There’s nothing better than a good bar of soap. It’s a love that I get from my mum who is always easy to buy for; a bar of soap and she’s good to go. The only thing better than a good bar of soap is one that is homemade.

The Pamper Kingdom offers homemade soaps in a range of flavours with everything from toffee apple to hot chocolate and spicy orange (oh my goodness!).

I have quite a few allergies and sensitive skin but I was lucky enough to get my hands on three different flavours that were allergen free. This is something that I always struggle with, especially with homemade soaps, as often they contain almond oil because of the benefits it has on your skin. My skin only benefits from this oil in the way of a big old red rash!

The Pamper Kingdom offers a variety of allergen free soaps with loads of amazing flavours/scents so there’s a soap for everyone (typical sales pitch!).

I do sometimes find that homemade soaps can either be overly scented so that they’re actually quite sickly or the opposite and they don’t smell at all. However, you can tell that The Pamper Kingdom has a lot of experience and take the time to test different ingredients etc because the scents were beautiful.

Not only do the soaps look and smell amazing but they also lather up easily which again, is something that homemade soaps often don’t do.

What is your favourite soap scent?

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Getting a dog is a big commitment. Yes, their puppy eyes and endless cuddles may tell you different but in reality, they’re a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, the work is so worth it but there’s a few things that you need to know/think about before getting a dog.

  1. Research breeds – Every dog breed is different. They all have different behaviours, habits and medical requirements. Some dogs need exercising a few times a day whereas some prefer to lounge around and sleep all day. Some breeds can eat regular dog food whereas some require a specific diet. All of this is so important and you need to make sure your lifestyle suits the breed. It can be easy to just go for the breed that look the cutest but trust me, you’ll wish you’d done your research beforehand.
  2. Your lifestyle – I’m really lucky as Coco is very low maintenance and although we walk her every day, she doesn’t actually need to be. She’d be just as happy chilling at home. We’re also lucky that my mum lives just five minutes down the road and checks in on Coco during the day to let her out for a wee, walk her, etc. If you work long hours and don’t have time to look after a dog properly then it’s not fair on the dog.
  3. Your location – Your location is so important when getting a dog. For example, if you live on the 10th floor of a block of flats, taking your dog out for a wee every hour or so is going to take a lot of effort. Realistically, is this something that you’re going to commit to? If you live in a busy town centre and can’t safely walk your dog unless you drive somewhere, are you really going to drive 20 minutes or so every day to walk your dog and 20 minutes to get home? If neither of these things put you off and you’re 100% sure you’ll stick to it then that’s not a problem but just think long and hard about it.
  4. Rehoming – There are so many dogs that need rehoming and there are so many organisations and charities that are on a mission to rehome these dogs. Before you go off and buy a tiny puppy just because it looks cute, research your local rehoming centres to see if they have any suitable dogs that you could help change the life of.

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Baking on a Sunday has become my new thing. I’ve suddenly discovered a love for baking and adapting recipes. One of my latest recipes is Homemade sausage rolls. This recipe took a couple of attempts with a few tweaks to the recipe but I’ve finally cracked it!

Ingredients (makes 48 sausage rolls):

  • 4 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg
  • 500g pork mince
  • 500g sausage mince
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 60ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 1 finely chopped brown onion
  • 1 finely chopped red onion
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220c
  2. Combine both minces, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, honey, mixed herbs, onions, carrot and garlic cloves in a bowl and mix together using your hands
  3. Lay the pastry sheet out and cut it in half horizontally. Spoon 1/8 of the mixture evenly along one side of the pastry.
  4. Mix the egg and milk in a bowl and brush the mixture along the opposite side of the pastry
  5. Roll the pastry up with the seam side down. Brush the egg and milk mixture along the top of the pastry, ensuring that it’s fully coated.
  6. Cut the pastry into six even pieces and place these onto a lightly greased baking tray.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 seven times with the additional pastry sheets and mixture.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes or slightly longer until the sausage rolls are golden.

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Why not bake some easy flapjacks to enjoy alongside the sausage rolls?

If you read my recent post about my eczema then you’ll know that now the colder months have officially arrived, so has my eczema. One of the places that I get my eczema is my face and it can be pretty hard to cover when I’m in the midst of a flare-up. Foundation doesn’t quite do it so when I was given the opportunity to try out Keromask’s full coverage make-up, I knew I had to take up the offer.

Keromask specialises in camouflage makeup and is designed to disguise all skin imperfections, including: acne, vitiligo, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, under-eye dark circles and unwanted tattoos.

I ordered the Translucent Mineral Rich Loose Finishing Powder which is designed to set the foundation and help keep it waterproof as well as prepare the skin for additional products to be applied, e.g. eye shadows and blushers. I’ve used loads of finishing powders over the year and when I put applied this product, I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the formula. It didn’t leave me with the smooth feeling that setting powders usually do. However, there’s no denying that it works, and it works well.

Now, onto the products that you all want to hear about; the Camouflage Creams. I chose a couple of shades as well as a white mixer so that I could make sure I have the right tone to last me all winter…even during prime pale time! With this cream, a little goes a long way so although the tube seems small, it’ll last for ages.

The creams cover eczema amazingly and don’t even leave a trace that it’s there. In fact, I kind of wish I had a tattoo just so that I could test it because I’ve been genuinely impressed.

Have you used camouflage makeup before? What are your thoughts?

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I recently discovered Soy wax candles. I actually found out about these candles when looking at houses and the owner told me the possible dangers of normal wax candles and the chemicals they produce. To be honest, I haven’t yet taken the time to sit down and fully research this, however, I have taken the time to find out more about Soy wax candles. Additionally, I am still using normal wax candles I am just more aware of the different types.

As part of this journey, I have discovered a few different brands of candles and have even made some Soy wax candles of my own. One of these brands is Imogen’s LuxuriesI discovered Imogen’s Luxuries at a recent charity fair and the amazing sell of the reed diffusers and Soy wax candles instantly attracted me to the stall, and you know that I’m a sucker for a nice candle!

Imogen’s Luxuries had an amazing selection of different scents and it took me ages to decide on the product I wanted. But, in true autumn blogger style, I went for Apple Spice. I wish that our technology was so developed that you could smell the candle through your phone, laptop, or whatever device you’re reading this on because I kid you not, this is probably one of the nicest scents I’ve ever had in a candle. The scent automatically makes me feel cosy and I only need to have burnt the candle for 10 minutes or so for the smell to fill my entire home, and last for the next couple of hours.

Can we also talk about Imogen’s Luxuries’ packaging? It is so beautiful. It’s simple but completely catches your eye and because of the neutral colours is suitable for any room in the home. 1 Soy wax candles 2 Soy wax candles 3 Soy wax candles 4