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.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

My First Trimester

I still can't quite believe I'm writing this let alone knowing that I'm already in the second trimester. The beginning of 2017 has been one hell of a whirlwind. We were going to be spending this year on city breaks, at a few festivals and just being us while planning the wedding and now we're bringing a tiny little person into the world. We're very, very excited and a little terrified.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Guide to Pixi Skin Treats Mists

With Spring finally showing itself but with a chill the air, I can bet some or all of us are still having weather related skin issues. My skin is exceptionally dry at the moment but I'm also putting that down to my hormone changes so I've been looking at ways to help my dryness. Pixi Beauty released Glow Mist a few years ago but the collection has widen since so I've written a handy little guide so you know what is what.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The pretty spring scent that won't break the bank

Spring is the perfect time to add a new fragrance to your collection and Monsoon's first fragrance, Rose Gold is a great place to start especially as the scent now comes in a 100ml lotion too. I've been reaching for Rose Gold the last few weeks and I'm here to tell you exactly why you need it too.

Monday, 10 April 2017

A Nautical Nod

The sun has been shining bright and I am not complaining, if it could stick around for at least October, I'd be very happy. I've been living in this gorgeous Navy & Red Tie Dress the last week as it has been so light and airy to wear. I've dressed it up for this post though so take a peek at Closet London.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Hello Little One!

This week we finally announced we are expecting our own little bundle, due October 2017. It has quite possibly been the hardest secret we have ever had to keep and at least you all know now why I've been moaning about how ill I've been on Instagram. I couldn't not put a little post up...

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

My Instagram Loves

I'm desperately trying to fall back in love with Instagram. If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Instagram post then you'll know that if it was a plate, it would be smashed against a wall by now so I'm taking it back to basics. I'm trying to remember why I fell in love with the app in the first place so I've started properly interacting again, liking, commenting and whatever else. So in the theme of all things sharing the love, I'm sharing some of my fave accounts at the moment.

Monday, 3 April 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...

Sunday, 2 April 2017

March in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I love doing these purely because I get to look back over the month too. March was still a little quieter than usual as I've been unwell still, anyone who follows is probably bored of reading it. 

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

Friday, 31 March 2017

Blossom & Boho Dresses

Spring is here and I cannot express how happy this makes me. I'm such a sun worshipper and would much prefer glorious sunshine for months on end than the crap we have to put up with in the UK, it sometimes makes me wonder why I ever left Spain. So in honour of the sunshine, I put on my new dress, got my legs out and pranced around in blossom as only a blogger knows how.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Happy Birthday Ideal World!

There ain't no party like an Ideal World party and if you've never experienced one, then this evening is your chance. Ideal World are celebrating their 17th birthday and in true, celebratory style, they're having a huge party. The home of TV shopping have thought of everything and you're not going to want to miss out...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Five Hair Favourites Worth Your Time

I will fully admit I'm a lazy person when it comes to my hair. I hate washing my hair and I rarely pick up my hair dryer so for me to have five hair favourites is a miracle in itself and one you know you can trust. I have some highstreet favourites and a couple that even I wince at when purchasing but you can bet I'd never be without any of them.

Friday, 24 March 2017

The Gourmand Collection by Molton Brown

There's something so luxurious about Molton Brown, something that has always stuck with me from childhood. Whenever my aunt use to travel and stay in hotels where Molton Brown was found in the rooms, she always brought back the miniatures for me and it's something that I have always remembered. I find their products so quintessentially British and I think you're going to love their new collection as much as I do.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The English Soap Company Pink Grapefruit Collection

There is something so traditionally lovely about soap. I always remember the tiny animal shaped soaps you could buy in the nineties but it's something I buy very rarely for our home. We're all so use to using liquid soap or gel that we just don't reach for the solid bars anymore. The English Soap Company is my little guilty pleasure though, hear me out...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Burgundy Bags, Gypsophila & Sunshine

The easiest way to get my hibernating butt out into the cold, is with the promise of pancakes and that is what Arran did on this gorgeously sunny but freezing cold morning. We both had a midweek day off together which was rare in itself so with the lure of syrup I wrapped myself up and stepped outside the house. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Newest Coffee House in Town

The port city of Southampton has come alive the last six months and rightly so, it's about time Southampton was put back on the map for the right reasons. For most of this year I've been sharing my experiences in a number of the new restaurants in the city centre but my one true love is coffee and with The Docks opening in one of my favourite areas, it was only right my sister and I went on a little lunch date to check it out.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

10 Things I Hate About Instagram

Instagram was my go to app, I genuinely loved it because I love photos, the instant share ability and the snooping obviously, damn anyone with their account on private. Sometimes you fall out of love with things and that is exactly what has happened with my old pal Insta and I.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hello Rose by Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty are fast filling up my makeup bag with all their fabulous new launches. The latest launch available online and in some stores is the Pixi Hello Rose!* gift set featuring three must have products to get that classic English rose glow this spring. Think glowing skin and pink hued cheeks and you're on to a winner.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The March Birchbox

A new month means a new Birchbox and they have a few things to celebrate this month. The March Birchbox* has been taken back to its roots this month with an original kraft designed box to celebrate just how much they have grown. Now available in six countries, Birchbox have also just hit 100K subscribers in the UK which is amazing. There are lots of cool product discoveries in this box so it's as good a time as any to subscribe.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Probably the Best Pizza in Southampton

Heading out for pizza isn't usually my first foodie thought when it comes to dinner with friends but with Franco Manca* opening within West Quay's new food development and the talk of the town being it's the best pizza in London, it was only right that I tried it out for myself. Fast forward to muffled appreciation due to my mouth being so full of pizza and a takeaway box of Lemon & Almond cake, it is safe to say I'll be heading back very soon.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Get the Glow with Pixi + Aspyn Ovard

Pixi have been getting it so right in recent months and the products have fast found themselves within my daily beauty and skincare routines. A few months ago, Pixi collaborated with four beauty mavens, one of which was Aspyn Ovard on three stunning highlighting shades which if you haven't already, you're going to want to buy...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Avon Mark Gel Shine Collection

I'm a nail polish hoarder but there will always be room for more, especially when it's a new and exclusive line of shades in a gel finish. Mark is launching with Avon towards the end of this month and I've been testing them out, ready to give you the lowdown.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Ideal Girls Night In

It's Friday, Spring is in the air, the evenings are getting lighter and I have a big smile on my face. Even more so because 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, 9 March 2017

Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick

Avon has always been lurking in my makeup bag somewhere, from the minute I started playing with makeup. My mum always had an Avon brochure hanging around and she is still obsessed with it today; From the little Christmas soaps in our stockings every year to the vibrant blue ColourTrend eyeliner I use to love, you could count on Avon for everything. Their products have improved so much and their latest lipstick release is one that pricked up my ears in anticipation.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The American Diner of Dreams

I really hope you're not bored of the foodie posts because I'm not bored of eating yet. As you may (or may not) know, Southampton has just welcomed a huge development full of delicious eateries. We've been working our way around each of them and today, it's the turn of The Diner.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

DHC Olive Skincare Collection

A woman's body is an amazing thing and is capable of so much, but with the demands of everyday life, there's little or no time to treat it. With Mother's Day round the corner, there's no excuse not to give a little back. Cult Japanese brand, DHC has everything covered to ensure every mother's skin and body get the treat they deserve.

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Nail Shades I Wouldn't Be Without

Way back in my teens I had acrylic nails applied regularly. I'd have them shaped into a french manicure and have pretty patterns painted on them but after starting a job where acrylic nails weren't the best thing to wear, I went back to painting them and haven't stepped foot inside a nail salon since. I've always had an extensive nail polish collection but I always reach for the same shades so today I'm sharing my favourite shades, the ones I'd be without.

Sunday, 5 March 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 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 and nosy 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...

Friday, 3 March 2017

Clarins Tender Moments Collection

It seems 2017 is whizzing by just as fast as the rest and the shops are already gearing up for the next set of seasons. Mother's Day is approaching at the end of this month so pencil the 26th March in your diary and drool over the gorgeous new, Tender Moments collection by Clarins especially for mother dearest and probably you too if you're anything like me.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Urban Decay have had a Refresh!

Urban Decay have finally given their much loved setting sprays a re-fresh, say hello to brand new packaging with the same fabulous formula we all know and love...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Get Glowing with Ciaté Dewy Stix

In the beauty world, discovering gimmicks is becoming the norm. I've lost count of how many I've bought into in the past, now I tend to put my sensible head on before parting with cash but occasionally something comes along that kinda just works. The Ciaté Dewy Stix is a new and innovative product which could change the way we highlight, especially in the warmer months.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I love doing these purely because I get to look back over the month too. February was a little quieter than January as I've been unwell, anyone who follows is probably bored of reading it, I promise March will be much more fun! If you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth

Eye shadows have been my jam for a very long time, I think they were my first makeup love and my palettes are getting way out of hand. The reason I love them so much is because the possibilities are endless and you can create so many different looks with the flick of a brush. Matte shadows are my firm favourite but what do you think I thought of Pixi's Fairy Dust Favourites?

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Five Things that have Made me Smile this Valentine's

Valentine's Day, traditionally Saint Valentine's Day has been celebrated for centuries, known as the day of love we usually spend the day gifting cards, heart shaped chocolates and roses. I've had a relatively lovely day considering most of it has been spent at work and I'm yet to see my one true love, so I thought I'd share five things that have made me smile today.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Eco Tools Have Had a Make Over

Eco Tools are celebrating ten years of beauty in 2017 by giving their much loved products a makeover! I have quite a number of their brushes and tools in my collection so I couldn't wait to see the makeover myself. Eco Tools are the leaders in ethical and responsible beauty and the fresher designed collection will be available from 1st March but you can have a sneak peak here...

Sunday, 12 February 2017

WIN An Exceedingly Good Bou-Cake

This Valentine's Day, Mr Kipling has added an extra helping of love in the lead up to the day of love. Being the nations most loved sweet treat makers it was only right that some of our favourite cakes had a little spruce up featuring some pretty pink, limited edition packaging. There is also a pretty spectacular giveaway to win too!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sharing a Smile this Valentines Day

It's almost the day of love and everyone around us seems to be gearing up for that very day. The restaurants have their special menus in place, chocolates and red devils are filling up shop shelves and I'm lusting after a box of Charbonnel truffles. Valentine's Day isn't always about the one true love in your life though. I like to show the other special people in my life just how much they mean to me too. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

February Birchbox with Papier

It's time for another beauty box review and this time it's all about my old buds over at Birchbox. This month, they have teamed up with British stationary faves Papier giving us two beautifully designed boxes, each filled with lots of beauty treats. The theme this month is Express Yourself* and I couldn't think of a theme more perfect for the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Showing You Exactly What You Mean

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and with heart shaped chocolates in every window, it's hard not to notice. The day means something different to so many, for those of us in relationships, it is a day where we can fully take advantage of being in love while for singletons, the day has become a way to appreciate your favourite gal or guy pals with Palentine's Day.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Runway Edition by Look Fantastic

This is only my second Look Fantastic Beauty Box but I can already see that they'll be stacking up soon enough even if two of this months products weren't my fave. I reviewed January's Beauty Revolutions Box a couple of weeks ago and this months box focuses on Runway Beauty just in time for fashion week to commence. The February box comes in a sleek purple shade with gold writing, with a copy of Elle magazine, the beauty box magazine and a collection of products to try out. You're gonna want to subscribe...

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Caudalie Skin Gods Came Knocking

I've been a seldom user of Caudalie over the years. I've used test samples and liked what I've tried in the past but as there isn't really anywhere in Southampton to readily buy the products, I haven't picked any up. I'm not a big online shopper when it comes to skincare as I like to go in and talk to a therapist or skincare specialist and find the right products for my skin.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Bill's Restaurant, The New Love of My Life.

The minute I saw that Bill's Restaurants would be opening in West Quay's new watermark development I kept going on and on at Arran, saying we had to go eat there again. We've been to the Salisbury branch a couple of times but it's not the most convenient location for us so we never got to go as much as we would've liked. After having to run some very last minute Christmas errands on Christmas Eve, we found ourselves having a late brunch of pancakes in Bill's, then the same a week later for my Birthday and a handful of times since. It's safe to say we're huge fans.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Commitments // Mayflower Theatre

I'm a huge fan of the film, The Commitments* so when I saw the musical would be coming to the Mayflower Theatre, I had to get tickets. The stage musical is based on the 1991 film by Alan Parker based on the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. If you haven't seen the film, I really urge you to do so as it is just incredible. I'd also be really surprised if you didn't recognise some of the songs in it.

Friday, 3 February 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 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 and nosy 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...

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I love doing these purely because I get to look back over the month too. January was incredibly hectic but I definitely had a lot of fun. If you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right...

Monday, 30 January 2017

Clarins Multi-Active Eye

Coming this February, Clarins have just the thing for those tired eyes. January is a tough month for everyone, the days are cold, money is tight and the bags under our eyes, well let's not go there so the new Multi Active Eye is a product we could all probably do with welcoming into our skincare routine. Inspired by the latest technological advances in plant power, this new product will help counteract the effects of a stressful lifestyle.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

It's Time for a Chat

I wouldn't even know where to start with the last year, to say it has been a challenge would be an understatement. My life has changed dramatically, I've learnt a lot about myself and who was worth keeping in my life. The last bit sounds harsh but I'm at the age now where I can see a toxic person from a mile off and that shit needs to be cut away. 
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