Bank Holiday Blues

If you’re anything like me, I’m suffering from some serious Bank Holiday blues and already counting down to the next one.

This weekend I attended Bolt Fest. A family friendly rock tribute festival with market stalls, food and drink stalls as well as a children’s play area. We took some camping chairs and a picnic blanket and soaked up the sunshine whilst listening to some great live music. Although my favourite part was obviously the cost. The event was free apart from a small booking fee of £2.50. We had a fantastic time and will certainly be returning next year.


This got me thinking about my plans for the next Bank Holiday. I’ve had a good look around to find some free events across the country

Edinburgh – Edinburgh Art Festival – 28 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

“The UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events

Manchester – Manchester Pride Parade – 29th August 2015
“A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester and is set to enthrall the thousands of spectators – young and old, gay and straight, friends and family – who come down to see the glamorous and the outrageously fabulous people who take part!”

Liverpool – Liverpool International Music Festival – 28 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

“The beating heart of the festival, Summer Jam will see Sefton Park transformed into a fun, free, and family-friendly alfresco party. The park’s acres of rolling meadows will play host to some of the biggest names in music including headliners such as Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and local heroes Echo & the Bunnymen performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, sitting alongside hot talents such as Katy B, Naughty Boy, Laura Mvula, Becky Hill and more for an unforgettable end to the summer season

Birmingham – Summer Southside –  24th – 25th August ( Not BH but thought it was worth a mention)

“This extravaganza of dance, stunts, acrobatics, circus performances, interactive workshops and plenty more takes place on the streets and squares near the Birmingham Hippodrome”

London – London Mela – 31st August

“The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival – returns to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, on Sunday 31 August for a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. Over 80,000 people enjoyed last year’s creative triumph and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever with nine zones”

Cornwall – Newlyn Fish Festival – 31st August 2015

“Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction. August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing and seafood at the 26th Newlyn Fish Festival, where you will find more fish than you can shake a mermaid’s tail at!”

I hope this has given you some inspiration for your next Bank Holiday and will banish those blues.

Let me know if you are aware of any other free events over the August Bank Holiday that you would like to share.

Love Nic x


Gorgeous George

Don’t you just hate it when all your make-up runs out at once? These days it feels like you have to take out a small loan to look and feel beautiful! As a former make-up artist, I would never have dreamed of ditching the department store for the local supermarket but desperate times lead to desperate measures. With a mortgage to pay and saving to start a family my budget is non existant.

Under Eye concealer (02 Medium) £2.75 – The idea of this concealer is based on YSLs Touche éclat. I found that the coverage isn’t fantastic, however it’s a great little product for highlighting and contouring.

Blush (05 Little Gem) £3.00 – Aside from the fact that I can’t help but think about a former U.S. President every time I apply this (George Blush), I’m actually really impressed. It’s got great pigment with a little bit of shimmer which is perfect for giving you a great spring/summer glow.

Queen Bee Bronzer (02 Nectar shimmer) £3.00 – I don’t have many positive things to say about this product I’m afraid. Firstly it has a strange smell that reminds me of using my mothers make up back in the late 80s and that’s not meant as a compliment. I chose shade 2 and although I haven’t yet perfected my tan, it’s quite dark/orange. It also can look quite patchy when I’ve applied it.

Curl ’em! Mascara (Black) £4.00 – Firstly I never apply mascara without curling my eyelashes first. If you invest in a good eyelash curler it will last you a few years. Shu Uemura do a great one which retails at £20. I’ve found it on Amazon for £13.08! Anyway back to the review.  I have to comment on the packaging as I just love the colour of the tube. It has certainly lengthened my lashes but I’m not sure about ‘curling’ and I am pleased to say there has been no clumping or flaking. I do feel that you have to add a couple of layers to get the desired effect but I think that’s just down to personal taste.

Precision eyeliner (Black) £2.75 – I love a liquid liner and once you’ve perfected how to use it, it gives a great dramatic look. This is really impressive for the price and just as good as other more expensive liners out there. It has a strong black colour in comparison to some other cheaper liners which I have found quite watery and had to apply several layers. The tip is firm but flexible and just like Goldilocks it’s ‘just right’

Soft eye pencil (Black) £2.75 –  As well as a precision eyeliner I like to line my inner lash line to give that extra dramatic look. This is a retractable liner and as a lover if all things gadgety, I was pleased to discover a little sharpener at the end (so cute), however I am not entirely sure this is completely necessary as it is retractable. In my opinion you can’t beat Kohl eye liner, however this comes pretty close. It’s easy to apply and gives great definition.

Lip liner ( 06 Pretty in Pink) £2.75  – What a great little find! It’s easy to use and like the eye pencil has a wind up function.  The colour is bound to add a smile to your face and perfect for those sunny days. I always use my lipliners to add a little colour to my lips which also helps to seal your lipstick or gloss.

Get Glossy Lip gloss ( 20 Idol) £3.75 – This adds a great sheen without being sticky and combined with the lip liner, you are onto a winner.

Total cost – £26.50

Overall I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products and feel they are excellent value for money. The fact I have been able to create a whole new spring/summer look for the price of a department store Lipstick is fantastic.

Have you tried any low-cost Make-up brands that are worth shouting about? I would love to hear about them.

Love Nic x