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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil | Beauty

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

I know what you're thinking, "another bloody cleanser" on the blog and I get that, I definitely think this year I have been open to trying lots of different products because I really want to have a good skincare routine, I don't wanna age!!! Whilst I think there is no ONE cleanser that is perfect I definitely want to use products I truly love. I have heard SO many incredible things about the Camomile range from The Body Shop but more about the cleansing butter but as I have a lot of creamy type of cleansers I wanted to try out the Silky Cleansing Oil

I have mentioned in a few posts that I wanted to try more oils on my skin and I thought that this cleansing oil would be a good match! I also really wanted a cleanser that would be really quick and easy to use because sometimes, at night, I can be a bit lazy with my routine. When I bought the Silky Cleansing Oil, I thought I would just whack it on a cotton pad a few swipes on my face and I will be done with it...I was wrong. When I first used it the product just sank into the pad and I couldn't get anything on my face and when i read the back there aren't actually any instructions which made the whole thing a bloody big faff! I had to go on the website to find out how to use the damn thing! 

This product should be used on a dry face first, applied with your fingers/hands and really work it into the face, then you wet your hands and rub them over your face again which then changes the consistency of the product a little and then you wipe off with a muslin cloth or whatever. So it is super easy but it's not as lazy as I had hoped, that said I bloody love this product. My skin feels SO smooth after using it and I had noticed that the smooth feeling lasts far longer than it usually does with other cleansers which makes me question whether my face leans more on the dry side these days because the oil is really making a difference. It's an aggressive pump so be prepared to try and catch the oil in your hands, it also worth noting that a little goes a long way, I literally use one pump but the first couple of times i used two and totally didn't need to!

The Silky Cleansing Oil is also vegan, suitable for sensitive skin and removes water proof mascara - it really is a wonder product! I have noticed I got a couple of spots since using this product but that is typical of my skin when trying anything new and they're hardly anything too dramatic. 

What cleansing products are you lovin' right now?

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Book

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Blurb

I'm still keeping strong with my monthly book goal but in the month of March I have actually managed to squeeze in two which I will explain in my other book review. This book was actually picked by the bf because he got me a giftcard for W H Smith as he knew I was reading more and I asked him to pick a book with it and he suggested this one. Little did he know that actually everyone is reading this book, it was incredibly popular at the time. 

The blurb reads that Eleanor lives a simple life filled with simple routines and she buys two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend, immediately the reader knows something is up, we know that Eleanor is blocking something out but of course we need to read to find out. Gail Honeyman takes you through Eleanor's life in an almost clinical way, Eleanor isn't a person who is open about feelings, she is very black and white and emotion doesn't often come into her everyday life. There were lots of social interactions that just bypass Eleanor completely so we understand that she is a little different. We don't really know much about her past but we are given snippets throughout and learn quite early on that he upbringing wasn't the best and her "mummy" emotionally abuses her daughter over the phone. Eleanor becomes obsessed with a musician in an almost teen girl kind of way but she is a 30 year old woman, so it's a little odd. On the other hand Eleanor in wildly judgmental criticising people for all sorts of reasons but this starts to change when she meets a new colleague called Raymond. Eleanor is an endearing character and whilst she has many personality flaws there is an innocence there because she simply doesn't know any better, there are many "first time" experiences for this character which makes you like her all the more.  

This book was good but I didn't really connect with Eleanor until the "Bad Days" chapters start and that is a good 260 or so pages into the book, for me that's when the book actually starts and had the Bad Days chapter started from the beginning I probably would have enjoyed it more, but that isn't to say I didn't enjoy the novel because I did. You see this raw version of Eleanor which you've never seen before. These chapters have a darkness to them which you know I am always drawn to, I can understand that these chapters could be a little triggering so I would advise if you are likely to be triggered by certain themes be aware of these chapters. There is a twist in the book which I actually didn't expect but it kind of made sense and *spoiler warning* there is a happy(ish) ending which personally I never really like in novels that much because they can feel too forced but this is a nice ending so to speak! 

It's definitely a thought provoking book which makes you consider how small acts of kindness can really impact on other people's lives without you realising. I would definitely recommend this book. 

Have you read this novel?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Burt's Bees Deep Cleansing Cream | Beauty

Burt's Bees Deep Cleansing Cream

You guys know I love a bit of Burt's Bees, I have written about the Orange Essence Cleanser  which I was a little unsure about, I love the scent of the product but wasn't obsessed with it, after several months I do like it but I am looking for another cleanser which is where this little fella comes in. I have to be honest and say that personally I do think Burt's Bees skincare is expensive, for what it is, so I tend to purchase when there is a discount. I picked up the Deep Cleansing Cream in my local Sainsbury's because it was like £3 off making it £7 however I know that Boots always have a discount on Burt's Bees. 

I miss using a cream cleanser and I was looking for something that would be thicker than the orange essence cleanser. From the moment I first used this deep cleansing cream I was obsessed with the smell, it smells like sherberts, this zingy sweet scent, like Love Hearts or Refreshers or something, I just wanted to eat it. Also, this cream is incredibly thick, you can easily end up using too much of the product which I did a lot to start off with. You have to apply it to a wet face and it's unusual in the sense that when you apply it on your skin it doesn't really do anything, it doesn't foam up, it doesn't melt in, it just kind sits on the surface. When you use too much you kinda realise tat it isn't doing anything but when you use just a smidge less you can work it into your skin a little easier and it actually feels better. 

Overall, I like this cream for the scent alone but I think that the orange essence cream actually leaves my skin looking a little fresher than the Deep Cleansing Cream! 

I like Burt's Bees as a brand because the bees wax is responsibly sourced and made in a sustainable way, not only that but they also sponsor the British Beekeepers Association's adopt a beehive which helps Honey Bees thrive. I feel like we could all be doing more to help the bees, so any company that does this I definitely want to get more products from. Also it's worth noting that the various products that they sell contain no petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). 

What are your favourite cleansers? 


Sunday, 15 April 2018

We Bought Our First Home | Life Update

New Home

Yeah so basically me and the boyf finally completed on our little coach house a couple of weeks ago and it has been a bloody roller coaster. It's taken nearly 6 months for us to complete and I'm not gonna lie it has been quite stressful but nonetheless we are so frickin' happy to be in and living in this lovely new space!

I definitely needed to take just a couple of weeks off to sort everything out, we were actually really lucky because we got our keys the day before Good Friday and the Easter weekend so we decided that we would make the most of 4 days off of work and just buy and build everything we needed. Not gonna lie going to Ikea on Good Friday was somewhat hellish and a little overwhelming for me personally but we did so well. As the completion took so long again we were really fortunate because it meant that we could save more money and then be in a position to buy the things we needed, but of course our family also were so generous with their time and money, I was so incredibly grateful for them, not gonna lie! 

I don't want this post to be too long, I just wanted to give anyone reading a little reason of why I have been a little quiet lately, even on my social channels I haven't posted that much but I am excited to get back into the swing of things again! I am even more excited to include more home content on the ol' blog now, as it's a new build it means that everything is white and fresh and clean so it makes everything look so much better and we get to add our own touch of personality in different ways. 

So there we have it, expect a little change but for the next week or so it will be business as usual. 

What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream | Beauty

Today I thought I would have a little chat about the Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream which I picked up as a free gift several weeks ago. Now, I love a bit of highlight in fact there is rarely a day go by that I don't  wear highlight on the ol' cheek bones and I have written about the NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius palette which is just so beautiful so you know I like a powdered highlight. This Barry M product on the otherhand isn't powder it is obviously a cream highlight that I have never tried before so considering it was on offer in Superdrug I thought I would give it a go. 

I opted for the Ice Bronze colour which is less bronze and more iced because it's the kind of warm shimmer that I personally prefer. I have very pale skin and often don't want to wear make up that highlights my cool tone, so I like to bring warmth to my face with highlight and contour which is why I went for this one. When I first started using it I didn't really know how to apply it, in fact I found it really hard to get product from the stick to my face because it was very hard and found that if I applied it directly to my face it just drags my foundation so obviously that's not how you're supposed to apply this thing. After I tried rubbing my fingers over it to warm up the cream a little in the hope it would become easier to use, it did actually work a little. I then tapped it on the tops of my cheekbones and found that not a lot of product actually transferred to my face. Like guys, this is a lot of work for someone who needs to apply their make up fairly quickly in the morning. 

Don't get me wrong, once you get the damn thing on your face it does look nice, it's a very light sheen to the skin it probably looks a lot more natural than my powder highlights which definitely serves a purpose. It lasted quite well but again because it's so natural it just kind of worn off my face as the day went on. As you can see in the picture, it's not that pigmented at all, admittedly the picture colour is a bit crappy but you can see that my skin tone almost matches this product. 

I think that cream highlights just aren't for me, it is a gorgeous shade, it does work but it's hard work and I prefer the ease of dipping my brush into my palette and a couple of swipes and I'm done! 

Do you prefer cream or powder highlighters? 


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Tipsy Clothing Haul | Fashion

Yes you read that right, today I thought I would share with you my most recent purchases that I picked up when I went for a boozy afternoon tea with my friend Vernia! I know it doesn't look like a lot and the reality is I didn't go wild but also I got some bits from Primark which obviously doesn't have an online store so I couldn't easily grab pictures for the stuff I got there but I will mention what I got anyway. 

Honey Bee - Ok so I didn't even see this t-shirt until my pal found it in Miss Selfridge and I just had to have it! Obviously you guys know I love my little bee related things and I just love honey. I adore that this t-shirt actually has the bee embroidered, it's a little detail that is just so cute. It is slightly cropped but I will wear this with high waisted jeans and a black blazer over the top. 

Corduroy Shirt Dress - I know what you are thinking, corduroy...really? YES REALLY like oh my god, I know it's a little old fashioned but when I saw this shirt I actually gasped! The colour is gorgeous blush pink and the corduroy is very fine so it add a bi of texture without looking over the top corduroy if that makes sense? To be honest I didn't even realise that this was a dress I just thought it was an over sized shirt but I will definitely be wearing it over jeans with ankle boots. 

Sunglasses - I actually picked some up in primark not really because I needed them but mainly because I wanted some new ones. I have from D&G ones but I wanted some that I could just throw in my bag and not worry about and they were literally £3 you just can't go wrong. 

I also picked up some underwear, some black joggers and a plain black long sleeved t-shirt, ya know the basic essentials from Primark. The reason I wanted to share with you this little haul was because I ended up picking some things that I never would have picked before. I love the little Honey Bee t-shirt but I never would have though to buy the damn thing but in my head I was already styling what else to wear with it. Also, if you would have ever mentioned the words "pink corduroy shirt" to me I would have laughed but I just saw it and had to have it. 

What things have your bought whilst a little but tipsy that you haven't actually regretted? 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow | Beauty

Barry M Crushed Jewel  Cream Eyeshadow

I'm one of those people who actually really likes wearing eyeshadow but kind of struggles to find time to apply it, so when I spy a product that looks like it can give me a gorgeous shimmery eye with ease then you know I'm gonna try it out! I spotted the Barry M Crushed Jewel eyeshadows in vlog I think, I can't remember which vlog but it must have been a PO Box Haul kinda thang and thought I should check them out instore. 

I found the Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadows in my local Superdrug as Boots didn't have them and they were actually running an offer of "buy two products and receive a FREE Illuminating Strobe Stick" so I went with the intention of only buying one and ended up with two. These cream eyeshadows actually remind me of the Rimmel Scandaleyes cream eye shadow sticks which I actually really loved back in the day. I was torn between the shade range because there were so many gorgeous ones to pick from but in the end I opted for Blissful and Pillow Talk . At first glance look really similar but you'll see in the swatch below that Blissful is far more pink than Pillow Talk. 

Barry M Crushed Jewel

The cream eyeshadows have a doe foot applicator which makes it really easy to place on the lid but you're gonna need a brush to help put it in place and blend out. When I applied Pillow Talk I only applied a small amount and then left the house however  noticed that this creased really bad into my eyes, like you're gonna need a primer if you have slightly oily eye lids. I was a little underwhelmed when I first tried it because it just didn't seem to have impact I was hoping for. However, I wore it again but this time I applied a first layer, let it dry and then packed on again a little more and it lasted a lot longer and looked exactly how I wanted it to. 

These sell for £4.99 which I think is a fantastic price for what they are, plus they are small and easy to pop into your make up bag. If you like a shimmery look then this is a really easy way to create that look, it won't last for a crazy amount of hours but it will last an look good if you take your time with it. 

Have you tried any of the Crushed Jewel eyeshdows? 


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land | Book

Good me Bad Me - Ali Land

Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

In keeping with my new year goal I am going to write a post on each book I read just so I can keep a record really but also because someone else might like to read it. February's book was Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. Which is a fictional story about the daughter of a child serial killer who actually told the police about horrors that she experienced. Milly (Annie) is taken in by a foster family to prepare her for the trial of her mother as she has to testify against her.

Good Me, Bad Me takes you through the journey of Milly as she tries to come to terms with her new identity, her new school, her new life and her new temporary family. The story is told from Milly's perspective but there is an inner monologue which tells the reader there is something more to the story. Part of the blurb reads "Because Milly's mum is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water..." so we are quite clear in the assumption that some one will die but who? I definitely like the way "nature over nurture" is woven into the novel, the reader knows that Milly has experienced some horrors at the hand of her own mother so you feel sorry for her and the character is developed in a really detailed way. 

However I just feel like the characters aren't really that likeable, you have Mike the Foster dad who you think is a nice guy but he is only really helping Milly for his own gain, Saskia the drunk cheating foster mother who is so oblivious, Phoebe the cruel foster sister who hates Milly so much and then Milly who has killer traits and uses other people's weaknesses against them. Admittedly Milly has a terrible up bringing but I couldn't actually feel that sorry towards the end. The only character I really warmed to was Morgan who you just end up feeling sorry for.

There is a twist in the book and whilst it was developed well I wasn't stunned by it, I just kind of expected it so to me it wasn't much of a twist. I would say that there are a lot of unanswered questions about Milly's past which could easily be moved to another novel or a series but I think it's because you never really knew exactly what happened to her growing up so I found it hard to connect with her.

It was a good book, it was well written but I just really couldn't connect to any of the characters.

Have you read this book?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Ordinary Serum Foundation | Beauty

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Ok guys, I feel like I have failed you all because I simply cannot stand this foundation! You may have read my Coverage Foundation review which I couldn't get on with but I put it down to never really wearing full coverage foundations anyway so I thought that would be it! The Ordinary have so many bloggers raving about the Serum Foundation that I thought I should give that a go as it's a lighter weight foundation which I am more used to. 

This foundation is a low viscosity formula which means it's definitely runnier than the Coverage foundation and other ones I use but I expected it to be. I tried applying this with my RT buffing brush and my beauty blender and it just doesn't work with my skin, the coverage isn't great which is to be expected but again it blends out in a really odd way. I don't know why but it clings to odd places on my face that other foundations simply don't and throughout the day it just doesn't wear well and I was wearing a setting spay with it. I have tried different tools, different primers, different creams and nothing works for me and this range of foundations. 

I think the shade range of the foundations are phenominal, I love that The Ordinary not only caters of other skintones but also different undertones. The foundation just don't work for me, but their skincare is something I can get excited about. It's a short and sweet review because I just didn't like it and I left a more in depth review about the Coverage Foundation which I treated in the same way. 

What foundations do you recommend?


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie, London | Lifestyle

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie

It's been a while since we had something a little fancy on Honeypot Blogs hasn't it? Today I thought I would share with you my utterly delightful experience I had at Boulevard Brasserie for Afternoon Tea! My dear Vernia really fancied having scones and jam and she suggested that we go for afternoon tea somewhere in London and she found this great deal which was about £27 per person and it includes a variety of different sandwiches and sweet treats but also bottomless tea and bottomless prosecco for an hour and a half. 

Boulevard Brasserie was just off of Covent Garden and I frickin' love that Covent Garden area, so much there is always something fun to do or see and this restaurant/cafe wasn't a place I had ever been before so I was excited to try it out.  

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie

As soon as we walked in we were welcomed so warmly, everyone was so polite and smiley, they really seemed happy that you were there which I adored. The cafe itself is really cute with classical French design and there are 3 floors and we were seated on the middle level.
When we got to our table the lady described perfectly what we were to expect, so explained that we had an hour and a half at the table and the variety of foods we will be served. She also left a little menu which also explained the details. 

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie

I have been to other bottomless prosecco brunches before and know that sometimes they can be a bit tight with the bubbles but I have to say this place definitely wasn't, they topped you up in perfect timing always and only when you really needed it which I loved. The food was divine, I went straight in for the sandwiches first and had to have the little salmon bagel because I don't know why but all of a sudden I have become obsessed with smoked salmon, I just can't get enough! Then I tried out the salt beef and gherkin sandwich which was served on rye bread, again I really liked this but the flavours were quite strong so I think its not one everyone would love. Then I moved on to the little foccacia number which had mozzarella and pesto in it, I mean I was in heaven by this point! The last sandwich was cucumber and cream cheese and honestly, I don't like cucumber at all so I skipped that one. 

We then moved onto the scones which were so damn good, the had two fruit ones and two plain ones so me and Vernia just had one of each one which meant we still had two scones each which I thought was actually really generous. I think they would have offered us more clotted cream because the serving for 4 scones was quite small but we were fine in all honesty. 

Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Brasserie

Then I dived straight into the dessert plate where I pretty much face planted this chocolate square, this little thing was so rich, it was like a thick ganache which a biscuit base, it was delicious, Vernia couldn't quite manage to eat it all but I inhaled mine. Then I had the tiny little macaron which was raspberry so it balanced the richness of the chocolate cake. 

My afternoon at Boulevard Brasserie was actually perfect, the service was incredible the food was delicious, the atmosphere was lively yet intimate and the company was the best ever!  

Where are your favourite places for Afternoon Tea? 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Body Shop Roots of Strength Serum | Beauty

The Body Shop Roots of Strength Serum

So I have this thing with The Body Shop, I mean I can't seem to control myself lately every time I go in I end up buying too much and this time I walked away with The Roots Of Strength Firming Shaping Serum which at £32 is very much a "considered purchase". To be honest, I'm 30 next year and I feel this blind panic to really try and do something with my skin and whilst I have always had a little dabble I really want to find some hero products this year. I was reading Hayley Hall's blog and she mentioned this serum in her Four Fab Skincare Gems she was honest but saying she hadn't noticed a huge difference but it does leave her skin feeling good and it is a product that she likes using so I thought, "that's good enough for me" 

Roots of Strength range is inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and infused with 3 root extracts which are ginger, ginseng and rucus root so these products pack a mighty scent so if you don't like strong gingery scents this probably isn't for you my dear. I went for the serum over the face cream simply because I already have a face cream that I am loving right now which is TBS Drops of Youth facial cream so I thought I would use something a little richer and targeted beforehand. I have been using this product for about 7/8 weeks now and I have to be honest that whilst I haven't noticed my skin that much firmer, I have noticed that it looks fresher. I actually started using this product at the same time I started using The Ordinary Peeling Solution so it's hard to pinpoint what it making my skin fee so good right now but I do believe this had contributed to some of it. 

When I first started using it, I was using it every day and I must admit I don't think my skin liked it too much, my skin is a bit fussy and it doesn't really like to have multiple different products on it. I noticed that my skin felt a little clogged after a couple of weeks so I dropped down to using it every other day and that works a lot better for me. 

Roots of Strength Firming Shaping Serum is a really nice product, it's great to apply and melts into the skin beautifully, I'm still not sure whether it's something I would buy all the time but we'll see how I feel when I run out. 

What facial serums do you love right now? 


Sunday, 4 March 2018

5 Things That Annoy Me On My Commute | Lifestyle


This is a post that bangs on about things that REALLY grind my gears, everyday there are several things that people do on my commute that just make me think..."but why?" and a lot of it boil down to people being stuck in their own world which is fine but jeez please try and be aware of the hazard you are making yourself. Anyway, enough rambling and let's get started...

People walking down the platform on their phone - I know, you may think oh that's innocent enough, maybe they are texting a loved one or merely skipping to the next song in the play list but it become a problem when they are so engrossed in their phone that they forget the world around them and the fact they are walking down a busy platform not making room for other people. I have lost count of the amount of time I have nearly been knocked on the tracks by people simply not looking up from their phone! It's common sense guys! 

People forcing the tube doors open - This happens all the time on the tube and it infuriates me, let's break it down into it's simplest form...if you force the doors open you run the risk of actually damaging the door mechanism which can slow things down all the more which could lead to the train being terminated and taken off the route to have the doors checked. Also there is LITERALLY another train a minute after, there is actually no need to get on that exact tube train. It's ridiculous. 

Public displays of affection - I mean, I'm not bitter but I just don't like couples getting all smoochy in public anyway, but if that's what you wanna then fine crack on but at least have the decency to not do it when it's rush hour and your are also pressed up against many other people. I really don't want to be the third person in the relationship, I don't need to hear those sloppy kissing noises, keep it to yourselves. 

People who keep their rucksacks on their back - Oh this one fills me with a blind rage it's almost hard to write about it. So rush hour hits and you have to get on a packed train, everyone want to get home and then some matey comes on with a full rucksack and decided "nah, I'll keep it on my back" which means everyone else has to deal with it. The reality is if you take the rucksack off and hold it at your legs there is FAR much more room than if you keep it on your back, surely it's common commuter etiquette? 

People who push to get to the train first - This one is a little more targeted towards a specific person but there is this chap who gets on my overground train who times walking up the platform at the same time the train comes in which means he stops at whichever door suits him meaning that he pushes in front of everyone, but why do you have to be so rude. My first train in the morning (I get two) always has lots of seats so there literally isn't any need, again it just boils down to being aware of who is around you and being considerate of others! 

Phew!!! Now I have that off my chest I feel a lot better! 

Tell me the things that annoy you on your commute!  


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Ordinary Peeling Solution | Beauty

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Ah The Ordinary has really reached cult status hasn't it? It one of those brands that offers a lot of variety but for a fantastic price but if you have read my blog recently then you'll know my disappointment for the Coverage foundation, I mean I just hated that product! But my opinion on the make up aside I still wanted to try out a little something from this brand and take a little leap into the world of facial acids which is why I wanted to try out the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

In the past I have tried glycolic acid face pads and I frickin' loved them but I haven't really tried anything harsher than that so I had a look at the QUEEN of skincare Caroline Hirons blog post on Affordable Acids where she mentions that it's a good and cheap acid and but it's not a daily acid as it is strong. After researching it does suggest it should be used by people who know how to use acids/who's skin is used to acids so I was taking a little risk but I figure that providing I follow the instructions and stop if I don't like it I would be fine. 

I have been using it once a week for about 6 weeks now and I must admit I am quite impressed because it is powerful and instantly you can see a difference in the skin texture. I have used a lot of different products that might leave my skin looking good and fresh but this Peeling Solution actually leaves my skin shiny and smooth. The first time I tried it, I only left it on my face for 5 minutes just to be sure that I was going to be OK to use the product. Then after that I have used it for the full 10 minute each time. I love my skin when I wash the product off and then the next day my make up goes on perfectly but one thing I have noticed is that during the day my cheeks can get really red and hot. I don't know whether that is as a result of using this product but I feel like it is, however the days after that are completely fine. 

I have noticed that the texture of my skin is starting to look overall a lot smoother than before and sometimes when I wake up my skin actually looks really fresh, I'm actually starting to see and feel the improvement, I just love it! I haven't noticed any dryness or peeling, which I was worried about as it is an exfoliating product. 

Personally I think The Ordinary's Peeling Solution is a great, but it is strong so if you are considering using this you need to be cautious and aware. It's also a fantastic price at £6.30 it's worth trying. 

Have you tried facial acids? 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri | Books

Kill The Father Sandrone Dazieri

Kill The Father Sandrone Dazieri

One of my goals for this year was to start reading more and I have set myself a task of one book per month which let's face it is super easy for me! I can inhale a book within a few hours but last year I just couldn't find anything to interest me which is why I have set myself a small achievable goal .

January's book was Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri,  to be honest I love crime novels and this one was set in Italy so I got a bit excited and just picked it up. I'm not gonna give spoilers away but I thought I would share with you my overall impression on the book and whether I would actually recommend it. 

Kill The Father follows Colombia Castelli and Dante Torre as they try and track down a psychopath called The Father. Castelli has to enlist the help of Dante who is the only one to escape The Father...I will say no more about the plot for fear of ruining it. As with any crime novels the reader knows there is going to be at least one twist, it's formulaic but that's why I personally love these types of crime novels because if done right it stuns you into questioning everything you believed in the previous chapters. Colombia and Dante are complex characters each with quirks and darkness within them, Dante is the type of character I like to read about because his complexities are layered up into his entire being Dazieri does a fantastic job of making you feel something for this character. Colombia is some badass Deputy Captain who does not take shit, I like the way Dazieri portrays her, he doesn't sexualise her, she is tough and she can throw a punch. I love the way that both the characters blend together with incredibly different personalities but there are two things keeping them tethered together which is the hunt for The Father and their own darkness. 

Personally I loved this book it did have twists, it did keep you guessing! I am looking forward to reading more from this author 

Have you read Kill The Father?


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Neom Essential De-Stress Kit | Beauty

Neom Essential De-Stress Kit

Neom Essential De-Stress Kit

Last year I only just started to discover essential oils, I got really into my Monoibody oil but I also discovered the Feather & Down pillow spray which to this day I am still obsessed with. I recently stumbled across this gorgeous little Neom Essential De-Stress Kit and I am so glad I did. I'll be honest with you I have never tried anything from Neom before but have heard great things and I was in my local Homesense and spied this among a range of candles and I literally gasped when I saw it because I knew it was a good brand. 

Homesense had only two options one was the Essential De-Stress Kit and the other was Essential Energy Boosting kit and I nearly bought them but until I realised I was being a little impulsive so I opted for the De-stress Kit. I still have a lot going on with the new job and the house (or lack there of) so my sleep is very fragmented lately so I thought when I go to bed before I start reading this would be a great way to just unwind a little. Another bonus is this was only £12 in Home Sense when they normally retail for around £20. 

The thing I love about this little set is that it's an easy 3 step process, which only take like 5 mins which is not time at all, everyone has at least 5 minutes in their day free. The first little spray is for fabric so you can give a little spritz to something underneath or near your head like  cushion. The second step is a little roller ball that you apply to the pulse points on your wrists, temples and behind your ears. Then finally you have the "on the go" mist that you spray above your head whilst talking a few slow deep breathes. You can either use the set in this format or mix it up a little, you might want to keep the roller ball in your bag so during the day you can try and steal  moment of calm. 

The essential oils in this kit are predominantly are lavender, jasmine and Brazillian rosewood and I must say that if you dislike lavender then this is not a scent for you because it is quite intense. I have been using this product for a little while now and I must admit I quite enjoy the routine of doing this before I start reading at night, it does make me feel quite relaxed and calm. I do think it's a lovely product, but I feel like it's a little pricey to be something I buy frequently, I think its great as a gift or a treat! I'm definitely going to continue exploring more essential oils though because I think they are fab! 

Do you use scents to help you de-stress or unwind? 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Mattarello Restaurant, London | Food

Mattarello Restaurant

Today I thought I would share with you guys a tasty little number because it's been a while since I had a foodie post. One of the main things I miss about Italy sometimes  has to be the food, oh my god I need good Italian food and I just didn't think it was possible in England until I went to Mattarello.  Mattarello is an Italian word for rolling pin, which gives a subtle nod to the notion of handmade which all good Italian food is. 

The restuarant itself is nestled in a little street near Aldgate and I was surprised when I walked in because it looks so chic and so welcoming, plus the waiter was thrilled to explain a little more about this delightful restaurant to us. It's actually a restaurant that has it's roots in Bologna in the Tuscan region and having lived in Italy you know I love Tuscany. He gave us a lot of advise as to his favourite foods and recommended traditional dishes as true proud Italians always do. I had to get the Aperol Spritz which had more of a kick in it than others I've had in the UK which kept me rather happy I must admit.  

It was quite hard to pick a started I must admit, but we opted for a selection of cold meats which included, Salami, Proscuitto, Mortadella and I "think" bresola but then had this rather delightful friend pieces of bread. In the picture they look quite hard but they were delightfully soft and doughy, I was in heaven!  

Mattarello Starter
Mattarello Starter

What to have for the main meal was an easy decision for me, as soon as I saw Tortellini I knew I'd be having that, it was nice that they added a little twist with it by serving it with a Bolognese ragu as opposed to like a butter sauce. It was divine and the portions were so generous, I actually left some pasta because I couldn't eat any more. It was cooked to perfection which is aldente and it was just like being in Italy again. 

Mattarello Tortellini

We had to make sure there was enough room for dessert, I actually nearly went for a Tiramisu but I opted for the Panna Cotta with berries because I wanted something a little lighter. The  panna cotta was a little softer than I expected but it was just the right amount of sweetness to tame the sharp edge of the berries. Perfetto! 

Mattarello Panna Cotta


I will be going back to this restaurant again, without a doubt! When it comes to the price personally I would say it's inline with any London restaurant we paid about £47 each but we had much food it was more than worth it! 

Which Italian restaurants do you recommend? 


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Burt's Bees Lipstick | Beauty

Burt's Bees Lipstick

I am a fan of Burt's Bees but usually stick to their skincare and lip balm products but I know last year they released some make up items sticking mainly to lip products. I was browsing in my local Boots and they just happened to have an entire stand of Burt's Bees Lipsticks and Lip Crayons, I have to admit it was a bit of an impulse buy because the queue was going down and I was stuck between two choices to I went with Blush Basin - bit of an odd name I must admit but It seemed like a good nude shade. 

If you have read my blog before you will know I am all about the nude lip, I don't think there will ever be a time where I rock a red shade, it's just not me. As you can see this is a lovely nude shade with slightly orange undertones, I must admit when I applied it it does bring out those undertones a little more than what I would like but that said, I can definitely work with this shade. 

Burt's Bees Lipstick is a slightly thinner stick which means you can apply it more precise than other lipsticks and I found that it was actually super moisturising which I wasn't expecting as I have been wearing a lot of matte shades and I'm kind used to them being a little drying. This lipstick is not a matte lippy, it's more of a satin finish which means you do have to reapply this frequently because as we all eat and drink through the day this lipstick does disappear but because I always go for neutrals you can get away with a delayed application. I have to mention the packaging because I really bloody love it, the design is lovely and gives a nod toward the bee hive but it also feels quite premium and sleek which is a massive thumbs up from me. 

This lipstick is made from 100% natural ingredients which include raspberry seed oils and moringa and apparently the packaging is made of 60% recycled materials which I think is really bloody good!  

Have you tried and Burt's Bees products?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Breakfast at Chiltern Firehouse | Food

Chiltern Firehouse

And I said what about breakfast at Tiffany's  Chiltern Firehouse...I know, things are getting a little fancy on Honeypot Blogs today! I have been lucky to visit the Chiltern Firehouse twice since I started working back in London again! The first time I went I actually was taken for lunch and it was HEAVENLY, some really odd combinations but the flavours were insane, and so is the price! Thank god I wasn't paying. 

However I went there a couple of weeks ago on a business breakfast and I just thought I would share with you what I ate and my overall thoughts on this restaurant for breakfast. To be honest, I'm sad I didn't take more pictures but I am only just getting into the swing of things again with blogging but I do apologise. The thing I love about the Chiltern Firehouse is that ever single member of staff that ever so much as crosses your path if so damn polite,I mean you have said Good Morning and smiled a hundred times before you've even sat down and personally, I like that! 

Chiltern Firehouse Breakfast

 As always I started with an espresso, I am still struggling to find a good one but this wasn't too bad whilst my colleagues settled for English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey, of course it's served in a little silver tea pot and as it's loose leaf tea it as the strainer to come with it, just gorgeous! The also over a curated selection of juices which include kale, beetroot and interestingly enough JalapeƱo, however I just went for the orange juice because I'm not really into those "super smoothies". The menu for is is perfect because it has a little something for everyone but isn't so overwhelming you don't know where to start! I was SO tempted to have the buttermilk pancakes as these are normally something I always go for but that morning in particular I just wanted something that was a little lighted so I actually went for the nuts and seeds granola topped with orchard fruits.My colleague got the pancakes though and I did have a slight dash of FOMO but you know what my granola was frickin' delicious. I would say it was quite a hearty portion and I was not left hungry at all. The granola wasn't overly sweet but the black berries added a nice sharp twang to it that just added a little something extra to the dish. The granola was also topped with pear that tasted like it has been poached in cinnamon, it was divine! My other colleague had poached egg with wasabi spiced avocado on toast which looked really yummy too! 

Lets get around to the money, for 3 breakfasts, 2 tea, one espresso and an orange juice this actually came to £65 which is bloody eye watering, but you pay for the service, you pay for the location, you pay for the presentation of your food. It was expensive but I really enjoyed my experience there and would take colleagues there again because it was a place where you can comfortably discuss business in comfort. 

Where are your favourite places to have breakfast?

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Drops Of Youth | Beauty

Drops of Youth

Drops of Youth Cream

I know, I know ANOTHER Body Shop post, seriously I don't know what's happened but recently all I have to do is walk in for like 3 minutes and I walk out with a whole bunch of stuff. More recently this Drops of Youth, Youth Cream is something I walked out with but you know what I am bloody glad I did! 

I used to be obsessed with the Olay Essentials Day Cream (old post alert!) genuinely it was a really fantastic product and was the only thing that would help my dry skin when I was on roaccutane but since the switch to cruelty free products it's meant I have had to find something else. I recently used the Superdrug B Confident Day Cream, which I did like, it was quite a rich cream but it  definitely wasn't a replacement for my Olay, so when I ran out I thought I would try out something new. I love the layout of the skincare ranges in The Body Shop, I love how they are all grouped together and obviously getting a bit paranoid about my ever aging face I was drawn to the Drops of Youth range. The first thing that drew me to the Youth Cream was the scent, it's very light and fresh so you know it's not going to be overpowering when you apply it. Then I put a tiny bit on the back of my hand and this stuff just melts into the skin so of course I bloody bought it! 

I have been using this Youth Cream for just over a month now and surprisingly I have noticed a difference! Now let's not get crazy here, this product does not make me look 10 years younger (woe is me) but lets focus on then things the product does do such as leave my skin looking smoother and more full of life, even, dare I say it, more plump!  As mentioned before I said this product melts into your skin but this also means that it sits really well under make up! The cream has 3 plant stem cells, Edelwiess from Italian Apls, Sea Holly and Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast and I think these ingredients are what make the product feel so fresh and light, it almost has a cooling sensation on your skin so I would imagine that people with sensitive skin may like this product.  

What skincare products are you loving right now?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

1 Second Everyday FAIL | Lifestyle

Guys, I started this year with such high hopes, I saw people tweeting about the 1 Second Everyday app and I thought that this year would be a great year to do it! I know the app has been around for a while but I have always thought I should get involved, so I downloaded it and started it off well and then on the FOURTH day, I failed! Yes, you read that right, 4 days in and I bloody gave up! 

It wasn't that I just "forgot" to take the video clip it was more that I had a really shit day and In just wasn't sure which part i should film. The reality is that I leave my house at 6:30am every day, it's pitch black right now so even on my commute in, it isn't that exciting. My day at work is flippin' busy, I have a lot going on but also on the 4th of Jan I had a very big and serious meeting with the CMO I just couldn't film anything because I was preoccupied and the meeting finished an hour later than scheduled and guess what? Of course it was pitch black when I left. My commute home is busy/chaotic and since my phone was stolen, I don't really want to get it out on the street much anymore. When I get home, I'm either at my bf's or at my parents and I didn't really want to just film me watching tv or whatever or my food otherwise the 1 Second Everyday will mean nothing to me. 

I'm not saying that I don't have great moments throughout my day, I work with the best people which means I laugh constantly. I adore being with my bf and he does so many little things that make me smile, being at home with my parents can also be fun. But how do I pick the ONE thing that day that is better or highlights a good moment or something funny. I probably struggle with this because I'm not really a video kinda gal, I don't like being on camera so I never think to get my phone out and start filming.

Instead I do want to take more pictures this year, so that might be a bit more realistic way for me to document my year! I still think it's a fantastic app and do still want to do it but I clearly can't make it work for me right now! 

Have you done or are you doing the 1 Second A Day video? 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Barry M Brow Wow! | Beauty

Barry M Brow Wow!

If you are a regular reader of my blog you'll know I'm not much of a brow girl. Like don't get me wrong I get mine waxed regular and I fill them in often but I'm not one of the girls who goes to town on her brows. I think it's because my brows are actually blonde and I don't like drawing on dark eyebrows because they just don't suit my skin tone or hair colour. That said I do still need to fill them in a bit just so people can actually see them ya know! 

I have been using the Benefit Brow Wiz that I got a free sample of a while ago and whilst it's a good product the brand ain't cruelty free so when I finally ran out of it I was happy because it meant I could discover a wonderful new cruelty free product and I thought I would go with the safest option which was Barry M. To be honest my Superdrug didn't have the biggest shade range of the Brow Wow Pencil  but I went for this light brown shade, if they would have had a blonder shade I would have purchased that but I thought that this one had a sandiness that might work for my blonde hair. 

I frickin' love it when a brow product has a little spooly on the end, not only is it great for just taming your brow hairs when they get a bit long but I actually use it to buff and blend the product into my eyebrow! I do have to be gentle with this product because if I forget myself I just end up with really dark eyebrows which are slightly wonky (eyebrows just aren't my thang OK?) I would say that Brow Wow is a pretty damn good brow pencil, it's a little low key because it doesn't claim to be super fancy, it comes out and does the job ya know? 

It's a fantastic price considering it's on £3.99, Soap and Glory Archery is £8.50 and the Benefit Brow Wiz is £20 so you are making a huge saving with Barry M, the pencil might not be as precise as the latter two but if you keep this pencil sharpened then it's fine. I think in terms of the actual product there really isn't much difference between them and I'm always happy with the end result of my eyebrows. 

What's your fave brow product right now? 


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Monetising Your Blog | Blogging

Let's face it, if you have a blog and you are on Twitter not doubt you'll hear a lot about affiliate links and making money from your blog. I see so many questions about this and try to answer them because I have actually been in the affiliate industry for 5 years now ,so I get it!

I thought I would create a blog post on how to monetise your blog and just give a really simplified selection of the options...

Join an affiliate network directly...
  • What is an affiliate network:- An affiliate network is a platform that allows brands/publishers to get tracking links to add to their website. If a consumer were to click on that link and make a purchase, the sale will be tracked and attributed to the relevant publisher. 
  • Pros: 
    • You can join as many affiliate networks as you like. 
    • Have direct relationships with multiple brands
    • Exclusive CPA offers from brands direct
  • Cons: 
    • The dashboards are old and clunky, they aren't as sleek and easy to use as some of the sub-networks 
    • It takes time - you have to find different brands and then apply to their programme and they have to accept you. 
  • How do you get paid: if someone makes a purchase through your blog and they don't return the item(s) the brand will pay the commission after 30 days which will be reflected in the dashboard. One thing to note is that sometimes it can take a little while longer depending on how good the brand is as paying their invoices 

Join rewardStyle...
  • rewardStyle is a sub-network that uses affiliate networks for tracking but you don't need to long into different affiliate networks because rS has all the brands in one place. 
  • Pros:
    • You only need to log into one dashboard to have access to all brands 
    • Dashboard looks cleaner and made for content creators/bloggers in mind
    • If you are a big blogger rS will negotiate tenancies with brand for paid campaigns 
    • Instant access to 100s of brands
    • Paid on CPA 
  • Cons:
    • You have to be accepted onto the network - these guys can be rather fussy about who they work with 
    • You cannot get contact details for specific brands on their network, they are very much the middle man between you and the brand
  • How do you get paid: in exactly the same way as working with an affiliate network direct. 
Join Shopstyle Collective...
  • Shopstyle is a newer subnetwork competing with rS a little but they works slightly differently in the sense they pay on a CPC (per click) as opposed to CPA (per sale), if you get a lot of traffic to your blog this might be a good option because you may earn more. However works in a similar way to rS because they use affiliate networks tracking and you have access to all brands.
  • Pros:
    • Quick and easy to sign up - anyone can join! 
    • Really easy to get links and create collages 
    • If you are a big blogger rS will negotiate tenancies with brand for paid campaigns 
    • Instant access to 100s of brands
    • Paid on a CPC 
  • Cons: 
    • You cannot get contact details for specific brands on their network, they are very much the middle man between you and the brand
    • CPC fee is often much lower than the CPA rate
  • How do you get paid: in exactly the same way as working with an affiliate network direct. 
Join Skimlinks...
  • This is another subnetwork that works like SC and rS but they aren't made specifically for bloggers in fact this tool is often used to monetise magazines and lots of different types of content. 
  • Pros: 
    • Quick and easy to sign up - anyone can join 
    • Add a piece of HTML to your blog and this will automatically add an affiliate link behind any brand URL you add to your blogpost, which means you never need to log in and get links
    • Good analytics tool to check your daily/weekly/monthly stats
    • Instant access to 100s of brands
    • Paid on CPA
  • Cons: 
    • Dashboard isn't as visual as SC and rS. 
    • You can't get banners easily
  • How do you get paid: in exactly the same way as working with an affiliate network direct. 
So there we have it a quick snapshot into some websites you can use to monetise your glorious content, seriously guys it's so easy it's worth find more out about these networks. I hope this post helps a little but if you have any questions just let me know.

Link on the following links to read more about Awin (affiliate network), rewardStyle, Shopstyle Collective, Skimlinks

Do you monetise your content?

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