Thursday 24 September 2015

It's Getting Colder!

Hey everyone :)

It's getting colder now ... yesterday was the first day of Autumn. I've started looking for my Winter coat but I'm not enjoying anything I'm seeing ...

I've put together a post on some items from Hollister that I have my eyes on ... they are some warmer lined fleeces and some long-sleeved t-shirts.

Guys Athletic Nylon Colourblock Hoodie - €65 - HERE

Stripe Crew T-Shirt - €25 - HERE

Basebase Crew T-Shirt - €22 - HERE

Guys Textured Sherpa Lined Hoodie - €85 - HERE

I used to really hate long-sleeved t-shirts but I crew to love them a few years ago as they do keep you really warm. Part of my job requires me to work in a fridge so on those days I do wear a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath my work t-shirt and it does keep me warm!

Even though I am Scottish - I do get cold quickly - so I love warm fleecy-lined hoodies - they are amazing! I had one I kept for 3 or 4 years then one of my friends stole it and I never got it back but they are so warm and thick.

Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments below.


Wednesday 23 September 2015

August Favourites

Hey everyone :)

So another very late post of the month but I've been very busy - so my life is currently - work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep - repeat!

I've got some August Favourites I want to share with you - and because I have so many let's get straight into it:

destiny taken king

Destiny PS4: The Taken King
I've been playing Destiny non-stop in preparation for the Taken King which came out on Tuesday so this has been a favourite of mine the last couple of months.

fiji water

Fiji Water
I have been trying to drink more water and a few people I know where raving about Fiji Water so I went and ordered some from Amazon - it's a tad expensive so I probably won't buy it again but the bottles are lovely and so it has been a favourite of mine this month.

made in chelsea

Made by Millie MacKintosh
I bought this in Tesco earlier this week as I really enjoyed watching Millie in Made in Chelsea - she was one of my favourite characters. I haven't started reading this book yet so hopefully it will be good. Technically it isn't a 'August' favourite as I bought it this month ... but who cares! I just wanted to include it.

moosehead wax

MooseHead Wax
This item appeared in Tesco a few months ago as a 'new' item and I picked it up and really enjoy using it - I'd say from experience it's great for medium to long length hair which is good for me at the moment as my hair is getting longer.

origins ginzing refreshing eye cream

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
I bought this on the way to Spain (my last holiday in August) as it was on sale in the duty free shop. I've not used it enough to give any impressions or comments on yet so I will do a post later on next month. But I love the little tub and the colour/design.

ginzing energy boosting moisturiser

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser
I bought this when it was on special in Debenhams. It's the limited edition version. It's really moisturising and is similar to the Clinique Moisture Surge. It also has a nice orange-citrus scent.

ASOS Chunky Oversized Scarf
I bought this last year for winter and I loved it so much - it's really warm and thick and great for my work.

ASOS Oversized Coloured Scarf
I bought this scarf a couple of weeks ago for this winter and its massive! When they say oversized they really mean big! It's a nice grey and cream chunky coloured scarf.

ASOS Oversized Stripe Scarf
I bought this too from ASOS and really like this one. It's striped and different colours. It goes well with lots of my clothes and I really like this one.

Sun In Hair Lightener
I saw someone using this on the Blumann Community wall and wanted to try it and it really does work. It's so much easier than using hair dye. You just spray it on damp hair and blow dry or use hair straighteners.

This was all my favourites for this month - well last month.

Hope you enjoyed them - let me know if there are any you have used.


Friday 18 September 2015

TOMS - I Want Them All!

Hey everyone :)

So Summer is nearly over (don't hate me for saying that) and I can see lots of Summery items being lowered in price and added to 'sales' sections of webpages.

I always classed 'TOMS' as a Summer item as they are similar to flipflops and like canvas-type shoes and you always see people wearing them in the Summer - not so much the rest of the year as it's getting colder.

toms summer shoes shoutjohn

I've chosen a few of my favourite's from Schuh's webpage:

Mens Toms Burgundy Seasonal Classic Shoes - £40.00 - HERE

Mens Toms Brown & Navy Seasonal Classic Shoes - £40.00 - HERE

Mens Toms Red University Seasonal Classic Shoes - £40.00 - HERE

Mens Toms Pale Blue Seasonal Classic Shoes - £40.00 - HERE

Mens Toms Blue Tribal Seasonal Classic Shoes - £40.00 - HERE

I also think TOMS are a very smart shoe - in the such that you'd get away with wearing them to a wedding - a casual wedding maybe.

As Dave keeps telling me you can get similar shoes in Primark for a 1/3 of the price but I do like these and I'm a bit of a brand wh*re (oops I just swore).

Let me know what you think of my choice and which ones I should buy - yeah Summer is over but I can wear them around the house as they are super comfortable. If you want to check out the rest of Schuh and what they have to offer then their webpage is HERE.


Tuesday 15 September 2015

Have You Tried Sugru Yet?!

Hey everyone :)

So the lovely people at Sugru sent me some samples and I got overly excited - because it is basically play-dough for grown-ups - there is no other way to describe it. Have you tried/bought any yet? It makes me feel so young again haha!




This stuff is amazing and can be used on a range of different things. There are many different colours and you can make even more colours by mixing them with others.

So far I used it on a broken plastic part of my bumper on my car. I tried to take a picture but its dark and dingy so I gave up but its held in place for the last month or so ... so all is good with that!

I also used it on our fridge door shelves (where the milk and juice goes) - this is a common usage from what I can see on Sugru's webpage. But it does work and keeps the cracks from getting any worse.

Sugru's creation is a long story (not a long boring one) it's quite exciting actually - I won't go on and on about it here but if you want to check it out - you can by clicking HERE.

You can also see what other people around the world have used Sugru for such as:

> the bending part of the iPhone USB cable
> aerials on cars
> laptop charger cables
> outdoor tap handle
> pot lid handles
> the drum of a washing machine

There is lots more but I could be here for ages listing everything.

Benefits of Sugru include:

> strong and durable so its great for outdoors
> it's flexible when cured
> soft touch and grippy
> stable at high and low temperatures
> waterproof
> removable

So as you can see this is a great invention - it's odd that its not more well known as I asked a few people at work if they had ever heard of it and only 1 out of the 14 people I asked had.

Let me know if you have used it before or if you have any ideas what I could use the rest on. If you want to check out the rest of their webpage or buy any then check out their page HERE.


Monday 14 September 2015

Superdrug Summer Haul

Hey everyone :)

Superdrug Summer Haul

So this is a post - that I should have written and posted before I went on holiday in August - but it was hectic what with work and getting packed and getting places so I never got the chance. Things have finally settled down since coming back nearly a month ago so I've managed to write up the post and edit the video I filmed before going on holiday (which I'll post at the bottom).

So the weekend before Dave and myself went on holiday we spent 'holiday' shopping - which involved a trip to Primark in Milton Keynes and a raiding of the shelves in Superdrug. I don't know why we left it so late to do everything - I think it was because I had to wait until I was paid and it was the only weekend leading up to the holiday that we were both free.

So I have already done my 'Primark Summer Holiday Haul' which you can find HERE. That was for all the clothes I bought for the holiday. Dave didn't buy much (compared to me) so I only show cased my stuff.

This post (and video) focuses on the things we bought in Superdrug - which were things we wanted to be able to leave behind or throw away once the holiday was finished with. It excludes things we already had - like deodorant, shower gel etc.

So ...

1. Colgate Toothbrushes - Soft/Medium - Dave and myself both have electric toothbrushes and as you probably are aware - they're not cheap. Plus we didn't want all the hassle of taking the cables, adapters, the toothbrush itself and any parts. So we opted for a couple of these toothbrushes - which were on sale at £1.99 each - so we used them and then on the last morning when we were packing we threw them away.

2. Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste - Again because of all the problems with my teeth - I have expensive toothpastes and use about 3 different ones (don't ask - my dentist told me too) so we bought one to take with us and we left this for the next people going in - just incase they ran out or needed it.

3. Superdrug Dental Floss Harps - So apparently cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush no longer is enough and so I floss every time I brush to get the food and whatever else out from between my teeth and these things are amazing - you get a U-shape with floss on the edge and then its a toothpick too. So I keep a couple in my wallet for when I'm out and the rest are in a nice little jar by the sink.

4. Nurofen - Ibuprofen - When I went on holiday I had toothache and the dentist recommended ibuprofen so we took a couple of packs. Plus they're also good for hangovers and headaches.

5. Aussie Shampoo & Conditioner - Miracle Shine - I love this make of shampoo - I found out about it from another blogger ages ago and haven't used anything but this range since. It makes my hair so soft and shiny. We bought a bottle of each for the holiday and it lasted the entire time so we threw the empty bottles away before we came back.

6. Nivea Sunscreen SPF 30 (cream) and SPF 50 (spray) - The one thing I hate about sunscreen is that its so damn expensive! As I'm Scottish I burn quite easily so we bought a SPF 50 spray cream for me mostly - Dave did use it somedays when it was really hot. For Dave we got the SPF 30 cream which he used most days. It was buy one, get one half price so we saved a little on these two.

7. Pampers Baby Wipes - I love baby wipes - I think they're amazing! I tell people I buy them and they always look oddly at me as I don't have a baby! But they are great for sticky fingers, sticky faces and lips. Sometimes I even use them on dirty surfaces if I don't have a washcloth to hand. You get 64 for 99p and the pack is resealable so they don't dry out. They're also great for festivals - if you can't be bothered waiting on the showers.

That was everything I bought - we also took things like hair gel, hair wax, face creams, face masks, deodorant, hairspray, combs, aftershave and lots of other things that I can't think about.

Let me know in the comments if you've bought/used any of this before.


Thursday 10 September 2015

EarlyBird Healthy Snacks Box

Hey everyone :)

Today's post is about the 'EarlyBird Healthy Snacks Box' - I found this company on Twitter - well actually they followed me and then I followed them and then I checked them out and thought - 'hey this looks cool'. Five minutes later I had ordered a box and I got it the following week. This first box cost me £1.

I thought the design and style of the box was really great and eye-catching and colourful.

As you can see there is an amazing illustration on the lid of the box.

You also get 5 items to eat and 2 different bags of tea to drink. They also state that music will be 'coming soon'.

In this box I got:

- Brownie Crumble
- Koh Tao
- Coffee Walnut Cake
- Power Puff Sprinkles
- Cherry Cola

- English Breakfast Tea
- The Elvis' Tea

I was really impressed with the box and would get it again.

I like that it comes with tea bags as I'm an avid tea drinker so that gives it a big plus in my book.

If you want to find out any more information or buy one or subscribe - then check out their website HERE.

Let me know in the comments if you've tried one!


Tuesday 8 September 2015

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

Hey everyone :)

So got another post for you this week on something I got from Lush before I went to Spain - which was some time ago but I wanted time to try the product before putting a review up.

Now I love a good face mask - who doesn't?! Over the past couple of years ... more so the last year since I started blogging - I've used lots of different ones ... some nice and some not so nice - I do have sensitive skin though ...

This is LUSH's Mask of Magnaminty (excuse the shabby-ness of the tub - it's been used :D)

mask of magnaminty shoutjohn

mask of magnaminty shoutjohn

The active ingredients include:

peppermint oil - to stimulate
marigold oil & chlorophyllin - to treat the skin
evening primrose seeds & aduki beans - to gently exfoliate the skin
honey - moisturising and antiseptic

As you can see with the pictures above and below the mask is a green colour which touches on the name 'mask of magnaminty' - the main smell of the mask is mint/peppermint and it's very refreshing. If I had to compare it to anything - it would be smothering my face in toothpaste.

The mask is not just a face mask and can be used anywhere on the body. But I've kept to my face with this one as I don't feel any other part of my body needs a mask on it. I prefer to apply in the shower or bath as it's quite messy and then its easier to wash off in my opinion.

mask of magnaminty shoutjohn

mask of magnaminty shoutjohn

Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of me using the mask - as I mentioned above I'm normally in the shower when I apply it and I didn't think a 'naked-john' was appropriate for my blog.

Overall I enjoyed using the product and I would purchase it again - only thing I would say is that the mint smell is very poweful so if your not a fan of mint - steer away from the product and try something different.

Let me know what you think of the product if you've used it before or are planning on buying it in the comments below.


Thursday 3 September 2015

It's Nearly Autumn - Scarfs

Hey everyone :)

So ... I'm about to say something that people across the world will hate me for ... are you ready?

It's nearly the end of Summer and Autumn is near << there I said it! People who are holding onto Summer as much as they can now probably hate me.

I've started buying little things here and there to bolster my wardrobe with Autumn-related things ... or maybe even Christmas.

The first thing I spied on ASOS was scarfs!
asos scarfs shoutjohn

Obviously these scarfs are more directed at woman however the men's scarf range is lacking and I actually prefer woman over men (when it comes to scarfs, not generally lol).

(from left to right ...)

ASOS Oversized Scarf in Colourblock with Tassels
I actually bought this earlier in the week and it is very soft. I love the size of it and even though its thin - because you double it up it still keeps you warm. It's a lovely white/cream/grey colour. It costs: £14.00. Check it out HERE.

ASOS Oversized Scarf in Reversible Stripe
I like the block effect on this scarf when it is being worn. I also like the fact its reversible so you can have white or black or both. This one is a bit more expensive that the first at £20.00. Check it out HERE.

ASOS Oversized Scarf In Orange & Blues Check with Tassels
This is much more colourful scarf compared to the last two and it has a tartan effect which reminds me of Scotland. This one costs: £18.00. Check it out HERE.

I'm currently in the process of choosing some more Autumn-ey items so I'll hopefully have another post or 'haul video' up soon.

Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments below and let me know if you have bought anything for Autumn or Christmas yet or if you think its too early.


Wednesday 2 September 2015

Connor Franta: 'A Work In Progress'

Hey everyone :)

So I bought this book before I went on holiday and like a few other things ... it got forgotten in the corner of my room.

I've recently started getting back into reading ... like I said last week in another post and I've started re-reading the Famous Five books - these I haven't read since I was 12 or 13. I remember it would take me a week or two to read one book and now it takes me about 2 - 3 hours.

Anyway enough about the Famous Five - this is about another book: Connor Franta's ' A Work in Progress'. Now I bought this book on a whim - I've only watched a few of his YouTube videos and seen him in collabs with other YouTubers I watch more regularly so I wasn't sure what to think.

connor franta shoutjohn

I don't know whether this is a bad thing but I really enjoyed reading through this book but not because of the writing (not that it was bad) but the pictures and the design of the book are amazing! There are snips of pictures from his past when he was a child and school articles. He has letters his family wrote and they are in the book as if they were just photocopied in. 

He talks about what it was like growing up at home, funny little events that happened each year as he grew up. What it was like moving away and how his YouTube took off. He also discusses other stuff - but I don't want to say too much and ruin it for you.

If I'm honest (I'm going to mention it again) the pictures do it for me - simple, pretty pictures - like some clouds, or hand prints, or a bowl of fruit, or some latte art. I don't know if it was Connor himself that chose all the pictures but if it was - then hats off :)

Let me know if you've read the book yet or will buy it. If you do let me know!!


Tuesday 1 September 2015

Lush: Helping Hands Review

Hey everyone :)

So before I went on holiday - Dave and myself went to Milton Keynes to get some holiday essentials - you know clothes, toothpaste, shampoo etc.

No trip is complete (in my book anyway) without a little visit to Lush - only a little one as the smell gives me a headache if I stay in there too long - god knows how the staff last 8 hours a day in that place!

I digress ...

I picked up this little pot of hand cream - called 'Helping Hands' because I was on the look out for a new hand cream and I had noticed the bottle we have at work is running low and we'll need a new one soon. 

The creams has lots of benefits such as:

> honey - a natural antiseptic 
> lavender & african marigold essential oils - relief
> gentle camomile - reducing redness
> linseed mucilage - softens rough hands/helps to minimise cracking
> almond oil/shea butter/cocoa butter - moisturising 

It costs £7.75 for 100g tub - which you may think is rather small but I've been using it for a month now and you wouldn't have thought I had been. So a little does go a long way. Unless you have massive hands lol.

The only downside (which maybe for some people is not a downside) is that I didn't think the product smelt much of anything. I had read other reviews (mainly on the Lush webpage) and people said they loved the smell. Obviously we're all more interested in what it does than how it smells ... but I just thought I'd mention it.

Let me know in the comments if you have bought or tried this product and what you thought.

If you want to find out anymore information on 'Helping Hands' such as ingredients or if you are gonna buy some then you can click HERE to go to Lush's webpage :)

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