Monday, 24 July 2017

TGI Friday's Competition Winner! / London Vlog

A few weeks ago I found out I won the TGI Fridays' competition I entered! I got to invite 3 friends/family to come to London and stay at The Strand Palace Hotel.

Click here to watch the vlog or see below!

After picking my mother, sister and cousin up from Kings Cross we jumped in a taxi and headed over to our hotel which was stunning! I didn't realise it was literally opposite The Savoy Hotel where I went last week so when we arrived, I knew exactly where we were!

The lobby was stunning and the rooms were like any other hotel but boiling hot! Almost unbearingly. We set off out for lunch at a little cafe down the road which was yummy and then headed back to the hotel for everyone else to have showers and get dressed up. I was perfectly fine wearing what I was so I just watched some YouTube videos and did some work online.

Then we walked down to Leicester Square. I knew we would be super early but we didn't really have time to do much else so I'd hoped there was some entertainment on. There wasn't. Instead we headed into Lego Land/World/Shop. For once it didn't have a queue! I was very impressed with all the big structures, like the one in Harrods. Then mum wanted to see the famous China Town.

Let's be honest, both were pretty boring so we didn't waste too much time and instead headed to TGIs for some early cocktails. An hour or so later, we were invited inside to our VIP table and our personal waiter. It all felt very surreal but the staff were unbelievably attentive. It was such a lovely and relaxed evening.

We had a delicious starter and a yummy main course and then made our way over to Tape Face.
The main reason for the competition. Review coming soon! But it was defintely enjoyable, especially the complimentary drinks!

Afterwards, we headed back to TGIs for another round or drinks plus dessert! We were all so stuffed from the main course we just couldn't fit in a mouthwatering brownie as well, so we decided to wait. Everything went smoothly until the bill. Seriously, there were so many issues it was ridiculous! But alas, it was time to walk back to the hotel and sleep...

Or head to a club. On walking out, we were dragged round to a club for 'free shots' of course, it was £3 for entry. I refused and left the three of them there. Crazy!

The worst nights sleep ever meant I got barely 3 hours of sleep, despite my desperate try. It was just too hot. We finally decided to go to breakfast and it was incredible. Such a wonderful set up and so yummy! I loved it and had my usual bacon sandwich, yogurt and fruit!

Being only a few minutes from Covent Garden we headed over and went shopping. We went to all the shops, spending most of the time in Paperchase. My fave! I usually love the performances but honestly they were pretty terrible, and while I stayed and watched, praying they improved, the others headed off to the cafe.

There was a guy on a ladder who wasn't even worth a picture and a couple of circus acts who juggled with knives. To be quite honest, the build up of 25 minutes was totally not worth the 1 minute act.

But then it was time for the deliciousness that is The Ivy! I usually go to Market Garden in South Kensington/Chelsea but this time I booked Market Grill in Covent Garden and I genuinely think it was better! I had my usual of sourdough bread, fish and chips and even managed a mango sorbet. Wow!

Despite the little accident - the cup managed to break entirely in half and spill everywhere - the staff were incredible and quickly moved us while it got cleaned up.

Once finished, we meandered back to the hotel and then took the sloooooowwwwwweeeesssssttttt walk ever back to my flat. Of course, mum went into every shop that asked her to so it took quite a while and Jessica complained the entire way. Shock horror.

Despite everything, it was a really nice little trip and nice to chill and chat to end the little trip. Just before leaving they all tried on LipSense which was fun. They all wore Apple Cider which just shows how it can be so different!

What's your favourite thing to do in London?

Saturday, 22 July 2017

How I Package my LipSense Orders!

It's another LipSense Saturday post!

LipSense is my new business over at Hannah's Lips UK. I am a UK Independent Distributor for SheerSense (the equivalent of the US company Senegence). For all my details and links click here

If you haven't seen my last LipSense Saturday post, click here

Today I am sharing how I package my orders! I am so excited to share this because I have absolutely loved designing my packaging and deciding how to send off such a special product to everyone.

I start by putting my business card, designed on Vistaprint, and usually the Starter Set in a little pink tote bag. I think this is such a cute way to package them and keep them all together. It can also be reused so it's perfect for customers.

With this, I place my invoice printed from PayPal, an individualised, handwritten letter thanking them and my two cards. One is a 'How to Apply' card and the other is a 'Tips and Tricks' card, both also from Vistaprint.

All this fits perfectly in a bubble envelope. I tried using the pink ones but found that they were too stiff and didn't provide as much protection.

Two things I would like to mention is that this is your business and people are wanting to buy from you, because they want you! Don't copy anyone but be inspired by them. Put your personality into this business. Pick your favourite colours or something you love and showcase it in your designs.

Secondly, this is a business and your packaging should look professional! Make sure you keep it consistent. Your business card, leaflets, tips and packaging should all somewhat match. Be sure to remember that continuity and branding are key! 

You can also watch my YouTube video here to see a video version of this information. 

As always, if you want to order any LipSense or any of my other products, join my team or learn more, don't hesitate to reach out on any of my platforms. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Join My LipSense Team!

It's another LipSense post but this time not on a Saturday because it's just too important!

If you haven't been reading my blog recently, you won't know but LipSense is my new business over at Hannah's Lips UK. I am a UK Independent Distributor for SheerSense (the equivalent of the US company Senegence). For all my details and links click here

If you haven't seen my last LipSense posts, be sure to click here to see of all the related posts. 

Today I am sharing an incredible opportunity. I am looking for people who want to change their lives for the better!

I am currently looking to recruit people to join my team to become a Distributor of Senegence or SheerSense. This opportunity is open to people all over the world so if you are interested, be sure to reach out to me at any of my platforms or email me at

The sign up fee varies depending on location, for example it's £85 in the UK and $55 in the US, but this one off fee let's you have a massive discount for a whole year on the whole product range so there are 3 options on paths you can take when you join.

  1. Buy product for your own use and to gift to family and friends. All product you buy will have at least 20% off, going up to 50% depending on how much you order. 
  2. Sell to family and friends. If you want to make a little bit of extra money on the side, it's a perfect way to earn money while having it fit around your lifestyle. 
  3. Make it a career! The incredible thing about this opportunity is that this could be your career! If you are really dedicated and prepared to put in the time, energy and effort, you could make this dream and reality and work from home for the rest of your life. 
I will be writing a post with more details about the compensation plan and other details in the coming months but in the meantime, if you are at all interested, please reach out! I would love to have you join my team!

As always, if you want to order any LipSense or any of my other products, join my team or learn more, don't hesitate to reach out on any of my platforms. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

8 Photography Tips for a Smartphone!

I'm sure you all know how much I love to take photos and I have literally just invested in a DSLR but honestly, the camera I use to take most my photos is my phone. I have an iPhone 6S and the main reason I chose this one, over the previous version, was because of the quality of the camera.

I do love taking photo's on my small hand held camera and my DSLR but realistically, I don't take them out with me everyday. My phone is the camera I have on hand everyday and I know that's what most people use too!

After being inspired by Aura Frames, I decided to share my own top tips for capturing quality pictures.

Aura Frames produces a smart frame that automatically displays the best photos from your phone. Their product allows you to effortlessly share photos directly onto a family member's frame. You can even pre-select photos to appear on the frame right after they receive it!

So you obviously want those pictures to be good quality! Here are my top tips to take the perfect photo.

  1. Use the grid! The grid is one of the easiest ways to be able to centre your photo.
  2. Use natural lighting as much as possible! When I take selfies, I try to stand facing the window so the sunlight is directed onto my face. 
  3. Angles are everything! To make your face seem thinner, hold the camera up and face it downwards. 
  4. Don't use the zoom! The zoom (at least on my camera) is terrible and blurs the picture. Instead move closer or further away, and if needed crop the picture after taking it. 
  5. Burst mode is a life saver! If you have unsteady hands or even a difficult to photograph person (ie. kids) or area, press and hold down the button. It combines 5 pictures to create the perfect one. 
  6. Focus the camera by tapping on the subject of interest. I sometimes like to blur the background and so by tapping on the image in the foreground this works perfectly.
  7. Brighten the lighting. Once focussed on a subject, you can then swipe up or down to increase or decrease the lighting of that area. I use this feature especially for concerts! 
  8. Take LOTS! It's a nightmare when you take a photo and then come to post it later only to realise it's blurry or someone's not looking at the camera. My biggest tip is to take lots of photographs really quickly. You can go back and pick your favourite later but your ten times more likely to have a good one...that everyone is happy with. 

Aura Frames also sent over some of their tips. It was interesting to see that some of the tips overlapped with my own!

What are your top photography tips? Let me know in the comments below. I always love to learn from you.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Start of Summer! / London Vlog

So I may or may not have updated on here but I ended up having to resit exams, like I thought I would. I am going to write up a big life update at some point in the near future so stay tuned for that.
Anyway, last week, I finished my exam week and I celebrated big time...kind of.

Click here to watch the vlog or see below.

Luckily, my flatmate was doing a course at university in the same week - totally by chance - so she was around which was nice.

On Thursday, we went to Ask Italian for lunch and then headed to Westfield Shopping Centre. We bought Sophie her graduation dress (honestly it's stunning!) and I even treated myself to one! Not for graduation though, obviously. Towards the end we treated ourselves to some Lola's cupcakes!

On Friday, I got up bright and early so I caught up on all my TV. We then headed to Camden, walked around Camden market and had lunch at Pizza Express. Two Italian's in a row, I know! But I was craving the dough balls like crazy!
In the evening we headed to the Sky Gardens. I've been a couple of times now but it was Sophie's first time so it was super fun. Unfortunately, the top area was cordoned off for a private function and they'd stolen the live music! Sad!

On Saturday, I was home alone again but after the builder came and left - after almost 2 hours! - I headed out. I took the bus down to Covent Garden and then rushed through to The Savoy to see Dreamgirls. Not going to lie, I was totally underdressed! It was so so so posh.

Dreamgirls review coming soon but it was good, I was just really underwhelmed and disappointed because I'd really only bought the ticket to see Amber Riley and she cancelled last minute.

I bought my ticket through Today Tix and I will be doing a more in depth review of them soon but it is such a good app! Use code "RWPUV" for £10 off your first order.
It was also super hot in the theatre. Like everyone was complaining and sweating away. I was planning on getting the bus back but I was so thankful for the breeze that I walked home instead. Covent Garden was beautiful and I came across a stunning singer. Sammie Jay Music on all social media platforms.

I also ended up walking home with a stranger after awkwardly asking him if he needed help. Oops!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Science of LipSense!

It's another LipSense Saturday post!

LipSense is my new business over at Hannah's Lips UK. I am a UK Independent Distributor for SheerSense (the equivalent of the US company Senegence). For all my details and links click here

If you haven't seen my last LipSense Saturday post, click here

Today I am going to share the science behind the product! As a scientist, I am always intrigued by how these things work so if you're not, this probably isn't for you!

This unique product does not dry out your lips. In fact, it restores the moisture content of your lips when used properly. The formulations and colour pigments in LipSense help create a physical covering for the lips, and so the colour pigments help to protect the lips from the sun’s rays.  That is just one of the reasons your lips become so smooth and soft with consistent use of the lipstick.

SD Alcohol 40 is thinner than water and suspends the tiny particles within the formula. It immediately evaporates from the skin upon the delivery of the technology to the skin. This is the tingling sensation felt on the lips. It disappears as lower layers of skin’s moisture content are restored by the use of the moisturising gloss.

The tiny particles help the colour pigments to molecularly bind to the skin. Over time, the particles begin to detach from the skin’s surface. The rate at which this occurs varies tremendously and is based upon the pH-balance of each person’s skin and the colour they’ve chosen to wear for the day.

Each tube of colour has a varied formulation and mixture of colour pigments to arrive at a specific colour. Some colours naturally last longer than others because of the different body chemistry of each wearer, plus some colours are thicker or richer in colour pigmentations, while others are sheer and thinner.

You can also watch my YouTube video here to see a video version of this information. In the video I talked more about the key ingredients which you can find here

As always, if you want to order any LipSense or any of my other products, join my team or learn more, don't hesitate to reach out on any of my platforms. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

21st Keepsake (Review)

I mean seriously, how cute is this! Short and simple review on one of my favourite presents!

I really wanted something special to mark my 21st birthday. I looked for ages at books for people to sign and then I came across this 21st Keepsake Jar. I thought wow. For a reasonable price, why not. Not only will it be able to stay out on display but it won't be locked away in my wardrobe with my 2 leavers books from high school and college. I'm so happy I got it.

It really is such a high quality product with thick glass.

I love that it comes with so many tickets and a keepsake pen as well.

I feel like the only disadvantage is that people didn't really write what I wanted. They all wrote, thank you for the invite ect. Instead of advice and wishes for the future so I kind of wish it came with like a bigger instructions but perhaps that's my own fault.

A perfect gift for anyone turning 21!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

21st Birthday Haul!

 I recently celebrated my 21st birthday and I was so lucky! I got so many presents and so much money from people whom I ever expected. I feel overwhelmingly honoured by everyone's generosity and can't wait to use them all.

I got some beautiful flowers.
 Plus a giant cookie!
 I got quite a few beauty products! A highlighter, a perfume and some plumping lip gloss.

 For the bathroom, I got some gorgeous soap and my favourite pair of twins got some lush bath stuff!
I always love Body Shop so who can go wrong with Body Shop products in a really cute box! Lastly, mum wrapped up some Estee Lauder goodies we got for free a little while ago. I did a post with the full collection here.
One of my favourite presents is actually this cute little mirror! It's so sweet and I love the little bejewelled details. 
I swear, I try to loose weight but everyone always buys me chocolates and alcohol! HAHA!

 I can't wait to have my own house one day and all these new home products make me all the more excited! A grow your own chocolate flowers, a reed diffuser, a cute money box, some socks, some mugs and an 21 wine glass. Cute!

Everyone knows I love photography and so my mum got me a photo album. I'll have to select some cute photos to add in! I also got, 2 picture frames.

 I LOVE THIS! Whole post coming soon!
I was pleasantly surprised to also receive some DVDs to - almost - complete my collection of The Vampire Diaries.
A few little extras were super cute. 
I also got some beautiful pieces of jewellery. A Thomas Sabo pearl charm bracelet with a feather charm plus another pearl bracelet.
 I was also lucky to receive not one but 3(!) pandora charms to add to the bracelet that is now completely full! I got a 21 charm, a world map and a globe.
I also love this cute little bracelet for everyday wear. I have a couple of these now so perhaps I shall get into these now instead.
SO MANY! Thank you everyone. See my 20th birthday haul here.