My favourite Marks & Spencers gluten free goodies...

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These are all the gluten free products I love to buy from Marks & Spencers. They all aren't on their website so I could only find a couple of images. They have quite a lot of gf products scattered throughout there shelves so you just have to look (gf is usually well labelled)... I even seen gf scotch eggs the other day.

8 Ultimate Steak Burgers

18 British Aberdeen Angus Beef & Pepper Sausages


4 Gluten Free Scottish Lochmuir™ Salmon Fishcakes


Gluten free chicken burgers
Gluten free chicken nuggets
Gluten free coffee cake
Gluten free quiche
Gluten fee tortilla chips
Gluten free sandwiches 
Gluten free coated chicken escalope
Gluten free ready to eat cocktail sausages

As you see they do have a great range.

What's your favourites?


~Laura~


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Face of the day cost #2

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Max factor creme puff blusher  in lovely pink £8.99

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Tea Tree cleanse...

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I've recently been trying to focus more on my skincare/body care and get back to more natural products to cleanse my skin.  When I think of a product to achieve clear skin I automatically think of tea tree.  

The first place I always go to purchase my tea tree products is The Body Shop (yes I'm obsessed with TBS).

This is a description from The Body Shop website of their Tea Tree range:

'PRONE TO BLEMISHES, BLACKHEADS AND OILY SKIN? TEA TREE IS NATURE’S ALTERNATIVE TO HARSH INGREDIENTS, WITH COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE ORGANIC TEA TREE OIL, CLINICALLY PROVEN TO GIVE CLEARER SKIN FROM ONE WEEK. THE RANGE ALSO USES TAMANU OIL EXTRACT WHICH IS REPUTED TO HELP GENERATE NEW TISSUE AND IMPROVE THE HEALING PROCESS FOR SKIN. SO SAY GOODBYE TO SHINE AND HELLO TO CLEAR SKIN!'

My top three products from their range are:
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil - I use this with a cotton bud to target the breakouts.
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash - I've nearly run out of my miniature version of this and I need to buy the full size as it is great. It does bring spots to the surface but then they disappear within days when continuing to use it. 
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash - I love fresh body washes and this is just that, it feels so cleansing and is helping to clear up those horrible bumps I'm prone to on the top of my arms.
As I love tea tree products so much I'm constantly on the look out for new ones.  On one of my many Superdrug adventures I came across these Superdrug Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Nose Strips. I've used two of these already and they leave my nose area feeling cleansed and soft, some tea tree products can be drying but these aren't.

Finally one of my all time products is the original source mint and tea tree body wash. This is probably one of the freshest body washes I've ever tried.  I would use this if I'm showering in the morning time as it definitely wakes me up.  This is usually on offer for a pound and when it is I snap up at least 5... it's a must.

Do you use any tea tree products? If so I would love to know what they are:)

~Laura~



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Face of the day cost #1

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Revlon grow luscious waterproof mascara  £9.99
Revlon colorburst balm stain in honey £7.99

Total cost £110.12

~Laura~


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Facial oils...

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NUXE prodigieuse multi use dry oil - this looks and feels like a really luxurious product. It has a lovely more mature scent. It's mineral oil free, silicon free, no preservatives, contains vitamin e- sweet almond - macadamia - hazelnut and a few more brilliant ingredients that targets dry skin/hair. Although you can use this on your face I like using it on my body and hair as I find it doesn't sink into my face as well.   The only downside of this product is the bottle, I wish it came with a pump as you have to shake it to get the product out which can take some time. 

Trilogy rosehip oil - I am in love with this product, I've only got a little bit left so I am thinking of repurchasing it in the bigger bottle. Rosehip oil has natural qualities that aims to repair the skin.  I noticed results instantly with this product, it sinks into my skin and isn't greasy.

Superdrug Vitamin E skin oil - I probably bought this at the end of last year and I can't seem to find it on the superdrug website. For a cheaper oil  (under £5) it is a great one to mix in with body cream for that extra bit of moisture.

The body shop vitamin E face oil - I've used this so much that the wrapping has wore off it, I alternate between this and the rosehip oil. I think mine is an older one as I can't remember it being called the 'overnight serum-in-oil'? I love the body shop skincare, so I will have to investigate if they have other skin oils.

Do you use any face oils?

~Laura~



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Boots splurge #3...

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~Laura~

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Recent Body Shop purchases...

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Tea tree body wash - I've started to get those annoying bumps at the top of my arms and legs, tea tree products are great for cleansing and healing the skin so I'm hoping this will help.

Pomegranate firming day lotion SPF15 - I haven't tried anything from this range before so I'm very excited, I really like the consistency of it so fingers crossed it works well with my skin.

New product - Honey Bronze highlighting dome - 01 golden - I just couldn't resist trying out this new product. I always go to the new products section as The Body Shop always seems to appear with new exciting items. 

Seaweed clay mask - I've nearly run out of this so I bought this as a backup, probably my all time favourite mask.

Coconut milk body lotion - I was just about to checkout and then I spotted this. I usually use the body butters but it will be great for the summer months as it's a nice light mist lotion.


I just had to show a close up of this new dome shaped highlighter, love the packaging as it makes it easy for on the go touch ups. I've only been using this for a few days and I really like it, gives a nice sheen without too much glitter. There are two other shades in this range as well.

The Body Shop has always been one of my favourites, they also do so many amazing offers (especially online).

Have you bought anything from The Body Shop recently?

~Laura~


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My always products #1...

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  • Cotton pads - what would our lives be like without these little soft circles of fluff.lol... I'm constantly buying cotton pads to try and find the best. I'm currently using these lidl ones which are under £1... they are okay but I think I prefer the larger cotton pads.
  • This blending brush is from Marks and Spencers about 4 years ago and I use it daily as it so so fluffy and great for blending eyeshadow in the crease. I need to go back and see if they still do this makeup brush range as I would love another one:)
  • Collection waterproof eye liner pen - I have this in every colour and they last great on me.
  • Maybelline illuminating concealer - best price for this is on save on makeup. I also love the collection version of this product so I go between the both.
  • Maybelline 24 hr color tattoo cream eyeshadows - I have nearly every colour of these, having these have staved my craving for the MAC paint pots, honestly don't know if I would even need them when I have these. Does anyone have both?
  • The Body Shop honeymania lip balm - this is probably my favourite body shop lip balm.
  • Bourjois healthy mix foundation - I always have this product as it is one of my top drugstore foundations.
  • Original source mint and tea tree shower gel - this is such a refreshing shower product to use, it leaves my skin feeling cleansed. 
  • Superdrug cotton buds - these ones have both the pointed and rounded ends. Boots do a version of these as well.
  • Simple age regenerist face wash - I usually have a backup of this product as it's gental but removes all the extra makeup the micellar water doesn't.
  • Superdrug face masks - they do a great range of face masks - moisturising, mud and peeling ones. When I've run out of my body shop clay mask I would use these.
  • Sanex hypoallergenic fragrance free shower gel - I use this as bubble bath as well, I don't see any point in buy bubble bath and shower gels.
  • Vo5 nourish my shine heat protectant - this is my favourite heat protectant as it gives my hair a glossy feel and shine.
  • Boots own cuitcle oil - cuticle oil is a necessity in my beauty regime as I have brittle nails and dry cuticles, it really does make a difference to my nails I just need to remember to use it.
  • Super drug own spot treatment gel, this is the only spot treatment that dramatically reduces my spots overnight.

~Laura~


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Eco warrior mode...

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I am slowly trying to swap all my household cleaning products for their eco-friendly counterparts. Eco products are not only safer/better for the environment, but they also help protect you from being exposed to toxic chemicals. I know so many people who are obsessed with bleach products in their home but personally I think it is so harsh not only when you are cleaning and breathing it in but household waste water from sinks, toilets, washing machines and baths drains into sewers. Eventually this waste water flows to the treatment works, and afterwards to rivers, lakes and seas. Just think of all those chemicals getting into our rivers lakes & seas (cry).  I've read that most of the chemicals get removed during treatment, but some do inevitably end up in rivers and the sea where they can harm wildlife.

My mother constantly rings me to see if I need bleach, disinfectant or toilet cleaner.lol. She even drops into my house sneakily (has a key) and leaves toilet cleaner etc in my cupboards... I really need to take that key off her.

I have so many 'normal' products I need to use up as I don't want to waste them but the thought of using them and knowing what they are doing to our environment is making it hard for me to actually use them.

The only downside to these eco products is the price, they can be more expensive than the usual products but this doesn't phase me as I would rather have a few eco products rather than a cupboard full of harsh ones. I suppose it's like beauty in a way as I'm starting to cut down on buying lots of drugstore products that are hyped and rely on what I truly want in a product.




I hope you liked this post, it is quite different to my usual beauty ones but never the less I enjoy these kind of blog posts just as much.

Have you ever thought about changing the products you use to clean your home?

~Laura~


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My gluten free breakfast pancake recipe...

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Ingredients
2 TBSP organic agave nectar/honey
1 large free range egg
quarter cup of gluten free oats
2 cups of gluten free self raising flour
1 cup organic semi skimmed milk or rice milk, almond milk etc
 

I like to use this odourless coconut oil when frying the pancake mixture






Voila a leaning tower of very rustic gluten free pancakes, yum!

These are very filling so are perfect for breakfast. Let me know if you make them and tweet me a picture:)

~Laura~





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Quenching your cuticles...

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If you are anything like me cuticles are the last thing you think about in the beauty regime, therefor I have really bad nails and dry cuticles. I  have promised myself to put this to the top of my beauty priorities as my nails aren't growing as well as they used to.


Firstly is the Burts Bees lemon butter cuticle cream (£5.99).  As the name suggests this is a lovely thick cream consistency, it is a very concentrated product so only a little dab is needed each time. 

Next is the Boots own cuticle oil which has a rose scent. This is the very first cuticle oil I purchased and it is great, it sinks in really quickly and isn't too greasy. However I'm not sure how old it is as I can't seem to find it on the boots website and the only boots own cuticle oil is nearly £7, when I bought this it was no more than £5.

Finally I was gifted from a friend this lovely Beau Jardin citrus grove cuticle oil which came in a get set with a nail file and hand cream (£14 for the set). I feel this is what the Burt's Bees cuticle cream would be like in a oil version, it has that lovely citrus smell. This is a tad greasier than the boots one but it is an oil after all so I don't mind.

What do you use on your cuticles?


~Laura~
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Recent buys #2...

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I took a little wander into House of Fraser last week and I'm glad I did as I was able to pick up these lovely Bertie Hobart sandals which were originally £69 down to £35.  I think this was a great bargain as they good quality and are real leather which means they should last well.



I then went into Superdrug for one eyebrow product and ended up getting these three products in their 3 for 2 offer. Loreal super liner brow artist plumper in dark brown, rimmel match perfection concealer in the lightest shade and the Maybelline eyebrow satin in medium brown I also got this free black makeup bag as I purchased 3 makeup items.

This cream play suit is from H&M, it doesn't look that great in this picture but I can assure when on it is very flattering, cinches in at the waist and has a great neck line. It has flared sleeves which I think are a really nice touch. I cannot find this on the H&M website.

I spotted this lace detailed black cardigan in H&M as well for £14.99, I love the shape of this as it's quite versitile and can be worn on top of various outfits.

~Laura~

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Collated empties #2...

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  1. Boots oval cotton pads - I will repurchase these again, I'm currently trying lidl cotton pads
  2. Sample of Ren glycolactic radiance renewal mask - I definitely want to buy this but as it's thirty something pounds for the full size I'll wait until I've used up my other masks.
  3. No7 Instant Illusions rapid radiance balm - I want to repurchase this again as it made my skin feel really smooth and gave a glow.
  4. Boots time delay anti-ageing eye cream - I didn't see any results with this so wont repurchase. (I think this has been discontinued)
  5. hotfish protective straightening mist - I love the smell of this as it's got a coconut hint to it but I think it's been discontinued:(
  6. The body shop ginger anti-dandruff shampoo - I really enjoyed this shampoo as it left my hair feeling cleansed and refreshed so I would repurchase.
  7. Botanics all bright soothing eye makeup remover - this used to be my all time favourite product but they've changed the formula and it doesn't work the same, I've converted to using the garnier 2 in 1 waterproof eye makeup remover
  8. The body shop banana shampoo - sounds weird right?... but it does leave your hair feeling super soft so I would repurchase.
  9. Gordans chemist cotton buds - cotton buds are a staple like cotton pads, I always end up getting mascara smudged on my lower lash line so they come in really hand to fix it.
  10. The real techniques blending sponge - I've already bought a new one of these, this is probably my 3rd one in the past 6 months.
  11. Purederm age defying eye gel mask (pack of 2) - these are lovely and cooling on the under eye area, they were really inexpensive as well so I would repurchase again.

~Laura~

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