Month: June 2014

Shop Your Stash – Boots Botanics Facial Loofahs

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Shop Your stash

So this is post number 2 for Shop Your Stash, as started by the lovely Hollie over at Pretty Big Butterflies. You can find my first SYS post here.

I would thought I would take this as another opportunity to review a beauty product, again it’s a little bit more on the unusual side. Well I think so, as when I personally think of beauty blogs it’s all make up, make up, make up (and a bit of hair styling thrown in for good measure).

I first found this product in Boots when I was aimlessly wandering around one of their stores (and filling up my basket with things I “need”) and wondered what on earth they were! Facial and Loofah are not 2 words I would ever think would come together on a product, let alone see it in actual circulation. I had a quick look at the packet and dismissed it as a silly product that was a waste of money and swiftly moved on to the nail polishes.

Then my regular Boots Advantage Card vouchers came through, which had a point builder voucher for the Botanics range. So idle curiosity got the better of me and I bought a packet, and my word am I glad I did!

The loofahs themselves are about the size of the average round cotton pad and you get 4 compressed loofahs in a packet. Once dampened with water it pops right up into a soft yet firm pad. These are perfect for giving your face a scrub if you have dry skin problem (like me) and you find exfoliating  washes a little harsh, which some of them can be!

I was pleasantly surprised at how good these are, they are firm enough that you feel as though it’s doing good to your face, but supple enough to get around the more tricky parts of your face.

And after I read an article on the BBC website about Microbeads entering water supplies as they are too small to be filtered out. (

Who, What, Why: Why do people want to ban ‘microbeads’?) Then these are definitely a good buy! As you can use any normal face wash with the loofah and still get the exfoliation.

So in summary, I strongly suggest ditching the “microbead” face washes and going for these instead! They are £2.75 for a packet of 4, available in Boots stores. (couldn’t find them on the online store)


Here’s a list of all the other lovely people taking part in the Shop Your Stash blogging.



Man Alone in Las Vegas Airport Kills Time by Lip-Syncing Celine Dion’s “All By Myself”

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I don’t usually post this kind of thing. But this is genius!!


Some may say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But when a man named Richard Dunn was in McCarran International Airport overnight, he clearly wanted the world to know. So he turned a boring night into a hilarious viral video, lip-syncing Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” while sitting on the escalator, and slouching against the handrail of the moving walkway while looking longingly into the camera to show the pain of going nowhere.

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21st Century Dating

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For the most part, I consider myself to be a modern woman. I pay my own bills, I have my own (rented) flat, I can look after myself and I can even spend time on my own with out any problems. But there is one area that I think I feel like I may have a bit of a more traditional/old fashioned outlook, and this is dating.

I’ve been single now for about 4 months, and whilst I’m not in any hurry to find a boyfriend and lose some of my new found independence, I figure that there is no harm in looking. So I have signed up to a couple of dating sites to have a look what is available “on the market” at the moment. I have messaged a few guys and received a few as well, but I can help but feel a little frustrated by it sometimes.

Of course I have had a few weird messages, it seems to be part of the experience unfortunately. But there are other creatures that I have come across that are hard to define.

I have come across a few guys that are like this: “thanks for your message, you seem really nice but… I’ve recently met someone so will be deleting my profile soon.” and you seen that a few weeks later, they are still logging in.

You get the ones where conversation is extremely painful, like getting blood out of a stone, then they wonder why you aren’t replying any more. My theory is, if you can’t have a decent conversation in text form, then verbal is going to be even worse, surely?!

Then you have the ones you actually manage to get on with, you go on a date, they tell you how they really like you, how they would love to meet up again. Then you hear nothing from, or you do, but not a lot. Then when you’ve moved on to talking or even going on dates with someone else, they seem put out.

This is the part where I’m more traditional I suppose. I don’t want to be the one making all the effort to contact a guy. My philosophy is, if he is interested, he will do all he can to make sure he stays in touch. Even if our schedules are clashing, with technology how it is at these days, there isn’t really much excuse for not keeping in touch. Even if it’s just the one message to explain that things have been hectic or what have you.

If I like a guy, I do tend to go into contact overload. I text a lot, even if I haven’t heard from them since the last one I sent (we are talking gap of a day rather than minutes). But I am starting to feel like this makes me seem desperate or something. Is it crazy for me to feel like I’m wanted.

I happen to think I’m a damn good catch, and once it’s obvious that we mutually appreciated each others company, I shouldn’t have to chase after men, it should be the other way around!

I saw this somewhere on the internet the other day, and it felt like it summed it up quite well for me.

It is the least he could do...
It is the least he could do…

Is this a bit of an old fashioned view point? I don’t know, maybe. But I know that I refuse to do the chasing any more. I am getting too long in the tooth to be wasting my time on men that make it feel like they aren’t bothered. Regardless of what they say. Actions speak louder than words.

Maybe I’m just being too sensitive to these things and I need to learn to chill out a lot more.

Me + Boredom = Eating

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Those of us that are trying to lose weight are usually told to try and think of triggers that could be causing our weight gain so we know how to try and plan for when these things happen and stand up to it head on.

I have always thought that my biggest problem is that I eat when I’m bored. Today I have had massive proof of that being exactly the case.

Today I had a day off work, in the past this would end up in no ends of eating stuff I shouldn’t be. Snacking in front of the TV and not really having proper meals because I “can’t be bothered” to cook something.

However, today has been different. Today I have been doing my new addiction/hobby. Keeping my hands and mind busy on other things. I skipped breakfast and just had a mid morning hifi bar to tie me over as I woke up late. Then I had a proper lunch of cod, homemade potato wedges and veg. This is all I have eaten today. I haven’t felt the need to raid the cupboards or the fridge. I even have biscuits in my flat at the moment and I haven’t touched those either.
Tomorrow I go back to work and the normal routine and I just know that I will be wanting to munch all day.
Not only is this proof that I eat when I’m bored. It’s proof that my job is not what I should be doing as it’s not stimulating enough for me.
I am going to take lots of fruit etc with me in preparation to the snack monster attack. Let’s hope I can stick to that and don’t wander off to purchase something.

Does anyone else get the munchies when their bored? How do you combat it?