Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lunch In London


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#PixieLottXKiss Lunch | Kiss Cosmetics


Friday just gone was a wonderful day but the longest I have been away from my baby. I was surprisingly okay. I thought I would be a lot worse, she was left with people I trust and pretty much slept all day. Typical Lily! She's a sleepy one, she's asleep right now as I'm writing this. Also the fact I was distracted with an amazing party/lunch and London helped. I rarely go to London so I really embrace it when I do.

Anyway back to the day, it started early a 2 hour train journey to London Euston, catching up with Paige from The Last Paige. I hadn't seen her for a while so it was lovely. We were kindly invited to Lunch with Pixie Lott, to ask her our beauty questions and see the amazing products from Kiss Cosmetics. After catching the tube to get to the venue, The Cuckoo Club we waited eagerly in line with excited fellow bloggers and journalists. I've not heard of the club before but it was a beautiful venue as you can see from the pictures. It had a wonderland vibe to it with all the faux plants around the room.
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Friday, 10 November 2017

Buying For Baby: How To Avoid Letting Your New Arrival Cripple Your Finances*

baby, beautiful, bed

It's a pretty well-known fact at this point that the cost of raising a child is pretty significant. In fact, in the modern age, the cost of raising a child to adulthood can range in the hundreds-of-thousands! Because of this, it's pretty understandable that a lot of people work hard to try and save as much money as possible. One of the biggest challenges getting in the way of this is the fact that babies and kids need a lot of stuff, and pretty much all of that stuff costs money, whether you like it or not. However, just because you have to spend money doesn't mean that you need to bankrupt yourself. Here are a few simple things that you can do in order to save money on the purchases for your new arrival.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tips To Help Early Teethers | Parenting


Now, I am in no way a medical professional or experienced but this is just what has really helped me. So don't take this as gospel but a post like this would really help me so I hope it helps any of you new mums out there. Lily started getting her teeth in from about 10 weeks. It was a lot earlier than I expected, I know some babies can be born with teeth but I really thought it would be in a few more months. Lily has had a lot of trouble with her teeth coming through, she really whinges about it and just seems uncomfortable sometimes. Below are a few things that have helped me so far.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Leighton Denny | Party Ready Nails


I do love the classic Christmas colours for nails, red, white and green. However at a party I like them to be more elegant with a beautiful and eye catching colour. Leighton Denny nail varnishes are a big favourite of mine. The pigmentation is perfection, it drys really quick which is perfect for me always on the go. It also goes on so smoothly it makes painting your nails a breeze. They have some lovely colours and beautifully packaged. 

The new Bold and Beautiful Christmas collection is just that. They have a Great Gatsby vibe on the packaging which just screams party, party, party! I tried these out and went 5 days before even getting chipped polish, so a big thumbs up from me. It's a perfect stocking filler gift you can get at about £10 and they have other amazing colours on the Leighton Denny website.  

What is your favourite nail colour for the festive season? Let me know in the comments below.



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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The ongoing re-brand of drainedbeauty | Advice*


I am currently in the middle of wanted to re-brand drainedbeauty. New logo, layout and all the trimmings. I did recently change my logo to a simplistic one which I love and got some business cards printed for events and when I'm out and about. You never know who will ask you about it. I got my business cards from moo.com. I've always used them and the quality is spot on. I love how they have turned out and can't wait to pass them out to people. It gives you a more professional stand point on your blog.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday Summary #22


This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster. It's been very up and down with Lily, she's either been knackered all day and pretty much just slept the majority or she's been fighting to stay awake, having a lot of trouble with her teeth trying to come through. I feel this week I'm starting to find the balance though, so I can get stuff done for myself as well as looking after Lily. She loves cuddles and I could sit there and cuddle her all day in between the feeds and nappy changes. However then I don't have any time for myself, to get the housework done or do a quick post. I've started to put her down once she's asleep and get a lot more done which you will notice from the influx in posts coming your way.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Winter Watch List*


As the colder months are approaching and the impending dark evenings take over, we will be surely spending a lot more time inside our warm and cosy homes. I know I certainly will be, snuggled up with a hot chocolate, a fluffy blanket and my current favourite tv shows to binge watch. As Christmas is coming one of the things on my wish list is the new Panasonic HDR 4K TV. I've been after a new TV for ages. We still have Scott's TV from his bedroom from when he lived at home! This is a sponsored post from Panasonic, but it is a great TV and I wouldn't mind that under the tree on the 25th December.

I've always preferred boxsets over films, it lasts longer and you can get more invested in the characters story. Netflix is perfect for a boxset binger like myself.

//01 Riverdale

Riverdale is my current favourite boxset, I've caught up so I'm having to wait each week for the next episode to come out, which can be annoying but it gives me something to look forward to on Thursdays. I think it is amazingly set out, has a thrilling and enticing storyline, I will certainly be rewatching the whole series soon too. It's about a town with a north side which tends to be the privileged part of the town and the south side which is full of crime, drugs and a biker gang.

There are four main teens the story follows, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. It's full of drama, fall outs, cliff hangers and love, of course.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stoptober | Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine*


October has officially ended, halloween is over, Autumn has begun and a lot of people gave up smoking and drinking for the month. Hopefully they were successful, I'm sure a lot of the people who gave up alcohol will be hitting the pub for a pint or G&T with there friends. I used to go out a lot and drink but I rarely do now.

Part of my reasons are I have seen first hand the bad aspects of drinking having an alcoholic in the family and all of the drama that accompany that. In October I tried the Eisberg alcohol free wines. I've had them before and love them. I do like the occasional white wine spritzer or glass of rose for a special occasion. Sometimes if I've had a particularly stressful day I like to sit with some chocolates and a white wine spritzer, in my Pj's and watching TV. Couldn't think of anything better.

Especially now I'm a mum I wouldn't want to drink while looking after Lily, it's irresponsible. These wine's are a perfect alternative. They taste so similar to wine, that crisp fresh taste is just perfection. Here is a rose cocktail that I've been loving this month:

Rosaquiri (Rose/Daquiri)


  • 2oz Eisberg Rose
  • 1oz Your favourite Rum ( I used Bacardi)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • drizzle of syrup
  • Have with ice and garnish with lime slice

Since I last tried Eisberg that have now got two new additions sparkling rose & sparkling blanc in some very aesthetically pleasing bottles perfect to have on display.

Find out more about the wines here.


What is your favourite wine? Have you ever tried alcohol free? Let me know in the comments below.

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