March 2015 Favourites

Happy April everyone!

Another month that seems to have flown by! I have a quick monthly favourites post to share with you. Here we go….

This month my hubby and I have been very busy trying to get our extension close to completion, which has meant a lot of running around and making big decisions. We started our extension a year ago, so we are really hoping and praying it will all be done soon. This month has no doubt been a rather hectic and stressful one, which has ultimately caused me to want to be a bit self indulgent now again and have the odd pamper session before bed. Bearing that in mind, take a peek at this months favourites:

  

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask – this is a really lovely mask that leaves my skin soft and glowy.

Sanctuary Shower Oil – I have wanted a shower oil for quite a while so I picked this one up in Boots a few weeks ago. It’s quite a thick, oil type consistency, it does lather slightly so it’s not  100% oil, but I find it leaves my skin lovely and soft after use and have been loving using it.

Botanical Radiance Balm – This was on offer in Boots when I bought this a few weeks ago and I believe it still is, so grab it while you can and give it ago. I have been using this under a bit of concealer and them with a dusting of the Bourjois rice powder (green pot) on top. It does give a lovely “inner glow look” to the face, perfect when you haven’t had much sleep!

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java– I believe this is a product that Bourjois used to make many, many years ago and have re-introduced it – and I a. So glad they did because I am completely in love. It is a loose, light powder that has a lovely soft scent to it. It’s another product ghat is perfect for creating that inner glow.

Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray – I just love the face that this hairspray smells more like a body spray than hairspray. It also has a good hold that is easily brushed out.

Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Neutral Shimmer – An old favourite that I again have rekindled my love for this month. I still gravitate towards my Naked Palettes a lot but this month I have been picking this palette us just as much. It is similar to the colours in the Naked Palettes, just more shimmery.

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Vintage Rose – After purchasing Mac Creme in your Coffee lipstick a month or so back, I have been on the lookout for a similar colour that is much cheaper to wear on a day to day basis. I came across this a few days ago, so not really a monthly favourite, but considering how much I love Creme in your Coffee I just know I will love wearing this just as much. Vintage Rose is slightly more pinky with a slight frosted sheen, but they are very similar and for only ยฃ2.99 what’s not to love? (Creme in your Coffee top, Vintage Rose bottom).

  

MAC eyelashes (7 lash) – I love these lashes so much! They’re quite natural compared to some eyelashes but still add so much glamour ๐Ÿ™‚

A few random favourites have been:

The Kindle App on my iPad. I haven’t read this much in years and I love it. I really like to read when I’m in bed, but because my hubby tends to go to sleep earlier than I do I haven’t been able to do so for ages!, To prevent him being kept awake by my bedside lamp I downloaded the Kindle App and now everyone’s a winner ๐Ÿ™‚

I have loved snacking on bananas and peanut butter for quite some time, but this month I have really brought it back into being and been having this little concoction most days!

Finally, thanks to our extension, I have also re-kindled my addiction to Pinterest this month. I look daily for different ideas for interior design and ways to improve our house on a budget. It is a bit if a life/money saver!

Okie dokie chums, that’s my monthly favourites done for March, hope you enjoyed. Have any of you tried any of these products? What are your opinions?

Stay classy ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

Avocado chocolate almond pudding

This looks amazing!!

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Jell-O pudding cups. The ones that only have 3 bites and vaguely taste like soft chocolate plastic (but in a really really good way). I love those guys. When I was little I would beg for them every trip to the grocery store. Well, here is my attempt to adult-ify them. These are raw, vegan and free from refined sugar. The key is the avocado. You wonโ€™t taste it, youโ€™ll just sense it. It makes the pudding soft and velvety, just like the original. I added almond butter for protein and to give depth to the flavors. The result is an incredibly rich, decadent dessert thatโ€™s also nutrient-filled and heart healthy. My favorite part though, might just be the coconut whipped cream. Itโ€™s so good I could have eaten the whole bowl. Or maybe I did eat the whole bowl. Whatever, donโ€™t judge til you make it.

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February Favourites 2015

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Hello everyone,

Who can believe its March already? I certainly can’t. I feel like Christmas was only last week!

This is going to be a rather quick post. I am still loving the majority of products from my January favourites, but these are a few little lovelies that I have also been gravitating toward most of this month.

Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter – Cold weather over the past few months has really given my skin some grief. I am a bit of a body cream hoarder but I am so in love with the smell of this body butter it is getting used up particularly quickly. It reminds me of summer so I slather the stuff all over me to cocoon myself in the glorious, uplifting scent. 

Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum Oil – I have been in need of a serum for ages so thought I would try this out as it’s not too expensive compared to some! I haven’t really noticed anything majorly different in my skin, but then I haven’t been using it religiously every night. It does feel silky soft when massaging it in and the smell is divine. I shall start putting it on every night and give a proper review of it soon.

 Crest Glamorous White Mouthwash – I first purchased a bottle of this when I was in America last October/Novemeber. I find it really whitens my teeth, especially when used inconjuction with a whitening toothpaste. It does have a bit of a funny after taste due to the hydrogen peroxide but that’s to be expected and you do get used to it. Again I don’t use it religiously just for a few days in a row to get them whiter when I need. 

 Revlon Colour Burst Balm Stain in Striking – I love these colour burst balm stains for a quick on the go lip. They’re moisturising, long lasting and super quick and easy to put on, even without a mirror to hand.

 Anastasia Brow Wiz – I was adamant this really wouldn’t change my life like every beauty blogger/ youtuber made out but once I gave it a go I could see just what all the fuss was about. It makes your brows look like HD brows – if you spend the time to draw the shape in. On a day to day basis, if I’m not going anywhere particularly special, I will use my cheap brow powder compact to fill them in. I use the brow wiz for more special occasions – when I don’t mind using expensive products.

 Dior Diorshow Maximiser MascaraThis stuff is an absolute god send to lashes! It makes my lases look so much fuller. It is rather expensive but I do really like the effect it gives and will definitely repurchase. Unless anyone can recommend a cheaper one that is just as good?

 Buxom Mascara – This has one of the plastic brushes which I find is really good for separating lashes and coating them in the product. Gives really good definition and length, doesn’t smudge and doesn’t flake off.

Seche Vite Top Coat –Again I was dubious about all the claims, but it really does make your nail varnish dry almost instantly. Takes so much time off painting your nails.

 Formula X Nail Varnish in Ignite – I just really love this colour. Simple.

 Vita Liberta Nkd Skn Liquid Tan Dark. – I am always in search of a great faux tan, especially when the weather warms up and the arms and legs start to make an appearance. I bought this quite a few months ago, at the time it was on offer so thought I would give it a go, and I am so glad I did! It is an almost water like liquid that you spray. I find because it is so fluid it doesn’t leave a sticky residue and you can pretty much slip your clothes on straight away. It does transfer abit when you first put it on and put clothes on, but nowhere near as some of the more thicker gel or cream/lotion type tans. I always put mine on at night and wash off in the morning. Once washed off the tan doesn’t transfer and is a lovely golden brown colour. It lasts about 4-5 days with washing every day and moisturising afterward. If washing less often it would probably last about a week without going patchy. I’ve never experienced it going patchy, it just tends to fade which I love! Personally I think this is a great tan and will definitely re-purchase when I run out, which will be quite soon!

Random favourites

This month I have had a few non beauty favourites that I feel deserves a mention.

Favourite song: Ten Walls, Walking With Elephants – I just can’t get enough of this song as of late. It’s so funky but also quite chilled, which I know sounds bizarre but give it a listen and you may catch my drift. If you’re in to this type of music that is! I love bass and deep house and this is just simple but effective for me. Playing it on repeat for days!,

Favourite TV Programme: Impractical Jokers – I first watched this when I was in America last October and I just haven’t been able to stop watching it since discovering we have it on UK TV too! It is literally the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. 

Favourite Youtuber: ZuzkaLight– This past month I have been trying to get back into working out, start loosing some of the Christmas/January weight and just generally start being healthy again. Whenever I need inspiration to exercise I always watch Zuzka! Just seeing her super fit bod gives me a kick up the bum towards working out, but her videos are brilliant and really motivational. She does all sorts, from quick 5 minute workouts to 40 minute killer cardio. Diet and food talks to specific exercises for certain body areas. She is also really lovely and so pretty.

Favourite Drink: Twinnings Salted Caramel Green Tea – Need I say more? Healthy and tastey, a match made in heaven. Just what you need when restarting a health kick.

And that’s all for now folks. Hope you enjoyed. If you have any questions please ask ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Until next time, cheerio! xx

A Birthday Weekend in Bristol.

Hello all!

Hope you have all been having a splendid week. I myself have been trying to catch up on some sleep after a rather raucous weekend celebrating my husband’s birthday with friends and family in Bristol.

We both went to University in Bristol so we have a fond love of the place and know it rather well, so try to visit as much as we can. It is such a lovely city; quirky, friendly and cosmopolitan all wrapped up in one. Definitely one of England’s top cities – in my opinion.

We began the weekend with an early(ish) morning drive down to Brizz, because I had a special surprise of a spa afternoon with Champagne afternoon tea waiting for him at midday. It was a lovely way to begin the weekend. I don’t know anyone who would complain at Champagne and scones!

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The waitress was even kind enough to bring the birthday boy a little birthday cake – even though neither of us felt like eating it after stuffing ourselves!

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After our spa-mazing afternoon, we headed to our apartment to start getting ready for the evening ahead. We wanted to head to a few cocktail bars that we knew and a few new ones that we had heard of. I do love cocktails!
For my outfit I went for a dark green pencil skirt, a gold sequin low cut top, my new black longline blazer and my black Asos heels.

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After heading to various cocktail bars (including one secret one ;)) we decided it was best to call it a night on the old alcohol and headed to the casino.

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          Sssh it’s a secret!

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I do like a little flutter on the roulette wheel and normally win. Unfortunately this was not one of those times and I quickly saw my ยฃ20 whittle down to nothing. Hubby on the other hand won himself a few bob so after he cleaned up we decided it was time for bed and probably best to get a good nights sleep as we had a full day ahead of us.

After a relatively good nights sleep we got up, got ready and headed for town. We grabbed a quick coffee on the way and had a little wander down the “Christmas Steps“.

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christmas steps

            (Photo by aegiandyad)

Such a quaint little street lined with intriguing independent shops, art galleries, bars, cafes. “Where artisans and creative traders work side by side”. To my delight I spotted a “Fine Spirits & Liquers” shop and couldn’t resist taking a peek inside!

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liqeursI would definitely love a few bottles in my cocktail cupboard!
After perusing the treasure trove of bottles and chatting to the rather lovely assistant, we felt it was time to carry on our trek towards town where we would be meeting up with my husband’s sister and her fella. At the end of the Christmas Steps there was a pub of the same name, we had 20 minutes so decided to pop in for a midday tipple (naughty I know!)

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After our swift midday pick me up we met up with our compadres, had a tour around their new house then headed out for lunch. By this time it was around 1.30pm – our tummy’s were starting to grumble! We couldn’t eat too much though because we had a table booked at 6.30pm for the four of us plus hubby’s parents so we really didn’t want to spoil our dinner by over indulging at lunch.

One of my most favourite dishes is Moules Marinere, once I spotted it on the menu there was no other choice for me. I enjoyed it so much I barely forgot to take a picture, let alone a decent one! (Lol at my screwed up napkin).

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We spent a good 3 hours catching up and discussing Bristol, weddings, work, Youtube. You know, the standard lunchtime chinwag! We were enjoying ourselves so much we almost forgot to call a taxi to take us back to our homes/apartments to get ready for our dinner! Time does fly when you’re having fun!

As this was a Saturday night we opted for slightly more dressier outfits than the night before. I decided on my trusty little black number from Rare London and some rather old, but still extremely loved, River Island embellished stiletto sandals.IMG_3891pscropI completely forgot to take any full length photos of my outfit so haven’t got one of my shoes. After dinner and happy hour on cocktails we were having such a blast we only took group family photos. I always feel a bit silly when we’re in a group if I ask to have a photo taken by myself. Anyway, as hubby and I are old Bristolians, we took the new Bristolians to some of our old haunts and new bars we had heard of. As you can probably gather, I am a massive fan of cocktails, so whenever we go off somewhere I will always look up popular cocktails bars to visit. Bristol is full of old pubs, chain bars, unusual bars, nightclubs, cocktails lounges, the list is endless. One of my new obsessions is Speakeasy bars. Not, by old definition, “An establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages.” The bars I am talking about are basically “secret” bars that do not advertise, you hear of them via word of mouth – or in my case searching the web and reading blogs, and they pride themselves on this. There are quite a few of these secret establishments in Bristol, one of them hubby and I visited the night before and it was a lovely chilled out experience with amazing cocktail concoctions (see picture towards the top). So, I had already booked ahead for the four of us to get a table on Saturday night at one of these secret bars called Redlight. I won’t write about it, because I could go on forever, you can read about it here. All I will say is – fun, sexy, atmospheric with tantalizing cocktails!

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                      He’s my lobster.

Redlight Cocktails.

         Redlight Cocktails.

After a few rounds of cocktails in Redlight, we made our way up Park Street visiting a few bars along the way and finally ended our night at the Brass Pig – an easy going bar with a dance floor on the lower level for those of you who feel merry enough to showcase some of your best moves! Of course we were all rather “merry” by this stage so indeed we threw some shapes to various songs until our feet gave up on us. We said our goodbyes to one another and went our seperate ways until we met up again the following afternoon for a birthday lunch. Both hubby and I always drag out our birthdays as long as we possibly can! Well, a birthday happens only once a year so why not make the most of it?

I must have been so tired by Sunday because I didn’t take a single photo. #newbloggerproblems. Anyway, we met up again with the in-laws and went for lunch at a lovely little restaurant in Clifton called Fishers. After that, the pair of us headed to the cinema as I had two tickets booked for me and hubby to watch Fifty Shades of Grey (hehe). We love the cinema at Cabot Circus and after our weekend of partying we were really looking forward to just sitting down in front of a good film.

Now, I have read all the books and realise there isn’t a lot of depth to the story, but it was a good read all the same. I had heard mixed reviews on the film but still wanted to make my own opinion.
Film Opinion: The film was ok to good, but I was left disappointed. Mainly by the fact I felt as if each scene was “rushed”, if that makes sense? Even though it was about 2 hours long I just felt we didn’t get to know the characters that well and the build up of various emotions in Ana and Christian weren’t portrayed particularly well either. I know a film can never come across exactly the same as the book but to me it just felt like the scenes were rushed which ultimately made the film not that great. It’s not bad, it just could have been better.
Anyway, this is not a film review but that was the final chapter of our weekend in Bristol. I always love our weekends in Bristol and feel nostalgic when we leave. I definitely recommend a weekend visit if you’ve never been!

Hope you enjoyed. I am definitely going to have to get myself a decent camera asap!

Speak soon lovelies! xx