Health & Beauty: Changing Your Sleep Persona With Holland & Barrett

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my sleep. Like I literally can't function unless I've had at least 9 hours - and even then I need a million coffees to get me going in a morning - so the recent early starts at work (I'm talking 4am guysssssss...) have been a STRUGGLE. 

It seems as though the babes over at Holland & Barrett read my mind and knew I needed help getting my arse out of bed in a morning, and also jumping into bed earlier on a night to prepare myself for the day ahead and get the best nights sleep possible!
As part of their What Is Your Sleep Persona campaign, they sent me a whole bag full of goodies to help calm my mind and relax before bed to inspire me to be more of an early riser rather than "The Biggest Snoozer".

Beauty: #ScandaleyesReloaded

If I were to define my signature make-up look, it would definitely be long, bold lashes and a fabulous feline flick of eyeliner - so when I received a package of the new Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded products in the post, I knew they'd be right up my street.

Along with the two new Scandaleyes Reloaded mascaras (one black, one extreme black), I've also been trying two of the liquid eyeliners from the original Scandaleyes collection. I've always been a fan of Rimmel products but weirdly enough I've never tried any eye products - except maybe a grubby kohl liner back in my embarrassing emo days - so I was excited to see if they were any good and if the mascaras would replace my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational as top dog in my makeup bag. 

Fashion: Topshop A/W Wishlist

Since being a responsible adult with bills and rent to pay, I don't think I've dared to set foot into Topshop for fear of wanting to buy ERRRRYTHANG. But at the weekend, a brand spanking new store opened in my little town so I decided to give the website a little browse so I could scout out some pieces that I really love and can perhaps treat myself to (apparently putting my spending ban on hold...)

The Sunday Post: Things That Made Me Happy This Week #30

What made me happy this week...

- I've had a really healthy week diet and fitness wise and I feel as though this time I actually might stick at it! I find it easier to actually drag my fat arse out of bed and into the gym in a morning and eating healthy is a lot easier this time around. Finger crossed, I'll be toned and gorgeous in no time!

Life: Honeymooning In Brighton...

So since it's officially Autumn now and it's actually started to get slightly cooler (she says wearing 3 layers, cosy socks and still shivering...), I thought a good way to warm myself up would be to take a look at our honeymoon photos from Brighton.

If you've never been to Brighton, let me tell you now that it bloody amazing. It's like a completely different world down there and everyone and everything is so cute and quirky and THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS.

Recent Favourites

I haven't done a favourites post for quite a while so I thought I'd share with you all what I've been loving recently! The last few months have been CRAZY busy so I haven't discovered a great deal of new things, but there's a small selection of beauties that I just can't live without at the minute.

After having my wedding makeup done by my lovely friend Eve, I have been totally obsessed with brows. I've always spent ages preening mine to perfection everyday anyway with various different tools, but after she used the Anastasia Dip Brow on me, my brows were on fleek and my life was changed. Since I was too god damn impatient to wait the delivery time for ABH, I went straight out and bought the Benefit Ka-Brow alternative (£18.50) and I probably love it more! Now my brows are my ultimate pride and joy and it's my favourite part of my makeup routine. I can't recommend Ka-Brow enough to everyone who will listen and I daresay I love it more than Dip Brow...

Next on my love list is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion foundation (£14.99). I put off buying this for ages because to be looks weird. I always shy away from hyped products too until I know if they're really worth the purchase but I finally took the plunge and bought this and I won't be looking back! I'm used to more full coverage foundations but to use something lighter is actually a godsend. It never looks like I'm actually wearing anything which I love but my skin looks flawless. The only downside to this is that after using it for a month, the product inside is nearly all gone, which for a relatively expensive foundation compared to other high street offerings is a little bit disappointing. I'll still be repurchasing though and now I'm intrigued to try the Lancome version too!

I've rarely been without Barry M's Pink Lemonade Gelly nail polish lately (and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon! It's a gorgeous nude pink - but not too baby pink - and it's the perfect colour to throw on when you're in a hurry but still want to look fabulous.

If you read my last post all about my handy heroes from Lush (geddit?!), you'll know how bloody obsessed I am with the Helping Hands hand cream (£7.95) I won't witter on about it but basically it's heaven in a tub and it's my number one essential this autumn when it comes to skincare. If you suffer with dry hands, you need this in your life!

Fragrance wise, I have been absolutely dousing myself in Viktor & Rolf's Bonbon Couture* (from £57). Again, I wrote a cheeky lil' post about it here which gives you the lowdown but I couldn't help but feature it again. I love how sweet but sexy it is and it seems like the perfect scent for the colder months as it's so warming and comforting!

I discovered Nip & Fab skincare about a million years after everyone else, but I've been using barely any other brands on my face these last couple of months. My favourite of them all? The Glycolic Fix Serum (£14.95). I have such rank visible pores but since I've been using this little badboy, they're barely noticeable and my skin feels so much smoother and tighter. My makeup also sits better on my face and doesn't dissolve into nothingness after an hour. WINNER!

Beauty products aside, I've been spending lots of cosy nights on the sofa getting my bookworm on and my favourite read so far is You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher. It's a cute love story with a bit of a twist and I'm really enjoying it (I'm only halfway through though, so no spoilers please gals!). I'm always on the hunt for book recommendations though, so please pop some in the comments if you think I'd like them!

What have you been loving this month?
Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know some of your product recommendations, especially those that are perfect for Autumn!

Always, Alice x

The Sunday Post: Things That Made Me Happy This Week #29

I've missed writing these little posts! Since having a break from blogging to focus on my wedding and new job, I've not really taken much time to just appreciate the weeks and days at face value recently so I'm bringing it back!

What made me happy this week:

- I've had lots of exciting emails this week, and the chance to work with some amazing brands and companies and I'm so excited and thankful for it! I'm full of inspiration at the minute as far as my blog goes - now if someone could just give me the inspiration and motivation to get off my arse and into the gym so I can get the bod of my dreams, that would just be fan-bloody-tastic...

- I spent some time with my besties and it was lovely! I've not really seen either of them since the wedding as we've all been so busy starting new jobs and uni etc so it was nice to spend some quality time with them and get a good gossip in.

- I bought a dressing gown. Boring married woman life goals right there, but let me tell you it's like wrapping my body up in a fluffy cloud and I've never been so happy!

- I spent the first half of the week feeling a bit under the weather but it was the perfect chance to have some me-time having Lush baths and wrapped up in bed with coffee and a good book. I'm currently reading You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher and I'm loving it!

What made you happy this week?
Let me know in the comments below and don't forget you can follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with my posts.

Always, Alice x