Sunday, 28 August 2016

August Degustabox

August Degustabox
So summer is starting to come to an end which means we can now start to drink endless amounts of hot drinks and not feel like we are melting. This also means Degustabox is starting to get a lot more seasonal with it's food and drinks. This month's box is jam packed with lots of goodies I have never tried and mostly not heard of before so I was excited to try some of these yummy bits. 
Clipper Tea
Clipper Tea | £1.59
Clipper Green Tea is one tea brand I have never tried before so I was excited to see this in my box. However I am not the biggest fan of ginger tea so I am not quite sure what to make of this flavour. I think this would be amazing if you are feeling under the weather or in need to relax with some alone time, so maybe I will keep it and give it a try for those days.
Nutripot Moroccan Couscous | £2.49
I love couscous I have it a lot with lemon chicken or a salad so this will come in useful for quick meals. This pot is high in protein, low in fats and no added sugars, colours of preservatives so I am quite excited to try this one since I do try and have more protein in my diet. These are great for on the go quick lunches.

Nutripot Thai Noodles | £2.49
If there was one food I could live off for the rest of my life it would be noodles so of course these were demolished quite quickly. Packed with protein, fibre and 50% of your daily vitamin and mineral needs, these are healthy fast food on the go. These tasted really filling and I do wish I had another tub of these because I would so demolish them again. The spice is quite subtle too so if you don't like strong spices these are perfect!
Capsicana Chilli & Coconut Sauce | £1.99
I really love the taste of coconut when it is mixed into sauces or some sort of curry so I was quite excited to try this. I am yet to try it but I think I will use this over some chicken or vegetables, not too sure on fish.
Dorset Cereals
Dorset Cereals Muesli | £3.49
Confessions time: never have I ever tried muesli but I have always been curious about it, I mean I love porridge/oats so I'd imagine it would taste quite nice. This muesli sounds lovely but when I read the instructions it did seem like quite a faff, it mentions adding apple juice and yogurt which for me is quite a faff in the morning. I will give this a try sometime though as I have always wanted to see what it tastes of.
Get more multivitamins
Get More Multivitamins | £1.45
I don't really like sparkling drinks but the flavour lemon and lime sounded quite refreshing which is exactly what we need in this humid weather. These drinks provide a refreshing way to top up your vitamins made with spring water, natural flavours and no added sugars. This tasted really fruity and natural I drunk this when I craved something sweet but it's not something I would go out and buy.
Mahou Cinco Estrellas | £1.20
This beer is produced using the finest varieties of hops and yeast, it stands out for its golden colour and distinctively mild taste. I personally don't like beer but I know people in my family who do so I might keep this aside for those.

Fentimans Sparkling Lime & Jasmine
Degustabox have definitely got the humid weather memo because this sparkling, refreshing drink is perfect again for those hot days. I have tried a sip of this and it tasted really sweet and refreshing, but drinks like this I have to be in the mood for so I've popped it in my fridge for now.
Geeta's Mango Chutney |
I love chutneys they are perfect paired with crackers, cheese and a side of olives as a light lunch. I have tried this chutney before and it's very sweet so definitely more of a sweet chutney than savoury and it tastes delicious! These are also really great as gifts if you are putting together hampers which I always do at Christmas.

Geeta's Curry Pastes | 2 x £1.00
These perfect for two curries are great if you are cooking with your partner or someone you live with. I never think to make curries using these flavours but I will definitely give them a try with some chicken and maybe even that couscous.
Oloves | £1.00
I love olives so when these arrived I had them for my lunch with a bagel and they went down lovely. They tasted so fresh and I can see me going out and buying more of these for on the go snacking. Like I said before these would have went perfect with the chutney and the crackers below.
Rakusen's Snackers Plain & Gluten Free | £1.29/£1.49
I love crackers there is always a box of them stashed in my cupboard somewhere. Since I gave up dairy I tend to have them with chutneys or a bit of salad now. I liked the plain Rakusen's crackers but I did find them quite dry so you definitely need to have something on them to take away the taste. Unfortunately I didn't like the gluten free ones they tasted really bland and again very dry.
Willy chases fit corn
Willy Chase's Fit Corn | £2.19
How funny is the name of this brand please? I love popcorn so I was excited to see a bag in my box this month. This is apple cider vinegar flavour which is definitely a peculiar one I am unsure on. I am yet to try this but I will update this when I do because I think it will definitely experience!
Tabasco Sauce | £1.99
I don't really like barbecue sauce in general but sweet and sticky barbecue I can get away with so this will come in handy for when I have burgers or ribs. I also think something like this would be great if you are having a barbecue.

Overall I would say this box was good but not my favourite I did like how their was a lot of brands I haven't tried before but, a lot of the bits didn't really appeal to me. The olives were definitely my favourite mind and I will definitely be buying more of them.

I would really recommend people who enjoy food and want to try new brands out to give this box a try. Who doesn't love the element of surprise especially with food?! It is like Christmas every month. You always come across some amazing brands and try some yummy recipes too!

If you want to find out what other yummy treats Degustabox send out their website link is here, or you can find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information. 

If you are interested in trying this yummy box out they have kindly sent me a £6 off discount for you all, using the code: BLDEG15

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Have you tried Degustabox out yet??

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

London Beauty Haul

London Beauty Haul
You cannot go to London and not come home with something new especially if you are a beauty/makeup obsessed freak like me. I recently went on a little trip to London with my boyfriend (post) and during my time there I done a bit of shopping. London is great for getting your hands on everything at once and coming across all those brands you could only ever get your hands on online, yep talking about you Zoeva. I treated myself to quite a few bits from London and can tell you I already love everything I have tried so far!

Selfridges is the best for getting everything in one go as their is so many departments and beauty brands in this one shop. I so wish we had a Selfridges up here in Newcastle but then again my wages would just get blown on beauty products all the time and I'd be eating lipsticks for breakfast. I did however pop in when I was down London and picked up a few bits I have wanted to try for ages. I picked up a Beauty Blender after hearing so many amazing comments on it, I am going to be writing a blog post soon comparing it with Real Techniques Sponge. I also picked up the Zoeva Buffing Brush since I absolutely love buffing brushes for foundation. I was so close to buying the full rose gold set but I subtly dropped hints to my boyfriend for my birthday.

H&M is also amazing down London and the H&M I went into which is just on the corner between Oxford and Regents Street has 6 floors! The beauty range is to die for though and again I really wish my local had stocked beauty. Since I loved the eyeshadows from my H&M haul I picked up a single eyeshadow in this gorgeous brown/nude which looks perfect with a bronze makeup look. A also picked up a hand cream and body spray which smell amazing! And a mini dry shampoo which was just because I forgot my own but turns out I have been using this for volume too. After H&M I finally bought the Pixi Glow Tonic this has been on my wishlist for so so long now so I am happy I have finally got my hands on it and it is amazing so far!

Another product that has been on my wishlist for so long is Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil and finally I got my hands on it. I have been applying this before bed every other day and holy moly my skin is incredible when I wake up. I will be writing a review on this very soon! The last couple of bits I picked up were just from my local Boots but I am including them in here anyways and I just picked up another Maybelline Fit me Concealer as it is the best for covering those dark circles. I also noticed Natural Collection stock Highlighting Sticks so I picked one of those up in the hope it'll be a budget friendly highlighter.

I will more than likely be reviewing most of these in the future so keep your eyes pealed!  

What have you bought recently??

Monday, 22 August 2016

72 Hours In London

Trevor Square
Kings Cross
London Day 1
If someone was to ask me what my favourite place in the world is I would hands down say London. I have been there so many times and every time is different and special in its own little way. Me and my boyfriend recently took a lil' holiday and hopped onto a train to Kings Cross for a few days, so since we got quite a lot done in 72 hours I decided to share what we got up to.

Que 10000s of photos.

Day 1.
Once we arrived and checked into our hotel (with an amazing view of Kings Cross/St Pancreas station might I add!) we leaped onto a tube to Oxford Circus for a teeny-tiny bit of shopping, jokes it was a lot. We wondered down Oxford Street for a couple of hours into all the good shops and of course I had to make a cheeky purchase in Selfridges. Got myself a Chocolate Orange Ben's Cookie which I cannot stop thinking about, like how can a cookie taste so perfect?! Once we were shopped-out we decided to walk through Harrods and drool over all the amazing pastries and chocolates and then continued our walk down into Chelsea. We spent ages taking photographs and imagining living in these amazingly grand houses. The houses down London are so pristine and dazzling, you always come across little mews too with fabulous interior.

We headed back to the hotel, freshened up then went for a Chinese which was just round the corner from our hotel. After we filled our boots with yummy food we decided to go on a late night walk around where we stayed. Played a little bit of Pokemon Go and ran around trying to catch Pikachu like a 5 year old. Once it got around midnight we headed back and went straight to bed.
day 2Chalcot road
day 2 london
Farm girl cafe
Day 2:
This was definitely the most filled day out of the 3 we got loads done and our little feet were throbbing by the end! We woke up bright and early and got the tube to Camden to visit the market and the Cereal-Killer Cafe. After picking up a few bits from the market we devoured a bowl of cereal from CKC. I ordered 'Unicorn Poop' which I posted on Instagram and was quite funny to ask for and my boyfriend ordered 'Luckiest Charms' which was packed with lots of marshmallows. This was so yummy but so sickly I couldn't finish it but it was somewhere to tick off my bucket list. We walked off a bit of the cereal by heading to Primrose Hill (which has a stunning view of London!) and on the way I spotted some beautiful colourful houses which of course I photographed. Which one would you live in? I'd definitely claim pink!

In the afternoon we decided to head up to Notting Hill/Holland Park and went for something little to eat in Farm Girl Cafe. This is such a stunning place to eat and I so wish I went sooner! I ordered the prettiest latte ever that is sprinkled in all these rose petals, very picture-esc. I'd definitely recommend this place if you love healthy foods it is on Portobello Road. After spending a few hours in Holland Park we decided to go back to the hotel for an hour and then head out for dinner. We went to Polo Bar which is in Liverpool Street, I ordered the steak burger with sweet potato fries and that burger is hands down one of the best I've had! Afterwards we decided to spend the full night site seeing Big Ben, London Eye, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. This was definitely the way to spend our last night in London, the city never sleeps.
Day 3
Neals Yard
Day 3:
On our last full day in London (train was at 10pm) we decided to visit Regents Park and head to London Zoo. Regents Park Garden was amazing if I lived in London I'd definitely come here all the time. The zoo was so much fun despite how hot it was and how sore my feet were. The giraffes and monkeys were definitely my favourite, but the worst (yes there's a worst) was the spider house, yes you heard me there was a house where you could walk in with giant spiders just dangling on webs. I didn't go in as that would be my worst nightmare but my boyfriend did. We spent most of the day at the zoo since it was huge! But afterwards we headed to Covent Garden for last minute shopping and found the secret Neals Yard alley. London is filled with all these little alleys and mews with cute areas to eat. We had a couple of hours to spare so we sat outside Buckingham Palace in the sun, grabbed a bite to eat and then wondered Kings Cross Station shops and of course I went into the Harry Potter shop!

I had such a good time at London as I said before every time is different and exciting. I would love to live here even if it was for half a year just for the experience. Definitely going back near Christmas again as that is my favourite time of the year to go.

What is your favourite thing about London??

Thursday, 18 August 2016

My Everyday Body Essentials

My Everyday Body Essentials
Whenever the summer weather kicks in (not that I am seeing much summer here in the UK) I somehow always seem to reach for my body products than I would any other time of the year. There has been a couple of beauty products I am obsessed with that I reach out for quite a lot recently and I decided to share what they were and why.

Zoella Body Fondant | £10.00
After being really pleased with Zoella's new Sweet Inspiration Bath Range I decided to purchase the Body Fondant. Can I just say holy moly this smells incredibly delicious, you need to smell this next time you are in Superdrug! The sponge application reminds me of the olden days when women would powder their faces with these applicators, am I the only one? You rub the sponge into the product and then rub this fondant all over your skin. This gives you a subtle shimmer and healthy glow (perfect if you have a tan!). It also makes you smell amazing which to be honest is the main reason I have been covering my arms and legs in it every other day.

Wilkinson Sword Razor* | £4.20 (offer)
Who'd of thought I'd be talking about a razor on my blog but yet here we are! Before this razor I would just pick up any set from Boots that were on offer and not really care for how good they were, until now. This 5 curve sensing blades help protect your skin from irritation, whilst the 5 curve sensing blades give you incredible closeness. I think because I shave a lot more in the summer since my legs are on show a bit more I need something that won't irritate my skin and this is that product. I shall no longer be picking up cheap razors!

I'm not going to sugar coat this one I have cellulite just below my bottom, I have only noticed this since going to the gym and since then I have been using the Cellublue Cup to try and reduce it. Cellublue is proven to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, it also helps tone and smooth your skin. I have been applying the Nuxe Dry Oil onto the area and then squeezing the cup up and down my skin. I find this really relaxing which is why I've been enjoying using it and why I have added it into my everyday body products.

Since I am pale and the UK doesn't always get the greatest of summer weather I tend to reach for false tans. To use this you apply in long, circular motions and use sparingly on hands, feet, knees and elbows. For tanning you allow at least one hour before rinsing and for optimum tan results wait 8 hours. This just leaves my legs with such a lovely healthy tan that doesn't look patchy, dry or orange. I really like using this false tan it is definitely one of the best one's I have tried.

What body products do you recommend??

Monday, 15 August 2016

Homeware Haul

pom pom bedding
primark blanket
There is nothing I enjoy more than spending hours searching online or wondering around shops looking for new homey bits to give my room a bit of refreshment. I always go through chops and changes with how I want my room to look so I popped my browsing goggles on and got searching for some new pieces for my bedroom and of course I had to haul it!

I have wanted a simple, white pom pom duvet cover for ages now but everywhere I looked was either sold out or costly. I spotted this duvet set off Amazon and I was so excited when it arrived. White bedding is great as you can match it with any cushions and it just overall looks lovely. To match my new bedding I picked up a throw from Primark which was £5! It has all these pretty geometric pastel colours on it and goes perfectly at the bottom of my bed. If I don't want it at the bottom of my bed I pop it in this £6 copper storage basket from B&M which I use to store all my blankets! This just looks so cute in the corner of my room.
What is a homeware haul without some cute new candles? I picked up this geometric lantern and candle from Clas Ohlsen to pop on my desk. I also found these dainty cactus tealights from Amazon which are just the cutest things ever! I cannot bring myself to burn them so I have dotted them all around my bedroom. Primark's homeware is on point lately especially all the elephant cuteness. I picked up these gold fairy lights and wrapped them above my window which looks so lovely in the evening. I love fairy lights all year around but I especially love them when it starts getting darker earlier.
After spending longer than I hoped on Pinterest looking for ways to store magazines I finally settled with a magazine rack from Tiger. This stops so much clutter in my room and looks quite nice on display, I think once I have my own place something like this would look lovely in the living room. The last thing I picked up was this perfume tray from B&M which I bought purely for blog photography background, but when I am not using it for that it sits on my shelf with a couple of everyday essentials.

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What homeware have you bought recently??
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