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New Skincare Products From The Superdrug Vitamin E Range

  • Sunday, 29 March 2015



I was in need of new every day facial moisturiser and so, whilst it was on offer, I decided to try Superdrug's Vitamin E skin care range. I bought a Moisturising Day Cream, which I have been very impressed with. It is quite rich and feels very luxurious on the skin, yet it soaks in very quickly leaving the skin prepped and ready for make up within minutes. It has an SPF of 15 and even though it is recommended for normal to dry skin, I have found that I haven't broken out due to the extra moisture than what my skin is used too. It claims that it is high in antioxidants and helps to prevent environmental damage to the skin. I have only been using it  for about two weeks and so I haven't had a full skin cycle so it is slightly hard to judge, but so far I have really been enjoying the results and my skin feels a lot more nourished and clear from blemishes. I also picked up the Refreshing Toning Mist. The reason for this, (other than the fact that it was on offer, buy one get one half price!) was that I had wanted to buy the Body Shop vitamin E mist but thought it was a tad out of my price range! I wanted a facial mist to spray on to my Real techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, a review of which you can read here, before blending my make up as I have found that it works more efficiently when it is damp as opposed to being dry. It has worked really well so far and I would highly recommend giving it a go, especially if you wanted to try an alternative to the Body Shop option.

Have you tried anything from the Superdrug Vitamin E Range?
Maddy
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Lush's 2015 Easter Treats

  • Thursday, 26 March 2015


Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb
Drop this fantastically fizzy little bunny in a bath for a fresh, herbal bathing experience.
Sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down. When you're down, bounce back with this fantastically fizzy little bunny. Drop into a bath for a fresh herbal experience that'll leave you feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Popping candy adds a little fun.
£2.50 each

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap
Wash with a chunk of the rainbow to melt your troubles like lemon drops.
This soaps contains rose absolute, Sicilian mandarin and neroli oils to leave you dance you through life.
£4.25 per 100g


Pot O' Gold shower jelly
At the end of every rainbow lies a sweet, decadently scented jelly
Lather all over your body for a soft kin that feels as good as gold. With sweet orange oil, myrrh resinoid, fresh pineapple juice and vanilla absolute, this supremely indulgent jelly will add some shine to your showering and leave you feeling and smelling gorgeous.
£3.50 per 100g
£6.95 per 240g


Golden Egg bath bomb melt
How do you like your legs in the morning? We like ours soaking in molten gold and honey-toffee scented.
This bath bomb melt is packed full of fair trade Columbian cocoa butter and will leave you ready to shimmer your way into the Easter weekend.
£3.75 each


Fluffy Egg bath bomb
Pretty in pink, this bath bomb smells like candyfloss.
With similar scents to Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment and The Godmother soap, who needs chocolate eggs? The smell of candyfloss will satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
£2.95 each


Immaculate Eggception bath bomb
Don't count these irresistibly vanillary citrus eggs before they're cracked.
No one knows how they got in there but cocooned inside the pink egg is an adorable chick and in the yellow, sleeps a bouncing bunny.
£6.95 each
Bunch of Carrots re-usable bubble bar
Dig up the dirt on refreshing tropical bathing
Swish in our bath water or hold under the running tap for refreshing tropical bubbles from this adorable trio of carrots. Bubbly could of buchu, lemon and grapefruit oils revive the senses to give you a refreshing feel this Easter.
£5.95 each

I am in love with this Easter collection from Lush, my favourite is the Bunch of Carrots for sheer cuteness! I think that the Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb would be lovely and relaxing with it being packed full of fresh herbs which would be great as I am working most of the Easter weekend. Although I do have a day off on Easter Sunday so it might be nice to have a long luxurious bath with the Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt. Perhaps I'll just treat myself to all three...!


What do you think about Lush's 2015 Easter Collection? Do you have any nice plans for Easter Weekend?
Maddy
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March Glossy Box 2015

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2015

 



 
 

March's Glossy Box has really got me in the mood for spring time, even though I am sat under a blanket watching the rain splatter on my window whilst I write this post... It is jam packed with spring essentials and four out of the five products this month were full size, what a treat! There is the Naobay Moisturizing Peeling milk which is supposed to be great to use on a morning before applying make up as it is said to remove all dead skin cells and supposedly gives you a fresh new face. I can't wait to try this out as it feels like this is exactly what my skin needs after winter, as it is starting to look a little dull. I'm really excited to try the Dove Advanced Hair Series which is supposedly very good for longer hair as it is more prone to be weaker as it is older. I have fairly long locks and so this little shampoo and conditioner should be great to use, but I might save them for a weekend away as you get quite a generous helping. I love the stocking-like packaging for the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara. Although I do love They're Real, a full sized mascara is nothing to be dis-heartened by as I know it will always come in handy. The coral shade of the ncLA Nail Lacquer is incredibly suitable for spring time, I love it and I am sure I will be wearing it a lot over the next few months. Finally there is the Sleek MakeUP Pout Paint that I am not completely convinced with, the colour isn't very 'me' and the product itself seems a bit too gloopy for a lip product but maybe I'll change my mind...
 
Over all I have loved this month's Glossy Box as each of the products have set me up nicely on the build up to spring. Unfortunately I think this will be the last I see of Glossy Box for a while now as I feel I may have exhausted this beauty box and would like to perhaps explore other brands.


What do you think of this month's Glossy Box? Are there any beauty boxes you would recommend for me to try?
 
 
Maddy
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Some Beautiful Bath Bargains | Honeyz Bath Bombs

  • Sunday, 22 March 2015




I popped into Honeyz shop when I was in Whitby the other week. (You can read more about what I got up to whilst I as there, here.) It is a beautiful family run business that sell a huge range of home-made bath products which are made on the premises using ingredients which are suitable for sensitive skin and vegetarians. Everything in the shop is so pretty and really well displayed which ranges from Bath Bombs and Massage Bars, to Soap Cakes and Creams and Gels. Everything is wonderfully wrapped at the counter for you before you pay which adds another lovely element to the whole shop. Everything is so reasonably priced and I decided to get two bath bombs, a white lavender one and a love heart glittery rose scented one.  
 
If you like your bath products I would really recommend having a nosey around their shop, alternatively you could have a browse on their website here and make a purchase.
 
 
Have you tried Honeyz products before? Be sure to let me know if you get something!
 
 
Maddy
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National Fragrance Day | Lush's New Perfume Collection

  • Saturday, 21 March 2015


With it being national Fragrance Day today, I thought I would share Lush's latest additions in the perfume department. They have brought out three new scents all of which are available to buy in stores nationwide, as well as online here. Each on of these scents sound quite intriguing and slightly different to the standard aromas that litter the shelves at Boots. All Good Things has a very distinctive candy floss scent, mixed with black pepper. This sounds very unusual to me but perhaps the two opposite clash together to make a wonderful concoction... It costs £10 for the solid perfume, £20 for 10ml and £40 for 30ml. Death and Decay is said to be purely floral which is perhaps more up my ally than candyfloss and black pepper, but only if it isn't too over powering. The sold perfume is £9 and it is only £30 for 30ml. Kerbside Violet sounds like a winner in my eyes because I love the smell of violets and I think this perfume would be more suited to me. It is again £9 for the solid perfume and £36 for 30ml.
 
I think that Lush have done really well with this collection of fragrances as there seems to be a little bit of something for everyone. I also think that each one is priced really well as it is at the competitive price of around £30-£40. Yet you also have the added bonus of knowing that all of the ingredients are from sustainable sources, it is vegetarian friendly, the products haven't been tested on animals and each one has been lovingly hand made, what more could you want!


Which is your favourite out of Lush's new perfume range? What will you be wearing this National Fragrance Day?
 
 
Maddy
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The Memory Of Midnight by Pamela Hartshorne | Book Review

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Elizabethan York, two women, two lives and two different centuries...

As I have said many a time, one of my new year aims was to read more and so I think I should also perhaps blog more about my reading, if not to encourage me to continue with my goals for 2015 but to also shed some light on to what books I have been filling my time with. As you may already know, I am a huge lover of history, not only in terms of education as I have a History and American Studies Degree under my belt, nor because of my job working in a National Trust property, I also enjoy reading about it in my free time as well. What a geek! I honestly love nothing more than pouring over a good old historical novel or watching a period drama, I even subscribe to the BBC History magazine which I take to work and read on my break - I just can't get enough!
Anyway, on to the book review...

The Blurb

One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest. The horror of the stifling dark - and of the man who trapped her there - haunts her for the rest of her life. Years later, wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can. But when her childhood sweetheart returns and offers a chance of flight to the new world, Nell is faced with a dangerous decision. Will she risk all to escape the dark at last?

Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. Eager to start a new life away from her overbearing and manipulative husband Martin, Tess tries to put her marriage behind her. But time in York has a way of shifting, strangely, and memories of a past that is not her own begin to surface with disturbing effect. Living two lives, torn between two worlds, Tess must unlock the secrets of the past before she can free herself - and Nell - once and for all.

This book is gripping from the first page and even though it takes a while to get your head around the idea of a change in time, the process is seamless and makes for a really good read. I actually live in York, so the fact that this book is based in and around my home town makes this story all the more interesting. I also love that the author constantly draws parallels between Elizabethan and present day York, and as a huge lover of history, it certainly kept me interested. This is a great book for an easy read that keeps you wanting to find out what is going to happen. It's not the most complex of story lines but it was certainly a novel that I kept wanting to pick up and read night after night.


What books have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?


Maddy
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A Lifestyle Post | Day Trip To Whitby

  • Saturday, 14 March 2015

I love going out for a day trip when I have a day off work. It feels like an actual break away when I leave York and head out some where different to have a change of scenery. The boy and I decided to head over to Whitby Bay which is only about a fifty minute drive away from where we live. It is such a cute sea-side village with lots of quaint little tea rooms and independent businesses dotted in and around the streets by the bay. It was typical 'English beach weather', it looked bright and sunny but it was bloody cold with a strong wind and the constant threat that it was going to rain, but we had a lovely time regardless.
 

I opted for a sailor blue and white striped top with a peter-pan collar to fit with the whole beach theme.


It was such a lovely bright day and the view of Whitby from the pier looked so picturesque. 

 
Of course we had to have a play in the arcades on the 2p machines.
 
 
I 'won' a very fetching scull key-ring with diamanté eyes - classy! 
 
 
We popped in to a lovely little soap shop which was so cute and I bought a couple of bath bombs.
 


Then we went into  lovely little café called Jane's Kitchen which was such good value for money.

 
These scones were amazing, I wish I could eat them again right now!


We walked up 199 steps up to the Abby to look down across the bay


This is the pier that we walked down when we first arrived at Whitby



I love snowdrops so much, I think they look so cute and spring-like


A bit on an OOTD 


What I am wearing:
 
Shoes - Sainsbury's
Jeans - Topshop
Top - Primark
Scarf - Primark
Coat - Primark
Bag - Cath Kidson 

I Hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Whitby Bay, where do you like to go for a day trip?
 
Maddy
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | Concealer Application Perfection

  • Thursday, 12 March 2015

Real Techniques, Review

Real Techniques, Review

Real Techniques, Review

Real Techniques, Review
 
I had read so much about this little edition to the Real Techniques collection and so decided to pop one into my basket when I was in Superdrug last month. I am going to be honest and say that initially I did not get one with this fella. I found that it took off my base rather than blend my concealer and I wasn't impressed with the finish. This however, was whilst I was using it dry. It does say on the packaging to use damp or dry but through trial and error I have grown to love it when I use it damp! I have been giving it a little squirt of Superdrug's Vitamin E Toning Spray and then gently patting my concealer until it is blended.
 
The Shape is quite unusual but that is due to its multiple uses. The sides are recommended to be used to apply and blend foundation, the flat edge is supposedly for under the eyes and around the nose, and the very tip for imperfections. I have found however that I apply my base as usual using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which you can read a review of here. Once I am happy with my foundation I then apply my Maybelline Instant Anti-Age concealer (full review here) under my eyes, but then also on my chin, down my nose and on my forehead to act as a bit of a contour. I spray the very tip of the Complexion Sponge and almost use a light pulling action to blend the creamy concealer into the rest of my base, rather than dabbing all over the area. The result is great and it gives a very flawless finish.
 
 
Have you tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge? How do you like to apply your concealer?
 
 
Maddy
xxx

Taking Some Time For Myself | My New Reading Area

  • Tuesday, 10 March 2015

 



 
As you may have previously read in my IKEA Haul post that I published a few days ago, me and the boy have been having a bit of a change around in the house and bought some lovely new bits of furniture. If you fancy a nosey you have a read of what I bought here. Due to the change around, we found that we had much more space in the dinning room then we were used too and so to break up the room I thought it would be nice to introduce a little reading area. One of my new year aims was to read more and to work more on my blog and this little space has become ideal to help me work towards these goals.
 
The bookcase was originally placed in the living room, however the bottom half of it was hidden behind one of our sofas and there wasn't a huge amount of access to it. So we have moved it into the alcove next to the fireplace in the dinning room. I have also placed in front and to the side my lovely little arm chair which I got for University so that I wasn't just sat on my bed the whole time I was there! I have put some throws and cushions on it to make it look a little more homely and it is the perfect size to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.
 
I love the fact that it is right next to my window because it lets in loads of natural light which is great for reading and working in, as well as being ideal to take blog photos in. It is so nice to look out on to my little yard, which isn't the most glamorous of places, but we have got some lovey little tubs of plants out there, and it is always nice to look at the weather. It is so nice to have a little area of the house for myself, that I can just go and sit quietly in and take time out for myself.


Where do you like to go to relax and have some time for yourself?
 
 
Maddy
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The Latest Addition To My Lipstick Collection | MAC Viva Glam

  • Sunday, 8 March 2015



MAC is quickly becoming one of my most favourite make up brands. I love not only the high quality make up, the huge range of lipsticks and their sleek black packaging, but to add to the mix they also work closely with some highly worthy charities. MAC have collaborated with Miley Cyrus and have created a Viva Glam lipstick and a lip gloss, the proceeds of which, minus tax, are going to a charity to help women, men and children who suffer with aids. It is a great cause, and also a great justification to buy a brand new lipstick, an opportunity I struggled to pass!
Viva Glam is an amazingly bright Barbie pink which is highly pigmented and has great longevity. The colour really complements my skin tone, which is a fair/medium complexion, however I can honestly see this shade looking amazing on anyone! It also makes my teeth look super white which is always a bonus! It has a slight sheen to its finish which is great in my opinion as it is very easy to apply in one sweep and I also find that it is slightly hydrating on the lips as opposed to matte or drying, which is something I am not overly keen on in a lip product. Usually I will always apply a small amount of lip balm be applying lipsticks, however I find that Viva Glam can be applied straight on to the lips.
I am a huge fan of the packaging as I love MAC lipsticks and their sophisticated black bullet-style casing. However, I am particularly fond on the Viva Glam case which has a thin Barbie pink line where the lid meets the base, and MAC is written in the same colour. Once the lid is removed the inside of the case is a bold Barbie pink with Miley Cyrus' signature written in a bold black across the side. This limited edition is such a beauty to add to my collection and it is such a winner in my eyes!
What are your thoughts of MAC's Viva Glam lip stick and lip gloss?
Maddy
xxx

A Few Home Comforts | My Resent Ikea Haul

  • Thursday, 5 March 2015

 

 

 
Me and the boy moved out into our own little terraced house in May last year, literally cannot believe how time flies!! We were given some lovely furniture from our wonderful friends and family however, now that we have fully settled in, saved up a bit of money and have got  the stress of Christmas out of the way, we decided to go to IKEA and buy a bunch of things for the house to truly make it our own. Don't get me wrong, everything that was kindly donated to us was so nice, but we just decided that it was time for us to put our own stamp onto things and furnish the house in the way that we wanted it done.
 
We focused mainly on the dinning room because we felt that this was the least used room and the one that needed the most improvement. I have always been brought up having our evening meals sat around a dinner table and I wanted to create that same idea in my own home. So one of the first things that we decided on buying was this wonderful piece which contained four chairs and a table for the bargain price of £90. Now don't get me wrong, I know that this isn't the highest quality wood around, however it is sturdy and has a wonderful varnish finish. It is fairly small as dinning tables go, however, for the most part it will just be for the two of us, but there is plenty of room if we have friends or family round for dinner. The dinning table we had previously was far too big and  completely took over the whole room, to now have a table, four chairs and the rest of the room to play around with it seemed to tick every box.
 
 
The next thing on our list was to buy some sort of unit to have along the wall for storage. We picked out this Kallax four by two shelf unit that was only £45. Kallax is a huge range  that comes is various sizes and colours, we opted for white as we thought it would look nice and bright in the dinning room. It is so handy for some extra storage but because it is open it doesn't close off the room or make it look any smaller. We also bought the little cloth boxes that are slotted inside for about £3 each which are great for storing hats, scarves and gloves ect.
 
 
I also bought a few other bits and bobs for around the house such as this gorgeous little teal lantern which is sat on my windowsill. I have since put some of those battery powered fairy lights inside which look really good switched on when it is starting to get dark. I also bought this cute little orchid for about £4 to put on my dressing table in my bedroom. Another little pick me up was this little plant pot container which I am sure you have seen littered around lots of beauty bloggers posts and YouTube channels. I can completely understand why though, they are so cute and sturdy, great as a make up brush holder! I am planning on doing a makeup storage post some time soon so keep your eyes peeled for these two IKEA goodies!
 
 
What do you think of my mini IKEA haul? Have you bought anything nice from IKEA lately?
 
 
Maddy
xxx

February Beauty Favourites And A Personal Refection

  • Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I love writing monthly favourite posts because it gives you chance to look back and reflect on the previous month. I think picking out which products I have kept going back to over the month is a little bit of an insight as to what sort of a month I have had and how I have been feeling over the past four weeks.
February has been a bit of a funny month for me and a bit of a blur if I am totally honest. Lots of things seemed to have happened in a very short space of time and although a lot of it is positive, it hasn't half made me want to stand and catch my breath! As you may already know, I had seven weeks off work starting at Christmas and so I was due to return back to work in the middle of February. As I am sure you can imagine, returning was a bit of a sudden dosage of reality and my whole routine since the start of the new year was thrown up into the air. Although it has been lovely to get back to work and have a more productive structure to things, it has certainly made me appreciate the time I have had off. We have also had a huge change round of the house from painting, to hanging up pictures to buying and building lots of new furniture. It is lovely that the house is finally starting to feel like our own as it now has much more of a personal stamp pressed on to it, but it did become slightly stressful trying to get it all done whilst I was off work and so it feels like things have been a bit non stop! I feel as though my monthly favourites reflect this kind of non stop up in the air feeling as a lot of them are quick, easy to use and great little pick-me-ups when your perhaps not looking your best!
First up is the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I have already written quite an in-depth review in a previous post which is here, so I won't go on too much about it. Basically, it is a wonderful full and creamy foundation which offers great coverage with the need for little or no touch ups. It has been a life-saver over this past month whilst I have been flitting around to and from various places and it has allowed me to put on my make up in the morning and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Speaking of quick and easy with all day wear, I have really been loving my Marc Jacobs Daisy in Eau So Fresh. This is a beautiful perfume that is extremely fresh and floral with quite a powerful punch. It is so long wearing, as I find that a lot of perfumes' scent disappears after a few hours, I can still smell this beauty even after a day at work. It is so easy to wear and really spruces you up after a long day making you feel cleaner and fresher. Another product that I just have not had out of my sight for the whole of this past month is my Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm. I love this stuff and apply it multiple times a day, it is a great little fixer-upper and keeps the lips so lovely and soft.
I have been applying the Seventeen Instant Glow Bronzing Powder everyday this past month. It is such a brilliant bronzer that has a lovely natural finish. I have written a full post about this little guy here if you would like to read more about it. It is a lovely product to quickly apply to freshen up my make up after a long day. Another little product that freshens up my make up is the Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels. I was saving this blusher for more summery months, however I felt as though my make up could do with a little more of a colourful pop on my cheeks. I have written a more in depth review about it here if you fancy a nosey.
I am very optimistic for March however, as I feel as though this is a month to calm things down a bit and concentrate on me rather than everything else that is going on. As the days get brighter, the weather gets better (although, it did snow quite a bit yesterday, but it seemed to be getting better before then!) I feel motivated to get back on track with some of my new years aims of eating better and exercising more. I want this month to be a bit of a health kick for me in terms of looking after my body and taking some time for myself to relax and enjoy the things I love, especially as I don't have so much free time these days. Starting this year I took a promotion at work and it can mean that some days a little more stressful than I am previously used too and so an hour to myself quietly reading a book in the bath is something I plan to make sure that I do a lot this month!
I hope that you had a lovely February, what were your Monthly Favourites? What are you most looking forward to in March?
Maddy
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