Thursday, 14 April 2016

a trip to: the vip experience at cineworld sheffield

Cineworld Sheffield have recently introduced their first VIP cinema experience here in good old Sheffield and I'd been so excited to give it a go. Our three year anniversary (I still can't believe it's already been that long!) came around and was obviously the perfect excuse, so off we went to watch Deadpool. Romantic, huh? It actually turned out to be one of the best films I've seen in a while but shhh, don't tell Joel I said that.

Tickets for the VIP experience are £29.00 each. I know that this probably sounds ridiculously expensive for a trip to the cinema but when you factor in everything you get I think it's a really good price, especially if it's for a bit of a special occasion like we made it. We arrived at the cinema 45 minutes before the film which is when the VIP lounge opens. Once we entered the lounge a lovely member of staff gave us a quick explanation of everything that's on offer and showed us to a table. Next up it was time for an unlimited buffet and soft drinks. The food on offer was lovely. There was a selection of pizzas, pastas, salad, soups, etc as well as various desserts. Don't get me wrong, it's not 5 star restaurant quality but would anyone really expect that?? Everything I tried was tasty (shout out in particular to the potato salad!) so there were no complaints from me at all. There's also a private bar on hand if you fancy buying an alcoholic tipple. The only tiny let down for us on the night we visited was that the lift up to the private toilets wasn't working, but I guess that's out of the cinemas hands and wasn't a biggy really!

The doors to the cinema screen opened up after everyone had pretty much finished with the buffet so of course we dashed straight to the cinema snacks area which again are completely unlimited. We'd been careful not to over-do it with the buffet but we still looked greedy with popcorn, hotdogs and nachos! If they're unlimited you've just gotta do it though, right? With our hands very full we then (carefully) made our way into the screening. Even though it's quite an intimate room with only 40 seats there was so much room! The chairs are also SO darn comfy. They're 'lazy boy' style seats that have a little table and even.. recline. Ugh, I could've fallen asleep I felt so relaxed.

In my opinion the VIP experience is such a great treat, even if it's something you only do once. It was easily the best trip to a cinema I've ever had and I'll definitely be going again in the future.

Would a VIP cinema experience be something you'd try?

Friday, 4 March 2016

the "perks" of a pet cat

Nearly two years ago now our little diva of a mog, Milly, walked into our lives. Like, quite literally walked through our front door one night and made herself at home. We have no idea where she came from although I think she may have been a stray for a while as she can still be quite feral when she wants to be.. not that you'd think it with that cute lil face. I posted on Facebook asking if she was anyone's cat and took her to the vets to see if she was micro-chipped but it was a no. So, after persuading Joel A LOT, we decided to keep her. Joel has never ever been a cat person but Milly has turned him into a big softy with her feline ways. Since she's been a part of our family our eyes have certainly been opened to some of the "perks" of having a pet cat:

Tidying up feels pointless most of the time - I'm 99% sure that Milly waits until I've just finished wiping the kitchen sides then she'll jump up and walk all over them. Thanks Mills, it's not like we have to prepare food on there or anything.. *gets disinfectant back out* Ugh. Not to mention the (what seems like) millions of cat hairs that are everywhere.

They have no shame when it comes to guests - Why is it that whenever you have someone round, that's the exact time your cat decides to do the smelliest poop in their litter tray?

Their bum. Your face. - I've lost count of the number of times I've woken up and the first delightful sight I've had is Milly's bum right next to my face.

A lack of privacy - Having a nice relaxing bath? Using the loo? Having sex? "No problem," says your cat "I'll just sit here and watch."

Buying new furniture is a risky business - She may have a scratching post and endless toys but that doesn't matter. Milly would rather use our new sofa as a play thing for her claws every now and again. Sob.

Mood swings worse than a teenager - You can be stroking and having a happy little cuddle with puss and then it's a ninja attack out of nowhere with their claws because they've had enough in the space of one second.

Despite of all the above we couldn't be without our Milly now. The biggest actual perk of owning a cat is that they're loyal, funny, cute and witty little creatures who make the perfect pet.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

beauty haul #1

Since we've bought our own home beauty items seem to have gone to the bottom of my list of things to purchase. I just tend to buy the essentials when I need them. We've had a few big bills during the first few months whilst we've been figuring it all out, then I've been prioritising buying things for the house first and foremost, then clothes, then beauty. A couple of weeks back though I decided it was time for a mini splurge and these are the things that ended up in my basket:

Got2b Xpress Dry Styling Spray - I've never tried anything from Schwarzkopf's got2b range before but this little bottle caught my eye as I was browsing through the aisles in good old Boots. I'm someone who uses my hair dryer a lot (I can feel you all judging me) so anything that can help me cut down the time that I'm using it is all good. After trying this a couple of times I have mixed feelings about it, but I don't want to say too much because I'm planning a proper review in the future.

Nivea Post Shave Balm - So many bloggers seem to rave about this stuff being an amazing primer so when I saw it on offer for less than half price in Wilko I thought it was the perfect opportunity to nab it.

Lee Stafford Heat Protection Mist - If there's a product I'm forever changing it's heat protecting spray. I've just never really found one that I thought was doing something really good for my hair. After I've finished using this one I'll still be on the look out to be honest. It's not bad by any means but it's not wow either. Then again maybe heat protecting spray just isn't something that can be wow?

Barry M Mani Mask in Bashful - Another product that caught my eye whilst browsing Boots was this new release from Barry M. The mani masks are formulated to camouflage, colour and condition your nails all in one. There are two shades out and I opted for Bashful which is a lovely baby pink colour.

Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick in Private Booth - I've seen a few people mention these lipsticks from Sleek now and wanted to give one a try. I instantly fell in love with the shade Private Booth which is the perfect classic nude. Again, this is something I'll be writing a full review on soon.

Have you purchased any new beauty products lately?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

wishlist #5 - oliver bonas home

Oliver Bonas
1. Chevron Throw
2. Mint Lamp
3. Coco Chair
4. Jade Grid Shelf
5. Copper Phone
6. Woven Stripe Cushion
7. Bertie Desk

Clearly I've been living under a rock for most of my life because I'd not really heard of Oliver Bonas until recently. I can't even remember how I actually did discover them (probably a tweet or something knowing me) but I'm so glad that I did because it turns out they basically sell everything that would go in my dream house! It's all just so darn dreamy. *Insert heart eyes emoji here.*

Anyway, the above little selection are what I eventually whittled down to my favourite picks. I also realised afterwards that nearly everything is either grey, mint or copper. Oops. They're just such pretty colours though so I can't help it. I can't wait to hopefully make a few purchases in the near future.

Where are your favourite places to shop for your home?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

bargain beauty buys : wilko dry shampoo

Everyone loves a good bargain, right? Whether it's getting some sort of discount at your favourite place to eat or finding a beaut item of clothing in a charity shop, you just can't complain. I've decided to start doing a series of posts on the things I buy that I reckon are a bargain and hopefully you might just see a thing or two that you'd like to try for yourself.

First on the old agenda is something that I was recommended by my dad's girlfriend. She told me it's the best type of this product that she'd ever used so I picked it up one day on a whim and I've never looked back. What I'm talking about is Wilko's own brand dry shampoo. Yep, really. I've always thought that in the world of dry shampoo it was either Batiste or go home, which puzzled me as Batiste never really seemed to do much for my hair. To the point where I convinced myself that I must be using it incorrectly because everyone else seems to rave about it. I'm not saying it's a rubbish product, of course, but it just personally didn't do anything for me. *shrugs*

So, back to Wilko's. These marvellous 200ml cans of spray are 95p each (!!!). Which is riduculous for how good I find this product. Ridiculous, but fantastic. I tend to stock up whenever I visit one of the stores just incase they ever decide to discontinue it. (Please don't Wilko, I beg you.) There are a few different types of the dry shampoo including: normal, fragranced, volume and brunette. My personal favourite is the volume one with fragranced in a close second. Even though the spray on both is white it blends in perfectly and just leaves my hair feeling so clean and refreshed. My hair is stupidly fine and tends to become greasy in no time at all meaning I used to wash it every day. Bad Kate, I know. However with this dry shampoo I can now easily miss a day and sometimes even two which is basically unknown for me. I also feel like my hair is slowly getting into better condition now I'm not over-washing it. 

For the little amount of 95p I reckon you should give one of these a go and see if you're as impressed as me!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

the sunday post : happy things #1

I've seen lots of bloggers writing Sunday posts and thought I'd jump on the bandwagon as they're always lovely little reads. Mine are going to be based on things that have made me happy during the week. Pretty simple really!

First and foremost this week there was a pretty huge event. I became a big sister again! At 4:51am on Thursday 21st January my beautiful little sister Mica Sue was born. She is absolutely gorgeous and I'm besotted with her. It definitely feels strange being a sister again at 24 because most people I know that are my age are now having kids themselves. I definitely don't feel ready for that, if I ever even will, so this is kind of a bonus for me. It means I get to see all the cute baby stuff and watch this beautiful little girl grow up but I don't have any of the scary responsibilities. I really hope I can be a good  sister and role model for this little one.

This week I also decided to treat myself to a new camera. I'd been trying to pick which model to go with for weeks and weeks and in the end I chose the Canon 100D. After reading lots of reviews it looked like a great starter DSLR. I'm no pro photographer at all so I'm hoping I can slowly build my skills up. It's also really compact so great for taking out and about which was something I wanted. I won't ramble on too much right now though as I'm hoping to write a post about it sometime soon!

We've spent some time with Joel's sister, brother-in-law and their kids and it makes me grateful that he has such a lovely family. You hear stories of nightmare in-laws but all of Joel's family are amazing and have been nothing but loving towards me and it just makes me so happy.

What has made you smile this week?

Monday, 18 January 2016

first impressions : soap & glory 'soaper star' gift set

Despite them probably being one of the most popular beauty brands around, I've not really tried many of Soap & Glory's products. In fact I think the only one I've ever owned is Hand Food which impressed me so you'd think I'd have branched into some of the other items. Not that it matters now though as I received the rather generous SOAPER STAR gift set for Christmas which has given me an amazing selection to try out. I don't feel like I've used any of them quite enough to give a full review yet so thought I'd give my first impressions instead.

The SOAPER STAR gift set contains a CLEAN ON ME shower gel 500ml, THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE body buffer 200ml, THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER body butter 200ml, HEEL GENIUS foot cream 50ml, HAND FOOD hand cream 50ml, a body polisher and even a pair of fluffy socks!

I'll start with my favourite thing out of the ones I've used so far: THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE body buffer which is, quite frankly, blooming amazing. I've used it twice now when showering and it leaves your skin SO soft it's ridiculous. There aren't many things better than skin that feels soft, refreshed and extra squeaky clean. I think I'll probably stick to using this a couple of times a week as I've never been sure on how many times you're supposed to use a body scrub in all honesty. Along with this I've also been using the CLEAN ON ME shower gel daily (partnered with the body polisher of course!) which is just as lovely. My favourite thing about this one is the pump meaning you can get the perfect amount of product. I also love how all of these products have the same signature S&G "Pink" fruity scent because it means you don't have to worry about getting a mismatch of smells all over you. I was a bit worried that it might become overpowering but I personally find that they leave a subtle scent that lasts all day, even if you've ended up using two or three products.

Next up is THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER body butter which I've tried once after a shower so far. I'm terribly lazy when it comes to moisturising my body so usually prefer the spray-on type that you can get. Again this product smells gorgeous and it sank into my skin very quickly. I probably will use it again in future as it'd be a shame for it to go to waste but I think I'll still stick to my personal preference of a spray moisturiser purely for my own convenience. As I mentioned near the start of this post I've used and liked the HAND FOOD hand cream in the past and I'm still liking it this time round. The size of the tube in this gift set is perfect for popping into your handbag incase your hands need a bit of TLC when you're out and about. The only product I'm yet to use is the HEEL GENIUS foot cream. I think what I'm going to do one night soon is slather a good amount on my little feet then pop on the fluffy socks and leave them to bask in the goodness overnight. I'm not sure if that's what the socks are intended for but hey, it's as good a purpose as any!

I think this is the perfect gift set as it's got a fabulous mix of products. It could make a great starter set for someone who's been wanting to try out this brand, or even just a great present for someone who is already a bit of a Soap & Glory fanatic!

Have you tried any Soap & Glory products? Which are your favourites?

Thursday, 14 January 2016

review : topshop lipstick in 'innocent'

I've always been a big fan of Topshop's make up range with their lipstick being at the top of my favourites list. At £8 a lippy I think they're pretty affordable and certainly worth it.

The shade I'm reviewing today is Innocent and it certainly doesn't let the side down. Innocent is quite a pale pink but still gives a lovely pop of colour, which makes it very versatile for day or night use in my opinion. It has a very creamy texture and is moisturising on your lips so doesn't leave them feeling dry. I prefer a matte lipstick so wasn't sure if I'd be 100% keen on this one what with it being slightly glossy, but I can honestly say that it has won me over and I might even be slightly converted. I was also very glad to get this shade in the limited edition rose gold packaging that Topshop released, it just makes it all that bit more elegant looking!

The only negative thing I can really think of is that it's not the longest lasting shade of lipstick (which is strange as my other Topshop lipsticks last ages) and I have to reapply after a couple of hours which is a slight annoyance.

Results - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Packaging - 5/5
Overall - 4/5
Would I repurchase? Yes.

Have you tried anything from Topshop's make up range?

Monday, 11 January 2016

a trip to: forest holidays

Back in September (which was four months ago yet feels like five minutes ago!) Joel and I went on holiday to North Yorkshire. We've only ever stayed at places for the weekend before so it was nice to get away from our usual lives for a little bit longer this time. We stayed in the most beautiful cabin with a company called Forest Holidays at their Keldy site and it's safe to say that we didn't want to go back home by the time our holiday was over.

The main living area

Thursday, 7 January 2016

wishlist #4 : urban outfitters home

Record Player  //  Cat Mug  //  5-Hook Towel Rail  //  Bar Cart  //  Fox Cushion  //  Table Lamp

Since we moved into our new house in December I've become obsessed (even more so than usual) with pretty interiors and homewares. We were quite lucky with our house as the person who sold it had given it some renovations and updated it to quite a modern look. At the moment it's very beige and magnolia throughout which I know is some people's worst nightmare, but it's something I'm happy with until we decide what we want to go for in each room. 

I've been browsing so many sites for some inspiration and ideas but I think Urban Outfitters have drawn me in the most. They have some really unusual pieces, but also some things that have been on trend recently too such as rose gold (I don't care if it's getting old now, I still love it!) and pastels. The above are some of my favourite bits and bobs. I am seriously in love with the bar cart. If I had a spare £200 to throw away I'd buy it in a heartbeat, but we have more important things to buy first! Maybe one day.. a girl can dream.

Where are your favourite places to buy things for your home?

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

hello 2016

Okay, I know you're probably fed up of reading these resolutions posts but one more little one won't hurt, right?

2015 was a horrible year for me for the most part. I lost a lot of dear family members, including my amazing Grandpa, who I miss so much. I just feel like I had dark clouds hanging over me most of the time, with a few rays of light shining through. The best of that light was when we bought our first little house. Us.. home owners! It still doesn't feel real now even though we've been in the house for a month. I'm planning to give you all a little tour at some point in the future, I just can't quite decide whether to do the whole house in one post or split it up into rooms.

Anyway, (before I start rambling on about all of the pretty things I want to purchase for the house) if there's one thing that last year has taught me it's that I need to start living my life because anything could happen at any time. I've let my anxiety stop me from doing pretty much everything for the past 7 years (!!!) but now that I feel like I'm starting to conquer it it's time to start enjoying my life. So, with that in mind, here are a few things I'd quite like to achieve at some point this year:

  • Travel abroad - That's right, I've never left the UK in my life. I feel a little embarrassed about it for some reason, but after this year I won't be. My Grandpa would always tell me that I should see the world while I was young with no responsibilities. I'm so sorry that he didn't get to see me achieve it, but hopefully I can make him proud now. Joel and I have already decided that our first destination is going to be a few days in Amsterdam so if anyone has any recommendations for hotels/places to eat/things to do I'm all ears!

  • Blog regularly - I've always been a very sparodical blogger so I want to start trying to become organised and post on a more regular basis. It's something that I really enjoy so I need to give myself a kick up the bum and keep on top of it.

  • Attend a blogging event/meet other bloggers - On the back of the last goal, I'd LOVE to attend an event at some point and meet some lovely fellow bloggers. This will be pretty scary because I'm such a shy little thing but I know it'll do my confidence wonders.

  • Become a healthier person - I'm not going lie to you, I'm one of the laziest potatoes that you'll ever meet. I really need to start working out regularly, eating more healthily and taking care of my mental health instead of letting things build up until I'm ready to explode aka have a massive cry to poor old Joel.

  • Take more photographs - I've been looking at old family photos a lot recently and the thought of not having many memories to look back on makes me sad so I definitely intend on taking my camera out with me on every trip/occasion, or even just snapping more photos on my phone.

Do you have any goals and aims for this year?
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