Cornwall Photo Diary 2015

The Breaks at Tolcarne Beach Cornwall

My husband & I went to Cornwall on our very first holiday together almost 14 years ago and we have been back so many times since. We even lived there for 18 months before my dad got sick. Its such a beautiful place and holds a very special place in our hearts.

Last month we really needed a relaxing break & thought what better place than Cornwall so we packed up the car and off we went. The weather was kind and surprisingly warm considering it was still only June. We went back to all our old haunts & visited some friends – we even went and had a peak in our old house (which made me really miss life on the Cornish Coast).

So I am sharing a few photos I took whilst we were there. Mostly from Charlestown & Porth.

Charlestown Harbour Cottages

Newquay Harbour

Drinks on Tolcarne Beach Cornwall


Sam's on the beach

Partner in crime

Falafel's for lunch

Beside the seaside beside the sea

Beautiful Cornwall

Beautiful Cornish Cottage

The Boathouse

Charlestown Harbour Tall Ships

I would say my favourite place is Charlestown, which is where we used to live. Its on the South coast of Cornwall and is a tiny fishing town with a really cute harbour. It can be busy during the Summer months but there is such a friendly atmosphere that makes it feel really special. I used to sit for hours on the bench over looking the sea and read my book listening to the waves crashing on the rocks.

Its peace and beauty make me long to move back there but it is so far from Scotland which is where my dad lives and he needs my support in his Stroke recovery so its with a sad heart that I say Cornwall can’t be my home right now. I’m just glad I can still visit and feel that connection with such a special place.

Let me know if you have visited Cornwall and tell me what you love to do there, or your favourite place to eat.

June & July 2015 Product Empties

June & July Empties 2015

Garnier Micellar Water Combination & Sensitive Skin – As far as I could tell this wasn’t much different to the one in the pink packaging. I still liked it & it was as good at removing my mascara and bulk of my makeup. I love to stock up on this from my local Savers as they always have it for less than £3. I even have the cutest mini bottle to take with me on my holidays. I will forever repurchase this (or the pink one) – it’s best high street Micellar Water that I’ve found.

The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil – This was from one of the amazing British Beauty Blogger boxes & I really liked using it. It seemed to last me ages considering its quite a small bottle. I only used it on my thighs, I liked to massage it in to get the blood flowing and it left my skin feeling so smooth and not at all greasy. It also smells like Summer – orange is such a lovely scent and although it didn’t linger too long it was a nice uplifting scent for the morning. I would repurchase this again.

Chapstick Mixstix – This is a double ended lip balm so you get two flavours. I bought this a while ago from America and have its taken me ages to use it up. I did like it & thought having two flavours in one was a great idea. I used the cherry side quicker than the lemon but both smelt sweet and fruity and although not the most hydrating of lip products its still nice to have in your handbag and very inexpensive. Wouldn’t rush out to repurchase.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Platinum 24hr Firming Eye Cream* – This 30ml tube lasted me almost a whole year. I thought it was hydrating and very nourishing, my under eyes looked very smooth when I used this. It sits well under makeup and doesn’t look greasy but keeps my concealer looking fresh all day. I would repurchase this.

Origins Plantscription™ Anti-aging Power Serum* This is a nice serum, I used it as my overnight serum and I’d wake up to smooth, fresh glowing skin. It smells quite botanical so if you’re not a fan of fragranced skincare this isn’t for you. This serum leaves your skin feeling so silky smooth but after a few months use I didn’t see any significant changes in my fine lines. Its quite a thin water based serum so its easy to massage in to the skin and a little goes a long way, this tube lasted me about 4 months and I did love using it. Despite not seeing massive results in terms of anti ageing this was a really nice hydrating serum that helped my skin look radiant and fresh. Let me know if you have tried anything from the Plantscription range.

NARS Brightening Serum –  I wouldn’t say it was an amazing purchase and I was unsure how to use it at first. In the end I started to mix a little either with my moisturiser or my foundation but I wouldn’t say it was fantastic at making my skin look bright and glowing it was quite greasy and didn’t sink in to my skin very well. I much prefer Brightening Primers like the B one or the Revlon ones. Much cheaper and I think better quality.

Crazy Rumors Black Cherry Lipbalm – This smells so good & its extremely hydrating on the lips. It does a great job at keeping my lips moisturised. I don’t have to reapply it that much throughout but I like having it to hand & I just love the scent of it . Crazy Rumor offer a wide selection of flavours and they all sound lovely so I would repurchase a new flavour as they have so many to try!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner – This is such a gentle toner, I used it mostly as part of my morning skincare regime, it left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. It didn’t make my skin dry or tight and a bottle lasted me 6 months of almost daily use. I love the Vitamin E range and always have a couple of products on the go & always repurchase.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Now I have shorter hair (jaw length) I don’t have to wash it as often which makes me very happy. I do like to use a dry shampoo on the 3rd & 4th day, this helps absorb the oils and gives it a bit of volume. Yes this one can leave a white cast but I just rub that away & all is good. Batiste is just such a good price that I always go back to it even after trying other brands.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser – These are so fun and smell incredible. If I’m not going to America any time soon I tend to stock up on these via eBay, there are quite a few sellers and although you can’t get 5 for $5 you can get them for a half decent price. This Noel one was hanging around from my Christmas stash and I was excited to finally use it up so I could open a new more Summer appropriate scent. Let me know what your favourite scents are – they do SO many!

Ted Baker Sweet Sugar Body Wash* – Love the pink and rose gold packaging of this collection – it was so pretty. It left my skin soft and smelling of jasmine & patchouli which is quite floral and summery. I think Ted Baker have been releasing some fantastic body products, great quality and so affordable. The Body Spray in this Sweet Sugar range is amazing, you have to give it a test next time you’re in Boots!

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.


Timothy Dunn Arabian Fig Candle

Timothy Dunn Arabian Fig Candle

Timothy Dunn Arabian Fig Candle* £36.00

This candle oozes sensuality, spice and luxury. Inspired by the largest and wealthiest city of the Middle Ages, Arabian Fig embodies the ancient sophistication and decadence of Constantinople. As your beautiful candle melts, you’ll be intoxicated by the essence of ripe, succulent figs warming in Byzantine courtyards.

Presenting a complex blend of green fig leaf, basil and clove, tenderly enhanced with frankincense; this deliciously aromatic candle has a hint of wild fig and cassis, rose and jasmine, and the rich base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk.

Timothy Dunn London is a luxury home fragrance brand based in South London. A career that spans more than 20 years in floristry inspired founder Timothy Dunn to capture the unique scent of his revered floral arrangements. Each of the Timothy Dunn candles is expertly blended for a superior fragrance and burn time. Choose from a selection of evocative scents, housed in the brand’s signature hand-blown glass.

These are seriously luxurious candles, even before I’d taken the candle out of its box I could smell that amazing earthy fig scent. This candle has a whopping 60 hours burn time which is more than any other candle I have owned, I tend to burn it for about 1 – 2 hours then blow it out because the scent is that strong it will still fill your room for hours after its stopped burning.

Arabian Fig Candle

I adore Fig, I feel like its my signature scent. Its such a rich and complex scent, it reminds me of living in Cyprus and thats why I associate Fig with warm Summer days rather than Winter nights. This Arabain Fig Candle smells incredible and as you would expect from a luxury candle brand the scent is strong and intense it really scents the house not just a room. My husband really likes this candle too, he isn’t a fan of sweet scents or anything overly floral so this is perfect, the musky, woody notes really come through too and make it quite a masculine scent so he likes to burn this at night when we’re watching TV or eating dinner.

The candle arrives in a simple black box with pretty gold details, housed in a sophisticated heavy black glass jar. It looks at home in any room of your house, I’ve been mostly burning it in the living room but have been known to have it on the side of my bath when I feel like having a pamper. The candle burns evenly & cleanly and if you trim the wick before each use there is no sooty deposit which is great. I get so disappointed when candles burn down the middle & you’re left with so much wax around the edge, they’re a waste of money

Timothy Dunn Arabian Fig Candle

I know more expensive luxury candles are not for everyone & I’ve only ever treated myself to two (both were Jo Malone) but each time I have one I say to my husband that the scent is just so much more intense and you really do get what you pay for. So if your budget can stretch or if you are able to ask for one for a special occasion I can’t recommend Timothy Dunn Candles enough, the quality, burn time and wonderfully intense scent is more than worth the price tag. I’m using it sparingly but enjoying every minute of it.

My house smells inviting and the beautiful Fig scent transports me back to a warm summers evening in Cyprus, I know my husband is planning on treating me to another one for my Birthday in October (feeling very lucky). Let me know what candles you like to burn & if you prefer sweet / floral or musky scents. Timothy Dunn has wonderful selection of candles and I’m sure you will find something to suit your taste.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

This Weeks Happy #11

Jurlique Intense Rosewater Mist

An unexpected parcel arrived last week from Jurlique, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. They’re celebrating 30 years and have released a special limited edition version of their Rosewater Balancing Mist* which is one of my favourite products from them & easy to see why its an international bestseller.

This limited edition version contains added Rose extracts and potent botanicals to hydrate your skin and enliven your senses. Its deluxe formula contains precious Rose extracts to help condition, soothe and balance your skin. This bottle is not only utterly beautiful but also huge at 200ml and the packaging is gorgeous. Its so refreshing and soothing & has been a god send these past few weeks. It sits on my desk and I reach for it when I’m feeling a little hot and need a pick me up. So this lovely parcel has been making me very very happy.

With every purchase a 5% donation goes to the Jurlique ‘Ideas of Beauty Fund’ to support charities that help people and nature bloom. Money raised by the fund is used to improve quality of life and make the world a beautiful place to live.

Favourite drinks jar

My Home Bargain 79p glass drinks jar has been helping me stay hydrated in this crazy heat. I like to drink fizzy water, I add lemon and lots of ice. I hate to drink water unless its ice cold. These jars are so cute, I wish I’d bought all the colours as my local shop has sold out now.

Foundation Coffee

Discovering a new & very Pinterest appropriate cafe in Manchester – The Foundation Coffee House (on Lever Street) opened at the end of May & its unlike anywhere I have ever been. Its vast & I mean huge, the space is just above street level and feels light and clean. You don’t feel crammed in and the coffee is incredible but also so is their selection of soft drinks and food.

It feels like its not been discovered by the masses quite yet and part of me hopes it stays that way but either way is a lovely relaxing place to stop and enjoy a drink and I even worked from here for a couple of hours and it was so quiet and the staff are very friendly. Oh and there are lots of photos of the actual cafe space on the internet so I thought I would share a photo of their very nice bathroom – can you spot the Aesop hand wash (extra brownie points to them for having that).

Amsterdam Planning

I’m excited to say we’re heading back to Amsterdam next week for our 5th visit. Its my husbands birthday and its our favourite European City so we thought what the heck lets pop back and enjoy a week there. I have been reading travel blogs & stalking Instagram accounts planning where to go.

Generally we have done all the major touristy things so we just love to walk up and down the side streets discovering hidden gems & there is such an abundance of cute shops & cafes in Amsterdam so you’re spoilt for choice. As I said I have been a few times but if you have any suggestions on places to eat then i’d love to hear them. If you want to see my Amsterdam Photo Diary from last year click that link!

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.