Monday, 21 December 2015

My Babymoov 'Baby Style' changing bag in the Star print

We're nowhere near having everything we need for Oliver, yet, but we've got a few of the main bits and a few of the littler bits, plus of course he'll have lots of Ethan's bits and bobs when suitable. One thing that I have been excited about getting, though, purely from a me point of view, is a changing bag. I had a really practical bag with Ethan, and I wanted practicality to be an important part of this one too. I will be honest and say that I did consider some of the pretty pretty ones, I'm in to pretty things so much more then when E was born, but I am really pleased that I've struck a great balance between looking nice and being highly practical in my decision on getting the 'Baby Style' bag in the Star design from Babymoov. 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Maybelline Color Tattoo - Creamy Mattes in 'Creme De Rose', 'Creme de Nude' and 'Creamy Beige' - With swatches

I'm a bit of a sucker for a large proportion of the Maybelline Color Tattoo range, and I especially love the nude tones as that's what I err towards when it comes to eye looks. It's a constant annoyance that Maybelline keep bringing out neutral ranges over in the US but the often never make it to the UK so when I found out that the Creamy Matte's were over in the UK, for a limited time, I just had to try and get them.

I don't know how long they're around for, but I do know that, when available, they're only in store in Boots stores. So keep an eye out if you want to add them to your collection. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My Nyx Butter Gloss collection - 7 Shades with swatches

A couple of days ago I showed you a little haul in which I bought three, new, Nyx Butter Glosses and I promised that I'd do a post to show you my whole collection, with swatches. So here it is! With three new glosses, and the four I already had (well, five, but I lost my original Tiramisu) I have a collection of 7 shades. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

My Feel Unique and Superdrug haul - Including Nyx, Revlon and L.A.B.²

After no beauty hauls in ages I, now, have a second one to share with you! I had some money I paid out a while ago, towards Azii's Christmas present, and I got half of it back the other day so I thought (seeing as I had already spent the money months ago) why not have a wee spend. 
I did two orders, one from Feel Unique and one from Superdrug - From Feel Unique I wanted to pick up some Nyx bits, as they're new to the site, and from Superdrug I went for Revlon (and added in the L.A.B.² item because it was 3 for 2). 

Friday, 11 December 2015

The new 'Look Incredible' beauty box - December 2015 unboxing

If I'm asked to review a new beauty box it's, really, quite easy to guess what the answer will be - I Like beauty boxes, a lot. As such, when Smartzprice asked me to take a look at their 'Look Incredible' box I was more than happy to oblige. 

Ethan's bedroom Make over

Ethan's room has had issues with damp for a while now so, some time back, he had to get moved in to the spare room as it was too bad. We've since got a good dehumidifier, which helped stop it coming back before my Mum was able to decorate, and now that she has decorated she used as many damp proofing paint type products as possible to help prevent it coming back. He's also got a bigger radiator which will, hopefully, help a lot. 
Previously his room was a yellow toned cream with a Humphrey's corner border, it had been that way since he was a baby (again decorated by my DIY savvy Mum). So with the damp meaning new decoration, we decided it was time to get his room looking more grown up and, my goodness, it really does. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Pregnancy Purchases - Some Maternity basics from Primark - December 2015 Haul

I have managed to get quite a few bits of proper maternity wear for a real bargain, for this pregnancy, whereas with Ethan I mostly ended up getting normal clothes in big sizes. I have, though, topped up my collection with some additional normal clothing, mostly from Primark, to make sure that I have plenty to wear whilst my tummy is growing. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Glossybox UK - Unboxing / Review - December 2015

When I saw that the December Glossybox a collaboration with Really Ree, And is a 'Rose Gold edit', I was very very excited. I'm well on the rose gold band wagon, I absolutely understand why everyone's mad for it, and Really Ree is a blogger I've been reading for a few years now, she's someone I read really regularly - What a perfect combination!

A Funko Pop Vinyl giveaway - Win 'Ghost' from Game of Thrones

Last week Azii had a subscription box turn up, that he wasn't expecting, turns out that although he'd cancelled with the company, he'd not cancelled via Paypal so they re-started his sub a year after the original start date, oops! He got his money back, apart from for the box they sent. so all is well, phew (He could've had his money back for that box but he loved the tee and I thought I could find a good use for the Pop). 
We already had the Pop Vinyl figure which was in the box but I was thinking, with Christmas nearly here, I'd give one of you the chance to win another little gift for yourself, or a loved one, with this rather cute Ghost (from Game of Thrones) Funko Pop. 

My Mini Freedom Makeup and Makeup Revolution Haul - Pro Brow Pomade and Ultra Metals brushes

Just a quick haul post to share with you, it feels like quite a long time since I done a beauty haul (probably because it has been!), so it's nice to be able to share some new bits and bobs. I've got another haul coming up, next week, too, but for now here's a couple of things I bought from Freedom Makeup and Makeup Revolution recently, from Superdrug

Birchbox UK - Unboxing / Review - December 2015

I can't believe how long it's been since I did beauty box unboxings, my poor Birchboxes have been feeling unloved as I've not been sharing them with the world! Unfortunately, with the pregnancy making me as ill as it has, I've just struggled to get going on things like this. But, although I'm still very ow and very run down, I'm finally back on track with my blog which means I want to get back on track with my beauty box posts! 
I was very excited by this month's box after seeing Birchbox announce that this month's products were coming in a beautiful clutch bag, rather than the standard box. And, when it arrived yesterday evening, I was as pleased with the bag as I expected And very pleased with the products inside too. If you find yourself wanting to sign up then I'd very much appreciate it if you used my referral link, it will get you £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop, and it'll get me £5 to spend too! My link is:

Monday, 7 December 2015

Beautiful, personal photo gift ideas from Cheerz this Christmas

Photo gifts are always a bit of a winner, in my mind, for Christmas, they're personal, usable and also fun. So when Cheerz got in touch and asked me to feature some of their photo gifts I didn't even hesitate, especially when I saw that they do polaroid style photos (I've wanted to get some photos printed in a polaroid style for ages now!) 

Cheerz have a really nice range of items from pretty boxes of photos to magnets and albums to posters, with plenty more in between. As such it was tough to decide on what to try out, but of course polaroid style pictures was a given. I wanted to think of something that'd be a good add on item for gifts, too, which is why I opted for some of their strips, along side the Christmas box. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Party Picks and Year Round Basics from Shoe Zone

This is another post which has taken far far longer to get written than originally intended - Back when I first got these shoes I was so sick I could barely get off the sofa without setting my tummy off, once I started getting better from that, my feet were all swollen and uncomfortable so shoe posts weren't exactly ideal... Yes, pregnancy really is so glam! But I've decided to put it together now, regardless, sore feet or not! 
Rather than the shoes I was sent from Shoe Zone being Summer picks, I'm now looking at one pair as a more dressed up option (though still very simple) and one as year-round staple (Which just happen to be in a very a/w suitable colour!)

Friday, 4 December 2015

Pregnancy Friendly tea choices from Tick Tock Tea

The last post that I'm behind with, phew! This was another product that was sent to me at the worst possible time, in terms of when I was sick (I had no idea it was coming so it was a lovely surprise, apart from the sickiness!)

On the other hand, it's the perfect pregnancy product, so now that I am less sick I'm really pleased I've been able to try it. 

A little OPI Giveaway - And some Bargain Nail looks from with OPI and China Glaze

I hadn't heard of before they contacted me, but now that I have I am rather worried about how I'm going to keep my nail polish collection in control. I've just been very very good and passed on a large amount of my old polishes, that I no longer use, but with sites like this around it's going to be hard to not fill that space right back up again! With OPI polishes between £4.95 and £6.96 and China Glaze from £2.95 to £4.95 amongst many other brands and prices, and with free delivery over £15... you can see my point, I think. 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Spoil someone you love (or yourself) with some amazing teas from Bluebird Tea this Christmas

Let's be honest, when you think of Christmas gifts tea isn't likely to be right at the top of the list. When you see the Christmas range from Bluebird Tea, though, I think you might change your mind - Seriously, so many beautiful, individual, amazing gifts for the tea lovers in your life. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Trialling The Body Shop, Origins, Clinique and Darphin with the Rakuten Bonus Box

I was a little excited when Rakuten, kindly, offered to send me a surprise 'Bonus Box' with some products from their affiliates in - I had no idea what I was getting, other than the fact that it was going to be from some fab brands. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A delicious, and healthy, snack from Emily Fruit Crisps

I'm someone who likes to snack, and I've even been told that I have to snack for medical reasons (Yup!), so any new type of interesting snack is very likely to interest me. Of course, contrary to that, I've spent the past few months barely able to eat anything, which is why this post has been a long time coming. 

I was sent some bags of Emily Fruit crisps quite some time ago, now, and they've sat taunting me whilst I've worked my way through extreme sickness, to less sickness but still having food aversions, to no sickness but almost no appetite to... ooh food! (Which is where I am now)

The 'Vintage Doll Look' palette from House of Glamdolls with Freedom Makeup

It's best that I start this with some honesty - This post is going to be Very picture heavy! When you see the palette that I've been sent, to share with you, you'll understand why, soo many things to swatch! 

I was very excited when the House of Glamdolls (with Freedom Makeup) 'Vintage Doll Look' palette landed on my doorstep. I hadn't heard of these, yet, so it was nice to discover something new and also have a little play around with some swatches and see what this latest development has to offer.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Indulge yourself, or someone else, with some luxury sweet treats from Hotel Chocolat this Christmas

I don't think I know many people who'd turn down chocolate at Christmas, even more so if it were Hotel Chocolat. For me, they're one of those brands that says luxury, in fact possibly the most luxury chocolate brand that I enjoy. As such, if you really want to treat someone at Christmas, or if you want some really posh chocs to keep on the coffee table for when people visit over the festive period, I'd really recommend checking their Christmas range out. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Toys for your expanding family with House of Fraser - Christmas Shopping ideas

With November almost behind us it's time for us to accept that Christmas is just around the corner - Ok, so I know a lot of you may have accepted that already, you may have had your tree up since mid November or you might be singing carols in the shower but, me, well until December arrives I'm a little reluctant to get in to the festive spirit.

That said, there's one part of the season that I embrace early, and that's the part which has me buying up bargains from October time so that the present buying aspect isn't sprung on me mid December, so that I can spread the cost and so that I can feel like I'm not going to go loopy when I run out of ideas and 'Arg it's nearly here!'.

This year we've still only got Ethan and Skye to buy for (littles wise) but with our impending third child very much on the horizon (eek only 13 weeks to go until due date!) I've really been thinking about how we'll have to deal with Christmas in the coming years. Oliver is going to, without a doubt, inherit a lot of toys from his big brother, but it'll still be nice to make sure he has some new things, of his own, when the festive period comes around. 

When House of Fraser asked me to look at some gift ideas from their toys section I took it as an opportunity to show how you really can cater for your growing family without becoming destitute. And I think you'll agree I managed to do quite well for a spot over £30 (£30.20 to be precise).

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Perfect Stocking Filler or Gift idea - Jealous Sweets

I'm not going to apologise for how long it's taken be to do this post because, if I did, all the coming posts would start the same way and that'd get very boring. Needless to say, getting sent delicious sweets just as your morning sickness kicks in and you can't eat Anything... torture is one of many words! 
The lovely people at Jealous Sweets were incredibly generous when they sent me 6 different boxes of their jelly sweets to try out. I can't say I had anticipated much from them, I mean jelly sweets are jelly sweets, right? Actually, no! 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

23 week Baby Update and Baby's First Haul

I had really high hopes of keeping you really updated throughout this pregnancy but I had no idea quite how much harder work this pregnancy was going to be (things weren't easy with Ethan's, but compared to this, eesh). As such I've already reached, and left behind, the half way stage and am only a few days away from reaching that all important 24 week mark which is amazing to believe (though plenty more time to stay inside and keep cooking little one, no hurry).

I don't have a bump pic, because I still am not a fan of the whole having my photo taken thing, but I will get one done soon. I spent most of the pregnancy desperate to get a bump, and now that one has blossomed in just a few, short weeks, OW! Turns out that having a bump is a lot more uncomfortable this time around, but it's also so lovely to actually see real proof that the baby is in there. Same goes with kicking, at my 20 week scan we found out that I had an anterior placenta, again, and that meant that it'd take longer until I got movements, which was definitely the case. But now that I'm feeling movement, it's come on so fast, no butterflies here, no little flutters, we've gone from the odd kick and prod to being able to see my bump move, all in the time span of a few weeks.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ethan's Dream Lego home

Well, here I am, at last, to share another post with you. Except I got my dates mixed up and the last entry for this competition was three days ago, so we've missed out on a chance to win £150 of Toys R Us vouchers with Ocean Finance (here), absolutely gutted! 
I'll still share our post with you, though, as we were kindly sent the lego to make the house and Ethan loved building it and deciding which rooms he wanted included. Honestly, I can't believe we missed the date, I could cry! (Can we call this the first public episode of baby brain?)
But never mind, I think the house that Ethan built is fantastic and I'm sure you'll agree. I'll be honest, he did get some help from Daddy with the logistics, but it was based entirely around Ethan's ideas and the rooms he wanted to incorporate. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The reason for my absence - A little announcement

Ok, so the title is misleading, the announcement is a pretty big one, but the subject of the announcement is rather small! You may have noticed that I've been very, very absent from the blog for quite some time, now, and I feel really bad about that but I've been so so poorly - I've been so sick, barely able to eat and have had little to no energy so it's been so difficult to try and get anything done. 
And this is the reason why...

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Adorable new Bing toys by Fisher Price - At The Entertainer

We were thrilled to be asked to review some toys from The Entertainer; as a toy shop I've frequented, even before Ethan was born, this was an ideal opportunity. We were asked to try out some of the new Bing toys which have been released to support the books and the subsequent TV series. 

These might, otherwise, have seemed a bit young for Ethan but he's grown up with the Bing books and loved the tv show so I thought he'd still really enjoy playing with them. As well as that Skye absolutely loves rabbits so I thought she'd like to play with them too.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Summer ready skin with 7th Heaven (Formerly Montagne Jeunesse) 'Pineapple Peel-Off' face masks

I have to say I had no idea that Montagne Jeunesse had re-named to become '7th Heaven', it feels a little odd considering they've been the main sachet masks that I've known about for many many years, but the new name is nice and there's no doubting that it's the same company when you look at the packaging and branding; you won't suddenly not notice them in the stores!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Birchbox UK - Unboxing / Review - July 2015 'Make a Splash'

It's beauty box time, already, rather impressed that Birchbox is back in to sending out in the first week of the month rather than the second and third as many of us had become accustomed to! 

I had known that we were getting bags, this month, with our Birchbox, but in the past that's been a bag in a box so I was rather confused when I got a padded envelope delivered by Yodel and I wasn't expecting anything that size... Until I opened it and was greeted with a beautiful turquoise/mint green bag filled with products. 

This has been my favourite Birchbox, or should I say Birchbag, for ages so I am really, really pleased with it, if you like it and decide to sign up then please consider using my referral code which will get both yourself and myself £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop:

Monday, 6 July 2015

Some unplanned radio silence!

Just a quick note to explain why, after getting loads of posts out and getting up-to-date with everything, I've all but disappeared! 

My goodness, we've had a rubbish couple of weeks. The temperature and having had to do a couple of extra legs of the school run mean that I've been absolutely exhausted and really, really run down - This year hasn't been ideal for my health but this past few weeks have been the cherry on the cake for nasty, ick. 

Even more recently Ethan has been struck down with the sickness bug that's been going around, he's been sick for days in a row but then will be fine for 24 hours in between, and then sick again. There's been much resting, lots of washing machine usage and very little laptop usage! 

I do plan on getting some outstanding posts done, but if I'm quiet then please give me the benefit of doubt, I've not given up on my lovely blog, just having a rather tough time at the moment! Hope you're all loving the weather (though maybe not today, today is grey).

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Primark Haul - June 2015

Feels like a long time since I did a Primark haul, but that'd be because it's been a long time since I've been to town - As ever, same reason, health is taking its toll and I've been stuck in the house a lot. But more, joyful, blood tests early last week meant we were near town, anyway, so Primark seemed like an obvious choice. 
I didn't buy much because I've bought a few pieces of clothing since I put weight on, to give myself some more comfortable things to wear. But I'm now back to losing a bit of weight and feel like I'm in between sizes a bit. That said, I am loving oversized clothing so going to work from the premise that I'll keep wearing them when I am back down a size, or at least that's the hope. 

Fantastic geek tees from Tostadora - Big Hero 6 and Lion King/Game of Thrones mashup

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted about geek tees. I posted, a long time back, about some Disney and Doctor Who mash-up tees which I fell in love with and, then a fantastic Big Bang Theory tee, and had every intention of posting regular posts about my awesome finds. And then I didn't. Believe it or not I've bought a lot of geek tees since then, we buy from sites that tend to do two-four designs a day (sometimes two), and then once they're gone they're gone. 

If I have an impressive geek tee collection then Azii has an astronomical one, it's probably the thing he's bought most of over the past three years. Lucky him, though, can still wear all of his, a lot of mine are in the size small and I'm not a small any more. I'm a medium, except I've taken to wearing a large because my restricted mobility in my arms means that getting something fitted on and off is very, very difficult. 

I need to go through and see which tees I can and can't still wear and maybe put together a bit of a post of my favourites to share with you some of the finds I've had over the years. 

But, as always, I digress. Today I am here to talk to you about geek tees from a particular brand. When I was given the chance to review tees for you... my goodness I couldn't say 'Yes Please!' quick enough! 

Win a Magnitone Lucid - Collaborative Competition

I'm really pleased to be able to take part in a fantastic giveaway that gives all of you the chance to win a fantastic prize. With summer making itself known we all want to be able to have fresh, glowing skin, and one of the most popular ways to get this is by using a facial brush, such as the Magnitone Lucid. 

A group of us have come together to give you the chance to win one of these, and I'm loving it because this is something I've been using for the past few weeks and it's done wonders for my skin. Less breakouts, smoother and brighter looking skin has actually happened for me, and believe me I hadn't wanted to hope too much when I started using it. It's, also, rechargeable, it takes 12 hours to charge but lasts for around 2 weeks on that charge - I love that it's rechargeable as I hate wasting money on batteries in items like this.  

The Magnitone Lucid comes in at an RRP of £69.99, but of course this is a competition, so thanks to the following bloggers, and of course myself, one of you lucky people will be winning one instead!

To be in with a chance of winning just let us know:
What is your best skincare tip?

Good luck!

(The question is the only mandatory entry but all of the others do, of course, give you more chances to win).

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Freedom Makeup - First Thoughts and swatches - Lipsticks, Pro Melts and Pro Butter glosses

If you've already seen my Freedom Makeup first haul post you'll know I've got a number of great products to share with you over the coming week. I decided that I'd show you some more detailed pictures, and some swatches, of the lip products that I picked up in my order as I thought you'd like to see the formulas and the shades.

Keep your skin safe from the sun with Cosmetics from House of Fraser - Including Clinique, Mac and Kiehls

I'm looking out the window and I can't help but smile, Summer is well and truly breaking through the grey. I never used to be a summer person, hayfever and super pale skin made me want to hide in the house all of the time but, these days, I love the warmth that comes with Summer, the feeling of sunlight on my skin (though I still can't cope when it gets too hot). I think most of us are, totally, aware of how dangerous that feeling of sun on your skin is, though. 

Sun care products are so, so important at this time of year, and when we have such fantastic beauty products that can give us a gorgeous tan rather than risking the sun exposure, it seems crazy to not invest in some products that'll keep you skin safe. I have some favourite body and facial skin care products, already, so when I was asked to look at beauty products that House of Fraser offer which have sun care in them I couldn't wait to look in to what cosmetics could give us that extra layer of protection. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Great Gizmos - Meadow Kids Mini Stencils set - Review

For a while now I've been wanting to do more posts with Ethan, some more reviews and the likes, I miss when he used to have a bigger focus on the blog. As such when we were given the chance to review the Meadow Kids Mini Stencils set from Great Gizmos I thought it'd be a great way to get him involved, again, and find something nice to do together. 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

First thoughts and swatches - Freedom Makeup eye shadow palettes in 'Audacious 3' and 'Le Fabuleux'

I asked, in my Freedom Makeup haul post, what you'd like to see in more detail first and a number of people were really interested in the eye shadow palettes so that made that decision an easy one! I'm going to say this now, this is going to be a Very photo heavy post so I'm going to try not to write too much. 

I like these eye shadow palettes a lot. The ranges of shades is beautiful and they both seem to have a nice balance with mattes, satin shades (which are somewhere between a matte and a shimmer), lighter shimmers and then a couple with some glittery shimmer too. The pigmentation is fantastic, only the palest shades don't show up too well in swatches, but that's not due to pigmentation rather the colour of my skin! I think you're going to like these, a lot. They're £4 each and there's a few of them, on the site, which are well worth checking out. 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

My Freedom Makeup haul - Including eyeshadow palettes, lip products, blush and more

Following the launch of Freedom Makeup I just found myself needing to order some products to find out what more of their new releases were like. I had some birthday money left so I went a bit mad and ordered lots! I accidentally ordered two of one of the products so what's listed here is worth £30.50. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

My gentle attempts at weight loss in 2015

This post has been on the back-burner for a while, now, as I've had a few attempts to lose some weight but it's felt, somewhat, impossible due to some of the medication I was on. As such, now that I'm not able to take that medication anymore, I feel like I can talk more confidently about my weight loss because I have, actually, lost some weight! 
I've tried a few different things; I'm somewhat limited in what I can attempt due to our home set-up and needing to feed more than just myself, plus the exercise that I can do is very limited by my reduced mobility. As such I wanted to share some of my attempts with you, and explain what they are, how they work and my thoughts on them. 
Firstly I want to mention 5:2 diets. I've heard a lot about them, I know a lot of people who succeed with them and a lot that don't (which is a recurring theme with 'dieting' because we're all so different). A 5:2 diet means eating healthily, within the normal daily calorie limit, 5 days a week and then reducing your calories down to 500 a day for two days a week. I didn't do too well with this method because I suffer from low blood sugar levels, and because the medication I was on gave me hunger pangs so strong that I was in so much pain it made me miserable. But this is a system I'd like to try again in the future because, now that my appetite is better, I feel like I might have a chance.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Birchbox UK - June 2015 - Unboxing / Review

Subscription box time is here again, yay. Birchbox made it here, first, this month and they did so with a rather beautiful box! There was a choice of boxes, this month, and I was very pleased to get the water colour floral box that I had asked for. The box also came with a shoe bag in a matching fabric which is beautiful (It may become home for my camera cleaning kit as the bag for that has just broken)

As always, if you decide to subscribe I'd really appreciate if you followed my link as you'll get £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop and I'll get the same! My link:

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Freedom Makeup - Pro Blush & Highlight Palette in 'Bronze and Baked' - With swatches

The last, new, product I've got to show you, for today, is the 'Pro Blush & Highlight' palette in 'Bronze and Baked' - I do love blushes and highlighters but I don't use bronzers very often. I do think, though, that this could be a lovely balance between all three that'll help me add some colour to my face in the warmer months. 

Freedom Makeup - New Release - Pro Red Lipstick collection with swatches

I've been really excited to find out what the formula of the lipsticks from, new brand, Freedom Makeup is like, so when I was sent their Red Lipstick collection I was rather pleased. I don't wear reds very much, anymore but this range has a nice selection of shades which ranges from pinkier shades, to some more orange toned reds. 

Freedom is coming! New launch of Freedom Makeup coming soon - Teaser pics included!

Just a quick one because I have products to go and swatch but I just wanted to take a moment to share something rather exciting with you. I can't begin to explain the buzz I get when I'm allowed to share something completely new, and very exciting with you, and that's what I'm doing today!

You may already seen some teasers and some sneak peaks, and I've got a few more to share with you - All from the exciting new brand Freedom Makeup! It's safe to say, Freedom is coming! 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Gorgeous illuminated mirrors from Pebble Grey*

Pebble Grey (*sp) is a company that sells absolutely gorgeous bathroom items that just scream glamour and sophistication. Their mirrors are just beautiful so imagine how hard it was, for me, to only be able to ask for one of the compacts when I was asked to write about them, and offered a review item as well. I'd Love one of their amazing wall mounted mirrors but we have absolutely nowhere to put one. Thankfully the compact mirrors are fantastic, too, and I'm really, really pleased with mine. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Summer nails with OPI - The Hawaii 'Little Hulas Mini Pack' from JustMyLook*

Alright so I'm pushing the boundaries a little by talking about summer where, if the weather is the same there as it is here, it's grey and rainy. But hey, if we can't use beauty to add a little brightness in to our lives, when it's like this, then when can we?

I was asked to write about a site called JustMyLook (sp*), who I'd never heard of before, by showing you the new mini collection which showcases the 2015 S/S Hawaii range from OPI - I love bargain beauty sites and I Love OPI nail polishes so it was a bit of a win win. I've been checking out the full range of OPI polishes over on the site and I have to say I am a little tempted, they come in at £8.35 each, with free delivery and there's a huge range of shades on there (I'm, of course, drawn in by the mauves, dusky shades and the glitters but don't tell my husband, I'm not allowed more nail polishes, I just gave away a lot).

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Beautiful new blog design by Dreamality Designs

If you read my blog you may, already, have noticed that I have a brand new design over here on my lovely blog. 

I'd actually had my last design for, almost exactly, a year and I do find myself getting bored of things after a while so I felt really inspired by the idea of getting a new design. The lovely Bex over at Futures recommended Yaya at Dreamality Designs and I was instantly impressed by her prices and her professionalism (whilst staying really friendly and down to earth). 

As you may remember my blog was a little stark before so there's more colour and a little more to it, now, though without going over the top. I love the floral theme and I love that Yaya managed to get the exact dusky pink that I wanted, whilst adding in her own idea of the mint green - I love mint green but hadn't thought of using it on here, I am so so glad that she suggested it as it goes perfectly.

I love the header, the bold new social media icons, I love it all!

So, if you're on blogger and you want a re-design, definitely give her a shout - She did the work quickly, she kept me totally updated and is a lovely lady. 

I'd love to know some thoughts on a couple of things? Some people have said that the dusky pink links are a little pale and I can see what they mean but it does seem to depend on the angle that I'm viewing my screen on so I'd love to know what the consensus is on that one? Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated too! 

I know I've not been updating as much this year, the whole year seems to have slowed down and that's not been intentional - I've been struggling with my health, even more, and the year has just zoomed by. But I really am hoping to keep things moving a little better, I've had a few lovely beauty products to share with you all and I'm loving the extra book posts I've been able to write. So watch this space, here's to a better second half of the year!

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'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty - Another book review!

I was asked if I wanted to review one of Penguin's new books 'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty and instantly I recognised the name of the author and was very pleased! I, actually, read one of Liane's earlier books 'The Husband's Secret' not that long ago and I really, really enjoyed it so I couldn't wait to read another of hers. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Makeup Revolution New Release - The 'Affirmation' 32 shade Eye shadow palette

It's Makeup Revolution time! I'd say, easily, Makeup Revolution post is always a highlight for me, I love to find out what's inside and when there's something stunning it just puts a smile on my face (hint, this one is stunning). 
Today the 'Affirmation' palette, which is the newest of the 32 shade Ultra Eyeshadow palettes, popped through the letter box. When I saw swatches of this, yesterday, I hoped I'd be lucky enough to get this one so I was very, very pleased when a palette shaped package arrived! 

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Air Motion Pro hairbrush - Our review

This post isn't My review, alone, today because it's for a product that I've been using with Ethan. When we were offered an Air Motion Pro hairbrush to trial I instantly cut, in my head, to the images of Ethan shrieking every time I put a brush through those curly, messy locks of his - Instantly I said Yes Please! 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Birchbox UK Unboxing - May 2015

You may've noticed that I haven't posted as many unboxings, recently. Firstly I've cut down on what I've been getting, quite considerably, and secondly the boxes I Have been getting haven't filled me with the desire to write about them, until the May Birchbox arrived! This has been a really redeeming box, for me, so I'm really pleased as I was feeling rather disenchanted. 
If this box re-lights the spark for you, too, and you decide to subscribe then don't forget to use my referral link and we'll both get £5 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop:

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Introducing Jewellery and Accessories from the brand new 'Dreams and Sparkles'

There's something to be said for branching out and when a blogger, or a vlogger, decides to add to their online presence and do more with their success then I'm always really happy, and inspired. 
When I got an email from the very lovely Shannon from Raspberrykisses informing me that she'd started up a new business then I was so pleased. 'Dreams and Sparkles' is a lovely little site offering fashion jewellery and accessories at incredibly reasonable prices and when she asked if I'd like a surprise package to feature on my blog I think I'd have been daft to say no!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A fun site to discover great gifts - Wicked Uncle

I was asked if I'd review for a website that, previously, I'd not heard of before called 'Wicked Uncle' and, seeing as it's a toy site and the proceeds would go to that wee munchkin of mine I couldn't say no! I was intrigued by the site, as it has a rather different selling point to other toy websites; and I do like it when a site offers something different rather than more of the same. 

At Wicked Uncle they're trying to provide a service which appeals to non-parents - To the people who want to buy gifts for children but just don't know children as well as parents might. It's for Uncles and Aunts and friends of the family, people who just need that bit more guidance.

When you on to the site you're presented with the option of picking toys for age groups and genders rather than types of toy, and that's a great way for people who aren't as child-savvy to break things down. You may already know my thoughts on gender and toys, I'm not a fan of splitting them, but there's nothing to stop a person checking the age range for both genders (I did when ordering).

I was given a voucher to order some items (and I paid a few pounds extra just to get the things I wanted) and it was a really nice site to browse. The toys available are great, lots of wooden builds and creative things, less of the plastic flashy toys and more of the traditional which is always going to be a bonus in my books (though there was some plastic flashy, what's life without some plastic flashy!).