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April 2014

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Yankee Candle Wax Melt Soft Blanket | Review

April 30, 2014

This wax tart really is the epitome of a cosy and fresh smell. 

Yankee Candle say: ‘Wrapped in sweet dreams … a lullaby of clean citrus, luxurious vanilla and warm amber.’ 

I couldn’t pick out the citrus smell but it did smell very clean and I could certainly pick out the vanilla smell. 

The only way I can describe this is, think of a soft freshly washed cuddly blanket. It smells like that. 

It’s a relaxing smell which I think is great for springtime, though I’m sure I will repurchase this and use it throughout the year. 

In short: A clean and relaxing scent that will remind you of your favourite blanket. 

Price: Soft Blanket in a wax tart is £1.49. (Price correct as of 19/04/2014) 

Do I recommend / would I repurchase: I would repurchase and I would recommend it. 

Have you tried Soft Blanket?



Beauty, Cruelty Free

elf – Mineral Booster in Shimmer | Review

April 29, 2014
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A few weeks back I decided to give elf’s range of mineral foundation a go and was intrigued by their Mineral Booster powder to go over the top.
They have four shades: sheer, shimmer, tinted and colour corrective yellow. All they had in stock when I ordered was shimmer but that is probably what I would have gone for anyway. 
You don’t need a lot of this to cover your face. It glides on and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. 
The shimmer in this hasn’t shown up very well in the picture but there is a definite shimmer to it. I was a little daunted by it when I first saw it but use it sparingly and your skin ends up looking like it’s glowing. 
I found it lasts most of the day and overall I was really impressed with the quality considering how cheap it was. 
I bought the ‘regular’ sized pot and having used it most days it’s lasted about 2 months so far and there’s still a little bit left. 
In short: A silky soft powder that leaves your skin looking like it’s glowing. 

Is it cruelty free? Yes, elf are a cruelty free brand. 
Price: £5.95 for a regular pot (Price correct as of 16/04/2014) 
Do I recommend it + would I repurchase: I would recommend this and I will most certainly repurchase.

Have you tried any elf products? 


Photography

World Endurance Championships – Silverstone | photos

April 27, 2014






Some of you may already know I’m a big motorsports fan. When Mark Webber left Formula One to join Porche in the World Endurance Championships, I snapped up tickets to the British race as soon as I could. 

The race is six hours long and I was worried it might get boring, but it wasn’t for one second. There are four classes of racing going on within one race so there is always something to look at.

The race was red flagged and ended about 30 minutes before it was due to end because of torrential rain. As it was a six hour race though we didn’t feel ripped off.

It was a fantastic race and I wish I had the holiday time left to go to Le Mans.

Here are a few more photos.


Cruelty Free

Barry M Aquarium in Arabian | Review

April 26, 2014

No, I definitely didn’t need this lovely polish but hey it was half price when I bought my foundation. 


Arabian is from Barry M’s Aquarium collection and in my opinion the best out of the range.

The swatch doesn’t really do it justice as it also has a blue two-tone effect as well, which you can just about see on the edge of the bottle.

You can get away with one thick coat but I found that doesn’t look as nice as two thin coats. As with every other Barry M polish I’ve tried it dries quickly.

On your nails it’s clearly more green-yellow than blue but the blue does show up at certain angles.

I always use a top coat and I’ve found it lasts 3 or 4 days without major chips which is good for me as I seem to ruin nail paint pretty quickly. 

I’m still mesmerised by two tone things so I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of use out of this shade. 
Do you like two tone nail polish? 

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Fashion Friday – pyjamas in public: how hard is it to get dressed?

April 25, 2014

If there’s one fashion related trend I can’t abide it’s people wearing pyjamas in public. There are a lot of other fashion trends I don’t like but I respect that people like different things but I can’t look past pyjamas in public. 

When I put pyjamas I know it’s time to relax. I’ve done everything I need to do on that day and now it’s time to relax, watch TV, read a book, drink hot chocolate and get cosy in bed. It is not time for me to welcome guests or do my shopping. (Unless you count internet shopping)

In my mind, pyjamas are exclusively for use within the boundaries of your own home or someone elses if you stay over. You can go as far as the end of the drive to put the bin out, any further than that and you must wear normal clothes, it’s protocol. (I do realise how much I sound like Sheldon Cooper here but that’s me.)

There is zero excuse for anyone leaving the house without clothes. It takes literally two minutes to get dressed, it’s not that hard.

On a few occasions I’ve woken up pretty late but I have never turned up to work in pyjamas and I’m pretty sure my boss would rather I were two minutes late than turn up in my nightwear.

That being said, I also know someone who wears pyjamas when they have guests. It feels uncomfortable, really uncomfortable. Maybe I should feel happy that they feel that comfortable around me but actually I feel awkward because it feels like I’m intruding and interrupting.

Do you think pyjamas should be worn outside? 

 

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Heart shaped fairy lights

April 24, 2014

I’m very particular (read fussy / awkward) when it comes to well everything but I have finally found the perfect fairy lights for our bedroom.


It seems that every blogger and their Mum has fairy lights and for a good reason. They really make the room feel cosy and snuggly.

I picked these up from my local Sainsbury’s a few days ago, they were half price down from £15. They’re sold out online at the moment, so if you fancy them pop down to your local Sainsbury’s as I guess they’re being discontinued if they’re half price and sold out.

There are 16 wicker hearts on the string and the cable is pretty long and feels quite sturdy. It gives off a nice light that isn’t too harsh when you’re sat in bed and I reckon I can probably just about read by.

I was a little concerned Tom would moan and shake his head when he saw them but he got a little bit too excited about them. He’s an electrician and claims its because they’re an electrical item, but the truth of the matter is he likes home decor more than I do.

That’s really not such a bad thing as I’m far too fussy but I’m a little concerned that when we do buy a house there will be pillows everywhere…

As you can see from the first picture, they’re also cat nap approved. The reason he’s snoozing so contently is perhaps because shortly after taking this photo I discovered there was a bird under the bed, nice.

Do you like fairy lights? 

Food

Healthy lunch options: banana + peanut butter smoothie

April 23, 2014


My second healthy lunch option is all about bananas and peanut butter again, the next one will have neither I promise! 


I was sat around on Good Friday wondering what I could have for lunch and thought I’d give a smoothie a go. It was a great idea.

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 cup / around 230ml almond milk (you can use normal milk, soy milk etc)
1 desert spoon of peanut butter
A handful of ice cubes (I used 7 to be specific)

Method: 
Whack it all in a blender! Obviously you’ll want to peel your banana first and maybe slice it up. Pour and enjoy.

This smoothie was delicious, creamy and filling. I get the feeling we might be getting through a lot of bananas and jars of peanut butter in the next few weeks.

As well as being a great option for lunch it could also be a breakfast option, but I get up so late I would never have time to clean the blender after using it in the morning. I don’t know what happens, I sit down with my breakfast and all of a sudden it’s time for work.

Share your favourite smoothie flavours below.