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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

28/02/2014

Beauty: EcoTools Brushes

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I am a long-time fan of EcoTools, the majority of my brushes are by them and they are the one’s that I use most often. They are fabulous quality, apply make-up flawlessly and wash well – dream brushes. Oh and they’re super affordable too. I picked up my first EcoTools brushes in the clearance section of TK Maxx about four years ago and since then I haven’t looked back, I’m particularly fond of their eye shadow brushes but the face range is awesome too.

I really love the Tapered Blush Brush as it is the perfect size and shape to fit into the hollows of the cheeks, it works particularly well with powder blush but I have also used it to blend out cream products. Another favourite is the Custom Coverage Buffing Brush* which I use for my foundation, it is a lovely flat top brush which isn’t too firm so it blends liquid products really well – no streaks here! I also enjoy the Deluxe Concealer Brush* for patting product onto blemishes, I have also been using this to apply eyeshadow to my eyelids. I love every single one of the eye brushes that I own by EcoTools especially the blending brushes.

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I am working on replacing all of my current brushes with EcoTools ones as they really are the best, I even prefer them to my MAC brushes which cost a lot more money. EcoTools brushes are very good quality for money and they are even cheaper in the USA – make sure you check them out.

You can purchase EcoTools brushes in Boots in the UK online and in store.

Have you tried EcoTools out yet?

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Beauty: EcoTools Brushes

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I am a long-time fan of EcoTools, the majority of my brushes are by them and they are the one’s that I use most often. They are fabulous quality, apply make-up flawlessly and wash well – dream brushes. Oh and they’re super affordable too. I picked up my first EcoTools brushes in the clearance section of TK Maxx about four years ago and since then I haven’t looked back, I’m particularly fond of their eye shadow brushes but the face range is awesome too.

I really love the Tapered Blush Brush as it is the perfect size and shape to fit into the hollows of the cheeks, it works particularly well with powder blush but I have also used it to blend out cream products. Another favourite is the Custom Coverage Buffing Brush* which I use for my foundation, it is a lovely flat top brush which isn’t too firm so it blends liquid products really well – no streaks here! I also enjoy the Deluxe Concealer Brush* for patting product onto blemishes, I have also been using this to apply eyeshadow to my eyelids. I love every single one of the eye brushes that I own by EcoTools especially the blending brushes.

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I am working on replacing all of my current brushes with EcoTools ones as they really are the best, I even prefer them to my MAC brushes which cost a lot more money. EcoTools brushes are very good quality for money and they are even cheaper in the USA – make sure you check them out.

You can purchase EcoTools brushes in Boots in the UK online and in store.

Have you tried EcoTools out yet?

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24/02/2014

Nails: Vintage Red Leather

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Maybelline Color Show Vintage Leather Nail Polish – Red Relic - £2.99

I bought this nail polish ages ago and I’d never worn it until last week, I don’t know if it’s available any more as I think the Vintage Leather collection was limited edition but keep an eye out in Boots for it. I chose the red shade as I love red nail polish and I was intrigued by the leather effect. It pretty much just gives a matte look to the nails with a few pearlescent chunks of glitter that pick the light up. I really love the orangey red shade and think it will look perfect in summer, I will probably wear a shiny top coat over it though as I don’t really like matte nails.

What do you think to matte nails?

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Nails: Vintage Red Leather

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Maybelline Color Show Vintage Leather Nail Polish – Red Relic - £2.99

I bought this nail polish ages ago and I’d never worn it until last week, I don’t know if it’s available any more as I think the Vintage Leather collection was limited edition but keep an eye out in Boots for it. I chose the red shade as I love red nail polish and I was intrigued by the leather effect. It pretty much just gives a matte look to the nails with a few pearlescent chunks of glitter that pick the light up. I really love the orangey red shade and think it will look perfect in summer, I will probably wear a shiny top coat over it though as I don’t really like matte nails.

What do you think to matte nails?

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23/02/2014

Money: Spending Ban Week 4

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From my bank statement:

  • £11 in Tesco – I bought a magazine and some snacks
  • £20 out of bank – To pay for Nandos
  • £24 in Morrisons – A weekly shop to get food for dinners in the week
  • £20 out of bank – Spent on the bus to my Mum’s house, lunch with her and Gracie and some groceries

This week I’ve been off work, this means I’ve saved money on my bus fare and on snacks after work. I have tried to stick to the rules this week, I’ve not spent any money on any make-up or beauty items and I’ve not bought any new clothes. I did buy a magazine though which cost £5. I have spent a little bit on buses this week but not as much as if I’d been at work so I’m happy about that. I’ve managed to spend around £50 on food and snacks though which is a little bit ridiculous, I did do a proper food shop in Morrisons and got food for my meals this week and next. Around £15 was spent on Nandos too, it’s a little treat when me and the boy go there and I don’t regret a penny of it. I have a problem with having cash in my purse, if I get money out of the bank and it’s in my purse I will spend it, I need to do a bit more planning in advance I think so I don’t just spend it all on sweets.

Thank you all for the support and advice in the comments too, you are all very helpful. This week when I’m back at work I’m going to leave my purse at home to try to curb my spending after work. It’s pay day on Friday and I’m going to try and be sensible with my wages and keep track of how much I am spending – we’ll see how long that lasts.

Does anyone have any tips on saving money on groceries?

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Money: Spending Ban Week 4

Pennies

From my bank statement:

  • £11 in Tesco – I bought a magazine and some snacks
  • £20 out of bank – To pay for Nandos
  • £24 in Morrisons – A weekly shop to get food for dinners in the week
  • £20 out of bank – Spent on the bus to my Mum’s house, lunch with her and Gracie and some groceries

This week I’ve been off work, this means I’ve saved money on my bus fare and on snacks after work. I have tried to stick to the rules this week, I’ve not spent any money on any make-up or beauty items and I’ve not bought any new clothes. I did buy a magazine though which cost £5. I have spent a little bit on buses this week but not as much as if I’d been at work so I’m happy about that. I’ve managed to spend around £50 on food and snacks though which is a little bit ridiculous, I did do a proper food shop in Morrisons and got food for my meals this week and next. Around £15 was spent on Nandos too, it’s a little treat when me and the boy go there and I don’t regret a penny of it. I have a problem with having cash in my purse, if I get money out of the bank and it’s in my purse I will spend it, I need to do a bit more planning in advance I think so I don’t just spend it all on sweets.

Thank you all for the support and advice in the comments too, you are all very helpful. This week when I’m back at work I’m going to leave my purse at home to try to curb my spending after work. It’s pay day on Friday and I’m going to try and be sensible with my wages and keep track of how much I am spending – we’ll see how long that lasts.

Does anyone have any tips on saving money on groceries?

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21/02/2014

Life: Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

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In January I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for the second time, the first time I went it was April but I wanted to visit again during winter as they do ‘Hogwarts at Christmas’ where they bring out all the festive props and put snow everywhere. I wanted a second visit as the first time I think I was too excited to look at things properly and I missed lots of bits out. After going twice though I don’t think I need to go again, not for a while anyway…
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The first place you enter after the cinema is the Great Hall, it’s truly amazing in there and it was used for all 7 of the films it is featured in. I loved seeing all the props on the tables and how much detail everything had, I obviously enjoyed the Slytherin area most of all. You don’t get long in the Great Hall as other tours are happening but you can go back in there once the next tour has come in. I like The Big Room best as it’s where all the different sets are, all the little props are in there too. I also like Diagon Alley but it feels a little rushed in there as it’s a walkway to other parts of the tour. The outside exhibits were much more enjoyable in summer and the daytime. I wasn’t particularly fussed by the Art Department & Creature Effects but that area shows how the special effects were achieved and how the animatronic creatures work. The area which makes most people go wow is the Model Room, this is where the model of Hogwarts is that is used in the films, it is huge and is so detailed it’s quite breath taking. When we went in January it was covered in snow too which made it look even more magical. The Hogwarts model is the last part of the tour before the shop, the shop is amazing it sells pretty much everything a Harry Potter fan could ever need clothes, mugs, sweets,  wands, books, school uniform… It is very pricey though so if you’re planning a visit I’d save up some money to buy a souvenir.
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I would say that if you are a Harry Potter fan that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a must-see it’s a great day out and leaves you feeling excited about HP again. I have had to go and watch the films again after each time I’ve visited the studio tour to see if I can spot any of the things I saw ‘backstage’.
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  • Tickets cost £30 for adults, £22.50 for children and a family ticket will set you back £89
  • The nearest train station is Watford Junction and you can catch the Harry Potter bus from there for £2 return
  • Tours are bookable from 9 til 6:30 and the exhibition closes at around 10pm
  • Open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
  • There are several seasonal surprises throughout the year including: Animal Actors, Feathers and Flight, Wand Week and Christmas at Hogwarts
Have you visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour yet?
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Life: Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Hogwarts-Crest
4-Privet-Drive-Harry-Potter
The-Cupboard-Under-The-Stai
In January I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for the second time, the first time I went it was April but I wanted to visit again during winter as they do ‘Hogwarts at Christmas’ where they bring out all the festive props and put snow everywhere. I wanted a second visit as the first time I think I was too excited to look at things properly and I missed lots of bits out. After going twice though I don’t think I need to go again, not for a while anyway…
Dumbledores-Office-Harry-Po
Potions-Classroom-Harry-Pot
Umbridge-Office-Harry-Potte
Gryffindor-Common-Room-Harr
Harry-Potter-Gryffindor-Bed
The first place you enter after the cinema is the Great Hall, it’s truly amazing in there and it was used for all 7 of the films it is featured in. I loved seeing all the props on the tables and how much detail everything had, I obviously enjoyed the Slytherin area most of all. You don’t get long in the Great Hall as other tours are happening but you can go back in there once the next tour has come in. I like The Big Room best as it’s where all the different sets are, all the little props are in there too. I also like Diagon Alley but it feels a little rushed in there as it’s a walkway to other parts of the tour. The outside exhibits were much more enjoyable in summer and the daytime. I wasn’t particularly fussed by the Art Department & Creature Effects but that area shows how the special effects were achieved and how the animatronic creatures work. The area which makes most people go wow is the Model Room, this is where the model of Hogwarts is that is used in the films, it is huge and is so detailed it’s quite breath taking. When we went in January it was covered in snow too which made it look even more magical. The Hogwarts model is the last part of the tour before the shop, the shop is amazing it sells pretty much everything a Harry Potter fan could ever need clothes, mugs, sweets,  wands, books, school uniform… It is very pricey though so if you’re planning a visit I’d save up some money to buy a souvenir.
Ollivanders-Wand-Shop-Harry
Flourish-and-Blotts-Diagon-
Wiseacres-Wizarding-Equipme
I would say that if you are a Harry Potter fan that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a must-see it’s a great day out and leaves you feeling excited about HP again. I have had to go and watch the films again after each time I’ve visited the studio tour to see if I can spot any of the things I saw ‘backstage’.
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  • Tickets cost £30 for adults, £22.50 for children and a family ticket will set you back £89
  • The nearest train station is Watford Junction and you can catch the Harry Potter bus from there for £2 return
  • Tours are bookable from 9 til 6:30 and the exhibition closes at around 10pm
  • Open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
  • There are several seasonal surprises throughout the year including: Animal Actors, Feathers and Flight, Wand Week and Christmas at Hogwarts
Have you visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour yet?
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19/02/2014

Skincare: Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream

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Organic SurgeOvernight Sensation Night Cream - £8.99*

Organic Surge are one of my favourite skincare companies, not only are their products cruelty free but they are effective too. Every product that I have tried I have enjoyed, I especially love their facial skincare products but the body and hair products are fab too. The Overnight Sensation Night Cream caught my interest because I have never been a fan of night creams before, I just never remember to moisturise before bed, and I thought that if anyone could convince me it would be Organic Surge.

Organic-Surge-Night-CreamThe Overnight Sensation Night Cream is 98.99% natural and is untouched by harsh chemicals, it’s paraben, SLS and artificial colourants and fragrance free. It promises to restore and revitalise the skin, and create a smooth and supple complexion. It can be used on all skin types and is suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians.

My first impressions were that the product has a nice scent that is fresh but not too strong, it’s quite a thick consistency and a little bit goes a long way. When I applied it for the first time I noticed that the product didn’t sink into the skin straight away and that this was perfect for a night cream. When I woke up the next morning I noticed that my skin felt soft and smooth, it was ready for makeup application and there was no residue left behind. After using the product for a few weeks I have noticed that my skin is more radiant and that I do not need to use a moisturiser in the morning, the cream did not aggravate any of my blemishes and didn’t cause any new breakouts.

For only £8.99 I would definitely recommend this night cream, it’s the perfect addition to your skincare routine.

Have you tried any Organic Surge products?

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Skincare: Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream

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Organic SurgeOvernight Sensation Night Cream - £8.99*

Organic Surge are one of my favourite skincare companies, not only are their products cruelty free but they are effective too. Every product that I have tried I have enjoyed, I especially love their facial skincare products but the body and hair products are fab too. The Overnight Sensation Night Cream caught my interest because I have never been a fan of night creams before, I just never remember to moisturise before bed, and I thought that if anyone could convince me it would be Organic Surge.

Organic-Surge-Night-CreamThe Overnight Sensation Night Cream is 98.99% natural and is untouched by harsh chemicals, it’s paraben, SLS and artificial colourants and fragrance free. It promises to restore and revitalise the skin, and create a smooth and supple complexion. It can be used on all skin types and is suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians.

My first impressions were that the product has a nice scent that is fresh but not too strong, it’s quite a thick consistency and a little bit goes a long way. When I applied it for the first time I noticed that the product didn’t sink into the skin straight away and that this was perfect for a night cream. When I woke up the next morning I noticed that my skin felt soft and smooth, it was ready for makeup application and there was no residue left behind. After using the product for a few weeks I have noticed that my skin is more radiant and that I do not need to use a moisturiser in the morning, the cream did not aggravate any of my blemishes and didn’t cause any new breakouts.

For only £8.99 I would definitely recommend this night cream, it’s the perfect addition to your skincare routine.

Have you tried any Organic Surge products?

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