Black Friday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

So tomorrow the Black Friday sales commence, and if you haven't already started your Christmas shopping yet then the Black Friday sales are definitely a good starting point as you can pick up some great deals on a wide range of things!

So what deals are where this year? Well I'm going to give you the heads up!

Topshop – They’re offering huge discounts of up to 50% off and the great thing about their selection is it’s all relevant for NOW, with sparkly dresses, to cosy jumpers you literally can’t go wrong.

Newlook - New look are extending there black Friday offered throughout the whole weekend and into Cyber Monday offering up to 50% off on selected items.

ASOS – ASOS has gone crazy and is offering deals all over the place, in addition to their usual sale section, where coats are now up to 70% off they are offering 20% off of EVERYTHING until the 1st of Dec. All you have to do is enter the code CYBER at the check out!

Boots - Boots are also joining in Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, with lots of offers both online and in store. So whether you're looking to treat yourself to some new perfume/aftershave or looking for electrical beauty gifts, beauty gifts, camera's ect.. Then boots is definitely worth a visit!

Currys PC world - If you're looking to buy any technology, then you might want to check out currys pc world's black label event, there offering great discounts across their entire store/website


Tips For Clear Skin

Thursday, November 19, 2015

1. It may seem obvious to those of you who are very much into skin care, but for those not in the know, then sleeping with your make up on is a BIG NO NO! Sleeping with make up on not only blocks your pours but can also cause bad acne breakouts. So make sure you're removing your make up at night!

2. Sunscreen isn't just for the beach; make sure you apply SPF before applying make up alternately check that your primer or foundation contains SPF. This protects your skin from sun damage as well as keeping those pesky wrinkles at bay!

3. As the seasons change, so should your skincare. The lightweight moisturiser you use in the summer should be a heavy cream in the winter, as your skin needs more moisture in the colder months.

4. Deep clean your make up brushes every two weeks! The amount of product and bacteria that build up within two weeks is crazy! And the longer you wait to clean your brushes, the longer you're putting bacteria onto your skin causing breakouts. To deep clean your brushes use warm water and a mild anti-bacterial soap.

5. Putting your mobile phone to your face when talking on the phone can also cause breakouts as your phone is covered in bacteria, so make sure you wipe your phone over regularly with an anti-bacterial wipe.

6. Steam and hot water will open the skins pours whilst cold water and air will help to close them. Never apply your make up directly after using a hot flannel on your face or after a hot shower, because when your pours are open they will immediately absorb the make up, clogging your pours. Wait around 10-15 min to apply make up.

7. Try going without makeup for one day a week over the weekend to let your skin breathe.
8. If you're prone to hormonal breakouts, then try to avoid spot treatments and instead use a salicylic acid cleanser all over your entire face.


The Secret To Soft Skin

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The secret to having super soft skin is...

I have mentioned before, in a pervious blog that I always used to use baby oil on my skin after getting out of the shower. I haven't done it for soooo long! Not really sure why I ever stopped using it I guess I just ran out one day and never bothered to re-purchase it or just kept forgetting and then got out of the habit. Either way it doesn't matter now as I have recently started using baby oil again on my skin and honestly I had totally forgot how AMAZINGLY soft it makes your skin feel! - Why on earth did I go so long without using it!?

Basically the key to using baby oil to make your skin hydrated and soft is to apply the oil when the skin is still wet, so I always apply mine immediately after getting out of the shower, BEFORE wrapping myself in a towel! By applying the oil to wet skin and rubbing it in, the water on your skin will act as a carrier for the oil allowing it to penetrate into your skin, whilst at the same time the oil will create a skin barrier locking in the moisture you have applied the oil over to your skin. The effects of this will last longer than any body moisturiser. After applying enough baby oil to your skin your for liking, you can then gently pat dry your skin, - try not to rub yourself dry as you will remove a lot of the oil that you have applied to your skin.

If you don't like the idea of getting oil all over your hands then don't worry at Johnson's do baby oil in a spray bottle which makes it quicker and less messy to use.

If you haven't ever used baby oil on your skin before, I highly recommend you try it out!

John Lewis Christmas 2015 Advert

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I'm sure by now everybody has seen the John Lewis Christmas advert, and if not where have you been? Hiding under a rock!?

John Lewis always start off the Christmas hype with there amazingly touching adverts, such as last years Christmas advert, Monty the Penguin  and this year is no different with their man on the mood advert!

(brace yourselves, this bog may get deep)

If you're not familiar I will give you some in-sight into the ad;

The advert is about a young girl called Lily, who spends most of her time looking though her family telescope. One night in the run up to Christmas, she spots an old man wearing scruffy clothes and living alone in a little shed on the moon.  Lily watches the man as he goes about his chores, all alone and becomes determined to get something to the moon. She tries to contact the man in a number of different ways, by waving by firing a message into the sky via an arrow, with no joy. Then on Christmas day we see a parcel attached to some helium balloons land at the feet of the old and rather lonely man. It's a present from the girl; a telescope, which he uses to spot her back on earth.

The Advert is set to help raise awareness of the millions of elderly people who over the lead up to and the Christmas period will be alone and for the thousands of elderly people who go months without speaking to anyone. John Lewis and Age UK are partnering up this Christmas to help some of the million older people who will go for a month not speaking to anyone.

This advert really pulls at my heart strings as I have first had experience at watching widowed extended family member who's children have all gown up, left home and have their own lives and don't really bother much with their poor old dad, So I'm fully aware that it happens, but I'm glad to say that we include him as best we can and have him round regularly so he's not completely alone!

This is in no way what so ever a sponsored blog, but just a mere moral obligation to try and help spread the word! If you have family member's young or old who will be alone this Christmas reach out to them and invite them into your home, no one should be left alone and sad over the Christmas period!

I think this advert should also make us think of the homeless over Christmas, as they too are alone and lonely and although they may see people everyday as they wonder the streets they are still alone and incredibly lonely!

Just something to think about, I think most of the time we are all guilty of taking things for granted and we should appreciate what we've got and try our upmost best to help those who aren't as lucky as us always, because you never know when the tables could turn!

 If you could donate some money to either Age UK or a homeless charity in your local area after reading this, then you could be making someone's day/year/Christmas!
(I'm not providing any link to these as it's up you, if you wish or do not wish to donate,
but it would be nice if you could, I know I will be)


Maybelline Lash Sensational

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

After hearing so many good reviews about the Maybelline Lash Sensational, I decided that it was about time that I tried it out for myself! I've now been using this mascara as my go to, for everyday wear for the past two months and I have to say I really LOVE IT!

 A lot of people compared it to the Benefit Roller Lash, and I have to say I totally agree with the majority, this is definitely a dupe product but it's a dupe worth owning!  If you want fabulous looking lashes but cant afford or justify spending the money on the Benefit Roller Lash then this mascara is the one for you at a fraction of the price at only £7.99

So what's so good about this mascara? Well similar to Benefits Roller Lash, Maybelline's Lash Sensational has a rubber bristles on its mascara wand, that vary in size from each end of the wand. Although the Maybelline doesn't have the same little hooks in the bristles of its wand, it still seems to do the same job and helps coat the shorter lashes in the inner corner and lengthen the outer lashes and the small comb like bristles on the underside of the wand, also makes it a precise lower lash mascara.

As I have said, this has been my go to mascara for a couple of months now and I've found that the mascara is very long wearing. I have applied this mascara at 6am and it still looks the same by 10pm whilst also holding the curl of my lashes all day!

The Major difference I have found between Maybelline's Lash Sensational and Benefits Roller Lash is Maybelline's mascara is much more volumising/thickening than Benefits Roller Lash which gives you a more of a defined curl and lengthened fluttery lash look. I think this is due to the fact that the Maybelline's wand is thicker than Benefits so it allows the wand to pick up more product!

Have you tried these mascaras? Which is your favorite?
I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments!

Remember, Remeber the 5th November

Thursday, November 05, 2015

So today is officially bonfire night and as I mentioned in my pervious blog, I attended an early bonfire night and fireworks display on Sunday 1st November so I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you about it today, being as though its bonfire night!

Every year in the town where I live, there is always a huge fireworks display/bonfire night at a large park on the outskirts of the city centre, and it's always fun to go to as there is the added bonus of a fair! And who doesn't love a good fair ground!?

 This year the fair was HUGE with lots of rides and food stands.  I bought some giant marshmallows on a kebab stick, which were covered in milk chocolate and sprinkles - YUM! I'm defiantly going to be making some of these at the weekend as they were so yummy! And of course no bonfire night is complete without a polystyrene cup with mushy peas in! I usually add mice sauce to mine, but they didn't have that option, much to my disappointment! however they still hit the spot!

As well as the fair and food stands Capital FM had a main stage to the left of the bonfire, they were live on the radio reporting on what was going on at the park as well as playing there usual music sets, with the added bonus of local musicians playing live on stage, which gave it that summer festival vibe. The only difference being its winter, it was a bit chilly and dark haha, but everyone was having fun none the less!

 Eventually the time came for them to light the bonfire, everyone counted down from 10...9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 and then all of a sudden lots of fireworks shot out from the piled up pallets (which the bonfire was made from) and eventually set the pallets on fire, creating the bonfire... I guess that's one way of doing it although I'm not 100% entirely sure it's a very safe way to start a bonfire- so don't try that at home folks! 

Once the bonfire was lit, there was another live band on stage which played a couple of songs and then once again it was time to count down from 10 for the fireworks display to start. This year they had set all the fireworks to James Bond music and it was very effective and impressive, for example when they played gold finger, all the fireworks going off were gold and in time to the music!

The only downside to the night was, it being incredibly foggy, however the fog did lift a little as the evening progressed, but once the bonfire was lit and the fireworks were going off the sky soon became misty again! All in all though it was a fantastic evening and I enjoyed it!

 Have you got any bonfire night plans? I'd love to know what you do as tradition this time of year!

Goodbye October, Hello November!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Well Halloween is officially over and now were a few days into November.
It's hard to believe that I've not been writing two blog posts a week since may - a whole six months, WOWIE!

After six months of blogging mainly about beauty products, home decor and a bit of fashion, I think I would like to change up my blog occasionally and add in thing's I have been up to and just general chatty posts, along side the beauty, fashion and home decor posts. I'd love to hear what you think about this?

November is a month full of exciting things and I cannot wait! The first of which happened on Sunday 1st November which was an early bonfire night including a HUGE fireworks display, live entertainment, music, and a fair it was pretty awesome! I may do a blog post on it later in the week.

The thing I'm most looking forward to will be happening later this month, I'm going to COMIC-CON.
Although it may not be everybody's cup of tea, I cannot wait! Firstly for the actual experience of going to Comi-Con and seeing what it's like and what's there and secondly, because I'm going to be meeting up with an old friend that I've not seen for EIGHT years! EIGHT BLOOMING YEARS! I swear it was only 2008 like two years ago and suddenly it's almost 2016 - CRAZY! I don't know where all the time has gone, but I'm really looking forward to re-kindling an old friendship!