Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Noughty Rise & Shine Haircare

Hello and welcome to a new beauty post, today I wanted to share my thoughts on the Noughty haircare brand which is available in Superdrug. I was so curious about the range, mainly down to it being 97% natural. Free from petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, silicones, and also being vegan and cruelty-free. And I’m sure you’ve noticed how pretty the packaging is – right? I loved the muted pinks and lilacs throughout, they are definitely very instagramable! At full price, they retail for £6.99 each for the shampoo as well as the conditioner however they are frequently doing offers to get more money off.

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty – how effective were they to use? The tube packaging made using the products in the shower very easy. The shampoo did have a faux silicone like texture which I liked and the conditioner was nice and thick in consistency. They claim to make hair shiny, which I feel they did, but I found the shampoo just a tad drying, so I decided to be more generous with the conditioner, which helped. I wasn’t amazed by how my hair felt afterwards sadly, I was expecting just a little something extra for the price. I was trying the everyday shine range, but maybe other products from Noughty could be better? Overall I was pleased but not astounded. View range here.

Have you seen this brand before? 
Have you tried it for yourself? 
Let me know what you thought! :-) Xx

Monday, 14 August 2017

A Visit to Star Buds Café in July

This is becoming a bit of a blog post series, since we visit Star Buds café most months, we are regulars now! This particular outing was the day before my birthday, and the weather was beautiful, so we decided to sit outside. There was a lovely atmosphere, and we people watched while having a drink and cake. I had the Fentilman's wild English elderflower, which was amazing, and the ideal summer beverage. They have other flavours on offer that I love too. Star Bud’s make fresh homemade cakes, and that day I had an apple cake with coconut icing, it was very indulgent.

My Dad stuck to his regular, which is a toasted tea cake, and a latte. My Mum had a scone and pot of tea. This was one of my favourite Star Bud’s outing, with it being the height of summer although going for a hot chocolate in autumn is perfect, and something I enjoy too. And as always I brought my camera along, and snapped away. I bought a Fuchsia to plant in our garden, if you don’t know, I’ve got into gardening for the last year or so.

What’s your favourite coffee spot? Do you take photos at cafes too? :-) Xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kind Natured ‘Tutti Frutti’ Hair Detangling Spray

Today I wanted to share with you the last product review from my summer beauty haul I featured back in June. I’ve almost run out of my Matrix smoothing cream which is the best detangling hair product I’ve ever come across. So expectations were high to see if this Kind Natured brand could replace a much loved favourite. Although it’s featured in the kids section, I thought why not try it out for myself.

There is a different method of using it, that I haven’t tried before, it’s says “Spray onto towel-dry hair from a distance of about 20cm. Gently comb through and style hair as usual. No need to rinse.” I can see this method working great for youngsters, maybe at the swimming baths etc. I followed the instructions with my own twist by spraying as suggested but they blow drying before brushing through. I’ve been told combing wet hair isn’t great to keep it in good condition.

So what were my thoughts? I loved the fragrance, it’s quite fresh and reminds me of summertime, although I wouldn’t say it smells of tutti fruitti that much. Using the product with my own method worked completely fine, it seemed to smooth and detangle my hair on the whole and spraying it was really refreshing too. I did feel £2.99 was a bit overpriced but it’s a natural brand, free from sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals. It’s not tested on animals and is vegan friendly. Some natural products are more expensive, so I guess it was an okay deal. They have loads of other interesting products, aimed at adults and kids, I fancy the jam donut shampoo as well as the lip balms.

So would I recommend it? Yeah for sure! It’s available at Boots, link here.

Have you heard of the Kind Natured brand? 
How do you manage your hair, after washing it? :-) Xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Snack Diaries | Part Four

Tropical Whloefoods Fairtrade, Organic Mango
(From a farm shop, £2.39 for 100g)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product, but with it being 100% fruit I knew it would be healthier than other options. Also I was pleased to see its fairtrade so paying a little extra seemed okay. I did find the taste was extremely fresh but I wasn’t thrilled with the texture, it was very chewy, making it hard to eat. For this reason I can’t see myself repurchasing.

Doves Farm Organic Apricot & Chia Seed Flapjacks
(From a farm shop, £2.59 for 4 bars)
This month’s purchases mainly came from a farm shop while visiting a distant relative, and taking advantage of not having to pay for postage, I treated myself while away. I was delighted with these flapjacks which are organic, free from gluten, milk, peanut, egg and soya. They tasted healthy yet yummy, and a wonderful treat, but maybe too pricey to repurchase.

Teapigs Morning Glory Everyday Brew
(From a farm shop, £3.49 for 15 tea bags)
Teapigs is quite a posh tea brand, with all tea bags being biodegradable and the gorgeous packaging makes it perfect for gifting. The farm shop were offering a cheaper price, compared to other stockists so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to give them a go. The everyday brew flavour interested me, adding a bit of luxury to an everyday cup of tea. The taste was gorgeous, I liked the mixture of blends into one. I enjoyed trying the brand out, but can’t see myself repurchasing, down to the cost.

Pukka Elderberry & Echinacea with Elderflower Tea 
(From Morrisons, £2.47 for 20 tea bags)
One of my all-time favourite tea brands and flavours, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the box with my Mum. The packaging is just stunning throughout the brand, and I like the colours on this one in particular. The taste is beautiful, and unusual, a mix of fruit, flowers and herbs. I can see myself repurchasing time and time again.

Are you tea crazy like me? What brands would you recommend to me? :-) Xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Primark & Sports Direct Clothing Haul

I visit my nearest city less often these days with wanting to budget a bit more. I do like having a nosy in my local Primark though, as there are so many bargains to be had in there. I’m always watching Primark haul videos on YouTube too. These days I visit Primark a couple of times a year, for things I need to stock up on. I think the overall theme of this haul is loungewear, for around the house as well as going to yoga. Luckily I picked up some bits perfect for that!

They had a whole stand of hoodies, basically the same one in a variety of colours, the only size 12 left was the mint green, I tried it on, the fit and material were gorgeous. I found the bargain of the day on the sale rack, this Barbie pink jumper dress was a steal for £3.00. I had quick browse in the shoe section, and they had some new stock in, mainly boots. These purple ones stood out to me, especially for the autumnal months. While walking to the queue, I spotted a beautiful messenger bag, a perfect size for day to day and some cosy footlets at the till.

I walked out of Primark satisfied with my purchases, and headed to Sports Direct. I was looking for some fashion bits I saw on their website, I couldn’t see them but tried on two styles of joggers, they were a nice fit and in the sale so they came home with me. So that’s want I picked up recently in town.

Have you been sale shopping lately? 
What things have you been liking in the shops? :-) Xx

Barbie pink jumper dress SALE £8.00 £3.00
Mint green hoody £7.00
Purple patterned ankle boots £14.00
Pink messenger bag £7.00
Cream cosy footlets £2.50

Sports Direct
Navy and purple Lonsdale cropped joggers SALE £24.99 £7.99
Grey and orange Lonsdale joggers SALE £29.99 £9.99

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Clothing Haul: A New Outfit from Peacocks & New Look

I treated myself to a new outfit last month, and I needed most of these items anyway. Jeans can be such a tricky purchase but the high-waisted style is my favoured fit, and these ones were really comfy and affordably priced. I needed a new top, for day to day, this bright coral one is so bright and makes me think of summer. The trainers are practical for slipping on and off, I’ve been searching for a pair for a while, and I like the sparkle on them. My previous belt was completely battered, so I replaced it with this rose gold choice from New Look. It doesn’t really go with this jeans style, but I have a few pairs that I will wear with it. I’ve already been wearing the items quite a bit already!

Which clothing item is your favourite? 
Do you ever shop in Peacocks or New Look? :-) Xx

Pink coral top £8.00 (Buy/view here)
High-waisted jeans £20.00 (Buy/view here)
Silver glitter trainers £14.00 (Buy/view here)

New Look
Rose gold belt £3.99 (Buy/view here)

(Some of these items are now on sale and have reduced in price 
since I bought them, so be quick to get a bargain!)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Second-hand Summer Book Haul

Today I’m excited to share with you some books I picked up to read over the summer from a charity book shop. I mostly opted for chick-lit/YA with a self-help book thrown in. There’s a couple I’ve been wanting to read for a while so was chuffed to be able to find some of those titles. Big Magic has been a firm favourite in the blogging community, and focuses on creative living; I’ve actually completed this one, and a review will follow. I’ve read another book by Cat Clarke previously and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m hoping Torn will be equally great. I used to love reading Sarah Dessen books when I was a little younger, and although this particular title I haven’t read, all her books I would recommend. Also there’s a few I think would be holiday appropriate, as I like light reading while away.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
Dream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
The Time of Our Lives by Jane Costello
Torn by Cat Clarke

What is your favourite book genre? 
Do you read chick-lit or young adult too? :-) Xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Chocolate Brownie Muffins with M&M’s

Hi – welcome back to a new blog post! Lately I’ve been really enjoying having my baking mojo back. I recently made some double chocolate chip muffins from The Hungry Student Easy Baking book by Charlotte Pike. I’ve been going back to this book time and time again, my Mum actually bought it, and I’ve been using it quite a bit. The recipes are simple to follow and reliable. I followed the recipe exactly except for the chocolate chips, and substituted them with M&Ms. The bake turned out so well actually, the muffins were light in texture but with a very rich, indulgent taste. After letting my family sample the batch, they said the muffins were like brownies, and the M&Ms were a great touch. There’s not much else to know so I will let you look through my photo diary of my baking!

Do you like baking too? 
Have you got any baking recipe books to recommend? 
Hope you are having a pleasant weekend so far! :-) Xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Boots Extracts Mango Body Spray

I featured a beauty haul blog post last month, and since then I’ve been testing each of the items. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Boots Extracts mango body spray, containing fairtrade ingredients, 150ml, priced at £3.50. Boots Extracts has been one of my favourite brands for a while now, every Christmas I would get a gift set by them, and I recommend you smell the brazil nut range as the scent is incredible. I’ve also got a soft spot for the mango collection, as its perfect for the summer months. In the past I’ve used their body butters, body scrubs and body washes but surprisingly never any of the body sprays. I know many people were fond of The Natural Collection body sprays, they are no longer available at Boots, but this seems like a really good alternative.

So how does it measure up? For the price, you seem to get a good deal, and I think the bottle will last me ages. I’m so pleased that it includes fairtrade ingredients, the mango fragrance smells so authentic, and like real mangos. The packaging is adorable too, and the spray nozzle is well made, and spritzes just the right amount out. When spraying onto skin, the product is not too oily, like others I’ve tried. It’s so refreshing to use and the scent lingers on throughout the day. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to a perfume, this might be just the thing! It also comes in strawberry and vanilla. Take a look at the collection here. Overall I would recommend you try one out too!

Do you like using body sprays? 
Which brands are your favourite? :-) Xx