Wednesday, 24 February 2016

GoodReads Discovery

It's like a dating website for any lover of books. GoodReads is probably the best website I've ever found that let's you record what you've read, what you want to read and what you're currently reading. I cannot believe that I haven't found this website sooner as I've always been a major bookworm. Especially now living in London, whenever you're on the underground time seems to stand still. This means you can take full advantage of reading several chapters of a book on your journey to and from work.

GoodReads is an easy to use site that you can join either via your Facebook account or via e-mail. I didn't realise that so many of my friends were also on it (I feel like I've been living under a rock all this time!).

These are the books that I've read so far, including one that I'm currently reading:

Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 
You Have Not A Leg To Stand On by D.D Mayers
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Whatever Next? by Tony Porter (currently reading)

As you can tell I'm currently on a bit of a Nicholas sparks reading binge. I love his romance novels and they are all so gripping that I can never put the book down for more than a few hours.

With GoodReads you can rate the book and it also has the option for you to give it a review. When I get the chance, I'll take the afternoon to sit down and write a bit more of a review for each book I've read. This is excellent tracking for one of my New Year's Resolutions which was to read 50 books by the end of 2016. I'm currently on my 6th one which is good progress but I felt I slowed down a little over the few weeks. I definitely think I can make this target as I'm certainly not short of free books from the library and the occasional one I receive through working with brands.

The website itself is like a library, where it shows you all the books that are popular at the moment, along with the 'Want to Read' button, you'll never forget about purchasing or finding that book in the library again!

As soon as this year is up though, I will be trying to remember EVERY other book I've read so that I can add my entire collection to this website. If you're a book lover and want to document what you read then check out GoodReads now!

Natalie-Ann x

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Hand Dyed Shoe Company

Ever wondered what it's like to own a business, doing something you love and the perks of which are to work in the great outdoors? Well Simon Bourne has done exactly that, creating works of art through the form of hand dyed shoes. The collection is unlike anything you'll see in high street stores and you know that hours of hard graft and detail have gone into each and every pair. These are the perfect gift for any man in your life that you want to spoil rotten, whether it's a partner, parent or grandparent, you'll be making them the hipsters of their town. Or if you're looking at these for yourself, you can be safe in the knowledge that the quality of leather and detail will last longer than the average high street pair of shoes would. I caught up with Simon over e-mail and asked him all about his hand dyed shoes!

For those of us who don't know much about your company, what do you offer?

Handmade, hand-dyed British shoes completely unique from one another. The Hand Dyed Shoe Company is all about quality and individualism. I can’t handmade two shoes to be exactly the same thanks to the 19th century inspired hand-dying techniques that I have mastered. The porous leather dictates the patina of each shoe and it’s this uniqueness that is very much the appeal of my footwear.

Do you work alone or in a team?

I guess there’s a team of us but I’m very much at the forefront. I have some great people around me who are very much ambassadors for my brand so photography, accountancy and all the nitty gritty that goes into making a company a success is there.

How long have you been making handmade shoes for?

The first prototype was developed in early 2014. Since then it’s all been about refining the art and learning more and more about styles, shapes, finishes and fashion.

What makes your shoes stand out from the rest?

They’re different from the rest, you can’t get them anywhere else. The patina that I create in my shoes is truly one-of-a-kind and it’s that what makes them stand out from my competitors. They have been meticulously designed and no stone has been left unturned when it comes to details - even the placement of my brand on the right shoe only gives the shoes distinction and on-point branding.

What inspired you to start up your company?

It’s a long story, but The Hand Dyed Shoe Company was borne out of a true love for creative fashion. There's nothing I enjoy more than trawling through charity shops, redesigning trends or sourcing that innovative knit from a vintage store. For me, unique is everything.
My professional background is in the furniture industry and the wonderful world of hand-dyed leather. For years I dreamt of owning my own company but how could I create something as special as the beautiful leather furniture I was so in love with?

One day it suddenly came to me - I needed to merge those artisan skills with my love of fashion. I needed to make beautiful shoes for you, the discerning gentleman. I needed to make shoes using the same raw leathers that I used to make furniture, hand-dying them exactly to your taste.

What is the process for a first time customer?

Get in touch essentially. I appreciate that when you purchase a quality product there are lots of questions to be asked and I would love to answer them! I want to tell my customer s about the history of hand dyed leathers, the styles, why I created this company - what makes the shoes unique and how the technology of it works. There aren’t many who drop onto the website and purchase straight away because usually there’s a burning desire to learn more - so I tell them, just get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer anything that you need to know before committing to an order.

Where are you based?

I live in the north-east of England, County Durham. My home is an old mining village called Langley Park and it's steeped in lots of great working class heritage. I’m very proud to be from the north-east. 

How much does it cost to purchase these shoes?

The starting price for Mr Rump and Mr Angus, the two shoes in my range is £235.00. If you prefer boots, Mr Bovine is my Chelsea Boot and arguably my most popular style coming in at £265.00. The long, swooping nose of the shoe is a perfect canvas for creating that wonderful patina that I’m so passionate about. 

Check out The Hand Dyed Shoe Company here and make sure you enter their competition here, to win a brand new pair of shoes.This is a giveaway you simply can't miss out on! Entries close at midday on the 29th February 2016.

Natalie-Ann x

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Big CAN Be Beautiful - XL.Promodoro

Rewind to just last month and myself and Sean had a session at the gym to start off the New Year. The gym pretty much looked like this but with exercise machines dotted about:

Most people decide to make it a New Year's Resolution to go the gym. Some are doing it to follow the crowd, others are doing it genuinely to lose weight or tone up. A survey that was carried out by XL lifestyle clothing specialists, XL.Pomodoro discovered 72% of Brits started a diet during the first week of January and the average diet would fail after just 1.5 days.

This statistic was definitely something I could confirm with the attendance at the gym on that terrible Monday night. There was literally no space to even do squats, lift weights or use my favourite machines. You had new starters getting to grips with the weighted machines (aka doing a set and then playing on their phone for twenty minutes) and you had every other personal trainer starting their hour classes and basically using ALL of the things you want to use. Convenient. Put all this together, along with it being a Monday evening at 6pm and you might as well have not even bothered.

Reflecting back on the Christmas period, XL.Promodoro said that 83% of people over-ate during the Christmas and New Year period (now that's definitely the case). Approximately, 29 million Brits began a diet during January and XL.Promodoro took a look at the reasons behind this seasonal trend and why crash dieting might not be the answer.

It's no secret that most of us tend to eat more during the festive season. With parties and treats around every corner, it will surprise nobody to learn that the average person will consume an extra 10,000 calories in the week between Christmas and New Year. Not to mention all of those naughty nibble and tipples in the few weeks before, so it's something of a given that almost three quaters of the population (UK) will plan to start a diet in January and for many, weight loss is their primary New Year's resolution. 

The sad fact is, however that the vast majority of January health jaunts will fail, with many not lasting more than one and half days before the first 'cheat'. The average number of diets attempted by XL.Promodoro survey respondents in 2015 was a staggering twenty per person. Not only is this method patently unproductive, but it's widely viewed as detrimental to both the health and mind-set.

While it is understood that carrying excess weight is bad for the health, weight doesn't necessarily have a direct correlation with fitness. If you exercise regularly whilst eating well, you can still be healthy without worrying about achieving a particular size or shape. More than half (52%) said they felt pressured by the media to lose weight, while two thirds (64%) said they felt that high street clothing brands failed to cater for larger sizes (size 18+) and that this was also an incentive for them to crash diet in the New Year.

Now I think myself and XL.Promodoro understand that everyone is different. My advice is if you want to lose weight then make sure it's reasons that you believe in. Perhaps it's because you're unhappy or feeling unfit. It would be a terrible thing for you to lose weight because you feel pressured by social media or someone else. Change for yourself and not for others.

XL.Promodoro's new range of 2016 clothing has been tailor-made to suit larger body types for ultimate comfort and improved fit, helping wearers to feel better about the way they look. With XL.Promodoro performance wear, larger sized men and women can get fit comfortably, the designs are flattering and allow those who wear the range to feel confident in their own skin.

Spokesperson Sanna Lory, comments:

'The survey we conducted highlights the difficult relationship people can have with food and body image. The trick is to be healthy on the inside and confident on the outside, whether you are on a journey of change or a journey of self-acceptance.'

I definitely agree that mai a health routine of food and exercise is crucial to toning up or losing weight. Fad diets like the eating soup or fasting for 3 days on and off will make you lose weight rapidly, but as soon as you go back to your old ways, you'll be back to square one. The only way you can make a change is by making the right balance of healthy food and regular fitness workouts.

To find out more about XL.Promodoro, make sure you check out their website here.

Natalie-Ann x

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Getting The Hand Of Daily Blogging

I need this blog because it provides me with a creative output. Life is so boring when you work all day and then just sit in front of the television during the evening. Blogging for me is about creating quality content that makes me happy and makes the people I love happy. I started my blogging journey nearly two years ago now. It was probably when Zoella was at her peak of becoming very well known as a YouTuber.

It was also when university as I knew it was coming to a bitter sweet end. I was about to officially grow up and become an adult. Education was no longer going to be a safety blanket and I was moving down to London with no clue as to how I would cope or get on with my career. Looking back on it now, a lot has happened in the space of two years. Being an individual who wants everything to progress rapidly and hates being stuck in one place, I'm finding it hard to tell myself that I've actually achieved quite a bit. Daily blogging has helped me understand that I'm not the sort of person to just spend the rest of my life being content. To be honest, I hope I'm never content because that way I know that I'll achieve what I want to achieve and get the best out of life possible.

I've heard from some people that they've wanted to start their own blog and I say DO IT! Why the hell not? I think most of our generation nowadays have so much of their lives online, that blogging has sort of become like an online diary. Memories can fade but having something written down or typed up and published online means that it will stay there forever (unless for some reason the Internet disappears tomorrow).

I've become less regular on my YouTube Channel only because I feel as though I run out of ideas quickly on there and it takes a lot longer to film, edit and publish a video than it is to write and publish a blog post. I love to also work with brands on my blog and I think it's key to work with as many as I can when I'm just starting off professionally. So far I've managed to get paid three times for blogs and have received so many free products to test, read and try out. I am so grateful to receive these opportunities and I'm constantly on social media, looking for more opportunities, signing up to more brand/blogger collaboration websites and PR companies. This doesn't mean that I take every single assignment, I always look at the brand/company or project and firstly think whether my audience/readers would want to read it. I can't impress or appease everyone all the time so I try and be quite versatile with my blog posts. However I still have my categories of Health and Fitness, Beauty and Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel. I think I'm also going to dedicate one more page to books, especially as my challenge for this year is to read a total of fifty books.

If you're thinking of starting a blog, let me know and I'd be happy to give you some key pointers that I kind of wish I were told about when I first started my blog.

Happy reading!

Natalie-Ann x

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Dear John

Nicholas Sparks is probably one of the best authors for romantic novels ever. No wonder all of his books have more or less been made into blockbuster movies. The latest one I've read is Dear John. This is definitely one you'll have heard of as it wasn't too long ago that the movie was released starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.

Now this one isn't your typical love story, they meet in their early twenties, have a whirlwind romance over the course of two weeks and then John has to return to the army. His father is a recluse and his mother walked out on the two of them when John was just a child. John and his father don't really have a relationship at all as father and son and this is something John struggles to deal with. There is obviously something different about his father's personality and the way he is around others, which you learn about throughout the story. Savannah is the girl John meets after her bag is accidentally knocked into the sea. Being the confident surfer John is, he dives in and rescues it for her and from that moment, the feelings begin to creep in and develop. 

The story gives you an idea of how it must be in a relationship where one partner is away from the other for months on end, like a military role for instance. No matter what stage a relationship may be at, having those long periods of times away from each other is enough to test any relationship or marriage. With my book reviews, I try to be subtle as I don't want to give too much away about the plot. It is a happy ending in one sense but you are left feeling sorry for John. This story is definitely one that will make you think about what you'd do if you were put in a situation like John's and Savannah's and just how much your love could stretch for the one you fall in love with.

Be sure to check out the books that I've read or am currently reading on the handy website GoodReads, here. You can also buy Dear John on Amazon, both book and dvd.

Natalie-Ann x

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

What I Want To Watch - Panasonic 4K Ultra HD

Panasonic got in touch with me to let you, my readers, know about their new generation of TV! How exciting right?! It's crazy to think that in a short space of time of having no sort of technology, that we've advanced so quickly and that we as humans have adapted to it like a fish to water.

Panasonic have released a 4K Ultra HD television. What is 4K television I hear you ask?

'As television continues to evolve, we are becoming far less satisfied with the picture quality of HD, we long for greater clarity in pictures, bigger television screens and more interesting features.

But the innovation in the new range of 4K televisions with stunning images and ground-breaking technology will do nothing short of blowing you away and finally quench our thirst for a more vivid image quality. Offering four times the resolution of HD and 8 million pixels on screen vs 2 million you get from a full 1080 HD TV, 4K Ultra really projects a crisper, clearer and sharper image, allowing for more details to be seen, overall sharper imagery and a more emotional viewing experience is born. The 4K display will change the way you watch television forever.'

More information on Viera TV/4K TV can be found here.

My housemate Sean has actually just recently purchased himself a 4K and the difference between a HD and a 4K Ultra HD television is astonishing. It makes you feel as if you're actually in the place or with the people you're watching and I've certainly been getting my own share of good use out of the television. 

I wanted to do a little wishlist of televisions and films that I'd like to watch on our 4K Ultra HD TV. I definitely want to watch more films as I don't get chance to do so as much now that I'm so busy.

The Revenant 

Recently winning Best Lead Actor, Leonardo Dicaprio is one of my favourite actors of all time. He had my heart when he first appeared in Titanic and I've loved all his work since then.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

It's been noted by Netflix that the next season of Kimmy will be appearing on our screens in April. This show is a scream and if you love silly humour then you will certainly fall in love with Kimmy Schmidt, a mole woman (aka she was trapped underground after a crazy priest told her that the world had ended).

Game of Thrones

Ok, ok I really do need to get my head back into this series. I only managed to the second to last episode of Season 1 but I'm determined to get hooked on a television series that is so well loved by A LOT of my friends and family members.

Magic Mike XX1

Call me a terrible person but don't you want to see Channing Tatum rip off all his clothes and gyrate on stage in front of hundreds of man thong hungry women. Yeah I thought you might...

The Martian

A film that my friend Hannah went to the premiere off. Starring MATT DAAAAAMONNNN, this was meant to be quite a serious film but I think the way it played made it quite comical. Either way I've heard good things and I'm sure it's something that would look incredible on a 4K TV screen.

House of Cards

This is the big one that I want to watch and will probably be the first one that I get myself stuck into. I've heard it's incredible (especially by my partner...on very many occasions may I add) and who doesn't love Kevin Spacey. That guy is acting gold.

Panasonic are such an iconic and well known brand, so you know that the quality of the product you're buying will be top notch. You can find further information in the below links, including a few places where you can buy your very own 4K Ultra HD TV!

To buy from Amazon, click here.
To see the offers currently in Currys, click here.

Natalie-Ann x

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Pininterest Addiction

I think it might have just happened.

I've become addicted to...


If you've never heard of this before, it's a website/app that allows you to create mood style boards for literally anything your heart desires. My best friend Hannah showed me hers a few weeks back where she'd created several mood boards for her dream home, sectioning them into different rooms and having an abundance of pictures that showed different types of worktops, kitchen appliances, sofas and general home decor. It certainly go my creative juices flowing as I know that owning my own home is a long way away so instead of hopelessly dreaming, I can hopelessly dream it up on Pininterest.

To check out the Pininterest click here.

You can also see my current mood boards here and rest assured that this will probably grow into something awesome.

Natalie-Ann x

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

10 Things You Did As A Kid

I thought up the idea for this blog when I was reminiscing in Aberystwyth of the good ol' days. Imagine the things you did as a kid and doing them as an adult. Some of them would just be downright forbidden right?! That's why I've compiled a list of 10 Thing You Did As A Kid. I'm certainly sure you can relate to at least one of these...

1. Made mud pies.

There was always this weird fascination as a child, where I wanted to make food out of outdoor objects. That would include getting down and dirty in the mud (and who knows what else) to create the perfect pie and chips aka lots of mud and twigs.

2. Made a Blanket Fort!

Ok so mine were never as glamorous as this but this was something (and still is) oddly satisfying to create, especially when you're making it with friends. My friend Hannah made a blanket fort party whilst we were in Aberystwyth and it was AMAZING!

3. Created mini shows for your family and friends.

Perhaps this was just one for the creative performer in me, but myself and my family friend Olivia, would create mini performances for my family and her parents whenever we 

4. Obsessed with one game in particular..

Nowadays, when you are an adult and have to do adult things, you don't have as much time as you did back when you were a child, to play on games. And let's admit to ourselves, we all had that one game we'd spend HOURS playing. Online wise, for me it was NeoPets or Habbo Hotel (Ahh those were the days) and I also love (and still love) playing on The Sims.

5. Sneakily brought those chocolate cigarettes and thought you were cool.

Whoever thought up this concept has no morals, why? Because it's using chocolate to make kids enjoying buying cigarettes. Chocolate ones I know but still! Anyway I was a culprit of this and thought I was the coolest kid going.

6. Didn't understand the meaning behind innocent songs like Boom Boom Boom Boom, Soulja Boy and others of that nature.

Who knew that these sort of songs were actually very naughty. I can't believe it embarrassingly took this long to realise the meaning of these songs, after listening to the words carefully. Superman that hoe? Jesus.

7. Did something naughty and then blamed it on your sibling or a classmate.

The difference between this is that nine times of our ten, adults get caught. As a child we somehow have the sneaky capability of passing on the blame and look totally innocent whilst doing it.

8. Believed in EVERYTHING.

You believed the world was only full of good people. You believed Santa is real (but let's be honest he is). You believed in the Tooth Fairy, you basically believed in everything you were told by your parents. We were brought up to be liars!

9. Could play for HOURS

Every time and without fail, that I engage in a game of Tag or Stuck In The Mud with children, I collapse after the first round. How the hell is it, that we managed to easily spend our lunchtimes as children, running around for an hour without getting out of breath. Mind blowing.

10. Made up imaginary scenarios and then performed them in your room or in the bathroom, in front of the mirror, on your own...

What a sad sad person I was. I used to create scenes and then perform them on my own, normally with a bemused looking parent walking in on me and wondering what I was doing. HA.

What did you do as a kid? Did I miss anything out?!

Natalie-Ann x

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Acting Updates/30 Day Ab Challenge

A bit of a mixed one in this post. I recently challenged myself to the 30 Day Ab Challenge and unfortunately I fell at the beginning of the second week. Trying to keep up the motivation and time allocated aside to do the daily workout is difficult. This is the second attempt I've made and I managed to get further this time round than last. I believe it was this place that made me fall off the wagon...

A boozy weekend is always going to throw you off a regular fitness or gym routine. definitely threw me off. I was meant to have done a couple of day's worth of the ab routine so as not to fall behind but sadly I was too caught up catching up with friends and doing some well needed drinking. Sad times! I always find doing exercise such a monotonous thing unless I'm doing weights (which I love). I need to make sure I keep motivated, drink more water on a daily basis so that my body can help itself and help me!

Ab Goals!
However, this isn't a negative post because as of now, I'm starting back up again. I also need to commit myself to going the gym more. I'm down to a Size 10 (a 12 in the odd clothing brand) but I really want to firm up and tone parts of my body, particularly my tummy and hips aka love handles. My achievement goal for this will be the 10 year anniversary of Curtain Call. which is my university society's bash, at the end of May. Challenge accepted.

I'd also thought I'd update you on my acting developments. I have my final drama school audition coming up next week and I'm gutted to say that I felt I applied too late and didn't apply to enough schools to give me the chance of getting in. Stupid I know but if this audition doesn't pan out, I'm going to look for other ways I can eject my creative flair and I'll also be getting myself some new headshots and a professional showreel. I planned to make 2016 a big year for me and it's time I stopped slacking and being lazy. This may be a shock to some people reading this (I'm apparently a very hard-worker already), however I have been less motivated to work for what I want since the start of this year.
In other news I have a couple of castings coming up, along with a hair modelling job at the end of the month. Thank god for it picking up finally!

Natalie-Ann x

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Holiday Memories - St James Villas

As I sat on the train coming back from Aberystwyth after a messy few days with some incredible friends, I was left with that post holiday blues feeling. Holidays for me have always been quite common, even during my childhood, I was extremely fortunate to be able to see parts of Spain and America, to name but a few. Most of the time, we went with our very close family friends, the Salmon family. There were so many great adventures because the Salmon kids were more or less close to the same age as me and Ashley (until Alfie came along). The experiences were so memorable and will certainly stay with me for the rest of my life, both good and bad. I'm saying this only because my brother Ashley managed to both go missing and accidentally fall into a swimming pool when he couldn't swim. Nothing like living on the edge hey Ash?!

 St James Villa Holidays have challenged me to the #SummerLove competition. We all have those special holidays that we'll remember in some way or the other. Whether it's for the weather, the experiences made or the new cultures discovered. Either way, holidays are away of escaping to a place of relaxation where memories can be made and shared. My favourite holiday that most recently has made a big impact on me was my trip to New York with Mummy Redman. If you've been reading my posts for a while, then you will have certainly read up on the holiday. However I thought I'd give you a brief reminder of this incredible holiday and a few of my favourite photographs from this magnificent city.

New York is a spectacular city, it's breath-taking buildings are so tall, they made London look like an ant's village. I cannot put into words just how big these buildings are.
The city brings feelings of nostalgia as it's a city you regularly see on your television screens or in some of your favourite films. You do get the feeling that you are actually walking through a film set that's full of colourful history and architecture. 

My favourite experiences were visiting the 9/11 memorial museum, going to the Top of The Rock, seeing the Statue of Liberty, standing in Times Square and taking the tour buses all over New York city. The city itself is so vast that London is just not a patch on it. We only had a few days there but you could have easily filled your time with just tourist hotspots for days on end.

What I loved the most though was that I got to share these incredible memories with the closest person to me, my mum. We shared so much laughter, argued over whether to buy a cartoon sketch and spent endless hours walking several hundred blocks. This is the main reason that it's my favourite holiday, the memories may fade over time but these photos capture a special moment shared between my mum and I.

Interested in visiting the United States?! Perhaps you've always dreamed of a break away to Orlando Florida. Check out some of the amazing offers St James Villa Holidays has to offer by clicking here. I can personally recommend Orlando because I've been there too!

Natalie-Ann x

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January Favourites

This post should have gone up on Sunday so I'm giving you double trouble with two blog posts tonight!
So where the hell did January go? It feels like only days ago that we were celebrating the arrival of 2016 and now we are already mid way through February! I apologise for the lack of activity on my YouTube channel but I'm in the process of purchasing a softbox lighting kit, which means I will be able to film a YouTube video in the evening. Currently, I work most days and with the lack of sunlight that winter provides, the only way to film would be midday and I'm just not available then.

Anyway, I was planning on doing a January Favourites, however I thought I'd post it on here, rather than film it. January is a tough month in many ways, financially because of the excessive Christmas spending, health wise because of Christmas food or the beginnings of a cold and acting wise (if you're a performer) as work can be quite slow.

Vasaline Lip Therapy (Cocoa Butter)

My all time favourite lip balm and nothing else has really every come close. The Vasaline range is probably one of the oldest around and I've used it since I was a baby! The lip therapy range is delightful, however I LOVE the cocoa butter flavour. It smells so good and it provides me lips with that much needed moisture during the winter days.

Tea Tree Facial Scrub

This stuff is great and I can't believe it works so well for how affordable it was. The Tea Tree Facial Scrub is from Sainsburys and has featured on my blog before. It's great for calming down the skin and getting rid of pesky spots and blackheads that have suddenly cropped up over night. 

Rimmel Lipsticks

Definitely for good reason, I've slowly started to accumulate a collection of Rimmel lipsticks. I love these lipsticks and they are my favourite (affordable) go to whenever I'm doing my make-up. I'd love to be more daring with my lipsticks so I'm definitely going to treat myself to some new ones in the near future. Have you tried out any of the Rimmel lipstick range?

Pukka Herbs Tea (Peppermint and Liquorice) 

I recently ordered a new batch of Pukka Herbs tea. If you're a regular reader, then you'll know how much I've raved about these since discovering them at The Stylist Live show last year. They are so flavoursome and taste so good, they also helped me avoid the cold my housemates had before Christmas. Make sure you go grab some and try it out!

Tangle Teezer

So I haven't quite got over the fact that I lost my Tangle Teezer (mini) a while back, which leaves me with my big tangle teezer and an empty heart. Tangle teezers are probably the best hair brush you'll ever get it if you suffer from knots in your hair on a day to day basis. They are great for teasing out any stubborn knots without making your eyes water and wincing from the pain. Trust me I know from years of mum (gently) brushing my hair...

Diamond Cover Throw

The gorgeous Diamond throw that my wonderful chummy, Hannah brought me, provides me and Sam with that extra layer of warm during the cold nights. Normally it ends up kicked off the bed but that's beside the point. You can buy this throw from ____. It's thick and cosy and perfect to use as a blanket or throw on the sofa too!

Chai Lattes

If you are a fan of Cinnamon and all things spices then you will love Chai Lattes. They are my guilty pleasure for the simple fact that I shouldn't spend so much money in Starbucks getting them. I certainly going to go after the cheaper alternative of buying it for myself for home.

Damages (Netflix)

A current favourite of mine and one I recently mentioned on my Netflix Binge post. Starring the incredible Glenn Close as a ruthless lawyer, hell bent on getting her way. I'm only on the first Season but myself and my partner are already hooked and we love it!

What are your January Favourites?

Natalie-Ann x

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