Monday, 25 May 2015

Molto Mauve


Popping into Boots one time after the gym the other day, which probably happens more than its supposed to, I came across an offer from L'Oreal Paris that gave you £5 off when you bought a bottle of coke. Now, I do drink coke and saving £5 off an £8.99 lip gloss sounds like a pretty good deal to me and I believe its still running! The lip gloss is a color riche extraordinaire and I fell for the colour Molto Mauve 500. Its pretty similar to my natural skin colour which is rarely a colour I go for in the first place so was a nice addition to my other lip products. 





For a person who doesn't normally wear lip gloss due to the whole hair stuck to your face thing, it isn't too bad at all! This product is actually designed and called a lipstick but the only thing that resembles that is the high pigmentation of the lipstick that is underneath all the micro oils on top which basically makes it a lip gloss in a way. It's so soft and the shine doesn't come through like your wearing a Disney Princess lip gloss that make your lips just look wet (obviously back when you were younger... or now if you prefer). It's available in 9 different shades and has an easy application wand which is also so soft!

I don't know whether I would have spend £8.99 on it though due to personal dislike of lip gloss but having that £5 off made me want to give this one a go and I'm glad I did! I would recommend anyone to give it ago whether they like or dislike lip gloss! If you have used this before leave me a comment to let me know how you got on with it!



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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Holiday with Oasis

Oasis has been the shop I have always adored. Whenever I walk in there is always such a touch of elegance and friendliness that always welcomes you back for more. Their clothes are always stunning and even though I have not bought anything but jewellery from there, their material for the clothes always feels strong and expensive when prices are normally within 'normal' prices. You may or may not know that I am going on holiday in early June but not anywhere abroad. This then means that the weather, especially as I'm venturing to North Wales, may or may not be that nice. You can never tell in the UK! However, I do still want some nice things that at least look a little holiday-y but can also be used for other occasions too. In steps, Oasis! I have found this stunning outfit all from Oasis online and if I had some money tucked away for the whole outfit I would get it!



Holiday with Oasis

This outfit could be dressed up or dressed down depending on where your going and you could add a jacket if the weather wasn't playing ball like you'd want it too! 

Playsuit £40 // Sunglasses £14 // Clutch Bag £25 // Shoes £22 // Hat £15 // Bangles £14



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Sunday, 17 May 2015

MND - Our Story

This post has been a very hard one to write but will always be one I cherish the most. On this post, I would love for people to share it and get the word around as this is one disease that has touched my heart very much this year. Here is just a brief background on what MND is. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) comes in many different forms. It attacks motor neurones which is a type of nerve in the central nervous system, progressively so that eventually muscles no longer receives messages to them, which slowly leads to muscle wasting and leading to paralysis. Unfortunately what this also includes is their ability to speak, eat, drink and in many cases even to breathe. Every day life which the unaffected find easy is now one hell of a struggle to what someone with MND is going through. Another disheartening fact is that there is currently no cure for MND so you just have to give them the best quality of life you can whilst they are still here with us as it is a terminal illness. Personally, I find this disease the worst kind of them all and this is why...

Stephen's Story -


This is my Dad's story who is currently still fighting against this horrible disease. In August 2014, one morning we noticed that my father has woken up with stroke like symptoms. His speech was slurred, he had a strange nerve pulsing in his arm and I believe he said his face felt a little numb. We tried to convince him to go and see a doctor but this took days of persuasion until he eventually went to see them. Here, he got referred to the hospital where they had diagnosed him of having a stroke. He was then put on all sorts of medication such as blood thinners to help him not have another stroke however, we saw that it was getting worse not better. He did have check up appointments and so forth after this until a dreaded letter for another appointment came through the post saying they want to speak to Stephen with possibly another family member available. In December 2014, when the appointment was, they diagnosed him with having MND and it broke our hearts. I only knew about Stephen Hawkins having a form of it called ALS, which you may have heard from the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', and that's all the doctors only gave away as well. They did state it was a terminal illness and was definitely life shortening. I have happened to have drove that day so we had to go in the quiet room of the hospital so that we could gather our heads but something like that you just don't get over.

Up until now, the disease has made such progress to the point where my Dad can no longer walk, barely even talk, he can't eat or drink for himself and we require carers and nurses coming in 4 times a day. It has gotten to the point where he can no longer do anything for himself. At times, it can get frustrating and then he gets frustrated as its just so, so hard. No words can describe how hard and difficult it is for the affected and the people around them that love them. Seeing them from being healthy to being completely incapable of doing anything for them-self is utterly heart breaking and it tears more and more away of you day by day. No one ever mentioned EVER how hard it was going to be on family but whatever we are feeling it is nothing compared to how he must be feeling. 

My dad was diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) which affects around a quarter of all people diagnosed. It affects the arms and legs and the most disheartening point is that the life expectancy is only 6 months - 3 years when the symptoms first appears which could mean that my father only has a couple of years maximum. It really does hit you hard when you think about the future such as 'He will never see his grandchildren' or 'Who is going to walk me down the aisle at my wedding' or even 'Is he going to be there at my graduation'. Even writing this post has reduced me to tears. Unfortunately the man you see in the picture above is no longer there as it has destroyed every inch of him. 

MND is such an under researched area and fundraising really helps. The MND association (website link here) provides lots of helpful information and all about the fundraising you can do to help so there may be a chance of a cure one day. Furthermore, my Mum is doing her own fundraising in the form of collecting donations from my recently passed grandfather's funeral who would have wanted to help the best he could so if you wish to donate through there instead it would be so appreciated (link here).

If anyone is going through this themselves or know someone who is I am always willing to talk as I know how life impacting this disease is. I hope you all recognise the importance of this post as I want to get the word around so as many people know about this awful disease as possible so hopefully it won't destroy as many lives.






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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chinese-Styled Pork Tenderloin


Just a quick post for this evening and that is a cheeky recipe for the slow cooker which I absolutely love! It does take around 6-8 hours in the slow cooker and the result is the image above, which may I add was delicious and literally fell apart and I tried to take it from the pot! I did it as part of a roast and pulled the pork for the family and they loved it so thought I'd share it with you lovely lot! I did find this recipe on www.addapinch.com so I must state that this is not my recipe. It fed around 4 people at a push and that was a pretty big pork tenderloin as it shrank in the slow cooker. 

Ingredients:

1 x 2-3 pound boneless pork tenderloin
1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped

Method:

1. Place the tenderloin into the slow cooker. Mix all the above ingredients together and pour over the pork. Set the timer on your slow cooker for around 6-8 hours on low.

2. Once its cooked, remove from the slow cooker and grab two forks to start pulling the pork apart. For added flavour, you could pour over the remaining gravy onto the pork with the rest of the food.

And that is basically it! Its so simple and delicious for such an amazing dish. I would recommend it to anyone who loves flavours of soy sauce and honey as that's what gives this dish a Chinese feel. To anyone who attempts this I would love to know how it goes and more importantly... I hope you love it, ENJOY!



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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Ocean Salt


Lush has always been one of my go to brands if something every goes wrong with my skin. Dream cream, breath of fresh air, all of their face masks pretty much are just a few products I use currently and have done in the past. However, there is a new chap on the block of my skin care routine which seems to out-compete any other scrubs I have ever had in the past. Ocean Salt is a product recommended to me when I went into Lush. They do two versions of this product, the featured and another one with a self-preserving feature. This just means that you get less harmful chemicals inside your pot and in some ways helps with sensitive skin. However, as my skin isn't that sensitive I chose the non-self preserving one.




That picture of my face looks horrendous however it must be done! So, what is in this product? Well, when one of the team from Lush was going through what was in it, I was surprised that Vodka came up... Yes, vodka. Well, its got fresh organic lime extracted from vodka. However, this is used for the refreshing and antibacterial effects which is perfect for people who suffer from blemishes, blocked pores or blackheads. Tick all three for me. There is also fresh grapefruit in the product to help with cleansing and toning, fresh sea salt for the actual scrubby part and avocado butter to help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin whilst its being scrubbed. 

I have been using it twice a week for a couple of weeks now and can confidently say I have noticed a massive difference. My skin feels softer, my pores don't look big and the occasional spot does still come however, being realistic and with hormones and everything, this is still expected. If you do have sensitive skin or not quite sure how your skin is going to react, then give the self preserving one a go. For 120g its £7.75 and for the 250g its £13.95 and the bigger of the pots is featured o this blog post. I would love to know if any of you lovely lot have tried this product and how well you got on with it, so leave a comment in the box below as I would love to know!



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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Festival Fun with River Island

Festival season is fast approaching however, I am not going to any! What I can't stand about festivals is the poor hygiene, cramped sleeping places and port-a-loo's... Yes I'm that type of person! I like my bath, bed and own toilet which a thousand other people haven't used. I do however, like the fashion of the festival season. I've created an outfit that if I was going to a festival, I would wear and its all from River Island. 

Crop tops have been in fashion for a long time and having a lacy look to it adds a 70's bonus. I also think those dainty pastel earrings are gorgeous and would go with pretty much anything! I have also always been a massive fan of those headbands as I think they are absolutely stunning in the summer and is the perfect accessory for a festival outfit.


Festival Fun

Earrings £6 // Head Band £10 // Top £35 // Shorts £30 // Sunglasses £10 // Bag £20 // Sandals £40

What are you planning on wearing for the festival season?










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