Latest tales and pretty things

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kits


I’ve always wanted perfect teeth, lovely straight pearly whites as I have a pretty crooked tooth at the front of my upper teeth that annoys me when I smile and is something I’ve become increasingly self conscious of as I have got older.  I declined the option years back to have a brace fitted to straighten my teeth as I am a wuss at the dentist and petrified of having anything done.  I drink a fair bit of coffee and lately have noticed some unsightly staining on my teeth which despite using a lot of the leading high street teeth whitening toothpastes I just couldn’t shift.  So when the team at the professional home teeth whitening company Smile Brilliant got in touch about reviewing their custom teeth whitening kits I was keen to see if using a ‘professional’ solution would be more effective.

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Get a Birds Eye View and Win a Samsung Smart Camera!

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I’ve been part of the #birdseyebloggers team for several months now and as well as getting to taste lots of yummy Birds Eye products I also get to hear about some amazingly cool projects they have worked on.  One of these is the Birds Eye View exhibition in London which is all about capturing and celebrating the Great British mealtime.

To celebrate this photographic exhibition that took place last week I am excited to be able to give away a Samsung WB350F Smart Camera (White, 16.3MP, Optical Image Stabilisation, 3 inch LCD) to one lucky winner!  The exhibition Birds Eye View was all about documenting how the modern British family eat today.  I think Addi and I are really traditional, we sit down most evenings together and eat at a table.  We don’t eat on the sofa and I always try and cook fresh every day.  We love traditional puddings and our autumn favourites are a good rhubarb crumble and custard!

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Nanshy Masterful Collection Brushes Launch


Towards the end of last week a very special and much anticipated parcel arrived.  I’d had the email from their Marketing Director and nearly screamed in the office as this is a company I follow on Twitter and had wanted to work with for some time but never thought they would get in touch.  The company was Nanshy who make the most amazing cruelty free range of professional make up brushes.  Now I am by no means a professional make up artist, don’t proclaim to be an expert at make up or be that adventurous with it. I know what I like in terms of my brands (Illamasqua, Chanel, Benefit, BarryM, MAC, Stila and Eye of Horus) and I have always prided myself on being able to create a look that works for me and for occasions.  To even consider purchasing a set of professional make up brushes would for me be a complete luxury purchase and until last week my Real Techniques brushes had seemed to do a good job….

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#sleeptember with Silentnight


Insomnia has plagued my life for over a year now and it can be incredibly debilitating.  A few good hours sleep are like gold dust for me usually and so joining in the #sleeptember with Silentnight campaign was going to be one that would hold challenges for me and I was keen to see if any of the sleep aids that the team from Silentnight and The Bedding Company were sending would help me.

I was kindly sent a copy of Dr Nerina’s book ‘Tired but Wired’, a Deep Sleep duvet and pair of Deep Sleep pillows from the Silentnight range.  Timing was perfect for the new bedding after updating my bedroom with my gorgeous new wooden sleigh bed a few months back and the pillows were gorgeously plump when I released them from their plastic wrappings.  Each pair has been designed specifically to envelop you with a feeling of warmth, snugness and comfort – exactly what your bed should feel like.

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