Lippy In The City

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15 May 2017

The Styler Your Hair Has Been Waiting For | Competition *CLOSED*


I don't love my hair, I'm just putting it out there that my hair is my least favourite body part (if it's even considered a body part!) I have naturally thick, coarse and frizzy hair that I struggled to style on a daily basis, until I discovered the NEW Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler.

‘The Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler is a revolutionary 2-in-1 styling tool that gives the power of a dryer and precision of a styler in to just one step. Boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY® this unique hair dryer delivers smooth, frizz-free results in half the time*.’

Since this little beauty came into my life it’s the only hair tool I’ve been reaching for, which has done wonders for the condition of my hair as well as save me a shed load of time whilst getting ready. I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every other day, but this does both with ease in less than half the time!*


In the mornings I have been washing and conditioning my hair as normal, then leaving it to towel dry in a turban whilst I get ready and pop my makeup on. After taking my hair out of my turban I've been applying a few spritzes of heat procter and running my Tangle Teezer through my hair to get rid of any knots that have accumulated from washing, then I’m good to go and start styling.



I start by combing the styler through my hair in a brushing motion to dry the top of my head. I then take sections where I place the styler underneath my hair, and as I’m bringing it down I curl it under to blow dry my bob. I repeat this around the whole of head until my hair is completely dry. I've found that I need to go over certain sections a few times to get them completely dry as my hair is so thick, but this doesn’t bother me.

The styler is much lighter and ergonomically designed compared to my usual hair dryer and paddle brush combo, and I’m loving the fact that I no longer have achy arms and shoulders from drying my hair for so long (girls we’ve all been there…). Using the Revlon One-Step Dryer and styler I’m left with soft, bouncy, frizz-free results in less than 10 minutes flat.

'Finally, it’s time to achieve beautiful and shiny salon worthy locks in just one step!'


The Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler comes with two different heat settings and a cool shot to set your style in place. I like to use the hottest setting on my thick hair but you can tailor your drying experience to suit your hair's needs. The dryer itself stays relatively cool whilst styling too and I haven’t found myself reaching for my heat protecting glove like I thought I would which is fantastic!

'The Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler is currently available at Boots priced at £49.99.'

To celebrate the launch of the NEW Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler, I have been lucky enough to receive a second styler to give away to one lucky Lippy In The City reader. To enter simply follow myself and @RevlonUK on Twitter. The competition is open until Saturday 3rd June – Good luck!

Giveaway Terms and Conditions
- Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter this giveaway.
- To qualify you MUST follow @LippyInTheCity and @RevlonUK on Twitter.
- ONE winner will be selected at random to receive a Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler.
- Unfortunately this is a UK giveaway ONLY.
- The giveaway closes at midnight on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
- The giveaway winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition ending.

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*Versus drying and styling separately. Thank you so much to the fabulous Phoebe at Speed for giving me the opportunity to experience the NEW Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler. The sample I received was complimentary and for review purposes, all opinions as always, are my own.
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28 April 2017

i Heart Wines | Competition *CLOSED*


With another bank holiday rapidly approaching this weekend I thought it only appropriate that we run a little competition on Lippy In The City to get you into the relaxed, out-of-office spirit.

I have partnered up with i heart wines again to offer two of my readers the opportunity to win two mini bottles of wine each as well as a tote bag to pop them in. These mini bottles are absolutely fab to take away with you on holiday camping, or to pack into a picnic basket alongside your favourite slices of cheese, crackers and grapes.

I took three mini bottles away with me when I went glamping last summer and they were the perfect fire side treat (paired with a few very indulgent s'mores). Check out my review here.





To enter simply follow myself, and i Heart Wines on Twitter. You MUST be over 18 to enter. The competition is open until the Saturday 13th May – Good luck!

Giveaway Terms and Conditions
- All entries MUST be aged 18 or over at the time of the giveaway to enter.
- Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter this giveaway.
- To qualify you MUST follow @LippyInTheCity and @iheartwines on Twitter.
- I will select the 2 individual winners at random and each will receive 2 Miniature Bottles of I heart wines Wine, plus a Tote Bag.
- Unfortunately this is a UK giveaway ONLY.
- The giveaway closes at midnight on Saturday 13th May 2017.
- Giveaway winners will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition ending.

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I hope everyone has a fantastic bank holiday weekend, I'd love you to let me know in the comments below what you plan on getting up to... xoxo

Thank you so much to the fabulous Katie at Speed for giving me the opportunity to experience i Heart Wines. The sample bottles I received were complimentary and for review purposesall opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly. 
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25 April 2017

A little update (plus my engagement pictures) | Lippy In The City


Let me start off by apologising for being a little MIA recently, time has been running away with me and I can't believe its been nearly four months since I last published a post - Let me fill you in...

As some of you may already know, I'm currently studying a Law Degree with the Open University which I do on a part-time basis alongside working my full-time 'day job' too. To say it's challenging at times is an understatement, but I'm honestly loving every minute of it. The late nights, and early mornings are paying off and I'm starting to feel really accomplished... Only four years left to go... lol.

When I started my studies, I knew that my little blog would have to take a back seat, and that my priorities would naturally change. Taking the break has made me realise how much I love blogging and that I genuinely miss it when I don't get the chance to update you on a regular basis. My posts are going to be more sporadic than I'd like going forward but I really hope you'll stick with me, I'm not ready to hang up my 'blogger' hat just yet.

Secondly, I got engaged! My boyfriend Garrad and I went on holiday to Cuba in January and whilst on a day trip to Havana, he got down on one knee in the middle of Revolution Square and asked me to marry him! It was a complete shock and I was over the moon. It was such a lovely experience letting our friends and family know (even though most of them already knew and I was the only one left to be surprised) and to be honest I spent the rest of the holiday on cloud nine, it was perfect.


We are currently planning our wedding and have set a date for October 2018. Garrad has been helping me with everything and I'm pleased to say I've been told that I haven't turned into a Bridezilla just yet.

This past weekend Garrad and I had an engagement photo shoot with our wedding photographer at Castle Coch in South Wales. We had instantly felt at ease with him and seeing the pictures we knew that we had chosen the right photographer to capture our wedding day. Seeing these pictures makes me so excited even though we have 18 months to wait.

  
I'm thinking of doing a few wedding-planning related posts so please let me know in the comments if there's any details you'd love to know more about. Speak soon... xoxo
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05 February 2017

January Favourites 2017 | Lippy In The City

Can you believe it's now February 2017! I can't believe how quickly 2016 flew by, and now 2017 seems to be doing the same. With the colder weather still officially upon us there have been a few favourites that I’ve been reaching for that have definitely been helping me get through the grey-er days... #UGGSfolife

Urban Decay Subversion (£16.50) is the best mascara primer I have ever used. I happily use this all year round and under whichever mascara I currently have on rotation. This has a white, mousse like consistency that dries clear and primes your lashes to perfection. The bristle brush is massive which makes coating your lashes with a healthy layer really easy. This makes my mascara last all day without flaking and makes my lashes look easily twice the size.

I’m a massive fan of H&M makeup. Their liquid lipsticks are amazing and I love their eye shadow pencils. My latest purchase is one of their 9 piece eye shadow palettes in the shade Super Naturals (£9.99). I gravitate towards green eye shadows in the fall and winter as they pull out the colours in my eyes. This palettes eye shadows are completely wearable for day and evening looks. They’re highly pigmented and have great staying power if used with a primer. I will definitely be picking up more of these.



With a skin tone that strongly resembles Casper the ghost, and I struggle to find a bronzer that doesn’t make me look ridiculous. Yves Saint Laurent Sahariennes' Bronzing Stones in shade no. 01 (£35) has been my God send. It’s the most perfect subtle, yet warming bronzer that doesn’t give me that tangerine glow. It’s available in three different shades so there’s a shade suitable for most skin tones. It does contain a slight shimmer, but I don’t find that it transfers onto the skin.

I have been applying Estee Lauders Advanced Night Repair (£52) in the evenings before I apply my Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Facial Oil*. I finally purchased this cult Estee skincare product back in June and I have been absolutely loving it. It’s one of the most expensive skincare items that I own but it’s so worth it. My skin texture has improved massively since I’ve been using this on a regular basis and I really want to try their Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum next.

As well as applying serums and face oils like a crazy lady in the colder weather, I have upped my skin care regime by using a rubberised face scrub to cleanse my face. This reminds me of a manual version of the Foreo cleansing systems. I pick these up for 99p from eBay and they’re fab. The small silicone bristles feel really gentle on the skin whilst effectively exfoliating. I apply a pump of cleanser straight to the bristles, then massage my face in circular motions. To finish I just rinse my face off with warm water then follow up with my usual skincare routine.


What products have you been loving this January?? xoxo

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04 January 2017

My Hopes & Dreams for 2017... | Lippy In The City

2016 has been a whirl wind of a year for me. I have changed jobs, settled into my own home and ultimately found a better sense of who I am as a person. Yes, it may have taken me 26 years to get there, but for the first time in my life I feel like I'm in control of my own destiny and the direction that I’m going in, and for me, that’s a huge deal!

With that said and done I’m massively looking forward to 2017 and a fresh start to the year. Here are a few of my little hopes and dreams for the next 12 months…

Globetrotting
I’m super excited that my boyfriend Garrad and I are jetting off to Cuba this month. It’s a country I’ve always wanted to visit and I can’t wait to soak up some sunshine, culture, and a few cheeky mojitos! I’ve definitely been bitten by the ‘wanderlust’ bug lately and I can’t wait to explore some new places. Amsterdam, Cape Verde and another trip to Paris (4th time) are also on my visit list for 2017.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
If you’re a regular reader of Lippy In The City you’ll know that I started my Healthy Mind, Healthy Body series back in 2016. I have to admit I’ve fallen off the band wagon a bit these last few months but I’m determined to get back on track this new year. I've been meal prepping consistently since November so I intend to keep that up as I really enjoy having something warm, tasty and ultimately healthy at lunchtime. I just need to get my evening meals onto a similar wavelength and cut out my daily snacking. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Law. Eat. Sleep. Repeat
The majority of my free time in 2017 will be taken up studying for my Law Degree. This isn’t a bad thing though as I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck in, learning all that I can and the opportunities it could potentially bring into my life. This will be my first BA Honours degree and I’m fully aware of the challenges ahead of me, as I’ll be studying alongside working my full time job. When I applied I was very much of the mind-set that if I didn’t do it now, I might never have the right moment again to just go for it, and I’m all for grabbing any opportunity whilst you can.


Lippy In The City
I’m not one for aiming to hit a certain number of stats, followers or likes when it comes to my social media or my blog, but I’d really love for my blog to continue doing as well as it has in 2016 in 2017. 2016 saw my blog have the biggest boost its ever had and that has given me the motivation to really try and keep the momentum up. I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be with my little blog, but I’m so proud of my little space on the internet that I’d like to keeping it going for as long as I can. Thank you so much to everyone that supported Lippy In The City in 2016, your support means more to me than you’ll ever know!

Don't worry, be happy...
Lastly, I'd really like to stay as happy as I have been in 2016, in 2017. I know this may seem like a silly one but happiness and contentment is so underrated in our day and age. Like I said earlier, it's definitely taken me a long time to have the mind-set that I do today, but I think that's something that can come with age and experience too. I try not to take things too seriously and I always take life with a pinch of salt. Like my boyfriend Garrad says, 'Don't sweat the small stuff'.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year - Here's to an awesome 2017! xoxo

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26 December 2016

There's something about Pearls... | Competition *CLOSED*

When it comes to jewellery, I definitely take a 'less is more' kind of attitude. Without fail everyday though I wear a watch, my rose gold bangle, butterfly pendant, and a pair of stud earrings - that’s it. Occasionally I like to splash out by wearing a statement necklace, but I’ve got to be feeling extra fancy that day for me to feel like I can pull it off.

My signature item of jewellery though has got to be a pair of stud earrings. I honestly don’t feel complete without a pair in; so understandably I was over the moon when Mepora invited me to sample their gorgeous selection of pearl jewellery to review on Lippy In The City. I instantly searched their website for a pair of studs to try out and fell in love with their Melia Fresh Water Pearl Studs in white (currently £19.99, reduced from £27.99!).



The Melia studs are made from Cultured Fresh Water Pearls and have sterling silver studs and backs. The pearls are 7-8mm in diameter have the most gorgeous rainbow iridescence shimmering running across them. I have been wearing these to work consistently since I received them and I feel like they compliment my working wardrobe really well. These pearls are classy and elegant looking, whilst their natural shape gives them a more relaxed feel. I’ve also got to say that they’re incredibly comfortable to wear which is really important to me when deciding if I like a pair of studs.


The lovely people at Mepora have kindly offered 3 of my readers the chance to win £10 off their first Mepora order. To enter simply follow myself, and Mepora on Twitter and leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know what your favorite piece of jewellery is. The competition is open until the Sunday 15th January – Good luck!
Giveaway Terms and Conditions
- Please use the below Rafflecopter widget to enter this giveaway.
- To qualify you MUST follow @LippyInTheCity and @MeporaPearls on Twitter which is the first option on the widget.
- I will select the 3 individual winners at random and each will receive a £10 voucher off their first Mepora order.
- Unfortunately this is a UK giveaway ONLY.
- The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday 15th January 2017.
- Giveaway vouchers will be emailed within 7 days of announcing the winners.

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year - All my love for 2017, Aislinn xoxo

Thank you so much to the wonderful people at Mepora.co.uk for giving me the opportunity to experience their beautiful jewellery and offer my readers these 3 fantastic vouchers. The earrings I received were complimentary and for review purposes only, all opinions as always are my own.
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18 December 2016

Glamping Beneath The Stars | Lippy In The City

 
 
Garrad and I love finding different and unique places to visit and go on holiday. We’re definitely not a ‘sit on a beach for a week’ kind of couple, we’d both end up being bored silly. Last October we visited the Lake District and stayed in a Camping Pod for a long weekend and had the best time. So, this September we decided to do something similar, but we needed to find somewhere that would be dog friendly for our little Westie Oscar too.

One night whilst browsing the internet I stumbled across the website Beneath the Stars. I was instantly drawn in and knew that we had to choose one of their many fantastic options for our next holiday. The one that stuck out for me in particularly was an old fashioned Gypsy caravan called Wind In The Willows. It was like camping, but with all the benefits of a double bed, private outdoor sauna, hot shower and flushing toilet! What was not to love? It was also only an hour’s drive from home and situated in an area that Garrad and I both love.
 
The following week, without hesitation we booked our stay and eagerly anticipated the arrival of September. We had booked to stay straight after my Mum’s wedding, so still nursing a hungover and sore feet from dancing the night away we packed up the car with food, more wine and Oscar and headed off on our very own little adventure.
  
 
 
We had received detailed instructions on how to find Wind In The Willows so we were confident on how to get there and luckily we found it with ease. The only problem was that we hadn’t realised we would have to leave our car at the bottom of the field, with the caravan being situated at the top... Unfortunately, our car wouldn’t have made it up the field so we had to carry all of our food, wine and supplies further than we had initially expected. It definitely gave us a good workout to say the least! 
 


 
The caravan is situated in a fenced off top corner of a field alongside an Eco Hut, outdoor sauna pod, picnic table and open fire pit. This was perfect for us as it enabled Oscar to run around freely within the fenced area, without getting up to too much mischief along the way. The whole area was immaculately clean and tidy, and we were provided with fresh bedding and towels on arrival which was a god send. We quickly unpacked and settled in, which was made all the more easier by the complimentary box of fresh Welsh Cakes that had been left for us when we arrived!
 
The Eco Hut contained an open plan kitchen and living area with a small fridge and full sized cooked, as well as a lovely toilet and shower room. It was also central heated so it stayed toasty and warm in the chilly evenings.
 
 
 
The caravan itself was essentially the bedroom and contained a raised double bed with the comfiest memory foam mattress I've ever slept on, a small wardrobe, under bed storage and a little log burner. Garrad and I tried to light the log burner on one of the coldest nights but due to our own faults we couldn’t get it going. In the end we gave up and realised that we didn’t actually need it. The caravan had thick wool curtains that provided more than enough insulation and I can honestly say from someone that always feels the cold, I never felt cold during the nights.
 
 
 
 
 
The outdoor sauna pod was a great addition but sadly something we didn’t get around to using. It was gorgeous most afternoons whilst we were out and about and getting even hotter once we got back wasn’t something that we fancied. The sauna pod was heated by small log burner similar to the one in the caravan. It’s a shame we didn’t get around to using it though as its such a fab and unique concept.
 
 
 

We had the log fire going every evening and it was bliss to just sit outside, all cwtched up in a blanket with a glass of wine, no phone reception and just watch the world roll by. We did also take my laptop and a few DVD’s to watch in the evenings when the weather wasn't so great. There was no charger in the caravan so we had to charge the laptop and our phones when we were around during the day in the Eco Hut.

 
 
We stayed for four nights at Wind In The Willows and spent our days exploring Monmouth, Abergavenny, Tintern Abbey and The Forest of Dean (which are all dog friendly which is massive thumbs up). It really was the perfect little stay-cation.
 


One of our favourite stops was a little pub in Skenfrith called The Bell. They offered a map showing three different walks that could be done around the village starting and finishing at the pub. We opted for the three mile one which was lovely, but if you ever try it, be warned the hills are steep! When we got back to the pub we treated ourselves to a cider and a rest by the log fire. Oscar and Garrad conked out as you can see...


 On our last night we went to Restaurant 1861 which was about five minutes away by car on the road into Monmouth. We had the best meal there that we’d had in ages. The food was honestly out of this world good. If you’re ever in the area, we’d highly recommend it if you’re a bit of a foodie like us.

 
Our glamping beneath the stars’ experience was one we’ll never forget, we honestly had the best time and we’ll definitely be back in the not too distant future. If you’re after a little holiday with a difference, I would definitely recommend an escape to Wind In The Willows.
 
I’d love to know if you’ve ever been glamping and what you thought of it?? xoxo
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