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Tan Products

I know how many women love to have a tan. As it’s quite hard to get a sun tan in January, I will start this year with a giveaway, a bundle of Tan Products. The bundle is worth £44.

Tan Products

This bundle consists of 4 products:
St. Tropez Instant Tan Gloss – 100ml (on offer at £9 at the moment, on their website). As with its name, it gives an instant shine. It can be washed off easily if you don’t want to commit to it. Can be used to enhance an existing tan or on its own.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming 4 in 1 – 150ml (around £13). This gradual tanning lotion is perfect to build up a natural looking tan. It is easily absorbed, and also moisturizes your body. You can use it daily.
UTAN Coconut Tanning Water – 100 ml (around £18). It is a facial mist that hydrates and tans, gradually developing over 4-6 hours.
Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt (around £4). It has a soft surface, that will help you achieve a seamless application of your tanning products.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To win these products enter the giveaway. By entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions listed below.
This giveaway is opened to UK residents only and closes on 31/01/2018.
The prize consists of a set of 4 items: St. Tropez Instant Tan Gloss, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming 4 in 1, UTAN Coconut Tanning Water, and Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt. The prize’s worth is £44.
There is no purchase necessary. No cash alternative is available.
Comments should be at least 8 words, shorter comments will be deleted.
The winner will be contacted on the email address provided, so please make sure I have your email address. If the winner will not respond in 28 days, a new winner will be picked up.
I will dispatch the items myself. I cannot be held responsible for items lost in the post. The shipment of the prizes will be tracked and, if lost, an inquiry should be made with Royal Mail or ParcelForce.
All entries will be checked.

*All the prices are accurate on the day the post was published. They might change, please check online for details.

2018 Goals: blog, personal, travel

Instead of making 3 posts, like I did last year, I made only one. It’s easier to have a look during the year and see how it goes. Most of the goals are similar to the ones in 2017. Again, when it comes to blogging I’m not going to think of stats. With the personal goals I’m very relaxed. As for travel, it’s more a bucket list and not a goal. If I can’t make it, is not really an issue.

2018 Goals: blog, personal, travel

Blogging goals for 2018

1. Pub reviews, every other month. I did a pub of the month last year and it was great. Now I will keep doing it, but not necessarily monthly.

2. Villages, every other month. I want to visit and share pictures from small, local or not so local, villages.

3. Fashion & Beauty. I enjoyed very much talking about fashion and beauty last year. So, I will continue to blog, once a month about these subjects. I’ve decided on a post about fashion and a post about beauty every other month. This way I will keep my Style section updated and so far these posts were quite popular. If I have more things to blog about regarding both fashion and beauty, I will.

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Merry Christmas

I’m pretty sure everybody is busy today. But, if, by chance, you are online and you see this, then it was worth posting it.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time this Christmas, with amazing gifts, delicious foods, plenty of drinks, crackers, and all the loved ones around you.

2017 Goals, how I did

I’ve decided to make a roundup of all the goals I’ve made earlier this year. I joined together my blogging goals, my travel bucket list and my personal goals. For next year I’m going to make only one list, as it will be easier to remember it like that.

2017 Goals, how I did

Blogging goals

1. Pub of the month. Done. It was so great. I enjoyed discovering the pubs.
01 Cavern Club
02 The Philharmonic Dining Rooms
03 The Bingley Arms
04 Ye Olde Starre Inne
05 Lunch at The Inn On The Wharf
06 The Queen’s Head Frodsham
07 Wheatsheaf Inn
08 The Holly Bush
09 The White Cross Pub
10 The Alyn
11 The Bull
12 Peak View Tearooms

2. Fashion & Beauty. I planned to have a post each month and I had 12. I enjoyed blogging about fashion and beauty and I will continue to do so next year too.
01 No7 Overnight Revitalising Hand Treatment
02 Makeup organizer
03 The Konjac Sponge
04 British Style Collective: Catwalk and Alcatel Arena Show & Shopping and Designers
05 Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue The Body Shop
06 How I keep my hair healthy
07 Pyjama and Robe from UKLenjerie
08 Vitamin E Moisture Cream
09 Liverpool Fashion Week
10 Primark slippers
11 Barry M MakeUp
12 Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose

3. Cake Club. At the beginning of the year, I wanted to start Cake Club with a blogging-friend. In the end I let go that idea. Instead I’ve started a personal challenge, besides Taste the World that I was already doing. This new challenge is called Royal Recipes, recipes that are related to the Royal family. It’s very exciting.

4. Reviews, monthly. I planned a review each month, but I did 14, even better.
01 Shoryu Ramen
02 Date night at Printworks, Manchester
03 Chalkboard bundle
04 Lapsang Souchong, my favourite tea
05 National Stationery Week
06 Agnes Vase by Normann Copenhagen
07 Cookies and Muffins by Paul Hollywood
08 The Luminarium
09 Varta Power Bank
10 Greener Cleaner Products
11 The Labyrinth Challenge
12 Staccups
13 Telescope Phone Lens
14 Best Luxury Mince Pies

5. What’s cooking (every other month).
01 How to make a realistic meal plan
02 10 a day for 1 week
03 1 year of daily smoothies
04 Weekly Shopping
05 Autumnal recipes
06 Vegetarian Christmas Ideas

6. Why series (every other month).
01 Why I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day
02 Why I’m Never going to say No to Cake
03 Why I use Photoshop
04 Why I love caravanning?
05 3 reasons why I love owning my home
06 Why I think that self care is important

7. Social media & Pinterest. Done, more or less (the less part being Pinterest).

8. Update the layout of my blog. Done.

9. Update the About me page 2 times. I did it once.

10. 1 Photo an hour. I’ve been meaning to do a post like this for a while after seeing them made by bloggers I love. I hope that by adding it to the list I will be more inclined to do it. I plan to do it in a few days, let’s see if I can. I have a cold right now and I’m not as excited to do it.

Personal goals

1. 365 Project. Yes, a few more days and it’s completed. I didn’t share all the pictures on Instagram or twitter though.

2. Sew more. I did transform an old dress into a long skirt, but nothing fancy, only so I have something suitable for my volunteer work.

3. Make 5 from 40 before 40 list.
01 Run in a 5k race in under 40 min. (no1) I did at Women’s Running Race Series, 5k in 39 minutes.
02 Complete an yearly book challenge. (no2) I didn’t set it up from January, but in March. Anyway, I had the goal to read 52 books this year and I did it. I finished the 52nd book in early October.
03 Volunteer to an event or with a charity. (no6) – I started volunteering at a local stately home in August. I was involved in Victorian Christmas too.
04 Improve my Photoshop skills. (no13). I did learn a few things that I’m using now more and more.
05 Make my own cheese. (no29) I will make it this evening. It’s a very interesting recipe that I’m very keen on trying.

4. Craft. I did a Make Your Own Advent Calendar post and I enjoyed it a lot. I planned to do this for a while, a few months or even more. It’s something I will do again next year because it was great.

5. Good things jar. No. Maybe I will try again next year, it’s not as exciting as it was in the beginning.

Travel Bucket List

1. Bowes Museum. I visited it in August: Bowes Museum and the nearby Barnard Castle.

2. Scotland. No.

3. Wales. We went to Wrexham for the day and it was lovely. We had lunch at The Alyn, a welsh pub. I planned another trip to North Wales, but the weather wasn’t great when we wanted to go.

4. Design Museum. Done, in January: The Design Museum.

5. Merseyside. No. Amazingly, we didn’t visit anything in particular in Merseyside.

6. Hull. No.

7. Bath. No. I wanted to go for my birthday, but had to change our plans a few days before going.

8. Blists Hill Victorian Town. Yes. Blists Hill Victorian Town.

9. Peak District. We had a few days out planned with locations in Peak District, but on the day the weather was not good or something else happened and we’ve changed our minds. Until it snowed and, as we had almost no snow in Liverpool, we went to Peak District to enjoy it. It’s not what I had in mind at the beginning of the year, but it was fun. We’ve also stopped at the Peak View Tearooms.

10. London. I went there twice, not as often as the previous year. I saw the Design Museum, I stopped by at Osterley Park, but it was closed for the public that day.

I did quite good, most of them are done and I’m pleased with that.

5 Most popular posts this year

I thought it would be interesting to make a list of the most popular posts this year on both my blogs. First of all, I was amazed by what were the most popular, I wouldn’t have imagined this. Obviously, most of them are from Spring-Summer, as I get traffic from google and more time a post spends on the blog, more time it has to be searched for. Some of the most viewed posts were from last year and two years ago, but for this post I’ve chose only the firsts posts I wrote this year.

Collage of five pictures

These are the 5 Most popular posts this year on my blog.

1. Frodsham, see more details about the town.
I would have never guessed it would be so popular. This inspired me to add a goal on my list, to visit small towns or villages. I love doing that and, by the looks of it, my readers love to read and see them too. It’s a win-win situation.

2. ASDA Wonky Veg Box, wonky veggies in a box.
I’m happy this is one of the most popular. I care about reducing waste and I’m glad I was able to raise awareness about ASDA’s program.

3. Makeup organizer, see the pictures with both make-up organizers.
Another surprise, as I’m not a beauty blogger. I have two organizers that are amazing. One I have at home and the second one is at the caravan. It’s so much easier for me to have everything in one place instead of drawers.

4. Behind the scenes of blog photography: backgrounds, wooden and paper.
I shared my backgrounds because I thought other bloggers would like to see them, maybe they get inspired. I had no idea though it will be so popular. Next year I’m going to talk more about the unseen parts of blogging.

5. BlogOnXmas 2017, details about the conference, including the goodie bag.
It was a lovely conference and my readers seem to enjoy reading about it too. How nice is that. It’s good for me to know that my posts about different blogging events are interesting for the ones that are reading my blog.

As a bonus, next one is 6. Why I’m Never going to say No to Cake, one of my favourite posts to write, about a healthy relation with food.

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10 items I loved this year from the goodie bags

I though it would be nice to make a post with 10 items I loved this year from the goodie bags. While I’m delighted with many other items, I had to pick only a few, and that was difficult. The items are not ordered in any particular way. They vary from beauty products to mugs, from tea to makeup. For some of the products I’ve already made posts, so I will link to those, for the rest I’m going to talk about them. I think I will make a post about the last item, a face cream, next year, after I use it for a bit longer.

10 items I loved this year from the goodie bags Collage of pictures

There are only 9 items in this picture, but the studs are shown below too. I received these goodies from different events, both BlogOn events, in May and September, some are from Paladone events, others from Very, Metquarter and a couple more from The Body Shop, at a fashion event.

01. Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop, review here. It is a face moisturizer I love. Now I’m at my second one and I still enjoy it a lot. I think it’s good value for money too.

02. English Tea Shop – Silent Night, as Pyramid Sachets. I have this tea when we have “Winter tea” in the advent calendar I’ve made. I like it a lot, it’s Christmasy and lovely. I would buy them without a doubt.

03. Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue, second item from The Body Shop, review here. I’m very happy with this cream, it’s moisturizing and lovely.

04. Mickey Mouse Luminart, that is now hanging on my kitchen wall. I like the vintage feel of it. It’s not something I would have thought of buying, but I’m so glad I’ve won it at a Paladone Gamesnight. I think it looks beautiful.

10 items I loved this year from the goodie bags. Studs

05. ChloBo stud earrings. I love nature inspired jewellery, most of the jewellery pieces I have have natural shapes and form, represent flowers, butterflies, geckos, and leaves.

06. NYX matte lipstick. I received this at the Very Holiday event. I never heard about the NYX brand before, but I was delighted to try it. The lipstick is long lasting and has a very nice colour. I would buy from them, amazing value for money.

07. Sweet Freedom Choc Pot, a product I received in the goodie bag at BlogOn in May. I’ve used Sweet Freedom products even before seeing the brand at BlogOn, but I didn’t try their choc pot. It’s delicious and very low in calories. I liked it a lot and I bought it again, from the supermarket.

08. Star Wars mugs, from Paladone, another item on my list of things I loved. My husband and I use these mugs often. I like having tea or hot chocolate in them when we play games.

09. W7 vegan makeup. I bought two palettes of W7. It’s a good quality makeup, considering the price. Now I received a W7 palette and I love the colours. It complements the palette I bought and I’m very happy with them. It’s not a high end brand, but, when it comes to makeup, I’m happy to pay less. Working from home has its advantages, including that I don’t need makeup that stays on from 8 to 7, but it’s enough for a few hours when I’m going out.

10. Skin Doctors Potent Vit. C Day Ampoules, from Very Christmas Party. I started using this cream a few days ago and I’m very happy with it. I might make a blog post about it, as I said earlier, but I need to use it for a bit longer. So far, it looks like my skin is moisturized and happy.

These are the 10 items I loved this year from the goodie bags. Are you a blogger? What items did you love from the goodie bags you received at events?

Sassoon Men at Metquarter

This week my husband and I went to the launch of the Sassoon Men at Metquarter, a dedicated space for men. I had a style change last year courtesy of Sassoon. I loved that look and I plan to go back to it next year. As you can imagine, I was delighted to be invited to attend this event.

launch party

Sassoon Men at Metquarter is the first one to open outside London. The new dedicated space is on a second floor of their existing salon.

presentation of different hair styles

One of the best things about going to a luxury salon is having a highly specialized barber that can offer advice and knows very well what style would be better suited.

When it comes to taking care of the hair, the scalp’s health is just as important. This is something I didn’t consider before, as I’ve always had long hair and its health was paramount for me.

Besides the talk about Sassoon’s history and their ethos that still guides the company today, we saw during the presentation three examples of hair styles that suited different head shapes, hair texture, and hair structure. It was very interesting to see different types of dyed hair too. I was impressed with the styles, all three looked very natural.

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