Mexico 2015

With a fresh approach to 2016 and making an effort towards my blog I wanted to start by documenting my latest adventure. In October I was lucky enough to spend a week away in Mexico with Harry, we both wanted to end the year with a nice getaway in the sun! Having heard great things about Cancun we decided we wanted a luxury getaway, so began the endless hours spent reading thousands of Trip Advisor reviews. After much deliberation and a few more thousand reviews later we decided to book Secrets the Vine. The Secrets franchise has a number of other resorts with The Vine being one of the newest resorts in Cancun.

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As we wanted a relaxing break we decided to go for an all inclusive break and we booked through Travelbag. One of the things that made it easier to find the perfect place was knowing that we wanted somewhere that was adult only – and this made our selection a bit easier. Most of the Cancun hotels and resorts tend to be all inclusive so all you need to choose is your room, this really appealed to both of us as it means you’re not worrying about finding places for lunch or dinner or worrying about how much it costs. Many people think all inclusive can mean you’re restricted by food choice, but with 7 restaurants on site we didn’t get bored throughout the week.

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We checked into the Junior Ocean view suite (I did say I wanted a luxury break!) which meant that we were also given preferred status which comes with a range of advantages such as having access to a preferred pool and bar area on the 12th floor. We had beautiful ocean views and a really good sized room with extra seating and place to have breakfast. The whole check in process was really quick and although we couldn’t get into our room till 3pm we were given access to the restaurants and bars, which meant by 11am we were comfortably sipping cocktails by the pool.

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The resort has 7 restaurants, the main market cafe is open for breakfast in the mornings, which was incredible (despite not having baked beans!) Most lunch times we tended to grab something light at the Olio bar on the 12th floor. We managed to try the Italian restaurant on the first night, despite being incredibly tired and getting into bed at 8pm. My favourite meal was at the Steakhouse, it was incredible, probably one of the nicest meals I’ve had. There is something to cater for everyone, including a sports bar which serves amazing burgers and chilli fries. We also gave the room service a go and pretty much became obsessed with the spicy chicken wings – I can honestly say I haven’t had chicken wings that good – ever.

Most days we spent relaxing by the pool or going on beach walks, luckily during our stay it was quite breezy, there were a few showers but most of the week the sun was out and it was a good temperature. We found that towards the end of the week it was becoming warmer, but almost to the point where it becomes a bit unbearable! As much as we love the sun sometimes the sticky heat which pierces through your skin is a little uncomfortable! The resort has a lot to do so you’re never left short of activities, one morning we spent about 2 hours playing table tennis and Harry even managed to sneak in a cheeky gym session. The infinity pool on the 12th floor was incredible, especially when it was nice a quiet at 8am one morning.

We checked out the local malls, which to be honest I wasn’t expecting much from but they have some of the best designer shops and although I wasn’t feeling spendy I did eye up some stuff for my ‘If i had all the money in the world wishlist’ which is continuing to grow rapidly as I decided on a makeup ban.. but more on that later.

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Tuesday was dedicated to a full day of sightseeing and Chichen Itza was top of my list. A 7:30am pick up took us on a 3 hour trip to the ruins with a stop on the way to check out a Mayan restaurant and shop. Despite the crazy weather, heatwave one minute and downpour the next we both really enjoyed out trip to see the ruins and we learnt a lot about the local culture and history too. On our return trip  we visited a Cenote called Ik Kil. A Cenote is natural sinkhole where a cave has most likely collapsed to create an incredible pool with views to the sky. Although me and Harry didn’t take a dip in the pool the views were stunning.

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The highlight of our trip was probably visiting Coco Bongo, despite being someone who doesn’t do the whole “going out” thing I can happily admit this night was incredible. The club is a fusion of a good night out, visiting the theatre and going to a concert in one go, which probably doesn’t sum it up enough but you get the idea. We paid for the premium tickets which means you get seats at the top of the venue and unlimited drinks all night. The show itself was incredible and the whole night was just such a surreal experience. If you’re interested it’s worth checking out some videos on Youtube.

So overall, an incredible adventure, we made the most of our week and were quite ready to come back home, mainly missing the little monster Jasmeet! We found a week was enough to get away from it all as well being able to check out the sights. There are of course so many other incredible sights to see in Cancun and across Mexico but it is somewhere I would love to come back to in the future. Do you have any travel plans for 2016?

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2016

Blogging just wasn’t happening in 2015, I made a few attempts but it just didn’t work out. So this time I’m not going to say Oh here I am back to blogging, because 2016 might just go in the same way. Who knows. I’ve decided that my blog is really a personal diary, so that’s how I’m going to be treating it, I’ll have less planned posts as such and more spontaneous ones and definitely more lifestyle posts. I’ll be putting up a post about my trip to Mexico in the coming days which is more rambles and pretty pictures, and besides that I don’t know what else I’ll be sharing with you guys!

I don’t do the whole new year resolution thing because it almost feels like a failing when you don’t check that tick box! I have personal goals that I want to achieve and no exercising more isn’t one of them..I just want to carry on focusing on my freelance career (which is something I want to talk about on this blog at some point!) Having started working freelance in November 2014 it’s been a massive career and lifestyle change so it’s something that will continue to be prominent this year. I have some exciting family events to look forward to this year so be sure to keep a eye out for them.

If you want to know what I get up to on a daily basis then be sure to check out my Instagram account @processbeauty I usually post something everyday, whether its a selfie or a picture of Jasmeet my niece, a red lippy or some food you’ll get an idea of what I’m up to..

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Canada | May 2015

This post is most definitely long overdue, but last month I was lucky enough to go away on a family holiday to Canada. Having never been I was incredibly excited and the trip definitely lived up to my expectations. Most of my pictures are on my camera as I haven’t had a chance to look through them so excuse the quality of these as they are from my phone.

As we were only there for a week we really had to make the most of our time. Luckily my mother in laws brother lives in Brampton so we were able to stay with them for the week. They have a stunning house so it was amazing being able to stay with them. The highlights of my trip were visiting CN tower & Niagra Falls. The Falls were just breathtaking – I couldn’t believe how amazing they looked, and as the weather was good it was nice to be able to spend some time there to really take it in. Me and my husband couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a lovely photo whilst we were there!

Heading to downtown Toronto was amazing, although we didn’t get the chance to explore and shop we were able to check out CN tower which provided us with amazing views, and as it was a clear day I got some amazing photographs. I can’t say I was a fan of the glass floor – which my husband did try to convince me to go on – I wasn’t having any of it! The rest of the experience there was amazing. Including the hot dogs we ate on the way back – which sadly I didn’t take a photo off!

In terms of shopping I was keen on hunting down my local Sephora so we headed to Sherway Gardens. I have to say I was in heaven, having only been to Sephora in Dubai which doesn’t stock all the brands you get in America/Canada It’s safe to say I went a bit crazy. I stocked up on some of my favourite products as well grabbing some new stuff. If you follow me on instagram you’ll be able to check out some of the stuff I hauled. We also headed to a designer outlet – but I can’t remember the name, luckily they had a cosmetics company outlet store where I got some Smashbox and Estee Lauder goodies. Finally I was obsessed with visiting the Shoppers Drug Mart which I guess you could say is the equivalent to Boots or Superdrug in the UK. I only had around half an hour in there so I was dashing around like i was crazy – I had no idea what i wanted to buy but ended up with some Covergirl, Orly and Physicians formula products, again you’ll find the snaps of all my hauling on instagram.

Of course I went crazy at Duty Free as well, picking up some stuff for Mac and Tom Ford, as well as some perfumes too. It’s got to be done right?

Overall I had an amazing week away and it was great to spend some quality time with the family. I would love to visit again and really get the chance to explore downtown a little more and see what else there is on offer. Have you ever been? What places would you recommend seeing?

        

I’m headed to the Lake District next month so I can’t wait to share that with you guys too. I’m going to be more conscious of taking more photographs when we go as I really wish Id taken more photos whilst we were in Canada!

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The weekend face

Regardless of what I’m doing on the weekend I like to mix up my makeup and do something different or try out some products I haven’t used in a while. Considering the weekend just gone was quite warm I wanted to go for a neutral look and just keep it looking quite fresh. For my base I went in with my Mac Studio Fix Fluid foundation but used only a small amount as all I wanted to do was even out my skin. Considering I’ve had quite a few good skin days, this foundation has been really good for the warmer days as it really does stay put. I covered up any dark circles and blemishes with my Nars Radiant creamy concealer which I haven’t stopped using since the day I got it. I works really well under the eyes because it doesn’t crease at all but also covers any minor blemishes really well.

On my eyes I kept it really simple and used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze which has been one of my all time favourite eye products. It works really well by itself giving a lovely bronzed look but also as a base for other shadows. I finished my eyes with the Dior Mascara I got in a Christmas collection. My brows got the usual treatment using the Anastasia Brow Pomade, I really don’t venture out into other brow products as this is just perfect for me. For the rest of my face I countered with the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow which is a staple in my makeup collection and I very rarely use anything else. I also added a bit of the highlight powder on the high points of my face and the inner corners of my eyes just to make them look a little more awake.

I decided to combine the Urban Decay Naked Flushed blush palette and the Mac Plum foolery blush to add some colour onto the cheeks. I also used the highlighter in the palette and ran this under my lash line just to finish of the eyes. I am well and truly obsessed with the Maybelline Color Drama for lips. I can happily say I would reach for these over my Nars ones and if you’re looking for a great lip product on a budget these are very much worth it. I didn’t want too much colour on the lips so I decided to really blend this into my lips just to leave a slight stain. And that’s my weekend face done! It’s a really simple fresh look which I actually think would be great for work too. It gives a nice natural glow and of course you can mix up the lipstick if you fancy something al little brighter.

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Quick getaway | Shendish Manor Hotel

So for valentines day me and my other half decided to book a quick getaway. We had originally planned to visit Spitbank Fort in Portsmouth but due to weather disruptions we had to cancel and decided to head to the Shendish Manor Hotel instead. I’m always looking for a good deal and I’ve had the Secret Escapes app on my phone for some time now. They have some great deals so it’s worth signing up for if you like traveling. They have deals for hotels, UK breaks and holidays abroad too.

As we were only away for the night we enjoyed an amazing 3 course meal on the night of our visit. There was a set menu from which we could select 3 courses. I enjoyed smoked salmon for starter, chicken wrapped in ham for the main and then the most amazing chocolate mousse for desert.

Overall the service we received at the hotel was excellent, from the moment we checked in, through to dinner and breakfast and checking out the next morning.

The hotel is quite modern and the rooms were really nice. Due to the weather we didn’t have a chance to explore the gardens and grounds but they looked fantastic. I managed to take some snaps of my food (had to be done!) and my makeup for the day as well as my dream car!

If you’re looking for a quick break to get away from it all then I would be sure to visit the hotel again. For what we paid it was perfect!

You may have also noticed that I still haven’t got back into a blogging routine – I just haven’t had a chance to get back into the swing of things yet. I’m hoping to create a plan for my blog, which will most likely include more lifestyle posts and not as much beauty. If you’re missing my makeup related posts then you can head over to my Instagram where I’ve been pretty active in posting! Go take a look @processbeauty

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Divine Wine from Maybelline

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I haven’t really been doing much with my nails they’ve predominantly been either red or pink. I saw this in Boots and couldn’t resist.. It seemed like the perfect shade for autumn.

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I love the formula of this.. its quite smooth and the application is really good. Two coats are needed though as one can look a little patchy. I like the overall finish as it has a bit of gloss look and I’m surprised at how well it has lasted too. It did start chipping but definitely lasted longer than most.

Overall I really like both the formula of and colour of this. And it it’s a great price too. Have you tried these? What do you think?

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20 days to go!

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I can’t quite believe there is only 20 days to go till I’m married. Somehow it just doesn’t even feel real. It is genuinely such a surreal feeling. I just can’t explain it. I managed to sort out some of my honeymoon packing over the weekend.. but its still not done properly. Oops.

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It’s been pretty mental with my skincare.. after the religious ceremony last week my skin had a massive breakout so I’ve been pretty strict with my diet and and my skincare. I’ve absolutely been loving these two oils.. I feel like the Pai oil has made a massive difference with my acne scaring.

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Has anyone else tried these vitamin c capsules?! I think they’re amazing! I use one every 2-3 days and I love what a difference it makes to my skin.

I don’t have any other major updates today.. but over the next few days I’ll be able to finalise most of the details. Eeeek!

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ASOS, Jewellery and another Birchbox

Sorry for the lack of posts guys.. there is only 22 days to go now! Eeeeeek. I’m definitely getting nervous now. I’ve been treating myself over the past few weeks and I’ve recently upgraded to asos premier. Which is already proving to be very dangerous.

I picked up another Nars sheer glow in the shade Barcelona as well as a korres shower gel, a hand sanitizing spray (to Jigna’s amusement) and a makeup brush cleaner.. which is amazing.

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I saw this set online at the Indian Jewellery Store and I thought it was beautiful.. it goes perfectly with my pre wedding outfit and I love the tikka that goes with it too. It really is stunning!

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I may have ordered another Birchbox purely because I knew I would be guaranteed to get the Beauty Blender. I was hoping I would get the Caudalie oil again but I guess it’s good to get some other stuff too. Last time I got the metallic blue mini from OPI and this time its the yellow. I don’t think I’ll be trying these out any time soon as I need to get my red nail polish off and start looking after my nails!

I’ll probably end up doing another post today too.. which will most likely be full of clothes, yes I have been doing some serious clothes shopping! #sorry #notsorry

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The perfect red

So I’ve finally picked the perfect red for the wedding day..

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It’s by Sally Hansen and its 570 Right Said Red. I’ve never tried anything from the brand before but I’m so glad I managed to get my hands on this colour. It’s perfection.

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I really do love it. It has a really glossy finish and two coats gave this gorgeous solid coat of colour. I haven’t applied any top coat or anything so it will be interesting to see how it lasts over the next few days..

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Recovering from the weekend with lipstick and makeup brushes.

So this weekend was pretty busy.. with the religious ceremony I’ve really not had a chance to sit and reflect. The weather was amazing and a huge thank you to all my family and friends who helped out. I’m still recovering from the past three days but if one thing is for sure.. I think it’s finally sunk in that I’m getting married. Wow.

Today Jigna also bought me the most amazing wedding present I could ask for, besides being such an amazing friend she also gifted me with a Tom Ford lipstick. And yes I nearly died.

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How beautiful!? It’s actually stunning. Like seriously. It’s totes amaze. Agh how can a lipstick be so beautiful!?

Okay. I’m calm.
Phew.

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You’re probably wondering how I managed to sneak in these Zoeva rose gold brushes but that is also Jignas fault. She showed them to me and I ordered them in the space of 15 minutes. These are definitely going in my wedding collection of makeup. But at £6.50 a brush I really don’t think you can go wrong.

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And now I’m sat here with this mask on. I had a horrible breakout on my cheek so im hoping this will help my skin out over night. I’ve found it to be really good after the first few times I used it. Right. Time to get this mask off and do a sneaky bit of online shopping.

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All about family

Tomorrow marks the first day of a religious ceremony called a ‘Paat’. From about 11am tomorrow until 12/1pm on Sunday priests will be reading the Guru Granth Sahib (holy scriptures) continously. We’ve set this paat to mark the upcoming wedding.

Today I spent most of the day sorting out final things at home as we’ve had to clear out most of our furniture from the living/dining rooms.

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Here’s tomorrow’s outfit looking a bit creased, even though I’d ironed it (seriously!) My makeup is going to be pretty simple to be honest, a light base and lots of mascara as usual!

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These were the only matching earrings I could find!

Just a quick note – I used the Soap & Glory ‘kick ass concealer’ today and it’s okay.. I need to give it a few more days but I’ve got to say it lasted pretty well throughout the day.

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It’s definitely something I’ll be reviewing but I need to give it a good go first! Right, I’m definitely going to head to sleep now.. the next few days are definitely going to be tiring!

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Thought I’d leave you with a picture of today’s makeup. Could it be any more simple!?

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Chocolate, Stress and Skincare

Today has been one of those days that is unnecessarily stressful. My day job is pretty much taking it’s toll on me now, so much so that my daily dose of fruit included a few pieces of chocolate too.. does anyone else find they eat more when they’re stressed!?

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Moving on.. Something which I’d been meaning to talk about was the beauty blender which I was lucky enough to get in the June Birchbox. I’ve wanted it for ages and I can confirm it is most definitely worth the hype.

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My morning face routine has had Nars sheer glow in it every single day. Now that I have the beauty blender it couldn’t get any better. The beauty blender makes applying foundation so easy. It’s very absorbant when you wet it but it doesn’t feel wet why you apply your base, it pretty much gives you flawless skin in minutes. I’m obsessed.

Despite the stresses of work I did have a Escentual order to look forward too.

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I don’t know what happens when I shop online but I usually just go crazy.. the thing I really wanted to mention was the oil from Clarins which according to Jigna I needed in my life.

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And she wasn’t wrong. I’ve just applied it all over my face and oh my. The smell. Wow. Just wow. I can’t wait to see how I my skin feels in the morning.

The next few days are going to be pretty busy as I have a 3 day religious ceremony at home. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted though!

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32 days till the wedding and the marquee is up! Eeeeek.

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