Friday, 15 November 2019

Cult Beauty Starter Kit 2019

Oh look it’s only a little beauty post! It’s been a while! I’ve not been playing around with a lot of new makeup to be honest. When Mason is at school and Mila naps and I get some time to wander in the shops I generally head for a coffee shop to sit down to be honest, so playing with new beauty releases has taken a back seat. 

But last week it was my birthday and I was very pleased to unwrap Cult Beauty’s latest beauty box. The Starter Kit excited me a lot as it contained a lot of products I’ve been meaning to try. This almost never happens. I unsubscribed from beauty boxes as I always ended up with some bits I knew wouldn’t get opened. 


So, inside the box is a good little mixture of skincare and makeup.

First is the  Squalane Cleanser from The Ordinary  (50ml). Surprisingly, this is the first product I’ve tried from The Ordinary even though I’ve been meaning to give the brand a go for ages. 

This removes make-up and impurities whilst retaining skin's natural moisture. Plant-derived squalane  hydrates and moisturizes and I really like how it melts into an oil as you massage it into the skin. 
It’s a really affordable £5.50 when sold separately so I think I'll be repurchasing this.


As I’m in my 30s it’s necessary to be using a retinol to replenish the skin and help reduce those lines a bit. The Pixi Retinol Tonic (100ml) was one I was most excited about and it has not disappointed. Peptides firm skin and boost collagen production and Jasmine Flower heals and balances. I find applying this really soothing and it smells nice too. 

I bloody love watermelon. I have watermelon bikini, and any drink or scent with watermelon is right up my street. So naturally I loved the sound of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 30ml (which retails at £20.50). While I love watermelon I actually had no idea about the benefits that it had on the skin.

Used in Korea to soothe irritated and inflamed skin, the watermelon extract floods the complexion with restoring vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. 
The gel-textured formula is full of a whole load of goodness and gets to work while you sleep. It gently exfoliates and moisturises so you can wake up to baby-soft, gorgeously glowing skin  that frankly, smells incredible!


Onto the make-up. First is a gorgeous cream blush from NARS  in  shade Orgasm  which is a warm pink with subtle shimmer to it. 

 ‘The Multiple’ is NARS’  original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and the body -I’ll definitely be using this on my cheeks though.  It’s lovely and  creamy formula and the colour blends effortlessly for a quick flush of colour. It’s so easy to apply either with your fingers or blended with a brush and it’s enriched with Vitamin E and a├žai oil too. This is a small 4g version which is great for trying out, a full-size 14ml is £30


I love Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the packaging alone just feels so luxurious. However I don’t like to part with £25 without knowing I will love the shade. The lipstick in this box is very cute but really tiny! I’m pretty sure it’s going to get lost in my handbag but I’m looking at it as a way to try out the renowned shade ‘Pillow Talk' which is a perfect rose/mauve and the formula is so creamy.  According to CT one Pillow Talk lipstick is sold every 2 minutes - so it’s definitely popular.


The star of the show has to be the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette which is usually £25 alone.

 I actually gasped when I opened this up. There’s nine highly pigmented  shades with hues of gold, brown and amber.  Containing  five mattes and four striking shimmers, it’s the perfect palette for this season. I’m actually inspired to get a bit glam on the school run so this baby doesn’t go to waste! 


Overall this is an absolute bargain at £30 when 2 of the products retail at over £20 alone. Keep a look out on the Cult Beauty site as this would make a brilliant Christmas gift to any beauty lover.


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Time for Tea: What kind of woman?

There’s a lot of talk about how men are dicks. Men are to blame for this and that... 
Men do lots wrong and yes, men cheat; I feel like society focuses on that a lot. 
A man will be remembered as a cheater. A name will be brought up and the automatic ‘he cheated on his wife’ response follows. Not to say that it's not forgiven, but it’s always remembered. 


This might be an unpopular opinion but the woman involved, (and I’m generalising here) or the 'other party' has it all brushed off.

This little ramble stems from a poll I did on Twitter recently. I asked if anyone who had ever worked in an office knew of an office affair, of someone there in a relationship-of -sorts with a partner at home. I think you know where I'm going here, the most common answer was yes.

Over the years I’ve worked in many offices and it every single one I knew about an affair going on. I have so many stories I could tell but there just isn’t the time. Maybe one day I'll write a book. 

One time my (married with kids) boss sent every girl in the office a rose on Valentines day, which was very sweet but I knew it was the way he got around sending his PA a bigger bunch without anyone raising an eyebrow. My eyebrow very much raised as said PA (newly married with a baby) trained me and left her e-mails open while she 'left me to it' (or went to do jobs for her boss but whatever...) A bored temp who can file papers quickly finds ways of passing the time. Those e-mails revealed a lot about what her and the boss got up to and it was much more than making the coffee and booking the meeting rooms, let me tell you!

At another job, a work friendship of mine ended due to her telling the (married to a model, with a kid together) boss that she’d been filling me in on details of their dates and nights in the back of his Range Rover. He swiftly made me redundant too so that was fun. 

I know a very large company which has trips away where almost everyone is up to no good behind their partner’s backs. And everyone covers for each other. Or at least they try to. 

Now, in the cases I’ve mentioned it’s the men that are married and/or have kids. It’s still wrong when it’s someone’s boyfriend but I think it’s got more to it when there’s a marriage or children involved so I’m focusing on them, the husbands. 

The men are cheating with someone. Someone who thinks that’s ok. A girl who would do that to another girl. To someone at home looking after that man’s kids while he has dinners and drinks away at bars, theme parks or race courses. In some cases to pregnant women. What kind of girl thinks that’s ok?! I can’t help but feel that these girls get off scot-free. The men (when they are found out) are outed as cheating scum while the girl moves on to her next victim- never to actually settle of course. Maybe it’s the type of girl that doesn’t suit relationships, she has commitment problems or daddy issues. The need to feel significant for a few hours far out ways any pride or dignity. 

Maybe not knowing the wife makes it easier, I’d like to think if it was a friend of theirs they would act differently but who knows...
All they need to do is block their social accounts and move on. There’s no real repercussions, nothing to lose. 

If a friend of mine sat me down all ‘guess what, I’ve been seeing this guy! He’s married, his wife is pregnant but that doesn’t matter...’ I’d be calling her some names that rhyme with ‘hut’ and ‘ducking tanky itch’.

 It’s just not ok to be ‘that girl’. Even emotional cheating, not quite getting (pardon the phrase) ‘in there’ but implying it; being that one that is on the end of the phone for random texts, selfies and chats about your day, it’s still not right. Anything behind the wive’s back is not ok. It’s not a case of “I’m not married, he’s the one who’s in the wrong- not me!’ No, you both are! You lumped yourself right into the category of wrong when this started. Yes he should address any problems in his relationship with his wife but any woman with any form of moral compass would not move forward til he did so. 

In this age of feminism and having the ‘girls support girls’ anthem rammed down our throats on every slogan tee on the market we should be better. You should be better. So fucking stop it. 


Friday, 13 September 2019

Zippos Circus

After the hype of The Greatest Showman last year Mason started to show an interest in the circus. The idea of showing everything weird and wonderful is fascinating in a child’s eyes. You can’t deny there’s a real mystical feel that is unlike any other performance. 


I remember going to the circus in my early 20's with a group of friends. It was a great night out and something a little bit different than our usual trips to the pub.

 When I was offered the chance to go visit this year I knew it would be a lot of fun to watch the show as a family. Mason has been so good since Mila’s arrival, he's been the perfect big brother and a great help to me, not just since she was born but throughout my pregnancy too. He deserves a treat with us and a little time with just Mum and Dad and this looks perfect.

 Zippos Circus is back on the road for with a nationwide Big Top 2019 tour – The
 Magnificent Top Hat. They’re celebrating 21 years since Ringmaster Norman
 Barrett MBE first appeared at Zippos Circus. Norman holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving Ringmaster and he’ll be presenting acts from all over the world. From astonishing acrobats and aerialists, amazing contortionists, clever comics and daredevil motorcyclists -they have it all! 


With such a variety of acts there’s bound to be something for everyone. I’m really looking forward to seeing  3 foot 6 showman Paulo Dos Santos who is meant to be fantastically funny. And watching daring acts like knife throwers up close is going to be nail biting! 

They are currently in Twickenham until the 17th September, then on to Peckham Rye from 24th-29th September. They are coming to a couple of locations near me but the easiest for us to get to is Bannisters Field in Guildford at the beginning of October and they head on to Rochester, Finsbury Park and Hampstead Heath afterwards. 


Tickets for the two hour show (with interval) start from just £9 for adults (15 years and over) and £7.50 for children. Kids under 2 go free if they don’t occupy a seat.

If you want to head down to see the show I have a discount code that will give you 30% off. Just use ZIP30 when you order. You can find the tour dates and locations  here:

I’ll be sharing our experience over on Instagram so keep an eye out at the beginning of next month and check out the #zipposcircus hashtag on instagram in the meantime! 

*I've been offered complimentary tickets to attend this event but all thoughts and views are my own