Minimal Wishlist with Ma-Ga London


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I'm always drawn to brands who pay attention to detail, which is why I have a particular affinity for brands such as Ma-Ga London. With their sleek design, subtle embellishments and skull motifs, there's no denying that this brand is dedicated to its craft. Ma-Ga London's accessories are influenced by a fusion of both vintage and catwalk, producing an outcome that is contemporary and timeless without scrimping on quality. Their products are striking and original, paying homage to British style while maintaining a sense of wearability, so each piece can be incorporated into day-to-day life for a put together yet edgy look. I particularly love their range of watches which are classic and minimal in design with a modern twist, not to mention the fact they are beautifully packaged. You can find Ma-Ga London on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details and style inspiration. Which are your favourite pieces?

Sarah xo


Lyla Loves Wishlist

I'm always looking for new jewellery to buy as I think it can really transform and bring an outfit to life without costing you a fortune. I recently stumbled upon Lyla Loves, which is an online jewellery store selling gorgeous on-trend pieces at ridiculously affordable prices. I particularly took a fancy to these pieces as I'm loving the contrast of dainty jewellery combined with bolder items at the moment, with embellishments such as semi-precious stones and subtle embossing. This silver cuff is extremely versatile and would look amazing paired with any look, and I'm obsessed with the minimal aesthetic right now so this ties in with that perfectly. In contrast I adore the gold stackable rings with turquoise detailing , plus what's not to love about the tiny price tag at just £3 a pop? Overall I'm hugely impressed with the pieces Lyla Loves have to offer and I'll definitely be buying from them when I'm looking to update my jewellery collection in the near future.

Sarah xo


The Hungry Girl's Guide to Manchester: Part 1

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Bonbon Chocolate Boutique, Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
Since I'm a bit of a foodie and self-confessed connoisseur when it comes to Manchester's cafe culture, I thought I'd start a series on my blog introducing to you some of my favourite places to eat in the city, particularly in the Northern Quarter region.

1. Federal: This is a relatively new addition to the Northern Quarter which can be found just opposite the Arndale Market. If you enjoy breakfast foods then this is the place for you, with the menu featuring delicious twists on classics such as eggs, muesli and French toast, plus they make a mean banana bread! Not only that but the coffee is incredibly smooth and perfectly Instagram worthy- it's practically a work of art!

2. Ziferblat: Like Federal this cafe hasn't been around for long, although it's certainly becoming very popular. The name 'Ziferblat' actually means 'clock face' in Russian since this place has an interesting concept. As opposed to paying for the food and drink you consume, you pay-as-you-go for the time you spend there, costing just 5p per minute. Ziferblat have a wide selection of cakes, biscuits and cereal available as well as various beverages, although the only downside is the fact you have to wash up after yourself, but considering it's so cheap you can't really complain. One of my favourite aspects of Ziferblat is the numerous board games they have lying around, so if you fancy a game of Cards Against Humanity or Jenga with your cup of tea then I highly recommend this place. 

3. Bonbon Chocolate Boutique: If you're into artisan chocolate or simply want to satisfy a sweet tooth then you'll love Bonbon Chocolate Boutique. The Latin-American style hot chocolates are easily the best I've ever tried and are both rich and silky smooth with a variety of flavours, my favourite being salted caramel. The cafe also sells a selection of fine chocolates and cakes infused with interesting flavour combinations. Although the place isn't ideal for larger groups since it is rather tiny, this just adds to the ambiance and the cafe's many quirks.

4. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn: From the brains behind Almost Famous this place is perfect if you love Mexican food as much as I do. Being a vegetarian I've never eaten at Almost Famous, but Luck Lust Liquor and Burn offers a variety of dishes to suit all needs, be it a street food style snack or drool-worthy burrito from the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas inspired menu. Definitely one to visit if you're in town!

5. Common: Common is one of my favourites in Manchester and a regular hangout for me since I'll admit I'm a little bit addicted to their chilli cheese fries. Located on Edge Street between Ziferblat and Home Sweet Home (another fond favourite!) Common is a bar serving up delicious good-value food to appeal to any craving, ranging from hearty salads to tacos or burgers. It's difficult to miss since it's always plastered with amazing artwork and murals  that change on a regular basis, and I hear their DJ sets and quiz nights are great fun as well.

Sarah xo


St Patrick's Day Essentials with Adore Me Lingerie

The lovely people over at Adore Me recently contacted me and asked if I wanted to share some of my favourite St Patrick's Day inspired looks with you guys, and as a lingerie-aholic I jumped at the opportunity. The brand have recently launched a range inspired by the holiday, and they have quite a selection of green-hued lingerie to inject a little St Patrick's Day cheer into your life. The Suzette and Luiza sets particularly caught my eye, and at such reasonable prices they are hard to resist! The site has a review feature which may be useful to check out before purchasing in order to gain information about size and fit, as I'm sure you wouldn't want your festivities to be spoiled by incorrect sizing. Adore Me have a huge collection of lingerie styles and colours for every body type, so everyone can celebrate the day in style. How will you be spending St Patrick's Day? 

Sarah xo


Urban Decay Naked Basics Dupe

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I recently popped into Superdrug to repurchase my holy grail Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, when I noticed they had a 2 for 3 offer on all Collection products. I was on the market for a new mascara so picked up their Volumising Mascara (as mentioned here) as well as this Eyes Uncovered nude palette, which I believe is a new addition to drugstore shelves. I have been lusting after Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette for the longest time, so when I spotted similarities between the two I had to get my hands on it.

Firstly I'll begin by talking about differences between the two products. While the Naked Basics palette is purely matte, Collection's counterpart features solely shimmery shades, so if you're looking for a more matte eyeshadow look then I wouldn't recommend this product. Furthermore the colour pay-off isn't quite as pigmented as Urban Decay's eyeshadows, however if you build up the colour and use an eyeshadow primer then you can easily achieve the desired look.

Despite this the shades in both palettes are almost identical, with both featuring six nude eyeshadows that are ideal for an everyday look. The hues range from pale metallic shades to more earthy brown tones, and they blend very easily and give a pretty decent colour pay-off. Although the Naked Basics palette is a tough competitor due to Urban Decay's renowned buttery formula, this is a great alternative to the 'do-it-all' palette that wont break the bank, costing a minuscule £3.99. At less than £1 an eyeshadow they are definitely worth trying out, and there are two other colour variations in the range look that equally as beautiful.

Sarah xo


February Favourites

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1. Primark P.S. Love nail polishes: I've never tried any of Primark's makeup range before, but when I popped in recently with a bit of time to kill I found myself in their beauty section. I decided to try out some of their nail polishes, which usually retail at £1, but were reduced to only 80p in my local Primark- an absolute steal either way! The formula isn't the best I've tried as I found my nails started to chip after around three or four days of wear, so in future I'd apply the polish with a base and top coat, but at such a low price it's hardly something disastrous. What really impressed me however was the budget friendly price and vast selection of colours and finishes, which is why I decided to include this product in this month's favourites. If you want to update or experiment with your nail polish collection without breaking the bank then I highly suggest you stock up on these! Have you tried any other products from Primark? If you have any you recommend then please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments!

2. Collection Volumising Mascara: I'm incredibly impressed with this mascara and its ability to transform my sparse and stumpy looking lashes into something resembling a pair of falsies, especially for such an affordable drugstore product. Technically it shouldn't belong in this post since I've only been using it for a few days, but I love it so much that I had to share it with you. It has all the properties you would want to find in a mascara, making my lashes look longer and thicker, as the name suggests. The product has a plastic brush, which I wouldn't usually opt for, but I cannot rave about it enough. Alternatively if you are looking for a product falling into the high end bracket that will make your lashes look amazing then I urge you to take a look at the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. The product contains natural fibres to create the illusion of false lashes, creating incredible thickness and volume- enough to make anyone do a double take!

3. Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in the shade 'On and On Bronze': I already owned this product in the shade 'Everlasting Navy', but I found the colour really difficult to wear and pull off, so it remained relatively untouched. I kept seeing Estee talk about this specific shade so finally bit the bullet and decided to give the product a second chance, and can put my hands up and say I have no regrets. When I say I'm impressed that's a huge understatement. It is a cream eyeshadow and glides onto the eyelids seamlessly, either for an all over eye look or as part of a smoky eye. It is super easy and quick to apply, so I've worked it into my day-to-day makeup routine and found that it lasts perfectly from the moment I put it on from the second I remove my makeup. The name of the product certainly isn't a misnomer (although I'm not sure I can vouch for 24 hour longevity!).

4. Strawberry Fruit Hearts by Fruit Factory: I don't usually include snacks in my monthly favourites posts, but there's a first time for everything! Despite feeling like an oversized child when I eat these I cannot get enough. Coming from someone with a major sweet tooth I can honestly say they make a great, slightly healthier alternative to sweets for when you're craving something sugary. Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack fix!

5. Yummly app: This is also a new feature in my favourites posts, but since getting my new iPhone 6 I've been delving into the world of apps and trying new ones. I often find myself stuck in a rut in terms of the meals I prepare, so I downloaded this app one day when I was feeling particularly uninspired. What I love most about it is that you can tailor it to your own tastes, including information such as specific diets, allergies or simply foods you dislike. After entering these details the app will filter out any recipes that wont appeal to you, recommending some tastier dishes depending on your tastes. You can browse through the recommended dishes, search for your own using key words, and save any that catch your eye. The app is ideal for those of you who enjoy cooking but are lacking in the imagination department, plus it's free in the app store!

6. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: I received a few samples of this eyeshadow primer with my Naked 3 palette, and they seem to be lasting me quite a long time. Since trying this product I haven't looked back, so much so that it just feels wrong when I apply my eyeshadow without it. It creates the perfect matte blank canvas for applying product, making it last all day with no creasing whatsoever. I'll definitely have to pick up the full sized version once this runs out!

7. My trip to Dundee: For those of you that don't know I'm currently in a long distance relationship since my boyfriend started university in Dundee in September. While on half term from college I decided to go up to Dundee over Valentine's weekend because we hadn't seen each other since Christmas. It was lovely to see him, enjoy each other's company and go on several date nights together, so it was definitely a highlight of my month! I planned to do a disposable diaries post featuring photos from my trip, but unfortunately I completely forgot to use my camera while I was there, although there are a few photos over on my Instagram that I hope will suffice.

Sarah xo


Seeing Faces

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Jumper: Choies | Shorts: H&M | Coat: ASOS | Plimsolls: New Look | Necklace : ASOS (similar here) | Watch: ASOS (similar here)

After seeing this jumper on I Dress Myself I couldn't resist picking it up for myself. For the time being I've been pairing it with these pleather shorts or my staple ripped skinny jeans, but I think it would look amazing with a skirt similar to that worn by Yanin in the post above, or with a pair of black cropped culottes. I'm loving the culottes trend at the moment but unfortunately I've yet to find some that suit me, so I'm still on the hunt for a pair. If you have any recommendations then please let me know in the comments below! 

Sarah xo


Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Dupe

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Along with pretty much all of the Thierry Mugler scents, Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb is one of my all time favourite perfumes and has become somewhat of a signature scent for me. Up until recently I was wearing it on a daily basis, although when my bottle started getting emptier I went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative, stumbling across Zara's Black Peony. The latter retails at around £5 for 30ml, while Flowerbomb is a steep £50 for the same sized bottle. I was rather sceptical at first considering the huge price difference, but I was pleased to find that the scents are practically identical.

Describing fragrances is not exactly my forte, although a quick Google search informs me that both comprise of sweet, florally jasmine notes with musky undertones, which I can definitely vouch for. Both scents are incredibly opulent and uplifting, and I've received a ton of compliments when wearing them- it's nearly impossible to avoid additively sniffing your wrists. The only downside to Black Peony is that it doesn't quite have the same longevity as Flowerbomb, although aside from that you'd never guess that one is only a tenth of the price! I'll definitely be repurchasing Zara's much more purse friendly alternative for a long time to come, rather than forking out an extortionate £50 whenever a bottle runs out.

Sarah xo