The Winners are….
Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask - Vicki Bruce (LTBeautyBlog)
Trio Sample Set - Kayleigh Meanwell
Congratulations, please get in touch with your addresses so I can get them posted to you as soon as possible!
I thought I’d do a quick haul of what I bought while there.
Can I start by saying how much I LOVE Leeds Trinity and just Leeds in general. Every time I visit I fall in love again. The shopping is just 100 times better than Nottingham. We wandered around a lot of places but I ended up purchasing things from Topshop, Zara and Primark.
I’ll start with Primark, I ended up with a few bits and bobs that arguably I didn’t need, but the draw of how beautiful (and how quiet) it was made me want to shop. My attention obviously turned to the Coca-Cola pyjamas, even though I no longer drink coke I still love the branding and thought it’d be a bit of fun to have it on some pyjamas, I already have a gym t-shirt with the logo on. Secondly I picked up the Marvel comics pyjamas, I do love a good pair of novelty pyjamas and I wanted to match Harvey in his pair that are similar. Next my eyes were drawn to the really cute pair of tights with Mickey and Minnie kissing on them, I have no idea when I’m going to wear them but I thought they were super cute. Maybe if the weathers a bit cooler when I’m in Anaheim at Disney I’ll wear them then. Which brings me onto the bag… how cute is that. I bought this for no other reason than for when I’m at Disney California. Mel got one too cause we’re that cool.
One place I definitely wanted to go was Topshop, I wanted a new pair of jeans that are coated but instead I ended up with a new pair of the light Leigh jeans that I’d worn a hole in the last pair, and the fluffy hooded jacket that I’d seen back when I was in London but didn’t pick it up so I’d been dreaming about it ever since.
We also had a browse in Zara where Rachel spotted the blazer jacket. I’d been looking for a wool camel coat for ages. Still regretting not getting the one from River Island that I was in love with. But actually I really like this one, it’s a good in between coat for dressing up or dressing down. The extra bonus was that it was in the sale for £40.
So overall I’ve bankrupt myself but I’m so happy with everything that I purchased. Have you treated yourselves to anything recently? Any recommendations for the camel coat that I actually want would be much appreciated!
Another month down 3 and a half to go until America! It’s 100 days tomorrow until we’re jetting off.
That puts a lot of fear in me fitness wise I’m not going to lie. This month I feel like I’ve plateaued really, yes I have lost another pound, and at one point I even managed to get down to 8st 11lbs but I really haven’t seen/felt much of a difference in myself and the measurements have proven that there was little to no changes.
I think my problem this last month was that I got complacent, I started to eat a lot… and I mean a lot of sweets again and that definitely didn’t help and by the end of the month my fitness had slipped too. I managed to go almost all month without any fizzy drinks but by the end of it, the fact I was going out for meals and not knowing what to have to drink that had more flavour than water made the choice difficult.
Below are the details of where I’m at now. Losing the 1lb was an achievement and I’m proud of that and if I’m to believe my scales are correct, I’ve also lost some body fat & increased muscle, so at least I have that as an achievement.
My aim for the next month is to kick my ass into gear and get myself to the gym at least 3/4 nights a week, hopefully I can do at least some exercise 5/6 times with one rest day. My gym membership at David Lloyd runs out at the end of the month and I want it to end with a bang, hopefully it’ll all be worth it by this time in April.
My second aim is to start pre preparing lunches for work, I’ve started to get really fed up with my bacon wraps so I need to get something ready on Sunday evenings at least for up until Wednesdays and then make more ready for Thursday/Friday too. That way it takes the hassle and grossness of using the office kitchen and I can just bung it all in the microwave and eat it when I want.
So, a few things to get on with, watch this space to see how I get on. do you have any tips for getting complacent and trying to kick start yourself again? If you’re working hard with your fitness then let me know how you’re doing & if you blog about it I’d love it if you sent me a link to it.
[Classic Full Metal Sunglasses | Black Abstract Print Embellished Trim Kimono | Vans Authentic Viiii Trainers | D Frame Sunglasses| Zip Front Quilted Faux Leather Skirt | Bikini Top & Bottoms | Round Crystal Frame Sunglasses | Converse Dainty Trainers | Black V Neck Cami | Classic Metal Sunglasses]
As you can tell, I’m all mixed up with this wishlist. Other than last Sunday when I went shopping in Leeds I haven’t been clothes shopping for a while, I think I “treated” myself to new jeans in January because the ones I had had faded and the others had a hole in them.
I’m mixed up because I’m half wish listing clothes for at the moment in England and I’m half already wish listing things for when I got over to America in June.
On Saturday while in Leeds we ventured into Warehouse where I’ve not been into for yonks. Me and Mel ended up trying on all they’re sunglasses and I honestly can’t chose which ones I like the most! So I genuinely want them all, I want some special ones for America so I was thinking if I got a few pairs then I’ll be able to mix and match to what I’m wearing. Also in Warehouse I found the type of pleather skirt I’ve been looking for for so long! I saw one similar on an Instagram photo and I fell in love with it then.
Yesterday I walked past Schuh while on lunch and I fell in love with a pair of Vans, I was unable to find them on the website though but the purple tie-dye style Vans caught my eye while browsing, alone with the light green Dainty Converse. I already have a pair of converse in this style but I really loved the pastel spring/summer colour of these ones.
One thing that’s missing is a fluffy jumper I’ve been drooling over as I walk past River Island everyday, but again I couldn’t find that on the website so I then ended up getting distracted on the website again and I fell in love with the strappy bikini. I’m more of a bandeau bikini wearer but I really like this one and think I may go outside my comfort zone & embrace the weird tan lines. I also loved the kimono, not so much the embellishments once I actually looked closer but something similar would be great to cover up on the beach or even in the evenings when it gets cooler while in America. The cami top was a last minute addition because I’ve been wanting one for so long, but again I’ve just never been and got one yet. The black one I think will go with a lot of things and I will be able to wear it in England and America.
Have you got to the same stage as me starting to look for spring/summer clothes but still wanting to buy things for the confusing British weather we’re going through at the moment?
After Saturdays meetup we headed over to The Body Shop for a bit of a treat because we were lucky enough to have got some vouchers from Sophie & Autumn that had come to give us a bit of a talk. I tried to be reasonably good but I could have bought so much more than I did.
So far I’ve only used a few things, my eyelids have actually started to dry up and have become really sore so I’m laying off any products for a couple of days just to let them calm down and not have anything irritate/dry them out more.
I’m yet to use the facial buffer, I’ve been suffering with dry skin recently so I thought this might help to buff that away a bit, it is pretty rough though so I won’t use it all the time. I’ve so far used the Microdermabrasion scrub once and I already know I love it, could quite possibly give my beloved Origins modern friction a run for its money. The Vitamin E range has caught my eye every time I walk past the shop in the mornings on my way to work, I decided to go for the best selling Serum-in-Oil and Autumn kindly gave me a sample of the Intense Moisture Cream to see how I feel about the combination of the two.
To make the cost up to a certain amount to get a handful of freebies I also picked up the Colour Crush eyeshadow in Be My Clementine. I’d hung my nose over it and I thought it was such a unique colour that I’d take the plunge with it. Below are the goodies I then got for free for spending so much!
When I was told that I was eligible to get a few extra goodies from The Body Shop I obviously got really excited, and when I was shown the handful of bits I was going to get I may have squealed a little bit.
Included in the gifts I got Aloe Calming Cleanser and Toners, which I’m yet to use but am interested in. the only thing from this range that I have is the mask which I rarely use. I also got given a black eyeliner with a smudger on the other end, you can never have too many of them, love a good black eyeliner. Lastly I got a Big and Curvy Mascara which I’ve used once and have fallen in love with!
Full and more in depth reviews will follow, let me know what you want to know about first!
Last Saturday I ventured out all by myself to go to the MidsBlogMeet that had been organised by Emma and Kelly. I was a little bit nervous, going alone knowing that I wouldn’t know a single soul, but the thought that I might meet more local bloggers was what spurred me on. Although I had worried that it was just a mummy bloggers meetup my mind was put at ease by Emma who confirmed there would also be other lifestyle girls there.
When I got there I was warmly welcomed by Emma and Kelly and I then managed to introduce myself to Sarah and Iris at the bar as I was ordering the most incredible hot chocolate I’ve ever had. We were then joined by Cate, Lauren and a Different Kelly.
After introducing ourselves individually we then had another chance to mingle while a giveaway went on. This then lead on to the most incredible buffet set out by The Malt Cross.
Food was then followed by Sophie and Autumn from the nearby Body Shop coming in and giving us a run through of old an new products, and when I say new, not even out yet products. The thing that’s just come out that caught everyone’s eye was the hair chalks.
We then had a few more giveaways and the day started to wind down, I managed to get to chat to Amanda and get to know her too. It went so quickly I was sad I had to leave. We were then treated to some goodies including some scrummy sweets from Swizzels Matlow, which I was rather giddy about. A few Weleda samples, a baking/cooking recipe book and a chocolate mould provided by Iris & her Bakedbyme blog/shop.
We’d also been treated to a discount voucher for The Body Shop so a handful of us headed over there for some retail therapy. I’ll do a separate haul post with what I ended up getting.
I would love to thank Emma and Kelly for putting on such an amazing meetup, everyone was made to feel so welcome and I felt so comfortable and everyone there were so friendly. I look forward to the next one!
I purchased these brushes on a whim while shopping at my local ASDA. I wouldn’t have know about UBU as a brand had it not been for the fact I’d received the foundation brush in a meetup goodie bag. It was a while ago when I got these so I apologise for the photo.
I chose to buy this set of brushes because a) you can never have too many makeup brushes and b) I had a use for all of the brushes in the set.
The Brush on the left I use for large amounts of eyeshadows, be it an all over base colour or a large brow bone highlight. The brush in the middle I use for either precision crease application or for smudging liners etc. And the third brush isn’t as great as I was hoping but it’s good for applying eyeshadow liner.
It’s a good little kit for what you pay for it. I’m really struggling to even find any mention of it online and I can’t remember how much they actually are as a set. But if you see them in any stores like ASDA and are a fellow collector of eyeshadow brushes, then definitely pick them up.
[L - R | Loreal Skin Perfection Cleansing And Perfecting Milk | Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer | Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner | John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo | Origins Make A Difference+ Rejuvenating Treatment | YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation]
Happy Monday! I thought I’d start the week with a clear out of empties.
Loreal Skin Perfection Cleansing And Perfecting Milk - I bought this product in combination with the Loreal Micellar water. I wanted this as the initial makeup remover to get the majority of my makeup off at the end of the day. For that purpose it really did do the job but I can’t really think of anything wowing about this product, I wouldn’t say its a bad product, and for the price it’s really good, but I will probably keep buying different ones until I find one that wows me.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer - This product is one of my all time favourite products, it smells incredible, it feels incredible when used on your face and it’s just so refreshing. This product is great to use after you’ve used a cleanser to get the majority of your makeup off, I usually use this twice, once then and then again after I’ve had a proper cleanse in the bathroom with whatever product and a muslin cloth. This will be a product that I will repurchase and repurchase again, it’s not cheap, but I think it’s worth it.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner - This product was the first product that I ever bought because of reading blogs, OK it’s not your average blog but it was when Lauren Conrad recommended this that I jumped at the chance. I hate to admit it but I had had this product for almost 2 years, bad I know, but I’ve made it my mission to use all the products I already own before buying any more. I did love this product, and it did help with the condition of my hair but it’s best for de-tangling your hair after having a shower.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo - I’m forever buying different shampoos and conditioners, I think I bought this when it first came out. I’m always sucked in when it comes to products that promise thicker hair. I’m not 100% sure how successful it was with this product but I also don’t think I used it consistently enough to see the benefit.
Origins Make A Difference+ Rejuvenating Treatment - I’m a massive fan of Origins products, I have had a number of them over the time. This product I bought with hopes that it would cure my dry skin woes. I ended up using this as a daily moisturiser. It was never a cure but it definitely helped with the dryness of my face.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation - This has got to be one of my favourite foundations ever.I was gutted when this ran out, I even went to lengths to try and get it to last as long as possible. I’d have said the colour may have been a tad pale for me but it was all right when bronzed up. It was the perfect combination of fuller coverage but natural looking on the skin. If it wasn’t for the price tag and the fact I have about 10 other foundations to use up I’d have gone out and repurchased this.
Have you tried any of these products yourselves?
Before Christmas Ubanears held a “not so black Friday sale” so I thought I’d take advantage of it and order some Urbanears Medis headphones for while I’m out running and at the gym. I was in two minds to mention it but they do take a while to get to you because I think they’re a Scandinavian company. They took even longer to get to me because of the rush on orders during the sale. Just a pre warning if you’re going to order them as a present.
The Urbanears Medis headphones are perfect for the job I wanted them for. I’m no expert when it comes to anything like this but I do know that they have a great clear sound quality that although they don’t “plug” your ears you don’t lose any of the sound that the headphones produce. While running they’re perfect, the weird shape of them means the do sit snuggly in your ear but there’s still space to be able to hear outside noises, which is perfect for when you’re out road running because it’s so unsafe to run deaf.
The little bobble at the top of the headphone is interchangeable depending on what comfortably fits your ears ranging from small to extra large. Another addition is the extra bit of headphone with you just add on to the end of the headphones and it changes the connection. I’m still yet to use this, I don’t really see the point in it myself just for plugging it into my iPhone.
Finally there’s the microphone that comes on all types of headphones that Urbanears produce. With the one button touch you can answer the phone and then put the call down. While listening to music you can click once to pause it, press again to start playing again and a double click acts as a skip to take you to the next song. You can also get the Medis Plus model where you can also control the volume from the microphone too.
Personally I love these headphones and they’re the second pair of Urbanears ones I’ve bought (I also own the Bagis model).
Are you a headphone buff or is it all about style for you?