Monday, 17 November 2014

#bundlemarathon Beauty Secrets


 Week 4 of #bundlemarathon is about beauty secrets, I have to admit I'm struggling with this topic a little. I don't think I have any secrets, most of what I know is common knowledge amongst beauty lovers.

So here are a few things that I think are pretty important:

1) Don't think you're too young for anti ageing products, fine lines and wrinkles sneak up on you very quickly, especially the ones around your eyes. So even if you're in your early 20's, still get into the habit of using an eye cream and anti ageing moisturiser. Remember prevention is better than cure!

2) Don't bake yourself in the sun too much, yes we all know it's trendy to be tanned but do you really want to be one of those old women whose face looks like leather, hands are covered in age spots and their chest has more wrinkles than a piece of old crepe paper! You know the type of women, when you are on holiday they are the ones in their 50's and 60's laying out by the pool from AM to PM to get a tan. They have done that all their life and now look pretty haggered, is it really worth it?

3) Don't be too rough with your skin, be gentle when removing eye make-up as the skin is so thin and will stretch easily. Don't pull too hard when putting your eyeliner on, you don't want to help gravity by pulling your skin this way and that, it won't always snap back and you will be kicking yourself for not treating it more kindley.

4) Dabbing pure tea tree oil onto spots to kill bacteria and help reduce the swelling.

5) Don't sleep in your make-up, cliche I know. Everyone uses this one but it really is true that it's bad for your skin, on the odd occasion I do sleep in it I end up with a massive spot! Reason enough no?

What tips do you live by?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Precious Time

This weekend gone one of my fabulous friends who unfortunately lives a long way away came down to stay. Sadly these days we only see each other about 5-6 times a year so when we do get a chance to catch up it means a lot.

She arrived Saturday evening and we very quickly opened a bottle of wine after getting inside from the rain. We had planned to go and watch some fireworks but the weather had other ideas and we agreed that neither of us wanted to stand on a muddy field in the rain for the evening so we settled down on the sofa and started catching up.

It's a shame about the rain spoiling our plans but we made the most of the evening regardless and headed down to Chiquitos for some dinner and a cocktail, and I got the chance to indulge in my new favourite thing, a halloumi crunch burger. If you head to the Mexican chain I really recommend it, you get a huge chunk of halloumi, they don't scrimp at all and they fill the bun with loads of other tasty things like tortilla chips for crunch and salsa for some fresh tang! We even got to play with the sombrero's and stick on moustache's!

The next morning after a cup of coffee we hit Frankie and Bennys for some breakfast, this is one of my favourite spots to spend a Sunday morning. Not only does it only take us a few minutes to walk to which is handy but you get bottomless coffee so you can really sit down and leisurely enjoy your morning. The last couple of trips I have enjoyed their breakfast pizza which is amazing. Sausage, cheese, bacon and topped off with an egg what more could you ask for?

I even topped off my meal with a festive treat off their Christmas menu, a yummy black forest hot chocolate and if you feel like being a little naughty, this is also available with a shot of baileys!

As I was too busy enjoying myself I didn't take any good quality pics, so here is a little collage of my phone pictures.

night out, chiquito,
 Yes I gave my nose a moustache, why not?

Monday, 10 November 2014

#Bundlemarathon Dream Wardrobe

This weeks #bundlemarathon post is all about your dream wardrobe. If I was a rich girl, I would fill a dressing room with beautiful and shiny things, so when I was feeling down I could go and sit in there and play with all the fabulous clothes, shoes and jewels. So here is a sneak peak of some of the things that would be in my dream wardrobe.




A seriously expensive piece of denim.
Diamond earrings
Silk top
Hot Heels

One pair of heels is never enough though, so I would have these ones too!

Jimmy Choo heels
Jimmy Choo shoes
 I am very much a magpie and am attracted to pretty things, like most girls I would love to have the financial freedom to buy what I wanted. Alas that is not the case so until then, I can dream can't I?

If anyone wants to give me a job shopping for a living then feel free to sign me up!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The festive advert battle

Something a little different today, I have always loved Christmas and really enjoy the build up to the big day. In recent years some of the big players in the retail business have started to release some very long and expensive Christmas adverts and it has sparked a little bit of competition amongst them as to whose will be the best.

A couple of days ago the Christmas John Lewis advert premiered, it seems a little strange to think that on a yearly basis now there is an advert premier for one of the leading department stores, but indeed there is, and it builds up a little anticipation as radio stations give out the time and channel of the airing of the new advert and then in the days that follow you will inevitably ask or be asked if you have seen it.

Well I have seen this years John Lewis advert and I'm sorry to say I don't like it as much as last years. I happen to think there is something a little creepy about the penguin, but that's just my opinion.

I also saw the Christmas Marks and Spencer advert which is rather sweet as it features two mischevious fairies. The remaining big players adverts that I will await are Debenhams and TK Maxx. They spend a huge amount on these and a lot of thought goes into making them something we all like to talk about and are becoming as much of a tradition as the benchmark Coca Cola adverts, after all everyone "the holidays are coming!"

John Lewis 2014  #montythepenguin



Marks and Spencer 2014 #followthefairies



Still my favourite, the 2013 John Lewis ad. So adorable and makes me teary every time

#bearandhare



Which one is your favourite?

Friday, 7 November 2014

It's Time to Pamper | Collab with Laura Loves Beauty

Admittedly I hardly ever pamper myself so when my blogging friend from a-far Laura suggested we do a collaboration on this topic I went a little silent as my mind raced trying to think of the last time I even did a pamper session.....

Awkward, what would I write about?

Then last week suddenly as if the universe was giving me a gentle nudge in the right direction, I had the overwhelming desire to run a bath and just relax. I set about preparing the ultimate relaxing moment by lighting candles, and deciding which products I was going to use.

relaxing bath time


I turned the taps on the bath to start the steady stream of steamy hot water and squidged in some bubble bath, then disappeared off to the kitchen to make a hot chocolate. Once the bath water was nearly ready I crumbled in a Lush french kiss bubble bar to help me unwind.

Lush french kiss bubble bar
peaches and clean cleanser

I used my soap and glory peaches and clean cleanser to wash my face, then smothered "scrub your nose in it" mask all over my skin and hopped in the tub pressing play on my laptop and lay back in amongst the bubbles to watch "Rise of the Guardians". I slipped under the water to soak my hair and lathered up with Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo which smells like apricot jam. I then smothered my hair with an argan oil hair mask that I picked up from Tesco for the bargain price of £1!


argan oil hair mask


Now all I had to do was relax and watch the rest of the movie. Every time I do something like this is makes me think I should do it more often, I don't really know why I don't. It was lovely to just lie back in the soothing warm water and drink a hot chocolate, my boyfriend even poked his head in and was a little jealous, after all men can't get away with doing this really can they? It destroys their man points if anyone finds out! ;)


Don't forget to head over and check out Laura's blog to see how she pampers herself. She's fabulous!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I'm loving my silky underwear

Get your mind out of the gutter! I don't mean that kind of silky underwear I mean the Lush kind. I got this product as part of a gift set for my birthday and I have only just started using this. I really like it though, it puts a new spin on the old Johnsons baby powder.

Lush Silky underwear dusting powder


After dusting your skin with this snow white powder it leaves you feeling soft and silky just like it says on the tin. It has a lovely fragrance of cocoa and jasmine which leaves you smelling fresh and is good for dusting in areas you might get a little sticky, yes I know that sounds less than glamorous but hey we are all human and these horrible things happen.

silky underwear dusting powder


I don't know if it really has any moisturising qualities to it, although it claims to have but I remain a little sceptical because it isn't liquid so it won't sink into your skin, therefore I struggle to understand the science behind that. If you know, feel free to explain in the comments below.

lush silky underwear

Monday, 3 November 2014

#Bundlemarathon Favourite Meal

This is quite easy for me, my all time favourite meal is one that reminds me of childhood and many good times. As a kid my mum used to make Shepherds Pie all the time (it was actually cottage pie, as she cooked it with beef, but we always called it shepherds pie).

I don't have a picture of my own but this one reminds me of my mum's and the recipe can be found here


It was a comforting winter meal that I used to get so excited about because I loved it that much, it was also the meal that we would have when my whole family would come together for bonfire night. Every November the whole family would bundle up in layers of cosy clothing and bear the cold to enjoy the fireworks, I used to look forward to it so much as my aunts and uncles would mess around and make lots of jokes and have us all in fits of giggles. I have amazing memories of my uncle sprinting up the garden after lighting a rocket whilst making some stupid comment about catching his butt on fire or something!

After watching the firework display we would all cram into the living room whilst my mum and nan would bustle in the kitchen getting huge dishes of shepherds pie out of the oven, they were a welcome sight with all the hot bubbling cheese dribbling down the sides of the dish as our belly's rumbled and we were in need of something to warm us up.

Photography by Ben Dearnley


There was never enough seats for all of us so some people would inevitably be relegated to the floor with a cushion under their bum, normally it was the youngest family members (sigh). The room was always filled with so much laughter, and those memories are so special to me.

I think every family has their own recipe for shepherds pie, my family's version is a little more tomatoey than most but I love it that way. My mum used to bulk it out with grated carrot, lots of peas, sweetcorn and mushrooms as well as baked beans and tinned tomatoes. Then she would pile it high with lots of creamy mash and lashings of cheese that would be grilled until it was brown and bubbly and delicious.

This is my ultimate meal filled with loads of love, whats yours?
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