Tuesday, 18 November 2014


You may have noticed it's gone a little quiet on the blog front recently but that's because I'VE MOVED HOUSE!

After living in Essex with my parents for 7 months, Andrew & I found the most perfect little flat in East London which we moved into just over a week ago.  The moving process was painful for me; I'm a hoarder and find it so difficult to get rid of stuff and so sorting through 26 years of belongings and moving them into London produced a few tears!

But we're slowly sorting things out - internet has now been set up, Andrew's buying me a lovely desk to work on (stay tuned for room tours), and we're working our way through boxes whenever we have a spare minute.

Both of our parents have been so helpful so I have to say a big thank you - for helping to lug & transport my stuff to buying us a kettle & microwave!  The house is fully furnished but there were a few things we still needed (and want to change) but we're on our way to making it our own.

I absolutely can't wait to start making content in my new space so please stay tuned as I have so much to post about.  Also if you're interested in interiors, homeware and design let me know.  I have a 'Homeware Haul' going live on my YouTube channel at the weekend and want to do lots of room tours!

Let me know if you would like to see more interior/homeware content!


Thursday, 13 November 2014

REVIEW: Phillips Lumea Precision Part #2!

Firstly I want to say I was overwhelmed with the response for part #1 of this post last month.  I should have known that so many of you would also be interested in the prospect of a device which leaves you with pretty much non-existent hair growth!

Well I've been trialling the Phillips Lumea Precision Plus IPL device for a month now and wanted to report back on the results so far - half way through my trial period.

"Lumea, the secret to beautiful hair free skin, for up to 2 months."

The device is to be used once every fortnight and I think I've done 3 treatments so far (once more than I was supposed to but I couldn't resist as I enjoy it so much)!   Each time hasn't taken more than 10 minutes and that's to do my full lower legs, armpits, bikini line and upper lip area.

It's really easy to use - simply turn on, set to your desired intensity setting, press against the part of freshly shaved skin you want to treat until the 'Ready' button turns green and simply press flash!  I was a little apprehensive upon the first time I used it but quickly got into a routine which I found fun and satisfying.  I don't find this painful at all - the higher the setting and you might feel a little bit of heat on the flash but that's about it.  Obviously under the armpits and bikini line this can feel quite tender but it's absolutely fine for me.  I've been using setting 4 on my legs, and 2/3 on my face, underarms and bikini line. 

It was only after the 3rd use when I noticed a pretty great difference in the appearance of my hairy legs (hopefully all this hairy talk isn't too graphic for you).  

So I shaved my legs last Thursday and spent the next few days packing my life into boxes as I have been moving house.  Fast forward to Monday night and I realised I hadn't shaved my legs for 4 whole days and to be honest, there wasn't much to get rid of.  There were a couple of sparse groups of hairs here & there but on the whole my legs were still soft (I even got my workmate to touch my leg to agree with me and she was impressed - sorry Fran)!

I haven't noticed much of a difference on my armpits and bikini line but I don't tend to study those areas as often (ha) but I'll keep a good eye on them so I can update in my final post next month.  So far, so good.

Tempted to try this IPL Hair Remover Tool?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Philips via Mode Media. The
opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

HOW TO: Easy Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial

I've recently become a little obsessed with nail art (I blame it down to following the @NailsVideos account on Instagram) and it inspired me to film my own tutorial!

I've done a blog post on this nail art look before because it's one of my favourites, but wanted to film it for you guys today.

I used some really affordable, great quality nail polishes to create this look from the likes of Tanya Burr, Gosh and Rimmel and so I hope you enjoy this video!

You will need:
Midnight Sparkles by Tanya Burr
Rimmel in White Hot Love, Midnight Rendezvous, Blinfold Me Blue.
NCLA Bell Air Trophy Wife
Gosh in Magic Star
A Dotting Tool
A Sponge

Let me know if you would like to see any more nail tutorials from me - I loved doing this and am itching to do more!

What's your favourite nail art look?


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

LIFE: Trainspotting

I can't tell how just how much I love escaping from London once in a while.  Don't get me wrong - I love London and would never leave it, but sometimes it can all get a bit too much.  For these times, we like to escape to visit Andrew's parents who live in Peterborough.

Although it's only 2 hours away it always feels like a breath of fresh air and spending quality time with his family playing card games, making our own ice-cream sundaes or going on bike rides always feels like a little holiday.

The last time we visited, his family took us on a ride on an old steam train throughout Peterborough and I took my camera along for the day!

We obviously couldn't resist a little photoshoot at Wansford Nene Valley train station where they keep so many old vintage trains & buses (even the original Thomas the Tank Engine)!

Andrew's mum packed us a little picnic to eat on the train, of quiches, little sandwiches, crisps and chocolate mousse for dessert.  We had a chat to the conductor and he even let us try on his hat (Andrew was so happy and giddy, I don't think I've ever seen him so excited).  After the train ride we had some drinks on a pub on the lake and headed back for a night of card games and sherry.

I hope you liked this different post - just wanted to share it with you :) Let me know if you'd like more posts like this!

Also big thanks to Andrew's amazing parents for always making us feel so special when we visit.

Where do you go to escape?