Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September -What I wore, ate, read, watched and used...

I can't believe it's nearly October already! I did toy with the idea with doing a monthly favourites post, I've done a couple in the past but I never really managed to make them a regular thing.

I came up with this nice little monthly round up, rather than listing a bunch of my favourite products (which a lot of the time are the same thing anyway) I figured I'd do a little run down of bits and pieces that summed up the last month.

What I wore-

I'm not giving up on Summer just yet. I had my eye on this maxi dress when I saw it online a couple of months back. I could never find it in my size in the shops so it passed me by, I decided it just wasn't for me. When I saw it online in the sale for £10 I took it as a sign. I had to have it, even if we are going into Autumn ... I've never been good at dressing for the right season! I love the little cut outs in the sides and the print is a lot more vibrant than what I'd usually go for but I love it.

What I ate-

It was my youngest brothers 21st a couple of weeks ago and we all went out for a family meal at an amazing restaurant called Galu. The food was delicious and the atmosphere in the restaurant is great. It was really nice having all of my family together. The food has a bit of a Mediterranean theme and I had an amazing Kleftiko followed by my favourite dessert Tiramusu.

What I read-
I've mainly been reading blogs.... other peoples and also my own -over and over ...proof reading takes time! I'd been really struggling to sleep lately so I've been up going through my bloglovin list at silly o'clock in the morning. I've ended up finding some really great blogs and have started talking to some really lovely girls too. 

What I watched-
One series I really liked watching was Jon Richardson Grows up. He visited a few different people with such different ways of life. There was a couple that go to swinging clubs to keep their marriage fresh. He met a millionaire who gave all of his money to charity, a rich family who were now recluses and a community who use no money what so ever and live off the land. I found it all so fascinating and I really wanted it to go on longer. It helps that I find him really funny too.

What I used-
I've really loved using the Revlon Highlighting palette on my cheeks. I've had it a while and I've been reaching for it a lot lately. it gives me a really nice glow that is really buildable. You can use the top half for more of a highlight or the bottom for a deeper colour. I've also been loving my old favourite Salon Pro Nail polish by Rimmel in Soul Session, it's such a wearable dusky pink which has a lovely shine to it too.

Now it's time for me to start trying to dress for Autumn, get ready for lots of birthdays, fireworks and the countdown to Christmas! 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Max Factor Glossfinity Candy rose and Desert Sand


These nail polishes were a complete impulse purchase, a complete accident really. I definitely don't need any more nail polish (but do we ever..?!) but I loved the look of the dusky pink shade and when there's an offer to be had I can't refuse it. Especially is said offer is buy one get one half price. 

My trip to Boots was a bit of a flying visit on my way to pick up a few bits in town so this was one time I didn't take ages/weeks trying to decide on a second thing to buy. I told myself I had too many dark nail polishes and that I needed to select something light. Moments before going 'well, I always need a top coat' (boring) I noticed Desert Sand which immediately got added to my basket/hand.


Max Factor isn't a brand I typically go for, I've found the odd gem such as the whipped creme foundation and the Colour Elixir Lipsticks but nothing ever really leaps out and makes me have to run out and purchase it.

I'm not even sure how long these shades have been out, they kind-of slipped under the radar really. Sometimes the best things are the ones that take you by surprise.

It wasn't until I was taking pictures for this review/instagram that I realised how nicely they went together and how fitting they were for this time of year. 


Candy Rose is a dusky pink which is actually a really unique shade to add to my collection. It's a perfect Autumn shade and the shine to it is really impressive. I feel like it's a really 'grown up colour' I'll be wearing this lots over the next couple of months.

Desert Sand (finding numbers in the desert sand, El nombre! ...just me?!... ok) is a really natural polish with a little more colour to it than just wearing a clear coat. It basically improves the look of your natural nails. It's a perfect colour for work or a job interview or even a wedding. I would stay away from wearing it on toes though because mine seemed to make my nails look the exact same colour as my feet and it looked REALLY strange!

They claim to last for 7 days, I never wear the same colour for that long but I did have them on for about 5 days and they were good as new when I came to remove it so they seem pretty long lasting to me. I think I should purchase on a whim more often. 

They cost £5.99 and Boots still have them on 'buy one get one half price.  I really think you should give them a try.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Lost My Name books

When I heard about the Lost my Name books I immediately wanted one for Mason. He's just started getting excited about books and I love personalised products.
This is a great way to get children in to reading. Making the story about them is such a good way to keep their attention.  It's nice to have something you can keep and look back on when they are done reading it too. The great thing with this book is I know he will love it for years.


After receiving 'The Little Boy Who Lost His Name' book I saw the owners on Dragons den and watching them pitch the idea and they made it so clear this was an excellent product. The dragons weren't too impressed at first but when met with books with their children names in them it really touched a nerve and made it feel like something very special.

And that's the main point of this book, adding the personalised aspect makes it pull at the heart strings and the child can feel part of the story.

The book is A4 sized and printed on thick environmentally friendly paper. Some have suggested it would be nicer if it was a hard back book but I don't think that matters at all. The book is of very good quality.

It starts with a lovely personalised message at the beginning of the book to really engage the reader.

It's a story of a little boy or girl who wakes up to discover their name is missing from their bedroom door and they go on an adventure to find it.


Each book unique to each owner  as they find their way through the book to discover more letters meeting characters along the way. Each character gives the child a letter to help them before *spoiler alert* the name is compete.


It's aimed at 2-6 year olds but is something you will keep forever. 
I ended up loving Mason's  book so much I had to order one for his best friend Ellie-Rose and it was lovely to compare the girls 'The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name' to the boy's version. The illustrations are eye catching and one thing I love about it is there's no gender stereotyping. The boys still meet characters such as mermaids and girls meet robots. The only real difference to the books (apart from the title obviously) is the colour of the front  and the main character. They don't feel the need to make the girls only meet princesses and fairies or boys with pirates and robots. This also makes them great to read to other members of the family.

You can have any name between 3 and  12 letters. They are the same price no matter how long the name is and if the name is short the story is padded out with more details of the journey so no child is missing out. 

It's such a great idea for a gift. We even ended up being given another by Mason's Grandad and family so now we have a spare in case he damages it in some way.

You get to preview the book before you place your order  so you get a great idea of the story. It was really lovely to read through the story with my partner before even having the book in our hands.

Visit the website to order one yourself. Shipping is free and you can Use the code ETPR56D3 for 15% off 



Friday, 19 September 2014

GOSH Stardust collection

GOSH cosmetics are impressing me more and more. I've mentioned in the past how much I loved their Frosted Nail Lacquers and how incredibly affordable they are. I find with Gosh they offer such unique colours that other brands haven't thought of. This season they have released a great range of pearly nail lacquers in their Stardust collection which is new for 2014.


I've tried out 4 of the 5 available which are all on a grey scale. They start at a fine shimmery opal shade moving up to a dark sparkly black.

Stardust is more of a top coat to add a bit of shimmer. It's packed with tiny flakes of blue and lilac sparkle that cover the whole nail easily with one coat. It can be worn on its own if built up a bit but I think it looks gorgeous on top of a dark colour, particularly on greys as the particles really reflect and make your nails look almost metallic.


Milky Way is not like any colour I've tried before, it's a blue toned grey with a subtle shimmer. It needs 2 coats. It's so lovely and the extra coat makes all the difference, it's instantly transformed from a bit of a wishy-washy grey to a bold pearlescent blue-grey shade that I LOVE! It's moved on from the pastel shades of the Summer ever so slightly and made it more fitting for this time of year.  It's definitely my favourite of the bunch.


Think of the tin man and you get Moonlight. The silver shade is rather futuristic and looks great when wearing black or denim, it's a great contrast. At first it seems really subtle but the second coat gives you a strong foil look. A third coat makes it complete opaque but the slight sheerness to it looks great too.


Night Sky is the darkest of the collection. It's a glossy black with tiny silvery flakes in it. You only need 2 coats for a lovely dark nail with something a little special. It's a great twist on the basic black nail.


These stunning nail polishes are only £3.99 at Superdrug and are currently Buy one get one half price. 



Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fight those dark days

I've been trying to keep positive lately, sometimes it's hard to do as things around us can make this really tough and the bad weather doesn't help either. My mood is really affected by the weather. I've come up with a few little ways to help with feeling good that I wanted to share. Just one or two of these things can really make a difference to your day. 

Don't you love when someone smiles at you as they walk past? Just a friendly hello or nod  to thank you for letting them past of something. Just smile in general, everything looks so much nicer when everyone is smiling.

Don't compare yourself to others
It's never healthy to try and be someone else. What you see of others might not be the full picture. If you think someone has more money than you, don't let it make you jealous or get you down, they might be working all hours and never seeing their family. The person you want to be might actually kill to swap lives with you! Focus on what you have rather than what you're lacking. 

Take opinions with a pinch of salt
If someone has a different view to you let them have it. It shouldn't bother you. I see stupid arguments online and people getting really irate just over a difference of opinion. You disagree on something, so what? Wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? And don't take things personally, ignore passive aggressive things online -it probably isn't about you. If you are unhappy about something, tell the person it concerns, not everyone else but them.


Think of positives about people
I used to know a group of people that never said a nice thing about one and other. When one of the group would leave somewhere there would always be comments of "Did you see her eyebrows? What was she wearing?!" It's not nice be around such negativity. It's also very easy to get sucked in and become negative yourself. I love that my friends and I always have something nice to say about/to each other. Even if I was forced to I wouldn't be able to say anything bad about my friends. Thinking positively gives you a positive outlook.

Don't bottle things up.
Get things off your chest, whether on your blog, on a forum, to your friend or to a professional it helps to talk. Or just write your thoughts down. Running away from your problems won't solve them. Things need tackling head on. In the real world we can't just 'block' and move on, things aren't that simple and the problem will always be there a the back of your mind.

Don't belittle someone. If they are trying to lose weight, learn something new or improve themselves it can only be a good thing. It makes someone feel better so why mock it? If you don't understand it you don't need to. So many have said in the past  'you are so skinny, why are you working out?...eat some cake!' and it really got to me. I hated feeling bad for taking care of myself, it's so nice to have the words of encouragement from people around me and it really helps. If you have tips or can help someone with what they're doing - do it, just word it nicely! 

Dress happy
Even if you're only popping to the shops if you feel like you're dressed nicely you hold yourself better. There's a reason office workers wear suits, they get in the role of professionalism subconsciously and it reflects in their voices on the phone. Of course slobbing out in comfortable trackies can make you happy too! Wear what makes you feel good.

Get outside

Your Nan was right, fresh air just does you the world of good. Even if it's only for half hour taking a walk, getting a change of scenery has always helped, even if it's just a little bit.

Don't be bitter, be better
Something hasn't gone your way? Work with it. You can't turn back the clock so see what you can do going forward. If plans have been cancelled ask yourself 'what can you I with that time instead?' Make something of the situation, don't waste it. 


Life can get a bit much sometimes. It's great to step back and breathe. If a situation is getting on top of you stop for a minute and think -does this really matter? How will this affect my life? Take some deep breaths and move on.


Work out
Exercise releases lovely happy endorphins, it's a known fact. If you work out in the morning it gives you a spring in your step and you can feel good that you are doing something positive for your health. Yoga stretch to feel fresh and motivated and stretch out knots you might have got while sleeping and being stressed out. 

Eat well
I've found eating better has made me feel healthier and happier. Healthy food doesn't have to be boring and finding new recipes has made me look forward to cooking dinner in the evening. I get a great sense of satisfaction when I've cooked something amazing. Eating well gives you tonnes more energy too. But also treat yourself and don't beat yourself up over 'bad food'. If it made you feel good, it's good. 

Help others
Do something for someone else. A good deed will make you feel like you've done your bit for humanity for the day. And if you believe in karma something nice will be coming your way too!

Love what you do
What ever it is you do, make sure you enjoy it. You don't want to be in a job that you dread going to, you spend approx 57% of your waking life at work, it might as well be time spent doing something you enjoy (or at least don't totally hate). 

Face your fears
Going to a blog meet up on your own can be scary but once you're there it's great to feel so independent and meet new people with the same interests. Doing something out of your comfort zone can really pay off and give you a great sense of achievement.

Talk to people you don't speak to enough. As we get older we have less time to socialise and often lose touch with friends. Make an effort to spend time with the people that make you feel good. When ever I meet up with my old work girls I always leave smiling. If you don't have time to see them just give them a call. Don't leave it to texts and Twitter conversations, it's not the same, you can't sense tone or read body language over text which is where the lines of communication gets blurred. 

Let your heart be your guide
Sometimes you just need to trust your gut, if something is making you uneasy and nothing can change it then it's not worth having around.
Anything that gets you down, weather it's a person, a job, or a course It needs to go. Only make room for positive situations in your life. Life is too short to be unhappy. It might seem hard at first, change is difficult but over time it is so worth it. If it's a person that's making you unhappy talk to them first, you owe it to them and they might not even realise they've done something to upset you and it could work itself out. Changing your course or your job could end up taking you down a path you really love and you'll be glad you made that change.

These are just a few things I got thinking about. They might not work for everyone and I'm by no means an expert but maybe try a couple and see how you get on.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Superdrug UnlockAW14 Event

I was invited along to Superdrugs UnlockAW14 event last week. I was really excited about this because I know Superdrug have taken some great brands on board lately. I made my way into town and was ready to see what new products they had in store.

I arrived just in time for the GOSH cosmetics masterclass where we were taught how to create the perfect red lip. We had all the tools needed including their gorgeous Velvet Touch lipsticks which are so creamy and really long lasting. Even after drinking my glass of watermelon juice it was still perfect!


They had a lot of their secret santa gifts on show. There's so many great gift sets getting released in time for Christmas including the Models Own Luxe set which is just £10 a total bargain for 4 nail polishes, I love the golden packaging! There's so many affordable sets that will make perfect stocking fillers.


I tried out one of Leaderfoods smoothies which are very clever. The smoothies are all in powder form so you just have to add ice so you can make a quick and easy smoothie when you haven't had time to go to the supermarket and stock up on fruit. The are packed full of goodness and really tasty too.



Elegant touch have teamed up with Lily Allen to create some stick on nails. I have to admit I'm not Lily's biggest fan but her nail range is pretty awesome. I love this LDN design!


 They had a swap shop where you were given a form to fill in and write down what products you would usually use. You would then be provided with a Superdrug version. I was really surprised to see how many own brand products Superdrug have!



It was basically wall to wall cosmetics! The Make Up Revolution products really stood out to me. How could you miss those lipsticks? They look so pretty all  lined up, it makes me want them ALL! I'm yet to try anything by them but their packaging really is something special.



 B have transformed their packaging somewhat and made their products look a lot more high end, you wouldn't think that these products start at just £11.99 (and ALWAYS seem to be on offer too!) The jars look really luxurious you just know you would want to keep them on show on a vanity table.


I've not really seen much of B in the way of cosmetics but I love the look of these little sets with a book theme, I am a fan of anything that is easy to store! There was a masterclass showcasing the oil control foundations which have a great range of colours and are really hydrating.



The highlight of the event for me was the masterclass with Lauren Pope. I have always liked her and I think she is absolutely stunning. She went through how to apply her Hair Rehab clip-in hair pieces. She demonstrated the clip in ponytail in a matter on minutes. It really is so simple to apply. She then came round to help us all with our own and chatted with everyone. What a lovely girl!




 There was also a little teaser of the new Zoella range that will be coming soon. Very exciting indeed.

As it was on Bond Street I resisted the urge to pop into Fovever 21 on my way back and went into Disney Store instead to pick up a treat for my son as I felt bad leaving him all afternoon. 

It was a great afternoon and I look forward to looking through the products I was lucky enough to take home with me.