If you've read my previous post you'll know I'm a big fan of
graze boxes, I like to treat myself to one a month and it's always a lovely
little surprise when they come through the door. When I heard that graze were doing breakfast
boxes I was pretty excited. The graze breakfast box contains four porridge
portions that you can tailor to your tastes. I love eating porridge in the
morning because it keeps you full until lunchtime, but it's always such a faf
to measure it out and cook it. Graze take away all of the hassle of cooking it
in the morning, you simply pour in the porridge and then add one and a half punnets
of milk. There are a range of flavours available, I've tried three so far and
they were all delicious. My favourite was the apple and cinnamon which comes
with a little portion of honey to sweeten your porridge. These have definitely brightened up my
morning, and although I probably won't get one every week I'm definitely going
to get them monthly as a little treat.
If you want to get a free box then use the code YJVYX9R and go to the Graze website (you
have to be a graze customer to get this deal)
This weekend Rob and I are going down to the new forest to
visit his grandparents for the weekend. It's a massive family affair and the
two years I've been so far have been lovely. They live in a house surrounded by
garden and countryside and so when the weather permits we have a delightful
lunch outside. When I go down I like to
have a nice day dress to wear for the lunch which is what this wishlist is
centred around. I also want a proper weekend bag, I know it's only two days but
I'm always surprised with how much I need. For a weekend away I think s with
handles are perfect as sometimes I feel that taking a small suitcase is just a
bit too much for two nights. Recently I've discovered Stylight they have a
great site and I especially love the 'how to wear' section. They have a vast selection of weekend bags
which includes the one I've featured in my wishlist.
I think this outfit will be
perfect for lunching outside with my boyfriend's family I especially love the
sandals which are so basic but fit so well. The bag is gorgeous and would have
plenty of room to store all of my bits and bobs for the weekend
I hope you all have a lovely
weekend too and fingers crossed that the weather is nice!
One of my favourite meals to go out for is an Indian, no matter how hard you try you just can' make a curry as yummy as they do in the restaurants. So when I learned that my local Indian did 2 for 1 on a Thursday my boyfriend and I headed on down. We'd never been before but we walk past it everyday after work and it always smells so good.
The lovely weather we're having at the moment meant I finally got to wear a dress that I bought a while ago, I've fallen in love with this dress recently and have been wearing it everywhere. The dress is by glamorous but I found it in TKMaxx, I'm not sure if they'll still have it but there were quite a few when I bought it.
The bag is from primark and it's been one of my favourite buys this summer, my Dad who is a leatherworker and actually hand makes bags even complimented it and that's saying something! Although I'm sure he's not happy that I'm wandering around with a fake leather bag but oh well this ones just so beautiful. The necklace is from H&M and is so adorable, I've been wearing big statement necklaces recently so it's nice to wear something dainty and cute again.
The meal itself was amazing, we ordered two curries to share and of course some peshwari naan which I'd never had before I met my boyfriend but trust me it is delicious I'd definitely recommend it next time you go to an Indian. Rob even went a far as saying it was the best Peshwari naan he'd ever had. The restaurant we went to was called Savera and if you're ever in the Nottingham area I would highly recommend it, it does great food and even without the 2 for 1 offer it's very reasonably priced.
I don't often blog about magazine freebies but this month was so good I just couldn't resist. Glamour is offering a choice of 4 Balance me products, and as I'm such a massive fan of Balance me I had to grab some.
You can choose between a face wash, moisturiser, lip balm. and some body wash. I wanted them all so it was hard to decide but the face was is actually one I already use daily and absolutely adore. I was actually starting to run low so I picked up two spares for only £4! I thought one could replace my old one when it runs out and the other one is absolutely perfect for traveling.
I've already mentioned this but my boyfriend and I are backpacking around Europe later on this summer and I've been on the lookout for beauty products I can take with me. It's going to be a bit of a challenge for me as my boyfriend has informed me that we have to travel very light. Anyway this mini face wash is perfect and is going straight in my travel bag ready for our departure.
Have you snapped up any great freebies this month, I'm tempted to try and find some of the body wash!
Everyone has those makeup items that always manage to find
their way to the bottom of the pile. For me it's my Clinique blush in Iced
Lotus, it's a gorgeous cool pink colour but one way or another it gets
forgotten about. I think it's because
it's so pink it scares me, I don't own many 'proper' pink blushers and to be
honest when I look at this blush I start to think of the Barbie dolls I had
while I was growing up. However, this blush is actually pretty gorgeous and
it's taken a prominent place at the front of my beauty pile over the past few
Iced Lotus is described
on the Clinique website as a blue pink with a white shimmer, maybe it's because
this blush is on the cold side of the spectrum that it gets forgotten about. I do
actually love the colour, especially now I have a bit of a tan on my face; it
gives you the perfect pretty flush. The blush itself is extremely pigmented
which means it can be a bit of a pain to apply, but armed with my real
techniques blush brush I can achieve the perfect finish without using too much.
The shimmer gives a subtle glow and makes it perfect to team with some bright
lipstick without overdoing it. The shimmery particles means that it also gives
a bit of a highlighting effect without looking too sparkly.
Overall I need to stop neglecting this blush, it has amazing pigmentation and staying power and I need to branch out of my peachy comfort zone and start getting the confidence to wear it more often.
Iced Lotus is available on the Clinique website here or Boots here
Do you guys have makeup items like this or is it just me?
Yesterday I took advantage of the nice weather and went shopping;
I haven't been shopping properly since before exams so a haul was way overdue. I was a girl on a mission with some serious dinero to be spent.
I've heard some great things about the salon pro nail
polishes and these were high up my list for the day so when I saw in Boots they
were buy one get one half price I was so pleased. I decided on the shades Summer Orange which is
the perfect bright shade for summer and Jazz funk.
I was reading Amy's blog and she had recommended the Dove
leave in conditioner, I thought it looked really good and I'm a sucker for new
hair products as I'm forever trying to improve the condition of my hair. I
decided on the intensive repair version as it claims to prevent breakage and split
ends, perfect for me.
When I first heard about the Nivea in shower body
moisturiser I thought it would just be another gimmick, however I have been
hearing some god things about it so I thought I'd give it a go and it was even
on offer in Boots.
Something I've been lusting after for a long time is the Clarins
Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion, and it's my splurge for this month. I love
to give my face a top up of subtle tan and I feel that it really evens out my
skin tone, the only problem is that I don't like putting heavy moisturisers on
my face so I hope that this is the light texture it promises.
My Razor of choice at the moment is the Wilkinson Sword Hydro
Silk, I have real trouble with shaving rash and this razor seems to have calmed
it down which is a god send.
I can't wait to use all of these and tell you all if they're
worth buying J.
I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine
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After exams my friends and I went on a little camping trip
to the peak district. Camping is always something I've loved so I'm so grateful
to have a group of friends who also enjoy camping. We stayed on a farm near a
place called Edale, we were so lucky with the weather and it was the perfect
way to unwind after the exam period. We went on some lovely walks and then just
chilled with some cards in the evenings.
On the Thursday we loaded up the car to bursting and with me
in the front attempted to navigate to the campsite. We had a veteran peak
districter with us but even so there was a bit of a swerve off the motorway
when we nearly missed our exit.
We stopped in Bakewell and I had my first ever Bakewell
pudding which I have mixed feelings about, I really enjoyed the taste but the
texture kind of freaked me out slightly. After our puddings and tea we walked
to Chatsworth and sat and had a picnic in front of the house.
My boyfriend had booked the campsite and had assured us
girls that there were showers and toilets, so naturally when we got there I was
keen to check out the standard of these facilities. My dear boyfriend started
leading me towards a very dodgy looking building, he opened the door for me to
look in and I was horrified to see one dark, grim toilet and a lot of cobwebs. One
look at where he'd brought me and the worry on his face started to show,
thankfully these were the old toilet blocks and there was actually a very nice
shower block further up the field. Now I don't think I'm massively high maintenance
but 3 full days walking in 20 degree heat definitely required showers so it was
lovely that we could freshen up after the day. The campsite we stayed at was
called upper booth farm and I would definitely recommend it, it's not too busy
and is the perfect distance away from civilisation. It's in a beautiful valley
and only a 30 minute walk away from Edale I would recommend this for families
especially but also for groups of people who just want to have a bit of a chilled
getaway with some beautiful views, you can even get fresh eggs in the morning
from their chickens!
Overall we had a great time and I got a lovely tan which was
an added bonus. At our campsite there wasn't any signal so I just kept my phone
off for the whole time and that was such a nice break. The only makeup I took with me was some
mascara and the Khiels BB cream and that was mainly because it contains factor
50 SPF which was a lifesaver.
I don’t get the chance to read as much as I’d like to while
I’m at uni, however, when I’m on holiday I practically eat books. This holiday
was no exception I got through six books so I thought I’d give you a little
overview of what I thought of them.
1)The Maze Runner Trilogy –
I picked up this book because I’d heard it
was good if you liked the hunger games. I loved the Hunger games and I don’t
like to read anything to taxing while I’m on holiday so I thought this would be
a good choice. I started it the day before I left and before I knew it I was
finished. I knew I had to have the other two to read while I was away so I got
my hands on them straight away.
The first book begins with a boy called
Thomas arriving in a place called the glade with his memories wiped. The glade
is home to about 50 adolescent boys and surrounded by a maze. The book revolves
around Thomas and his friends trying to solve the mystery of the maze.
Now I don’t want to give too much away
about the other two books but I will say that once you’ve read the maze runner
you’ll be addicted so make sure you have the other two books ready to pick up
when you’ve finished.
I saw the trailer for the film version of
this book and thought it sounded really good so I decided to pick the book up.
I have to say I was very disappointed, I found it hard to get through because I
wasn’t really interested with it tbh. The idea of the book is that as you
travel through the ages everybody is linked somehow and people are reincarnated
as you go through time. The idea itself looks good on paper however it didn’t
really work out. I was pretty bored by this book and probably wouldn’t
recommend it. The film was possibly een worse.
I love books that are set in foreign
countries and this was no exception, set in a coastal city in Greece the thread
is full of beautiful descriptions and characters that draw you in. It follows
the life of a boy and a girl who both get tangled up in the Second World War.
Before reading this book I didn’t realise how Greece was affected during the
war, I’m really glad I read it as I actually learnt quite a lot from it. I
would definitely recommend reading this book, I think it’s really well written
and you can really lose yourself in the beautiful Greek city.
4)The Kashmir shawl
This is probably my favourite of all the
books I read, it always left m guessing what was going to happen and was full
of twists and turns. It's about a girl who discovers a shawl and a lock of hair
in her parents' house that belonged to her grandmother who was a welsh
missionary in India. It paints a colourful and striking picture of India and I
love all the description. The book is very well written and switches from the granddaughter
to the grandmother as the story progresses. This book has made me want to visit
India and will transport you to the sights and smells the county has to offer.
Have you read any good books lately? I've already got a pile accumulating for my next holiday!