Saturday, 29 September 2012

BEAUTY: No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

Considering I've just bought my second bottle of this hot cloth cleanser I thought it was about time I reviewed it. I will say I won't really be comparing it to other hot cloth cleansers as this isn't the purpose of this review, I have used the Liz Earle one but that was about 6 years ago (always ahead of the hype me!) so I couldn't really compare and the last one I used was the Soap and Glory one. In terms of price, how it works etc the No7 cleanser has been my favourite out of them all. 

What No7 Say

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser has been created to provide tailored skin nutrition for healthy looking, bright and beautiful skin.
Enjoy the luxury of a spa facial in your own home. The combination of this rich indulgent cleanser and the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth removes dead skin cells and daily grime whilst stimulating circulation, leaving your skin deeply clean, soft and radiant.

What I Think

I'll start off by saying that skincare is very subjective and what works for me won't necessarily work for someone else but just for reference I have combination skin - an oily t-zone with dry patches on my forehead and nose, my skin can get get quite sensitive and often cleaners and face washes leave my skin feeling tight and even drier. 
I found this cleaner to be really effective yet gentle, it has a really creamy formula that massages into the skin really nice and when I wash it off with a muslin cloth my skin feels incredibly clean yet soft what really impressed me was the fact that my skin didn't feel tight or irritated which is an absolute miracle, this is the only cleanser I have found that doesn't do this to my skin. I can safely say I have never found a cleaner that I am as happy with it doesn't dry my skin out anymore than it already is but it doesn't make my t-zone even oilier my skin looks and feels the cleanest it has in a long time. Price wise this is really good you get 200ml of product which lasts a really long time for £9.95, however I always buy mine when I get a £5 No7 voucher which means I only pay £4.95 making it even better. I would really recommend giving this a go if your looking for a really good cleanser.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

BOOKS: Mini Book Reviews #1

I've never really spoke in detail on here about my passion for literature or my book reviews and I'm really not sure why as reading is a pretty big part of my life. I've always adored books and I've been writing book reviews over on my professional blog for around a year and a half now and began writing my reviews for the site Judging Covers over a year ago. I thought I'd start doing mini book reviews in here, for anyone that's interested I will leave the link to all full reviews for the books I mention so you can read more if you want. Obviously all opinions expressed are my own and just because I like or dislike something doesn't mean to say you will! I will provide a star rating (out of five) for each book as well. Before I start I'll have to make a little apology in that the photo's for these posts won't be mine most of the time as I read a lot of things on my Kindle which is only black and white and I think it will look better if you can actually see the colour cover, sorry.

I'm going to kick start this little series with the four books I've read over summer whilst I've been home from uni, these are An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington, The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz, Black Diamonds and A Street Cat Named Bob. For some reason I've been all about non-fiction this summer!

 An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
If you were a fan of the show you need to read this. Littered with typical Karl Pilkington humour this book never failed to bring a smile to my face. Forget what you thought you knew about the Seven Wonders of the World and let Karl take you on his adventure, which I should mention he pretty much hates it 99% of the time!
This is the perfect book for sitting back and relaxing with and forgetting about everything.
Full review here.

 The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey
This is the fascinating and sad true story of Denis Avey's time spent as a POW in WWII. After spending time in a POW camp right next to the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III and witnessing how Jewish people suffered at the hands of the Nazi's, Denis swapped places with a Jewish prisoner on two separate occasions. For decades Denis lived with the horrors of what he witnessed, not telling anyone about his story. I'm a firm believer in the fact that know one should forget what happened in places like Auschwitz III and books like this will allow that part of history to live on.
Full review here.

Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey
Black Diamonds is the story of the crumbling and forgotten Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire and the family that once lived there, the Fitzwilliams. I don't live that far from Wentworth so I found this book really interesting in terms of local history but for anyone with an interest in this sort of thing I would recommend giving this book a go. At times it focuses a lot on separate stories that have been woven around the story of the Fitzwilliams', this didn't bother me but some readers may not be expecting it.
Full review here.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
When James finds Bob in the doorway of his sheltered accomodation, his lifestyle as a busker on the streets of London and a recovering heroine addict leaves no room for a pet, but James can't resist nursing Bob back to health and soon the two of them become great friends. I was pleasantly surprised when reading this as the book focuses on James' life too and how finding Bob changed him. This is a simple yet heartwarming story of friendship left me completely in love with Bob  and with a happy feeling at the end.
Full review here.

What do you think to these mini book reviews, would you be interested in seeing more? Have you read or do you plan to read any of the books mentioned in this post? Let me know!


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Happy List #71 - Summer Edition

I'm doing something a little different with the Happy List this week. On the 22nd July my bags were packed ready for spending the summer back at home in Yorkshire, I was sad to be leaving Coventry and my little home with Josh and whilst I knew I'd enjoy been home with my family I was still sad to leave. What has ensued over the past eight weeks are fun days out, mini breaks and the most amazing 21st birthday I could have ever asked for. Now I'm ready to pack my bags once more and move back to Coventry next Thursday so I thought I'd do a summer special Happy List to look back at all the amazing memories from my weeks back home. 

My 21st Birthday

 This day was so special and was better than I could have ever dreamt of, I felt so lucky to have an amazing family and friends. You can read all about my birthday here and here.

Days Out

 Creswell Crags with my Dad / Flowers at Harewood House / Harewood House / National Mining Museum / Buys from my first ever car boot sale

Whilst I've been back I've been on some lovely days out and visited some amazing new places. I've also been to my first ever car boot sale today and I really want to go to another now. You can read about my day out at Creswell Crags here and Harewood House here.

Country Walks

 Walk around and about my village / Wentworth Woodhouse / Walk around and about Josh's village / Canal walk / More from around Josh's village

The thing I miss most when I'm in Coventry is the countryside, I live right in the city centre so there's no rolling hills and green fields but Josh and I are really lucky to live in villages surrounded by the countryside so I love to make the most of it when I'm back

Mini Breaks

Over summer I've had to lovely mini breaks in Liverpool and Scarborough. You can read about my time in Liverpool here and here and Scarborough here

I've really enjoyed my time back in Yorkshire and I've done some lovely stuff that has created some amazing memories now I'm ready to head back to my little flat for a cosy autumn/winter and create even more memories in Coventry!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tuesday Treats #26

Oh H&M why must you make such beautiful and affordable clothes to lure me?! Ok so there's two things on here that aren't from H&M but the rest is! After the influx of recent buys video since my birthday I vowed I wouldn't buy anymore clothes with my birthday money but browsing doesn't hurt right? Well actually it does a little because I absolutely love everything on this list and it all seems very reasonably priced!

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  1. I would live in this cardi, it would go with everything and it's so simple yet pretty
  2. I'm a sucker for leopard print so this had to go on here. Want, want, want!
  3. I can't get over how pretty this dress is. It looks so much more expensive than it is. This needs to be in my wardrobe!
  4. What's to say another extremely pretty and cheap dress from H&M. These dresses are going to be my downfall when it comes to not spending anymore money on clothes
  5. Not only have H&M done so well with pretty clothes but I love these shoes I could see myself wearing them so much
  6. Ok so this is from New Look and although you can't tell from this picture the dress is covered in a really cute cat print!
  7. I squealed a little when I saw this, hats...on a jumper! Amazing! This jumper completely plays to my geeky/crazy cat lady side.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


It's been such a long time since I did one of these posts hasn't it? However I figured that with people heading back to university and people going for the first time it was time to kick start this little series again. For anyone who has only just stumbled across my money saving/money making posts or for anyone who wants to refresh their memories you can look at all the past posts here where I've covered the topics of films/cinema, food shopping, how to manage your student loan so you can live and still have treats and making money from survey sites as well us update posts which include a few extra little tips.

So for this installment I'm going to talk about buying and selling on Ebay. There's some great bargains to be had on Ebay if you take the time to look around. As a rule I won't buy from overseas such as China, Hong Kong etc as although they tend to be even cheaper I just don't fancy the risk of something not turning up or something not been right when it turns up as it would be more difficult to return, however this is just a personal preference and where you order from is entirely up to you. Recently I'd looked at a pair of Disco Pant leggings and a skull jumper which were £19 and £15 on one particular site so I decided to have a look on Ebay and found a UK seller with the exact same leggings for sale for around £12, I then found another UK seller with the exact same jumper for around £8 so I snapped those up straight away. Apart from the price there was no difference between the items from Ebay and the items from this particular website and the quality was really good. It just goes to show that if you have the time to shop around a little you can find some real bargains.

Now onto the main focus on this post, selling on Ebay. I just happen to have a bunch of items for sale on Ebay but I promise that isn't why I've done this post! But incase you are interested you can look at my items here. I've sold a few clothes, shoes and bags on Ebay and it's a great way to declutter and earn a little extra money so here's some tips I have for you when it comes to selling on Ebay:
  • Make sure the item is in good condition, don't sell any old rubbish otherwise you won't attract any buyers or you will receive bad feedback which will earn you a bad reputation.
  • Be honest in you description, for example if you aren't great at sewing and something has lost a button or a belt loop has become unstitched say so. I once sold a pair of trousers where one of the belt loops needed a couple of stitches but I stated so and they still sold, very minor things like that don't tend to make a difference to the quality of the item. Also buyers like to know what kind of home the item has come from such as smoke and pet free but don't write this if it isn't the case as again you will receive bad feedback for lying.
  • Include clear photo's and more than one if necessary to capture any details that you think will make the item more attractive to the buyer. 
  • Wait for Ebay to offer free listing. This happens quite regular so you can list a bunch of stuff for free and you only pay if it sells. However free listing is only for the bidding option not buy it now so if you use free listing bare this in mind.
  • Be realistic with your prices. As I only use free listing which is only for the bidding option I tend to start most of my items off at around £3 or £4 sometimes higher if it's a really good item. The majority of the time my items items will either go for the price they started at or just a little more but trust me those £3 and £4's soon add up in your Paypal account. So don't be greedy and offer fair prices, after all if your selling clothes chances are they're used so you can't expect to get back what you paid in the first place!
  • Give as much information in the title as you can. Size, colour, type of item etc all help attract buyers and help with searches
  • Think about what time is the best to list an item as what ever time you list is the time the item will finish. Something finishing at 8.30pm-9.00pm will attract more bids and buyers than something finishing at 3pm when the majority of people are still at work.
I hope this post was useful to you, selling old items on Ebay isn't a get rich quick scheme but money soon builds up in Paypal and it's something a little extra to help you out. The same goes for buying on Ebay it's pretty much guaranteed to save you money so it's worth looking around. 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Happy List #70

Well after quite a while of not doing my Happy Lists weekly I feel it's time to say that in the future this is the way it will be with the Happy List, don't get me wrong I absolutely adore this feature as I love to inject a bit of happiness into little Bits and Bobs but it had got to the point where I wasn't enjoying it and I was struggling for things to write about and that's not fun or happy for me or anyone reading it. So from now on the Happy List feature will just be as and when I have something good and happy to write about, my life isn't jam packed with amazing things everyday but that's just reality but on certain occasions I do have a really fun week and then that's when I'll do the Happy List. So for anyone who loves this feature, don't worry it isn't going anywhere it just won't be happening on a weekly basis and hopefully it's going to be a whole lot better for everyone! Oh and on a little side note all my photo's on here are now much bigger which I think looks a lot better.

Saturday 1st September 2012

All packed ready to leave Scarborough

Also... Came back from my holiday in Scarborough which you can read all about here.

Sunday 2nd September 2012

Horse / Mining Museum

Also... Dad and I went to Caphouse, the National Mining Museum where my Dad actually works on a Saturday (he was a miner in the 80's and early 90's so it's more of a hobby than a job!) so we went to go on the new tour they have. I've been visiting the museum from a young age but it never bores me, I think because my Dad is so enthusiastic about it that it's rubbed off on me a little!

Monday 3rd September 2012

No photo's today as I just chilled out at Josh's which was pretty nice. 

Tuesday 4th September 2012

 Conquering the countryside then failing at it massively! / Found some horses

Also... Josh and I went for a walk by a canal near our old collage, we used to go there after college sometimes when we were first together so it was really nice. After the walk we went for a Wetherspoons lunch.

Wednesday 5th September 2012

No photo's as I had quite a large to-do list today so nothing exciting!

Thursday 6th September 2012

 Went shopping / Secret Admirer Topshop Lipstick and H&M Mickey Mouse jumper / Primark bag and mint chocolate cupcake / New 'J' charm for my Nomination bracelet and Vivienne Westwood earrings

Also... Josh and I went shopping and as you can see I treated myself to a few new things, the lipstick is gorgeous and although I wasn't sure about the jumper when Josh picked it as soon as I tried it on I loved it, perfect for winter. I really wanted another charm for my bracelet so I picked up a 'J' for Josh because I'm soppy like that! The bag and earrings are gifts from Josh, he picked me the bag up whilst we were shopping and then he bought me the earring the other day and gave them me on this day, this photo doesn't do them justice as they're just beautiful, a really pretty pink/peach colour with pink and silver gems, I love them so thanks Josh!
Friday 7th September 2012

 Me in Josh's hat / Lonely tree / I found some more horses

Also... Josh and I went for a walk around the village where he lives which was nice in the sun. I found some more horse too which made it even better!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Video: Recent Buys #8

I'm back rather quick with another recent buys video for you as I've mentioned this is only because I have birthday money, I wouldn't normally have so much stuff to show you! Also I went away for a few days in Scarborough last week so I had some money to spend there too. I figured I'd film this one now as (if this has scheduled) I'm actually out shopping today so there could be another bunch of stuff to show you all pretty soon. 

Anyways I hope you all enjoy the video, as always please click to watch on YouTube for extra information and please subscribe to my channel. Thanks!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tuesday Treats #25

It's been so long since I did one of these hasn't it? I think it's because since a got some money for my birthday I've just gone into shops and bought stuff rather than having a look around for certain things. However I've noticed A/W stuff has started filtering into the shops now and although I do love that time of year I'm not quite ready for summer to go just yet. I've managed to persuade Josh to come shopping on Thursday so I've had a browse around for some key pieces that I would love to join my A/W wardrobe to make the thought of the cold weather a little easier. Here's what I've found.

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  1. These boots are only available to buy online and to me £50 is a lot of money to spend on shoes but they are real leather and I think with some tlc they'd last quite a long time plus they'd go with everything.
  2. I need to find this hat, hands who remembers the infamous River Island panda hat? Well I have that hat and I adore it so I think it's time to add another RI hat to the collection!
  3. Oh Topshop why do you keep drawing me in? I recently broke my rule of not purchasing clothes from Topshop and I think I'm on a downward spiral as I may have to buy this if I can find it.
  4. I just love these slouchy tee's but the very sensible part of me is telling me not to spend £14 on such a basic top
  5. This is easy to justify at a mere £5.99 I think Breton tops look lovely and I miss the one I used to have so I think another is due to work it's way into my wardrobe.
  6. Again Topshop why do you make such pretty things? I'm pretty much in love with this jumper but I think I'd die a little inside if a paid £34 for a jumper, I'm hoping I can find something similar with a more decent price tag!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

HOLIDAY: I do like to be beside the seaside

I've just returned from a little break in Scarborough as my mum was spending the week there so on Tuesday Josh and I joined her for a few days away. I've always loved the seaside so of course I had a lovely time despite the weather not always been on it's best behaviour. It was nice to just relax and enjoy the fresh sea air along with plenty of good food, a bit of shopping a couple of trips to the amusements and plenty of laughs. 
As there's a few photo's I'll let them do the talking rather than rambling on any further.

 Found a cat / A squirrel with a nut that he couldn't bury
 Josh's massive portion of fish and chips (no he couldn't finish it!) / Scarborough bay
 Me writing in the sand / The finished product
 Italian Gardens / Tuesday night's outfit
 Absolutely soaked on Thursday / Soaking up the sunshine on Friday
 Me on the beach / No idea what Josh in doing!
Harbour Bar cherry float / Doughnut
Thursday night's outfit / Friday night's outfit

And just to prove how British I was... I even had a ice-cream in the rain! It was a very good ice-cream though!