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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas Belles

So with Christmas just around the corner I am well in truly in full festive swing and wanted to share with you a fab Christmas song sung my a lovely little group called Elle & the Pocket Belles!

Now I am a little biased when it comes to this group as Lil Laura is one of my best friends BUT...they really are fab! They're a vintage inspired group and give an amazing swinging take on contemporary songs as well as singing some good old classics! (They even performed at the Benefit Glamoriety Ball this year with their 'Lil Ode to Benefit')!

Anyway, I will leave you with their fab original Christmas song to get you in a festive mood -
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!



Monday, 3 December 2012

My Thoughts: Benefit Go Tropicoral

I am sure you've seen the Benefit boxsets being reviewed all over the place recently but I thought what the heck-I bought one a few months back and love it so wanted to share my thoughts with you lovely people.

I'm a big fan of Benefit products, I use a number of them daily on my face and I think they're boxsets really are cleverly put together. Whilst I was on holiday back in September, I was perusing the stands in Sephora and picked up Go Tropicoral boxset.


The set includes: 
Cha Cha Tint (4ml)
High Beam (4ml)
Coralista blush 3g
Ultra plush coralista gloss (6.5ml)




What's not to love in this set - coralista is a firm favourite of mine - it's a perfect pinky/coral shade that adds a pretty warmness to the cheeks.
High beam is a lovely highlighter-used lightly and blended well, it adds such a lovely subtle sheen to the top of the cheekbones. I love having these mini's-perfect for popping in your handbag or in your night out bag for a quick touch-up.

Now cha cha tint and the ultra plush glass were both products that I wanted to give a go and have been rather impressed by them. Cha Cha tint is just like the original Benetint/Posetint but with a lovely coral/mango shade. The colour is quite sheer when applied which means it a product that can be buildable. The tints are multi-use products but I haven't yet used it on my lips yet-maybe next summer.
The gloss is lovely-I am definietly going to look in to more of these. The formulations is very soft and not sticky at all (I am not a lover of sticky lipglosses) and it's a lovely shade on my lips.

The boxsets also come with a 'tips and trick's booklet which gives diagrams of how to use the products-very handy indeed!

Benefit do do other boxsets (plenty actually) and at £24.50, I think these are a pretty good deal-maybe a though for a Christmas present?

Have you tried any of the boxsets? Which is your favourite?


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Weekend #46 & #47

So, this week has been absolutely shattering and far too busy for my liking - which meant that I didn't get chance to upload my weekend post from the shenanigans that I got up to last weekend so I thought, seeing as this weekend was such a let down, I would do a 2 for 1 (you lucky, lucky people)!

Last weekend I made the very long trip down to the South West to spend the weekend with my lovely friends to celebrate a 30th birthday! There was 15 of us in total and we hired a lovely little cottage complex for a weekend full of yummy food, lots and lots of laughter and feeding the ducks (they were probably sick of eating by the time we left)!

Beautiful cottage complex (including hot-tub)
Feeding time (most amazing feeding contraption)
Beautiful evening 

This weekend was slightly different - I had to work on Saturday (not fun at all after a weekend of being here there and everywhere with work) which meant that I pretty much did nothing else other than walk my little puppies. Sunday was pretty much spent curled up on the sofa watching a spectacular final F1 race, making homemade ice cream for the first time and eating lots and lots of comfort food (can you tell I'm tired and feeling sorry for myself?)

Begging me not to take her out in the rain - Home-made ice cream in the making - Comfort food

Anyway, I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend and have a very good week to come (the one thing keeping me going is the fact that there's only 3 1/2 weeks left in work until I finish for Christmas-YAY)!


p.s. I thought I'd leave you with a little treat of the duckies being fed - I was fascinated with the feeding system they had :) 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Autumn/Winter Essentials Part #2

So on to part 2 of my essentials during the colder months...

Moisturiser/facial oil:
My skin type is pretty normal with the odd dry patch just either side of my nose (just under the eyes) so I tend to use moisturisers quite a bit. I'm currently switch between the Embryolisse Lait Creme ConcentreClinique Moisture Surge & Liz Earle Superskin moisturiser. This year, I've also jumped on the facial oil bandwagon-being the cheap ass that I am, I grabbed the Botanics facial oil as it was pretty cheap & I really like it so for now, I'm happy to stick with it. I love using a facial oil, I feel like in really treating my skin with it-I tend to rub in a few drops just before bed and let it sink in overnight which leave me with lovely plump skin when I wake up!


Lip balm:
I struggle all year round with dry lips so a good lip balm is a must for me. I have tried so many over the years; Vaseline, Carmex, Burts Bees etc etc but I would have to say my favourite has got to be Blistex MedPlus!


Hand cream:
Weirdly, I only suffer with dryness on my hands on my right thumb & index finger-nowhere else! But, I still use hand cream throughout the day (all year round) and my current favourites are the Soap & Glory hand food (smells divine) & L'occitane hand cream (I am currently using the Cherry Princess one which I was given as a gift).



Monday, 12 November 2012

Weekend #45 (photo heavy)

This weekend was one of my besties hen party down in the big smoke (London). The weekend was full of far too much alcohol (as required), lots of laughter, cocktail making, DREAMBOYS, failed dirty dancing lift attempt (resulting in a bloody nose), early mornings and lots of train/tube travel!







All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and the Bride to Be had a brilliant time! 




Sunday, 4 November 2012

Autumn/Winter Essentials: Part #1

So, as it is bloody freezing these days and winter is pretty much here already I thought I'd pop down some of the essentials that I can't live without at this time of the year.

A bit of sunshine:
At this time of the year, other than taking a trip somewhere lovely & warm, we will not be seeing the sun very much so it's pretty much a necessesity to dabble with some fake tan! I'm no expert when it comes to fake tan, I've only really dabbled with gradual tanners in the past but during 2012 I have fallen in love with Xen-tan and would highly recommend for a beautiful golden tan (I've been using the Deep Bronze Luxe weekly self tan).


Exfoliator:
No with fake-tannig, a must is exfoliating. I would have to say my favourite is the Soap & Glory Breaksfast Scrub - it smells amazing, like most S&P products. One of the main reasons I love this particular scrub is that it's not too harsh on the skin-it give a good enough scrub but it doesn't rip your skin to shreds!


Body lotions:
Now I'm really lazy when it comes to body lotions (slaps wrist) but when I do remember, I tend to use body butters-I don't actually rate the body shop ones to be honest especially for the price so I just grab the cheap alternatives from places like home bargains/savers-do pretty much the same!


I'm thinking of investing in a body oil-my thinking is that I can pop that one straight out the shower and don't have to wait around to dry etc (I'm such a lazy person)! If you have any you'd recommend let me know.


p.s Don't forget to check out part 2!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Weekend #43

Saturday: Today was a pretty mundane day, I'm making the most of weekends at home right now because one November is here, I seem to be busy pretty much all the time so today was a day to give the car a bath (boy was it in need of it) and potter runs the garden before the ring weather sets in for winter!
The evening was taken up by a box full of take-away (we ordered so much that a bag just wouldn't cut it) for my little bro's 15th birthday-his birthday was actually on Wednesday but we spent that evening watching Michael McIntyre who was so so funny!


Sunday: An extra hour in bed-who can argue with that before getting ready for a girlie day out with the lovely Roisin! We went & said hello to my little pupstars before heading in to Chester for a Primark hit & some yummy yummy food! It was so lovely to catch up.
I'm now tucked up at home with a cuppa in my new Minnie Mouse onesie (a la Corrie)-Perfect!



Saturday, 27 October 2012

I love a good mini

I do - I love miniatures of products, I hope I'm not the only one? I have no idea what it is about them, but whenever there's a mini version of something I use/like then it's got to be mine!

Instyle magazine last month had Benefit mini freebies - either a Benetint, Cha Cha Tint or Sunbeam (4ml) and I was most definitely an eager beaver at my local tesco when the new edition was out ready to get my grubby little mitts on them - and just to top it off, Instyle was on offer in Tesco so it was only £2.50 rather than £3.80 (bargain alert)!


I didn't bother with the benetint - I already have one and to be honest, don't use it that much, but Cha Cha tint and Sunbeam were musts for me-I've been dying to try them for ages and what better way to do than shell out a fortune on the full size versions!

I love the cha cha tint - what's not to love about all things coral and it's very much a welcome addition my mini's collection! I'm still working with sunbeam-not sure about it just yet (I think I may of overdone it when I first used it so will give it another go)!

My little benefit mini collection - I also have back-ups of all these too :)

Do you collect miniatures too? Let me know if you've managed to get one too and if you like them!


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Weekend #42

My very late weekend update (sorry)!

Friday: It was a rock n roll Friday evening for me – the other half tricked me and said we could have chippy dinner (brilliant I thought) but followed it with ‘as long as we finish the decorating’. Ah well you can’t win them all! So that was my Friday evening, dressed up in old joggers and a very old BCM promotional t-shirt with paint everywhere (I would definitely not make a good painter/decorator)!

Saturday: A very relaxed morning/afternoon puppy sitting – it tends to occupy at least one day a weekend these days but they’re so adorable, I can’t resist!
The evening was spent celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday - this is the first 30th in the group (I still have a few years yet to get to that milestone) so we had lots of yummy food and lots of drink!

Sunday: A slight bad head this morning (the after effects of cheap wine I guess) but it was up and out to hit the shops for some home shopping (actually my favourite kind of shopping to be honest. I love interior shopping) with a quick pit-stop at McDonald’s for my hangover cure!

All in all it was a pretty good weekend – very much looking forward to a much more chilled out weekend next week!

Hope you all had fun too!


Friday, 19 October 2012

AskHerFriends


I am bad at receiving surprises – my other half doesn’t usually get the chance to go out and pick something on his own for me because I’ve usually got a list as long as my arm of lusted after items (who doesn’t) but I know that many men struggle with what to buy that special someone.

I was contacted by AskHerFriends.com about a great new site that they have and was really drawn in by it and the concept behind it. Basically it’s:

A brand new, online gift-giving experience that helps guys finally get it right with gifts for their special ladies, AskHerFriends uses social media to rally together those who know her best and turns them into his own personal team of advisers. It’s simple –he signs up, chooses from a wide variety of gifts and experiences on offer and puts them onto his Advice List, which is then sent via e-mail or Facebook to her friends. They can then rate and comment on his choices, thereby deciding which of them she will love the most. He has the confidence that she’ll love what he has chosen and she’s delighted with her new gift.

One of the things I really liked on the website was the Idea’s map and decided to test it out on my other half and see what came out and I was rather surprised, it was a pretty good representation of me and what I would love to receive!

The site caters for all budgets from anything below £10 up to over £250 which I think is great (no-one is left out) and has a great range of companies that they’ve included too!

I would definitely go and have a nosey and what’s on offer there, and with Christmas fast approaching, what better time than now to pop this under your other halves nose!


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Weekend #41

How was your weekend? I hope you all had a good one-mine went something like this...

Friday: A sneaky trip in to town to pick up my sparkly new iPhone 5 (you really don't understand how excited I was to pick the little thing up)! Then it was off to work for a half day before heading on down South for an evening in with one of my besties who has just announced she's expecting her first little baba! This will be the 2nd baby in our group and it's all rather exciting (I'm not so secretly hoping for a girl this time round)!

Saturday: Up early to head over to Bristol (our Uni years) for one of the other girls hen party. We started off with lunch and cocktail makings, followed by karaoke, then drinking and dancing! We had a fantastic night out- I actually enjoyed my night out in Bristol for a change (I wasn't a particular fan of Bristol whilst I was there for Uni)! The evening finished like every night out should with cheesy chips-perfect!


Sunday: A bit of a lazy one today-everyone was a bit sensitive after last night (always a bonus of being a non-drinker) so it was a chilled out morning before heading back on the journey home (the long journey).

All in all it was a good one - topped off with a Monday off work to just chill out at home!

I hope you all had just as much fun as I did this weekend whatever you got up to!


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

What's in my bag - Updated

‘What’s in my bag’ – who doesn't love one of these. I for one am a nosey little madam and love seeing other peoples posts on this so I thought why not (and I've seen they’re doing the rounds recently so figured I would jump on the bandwagon)!


So, on to my bag – isn't it lovely? I’m sure you've seen it around, but it’s a Primark special (it’s very recent so you may still be able to get your mitts on it too). I love big bags, the bigger the better I say! I bought this because my previous bag was falling to pieces and because the bf said it was too big and had to get rid of it, so I did and got a bigger bag – that’ll teach him to tell me to get a smaller bag!

On to its contents, and there’s quite a bit. I’m not the only girl surely who carries around her life in her handbag, am I? I’m known as the girl that carries a bag inside a bag inside a bag – please tell me someone else has one of these too?

First of all I have these bits & bobs floating around - my purse, camera, sunglasses, my scarf and my lovely Raadley bag (in Wales they charge you for shopping bags now, even clothes shopping so I always carry a bag).



In the main compartment of the bag I have another little bag (I sound mental with all these bags) which has some essentials as you can see.This is fantastic for keeping my bag organised – it has lots of little compartments so I know exactly where something is (except for the few occasions where I just throw it back in my bag and don’t actually put it in its rightful place)!




Below is the contents of the little bag - the minnie bag has a few make-up essentials, my model mirror etc. 



And finally, my ipad-since getting this little thing I haven't let go (pretty sad I know and I'm sure I'll get bored soon, but not just yet)!



Well I hope you enjoyed having a peek inside my bag - it's a whole lotta stuff to carry around! What's inside yours I wonder? 



Sunday, 7 October 2012

Weekend #40

I haven't done one of these in quite some time so I thought I'd get back in to the swing of things and get one up! So here goes...

Friday: Finished work early to go and get my nails prettified! As I'm sure you're aware by now, I get my nails done with bio-sculpture (another version of shellac and all that) and as we're now in to Autumn, I had my trusty old grey colour which I totally adore! I went for something a little bit different this month - as October is Breast Cancer's Action Month, I decided to show my support and 'paint my pinky pink'! My nanna has just been diagnosed with breast cancer so it's most definietly more in my mind right now! BCC have teamed up with Nails Inc to create an exclusive Breast Cancer pink nail varnish which is absolutely stunning! Will you be 'painting your pinky pink'?


Saturday: I was going to spend this weekend doing absolutely nothing - I mean really laze about, stay in my pj's and watch absolute rubbish on tv, but alas, it was not to be! Since living together for the past 2 years, the bf and I have pretty much decorated nearly every room in our house bar the conservatory and after having a week off, the bf decided to tackle it this week leaving me to do nothing but join in this weekend - couldn't really say no after all his hard work! I've put in a few pics which show the progress - I may put up some more once it's completely finished but we're thinking nautical (even getting a ships wheel to feature on the wall)!

As you can see-the walls were covered in wood (sauna style) so we're popping up plaster board along one wall and then painting the rest to cover the yucky brown stain!

Saturday night was spent watching X factor (which I was so unimpressed with) and eating my weight in indian (which is a lot right now)!

Sunday: Another day in the conservatory - the damn wood stain needs quite a few coats to cover! I did manage to squeeze in a quick visit to see the pups!

Baxter; Maisy; Mummy Fudge, Maisy & Baxter

I'm ending the weekend with a pounding headache, sore throat and a mega busy week ahead - typical!

I hope you've all enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead!


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Achats pharmacie fran├žaise

I couldn't go to France and not visit one of the pharmacies, and much to the bf's despair, that actually turned in to many pharmacies - they are everywhere! I became a little obsessed with spotting them, and as they are everywhere, it turned a little annoying!

To be honest, I wasn't very well organised and didn't have a plan of what I wanted to pick up-having sensitive skin, I am always a little weary of new skincare products so stuck to what I know and opted for these:


Well, I couldn't well go to France and not pick up some Bioderma lets face it! I've been using bioderma for a while now and like most others, absolutely love it! I really don't know where I would be without it and can't even remember what I did before it. (I love the little bottle and took me quite a few pharmacies to find this but I was determined).

I also picked up the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre after a few suggested it was a must - I haven't yet given it a go, but will be sure to let you know when I do! 

What are your favourite french skincare products?




Sunday, 30 September 2012

A welcome break


So, I've not been around in a while – I’m sorry. To be honest, I don’t know what happened, I didn't plan on taking a break, but I think I lost my mojo and then even though I wanted to come back and say hey to you all, I didn't know where to start.

But I am back and I have some idea’s that I want to get down on paper (or typed on a screen) so hopefully I’m back and sticking around for a bit – if that’s ok with you?

So I thought I'd come back with something easy and share a few snaps I took whilst away on a very welcome break in France! The bf and I had some time off at the same time so took full advantage of having a family cottage over in Brittany and drove ourselves over for a week!

We took the option of driving - we quite like a long drive somewhere, and living where we do, gave us just that - 5hrs down to Dover, then another 5 hours once we arrived in Calais to the cottage, but it was lovely to see some countryside!

We spent the week just pottering around - we had no plans, no itinerary, nothing, just a car and the pair of us!

We headed to some coastal towns, enjoyed trying out the patisseries and sampling all the wonderful cakes! It was my mission to try macarons from every patisserie we came across (which is well worth all the lbs I have put on in a week) and have croissants every morning! I also managed to sneak in a little french pharmacie stop (difficult not to when they're everywhere)!

Enough rambling, I shall leave you with some lovely pictures from the week away and will speak to you all very soon indeed!