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Cocktails With Corky’s

The lovely people at Corky’s have challenged me to come up with a cocktail of my own using their glitter schnapps* and today i’m sharing what I created! Corky’s Schnapps comes in a variety of mouth-watering flavours including three with added glitter to add that extra sparkle to your drink. I…

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Netflix Favourites

It’s no secret that I love Netflix and staying in binge-watching my favourite shows is my idea of a perfect weekend.

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Today i’m sharing with you my ultimate all-time Netflix favourites that are deffo worth that £5.99 a month.

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(Spoilers ahead. Be warned!)


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First up, we have a good ol’ classic. Chuck and Blair are still goals and Vanessa is still irrelevant. It’s still one of those shows you just have to re-watch because you miss it so much. You know you love me. XOXO.


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Constant nagging to watch Pretty Little Liars went on for ages until I finally gave in and watched it. Well THAT was a mistake because I have invested so much time into this show, even the highly underwhelming A reveal isn’t going to stop me watching season 7 when it comes out next month. 99% of you probably know the struggle but we can’t give up now!!


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Probably my favourite out of them all, I CAN’T WAIT until season 4 Orange Is The New Black is back on our screens in 26 days. It’s a perfect mixture of dramatic, funny and romantic and I can’t think of a single fault in any of the episodes so far. I can see myself finishing the whole season in a day, along with every other OITNB fan.


 

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I could go on forever and list 54994388723 reasons why you should watch Once Upon A Time. Season 5 has only just ended and i’m already having withdrawals from Regina’s sass and Hook’s face. This is another show where I had to be nagged into watching it and I can’t believe I waited so long. Whether you’re into fairytales or not, it’s a show for everyone and you should definitely give it a go.

 

What are your Netflix favourites?

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Vapiano | Cocktail Launch

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Earlier this week, I attended Vapiano’s cocktail launch event. I was kindly invited to try out their first ever cocktail menu, which features an extensive range of delicious drinks; from your party favourites to Italian classics, there’s something for everyone!

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the friendly staff and I felt so welcome from the moment I walked in. I was handed my first cocktail of the night, a Raspberry Royale. Taking a seat, I was introduced to Emma and Corey from Down At The Social . It’s worth mentioning that I went alone and it was only the second ever blogging event I’ve attended, so I was nervous to say the least. The nerves lasted all of 5 minutes as I was quickly put at ease chatting to Emma and Corey.

While we were settling in for the evening, Antipasti Sharing Platters were available to enjoy. These were amazingly presented and consisted of various meats, cheeses and bruchetta.

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The next cocktail we tried was a Vapiano Spritz. Similar to your traditional Aperol Spritz with an added twist of gin and rhubarb syrup, it was gorgeously presented.

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I got talking with fellow bloggers Chelsea and Lauren and they invited me over to their table. It was so lovely to get to know new people and make my first real-life blogger friends!!

The next cocktail we had was the delicious Mai Tai. I love a good Mai Tai so I was in my element with this cocktail, it was so good (although myself and Chelsea did spend approximately 10 minutes trying to get the perfect blog photos for you all before we tried it. I mean just look at that lighting!)

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Next up was a Long Island Iced Tea. I’ve never had one of these so I was intrigued to give it a go. Iced tea is one of my favourite Summer drinks so I was hoping it would taste somewhat similar. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Where is the heart eye emoji when you need it!?

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Last but not least was 2 variations of gin + tonic; your well known classic and Vapiano’s twist of Hendrick’s tonic, rosemary and cucumber. I wasn’t really keen on either of these as I don’t really like gin, but for a gin lover they’ll taste amazing.

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Alongside the gin + tonics, we were treated to a couple of delicious desserts to try. Vapiano make their own dolci every single day, using only the freshest ingredients. I love that you know exactly what you’re getting and that they’re made fresh each day.

You should always leave room for dolci at Vapiano. If you need an excuse, look no further than the Death By Chocolate and Panna Cotta. Again, where is that heart eye emoji!?

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Both sweet treats were a perfect end to a perfect night. I will be heading back to Vapiano very soon for more cocktails and yummy food.

Vapiano is located in Exchange Square, right in Manchester City Centre. It’s the perfect place for a delicious meal with your loved ones or a relaxed night out with great company. The fantastic atmosphere makes for a wonderful time whatever the occasion and it’ll quickly become one of your favourite spots in Manchester.

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Vapiano’s cocktail menu launches on June 1st.

Prices start at £4.50 with 2 for 1 Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm.

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*Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Vapiano but all views, opinions and photography are my own.


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Makeup Revolution Radiant Shimmer Brick | Review

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Review

I think I’ve only mentioned it about three million times, but I love glowing, highlighted skin.  I get ridiculously excited when I get to the highlight step when applying my makeup. It’s the little things in life, eh?

I’m always on the hunt for a new product to make me a glowing goddess so when I stumbled across Makeup Revolution’s Shimmer Brick range, I knew I had to get my hands on one.

There’s two in the range; Radiant and Rose Gold. Rose gold is more on the bronzey side of things and Radiant is a mix of champagne and golden shades. I picked up Radiant as I thought it would be better suited for my skin tone, but Rose Gold is equally as gorgeous and would give such a beautiful bronze shimmery glow which I bet would look ahhhmazing on holiday.

The packaging is so sleek and chic and looks like it belongs to a high end brand. Seriously, have a look at any of Makeup Revolution’s packaging and you’ll know what I mean.

Speaking of high end, MUR’s shimmer bricks are also a great dupe for Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick range for a tiny percentage of the price. Win.

I use Radiant as a multi-purpose product. It looks so stunning as a cheekbone highlight, eye shadow and to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. You’re really getting your money’s worth with this product and at £3, it’s the bargain of the century.

You can either use each shade as individuals depending on your look or swirl your brush around the pan for the ultimate copper shimmer. One sweep of your brush and you’re good to go. It’s so pigmented and a light hand is definitely recommended!

Like I said, at £3 it’s an absolute steal compared to £33. As with all of Makeup Revolution’s products, the quality is top notch for such a low price.

It’s worth giving it a go and even if it doesn’t win a place in your highlighter drawer, it’ll fit in perfectly alongside your eye shadow collection. Winner winner all round.

Makeup Revolution Radiant Shimmer Brick

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick

Have you tried Makeup Revolution’s Shimmer Bricks?

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Top Tips For Glowing Skin

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As you know by now, I love love love glowing skin.

I used to cake on Rimmel’s Stay Matte like there was a world wide shortage of mattifying powders. But more recently, a quick sweep under the eyes to set concealer is all i use it for. I’ve stopped using matte foundations and reach for more of a dewy formula and it’s the best makeup decision I’ve made since ditching the blue eye shadow in Year 10.

Today i’m sharing with you my top tips on how I achieve a fresh, dewy look that’s perfect for Spring/Summer!


1.  I know, I know. Everyone tells you to do this, but it’s one of the most important things you can do. Stay hydrated!! Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day- your skin will thank you for it. Adding fresh fruit makes it a bit more exciting and will stop you from getting bored.

2.  Using a moisturiser keeps skin looking healthy and will help any dry patches, so makeup will apply smoother. I recommend Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, especially if you have sensitive skin!

3.  Treat the skin to an exfoliating face mask 1-2 times a week. It’ll get rid of any dead skin and bring through your natural, beautiful glow! Try LUSH’s Oatifix.

4.  This is a trick I learnt from YouTube a while back. Placing liquid highlighter under your foundation gives a more natural dewy finish that’s long-lasting. My favourite is Technic Highlights; a great dupe for Benefit High Beam at a fraction of the price tag!! You’ll be glowing all day long.

5.  The best blush that gives a glow has to be Orgasm by NARS. As you can see, I’ve hit pan. Says it all really- no highlighter needed with this bad boy!

6.  If you’re seeking a glow that can be seen from outer space, look no further than the stunning Mary-Lou Manizer. A quick sweep on the cheekbones with a light hand and you’re good to glow.

7.   Finish it all off with a dewy setting spray! I highly recommend heading to your local NYX counter right now and purchasing dewy finish. It’s a life changer, trust me.

If you have any extra tips, please let me know in the comments!

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