So this week with Mark working away on Take Me Out, I decided to go up to Manchester for a few days and catch up with all my nearest and dearest.
It has been great seeing my family and enjoying lots of home cooking! I have been out to eat a few times too – including a visit to my favourite place in Manchester – Australasia!
I went with a girlfriend and we had a really good catch up. I know I have mentioned it before but it really is a fab place to eat in Manchester.
Here is a picture of my starter – Tuna Tartare. It’s like a picture on a plate. Tasted really good too…
Smoked duck dragon roll sushi.
How good does this chocolate soufflé look?
Also this week, my mum Jackie and I also did our annual jaunt to to the VERY festive Bents Garden Centre.
www.bents.co.uk – it is in Glazebury, Warrington.
I know, I know, it sounds a bit geeky but we love going and it really gets us both in the mood for Christmas and pick up great tips and design ideas for decorations.
I used to go every year when I was little with my brother, Andrew to see Father Christmas and have my face painted.
Obviously I don’t do that now (although, sat here typing this – it would be a great laugh if I did!) but going there always starts off Christmas for me and my mum and I love seeing all the beautifully designed Christmas trees. My house already has loads of decorations but it didn’t stop me from getting more!
Another reason we go there is the cakes. I had been to the gym twice already that week so I figured I had more than earned one!
We both went for a Christmas slice (it was FIT) and flicked through a Christmas Magazine to get ideas for food as my mum is hosting the family Christmas Eve get together this year. Mum is a talented chef so I am looking forward to it already.
I got sent this very cute sausage dog jumper this week by www.sugarhillboutique.co.uk
I’m going to call it my Phoebe jumper after my very own sausage dog.
Winter Skin Treats
My skin hasn’t been too good this week for some reason, I’m putting it down to the weather change, so every night I’ve been ex foliating using….
The Origins Never A Dull Moment. It works for me as it is a gentle exfoliator and leaves my skin feeling smooth and not too dry.
At night I use the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal mask which I leave on for 10 mins. The mask cleans out my pores and replenishes my skin.
After than I slather on Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehls.
Already my pimples have faded, skin tone improved and no more spots! That’s after doing this routine for just three days so something must be working.
People have been asking what I have been using to shape and define my brows recently. It’s this very nifty tool my the brilliant Charlotte Tilbury called ‘Brow Lift’.
Also (and very importantly) last week I went to a special press preview for the fantastic beauty brand Revlon.
It was the launch of their new campaign ‘Love Is On’ and I wore a red matching co-ordinate set vest and trousers from Zara, and I black blazer jackets from Lavish Alice.www.lavishalice.co.uk.
The outfit rather fitted the theme, ha!
The event was stylish and cool, and it was great to check out all the new products!
I can also reveal exclusively within this blog…….that I’m going to be involved with Revlon in 2016.
I can’t say too much about it now but I’m VERY excited to be working with Revlon!
Watch this space for info on this!
Until next week,
lots of love