Friday, 29 March 2013

Coral Craze

Or should I say "Crazy about Coral?"

I spent last summer enjoying the trend of coral, not only in items of clothing , but on my nails too.  


I seem to have gathered an impressive little collection of similar shades of coral, but do you know what?

Not one quite ticks the box.

I know, I KNOW!

They are either too orange, or too pink. That elusive pale pinky , orange ummmmm coral shade is just not there yet.

In the photo are:


  • Essie Boat House
  • Essie Cute as a button
  • Essie Fifth Avenue
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds 415 Instyle Coral
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds 405 Rose Libertine
  • Maybelline Forever strong Hot Salsa
  • Mua Bright Coral
  • Maybelline Color Show Coral Craze

I did try and get a cheap shade earlier this year that I thought was the closest to the colour I have in my head. First I tried a 60 second shade for £3.49 from Rimmel called Instyle Coral . It dries really quickly and lasts well, but it was umm, well, pink. Next was  Coral Craze from Maybeliene for £3.49. The right coral colour, but it just doesn't goes on that well. A bit lumpy and well, you know, I am, ummm, a bit fussy.

Coral Craze - a bit lumpy?
But a great colour?
So I returned to one of my favourite brands of polishes - Essie- this is  Fifth Avenue     . It is quite a bright coral, but goes on beautifully . Look how many Essie coral colours I've yet to explore! 


The added benefit of the Essie polishes are that you can buy many of them at a reduced price starting from £2.95 from Cheap Smells. It is free delivery in the UK.

I then stumbled across an old friend whilst out shopping - Jessica. I had forgotten how lovely these polishes are and I believe an old love affair may have been rekindled by this shade...


I know it looks similar in shade to the Essie polish, but it is paler and more delicate than in the picture.

Do you have a perfect coral shade to tell me about?

If you haven't entered my Giveaway you can enter here. It runs until the 9th of April.


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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Giveaway

A Year To Celebrate!!



To thank you all for being so lovely and supportive during this year, here is my first giveaway. It begins today and runs for two weeks when the winner will be announced and contacted. This is open to US and Uk readers.

I have chosen some of my favourite make up products and brushes, a statement necklace from my favourite local boutique along with a Spring scarf from the same store.


  • Maybeline gel eyeliner in brown
  • Revelon Mascara Grow luscious Plumping
  • Rimmels Apocalips in Apocaliptic and Celestial
  • Revelon Colorstay eye shadow Addicitve
  • Boots London Calling Cosmetics Purse
  • Real Techniques Make Up Brush set - core collection and stand
  • Spring Scarf in grey by Devon shop Divine
  • Grey Heart necklace by Susie Blue













To enter fill in the rafflecopter below and good luck!!



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Monday, 25 March 2013

The road is never straight....

My Dad



Once we had moved Dad into his home we knew there would be a period of settling for him ....and for us. 

New routines and adjustments to make.

What we didn't expect was the nagging feeling that he wasn't happy . The deep certainty that this just wasn't right.

I couldn't put my finger on it.

The room was lovely. 

The staff were pleasant. 

The boxes were all ticked.

On one occasion I called in to take Dad out and he had refused to get dressed. He was sat in a darkened room in his pyjamas. I got him dressed, shaved him and hugged him. 

He cried. 

The next time I went to visit he was confused and disorientated. He didn't even know who I was.

I cried.

He seemed to be losing himself in this place. There was not enough stimulation to keep him focussed and aware. I  know for Dad care is so much more than just meeting his physical needs. He needs to be talked to. Listened to. Considered. Liked. Loved. Entertained. So......

Last weekend we moved him to the most amazing place ever. It may be 3/4 of an hour away , but I feel so thankful we have found it. The people who run this place are angels.

They cut his hair and trimmed his eyebrows and made him look so handsome.  They listened to him play his harmonica and to his stories and told him what an amazing man he is. He cried, but for the right reasons. 

They take the residents to the pub in the bus and for walks every day. They have comedy days and garden parties. They have a visiting musician and spa trips. They have activities every morning and afternoon.

WE have to book to see HIM.  

HE is the busy one. 

He is honoured and cherished and loved when we are not there to do it and I cannot find the words to tell you what that means to me.

Yes, I'd rather he was home and not so far away, but that isn't possible anymore so for now he is in the best place he can be , of that I am sure.

Take a look at his smiling face in my instagram picture in my sidebar. 

That's a happy Dad. X




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Friday, 22 March 2013

Bloglovin, Instagram, A Giveaway.....

And me....


I have added a new page to my blog layout. I was struggling to fit all the blogs I love on my blogroll on my sidebar. The limit was 25. This sounds a lot, but boy there are some great blogs out there! I was having to rotate them around so I could put all the ones I love on for a period of time. So I have created a permanent page which I will begin to list all the blogs I visit on a regular basis . If you want some blogs to lose yourself in, head on over here.



I am also encouraging my followers to follow on Bloglovin. It is a great way to follow your favourite blogs and you can easily import all the ones you follow from Google reader. All you do is click on your name, settings, scroll down to other and click on import blogs. You then select google reader and they all come chugging over to join you - perfect!



I love the layout of bloglovin. You get a clear list of all your blogs you follow and you can group them into categories so they are easy to find. I know , I know Mrs OCD again. As soon as one of your bloggers add a new post they come onto your home page with a large picture and some text. It is so clear and I find it very easy to navigate. You can opt for what e.mail updates you get. I have one update a day of the blogs who have posted and an e.mail when a new follower joins.



You can check it out here and follow me on bloglovin here or by clicking on the link in the right side bar.




Instagram is a great way of keeping up to date with people's daily lives. I often put snapshots of things as they occur during the day on here, but have only recently started to use it regularly! I  will be keeping account of our house extension as it progresses on Instagram so if you want to follow along you can follow me here or by clicking on the link in the right side bar.


I can't believe it has nearly been a year since I started blogging . I have decided it would be a good time to host my first Giveaway to celebrate this.
So I shall be posting about that next week - I have been gathering some delightful items together and am restraining myself from keeping them! Open to US and UK readers.

Have a lovely and not too wet weekend. 

XXX













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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Cleansing Your Face

 Wednesday Beauty Buys



RMK Cleansing Balm and Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz




I am a creature of habit.

As I have got older I have learnt to embrace this part of my character rather than fight against it.

I am not big on changing my routine for cleansing my face . For years I have used Dermalogicas precleanse and then their cleanser. It took me a long time to discover a hot cloth cleanser that convinced me it was doing a better job for my skin.  

Liz Earle did capture my heart, but....

This cleanser......




Oh so soft and delicate . 

This rose balm melts make up away easily and quickly. It does not irritate skin and does not have any nasties in it.

It has a traditional cold cream feel to it that I adore.

Cleansing balms are certainly having a comeback and RMK have some gorgeous products I think are really worth checking out.

This is a solid balm that you take a grape sized amount of that emulsifies  as you massage into your face and neck. You then take a hot cloth and hold it to the skin to remove. Repeat this twice. Then to finish apply a cold compress and pat dry.

It retails at £29. I am using the product I got in my Birchbox this month and must admit am tempted to continue when my Liz Earle cleanser runs out. 

The second product is another surprise for me that I got on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots when I was stocking up on some presents for birthdays. I have a birthday drawer at home. Whenever Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on I will use it to replace some of my products and get a few items for female gifts and store them.
I had been looking out for a cheaper toner for a while and wanted to try a simple rosewater . Everywhere seemed to be out and as I was short of time this caught my eye.



It is an organic product, again completely natural. I do try to go down this route when I can. It is quick and simple to apply . You spritz onto your face and wipe off with some cotton wool. I will admit it feels so good on my skin I don't always wipe it off. My skin does not feel tight at all after this and it definitely has moisturising properties as well.

An utterly gorgeous product and only £4.99 from Boots. This would be a great product to have a sample size of in your handbag for hot summer days on the beach. 

Yeah right , now I'm dreaming!










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