14 Things I Love

Today is the soppiest day of the year, of course it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s definitely like Marmite… You either love it or you hate it, there is no in between really. Well I say that but I’m one of those in between people… I hate Valentine’s Day for various reasons, but I don’t love it. The only thing I like about it is being able to buy Dane a card and write a soppy as fuck message inside for him. I wasn’t going to this year, but alas on a mini food shop I ended up picking up a card. DAMN!

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So instead of a soppy post like some people may be posting today, I decided to write about 14 things I love instead… 14 stands for the date by the way. 😛

  1. Pokemon – Everyone knows this is one of the things I love and I have done for nearly twenty years now! I love every aspect about it including the games, anime, the figures, etc etc. I could go on about what I love about it. It’s just such an interesting series and is one of the many things that takes me back to my childhood. Mornings spent watching the anime on SM:TV Live, as well as playing the first and second generations on my Game Boy Color during the weekends off school and summer holidays.
  2. Perfume/fragrance – I love wearing perfume, even though on the rare occasion I won’t be in the mood for it, so I won’t wear it. I wear all sorts of different ones, but some of my favourites to name are Thierry Muglar Alien, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, DKNY Red Delicious, Gucci Envy Me and Dior Addict. I’m sure I can think of more than this mind!
  3. Food – I have always loved food, especially savory food. I would eat bags of crisps over a bar of chocolate any day! I love to eat food, cook food, watch food being cooked, thinking about food, everything you can think of to be honest. I especially love Japanese food, as well as Italian food as well. OH and you can never go wrong with American food as well. One of my favourite things to cook is probably my homemade piri piri fries, just because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them.
  4. Lipstick – As the only make up I wear is lipstick I love them so damn much. I love all sorts of lipsticks of course, especially liquid lipsticks. When I first starting to wear lipstick properly I opted for dark pink shades, which moved onto red, then various pink shades and lately I wear a lot of dark shades such as dark raspberry pink, various purple shades and even a dark purple/navy shade lately. I can only see me going darker too! I can’t stand nude shades or light pink, they don’t suit me at all and look awful on me.
  5. Holographic – I am a holosexual through and through and it reminds me of growing up as a teenager and wanting all these things… But sadly I wasn’t able to have them. Due to the whole 90’s trend coming back, of course holographic stuff has too. I only really pick up any holographic goodies if I really like the look of the, and I don’t know why but the holographic look just makes me so happy!
  6. Foxes – These are my favourite animals with dogs and otters coming second and third. I don’t know what it is about them that I love, maybe it’s that they’re ginger… Maybe it’s that they’re cunning… Maybe it’s because they’re fluffy? I don’t know but I think they’re beautiful animals!
  7. Studio Ghibli – One of my favourite anime film studios and the same place that has made one of my favourite films, Spirited Away. I love how creative and unique the stories and characters are that come out of Studio Ghibli, as well as how beautiful the art style is as well. Me and Dane own all of the Ghibli movies to date and I love watching them throughout the year, but especially with people who have never seen them before. I love seeing people fall in love with them.
  8. Lady and The Tramp – I do like Disney but there’s only a handful of the films that I really love and fan over. Lady and The Tramp is my favourite Disney film and one I’ll always keep close to my heart. I just remember watching it when I was a little girl and falling in love with Lady, Tramp and the other dogs. Jock is definitely one of my favourites too! The story is just beautiful and at the time was probably a story line seen in romantic movies, so the fact they brought it to a children’s film was so good.
  9. Goodsmile Company Nendoroid’s – These are little figures based on Japanese anime and manga series, however it has shifted more over to the Western trends such as Disney movie characters (Frozen, Star Wars, Marvel etc) and even some game characters (Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, etc). Both me and Dane LOVE Nendoroid’s and we are constantly eyeing up new ones to buy… They’re not cheap though so they’re definitely a treat whenever we get any. I need to do a post soon about which ones we’re both lusting after.
  10. Duvet Days – This is definitely something I love! I don’t get them as much as I used to due to being busy with work, or the house, or other things. BUT saying this I am currently sat up in bed typing up this post, watching The Last Leg. At this moment in time I cannot possibly complain. 😛 I just love duvet days where I can lie in bed for at least 3 hours on my iPhone scrolling through YouTube and Instagram. These make perfect weekend mornings for me.
  11. Coffee – As a trained barista I love knowing how to make a perfect cup of coffee, but do you know what is even better? Having my own coffee machine to make coffee shop style coffee at home! I LOVE IT! Apart from loving coffee in that way, I also love coffee flavoured things, as well as coffee beans covered in chocolate. I am that weirdo who loves the coffee Revels and Roses. 😛
  12. Bubble baths – I swear I was a mermaid in a previous life! Before all these trends of “being a mermaid” came around I always joked about this. I LOVE baths and I could spend hours in the bath reading books, scrolling through YouTube and Instagram on my phone, and even doing some writing in my journal. Even as a child and teenager I would sit in the bath for hours on end and just add more hot water whenever I felt chilly. Showers I’m not so arsed about, but baths are just heaven to me! I’ve always had a fascination with water too and I don’t know why to be honest, so much so I’ve written stories about water before and various novels as well.
  13. My best friend Gabriella – I mentioned her recently on my Galentine’s Day post, which you can read here. I’ve known Gabriella for nearly 10 years now and I tell you it has FLOWN by! But I love her so much, she is like a sister to me and we get on so well. We talk daily and whether we’re feeling great or like shit we’re always there for each other no matter what. We’ve both supported each other the past month about different things and if I’m ever in the shit and need someone and Dane isn’t around, I know she’ll be there for me no matter what. I love her so much. :’)
  14. Dane – I said Valentine’s Day is soppy but I don’t recall saying there wouldn’t be any on here… 😛 But of course I love Dane. He’s my boyfriend, my best friend, my soul mate and the best person I have ever met. He’s always there for me no matter what and even when I’m a miserable bitch and take stuff out on him, he’s always there to give me a cuddle and be understanding of whatever has happened. I just love him so much, I can’t even describe it. He’s my light in the dark, the apple to my pie and as I’ve started to joke, the stink to my fart. 😛

So those were 14 things I love! I’m sorry this post isn’t anything special but I wanted to do something for today but only worked something out at the last minute. 😛

What 14 things do you love? Please make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and whatever you’re doing today, have a lovely day. ^_^

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What I Got For My 27th Birthday

I can’t believe I hadn’t yet thought about doing this post… Until now! Whilst chilling on the sofa and enjoying a well deserved Sunday lazy day I thought, “Hey! I never wrote a post about what I got for my birthday!” and I surprised myself. I mean I wrote a wish list so why not add a post about what I actually got?

Well better late than never… It has been over a week though since I turned 27… Oh dear. Maybe with age I am forgetting? 😛

These presents above are a mixture of gifts I received from Dane and his parents.

My favourite gift from his parents was this beautiful fox figure for the garden. I’ve been after something like this for quite some time now but hadn’t yet found anything I wanted and if I did it was shockingly priced (those are treats for in the summer when we do up the garden!) so I was really happy to get this. The detailing is gorgeous and it’s now sat outside by the back door. I hope we get some foxes in our garden when the weather improves… I love them so much!

Dane’s parents bought me some lovely gifts but I was especially happy to see four volumes of Your Lie in April manga inside of one of the gifts (which was actually on my wish list!). Apparently I was meant to receive the Azumanga Daioh manga instead but I already owned this manga so Dane is going to send that book back to Amazon. Oops. 😛 With the manga was an iPad holder from IKEA and a can of red spray paint. I had said how Dane’s moms was really nice but how I would want one in red. So that’s why I had a red can of spray paint. I’m going to definitely be spraying it when we have a nice day!

Then we have the gifts that Dane bought for me! Above as you can see there are four volumes of Your Lie in April BUT there is also the box on the far right which is the Blu-ray for the anime series of Your Lie in April. I’m so happy to have it as the art for the box is beautiful and it’s limited edition which makes me even happier!

As well as getting Your Lie in April manga I also got the first two volumes of Paradise Kiss manga! AHH! I love Nana which is written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa who is also the person behind Paradise Kiss. I’ve watched a little bit of the manga and I really enjoyed it, so I know I’m going to love the manga just as much. Sadly like Nana they’re not easy to find and when you DO find them they aren’t exactly cheap… We shall see what the future holds in terms of picking the rest of the manga up as there are five volumes in total so I only have three more to pick up.

My final present from Dane (that I got on the day anyway…) and my main one is this gorgeous Frozen Elsa Nendoroid! I had shown Dane her ages ago as she was on sale on a website we buy Japanese items from and bless him he went and ordered her. I had a feeling I was going to get a Nendoroid for my birthday but I didn’t think it would be Elsa! I’m not one of these obsessed Frozen fans but as soon as she was announced years ago I KNEW I had to have her. She’s gorgeous and so beautiful to look at and I know I’ll need to get Anna soon to go with her. I swear I need to do a collection post about mine and Dane’s Nendoroid’s soon as we have twenty now and counting. 😛

For my birthday in the evening we went out for a meal for both mine and my moms birthday as hers is the day after mine! We went to Frankie & Benny’s and had a lovely meal, drinks and had a right laugh! It’s a shame we didn’t get to do much else. The next day however me and Dane went to Peak Wildlife Park which was amazing! However we left pretty late so didn’t get to spend all day at the park like we wanted to. We intend to go back in the spring.

But on with more gifts! My mom didn’t buy me anything and instead gave me some money whilst my dad and brother both bought me some charms for my Thomas Sabo bracelet, which I got for Christmas from my mom (which you can read about here).

They both bought me some lovely charms and ones I had set my eyes on on Christmas Day when I was seeing what charms I could get in the future! My brother bought me both the robin and the lucky cat (which I recently found out is called a maneki-neko!) and they’re both so eye catching and different. The maneki-neko has definitely had loads of compliments and questions as to what it is.

Then on a daughter and dad day at the start of the week my dad bought me the fox charm which I’d hoped he would be able to get me. He also offered to buy me another charm too but sadly I didn’t see anything I was after in particular so we left it for another time.

I’m really loving how my Thomas Sabo bracelet is turning out! I’ll be writing up a wish list post for future charms in the next week or two.

This was one of my belated birthday presents from Dane, which he was intending on keeping a secret but wasn’t 100% sure if I wanted it still. I’ve been waiting for this game to come out for almost ten years and finally in late 2016 it came out! However whilst I was going to pre-order it and have it straight away Dane put me off due to some reviews he had heard about which were bashing the game and putting it down. This being said there were more positive reviews than negative and he bought it for me when it went down in price. Sadly due to so many people buying it we had to wait a couple of weeks for it to come out. It has been totally worth it though! We’ve been playing it together since we got it last week and I love it.

This is one of the final presents I got… I say got but I wasn’t gifted it. My aunt gave me some money for my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a new water bottle with the money. This is from The Disney Store and as you can see it’s a Baymax water bottle. It’s so amazing and I love it so much! I mostly use it for work as I like to keep hydrated during my shifts. It’s screw cap and fits a good amount of water in. I try to drink at least two of these a shift (I work 8 hours a day btw…) which I think is a pretty good goal! You can also pop lemons into this too but as of late I haven’t bothered with drinking lemon water. It’s something I’ll start doing again very soon.

So those were my presents I got (or bought with money…) for my birthday this year! I loved all my presents and I can’t say that I have a favourite… Although I do love how my Thomas Sabo bracelet is turning out! I loved everything though to be honest. I loved getting more manga to read, a fox figure for my garden, money and geeky things!

I just want to thank not just my family and friends for helping me have a lovely birthday this year, but mostly Dane for always being there for me. I’m so excited to start 2017 in our home and I’m even more excited for all the adventures we’re going to have this year.

How are all my readers doing? I miss your faces! Leave me some love down below or over at my Twitter (@maybeecoffee)/

Until next time take care all and I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!

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My Online Dating Story…

So this is the post I was telling readers to expect today. It has taken me some courage to write this up, and yet I don’t know why. I met my boyfriend through an online dating website, and whilst many would feel embarrassed or ashamed of it, I’m actually fine with that. A lot of people laugh when they hear that we met that way, or pull a funny face. I assume because a lot of people associate online dating with TV shows such as Jeremy Kyle, and documentaries on Channel 4 about people who meet online on a rainy Sunday morning, have sex by the afternoon, and then are talking to someone else by the evening. Seriously, that isn’t how online dating works… Maybe some people ARE on those websites for just one thing, but we must remember that not everyone is.

So I am here to this evening to share my story, so grab yourself a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits, and prepare for a long read.

Back in April/May 2013 me and an old friend decided to sign up for a dating website (not going to name which one!) for a laugh. We didn’t intend to meet anyone on it, as it was purely for a laugh after another old friend telling me how much fun the website was, and how many people you meet on there. The thought of online dating frightened the hell out of me, for obvious reasons. First of all the thought of putting a picture of myself out there was the worst. I constantly worried that someone would steal my picture and use it on the same website, or even another one to pretend to be me. That was really scary! But then I realised at the time that I posted pictures of me on my blog all the time, so people could have stolen those, so why would a dating site be any different? So I went for it, and put up a picture. Only one! I refused to put up anymore.

Alongside popping up a picture, it’s also rather awkward writing up about yourself. I don’t know anyone who likes writing about themselves, especially when it comes to selling ourselves to someone, especially when it comes to applying for jobs, so selling yourself to a possible future partner is a challenge, and one we all have to tackle at some point or another. However, I found with online dating that it was worse as you need to try and make yourself sound really good, and awesome so that someone will message you. Especially someone with mutual interests.

So after I set up my profile, it was just time to wait, as well as have a look around the website for people who I may have liked myself. After eyeing up a couple of people, and getting the encouragement to message them, a small part of the fear began to disappear… Alongside the pictures, and about you section, another huge fear is actually talking to people on the website, especially if they’re gorgeous!

An issue I encountered with online dating is the amount of odd messages you receive. I did at first write “weirdos” but that isn’t exactly a nice thing to say… But that is how it felt at the time. I would get messages that reminded me of essays, they were THAT long, and they were all full of soppy style words and phrases that were clearly written to try and win me over. They didn’t work… Of course it was easy to ignore these messages, but when they were sent twice a day, maybe even three times, the block button got used.

If you weren’t being messaged like this, you were messaged by guys who did just want one thing, which of course was boring, and annoying. Especially annoying when they got offended if you said you weren’t interested in that kind of thing. My profile didn’t exactly state that I wanted fun. It did state I wanted something serious, so someone messaging me asking if I wanted to go over was just urgh… Yawn! Again, those people got ignored.

I had one guy message me who just wanted company, which was somewhat sweet. He wasn’t even bothered about a relationship, or even sex, but he just wanted a friend to talk to as he was lonely. He was a cool guy, someone I could have called a really good friend. I was sad to say bye to him when I deactivated my account to be honest, as he stated he wouldn’t find anyone else to talk to. I’m sure he has since then, and I hope he has met a lovely girl too, as he really did deserve one.

Another person was pretty clingy, something I disliked a lot. He went on holiday and said how he was paying £2 a day to talk to me… Guilt tripping me much? Either way he was a bore, and I only replied to his messages because I didn’t wish to be rude. He wasn’t creepy, or rude, or interested in one thing, so I didn’t feel the need to be rude and ignore any messages he sent… Although I did eventually because I started talking with Dane, my boyfriend.

He messaged me first, and I can’t exactly remember what he said other than hello, his name, that we shared similar interests, and he hoped I would reply. Which I did, of course. The first thing I thought when I looked at his profile was that he was ginger! I also noticed that he was from Coventry, and that we had a hell of a lot in common! He had a lot more pictures than me on offer and the first picture I saw of him really did make me say, “ooo he’s lovely!” out loud.

We messaged loads, and I mean LOADS. Then during a weeks holiday at my friend Gabriella’s old flat, he asked for my number, and from there we both left the online dating website behind and started to text loads. A couple of weeks later, we met up in Birmingham for the first time, and from there we have become what we are now.

It was when we were officially together we decided to delete the profiles we had made, considering that we didn’t need them anymore. I was so pleased to delete it, but as I already mentioned it was sad to say bye to the one guy on there. Which was sad as he said he would be lonely from then on, but that he was happy I had met someone on the website and wished me all the best.

Of course when I first started talking to Dane and met him for the first time, I told my parents a little white lie. I told them that we had met at a gig years previous and had decided to meet up as we had only spoken online since meeting. They believed it of course, as I know a lot of my closest friends due to the wonders of the internet. Eventually I told them the truth, and they admitted that they didn’t fully believe my story but that it was alright. Although at the time they would have disapproved due to the stigma behind online dating. I luckily never experienced anything bad, and I think I was pretty lucky to be honest.

Out of the handful of guys who spoke to me, I only ever gave Dane my mobile number, and met up with him. He seemed like the most truthful and sincere person I had spoken to, and the one with the least background issues too. He was just laid back, able to chat, and wasn’t pushy. Perfect material for online dating!

So, would I recommend online dating? Yes, and no. Yes in the sense that it can be fun for a laugh, hell maybe even something serious. I only joined it for a laugh, and it resulted in me meeting what I think is my soul mate, and the love of my life. I would also say yes as it’s something that doesn’t hurt to try and hell if you don’t like it, you can delete it. I would also say no because I don’t know if it is for some people. I found it wasn’t exactly for me and I just happened to have Dane find me, but I didn’t feel it was going anywhere before then. I was close to deleting it before then. The thought of that creeps me out, because I may not have found Dane, and I don’t even know where my life would be without him… Nowhere really.

So as well as this being my online dating story, I wanted to bring Dane into this to share from a man’s point of view about what it’s like, and how his experience was with it.

I suppose I should start off by saying I began online dating by making a joke profile. I’m not proud of it but I stole some pictures from Imgur and created this elaborate story and background for this hyper-christian creation. It was a response to killing the time and helping a friend amend her online profile (another friend and I had gone round to cheer her up after a bad time dating). Subconsciously I think it was for myself to be able to test the waters of online dating with a facade before putting myself on there as well as out of resentment for those successful more attractive people out there. I would have never intentionally hurt anyone, built anyone’s hopes up or made any malicious comments, it was really just to be a bit weird and play with people. I suppose there was no real chance of me preventing people getting hurt and I do regret it due to the thought of what it could have done to someone. Upon viewing a lot of women’s profiles and making feeble attempts at being weird I was actually intrigued by the ladies on the website. So I did the right thing and deleted Mr. Christian (I don’t remember the name I gave him, probably something stupid) and created my own profile.

I put as many cool and interesting photos up, plenty of me snowboarding and looking dapper in a suit. All my good sides. I don’t think I changed the photos at all during my time on the website which was completely opposite to my own description. That was probably overhauled many many times, ranging from trying to sound cool and uninterested to way too much detail to crappy attempts at humour. One thing that I always made clear, as if people couldn’t tell from my pictures, was that I had ginger pub… hair. It was just too hard to try and work out what people would like about me and you always thought it wasn’t good enough.

I don’t know about other people’s experiences but I was always the one to instigate conversation. I know that a lot of my female friends were barraged with all sorts of messages. Typical reaction on the internet as men can be fucking weird. There were some pretty ladies on there but as with going out and meeting people I would always feel like they were out of my league. Hell, even Nat looked that way to me. I did pluck up the courage to message some women and got a few replies, but most went nowhere. It took me a while before I found Natalee and I really can’t remember how it started but we are still going strong after two years. I wont say soppy stuff as I don’t see the point in putting it out on the internet. She knows she means the world to me and I love her to bits.

I’m going to put it out there and say dating is way harder for men than it is for women (see above gif). There are so many expectations for both sexes but until I met Natalee I always felt like I was the one chasing and doing all the hard work. We just clicked and it worked for us. If you’re looking for someone, don’t hesitate to put yourself out there. Be it on the inter-webs or in a dingy nightclub. Unless you resemble Charles Manson both aesthetically and personality wise there is someone for everyone. And as the great ginger Tim Minchin sings “If I didn’t have you, someone else would surely do”.

So that was mine, and a little bit of Dane’s online dating story. Ours, in a nutshell.

Have any of my readers tried online dating? Have you met your other half thanks to it? If so, please share your stories with me! I would love to read them.

Until next time however, take care all and have a great evening.

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Lush Kalamazoo Beard & Facial Wash – Review

This week I’m handing over my Lush review over to my boyfriend, who is going to be talking about Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash, which of course I can’t review considering I don’t have a beard… 😛 Over to you Dane!

Howdy! As you may know I am a man and with being a man it means I have some facial hair. In my need to express my manliness I have wanted my beard to become long and flowing like a wizard’s, or plaited and magnificent like a legendary viking or dwarf. With every attempt at growing facial hair there is always the horrible itchy stage before it starts to really take shape. I always struggle with that and end up shaving it all off or picking it all out at work. It makes it more difficult that I sport the goatee look and need to keep my beard well-groomed and shaped. I have more of a neck-beard than an actual beard and have to work with what I have but I still want that glorious length.
I desperately searched (ahem, Natalee searched) for something to ease the discomfort and spoke to some heavily bearded friends to get some advice on how to get past it. Most said grin and bear it like a man but I prefer the easier route, like most people. Some suggested beard oils but no specific products were recommended and I had no idea where to look. Natalee suggested I have a look in Lush, I was very skeptical at first due to personal views on the brand, but after she went out of her way to grab me a sample of Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash I became intrigued and decided to give it a go.

For the first few days of using it I wasn’t that impressed as I was stingy with the amounts I was using. It smelled pretty good and got rid of the mucky and greasy feeling that you usually get when you wake up in the morning. I just thought it was a bog standard face wash, nothing special and I didn’t see what the hype was about the product. Wanting to know what all the fuss was about I decided to use a big dollop of it and really give my face a good scrub and massage to ensure my face took in all the goodness, as well as my facial hair. After I rinsed it off I noticed a hell of a difference! My bit of chin fluff felt like I was stroking a mass of puppies clinging to my chin and my mustache flowed like kittens had nestled under my nose. You may realise I am slightly exaggerating but it did feel really good! It also left my skin feeling squeaky clean, and soft. Hence why I didn’t just go out and buy a small tub of the stuff, but a big tub of it too!

It has a consistency that you would expect from a tub of thick white goo. If you hold the tub upside down it won’t come dripping out anytime soon. It’s a creamy consistency, which means it won’t lather up when you rub it on the skin. Due to how thick this is, a little does actually go quite a long way as it you massage it in but I personally always feel the need to get a little bit extra just to rub into my beard and mustache. To give it that extra bit of time to work its magic I leave it a minute to soak and then rinse it out.

This smells really fruity, which makes a change when it comes to men’s facial wash. They usually have nice smells, yes but they’re always of mint (which I don’t overly like) or something manly. I like my sweet scents, so this was right up my street. It contains pineapple juice, apricot oil, lime oil, and orange oil, which gives it its light fruity scent.
I find it quite comical that this contains pineapple, as we all know that pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain which is a digestive aid. That’s why when you eat pineapple your mouth feels funky, you’re essentially eating yourself from the inside out. I suppose that’s why it’s used in this wash as it helps eat away all the muck and grease. As well as the flesh-eating pineapple enzyme you will also find almond, apricot and jojoba oils which helps with keeping my face and beard so soft. Yeah I don’t know so much about that stuff, it clearly seems to be working for me though.
As well as keeping my face and beard soft, this has really helped reduce the amount of ingrown hairs I get on my face. Something that Natalee has noticed (considering she is my groomer). I’ve not as of yet found anything that helped my ingrown hairs until now, and all men out there who grow facial hair will know how much of a pain in the arse ingrown hairs can be.

Now I own the tub I make sure to use enough that I am happy with how my face and facial hair feel afterwards. I do think I am using a little too much however, and have cut down how much I’ve been using. I’m not even halfway through the tub and I’ve owned it a month now! That’s pretty good really, especially considering I bought the smaller of the two sizes you can pick up (the bigger tub is pictured here). I first picked up the 100g tub, which cost me £6.75. This does also come in a bigger tub which I picked up recently and is 240g and costs £12.25. At first I regretted not picking up the bigger tub, but I just wanted to test this out at first. My reason for picking up the big tub was so I could keep it at Natalee’s to use whilst there. My beard can feel uncomfortable if I don’t use this product in the morning, which just goes to show how much of an impact it has had on my face and beard, as well as how much I love it.

I don’t know much about many other products so it’s not fair for me to judge and say it is entirely worth it as there may be a cheaper alternative out there that works better, but there most likely is, there always is. For me though, at this present time I am pleased with Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash and until someone shoves a new thing in my face to try I will most likely stick with it and recommend it to others to give it a go. Lush do say that you don’t need a beard to use this product, but that it helps, so I’m pretty sure women could try this out too!

A picture of me in my Totoro onesie after using Kalamazoo

So that was Dane’s review of Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash! I’m really happy that he has decided to join my Lush reviews, as it is always great to gain a man’s perspective of beauty products like Lush, especially when it comes to products designed specifically for men. He has loved this product since picking it up and I’m really pleased.
Guys, will you be giving this product a go for your beards? Hey, maybe this could be a great Christmas present for parents, siblings, other halves, etc? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below!

Until next time, take care all and have a great weekend.

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My Pandora Collection Part 3 – My First Bracelet

This is the third and final post from my Pandora series and I’m so glad that I finally got around to doing it, because I have wanted to for as long as I can remember. This post will be talking about my first Pandora bracelet and by far my favourite piece in my collection for many, many reasons!

This bracelet doesn’t just symbolise me as a person, but it also reminds me of my boyfriend, and my family whenever I look at it because it is just full of them. I only have room for another six or seven charms now, and as soon as this is filled, I’ll need to get another bangle bracelet so I can start filling that one up too.

However, until then I will be talking about the charms I have so far. I first spoke about my bracelet last February and since then I’ve added eight charms, so I have a lot to talk about! I will briefly go over the ones I have covered in the past, but most of the detail will go into my newer ones. If you would like to read about the other charms in more detail, here’s the link to the February post.

Like I did a couple of days ago with my second bracelet, I’ll be going right to left again. This is the order that I received the charms.

  • Owl, Cat and Letter N

These three charms were on the bracelet when I received it and only recently did I realise that the owl and cat charm could associate with the poem The Owl and the Pussy-Cat which really does make me smile, even if deep down that isn’t the meaning behind them. Of course my name is Nat, so it starts with an N. These were ideal first charms for this bracelet.

  • Mrs Hedgehog and Bunny

These were the first charms I received from my dad for Christmas 2013. Sadly they were surprises as I chose them myself, but they do have a lot of meaning behind them. As a child I always associated Mrs Tiggy Winkle with my gran, and as she passed away in 2013, this charm was a must. It reminds me of both her and my dad whenever I look at it, and that makes me happy. As for the bunny charm, it doesn’t really have much meaning behind it. I just really liked the look of it. I think it’s a special edition from Easter that has seemed to stick around.

  • Waving Cat and Elephant

These are both charms I received for my 24th birthday, the cat from my boyfriend, and the elephant from my dad. My boyfriend has always known how much I want a lucky cat so he bought this for me, which meant a lot. It’s also the charm that started up a colour scheme for my bracelet which I loved. The elephant is from my dad, it was my choice again and I fell in love with it when I saw it. This is apparently discontinued now, but the website doesn’t state this. Either way it’s a fat cuddly looking elephant and it makes me happy.

So now I can finally tell you all about my newer charms!

  • Mouse In The Cup

This was a present from my boyfriend for our first anniversary together and it meant a lot. I knew I would going to be getting it, as hard as he tried to make it a surprise. I’ve always wanted this charm and it would only be right for my boyfriend to buy it for me. It is one of my favourite charms for many reasons, but most of all because it was such a special time for us both. We went to Bristol for our anniversary and we loved it. We had an amazing time and since then and a year later I crave to go back. The detail on this charm is gorgeous from the pattern on the cup, the writing “be mine” on a heart by the mouse, to the little nose of the mouse.

  • Angel and Telephone Box

These were the second set of charms my dad bought for me for Christmas in 2014 and this time, I didn’t pick. They have a lot of meaning behind them that nearly made me cry when he told me on Christmas Day. “The angel symbolises what you are to mean and the telephone shows you can call me whenever you need.” As on the bottom of the telephone box it says, “call me” which means a lot. It also has a red Union Jack on the top which is a really nice touch and once again adds some more colour to my bracelet, which at the time was looking to be red. One of my favourite colours to wear! It is just really thoughtful and lovely. My family aren’t the type to show their feelings and emotions often, but when it comes to Christmas and birthday’s they really do shine.

  • Snowboarder and Camera

These are both birthday presents, one from my boyfriend and one from his parents. The snowboarder is from my boyfriend as he’s a snowboarder and thanks to him I have wanted to get into it for ages, and even went for my first class at the start of the year. It’s a dangle charm and the first one to become an addition to my bracelet. The snowboard has red on the top, which isn’t showing very well in these images, sorry. The camera is from his parents, something I have wanted ever since I first got a Pandora bracelet. My mom has the camera charm and now I have it to match! My boyfriends parents know how much I love my photography so they bought me this, and it’s such gorgeous detail. On the back it has all the buttons a digital SLR would have, and even a screen. I love it!

  • Teal Faceted Murano and Seahorse

These are both charms I picked up whilst I was on holiday. The bead I bought for myself as a treat, the seahorse from my dad for my 25th birthday. I have wanted these charms ever since they were released last summer whilst I was in Bristol, and I nearly bought myself a necklace and the seahorse charm. I’m glad I never! These have added some more colour to my bracelet, and also remind me of Fuerteventura, my second home. The bead reminds me of the sea, and pools, which I love swimming in. I’m sure in a second life I was a mermaid (everyone claims this)! As for the seahorse, it’s such beautiful quality and for how small it is, has such gorgeous detailing.

  • Bear Hug

This is the charm that my boyfriend bought for our second anniversary at the start of the month. He bought it whilst we were on holiday, as due to it being a no tax island, you do save quite a significant amount of money. It’s a gorgeous teddy bear couple, holding a gold heart. So cute and symbolises how our love has blossomed since we first got together. I love it so much and I am rather sad that this couldn’t work on the necklace chain he bought me, but I would prefer it on my bracelet. This bracelet means so much to me, and isn’t just about me but all about the special people in my life. Including him. I just love it so much and have been showing it off as much as possible since getting it.

So that’s my first Pandora bracelet and by far my favourite piece of jewellery to date! I can’t wait to have it filled one day. I just wonder what will appear on it next!

What do you think of this bracelet? Which charm is your favourite? Also, do you own any of these charms? I would love to hear what the charms on your bracelets mean!

I hope you have all enjoyed this mini series, I know I’ve loved it.

Until next time, take care all.

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My Pandora Collection Part 2 – My Second Bracelet

So as I promised a few days ago, I would be doing my three part series about my Pandora jewellery and here is post two! I’ll be talking about the second Pandora bracelet I received from my parents as a random gift. Well, I say random but it has some meaning behind it. They bought it for me as a gift to me starting back on sorting my career out when I started my MA in September. It was a very generous gift and I was surprised when I was given it.

Since I got it in September, I have added two more charms to it, again gifts from my mom, which is lovely of her.

This is the bracelet I’ll wear if I don’t want to wear anything too “in your face” or heavy, as my first bracelet is pretty heavy due to all the charms on it.

I’ll be talking in some detail about which charms are on the bracelet, and the meaning behind them, as they all have meaning. This is something I love about Pandora the most. You can look at someone’s bracelet and get an understanding about the person due to what charms they have on there. I’ll be going right to left.

  • Study Book

Due to starting university when I was given this bracelet, of course there would be a studying charm on here and what better than this cute little study book charm? It has an owl on top of the first book, who is wearing a little graduation cap. On the bottom of the last book it says “study”. The detail of the books is gorgeous.

  • Openwork Butterfly

This is somewhat random, but nonetheless it’s a gorgeous charm and the butterflies just look pretty. I think my dad stated that he chose this charm as it’s girly and reminded me of him. Very sweet.

  • Fairy Pixie

Another somewhat random charm, but one my parents really liked due to the little fairy holding a gold heart. Something different and it really does compliment the design of the charm, and the silver. It looks like Tinkerbell, which most girls associate with and think is cute. I’m not one of those girls. 😛 Either way, I love this charm, it’s my favourite one on this bracelet.

  • Theatre Mask

Due to taking drama in my undergraduate degree, my parents knew they had to get this for me. Also due to my love of acting and writing plays they loved it for that too. It doesn’t just have the happy mask, but the sad mask too, and on the top it says, “To be or not To be” which really does make this a special charm for me.

  • Crown

This and the next charm are both part of a set that my mom bought on the plane back from holiday at the start of the year. They don’t exactly have much meaning to them, but the thought was lovely of course. She joked stating, “you’re like my little princess so I guess that can work!” which made me laugh. Bless her!

  • Pandora Bag

This is the charm that came with the Crown and out of the two I like this one more. Only because I love shopping and I love Pandora! My mom said it was this charm that drew her into picking up the set of charms as whilst we were on holiday together we shopped, a lot! So she said it reminded her of the holiday. It is such gorgeous detail for such a simple charm too, which I love.

So that is my second Pandora bracelet! What do you think of it? Which charm do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all, take care.

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My Pandora Collection Part 1 – My Necklace

Over the past couple of years I appear to have grown a small collection of Pandora jewellery and recently for my anniversary I appear to have added another to my collection.

I won’t be talking in detail about each piece here, however I will be talking about my necklace today as it was the newest piece to join my collection. Overall there will be three parts for this, part one being my necklace, part two being my university bracelet and part three being my first bracelet.

I would talk about everything in this post but that would mean it would be WAY too long. This is a set of posts I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but I’ve always just left it as I wanted to get some more charms on my main bracelet as I only spoke about it last year. But since then I’ve added eight more, which is a lot!

I am incredibly lucky to have as many charms and such as I do and I love them all equally for many reasons.

The one item I will talk about today is the gorgeous necklace that my boyfriend bought me for our two year anniversary.

He bought the charm whilst we were on holiday, as due to the island being tax free, he could pick it up pretty cheap! He bought me the chain in this country though. It was so hard to try and find the perfect chain and although this isn’t perfect (for a couple of reasons that I will go into) it is gorgeous nonetheless!

The charm for my necklace has had to be changed from the a cute little teddy couple my boyfriend originally put on it because it is just too heavy for the chain, and due to this the teddies kept turning upside down. Rendering it pointless. However, it now has a place on my main bracelet which I’m pleased about. In its place is now a cute little bow charm my dad bought me back from a holiday on the island last year. It works perfectly on the chain and is really petite and girly, which I like.

I’ve wanted a necklace for ages and have eyed up loads in the past, but this one is perfect for me now, and since our anniversary a week ago I’ve worn it loads and it’s something I fall in love with each time I wear it.

Do you own, or wish to own one of Pandora’s necklaces? Let me know in the comments!

I’m so excited for this mini series, and I hope you guys are too.

Until next time, take care all.

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