If you frequent my local area of Milton Keynes then I am sure you have heard of Frosts in Woburn Sands

It is ultimately a garden centre but local peeps know it offers so much more than that. Frosts put on an impressive array of events throughout the year from their infamous Santa’s Grotto, a sandy beach in the summer and a real ice rink in the winter. Then there’s the various hands-on events that can teach you how to make candles, wreaths or flower arrangements. They even advertise special events in their restaurant with various themed afternoon teas. 


But for now it’s October, it’s half term, Halloween is exactly one week away and the circus is in town. Having set up home in a big black striped circus tent at Frosts Woburn Sands, they are promising spooky thrills with a Halloween themed family show. So what does that entail? Keep reading…


Review: Essence All About Nudes Eye Shadow Palette + FREE Giveaway


Flicking through the September issue of Cosmopolitan I find myself engrossed in an article from beauty journalist Lucy Partington. 

In it she explains that before she became a beauty journalist, she lived with the assumption that when it comes to beauty, you get what you pay for. She isn’t the only one and I’m sure a lot of us are guilty of thinking “the higher the price tag, the more the product must be desirable, more efficient or superior” #MakeUpSnob. 

One particular product that caught my eye in disbelief was the mention of an eye shadow palette from a brand of makeup I had never heard of before called Essence. Stocked and sold at Wilko stores. 


Yes, Wilko. No glamorous makeup counter in a fancy department store. You don’t get much more basic than the high street bargain store that is Wilko. Was I reading this right?

The specific product mentioned is the Essence All About Nudes Eye Shadow Palette with the words (and I quote Lucy with saying) “One of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever used”. Pretty impressive quote huh? How could I not check this out?


Did you notice it costs all of £4? 

How could I not stomp my disbelieving shoes down to Wilko to pick one up for myself to put a stop to these crazy thoughts I was having? Could I really find the best eye shadow palette from Wilko?


On first glances the palette has very basic clear plastic packaging and there is no applicators included with the palette. 

This isn’t a massive deal. As long as the packaging keeps the eye shadows covered, I’m not bothered and I never use the cheap flimsy applicators that tend to appear in these sort of products. I, like most girls have a collection of trusty makeup brushes and they do the job quite nicely!


8 different shades are included. Some with a hint of sheen and some matt.

The lightest shades are so light that I am confident that this palette is suitable for even the palest of skin tones and can be used for highlighting. 


And then down at the other end of the palette is a good selection of tans and darker browns and a glimmering gold colour. 


I did some swatches on my forearm and I found the eye shadows to be soft, easy to blend and offer a very subtle finish on my tan skin that can be built up if needed.


Some of the mid tones really did struggle to show up on my skin just because they are so similar in colour but I take this as both a compliment received and given. Proof that these can be blended seamlessly to create the perfect natural yet flawless look. 


Overall I think the palette is very versatile and although offer a good choice of colours and finishes. 

If I had one criticism of the palette then it’s that the powders crumble very, very easily, especially when compared to some of my other eye shadows, so do watch out for fallout! 


But the criticism aside, this palette costs the grand sum of £4. In a world where the average best-selling eye shadow palette costs around £40 that makes the Essence All About Nudes 90% cheaper, now that’s something worth shouting about. 

For nude looks then this palette is all you need. There is also an All About Bronze Eye Shadow Palette that I really want to add to my makeup bag. It has a collection of stronger bronze tones that I feel will suit my olive complexion really well. 

Do you have any beauty product secrets or favourite products that cost pennies but do their job amazingly well? Let me know. You can email me anytime at


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What’s On in MK: Halloween 2016

It’s that time of year again when TWD and AHS are back on our TV’s, things go bump in the night and everyone is wondering what to do for Halloween. 

Here’s my definitive guide for What’s On in Milton Keynes for Halloween 2016!


Review: The Anchor Aspley Guise

The Anchor is a pub and restaurant in the village of Aspley Guise on the outskirts of the borough of Milton Keynes. Under new management it has recently undergone a very expensive face lift to the tune of £600k that has completely overhauled this village pub into an exciting and sophisticated social spot.


How could I resist heading over to Aspley Guise to see exactly what’s been happening in this laid back village…?!


Happy 1st Birthday Rev de Cuba MK!

Last night I attended Revolucion de Cuba’s First Birthday Fiesta to mark a major milestone for the popular MK nightspot. 

Has the curse of The Theatre District been broken? Read on to find out… 


Review: Lush Cosmetics Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bath Bomb

Somewhere Over The Rainbow bath bomb was a brand new product for 2016. An Oxford Street exclusive for the Easter 2016 range that popped up in the Lush Kitchen back in March. 

The morning it was released in the Lush Kitchen (same day as the Lush Tweet Bubble Bars) I sadly missed out on securing one. So how did it end up in my possession? Read on…


Review: Lush Cosmetics Monsters’ Ball Bath Bomb

He’s got his eye on the perfect bath…


EEK! It’s that spooky time of year again! Halloween items are haunting my local Lush in Milton Keynes and I couldn’t resist bringing a few of the spooks home to see just how scarily good they are.