Monday, 26 June 2017

June Beauty Favourites






It's been a while since I did a beauty favourites post but it was super easy to choose my five most favourite, most used products this month, although I've been loving so much lately this post could easily have been a strong ten products long, haha. 

But I've managed to shortlist my favourites and here are my favourite beauty bits this month...





Acti Labs Collagen & Kelp Fondant (£29.50)

I'm excited to introduce you to this amazing stuff!! I'm now onto my second tub and I use it daily. I'm slightly obsessed with using collagen on my skin right now. I'm in my thirties and it's getting harder for me to keep my skin looking it's best. 

This stuff keeps my skin soft, smooth and firm. It has anti-ageing anti cellulite properties and skin healing ingredients. It's perfect for sun bun, dry skin and eczema.

My skin honestly has never felt so supple. If you fancy giving this stuff a go, click here




Pamper Boutique Bath Bombs

I love bath bombs so I treated myself to a box of them from my friend who makes these amazing bath bombs and bubble bombs in the most amazing fragrances. 

They don't seem to contain the skin softening properties that Lush bath bombs do, but they do smell amazing and send the bath water a gorgeous colour. It's amazing how bright bath water changes your mood. 




Kiehls Damage Reparing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment (£20.00)

My hair is naturally very dry and with the bleach from the balayage, I need to keep treating it with the best possible products that will help my hair looking and feeling in good condition. This leave-in treatment is infused with moringa tree oil and hydrating ingredients to help fortify and smooth hair.

It has helped keep my hair feeling healthy and I love knowing that it is working hard to reverse any damage. 




Acti Labs Mega Matte Liquid Lipstick in Diva (£11.00)

You want your liquid lipstick to last all day right? Check. To go on smoothly? Check. To have amazing pigment and long lasting colour? Check.

These newly formulated mattes feel really comfortable on the lips and it's not budging all day and I love that! It's a gorgeous shade too, definitely been a favourite to reach for this month!

To see all the shades available, click here. The original formula mega mattes are currently on offer at just £8.50, grab them while stocks last here.




The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (£19.99)

I've possibly spoke about this before, but it deserves a mention again, it's THAT GOOD!
I use it every single day without fail, it is THE best highlighter!! I also sometimes use it on my eyes. I'll be gutted when I reach pan with this! It's a beauty! A sheer yet highly pigmented highlight, it's perfect to accentuate those check and brow bones!



What about you, 
what have you been loving this month?





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Friday, 16 June 2017

Spring Update

Hi guys,

It's finally Summer, yaaaaas!! My favourite time of year! And also time for my Spring Update.

It was quite possibly the hardest few months of my life if I'm honest. But I'm happy to leave that behind me and have an amazing Summer. 




March

So at the very end of February I found out that the man I spent the past 8 years with, settled with and started a family with had been having an affair for the past year. 

So March was tough. 

I had to deal with what had happened myself, as well as pick up the pieces for my children. My eldest is obviously old enough to understand and was heartbroken. It has massively affected him. My youngest has been very confused but is slowly adapting to life with Daddy not living at home with us anymore, not having a family; Mummy & Daddy not being together anymore, the way he was supposed to grow up. 

I threw myself in to spending quality time with the boys, making sure they were okay and understood that I loved them and I wasn't going anywhere. Lots of fun days out and keeping them busy. 

I also took some time out for myself, to go see The Full Monty at the local concert hall. Watching some of my fave former Hollyoaks men get their bums out cheered me up a bit, if only for a couple of hours. 


My most popular post this month was The Full Monty, UK Tour.





April

So we started April with a trip to watch Justin Fletcher Live, it was so good. Taylor loved it! His little face when 'Mr Tumble' turned up! Even I was excited! haha

It was a month full of finding my feet, taking over the house and bills.
And if all that change wasn't enough, my employment stopped and I was made self employed. It's been a scary ride. I literally sat there at times thinking, 'wow, how the hell am I going to do all this by myself.'

This pushed me into making the decision to join ActiLabs. It's something I've been thinking about for the past 2 years. I use their products and I adore them. I soon found that it wasn't just another 'direct selling / money making scheme'; the company is an absolute joy to work for, they're super supportive, positive and rewarding. And the products are just amazing. I'll tell you a bit more about them in another post sometime. But if you fancy taking a look at what we do, click here.

I also took a bit of time out for a couple of weeks, to be kind to myself, treat myself... and a few days out in the sunshine with cocktails helped with that too!


My most popular post this month was Sending & Receiving Flowers.





May

May started with a trip to Butlins in Minehead. Bradley spent a week in Corfu with his Dad, so I'd booked a Just for Tots week at Butlins for Taylor. If you have under 5's, TAKE THEM! Honestly, it's such an amazing break specifically aimed at under 5's. Was such a good week. 

When we got back, I had my friends baby shower to get ready for. I was in charge of the games so I tried to go all out for her. She'd been a huge support for me over the past few weeks so I wanted to make sure she had the best time. And I think she was happy! :)

I managed to reach Diamond Status with Acti for the second month running so super happy with how that's going! Getting paid to play with makeup and take selfies can't be bad! :)

It was also Bradley's 13th birthday this month. Yes, I am now the mother of a teenager!! I'm not quite sure how that happened!!! But I made sure I spoilt him with 13 pretty fab presents and he was a very happy boy! 

It wasn't a great month for me. I think things finally caught up with me. Keeping busy, putting everything into work and the boys was all well and good but I think things finally sunk in and I fell into a really dark, dark place. It wasn't nice and I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone. Well, any decent human being of course! There's a huge stigma surrounding mental illness, but it should be spoken about more. I was in a place that not even my 2 beautiful children were stopping me from not wanting to wake in the morning. But, it's okay not to be okay. 

Now, I'm doing well. I know I deserve to be happy. I know I deserve so much better than to be treated in such a disgusting way. I'm SO much better than all those involved. 
I won't let this ruin me. I have two beautiful boys and we're going to be happy, the three of us.
 
I don't have much support. Unfortunately I don't have family around me to help me out, advise me or check in with me. I have some great friends, that are there if I need them. But otherwise it's just me, me and my boys. Us against the world.


And I'll shine. Watch me.
BRING ON THE SUMMER!


My most popular post this month was Butlins Just for Tots week - Minehead



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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Butlins 'Just for Tots' Break - Minehead

Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead


Holidaying, day trips and generally entertaining my two is hard work.

With a 10 year age gap between them, it's often pretty tricky to find something they'll both be interested in. It's often a case of one being bored while the other is busy doing something they want to do, or before we separated, James and I would take turns taking one child to do something while the other kept the other one busy. 

But when Bradley arranged to go to Corfu for the week with his Dad, I jumped at the chance to take Taylor to the Just for Tots break at Butlins.

I'll throw in my disclaimer now; I am not in any way being paid for this post, I am not a Butlins Ambassador (I wish!) I just simply thought this break was bloody amazing and needed to be shouted about. ;)


Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead
Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead


I've always been a fan of Butlins for the kids, they really have thought of everything in terms of a fun packed family holiday. 
Bradley loved visiting Butlins growing up, he was just spoilt for choice at the amount of activities and things he could do. 

When he was 7 I took him abroad to Menorca. It was nice and all, and I loved being in the sun, but other than playing in the pool and a few kids clubs there wasn't much else for him to do and he often got a little bored. I ended up booking to take him to Butlins when we got home. :)

The Just for Tots breaks are aimed specifically for Under 5's. 

With fully packed entertainment schedules full of toddler friendly shows and activities, early meal times, 'drop in' activity sessions and early finishing evening entertainment, the break is designed to fit perfectly around little ones routines.


Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead
Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead


Minehead is most definitely my favourite Butlins resort.

Although it's the furthest from us, I much prefer how it is set out, and Minehead is just beautiful. The beach is lovely, and we were fortunate to be able to spend a gorgeous-ly (if it isn't in the dictionary then it should be!) warm day there, playing in the sand, splashing in the sea and eating ice cream. Pretty lucky for the first week of May!

I'd booked a Silver Suite with dining plan and housekeeping package and it still came to under £400.

And from the minute we arrived it was go, go, go. 
Taylor didn't stop.

All the staff were so friendly and accommodating. The resort was clean and really beautifully made up. You can tell a lot of work goes into making the place perfect for it's holiday makers.

The dining package is ideal as with a buffet style restaurant you're spoilt for choice for food with options even the fussiest of eaters will enjoy. Taylor loved coming up and choosing what food he would like each morning and evening. The greeting staff on the door were fantastic at getting the little ones involved, calling them by their names and making them laugh. I'm pretty sure kids under 5 eat free on this break too! 


Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead
Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead


Taylor spent most of his days in the Little Tikes village, climbing on the climbing frames and slides, and playing inside the houses. And he loved the car track, full of Little Tikes cars to speed around the track in, filling up with petrol on the way round. It took some bribing to get him out most days.

He loved watching his favourite TV characters live; it was like he'd stepped into CBeebies! He was in awe! Teletubbies, Mr Men, Mister Maker... amazing! I've never seen him sit so still before!! :) And he got to meet his favourites, have cuddles and have his photograph taken with them too.

There was so much on resort to do; the indoor Skyline is full of entertainment, shows, shops, bars, restaurants, amusements. Then there are lots of play areas and playgrounds, the fantastic Splash Waterworld pool, the fairground, the children's indoor fairground, the library and the arts and crafts room in which we had fun playing with Playdoh one day and creating a dinosaur collage the next. 

There was so much that we didn't get to do too; the Puddle Ducks swimming lessons, toddler football, soft play, balance ability and so much more. 


Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead
Butlins, just for tots, toddler, holiday, minehead

It was an amazing week, hats off to Butlins who pulled out all the stops for the Just for Tots week and I'll definitely look into bringing Taylor back again. Although we hadn't been back more than 2 days before I booked a cheeky little break with the boys and our friends for next year! :)

If you get the chance to visit, go go go!



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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sending & Receiving Flowers

How do you show your love, to your loved ones, family & friends? What about the ones that live further afield? 

A lot of my closest friends live far away and I don't get to see them as much as I'd like. It's difficult on special occasions or even when they're going through tough times, to be there for them as I'd like. I like to send little cards to let them know I'm thinking of them. And I've been known to send flowers too.

Do you like receiving flowers? For me, it depends who they're from. 
When I'd receive them from my ex-partner, I always thought it was a cop-out; he'd regularly pick some up from work on special occasions because he couldn't be bothered to make any effort and put any thought into anything else. But when I receive them from a friend or family member that lives far away, I LOVE the fact that they've personally chose and purchased flowers online for me! Such a lovely feeling! 

A recent survey found that Northerners are more likely to buy flowers than Southerners. What do you think of that? Being from the Midlands I'm staying well out of that debate ;)



What is your favourite flower? 
Apparently 83% of people associate the classic red rose with 'love'. I do like to receive red roses as a token of love. However, my favourite flowers are tulips. I love different coloured tulips in the Spring time!

In Columbia, they have a special day to mark 'Love and Friendship'. Groups of friends gather together for dinner or drinks for a 'Amigo Secreto' (Secret Friend) event, similar to Secret Santa. I love that! Sending flowers to loved ones is also a popular way to mark the day.

While in Korea, they celebrate love and friendship every month! The 14th of every month is a celebration of friends and lovers. For example, May 14th is 'Yellow Day' where couples buy each other yellow roses! Cute.

Fancy telling someone you're thinking of them? Why not consider a flower delivery from Flying Flowers?


I think we should have a special friendship day here too, don't you? 
Make mine tulips... just for future reference! ;)


*In collaboration with Flying Flowers.

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