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Happy Birthday, Lily Doughball!

Another vlog! 2 videos in as many days, what is the world coming to?

Yesterday, *the 6th June* marked my 26th birthday, and today, *7th June* marks THREE WHOLE YEARS since I started this blog. To mark these momentous occasions I fashioned a vlog in which I talk to the camera for the first time and I’m definitely not nervous at all.

We popped along to Berkeley Castle for the day because it’s a tradition in my family to go see a castle because we bloody love history. It was fun.

Please do leave your honest opinions below because I’d like to make more videos and I need some constructive criticism.

Cheers me dears!

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Birthday Wishlist


It’s my birthday on Monday! Hoorayyyy! Yep, in just a few short days I will be turning the ripe old age of 26, and will be hurtling my way toward my late twenties… *gulp*. In honour of getting a little bit older and potentially a bit wiser, I’ve compiled a few bits and pieces which I’ve been eyeing up over the last few months, which I’m more than likely going to treat myself to this weekend (it’s mainly clothes and Etsy finds, to be perfectly honest). Read More

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Birthday Wishlist!

Birthdays, HOORAAAAAY!

At the beginning of next month I will hit the big old 2-5, and to mark the occasion of turning a quarter of a century I have very handily compiled a collection of items which I’ve had my eye on for a while, and although I probably don’t deserve any presents, I would be very grateful to receive these as gifts (*nudge nudge wink wink* family!).

Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog Birthday Wishlist
The Night’s All Right Patch – Explorer’s Press
Monstera Notebook – Eastern Biological
Nadia Trousers – Monki
Casio Watch Rose Gold – Watchshop
Pearl Jelly Shoes – Sunjellies
Polka Dot Pleat Skirt Dress – The Whitepepper
Single Ladies Print – Draw Me a Song on Etsy

Clothes! I recently completely gutted my wardrobe, and have narrowed it down to a chest of drawers and a small rail. I love how freeing it feels to know exactly what you have to wear, but it still doesn’t make it easier to get dressed in the morning! Narrowing things down has brought up a couple of gaps which need to be filled – namely, summery trousers like these beauts from Monki, and floaty but smart dresses, like this polka dot number from The Whitepepper. In my quest to dress as weirdly as possible (one of my resolutions), I’ve been obsessing over these two, plus Lazy Oaf and Pull & Bear. If you know of any others which are similar, let me know!

A good summer staple wardrobe also needs some shiny new accessories, like this Casio watch in rose gold, the cheapest of which I’ve found at Watchshop for a mere £29 (compared to AA, where they were flogging them for £47!). My trusty ASOS jellies also died a death at Glastonbury last year, and so I’ve had my eye on these beautiful Sunjellies for a while now, the summeriest of which are this gorgeous shimmery pearly colour (they’ve got some awesome bags, too – check them out!). I also broke out my denim jacket a couple of weeks ago, and would love to adorn it with this awesome patch from Toronto-based Explorer’s Press, whose shop is packed full of fantastic treasures.

I’ve probably got enough notebooks in the house, but I could make room for this leaf print beauty. Eastern Biological are one of those shops which you cannot stop looking at once you’ve discovered them – I just want to fill my whole house with their animals and trinkets.
Lastly, No birthday would be complete without some Beyonce, and I’ve got just the spot for this awesome poster by Draw Me a Song on Etsy! I can picture it filling the space above the fireplace in our bedroom, showcasing our loyalty to Queen Bey.

Birthdays are the best <3

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Birthday Treats

I suppose this post is somewhat late, considering my birthday was nearly two whole Fridays ago! In my defence, what with Harry Potter World and all, the weeks at the moment are turning into a bit of a blur! It’s nice that’s it’s finally beginning to feel like summer, even if the bus journey in the afternoon is a little more sticky and uncomfortable.

Anywho, I am here to share with you – nay, GLOAT – at the treasure trove of awesome beauty treats I got amongst some other fabulous birthday gifts this year. Someone’s been reading my blog, I think!

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

I love birthdays, especially now I’m beginning to get older. It seems to be the one day of the year where you really do have the excuse to do whatever it is you feel like – this year me and top took a trip on a narrowboat (woooooo!), opening locks and doing some steering, then finally travelling up to see my mam and going for a lovely dinner at Zizzi’s. What a treat. Plus, people actually give you things for the privilege of being a year older! Win.

As you can see, I got all the beauty bits on my wishlist and so much more. I can’t quite believe how much I was spoilt this year – alongside my favourite Lush shampoo bar and tried-and-tested Ren Glycolactic Peel there was a WHOLE BAG of other little treats from Ren Skincare which came from my brother and sister, plus a fabulously colourful Clinique bag stuffed with goodies from Tom’s parents. I love having samples to test out; I am a very fickle beauty buyer, and am shamefully always buying new things when I know I’ve got one half full which needs using up at home. Samples are good for this purpose – all of the excitement of a new product, with none of the commitment!

I was particularly excited about the Clinique chubby stick, having heard so much about them through the beauty blogosphere. The colour which came in my bag was ‘mega melon’, which turned out to be a coral-pink colour, with an orange undertone. I’m loving orange-y lipsticks at the moment, and can’t get enough of this product – it’s almost like a tinted lip balm but with a bit more of a firmer pencil texture, so you can apply it with a bit more precision. Perfect for tucking away in your handbag for summer.

Another year older, and halfway through June already! I’ve got another busy weekend coming up, have you got any plans?

Psssst! Have you entered my giveaway yet?

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A week of milestones, plus a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

Well, this past week has marked a fair few milestones for me – first I reached 100 followers on Bloglovin’, which is something I never though I would do at the beginning of my blogging adventure. It still seems really strange to me that 100 people read me waffle on in my humble corner of the internet, and I am so grateful to everyone who does, and takes the time to leave such lovely comments and feedback. This week also marks ONE WHOLE YEAR of blogging, plus yesterday I marked 24 years of life! Wow.

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To mark this momentous occasion, I have gathered together some items with my measly pocket money, which I believe are worthy of a spectacular birthday giveaway! I like to think of this little bundle as a ‘ready for summer’ package – you can beautify yourself with all the luxurious beauty products, keep them stowed in the little bee purse, and then snap your adventures with the Lomo Diana! The teabags are a necessary precaution, you never know what the English summer will bring, and these are to warm you up on an inevitably rainy day.

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lily doughball birthday giveaway prize bundle on

lily doughball birthday giveaway prize bundle on

lily doughball birthday giveaway prize bundle on

lily doughball birthday giveaway prize bundle on

lily doughball birthday giveaway prize bundle on


Included in the giveaway we have …

– Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tanning Mousse

– Mini Body Shop samples (satsuma body polish, coconut shimmer body butter, oatmeal face mask)

– ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Chai teabags

– Molton Brown coco de mer body lotion sample

– Boux Avenue heart shaped mirror

– ‘Bee Happy’ coin purse

– Benefit Ultra Plush lip gloss sample

– Benefit ‘The Porefessional’ sample

– Lomography Diana F+ (plus I will chuck a roll of 120 film in too!)

In order to facilitate this spectacular bunch of prizes, I have enlisted the help of our good friend Rafflecopter. Unfortunately, because I am not yet self hosted, I cannot have the nifty little widget, so to enter the giveaway, simply click on the link at the bottom of the post.

The giveaway will be open until 11:59pm on the 30th of June, so you have the whole of this month to enter! A winner will be picked at random and have 48 hours to respond, if not a new winner will be chosen. Unfortunately, this is open to UK residents only.

Good luck!


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Birthday Wishlist

I am well aware of how much of a blogging cliche it is to harp on about how the time has flown, and “is it May already?! I hadn’t noticed!” etc. etc., but this time I really have lost a grip of the weeks, hence the radio silence on the blog. Truth be told, a large majority of it was spent in the sunshine, snaffling burgers at Burger Joint, meeting up with old friends, drinking beer, and I even managed to sneak a shift in at the Cube on Tuesday (I saw The Double – I highly recommend it)!

All this talk of time passing, plus the birthday of dear Bristolian blog friend Lyzi today has made me realise that it is only 3 short weeks until my birthday! I feel I deserve to get just a little bit excited about it in a childish manner, and so I have compiled a list of things which I am going to treat myself to next payday:


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The first item on my list is Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It has been in a previous wishlist post, about a year ago. The reason it’s come around again isn’t because I bought it and have run out, but simply because I haven’t got round to buying it yet. I feel pretty ashamed that I’ve allowed a whole year to pass me by with the vague notion of wanting it in the back of my head that I haven’t got round to fulfilling yet. Truthfully, it’s the price that puts me off every time – it’s £30 of the Queens, but it’s worth every penny. My friend lent me a sample a while back and it left my skin feeling absolutely incredible.

The next is a Lush favourite – this shampoo bar is called ‘New’, and is without fail a request every single Christmas and birthday. There is something about the cinnamon smell which is so incredibly addictive, plus it makes your hair super shiny and soft, while soothing your scalp. It worked wonders when I had red hair. Item number 3 is this cheerful rainbow film for my Instax Mini, better than boring old white any day! I really want to try and take my instant camera on more adventures this summer, and I think this will give me more of an incentive to do so.

Number four probably warrants some explaining. A couple of weeks ago I had a text off my brother telling me he is moving to Germany this coming Saturday, and that I should go and visit him. We’ve been wanting to visit Germany for a couple of years now, and so now that I have a legitimate excuse, how can I not go?! Trouble is, my passport expired in 2010, and it costs around £90 for a new one. Yet again one of those expensive purchases I have put off in favour of cheaper (and arguably crappier) useless items. This year, I will leave the UK!

Lastly, is this rather stunning Pashley Britannia bike. Oh, a girl can dream! All these weeks in the sunshine has made me vision cycling down the towpath to Bath, stopping off at all the cafes and pubs along the way, with a massive picnic basket of treats (ie BEER) to have when we get there. My little 1977 Raleigh bike is a bit of a stunner, but boy is he heavy, and not the most comfortable thing to ride. It’s time to upgrade from a kids bike to a grown up bike. There is no way I would be able to afford this, but hey, it is a wishlist, after all!

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