For a while bunch of reasons, I'm going into blog hibernation!
Hopefully I'll be back in the future in some form if not this one, but just in case this the final farewell I just wanted to say how much fun I've had with this blog in the last year or so, how lucky I am to have had some of the opportunities that I've had, and how happy I am to have met some truly awesome people. I'm still about for tea and cake dates!
Thanks so much for reading
Monday, 25 November 2013
Its always exciting when Betrousse release another one of their fabulous beauty kits, I've loved the previous boxes (which you can read about here and here), and was thrilled to receive their latest offering, the Absolutely Fabulous Beauty Kit.
For those not already familiar with Betrousse, they are a french company who periodically release these 'beauty kits', boxes full of fabulous and full sized beauty products at a heavily discounted rate. No mystery monthly subscription or tiny samples here!
This current box, for example, is on sale for £19 (+ postage) but has a whopping £119 value. Here's how they came to that amount:
Duck Island Sensuous Shampoo (£14.98) - This paraben and mineral-oil free shampoo has the most wonderfully invigorating Mandarin and Bergamot scent. I love the cute packaging and the pump dispenser!
Organic Surge Pure and Clean Face Wash (£5.49) - Often in these boxes the brands (usually French) are unknown to me, but I'm already familiar with Organic Surge and have used their shower gels and bath foams for a while now. The face wash smells great, is suitable for sensitive skin and doesn't include any nasty chemicals.
The Helenere Hedelweiss 24 Hour Cream (£30) and Intensive Serum (£32) are where a lot of the boxes value lies, so I'm hoping that the quality shows itself on my face! These use a 'pure and exclusive complex of extract of Edelweiss' to moisturise and protect the skin.
The Leor Facial Exfoliate Creme (£11) is, as you'd imagine, a facial exfoliator. I know a lot of people aren't sold on the scent of lavender but I love it, which is a good job as this is very strongly scented! It does feel very luxurious though, and the exfoliation is very gentle.
Finally is the Spa Find Inchwrap Firming Gel (£25.30) - this is supposed to tone and firm wobbly skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite, and contains caffeine, dead sea minerals and hyaluronic acid amongst other ingredients to help achieve this. I haven't used this enough yet to comment on any long term effects, but it certainly does make your skin feel tighter immediately after use as the gel dries.
So that's it for another Betrousse Box, I can't wait to try everything out a bit more thoroughly! I think these kits are fantastic bargains and this one, along with a couple of the previous ones, is available here.
*PR item provided for review purposes
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I've always loved different coloured eyeliners and when I spotted these pretty coloured things I knew I wanted to try them out!
I received these in Cosmic Mauve and Cosmic Blue. The come with a nice fine brush applicator which I found easy to use (and I am a person of very little make up applying skill), and managed to get relatively straight lines without making to much mess! Out of the two of them, the blue one had the best formula, it went on smoothly and solidly. The mauve was a bit more problematic, as it didn't give such a solid line, but due to the ease of use it wasn't too much trouble to go back over once it had dried to even things out a little!
Despite being told on several occasions that, being blue-eyed, I should lean towards brown shades around my eyes, I can't resist a nice shiny blue - I had a blue eyeliner a bit like this a few years ago and loved it. It may look a little OTT but I think its such a fabulous colour that I love it anyway!
The purple one, being not quite so bright, is much more wearable on a day-to-day basis but still makes a wonderful alternative to the more traditional black. I also love the metallic finish of them both - something you don't often get with black!
I found that once on and dry these were very happy to stay in place until I removed them - no smudging or flaking!
That quality is what makes the price tag so surprising, these eyeliners are available for only £1.99 each from the xtras website. Such a bargain that I'm quite tempted to pick up the other colours in the range too!
* PR samples provided for review
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I've never pretended to be cool. I've never been anything but upfront about my innate nerdiness. So it should come as no surprised that I'm incredibly excited about the big extra special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who coming up in just a couple of hours, or that I spent last evening in giddily running round the new Doctor Who themed exhibition at the National Media Museum.
The inspiration behind the exhibit is the relationship Doctor Who fans have with the show. So instead of having BBC props and official images, the items on display here were those things lovingly crafted or cared for by the loyal supporters of the long-running programme. I think one of my favourite things was the little collection of hand-knitted doctors, though who wouldn't want a cross-stitch David Tennant?
The exhibition really tries to get to the heart of why Doctor Who is so special to so many, and interspersed with all the display items are quotes from fans saying what the show means to them, and video clips of watchers, old and new, young and old, discussing their favourite show.
Last night was the launch of the exhibition and so the museum had put on some extra Doctor Who based entertainment to get everyone in the mood. I was particularly intrigued by the idea of a Doctor Who based open mic might, and had no idea how that would pan out but it was actually a really interesting opportunity to see fans share their stories, poems and impressions with an like-minded audience. There was also a .... I'll go with 'band', playing some very alien music in the foyer!
I thought it was such an interesting approach to the subject as, as far as I know at least, other exhibitions have focused on the show itself much more heavily than on the fandom, but mainly because this human aspect - why people love the show and how they show that love, says so much more about Doctor Who than 'authentic' bits of plastic would.
I'm not just saying this because I'm biased towards either the museum or the doctor, but I really think this a wonderfully fascinating exhibition - certainly a must for any Doctor Who fan! 'Doctor Who and Me' runs from now until 9th February, so plenty of time to get yourself over for a good look-around!
Friday, 22 November 2013
It's finally the weekend and I for one am so relieved that it's here! Unfortunately though I'm going to be spending most of my weekend getting the downstairs of the house all clean and tidy so we can get ready for Christmas - I need to make space for the tree!
I adore Christmas, and enjoy the Christmas preparation, its the pre-preparation I can't be bothered with! There are other ways I'd much rather be spending my precious days off and most of them aren't even at my house, nevermind cleaning in it!
I'd much rather run away for the weekend - avoid all the stress and work and the boring stuff about Christmas, and then be back home in time to throw tinsel everywhere and start tucking into the chocolates!
Of course, any trips away could still have a Christmassy vibe, just a more fun one! I still need to do some Christmas shopping, for example, and a weekend trip to London could be just the thing. My local ToysRUs isn't bad, but doesn't begin to compare to Hamleys, and I'm sure there's loads more our capital has to offer. St George's Hotel on Regents Street looks like it'd be in an ideal location for plenty of Christmas gift buying, and is well placed for the West End too in case I wanted to get a little culture with my shopping!
Of course, last time I was in London I remember the drinks prices being a little steep for a tight northerner like myself, so maybe a relaxing trip closer to home would be more suitable? Wentbridge House Hotel in West Yorkshire looks like it'd be perfect for a bit of pre-Christmas-madness chilling out. It's only down the road really, so I don't even have the stress of getting there and back. I'd love to hide up here for a couple of days, ignoring the mess at home and all the things I have to do! Though, having just discovered that the all important afternoon tea goes all Christmassy from the start of December, maybe I should do London this weekend (get the important shopping done!) and Wentbridge House the following weekend?
That takes care of my pre-Christmas avoidance, but there'll be loads to avoid after Christmas too, I'm sure! All the wrapping paper to get rid of, the presents to find a place for - time for another holiday I think! Last year the mister and I had a lovely winter weekend away on the Yorkshire coast and I'd love to make it an annual thing. This year I have my eye on Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough. There's something so peaceful about being at the sea-side in the winter, a lovely quiet romantic getaway!
But, alas, looks like I'm not going anywhere anytime soon - so I should stop dreaming and get to work!