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

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Barry M Lip Gloss in Pink

Today’s post will be a review of this lip gloss. I don’t normally wear lip glosses but I received it in a gift set and decided to give you my thoughts.

It’s a lovely natural pink colour with a smidge of iridescent. There is a great selection of colours but being a lip gloss I don’t think the colours will stand out like lipsticks would.

It’s not too sticky, quite a smooth light feel. I did find it wasn’t as long lasting as I hoped however it had a lovely bubble gum scent, perfect for a lip gloss. The packaging is also fab, really bold and pretty. The sturdy applicator makes it easy to apply.

The price at £4.49 in boots (click here to buy) makes it not too bad compared to other drugstore brands. Overall it seems just your ordinary pink lip gloss. Perfect for a gift or to treat yourself.

What lip products have you been lovin’ at the mo? Xx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Boots Extracts Fairtrade Shower Gels // Strawberry, Brazil Nut & Vanilla

Just before Christmas Extracts had rebranded there range and brought out a couple of new fragrances. I was in Boots and decided to pick up some of their shower gels in the 3for2 offer. The brazil nut range is incredible and include my must have holy grail products.

The strawberry scent is fresh and fruity. Unfortunately I don’t like it as much as the brazil nut, mango, cranberry etc. The scent isn’t as authentic but I still enjoyed using it. To be honest the same can be said for the vanilla scented shower gel. It just doesn’t match up to some of the original scents.

The quality of the actual shower gels is really nice though as I would expect from Extracts. It lathers up very nicely and the feel of the shower gel is really luxurious.  I like the new packaging and am still a firm follower of the brazil nut and mango in particular. Click here to view the range. The shower gels retail at £4.50 each.

Have you tried anything by Boots Extracts? Which scent do you prefer?


Monday, 19 January 2015

Mac ‘Brave’ Satin Lipstick // My Second Mac Purchase

I got this lipstick as a gift last July for my Birthday. This was before a lot of the hype was created for ‘Brave’. I’ve noticed lots more exposure just recently and it reminded me that I had yet to review it!

The Satin finish is just right because it’s a little matt but not too much. Compared to my first purchase ‘Plumful’ (review and swatch here!) which is a lustre finish which is glossier. Although Brave is more matt it’s not too drying and sits nicely on the lips.

The colour is really beautiful and perfect for any occasion. It’s mostly a mauvey muted pink but with a little nude colour in it. In fact it has fairly similar tone to ‘Plumful’ just a little more subtle and much more wearable during the day.

I would say it suits many skin tones and for me it’s almost that my own lip colour but better look. I’ve heard Sammi from Beauty Crush talk about this lipstick too. She has a more of an olive skin tone and I have really pale skin so it really can suit everyone!

What Mac Lipstick have you been lovin’ at the mo? Have you tried ‘Brave’ or even ‘Plumful’?

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New Years Resolutions 2015

I thought this year it would be a nice time to share some of my goals for 2015. Theres a mixture of random, beauty, work, hobbies etc goals. I know theres a lot there so my aim is to complete at least some by 2016. I wanted to make it fun and not be too hard on myself writing goals which are hopefully achievable :-)

Have you written a similar post? Please share in the comments below and let me know if you have any similar to mine! :-)

Best wishes for 2015 everyone!! xxx

Some of my thoughts for 2015…..

Develop my fashion & beauty blog
Keep in touch with friends & make new ones
Get back into baking & take photos
Be more active on facebook
Appreciate the little things
Do things for ‘me’
Try to strike a balance
Have a wardrobe sort out, have fun with fashion.
Read more for fun
Buy bits and pieces for bedroom d├ęcor finishing touches.
Develop a few more hobbies
Research new events and places to visit
Continue making & selling cards.
Branch out and develop photography.
Keep organised but be spontaneous sometimes.
Help others
Learn more on how to use twitter
Organise things to look forward to over the year
Learn origami
Develop driving confidence
Try sushi
Learn what makes me happy
Make lunch for family more often
Practice winged eyeliner
Refine my business ideas
Rekindle my love for Pinterest
Do voluntary work
Buy a macro lens for my SLR camera
Develop my networking skills
Develop craft projects
Enter more competitions