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Sunday/ Monday Summary #32

Life

Hello! I’m a day late with this week’s round up but I had such a lovely birthday weekend that I simply couldn’t find the time to blog. I’m home now though after a few days by the seaside celebrating my 31st birthday and our 3rd wedding anniversary with family.

My week started by saying goodbye to one set of friends on Sunday morning then getting things ready for another pair who came to stay with me at the start of the week. It was lovely to see my uni friends again. We went for a wander around Bradford on Avon, ordered a huge Indian takeaway for dinner then had brunch at Bill’s the next day followed by a mooch around Bath, all fuelled by lots of tea and chocolate! It’s funny how you take somewhere for granted and I think it’s only when I see this area through the eyes of visitors that I remind myself how lucky we are to live where we do.

I also went for a midweek Italian meal with my friends from work before we all head off on our summer breaks. I had a lovely seafood risotto which I know I can emulate at home.

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This weekend was really great. My cousin was having a ‘Welcome to the World’ party for her two boys and organised the most wonderful mini-festival at my Uncle and Aunty’s house. We sat in the sun all day drinking Pimms, enjoyed a hog roast, watched the sun set then nibbled on cheese and danced the night away. It was ace although I definitely hit the free bar a little too hard and ended up being sick when we got home…older but not wiser!

Sunday was our three year wedding anniversary and despite feeling ridiculously hungover, we packed up the car and headed to the beach. We spent the day at Croyde and it turned out to be a beautiful day. My parents packed a delicious picnic and after a doze, I was feeling a bit more like myself. We even managed a paddle in the sea before stopping off for fish and chips on the way home.

I have started rewatching Sex and the City this week and have almost finished series one. I used to be obsessed with this show and I was interested to see whether or not it would have stood the test of time. So far, I’m finding this series a little dated if I’m honest: everyone smokes; they keep referring to Mr Big as ‘the next Donald Trump’; the girls all wear glittery eyeshadow and things like tongue rings and gay marriage are seen as quite controversial. I know it reflects the time it was made in but I’m hoping I get a little bit more into again as I start series 2.

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In slightly less exciting news, I have spent this week cleaning out and reorganising my kitchen cupboards. Yes, not the most exciting task but I’m finding it a good excuse for a clear out and I have Sex and the City playing to keep me going!

Food

I had a bit of play around with recipes this week and made a bacon and avocado risotto. I often make an avocado pasta dish and it lent itself well to a creamy risotto too…I will post the recipe later this week.

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One of my highlights of the week was this feast my Dad prepared for us. He made lots of my favourite tapas dishes including patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo and these little smoked salmon and caviar bites…the perks of having a chef for a Dad!

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My birthday breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – my favourite!

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Beauty

I rediscovered a purple lip when I went out for dinner this week. I’m wearing a Laqa & Co lip pencil in the shade Menatour and it is one of my favourites for a night out.

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I have also been loving the eyebrow pencil I got in July’s Birchbox. I know I said it looked too dark for me but it’s actually a nice match and applies like a dream.

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Fashion

I bought this loose top from Matalan recently and wore it on my birthday. I love the dangly tassels hanging down from it and it keeps you cool yet covered up in the sun.

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A sneak peek of some of my birthday presents now but I love them so much I started wearing them right away! Ian got me this set of tiny mixed gold studs from Accessorize. I saw them on Hannah Gale’s blog and decided they were exactly what I was looking for.

My Mum also got me this gorgeous pair of marble-print leggings which I had been eyeing up for a while. I have them on as I type and they are really comfortable.

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Beauty Review – February Birchbox and Mini-Haul

This month’s Birchbox arrived in the coolest marble box – I really like that each month the designs are getting better and better!

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Inside was a nice variety of items, including the first make-up brush I’ve received from Birchbox.

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I received the Tapered Powder Brush from Spectrum, a brightly coloured brush with a long pink handle which I think is perfect for dusting highlighter along the cheekbones. I’m quite loyal to my Real Techniques brushes but this one feels so soft that I will definitely make an exception.

This Ayres Body Butter is beautifully packaged and I think it has quite a masculine look to it. Unfortunately, it is heavily lavender-scented which I’m just not a fan of so I will be passing this one on.

My favourite item this month was definitely the Frat Boy blusher from theBalm. I love the blushers from this brand and had actually decided to use my next lot of Birchbox points to buy this shade! The packaging is gorgeous and I find these blushers great to apply with really good staying power.

A tiny sample next of a moisturiser from BioNike. I hadn’t heard of this brand but this promises to firm, lift and plump the skin – just a shame the tube is so small.

Korres is another brand I really like and their products make quite a regular appearance in Birchboxes. I have only really used shower lotions and body creams so this is my first try of their skincare. I received the 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion to be used at night to remove make-up. I love these type of cleansers so will be trialling this soon.

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Birchbox now have their own in-house make-up brand called LOC (or Love of Colour) and I pre-ordered my eyeshadow stick in Perfect Cents, a warm copper shade. I have to say the packaging is a little cheap and flimsy and I’m not that impressed with the product either. It contains a lot of glitter and shimmer and although it blends nicely, it creases easily and doesn’t have the promised 11-hour longevity. I think I may use this as an eyeliner to give a little sparkle rather than across my lids.

Finally, as well as my monthly box, I had racked up enough points to add a few additional items to my order.

I bought a full-sized version of the Liz Earle Skin Tonic, a refreshing toner that I love to use after cleansing.

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I also repurchased a Laqa&Co Lip Lube (hate the name of that!) in the shade Menatour. I don’t own any other purple shades but the blue tones in this one really suit my skin tone and I have almost finished my other crayon.

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I was looking for something extra to take me over the free delivery cost so added a bag of white chia seeds to my basket. I would have bought these anyway at the supermarket and I had only tried the black seeds before so decided to give these white ones a try.

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Overall, a good box this month and I love the fact that my final three items were all freebies after storing up my Birchbox points! x