• Lifestyle,  Personal

    Spill The Beans About Your Celebrity Encounters: What Were They Really Like?

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the links and make a purchase, I will receive a small amount of commission. Why is it so much fun to read about the lives of celebrities? My friend J is in love with a celebrity.  She feels the same ups and downs everybody does when they’re in love, but she has to stand back and watch while tabloids, stalkers and millions of tweeters tear his private life to shreds.  Harsh. My initial plan for the sequel to The Tangled Web was to write about the next stage of Flic’s life, when she is an investigative celebrity photographer (in other words,…

  • Beauty,  Personal

    The Men’s Fragrance Responsible For My Son’s Existence

    This is not a sponsored post. This is a true story based on my own experience. When I began blogging back in 2005 I had one aim.  That aim was not to sell books, write reviews or get freebies.  It was to relate funny or interesting stories about things that had happened to me personally.  Whatever else a blog is, it should begin by being personal.  Somewhere along the way I seem to have forgotten that which is why I am going to start using this beauty blog to write stories about how certain products have affected me and my life.  I want to begin this new phase of my…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm

    Those who follow me on Twitter will know one important fact about me: I have debilitating anxiety issues and have had for most of my adult life. What’s strange about anxiety is that the symptoms often change. My brain shifts the goalposts. So, I could work really hard to get control of the panic attacks and hyperventilating, but then my brain will change focus and make me sweat. It’s exhausting and I’m always searching for new ways to cope with it. What has happened in recent years is that I’ve started sweating a lot in situations that make me fearful. So, while I still have to deal with the anxiety,…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: LaRitzy Lip Pencil

    I’ve always associated lip pencils with the 1980s and Caroline (aka Caggy) from Big Brother series 1. I’ve never been a huge fan of them. However, when I received a sample of one recently as part of a subscription box, I decided to give it a go. LaRitzy Cosmetics weren’t a brand I was familiar with, so I’m not only discovering lip liner for the first time, I’m also trying a new brand. LaRitzy Cosmetics are a Montreal based brand who are passionate about creating and selling products which are high-quality, vegan and cruelty free. So that’s already three awesome things about them. The lip liner I tried was also…

  • Beauty,  Lifestyle

    The Problem With Subscription Boxes

    I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve tried several now, including Pink Parcel and Secret Scent Box and my husband has even jumped on the bandwagon and subscribed to a shaving box from Harry’s (review coming soon). But there is one thing that really annoys me about subscription boxes. There are often products in them that you cannot repurchase. Back in September 2017 I received an awesome Pink Parcel box and inside was this Styl London Oval Face Brush. I instantly fell in love with it. It’s compact enough to fit into my make-up bag, has the softest bristles I’ve ever felt and it blends foundation, primer and blush to…