Beauty-Spin-Wishlist

I’m meant to be on a spending ban at the moment as I’m saving up for my trip to Florida; there’s so many things I want to buy over there however I’ve recently discovered a website called Beauty Spin. Beauty Spin offers so many amazing products from a range of different brands at discounted prices and I’ve managed to find a few things that have been added to my online basket until payday.

Nars Cheek Palette, available here
This palette was released back in 2012 and features three blush colours and one highlighter. All of the powders are meant to be based around the famous Orgasm blush which is why this palette appeals to me so much – I’ve managed to smash my Orgasm. I’d love to try a few more NARS blushes and this palette only costs a fraction more than one full sized blush.

Lolita Lempicka eau de parfum, available here
I already own this perfume and it’s one of my favourites, however I’ve managed to break the spray mechanism when I walked past and knocked it off my bedside table with my bum! This means that I can’t get the perfume out without using a Travalo and the bottle doesn’t look as good anymore, so I would love a replacement.

La Prairie Midnight Rain, available here
I first got to try this perfume out when I was going through Duty Free on my way back from Paris and it was love at first sniff. I would never be able to afford to buy this perfume normally, however it is a lot cheaper on Beauty Spin. As well as smelling great, the bottle is so pretty too.

theBALM Mary-Lou Manizer, available here
There has been a lot of hype surrounding this product recently and I can see why! It’s such a pretty highlighter and I’ve wanted it for a while. I ended up buying Cindy-Lou Manizer when I couldn’t get hold of it but it doesn’t suit my skin tone as well as I think that Mary-Lou would.

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Chi Kitchen is a Pan-Asian restaurant located on the third floor of Debenhams in Birmingham’s Bullring. The restaurant features a champagne bar and also has a Grab and Go bar on the first floor. I’d walked past the restaurant many times but had never actually been in, so I was really excited when I was asked if I would like to go along and review it last week.

“The word Chi means energy in Chinese. Our aim, therefore, is to build a brand that not only offers great food, but also provides good energy to existing Debenhams customers, and the new customers that Chi Kitchen will attract. We chose to use the Chinese symbol for fire to represent the brand, which again has a strong meaning behind it. By linking the word Chi, and the fire symbol together, Chi Kitchen plays on the way fire can be converted into energy. Fire also relates directly to the restaurant interior, as our robata grill is a central feature at all of our sites.”

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were seated by the window which was nice as we could look over Birmingham whilst we ate. We had a look at the menu and picked a couple of starters and a main dish each, however the manager came over and asked if we would like to try some more dishes that he recommended and we ended up with a big feast between the two of us!

We started off with cocktails to drink, I went with a mojito and Tom went for a Raspberry Dream which we both thoroughly enjoyed and the manager also bought over a champagne cocktail which was made with mango juice and amaretto as well as the obvious champagne. We both liked this despite not being fond of champagne – the mango juice really sweetened it up and gave it a great flavour.

A selection of starters were brought out to us including prawn crackers with a sweet chilli dip, smoked salt and chilli chicken which was my personal favourite, battered sweet potato fries, wagyu beef kushiyaki, popcorn shrimp and shrimps in a coconut sauce which Tom has been dreaming of ever since.

After filling up on the small plates, it was then time for the large plates to come out. I had picked the crispy shredded beef which was as delicious as I’d hoped it would be and is definitely something that I would go for again. I also chose the chicken katsu curry which I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would – I found the chicken to be quite tough although the sauce and the rice were really nice. Tom picked the Korean steak which is served on a chive and wasabi mash which we both loved – the meat was so tender and the mash had such an amazing flavour. We also had the chilli and lime sea bass, however Tom wasn’t so keen on the sauce but said that the fish itself was really nice.

We will definitely be back to Chi Kitchen as soon as we both have been paid – we left the restaurant satisfied and full and have both been thinking of the food since then!

Every blogger and their dog is obsessed with marble at the moment – you can find it in almost all of the backgrounds of beauty bloggers’ flatlays and I’m no exception, I even have a marble print case on my MacBook and on my iPhone!  Most of the marble products that bloggers are using in their photographs are not real marble and are simply reproductions, real marble is actually very expensive. Do you know where it come from? The below infographic from This Is Stone shows how marble is taken from the ground and how it ends up being used in the home (usually for kitchen surfaces!), it’s such a beautiful stone so there’s no wonder why us bloggers are so in love with it.

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House-Of-Fraser-Mens-ShortsI was recently contacted by the team at House of Fraser who challenged me to dress my boyfriend for the day. As I’ve mentioned before, my boyfriend mainly wears black jeans and a tshirt but as it’s summer I thought I would have a look at some men’s shorts which would work a lot better in the warmer weather.

Simple blue denim shorts will go with anything, as will black chino shorts. I really like the black and white fingerprint shirt, I love a bit of monochrome and it would look great with some colourful trainers for a pop of colour, I feel like it would also work for smarter occasions with a blazer over the top. The red and white striped tshirt reminds me a bit of Where’s Wally? and also a beach deckchair but in a good way of course. I think the stripes and the colour combination are so summery and would work with either pair of shorts.

I’m really into military style jackets and I love this khaki bomber jacket which would be great for cooler evenings and the transition into autumn. Trilogy stores have a women’s one which I’ve been eyeing up for myself!