Sunday, 26 February 2017

111 Skin Facial Treatment Mask Review

Hi guys,

I received this 111Skin facial treatment mask in a subscription box and was really looking forward to trying it out. It is the Gold Brightening facial treatment mask which is by Dr Y Alexandrides at Harley St, London. 

It is a facial treatment sheet mask which is imbued with gold. 

It was pretty easy to apply to my face as it is a sheet mask. You literally just put it on to your face and it sticks on there. It doesn't smell of anything and the packaging is quite easy to open. 

The sheet mask is very moist (hate that word!) but the liquid is more of a gel like consistency than a moisturiser type mask liquid.

So, while the mask was on, my face felt quite good as there was a lot of the gel on my face. However, upon removal of the mask when I worked in the remaining liquid, it dried out my face very quickly. 

I followed with a toner and moisturiser but I didn't get the same benefits from it as I have had from other masks. It didn't give a specific face type on the mask packaging but it definitely wouldn't be suitable for anybody with really dry skin as it would definitely suffer. 

I definitely wouldn't purchase this again as I didn't like the effect it had on my skin. I am quite glad it was in a beauty box and I didn't spend a lot of money on it!!

Have you had a product let you down??

Rachael xox

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Friday, 24 February 2017

TV Shows I have been watching lately ...

Hi guys,

I thought I would share with you the TV shows that I have been loving lately!

1. Grey's Anatomy

I can't believe that I haven't watched this ever! I am now onto series 9 and I absolutely adore it. It is one of the best things I have ever watched. I am in love with Meredith Grey, can't keep my eyes off Jackson Avery and have ugly cried over it more times than anything else I have ever watched.

The main premise is following Meredith Grey from being a surgical intern at a Seattle hospital and it follows her career and love life. Although she is the main character in the show, the rest of the characters make up an excellent cast too. There are a lot of familiar faces from other series and movies. I have never really been into hospital programmes but this has me glued.

2. The OA

The OA was very well written and directed and is a Netflix original. It had me sucked in from the beginning and thank for for pnuemonia, as it meant I could binge watch the entire first season. Google tells me there will be a season two released, which I honestly cannot wait for. If you haven't seen this one, then check it out. You will not be disappointed. 

It follows the story of Prairie, also known as The OA. She has been missing for several years and the story follows her after she has been found. She finds"followers" who she tells her story to and each episode reveals more of her story. I don't want to spoil it but you won't be disappointed. 

3. Stranger Things

I have only watched a couple of episodes of this but what I have seen so far I really like. I love the costumes, the storyline (supernatural) and the whole gist of the thing. Once I get through Grey's, I'll be watching more of this series.

4. The Vampire Diaries

I adore The Vampire Diaries. I have read the books and although the series are only loosely based on the books, I have watched all of those since the very beginning. The whole premise of the show centres around Elena Gilbert who meets and falls in love with not one, but two vampires. The fact that the vampires are brothers makes the story even more intriguing. The current season is the last ever with the spin off (The Originals) continuing on. This season isn't as great as previous. I feel like they have maybe tried to fill out the season a little but I am giving it time, I am just so ready now to see how they finish off the series.

5. Once Upon A Time

For a girl who grew up dreaming of becoming a disney princess (one day!), this show is everything. I could watch this series over and over again and every episode introduces new characters, new storylines and the most amazing real life versions of the original disney set. I just love how magical the show is and even though the storylines are dark and the characters even darker, the creation of Emma (the main character) is the best thing of it all. She is amazing. If you are a child at heart, ready for magic - check it out!

Have you got any recommendations for me?

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

My Top 15 Travel Destinations ...

Hi guys,

Chris and I have been forward planning for a while on our various trips and where we would like to go and it made me think about places I really want to go.

I know I posted a Summer destination wishlist last year which you can see here, but these are the ultimate places I would wish to go. 

I have already told you of my travel plans here so far but I have a lot of places I often think about or get quite the pang of jealousy if anyone goes and visits.

Basically, if my time was numbered, I would just start at 1 and visit them all.  So, in no particular order, here we go.

1. Prince Edward Island & Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island is the location of the Anne of Green Gables novels/movies and I absolutely adore them. I would like to see all of the sights and places from the movies but also, the scenery is absolutely unreal. Every image is stunning. Nova Scotia is the name of the province in which Prince Edward Island lies and again, it has a lot of sites used from the film but it is also a stunning landscape. This is definitely one of my top travel goals.

2. Ireland Road Trip

An Ireland road trip is probably something we are planning in for next year. We have been to Dublin before, take a peek here. We love Ireland and it is such a beautiful place. I want to visit The Wicklow Mountains (PS I Love You), the Ring of Kerry, The Giant's Causeway, The Carrick Rope Bridge and check out some of the Game of Thrones filming locations. 

3. Iceland

Iceland seems to be the "in" place to be recently. It is picturesque. There are plenty of natural sights to see; geysers, volcanos, waterfalls and glaciers. A highlight for me would be dog sledding and visiting the Blue Lagoon too.

4. Alaska

Alaska again is scenic and picturesque. The main highlights for me would be looking for wildlife; bears, eagles and elk as well as doing some whale watching. Juneau is definitely one of the top places to visit based on travel recommendations but there are plenty of other places for sightseeing. This is definitely somewhere you could go for two weeks and still not see everything you want to see.

5. Disneyland, Florida

I definitely want to go and visit Florida. I want to go to Disney Land, Universal Studios - basically all of the attractions that Orlando has on offer. I don't see much point in going without children but we'll see when this one goes on the list.

6. New Orleans

I have always had an interest in visiting New Orleans. Some of it is the supernatural element - reading books and watching movies that have centred in NOLA. I especially love the idea of the historical nature of the buildings and homes. I would love to see the plantations too.

7. Washington DC

Although, I might wait for four years before I go to the capital, I really do wish to go to Washington DC. Not just to view the political and historical landmarks but to visit the vast amount of museums too.

8. Santorini, Mykonos, Athens

This is the ultimate in Grecian trips. I have visited two Greek Islands previously and both were incredibly picturesque. Santorini and Mykonos are very Mediterranean with the blue and white and the beautiful scenic views. There is also just something about Ancient Greece and the Greek Gods I adore as well, so Athens for me would be a little bit over-exciting!

9. North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia

If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks books and films (is there a theme here?!), you will know they are mainly set in the Carolinas. That area of America is absolutely stunning. They have the most amazing beaches, scenery and photo opportunities. The website, Road Trip USA, show you a specific route to take in all of these areas. 

I like the country/beach aspect of the holiday.

10. Venice & Verona

Rome has me on a bit of a Italy kick so I looked into the different parts of Italy I would like to visit and I absolutely love the idea of Venice. So many people I know have been and said it was amazing. I love the idea of Verona after watching it on a documentary - particularly Juliet's balcony!

11. Austria

I adore Sound of Music and it has been a life long ambition of mine to run up the mountain singing "the hills are alive", not to mention the horse and trap ride & generally exploring Vienna itself. I would also like to do some skiing at some point and Austria seems like such a good place to do this!

12. Tallinn, Estonia

I saw Tallinn, Estonia once in a magazine when a travel editor was reviewing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of visiting. The untouched historic town is said to be one of the newest attractions for European breaks. Although I still want to visit places like Prague and Krakow, I really do want to see Tallinn!

13. Las Vegas

Las Vegas is in our plan for the next couple of years. Chris has been previously but he was only a child. I am not really into the gambling side (though I will have a go), but I love the idea of the party nights, the themed casinos and nightclubs and the general atmosphere. We will definitely be visiting in the next few years!

14. San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Diego & LA

Although there aren't many places on the West Coat of USA I would like to visit, I have see this multi site trip advertised quite a few times so we will definitely take up the opportunity and visit.

San Francisco - Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Seafood near the bay, riding a tram up the hills

LA - Rodeo Drive, Beaches, Shopping, Hollywood!

Santa Monica - Rides on the pier, surfing.

San Diego - Zoo, Comic Con (if timed right!)

15. Brazil

Brazil is one of those funny places for me. I really want to visit Rio and take in all of the sights but I also want to experience the local culture and nightlife.

So, now you have seen the destinations that will (hopefully) be keeping me busy in the next few years.

Have you got a travel bucket list?

Rachael xox

Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekend Visit: The Granary, Brigham

Hi guys,

So, at Christmas, instead of buying gift sets and chocolate for my family, I decided to book us a weekend away. We had such a good time and the cottage I booked for the two nights was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this type of gift, although it can be a bit difficult to get dates that everyone can go to!

The cottage was The Granary and is part of The Bridge Farm Holiday Cottages, you can view here. It is part of a little group of cottages that have been converted from farm buildings. It was located in a tiny little area of Driffield called Brigham. 

Although there weren't any children in our group, the cottage would have been an excellent place for them to stay as they had made it extremely child friendly. There were even cupboards with highchairs and travel cots in.

The Granary is a four bedroom cottage; one of the rooms is en-suite and there are an additional two bathrooms. It also has a large kitchen diner and a lovely living room with a woodburning stove.

Makeshift football pitch

Shared courtyard area - gorgeous with a table and chairs and brick built BBQ. Perfect for Summer.

There is a games room onsite with ping pong, snooker and pool table as well as lots of children's games and board games. There was even a barn with children's ride along toys in!

The best part about the whole weekend was that the cottage was on a farm. Just a couple of metres from The Granary was a chicken coop, duck pond and a few fields with sheep, a horse and a couple of naughty goats.

We collected eggs from the coop for our breakfast and fed the animals fresh fruit and veg, encouraged my the owner.

The owners had gone above and beyond. We got a bottle of wine and some packs of biscuits upon arrival. The kitchen was so well stocked with cutlery and pots and pans, it was unbelievable; it put mine to shame.

We also took some DVDs along to watch but there were plenty to choose from in the games room as well. Even though the weather was slightly chilly, the underfloor heating definitely helped.

We had a gorgeous time here and we will definitely be revisiting!

Have you had any gorgeous weekend stays??

Rachael xox