Sunday, 8 February 2015

Gert LUSH - finding my new favourite product


I'm a bit of a Lush-aphobe. My skin is incredibly sensitive and I've suffered with severe eczema all of my life. As much as I'd love to splash around in a fizzy, sweet smelling bath, unfortunately it's not something I can enjoy too often. Lush Bath invited me in store to preview the Spring and Mother's Day range, but I went with an ulterior motive - to discover what Lush can do for sensitive skin. The store has recently moved across the high street into a bigger unit, which will include their very own Lush Spa, due to open in the Summer.

Being me, I turned up late. I sort of misunderstood the invite and thought it was a drop in evening. So I tailed around the store catching bits of other peoples conversations, and sniffing all of the new products. Yummy Mummy shower gel was my favourite! I did have a bit of a chronic nose wipe thing going on though, paranoid that I might have some glitter evidence on the end of my snout... The Ultraviolet bubble bar smelt incredible too, just like parma violets.

I watched some of the girls make up their own Sunnyside bubble bar mixture, and then we each had a turn at moulding our own bars. I tried to make a moon, but it really just looked like a boomerang.
Towards the end, I managed to catch one of the sales assistants, who very kindly demonstrated Dreamwash and Dreamcream.
Dreamwash is a shower smoothie, with aloe vera, rose, calamine, and tea tree extracts. Dreamcream is a hand cream and body lotion, made from oat milk. I was pretty pessimistic about them, simply because even E45 makes my hands sting sometimes. I was taught the different between the normal cream and the self-preserving (which has added parabens to make it last longer). I was so impressed, that I popped a full size Dreamcream in my basket to bring home.

I have been using it every day since I got it, and honestly - it's awesome. It's incredibly moisturising, not greasy, smells lovely and most importantly, doesn't flare up my skin.

Thank you Lush Bath for inviting me, and helping me discover my new favourite skin product!

PS. How kind of them to use me as inspiration for this gift box ;) 





Sunday, 1 February 2015

Birthday Wishes

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 24! The time between Christmas and my birthday seems to whizz by SO quickly, that before I know it, my big day is looming. Bring on the 19th! I've booked a couple days off work, and intend to drink cocktails and eat burgers for most of that time ;) Here's what I'm wishing for this year!
Clockwise from top left

Happy Jackson snack box - to encourage healthy eating at my desk // L'Oreal Colour Riche Glitter Polish  - loving the look of this dark blue sparkle // Docs socks - I got some gorgeous DMs for Christmas, and am lusting after some proper Docs socks to help me break them in // jelly beans  - Jelly Belly are the best, no explanation neccessary // Cheeky Alice perfume - I love Vivienne Westwood fragrances, but haven't had this one before // New Look dress - that neckline is gorgeous, and considering I'm not buying any clothes for myself at the moment, I'd love this to wear out for my birthday celebrations! // Ediburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur - after completing the Dryathalon last month, and raising a few hundred pounds for Cancer Research UK, I have become a little bit obsessed with Edinburgh Gin, and everything they do. I can't wait to visit their distillery in May! // Gone Girl - loved the book and the movie, definitely need this on in my collection // Urban Decay on the Run - I highly rate everything I have ever tried by Urban Decay, and I imagine this palette will be up there too!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Viva


All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel.

Taken with iPhone 5C and edited with VSCOcam.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Lately I've Been

Drinking a LOT of tea and coffee in my new Cath Kidston mug, bought on New Years Eve to aid me through my Dryathalon.
Thinking about cutting my hair...
Pampering. Jade bought me this for Christmas and it's working miracles.
Wondering why we don't do this more often... a couple of Sunday's ago, we got Ruby in the car and drove to the woods. We walked for a couple of hours, aimlessly, and then drove home for lunch. It was lovely, and Ruby was so well behaved. It made us want our own pup even more.
Wearing my new black on black Vans and regretting not getting some sooner.
Struggling to get back into a work routine. These dark mornings are killer, and unintentionally working late most nights is taking it's toll. 
Listening to a lot of old Fall Out Boy songs, and remembering my teenage years.
Finishing our scrapbook, FINALLY.
Taking selfies in an AA recovery van. Owen's car broke down on the way to Cardiff... we had quite an adventure and arrived 6 hours after leaving home (it should only have taken 2 hours on a bad day)
Seeing Slipknot... bet you weren't expecting that one! I used to listen to them a lot when I was younger, so when they put tickets out for a Cardiff show, a group of us decided we'd go. And I have no shame in saying that they were one of the best bands I've seen live, in my 10 years of gigging and I've seen a lot.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Getting Into The Habit Of Saving

Since our priorities changed from traveling to saving for a mortgage, I have been thinking about the ways I spend money and the changes I can make to help us on our journey. Here's just a few things we have set in motion to help us get our savings account off the ground - maybe they can help you too!

Old fashioned money box
On 1st January, we made a decision to save every pound coin which we get in change. At the end of each day if there's a £1 coin in my purse or Ash's wallet it goes into our money box, which is one you can't get money out of until its full. And then you have to smash it! I haven't been keeping exact track of what's in there, but I think we're already at about £30. I can't wait to see how much is in there when it's full!

Cash back websites
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have read the other day that since joining Quidco just a little over a year ago, I have earned £96 from cash back. It's so simple. Whenever buying anything online, I hop over to Quidco.com first, search the name of the website (mostly ASOS...), and then visit it through Quidco. Tracking is set through browser cookies, and once the transaction is complete you get an email to say what you've earnt.  Each retailer sets their own cash back amount, from 1% up to 15%! It also prompts you to use any live discount codes which may be on the website too, ensuring the best deal all the time. I think the most I got was £25 from First Choice when I booked our holiday to Greece. But all the other purchases soon add up!

Looking after the pennies
Whenever I log into my online banking, I transfer the penny amount from my current account into savings. At this very moment, there's an uneven pound amount of 51p. So, into savings it goes. This has meant that an extra £6 has gone into savings over the past two weeks. Not a HUGE amount, but something which will also add up. I don't miss it from my current account, and it makes my savings look nicer.

Spend with cash, not card
It's so easy to tap in 4 digits on a card machine and spend away your future. But it definitely registers more in your mind when you hand over the 'real deal.' After pay day, I withdraw in cash the amount of money I'd be happy spending throughout the month on extras - generally spent at the pub, food/toiletries shopping at the supermarket or any other unplanned spends. And once it's gone, it's gone. This way, I'm always mindful of what I can afford before the next pay day. And an extra bonus - I get pound coins back to put in my savings jar!

Reduce monthly bills
I've finally cancelled my gym membership. I liked the idea of it more than I actually liked being there, so now I save £32 a month by using YouTube for my workouts.
When my iPhone contract comes up for renewal this year, I am going to get a SIM-only deal and keep my 5C handset. It's more than good enough for what I need it for, and I won't be stuck in another 2 year contract.
Being thrifty with car insurance has paid off too.. when I got my new car back in November, it was cheaper by around £5 a month to add my Mum to the insurance than it was for her to not be on there. All of these monthly savings make a huge difference to the amount I can afford to put into savings, and in turn, will help our account grow.

Well - I hope these tips may have inspired a couple of you. If you have any other tips on saving, please do share!