Disposable Diaries: Leeds Fest

Just a few photos I thought I'd share with you from Leeds Fest which I recently attended. It was my first festival and despite roughing it for the weekend I spent it with great people and I'd undoubtedly go again. Some of my favourite sets were Disclosure, Flume, SBTRKT, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sigma, Annie Mac and of course Arctic Monkeys. I just wish it was socially acceptable to wear UV paint and glitter on your face in real life!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


August Favourites

IMG_9739 1 IMG_9740 1 IMG_9741 1

1. Lush's Mask of Magnaminty: I picked up this face mask in LA as my skin was feeling a little undernourished due to hours of travelling, so I needed a little something to rejuvenate it. While it took me a while to adjust to its scent, the mask certainly leaves my skin feeling refreshed and ultra clean, so I've been reaching for this product if my skin needs a bit of a pick-me-up or if I've been lazy and not done my usual skincare routine the night before. Considering a little goes a long way it's definitely worth the money, and since it's not the kind of mask that needs to be kept in the fridge it's incredibly easy to store.

2. Primark's nail polish twist pot: I'm including this in my favourites this month although this type of product in general has been a favourite of mine since I discovered it a few months ago. I can confidently say that I'm never looking back- gone are the days of pesky liquid nail polish removers! I find that the twist pots are completely hassle free and remove my nail polish in mere seconds, meaning that it's no longer such a chore. This Primark version is a great cheaper alternative to Bourjois' 'Magic Nail Polish Remover' which I believe retails for around £6, whereas I picked this one up for a bargainous 99p.

3. Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do liquid liner: While in San Francisco I popped into Sephora on the hunt for a new liquid eyeliner. It was a toss up between this one and Benefit's new 'They're Real Push Up Liner', but I opted for this since I have a massive girl crush Alexa Chung. I'm not exactly skilled in the winged liner department, but this is incredibly easy to apply and can be used to create a narrow or bolder line. I've found that it doesn't dry up and crack as the day goes on like some liquid liners do, but it has amazing staying power and still looks flawless even when it's time to remove my makeup.

4. Bath and Bodyworks antibacterial hand gel in 'Sweet Pea': I couldn't resist going to Bath and Bodyworks while I was in America since we aren't lucky enough to have it in the UK. I must admit I went a bit wild but among my purchases were some of their hand sanitisers, and this one in the scent 'Sweet Pea' has been a particular favourite of mine. I can't leave the house without throwing a hand sanitiser in my bag and this one is the perfect size to do so, plus it smells absolutely divine. I'm forcing myself to use it sparingly because I wont be too pleased when it runs out and I can't repurchase it.

5. EOS lipbalm in the scent 'Sumer Fruit': If you hadn't guessed already the majority of the products in this month's favourites were purchased during my visit to California (photo diary here), and this lipbalm is no exception. In the UK I've found that they are extortionately priced for what they are, but in Walgreens this one only set me back $3.50, which equates to around £2, so I couldn't resist. The round shape of it somehow makes it really satisfying to apply and it smells good enough to eat, I just regret not buying more!

6. NYX Matte Blotting Paper: I spotted this in Walmart and since NYX products are hard to come by in the UK I decided to try it out. I took it to Leeds fest with me and it was a great alternative to face powder, and much easier to carry around too. If I remember correctly it was pretty cheap, and I'd definitely recommend it if you're frequently on the go and suffer from oily skin.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Photo Diary: California Road Trip

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently visited California with my family, and so I thought it'd be a fun idea to show you some of the photos I took on my trip. I also did a fair bit of shopping while I was there, so if you'd be interested in a haul let me know in the comments below! (p.s. please pay no attention to the grubby marks which appear on some of the photos later in this post. My lense got quite dirty but I stupidly forgot to bring my cleaning equipment along with me!)

We started off our holiday in Los Angeles although unfortunately I didn't take any pictures on my camera since we were mostly being cliché tourists and visiting theme parks, although I have a few on my Instagram which you can take a look at. LA is a city which I'd love to visit again and see more of, although I enjoyed visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios (where we even bumped into Steven Spielberg!), and seeing the Hollywood sign and Walk of Fame, as well as having a tour of the stars' homes in the Hollywood Hills (me, stalker? Never!)

Driving down the famous Big Sur which consists of miles of scenic coastline views- after seeing it in person it's easy to see why Californians brag about it so much. We travelled down this road from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and later Monterey, and even spotted a few whales and dolphins on the way. 

As a bit of a golf enthusiast my dad insisted that we visit Pebble Beach on 17 Mile Drive, which is also where we saw the 'Lone Cypress', perhaps the most photographed tree in America and a western emblem. 

We took a quick stop-off on our travels at the small agricultural town of Salinas, which earned its fame for being the place in which John Steinbeck grew up, so it was only fitting that we visited the Steinbeck museum, especially after seeing Cannery Row in Monterey. 

San Francisco was probably my favourite of the places we visited, and it's definitely somewhere I'd consider revisiting. Our four day stay was made memorable by activities such as a tour of Alcatraz; shopping around Union Square; watching the sea lions of Pier 39 during sunset; a delicious meal in San Francisco's incredible China Town; a drive over Golden Gate Bridge and an afternoon spent in Sausalito; numerous guided bus rides around the city (including a hippie tour which gave us an insight into some of the movement's roots, including the Beatniks and Haight Street, where we saw Hendrix's beloved red house), and of course a ride on one of the city's famous cable cars. I wish we had the opportunity to stay a little longer as I'd have loved to see more of what the city has to offer.

It's almost impossible to comprehend the vastness and sheer beauty of Yosemite National Park, and to at least do it justice through photos. We were lucky enough to go on a hike one morning with a ranger, where we were given merely a glimpse of the scale of the park. On the second night of our stay we were supposed to be going stargazing in a meadow with another ranger, but unfortunately the activity was cancelled due to ash in the air as a result of a huge forest fire happening just miles away. This also meant that our original three hour journey to Death Valley the next morning was extended to eight hours due to road closures. While taking in the beauty of such landscapes it's easy to forget the difficulty places like Yosemite face due to the dry climate, and we even passed through a few small towns suffering from water shortage due to summer temperatures and the lack of rain. It strangely made me appreciative of the wet British weather!

Despite the long drive we finally made it to Death Valley, where we stayed for one night on our way to Las Vegas. I definitely couldn't have lasted any longer as temperatures soared up to almost fifty degrees Celsius! While there we made a quick detour to Badwater Basin, which is 282ft below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America. 

While in Vegas my dad had organised a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, which also passed the Hoover Dam. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do it- if you ever get the opportunity I'd highly recommend you seize it!

It rapidly became evident why Vegas is famous for its ridiculousness and novelties, although I could see why some people develop a love for it.

After leaving Las Vegas we headed towards San Diego, although first we paid a visit to Peggy Sue's, an original 1950s diner on Route 66. Everything about the diner was authentic which created a great atmosphere and induced a sense of nostalgia in me, despite having been born in the 90s.  

After a hearty lunch we stopped off at Calico ghost town, which was formerly a mining town established in 1881. I must admit I was rather disappointed to see it so commercialised since being purchased by Walter Knott, although it was interesting to see nonetheless. 

Finally we rounded off our road trip with a few nights spent in San Diego. Highlights for me included a guided tour of the city (including a quick cross over to Coronado) and delicious meals in the Mexican Old Town and Little Italy. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more of a similar nature in future please let me know below!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo