SOME BIG NEWS.

SOME BIG NEWS.

Time to be honest with you all, the reason I’ve been so bad at blogging & perhaps maybe a little bit sick would be because of this little thing….

Due 24th November 2011.

Hope you all understand my reasons for not blogging as much now 🙂
I shall hopefully be blogging a lot over the next week to makeup for the fact I’m going on holiday in 6 DAYS! I cannot wait!

For now,

xo

A (very late) May Favourites.

A (very late) May Favourites.

Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Colour Vibrant Shampoo and Conditioner
With the amount I’ve been working lately, I’ve unfortunately not had the time to get my hair dyed again. I suppose I could buy a dye and do it myself, but I find the results are just not the same. This shampoo and conditioner give my hair shine, and although the colour has faded a lot since I had it done, I do believe that if I hadn’t used these products, there would be no evidence of dye at all.
The Pink Cow ‘Ginger Bread’ – A Very Warm Bath & Shower Gel
I picked up this little beauty in my local Boots not so long ago, and I must say the first time I tried it, I wasn’t impressed. The smell of ginger bread seemed overpowering, but luckily enough for me, I decided to try it again, and its now made its way onto my favourites! I think that the strong scent when I first used it was simply because it had just been opened, but I adore using this when I’m in the bath now. As you can see, I use it all the time, and I have nearly run out! I will definitely be buying this again, and looking into the other gels in the range.
FCUK Polished Sugarscrub
I was bought this as part of a set for my 21st birthday in January by my former manager Lauren, yet had not got round to using it until last week. However, I am now addicted to it, and cannot bear to part with it! It really feels like you’re rubbing sugar into your skin, and it smells divine! I have never really been one for body scrubs, but after my great experience with this and reading Fee’s amazing post ‘The Scrub, The Bad, The Ugly’, I’ll definitely be researching the best ones around & trying them out!
And finally…
Cuticura cucumber facial scrub
What can I say? Simply amazing. I had seen some good & some bad reviews around, so I was a tad wary about buying this (and I can’t remember where I bought it from – think it was either the 99p shop or Poundland…) but I love it. The smell is fresh and your skin feels silky smooth afterwards! Definitely a worthy investment, and I shall be including this in my Holiday Essentials bag for my holiday (12 days to go!!).
Have you got a May/June favourites post up on your blog? I would love to read it – just leave me a link in the comments!
For now,
xo

Mini Boots Haul & Glamour freebies

Mini Boots Haul & Glamour freebies

Behold my mini Boots haul of the other day…I only went in for a Meal Deal! Excuse the boring wooden background, I took this picture at work so it’s a tad boring! I am aware this is last months issue of Marie Claire, but I got it the day before the new one came out and I really wanted the Body Shop Body Butter, so I’m happy.

Pictured above are a silver photo frame (reduced down to £3 – I gave this to my grandparents for their anniversary on the 8th June), Vaseline Rose Lips (I’m a fan of both the Original and Aloe Vera tins, so I thought I’d go for the whole set and invest in the Rose Lips as well, and I must say, I love it already!

Also, I have the Marie Claire June issue – just because I wanted the free gift, however, having not read the magazine for many months now, I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of some of the articles. I particularly loved Grace Dent’s column, and I will also be blogging about the Marie Claire mentor scheme in the next few weeks. It is an amazing idea, and I think us girls should definitely consider applying for it. They have mentors from every career you can imagine – journalism, retail, authors, CEO’s of top businesses… Just incredible.

How cute is the little Celia Birtwell compact mirror (the black flower)? I had to have it, and as it was in the reduced section, I thought nothing of popping it into my basket! I also saw the last Impulse and Barry M set they had. Now, I know that Boots had stopped selling these, but they obviously had just the one left, so reduced it to get rid of it. Now I’m not one to shirk a bargain, so I snapped it up! I can’t wait to try it out, and reviews of the lipgloss, Vaseline and body butter will be up shortly.

Also, already having seen countless blogs about the Glamour magazine Benefit freebies, I’m not going to bore you completely about them. I was planning to blog as soon as I bought them yesterday, and not be so far behind everyone else. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to work, and last night, me and the Mr had plans so blogging had to wait until today, I’m afraid.
Yesterday, though, the girls at work were all raving about the freebies, and I was the first on break to go and hunt one down. I visited both WH Smith and Boots, who had unbelievably sold out within two hours of getting them! Luckily for me, I popped to the little newsagents across the road, and the lovely man who owns it was only putting two out at a time, so when I took my copy up to the till, he let me choose what product I wanted from his box behind the till! I was so happy to find one believe me!

I got the High Beam freebie, what one did you girls get?

Unfortunately, I am seriously lacking on the money front, and so even though I want to buy Red for the Jemma Kidd lipgloss, and Marie Claire for the free Inika makeup, they may just have to wait until payday. Luckily though, I get paid the day before my holiday, and boy, am I going to need some holiday reads, so hopefully the freebies over the next few weeks in magazines are up to scratch! Haha!

Great to catch up with you all, would love to hear from some of you.

For now,

xo

Sunday, Sunday.

Sunday, Sunday.
My breakfast this morning!
So, how have your weekends been? Mines been pretty quiet, had work yesterday, and been relaxing today. Strawberries for breakfast, complete and utter crap for lunch, and Harvester for dinner, haha.
We went to see S’ uncle and auntie today, and spent the lunch period gorging on crisps, cheese and just random snacks. Not good, when I started so well this morning! I went to an 18th party last night, but came home pretty early as my headache was getting progressively worse.
Once more, even though my hours were meant to be decreasing, I’m still doing lots of overtime. Don’t get me wrong, I need the money & its been nice to treat myself recently, but I’m so tired when I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is sitting on the computer, going through my emails. Which also means I’m not blogging as much as I should. Don’t worry though, I’m still reading your blogs, I use Google Reader on my phone for that, but its a pain in the proverbial bottom to not be able to comment on posts I love. Also, I’m missing out on some fabulous giveaways because of this not being able to comment thing! *sulks* Its not fair!
On a brighter note, my pile of books has started to arrive, and I’m carting around Girls Night In in my handbag at the minute. Loving the stories!
Just a note of some upcoming posts:
*A review of Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara
*Book reviews on my new pile of ‘to-reads’
*Favourite blogs of the minute
*May Favourites – but late
and hopefully, a post I have coming up that I’m very excited for, but keeping under my ‘hat’ for now!
Hope everyones having a great weekend!
Love you all.
For now,
xo

Book Fiend

Yes, you read that right. In a way to boost my Boots points and treat myself, I had a good old splurge on Play.com the other day. I browsed through tonnes of CD’s, DVD’s and the like, yet nothing caught my eye. Then I noticed there was a book clearance, and oh my, did I spend, spend, spend!

I am going on holiday at the end of this month, so I definitely needed some new reading material, however when I’ve already got a pile so high it reaches my knee to read, it probably wasn’t a wise idea to buy as many as I did.

Add to that the fact that I won Lady of Quality and Arabella by Georgette Heyer from Alex’s blog giveaway at Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks and I certainly have a decent enough pile to read.

I have always been a reader, however, recently, I have found my time to read depleted by working, being ill, housework and actually spending time with my family and friends. Not to mention blogging.

I am also one of these people who have phases. I will read constantly for  a whole week, and get through three or four books, and then it will take me a month to finish the next one.

So I bet you are all wondering what I’ve been buying? Well, here goes…

*Following on from winning Alex’s blog giveaway, one of the books that another blogger won really stood out to me. It’s called Class and its by Jane Beaton, and is about a teacher who moves to a new school in Cornwall, and the effects this has on her relationship. Not to mention there’s a very dishy teacher at the boys school up the road 😉
*Being an avid moneysavingexpert.com visitor, I invested in two of Martin Lewis’ books. Yes, trying to save money is not going to be helped by a book splurge, but I was treating myself, so nuh :p
I bought Thrifty Ways for Modern Days and The Money Diet.
*Sticking with the thrift theme, I also bought The Thrift Book by India Knight. I have read this before having borrowed it from the library (oh, how I love libraries!) , however I wanted my own copy.
*Two collections of short stories by some of the most talented authors around, Big Night Out and Girls Night In. Featuring Marian Keyes, Candace Bushnell (author of Sex & The City) and the ever-glamourous Joan Collins, I can’t wait to delve into these!
*The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar and other stories- Simply put, the story of Henry Sugar captivated me as a child and I think Roald Dahl was one of the best authors to ever put pen to paper 🙂 His imagination is unparallel to none!
*Finally, two Mary Westmacott collections. That name may be unfamiliar to you, but if you are an Agatha Christie fan, you would know that Mary was her pen name for her selection of romantic stories. I have searched high and low for these collections for many years, and finally finding them on Play, I had to snap them up!

So, these are going to keep me going. Whats in your pile of summer reads?

For now,

xo