Skinny Dip Phone Case Review

Skinny Dip have become an increasingly popular brand for phone cases over the last year or so, with their fun styles attracting us girls in search of a pretty phone case. I’ve had this macaroon case for 6 months now, and thought I would do a little review, as I have a few opinions to share.

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The cases range from about £10-20, and this particular one was £12. However, they offer student discount, and there are often other voucher codes floating around the internet. One thing I love about the brand is that they are continually updating their website with new designs, so you never end up having the same case as anyone else. The designs are really cute, and there is honestly something to suit everyone. It was so hard to pick just one! In the end I chose this one because of the cute pastel colours, and the glitter in the background makes it just that little bit prettier and even more girly.

I’m very impressed with the fit of the case. It fits tightly, which I see as a good thing, because otherwise I just fiddle with it and flick it off all the time. It’s a hard shell case which is also good because it offers better protection for my phone. The only design flaw I can see, is that the case doesn’t wrap all the way round to the front, so if your phone falls face down, there is nothing to protect the screen.

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Now onto the downside. I have tried many of those cheap £1 Amazon/eBay cases before, and the image has faded and scratched within a few months, to the point at which I have to buy a new one. I thought this time I would invest in a more expensive case, naively assuming that the design would last for longer. However, 6 months in and I already feel it needs replacing. The colours have faded A LOT from when I first got it. The design is also looking fairly scratched, and considering how carefully I have treated my  phone since I upgraded to the 6S, I expected much better.

All that being said, I will most likely buy another Skinny Dip case, just because I love their designs so much. I will try and get a couple more months out of this one first, but just the thought of picking another cute design fills me with excitement – I’ve well and truly been sucked into the craze!

Do you have a Skinny Dip phone case? Let me know in the comments.

Em x

My Disneyland Adventure

As you may already know from some of my previous posts, a few weeks ago I got back from a dreamy girls holiday to Disneyland. We had 5 super busy days of roller-coasters, character meet and greets, and some amazing food. I took thousands of photos (literally – i came back with 2198), and today I’ll be sharing my favourites in a photo diary type post.

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Of course, our arrival at Disneyland began with all the typical photos in front of the castle. We had amazing weather for the whole of our holiday, which meant all of the pictures are so pretty. After the initial photoshoot, we headed for It’s A Small World, one of the classic disney favourites.

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Following the excitement of our first ride, we went on Space Mountain (one of the bigger roller-coasters in the park), and grabbed a fast pass to skip the queue for Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast,  a really fun shooting ride.

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Next, we headed over to Fantasyland, and much to our surprise, the queue to meet Mickey Mouse was only 5 minutes, so we just had to do it!

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Then we spent the rest of the day going on as many rides as possible around the Disneyland Park.

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We had dinner at a buffet inside the park, and I somehow managed to eat 7 puddings – oops! As the sun began to set, we headed to the beautiful Newport Bay Club hotel, which was only a 15 minute walk from the park.

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The next day, we woke up and headed straight back to the main Disneyland Park to meet a couple of characters, including Goofy, and then went to the Hollywood Studios park to try out some of the rides there.

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We watched a really cool stunt show, which was based on the Cars movie, and then headed back to the hotel to make use of the swimming pool. In the evening, we had an amazing dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. We then headed back to the Disneyland Park, and went on a few rides, while we waited for it to get dark so we could watch the Disney Magic fireworks display. It turned out to be so good that we stayed up again to watch it on our final night! It’s an amazing show, with parts of classic Disney films projected onto the castle, music, water displays, and of course some incredible fireworks!

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I don’t have many pictures of the third day, mostly because we spent the entire day going on as many rides as possible! On the fourth day, we got up super early and made it our mission to meet as many characters as we could. Here are some of my favourite snaps.

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As you can see, meeting Winnie the Pooh was a definite highlight for me! In the afternoon, we found a good spot on Main Street, and sat down to watch the Disney Parade, which was so good and made me feel like an excitable child again.

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Disneyland were running a special ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ promotion while we were there, so there was also a special little Elsa and Anna parade later in the day.

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As the sun began to set, we took even more pictures in front of the castle, and then found a good spot to wait for the fireworks to start.

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I don’t have many pictures of our last day, as it was much shorter and I had pretty much photographed every inch of the park by then! However, I did get some very cute ones on this little boat ride, which also happened to be our final ride of the trip.

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And sadly, that’s the end of our adventure. I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my trip! It was honestly one of the best weeks of my life, and I can’t wait until I get a chance to go back!

Until next time,

Em x

My Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is coming up towards the end of August, so I thought a fun little post would be to show you what’s on my birthday wishlist. Obviously I don’t expect to receive all of this, but the majority of any money I’m given will be spent on these items as it’s what I’m currently lusting over.

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  • Spare Badminton Racket (I’m prone to breaking strings on multiple rackets all in one day)
  • Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar (my all time favourite lush product)
  • Lush Butterball Bath Bomb (my second favourite lush product)
  • The Body Shop Lightening Drops (a pale girls essential)
  • Soap and Glory Scrub of Your Life (best body scrub everrr)
  • Ted Baker Sina Earrings (the pearl and crystal ones are so so pretty)
  • Kindle Voyage and Cover
  • Urban Decay Tease Eyeshadow (my eyebrow colour of choice)
  • Sensationail Gel Nail Starter Kit in Raspberry
  • No7 Illuminating Mirror (a makeup essential for uni)
  • Blend Active Smoothie Maker (this is funny because you’ll all think I’m being healthy but I actually want it for making frozen cocktails hahah)
  • Cycling Gloves (I use these for when I’m on the rower at the gym to prevent blisters)
  • Zoeva Face Paint Brush (I’m really excited to try contouring with this)
  • Zoeva Luxe Highlight Brush (I currently apply highlight with my fingers so this really is needed because it’s a habit I’m not proud of)
  • Zoeva Cheek Finish (I need a brush specifically for blush because I’m tired of my powder brush turning pink)
  • Zoeva Small Brush Pouch (none of my makeup bags are long enough to fit my brushes in so this will be super useful for travel)
  • Babyliss Rose Quartz Hairdryer (since I’ll be going to uni in September I really need my own since I currently use my mums)
  • Babyliss Rose Quartz Straighteners (I’ve only ever had one pair so I think it’s time for a new set, and the matching ones to the hairdryer are too pretty to resist)
  • Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Puddles (they’re my favourite chocolates ever so why not)

Wow that looks like a lot all written down, but I promise I’m not expecting to receive much of it! I’ll keep you updated after my birthday with what I got, and what I’ll be purchasing as a present to myself.

Em x

Summer Baking: White Chocolate and Raspberry Traybake

I often find that baking is more of an autumn/winter activity. There’s something so cosy about making warm gooey cookies, whilst all tucked up in an over-sized jumper, when it’s super chilly outside. However, recipes like this one make me want to carry on baking all year round. It’s a super quick and simple bake that anyone could follow, and the result is an amazing summery sponge, that everyone will love!

Ingredients:

  • 200g of self raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 50g of ground almonds
  • 100g of white chocolate
  • 200g of frozen raspberries (try to pick smaller ones if possible)

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan), and grease and line the base of a 28cm x 18cm rectangular brownie tin.

2) Chop up the chocolate into chunks. You don’t want them to be too small, otherwise they will melt down and disappear.

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3) Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5) Sift in the flour and salt, and mix until well combined.

6) Stir in the milk, then sift in the ground almonds. Add the raspberries (some of which I like to crumble if they’re too big), and white chocolate chunks. Fold all this in, being careful not to overwork the mixture.

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7) Spoon this into the tin, and roughly level the surface. The mixture will be fairly stiff.

8) Bake for 50 minutes until golden, and then cool on a wire rack.

9) It should be okay to cut up after about half an hour, and is lovely served warm, but just as good when it’s completely cool.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! It’s perfect for eating in the garden if you have friends round for afternoon tea!

Let me know in the comments if you have any recipes that you think I should try out.

Em x

Book Review: The Legend Series

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I’m a huge fan of reading, and have been ever since I was a child. Over the summer months, I find I have a lot more time to spend relaxing, and reading is one of my favourite ways to do so. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been making my way through the Legend Trilogy, and I fell so in love with these books that I just had to share them on my blog. They may even be my new favourite series ever!

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I’m a massive fan of dystopian novels (a frightening or unsettling future community – think Hunger Games). Generally, I’ve found that although I really enjoy them, the story lines are always very similar, and it can get very repetitive. With these books, this is not the case; they have the fast moving, gripping adventure that favourites such as Divergent and The Hunger Games have, but a much more unique storyline.

I obviously don’t want to give too much away, but the side stories within these books are so touching. There’s a love story (of course!), issues of illness, and also some friendship/relationship difficulties.

I’m not one to cry at books or films, I find myself to be a bit on an unemotional brick at times (oops), but the end of the final book had me in floods of tears. I was so impressed with the ending, sometimes they can be a huge let down, but I finished Prodigy with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

An emotional rollercoaster, that I actually think so many different types of people would enjoy, due to the many genres hidden within the back stories. This would probably be classed as young adult fiction, but I would urge anyone from 14 to 114 to give this series a read. 10/10 would recommend.

Em x

A Naughty Urban Decay Purchase

For a very long time, the Urban Decay setting sprays have been a cult favourite for bloggers. I put off buying one for so long, living in hope that drugstore brands would start bringing out their own versions, which would be just as good, and significantly cheaper. However, many have been released and still not received the best reviews, so when payday arrived, I decided to finally make the splurge.

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So far I am impressed, and my makeup has lasted through very sweaty conditions. I wouldn’t say it’s lasted any longer throughout the day, but it has definitely survived some intense gym sessions in very good condition.

I actually bought one of my friends a bottle for their birthday, after only a week of owning mine, so that shows how quickly I fell in love with it. Definitely a new holy grail!

Until next time,

Em x

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

I think it’s safe to say that NYX has taken the UK by storm since its arrival in Boots stores a few months ago. One of the most popular products has definitely been the Soft Matte Lip Creams, and after using them for a good couple of months, I thought I wold share my opinion with you today.

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I bought the colours 05 Antwerp and 06 Istanbul. These were £5.50 each, which I think is a good price for a drugstore lip product. The only downside is that Boots aren’t including NYX in any of their 3 for 2 offers while the brand remains so new and popular.

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As you can see, Istanbul is a pretty pink colour, which looks natural on the lips, but still makes them look more pinky and just generally better. Antwerp is a much darker, brighter pink, but is still so wearable on a daily basis if you’re brave enough to wear a brighter colour. Both of these shades are perfect for the summer months. It’s worth taking note however, that the colours of the tubes don’t match the colours of the lip products very well. From Antwerp’s tube, you would think it’s an orangey colour, but there’s no hints of orange in the product.

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This is Istanbul on the lips, and as you can see, it’s the perfect colour for day wear. For the last month or so, it has been my go to colour when I don’t have time to spend choosing another shade.

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This is Antwerp, which I think is just so summery. In my opinion, I think it would look particularly good on people with blonde hair, but of course anyone can give it a go!

As for the formula, these smell incredible, and apply beautifully! Since they are a liquid, you will always need a mirror, but the doe foot applicator makes it really hard to go wrong. I found that both of these had the same wear time of 4-5 hours before needing a top up, including having drinks during this time. For brighter colours, this is about average, but for nude colours such as Istanbul, I thought this was really good!

Overall, I think these lipsticks are amazing for a drugstore product, and I can’t wait to pick up more shades.

Em x