Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween Lush Haul - Collab With BeautyByElliex

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. So as the title suggests I have done a little bit of shopping. This post is actually in collaboration with BeautyByElliex because we are both obsessed with Lush and so popped to our local store as soon as the Halloween stuff was available. Make sure you go and check Ellie's blog out as she is completely obsessed with all things Halloween and has some exciting things coming up on her blog. 

I ended up only buying 3 items and they are all things that I have had before but I thought I would share them with you anyway because I love them.

The first one is the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar which to be honest looks great as a decorative item in the bathroom. I don't tend to buy very many bubble bars but I couldn't resist this one. A lot of scents available this time of year are very spicy and Autumnal which I don't really like so I love that this one still smells refreshingly of citrus. 




Next up is the Pumpkin bath bomb which is one of my favourites. I love relaxing in the bath with a bath bomb because they always make my skin feel lovely. This one contains a lot of oils such as Pimento Berry, Vanilla Absolute & Cinnamon Bark which blended together creates an amazing scent payoff as well as leaves my skin super soft. 

Lastly, I couldn't resist buying the Monsters Ball bath bomb, he's just so cute. Again its a lovely reviving citrus scent and I love the fact that it also contains cocoa butter. 

I loved looking at all the Halloween products available this year, although I tried not to buy too many as I always prefer their Christmas range. I don't tend to buy anything from Lush the rest of the year anymore because I have found that they are just a bit too pricey for me, so the items in today's haul were a luxury for me.

Remember to check out Ellie's blog which I have linked above.


Until next time

KellyDianeReportX 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Outfit Of The Day

Hello everyone, so because I'm blogging more with my new schedule, I thought I would mix it up and do some quick posts. One idea I had was to do some outfit posts, although I hope you don't expect too much from them because I am by no means a fashion blogger. As a little disclaimer, the outfits I post will probably be from a couple of days before because I just simply don't have time to do it on the actual day. 


For this outfit I had been for a really long walk in the countryside, in which I was chased by goats (long story). Following this little drama, we then popped to the shopping mall to pick up a couple of birthday presents, before driving home and then taking the dog for a walk. I felt like I was on my feet all day so in terms of shoes, it had to be something comfy. I originally wore my favourite white trainers (massive fail I know) for the walk, but as you can see by the photo of them, they needed some serious cleaning by the end of it. Hence why in my outfit photo, I'm wearing my super old but super comfy beige pumps. 

Moving upwards, these jeans are my new favourites. They are the Yasmin high waisted jeans from New Look and fit me so well plus they are soft and comfortable. I love this striped blouse which I picked up a couple of weeks ago from Matalan. Again its super comfy and is made of a brushed cotton material. To finish this outfit off, I've also got my brand new rose gold sunglasses from M & S which were a bargain in the sale for just £7!

Overall I love this outfit because it is one of those ones that I can just throw on, be super comfy in but still look like I've made an effort. 



Thanks for reading my latest blog post. I will be back on Wednesday with an exciting collab, so make sure you check back then. 


KellyDianeReportX

Saturday, 14 October 2017

YouTube Catch Up

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would do a little round up of what I have recently put up on my YouTube Channel. If you're not already subscribed, then please CLICK HERE and press that magical subscribe button - it would mean the world to me. 

I haven't recently had the chance to sit down and film lots of videos so instead I have been trying to build my confidence by vlogging more, although I still can't do it in public, but I'm getting there!

So at the end of August we went to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre, which was a super long day. I tried to vlog as much as I could but I did get quite a few funny looks. The day itself was super long and we didn't get back until the early hours as there is just so much to see and do there!



The end of September marked mine & Dan's 9 year anniversary. I can't believe how quickly that time has gone but I thought I would make a little cheesy video although I can't re-watch it myself!



I planned to do a weekend vlog to get back into vlogging and because I didn't have a chance to do a proper sit down video but it turned out to be a bit of a fail - I was so busy watching the fireworks that I forgot to film them!



Lastly in this video round up is our trip to Lincoln and to Scampton airshow, home of the Red Arrows. I had such an amazing time in Lincoln and everyone was so friendly. I also took some lovely photos which I am hoping to make into a blog post at some point. 



I am going to be having a new YouTube schedule where I will post a video on a Tuesday and Sunday with some extra bonus videos occasionally so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss any content. I'm not sure on what times these will be going up but it will be at some point in the evening so make sure you're also following MY TWITTER as I will announce on there when a video is due to go up.

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Birchbox October 2017

Hello everyone, can you believe we are nearly half way through October already! I'm back today showing you what I received in this months' Birchbox. I have been loving receiving this subscription box every month and am not planning to give it up anytime soon. 

The Box


First of all, how pretty is this box. It reminds me of when you first put a bath bomb in the water and you get this instant pop of colour. Out of the last few box designs I have received, I would definitely say this is my favourite. 

The box this month is in collaboration with CoppaFeel, which is an amazing charity that helps spread the message of how important it is for women to check their boobs on a regular basis. Whilst for many years we have been told this, CoppaFeel also aims to educate you on how you should check and what you should be looking for. To get this message across to all of the Birchbox subscribers, included in each box is a Shower Hijack sticker, which gives instructions on how to check and what to look for. It also comes with a handy little card that you can keep in your purse that contains the same information on the back, whilst on the front, it promotes a free monthly SMS reminder text number so that you never forget to check. This is a great idea because we all lead such busy lives and it is easy to forget something so simply. It is also a service that I wasn't aware was available but one that I'm sure many of us would benefit from. If you would like to sign up for this free monthly SMS reminder text. just text BOOBS to 70300. Standard network rates apply for the first text you send to sign up, but everything after that is free. 

The Products

ModelCo Contour Stick 

I was really excited to try this because I have wanted to try a version of the contour stick for ages. I love using powder contours but I wondered if using a stick would make it quicker for me. The formula of the product is really creamy and soft however, for me it didn't last very long. I need products that are going to stay on all day because I rarely get a chance to reapply. However in this instance, I found that it wore off after just a few hours. I think it will be great to use for an evening out but I'm not sure I would use it on a daily basis.

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

I used to be obsessed with the Balance Me eye cream so I am looking forward to trying out this face wash once my current one has run out, to see if I love it just as much. I am trying to find more natural products to use on my skin and so if I like this one, it could become part of my routine. 

Anatomicals Grab Your Melons Shower Gel

I have been a huge fan of Anatomicals for a long time and so when I saw that this was a Birchbox exclusive and something I hadn't been able to try before, I wanted to use it straight away. First of all, this smells amazing and really wakes me up in the morning. It also lathers really nicely and makes my skin feel super soft too!

R & Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste

I rely on dry shampoo to get me through most weeks, so I am always looking for new ones to try. I have never tried a paste version before but I am super excited to give it a go. I want to try and find something that would make my scalp feel dry or irritated so I'm hoping this product might be just what I'm looking for. 

Whish Three Whishes Body Butter Almond

I love how luxurious the scent is for this body butter. I have used it a couple of times and oh my gosh, it makes my skin feel so soft, even the next day. I definitely think I am going to be purchasing the full sized version of this very soon.



I have to say that I have loved everything I received in this months Birchbox. All of the products are things that I would use and can feel myself able to slot them into my current routine to try them out. This is why I love Birchbox in particular as a subscription box, because I know with other boxes I've tried, some of the products have been a little bit too out there for me and then I've felt like I've wasted my money. If you are looking for a subscription box and don't know which one to choose, then I highly recommend giving Birchbox a go!


Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Birchbox September 2017

Hello everyone, after a little bit of drama this month with my Birchbox getting lost in the post, I am finally here with a look inside what I got for September. As a side note, the customer service team were really quick to respond and super helpful which surprised me as I've heard so many bad things.


Onto the box and first of all, how colourful is the box this month. September's box is a collab with Oliver Bonas with the them work hard, play hard & be kind which I think is a great motto to live by. I love how colourful the box is and I also paid extra for the candle which I'm currently burning as I right this - it smells amazing!

As well as the amazing products which I will get onto in a moment, there was also a 15% off voucher code which instantly had me looking at the Oliver Bonas site to see what I could buy. I'm still undecided but if I do decide on something I will be sure to let you know. Also inside the box was some stickers which is something I don't normally use, however one was of a heart with the motto inside and I actually used this as an Instagram photo, which came out really well.

Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser


So recently, with all the travelling up and down the country I've been doing, I've found that its been a struggle to get to and stay asleep so when I saw this eye energiser in this months box I was excited to try it. I normally use one from Simple skincare so I thought I would try something new to compare them. The RRP for this product is £22 which personally I don't think is worth it. I can't say that I can see a noticeable difference and it doesn't feel as cooling as the Simple skincare one I normally use does. I'm going to keep using it to see if it makes a difference after a while but I'm not holding out much hope!

Dr. PawPaw Original Clear Balm


I have heard so many great things about this product from other YouTubers and Bloggers that I was super excited to try it when I saw it in the box. This is marketed as a multi-use product, although so far I've only used it as a lip balm and as a hand moisturiser. It says you can also use it for split ends as well as to soothe sunburn but as I haven't had either of those recently, I haven't been able to put that to the test. However, first impressions are that it is super moisturising without being greasy and soaks nicely into my skin. I have thrown it straight into my handbag and am now using it all the time on the go. 

Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadow

I love multi-use skincare products but I'm always sceptical when it comes to make up ones. For example, the benefit lip & tint never normally works for me because I don't like my cheeks to be the same colour as my lips. However I was interested to try out this 3-in-1 product to see what it was going to look like. First impressions, it looked a bit too dark for me to use as either a highlighter or a blusher so I wasn't sure that I would like the product. The formula feels lovely and soft which I love because it don't like to feel like I'm wearing make up if that makes sense. I always prefer things that feel natural on the skin. In terms of an eyeshadow it has great pigmentation for an everyday look but I probably wouldn't wear it in the evening because its not bold enough for me. Using a little bit as a highlighter was great because it has the right amount of shimmer without being over the top. I don't think I would use this product as a blusher because the shade on me looks more like a bronzer as its too dark. With a RRP of £15 I'm not sure I would repurchase this product but I will definitely keep it in my collection and use it mainly as a highlighter. 

ARROW BOOST Colour Enhancing Lip Balm


With Autumn/Winter coming, I love using lip balms so I will admit that I applied this product as soon as it arrived. So many lip balms claim that they are the perfect product, that they will leave your lips moisturised for hours but I've found that this is very rarely true. The mango seed butter in this lip balm has meant that my lips feel soft and hydrated all day without the need to reapply. Whats more, I'm not really sure how the whole pH thing works but the colour it gives my lips makes me feel like I don't need to add anything else to them. I haven't work a lipstick or gloss for well over a week and I haven't minded one bit!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle


I am yet to use this product but I will certainly be taking it away with me in November when I go away. It claims to condition, minimise frizz, detangle, protects colour and added shine not grease. If this is the case, then I can see myself buying the full sized product because it will save a lot of space and money if I can use one product that does everything I need it to. I love that its free from parabens and sulphates because recently I've been really trying to keep an eye on what chemicals I'm using on myself and the environment. 

So that is everything I received in this months box. I have to say I'm really enjoying receiving Birchbox every month and I am loving the wide range of products I'm getting to try out. I can't wait to see what is in next months box already! As always I will leave my links down below so make sure you check them out. 




Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Top 5 Destinations I'd Like To Visit Next

Hello everyone, so following on from my favourite destinations I've visited, here is 5 of the many places I would like to visit next. 

Iceland

I would love to go to Iceland for a long weekend because its not too far to travel and always looks so picturesque. A few places I would like to visit whilst I'm there would of course have to be the Blue Lagoon Spa, Jokulsarlon Lagoon and the Arbaer open air museum looks interesting too. 

Finland

I have wanted to visit Finland ever since I first saw the igloos that you can pay to stay in whilst watching the Northern Lights which is something I have always wanted to see. Other places I would like to visit whilst there are the fortress of Suomenlinna and Sapokka water gardens. 

Croatia

So many people I know have been to Croatia and have said how lovely it is so I really want to see this for myself. Places I want to visit include Split, Dubrovnik and Plitvice lakes national park. I would also love to take a few boat rides whilst I'm there because the water is so clear there, I'd love to see some of the marine life. 

New York

Of course who doesn't want to go to New York! I mainly want to go there to do some serious shopping as well as witnessing all the famous yellow cabs for myself. Other places I would like to visit include the statue of liberty, central park and the empire state building. 

Athens

Last but not least is Athens. Having visited quite a few of the islands over the years, I would love to see mainland Greece for myself and I think Athens is the place to go. It also helps that they have a great Sephora shop so I'm told! Other places I would like to visit whilst there would have to be the famous acropolis as well as the Athens war museum. 

There are many more places I would love to visit besides these such as Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands but I had to keep this post short, else I would end up rambling on for hours. Where do you want to visit next? I'd love to know.

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

5 Destinations that I love

Hello everyone, I have recently been suffering from a bit of the holiday blues because everyone is either going or coming back from holidays and I haven't really had any this year except for a weekend away. I was thinking back to some of the holidays I have had over the years and thought why not do a blog post with my top 5 destinations, so here it is...

Malta

Malta will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first ever holiday abroad. Although I don't remember much from that first trip because I was only 4, I have revisited the island several times over the years. First of all, the people are so friendly and helpful and will always try to assist you as much as they can. We first found this out when we missed the last bus back to the city after a day looking around a local craft village. We asked inside one of the shops if we could phone for a taxi, however, straight away he offered us a lift. It wasn't just a lift back to the city so we could catch the connecting bus back to our resort, instead he took us the whole hour journey there and wouldn't accept any money for fuel. This was not just a one off, as each visit to the island, somebody has offered to help us in a way that you simply don't get back home. 
The island itself is both stunning and full of history, with the capital city of Valletta being one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to. Last year when we visited, we approached the city by water taxi rather than the usual bus or taxi that we had previously used. I have to admit that the views as we entered the city were even more impressive the closer we got. The great thing about Valletta is that although its very easy to get lost in the maze of streets, you can see history in each and every one of them as well as finding hidden gems that you perhaps didn't know were there. For example, on our first visit to Malta, a wrong turn took us down what looked like and was a residential street. Having said this, at the end of that street was a toy museum which nobody had told us was there. 
As well as the historical nature of the island, it is also very well used by the film industry. Many a time we have visited the film set of the Disney film Popeye staring the late Robin Williams. Whilst over the years some of the set has changed and been adapted, the outsides of the buildings are very much still the same and its great to be able to have a look around. We usually visit Fort Rinella whilst we are on the island and right next door is the underwater film task which has been used to film the likes of Captain Phillips, Swept Away and Raise The Titanic. Sadly though, I have never met Brad Pitt or Russell Crowe although both Troy and Gladiator were filmed there. 

 Crete

Crete was the very first of the Greek islands I visited where I fell in love with it straight away, returning for my fourth time just a couple of years ago. The island itself is the complete opposite of Malta. The landscapes look wild and overgrown, but that is how they want it to be. The wildlife prosper there, although it has been well known to have bush fires every so often. We have always stayed in a place called Hersonissos and whilst we have visited the capital of Heraklion several times, we soon realised that Hersonissos has everything you could need. The main street consists of a huge variety of shops selling local produce, gifts and trinkets. At one end of the road there is even a 3 storey supermarket where you can pick up almost anything you need at a great price. Up in the village of Koutouloufari you can find taverna's offering a wide range of food and drink as well as Greek nights where you can listen to local bouzouki music and try out a bit of traditional dancing too! Dotted in between is even more little shops offering souvenirs. 
If you want to do something a bit more active, head to Star Beach, where you will find plenty of water sports activities as well as several swimming pools, water slides and of course plenty of cocktails. There is even a spa, tattoo parlour and swimwear shop all on site. One thing I would warn you about is that a photographer does go around the site, taking photos, which you can then buy on your way out. It is fair to say that sometimes you don't realise they are being taken and the actions or angles can look shocking, so be warned. 
Lastly one place I had to mention was Aquaworld Aquarium which is situated on the road leading off by the large supermarket I mentioned above. If you didn't know it was there you would walk straight past but it is honestly well worth a visit. What looks like a residential building from the outside opens up to house a huge variety of marine life as well as reptiles. Unlike zoos and other establishments, at Aquaworld Aquarium you can get up close and personal with the animals, being able to hold some of them, without any extra charges. John and Judith do an amazing job running the place, rescuing animals and caring for them but they are never too busy to answer any questions you might have. Over the years I have particularly fallen in love with Stephania, the blind turtle. Each time I visit I always make sure I take you some money to sponsor some of the animals, because without those donations, Aquaworld Aquarium wouldn't be able to feed and care for the animals. 

Maderia



If you love flowers and pretty views then Madeira is certainly the place for you. We stayed in the capital Funchal and again found that it had everything you needed. We particularly liked visiting the Lido because the cafe there did the most amazing homemade food. If you take the cable car up the mountains, you can visit the botanical gardens that cover a huge area. Wildlife roam free up here and the views are absolutely stunning. Sadly a few years ago they had awful floods followed by huge bush fires so I'm not sure how much of the gardens have been saved or redone. 
Another must is a walk down to the harbour, where lots of benches are situated, so that you can sit and watch the sunset, which again, is a beautiful sight. One thing you should be prepared for is Cristano Ronaldo's face and merchandise EVERYWHERE. The biggest star to come from the island, the locals love him and this can be seen all over Funchal. 

Corfu

Corfu for us is very much a relaxing by the pool kind of holiday. Whilst down in the south is party town, up in the north in a village called San Stefanos is the place you can normally find us. Everyone knows everyone in this village and the locals always remember you when you return year after year. I don't just mean they remember your face, they literally remember your name, as well as anything you might have spoken about previously. For example, we spoke about how my nan wasn't too well and two years later, they still remembered and asked us if she had got better. The village has everything you could want for a relaxing holiday - shops, taverna's, pubs offering evening entertainment, traditional Greek nights, water sports and one of my favourites - a ceramics studio where you can hand paint various items to take home with you. If you want to venture into the city, Corfu Town is only about a forty minute drive away, where the streets are packed full of shops selling handbags, shoes, belts, make up, souvenirs. You can also take various boats trips from the harbour here and can also visit the forts situated at either end of the town. One tip I would say is watch out for when the big cruise ships dock into the harbour because suddenly everything gets just that little bit more expensive. It is an amusing sight to see though, as staff hurry to change the prices on menus as they watch the ships dock. 

Isle Of Wight

Although I must have only been about 7 or 8 when I spent the weekend on the Isle of Wight, I have always looked back with fond memories and really want to return one day. This was the one and only time I have ever camped but I enjoyed every minute of it. Whilst I don't remember the names of some of the places we visited, I do remember having a great time at Blackgang Chime as well as enjoying fish and chips on a very chilly Ryde beach (It was the Easter holidays!) The only thing that has stopped me returning is the long drive to the ferry terminal from where we live but I will definitely be returning at some point soon.

I have been really lucky to have visited some great places over the years and here are many more that I could go on about. I love revisiting places, being able to say hello to friends we have made as well as seeing how things have changed over the years but I think its time for me to visit some new places. I think I will follow this post up with some destinations that I would like to visit next so if you have any recommendations then please let me know. 


Until next time

KellyDianeReportX