29 July, 2016

No.7 Airbrush Away Primer Review

A primer can completely change the way your foundation sits and that's why I always make sure I apply a primer before applying any makeup to my skin.  There are lots of types of primers but I tend to always go for a pore minimising formula because I want that smooth flawless airbrushed look.

I was shopping a couple weeks ago and spotted No.7 Airbrush Away primer range, there were several in the collection, a regular primer, a pore minimiser, a colour balance and a radiance boosting primer.

Priced at £16.50 it seems a bit of a splurge especially if you don't usually buy expensive cosmetics but I highly recommend you try it, I have been extremely impressed.
The primer goes on like a dream, with a cream like look which once applied to the skin has a soft mouse like consistency. It glides on without any really effort needed. It's so light weight that it's practically weightless, I cant feel the product on my skin at all and my foundation glides on over the top no problem.
You also don't need to go crazy, a little bit goes a long way so you'll definitely get your money's worth.

I love that my face looks flawless and my imperfections of pores are no more as long as I use this after applying my moisturiser.  I would highly recommend this product and I will be repurchasing it along with the colour balance and radiance boosting primers. If you would like to check out the range at Boots then click here.


18 July, 2016

LA Perfection Press Day

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to LA Perfection's open day in Witney, Oxfordshire. I was really looking forward to attending as I usually have to turn down press trips due to their location and ongoing struggles with childcare.

I was aware of LA Perfection as my mum has had treatments there  previously which I have also attended and enquired about their laser tattoo removal. I was really looking forward to having a more in-depth look at some of their treatments offered, in particularly their laser/IPH hair removal. 

On entry we were greeted with a live demonstrations of Jane Iredale cosmetics by a lady called Nicola.   This was the first time I had heard of the brand, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the make up.  Jane Iredale is a cruelty free brand that specialises in using multifunctional mineral make up. Unfortunately due to my tight schedule, (I was due to head to Bournemouth in less than 2 hours)  I didn't get to spend as much time as I would of liked with Nicola on the Jane Iredale counter and so I have booked a separate session for later on in the year.

My first stop and one of the reasons for visiting LA Perfection was to find out about their laser hair removal. Some of my regular readers will be aware of my struggles with PCOS, unfortunately one of the side effects is excessive hair growth. My hair seems to grow very quickly too, so for years I have been trying to find a solution to the problem! It's literally a nightmare for me and costs me a small fortune!

I spoke with a staff member called Zoe and she was brilliant at explaining the ins and outs of the procedure, she even showed me how the equipment worked to remove body hair. As many of you will be aware Laser/IPH Removal works via light absorption by the hair follicle pigment. When heated up, it permanently destroys and removes any unwanted hair. The session can taken anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour depending on the area involved. This treatment is not a one off and most people will require several session to permanently remove the hair.  There are some restrictions to this treatment; you can't have the treatment if your pregnant, on medication that cause light sensitivity and the hair follicles must be darker than your skin tone so unfortunately grey, white or blonde hair is unable to be treated on. The treatment can cause some slight discomfort but shouldn't be too painful, some people refer to it as an elastic band being snapped on your body, but then again everyone has different pain thresholds! 

Moving on I spoke to a lady called Heidi, she was able to talk me through some of my skincare needs with the Dermalogica brand. She was great at explaining that I don't necessarily have to change all my skincare products. I can improve areas just by changing one or two products in my daily regime.  Heidi also informed me that my skin is slight dehydrated, to be-honest that didn't surprise me at all, as I'm one of these people that completely forgets to drink all throughout the day, so now I am trying my hardest to make sure my body gets enough water to keep my skin hydrated!

The final demonstration we watched was by Lyndsey, the owner, tattooing on some brows to a model. 
I have thought a lot about having my brows tattooed on in the past and after seeing Lyndsey’s work I have decided that its something I am definitely going to have done at LA Perfection. The wonderful PR Kristie had some gorgeous brows and when I asked her about them (as I wanted to know what product she used) she told me that they were done by Lyndsey, so I was sold straightaway! 

As a whole I had a lovely couple of hours with the ladies at LA Perfection, they are extremely welcoming and have a real passion for the treatments they offer. The one thing I loved about them was that they didn't suggest dramatic treatment if it wasn't needed. It was all about enhancing in more natural ways.

As well as the above treatments mentioned there are many more treatments to choose from, if you're looking to book with Lyndsey and her team you can find out more via their Facebook page

Thank you so much to LA Perfection and CiCi PR for inviting me along. 


07 July, 2016

We are expanding our family.....

Some of you will already know of my desire to expand our family. I have always wanted a lot of children and I was hoping that not too long after having Archie would we be trying for baby no3. However, not everything goes to plan and right now the chance to have another baby is pretty much non existent.

My broodiness though was on another level, with my biological clock ticking.  I have tried to ignore the feelings but after a chat to Mr. S we decided that we would have a baby, just not a human baby.
So todays post is to welcome our newest family member and it's a pink one.

Honey is our gorgeous little 9 week old Cocker spaniel. I have wanted another dog for ages, I grew up with gundogs due to my dad working on the farm and being involved with the countryside lifestyle.  I knew how loveable Cockers are and that bringing one into our slightly mad family would be the perfect fit.

Honey has joined our very pet friendly home, she is making friends with our 5 guinea pigs, Lilo, Duchess, Elsa, Chip & Gus, she is fascinated by them.
Honey is also slowly winning the affection of our stubborn wannabe half meerkat / half great dane Chihuahua, Daisy.

She has settled in so well into our family, she is loveable, playful and she loves, loves, loves cuddles. The boys are so happy to have a dog that they can play with, as Daisy is not a playful type.

One of my plans for Honey is to have her registered as a  pets as therapy dog so that she can be used as an emotional support dog. This means she will be allowed in to nursing homes and some hospitals to bring joy and emotional support to the sick and elderly. I have seen first hands the benefits of having a dog. With someone who suffers with anxiety having my dogs have been comforting, knowing that I can sit and talk to them without being judged and that they will still love me unconditionally. A bond between a person and their dog is truly an amazing thing and I would love to give that gift to others.

I will be documenting Honey's progress frequently on the blog and even possibly on my YouTube Channel. If you would like to follow Honey's journey then make sure you are follow me on all my social media channels, icons are at the top of the page.
For those who are like me and cant resist a cute puppy be sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of Honey pics!

Let me know what pets you have in the comments below. 


06 July, 2016

10 Tips For Saving Money When Moving Out

One of the things I wished they educated me on in school was actually how to live, how to manage my money and how to get the most from it.
I have never ever in my life needed to use trigonometry, but I sure could have used a class on money management, renting and how to save money by using coupons.

I first moved out at 17, I rented a house with a group of friends. Unfortunately, that didn't last very long as the rent was crippling me, so I moved back home. 6 months later I moved out again but this time with my boyfriend and we've been living together since.
I wasn't as prepared for living on my own as much as I could have been and have had to learn a lot through the years.

1. Save money! 

I was young and uninterested in saving money. If I was doing it all over again I would have saved a couple months rent in advance, as well as keeping a small amount saved for unexpected bills, because they definitely happen!

2. Budget

Budgeting my money has always been a key thing to being able to live from home. I have a note book listing all my bills going out and all the money I have coming in. I then have them printed onto a calendar and every Monday I sit and plan the week, from the amount of money I have to spend for food, to money needed for fuel, entertainment and clothes etc.

3. Meal Prep

I love to meal plan and for me it helps me save anything from £5 to £20 a week, as I only buy what will be needed and what will be used.

4. Couponing, Cashback and comparison Sites

 I love to save money, who doesn't?  If I can make it so I don't have to pay full price then I will.
For example, I love to make a lot of quick healthy meals but I find that getting everything can be expensive. So I shop around, combining coupons, cashback sites and even supermarket comparison sites to find where the item is cheapest, or even free depending on the deals and coupons you can use.
Yes, it takes more time but I've been able to do large £80-£100 shops for less than £30-£60. Add that up over the year and it makes a difference.  If you would like to know more about saving money with coupons check out my post on extreme couponing.

5. Bills 

Ahh the dreaded bills! I try to save myself as much money as possible by regularly comparing my gas, electric, phone and broadband providers. Sometimes you can get a really good saving just by telling the company you are leaving, so don't be afraid see what they can do for you. If you've been with them for a while always ask for a loyalty discount.

6. Be Organised 

keep all your bills and documents in a folder,  you will be much more prepared. I find keeping things organised keeps me on track with my incomings and outgoings.  I have a folder for bills, my car details and insurance, a folder for receipts and wage slips and a folder for appliance manuals and warranty covers etc.

7. Regular Meter Readings 

I regularly send my meter readings to my gas and electric company, I try to aim for every month or every two months. Buy doing this I actually was able to bring my monthly costs down by £50. Also be aware of how you're using your gas and electric. Do you really need the heating on or could you use a blanket and do you need every tv and light on in the house at the same time. Things like that will affect your usage, I know I would keep everything on even if I wasn't in the room and so now I make sure I turn things off.

8. Stock Piles 

I love stock piling, and the best thing is that you can save so much money from it.
I like to combine stock piling with couponing, so if there is a really good deal on I will print off as many coupons as I can and bulk buy. We have an area now in a garage which we can store all our items on. For example we have had a years supply of toothpaste which I think I only paid £1.50 for, 6 month supply of washing gel for £5 as it was on a 50p clearance deal. I have also brought many packets of rice, tinned food, beauty products and cleaning products to last me a few months at a time.
Not only is it saving me money but if I run out of anything I don't necessarily need to run to the shops. One tip I would say is only buy items you use a lot to save wasting space and incase you don't use it buy the expiry date.

9. Insulation 

If you can or are allowed, you can apply to have your lofts and wall cavities insulated. There are many government grants about that will cover the cost, especially if your on low income/benefits. If your home is well insulated then your less likely to loose heat and money!  Some local councils can also offer free solar panels but you would have to check with your local council on that one.

10. Council discount 

If you're living on your own make sure you are getting a discounted council tax rate for being a single occupant, again if your on a low income you may be entitled to help with the cost of rent so double check that as well.

I hope this was useful if you have any other tips please leave them for me in the comments I would love to know how you have saved money.

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