul & First Impressions

Do you ever have one of those moments when you realise that you're gathering quite the stash of new beauty products? Since I've recently done just that I have done just that I thought I'd pop together a little post showing the new additions to my make-up bag which I've bought over recent weeks but I thought I'd do this post a little bit differently and share my first impressions too.

L'Oreal False Lash X Fiber Mascara is a dual ended mascara, with one end containing 'Voluminous Black Primer' and the other containing 'Lengthening Fibers'. I've been using this mascara for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. It gives my lashes volume without making them appear clumpy (which is something I have struggled with when I've used similar products). Now I don't always have the time to apply both products on a morning (the extra time in bed is that bit more appealing..) but for my everyday look I've found that just using the primer works well.

My Kat Von D Lock It Foundation is starting to run low so I purchased L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation in the shade '10 Porcelain' which I'd hoped might be a good everyday foundation option. The shade is a really good match for my skin but unfortunately I've not been overly impressed with the wear time, by late afternoon I've found that the product has started to look patchy on my skin.. not really a look that's working for me.


17 February 2017

Life: Exploring Scotland

Instead of buying Valentines Day gifts me and my Boyfriend instead decided to go on a mini break, so for the past couple of days I've been exploring Scotland (with no phone signal or WiFi connection) and it's been rather lovely!

As we have a city break to Bologna planned for early March we decided that our mini break to Scotland would be dedicated to walking. We stayed in an AirB&B apartment in Strachur which had wonderful views and was situated near to The Cowal Way walk, which we decided to walk part of on our first full day. 

9 February 2017

Natasha Paris Bakes: Simple 6 Step Chocolate Brownies

Since receiving the Mary Berry Baking Bible for Christmas I've been itching to try out some new recipes. Last weekend I baked a batch of chocolate brownies following Mary's Chocolate Chip Brownie Recipe and added a few tiny tweaks.

The ingredients I used to make the brownies were:

275g butter (softened)
375 caster sugar
4 large eggs 
75g cocoa powder
100g self-raising flour
100g chocolate (I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, broken into chunks)
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