I’m such a sucker for a great TV programme that you can sit and bingewatch from beginning to end! My taste in TV is pretty varied, as long as it’s not overly gory or horror based then I can pretty much sit and watch anything. My most notable favourites at present are House of Cards, Luther and Game of Thrones. Whilst these programmes are all on a break, I’ve had to find some new shows to sink my teeth into and this Winter has definitely not disappointed. With instant access to shows and full boxsets on Netflix, there is so much to choose from and it is so readily available. Here’s my list of 4 programmes to watch this Winter…

Designated Survivor 

For starters, the main character is played by Kiefer Sutherland who is a brilliant actor and for anyone who enjoyed 24 or House of Cards then this series will not leave you disappointed. It’s an American political drama which involves a low level cabinet member becoming the President following a catastrophic attack on the night of the State of the Union address. There is currently only 1 series of 10 episodes so it’s really easy to catch up on and I devoured the whole series in a few days. It’s a fast paced thriller with a couple of twists and turns and there is of course the usual mixture of characters you will love and hate!

The OA

Now this one is a little different to my normal programme of choice but I actually really enjoyed it and finished it really quickly. It was suggested to me after I finished Stranger Things which was also a really good sci-fi series btw. The OA is based on Prairie Johnson, a young woman retuning home after a mysterious 7 year disappearance. She returns home with full vision after being blind in her youth and she shares her story with a select few from the community. The series is really fascinating and keeps you on your toes and in the end you will be questioning whether the main character is a miracle or whether she is truly dangerous. It’s a great watch and has an amazing cast and a number of famous faces including Jason Isaacs and Phyllis Smith.

Apple Tree Yard

This is the British television thriller based on the famous novel by Louise Doughty. It’s a story based on Yvonne, a married research scientist who engages in an affair with a complete stranger that she meets in the House of Commons. With the beginning clip showing her being taken away in a police car in handcuffs, it’s needless to say that things don’t go according to plan. This mini series consists of 4 episodes and is available on the BBC iPlayer. I really enjoyed it, it had everything, adultery, crime, lies and it definitely left me wanting to watch the next episode. It’s definitely one to catch up on whether you watch it on TV or if you read the book!

Sherlock Season 4

Now if you haven’t watched any of the Sherlock episodes so far then please leave and come back, you will thank me later! It’s an absolutely epic series with incredible acting from both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They are the perfect TV duo! Season 4 was just incredible and Mark Gatiss, the creator and actor who plays Mycroft needs to take a bow. The whole series just had me like the 😮 emoji the whole way through. This season, more than any other has divided opinion but I personally really enjoyed it. Yes it was hella complicated and my brain legit hurt after watching each episode but I think the characters are so excellently portrayed and the script is really good and it certainly entices me to keep watching. I won’t spoil it for any fans out there but I would definitely recommend you watch this season or if you haven’t watched any Sherlock before, give it a go!

 

Which TV programmes are you watching or looking forward to this Winter?

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Ok, I know the Warm Neutrals palette has been out for like a gazillion years but I only recently purchased it and I just had to write my thoughts about it. I have read so many reviews on this palette before and was so tempted to give it a go but could never justify spending £65.00 on an eyeshadow palette that is of a similar tonal range to so many other palettes that I own. Then the price came down to £49.50. Then I saw it in duty free for around £45.00 and then I just couldn’t say no. Safe to say, I love this palette. I have described my love for warm neutral shades before. They are my absolute go-to day in, day out. They are such an easy shade to wear no matter the occasion so in my eyes, the more warm neutrals, the better (my bank balance would disagree!).

Although they are few and far between, there are two really lovely matte shades in this palette – Dance in the Dark and Saddle. Dance in the Dark is the deepest shade in the palette, in the top right hand corner. It’s darker than a brown or purple but isn’t quite a black. It’s a great shade to build depth in the outer corner of your eye. Saddle is the shade below, a lovely well-rounded brown matte shade. This is one of my absolute favourites eyeshadow bases as its such a versatile and easy to use shade.

[L-R] Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark

Next we have the Satin shades. Warm Breeze begins the line up and is a pale pink shade which I would almost class as a matte. It doesn’t have the biggest colour pay off due to its pale nature but is a nice shade to have in the palette nonetheless. Brule is another Satin shade which is a pale beige-tray shade which is great for all over the lid. Butterfudge is a light brown with a slight beige/gold shimmer.

Veluxe Pearl shades are up next. These are some of my favourites from this palette. They are so creamy and soft and they apply like an absolute dream. In this winning formula is Hey, a slightly pink off-white shimmer shade. Lemon Tart, a yellow-gold toned shimmer shade. And Unwind, a beautiful olive-khaki shade with a lovely shimmer running through it.

[L-R] Brule, Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle

Bring on the Frosts. These are an absolute dream <3 Ginger Snap is a lovely metallic rose/berry shade. Vanilla Extract is a lovely light gold shade, perfect for an inner corner highlight. Then Amber Lights, one of my staples in this palette. It’s a bright golden-orange shade with incredible colour payoff. These are my absolute favourite eyeshadow tones!

Making up the Velvet shades are Dark Brew, a deep chocolate shade with small flecks of pink sparkle and Divine Decadence, a dark brown shade with slight red undertones to it.

[L-R] Lemon Tart, Creative Copper, Butterfudge, Divine Decadence, Unwind

Last but by no means least are the Lustre shades. Honey Lust is a peachy bronze shade packed full of shimmer. I’m not so keen on the finish of this one as it’s quite hard to build up to anything special. Creative Copper is a much better Lustre shade that really does pack a punch. This seems much more creamy than Honey Lust and is easier to apply. It’s a lovely copper shade to give that extra pizazz to your makeup.

Overall this palette is really beautiful and considering the reduced price, I really couldn’t fault it. There are a lovely mix of shades but all staying within the ‘warm neutrals’ category so you can mix and match to your hearts content. There are some really pretty matte shades and the shimmers are too die for and really do give an excellent colour payoff. In terms of pre-made palette vs make it yourself, I do think that you would use most of the shades in this palette and there are no offensive or really disappointing shades. In terms of price point, you are really making a great saving by buying a pre made palette instead. For anyone who loves warm neutral shades as much as I do then I would definitely recommend this palette!

 

 

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If you missed my post last month about Nutribuddy and my first impressions then head over here. I have been trialling their weight loss kit for the last 14 days and wanted to give you my honest account of the product and what it has done for me. As detailed in my first impressions post, the kit contains enough sculpting whey powder, multivitamins and hunger fix tablets to last you the full course. I decided to opt for the Chocolate flavour because lord knows I have a sweet tooth! Of course it doesn’t taste exactly like a chocolate bar, however, I actually really enjoyed the flavour and it wasn’t something that I tired of.

I have previously tried diet shakes before and haven’t been keen on the flavour and sometimes they can be a little chalky but this certainly wasn’t the case with this  powder. I was also provided with a shaker and a scoop so it’s incredibly easy to measure out and make your drinks and takes no time at all. For me, the greatest benefit of this powder is that it is incredibly flexible and you can adapt it into your lifestyle as little or as much as you like. I decided to use it as a meal replacement for my breakfast on weekdays and a lunch replacement on weekends. Normally I would have a warm bowl of porridge before heading to work and so it was slightly unusual to be drinking a shake but it was very easy to adapt into this new lifestyle. I actually really struggle ensuring I drink enough liquids throughout the day and so it actually really benefited me consuming such a large volume of liquid before my day had properly started. Plus, the fact that it was chocolate flavoured definitely helped!

You can mix the shakes with water or milk, depending on your preference. I personally opted for half water and half soya milk to ensure a good balance of creaminess and also keeping an eye on my calories. That’s another great benefit of the shakes, there are only around 115 calories per shake so it’s an incredibly effective way of feeling full and fantastic without a large intake of calories.

For me, the hidden gem of the kit was the multivitamins. Now vitamins and tablets isn’t something I’ve ever taken before but taking a daily tablet quickly became normal and I really did see the benefits almost immediately. I have mentioned on here before about my bouts of acne and I have definitely noticed a reduction in my breakouts in the last 2 weeks, something I believe is down to taking these multivitamins as not much else has changed in my daily lifestyle.

The hunger fix tablets can be consumed 15 minutes – 1 hour before you are due to eat a meal. You can take either 1 or 2 tablets but you must ensure that you drink a full glass of water for each tablet. I tried the tablets a couple of times and they definitely reduced my hunger pangs. I did still want to eat and maintain a normal eating routine throughout the two weeks so I didn’t use the tablets too extensively but for anyone who is wanting a kick start or that extra boost then these are definitely worth a try.

So over the course of the 14 days I lost 4 pounds in weight and have definitely toned up on my stomach and arms. I would definitely consider that a success!

Overall, I really liked the kit and I think it is a really well rounded way to start your weight loss process and it is really easy to maintain. The shakes are really nice and are a lot better than other brands that I have tried before. The multivitamins and hunger fix tablets are additional resources that you can use to keep your hunger at bay and to ensure that you are taking in all the essential nutrients to get you through the day. I definitely think that the kit works and for anyone who is interested you can give Nutribuddy a try for yourself here.

 

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