Monday, 24 April 2017

To hair or not to hair? That is the question!

Hello my lovlies!

Recently I was watching "This Morning"  (I know I lead the high life right!) .  They had a section on a lady who had not shaved her body hair for five years.  You can find it by clicking the link here Along side this woman was another lady who was most obviously horrified at this ladies choice.  She was recoiling at this lifestyle choice and I thought she was extremely rude.  To be honest is it such a big deal?  I don't think so.  And this is why.

We naturally have body hair.  It is part of the human condition.  Our bodies produce it (or not) as part of our natural function.  We can not choose whether it grows or not, It just does!

The same goes for eyebrows and foofoo's.  Fashion has come and gone and we've gone from barely there to full growth to just a general tidy up. What you do is up to you.  Does it really concern anyone else?

I personally am not offended by body hair on women. I find it neither attractive or unattractive.
Personally I shave my legs and armpits periodically and can often be found with fuzzy legs!  I'm not ashamed of the fact.  I also have PCOS which doesn't help with the hairy problem!  I don't care,  personally I am happy in my own skin and happy with my body.

These are most defiantly not my legs.  Far too shapely!

 I was also quite shocked that the woman on the show asked about hygiene being a problem with hairy armpits on  a woman.  What??? Actually WTF?
As the lady said, "Do we ask the same question of men?"  Are men considered to be unhygienic because of having leg or armpit hair?  No, of course not.  That is just a ridiculous argument.

We were born hairy and I bet when we are breathing our last, the last thing on our minds will be "Did I shave yesterday?"

So weather you wax, pluck, shave or don't do any, be proud of your body and yourself.  You deserve it!

Bye for now

Hales xx


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Drayon metalic liquid lipsticks

Hello lovelies!

I'm feeling better.  Thank you for all the lovely comments and get well messages I received.  My brother is also doing well and had been moved back to our local hospital.  Unfortunately I am unable to see him due to cross contamination but I managed to see him over face time and although he cant speak we managed to communicate.

So while I was in hospital a package came for me.  I had ordered some Metallic liquid lipsticks from Aliexpress.  It seemed like ages since I ordered them but in reality it was probably only about five weeks.  They came from China so that was the reason for the delay.  I only ordered two colours as I was unsure if I would like them and didn't want to waste money if they were unusable.

Firstly the packaging is very pretty, it has a lovely gold coloured lid/wand handle.  There is gold detailing to the tube which make the product appear much more expensive than it was.  In fact these products cost only 83p each with free shipping!  If you don't mind waiting for them to arrive they are great!

I ordered shade 05 which is a gold colour and shade 11 which is a mixture between a rose gold and bronze kind of colour.   The formula is very light and you need to apply a couple of coats to get a good effect.  The product smells lovely,  just like walking into you childhood sweetie shop.  Some people may find this over powering as the smell is quite strong but I found it OK.

Upon wearing I found that the product lasted no more than a hour tops.  Its definitely not a long lasting lipstick but when it is on it is very striking.  The colours are bold and very strong.  I found the lipsticks left my lips a  little dry but not too dry.  I applied lip balm afterwards and everything was OK.  This is a problem I have with lipsticks so I think maybe this was my lips rather than the product. However I did find the formula to be over sticky!

If you are looking for a striking bold statement lipstick I would recommend these.  and at 83p a pop you can afford to apply every hour!  You can find them here

I hope this has been a helpful review and if you'd like to see more of my bargain buy cosmetics please comment below!

I hope to see you here again soon.  Bye for now

Hales xxx

(Photos have been taken from the Aliexpress website)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Naturally radiant! Thats me!

Hello my lovlies!

Now its no secret that I love my lotions and potions!  Ive tried many different creams lotions and oils on my face and have never seemed to find a brand that does it all.  I have combination skin.  I have a oily T zone (which really weirdly goes extremely dry in the winter months) and then the rest of my face is what I would explain as "normal".  If I'm going to get spots I will get them on my nose or chin.  Typical I suppose!

Anyhow I digress!
Last year in Superdrug I picked up a renewing night cream from the Naturally Radiant range.  I was really impressed by it, still am really.  I have repurchased it quite a few times and even given it as a gift to my mother.  It is quite a heavy thick cream so I only use it three times a week and alternate it with other night creams. (unless my skin is extremely dry and then I will use this)

The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth.

Because I was so impressed with the night cream I also bought the Hot Cloth Cleanser.  This is a dupe for the Liz Earle one.  I have tried the Liz Earle one and have to say I prefer the Superdrug one.  All the Naturally Radiant products have the same smell.  It is very hard to explain.  The blurb on the website says " formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry"
Hot cloth cleanser
 Now I don't exactly smell kiwi but I like the smell.  It smells fresh and is quite a strong smell.  The smell is the same across the range.

 Last week I put in a order to Superdrug and the range was on buy one get one free.  You can find it here  So I thought " yes! Its time to try some other products!"  So I bought the Glycolic over night peel, Moisturising Facial oil, 2 in 1 moisturising lotion and of course my night cream. 
Yaahoo!! skin goodness!!!

Ive been having really bad dry skin around my eye brows and top of my nose.  So I tried the 2 in 1 moisturiser and serum.  I have to say I wasn't as impressed by this.  After using it for a week nothing changed with my skin.  So I switched to the Moisturising facial oil last night.  Overnight my skin as become less dry and in fact I felt like I didn't need to moisturise my face this morning. (although you know me I did!)  Ive yet to try the overnight peel and will probably leave it until my skin feels like it needs it to be honest. 

So all in all I like this range of products.  They do what they say on the whole. I'm not a fan of the 2 in 1 but it may work for you.  Every ones skin is different!  As I have said it has a strange smell that I cant explain but its not offencive and in fact smells quite nice when you get used to it. 

So give the range a try I thoroughly recommend it! 

I hope to see you here soon
Hales xxx

I haven't been paid for this review and I purchased all the items myself x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Essence gel nail polish

Hello Lovlies!
I hope today finds you well and you are enjoying the lovely weather we've been having.  I don't know about you but I always feel better when the weather is good.  I feel like there is a spring in my step and I can take on the world!

Today I want to talk to you about the Essence range of gel nail polish from Wilko.
If you don't know, Wilkos is a shop that's a "all in one shop!"  It sells most things you could possibly need.  They do a range of make up called Essence which is drug store prices.  I own quite a few of their cosmetics including their Gel nail polishes.  But today I want to speak to you about the three I bought last week.

The first on above, is a kind of plum colour. Its No 68 Hugs.   The photo doesn't do it justice.  It is a dark rich plum coloured tone.  A rich Burgundy colour.  One thing about these polishes is their long lasting effect.  I applied mine on Thursday and by the following Wednesday it was still ok, no chips or fading and still as vibrant.  They last really well.

The next one is this teal colour.  Again the photo is properly naff but look on the wilko site here to see a better picture.  The shade is Hopping 64. Again its a rich colour that lasts well.  The brush applicator is just perfectly shaped.  It is curved to ensure a good all over nail application.

The last one is a lovely dark black. No 46.  I have been looking for a black nail varnish for a while.  I tried a Maybelline one but found it watery and it didn't cover well.  This one is perfect.  It covers really well and doesn't really need a second cot, although I did give it one.

These varnishes are priced at £1.60 and are a absolute bargain.  I love them!  It is great to find gel nail varnishes that don't need a lamp, at such good quality, at such a great price!

If you like the look of theses varnishes then pop along to you local Wilkos or you can find them on line here.

Well this is completes this post!  I hope to hear from you and please do come back soon!

Hales xx

I was not paid for this review and I bought the varnishes myself. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Random acts of kindness

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you are well.  The weather has certainly broken and its easy to see that summer is just round the corner.  It makes me think of long summer days sitting on the beach watching the Grandchildren play and having fun.  Of drinking far too many cups of coffee with DIL1 while the kidlets play on the trampoline and in the paddling pool. Watching Mr PB and DS,s working in the garden.  I love the things that come alive in the summer, the plants, the insects, butterflies and bees.  Everything seems so vibrant and bright!  Sorry I seem to have gone off on kind of a tangent there!

Back to what I was originally going to talk about, Random acts of kindness!

So recently Ive been thinking how can I pay it forward?  I am still in awe of the kindness I received while I was ill.  From the hospital staff, nurses and doctors, my family, my friends, my church family.  Kindness and love has been showered over me and I feel grateful for it.

So how do I pay it back?  Well one way is by doing random acts of kindness.
Now Ive heard about this "movement" and researched on line.  It can be as simple as leaving a book you've read on the coffee table in a cafe for someone else to read, Leaving change on a parking meter, paying for the person behind you in the ques coffee, passing on a free gift you've received in a magazine.  Simple things that may bless another persons day.

Little Miss PB and I have decided to print out some cards to leave with our little gifts, in the hope that the person receiving the gift may pay it forward and change the world.  If we all paid it forward this world would be a much kinder, nicer place to live.

If you should choose to do so you can print out little anonymous cards from different sites.

There are some lovely little ones here
And also here

I will update you on things we are doing to pay it forward/RAK and hopefully it will inspire you to do the same.

Bye for now
Hales xxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Easter half term week one

Hello Lovelies!

So here in the UK it is the Easter half term.  The children have two weeks off school and so its the time when all parent think " what can we do to keep the kidlets occupied?"
Miss PB is eleven years old now so mostly entertains herself but we still like to do things as a family.  We see a lot of the grandchildren and its lovely to have them around but again its keeping them busy that we need to think about.  So we have a very busy time planned!

I'm going to do this as a diary type post and I'm going to document what we have got up to during the holidays. Mostly for us to look back on in years to come.

Monday. 3rd April  Cake baking day!
Miss PB made her first sponge cake on her own.  I just sat in the kitchen and gave limited advice but she did the cake baking on her own.  She also made her dad a egg sandwich.  Again her first experience of using a frying pan!  These are all moments I want to remember.  Shes growing so fast!
Tuesday 4th April - Lion King workshop

Today Miss PB went off with her best friend to a lion king workshop at a young carers group that she is part of.  Its important that she spends time away from us doing fun things.  Often Young carers are over looked and not thought bout but here in the UK things are slowly changing and young carers are being valued more and more.  Miss Pb is of great help to me.  sometimes I am unable to put on my own socks or get myself a drink and she helps me immensely.  Its also good that Mr PB can pop out knowing that she is here and can cope and keep me safe if I should have a seizure.  Shes a special little girl! 

Wednesday 5th April
Today was our church project F.I.S.H (food in the school holidays).  This weeks theme was pizza making.  We went with our son and his family.  It involved making pizza on pitta bread and then grilling them.  The children really enjoyed making their pizzas and choosing and arranging the toppings!

Thursday 6th April 
 Today was weigh in day at slimming world.  I put on 1/2lb.  I'm not too worried as I have only just started eating since being in hospital and I think its my body adjusting to that.  Mr PB lost 6lb!  So annoying!  He loses weight so easily! It just drops off him!
After slimming world we went and spent the afternoon chatting, drinking tea and putting the world to rights with our good friends and their beautiful granddaughter.  Miss PB enjoyed playing with their granddaughter.  She is really good with younger children.  I guess that comes from having younger nieces and nephews!

Friday 7th April
Today Miss PB went to a open day at her young carers group.  There is a bake sale and we went and had a look round the centre.  Miss PB and Daddy made some cookies to sell.  Although some got eaten before they got there!  My brother is having a operation to clear his chest today, its quite a risky operation but we are sure with Gods grace he will recover well.

Sunday 9th April.

Today we went to church.  We then picked up two of the Grandchildren and took them to a little beach a couple of miles from our home.  The weather was glorious!  We had such fun!  It was so warm we needed to use sun cream and the children wore shorts and t-shirts!
We finished off the day with chips by the sea and the children had a quick go on the motorised scooters.  
The children then asked for a sleep over.  We rang the parents and they agreed so we have two overnight guests tonight!

So that's week one of the Easter half term holidays!  What will we get up to next week!

See you soon

Hales and co xx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Nescafe Gold.

We were sent the products for free, but haven't been paid for this post and the opinions are honest and our own
Hi Lovelies!

Recently we were sent some instant hot drinks to try out. They are the new Nescafe gold range.  We received the Cappuccino, the caramel Latte and the double chocolate Mocha.  We also received a glass mug with Nescafe on.  The mug we discovered, is the perfect size for these drinks. 

There are 8 drinks in each box so we have been able to try each one and also share them with friends and family.   For slimming world peeps these are 4 1/2 syns each.  (so I believe but it may be worth checking with your consultant)
Nescafe Gold Cappuccino

 First I tried the cappuccino.  This is my favourite.  I normally take one sugar with coffee but tried this without sugar.  It was perfect. 
It maybe too sweet for someone who doesn't take sugar but I found it perfect for me. It had just the right amount of froth on the top and this stayed right till the end of the drink.  To be honest it reminded me of a Costa cappuccino and I will definitely be buying some of these!

Caramel Latte
 Next we have the Caramel Latte.  I did not like this.  It was far too sweet for me and in fact I couldn't even finish the drink because it was just too sweet. 
If you have a sweet tooth its perfect!  Miss Pb loved it!  She would have drank the whole box if Id had let her.  Like I said, perfect for a sweet tooth!

Double Chocolate Mocha

So now we are on to the Double Chocolate Mocha.  Again this was quite sweet.  Not as sweet as the Latte but getting that way.  I enjoyed it but not as much as the cappuccino.  Its very much a hot chocolate drink.  Again the foam on the top was present till the end, often with these type of drinks you drink the foam off first but this was the kind of drink you drink through the foam.  Does that make sense?  I would probably buy this as a treat for Miss PB but for not for myself or the Mr.  It doesn't really appeal to me.

So,  the cappuccino was my favourite.  To be honest I wouldn't recommend it if you don't take sugar as it was sweet enough for me and I take a sugar in my drink.  The Caramel Latte was a absolute no no.  It was just too sickly sweet.  I couldn't finish it.  The double Chocolate Mocha again was sweet but it wasn't as bad as the caramel latte.  But I don't think I will be buying it, only as a special treat. 

I hope this review has been helpful and I definitely recommend the cappuccino!!
Bye for now
Hales xxx

 We were sent the products for free, but haven't been paid for this post and the opinions are honest and our own

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Superdrug shower gels

Hi Lovlies!

While browsing the superdrug website recently I noticed that they had their own brand shower gels on special offer for 66p!  So I thought to myself " what a great time to stock up!"  There are only three of us living here (plus the odd visitor) but we seem to go through shower gels at alarming rates! 
So I ordered a few! 

The first one I ordered was Spearmint and sea salt for men.

Spearmint and sea salt
The smell is lovely!  It reminds me of those little chewy mint sweets you used to get in the 1980s.  I cant remember the name of them and have racked my brain trying to but to no avail!  You know the ones, little square individually wrapped sweets in a mint green wrapper?  Well if you remember the name then please comment below!  Anyhow back to the shower gel!  So the consistency of the gels is perfect.  Not to runny that it falls off your shower pouf, but not so thick that it is impossible to get out of the bottle.  (this goes for all the shower gels!)  Obviously this is aimed at men but I would be quite happy to use it as I think the smell is pretty unisex.  Watch out Mr PB!  Nothing is your own in this house!

lemon and tea tree
Next is the Lemon and Tea tree.  Now I'm a fan of tea tree.  Its great for healing and especially for removing and repelling our little friends, the Head louse!  However I don't really get the smell of tea tree from this.  Whether the Lemon over powers it or its meant to be more lemony I'm not sure.  It does however smell lovely.  Ive been using it when showering in the mornings and I find that its a great waker uper! 

 The next one is Coconut.  Now Miss PB doesn't like Coconut, the smell, the taste, anything to do with coconut but she smelt this and said she quite liked the gel.  It is strongly scented but doesn't come across as a strong coconut smell.  I cant quite put my finger on the smell but I know it does include the coconut smell!  Out of all of the gels, this is my least favourite.  I will of course use it because being frugal, I bought it so I will use it! But it isn't my favourite!

Shea butter and bamboo
Lastly we have the shea butter and bamboo.  What does bamboo smell like?  Who knows?! But the shea butter really comes through on this.  The smell is very buttery and smells like caramel sauce!  This is Miss PB's favourite and we have no problem getting her into the shower with this!  This leaves a lasting smell on the skin which is very pleasant.  I shall definitely be repurchasing this!

So in summing up,  The shower gels are very good value for money.  On offer currently in superdrug for 66p at the moment.  They are good quality, not tested on animals (always a bonus) and they smell divine.  They leave your skin clean, smelling fresh and soft.  All the things you would want of a shower gel.  Ive recently been using a Bayliss and Harding gel and I have to say they compare to those very well.  Obviously not the same quality and that is reflected in the price, but a good alternative.

So if you are in the market for some new shower gel, try superdrug!

Bye for now

Hales xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Monthly catch up march 2017

Hello everyone.
So today I'm starting a new series which will be a monthly post catching up on our family life.

This month has been nothing if not eventful!
Firstly we have had four birthdays!  Firstly Mr PB on the 3rd and then  DIL on the 7th.  Followed by Big son PB on 14th then mine on the 19th.  Finally little son PB who was 22 years old.  Where have the years gone!  I can remember the boys being tiny and the time has just flown by! Obviously due to my illness in the middle of the month birthdays celebrations have been rather muted and in fact almost none existent!  We will make up for it later in the year!

Spring has definitely sprung!  The weather is so much milder and its lovely to wake up to the sun streaming through the window in the morning.  There isnothing better than a bit of sunshine on your cornflakes! (anyone remember that advert?)

Our two little princesses are now four and six months and continue to grow and just be beautiful.  they bring us so much joy!

 Chuckles has finally started to smile at us when she sees us.   (shes very selective who she smiles at!)

Mimi is a joy as always.  She is really an intelligent little girl.. At parents evening her mum was told she is reading well above her age level and in fact is at the level that would be expected at the end of the year above her!

Bob is a sweetheart.  He loves to play fight with grandad and has just found you tube videos that show Mario games being played!  He is addicted to them and makes us watch whenever we go round there!

Miss PB is doing well.  She is in the middle of revising for her stats.  This is causing her no problems and she is far from being stressed out by it all.  She is quite laid back like her Daddy and very little phases her.  I am still in awe of how she helped to revive me when I was so poorly.  She is certainly a special little girl.

We are blessed with our family.

As far as the blog is going, I am pleased with the direction ts taking.  I plan to do some more reviews and an looking at different items to review.  As you know my favourite thing is make up but I intend to try to do more non make up reviews.  What do you think?

Well that's a quick update from us.

Thanks for stopping by and We hope to see you here again real soon! 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sad news from London UK

Hello lovlies

There is a sad cloud hanging over the UK this morning after the incident in London Westminster yesterday.  I don't want to say terrorist attack as this hasn't been confirmed but it was a awful event and people lost their lives.  One of which was a police officer who lost his life fulfilling his job role "to serve and protect".

Sometimes humanity can be so cruel and do dark things.  Humans are not always the best of beings and we are often horrible to each other.  When things happen so near to you it hits home just how fragile life is and how we should all strive to make things better for each other.  Whether its a friendly wave or smile to a neighbour or a helping hand to someone in need.  If we all did one kind thing a week to "pay it forward" the world would be such a better place. 

Lets just learn one thing from yesterday.  There were more people who came to aid and help the victims than there were attackers.  That's got to say something. Hasn't it?

Bye for now

Hales xxx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Where have I been. Good excuse this time!

Hello everyone!

Well I have had a eventful couple of weeks!  You may not have noticed me missing due to the fact that I schedule posts in advance.

Two weeks ago I fell extremely ill.  It happened literally overnight. I had been for a meal at my brothers the night before and I felt fine!
 My husband found me unconscious and not breathing in bed.  I had a respiratory arrest. My daughter first put me in the recovery position and then gave me CPR.  (shes eleven years old! ELEVEN!)
The air ambulance was called and two ambulances came out.  They managed to revive me enough to allow me to walk down the stairs assisted to the stretcher.  To cut a long story short, I ended up in intensive care for a week on a respirator.  I'm am extremely lucky to be alive.  My family were told to expect the worst.  But God is good!  I am at home and well on the road to recovery.  The hospital were amazing and I couldn't have asked for better care.  The NHS is amazing and I owe my life to them.  I shall be eternally grateful to all the staff and the institution that is the NHS.

In a weird quirk of fate my brother was also admitted to intensive care within a hour of me being taken there.  He has pneumonia and has had to  be moved to a bigger hospital in our county.  He has had to have a operation to help him breathe and is extremely ill.    He is critical but "as well as can be expected" whatever that means!  I am unable to visit for fear of passing the illness back and forth on Drs orders.  We are extremely close and its very hard not to speak to him as we speak everyday.  Please remember him in your prayers.

Well that's a update from me!  I hope you are well and I hope to see you back here soon.  Bye for now xx

Hales xx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

New lipsticks! Mrs PB made a Faux pas!

Hello everyone!

I have recently discovered the delights that are the shopping site Ali Express.  Why did I not know about this site before?!  Basically its a selling site a bit like eBay but without the bidding.  Things are extremely cheap and mostly come from China and Japan and take a few weeks to arrive here in the UK.  If you don't mind the wait you can pick up so bargains!
So far I have bought lots of things like stickers for my planner, towels, jewellery wall hanger, cosmetics storage and recently I spotted some lipsticks that I liked the look of.

I am sure, in fact I'm sure I'm sure that when I ordered these it did not say penis shaped! But they have arrived and they are in fact penis shaped!  This has caused many giggles!  I will not be taking these particular lipsticks with me to church to top up my lippy!

So to the lipsticks!

So, They come in lovely packaging.  Really pretty and the packaging doesn't feel cheap or flimsy.
The lipstick is from the brand Kakaxi and I bought shades 3, 6, & 8.

The actual tube of the lipstick is a lovely black pattern and would look lovely arranged on your dressing table.  I really love it!
The colours are lovely.  I really like shade 3 which is a Scarlett red very similar to a Rimmel one that I have reviewed before. 
Its very unfortunate bout the shape!  Although I suppose that as a novelty gift they would be quite amusing.  Thing is I like to be thrifty so Ive bought them, and shall use them up! 
 I tried them and found they have a very creamy texture.  They last around a hour and a half on the lips, so not particularly long lasting but priced at £1.23 each I guess you get what you pay for.  I also noticed that the tube of product isn't quite as long as the ones we get in the UK.  Maybe that is reflected in the price? Or maybe its just how they make them.  I have ordered some other lipsticks so I will compare them on size when they arrive.
I suppose I could always say they were mushroomed shape rather than penis style!

Should you be interested in buying them they can be found HERE.  
Delivery to the UK took around four weeks but like I said if you don't mind the wait the price is excellent!

I hope you got the end of this post without laughing at me too much and I hope to see you back here again really soon!

Bye for now

Hales x 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Random question generator

Hello lovelies!

Today I thought Id do something a bit different.
In a bid to get you to know me better Ive decided to do a Q&A using a random question generator here.  So here we go!

1.  Who is the most famous person you have met?

The Duke of Edinburgh.  I met him when I was a venture scout at a celebration in Birmingham.

2.  Do you have any siblings? 

Yes!  I have four brothers and five sisters with a further three brothers from my fathers second marriage.

3.  Who was the last person that you called or texted?

My Friend Rick

4.  What's the worst thing you can say on a first date?

Whats that smell?

5.  What was the last book you read?

Hollow city from the Miss Peregrines home for extraordinary children series

6. If you could try out any job for one week, what job would you choose to try?

Without a doubt a Midwife!

7.   Do you prefer to take baths or showers?

I prefer baths but unfortunately we only have a wet room.  If we stay in a hotel I try to ensure we have a bath!

8.   How have you changed since you were younger?

I have definitely become a calmer person and also have a better self body image.

9.   What was the last movie you saw?

Friend request.  I don't recommend it!

10.   What are your three must have smart phone apps?

Twitter, Instagram and Ali express!

So If you've got this far I hope this little Q&A has given you a better insight into my world.

see you soon

Bye for now

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Newbies Guide To Getting Free Stuff

Hello every one.  Today I want to talk to you about some great websites I have found.  Ive also got some handy hints and tips on getting freebies. 

There is a lot of free stuff on the internet and it is all yours for the taking. These freebies will include tangible products or real life items and digital products such as free eBooks. A lot of companies are queuing up to give away free samples of their products and you simply need to be willing to take the time to request these free items. When you do this, products will be dropping through the letterbox on a regular basis.(and we all like to get post that isnt a bill!)

However, before you get started there are some tips and information that you need to know about. This is particularly important if you are new to the freebie business. This advice and information will primarily relate to real life freebies such as product samples.

Before you being it is important to note that there are many family friendly freebie sites, but safety and security are still important. You should check this before you start using the website and ensure that they are not going to be sending you unsolicited emails or other correspondence.

Set Up A Second Email Address

It is recommended that you set up a second free email address from a service like Gmail or Yahoo. This is due to the fact that you will need to provide an email address for most freebies or sign up to a newsletter to receive it. This means that you will be receiving promotional emails from the company and you will want to keep this out of your primary email address. Setting up a new account will only take a few minutes, but could save you time when you have to look at emails in your primary inbox.

How Can It Be Free, There Must Be A Catch?

There are a lot of people who feel that this cannot be completely free and there is a catch, but it is so small that it doesn't warrant any worry. The catch is that you are going to be signing up to a mailing list in most cases and you will need to provide your physical location to receive the freebie. Most people who get freebies have found that they do not suffer from large amounts of unwanted junk mail and the use if the second email address ensures that the mailing lists do not bother them.

Of course, you need to ensure that you are getting free products from legitimate companies. The company needs to take privacy seriously and complies with all data protection laws. This is why you need to be cautious when looking at freebies and if an offer seems too good to be true then it most likely is.

The Top Freebie Sites For Newbies

WOW FreeStuff

WOW Free Stuff is an easy to use website that has over 1000 freebies listed on the site. Around 10 new freebies are generally listed on the site each day so you know there will always be something new. Most of the freebies that are listed will be samples, but this makes it possible to get a range of products from shampoo to toys to chocolate and even some eco-friendly products. The toiletry samples are great and will often come in handy when you are going to travel or stay over somewhere.


Freecycle is probably one of the best freebie sites on the internet, but will not work in the same way as many of the others. The free items listed on the site will be from other people who are getting rid of things that they no longer want or need. Most of the items will be second hand, but every once in a while you will find something new that is offered for free.

Additionally, with this site, you could look at getting something substantial for free each day like a washing machine, a TV, a baby cot or a chair instead of a small sample. Freecycle was originally created as a means of keeping goods out of the landfill, but now has more than 5 million users spread across 85 different countries.


The Gumtree Freebies section will work in a similar manner to Freecycle as members will upload items that they want to get rid of. As you might expect, there is a fair amount of rubbish in the listing, but you will also be able to find some really good items. Some of the great items that have been picked up on Gumtree for free include a vintage typewriter, a trampoline and a dishwasher.

A benefit of this site is that you can make your location as specific as you want. However, if you are not flexible when traveling to pick up items then you could be missing out on something that you really want.


Pre loved also have free stuff on their website.  Just type in FREE in the search bar and narrow the search to your area.  Its as simple as that!
I recently got a lovely leather armchair in perfect condition for free!

So why not pop over and take  look at  WOW FREEBIES or one of the other ways you can find freebies.  Im sure you wont be disapointed!  I hope this post has been helpful to you and I do encourage to take advantage of the free products out there!

Bye for now
Hales xx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Current wants!

Hello Lovelies!

In a world where consumerism is at the fore we often buy things almost without thinking.  Things can be bought by just passing a piece of plastic over the counter so money doesnt even change hands.  This year one of my goals is to think before I buy.  I have decided to make a list of things I would like in my bullet journal (read about it HERE) and then go back to it in a few weeks and see if I really do want it.  It stops impulse buying and also most times the prices of items are reduced by the time I get round to buying them!  So here are my current list of wants,

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick  here.  This was on my Christmas list but Santa forgot it!  Priced at £26.00 its quite expensive for a lipstick but just look at that packaging! 

The colours available are beautiful and I should think that there is a colour there to suit every type of skin tone.   I definitely don't NEED this but I sure would like to own it!

I also like the look of THESE.

It is a set of four  Artisan Tealight Set with Rose Quartz. Priced at £8.26 + shipping it will hardly break the bank and it sounds so lovely I can just imagine the smell!  I love artisan products and am always on the look out for more candles!  Its not the same on a winters evening if there not a candle burning! 

As you are aware Ive recently started Journaling and I have been eyeing up this "Fauxdori".

 It comes in a array of leather colours and you can choose the elastic colours too.  I think a purple one would be just perfect for me!  You can find them HERE.  They are priced at £20.99 and are the best priced ones I have found.  I think I would use it as my carry around diary and to-do list. 

Finally I like the look of THESE.  I drink lots of fruit and herbal teas and people don't always have them at their houses so I like to carry some in my handbag.  These are a lovely way to carry them that keep them tidy and all in one place

This would just be perfect to carry around with me and they are only £5!  They look very well made and the fabric is very Cath Kidstoneque.    

So that is my little want list.  Of course I don't need any of these but to have them would be really nice!  Oh and if Mr PB is reading, It is my birthday soon!

Thanks for stoping by
Bye for now

Hales x

Friday, 24 February 2017


Hi there!

So The latest craze to sweep the beauty world is the Silisponge.  Its a silicone pad which you use to apply foundation in place of a sponge.

It is around the same size as a beauty blender and the best thing about it is it saves on product as the silisponge does not absorb any product.  Its clean as you can wipe it and put it straight back into your cosmetic bag with out it covering everything in foundation.
Its extremely flexible and gets foundation easily into all the areas such as sides of your nose which can sometimes be difficult to cover.
When applying the foundation I found that it kind of smeared the product over my face which was a little strange at first but to be honest I think that the sillisponge works just as well, if not better than the beauty blender. 
The plus points for me are:
1. Flexibility of the sillisponge
2. Easy wipe clean and so easier to store.
3. I'm guessing that the sillispong will last much longer than the beauty blender as it wont fall apart as easily.
4. Hygienically it has to be better doesn't it?  I mean you can anti bacterial wipe the sillisponge therefore eliminating the cross contamination of breakouts.

So all in all I really like this.  You can buy it  HERE  Priced at £5.99

I hope this is a helpful review.
(This review has not been sponsored and all views are my own.)

I hope to see you here again soon.
Bye for now

Hales x