Small break

Hi everyone, I’ve decided to have a short break from the blog while I continue to heal from my little recovery set back. I shall be back soon though. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween xx


Beauty Appreciation – Maya Rudolph

Another SNL’er, the Goddess, Maya Rudolph.

Maya Rudolph is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton, best known for the song ‘Loving You’. Maya is a fantastic singer herself as demonstrated on her time at SNL.

Maya has appeared in many awesome films, in particular Bridesmaids, Idiocracy, Sisters and Life of the Party. She was also hilarious as Dionne Warwick in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, amongst many other fantastic roles.


Murad – Age Reform Value Set

I bought 3 packs of these a while ago as they had been priced up rather cheaply on a website (back up to full price now) so I thought I would stock up without trying it because Murad has such a good name.

This week, I haven’t been feeling too great. I have had a set back in my recovery which made me feel quite low and I let that get on top of me for a few days and didn’t bother with my skin care routine.

My god I noticed a difference! My skin dried out and became quite sore. I also looked older. Because of this, I decided to do a face mask last night (blog post to come) and wanted to mix up my morning routine a bit this morning, so I decided to start using this.

Firstly, the cleanser:


This is a foaming cleanser, which I didn’t realise when I bought it. I’m not keen on a foaming cleanser personally. This smelled gorgeous and a little went a really long way, but I wasn’t sold on it. I’ll see how I get on with it, it certainly hasn’t put me off using it again, but my skin didn’t feel as good as it does after using my usual Clarins cleansing milk. I may use this as a first cleanse to get make-up off in the evenings if it doesn’t grow on me.

I followed this with the Elizabeth Arden – Skin Illuminating Serum, which I love and then followed that with the Murad Perfecting Day Cream:


I’m really impressed that this has an SPF of 30 in it! It has a thicker consistency than some creams I’ve used, in fact it has more of a consistency to a night cream in my opinion. I haven’t put make-up on over the top today, so I can’t comment on how make-up sits over the top, however, my skin is feeling a bit uncomfortable, a little tight. The weather has dropped considerably and I haven’t looked after my skin for a few days, so I certainly wouldn’t blame that on this cream, but it’s something I’m going to keep in mind as the days go on. This is the first time I have used both cleanser and day cream though, so I’ll see how I get on with them.

I have yet to try the ‘Rapid Resurfacing Peel’ that you get in the box. I think I want my skin to calm down a little first.


Elizabeth Arden ‘Sparkle on Holiday’ Collection

I seem to have been buying a lot of Elizabeth Arden items recently. This isn’t intentional, but they have been running some good offers of late, this one in particular.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been looking into retinols, and according to Nadine Baggott, the Elizabeth Arden one is a good one to start with:

So I decided to buy some to try (these take a while to make a difference, so I’ll write a blog post about them at a later date).


Debenhams are running an offer of ‘spend £40 on Elizabeth Arden products and buy the ‘Sparkle on Holiday collection’ for £58′, instead of the usual price of £232!!!

The offer is still running if you are interested, you can find out all about it here: (this is NOT a sponsored post, I bought this myself)

So I decided to go for it!


The case it came in is great, and will hold a lot when you take the plastic protecting the make-up out. it’d be great to use to take on holiday and should have plenty of room for lots of skin care too.


It came with 2 cards to give you some guidance using the products together (one in English, one in French).


There are a great selection of eye shadow colours and a little set of bronzer and blusher.


There is also a mascara, eye liner, a couple of glosses (that I may give my Niece as I’m not keen on gloss) and four fab lipsticks! I really am a sucker for a good red lipstick and the one on the right is right up my street!

These kind of offers are great ways of trying new things and building up your collection. There are so many fantastic gift sets available at this time of year, and don’t get me started on the Advent Calendars!!

An evening with John Williams – Cancelled

On Friday evening, we were set to attend a phenomenal evening at the Royal Albert Hall, An Evening with John Williams. Today it was announced that he has become too unwell to attend. He had apparently already travelled to London and is currently in hospital. It’s so so sad. I’ve read that he doesn’t like to fly, so I hope that the flight didn’t take it’s toll on him.

Wishing him a speedy recovery!

If money were no object – Pets

Our pets are like our children, particularly our dogs. I love spending money on them. They’re ID tags are handmade in California and all of our dogs have had matching ones made. We try to give them as good a life as possible which got me thinking, if money were no object, what could we buy them?

We try to feed them the best food possible, so they have Lily’s Kitchen biscuits. I also home cook for them sometimes to change it up a bit. They also like the Lily’s Kitchen tinned food. If money were no object, I would feed them the Lily’s Kitchen tinned daily, with the biscuits, but for now they have normally have some butchers tinned meat mixed in with their biscuits or cheese, cooked beef, chicken, tuna etc.

We rent an enclosed field for them to play in occasionally. If money were no object, I’d love to do this daily.

We also took one of our previous dogs swimming a few times. If money were no object, It’d be great to do this weekly.

mimi swimming

If money were no object, we’d also like to take them to training classes and work through the Kennel Club Good Citizenship awards (although, with Leia it’d be interesting!!). The place we’re looking at also do group walks which it would be great to be a part of. I think it is so SO important to socialise your dogs!

If money were no object, I’d like to put them in Doggy Day Care once a week to socialise. In all honesty, I’m not too keen on most Doggy Day Care centres, but the one that I would use, that Ziggy has been to a couple of times, is run by trainers and behaviourists and really well organised.

If we had a larger garden, and if money were no object, I would love to get an enclosure attached to our house for the cats:


This is from ProtectaPet. I’d love to get a larger version of this so that our indoor cats can have some time outside but be safe.

If money were no object, I’d buy the cats a ‘Cat exercise wheel’:


This is from Pet Planet – £199. I’m sure our cats would love it, particularly Vito.

Oh my! If money were no object, I’d buy a couple of these for days out:


The Fortnum & Mason – 1 person Champagne rambler picnic with dog biscuits! 

If money were no object, I’d buy each of the dogs these awesome ‘Christmas Eve Boxes’:


These are from Not On The High Street.Com, from the seller ‘Modo Creative‘.

Probably one of the most amazing dog ranges I have seen are the Tiffany & Co pet collection:

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If money were no object, I’d probably buy the lot, but I’d love to get the collar charms. I’d be scared to use the bowls incase I broke them.

If money were no object, I’d buy a ‘Litter Robot‘. A self-cleaning cat litter tray!

litter robot

If money were no object, I’d love to get something like this for Leia:


This is available from ‘Turnbull and Thomas Fine Furnishings‘.

There are also many luxury hotels that allow dogs too. We stayed at Hotel Endsleigh last year with Ziggy and are looking forward to going back again with Leia also. If money were no object, we would book luxury getaways with the dogs regularly, in particular with Hotel Endsleigh, it’s such a fabulous place.

Here are some pictures of Ziggy staying with us there:

What luxury pet items would you like to buy your pet? Have you stayed in any luxury hotels with them? How did you find it? Please comment below and let me know xx

Weigh in – Week 3

I have new scales! Hurrah! So I can get an accurate reading each week now. This week I weighed in at:


Sorry for the rubbish photo – I used my old iPhone in low light this morning. I’d have probably weighed a little less this week if we hadn’t gone out for dinner last night (ate loads!). But hopefully things will look a little better next week. There are some books that I am desperate to buy and I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any until I got to 17 stone! So I really need to sort it out!

I have managed to keep up with the 10,000 steps a day, which I won’t be upping this week as it’s a struggle to get to them at the moment. I have also had a bit of a set back in my recovery unfortunately as I seem to have irritated my incision (probably from all the movement) so I’m staying there for now.

My steps for last week are as follows:

Monday: 11,085
Tuesday: 11,082
Wednesday: 10,317
Thursday: 10,025
Friday: 10,499
Saturday: 10,166
Sunday: 10,047