Friday Letters

Dear Dad,
Please come out of hospital soon! I miss you!
Dear John,
I can’t believe I’ll never see your face again. Mum is devastated, as you can expect. Now you’re in a better place.
Dear Kayley,
Don’t go to Canada! Or at least take me! I’m going to miss you so,so much especially after our catchup the other day!
Dear work people,
Thanks for a great night last night, even if the service was shoddy! Love you all.
Dear Vicki & Adam,
Congratulations, I’m so happy for you.
Dear readers,
Wow, 562 of you? Thanks so much!
Dear Jack,
You are such a cheeky little monkey…you’ve learnt to clap this week which is quite funny and I’m sorry for laughing when you decided banging the tin like a drum with your hands wasn’t quite enough and you decided to use your head instead…Love you munchkin!
Who are your Friday Letters to this week?

MUA Haul: Reviews & Swatches

The other week, I noticed that the lovely Liloo had tweeted about a fantastic MUA offer for reaching a certain number of likes on Facebook. Although money is a little tight right now, I felt I deserved a treat and bought a few things for myself and a few things for my 500 follower giveaway (items not shown here).
So what did I get?

MUA lipstick in shade 15 ‘Juicy‘ £1 – link

 FROM L-R: lipstick, gloss, the two together

 Just the lipstick

 Just the gloss

The two together

MUA Lip Boom in ‘Cheeky‘ £3 – link

 Above: the top row
Below: the bottom row

MUA Going For Gold palette (£4, at £3 right now) – link

I had been wanting the Going For Gold palette for quite a while after seeing it on various other blogs. When the special offer came up, I couldn’t resist adding it to my basket – and I’m super impressed. For the price, I don’t expect the world but these eyeshadows are pretty impressive for the affordable price. Although most of the colours are best suited to a night time look, I have found myself reaching for the palette on more than one occasion for my daytime look, using the silver colours for a fresh look.

The Lip Boom I will admit was an impulse purchase. Having seen an array of reviews differing wildly in opinion, I knew it was a gamble. I don’t think its too bad, I love the lipstick & the look the two give together but I’m not mad over the large chunks of glitter within the gloss.

I continue to buy MUA lipsticks for the simple reason that they are cheap and cheerful and they get the job done. They may not have the wear time of a MAC lipstick, but for the bargain price of £1, can you really complain?

What are your thoughts on MUA? Have you tried any of their products recently?

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures


This week again hasn’t been the easiest. My Dad is still in hospital; we still don’t know when he’s coming out; my Mum’s cousin is just about hanging on, my brother & sisters Mum is in another hospital – it’s all go at the moment! 

I’ve been to visit my Dad a couple of times but I’ve been trying to keep myself busy when I’m not seeing him so that I don’t worry about him. I’ve met up with fellow blogger & my work colleague Emily from Emma’s Channel, spent a lot of time on the computer and planned ahead for Rome. We have a list of places we want to visit and things we want to buy, but do you have any suggestions for any landmarks or beauty brands we should visit/try?

On the blog this week, you, of course, saw the regular features; Like, Love, Loathe, A Picture… and Friday Letters. I introduced you to my August Advertisers, gave you a brilliant guest post from Elysa, told you who my blog of the month for July was going to and also finished off my Purity Organic Skincare reviews.

This coming week, I have the next instalment of my bucket list, the weekly features, a book challenge update, a long overdue book review and an update on my Project 10 Pan challenge. 

What have you got planned for the week ahead?

Purity Organic Skincare – Part Deux

I recently posted a review on some of the lovely goodies Purity Organic Skincare sent me to try out (find the post here). I was incredibly impressed by the items I reviewed last time and thought that today I would bring you the rest of the products I received. I am constantly impressed by the brands blogger outreach – they work incredibly hard at maintaining a relationship with bloggers which I think is fantastic!
It may sound strange but I am not too familiar with exfoliators. I have used them on the odd occasion but having been slack with my skincare up until this year, I never really saw the point in them. Fragrance free, the exfoliator carries the tagline synonymous with Purity, ending in ‘less is more’ and also lists the ingredients in an easy to read type on the back. Containing coconut oil, sweet almond oil and aloe vera, I knew I would be in for a treat.

Claiming to give a deep clean, I applied this as the instructions suggest and what can I say? I could really feel it work its magic and it left my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bum after use. I’m considering adding this to my regular buys once I run out.
I have a vast array of cleansing products, ranging from lotions to creams to gels, so I was interested to  see just what this cleansing lotion makeup remover could bring to the table. When using this, I applied a generous amount to my face and gently washed off with a cloth. Slightly creamy in consistency, it did feel like it was doing something and when removed, had taken off my makeup to a reasonable extent. It  is a great product but I’m afraid it just isn’t going to knock other cleansers off the top of my list just yet – it was lacking that little something for me.

FACIAL WASH* – £4.99
Described as a combination of Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerine and a gentle Coconut & sugar based foam, this product is a winner for me! I have been using this night and day since I received it. You need only a small amount to let the wash do its thing; a pea-sized amount is plenty. I did experience a little tightness around the face for the first few days which I took as my skin getting used to a new set of skincare products, however this feeling soon vanished and I was left feeling super clean every single use.

Purity Organic Skincare products are available to buy online here and a number of Superdrug stores, a list of which can be downloaded from the Purity website.

What are your thoughts on organic beauty products?

Friday Letters

Dear Dad,
So you are still in hospital…Mum’s lost without you & it is definitely weird not being able to ring your house phone and hearing you on the other end of the line. I’m going to try and visit you today, providing they don’t transfer you to the other hospital without telling me!
Dear Emily,
It was great spending time with you yesterday, we should do it more often.
Dear Teresa,
It was great to see you this week & Jack adores you! I’m sure you’ll be disappointed to know that he hasn’t started saying Auntie Teresa yet but he did start saying Nanananan today…
Dear Mum,
I know it is a little strange without Dad at home but remember that I’m here, okay?
Dear Laura,
Have you disappeared off the face of the earth?
Dear people who are critical of my mum tum,
Bore off. You’re starting to get on my nerves now. I even had a little Twitter rant about you kind of people yesterday evening. 9 months on, 9 months off and all that…
Dear Jack,
You are changing before my eyes every single day! I can’t believe how much you’ve grown and that you’ll be attending your first baby birthday party this very weekend!
Dear Bailie,
Happy 1st birthday for this weekend, lovely!
Dear Michelle,
Sorry I didn’t get to see you on your birthday – promise I’ll make it up to you!
Dear lady who did my passport interview,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I now no longer need to worry about the holiday as I now hold my passport in my own hands… I was beginning to worry that you didn’t want me to leave the country or something!
Dear Steve & Jack,
Four weeks to go! Eeek, so excited! Rome won’t know what has hit it!
Who are your Friday Letters to this week?