Thursday, 16 February 2017

Flash Fiction - Smashed

My 100 word flash fiction story using this photo prompt

*Photo credit Liz Young 


'Don't smoke' she sighed, stamping out my ciggie. ‘Don't even think about drinking' she nagged, whilst tipping the bottle of wine down the sink. Words were never going to stop me. It was the cool thing to do at school and I desperately wanted to fit in. I had a lot to live up to.

Oscar winning. My mother, the successful dressmaker, designer extraordinaire. Miss Perfect. Well not so perfect, her husband, my dad, left her for a model. Turns out she was the alcohol swilling, chain smoking bitch. The mannequin's head? Based on the woman he left her for.

Hope you enjoyed this story
Bettina x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn Rose & White Chocolate Biscuits

Romance, flowers, chocolates - these beautifully presented All Butter Rose & White Chocolate biscuits from Crabtree & Evelyn have it all... An ideal gift to show your love this Valentine's Day.

The tin they come in is just so pretty and wonderfully illustrated. The biscuits themselves are crunchy enough to dip in your tea if you so feel inclined. In fact I brought out the Royal Albert China specially to indulge in a special afternoon tea as I knew the occasion demanded it. I felt incredibly decadent whilst daintily sipping on my tea and biting into these moreish buttery biscuits.

I am a huge, huge fan of anything rose so these rose and white chocolate biscuits grabbed my attention instantly and they didn't disappoint. These traditionally baked English biscuits are made with crystallised rose petals and pieces of white chocolate. The result is a delicate rose taste from the the perfumed flowers and the white chocolate is smooth and creamy to tantalize the taste buds with this truly romantic foodie gift.

Delicious limited edition biscuits that are the perfect addition to afternoon tea. Massive thumbs up from me.

Crabtree & Evelyn new limited edition Rose & White Chocolate biscuits cost £5 for 160G

*PR Sample

Flash Fiction - The Bully

My 100 word flash fiction story using this photo prompt

Image courtesy of Ted Strutz

The Bully 

‘It’s too cold!’ Mollie screamed, dipping her big toe tentatively into the water.

‘Don’t be a sissy, you know the rules. That is IF you want to be in our gang?’

Fred pushed Mollie into the water and laughed sinisterly…caught unawares, she lost her footing and became submerged completely. ‘I hate you Fred’ Mollie coughed and spluttered.

Hidden in the bushes, four other children looked on wide-eyed, how brave she was.

Mollie, no longer cold, admired her new perspective. Empowered, she climbed aboard the chair.

She had beaten the bully, ‘Your turn Fred’

He turned and ran. Stupid little brother.

Hope you enjoyed this story
Bettina x

*This is the first time I have taken part in the Friday Fictioneers 100 word story photo prompt... you can read the other stories here

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelée Milk Cleanser Review

Lazy cleansing for me equates to no water needed. Yes wipes have a place (usually used on holidays in my case), but actually I don't really want to compromise on good skincare routines if I can help it. But I get it, we all have lazy days where we want to flop into bed with little effort, that is where new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelée Milk Cleanser comes in...

Neutrogena say 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Gelée Milk Cleanser is an innovative cleanser combining the lightness of a gel with the efficacy of a make-up remover milk. The combination of Neutrogena® cleansing technology, hydrating agent and Hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in skin, help the formula to protect the skin barrier, boost hydration and help lock it in.

Boosts hydration
No rinse formula
Removes makeup
Leaves skin touchably supple

My thoughts 

This pump action cleanser has a lovely, fresh and fruity scent. The product comes in gelee form and feels really gentle on the skin as it effectively and easily wipes away and removes makeup including mascara. It does a great job of cleansing, I was surprised that it left skin feeling tacky to the touch but actually this only lasted a minute or two and then just like just felt beautifully soft.

A great, no rinse formula cleanser.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelée Milk Cleanser 200ml RRP £7.99

*PR Sample

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup Concealer

As a quick fix go to on the school run I like to use Revlon ColorStay 2in1 Compact Makeup Concealer which is a bit of a revelation for me. I do tend to prefer using liquid foundations but this cream foundation works well, covers great and stays put.

Revlon say 

Expertly matched makeup & concealer that lasts all day. The ideal on the go product not only features your perfect shade duo but also includes a mirror for touch-ups and a teardrop applicator for a flawless finish.

Revlon Colorstay Compact Makeup & Concealer:
4 expertly matched shades of foundation and concealer
Concealer one shade lighter than foundation
Flawless, velvet – matte finish
Lightweight, buildable coverage
Sweat and smudge resistant

Swatches of the concealer and foundation in shade Ivory which is perfect for me. 

My thoughts 

Soft, creamy and silky in texture this is a really light cream foundation and concealer that melts into the skin and gives coverage without you feeling that you are wearing anything at all. It covers mild redness and blemishes (I have normal/combination skin) and the lighter concealer shade is good for around the eye area. It is a buildable foundation but I personally find I need one swipe of the superb enclosed sponge is enough to give a coverage that I like. The finish is velvet but with a brightening effect. What I also think is impressive is that both the makeup and concealer appear to be running down at the same time  - you may be able to just see this from the swatches picture above.

A foundation, concealer, mirror and sponge in one super handy compact. Marvellous!

The picture below was taken when my skin was in a bit of turmoil both from coming out of pregnancy and the first few hormonal months after birth and I think it looks great. My skin has settled down now and I still think highly of this foundation.

A great every day foundation and portable quick fix (if you need it!)

Wearing Revlon ColorStay 2in1 Compact Makeup Concealer in Ivory

*PR Sample

Tea India Cardamom Chai

It's no secret that I absolutely adore drinking Chai, I do like a good spiced tea. However, when I was pregnant I couldn't stand anything spiced and pretty much went off of tea completely for a while... so it was with great pleasure that I recently discovered Tea India Cardamom Chai lurking in the back of the cupboard. I had obviously bought it a while back on one of my many tea discovering shopping trips...

So out it came and I have been enjoying drinking it daily ever since!

Tea India Cardamom Chai in my opinion is best drunk with added milk and some sugar, for a delicious, warming and sweet Chai flavour. Although me being me, trying to avoid too much added sugar,  have ditched the sugar bit, it is still gorgeous but I just get the feeling that a more authentic taste is with the sugar ;)

I don't leave my tea bag in too long and this gives it a fab, not too strong taste. I think this is an ideal drink in these cold, icy winter months and a good alternative to that other winter fave Hot Chocolate.

I must admit to liking cardamom in general, so if this sounds like this is your thing... I implore you to give it a go!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Sensodyne Pronamel - Protect Your Enamel

I have been trialling Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste and Mouthwash for the last few weeks. Protecting my teeth from acid erosion is something that I feel personally is important to me as I do like to eat a lot of fruit. And of course who doesn't want to give their teeth the best protection wherever possible?

Sensodyne Pronamel promises healthy, stronger and better protected enamel*

* Pronamel has a unique formulation. It helps minerals penetrate deep into the enamel surface, activelt strengthening and re-hardening weakened enamel, making it stronger, healthier and better protected from the effects of everyday acids.

Did you know...

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. If not protected over time it can be weakened and erode.

Enamel is the white, mineral rich, outer layer of our teeth that protects the dentine underneath.

Acid erosion is caused by eating and drinking acidic foods such as fruit juice, fizzy drinks and even salad foods.

Yellow and dull enamel can be a sign of acid erosion.

It's important that we start protecting our enamel against acids to help stop acid erosion getting any worse.

Brushing twice a day with Pronamel helps to

Protect from the effects of acid erosion
Maintain healthy teeth and gums
Rebuilds enamel strength for strong white teeth
Clean and freshen your mouth
Restores natural whiteness
Provide cavity protection.

My thoughts 

Pronamel has a nice and refreshing mint taste and leaves my teeth feeling polished and smooth, a good and effective toothpaste. My teeth look brighter. I really like using it and would purchase. Used in conjunction with Pronamel Mouthwash (alcohol free) which has a gentle mint taste,  mouth feels super clean and fresh.

Pronamel is available in a few different variants which I am looking forward to trying.

*PR Sample 


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