Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Kids Stuff Crazy Soap


Tapanga absolutely adores bath time and would probably spend her whole life in there playing if she could, she gets her deep sea diver (a Harry from One Direction Doll) her drowning shark attack victim (Barbie) and gets on her merry way with her imagination and an immense amount of bubbles.

Recently we both discovered Kids Stuff Crazy Soap which really livened up bath time some more for her as she could have even more fun while getting clean.

The range comes in fun bright packaging with a different animal on each bottle which makes it very eye catching for the little people in our lives, they also have really great scents which are more natural than overly sweet smelling like some children's products are.

The three products we decided on were the Colour Changing Bubble Bath which turns from being orange in the bottle to a bright blue in the bath while keeping its beautiful fresh orange scent, the next product had to be the one Panga loved the most - Fun Foaming Soap! She loved being able to make shapes to wash herself with and it really got her creative side going. The last product we got was the Bath Time Body Paint which I was quite scared about at first because of staining but I have to say it didn't stain once and Panga absolutely loved it especially when making Barbie her shark attack victim.

Panga says 'I really enjoyed playing in the bath with these, the bubble bath made my bath SO blue and like I was swimming in the ocean! I liked making all the shapes with the foam, especially pretending to be Father Christmas when painting myself red and creating a beard.... I LOVE IT ALL!!!'

Its safe to say both Tapanga and myself love the products and I wouldn't hesitate in buying them again, especially as I can pick them up when doing my weekly shop as Tesco and Sainsburys both stock them with their prices ranging between £2 and £3

Have you tried any of these products for your kids? Do you think your little ones would love them?


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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Style my... Raise

One of the things many of us dream of is getting a nice hefty pay rise, well actually the pay rise doesn't have to be that hefty just as long as long as we are shown that we are valued for our work and the pay we get reflects that is something I'm sure most of us would be happy. 

Now have you ever thought that one of the reasons why you aren't getting that pay rise is because of your wardrobe choices? No? Well think again because it could possibly be one of the reasons as you also have to look the part no matter how hard you work. House of Fraser have come up with Style my... Raise, which gives great outfit inspiration on taking your work wardrobe from drab to fab in no time to help you get that raise you deserve.

As you can see in the video there are a multitude of ways that you can improve your work wardrobe to make you look like you are more than deserving of that raise with outfits that scream 'I am ready, dedicated and coming for you'.

You can head on over to House of Fraser to shop everything from the shoes to the lipstick to help you get well on your way to getting what you deserve and investing in your wardrobe is the best way to see exactly where your salary is going.

What do you think about House of Fraser's Style my... Raise campaign? Do you think that dressing to impress is the way forward in getting your hard work noticed?

*Partnered Post

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Craving Autumn Hues

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Crush | Make Up Store Gloss in Lily | Illamasqua Lipstick in Drench | Missguided Lipsplash in Fashion

We have now arrived in my favourite season... Autumn! I absolutely love everything it brings with it like cosy jumpers and cardigans, the leaves changing on the trees, the beautiful crisp air with the sun still shining, the darker nights and most of all the deeper tones of make up that come out to play.

As the weather started turning a few weeks ago I Instagrammed a photo of some beautiful Autumn lip hues as the weather had started getting me in the mood for a deeper lip shade which I have been fully embracing on some of the colder days we have been having recently.

I opt for the slightly glossier formula when choosing lip shades for the colder months as the harsher weather is never kind to my lips and I love the feeling of having my lips smothered in hydrating goodness.

What hues are you craving for Autumn?


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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette


For my birthday I was lucky enough to receive the Urban Decay Electric Palette which is packed full of brighter than bright pressed pigments that can be used in multiple ways.

The Electric Palette works brilliantly as eyeshadow which obviously is what myself and many people would mainly use it for, the pigments blend so effortlessly into each other without any of the dreaded fallout that you can get from many other powder products for the eyes. The way I have been wearing them recently is as coloured eyeliner by mixing them with either a bit of MAC Fix+ or Illamasqua Sealing Gel which help to make them stay completely in place all day and give a good glossy line.

The other way I have been using the Electric Palette is by turning some of the shades into either tinted lip balms or lipsticks which you can see in the picture above where I have used Slowburn, Savage and Jilted. The way I do this is by mixing varying amounts of the shade I want with my lip balm or gloss of choice depending on what look I want, you only need a minimal amount for quite an intense colour but it also varies on the quantities of balm to pigment so having a play around is essential to be able to get the desired colour you want.

I have also been playing around with using the pigments in mine and Tapanga's hair as the colours are so intense they show up really well without using tons of product plus they don't dry out and make your hair look brittle like many hair chalks can do. I have a photo on my Instagram of Panga wearing an array of colours in her hair for anyone who would like to see how they look.

I am so impressed with the palette and I actually love it more than I ever thought I could because of the multiple ways I can use it which definitely gives it great value for money.

The Urban Decay Electric Palette costs £38.00

Do you own and Electric Palette or something similar? How would or do you use yours?


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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Showcase Cinema at Bluewater

Last month I was invited along to the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater along with Tanya, Tapanga and Tanya's little sister where we went to see Earth to Echo.

The Showcase Cinema has recently undergone a brand new refurbishment and boasts an IMAX cinema screen along with 12 other screens as well as a gallery bar where you can watch movies in a top level balcony with the most amazing comfiest seats. Now we didn't actually watch our movie in the IMAX or the gallery bar but we were shown them and I have to say from what I saw I am definitely looking forward to going back again and watching a movie in both of them.

When you enter the cinema you are greeted by a very large foyer where you can buy your tickets, grab some pick & mix, indulge in some Ben & Jerry's and also grab some of the amazing popcorn that they pop themselves on site - They do a range of flavours with your standard sweet and salted as well as their very own caramel flavour. 

We watched our movie in one of the standard screens and I have to say it was one of the comfiest cinema experiences I have ever had, the seats were spacious and very comfortable along with the sound being perfect and non tinny like it has been in some cinemas I have attended. After we watched our movie we were taken upstairs to see the gallery bar where we were treated to a snack plate and drink which is something that is included in the price of a gallery ticket. The snack plate consisted of some tortilla chips, salsa, a chocolate muffin and a box of celebration chocolates plus the drink is completely refillable.

We were able to view one of the screens that you can buy a gallery ticket for and I have to say it is absolutely massive with the gallery section being completely away from anyone down below. The seats in the gallery section are also something to shout about as they are like two seater sofas and so comfortable which is probaably why Tanya and I spent quite a while testing them out.

The staff at the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater were also very friendly and Mathew who showed us around really knew what he was talking about and provided us with great information about the cinema and the refurbishment.

The ticket prices are also really good for the standard of the cinema with tickets starting at £8.10 for a child and £8.55 for an adult. The gallery tickets are much more expensive at £21.45 per ticket but I think they are definitely worth it especially if you like to watch your movie in peace and complete comfort, the fact that you get the snack plate and refillable drinks is what makes these tickets quite appealing for me as you would normally spend quite a chunk of money on things like drinks and snacks at the cinema although I would much prefer a box of popcorn rather than the tortilla chips or have popcorn as an option instead.

Over all I am really impressed with what I saw and I can't wait to go back to see another movie.

Have you been to the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater? 


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

MAC Pink Pigeon & Girl About Town

Mac Pink Pigeon & Girl About Town | MAC Pink Pigeon Swatch | MAC Girl About Town Swatch

First off let me say sorry for not posting properly for the best part of a month, its been a bit hectic at home and I have been really stressed out about still being unwell plus it was also my birthday so I have just not really been in the right head space. I'm hoping now that I have taken a little break from all things blog and social media related I can get back to doing it and ignite my love all over again.

Speaking of my birthday I was utterly spoilt by my family and friends where I received an abundance of presents which included these two beauties which I just couldn't wait to share with you guys.

As many of you know by now I am an absolute lipstick junkie with MAC lipsticks being a firm favourite of mine so I was really excited when I got these two especially as they are both colours I really wanted. Pink Pigeon is actually a lipstick I saw quite recently and mentioned I needed so its good to know ears were actually listening at the time I was banging on about lipsticks and which ones I needed in my life where as Girl About Town has been a shade on my wishlist that I have never gotten round to buying myself.

Pink Pigeon is a matte lipstick although I feel it is more semi matte than full on matte as it still has such a soft and creamy texture to it with an ever so slight sheen when applied to the lips. The colour goes on perfectly opaque in one swipe with no dragging like some matte lipsticks do and I have to say its a shade I completely adore although it looks shockingly similar to Girl About Town when applied to the lips.

Girl About Town is one of those iconic lipsticks that every MAC junkie seems to have in their collection and I really love it with my only problem being that it looks so much like Pink Pigeon on my lips, not that I'm complaining about it as bright pink lipsticks are definitely my thing and I say the more the merrier. Due to Girl About Town being an amplified formula it really does pack a punch in the colour department which is why they are my favourite formula of MAC lipsticks as well as the fact I find them so ultra hydrating and creamy.

Have you guys added any new lipsticks to your collections recently?


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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Festival Fun in Manchester

If you’re planning a city break, the fun, friendly and vibrant city of Manchester is a great place to visit with family or friends. With great transport links and world class bars, restaurants and shops, it’s got more than enough to keep you amused, but why not visit when there’s something extra special going on, to make your weekend in the North West even more memorable?

Manchester Food & Drink Festival, 18-29th September

This hugely popular annual event is a great way to get to know Manchester better through one of the things it does best – food and drink. Whether you’re interested in the history of all things culinary in Manchester or you want to sample exciting modern street food, there’s all this and more on offer. The main hub of the action is in Albert Square, but this is a citywide festival with food, drink and music events going on all over the town, so no matter where you are in Manchester, you’re sure to come across something with a fabulous foodie theme going on.

Soccerex Football Festival 2014, 6 & 7th September

This free international festival of all things football has taken place at Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, Copacabana Beach in Rio and Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg. Now it’s the great footballing city of Manchester’s turn to play host at BT City Square, Etihad Stadium. Football icons like Manchester United and France’s Louis Saha and Columbian star Carlos Valderrama are confirmed to appear and there’ll also be tournaments, competitions, workshops and coaching sessions on offer, meaning it’ll be two days of heaven for football fans and even those who are only going to chaperone the football crazy members of their family should be able to enjoy the fun atmosphere.

The Warehouse Project, 27th September – 1st January

If you’re heading to Manchester to party, then this autumn is the time to do it. This year the massively popular clubbing festival the Warehouse Project is returning to Store Street, its original subterranean home, deep under Piccadilly Station in the city centre. This series of club nights attracts the biggest names in international DJing and the most exuberant party people – great crowds are guaranteed as the programme kicks off when Manchester’s students are returning to the city for the new term and culminates in the party hedonism of the Christmas season. So if you want a big night out to remember during your stay in Manchester, go online and book today as capacity is limited and demand is high.

Whether you’re improving your ball skills, sampling food and drink from around the world, dancing until the sun comes up or just shopping until you drop, you’ll need somewhere central to rest your weary head. A Travelodge in Manchester is an ideal option for a cheap, clean place to stay in a choice of thirteen locations across the city. Now all that remains for you to do is get out there and join the party!

*I was compensated for this post

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