We’re Going On Holiday!

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This is something I didn’t think I would be talking about this year but yes, me and Dane will be going on holiday this year! YAY!

Sadly it isn’t Japan like we would love, we can’t afford that right now. To be honest we can’t even afford this holiday we’re going on and we’re both lucky enough that my parents offered to pay for us to go as an early Christmas present.

So you’re probably wondering where we’re going? Well it’s nothing “special” but we’re going to Fuerteventura! As old readers will know it’s my second home, so although it’s somewhere I have been to time and time again I still love it just as much as I did the first time around.

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We’ll be going for 2 weeks, which will be lovely! It’ll be a relaxing holiday with loads of time at the beach, a bit of shopping, maybe have a go at surfing this time around and making sure to drink plenty of cocktails and have a great time!

I’m really excited to be honest. This week me and Dane have both been off work so it’s meant for the first time since we bought the house that we’ve been able to have the same time off together and spend loads of time together. I really miss these moments. I’ll be sad for us to both be returning to work after May Day bank holiday.

We have quite a wait until we go away but it’ll be worth it. I can’t wait to be honest! Just for the time being we’ll be saving up for our Euros. I want to try and take as much as I can so I don’t have to worry at all about running out of money.

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Until then I’m going to lust after bikinis, dresses, shorts and sandals that I can buy for the holiday! 😛 What do you do as prep before you go on holiday? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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I’m Hosting My First Twitter Chat!

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Oh and it is so damn exciting! AHHHH!

GirlBoss Network recently put a tweet out there on their Twitter account (obvs!) asking for people to come and host chats for them. Of course I dropped them a tweet and asked if I could take part soon if not in the future. They said in the future at the time but the next day I got a message on Twitter asking if I could host this Sunday!

I’m a mixture of excited and nervous. I’ve never hosted a Twitter chat before so I’m nervous about not doing things I should be, or that my questions will be lame. Of course I am excited to take part in a chat that I’m hosting.

I love taking part in Twitter chats, especially blog related ones. It’s lovely to be able to talk and discover new bloggers through the chats. Of late I haven’t taken part in as many chats as I used to, but I intend to change that as of this week!

So, MY Twitter chat? What’s the topic going to be I hear you all ask? Well it’s going to be geek and nerd themed, OF COURSE!!!

I’m going to try and think of some questions from tonight now that the chat topic is set in stone.

The chat will be hosted for an hour and starts at 12pm this Sunday (20/04/17) over on my Twitter account @maybeecoffee

If you’re wondering what the Twitter handle is for GirlBoss Network, it’s here @GirlBoss_Net

So yeah I thought I’d share this exciting little bit of news today instead of a usual blog post!

If you have any questions to ask about the Twitter chat I’ll be hosting then please ask away in the comments down below or over at my Twitter account (@maybeecoffee).

I hope everyone’s weeks are going well so far! Me and Dane both have a week off work to get on with some finishing touches on the house, including the garden, hanging up some pictures, blah, blah, blah. OH and whilst I was mowing this grass this afternoon it started to snow… 😛 It only went sunny AFTER it was finished. TYPICAL!!!

I’ll soon be writing a post about the artwork I have in the house, I’m so excited for that!

Would you guys like me to do a house tour next week if possible? Make sure to let me know!

Until next time take care all and have a lovely evening… Hopefully snow free! 😛

Happy Easter!

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I can’t for the life of me remember if I’ve ever written and wished my readers a happy Easter… Well no time for the present!

It’s late Easter Sunday now and me and Dane have had a really lazy day together. It was Dane’s birthday on Friday so we did contemplate doing a long weekend full of outings and nice things that he’d want to do for his birthday. Alas we didn’t really do that today.

As I did last year I baked Dane a birthday cake. Last year I made him a Deadpool cake and this year I decided to do an Easter nest cake to coincide with the Easter weekend. It turned out better than I planned and I loved making it. I’ve only had once slice so far, but I intend to polish off the last piece Tuesday on my day off of work.

Today consisted of playing retro games on my PlayStation 1 and 2, which was a lot of fun! Played some oldies such as Crazy Taxi, Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

I sadly didn’t get a copy of the Easter egg Dane bought before he smashed it and ate some, but we got a picture of mine! I haven’t eaten it still… It looks so cute and too nice to eat. 😥 I did however tuck into some Mini Eggs. Has to be done!

I also had myself a relaxing bath after starting out Easter Sunday dinner, which Dane finished off with a bit of assistance from myself.

For the first time ever I made my own roast potatoes and guess what? They turned out just as I hoped they would, if not better according to Dane! I’ve not made us a proper Sunday roast yet but I plan to give it a go very soon for my family. Me and Dane decided recently that for Christmas this year we’ll spend the day at home together and cook our Christmas dinner together. I know that’s a long way ahead to think of but it’ll be here again before we know it!

This Easter has been amazing and definitely one of my favourites. Not only was it Dane’s birthday, but we also spent a lovely long weekend together. We went for a birthday lunch with Dane’s parents, I baked his birthday cake, cooked our alternative Sunday dinner and we went to the Nature Centre in Birmingham together too and got to see the red pandas playing together.

It’s definitely been a weekend I’ve needed. The week after next we have a week off together to do fun things, as well as do some little finishing touches to the house. I honestly cannot wait.

Times like this remind me of how much I love Dane and just how much he means to me… Which is the world.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have had a lovely day, and weekend as a matter of fact.

Have you done anything special? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time take care all and I hope you enjoy the rest of the day.

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Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – Review

Boy has this review been a long time coming! Well any review lately considering I haven’t written one since February… Oops… If you’re curious why this is the case then make sure to go and read my latest post. It’ll all be explained there.

As the old saying goes, no time like the present and before I go to bed I am going to quickly type up this review! I’ve been thinking about what I’ve wanted to say on it for ages and after a lovely relaxing bath with a Lush bath melt and this on my face I know exactly what I want to say.

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I picked up the Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask by Elizavecca at the start of this year on my birthday. I had seen TK Maxx selling it online for months and at a bargain of £9.99 and I never bought one. I always left it thinking I would find one in one of their stores to pick up, but I never did. I’d always have a look for it as well whenever I went in! Of course I eventually found it and it was definitely worth the wait!

This face mask has been spoken about and raved by various beauty bloggers and I can see why. Not only is it a great mask for the skin but it’s really fun too! If you haven’t heard about what this face mask does I will of course be telling you in this review… As well as showing you.

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First of all I’ll quickly go into detail about the packaging. As you can see from the first picture it comes in a cardboard box but the product itself is in a round pot. My box has a sticker on it that tells you all of the information about the product in English, but various people I’ve read and watched talking about this product haven’t had any English directions on their packaging. I know you can pick this up from Amazon so if you do that just be aware yours may be all in Korean. You can always Google search what to do, or even look it up on YouTube.

There are some fakes of these floating around so be careful when ordering online, or even picking up in store. Elizavecca products have a special sticker on their products that say “ELIZAVECCA ORIGINAL” and an original number you need to scrape off to reveal. Snazzy, huh?

It doesn’t state how much product you actually get in the tub but it does say that it lasts 12 months from the product being opened, which seems good to me!

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Inside the pot itself you have a thick plastic lid that keeps the product protected as well as a white spatula for applying the mask to your face. I love that the mask comes with this tool as it makes it so much easier to apply to the skin!

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The plastic lid is vital for this product as it needs oxygen to get it to activate and work. This means you have to be quick when applying this to the skin. The longer you leave the plastic lid off the more oxygen will get to the product, which could leave you with a ruined face mask. Not what you want if you’ve spent a tenner on it!

As you can see from the face mask it is a dark grey colour and looks airy, almost like a mouse affect. It reminds me of a thick gel when applying to the skin and has a lovely cooling feeling, which will be great for hot summer evenings.

On the directions it states to apply evenly onto dry skin. After a while the mask will bubble up to twice it’s size! It states that it’ll do this in 6 minutes. After this time you are to apply a tiny bit of water to the mask and massage for 2 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.

I like to apply this face mask before a bath or shower so that it makes for it being washed off easier.

I decided to take some pictures when I applied this mask, after 3 minutes, after 6 minutes and after massaging the mask with water for 2 minutes. I didn’t bother getting any after pictures as there isn’t a noticeable difference. I will go into more detail about that though. By the way, please excuse any silly faces I made when taking the pictures. How could I not when I look like a rain cloud? 😛

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After application

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3 minutes after application

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3 minutes after application

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6 minutes after application

 

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After massaging for 2 minutes

As you can see from the pictures the mask does bubble up in a short period of time! I have to say when you first apply it to the skin and it starts to bubble, it’s really itchy! My nose always feels tingly and like I need to constantly itch at it. This is because the bubbles in the mask are popping and working to draw out any crap in your pores and skin.

Although this doesn’t show any visible evidence of doing anything to the skin, I do find that my skin feels lovely and soft after use, especially on my cheeks! I find it gives my skin a lovely boost of hydration too, which is what I needed throughout the chilly months at the start of this year.

I’ve used this face mask on Dane before as he wanted to give it a go himself. He was sort of my little guinea pig in seeing how it works on blackheads on the nose. Neither of us noticed anything different from before we applied the mask to when we washed it off, which was a shame. But even Dane said it made his skin feel lovely and soft which I was happy about.

Overall what do I think of this mask? I think it’s a fun addition for any face mask lover to add to their bathroom cupboard. I love using this once a month as a fun treat during a relaxing bath. I love Korean beauty products and I knew when I heard about this one that I would love it! Elizavecca is a great Korean beauty brand to try so keep your eyes peeled for her products in TK Maxx, they go for amazing prices in there!

If you want to pick up one of these masks for yourselves then that may be easier said than done. Whilst I even struggled to find mine I eventually did. These used to be available on Amazon quite a lot but sadly it now looks like the fakes have taken over. Make sure you’re not buying the fake mask! You’ll know it’s fake as that one has GREEN packaging whilst Elizavecca’s has GREY packaging. Same goes for the product itself. It will also have a completely different label and picture of the pig on the front.

What do you think of the bubble clay mask? Will you be giving it a go, or have you already? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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The Geeky Girl Tag

I’ve been on the lookout for a tag like this for ages and whilst going through my Bloglovin’ feed yesterday I found this one that Megan over at Life For Me Lately took part it. Well I’m a geek as regular readers will know so I thought I would give this tag a go myself. There are some questions I won’t be answering to be honest as they don’t appeal to me. I will explain why as and when I come to those of course. 😛

  • What is your must-have tech gadget?

As boring as it sounds definitely iPhone as it does so much stuff! Other than that I love my Nikon digital SLR and I class it as my baby. 😛

  • Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

I’m not a massive Harry Potter fan to be honest… Sorry! I always sway toward evil and mischief though so I always say Slytherin but my friends who love Harry Potter either say Gryffindor or Hufflepuff.

  • Who is your favourite Doctor?

I don’t watch Doctor Who. I’ve only ever watched one episode and that was because of how cute the Adipose were and I wanted to see them in a full episode for myself. I might be a geek but this just isn’t me. 😛

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  • If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

I’d love to have dinner with Deadpool. I would say Mexican food but he doesn’t actually like Chimichangas like everyone seems to think. I’d probably suggest pizza. You can’t go wrong with pizza. 😛

  • What is your gaming system of choice?

PlayStation 4 or 2DS. ALTHOUGH I do play Xbox One too. 😛

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  • If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’d want some sort of superpower to do with water. It’s always been a geeky fantasy of mine when it comes to write supernatural stories. I don’t know why. I guess I’d want to be a mermaid (and no not because it’s “trendy”!!!) who has the fins in the water but out of the water is a normal human being. BUT I’d want to kill bad people. 😛

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  • What is your favourite fantasy world?

I love Rapture from Bioshock to be honest. It’s inspired my writing before in the past due to the steampunk theme to it, as well as the grime and poverty style and aspect to it.

  • If you could be any fictional race, what would it be?

I’d just want to be human I suppose… Although being a mutant would be pretty cool. 😛

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  • Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars ALL THE WAY!

  • List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV series.
  1. Shaun of The Dead
  2. The Hobbit trilogy
  3. Deadpool
  4. Logan
  5. The IT Crowd
  • List your top 5 favourite video games.
  1. Any of the Pokemon games (although Silver is my favourite!)
  2. Bioshock trilogy
  3. Any of the Lego games (my favourite is The Hobbit)
  4. Minecraft
  5. Spyro 2

So that was the geek tag! I’ll paste the questions down below so you can easily copy and paste them yourself so you can have a go!

The questions are;
1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favourite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
7. What is your favourite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favourite video games.

If you do give the geeky girl tag a go then please make sure to let me know in the comments and leave links to your blog so I can read your answers!

Until next time take care all, the weekend is looming. 😛

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OMG Where Have I Been?!

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Eww I’ve not posted anything for just over a week now… You’re probably wondering why seeing as I haven’t been absent for that long on my blog for quite some time. Well, let me explain.

To be honest there isn’t all that much TO explain. I just haven’t really felt up to writing.

My mental health isn’t the best right now and hasn’t been for well over a month. I keep telling myself it’s nothing serious (I legit wrote “It’s not serious.” only to follow it up by saying “Well I don’t think so anyway!” fuck sake… I don’t know. I’m not a doctor!) but what do I know? At the end of the day I’m not well, mentally. Physically bar some bad eczema on my foot (was that too much information?…) and constant cold sores on my lips I’m fine.

All I have done the past week when coming home from work is snack on sweets, eat my dinner, read manga and go to sleep. I’m like a zombie right now. I know that’s due to my depression, which fucking sucks.

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Oh Aiden honey, I know those feels.

I haven’t been like this for a very long time. Nearly 3 years in fact. I know it isn’t as bad as before and I know how to get through it, but it’s hard. I am constantly tired and just want to mong out.

BUT I won’t. I have wanted to write, I have wanted to do things I love but my brain hasn’t allowed me. I am going to push myself to do more things I love and want to do, especially with writing for my blog.

I have loads of ideas for posts and I intend to get loads written today.

Me and Dane are watching Lord of The Rings all day and chilling out together, so you’ll have to stay tuned next week for what awesome posts will be up.

OH and we discovered that in the asian supermarket in Birmingham town centre they sell green tea and birthday cake Oreo’s, so we bought some. Let me tell you, the birthday cake ones are AMAZING!

Anyway… I hope all my lovely readers are well! Please feel free to write me a comment down below, or drop me to some love on my Twitter. You’ll find the link on the right hand side above my profile picture.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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My Perfect Galentine’s Day

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You’re probably wondering what Galentine’s Day is… Well I wondered the same thing myself recently when Eventbrite introduced me to the idea. I loved the idea and jumped at the chance!

Galentine’s Day is the day before Valentine’s Day and is a day to celebrate your best friends. I know what you’re thinking, another day, another “special” day for it. BUT I actually really like this idea as whilst Valentine’s Day to me is an excuse for shops to make money and couples to be even more sickly and soppy than they probably usually are this is a nice day to celebrate your best friends.

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When Eventbrite told me about what the day means I instantly thought about my best friend Gabriella and all the things we could do together on Galentine’s Day.

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With a week to go until Galentine’s Day I decided to come up with a list of things that me and Gabriella do on our days together and what you could do with your besties on Galentine’s Day too!

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First of all I’ll write what we would do if we go out.

  • As we live an hour’s journey away from one another it’s always good to have a long catch up over a cup of coffee… As well as a bitch. We love bitching. 😛
  • Depending where we go will depend where we go for coffee, but our coffee place of choice is always Starbucks! You can’t go wrong with a lovely Starbucks coffee.
  • If there’s any around we’ll always go into a geeky shop or two. Wolverhampton is one of our shopping places of choice and Forbidden Planet there is amazing! It’s not the tidiest Forbidden Planet in the world but you’ll always find some goodies in there. It’s like a jumble sale full of exciting things.
  • We always have a nose in Primark for any snug jumpers, or t-shirts we can pick up. In the past we’ve bought matching jumpers that resemble one that John Watson would wear in Sherlock. We’ve also bought matching pajamas, because why not, you can never go wrong with Primark pajamas!
  • We don’t just go and look around geeky shops though, we do also look in shops with Yankee Candles as we love them! Gabriella’s favourite is Season Of Peace, a Christmas scent and mine is Sweet Strawberry. We both dislike cinnamon scents, they give me massive headaches and I’m sure they do the same thing for Gabriella.
  • Talking about joint loves is always a must and lately we’ve both been talking about Yuri On Ice, a new anime to come out of Japan. I’ll pop a trailer about it above so you can see what it’s about for yourself.
  • Sometimes we’ll go for food at Nando’s, which is a habit we have tended to keep doing when we go shopping in Wolverhampton. Can never go wrong with a “cheeky Nando’s”… Eww did I really just say that???
  • Something I love about going out shopping with Gabriella is when we head back to mine or hers. Depending if we have food out or not will depend on food wise when we get in…

So the best thing to do on a girly day out is go shopping in both of your favourite shops, maybe buy yourselves a matching treat to remember the day! Keyrings are good, as well as clothing. As I said me and Gabriella have bought matching jumpers and pajamas before.

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Going for hot drinks is always a good thing if you want to have a long catch up, or a break from shopping. If it’s chilly outside it’s always great for having hot drinks! Although in the warmer months you may just want to drink colder drinks… Starbucks cold coffee and Frappuccino’s are the best for this!

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Then finishing the day off with a meal is always a nice way to rest after lots of shopping and gossip! Nando’s is one of our favourites.

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However not everyone wants to go out for the day. Maybe the weather is rotten and you want to stay in? Well this is how we would have the perfect Galentine’s Day girly evening!

  • If we don’t fancy going out we stay in and watch films and TV shows, play games, chill out and eat and cook yummy food.
  • In the past we’ve had a marathon of our favourite actor’s movies (two in particular are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy) as well as some of our favourite series, such as Sherlock and Lord of The Rings. We are yet to marathon The Hobbit trilogy.
  • We don’t just watch films and TV shows though, we also play games as well… Or we watch Dane play games and talk about whatever is on the screen. We’ve played the Lego games in the past… But we do mostly just watch Dane.
  • Whilst we do all the above things we have to have snacks and drinks! Some of our snacks of choice are Pringles, chocolate, soft drinks and of course coffee! We love coffee so much!
  • We also cook yummy food whenever we stay in and depending on our mood depends on what we cook. We’ve cooked pizza before but my favourite is Gabriella’s macaroni cheese recipe, which she recently showed me so I can make it from scratch at home. It’s the best macaroni cheese I’ve ever had and sadly I don’t make it as good as she does.
  • Of course we get into our comfiest clothes or pajamas and settle down for the evening. Sometimes I’ll light a candle but I always have a candle on in the house. Lately I’ve been burning salted caramel and mint chocolate scented candles.

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Sadly I won’t be able to see Gabriella on Monday so we made up for that by going out yesterday instead. We went to Trentham Gardens and walked around admiring all the dogs that people had taken with them. We of course had a look around the shops, grabbed something to eat for lunch, drank coffee and chilled out. It was lovely and I had an awesome day. This is where I’ve taken all the pictures for today’s post!

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Hopefully I’ll be able to have a proper girly day together with her soon. I’m so damn proud of Gabriella this past year as she has worked so hard for what she has right now and I knew everything would work out for her in the end. I am proud to call her my bestie. :’)

What would be your ideal Galentine’s Day? If you’ve got a lot of best friends and people to keep track of, whether it’s Galentine’s Day OR Valentine’s Day you could always set up your Galentine’s Day event and track registrations online. Make sure to let me know your Galentine’s Day plans in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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