Saturday, 17 March 2018

Life Update - 2018 so far!

Hello everyone! It's been quite a long time since my last blog post, I'm normally pretty on the ball with scheduling posts, tweets and having my images edited and ready to go bit the last few weeks have been so busy I haven't even had time to think straight!

My last post was 3 weeks ago, so I thought I'd share some of the things I've been up to recently and share some snaps. I love seeing pictures of things that other people have been up to so I hope you like seeing mine too!

We both recently went away for the weekend with fellow bloggers Sophie Rose and Laura from Laura Kate Life. We've known these ladies via twitter since we all started blogging the same time and its the second time we met up (the first was for prosecco brunch in Bristol!)

We booked a cottage in the middle of nowhere in Salisbury, took a load of food and drink and planned to catch up, wander around the countryside and find a pub to watch the match!

2018 so far

2018 so far

When we arrived we drank a fair few bottles of prosecco that we had originally intended for prosecco brunch....oops! So by the time breakfast came around we were a little short! We also had a few cocktails with some juices we had been sent from Crafted Drinks. The apple, lime and mint went really well with some rum we'd brought with us.

We mixed the prosecco with the mango and passion fruit one, it went really well with it for breakfast as we didn't have any orange.

2018 so far

2018 so far

After that we met the dog next door who was super cute!

Then we got our boots on and walked to the local pub, which was a few miles away and took us 1.5 hours but it was worth it. We sat there for a few hours with a few ciders, playing Dobble and watching the rugby. It wasn't a good match for England or Wales!
2018 so far

2018 so far

How cute is the pub we found???

We all loved the car parked outside and how it was lit up at night!

2018 so far

2018 so far

Apart from that I've been trying (not very successfully) to get my training in gear. I need to step it up a big notch in the next few weeks to help me catch up with everyone else in my group.

I've been travelling with work recently and have been to Norway, I've been sharing my pictures on instagram and insta-stories if you have been keeping up with those (@thecsigirls)

2018 so far - Birmingham

Oslo Norway

Oslo Norway

It was pretty cold and stayed between -4 and -11C the whole time! The sea was frozen in places and it snowed most days so I've definitely had my fill of snow this year with the Beast from the East. 

I really hope round 2 doesn't arrive any time this weekend either, but I can't wait to share my experiences in Norway and the ski slopes with you!

Do you like reading life posts and seeing what other people have been doing and eating?? I'm so nosy!!

L xxx


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Paul Mitchell Modern Marble Collection Review

Hey All

Paul Mitchell have absolutely smashed it out again this year, last year they had the amazing Rose Gold collection which we reviewed here, L and I both still use this on a weekly basis and have ditched our other curlers!

This year they've bought out the Modern Marble collection and it's absolutely beautiful.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Top Five Things to do in Cardiff

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As we live in Cardiff I thought it was time to share the top things to do, I find when you live in a city you don't always appreciate the things around you so this is a great tick list of things to do if you're visiting or a resident!


Monday, 26 February 2018

The Mulberry Bar at the Celtic Manor Resort

Have you heard about the fabulous new bar in the Celtic Manor?

The new Mulberry Bar opened recently and we were invited to go and check it out. Having visited Celtic Manor previously for afternoon tea and spa weekends we couldn't wait to see the new bar and see what it had to offer.

Image from the Celtic Manor


Friday, 23 February 2018

Travel: Best of Kuala Lumpur - Food, Accomodation and What To Do

Hey All

Last week I shared my how I planned my Kuala Lumpur and Bali Trip (you can read that here) so my plan over the next few weeks is to share the specifics of what we did and where we stayed.

Where we stayed


Faces Suites

I booked this hotel/apartment with our flights onExpediaa as it worked out a good deal. It was really reasonably priced, we stayed here for two nights. We arrived early in the morning but after a bite to eat we were able to check in a bit early. This was a relief as we had been travelling for around 24 hours. As we were determined to make the most of our time and not get dragged down by jetlag we headed straight out and left the exploring till the afternoon.

The suite was amazing and perfect for short or longer stays, it included a kitchen with everything you'd need to cook, living area, office, bedroom and bed. Everything was clean, tidy and well furnished.

The best bit of it all was the pool!! WOW check out the views from the rooftop infinity pool, it was just amazing. We enjoyed a few dips in here.

The only downside was the lack of a bar in the evenings, as it was part hotel/part apartment block there wasn't a bar, we found a few local hotels and went there instead but it's a shame it didn't have one for ease! It was in a great location though, and easy to get around, it was near to a metro station if you needed it but we mostly walked around.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Fun Ways to Stay Motivated on your Fitness Journey

So it's coming to the end of February and if you're anything like me you are probably wondering what on earth you can do to keep your motivation going!

You've made it through January and got passed the part where a lot of people normally give up. So what can you do to make sure you don't lose your focus??

Recently I've been looking into new ways to keep myself on track, so I've been taking part in lots of new activities in Cardiff to make sure I don't get too comfortable on the sofa too often.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Top Cruelty Free Glycolic Acid Peel Results

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As you know, we love skincare and trying anything to help with ageing. We've been loving trying out the Bravura range which we were lucky enough to be sent to try. You can see the other products we've already reviewed here.

We couldn't wait to try the Bravura Glycolic Acid 10%. We've had great results from chemical peels in the past and had been looking for more which was how we originally came to find Bravura. Chemical peels sound and can be scary but by using 10% it's a safer way for people to use at home and get the great benefits of a chemical peel.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Travelling Croatia - Wine Tasting on the Peljesac Peninsula

Over the last few months I've been sharing the many wonderful places I visited during my adventure to Croatia. I've written about the sights and views in Split, and let's not forget What to Eat whilst .you're there, I've shared the paradise that is Plitvice Lakes and the absolute gem that was Dubrovnik and the charming Old Town. Most recently I shared a post on my island hopping and the beautiful islands I visited whilst sailing along the coast and this is the final place that I am yet to share with you.

We'd had some pretty bad weather over a few days and when we docked at our latest stop we couldn't wait to get off the boat onto steady land! We actually couldn't dock properly because the weather was so windy it took multiple attempts and we had to attach our yacht to another boat, to get off we had to leap off the side and hope for the best when landing!


Friday, 9 February 2018

How I Planned Our Bali and Kuala Lumpur Adventure and Top Tips

Hi All

This is a post I've been meaning to share for a while, I love holiday planning and finding great deals and Bali was the first long holiday adventure I've planned. (Iceland was my first big holiday I planned, you can read all about that trip here)

swing sunsets - gili t


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Beauty: NYX Vinyl Matte Liner in Black Noir and Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Fire

Hey all

I love liquid liner and finding a great one always takes time, I finally found the one I love so I thought I'd share it with you.

I first grabbed the Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner a while ago as I loved how fine the tip was on it and it was really easy to apply, since then I've grabbed the matte and the amazing vivid fire shade.

Nyx Vinyl Matte Liner in Black and Vivid Brights Liner in Fire


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Top 10 Tourist Things to do in London

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In November my other half and I took a week off work and decided to be tourists in London so I thought I'd share our trip and top picks to explore.

1. Watch Harry Potter and the Curse Child and Visit House of MinaLima

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



Thursday, 1 February 2018

Beauty: W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara

Hey All

Since going cruelty free I've been needing to find alternatives for some of my favourite non cruelty free products. I've always been a big fan of Benefit They're Real (and many of they're other products) and not being able to repurchase is a shame but I've actually started to find some good alternatives.

W7 absolute lashes mascara review, cruelty free, they're real dupe


Monday, 29 January 2018

Beauty : The Body Shop Matte Clay Foundation Review

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A few months ago whilst shopping with my brother we popped into The Body Shop and I couldn't resist grabbing they're new matte clay foundation. For my oily/combination skin it seemed like the perfect foundation for me and there was a great range of colours and even though I'm pretty pale I wasn't the lightest shade.

The Body Shop Matte Clay Foundation Review Cruelty Free


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Travelling Croatia - Island Hopping

Since September I've been drip feeding posts of my trip to Croatia and I can't wait to share more.

I've shared where I went in Split, and what I ate whilst I was there, plus my time in paradise aka Plitvice Lakes, and lastly wandering the walls of the old town in Dubrovnik

Today's post is all about Island Hopping! As part of my trip I sailed from Split to Dubrovnik and visited many islands on the way, so make a cup of tea and settle down to see what's on each island and why you should visit!


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel

What's your favourite scent??

Mine has to be citrus, and the day I found the Lush Happy Hippy shower gel was a good one! I thought the dreary January weather was the perfect time for me to share a bright and zesty way to start your day.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Bottomless Lunch, Cocktails and Cider in Bristol

Back in October we finally (and I mean FINALLY) met up with the lovely Sophie (Sophie Rose) and Laura (previously Lola and Behold, now Laura Kate Life)

We've known these ladies from the very beginning of The CSI Girls, which is actually 6 years old this week - Happy Bloggerversary to us! We've spoken regularly on Instagram and Twitter with these ladies for the entire duration of this and we all thought it was about time we met up as rarely a day goes by without some kind of social interaction. So we picked a day in October and it happened!!


Monday, 15 January 2018

Easy Ways to Switch to an Eco Friendly Cruelty Free Home

Hey All

So you'll have heard us mention many times on the blog now that I'm totally cruelty free in all I use and L is moving that way too. I initally started with make up and it took me a while to even think about all the products in the home and find suitable alternatives for these too!


Thursday, 11 January 2018

2017: The Highs and Lows

I always like writing round up posts, especially when you're coming to the end of something. It feels like you can summarise it together and like a good essay, finish it with a conclusion. Looking back can be a reminder of how far you have come and also be a reminder of things you have conquered both good and bad.

2017 wasn't the best year, but it also could have been a lot worse. I was going to gloss over the bad but I feel like that wouldn't be an accurate representation of my year and how difficult it has been at times.

In the interest of being as honest as possible and not pretending everything is ok, here's my year in a summary with all the good and the bad mixed in - I'm hoping it will act like therapy and make me feel ready for 2018 and a whole new chance at change! Make yourself a cup of tea as this is a bit of a long one...


Monday, 8 January 2018

Lush Haul

I'm never sure what to think when others put up haul posts, sometimes I think it's an excuse to show how much money you have to spend on things you don't need...but then why shouldn't you buy what YOU want with YOUR money?! Maybe that question is a whole post in itself!

I realised I'd bought a few things from Lush in the last few weeks and what other word was there to call it but a haul? I've really been enjoying using them all as they aren't products or scents I have tried before so I wanted to share my thoughts.


Friday, 5 January 2018

Life Update

Hey all

So it's been a long time since I wrote a blog post and even longer since I did a life lately post. A lot has been going on lately and life has been hectic!! C and I have just bought our first home and it's a total project renovation house so life has been busy moving, and starting working on it and Christmas thrown into the mix.

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