Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Discounts & Offers - 23 September 2014

Afternoon lovelies,

My husband had just emailed me with a fantastic offer for Bare Minerals Starter Kits. Usually retailing at £49, they have a RRP of £108.
Hotukdeals has a couple of voucher codes to get the starter kit for only £29.50
The codes to use are 'DAY2' and 'newbie' and it appears you can use both codes together to get a great discount and free delivery.
I've not tried the codes myself and I'm unsure if they would also work for other items.
Heading onto the Bare minerals website I saw they actually offer other starter kits and bonus sets.  I'm sure you could use the codes above on any of these kits to save money.
I'm not sure how long the offers are valid for.
Let me know if the codes work for you!
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

First Anniversary Gifts - Paper

Good morning everyone!

I should warn you that this is a slightly mushy post, so please accept my apologies in advance!

Yesterday was my first wedding anniversary and a few weeks ago I posted a blog entry asking for help finding inspiration for a first anniversary present for my amazing husband, Mr GC. The gift for the first year is supposed to be paper and I wanted to stick with that tradition. Mr GC is a real romantic, so I know he would appreciate the thought. In the end, I decided on a photobook. I found a really good deal from Photoworld via Amazon Local for a 98 page CEWE hardcover book. It used downloadable software that allowed me to easily upload and add 100+ photos showing our adventures together so far.  I'm really not surprised that it's been voted 'The best UK photobook' by The Gadget Show. Mr GC loved it!!

Photograph from Amazon Local  
As I mentioned above, Mr GC is hugely romantic and incredibly thoughtful. However good my gift ideas might be, he beats me hands-down every time! For my anniversary present he also stuck to paper, as tradition dictates, and got me a framed copy of the sheet music from our first dance song. How incredibly romantic!!

This was made even more special by the fact that he actually made this himself, choosing and buying the frame and inlay online, printing out the sheet music and then building the finished item. I thought this was a truly great anniversary present! 

I think anyone one would agree that I'm a pretty lucky lady to have found someone as thoughtful as Mr GC!! Fortunately, he doesn't know about this blog so his head won't get too
big from all the nice things I'm saying ;)    

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Discount Codes & Offers - 11th September 2014

Afternoon all!
I've come across a few more bargains today that I thought might interest you.
Please let me know if any of the codes do not work or are now expired. Alternatively, if you know of any good offers, send them my way and I'll add them to my list.

Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that the codes work or what items may/may not be included in the offer. Check the terms and conditions of any offer with the relevant store/website if you are unsure.

Today's Deals

Odeon Cinemas - 40% off cinema tickets when you enter your email address on their website. This s available until 16th October. Just print or show on your smartphone at the box office to get 40% off all tickets bought in one transaction. The code/voucher is reusable up until 16th October.
Domino's Pizza - Use the code FEEDME50 when you order online and get 50% off orders of £15 or more. Valid until 14th September and check the website for participating stores.
Whipsnade Zoo - Save 10% off family bookings using code SAVER

Buyagift - 22% off orders online using code VCSEP22 (I've used this one myself and I can confirm that it was working on 11/09/2014)

EasyJet Holidays - £30 off holidays using code SEPTEMBERVC1197A5
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Nomination for a Liebster Award

Thank you very much to Book & Beauty Blog at The Readers Roost for the nomination.

I have to admit to forgetting all about this nomination (oops!!) but better late than never! Being relatively new to blogging I wasn't really sure what this Liebster Award was all about, but it seems to be a fun way of getting to know other bloggers. 

To recap the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions you have been asked from the blogger who nominated you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and set them 11 questions to answer. (I've been a bit lax with this rule because it's difficult to find enough people who haven't already done this!

11 random facts about me:
  1. I have been married for almost a year. My first anniversary is in 10 days time! 
  2. I'm a (non-identical) twin.
  3. I went to university in Northampton. 
  4. My current favourite TV programs are Elementary, Scandal & Orange is the New Black. 
  5. My favourite alcoholic drink is Morgan's Spiced Rum & Coke
  6. I LOVE green tea, particularly Twinings Green Tea with Cranberry 
  7. I don't have any children (yet!) but I am about to become an aunty for the first time. 
  8. I love reading. My husband laughs at me because I can get so absorbed in a book that I once failed to notice him turning on the Xbox and playing Call of Duty loudly next to me! 
  9. I love to travel with my husband. I need a beach holiday every year to relax, but my favourite  holidays are city breaks. We love exploring new places together.

Now for The Readers Roost's questions to me:

1.  What is your first memory from school?  Sitting on the mat in my summer uniform for reading time.

2.  Tea or coffee?  Usually green tea, but I do have one coffee a day.

3.  Do you have any pets? No. I live in a top floor flat which isn't really pet friendly.

4.  Where is your favourite place to shop for clothes? It changes frequently but at the moment Zara and Outfit.

5.  Your favourite band? I don't really have one. The CD in my car right now is London Grammar

6. Have you any tattoos?  No.

7.  Can you speak a language other than English? A bit of French, which I did to degree level. I can also read (but not speak) a little bit of German, Italian and Afrikaans.

8.  What would you order at Subway?  No idea, I've not been to one for about 10 years.

9.  Your shoe size? 7

10.  Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? A bit of both. Facebook for friends and Twitter for blogging and conversations.

11.  What do you (or would you like to) do as a job?  I'm a lawyer. I would love to work in publishing or as a journalist (hindered by my lack of writing skills!)

Here are my 11 questions:

1.  Adaptations - book before film or film before book?

2.  Chocolate or chewy sweets?

3.  Favourite holiday destination?

4.  Do you prefer a Monday or a Friday off work?

5.  Should tomato ketchup be kept in the fridge or cupboard?

6.  What is your favorite childhood memory?

7.  What is your all time favourite film?

8.  Who is your favourite author?

9.  Night owl or early bird? 

10. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you take with you?  

11.  What is your favorite season and why?

Now last but not least, the lovely bloggers that I nominate:

bethanlikes.blogspot.co.uk                         @bethanlikes
thisbeautifuldaydream.blogspot.co.uk     @TbdSteph 
emmyspot.co.uk                                           @ewinter4
Emilybelleblogs.blogspot.com                   @EmilyBelleBlogs
boatsagainstthecurrent.net                         @laurablogsbooks
imogenstypewriter.co.uk                            @imogentypes
onesliceoflemon.blogspot.co.uk                @1sliceoflemon

This is only a bit of fun, so please don't feel obliged to take part if you don't want to :)  And apologies to those nominated who have already taken part. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you all enjoy taking part.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Website Review: WedPics

Evening everyone!

This is a slightly off-the-cuff post for me, however I've recently recently been introduced to a fantastic website that I want to share with you - WedPics.

I've been married almost a year now and the most disappointing thing about our wedding was the lack of photos taken by guests or, rather, the lack of photos actually sent to us afterwards. You end up being so busy on the day that you miss out on a lot and I really wanted to see all the photographs, whether good or bad, so that I could see our day through the guests' eyes and experience all the little things that I missed on the day.

I heard about Wed Pics when I received an email from a friend a week before their wedding. The way it works is that you set up an account, send the link and password to guests in advance of the big day (or before the Stag and hen do's, if you're feeling brave!). Guests can then download the app and add their photos to the album.

Uploading the photos is simple, particularly as a lot of people now use their mobile phones as cameras. I've not been onto the desktop version, but I imagine that it is just as easy to figure out.

Whilst I have only used this app as a wedding guest, I would recommend all future brides to check it out. I only wish that I had found Wedding Pics before my own wedding :(

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Hair & Beauty Review: Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher

Afternoon all!

I recently heard about Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher. This item appealed to me as I have struggled to find a good blusher. I am currently using Rimmel London Stay Blushed! cheek tint which I really like, but I often fancy trying something new.

I purchased the Watercolour Fluid Blusher in cherub, as reviews suggested this was a good shade for redheads. It cost me a total of £11.50 on sale at Feel Unique (normal cost £14.50).
Being fairly pale, most blushers appear quite obvious on me and I have to be careful to ensure they are properly blended in, rather than a garish strip of colour along my cheekbones. The Watercolour Fluid Blusher is very subtle and adds a natural dewy tone to my cheeks without making it obvious that I have blusher on.
It is VERY watery in consistency and first use left me with the blusher dribbling down my face, so I would recommend experimenting with it. I tend to drop one or two drops onto the apples of my cheeks straight from the bottle and then blend with my fingertips, although I have read that you can use a brush for application. The bottle initially appears small but, as I mentioned above, a couple of drops are sufficient for me.
At the end of the working day, I cannot see that it has moved or faded. I still have a lovely dewy look to my cheeks - I don't have to use highlighter when I wear this!
I purchased the blusher in the shade 'Cherub' and it really is a lovely colour which suits my fair but freckled skin tone.

Overall, I love this item, although I tend to keep to a natural look and for those who wear heavier make-up it might be too subtle for you. It has already become my daytime staple, however I imagine I will keep my Rimmel London cheek tint for those times when I'm looking for heavier evening make up as the Watercolour Blusher is likely to be too subtle in evening light. Although, saying that, I'm usually in a rush when I wake up in the mornings so I've not yet had the time to try building up the colour through several applications. I have heard that the colour is buildable, so I will have to give it a try.
Have you tried the Watercolour Fluid Blusher? If so, what do you think of it? Did you have trouble at first (like me) when applying it due to the watery consistency?

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

What's currently on my reading list?

I've had an incredibly busy couple of weeks at work, going into the office early, leaving etc... and as such I've had very little time for reading. This makes me sad. I feel as though I've lost my momentum. 

I thought that making a list of my planned reads for the month might help me regain my motivation. So, I've looked through my huge pile of unread books and here goes... 

1. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

2. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The world and his mistress are at Jay Gatsby's party. But Gatsby stands apart from the crowd, isolated by a secret longing. In between sips of champagne hisguests speculate about their mysterious host. Some say he's a bootlegger. Others swear he was a German spy during the war. They lean in and whisper 'he killed a man once'. Just where is Gatsby from and what is the obsession that drives him?

3. Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate. The will is dynamite. Seth has left ninety per cent of his vast, secret fortune to his housemaid.

The vultures are circling even before the body is cold: the only subject more incendiary than money in Ford County is race, and this case has both.

AS the relatives contest the will, and unscrupulous lawyers hasten to benefit, Jake searches for answers to the many questions left by Seth Hubbard's death:

What made him write that last-minute will leaving everything to a poor black woman named Lettie Lang?

Why did he choose to kill himself on the desolate piece of land known as Sycamore Row?

And what was it that Seth and his brother witnessed as children that, in his words, 'no human should ever see'?

In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with page-turning twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own.

4. The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher

Tara Babcock awakes the morning after her 30th birthday with a hangover that could kill an elephant - and the knowledge she is still no closer to achieving closure on her marriage breakup. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that, not only is her ex-husband engaged to her cousin - Tash, the woman he left her for - but that Jake is also running for Lord Mayor of Sydney. 
Desperate to leave the destructive relationship behind and with nothing to lose, she decides- with encouragement from her three best friends - to follow the dubious advice from a magazine article, Closure in Seven Easy Steps. 
The Seven Steps to Closure follows Tara on her sometimes disastrous- always hilarious - path to achieve the seemingly impossible. 
A credible and amazingly touching debut novel from Donna Joy Usher, this is a solid, light-hearted and honest read with plenty of laughs. 

5. Death at the Manor by Celina Grace (novella)

It is 1929. Asharton Manor stands alone in the middle of a pine forest, once the place where ancient pagan ceremonies were undertaken in honour of the goddess Astarte. The Manor is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the West Country and seems like a palace to Joan Hart, newly arrived from London to take up a servant’s position as the head kitchen maid. Getting to grips with her new role and with her fellow workers, Joan is kept busy, but not too busy to notice that the glittering surface of life at the Manor might be hiding some dark secrets. The beautiful and wealthy mistress of the house, Delphine Denford, keeps falling ill but why? Confiding her thoughts to her friend and fellow housemaid, feisty Verity Hunter, Joan is unsure of what exactly is making her uneasy, but then Delphine Denford dies… 

Armed only with their own good sense and quick thinking, Joan and Verity must pit their wits against a cunning murderer in order to bring them to justice.

(Book descriptions taken from Amazon.co.uk) 

I'm off on my beach holiday in a couple of weeks so I may need to add to this list! 

I'm always looking for something new, so let me know what's on  your reading list.

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