No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser Review

Sunday, 28 February 2016

For the last six months or so, I've been a huge fan of Benefit skincare. Since I started using it, I've finally got myself into a proper routine, which is something that I've always struggled with. Unfortunately, it isn't as kind to my bank balance. Now that I have to save for a deposit on a new place in September, and driving lessons (which I'm still too scared to book), I've been on the hunt for skincare that works just as well, and doesn't cost me quite as much!

I was scouring Boots one weekend and remembered that I had a voucher for No7 skincare buried in the bottom of my bag. For once, I decided to put it to good use and picked up the Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. I've always loved foaming cleansers because they're so light on the skin so I was excited to give this one a go.

I was so impressed with this cleanser as soon as I first used it. It lathered up really nicely and a little bit goes a long way. My skin felt really refreshed after using it and it had an instant healthy glow.

AND a 150ml bottle cost £9.50, as opposed to Benefit's £17.50! Bonus!

I'll definitely be picking up this cleanser again, and I'm planning on adding more products from the No7 range to my collection, so keep an eye out for more reviews!

Have you tried No7 skincare? Or do you have another skincare brand that you think I should try? Feel free to pop any suggestions in the comments!

Sian Kathrine xo

Let's Do Brunch

Friday, 26 February 2016

So Fii and I have got ourselves into a little cycle. We arrange to meet for coffee and a catch up, and then when we turn up, we say to each other "Okay, I'm really hungry. Food?" and we end up going for brunch. I'm very much okay with this habit.

One rainy Sunday, we decided to brave the cold and head into Sheffield city centre on one of our little adventures, looking for somewhere that we hadn't been before. As we passed Bungalows and Bears and Fii dropped the bombshell that she'd never been in, I felt it was my duty as a friend to make sure that she experienced it before we graduate!

I've been to Bungalows and Bears many a time, but always for burgers, which are to die for, and two for one on a Tuesday! When I saw brunch menus on the tables, I was practically giddy.

Bungalows and Bears is one of those places that Fii and I would describe as a little bit hipster, but it pulls it off well. The whole atmosphere is just so chilled, with huge windows at the front and little booths all the way around the restaurant.

I spent forever perusing the menu trying to decide what I wanted, Fii was itching to go and order, but sometimes nothing less than a "proper breakfast" will do. When it came out, it looked insanely good!

And it tasted just as amazing too! I could probably live off the potato rosti alone!

I'm pretty sure Fii and I will be continuing to scout out the best brunch places in Sheffield over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for many, many more food-related posts!

Where's your favourite place for brunch?

Sian Kathrine xo

You wanna do something fun? You wanna go to Taco Bell?

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Wednesdays have recently become date day with my friend Ross. Mostly involving shopping for homeware (because who doesn't love homeware?!) But when the lovely people at Taco Bell sent me out a voucher for a meal for two, I knew it was perfect Wednesday date material!

We visited the Taco Bell on Division Street in Sheffield, a restaurant that I've walked past countless times, but never really thought to go in to. But I'd seen a lot of photos all over my friends' social media of yummy-looking food and raving about how amazing it was, so I was excited to see what they had to offer.

I expected the restaurant to feel a lot like you were sitting in a fast-food place, which screaming children and sticky tables and chips all over the floor. I was actually pleasantly surprised, the atmosphere in Taco Bell was quite relaxed, it was really clean and not so loud and bustling that I felt like I needed to eat as quickly as possible and leave. To quote Ross, "It's like, posher than McDonald's, isn't it?"

The meal for two that we had was amazing value for money. It included nachos, quesadillas, two tacos, two portions of chips and two drinks. All of that for only £9.99, which I thought was a really good price for the amount of food you get.

Most importantly, the food was SO yummy. The quesadillas in particular were to die for! They were a little more spicy than I'd usually like, but I loved them. I ate so much that it sent me into a full on food-coma... But I was very much okay with that.

Overall, both Ross and I loved our first Taco Bell experience, we'll definitely be back!

Have you ever been to Taco Bell before? What did you think?

Sian Kathrine xo

Getting Back Into Blogging

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

It's been just over three weeks since my last blog post. Over those last three weeks, I've sat down countless times to try to write a post. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent staring at a blank screen, trying to get some words to publish. Or I've written a post, but deleted it all at the last second and given up. It all felt too forced, and to me, a half-arsed post is worse than no post at all.

My reason for my blogging slump? My heart was broken. I won't go into it too much, but the devastation kicked my depression and anxiety up a few notches. It threatened to ruin everything, my self-confidence, uni, blogging.

I've been there before, and I'm determined not to let it happen again.

Today is the start of my new beginning. I sat down, with my notebook and a head full of ideas. I've planned and scheduled and written and rewritten. And it's been so wonderful to be getting back into blogging again. It's like home, just writing away, doing what I do best.

Although I've had a serious case of blogging guilt, I know that I needed my little break. And now I'm ready to get back to doing what I love!

Sian Kathrine xo