Dr. Organic – Organic Aloe Vera Gel

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What do you do when all of the products in your cupboards are cruelty free except the Savalon/ Sudocrem? Well I threw the last of mine out and went back to a simpler more moisturising solution: Aloe Vera gel. This one contains Tea Tree which is a wonderful anti-bacterial oil and Arnica which helps to bring down inflammation and redness.



  • Paraben free
  • No artificial colours, fragrances or harsh preservatives
  • Organic
  • Resposibly resourced ingredients


  • Moisturises dry skin
  • Antibacterial
  • Stops the itch of mosquito bites
  • Soothes
  • Cools
  • Helps to fade new stretch marks and scars


A rather dozy mosquito must have gotten lost on the way to The Bloke and bit me instead. OMG it was so itchy! I put a small dab of this now very red area I’d been scratching and it cooled and soothed the area immediately. I was impressed! I’m going to be using this…

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Date Night at Revolution De Cuba

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I’m not sure why me and the bloke haven’t been here sooner, given our penchant for Latino food. We knew Revolution De Cuba is comprised of a cantina and a nightclub but what we didn’t expect was for the music in the cantina to be at the same volume as a nightclub! It was only 9.00pm, however it was a Friday night. I’d love to know what it’s like during a week night, any ideas?


The decor has some industrial and authentic touches and there are different kinds of seating for all occasions and sizes of parties. There’s a mini dance floor and still plenty of room in front of the bar and for tables. I’d describe it as eclectic but cohesive and very upbeat.

After we had yelled to each other about what we were ordering and then conveyed that to our waiter, we started to relax and got used…

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Light Medium Colour Match! Sleek Foundation and Corector & Concealer

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This goes out to all of the chicks who have light-medium skin tones. Who are a little drab and sallow in the depths of Winter and get a gorgeous golden tan quickly in the Summer.

I recently discovered that the brand Sleek (who are cruelty free of course) take into account actual skin tones i.e. Pink tones, honey tones (that’s me), coffee tones etc. and don’t just get more and more pigmented like so many UK brands.


I purchase their foundation in Barley. It was a toss up in Superdrug’s false lighting between that and the lighter Sand.

Perfect match! Whoooop!

I love how easily this foundation spreads and how light it feels on my skin, it also has a gorgeous luminosity so it doesn’t actually look like I’m wearing any makeup. I was also impressed with the medium coverage.


I made the mistake of buying the wrong shade in…

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Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil

Review of a wonderful hair care product I posted last year.

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“You put oil on your hair? Seriously!” “Of course, before I shampoo…” “Ah right, I see!” “And whenever it starts to get too dry.” “Weird!” I’ve had similar conversation many times – even with people who have frizzy hair themselves. I think that’s weird, ha!

Who are Roots & Rituals?

Roots and Rituals are an independent company who see hair care as pampering time for your head and not just a necessity. They use natural ingredients and their products are silicone, mineral oil, SLS, paraben and artificial fragrance free.


About The Product

Deep Conditioning Hair Oil £15.99 (cost and postage) 100ml ‘Pure and carefully selected ancient hair oils to create a truly effective ritual for both hair and scalp. Coconut, olive & avocado oils penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to lock in moisture. Amla, almond and sesame oils nourish and hydrate the scalp to help promote optimal hair growth. Argan…

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10 Tips To Finding Your Personal Style


  • When shopping, buy at least one item that’s really ‘you’ for every three practical items.
  • Only buy really striking items if you know you have items in your wardrobe which will go with them to make an outfit (or buy more things to go with your new exciting item) otherwise your wardrobe will be a cluttered and confusing place.
  • Basics are the glue which holds things together but have you thought about getting several in different colours or some with a little bit of detailing on. It’s amazing the difference lots of small details can make if you aren’t keen on wearing a statement piece.
  • Never wear something simply because it is in fashion if you aren’t really feeling it. Your outfit needs to revolve around you not the other way around. The clothes are highlighting your personality, you are not adjusting your identity to fit with the clothes.
  • Lot’s of things look nice but will it earn it’s place in your wardrobe? If you are buying a main item like a dress or some shoes it has to feel like you’ve been lucky to have discovered something that is so ‘you’, otherwise you will end up wearing perfectly good outfits which you aren’t remotely arsed about.
  • Don’t go shopping when you are tired, stressed (unless it’s therapy), distracted or are very short on time. This never ends well!
  • When getting dressed don’t automatically think “What will people think?” Unless you’ve decided to cosplay at the funeral of an elderly relative, it’s non of their business! As long as you like it and it doesn’t feel forced, then that’s what matters.
  • Obviously there will be occasions like funerals, weddings, dinners at posh restaurants, when you do need to dress a certain way but it doesn’t mean you can’t add your own bit of flair with an accessory, pin or print. It’s in the details remember.
  • If you need a specific item it’s best to have a specific idea of exactly what type you want. In your head think about the detailing, the cut, the colour, the length. What decade or genre should it look like it’s from? More importantly how should it make you feel and what are you trying to express or convey when you wear it? Once you have this picture in your head go and track down your wonderful item!
  • You shouldn’t have to grudgingly make do with items you dislike. Donate anything to charity that doesn’t fit you well or that was an impulse “what the hell was I thinking” kind of purchase. This will probably drastically reduce the size of your wardrobe but it will be a case of choosing rather than eliminating items to wear every morning. A lot less depressing and time consuming. Plus you will feel better about every outfit that you wear! You can always gradually rebuild your wardrobe with items that are suitable once you have a clearer idea of what you want and need.


20 Sexiest Bad Guys On Film

Re-posted from a while ago.

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Roy – Blade Runner – Rutger Hauer

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 He has the perfect post punk look, with the white tee, leather jacket and ice blond hair. He also combines wit, determination and throws in a beautifully poignant speech.

Lucius and Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter – Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton

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They really are cruel but that doesn’t stop them from being very easy on the eye, even with those hair do’s.

Lestat – Interview With a Vampire – Tom Cruise 

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Some would say the most attractive, charismatic and die hard vampire of them all.

Max Cady – Cape Fear – Robert Mitchum

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Laid back, very charming, handsome and utterly terrifying, he really is the perfect sociopath.

Loki – Thor – Tom Hiddleston 

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Almost too pretty and at times slightly whiny to be a convincing bad guy and then he throws one of these looks and things get rather confusing for a girl!

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Designing My Own Jewellery With DIWAH

I was approached by DIWAH to design my own necklace which I’ve done with another company before (and struggled with) so I was immediately interested if a little skeptical. I needn’t have been  as it was incredibly easy and fun!

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You can buy a pre-designed piece of jewellery, choose and adjust a template to your own liking or design a piece from scratch. You choose from 9 collections (genres) of components such as Rebel, Sea Breeze, Evening Glam which all feature beads, chains, fastenings and pendants (which are all sorted by price, size, colour type and shape) and then simply add them by dragging and dropping them onto your chain.

If you want to remove a piece just click on it and drag it off again. You can also save your progress so you don’t have to finish your design in one go.  A tally of the cost is kept in the top right of the screen as you create. Once you’ve named and saved your design, DIWAH will hand make your jewellery and then promptly send it to in the post.

Here’s my ‘Glam Punk’ collar necklace in it’s stylish box.





If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that I don’t do subtle when it comes to my accessories. I’m kinda urban, kinda rock chick but also into my bling so I was immediately drawn to the skulls with sparkly eyes and the big gun metal grey spikes. I love the silver sparkly balls that DIWAH added surrounding the fastener and at the end of the chain, I think that’s a really nice little detail.

If you have problems with your co-ordination and dexterity or don’t want to buy beads in bulk or you need some fashionable design inspiration then DIWAH is definitely worth a visit.


Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie (no spoilers)

Imagine if everything you new about your life turned out to be a lie. When Lauren starts to realise her adoptive parents aren’t telling her the truth she sets of on a journey to uncover secrets surrounding her adoption. However certain people will do anything to make sure those secrets stay buried.


Girl Missing grabbed my attention from the start and held it until the end – not an easy feat. After I’d finished reading I realised and was tired, thirsty and hungry but because I’d been so absorbed in the plot I hadn’t even noticed! Perfect pacing and the right balance of dialogue and action, likeable but flawed characters and plot twists which aren’t obvious makes this one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read.

Author Sophie McKenzie does a wonderful job of creating secondary characters that are three dimensional and relevant in their own right. Main character Lauren can be a little self absorbed and her friend Jam can run out on her at the worst moments but these are teenagers facing very difficult odds and they do realise their failings and admit there mistake. It’s because the characters are relatable and likeable that really drives this story along as well as the mystery and danger. I’ve read incredibly well constructed novels before but had to abandon them because I couldn’t tolerate the characters.

I highly recommend Girl Missing to both adults and teens and will certainly be passing this on to a few friends and my bloke to read.

This 10th Anniversary edition includes a deleted scene and a Q&A with McKenzie.



Guest Post: Three Ways to Up-cycle Denim by Stitched Up

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Stitched Up is a non-profit cooperative on a mission to help people dress themselves more creatively and sustainably. They run clothes making, mending and upcycling workshops, clothes swaps, film screenings and more at their HQ in Chorlton, South Manchester, and out and about the city. Of course I jumped at the chance when they offered to guest post on my blog.


Upcycling is the process of reusing an item in a way that gives it more value than it had before, like recycling – but better! If you love to make things then it’s a really eco friendly (and cheap) way to explore your artistic side. Fancy trying upcycling for the first time? A pair of jeans are a great item to start with. They’re the ultimate wardrobe staple that look amazing dressed up or down. Upcycled jeans are really on trend at the moment, and with the right tutorial, a DIY denim revamp is a walk in the park!

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Upcycling jeans is not only a style statement, it’s also an environmental choice for the green at heart. The production of new jeans is a really unsustainable process (growing the cotton needed for one average pair of jeans wastes around 1800 gallons of extremely precious water) so it’s best to avoid buying new pairs too often if possible. It’s also a real shame for a pair of jeans that were once treasured to end up in landfill, adding to the world’s huge waste problem.

There’s an endless list of fabulous ways to upcycle your denims, but here we’ve picked out three great projects for you. They’d all would work equally well for any denim item – jeans, shorts, jackets, dungarees…
Trying out these ideas is much more affordable than buying a new pair of jeans, not to mention way more original too. Why blend in with the crowd when you can go your own way? We promise you’ll get loads of compliments, especially when you tell people you did it yourself!

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1. Sew on some patches! Re-worked denim is really in right now and it’s the perfect way to get more wear out of a damaged pair of jeans, for example you can easily cover up an unattractive stain with a cute fabric patch. It’s also a really cute way to jazz up your pockets. If you don’t fancy making them yourself, a great place to look for sew or iron on patches is Etsy, there’s a great selection of cute and quirky designs. The patches we’ve used here are from Manchester brand Parish Council.

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2. Embroider them! All you need to embroider jeans is some embroidery floss and a needle. Your local craft shop is very likely to stock it, or alternatively, search online. The rainbow of possible colours will soon have you feeling inspired. Simply draw your design onto your jeans in chalk, then stitch over the top. The simplest of designs can look really effective. Check out these amazing examples of embroidery from Lockhart Emroidery on Instagram. or search Pinterest for ideas.

Here are some examples from our Repaired / Reworked collection…

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3. Bleach (or paint) them! Bleached jeans give off an effortless beachy vibe – perfect summer street style. Using bleach may seem a little scary but It’s actually much simpler than you might think, and really easy to achieve professional looking results. There are a few tutorials online, (and some good guides to distressing the jeans too if you fancy trying that) but we think this one from Wikihow is a great option for beginners.  {Always a good idea to wash jeans afterward in water with a little vinegar to neutralise the bleach so it doesn’t eat into the fabric and then rinse through with fabric conditioner.}

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