Soap & Glory Gloss Sticks

Soap and glory gloss sticks lids off

Whilst watching Fleur De Force’s latest YouTube video yesterday, I noticed how gorgeous her lip colour was, and hastily scrolled to the info bar to find out she was wearing the Soap & Glory Glosstick in Raplumzel.

I hadn’t yet tried any of the Soap & Glory cosmetics, so was excited to see if they were as good as their bath and skincare products.  As with their other products, the gloss sticks are cheekily named; ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ and claim to give a 3D volume lip shine.

I picked out my favourite three of the five shades they come in (Nudist, Bashful and Raplumzel) and took them home to try.

Soap and glory gloss sticks  Soap-and-glory-gloss-sticks-side

Soap and glory gloss sticks lids off
(L-R: Raplumzel, Bashful, Nudist)
soap and glory gloss stick swatch
(L-R: Nudist, Bashful, Raplumzel)

I love the packaging as you can chuck them in your handbag and know that the lid is going to be secure.  They are as they say, super glossy and have good pigmentation.  As with other glosses you would need to reapply regularly, but as they taste so good I don’t mind this!  I would say they were half way between and lipstick and a gloss, and because of the crayon shape, they are easy to apply without a mirror.

Soap and glory gloss stick in ramplumzel
Trying out shade: Raplumzel

Overall I love these and will probably go back and buy the other two shades.

£8.00 each, available in Boots the chemist

Milkbooks wedding album review

front cover of album

My ‘official’ wedding album produced by my photographer only allowed for 60 photos, which gave us the huge task of choosing from 900 digital images captured from the day! We picked a lot of the super glamorous edited portrait photos, which didn’t leave much room for the hundreds of family/friends and detail shots we wished we could also include.

We had put so much effort into the day and wanted to have an additional book that could hold every photo we loved, and tell a true story of the day. So I decided to create my own album.

I received an email from Living Social deals, with an offer for a 60 page printed photo book from Milkbooks.  I checked out Milkbooks website, and was impressed with the beautiful examples they showed.  I did a little research and discovered that Milkbooks recently teamed up with Moleskine, a company known for their legendary notebooks.  With this in mind I ordered the voucher and was able to start putting my wedding album together immediately.

I chose approximately 180 images and uploaded them to Milkbooks online software, which was simple and user friendly.  The software lets you choose from a small variety of text, label and cover options, with an okay selection of design layouts.  This varied from one large image fill of the page, to nine small tiled images per page.  I mixed and matched all of the different image templates to keep it varied, bearing in mind that I would need to average three per page to fit in my 180 images.

design layout screen

design mode screen

The book took about 2 weeks to arrive and was packaged well for the long journey it had taken (from New Zealand).  The box was beautifully presented with a button and ribbon tie, and I love that you can choose an image to display on the front of the album.

top view of box

side view of box

button close up

front cover of album

first page of album

nine image page

images close up

I was a little disappointed with the print quality, as the uploaded images were over 700 dpi, and looked grainy in comparison to the album produced by our photographer.  I queried this with them and they said their books are printed at 300 dpi which is the standard for digital offset.

Overall this was a great value offer at £40 plus £8.75 p&p, with a normal price of US$150.  As we have two albums, I am not too bothered about the print quality.  The finish is perfect for a wedding album, and I would recommend if you are able to find an offer.

Book specifications:


Finally a Mrs!

I had such a wonderful wedding day and everything came together beautifully!  The sun even came out and I didn’t see a drop of rain (which money cannot buy!)

I have to wait a little while for my photos but after a polite request I have been sent this one, which I want to use for our thank you cards.

Liz and Stephen wedding

The big day approaches

I have been so busy finalising the details for the big day but am super excited!  The weather hasn’t been too great in the UK and I am starting to worry about being cold in a strapless dress.  There are some gorgeous options like fur stoles for winter weddings, but that would look too heavy for a spring wedding.  I love the collection Pronovias offer, especially this gathered sleeve tulle bolero.  If anyone has seen anything similar on the high street please let me know!

Pronovias bolero

Engagement pics!

So excited to have our engagement pics back from the photographer!

The morning of the shoot was a bit of a disaster as we had to change the location a couple of hours before we, and the photographer set off. The weather forecast had promised that our new location would be dry, but when we got there — the rain came down! The shoot was spent running in and out of the car to shelter from the rain, and the temperature was freezing for April!!

Despite the weather challenges we think we got some really cool images and loved the stormy dramatic sky effect.  We can’t wait to add these to our slideshow at the wedding!  Here are a few of our favs:

Liz and Steven engagement 2012


Engagement shoot

The weather is absolutely AWFUL at the moment and we still haven’t had a chance to shoot our engagement session.  The other half jokingly suggested we hire a vintage car for the shoot and he couldn’t believe his luck when I said why not!  So we have picked a day and pray for a little bit of sunshine.

I have been in my element “styling” us for the shoot and have gone for a vintage feel to match the car.  The first outfit is a peachy pink lace and pleat dress complimented by a sequin butterfly scarf – both from Oasis.

Peach lace dress Oasis  butterfly scarf

The second outfit is a pretty floral print shift dress by Therapy at House of Fraser which I will dress down with a cropped denim jacket from H&M.

floral print dress

Second wedding dresses

I wonder how many brides go for a second dress to wear in the evening?  I would love to know how many of you did this and what kind of dress did you go for?  As I have already purchased two dresses I sadly will not be able to do this, but in another life I would go for something like the Pearly Queen by Kittie & Dulcie.  They also have a video displaying this gorgeous frock.  What a great idea!

Bridesmaids update!

I have finally found my bridesmaid’s dresses!  After searching for red tones in a knee length style and not having much luck I came across these quirky black and white prom dresses by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams.  I think black and white is a bold choice for a wedding but am confident they will look amazing on the day teamed with the bouquets I have chosen.

Stripe prom dress