Five Perfect Date Night Ideas

I thought I would put together 5 date night ideas for some inspiration on the next time your stuck on what to do for an evening! These are all things that I have done previously and really enjoyed. Remember you can do all of these with your besties as well as your boyfriend/girlfriend! 

Spa Getaway

Nothing beats shutting down for an evening/weekend, completely taking yourself away from work/daily life stress and completely relaxing.. and I mean seriously relaxing. Me and Karl have done a weekend like this and it was honestly lush, I've never felt so relaxed and de-stressed. Literally just pamper yourself with the treatments on offer, relax by the pool and get lost in a good book and take full advantage of the steam room. In the evening run yourself a nice bubble bath, shove a film on and order in a Dominos! We did this on one of the evenings as it was so much more chilled with no rushing around to get ready and get out to a meal booking - and that was the last thing we wanted to be doing after how relaxed we had been all day!

Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa






Meal 

I think this is a classic but this is one date I always enjoy - probably for the pure fact I love food haha.  This allows you to spend some quality time together, enjoy good food without all the cooking and washing up, and just enjoy each others company. You can spend the evening chatting, laughing and sipping cocktails. I must add if you're ever up Hinckley way I would highly recommend the restaurant below.

Barnacles Restaurant and Bar Bistro






Pizza making and Movie Marathon

This is another personal favourite as I do love a good film - and pizza! Pizza making will allow you to have fun together, whether they turn out absolutely amazing or a complete disaster its all about enjoying yourself. If they do fail to a level where they are not edible just laugh it off and order one in. Once you've made your pizzas grab all your fave movies or download some online and just spend the night on the sofa. You could even make a cosy little den out of pillows and duvets, we have done this before it was so cosy that we ended up waking up at 7am in the same place. On this occasion we left it a little late in the day and managed to pick up this kit including dough mix, oregano, and tomato sauce all for £1 from Tesco. 



We didn't make the garlic bread!

Yes I do love a good girly film!

Cinema/Show/Concert

There may be a film out that your dying to see or if you're into shows (theatre/concert etc.) you could see if theres any you fancy watching. I would recommend a comedy show as sometimes you just need a good laugh! We recently went to see the Impractical Jokers at the 02 and it was absolutely brilliant. One thing I really want to do is go to an outdoor cinema, they look so cool and cosy!




Cheese and Wine night

This one had to be in my top 5 date ideas as its one thats close to my heart lol. I love wine and I love cheese so put the two together and I've got my dream evening. You can put some music on in the background and just relax and chat or whatever you fancy - maybe a game of cards! You could even add some cocktails into your evening and make your own (my personal fave is a Pornstar Martini). If you are going to become a professional cocktail maker for the evening preferably do it when you don't have work the next day haha.


Thanks for reading!

Imogen xxx

Barry M Lip Kits



I'm very very very excited about this new product from Barry M. I've wanted to try the famous Kylie Lip Kits for the longest time but I haven't yet got myself round to ordering from America and facing custom charges so when I saw Barry M were releasing three Lip Kits you can only imagine the excitement to try them. 

Go To



Out of the three Lip Kits Go To is personally my favourite shade and is definitely something I would wear in my everyday routine. Its the perfect nude shade and when completely dried on my lips it reminded me very much of MAC's whirl (one of my all time faves).


Pose



Pose is a gorgeous pinky nude. Its definitely on the paler side however I personally still find this very wearable. 

Runway



Originally when looking at these I wasn't going to purchase Runway because I'm always swayed towards nudes however I absolutely fell in love with this colour when I saw it and I don't believe I currently own many similar shades. The colour is described as a berry and is of a more pinky toned berry compared to a darker purple berry. I think this shade would be beautiful for summer.

L-R - Pose, Go To, Runway
I'm super impressed with these Lip kits and if I'm being honest I didn't expect them to be as good as they are. The consistency of them is quiet watery compared to some other liquid lipsticks I have previously tried. For example the NYX Lip Lingerie's are of a much thicker consistency. I would actually compare the formula of the Barry M ones to the Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks. The one thing I will say though is don't accidentally tip one upside down as half the tube unfortunately came running out of mine and all over my leg (a typical me kinda thing to do). As you will see from the swatches above the lip liners are a very good colour match to the lipsticks and when applying them they were very smooth and easy to use - they didn't drag my lips at all when lining them.

When applying both the lip liners and the liquid lipsticks to the lips they went on very evenly and highly pigmented. Once dried they were very comfortable and didn't dry my lips out - which I was super happy about. The three shades available are also all very wearable and I know I will get a lot of use out of each one. When wearing Go To for the day I found it to be incredibly long lasting whilst remaining very comfortable. 

These Lip Kits retail at £6.99 which I think such a good price considering you get a liquid lipstick along with a lip liner and the quality of the product is very good. I also believe these are limited edition and have only just come out however if you don't see these at your local Superdrug I did see some single liquid lipsticks which I believe are permanent.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks brand?

Thanks for reading.

Imogen xxx



NYX Make Up Haul



Over the past couple of weeks I have accumulated a fair few products from NYX so I thought i'd put them all together in a haul. NYX is a favourite brand of mine from the drugstore so I love trying new products of theirs and I think they are really well priced. I think one of the main things I love about this brand is that they stock such a great variety of products and its now so much easier to get hold of them in the UK. One of the main things I knew I wanted to get was some glitters however I was really struggling to find some from the drugstore so NYX answered all my prayers here!

Glitters and Pigments £5.50
L-R - Blue, Violet, Rose, Crystal, Copper, Gold, Ice, Luna

As you might already be able to tell I'm just a little, okay maybe a lot... make up obsessed. I'm always wearing eyeshadow, big lashes and a bold lippy however I haven't branched out much and experimented with glitters or bold colours. I do love creating different eye looks but when I went to my collection I found I was lacking in glitters, pigments and all different colours however if you need a warm neutrals palette I'm ya gal! NYX stock a really good selection of glitters and pigments and at just £5.50 I had to purchase some... super excited to try these!

Ultimate Brights Palette £16



I saw they had this palette when I was browsing the stand and I thought this would be perfect for my collection as I knew I was on the hunt for some more colours and these are the type of bold colours I was looking for. I've not yet tried any eyeshadows from NYX so I'm looking forward to trying these and seeing what the pigmentations like and how easy they are to blend. Such a beautiful palette!

Soft Matte Lip Creams £5.50 
L-R - Cairo, Cannes, Stockholm

I already own one other Soft Matte Lip Cream in a dark red (Copenhagen) and as I know I really like this formula which is very soft and creamy and doesn't dry your lips out I decided to purchase some more. I went for Cairo which is your perfect pure nude, Cannes which is a brown nude with pinky tones, and Stockholm which is a peachy/beige nude.

Butter gloss - Fortune Cookie £5

The Butter glosses are probably my favourite glosses from the drugstore. My absolute go-to lipgloss would definitely be the Butter gloss in the shade Creme Brûlée, its a beautiful light pinky nude shade. So when I saw they had a true nude shade I had to get it and when I swatched it its honestly the perfeeeeect nude for me. If you haven't tried the Butter glosses from NYX I would definitely recommend them, I'm always purchasing more and they never disappoint. 

Glam Liner - Aqua Luxe - Nude £5.50


I've been using NYX glitter liners for a while now and I think they are really good. I recently created my first cut crease look using one their glitter liners and I was so impressed with how easy it was to use and it gave the perfect amount of glitter. When I saw they did one in a nude shade I had to have it!

Glitter Primer £8

I purchased this along with the glitters as I knew I would need something to stick them with on my eyelids. I was really happy with the price of this so I'm hoping it works well.

 Lip Liners £3

L-R - Peekaboo Neutral , Mauve, Prune

I needed some more lip liners in my collection so I thought these would be some good ones to try and they have such a great colour range. The best thing is they are just £3! I could have purchased so many more but I had to control myself slightly and I walked away with three. I decided to go for Peekaboo Neutral which is a nude shade with pink tones, Mauve which is exactly as the shade describes - the perfect pinky mauve, and Prune which is a gorgeous purple/plum shade.

Have you tried anything from NYX? What are your faves?

Thanks for reading!

Imogen xxx



Valentines Date Night Make Up Look




So that time of year to get all romantic has come round again, I believe you should obviously show your loved one love all year round however I'm that typical gal that actually loves Valentines and going out but even chilling in my pyjamas and ordering pizza is ideal. I decided to create a 'Date Night' Valentines inspired look using two new palettes I had got. I purchased the Make Up Revolution - Fortune Favours The Brave palette that I was dying to try and I got the Love The Revolution Palette as a free gift for Valentines!

Eyes 

Fortune Favours The Brave Palette
Love The Revolution Palette
I used the two lighter matte shades that I have highlighted from the Fortune Favours The Brave Palette through my crease starting with the lightest first and then the second just below to create a gradient effect. I then used the darkest shade highlighted from the same palette to deepen my outer lid area.

Next I took the red shade from the Love The Revolution Palette and used this on my outer lid area and blended this out with the dark brown previously used. I then took the gorgeous pink shimmer from this palette with some of MAC's Fix Plus and packed this on my lid area making sure to blend this into the deepened outer area of the lid so there were no harsh lines. I added a touch of the white marbled shimmer shade from the first palette for an extra pop of sparkle and then used the highlighter from the second palette to highlight my inner corner.

I blended out the lightest matte shade used under my lash line and then smoked out the dark brown and red shade on the outer area. I was really impressed with both of these palettes and I found I had a lovely range of shades to choose from.

Using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner I added a winged liner and then applied my favourite fluttery Demi Wispie lashes from Ardell. I then finished the eyes by lining my waterline using my Ciate Oliva Palermo eyeliner in the shade Fig and coating my lashes in my Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara.

Base

For primer I used my trusty Benefit Porefessional along with some of my Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in the shade Monoco for a more dewy base. I then applied my favourite foundation of all time NARS Sheer Glow using a Beauty Blender, I'm loving using a Beauty Blender at the moment as it really blends your foundation into your skin nicely soaking up any excess product preventing your base looking cakey.

I then took my go to concealers Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light along with Nar's Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla for some extra highlight. I set my under eye concealer with my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and then set the rest of my face with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium.

I bronzed up with the classic Benefit Hoola - This bronzer never lets me down and then added a pop of colour/shimmer to my cheeks using Make Up Geek's blush in Romance. To finish my base I highlighted with Make Up Revolution's Highlighter in Golden Lights. This was my first time trying this highlighter and its gorgeous - It's definitely more golden in colour but I personally love it and its very pigmented!

Brows

I've finally branched out and I'm using something different for my brows over my Anastasia Dipbrow! I used Benefit's Precisely My Brow and I found this really easy to use considering I usually struggle with pencils. I then set my brows using Benefit's Gimme Brow - Amazing product!

Lips

For my lips I simply filled them in with my lip liner from Primark in Desert Sand - I think this product was like a £1... bargain! I then topped this with my all time favourite NYX Buttergloss in Crème Brulee.

I hope you all enjoy your Valentines whatever you get up to!

Thanks for reading.

Imogen xxx


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