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Fresh Faced In Five Minutes

I think we can all agree that we all need a get ready fast strategy in our lives, just as much as we need an LBD. And this is especially true when you’ve decided on an impromptu dinner date, but you’re all cosied up in a dressing gown. Whenever I’m pressed for time, I rely on my trusty products to make me look like I’ve spent a whole tonne of effort on my face, when it’s really just taken me 5 minutes. 
No matter how much I’m rushing, I will never skip priming and prepping my face, because the base is 100% the most important part of any makeup look. I start off with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser because it’s super hydrating, and makes my skin look really radiant. Whenever I have little time for makeup, I like going for a glowy look so, I like priming my skin with the Smashbox Water Primer, which makes my skin look nice and dewy.

Givenchy’s Teint Couture Foundation instantly makes my skin look airbrushed. I’ve raved about how amazing it is in this post, and how healthy it makes my skin look. This is definitely the perfect foundation to use on the go because it’s high coverage, it blends really well and it smoothes my skin out in seconds. 

Concealer is definitely the best way to highlight underneath your eyes and get that fresh look in no time. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my favourite product to use to hide dark circles and lift my features. It’s super pigmented so I only use the smallest amount, and because it is so creamy, it blends really beautifully, which is just what you need when you’re rushing. The thing I love most about this concealer is that it does not crease. I cannot stress this enough. A lot of concealers I’ve used in the past tend to crease really quickly, but I’ve had no issues with this concealer. 

I like to set my under eyes with my Soap And Glory Kickass Powder. I honestly don’t know how many of these I have bought. It’s one of the best powders I have ever used. There is no flashback, no white effect and it sets my makeup perfectly. It’s a really lightweight, translucent powder, and it has a yellow undertone to it, so it looks really natural. Truly kickass. I like to go for a dewy look, so I just swoop the same kick ass powder over my t-zone and most oily areas, and we’re set. Pun intended.

If you’ve read my everyday favourites post, then you’ll know how much I love my Freedom Pro Blush Palette. It’s the palette I have on hand whenever I am rushing. It’s got me covered for blush, highlight and bronzer. The bronzer in this palette is a really warm brown colour and I apply it to my cheekbones to just add some warmth to my face. 

Whenever I’m going for a quick + natural look, I love going in extra with the highlighter. I like doing this even when I’m not rushing tbh. I use the pearly highlighter from the Pro Blush Plaette on my cupid’s bow, the bridge of my nose and my brow bone. My Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter by TheBalm is my absolute favourite highlight of all time. I use it on the tops of my cheeks, and very slightly near my hairline. I always spray some of my Water Primer on my beauty blender and dab it over my highlight to get rid of any powderiness and make it look super glowy. 

If I’m in a rush, I will skip the eyeshadow as I have quite pigmented eyelids, so it looks like I’ve got something on my eyes anyway. But I can’t have naked eyes so I use my L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim to create a quick mini wing. Using pens for eyeliner speeds up the process x10, as they’re super easy to use. 

I have definitely lost count of how many times I have bought the L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara, or even how many back upsI have in my makeup bag. This is definitely my ride or die mascara right now, and it’s the one I reach for whenever i’m in hurry. It coats my lashes so evenly, and make them look so fluttery without having to spend too much time on them.

To bring any look together, I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to neaten up my brows and add some definition to them. I have very fair brows, so a little brow work is completely necessary. I think brows are really easy to over do, especially when you’re rushing, which is why I always opt for my brow wiz – a perfect warm-toned brown shade that I can just flick through my brows with and make them look nice + groomed. How many times did I say brow in that sentence?

And the finishing touch to my natural makeup look is my No7 Lipstick in Deep Rust, which is a really nice burnt orange colour. This lipstick is very moisturising and really comfortable to wear. I sometimes like applying some MAC Velvet Teddy on top to get a really nice + matte coral shade, but only if I’m quick. 

And I’m ready to go. It sounds like there is a lot to do, but that’s only because I’ve rambled on quite bit about my favourite products. What products do you use when you’re in a rush. Let me know down in the comments below.

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5 Things On My April To Do List


PACK FOR INDIA

Can you believe I have booked a holiday on a whim? No, nor can I. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you’ll know that I got married in December, which you can read all about in this post. My husband is still in India, which as you have probably guessed, is the main reason I am going. I’m super excited to go as I always visit India in December, so it’s always cold. I cannot wait for the warmer weather, but definitely not looking forward to the mosquitoes. Ouch. I’m only going for three weeks, but that doesn’t mean I will be packing lightly. I want to be prepared for the hot weather, which means new clothes (can you tell I’m excited by this?), as my wardrobe consists mainly of hoodies, jumpers and scarves right now. A trip (or five) to Boots will be essential for all my skincare and makeup bits. I love buying a new perfume from duty free, it’s one of my favourite things to do before going on holiday. This time I have my eye on the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb


ORGANISE MY MAKEUP

As I am constantly buying makeup (surprise), it never occurs to me that I should probably organise my ever-growing collection. So, April is the month for organising, apparently, and I’ve decided to be productive. I’ve bought two clear, acrylic makeup organisers from Amazon so I can proudly display all the makeup I own, rather than chucking it deep into my makeup bag. I like using these organisers to store my blushers, single shadows and concealers because they’re small so I like keeping them all together. On top I keep my foundations, lipsticks and powders. Empty candle jars are a really good and inexpensive way to store brushes, liquid lipsticks, eye and lip pencils. I also love storing makeup pads and cotton buds in them as well. I also bought some acrylic stackable drawers for all my eyeshadow, blush and highlight palettes, because they’re a little larger and they need more storage space. There is a really good post by Thirteen Thoughts on how to store and organise makeup/skincare products. 

DECORATE 

I’ve been looking forward to decorating my new room for months, and I am super excited that the wait is nearly over. The whole room needed to be revamped completely. New wallpaper, new radiator, new carpet, new blinds – everything. I’m just waiting for my new bed to arrive, and then I can officially start decorating. There are already so many things on my bedroom wishlist which I cannot wait to start buying. As the wallpaper is blue with a grey pattern on it, I’ve gone for a grey carpet, and I bought the prettiest silver marble blinds that fit in so well with the room. 


CLEAR OUT

I love shopping. This isn’t shocking I know, but it’s 100% true. Whether it’s online shopping, sale shopping or holiday shopping, I love it all. I get such joy from buying something, and retail therapy does work. I went into ZARA the other day to just “browse” (do you guys tell yourself the same lie too?) and ended up buying a stunning suede jacket because “it chose me”. As more and more clothes “choose” me, and Summer is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to organise my wardrobe, and the best way to do that? Have a clear out. I go through all my clothes and just get rid of everything I don’t wear/need. Just ask yourself, ‘do I really need that Edward Cullen top I bought in 2005?’

BOOK LIST

There are so many books I want to read and re read, but I just don’t have time. And even when I do have time, I aimlessly scroll through Instagram. Guilty. So this month I want to sit down and dedicate myself to some books I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I don’t want to get into habit of not wanting to read because that would just be heartbreaking. Books give you the chance to jump into a different reality. It’s like a film in your mind. I absolutely love reading crime/thriller novels, you know the ones that just grip you from the first page. The first book on my list is Behind Closed Doors by B A ParisApparently if you really enjoyed The Girl On The Train, you will love this. I’ve also been recommended to read The Power by Naomi Alderman, a book about how teenage girls can inflict pain at the flick of a finger. Interesting. I’ve also seen people rave about Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. The blurb reads: ‘don’t trust this book, don’t trust these people, don’t trust yourself. And whatever you do, don’t give away that ending…’ I think this is definitely the book I am most excited to read. April is going to be a good month. 

As always, thanks so much for reading. What’s on your to do list this month? Any other book recommendations you have? Let me know down in the comments below. 

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Best of Beauty: Eyeshadow Palettes + Winged Eyeliner

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Laura Geller or Naked 3? Or maybe some highlight? This is the trouble I have of owning too many eyeshadow palettes/products – I can never decide which ones to use. What a nice problem to have though. I see a palette/shimmering product, and I’m instantly attracted to it. Even if I already own 15 other gold single shadows, I will most likely buy more, because they’re never the same are they?

Everyone who knows me (and maybe even those of you who don’t), will know that I love a good wing. It’s not something that I learnt overnight, I sometimes still struggle to get both sides to match up. If you know, you know. Having a steady hand and a pinch of patience, really helps getting that wing on point, but the right product will 100% have everybody asking what you use. I love doing my eyeliner with a pen, and my current favourite is the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim and I love it. It’s super easy to use, and because it’s so slim, it’s really easy to create the shape that you want. If I want more of a thick wing, I use the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liner which is a tiny bit thicker than the L’Oreal liner, but just as easy to use. I usually create the shape that I want with the pens, and then follow up with the Maybelline Master Ink Eyeliner in Matte. This eyeliner is really precise, and I can slowly build up my wing to how I want it, rather than it being all over the place. Buy the right product, and you will have a wing that will slay everyday.

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I didn’t know how incomplete my makeup collection was until I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. My bestie has all of the Naked palettes, and I just couldn’t resist buying one for myself and trying it out. I totally get the hypeThis palette has some of the most beautiful rose gold colours in it, and I’ve created so many pretty looks with these shades. I like to apply these shadows with my finger or a damp brush to get better pigmentation. I really want to get my hands on the Naked Ultimate Basics 12 Palette, it looks amazing. 

You’ve seen me rave about the L’Oreal Infallible Blush Paint Palette in this post, and how much I love using these blushers to create some beautiful eye looks. Especially with the orange shade. The pigmentation of these blushers is out of this world, they look so nice on the eyes. Having used this palette, I decided I wanted more orangey/copper eyeshadows, so I bought the NYX Colour Riot Shadow Palette. I have to say, I am super impressed with this mini palette, the colours are so pretty. The mahogany shade is so beautiful and looks so nice as a transition/crease shade. 

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I’ve spoken about my favourite highlighters and how much I love them in this post, and now I also have to say, I love using highlight on my eyes. I created this super pretty eye look with my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold as the base colour, and then applied the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey on top to really glow things up. I like creating a halo eye and using the highlight in the centre so it stand outs more. I like using the Colour Tattoo as a base to make sure the highlight won’t crease and that it lasts longer. 

Another one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes is the Laura Geller Delectables Delicious Shades of Nude Palette. I’ve spoken about how much I love this palette in my first impressions post and I have to say that I’m still just as impressed as I was when I first bought it. It does take some time to build up the colour of these eyeshadows, but they are long lasting. I tend to use a damp brush to get a stronger colour. This palette has a good variety of copper/brown shades, which you know I love, so you can create some super pretty eye looks. 

There’s a lot of other products that I love using on my eyes, but if I were to talk about them all, we’d be here a while. What are you favourite palettes/highlights? Let me know down in the comments below.

 

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My Month In Beauty: Everyday Favourites

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March has been an amazing month. Spring is finally here, and I’ve fallen in love with so many new (and old) beauty products. The Avené Hydrance Optimale Moisturiser has been a life saver for me this month. It’s an old skincare favourite of mine, and I love it. It’s really gentle and super light, which is perfect for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, and you’re looking for some new products to try out, then I would highly recommend you check out the Avené skincare range.

I’ve spoken about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Cashew in this post. It’s been one of my favourite foundations for a while, and I love mixing it in with my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 220 for a medium to high coverage. I tend to use the Double Wear foundation on its own when I want a full coverage look because it’s really good at covering up blemishes/scarring that I have on my skin.

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I’ve been obsessed with the L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara forever, because it gives me the most amazing volumised lashes. Which is why I decided to test out two other L’Oreal Mascaras. I picked up the Telescopic Mascara and the False Lash Flutter Midnight Mascara. I’ve heard bloggers/Youtubers/friends rave about both these mascaras and I can see why, they’re amazing. I love using the Telescopic mascara for daytime/casual wear because it makes my lashes look more defined. The Midnight mascara makes my lashes look so fluttery (so it does exactly what it says) and wispy which I love. I really think you need different mascaras for different looks; sometimes you want to be bold, and sometimes you just want something more natural. 

Since brows became a thing, I’ve tried and tested many brow setting products. I ran out of my trusty NYX Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel, so I decided to try out something different. I picked up the Max Factor Universal Brow Styler. It’s a pretty good brow gel, it sets my brows well, and I don’t get a goopy feeling like with some other products I’ve used. But it doesn’t have as strong a hold that I would like. So, I don’t think it’ll be replacing my love for the NYX brow gel anytime soon. Sorry Max Factor. 


Is it just me or does anyone else just love buying new lipsticks for each season? Yeah, I think a lot of us like to do this (kinda wishing there were more seasons, right?) My No7 Lipstick in Deep Rust has been my go to lip colour this month. It’s a gorgeous burnt orange shade which I love, and I find myself reaching for it all the time. But just because it’s Spring, doesn’t mean you can’t rock a nude lip. My current faves are MAC Velvet Teddy (I usually mix this with another colour), and Maybelline Color Sensational in Nude Embrace. I’ve also been loving the L’Oreal Colour Riche in Beige A Nu.

Another product I already talked about and still can’t get enough of is the Freedom Pro Blush Palette in Bronze Baked. It is seriously, an amazing palette, and I’m on my third one now, because I love it so much. I forgot to take it with me to India for my wedding, and I was devastated (like when you’re fave white top gets an irremovable stain on it devastated). The blush colours in this palette are insane. They’re so pretty and pink. I love using the shimmery pink shade on my cheeks for a subtle glow. But the highlighters are what stole my heart when I first bought this palette. There’s a bronze highlighter that I love using for a golden glow, and a pearly one that I use on the tops of my cheeks (and cupid’s bow, bridge of my nose and brow bone) for a more iridescent look. 

I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month, because it gives me an excuse to try more things out. Not that I need an excuse. If you liked reading this post, then please give it a like, and if you really like my blog then maybe give me a follow? *winks suggestively* Much love to you all. 

 

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The Roundup: My Favourite Beauty Products For March

As March is coming to a close (which I still cannot get over, can you believe we’re going into the fourth month of the year? What?) I wanted to share with you guys the products I used and loved the most this month. The Roundup is a new series that will be featuring on my blog and I am super excited about it. Beauty related topics will be a big part of this series (obvs), but I will also be talking about lifestyle and fashion topics too (does that mean I can buy more clothes?)

I’ve used a lot of my old favourites this month, but I’ve also used some new products that I’ve fallen in love with. My Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation in Elegant Gold has been my go to foundation this month. It’s really long lasting and has the best coverage. I’ve done a first impressions post on this foundation and why I love it so much, so you can check that out too. I literally use the smallest amount, and it gives me such good coverage. It seriously feels like I’m photoshopping my blemishes away. This is a pretty matte foundation but it still gives my skin a dewy look which I love. I’ve also been loving the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit this month (and pretty much all of the time). Number one reason I love it so much: it does NOT crease, at all. I have dark circles, bags under my eyes (unfortunately they’re not designer), so I need a concealer that combats these problems AND stays put. That’s why I love the NARS concealer. There are other drugstore concealers I really like (Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Concealer), but the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is definitely my ride or die ATM.

Talking of concealers, I’m loving the Stila Perfecting Concealer in EIt’s not an everyday concealer for me, because it is quite high coverage, so I tend to use it whenever I want my makeup to last and stay put. And just an FYI it does require a bit of effort to blend, but it’s nothing a damp Beauty Blender can’t handle.

I bought the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Medium Golden a few months back, and it gives my skin a really nice, healthy glow. It’s very pigmented so I just slightly dust it over my face after I’ve done my foundation/concealer. I also really like the bronzey effect I get with this powder. Another MAC product I’ve been loving is the Pro Longwear Colour Stick in Tabby. If you’ve read my recent post, then you’ll know that I love highlighting. The colour stick is such an effortless way to add some highlight to your makeup, and I love how subtle it is.

Have you guys tried some of the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products? I think a lot of us have, aren’t they amazing? I literally don’t remember a time before the ABH Brow Wiz in GraniteSince using this pencil, my brow game has changed massively! Do you see that browvolution? I love the consistency of this pencil, it’s quite waxy, so you can gradually build up the darkness/depth of your brows. Naturally, I had to give the ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Granite a go. It’s is a really great product, and I tend to use it after my Brow Wiz, just to build up on the darkness of my brows. It dries out after a while, but just add some baby oil into it and it should be good as new.

I decided to use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream because I needed a good, hydrating moisturiser for my skin. I use it all the time before I put on my makeup because it’s so moisturising. Some rich moisturisers tend to be quite sticky, and just sit on top of the skin, but the Clinique moisturiser is amazing. I would highly recommend getting this moisturiser (especially if you have dry skin) because it’s too good not to have.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without my favourite lip products. I’ve been loving the NYX Lingerie Lipstick in Exotic and I’ve worn it so much this month. It’s so hydrating for a matte lipstick, and it doesn’t transfer (so no lipstick marks on your Starbucks cup). I’ve also been loving the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in San Paulo and Abu Dhabi. They’re such everyday colours and so soft. I also bought two Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Bacca and RiccoThey’re super matte, and the colours are just beautiful. 

Can’t forget my Freedom Pro Blush Palette in Bronze BakedThis palette is just *heart eyed emoji* it’s incredible. The colours are so pigmented and it is my go to for every makeup look. The blush colours are so pretty, and the bronze highlight is stunning. For £6 (yes, £6), not owning this palette is sinful. I feel like one paragraph isn’t enough, I’m definitely going to have to do a post on this palette (and some other Freedom products I love) so stay tuned.

What have you guys been loving this month? Anything new and exciting you’ve fallen in love with? Or any oldies you can’t live without? Let me know down in the comments below.

 

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Give Me The Glow: My Favourite Highlighters

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I love glowy skin, and I love playing around with my favourite highlighters to get that poppin’ glow. I use the L’oreal True Match Highlighter in Golden Glow and the Maybelliene Strobing Stick on bare skin before I put on any of my base makeup. This combination gives me a really nice and subtle dewy effect, and it’s a really good base to work with. 

I’ve mentioned the Elizabeth Arden Liquid Highlighter in a previous post, and I am still loving it. It is such a gorgeous golden colour, and so so creamy and pigmented. I typically use it after I’ve applied my base makeup with a damp beauty blender, and it gives such a nice sheen to the skin. This is a really buildable product and I find myself reaching for it whenever I’m doing my makeup. Plus it smells amazing.

The Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey is definitely one of my all time favourites; I mean I used it on my wedding day (which says it all). I bought this highlighter a few months ago, and I fell in love with it from the first use. It’s very pigmented, but I would 100% recommend using it with a damp beauty blender and topping it off with some setting spray, if you really want to slay all day. My current favourite setting sprays are the Smashbox Water Primer and the Urban Decay Setting Spray.

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The Sleek Highlight Palette is so beautiful, and super pigmented. There are four gorgeous colours to choose from, and I love them all. I love using these highlighters for both a minimal makeup day to give my skin a healthy glow and for full on glam. I use the lightest highlight shade for my brow bone, cupids bow and the centre of my nose, and a combination of the purpley/peachy shades for the tops of my cheeks (yeah, you guessed it, with a beauty blender). 

I swatched the L’oreal Lumiere Eyeshadow in 500 Gold Mania in Boots, and it was so pigmented that I couldn’t not buy it. This eyeshadow is super long lasting, and because it’s so creamy it’s really easy to blend. This eyeshadow is perfect if you want to glow up on a budget

I’ve seen so many other highlighters that I just need in my life (because I’m practically a makeup magpie). I mean have you seen the Limited Edition Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter in Blissful? And the Anastasia Ultimate Glow Kit which just looks amazing. Oh, and how can I forget, the Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal. I just want to slay my highlight game, and make sure I glow up everyday. 

 

Thanks for reading everyone, let me know what products you use to get that glowy goddess look. I’m always looking to expand my highlight collection.

 

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Waiting For My Husband + New York

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“I can’t wait to do everything we’ve planned together, and I can’t wait till you finally get here!” This is something I say to my husband on a regular basis whenever we talk, because that is the only thing to do when we’re sat 100 miles away from each other, just talk. If you follow me on Insta or Twitter, you will know that I got married in December in India (you can read more about that in this post). However, because of the whole immigration process, my husband is still in India (which totally sucks). It’s hard work and I’ve spoken about what it’s like to be in a long distance marriage, which you can read about here

The only good thing that comes out of being apart is that we have so much time to talk, so we are always making plans. We talk about all the things that we want to do once he gets his ass here. One of the things we’ve planned is going to New York this Christmas (just talking about this gives me feels). If you know me, like at all, then you’ll know that going to NYC has been a huge dream for me since forever. I’ll admit it, a little bit of it is because of watching Friends. The idea of sitting around in a coffee shop after shopping around in Macy’s or Bloomingdales (and omg Sephora?!) is just so appealing. Am I right? 

Going away at the end of this year is a massive thing to look forward to, but aside from that, just spending time with my husband is something I just cannot wait to do. Seeing friends go out on dates with their boyfriends/partners and talking about how much fun they had shopping at the weekend is when I feel really shitty about the fact that despite being married, I’m still in a way… single. I try really hard to stay positive, and remind myself that it’s only temporary, but it’s hard. I don’t hide my feelings from Sonu either, and I’m really upfront with him about it, which is really important when you’re so far away. I do stay positive a lot of the time, but I do allow myself to have those moments where I can be sad, and it’s okay to let yourself have those moments. 

But, as I said, we make loooads of plans, and it’s the prospect of doing all these things together that keeps me positive (apart from the times I’m crying into my pillow and have blotchy red cheeks, yeah that’s not pretty). I cannot tell you how excited I am to just go out for dinner, Netflix and chill (literally) and you know, other couple-y things. I’m just eagerly waiting for the next few weeks to just fly by, like a kid  all of us at christmas waiting to rip open her presents. 

I have a lot to look forward to this year, and I just cannot wait for Sonu to get here. Even if that means having to share wardrobe space (where will all my clothes go?) I think between the two of us, we could actually set up our own stores with the amount of clothes we have. I do seriously think he’s more of a shopaholic than me, I didn’t even think that could ever happen.

Once the waiting period is over, I can’t wait to share with you guys all the amazing things we get up to. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, make sure you come and follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I’d love to say hi to you all!

 

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