If you read my recent Blogtober blog swap then you’ll know that I am a huge Halloween fan. Although I’m a total wimp when it comes to anything scary, I still love to celebrate so I thought I’d share the top five things to do in and around Essex this Halloween.

  1. Scaresville – Scaresville is a haunted village which mysteriously appears in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Suffolk every autumn. It is one of Britain’s top scare attractions. There’s no venue like Scaresville and no comparable range of scares as to be encountered at Scaresville, a previous winner of a prestigious Screamie Award.”
  2. Cursed – ” With only adrenaline, and your so called friends by your side, prepare to meet some of the most evil creatures around, as you join the revolt, at the largest fright night experience in Essex. Cursed is Essex’s No. 1 Award-winning Halloween fright night experience, set in the eerie grounds of Wat Tyler Country Park, near Basildon. During the evening, you will pass through a series of scare mazes which are themed to disturb, distort and scare the living daylights out of you.”
  3. Pumpkin Patch – “We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field! So that is what we did and you loved it!  So why not join in the fun – all you need to do is put on your wellies and bring the whole family to the patch where you can walk through the mud and pick your very own pumpkin!”
  4. The Seance – “Brand New Attraction for 2017, The Seance – it is the UK’s First Panic Room Experience. It is a one-of-a-kind Scare Attraction where we challenge YOU to last the full duration without hitting the panic button! Open Year-Round, with extended opening hours during Halloween… it is located in the heart of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.”
  5. Ghost Walk, Hangmans Hill – “Previous guests during this bone chilling ghost walk, have reported being pushed, touched and have a feeling of being followed by unseen Spirits. Join us on the ghostly walk that is Hangman’s Hill – take part in a series of ghostly walks, tales and local legends. During the walk you will take in several stops to hear tales of ghosts, hauntings,local history and murder. This is then followed by a stop nearby the eerie cemetery and an area that was once the site of a grand house, said to be still haunted by the family and staff that once lived there. You will be taken on a walk through the woods to carry out a seance during which our Medium will then attempt to contact the spirits and energies of any ghosts that may be present. As the evening continues you will hear many other tales that include sightings of a troubled spirit who runs in front of passing cars glaring into the eyes of drivers before disappearing, the ghost of a dead girl who is said to have drowned near the Kings Oak Pub, the penny farthing ghost, a headless horsemen and much much more… “

Are you brave enough for any of this? How will you be spending Halloween?

Halloween Essex

Is it just me or is finding the perfect foundation the hardest task ever? I have tried so many foundations over the year, I’ve fallen in love with many and I’ve fallen out of love with many too.

When I’ve found a product I love the formula either changes, it gets discontinued or my skin just decides to throw a tantrum and decide it’s no longer compatible with the foundation. The latter is what happened recently so off I went again, on the hunt for the perfect foundation.

I had heard sooo many amazing things about the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation but had never got round to trying it…until now!

I always go for medium coverage which is buildable for day or night which is something that attracted me to this foundation. That, and the fact that it claims to have a 24-hour lasting power.

It’s been two months since I’ve been using the Double Wear foundation now and I’m still yet to decide if it’s going to be my forever foundation but my feelings have definitely been positive. When Estee Lauder claimed that the Double Wear had the power to last 24 hours, they weren’t kidding. You know when you get to the end of a long day and remove your make-up and the foundation is pretty much non-existent? It’s the opposite with this product. In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s still as much left on as when I put it on that morning.

Another thing that I love is that a little really does go a long way. I don’t like heavy coverage with my make-up, it just doesn’t suit me, and at first I just couldn’t get on with this foundation as it seemed so heavy. It turns out, I was just putting too much on. I know, I know, you’re wondering how I didn’t realise sooner? I was literally putting on a normal amount but as soon as I reduced this it was the perfect finish.

The only small downside to this foundation is that it can leave my skin feeling quite dry so moisturising before you put it on is so important. I think the reason it feels so dry is because it is designed to last a long time and therefore needs to be. To me, this is a small price to pay for a long lasting foundation!

You can purchase the Double Wear Foundation here.

What’s your go-to foundation?

Double Wear

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The cold weather is officially here which of course means, so is my eczema…yay (not). I’ve had eczema ever since I was born and it is something that I’ve struggled with year after year.

Over the years I’ve tried hundreds of different creams and treatments, and I’m not even exaggerating. I get eczema over the majority of my body with the worst being on my hands, arms, and forehead…the only places you see come winter!

Despite all of the different creams, both prescription and over the counter, as well as natural remedies I’ve not yet found a cream that doesn’t contain steroids and has worked. Unfortunately, although steroid cream helps best, there are lots of reasons why steroid cream isn’t so great including the fact it thins out your skin and can damage it further.

This is why when Dermalex got in touch and offered me the chance to review their steroid-free treatment I was really keen to do so. In all honesty, I didn’t really expect to see any results but I’ve gotten to the stage when there’s no harm in trying!

I’ve been using the Dermalex eczema treatment night and day for four weeks now and started using it at the first sign of eczema with the hope of getting to it before it got worse.

And the results are in *drumroll*…There has been a big change in my eczema compared to how it normally progresses each year. Don’t get me wrong, this treatment hasn’t changed my life as such and hasn’t completely cleared up my eczema. However, it’s definitely an improvement compared to previous years. Dermalex is working to help people manage their skin conditions, they don’t promise an overnight miracle cure and this is exactly what this treatment is doing. It’s helping me to manage my skin condition and hopefully will continue to help across winter.

Dermalex

 

*This treatment was gifted to me by Dermalex however, all opinions are my own.

 

Blogtober Day 13 

I’m a total baby when it comes to food and I’ve vowed to try and be more adventurous and try new things. I’ve also vowed to try and make better food choices. This is why, when an email regarding trying some new adventure-themed vegetable snacks landed in my inbox, I knew that I needed to find out more.

Personal trainer, fitness instructor and lifestyle coach, Chiara Pellegrino has teamed up with new vegetable snack Off The Eaten Path, to encourage the nation to step away from the mundane treadmill and instead be adventurous with their exercise routine – and find something new which they will love. This is what attracted me to the brand and left me knowing that I needed to find out more!

Off The Eaten Path are a range of new snacks made with real vegetables so I kind of expected them to taste a bit bleurgh and dull. However, I had to eat my words…literally. Despite being made with real vegetables these snacks genuinely taste like crisps but not quite as heavy and almost refreshing, if that’s possible?

Because they’re made from vegetables and are made from ingredients such as rice, green peas, pinto beans and white beans, Off The Eaten Path snacks make the perfect snack to carry around in your gym bag or keep at your desk so that you can refuel whenever your body needs a boost.

Off The Eaten Path flavours include:

  • Sea Salt Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
  • Sour Cream and Cracked Black Pepper Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
  • Sea Salt Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks
  • Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Vinegar Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks

Off the Eaten Path

*These snacks were gifted however all views and opinions are my own.

 

Blogtober Day 12 

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that lately, I’ve been getting my bake on. Now that we have our own home I seem to have found a love for baking and cooking. This is something I definitely never expected. Moving forward, I’m going to try and do regular recipe/how to posts on here to share some of my bakes/dishes…enjoy!

I thought I’d start with possibly the easiest recipe in the world…no, really, it is so easy. I’ve never been a huge fan of flapjacks however when Liam told me how much he liked them I thought I’d give it a go. Not only have I realised that I actually do love flapjacks but I’ve also realised they are so easy to bake. Flapjacks also last 4-5 days when kept in an airtight container so I’ve been baking a batch on a Sunday to last the week. Now, onto the how-to:

Ingredients (makes nine flapjacks):

  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 125g Butter (you can also use reduced fat spread which is what I use to make it slightly healthier)
  • 125g Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsps Golden Syrup (I like my flapjacks slightly gooey however if this isn’t for you, go for 2-3 tbsps)
  • 100g chocolate chips (you can swap these for raisins or go for plain flapjacks without either)

Method:

When I said that this recipe was easy, I wasn’t kidding!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and lightly grease an ovenproof dish
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave
  3. Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and then add the porridge oats and chocolate chips
  4. Slowly stir in the syrup until it is fully mixed in
  5. Pat the mix into the ovenproof dish and score nine pieces with a knife
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the oats are golden brown
  7. Tah-Dah! Enjoy warm with ice cream or leave to cool and enjoy over the next few days

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What is your go-to recipe? Let me know in the comments below.