Thursday, 28 May 2015

May's Monthly Best Bits - May

photo of May calendarWe are back rounding up of some of our 'best bits' from the month.... Just like a monthly favourites (which we love reading about!) but looking beyond make up and beauty products.

We'll look at our favourite days out, purchases, meals, movies....whatever made the month for us!

Some bits that are mentioned might feature in a more detailed post, but we thought it would be fun to have a quick round-up of our monthly highlights to look back on, and maybe inspire you for the month ahead....

Monday, 25 May 2015

Mack reviews facial exfoliating scrubs - Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula vs B.Refined Exfoiliating Cleanser

Exfoiliating scrub; face scrub; clinique; superdrugWith my combination to oily skin, I find that I do benefit from a daily exfoliating scrub to help keep blemishes and blackheads at bay.  If I don't scrub, I soon find that my foundation doesn't go on as smoothly and little spotty bumps and flaky patches can start appearing on my skin.  I have been a loyal user of Clinique's 7 Day Scrub Cream Rise Off Formula which costs £19 for 100ml (price as at the date of this post) and I will talk it about in further depth in a moment.  However, on my last shopping trip I found a much cheaper exfoliating cleanser/scrub which I thought I would try for comparison purposes.  It's the B.Refined Exfoliating Cleanser which I discovered in Superdrug for £5.49 for 125ml (price as at the date of this post).  I do love a bargain!  It would be great to be quids in if I was able to find a cheaper alternative which happened to be just as good (or possibly even better) than my usual buy! 

I used the Clinique product daily for one week and the B.Refined product daily the next week - here's how they faired....

Monday, 18 May 2015

May reviews Botanics Triple Age Renewal Hydrating Eye Serum

photo of hydrating eye serumI have been on the look out for a good eye cream for a while - one that hydrates and tackles lines but doesn't cost a fortune. A few weeks ago I was scouring the shelves in Boots and spotted the Triple Age Renewal Hydrating Eye Serum from Botanics. Retailing normally at £9.99 but then on sale for only £4.99, I couldn't resist.

I was also intrigued by the reference on the packaging to Kew Gardens - it seems that Boots are working with experts at Kew to ensure that they are using quality plant extracts and choosing the right plants to give the most effective skincare benefits. They also seek to ensure that the ingredients are ethically sourced.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mack & May on National Doughnut Week!

photo of doughnut ingredients
Happy National Doughnut Week! If that is not a cause for celebration, we don't know what is!

National Doughnut Week, aside from being an excuse to eat doughnuts, is in aid of The Childrens' Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injuries, so we felt it was a very worthwhile cause for us to highlight. You can find more info on the charity here.

So, we decided that we would try and make our own doughnuts. Neither of us have ever attempted this before and neither of us are willing to own up to setting the challenge. Having now completed the attempt, I think it is fair to say that neither of us will be rushing back to do it again any time soon!

Here are the recipes we used, and the 'interesting' results of our attempts...

Monday, 11 May 2015

May on National Etiquette Week

be nice or leave photoI read in a magazine recently that this week is National Etiquette Week. I think that may be in the United States only, but it did get me thinking about what etiquette means to us today. Is it the stuff of Debretts and the like, or is it something that should be ingrained in all of us as a matter of common courtesy?
I'd love to know your views on the subject. What does etiquette mean to you? Do you see good manners more often than bad? Do you think the younger generation is better or worse than their elders?
Like many, I am a stickler for good manners. My 'pet peeves' are mostly manners related. Litterbugs and pavement hoggers drive me mad!

Here are a couple of my thoughts on the subject...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

May's Homeware Haul - H&M, Sass & Belle, Sainsburys

photo of tin heartWith the change in seasons,  I've been on a mini shopping spree to get a few new things for my home.

I am a massive fab of H&M for homeware and over the last few months have found quite a few bits in my local Sainsburys (mainly kitchen items) too. I have also recently discovered the Sass & Belle website.

The following are the most recent things that I've bought. I think I've been having a bit of a blue moment!