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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

A Mini Flying Tiger Dream Days Haul

In theory, January was going to be a frugal month. With Christmas and a holiday to save up for I was sure I could do a no-spend January (barring essentials). Well, the intention was good... until I heard about Flying Tiger's Dream Day Promotion with everything in store for £2 or less. I decided to conveniently forget about no-spend January and see what was available giving myself a £10 spend limit. £12 later (!) I'm pretty pleased with what I got.

First up is an early birthday present. Fingers crossed the intended recipient doesn't read my blog. This was such a quirky, colourful clock and small enough not to overshadow the smallest of kitchens.

A Flying Tiger haul

Next up, notebooks and a 5 year diary. I'm sure that like a large majority of people, I don't need any more notebooks. But this one had stars on and was padded and covered in the softest of materials...so of course it had to come home with me.

A Flying Tiger haul

The diary - I haven't had a 5 year diary since I was at school but I thought it might be fun to try and keep this going. I'm very sure I won't post regularly and will probably be more like a 10 year diary. But I really wanted something to keep a record of key events over the coming years.

A Flying Tiger haul

Similar to notebooks, I'm sure I didn't really need another travel make-up/travel bag but - it's cute!

A Flying Tiger haul

And finally - the two things I really wanted and intended to buy all along. New perspex storage units for make-up and other bits and bobs I keep on my bedside cabinet.

A Flying Tiger haul

A Flying Tiger haul

A Flying Tiger haul

A Flying Tiger haul

So that was my mini Flying Tiger haul. Despite breaking my no-spend ban, I'm really pleased with what I bought. I also think this is one of those shops where it's almost impossible not to buy anything!

Thanks for reading

Cathy

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

New Year and a New Sheet Mask from The Body Shop - AD

As I'm writing this - Blue Monday has been and gone and the end of the month and payday is just around the corner. I don't know about you, but it can't come soon enough. I'm well and truly over all of the New Year, New Me hype. Apart from a major amount of decluttering (nothing to do with the Marie Kondo hype - more like reaching the point of frustration) it's more of a case of New Year, Same Me!

I was lucky enough to be invited with the Southampton Bloggers to the first Body Shop event of the year at West Quay Shopping Centre. We were introduced to The Body Shop's first sheet mask, part of their Drops of Youth range. The mask is vegan (perfect for Veganuary) and biodegradable. I have to admit, I didn't know too much about the Drops of Youth range, but after trying the liquid peel on our hands, I wanted to try the whole range!

An evening at The Body Shop - Hydration Station

An evening at The Body Shop - Drops of Youth Sheet Mask

The lovely staff were on hand to offer one-to-one advice on any skin care issues with a Hydration Station offering skin consultations and hydration readings. For me, the only issue was with the ever increasing number of wrinkles around the eye which seem to be multiplying at an alarming rate. The Drops of Youth Bouncy Eye Mask was recommended. It might seem like a funny name, but the gel really is bouncy and cooling to the touch. I bought the eye mask as well as the Youth Eye Concentrate which comes in a roller ball applicator which I thought would be perfect for travel. I reckon it's a bit much to expect miracles but after only a week the skin under my eyes feels so much softer and plumped up - definitely a thumbs up from me.

An evening at The Body Shop with Southampton Bloggers

An evening at The Body Shop - Drops of Youth Eye Mask

An evening at The Body Shop - Drops of Youth Eye range


There was also the chance to try out the new improved BB cream which is vegan, has no flashback (none of those odd white faces in photos) and best of all, is SPF 30. I've used this before so I'll be interested to see how this new version compares to the old. It looks to be a thicker texture and I prefer lightweight creams so I'll see how I get on.

We were kindly gifted a goody bag which included the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Face Wash. This was on my my wish list of new products to try so I was very excited to see this. So far I can honestly say it's making my skin feel so much clearer. Sometimes when I use a new product, my skin protests and becomes irritated, so far I haven't experienced this at all with the Himalayan Face Wash.

Thank you to the Body Shop at West Quay, Southampton and Southampton Bloggers for another lovely evening.

An evening at The Body Shop with Southampton Bloggers

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Thursday, 20 December 2018

An evening with Marks & Spencer and their Festive Food

Marks and Spencer food is always a little bit special, especially around Christmas time. Southampton Bloggers were invited by Marks & Spencer to learn more about the festive ranges this year in food, drink and clothing. Basically - the perfect evening with cheese!

We started the evening with an introductory talk from Charles, the manager of the West Quay branch here in Southampton who really loves his job and is passionate about food. He said he had the perfect job and after tasting all the goodies on offer, I was inclined to believe him.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Cheese & Crackers

The cheese board seemed to be the most popular of the evening with Chestnut Chutney and a Blackberry and Gin Jelly to accompany the cheese and crackers. Now I'm not a great fan of chutneys and the like, but both of these were very more'ish, esp the Blackberry and Gin. I would never have thought to try something like this so it was the perfect way to try something new.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Cheese & Crackers

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Cheese & Crackers

There were Winter Berries and Sparkling Prosecco crisp complete with gold stars (seriously) plus the renowned Milk Chocolate Cinammon Sugar Tortilla Rolls. They were described as tasting of Christmas and I can't think of a better way to describe them.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Mince Pies

No ordinary mince pies here, plus Salmon and Cream Cheese Blinis (I wanted ALL the mince pies...).

The sweets and desserts were pretty special too. Santa Hat Profiteroles, Macarons and a scrumptious luxury Yule Log were just some of the treats on offer. There were also Hand Finished Chocolates that looked more like miniature works of art.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Christmas Desserts

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Christmas Yule Log

And if that wasn't enough, we had hot food such as Mini Vegan Burgers, Christmas Sausage Rolls, Mini Mac and Cheese and Pigs in Blankets (which were definitely #MyMarksFave).


Marks & Spencer Festive Food

I rarely drink, but there was plenty of choices for non-drinkers. That made a really nice change as all too often the only non-alcoholic option is water or an orange juice. I worked my way through a selection of a Sparkling Summer Berry and non-alcoholic Bucks Fizz and a G&T.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food - Christmas Drinks

For those who were drinking there were White Christmas, Jaffa Cake and Mince Pie Martini cocktails, plus plenty of Prosecco. The cocktails would make such a beautiful Christmas gift - I can think of a few people who love the Jaffa Cake one!

Marks & Spencer Festive Food & Southampton Bloggers

Remember what I said about wanting ALL of the mince pies....?

Marks & Spencer Festive Food


Many thanks to Marks & Spencer, Grayling South and Southampton Bloggers for a fantastic evening and the perfect start to Christmas. I can't wait to try the Sparkling Peach and Prosecco Conserve that we were given.

Marks & Spencer Festive Food


Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Snow Queen at The Point, Eastleigh

Christmas is a time for traditions and one which I love to do every year is a trip to the theatre. Whether it's the panto or ballet, the feeling of excitement as you're sat in your seat waiting for the show to begin never gets old.

This year I was invited by The Point Theatre in Eastleigh to come along on the opening day of their Christmas show Snow Queen by the theatre company Tutti Frutti. An adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen tale written by playwright Mike Kenny with music from composer Ivan Stott.


Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions

Advertised as a 'wintry whirl of magic and mischief packed with physical storytelling and catchy songs suitable for all ages' I was expecting a lively show and it didn't disappoint. A really nice touch was the personal interaction from the cast who came into the audience before the show and were in the foyer afterwards. The Point is a small local theatre which helps make shows like this so much more accessible and hands-on for younger audiences.


Point Theatre, Eastleigh

On arrival we saw an igloo in the foyer and it wasn't long before it was being put to good use by a lot of the children attending the show (complete with flying snowballs as well!).


Point Theatre, Eastleigh

The story revolves around friends Gerda and Kai. Without giving too much away, it explores the themes of friendship, grief, loyalty and growing up. After Kai is pulled under the spell of the Snow Queen and his heart turns to ice, Gerda bravely sets off on a quest to save him. Along the way she encounters a number of characters including robbers and a talking reindeer.


Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions


Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions


Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions


Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions

I wasn't sure how attentive such a young audience would be, but the sheer energy of the cast of three kept us all mesmorised, young and old! Some of the songs were still in my head the next day.

Snow Queen, tutti frutti productions

Thank you to The Point for this gifted experience and the production photos used in this post. If you want to see The Snow Queen for yourself, it's on until 30th December at 11am and 2pm.

Thanks for reading


Cathy

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