21 September 2014

The Sunday Catch Up #36



What a lovely relaxing end to the week I've had. I actually had Thursday and Friday off work as on Thursday it was Oscar's first birthday! I can't believe he's one already, it's gone super fast. My sister put on a lovely little family party with a monster theme as you can see from the monster cupcake. Oscar got lots of trucks, fire engines and cars for his birthday - proper boys toys!

On Friday I was aiming to have a full on day of blogging but I ended up spending most of it sleeping on the sofa. I'm not sure why I was so tired as I didn't go to bed late at all, but when Vince came home from work we kind of both just slumped down on the sofa and fell asleep so I only actually got one blog photo taken. Oops.

Luckily I spent the majority of Saturday catching up and taking loads of pics as today I'm off to Woking. My mum's side of the family is getting together to scatter/bury my great nan and grandad's ashes so we probably won't be back until later, meaning there wouldn't be time for blogging.

What have you been up to this week?
Cherry xo

18 September 2014

My love of live music

My love of live music

I don't think I could imagine a world without music. I must start this blog off by saying that of course everyone's music tastes differ so what I like might not be what you - mr or mrs reader - like but hopefully you can appreciate my love of it.

I've grown up having my dad's favourite bands played in the house and I liked your typical pop music but around my teens was when I first discovered 'alternative' music and that has where my love has lied ever since.

My first ever gig was Taking Back Sunday and I think I was about 13 or 14. I went on my own. People think it's really weird that I went on my own but none of my friends liked the same music as me so why should I miss out? Besides, it doesn't really matter once the band is playing because everyone is concentrating on the music anyway.

From then onwards I attended pretty much every gig on my own. I've lost count of the number of gigs I've been to actually. I've been to ones in tiny venues and I've been to ones in stadiums and they always give me this great, euphoric feeling, no matter how big the crowd is.

There is one thing that I love even more than seeing my favourite band on-stage and being in a room packed full of people who all have the same interest and that is hearing the crowd singing the words, especially when the music cuts. It gives me goosebumps! I can't imagine what it must feel like being on-stage and hearing it.

I was able to work my love of writing into my love of music many moons ago. I used to run a music website full of reviews and interviews. I would chat to some of my favourite bands and be given free tickets, it was great! Sometimes I wish I was still doing it and even now I still get sent the odd press release.

These days I don't go to gigs too often. One of my all time favourite bands split up and the others don't tour too much. I always feel a bit old at a gig now but I'm happy to stand at the back and watch and appreciate the music without getting pushed around. I often get that feeling of needing to go to a gig when I see a band is playing nearby. I was hoping to see A Day To Remember when they tour here in November, but these days it all depends on work and travel. Isn't it boring being a grown up? If, unlike me you don't have to worry about booking time off work why not check out Alt J Tickets at the O2.

What are some of your favourite bands to see live?

*This post is sponsored.

Cherry xo

16 September 2014

Kiko Cosmetics: The Daring Game

Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game
Kiko Cosmetics The Daring Game

Don't you just love a collection that has a great theme behind it? The new Daring Game range from Kiko Milano is inspired by Bond girls and casinos and all the products and packaging reflect card decks, the roulette table and dice while remaining elegant yet andogynous. Perfect.

I'm so lucky to have received a couple of products from the new range as it is limited edition! My favourites are probably the eye products, the chunky, almost marker pen like double ended eyeliner and the shimmering green Smoky eye pencil and Longlasting eyeshadow pencil, both of which are as soft as velvet to apply and stay put for hours.

My next faves in the collection are the gel effect nail polishes in Orchid (pink) and Bluenoir (black). These polishes are just wonderful to apply and as they're gel effect, they're ridiculously shiny and are free from Toluene, Camphor, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and Formaldehyde.

I may not be a lip product fan but I can certainly appreciate the gorgeous shades of the Ace of Diamond lip pencil and Ace of Diamond Lipstick. As I don't use lip products very regularly I thought I'd give one lucky reader the opportunity to win them! Just follow the rules in the giveaway box below - UK only!

Overall I really love this range and love the innovative idea behind it. It's refreshing to see a collection with some ideas and not the same old shades you get every season. The Daring Game range is fun, colourful and makes me want to take a trip to Vegas right away!

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Cherry xo

14 September 2014

The Sunday Catch Up #35


I realised this morning that the only photos I've taken this week are make-up/nail polish related so apologies for that. However, this week I did feature my absolute new favourite collection from Barry M. If you missed it, check it out here. This week I've been wearing the grey and yellow combination and I absolutely love, love, love it!

Anyway...As usual the week has been pretty quiet, Vince has been home later than normal every day this week just gone so I've had to make my own dinners, which I'm really not used to anymore!

Yesterday I popped to my nans in the morning with my dad, sister and neice and nephew, which was nice. It was actually the fifth anniversary of my grandad passing away, which has gone so quickly, I can't quite believe it's been so long. Obviously we always go to see nan and take her some flowers - she was over run by flowers! I took her a bunch of roses and my sister took her some massive, lovely sunflowers and then my dad got her two bunches - she had so many that she didn't have enough vases for them. Hopefully they cheered her up a bit.

I spent the afternoon having a nap (obviously) and then headed to the park with my mum, dad, neice and nephew and the dog before Vince and I went to our friend's for the evening. We had lots of food and a few too many drinks. Vince actually has the day off today, which is so rare! I'm currently waiting for him to go to the shop to buy something for breakfast, I can't wait! Yum yum!

Next week I only have a three day week! I have Thursday off because it's my nephew, Oscar's first birthday! I can't believe he's going to be one! I've got him a toot toot drivers airport, which connects to a car garage he's got - hopefully he'll like it. I decided to book Friday off as well…just because! It's always nice to have week days off, there's something extra special about it!

What have you been up to this week?

Before you go, catch up on the posts that went live this week:
  • Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 gelly nail paints
  • The Steamcream Face Challenge
  • Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm
  • Lush Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon
    Cherry xo
  • 12 September 2014

    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints

    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints
    (From L to R) Chilli, Mustard, Chai

    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints
    (From L to R) Cocoa, Paprika, Cardomom

    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Cocoa
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Chilli
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Cardamom
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Paprika
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Mustard
    Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paint in Chai

    Gee whiz! What a collection. The new Barry M autumn/winter range has fast-tracked it's way onto my list of contenders for products of the year and I'm hoping you can see why.

    The colours...oh the beautiful colours. I don't think I've seen nail polish colours as on point as these ones. The trendy combination of Chai and Mustard is to die for and what I'm currently wearing on my nails at this precise moment.

    I don't think I can put into words how much I adore these nail polishes. When I spotted them on the shelves in Superdrug I snapped them all up (luckily they were on 3 for 2) without a second thought and I have to say the names of the shades are pretty spot on. The gorgeously green Cardamom for example.

    They're a joy to apply as well. No streaks, no horrible thin layers, just lovely thick polish that glides on effortlessly and only needs one coat. Not only that but they last too. They last the majority of a week, which means pretty much everything on my list of nail polish wants has been ticked off. Hallelujah!

    At £3.99 these are absolutely bargains. Maybe a bit pricey if you buy all six together so definitely look out for 3 for 2 offers, but overall they're so, so worth it. I don't even care that these are from the autumn/winter range as I'd wear these all year round without fail.

    Have you tried the new Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nail Paints? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
    Cherry xo

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