Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

I love going away and discovering new places, but importantly to just go away and relax! I’ve had such a hectic past couple of weeks, with leaving my job and starting a new and exciting one, so I was definitely looking forward to my birthday. I knew Adam had planned something, and it was a complete surprise on where we were going. My only clue was that it was south, near a beach and the longest drive we have ever done. After six hours travelling, we arrived at a place called Beach Cove in North Devon and to say I was excited would be an understatement.It was filled with rows of cute pastel coloured beach huts that overlooked the sea and Devon scenery that simply took my breath away.

On arrival we were given a glass of fizz, a cute little suitcase tin (that I could keep) and the keys to our own little beach hut. Adam said that there was one more surprise and I soon found out what it was when we preceded to the hut. A hot tub! The hut had so many adorable touches like our own bath robes, a coffee machine, a games cupboard and some luxury The White Company toiletries, that obviously I was excited to try!. Although compact, everything was thoughtfully placed, ensuring that there was plenty of room for a three night getaway.

Admittedly, we did spend the majority of our time basking in the hot tub and listening to the waves crash on the shore, but we did do a little bit of exploring whilst we there. To the right of our hut we were told about a coastal path, that weaved it’s way up the hills and trees. There was a lot of people going up and down the path, so I presumed the walk would be a piece of cake, but I was wrong! We had to climb up steep hills and work our way between the stinging nettles and branches. After a few minor stops on the way, we reached the highest point, which was definitely worth it! You could see the whole of Ilfracombe and the Bristol Channel from this point and it’s safe to say it was the highlight of my trip. After the walk down, we managed to find an ice cream shop (gluten free of course) and parked ourselves on a bench, just like an old couple!

On the final day, we decided to try out a boat trip, where you could see seal pups and dolphins. The only boats trips I’ve only ever done are abroad, so I was a bit sceptical to start with, especially with the September breeze. The weather did hold up though and we explored the Devonshire coastline on the Ilfracombe Princess (best name) in the hope to see some adorable animals. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any seal pups or dolphins, but we did see some porpoises, which are basically shyer versions of dolphins. It was great being able to see the coastline from a different perspective other than on foot and I ended up feeling amazed at how such a beautiful place in England exists! However, towards the end of the boat trip, we were itching to get off as all we were thinking about was getting ourselves warm in the hot tub. We managed to find a fudge shop on the way back, that did an array of different flavours, from amaretto to peanut butter, and any flavour you could think of. You can’t go to the seaside without bringing back some fudge? We did probably order our weight in fudge but it was definitely the yummiest fudge I’ve ever eaten!

Our last night consisted of lying in the hot tub and talking about how much of a well deserved relaxing break it was. I would highly recommend this lovely Beach Cove retreat for anyone that wants to escape from day to day life and relax in a peaceful environment. I can’t wait to return to this beautiful place!

Do you have  any recommendations on where to go for a relaxing break? Leave me a comment!

Lots of Love,

Clox

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Summer Holiday Essentials – Part 2

 

 

Choosing what make up to take with you on your holidays is such a struggle. You need the basics, but then you want to make sure you have a colour for any occasion and outfit whilst away, and importantly, you don’t know what you’re skin will do whilst basking in the sun! I compiled my top make up essentials on holiday, that I know I will definitely be taking!

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Lips

  • Rimmel Kate Moss – 16
  • MAC – All Fired Up
  • Mac – So Chaud
  • NYX Soft Matte Cream – Buenos Aires
  • Rimmel Apocalips – Nude Eclipse
  • Kiko Comfort Liner Lip Liner – 301

 

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  • Seventeen Instant Glow – Pink Bronze
  • Bourjois Bronzing Powder
  • Jerome Alexander Liquid Silk
  • NO7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
  • Bourjois 123 Perfect
  • Bourjois Air Mat
  • Bourjois Blusher – 95
  • Garnier Eye Roll On
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection
  • Rimmel Stay Matte
  • Beauty Blender
  • Real Techniques Brushes

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Eyes

 

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Sleek The Original Eye Palette
  • Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
  • Bourjois Liner Feature Eyeliner
  • Bamboo/Real Techniques/Urban Decay Eyeshadow Brushes

 

I’m not really one for for taking expensive make up on holiday, just because I tend to go make up free during the day, and it’s only in the evenings when I apply some basic products. My skin goes incredibly dry and just generally not very nice when I’m in the heat, so I think the Bourjois Air Mat foundation will be perfect to hide out my imperfections. It is a a little bit darker that I would usually go for, but with a tan I think it will look ok!

Eyeshadows usually take up so much room, especially palettes, so I’ve chosen the Sleek Original palette as it contains a lot of bright and neutral shades that will be great for evenings and nights out. It’s always really tricky choosing lipsticks as I have such a wide selection of different brands and colours. I think I’ve managed to pick quite wisely, as I have a red, pink and a nude liquid matt colour, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a lipstick to match with any outfit.

If anyone has any suggestions on holiday make up or anyway I can limit the amount I take, then please comment!

 

Lots of Love,

Clox

 

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Summer Holiday Essentials – Part 1

Before I start, I’d just like to mention that I haven’t blogged in a while, a very long while. I’ve been pretty busy lately (obviously lying) and the even bigger excuse, is that I just haven’t felt motivated, more like a writer’s block I think. HOWEVER, I’m going to be blogging everyday this week which is going to be a holiday themed series, until Friday as I am going on holiday, yay! Which leads me on to my post today…

The best part of a holiday I think, is the lead up to it. Getting new clothes, make up and my favourite part is the toiletries/beauty products. I find it so exciting and therapeutic going round Boots and choosing what you want to take with you on holiday. I told Adam that we need to make a list of all the things we need to take and his contribution was “toiletries.” WHAT TOILETRIES?!?! I NEED A FULL ON BREAK DOWN/BRAND/PRICE ETC?! So I was left to my own devices yesterday and these are a few of the things I picked up…

I love a good shower gel, especially on holiday, as I feel like the smell of chlorine just lingers around you all day, not to mention you end up having 500023020 showers a day because it’s so bloody hot. I picked up the Original Source, Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn. I didn’t even know you could even get pink peppercorns, but this smells so delicious and sweet, just like strawberry laces. I always take these on holiday, just because the smells sticks on your skin all day and I definitely know I will be using this all up during my two week stay. (Adam as well)

I find Boots pretty expensive for basic toiletries, even though I used to work there for five years, I didn’t understand why people would want to do their shopping there? However, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a 3 for 2 offer on skincare products. I’ve always loved Palmer’s products because they’re so good for dry skin, that you often get from frazzling in the heat. This Coconut Oil Body Lotion is the perfect size to last throughout my holiday and smells heavenly. It contains all natural ingredients and coconut oil which is the holy god for dry skin. I also noticed that it is Gluten Free. I’ve been reading a lot of forums about how skincare and make up products contain gluten in them, to my surprise, so I was pretty impressed with this! I do also have some aloe vera, but I think this will be particularly good after a nice cold shower, to leave my skin even more hydrated. The next product I got in this offer was my trusty micellar water, which I won’t go into too much detail about, as I do often mention it on my blog! The only thing is, I wish I got a smaller size, as I think it may way my case down a bit, but never mind, Adam will just have to have this in his case! Finally, I got some Nivea Facial Wash Gel, which I always take with me on holiday. I don’t usually use face gels too much, but they’re perfect for hungover holiday mornings when you just want to feel remotely alive.

The next product was some Eucerin Sun Protection Transparent Sun Spray which I have never tried before. It is specially targeted for people with sensitive skin and fry in the sun, like me. I know Eucerin do some amazing skincare products, so I’m very intrigued as to what this will offer me. I particularly like the transparent feature, and that it is a spray, as no one wants sand sticking to their greasy and sticky skin. I have also brought some Nivea sun sprays, but if anyone has used this sun spray, then let me know how you got on.

The last few products I got from Tesco, as Boots did seem particularly pricey on some of the basic essentials I needed, such as deodorant, shampoo, dry shampoo and cotton pads, bla bla bla. I decided to go for a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, just because we made a bit of a boo boo and only got 15 kgs of luggage each, oops. I’ve used this Pantene shampoo and conditioner before and it does make your hair super soft and nourished, and I know it will definitely save a few grams in my luggage! The dry shampoo, I have used before. It is a Tesco own brand and only costs a £1! I usually have the Batiste one, but I couldn’t find any offers on the brand, but as long as this does the job and covers my greasy roots, who cares?

I did purchase a whole lot more stuff, but I feel like these are the toiletry essentials any girl needs to take on her hols.

If anyone has anymore suggestions for some good travel items then feel free to let me know! Is anyone going anywhere nice this year?

Lots of Love,

Clox

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Villages, Zoo's & Ducks

I find that as you get older, you never get to do the fun and simple things anymore, let alone the time to do things! So when I had the opportunity on Saturday to see my good ol’ friend Soph I knew we were going to have a whale of a time, so here is what we got up to.

After the most stress free, relaxing and mellow drive to the countryside and a quick chinwag, it was definitely time for some lunch and a drink. We drove out to a small market town called Market Bosworth, which is just like stepping back in time hundreds of years, except it has a CO-OP and a HSBC on the corner…minor details. We went to an old looking pub/restaurant called The Old Black Horse Inn, which has luxury outdoor seating, definitely not your stereotypical pub garden! Unfortunately, I was driving, so no alcohol beverages for me, sigh, but Soph’s pimms looked amazing, which is perfect on a Summer’s day.We decided to go for a two course lunch which cost around £17 and when the food came out it looked incredible! (Before I start, I would just like to point out that I’m not a food critic/Gordon Ramsay/Masterchef wannabe.) For starter I had a Cajun Chicken Tortilla Stack, which was filled with sour cream, guacamole and sour cream in a crunchy tortilla base, which tasted incredible. It also was ridiculously filling, especially for a starter, that I wasn’t quite sure if I could handle the main. For the main, I had a pan fried Chicken Schnitzel, which at first, I was sceptical about. The last time i had a Chicken Schnitzel was on a boat in Turkey when I felt ridiculously tipsy and sea sick, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would go down! The chicken came with garlic and herb seasoning, roasted tomatoes, chips and a huge bowl of vegetables, so it is fair to say you get your money’s worth at this place.

Twycross Zoo

Who doesn’t love the zoo? It’s such a fun day out, whether it’s with your family, boyfriends and friends, it definitely something to be loved by anyone. I’ve never been to Twycross Zoo before, and i can’t say that I had ever really heard of it before, but a zoo is a zoo, and it has animals, so what’s the worst that can happen? The entry for the zoo was £17.85, which I might add, is pretty pricey compared to other zoo’s in the UK. I must admit I was quite disappointed with the lack of different animals, it was mainly filled with monkeys and the odd kangaroo, even so, this little ginger dude was the cutest thing I had ever seen. It’s so weird how zoo’s take you back to your childhood and that you feel like such a big kid walking around, cooing at the animals and tapping on the glass (not that I did of course…!) Considering it was 2 o’clock on a warm Saturday afternoon, the zoo was surprisingly quiet, which meant getting an ice cream was ridiculously quick! There’s only so much time you can spend at a zoo, once we had looked at all the animals and browsed the expensive, real expensive, gift shop, it was definitely time to leave.

On the way back we decided to relive our inner childhood and feed the ducks at the local park. Although, we were tempted to buy a 4 pack of beers and sit in the park, to also, relive our inner childhood/teen years, however I don’t think that’s acceptable for 22 year olds. As you get older, you wonder how feeding the ducks was ever that fun, it’s not. Ducks, I don’t think, aren’t too fond of bread anymore, much to our disappointment. In the end we just chucked the whole loaf in, to our amusement. If you recognise this park and happen to see a lot of bread floating out, it was probably us, apologies, but at least the ducks won’t starve. The park was so pretty with lots of bluebells dotted about, which made it look so idyllic, which is probably why there was so many couples on dates walking about, awww. After a jam packed day, I was nakard and it was time to leave the adventures behind and go back to the mundane and the adult.

 

Has anyone got any interesting things they’ve been up to lately?

Lots of Love,

Clox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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