Sunday, 26 February 2017

EVENT | York's Gin Festival

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It's finally time to properly introduce you to another great love of mine. I don't quite know when it crept up on me, but gin has become such a big part of my life. It could have something to do with my parents being full supporters of the G&T lifestyle for as long as I can remember. Or the fact it's such a tasty spirit, which just ticks all the boxes for me. 

Being such a big fan of gin has meant The Gin Festival has been well on my radar since it's popularity has been rapidly rising. The lovely organisers at the York event invited me along to sample some of their huge collection of fabulous gins. With the more-than-willing assistance of two friends of mine, I attend the Friday evening session at The Barbican


Within the cost of a ticket you get your own Gin festival balloon glass to keep and for all the G&Ts you buy on the night. Each gin has it's own recommended Fevertree Tonic which were self-service, so if you fancy yourself as a gin connoisseur you can change it up and try another mixer than the one recommended.

Between us we tried: 5th - Fire, Ampersand, Black Tomato Gin, Braeckman's Vanille Jenever, Brockmans, Electric Spirit Co. Lux, Elephant Gin, Masons, Masons Tea Gin, Poetic License Northern Dry, Poetic License Old Tom, Siderit Hibiscus, Slingsby Rhubarb, Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin, and Tinker.

Phew. It may seem a lot but considering they had over 100 gins, we barely scratched the surface. A particular favourite of mine would have to be the Tinker Gin, a start up based in Leeds but inspired by the Spain's Catalonian city of Barcelona. It's got something extra to it that really sets it apart from the classic gin. The best thing was that every bartender knew so much about every gin on sale, what it's tasting notes are, the best mixer pairing, others similar - the lot. 


Along with all the gin, the Tuck Shop was open for business with olives, pork scratchings and popcorn on offer. Not only the nibbles but there was a full BBQ which smelt and looked beyond amazing. The perfect extras to compliment your G&T.

If you're a gin fan, on the fence or even it's not your favourite, The Gin Festival is definitely definitely one to check out. Unfortunately for any York residents, the events are finished here now but there still are events coming up in: Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, among many more. Plus I'm sure it'll be back for many years to come. 




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Sunday, 19 February 2017

BEAUTY | February BirchBox Review

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This is another newbie from me, I've had a Birchbox before a while back, and thought I'd give it a go again. For those of you who aren't that into beauty/skincare, or are but have been living under a rock and haven't heard of Birchbox before I'll give you a quick run through. Birchbox is a subscription box where you sign up, fill in a quick questionnaire about your skin and hair type, what sort of products you like to buy and why you're trying out Birchbox. Then each month (for as many or as few months you'd like!) they'll send you a pretty little box with some samples selected for your preferences.  I absolutely love the idea that you can try out smaller samples before committing to a full size.

This month came with a full size Spectrum brush. This C06 brush is part of Spectrum's Contouring Collection as it fits perfectly around the eye. It's so so soft, vegan and no unicorns were harmed in the making - a factor very close to my heart.

Another highlight is the NUXE face body and hair oil, a perfect multitasker. Plus the little bottle is great for travelling with. The POP Cosmetics trio is one of my top picks too. I'm such a newbie with eye make-up, so I was over the moon to see this trio came in neutral colours. Much easier to work with for a beginner like me!



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Sunday, 12 February 2017

WISHLIST | Pretty in Pink ft. ASOS, H&M, Monki and Pull&Bear

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Pink is becoming such a big trend and I am oh so happy about it. I've always had a bit of a love affair with pink. Not that I'm an especially 'girly-girl', but I'm very grey/black/white with my style so I like to add a tad of colour every now and then, and pink is just the perfect colour as it's not too out there.

I'd even wear several items of this wishlist together, I'm that into it. For me I can't think of another colour that can be styled several shades together, well aside from black/grey/white lets be honest here. This could possibly why it's managing to creep in on my solidly monochrome life. The best part about this wishlist though, all of these items are under £35?!?! The easiest way to get a high-end look on a student budget.


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Sunday, 5 February 2017

BEAUTY | My Skincare Heroes ft. Boots, ThisWorks and Simple

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I've started to really enjoy skincare, and trying out new products and combinations. It's something I feel I can get on board with, as I am a bit crap at make-up, lets be honest here. Check out my previous 'heroes' posts with my - Everyday Make Up Heroes and End of the Day Heroes editions. 

ThisWorks Charcoal and Brightening Face Mask

I've read about how good charcoal is for blemished skin many times, and one of my housemates has the Origins Charcoal mask so I thought I'd go on a hunt for a cheaper alternative to try out. The brightening vitamin C mask is another Origins dupe. Both are great for when I'm feeling run down.  

Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream

Keeping my face moisturised has been a recent revelation of mine, it's doing it wonders. This little addition allows me to keep up my tan, without damaging to my skin with UV. Win win!

Boots Botanicals Brightening Balm

This adds such an great subtle glow, it's hydrating too but not greasy or overly oily for my normal/combination skin. I like to add it under my make up for a natural glowy look. 

Boots Essentials Under Eye Gel

I have very tired eyes. If I've had a bad nights sleep my eyes will always give me away. This gel is literally £1.99 and the most amazing £1.99 I think I've ever spent. Okay, okay, it's not some miracle cure to under eye bags, but it does a bloody good job for the price of it. 


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