03 October 2016

I often look to the beauty offerings and launches across the pond with great envy, the choice, the brands - it's a make-up obsessive's dream. When Love Me Beauty announced that this month would feature a full box of Kat Von D, I waited impatiently for mine to turn up at the door, my little blogging heart a flutter, and I have to say, it's stood up to my expectations. Don't forget to use the code 'Maddy50' for 50% off of your first Love Me Beauty box, taking the whole thing down to just a fiver, a no-brainer really when you couldn't get one of her products for that much normally, let alone 5!

Omorovicza Mask and Balm - Starting off with another brand that I've been dying to try out for a while, Omorovicza, whose roots in my favourite city of Budapest pretty much guaranteed love from me. The Thermal Cleansing Balm is great at removing stubborn makeup at the end of the day, but the Deep Cleansing Mask completely stole the limelight for me. I haven't been the kindest to my skin this  summer but this left my skin not only feeling nice, but looking a lot clearer than it has done for a while - top marks.

Madara Cellular Repair Serum and Exuviance Toner and Mask - I can't lie, I'm yet to try any of these skincare bits out, but they will be popped in my travel washbag ready for moving into uni and I'm sure the heavenly smells, if nothing else, will make a welcome addition to my cleansing routine. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - My greedy little fingers headed straight for this as soon as I opened the bag, since I've heard that these lipsticks are some of the best in the lipstick game. I can indeed confirm that the rumours are true. I was sent the shade Outlaw, a beautiful vibrant red, and it's only increased my appetite for more shades. The addiction could become real. Non-drying, fairly matte and the most gorgeous tone, I couldn't really have asked for anything more. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick - After the success of the Everlasting lipstick, I was expecting good things from this too. Creamy texture, moisturising, the outlook was good but unfortunately the colour just not for me - shame, but I'm sure my sister will be able to give it a better home. 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - The Kat Von D Tattoo liner is so hyped up that I almost didn't want to try it for fear of disappointment. Safe to say, it didn't flop. Liquid liner is one of those things that I will wear on a night out, but never much more than that, however the ease of use here may change that forever. Will definitely be getting some backups for when this runs out! 


23 September 2016

The classic formula of a loose, relaxed tee and denim is nothing groundbreaking, I'd agree, but sometimes, things become a classic for a reason. The latest mix to my collection of trousers, these Boohoo Distressed Claudia Jeans are both comfortable (win) and flattering with their boyfriend shape and mid rise. If you're a tall girl like me, I seriously recommend you check these out as the length is just perfect, and they have a pretty bargainous price of only £14 too.

Band tees are having a bit of a moment, and although they're a bit controversial - can you wear the top of someone you don't really listen to - I'm loving them all the same. This Guns and Roses tee from Misguided ticks all the right boxes with uber soft material and a fit that's neither too baggy or too loose. It's even got me wanting to add more graphics to my wardrobe - something that I never thought would happen.

Jeans | Boohoo
Tee | Missguided
Sunglasses | Ray Bans


18 September 2016

It may technically be nearing the end of summer, but as evidenced by days like today, the weather shows no signs of playing by the rules. For some, this may be an excuse to have a nice sunbathe, others to sit in a beer garden or have a BBQ, but for me, it seems like the perfect time to experiment with some new salad recipes - oh what a life I lead. This latest creation is super simple to the extent that you could hardly even call it a recipe. I even found pre chopped aubergine in the frozen section of Tescos so you won't even need a chopping board!! Perfect for lazy days where you don't feel like cooking over a hot stove, this concoction would work beautifully thrown together on a plate with some other salads and bread, in a wrap with some other fillings or even tossed into pasta, hot or cold depending on your mood. For all the aubergine lovers out there, this one is definitely for you.

To prepare, either use a bag of ready cut aubergine like me (the cheats way) or cut one up into rounds. Throw onto a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and bake at 180 until soft and browning. Plate them up onto a serving utensil of choice and wait to cool. In a separate cup, mix together a good glug of olive oil and pomegranate molasses, teaspoon of sumac and splash of soy sauce, stir and dress the aubergines. Throw on the pomegranate seeds and mint et voila - a perfect summer salad.


07 September 2016

Body // Shorts 

And here we have it, the very last of my holiday outfits. Very possibly my favourite set of photos that I've ever shot for my blog - shoutout to cooperative younger sisters - as well as being the comfiest beach side outfit ever. Standing at an impressive (almost) 6ft, bodies are usually not the one for me, but praise the lord for the ASOS Tall Section. Soft and well fitted, these guys know how to please the giants among us. The shorts were my biggest bargain of my summer holiday haul, at less than £10 for the pair from Boohoo at ASOS. The frill detailing at the bottom is so cute, and works well at giving the illusion of a smaller nipped in waist.

I hope you liked catching up on this little series of summer outfits, hopefully the English weather will continue to be kind to us and make sure that these aren't the last. If not, I've hopefully got a photo diary coming which will mean that all your sun filled dreamy photo needs will be satisfied. Who else just wants to repeat the last 3 months?


05 September 2016

Lace Top - Similar | High Waisted Shorts | Belt

HIYAZ. Hows it going? Today's post is a nice and summery one, which is making me rather sad looking back on, giving the downpour that is beating at my window as I type. I've had this off the shoulder lace top in my wardrobe for ages now, and it's my go to whenever the sun is shining and I want to get a bit of sun on my shoulders. The fit is uber flattering and works well with the current bardot trend that's going on and the lace overlay adds such a pretty and feminine detail. 

I paired it with some high-waisted denim shorts in the photos above, but it work equally well dressed up with some smarter trousers for the evening, some culottes, or even a skirt. It's such a versatile piece that really could work from beach to dinner. Sidenote: when will I learn that two photos is not enough to show off an outfit?! You can tell I'm new to this outfit photo stuff. Anyway, I'm off to tone my hair, as is evidently drastically needed from the photos (never a good thing when you're basically blending into the yellow wall behind you)! 

What do you think of this outfit?


03 September 2016

Buy your Love Me Beauty Box here - plus use the code maddy20 for 20% off 

If there's one thing that always stuns me when looking at bare faced supermodels, apart from their ethereal beauty (of course), it's there super glowy and perfected skin. Ahh, the envy. My skin is on the dry side, so when it comes to hydration and sheen - I'm all for it, especially for warm summers days where you don't want to be wearing heavy cakey products, and want that no-makeup, makeup look instead. Here's how I achieved it this month using Love Me Beauty's amazing selection of products:

Products used:

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish - Especially in the summer, I really struggle with getting a lip balm that will keep my lips hydrated and protected from the harsh sun. Luckily, this balm ticks all my boxes and without the grease too - win!

Pixi Colour Correction Concentrate - It may be summer but that doesn't mean that my dark circles have disappeared so I still need all the help I can get covering them up. This colour correction concentrate doesn't do everything by itself, but it goes along way in getting rid of some of the blue tones before concealer.

Nuxe Huile Prodiguise Oil Or - Patted onto the high-points of my face, this oil serves as a beautiful but nourishing highlight that I know won't break me out - unlike many others on the market. Smoothed onto the rest of the body it also gives such a beautiful glowing effect. I love how it looks with my tan but perhaps one for the summer only!

Makeup Forever Mascara, Big Fat Eyes Eyeliner (both from previous boxes and unpictured)

As you can see there's still a lot for me to try from this box (including a £10 Vita Liberata Gift Voucher which I can't wait to spend), and I'm so excited to get my hands on the next, which is promising Kat Von D, huzzah! For only £10 and an amazing personal choice of products, you really can't beat Love Me Beauty for what they offer. Get 20% off your next box using the code MADDY20

What do you think of these subscription boxes?


01 September 2016

Salads are amazing for using up the odds and ends in your fridge, the mixes and combinations you can create are infinite and they're the perfect dish for a light lunch on a hot summer's day. A salad doesn't just have to be a plate of leaves though, and can still be a satisfying alternative to a sandwich when made right. I get round this by using a base of some kind of carb and some hot ingredients. On the table within 15 minutes, you couldn't ask for an easier lunch. 

Uncooked ingredients:
  • Rocket or other lettuce as the greens
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • Halved cherry tomatoes - + whatever other vegetables need using up 
  • Spring onions 
  • Lemon rind 
  • Balsamic dressing
  • Olive oil 
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Herbs - Basil and Parsley in this case 
Cooked ingredients:
  • Courgette or other roasted vegetables 
  • Garlic 
  • Pasta - whole grain for an extra health kick or substitute for other grains 
The veg should be cooked at about 210 degrees celsius for 10-15 minutes along with the garlic and then mixed in with the pasta and other uncooked ingredients. Serve immediately!


18 August 2016

I may not have gone to Coachella this year (or ever),  but that didn't stop me from lusting enviously after every single Instagram outfit I saw, and a desire to unleash my inner bohemian. Unfortunately, a cold and rainy England isn't really the ideal backdrop for a top that could double as swimwear, so I had to wait until my holiday to unleash this crochet knit unto the world.

Knits in summer might not be the norm, but the boho chicness and retro vibes of these crochet bustier style tops have me doubting all the style rules I've ever learnt. The best part, you can go completely braless underneath! Paired with some high-waisted shorts, these gorgeous Glasses Shop sunnies with beautiful gold detailing and a watermelon, I felt I could just as easily been in the fields of California. Don't forget to check out their shop for a wide selection of beautiful glasses frames, glasses and prescription sunglasses and claim 50% off with the unique code GSHOT50

What do you think of these outfit? Would you wear a top like this?


10 August 2016

UPDATE: This dress has completely sold out, which I guess renders the entire post a little useless but I've trawled the internet for some alternatives anyway, hope you enjoy!

Back at it again with the original post titles ... It would be fair to say that I have a little bit of an obsession with stripes, my wardrobe is literally overflowed with the french print, and this dress answers all my lined pattern loving prayers. As we all know, there's nothing more slimming and elongating than a little stripe action so the body con cut and cross/wrap section at the front of this dress all pair together to make it one of the most flattering dresses that I own. Paired with Converse and Sunglasses it works well for a casual day time look, but could equally be dressed up with a leather jacket, black heels and accessories for a smarter night time look. I'd grab one of these quick because they're selling out fast - everything is linked above, so grab your purse and get shopping!!


31 July 2016

After coming back from a holiday of partying and not much sleep, my skin, hair and body were (perhaps understandably) not really in the best shape. Luckily, a couple of parcels through the mail later I had the remedies to my SOS situation, and got to trialling them as quickly as possible. A good pamper session later and I'm already feeling almost back to normal.

'The most powerful facemask you will ever use', the 7 day Facetox system has definitely lived up to its name for me. Made with Rose Water and the Facetox clay this mask is extremely intense but heals breakouts like nothing else and adds a beautiful radiant glow back into your skin. It does feel slightly drying, think Lush Magnaminty if you've tried it, so a good moisturiser is needed afterwards, but it does really feel like it is healing and preventing any imperfections on my face - I just wish I had tried it sooner. For £24.99 it is pretty pricey, but the pack is going to last me much longer than the stated 7 days - I just wish I had tried it sooner!

I'm kind of obsessive about keeping my teeth white, but having fairly sensitive teeth, it can sometimes be a bit of a mission to find products that work whilst avoiding irritation. Enter Mr Blanc, whitening strips that are coated in 'enamel-safe' ingredients to lift off stains and lighten teeth over a 14 day period. All it takes is 30 mins a day with the plastic strips placed on your teeth but their peroxide free nature, unlike other traditional methods, means that sensitivity and gum irritation is minimal. LOVE!

Have you tried either of these products? What did you think of them?


28 July 2016

Ello, ello! As if it wasn't enough to have me back on your screens, you now get the extra special present of my awkward posing as well. Here I am wearing yet another variation of white and denim - it's just one that can never go wrong. These American Apparel skirts have been everywhere recently so I feel like the most basic of them all wearing it, but they're popular for a reason and so easy to throw on with a plain tee for a simple summer look. I pretty much live in tops like this at the moment. I'm wearing my current favourite sunglasses with it, the rose gold Ray Bans, which I'm a little obsessed with. In my eyes, they're sunglass perfection and help jazz up an otherwise quite boring outfit.

Let me know what you think of these outfit posts, and whether I should attempt more!

Eurotour: 32 hours in Budapest

26 July 2016

Until last month, if you'd have asked me what to expect from Budapest, I wouldn't really have had a clue. But boy did it surprise me. Perhaps it was the beautiful architecture, the fact that we stayed in the coolest hostel ever, or the nights out that we had - but this city is one that I'm so glad we made the effort to visit, and probably ended up being my favourite of them all. In fact, we're already planning our return! Unfortunately, due to bad planning on our behalf/searching for the cheapest flights, their timings meant that we only got one full day in this amazing place - we managed to cram a lot in though and I'm already dreaming about next time. For now though, I thought I'd sum up our whistle stop tour for anyone else on a first time visit, and briefly mention the places that we plan on visiting next. As always, let me know if there's anywhere that I should add to our list!

- We had one day to cover as many sights as humanly possible, and whilst we didn't end up covering that much, it was a nice introduction to the city. The castle is worth a trip up to for the beautiful views across the river (and are currently holding a Picasso exhibition up there), but you can soak in a lot from a general wander up and down and around the pretty winding streets. Bikes are also available to hire, which would have been a lovely experience if not for our inability to work the machines in Hungarian. After a healthy lunch onlooking the river, we finished the day by relaxing in the baths - a well earned break after the endless walking and dancing over the previous days. We were planning, but didn't quite get time, to also visit the memorial, so that will definitely have to be on the list for next time.

- Travel was fairly easy and we managed to do nearly every trip on a mixture of buses and trains. Travel cards were available in the airports, so we stocked up on those, and the only near miss was the night bus on our return. In hindsight, catching it at 3 in the morning after a night out maybe wasn't the best idea. One thing that I would recommend though is to avoid taking taxis wherever possible. We were given a £24 fee for what would have been far less than a 10 minute walk - but being a group of young girls it may just have been us that faced the problem of being ripped off wherever we went.

- Surprisingly, Budapest was the city that offered the most vegan options, which I was pleasantly surprised about. There were a ton of middle eastern shops called Hummus around where we were staying, I'm assuming it must be a chain which was the perfect fuel for the start of our day, even though pita, vegetables, humous and falafel aren't maybe your typical breakfast. For the equivalent of 80p, you really can't beat the quality. For our final meal out, we found an almost market/restaurant type area where we could dine under fairy lights and reminisce about the good times we had had.

- As Budapest was our last city, we tried to get in as much partying as possible before heading home. Starting with the hostel, the Hive Party Hostel, which was probably the nicest that we stayed in of all three locations. The rooms were clean, the design was cool, the location was amazing, so was the price ... I could go on and on about the perks for a long time, it was even nicer than some hotels that I've stayed in. The bar downstairs was also a big plus point and a nice place to meet some other people. The first night we arrived quite late so decided to head straight for the clubs instead of the pubs. Armed with the recommendations from many friends, we set off to Club Instant, which was quite possibly one of the best and weirdest nights out of my whole life, but definitely a place that I would recommend. The ruin bars are also worth a visit for their cool decorations and we'll be trying to get some spaces on the party boats and bath parties next time we visit.

Have you ever been to Budapest? What did you think of the city?