Seventeen Back Lash Mascara Review

Saturday, 30 May 2015

As a person forever looking for a new mascara, I picked up one up from Seventeen. I hadn't tried one of their mascaras before, but loved their brow kit, so thought I would give it ago. 

I was looking for a mascara perfect for festival season, small enough to pop into my makeup bag to survive the weekend. I don't want to take a lot with me, so looking to create the perfect minimal makeup bag for a festival. 

I liked the packaging for this mascara and the brush looked similar to the Rimmel London collasal mascara that I love! Back lash has a thick brush, with dense bristles to create long thick lashes. 
Unfortunately I am not impressed with this mascara, boohoo. 

It just about coats my lashes, not giving a lot of volume and length. I am super disappointed as it cost £6.49 (from boots) and was really hoping I could use it for festival makeup looks.

I wore it to work to really test it out, to see how long wearing it was, and within an hour the mascara had smudged all over my upper lid and below my eyes, so I had to keep wiping it up, but felt like I looked like a panda :(

I did find it is really easy to remove with makeup remover and doesn't stick to the lashes (maybe why it transfers a lot through the day) as the formulation is soft, if you know what I mean? Not sticky or gloopy. 

I must admit, I love the packaging, but the product it self is dissapointing.

So alas I am still looking for a mascara that will last a long day at a festival, I love the false lash effect from mascaras, so please please recommend any that you love! 

Have you tried this mascara, what do you think of it? I would love to know :) 

Thankyou for reading! 

Kiss kiss, B xxx

P.S my internet is broken at the moment so have to write my posts on my phone, sorry for being quiet recently, but I have been mentally writing blog posts for when it's working again :) 

My week on Instagram ♡

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

(This post comes to you as I eat party rings, drink tea and listen to 'Uptown Girl'- that's how I roll when I blog)

This past week has been a week of getting back into work and catching up with life, whilst reminiscing about my holidays.

1- Berlin Wall Graffiti. I wrote up a blog post about my love of the wall and its colourful graffiti here, so I won't ramble on too much about that, I just loved this snap, all the colours and scribbles were definitely worth an Instagram!

2- Everything's better with tea and cake. Now this, this is what I live by- this is not something I need to explain, most of my blogposts come to you, whilst I am drinking tea. I read 'The Humans' by Matt Haig recently, where he talks about the concept of tea, "Tea seems to make everything better, used in times of crisis as a means of restoring normality."

3- Prancing around in Berlin. My mum took this photo without me realising but I love it. There was a man using massive hoops to create bubbles and it looked amazing, I actually managed to film some of it, which I used in my latest Youtube Video. If I am not drinking tea, you can find me prancing around somewhere instead.

4- Iphone 6 selfies. I am a bit late to join the iPhone6 party, but as I was due to change my contract I just went for it! I really really love it, I previously had the 4S, but the 6 camera is incredible, so I haven't stopped taking photographs on it since I got it! Which is great as a blogger, so now I don't need to take my camera around with me, as this phone takes great shots by itself!

5- Afternoon tea date with my bestie. I wrote a whole blogpost on this, which you can read here. This afternoon was so lovely, where we just chatted, had lots of laughs and discussed future plans, the best type of afternoon.

6- Tea anyone? I just loved this picture too much not to post, I was snorting with laughter when Emily took this photograph. My crazy trousers are from Next, you can't miss me when I am wearing these, also what you can't see, is that my hoodie is fluro orange, I was a walking eye ache.

Follow me on Instagram and I will follow you back :)


B xxx

Afternoon Tea with my Bestie ♡

Monday, 25 May 2015

If you know me or been following me on Instagram, you will know that I am a tea and cake addict! I am constantly posting pictures of scrumptious cupcakes and pots of tea. 

It is my favourite way to catch up with friends, so quintessentially British!
So naturally, when it came to catching up with my best friend Emily, came an afternoon tea and cake date! 

Emily and I have been friends since we were 12/13, we have grown up together and I find it funny how at 15 we would be talking about our trivial problems that school and boys entailed, and here we are, years later, still having problems but the ones of adults, ones which at 15 we would have laughed at! Like paying taxes, work, affording a car, bills, boys are still causing problems nonetheless! 

I think it is important to stay in contact with your friends, we found this difficult whilst we went to separate collages and weren't friends for a while, but with true friendship, it can be picked up from where you left off. A best friend will forgive you for your silly mistakes, and that time you chose to go on a 'hot' (not so hot) date rather than see her. 

As you get older and life gets in the way, your best friend will always be one of the most important people in your life, so by keeping an afternoon free to laugh over some tea and cake, or by sending them a funny buzz feed link by text, they will be there for when you need them most. 

After all, if they were there with you when you first watched The Notebook and cried so much that you were both a big snotty mess, she is someone not to lose! (True story, my mum didn't know what had happened to us)

"A good friend knows all your good stories, a best friend has lived them with you"

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost, I recommend anyone to share their best friend stories, I was thinking of doing a best friend tag, if anyone would like to see/read that?

Love to you all!

Thankyou for following me and reading what I am up to, I equally love to read all your posts too!

B xxx

P.S my internet is being a pain in the bum at the moment, so have to write posts on my phone, so please bear with me, blogposts are coming :)

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Berlin Part 2 ♡

Friday, 15 May 2015

Hello lovely bloggers!

Thankyou for coming back to read part two of my adventure in Berlin 

The above photographs are in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall. This was my favourite part of the trip, I am a massive lover of art, but especially street art. I studied art for 7 years and was always intrigued by street art, here in England street art is banned and usually has negative stigma attached to it, but it is so skillfull and beautiful in my opinion. So naturally, I fell in love with the  colourful art of the Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, a barrier between East and West Germany. 136 people died trying to cross the barrier, guards were instructed to kill anyone trying to cross the barrier as they were considered traitors. This was happening up until 1989, that is insane! After the wall was demolished, some parts of the wall were kept to show how awful and horrific it was. The wall was an open canvas for street artists and now what is left is a beautiful gallery of graffiti.

Wow-ee sorry for the essay!

If anyone knows what this is, please tell me!

These guys were playing next to the wall, and they were incredible! I could have listened to them for hours, I am trying to find them on Youtube for you! I took a few clips of them playing, so I will try and get them uploaded for you too.

Berlin has so many modern buildings, the city was practically demolished during the war, so most of the buildings are new, but the architecture is incredible! But nestled away on back streets and lanes are sweet little cafe's selling tea and homemade cakes (an obvious winner for me). At this little café we stopped for pancakes, and I was so hungry I demolished them before I could even get my camera out! Sorry! But they were Nutella and banana, de-licious!

You may have seen on My Week On Instagram blog post, that I fell in love with the interior design shops in Berlin! They were so dreamy! I just wanted to take it all and plonk it into my house.

We also went to visit the Jewish Memorial, or the Holocaust Memorial. It creates a very chilling and uneasy atmosphere when you are walking around, and the concrete slabs are all varied in height, which makes you feel unsteady as you walk around. This, again, is open to interpretation. The simple design conveys the horror of the holocaust, without it telling you to. If you see what I mean, there are no names, no stats, no pictures, just grey concrete slabs. If you visit Berlin, I think it is essential you visit this memorial to understand the horrific crime of World War 2.

Berlin has certainty seen it's share of dark days! 

It is such a beautiful city, I am so lucky to have gone and experienced it. Next on my list is Amsterdam. If anybody has any recommendations for Amsterdam please leave them in the comments as I need to get planning :)

I hope you managed to stay to the end of the post- twas a long one!

So if you did here is a kiss from me, mwah!

See you soon!

B xxx

Berlin Part 1 ♡

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you will know that I went to Berlin for the week. I went with my mum and my auntie Gill, to do some sightseeing and well, eating. 

On Tuesday morning we woke up really early, packed up the car and drove up to Gatwick where we almost missed our flight and found ourselves running to board, eventually hopping on (although we were the very last people- even after the staff, oops) And two hours later we touched down in Berlin, how exciting!

Other than London, I have never been on a city holiday before, so we had lots of museum visits and tourist-y things planned for the week.

On the first day we wondered around the Jewish Museum, I must mention we did the whole thing backwards, by mistake (my mistake) as we started at the finish. The museum is a massive modern building, with lots of crooked and dark spaces, designed by Daniel Libeskind. The design is open to interpretation, but alludes to the holocaust and the absence of Jews in modern day Germany. 

 We also went to the Berlin Cathedral, which is next to the television tower. You can go to the top of the Cathedral to look out, which is blooming scary, so I only managed to stay up there for 5 minutes.

Don't I look so serious lighting a candle...

Berlin is such a laid back peaceful city, compared to London, which is so busy and fast paced. It is also pretty small, so in 5 days we managed to see most of the city, which made it so much more worthwhile. 

We were such tourists, there was no hiding the fact as my mum carried around a bloody huge camera...

She is a photographer, so her pictures are amazing, so I will forgive her.

This was the concert hall, next to the French Cathedral. This is was just five minutes walk from our hotel, so we came here most nights to eat as there was lots of restaurants in the square.

On this day, our first day, there was a street performer creating bubbles, which looked lovely.

Here I am sat in the middle of the square, filming a time lapse of the bubbles. I am hoping to create a little video of my trip to Berlin, I am yet to look through the footage, I didn't film a lot as we were on the move all day and I am still a shy bean when it comes to filming.

And lastly for part one of my little trip, is the three of us, stopping for a wine/ coffee break. A lot of wine was consumed on this trip, we thought of ourselves as 'European' and 'Cosmopolitan'. Very fancy! My sunglasses are from H&M, I wrote a blog post about my love for them HERE :)

I hope you enjoyed my blog post on Berlin, there are more blogposts to come so make sure you follow me on Bloglovin' to see them.

Also let me know in the comments if you have been to Berlin and what you enjoyed doing whilst you were there, if not I hope I have inspired you!

Lots of love,

B xxx

My Week on Instagram 2

Monday, 11 May 2015

Hello lovely bums!

I have been away for a week so been away from my little blog, sorry! But I am back, at home, in my slippers with tea and biscuit (s) and ready to share with you my week on Instagram:) 

I always follow and like back on there so follow me HERE to keep up to date with my shenanigans and I can with yours too.

(top left to right, bottom left to right)

1. 'Sometimes you just have to throw a crown and remind them who they're dealing with.' I loved this quote a lot, and had to share it with one of my besties called Wallis. We work together and regularly think of ourselves as Queens, so much so, our team name is 'The Divas.' This sounds silly but we keep ourselves entertained and have a laugh.

2. 'Love is an open door.' Here she is again, Wallis, signing with me in the car to Love is an open door. You can watch that video HERE. We initially made it for the work girlies to laugh at, but I don't mind sharing it with you, we had a laugh learning the lyrics and trying to film it in my car! 

3. 'Choose happy' I posted this quote as I posted my blog post on choosing happy- which you can read HERE :) It is something I am very passionate about, don't wait for happiness to come to you, create your own happiness.

4. 'Do I, don't I..?' Berlin! My Mum, Auntie and I, all hopped on a plane last week and hopped off again in Berlin. We had it planned for months, for a girly trip away, and to get oh so cultured. On the first day we wondered around the city, I found this ice-cream van selling ice cream frozen in front of you with liquid nitrogen, pretty cool eh!?

5. 'Interior design' Whilst wondering around the beautiful city, we found this lovely interior design shop- so instagrammable. I could have spent a fortune in there, I only had hand luggage so had no room for extra goodies. Boohoo!

6. 'Wine and coffee break' This photograph doesn't need much explaining, after hours of walking and sightseeing, we made a quick, yet essential stop for wine and coffee. Mum & Auntie Gill, wine. Me, coffee. This is a beautiful part of Berlin called Unter den Linden. The city is so laid back, you could sit back and sip wine all day just taking in the glorious city.

A blog post on my week in Berlin will be up this week, if you want to see that make sure you follow me on Bloglovin'. I am an expert now!

I hope you enjoyed my post- thank you for reading!

Cheerio lovelies!

B xxx

Perfect Fragrance- Handbag Edition.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

I don't know about you, but I love keeping a small bottle of perfume in my handbag at all times, just for an on the go spritz. 
Also, I am off to Berlin (I will be there when you are reading this) and needed small bottles of perfume to pop into my hand luggage.

And here you have, my chosen ones. I usually love the Body Shop fragrance mists, but they are too big to take with me. These tiny bottles are perfect, Paradise is 50ml and Sunshine is only 30ml!

The Library of Fragrance has an amazing range of perfumes, you can literally smell of anything (even apple pie). I partially liked 'Gin and Tonic' and 'Mango' too! But settled on 'Sunshine' because it has a fresh sweet smell, I think it smells quite vanilla-y with some floral hints. It's lovely! At only £15 a bottle, it doesn't exactly break the bank, and Boots have an offer, where you can buy two for £25! This cologne spray lasts all days and is very pleasant smelling that it is not overpowering and perfect for everyday. I can tell I am going to become a Library of Fragrance hoarder after spying all the scents in their range! 

My other new favourite is 'Paradise' from Next's range of scents. Now, Next isn't a place I would usually look for scents, BUT, my friend had been wearing it and she smelt amazing, so I had to investigate for myself. The bottle is orange and pink, a perfect summer scent. This perfume, is much more citrus-y and fruity. The box tells me it has top notes of apple and lemon, a heart of magnolia and rose, and a base of sandalwood and musk. Sandalwood is one of my favourite smells- I also have the Noir perfume from The White Company, which has similar fragrances, but at about five times the price! I love this perfume, it smells expensive, but is only £10, blimey! 

What are your favourite perfumes that you pop in your handbag?

Thanks everyone for reading, don't forget to follow me over on Bloglovin'!

Talk soon,

B xxx

Choose Happy

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Just a little blog post today-

Today at work, I had a thought, whilst some people were moaning about being in work, or complaining about the weather, I was still a happy little bean. Everyday I choose to be happy. I believe a situation is what you make it. Yes, work can be a pain, and you would rather be somewhere else, but if you make it fun and enjoy yourself, you will live another day happier, rather than wishing your day away. I have a lovely job with lots of lovely friends, we make sure not to take things too seriously and most of all to enjoy ourselves. (For example- We stuck a picture of a hunky man on the staffroom fridge, just to make everyone laugh) At the end of the day, you feel so much better and your cheeks can hurt from laughing. 
It is important to see the brighter side of life, in order to spread happiness and fill your days with friendship and laughter. Life is a bit crazy sometimes, we need to take a step back and appreciate it and keep a smile on our faces.

I hope you take something away from this, as it is a lesson that I live by, I choose to be happy everyday (sometimes I am sad- I am a human) and I am enjoying my life so much more. I am embracing it.

I am off on my holidays tomorrow, I can't take my beloved laptop with me, so you can see what I am up to on Instagram or have a read over on my Twitter.

Sending you all love and happy vibes...

See you soon,

B xxx

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