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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

F&F Fashion Haul

I don't know about you but when it comes to fashion sale shopping I'm usually left disappointed, however after shopping the F&F (Tesco clothing) sale last week I was pleasantly surprised! There were so many amazing sale buys so I thought I'd do a little post to show you what I picked up.

First up is the Jacquard check mini skirt which was just £7.00. I thought this would be perfect for pairing with everything from cute collared blouses to oversized knitwear. I was a little worried that it would be too figure hugging with it being made from a stretchy material but it ended up being snug yet very flattering on the good old curves!

Heart Cable Knit Jumper £12.00
It may be spring time, but if you live in the UK too you'll know that jumpers are still a must! I love this gorgeous grey knit and think the heart is adorable. I'll get lots of wear out of this pairing it with skinny jeans, leggings and faux leather skirts.

Speaking of faux leather skirts, I decided to pick up another one as this high waisted skater skirt from F&F was just £10.00 in the sale. Before I picked this up I didn't actually own a skater skirt (shock horror) and although leather is more of a winter material, I think this will work well in spring paired with cropped tops and knitwear.

F&F lingerie is cheap yet so pretty, so I decided to pick up a few pairs of knickers including a Bridget Jones style pair that 'smooth' the bottom half. We all need a bit of help every now and then right? I also picked up the cream and black bra, which unfortunately looked much better on the site than in real life (never mind) and a pair of baggy heart print lounge 'pants' (oh so American). 

I would say all of this for fifty pounds was pretty good, but then F&F did one better by offering £10.00 off orders over £50.00 with a special Easter discount code. In other stores you can't usually use discounts on sale items, so I was VERY impressed that F&F let you. All of this for £40.00 plus free delivery - not bad at all!

The F&F sale is still on so go have a browse and if you buy anything be sure to let me know in the comment section below!

Enter my giveaway to be with a chance of winning an F&F satchel & Cath Kidston goodies.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

4 lovely products for brightening your complexion

Sanctuary Fresh Faced Purifying Wash - £9.00 – Boots
The Fresh Faced Purifying Wash by Sanctuary Spa is one of my favourite face washes. This product is designed to balance the skins moisture levels and leave it feeling cool and refreshed. Unlike other face washes, this doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight - in fact it feels rather soft! I also find that my skin looks more radiant and fresh, probably because it gives it such a deep clean. At £9.00 it is a little over priced for a face wash (I bought it as part of a gift set) but it is a lovely product.

Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator -  £10.50 - Boots
One of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a glowing complexion is to exfoliate. There are many different facial scrubs, toners and masks you can use to exfoliate your skin, but my current favourite is the Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator. This contains ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seeds that exfoliate and refine the skin, along with pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts which help to increase cell renewal. I tend to use this a couple of times a week and the results are immediately noticeable.

Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream - £10.00 – The Body Shop
When my mum bought the Vitamin E Illuminating moisture cream for us to try I was a little bit wary of it. I imagined that I’d apply it to my skin and I’d look like Edward Cullen. I was wrong. This is a beautiful moisturiser that not only hydrates the skin, but adds a lilac toned glow to the skin too. My mum doesn’t wear foundation but her skin always looks radiant and fresh after applying this moisture cream. I do wear foundation and find that this moisture cream is the perfect base. You just need to make sure you massage it into the skin properly or the lilac glow can be a little too obvious.

Radiant Highlighter - £12.00 – The Body Shop
Until I picked up the Radiant Highlight from The Body Shop, I’d never used a liquid highlighter before. What I like about this highlighter is that it can be used two ways. You can either apply it under your foundation for a subtle glow or after you have applied your face makeup to highlight your cheek and brow bones. If you are doing the latter, I advise dotting a small amount of the product over the top of your cheek bones and gently patting it into the skin. It’s quite subtle so if you blend too much it’ll disappear.

Of course, drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruit and veg are the best remedies for dull skin, but we all need a little extra help every now and then and these four products certainly do the trick for me.

Have you tried any of the products featured above? 
What are your favourite products for brightening your complexion?


Enter my giveaway to be with a chance of winning an F&F satchel & Cath Kidston goodies.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Seek My Scribbles Giveaway

I don't do many giveaways, but I thought it was about time I did one to say thank you to all of you who read and follow my blog! Seek My Scribbles has had it's ups and downs and whilst my posting has been inconsistent in the past, I feel like I finally know the direction this blog is going in. I've definitely been encouraged by your comments and lovely tweets so I just want to say a big, big thank you for your support.

I hope you like the prizes I've chosen for this giveaway. There's a pink theme going on! I chose the pink satchel, which I featured in my F&F wish list because a few people commented saying how much they wanted it too. I picked out the three mini notebooks as if you're anything like me, you need a good notebook for making lists and blog post planning. Finally I chose the Cath Kidston  handbag duo, because it will be perfect for popping inside the satchel. The set contains a multi-purpose beauty balm and a lip balm.

All of the prizes have been bought with my own money, so this giveaway is not sponsored in any way. The only compulsory entry is that you follow this blog either on Bloglovin or GFC. To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget below, where you will also find full T&Cs. The giveaway is open to UK residents only as I am covering my own postage costs. The giveaway closes on the 9th May 2014 at 11:59pm.

Good luck everyone and again THANK YOU! xo

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Amazing animals - Guide dogs

Although I usually share fashion and beauty related posts here on Seek My Scribbles, every now and then you'll find the odd pet post. I absolutely adore my two dogs, Jazz and Oby so when I was contacted about sharing this guide dog video here on Seek My Scribbles, I was more than happy to oblige!

Whilst the majority of us rely on our four legged friends for love, comfort and at times, humour, those that are visually impaired have to essentially put their lives in the hands of their guide dogs. I think guide dogs are truly wonderful and amazing, as are the people who train them and those who put their faith in their guide dogs to keep them safe.

It's not very often I ask readers to do anything, but I would love it if you would take a minute to watch the video posted above. If nothing else it will warm your heart and make you truly appreciate the work of guide dogs and their trainers. I especially loved the video because the dog is called Jazz, like my dog!

For more information about the campaign or to sponsor a guide dog yourself, click here. You can sponsor a guide dog puppy for as little as £1.00 a week and for that you will receive regular pupdates, a calendar and photographs.

If like me, you love dogs, you may be interested in attending the Dogs Unite! event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 14th June 2014. Tickets can be purchased here. I am hoping to attend myself!

I know this is a little different from my usual posts but I like to share information about good causes and Guide Dogs is definitely what I call a good cause.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

A little family tea party

Yesterday was a good day. We ate lots of delicious food and indulged in a glass (or two) of vintage champagne in celebration of my brother's twenty first birthday. Despite their only being five of us, we had a feast that would probably feed about fifty, leaving plenty of left overs for the next few days! My mum did a fabulous job with the spread, particularly with the fairy cakes which looked picture perfect and tasted even better.

Tonight we're off for a family meal at Il Rosso in Mansfield. It is one of my favourite places to dine, so I'm really looking forward to it. This is the last of my brother's twenty first birthday celebrations which have been going on since last Thursday! You're only twenty one once though so it's definitely something to celebrate.

A short & sweet post, but I hope you've enjoyed it and that my tea party food hasn't made you too hungry!


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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Treats from the Body Shop

Hair Chalk // Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask // Blusher // Lip Liner Fixer
I can't resist a bargain so when I saw the Body Shop had yet another discount code (this time offering 40% off non-sale items) I knew I had to pick up a few treats. To be completely honest, the only item I really wanted to pick up was the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask. One of the beauty vloggers (I can't remember who) was singing it's praises the other day and it sounded like a product I'd like, especially since the Vitamin E range is one of my favourites by the Body Shop.

I also picked up a pink blusher in the shade marshmallow. This is a lovely rosy pink colour which is quite subtle upon application (a lot more subtle than it looks in the pan). Did I need another blusher? Nope! But I've popped it straight in my everyday makeup bag and will get a lot of use out of a shade like this.

My next intention was to pick up a lip liner, but ended up picking up this lip liner fixer instead. This is a retractable pencil that apparently forms an invisible barrier around the lips to fill in fine lines and prevent lipstick bleeding. I've not had chance to experiment with this yet, but I'll keep you posted!

My final purchase was a pot of pink hair chalk. That was one very spontaneous click of the mouse! There was a time when I had pink streaks in my fringe when I was at school and I am pretty sure I vowed to never go there again. Oops! I'm thinking of just trying this out on the ends of my hair. Apparently you just seal it with hairspray and then it washes out. We'll see about that! Don't worry though I'm not planning on going Kelly Osbourne at the 2002 MTV Awards on you. I'm not sure it's even going to show up on my hair...

Fancy treating yourself?
You can get 40% all items (including sale) using the code '14670' (expires 15.04.14)
£10.00 off when you spend £25.00 using the code '14393'

Thursday, 10 April 2014

My favourite spring nail polish | Rita Ora for Rimmel 'Breakfast in Bed'

Rimmel London -  873 Breakfast in Bed // £3.69 in Boots
I don't know about you, but I love it when I find the perfect nail polish colour that just seems to tone in perfectly with all of my seasonal outfits. This happened recently when I picked up the shade 'Breakfast in Bed' from Rimmel London's relatively new collection in collaboration with Rita Ora. 

Breakfast in Bed is a beautiful mint green shade that has a subtle shimmery finish. It only needs a couple of coats (though for me it needed three as I forgot to shake the bottle - oops) and dries relatively quickly...not far off sixty seconds I'd say! The bottle is beautifully designed with a stamp featuring Rita Ora wearing the same colour on her nails. Pretty cool that.

I've seen a number of reviews stating that the formula is a little thick and whilst I have only just noticed this myself, I wouldn't say it affects the application at all. I still found it really easy to apply and I'm the world's worst nail polish painter.

The thing that has stood out for me the most about this nail polish (aside from the beautiful colour and cute name) is the fact it is very chip resistant. I usually find that my nails chip after a day or two, but it's been nearly a whole week now and it's only just starting to chip majorly. 

After loving this polish so much, I am definitely going to invest in a few other colours from the collection. I really love the look of 'Pillow Talk,' a pastel blue and 'Rita Rouge,' a dark red shade.

Have you tried any of the Rita Ora for Rimmel London polishes?
What did you think of them?

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