Maybelline Forever Strong: Mint For Life

I'm head over heels for mint nails at the moment. Mint is such a perfect spring shade and now it's back on my nails I'm really starting to get in the 'spring spirit'.

This was one of my most used nail polishes during the Spring/Summer months last year. In fact, I  think I may have actually posted a review at some point during that time (you can find it here if you fancy a read).

The colour has to be one of the nicest mint shades I've ever seen. To compare it to the 'bloggers favourite' mint shade, Essie's Mint Candy Apple, it's a slightly lighter colour. Can you keep a secret? I actually prefer this shade.

It dries to a glossy finish but obviously if you choose to use a top coat this finish may change.

Application of this product is a dream. It has a very thick formula that's fairly creamy, and is so easy to apply. You get a good colour after one coat but it can be a tad on the streaky side, so I always apply two coats. It's also got a lovely wide brush which makes application easy peasy lemon squeezy because you can cover your nails in one stroke and it applies the polish really evenly.

When it comes to drying time, this polish isn't really anything special. It dries at an average speed so the polish maybe isn't an option if you need to leave the house in five minutes, but in normal situations it'll do just fine as us girls are used to waiting for our nails to dry, aren't we?

This range of polishes have to be the most long lasting polishes I've ever tried. I've been wearing this shade on my nails for just under a week (without a top coat) and it's only chipped once which is just fabulous.

Also, shout out to Maybelline for venturing away from the stereotypical nail polish bottles and going for a shape that's a bit more exciting. It looks really nice displayed on my dressing table!

Have you tried this polish? What did you think?

Urban Outfitters Jewellery Haul

(photo credit: Lauryn's Notebook)

I have a major weakness when it comes to urban outfitters, especially their jewellery. Although it's a tad on the pricy side, all their pieces are just so gorgeous I can't resist them.

When I was in London a few weeks back for the #SE Bloggers Meet Up, we all popped into Urban Outfitters to have a nosey around and I came across a rather huge jewellery sale. I'm sure you can imagine my excitement.

Now I'm one to typically goes a bit over the top when it comes to buying jewellery. Every time I step into a shop, my inner magpie is unleashed and I just go crazy picking out more earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings than I probably need, and this trip to Urban Outfitters was definitely no exception.

Can we just pause for a minute and admire how cute this little bag is? It's like a vintage sweet shop bag; how lovely.

Firstly, I picked up this lovely dainty heart necklace with my initial on it. Can I just say: well done Urban Outfitters, you are one of the first shops to actually stock jewellery with a C on it. It's normally a complete nightmare to find anything with my initial on it. This necklace was £5.00 reduced from £10.00.

Next, we have this lovely matching bracelet, again, with my initial on. It was £3.00 reduced from £6.00.

Now, it's the turn of this intricate bracelet with a tiny little charm (I believe it may be an evil eye charm but don't hold me to that). The chain is interwoven with tiny pieces of thread, which looks so so pretty. Again, this was £3.00 reduced from £6.00.

Next up, we have this cute little bracelet with a tiny gemstone on it. It was a complete bargain at £3.00 reduced from £6.00.

Finally, we have these lovely vintage style earrings. These have definitely become my new favourite earrings, and I've been wearing them non-stop since I got them. Again, they were £3.00 reduced from £6.00

What's your favourite place to buy jewellery?

The Chocolate Book Tag

As you may already know, I'm a huge book worm and I spend half my life with my nose in a book. I was tagged by The Girl In The Moonlight ( to do the 'Chocolate Book Tag'. This is such a different tag and combines two of my passions: chocolate and reading, so I'm so excited to give it a go.

1. Dark Chocolate: A Book That Covers A Dark Topic
For this category I could go with the typical answer and say The Fault In Our Stars but do you know what? I'm not going to. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book, but I want to use this tag as an opportunity to introduce you to some new books.

I'm going to cheat and go with not one book, but three: the "Girl, Missing" series by Sophie McKenzie. It's spread out over three books: Girl Missing, Sister Missing and Missing Me, and the series covers the topic of child abduction, kidnap and murder, Now, I do believe this book is aimed predominantly at teenagers and this obviously is reflected in the book, because it's a fairly easy read but in no way does this make it boring. The book follows the character of Lauren (who is 14 in the first novel, 16 in the second and  22 in the last) who when looking in to her past, discovers she was abducted as a young child in the USA, and then adopted by a family in the UK. At the start of the story, the plot may seem really straightforward, and something you could almost guess but the book follows so many twists and turns and you never know what's going to happen next.

2. White Chocolate: Your Favourite Light Hearted/ Humorous Read
Although it's quite an emotional book also, I find parts of McFly - Unsaid Things: Our Story hilarious. Extracts from the book are just so funny and reading it just increases my love for McFly even more (if that's possible).

3. Milk Chocolate: A Book That Has A Lot of Hype That You're Dying To Read
I don't know if this fits the category but I can't wait to read "You're The One That I Want" by Giovanna Fletcher. I adored Billy and Me and she's such a flawless writer so I can't wait to read her latest magic.

4. Chocolate With A Caramel Centre: A Book That Made You Feel All Gooey In The Middle Whilst You Were Reading It
I could have chosen so many books for this category but I'm going to have to go with "My Life Next Door" by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This is a book I discovered a few months back and I've re-read it a good five times since. It's a beautifully told tale of first love, which also explores themes of family and morals. I fell in love with the character of Jase right from the word go and my love for him just increased as the novel developed. If you fancy reading a full review of this little beauty of a book, you can find it here.

If you're going to take one thing from reading this tag, let it be this: read this book. You will not regret it.

5. Wafer Free KitKat: Name A Book That Has Surprised You Lately

I think it has to be Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This was a much talked about series and I was a bit late to jump on the bandwagon but I'm so glad I eventually did. I was a bit apprehensive about the book because I didn't understand how a novel set in an alternative present where love is considered a disease, could ever work. But it did. From the minute I picked it up, I was hooked. Oliver's writing is flawless and her descriptions were so vivid that you were really sucked into the book, and it really felt like you were in this world she'd created. To describe the plot in brief, it follows 18 year old Lena, who is a couple of months away from the mandatory procedure that will cure her for the 'deleria' (which is how they refer to love in the novel - they see it as a disease) when she falls in love with an invalid (a person over the age of 18 who has not had the cure and now lives in the 'wilds' - outside the city walls). It's an incredible story, and I can't recommend it more.

6. Snickers: A Book You're Going Nuts About
Apologies for using the same book in another category but My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just can't stop reading it, it's too good.

7. Hot Chocolate With Cream and Marshmallows: A Book You Would Turn To For A Comfort Read

For me, it's "The Truth About Forever" by Sarah Dessen. I'd forgotten how much I adored this book until I picked it up a few weeks back! It's the sweetest little story and it's one of those stories where you just fall in love with the 'Romeo'. This is definitely another book that is a must read for any YA Romance book lover.

8. Box of Chocolates: What Series Have You Read That You Feel Has A Wide Variety And Something For Everyone
It's got to be Harry Potter hasn't it? I always fail to understand how anyone can not like the series. It covers so many genres in seven books and it's a pretty incredible story. Every time I re-read the book, I laugh, I cry, I through the book angrily at my wardrobe because Fred died; all the emotions come flooding back.

Here are the lovely bloggers I tag to do this tag
(I tried to pick bloggers I believe to be fellow book worms):

And any other bookworm bloggers!
Let me know if any of you do this tag, I'd love to have a read, and it'll be a great oppurtunity to be introduced to some fabulous new books.

P.S: Would you like to see more book related posts on my little blog? Let me know x

#SEBloggers Meet Up

So last Saturday, I jumped on a train and popped down to London to attend my first ever bloggers meet up. The #SEBloggers meet up was arranged by Lottie and Aileen, two of the loveliest bloggers ever, and it look place in Covent Garden. Although I'm not strictly an SE blogger, the minute Starbucks, Covent Garden and pizza were mentioned, I was there.

We all met at around midday in Starbucks and sat for an hour or so having a good old natter about all things blogging, before we went off for a wander around all the lovely shops Covent Garden has to offer. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to stand in Boots with 9 fellow bloggers picking out new makeup products based on what everybody else recommended.

After about an hour of exploring the shops, we headed over to Zizzi's for a spot of lunch. I ordered a "Classic Funghi" Pizza, which is effectively a fancy mushroom pizza, and it was absolutely delicious, although it was a tad on the filling side so I could only manage just over half.

Whilst we were in Zizzi's we did a box swap, and I was lucky enough to receive a box from the lovely Daisy. She had filled the box with a ton of lovely bits and bobs, and I'm so so excited to use them all.

After Lunch we did what bloggers do best, and posed for a whole load of photos in front of the perfect London background: a red phone box!

We then ended up in Urban Outfitters, a shop I adore but can never afford! A fairly long time was spent with us all smelling all their lovely candles; wow they have some stunning scents. I managed to pick up some stunning jewellery pieces in the sale, so expect a haul sometime soon.

At that point I had to run off to catch a train in time but I do believe the girls went into a couple of other shops before calling it a day.

Overall it was a fantastic day and it was a lovely opportunity to meet some of my favourite bloggers. The time went so quickly and there just wasn't enough time for me to have a proper chat to everyone so I really hope I can see everyone at another meet up some time in the not so distant future. I want to say a huge thank you to Lottie and Aileen for organising such a wonderful meet up, you couldn't have planned it better!

Here are all the lovely bloggers who attended:


Make sure you follow them all and give their blogs lots of love, they really deserve it!

P.S: All photos courtesy of the lovely Lauryn, I think you'll all agree with me when I say they're stunning!

Barry M: Lychee

Oooh lookie here, we have my first nail polish post (I think - I can't quite remember).

This is the shade I'm currently adoring, and I seem to be spending half my life with it on my nails.

I'm a huge fan of nude nails. I think they always look so elegant and they're definitely my go-to spring nail colour.

The Barry M nail polishes are my absolute favourite nail polishes, by a long way; all their shades are just stunning and they're so affordable, so I can always justify treating myself to one.

As usual with the Barry M polishes, Lychee is a very long lasting polish that doesn't chip. I also found this polish to be very thick, so it only took two coats to achieve a perfect colour, and to be honest I think you could possibly even get away with only one coat in some cases. 

What's your go-to spring nail shade?