Author: ami elizabeth

Our Hayling Island Holiday

Our Hayling Island Holiday

Back in September we spent a long weekend in an old childhood haunt of mine with Sean’s family. Hayling island is a small island off of the south coast of England, in Hampshire. I used to go there with my parents when I was younger […]

Yoohoo Mail Box #1

Yoohoo Mail Box #1

It’s a very rare occasion when I walk through our town center without sneaking into Paperchase and stocking up on funny post cards and obviously essential stationery. I have a seemingly bottomless desk drawer filled to bursting with all sorts of stationery “stuff” as Mr […]

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

I recently went on a mission to find a more heavy foundation for Autumn. All through the summer I have been wearing the Rimmel Wake me up Foundation and I honestly love it. It’s light, easy to apply and doesn’t leave you feeling your face has melted off on a hot summers day. But as the temperature drops, my skin generally breaks out a bit more and winter leaves me a blotchy spotty mess, so I wanted to find something with a bit more coverage. Having scowered the makeup shelves for what felt like an hour, I chose the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation which promised a flawless finish and having tested it on my hand seemed to have the right amount of coverage I was looking for.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

Upon application though I was a little disappointed. It’s quit thick and has an almost sticky, grainy texture and was really difficult to spread across my face. It reminded me a bit of peanut butter (obviously not exactly like peanut butter, but in comparison to the RIMMEL one it was super gloopy). Not one to give up on a new product immediately I carried on applying and gave it the benefit of the doubt.

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I generally get quite dry skin across my T-Zone and even though I had moisturised before putting my foundation on it left those areas looking flakey and just… yuck. Throughout the day I found that my face felt sticky and pasty and as though the make up was melting off. Not a good look.

I am really sad not to have been impressed with this foundation. Usually I really like Maybelline products but this one just didn’t do what I needed.

Do you have any recommendations for Autumn/ Winter Foundation that have a bit more coverage than the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation?

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The Cosmo Blog Awards – My Nominations

The Cosmo Blog Awards – My Nominations

So here they are! The Cosmo Blog Awards are open for nominations, and so I thought I would share a few of the wonderful reads I’m going to be nominating. I’ve followed many a blogs since before I even found myself in this little corner […]

Autumn Work Wear Wishlist

Autumn Work Wear Wishlist

Autumn is pretty much here and I am soooooo excited. I love almost everything about Autumn. The colours, the cosy evenings, the clothes! I’ve been putting together this wishlist of New Look lovelies for a couple of weeks and I’ve finally whittled my favorites from […]

St Leonard’s on Sea & The Bathing Hut

St Leonard’s on Sea & The Bathing Hut

We’ve just returned home from a week away to St Leonards, a little sea side town just outside of Hastings. We stayed at the Combe Haven Holiday Park in a pet friendly caravan. I think I will write a little bit more about the holiday park & caravan in another post, but today I wanted to share with you a little bit about the beach we visited almost every day.

On our first full day there, Sean, Mum, Alfie & I, after a morning of sunbathing, decided to take a walk towards the sea. We were still getting our bearings, and so we *might* have taken a few wrong turns here and there and it *might* have taken twice as much time to get there but we ended up on a lovely little pebbly dog friendly beach just along from Hastings seafront.

Here we found rows & rows of pretty coloured beach huts and we took full advantage of the gorgeous weather sat looking out to sea. Sean & Alfie (if somewhat reluctantly) even had a little paddle in the sea.

Beach Huts at St Leonards

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After, we decided to have a little wander along a little further and came across The Bathing Hut – a little fast food hut tucked in between the beach huts which serves a variety of freshly cooked fast food with a difference. Their menu options range from your regular bacon sarnie to fisherman’s burgers, pulled pork to sweet potato fries.

The Bathing Hut

When we arrived, we went up to order. We’d each chosen something different from their mouth watering menu and were quite looking forward to strolling back along the beach while filling our faces. Sadly though, when we went to order, we were told how someone had broken into their fairly new business and stolen everything from their read rolls to their generator two nights previously and because of it being Bank Holiday, they had not had chance to replenish their stock.. Quite frankly we were all a bit shocked that someone would do that to any one, let alone a new, fledgling business.

We ordered a portion of chips to share instead and while we waited I noticed some more lovely little quirks about this little place. The had dog treats on offer, free sun lotion for anyone who needed it and ample seating looking out to the sea. Dave & Mark who run the Bathing Hut are genuinely nice guys and if you are ever in the Hastings area and fancy something a little bit different wander along (about 20 minute walk) the sea front I thoroughly recommend a visit here.

The Bathing Hut Collage

We frequented this little strip of seaside a lot throughout the week and though we all developed a little love for it, it’s safe to say it became Alfie’s new favourite place ever – knocking Sean’s mum’s back garden out of the top spot!

It was quiet and there were very few other dogs or people around which meant he was able to roam freely between us, chasing after pebbles, slowly slowly making friends with the sea and when noone was looking too much, even practice his swimming skills. Ha..

The beach is dog friendly all year round and there are instructions at the start of each part about whether your dog should be on a lead or can swim in the water. There are plenty of poo bins dotted along too and very little litter which always makes for a nice place to visit, I think anyway.

With it only being an hour away from where we live, I can see us paying this little seaside a few more visits before the year ends.

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What food should I serve at my party?

What food should I serve at my party?

The food you choose for your party depends entirely on the theme, occasion & venue. Once you have these three things sorted you can then decide on the food (And drink) you will serve your guests. Here are my top tips for planning party food […]

When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons…

Today life gave us a pretty gigantic sour lemon. Redundancy. That’s right, Mr has been made redundant today and having only worked there for 2 and a bit years, there’s no great big sparkly pay off package either. It’s put a pretty big hold on […]