Monday, 29 June 2015

WEEKEND SNIPPETS









 A morning smoothie//afternoon spent in the garden//a healthy version of sausage and mash from the Hairy Dieters book//making overnight oats for the first time//relaxing in the bath with my favourite Lush bath bomb Blackberry.





 Food food and more food - Trying overnight oats for the first time (they were yum)//snack-strawberries, blueberries, greek yoghurt, digestive biscuit crumbs and agave nectar//lunch-chicken salad with lettuce, sweetcorn, grated carrot, cherry tomatoes, balsamic dressing//dinner-chicken provencal (again from the Hairy Dieter's book, im yet to cook anything that isnt delicious from this book, everything is amazing//a glass of wine is a very rare occurrence for me but I cooked with it so I drank a glass or two.




Getting a little bit too involved with Fletcher's school project, but i mean come on paper mache is so much fun//candles burning and a night in with crap telly.

Not pictured - Catching up with my best friend over a cuppa and a trip to the park//buying a rather swanky new bike for Fletcher's anniversary of being diagnosed with diabetes (it will be a year on the 3rd July and I can't quite believe it)//Doing a spot of morning yoga with Adriene //meeting up with friends for pizza and a catch up//buying this Oasis dress from House of Fraser for a christening (hello £17)//Sitting in the sunshine at my friends house warming party//Fresh sheets

Hope you all had an awesome weekend.  Next week is going to be so good, i'm off to Hampton Court on Thursday for the flower show with my mum and sister, i'm so excited.  My Instagram feed is gonna be full of flowers!
Keep Smiling
xxx

Friday, 26 June 2015

REN CLARIMATTE CLARIFYING TONER REVIEW




I've been using this for about 3 weeks now and wanted to do a little review on how much I love it.

WHAT DOES IT DO?
It is an alcohol free toner that claims to promote a clearer more matte complexion. Unclog pores, purify congested skin, minimize pore size and naturally exfoliate the skin. The anti-microbial action minimizes break outs. Great for combination to oily skin. 

WHAT'S IN IT?
Salicilin from Willow Bark gently exfoliates, purifies congested skin, reduces pore size, and is antibacterial
Glycolic Acid from Pineapple Extract, Lactic Acid from Passion Fruit, Citric Acid from Lemon Extract and Tartaric Acid from Grape Extract exfoliate, decongest and remove dead skin cells to renew skin surface
Flavonoids from Mayblossom Extract have antibacterial properties, tone the skin and help to reduce sebum production and minimize pore size

There are absolutely no parabens, sulfates, mineral oils or other nasties in the product.

HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Simple - Apply it to a cotton pad and sweep all over freshly cleansed skin, morning and night.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE ON THE SKIN?
It feels light and refreshing on the skin and drys very quickly.

WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE?
Oh my god, it smells so fresh and natural.  Like a mixture of lime and peppermint. It's beautiful. 

HOW MUCH IS IT?
£13 for 150ml I got mine from Escentual

REVIEW 
Over the last year and a half I have really upped my game on skincare front.   I used to literally wash my face with a face wash and then put a slick of moisturiser on my face, job done.  Nowadays my routine goes something like; double cleanse, acid toner, hydrating toner, eye cream, serum, moisturiser! It may seem extreme putting this much on my face but I am in my 30's now, i'm not getting any younger and you only get one face so we should really look after it!

An acid/exfolaiting toner was the only thing that was missing in my routine and I had heard great things about the REN clarimatte clarifying toner.  I have to be honest I was a little concerned that it would sting and irritate my skin but I was pleasantly surprised when it felt really lovely and refreshing on the skin.  I do feel like my skin has got more of a glow to it since using this.  I'm not sure whether this is because I follow it up with a hydrating toner (Body Shop Vit E) and im wondering whether the acid toner makes the skin more open to soaking  up the hydration........ I don't know what the hell i'm talking about but it makes sense in my head!  I've had no breakouts, no irritation, no stinging and all in all I really do like it a lot.

WOULD YOU REPURCHASE?
Yes I will be repurchasing when it runs out.  Its a great little acid toner at a reasonable enough price.

Keep Smiling
xxx

Monday, 22 June 2015

WEEKEND SNIPPETS



I didn't take a lot of pictures this weekend mainly because I spent most of my time with a paintbrush in my hand, i'm sprucing up the master bedroom you see.  However we did enjoy crepes with banana, chocolate spread and biscuit crumbs (an idea that I stole from my holiday in Greece) on Friday morning, they were incredible.  I also started a jigsaw on Friday because I am a granny!

It was our 9 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday and I received beautiful flowers, my favourite chocolates ever and Jo Malone perfume in Peony & Blush Suede (I dropped so many hints about wanting this, its the perfect summer fragrance).  Wednesday is such a crap day to have an anniversary so we decided to celebrate it on Saturday.  We went to a really lovely restaurant called Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay which has breathtaking views of the ocean, which unfortunately we didn't see any of because it was so foggy (yeah thanks for that fog!) the food more than made up for that though, it was delicious.

Sunday (Father's Day) was spent it in Truro.  We had a little picnic in a field which has the most amazing view of the town and Truro Cathedral and then went to the cinema to watch Two by Two, mainly for Fletcher's viewing pleasure.  I had planned to cook a roast dinner in the evening but we spent so much time at our own dads houses that we ran out of time and ended up eating pizza!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends.  I already can't wait for next weekend.  I'm meeting up with friends on Friday evening and have a housewarming party on Sunday.

Keep Smiling
xxx

Sunday, 21 June 2015

AND THE WINNER IS.....


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CONGRATULATIONS - I will be e-mailing you shortly for your address so please keep a look out.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

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xxx

Saturday, 20 June 2015

HOMEWARE HAUL

I've been shopping for new little bits for the house over the last week or so and thought I would share what I've been buying.  I started sprucing up our master bedroom this week and will be showing you how that looks very soon.  But for now here is a little homeware haul for you.


COPPER CAGE PENDANT- ASDA £20

I totally lucked in on this purchase.  These pendant lamps have been on ASDA's website since about February time and every time I checked they were out of stock.  I check back periodically to see if they are ever back in stock and on Wednesday THEY WERE!!  There were only 2 left so they swiftly went out of stock after I purchased them.  As of today there appears to be one in stock.  GRAB IT NOW IF YOU LIKE IT!!

YELLOW CUSHION COVERS - H&M £7.99
I got these for my bedroom to inject a bit of colour into the room.  I love the jacquard weave.

C'EST LA VIE CUSHION COVER - H&M £6.99
Also for my bedroom.  Who doesn't love a black and white slogan cushion.

COPPER LANTERN - TK MAXX £12.99
I'm just a sucker for anything copper at the moment.  This is going to be sitting on my fireplace looking pretty with a large pillar candle inside (from Tesco btw).

GOLD LANTERN - TK MAXX £19.99
For my fireplace to go with the copper lantern,

GOLD PINEAPPLE - H&M £7.99
I got this to go on my bedside table and look pretty and to store some of my smaller jewellery.  I also really love this white pineapple candle and may have to purchase this with my next H&M order.

I'm really loving H&M homeware at the moment.  They have some really lovely peices in there at really great prices.  Where are you're favourite places to shop for homeware?  I would love some recommendations.

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xxx

Thursday, 18 June 2015

MORE HOLIDAY SNAPS

















Just a little mash up of the rest of our holiday pics.  The post holiday blues have definitely kicked in and i'm already researching into planning my next holiday. Where shall we go next year guys, recommendations are most welcome. I'm thinking we could go away in June next year as Fletcher won't have started school yet and we can also celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary on holiday, which I think would be really special. Oh take me back to that Crazy UFO ride, all 7 of us were completely cracked up throughout the whole thing, it was hilarious.
Keep Smiling
xxx