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Aluna Cocktail Bar and Restaurant Bristol

 

Last Saturday my boyfriend and I took a trip to Aluna in Bristol and I can honestly say I am very impressed. Aluna is a cocktail bar and restaurant situated in the City Centre of Bristol. As Aluna is well known for its extravagant cocktails, it was only right that we tried them out whilst enjoying their delicious menu.

 

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To start I decided to have the breaded mushrooms which was a brilliant choice. The texture of these were perfect and unlike others I have tried elsewhere, they were not greasy at all. They made the perfect starter.

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My boyfriend chose the Salt Chilli Squid as his starter (as he is much more adventurous than myself). He loved his starter and was pleased with how the chilli sauce complemented the squid.

 

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For our mains we had the Pan Fried Duck in Ponzu Sauce and Chicken Florentine. Both dishes were bursting with flavour and the generous portions definitely filled us up. My boyfriend really enjoyed the texture of the duck, and I felt that the mushroom sauce with the Chicken Florentine was incredible. I will definitely be ordering this main again when I return to the restaurant.

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So after finishing our first two courses, we decided to finish off our meal with a delicious dessert. I had the chocolate brownie which was so moist and chocolatey.
Just looking at this picture makes me want to eat it all over again.

My boyfriend decided to go with the Apple Sorbet. Both desserts were well presented and after stealing a spoonful of the sorbet, I can agree that its definitely a tasty and refreshing finish to any meal.

 

So after giving you a run down of all the delicious food we indulged in – and probably leaving you very hungry, it’s time to show you what amazing cocktails we had.

 

 

We tried out several cocktails whilst we were there, including the Mojito and Pomegranate Cosmo. If you’re a fan of Mojitos then you definitely need to take a trip to this cocktail bar. All of their cocktails are incredibly refreshing and I was so impressed with how well presented they were.

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After asking the waiter (who was incredible throughout the whole service) which cocktails she recommended, I decided to try out both the Pomegranate Cosmo and Mangolian. Both of these cocktails featured on the Midnight Madness section of the cocktail menu. It was described as ‘The science behind the cocktails’ and after trying them out I can definitely see why.

Both cocktails came out with a bang, featuring an incredible bubbling frost to them. It’s hard to describe in words, so you can watch a video of the Pomegranate Cosmo in action here

Overall as you can probably tell, I was so impressed with the service, food and incredible cocktails at Aluna.  We have both decided that this is our new favourite place and we will definitely be spending our next date night here.

I wanted to make sure that I mentioned that we were really impressed with the staff at Aluna. We were served by a lovely lady named Tory and I would like to thank her for going the extra mile for us and making our experience truly special.

She offered the best recommendations and the service we received definitely helped create the perfect atmosphere!

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If you’re looking to go out for a special meal, or just wanting to try out some spectacular cocktails, then I would definitely recommend you take a trip to Aluna.

 

 

 

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Lipsticks to look out for this summer.

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Summer is finally here and there is nothing I love more than completing my look with a good lipstick. Whether you are going on holiday, or simply just thinking of treating yourself this summer, then I would definitely recommend you try out these lipsticks.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Mac Matte – Lady Danger

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Chanel Rouge Coco – 418 Misia

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Maybelline Matte Colour Sensational – 883 Orange Danger

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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Metallic Lipstick – Macaron

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Mac Lustre – See Sheer

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NYX Intense Butter Gloss – 11 IBLG

I hope that you like these shades as they will definitely be making an appearance this season.

I’d love to hear what products you are loving this summer!

xoxo

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My August Lip Product Round Up!

This month I have been totally obsessed with trying out new lip products.
Although I usually tend to stick to traditional lipsticks, I decided to try out some alternatives and I absolutely love them.

I decided to choose my favourite four and show you why I will definitely be keeping them in my makeup bag for September!

Too Faced Melted Metal – Melted Metallic Macaron  £18.00

This liquified metalic lipstick is the perfect texture and colour for a summers day. The texture of this product does not leave your lips feeling sticky, which is always a bonus when looking for lipsticks and glosses.

This lipstick also lasts several hours and you are able to build up a bolder colour if needed. I tend to only use a small amount of the product to gain a light pink shade but if a lot of the product is applied you can gain a bright pigmented pink colour.

 

 

MAC Lusture – See Sheer    £15.50

This lipstick is one of MAC’s classics. I love the coral tones of this product and also how it lasts throughout the whole day. Although the price is higher than some drugstore brands, you will be sure to find that the texture and tone of this product is totally worth it.

 

 

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer – Tranquility    £3.00

Not only is the price of this product amazing, but this matte lipgloss is the perfect dupe for the Kylie Matte Lip Kits. I love the texture of this lip lacquer, along with the fact that it sure to stay on throughout the day. With this product only costing £3.00 it would be rude not to try it out!

 

 

NYX Lingerie – Exotic £6.50

This matte lip gloss is similar to the MUA Luxe product previously mentioned, but I feel that the quality is much better as it does not leave your lips feeling dry and cracked. This product still has the same lasting effect as other high street matte lip glosses, but I feel that the texture and application of this product allows it to the be the best budget matte lip gloss.

The colour is a little darker than the other products I have chose this month, but it is my go-to lip gloss when I am going out of a meal or cocktails in the evening.

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this review.
It would be great to hear which products you are loving this month!

xox

 

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My Favourite Budget Make-up Buys

When it comes to buying make-up I usually prefer to treat myself to high end products as I feel that they are usually well worth it in order to gain a good quality result. Having said that, I have recently purchased a few budget priced products which I feel are equal to, if not better than some high end products which I have previously tried.

Hopefully this review will help people looking for affordable products, along with expressing the fact that just because products do not have a well known high end brand attached to them, it doesn’t mean that they are not amazing products to have!

The first product which I was extremely impressed with is the Collection Primed & Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser Powered by Witch Hazel. This Primer is similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and is less than half of the price!

After applying this under my usual foundation, I feel that this product allowed my make-up to stay on throughout the day, whilst leaving my skin oil-free. The Witch Hazel has also left my skin feeling fresh and allowed my skin to breathe. After paying £4.99 for this product I definitely recommend giving this primer a try!

Whilst looking through the Makeup Revolution collection I was immediately attracted to this bronzer. The marbled shades of this bronzer are beautiful and the pigmentation of it is incredible. For £4.00 I didn’t expect much from this bronzer, but after applying it to my daily make-up routine I am pleased to say that it is very long lasting and just the right shade of brown for my skintone.

If you’re looking for a cheap bronzer with a slight shimmer to it, then I would recommend you try the Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer – Rock on World.

The last product is also from Makeup Revolution and I have previously mentioned  it in some of my other posts. The Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter – Golden Lights is my ultimate favourite product from their collection.

This highlighter is extremely pigmented and when blended in correctly, gives the perfect glow to your look. I purchased this product for just £3.00 and I love it! If you’re looking to try out a new powdered highlighter than you should definitely give this one a go.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have reconsidered buying some budget priced products. With all of these products priced at under £5.00 it would be wrong not to give them a go!

Do you have any favourite budget product? Let me know as it would be great to try out some of your favourites! 

xox

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Beauty Beach Essentials

As I am going on holiday in a few days I thought it would be good to write a post letting you all know what I plan to take with me in my beach bag. 

I love my Lulu Traveler Pouch from LYDC and I will definitely be taking it with me when I go to the beach!

My bag contains a mixture of beauty and skincare products, along with a good book which is essential for the beach. I am loving Adore Me’s #BeachDayMusts swim and sexy lingerie range and I hope you enjoy my post as much as I love the others I have read! Hopefully I will inspire you to start thinking about what you will pack in your beach bag this year.

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The first product I put in my bag is definitely the most essential item, that being my sunscreen. This year I was lucky enough to try out a new Ladival Sun Protection and it’s fair to say I love it! The bottle I use is SPF 15 and it has an advanced infrared-a protection system which makes it much more effective than other sunscreens. I also love this product due to the fact that it doesn’t leave a gross scent behind, instead you are left with lovely moisturised and non-sticky skin.

When I am on the beach I don’t tend to wear foundation as I like my face to tan and also to give my skin a chance to breathe, but two products I do use are a highlighter and a bronzer. Both products I use are a powder form and I feel that they give my skin a glowing finish without having to be caked in makeup. The highlighter I tend to use on a hot day is the Make-up Revolution VIVID Baked Highlighter. This product is so cheap so at only £3 I am not afraid to take it to the beach with me.

I also take a mini Hoola Bronzer by Benefit with me. I also have the full sized version of this product but I don’t like carrying it with me to the beach in case it cracks. Similar to the highlighter, this bronzer glides across my skin so smoothly and is also very pigmented. I love this bronzer in any weather but it definitely adds to the perfect summer glow.

Along with these makeup products, I also like to take the nail varnish which I am currently using in my bag with me to cover up any unwanted chips. My new beach favourite is the Rimmel 60 Seconds polish in the colour 430 Coralicious. This varnish dries super quick and the colour is amazing. Along with this polish, I also like to bring my Nina Ricci perfume with me in order to top up on the fruity summer scent throughout the day.

One product which I particularly find handy if you plan on going for lunch straight from the beach is the Bastiste Tropical Dry Shampoo. It only takes a few sprays of this dry shampoo to leave your hair feeling fresh and smelling beautiful. 

After making sure I have all my beauty products in my beach bag, I always make sure that I have a good book ready to read and relax with on the beach. At the moment I am reading The Ship by Antonia Honeywell. The book is set in a dystopian world where the people of London are fighting to stay alive. If you’re looking for an adventurous book to take with you this summer I definitely recommend this one!

Last but not least I will be making sure that I have my Cat Eye sunglasses with me from Accessorize. If you’re looking for a new pair of stylish sunglasses then you should take a look at their amazing new range. They are the perfect accessory for a day at the beach!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I would love to hear what you have in your beach bag!

#BeachDayMusts

 

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Cheap Ass Sunglasses – Hollywood Review

Yesterday I was delighted to come home and find that my delivery from Cheap Ass Sunglasses had arrived! I had ordered a pair of Hollywood sunglasses, which I fell in love with straight away. I was so pleased with my purchase that I couldn’t wait to try them out!

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As it was a lovely day, a friend and I decided to spend the afternoon at Cardiff Bay in the sun. These sunglasses arrived at the perfect time as the weather in Cardiff is starting to heat up, which means that I will be able to make the most out of these stylish sunglasses.

Not only are they the perfect addition to a fabulous outfit, but these sunglasses are 100% UV Protected and were under £10! The delivery service of these glasses were excellent and I will definitely be purchasing another pair from their website.
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If you’re looking to try out a new pair of sunglasses for a summer holiday or just everyday use, I would definitely recommend that you take a look on their website and try out a pair for yourself – you won’t be dissappointed!

http://www.cheapasssunglasses.com/womens-sunglasses-2016

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Marks and Spencer Blogging Party

I was recently invited to join several other bloggers at the M&S Blogging Party in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. The event followed the Bristol Fashion Week Show which you can find my review on here.

As we arrived at the event we were greeted by some lovely ladies who worked for M&S, they made us all feel very welcome and explained to us a little bit about their Spring/Summer range. We were then allowed to have a sneak peak at their upcoming Spring range which featured some lovely floral prints which I will definitely be keeping an eye out for!

As we were walking around we also had a chance to try some of their products which would be perfect for a summers BBQ or picnic. My favourite was the Rocky Road Cupcakes, along with the Mojito Juice Drink which is perfect with or without the rum. These refreshments were the perfect snack to enjoy whilst looking at all of the wonderful products M&S had to offer.

Once we had finished looking around, we were offered a complimentary hand massage and manicure at the nail bar which was the perfect way to finish off the event. After my nails were dry and I was fully pampered it was time to leave, but the lovely women at M&S made sure we didn’t go home empty handed. We were all treated with a luxury M&S goody bag which featured many skincare and makeup products.

I had an amazing time at the event and I am so grateful to M&S for having us.
I can’t wait to see what my next blogging event brings!