Friday, 23 January 2015

You Beauty Discovery Box - January 2014

Hello all, it's mighty cold outside so what better way to cheer up than with some nice post through the letterbox. Before now I've not been keen on signing up to beauty boxes, I'm not a fan of being tied down and having to pay out money every month sometimes for products I'm not that interested in.

You Beauty Discovery is a little different - £6.95 a month gets you a box filled with 2 products you choose from their monthly shortlist, and some extra treats - often samples to try out. Postage and packaging is included in the price as well - the boxes are very useful to keep and store things in. Here's what I got in my January Box:



I chose Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm - Already started using this and love the tingly peppermint and my lips are thanking me for the Vitamin E moisturising at the moment. One of those products I've never thought of buying before but I think it would be worth the money.

My other choice was Afyna Detoxifying Body Scrub. I think the 30ml will go along way, although I have a bad habit of squirting too much from body wash bottles. Juniper berry and grapefruit are two of the active ingredients in this one. I've only used it once so far, so will have to report back.

The extras in this box are a selection of Dragonfly Tea samples,  a 25% off Hello Fresh Card, and Dove Youthful Vitality BB Cream. I'm not a big fan of tea unless it's Camomile, but will share these teas around and give them a go. The Hello Fresh voucher I was a bit annoyed about - it's a bit of a bugbear of mine to be offered money-off something like this, rather than just getting something free to try - especially when you're signed up to a rolling subscription which you then have to cancel if you're not interested - not my kind of extra gift I'm afraid.

The BB Cream faired better though, something I've never heard of for hair, and I was impressed with the amount in the foil sample packet - more than enough for thick, shoulder length hair. I've already bought a full size bottle of this so hopefully I'll have lovely shiny new hair very soon.

I'm not sure if I'll be ordering a box long term, every month, but for now I'm enjoying the novelty of trying out new products, and choosing a few each month. Have you tried out the You Beauty Box? Would love to hear your thoughts and some of your favourite products so far.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Primula And Pesto Toasted Bites

The lovely people at Primula sent me a cute little cool bag late-ish last year with a selection of their cheeses in, but it's only recently we've had the chance to try them out, partly thanks to illness and bugs. Mum used the light cheese at Christmas on some olive oil crostini, and I've just tried a recipe from the Primula site which I thought I'd blog about.

Ingredients

Pesto (I chose green pesto with basil from Aldi)
Crusty Baguette
Primula Cheese



Method

This has to be one of the easiest snacks to make, with just 4 steps to something tasty. First cut your baguette to suit your hunger levels, either small circles, or longer cuts to make bigger slices. Then spread the pesto on each slice, you don't need to spread it too thick, but just to suit your taste. Next squeeze some Primula on top of the pesto (again to suit your tastes) and your ready to go. All you have to do then is place the slices under the grill and wait for them to bubble up like normal cheese on toast.



The Verdict

I was pretty wary of toasting cheese spread, and although I've had pasta salad mixed with pesto before, I wasn't sure if I'd like either taste or them both mixed together. The end result surprised me though, and although I wouldn't make big slices of it myself, I enjoyed my treat in small doses. I think it was partly the pesto I chose, which wasn't too strong on the garlic or the herbs so I didn't have 2 competing flavours in my mouth, they fit together well. it wasn't like eating normal cheese on toast, a bit more gooey, but made a nice change, and is something I'd do again. Only bad point was the pesto had to be used in 2 days, and I don't eat toasted cheese recipes that often!!

Have you tried Primula or any of their recipe ideas? Let me know in the comments below if you have, or you've got a favourite snack to share.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Our Christmas Tree 2014

One of my absolute favourite things about Christmas is putting up the tree and decorations, and it has been since I was a child. It's part of the magic I've always loved, and for me the tradition of 12 days before, and taking the decorations down 12 days after Christmas is one I've always wanted to uphold, sadly it's not always my call and with this xmas not being the best, things have already started to look a bit bare. I really hate the bareness and January blues, so I thought I'd schedule a post sharing some of my favourite bits of the tree/decorations to go live on the 12th night.

My nephew putting up the tree:

Even though my sisters left home, it's still been a tradition for us to decorate the tree together, after Mum and I have put it up. This year we had some help from my 2 year old nephew Joey. I'm not sure he fully understands Christmas yet, but he's definitely more into it, and loves helping out with jobs like this.

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The Finished Tree:

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A Sale Bargain:

One of the things I absolutely love to do is check out the Christmas bargain aisles, normally the only thing I come home with after xmas is cards or paper for next year. I wasn't planning on buying anything extra in 2014, but spotted a few decorations for 75p on-sale in B&Q so couldn't resist snapping up a few. Here's one of them (love anything reindeer).

 
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Finally, who's that under the tree?

One of my favourite of the few pics I got over xmas of my furr nephew Wilson chilling under the tree.

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Happy 12th night everyone and thanks so much for reading my blog this year. Please do keep popping in to say hi, and have a great 2015.






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