In May....

... I became an auntie again!  On the 19th of May my big sister had a gorgeous baby boy, Dylan.  So far he's a lovely, warm, sleepy, long(!), peaceful little person.  Perfect for snuggles!

... a close second for "Most Exciting News of the Month" was the free Handmade Burger I received for all of my accrued loyalty points.  Man I love that place.

... it was the shortest term ever at work.  Don't take my word on that one, there may have been a shorter one, but we only came back from Easter for just under 5 weeks and now we're off again!  Well, when this goes live the half term will nearly be over and I'll be facing the prospect of nearly 8 solid weeks at work.  God knows how I'd cope with a "proper" 9 to 5.

... I made The. Most. Delicious birthday cake for Ed, in the form of this cookie dough pie.  I ate much more than him and may just have to make it again for my upcoming birthday.

... we took a trip down to ikea which further fuelled my obsession with all thing flatpacked.  I'm already planning my next trip.

... I started Weight Watchers.  When I lost weight before, with the exception of some serious willpower in the form of my bestie, I did it solo.  This time I've drafted in back up.  I gym regularly but am still finding it hard to shift those extra pounds so it's about time I gave my diet an overhaul.  Wish me luck!

How was May for you?

Things that happened in: May

30.5.14

In May....

... I became an auntie again!  On the 19th of May my big sister had a gorgeous baby boy, Dylan.  So far he's a lovely, warm, sleepy, long(!), peaceful little person.  Perfect for snuggles!

... a close second for "Most Exciting News of the Month" was the free Handmade Burger I received for all of my accrued loyalty points.  Man I love that place.

... it was the shortest term ever at work.  Don't take my word on that one, there may have been a shorter one, but we only came back from Easter for just under 5 weeks and now we're off again!  Well, when this goes live the half term will nearly be over and I'll be facing the prospect of nearly 8 solid weeks at work.  God knows how I'd cope with a "proper" 9 to 5.

... I made The. Most. Delicious birthday cake for Ed, in the form of this cookie dough pie.  I ate much more than him and may just have to make it again for my upcoming birthday.

... we took a trip down to ikea which further fuelled my obsession with all thing flatpacked.  I'm already planning my next trip.

... I started Weight Watchers.  When I lost weight before, with the exception of some serious willpower in the form of my bestie, I did it solo.  This time I've drafted in back up.  I gym regularly but am still finding it hard to shift those extra pounds so it's about time I gave my diet an overhaul.  Wish me luck!

How was May for you?
After our last few endeavours, this month's challenge was a much more laid-back affair.  Our destination?  That Chinese restaurant in our local town which always smells *so* good around lunchtime when we're returning to the car park.  I'm sure in the back of my mind I must have known, but I'd forgotten it was an all you can eat buffet...the perfect way to finish off a weekend!

Apologies for recycling an instagram shot (@Scaredtoast if you didn't know!); this is what happens when I leave my memory card at home (blogger problems), attack my food before whipping my phone out and generally leave the photography to Zara.  I'll let her off though, a mish-mash of Chinese food isn't the most photogenic or blogworthy!

I'm a bit funny with Chinese; the best dish I ever had was in the food hall at Florida Mall and I've never managed to find an equivalent in England.  Which is why these buffets work perfectly for me - giving me a chance to sample a bit of everything, find out what I like and broaden my horizons.  Zara's the same, and despite mainly sticking to chicken and chips, I'm sure she discovered a few new things that she liked!  Let's just not mention the Thai Green Curry she loaded up on instead of the less spicy Satay she was going for...

All in all, this month's memory wasn't so challenging but it was nice to spend time in each other's company without pushing our boundaries, trying somewhere new to eat and find new culinary likes and dislikes.  I'll admit it though, I'm ready for something a little more exciting next month!

May 2014's Memory: Chinese buffet

28.5.14

After our last few endeavours, this month's challenge was a much more laid-back affair.  Our destination?  That Chinese restaurant in our local town which always smells *so* good around lunchtime when we're returning to the car park.  I'm sure in the back of my mind I must have known, but I'd forgotten it was an all you can eat buffet...the perfect way to finish off a weekend!

Apologies for recycling an instagram shot (@Scaredtoast if you didn't know!); this is what happens when I leave my memory card at home (blogger problems), attack my food before whipping my phone out and generally leave the photography to Zara.  I'll let her off though, a mish-mash of Chinese food isn't the most photogenic or blogworthy!

I'm a bit funny with Chinese; the best dish I ever had was in the food hall at Florida Mall and I've never managed to find an equivalent in England.  Which is why these buffets work perfectly for me - giving me a chance to sample a bit of everything, find out what I like and broaden my horizons.  Zara's the same, and despite mainly sticking to chicken and chips, I'm sure she discovered a few new things that she liked!  Let's just not mention the Thai Green Curry she loaded up on instead of the less spicy Satay she was going for...

All in all, this month's memory wasn't so challenging but it was nice to spend time in each other's company without pushing our boundaries, trying somewhere new to eat and find new culinary likes and dislikes.  I'll admit it though, I'm ready for something a little more exciting next month!
Let me start this post with an apology.  Have you noticed that I've been really rubbish with my YouTube channel lately?  I had every intention of sitting down and filming an unboxing video for you this weekend but ended up painting the bathroom instead.  Downside being that I can't cause any condensation for 24 hours after the last coat.  And no one wants to see a messy, painty, unshowered me on their screens any time soon.

But on to the box itself.  If you've watched my previous videos, you'll know that I get sent the Love Me Beauty box for free to review.  I've never subscribed to a beauty box before but, honestly, this would be the one I'd get.  It costs £10 + P&P, and each month you get a menu of products to choose from to guarantee you get the best box for you.  And this month's box (menu 2, FYI) is a good'un!

Let's start with the Tea Pigs tea in 'Rooibos Creme Caramel'.  I'm not a tea lover, but the promise of creme caramel-goodness may just convince me to give this a try.  You get three sachets, so if I don't like this I'm sure Ed will enjoy them.

Next up is Raw Skincare natural lip balm in 'Ginger', a full size product. It's a good, waxy consistency but I hate the smell.  My experience of ginger-scented products in the past have been really sweet and almost like fizzy cola bottles.  This is nothing like this, with an almost masculine herby smell.  I'm not sure I could stomach putting this on my lips, but I know there were other variations available in the other boxes!

I really love the GO Stationary pocket notebook set in 'Tulip Garden Teal' and think they'll be perfect for popping into my handbag to keep on the go.  They're the ideal size with cute floral patterns on the fairly sturdy cardboard covers.  I particularly love the contrasting colour binding down the edge, aren't they cute?

The Nail Girls nail polish in 'Nude Pink' is a really interesting shade.  It's quite bright but also muted at the same time and doesn't seem too 'Barbie Pink'.  Gah, there was a time when Barbie Pink would have been all I'd gone for!  I'm interested to give this a go when I'm having a pink moment....although I warn you, they're few and far between!

Finally there's a little trial pack from Suti, including Cleanse Balm, Purity Balm and Fabulous Foot Balm.  I've never heard of Suti before, but like the inclusion of a little pamphlet from the brand.  Apparently they're an organic brand based on holistic principles and energy healing...sounds good!  The Purity Balm has piqued my interest the most; advertised as "a soothing restorative balm that cocoons the skin with pure and potent botanicals".  I'll have to keep this in my handbag for skincare emergencies!

And that's this month's box!  Tell me, are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?  What do you think of the goodies I received?  Don't forget to subscribe to Love Me Beauty here!

May's Love Me Beauty Box...unboxed!

26.5.14

Let me start this post with an apology.  Have you noticed that I've been really rubbish with my YouTube channel lately?  I had every intention of sitting down and filming an unboxing video for you this weekend but ended up painting the bathroom instead.  Downside being that I can't cause any condensation for 24 hours after the last coat.  And no one wants to see a messy, painty, unshowered me on their screens any time soon.

But on to the box itself.  If you've watched my previous videos, you'll know that I get sent the Love Me Beauty box for free to review.  I've never subscribed to a beauty box before but, honestly, this would be the one I'd get.  It costs £10 + P&P, and each month you get a menu of products to choose from to guarantee you get the best box for you.  And this month's box (menu 2, FYI) is a good'un!

Let's start with the Tea Pigs tea in 'Rooibos Creme Caramel'.  I'm not a tea lover, but the promise of creme caramel-goodness may just convince me to give this a try.  You get three sachets, so if I don't like this I'm sure Ed will enjoy them.

Next up is Raw Skincare natural lip balm in 'Ginger', a full size product. It's a good, waxy consistency but I hate the smell.  My experience of ginger-scented products in the past have been really sweet and almost like fizzy cola bottles.  This is nothing like this, with an almost masculine herby smell.  I'm not sure I could stomach putting this on my lips, but I know there were other variations available in the other boxes!

I really love the GO Stationary pocket notebook set in 'Tulip Garden Teal' and think they'll be perfect for popping into my handbag to keep on the go.  They're the ideal size with cute floral patterns on the fairly sturdy cardboard covers.  I particularly love the contrasting colour binding down the edge, aren't they cute?

The Nail Girls nail polish in 'Nude Pink' is a really interesting shade.  It's quite bright but also muted at the same time and doesn't seem too 'Barbie Pink'.  Gah, there was a time when Barbie Pink would have been all I'd gone for!  I'm interested to give this a go when I'm having a pink moment....although I warn you, they're few and far between!

Finally there's a little trial pack from Suti, including Cleanse Balm, Purity Balm and Fabulous Foot Balm.  I've never heard of Suti before, but like the inclusion of a little pamphlet from the brand.  Apparently they're an organic brand based on holistic principles and energy healing...sounds good!  The Purity Balm has piqued my interest the most; advertised as "a soothing restorative balm that cocoons the skin with pure and potent botanicals".  I'll have to keep this in my handbag for skincare emergencies!

And that's this month's box!  Tell me, are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?  What do you think of the goodies I received?  Don't forget to subscribe to Love Me Beauty here!
I bet we're all guilty of it.  Obsessively buying the latest hero product, on that quest to get perfect skin/hair/nails, but overlooking the fact that if we got the basics right with what we already own we'd probably have the perfect foundation for that desired end goal without shelling out even more money on even more products.  Here are the beauty resolutions I'm setting myself for the rest of the year:

- Start using heat protection, daily, on my hair - 

- Make use of the stock of face masks I have, and use one at least once a week -

- Get back into using my MAC eye shadow palette again -

- Exfoliate! -

- Make time to moisturise daily -

- Take off and reapply my nail varnish before I hit that awful chipped stage -

- Use Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment regularly.  I don't want my hair to grow lots, but an inch or so would be nice! -

- Clean my brushes more regularly -

- Cut down the amount of time it takes me to apply make up in the morning.  I've gotten into an awful habit of faffing about and taking forever to get ready -

Are there any changes you'd like to make to your beauty regime?

(very nearly) mid-year beauty resolutions

23.5.14

I bet we're all guilty of it.  Obsessively buying the latest hero product, on that quest to get perfect skin/hair/nails, but overlooking the fact that if we got the basics right with what we already own we'd probably have the perfect foundation for that desired end goal without shelling out even more money on even more products.  Here are the beauty resolutions I'm setting myself for the rest of the year:

- Start using heat protection, daily, on my hair - 

- Make use of the stock of face masks I have, and use one at least once a week -

- Get back into using my MAC eye shadow palette again -

- Exfoliate! -

- Make time to moisturise daily -

- Take off and reapply my nail varnish before I hit that awful chipped stage -

- Use Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment regularly.  I don't want my hair to grow lots, but an inch or so would be nice! -

- Clean my brushes more regularly -

- Cut down the amount of time it takes me to apply make up in the morning.  I've gotten into an awful habit of faffing about and taking forever to get ready -

Are there any changes you'd like to make to your beauty regime?
My desk is tucked away at the back of the house, in the room we've nicknamed oh so pompously, The Library.  It's a lovely quiet space to work, and since dedicating a little time to freshening the area up I've felt a whole new lease of blogging life.  It's been ages since I first blogged about my desk (I can't believe it was way back in 2012!) so now's as good a time as any to let you have a little snoop around my workspace!

As I said in that original post, my desk is a really big table from Ikea that cost us a mere £30.  The table top is looking a bit worse for wear now (thanks to Ed's penchant for doing DIY and crafts on it!) so could do with replacing.  It's on my shopping list for next time we visit Ikea, although preferably in a bigger car to avoid a view like this on the way home!

I've made a few additions to my desk over the past few weeks.  I picked up another plastic box from Muji to stack on top of an existing one and act as a sort of blogging in-tray for products and samples that I need to use up.  There's also the little desk caddy you can see next to those which I finally bought from Staples after eyeing them up for ages.  They're from the Martha Stewart range, which I wish I'd known about sooner.  It's a really good storage system where you can buy lots of separate components to fit on top of one another and make your perfect combination.  I've gone for the inbox with drawer as well as an organiser to go on top.  They were, and still are, on sale....but there's not much left!

The other new thing is my pinterest printables, washi taped to the wall.  I found and printed off this typography calendar (I didn't pin it though, and can't find the link...sorry!) as well as a weekly blog organiser.  I like to have things visually planned out, and although the weekly planner is a little more detailed than I need it to be it still feels nice to put pen to paper and write down ideas.

And besides that, there's just the few odds and ends that adorn most people's desk.  My Fireside Treats Yankee Candle, flowers from Mum, my new journal, another candle, some stones from a beach (Brighton, I think.  Does anyone else like to collect stones that *feel* nice?), my laptop and my phone...because, let's face it, that thing never leaves my side!

Where do you blog from?  Leave me your links down below if you've got a post like this!

Behind the scenes: what's on my desk

21.5.14

My desk is tucked away at the back of the house, in the room we've nicknamed oh so pompously, The Library.  It's a lovely quiet space to work, and since dedicating a little time to freshening the area up I've felt a whole new lease of blogging life.  It's been ages since I first blogged about my desk (I can't believe it was way back in 2012!) so now's as good a time as any to let you have a little snoop around my workspace!

As I said in that original post, my desk is a really big table from Ikea that cost us a mere £30.  The table top is looking a bit worse for wear now (thanks to Ed's penchant for doing DIY and crafts on it!) so could do with replacing.  It's on my shopping list for next time we visit Ikea, although preferably in a bigger car to avoid a view like this on the way home!

I've made a few additions to my desk over the past few weeks.  I picked up another plastic box from Muji to stack on top of an existing one and act as a sort of blogging in-tray for products and samples that I need to use up.  There's also the little desk caddy you can see next to those which I finally bought from Staples after eyeing them up for ages.  They're from the Martha Stewart range, which I wish I'd known about sooner.  It's a really good storage system where you can buy lots of separate components to fit on top of one another and make your perfect combination.  I've gone for the inbox with drawer as well as an organiser to go on top.  They were, and still are, on sale....but there's not much left!

The other new thing is my pinterest printables, washi taped to the wall.  I found and printed off this typography calendar (I didn't pin it though, and can't find the link...sorry!) as well as a weekly blog organiser.  I like to have things visually planned out, and although the weekly planner is a little more detailed than I need it to be it still feels nice to put pen to paper and write down ideas.

And besides that, there's just the few odds and ends that adorn most people's desk.  My Fireside Treats Yankee Candle, flowers from Mum, my new journal, another candle, some stones from a beach (Brighton, I think.  Does anyone else like to collect stones that *feel* nice?), my laptop and my phone...because, let's face it, that thing never leaves my side!

Where do you blog from?  Leave me your links down below if you've got a post like this!
I featured these boots in a haul video a couple of weeks ago, but decided it was time they had their own spot here, too.

The MONTI2, or as I prefer to call them, The Perfect SS Boots, were a bit of an impulse buy from Topshop.  Although at £46 for 100% leather, that's the kinda impulse I don't feel too guilty about!  They're a good fit with the right amount of wiggle room, not clumpy, a pretty good neutral shade and have that whole H by Hudson/Ash vibe but with a much smaller price tag.

Every year I go searching for the perfect summer boot and now I think I've found them.  These look great with jeans at the moment, but will look just as good with summer dresses and shorts....if I ever figure out a way to make shorts look good on me!

Have you got a favourite pair of boots?
 

The perfect spring summer boot

19.5.14

I featured these boots in a haul video a couple of weeks ago, but decided it was time they had their own spot here, too.

The MONTI2, or as I prefer to call them, The Perfect SS Boots, were a bit of an impulse buy from Topshop.  Although at £46 for 100% leather, that's the kinda impulse I don't feel too guilty about!  They're a good fit with the right amount of wiggle room, not clumpy, a pretty good neutral shade and have that whole H by Hudson/Ash vibe but with a much smaller price tag.

Every year I go searching for the perfect summer boot and now I think I've found them.  These look great with jeans at the moment, but will look just as good with summer dresses and shorts....if I ever figure out a way to make shorts look good on me!

Have you got a favourite pair of boots?
 
Blogs::
- I love when the Cosmo Blog Awards roll around again.  Every year I trawl through those shortlisted to find new gems to follow.  This year it's been Style The Nation that caught my eye; a style blog with thought-provoking articles interspersed within.  A new kind of blog for me to follow - the first post got me hooked.
- Tor's post is something I really wish there were more of in the beauty community.  I hear people say so often that if they don't like a product they just won't mention it, and whilst I can see why, I'd much rather hear the negatives of something so that I'm a little more knowledgeable and can make a more informed decision before possibly purchasing.

YouTube::
- Rather than a specific video, I've been enjoying Dollymix962's channel in general.  I've always liked watching her, and now she's back from uni her uploading regime is more regular.  Her videos are a good length to pop on whilst doing the housework and she's not overly hyper and in your face.  Which I like!
- Kat's a really consistently good YouTuber and as well as her tutorials I particularly love her fashion hauls.  Our styles are a little different, although I always find myself wanting one of what she has, and she's a good bargain hunter which encourages me to be a little more savvy with my spending.  Although I may have made a YouTuber enabled purchase after watching this video!

Shopping::
- It's not long now until my birthday, so and these shoes are top of my list from Ed.  Now to convince him to buy them for me and before my size goes out of stock again....he has this strange notion that birthday presents are meant to be 'practical'.  Have you ever heard such nonsense?
- As usual, I'm being influenced by every vlogger I see hauling a pink leather jacket.  Now the question is, do I go for this YouTuber favourite (which annoyingly is now only available online in blue), or this paler option?

General::
- This weekend it's Ed's birthday, so maybe I finally have an excuse to make this M&M cookie pie?  Trouble is, he doesn't have nearly the sweet tooth I do so I have a feeling this would be more of a treat for me than him.
- I've vowed to get back to using my desk space more, so I've been on a free printables kick.  I didn't realise there was such a wealth of resources to be found on pinterest!

bookmarked #2

16.5.14

Blogs::
- I love when the Cosmo Blog Awards roll around again.  Every year I trawl through those shortlisted to find new gems to follow.  This year it's been Style The Nation that caught my eye; a style blog with thought-provoking articles interspersed within.  A new kind of blog for me to follow - the first post got me hooked.
- Tor's post is something I really wish there were more of in the beauty community.  I hear people say so often that if they don't like a product they just won't mention it, and whilst I can see why, I'd much rather hear the negatives of something so that I'm a little more knowledgeable and can make a more informed decision before possibly purchasing.

YouTube::
- Rather than a specific video, I've been enjoying Dollymix962's channel in general.  I've always liked watching her, and now she's back from uni her uploading regime is more regular.  Her videos are a good length to pop on whilst doing the housework and she's not overly hyper and in your face.  Which I like!
- Kat's a really consistently good YouTuber and as well as her tutorials I particularly love her fashion hauls.  Our styles are a little different, although I always find myself wanting one of what she has, and she's a good bargain hunter which encourages me to be a little more savvy with my spending.  Although I may have made a YouTuber enabled purchase after watching this video!

Shopping::
- It's not long now until my birthday, so and these shoes are top of my list from Ed.  Now to convince him to buy them for me and before my size goes out of stock again....he has this strange notion that birthday presents are meant to be 'practical'.  Have you ever heard such nonsense?
- As usual, I'm being influenced by every vlogger I see hauling a pink leather jacket.  Now the question is, do I go for this YouTuber favourite (which annoyingly is now only available online in blue), or this paler option?

General::
- This weekend it's Ed's birthday, so maybe I finally have an excuse to make this M&M cookie pie?  Trouble is, he doesn't have nearly the sweet tooth I do so I have a feeling this would be more of a treat for me than him.
- I've vowed to get back to using my desk space more, so I've been on a free printables kick.  I didn't realise there was such a wealth of resources to be found on pinterest!
Following on from last week's post about my current hand heroes, I've teamed up with Pandora today to give you a few more tips on how to keep your hands in the best condition.  They're also launching an exciting new #MyRingsMyStyle campaign, with the chance to win £500 of Pandora rings for the best shot of how you stack your Pandora rings.  I've got a pinterest board full of ringspiration (new phrase right there), so this campaign is right up my street!
The hottest trend in jewellery right now is ring stacking. The beautifully designed Pandora rings are ideal to adorn your fingers with, but before you pick your favourites from the fabulous choice on offer, you need to make sure your hands are deserving of such lovely treasures. After all, they’re about to become the focal point of your summer look.

Exfoliate
Your hands are the hardest working part of your body so they’re prone to dryness and flakiness. Your usual body scrub may be a bit harsh for the delicate skin in this area so treat yourself to a gentle hand exfoliator and use it a couple of times a week to keep your hands looking smooth and silky.

 Moisturise
You don’t need to spend a fortune on hand cream but you do need more than one tube so that you get into the habit of using it regularly. If you’ve got one by your bed, one in your handbag and one by the kitchen and bathroom sinks, you’ll soon get into the habit of keeping your hands soft, nourished and looking great.

Shield
We all know the importance of using a good SPF in the summer, even if it’s not particularly warm, however we often overlook our hands. Like our faces, our hands are one of the most vulnerable parts of our body in the ageing process, so if you’re going to be out and about, make sure you apply sun cream on your hands to keep them youthful and wrinkle free.

Protect
Unfortunately housework is a necessary evil for all of us but harsh cleaning products and hot washing-up water are the enemy of smooth hands. If you find a good quality pair of rubber gloves that fit properly, it won’t feel like a chore to put them on each time duty calls on the domestic front.

Manicure
With the explosion of nail bars on the UK’s high streets over the past few years, it’s never been more affordable to make a weekly manicure part of your grooming routine. If you’re bored of the same old pinks and reds, check out #MyRingsMyStyle on twitter to see Jameela Jamil’s gorgeous love heart manicure, toughened up with a monochrome colour scheme.

 The ring stacking trend is here to stay, so once your hands are in tip top shape, it’s time to indulge in it. 

- Collaborative Post -

Getting your hands ring ready

14.5.14

Following on from last week's post about my current hand heroes, I've teamed up with Pandora today to give you a few more tips on how to keep your hands in the best condition.  They're also launching an exciting new #MyRingsMyStyle campaign, with the chance to win £500 of Pandora rings for the best shot of how you stack your Pandora rings.  I've got a pinterest board full of ringspiration (new phrase right there), so this campaign is right up my street!
The hottest trend in jewellery right now is ring stacking. The beautifully designed Pandora rings are ideal to adorn your fingers with, but before you pick your favourites from the fabulous choice on offer, you need to make sure your hands are deserving of such lovely treasures. After all, they’re about to become the focal point of your summer look.

Exfoliate
Your hands are the hardest working part of your body so they’re prone to dryness and flakiness. Your usual body scrub may be a bit harsh for the delicate skin in this area so treat yourself to a gentle hand exfoliator and use it a couple of times a week to keep your hands looking smooth and silky.

 Moisturise
You don’t need to spend a fortune on hand cream but you do need more than one tube so that you get into the habit of using it regularly. If you’ve got one by your bed, one in your handbag and one by the kitchen and bathroom sinks, you’ll soon get into the habit of keeping your hands soft, nourished and looking great.

Shield
We all know the importance of using a good SPF in the summer, even if it’s not particularly warm, however we often overlook our hands. Like our faces, our hands are one of the most vulnerable parts of our body in the ageing process, so if you’re going to be out and about, make sure you apply sun cream on your hands to keep them youthful and wrinkle free.

Protect
Unfortunately housework is a necessary evil for all of us but harsh cleaning products and hot washing-up water are the enemy of smooth hands. If you find a good quality pair of rubber gloves that fit properly, it won’t feel like a chore to put them on each time duty calls on the domestic front.

Manicure
With the explosion of nail bars on the UK’s high streets over the past few years, it’s never been more affordable to make a weekly manicure part of your grooming routine. If you’re bored of the same old pinks and reds, check out #MyRingsMyStyle on twitter to see Jameela Jamil’s gorgeous love heart manicure, toughened up with a monochrome colour scheme.

 The ring stacking trend is here to stay, so once your hands are in tip top shape, it’s time to indulge in it. 

- Collaborative Post -
I've waxed lyrical about my love for Aveeno many times before, so when I heard there was a new moisturiser added to their range, I had to give it a try.  This time it's a menthol version; the same Aveeno oatmealy goodness principles, but this time with the added bonus of a cooling properties for dry, itchy skin.

Brace yourselves, we're possibly about to enter TMI territory here.

Most nights I wake up with insanely hot feet.  They feel like they're throbbing (gross), the veins swell up (grosser) and no amount of hanging them over the edge of the bed can get me back to sleep.  See, I warned you it was TMI.

Enter Aveeno!  It has a squeezy tube which means it's nice and easy to use in the middle of the night (sounds ridiculous, but the last cream I was using was in a bottle and was a pain to get out whilst half asleep!) and works a treat at cooling my skin.  It's got a nice menthol, almost peppermint, smell as well which calms me down too and helps send me back to sleep.

I'm looking forward to using this in the summer to see if it's as soothing across the body, but for the time being I've found a perfect use for this lotion for me.  I'm a longtime advocate of Aveeno and I'm happy to add this to my collection.  This tube was sent to me to review, but at £7.50 for a product that's going to last me ages I'd gladly fork out my own cash on this.

First impressions: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion with Cooling Menthol

12.5.14

I've waxed lyrical about my love for Aveeno many times before, so when I heard there was a new moisturiser added to their range, I had to give it a try.  This time it's a menthol version; the same Aveeno oatmealy goodness principles, but this time with the added bonus of a cooling properties for dry, itchy skin.

Brace yourselves, we're possibly about to enter TMI territory here.

Most nights I wake up with insanely hot feet.  They feel like they're throbbing (gross), the veins swell up (grosser) and no amount of hanging them over the edge of the bed can get me back to sleep.  See, I warned you it was TMI.

Enter Aveeno!  It has a squeezy tube which means it's nice and easy to use in the middle of the night (sounds ridiculous, but the last cream I was using was in a bottle and was a pain to get out whilst half asleep!) and works a treat at cooling my skin.  It's got a nice menthol, almost peppermint, smell as well which calms me down too and helps send me back to sleep.

I'm looking forward to using this in the summer to see if it's as soothing across the body, but for the time being I've found a perfect use for this lotion for me.  I'm a longtime advocate of Aveeno and I'm happy to add this to my collection.  This tube was sent to me to review, but at £7.50 for a product that's going to last me ages I'd gladly fork out my own cash on this.
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Summer is approaching and it's the season when, against my better judgment, I get all white crazy.  I can't resist the weaving the crisp blank canvas in with other statement pieces to create the perfect fresh wardrobe.
 
BUY IT:
1.  As well as being a stain hazard, white can quite easily enter tacky territory.  It's a fine line, so be careful!
2.  Speaking of stains - tan.  Unless you're a beautiful porcelain English Rose, I'm a big advocate of white being the best accessory for a tan.  Fake tan smears aren't pretty, so leave it a few days after application before you brave the white. 
3. Not bold enough to try white clothes?  Go for accessories instead.  A white bag is the perfect summer arm candy.
4. Not strictly white, but a slogan tee with black writing is a must.

THE VERDICT:
I was already a white fan so this was a really fun (and easy!) post for me to create.  The perfect longline white blazer is firmly on my wishlist, although I'm still on the fence about white shoes.  In photos, perfect.  On the feet....borderline schoolgirl?  Just me?  Also, white jeans on non-modelesque legs...yes or no?  Although at only £14.99 I'm sure I could give those H&M ones a try.

Buy the Trend: all white

9.5.14

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Summer is approaching and it's the season when, against my better judgment, I get all white crazy.  I can't resist the weaving the crisp blank canvas in with other statement pieces to create the perfect fresh wardrobe.
 
BUY IT:
1.  As well as being a stain hazard, white can quite easily enter tacky territory.  It's a fine line, so be careful!
2.  Speaking of stains - tan.  Unless you're a beautiful porcelain English Rose, I'm a big advocate of white being the best accessory for a tan.  Fake tan smears aren't pretty, so leave it a few days after application before you brave the white. 
3. Not bold enough to try white clothes?  Go for accessories instead.  A white bag is the perfect summer arm candy.
4. Not strictly white, but a slogan tee with black writing is a must.

THE VERDICT:
I was already a white fan so this was a really fun (and easy!) post for me to create.  The perfect longline white blazer is firmly on my wishlist, although I'm still on the fence about white shoes.  In photos, perfect.  On the feet....borderline schoolgirl?  Just me?  Also, white jeans on non-modelesque legs...yes or no?  Although at only £14.99 I'm sure I could give those H&M ones a try.
This month's challenge isn't really a challenge as such.  But then again, the point of the Memory Maker wasn't to get us all hot and bothered trying out strenuous activities, it was about making the effort to spend quality time with each other.  And that in itself can be a challenge sometimes.

So this month we have to eat at the Chinese restaurant in town.  It always smells so good and I've been desperate to try it for years now.  The lazy girl in me always thinks of Chinese as takeaway only, so it'll be nice to try a new dining experience.

Thank goodness it's not another physical undertaking!

Making Memories: May

7.5.14

This month's challenge isn't really a challenge as such.  But then again, the point of the Memory Maker wasn't to get us all hot and bothered trying out strenuous activities, it was about making the effort to spend quality time with each other.  And that in itself can be a challenge sometimes.

So this month we have to eat at the Chinese restaurant in town.  It always smells so good and I've been desperate to try it for years now.  The lazy girl in me always thinks of Chinese as takeaway only, so it'll be nice to try a new dining experience.

Thank goodness it's not another physical undertaking!
I'd long overlooked Crabtree & Evelyn, writing them off (a little unfairly) as a pretty "fuddy duddy" brand....and for that I am sorry!

So remember when I said my sister and I had been treated to a little pampering at The Oracle?  We were introduced to the Crabtree & Evelyn hand recovery and hand therapy system....resulting in me hot-footing it over to the store to make a swift purchase.

There are a whole host of fragrances to choose from, but only a few come as part of this 60 Second Fix Kit which saves you £6 over buying them separately.   Luckily for me, the citron, honey & coriander was my favourite scent all along plus I had a £5 off voucher.  Buying these two individually would cost £31, the set is £25....but yup, I got it for £20!

So the hand recovery is an exfoliator.  I'd never thought of exfoliating my hands before.  It's abrasive yet moisturising, and I was advised not to use this more than twice a week.  The hand therapy is an intense moisturiser which last ages without leaving your hands greasy.  It sinks in quick and my hands have never felt better.  My eczema has all but disappeared and everyone who's tried this out has agreed that it leaves their hands soft and smooth.

At £25 this kit is a bit more of a luxury than I'd usually go for, but the results speak for themselves.  When these run out (which will be a while...you only need the tiniest amount!) I'll definitely be repurchasing.

Has anyone else tried this?

The ultimate hand treatment: Crabtree & Evelyn's 60 Second Fix Kit

5.5.14

I'd long overlooked Crabtree & Evelyn, writing them off (a little unfairly) as a pretty "fuddy duddy" brand....and for that I am sorry!

So remember when I said my sister and I had been treated to a little pampering at The Oracle?  We were introduced to the Crabtree & Evelyn hand recovery and hand therapy system....resulting in me hot-footing it over to the store to make a swift purchase.

There are a whole host of fragrances to choose from, but only a few come as part of this 60 Second Fix Kit which saves you £6 over buying them separately.   Luckily for me, the citron, honey & coriander was my favourite scent all along plus I had a £5 off voucher.  Buying these two individually would cost £31, the set is £25....but yup, I got it for £20!

So the hand recovery is an exfoliator.  I'd never thought of exfoliating my hands before.  It's abrasive yet moisturising, and I was advised not to use this more than twice a week.  The hand therapy is an intense moisturiser which last ages without leaving your hands greasy.  It sinks in quick and my hands have never felt better.  My eczema has all but disappeared and everyone who's tried this out has agreed that it leaves their hands soft and smooth.

At £25 this kit is a bit more of a luxury than I'd usually go for, but the results speak for themselves.  When these run out (which will be a while...you only need the tiniest amount!) I'll definitely be repurchasing.

Has anyone else tried this?
In April...

... I went back to being blonder.  It's been years since I've had blonde hair, and this month we kicked the balayage up a notch and went for much blonder ends.  Ultimately, I want a really cool-toned blonde, but it's proving to be not that easy.  I've got a multitude of silver shampoos in my bathroom, along with the Bleach London White Toner waiting to be used, but please leave any other recommendations below!
 
... we went rock climbing!
 
... me and my big sister got to spend lots of time together.  Back when I was in uni and college, we spent every Tuesday together and were quite close.  That's not an option these days, so it was good to take advantage of the Easter holidays and see each other more frequently.  The highlight would probably be our trip to The Oracle for their Spring Fashion Fix.  We had a hand treatment done and I found my new favourite pampering combo (more on that soon) and Nichola's arm was twisted into spending a small fortune on Benefit make up.

... speaking of The Oracle, I featured in their seasonal magazine!

... I sold a lot of my unloved stuff via depop and vinted.
 
... I went on two nights out with friends.  TWO!  That is quite an achievement for me these days.
 
... we went bridesmaid dress shopping.  I've done it before for family, but it's really different being a bridesmaid for a bestie.  Minus the champagne spillages, it was an uneventful trip.  Turns out we're all really easy going and the dresses in mind were perfect!
 
... I got another tattoo.  Sorry Mum.


Things that happened in: April

2.5.14

In April...

... I went back to being blonder.  It's been years since I've had blonde hair, and this month we kicked the balayage up a notch and went for much blonder ends.  Ultimately, I want a really cool-toned blonde, but it's proving to be not that easy.  I've got a multitude of silver shampoos in my bathroom, along with the Bleach London White Toner waiting to be used, but please leave any other recommendations below!
 
... we went rock climbing!
 
... me and my big sister got to spend lots of time together.  Back when I was in uni and college, we spent every Tuesday together and were quite close.  That's not an option these days, so it was good to take advantage of the Easter holidays and see each other more frequently.  The highlight would probably be our trip to The Oracle for their Spring Fashion Fix.  We had a hand treatment done and I found my new favourite pampering combo (more on that soon) and Nichola's arm was twisted into spending a small fortune on Benefit make up.

... speaking of The Oracle, I featured in their seasonal magazine!

... I sold a lot of my unloved stuff via depop and vinted.
 
... I went on two nights out with friends.  TWO!  That is quite an achievement for me these days.
 
... we went bridesmaid dress shopping.  I've done it before for family, but it's really different being a bridesmaid for a bestie.  Minus the champagne spillages, it was an uneventful trip.  Turns out we're all really easy going and the dresses in mind were perfect!
 
... I got another tattoo.  Sorry Mum.


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