Thursday, 13 April 2017

Beauty | Almond Milk & Honey | The Body Shop.

| From left to right - | * 60ml Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream - LINK  - £2.00 | 200ml Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter - LINK - £15.00 | Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream - LINK - £4.00 |

I was excited to try the new Almond Milk & Honey range from The Body Shop, Almonds are a super food rich in vitamin E and they are great for your skin, I have been eating them every morning for the past month and I have noticed better skin apart from the occasional hormonal spots us ladies get every month.
So when I saw the new range from The Body Shop I knew they would be onto something great especially for your skin and body. We had quite a warm winter I think so my skin didn't really get too much of a beating from the cold weather but non the less it still needs a little TLC now we are heading into warmer weather and the thought of getting my legs out kind of terrifies me. The Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream is perfect for cleansing that rough skin so it's smooth again. After a shower I love to use the Almond Milk & Honey Restoration Body Butter, I love The Body Shop Butters as they are so soft, I like to let them sink in for a good 15 minutes before getting ready, I really wished I used a body butter's more often but it tends to be only the weekends I use them as I have more time to get ready, they keep your skin moisturized for at least 48 hours, this particular body butter is perfect for injecting some moisture into them legs of yours.
Lastly the Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream is perfect for on the go, I do a lot of cleaning and hands on jobs in my job so they do take a beating each week, so I like to use a good hand cream and this one smells wonderful. The ingredients in these beauty products are fair trade so as well as treating yourself your also supporting community trade suppliers - you can read more about what this is here - LINK - and why I back it 100%. I do often write these posts but I am always 100% honest with my reviews and I always buy my bath and shower products from The Body Shop, I love the shower gels and body butters and I like that I'm helping others when I buy from The Body Shop. So give this new range a go, it's  must if you have sensitive skin like me.

Have you tired this new range? If so what did you think of it.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What I've Been Buying | Select | Primark | H&M | New Look Haul ♥

Last weekend I went for a spot of afternoon tea with my bestie in Nottingham - I'll save afternoon tea for another post. We also went for a shopping trip, buying some of the items in this post, some where bought on a separate shopping trip so I thought it would be an idea to pop it all in one haul post, I know my readers like these kinds of posts, as do I - I will try and link you where I can to some of these pieces too. 

This cute striped pink & white bardot top is from Select - I love stripes and gingham at the moment and this pink striped top is so cute, it's dressy but can be worn casual at the same time, Select also sell this in a blue and white pattern too, you can buy this top here - LINK - for only £12.99. The shirt below it is also from Select, and I love it so much but I'm going to have to take it back as it just doesn't fit me right at all, I just loved the embroidered detail on the shoulder -  I think maybe I'd of liked it better if it was sleeveless, you can buy this here - LINK - for £16.99.

I bought my first pair of ripped jeans last month from New Look and I loved wearing them that much that I decided to buy them in another colour, they are from the HALLIE range and they are so comfy, the fit is perfect for me and they are the best fitting jeans I own, I normally always purchase my jeans from Primark because lets face it the prices are great, but it was worth splashing the £27.99 for these as I can see them lasting a while, they wash really well too - you can buy these from NEW LOOK here - LINK.

Next up is this coral top from H&M - it's a lot more pink in real life - H&M are my go to for sheer shirts, this one was only £8.99, I will need to wear a top underneath it though as it is pretty sheer. They had these in a variety of colours but I loved the coral shade because we are heading into Spring now so I wanted to add a pop of colour to my wardrobe, I'm a bit fed up of burgundy, khaki and pine greens now. You can buy this from H&M in-store as I've noticed it's not actually available online yet.

Last up are these buys from Primark, I actually couldn't believe this nude high waisted skirt was only £6.00, it will go with so many of my Spring outfits so I'm looking forward to teaming this with tights and boots at the moment because it's still a bit nippy outside. The blue bardot top was £10.00, embroidery can be seen on a lot of clothes lately and I have to stop myself getting carried away buying anything I see with it on because it is so pretty. I like the subtle embroidery on the shoulders of this top though, I think that was why it caught my eye, These were my most recent Primark purchases, both had low stock so you might have to snap them up quick if you want to get your hands on them.

I hope you enjoyed reading my mini haul. Which pieces are your favouite?
Let me know in the comment box below.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Year In Our New Home ♥

I never did write an official post about our house which we bought last year, I did kind of take a blogging break for a while last year and I think that was partly due to the fact that the start of the year was pretty life changing. We bought a house. I still can't believe those words when I write them down, I even have to pinch myself sometimes in case it's a dream because I honestly didn't think we'd find our dream home, especially when we did and how we did. Me and my husband like to think it was a little thing called "FATE" it sounds really cheesy when you use that word but honestly it was.
We started our house hunt 6 months before back in 2015 by going to a mortgage advisers, story cut short we received a little bad news that put a dampener on things and left us feeling a little unhopeful but with any bad news, we saved anyway determined we were able to do this - nothing makes you want something more when you know its going to be a little harder.
Fast forward a few months and I was having my weekly browse of houses in the local area, getting my hopes up as I do and I came across "my now house" I was flicking through the photos feeling very crushed because at that moment it was "still a dream" I even showed my husband and said to him "this is my dream house, it has everything I want" and no i'm not being cheesy again - it did.
I always said I wanted a big garden, a largish kitchen, I loved the idea of a little cosy living room like the one in we had in our flat at the time, big windows and three bedrooms so we could have a family one day. Two days later it had sold, I was pretty gutted even though we still hadn't saved the 5% deposit we needed - paying rent and saving money is hard, I did keep visiting that house online too just look at the photo's. Fast forward three months to January, heading into 2016 we were determined we were going to get our house this year. We visited a mortgage advisers at our bank to see how much we could borrow and we left feeling very optimistic, I started the house hunt right away. It must have been about 6 days when I got a notification on my phone from a local estate agents, imagine my surprise when it was a text message about the house we had been looking at 3 months ago, it was back on the market after the previous sale fell through - I have never booked a viewing quicker in my life. The night before I was a bag of nerves and excitement, my husband told me to not get my hopes up, I did. We pulled up the next day at our house and went for our viewing, we were the first of many that day - we weren't the only one's who had our eye on it. We left not saying a word, I was a little unsure to say I wanted it there and then - I DID 100 TIMES OVER. Me and my husband went for lunch and discussed the house, we rang half an hour later and put our offer in, it got accepted. It was FATE. It wasn't plain sailing though, we almost lost it again - I won't go into that - our seller even worked at the branch of the bank we applied for our morgage at, talk about coincidence, so we got to meet her and that made the sale of the house go more smoothly as the bumps we had in the road only helped us both as a buyer and her as a seller. We had a fantastic morgage adviser who made our dream a reality.
The hard work, tears and happiness made it worth it and it's made me appreciate this house we call home even more. I'm really proud of us.

The day we got our keys was the second best day of our lives - marrying my husband was my first.
We were lucky me and the seller had similar taste, some rooms just needed a lick of paint to our liking and family and friends also helped us paint and get our house ready in just two weeks. The only thing we seeked professional help for was some of the glossing and more intricate painting jobs, it got a little bit too much with work and wanting to move in right away. Like anyone you want to be able to find the right people and find out how much you should be paying which you can do through especially if you are new to owning a home and haven't got a clue how much you should be paying - this website is very helpful at telling you the costs of some things you don't even think about, it also stops you from being ripped off which sadly happens all to often. We got our painting done without any hitches and we moved in shortly afterwards. We've been living here happily for over a year. Like any home there are always things you want to change and our next mission is to get a brand new bathroom, the original bath is still in here from 1940, it's safe to say we need an updated one. I might write a blog post when we renovate that and show you a before and after if anyone would be interested.

I'm hoping to write some room tour blog posts, as this was my original plan when I had first moved in but we had such a hectic year,  I do love these interior type posts and I hope you will too.

Do you own your own home? Let me know in the comments below.

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