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Month: April 2017

End of Line Beauty Bargains @ Superdrug

I find it hard to resist a bargain at the best of times but when I’m faced with an aisle full of big brand beauty products selling for £1 or less I have to stop and take breath so I don’t get too carried away. Let’s face it; some offers are just too good to miss out on. What’s the catch you ask? I asked the same thing. No catch, just Superdrug trying to make some shelf space by drastically slashing the prices of ‘end of line’ products.

So, now for the fun part, the reveal. What gems did I manage to find?

  1.  Dove Anti-Perspirant, Grapefruit & Lemongrass (30p) – Lovely fresh scent that lasts all day in a compressed can which makes it small enough to fit in a handbag but lasts as long as the larger canisters.
  2.  Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Spray (£1) – Great for keeping skin smooth, healing damaged areas and making those pesky stretchmarks look less obvious! The spray makes it really easy to apply even when your skin routine is cut short.
  3. B. Metallic Cosmetics Pouch with 2 mini make-up products (49p) – Okay so the products included aren’t really to my taste/usual colour palette but the little cosmetics pouch is cute. I’m likely to end up using it as a micro-clutch bag.
  4. Patisserie de Bain Hand Cream, Sweet as Cherry Pie (40p) – The sweet smelling, cake inspired scented products in the Patisserie de Bain range are always difficult for me to resist. The only downside to their products is that it leaves me in a state of constant longing for the sweet treats they are aiming to imitate!

Hear the sound of beauty bargains calling your name? Why not head to your local branch and see what clearance treasures you can find. Share in the comments section anything too good to miss.

Penguin Classics & Me: A Love Story

Apparently, it’s ‘World Penguin Day‘ today. Whilst I know this is meant to be about the animal; I immediately thought of the publishing company. You see, for as long as I remember, Penguin Classics have held a special place in my heart.  What started out as someone else’s interest and collection has turned into my almost obsession.

You don’t have to spend very long in my house before my fondness for the PCs becomes obvious; if you don’t spot the rows of orange & white paperbacks lining the shelves the penny will definitely drop when your tea or coffee arrives in a mug with a classics cover design. And the moment I own my own house: I’m buying Classics wallpaper and implementing a feature wall.

How did this love story start you ask? Like most start off – trying to impress a man! This man was the most intelligent, creative, funny and loving man the world has ever seen and I loved him more than anything. This man was my dad.

As a child, I would spend many an hour in charity shops and antique book stores playing ‘hunt the Penguin’ to help my Dad find more classics to add to his vast collection. I would gain so much pleasure from finding a title that he didn’t already have. Fast forward 20 years and his much loved collection, now gathering dust on more than one bookcase, was sold. A few years after getting rid of the collection my Dad sadly passed away following a short but aggressive battle with Brain Tumours and I quickly found therapy in buying those same paperbacks I’d hunt for with him as a child.

For me, Penguin Classics are not just a set of wonderful works of literature to immerse yourself in, they are a symbol of happiness and a living memory of one of the most important people in my life.  This World Penguin Day, like most days, I’ll be raising a classics mug to my Dad as I relax with a good book.

Iced Coffee vs Frappe

14336336050_77ced37157_mNow that spring has sprung and the weather is becoming brighter I have swapped my usual coffee order to the iced variety. A good coffee made by a master of the art is a treat and something I look forward to, which is why it is so extremely disappointing when your drink is passed to you and it’s nothing like you imagined it would be.

I don’t think I’m being unreasonable in my assumption that if it is literally your job to make coffee then you should know how to put together variations of the drink. However, I continue to be surprised by the sheer amount of coffee shops where ‘baristas’ claim to be able to put together an iced coffee but actually deliver a frappé.

I know, I know, talk about first world problems! When you’ve just spent the best part of a fiver on a drink that you were hoping to brighten your day; the confusion between the two becomes a point of irritation. An iced coffee is a coffee that is made in the normal way but then served over ice whereas a frappé is blended resulting in drink very similar to a milkshake.

When I order an iced coffee it is because I want the same strong coffee taste just served cold; if I wanted a milkshake style drink I would be swapping a café for an ice-cream parlour serving ‘thick shakes’! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-frappé, in fact I’m quite partial to a certain trademarked drink of this variety – I just don’t understand how the difference between the two goes unnoticed.

So please, for the sake of my sanity and tastebuds, if you work with coffee and someone asks for an iced-drink then please just ask for clarity on what they would like as it could be a deal-breaker.

Debenhams gets a Taste of Mango

Every fashion lover tends to have a few brands which they have some kind of unexplained affinity with; ones that continue to make clothing they lust for season after season. For me; Mango is one of those brands. The combination of classic pieces and fashion items at affordable prices means I became a loyal Mango customer from the moment I started earning my own spending money!

For years I was lucky enough to live in cities where I had Mango stores on my doorstep but my most recent move has taken me to a location where my nearest store is a good hour away. Yes I know it’s not the end of the world and that their entire collection is available to buy with just the click of  a few buttons but it’s not the same. I like to see potential purchases in the flesh to get a better idea of colours, shapes and fabrics.

I need not worry any more – as of today Debenhams are stocking the Mango brand. I read the news in a retail publication a couple of weeks ago but when I had the email this morning to say it was now in stock I was overjoyed as there are a few branches very nearby and plenty more across the country.

Think I hear the high street calling my name!