Places I would love to Visit …

This blog was originally ‘5 places I would love to visit’ but I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5!

I have already visited some amazing places, the world is just so beautiful I want to see it all!

Italy has always been the place I would love to see the most of and this year I eventually started by going to Rome! It met every expectation and I can’t wait to see more …

  1. Venice – Who wouldn’t love to do the canal-side dining
  2. Lake Garda – I mean this place just looks so beautiful 
  3. Tuscany – Cheese and wine tasting? who wouldn’t want to visit here?!
  4. Florence – Browse the boutiques and taste the best Gelato!

I have also visited  a few other cities recently from Paris, Krakow and Budapest which have made me thirsty for more …

  1. Barcelona – The buildings looks so incredible 
  2. Prague – I’ve heard such great things about this place and apparently the Christmas Market is one of the best
  3. Berlin – So much history in this place it would be a very interesting trip
  4. Amsterdam – This is fairly recent the more I see of this place, it looks so beautiful and I would totally have to visit the Anne Frank Museum!
  5. Bruges – In a few words … fairy-tale medieval town

Over the last 7year I have also enjoyed some amazing Carribean holidays, but like I said earlier there’s so much more to see! 
Here’s a few I would love to visit if money was no object …

  1. Iceland – How amazing would it be to see the Northern Lights, take a Husky Ride and try out skiing
  2. Maldives – Who doesn’t want to walk down a pier and sleep on the water?!
  3. Mauritius – This place has been reccomended, Step away from the Carribean for a change 
  4. Thailand – So many mixed reviews about here I need to decide for myself!
  5. St Lucia – I think this one speaks for itself!

So as you can see, one can dream! I’m hoping to tick at least a few of the city breaks off the list over the next year!



Christmas Advent Calendars 2017 …

I’m a sucker for a beauty advent calendar, when I bought my first one a couple of year ago I had to prove the worth of each product to my partner just to convince him how good value they are! 

It usually takes me a good while to decide on one I want then I’m usually late in ordering and I get to open a few doors at once .. ha! You see, I’m not one of these who open all the doors at once… theres nothing more exciting then waking up each morning to find out what you’ve got??

LookFantasic have a beautiful one this year, such a unique design £79 (worth £300)

This one is the full 25days of goodies and contains 9 full size products and 16 samples! From the reviews this seems to be more skincare than makeup but don’t spoil it for yourself by peeking!

You can also save 20% when you subscribe to the LF beauty box (from £13pm) with ADVENTBB

Are you a Clarins lover? So this one is only 12days of goodies £60. Which again contains both makeup and skincare mainly around 30ml

Or how about a Selfridges one? This one is priced at £70 and is worth £250.

There are some great brands within this calendar for skincare and makeup including NYX, Beautyblender, Lord & Berry, Rodial, Caudalle and Molton Brown!

Have you seen any of The Body Shop calendars yet?? They have 3 and here they are…

1st is 24days of Beauty £45 (worth £88)

2nd is 25days of deluxe £65 (worth £116)

And lastly 25days of Ultimate Christmas £99 (worth £214)

As well as the skincare and accessories within these boxes they also turn into a trivia quiz for you to play Christmas Day after lunch! If you love The Body Shop shower gels/body butters or makeup removers these are a must for you!

My personal favourite is always YOUBeauty and at the moment this is on offer for £49.95 (worth £230)

I love The mixture of different products and brands I’m never disappointed! 24days worth of gorgeous over December including Nip+Fab, Morrocanoil, BareMinerals and ESPA!

Thank me later


ND Makeup Artists … Newcastle …

How many YouTube tutorials have you watched and taught yourself how to do makeup? Can you still not crack that contour you have been trying for so long? How about a smoky eye, are you there yet … I know I’m not! 

I was lucky enough to meet up with the ladies from ND Makeup Artists here in Newcastle! Heard of them? Well I hadn’t!

Here’s a few facts about the ladies at ND…

They have been trading over 10year and cover all aspects of makeup, hair styling & makeup training for all ages. 

Nick has a fashion background and also worked for MAC for 10year whereas Marie has a degree in beauty therapy and is from a teaching background. I’m sure you can all agree this is a pretty perfect pair to work together!

The studio is based in Newcastle City Centre, next to the Discovery Museum however they also travel to venues to cover weddings etc and work on sets (keep reading to find out more about this!) Whilst I was talking with Marie she let me into the secret of their hard work recently working on a new studio just over the road, the design sounds beautiful and will be opening early 2018 I can’t wait to see it!

Anyway, as much as the ladies are known for their weddings etc the main point of my blog is around the training ND currently run. The more I was talking with Marie the more I thought this was perfect for us ladies to get involved in when it’s just on our doorstep!

There are 3 different levels to the makeup training depending on how advanced you are … I know I would be starting at the first level haha! The sessions run for 6hours with demonstrations covering full makeup top to bottom, include lunch and a glass of fizz and tend to be small groups of max 10people with 2trainers to ensure everyone gets enough support, you also come away with an ND certificate! (Credited training coming soon)

Level 1 – Intro £119 (£50 deposit when booking)


Full makeup carried out in yourself including basic training in contouring, smoky eyes as well as product advice. Have some fun with it ladies!

Level 2 – Intermediate £139 (£50 deposit when booking)


Includes same as above with a bit more of a strong contouring and smoky eye.

Level 3 – Advanced £159 (£50 deposit when booking)


Bring a model! In this session you will create 2 looks where you get to design the look you want and carry it out on your model. There will also be a photographer at this session who will be taking photos for your portfolio as well as many more throughout the session. You will have 2 photos included in your price and you will also be able to purchase more if you would like to … We all know what it’s like trying to take photos of your makeup in the right light!

Christmas is coming up … are you struggling to buy for your teenage daughter, niece or granddaughter?? I know I am and this is right up my niece’s street!

ND are running 2 sessions of teenage makeup training (11-16yr) in January and are currently selling vouchers!

Friday 12th January 2018 or Friday 19th January 2018


£40pp or £44pp if you have 3 or more friends coming along with you

There you go ladies now you know about ND Makeup Artists, get booking your training for either yourself or with a group of your friends and have a bit of fun! To book your sessions or buy the teenage training vouchers get in touch with ND using the following:-

Twitter – @ndmakeupartists
Instagram – ndmakeup
Email –
Website –


Before I forget … are you still wondering what sets ND have worked on? Here’s a few …
MTV / Geordie Shore / Pixie Lott / Metrocentre fashion events as well as the Metrocentre TV Adverts

The Body Shop, October, Metro Centre …

Christmas is nearly here and The Body Shop have brought out Advent Calendars! I’m a huge fan of Beauty Advent Calendars and have purchased YOUbeauty ones the past 2year however I may need to try The Body Shop this year! 

The Body Shop have 3 different advent calendars at £45, £65 & £99 which are actually a bargain as they are worth up to £214!

I along with other bloggers attended an event at The Body Shop to check out the new range of products. We were able to sample the use of spa products by a hand massage, gain understanding of the best products for our skin whilst having a facial and then test out the makeup by having a make over! We were also spoilt with 30% off purchases in store and a free personalised body butter …

Before my facial I had a moisture test on my skin which at current was 33% … it should be over 50% … As part of my facial the beautican used Vitamin E Cream Cleanser £7.50, Drops of Youth Essence Lotion £15 and Drops of Youth Cream £22. 

I then took the moisture test again which came in at 45% so getting closer! I actually purchased the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel £18 and the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser which I’m hoping to go back for the moisture test after 1 month to see if it has improved, so watch this space!

I have never tried any of The Body Shop make up products so I was very excited for a makeover after my facial. I was very surprised with the foundation as it was a perfect match to blend into my neck as it is so pale, I went for a medium cover which was the Fresh Nude Foundation £15 perfect for all day at work. 

I love The Body Shop gift sets for presents and I was so pleased to have the opportunity to try new products which I wouldn’t choose to try normally! What is your favourite product from The Body Shop??


John Lewis Beauty Retreat,  October, Newcastle, Eldon Sq

Are you like me and have no idea the Beauty Retreat exsists in John Lewis, Eldon Sq??? Well it’s actually been open 6year now, how crazy!
I was lucky enough to have been invited to a VIP event and treat like a princess. Along with other bloggers we were greeted by prosecco and nibbles, had the luxury of being pampered in the retreat as well as being made up by the makeup counters!

Starting in the Beauty Retreat we were invited upstairs via a lift to Clarins for a taster of a shoulder massage, we then headed back downstairs to preview the Liz Earle beauty room where we left our details to be contacted for a complimentary consultation! … Now if you read my blog you will know im a big fan of Liz Earle, so I’m super excited for this!

We then headed over to the Elemis beauty room for a facial which are usually priced £30 and I have to say are totally worth it after my taster! Around the room were candles which Elemis allow you to purchase and turn your bathroom into a spa, they have four scents which you have just got to have a smell! My favourite was Clarity …

I then moved across the hall to ESPA where they were again doing shoulder massages however these were a bit firmer! The beautican was so lovely and applied just the right amount of pressure. I’m looking forward to returning for a hot stone massage!

Now we felt all relaxed, I needed to wake up before driving home so we headed to the makeup counters.  Again if you read my blog you will already know I attended the Benefit event and since I always have my brows done by them. I have so many compliments that my friend just had to head over and try them out. She totally loved her brows which at the moment she does nothing with … I think I have converted her to Benefit Brows!

If you haven’t already, you have got to check out the Beauty Retreat! This is a perfect way of relaxing after a shopping trip or long day in the office. Go see what vouchers you can purchase for Christmas or Birthday presents, so much choice for great prices.


Turtle Bay in Middlesbrough…

Have you heard?? … Turtle Bay is now in Middlesbrough and I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP preview night!!

Obviously if you follow me on social media you would have seen most of my photo’s already of the AMAZING food served at Turtle Bay!

How beautiful is the decor?! Totally gives off the Caribbean vibe and I love the social seating! Carrying on with the Caribbean theme, the music is total reggae and there’s 40 speciality rums served behind the bar as well as 2-4-1 cocktails until 7pm and again from 10pm! Now if you’ve read my travel post you will know that the Caribbean is my favourite place to travel to in the summer so I’m not a stranger to the cocktails and rum! When I told Sean about the 40 speciality rums he has jumped all over planning a date night and since I was driving the night of the VIP launch I would love to go back and try the cocktails!

Anyway, moving onto the food!

On the night we were served two sharing platters… Just Jerk – Marinated Jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, Jerk beef riblets, jamaican beef patties, sweetcorn fritters and spiced popcorn.  Vital Veggie – sweetcorn fritters, crispy okra, jerk pit grilled mushroom and peppers, pepper roti, bara flat bread, spiced curried chickpea and cucumber chutney.

The meat on the platters was out of this world! completely melted in the mouth and fell off the bone!

I’m not a veggie in the slightest so I wouldn’t have ordered the veggie platter but I have to say it was just as good! The okra was my personal fav!

We were then served two curries … Beef Cheek and Sweet Potato. These were both beautiful and not too much of a kick, just nice to suit most people’s spice levels! My fav as you can guess was the Beef Cheek, the beef was just incredible I can’t even put into words!

We were then greeted with the famous Jamaican Jerk chicken and the Slow Braised beef. Honestly this is so hard to explain how amazing the meat here is … it is INCREDIBLE!!!  Head over to Turtle Bay you won’t regret it!

Now to be honest, I was stuffed when the desserts were placed on the table but when I seen the banana and toffee cheesecake I just couldn’t resist! There were also Passion pie, rum cake and brownie as well as rum sauce and grilled pineapple. Although the cheesecake was my fav Mother Hermits fav was the Passion Pie!
Have you tried Turtle Bay?? Did you love it as much as me??


That Lame Company Haul…

Welcome to my first haul! I first noticed the That Lame Company when another blogger shared their blogger bundle haul, I had to check them out on Twitter and I wasn’t disappointed!

That Lame Company is all about the stationary and what better way to celebrate National Stationary week last week than treating myself to a bundle!

I decided to go for the Lucky Dip price at £15 (you can choose from different size bundles for different price ranges)

Within my bundle I received a ‘Weekly Planner’ deskplam £6.49, ‘Things I need to do’ Notepad £4.49, ‘I should have done this stuff yesterday’ £5.99, ‘Notes and Dreams’ Notepad £5.49 

At a total of £22.46 that’s already worth my £15 spent on the bundle! However it doesn’t stop there …

I also received 3 x prints which are priced at £2.49 to purchase each, as well as an A6 ‘Important Notes’ pad £3.50 … This bundle is now totally worth the price!

My favourite piece in the bundle I have to say is one of the prints which I loved so much I decided to frame it!

I have to say Chloe at That Lame Company has all the special touches when it came to the packaging and delivery of my bundle, how amazing is this personal touch within my parcel!

Have you tried That Lame Company?