Friday, 20 July 2018

The Snack Diaries | Part Nine

M&S Calming Lavender, Limeflower & Camomile Tea
(From M&S, £2.00 for 25 teabags)
I was very excited to try this and the other tea featured, the flavours sounded unusual and I was drawn to the beautiful packaging. You seem to get a lot for your money too. This one was more of an experiment, but out of the two I enjoyed it the most. The taste was really hard to put a finger on – but I loved it!

M&S Bursting Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai Berry Tea
(From M&S, £2.00 for 25 teabags)
The name on this appears super fancy but really it’s just like an everyday berry tea, it was nice though! My Mum seemed to like it however the other one I bought was my favourite.

Fox’s Fruit & Seeds Granola Cookies
(From Heron Foods, price unknown, 5 per box)
I was gifted these biscuits and was really pleased with them. They had a lovely, earthy taste and were chewy on the outside, soft in the middle. These were my favourite of the two.

Fox’s Honey & Ginger Granola Cookies
(From Heron Foods, price unknown, 5 per box)
The ginger flavour was way too prominent in these which wasn’t really my cup of tea. I still liked the texture of the biscuit and the small snack sized boxes were great for experimenting with.

Do you enjoy fruit/herbal tea too? 
What brand of biscuits do you favour? :-) Xx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Superdrug Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Hair Care

Hi and welcome, I’m going to be talking through this shampoo and conditioner from the Superdrug Extracts range. I’ve previously reviewed the coconut and almond version for damaged hair, link here, which I found was just a little bit drying on my hair weirdly. I was in need of a new shampoo and conditioner, the grapefruit and papaya scent sounded incredible and offered an uplifting effect to fine locks. I wasn’t really sure what to expect after my previous experience but I found I preferred the grapefruit and papaya much more.

As predicted the scent was phenomenal, perfect to get me in the mood for summer. Luckily I found my hair felt really nourished during and after use. I know some products for fine hair can be a bit harsh but this wasn’t the case at all here, my hair appeared smooth and soft. Like all Superdrug own brand products, these are completely cruelty-free. The packaging is striking with the typography and bright colours. The price point is excellent too and the range is currently on offer reduced from £1.99 to £0.95 for the shampoo and also the conditioner. Click here to buy.

Have you been gravitating towards summer scents recently? 
What hair care are you using at the moment? :-) Xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

My Latest Used Book Haul

Today I’m back with another book haul. I picked up this collection from a church library, a coffee shop selling books for charity and lastly a free community book shop all located near where I live. I got each from a variety of places but they are all secondhand. I think if you are looking for a cheap hobby, reading is a really good thing to pursue. I’ve already read two of the books in this haul, one was a 5/5 and one was a 4/5 stars. I do reviews of my recent reads so look out for those coming up.

Are you interested in reading?
Do you buy secondhand too? :-) Xx

Titles I picked up:

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
The Last Dance and Other Stories by Victoria Hislop
The Silk Weaver by Liz Trenow
Forgotten by Susan Lewis
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Barry M That's How I Roll Mascara

After a long while of having the same mascara I was pleased to purchase myself a new one. The Barry M selection interested me the most, and on the Superdrug website there were lots of great reviews for the one I picked. I paid £4.99 which really is a great deal for what I got. The packaging seems extremely special, more high-end than drugstore, the tube feels weighty, and the shiny purple looks pretty. This is my first cruelty-free mascara, and my first Barry M mascara, so I particularly enjoyed my experience of trying this product out.

The idea behind the That’s How I Roll caption, is to produce long curved eye-lashes; the wand has longer bristles on one side and shorter on the other. I found the brush gave my lashes a wide-eyed feel and the shade was a true black. More layers of the mascara can produce a more dramatic look, but I’m quite pleased with two swipes. My last mascara gave me a bit of panda eyes, this one had much more lasting power on the whole and didn’t leave marks under my eyes. Also the product was easy to remove with make-up remover at the end of the day. Overall I’m thrilled with this product! Click here to buy.

I thoroughly recommend this product, I can see why it got so many good reviews! 
What’s your favourite mascara at the moment? :-) Xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Charity Shop & Used Book Haul

Hello – today I’m coming to you with a book haul, I have a few of these stocked up so this will be a first of many. I get most of my books from a free community book centre in my local area but I mix that up with secondhand finds in charity shops. Today is a mixture of the two. I recently decluttered and rethought about some books that weren’t really for me. I like to try new kinds of books but sometimes I get it wrong – the good thing being I haven’t spent a lot of money.

Anyway because I’ve had these books from this haul a while now, I’ve finished a few and also donated back one or two that weren’t my thing. I won’t reveal too many spoilers though, so keep tuned for a review post (and more hauls!). Hope you enjoy viewing my haul, let me know what you’ve been reading lately...

Titles I picked up:

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison 
There's Something about Christmas by Debbie Macomber
The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
Entangled by Cat Clarke
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

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