Sunday, 1 May 2016

April Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Favourites

Hello to you all, hope you are having a nice bank holiday weekend so far. This year I’ve started introducing a monthly favourites post and these are fast becoming my most enjoyable to create. I actually shot the photos for this post earlier in the month, as even by then I had lots of items to show you. So there’s a mixture of things like entertainment, beauty products and miscellaneous that I am excited to share with you. I bought the Martian DVD earlier in the year, after watching it at the cinema it was something I wanted to rewatch on DVD. I was considering buying the book but from reviews the dialogue has quite a lot science speak in it that can be hard to follow. The film is very inspirational, Matt Damon plays the role of astronaut Mark Watney incredibly well.

Papertowns was a DVD I enjoyed this month too, I loved the mystery element of this film and it was a nice watch. I finally finished watching my Dawson’s Creek box set, it was the first time I had watched all the episodes in order, there was a mixture of okay episodes to some brilliant ones. The end made my cry too! I’ve been really into reading at the moment, I finished a book called ‘The Way We Were’ by Elizabeth Noble which I found on a second hand book stall for 25p. The book is about two childhood sweethearts Susannah and Rob who reconnect after meeting at a wedding. The book was written very well and the characters relationships are very central in the story.

I picked up April's edition of Elle which is currently my favourite type of magazine to read, I love the articles and focus on high end fashion. The glossy pages make it lovely to keep on a coffee table. I’ve been trying to use up items in my wardrobe that for whatever reason I have forgot about. I find I’m always reaching for the same things, so I’ve I decided to use up my brightly coloured scarfs particularly this pink one. I have the same one if so many colours from Primark, they just add a pop of colour to any outfit.

I bought this Garnier hand cream, the subtle mango scent is lovely and works nicely to smooth out my hands. However I was later informed the brand do animal testing so I’m unlikely to be repurchasing after using the tube up. I’ve been mixing this collection matte foundation with another, it’s a bit too dark for me at the moment but the formula is whipped and applies well to the skin. Technically it was the end of March but I painted my nails for Easter day and I choose this beautiful gold glitter colour by the Fearne Cotton brand, the formula is spot on. I rekindled my love for the Pukka Elderberry and Echinacea tea, and have been enjoying a mug of this every other day. On my playlist has been Fleur East's first album, it’s very catchy and poppy, I love ‘Sax’ so much!!

How has your month been? What have you been loving? Do we have a favourite in common? :-) xxx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Boots Salon Performance Paddle Hair Brush

Hi! In today’s post I wanted to change it up a little and do a review of a hair brush. It’s been in my blog notebook to review a good while now and my thoughts are really positive so I wanted to share it with you. A lot of hair brushes that I have tried previously haven’t been the best quality, and often I find the handle snaps off after lots of use. I bought this hair brush at the end of 2014 so that in itself shows it has lasting power. I have very long hair and hate when it gets tangled, and getting knots out can be frustrating sometimes.

With the combination of this paddle brush and a shine serum, my hair routine has become a lot easier. I find the brush glides through my hair and gets rid of knots remarkably well. Like the packaging suggests my hair feels much smoother and a nice shine is created after each use. The handle has a lovely grip to it, and the style of the brush is quite classic. Overall I would really recommend this hair brush, it retails at £6.99 in Boots (buy here) which compared to some other brands seems quite reasonable.

What kind of hair brush do you normally use? Does this item interest you? :-) xxx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Peacocks Spring Clothing Haul

I was quite excited to share my latest clothing purchases with my lovely blog readers as I feel like it’s been too long since I last went clothing shopping. For the past couple of months I’ve been saving my pennies for other things and I feel like I’ve just been wearing up what I already had in my wardrobe. But now we are into spring I wanted a bit of a refresh. Clothes are one of my favourite things to buy! A couple of weeks back I popped into Peacocks, they had a mixture of new trends and things on sale. I bought four items, two of which were in the sale. So I will tell you a bit about them…

I was first drawn to this pair of capri pants with a floral design on them, I think these will be lovely when the weather gets a little bit warmer. I bought a khaki top with a knotted detail going across the shoulders, the style is quite classic but the knots make it more on trend. The two sale items I bought included a white cowl neck jumper with rose gold zips down each side and a blue and grey striped tunic dress. I think I will get most wear out of the tunic dress, as it’s a versatile piece and the kind of thing I reach for on a everyday basis.

So which item is your favourite? What shops have you been lovin’ for clothes at the moment? :-) xxx

Info on items
Blue Striped Tunic Dress £16 £12 (SALE) (Buy online)
White Cowl Neck Zip Jumper £18 £12 (SALE) (Buy online)
Khaki Knot Shoulder Tee £12 (Buy online)
Flower Print Cropped Jeans £14 (Buy online)

Monday, 18 April 2016

I Made Walnut & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hope you all had an amazing weekend, today's post is a baking one; the other day I made cookies and wanted to share it with you all. I used a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and modified it slightly by adding chopped walnuts and chopped dark chocolate. I have a few recipe books that I just go back to time and time again, with this bake I used a recipe from Cakes & Cookies for Beginners by Fiona Watt, which you may have seen me mention before. But cookies are very easy and there are lots of good recipes for this out there.

I often adapt recipes by adding extra bits at the end. We had chocolate and nuts in the cupboard so I used those; however sultanas, seeds, cinnamon, mixed spice etc. can be added, the options are endless. I was really pleased with the finished result, they looked and tasted delicious and they went down well with my family. The chocolate and walnuts came through really well, and they were quite moreish.

Thanks for popping by my blog! Do you like cookies? What kind are your favourite? Have you been inspired to do some baking of your own? :-) xxx

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Makeup & Bits Superdrug Haul

I bought a few bits from Superdrug recently, the main aim was to purchase some new shower gels as I had been running out, luckily I found these two Original Source ones. They are 100% natural fragrance and smell insanely fruity and delicious, I’ve been enjoying using them very much. I thought as you do I would add a few more items to my online basket. My hands have been a little dry lately so thought I would experiment using a new hand cream, I will let you know my further thoughts soon!

I bought a mascara which is very similar to one of my holy grail mascaras that I think either went discontinued or changed slightly, L’OrĂ©al do the best ones and the Telescopic range is just my favourite. I’m yet to use this false lash version, so keep your eyes peeled for a review. I seriously need to refresh my makeup stash, go through things and figure out what needs repurchasing. I’ve always loved trying out new makeup, I love testing products out and finding a gem. I think I really have with this Makeup Revolution highlighter, so I’m looking forward to reviewing it sometime. Just as a side note, Superdrug have now decided to give free delivery for beauty card holders which I think it brilliant if you are trying to save pennies.

Have you been makeup shopping recently? What’s your go-to place to shop for affordable beauty products? :-) xxx

Superdrug Purchases...

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights £3.00 (buy)
L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Magnetic Black £10.99 (buy)
Garnier Mango Hand Cream 100ml £2.99 (buy
Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel £250ml £1.00 (buy)
Original Source Lime Shower Gel £250ml £1.00 (buy)

Friday, 8 April 2016

My Thoughts on Three Weleda Products

Weleda Soothing Facial Cream / £11.27 for 30ml / buy
This face cream was very kind to the skin and soothing like the name suggests. I enjoyed using it and it left my skin really moisturised and refreshed. It absorbed into the skin nicely and I found it a great base for makeup, it wasn’t too oily. The only negative was I wasn’t overly keen on the almond scent, it just wasn’t to my taste.

Weleda Sensitive Body Lotion / £13.95 for 200ml / buy
This body lotion was a joy to use, quite soothing like the facial cream and left my skin super soft and hydrated. The lotion glided on so smoothly and felt light as air on the skin. It sank in extremely quickly too. I wasn’t as keen on the scent but overall it’s a lovely product.

Weleda Cleansing Milk / £8.94 for 100ml / buy
This product had a different fragrance to the other two, it was pleasant and I preferred it to the almond scent although I struggled to think how to describe it. It actually reminded me on the smell of a lovely natural health shop I visited often on holiday. Anyway this cleansing milk was lovely to apply to this skin and removed any dirt except eye makeup. After applying it and then washing it off my skin felt baby soft.

You can buy these products individually so I wanted to share my thoughts however I bought these three products in a minis gift set that was in stock at Christmas priced at £8.50, sadly I think it’s out of stock now. I like their sensitive range, I find it works well on my skin. I have high praise for Weleda as a brand, I also adore their body washes too as they have some beautiful scents and I like the formula. Weleda products are 100% natural, vegan, free from parabens, artificial fragrance, not tested on animals and cruelty free.

Have you tried Weleda products before? What is your favourite natural product at the moment? :-) xxx

Monday, 4 April 2016

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

I’ve been meaning to chat to you all about this product for a while, so now Easter has quietened down I really wanted to share my thoughts. I had these cleansing wipes on my shopping list and after finally testing them out I think they are brilliant. I have such high praise for Pacifica, as their perfumes are amazing so I figured these wipes smelling of coconut must be as beautifully fragranced and they were! The coconut scent is not overpowering but lovely all the same, making the cleansing process that much more enjoyable. I found the material of the wipes were super soft against the skin and had just the right amount of moisture in them. They are a perfect way of getting rid of makeup if you are in a hurry and although they don’t remove waterproof makeup, I actually did use it around the eyes and found it perfectly fine.

I have fairly sensitive skin, and some types of skincare products just break me out but the Pacifica wipes were super kind to my skin and I was highly impressed. The blue and yellow abstract design on the packaging is gorgeous, I love it! Also the brand is very ethically made, they are cruelty free, vegan and biodegradable. The ingredients are all natural, free from sulfates, gluten, parabens, and petroleum. This product is just an amazing all-rounder. I purchased them on Naturisimo at £4.99, click here to view. I would highly recommend this item to my blog readers!

Have you heard of Pacifica before? What is your go-to for cleansing wipes? :-) xxx

Monday, 28 March 2016

My Easter Eggs Haul & Visiting The Beach.

Happy Easter everyone and hope you are all having a pleasant bank holiday. Today’s post is a short and sweet one, I thought I would share with you a few clips from my weekend and what Easter eggs I received. Most years I get one or two but this year I was spoilt more the usual and received lots of lovely things. We had family over yesterday and it was really nice to spend time with them. They were super generous and brought with them some Easter treats for my brother and I. My Mum bought me some Easter related socks and I was so pleased to get these, I love the designs. On Good Friday my parents and I went to the beach, we went early and were lucky both with the weather and it not being too busy. There were still lots of dog walkers about and we enjoyed soaking up the nice atmosphere. I decided to include one or two photos from that day too!

Sending a message of peace and happiness! Speak soon! :-) xxx

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Wilko ‘Fruits’ Shower Gels

Today’s post is a bit of a cheap and cheerful one about a beauty and bath brand by Wilko called Fruits. They do a large range of all kinds of bath bits including shower gels, hand washes, bubble bath, soaps etc. all at an incredibly reasonable price. You can pick most things up for under one pound an item and I decided to experiment by buying two shower gels, I choose rhubarb vanilla and passionfruit watermelon. I really felt like I picked up at a bargain at £0.95 per 250ml tube. I think my favourite thing about these shower gels were the scents, the rhubarb and vanilla being my top pick from the two. I wanted something fruity and tangy to put me in a bright mood.

The formula was lovely, and the texture was gel like plus a little went along way. The fragrances were gorgeous and made my shower experience extra pleasant. I really want to try out other things in the Fruits range, all the different scents sound just incredible. Others such as lime and ginger, lemon black pepper, blueberry grape and coconut sound so tempting!! The bright and simple packaging really catches your eye too. The only downer is I’m not overly sure if the products are paraben free but everything else just ticks all the right boxes. I would recommend these shower gels and I can’t wait to try out the rest of the Fruits range. Click here to browse online.

Hope you are all having a lovely Easter day! Have you seen or used Wilko’s Fruits product range? :-) xxx