Monday, 29 April 2013

Benefit Radiant Skincare: Instalment #3

So, if you have seen instalment #1 and #2, you can catch up here and here but here's the final round up of the little treats that Benefit have to offer in their skincare range.

Triple Performing Facial Emulsion

What Benefit says: Hydrates, protects & comforts the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula.

Full Size: £20.50 50.3ml

My Thoughts: I like this product - it's quite light on the skin and I've been using it a lot recently as a day time concealer. I have quite a 'normal' skin type - I only ever really suffer with dry patches during the winter, but that's really my only concern (if we forget about the dark circles under my eyes) so this is perfect for me during the day time. It does come with an SPF in it (15) which was brilliant for me as I recently went away and took this with me (as I only took hand luggage). As I said, I don't really suffer with any skin issues so I don't know how well this would do for others but I've enjoyed using it. The one major downside for me has been the smell/taste-as a facial lotion, it's not hard to get this near the mouth area and it does not taste great - but, that may just be me being picky here! 

Moisture Prep Toning Lotion

What Benefit sayssmoothes & revitalises allowing skin to fully optimise benefits of your moisturiser. Contains vitamin E acetate, natural oat & meadowsweet, botanical extracts known to purify & 
smooth the skin and help reduce fine lines.

Full Size: £23.50 177.4ml

My Thoughts: This is supposed to be applied after cleansing and before you moisturise to boost the effects of your moisturiser of choice and I have found it to do just that! I've really liked using this product - probably my favourite product out of them all to be honest. I've used plenty of toners in the past, and this one absorbs quickly, doesn't leave my face feeling wet, doesn't have that alcoholic feeling some toners have and best of all, has left my skin feeling pretty soft! 

All in all, I've enjoyed trying out these little beauties from Benefit, and although I wanted to love them so much (mainly for the packaging), I don't think I'll be rushing out to replenish most of the items. I think out off all the skincare items I've now tried, I will definitely be picking up the moisture prep toning lotion in full size. Have you given the Benefit skincare a go? Which were your favourite products? Am I missing something with some of them?

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Ramble, ramble, ramble!

*The title to this post gives you an idea of what to expect, be warned!!

So I've been away for a little while - in the blogasphere and also in the real world (if you can call it that). I often see on twitter people worrying that they haven't posted in XX amount of days, and I just can't seem to get my head around it! Fair enough if you want to post every day or every other day, but if you don't, then it's not the end of the world-unless this is making you money and without posting you won't get paid then fair enough, but at the end of the day, this is a hobby for me and if I don't post for a month, then that's fine with me and I thank you all for staying around and taking my very irregular posts! I don't think any of you are waiting around for my name to pop up in your blog feeds, but I do really appreciate anyone and everyone who takes the time to have a little peek at my little ramblings!

Anyway, I have no idea where this post is going, but I wanted to sit down and write so here it is!

So, as I said I have been away - my BF's parents live out in Spain so we took full advantage of the very cheap flights (in every sense of the word) and headed out for a week in the sun, and there was plenty of sun luckily! We spent the week doing pretty much nothing but lounging about in the sun drinking lots of local beers (a small beer quickly became my drink of choice).
*Oh, whilst I was jetting away and perusing the isles of duty free at Liverpool airport, who came waltzing through but the Liverpool Football Club - who wouldn't of taken the opportunity to grab Stevie G for a pic?? If you'd like to see, you can check out my cheesy photo on my instagram

Other than jetting away, I have been spending time with friends and a new little edition to our little uni group. One of my bestie's had a gorgeous little girl called Evelyn and she is absolutely adorable! Within 24hrs - 2 of my bestest friends had baby girls, but unfortunately for me, one of those is all the way on the other side of the world in Oz, but with the power of technology, I am getting daily updates which will have to do until I convince them to come back and live here in the UK (not going to happen now she's married to an Oz, but one can dream).

So, there we have it - a very rambly post and my lord, if you've made it to here then you deserve a medal!

The next couple of weeks are looking pretty good in my books - I will be celebrating another year of life in 2 weeks (any suggestions of what I can get for my birthday will be greatly appricated as I don't have a clue) so have a few evenings/weekends planned with friends and family!

Hope you're all well and we'll catch up soon!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Mary had a little lamb

So our first long weekend of 2013 has come and gone and I for one enjoyed it. I decided to share a few photo's from my weekend as I had a very fun filled Good Friday up on the farm with some little cuties.

One of my best friends is a sheep farmer so every year, I go up to help (or hinder some may say). I'm a token farmer and this year was no exception-off I trotted with my Hunters on my feet and enough layers to keep me warm in the Antarctic we've had a hell of a lot of snow in North Wales so I wanted to be prepared for what I thought was in store. But, the weather was on our side and it was actually a bloody lovely day - I was actually a little too hot after running around after sheep.

Now on to the cuteness overload - be ware, this will be photo heavy and I don't apologise one bit!

 Being cheeky pulling tongues

Playing hide and seek

Hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and eaten far too much chocolate :)

Monday, 1 April 2013

A Primark Spree

I took a couple of trips to Primark this weekend - it was a couple because I was stupid enough to attempt a browse on Saturday, yup, a Saturday on a bank holiday weekend - crazy lady! Obviously I didn't purchase much (far too many people around for my liking) but saw quite a bit I wanted to get my grubby little mitts on so this morning, I did a 'Zoella' and was there for doors opening - best way to Primark shop for sure!

My local Primark (Chester) has recently had a bit of a re-do and it has gone pretty mahoosive with all the womenswear/accessories/bags/shoes etc all on one floor - I just didn't know what to do with myself!

After a good old mooch and a few trips to the changing room, I came home with quite a bit of good stuff and I thought I would share with you - I know I love a good Primark nosey!

Now I wasn't too sure on how best to display the items so I just went for bunching them together in similar items and hoping for the best - if you have any fancy/better way of displaying clothes on a blog post, please do share!

Anyway, on to why you're really here...

T-shirt stuff:
White t-shirt £3.50 | Slogan t-shirts £4 |

Yes, I succumbed to purchasing the 'slogan' tee's that have been everywhere but I really like them so...there! I also picked up just a plain white t-shirt with rolled up sleeves (and a grey one but I'm wearing it and couldn't be bothered to take it off for a photo). Now correct me if I'm wrong but these were in Topshop for something ridiculous - I mean, for something so basic, you can't really go wrong!

Love the bow details on the shoulders
Bow print dress £7 | Summer broidery dress £5

I love dresses in the summer - so easy to just pop one on and you're good to go. Now I know we're not in summer (fully aware of it with all the snow we have around at the moment) but I am heading off for a short break in Spain next week and thought these were perfect for the little trip! I love the broidery dress - I saw these on Daisy's blog and just had to get some! Unfortunately my Primark only had it in Blue but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more colours for the summer.

All £4

I lived in these types of vests last spring/summer and for £4, who could say no!

Ultra soft super skinny £11

I love Primark jeans - I honestly don't own jeans from anywhere else, they fit me well, really good quality (yes, I did just say that about Primark) and for the price, who can argue. Every few months or so, I tend to bulk buy a few pairs of blue and black jeans and get rid of old worn out ones and that time had come around.

Striped peep-toe flats £5 | White basic flip-flops £1 | White rope flip-flops £2.50 | Blush ballet flats £4

I adore these peep-toe flats - they had them in plain blue which I was tempted to pick up too but figured I'd see how these go first. With the rest, standard Primark purchases really, I buy similar items every year (for the price, I tend to then chuck at the end of summer rather than let them clutter my shoe box).

Floral pj bottoms £6 | Blue spotty vest £2 (sale item) | Floral vest £4.50 (moustache print pj bottoms £5)

I think it's a given that when a Primark trip happens, I will come hope with some pj attire - it's just gotta be done! I love anything moustache (I even have one on my car-yup, that's right) and these floral ones are so pretty and bright! I adore the pretty ditsy floral print on the vest-really nice detailing.

Black linen shorts £5 | Gift bags - moustache print £1.50 for 2, candy stripe £1.50 for 3

I picked up these little shorts for just mooching around the poolside when I head to Spain, I figured they were cheap enough to just throw on and it doesn't matter if they get wrecked or whatever at the pool. And the gift bags, who doesn't love a good gift bag-wrapping/presenting presents for me is a bit of a thing so I'm always picking up cute bits and bobs when I see them.

Oh, and a peg basket (it was £1 in a sale box and the colours are so pretty).

Have you had a spree in Primark recently? What were your favourite bits?