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Sunday, 24 November 2013

How have you been?

So how are things? Haven't done a catch up in a little while - what have you all been up to? I currently have only 14 days left in work before we break up for Christmas - it is so worth saving enough leave to take off a big chunk at the end of the year an d this year, the extended break will be very welcome I can assure you!

So, what's been going on in the world of Cat...well not much to be honest. I've been a bit of a lazy bum really spending plenty of lazy weekends at home with the other half or spending some lazy afternoons at my parents in front of the fire with the dogs - and I mean literally as once you're settled, all 3 pretty much make themselves at homes on either your lap or next to you on the sofa - cheeky so and so's!

My life lately in pictures...

 Afternoon Tea | A bad day in work | Rainbow walks

Homemade Sharing Platter | First Christmas Costa | Fave Lip products in minis

 Gwdi-hw (owl) nails | New Tea (and new pen pot for work) | Cracking out Christmas Buble

 Picnic Platter | Fudge with a bone | Gigantic Christmas Tree

Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to the next couple of weeks - there's a very busy week in work to get through this week (although, I do have my first Christmas concert this Thursday) but next week the other half and I will be heading off on our Christmas trip to London! I am so excited - I absolutely adore London and when it's all dressed up for Christmas, well I could pee a little with excitement! I think a lot of touristy stuff will be done along with a few typical foodie haunts will be visited - obligatory instagram pics will happen of course!

Oh, a quick update on Fudge - my lovely little fudgeybear! If you're not sure what I'm on about, you can catch up on her here and here. But anyway, things are very positive indeed - she is now out and about going for walks once again and absolutely loving it! She can't go far but at least she can go out with her little babies like she used to. She's still a bit wobbly on her feet and needs plenty of rest, but she is a very happy little girl!

So, not much to catch up on to be honest - I'm a boring little so and so, sorry! I hope you're all doing good and getting excited for a visit from Mr Claus himself so very soon!

Speak soon lovelies...

Saturday, 23 November 2013

A miniature adventure...

This year, the BF and I have decided that we are not going to give many Chritstmas presents to each other, and instead, have a mini adventure and we decided on London!

I'm sure most of you would agree, London is a pretty spectacular place and at Christmas, it is just magical! So, in early December, we are heading off for a couple of days away, just the two of us!

Even though we have a few weeks before we head off, I have already started planning what we'd like to get up to and along with that, what I need to pack.

I thought I'd share with you what I'm planning on packing - there's quite a few miniatures involved in my packing schedule - who doesn't love their favourite products in mini versions?! I am a real collector of mini products - whenever there's a magazine freebie I always buy a good few to keep as backups for times just like this!

Anyway, on to the packing...

Skincare:

Bioderma (mini) | REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk (mini) | Eysilix (for evenings) | Clinique Moisture Surge (mini) | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (mini) | Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (for mornings) (mini)

Make-up: Base Products

Chanel Aqua Vitalumier Aqua | Rimmel Wake me up Concealer | Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Ladyblush Blushcreme | Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink | Benefit Cha Cha Tint & Benefit High Beam (minis)


Eyes & Lips

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse in Vanilla (mini) | MAC Quad (L-R) Femme Fi; All That Glitters; Cranberry; Satin Taupe | Benefit They're Real (mini)
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer & 03 Nude (minis)

Brushes:


I love this little travel pouch that came with the Real Techniques Core Collection - it's perfect for traveling with and I love the fact that you can just stand it up too! 

Real Techniques Powder Brush (for bronzer) | RT Buffing Brush (for foundation) | RT Contour Brush (for cream blusher) | RT Pointed Foundation Brush (for concealer) |  | Sigma SS219 for crease | Sigma SS217 for all over lid

The Essentials:


Percy & Reid Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner | Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel | S&G The Daily Smooth body butter | S&G Hand Food | My trustee perfume atomiser (I'm yet to decide on which scent to take away with me) - ALL minis

Anything you think I've missed??

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Loyalty

Today I wanted to share a little bit (well a lot really) of love for the Boots Advantage Card and Boots Treat Street in particular.


If you've ever used a cashback website then you will be familiar with the concept of this type of website if not, I shall try my very best to explain this simply.

So basically, register with treat street and link your advantage card. Sign in and find the shop you want to do your online shopping. Once you've chosen the store, it will take you to the retailers website and you just shop like you normally would - but in the background somewhere, your are building up your advantage cards!

There are so many stores on there including places like New Look, ASOS, Apple, Cath Kidston and so many more.

I have been using treat street for so long now but recently I have built up so many points from buying things I wanted anyway. I have managed to build up quite a few recently after convincing my little bro to let me buy his iPhone 5S and iPad Air via my treat street account - cue lots of lovely treats for me! And with Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure you're all doing a bit of online shopping for others - why not get a little something back for yourself :)

It really is so easy to do - they make it even more simpler by providing a toolbar booster that you can download so that when you go on to a website that is eligible for treat street, you get a little pop-up telling you so (plus you get 100points (£1) for just installing).

Another way of building up points is referring friends - for every friend you refer and they sign up you get 250points (£2.50) and so do they (FYI if you want to sign up and get the points just leave your email below for me and I can make the referral - you don't have to but thought I'd offer)!

Let me know if you use it already or if you I've opened your eyes to a whole new advantage card point building world!?

p.s. This is not a sponsored post or anything, I just really love this site!

Friday, 15 November 2013

DEAL ALERT!!!

DEAL ALERT!

As you may have seen, the December issue of Elle comes with a lovely little Benefit lipgloss freebie - fab! Well, it gets better! 



Today's edition of The Metro (Friday 15th November) has a voucher on page 22 (if you can get hold of a copy still) to get the magazine for just £1! The offer is available at WH Smith, Waitrose, Sainsburys, ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, and all good independent stores. and valid from 15th Nov to 30th Nov.

But don't panic (like I did and feel left out that I couldn't get my mitts on a copy) - there is an online voucher from the online edition that's working just fine too and you can print it off here

Hope you manage to grab a bargain!