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Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos

I recently went to Boughton House in Northamptonshire for a day out in the sun and I took so many photos that they deserved their own post. Boughton House is a stately home with 11,000 acres of beautiful grass and flower gardens which cost nothing to walk round. On a sunny day this estate is absolutely beautiful to walk around and if you want to walk around the actually manor you can for £10 each.

My friend George and I went to Boughton Manor just for the gardens and were amazed by the size and landscape. The manor sits in the middle of the estate surrounded by large green land all neatly cut and pretty satisfying. The land is separated with large hedges and trees which divide the land into long stripes. At the end of each stripe is a man made pools (not for humans) which are home to some lovely swans and a lot of bugs...

Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos

Walking around the grounds is a lovely walk with lots of scenery and just next to the manor are beautifully filled flower gardens full of flowers and even pumpkins! My first sighting of a pumpkin of the year! Walking around these gardens make me want to become a green fingered garden boss. whether or not I can do that is another post entirely. I am hoping by this time next year I will be on my way to having a little flower bed in the back garden. 

Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos
Boughton House Stately House Visit Photos

Sorry for the flower photo overload but they were all too pretty not to capture. I am no amazing photographer but some of these photos turned out quite well for just an iPhone. Enjoy the photos!

Mini Makeup Haul


Mini Makeup Haul

Last week was a really rough week for me so I decided to treat myself with some makeup goodies courtesy of my boots advantage card, that thing is bloody brilliant! I needed to pick up some old favourites which has ran out recently and try some new lip products which I have been watching for ages. 

Firstly the golden oldies; I love L'Oreal foundations they are slowly starting to take over Rimmel as my favourite foundation brand. The True Match foundation and the Infallible foundation are both old favourites of mine for different. The Infallible foundation is everyday classic which always look good even when my skin is having a melt down. The True Match foundation is the perfect for flawless skin which I love for days/nights out when I want to look really good. I have mention both these foundations numerous times to on the blog before so you know they are firm favourites of mine. 


Mini Makeup Haul

I have had my eye on these Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolours for what feels like months. I first saw them in my local Tescos store glamorous I know and didn't picked them up that time for some reason and then every time I went into Boots I could never find them! Luckily this one time I found them so got two shades to try and I haven't  disappointed. 
I picked up the shades in 700 Sand which is a nudey brown which really suits me and the other shade is 760 vineyard which is a georgous purple nude colour shock both have hint of nude. These are super moisturising on the lips but also packs a lot of colour which you don't always get with both. I feel like these might live in my bag for the rest of this year as lip toppers for when I am out, especially the nude shade. Mini Makeup Haul

Lastly I have a little extra product which I found in my local B&M store which has some hidden gems inside. I have heard that the W7 Hollywood Bronze and Glow is a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette which it obviously wont be the same but the less then £5 you might as well try it. It is a little bit warm for me but when I have a tan it looks really nice. The highlighter isn't my favorite I'll be honest but the bronzer shade is working for me so far. 

Mary Berry You Babe! Absolute Favourites

Mary Berry You Babe! Absolute Favourites

Mary Berry You Babe! Absolute Favourites

I am a big fan of Mary Berry because she is a pretty cool lady in all ways. Since moving into my own house I have tried to become a cooking goddess, I've made baby steps...

So I saw this book in WHSmith reduced to £7 which is really good for a Mary Berry book which are usually £20 + so I was excited to pick it up and enroll Mary's help making me a better house wife.

I thought I'd talk you through my favourite recipes from the book and talk you through how some of them went!

I really needed to expand my cooking ability because I was a lazy cook before and I have made one recipe from this book already and I am making another one tonight so hopefully tonight goes as well as the first time!

~Roasted Sausage & Potato Supper (page 62)
This was the first recipe from this book that I tried and it was delicious. I followed most of the recipe including sausages, baby potatoes, peppers and onions but I also added in broccoli and carrots which are my favourite vegetables. It is basically a roast dinner that is roasted all together in a stock cube which makes the flavour really rich and everything a bit wet which is what I like. I did add some gravy on the top just to make it more soggy because I love gravy on everything! It was always really easy to make! You just chop all your veg and potatoes in half, whack it all in a roasting tin with oil and you are done. 

~ Meatballs in Tomato & Basil Sauce (page 70)

I love anything italian so I had to make the meatball recipe!! I am making this for one of my friends tonight and I am a little bit scared because meatball can go either way. 

Mary Berry You Babe! Absolute Favourites

And here are just a few of the more recipes I want to make from the book next...

#Chilli Burgers (page 77)

#Cottage Pie with Crushed Potato topping (page 78)

#Lasagne Express yess pleaseeee! (page 201)

Lastly here are some deserts I can't wait to try! 

#Celebration Chocolate Moose Cake (page 242)

#Granny's Litter Shortbread Biscuits (page 264)

#Lucy's Strawberry Slices (pages 267)

Hair Removal Is A Bitch


Hot dog or legs?

One thing I hate about being a girl is body hair. Why do we even have it?!

I have a constant struggle with maintaining my body hair because I am just too lazy... Having dark hair isn't your best friend when it comes to stuff like this.

I do have some products that make hair removal 10 times easier, if only they could get rid of the problem all together...

For my arm pits and my legs I use my all time favourite hair removal product which is the Lush D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap. Bloody love this product. As I have said I am very lazy when it comes to most up keeping so using this product makes shaving my legs and armpits super easy. All you do is smother this all over the area you are shaving while in the shower like a body wash and do your thing. My skin can become iriated very easily especially with shaving but this soap leaves me skin super soft and smooth. 10/10 from me!

Now for my bikini area I do the worst thing imaginable... I dry shave. Alot of my friends pull faces when I tell them but I have done this since I was 14/15, it is what I am used to and to be completely honest the damage is done now. I have tried using the Lush Soap on my bikini in the shower but my skin didn't like that one bit. Any who I use the Braun Silk Epil Rasor to tidy up my bikini line and it does a pretty good job. The rasor is pretty hard core my first rasor lasted me until this year so it lasts a long time considering how much use it gets.

Lastly for the parts of the body which are not meant to have hair but really annoyingly they do, I have used the Veet Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream since I was little teen and it has always been a safe bet. You just rub the cream onto the area, leave for a few minutes and then scrap it off with the scraper that comes in the box. Sounds painful but it really isn't!

For the face I also have the Nair Argan Oil Facial Brush On Sensitive Hair Removal which is the easiest way to remove the super annoying hair above my lip. I brush the cream on for no more than 2 minutes and all the hair is gone. This cream doesn't always get every hair and sometimes it does leave a patch but it is much better than ripping the skin off your lip every time you wax.

I think its about time we opened up about our hair grooming habits as I hardly ever see any posts about it. Let me know what you use to remove your annoying hair and any recommendations for bikini and face hair removal is appreciated!

Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks Collection

Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks Collection

I have collected quite a few liquid lipsticks in the last few months since they become the new thing and after trying one and two from NYX I just wanted to have them all. I have the products from three different brands and as you can tell I definitely have my favourites.

The first brand I tried was Collection and their Velvet Kiss Lip Creams are only £2.99 which is a right bargain- which is why I bought four... I have the shades Caramel 2 which is a brown nude, Cotton Candy 1 which is a pink nude and then I bought two of the darker shades in Mulberry 5 and Blackberry 6 which are nice autumnal shades. The colours are really lovely but I find that the darker shades do come out quite patchy, they also dry my lips out to hell which makes them quite uncomfortable to wear on the lips. I thought it might just be my lips which were making them uncomfortable since I have the driest lips on earth but even my sister found they dried out her lips so I can't tell you how long this products last as I have taken it off every time I have applied it because it was uncomfortable. Sadly I don't think I will get much wear out of this creams.

I also purchased three Bodyshop Matte Lip Liquid in the shades Windsor Rose 032 which is a brown nude, Crete Carnation 030 which is is pink nude and Tahiti Hibiscus 016 which is a vibrant pink-red shade. I find that all the brands do very similar colours which means I end up with a lot of the same colours in my collection but I don't mind having 10 different nudes. The Bodyshop Lip Liquids are £6 each which isn't a too bad price considering you get more product then in the other packaging. Unlike the Collection Liquid Lipsticks I find the Bodyshop products tend to be a little bit  patchy in the lighter shades rather than the darker shades especially the brown nude so I do use two layers when I wear that shade just to make sure I have a even colour. Tahiti Hibiscus is the perfect pink-red shade for the a night out when you want your lips to last all night and the consistency of it is amazing, I do find that it lasts longer on my lips then my two nudes shades as well. I find this shade is least drying out of the three as well so where as the nude shows up any lines or dry patches on your lips, Hibiscus glosses over like a lip gloss and dries comfortably and leaves your lips with a subtle sheen. Can you tell how much I love this shade?! There is one down side to this shade, the product takes a while to dry on the lips so you have to be careful not to touch anything before they dry, otherwise you get the colour everywhere. It also comes off when you eat in the middle of your lips which isn't ideal.

My favourite brand for liquid lipsticks so far is definitely everyone's favourite NYX, I jumped on the bang wagon and have been in love with the brand every since. I have three shades in their Soft Matte Lip Creams and I am planning on increasing that number in the next few months but it is hard to know which shades to get, I do feel like I buy the same shades all the time (you can tell just by looking at all these liquid lipsticks!). I currently have in my collection Abu Dhabi which is brown nude, Cannes which is a pink/dark brown nude and San Paulo which is a bright pink/red similar to Tahiti Hibiscus but a little lighter. I find myself reaching for these lipsticks the most because the pigmentation of all the shades is amazing and the product is so buttery it applies so easily. Whether my lips are having a dry day or they are feeling pretty normal these lipsticks sit tight all day and only need reapplying when I have eaten. The thing I love most about this lipsticks is that they are so creamy they apply really well so I don't end up with any patches and it doesn't look like I am wearing anything on my lips. Where as with the Bodyshop lipsticks they can accentuate the lines on your lips and make it obvious you have product on them, the NYX lipsticks don't do this.

My Simple Skincare


My Simple Skincare

I feel like every time I write a skincare blog post my products vary greatly but I am someone who has annoying skin which gets bored of products quite quickly and decides to act up again so I like to change it up quite frequently. For the last 2 months I have stepped back from all my lotions and potions and decreased the amount of products I use on my face (mainly out of laziness) and went back to a few old favourites.

I decided to stop using my Garnier Micellar water once I had finished the bottle as I felt like it wasn't doing anything for my skin and thought my skin problems might be down to it, so I traded that in for the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water which I much prefer now. I find my skin feels more clean after I have used this where as with the Garnier Micellar water I always felt like there was residue left on my skin. I have been using this to take off my makeup at night and after I have washed my face in the morning to make sure my skin is completely clean before I put anything on it.

I've also done a very bad thing... I've bought facial wipes... I know bad blogger! A lot of people have an bad opinion about makeup wipes and I have preferred using micellar waters over wipes for years but to be completely honest I thought it couldn't hurt to use a wipe to take off my makeup now and again. I picked up the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes because unlike other wipes they aren't soaked in product so you don't feel like your skin is drenched in product after using them. I doubt I will use these every night like my micellar water but it is always handy to have them around for emergency situations (like this week when I ran out of cotton wool pads so couldn't use a micellar water to take my makeup off- I was too lazy for a cleaning balm and flannel!)

My last step in my skincare routine is the Simple Kind To Skin Facial Toner which was the product which really got me back into the brand. The bottle is nearly empty now I've used it so much because I have been obsessed with it recently. This bottle had been racking round my skincare box for months (probably too many months but ah well..) and I decided to use it one day after I took my makeup off and ever since then I have used it everyday. I find the product to feel wet when applied to the skin so it feels really refreshing, but it doesn't leave any product on my skin after it has dried which I really like.

So far so good with my new routine, I find I have spots on my chin no matter what time of the month it is, what season it is outside or whether I am in a happy place or a not so happy place so my skin still isn't perfect but I find with these few products, that my skin feels cleaner and more alive which makes me a happy Chels!
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