Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Drinks at The Artisan

There are lots of things I associate with Christmas such as mince pies, the Coca Cola truck, Miracle on 34th Street and the smell of cinnamon but in recent years, speciality Christmas drinks have fast become added to that list. The likes of Starbucks and Costa have been leading the way but more independent coffee houses are coming up with their very own festive treats. One of which is The Artisan in Guildhall Square, Southampton.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Day on Emerald Princess

Being from Southampton, I'm use to the comings and goings of huge cruise ships and it always puts a smile on my face when I hear the ship horn before they leave the dock especially at New Year when the clock strikes midnight. I come from a merchant navy family so cruise ships have always been very present in my life so being able to work with Princess Cruises and experience the behind the scenes of some of their most luxurious ships allows the cruise ship geek in me to become all excited.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Vice Lipstick Palette in Blackmail by Urban Decay

Urban Decay are knocking out banger after banger at the moment and hot on the release of the Full Spectrum palette is Blackmail, the Vice Lipstick Palette filled with twelve tantalising lip shades. It's the most incredible lip palette for lipstick junkies everywhere and if you've tried the Vice Lipstick range already, you'll know what to expect with this beauty.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Best Japanese Food Outside London

It's not often you come across an incredible and authentic Japanese restaurant in the South that isn't in London so when Kyoto Kitchen first emailed me about coming to try out their food, I was more than intrigued. Rachel & I headed to Kyoto Kitchen which is in Winchester a few weeks ago to sample the menu and it tied in nicely as it was her birthday the same day.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Bring Home the Magic of Christmas

Oh what a wonderful time of year! The Christmas lights have gone up, Michael Buble is singing softly in the background and we can't down our Bailey's hot chocolates quick enough which means it's almost Christmas! My mum has always been crazy on Christmas and has subsequently passed it on to me, so when the decorations come out in shops, I will find an excuse to buy everything. I will be sharing a Christmas decoration haul next week so keep an eye out as there are some real gems. I've also discovered a Christmas grotto of things in Ideal World so grab your credit card...

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Rockstars Collection by Sleek Makeup

There's a few different things that make you realise Christmas is finally upon us, the coca cola truck, the John Lewis advert and of course the Christmas collection from Sleek Makeup. This year they've unleashed The Rockstar Collection, a mix of baked nudes and vibrant jewel toned shadows, souffle highlighters and metallic lipsticks. It's pretty, festive and you'll definitely want to treat yourself.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Auda[CITY] in London by Lancôme

Christmas is my favourite time of year because the makeup palette addict in me has the excuse to buy everything limited edition and pretty. You can never have enough makeup palette options in my opinion. Auda[City] in London* is the new palette by Lancôme which pays homage to the ever fabulous Lisa Eldridge, the brand's makeup creative director. London is a city like no other and Lisa captures this in the Auda[City] in London palette beautifully.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The So Eco Stippling Brush

Using makeup brushes have completely revolutionised the way I apply my makeup and I own quite the collection now. Gone are the days of applying my foundation with my fingers because we all did that at one point. I've recently discovered So Eco, a company that makes brushes from recycled and sustainable materials that are compostable, recyclable and bio-degradable.

Monday, 21 November 2016

My Top 5 Merumaya Products

I've been using Merumaya products for almost three years after discovering the brand at a Southampton Bloggers event. One of their PR girls attended the event to introduce us to the brand, the products and the message behind them and I haven't looked back. I've tried a lot of their products and have loved every single one as they just make my skin feel incredible but as with any brand there are always some products that stick out more and so today I'm sharing my top five Merumaya products.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Beauty Lovers Gift Guide

There is nothing like writing your Christmas wishlist to get you into the festive mood. Gone are the days of ticking off every toy in the Argos catalogue, you can usually find me nose deep in the beauty sections of the Boots catalogue now. I've traded Polly Pockets for Seventeen gift sets and the latest Barbie doll for a bath time pamper from Mandara Spa. It's save to say my taste has become a little more pricey. I've found eight beauty gift sets that would please even the pickiest beauty lover in your life with a range of prices to suit every budget. You can't say I never give you anything...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Christmas Drinks for Tea Lovers

With the Christmas season fast approaching the words on everyone's lips has to be Christmas Drinks and if you're a tea lover then I've got you covered thanks to Bluebird Tea Co. These guys are the tea specialists behind my most asked about Instagram post this Autumn featuring their Spiced Pumpkin Pie tea. It's as delicious as it sounds so I knew the Christmas range would be a real treat for the taste buds.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Eyeshadow Primer - Worth the Hype?

As much as I love makeup I am also very lazy so when it comes to applying it, I like simple and easy steps. I started loving face primer way after everyone else because I felt like it was just another step until I found one I really loved. When I first discovered eye shadow primer, I felt exactly the same until one afternoon I pulled out all my makeup and had a play around, turns out I totally loved that too and I haven't looked back.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Facetox Clay Mask

I'm a huge fan of face masks and have a very healthy collection for every skin complaint you can think about. My love of a pamper has even rubbed off on Arran as more often than not he'll put one on with me too so when Facetox sent through the Extract, Pull & Detoxify Kit* pamper evenings became a twice weekly thing. Any excuse!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum

If there is one thing Urban Decay know how to do, it's colour and boy have they nailed it with the Full Spectrum palette. Thought you didn't need any more colours after the Electric Palette? You were wrong. Full Spectrum* launched the beginning of November in a flurry of bright shades, intense shimmers and even a matte white I never knew I needed. If you're not already writing this down on your Christmas wishlist, you're about to...

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Ultimate Winter Hair Treat

If there is one thing that suffers due to the colder weather, it's my hair so I have to really up the hair care routine once the clocks go back. Kérastase hair care is my expensive guilty pleasure and I've recently been using the perfect treatment for my locks that does what is says on the pot while taking no time at all. Let me introduce you to my hairs new BFF...

Monday, 14 November 2016

Wind in the Willows at The Mayflower

The Wind in the Willows is one of those classic stories we all read as kids so when it was announced, The Mayflower in Southampton would be one of the theatres for its world premiere to the stage I was a little more than excited. Southampton Bloggers have recently teamed up with The Mayflower* to bring shows and productions to a wider audience through the power of blogging and it's a collaboration I'm really looking forward to. Wind in the Willows was our first collaboration and I have the low down on the show, the evening and what to look forward to when it hits the London Palladium in 2017.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Kat Von D... This has been a long time coming and with the launch of the famed beauty range launching on our side of the Atlantic last month, it was only right I bought something to try when I was in London recently. Shopping with bloggers can always be a little spendy but I feel I was very well behaved on my latest excursion to Debenhams Oxford Street with Megan & Laura. Read on to find out what shades I bought...

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Birchbox X Tatler

How beautiful is this months Birchbox? You can always count on the Tatler collaboration to be pretty spectacular and anything with a peacock feather gets my vote. For November, Birchbox have teamed up with the fab team at Tatler for a party perfect box of treats for all subscribers with products guaranteed to turn heads is what you'll find this November.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Top 5 Highend Picks

I have a pretty extensive beauty collection but believe it or not, I have some faves that are my ultimate loves that I'd buy in a heartbeat. I thought I'd share five of those favourites but focus on highend beauty for the minute. I have a bit of everything for you so sit back and call your bank manager because things are about to get spendy...

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Three Moisturisers Worth the Splurge

I'm a moisturiser collector which isn't always a good thing. I get to try out lots of different moisturisers for the purpose of this blog, some I love, some I hate but because I always have a mountain as back up, I don't always repurchase my favourites. I decided earlier on this year that I'd scale it back and only use what I really want to and I have found some skincare gems. As I've hit my late twenties, my skin cries out for different creams and I have three I think are worth the splurge.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Build Your Own Birchbox at Selfridges

I was in London last week for a couple of different events, one of them being to create my own Birchbox in Selfridges on Oxford Street. I met with Beth from Birchbox UK in the Beauty Hall of Selfridges where you'll find the Birchbox pop up shop. This year the pop up shop will be open until the 28th December, so you have plenty of time to go and create your own. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

On My Reading List

I rediscovered my love of reading this year and I've lost count of how many books I've read in the last six months. I love being able to just lose myself in a different world for a few hours and reading is the way I like to do it. I shared a Book Haul a few months back and thought I'd show you what I've read recently. I did buy a Kindle this year and I've been reading lots on that but there's no better feeling than holding a book sometimes.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Cosy Scarves & Fox Bags

I hope you love Autumn because this post is Autumnal AF. From the background to the outfit, I practically ate Autumn and threw it up in this post. Delightful aren't I? Arran and I had a rare week day off together recently so we set a very early alarm and went to a beautiful, vintage tearoom for breakfast. It gets so busy and we weren't risking not getting a seat and our morning pancake fix. If you haven't tried Halladay's Tearooms in Bedford Place, Southampton then you really must.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

In My Mailbox

So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube and seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. I do unbox all my parcels on Snapchat (Alicea89) so make sure you're following me there too. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more like a quick, informative post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I've received everything in this post the last couple of weeks so stay put and grab a cuppa...

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Nourished Hair for Winter

I don't know about you but my hair really feels the effects of the changing seasons so I need something incredibly nourishing for the winter months. Thankfully for my locks, Umberto Giannini have covered all my worries in the form of the Umberto Giannini Indulge range plus all their products have been completely repackaged in a glamorous new style. They're currently sitting pretty in my bathroom. Mix sleek white tubes with rose gold metallic writing and you're on to a blogging favourite.

Friday, 4 November 2016

The Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler

It's not often I'll curl my own hair, I usually head into GHD in Southampton and get it done for me to save me time and the anguish of messing it up but I have discovered the perfect little tool to help me over come how crap I am at curling my hair. Disclaimer - the end result is the best I've been able to do in years and I'm bloody proud of it. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The £5.50 Diva Dupe

Diva is one of the most popular lipsticks to wear when it comes to your perfect berry toned shade but we don't all have nearly £16 to drop on a lipstick and it appeared I had a Diva dupe sitting in my collection all along. After having a rummage, I found one that you can buy in Boots and still have change for a meal deal from a tenner.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tangle Teezer Love

Back in the day Tangle Teezers scared me a little, I thought they would rip my hair out and have me in tears, oh how I was wrong. I finally purchased my first one in a purple and pink design two years ago and haven't looked back, I now have quite the collection. I'm of the belief that you can never have too many Tangle Teezers so with that in mind I have one that I keep in my shower, one for my dresser and another for my bag. 

It also turns out that I'm not the only person with a love of these detangling brushes as I've caught Arran brushing his beard with mine on countless occasions. so it was only fair the Tangle Teezer His & Hers gift set* found its way into our lives. The set includes two compact stylers, in Pink Sizzle and Matt Grey perfect for flowing locks and unruly beards. They each come with protective covers too so the bristles don't bend or become damaged.

I honestly believe these are the best detangling brushes on the market plus they come in so many colours and styles. You'd be hard pressed not to find one you'll love. The reason I love them so much is that they keep my hair so smooth, untangled and manageable without tugging or pulling my hair even when wet. The stylers have a unique two-tiered system technology, the long teeth detangle while the short teeth smooth the hair cuticle for healthier looking looks. Arran has also been able to keep his beard smooth and in place thanks to his male groomer.

If you're looking for a fun gift for any couples you may know this Christmas then look no further, Tangle Teezer have got you covered! 

*Press sample

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

October in Instagram

Time for another Instagram round up! If you're not already following me then head over to Instagram and search alicespake. Here's a little round up of what I've been doing this month...
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