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Beauty | Yours Truly Organics Review*

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Hi! I had a perfect start to the morning last weekend,  I woke up really early (before 7 thanks to Mr C!) and took the opportunity to have a little pamper time. I haven't had some me time for a few months so this was much needed. As Mr C was still snoring away, what better way to make use of a quiet hour or two? I started off with a long hot shower, weekday mornings usually consist of me literally rolling out of bed and going for a very quick shower to wake me up. So, for a change I took my time and it felt so good! I 've been using Sanex on and off for a couple of years now and I would highly recommend it.  The scrub of you life is definitely my favourite body scrub, a little goes a long way. I tend to use a bit extra on my legs to get them super smooth and plough away all the dead skin.       Next up I used an old favourite, the Schwarzkopf Gliss total repair shampoo. I use this occasionally when my hair gets super dry. I purchase it from Poundland, fo

Garden | Hello Spring!

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Hi! Spring is almost here, finally, and I am pretty happy about this. As much as I like cuddling up inside with Mr C, with a cup of hot chocolate, I can't wait for longer evenings, the sight of daffodils and taking blog photos outside in the garden again! In the meantime I have purchased a few things to brighten up inside and outside the home. I always buy my flowers from Aldi because they seem to last for weeks! I usually pop some lemonade or some sugar in after a week to keep them fresh and pop them in a simple vase in the hallway to add a pop of colour. I also got these cute little fake plants from Dunelm as I couldn't find any real ones that would be small enough to fit on the window sill. They were £1.99 each and add a nice contrast to the bright flowers next to them. We only have a couple of wall lights at the back of the house and, because we have no street lights, any ways that we can find to brighten up the garden is useful. These lovely sol

Lifestyle | One Lovely Saturday

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Hi! On Saturday I did something that I hadn't done for awhile....I woke up early! Thanks to Mr C forgetting to turn off the alarm clock I was wide awake by 6.30. Normally on a Saturday I have a lay in until around 9.00am. So rather than going back to sleep I lay there thinking and getting my thoughts together, Friday was a pretty rubbish day, I got some unexpected news at the end of the day which wasn't great but reminded me to be thankful for a lot of things in my life. Around 7.15 I got up and decided to have a nice long shower, give my face a good cleanse and have a little pamper time! I will be doing a blog post on this because there are some products which I'm really loving at the moment. We had no milk or bread in the house so I persuaded Mr C to take me out for breakfast!                                                                        After breakfast we stopped in the local town for a wander around, there are no clothes shops so there

Review | Elemis Fresh Skin

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    Hi!     For me, whenever I have a trip to TK Maxx I rarely come away empty handed. I don't know what it is about the store but it seems like everywhere I look there is always something to entice me and help me part with my pennies!     Last year I picked up this Elemis skincare kit. I had never seen anything from Elemis in my local TK Maxx before so I was quite excited when I saw this. I really like the products, especially when I go for facials or massages. I literally picked this up and ran (ok, fast walked) to the till and parted with £7.99 (I think!).          Now, if I read the packaging properly before rushing off to pay I would have found out that this is actually a beginners skincare kit for teens - early 20s. Now, let's not pretend here, I'm clearly a few years past this age bracket (sob sob). I didn't let this deter me though and I still gave it a try.   So far I've tried the purifying face wash and the moisturiser

Simply Be | Birthday Buy

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  Hi!   It has been quite a while since I last purchased anything from Simply Be, in fact I think it was this dress which was from last year! I can't wait to wear it again once the weather warms up.   So, when an email popped into my inbox on the morning of my birthday at the beginning of February with a discount code I thought it would be a good time to see what was new on the site.         One of the first items to catch my eye was this pretty green and black dress.   It's definitely not the sort of thing I would normally go for, I was looking for something quite plain and simple to wear to work but then I saw this and I soon changed my mind! The dress is made from a lovely soft jersey material, perfect for when the weather gets warmer. But, in the mean time, it still works really well paired up with a cosy cardigan and tights. The cut out at the front adds a nice detail to the dress and it doesn't sit too low. So if, like me, your n

My Little Box | Review

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Hi!   I was super excited when the next My Little Box landed on my door step, well technically my work doorstep. I knew that it was on it's way as they send an email to you so you know that it's on it's way!   One thing I love about this box is that if you get it delivered to a work address then you get a little discount which means no trips to the post office!   This month's box was called ''My Little Frenchie" Box and was a collaboration with Ines de La Fressange. Again the box didn't disappoint, full of lovely treats of makeup and lifestyle pieces. The case fits my phone perfectly and I will be using this, even though I have a cover I always worry that the screen might get scratched! I had just run out of eyebrow gel so this was perfect timing, I tried it on quickly to see how felt and I was already impressed even after half an hour I didn't get that horrible dry rock hard feeling, which is what

Mr C Talks about | Love

Hi! Me: Last November Mr C and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary! I honestly can't believe it and sometimes find it hard to believe that I managed to find a man. Finding love was something that I never thought would happen to me. Years of self loathing and an extreme lack of confidence made me believe that I would be single forever. I then got it into my head that if I lost weight I would feel better about myself, feel happier and find Prince Charming. The weight came off, I did feel better but rather than finding Prince Charming, I found Prince Put Me Down. Nothing I did was good enough, I was boring (according to him) and still fat even at a size 12/14. My hopes of finding the perfect relationship came crashing down around me and I was left feeling like how all people think fat woman in a relationship should feel - grateful that a man wants you. After being un-ceremoniously dumped via text, yes, you read right, a crappy "it's me not you" text, I told

Review | Caught Short

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  Hi!     So, I was a little surprised when this package popped through my letterbox!          Caught Short* knickers come in a slim re-usable package that can be slipped into your handbag and ready to use when you need a pair!       Personally I think it's a great idea, a few years ago when I was ill and having to be taken to hospital without any notice these would have come in handy as quick way to freshen up until someone came back with a bag of clothes for me.   They come in 3 colours, black, white and ecru, 4 sizes S, M, L & XL and are priced £7.50 per pair. You can find them on the website here .       Perhaps a caught short kit might be a good idea?   Much Love   Natalie   x       *PR Sample                                                          

In the Sale

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    Hi!   I was trying to be so good and not do any shopping for a few weeks but sometimes the temptation is just too much!   Mr C and I went for a quick wander around our local town not long after Christmas. I thought that I would have a quick look in the New Look store there, it's quite a fair size so imagine my surprise when I saw the Inspire range was still in there, right at the back in the corner like a naughty child but still there!        I spotted this jacket and loved it straight away. I never usually go for bright colour jackets so this was a nice change. The jacket is a soft crepe fabric and is a really good length. It's definitely one of those items that can work for day and night.   Jacket - New Look Tunic/Dress - Forever 21 Jeans -Yours Clothing - No longer available   Have you purchased any sale items recently?   Much Love   Natalie x

Review | Kiko Make Up

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    Hi!   Back in November I thought that I would take a trip to the Kiko store whilst I was London. I think I first heard of the brand whilst I was watching an Essie Button video on YouTube.   The store itself is small and at 17.30 in the evening it was very very busy, even though it was cold outside I managed to develop a few beads of sweat within a few minutes of entering the store.   I had a quick look around the lip section and gave the rest of the shop a miss when I realised that I would have to go downstairs, I was already hot and bothered after being in London for most of the afternoon.         These are the products that I bought       This lipstick caught my eye immeadialty, I have no idea why! Maybe it was the sparkly or the unusal colour. Anyway it's not as scary as it looks, a quick swatch on my hand in the store confirmed that.     It's actually a really nice light purple colour with lots of sparkle, definitley p

6 Trends with New Look

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  Hi!     It may well be cold and frosty outside but Spring is definitely on my mind. I'm ready to put away the jacket, jumpers, gloves and 2 pairs of socks that have become part of my daily uniform.   Spring trends are also on my mind at the moment. New Look have 6 trends to define your spring: Denim, Spoken Word, Stripes, Aquamarine, 70's and Power Trouser.   Two of my favourites from the six are denim and spoken word. I hve been a fan of Inspire jeans for quite a few years now, these are the ones that I normally wear. Bootcut and straight leg jeans have always been my go to choice so when I had opportunity to review some items from the new range at New Look I choose these high waisted skinny jeans *and this spoken word t-shirt *.                 I am really impressed with the jeans. I've worn them 3 times since receving them so that I could give a really good review here. I don't know about anyone else but I really struggle t

From The Tumblr Archives | The Make Up Drawer - Face

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    Hi!     When I first started blogging I wasn't sure which platform to use so I started on Tumblr, I never really got the hang of it and still have no idea now! Anyway one of the first posts I wrote was about my makeup collection . It was very short as I didn't have that much make up back then, BB (before blogging!)    I thought it would be nice to do an updated post but instead of doing one huge long post I have decided to spilt it over a few posts.   First up concealers. I'm not going to go into detail about each one but I will tell you that my favourite one at the moment is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (on the right). I put a bit under my eyes and on my blemishes and that's it. I'll be doing a review of the Bobbi Brown items so keep an eye out for that. The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse has now become a firm favourite of mine, my sister hasn't realised it's missing from her collection so I think I got away with that one