Travel whilst pregnant 

Being 22 weekend pregnant my husband and I decided we would take the opportunity to go on a baby-moon which is essentially a holiday whilst pregnant to just be a happy couple and have a bit of us time.

When me and Andrew first got together we went to Venice for our first holiday and it was great although we stayed in a hostel so wasn’t as romantic as it could have been so we decided to go again but this time stay in a hotel. It was much better. We stayed for 4 days 3 nights and really enjoyed it

Before we set off I made sure the travel insurance we purchased covered us should something happen involving my pregnancy and photocopied my pregnancy notes. I even bought flight socks which as I’ve never used any before I can say they are actually surprisingly comfy and my legs didn’t feel quite as “heavy”.

Whilst away I had growing pains once a day for about half an hour and Henry had a growth spurt or more accurately I did. I woke up the day after getting there and my stomach seemed to have sprung out of nowhere but apparently that’s a thing that happens…. Something else which provided entertainment is it was whilst away on this romantic getaway my breasts decided to start leaking clear fluid… Why is pregnancy so God damn sexy!

Packing was a bit hit and miss I wish I had brought lip balm and a different moisturiser for my stomach. It was that cold being January and all, I didn’t wear any of the nice clothes I packed and ended up wearing as many layers as possible and my coat the entire time!

Andrew was really patient with me which was amazing he didn’t rush me and constantly reminded me to go and pee before we left anywhere. Was always there to rub my back when Henry decided to push or pull or whatever it is he has been doing on the inside. So all in all it has been an amazing and very enjoyable trip. I just need a holiday now to recover from this holiday ha ha 😂






Reviving review


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!

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Top shop personal shopper event at GUSTO Manchester


Hey everyone!

Tuesday this week me and my good friend Nadia attended a Topshop personal shopping event, at Gusto restaurant in Manchester.

I have never been to anything like this, so i wanted to see what the deal was. It cost us £25 each and upon arrival we each received a glass of Presecco *lovely.*


We were then shown into a private dining room were 3 beautifully dressed Topshop employees stood with a rack full of the latest trends. One employee in particular took my eye as she was wearing a stunning dress/shirt. As you can see below and HERE.


The trio explained to us where they were from (Topshop Manchester Arndale) and their job role (Personal shoppers) they asked if any of us had ever used the Personal shopper service that Topshop offer and as non of us had explained how it worked.

So you book in for an hour slot per person, maximum of 3 people and you tell the shopper your sizes and your style preferences and if you want to try anything new, whether it is for work, day wear or a party. You then turn up to your appointment and they have picked out a whole selection of clothes for you to try on. If anything doesn’t fit, they run out and get you the right size, its a FREE no obligation service, so if your not feeling it, no pressure to purchase anything. They will also throw in a few things that you might not necessarily have picked out for yourself but look amazing.

They went on then to tell us about the massive jeans collection they have, what styles flattered what figures. These are two that stood out, for my not so skinny, curvy frame. MOM Jeans and a Skinny Jamie jean.



<– Skinny Jamie Jean

MOM Jeans  –>

We also got a Magazine all about the latest spring trends and what goes well with what and a free gift, Which was actually worth £10!


The Glow stick in Spotlight, Its a really nice Highlighter. Goes onto my skin really well. Beautiful shade and a great gift!

After this we were shown to our tables and got a gorgeous 2 course meal, which was all included in the £25. It was a set menu but that by no means meant that we were short on choice, I had the Rigatoni Primavera with winter vegetables, pine nuts and crème fraiche which was stunning! For desert i had a chocolate, pistachio and clementine mess.

The restaurant itself is in an Art deco style. Very classy. The sort of place that you can go and have a meal with family and loved ones and feel relaxed but also like your treating yourself, if that makes sense. I have been to the restaurant itself a few times and its always been wonderful. Great food, great drinks and great service! Here is a link to the Restaurant, you need to go…

Anyway so here is a picture of a jacket that me and Nadia are going to be arguing over when we go to our own personal shopping appointment!


Much love 🙂


The MANY hairstyles and selfies of I

So these pictures are in just any old random order and colour!

I was looking through my photo’s the other day and noticed that my hair has a mind of its own. Most of the colours have happened by accident and not a single one of them is my natural colour…  Anyway hope you enjoy the post anyway! wpid-img_20130430_152811.jpg wpid-img_24798000844085.jpeg wpid-img_46053893510294.jpeg wpid-img_24671888081633.jpeg wpid-img_13385855411210.jpeg wpid-img_13044892764725.jpeg wpid-received_m_mid_1390242898517_98843f29d6d9270832_1.jpeg wpid-screenshot_2013-07-17-18-02-29.png wpid-img_12995489108719.jpeg wpid-img_12982016238846.jpeg wpid-img_20121124_182049.jpg wpid-img_20120614_222449.jpg wpid-img_20120616_172928.jpg wpid-img_20121010_051031.jpg wpid-img_20140902_222724.jpg wpid-img_20140901_215934.jpg wpid-img_20141020_215151.jpg wpid-img_20141026_115144.jpg wpid-img_20141107_000726.jpg wpid-img_20141228_124656.jpg


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.


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!


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 🙂



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.


Happy new year!!


My new years resolution in place, however I’m not going to tell you what it is! Ha Basically, I don’t want to set my self up to fail. Nothing worse than hearing people go on about their new years resolution until they get to week 3 and then all goes quiet. But they are definitely worth having! But if you do want to change something about you or your life. You don’t need to wait till January 1st to do it. Choose now. This minute, this hour.

So anyway I hope everyone has had a pleasant 2015 thus far. I have gone 10 days without alcohol for the Dryathlon that cancer research has put into place. I’m not doing too bad. I’ve lost 9 pounds through quitting alcohol. So if my new years resolution had been to lose weight I would have smashed it out of the ball park with that. The scary thing is i’m not exactly a heavy drinker! I would probably have one bottle of red wine a week, that’s not even in one sitting, id have one glass with food a couple of nights a week. But hey if it helps me shed some extra weight without much effort, i’m up for that.

Anyway… So yea i’m not drinking for the whole of January and i’m doing it for charity!! Woo. Oh sorry you want to sponsor me?? That’s awesome thanks a bunch! You can donate to my justgiving page…which is Here


New job and Christmas things :)

Sorry I haven’t posted for a little while. I have a new job and I have been putting a lot of effort into that and trying to get things right. It’s a job I’ve never done before and it has been tiring and when I’ve got home I have just wanted to chill and veg out on the sofa 🙂

However things are now in some sort of routine, i’m settled and I am ready to carry on letting you guys in on my life 🙂

SOOOOO it’s nearly the end of November! How the heck did that happen?? Take your eye of the date to get your brain sorted and a month flies past you! Crazy…

I also have a confession to make… Our Christmas decorations are up 🙂 Eeek so excited for Christmas. It’s mine and Andrew’s first home Christmas so we got things set up a little earlier than we might have but I love the whole thing. Cosy nights, twinkling lights and frosty mornings 🙂 Heaven.





Things to look forward to in my up coming blogs…. THIS WEEK!

-How I reduce stress.
-My review of Some books I’ve read.
-My November best buys 🙂

Anything you want me to blog about let me know. Woop Woop.


The GLAMOUR beauty power list 2014


So through the world of WordPress I discovered beauty boxes. Well now I’m really impressed. I had a look at a few but one that caught my eye was £83.47 worth of stuff for £15.99, you get some full size products AND it’s actually stuff you have heard of.

Alessandra Steinherr Beauty director of GLAMOUR magazine has hand picked out 7 products from the 2014 beauty power list, for us to try.

What’s in the box…

Philip Kingsley Daily defence conditioning spray


Firstly…It smells AMAZING!!
I adore the smell, it feels great on my hair, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy which is a big plus! It comes in 60 ml bottle so depending on hair length you could get a few uses out of it.
It’s to be applied when hair is wet and once it’s in style hair as normal. It protects your hair against mostly anything you can throw at it!

Nude Maybelline color sensational lipstick


So this colour isn’t quite a nude shade for me as my lips are naturally a little pinker however it’s still a beautiful shade and looks especially great this time of year. It doesn’t have a weird taste and isn’t drying at all. Thumbs up all round 🙂

Laura Mercier foundation primer


Ok so as per previous posts I’m no primer expert but this feels nice on my skin, smells great and does what its supposed to. The only other primer I’ve used is by make up revolution and in comparison to this product feels quite greasy and maybe there are better products out there but this feels and smells great 🙂

Eyeko mascara off eye makeup remover wipes


So with these you get 10 cotton wipes in the sample packs, I believe in a pack to buy you get three packs of ten wipes. They smell fresh and fruity and i love the way they actually get all of my eye make up off my face… especially waterproof when I’ve spent many a time worrying about what my eyelashes would look like if I ever actually managed to get it off.

Bourjois volume 1 seconde mascara


By FAR my favourite product in the box. I’m such a mascara snob and this goes on amazingly. 360° volume and you only need to apply it once. My husband actually asked if I was wearing fake lashes. They make my eyelashes look amazing! Well done Bourjois! It’s worth £15.99 on its own.

Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser.


So this product is a treat. Now I say that as someone that’s lazy… so it smells great being eucalyptus essential oil and feels luxurious wiping it off with a hot cloth after slathering the cream all over your skin, but your supposed to use this day and night… now thats fine…However I’d much rather just quickly wipe off cleanser with a cotton pad. I don’t get my arm covered in water and it’s quicker, although only about 10 seconds granted.

James read sleep mask tan


So unfortunately this is one product I won’t be reviewing. I’ve used too many fake tan products that have gone horribley wrong on me. I have gone cheap and expensive…I just don’t think the stuff agrees with my skin. And as someone that likes to go outside I thought I would give this one a miss. If you have tried it tho let me know 🙂

You can find this box on Here

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Helen x