Friday, 23 June 2017

Brush Beauties from Blank Canvas Cosmetics

If there is one thing you can never have too many of, it's makeup brushes. I hate when cleaning day rolls around again and openly admit I leave my brushes much longer between washes than I should. I have different sets I switch between so I always have some faves on the go while waiting for the others to dry and I have fallen head over heels for Blank Canvas Cosmetics recently.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

My Latest Reading List

I've always been a reader and although I bought a Kindle last year there is still nothing better than holding a book in my opinion. I always have a quick look in Waterstones when I'm near but on this occasion I desperately needed to pee then walked out with all of this. I had a £10 off card in my bag too so that softened the blow a little...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Vita Liberata Trystal Pressed Tan

With the recent weather we've been having you may not even need fake tan but I can't help but talk about my latest discovery from Vita Liberata. I've personally been hiding away because pregnancy and heat do not mix but I still want to inject a little bronze into my life because who doesn't want a glowing, bronzed tan?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Distorted Dreams Collection by Sleek Makeup

If there is one thing that gets me hot under the collar, it's a new collection from Sleek Makeup and Distorted Dreams is just that, a thing of dreams. The Sleek Solstice Palette better move aside as there's a new highlighting palette in town alongside three gorgeous matte liquid lips in a stunning metallic finish. Sleek Makeup have done it again!

Monday, 19 June 2017

We're Going to the Zoo!

Last weekend, a group of us headed off to Marwell Zoo to celebrate a special little boy turning one! Henry, our godson turned a year old and in true birthday style, we spent it with lots of different animals. I've spent many a happy day at Marwell and despite a small mishap with an escaped monkey and the zoo being put on lock down, we had the best day! Take a nose at our zoo photo diary.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

My Pregnancy Essentials

As I'm fast approaching 25 weeks, I thought I'd share some bits that have made it that little bit better. The second trimester has been so much easier than the first and I've found some hero products of mine that I'll be keeping close. What has worked for me, may not work for you so just take this as a guide and if you have anything that you think I may love, let me know in the comments.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Superfood Skincare by Unity Beauty Essentials

Upping my moisturising routine will always be a big factor in my pregnancy. My mum has always spoken of the importance of looking after your skin so making sure my skin stays soft and supple while growing my little boy has been high on my agenda. I obviously cannot give you the true results until he is here but I can talk about what I'm using to help my skin stay in tip top condition. Anyone can suffer with stretchmarks so don't let range name, The Pregnancy Collection put you off! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

New Product Round Up

I've had some really cool new releases fall through my letterbox this month which I'll be sharing the next coming weeks but I thought I'd pick out some pieces in a round up post. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Cabana Night Out Southampton

Southampton has fast become the go to destination for shopping, brunching with friends and so much more. We're also lucky here to have the perfect night out, right on our doorstep. West Quay South opened towards the end of 2016 welcoming a host of restaurants, bars, a bowling alley and a luxurious cinema making dinner and a little something more easier than ever before. Arran and I did just that last week and had such an enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

NEW IN Pixi Peel & Polish

Pixi are banging out new release after new release at the moment and I can barely keep up. I shared my thoughts on the famed Glow Tonic range last month and now I have the new Peel & Polish in my hands. Pixi Peel & Polish is a radiance revealing enzyme peel which helps resurface skin to reveal smoother, softer and healthier looking skin with an added glow. Another product to add to the ever growing glow range.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm

We went strawberry picking! Last weekend, I headed to Pickwell Farm in Hampshire with my two besties to pick strawberries, get those all important Instagram snaps and then fall into a strawberry fuelled coma. You may remember I went here last year for Pumpkin Picking so as soon as the red berry season was upon us, we put a date in the diary. The sun was shining so we made the most of the afternoon, filled up lots of punnets and then sat and ate them with fresh cream! Take a look at the photos...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Second Trimester

As I sit and write this, I am now 22 weeks pregnant which is around five and a half months. I honestly do not know where the time has gone and in all honesty, I kinda want it to slow down just a little. We're so excited for our little boy to arrive but the second trimester has been a bit rough. I wish more people told you how rubbish pregnancy can be.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Kérastase Aura Botanica Range

Kérastase is what I use when I really want to give my hair a pamper and the products have fast become what I reach for the most. With products available for every hair query possible, you'd be hard pressed not to find something for you. For a number of weeks, I've been treating my 'tresses to the Kérastase Aura Botanic range and my hair is very happy for the change. Let me tell you a little more about what I've been using...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Lush Cosmetics Haul

I haven't had a little spend up in Lush in forever! I was a bit disappointed after last year's Halloween Collection and when they launched Christmas I was peeved about the price increases and didn't buy a single thing! Shocked? Yea I was too. After falling in love with the much raved about Silky Underwear Dusting Powder recently, I went to pick up another bottle and then slipped and fell a little further and bam, walked out with a bag of products.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The £300 Hairdryer You Totally Need

Being a beauty blogger, there are a lot of products that come on to my radar, a lot of which seem like hyped up gimmicks just for a money spinner. That is exactly how I felt about the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. The price made me wince and I just couldn't understand why anyone would spend that much on a hairdryer let alone one by a company famed for hoovers. Oh how I'm eating my words now.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Can You Eat All You Can Eat?

Cosmo opened in Southampton in January as part of West Quay's newest complex. An authentic world kitchen, Cosmo Southampton offers a selection of food to take anyone's fancy. It is a casual way of dining to suit everyone's taste and I went along recently to try it out for myself.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Introducing Garnier's New Honey Flower Range

I've been a long time lover of Garnier skincare and you just have to search Garnier on this blog to see just how much. I've always been able to trust them with my skincare and their newest range couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've been suffering with dry skin throughout my pregnancy so far and the new Garnier Naturals Honey Flower range is formulated for dry to very dry skin. I've been giving it a whirl the last few weeks so I'm going to introduce you to the new range...

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Ideal Girls Night In

It's Friday, the sun is shining and it's the weekend. This Friday is a little bit special though as this evening I'm having a girls night in with some of my favourite blogging ladies. The best bit? You can join in too!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

May in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update...

If you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right...

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

First Impressions - Aveda Hair Care

I've become much better with my hair care routine in recent years and I have a number of products I rely on to keep my hair looking partially acceptable. Aveda have been around since 1978, using the art and science of pure flower and plant essences within their products. Their plant based products and natural aromas help nourish hair when it really needs it most and they have a range of products available for every hair complaint imaginable.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

All Bar One Southampton

Southampton is bustling full of restaurants and bars since the new development opened and I've just ticked All Bar One off my list of places to try. My sister and I headed in for an evening of food and mocktails on a busy Thursday to see exactly what was on offer.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Beau Belle Rose Gold Makeup Brushes

Gone are the days of using my fingers to slap some foundation on. I'm all about that brush life now and I have quite the collection. The prettier, the better in my eyes and Beau Belle have some of the prettiest brushes available plus they're rose gold. I've recently been using the Beau Belle Limited Edition Rose Gold Makeup Brush Pot (£59.95) and I have a few things to say about them...

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Spring Sunshine & Bardot Dresses

May has been a complete wash out in the weather department so far but trust the very last week to have glorious sunshine. It's perfect timing really because I'm been dying to be able to wear my new dress and sandals but it's just been too cold!

Friday, 26 May 2017

First Impressions - Milani Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics have been on my radar for more years than I'd like to admit but this is the first time I've ever tried the products. Why did I wait so long? I have no idea. Milani Cosmetics have been creating innovative cosmetics for over 25 years all around the world from their stunningly beautiful blush compacts to long wearing foundations. I've finally been trying some of their products and thought I'd share what I really thought of them.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Three Great Beauty Uses for Dr.Bronner's Soap

Dr. Bronner's soap is a product you will more than likely find peeking out from most beauty bloggers cupboards. Always found on the beauty shelves in TK Maxx, it's the ultimate multi-use soap made from pure castile, a vegetable based soap. Not all of its uses are beauty related, you can also use it for dishes, floors, windows, dogs, fending off dust mites and so much more. I'm going to share some beauty uses I use my bottle for. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New In from Got2B Fresh It Up

I genuinely do not know what I'd do with my hair if dry shampoo didn't exist. I use it daily whether it's for a quick hair refresh, some volume or to just allow me to go an extra day without washing it. I do have my favourites I rely on but if there is ever anything new released, the dry shampoo fan in me needs to try it. Schwarzkopf Got2B have just released five brand new cans, exclusively to Primark and I've got the low down on them.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Beauty Items I've been loving lately

I'm always trying out new makeup and beauty products so it takes a lot for something to make the cut into every day use. I've been making more of an effort with my makeup stash recently and there's a few bits I've been going back to time and time again. There is only one product that is particularly pricey so grab your Boots card and getting shopping! 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

My Perfect Chanel Red

Owning a classic red lipstick is something I think is very important, there is no greater feeling than a slick of red to make you feel like you really have your shit together. I've searched high and low for my perfect red over the years and I discovered mine in a way I never would've expected.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

An Evening with Rogues Cafe

If you take a handful of lovely bloggers and pair them with the newest food joint around, what do you get? A group of very happy bloggers rocking food babies! Rogues Café has taken pride of place in Southampton, an unconventional café, offering high quality ethically sourced products to make your breakfast, brunch or dinner pretty spectacular plus there's a cafe dog by the name of Percy. Need I go on?

Friday, 19 May 2017

Staying Soft with Palmers

I couldn't tell you how many years I've been using Palmer's Cocoa Butter for, it's a scent I always associate with my younger years. Palmer's is also one of the go to brands when it comes to keeping skin smooth and stretchmarks reduced so I off I toddled to Boots to check out the range. They've come a long way since the single bottles of cocoa butter I used to buy!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Selfie Ready by Lottie London

I've always been a firm believer that you should pay more for a decent foundation. The base is what sets everything together after all and if the base is rubbish, the rest won't work. There is one highstreet foundation I swear by, Seventeen Stay Time but I've recently been trying out Selfie Ready from Lottie London which is just £6.95, the same price as my beloved Stay Time. Read on to see what I thought.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Southampton Bloggers turns three!

It's been three years since the very first Southampton Bloggers event and they've been some pretty incredible years. What was thought up one evening during a blogger chat on Twitter has fast become one of the go to blogging communities in Southampton, something I am very proud of. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Five Websites for Wedding Inspiration

When we were first engaged, I headed straight to WHSmith to buy allllll the wedding magazines. Since that moment, they mainly just collected dust until I eventually chucked them in the recycling. I've found that I head to Pinterest, wedding blogs or websites more than I pick up a magazine and since that trip to the newsagents almost a year go, I haven't bought a single one. Here are five wedding websites I go back to time and time again.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Our First Baby Clothing Haul

There is something so exciting about buying tiny baby clothes. Whenever I've bought for friends in the past, I've gone totally over-board because there is just so much cute; So it's been very difficult when trying to be sensible for our very own splodge. Are you ready for the cuteness?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Champagne Sundays at the Spinnaker Tower

Thursday evening saw a group of lovely bloggers from Southampton Bloggers venture down to Portsmouth for the press launch of Champagne Sundays. Coming in June 2017, you will be able to enjoy a glass of champagne while watching the sunset over Portsmouth Harbour. Read on to find out more...

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Get Glowing with Pixi

I am probably the last person to try the famed Pixi Glow range. I can't believe it has taken me this long but I have finally tried it and I totally get what all the fuss is about. I thought I'd give you the low down on three glow-worthy products I've been trying out and give you my real thoughts on them...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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 so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Summer Hauling at Homesense

You can always count on Homesense to satisfy your need for homeware shopping. A little over a year ago, a Homesense mega store opened in Southampton and I've been throwing my money at them ever since. They provide me with notebooks I don't need, lanterns and candles my home definitely doesn't need plus all the rest in-between. With Summer hopefully approaching it was time for new pieces...

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Latest Subscription Box in Town

I've started to find subscription boxes a little on the bland side recently. I'm fed up of hair masques, perfume samples and product packets I could find inside the latest magazines being the main show, I just need something more exciting. I had just about lost all hope until the newest of new subscription boxes landed in my mitts. Introducing The Curated Combination...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Three Shoes to add to your Lust List

Anyone that knows me, will know I have a bit of a shoe addiction. I've always stuck with the motto of shoes will always fit so my collection is quite vast after many a failed shopping trip. I've been having a love in with florals for some time and that reflected perfectly within my shoe collection so it was only right, my spring additions also had a floral love in.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Is Matte Really All That?

I've said many a time how I'm a big lover of foundation and I have an impressive collection at home. I've been using more from Clarins the last year and I've really started to love the brand. Two of their newest products are face related with a new foundation and powder duo but are they really all that?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Five Reasons to Buy Rock My Wedding

Planning a wedding can be daunting but it can also be a lot of fun. The minute Arran asked me to marry him, my wedding Pinterest boards were on fire and as we're coming up to being engaged for a year, I thought I'd share with you my wedding bible, Rock My Wedding. If you're engaged and don't have this among cake ideas and dress swatches then you're missing out because it is bumper packed full of information, ideas and advice for every bride.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Three High End Nudes I Love

As much as I'm a bright lip fan and will forever be in love with MAC Cosmetics So Chaud, I am partial to a nude lipstick. I've tried a number of nudes over the years but there are three that I will always go back to whether that's for a quick coffee with friends or a shopping trip. They're on the pricey side but everyone deserves a treat, don't they?

Friday, 28 April 2017

Stepping into Spring with Stella

Spring is the perfect time to introduce a new scent to your collection and I've done just that. I've stepped away from my usual bottles of Marc Jacobs and gone for something a little different, a little fancy and a little pink, my perfect new spring scent. The packaging is quirky and everything I like in a perfume bottle. For a fashion designer, Stella McCartney has done perfectly with her latest perfume release.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Opening of L'Osteria Southampton

As if Southampton wasn't already foodied out, we welcomed another new restaurant to the mix. L'Oosteria serves traditional Italian cuisine in an osteria setting. My first thoughts before stepping through the door? Do we really need another Italian? Turns out we actually did because I ate the best risotto in years and had such a fun night that we've booked to go back this weekend.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Our Recent Home Updates

I haven't done any home updates for quite some time as everything was kinda the same, I haven't even splurged in Homesense yet this year. Instead of the decorative pieces I like to buy such as lanterns and candles we've concentrated on the big stuff so far this year...

Friday, 21 April 2017

Birchbox X Boden

With pretty blossom trees everywhere and the evenings getting increasingly lighter, Birchbox couldn't have picked a more perfect brand or print for that matter to collaborate with on this months box. Birchbox have teamed up with beautiful clothing extraordinaire Boden to give you Birchbox X Boden, the prettiest subscription box I ever did see, plus some pretty fab beauty products to try too.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ciaté Precious Metals Eyeshadows

I've long been a lover of Ciaté nail polishes and I'm fast becoming a lover of their makeup. I reviewed the Ciaté Dewy Stick last month and I've been trying out the Ciaté Precious Metals recently, three beautiful pots of stunning colour you'll never want to stop using. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Clarins Sunkissed Collection

Each year, you can rely on Clarins to release a beautifully fitting Summer collection, everyone will want to get their hands on. The Clarins Sunkissed Summer Collection, available now, features four products in a stunning palm print and amber packaging. This is a summer collection you won't want to miss.
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