BEAUTY: UMBERTO GIANNINI GLAM CHEAT VOLUMISING DRY SHAMPOO



Umberto Giannini Glam Cheat Volumising Dry Shampoo - £6* - Boots 


I've only really ever used the Batiste dry shampoo so when I was sent this dry shampoo from Umberto Giannini I will admit it sat in a drawer for a long time. I tend to stock up on dry shampoo so I don't run out but I started to feel the Batiste dry shampoo was irritating my scalp so I stopped using it for a while. I found this is my drawer so decided to give it ago and thought i'd share my thoughts.

First of all the packaging is gorgeous, I love the Black and Gold! It's easy to use and creates volume and stops your hair from looking greasy. I think it's a really good dry shampoo. You don't need to use loads as a little goes along way, I tend to use just at the roots. I spray onto the hair and then use my hands to brush it out. You don't get any white residue like other dry shampoos which is amazing and it also smells really good which for me is just an added bonus.

I think £6 is quite alot for a 200ml bottle of dry shampoo but it lasts ages and it is a more luxurious product. I would buy this in the future and recommend it to people who are looking for a good dry shampoo. Boots also have this on offer right now so you can stock up on Umberto Giannini products as they are on 3 for £15.





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REVIEW: RIMMEL VOLUME SHAKE MASCARA


If you haven't seen this new release from Rimmel where have you been? I've seen this mascara all over social media and i've even seen adverts on TV for it.

I've been using this for about a month now and thought i'd share my experience with it.

This is the Rimmel Volume Shake mascara and its a very new concept for mascara as inside is a patent-pending shaker which refreshes the volumising formula whenever it's needed. So you shake it to keep it fresh.

It's a clump free mascara and creates volume, and due to the shake technology lasts a really long time, so you won't have to throw it out because it's dried up.

I think the shake technology is a really good idea and I hate it when your mascara dries up and you know theres still loads left. I don't feel that this mascara really gives great volume and I think it's because you need an element of clump/dry mascara to get a really good volume. I like long and thick lashes and this is a much more natural lash. I think the texture is a little too watery for me and I would prefer a little bit of clump/thickness to the lash.

I know everyone is different and alot of people love a more natural less clumpy look when it comes to mascara but this just isn't for me. I will continue to use it as I don't think it's that bad but I wouldn't repurchase this.




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FASHION: WELLYMERCK WATCH REVIEW



If you have been a reader for a while you will know I love watches, I have an ever growing collection and today I thought i'd share my latest addition from WellyMerck. This is the Classic New York R | 36mm design which I love! The strap is this gorgeous Rose Gold colour and you can choose from a Black or White face. I went for Black as I have alot of watches with a White face.

The watch is of a really good quality, it is weighty but not heavy or bulky. It's very comfortable to wear and easy to put on. The colour of the watch is lovely and the strap is a mesh strap which is really nice, it's different to all of my other watches. 

WellyMerck have a huge selection of different styles available on their website and they stock both men's and women's styles. They also have a selection of alternative straps that you can buy and replace your current strap. This is really easy to do as many of their styles have a cute little clip that makes changing the strap super easy. 

Head over to the WellyMerck website to check out their other styles and use the code 'amypyt'  to get 20% off throughout April. 







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LIFESTYLE: NATIONAL EXPERIENCE WEEK

This week is National Experience Week! This is a week dedicated to having a good time whatever you decide to do. I love to do new things and i'm always looking for fun and exciting things to do. Check out Into The Blue as they have so many different experiences and days out for everyone to enjoy. I have took part in a few different experience days for example i've been on spa days, i've done animal experiences, scuba diving, afternoon teas, hotel stays, spa trips and much more.

I thought i'd share my wish list with you, so these are a few things I would love to do if I got the chance.

A Tree Top Break - These tree top hotels look incredible. I think it would be so much fun to be in the middle of a forest, in a tree top room with amazing views. Chilling in the hot tub and going for walks in the forest, no phones, no laptops is my idea of the perfect getaway.

A Helicopter ride- i've never been in a Helicopter and it's on my bucket list, I've just never really had the opportunity but i'd love to go in a Helicopter. When we went to America I really wanted to do, it but never got the time. I'd love to do a Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or in New Look, thats the dream!

Tandem Bungee or even single bungee,  I really don't think Clint would ever do this! But I have always wanted to do it! I just think it would be such an adrenaline rush.

I don't know why I really like the idea of going in a hot air balloon, I just imagine it being so chilled and relaxed just floating in the sky, it just sounds amazing.

Animal Experiences, I would love to swim with Dolphins again i've just never really had the chance to do it but I think it would be such an incredible experience. When I have kids i'm going to take them to play with dolphins, it's got to be just amazing.

I hope you like my wishlist and like the sound of the experiences i'd love to do.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED THIS NATIONAL EXPERIENCE WEEK ?

It's so easy to get involved, create your own Into The Blue Wishlist, follow this link for more information. ( it shows to step by step how to get involved) 

Once you have picked the experiences and added them to your wish list share these and how you are going to celebrate National Experience Week via Facebook or Twitter (or both) and use the #nationalexperienceweek tag  

Into The Blue will be picking one lucky winner who will win everything on their list (upto £1000)

There will also be runner up prizes with the chance to win a £100 Into The Blue Gift Voucher.


All of the terms and conditions are over on the Into The Blue website and the winner is announced after the competition closes on the 26/4/17  














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LIFESTYLE: CHECKING YOUR TYRES AND CAR IS SAFE BEFORE A LONG JOURNEY THIS BANK HOLIDAY


The bank holiday is here and a lot of people myself included like to take advantage of the extra few days off and go for an adventure. I am actually working over the weekend so I won't be going anywhere but we went on a few long journeys last weekend as we were both off and took advantage of the gorgeous weather.

On Saturday we went to Stratford Upon Avon and had such a lovely day, the weather was beautiful, it was so warm and then on Sunday we drove to Weston Super Mare for the day.

When going on long journeys you should always check your car over and make sure that everything is in working order before you get on your way. I thought i'd put together a list of things to check before going on those long journeys.

* One of the main things to check is your tyres, if your tyres are not safe they can cause some very serious accidents or issues. Blow outs or a puncture on the motorway can be so dangerous so just checking your tyres before you leave is so important. You want to check the tyre pressure, you don't want too much or not enough pressure in your tyres. Next you want to check the condition of your tyres, look out for any holes, scratches and rips as these can cause problems. You can always have your tyres checked and replaced by a specialisOne place to go to for cheap tyres London is DAT Tyres where they offer fairly low prices. This ensures you have the safest tyres before a long journey. Also check your spare tyre for any damage should you need to replace a tyre should you have any issues.

* Engine Oil, again this can cause all kinds of problems including your engine could completely seize up and stop working which would leave you pretty much stranded. So make sure this is topped up before you go on your journey. You check the oil using the dipstick. 

*Checking you have enough water in your car. Even if the weather is lovely and you wont be using your windscreen wipers the water in your car the water also keeps the car cool and your engine temperature maintained. Your car could overheat or you could break your engine if you don't have enough water in your car.  

*Windscreen Wipers, This is such a simple thing to check but can cause real issues if they are broken. Just test them before you get on your way. In case it starts to rain and you cannot see because they are broken or you could get dust or something else blow onto your windscreen and you cannot clear it because the wipers are broken or just smearing it across the screen. 

* Are your lights working? This can be a real hazard whether your driving during the day or night. If your brake light is out or an indicator isn't working you can cause an accident as the driver behind won't know what you are doing. Light bulbs are very inexpensive so replace any broken ones before you go. In the dark a lack of lights can be so so dangerous, especially on little country roads that have no street lights.

*Have your car serviced? Have you got an MOT coming up? If your due to get your car serviced or MOT get this done before you head away for the weekend. There could be a serious problem with your car that you know nothing about. Having your car checked out before you go away could prevent you braking down so it's worth doing. We went to wales a couple of years ago and Clint's car was due a MOT and we found out he needed 4 new tyres and this could have caused a serious problem if we had left it until we got home and could have cost us a lot more money to have the car fixed if we were in an accident or recovered if we broke down.

* Plan your journey, do you have enough petrol? Do you know where your going? The nearest service station? Do you have tools in the boot should you need them. Have you got water and food should you break down. It doesn't hurt to be prepared. 



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BEAUTY: FRAGRANCE DIRECT HAUL


Today I have a huge Fragrance Direct haul to share with you ! If you haven't heard of Fragrance Direct before they are an online beauty retailer. They stock lots of amazing brands and beauty products and always have the latest products for a fraction of the retail price.

I have got myself lots of goodies so I thought i'd share my haul so you can see some of the amazing brands they stock.

I picked out this Hugo Boss perfume, it's called Boss The Scent and i've smelled this a few times and I really like it. It's a seductive and luxurious scent, the packaging is just gorgeous.

I also went for this Narciso Rodriguez fragrance Fleur Musc has a scent of Roses, spices and amber wood which is really up my street, I love floral but spicy scents! I've never tried any Narciso Rodriguez fragrances before so i'm excited to try this out.

I couldn't stop myself from picking out a couple of Bobbi Brown bits. This lipstick is such a gorgeous shade. It's one of their Creamy Matte lipsticks in the shade True Pink which is this really pretty pink shade. I haven't tried any Bobbi Brown lipsticks before so i'm excited to give it a try. I swatched it on my hand and the consistency is really good, such a good colour payoff.

I also picked out the Bobbi Brown Ink Liner in Blackest Black, I have actually tried this already because I was running out of my usual Eye liner and I love this! It's really easy to use. It's such a good black liner, it's so dark and didn't irritate my eyes. I have sensitive eyes so sometimes struggle with eye liner.

Nars is one of my absolute favourite brands so when I spotted a few Nars bits on Fragrance Direct I had to pick something up. I thought i'd try the Nars Concealer, i've used their radiant creamy concealer before but not this one. I got the shade Vanilla which is a good light shade. It's really creamy and easy to blend, i'm excited to give it a proper try.

I've used a few High Definition products before but only their brow products so when I spotted they did foundation and other base products I was very interested. I picked up their Beauty fluid foundation which is a lightweight formula and blends very easily. I've only tried it a couple of times but it really reminds me of Nars Sheer glow formula which is one of my favourites!

How gorgeous is this Glow and Ray eyeshadow palette in Golden Dunes. They are really pretty shimmery shades. They are really silky and easy to apply.

I hope you liked my haul, I was kindly sent these products from fragrance direct. What are your favourite brands and products that you buy from Fragrance Direct? Have you got some beauty bits in your wishlist?









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BEAUTY: SKINCARE Q&A




In a world of fad crazes and celebrity trends, it’s difficult to know what to believe when it comes to skincare. To sort the facts from the myths, we’ve spoken to Dermalogica retailer Pure Beauty’s resident skin therapist — read on to learn what we should and shouldn’t be doing! 

1.      Which skincare ingredients should I avoid? 
The main ingredients to avoid include alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin and of course artificial colours and fragrances. While they may be included in ‘hydrating’ moisturisers, they are abrasive and can actually dry your skin out. 

2.      How often should I wash my face? 
Cleansing your face both morning and evening is one of the key steps in any skincare regime. Use gentle products and don’t scrub, as doing so can damage the surface of your skin. 

3.      How often should I exfoliate my face? 
The frequency of exfoliation depends very much upon your skin type and the nature of the exfoliant you are using. Daily exfoliants can be used daily – but only once within a 24 hour period. 
Other exfoliants can be used up to three times a week. Exfoliate either in the morning or in the evening after cleansing and before applying your toner. 

4.      How can I prevent acne? 
Acne has many causes and only some of which are directly related to your skin. In general, regular cleansing and exfoliation using products targeted to your skin type will help prevent the build-up of sebum and dead skin cells, which form plugs that can block your pores and create the perfect environment for bacterial growth. 

5.      Should I squeeze spots? 
As a general rule, you should never squeeze pustular spots as it can worsen bacterial infection and can cause the scarring often associated with severe bouts of acne.  
Blackheads can be removed through extraction but your hands must be very clean and you should wrap your fingers in clean tissue paper as a shield, which will then collect the residue. 

6.      What moisturiser should I use?  
You should always use a moisturiser specific to your skin type. There is not a one-size-fits-all moisturiser and this is where many people go wrong. Oil control moisturisers are specifically designed for very oily skin. Active moist and skin smoothing creams are suitable for a combination of skin types and there are more specific moisturisers for dry or prematurely aging skin. 

7.      How do I get rid of bags under my eyes? 
It is very difficult to get rid of bags under your eyes due to their delicate nature and the fact that it can simply be a hereditary trait. Plenty of sleep is the best thing, but you must also avoid using your moisturiser on the delicate area beneath your eye. The ingredients in most moisturisers are too strong and it can be a contributing factor. 

8.      What causes dry skin? 
The main cause of dry skin is your genetic makeup but age and environmental factors play a large part. It is also important to differentiate between dry skin (lack of natural sebum) or dehydrated skin (lack of water) in the skin. A moisturiser is used for dry skin, while a toner is more suited for dehydrated skin. 

9.      How do I get rid of dry skin? 
Dry skin can be aggravated by cold weather conditions outside and the drying central heating in our workplaces and homes. A well-designed and maintained skincare regime using products specifically recommended for use will help you combat dry skin.  

10.  How do I get rid of oily skin? 
Using products designed for oily skin will help you combat this skin issue. There are many products on the market that are deigned to absorb excess sebum in the skin, while regularly using masks designed for oily skin will be beneficial. 








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BEAUTY: NEW! MAKE UP FROM NIP + FAB


Today I thought i'd share this amazing new Launch from Nip + Fab! I've used Nip + Fab products for years and have always really liked the brand. I am forever hearing rave reviews about their incredible skincare range but that's not what I'm sharing with you today. 

Today i'm talking about the BRAND NEW make up collection by Nip + Fab!! They have launched a massive collection of make up products including foundation, concealer, correctors, contour palettes, lip products, eyeshadow and much more! 

They have kindly sent me a selection of products which I will be reviewing and featuring on my blog in the new few weeks! I just wanted to share the range with you and introduce you to Nip + Fab make up and I know it's going to be great!

I haven't used any of the products yet as I've only just taken these photos but I have swatched a couple of bits and i'm already impressed. I had to swatch the Liquid Lipsticks as the shades they've sent over are gorgeous! They dried quite fast and are a really good consistency. They were a nightmare to remove which is exactly what you want from a Liquid lipstick so i'm impressed with these already. I also gave the colour correctors a swatch and they are such lovely colours, they are easy to blend and again a good consistency, not too thin/ runny. 

Overall i'm sooo excited to give the range a try, I will be writing reviews in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that but in the mean time head over to the Nip+Fab website to check out 
the whole make up range and let me know what your favourite things are! 






FASHION: SPRING LOUNGEWEAR PICKS


When you work from home you tend to spend a lot of time wearing comfy clothing, I practically live in Pj's when i'm home. I work part time and blog part time so I spend about 4 days a week at home working on my blog etc. Obviously I don't always work in my pj's but I tend to opt for a more comfy casual outfit like leggings and a tshirt when i'm working from home. I was going through my Pj's and I have so many fluffy/ wintery sets and not alot of lighter spring/ summer bits so I thought i'd share some of my Spring loungewear picks with you.

 First up is this cute Jack Wills Cami and Short set from Asos which looks so comfy and cosy you could easily pop on a pair of joggers if it's abit nippy but these are perfect for the warmer summery months. I love grey nightwear!

If it's abit nippy you can always pop on a dressing gown or you can even get cardigans like this one from New Look which would be perfect to keep you a bit warmer. I've picked out a few dressing gowns and wraps as i've only got a big fluffy one and I really want to get myself a cooler/ lighter one for Spring/ Summer. How cute is this Pink Unicorn Dressing Gown from Boohoo or this pink paisley print kimono from David Neiper is cute and it's cotton so again super lightweight.

I usually opt for some kind of legging and tshirt option when i'm picking out pj's just like this Pug set from Boohoo! I find them so comfy when i'm in bed and working from home. They are light so I don't get too hot. Primark do loads of different designs in this kind of style.

Slippers! I thought i'd pick out a few pairs of slippers again as mine are huge fluffy ones so i'll need to pick up a more summery pair. I thought these Pug ones from New Look were really nice, they look so comfy and not too hot! These Cactus ones from Asos look abit warmer and maybe abit too fluffy for spring but I love anything with a Cactus on, I love these!!


So they are my Spring Loungewear picks! What do you wear on your day off when your chilling at home? Or do you work from home too and spend all day in comfy clothes like me?






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GIFT GUIDE: MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS


Mothers Day 2017 - Sunday 26th March 

With Mothers Day just around the corner I thought today i'd share some Mothers Day gift ideas!

I don't know about you but my mom is pretty amazing, and I always go a little over the top when Mothers Day arrives. Here's some really cool gift ideas that you can get your mom this year. 

How gorgeous are these Ted Baker Rose Gold Earrings *from Amara. I think they are stunning and would make the perfect gift for Mothers Day, They come with a little pouch and a Ted Baker Gift box which makes it look really special and they are only £25 which I think is a great price. This Scarf from Joules * also available at Amara is just gorgeous, it's so so soft and the colours are lovely. It's a really lovely scarf, my mom loves a good scarf and these are perfect for this transitional period between winter and spring where its a bit chilly outside so you want a thin scarf just to keep the cold out. You really can't go wrong with flowers, whether you pick some up from the local supermarket or have them delivered from a florist they can make a wonderful gift. My mom loves Lillies they are her favourite and purple is her favourite colour so these are perfect. 

My mom has recently started using make up brushes and has been quizzing myself and my sister on how we apply our make up so some new make up brushes would be the perfect gift this mothers day. These Body Shop* ones are so lovely. The bristles are so lovely and soft and they are so easy to use. They look great and are really affordable too. I've also included a couple of other brushes below. I really like the Look Good Feel Better Brushes and this blusher brush* looks amazing. The bristles are so soft and fluffy!! I also thought i'd mention this Soeco stippling brush* as I really like the Soeco brushes they look fab, i've recently spotted them in my local Bodycare and they are really good value for money. 

Why not get your mom some new skincare bits. I love Liz Earle and use their skincare everyday and I know my mom would love to add some Liz Earle bits to her routine. This is the Liz Earle Glow Getters collection.* For £29 you get the Hot Cloth Cleanser ( MY FAVE) and a gentle face exfoliator and a deep cleansing mask along with 2 Pure Cotton cloths. It's such a good price and comes in this gorgeous gift box which is designed by Jessica Tibbits.

How cute is this Mothers Day soap from The English Soap Company*, it's a really lovely gift. It smells so so good!! How cute is this gift set from The Pretty Little Treat Company. This is their Pretty Little Treasures Gift set *which contains really cute little products such as an Eye Gel, a Lip Balm, a Hand Cream and bath milk. The gift box is so pretty and the packging on the products has angels on and Clints mom loves Angels so she's going to be so excited to recieve this on Mothers Day. 

If your looking for something a little more on the pricey side you could treat your mom to a bottle of perfume, this Tiziana Terenzi Fragrance * is avaliable at Harvey Nichols and is a woody, spicy oriental scent. It's really strong and has top notes of Bergamot and Red Currant. The bottle and the packaging is gorgeous and so luxurious and would make a lovely addition to any moms dressing table. 

You really can't go wrong with a scented candle and my favourites are the Neom Travel Size candles. I love Tranquility and Happiness, they are my favourite scents. They retail for about £16 and smell amazing! 

How cool is this Scrabble Light from Red Candy*! You use the stickers to spell out different words, they would be so much fun especially to personalise for different occasions. They light up from the mains and the stickers are reusable so you can change them all the time to say different things. I think these would be amazing in a nursery or kids room aswell as in a main room. 

I hope you enjoyed my Gift Guide and I gave you some inspiration for Mothers Day. Even if you can't afford to buy your mom something get her a card and show her that you are thankful for everything she does for you. 













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