Review: The Potting Shed, Llantrisant

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Yesterday I visited The Potting Shed in Llantrisant for breakfast and to write a review about one of my favourite places to visit. The Potting Shed is a luxury homeware and gift shop with a tea room attached. I’ve visited a handful of times before after recommendation from my mother and I have never been disappointed as to what they have to offer.

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The tea room is a quaint little cafe area attached to the store which has a friendly and welcoming vibe. The country kitchen interior is most aesthetically pleasing and brings an all round family friendly cosiness.

I ordered a pot of tea with a slice of chocolate cake and toast while my mother ordered a coffee and toast. We were fortunate enough to sit on the comfy sofa area by the roaring log fire which really gave a homely atmosphere. The staff at The Potting Shed are most helpful and welcoming people.

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What’s great about The Potting Shed is that if you fancy the deco or accessories around you, then there’s a high chance you can buy them in the store. From children’s toys to gifts for special occasions and even homeware essentials and luxuries, when visiting this hidden treasure trove, there’s always something eye catching which is tempting to buy. There’s even a lot of accessories with Welsh phrases, which really makes the place feel a lot more patriotic.

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The only slight disappointment with this beauty of a shop is that its location is slightly hidden away and requires driving to access but when I take my friends to visit, it feels like I’m showing them a real hidden gem, so every cloud has a silver lining.

I highly recommend visiting The Potting Shed as it has a wonderful atmosphere and a cosy place to grab a light bite or even a meal as well as browsing for home luxuries.

The Potting Shed, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LP

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Review: Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

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Everyone has been raving about the new Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, so when I was out shopping recently, I decided to pick one up and give it a try.

Warning!! Apply responsibly!! Introducing Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. Will you dare to get the Push Up Effect? Our 1st Push-Up brush with Cup-Shaped bristles boosts and thickens lashes. The formula Instantly plumps & volumises the look of lashes, with Styling Wax to keep them lifted. Intense black colour for a dramatic, sultry look. Result: A luscious pair of plumped up, full, thick lashes that last all day and night!

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This is what my lashes looked like after one coat. They definitely have the push up effect. After applying a second coat, however, I wasn’t too impressed as my lashes seemed to clump together and look really weird. My overall thoughts are that it’s a great mascara for one coat. Avoid putting more than one because I found that there was a lot of clumping going on, but with the one coat as shown above, there was definitely some push up vibes going on. My lashes don’t look like how the product’s adverts showcase, but I’m not sure if that’s ever the case, unless you’re Gigi Hadid who’s in the ads. Pick up the mascara from Boots for £5.99 Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?

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January Favourites 2016

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You know how I said that 2016 was going to be a fresh start for me? So far, that’s not happened. Since New Year’s Day, I’ve been ill with this… I don’t even know what because I’m not sure if it’s the flu but it’s not a simple cold. It’s the end of the month and I’m still not feeling 100% but hopefully after visiting the doctor again, I’ll be given something to blast this bug out of me.

Anyway, that’s my reasoning for lack of blog posts and why my monthly favourites aren’t too extravagant. Please forgive me but enjoy reading about things I did favour this January.

Skullcandy Jib Earphones

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I’m terrible for earphones – I manage to lose them or break them all the time, but when I decided to pick up my latest pair, I made a promise with myself that I’d look after them. I purchased the Skullcandy earphones from ASDA for £10.00 and they are absolutely amazing for the amount I paid. I have friends who are often willing to pay around £30.00 for earphones to ensure great quality, but these earphones have a great sound to them and since I can sometimes be hard of hearing, I can hear my music in a lot more detail and feel the bass more than just listening by ear. Skullcandy are said to be a great make and were originally recommended to me by my friend who was highly satisfied with her purchase. I have to agree with her as I think they’re great and worth every penny for music lovers! They have also been a great use for Skype calls when I’ve had meetings with Maximum Pop as I can hear people quite clearly (when Skype actually works…)

Available from ASDA for £10.00

LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

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On one of the days where my painkillers had kicked in, I decided to give myself some TLC with the face mask I had picked up from a mini LUSH haul I had with Courtney in the sales. I’ve used the Love Lettuce face mask before, but totally forgot how much I loved the product. I have an oily face which I find pretty stressful to clear up without breaking out, but this face mask helped dry up my skin a bit for around 3-4 days which I was very satisfied with (bare in mind I had been mainly bed bound for most of this month so my skincare routine was out the window excluding this face mask I decided to do) and I have plenty to do a number of face masks within the 3 week expiry date (tip: I’ve been told by a LUSH worker these can actually be used up to a week after the expiry date, so if you’re like me and still have some left over, don’t waste it!)

Available from LUSH for £6.75 

The Big Bang Theory Season 9 

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I’ve previously mentioned TBBT in a favourites blog, but season 9 is currently playing and I have managed to catch up during my days in bed and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s been my go-to binge show this month and without any spoilers, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the characters develop more. I think Sheldon and Amy have definitely made huge developments both individually and as a couple (and yes I am a Shamy shipper. #Shamy4ever!) and think Penny has definitely matured a lot. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of the season and as I’m writing this, I’m patiently waiting for a new episode to be released in the UK.

Tanya Burr Sugar Plum Nail Polish

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This polish was part of a Christmas set which has sadly been discontinued. I absolutely love the shade and find it perfect for the winter season of dark shades. I stupidly didn’t take a photo of my nails before they chipped but they managed not to start flaking until around 7 days after which is very rare for me as I type a lot and usually that means my polish flakes off, especially on my thumbs as for some weird reason I hit the space bar using the side which means half of my nail hits the keyboard and causes serious chipping. However, this lasted pretty well and hopefully the shade will be included in the 2016 Christmas collection or brought back as a permanent edition to the Tanya Burr Cosmetics nail polish line. Fingers crossed!

Tums Smoothies

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I suffer with acid reflux a lot. I take medication for it but some days even the meds don’t work. My mother had recently picked up a packet of Tums Smoothies which the entire family is sharing and they worked so well. I wasn’t expecting much for over-the-counter products when I get acid reflux quite bad, but they worked really well. I had the Assorted Fruits but next time I’ll probably pick up the Berry Fusion as I’m more of a berry flavoured kind of gal. I think these are perfect to pop in your bag for on the go because they seemed to work pretty quickly, which was a great relief.

Available from Boots for £3.69

PILLOWTALK – Zayn Malik

Okay, I wasn’t going to include this until next month’s favourites as it’s only just come out, but I’ve had it on repeat ever since it released on Friday, so clearly I love it enough for it to make this month’s favourites! Zayn’s debut single since leaving One Direction has finally dropped and though I never thought I would be into the kind of music he likes (I mean he was pals with Naughty Boy for a while and I didn’t take a shining to his music so…) but I was oh so wrong. It’s a great song and it’s about loving sex but he doesn’t objectify women which is kind of refreshing.

As I said, not a great deal of exciting things this month, but hopefully as I recover from this deadly bug I’ll be up and about more to use various things and then rave about my love for them!

What did you enjoy this month?

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Review: BINGE by Tyler Oakley

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Title: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Genre: Autobiography

The first thing I’d like to point out is the name, ‘Binge’, is beyond apt for this book. Why? Because I stayed up until 6am to finish the book. That never happens unless it’s a book I highly enjoy. So, spoiler alert, I liked the book and this indeed is a positive review!

After my meeting with Tyler on Monday, I headed straight home from the signing, changed into my pyjamas (because it’s important to be feeling comfortable when reading. It’s an unwritten rule. Or for me, at least) and headed up into my room in which I settled down to indulge in the story of Tyler Oakley (or is he? You’ll learn his birth name in the beginning and I wasn’t even expecting it.)

Binge is a numerous amount of essays compiled by its author about many highlighted moments in his life in which he felt was something necessary to share with his fans (or as he calls them, his people) and each chapter was definitely something I could either relate to personally or knew someone else who would be able to. From being a member of the LGBTQ+ community to first loves and experiences in his life in education, everything Tyler discusses is something that someone, somewhere will be able to connect with. Instead of your typical life story from beginning to now, Tyler talks about issues and experiences that it is greatly known that young people are dealing with right at this very moment. To me, that was the importance of this book – knowing that whatever it is you have or are experiencing, you are not alone. Even those you idolise have had a walk of life which you may be able to find similarities in and if not, it can make you more aware for those who can. For example, being a heterosexual, though hearing stories on the news and through social media, I am never able to say I have experienced homophobia or coming out. Thanks to this book, written by someone I admire, it momentarily put me in the author’s shoes and I could feel just a slight bit of emotion that he may have felt himself and it gave me a better understanding (though, of course, I will never fully understand as previously stated, it’s not something I will experience) for those I care about that have lived through a similar situation.

The book isn’t solely based on deep issues and experiences, though, and has a lot of light hearted chapters such as “Beyonce for a Day” and “What Michelle Obama Smells Like” which were fun to read as Oakley’s personality definitely shone through.

Would I recommend this book to a person who is not a fan of Tyler? Maybe. If you’re interested in getting to know the YouTube personality, then by all means, read it. But if you’re just looking for something to read, you may not be able to appreciate the book as a whole written by someone you’re not fully aware about. Which, personally, is my view with a lot of autobiographies.

I laughed, I cried and, most importantly, I learned. The book was full of great lessons and shared experiences by Tyler and is ideal for any of his fans. I’d definitely say it’s inspiring and is an advocate for young people growing up to say “hey, I’ve been there. And it will get better,” regardless of the situation.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book and really hope Tyler will release another book sometime in the future.

Have you read Binge? Got any books to recommend? Leave a comment below!

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LUSH Oxford Street Haul

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On my most recent visit to London, I headed to Oxford Street with great eagerness to check out the all new LUSH store. Unlike most stores by the beauty company, the Oxford Street store is rather big consisting of a whole three stores and a whole lot of exclusives.

Bewildered by everything they had in store, I narrowed it down to a couple of products to bring home. I still had a long day ahead of me as well as a rather warm bus journey home where many of the fresh products would have been spoiled. Here’s what I managed to get my hands on…

 Double Vitality bath oil 

 

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An Oxford Street exclusive – little beauty is a bath oil that smells like a mixture of peppermint and lemon. Made from two stars sandwiched together, the gorgeous buttery texture feels amazing on your hands. Though be warned- they can melt pretty easily in a warm temperature.

Candy Mountain bubble bar  

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This gorgeous bubble bar is part of the Christmas season range and rather well known by LUSH lovers as it’s brought out every year. The sugar-sweet candy-floss scented bar is definitely one for people with a sweet tooth and does just an amazing job as the appeal of the product’s first impression. I had to use it before writing this blog as the scent was driving me crazy and almost cried out for me to put it to use.

Golden Wonder bath bomb

 

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I was originally intrigued by the look of this bath bomb, but was given a slight surprise when I picked it up as I felt something move. There is hidden content inside this beautiful bath bomb waiting to explode when it hits the water.It smells of a tangy orange and lime which are definitely great for a bath to awaken your moods.

Magic Wand reusable bubble bar

 

 

 

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Having seen this product last year used by the likes of Zoella and Tanya Burr, I was determined to ensure I picked up this product in time for the festive season. Sharing the same scent as the Snow Fairy bubble bath, this wand resembling bubble bar is attached to a wooden stick and definitely gives off the magic of Christmas vibes. It’s perfect for any young girl or those attracted to the colours and sweet scents and can be used a handful of times, too.

Dream Time Luxury bath oil

 

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A newly redesign in the old product that seems to only be currently available in the Oxford store. Containing relaxing scents of Jasmine, Lavander and Ginger, it’s no wonder this product is perfect to use before bedtime.

Milky Bath bubble bar

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This cute little bubble bar is perfect for softening your skin and water in the bath.The ingredients such as skimmed milk and cocoa are perfect for making the water feeling creamy and the scent lingered on my hands for sometime after.

Oxford Street tote bag

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With the Oxford Street store being the rage of all LUSH fans, I had to get something to remember my trip. I’m a big fan of bags and this one is definitely great for a lot of shopping, especially for big  shopping hauls.

I had a great time overall at the store and hope to go back again very soon.

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Louis and Pepsi ♥ Petshop!

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the lovely people at petshop.co.uk to treat my gorgeous dalmatians, Louis and Pepsi, to some dog food!

PetShopBowl is a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. We are a young company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. All of our staff are pet owners so we understand the needs of other pet parents.

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Needless to say, when their special delivery arrived, they were both rather excited…

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“Can we try it now?”

The goody box contained:

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Bon Appétit!

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Both dogs definitely took a shine to all of what they were given! They both particularly liked the James Wellbeloved Turkey With Rice  on top of their Huntland Grain Free Dog Food as they were both licking around their bowls to make sure they had finished every piece they had.

Louis in particular is quite fussy eating dry dog food alone so for each serving, we gave both dogs for the Huntland dog food and used each topping at a time. If there’s something these two dislike, they’ll make sure we know by leaving their bowls half full and nagging for something else to eat by misbehaving. This didn’t occur at all with any of the food they tried, so full bellies and waggy tails all round!

I’m so satisfied with what Petshop supplied us with and I think my furry friends can agree! Now we just have to break the news to them that they won’t be able to have deliveries every day…

Make sure you check out Petshop, use the discount code FRIENDS7 for 5% off and comment below what your furry friends thought of their products!

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Review: The X Factor LIVE @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Writing for a Pop Culture website can have some pretty amazing benefits. One example being the chance to see The X Factor tour in Cardiff on 10th March in the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, with my friend  and fellow writer, Poppy.

The small yet crowded venue was bursting with an atmosphere of entertainment and talent as the audience were treated to performances from the 2014 X Factor 7 finalists, Andrea Faustin, Stevi Ritchie, Only The Young, Stereo Kicks, Lauren Platt, Fleur East, Jay James and The 2014 X Factor winner, Ben Haenow. The show was laid out pretty much the same as the live shows on TV, minus the judges, host and, of course, the competition.

Opening the show was Fleur East with her cover of Macklemore Can’t Hold Us Down, which was rather fierce, full of amazing stage presence with her dance moves accompanied by back up dancers and a show of lights and special effects. She later returned to the stage various amounts of times with her versions of Bang Bang, All About That Bass, Thriller, If I Ain’t Got You and Uptown Funk which was such a memorable performance on the show last year, it was amazing to witness live and in person.

17 year old Lauren Platt wowed the audience with a more chilled version of Pharrell Williams’ Happy which was a great track to expose her vocal talents followed by How Will I Know. Other songs covered by Platt involved crowd favourite Let it Go from the Oscar winning Disney film, Let it Go and a piano version of Don’t You Worry Child.

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Lauren Platt performing Let it Go

Following Lauren was Welshman Jay James who sang to his home city with his version of  Everything’s Changing by Stigma and later returned to the B Stage with Adele’s Skyfall. Cardiff were pleased to have their own X Factor hero home to perform and Jay certainly shared the enjoyment. Before leaving the stage, he got the crowd involved with singing an acapella of The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles and thanking them for the emotional homecoming.

Next came the entertainer of the night, Mr Stevi Ritchie. Although he wasn’t the favourite to win the show, Ritchie definitely had an outstanding presence in performing and is a definite entertainer. The energy was high whenever Stevi performed and he was lapping it up during Livin’ La Vida Loca, Footloose and the crowd pleasing Bohemian Rhapsody. He may not be the strongest singer but he is an extraordinary entertainer and crowd pleaser.

Cardiff was put to a standstill with the pure and angelic voice that belongs to the Italian God that is Andrea Faustini. After flawless performances of Beyonce’s Listen, Whitney Houston’s I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, the moving cover of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and Sia’s Chandelier, the crowd went wild and left wanting more of Faustini’s golden throat.

Only The Young looking dapper performing Wanna Be Like You
Only The Young looking dapper performing Wanna Be Like You

After Andrea was my personal favourite, Only The Young. The fabulous foursome covered a swing version of Wanna Be Like You from Disney’s The Jungle Book,  a mashup of Jailhouse Rock/Twist and Shout and Blame it on the Boogie which was a real hit with the crowd. There aren’t many mixed gender groups in the charts these days and I think there’s a real potential with OTY so I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them.

The teenage girls from across the country travelled to the capital of Wales to see the next act and it really showed in the amount of merchandise and banners that created a sea in the audience. Eardrum shattering screams filled the arena whenever 8-piece boyband, Stereo Kicks, were present on stage. So much so that it was slightly difficult to hear their medley of The Beatles Let it Be/Hey Jude. Fans went crazy when the boys managed to walk through the crowd during their version of Backstreet’s Back and I almost lost my hearing during their final song, Run.

Cover your ears! Girls went crazy for Stereo Kicks
Cover your ears! Girls went crazy for Stereo Kicks

Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for. The X Factor winner of 2014, Ben Haenow, took to the stage for the final set of the night with covers of Come Together, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Highway to Hell, John Lennon’s Jealous Guy, Demons by Imagine Dragons and of course finished with his winning single, Something I Need. The crowd’s energy was buzzing, the adrenaline was high and Haenow certainly had the biggest reactions of the night.

The one and only Ben Haenow takes to the stage at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
The one and only Ben Haenow takes to the stage at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Finally, the entire final 8 came together to sing Take That’s Never Forget and brought the show to an emotional end.

Leaving the venue on such a buzz was an amazing feeling but I couldn’t help but wonder what was next for the talented bunch we had just witnessed performing their hearts out. Something only the next 12 months can reveal. I can hardly wait.

Massive thank you to Maximum POP! for this opportunity and thank you to the wonderful Poppy McDonnell for letting me use her photos in this blog post.

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Clear Start Review

Last week I was sent a skincare product to review for Maximum POP! and I thought I would do an additional review here, since I may as well make the most of what I can say about the products.

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I was sent the Clear Start travel kit from Dermalogica which includes a foaming wash, all over toner, daytime treatment, nighttime treatment and matte moisturizer.

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The packaging is small and compact which is perfect for any wash bag. The box is disposable but I wouldn’t recommend throwing it right away as there’s a guide on how to use each product in what order, which I found pretty useful.

After just a day of using the products, I saw a massive difference. Pre use, I had a breakout of three highly noticeable spots and the following day, the swelling had decreased dramatically and within 3 days they had completely disappeared.

I also feel as if my skin is a lot smoother and just healthier looking in general. It also feels nicer to touch and rather soft.

I think each of the products play an important role in the routine I have been using, so I wouldn’t be able to pick a personal favourite.

I would recommend this product to anyone who has issues with breakouts, despite the cost being above high street prices, I think it’s definitely a purchase worth while if you want healthier skin.

You can buy this kit for £23.50 here

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Review: Love Rosie

If you read my last blog post, you’ll know all about my trip to London for the day to attend the very glamorous world premiere of Love, Rosie. So, now it’s time for my review. 

LOVE ROSIE (2014)

Rating: 15

Director: Christian Ditter

Staring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

Love Rosie is a film adaptation to the 2004 novel”Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern and is based on two best friends Rosie and Alex whose friendship really tests the question “can boys and girls really be just friends?” as they discover the thin line between friendship and romance before other people repeatedly get in the way.

The film is set over a period of twelve years in which the characters evolve as they grow up from their late teens to adulthood, yet their feelings for one another stay remotely the same.

I couldn’t help but try imagine other actresses as the lead role but I honestly believe that this role was made for Lily Collins. She is charming, beautiful and full of charisma which is everything the character Rosie’s characteristics were. I felt as though Rosie was truly brought to life by Collins and that the events in Rosie’s life were real. Pre film, I had little knowledge of Collins and so I was surprised to find out she was actually American. Her British accent was perfect.

Sam Claflin, who plays Alex, did a tremendous job of playing the witty, funny and slightly awkward yet charming character and I even found myself slightly falling for Alex.  The both actors played the characters so well and made them two friends you’d easily envy the friendship of, despite the occasional ups and downs. Overall, the couple were the dream team you’d long for yourself and partner to be someday.

The film on  a whole is magnificent and set out beautifully. Despite the time change which occurred rather fast, it was simple to keep up with and portrayed wonderfully. Unfortunately, having not read “Where Rainbows End”, I’m unable to compare and contrast the novel and film. However, the film has in fact urged me to read Ahern’s work as soon as I possibly can.

I laughed, I cried and applauded the spectacular work of the cast, director and writer. If you love a rom-com and want to shed a few tears, this is the film for you.

Love, Rosie is out 22nd October 2014 in the UK.

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