Friday, 28 February 2014

Mini Holiday - Relaxing at a Maximum

Well it's Friday and I have that Friday feeling in a big way. So far this week I've enjoyed a mini break in Manchester (more on that later) which included a shopping trip before we headed home.

I had today off work as well so I've done bugger all - I spent the morning relaxing with The (gorgeous, aforable) Beast.

Well not completely bugger all, I had a check up with my doctor which went well, I only need to go in once a year now just to keep an eye on how I am (tumour removed plus half a kidney last summer) and I did a little bit of shopping - only food, I think I bought enough make-up and clothes to last a while yesterday. Although I did buy a few treats for the men in my life. Yes to Cucumber calming shower gel which was on offer in my local Waitrose at £3.99, King of Shaves sensitive shaving gel and some optical wipes for James, not very exciting but James never buys the nice products for himself. For The Beast I bought a variety of cat food, he does tend to get the nicer, fresher cat food anyway but I got him a few new flavours to try and the Top Life cats milk (milk for cats not from cats!).

That's it for me though, I'm on holiday, I know this might not seem like much but its what James and I do. We moved in with my parents a couple of years back, around the time I started to feel unwell, the tumour and cysts were discovered  but on top of that renting was (and still is expensive), we knew we never stood the chance of owning our own home and having children if we carried on renting. I know there are a lot of other people in the same position as us, this gives me some comfort but I still wish houses were more affordable. So, getting round to the reason why I mentioned this, when my parents go away James and I usually take a few days off to have a holiday at home. Having the house to ourselves is wonderful, much more relaxing plus I get to have a bath without my mum complaining!

One of my other favourite things to do is have a film marathon and with my birthday just around the corner (8th March) I plan on fitting two marathons before my parents return, the last being next Thursday night and the first starting tonight and lasting until Sunday - vary hard work! I love doing this, we drag a mattress downstairs so we can sleep down there - think slumber party so we also have snacks and face masks. I won't be getting my steps in, slightly disappointed but a break once in a while ain't too bad, plus I managed to get over 15,000 steps on Thursday! I plan to get up every hour for a little walk around the living room/light jogging on the spot, I also plan on fitting in some proper exercise so I can fit in our usually slumber party style feasts - pizza, veggie burgers or veggie hot dogs - usually I try to have a healthier breakfast at least and I still make sure everything fits in with my goals.

So this weekend will be a quiet one, although I don't think I can resist trying out some of the new make-up items I bought yesterday I will be taking it easy. I'm already in my comfy sleepover wear, oooh I'll cheat, I was waiting to do a post with all the goods I bought yesterday but I might as well show them now;

Cat joggers from Topshop £25.00
I'll save the rest for another day as right now I have important things to do, mainly compiling a list of films to watch this weekend!

Happy Weekend!! 

I hope everyone else has something fun planned! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Midweek Excitement

I have to say I'm pretty excited. After a couple of years being ill and stuck at home I'm finally getting a mini break. Okay, it's only a night away in a nearby city but it is still a night away and right now I'm excitedly thinking about what to take, what to do, what to wear! I think I'm keeping everything to a minimum but somehow I'm going to have to justify taking this much make-up away with me.

Well, I figure as I've managed to cut it down to just two outfits, a dozen options for make-up is perfectly fine. Plus I've only really gone mad on the lipstick and who doesn't have half a dozen lipsticks knocking around in their handbag most of the time?

Now I'm sure once I've had my night away I'll excitedly update about it but for now I have to concentrate on planning and packing! 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday Weigh-In: Inches not Pounds

Another half frustrating, half positive week, I'm feeling more toned, my clothes are looser but it is still annoying not to see the scales slip down but really I'm still adjusting to my increased activity.

It's been a funny week, I've been feeling grotty, tired and sore. Basically a bit blah but I've kept up my steps. I've done over 10,000 steps every day apart from Wednesday but even then I managed 9869. Yesterday (Saturday) I managed to do over 10,000 and today I'm aiming to keep my steps up without leaving the house, I'm nearly at 4,000 so there is still a way to go.

My steps are becoming steadier, I'd prefer to be doing 10,000 a day all week rather than 12,000 week days and much left at the weekend.

I have managed to keep up with the exercise, I haven't gone running since Tuesday, sadly one of my aunts passed away the previous week and the funeral was on Tuesday and I just felt the need to get out after but as I've been felling pretty run down I've stuck to either using the cross trainer, the 7 minute workout or lifting weights.

I have found a good way to get out at the weekend, yesterday I went shopping, that made my steps up PLUS I bought myself a beautiful kimono by Motel but from a local shop and a pair of boots from Dotty P's a complete bargain at £15. I can also do more steps by breaking them in today!

I really shouldn't have bought anything as I have a shopping tripped planned next week, I'm partly excited about the gorgeous items I'll hopefully find and buy but I'm also excited about the amount of steps I'll do!

Also, at the end of the week my partner and I will be having a film marathon/sleepover - this means mattress downstairs and film after film after film, it also means, popcorn, sweets, pizza and Quorn hot dogs. I always work for it first so I'll get some exercise in and try and get some steps up, possibly with a quick walk into town or even in the country if the weather improves.

I'm still having a problem with my eating, I've been so hungry again this week, not sure if it was because I was coming to the end of my period or if it was the increased activity but I'm working on this and I have a plan of action. First a little background, myself and James moved in my parents a couple of years back when I first became ill but also to pay off any debts and to save for a place of our own (although with house prices what they are I really don't know), we have to do things around each other and James and I sometimes find ourselves eating as late as 9.30pm. I find I snack as soon as I get in and aren't that hungry when it comes to eating a proper decent meal. New plan is to eat as soon as we get back home and exercise later, usually I'll exercise first but the plan is to have a meal as soon as we get in, not particularly large, followed by a little snack later.

Anyway, time for some quick lunch before hitting the cross trainer.

Short term

Exercise - Keep my steps steady PLUS cross trainer PLUS weights.
Food - The plan is to eat our tea as soon as we get in before exercise, hopefully this will help.
Goals - I want to enjoy myself this week as we're having a mini break, I'm looking forward to seeing how many extra steps I do when we're out.

Long term

Exercise - I want to take up kettlebells and start to use the gym at work
Food -  Control some of my urges, spread my calories more evenly throughout the day. 
Goals - I have a pair of trousers from Joseph that I used to wear all the time when I was in my early twenties, I still have them and love them so I would like to fit back in them along with all the gorgeous dresses I have. Still the same! 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Vice

Bottle taking with flash - the pinkness of this shade really shines through here, nails taken in natural light darker plus the rubber effect is apparent

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Vice £14.50

I actually purchased this nail varnish in the sale for £5.00, even though it's back to full price this is much better than being discontinued as this is an amazing nail varnish.

This is a deep cerise, a dark raspberry red with a rubber finish. It's the sort of colour that you want to be patchy, it's a beautiful shade. I'm sure some would see this shade being more for autumn but because of the hint of pink I think it is perfect for the coldness of early spring.

Like all Illamsqua nail varnish it applies incredibly easily and dries in record time - ten minutes. I stupidly didn't put a top coat on as I've worn Faux Pas a couple of times now, once with a glittery top coat the other time with nothing and it lasted forever. Unfortunately I managed to chip this the next day as I was at work and I tend to sometimes do incredibly fiddly things with my hand. Next time I'll wear a top coat and it will be perfect.

This shade is really perfect I didn't find it too dark and glamorous for work yet it is both dark and glamorous, lucky me! 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What's In My Glossybox? - February 2014

Another day another beauty box, this time Glossybox. Recently the boxes have been a bit hit and miss, I know my sentiment echoes a few other fellow bloggers. However I continued with my subscription as I've been with Glossybox for a while and the good stuff has far outweighed the bad.

So what did I get? Well for starters I should mention this month 4 out of the 5 products are full sized, plus there is a delicious goody included. More after the cut.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Sunday Weigh-In: Getting There

My weight is back down to where it was before I started my exercise, I still don't consider that a loss but it is still good. Yesterday was the first day of my period so everything is slightly off right now including my appetite. I don't know whether it is the poor weather or the increase in exercise (possibly the exercise) but I've been so hungry recently - unfortunately I haven't been eating the right things. I know I always say a little bit of what you fancy is fine, it is, but I just want to munch everything bad in sight. I need to eat a little more with all the exercise but I need the majority of my food to be great choices along with some slack, fun choices.

Now I just want to focus on the positives. My steps have increased and I can now say I do at least 70,000 steps a week. I've managed to increase my steps at the weekend, not quite to 10,000 a day but a lot more than what I was doing. I've started to get out of the bus home from work a stop further away than I usually would.  This Saturday I actually went out for a run, well walk/jog, baby steps for now but I'll get there.

Sunday the weather was glorious, a big change from the torrential rain, so we went out for a lovely walk. Just a quick hour but it helped, instead of going on about that I thought I'd post a few photos instead.

Another excitement from this week is new exercise gear, new cheap exercise gear from JD sports. The crop top is amazingly comfy and supportive for £8 and the pants are amazing for just £12, I think I need an extra pair. This week I'll be making sure my partner James picks up some trainers for running too, the same pair as me - we'll be matching :) 

Short term

Exercise - I want to  get to a point where I do over 10,000 steps a day, next goal will be 77,000 steps a week.
Food - I want to find more ways to fill myself up - the real problem time is the end of the afternoon/beginning of the evening, I walk home from the bus, before I exercise I can be quite hungry and tend to eat silly stuff. Less fun food, more filling stuff. 
Goals - I want to be more toned and fitter so I can run further. 

Long term (still the same)

Exercise - I want to be able to work out more and have a variety of things to do. I want my weekend to be the time of the week when I do the most steps not the least. I want to be able to lift more. 
Food -  Nothing much here, I'd like to be able to eat more cake though.
Goals - I have a pair of trousers from Joseph that I used to wear all the time when I was in my early twenties, I still have them and love them so I would like to fit back in them along with all the gorgeous dresses I have. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

What's In My Birchbox? - February 2014

Time certainly flies, I can't believe it's that time of the month again! No, not that time, beauty box time! First one to arrives was my Birchbox. I've only been subscribing to Birchbox for a few months now but I've not been disappointed, I don't know whether it is because they always get it spot on or the extra item, either way I'm very happy. It could also be the exciting March news they included in this box, it must be for my birthday!

So what did I get? For those that don't want to spoil the surprise I've put it after the cut along with their exciting news!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

OPI - Soft Shades - Bubble Bath

OPI - Soft Shades in Bubble Bath (£7.45 via sellers on Amazon)

A very subtle shade for me. I wanted an alternative to the usual quick, easy apply clear nail varnish plus my addiction to pastels at the moment led me to purchase this shade from OPI, Bubble Bath.

This is a very delicate pale pink, a perfect manicure colour, barely there but a lovely soft bubblegum, as much as bubble bath, shade. Applies easily and evenly, dries quickly and smoothly. I really love having a nail varnish I can throw on and not worry about it being obvious when it chips so perfect if you want to wear something but don't have the time to keep up with the maintenance. 

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips L303 Sheer Berry

Top right taken with flash, bottom right in daylight
Ellis Faas Glazed Lips L303 Sheer Berry £22.00 (I ordered mine from

£22.00 for a lip gloss isn't to be taken lightly, I've been wanting to try one of the Ellis Faas lip products for a while but because of the cost I wanted to wait until I was getting paid again. So I patiently waited and come New Years Eve I'd ordered one. It was a hard decision which colour to go for, I really wanted a rather dark one but at £22.00 I thought I should go for something practical first, starting with sheer berry.

The packaging is interesting to say the least, I love it but I'm sure viewed from afar some people might presume I'm carrying questionable items in my handbag, not a first so I don't really care. I love the brush, so soft, plus it is easy to apply without it going everywhere. It is glossy without being sticky, it feels light on the lips - some glosses I can't help but feel the need to rub in but this is comfortable. This does mean that it lasts a little longer than the usual glosses.

On hand
The colour is gorgeous, sheer but beautiful. Light enough that it can be worn in the day or with heavy eye make-up but without being too light it couldn't be worn with little eye make-up. I can't wait to try out a darker shade in the near future. 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunday Weigh-In: Seriously Underwhelming

Well this is yet another no change post, upsetting - completely, but I do know it is completely irrational to be upset but in my head I can't change this, I want to see my weight dropping, I put the effort in but nothing. However we're only just entering the second month of the year, things don't change overnight and there are plenty of positives this week but first I wanted to mention another irrational way I see things. 

If I drop a couple of lbs I never log it until I've lost a couple more lbs - completely paranoid that its a fluke so until I hit at least another lb under I won't log a loss. 

Now is this irrational thought, does anyone else act like this or do most people celebrate any loss at all? 

I really should focus on the positives this week. I have increased my activity, a lot. 4 out of the 5 working days I hit over 10,000 steps a day - each day I did a little more and on Friday I managed to do 12,528 steps! 

So at least one positive for this week. One more positive was I have actually managed to hit slightly over 10,000 steps on Saturday - unusual for a weekend. Sadly I doubt I will get anywhere close today however......

I do plan on exercising again today, something slightly different to the rest of this week which has included my cross trainer and 7 minutes workout. Today I plan a mixture of jogging and yoga. If I can also at least hit 5,000 with my steps I'll be happy. 

Now although I haven't dropped any weight I am a bit more toned, my arms feel slightly smaller which is always good. 

Good wise I haven't gone over or under with my eating but I do feel like I'm eating a lot more, picking a lot more. I think this is due to being more active and really as long as I'm in the right range I should be happy. I've been having more interesting lunches at work, like I mentioned last week salad with durum wheat and other extras, a little bit of pasta here and there. I'll still have the odd sandwich but the variety is exciting. 

So compared to last week I have managed to literally step it up, plus I'm getting a little bit more of variety with my exercise. 

Short term

Exercise - Similar to last week, more steps at the weekend, next weekend it needs to be both Saturday AND Sunday. I also want to keep up with the exercise. 
Food - I want to be a little healthier, I also need to eat the stuff we have in, cupboards full and a feezer packed so instead of doing much grocery shopping this week I need to be inventive with what we do have in. 
Goals - I want to lose a bit of weight and/or be more toned by the end of February as myself and my partner are having a night out with a hotel stay in Manchester to see a band - this still stands

Long term

Exercise - I want to be able to work out more and have a variety of things to do. I want my weekend to be the time of the week when I do the most steps not the least. I want to be able to lift more. All still stands
Food -  Nothing much here, I'd like to be able to eat more cake though, scrap the cake, more chips instead.
Goals - I have a pair of trousers from Joseph that I used to wear all the time when I was in my early twenties, I still have them and love them so I would like to fit back in them along with all the gorgeous dresses I have. Still the same! 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

OPI - Holland Collection - I Have a Herring Problem

OPI - Holland Collection - I Have a Herring Problem £7.99

Now this is from the Holland Collection which came out in 2012 so a little bit old now, that doesn't stop the colour being amazing and the price is cheaper which is always good.

I'd only looked at the shade online and would have described it as a sparkly blue with a hint of grey, however wearing it I would say it is more of a grey with a hint of blue, also with a hint of sparkles. Now it isn't that I don't like it, it is just a little bit different to what I expected - I will be getting plenty of use out of this though.

I'm wearing two coats in the photos, I think I could have done with three as when it dried some nails were a little patchy. Speaking of drying - it did this very well, I had full use of my hands within 20 minutes which is handy as I always start to itch somewhere as soon as I've painted my nails. Longevity of this is perfect, as with all OPI I find I can get a good four days out of them no chipping even without a top coat.

I love the OPI collections - mainly because of the inventive names for each shade. Good job the quality is there too or I would have a load of never used, cleverly named bottles of nail varnish.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Little Nuggets of Happiness February 2014

Now another week of being busy with just general life stuff - one positive to this includes being more active, the negative has to be not having enough time to blog. This is why I've decided to do a weekly update with little things that bring me joy.

Now of course this isn't just things I've bought but this week it can't be helped as it was pay day last Friday.

 Flowers, lots of flowers. I have to buy them for myself but that doesn't make them any less exciting, colourful and just plain gorgeous. I'm a bit obsessed with purple so the purple tulips and purple poppies were must haves.

Speaking of flowers I was overjoyed to find my Sainsbury's Local had a gorgeous tall, vintage looking ridged vase for only 5 British pounds. Unbelievable, I'd been after a tall vase but not actively seeking, thanks to Valentine's day being around the corner I managed to get one for very little money.

More candles, I haven't used all I have up but Waitrose had these in for a very reasonable price - for the life of me I can't remember but I believe they were on offer and under a fiver, usually £6 which is still good for such a gorgeous design and scent. Oh, about the scent, I went for one Lily of the Valley (the green) and one Honeysuckle & Sweet Pea (the pink) The Lily of the Valley is rather fresh and clean but the Honeysuckle and Sweet Pea is very floral and sweet - I wouldn't exactly say it's a youthful scent but I've noticed as I've aged the things I find pleasant to smell have changed and are still changing.

A bit more make-up, not that I need it! I fell in love with Sleek make-up last year, their i-Divine palette Showstopper is amazing so I decided to add something a bit more natural to my collection. The blue Pout Paint was something I've wanted to try, a bit weird I know but I had to. A couple more nail varnishes from OPI, from left to right, Lights of Emerald City & I Have a Herring Problem.

A fabulous new, perfectly fitted and amazingly warm hooded sweatshirt. A Totoro one to be exact, I love Studio Ghibli and I do find myself picking up My Neighbour Totoro goodies when I can and this was a bargain on Ebay at £17.99.

Of course The Beast has been his lovely silly self all week. Even though I got a claw in my face on Monday - not on purpose, it was rather amusing. He was sat on the back of the sofa cleaning himself, wobbling, so I was watching him thinking, will he go down the back? a second later he did slip down the back - his paws came out to grasp what was closest and my face made a good hold - luckily I also reached out and caught him. In typical cat fashion he acted as if nothing had happened and started to clean himself.
After this he did make a wonderful companion, James was away for a couple of days so he looked after me in the night, cuddling up with me and cleaning my hand.

Speaking of The Beast I managed to pick him up a beautiful new bowl for a few quid from my local pet shop, adorable isn't it?

Now some food goodies. Salted roasted giant corn from INKA snacks (bought in Waitrose) this is the most amazingly tasty snack, I can't explain how gorgeous it is but it is so moreish, I've stockpiled on this.
Plus exciting miso soup, my local Waitrose had the itsu vegetarian miso soup pastes from - in good old Ren & Stimpy fashion, Happy Happy Joy Joy!

The final nugget of happiness is a freebie - a new app for me, 7 Minutes Workout Assistant from App5ive. I've been more active lately, walking more, using the cross trainer, I'm starting to feel better (op last year) and now I want to feel stronger so extra work outs for me but still gentle. I actually discovered this after I couldn't use the dvd player downstairs as my mum was recording, instead I started looking for an app that could help me out and 7 minutes is perfect.

Well that's my excitement for this week - hopefully next week will also include more exercise! 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Faux Pas

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Faux Pas £14.50

As I was on a night out for a friends birthday last Saturday I knew I had to do something with my nails. Fortunately I had gone on a late night Illamasqua nail varnish binge the week before so I had just the thing.

Faux Pas is a gorgeous blue violet, it really is a gorgeous purple shade - both fun but also a suitable shade for work. It's described as a rubber finish which is a lovely matte.
It dries amazingly quickly, I could see that it had dried before I finished my second hand although it needed leaving a good ten minutes before I could really use my hands without chipping.

Close up

Now I only got to wear it for two days but it didn't chip once - I did have a top coat (a fancy top coat - glittery!), I love Illamasqua nail varnishes, they have yet to disappoint me, certainly worth the money. 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday Weigh-in : On the Up!

I skipped last week as I was getting behind with my Sunday weigh-in which then usually meant I was typing about this on a Wednesday so I wanted to get things back on schedule.

So if I was to officially weigh in on myfitnesspal I would be logging a 2lb gain. I have to admit I'm still a bit weak when it comes to gaining weight, I feel sad, like I've done something wrong when I know in the back of my head there is a sensible reason and everything is okay. It takes my partner James to snap me out of this, he always reminds me that weight is not a measure alone, have I lost inches? am I looking smaller? are my muscles looking more muscular? Yes, Yes and YES! but even though I know the real reason for the gain I can't help but feel disappointed.

There are so many positives so my weight gain. While I was ill I moved my calories up to maintenance so I didn't lose weight but I also gained nothing. One other perk of eating more was that I didn't lose all the muscle tone I'd worked so hard on, not quite as amazing but I wasn't completely flabby. The week before last I was on a course in Manchester, I had a formal exam at the end of the three days and I was travelling 2 hours a day, so what did I fancy doing when I got home? I actually wanted to work out before I did any homework. Since I've been working out a lot more, cross trainer, slight jogging but mainly walking, light weights and light yoga. I'm starting to feel a bit better, I'm not as sore where I had the operation and I want to do more.

The fitbit has helped, I've been striving to walk more and I have been doing, last week was the first week I managed to hit over 10,000 steps a day Monday-Friday - the weekend not so good, something I need to work on.

I've also been making sure to walk up the stairs at work, from where my bus drops me off to my desk is about the equivalent of 5 flights of stairs, sometimes I try to run them - not very successful there but one day it will be easier.

I am happy as I feel in a place where I can work and workout without it taking up all my time. The weight gain is insignificant compared to this.

I even treated myself to a new pair of trainers - my old ones are okay but when I run outdoors I like to go into the woods or off the main paths and the terrain can be pretty rough so I bought myself some trainers with a better tread. I bought these DLX Derulo trainers in store at Trespass - they were only £34.99 in store so a lovely bargain.

I also bought another pair of walking boots from Trespass (and a couple of fleece tops, base layer top and a couple of water bottles) for £16.99 - again they are actually cheaper in store. So I'm well equipped to get out there and do more, no excuses. Trespass have only just opened recently in town, we already have a number of outdoor clothing shops and I really didn't think we needed another one, how wrong I was.

So now enough about shopping time to look at my goals;

Short term

Exercise - I want to work on my steps at the weekend - it's fine that I'm active in the week but at the weekend it takes a serious nose dive, I need to make sure I don't lose this, even if I exercise I also need to make sure I'm walking enough too.
Food - No real changes food wise, I just try and eat as little as I should AND as much as I should, Try not to be a 100 over or under. I am trying to make my lunchtime meals at work more interesting, I've started to take in cooked durum wheat with vegetables, a little bean salad, leaves, cucumber, tomato and a hard boiled egg! This all tots up to under 500 calories but is a lot of food, plus it makes a nice change.
Goals - I want to lose a bit of weight and/or be more toned by the end of February as myself and my partner are having a night out with a hotel stay in Manchester to see a band,

Long term

Exercise - I want to be able to work out more and have a variety of things to do. I want my weekend to be the time of the week when I do the most steps not the least. I want to be able to lift more. 
Food -  Nothing much here, I'd like to be able to eat more cake though.
Goals - I have a pair of trousers from Joseph that I used to wear all the time when I was in my early twenties, I still have them and love them so I would like to fit back in them along with all the gorgeous dresses I have. 

So that is me for this week, hopefully next week I will have lost those lbs, they aren't real gains anyway, plus I want to be able to say I was two thirds of the way to 10,000 steps on Saturday and Sunday. 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Nip+Fab DIY Glycolic Peel Kit - Post Review Review

Nip+Fab DIY Glycolic Peel Kit £35.00

Now this has to be considered a post review - review. In my ASOS shopping spree (well one of them) I purchased the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix pads - these ex-foliating pads brighten, re-texture and moisturise the skin. My skincare routine is pretty slack and I was in desperate need of new skin this year. I'm on the verge of 32 and before I start to tackle the signs of ageing I want to tackle my "youthful" problems. My problem is my skin isn't that bad, it isn't great but there aren't huge problems I can easily deal with. My pores are too obvious, I have blackheads and my skin is oily. I don't expect to solve all my problems but even 25% better would really make a difference. To be honest the best thing I've found for my skin is sleeping on my back, last year after the surgery, I spent months sleeping on my back and it really improved. This doesn't stop me wanting a decent routine and these pads were perfect which led me to looking into buying more.

The pads are £12.95 for 60, not exactly cheap but not blowing the budget either, I went direct to the Nip+Fab website (I absolutely love shopping directly with the brands I love) and after adding the pads to my basket I noticed the DIY Glycolic Peel Kit - I was intrigued and excited. A complete skincare kit at £35.00 this product works out £10 cheaper than buying the individual products. This includes, aside from the pads, their glycolic fix serum, deep cleansing fix and glycolic facial kit. I signed up and paid rather quickly only to realise afterwards as a new customer/subscriber I was entitled to 10% off my first order, I hadn't even noticed I was so excited about trying this out. I did email them and they very kindly refunded me £3.50 - I was very pleased with this as they could have easily ignored my email.

This is how my skin is now, problem areas include where my nose was pierced.

Now I know the pads work well, my skin is already looking clearer but I'm waiting until I've finished the original pads I purchased until I try the full kit - I'm finding it hard to try things out properly at the moment as it is so cold! I don't think I've been so excited to try a skincare product out since I was a teenager. Which explains what happened a few days later, they had a flash 30% sale and I had to buy another kit along with the Winter cherry body kit £7.00 this includes wild cherry body wash, body butter, lip butter, hand cream and a shower puff and ultimate skin fixes kit £7.99 which includes clean fix gel, scrub fix and shine fix.

Well, it was near the end of the month and I still had cash in the bank!