Being a modern day dog owner is a lot different from when people owned dog’s around 10 years ago. With technology keep developing, there’s so many different apps for the modern day dog and dog owner to make your life easier. As a huge lover of my iPhone and never leaving the house without it,Continue reading
What are three of the best things in the world?
Star Wars, Christmas and cake.
What happens when you combine all three? I’ll tell you. One happy Blogger & The Geek household.
Baker Days contacted me to see if I wanted to review one of their letterbox cakes from their Christmas range and put any message I wanted on it. With both the Geek & I being huge cake lovers, I jumped at the chance and had a nosey to see what they do. When I saw this one I instantly knew we needed it in our lives. I mean, we’ve got midnight viewing tickets for The Force Awakens and added a festive Star Wars quote! Once picked, I sent off my order to the lovely people at Baker Days and eagerly awaited my parcel of happiness.
A few days later it arrived with my annual student loan statement telling me I was in over twenty grand worth of debt. Pushing the letter aside, I eagerly opened my perfectly letterbox shaped box to dig into my cake. The cake arrived in a gorgeous reusable tin which would look fabulous if the cake was to arrive as a surprise. The tin also provides the cake with extra protection. I was worried to see if the cake would have survived the journey as my porch has tiled flooring but the cake arrived safely in one piece!
As well as receiving the cake and the tin, Baker Days threw in some balloons and everything else needed for a mini celebration. Rufus loved the balloons so they went down a treat with him. I was concerned about getting the cake out of the tin but Baker Days have thought of that – they’ve put in a handy tab which lifts the cake out without damaging it or without you getting frustrated! They’ve honestly thought of everything.
We ordered a vanilla cake but they do offer chocolate and fruit fillings. They even do gluten or dairy free cakes too! Considering the cake was tightly sealed and had survived Royal Mail, it tasted so fresh. The sponge was light and fluffy whilst the icing was perfect for the size of the cake. The cake, keeping in mind it’s meant to fit your letter box, is generous and kept us both going for a few days.
I think they are a fabulous gift idea and beat the small cakes you can buy in card shops. They are priced at £14.99 and saves you the hassle of hoping that someone is in when postie comes. There’s such a variety of cakes available and covering all different seasons and holidays. If you’re struggling to buy for someone at Christmas, why don’t you give them a go!
Baker Days have also offered the chance for you guys to win your own Letterbox cake. You can pick any Christmas design and any flavour. You can even put your own message on the cake and surprise your family at Christmas! All you need to is enter into the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced via Twitter on Monday 14th December so you get it in time for Christmas! Best of luck to you all!
At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to be invited to the National Pet Show held at Birmingham’s NEC. It’s safe to say I had the best day ever being surrounded by my favourite things in the world: animals. As well as feeding alpacas, making doggy friends and looking round all the gifts, The Geek & I spent ages wandering around and spent a small fortune on Rufus.
We came back with an emptier bank balance and a soon to be happy hound. It’s a perfect day out for any animal lover as there is so much to look at!
We chatted to a lovely lady on this stand who handcrafted these mazes for her springer spaniel. She offered so many different designs that mentally stimulate your pooch. They are more difficult and require more thinking than Kongs do. She had an adorable video in the background of her Springer carrying out the tasks. It’s definitely worth the investment if your dog tends to get bored easily and is a clever hound!
I love to take Rufus anywhere with me and I’m not the biggest fan of leaving him on his own. It makes my heart sad when dogs only get to go on a walk where we dictate them or they are just stuck in the house. But, how are you meant to find the dog friendly places in the world? Doggie Places is an app and website where businesses can list if they are dog friendly. It lists dog friendly beaches, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and even hotels! The app on launched last month but it’s growing! Even if there’s nothing in your area yet, it’s worth signing up for and keeping an eye on as word gets out and more businesses sign up!
Noel Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s Supervet, was holding talks through out the day. It was the thing I was most excited for as I love Supervet; I think this man is a wonderful human who does so much for the animal world. During his talks, he told us about his charity, Humanimal Trust, which is building the relationship between human and animal medicine. Did you know that 90% of cancer in dogs and human is similar? But vets and doctors never have the conversation about it. So much of human medicine is tested on animals but we never give them anything back. The charity is about working together to bring both medicines forward and it’s something I truly believe in. I’ve watched both humans and animals fall apart due to their health and each time it breaks my heart. If conversations can save a loved ones life, it’s worth having these conversations. I’ve set up a £5 monthly donation to the charity and hoping to do some fundraising for them next year.
4. Mabel & Mu
What does your pooch need this Christmas? A Christmas bow tie of course! I eyed up Mabel & Mu before The Pet Show and I spent a good fifteen minutes scouting them out. They sell designer collars, leads and accessories to really dress up your dog and make them feel special. When I was first looking for a collar for Rufus I really struggled finding a quirky and fun design. Mabel & Mu stock so many and are so well priced. I picked up Rufus’ bow tie for Smashing Sarah’s Christmas Jumper Party so he can join in with the fun and look the part!
5. Pet Time
At some point each owner has to leave their dog on their own in the house. There’s always the worry about them chewing your house to bits, if they are lonely and if you’re doing the right thing leaving them. If you are away for long periods of time Pet Time may have the solution for you. Pet Time have introduced the idea of having a very small box in your home where you can dispense low calorie treats to your dog, see them on camera and also interact with them through a voice feature all through an app! It’s a fantastic idea if you can’t pop home on your lunch and really gives you peace of mind!
Thank you so much to Good Results PR for inviting me to come along. I had a fantastic day!
Firstly, how cute are these PJ bottoms? My Mum got them for me for my birthday from BHS and they are wonderful. As November has come around, it’s time to bring out the winter PJ’s and there’s nothing says winter than scottie dog PJ’s!
I said before that I’m not a fan of November. I find November is just that annoying waiting period before Christmas and where people annoy me putting their Christmas trees up already. I mean, what are you doing people? That’s one thing I’ve noticed as I’ve got older: Christmas is coming round earlier and earlier. It’s not helping by you putting up your decoration. Rant over.
Despite it feeling like a big wait I’ve discovered some more fantastic blogs in November. There’s not been as many as last time as life, as usual, has been pretty hectic. But here are the blogs I’ve been loving for the past few weeks:
I recently discovered Tania’s blog after having a nosey about her wedding which has held in one of the most meaningful and beautiful building to me. Since then, I’ve been reading her blog more and more. Tania is a strong lady who has been and suffers a lot and it’s really interesting learning more about different illnesses and all about her make up finds. She’s recently put up a free from carbonara recipe on her blog, which I’m super excited to try out!
I’m a sucker for anyone who’s got a puppy. I discovered Rachel’s blog when I found her 8 Things I Learnt From Owning A Dog post and instantly, I felt I could relate to her. As I read more of her posts I felt invested into her life. She comes across as very honest and posts about things exactly how she sees them. I loved her post about books she didn’t finish reading as it’s something I hadn’t seen before.
I met Charlotte at the West Midlands Blogger Meet and what a wonderful human she is. She’s super bubbly, chatty and quite simple a ball of happiness. She’s also the bargain queen and who needs to take me shopping. I’m one of those people who can never find anything in charity shops but Charlotte is always showing off her bargains on her blog. I love that her blog is based around being on a budget as she saves for a house. It’s refreshing as, let’s face it, times are hard and I need to save the pennies!
Is there any blogs you think I should check out that you really love? Let me know in the comments as I’m always looking for a new read!
Oh, if anyone can think of a picture I can use for these monthly posts that would be fab too. I’m finding it super hard and I know the above is the worst photography!
I’m in a bit of a weird place at the moment.
I feel less resilient, not as strong and more fragile in the world at the moment. I feel that in my twenties I’ve become more sensitive to the world. I seem to take step backs more to heart and I become more upset over things. It’s weird, because, 17 year old me wouldn’t have stood for this. She’d have thought, ‘Fuck it’ and moved onto the next thing. I was more balshy and I didn’t really take any shit. I can’t really fathom why it feels that I have changed so much in 8 years and, as I seem to be experiencing more failure recently, I don’t quite know how to deal with it.
2015 hasn’t been the kindest year to me. In essence, it’s been a pretty pants year in the Blogger & The Geek household and those around us. With a real lack of money, feeling like our lives are on hold and feeling like I’ve been having to hold my head above water most of the year; my real highlights have been having Rufus in my life and blogging. For those two things, I’m grateful for, but, they also come with their own failures and emotional whirlwinds. I spent Thursday night driving home from dog training with a sense of disappointment. We completely flunked it and Rufus slipped his collar so he spent fifteen minutes running around dog training having the time of his life where no one could catch him. It was like a scene in Marley & Me and in hindsight, it was hilarious. But, I drove home thinking I was the worse dog owner in the world and cursing myself for not being able to spend more time training him.
This post isn’t all doom and gloom though as, in all honesty, I’ve been feeling like this for a while. Though I still have my bad days where I feel like complete crap and wonder when is it going to get any better, I’ve also come up with ways to help me deal with it. I’m feeling like I’m coming out the other side and accepting that it’s OK to not be the hardass I was when I was a teenager. Here’s whats helping me:
Having a cry and moving on
There’s nothing worse than not letting your emotions out. I’m not the most open person in the world and there’s only a select few who I’ll open up too. I hate crying in front of people as I’m a pretty ugly crier. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having an early night and letting it all out. Letting your emotions out allows you to move on and deal with the problem. After I’ve had my little cry-fest, I feel like I’m able to tackle so much more the next day.
Change of scenery
Being stuck in your own head is the worst thing in the world, especially, when it’s full of negativity. The past few times when I’ve felt like crap, The Geek and I get Rufus and drive to our local forest for a super long dog walk. Personally, I find that I switch off when I’m walking around and find the fresh air does me a world of good. It’s also therapeutic to chat without being distracted by laptops and phones. It’s crazy some of the things we chat about on our dog walks. Honestly, if Rufus could speak, he’d definitely tell us to shut up!
Putting it into perspective
This is my favourite of them all. I’m guilty of being consumed in my own life that you forget that someone around you is suffering too. In this day and age, we’re all consumed in our own thoughts and forget what is going on in the world around us. So, you didn’t get the job you wanted but at least you’re alive. At least there’s a roof over your head. There’s so much misery and heartache going on in other countries, it makes you so much more thankful for what you’ve got.
Don’t let it defeat you
The one thing I’ve learnt with failure is that once you’ve failed; you can either learn from it or let it defeat you. I’m guilty of wallowing in my own self pity and escaping into a black hole of Netflix and wine, but, there comes a point where you don’t feel any better. You gotta get back on the horse and try again. Keep throwing out the job applications, keep chugging a long at work. Sit back and try and work out why it keeps going wrong. Try a different approach. Just keep trying because it will get better.
These are only things that have helped me in a particular bad time and even writing them down in this post has made me feel better.
What helps you during a bad time?
Call me a blogging 20-something cliche, but I bloody love afternoon tea. To make this post even better, I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the best afternoon tea in the Midlands. Bold statement.
For my 25th birthday, The Geek treated me to afternoon tea in one of our local tea rooms. Gluttons for Nourishment was introduced to me by one of my work colleagues when I was asking where to take my Mum for afternoon tea. She said it was a winner and Mum would love it. No word of a lie, we really did and I couldn’t wait to have it again so I can blog all about it.
So, on Friday we trundled up to the local village for our half past 12 sitting. Gluttons for Nourishment is located in Tettenhall Village, Wolverhampton. It’s a beautiful, quaint little cafe that serves an array of homemade cakes, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and drinks. With Wolverhampton recently been named the most depressing place to live in the UK, it’s a diamond and it’s a place I can’t wait to take family and friends when they come and visit.
If you opt to have afternoon tea, you get your own member of staff who will look after you for the whole experience. They’ll talk you through all of the food, get your drinks and make your experience as comfortable. All the girls there are pleasant and friendly, also, they aren’t too overbearing! After getting our coffees,we were served with our appetisers:
The appetisers included sausages in a maple syrup and mustard sauce, salted crisps and coleslaw. The sausages are beautiful and some of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Whenever I raved on about afternoon tea, I always raved about these first. I really can’t wait to try and recreate them for Christmas!
After nibbling on sausages and crisps, they bring out the wonderful display of sandwiches served on a bed of salad, a hot appertiser and cakes served with fruit. Our hot appetiser was a spicy cheesy jacket potato boat. This was gorgeous; filled with jalapenos, olives, cheese and spices, it was needed on a typical autumn day. We were given 4 sandwich triangles per person and each one was a different filling; ham salad and mustard, egg mayo with cress, salmon and cream cheese and chicken, bacon in the same maple and mustard sauce. They are all served on an array of breads, full of filling and wonderfully soft. My favourite was definetely the chicken and bacon one.
If you’re not full off all the sandwiches, the top tier contains their homemade cakes. We had a scone each, chocolate fudge cake, coffee and walnut cake and meringues with cream and fruit. In all honesty, I was in a food coma at this point and only managed to eat half a scone, which was served with jam and cream. However, I can safely say that their coffee and walnut cake is a taste sensation. If you’re like me and can’t manage all your sweet treats, you can ask the girls to box them up for you and you can take them home for a snack later on!
The girls also bought out a surprise birthday cupcake for me too! It was the loveliest thing ever, especially with the whole cafe singing Happy Birthday to me. It’s such a wonderful friendly place and a real treat for any special occasion.
Afternoon Tea is priced at £15 per head and needs to be pre-booked. Gluttons for Nourishment is located in Tettenhall Arcade, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QS
As October ends and November starts, it signals the beginning of the colder and darker nights. In my eyes, this means one thing; nights in curled up with the hound in a snuggly blanket, drinking hot chocolate and reading books. I’ve loved books for as long as I could remember. I love the world they open up and how I could just escape into a different world. It’d take me away from a reality. One minute I’d be at Hogwarts and the next I would be loving life on a beach with some girl and her pals.
I did my degree in English Literature which you’d think for a book worm is a dream come true. Your degree is reading. Except, sometimes, you don’t read the books you want. Whilst at University, I barely ever read for pleasure. There was always a purpose to me reading a book and just because I wanted too. Since graduating 3 years ago (WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!) i’ve been trying to read more and more and reignite my love affair with reading.
i’m into all sorts of books. I’ve always held a special place for World War II literature and to be honest, I don’t know why. I love World War II and find the whole thing completely fascinating. But, I also love a chick flick as much as any girl. I know people groan and think they are crap but when you invested a week straight into A Song of Ice and Fire and have to wait 3 years for the next book, you need something light and happy! I’ve decided to put together my top 5 books of all time:
My dissertation tutor introduced me to this and I fell in love with it. It’s one of my favourite books in the world and the one I recommend that everyone should read. It’s set in World War II Germany and tells the story of, Liesel, through the perspective of Death. It’s a chilling, it’s a little heartbreaking but utterly beautiful in how it’s told. I did watch the film last year but to be honest, don’t bother because it doesn’t compare one little bit. If you’re gonna read any book this year, make it this one.
If you loved Gone Girl then this is right up your street. I read this in about 2 days because I couldn’t put it down. Only a small novel but it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s that type of book that goes straight in for the action where Oliver has just admitted that he’s beaten up his wife that badly that she is in a coma. Each page, you’re just left wanting to know more and more on why this guy is such an arse and what made him do such a dreadful deed. Total page turner and easily read in a few days.
Right.. hear me out on this one. I am that person who always says at the end of every adaptation, ‘The book was better’. With Game of Thrones, it’s no exception. Martin’s popular world of Westeros has completely and utterly taken over most people’s lives and we’re all obsessed with it. I’m one of those people and I adore it. I started the books soon after I watched the first series because I couldn’t wait any longer for the second series. Let me tell you this, the book is a different game all together. It’s darker, it’s more magical and I feel as if I’m at a different point to where other people are in the series. It’s utterly brilliant series of books and I cannot wait until the next one. I won’t lie I’ve gone off the series and spent the last series sat on the sofa shouting, ‘Bullshit!’ at the TV every episode.
The ultimate chick flick. Bridget Jones is the one novel that will always cheer me up and feel like it’s OK I haven’t got my life together. Obviously, we’ve all watched the films and know what the jist is but the book is fantastic. Told in Bridget’s diary style, it’s a lot dirtier, funnier and I honestly was crying with laughter at some points. It’s worth a read and even if you prefer the film, I will guarantee it’ll make you smile!
I read this book when I was going through a particular hard time a few years ago. It completely change my perspective on certain things and made me realise that it’s OK to be sad and it’s OK to be alone. It’s constantly shoved down our throat that you need to find ‘the one’. Eat, Pray Love tells the story of Elizabeth who leaves her husband and goes on an adventure to find herself. Even if it doesn’t have the same effect it had on me, it will make you crave Italian food and want to jet off to Italy sharpish!
I’m always open to new books to read. I’m trying harder to make more time for reading so I would love to hear any suggestions or top reads you guys may have! Hit me up in the comments!
I’m really sad October is over. October is my favourite month of the year mostly because of birthdays, Halloween and the start of autumn but November is generally a bit meh. After Bonfire night, it’s the start of cold winters, having to get up fifteen minutes earlier to defrost my car, going and coming back from work in the dark. It’s just a bit cold and dark all round!
Saying all of this, November is an exciting month with lots of things happening. First off, I’m going to the National Pet Show at Birmingham’s NEC. It’s gonna be an ace day where I’m going to leave with an empty bank account but one happy puppy. I’m also meeting Ren for pizza too which I’m excited for. We’ve been talking none stop for months so it’s gonna be ace to meet her. I just wish Sarah was coming down too!
Before I get rushed away with November – here’s what I’ve been loving in October:
My new favourite skincare products. I did a full review on them here but they do deserve a mention in favourites. I’ve been using their clay mask and face scrub for the past few weeks and it’s really improved my skin. Pamper nights are becoming my favourite night of the week and it’s all thanks to Skin Sincere. I’m definitely putting an order in for some more of their products!
I spent a weekend visiting my best friend, Northerner Down South, in London. We’ve been best friends since starting University over six years ago. With real life and hundred of miles getting in the way it can be really hard to see each other, so, we cherish the weekends we do have together. We watched Wicked which was phenominal and one of the best shows I’ve seen in the theatre, went to the Cake & Bake Show in London’s EXcel and ate loads of cheese. It was such a refreshing weekend and lots of fun was had!
This product has been a total game changer for me. It was in my West Midlands Blogger Meet goody bag and I was super excited to try it out. I’d heard that coconut oil is amazing for thick, frizzy hair and I can honestly say, it is. All I do is pop this in my scalp and ends for 30 minutes before I wash my hair, wash my hair as normal with shampoo and conditioner and let it dry naturally. The results are amazing – my hair is less frizzy, it’s embracing it’s natural curls and I can actually go to work without having to straighten it to death. I might do a post on the coconut oil on it’s own – let me know if you want to see it!
I hit the grand old age of 25 a few days ago and despite feelings of dread, I had a really nice day. It was a quiet affair of shopping for my new Radley bag, afternoon tea and a night at the pub but it was lovely. All day I felt so much love and thanks for all my lovely family and friends for their generosity and birthday wishes. Honestly, it made my heart melt.
I love Halloween. Secret – I love it more than Christmas! I’ve always associated Halloween with amazing dressing up and incorporating it with my birthday somehow. Since living in our own place, The Geek & I have taken to decorating the house. This year our plans are for two of our friends to come over and basically get drunk and watched scary films all night whilst catching up. As well as that, this year, I went on the hunt for some Halloween cookie cutters and I picked some up in Hobbycraft for a couple of quid. With family and friends living far away, I baked some shortbread and decorated them and sent them to my nephew and friends daughter!
Roll on November!
It’s my twenty fifth birthday tomorrow.
I am going to be twenty five years old and I’m terrified. I’m going to be a quarter of a century and I have no idea how to feel about it. I’m closer to 30 than 20. I need to stop telling people I’m celebrating my 21+4 birthday. I kinda need to get a grip and accept I’m a fully fledged adult in a long term relationship, with a house, a full time job and owner of a puppy. I need to make grown up decisions instead of relying on my music collection for answers and drinking wine to get shitfaced.
Apart from being terrified, I am happy that I’ve survived. There is a strange sense of achievement turning 25 and not having totally screwed my life up. I got to 25 with a degree, I have an alright-ish job, my boyfriend still loves me lots and my dog is relatively well trained. There are some things that I’ve done alright at.
My twenty four years and 364 days on the planet have been full of life lessons, too much gin and a lot of laughing. Here’s what I’ve learnt:
- When your Mum tells you to wear a coat, wear the coat. She’s pretty much always right and if you don’t wear the coat you’ll come back being full of flu and glares of, ‘I told you so’
- You won’t appreciate the comforts of nights in until you’ve done nights out to death. When you’re in your twenties, it’s so much more fun getting shitfaced on boxes of wine playing board games and having proper conversations than dancing in a club, freezing your ass off waiting for a taxi. Not to mention it saves the pennies.
- There’s never any excuse for people who eat loudly. I despise these people and they really need to learn to eat with their mouths closed. I also slightly hate my boyfriend for making me hate loud eaters. As a new 25 year old, I might start offering lessons on how to eat properly.
- Money isn’t the be all and end all and doesn’t make you happy. Although it helps, as long as your rent and bills are paid for and everyone you love is healthy, that’s all that really matters.
- It’s not about having lots and lots of acquaintances, it’s about having a group of really close friends. I’m a girl who has so many friends scattered around the country who I love very dearly but can call at anytime I need anything.
- Owning your own pet who you are solely responsible for is a mind field of emotions. Who knew I could worry about my dog every single second of the day or panic when he walks into something?
- Social media is only a snippet of people’s lives and there is no need to be jealous. All those fashion bloggers who look amazing and have a glamorous lives feel just as crap as you do at times.
- Harry Potter will always make you feel better and restore temporary happiness in the world.
- One of the best feel good kicks in life is spreading happiness. You like your colleagues hair? Go and tell her because I can guarantee it’ll make her day.
- There is nothing wrong with wanting to embody Blair Waldorf at times.
- Not everybody is going to like you or want to be your friend. Sometimes, you’re just not the right type of person for them. Move on and don’t ponder about it.
- You’re allowed to be a little bit selfish sometimes. If you don’t want to do it – say no. People will understand. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve said yes when I didn’t want to do something!
- Give people a chance before you judge them. Chances are the people you didn’t like the look of are the people who you tend to get on with
- Form a pub quiz team and make it a regular thing. You’ll be surprise how many people love it and how much you learn from it.
- Always have things to look forward to. Whether it’s a holiday, a mini break or just a day out. It really lifts your mood and makes difficult times that little bit brighter.
- You’re never alone in how you feel. There’s always someone who can relate to you and or who has been through a similar thing. Don’t be afraid to speak out as a problem shared is always a problem halved.
- The moment you get your own place, you become obsessed with homeware and late night trips to IKEA.
- Boys really, really love candles and bath bombs. They probably love them more than you.
- Your Mum will probably solve all your problems for you and she’ll always make you feel a million times better. Pick up the phone or go and see her if you feel down. She’ll pop the kettle on, make you a sandwich and put the world to rights with you.
- There’s nothing wrong with having ‘you’ time. You don’t need to be busy every single weekend or surround yourself with people all the time. It results in you wanting to kill people and never being able to catch up on your washing.
- Depression is not an emotion. It is an illness. It’s not something that everyone will experience or understand.
- In most cases, dedication and hard work will always pay off. If you want something, you need to work hard and put yourself out there to get it.
- Travel is the best thing that money can buy, (except a dog). No amount of money will ever buy the experience of being in a different place and the feeling of freedom.
- The books are always better than the films.
- Nobody has their shit together and nobody has it all figured out. We’re all just blundering our way through life one day at a time.
With how quickly and how successfully the #BloggerBoxShare went, Ms Mistry and I have decided to do it all over again but with a festive theme! With Christmas around the corner, we’re proud and happy to announce the #ChristmasBloggerBoxShare is open!
It’s extremely similar to the last one but as a recap, here are the time scales and what will go on:
- The box share is currently only open to UK bloggers only
- Any type of blogger can sign up as it is not only a beauty box swap
- There is a maximum £10 budget so get your creative thinking caps on!
- You can sign up from today, Monday 26 October and is open until Sunday 8th November
- We have limited this box swap to 20 bloggers only. The reason for this is that there was a large dropout rate towards the end. Although all participants were successfully paired up, we don’t want any bloggers to go ‘boxless’ especially with Christmas just around the corner
- To sign up, all you need to do is fill in the form below. Please ensure all fields are filled in so we can match you up with fellow bloggers accordingly
- Once we are at capacity, we will operate a waiting list system on a first come first served basis. Hopefully no on will drop out but if they do, the people on the waiting list will be contacted to see if they would still like to take part
- We can’t stress this enough – please do not sign up to then dropout at the last minute. We want this to be a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone involved so please think carefully before signing up
- If you do drop out, it is your responsibility to let your blogger box buddy know and to also let us know. We cannot take any responsibility of this. Our role is simply to pair people together and make the introductions – don’t shoot the messenger!
- This is a Christmas box swap so festive gifts and decorations are encouraged!
We really hope this is as successful as the last one and being huge fans of Christmas, I can’t wait to see how festive and creative you get! I’ll get a post out on some Christmas bargains that you can get under a tenner.
I’m one of those people who will run themselves to the ground and need a full weekend six weeks later to recover. I’m terrible for it. Weekends tend to be for seeing friends or blogging, week days are full of work, dog training, pub quizzes and seeing family. It’s easy to say I get exhausted and generally take it out on my poor boyfriend (sorry!). I’ve started to learn that the only person who suffers is me, so once a week I make time to have an hour for myself where I’ll have a bath, whack a face mask on and have a glass of wine. It’s complete bliss and it’s something that’s got even better since Skin Sincere came into my life.
I met Gemma at the West Midlands Blogger Meet at the end of September. She was a lovely lady showcasing her all natural, organic and cruelty free skincare products. Usually, skin care is something I’m fussy on. I’m a lucky gal who’s skin is actually pretty good. I barely have any break outs, it’s not dry or oily; it’s just kinda fab. But, this means I’m less likely to try new products in case I upset my skin. I remember at the beginning of the year I had a facial thinking, ‘Oh what the hell’ but then a few days later a crater the size of Italy erupted on the side of my mouth. Since then, I’ve steered clear of facials and trying new products, until now.
When I met Gemma I was on the hunt for a new face scrub as I was finding the one I was using was too hard and felt like I was scrubbing off my face. Gemma let me have a sample of hers Unscented Gentle Face Scrub* and it was wonderful. It sells at £11.95 for 150ml and it’s worth every penny. It smelt amazingly fresh and was incredibly soft on my face. It didn’t feel like I was ripping my face off which is what I look for in a scrub. The ingredients consist of the magic of coconut oil, kernel oil and avocado oil which is magic all mixed in one. I found it got rid of all the bits of dirt on face and really got rid of my foundation. Perfect for a pamper night!
Gemma kindly sent me their face masks as well. My usual go to face mask is Lush’s Catastophe Cosmetic but these only last a few days and my nearest Lush is around 20 miles away, not to mention, it sets you back nearly £7 every time I want to use it. Skin Sincere’s Stem Cell Active Facemask* does cost £16.96 for 150ml but it really does last. The little sample pot have last me easily 5 or 6 face masks and I’ve found it’s a product you can use sparingly. It leaves the skin feeling super soft and does wonders for my dark under eyes. I’ve stopped caking my under eyes with conceler every morning as it just looks a lot brighter. If you look on the ingredients, you can see why, because it contains skin brightening ingredients such as apple, grape seed stem cell extract and coconut oil.
Thank you Gemma for sending me some of your wonderful products. I’m definitely whacking an order through when the samples run out!