Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Superdrug ‘Devotion’ Body Spray

Hi – Today I wanted to share with you a body spray I’ve been testing out from the Superdrug brand. They do a variety of scents with unique branding and illustrations on the packaging of each. Devotion caught my eye online mainly for the scent which is sweet mandarin and wild plum, which sounded like my cup of tea perfectly. The body sprays at full price are £1.29 each but they have currently been reduced to 63p which is amazing. If you are looking to go cruelty-free, but want an affordable option this range is ideal.

After trialling it out for a week or so, the scent is not quite what I expected. It seems more floral and musky. It still is really lovely and one day when I had it on, my Mum was asking what special perfume I had on, she was amazed to hear that is was a body spray. The fragrance lasts a good couple of hours, and for the amount you get, its amazing value. Plus the cute graphics on each bottle make collecting the range, really tempting! I was currently in between perfumes, and this has been my go-to, I recommend you try this or others in the range. Click here to buy online.

Do you enjoy using body sprays too? 
What brands do you favour? :-) Xx

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Superdrug Tropical Fruits Beauty Haul

Last month I purchased a few bits on the Superdrug website, mainly essentials that I was short of so I thought it might make a good blog post. I’d been hanging onto my Poundland mascara for a while, just never getting around to buying a new one. I was hoping to find a cruelty-free option at Superdrug so I did a fair bit of research into it. I choose a Barry M one at such a reasonable price, I’ll let you know about it further in a review post soon.

I was also low on shower gel, I absolutely love the cruelty-free Superdrug Treat Me brand for this, and I’m working my way slowly through the different scents available. On this occasion I went for mango and coconut, it has a beautiful fruity, fresh scent and lathers well. I purchased a new shampoo and conditioner too, the Superdrug Extracts range is affordable and cruelty-free. I haven’t yet tested this grapefruit and papaya one yet but I had a sneaky smell and it’s gorgeous.

Lastly I treated myself to a body spray, the sweet mandarin and wild plum seemed promising and the packaging is adorable. It’s also cruelty-free and there will be a review shortly. There seemed to be fruity theme to this haul, I suppose I gravitate towards those kind of scents. I’m hoping the sun will return like in May when I photographed this haul in the garden!

I hope you enjoyed this post! 
What kind of scents in beauty products do you go for? :-) Xx

What I Bought & Prices

Barry M That's How I Roll Mascara £4.99 (BUY HERE)
SD Body Spray Devotion 75ml SALE £1.29 £0.63 (BUY HERE)
SD Extracts Uplifting Shampoo Grapefruit & Papaya 400ml £1.99 (Buy 1 get 1 free) (BUY HERE)
SD Extracts Conditioner Grapefruit & Papaya 400ml £1.99 (Buy 1 get 1 free) (BUY HERE)
SD Treat Me Mango & Coconut Bath & Shower Soak 500ml £2.99 (Often half price) (BUY HERE)

Monday, 4 June 2018

Recent Reads Reviewed #7

The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts – 4/5

I picked this up in a charity shop for 50p and completed it winter time last year. I enjoyed how the book switched from each of the characters different stories, but they were all connected together. The story was everything I expected it to be, gentle, romantic with themes of Christmas throughout. I flew through it, as the writing style was easy to absorb. I was looking for a very light read, so it worked out perfectly. I would recommend it to all.

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington – 5/5

Young Alice, is the central character, her Dad is missing in action, and the story leads from there. It does have elements of P.s, I Love You, but would say this book was better, I think the characters are more fleshed out, and engaging. It’s heartfelt throughout, Alice and her family were believable and likeable. I can see why the book was in the Richard and Judy book club too, it’s a book for all really, I think many people could take something from it so I would definitely recommend.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling – 5/5

Mindy Kaling is a comedienne and actress most known for her work in the sitcom The Office. I love her humour, and she comes across as a likeable person. This book was a combination of an autobiography and thoughts on a variety of subjects. I liked how it was organised into advice sections, including her own confessions. The written language was light, and I glided through the book with ease. One of my favourites from last year, go read it!!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – 5/5

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, but it had my hooked, it became my guilty pleasure. I would say I’m older than the target audience, but there was a real heart to the story, with Penny’s panic attacks, and her troubles with classmates at school, I just kept reading on. The romance between Penny and Noah was lovely, it was a little insta-love, but that’s my only issue. It was definitely a cosy read (most of the time!) and I enjoyed it being set around Christmas and New Year in New York. I can see myself continuing with the series, I recommend you give it a read!

The Elite (The Selection) by Kiera Cass – 4/5

After reading the first book in The Selection series, The Elite followed on really nicely. I felt completely captivated, the dystopian fairy tale is spellbinding, and charming. It’s not the most feminist of reads, and this became more obvious in the second book. It is dystopian, so I can see that things like this can be very much different in another world. Prince Maxon was more cryptic this time around, I’m hoping in book three, certain things will become clearer in this regard. I’m eager to carry on with the series, and excited to see how things unfold. I highly recommend!

Have you read any of these? 
What book are you currently reading? :-) Xx

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Boating Lake Tea Shop Photo Diary & Chat

I wanted to share with you my outing to a boating lake and tea shop located by the sea in Redcar. My mum had seen this particular tea shop advertised on facebook, including photos and positive reviews. We went early so it was quite quiet in the café, and the menu was really great including freshly made cakes and posh teas. I went for a slice of rainbow cake and Whittard earl grey tea, both were exceptional. I love Whittard as a brand and the colourful cake was very tasty.

The café is just next to the boating lake, they had boats for families to go on and we spotted a family with a mini electric boat too. The weather was misty and atmospheric but it wasn’t too cold with a jacket on. There was an event on at Tuned In over the other side of the lake, so we went for a potter around. There was an impressive sand sculpture display, a vintage photo shop and more. There was lots of stalls mostly for charity and we spent some time at each, there was a real mixture and something to suit everyone. The event had a bit of a buzz to it although it wasn’t too crowded.

We spent a while browsing a very good secondhand stall, they had a selection of books and jigsaws with other things at great prices. I had a friendly chat with the stall holder, she was kind and helpful to me. I bought two books and my Mum bought a few things, one being a jigsaw. I took a fair few photos which paint a picture of the enjoyable morning we had.

How’s things with you?
Are vintage cafes and community events your kind of thing too? :-) Xx

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Barnardo’s Charity Shop Book Haul

Welcome – it’s been a little while since I last posted, hope you are all well. I have a few book hauls which I’m hoping to catch up with on my blog. This particular book haul was from Barnardo’s charity shop while we were visiting a relative nearby. I’d popped into this particular branch a couple of times, the last few times I went in they started stocking books and there selection was pretty good.

My favourite find from this haul was Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And other concerns by Mindy Kaling, and it looked like it had never been read too. I’ve already finished this book and loved it so my further thoughts will be posted in a review soon. I picked up The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts, another brand new looking book. I finished this before Christmas, it’s a snappy light hearted read to curl up by the fire with.

The last two books I decided not to keep as I realised after purchase that they had triggering themes to them. I’m sure someone else can enjoy them more than me so I donated them back to charity. I spent £2.00 on four books, 50p per book seemed pretty good.

My Book Purchases:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And other concerns by Mindy Kaling
The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Do you ever buy secondhand books? 
Let me know what charity shops or otherwise you visit! :-) Xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Snack Diaries | Part Eight

Doisy & Dam Date & Himalayan Pink Salt Milk Chocolate
(From Too Good Farm Shop, £1.45 for 40g)
This was a special treat purchase for me. The small portion gave me a chance to try out the unusual flavour, with a piece each for the family, the taste was great and more delicate than I imagined. It’s organic, made in the UK, soya and gluten free. The packaging is gorgeous too!

Bradbury’s Apple Fruit & Grain Baked Cereal Bars
(From Home Bargains, £0.89 for 6 bars)
These were an experiment for me, they are priced extremely reasonably and I’m glad I gave them a shot. The fruit taste was a little artificial and a bit too sweet for me though. I would still say try them for the price, great to put in your lunch box or to cut up into pieces and have with yogurt.

Nine Carob, Sesame & Flax Seed Snack Bars
(From Too Good Farm Shop, £1.99 for 4 bars)
These were my favourite from the four choices, extremely tasty with the chocolate on top but they didn’t feel too sweet or unhealthy. They work out 50p per bar, so they are okay to have once in a while. The packaging is very modern too!

Whitworths Yogurt Coated Banana Chips
(From Poundland, £1.00 for 150g)
Poundland snacks are so great, they offer such a wide variety of nuts, seeds and fruit sometimes coated in either yogurt or chocolate. The banana chips were a bit too crunchy but the yogurt coating was tasty. I prefer their chocolate coated raisins and yogurt coated peanuts, there is something to please everyone in the range.

I enjoyed getting back into the snack series posts. 
Let me know what you have been snacking on lately! :-) Xx

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Superdrug Vitamin E Day Cream

Today I’m going to be reviewing a day cream that I purchased and have been testing out in the last month. I went with the Superdrug Vitamin E brand because they have a budget friendly range and all the Superdrug own brands are cruelty-free and have the leaping bunny logo. This item is also vegan. The Vitamin E range often have an offer of buy one get one half price and I bought two of this product, one for my mum and myself. The original price for one day cream is £2.99 for 100ml which is still affordable. There are a few other bits in the line that I might like to try as well such as the face wipes and the night cream.

I have been using this day cream often since I bought it. One of the reasons I was attracted to the product was because it has a SPF15, and is perfect to apply onto the face in spring and summer. A little product goes along way so I think the tub will last me a very long time. The cream is a white in colour but sinks into the skin quickly and with no trace afterwards. It works well with my sensitive skin, and I’ve seen a noticeable improvement after frequent use. The fragrance can be described as a light floral scent which is acceptable. My mum recommends this product too after giving it to her as a gift. Buy online here.

If you are after a new day cream, I would suggest this one to my blog readers! 
What skincare products have you been using lately? :-) Xx

Friday, 20 April 2018

Co-op Coconut & Honey Hair Products

Today I wanted to share a review of a shampoo and conditioner I’ve been trialling. I’ve been looking into supermarket own brands and I recently bought some products by the Co-op. It’s lovely to see that Co-op’s offering is both inexpensive and cruelty-free. I spent £1.09 for each 300ml bottle which seems really great value. The products have the leaping bunny logo as well as the V no animal ingredients logo. The packaging is simple yet striking with the graphics and is also recyclable. I can imagine most people enjoying the very pleasant, refreshing scent of coconut and honey.

Now onto the details of how the actual product rated. The shampoo was my favourite scent out of the two, and the consistency was just right and lathered well. It made my hair manageable in the shower and later left my hair squeaky clean and shiny. The conditioner was lovely too, and again made my hair manageable and in good condition. The coconut and honey fragrance lingered on afterwards. A little product went along way with both.

Overall these items were a success, and I enjoyed giving them a go. The Co-op have some other haircare choices in their line so I think they are worth a look into. If you are just getting into cruelty-free, these could be a good way to start.

Have you tried supermarket own brand beauty/toiletry products before? 
What’s your current favourite shampoo and conditioner? :-) Xx

Saturday, 14 April 2018

My Easter Weekend Photo Diary & Chat

It’s been a little while since my last blog post, so hope you are all well and had a good Easter. I wanted to share with you some clips from what I got up to. On Good Friday, my friend and I went to Saltburn-by-the-sea for a morning out. We had a wander around the centre and discovered The Lillian Daph Store which I hadn’t been in before but it was a really cool shop, with many floors and lots of interesting homeware pieces. I’m hoping to pop in again, just for another look and maybe to capture some more photos.

Later we went into The Sitting Room café, which I’ve visited quite a few times now. They seemed to have updated the menu, I had a rose hot chocolate and it was unreal. I really want to go back to try the other kinds of hot chocolate they had. The staff are so welcoming, and the interior is super cool.

I didn’t do much more until Easter Sunday, my family and I jumped in our campervan and headed to the local woods for a walk and a brew. It was so quiet when we got there in the morning. Later in the day I had a different friend pop by for a catch up which was lovely. Easter Monday was just a chill day.

How was your Easter?
Let me know if you got any Easter eggs! :-) Xx