Tuesday, 31 July 2018


ScentAddict by the Fragrance Shop Bottle Atomiser
ScentAddict Atomiser Insert


You may have read my last post all about ScentAddict and my first month's atomiser containing Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess!

This month was another citrusy scent and it was the heady Tom Ford Orchid Soleil.

I had not smelled this perfume at all prior to trying it and when giving ideas for my subscription I just outlined that I wanted summery citrus fragrances. Tom Ford's Orchid Soleil absolutely did not disappoint!

Top Notes

Bitter Orange
Pink Pepper

Heart Notes

Red Spider Lily

Base Notes

Chestnut Cream

Any Fragrance that combines Orange and Vanilla is right up my street and this is such a unique scent - I have had many compliments on it and it was great to be able to try something new without forking out for the full bottle.

I am sure you will all be aware of the higher price point of Tom Ford Fragrances so ScentAddict is literally the perfect subscription service to try before you buy. There are no contracts involved but I bet you get slightly hooked on trying a new smell month by month! I know I am!

The new inserts are really easy to pop into your ScentAddict atomiser, you just twist up to reveal the spray part and then pull the spray lid up and out. At just £12 per month it really is a bargainous way to find a new signature scent.

Friday, 20 July 2018


Filofax Flatlay with Highlighters and FlowersLightbulb and Bokeh Lights

Working in HR means that I often have an abundance of personality profiling type questionnaires available to me. Reminiscent of the 'which shoe / OC character / scent are you?' quizzes that I used to do in the almost EVERY magazine I bought back in my teens, I do love tools which give you a little insight into what makes you tick.

In HR you almost ALWAYS get asked to do the Myers Briggs Type Indicator which is 'an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.'

It can be a really useful indicator to help identify how you will go about things, especially when you consider working together within a wider team.

There are 16 personality types which you might be. You can take the test here for free.

Are you;

An Introvert or an Extrovert
Sensing or Intuition
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving

I recently undertook the test as I am working on a career plan and used some resources available to me with my CIPD membership. My MBTI is INFP.

What does this mean?

NFPs are very sensitive and intuitive, often creative and enjoy helping others to develop through insight. They have strongly held values and need to feel they are living their lives according to those beliefs. They are excellent listeners and make very good mediators, but they dislike being personally involved in conflict. They are driven, sincere people, genuinely interested in understanding others and will fight passionately to defend a cause they believe in. 

They have a strong ability to express themselves on paper – many great writers have been INFPs. They are idealists, always looking for meaning in their life and striving to make the world a better place. INFPs tend, however, to be unaware of the more mundane aspects of life and find it difficult to deal with logic and hard facts. They are often perfectionists, which can make them uncompromising members of a team. Under stress they may struggle with their own inner critical voice and will delay both starting and finishing things.

INFPs work best where good intentions and gentleness are valued, where it is possible to practice what is preached and where it is possible to be alone in a crowd.

INFPs work least well under pressure of tight deadlines in an impersonal or regimented environment.

INFPs would be happiest in a role that resonates with their core values and is more of a career than a job.

  • Do it now! Take more action
  • Learn to give and receive feedback in a timely and constructive way
  • Learn to share doubts and dilemmas with others more
  • See deadlines as a helpful framework rather than a creativity stifling process

Examples of commonly chosen career paths:

  • Design / Designer
  • The Ministry / Clergy / Religious Workers
  • Academia / Teachers / Professors
  • Technical Specialist
  • Psychologists
  • Musicians
  • Writers
  • Counsellors / Social Workers

My Preferences


As an introvert, you are likely to:

Be often perceived as quieter and more reflective than an extravert
Be comfortable working by yourself
Want to think things through carefully before you act/speak
Prefer not to be the centre of attention
Like depth over breadth, often working well with thoughts and ideas
Prefer a job in which you have plenty of time to think alone and where there is less need to be sociable


As someone with a preference for intuition you are likely to:

Enjoy making links between different concepts
Be creative, curious and interested in possibilities
Enjoy finding the relationships between things and /or ideas
Look forward to the future and all the possibilities you see in it
Enjoy learning new skills, facing new and challenging problems
Be seen as visionary by others
Prefer to take note of the whole picture rather than the details
Shy away from facts and figures, finding them boring or irrelevant
Often work in bursts of energy


With a preference for feeling you are likely to:

Make decisions and come to conclusions on the basis of feeling
Avoid hurting people’s feelings at all costs
Appear more emotional to others, believing it is ok to show how you feel
Find it hard to make difficult people-related decisions
Make relatively less use of logical analysis in making decisions
Be good at empathising and knowing how others will feel
Want to be liked, even at the cost of being seen as being right


With a preference for perceiving you are likely to:

Prefer to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organised
Approach the outside world in a perceiving attitude, gathering information, exploring and discovering new things
Enjoy going with the flow, being last-minute and often late for things
Prefer starting things to finishing them
May be prone to procrastination and/or disorganisation, but usually managing to pull everything together at the last-minute

So how about you? How did you score? Was it a surprise or just described you down to a tee??


Feet Up Car Window
Camper Van on the Beach

Earlier this year I talked about my experiences with buying a used car here – I wanted to follow up on this with some further information about the positives of buying a used vehicle over a newer one.

Buying a car is likely the second biggest purchase that a person generally makes, the first being, buying a house. And if you want a quality vehicle that isn’t going to break down, you’re probably going to have to pay a pretty penny for a new ride. The average cost of a brand new car was about £25,858 in 2015, compared to £14,492 for a used one.

Bringing me nicely on to;


According to the AA; ‘Depreciation is simply the difference between the amount you spend when you buy a car and the amount you get back when you sell or trade it in. It's often overlooked or ignored when buying a new car but for many, depreciation is the single biggest factor affecting running costs adding more to cost per mile than fuel.’

The average new car will have a residual value of around 40% of its new price after three years (assuming 10,000 miles/year) or in other words will have lost around 60% of its value at an average of 20% per year.

While the percentage drop may be similar the actual cost of deprecation clearly varies hugely between a small cheap car and an expensive luxury car. Buy a car for £10,000 and it might cost you £2000/year in deprecation and be worth around £4000 after three years but spend £50,000 and the bill for depreciation will be more like £10,000 per year.

Unfortunately it's not quite as simple as that though because, as well as age, depreciation is affected by mileage and condition and also varies a lot between different models. Focussing simply on purchase price when you buy a new car might mask the possibility that a more expensive car with good residuals could cost you less in the long run than a cheaper car the value of which drops like a stone.


Nearly New

Depreciation slows as the car gets older so you may find that a nearly new car (one to two years old) is better value than a brand–new one.

If your annual mileage is low then a high mileage ex-fleet car could be a good buy. You get the benefit of higher depreciation when you buy but the total mileage might be closer to average for its age by the time you come to sell.

Five Year Old Car

Buying a five–year–old car may be an even better option. You won't get the latest features, but it won't lose so much in value. And you won't be shelling out so much each month on interest to repay a loan.
But it's only better value if your mileage is low – under 10,000 miles a year.
Your repair and maintenance bill will be higher and less predictable the older your car is and these costs will increase as your mileage goes up.

Eight Year Old Car

By the time a car reaches this age it's pretty much done all the depreciating it's going to do. Risks are higher too though and it's more likely that a one off repair bill could cost you as much or more than a year's depreciation would have done on a newer car.

So if you are looking to find a used car to avoid too much car depreciation, you can enjoy hassle-free booking of used cars at KAP Motors Folkestone Branch!

Happy Car Hunting…


Friday, 13 July 2018


Corn Exchange Manchester Building Photo
Corn Exchange Manchester Building Photo
Interior Corn Exchange Manchester Photo
Interior Corn Exchange Manchester Photo
Welcome to Vapiano Manchester
Prawn Caprese Salad at Vapiano Manchester
Aperol Spritz at Vapiano Manchester
Centre Piece and Corn Exchange Cocktails Scorecard
Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Interior Decor at Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club
Taster Platter at Cosy Club Manchester
Shhh Neon Light at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
Home Infused Gins at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees Gin Cocktail at Alston Bar and Beef
Cabana Manchester Caipirinha Menu
Interior Photo of Caipirinha Bar Neon Sign and Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Neon Sign Caipirinha Bar Cabana Manchester
Interior Decor Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Pho Manchester Sign Vietnamese Street Food
Pina Pho-Lada from Pho Manchester
Taster Platter from Pho Manchester
Margarita Jugs at Wahaca Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester

I have been to the Corn Exchange several times but mainly knew it for it's variety of food establishments rather than cocktails, so when I was invited to try out the signature cocktails from 7 of Corn Exchange's Restaurants I was curious to see what was on offer.

We started our Cocktail Tour at Vapiano where we were presented with our score cards to assess the Cocktails on. Scores out of 5 were awarded in the following categories; Taste, Appearance, Individuality and Explanation.

Aperol Spritz at Vapiano

Hailed as an 'Italian Classic', Aperol Spritz is a refreshing mix of Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water. I have since become OBSESSED with this cocktail as it is just so godamn drinkable in the sunshine!!!

Spiced Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club

I have a few male friends who LOVE an Old Fashioned and I have always struggled at the thought of drinking a full one as they are VERY alcoholic. The Pineapple Old Fashioned however was so nice and the sweetness of the pineapple made it alot easier to drink!

Here's the recipe - a double shot of Bulleit bourbon, stirred down with Cosy Club's own spicy pineapple syrup and touch of orange bitters.

Cathedral Honey Bees Knees at Alston Bar and Beef

Anything with Gin in it was always going to feature quite highly on my score card and this cocktail was my FAVE!!! Containing just 3 ingredients; Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Manchester Cathedral Honey and Lemon Juice, the Cathedral Honey Bees Knees was absolutely delicious!

The 1837 Bar is really cool - it is Prohibition themed so dark, good music and dare I say it, a bit sexy!!

Caipirinha at Cabana

Next up, (after some water to ensure I didn't get toooooo merry) was the Caipirinha at Cabana. Made from Cachaca (Sugar Cane Rum), Limes and Sugar, this was nice and refreshing and got us ready for the next!

Pina Pho-Lada at Pho

Pina Colada is one of my all-time fave cocktails so I am glad that one was featured! The Pina Pho-Lada was a nice addition to the line up, along with the snacks provided to soak up some of the alcohol as by that point we were getting a little squiffy...

Margaritas at Wahaca

Our penultimate drink was a Margarita at Wahaca. Another refreshing one, the last time I had Margaritas was in Mexico many many years ago and they were just as good!

Pistachio Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen

The Pistachio Espresso Martini was a welcome caffeine kick as the alcohol had started to kick in and that combined with a long day at work meant that I was starting to feel a little sleepy...

Made using Reyka vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur and real espresso. Their homemade pistachio syrup finishes the ultimate pick-me-up!

The Verdict

In first place was The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees and joint second place was the Pina Pho-Lada and Pistachio Espresso Martini!

Thank you so much to the Corn Exchange for letting me try all those cocktails - it was a lot of fun and I will definitely be back in for more!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Manchester Eats Festival 2018 Promo Image
Manchester Eats Festival Scenic Shot

Manchester Eats a brand new foodie festival is taking place this weekend in Manchester’s Heaton Park. Manchester is well-known as the ‘Food Capital of the North’ and it's massively exciting to be welcoming a whole host of exciting exhibitors, celebrity chefs and entertainment for the weekend.

Here’s the run down:

Manchester Eats 7-8 July 2018


Heaton Park, Manchester


Brand new fine food family festival bringing the very latest in food trends and cuisine to Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Chef Headliners 

Celebrity chef demos with Marco Pierre-White, Britain’s Best Dish’s Ed Baines, Channel 4’s Matt Tebbutt, Head Chef at Manchester’s Midland Hotel Adam Reid and award-winning Manchester chef, Mary-Ellen McTague.

Included within the Ticket Price 

Live demos, Prosecco Tent, Cookstars Kids cookery classes, The Vegetarian Society cookery classes, In Truffle We Trust chocolate masterclasses, Diane Modahl Sports Zone, Mixology, Children’s Village and Live DJ Sets.

Exhibitor Highlights 

Cottonopolis, Proove Pizza, Red’s True BBQ and Manchester Gin, Chester Petting Zoo, Vintage Fairground Rides.


Day passes from £7.50, Weekend passes £12, Kids under 14 go FREE.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018


Peonies and Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Mix and Match Makeup
Artzu Gallery Manchester
Bobbi Brown Foundation Shades
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Demo Area
Influencer Masterclass #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Setup
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Lipsticks
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Influencer Workstation
SweetieSal Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Influencer

I love love love makeup as you probably all know so to be invited to try out Bobbi Brown's #CANTLIVEWITHOUT products was a 'pinch me' moment!

Hosted at Manchester's Artzu Gallery, each influencer had a cute little setup to learn how to use the 10 #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products along with some other Bobbi Brown Faves.

The concept is very simple. 10 products that customers and MUAs tell Bobbi Brown are their holy grail items, grouped together and can form an 'everything you need' box of treats to create a lovely look.

So what are the products?

Vitamin Enriched Face Base £43*

This. Smells. Dreamy.

A Bobbi Brown Bestseller, this glorious pot contains a primer plus hydration for smooth makeup application, giving you the best of both worlds. Never greast, this oil-free formula with shea butter and lemon scented instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin.

Corrector £19.50*

Carrying some baggage? Lighten the load and apply this wake up call for tired eyes. The corrector brightens and covers discolouration under the eyes using a bisque or peach-based formula to neutralise undereye darkness.

Instant Full Cover Concealer £23*

This wonderful creamy concealer has a concentrated, highly pigmented coverage that visibly brightens stubborn dark circles and softens hollows and tired lines in an instant. No sleep required!

Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 £31*

This has some serious staying power.

16 hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that's comfortable, breathable and weightless. Created through a high-speed cold-fusion process, this ultra silky emulsion features a perfectly balanced blend of skin loving ingredients, oil controlling actives and skin-true pigments.

Skin Foundation Stick £31*

Designed to look and feel like skin, this award winning foundation is formulated with a unique transparent base and skin tone correct pigments for the most natural looking, skin like finish. A Bobbi Brown original, the innovative formula features smart technology for targeted moisturisation or oil control depending on what the skin needs. It is available in 31 skin tone correct shades.

Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks £22*

Best selling, multitasking cream colour for lips and cheeks comes in a mirror flip top compact for on the go application.

Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil £30*

An automatic brow pencil with a unique slant tip for ultra-precise definition. 16 hour wear that is sweat and humidity resistant and waterproof. Formulated with a combination of waxes and emollients, this long wearing formula won't smudge or fade so brows look fresh and polished all day.

Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick £23*

A long lasting do-it-all eyeshadow that's a stroke of genius - just swipe and go! This budge proof formula in 18 shades stays put for 8 hours.

Smokey Eye Mascara £24.50*

The perfect complement to a smokey eye look, this kajal pigmented mascara delivers high drama by creating black, stretched out lashes in an instant. The long-wearing formula holds it's own against flaking, smudging, sweat and humidity.

Luxe Lip Colour £27*

The boldest and brightest of colours, a sumptuous formula that dramatically boosts moisture levels and intensely rejuvenates the lips keeping them comfortable and conditioned. Available in over 40 shades, the gorgeous gold tube is luxury redefined.

My Thoughts

So far I am really enjoying using the products - the stand out ones have to be the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, the mascara and the cream shadow stick - I've not worn the foundation really due to the heat so I will report back with my thoughts! We also got to try the Hydrating Face Tonic which was SO nice, the lipbalm and 2 brushes which were fantastic! 

Thank you once again to Bobbi Brown for a wonderful afternoon and allowing me to try your #cantlivewithout products!
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