got2b-2-sexy-big-volume-push-up-hairspray-volumizing-spray-mousse
I was really excited when I bought these two, and after using them a couple of times thought it was love.  Having given them a more thorough testing though, I think my opinion may have changed.

Let's start with what's good about them.  I want to say the price (I got both of these on offer for £6), but now I come to look it up they're both listed at £4.07 at Boots.  Which is ok, but perhaps a little more than I like to spend on hairspray.  One thing that definitely is a plus point is the scent.  Neither of these smell stereotypically aerosol-y, instead they're really sweet and fruity.  It makes a lovely change to that normal hairspray smell and was a really nice surprise first time I used them.

Now for the bad.  The hairspray doesn't work as well as my Fructis favourite, and the mousse doesn't spray out evenly.  Being a spray mousse, I'd anticipated that it would mist out finely.  While it may have done that first time round, it now squirts out all over the show and just makes a mess.  And perhaps I was overloading my hair (note the 'was', I've given up using it for the time being!) but I started to end up a little crunchy looking.

My advice is to consider trying the hairspray if you don't have hair which refuses to hold a curl, but give the mousse a miss.  It's a good concept which hasn't quite worked unfortunately.  I'm looking forward to seeing if any brands can perfect it though!

got2b 2 Sexy Big Volume hairspray and spray mousse

29.11.13

got2b-2-sexy-big-volume-push-up-hairspray-volumizing-spray-mousse
I was really excited when I bought these two, and after using them a couple of times thought it was love.  Having given them a more thorough testing though, I think my opinion may have changed.

Let's start with what's good about them.  I want to say the price (I got both of these on offer for £6), but now I come to look it up they're both listed at £4.07 at Boots.  Which is ok, but perhaps a little more than I like to spend on hairspray.  One thing that definitely is a plus point is the scent.  Neither of these smell stereotypically aerosol-y, instead they're really sweet and fruity.  It makes a lovely change to that normal hairspray smell and was a really nice surprise first time I used them.

Now for the bad.  The hairspray doesn't work as well as my Fructis favourite, and the mousse doesn't spray out evenly.  Being a spray mousse, I'd anticipated that it would mist out finely.  While it may have done that first time round, it now squirts out all over the show and just makes a mess.  And perhaps I was overloading my hair (note the 'was', I've given up using it for the time being!) but I started to end up a little crunchy looking.

My advice is to consider trying the hairspray if you don't have hair which refuses to hold a curl, but give the mousse a miss.  It's a good concept which hasn't quite worked unfortunately.  I'm looking forward to seeing if any brands can perfect it though!
monochrome-christmas-tree
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So the most important question for the moment is....what colour scheme do I go for??
For the past couple of years our tree has been classic red and gold (with no tinsel!!!) but this year I fancy a change.  I saw my dream tree in the garden centre, looking all beautiful and rose gold-y, but it was blimmin' expensive!  I'm leaning towards gold and white, but monochrome could also be a contender.
And is it just me, or is there a serious lack of baubles in the shops this year?  Or perhaps I'm just starting too early...

Interior details: The Tree

27.11.13

monochrome-christmas-tree
Image found via pinterest
So the most important question for the moment is....what colour scheme do I go for??
For the past couple of years our tree has been classic red and gold (with no tinsel!!!) but this year I fancy a change.  I saw my dream tree in the garden centre, looking all beautiful and rose gold-y, but it was blimmin' expensive!  I'm leaning towards gold and white, but monochrome could also be a contender.
And is it just me, or is there a serious lack of baubles in the shops this year?  Or perhaps I'm just starting too early...
MaxFactor-facefinity-all-day-flawless-3-in-1-foundation
It's around this time of year that I usually get the urge to seek out a new foundation, and this year it was the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation that caught my eye.

I picked this out a couple of weeks ago when I went shopping with Leanne.  Despite being an absolute mouthful, neither of us could actually recall ever reading anything about this foundation in the blogosphere.

I'd say this is a medium-full coverage foundation.  A little seems to go a long way with me (although since cutting in a fringe I've been skipping putting any foundation on my forehead) and I've been finding that I've not even needed a full pump to cover my face.  I didn't pay too much attention to the shade range, but the colour I chose is a pretty good match for me.

It wears well throughout the day, and I've not ended up patchy at all by the end of the day.  Even after visiting the gym, I'm not left with an obviously mucky-looking face.  Some foundations (ahem, Revlon ColorStay) often left me with strange blotches around my cheeks so that's always the first place I check.  And I'm pleased to say, Facefinity has passed the test!

It boasts being a 3 in 1, offering primer, concealer and foundation, but I can't say I've given that a full trial.  I favour using my Clarins primer and my dark circles always need extra coverage.  That said, I haven't found myself needing to go back in and conceal any spots or blemishes, so perhaps it does work as an ok concealer!

At £11.99, this foundation is a little more expensive than I like to pay for a drugstore product.  So far so good though, I'd be tempted to repurchase!

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation

25.11.13

MaxFactor-facefinity-all-day-flawless-3-in-1-foundation
It's around this time of year that I usually get the urge to seek out a new foundation, and this year it was the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation that caught my eye.

I picked this out a couple of weeks ago when I went shopping with Leanne.  Despite being an absolute mouthful, neither of us could actually recall ever reading anything about this foundation in the blogosphere.

I'd say this is a medium-full coverage foundation.  A little seems to go a long way with me (although since cutting in a fringe I've been skipping putting any foundation on my forehead) and I've been finding that I've not even needed a full pump to cover my face.  I didn't pay too much attention to the shade range, but the colour I chose is a pretty good match for me.

It wears well throughout the day, and I've not ended up patchy at all by the end of the day.  Even after visiting the gym, I'm not left with an obviously mucky-looking face.  Some foundations (ahem, Revlon ColorStay) often left me with strange blotches around my cheeks so that's always the first place I check.  And I'm pleased to say, Facefinity has passed the test!

It boasts being a 3 in 1, offering primer, concealer and foundation, but I can't say I've given that a full trial.  I favour using my Clarins primer and my dark circles always need extra coverage.  That said, I haven't found myself needing to go back in and conceal any spots or blemishes, so perhaps it does work as an ok concealer!

At £11.99, this foundation is a little more expensive than I like to pay for a drugstore product.  So far so good though, I'd be tempted to repurchase!
The-Body-Shop-honey-and-oat-3-in-1-scrub-mask
The-Body-Shop-honey-and-oat-3-in-1-scrub-mask
Gosh, it's all gone a bit cleanser-crazy over here lately!  This Body Shop one's another of my latest favourites for taking off my make up without drying my skin out.

This is marketed as a 3 in 1 scrub mask, although I've yet to use it as a mask.  Instead I like to remove my eye make up with the L'Oreal micellar water and then finish off the rest of my face by using this.  I massage it into my damp skin and then wipe clean with a flannel.  My face is left clean, soft and feeling full of moisture.

The texture is thick and (funnily enough) very oaty, like a thin, but not runny, porridge and I can't say I'd realise it contained honey without it stating so in the title.  So if you're hoping for something deliciously honey-scented, don't look here.

It costs £10 for a 100ml tub, although I've always purchased this when another offer's been running and there's money off.  Which happens regularly....lucky really, because, nice as it is, I'm not sure I'd spend the full £10 when I can get 250ml of the Apivita for only £3 more.

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask

22.11.13

The-Body-Shop-honey-and-oat-3-in-1-scrub-mask
The-Body-Shop-honey-and-oat-3-in-1-scrub-mask
Gosh, it's all gone a bit cleanser-crazy over here lately!  This Body Shop one's another of my latest favourites for taking off my make up without drying my skin out.

This is marketed as a 3 in 1 scrub mask, although I've yet to use it as a mask.  Instead I like to remove my eye make up with the L'Oreal micellar water and then finish off the rest of my face by using this.  I massage it into my damp skin and then wipe clean with a flannel.  My face is left clean, soft and feeling full of moisture.

The texture is thick and (funnily enough) very oaty, like a thin, but not runny, porridge and I can't say I'd realise it contained honey without it stating so in the title.  So if you're hoping for something deliciously honey-scented, don't look here.

It costs £10 for a 100ml tub, although I've always purchased this when another offer's been running and there's money off.  Which happens regularly....lucky really, because, nice as it is, I'm not sure I'd spend the full £10 when I can get 250ml of the Apivita for only £3 more.
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Remember these vintage crates I proudly showed off? Things didn't work out and I wasn't able to use them as planned, so my carefully selected crate is sitting unloved at the bottom of the stairs for the time being.  This photo is giving me so much inspiration though, and I'm excited to get my hands on a few more crates to start constructing my own shelving unit.  

Now to decide where to put it!

Interior inspiration: box shelves

20.11.13

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Remember these vintage crates I proudly showed off? Things didn't work out and I wasn't able to use them as planned, so my carefully selected crate is sitting unloved at the bottom of the stairs for the time being.  This photo is giving me so much inspiration though, and I'm excited to get my hands on a few more crates to start constructing my own shelving unit.  

Now to decide where to put it!
autumn-leaf
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1. Get back to sharing photos on instagram.
2. Cut down on hot chocolates!
3. Go to 3 classes at the gym.
4. Tick things off my 'To Do' list at work.
5. Leave the house by 8am.
6. Make more time to read blogs during the week.
7. Read a chapter of my book every night before bed.
8. Follow through with plans for my Facebook page.
9. Keep up a skincare regime to combat my dry, winter skin.

- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

9 Little Things: to try and achieve this week

18.11.13

autumn-leaf
Image found via pinterest

1. Get back to sharing photos on instagram.
2. Cut down on hot chocolates!
3. Go to 3 classes at the gym.
4. Tick things off my 'To Do' list at work.
5. Leave the house by 8am.
6. Make more time to read blogs during the week.
7. Read a chapter of my book every night before bed.
8. Follow through with plans for my Facebook page.
9. Keep up a skincare regime to combat my dry, winter skin.

- To read more of the 9 Little Things series about my life, click here -

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day" ...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Well this photo isn't going to win any photography prizes!  Why are fireworks so hard to capture?!

On Saturday, Ed and I bundled up against the cold and headed into Reading to watch The Oracle's Christmas Spectacular firework show.  Standing on the bridge over the river watching the fireworks was lovely, made better by the grand finale set to Mariah's classic All I Want for Christmas.  It was all a bit magical and I'll admit to letting out a little squeak when the Christmas tree lit up right at the end.  For a moment it didn't feel like we were in Reading, and now I'm (even more) excited for the season ahead.

Something I've loved this week: 11.11.13

17.11.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day" ...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Well this photo isn't going to win any photography prizes!  Why are fireworks so hard to capture?!

On Saturday, Ed and I bundled up against the cold and headed into Reading to watch The Oracle's Christmas Spectacular firework show.  Standing on the bridge over the river watching the fireworks was lovely, made better by the grand finale set to Mariah's classic All I Want for Christmas.  It was all a bit magical and I'll admit to letting out a little squeak when the Christmas tree lit up right at the end.  For a moment it didn't feel like we were in Reading, and now I'm (even more) excited for the season ahead.
Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Remember when I tried out the naturally made for you Coconut Souffle exfoliator and said it smelt a bit cheesy?  Well this body butter by Conscious Skincare seems to have the same quality - perhaps it's something to do with the natural-ness of the products?  And as before, I quite like the almost savoury undertone to the smell....it's all merges together and makes a really nice fragrance in my opinion!

Another unique thing here is the texture.  When I picked this up from the post office, I genuinely thought perhaps the packet was empty.  It's incredibly light, due to the whipped texture.  It's very chocolate mousse-like (forever relating things to food), and almost *fizzes* when it comes into contact with the skin, a lot like chocolate mousse does when you cut through it with the spoon.  Know what I mean?

When I used this body butter, I genuinely thought that I'd found a product for life.  I fell in love with the smell, the texture, and how moisturised yet un-greasy my skin felt.  I happily turned on my computer to check out their website....only for the dream to stop there.  This stuff costs £18.99 and as much as I love it, I just can't spend that much!

Am I being stingy? Should I bite the bullet and repurchase?!

Conscious Skincare Grapefruit, Lemon and Cedarwood body butter

15.11.13

Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Conscious-skincare-grapefruit-lemon-and-cedarwood-body-butter
Remember when I tried out the naturally made for you Coconut Souffle exfoliator and said it smelt a bit cheesy?  Well this body butter by Conscious Skincare seems to have the same quality - perhaps it's something to do with the natural-ness of the products?  And as before, I quite like the almost savoury undertone to the smell....it's all merges together and makes a really nice fragrance in my opinion!

Another unique thing here is the texture.  When I picked this up from the post office, I genuinely thought perhaps the packet was empty.  It's incredibly light, due to the whipped texture.  It's very chocolate mousse-like (forever relating things to food), and almost *fizzes* when it comes into contact with the skin, a lot like chocolate mousse does when you cut through it with the spoon.  Know what I mean?

When I used this body butter, I genuinely thought that I'd found a product for life.  I fell in love with the smell, the texture, and how moisturised yet un-greasy my skin felt.  I happily turned on my computer to check out their website....only for the dream to stop there.  This stuff costs £18.99 and as much as I love it, I just can't spend that much!

Am I being stingy? Should I bite the bullet and repurchase?!
Images 1 and 2 both found via pinterest

I'm feeling really inspired by minimal, stripped back wooden flooring lately.  For the hallway in particular, I'd really love to replace the carpet, freshen up the walls with a bright white lick of paint and then get to work on keeping it a clutter-free zone.  Watching Sammi's vlogs and catching a glimpse of her beautiful home has got me fancying a change.

But in reality.....with a great lump of a dog and an inability to keep anywhere tidy, what are the chances of me actually achieving this?! 

Interior inspiration: wooden floors

13.11.13

Images 1 and 2 both found via pinterest

I'm feeling really inspired by minimal, stripped back wooden flooring lately.  For the hallway in particular, I'd really love to replace the carpet, freshen up the walls with a bright white lick of paint and then get to work on keeping it a clutter-free zone.  Watching Sammi's vlogs and catching a glimpse of her beautiful home has got me fancying a change.

But in reality.....with a great lump of a dog and an inability to keep anywhere tidy, what are the chances of me actually achieving this?! 
Apivita-3-in-1-cleansing-milk
My skin's been really bleurgh recently.  Besides the usual dryness, I've been suffering lots with the eczema on my forehead.  It's not been red and angry like in the past, just crumbly and horrible.  It's hidden by my fringe, but was still a concern.

So I asked on twitter for recommendations for intensely moisturising face masks.  Someone mentioned a honey-based one which reminded me of the Apivita range which I'd heard about when I went to visit the new M&S beauty hall.  So I got reading online, made a mental note of the one I thought would suit me best and lo and behold!  I already had it in a sample kit I'd been given on the aforementioned visit.

Long story short, the Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk Honey & Camomile Make Up Remover (what a mouthful!) has sorted my skin right out.  The camomile it contains has soothed my skin, while the honey keeps it nice and moisturised.  And the best part?  You massage it in then wipe it off with a cotton pad.  No rinsing involved.  Perfect when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to get my hair wet while I try and wash my face.  Yes, I'm messy, ok

It's not the cheapest cleanser out there, at £13 for 250ml but I'm really impressed with the results so far.  This generous sample is 50ml, so I'm making a mental note of how long this lasts although no doubt I'll be buying it regardless!

Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk

11.11.13

Apivita-3-in-1-cleansing-milk
My skin's been really bleurgh recently.  Besides the usual dryness, I've been suffering lots with the eczema on my forehead.  It's not been red and angry like in the past, just crumbly and horrible.  It's hidden by my fringe, but was still a concern.

So I asked on twitter for recommendations for intensely moisturising face masks.  Someone mentioned a honey-based one which reminded me of the Apivita range which I'd heard about when I went to visit the new M&S beauty hall.  So I got reading online, made a mental note of the one I thought would suit me best and lo and behold!  I already had it in a sample kit I'd been given on the aforementioned visit.

Long story short, the Apivita 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk Honey & Camomile Make Up Remover (what a mouthful!) has sorted my skin right out.  The camomile it contains has soothed my skin, while the honey keeps it nice and moisturised.  And the best part?  You massage it in then wipe it off with a cotton pad.  No rinsing involved.  Perfect when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to get my hair wet while I try and wash my face.  Yes, I'm messy, ok

It's not the cheapest cleanser out there, at £13 for 250ml but I'm really impressed with the results so far.  This generous sample is 50ml, so I'm making a mental note of how long this lasts although no doubt I'll be buying it regardless!
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day" ...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Today, I finally took my camera off Auto and ventured into Manual territory. And boy, am I feeling smug for managing to remember a thing or two about settings!  I've experimented and I'm pretty happy with the way the photos have turned out, and the better grasp I've got on my camera itself.  I'd hate to always be that person who bought a DSLR but can't use it properly!

Something I've loved this week: 4.11.13

10.11.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day" ...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
Today, I finally took my camera off Auto and ventured into Manual territory. And boy, am I feeling smug for managing to remember a thing or two about settings!  I've experimented and I'm pretty happy with the way the photos have turned out, and the better grasp I've got on my camera itself.  I'd hate to always be that person who bought a DSLR but can't use it properly!
Lush-popcorn-lip-scrub
Lush-popcorn-lip-scrub
I'm sure everybody knows what they're about, but the Lush Lip Scrubs are sugary scrubs that you buff into your lips to leave them soft and smooth afterwards.  And the best bit?  These are edible, meaning you can just lick the sugar off when you're done!

Now, when I had the Bubblegum lip scrub, that was something I liked to do.  But Popcorn contains sea salt, meaning it's not quite as tasty.  Nonetheless, this smells great and does a good job at prepping my lips ready for lipstick.

Both of my pots say that Popcorn is limited edition, and I'm really hoping that isn't true because I love the smell.  But, if the worst does happen, then I had a sniff of the Mint Julips scrub in store the other week and thought that smelt yummy as well.  It's next on my list to get!

Lush Popcorn lip scrub

8.11.13

Lush-popcorn-lip-scrub
Lush-popcorn-lip-scrub
I'm sure everybody knows what they're about, but the Lush Lip Scrubs are sugary scrubs that you buff into your lips to leave them soft and smooth afterwards.  And the best bit?  These are edible, meaning you can just lick the sugar off when you're done!

Now, when I had the Bubblegum lip scrub, that was something I liked to do.  But Popcorn contains sea salt, meaning it's not quite as tasty.  Nonetheless, this smells great and does a good job at prepping my lips ready for lipstick.

Both of my pots say that Popcorn is limited edition, and I'm really hoping that isn't true because I love the smell.  But, if the worst does happen, then I had a sniff of the Mint Julips scrub in store the other week and thought that smelt yummy as well.  It's next on my list to get!
Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Bras are the bane of my life.  My odd body shape means that bra shopping is a dreaded moment, and I tend to stick to Marks &Spencer where I know I'll come away with a perhaps boring, but sturdy bra.

Things are different with Panache though.  I've bought a couple of bras from them before, so when they kindly gifted me this Clara set I was really pleased.  It's part of their superbra collection, which promises "flattering styles and unfaltering support".  Sounds good, but how does it fare in real life?

This bra really does deliver.  Everything is held where it's meant to be, and under my arms where I normally have trouble with the wire digging in (odd body shape, see!) this fits really nicely.  It's a full cup bra, so it comes high enough to be supportive, but not so high that it's borderline granny.  Believe me, I had some of those when I was heavier!

The bra itself is a slightly more dusky, grey-blue than it's showing in this photo, and it's not as silky as I think it's coming across.  Which is a good thing, because in my experience bras made out of that silkier material tend to be less flexible and don't really mould to a perfect fit.  Just me?

And as for the knickers....well they're nice, full briefs in the same pretty pattern.  Not much to say about pants I don't think, other than they fit nicely and are true to size!

Panache are a brand which, although on my radar, I've neglected to buy from for a while.  Whilst not extortionate, they do run a little pricier than general, high street bras but that's because Panache are specialist, I suppose.  They quality speaks for itself though and I'm convinced it's definitely worth the price tag.  This bra doesn't leave me wiggling midday because it's all shifted and isn't fitting properly anymore; instead it gives me seamless support throughout.  

And you can't ask any more than that, right?

Superbra by Panache: Clara Moonlight set

7.11.13

Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Panache-superbra-clara-moonlight
Bras are the bane of my life.  My odd body shape means that bra shopping is a dreaded moment, and I tend to stick to Marks &Spencer where I know I'll come away with a perhaps boring, but sturdy bra.

Things are different with Panache though.  I've bought a couple of bras from them before, so when they kindly gifted me this Clara set I was really pleased.  It's part of their superbra collection, which promises "flattering styles and unfaltering support".  Sounds good, but how does it fare in real life?

This bra really does deliver.  Everything is held where it's meant to be, and under my arms where I normally have trouble with the wire digging in (odd body shape, see!) this fits really nicely.  It's a full cup bra, so it comes high enough to be supportive, but not so high that it's borderline granny.  Believe me, I had some of those when I was heavier!

The bra itself is a slightly more dusky, grey-blue than it's showing in this photo, and it's not as silky as I think it's coming across.  Which is a good thing, because in my experience bras made out of that silkier material tend to be less flexible and don't really mould to a perfect fit.  Just me?

And as for the knickers....well they're nice, full briefs in the same pretty pattern.  Not much to say about pants I don't think, other than they fit nicely and are true to size!

Panache are a brand which, although on my radar, I've neglected to buy from for a while.  Whilst not extortionate, they do run a little pricier than general, high street bras but that's because Panache are specialist, I suppose.  They quality speaks for itself though and I'm convinced it's definitely worth the price tag.  This bra doesn't leave me wiggling midday because it's all shifted and isn't fitting properly anymore; instead it gives me seamless support throughout.  

And you can't ask any more than that, right?

Ocean-clothes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I'm not really an outdoors-y girl (I know, right?!) so Ocean Clothes isn't a website I'd normally shop on.  It stocks lots of (what I imagine to be) surfer-type brands, including Quiksilver and Roxy.  As I type this, there's one real life friend who I know reads this blog and will probably be choking in disbelief as she spots my choices.

But there's a time and a place for leopard print, handbags and heels.  And that's not a cold sunday morning out walking Dudley.  Yes, that's as outdoors as I get.  So these picks have been made with a crisp wintery walk in mind.  Oh, and Ed as well.

The majority of these hoodies are fleece-lined which pleases me immensely.  I love the winter-esque pattern on that ladies' jacket and the hats look nice and snuggly.  I'm no stranger to a hoodie and comfort clothes (I'm writing this in a onesie....and just had a moment of panic when I heard a delivery van outside and thought I may have to answer the door), and although the price point of these items is higher than I'd normally pay for what I consider to be lounge clothes, if this is your style then Ocean Clothes is the website for you.

Has anyone else ordered from Ocean Clothes?  This has got me in the mood for the colder weather....cosying up with a hot chocolate.  Perfect!

Keeping warm this winter with Ocean Clothes

6.11.13

Ocean-clothes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I'm not really an outdoors-y girl (I know, right?!) so Ocean Clothes isn't a website I'd normally shop on.  It stocks lots of (what I imagine to be) surfer-type brands, including Quiksilver and Roxy.  As I type this, there's one real life friend who I know reads this blog and will probably be choking in disbelief as she spots my choices.

But there's a time and a place for leopard print, handbags and heels.  And that's not a cold sunday morning out walking Dudley.  Yes, that's as outdoors as I get.  So these picks have been made with a crisp wintery walk in mind.  Oh, and Ed as well.

The majority of these hoodies are fleece-lined which pleases me immensely.  I love the winter-esque pattern on that ladies' jacket and the hats look nice and snuggly.  I'm no stranger to a hoodie and comfort clothes (I'm writing this in a onesie....and just had a moment of panic when I heard a delivery van outside and thought I may have to answer the door), and although the price point of these items is higher than I'd normally pay for what I consider to be lounge clothes, if this is your style then Ocean Clothes is the website for you.

Has anyone else ordered from Ocean Clothes?  This has got me in the mood for the colder weather....cosying up with a hot chocolate.  Perfect!
Elemental-herbology-watermelon-and-cucumber-body-moisturiser
Elemental-herbology-watermelon-and-cucumber-body-moisturiser
I'm going to start by putting it all out there.  I got sent this Elemental Herbology Watermelon & Cucumber Body Moisturiser, and although it didn't rock my world I don't believe in only writing about/featuring things that I really like.  It's just not a well-rounded view.  I'll never forget when I bought Benefit's Hello Flawless liquid foundation after reading wave upon wave of glowing review, only to be really disappointed.  I don't hate this moisturiser, but I think it's only fair that readers (and potential purchasers) see both sides of the story.  There's nothing particularly wrong with this product by any means, it's just not to my taste.

My taste, as I'm sure lots of you will know, is sickly sweet.  Anything that smells like it could be eaten and I'm down with it.  This however smells borderline unisex.  Ed used it and it didn't smell odd.  Nothing wrong with that (he'll be using this bottle up!), I just prefer smelling of cakes and nuts.  Coconuts and brazil nuts for the record...

It's cooling and refreshing though...probably a good one for summer.  It's also a really light moisturiser (I'd say more like a lotion) which again, means it'll be great in hotter months when you don't want to feel all sticky.

You also get a pump which I like, because it reduces mess and helps to use less.  Which is a good thing when you consider this is £21 a bottle.  £21!!!  Call me stingy, but that just seems a lot for 240ml of product.  Each to their own though!

Has anyone else tried this?

Elemental Herbology Watermelon & Cucumber Body Moisturiser

4.11.13

Elemental-herbology-watermelon-and-cucumber-body-moisturiser
Elemental-herbology-watermelon-and-cucumber-body-moisturiser
I'm going to start by putting it all out there.  I got sent this Elemental Herbology Watermelon & Cucumber Body Moisturiser, and although it didn't rock my world I don't believe in only writing about/featuring things that I really like.  It's just not a well-rounded view.  I'll never forget when I bought Benefit's Hello Flawless liquid foundation after reading wave upon wave of glowing review, only to be really disappointed.  I don't hate this moisturiser, but I think it's only fair that readers (and potential purchasers) see both sides of the story.  There's nothing particularly wrong with this product by any means, it's just not to my taste.

My taste, as I'm sure lots of you will know, is sickly sweet.  Anything that smells like it could be eaten and I'm down with it.  This however smells borderline unisex.  Ed used it and it didn't smell odd.  Nothing wrong with that (he'll be using this bottle up!), I just prefer smelling of cakes and nuts.  Coconuts and brazil nuts for the record...

It's cooling and refreshing though...probably a good one for summer.  It's also a really light moisturiser (I'd say more like a lotion) which again, means it'll be great in hotter months when you don't want to feel all sticky.

You also get a pump which I like, because it reduces mess and helps to use less.  Which is a good thing when you consider this is £21 a bottle.  £21!!!  Call me stingy, but that just seems a lot for 240ml of product.  Each to their own though!

Has anyone else tried this?
This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
I've had the past week off work and besides that, there have been far too many things I've loved to pick just one!  Here's a little round up of what's been making me happiest this week:

* Shopping with Ella
* Our annual trip to Westfields
* Getting to go to the Pride of Reading Awards and, amongst other highlights, eating a delicious starter by Antony Worrall Thompson.
* Cryptic one here, but some very exciting news
* Fireworks displays
* Finally getting to meet Leanne in the flesh!  Another instant blogging friend who I feel like I've known forever
* Finding an amazing new restaurant.  If there's a nearby Handmade Burger Co you have to try it!
* Logging on here each day to find so many new faces.  I blog because I love it, but it really does lift the spirit to see people wanting to follow and hear more of what I have to say
* Pinning like crazy onto my friend's wedding board on pinterest.  I think I'm developing a bit of an addiction, so make sure you're following me!

Something I've loved this week: 28.10.13

3.11.13

This year I've been trying to remember to live by the mantra, "do something you love every day"...which means finding one thing I've loved each week should be a doddle, right?!
I've had the past week off work and besides that, there have been far too many things I've loved to pick just one!  Here's a little round up of what's been making me happiest this week:

* Shopping with Ella
* Our annual trip to Westfields
* Getting to go to the Pride of Reading Awards and, amongst other highlights, eating a delicious starter by Antony Worrall Thompson.
* Cryptic one here, but some very exciting news
* Fireworks displays
* Finally getting to meet Leanne in the flesh!  Another instant blogging friend who I feel like I've known forever
* Finding an amazing new restaurant.  If there's a nearby Handmade Burger Co you have to try it!
* Logging on here each day to find so many new faces.  I blog because I love it, but it really does lift the spirit to see people wanting to follow and hear more of what I have to say
* Pinning like crazy onto my friend's wedding board on pinterest.  I think I'm developing a bit of an addiction, so make sure you're following me!
LOOK-magazine-interactive-issue
If you buy one magazine this weekend it needs to be LOOK.  I'm a long-time fan of LOOK and the work they do in raising the status of highstreet fashion, but this week's interactive issue has just changed the game.

The premise is simple.  You download the free blippar app and then blipp away!  On all the pages with interactive content there's the little blip badge; you open the app, hover you phone over the page and bam!  It's done.  It'll take you to the webpage you can buy items from, or there are other features such as Kate Middleton's fashion file, Scarlett Johansson's hair history and (my personal favourite) the LOOK models coming to life to showcase the clothes.

LOOK have got most areas covered this week.  Ever wanted to be a cover star?  Now you can be!  I think we all know that selfies aren't really my thing, so keep your eyes peeled for Dudley's front page debut making its way to an instagram feed near you soon!

Fear not if you don't think you'll be able to get your hands on a copy of this week's magazine (it is out till Monday though!), because there's interactive content on the digital copy's "tap to buy" scheme and a pop up shop on the website.

I'll admit I did a little squeal when blippar started up on my phone, it's so much fun!  Who else is as excited as me about this?

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LOOK magazine's interactive issue

1.11.13

LOOK-magazine-interactive-issue
If you buy one magazine this weekend it needs to be LOOK.  I'm a long-time fan of LOOK and the work they do in raising the status of highstreet fashion, but this week's interactive issue has just changed the game.

The premise is simple.  You download the free blippar app and then blipp away!  On all the pages with interactive content there's the little blip badge; you open the app, hover you phone over the page and bam!  It's done.  It'll take you to the webpage you can buy items from, or there are other features such as Kate Middleton's fashion file, Scarlett Johansson's hair history and (my personal favourite) the LOOK models coming to life to showcase the clothes.

LOOK have got most areas covered this week.  Ever wanted to be a cover star?  Now you can be!  I think we all know that selfies aren't really my thing, so keep your eyes peeled for Dudley's front page debut making its way to an instagram feed near you soon!

Fear not if you don't think you'll be able to get your hands on a copy of this week's magazine (it is out till Monday though!), because there's interactive content on the digital copy's "tap to buy" scheme and a pop up shop on the website.

I'll admit I did a little squeal when blippar started up on my phone, it's so much fun!  Who else is as excited as me about this?

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