Collection | My Naked Family

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In the space of about 9 months I have somehow acquired three Naked palettes, which I am more than thrilled about! I have swatched friends' Naked palettes in the past so I knew that the quality was great but could never bring myself to spend £38 on one as I have so many eyeshadows already. However, now that I have three of the palettes from the Urban Decay Naked family I wholeheartedly understand and support the hype surrounding them! I know you've probably already read 8576839281 blog posts about these palettes before but it never hurts to get one more opinion, right?! I'll go through the three palettes I own in the order that they came into my life: Naked 3, Naked Basics and finally the original Naked palette.



The Body Shop | July Haul

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I've been loving The Body Shop recently - their products are so affordable and now that I have a loyalty card it makes shopping there even more enjoyable! The stores in Nottingham city centre are fantastic and the sales assistants are always really helpful without being too pushy. I thought I'd share with you what I bought on my latest visit (I only went in for one item and came out with 5, but it makes a good haul post which justifies the extra purchases, right?!)


Hair Styling | Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Spray

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You know the deal: you go to the hairdressers and have a million and one products recommended to you but then you get them home and they just don’t live up to your expectations. Well, I've now found a hairdresser who I love and trust and would believe any recommendation she makes – thanks to the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydromistBlow-Out Spray.


Boots | July Haul

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I did some damage in Boots, but the fact that it can be turned into a blog post lessens the guilt... Boots is my happy place and I've hit the jackpot with the Nottingham Victoria Centre store being a short bus ride away! None of these were spontaneous purchases (list lovers holla at me!) - some are first-time buys while a few are repurchases. Without further ado let's get into what I've been buying! (All products have been linked, just click on the name!)


The Body Shop | Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet

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You’re probably sick of hearing this, but you HAVE to go and smell The Body Shop’s new Virgin Mojito range. If you like zesty, fresh, summery scents then you’ll love it, as most bloggers already do! While I was intrigued by the range I didn't think I would be that bothered about the scent… boy was I wrong! I bought the Body Sorbet to take toMenorca with me and I'm so glad I did!


Agua De Menorca | Eau De Toilette

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I like perfume as much as the next gal and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I can’t resist spritzing my wrists whenever I spot a scent I've never tried. When browsing one of the many gift shops in Menorca I saw a shelf full of Agua De Menorca, a beautifully packaged Eau De Toilette that I couldn't resist trying.

I spritzed it, smelt it, loved it…and left it.



KIKO | Two Sale Purchases

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Kiko is a brand that I've known about for a little while but only paid proper attention to since their Nottingham store opened a couple of months ago. It is often ridiculously busy in the store so I am yet to have a thorough browse and spending spree in there, but I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to grab a bargain in their sale the other day! As I still haven’t explored the brand properly I didn't have any items that I was particularly looking for and I only picked up two bits but I thought I would share them with you regardless, especially as I am super excited about one of them!


Foundation | Finding The Perfect One For You

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I’ve tried a fair few foundations over the years and made many mistakes in the past, from buying totally the wrong shade (I know I wasn’t the only Oompa Loompa in high school though!) to trying foundations simply because they were hyped up even if they were realistically totally wrong for my skin. A blog post with tips on how to find your perfect foundation would have been so useful for me when I was a teenager – so I thought I would put all the things I’ve learned over the years in one blog post in case it helps anyone reading this…and if not at least I have something to refer back to for myself!



50 Facts About Me | Revisited

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I'm the one on the left, in case there was any confusion. The very handsome fellow on the right is my boyfriend, Josh.

I wrote a '50 Facts About Me' post over two years ago and it seems to be one of my post popular posts (in terms of views anyway!). I've had it linked on my About Me page for new readers to get to know me a bit better... except it is rather out of date, so I thought it might be fun to revisit it and see what has changed about neecola in the past two years!



Guest Post | The Rose Beauty Files

My good friend Molly writes over at The Rose Beauty Files and if you haven’t followed her blog yet, go and do it! This week she is having a guest blogger week and today is my turn to contribute. My post involves a whole lotta makeup and I really enjoyed writing it! I won’t give any more away so all that is left to say is click here to head over to my guest post on Molly’s blog! I hope you like it, and remember to follow Molly while you’re there!

Nicola x


Festivals | Why I Won't Be Attending

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Can we please appreciate how festival-esque I was as a child? Those glasses, that t-shirt - so on trend.

It’s festival season (if you’re not convinced, just head over to Instagram!) and bloggers and celebrities, alongside the rest of the population, seem to be attending some festival or another this summer! I, however, will not be joining them. I’m sure my absence leaves a big hole in their hearts and nowhere seems quite right without me being there because my presence is just so life-changing…hence me writing a blog post to explain myself to all those lost souls missing me this summer…



Menorca | Getting The Most Out Of Your Visit

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If you hadn’t already gathered from my last two posts, I think Menorca is a fantastic place to holiday. With the help of my family I have put together a few tips that will hopefully help you to get the most out of your holiday. While I have written this with Menorca in mind it should also be applicable to anywhere you decide to do your holidaying!


Menorca | 10 Things To Do

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This post might be totally unnecessary and some of you may be reading this wondering why the hell anyone would need a list of things they can do while on holiday (sun-lounger, anyone?!) however this year my family and I discovered a few places and things to do in Menorca that we had never done before so I thought I would share those things with you! This might also be particularly helpful to anyone who is hiring a car when they visit Menorca and want to make the most of having that luxury or to anyone who simply fancies doing something other than sunbathing by the pool (which we did a LOT of too, don't you worry!).


Menorca | My Second Home

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Josh and I were lucky enough to spend two weeks of June in Menorca with my parents and younger sister. I'd been to Menorca many times as a child and last went 5 years ago, as did Josh. I have so many memories from my holidays there, including memories with loved ones who are sadly no longer with us, and returning this year honestly felt like going home.

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