Sunday, 16 October 2016

Oslo - A Perfect Balance Between City & Nature

Instead of one big summer holiday a year, my husband and I like to go on two mini city breaks; one in the Spring (around our wedding anniversary) and one in Autumn (after the schools go back.) As much as I love a beach holiday destination, we like a little more from our holidays and we get easily bored lying around a swimming pool or on a beach for a week.

For this break I wanted to go somewhere completely new, somewhere neither of us has been to before and a city we didn't know a lot about. The countries of Scandinavia have always appealed to me and Norway in particular with it's beautiful fjords.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

My Happy Place

By far the best way to spend the weekend is a leisurely bike ride by the sea side. I have always loved to cycle and since getting my beautiful Bobbin Brownie bicycle last year, I look for every excuse to take it out for the day. As someone who doesn't drive (trust me, the world is better off without me behind the wheel of a car), my bike gives me a sense of freedom that I am not usually accustomed to.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

A New Hobby - Pottery Painting!

My husband and I first tried pottery painting whilst on holiday at Center Parcs and we loved it instantly! We each painted a mug and we still use them more than three years later. They are a special reminder of our happy holiday.

Recently, with an empty weekend ahead of us, we did a bit of Googling to see if there was a pottery painting place nearby and came across a cute little cafe just a couple of towns away. I gave a friend a call and we set up a double date to paint some pottery.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Body Shop Radiant Argan Oil

This oil has to be one of my top 3 products from The Body Shop, and being a The Body Shop employee, that is certainly saying something! (If you're curious number 1 would be the Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil and number 2 would be the Camomile Cleansing Balm, I think I'll have to do an updated skincare post soon). Just to clarify, The Body Shop never ask me to write about their products, I do so only when I feel particularly passionate about one.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Illamasqua Semblance Multi Facet Palette

Illamasqua is one of those brands that I have always wanted to try but have never really had the opportunity to do so. I have always thought of them as a premium and professional brand catered more to makeup artists than to your average beauty hoarder, and because there are no Illamasqua beauty counters near me I haven't had the chance to try/swatch any of their products.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

The White Company - Seychelles Home Scenting Set

Christmas and New Years is over and now all we are left with is the cold weather, but I have found the answer to the January blues, this stunning home scenting set from The White Company. As the name Seychelles suggests, this scent is a luxurious beach holiday in a candle, room spray and reed diffuser form.

The notes are Amber, Vanilla and Bergamot and the combination creates a beautiful, warming and exotic fragrance which fills the room without being over-powering.When the dark and cold weather inevitably gets me down this January I will simply light this candle, close my eyes and dream of far away places, hot beaches and delicious cocktails. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nails - My Picks and Nail Art

I was so excited when The Body Shop launched their new nail polish collection last month. The Colour Crush Nail Colour Collection was introduced with 24 shades, although a couple of new ones have now been added for Christmas. The formula of these polishes are fantastic, you only need two coats of colour and they are very fast drying. They are long lasting especially when used with the base and top coat and that has been tested with the processing of a rather large retail delivery!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Vichy Dermablend Foundation - Complexion Perfection?

The Vichy Dermablend Foundation promises to be a full coverage corrective foundation for blemish prone skin. After watching a Lisa Eldrige video about covering spots and blemishes with this foundation I knew I just had to give it a go and happened to find it on sale at Feel Unique.

The good thing (at least in theory) about Feel Unique is that they send you a small sample sachet to try before you open the product to check that the colour is correct, allowing you to return the item unused if the shade is not right. I say in theory as I ordered shade 15 Opal and they sent me a sample of shade 30 Sand. Not so helpful. So I had to open the full sized product straight away.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Most Beautiful Brush Ever?

When I left my last place of work they were very generous and gave me a gift voucher for John Lewis as a leaving present. I went straight to the John Lewis beauty department on their website to drool over the possibilities! (After saying thank you of course).

I decided to buy something luxurious that would last for years which would always be a nice reminder of my time there. After deciding that the Real Techniques Blusher Brush was better suited for bronzer I have been on the look out for a new blusher brush and I had heard amazing reviews of the Japonesque brushes.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Rediscovering A Past Love...

When I was younger I absolutely loved to paint. I would shut myself away in my room for hours at a time with a blank canvas and get lost in the process of creating a piece of art. I loved it so much that I went to University to study History of Art and Architecture. After uni I continued to paint and eventually convinced my boyfriend (now husband) to try painting as he was great at drawing. He had an amazing natural talent for it and has been painting ever since. He now regularly receives commissions and is paid to paint in his spare time. He was so passionate about painting that it was like I had passed on the baton and lost my own motivation. I let him take over and stopped for a while.