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Aloha!

I've been weirdly lucky lately... As in I've somehow managed to win 2 competitions online... One of Facebook and one on Twitter... Just a share this post sort of thing so no actual knowledge or effort is needed and to be honest until now I've not always convinced these sort of competitions are even real... but they are!!!

This one I won on twitter during Tuesday's #veganhour, I'll share the other one in a later post, if you're that intrigued go check out my Instagram, it's on there!

So thanks to #veganhour and Good Full Stop I won the above and below treats!!


Good Full Stop bars are completely vegan and super good healthy snack, they're made in Devon here in the UK, not too far from me at all actually!

"Good Full Stop bars offer a perfect marriage of a tasty and satisfying snack bar, while being an excellent source of nutrition – all the pleasure and none of the pain. Using the finest natural, wholesome ingredients and only a ‘hint of naughtiness’, Good Full Stop bars are gluten-free, dairy-free and have a medium to low glycaemic index. All but one of the flavours even counts as one of your five-a-day – a fact we think is epic!

They are also a natural source of copper and fibre, essential for an overall healthy existence, while copper is also contributes to preventing premature aging and increasing energy production"


There are from I can tell 9 flavours currently which are:

Cherry Sweet and Cherry Good (Cherry & Maple)
Sun Kissed and Good (Choc & Orange)
Chocolate is Twice as Good (Double Choc)
Very Nutty and Very Good (Mixed Nuts)
Berry Berry Good (Raspberry)
Cool, Minty and Good (Choc & Mint)
Full of Beans and so Good (Mocha & Caffeine)
Devilishly Hot and Good (Double Choc & Chilli)
Red Hot and Very Good (Fiery Choc & Chilli)

I've only tried one so far and that's the Cherry one, it's all raw, squidgy and yummy! These snacks are the sort of things I have before and/or after a run or going to the gym!

I also pack them with me for long walks too, small but packed full of goodness to keep you going!

They are kind of similar to Nakd bars but...flatter shaped haha!

If you want to find out more about them follow the link below and thanks again Good Full Stop for picking me as the lucky winner!



I really don't take photos like I used to, and I really miss it but today when I got back from work I really felt like taking some photos...

I skipped my spin class because I'm lazy and couldn't be bothered to do anything, even go out to take photos so I ambled around my garden getting a few shots.

It was also about time I got some "decent" photos of Bella bun.

It's pretty cool the photos you can get just from your garden, I was playing about with my zoom lens but normally I love just using my macro lens and getting some close ups of random things in the garden... Like super detailed shots of dirt on the floor or a some close up moss haha!!

Anyway here are some shots I got today simple from my garden!










Happy Sunday!

I thought I would post some easy reading, a little review on some sample products I've got my hands on, you can pick up 2 free samples with every purchase.

Botanicals are a natural, vegan, cruelty free brand that are all about plant based products and basically providing ethical products, if you'd like to find out more follow the link below:



The samples I've been using are:

Calming body lotion: Lavender & tea tree


"Botanicals pure and natural body lotion will help soothe and calm the skin after shaving, waxing or the use of depilatory products. And will support the skin’s natural elasticity by replenishing essential moisture lost during hair removal. Essential extracts of calming marigold and aloe-vera are blended with soothing lavender, and antiseptic tea tree, in this pure and natural body treatment."

This stuff smells amazing, lavender is my favourite scent in the whole world! I know some people aren't keen and it has that "old person" vibe but I don't care I love it!

I've been using this on my legs after shaving and yeah it's great, my legs usually go a little flaky after shaving when i guess I shave all the moisture off them haha! This stuff has bee keeping them nice and moisturised.

My boyfriend has also been using this stuff on some weird bites he's got on his legs... *eyeroll*

 Wild rose nourishing body balm


"A deeply conditioning natural balm to help soften and enhance the texture of your skin. Hand whipped with organic shea butter and infused with cold-pressed rosehip, wild rose and rose geranium, renowned for their nourishing and revitalising properties.

Botanicals balms are made entirely with active plant derived ingredients, which support the skin’s natural ability to heal and regenerate new skin cells. The perfect partner for dry skin."

All of Botanicals products smell amazing, this balm is super moisturising, some people may find it slightly oily and heavy but I don't mind that as I get really dry hands so I've been using this on my hands and also my elbows :)


Lemongrass revitalising body lotion


"Botanicals pure and natural body lotion supports the skin’s natural elasticity by replenishing essential moisture often lost through exposure to sunlight and detergents. Skin softening shea and cocoa butters, are blended with soothing aloe-vera and revitalising lemongrass, in this pure and natural body treatment."

*sniffs arms* mmmmmm

So I've used this moisturiser today actually and it smells so good, I SMELL SO GOOD!!

Not a scent I would normally go for but I really like it, I like the way the scent stays on you.


Well thanks for taking the time to read this little post, go check out Botanicals because their stuff is awesome and so are their ethics!

Baking time!?

Just some super easy and super yummy blueberry muffins, what more can I say? Nothing so lets crack on :)


Ingredients:


1 and a half cups of plain flour 
Half a cup of sugar (I used caster)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
Half a teaspoon of salt
1 cup of dairy-free milk (I used oat)
Quarter cup of oil (I used coconut)
1 cup of  blueberries (frozen or fresh, mine were fresh ones)

Instructions:


Preheat your oven to 200oC and line muffin tray with cupcake liners (I made 6 but you could make 8, I like big ones...thats what she said!!)

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl. 

Add the milk and oil.

Stir until combined and then fold in the blueberries (if they're fresh ones be delicate so you don't mush them).

Pour the mix into baking cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes




Right I know this is kind of a late post for an August box but I actually have a legit reason, well it's a crap one but still a reason, basically LoveLula normally post about the boxes on their site and I like to use their wording to describe the items and then give my review, like I did on the last LoveLula sub box post...

But for some reason they haven't yet so I'm going to have to type it manually myself from the info card...what a liberty haha!!

Again like I said last time if you don't know who LoveLula are, they are natural, cruelty free and organic beauty products seller... in a nutshell...and they do a monthly Beauty Box.

If you want to find out more about them click the link below:


So in this months box I received:

PHB - Natural Eye Liner
"PHB's Natural Eye Liner is enriched with a gentle nourishing formula of plant oils and waxes whilst being richly pigmented for rich long lasting colour. Glides on smoothly for fast, easy and accurate application."

What can I say, if you read my other posts you'll know I'm a huge PHB fan and most of my make up is theirs... This eyeliner was in a brown shade so not something I'll use as an eyeliner to be honest however I actually already have the black one which I've been using everyday for ages now and I love it...

This one has been used as an eyebrow pencil though haha and does the job!

BALM BALM - Chamomile Floral Water
"This best-selling Floral Water is now available in a handy 30ml size. Mist over sore, inflamed or itchy skin; rashes, cracked nipples and any areas that need a little soothing.
Perfect for spritzing over bed linen to help induce sleeping."

Another one of my favourite beauty brands, love love loooove their skincare!

I'm not going to to lie I thought this stuff smelt a little odd, definitely not to my taste but I still use it after a work out or generally too cool down, I also use it as a toner if I have no cotton pads left.

GLOSSWORKS - Nail Polish
"NEW to LoveLula! Glossworks '9-Free' Nail Polishes are formulated with a creamy, gel-like texture, providing a volumising finish with an extra long-lasting glossy shine."

I painted my nails as I typed this and the pink nail polish I received is lovely, goes on easy and dries really quick, nothing worse than a polish that takes forever to dry and you just end up smudging!

GLOSSWORKS - 3-in-1
"Also from Glossworks, this 3-in-1 is a base coat, a top coat and a hardener in one!"

I used this stuff on it's own as soon as I got the box and thought it was great, shiny and dries quick, all I need really, seemed to last long as well which is good for me as I have bathes all the time and literally melt nail polish off haha!

First nail polish I've received in a LoveLula box so looking forward to receiving some more in the future!

BEAUTY BREWS - Organic Tea
"Beauty Brews is dedicated to sourcing the finest organic teas that combine tried ad tested ingredients into delicious blends, each with a specific flavour combination to help enjoy moment of harmony, peace and beauty that help bring mind, body and soul into natural balance."

The tea I received in my box was Balance - Nana Mint & Lemon, I love mint teas so this is perfect for me, I of course made some of the tea as soon as I received it and I wasn't disappointed... It's really yummy!

I just love that its all natural and not in a bag, it means I can use my cute little teapot/infuser, thinking about it makes me crave some now!


Roll on September's box!

Firstly can I just point out how happy I am with the photos I got of this pretty pink lipstick!

Now that's done lets crack on with my thoughts...

This lipstick is from literally my favourite make up brand at the moment, most of the stuff I use everyday is PHB!

"PHB Ethical Beauty is a pioneering British family business with a revolutionary range of award winning ethical beauty products."  

They sell natural, vegan, cruelty free & halal Certified beauty products. Their skin, hair & bodycare products are handmade in the UK and DO NOT test on animals. They are also palm oil free!


Right, the lipstick itself... As you can see it came in a cute yet elegant little box. I love the PHB packaging, so simple and natural looking.

The tube itself shocked me if I'm honest, it looks very posh indeed! When I opened it I did a little OoOoOoOoooo to myself haha!!

I was also shocked by how pink it looked, not my usual colour at all!! Which worried me a little...


Thankfully when I tried it on I loved it, not as OTT as I was expecting, however...it could be if you do like a bright lipstick!

I'm more of a nude person...nude lipstick person I mean!!!

"Made with Fair Trade Shea Butter and Jojoba oil to deeply moisturise and soften lips. Organic Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E keep lips looking youthful by preventing collagen destruction whilst also helping to repair dryness."

When wearing it I literally just put it on my bottom lip and rubbadubdub it in to the top and it's the a subtle pinky pink and I love it! I've been wearing it everyday to work the past week and a couple of people have already complimented it!


Wear wise it's just like a normal lippy if I'm honest, a couple hours... I don't mind reapplying though, something really satisfying about reapplying before a meeting or trip to the shops haha!

Overall I love the stuff and would definitely recommend it, there are loads more colours if this isn't your shade and it's relatively cheap too.

If you want to find out more about it click the link below:


Yay! This is literally my favourite thing about my hometown Bristol!

Every year in August is the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, if you haven't been before and you're in the UK, go! Just do it! Take a nice little motorway drive and do it! Outside the UK...fuck it, get on a plane and visit!

If you want to find out more about it click the link below:


This year the weather wasn't great but the Saturday and Sunday the weather was ok and the mass ascend in the morning went ahead, unfortunately the evening ones didn't.

I went down on the Saturday, forced my friend to walk from mine to the centre to then catch the shuttle bus, fair play to First because we weren't waiting around for ages, I hate buses so for it go smoothly was very good for my sanity...


So as always it was pretty busy but that's a good thing if you ask me, shows how good it is... 

Later in the evening it did get busier though, like the busiest I've ever seen it and I've been coming as long as I can remember.

The queues were painful later in the day not going to lie but heyyyy... We can all do with less alcohol and putting the fork down now and then hahaha!

The toilet queues got bad too... I went in a bush.... hmmmm


A tradition for me and my friend when we go here is to get a few Pimms, yummy!


There is so much to do here, we arrived about 3pm and left at 10pm and in that time we looked at the hundreds of stands, the rides and things where you win really big horrible stuffed animals. 

We got some food and drinks and chilled in the sun listening to the music, they had live bands there so it was nice to relax listening to Kings of Leon and Bon Jovi covers whilst chatting crap and people watching.


I was worried there would be no food for me and I would starve to death but there were a few options, I went with pizza which as you can see below looks amazing! 

It tasted amazing too! Thank you New York Street Food UK for this! After the piece below I came back for 2 more slices and some fries haha! 

I get hungry...often...


Umm a lot of time was also spent walking around finding somewhere to sit for the night glow, in all the years being here I have never seen it, it's normally on a Thursday or Sunday which just isn't good for me...

However this year it was on the Saturday!


Once we got our seat with a decent view we chilled here for an hour and a bit patiently waiting.

Let me say it was well worth the wait, it was amazing. Can't imagine how long it takes the balloon owners to choreograph the routines for all the songs...

It also went on longer than I though, nothing worse than waiting ages for something and then it's over in 5 mins, this was a good half an hour or so I think.


During the performance they did what I can only assume was a tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington... Loved it, proper goosebump moment! Well done guys!!

After this we went home... What a lovely day!

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