31 March 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. NEXT Pretty Flower Bracelet, £12
I'm really loving blush pink at the moment and this bracelet is really pretty; such a steal at this price, too!
2. Forever 21 Box Pleat A-Line Skirt, £23
I really want to start wearing skirts and this red a-line option is just gorgeous! I think it would look great with a striped top and statement necklace.
3. NEXT Cream Egg Coup, £12
Isn't this adorable? I love the country-style kitchen vibe.
4. George Copper Effect Glass Table Lamp, £20
I have a copper lust at the moment, but have yet to make a copper-coloured purchase! I'd love to place this little lamp on our bookcase in the living room.
5. Brissi Tailor-made The Clarendon Sofa, £3345
When we finally have our dream home, I want to create the perfect space to live, relax and enjoy life. One of my dream pieces to have in our home is a Chesterfield-style sofa, like this one. Grey is my great love in home interior and I love the metalwork down the arms. The quilted, deep-button back gives a luxurious touch. Soft fabric will add the comfort factor.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

30 March 2016

Introducing... MooGoo Skincare

Over the past few weeks, I've been testing out a few skincare products from Australian brand, MooGoo. What started out as an udder cream for cows, soon found its way into human skincare and now there is a huge range of natural products available to us. MooGoo use only natural, gentle ingredients and they have a focus on troubled, problematic skin with conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, so their products are suitable for sensitive-skinned people like myself. They also produce the Dusty Girls make-up range. I'd love to try their natural tanning cream and blemish cleansing moisturiser next!
MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm*, £12.50/120g
This product was the one I was most interested in - I was hoping for a miracle cure for my dermatitis! Despite lots of great reviews, this product wasn't what I'd hoped for. Firstly, the name is a little confusing; this is a cream, not a balm. The formula is very lightweight and instantly sinks into skin - maybe a little too instantly, in my case! It provides instant moisture and relief from irritation, but unfortunately for me, it is very short-lived. I could easily apply this every 30 minutes. I used this for four consecutive days and nights and my hands ended up more dehydrated, sore and cracked than they started off. When I woke up after generously applying before bed, my hands were painfully dry and the skin so tight, if I straightened out my fingers they felt like they would split. Perhaps my dermatitis is was far too advanced to benefit from this product, but other reviewers did find it helpful. I stopped using it on my hands and now use it on any other dry or irritated patches on my body.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalene (Olive), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Piroctone Olamine, Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Allantoin, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) Xanthan Gum (Food Grade Thickener), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.
MooGoo Milk Wash*, £11.90/500ml
This face and body wash is very gentle and despite the slightly off-putting, gloopy consistency, I've really loved using this product. It leaves my face cleansed of make-up and grime, without irritating or stripping my skin. My skin feels much softer and smoother after continued use. The scent is mildly soapy and only a small amount is needed per application. The price is very attractive, as you get a huge 500ml pump dispenser, which will last ages.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Decyl Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Canola Based Detangler), Lauryl Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Based Emulsifying Wax), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Glyceryl Oleate (Skin Conditioner), Coco-Glucoside (Glucose Based Cleanser), Allantoin, Piroctone Olamine, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Fragrant Oil (Phthlate Free).
MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream*, £12/75g
This moisturiser has a lovely, sweet almond scent and is light and creamy in texture. A small amount only is needed per application and I've been solely using this as a facial moisturiser. It feels soothing and hydrating on my skin, with no irritation. It helps calm redness, leaves me with super soft skin and has really improved the texture of my skin, leaving it so much smoother! This is a great product for filling in fine lines and creases, plus it creates a great base for make-up application. I'd definitely consider purchasing this for everyday use!

Ingredients:
Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalene (Olive), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Based Emulsifying Wax), Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM Organic Sulfur), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Allantoin, Piroctone Olamine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum), Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Mel (Honey), Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar), Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.
MooGoo Natural Mini Moo Bubbly Wash (sample size)*, £11.90/500ml
I used this little sample in my bath the other day and was impressed with how much bubbles it created. There was no apparent scent and it was a very gentle product, leaving my skin soft with no redness.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cocomidoproply Betaine (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Decyl Glucoside (Glucose Derived Cleanser), Coco-Glucoside (Glucose Derived Cleanser), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate (Coconut Derived Cleanser), Glyceryl Oleate (Natural Ester), Oryza Sativa (Colloidal Rice) Bran, Glycol Distearate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum), Glyceryl Caprylate, Piroctone Olamine, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.

Have you tried any products from MooGoo?

*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

26 March 2016

My Week In Pictures

Monday:
I started the day with a latte macchiato and some porridge. With a peppermint tea and a mandarin on the side. I watched Coronation Street, then applied a face mask before showering. After my shower, I applied this body balm, which has a warm, nutty scent and sinks in quickly. I did some washing-up, tidying and took some blog photos. I had fresh butternut squash soup with warm, crusty rolls for my lunch, while I watched the latest episode of British drama, Thirteen. Oh, and I also had a triple chocolate cookie that Dean brought home for me!
I decided to do some de-cluttering in our bedroom, and then became side-tracked and sat looking through old photos for a while. But, in doing so, I finally filled a collage-style photo frame we were given as a wedding gift! It's not exactly how I want it yet, but it will do for now. It felt really strange looking back at photos of us when we first got together! Before I knew it, it was time to make dinner, so the rest of the de-cluttering would have to wait till another day. I had a spinach and courgette frittata, while Dean had breaded fish. Both were served with homemade chips, green beans and carrots. We shared this chocolate bar afterwards - unfortunately the peanut butter element wasn't very strong, but we still enjoyed it. We watched an episode of American Dad, then The Salvation.

Tuesday:
My day started a little later than planned, but I had a healthy breakfast, watched some TV, then showered. I did some cleaning and worked on blog posts. My friend came round for a coffee and then we went for a 90 minute walk in the afternoon - it was a lovely, warm day and I got some great photos. The lambs were adorable, bounding around the field! We've planned more walks for the coming weeks. Let's hope the weather stays dry! After I'd been home a while, I made myself and Dean a hot chocolate, as we both felt chilly. Dean had chicken wraps for tea, while I had pasta with red onion and garlic and a side salad. I grated some vegan VioLife cheese onto my pasta - I think I liked it, but I'd like to experiment with it more before I decide. We watched an episode of Modern Family and then The Walking Dead. When Dean went to bed, I watched a couple of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners episodes and placed an online order from Big Green Smile for some cleaning products.

Wednesday:
I had a chilled day on Wednesday. I enjoyed Kromland Farm organic tea at breakfast, along with a bowl of organic vanilla yoghurt, topped with fresh banana and nectarine. I did a little laundry and then played Tomb Raider for a couple of hours. After lunch, I watched some TV and then a Spanish film, Sidetracked which was a nice, laid-back watch. I had pizza for tea and we watched Gotham.
Then it was time for baking; for a charity bake sale at Dean's work. I made over 20 chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel icing and topped them with mini eggs or chocolate buttons! I, of course, kept a few back for us to enjoy the next day. I was pretty tired after all that, so I went to bed early and read some of my book.

Thursday:
I had a slow start to the day, but did clean the microwave using just water and a lemon. Not bad, eh? I had a lovely latte to start the day off and I watched the latest episode of Coronation Street. I had a late morning bath with a new product from Skin Blossom - it was lovely! I finished my book, at last.
I then tackled the washing-up from the baking escapade the night before. I had a vegan cheese toastie with BBQ sauce for lunch - it was pretty good! I decided to face the ironing basket and watched numerous episodes of Stella while I did it. I cleared out my baking cupboard and threw away lots of expired items, oops! Dean went to see 10 Cloverfield Lane in the evening, and although I wanted to see it, I'd forgotten we were going and couldn't be bothered in the end. I stayed home and had a Jonathan Creek marathon on Netflix!

Friday:
I didn't get up till nearly 11am on Friday! A very long lie-in for me, but it worked out well, as it was my first night back at work. I had Nutella on toast for breakfast brunch and a coffee. I finished placing an order on My Pure, as they had a 20% off a £40+ spend discount code. Along with that, I also got a 3 for £10 offer on Hurraw! lip balms and a free gift worth £17! After a quick shower, hoover and tidy, I sat down to catch up on some blog-reading. I had a late lunch of soup and a crusty roll (we buy them fresh and if there's any leftover, I microwave them for 30 secs the next day to soften them again).
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We later had a mocha coffee each and I had a chocolate cupcake. I watched a couple of episodes of Jonathan Creek and deep-cleaned the dishwasher. We had pizza for tea and watched the first episode of Penny Dreadful. Dean fell asleep on the sofa, so I stuck on more Jonathan Creek before getting ready for work later.

What did you get up to this week?

24 March 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. New Look Best. Day. Ever. Tin Mug, £3.99 £3
It's pink and white and I love it! You need a mug to match every mood, right?
2. ASOS Long Sleeve Knot Front Mini Dress, £18
I love the simple colour and fabric of this dress and the knot detail at the front gives it a little edge. I think this would be lovely to wear for an evening out for two.
3. Mela Star Print Jumper, £28
I really love star prints at the moment and I think this peachy-pink jumper would be a great piece to transition between the seasons.
4. New Look 3 Pack Ribbed Candles, £12.99 £9.50
I don't care about the candles, I just want the very pretty holders! I love this combination of metallic colours and think they'd look gorgeous on the bedroom windowsill.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

22 March 2016

5 Little Pick-Me-Ups For Down Days

1. A feel-good book.
I Am, You Are* is an awesome, pocket-sized book packed full of inspiring and positive words for those moments when you need to remember to love yourself and inject some positivity into your day! It's bright, colourful and has some gorgeous typography.
2. Chocolate.
Chocolate makes everything better, right? Well, it definitely tastes good, anyway! Choose your favourite kind and don't worry about finishing the whole bar!
3. Feel-good music.
Sitting quietly, listening to some upbeat, chill-out tunes is a great way to unwind and relax after a stressful day.
4. Natural scents.
A warming or uplifting scent in the form of perfume, a scented candle or a reed diffuser can be an instant mood-booster.
5. A Romantic Comedy.
The Holiday or Bridget Jones's Diary would definitely be my first choices! You may laugh and you may shed a tear, but watching some fun rom-coms are sure to cheer you up and put a smile on your face!

What are you favourite pick-me-ups?

*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

21 March 2016

My Weekend In Pictures

Friday:
I got home just after 7:30am, after finishing my last night duty. I had a quick breakfast and made myself a herbal tea - I woke up with a nasty cold on Wednesday afternoon and am trying to clear it with anything I can think of! I smothered my hands in organic shea butter, applied cotton gloves and got into bed to read before falling asleep. I got up around 1:30am and did some tidying and laundry (it's the never-ending chore, isn't it?). My friend, Tracy, texted me to ask if she could pop over for an hour or so after work. I replied yes, but had to quickly get dressed and look marginally presentable! We had a quick catch up and planned some upcoming days out. I spent some time placing an order on So Organic, as they had 25% off the Skin Blossom range and I was running low on hand creams, so I bought two tubes of their caring hand cream and a couple of other items I've not tried before. I felt so crap that I had no energy or motivation to make anything for dinner, so we decided to be naughty and get a small order from the local chip shop; I just had a large portion of cheesy chips and some onion rings. Aah, comfort food - nothing better when you're feeling unwell! We watched some Red Dwarf episodes while we ate, then some Supernatural.

Saturday:
My cold symptoms had me up just before 7am on Saturday, much to my dismay. I had breakfast and watched a few episodes of Coronation Street. After my shower, I started a bit of a spring clean! I had an early lunch, watched more Corrie, then did some more housework. I baked a pineapple upside down cake and made vegetarian spaghetti bolognese for dinner with Dean's parents. We watched the third Night At The Museum film with them and had a raspberry roulade for dessert. I gave them half my cake to take home with them.
I was a little late to the party in knowing about Earth Hour, but not too late - we switched all the lights out for over an hour, from 8:30pm, and lit a few candles. It's a shame the streetlights weren't switched off for this. Did you take part?
We went to bed early to take advantage of a free £5 movie voucher for Sainsbury's Entertainment and watched The Martian on the laptop. We really enjoyed the film, but I definitely wouldn't recommend the service; it's definitely over-priced, considering Netflix costs about £6.99 for a whole month, with unlimited useage, and the video player had no apparent option to close the timeline/play bar at the bottom of the screen, which I always find distracting, plus it cut off a small section of the film!
I discovered this terribly enjoyable video before I went to sleep - if you ever need a good laugh, watch this video. It's equal parts adorable and hilarious - it makes me cry with laughter! I think I may watch it daily, to boost my mood!

Sunday:
I couldn't wait to drink my morning coffee - hot drinks are so satisfying and soothing when you have a sore throat. I also had a peppermint tea, along with vanilla yoghurt and granola with cacao nibs for breakfast. I watched some TV while I ate. I had a quick shower and, as it was the first day of spring, I decided to be brave and wear flats and a denim shirt as outerwear. Basically, this was instantly regretted! I could barely feel my toes as we drove to Yeovil.
We popped into TK Maxx and then did a food shop in Lidl and Tesco. I really need to up my game in the healthy eating department, so we picked up lots of fruit and veg and I also chose some veggie options from the frozen section to try. Oh, and I picked up some VioLife vegan cheese to try!
We did our own thing for a while, then had a snacky tea, but I didn't eat much. We watched Red Dwarf, then it was time to head off to the cinema! We went with some friends to see The Boy and were all really impressed with it! A definite future DVD purchase for our horror collection. I watched the latest Ghost Adventures episode in bed.

What did you get up to at the weekend?

17 March 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. Botanicals Rose Geranium Botanical Water, £10.95/100ml
Rose geranium is one of my favourite scents, so I think this may have to be my next toner!
2. Fiorelli Pebbled Cross Body Bag, £19.99
This gorgeous, pink bag has me really excited for summer! I love the bubblegum pink shade and the silver accents.
3. Benecos Porcelain Compact Powder Foundation, £6.95/9g
I desperately need new (and affordable!) foundation, as I am almost out of options. This compact pressed powder is under £10 and sounds pretty good!
4. Forage & Find Aurora Borealis Dragonfly Earrings, £9.50
Aren't these delicate earrings so pretty? I have a whole wish list just for Forage & Find!
5. Want That Trend Tartan Diamond Verona Dress, £21.95
I love tartan (obviously) and this dress is stunning! I love the draped cut on the skirt and the diamante neckline.
6. Kingdom Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre, £1.89/100g
Peanut butter and chocolate? I'm sold.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?