26. 01. 2015

Howdy lovelies,

Hope you’re all well?

Recently I’ve been trying to spend more time being productive, but also taking time out for myself, so I thought I’d do a little post on my lazy Sunday routine! To get myself ready for my comfy routine, the first thing I like to is to get into my spot. Does anyone else have a spot where they like to sit? I really need to get a desk to work at, but for now, a little sofa spot will have to do.

I also love to get myself a cup of tea, and cover myself with a blanket and get into a cosy outfit, and one of my absolute staples is a knitted jumper. Honestly my cupboard is full of them, and one of my favourites at the moment is this open knitted cardi with moustaches* on from Wear All.I

OK, so outfit sorted, blanket on, cuppa on the table, I get started with what I want to get done that day. I’ve recently got back into the swing of doing YouTube videos again, and Sunday is my filming and editing day. I never want to annoy my husband with my voice, so I whack on my headphones when I’m editing.

Or if I’m not doing a video, I love to sit down with a good book. I’m currently reading ‘Itch’ by Simon Mayo. I’m nearly finished now though, so if anyone has any recommendations of any good books, I’d love to hear it!

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Howdy lovelies,

I hope you’re all well?

I recently got the chance to try a few products from Yves Rocher, and as I haven’t tried a lot from them before, I was interested to see what they would be like. A good excuse to treat myself to a little pamper session!

The first thing I tried was the little Coconut Fizzy Bath Cube* in my bath. I do love a good bath fizzer, and I liked the bubbles it gave. However, I’m not a massive fan of Coconut as a scent ( obviously just a personal preference) but if you like that scent, then you’ll love this. The scent was surprisingly strong for such a small little cube. It’s only £1.50 which to me seems quite pricy one little cube, but it gave a nice effect!

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Once I was out of the bath I used the  Organic Oats Silky Cream*  which is a luxurious smoothing cream which I used all over my flaky lizard body. Recently my skin has been SO dry I can’t even explain, so I was really looking forward to trying this out. I love the little pot it comes in, and I’ll definitely be reusing it for something (haven’t decided what yet!). Something about the glass pot with the little clasp just made me really happy (yeah I need to get out more…) It has a slight scent to it which is neither pleasant or unpleasant to me, it’s a kind of neutral smell that doesn’t leave me screaming out to slather myself in it, but doesn’t make me want to run for the hills. The normal price for this is £13.50, but is currently on offer for £9.50!

Howdy lovelies,

I hope you’re all well?

If you’re a regular reader of Beauty In Beta, you’ll know that I got married back in 2013 (ahh wish I could do it all over again), and I’ve spoken a bit about my wedding. However, one thing I haven’t really talked about was my Hen Do!

It’s something that’s been on my list to write about, but I was recently contacted by Red7 (the Hen Do specialists) asking if I would share my experiences, and let you all know about a competition they’re running where you can win a weekend away.*  I’ll pop some more information about all of it at the end of the post, but for now let’s get down to the juicy details!

I’m one of those people who’s not that good with surprises. I get a bit angsty if I don’t know what’s going on, so not being able to organise what I was doing made me feel a bit weird. However, that’s the name of the game with the Hen Do, and luckily I got so annoying that the beans were spilled to me, so I at least knew a bit what was going on.

The whole day was organised by my sister Rian and my two other bridesmaids Lisa and Francesca, and it was decided that it would take place the month before we got married. I’m not one of those people who’d be a fan of having a hen do extremely close to the wedding. There’s so much to plan coming up the date, the thought of having your hen do that close makes me feel a bit panicky. The date that we went for was the 20th July (a monthish before my wedding), which also happened to be my best buddy Sophie’s birthday too, so we celebrated that as well!

In terms of what I wanted to do for my hen do, I was pretty open to all options. Like I mentioned above I’m not a massive fan of surprises, but I trusted that the girls wouldn’t put me in situation where I felt uncomfortable. The only request that I had was that there was something suitable for all ages at some point in the day, simply because I wanted my mum, my mother in law and my 13 year old sister to be able to come, and asked for something that was obviously OK for them to attend!

So, the first thing that we went to was Happy Potter in Teddington, (SW London) which is a pottery and crafting place where you get to create your own pieces to keep. Such a lovely idea because everyone that came got to make something which they then got to keep. We also got lush cakes and scones and snacks, as well as a bit of bubbly. It was a great idea because it was something that all ages could enjoy, and you got a little souvenir at the end of it.

We had the chance to pick out which items we wanted to paint. There were loads of different things like plates, bowls, jugs, animals etc. I went for a little bride and groom couple (obvs), and a little A and B to represent mine and my husband’s initials.

Below is a few pics of some of my hens and the things they painted!

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Howdy lovlies,

Hope you’re all well?

I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time, so thought I’d kick them all back off with a product I’ve been trying recently. The much sought after and talked about – Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade. Now this little pot of joy has been on my wishlist for longer than I can remember. If you know me, you’ll know I LOVE eyebrows. The bane/love of my life, my eyebrows are something which I love trying new products with. Before trying the Dip Brow, I was using the sister product which is the Brow Wiz. I did a little review of that too if you’d like to see what I thought.

Anyway, back to what I was saying! I was recently lucky enough to win a giveaway from the delicious Sarah from andbeautyorsomething which was absolutely amazing. The prize was actually supposed to be the Hourglass Sculpting Pencil but sadly my shade was all out of stock everywhere (sad face). However, as the Dip Brow had been on my list for so long, that came as part of my prize and I couldn’t have been happier!

Oh, and before you ask… yes that is a Christmas tree in the background, and no I don’t still have mine up. I took these photos before I started using the product (like a good blogger), and that was a while ago.. Oopsies…

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Hello! I’m Holly from The Blonde, a blog about my expat life in the Middle East. The beautiful Beth asked me to write a guest post for her wonderful blog, and I’m so honoured to be a part of it! Having lived halfway across the globe for a year and half now, I have done more flying than I have ever done in my whole life, as I am back and forth between my family home in the UK and my adopted home in the desert. I like to think that by now I’ve got myself into quite a good routine when it comes to flying (Qatar to the UK is just over a 7 hour flight), so I wanted to share with you all my top tips and beauty essentials for making plane journeys that little bit more comfortable!