Sunday, 1 March 2015

This Week I #2

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Mamma Mia, Pick 'n' Mix and Homemade Bath Bombs

For some reason this week has been really hectic; in between working, hospital visits, seeing friend and trying to keep on top of my blogging i feel like I've not had the chance to catch up with myself.

Monday was possibly my favourite day this week - not a sentence i say often but after work i finally got to go see one of my close friends who has been recovering from spinal surgery and it was so good to see her as I've missed her so much and it'd been way too long since I'd seen her last. So it was really lovely to see her - i feel like I've lost my limb not seeing as much as i normally do, really hoping i get to go see her again soon.

Monday evening, I went to see Mamma Mia at the Liverpool Empire which was incredible - we got really cheap tickets so we was sat in the gods but regardless of that it was still amazing. I absolutely love the theatre and I've got a couple of other shows coming up this year too which I'm really looking forward too!

Thankfully, the hospital visits are over and my relative was allowed home on Friday which I'm absolutely made up about because going the hospital every night was quite exhausting. I'm also really glad he's much better too but there's still a long road ahead. Hopefully, I should have a little bit more spare time and i really want to try and put more effort into my blog because it's definitely not been as up to scratch as I'd like but hopefully that should change.

I've also decided to have a go at posting daily because i have a lot of posts i really want to get up - I'm going to be a lot stricter with the quality of what goes up so I'm not saying there is definitely going to be a post everyday because if I'm not happy with it then it isn't going up but I'm going to give it a try!

How's your week been?

Natalie xx
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Saturday, 28 February 2015

My Experience With | Kirstie Allsopp Lavender Bath Bombes Kit

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You may not know this but i absolutely love doing little crafty/DIY in my spare time -- unfortunately, I don't have much spare time so it's hobby that I've neglected a lot - I really must change that. I was contacted by a very lovely lady asking if I'd like to try something from the Kirstie Allsop Craft Range from Hobbycraft and as a big fan of bath bombs it only seemed fitting that i opted for the Lavendar Bath Bombes Kit*.

Inside the kit you get everything that you need; 4 moulds, a spray bottle, instructions and all the ingredients to make the lavender bombs which includes: Bicarbonate of Soda, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Lavender Oil and Dried Lavender Flowers. The kit says that you have enough to make 8 bath bombs in total (only 4 can be made at one time) but on my second attempt at the bath bombs i actually halved the remaining amount and managed to get 4 out of those so you can actually make more than the suggested amount.

My first attempt at making the bath bombs was an epic disaster - i followed the instructions perfectly and what should have been happening wasn't so i tried to improvise and ended up with a bubbling mixture that wouldn't not stop growing and this resulted in it being impossible to fit into the mould so it was an all round fail. I was seriously disappointed and was close to giving up hope, however, i hated the idea of the kit defeating me. So i went to the Internet and googled other bloggers reviews of this kit to see if anyone else had encountered the same issue i had and how i resolved it. Cue this lovely blog - she suggested adding 1tbsp of water into the mixture to help it along as the oil on it's own just wasn't enough.

On my second attempt (i actually split the remaining ingredients in half so i would be able to have a third attempt if needed) i decided to follow Fifi McGee's instructions and add the 1tbsp of water to the mixture, on top of that i added a further 1tsp to it and that seemed to work for me, the mixture reached the 'sandcastle' like consistency we needed for the moulds.

Once you've gotten your mixture, this is where you can get a little creative with the placement of the dried flowers (or whatever you choose to use) i copied the images off the box and left them clumped together so you'd see them on the top of the bath bomb. It does require a lot of time to set - 24 hours in the moulds and then it suggests a further 24 hours out of the moulds before using. I've not actually had the chance to try these out in the bath because they only finished setting a few hours ago but I'm thrilled to bits that they've turned out and I'm glad i halved the mixture because i have some left to make more.

The only negative thing i have to say about this kit is that instructions are quite vague and not all that helpful but making these are trial and error and once you've got it - the world is your oyster, so to speak! I'm excited to try create more bath bombs and try lots of different scents and designs - let me know if you'd like to see future posts on any of the bath bombs i might make. I also think these are going to make really lovely gift and stocking fillers for people too.

This Lavender Bath Bombes Kit retails for about £20 but is currently on offer for £15 - i had a lot of fun making these and i adore bath bombs so i know I'll make use out of them and now i know what i need to make them so it's well worth the price just for that. They're are also loads of other craft kits in the range too so if you're like me and enjoy doing crafty things in your spare time these are well worth checking out.

Have you ever made your own bath bombs?
Natalie xx
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Monthly Favourites | February

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I've tried quite a few new products this month as well as rediscovering some old gems that I'd forgotten about in the back of my drawer. I've had quite a hectic month this month and not in a good way either so I've been wearing pretty much wearing the same products most of the month.


Benefit Fine One One
This is one of those products that every time i saw it in my drawer i thought to myself that i really needed to use it more and for the first half of the month i began wearing this on an everyday basis. It's so quick and easy to use - you literally swipe it across the cheekbones and blend it out, the combined highlighter, pink tone and coral tone give you a really effortless sweep of colour across the cheeks and it looks so pretty and subtle on.

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara
This little beauty is taking the blogging world by storm at the moment and it's no surprise why, it's such a good mascara. I absolutely love the results it gives to the lashes - this mascara focuses more on adding volume to the lashes but it does add some length too. The volume and curl it gives, however is amazing - it gives such thick and full looking lashes and it separates them out really well too.

Mac Eyeshadow Quad
I've had an empty Mac Quad for ages and this month i finally purchased the final three eyeshadows to fill it in and I'm so happy with it. Mac eyeshadows are really good quality; they're pigmented, long lasting and blend together really nicely. I love all shades i have in put together but the one that i have loved the most has been 'Patina' it's been a really beautiful base eyeshadow - I've loved wearing it alone but it's also been great to pair with the other shades to create a lovely eye look too -- i will be doing a full review on my eyeshadow quad soon.

Wilko Retractable Powder Brush
This is the powder brush i like to keep in my handbag because it has a lid i feel like it's a little more hygienic than letting it collect any dirt/bacteria from my bag. The brush is really lovely, it's so soft and feels really pleasant to use and I've actually been reaching for this over my normal powder brush.

Mac Creme Blush in Ladyblush
It's quite ironic that i should be featuring this in my favourites post as i recently included it in my 'Products I Like But Wouldn't Repurchase' post (here) -- writing this post made me want to get it back out and use it. I still stand by what i said in the post, i wouldn't repurchase this but i have been enjoying using it. It's a really subtle pink colour to the cheeks and because it's a creme formula it blends in quite naturally leaving a nice flush to the cheeks.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bootleg Brown
I'm a big fan of eyeshadow sticks; they're so easy to use. Apply them over the lid and blend out and you have an easy eye look. The Rimmel ones are creamy and blend out easily and I've been applying this to the lashes like a liner and smudging it out to get a subtle smokey look which I've really been enjoying.

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Blogger/Youtube Favourites:
These don't really need much of a shout out but I've really been enjoying the SacconeJoly's vlogs at the moment. They're post daily family vlogs and Eduardo and Emilia are just adorable and make my heart melt every time and I'd genuinely recommend checking them out if you don't already.

Other Favourites:

Joined the Gym
I joined the gym again this month - I'm really sick and tired of feeling really unfit and just generally unhappy with myself so i want to try and get myself healthy.

Caramel Lattes
I've been drinking a heck of a lot of Caramel lattes lately, in particularly the ones from Costa -they are so tasty!

Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia is currently doing a tour round the UK and me and my sister had tickets to go and see it whilst it was on in Liverpool. and it was incredible.

Afterlight App
I paid for this app ages ago and barely used it because theres so many features to it that i just never really bothered to spend the time to play around on it and see how it works. Lately, however - I've been trying to post on instagram more so I've been making more of an effort with this app and it's become one of my favourites to edit my photos on.

Book Favourite: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins
Music Favourite: Black Roses by Clare Bowen and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

What are some of your monthly favourites, i'd love to know?
Natalie xx
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review | Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

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There are some evenings when all i want to do it just make a brew then get under my covers, pamper myself and either pick up my book or put on a film. For said occasions i like a pamper product that is going to make me feel good but is also going to require very little effort -- don't know about you but once i get comfy the last thing i want is to have to move.

Cue the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. It feels quite bizarre applying a face mask and just going to sleep without removing it 10 minutes later but the lazy girl in me loves it - i get to have a bit of a pamper without actually applying much effort.

The mask itself has quite a thin creamy consistency; it's feels refreshing and quiet cooling on the skin and it has a really lovely scent - i don't quite know how to describe it but it's really pleasant. It sinks into the face quite quickly and i love that it dries clear as well so it doesn't look like you actually have anything on.

This is a hydrating mask so you wake up with a really soft and healthy looking complexion - it really absorbs into the skin and as the name suggests it 'drinks up' the moisture and 'quenches the skin's thirst'. The morning after I've used this i can see a big difference in my skin - it's honestly amazing.

I got this mask in the Origins Mask Marvels set that i reviewed here - It's definitely a pricey product as it retails for £23 for 100ml (available here) but i would actually pay that because i really enjoy using it and it gives visible results. If you can I'd definitely recommend trying to get your hands on a set like i did because it's a bargain - i think that may have a limited edition at Christmas though.

Have you tried the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask?

Natalie xx
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

This Week I #1

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New Notebooks, Max Factor New Releases and Shameless Selfie for #100days Day 1

I've decided to stop doing the life lately photo diary series that i was doing at the end of each month and do more of a weekly update instead - i quite enjoy writing personal posts i find them somewhat therapeutic so even if these end up being more for my benefit than yours i don't mind as they're a great way to see what i was up to at different periods in my life and if you're interested, then it's a good way for you to get to know and what I'm up to outside of my blog too.

Ironically, i don't have a lot of photos to feature in this post as my entire week as pretty much been spent either in work or at the hospital so I've not had any time to myself to do anything exciting and any spare time i do have I've been trying to get blog posts done as i have a few deadlines i want to try and keep. I have also started that 100 Days challenge on instagram too - you can follow me here, if you are interested in seeing how i do.

I mentioned a few posts ago that a family member of mine had taken ill and was in hospital - thankfully, he's a lot better than when he was admitted but due to him being so ill there's a lot o things to take into account before he can be discharged so he's still in and we're not exactly sure how long it's going to be for.

I've also noticed lately that my posts haven't been getting as much response as they would normally and i don't know whether it's due to my lack of time that I'm rushing more than normal or whether my posts just aren't as enjoyable anymore? (feedback would appreciated) in which i really hope it isn't the case. My photos also seem to be suffering at the moment which is frustrating me a hell of a lot because it seems like no matter what I'm doing they just aren't coming out great - i think it's my camera though as I've had it for a good 7-8 years now so it has served me well and i am currently saving for a new camera but until i can get that (hopefully soon) there's not a great deal i can do.

How has your week been?
Natalie xx
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Body Shop | Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet and Eau De Toilette

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I really like The Body Shop but i always find myself really overwhelmed by the choice of products they have and more often than not i leave without getting anything because i just can't choose what to try. Saying that though, the few products that i have tried from there I've enjoyed a lot.

The latest products I've been trying out from The Body Shop is their Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet* and the Pink Grapefruit Eau De Toilette*. Pink Grapefruit is a very unusual scent - I'm not quite sure how to describe it, it's a very fresh, citrusy and fruity scent but its not as sweet as most fruit scents are and it has quite a strong i want to say 'bitter' note to it but i feel that sounds a bit negative. I do like the scent, it's not my favourite and I'm not sure if I'd have picked it out myself but it is light and refreshing.

I had to do a little bit of research into the Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet* as i thought it looked like a shower gel but the back of the tube said body moisturiser so i wasn't entirely sure - turns out it is in fact a moisturiser. It's a very unusual consistency to what I'm used to but it's actually really nice, it's really refreshing and moisturising and i think i might save this for when i go on holiday in a few months because i think this will feel amazing on the skin as it feels really cooling on the skin. I also really like that it's quite hydrating and it absorbs into the skin really quickly so you don't have to wait around for it to dry into the skin.

Similarly, with the Pink Grapefruit Eau De Toilette* - I'm going to save this for my holiday because it's a good refreshing summery scent not to mention it's a really handy size that will not take up much luggage space. The main flaw with this Eau De Toilette is that it's not very long lasting, the scent disappears quite quickly which is such a shame.

Pink Grapefruit is a perfect summery scent and I'm definitely going to take both products on holiday with me. I'm really impressed with the Body Sorbet and i want to look into some of the other scents they have.

What products would you recommend from The Body Shop?

Natalie xx
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Pros and Cons of Blogging

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I've been blogging for over three years now so i feel like I've had a quite a good experience of blogging and that I've seen a lot happen and change within that time. Obviously everyone's experience with blogging is different and people take different things from it but i thought I'd share with you some of the pros and cons of blogging - or at least what i consider to be the pros and cons.

1. You gain a lot of skills from it: photography, organising, social skills, basic html - they may seem like small things but your learning new skills even if it is only basic.

2. It's a great talking point. Lots of my friends ask me things about my blog, i have people ask me for recommendation or just generally ask me how its going and it amazes me every time that people are interested in it. It's also a great talking point for interviews - even if it has no relevance to the job or position that you're applying for, put it on your CV they could ask you about it.

3. It's really rewarding.

4. There are some really great opportunities. Blogging can bring great opportunities to work with PRs and brands too - it's really flattering to know that brands, especially well known ones want to work with my blog. It doesn't exactly hurt being sent lovely products to review either.

5. There is an amazing community - It's filled with amazing like minded people, who are really supportive and there is nothing nicer than receiving a genuine comment from someone who has enjoyed their post.

6. It helps improve organising skills. Blogging takes a heck of a lot of organising - you have to plan posts, photos, content, promotion etc... and it takes a lot of effort and skill to keep yourself organised. Trust me, I'm a really organised person and i sometimes stray from the plans.

7. One of my favourites - if you like to organise your blog planning and posts etc... it is a brilliant excuse to buy lots of stationary.

1. Some people do like to say whats right and whats wrong with blogging and sometimes it can make you feel absolute crap.

2. It can take over your life - i spend the vast majority of my spare time planning, taking photos and writing posts and if not actually doing that then I'm thinking about doing that.

3. It can be quite easy to get a little envious of other bloggers - not in a terrible/ destructive way, id say its more flattering than that but it can be quite easy to be envious of another bloggers photos, writing style or opportunities they may get. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy for the other blogs they've work bloody hard to get where they are but sometimes i get a bit jealous and wish i was more like that.

4. The last one also links into this one - it can be quite easy to compare yourself to others. On the occasions that this does happen it can be quite disheartening.

5. Along with working with PRs and Brands - come deadlines, they may not give them you directly but i always feel the pressure to try and get them up as soon as possible.

6. If i don't get a post up that i want too when i wanted too - i end up feeling really guilty and i know no-one actually minds because they aren't even aware of what posts going up when but i still end up feeling really guilty.

7. This one isn't relevant to everyone but choosing a blog name that has another name in it - i.e. 'youralmostalice' leads to the assumption that your name is Alice. I'm kind of used to the error now but it can be a little frustrating when i sign everything with my own name.

There is probably a million and one more pros and cons that we could all add to the lists but this is the main few for me personally.

Natalie xx
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Review | John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner

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I'm a massive fan of John Frieda and always find that their hair products especially the shampoos, conditioners and hair masques always gives me really soft and healthy look hair. When i found they were releasing another range and i just knew i had to get my hands on them.

The John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner* with a amino repair complex and are designed to 'moisturise and repair dry damaged hair'. The amino repair complex is a powerful formula that helps to reconstruct the structure of the hair with vital nutrients to make it stronger and healthier.

My hair is definitely in need of some TLC, as I'm due a haircut but as always I'm avoiding it for as long as possible which means my hair isn't quite in the best condition and I'm starting to get split ends. Now being realistic no shampoo or conditioner is going to work miracles on my hair but these definitely make my hair feel much healthier which is good news for me as it means i can put off my haircut for a little longer. Since I've been using these my hair feels healthy, soft and i don't seem to have many more split ends.

I wasn't overly keen on the Shampoo as when i was washing it, it left my hair feeling weird and slightly sticky feeling but the condition is lovely and using that gets rid of any of that weird sticky feeling so they work well together. They lather up really well and have a pleasant scent too.

They retail for £5.89 each so they're reasonable priced but you know with John Frieda you are getting a good quality products.

Natalie xx
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