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Does stuff make us happy?

Are 10 dresses hung up in the wardrobe better than just the 2 you actually wear? Bottles and bottles of moisturiser, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and face wash, when a bar of soap Would do?

When you have a couple of hours to kill so you go shopping, feeling a bit blue? Shopping? New job? New outfit! Single? New outfits!! 

What has happened to buying once and buying right? 

We have become such a throw away society and it’s killing the planet!

We buy so much crap. Let alone the single use plastics we use. We buy into fast fashion, buy an outfit for when we lose weight (we never do) or in a colour we really should wear (but never do). We buy air fresheners that pollute our homes, cleaning products which poison us and eat food that are killing us. 

No more!! Not in my house!

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Reviving review

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I have had the Monuspa Reviving mist for a couple of months now and i absolutely love it!

I got it just before i went on holiday to Spain as the spray was really refreshing and it smells really nice. So when your all hot and bothered and might not be feeling the freshest spritz a little of this onto your face, back of neck and body and it leaves you feeling much better!

It is also great t set your make up, one spritz of this keeps your make up there all day!

The product its self i got from a beauty box subscription and just haven’t managed to tell you guys about how amazing it is! This is a full sized sample and you can pick it up for £11.95.

“The perfect pick-me-up for dull days and stressed skin, to leave you feeling calm, comforted and in control. Created using a blend of zesty essential oils. A blend of zesty essential oils from Lemon and Rosewood to Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Geranium and Clary Sage. This invigorating combination will leave skin feeling deliciously cool and refreshed whilst providing an irresistible fragrance to tantalise the senses.” – Glossybox

Here is the website so you can buy your own!

Superstore Manchester

To celebrate being a vegetarian for a whole week, myself, Andrew and my mother went out for a meal!

Andrew has decided that he is going to start eating meat again and but that he is going to make a real effort buying organic meat when possible.

I however have decided to carry on not eating meat. I don’t know how long this will go on for but I’m not in any rush to start again.

The only part I’ve found difficult is lack of choice in the town i work in. There is a gregs which alternative’s are egg or cheese… i know totally spoilt or Marks and Spencers and spend half my wage in there!

Anyway back onto topic! Superstore! I had the Superstore salad! It was the only thing vegetarian on the menu! It was pretty amazing tho! Andrew and my mum had the beef burger! It was huge and neither of them enjoyed it very much! Ha vegetables win!!

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The menu itself is overly confusing. Its a mix between a tapas bar and a regular restaurant. Although there isn’t much choice, they also have a specials board but that was over by the time we got there about 6.30pm. It is rather expensive for what it is too.

Andrew and i have been before on a sunday and had a Roast dinner and that was much much better.

It was rather busy even tho it was a Thursday night and service was slow. The waiter did warn us about this but we decided to wait anyway, although Andrew and my wish they hadn’t bothered.

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I guess we may just have had a bad experience or maybe they would have been better getting the vegetarian option like me! As i enjoyed mine!

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Much Love Helen x

Jamies Italian Manchester

So Jamie’s Italian is just a little bit on the posh side. Its on King Street in the old bank. From outside the building is very typically 1920’s it is also shared with the infamous hotel and restaurant Gotham.

So as poor folk although we have always wanted to go to celebrity restaurants we haven’t really ventured there with the fear of being laughed out or side stepping out once we have seen the menu prices. HOWEVER as complete bargain hunters we go on Amazon local quite a lot and we have seen Jamie’s set menu, 3 courses for £20!!

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Sorted!!

As we were heading off on a double date to watch Antman we thought it would be good to go to Jamie’s before hand.

The building and inside are beautiful. After the ordering our food i needed the loo as is only natural to discuss lol, my pointing this out simply because the toilet cubicles are bigger than my whole bathroom at home… no joke. Its downstairs near the vault. Unfortunately for myself people where eating inside so I didn’t get to have  a peak!

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Anyway food:

I had The meat plank, the waiter first of all brought me two tins of tomato paste and to my delight he did explain it was to put the plank on! I and the rest of the table were a bit confused ha!

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I then had the super salad which was nice although i wish i had the Penne carbonara as it was beautiful and much much tastier. No where near as healthy so I guess that’s about right! Haha.

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Desert I had Pavlova, I do love a bit of meringue 🙂 it was chewy my favourite!

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So overall our experience was pretty good, the food was great and the building is stunning. I did feel a little out-of-place in all honesty. Which was a shame.

Antman… 2 lots of credits…. watch that sh**….

Glossybox review

So currently i am a subscriber to Glossybox which i love. Its like getting a little present every month even tho its not my birthday! Its awesome!

In the box you get a number of gifts… well not really gifts as there is a subscription fee of course…. but you get either samples or full size products to try out.

Some are products that you may have heard of and some that you wont, but they are always in my experience been good quality(mostly).

So this picture shows how beautifully packaged it is. They have shown that there is a lot of effort gone into each box and it isn’t something that just gets thrown together with little thought.image

Starting on a negative…I was a little disappointed with this So Susan Rose Quartet, it’s in a cheap looking black plastic container and the texture of the product itself feels a little cheap. Like the sort of stuff that you would get in a princess magazine when you were like 6…with those crazy plastic glittery heels and a wand…same thing. This was the only thing in the box that didn’t hit the mark with me. Other people may have loved it.

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My favourite thing in the box. Its a tinted lip butter which comes in this very cute little box, very art deco. The lip butter itself feels really nice on and the colour is really pigmented which is always good. I’m not into wishy washy lip shades.image

Shinier, stronger, thicker, smoother, more supple, frizz-free, heat and humidity-proof hair – All you hair problems sorted at the same time. It smells great. In the box it was advertised to be around £9.99 to buy however I’ve seen it body care for £5. Still for the cost of the box and whats in it, still great quality for money!

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This may seem a little strange but this razor is the best one i have ever used. Not because of the actual razor head itself, but when you put it down on the side of the bath, the head doesn’t touch the side…so it dries properly…it doesn’t get rusty… its amazing.image

With a colour palette inspired by that film, this mineral powder-based eye shadow is 100% natural and highly pigmented so it packs a punch. Mineral eye shadow’s are always good! This one is no different. Great colour, great texture, lasting power. Thanks Glossy box another smasher 🙂

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Even got a little sweet treat of love hearts in here as well seeming this is the valentines day special box.

I’d definitely recommend finding a subscription box to people that are interested in beauty products. It gives you the chance to find out about new stuff without having to pay big bucks for them.

MAC

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My latest purchase.

A MAC studio concealer. So I was running out of my concealer and I had 2 options… pay the price for something quite expensive and have a genuinely good product or pay a third of the price for a third of the quality. Decisions.

Now this may seem like an obvious answer to many of you however I have never really had the disposable income enough to warrant the sort of prices MAC charge for make up. However I have heard nothing but amazing reviews for the stuff.
As I am sure many of you are aware you can actually try MAC products before you buy, in the sense you can go into a selfridges go straight up to a counter and have a number of products applied to your face for no fee. “Just to see how it settles on your skin”… To test the staying power of their products. So that when you decide to spend three times the amount for something you know it’s going to be worth it. I have found it really is. They are that confidant because their products sell themselves.

I apply this product firstly with my finger, under my eyes, on the sides of my nose and on any blemishes, then blend it into my skin using a foundation brush. I do this when I dont want to wear a foundation but want to conceal a few flaws. The lady that originally served me advised that when I am going all out with my make up that I should apply a primer and foundation before concealer as once they are added you take away any use for the concealer at all. I hadn’t really thought about it like that before so that’s what I will be showing you In a new and updated daily make up routine! You just wait! It’s going to be awesome 🙂

Much love

Helen x

Avon

So Avon! It is a beauty products company that started many years ago and is something that is loved by millions of women and it holds true memories. I myself have many fond memories of my Mum getting an Avon brochure through the letter box and we would sit and look through it, at all the pretty women and their make up. When we rubbed certain pages and we could smell the fragrances that the different models had on. Happy memories.

So today is a review of their products. However some of the products are no longer available.

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This eye shadow pallet has four beautifully pigmented colours. Three of the shades are shimmer and one in matte. It would make a good smokey eye or even simply using all the colours individually. I do feel the actual powder has been compacted a little too much but this can be solved with a damp applicator.

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This lipstick is in pout. It’s a pinky nude colour thats matte. It can sometimes go on a little thick but looks great applied with a brush onto a well moisturised lip.

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My feet are awful. Full stop. They are cracked, I have a lot of dry skin and when I remove the dry skin it simply returns. These creams however stretch out the time frame so instead of having to do my feet every day which is time consuming and messy I can now get away with doing them once a week! Which is awesome!

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Cheap and cheerful. Colour trend lipsticks cost £1.50 they have a sheen to them but you definitely get more that what you pay for!

Perfume

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Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress,

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For me scent is one of life’s most joyous creations. It probably is to you too. Maybe not in such an obvious way, you are probably thinking, there are a lot more important things in life than the way i smell. But is there??

On a very basic level, scent defines who your attracted to. Before perfumes, before how clean you are or even how unclean you are. Without even knowing your body uses the smell of someone to tell if they would make a good mate. If they are strong, fit, If they are genetically viable to produce good offspring. So pretty important huh?

Smells are around all of the time. Sometimes they are there and you don’t notice. Until years later and you smell that smell again and your transported back in time. Reminded of a close family memory, your first day of high school or of a past lover. Whatever it is, its unintentional, its innocent and its unavoidable.

The way something smells can bring out a wave of emotions, happy, sad, loving, longing.

That new book smell, cut grass, cinnamon and just after it rains are my personal faves.

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In a more materialistic way it can also tell you a lot about some one. If they have money, what brands they buy into. If you get good enough at it, you can pretty much know the wearers personality.

Also the way each perfume sits on the wearers skin is different from person to person. It may smell great on one person and smell awful on someone else. It really is a personal thing. It may not be a priority of mine to get the latest perfumes or the most expensive, but when making memories, smells play such an important role.

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