Stationery Wish List!

Okay, it’s all just notebooks but I want them all.

Hey hey

How are you today?

So, yeah, I kind of really want some notebooks. I don’t why because I have a few in my flat at the moment and I really should use them up but there’s something about a fresh notebook. I always tell myself I’ll do my neatest writing in this one or I won’t scribble a word out, you know weird things like that. Anyway, it never happens.

I think at the minute I’d like one because after my op I don’t really want to just sit still, I want to go out and do things, make things, write things. I’m getting a little muddled with my eagerness to do everything possible so I feel like notebook would keep me in check I  guess.

Below I’ve listed four current faves from Paperchase and Urban Outfitters because they are amazing, wonderfully weird and I love them.

Anyway, have a lil lookaroo or purchase them by clicking on the pics!

Paperchase! :

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Urban Outfitters! :

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Do any of you lovely readers have these? Do you try and stick to random rules for your new notebooks? 😀

xxx

Going For A Cheeky Afternoon Tea

 Good Afternooooon,

How are we all on this fabulous Friday?

I wanted to do a little post today about what I spent Tuesday afternoon doing!

So I spent the day with Iain’s Mum and we decided to visit this lovely little tearoom called Dingle Farm which is near to where she lives.

I’ve been a few times and it’s just next to a farm (hence Dingle farm, I know!). It has a little shop opposite the tearoom and you can buy products which are organic and just a little bit more unique. As you enter the tearoom, you pass through a room dedicated to handmade items and books. It’s really lovely and it’s nice that the majority of the items are homemade.

Upstairs they have a beauty room and often have an artist on site who produces pet portraits! 

After passing through the little shop, you have the choice of three rooms to enjoy your treats in. We chose to go upstairs because there’s a nice little view from the upstairs window- it overlooks a pond and a forest!

Sadly, we were too late to get the table which we really wanted so we settled for one still close to the window.

Once settled, we decided to be naughty and have a hot drink and a slice of homemade cake each which would only cost us £4. 

The cakes are beautifully written on a chalkboard for all to see and within each room, little decorations hang which are available to purchase. Their crockery is all mismatched too and it gives it a lovely, homely feeling!

  

Carefully choosing off the board, I opted for a hot chocolate this time. It came with two marshmallows and this gorgeous, little chocolate design on top! They also brought me a little jug of warm milk too so I could top up!
    

Now cake wise…I simply had to have their Toffee Apple blondie. It was devine. It was so yummy. I had to actually try and slow myself down so I wouldn’t eat it within thirty seconds. 

It was nice and gooey and it had a bit of a brownie texture but it was stickier. The white chocolate on top was just enough too.
 

I wasn’t alone in enjoying my cake either as Gill had ordered her favourite- Chocolate Guiness cake! 

I actually thought the top was frosting or butter cream but it is indeed cream. Unfortunately, she couldn’t eat all of it and kindly saved the rest for Iain. She still enjoyed it with a pot of tea, though!

It is such a lovely place to go to and I feel that it’s a little gem really! If you’re ever in the area I would recommend going or perhaps even taking a road trip to it!

Can anyone else recommend any lovely tearooms?

Xxx

Rimmel’s Fix and Perfect Primer! Any good?

Heyy

Okay, so I’ve been looking for a good primer but I’m on a budget- a really tight budget.

In the past I’ve used Benefit’s Porefessional which I LOVE but I just don’t have £24 to spend on it right now. So, I’m looking closer at the drugstore brands. 

After reading a fair bit on the top ten primers to buy (again, I turned to google), I decided that Rimmel sounded quite good and I was familiar with their products. Therefore, I strode into Superdrug.

Now, what I didn’t realise was that Rimmel actually have three different primers. So, I had a few options.

After feeling the weight of them (I’m not sure why this swayed my decision), I chose their Fix and Perfect Primer.

I like the typical Rimmel packagaing- it’s not intimidating and it sticks to their classic Rimmel look. It is quite a small tube though and I think it would be interesting if they made it a little bigger as it just feels like you need to stock up to get you through the months.

Anyway, keen to try it, I chose to test it against a full face of makeup. Now, I’m quite spotty at the minute and my skin is quite dry in areas so my foundation (which is Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow) isn’t looking as flawless as I’d like it too- enter the primer.

The first thing I noticed when applying is that it went on very easily but it felt more like a runny primer and I was a bit concerned. I also noticed the smell and I have to admit I wasn’t very keen about that.

However! Once on, it dried nicely and not too slowly. I don’t feel that my foundation looked incredible through just using that but I do feel that it did help it to stay on for longer.

I’m not so sure about using this on my eyelids- I’d really like a primer for my eyeshadow but I’m not sure what the best one is for my limited budget.

Overall though, I wouldn’t buy this again and will probably save up now for Benefit’s!

Has anyone tried this? What did you think? Also, any recommendations for primers for the eyes? 

Xxx

Update on bareMineral’s Lash Domination!

Guys, I’m not impressed.

I went to use this mascara the other day, the one that I had been so, so happy about using and then what did I discover? It had already become clumpy on the wand..what the?

I’m really annoyed as I haven’t even had this for two weeks and I’m sad because I thought I might be on to a winner! Obviously not 😦

Anyhoo, I guess I should look on the bright side and be glad I didn’t spend my money on it. On the plus side my ASOS order arrived today.

Has this happened to anyone else?

xxx

Topshop Jewellery Haul!

Hiiiiiiiii

I went to Topshop *hangs head in shame*

I couldn’t help it. I do not regret it though and here’s why- I got five lots of jewellery for £7. I know!

I’m not quite sure why they had such a good offer on and this was last Friday, so I’m not sure if it is still on. There were no signs up though and so I only discovered this offer when the cashier told me. Naturally, I went to town.

I purchased four pairs of earrings and a selection of rings. The rings are a little big- there were no medium selections and I liked them too much so I just push my fingers together when I go to pick something up. Yep, I will do strange things to wear nice jewellery.

I absolutely adore Topshop jewellery, I feel like their pieces never really go out of fashion. I will say, though, that one of the earrings has already broken which is a bit of a nuisance (the gold and pearl ones) but then again, they were practically free.

I think a lot of the pieces I’ll wear as part of a day look but will save these earrings below for a evening look as they look a little fancy. I feel that the rest of the items are quite grungy and will go nicely with the red lip and maybe some DMs.

Anyway, that was what I got! Did anyone else cash in on this deal?? Thoughts on Topshop jewellery?

Xxx

Percy & Reed Smooth Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair Review!

Hey hey hey

How are youuu?

I wanted to do a little post today about Percy & Reed Smooth Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair because I used their Wonder Balm a while ago and loved it. I also got a minature of the oil a long time ago with my Elle Magazine subscription but I hadn’t used it yet and thought it was about time!


This oil is something that you can tousle into wet hair and then you can style it but i decided to just pop some on my damp hair and then leave to towel dry.

So! Let’s begin with how adorable the packaging is. Oh my, I love Percy and Reed! I just think it’s so inviting to use. It’s fun and the writing makes you feel like this product is magical and it won’t fob you off! It sounds silly but I just trust it more because of the great packaging.


Now, the texture. I really like the texture of this oil- it’s not stupidly runny or thick and it doesn’t leave your hands really sticky or greasy after. I simply put about three pumps of it into my hands and rubbed them together. I dispersed it throughout my hair and then left it to dry.

The results, I must say, was glorious. I had gorgeous, shiny hair that felt really nice. I then carried on and styled my hair, straightening it.


Overall, it didn’t look greasy, made my hair look healthier and it has quite a nice smell!

Have you tried this??

Xxx

How To Store Your Lushy Lush Things!

Good Morninggggg!

How are you today?

Today I wanted to talk about storing all those beauty products such as makeup, hair sprays or, you know, Lush stuff.

My goodness do I have a lot of Lush stuff!

To be fair, I was given an awful lot for my birthday and also a lot from friends after my surgery. I am not complaining though!

But as fabulous as this is to be showered witb Lush items, where does one store it all?

Before now, I’d never really had a designated area or box or drawer but instead there were stacked high in the bathroom. I lived my life on the edge everyday.

However, it all changed when Iain bought me a massive, sparkly box filled with Lush stuff! Now, he won’t tell me where he got it from but I think it’s from Paperchase 😀

A few weeks later, I was presented with another sparkly box from friends! It was pink with a black bow and filled high with my favourite Lush products, chocolate coins, a Lush scarf and biscuits. The biscuits were magical.Now, these boxes fit perfectly in our bedroom and they just add a lovely sense of girliness. I’d love to make them more of a feature in the room but they don’t quite go with the furniture so I need to play around with them.


Now that all my Lush stuff was safely tucked away in the bedroom, I needed to sort out the bathroom as I was sure one of the products would drop into the toilet at any point.


Iain had bought some baskets from Wilko’s and we decided that it would make the bathroom look tidier and a bit brighter. With two each, I allocated one of my baskets for my Lush things.

They’re great, deep baskets (didn’t think I’d be writing this at 25) and they have a waterproof lining which is very helpful for any Lush spillages!

I think it’s nice to have your favourite beauty products stored prettily- it just makes you feel that extra special when you come to use them 🙂
Do you store your Lush/beauty products? If so, how?

Xxx

Current Lipsticks I’m Fashioning 

Yes, I sound old, what with saying fashioning and all.

However, I am young and fabulous and am obsessed with lipsticks. I’m not sure what happened but during recovery I have just switched and all of a sudden I want to wear lipsticks day and night.

I’ve always loved red lipstick but have never really dared to wear it. During these past two months, however, I’ve come to realise how much I suit it- cue purchasing red lipsticks.

However! I also want to explore and as much as I love a red lip, they don’t go with everything. Therefore, I’ve been making purchases in more pinky, peachy and nudey tones. I really like them and they give quite a nice soft look instead of offering a statement.

Now, I’m not really fussy with brands. I can’t afford a lot so my lipsticks have been purchased from superdrug and Boots, hell even Morrisons and they are all £5 or under. 

Let’s start from the left, both products on the left are from Rimmel, the middle is from the Natural Collection and the two right are from Collection.

I haven’t really gone for each product based on their longevity but their shade. I will say though, that I have found that the two Rimmel lipsticks offer a more matte finish than the rest.

I think with each one you do need to moisturise your lips with a little bit of lip balm first just to give a nicer finish.

So, with that in mind, here are the colours:

Starting from the top: 101 Red Nose Day – Lasting Finish by Kate (Rimmel), 810 (Rimmel), Berry Blush – Moisture Shine (Natural Collection), 9 – Lasting Colour (Collection) and 21 – Lasting Colour (Collection).

Has anyone else purchased any of these? What do you think?

Xxx

The Boyfriend’s Mum’s Birthday Meal!

Good Morning! 

It’s Saturday 😀 

Two days ago it was my boyfriend’s Mum’s birthday and whilst the men were at work, his mum and sister invited me out for lunch.

We went to Le Bistrot Pierre which is a lovely french restaurant in a village near to us called Stockton Heath. They are a chain of restaurants and I’d heard it was good but had never eaten there before so was quite intrigued!

There was a great deal on the menu too which offered two courses for £10.95 and so we opted for that, sticking with water for drinks (I know, crazy right?!).

After scrolling down the menu and vetoing steak (I really wanted it but need to watch how much red meat I eat with my one little kidney now), I chose the Porc rôti which was a hefty piece of pork, with a lemon, rosemary and parmesan crust. It was accompanied by herb aïoli which is like a garlic and herb mayonnaise and it also came with a jus for the meat. I decided to have chips with it too which were lovely, crisp and thin.

  
Iain’s (the boyfriend) Mum and Sister went for the Steak-Frites which looked really good!

After filling our bellies with main we decided that a meal out wasn’t a meal out without dessert and took our time carefully choosing.

Eventually, we had decided. Iain’s Mum chose to have the Poêlée de poires et pommes which is an almond crumble filled with apples, pears and berries. It’s also topped off with ginger icecream. I know, right.

Iain’s Sister decided to have Pain perdu brioché which is bread and butter pudding with french bread and it’s served with a berry compôte and vanilla ice cream.

But what did I have? Well, I went all out. I went for the most chocolatey dessert anyone could wish for- Délice au chocolat. It was a chocolate torte with Chantilly cream and a hot chocolate sauce. Needless to say, it was devine.

  
We spent the rest of the day having a nice chilled evening at Iain’s parents’ house where we ate even more :/

Overall though, it was a fab day!

Has anyone else dined at Le Bistrot Pierre?? What did you have? 

Xxx

Next Haul- Tealight Holders!

Hello!

How’s it going?

I have a confession. I am obsessed with candles. It started harmlessly when I moved into my flat about two years ago. I didn’t have them on a lot, they were reserved for special meals or for when guests came round. This carried on for some time and even in October of last year, I rarely had them on.

But then Christmas happened. I became obsessed. I loved the atmosphere they created, the smells they produced…the glass jars, the accessories you could purchase with them…I couldn’t resist.

After already having a range of Yankee candles that had sweet, rich scents, I turned to tea lights. This way I could offer a warm glow in pretty little glass jars, I could colour match, I could play Interior Designer.

I purchased a lot of tea lights and my mother fuelled my obsession- cranberry scented, apple and cinnamon, the list goes on. It was time therefore, to give these little lights a home.

Last Monday, I innocently strolled into Next, not intentionally looking for tea light holders but there I found myself, staring at them all. I searched high and low and quickly snatched up three beautiful ones.


I opted for hues of blues and oranges as this went nicely with our ornaments and overall feel to our little flat. I didn’t want anything that said Love on or Shine Bright as this isn’t really my thing and I much prefer patterns- I also have to consider the boyfriend!


So, there I stood at the till point with three glass tea light holders. I paid under £8 for the three and could not be happier. They feel like they are very good quality and the burnt orange holder is made from recycled glass.


I was so surprised by the price as I feel Next is notorious for being pricey but I’m finding their home ware to be reasonable and modern. I think it’s a great place for just adding little touches to your home and you know the quality will be excellent.


At the minute, they’re moving about all over my flat but I think I’ll place them on our dining table although they look lovely on one of our chests of drawers in the bedroom…

Have you also got a candle obsession??

xxx