28 July 2016

My Summer Home Scent: Zara Home Candle in Nordic Leather


The Nordic Leather line by Zara Home has been a recent and very pleasant discovery of mine. During the winter sales I picked up 3 candles of their new released scents and this one became my absolute favourite at the very first whiff as I love the smell of incense.

When the summer sales kicked off I immediately went online and ordered a few more candles as back up and a diffuser. Both the large and medium sized candles burn up to 80 hours and the 100ml diffuser will last you for a month. 
On their website the scent is described as follows:

"Dreams of incredible journeys through mysterious lands. Vibrant spicy notes are followed by mystical notes of incense intermingled with leather. A sensual base of amber blended with the creaminess of sandalwood."
I also love the pretty packaging, unfortunately they have just updated it to a basic white and grey. Hopefully they haven't changed the scent as well. I like this one much more than any of the Yankee Candle I've had before plus they are very affordable when purchased in the sales.

They've also come out with a hand wash and lotion. I'm so going to try those.

Have you tried any Zara Home candles?


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25 July 2016

Out of Order #6 + Coupon Codes

Pokémon Go
It's official, I've become one of the million freaks that are walking around trying to catch as many Pokémon as possible without being run over by a lorry or bump into a tree. I've only been able to collect 36 Pokémon so far because the app isn't working properly on my brand new iPhone 5s. 

I downloaded the game when I was still using my old iPhone 4s and it drove me crazy as it took ages to load up and would close the app by itself after a few minutes when left unused. Luckily, the hubby gifted me the iPhone 5s as an early birthday present, love you hon!

Unfortunately, the game still doesn't work properly as it freezes when capturing Pokémon. When I start the game up again the supposedly captured creature doesn't appear on my list, it's very frustrating. It also decides to freeze entirely by itself sometimes or it doesn't load up properly.
As I don't have anything new to share with y'all in the beauty department, I'm leaving you some discount codes that were sent to me with my most recent purchases. 

Naked Wines: 60£off a case of wine priced 99.99£or more (UK residents only).
Code: PBK66
Password: ASP32XYN

Natural Blender: 10£off your 1st superfood smoothie kit (UK mainland only).
Codes: PBKN615 + CNSNB615

Simply Cook: 1£trial offer on your 1st box of restaurant quality meals (UK only).
Code: chef70

Brewhive: 24 beer bottles for only 19£(UK only).
Code: PK25B

Graze: Free snack box (UK only).
Codes: 123H4W456H4W + 456TGN + 123TGN

Vision Direct: 10% off your first order of contact lenses (delivery options).
Code: LOOK

The White Company: extra 10% off sale prices (UK mainland only).
Codes: AM583 + AM439 (until 23rd August 2016).

Happy hunting for those of you who are playing Pokémon Go!

21 July 2016

Charlotte Tilbury on Offer


If I'd known about this awesome offer I would have waited a few months to get the Filmstar Bronze & Glow set. I've used it every day since as it it gives the perfect amount of both bronze and glow as the name suggests. 

Which product would YOU choose? Be quick before they run out!


* this is NOT a sponsored post, NO affiliate links have been used

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18 July 2016

Chic-Nic


I'm not being clever with the title for this post although I certainly thought so at first. Google proved me wrong and gave back a few results including a whole Italian vintage festival held in 2015. 

The hubby had always commented on how he would love to have a traditional wicker picnic basket to take me out for lunch or dinner. We have it really easy as we live by the sea and the countryside is very nearby. I was trying to find a fitting gift for his birthday this year and somehow the picnic basket popped up into my head. After some online research I decided on this model that I ordered from Les Jardins de la Comtesse.
Last Friday we went to the beach carrying our picnic basket, some chairs and an oil lamp. It had gotten very late and there barely was any light left so I decided to take a picture both with and without flash. Both are awful quality but it's the best I could accomplish.
The basket comes with ceramic plates, wine glasses, cloth napkins and cutlery for 4 people, salt and pepper shakers and a bottle opener. The inside is fully lined with a cotton plaid material. The right side features an insulated bag that can keep your food fresh and cool. There's still space left on the other side after filling it with the plates and glasses so you could carry more food. In the middle there are two slots where you can fit two bottles, we carried a bottle of wine in one slot and some water and a baguette in the other.
The wine glasses that came with the basket were so tiny that I decided to take these ones instead. In the north of Spain it's very common to use these kind of glasses to drink beer or wine from. They are commonly know as "txiquitos" or "chatos". The first name means tiny but they can actually hold quite a lot. They are easy to stack up for transport, they don't take up too much space and are pretty sturdy.
For food we kept it quite simple: a few cheese varieties, a tomato and cucumber salad and some mouthwatering Iberian ham.

We've decided to have a weekly chicnic on Friday night as long as the weather allows so I can hardly wait for the weekend to come.


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14 July 2016

9 Disappointing TV Shows


Ascension: A mini series that makes no sense whatsoever and ends without you getting to know what the story was all about.

The 100: A story about kids learning to survive back on Earth after some nuclear disaster that took place almost a 100 years back. The storyline and dialogues were aimed at a younger audience, I suspect.

Extant: a boring and slow show that I only watched for 1 season as I wanted to see if it would get any better, I didn't.

The Returned: It picked my interest and I watched the whole season just to find out what made people return from the dead but no such luck.

Firefly: I only started watching this because it's mentioned in The Big Bang Theory and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about but I had to stop after watching a few episodes, soooo boring!

The Shannara Chronicles: a friend recommended this tv show and I made it through the 1st season but never again. I may have liked this at a younger age, who knows?

Sense8: Netflix in Spain has barely any tv shows yet so I needed to fill my evenings with something to watch, anything, up to a point. Doesn't make any sense (lol) and is tragically slow.

Breaking Bad: I just can't see what's so good about this series. I've only watched 3 or 4 episodes so maybe I need to give it another chance.

Game of Thrones: I know, I know. I'm the only person on the face of the Earth who's life isn't revolving around watching the next episode. I read the first book on a recommendation before the show came out. Even though I had disliked the book I started watching the series in the hope that they would be better than the book, I was mistaken.

11 July 2016

Skincare: Citrus Haul


Taking advantage of the sales I decided to stock up on some summer favourites:
The Body Shop was having a 25% off sale. I ordered the body lotions in Pink Grapefruit and Satsuma, the Vitamin C serum that I'm running low on (this is my 4th bottle) and a new item to try out: the Vitamin C energising face mist. As soon as I get home from work I take my make up off but don't apply any kind of product on my face afterwards as I have extremely oily skin so I thought this would give a boost to my skin whilst being lightweight and refreshing during these hotter months.

From Kiehl's I was receiving regularly newsletters but never any discount so I jumped at the chance to order this Vitamin C serum at 45€ instead of 57€: the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. I had read some reviews on Vitamin C products and lots of people were mentioning that the one by The Body Shop is plain silicone and doesn't contain a great deal of Vitamin C  and therefore not being that great. I particularly enjoy the silicony texture as it feels like a primer and it leaves my skin feeling silky soft but if that's only an illusion I wanted to compare the two products side by side. I'll let you know my findings once I put it to the test.

Having mature skin means that I'm always looking for anti-aging, firming, brightening and, in this case, antioxidant properties in my skincare products. This article by Paula's Choice is great in explaining the great benefits of Vitamin C to your skin. 

7 July 2016

Trind Nail Revive Natural


My nails have been extremely brittle for the longest time. Not that unusual to me but this time I haven't been able to grow my nails since last November. I'm wearing them super short and every Sunday, when I'm supposed to care for them, I find that I either need trim them or file all the growth off as some of them have started to split.

From YouTuber, Pinky Polish I heard about this Dutch brand that specializes in nail care and she said that their products worked wonders: Trind Cosmetics.
Trind Nail Revive Natural
When my dear friend Myrthe told me she was coming to Spain I jumped at the chance and texted her to bring me a bottle. She got this from Etos, I think for 14€ a bit up there in price so I had high hopes for this product.

The instructions read as follow:

For beautiful strong nails apply daily for at least four weeks directly to the nails. Before re-applying remove the former coat with the TRIND Nail Polish Remover.

You can now continue to use Trind Nail Revive as often as you like but apply at least one coat weekly to keep the nails strong. Shake well before use. After use, clean off the rim of the bottle.

Tomorrow it will be 4 weeks and I've only failed one day in re-applying the polish (I was too tired yesterday and I couldn't be bothered).

My nails are as brittle as when I started this treatment so I would say this hasn't worked out for me. I have to confess that I've used a regular nail polish remover but I don't think it would have made a huge difference to use the one from the brand.

What I have noticed, though, is that my nails are in much better condition whenever I'm taking supplements, like collagen or biotin tablets. I suppose it's time to start taking those again.

4 July 2016

Healthy Snack Box


Recently I've been cutting on carbs and trying to eat healthier or at least be more aware of what kind of food I'm ingesting.

I'm also going to the gym more often, who would have said? I went to ballet lessons when I was a kid until I was old enough to hate my lean body and flat bosom. So I quit classes and have never ever again found any kind of exercise that I truly enjoyed. 

I've been going to the gym on and off, more off than on as I got bored and I preferred staying home and watch Netflix, not that it existed back then, but you get the drift.

About a year and a half ago I started to go to Aerostretching once a week and I loved it. At the beginning of this year I included some aerial pilates and regular pilates into the mix. I've also been taking a few aerial silks and hoop classes lately and I'm absolutely loving them. 

At my gym they have been offering us pretty affordable Lipo Laser treatments once a week to get rid of superficial body fat. I chose to reduce my waist area and I'm down from 83cm to 79cm in only 4 sessions.

Sometimes I crave for a snack but I'm not very sure of what I can have without messing up my diet so when I read this newsletter by The Hut Group I was immediately on board. I haven't tried it yet as it's the first I've heard about this box until today but I totally wanted to share this with y'all.

This Healthy Snack Box is sold by Myvitamins for 11.99£delivery included (UK and worldwide).

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