BODYSHOP HAUL

Good morning beautiful souls,

I recently purchased some new Bodyshop goods, products I haven’t tried before. I thought about doing a first impressions post, but then decided to try them out a little first before reviewing them. So without further ado, here’s what I thought:

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Waterproof Mascara –

I’m going to be blunt – I hate it and definitely will not be repurchasing this again! Saying that I like the brush, it makes for a an easy application and creates good lash length. However the product itself leaves me with dark circles under my eyes quite quickly and removing it at the end of the day is practically impossible without ripping out half of my eyelashes!

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Lipgloss –

I didn’t need a new lipgloss but this beautiful shimmery metallic rose tone just wanted to be bought haha. The application brush is a works really well and the lipgoss has a nice consistency and sparkle to it without being uber shiny and sticky which I hate.

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Vitamin E Face Cream –

I’ve been really enjoying this face cream as it is nice and light and doesn’t feel like it clogs up your skin. The reason I picked this though is because it has an SPF 30. It’s important to remember to protect our skin from the UV rays in autumn and winter too when the sun and sunburn aren’t as obvious! I use this every morning and am very likely to repurchase!

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Primer –

I’m going to admit I one of these people who doesn’t really pay much attention to primers, I mean I understand what they do, but as to whether my makeup is really smoother or stays on longer, I really couldn’t tell you. Saying that it does make the application process easier and does seem to soften and even out the skin well.

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Have you tried any of these products?! I’d love to know 🙂

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MINI GETAWAY – DESTINATION ALNMOUTH

Good morning beautiful souls,

My travel blogs are coming at ya a little belated, for which I am sorry, but I’m finally getting back into mu blogging and I have a lot of belated content to share haha, plus it is nice to reminisce all the cute mini getaways I had this summer! A couple of months ago I had my last holiday of the summer which was a couple of days in Alnmouth with my family and I just wanted to share a few photos from my time there with you!

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We had a lovely few days together just relaxing and enjoying each others company.

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We went for walks along the beach…

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Were creative together painting, looking around an art gallery and taking a trip to Potadoodledo to paint some pottery which was great fun!

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I cooked everyone delicious vegan food every day from tofu scramble to pea risotto all the while enjoying some delish holiday G&T’s whilst doing my thang in the kitchen haha – anyone else love a drink whilst cooking dinner?!

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My sister and I introduced our parents to Queer Eye (if you haven’t seen this program you’re missing out- it’s the cutest) and we chilled watching tv or reading our books in the evenings…

All too soon however it was time for me to go home and back to work, whilst my mum, dad and sister were allowed to enjoy another couple of days there (I totally was not jealous!)

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I love Alnmouth! If you live in the north east and haven’t been yet I highly suggest you take a trip to this cute coastal village with a beautiful beach!!!

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CABARET CHARITY NIGHT

Good morning beautiful souls,

A couple of weeks ago I went to a charity cabaret evening at Lumley Castle. It was the first time I’d ever been to Lumley Castle and I hope it won’t be the last! What a beautiful location!!! The event was to raise money and awareness for cancer research and turned out to be a lovely evening.

(By the way, please excuse the terrible quality photos, my phone is great in daylight but terrible in the evenings and low light!)

We were told ‘dress to impress’ and so out came my beautiful green ball gown, which by the way is one of my fave charity shop finds, the heels and fancy jewellery. I love getting dressed up but rarely get the chance to, so when I do have an opportunity, I go all out hehe.

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When we arrived at Lumley Castle we at first got lost and nearly gate crashed a wedding haha, but were luckily found and pointed in the right direction. Once we found our way we were greeted with a champagne reception and a photographer took our photo before we mingled caught up with some other people we knew and had a browse of the silent auction prizes.

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An hour or so later we sat down to some speeches before enjoying a meal and I was very grateful that they made me my own vegan options – a curry for mains and a chocolate tart thing for dessert which were both tasty.

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After the meal we had the cabaret entertainment and some musical favourites were sung as well as some instrumental pieces performed. They put on a good show, which was followed by the DJ cracking out some fab tunes and people grooving on the dancefloor before the silent auction winners were revealed. We waited for my friend to collect her winnings and then had to hurry on out as our lift home was waiting.

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I really enjoyed myself that night. It was just nice to get out of the house and do something different!!

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AUTUMN SPICE COFFEE

Good morning beautiful souls,

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons; the cascades of tumbling burnt umber, sienna and crimson leaves swirling around the pavements, the chilly winds nipping at your face but you don’t mind as your wrapped up warm in your favourite cosy knits, the time to snuggle up in front of real fires (if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful ingelnook fireplace) and read a book…. the list goes on.
I feel like autumn is the perfect time for creating a hygge atmosphere and in the spirit of this I want to share my delicious homemade autumn spiced coffee with you; the healthy version to all these pumpkin spiced lattes which are full of syrups.

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What you will need
French Press – Burr Grinder – Coffee Beans – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Star Anise – Cloves

Firstly grind your coffee beans (grinding your own beans to demand will give you a fresher and more aromatic coffee) – put your coffee into your French press (the thumbrule is 6g-8g of coffee per 100ml of water) – add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 a star anise crushed small and 3 cloves – pour on hot water (not boiling), stir and leave for 2 minutes – press down the cafetier, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

Now I am a black coffee drinker; a firm believer that if you find a good coffee bean and roast you like then you won’t need milk to balance any bitterness because there won’t be any bitterness. I am lucky enough to be able to get my favourite beans from my dads coffeehouse, however if you can’t find a coffee you enjoy drinking black or you are just one of those people who enjoys really milky coffees, do feel free to add a non dairy milk, I’d recommend trying oat milk as it’s the creamiest in my opinion and works best with coffee! If you love your coffee and want to try out this autumn spice deliciousness, do let me know what you think! Hope you hall have a wonderful day!

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