Saturday, 9 July 2016

London Day 2

So you may have already read that we went on a quite spontaneous last minute short break to London a few weeks ago.  If not you can read about what we got up to on our first full day here. Continue reading to find out how we spent our second full day in the capital.

At the same time that we bought our ticket for the London Eye, we also got tickets for Madame Tussauds as it worked out cheaper to get them together. If you don't already know, Madame Tussauds is a museum full of models of famous people made out of wax. So this was the main agenda for our second day. It's very much a photo taking kind of place - it's quite weird when you think of it as you have all these tourists gathered in this place, shuffling around after each other awaiting their turn to take the photos they want of and with these wax models!!! Anyway, suffice to say I also took lots of photos and I have tried to pick out the best ones to share here -

Me & George (note my hand on his knee!)

Madame Tussauds George Clooney
Holding Becks hand!

Madame Tussauds David Beckham

Ok, so this one is more realistic (despite being made of wax).

Madame Tussauds David and Victoria Beckham

Darren with Julia Roberts

Madame Tussauds Julia Roberts

Bumped into Cara ... as you do.

Madame Tussauds Cara Delevingne

Sam & Bruce

Madame Tussauds Bruce Willis

Sam & Shrek

Madame Tussauds Shrek

Sam doing a Freddie Mercury impression

Madame Tussauds Freddie Mercury

And then a Spiderman impression.

Madame Tussauds Spiderman

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Madame Tussauds Audrey Hepburn

Two extras in Star Wars!

Madame Tussauds Star Wars

Our new Prime Minster ...

Madame Tussauds 10 Downing Street

... already in talks with Obama.

Madame Tussauds President Obama

It was a fun day and we spent quite a long time in there.  We didn't go until around midday as after a lazy lie-in we had to nip to Brent Cross Shopping Centre so I could get some leggings to wear with the shirt dress I had brought with me as it was so cold and my legs would have frozen.  Whilst in Brent Cross Shopping Centre I couldn't help oohing and ahhing at the delight that is this -

Urban Decay Shop Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Urban Decay Shop Brent Cross Shopping Centre

A whole shop of Urban Decay loveliness.  Without a doubt Londoners are spoilt!

After Madam Tussaurds we did have time to go and see some of The Science Museum although it shut before we had managed to explore each floor.  Here are some photos from the museum -

Vintage Cars

Vintage Cars The Science Museum London

Love this scooter

Scooter The Science Museum London

Such a cheeky face

The Science Museum London

The inside of a retro car

The Science Museum London

A random Peacock with Butterflies in its feathers.

White Peacock The Science Museum London

We didn't take many photographs in the museum because we spent most of the time we had there in the interactive galleries getting hands on with science which was really fun and I strongly recommend you head for these areas if you visit the museum.

I wussed out of going out in the evening, as I was in agony with every muscle aching from the walking I had done - bear in mind I have spent a lot of time ill in bed over the past 12 months, so my body wasn't used to the exercise.  I also felt absolutely shattered, so a hot relaxing bath and an early night finished off day 2 in London for me.

Have you ever been to Madam Tussauds? If so which was your favourite model?

As always, thanks for reading. I will post about our third and final full day in London early next week.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Feel Unique Skincare Superstars Beauty Box

Unless you have been living in Outer Mongolia for the past few years, most beauty bloggers and makeup lovers know about beauty boxes such as Glossybox and Birchbox. But are you aware that Feel Unique also sell a selection of beauty boxes that are great value for money?

Feel Unique Skincare Superstars Beauty Box

I recently bought the Skincare Superstars Beauty Box which was £30.00 but has a value of £87.00. This is a great box full of fantastic brands - lets take a look at what's included:

Feel Unique Skincare Superstars Beauty Box Contents

From left to right in the photo - 

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution 50ml - RRP £3.00 value.

REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial 40ml - RRP £32.00 (more than paying for the box alone).

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cream-Gel 15ml - RRP £4.00 value approx.

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up 15ml - RRP £11.25 value.

Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask 15g - RRP £5.70 value.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 30ml - RRP £30.00.

My favourite products from this selection are the REN Night Time Facial which I totally love, I can really feel this product working and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and plump, This Works In Transit Camera Close Up I love using as a primer and the Balance Me Oil is luxury in a bottle.

Feel Unique Skincare Superstars Beauty Box

All in all, I think this box is such good value for money and has a great selection of products and brands to try, all of which are available at Feel Unique if you then want to buy the full size/repurchase.  This particular box is currently out of stock,but you can leave your email to be informed when more stock come in, so if you like the look of it, go and register your email.

This isn't the only beauty box Feel Unique have though - they also have "Hair Heroes", "Pamper Me", "Summer Time", "Best of British", "Treat Yourself", "Perfect Thank You", "All That Glitters" and "Mens Essentials" for the man in your life whether it's your partner, Dad, Brother or friend.  They are priced from £14.90 - £30.00 and you can see them all here.

What do you think of this box? Did you know Feel Unique did Beauty Boxes? Have you used any of the products in this box?

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

London Day 1

The week before last, during half-term, we decided on a whim to go to London for 4 nights.  We booked our accommodation on Airbnb. Going off the photos our apartment looked really modern and smart, however it was a bit of a dump to be honest and needed a lot of updating.  We weren't going to let that spoil our fun though.

We arrived at about 4.30pm and after unpacking, settling in and in my case having a nap, we got ready to go out for something to eat. We had looked up somewhere local to our accommodation as we didn't want to go into Central London. Little Bay near Finchley Road was perfect.  Small and quirky and with easy parking just outside.  You sit in your own little booth and their are small staircases leading to tables on top of the booths! I had the Steamed Mussels for starters, which was gorgeous and the Roast Aubergine Strudel for mains - again highly recommended. Darren seemed to enjoy his Vegetable Soup and Belize Chicken.

Little Bay Restaurant Kilburn London

We were back at our apartment quite early so to get a good nights sleep ready to explore the next day.

Despite having left clear blue skies and sunshine behind in Manchester, the next day dawned gloomy and rainy.  We headed out hoping it would clear up and made our pre-planned bus and tube journey to Buckingham Palace where we arrived just in time for the changing of the guard.  I think Sam would have been more impressed to see the Queen herself rather than just the building she lives in as he got very quickly bored.  So after getting through the crowds enough to take a few decent photos we headed through St.James Park towards Big Ben.

Buckingham Palace London

St James Park London

Ducklings in St James Park London

As we approached Big Ben, we had to get the obligatory photo with the red telephone box and detour slightly to snap a few pictures of Westminster Abbey.

Red Telephone Box London

Westminster Abbey London

Big Ben London

Sam enjoyed listening to Big Ben chime when it was 1pm, but then had seen The London Eye in the background and decided he wanted to go to see that.  We decided to go on The London Eye as it is the kind of thing you only do once and although expensive it's an experience and it has to be said the views over London were spectacular.

The London Eye London

on The London Eye London

On The London Eye London

View from The London Eye London

After that we were all hungry so decided to get something to eat whilst Sam (who had had an hotdog whilst walking through the park) played on a small park area just below the London Eye.  I had my first ever Pret! Yes I know, I don't know why I have never bought anything to eat from there before because it was gorgeous. Darren was less adventurous with his McDonalds!

Pret Lunch

Park below The London Eye London

After lunch, we walked along Bankside as we had decided to go to Tate Modern Art Gallery.  Along the way we took a few photos of areas that caught our eye.

Bankside London

Shops Bankside London

Shops Bankside London

At the Tate Modern Art Gallery I took some photos of art that I particularly liked and I have included a selection here 

Matta Black Virtue 1943 Tate Modern

Matta 1911 - 2002 - Black Virtue 1943. "Matta was concerned with capturing the inner world of the mind. Black Virtue evokes a mental landscape in an extreme combination of eroticism and violence".

Shozo Shimamoto Holes 1954 Tate Modern

Shozo Shimamoto 1928-2013. Holes 1954. "Holes was made from layers of pasted newspapers. The surface was painted white with hints of pale blue, then pierced to reveal the layers underneath. The contrast between delicacy and violence may reflect the fracturing of traditional Japanese culture in the wake of the Second World War".

Gerhard Richter Tate Modern

Gerhard Richter. "Richter has frequently made abstract works by applying layers of paint, and then wiping a squeegee across the surface.  As the upper layers of paint are dragged across the canvas, earlier moments from the paintings creation are allowed to resurface".

Rafael Soto Cardinal 1965 Tate Modern

Rafael Soto 1923-2005. Cardinal 1965. Wood on chipboard, metal rods and nylon threads. "In Cardinal a cascade of stems hangs in front of a striped background, gently swinging with the air around it.  This movement is enhanced by the optical effects of the rods against the hand drawn lines".

All quoted text taken from placards at the Tate Modern.

After the Tate Modern, we walked over to the Tower of London, but my camera battery was dead by this time.  We didn't stay very long as we were feeling quite tired by this time and aching from all the walking so soon headed to the nearest tube station and made our way back to the apartment.

We ate out locally again, this time at an Italian restaurant where I just ordered a pizza so I could share it with Samuel.

Out in London

Out in London

So that was our first full day in London.  We managed to cram a lot into one day, but believe me our legs ached the following day.  Stay tuned for what we got up to on our second day.

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Look Fantastic June 2016

The thing I find with my Beauty Box subscriptions is that they all tend to come at once.  Which is great for 2/3 days of the month but the rest of the time seems lacking in the deliveries to the door!  So I got 3 beauty boxes yesterday and another 2 today. What's betting Glossybox my final one will come tomorrow?

Anyway I thought I would show you what arrived in this months Look Fantastic box.  I may not do posts on Glossybox and Birchbox as there are so many of them out there already.  Suffice it to say that I loved this months Birchbox delivery system - i.e. the actual box, which was like a little drawer that you pull out.  I would be happy for them to change it up permanently to this.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box June 2016

But onto the box in question. The theme this month is Jetsetter, with the products aimed at being useful to take on your travels however near or far you may be going. The Look Fantastic box is £15.00 per month for a 1 month rolling subscription, £13.33 per month for a 3 month rolling subscription, £12.50 per month for a 6 month rolling subscription or £11.25 per month for a 12 month rolling subscription. All come with free p&p.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box June 2016

The contents this month are -

TanOrganic Self Tan Oil RRP £24.99 for 100ml (25ml size in box; £6.25 value)

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturiser RRP £32.95 for 50ml (22ml size in box; £14.50 value)

Korres Bergamot Pear Shower Gel RRP £8.00 for 250ml, currently buy one get one free (40ml size in box; £1.28 value)

Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream RRP £16.00 for 300ml (50ml size in box; £2.65 value)

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream RRP £49.00 for 15ml (7ml size in box; £22.89 value).

Mr Blanc Teeth Whitening Strips RRP £24.99 for 14 days supply (3 days supply in box; £5.35 value)

Elle Magazine July 2016

Oh and you get Elle magazine every month as well, which I love - RRP £4.10

Total value of the box is £57.02

I'm not too sure about this box this month to be honest.  Don't get me wrong, I like everything in it and I'm particularly looking forward to trying the Naobay moisturiser as I have a number of other products from this brand (all from Beauty Boxes) and have been impressed with them all so far.  I'm also looking forward to trying out the Caudalie Eye Cream as it is a much more expensive eye cream than I can usually use so I'm interested in how much difference it makes and if it is worth it's more expensive price tag.

However I have loads of shower gels from Beauty Boxes and even more hand creams ... like a ridiculous amount of hand creams - I would need to be an Octopus to get through them all in my lifetime I think ... enough already Beauty Boxes ... I seriously do not need any more hand creams!! The most disappointing aspect of this months Look Fantastic box for me, however, is the lack of any makeup products. Seriously disappointing. I mean you can change your makeup products up every day but I wouldn't change my skincare products up every day which is why, generally speaking, I prefer to receive makeup more than skincare.  Fingers crossed maybe Look Fantastic will put 100% makeup products in next months box.

What do you think? Do you subscribe to this box? Any boxes? Would you/Do you prefer to receive makeup, skincare or a mixture?

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Look Incredible Beauty Box June 2016

Today this months Look Incredible Beauty Box landed on my doorstep and I have to say I am very pleased with the contents. This subscription service costs £18.99 per month plus £2.50 postage and packaging.  Yes it's a bit more pricey than some other Beauty Box subscriptions but the difference is that you get 5 full sized products - no tiny samples here!

So lets take a look at what this month brought -

No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara

First up is The Body Shop Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay - 200ml. This is from the Spa of the World range and has a RRP of £16.00 almost paying for the box with that one item, although admittedly The Body Shop do have regular deals whereby you can get 40/50% off.  I'm really looking forward to trying this as I have never tried a body mask before. When I first saw it, it crossed my mind that I could also use it as a face mask, but then I read DO NOT USE ON FACE - so I better not!

The next item is Boots No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara - RRP £11.50. It is described as having a magic wand with the left side loading lashes for great volume, the right side combing lashes to ensure they are clump free and the top designed to reach those tiny lashes in the corners.  I'm always happy to have extra mascaras as obviously they are the products that run out the quickest.

Velvet 59 Matte to the Max Liquid Lipstick

I'm really excited about this next product as it looks so gorgeous.  It's Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten Shimmer.  You get 14.1 ml of product and the RRP is £16.00.  It has a brush applicator that is like a nail polish brush.  I will probably use this brush to tap a couple of dots onto my cheekbone before blending in with a buffing brush.  From the swatch (see below) you can tell that you will only need the tiniest amount of this as it is so pigmented.  

The lip product is from a brand I'm not sure I have heard of before - Velvet 59. It's the Velvet 59 Matte to the Max Liquid Lipstick in Pink Cadillac.  The RRP is £17.00 and with its infusion of Sacha Inchi Oil and Vitamin E it claims to keep your lips moist yet matte all day.  I'm not too sure if the colour of this is too Barbie pink for me. I hope not as the swatch dried down matte very quickly yet feels very soft on my hand.

Velvet 59 Matte to the Max Liquid Lipstick Pink Cadillac Swatch

Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer Swatch

The second swatch shows the highlighter catching the light beautifully.

Ciate Colourfoil Manicure Set

The last product is this limited edition Ciate Colourfoil Manicure set RRP £16.00. Inspired by Londons urban street art, you paint your nails with the polish as normal then add small amounts of the glue to random areas before pressing one of the coloured foil sheets on top to leave an abstract foil pattern. There are 6 different shades of foil and numerous sheets of each colour.  I am looking forward to experimenting with this and will post photos on here showing the effect when I have a go.

Ciate Colourfoil Manicure Set

Talking of London, last week we decided on a last minute trip to our capital to show our 8 year old son Sam the sights.  Once I have gone through the photographs I will do a couple of blog posts letting you know what we got up to during the 4 days we were there.  In the meantime, if you like the look of this beauty box, or indeed any products on the Look Incredible website, going via this link will get you 15% off your first order.

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