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30 April 2015

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet

I recently went a bit mad for The Body Shop's new Fuji Green Tea range. I picked up the Bath Tea, featured here as well as the Body Sorbet. I picked up the body sorbet not only for a scent but I thought the word sorbet sounded 'kinda fancy for a moisturiser/shower product.

I've been using this every other day or so for the past two weeks and I'm lovin' it, lovin' it, lovin' it! It not only smells amazingly fresh and zingy, which is perfect for your morning shower, but it's also super duper rich and thick and melts beautifully into the skin, leaving behind soft, clean feeling skin with no horrible residue. The scent also lingers long after you've got out of the shower too, which is a huge bonus.

It can also be used outside of the shower like a moisturiser! Also, a little tip for you…pop your sorbet into the fridge before using for an ultra cooling exprience.

£8 isn't a bad price for the size of the product and you only really need a little bit of product to create a nice lather. Little did I know there is a whole range of body sorbet's available so I will definitely be trying some of the other scents in the future.

Have you tried The Body Shop's body sorbets? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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29 April 2015

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea - £12
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea Infuser - £5

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

Do you love tea so much you could bathe in it? Well, now you can...kind of.

I was so intrigued about this bath tea when it started popping up on a few blogs so I picked up a tin and thought I'd give it a try. If you've tried any sort of bath salt or bath bomb (particularly Lush bath bombs) with any bits in then you might find them a tad annoying, as I do. I don't really like sitting in the bath being able to feel the gritty pieces on my skin so this bath tea is perfect as the blend of bath salts and real green tea leaves can be popped in the bath tea strainer (sorry, infuser!), which can then be dropped into the water or hung thanks to the handy hook. Ultimately you're left with a bath that has no horribly floaty bits in and most importantly, no mess and leftover bits in your bath once the water is drained.

I personally think the bath tea is a touch of genius and a great play on what bloggers love most, tea! The Fuji Green Tea scent is so refreshing and zesty and I used this with a whole variety of other bubble baths and scents yet it was this one that I could smell the most. It would be just as good used on its own too.

For £12 you really do get a good amount of salts/leaves, which come in a packet inside a tin, perfect for keeping them clean and tidy in the bathroom. The tea strainer is an extra £5, which isn't too pricey as you'll be able to use it again and again and again!

Have you tried the Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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26 April 2015

Sunday Summary #17

Tulip

Apologies for the flower photos at the beginning of these posts. I took a whole bunch last week when everything was looking good in the garden, lucky I did as most of the tulips are on their way out now and the garden is covered in pink blossom.

So there's another week done and we're almost into May now. I can't believe it! This week has been another pretty normal, uneventful one to be honest! I read on twitter yesterday that a blog workshop was telling people not to blog about their week but I find these sorts of posts one of the most enjoyable to write, whether anyone reads it or not! I say write about what you want!

I almost bought a Pilates/Yoga mat this week but my bank account wouldn't allow it. I think once I get paid I am going to give a Pilates class a try at the same place I do my spin classes. I'm not even sure if I need my own mat or whether they supply them but I guess if I have my own it might be a bit better as it won't be crawling with other people's sweat and germs, ew. I will report back when I do start the class and let you know how it went.

I was pleased to see my normal spin teacher back this week. I felt like the class was quite good this week. I didn't get ridiculously out of breath and I didn't get pains and stitches in my sides so all was good. I didn't reach the 27.5km I reached the week previously but I did manage 27.1km so not bad.

When I updated my iPhone to the new operating system it installed an app called Health and there's a little section in there for recording cycling distances so I've been using this to document how well I'm doing. It's very up and down but each week I seem to be in the high twenties when it comes to kilometres so I'm pretty happy with that!

There was no crochet this week so I've been doing loads at home. As I mentioned before we're working on a blanket and although it's taken me nearly two weeks, I've finally completed one section of it. Now I just have to complete another 3 sections of it before Thursday's class…not going to happen I'm afraid! We'll be moving onto the next sections, which look like little squares with flowers in so I'm really going to have to get a move on.

It probably sounds like I lead a really uneventful life…which is true I guess! This weekend has been really quiet, I've spent most of it on the sofa infront of the TV and laptop. I need to get some blogging done today for the week ahead and some crochet, of course!

How has your week and weekend been? Let me know in the comments.

Before you go…catch up on the week's posts:
  • Five Friday Favourites
  • Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set
  • Barry M 'Sunset' Daylight Curing Nail Polish
  • #PawHumour
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    24 April 2015

    Five Friday Favourites

    Five Friday Favourites
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    After a two week break I'm back with one of my favourite posts to write! I've been on a right old shopping spree recently and my bank account certainly isn't thanking me for it. Oh well! As long as my rent and bills are paid…then why not buy the things I want/like?

    Real Techniques Bold Metal Pointed Crease brush
    I finally gave in to the Real Techniques hype. I've been really into doing my eyeshadow recently and I'm enjoying blending lots of different shades to create something a bit more interesting. Since I've been doing this I've had a couple of compliments on my eyeshadow, one from my eyebrow waxer and one from my 3 year old niece, but I'll take it!

    I actually cheated with this and bought it with my Boots points as £12 to me, is rather expensive for a brush. I do like it though and used it yesterday for some more eyeshadow blending. It blended into the crease really nicely and the day I used it was the day my niece said she liked my eyeshadow so I must have done something right with it!

    The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet
    It's been a while since I bought anything from The Body Shop but I recently saw it had launched a range of Green Tea products so I popped in and picked up this body sorbet. Sorbet sounds kinda fancy doesn't it? It's basically a cross between a cream/moisturiser/gel with a lovely green tea scent. I'm rather liking using it as it leaves my skin smelling great for a few hours after showering.

    The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea
    Now this is something a bit different! I recently saw Fleur de Force talking about this and it sounded really interesting so I just had to pick it up. Basically, it's bath salts mixed with green tea…yes, actual green tea leaves. I bought what I can only describe as a tea strainer to go with this and you simply pop the mixture into the strainer and pop it in your bath. The strainer allows the goodness out but keeps the tea leaves in so you don't end up with them floating in your bath. I've yet to try this but will definitely be reporting back on it soon.

    Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Pot
    I've been having a bit of a nightmare with my skin lately. I've been applying foundation in order to take blog photos but the foundation has been looking absolutely awful thanks to my ridiculously dry skin. I literally cannot wear foundation anymore because my skin just dries underneath it, leaving it looking patchy and creasing. It's horrible!

    I tried going back to a few other moisturisers but felt like I needed something with a bit more oomfph. I'd seen a couple of bloggers raving about the new Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Pot and serum so I went and picked one up. For £16, it's a bit pricy for a moisturiser but it's super duper rich and leaves my skin feeling fully hydrated. Foundation is looking much better already!

    Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel
    I haven't been into Lush for so long. I have quite a collection of shower gels from Lush but I've grown a bit bored of them now so felt like I needed a new one! I picked up Happy Hippy, which is packed full of pink grapefruit and bergamot, so is the perfect zesty pick-me-up in the mornings. Love it!

    What are your favourite products this week? Let me know in the comments.
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    23 April 2015

    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set

    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set
    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set
    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set
    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set
    Makeup Revolution Pro Go Brush Set

    I didn't know I needed a mini brush set until the new Pro Go set from Makeup Revolution came through my letter box. This year I'm off to a hen do and also a wedding and I didn't think about the amount of stuff I'm going to have to take. I don't really want to take lots of make-up brushes as they'll no doubt get damaged and dirty so a mini set like this one seems ideal!

    The set comes with four brushes, a mini foundation brush, mini face/powder brush, mini eyeshadow brush and a mini angled brush for your eyeliner or brows. So, pretty much every brush you need right? They also come in a cute little pouch, which makes them perfect for popping in your make-up bag and keeps them well protected.

    The brushes are super soft too and made from fine synthetic hair. For £4.95 you can't really go wrong. This set is absolutely perfect if you're off on your travels this year.

    Have you tried the Pro Go Brush Set? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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    22 April 2015

    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish

    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish
    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish - £4.99 each
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    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish
    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish
    Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish

    I feel like Barry M sneaked up on us a bit with this launch. All was quiet in the Barry M camp after the release of the Quick Dry polishes and then bam, they go and drop the new Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish range.

    Don't be confused by the word 'Sunset' in the title, this represents the range of shades, which are all lovely summery, sunset shades. The polishes aim to give the look of professional gel nails at a fraction of the price and without the need of a UV lamp. The range consists of seven shades and a topcoat.

    Personally I feel Barry M has been a bit cheeky here with the topcoat as apparently the shades only cure like gel nails if you've used the topcoat. No other topcoat will create the desired effect but I feel like the shades could have come with the topcoat 'magic' within them, instead of us having to spend another £4.99 on a separate bottle. The range of polishes are the most expensive in the Barry M brand at £4.99 so you have to spend at least £10 for this special gel like finish, unless, like me, you can find them on offer. They were buy one get one half price when I picked these up so not too bad. As I said, a little bit cheeky but it's business at the end of the day!

    I picked up the shade Fuchsia Generation, which is a gorgeous deep fuchsia colour. It applies really nicely, with a really fanned out brush, making it easy to cover the entire nail in one swoop. It's recommended you use two coats. It dried super quick, as did the top coat and once cured, your nails are left super shiny and gel like.

    Now here's where things take a turn for the worse as after not even 24 hours my nails started to chip, and I don't mean little chips either, I mean great big flakes were coming off. I'm pretty sure I did everything right (how hard is it to apply nail polish?) and I've seen such great reviews about these elsewhere so I'm pretty disappointed that they didn't even survive 24 hours.

    I guess from now on I will be ditching the top coat and using the Fuchsia Generation on its own as it's such a lovely shade. I might give another shade a try with the topcoat in case I've just got a duff bottle but if I do, then it was almost £10 not very well spent.

    Have you tried the Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish? Let me know in the comments how you got on with it.
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    21 April 2015

    #PawHumour


    When you decide you want to own a pet, there's lots of things you have to think about. What sort of pet you want for instance, can you afford a pet, do you have time to look after a pet and time to walk it if it's a dog? There's so many things to factor in. It's really important to be a responsible pet owner as well and make sure your pet is taken for regular check ups and has regular vacinnations, flea and worming treatment. As well as that I'd really recommend getting insurance for your pet. In the two years we've had Charlie he has got himself into a couple of situations, which, had they ended badly, would have meant us claiming on our insurance for help towards vets bills. They can be a LOT more expensive than you think so having insurance for your animal is a must.

    Luckily, we haven't had to claim on the insurance and fingers crossed we don't ever have to but it's good to know we can if needed. So, as I mentioned Charlie has got himself into a couple of situations, which could have ended quite badly. When he was a kitten, and we'd only had him a few weeks or so, he managed to climb up our bedroom curtains and balance on the curtain pole. This is pretty high, especially for a kitten and what did he go and do…well, he jumped of course and not onto the bed either, like any normal sensible kitten would, no he jumped straight onto the floor. For such a little kitten he could have really hurt himself but luckily he was ok, probably one life short though at this point.

    At the end of our garden we have some pretty huge trees, so I think you can guess what's coming next. Yep, that's right. He has got stuck up them quite a few times now! He sees the birds in the tree and without thinking, follows them up, then the birds fly away, laughing manically at the cat who is now stuck in the tree, meowing for its owner to come and rescue it. Luckily Vince and I have been around when he's been stuck but on one occasion Vince wasn't even sure he could get high enough to grab him.

    A more recent situation occured when Charlie came up to greet us one morning. I'm not sure what was going on with him but he decided to try and climb on our windowsill, which is full of all my make-up and beauty products. He had his back legs perched on the radiator, which is just under the window, and his front legs perched on the windowsill. Then, I'm not sure what even happened, but he slipped and his back leg got stuck in the radiator. His front legs slipped so he was then kind of dangling from his leg and instead of keeping still and calm, he went absolutely crazy, hissing and twisting around while I tried to get him out. It was quite awful actually and I definitely thought his leg was going to be broken. He was limping for a few hours after but then it seemed to get better and he was running around like the normal crazy cat he is.

    It could have been a LOT worse and while we would of course have paid for his treatment should he have needed it, the insurance coverage would have made it a little less traumatising.

    As well as all this, we also live on quite a busy road and bus route. We always see cats darting across the road infront of cars and while we hope our cat wouldn't be so stupid, you never know, which is why it's so important to be covered. You have insurance for everything else, your car, your belongings…so why not your animal?

    For this blog post I've teamed up with MORE TH>N to bring you my #PawHumour stories and while they are quite funny when you look back on them, at the time, they could have been a lot worse.

    Animal welfare charity the RSPCA are working with MORE TH>N Insurance to provide UK pet owners with a range of insurances to suit their needs and budgets. Did you know that MORE TH>N can cover all of your dogs, and cats too, in one single policy and you’ll also be eligible to receive a 10 per cent MultiPet discount?

    By insuring your dog or puppy with MORE TH>N you not only protect your dog, but you also help the RSPCA protect less fortunate animals throughout the country, because for each policy sold, £20 will be donated to the RSPCA for the care of unwanted and neglected animals in England and Wales!

    Have you got any #PawHumour stories about your animals? Tweet them using the #PawHumour or leave a comment!

    *This post is written in collaboration with Talented Talkers and MORE TH>N Insurance.
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    20 April 2015

    Beauty blogger confessions

    Beauty Blogger Confessions

    I read beauty blogs pretty much every day and there are so many products/trends/ideals that you see over and over again. There's often the portrayal of a 'perfect' lifestyle, perfect make-up/skincare and the perfect bedside table, so I thought as a blogger, I'd put together a little list of confessions just so you know that lots of bloggers are pretty normal!

  • I don't really know what a stippling brush is used for.

  • I don't 'fill in' my eyebrows on a daily basis...I wouldn't even know how.

  • I don't have a perfect, all white house, which is ideal for product photographing.

  • I wouldn't know the first thing about contouring.

  • I rarely wear lipstick...don't get me started on lip liners.

  • I can't apply liquid eyeliner.

  • I don't own an Ikea Alex thingy-majig.

  • Sometimes I don't even take my eye make-up off before bed…

    What are your beauty blogger confessions? Let me know in the comments!
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    19 April 2015

    Sunday Summary #16


    I think I say this pretty much every week but I can't believe it's Sunday again! This week has gone quite slow in one way but then it gets to Sunday and it feels like it's flown by. Weird. It was the first full five day week back at work after the Bank Holidays so I guess that's why it's felt longer.

    I didn't get as many blog posts up as I wanted to this past week. I really need to get back into it again. I'm hoping to get my blog on this afternoon once the sun has gone in a bit - isn't that the way…all winter you wish for good light and then it finally comes and it's way too bright. I have quite a few bits and pieces to photograph and I also popped to Boots this morning to add to my haul, oops.

    I really shouldn't be shopping at all to be honest. I've been to Bristol twice this month and spent so much money each time. I can only really now afford petrol and my spin and crochet classes until I get paid again. I could probably do with doing a car boot sale again to try and make a bit of extra money!

    This week I had spin and crochet class. Not at the same time I might add, haha! For spin class we had a different teacher and he was a lot tougher, which I didn't enjoy! It was a really hard class but I guess if you're not getting a good workout from it then there's no point. I do find it a lot harder than everyone else to recover between songs. I think it's probably due to my asthma but everyone else seems to cool down and get going onto the next thing while I'm still very breathless. I do take my inhalers before hand but I guess I just have to take it easier than everyone else.

    I was contemplating also doing a Pilates class on a Monday evening. Have any of you tried Pilates? Would you recommend it? I might give it a try once payday rolls around and I can get myself a mat for the class.

    As I mentioned, I also had crochet class and we started our Lily Pond blanket project. Everyone is working on the same thing and we recently got part one of the pattern so I've made a good start. I'm kind of stuck now as it's moved on to some stitches I don't know, which is a pain. I have 4 blocks to do before the next class so I might get them all done up until the same bit then once I've learnt the new stitches, I can carry on. I swear I'm not like 90 years old! Vince always says I look like a little granny doing my crochet but I really enjoy it and although it's going to take absolutely ages, I can't wait until the blanket is finished.

    Something a bit exciting that did happen this week was that the first of my posts for Magazine.co.uk's The Hub went up. It's all about a gothic/glam lipstick look, check it out here, yay! There should be some more going up soon so I'll definitely let you know once they're up.

    How has your weekend been? Do you have much planned for next week? Let me know in the comments!

    Catch up on the week's posts:
    Collection Field Day nail polishes
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye

    PS. Are you loving the spring blossom as much as I am? I'm loving photographing the new flowers and plants in my garden at the moment!
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    15 April 2015

    Collection Field Day Nail Polishes

    Collection Field Day Nail Polish
    Collection Field Day nail polishes - £1.99
    (From L to R) Peony, Heather, Peach Blossom
    Collection Field Day Nail Polish
    Collection Field Day Nail Polish
    Collection Field Day Nail Polish
    Collection Field Day Nail Polish

    I've been on the hunt for these polishes for absolutely ages. After a dark and cold winter I'm really ready to embrace bright spring colours onto my nails as well as every other aspect of my life!

    The new Field Day range from Collection cosmetics is very 'spring' like and includes a range of three lipsticks and two eyeshadow pencils. The eyeshadow pencils are shimmery green and gold/orange, which aren't really colours I'd wear, despite them being really pretty. The lipsticks in the range are really pretty too and in great packaging but again aren't really something I'd wear. Nail polish is definitely more my thing so I hunted high and low for all three polishes to add to my collection.

    I like the fact these polishes aren't overly pastel or really bright, they're sort of a good inbetween. I particuarly like the shade 'Heather' as it's so lovely to apply and is just the right thickness to give a good finish. Peony and Peach Blossom are a little thin and need a few coats to get the desired finish. These two shades actually suffered major chippage after not even 24 hours - not good! The Heather shade had much better staying power as it only needed two coats so out of the three I'd definitely recommend you go for this one.

    Have you tried the new Collection Field Day range yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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    14 April 2015

    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye

    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye
    Yves Rocher Smokey Eye

    I'm all for smokey eye make-up, but give me dark eyeshadow shades and heavy black liner and I'm no good. Blacks/greys and heavy liner just look strange on me, I'm not sure if it's just because I'm not used to it, but once applied I look very 'gothic'. I much prefer a brown/copper smokey eye, something much more subtle and less in your face.

    I was recently asked if I'd like to try the Smokey Eye package from Yves Rocher and because I just do not have enough lovely brown eyeshadow palettes (yeh right!), I quickly agreed. I'm always interested in trying different neutral palettes to see how well they perform when it comes to every day looks and smokey eyes.

    For this look I was treated to the Fixing Eyelid Primer*, Intense Kajal eyeliner*, Mascara Volume Vertige* and the Quad Eyeshadow palette in red-hot brown*.

    I never usually use an eyeshadow primer but I'm loving this little mini one. It's got camellia oil within it so not only does it help keep your eyeshadow in place, it also does good, nourishing things to your lids.

    The quad is really pretty and comes in beautiful gold packaging. It looks very high end and the shadows themselves are really well pigmented. The shades available are great for creating the more subtle smokey eye look that I'm a fan off. The lightest shade is great as a base and the two darker shades are great for blending all over the lid. Finally, the darkest shade is great as a liner or popping in the corner of the eye and blending out.

    The shades can be used wet or dry. I've used them dry here and I'm really loving the finished look. The only teeny tiny annoyance I had was that there was quite a lot of fall out, but nothing that can't be swiped away with a cotton pad!

    When I opened the eyeliner I must admit it looked a bit scary. It seems to be somewhere between a kohl pencil and a liquid pen eyeliner. It's very soft on application but I feel a strong black eyeliner on this look would be a bit much so I just dotted it on the lid and into the corner and blended it in to create a bit of a darker edge. I do really love the finished look but I definitely need to get practising and get used to a proper eyeliner look I think.

    I finished the look off with the mascara, which I was pleasantly surprised with. The wand is a lot bigger than what I'm used to. I usually use a thin wand to get longer lashes but I found this one, which was quite bobbly, still produced some nice volume and didn't clump like hell like most mascaras do.

    I think these products are the ultimate make-up bag staples. I think every make-up lover/make-up artist needs these sorts of things in their kit. They are definitely all going to be taking up a position in my everyday make-up bag and if I were browsing the website myself with the aim to buy some new bits, these are definitely the sort of things I'd be picking up as they're very me, the quad especially!

    What do you think of the Yves Rocher smokey eye? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

    *This post contains PR samples.
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    12 April 2015

    Sunday Summary #15


    Here we are again…and once again I've left all my blogging until Sunday afternoon. I've done absolutely no housework and no washing either. Sometimes you just need a weekend where you don't spend your whole day doing housework, otherwise you feel like you haven't really had a rest. That's my excuse anyway.

    Yesterday I had a nice day with Vince. We went to Bristol again. That's all we seem to do recently and it's v.bad for our bank balances but always fun! We had a wander around the shops and of course I bought lots of goodies. We stopped for lunch at a place called Tampopo in Cabot Circus. It was actually really nice and what swayed us was the free samples of viatnemese rice they were giving away outside. As usual we consumer way too much and I kind of regretted it when it came to paying the bill! I'd definitely recommend it though. It's very similar to Wagamamma (we actuall both had Katsu curry!) actually, which is probably why we liked it.

    Afterwards we did a bit more shopping and headed home for an afternoon of snoozing on the sofa. I must have fell asleep about three times during the evening and I even nodded off on the way home from Bristol as well. I must have been tired!

    Today has been a really lazy one. I popped to my mum's this morning with some of my crochet stuff so we could get started with the new project. Turns out she had already started so I was on my own! I've literally done one line of one of the sections and now I'm stuck so will be waiting until class on Thursday, haha!

    Vince and I then went and did a food shop. Eurgh, probably the worst way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I don't mind the actual shopping part but it's just other people getting in my way, not saying thank you when I let them pass and just generally being slow and annoying. We really need to get into online food shopping I think…although we tried it once before and it usually turns into an argument.

    The first five day week in two weeks is looming tomorrow! This week just gone was only four days long but it felt really long. I'm not quite sure why, possibly because it was a tad stressful, but my spin class and crochet really do help me relax, as much as spinning so fast on a bike you feel like your legs are going to fly off, can help you.

    Hope you've all enjoyed the weekend, let me know in the comments what you've been up to.

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    7 April 2015

    Things I'm looking forward to this spring/summer

    Over the Bank Holiday weekend I kind of got into a blogging funk. I just kept putting it off, telling myself I'd 'take photos later' and then just not doing it. In the end I decided to just not do any blogging and just enjoy my time off, which I did. Although, while I was relaxing, this little idea for a blog post popped into my head.

    What they say really is true in this case…taking a blogging break does help. When you're not overthinking things, they'll come to you easily so I definitely need to remember this in future.

    This is quite a simple post but I thought I'd just put together a list of a couple of things I'm looking forward to this spring/summer…

    Bloomin' lovely blooms!

    I love having flowers around the house (even if they do make me sneeze a bit!) and I even love trying to grow them myself. I have hyacinths and tulips growing in pots at the end of the garden at the moment and they're doing so well, except that the hyacinths have fallen over due to the wind. The tulips aren't quite out yet but I can't wait for them to be so I can pick some and pop them in a vase. Either that or I'll cheat a bit and buy myself a bunch from the shop, haha!

    Beach walks

    Walking along the seafront is one of my favourite things to do of an evening. I like to walk right from the middle of the seafront by the Pier and right round to the Marine Lake and round to where Vince and I went to college. I never get bored of it, especially on a lovely sunny day or just when the sun is setting!

    Re-visiting favourite places


    It's become a bit of a tradition for Vince and I to make our way to Chew Valley Lake each summer. We spend most of the day walking round the lake, which can take hours and hours. There's a pond and bird spotting route which we took last time in the boiling hot weather. There's also a little cafe and space for a picnic too.

    Although there are quite a few people that do get the same idea to visit, they usually stay in the main public place where the cafe is and not as many wander through the grasses and different walking routes. It's always really peaceful there and one of our favourite places to go.

    What sort of things are you looking forward to this spring/summer? I also can't wait for the Bank Holidays, sitting in the house with all the doors and windows open, spending time in the garden and the annual barbecue at my parents.

    Let me know what you're looking forward to in the comments.
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    5 April 2015

    Sunday Summary #14


    Hello, hello and happy Easter! How have you all been celebrating today? I went to my mum and dad's for lunch as usual, although this time it was a pretty full house with my sister and the kids and her boyfriend, mum and dad, nan, myself and Vince plus the two dogs! Very busy!

    You'll be pleased to hear that the Easter bunny did indeed stop off at my mum's house and there was an egg left for me. In the run up to Easter I haven't even been bothered about having an egg or not but then this morning I saw everyone with theres and really wanted one. I also managed to get my hands on some mini eggs, which I've discovered are an Instagramer's pastel dream.

    On a Sunday afternoon I'd usually have that 'back to school' feeling due to having work on a Monday but as it's Bank Holiday, I have the day off. I also had Friday off but I haven't exactly done much. Barely any blogging. I'm trying to do some now but I'm just kind of staring at my 'to review' pile and really lacking any enthusiasm whatsoever. Product photos are fine but there are loads of eyeshadow palettes I need to swatch and I don't know if I can be bothered to do any this afternoon. I really should otherwise I'm going to end up doing them all tomorrow.

    At the moment I don't have much planned for tomorrow. I was going to be doing something with my sister, mum and the kids but Daisy really isn't very well so I expect I'll spend the day putting off blog photos. I am glad that it's so light still in the afternoons as it means I can do it a lot later than usual. When summer really gets going I'll even be able to get photos taken when I get home from work.

    Although the week just gone was only four days long, work wise, it did feel pretty long. I had spin class on Wednesday, which was good, and crochet class on Thursday. My blanket is getting really big now, so big infact that I've ran out of wool. Stupidly I didn't buy any on Thursday while at the class so now I'm going to have to send Vince to get me some on Tuesday.

    During the next class we're going to be starting the crochet along project altogether. We've got all of our wool, which is so lovely, so now we just need to get going, eek!

    I guess I better get back to my blog photos now. I hope you've all had a good Easter Sunday, enjoy your days off tomorrow if you have one!

    Before you go, catch up on this week's posts:
  • Latest In Beauty Capital FM Box
  • The Easter Chocolate Indulgence Collection from Nella Milano
  • One year into the Revolution
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    2 April 2015

    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box

    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box
    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box - £14.95*
    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box
    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box
    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box
    Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box

    It's been quite a while since I got a beauty box. I used to have a couple of subscriptions but found that the novelty soon wore off, however I was recently sent the info about the new Latest In Beauty box in collaboration with Capital FM and was very kindly sent a box to have a peek at. I have to say I am really impressed.

    By now I'm sure you know how beauty boxes work. The Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box is £14.95 and when you look at the products within it and think about how much this would all cost in a single Boots shopping trip, you realise you're probably getting your money's worth here.

    I'm really impressed with the products within this and really enjoy the fact there is a good mix of high-street brands such as Collection and Rimmel with the higher priced products like Burts Bees, Stila and Pixi and then you have a touch of luxury as well from the Jimmy Choo perfume sample. I actually put my thoughts on the Collection palette down over here and I've even recently written about the Rimmel nail polishes here. I was a big fan of the new Rita Ora collection so to see a shade I didn't already have in the box was great!

    The Stila Eyeliner is an absolutely gorgeous black/purple shade. I actually had one of these eyeliners in green not too long ago and it was my absolute favourite so to add another one to my collection is a real bonus. This is perfect for creating smokey eyes.

    The whole point of beauty boxes back in the day was to try new brands and I think that has gotten lost over the years. However, I've never tried Pixi or Burts Bees (ok, stop gasping in horror!) so for me personally, I was really pleased to discover these products in the box. I particularly like the Burts Bees lip shimmer, which is a really natural shade with a hint of shimmer.

    I'm not too sure about the gold temporary tattoos if I'm honest but I might give them a try and see if they'll bring back the nostalgia of childhood fake tattoos, haha!

    It's really handy to have a proper nail file like the one included too!

    Overall you can probably tell that I'm very impressed with the box and definitely would have purchased this myself. I think there's something for everyone in this box and it just so happens that in this particular one, there's nine products that are right up my street!

    Have you tried the Latest In Beauty Capital FM Beauty Box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

    *This post contains PR samples.
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