~New Feature~ The Bucket List: 1-10

Hands up how many of you have seen the film of the same name, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? I must admit, I myself haven’t, but I still understand the concept of such a list, and although I’ve seen plenty of 20 before 20, 30 before 30 and similar lists, there just isn’t enough that I want to do in such a short period of time.
However, over my lifetime, there is more than enough stuff that I would love to do, and I thought that I would introduce The Bucket List as a new feature on my blog – every now and then, giving ten things I’d love to do before I die.
This may seem morbid to you, but as someone who loves making lists (just like Bee from Vivatramp – check out her blog if you haven’t before!), I thought this would be a great idea to document what I would love to do, and let you know if I complete any of my goals.
Here are my first ten:
1. Learn to swim (I’m petrified of water due to an incident when I was 4)
2. Swim with dolphins (the only reason I want to do number 1!)
3. Write a novel (I have in fact written a whole book before, handwritten as well – however, being the clutz I am, I misplaced it)
4. Learn to drive (Not necessarily a want, but almost a necessity with a child on the way)
5. Have more children
6. Do an Open University course
7. Visit long lost family in Australia
8. Travel on the Orient-Express (As a lifelong Agatha Christie fan, this would be amazing!)
9. Marry Steve (Well, pretty obvious, really?)
10. Become godmother to a friends child (Who wouldn’t want to be considered for a role like this?)
What would you love to do before you die?

REVIEW: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation

REVIEW: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation
You may have seen me talking about the £1 beauty sample box from Latest In Beauty a few times on this blog, and this foundation is one of the samples I received in my first £1 box. The concept of this box is brilliant – it is aimed at those of us who want to try out new samples each month without necessarily having to pay a hefty price tag. Latest In Beauty do have other sample boxes for more than a pound, but I thought I would try this extremely affordable box – for £1 and six samples (2 of each product), how can you go wrong?
The first sample I am going to review is the Mary Kay foundation. I had never heard of Mary Kay before receiving this box, so I took the liberty of googling the name to find out a little more.
For 45 years, Mary Kay has helped women all over the world look great, feel great and achieve their dreams. Mary Kay United Kingdom offers powerhouse skin care for beautiful, healthy-looking skin and body care products that nurture, soften and protect from head to toe.
(taken from the Mary Kay website)
I am extremely fussy when it comes to foundations, and this instance bears no difference. Being paler than pale can be, I opted for the Ivory shade.
Whilst it came out looking quite ivory-toned on my hand, I have to say that once applied to my face, the same could not be said.
It wasn’t orange on my face as such, however, being used to better known brands like Rimmel and their ivory foundations, I found this shade to be a little less ivory, a little more orange-tinted once applied to my face.
No one seemed to notice a drastic difference from my normal foundation however, so although I felt there was an orange tint to it which didn’t suit my skin, it seems others didn’t notice.
On the plus side, the foundation stayed put all day – I applied it at 10am and was still perfect when I took it off that evening. Also, if you’re interested in getting a sample box from the Latest In Beauty range, I’d definitely suggest choosing this as a sample – for a tiny little sachet, there was more than enough product for one application – you could easily manage two, perhaps even three – the product just kept giving!
For a first-time application, I have to say, despite the orange tinge, I am greatly impressed with what this foundation has to offer – I just hope that the slight orange tint in my ivory shade is a one-off!
Have you tried any of the Latest In Beauty sample boxes?
Have you previously tried any Mary Kay cosmetic products?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings!

In The Post

In The Post
Quite an uninspiring week on the post front it seems. I received barely anything of interest in the last week, but arrived home last night to this little pile:
Now you can see what I mean by uninspiring. The ABC baby nutrition & feeding guide is from Aptamil – I’ve signed up to all the baby clubs that I can think of, because the freebies, discounts and information you receive can often be invaluable.
I entered a competition to win a holiday in the Shetlands – I did however tick the No box to receiving marketing information – yet they still sent me this tour guide free of charge. I’m quite glad they did though – I’m definitely curious about visiting the islands anyway, and this book has a certain rustic charm about it.
Finally, two free samples – one from Good Things Skincare and another from Olay. Would you like to see reviews on these? Let me know!
Hopefully this week in post will be a bit more exciting – I’m expecting some great competition wins in the next few days – so keep an eye out for those!


Whilst I was away, I picked up a few bits and pieces. I’m actually quite shocked to realise I didn’t actually purchase that much, considering the amount of places I visited. Numerous charity shop trawls and a walk through Rye seemed to deliver nothing except some charming little coasters with Shakespearean quotes printed on them – which, typical me, I left down at our caravan in Camber Sands.
However, I did pick up a few things from Boots, Superdrug and the Florence & Fred range at Tesco – so enjoy.
You may wonder why I called this post ‘Homemaking‘. That would be because of this beautiful little diary I picked up in Boots – it’s perfect for all girls and women interested in a range of things from cookery to housekeeping to gardening. This little book is jam-packed full of recipes, household tips, maps, useful websites etcetera (including some great fashion & beauty sites) plus there is also plenty of space to write birthdays, anniversaries, expenses, addresses, notes – there’s even a party checklist and a Christmas checklist – this little diary will definitely keep you organised, and with a baby on the way, I’m definitely going to need this to remember everything!
My mum also picked up a few things whilst in Boots, taking advantage of the 3 for 2 offer on gifts, and bought a Loveheart perfume and lipbalm set and another sweet-inspired lipbalm set. Not needing about seven lipbalms, she gave me the two pictured above – Toffee Kisses and one of the Loveheart balms- I can’t wait to try them!
Now, with me receiving the two lip balms above and already having plenty of lip products in my makeup stash, you may wonder why I bought yet another tin of Vaseline. It is true – I didn’t really need it – however, I’m sure to hit pan on another tin in the not so distant future, and when Superdrug are offering 50 points on your Beautycard for buying 1 tin of Vaseline – I’d be a fool not to take up the offer!
Finally, and perhaps my most favourite purchase of all – the baby booties. These cost me £5 from the F+F range at Tesco, and I just couldn’t resist them. They were the only shoes that seemed appropriate for either a boy or a girl, and I just had to have them – what do you think of them? Aren’t they just the cutest little things ever?
Have you bought any nice things recently? Leave me a link to your hauls – I’d love to see them!

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas
Having seen this kind of post floating around recently, I thought ‘hey-ho‘ and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too. Everyone struggles for ideas at Christmas time – there is always the one person in your life that you can’t quite work out who to buy for.
Here are my picks of the best gifts available right now (in short, the stuff that I may just happen to want myself…):
Pretty much a given that I’d have to include the beautiful Sarah (blog/shop). I absolutely adore everything she makes, and the customer service you receive is absolutely fantastic. I recently ordered some jewellery from her (read about it here) and I was more than impressed with my purchases.
Here are a few of my favourite items on the website:

Horse Cameo Necklace & Brooch £16.95/ Cupcake Lip Balm £2.80/ Alice In Wonderland Charm Bracelet £35.00/ Keep Calm and Carry On necklace £22.95/ Lucius Cocktail Ring £16.00 (My favourite item of all!)


As you can see, Sarah’s jewellery is absolutely stunning! Still struggling to choose a few things from her website? Why not opt for the 12 items for £20 Lucky Dip to save you the stress?
Massive congratulations to Sarah, by the way, on winning the Look magazine blogger competition – you thoroughly deserve it!!
Hero & Cape are a fantastic clothing company, only recently established, run by Sarah’s lovely other half (blog/shop). They have definitely proved popular with bloggers recently, and I can certainly see why – here are some of my favourite items:

Geek Chic Glasses Tee £21.00/ Temporary:Secretary Scalloped Peter Pan Collar Tee £24.00/ Paris Skyline Acrylic Necklace £25.00/ Rubber Grub Lunchbox Erasers £2.00
What would a Christmas gift guide look like without a touch of Lush? You’re probably sick & tired of seeing these little beauties everywhere, but they’re just so damn gorgeous, I had to include them!

Gingerbread House £2.95 for 100g/ Magic Wand £4.95 for 100g/  Candy Cane £2.75 for 100g/ Snow Fairy £3.25 for 100g/ Baby It’s Cold Outside gift set £18.95
How gorgeous is the Baby It’s Cold Outside gift set? I certainly wouldn’t complain if I received that as a Christmas present!
What are your picks for Christmas gifts this year?
Want some more gift ideas? Check out Fee’s peek at the Boots Christmas catalogue here!
Images sourced from the Temporary:Secretary, Hero & Cape and Lush wesbites for the purpose of this guide.