Marks & Spencer Homewares Picks

The bank holiday weekend is here and with it always comes a whole host of offers, which definitely brightens things up for those of us who have to work. Marks and Spencers currently have 20% off homeware online and instore, so I thought this would be a good time to point out some of my favourite homeware bits from there right now.

L-R Maxim High Ball Glasses, Truro Striped Dining Set, Andante Square Pasta Bowl

L-R Maxim High Ball Glasses (£9.60/4), 12 Piece Truro Striped Dining Set (£48), Andante Square Pasta Bowl (£3.20)

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Review: Macadamia Oil Extract Hair Treatment

Macadamia

I picked up this Macadamia hair mask while in Poundland, though I’ve also seen items from the range in Savers and other budget stores. For a budget product the packaging is really quite appealing, a nice black tub with printed outer. As I have bleached hair I’m always looking for treatments to add moisture and improve the condition, and at just £1 I thought I’d give this a try.

The mask is a translucent white, relatively thick formula with no real scent. I slathered this on my hair whilst in the bath and left on for around 20 minutes. After rinsing my hair did feel smooth and blow dried nicely, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. I have since used this product in the shower and again it smoothed my hair and left it in good condition.

I guess at the price I really can’t complain. It is by no means an awful treatment and didn’t have any adverse effects on my hair but it probably isn’t something I’d buy again. It didn’t feel very special or greatly improve the condition of my hair and I actually like a little fragrance in my hair products which is something this was lacking.

Have you tried this mask or anything from the Macadamia collection? What is your favourite hair mask?

Introducing Hugo, Our New Kitten.

Just a short post today, introducing our new addition to the family. Meet our kitten Hugo, he is now just over 9 weeks old. He’s a little fluffy tabby kitten, who already has an eye for danger – mostly climbing on everything and squeezing into the smallest spaces imaginable.

Hugo finally sitting still enough for a nice photo!

Hugo finally sitting still enough for a nice photo!

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Baking: Very Easy Carrot Cake

The finished article!

The finished article!

I spent most of this weekend relaxing in the flat. I had a big spring clean and then decided to mess up the kitchen with some baking. I love carrot cake and after trying a particularly yummy one on holiday last week decided to try my hand at baking my own. I also had bought an unnecessarily huge bag of carrots so it was a nice way of using them up!

The recipe I used is below, along with some pointers. This is a good one if you don’t have an electric mixer as it all the ingredients are simply whisked/stirred together. Also I’ve called it a carrot cake but I’ve made mine in a loaf tin…sorry about that. It is easier though as there aren’t two sections to sandwich together.

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Smeg Introduce Small Kitchen Appliances.

Smeg

When we were doing up our kitchen we really wanted to make it warm, cosy and functional. I wasn’t particularly demanding but there was one thing I had my heart set on… a Smeg fridge. Now I’m sure these fridges need no introduction they’re pretty iconic after all.
I spent ages lusting after one and eventually managed to get a really good deal on a second hand one. In the end up we got a giant Smeg cooker as well and these are two of my favourite items in the kitchen.

One thing we don’t have yet is a toaster (it’s not as inconvenient as you might imagine!) and I’m glad we waited. Why? Well it seems that Smeg are bringing our their very own range of small kitchen appliances including a super cute toaster that will match our fridge perfectly. I’m not too matchy-matchy with kitchen items but I think this will look great, and Smeg appliances are really great quality too so I expect it to last a long time. No word on prices as yet though…. *shudder*

More details on the appliances on the smeg site here.

Beauty Haul: Nuxe at M&S.

A while back I picked up some bits and bobs from the M&S beauty department. I’m really loving M&S beauty at the minute as my local store has a large department. Staff are normally super helpful (and not pushy!) and they do regular offers and free gifts which is definitely a bonus.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

My first stop was Nuxe. I decided to try the Reve de Miel Lip Balm after reading great reviews from other bloggers. As I expected the Lip Balm is great, it’s hydrating, protective, a nice consistency and lasts a long time before you need to re-apply. Yeah, it’s a little pricey for lip balm but the longevity of wear and small amount needed means that one wee tub should last ages. The only downsides I can think of would be that the jar may be breakable and you do need to apply with your fingers – not the most hygienic but not really something that has bothered me.

The Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream was super impressive. I have constantly dry hands and I’m always on the lookout for something that can remedy them. This does the job perfectly and the smell is just fantastic. The cream was lightweight, but very nourishing. It left my hands soft but with no dreaded greasy residue. I loved the signature scent so much I can definitely see myself picking up the body lotion and maybe shower gel to try in the near future. This is definitely on the repurchase list. Any downsides? The tube looks a bit bashed/tired from a couple of weeks in my handbag… but that probably says more about my handbag than the product!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail

As an added plus there was a free gift of a full size (200ml) Nuxe Rose Petal Toner. Whilst I do enjoy a toner I normally opt for an exfoliating version not a hydrating one such as this, but it really is lovely. The formula is gentle and doesn’t sting – even if you do get it too close to your eyes! For anyone worrying about a strong rose scent …. Don’t, there is just the slightest hint of powdery rose and it is really quite pleasant.

What are your thoughts on Nuxe products? Do you like shopping at M&S beauty? Let me know in the comments below!