Monday, 21 April 2014

One Year Wedding Anniversary supper

My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on April, 13. I was working that weekend but managed to have a quick bite to eat at restaurant in North Devon called Pig on the Hill. 




 To start with I had Posh Prawn Cocktail - it looked wonderful on the plate and tasted beautiful. There was a crispy king prawn which was covered in a coat of lemonade batter, the salad had Cornish crab meat inside.
Luke had a pate and breaded soldiers - I just love the presentation of the food. We also had a side of home made dough balls.


Then for mains we both had The Pig Burger which consisted of a slow cooked shin of beef, mascapone, Devonshire blue cheese, braised red onion, pancetta and twice cooked chips as well as aioli.
The burger was stunning, tender and tasty, the only item I wasn't keen on was the braised red onion.

I was convinced I could manage room for a pudding too, but by the end of dinner I was so full I couldn't manage another bite. 

All the ingredients in the dishes were made from locally sourced produce, something which I am a huge fan of. 

I have to say eating out is one of my fav hobbies, nothing beats it, especially during a weekend when you don't have to worry about work. You can sit back, relax and just enjoy good company and good food. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

L'oreal 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil

Taking makeup off at the end of a long and stressful day feels wonderful. When all you want to do is tumble into a warm and cosy bed the last thing you feel like doing is spending ages taking off eye makeup.

I have tried a few eye makeup removers, from creams to liquids to wipes and cleansing waters. I would have to say my least favourite method were the wipes, infact I only tried them a few times before switching back to my trusty Oil of Olay cream.

I saw a lot of reviews on L'oreal's 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil, so when I saw it on offer in Boots I had to give it a whirl. I believe it retails for around £7.99 full price.




The product is dispensed by a pump and two - three pumps is sufficient to take off all my eye makeup including waterproof mascara. I wouldn't quite say it takes 15 seconds to remove my eye makeup, but it still takes less time than using a cream or a wipe.

After using the oil on my eyes I splash water all over my face and continue with my normal skin care routine, which includes a foaming cream cleanser - at the moment I am using a brilliant one from Benefit. 

I do find the oil does make up eyes feel a tad, well, oily! Even after  washing with a cleanser, so I find using some optrex eyedrops afterwards, just a couple of drops before bed sorts me out. I find using brightening eye drops a great way to refresh dry and tired eyes after a long day at work anyway.

What do you think? Have you tried this product before? If so, what did you think?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Lush Treats

I love nothing more than relaxing in a hot bubblebath with a magazine and a cup of tea. It helps me relax and unwind before bed. I went to Exeter recently and bought a few goodies from Lush. 


I picked up a fresh face mask - Love Lettuce and four bubble bars. I much prefer bubble bars to bath bombs, while I find the bombs smell nice and turn the bath water nice colours I don't find they actually do much. However, I find the bubble bars infuse the water with a softening quality and of course, they produce a ton of bubbles.


This is the Mumkin bubblebar which was a special release for mother's day. When I saw this on the stand I couldn't resist. This is what Lush had to say: "Renowned for her uplifting fruity fragrance and turning bath water a deep and delicious pink colour. Mumkin has a unique fragrance that smells like a punnet of fresh raspberries - the perfect scent to make you feel fresh, uplifted and full of the joys of spring."

This bubble bar costs £2.95 and with all the bubble bars, I always break them up to get several uses out of them.


Another two limited edition bubble bath products here. On the left is the Golden Egg, which is a bath bomb and bath melt rolled into one product. This costs £3.50 and is a limited edition treat in time for Easter. This is what Lush had to say: "A glistening golden bath melt and bath bomb rolled into one. Because of its luxurious bath melt outer layer, when you first drop this into the bath it will sink down, the bob back to the tip as the bath bomb centre begins to fizz away, filling your bath water with its sumptuous honey-toffee fragrance.

The item on the right is called Wonder Woohoo and costs £3.95. I love the golden glitter on this bubblebar, but it does tend to get everywhere. This is what Lush had to say: "Inspired by Wonder Woman ad created for wonder women everywhere. With mimosa absolute, sandalwood oil and Brazilian orange oil - Wonder Woohoo is like a big, cheerful hug of fragrance. The lustre in the center of this bear will create a beautiful silvery trail amid the bubbles.


This brightly coloured bubble bar is aptly named Brightside and is a bit more expensive and costs £4.50 but it is a hefty product. This is what Lush had to say: "When you're chewing on life's gristle don't grumble, give it a whistle. Hop in the bath with one of these uplifting bubble bars, Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils to help you look on the right side of life. Its jazzy bright colours will create magnificent orange bath water and the sunny citrus fragrance is sure to leave you jolly and refreshed.

This product is the same size and the Comforter bubble bar and I find those easily last six baths.


Love Lettuce is a fresh face mask which needs to be kept in the fridge. This is one of my fav fresh face masks because of the crushed almond shells the mask is great for exfoliating. This is what Lush had to say: "Brighten your complex with nutrient-rich agar seaweed gel, soothing and moisturising honey and almond oil and gently exfoliating almond shells. This mask is simple fragranced with French lavender which has a calming effect on the mind and helps to balance the skin's sebum production. 

I apply a generous layer of this on a freshly cleansed face and let the mask do its magic while I soak in the bubble bath and wrinkle up like a prune. 

What are your fav Lush products at the moment? 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Polish For Tans - New nail polish by Models Own


Summer is just around the corner which means all my fav brands will be busting out bright and funky colours. I do not normally follow trends, I love bright colours, especially for nail polish, all year round. However, if you only wear bright colours in the warmer months then you need to check our this new collection from Models Own.

Polish For Tans is one of their latest nail polish lines and is their first line designed to enhance and compliment a tan. The range consists of five shades to highlight a summer glow.




From left to right we have Bikini, Sun Hat, Beach Bag, Flip Flop and Shades. One thing is for sure, Models Own are coming up with some great polish names at the moment. As with all their polishes, these will cost £5 and are available in their Bottleshops. They will be out from April 9 in Superdrug and from April 16 in Boots. 

I am loving the look of Sun Hat, such a gorgeous bubblegum pink shade, reckon that would look great with a black crackle polish over the top or a black zebra print Konad stamp.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Barbara Daly - Tesco Makeup

Doing the weekly shop I spotted a clearance shelf full of Barbara Daly makeup in Tesco. I picked up a powder and a gorgeous pink lipstick.


The lipstick is part of the cream colour range and is in shade Crimson. Full price was £3.50 but I picked it up for £1.75. The colour itself is a vibrant pinky red, it glides on easily and the colour is gorgeous. 




Next up is the matt perfection pressed powder in fair. The compact comes with a puff and a mirror  which makes it ideal for popping in a handbag. The powder itself is lovely and light, it doesn't feel too heavy or cakey. I apply this in the morning over my makeup with a fluffy brush. It helps keep my skin matte for most of the day, I do like to touch up the t-zone as and when, but generally this is a good product for keeping shine away. 

Stupidly, I peeled off the price sticker before writing this post and can't remember exactly how much I paid. However, I believe it was around the £6 mark full price and I paid around £3 for it. 

Have you tried any Barbara Daly items? If you come across any in a sale I definitely recommend trying them!.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Life pleasures which are underrated

I came across an article which mentioned some life pleasures which were underrated. With that in mind I thought I would put together some things which I think are underrated. Here is a run down of the little things which make me happy throughout the working week...




Fresh bed linen

Getting through that mountain of laundry 

Having a clean car (inside and out)

Climbing into bed after a long soak in the bath

An ice cold drink

When the rain is hammering it down outside and you are still curled up in bed knowing you don't have to get up

Clean makeup brushes

Lighting a new candle

Getting a text message from my husband, my mum or best friend

Hearing my cats purring

The feeling of washing off a face mask

Taking off chipped nail polish

The first spoonful of a piece of cake

What are your life pleasures? I am sure there are more I can add to this list!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Glam Crystals - by Collection (2000)

I have been a massive fan of Urban Decay's glitter eyeliners for years. However, at around the £11 mark they are quite pricey and what's more, there are no stores in North Devon which stocks the brand.
I have found a cheaper alternative in high street makeup brand, Collection.

Collection (formerly known as Collection 2000) are a purse friendly makeup brand. Their Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liners are some of the best eyeliners I have come across. 


From left to right: Spandex, Rock Chick, Funk, Le Freak, Dancing Queen, Hustle and Pizzazz.

I have also recently bought Shake it up which is a deep purple and Jade's Rock It glitter liner from the Little Mix Collection.


What I love about these eyeliners is how pigmented they are and how easy they are to work with. No matter which colour I use they build up so easily. If I am in a hurry I sweep one of these glitter liners on my upper lash line and add a coat of mascara to my lashes and I am good to go.

The glitter in the liners are finely milled and don't feel scratchy at all, the product itself dries fast one applied and lasts all day. Each liner only costs £2.99 and in my opinion, they are on an equal footing with my beloved Urban Decay liners.

Have you tried any of the Glam Crystals glitter eyeliners? If so, what do you think?