24 December 2017

The Best Make-up Products of 2017 | Lippy In The City

It’s got to be said, 2017 was a good makeup year for me. I found products that worked really well for me and my skin type, as well as products that I could apply in record quick time that would last me all day.  Put your last minute present wrapping to one side, grab a cuppa (or mulled wine) and settle in as this is gonna be a long one, here’s my round up of the best makeup products of 2017…

Let’s start with the basics, we all love a good primer and I admit, I do find that my foundation lasts longer when I use one. The primer that I’ve reached for the most this last year has been the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer. I honestly love this stuff and it applies like a dream! It’s reasonably priced too at around £7.99 for a tube and it has become a makeup bag staple for me over the last 12 months.

Foundation is a must for me, I will even forgo concealer and primer if I need to when I’m in a rush, but foundation I can’t skip. Revlon Color Stay Foundation in the Combi/Oily formula has been a firm favourite of mine for years, but I fell back in love with it this winter when I was going through a particularly bad period with my skin. This foundation blends out so beautifully, albeit you have to work with it quickly as it dries down fast, but it easily lasts me my whole working day without breaking down or looking patchy. I wear shade 110 Ivory (because I’m as pale as a milk bottle) but it matches my skin gorgeously. I’m seriously tempted to use this as my foundation for my wedding next year.

Like I said, I can take or leave concealer on days when I’m in a rush. When I do use it though I love the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (not pictured). I’ve just run out of my last tube and I’m using the Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Fair 10 in the meantime which is also great if you're looking for a drugstore alternative. The Naked Skin Concealer is brilliant under the eyes as I find it doesn’t crease and it works really well as an eyeshadow primer too if your looking for dual purpose products.

I have to admit, I’m not a ‘baking’ kind of girl, either in the kitchen, or on my face, it just doesn’t work for me or my skin. I like a quick dusting of powder to just set down my foundation and concealer. The past year I've been loving this Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. Don't be put off by the bright white shade, I promise it doesn't transfer on to the skin that colour, instead it has a gorgeous matt, translucent finish. My makeup never looks cakey when I'm wearing this, and a little goes a long way.

Blush and Bronzer
I lovvvveee my blush and bronzer, like I really love it! This was such a hard category for me pick out one specific product as I switch my blush and bronzer up all the time, but if I had to choose just one of each I’d go for the Yves Saint Laurent Sahariennes Bronzing Stones in shade 01, and the ELF Baked Blush in Passion Pink. These two products are at opposite ends of the price spectrum but I love them equally. If you haven’t tried either of these two, I highly recommend that you do!

Now 2017 was definitely the year of the highlighter. I’ve never seen so much glow on my Instagram feed! I love highlighter as much as the next girl, but I like to keep mine on the subtler side. My highlighter of choice is by Makeup Revolution and is in the shade Peach Lights. This is super affordable and gorgeously pretty. It’s perfect for the party season.

Mascara and Eyeliner
Now I’m not going to include an eyeshadow category in my rundown as eyeshadows are complete user preference. I love anything from Urban Decay or MAC as you just can’t beat the quality. Mascaras on the other hand, I’m hands down a drugstore girl through and through. I have been obsessed with Bourjous 1 Second Mascara this year and I have repurchased it many times. It just gives my lashes so much volume and length in record quick time. My favourite eyeliner of all time is the L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner (not pictured). I have bought countless bottles of this too and it remains a firm favourite of mine. It’s super easy to apply, even if liquid eyeliner isn’t your thing and it won’t smudge or budge all day.

Eyebrows (on fleek)
The eyebrow fixation has lasted through into 2017 and I have to admit, I feel so much more put together when my eyebrows are looking good (sad, I know). Two products that I reach for on a daily basis to keep my brows in check are Lancome Sourcils Gel (Brow Pomade) in shade 03 Taupe and Natural Collection Clear Mascara. I apply the Lancome Sourcils Gel with an angled brush, then finish by running the Natural Collection Clear Mascara through them to set them in place. My brows take me about 5 mins max to do and I feel like it really pulls my makeup look together.

Last but by no means least is my favourite category, lips! I love my lipsticks and lip glosses and I was ashamed to admit I found no less than 12 (yes 12!) different lip products in my handbag when I last sorted it out. I like to apply my lips product of choice at home before I leave in the morning, then pop it in my bag so I can top it up as the day goes on. Needless to say no one needs 12 lip products in their bag but a few of my favourites include the Maybelline Liquid Ink in shade 15 Lover, this is the most gorgeous ‘your lips but better’ shade and believe me when I say this does not budge for hours! I also really love the NYX Butter Glosses as they are so moisturising and luxurious feeling on the lips, I especially love the shade Crème Brulee.

So there you have it, my round up of the best makeup products of 2017. I really hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these and if any of them made their way into your favourites this year?

I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and Santa brings you everything you wished for, speak soon - A xoxo

20 December 2017

The Thermal Spa Experience at Bluestone National Park Resort | Lippy In The City

Last week, I got the opportunity as a blogger to stay at Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokshire on a mid-week break. With Christmas just around the corner, it was perfect time to grab a quick getaway with my Mum and Auntie to relax and unwind before all the festivities started. If you’d like to know more about our stay, click here to read my resort review.  

I was so excited about staying at Bluestone for the first time that as soon as received my booking confirmation, I immediately booked all 3 of us into their infamous Well Spa to experience the 2hr Thermal Spa Experience (£35 per person).

Located within their Luxurious Thermal Suite, this truly decadent experience encourages you to spend time in six unique pods, each with its own therapeutic benefit designed to focus re-balancing the mind, body and soul. If pampering is what you’re after, then this experience is for you! You will honesty leave feeling like you're floating on air.

The Well Spa was located about a 10-minute walk from our lodge by the lake, and on arrival we were shown through to the changing rooms where we could find towels and robes. The changing rooms, like the rest of Bluestone, were spotlessly clean and had the most gorgeous fixtures and fittings (I’m a sucker for interiors). The showers offered aromatherapy shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, as well as hairdryers and straighteners on the vanity tables for you to finish off with. We were all thoroughly impressed with the facilities and commented that it was one of the best spas we’d ever been to, and this was before our thermal experience had even begun…

Once we were in our robes we headed upstairs to the Thermal Suite. We were greeted by a giant wall plaque explaining the benefits of the six different pods, as well as recommendations for how long to stay in each pod for to get the desired benefits. As this was our first time, we decided to have a go in each pod to work out which ones we liked best, then go back and spend longer in others if we preferred.

Out of all the pods, my favourites were the Marine Steam Room, with marine extracts in the air to invigorate the senses helping to cleanse and detoxify the body. This pod is great for sweating out any colds and winter germs. I also really enjoyed the Herbal Steam Room (can you tell I enjoy a steam room?). The Herbal Steam Room is great for sweating out any sinus problems as the orange essence will help to clear the airways and relax the muscles.

I loved the Sanctuary Relaxation Area too which they recommend you go into either first, last or both. I fell asleep for a good half an hour in here and it was pure bliss. The room was a ‘quiet zone’ so talking was off limits and it was decorated in the most gorgeous deep, dark purple that was soft on the eyes. The beds were angled so that you could sleep in the most relaxing position whilst snuggly blankets and pillows were on hand if you fancied wrapping up. There were also 2 swinging cocoon pods that you could cwtch up in. I’d never seen these before but the slow swinging motion felt super relaxing.

Due to the rather chilly temperatures outside, I didn’t venture out to the hydrotherapy pool, but my Mum and Auntie did and they said it was fab! The hydrotherapy pool uses the temperature and pressure of the water for therapeutic benefits to leave you feeling rejuvenated, invigorated and relaxed.

I did however try the Ice Room which was such a laugh. We tried this after we’d been in the Herbal Steam room which I’m sure made the experience worse as we were already nice and toasty warm.
The Ice room is great for toning and has stimulating effects on the body. We were recommended to rub the ice in circular motions over our body to increase circulation and reduction in cellulite. This was definitely a shock to the system but it left you feeling so refreshed it was kind of addictive.

After all of this pampering and relaxation we were in need of a coffee and mince pie which were complimentary in the Spa Café. 

If you’re a fan of spa’s but not necessarily treatments then you’ll love Bluestone's Thermal Spa Experience as it's completely non-invasive and you can work around the pods at your own pace. I will definitely be booking this experience again on my next trip to Bluestone and fingers crossed I’ll make it out to the Hydrotherapy pool this time… xoxo 

Thank you so much to Bluestone National Park Resort for giving me the opportunity to experience Bluestone for myself. My accommodation was complimentary and for review purposes, all opinions as always, are my own.

17 December 2017

A Pre-Christmas Getaway at Bluestone National Park Resort | Lippy In The City

Set within 500 acres of Pembrokeshire woodland, Britain’s only Coastal National Park, Bluestone is the perfect spot to get away with friends and family this festive season.

When I got offered the chance to experience Bluestone for myself, I jumped at the opportunity to take some much-needed time out to recharge my batteries and unwind. I invited my Mum and Auntie to come along with me as I thought a girly break away was just what we all needed.

The drive to Bluestone from Cardiff takes around an hour and forty five minutes, but with clear skies and snow-free roads the drive flew by, and we were arriving before we knew it! As you can’t check in until 4:30pm and we arrived around 2 we decided to park up and walk into Bluestone Village for a nose around and to get our bearings.

Our first stop was Tŷ Coffi, Bluestone’s resident coffee house, it’s just the cutest and a bloggers paradise! With so many hot drinks, pastries, sandwiches and ice creams to choose from I eventually settled for one of their Winter Warmers which was a very indulgent hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and crumbled hazelnuts, it was heavenly...

As we were staying in December, we were delighted to find Bluestone had well and truly gotten into the festive spirit, there were Christmas trees and fairy lights everywhere, it looked beautiful.

After we’d finished our drinks we took the rather long walk back up to the long stay car park. Bluestone is a car free zone, except during specific check in and check out times which is great as it means you can walk around freely without the worry of any traffic. Keep an eye out though for the ultra-whizzy golf buggies that you can hire for the duration of your stay though, they’re everywhere!

Bluestone operates a 'Drive Thru' style check in process which was quick and efficient. You follow the one-way system on your personal map to your lodge and can leave your car for up to 3 hours on site whilst you unpack, you must then take it back up to the long stay car park until you check out.

We were staying in a Caldey Lodge that sleeps up to 4 people. Our lodge was number 34, Bartholomew Rise which is located around the Lake, and about a 10-minute walk from the village. These semi-detached single-floor lodges are perfect for couples or smaller families. They feature a double bedroom, twin bedroom, open plan kitchen, lounge, and dining room as well as a wet room. The lodges come complete with bedding, towels and as many kitchen utensils as you could possible need! Our lodge was spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming when we arrived, it was just perfect.

After getting unpacked we headed back out to the village and popped into The Knights Tafarn for a cheeky glass of rose in front of their roaring log fire, we could have happily stayed there all night to be honest! The Knights Tafarn holds quiz nights throughout the week too if you’re feeling competitive.

On our first night we decided to leave the washing up to someone else and we booked into the Farmhouse Grill. The menu was made up of a variety of farmhouse specials, steaks and burgers. I had grilled chicken with garlic mash and seasonal vegetables, it was the perfect comfort food for a winters evening. A massive thank you to Carol who served us at the Grill, she was bubbly, friendly and a fantastic host who made us feel extremely welcome, she really made our evening. 

The next day we woke up really early as we had a date with the Bluestone Well Spa... (blog post coming soon)

The morning sunrise showed us the most gorgeous pinks and oranges and it was a joy to watch the colours change as we sat and ate breakfast in our lodge. If it had been warmer we would have sat outside as our road was so peaceful, but with temperatures touching freezing, we thought better of it!

On our second night we decided to try out the Oak Tree restaurant which, like the Farmhouse Grill is also located in Bluestone Village. Because the weather was so bad we were going to order from their take-away menu (genius idea), but once we arrived, it was so welcoming we decided to ask for a table and eat in. Again, the staff were absolutely fabulous and they truly made our evening. I went for one of their hand-stretched stone baked pizzas with Peppers, Olives, Aubergines, Onions and Pesto. I can honestly say it was the best pizza I’ve ever had! 

My Mum went for the same but had a gluten-free base as she’s Coeliac. We were so impressed with the gluten-free options available at Bluestone, everyone really made an effort to offer as many options as possible, my Mum was loving it.

If you book your luxury Bluestone escape between the 6th November and 7th January you will be greeted by the glittering festive extravaganza that is Christmasland. If you have children, they will relish at the Christmas activities on offer from visiting Santa in his grotto, to making your own chocolate lodge, it’s truly magical!

Sadly, we had to check out on our third day, but our stay had been out of this world. All the staff that we met during our trip were super friendly and helpful. Bluestone itself was spotless clean and the facilities were second to none. We’ll definitely be back in the New Year… xoxo

Thank you so much to Bluestone National Park Resort for giving me the opportunity to experience Bluestone for myself. My accommodation was complimentary and for review purposes, all opinions as always, are my own.

10 December 2017

How to get a big, bouncy blow dry... The easy way | Lippy In The City

A few months ago I reviewed the amazing Revlon Pro Collection™ Salon One-Step Dryer and Styler which kick started my love affair with air-stylers. Since that review I've had my hair cut quite short and the Salon Styler hasn't been able to get into my roots to give me volume quite like it used too. Well, let me introduce you to the latest member of the air styling family... The Revlon® Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer.

''The Revlon® Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a two-in-one styling tool that combines the power of a dryer and volume of a styler to deliver effortlessly beautiful full-bodied, frizz-free volume and brilliant shine.''

I love styling my hair so that I get lots of volume and bounce in it, unfortunately I have very thick hair that hates to hold the height. The combination of the nylon and boar bristles in this styler grip your hair effortlessly to lift your hair from the roots to lock in volume whilst styling to create long-lasting salon results at home (perfect for the Christmas Party season...).

I start styling my hair by parting it into three sections going horizontally up my head. I then take the styler on the highest heat setting (this is just my personal preference, but it also has a cooler setting as well as a cold shot to really lock your style in place), putting the oval brush horizontally under my hair, then curving it outwards as I bring it through my hair. This method gives me lots of volume, and leaves my hair straight yet bouncy. The air styler has been ergonomically designed too so that it's easy to hold and lightweight whilst styling your hair.

''The Revlon® Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer unique oval brush design produces frizz-free volume at the roots and beautiful body throughout each strand of the hair. The shape features gently curved sides for smoothing hair with slight volume, while the round edges create gorgeous volume and curled ends in just one step. Infused with IONIC TECHNOLOGY™ and a ceramic coating, hair is left conditioned, smooth and shiny.''

The One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer has been designed to distribute air quickly and evenly throughout your hair to cut your styling time in half. Faster drying and styling time also reduces heat exposure that minimises hair damage because you're forgoing the use of traditional hair dryers, curling tongs and straighteners.

I have been using this styler after every wash since I received it and it's hands-down the best product I've ever received, after just one use I was in love! I can achieve a salon worthy blow-dry in under 10 minutes in the comfort of my own home, what's not to love? xoxo

Thank you so much to the fabulous Phoebe at Speed Communications for giving me the opportunity to experience the The Revlon® Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizers. The sample I received was complimentary and for review purposes, all opinions as always, are my own.

26 November 2017

Winter Handbag Essentials | Lippy In The City

As the seasons change, so do my handbag essentials. With Winter well and truly upon us I thought it only appropriate that I share with you a few of my handbag must-haves that keep me going now that the chilly weather is here…

First up, I love bright vampy lip colours in the Autumn and Winter and I like to keep a few of my favourites close to hand. The two that I have been loving at the moment are MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dash and Burberry Lip Glow in no. 17 Bright Plum. These berry tones are gorgeous and they have great staying power, they're just perfect for the party season!

To keep my lips hydrated, I have been keeping my DHC Lip Cream* on me at all times. Going from the central heating inside, to the icy elements outside has left my lips dry and chapped, but this lip balm has been a lifesaver! It includes ingredients such as virgin olive oil, aloe extracts, liquorice and vitamin E to ensure that your lips stay hydrated and moisturised all day long.

Also from DHC are these adorable natural hemp fibre blotting sheets*. Unfortunately, I can get an oily t-zone even in the depths of Winter so these are super convenient as they absorb oil in record quick time. DHS is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty brands due to the fact that their skincare products are fragrance-free, colourant-free, paraben-free and suitable for sensitive skin! What's not to love?

Last up is my Bitsy Box. These adorable little pouches are the perfect size to keep your headphones and charging cable in to ensure that they stay tangle free and secure at all times. These Bitsy Boxes aren't just a Winter handbag essential for me, but a yearly one. They're also great for keep your small change safe in to save it getting lost in the abyss that is the bottom of our handbags. You can get yours here... Bitsy Box.

I'd love to know what your Winter handbag essential are?? xoxo

Thank you so much to the fabulous Julia at Freedom PR for giving me the opportunity to experience these DHC samples. The samples I received were complimentary and for review purposes. All opinions as always, are my own.

12 August 2017

Going after the job of your dreams? 6 Tips to nail that interview! |Lippy In The City

I think it’s important that we enjoy our 9-5 jobs… to some extent. Granted, few jobs these days are perfect, but we spend so long at work I believe that it’s vital we find our roles fulfilling, challenging and rewarding if we can.

I’ve had friends that have hated their jobs, but have never had the confidence to take the plunge and go after something new. I find this so sad, because I honestly believe if you’re that unhappy in your job, there’ll be a new one out there just waiting for you to apply for it. Yes, it may take months, or even years for that new opportunity to come along, but if you don’t start looking for it, you’ll never find it.

I’ve had my fair share of different jobs over the last few years and I’ve been very fortunate to work with some fantastic companies and brands. I’d like to think I’ve become a dab hand at interviews along the way so I’d like to share with you my top tips on how to nail your interview, and get the job you really want...

1. This may seem like a really obvious one, but always be yourself in an interview. I can’t stress enough how important it is to not over sell yourself as the last thing you want is your new employer thinking you can do x, y, and z, when really you wouldn’t have the foggiest on where to start. It’s much better to be honest with your prospective employer and let them know certain areas that you might not be so ‘hot’ on because chances are if they want you enough, they’ll train you up to meet their standards once you start.

2. Be positive about your past roles. Please, please, please don’t slag off your previous employers as nothing looks more unprofessional. Yes, your old boss might have been a complete ass, you just don’t need to publicise that. It’s important that your tactful whilst discussing your previous employers to show that your mature enough to rise above what ever went down.

3. Again, maybe another obvious one but always take a copy of your CV and a portfolio of your previous work with you to your interview (portfolio if applicable to your new role). I've worked in Marketing for a few years now and I have a portfolio folder that I update whenever I’ve done something really unique or different at work that shows off different skill sets. By taking this portfolio to my interviews I’ve been able to give examples to my perspective employer of campaigns that I’ve done previously so that they can gain a feel of my working style and what I can do, this has on more than one occasion, set me apart from other candidates. When you have 100+ people vying for the same role, anything that can set you apart from the competition is a win!

4. Do your research. I've always researched the company I want to work for prior to my interview. I’d say 9 times out or 10 you’ll be asked ‘What do you know about X Company?’ and it looks so good if you’ve done your homework and looked into the business model. You don’t have to go massively in depth, just the basics such as when it was founded, their mottos and goals, and any unique facts that makes them stand out from their competition. Showing that you’ve made the effort will go a long way in terms of brownie points in your interview.

5. Dress-to-impress! It’s vitally important that you dress appropriately for the role you’re going for. If this means you need to be suited and booted, go looking suited and booted! I’ve seen so many candidates looking under dressed and too casual for the role they’re going after and it can leave a really bad impression. I believe that the first 30 seconds are enough to make an impression, make sure it’s a lasting one (for the right reasons!).

6. Lastly, make sure you answer all of the interviews questions to the best of your ability and use examples from previous roles to validate your answers. It’s hugely helpful if you can draw upon your past experiences to display to your interviewer how you've managed certain situations so they can understand how you’d cope within their company. Listen to their questions carefully and take your time answering. Your interview isn’t a race, and like I mentioned previously, you want to leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons.

I really hope these tips help you when you’re going along to your next interview. Remember to stay as cool, calm and collected as possible – You’ve got this! xoxo

All images courtesy of Pinterest @lippyinthecity

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.

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 people 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. 

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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