Sunday, 29 May 2016

Beauty | Head Jog the Perfect Tangle Teezer Dupe?






I've been wanting to try a Tangle Teezer for as long as I can remember. I mean a brush that is meant to make brushing my wet hair a lot easier and tackling those insane knots without struggling at all, where do I sign up? Despite always wanting one I could never quite justify the £12 price tag. Call me tight, stubborn, whatever you want, I was a student when I decided I really wanted one and I didn't really have £12 to just throw at a hairbrush and they also aren't the easiest things to buy.. I'm terrible at remembering to buy things online, okay?

My hair is quite long so it can become an absolutely nightmare. Lately I've been really struggling to get a comb through it when it's wet and the back can only be described as something that genuinely resembles a birds nest. I'm not kidding when I say my hair gets knotty, when cutting my hair the other day my Mum realised that my hair has actually broke off from where it's been such a birds nest I've just pulled at my hair and I've obviously done a hell of a lot of damage.

I've been talking to my Mum about what I can do to stop my hair doing this, she's a hairdresser so she's got all the tricks.. She told me that they'd recently got a Tangler Teezer dupe at work that worked a treat for people with really long hair or kids who had really knotty hair, so of course I instantly told her to order me one no matter what.

Because I ordered mine from a hairdresser wholesaler my Head Jog only cost me £4.99, however you can get your own from Beauty Bay for £6.50. You can see that the top of the Head Job Mane Tamer is a very similar shape to the Tangle Teezer, but the Head Jog has a long thing handle that comes down. This makes the Head Jog really comfortable to hold and the long handle allows me to hold it in different positions.

This has made brushing my hair an absolute dream. When I get out of the shower know I can brush my hair through within seconds, yes it still gets knotted and tangled but I can work through them a lot easier and it's a lot less painful. All the knots and tangles finally being brushed through properly means that my hair dries a lot quicker! It's easier to style, my hair feels smoother when it's dry too and it feels a lot less frizzy.. I have no idea if that's a coincidence or not though. I've never been one to carry a brush round with me and brush my hair through the day, although I'd be quite happy to pop this in my bag and go because it just makes life so much easier!

So have I found the perfect Tangle Teezer dupe? Well I can't say for certain because I've never tried a proper one, however for me this does everything that the Tangle Teezer claims to be able to do and it's a lot more budget friendly if you just can't quite justify the Tangle Teezer Price.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Friday First | Just Bee Honey Water


I try so hard to eat and drink healthier. I'm not going to let you believe that I'm on a diet, and no way am I watching what I eat. I know that I should but sometimes I much prefer a bottle of Coke when I should probably grab a bottle of water. When I was given the chance to work with Just Bee to try their Honey Water*, which range in 43-49 calories each, I couldn't say no!

Just Bee have created three flavoured spring waters which are all "enriched with a single drop of honey" instead of "adding refined sugar or artificial sweeteners" (justbeedrinks.co.uk). Just Bee sent me over their three flavours to try and also the cutest little pack of wildflower seeds to plant to help the bees continue to have flowers to pollenate. Is this not just the cutest little touch ever?


The Blueberry drink was definitely my favourite flavour, it was really easy to drink but the sweetness from the honey just gave the blueberry flavour a little extra something. With the warmer weather that we've been having lately drinking this chilled was absolutely gorgeous. The Apple and Ginger was a flavour that I was a little bit nervous about, I'm a huge apple lover but the ginger made me feel a little bit nervous. The sweetness added from the honey made this easier to drink but it didn't take away from the apple or ginger flavour and made it really easy to drink. The Lemon and Green Tea drink was definitely the drink I was almost scared of, I'm not a huge fan of lemon or green tea but I gave them both a go. Just like the other two waters the sweetness from the honey made these a lot easier to drink, however unfortunately I just couldn't get through this drink because it just really wasn't the flavours I like.


Would I repurchase the Just Bee Drinks? I could honestly live on the Blueberry flavoured water for the rest of my life, it was so nice. I wasn't overly keen on the other two flavours, but personal taste is a huge thing. After looking at where the drinks are stocked I won't be able to get my hands on them anytime soon, and I don't think I'd go out of my way to order them online.
Would I recommend theJust Bee Drinks? If you're someone who likes to eat and drink as cleanly as possible then these drinks could be something that you really, really love. Also if you're someone who likes to watch how many calories they're having then these are really low. I personally would just find it easier to grab something on the go and you can easily buy flavoured water anywhere. 
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I loved the blueberry flavour but for me they weren't something that stood out to me as something I'd be desperate to get my hands on. I personally feel that you can get your hands on flavoured water a lot easier, and also I have drinks I love a lot more than have a lot less calories in them. I feel really bad because I love the fact that the honey is produced by the same people who create the drinks and the little pack of seeds is my favourite thing to come with a product ever.

Have you tried the Just Bee Drinks before? Do you think that the Just Bee Drinks are something that you'd try? Let me know!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post in anyway, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Life | OK Bouquet




For me Spring and Summer is the perfect time for fresh flowers, and although I love fresh flowers all year round there is just something about having fresh flowers in Spring that is just perfect. When I was offered the chance to work with OK Bouquet to review a bouquet of flowers from them I couldn't refuse*.

I opted to receive the most beautiful bunch of lilies because I've always loved lilies, my Mum had lilies in her wedding bouquet and I have a lily tattooed on me. I chose the White 'Universe' Lily Bouquet and nothing could have prepared me for what I received. If you have me on Snapchat then you'll have seen exactly what I received and how amazed I was. I knew I was expecting a bunch of flowers but I wasn't expecting a box nearly half the size of me to turn up, I really wish I'd stood next the bouquet once I'd taken them out of the box so you could really appreciate the size of them. They arrived packaged really, really well so just know that if you ever buy from this company then your flowers will arrive in perfect condition. As you can see all of the flowers were buds and were yet to open, but they started to open over the next few days and our house smelt amazing. I love that OK Bouquet send a little care card with the flowers, which I appreciate it may be common sense when it comes to flowers but there were some really good tips that even I hadn't thought of when it comes to bouquets of flowers. After looking online I realise that I was sent the deluxe bouquet which retails for £35 which I would be more than happy to pay for. These beautiful flowers lasted for a full two weeks before the flowers started to drop off. When this started to happen we threw them out because lilies stain and we also have cats and a very nosey little dog who is currently exploring everything with his mouth.. So we weren't taking the chance.

I'm all about supporting local businesses, and I love local florists. Although I can see the benefit of buying flowers online, only last week did Ryan surprise me with a bunch of flowers and he's all the way over in South Africa.. I think flowers make a beautiful gift and I love the idea that being able to to surprise someone with the most beautiful bunch of flowers can just completely make someones day whether it's for an occasion or just because. So if you're ever thinking about buying the biggest and most beautiful bunch of flowers that you'll probably ever see in your life, as a gift or just to brighten your house then OK Bouquet are ones that you should seriously consider.

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post in anyway, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday First | Dr. Organic Snail Gel


I feel like all I seem to be trying lately is skincare, but is there anything better than finally getting your hands on a sample of a product that you've been wanting to try since it came out? When Dr Organic dropped their Snail Gel, which seems like a lifetime ago now, I knew it was something that I wanted to try. Let's be honest, I think when it comes to this product everybody wants to know if it really feels as slimy on the skin as it looks when you see a snail..

The Dr Ogranic Snail Gel claims to "smoothens, soothes, and softens skin" and also be "effective in softening wrinkles". Holland & Barrett do recommend that the snail gel is used "in conjunction with a moisturiser after the gel as been absorbed" (hollandandbarrett.com).


So what did I think? I've honestly never been so disappointed in a product so quickly. For skincare it was quite a generous sample, so I had enough to really try the snail gel out and this sample lasted me from the Monday to Saturday and I was using it daily. For me personally a pea sized amount of product is usually more than enough to apply to my face, but with the snail gel I needed so much of this I felt like I was wasting it. On the first day of using this I went in with a pea sized amount of gel and I felt like I was just rubbing dry skin.

If there is one benefit of this snail gel is that it absorbs into your skin so incredibly quickly, you really need to work quick with this. I really could not get on with this gel. Instead of making my skin feel softer, smoother and feel soothed it just made my skin feel tight and dry. The snail gel does tell you to use this with your moisturiser, but I had to go in with my serum before my moisturiser just to add some hydration back in to my skin.


I really hate writing reviews of a product that hasn't worked out for me because I feel like I'm just slagging it off, but I haven't seen any of the claims from this product and I really don't think my skin agreed with me using this product either.


Would I reuse the Dr. Organic Snail Gel? Not at all. I've honestly never been so glad to finish a sample of something. I only kept using this product to see if any of the claims were noticeable. I really hated how this felt on and made my skin feel.
Would I purchase the Dr. Organic Snail Gel? Honestly, you couldn't pay me enough to buy this myself. This snail gel retails for £20.99, but it's currently on sale for £10.28 but I couldn't justify either of those prices.
Would I recommend the Dr. Organic Snail Gel? Not at all, not to anyone. Ever since this product came out I've always only seen great reviews of this product and I just don't get it. I hate writing reviews like this, but for me it made my skin feel dry and tight and that's not what I'm wanting for my skin at all. As you know I have oil skin and it doesn't dry out easily, so I have no idea how this would work for someone with dry or normal skin.
Overall score out of 5? A 1. Maybe I'm being generous, maybe I'm being harsh but the only good thing I found from this snail gel was how quickly it absorbed into my skin. It absorbed and dried so quickly I would have been happy going straight in with my makeup after if my skin felt hydrated. How it left my skin feeling just wasn't worth it and I haven't seen any of the claims that the snail gel is meant to do for you skin.

Do you use the Dr. Organic Snail Gel? Is it a product that you like and make work for you? Please let me know if I was doing something wrong with this product!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Life | Primark Haul Spring 2016

Primark is definitely one of my happy places on earth, whenever I'm in town I can't resist popping into Primark to see what they've got in. This used to always result in me buying something, but I haven't had a proper Primark shop since December except from buying a new bra to go with my graduation dress and some much needed new socks.. Essentials right? There wasn't anything in over Autumn and Winter that really caught my eye, so it's been a long overdue shopping trip to reconnect us.

Let's start with what first caught my eye when I walked in. Primark at the minute have a huge selection of t-shirts with prints on, not all are for me but as soon as I spotted these two Harry Potter t-shirts I knew that they were coming home with me. I first spotted the Dobby one and I couldn't resist, Dobby was one of my favourite characters in the book. I then spotted my favourite quote ever, it's a quote I live my life by.. So why not wear it on a t-shirt? I've been wanting a new pair of the PJ bottoms from Primark because they're so incredibly comfortable. I always go for the cuffed bottomed ones and when I saw the Harry Potter printed ones, well again I can't be held responsible for these things. I also found the cutest little pair of Harry Potter shorts and they just kind of fell into my basket. You can never go wrong with a pair of material shorts, I'll probably wear these for bed when it gets warmer, round the house and maybe I'd throw these on while on holiday.

Unpopular opinion, but Primark jeans are my favourite so of course I had to grab a pair. I find they fit me well, they last me forever and they're so comfortable. Typically, I need to go back and grab another couple of pairs in a lighter colour now that the weather is getting warmer so that my legs don't melt. I spotted this shirt and just thought how comfortable it looked for all year round and I loved the denim blue stripes.. It also looked really similar to a shirt I'd seen Katy wearing on her Snapchat. The sleeveless blue shirt with the white striped bottom was a real impulse buy, I saw it on the mannequin and my Mum commented on how it would be something that I'd wear so that fell in my basket ready for Summer.

This sleeveless long styled blazer type jacket was another impulse buy. Again, I saw it on the mannequin and I knew it would be something I'd definitely get a lot of wear out this Summer. The colours are actually a little different to what I'd normally go for, but I'm going to enjoy styling this up. This dress I instantly fell in love with as soon as I saw it in it's packaging hanging on a rail waiting to be put out, but then my Mum spotted it hiding among all the other dresses on the back wall. I'm a sucker for anything with a butterfly print and I instantly knew that this is a dress I will get a lot of wear out of!

I did that typical thing when I was in Primark and had the thought of "oh I'm running low on underwear!" so I picked up three packs of three pairs of lace underwear. Seriously, these are some of my favourite pairs of underwear ever. I've had some of these before and the lace is so soft and comfortable.. But yes there is now a picture of my underwear on the internet for everyone to see. As well as a Harry Potter addiction, I also have a slight Disney obsession so as soon as I saw this makeup bag I knew it would be something I'd put to use somehow. I planned on using this as my new makeup bag, but it's so big so instead it's what I'm using to keep all my skincare in. I grabbed another pom pom.. I have a black one on my handbag and there so cute, call me a basic white girl if you will but this white one is now sitting on my keys. While in the queue to pay I grabbed a Montagne Jeunesse face mask because I always grab one when I'm in Primark for 90p and then while I was paying I saw this cute little candle sitting next to me for only £1, so that also fell into my basket.

I also picked up a couple of sheets for my bed because they're cheap from Primark and keep my bed really cool, which I'm sure is going to be a godsend if it keeps getting warmer! So that's everything I picked up from Primark, I don't think I'll need to go again for a lifetime or at least until the entire new range comes in.. And I'm sure I'll be back in straight away.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday First | SBC Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel

Finally I have started to care about my skin properly and I'm starting to look at investing in some proper skincare. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love some of the bits you can pick up from Boots and Superdrug, you all know how much I love my Superdrug skincare and my must have bits from Boots! However, I'm excited to have the chance to try some higher end skincare bits.

If you have me on Snapchat then you might have seen a few weeks ago that I received this beautiful Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel from SBC, Simply Beautiful Collection*. As I've said many times I'm always amazed, and extremely grateful when brands send me full sized products. I was able to pick out a product to try and I just had to go for the Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel because it's definitely something I know would catch my eye if I saw this on a shelf in store.


SBC's Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel is a "fusion of Rose Essential Oils, Argan Oil, Chamomile and Passion Flower to condition, calm and soothe" which provides "an immediate feeling of comfort, relief and coolness". The Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel is designed to "ensure a softer, smoother, firmer" and a "more toned looking complexion". As well as being "formulated to condition, calm and soothe" skin the Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel "helps reduce redness..." and "will ensure a softer, smoother, firmer, more toned looking complexion" (sbcgels.co.uk).


So have I seen any of these claims? I've been using the skincare gel for just almost three weeks now and I have seen quite a few of the claims. The thing I have noticed most since using the skincare gel is that my skin is a lot calmer and the redness has been reduced. As I've got older my skin has changed slightly, I still struggle with oily skin and believe me I still get spots. Just instead of coming to head and getting as many, I now get really deep angry ones that are so painful and so red. Since using the skincare gel I have definitely noticed that when I have one of those face demons they're not as red and they're a lot easier to work with when it comes to applying my makeup.


SBC recommend that you use this skincare gel both morning and night as a moisturiser.. I use it a little differently. I don't use it in the morning because I prefer to use my Superdrug skincare to get me through the day. But I do use this at night, because feels so nice applying this as I'm about to get into bed. This gel stays cold and it feels so soothing as soon as it touches my skin. It simply melts into my skin and disappears almost instantly. I apply this after I've applied a treatment gel from Boots and I still wear a moisturiser over the top of it.



Will I continue to use SBC's Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel? Definitely. I have such a lot of product to get through, because SBC were so generous and sent me such a huge bottle of product, but also because one pump of this is more than enough for my face and I'm able to really make sure I can work this into my skin. I'm enjoying the benefits that I have seen from using this gel so it's definitely one I'll keep using.
Would I purchase SBC's Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel? There is a good chance that I would. Of course I'm going to look for a product that is easier for me to get my hands on rather than having to buy my skincare bits online. However, I have the 250ml bottle which retails for £19 online from SBC... For how long this gel is probably going to last me I'd be really happy to pay that price.
Would I recommend SBC's Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel? I would. If you're looking for something new to add to your skincare routine that will be soothing, cool and gentle on your skin then this could be it. SBC also have a huge range of all types of skincare so I think there will be something out there for everyone.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I'm using this every single night before bed currently and the benefits I've seen are great. My only issue is that I'd have to buy this only and it isn't easier for me to get my hands on, but then I'm also saying that without doing any proper research into if I'd be able to pick this up anywhere else.

Are SBC a brand that you've heard of? Would you try anything from SBC? Do you have any products that are similar to the Rose & Argan Oil Skincare Gel that I've tried? Let me know!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post in anyway, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Travel Thursday | Cape Town Edition Week 2

Last week everyone seemed to love Ryan's little blog about his first week over in South Africa, so here is his second week! I'm seriously considering asking him to write for my blog more often...

Cape Town - Week 2
Another week has flown by, and my skin tone is turning a healthy pink because I don’t tan being the fair skinned ginger nut that I am. The weather here has certainly been good to us, and somehow this is winter in SA.
Again Monday - Friday is boring office work, followed by retiring to the hotel for a whole lot of food, drinks and sleep. Only one more week to go - however this week I was asked to work Saturday which had only a very small impact on plans.
I was introduced to what the guys here call a ‘Braai’ which seems to be their version of a barbecue. Only they kind of do it better since it heavily revolves around meat and beer - which is what I’m into luckily. Oh and I mean GOOD meat. Since we all came in on a Saturday for half a day we decided to throw one at lunch as a treat; needless to say it was very good. Plenty of Boerewors was eaten.
Since I also got my rental car on Tuesday I finally went for a long drive and saw plenty of places this weekend. I ended up with a Hyundai i10 which isn’t what I would have personally picked (my company rented it for me) but it’s a rental car so who cares. It’s plenty of fun in the tight corners!
First I re-visited Camps Bay and walked up and down the bay. If you’re wondering, yes it’s still beautiful. I think I might have to keep checking, just in case. There’s a place called The Bay Hotel and it’s calling my name.
I then took a drive towards Hout Bay, but took a detour and came across a road called Chapmans Peak which I heard one of the guys at work speak of. I’m really glad I heard about it. The road is amazing, and I’ve never driven anything like it. The twists and turns, complimented by the amazing scenery was everything I wanted. If you love driving, love the coast, or love amazing views you need to drive Chapmans Peak. Maybe get something more fun than an i10 though. A hot hatch is definitely needed.
After driving Chapmans Peak and stopping plenty of times for some pictures, I stopped at Simons Town, specifically Boulders Bay. This is possibly the most well known location to see penguins in South Africa. Obviously I spent a bit of time here and chased a few around. They wouldn’t come sit with me no matter how hard I tried to befriend them.
Sunday was looking a bit boring initially as I spent it on my own, but I managed to find my way to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which isn’t usually something I’d want to do, but since it was a Sunday by myself I thought it would be great to go for a walk. The place is beautiful with some great sights to see overlooking Cape Town. What I didn’t count on was accidentally following a trail for a bit too long, and ending up half way up Table Mountain on my own. Not something you want to attempt alone, wearing a t-shirt, jeans and hi-top trainers.
Late Sunday afternoon I took a drive to Clifton Fourth Beach, which is about half an hour away. There’s four beaches in Clifton, and Fourth is apparently the most glamorous. Not seeing the other three, I might not be able to say for certain but I can see why. The beach is small, tucked away down some stairs, and nestled between rocks. It’s the most relaxing and chilled-out beach I’ve ever been to. Again, I wasn’t exactly wearing the proper attire so I looked a little out of place and couldn’t venture on to the beach, but it was a great place to sit and watch the world go by. I’ll definitely be returning here next week after work.
Week 3 looks tight. I fly out of here on Saturday, and I’m trying to cram everything in. Hopefully I can get through most of it!
Thanks for another great week Cape Town.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Beauty | Superdrug Optimum Skincare



Lately I've been talking a lot about how I'm desperate to invest in some decent skincare. For quite a few years now I have sworn by my Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser, however lately it just hasn't been cutting it for me anymore. We all know that as we get older our skin changes and what worked for us once just doesn't work as well anymore.

I suffer with combination skin, specifically I suffer with an oily T-zone but have really dehydrated skin elsewhere which can then lead to dry, flaky skin. I'd been talking to my Mum about this and while we were in Superdrug one day she suggested that I try Superdrug's Optimum skin range. My Mum has been using this range for a while so she couldn't recommend this enough for me.

Superdrug has a a few different ranges of the Optimum Skincare for different age ranges that include 25+, 35+ and 40+ and each range is different, as you'd kind of expect.. I'm personally using the 25+ range which is the grape range, you have the phytoglyc-age and apple in the 35+ range and the phytosurvive and phytodeluxe in the 40+ range.

Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Serum
I start off applying the serum, I'm not really sure why and I don't know if applying it before moisturiser is making any difference but I like to let this sink into my skin before I apply my moisturiser. The serum claims to "hydrates and helps protect the skin against free radical damage resulting in a smoother and firmer complexion" as well as being able to "minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after 4 weeks".

I don't really think I'm able to comment on the appearance of any fine lines or wrinkles, purely because I don't know if I had any? I'm definitely not saying that to brag because my skin is nowhere near perfect, I'm saying it in the sense of spots, oily and dry skin are my main concern. I also don't know if I can comment on having a firmer complexion, because I don't know what a firmer complexion should really feel like.. Why did I become a blogger?

Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape  SPF 15 Day Cream
From the very first day I used this I fell in love with it because I love how it feels on my skin and how it makes my skin feel. The day cream claims to "hydrates and protects the skin against premature skin ageing" as well as leaving "skin feeling noticeably softer and more supple after four weeks".

I absolutely love this day cream, my skin is definitely left feeling hydrated which is a feeling I haven't had in a very long time when it comes to my skin. My skin is feeling softer, but I don't feel like it's softer because I'm using a different kind of moisturiser but more because my skin is actually getting what it needs and feels softer from the inside.

Am I stupid for using anti ageing products while I'm and don't actually have any evidence of ageing? I wouldn't say so.. I've always been told that the best way to look after your skin and keep it from ageing is to use anti ageing products while you're still young before you really need to. Honestly, anti ageing really isn't a concern of mine even though I know it should be, my main concern is how my skin acts on a day basis and how it makes my makeup sit and how it makes me feel.

Since using this combination my skin has felt a lot better and like I've already said it feels as though it's actually getting what it needs from the inside. Since I've swapped to using the Optimum skincare I've found that my skin has actually been a lot less oily and I don't need to powder and blot as much throughout the day. Again something else I've always been told is that if you suffer with oily skin then this means that your skin is dehydrated and is crying out for moisture.. Don't quote me on this.

For some the Optimum skincare range might seem a little pricey for a range from Superdrug, but for how little you need and how far a tiny drop goes it's a great investment and one that I'll definitely be continuing to use.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Travel Thursday | Cape Town Edition

So you might know that Ryan is out in South Africa for three weeks with work, jokingly before he went out I asked him that if he did anything could he write about it for me so I could use it on here.. Well being the absolute sweetheart that he is he's actually wrote about his first week in South Africa and he's letting me use it on here for all of you to read. Enjoy!

Cape Town - Week 1

A few weeks ago I was asked by my employer to take three weeks out to Cape Town - South Africa, to help with a service transition. The trip is paid for, which means flights, hotels, food, and a car which I'll be picking up Tuesday is all paid by the company. Naturally I couldn't say no.
The flights here were great. BA have a great service, flying down to London from Leeds and especially the overnight flight to Cape Town was very good. Food and drinks were served, which were complimentary, the seats were comfy and reclined which gave us some well needed rest, and the in flight entertainment was good. I watched a good couple of programs which sent me to sleep.
Arriving in Cape Town, I was amazed by the beauty of the whole place. One of the first things I saw was Table Mountain. I’ve been here a week, seen it every day either up close or in the distance and it’s still just as amazing every time I see it.
The hotel I’m staying in, Protea Hotel Durbanville, is a quiet, out of town hotel. With a huge bed, room service, laundry service, a good bar, great food, and a view out of my room looking over the vineyards. There’s very little to complain about. The staff are brilliant and there are some real characters. Although it is a very pretty, quiet and well kept hotel, I try to limit my time spent here for obvious reasons.
Monday to Friday I work which doesn’t leave much time to play on the evenings as we tend to stay late, but what I did try mid-week was the steak. I’m not a huge steak eater, but this was good. The meat here is on another level. It’s real meat, and meat which you can probably only understand by experiencing it. It’s a must try out here.
This weekend, I spent time exploring on the tour busses, and they really do let you see a lot of Cape Town, and experience South Africa with recorded guided tours on every bus.
Saturday was spent at Table Mountain. I took the cable car up, which after a 40 minute queue, we were took up the mountain in just a few minutes. Heights don’t really do much to me, but I have to admit my legs were slightly wobbly looking out through the windows as the cable car spun around to give a 360 degree view of Cape Town. It was beautiful, although slightly terrifying looking down. Arriving at the top I was greeted with even more astounding views of Cape Town, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, the list goes on. Worth mentioning is also the very British names around here. I was surprised to hear names such as Llandudno, Somerset, and a few more which escape me. Table Mountain is however a must see, must do, and must experience.
Other than Table Mountain, I saw some amazing views, and some amazing homes around the mountains and beaches. I often find myself wondering what it would be like to become a real ‘Capetonian’. The views and natural beauty never tires.
Sunday was spent firstly at an aquarium, because when in Cape Town you must see some penguins. We then took to another bus, however this day was spent mostly riding it out, stopping only to experience the townships; namely Imizamo Yethu based in Hout Bay. A local by the name of Kenny Tokwe, who I learnt to be an inspirational character, took us around.
The township of Imizamo Yethu is a small collection of homes with an expanding population. I was shown the way they live, the community and a little history as we walked around with Kenny. Here we got to see the struggle, and the effects of the history of Cape Town. Most of the town was filled with metal shacks, although some brick homes were built by an Irish charity, and there are plans to build more. A few families showed us around their homes, and I was surprised to find that they did have electricity and water. At times I felt like we were intruding, but I was reassured that the locals do not mind the tour busses as they provide a good source of income to the local area. We visited in their Winter and the temperatures were the low twenties, however I wouldn’t want to be in those metal homes come spring, and especially summer where temperatures hit the forties. Walking around, we got to see the struggle however, we saw that the community is improving the way of life their, which is very fitting as the name itself, Imizamo Yethu, means ‘through struggle we achieve’ in Xhosa. It was an unforgettable experience and I really got to experience the other side of South African life.
The next week will be hard at work, but I’ll have another weekend ahead of me to explore this amazing city and we will have plenty to do. We will no doubt return to fully explore the bays, hopefully visit Robben Island, and check out Long Street and Century City.
Thanks for a great weekend Cape Town.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Life | Petshop.co.uk

I never really talk about the furbabies on the blog a lot, you may have seen the odd photo of Bailey on here and my Instagram, and you might have seen the odd cat lurking it the background but I don't give them they attention they deserve.

I was contacted by Amy from petshop.co.uk wondering if I wanted to work with them and receive some goodies for the furbabies!* With a nine month old puppy, two mature cats and three guinea pigs how could I turn her down and neglect them getting a little bit of attention and feeling a little bit famous! As you can see I was sent three different treats, one for each of the furbabies to try and see how they got on with.


The first thing to fall out of the bag of goodies was this pack of Dreamies for our two cats. Our cats can be quite fussy when it comes to trying new foods, so when I saw the Dreamies I knew instantly that we were safe as our cats love these as a treat. These are currently priced at 99p on petshop.co.uk and they have a great range of flavours if you're looking to stock up on some yourself!



For Bailey we were sent this huge bag of Huntland Grain Free Puppy Food. Ever since we bought Bailey home we've had him on a grain free diet, so I thought it was really sweet of Amy to make sure that she sent us some goodies for Bailey that stuck to this as it can really be a pain swapping up their diet again and again. The Huntland puppy food is a bag full of small biscuits; we feed Bailey on a mixture of meat with biscuits mixed in for texture. With Bailey being tiny I knew that this food was going to be the perfect size for him to eat and not struggle with. I'm going to take it that Bailey is enjoying this as he is still eating his food as quickly as possible and hasn't gone off his food since trying this. The 2kg bag that we were sent is currently £11.95 on petshop.co.uk which for us with a tiny dog like Bailey is going to last us a lifetime and I think is a fair price.





A lot of people don't realise that we also have guinea pigs, you might see our cats or Bailey lurking in the back of photos or my Snapchats, but you'll very rarely see our guinea pigs. We don't have our guinea pigs on any specific diet, apart from they are incredibly spoilt and get fresh veg every day for their breakfast and dinner so I had no idea what to expect from Amy for them. We received this bag of chamomile herbage, which we were quite excited about. We give our guinea pigs hay every time we clean them out so this was definitely going to be something fun for them. I can honestly say that our guinea pigs love this and as soon as we've put it in their bowls, it's gone. The guinea pigs were also the only ones I could get pictures of munching on their goodies because they actually take their time! The chamomile herbage is £3.34 for a 500g bag.

For me the idea of something like petshop.co.uk is great. Honestly, it isn't something that I'd have thought of before as I'm not a person who does food shopping online, in fact unless it's eBay or Amazon I rarely buy things online. I can definitely see the attraction for people. Just having a browse on petshop.co.uk myself I can see just how many different goodies there are out their for pets, and for people who love their furbabies I know just how much people are willing to research and spend trying different things for them. As well as furbabies petshop.co.uk also caters for birds, fish and reptiles, just incase you ever need any new supplies! There is free delivery on orders over £19.99 which I can definitely see people reaching incredibly easy because I know just how much people are willing to spend on their pets.

Although we have to buy our cat food from our local supermarket as it's what suits them best after years of trying, and we rarely have to buy food for Bailey because he's so tiny that a big bag lasts us forever. Petshop.co.uk is definitely going to become somewhere that we'll definitely look on when we're next looking for something new or wanting to compare prices next time we have a shop for the furbabies!

*I was sent these products for free in return for a review. All opinions are my own, honest and have not been influenced in any way. I have not been paid for this post.