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Hammersmith to Chiswick Thames Walk

As I mentioned a few days ago on my 5 happy things post, last Sunday I spent the day making a nine mile walk from Hammersmith to Chiswick taking the scenic route along the Thames. To be fair, it wasn’t intended to be that long. I took a wrong turning following the river and added three miles to the journey. I took along my camera and ended up getting a lot more snaps than intended. So, I thought I’d share them with you here;

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Summer Homeware Wishlist (1)

When I first moved to London, the thought of buying new furniture was overwhelming to say the least. I’d spent the last few years between home, fully furnished rentals and student accommodation. As much as I wanted to put my own stamp on the flat, I decided to play it safe and ended up buying half the store a lot of pieces from IKEA. Although I love IKEA as much as the next girl, almost everything I picked up was white or grey and my space is in need of accessorising.

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SensatioNail - At Home Gel Manicure

It’s no secret that my hand eye co-ordination could be better. I am far too clumsy for my own good and have been known to trip over thin air more times than I’d like to admit. This is part of the reason that I take bi-weekly trips to my local salon to get my nails done. I mean, don’t get me wrong I enjoy having fresh acrylics. However in reality my talons could easy last a week more if the polish hadn’t become chipped beyond repair. It’s not that I go to a bad salon, but I spend a lot of time typing and I nervously play with my nails. I’ve often thought about having shellac on top of my acrylics but at an extra £20 a time, it’s not really viable. So, when I saw the SensatioNail range in my local Boots I was curious to try.

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Five Happy Things

After writing a list of five happy things last month and it cheering me up massively, I thought I’d do a list of happy things a little more often. Sometimes, it’s great to just look at the little things that make you smile right?!

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Favourite Posts This Month

Over the last two months I’ve really enjoyed sharing my favourite blog posts from the last thirty days on here. So I think, FrannyMac may just have it’s first regular feature. (Mini blog achievement right there!). On that note, here are some of the blog posts I’ve really enjoyed reading over the last 30 or so days – I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!

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ColourPop Candy K Dupe (1)

As I mentioned in my ColourPop haul, missing out on a Kylie Cosmetics release sparked me to place an order. If you’re not familiar with Kylie’s range, three “Lip Kits” started it all- Candy K, True Brown K and Dolce K. Since then the range has rapidly expanded to a further nine lip kits, glosses and even metallic finishes. Despite the excitement around each new launch, the lip kits still have a cult following. Each kit contains a matching liquid to matte lipstick and liner designed to help you recreate Kylie Jenner’s trademark pout.  Between the hype surrounding each new release and the fact only limited quantities were available. It was only matter of time before us beauty junkies were looking for dupes.

Rumours circulated that Colourpop was produced in the same factory with some even saying that Kylie was repackaging their Ultra Matte Lips and Lippie pencils to create her famous lip kits. While I can’t say anything for the validity of those rumours, I can say that the formulas are similar enough for it to be believable. After looking at swatches, I decided on ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lips in Clueless and Lippie Pencil in Contempo a supposed dupe for Candy K. An absolute steal at $11.00 for both making it around £8.50 depending on exchange rates. Especially compared to Kylie’s weighing in at $29.99, almost triple the price.

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