29 January 2018

Life: We bought a house!

I’ve been away from the blogging world for a short while, and for a very good reason... earlier this month me and my boyfriend moved into our first home together!

New home
After months & months of saving up our deposit, viewing the house, putting in an offer and waiting for our offer to be accepted came months of waiting for solicitors to negotiate terms, paperwork & ageee a completion date. 

I’ve always heard people talk about how stressful buying a house can be, but I truly underestimated JUST how stressful it would be. I was a bit of a nightmare during the last couple of months, so I want to say a big thank you to my family & boyfriend for putting up with me. 

Now we’re a couple of weeks into life in our new home together, living amongst a sea of boxes still to be unpacked but I couldn’t be happier. 

Until next time.
Thank you for reading,

4 December 2017

Review: The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation

I’ve been wanting to try one of The Ordinary foundations ever since I started seeing/reading many a positive review, but I still had plenty of my tried & tested MAC Studio Fix Fluid left. As this recently started to run low it seemed like the perfect time to (finally) give The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation a go. 
The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation
The foundation comes in a sturdy plastic bottle, complete with pump! Whilst the bottle appears to be on the small side, it does contain a full 30ml of product. 

When it came to choosing a shade I had to make a decision using the virtual swatches, as I purchased online. After much deliberation I finally decided to purchase Shade 1.2 N, which has turned out to be a really good match for my Autumn/Winter skin tone, although I might need to go a shade darker for Summer.

21 October 2017

Christmas #VikingArtyParty, Leeds

This year I’ve kicked off Christmas celebrations extra early with the #VikingArtyParty, which I was kindly invited along to by Viking. The Christmas #VikingArtyParty was held at Lambert’s Yard,right in the heart of Leeds, and was a fun filled afternoon of festivities (including Christmas crafts, mulled wine and festive nibbles).

At the beginning of the event we were each given a name badge and given a piece of coloured paper, which would decide which of the crafts we would take part in first. I was placed in the yellow group (along with Jess, Simone, KelKatie, Laura and a number of other lovely bloggers). 

After mingling and a cheeky glass of mulled wine (for the non-drivers) it was time for the crafting to begin! The first craft for the yellow group was calligraphy, hosted by Joyce from Artsynibs. Joyce set us the task of completing a selection of practice sheets, with the end goal being for us to go on and create our own card using our newly found calligraphy skills. 

Whilst I don't think calligraphy is my hidden talent, I'm determined not to give in with this craft just yet!

6 October 2017

Review: Soaprise.me bath hamper*

Soaprise.me is a small family-run business which supplies a large variety of natural bath treats. Their online store holds a wide range of bath bombs, soaps, bath salts and more. In the not so distant future the Soaprise.me team are hoping to add a range of bath hampers too and they very kindly sent me one to me to try.

The hamper I received contained a selection of bath bombs (Strawberry Daiquri Fizzy bath bomb, Frozen Lime Margarita Fizzy bath bomb, Fruit Salad Gums Fizzy Bath Bomb and a Retro jumbo bath bomb), a slice of Jojoba Olive Oil soap, three mini heart soaps (two Green Tea scented and one Coconut scented), a set of three mini soap flowers (Lavender scented) and a Coconut and Lime solid shampoo bar.

The hamper was delivered in a sturdy cardboard box, filled with shredded paper which helped to keep the bath treats in tip top condition during transit. Most of products within the hamper came individually wrapped (the exception being the mini soaps). I was very impressed to find out that Soaprise.me use cardboard boxes made from recycled cardboard (or cardboard from sustainable sources), biodegradable bags for their bath bombs and biodegradable wrappers for their soaps.

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of products in the hamper. However I think it would be nice to have a card/booklet within the hamper giving a little bit more information about the products (e.g. ingredients, how to use etc).
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