Product Pick of the Month: Lancome Advanced Genifique (Sensitive)

This month is dedicated to Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive…

The first time I bought makeup ( I was in my very late 20’s, I flourished really late…) I went into Debenhams and I was introduced to many make up brands, I allowed myself to be pampered by all the brand’s, and words were thrown at me, all of which fell on deaf ears…. I was buying makeup because everyone was wearing makeup and not because I wanted to. Time to up my game! Time to fit in….

Out of all the brand’s Lancome was definately my favourite. My first foundation was Lancome … Since then I have moved on, but whenever I think of something in the makeup/skincare field I think of Lancome first.

And why not, Lancome is definately in the higher end, and a long standing, reputable skincare brand. That’s where the trust comes in, and that’s why I will choose a product from Lancome before looking at other brands…

And what is Lancomes best seller? This.

I went through a phase where the skin suffered alot, whether that be ageing, pollution in the air, change in diet, the stress of Lockdown… Or anything and everything- I don’t know…..but the effects were showing up on my skin. So I was looking for something that offered ….. Well a solution.

I searched on the net and I saw this. Lancome Advanced Genifique (Sensitive). The brand name was already sold to me, I just had to work out whether this was the right product for my skin troubles…..

The product boasts of its ability to give instant radiance, as well as healtier and younger skin, with hyronolic acid ( my favourite word in skincare) to attack the dry areas, and enriched with 7 prebiotic and prebiotic- derived extracts for firmer, radiant skin and promising a reduction of fine lines…..

Urm…. I’ll take that. Thankyou very much

So how did I get on?

I don’t think we need to talk about the bottle, it’s beautiful. It’s Lancome. No question.

The dropper is really good. It gives the right amount of serum to cover the full face and neck. The serum consistency is flowy yet not watery, and it soaks into the skin quite quickly, and does not leave any stickyness.

Although it’s suggested to use as part of your morning and nightime routine, I mainly use it at night so that in the morning I can wake up to a hydrated face. It does state that it reduces fine lines- I would like to agree and disagree with this, I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin, yet I think this is a product to heal the skin, and radiate it, and not a miracle in a bottle. ( I don’t think anyone has yet got a miracle in a bottle, Even surgeries can’t get it right)

Overall this is definately a product I cannot do without, it does what it says on the Box- it brings radiance to my skin, and it makes it feel brighter and younger and definately healthier. I have even been asked by a few friends and family on what I am currently using as they can see the glow….

The serum comes in different sizes, it is on the pricier side of the market- yet worth every penny. I would ask for a sample of the product if available from the counter, just to test it out as everyone’s skin is different. ( I did that first, they gave the most cutest small bottle ever, which lasted a week, but I was sold on that sample).

Here’s a link if you’d like to take a look. And let me know how you get along with it.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Transparency: All opinions are my own, from my own experience of using the products.

CoronaVirus Got Me. My Experience with Covid- 19..

One thing I have learnt whilst contracting the Covid-19 is that it is a different experience for everyone who goes through it……and this is the reason why we are facing these uncertain times, because nobody has one set experience- it is so tricky to understand who has Covid and who is going through a normal sickness period like the flu, or a common cold.

Everyone also experiences it in different forms, whilst some will be Covid Positive and go through their day without knowing, others have more dangerous effects like breathing issues, and convulsing coughs.

Yes. It struck me, and the whole family too, but we were lucky we got the mild form of Covid, and we are all well on the way to recovery. I have decided to do a 7 day diary, purely because its been such a tough time for everyone with the lock down and the constant anxiety and stress we have all been feeling, over getting Covid and getting over it.

I appreciate that not everyone will go through it the same as me, for some it will be easier, for others it will be harder, but generally I want to emphasise that ‘We can get over it!‘ All the media seems to show is negatives, all everyone seems to talk about is deaths. Well I am here and I am alive, and I am getting over this, as are my family.

I am in no way or form saying it was easy. It was tough! you will see exactly What I went through in the 7 days. But what I am saying is that it gets easier….

Day 1:

2o’clock in the afternoon I had a headache- a sudden headache. All I wanted to do was go to sleep. I stretched myself out thinking it’s a migraine and finished off bits n bobs around the house before I could sleep (as we do). It came to a point where I could not carry on, so I decided to switch the lights off, put the blanket on and get some sleep.

Usually when I have a migraine I can sleep pretty much straight away, here the force of the headache was so bad, I couldn’t sleep at all, I tossed and turned but just couldn’t sleep, and the headache was becoming severe, then all of a sudden I had a coughing fit and I threw up. After this I slept for a little over 2 hours but I felt better.

I assumed that I felt this way because I stretched the migraine out. I told myself never to do this again. The hubby also was suffering from headaches, and slight fever- but he was up and about, so he decided to go to the walk in clinic to get tested. I decided not to….. As I just had a migraine right?

I managed to make dinner, I was feeling weak but assumed its because I stretched out my migraine and I just had to get over it. The hubby settled for tea and toast- his throat was hurting him. I made fish, roast potatoes and vegetables for me and kids. The Kids ate well. I remember taking a bite of the fish and not enjoying it, it smelt fishy, really bad fishy, overwhelmingly fishy (Is that even a thing) I ate the vegetables only and binned the rest as I just couldn’t stomach it. The smell was overpowering. I’m sure its the same fish I buy all the time from Iceland…….. I Blamed the migraine again.

2 hours later like a blow to my head the pain in my head and eyes started. I couldn’t function. The hubby gave me paracetamol. (I knew I shouldn’t have taken it, I have a reaction to pain killers and waiting for my allergy testing which has been put on hold because of Covid.) 15 minutes in and I threw this up along with my food intake. I was feeling weak, I was shaking, my head was aching, and I just wanted to close my eyes so I went upstairs to bed straight away.

All night I struggled to sleep, my headache was so severe and my body felt like someone had beaten me up. My legs were refusing to work with me, every turn and shift in bed was agonising. On top of that I threw up 2 more times, the last time a case of acid.

Gosh. This was by far the worst migraine I Had ever had! . I Didn’t even realise Migraines could be so bad

Food intake in 24 hours– few vegetables which I eventually threw up.

Day 2:

The next morning at 8am the hubby touches my neck and says that I am roasting, like cooking, real bad. I’m also sweating, I can’t open my eyes, my head is heavy, My body feels like a truck has run over me, and the right side of my leg feels heavier than the other. He calls 111…. Usual questions first regarding covid….. No coughing, and no out of breath. … Not covid. I knew that. It’s a migraine…… But the lady on the other side said No it may be worse. You need to go into A&E now….. NOW!.

I really slowly and with aches and pains got into the car, and we headed off to A&E- which by the way is no longer A&E it’s just a small cubicle sitting outside A&E and has a socially distanced qué outside. Their was only 2 people in front of me, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I stood in the que (no visitors allowed) but I was struggling standing. There were no seats around, I held on the railing and Evan contemplated sitting on floor. The lady in front saw my discomfort and offered me her place. I am forever grateful to this soul.

Inside the cubicle I got asked the same questions all over again. The nurse checked my temperature, gave me a mask, and handed me a form. He told me I needed to go to another entrance in the hospital which can only be done whilst going on the outside of the hospital as all corridors inside are closed off and blocked. Luckily the hubby dearest was still outside and we drove round.

On entering the hospital- I knew straight away something was wrong, no visitors were allowed in, and it was eerie and empty. Just 2 ladies sat in reception, with full mask and gloves on, its only when I handed the form in to them that I noticed the form on the top said ‘Covid 19 Ward’.

One of the ladies grabbed me a chair and positioned me to sit down, I was glad she did, there was no way I was able to stand. Once again I got the million and one question whilst she tapped away at her computer screen, I asked the dreaded question “Am I in the Covid Ward?”

‘Yes’ She responded, ‘Just need to make sure we have all your details then we will take you in’

‘Im not covid, I have a headache, I have really bad migraine” I answered

‘I just do the form filling sweetie- once you go in, they will do the rest…”

“Im not going in” I answered, ” I need to see a doctor…. i’m not covid, i’m not coughing, I am not out of breath….i’m just tired, and weak”

She completely ignored me, and gave me another form and pointed to the door further down. “Thats the ward, they will look after you in there”

I hesitantly went to the door, a nurse opened up and told me to go in, I refused, gave her the form, and told her ‘Im not covid. this is a mistake,….” she heard me out and took me back to reception. She had a word with a doctor over the phone and then handed me a form and advised me to go see the doctor. Once again I went back in the car and we drove round to where the doctor was….

The doctor saw me within 15 minutes, “You need to go back to the Covid Ward, you are covid positive”. He said this just by looking at me. By this time I was tired, I was exhausted, I had just been passed from pillar to post, and I was getting upset. I went into the car and told my hubby “I am done, nobody wants to listen to me, I want to go home. Im not going to the Covid Ward – just take me home..”

We went home, on the way home, I got a call from the doctor asking me where I was, I explained to him that I decided to go home. He did tell me clearly that he thinks I should be in hospital and that my temp was at 39.5 which is dangerously high. I refused and told him that its due to the migraine. He advised me to get a test done, and to isolate until I get the results and gave me a direct number should I feel any worse to call and a ambulance would pick me up.

We left the conversation as that, I went home, went into bed and fell asleep.

Later that day my husband gets his results “Positive”………that means……, I must also be positive……

I looked at my husband in disbelief, It got us. We are Covid Positive. I had tears in my eyes at this point, I was feeling so weak, so awful, my head was pounding, and that damn doctor was right, and I had cussed him the whole way…

I stayed in bed til mid afternoon, then I decided I needed to get up. The struggle is unreal, every little millimetre of movement hurt, like an elephant had stamped on me, my body felt bruised and my skin was so hot, it was reflecting into myself like a heater. My head was pounding, I was forcing myself to keep the eyes open.

We started on our hot drinks (link here) but I couldnt have anything with milk in it, it felt heavy and generally the smell would make me throw up! (this is like pregnancy all over again), I probably stayed down stairs for 2 hours, before all I needed was to sleep. I went back upstairs and I slept…

Food intake: Vitamin C Tablet, One orange and 2 cups of water with Lemon

Day 3

Another rough night, the body feels like its broken, the temperature not subsiding. The head is pounding. Emotions were running everywhere. My eldest son has started coughing, so now the 3 of us are unwell, just the youngest one left….

Today was all about more hot drinks, and honestly I dont really remember much apart from sleeping through it…

Food intake : Vitamin C tablet, nil by mouth, 3 cups of water with Lemon

Day 4

Today the hubby suggested a shower- maybe I was smelling? I realised it had been 3 days since I last went. This coming from a women who needs a shower 2 times a day minimum, at 40 minutes each. Yes I am a water hogger and a proud one at that. The headaches were not so frequent, but the body still felt bruised, maybe the hot water would help?

The shortest shower in all of my life lived, I struggled with standing, and then the water ached on my body. The steam made me gag and ….. well i’ll wait a further 4 days before I try that again.

Although not 100percent the body was feeling so much more better, I could do bits and bobs for a couple of hours before the aches started up again, and I used my time wisely, whenever I felt I could do things, I got up and did them, the most simplest of things like emptying the dishwasher or putting a load of clothes in the washing machine, and just putting away socks and underwear. Being more fit and able we started steaming with black seed oil to clear up the airways and once again lived on lemon and water. (Click here for the drinks we had whilst ill, they helped in keeping the airways clear)

Food Intake: Vitamin C tablet, 4/5 lemon and water glasses, no food

Day 5

Woke up with no headache at all. My body was healing but the right side of my leg was still aching, sharp pains running through. I spent most of the day downstairs. The eldest was coughing on and off, but generally keeping well. The youngest Boi had now come down with a temperature and body pain. We kept him on paracetamols every 4 hours. Its funny how when your child becomes ill, automatically you go into turbo-mode and try and get over your own feelings.

Food intake: Lemon and water throughout the day, and I managed a handfull of food today. Definately getting better..

Day 6

The younger boy is doing well, as long as the paracetemol is kept up to date. Im going through burst in the day where I am fine for a little while and other times I just want to sleep. Small chores in the house are getting done, but all at the expense of a aching body afterwards.

Food intake: Lemon and water throughout day, with golden chai. For dinner I had soup and bread, and it stayed down!

Day 7

Headache? What headache? What temp? the only thing remaining now is the aching body on the right side. I’ve started doing alot around the house and even started making food! feeling generally better as a whole…. Is the worst over? I think it is

Food intake: Lemon and water throughout day, light lunch and light dinner.

It’s now day 13, and apart from a slight pain on my right leg, all other symptoms have gone. The same for hubby who has slight headaches and the boys have miraculously got over it completely.

The reality with covid is that nobody really knows what it is, and everyone goes through a different version of covid.

Generally speaking the main symptoms of covid are- new cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and High temperature… From all of this I had only high temperature. I suffered from headaches, body aches, a heightened sense of smell, vomiting and nausea!? …. For obvious reason I was in denial that I had covid- I was waiting for all the wrong symptoms.

But am I glad it’s over. Since March we have been going through anxiety, every little ache and pain would make us doubt ourselves and what we experienced was nothing we had even imagined.

I just want to tell all the people who have anxieties over Covid that, yes there is a genuine reason, however it is curable, and we can get over it. Most of the challenge is a mental game, if you can keep mentally strong and try to push yourself, you can fight it. However I appreciate not everyone is the same, but I am hoping that my experience will help the ones who have anxiety to understand that its a battle that can be won, and that the media is something we really need to switch off too, especially because in all honesty I didnt even get any of the ‘normal’ symptoms of Covid yet I was Covid Positive.

Should any of you require any help, any advice, even if you would just like to talk, just send me a quick email, I will do my best to help you, even if it means to help you try and keep your anxieties at bay.

A Huge Thankyou to all my friends and Family, who were by my side (at the other side of the door) whilst we went through this. You made the whole process so much more easier for us. Forever grateful for this and also to the lady who gave up her position in A&E for me. I appreciate you were their for a reason, yet you thought of me before yourself, and I will never be able to repay you for this.

Onwards and Upwards.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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How to Create the Ultimate Canapé Party….

So we decided to invite a few people over for lunch, by We I mean me and Afsha, by few people I mean my friends and her friends, and when I say lunch I mean…………..its time for a …..partaaaaaay! because that what we do best!

We have a problem, me and Afsha that is, a really big problem, not a bad problem…. well not for the people we invite anyway, but for us it usually ends up being a hair tearing, ideas all over the board, running around and stressing each other all through the night, and waking up at silly o clock to entertain our loved ones. And…. we wouldn’t want it any other way!!!

So we decided to invite our select few for lunch, and we wanted to do something a bit different, a bit niche, a bit glamorous, a bit memorable….. and we ended up with this:

Welcome to our Canape Party.

A What party? …….I heard you! A Canape Party, because what could be more niche than this?

We decided on Canapes only, because lets face it, us women we love picking on food, we love trialling, and we love pretty looking food and we love……. a photo opportunity, and I do think we ticked off all the boxes.

So what did we do and how did we create this?

Firstly we listed off a few canapes. We had to make sure that no one goes home empty stomached so our canapes consisted of some light canapes and some of the more heavier and filling canapes….

…………and drinks- we decided on Pina Coloda, I mean who is going to say not to a Pina Colada? Not me!

and now to make it Insta worthy:

Well here is our set up, we used a backdrop with white flowers. A backdrop always make anything look so much better and it gets people guessing whether your at home or out. we used a dining table covered with a white sheet and we went for the rustic look, so used crates, wooden logs, ivy and more floral decorations. We placed logs and trays according to the canapes we had, and just kept topping up as required throughout the day.

Now lets take a closer look at the Canapes:

Prawn Cocktail, drizzled with salt and red chilli flakes….just pick one up and pop it in your mouth…..

Mini Fish and Chips served with Tartar sauce in individual dessert bowls (don’t forget the lemon slice). Don’t they look a picture? It’s literally a bitesized amount….

Mini Gourmet burgers. These fit in the palm of your hand, They were the cutest. The burger and the bun were both home made. Contact Afsha for more.

Mini Pizza and Quiches. How adorable are these? Once again Contact Afsha for these.

How delighful do these nachos look in the cups with salsa. This was my favourite by far…

Our favourite! Bruschetta, and see if you can spot the springroll in the cup with the tangy chilli sauce?

Olive Tails- basically tomato, olives and feta cheese on a cocktail stick! Yum

and lastly the Pina Colada. We did a few in the pineapples for the photos, the rest were in wine glasses (it is hard work. Maybe for another blog post one day? hmmmm…… there is an idea)

and here is a video of the whole thing

And thats an extremely chuffed and tired us! and we had the best time.

And how did we do? You tell me?

If you are after a canape party in Leicester, give Afsha a follow for your canape needs. I promise shes worth it. I cant host anything without her.

Afsha when we doing the next one??

Love and regards

M11bna

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Granola and Yoghurt just got Sexy!

With this whole lockdown thing, people are going a little crazy.

Initially we thought it’d be 3 months, so Dalgona and Banana loaf cakes were on the menu daily. Everyone started cooking and baking at home.

5 months into the Lockdown and no clear indication of improvements later, those Banana Loaf cakes are now happily sitting on the love handles, and Sheesh ( kebabs because I don’t swear) just got serious.

Now it’s time to stop the binge eating, pressing the ‘buy’ button on Amazon, and Friends re-run on netflix.

First thing to shape up…..and Breakfast!

We all know yoghurt is good for you, with the diet being all over the place, yoghurt can help produce vitamin B in the bowels, and promotes a healthy gut to fight off infections….. It sounds all great but blah blah…. I just can’t do yoghurt…. By itself.

So I was looking around for how to create something with yoghurt…. But everything seemed so hard, so long to make and so not appetizing. With the rise of social media and Instagram, food not only has to be eaten with the mouth, but also the eyes…

Also, I feel like I’m in the kitchen all day everyday. I don’t think I have cooked this much in my 37 years of life as I have in these last 5 months and I really don’t want to be faffing around in the kitchen early morning. I wanted something quick and easy.

And ta-dah….. Since when did Granola and Yoghurt become so sexy?

Here’s a quickie on how to make this. It’s so easy… I’m thinking breakfast, lunch and dinner …… I just don’t want to cook. Ever again!!

You will need:

  • A very pretty and cool cup, transparent. ( You know I have a thing for cups right) this one is from Bodum.
  • Greek Yoghurt ( I chose strawberry)
  • Granola (just buy it!)
  • Raspberries and Blueberries or whatever fruit you fancy, Banana and Strawberries go really well too.

And here’s what you do with it:

Granola at the bottom….
Add Strawberry Yoghurt….
Add few fruits….

And ta- dah…. Told you it’s easy least lemon squeezy……and picture perfect too and actually really tasty!

Give it a go and take loads of pictures whilst your at it… Just like I did…

Love and Regards

M11bna

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June in a Nutshell

I nearly forgot, seriously I nearly forgot I do this every month! Gosh I really am getting old… (Let’s not talk numbers here) ……. not thinking about it, seriously im not…… So let’s get on with it…..

What did June bring us? In no particular order….

Gigi Hadid & Zayn Are Expecting

Gigi Hadid Flaunts Her Growing Baby Bump for the First Time ...


Are they a couple? Are they not? Oh… They back together…. Oh nope. They not, oh she had moved on…. Nope she’s back with him…. Let’s stop right there!! *Bombshell* she’s pregnant and Zayn is the Dad…. Oh at least now we know exactly where they stand…. Or do we?

Regardless I’m sure they will make proud parents, and create the most beautiful baby ever.

Sushant Singh Rajput


I’m so confused with this, and really upset. This is a famous, successful, incredibly gorgeous young man in his early 30’s- Who gave up his life?! I don’t get it. I really don’t. Sushant Singh was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai, He died of asphyxia due to hanging. It really goes to show- ‘something’s really are not greener on the other side.’

I’ve spoken about men and suicide before here, and this incident really shows how suicide is a serious issue in Men. This man had everything in front of him, his whole life mapped out and yet, he chose to end his life.

“Gone too soon to the dangers of the mind.”

Mental illness is real. Especially in Men. If you or anyone you know is suffering… Click on this link for useful advice. Please be vary and alert of those around you.

Covid-19

I’m bored already…….. We will give this one a miss…… all media outlets already give us too much information…..

Stay safe, stay indoors unless necessary to go out, wash those hands. That’s all I’m speaking on this. Over and out

BLM


It’s still proudly going on. The movement is now a revolution, and a great one at that! But having said that…. Justice still has not been served, there is still so much more to do…

The Black Lives Matter movement explained | World Economic Forum

Shukri Abdi

Shukri came to the UK as a 12 year old Somalian girl, fleeing a war-torn country. Having been placed in a school- she was victimised to bullying. These incidents were raised by her mother to the teachers and head teacher of the school- yet they were ignored.

Shukri’s body was found in River Irwell. Police ruled last year that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, and that she may have drowned, however an inquest heard in February tells of how a friend “joked” with Shukri to “get in the water or I’ll kill you.”

Shukri’s mother also stated that there was no way that Shukri would have gone into the water herself as she could not swim.

The Black Lives Matter movement are using this as a focal point after the police were accused of treating the case less seriously because she was black. Which I think we can all agree with….

One demonstrator demanded authorities "give Shukri Abdi the same attention as Maddie McCann"

Lets get Shukri and her Family the Justice they deserve. Get signing here.

Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor a key worker in the pandemic and a model citizen was shot in her home whilst she was sleeping. The police officers responsible for her death have yet to face accountability.

Breonna Taylor police shooting: What we know about the Kentucky ...

Breonna Taylor’s home address had been used by an already arrested drug suspect to pick up packages- this was why the police went to her house. A False Address. On arrival they executed a no-knock search warrant and on leaving we have the Body of a Beautiful young Black Women who was sleeping.

Justice is still being demanded for this beautiful lost soul, whilst the three policemen who have done this are still walking free.

Would this have been a white women, they would never shoot her. Breonna’s mistake she is Black. #sayhername

Justice for Breonna- here is the link.

For more on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Click on this Link

Kanye West for President

I don’t know how I feel about this, I really don’t. I don’t have a problem with Kanye….. Just that he said “Slavery is a choice” ….and actually maybe I do have a problem. Maybe that is the Problem, and its a huge problem, and we can’t even blame white privilege for that. But I guess by saying that- he’s gained all the Trump supporters that’s for sure. Hmmmm….. this is a hard one.

Kanye West Officially Files to Run for President

But if he really is running for president – now’s the best time. He will always be compared to Trump- so no matter what he says or does he’ll always look ….. Well….better….. slightly better anyway…

Did the Simpson predict this? I am not evan sure of anything at the moment. Having said that I think Kim will do a great job as a First Lady. Atleast the women has a voice, and doesn’t hide behind her husband. This should be a good series to watch when it unfolds….I wonder if it will be on Netflix or will Hayu be keeping the contract? Hehe.

Its early days and I dont want to say too much. I remember laughing when Trump got elected, it was the joke of the Year……. and then we ended up with Boris. We got what we deserved. Ill keep quiet before karma comes to bite us again.

What are your thoughts on the Kanye for President?

And thats all folks, thats a round up of June, in the middle of July. My apologies. Ill get onto the July one quicker (hopefully, if I dont forget again)

Love and regards

M11bna

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Lets take a Look inside…. The Next Essentials Discovery Beauty Box

….And it’s time for another Beauty Box, and guys I’m not joking when I say that is the best one by far. It’s a box that just keeps on giving…. So let’s take a look…

This box is the Next Beauty Box. Although Next have now started doing monthly beauty box on the Next Beauty Range, this particular box is the Next Essentials Discovery Beauty Box. It is filled with a must-have selection of the biggest beauty products around for us to try. And the selection is awesome.

There seems to be some sort of collaboration with Fabled and Marie Claire…blah blah blah… I am just after a beauty box.

I do actually think that this particular box is now sold out, however I do know that on the Next- Beauty page there’s one similer. But this one is by far better. So I think ill wait to see if another one pops up in the near future.

I won’t lie- I was dissapointed at the actual presentation box, it felt like a shoe box, compared to the glamourus boxes I usually get- but then again this box was only for £20… So I could justify the difference……. Also no tissue paper on top…..thats another downer. You know I love me some tissue paper…. but that was the only downfall, after that there was only one way and that was up and smiles galore…

Lets dive right in

The first thing my hand fell straight onto is the Pixi Glow Tonic (100ml), Normal retail price for this £10. The first product has already covered 50% of the price of the box;

and then we have

ALL OF These PRODUCTS were for £20.

This box is no longer available on the next website but they have similer boxes on there beauty side of the business. (Not as good as this mind)

If I do see anything in future ill put it up on my instagram, do make sure you are following.

Hope you enjoyed this and do let me know if there is anything that you see.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Ms Beauty. The Perfect Girly Catch Up Date

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know I go here atleast 3 times a year minimum, and if I consider you to be special I’ve definately taken you here, if not…. Keep working Girlfriend, Not quite in my circle yet ( listen I’m 37 let me just pretend to be hip)(is the word ‘hip’ even trending at the moment?)

So why? Why do I go here? Well to that I answer…. Well first its in the city of Burbage which is just a drive away and also why not? What’s not to love about this place! It’s the best…. Let me take you on a tour,

Firstly Whats your ideal girlfriend trip? I want you to put aside the high heels and red lips kind of date. That’s the Ultimate date. But like when you want a no pressure, wearing PJ’s, hot water bottle, nearly time of the month, comfy warm setting, good food and drink and a Cry…. (yes a cry, because we all go through that. Dont we? Even the toughest of us). This kinda date requires the high heels and red lippy to be put on standby, and out comes the real girl talk, the nitty gritty, complaining and crying, and what goes on at M’s, Stays at M’s kinda girl talk……..and M’s Beauty provides us with the right atmosphere just for that….. Every Time.

They provide a few packages but we usually go for the lunch package. This basically includes: Starters, Lunch, Dessert, Tea and Coffee on call and a Massage….. yes you saw it right- I said a Massage! didnt I mention this is the full works!

For starters its usually different breads, olives and oils, and we get this on the couches so its a very informal kind of starter- which is what I love the most, the unformality……and so we just dip away whilst talking….

Comfy Couches and the Dining area for Lunch

I did mention that teas and coffee are on the go right? Im not kidding when I say its on the go, they come and ask you atleast 3/4 times if you want more.

Usually the massages/treatment are before lunch and they take you in one at a time into private cosy rooms, heres the room I last got, isnt it just the cutest?

They provide you with a choice of 4 treatments, so it can either be a Back massage, a facial, a mini manicure or a pedicure….. you just choose the one. If you want an extra one, you can add it on at an extra charge.

Now talking about how cute the rooms are, let me take you round, not only does this place offer a sanctuary for us female bodies, but it always has the most amazing pieces to sell all around,

If you have sat too much you can walk around stretch those legs and maybe even pick up a little gift or two.

Please tell me im not wrong when I say this is a paradise for us females. I want to pick up the whole thing and take it home!

Next up Lunch, the menu is very minimal especially because being Halal meat eaters we are confined to the vegetarian option. They usually have jacket potatoes with cheese and beans or a greek feta salad available though. Both of which are just perfect. I cant fault it…… the only thing is you have to bring your own drinks as they only provide water, but Im ok with that.

Luch under candlelight
we usually just take our favourite drinks

And lastly desserts, and im not joking im not a heavy eater but I always save space for this. Probably the best Eton mess you will ever have.

Let me just tell you this again, its starters, lunch, desserts, coffee and tea on call, and a Massage right guys, and youll never guess how much……. all of this is for £35. Yes £35, I spend more than that just popping into a Primark store.

The Perfect Date, the Perfect Atmosphere, The Perfect Package and here is the webby.

Hope you guys all enjoyed it. I cant wait to book myself in again once the Lockdown is over, Lets see who makes the hit list. Hehe

Love and Regards

M11bna

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The Zara Sale Haul (Summer 2020)

I am so damn proud of myself. I behaved this year for sure! This has to be the smallest Zara haul I have ever done, and I’m really happy with Everything I bought. For my Instagram followers- guys I will link back whatever is available.

It may be the lockdown that helped with this, I’m just not wearing much of anything at the moment, anything that’s quick, easy, comfortable, easy to iron is what’s working at moment and so I seem to have lost my desire for clothes, especially because lockdown may have eased round the Uk- but not for Leicester….. Guess where I live!? Leicester. Seriously peeps- what are the chances??

So back to the Haul; One can never have too many white shirts, you agree right? I mean every wardrobe has one white shirt minimum….

And this one with the pleats called my name and wanted a home amongst all the others. Couldn’t say no- it’s too chic, and at £12.99 it’s sitting with its new family. Click here

Next up are these high rise bootleg cropped jeans. I needed to check the cropped part because as a modest dresser- ‘cropped’ has to be a certain amount- but being 5’3- most of the time it isn’t too much of a issue. And these fit perfectly, just slightly grazing the ankle, just how I like my ‘cropped’ to be. And have a look at the ends. I absolutely adore the ripped edges. Another bargain at £12.99. Click here

Next up this cutie:

I fell in love with the bow- it’s the cutest with its ‘sailor vibes’. I’m still loving the blue and white feels to clothing- and this balances itself nicely against the black. It’s definately not for the warmer weather we have at the moment, but it’s going in with my winter wardrobe for sure. Another bargain at £15.99. Click here.

Next up this tweed effect contrast top, I love the ruching on the sleeves on this, and the tweed effect looks beaut. ( It is just effect, it’s not actual tweed) it’s perfect for the heat we have at the moment- can you guess the price? Urm. Yup. £12.99 again

And last up it’s these straight cut mum jeans,

The colour is slightly lighter than the other one, and the bottoms are just straight cut offs. I had to add this in, at £12.99 it’s a no brainer.

And here’s how I’ll be piecing them together

The white shirt will definitely look better tucked into the jeans- and depending on where I will be going, either the heels or the trainer’s. Both finish off the outfit perfectly.

The next one gives me proper summer feels, it’s the tweed effect top with the mum jeans, and a pair of flat pointies. Add the beach hat and plan the perfect garden party!

My favourite out of everything, my ‘sailor’ top, being a cropped top I’ll definately need a top underneath to cover my rear ( I am not a fan of my rear sticking out too much) the mum jeans and a pair of Converses. I think I conquered it.

All 5 items came to just under £68, and I got 3 different outfits out of it. I’m really pleased with it. All links attached.

What do you guys think? How would you wear it?

Love and regards.

M11bna.

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Want Free Skincare Samples …. Read On…..

Shhhhh…. I have a secret…..Come on in, Let me tell you….

Actually its not a secret, not at all, but I dont think people know about this. I didn’t and now I know I have to tell you, because its exciting!!

So let me tell you, what I got for free….

Yes I did, I got this for free, and I am getting some more next month, and hopefully after that every month until and IF they stop doing this…… so how? I can hear you! its coming, Im just getting you all excited just as I was….

And here it is, it is on the Feel Unique website here. Or if you go onto the Feel Unique Website search for ‘pick and mix’ and it will bring it straight up.

So how does it work?

You will need to register up first.

Then you pick the 5 samples you want from the list of 100’s and you pay for the P&P (£3.95) – and then once you received your goods- you get an email for the P&P back towards the next order. How cool is that!!!! And the other thing- you can do this every month! so every month you can get 5 free samples of skincare! I am sold. You?

I picked up the following, because these were samples that I really wanted to try out, but if you want to be super savvy about it, I would suggest you go for the luxury samples rather then the sachet samples I went for (lesson learnt for me going forward)

The mistake I made- I ordered over the phone. Seriously guys take 2 minutes out of your time and go online on a desktop or laptop, and you will be given details on the sample size and use your money towards the larger items like the tubes or the pots. The sachet usually have between 1ml- 2ml- I would try and get 5ml and above to make the most of this offer. You will be surprised some products are even 50 ml! How did I miss this?

I will just briefly go through the samples I got this time round

Upcircle Face Oil

Best to use at night, used to ease out wrinkles and firm up the skin. I love the smell of coffee and can’t wait to give this a try

Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Cream

Bought this for the hubby because like me, he is noticing things hes never realised before.

Oskia – Bedtime Beauty Boost

Skincare for me is easier in evening than morning. I wanted to try this for a while, just didn’t want to fork out on the bigger sizes product incase I didn’t like it. This works out perfect for me.

Nuxe- Marveillance Eye Contour Lift

I’ve not really been using alot of the eye only products, but it’s something I’ve definitely been interested in. I’ll start with this.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer

I don’t think this needs much of a introduction…

And these are my 5 for this month and if one of them make it to my “Product Pick of the Month”- then its a winner….

So Guys don’t miss out on this. it’s awesome and its free!! two of my favourite words in one sentance. And if you do go for it, Let me know what you get and if it was any good!

Exciting times, my End of month is due, so ill be popping some more samples in. And if you want to join me here’s the Webby….

Chat soon.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Lockdown Movie Date Night

Who says you can’t have a date night when in lockdown?

Lockdown changed our lives forever, but that doesn’t mean things have to stop… You just have to find different ways of doing the same things you love….

I’d like to say we have date nights often, but really we don’t….the hubby and I work together as well as live together, so as you can appreciate sometimes the need for ‘date night’ can be overwhelming… But as with everything in lockdown- you miss the things you wouldn’t do anyway more. ( Who gets me?) Like we miss going to theme parks – or swimming, or water parks….. Yet we prob only go once a year anyway…. so why the need when in lockdown?…. Well that’s a different story for another day … Back to date night….

Date night in lockdown means choosing what you love the most and creating a new way of doing it, so for us that would be netflix, shisha, movies, snacks. ( I’m sure in Lockdown this is preety much very similar for everyone)

I just wanted to make it extra special for us, and so made a quick pop into the shed to see what I could conjure up……

And conjure up I did…..

Welcome inside my Love Tent. Just how cute and preety did this turn out? So cute I didn’t want to use it and mess things up….

And now to tick off the boxes….

  • Netflix ✔️
  • Romantic Lights ✔️
  • Candles ✔️
  • Popcorn ✔️
  • Drinks ✔️
  • More Candles ✔️
  • More Romantic Lights ✔️
  • Shisha✔️
  • Cushions✔️
  • Did I mention Candles? ✔️

I think I’ve ticked off the boxes, and I’m sure hubby will be pleased with this. Now to choose the movie, although I do think in the last 3 months we have conquered it all… “Preety Women” it is.

And here’s a few more photos and videos because…. Well why not? Enjoy x

Love and Regards

M11bna

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