Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Candle Empties

Yes.. I'm going there.

Candles. Empties. It's been an emotional week.

I've finished 3 candles in the space of a week and I'm a bit sad and get attached to the nice jars so I end up keeping them all so I thought I'd celebrate their life *cries* and write a post!

First up was both of my Cabella candles within the space of a month. They are some of my favourite candles and everytime I go back to Nottingham I stock up (like I did this weekend - haul coming soon). Over Christmas I had the Cherry Tartlet and have repurchased this again since but I also found a whole new love for the Violet (don't think it's violet!) candle and the scent is so beautiful and smells just like the Palma Violets sweets!

Both my Primark Candles have burnt out recently too. With them only being £2 each, I've already repurchased both and the new Coconut one ;)

Finally, my Christmas-ish Yankee Candle has come to an end about 2 weeks ago. As it's Summer I do want to replace it with a Summer one and I know Yankee Candle have brought out some Summery new ones so will have to have a mooch online to find a nice replacement.

So now I've composed myself, I'm heading out to stock up - what are your favourite candles through the Summer months? Need recommendations for something florally and fruity!

Primer Picks

I've never in my life been a Primer person/user until about a year ago when I got a cheap Seventeen on from Boots and even then, I didn't religiously use it. However after going to a Smashbox Bloggers event earlier in the year, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer changed my life - big statement alert! Since then I've managed to bag a few cheap samples from work so I thought I'd go through the ones that I use and how/when I use them :)

The Smashbox primer is quite pricey and because I use more of it than is probably needed each time, I only use it on special occasions and when we're going out. This literally as I said, a life changer. It's the first time in the 10 years I've been wearing make up where I've not had to plaster my oily skinned face with powder after foundation and can quite happily go out with just a little setting powder on the t-zone and chin! It has a mousse like texture and is so super smooth to apply and leaves skin looking matte before you put the foundation on. This is definitely my absolute favourite Primer and if it was a little cheaper, it's probably the only one I would've used.
The Garnier Skin Pure Active Matte Control Anti Shine/Anti Blemish Primer is a new one that I've tried this week. I got a sample at work and as I'm having a bad skin week, I thought I'd give it ago. I must admit that despite the primer being of a runny gel consistency which I really had to massage in (and even then my skin was still looking really shiny), the make up went on easier than it does on top of any other primer. It didn't look patchy or streaky and I barely spent any time blending it in. As much as I loved the look after I'd finished my make up, the smell is really overpowering and smells like antiseptic cream and reminds me of the Witch Hazel gel and along with the runny consistency and having to put a fair amount of powder around my eyes/nose, I'll be saving this one for bad skin days!
Finally - my every day Primer; the Revlon Photo Ready. At first I really didn't like this and I used it a couple of times and I just threw it in my box of spare products that I may one day use again. But last week after leaving my make up bag in the car (and being too lazy to go and get it), I dug this out. The creamy texture is nice but like the Garnier primer, it does leave skin feeling oily and it can take some time to blend out foundation. As soon as it's on though it stays in place however again, powder is required in more places on my face than I'd like! But at the end of the day, my make up is generally still looking good and the foundation is still in place betime I finish work and even been to the gym so this is great as a cheap every day Primer.
 (Top left, Garnier. Top right, Revlon. Bottom, Smashbox)
I'll probably be taking the Smashbox primer on holiday as I've purchased a new one especially but let me know what Primer's you use if you have oily skin. May need to try more to add to the collection :)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

3000 Mile Challenge Update

For those who don't know, this year I am taking part in a year long 3000 mile challenge where myself and a close friend, Luke, are running/cycling/other form of exercise'ing our way through 3000 miles! This is to raise money and awareness for Bone Cancer Research Trust as myself and Luke both lost siblings to Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

I did a post last October when we announced our plans but haven't really updated about how we're getting on and as we have a lot of exciting things planned, I thought I'd throw together a post!

OK so firstly... we're currently just below the 1700 mile mark so we're well over half way at the 6 month mark so we're making great time. It's been a great help having organised meet ups with other families and friends affected by Bone Cancer as well as events at work where we had bikes from the gym in work pedalling all day!

You may have seen if you follow me on Twitter or IG that we've hit the headlines as well as being on local radio stations and the coverage that we've had has been great - we'd love to do more too so we can spread our story and awareness so if you have a channel that we can step onto whether it's magazine/radio/paper etc, please let us know.

In regards to fundraising, we wanted to be well over half way to our £3000 target but unfortunately we're just over the £800 mark so still have a lot of work and campainging to do. I would love to get others involved so if you fancy helping whether it's just getting your friends and family to sponsor you doing a run or cycle, or even just holding a bake sale at work in the office, any money that you help us raise is so very much appreciated. :) (Contact me if you're able to help and I can arrange for you to receive posters etc)

We have a few upcoming events which we're really excited about including the Relay for Life which is a 24 hour event where we have a great team of people joining us overnight on a race track, camping out and making sure that we always have people doing laps and racking up the miles! Again, if you want to attend even for just an hour or so to do a lap or 2 with us, you can find our Team Event on our Facebook page here.

Finally, we announced last month that we will be hosting a black tie event, the Team Bones Ball, in November to celebrate the end of our mammoth challenge! This cuts our year short by 7 weeks so we will be working hard to ensure we hit the 3000 mile mark by then. We're working hard on making this a great event and tickets are being sold daily! Until the end of June tickets are £30 instead of the already discounted £35 so if you'd like to come along for a night of great food, live music and entertainment plus auctions and raffles with "money can't buy prizes" to help raise money, please don't hesitate to contact us.

You can read more about our journey and follow how we're doing...
You can also donate to the Bone Cancer Research trust by texting LCSJ94 £1/2/5/10/etc to 70070 or:
To get in contact, use the above or email
Thank you all for your support and bring on the final few months!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Special Occasion Present Ideas for Him

So next month it's Nick's birthday and he's turning the big 3-0! I already have his main birthday present (and annoyingly I had to tell him what it was as it clashed with another event on that date that was meant to be going to - we're heading to V Fest for the day!) but as it's a special birthdy I still wanted to get him a few other bits so he has something to open on his birthday. I need to be savy though as it's got to get to Lanzarote so it a)can't be breakable and b)can't be big as it needs to go in a suitcase! PLUS it's Father's day next weekend so I've been trying to think of ideas for my Dad too! So I've been racking my brain and I've come up with a few ideas...

Always a winner - clothes are always on the list for Christmas and birthdays and last year I got Nick quite a bit on both occasions but this year I think I'll be going for something he can maybe wear on holiday or something light when it comes to packing. I also have a watch on the list but I have no idea what kind of watch he'd want. He's been saying about one for ages and it was on the list last year but I went a bit OTT and had to knock it off. But yep, clothes and accessories are generally good plus you can return them if he doesn't like them! For the Dad's out there maybe a nice Polo shirt or man-bag!

Again, can't really go wrong! For Dad's it's all about the boxsets whether it's a set of films or a good TV show. Nick however like's his football and documentaries as well as a good film so there's plenty of options to choose from!

Beauty Products
Yep - I went there! Every year no matter who it is or the occasion is, men in my life get shower/body stuff (I work for Boots so it's easy peasy)! Whether it's a nice set or just a few of his favourites wrapped in a nice bag, it's something they'll appreciate more than anything plus there's so much to choose from - a fragrance, aftershave, shaving stuff, bodywash, fancy hair stuff! You won't be stuck for choice that's fo'suuure! (I could push the boat out altogether and go super-girly as there's so many man-dles (man candles) popping up in shops lately, but I won't go that far!)

Photo Products
Boots Photo (along with loads of other photo companies) offer soooo many different photo products nowadays. Last Christmas I got my Dad an iPad cover with a photo of the family on and it went down a storm so anything from tech product covers, to desk photo products, canvases or wash bags, there's so much out there and it's great getting something so personal. Also this year I've seen so many photo-food related products on other blogs and even on TV. There's a company putting photos on marshmallows and another putting them on cakes. That would definitely go down well with both Dad and Nick!

Experience Days
I've never brought anyone an experience day but I think with it being Nick's big birthday and wanting to treat my Dad, this could be a potential idea. There's loads you can choose from in Boots or WHSmiths or other shops including weekends away or days out, driving days or hot air ballooning so there's something for Men of all ages and you have the choice with some if you want to make it a family-thing too.

Hope this gives you a few ideas - be sure to let me know in the comments what you're getting your Dad for Father's Day this weekend! x

Friday, 12 June 2015

#FoodFriday: What I Ate Today

As always it's not what I ate today, it's what I ate last weekend - Sunday specifically *monkey hiding his face emoji*. But during the week when I'm at work I never get the chance to eat breakfast and lunch is normally boring - either a meal deal or a naff sarnie I through together within 30 seconds while running out the door.. Weekends are when I get to spend the most time preparing food etc which I love :) Plus after our hectic week last week (what my Vlog on everything I got up to here) I was definitely in need of some healthy food!
Banana, Cucumber & pineapple smoothie with coconut water
And of course a YourTea!  
Tuna & basil pesto on toast - well, halved mini bagels! (Don't knock it 'til you've tried it - I'm obsessed!)
Brown rice with plum tomatos and sweet chilli salmon! (Not going to lie, getting a bit bored of salmon so any salmon recipes are muchly appreciated!)
Short but sweet but maybe it'll give you some ideas on what to eat today or tomorrow :)

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

What's in my Fragrance Cabinet?

I saw this on someone else's blog a few days ago (so sorry I can't remember her name and can't find the Tweet and a blogging Twitter RT'd) and loved the idea. It's a short but sweet blog showing what I smell like on a day to day basis and what I save for more special occasions ;)

"Everyday" fragrances
I have so many "everyday" type fragrances that get thrown from one bag to the next or the types that I spritz around a room to make it smell nice and fresh. These are a few of my favourites...
Zoella's Blissful Mistful
Lady Gaga
Hugo Boss Orange
DKNY Summer
Gucci Premier

(Work desk situ)

"Special Occasion" fragrances
I very rarely treat myself to the perfume which I love normally as they're a bit more pricey but I always end up putting them on my birthday or Christmas list. I've used the same 2 "special occasion" fragrances for as long as I can remember. I first brought Gucci when I was in year 11 at school and we went to Paris on a school trip and have used it more than any other fragrance in the last 8 years! Jimmy Choo I smelt on one of my gorgeous ladies about 4 years ago and have gone through a couple of bottles since.
Gucci Guilty  
Jimmy Choo Classic

This year's "Summer" fragrance
Each year I end up picking up a fragrance from duty free or a cheap perfume shop when I'm on holiday however this year I've picked up one already and it's the new Jimmy Choo Exotic. I'm not a massive fan of the bottle but the scent is lovely. It's very similar to the original Jimmy Choo however it's a bit more floraly with a stronger, longer lasting scent!

It's not really a tag but I would love to see what everyone else wears when it comes to perfume and whether you change your perfume to suit the season or you just have the same collection all year round.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara Review

I've been on the hunt for a great Waterproof mascara for the last few weeks as I need a good one for when I go away next month and I've had my eye on a couple of options so took the plunge and used my Boots points to buy the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara!

I've used the regular Smashbox Full Exposure on and off for a while so thought I'd get the Waterproof version and it's safe to say that it will definitely be coming on holiday with me!

I won't go into too much details as we all know I'm not the expert when it comes to reviews but it's so slick to apply and the below photo (left eye) was only 2 coats! It really gives them length without making them look fake. The brush itself isn't too thick either so you can get right to the base of your lashes without blinding yourself or smuging it all over your eyelids.

2 people throughout the day mentioned how long my lashes looked and one was as soon as I got into work and then Nick mentioned it when I got home after a long day at work and a gym session so the staying power in this tube is second to none!

My only little niggle was that it was a bit of a piss-take to get off. The eye on the right is the morning after the night before when I took it off and although you can't really tell as I have eyelinger on, there was still a bit of product left towards the bottom of my lashes even after make up wipes and Micellar water - but at least you know it's not going to smudge or run ;)

Just a little review there but hopefully it may help you decide which holiday mascara to jet off with this Summer. If you're off on holiday and have any holiday-ready products, please tweet me links so I know what to add to my packing list!