I’m not going to lie – sometimes being a teacher has its perks! Regular holidays sometimes mean catching up with work that I didn’t have time for (or maybe couldn’t be bothered to do!) during the term, but sometimes it is time to relax and get away. This time the hubby decided to book the week off work, so we booked a few days away to one of our favourite places – Moddershall Oaks Spa.

After our wedding we went there on a mini-moon and had the most amazing few days. The food in the restaurant is amazing and definitely won over the hubby – what is the saying about food being the way to man’s heart?! We had decided to go back for our first anniversary, but then I got sent an amazing offer that we couldn’t resist so we ended up going a bit sooner.

It is such a relaxing place where the staff are attentive and welcoming. We love the restaurant, particularly the steak that get served with half of it on the plate and the other half in a mini steak pie on the side! The treatments are amazing and I could have fallen asleep on the table after massage! If you visit their website and sign up for the mailing list you will see what I mean about amazing offers!


              

Another great thing about visiting Moddershall Oaks has to be the fact that the Emma Bridgewatet factory is so close! I have mentioned my love for their pottery before, so you’ll understand how visitng the factory would make my day!
We ate lunch in the cafe, peered through the windows to see the pieces being made and bought a few more bits for my collection. If you haven’t heard of Emma Bridgewater before you must have a look at their website too!


        

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If you are planning time away with your other half or friend I can’t recommend Moddershall enough. Has anyone been and loved I as much as us? As always drop a comment below

Becky xx

As I missed a family Christmas for the first time ever this year, new year had to be a family affair. Rather than going out, spending far too much and getting fed up after about 2 hours we decided on a party at my auntie’s house.

We started with a 99p breakfast at our local cafe – it might be cheap but it’s tasty and has everything you want from a big fry up including my favourite fried treat, a hash brown! With our breakfasts demolished we went to get some food and drink for the evening. After fitting in a little bit of shopping, as I can never resist a little trip to H&M, we had to head home and get ready.

As it was a house party I didn’t want my make up to look too heavy. I went with my all time favourites to create something subtle but pretty. I know what suits me and have a routine I’m happy with so I aimed to bring the new year in with a look I have perfected (if I do say so myself!)

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I used my all time favourite primer Benefit Porefessional and then used my Real Techniques sponge to apply my favourite foundation for coverage and finish Georgio Armani Luminous Silk. Whilst this foundation is on the expensive side I was happy to splurge a little as it is so good. It photographs amazingly well, leaves a smooth finish and builds to give great coverage.

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I then went on to contour and blush. I have been experimenting and with contouring over the past few months and although I am not amazing at it I think I am getting better. With a bit of practise I’m able to see more of a contour and less of a ‘face looks like it needs a wash’ look! And although I said this look was done with my favourite existing products I cheated a little here as I was gifted the¬†Naked Flushed¬†palette for Christmas but I used the products in the same way I use my old favourite from¬†Collection¬†and¬†No7.¬†

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My all time favourite look for my eyes comes from the Naked2. I used Foxy, Bootycall, Tease and Half Baked. Some of my favourite colours in the palette. I also used my Sleek brow stylist in Dark 718 and Max Factor 2000 Calorie in Rich Black.

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Just my lips to go. As they are incredibly dry I used my Lypsyl Original before applying my Sleek Eau La La Liner in Lingere 294 to line then fill my lips. I find that once my lipstick starts to rub off I still have a good colour underneath if I cover my lips in liner too. Over the liner I added my Bourjois Rouge Edition in Beige Trench for a bit of colour.

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Once ready we headed round to the party we added our princess crowns and the party could begin. After a few ciders, as I’m a classy bird, and some nibbles the games were in full swing. The night flew by with a lot of laughs, selfies, fireworks and singing that was very loud and out of tune. I can’t think of a better way to see in the new year than surrounded by the people you love.

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I don’t make resolutions as I find I struggle to stick to them but after a year filled with wedding prep and the day of my dreams I hope this year brings bigger and better things and that me, my family and all you lovely readers will be healthy and happy. What do you hope the new year holds for you? Let me know if you use any of the products or any similar that I might like to try, along with your big plans for the new year. You know where the comment box is! ūüôā

One of my favourite places to shop on the high street has to be Boots. I always go in there for one thing and come out with ten! This week I went in for a nail varnish and then spied  lots of other offers and new bits I wanted to try.

While looking for my perfect shade of nail varnish I passed by the make up brushes section and as always there was a great offer on Real Techniques. I said in a previous post I wanted to try an eye shadow brush so decided I would go for it and got the shading brush, which I have since found out is the perfect size for applying shadow to my crease. Result! I also decided to get a new beauty blender as my old one is on its last legs and when I got the new one out of the packaging I realised how disgusting the old one actually was!

On the way to the make up section I then had to pass the hair products and saw a¬†Babyliss¬†teasing brush that I hadn’t noticed before. I have been fed up of my hair going flat too quickly recently so decided to invest. Best decision ever! I used it for the first time yesterday and my hair is still nice and big this morning.

I finally managed to get to the make up counters and saw some of the new Collection¬†Lasting Gel colours. After being slightly disappointed with the¬†Barry M¬†gelly chipping quite quickly I thought I would give these a go and see how it compared. Shade wise I was looking for something festive so went for the Vixen Red (3) and Goldfinger (16)¬†and I have not been disappointed with the result. I think the gold is a winner for me so let’s hope they last! I have used my Save the Nail top coat again so if this polish chips it may be time to try another top coat.¬†It was spend ¬£5 and get a free lip butter so got the lip butter in Cappuccino¬†to try.

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Once I got to the till I got a voucher for a free Benefit primer. I love Porefessional so got very excited but once I got to the counter I was told they had run out. Boo ūüôĀ I have two already so can’t complain too much but it always nice to get something free.

What shop do you always go a little crazy in? Have you tried any of these products or love anything similar? Please comment below and let me know.