29 April 2018

Five good things in April

Pink H&M bag, lipstick and Hygge book

After a few months off i've decided to continue my reflective Five Good Things posts, as I love using my blog as a bit of a diary.

1. Last week we went to Sharrowvale Market in Sheffield, which has become a bit of a regular thing after falling in love with Froconut and Porter Pizza Company. The weather wasn't too bad so we enjoyed lots of my favourite local food, as well as wandering around all the stalls which sell everything from local beer to furniture, art, cake, street food and much more. If you're in Sheffield i'd really recommend it - you can find dates for the next markets here.

2. My Christmas present from my boyfriend this year was an (adopted) Alpaca and earlier this month I finally got to meet him! Charnwood Forest has 140 alpacas of all different colours and we got the chance to walk up to the field, meet and feed some of them. They are one of my favourite animals and I loved how friendly they were (maybe because they were hungry) - they also make the cutest noises! I also found out that you can book for them to attend your wedding where they'll arrive wearing bow ties which really made me smile!

3. We spent the weekend in Manchester at the start of the month, exploring our favourite places and eating lots of pizza. It was a late Valentine's weekend as we had to cancel it earlier because of the snow. We stayed at Abode again (they gave us the best upgrade!), went to Junkyard Crazy Golf (expensive and not very long but great fun) and ate at Gorilla where I had the best avocado and egg brunch (i'll definitely be going back!).

4. After having the same black bag for years, I recently bought a new one from H&M to inject a bit of Spring colour into my life. I love the gold detailing and it's surprisingly good quality for £12.99. After Victoria shared the love for the Loreal Color Riche Lipstick in 642 I picked it up and I love the consistency - I rarely wear lipstick so it's been a bit of a change but in a good way. Also, inspired by our trip to Copenhagen (more on that soon!), I bought The Little Book of Hygge which i've just finished reading. It's inspired me to de-clutter and enjoy the little things in life and i've been making more of an effort to get outside now the weather isn't so cold.

5. ♫ Three songs i've been loving: Without Your Love - &around, Roll Back - George Fitzgerald and Sunsets pt2 - SG Lewis
11 February 2018

A weekend in Manchester

A few weeks ago we decided to book a weekend away and explore Manchester. It's somewhere we'd been a couple of times for the Christmas markets but never really spent time properly so it was nice to visit for a city break, discover new places and eat lots!

Places to eat in Manchester - PLY pizza

We both love discovering new restaurants so finding good places to eat in Manchester was definitely a priority for the weekend! I usually go to Dough for pizza but i'd read lots of things about PLY so we decided to go there instead. PLY has become one of my favourite restaurants - they make the best sourdough pizza i've tried in a long time and their menu has lots of options including gluten free. We shared a 'Nduja and added extra chorizo - it was the perfect size to fill us up until dinner.

Brunch in Manchester - Moose CoffeeBreakfast in Manchester - Moose Coffee

For breakfast you have to try Moose Coffee. I chose Apple and Salted Caramel Pancakes which in true American style were huge and I ended up taking one home as I couldn't finish them! My boyfriend described his breakfast (the Mighty Moose) as one of the best he's had - it was perfectly cooked and really filling. Their coffee is also great (as you'd expect), i'd really recommend the cappuccino!

Manchester hotels - AbodeBest hotels in Manchester - Abode

I spent a long time looking for one of the best hotels in Manchester and eventually chose Abode, which is really close to Manchester Picadilly station. We opted for the comfortable room as we were only staying for one night and it was really reasonably priced with modern decor. The staff were friendly and the interior (originally a textile factory) was different to anywhere else i've stayed - I loved the main staircase!

We didn't really make too much of a plan for what we wanted to do but we did a lot of walking! We ventured around the northern quarter and found some of the street art that is dotted around Manchester. There are also lots of little shops to explore including Oklahoma and Fred Aldous.

Street art in Manchester

As it was a Saturday night a lot of the bars were really busy so we actually ended up walking back to Brasserie Abode at the hotel for drinks which was perfect, again really nice decor, great service and the perfect way to end a relaxing weekend in Manchester.

Places we plan to go on our next visit: Home Sweet Home (for cake), Ezra & Gil (for brunch), Iberica (for drinks), Croma (for Italian), Pot Kettle Black (for coffee), Fig & Sparrow (for brunch), Tattu (for Chinese), Luck, Lust Liquor & Burn (for Mexican), Walrus (for lunch), Takk (for coffee).
24 January 2018

Top 7 beauty products of 2017

It's hard to believe that this blog started out as a beauty blog as I can't remember the last time I wrote an entire post dedicated to the topic but I really wanted to share my favourites from last year (even if i'm a bit late for this!). All these products are genuine favourites and things I bought, tried and loved in 2017.

Beauty blogger 2017 favourites - This is Caz

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm
This cleanser smells amazing, a bit like a spa treatment and that's the main reason why I fell in love with it. I got it in the M&S beauty advent calendar in 2016 and it's the first cleansing balm i've tried. It works really well on my dry skin and is great for removing the last of my makeup after i've used my micellar water. It is quite an expensive product but is one of those skincare products that is worth the investment, even if you only use it a few times a week as a treat - I will definitely be buying the full sized version!

Soap & Glory Speed Plump Moisturiser
I tried this moisturiser in one of the Soap and Glory Christmas gifts from Boots a couple of years ago and i've been repurchasing it ever since. I use this moisturiser every morning and it really hydrates my skin, has a light fruity scent and leaves a good base for makeup. Compared to some of the higher end moisturisers i've tried this is just as good and remains a firm favourite - it's usually on offer too so i'd definitely recommend it as a great affordable moisturiser.

Beauty blogger favourites - Barry M Gelly Nail Paints and MAC Highlighter

Barry M Gelly Nail Paints
I'm not one to go and get my nails done as it's something I enjoy doing myself so i'm a bit of a nail polish hoarder! The Barry M Gelly Nail Paints are one of the best gel effect polishes i've tried and the range of colours is perfect for every season. My current favourites are the classic red (Blood Orange) and the pinky nude shades (Rose Hip and Pink Lemonade). At £3.99 each they don't break the bank, they last around a week with just a few chips and there are always lots of new colours available.

MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter
This highlighter has lasted me for years and even though it's more expensive than i'd normally pay it's the only highlighter I tend to reach for. I find that it is quite glittery but a tap of your brush before applying avoids you getting a completely glittery face and it's perfect for both daily makeup and nights out - it was part of my everyday makeup for almost every day of 2017!

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent for her
I have so many perfumes that it was hard to pick just one but this is the one i've loved the most this year. It's an oriental fragrance that is quite sweet and I always get lots of compliments when I wear it. I love a lot of the Hugo Boss fragrances - the orange one is one i've repurchased a few times so I didn't hesitate to ask for this as a gift after I tested it. I'm also currently loving the Glossier perfume but i've only had it since Christmas so I didn't feel it was really a 2017 favourite - i'm sure it will appear on my blog sometime this year!

Beauty blogger favourites - M&S Rosie Lip Gloss and Max Factor Mascara

Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Super Model Smile
This lip product is a 'my lips but better' shade, similar to the Seventeen Lip Shine in Beehive which was a blogger favourite a few years ago. Considering how much i've worn it, there's still lots left so it's well worth the £12.50 price tag and I love the rose gold packaging. M&S is not a place i'd go to for makeup but I got this in the beauty advent calendar in 2016 and it's become something I use almost everyday and will definitely consider repurchasing.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Epic Mascara
This mascara is one that not everyone will like, but I found once it had dried up a bit it was perfect and gave me huge lashes without much effort. I've tried a couple of new mascaras recently and in the end I repurchased this one which is why it made it onto this list! Max Factor are one of my favourite mascara brands and rarely let me down - they never seem to smudge or flake off and I also love the gold packaging of this one!