Thursday, 23 October 2014

REMEMBER: Clocks FALL back this weekend!

I thought I would do a post this week to remind all my UK friends that something very important is happening this weekend.

The clocks go back this weekend, 2am on Saturday to be exact. 

Usually digital devices, mobile phones etc work their magic on their own, but don't forget to put your watches back one hour.

Even though the nights are closing in and getting darker the clocks going back means we gain an extra hour in bed. Bonus!

BST (British Summer Time) usually starts on the final Sunday in March and finishes on the last Sunday in October. 

REMEMBER: Clocks spring forward in the spring (March) and fall back in the autumn (October)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Zoella Let's Glow Candle - Disappointment

I am terrible when it comes to new products. If I see something new I have to give it a try, even more so when there is huge hype surrounding a new range in the blogging world.

I spotted some of Zoella's new beauty products in my local Superdrug. 

The fizz bars and bath soak didn't float my boat. However, I am a massive candle lover and couldn't resist the cute packaging. 

This is the Let's Glow candle by Zoella Beauty, it costs £5 from Superdrug. 

In the tin it smells lovely, to me it smells like a mixture of fruit and baby powder, sweet and comforting but not overpowering. 

The packaging is also another reason I was drawn to this candle, I love candles in tins while the pink text and polka dot design of this candle caught my eye instantly.

Unfortunately this is where the positives of the candle end.

Once lit my candle gave off no scent. Nothing. Infact, you wouldn't even know it was supposed to be a scented candle.

I tried standing right infront of the candle wafting it to see if I could smell anything. Nope, not a smidge. 

At first I just thought the candle had a poor scent throw, but this candle didn't give off any scent at all.

I was so excited to try my first purchase from the Zoella beauty line but I won't be buying this again. The candle itself is small, so quite expensive for how much product you get for you cash.

I might give the other products a try but for me the candle was a disappointment.

Have you tried any of Zoella's products? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Tea on The Green - Triple chocolate caramel cake

I am yet to meet someone who doesn't like tea and cake. Or, cake and coffee, or cake and cake. There is the most gorgeous place in Westward Ho! North Devon called Tea on The Green.

Warm and butter jacket potatoes, doorstop sandwiches, cheesy crumpet medley and the much anticipated weekend cake reveal.
As well as the usual cakes the family-run business whips up weekly "special cakes".

From triple layer chocolate caramel cakes and Oreo cheesecake to cookie dough shortbread and key lime pie. There is something for everyone.

I went there with my husband recently and we had enough food to last us all week. Infact, I was so full, I couldn't finish all my cake, but look at it, the slice was huge! I got them to wrap it up to take home with me. 

I had a prawn sandwich, doorstop style and my husband had a two piece grilled cheese melt with Devonshire gammon.

The interior of Tea on The Green is amazing and unique, I haven't seen anything like it before. There are teapots hanging from the ceiling and an assortment of vintage clocks and black and white pictures.

Every time I go to Tea on The Green it is always full, the place is tiny and people will often wait for hours to get a table. I believe they used to do a winter pudding club in the evening which I would love to sign up for if they reintroduce it this winter.

Where is your fav place for tea and cake?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Christmas 2014 Lush goodies

In my opinion no other bath and body company does seasonal holidays quite like Lush. I adore Lush's Christmas goodies and this year is no exception. I didn't buy any Snowfairy shower gel because I still have a bottle left over from last year. 

However I did pick up this little selection of treats.

Here we have Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar, Snow Angel Bath Melt, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Holly Go Lightly Bath Bomb and Christmas Eve Bubble Bar. (Also, a sneaky bottle of American Cream hair conditioner, I know it isn't a Christmas product.)

Here we have Snow Angel Bath Melt, Luxury, Lush Pud Bath Bomb and Christmas Eve Bubble Bar. 

Snow Angel turns the bath water soft and silky, whenever I use a bath melt I don't need a body lotion afterwards. Once dissolved the bath melt leaves a ribbon of silver shimmer throughout the water. 

Luxury Lush Pud is a product which was brought out last Christmas. I didn't buy it last year so needed to give it a whirl this time round. This sweetly scented bath bomb turns the bath water an array of colours. The scent of this bath bomb is divine and relaxing. 

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar is another re-release from last year. I went though quite a few of these bad boys last Christmas. The product creates lots of bubbles as well as leaving the water silky, similar to a bath melt but with the added bubbles.

Next up is Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb and Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar. The glittery silver star smells of citrus mixed with something more warming. It has shea butter to leave skin soft and smooth. This was also in shops last Christmas. 

Golden Wonder was also brought back from last year. This bath bomb is a whopper! It can easily last four baths. Give it a shake and it sounds like there is a gift hidden inside. It is infact lots of glittery bits and bobs.

Holly Go Lightly is another fun bubble bar which is scented heavily of wintery spices. Amazing for those dark and blustery nights. This is a chunky bubble bar so it tends to last me about four baths.

Finally a bottle of American Cream hair conditioner and a Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar.

Do you remember the Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar? It was in Lush's core line and was a bright pink glittery bubble bar? It was my all time fav product. Then Lush went and discontinued it. However, this hair conditioner is the same scent as the bubble bar. The smell is amazing, I can't get enough and what's more the scent lingers in your hair the next day.

Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar is a rather suspect looking creature, Doesn't look like a hedgehog to me... Anyways, I haven't tried this product yet but according to Lush it contains yland yland and shea and cocoa butters. I am looking forward to giving this a go.

Have you tried any of the new Christmas 2014 treats from Lush? 

If so, what are you enjoying at the moment? 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

A new addition to the family for 2015

My husband and I are pleased to announce we are expecting our first baby in April.

I had my 12 week scan earlier this week and am so relieved everything is ok.

I will start doing pregnancy posts on my blog as well as my usual food and makeup posts.

Looking forward to seeing what the next few months hold.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Real Techniques Core Collection

I was in need of some new makeup brushes and since Real Techniques products seemed to be a popular choice for many beauty fans I would give them a go. I ordered the starter set and the core collection.

For this post I want to concentrate on the Core Collection.

The core collection has a bronze coloured neck and contains four brushes for creating a flawless base. This kit contains a detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, contour brush and panoramic case/holder.

The detailer brush is small to help conceal any problem areas on the skin. This brush can also be doubled up to be used as a lipstick brush. 

The pointed foundation brush is flat with a slight point which is great for applying foundation evenly and flawlessly.

The buffing brush is ideal for sweeping highlighter or blusher on the face.

What struck me the most first of all was how the brushes felt, soft, and easy to work with. Some brushes feel cheap and make your base or concealer difficult to apply, but not with these. 

The collection also comes with a 2 in 1 case and stand which will come in handy for holidays and breaks away. 

Have you tried any Real Techniques brushes? If so, what did you think?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Beauty advent calendars 2014

It's that time of year again when the shops and department stores start bringing out all their Christmas goodies. I know Christmas is still a long way off but if there is one thing I have discovered about blogging is that bloggers go crazy for beauty advent calendars.

This year we seem more spoiled for choice than ever before. In previous years I know beauty advent calendars fly off the shelves. With that in mind I thought I would compile a list of what you can expect to be released this festive season.

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown - £60

This calendar is full of much loved Benefit classics including Porefessional, Stay Flawless, Watt's Up, It's Potent eye cream and many more. According to Benefit's website this calender will be available to buy from October 10.

The Body Shop - £50

Again, behind each window is a mini product of some of their best love products. I read this calendar will be out in selected stores from October 8. 

Boots No7 - £35

Mini products of some brilliant No 7 goodies including nail polishes, lipsticks and eyeshadows, This calendar will be available on Boots' website and in stores from October 29. 

Other brands bringing out beauty advent calendars include L'Occitane for £45 which is available on their website from November 3. 

Elemis have already brought out their calendar however they only have 12 skincare goodies and it costs £59.50.

Selfridges' calendar is full of a mixture of high end skin care and fragrance products. There are 24 goodies to discover and the calendar costs £85.

Nail polish brand Ciate are launching another varnish calendar this year. For £49 you will get 24 mini polishes. I remember Ciate being very popular last year. 

Jo Malone are bringing out a fragrance advent calendar which will be available in Harrods from October 20 and then nationwide from November 10. This is the most expensive calendar I have come across so far at £250.

What do you think of these calendars? Will you be trying to get your hands on any of them?