Monday, 17 March 2014

February Favourites!

I need to work on my presentation and photography skills i know! 

February has gone so fast, and so has March can't believe I'm so late on this post! Anyway better late than never! Here is a look at my February through a miscellany of things worn, read, used, tried and loved. 

Body bits! Whilst in Paris i stocked up on my beloved Bioderma....whats Bioderma i hear?? Well, its basically a miracle water that strips make up and makes your skin feel great! Its a french brand and each time i visit France i make sure i stock up well! This time i came across the mini travel bottles which i thought were super cute and super handy too! All of Bioderma's micellar waters are fantastic - it was the brand's Crealine (now named Sensibio) formula that sparked the trend. The latest formulation, Hydrabio, cleanses without stripping moisture, stimulating the skin’s ability to retain moisture and making itideal for sensitive and dry skin types (love,love,love!). They are SO popular that they featured in Vogues '10 Best micellar waters'! 

Anyway enough about my magical water obsession! I was also loving Lush bath bombs/ bubble bars in February,  it was a stressful month with lots of uni work so i appreciated my beloved bubble bar so much more! If you want to splash out on a pamper shesh id recommend you buy 'The Comforter' - A bath time blend of fruity essential oils to wrap you up in a big comforting hug (perfect after a stressful day)...Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world - Perfect!

Last but not least on my body bits was my EOS - Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in flavour Strawberry Sorbet; its smell is bloody gorgeous!I was lucky enough to have a friend pick me one up from America, and i can't put it down i love it and am desperate to try out the other flavours out now! It looks like Kimmy K and Kylie had the same taste as 
me too ;)

General things i loved in the last month! When not dozing asleep on the coach to Paris i was delving into another chapter of 'Katie Piper - Things Get better'. Its all about handling life's challenges, big and small, one day at a time. Few people understand what it's like to pull yourself up from rock bottom better than Katie Piper. Her recovery from a rape and acid attack is nothing short of astonishing. Katie is determined to spread the message that, no matter how big your difficulties feel now, there is a way forward. There is help, love and support available to get you through your darkest times, and it all starts with you. In Things Get Better, Katie revisits each stage of her own recovery to show that you are not alone in your feelings. She explains how to take things one day at a time to reach your goals, and reveals how to stay positive and treat yourself with the kindness you deserve. It really is a great read, tear jerking at times but i would defiantly recommend it  as its full of amazing tips! 

On a lighter note i also went to see Russell Howard at the BIC in Bournemouth to see his 'WONDERBOX' tour, i took my brother as were both big fans and he did not disappoint! If your not a fan of his already shame on you ... just kidding! But honestly if you've not experienced Russell do give him a go! Russell is barrel of laughs and always ends on an unexpectedly touching finale, in the show he discusses his encounters with an inspirationally resilient boy contending with terminal cancer. That section still keeps the cheeky sense of humour that Russell is all about but it holds you in awe too. I love him  and would definitely go again...and again...oh and again ;) 

The little birds you see in the image above and below are my third section of miscellaneous bits and probably the best ...well i would say that because i made them! 'Two little love birds' are part of the valentines collection from Grace In Chains ...the business that i am one third of! We are an all girl threesome that together create GIC!  GIC is supported by the young enterprise start up scheme which offers young people like ourselves the opportunity to gain valuable, practical, business and management skills. We design and create original jewellery using both salvaged materials and supporting UK suppliers, our designs are very much about expressing yourself in a quirky and distinctive way! And these little beauties are not only our best sellers but my design too! I'm very proud and exited on this new venture! #GraceinChains #GIC

If your interested or want to take a look at other designs then head to these links!

It wouldn't be a full on favourites without some foodie mentions now, would it? First of my main foodie loves would have to be Laduree Macaroons of course (now i know you have heard way to much about my love for them in previous posts so i won't go on!) 

Being the start of a new year new healthy me i decided to trial the Graze boxes once again (i seem to subscribe to them on and off each year!)  If you haven’t heard about the ‘snack box craze’ the basic concept is that you get convenient & healthy, pre-portioned snacks sent direct to you in the post. The boxes are designed to encourage you to munch on goodness throughout the day, instead of fatty biscuits and crisps! The boxes are sent first class, with free delivery and you can have them delivered to home/work/Uni (there really is no excuse to raid the vending machine!) – they are even designed to fit through the letter box.. Graze really have thought of everything. 

So what did I think.. Well, I loved mine! They really are a great way to help you snack on healthier options, and really do stop you reaching for those ‘naughty biscuits’ or crisps. I ate my ‘healthier’ nibbles mid-afternoon (I have fresh fruit mid-morning) as well as a part of my lunch, and then found the ‘healthy chocolate’ nibbles an ideal treat on an evening.. chocolate and goodness complete with portion control.. brilliant! The graze boxes are great for people who want healthy snacks that are ready to eat, or for those who perhaps miss meals due to a lack of time – these boxes are super convenient and look smart in any brief-case/hand-bag/tote etc.

 Other than my graze box i was nibbling on Metcalfe’s skinny Topcorn it is one of the best-selling popcorn lines in the UK. A low-fat alternative to crisps is available in 6 delicious flavours of skinny popcorn: Sea salt, Sweet ‘n salt, Wasabi, Chocolate crackle, Heat ‘n sweet and Sweet Cinnamon Spice. Their are two I've been loving ; Sweet n Salt – I’m one of those weirdos who ask for half sweet half salty popcorn at the cinema, well now you can buy it in a bag! Genius! A good balance of sweet against salty, extremely addictive. I also loved the more basic flavour of Sea Salt – exactly what it says on the tin. Strong salty taste! - YUM

A little lengthy i know...i need to try and stop all my rambling but thats my February Faves, Let me know what you think? ... What have you been loving this month?!

Madge x

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