Monday, 21 August 2017

Exotic Escapes with Mandara Spa

Going to a spa every week isn't practical for many of us so the at home spa experience has become increasingly popular in recent years. I'm a huge fan of having the ultimate at home spa experience with some trustworthy products and I swear by Mandara Spa for those extra special days. The new Mandara Spa Exotic Escape Collection takes inspiration from the pampering spa rituals of Indonesia, featuring four products you're going to want to add to your bathroom shelf.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

What's on Our Cosatto Easi Peasi Changing Table

Well this is exciting, our first piece of baby furniture! It feels like recent months have been building up to the moment we actually get the bigger stuff in and ready for Splodge and it feels so surreal. We ummed and ahhed for ages about a changing table, every book we read told us not to bother and people were quick to label it as an unnecessary purchase but I'm so glad we didn't listen. I'm so in love with our Cosatto Easi Peasi changing table.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Step into Scandinavia at Kupp

Kupp Southampton opened in July much to everyone's delight bringing a taste of Scandinavia to Southampton and we couldn't wait to see what all the hype was about. We are truly spoilt in Southampton when it comes to food, there is such a wide range available now in the new West Quay development that your only problem is choosing where to go! I'll help you out by putting Kupp at the top of your list...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Illamasqua Aftermath Collection

When Illamasqua do makeup collections, boy do they get it right. The Aftermath Collection launches tomorrow featuring a mix of metallic shadows, glitter and the most beautiful lipsticks I think I've ever seen and you're not going to want to miss it. The collection features earthy tones, seductive reds and molten glitter, it makes me very excited for the colder months.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Beers, Burgers & Cocktails at Vospers

We are so spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Southampton and now we have some new eats opening up over the water! Vospers opened in Centenary Quay, Woolston last month serving up delicious burgers, tantalising cocktails and a range of beer so a group of us went down to see what it was all about. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pregnancy Diary - Weeks 30-32

Throughout my pregnancy, I've shared a few of updates on how I've been feeling and what has been going on in my Hello Little OneMy First Trimester and My Second Trimester posts. I'm firmly in my third trimester now and as I want to document the next few weeks in the lead up to Splodge's birth, I thought I'd up the posts a little and just have a chat.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Decleor QVC bargain you don't want to miss!

Being a big fan of Decleor, I couldn't not share QVC's latest beauty deal with you all. I first discovered Decleor just over three years ago when a really good friend of mine started working for the company as a beauty therapist and they've stayed within my skincare routine ever since. For one day only, you can get your hands on an exclusive five piece collection from Decleor.

Friday, 11 August 2017

In My Mailbox

I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Three Face Masks I Love

If there is one thing I love, it's a pamper evening with a face mask, bubble bath and good book. I have tried a number of masks over the years, some I've loved, some I've chucked out and some that keep finding their way back in my shopping basket so I thought I'd share three face masks that keep doing the rounds on my bathroom shelf at the moment.

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Exclusive Eve Babybox at Mothercare

A baby mattress is something we didn't really think about but when mattress specialists, Eve released the Eve Babybox, exclusive to Mothercare, our ears pricked up. We swapped our own mattress to an Eve mattress earlier this year and it was the best decision we made, so of course Splodge needed his very own for those milk drunk slumbers. The Eve Babybox is the ultimate gift for new parents so when the Fauna babybox arrived we were over the moon. Here is what is inside...

Friday, 4 August 2017

Win a Trip to Buenos Aires with CAU

Arran and I spent a date night at Cau Restaurant for an evening of delicious food, yummy desserts and the chance to win a trip to Buenos Aires just by ordering some food! We first visited the new Cau Southampton branch back in January and couldn't wait to head back and try some new delights from the summer menu including some Heroes dishes.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

My Baby Shower

We celebrated my baby shower at the end of July with my nearest and dearest and I had such an incredible day. My mum and sister did Pinterest proud with fun decorations, plenty of gypsophila and a sweetie table so I thought I'd share some photos from the day.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I've done these for a number of years now. I love having a quick look back on the month and to kinda just say, hey I'm still here! Instagram is painful at the moment, an app I once loved is now incredibly difficult to grow and I'm fast falling out of love with it so, if you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right. Stupidly, it would mean more than you realise...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Introducing Botanics Natural Skincare Heroes

I've never been hugely into skincare, it definitely came in my later years. My mum would shake her head at how long it took me to get a proper skincare routine going and I regularly went to bed with makeup on just to wipe it off with a makeup wipe the following morning before a quick splash of water...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The One We've All Been Waiting For... Naked HEAT

Sound the alarm because there's a new Urban Decay Naked palette and it is on fire! Naked Heat launches today after sitting sold out on the Urban Decay website since the pre-sale which is how I bought mine early. Ignore the haters that say it's just another palette, it isn't; Especially if you don't already have something like this in your collection, like me! I fell hard and boy are my eyelids thankful. Let me introduce you to Naked Heat...

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My Favourite MAC Summer Brights

Being the lipstick fan that I am, I have quite the collection of shades suitable for whatever mood takes my fancy but when it comes to summer there are three I swear by. I'm a brights fan and when the sun is shining, I want my lips to be bold! You can't fault the formula by MAC Cosmetics especially when it comes to staying power in the heat, so I know these are shades I can count on not to slide...

Monday, 24 July 2017

LUSH Cosmetics Haul

It's not a visit to Lush without buying lots of bits for over the top bath times so with the excuse of the new store launch for Lush Southampton, I grabbed a basket and shopped to my hearts content. The store launch was the perfect way to see the new products that were being released so after making my very own Cheer Up, Buttercup bath bomb, I started to shop!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

18 Things I miss about the OLD Blogging World

The blogging world has become a bit crap hasn't it? There is always someone slagging off someone else, a bit of photography faking going on or an influencer trying to fool us into thinking he really did gain all those followers in one week. This got me thinking about simpler times when all we had to worry about was finishing our Sunday roast in time for the first blogger chat of the evening. So here are some things I miss about blogging when it was still fun...

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Brand Spanking New Lush Southampton

Today, sees the long awaited opening of the new Lush Southampton store in West Quay. Our local Lush has been by the Bargate Castle since it opened in 2000, small, cute and compact but one hell of a nightmare at Christmas when you wanted to stock up on limited edition bath bombs. With a buzz of excitement in the air, Mark Constantine snapping selfies and two of the girls dressed up as bath bombs, everyone was more than ready when the shutter first went up. The store opens officially at midday and it is so worth the wait. The new concept stores are beautiful and even though I had a good look around last night, there was still so much more to see! Take a peek inside...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

I'm Over My Pregnant Body

Pregnancy is crap, there I said it. I didn't think I'd dislike it as much as I do but with only eleven weeks left I can't wait to see the end and not just because we'll have our little bundle. From the nausea and headaches to my changing body, there isn't much I've enjoyed. Although the naps and eating cake when I want do help. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer Daze by Birchbox

With everyone off on their holidays, the Summer Daze box from Birchbox for July couldn't have been better timing. It's packed with all those summer essentials you may need for at home or abroad. The palm sunset print on this months box, couldn't get me more in the mood for a holiday if they tried! There are a whole host of samples to pack in your hand luggage plus there's a little something from Benefit Cosmetics within every box.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Nursery Wish List

I am now in my final trimester and things are starting to get real. We still have a number of things to pick up for the baby and nursery so I thought while I was browsing online, I'd throw together a little list of things we have our eye on or already have waiting to be delivered. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

New In for Summer from Skinn

I first discovered Skinn last year after trying out their foundations which are fab for paler skin. My Foundations for Pale Skin post went down a treat and the brand has been on my radar ever since. I had some skincare bits and pretty makeup pieces land in my mitts and so I got to work testing them out to see if they matched up to their fabulous foundation.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pretty Pastel Nails by Nailberry

The summer months make me want to paint my nails so much more so I've been trying out a new shade every week recently. I have a huge bag full of nail polish so it's nice to be able to get some use out of them for once. The last two weeks, my nails have been dominated by one brand and that's Nailberry, the award winning nail company founded in London in 2012.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

8 Things that Happen when you get Pregnant

It seems like yesterday we announced my pregnancy but no sooner were the first scan photos shown, we've blinked and I'm fast approaching the final trimester. Pregnancy has been pretty kind and here's hoping it stays that way. One thing that I have noticed from talking with pregnant friends and from seeing myself is how other people react to your pregnancy and expanding bump so here are 8 Things that happen when you get pregnant...

Friday, 7 July 2017

Inside Kupp Southampton

Kupp has landed in Southampton and with scandivian roots, I can honestly say there is nothing else quite like it in Southampton. We were invited along to the launch night to take a look at the interior, try some bites and enjoy plenty to drink, or at least I watched everyone else enjoy plenty to drink while I sipped on apple juice.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Find your Dosha with Urban Veda

Originating 5000 years ago in the Himalayas, Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. Brimming with plants rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, Urban Veda products are uniquely formulated to help maintain skin’s natural balance. Read on to discover more...

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Pretty Cheeks & Tinted Lips with Pixi Beauty

Summer is almost, officially here and what better way to see in the hotter months than with a range of gorgeously bright shades from makeup faves, Pixi! It's this time of year I really make the most of those hot pink and orange shades so with some latest launches and their much loved cheek gels, Pixi have been the brand of choice.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Emma's Beautique Photo Diary

Last week, I was on the beauty panel for Emma's Beautique to talk all things beauty, summer trends and more. Held at The Spinnaker Tower, the night started with a glass of sparkly and the chance to visit one of the many beauty stands that was there on the night. Alice Audley from Blogosphere was also there to do a talk before Sam and I took the sofa for our beauty talk. It was such a fun night and it was so lovely to be asked back for a second time! Take a look at some of the photos from the night...

Monday, 3 July 2017

Tractors, Diggers & Nursery Rhymes

One of the best things about baby buying other than the cute baby grows is definitely things for the nursery. We've only picked up a couple of bits so far, we're leaving the bigger bits for the moment but I couldn't help falling in love with one of them.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

June in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update...

If you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Join Me at Emma's Beautique

Last November, I was asked on to a beauty panel with Jodie Medd at the very first Emma's Beautique and today sees the return of the event just in time for those all important summer trends. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Why Your Posts Aren't Being Re-Tweeted

Having a Twitter account that re-tweets bloggers work was something that I fell in to. It was never the original intention but as community is at the forefront of what the account does, sharing blog posts soon became natural and it's something we LOVE. We've been doing this for over two years now and being a blogger myself definitely makes me look at things differently when it comes to re-tweeting posts so I thought I'd share some reasons as to why your posts aren't being re-tweeted after speaking to a few others that also re-tweet posts and more.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Get Summer Ready with Ciaté

I don't know about you, but I've felt like I've been sat on the sun for the last week but that does mean summer is fast approaching and I can whack out my favourite tools to turn my skin into a golden, glowing canvas! Ciaté dropped some new products into my paws at the beginning of the month and I've been lapping up them up. If bronze and glow is your thing, you're going to want to read on...

Monday, 26 June 2017

Yoga in the Park with Parklives

Yoga is something I've wanted to try for the longest time, especially since I fell pregnant because I'm going to need all the inner strength to get this melon shaped human out. International Yoga Day seemed as good a day as any to start so Emily and I headed down to Mayflower Park for a sunlit session of yoga and relaxation with Parklives Southampton.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

10 Things to Feel Good About

After a particularly crap week, a few tears and some pissed off outbursts I sat back and re-accessed a lot of things. Most of what was making me unhappy was completely irrelevant and to be honest, a waste of my time so I took a look at the good things happening to give me a shiny, new outlook so here are ten good things that I need to remember when I need a smile put back on my face. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Brush Beauties from Blank Canvas Cosmetics

If there is one thing you can never have too many of, it's makeup brushes. I hate when cleaning day rolls around again and openly admit I leave my brushes much longer between washes than I should. I have different sets I switch between so I always have some faves on the go while waiting for the others to dry and I have fallen head over heels for Blank Canvas Cosmetics recently.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

My Latest Reading List

I've always been a reader and although I bought a Kindle last year there is still nothing better than holding a book in my opinion. I always have a quick look in Waterstones when I'm near but on this occasion I desperately needed to pee then walked out with all of this. I had a £10 off card in my bag too so that softened the blow a little...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Vita Liberata Trystal Pressed Tan

With the recent weather we've been having you may not even need fake tan but I can't help but talk about my latest discovery from Vita Liberata. I've personally been hiding away because pregnancy and heat do not mix but I still want to inject a little bronze into my life because who doesn't want a glowing, bronzed tan?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Distorted Dreams Collection by Sleek Makeup

If there is one thing that gets me hot under the collar, it's a new collection from Sleek Makeup and Distorted Dreams is just that, a thing of dreams. The Sleek Solstice Palette better move aside as there's a new highlighting palette in town alongside three gorgeous matte liquid lips in a stunning metallic finish. Sleek Makeup have done it again!

Monday, 19 June 2017

We're Going to the Zoo!

Last weekend, a group of us headed off to Marwell Zoo to celebrate a special little boy turning one! Henry, our godson turned a year old and in true birthday style, we spent it with lots of different animals. I've spent many a happy day at Marwell and despite a small mishap with an escaped monkey and the zoo being put on lock down, we had the best day! Take a nose at our zoo photo diary.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

My Pregnancy Essentials

As I'm fast approaching 25 weeks, I thought I'd share some bits that have made it that little bit better. The second trimester has been so much easier than the first and I've found some hero products of mine that I'll be keeping close. What has worked for me, may not work for you so just take this as a guide and if you have anything that you think I may love, let me know in the comments.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Superfood Skincare by Unity Beauty Essentials

Upping my moisturising routine will always be a big factor in my pregnancy. My mum has always spoken of the importance of looking after your skin so making sure my skin stays soft and supple while growing my little boy has been high on my agenda. I obviously cannot give you the true results until he is here but I can talk about what I'm using to help my skin stay in tip top condition. Anyone can suffer with stretchmarks so don't let range name, The Pregnancy Collection put you off! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

New Product Round Up

I've had some really cool new releases fall through my letterbox this month which I'll be sharing the next coming weeks but I thought I'd pick out some pieces in a round up post. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Cabana Night Out Southampton

Southampton has fast become the go to destination for shopping, brunching with friends and so much more. We're also lucky here to have the perfect night out, right on our doorstep. West Quay South opened towards the end of 2016 welcoming a host of restaurants, bars, a bowling alley and a luxurious cinema making dinner and a little something more easier than ever before. Arran and I did just that last week and had such an enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

NEW IN Pixi Peel & Polish

Pixi are banging out new release after new release at the moment and I can barely keep up. I shared my thoughts on the famed Glow Tonic range last month and now I have the new Peel & Polish in my hands. Pixi Peel & Polish is a radiance revealing enzyme peel which helps resurface skin to reveal smoother, softer and healthier looking skin with an added glow. Another product to add to the ever growing glow range.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm

We went strawberry picking! Last weekend, I headed to Pickwell Farm in Hampshire with my two besties to pick strawberries, get those all important Instagram snaps and then fall into a strawberry fuelled coma. You may remember I went here last year for Pumpkin Picking so as soon as the red berry season was upon us, we put a date in the diary. The sun was shining so we made the most of the afternoon, filled up lots of punnets and then sat and ate them with fresh cream! Take a look at the photos...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Second Trimester

As I sit and write this, I am now 22 weeks pregnant which is around five and a half months. I honestly do not know where the time has gone and in all honesty, I kinda want it to slow down just a little. We're so excited for our little boy to arrive but the second trimester has been a bit rough. I wish more people told you how rubbish pregnancy can be.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Kérastase Aura Botanica Range

Kérastase is what I use when I really want to give my hair a pamper and the products have fast become what I reach for the most. With products available for every hair query possible, you'd be hard pressed not to find something for you. For a number of weeks, I've been treating my 'tresses to the Kérastase Aura Botanic range and my hair is very happy for the change. Let me tell you a little more about what I've been using...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Lush Cosmetics Haul

I haven't had a little spend up in Lush in forever! I was a bit disappointed after last year's Halloween Collection and when they launched Christmas I was peeved about the price increases and didn't buy a single thing! Shocked? Yea I was too. After falling in love with the much raved about Silky Underwear Dusting Powder recently, I went to pick up another bottle and then slipped and fell a little further and bam, walked out with a bag of products.
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