Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Creightons Sunshine Blonde Range

Recently, I ventured into Savers to buy a new shampoo and conditioner. I spotted the John Frieda Sheer blonde range, which is a bit more pricey than shampoos I usually like to buy, and decided I was going to treat myself and buy it... until I saw the Creightons Sunshine Blonde products. This caught my eye due to its packaging, which is strikingly like the John Frieda range. However, these were £1 each which is considerably lower than the John Frieda products... can't argue with that! So, I thought for £1 each it's definitely worth a try. At this point I had only purchased the Sunshine Blonde shampoo and conditioner. I then went to Poundland and spotted a purple shampoo from the same range for a quid, and got that too!

What are the products like? I find that they smell really good, and do their job just fine. The only problem I found is that when in the shower using the shampoo, after washing it out my hair feels a bit dry, but then this is rectified when conditioner is applied, so it's not really a problem. My hair is silky smooth and shiny when it's dry. What more could you ask for?! As for the purple shampoo, it definitely removes brassiness from the hair and brightens. However, I feel it doesn't make as big a difference as my all time favourite, Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo, which is a little more money. This is what I found with the John Frieda toning shampoo too, which I tried a while ago. I would recommend using the Touch of Silver shampoo at least once a week for that ultimate brighten, but the Creightons one in-between will work fine to just brighten the colour slightly. Creightons do a purple conditioner too, but I haven't managed to purchase that one yet.

One other Creightons product I can't get enough of is the Vanilla & Macadamia Cocoon Bath & Shower. I've picked this up from both Lidl and Savers and got through it so quickly, it smells like vanilla cupcakes.

So, where can you buy Creightons products from? They do have an online site where you can purchase the products see HERE, however, I find that the products are slightly cheaper when found on the high-street. I've been keeping my eye out of where to find these products and I've seen Creightons in Savers, Poundland, Lidl and Quality Save. So, if you have a discount store near you it might be worth checking for these products, they are totally worth it! Creightons products are all made in England, are extremely affordable, smell great AND do their job! 

What are you waiting for!?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Brazilian Brigadeiro

These Brazilian truffle like balls are super easy to make and delicious. If you like sickly chocolate goo like me then this is right up your street!

And there you have it!

The knack with this recipe is to allow the mixture to thicken properly before putting it on the plate. I didn't do this the first time I made them, and as you can see they just collapsed...

First attempt fail...

However, I made them again and thickened the mix, and they went perfect.

You can dip the chocolate balls in other things too, like a dusting of cocoa powder, desiccated coconut or chocolate chips.


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Cyprus Diaries: Days 2 & 3

Previous Cyprus Diaries...

MONDAY 21st March - We used this as a chill day to explore the hotel and the surrounding area. And of course soak up some sun.

This night we were gifted a complimentary 5 course meal from the hotel, which was again, a lovely surprise. Drinks were also complimentary so we gorged ourselves on amazing food and unlimited wine and champagne!

TUESDAY 22nd March - This was our first excursion of the holiday; 'Discover the West'. This was also the worst weather we experienced on the holiday, with heavy rain throughout the day and it was VERY windy. However, we were quite lucky, in that whenever we were on the coach, that is when it rained, rather than on us...

Our first stop was the Temple of Apollo. Situated in the ancient area of Kourion, the site dates back to as early as 8th Century BC which is fascinating. I think it's amazing that we can visit these sites and see places that were used so many years ago by a civilisation much different to our own. Here we saw part of the Temple of Apollo, ruins of Roman baths and various other ruins.

Next we visited the Tombs of the Kings. These tombs, which date back to 4th Century BC, were thought at first to be tombs of Kings. However, they later discovered that these tombs were not for Kings, but for wealthy residents and aristocrats, but the name stuck.

Then we visited the House of Dionysos, the ruins of a Roman villa. This villa is home to some incredible mosaics which date back to the 2nd Century AD. They each told a story, and our tour guide gave us an overview of each mosaic.

After this, we were given free roam around Paphos harbor to get some lunch.

Paphos Castle

To finish the day we ended at the village of Yeroskipos, to look at the first factory where Cyprus delight (loukoumia) was made. 

Stay tuned for Days 3 & 4! :)

Friday, 8 April 2016

Primark Contour Palette

PS... Contour Kit Review

'Primark Beauty..?' I hear you ask... yup. Primark have their own beauty range, and in fact it's been around for quite a while. However, not many people are aware of it. Or they are, and like me, just assumed it would be rubbish because of how cheap it is. A couple of years ago I bought some nail polish from the Primark range and was impressed so, when I was browsing the other day I picked up this palette and thought I'd give it a try.

For a measly £4 you get three shades; contour, bronze and highlight. The packaging is a cute, small compact with a decent sized mirror. It also came with a 'free' contour brush which I immediately threw away as that was rubbish...BUT the product is pretty damn pleasing!

The contour shade is a lovely taupe which isn't too warm or too brown for a contour, which creates a subtle shadow where you want. The bronze is a bit darker and perfect for warming up the skin, and the highlight is a banana shade which subtly lightens. PERFECT.

Here are some pictures of me using this product, particularly to define my cheekbones (which are non-existent...):

Next time you think cheap = rubbish... think again! :) It's not always the case. 
Thanks Primark beauty!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Cyprus Diaries: Arriving and Day 1

Welcome to the start of my Cyprus Diaries documenting the recent holiday me and my boyfriend just embarked on!

SATURDAY 19th MARCH - After a gruelling day of travelling we arrived at the Atlantica Miramare Beach Hotel at around 11pm. I was hungry, tired and ready to unpack and hit the pillow. Our spirits were greatly lifted with an amazing greeting by the hotel staff. There was local music being played and dancing at the bar, a man came bounding up and gave us both a glass of champagne and the hotel manager run through the procedures of the hotel. He then told us that they had left a platter of food upstairs which was incredibly welcome... but I didn't expect it to be SO big! There was bread, salami, cheese, fruit, a bottle of wine, a bottle of water and lots more! We were so surprised :) 

This is after we guzzled all the food...
I intend to do a review on the hotel because we were so pleased and impressed with the services and staff. After taking a brief look around the hotel at dark we went to sleep ready for the next day!

SUNDAY 20th MARCH - We woke up bright and early, for breakfast and our welcome meeting from our Thompson rep, who was lovely and extremely informative. Little did we know that this day in Cyprus was a very important one...Limassol Carnival, one of the most notable carnivals worldwide. The hotel was jam packed as many Cypriots came from all over Cyprus for the carnival. It's the carnival which marks the first day of lent for the Greek Orthodox Church. We caught the local bus to the town centre where there were crowds and crowds of people and the floor was a sea of confetti. 

We watched what was left of the parade; massive floats full of people dressed up and squirting confetti and throwing glitter over everyone! This was definitely one of the hottest days of the holiday which was a nice change from the rain in the UK. After the event a local barman informed us that this year over 12,000 people attended, which is pretty impressive!

To finish the night we went to a local cocktail bar and enjoyed a few exotic drinks before heading back to the hotel.  

Watch out for my next post regarding my Cyprus holiday!