Astonish Hob Cleaner Review

Happy Saturday!

I wanted to just do a review of the Astonish Hob Cleaner and show how it worked for me. I’m a huge fan of cleaning, although I hated it until I had my own home! My house is far from perfect, and I dont have as much time to clean and tidy as I’d like, but I do enjoy the cleaning up and the sense of achievement that comes with it. I haven’t cleaned my hob for much longer that usual; I usually try and wipe it down most days after use but with wedding planning, the actual day and honeymoon planning/packing and going away etc, it’s been quite a while! I couldn’t wait to clean it, and thought it was the perfect chance to showcase one of the products I use for my blog.

This time, I used one of my favourite products, the Astonish Hob Cleaner. It has quite a cream consistency and comes in a 235ml bottle which I feel last a long time as you don’t really need a tremendous amount.

As you can see, there is quite a lot of grease and spillages on my hob. The stains are usually really tough to get off and the grease and dirt makes the job really dull and grubby. Astonish describe this product as:

  • An everyday essential. Removes burnt on spills and dried on food
  • Polishes to a sparkling shine
  • Leaving a protective coating to help prevent damage from further spillages

I poured some of the cleaner straight onto the hob and used an ordinary washing up sponge to work the product into every part of the hob, including carefully around the controls. I used a sponge that was very slightly damp. Once the product was worked into and covered the entirety of it, I used a microfibre cloth to buff the product out.

Yellow power!

So did this product work? Well, see for yourself:

The before and after photos just show why I love using this cleaner. Has it done what it says on the tin? (Bottle). Yes it has! It has removed all of the stains and grease and left a lovely sparkling shine. Astonish also say that it leaves a protective coating on the hob to prevent future spills. Whilst I believe that if something is to spill onto the hob it’s still going to stain the hob and you can’t stop that, I do that that the shine remains for quite a long time so I do think that it does leave somewhat of a barrier.

Overall, I am always very impressed by this product and out of all of the products that I’ve managed to somehow make fit in our cleaning cupboard (my husband often says I have more cleaning products than Morrisons), I always reach for this one. I love it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this! What ae your favourite cleaning products? Let me know in the comments!

Miche xxx

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My morning skin routine July 2019

Evening all!

The UK is currently basking in a thousand degrees of heat (not even an exaggeration) and I’m writing this while sat on some hard stone steps in my garden with a pink gin and lemonade because why the hell not. You don’t realise how many windows are actually in your house until you have to open every single one, especially upstairs as when you walk up the stairs the heat just hits you like you’re entering the gates of hell.

Anyway, I thought I would write about my current morning skincare routine. I use most of these items each morning, and a few when I have time such as at the weekend. Without further ado and rambling, keep reading to find out my top products at the moment! I’m going to write about them predominately in the order that I apply them, with perhaps one exception. I have also realised that they are all products from The Bodyshop, oops! I’m not a body shop person nor have I been influenced to write this (I wish I was that lucky), but they are my absolute favorite company.

Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash.

I start off with this lovely face wash. I have very combination skin so this works really well on any dry areas. It feels so fresh and light on my skin, and has a really nice subtle scent. This face wash instantly makes my skin feel perfectly clean first and refreshed first thing in the morning.

Vitamin C Liquid Peel

I absolutely love this stuff. I use a very small amount and that goes a long way. This peel literally does peel off the dead and dry skin on your face, leaving your face feeling instantly refreshed and glowing. This does make one hell of a mess in your sink though, don’t say I didn’t warn you, but it’s worth the extra cleaning.

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

Like it’s facial wash counterpart, this toner is so hydrating for all of the dry areas on my face and the scent is unreal. I don’t want to keep repeating the word ‘fresh’ but it generally does feel amazing after. I just apply a small amount of this onto a cotton wool pad and pat my skin with it.

Seaweed Oil Control Lotion SPF 15

The Seaweed range is specially formulated for combination skin such as mine, so I do love this. It helps to mattify my face without drying it out, and the main reason why I use this in the morning is because it has a built-in SPF to help lessen the risk of the sun’s rays harming my skin. If there is one skincare tip I’d give to anyone, it’s always always always wear sun cream or at least a moisturiser with it built-in, whether it’s this particular one or another of your choice. It’s so important to stay safe in the sun, as I’ve just taught my Brownie Guides Group.

Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer

I use this under my eyes mainly, to try and brighten the dark circles under my eyes which I swear I’ve had since I was born. It’s a great base for foundation to go on to, and helps to provide a healthy looking glow. It’s very subtle in my opinion, but I do think it makes a slight difference and I do love it.

Mandarin Energising/ Rose Dewy Glow Face Mists

I’ve put both of the mists that I have on here, because I always put one on, it changes everyday. This is usually due to the fact that I’ve ended up losing the other one or getting where I’ve put it but that is besides the point. Both are really good, and provide a healthy looking glow. The best part of this is that it’s also perfectly make up friendly, so you can spray them throughout the day to rejuvenate your skin and it will not affect your make up at all, even your mascara! Winner. Also it is amazing in this heat to cool your skin a little throughout the day.

Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask

Ahh last but not least. Obviously I don’t use this every day, but I usually use it on a weekend morning when I have more time. I’d also usually use this after the toner but before the moisturiser. I don’t know if that is right or wrong but it works for me so let’s just go with it! This smells absolutely divine; just the scent of the coffee wakes you up! This mask is amazing and really helps to clear my skin up, and it is so refreshing. It is just delightful and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. I apply it with a clean foundation brush as it is very messy; and then remove it with warm water and a face cloth. My skin feels so soft and looks really bright when I have used it, and a little bit really goes a long way so it lasts for so so long.

And we’re there! Apparently that thousand degrees I was talking about has decreased a little, and it is actually a little chilly outside now. I’ve also finished my gin, so I’d say it’s time to retreat into my house and wrap this post up. Thank you for reading, and again I promise I don’t work for Bodyshop, I just love them!

Miche xx

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I made up my own recipe – Apple Cider Chicken.

Happy Saturday! This evening it was my turn to cook dinner, and for it I made up my own recipe of Apple Cider Chicken. It’s a super sweet and extremely Autumnal dish!

Now before we get started, a small disclaimer. I’m sure there are other recipes of Apple Cider Chicken but I didn’t look it up online or see it in a book, I just made my own version. I thought of what ingredients to include in my experiment in my head and quickly wrote everything down so that I wouldn’t forget it. I’m also certainly not anything close to a chef, so it’s just my bit of fun. Here’s how I did it!

Ingredients (makes 2 portions):

  • 2 apples. I used cooking apples (not 100% sure what variety as they were picked from my in-law’s tree, but any cooking apples should work).
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 250ml cloudy apple cider. I used Thatchers Haze.
  • 2 small cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoons tomato puree
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • A sprinkle of ginger
  • A pinch of salt
  • A dash of cooking oil. I used olive oil.

Method:

  1. Chop the garlic into small pieces. Cut the chicken breasts into strips, and cook them in a large pan with the oil and garlic until the juices run clear. While the chicken is cooking, peel the apples and chop them up into reasonably small pieces. Steam 1 and 3/4 of the apples. Add the leftover quarter to the chicken.
  2. When the chicken is cooked and apples are steamed, add them to the chicken. I used cooking apples as when I steamed them they went into a sort of paste which is good to thicken up the sauce of this dish. Ordinary apples could work, however they usually keep their shape so it may not have the same effect.
  3. Add the tomato puree. It sounds weird having tomato with apple, but I think that because this is such a sweet dish, the tomato puree (and the garlic) adds a savoury touch which takes a little bit of the sweetness away. You don’t need to add either if you do not wish to.
  4. Add the chicken stock, the honey and the brown sugar, stirring each ingredient in well.
  5. Add the cider slowly, and stir. Bring to boil and allow to simmer. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir again. Leave on a low heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally, then serve.

I served this with just a side of broccoli and garden peas, which makes this approximately a 500 calorie meal. You could add any carbohydrates you wish though, such as chips, potatoes or rice. My fiancé absolutely loved it so I think it turned out ok! As I say, it’s very sweet so you don’t want a huge portion. The plus side – you get to drink the rest of the bottle of cider!

Let me know what you think of this dish in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Michelle xx

The Ordinary Foundation Review

So I have read so many reviews about this foundation and the brand itself, and I just had to give it a try! At only £5.90 from Cult Beauty, you cannot really go wrong.

The Ordinary is owned by Deciem, who do not test on animals, and therefore do not sell their products in China. None of their products include chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, and many others either, so I think it’s clear that this is an ethical and trustworthy brand.

Cult Beauty provides clear shade swatches, and I usually mess up and get completely the wrong shade when buying online but I chose 1.1 N (fair, neutral) and it actually is the most perfect shade for me!

Often, when I buy something so hyped up I end up disappointed. However I was really surprised with the foundation. I have combination skin and I didn’t find it too drying or too oily either. It’s pretty full coverage but doesn’t mask or cake your face either. I did find that it went a little bit oily without using a setting powder, but the second time I used this I set it with a face powder from Revolution and it lasted all day.

I was a bit shocked when this product arrived as it looks really tiny, however it does state that it is 30ml which is pretty standard for a foundation, so I think they’ve just been clever with the packaging.

Overall I am happy with this product and I think it’s good value for money, so I would purchase it again.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried this foundation and what you think about it, or if you have tried any other products from The Ordinary!

Thanks for reading,

Michelle xx

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Artyard Cafe, Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Hey guys!

So I wanted to tell you all about a lovely little gem in Enstone, West Oxfordshire, pretty close to the edge of The Cotswolds – Artyard Cafe. I live about ten minutes from this place so I’ve visited quite a few times and each time it never ceases to amaze me, so I wanted to write a review!

Basically, the Artyard Cafe is a bistro, bar, cafe, restaurant, sports bar, grill, all rolled into one. There generally is something for everyone. Outside is a covered patio area with tables, a projector, pool/snooker table etc,as well as a children’s play area. Then, you head downstairs to the main entrance via a little terrace area that also has seating. Inside there are two rooms: the main cafe, which is as fun and quirky as could ever be imagined, with art everywhere that you are able to purchase (hence the name ‘Artyard’), and a smaller room out the back, known as “the den” which is where you’d go and chill if you just wanted a drink or to watch a sports game. They have wonderful food, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, to snacks, ice cream and freshly baked cake, it’s just amazing.

Today I sat in the den as the cafe room was quite busy (the Sunday roasts are extremely popular), it was chilly and raining outside and my OH wanted to watch the football. I sat in a little nook in the bay windows and it was so cosy, just watching the world go by.. (sidenote: does anyone else find the sound of cars passing really therapeutic? Just me?). I had a pot of tea (tea always tastes best out of a teapot, this is a fact) which was lovely. I posted this photo on my instagram earlier:

I generally do not think there could be a better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon!

I then decided that I was rather peckish and ordered bbq ribs and fries, but i was not prepared for how huge the portion was! (still ate it all though, obviously)

I love how you even get lemon water to wash your hands with after, what a cute, funky idea!

Overall, I really love this place. Excellent value for money, friendly staff and a unique setting. Here is the website which includes the wonderful menu!

Basically, if you live around this area like me or you are just visiting or passing through, you need to check this place out, and I guarantee you will love it!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle xx

*disclaimer – I’m not affiliated with Artyard Cafe in anyway, nor do i know the management or staff personally, I just really really love it!

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Eco-Natural Products Nacomi Coffee Scrub Review

Picture it: it’s yet another early morning, you’re still half asleep as you stumble to the bathroom and you’re struggling to even turn the shower on. Now, imagine how lovely and stimulating it would be to wake yourself up with an all-natural, vegan coffee body scrub! If you like this idea, oh have I got the product for you – Eco-Natural Products Nacomi Coffee Scrub.

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Now, quick disclaimer, Eco-Natural Products did very kindly send me this product for me to review it, but this will not sway this review in any way. This post will detail my honest thoughts.

The reason I was so excited to try this product was because it is completely natural and vegan. This means that it has no parabens or chemicals in so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. I really like the simple paper packaging as it is environmentally-friendly, and it is re-sealable which is of course super handy. The smell of strong freshly brewed coffee is simply divine – hence my comment above about it being the perfect accompaniment to your morning shower. I would recommend resisting the urge to eat it though, tempting as it is! Coffee is well known for it’s skin benefits and anti-oxidant properties, so this product is a perfect way to enhance the appearance of your skin. It is anti-inflammatory and the caffeine invigorates your skin – perfect for a daily wake up call or a pamper evening!

The Ingredients:

  • Robusta Coffee
  • Cane Sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Sweet Almond Oil,
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Vitamin E

Feeling hungry yet? I really do love the fact that these are the only ingredients and that there really aren’t any chemicals or any harsh additives. I definitely think that this is beneficial to me as I have quite sensitive skin in some areas, which I’ve found can often become really irritated when using scrubs, but whilst using this product my skin was absolutely fine so that is fabulous! I even used this on my face; it felt really nice and didn’t cause any redness.

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When I opened that packaging I was greeted by that lush sent of fresh coffee!

I must admit that I haven’t ever used a dry scrub before, but actually I think that it felt like it was much more effective at exfoliating this way. My skin certainly feels really smooth. The product also claims to be effective with it’s “intense anti-cellulite and firming action”. I can’t really comment on the cellulite aspect as it’s not something I currently have, however I did think that the scrub does have effective firming properties especially around the thigh area. I have heard countless reports that coffee can reduce cellulite due to the caffeine content so if you do wish to reduce the appearance of cellulite I would defintely give it a go!

I personally think that there is only one issue that I found – being a dry scrub this of course does make a bit of a mess in your shower or sink when you wash it off. However it’s not exactly a big deal and easily washes away, no bother. There are much worse things to have in your shower! At £14.99 the product is a little pricier than some of the other products sold by Eco-Natural but I would personally say it’s worth it to be able to use an all-natural and handmade product. You do also get 200g of product which, again as it’s a dry product, goes a long way; you only need a very small amount each time.

Overall I am really satisfied with this product. I would recommend this and I would also purchase this myself. You can find this body scrub on the Eco-Natural website, right here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Michelle xx

Huge thank you to Eco-Natural Products for sending me this body scrub! www.E-NaturalProducts.co.uk.

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Getting organised and planning my blog posts!

Hey guys!

So I popped into Hobbycraft aka the best shop ever to buy a new notebook, and I also bought some pretty pens and a weekly planner. Just a tiny tiny purchase compared to what I could have brought, roll on payday for a proper Hobbycraft Haul!

I absolutely love these designs! The pink watercolour effect is beautiful and sooo ‘instagrammable’. Pink is one of my favourite colours and I am quite a girly girl so this is perfect! Hobbycraft, as ever, you are amazing!

I’ve also planned all of my blog posts for the rest of the year, and I’m especially excited about Blogtober and of course, Blogmas! Christmas is my favourite time of year and as soon as the summer is over I will be counting down the days! I’m so excited for the future of my blog and being able to talk about everything I love. I’m so thankful for everyone who follows and reads my blog, it’s so wonderful! You guys are amazing!

Who else is getting organised with their blog? Do you like Hobbycraft too, or what other stationary stores do you love? Let me know in the comments or tag me in your stationary pictures on Instagram!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle

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