Saturday, 11 April 2015

Whittards Fruit Tea // My Thoughts

I have been slowing getting through my tea Hamper I received at Christmas. I had the last tea sachet today and was quite sad as it made a lovely treat. I also got given a hot chocolate hamper and because I gave fruit tea to my close family we’ve had a lot to get through.

So I thought today would be an appropriate time to share my views on Whittards Fruit Tea. This particular hamper is still available on the official website for £12.00. Click here for the link. They also have a massive range of other fab gifts so make sure to take a look!

Anyways let’s get on with my review…..I thought the tin of samples was a lovely idea and was lovely to open on Christmas day. Included were four different flavours two fruit flavours, a peppermint and then a ginger one. My Favs had to be the two fruit ones raspberry and peach and then pomegranate and orange.

The taste of each one was very authentic and I loved the idea of trying four different flavours. I really enjoyed drinking the tea and it put me in a good mood. My all-time fav tea brand is Pukka but I would say this brand is a close second. I’ve really got into drinking special tea over the last year. I also think it’s become a bit trendier. I highly recommend giving herbal and fruit teas a try!

Do you like drinking tea? What kind do you have? :-) xx

Saturday, 4 April 2015

I’ve Been Baking // Happy Easter!!

Yesterday I did some baking so thought I would show you the results. I made mini egg cookies. I used a basic cookie recipe and added the mini eggs on top just before baking. I got the recipe from a book called ‘Easy Peasy Sweetie Pie’ it is a beginners baking book from an author called Mary Contini. Click here to buy the book from Amazon.

I love baking it’s a cool hobby to have in my opinion. I have been experimenting with a couple of recipes over the year so far. I’ve tried different biscuits recipes including heart shaped valentines biscuits, chocolate cookies etc. The recipe before last I made flapjacks. If you are interested in seeing the photos I have created a folder on Flickr click here to see.

I also have a passion for photography which I hope comes across in my blog. Most times I bake I try and capture some photos. I’ve noticed lots of other similar blog posts over the Easter weekend so far. Have you been baking? Feel free to post a link below if you have a blog post! :-)

I hope you all are having an awesome bank holl weekend. Sending Easter wishes to you all :-) xxx

Monday, 30 March 2015

H&M Nail Polishes

I wanted to tell you all about two nail polishes I picked up a while ago because they are just so fab! I picked up ‘Did I tell you’ which is a clear polish with large bits of blue glitter in and ‘Serenity now’ which is a beautiful opaque royal blue.

What I loveee about these polishes are they are really great quality for £2.99 each. I like to apply two coats of ‘Serenity now’ with a coat of ‘Did I tell you’ over the top. The glitter adds a party vibe but the blue on its own is versatile for every occasion.

I’ve been going through my nail polishes just recently and decided to get back into wearing them. There are just so many pretty colours for this time of year. What is you go-to Spring shade? Helen xxx

Friday, 27 March 2015

Collective Haul // Clothing, Homeware, Sportswear, Books, Stationery etc.

This is one of those posts that I kept wanting to post but never getting round to and then more stuff from shopping trips started accumulating. So instead of lots of mini haul posts I thought I would share one big one. There’s a mixture of genres so there is something for everyone.

Before launching right into the photos I thought I would explain a couple of my purchases. I have been attending a yoga and relaxation class with my Mum for a number of years and wanted to update my equipment. There was a good sale at Sports Direct earlier in the year so I stocked up on a new yoga mat, yoga mat bag, sports bag and a sports drink bottle.

After viewing Essie Buttons Bookshelf YouTube video on ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poeler I went ahead and purchased a couple of books from amazon. This book has been on so many blogs and thought I would start reading it myself. So far it’s pretty good and I am enjoying it :-)

So what have you been buying lately? Any trips to Primark or are there any other shops or products I should know about? Best wishes, helen xxx

Nautical knit top £6.00
Navy knit top £6.00
Pack of five socks £2.50
Pack of two thermal socks £2.50
Neon Bow slippers £3.00
Body puff £1.00
Grey fleece blanket £3.00

Sports Direct
Nike graphic gym bag in berry £6.00 (SALE)
Yoga mad warrior mat in blue £13.99 (SALE) (BUY)

Yoga mad mat bag 53 in blue £10.00 (SALE) (BUY)
Nike water bottle £4.29 (SALE) (BUY)

It Felt like A Kiss by Sarra Manning £3.85 (BUY)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler £11.89 (BUY)
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso £7.49 (BUY)

Glamour Fifty Shades limited edition magazine £2.00
Look Magazine February £1.80

Turquoise Floral Bird A5 notebook £5.59 (BUY)
Melodie Floral Bird mini notebooks 3pack £3.49 (BUY)

Store Twenty One
Buddha Ornament £1.50 (SALE)
Cherub ornament £1.99 (SALE)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

No7 Melting Gel Cleanser £9.50

I’ve been trying out lots of different No7 products now for over about a year or so. At Christmas I bought the No7 advent calendar and that allowed me to test some of their makeup and skincare in sample minis. Also at Christmas and on my birthday I got some No7 bits. I love there beautiful Skin night cream it’s my holy grail item. From the advent calendar I’ve been getting into their lip crayons and other things too.

I really wanted to like the melting gel cleanser but it just didn’t work with my skin as I had hoped. I was expecting big things from the hoo-ha from bloggers about this product but unfortunately was left feeling disappointed. When investing in any skincare it’s always a risk to see if your skin will react well to it.

I found the consistency quite nice but the smell wasn’t to my liking. It wasn’t refreshing instead more soapy and unappealing. My skin didn’t feel particularly different after using the product. I felt I was just using soap even thought I was using a posh skincare product.

My skin had a minor reaction to it unfortunately. I found a day after use small imperfections/bumps sometimes formed around where I had used the product. This might not be true for everyone but it was the deciding factor for me to discard the product.

Have you tried the melting gel cleanser or any other No7 products? What were your thoughts? Xx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Vintage Shop & Tearoom Guisborough Dunsdale // Lifestyle Post

Before Christmas I visited a beautiful little tearoom and vintage shop near where I live. It’s run by lovely friendly ladies and also on site there is a farm shop, regular markets, range of classes, courses & therapies, and boutique camping at Baby Moon. Type in Field Good into facebook and there page should come up.

I’ve visited twice now and really enjoyed going to have a hot chocolate or gingerbread latte. They also have a great selection of homemade cakes. As the keen photographer and blogger I am I decided to bring my camera on both visits and was pleased with the images produced.

The shop and tearoom is stunning. I love how the ladies hung all different garments, jewellery and homeware. It’s just gorgeous! Does this place look like somewhere you would like to visit? Xxx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Clothing & Beauty Jan/Feb Collective Haul

January has been a more indulgent month than most and I picked up some things that I know I’ll really wear and get my use out of.

First I bought two watches one for day time and one for special occasions. My last watch is in pieces it really needs to be binned. I’m so happy with these ones from next and the rose gold one in particular looks a lot more than it actually is price wise.

I love my new dressing gown for wrapping up in when it’s cold indoors or if I want to cuddle up in while watching TV on a night. This addition from next is going to be well worn!

I picked up a standard soft green hoody from Peacocks. It’s just one of those items which I know I’ll live in and have been already – ha! And the socks (from the men’s section) are so cosy and better quality than primark ones.

I picked up some beauty bits, an old fav are the No7 wipes which I sometimes buy when they come on offer and I’ve been trying out a new shampoo which I will reveal my thoughts sometime soon!

The grey ribbed body con has a turtle neck and I’ve noticed this is a fashionable trend at the mo. I sized up by two sizes for a more loose fit which I could wear with leggings and boots during the day.

Last but not least I purchased a vintage style lace top from Dorothy Perkins. I loved the detail and pretty feminine style. When I got home I wasn’t 100% on it but I think I’ll ride it out as it might be quite nice to wear in spring time.

What have been your Jan/Feb splurges? See anything you like from my haul? Xx

Red midi watch £18.00 (Click here to buy)
Rose gold strap watch £22 (Click here to buy)
Charcoal grey bird print dressing gown £24.00 (Click here to buy)

Dorothy Perkins
Vintage style lace top by Isabel London £28.00

New Look
Grey ribbed body con £14.99

Mint green hoody £12.00
Men’s cosy socks SALE £3.00

No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes OFFER £2.00

Schwarzkopf Volume Shampoo £2.49