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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Pitch Cardiff and Wriggle Discount Code

Hey All

A few weeks ago when C and I fancied an impromptu date night he introduced me to wriggle which is an app that shows you deals for local restaurants. I believe at the moment it works in Bristol, Cardiff and London.

We found one for Pitch so decided to go for it. I've been to Pitch before for cocktails and tapas but the menu has since changed so I was excited to try it out.

Pitch Cardiff Restaurant Review

Pitch is based on Mill Lane and is a small little independent restaurant that has an impressive selection of menus (the roasts sound amazing!!!) 


Pitch Cardiff Restaurant Review

Wriggle works by you purchasing a deal then use the code. We had a deal that was £7.50 for a pizza and drink. As you can see on the menu above the pizzas vary from £6.50 up £9.50 and drinks were draft beers, small wine and soft drinks.

Pitch Cardiff Restaurant Review

Here is my tasty pizza. As it's a welsh restaurant they had a lamb and mint pizza on the menu and as a red meat lover I had to try it. This one is on the menu for £8.50 which even without the deal we did is reasonable. It was packed full of an impressive amount of lamb and the lamb was so tender.

If you're in Cardiff I can't recommend Pitch enough and if you're in Bristol London of Cardiff it's worth downloading the wriggle app. If you use this code NYHNFL it gets you money off your first voucher!

Love M

xxx

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate


Good morning all!

A few weeks ago I went to an event for Kiehls in their new store in Cardiff. The post on the event can be found by clicking here, and I've been using everything daily since I purchased it.

My skin has changed a lot over the last few years (thank you ageing!) and with winter in full force now I knew I needed to overhaul my skincare for something more appropriate.

I spoke to Katie in store during the event where she tested my skin and found that it is oily and also dehydrated - this I pretty much knew but it was good to have it confirmed.

I picked up the Daily Reviving Concentrate (DRC from now on) based on her recommendation and have been using it every morning for the last month.


Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

The DRC is a dry oil containing Ginger Root, Sunflower oil and Tamanu oil and have 100% natural origins plus it is paraben free, mineral oil free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. All of this sounds pretty good for me as I still worry about my skin reacting and bringing back the acne I had a few years ago.

I wanted to add more hydration to my skin routine without overloading my skin during the day, my face gets shiny enough throughout the day without any additional help but it also felt like a smooth grade of sandpaper and I was a bit stuck what to do.

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

I've been applying a few drops of this to my finger tips and warming it before applying to my face, I think it's only supposed to be 1/2 drops but I often need 4 just to apply it to my whole face, my skin drinks it up so quickly!

I began with 1/2 but it wasn't enough so I slowly increased it and everything is absorbed so I figured it was fine.

The oil is not only supposed to be very hydrating but is also supposed to help fight daily skin aggressors and helps to keep it looking youthful - all of which sound very promising.

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

I've been using this with the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion during the day, and pairing it with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate amongst a few other products to get my skin hydration level up.

My skin feels a lot better and seems to faring well against the -5C temperatures we've been seeing this week. As a test I have not been using any masks or anything in addition to this to see what happened and my skin feels pretty good.


Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

I imagine it will be the combined use of all products but my skin is feeling a lot more hydrated and has not reacted in any way whatsoever to the additional oil I've been plastering on.

My face during the day has been a lot less shiny, the oil seems to absorb straight away ( benefits of being a dry oil!) and the moisturiser has been great too - I'll do a separate post on this soon.

There are however two downsides to this product which may or may not be an issue for you.

The first is price, this oil costs £37 for a 30ml bottle which I think is very high. I very much appreciated the chance to buy this with a discount at the event and I have loved the effects on my skin. Although I do believe in spending on skincare I do think some prices are just too high, are you just paying for the brand and some pretty packaging? I'm never sure and am also not sure on the source of the ingredients.

The second point is that unfortunately Kiehls are not cruelty free, and they do test on animals. M has gone cruelty free over the last few months and I completely understand why. I haven't made the change yet but have been looking into it more and have since found out that Kiehls test their products on animals. I would always avoid companies that test on animals if there was an alternative, there really isn't any excuse to test on animals nowadays and so many other companies are cruelty free offering similar products that it is laziness.

For this reason I can't say that I would repurchase this oil for my own personal choices where budget constraints and the belief that animals should not be tested on mean more to me than trying out new products.


Have you tried the Kiehls Daily Reviving concentrate? Do you use oils to hydrate your skin?

What's your thoughts on companies that test on animals? 


L xxx



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Friday, 2 December 2016

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Firecracker


Hey all!

The freeeeeeezing weather really makes you start embracing the berry tones doesn't it? I will not deny I love reds and burgundies but I'm not normally one for a lipstick in the darker tones unless it's a balm or stain. I decided it was time to branch out and embrace what everyone else seems to wear all the time.

I recently wrote about the most beautiful Taylor Swift red lip product from MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer range, at the same time I picked up Firecracker which definitely fits the bill of a dark berry colour:

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Firecracker

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Firecracker

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Firecracker

The Lip Lacquer is just like the NYX Lip Lingeries in that it is a liquid lipstick type product, and very pigmented. It's easy to apply and with a bit of practice a good clean line can be created.

I've been wearing it on weekends and as I mentioned in my other review I've been pretty impressed with the pigmentation and staying power. It does crack but for a £3 lip product I really don't see any issue with reapplying this and who doesn't reapply after food/drink anyway?!

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Firecracker

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Firecracker

I'm definitely coming around to wearing these shades and I'd like to get a lipstick in a more moisturising format so I can wear it without reapplying all the time. 

What do you think about darker lip products like this? Do you feel confident wearing them at all times? I'm definitely a weekend only kind of girl, but hopefully i will get used to them soon as I really like the colour.

Have you tried the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer? What were your thoughts?


L xxx



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