Cosy at the Club

A relatively new edition to the Coventry restaurant scene is the ultra hip and trendy Cosy Club. Located in the heart of Coventry in Broadgate this modern hipster restaurant isn't out of place alongside the likes of Wagamamas and Las Iguanas. Boosting a beautiful outdoor terrace area overlooking the Lady Godiva herself and 4.7 miles of reclaimed wooden floorboards it is no surprise that this restaurant attracts the crowds 7-days a week, not only for the fabulous food but also the delicious cocktails on offer. 

Since The Cosy Club came to Coventry I myself have tried it twice. On one occasion I opted for the Tapas, with 3 choices for £11.95 served with ciabatta you certainly won't go hungry. From the Tapas menu I decided to try a few dishes I normally wouldn't consider, Pulled Chicken & Chorizo, Spicy Chicken Wings and Beef & Pork Meatballs. I'm a massive fan of Tapas as I love dishes that allow you to try something different and with Tapas because they are smaller dishes if you don't like all the dishes you won't leave hungry because you'll have other alternatives to choose from.

On my second dining experience I would decide to opt for a main course, although I did really enjoy the Tapas I thought it only fair to try something different. Totally unoriginal but I went for the Fish & Chips, beer battered cod, with thick-cut chips, minty mushy garden peas and tartar sauce for £11.95. As will all Fish & Chips this traditional meal really filled me up and I must say the highlight of the meal for me had to be the peas. Normally I'm not a fan of peas and will avoid them at all cost but these were just incredible with a hint of mint and I wouldn't hesitate to have this meal a second time around. For dessert I obviously went for something chocolaty with the Chocolate Pot with raspberry coulis and shortbread biscuit.  After the Fish & Chips the Chocolate Pot finished me off and I couldn't quite manage it all, I think my tummy felt a little overwhelmed by chocolate to say the least.

So if you're looking for somewhere to eat or even drink I would definitely recommend The Cosy Club. It offers a whole host of unique meals you won't find anywhere else in Coventry from the Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Burger to the Empire Curry and some incredible cocktails, my personal favourite is the ultra refreshing gin based English Garden.  

**My second visit to The Cosy Club Coventry was complimentary to review the restaurant, all opinions are honest and my own

10 Reasons Blogging is Toxic

Throughout my time as a blogger I constantly have random thoughts and questions about blogging and is it really worth it? Part of me thinks that blogging and everything that surrounds it can be totally toxic, I still continue to do it as it is something I love despite how hard it can be to manage and uphold even if you're a full-time blogger let alone working a 40-hour a week job on top. Here are my 10 toxic thoughts: - 

1. You constantly compare yourself to other bloggers. Why doesn't my blog look that good? Where do they get all of their ideas from? How did they get that perfect Instagrammable worth photo?

2. Blogging takes up a heck a lot of time, meaning sometimes you might have to cancel plans or you can't spend your evenings vegging out having a Netflix marathon, potentially resulting in your partner being slightly miffed but ever so understanding.

3. Why do certain bloggers get more opportunity than others? Another case of the green eyed monster although I would never begrudge anybody of having opportunities I can't help but think why not me? 

4. Twitter feuds! Lets be honest Twitter has been doing overtime with fellow bloggers having disagreements. Nothing wrong with that but in my opinion sometimes it can go too far. 

5. Those blog posts that make you question your entire blogging existence "5 Reasons Why I Will Never Return To Your Blog" I think I might shed a tear.

6. Why did I pick such a darn expensive hobby? Yes you can always work with what you got but you'll always want to upgrade to make your blog the best it can possibly be. From a new laptop to the latest camera and don't even get me started on those haul treats you need to buy for a post.

7. The constant struggle between deciding whether to be a blogger or enter the world of YouTube.

8. Coming up with original and interesting posts, I regularly try to brainstorm ideas for my blog but it's one thing writing ideas down and actually producing a post. 

9. Re-taking the same photo multiple times because you just don't like it. 

10. The struggle of keeping your tech charged up! Phone, check! Camera, check! Laptop, check! 

I hope I'm not the only one out there that sometimes has these frustrations and thoughts? Let me know if you can relate to any of my blogging woes or if you have any other struggles with the blogging life? 

Obsessions #3 ♡

Keeping it small this time around I actually don't have that many products I'm really obsessing over at the moment. I'm not sure why I think it might be because its been that time of the month and my skins been reacting really badly to it especially around my chin and jawline, I have no idea why as it's never usually this bad but I can only assume that the heat isn't helping with keeping my skin clear and oil free, let me know if you have any recommendations on how to control hormonal spots or adult acne I'd really appreciate any tips or help. With that being said a few of the products I've been enjoying using are skincare related but I'm still currently experimenting with products to help with my breakouts so there aren't that many and I've been almost detoxing from makeup to help were possible and as I've been off from work for over a week on annual leave and not necessarily going out this has been a great opportunity to go makeup free.

 P.S Pro Brush Primark £1.00: - After seeing all of these oval precision brushes all of the internet I was like no way is this for me and dismissed it pretty much straight away. Let much just say how wrong was I? I mean move over your generic foundation brush and Beauty Blender because I ain't looking back! This has completely changed the way I apply my make up and I couldn't be more than happier with the results it gives. I swear it honestly leaves my skin looking airbrushed it applies foundation that well. I've also been using it to apply my concealer under my eyes, on my nose and on my chin/ jawline area and again brilliant. The P.S Pro Brush just literally works wonders in buffs in my foundation so smoothly and my concealer application has never looked so faultless leaving no creased lines or patchiness. I'm almost tempted to purchase the amazing 8 piece Makeup Revolution Precision Brush Collection but at £45.00 at the moment it's a tad out of my price range even if that equates to just over £5.50 per brush, the struggles of saving hey?

Benefit They're Real Mascara Mini £9.95: - On my quest to use up some of my mini products, seriously I don't know how I accumulate so many of them, I took a couple of my mini Benefit mascaras to London with me including this one and Benefit Badgal Lash Mini Mascara £5.00. Although I did like the Badgal mascara I felt the applicator was a little bit OTT for me and the size of it scared me a tad, not something I'd want to be putting near to my eyes on a restless morning of fears of poking my eyes out. But the applicator on the They're Real mascara is ideal for me and something I feel much more comfortable using. I will say Benefit have done a great job with these mascaras as they hold out incredibly well and once the end of the day comes I struggle to remove every last trace of mascara all be it I try my hardest. The They're Real adds a nice bit of length to my lashes and since using it in London my love for mascaras is starting to grow again as before I could take it or leave it... yes I know shocking, people always find that bizarre as mascara is something they can't do without even if it's the only piece of makeup they're applying but I can honestly be happy without it. I'd certainly recommend the mini mascaras if you are travelling anywhere as they come in super cute small packaging suitable to pop in either your handbag or makeup bag for the journey, plus they last out really well considering they are in miniature version.  

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter £6.00 50ml: - Admittedly I would have never have purchased this myself but The Body Shop kindly gifted it to me when I attended an event a few months ago and I've been using it on and off ever since. The strawberry scent seriously lingers longingly once applied to the skin, I like to use it just after I've showered and am about to jump in to my pyjamas for the night, with that being said I can actually smell it on my pyjamas right now after it's transferred on to them. Despite it being a smaller body butter I've almost used it all up and that's a great achievement within my skincare routine because I almost hate moisturising my body and I have a lot of products to choose from so to be nearly coming to an end I'd say it's done well. 

 Revolution Radiant Lights Glow £5.00: - I honestly can't believe this is the first time I'm talking about this product as I'm absolutely in love with it, so much so I use it more or less every single day to the point I've had to swap it out to allow my other highlighting products to get some use. Paul actually brought this for me for my birthday all the way back in June a I'd popped it on my birthday list, believe me the Makeup Revolution list was looooong as they are one or if not my favourite makeup brand for both quality and affordability and I'd be shock if a day goes by without a Makeup Revolution product being in my makeup routine. Initially when I opened up this highlighter I gasped and thought I wouldn't be able to pull it off but it transfers as such a beautiful light bronze shimmery highlighter on to my skin and has been the perfect highlighting buddy for the summertime. 

Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel £2.90 15ml: - What an absolute lifesaver this has been over the past fortnight. In times of need or shell we say "that time of the month" I needed something to help with a) my spots in general and b) the horrendous redness that came with them. Luckily I remember I had this 10ml sample size of Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear from when I attended one of Abbigayle's from Stealstylist events Summer Scoop. This teamed with my Tea Tree oil treatment has worked wonders and I've really seen my spots reduce over night once I've applied the treatment gel. I'll certainly be keeping this one handy for the next time I suffer from any hormonal breakouts that's for sure. 

Little bit Lavish subscription box included in £20.00 per month Satin Leg Gloss £9.00 30ML: - Included in a subscription box gifted to me at the #BloggerTikiParty was this gorgeous Satin Leg Gloss by Evolve Beauty. The subscription box it came in was the Little bit Lavish box a brand new pamper product service perfect for pampering yourself with every month. Inside the box you will receive beautiful products to help you relax including face masks, lips balm or even a luxurious bathbomb the possibilities of pamper are endless believe me. The satin leg gloss that came inside the box is an impressive full size product designed to give your legs a glossy high shine finish and it does just that. I've been applying this dry body oil frequently throughout the summer as not only is it perfect at making your pins look banging in that playsuit it actually helps keep them soft and smooth after shaves. Just to make it even more fancy the mineral mica and titanium, yea I said titanium, will add a sparkle to your legs and the scent of sweet candy will leave peoples mouths watering, okay maybe a tad too far. 

 Heavan by Deborah Mitchell Weekenders Skincare Kit £28.00 10ml per product: - I couldn't contain my excitement when the lovely girls from Heaven at the #BloggerTikiParty said we could take some of the full size products home, what a kind gesture and a brilliant way to try out a new skincare brand. Lucky for me I got to take home the Weekenders Skincare Kit Anti Ageing, there are also other variations of the kit including acne, eczema and rosacea to name a few out of the 9 available, but considering the consultant ladies only had this one available this is the one I was gifted plus although I don't like to admit it, it is more than likely the one I would have opted for myself as I'm pushing thirty now. Included in the set you get Orange Flower Cell Renewal Hydro-gel, Bee Polish, Hydro Cleansing Milk these are pictured above as well as Age Defiance Moisturiser 5ml and sachets of Willow Bee Mask and Bee Bee Cream. I've included the 3 products above as these are the only once I've had the opportunity to try out so far plus I want to save the sachets for when I really need them, preferably when I need some youth restoring in to my face at the end of a working week. These are the perfect trio to pack away in your travel bag for your skincare routine and at the moment I tend to use them of a night time once I've removed all of my makeup. The hydro-gel in particular has to be my favourite as it freshens up my skin so much after a long day and you can even double it up and use it as a primer. After trying out these products I'll certainly be looking towards the Heaven brand more for skincare especially since I'm approaching my thirties and I honestly believe in looking after your skin at all ages but do we truly care about it until we get that little bit older? 

Although a small collection of products this time around I'm proud to say that there are some different brands included that might actually be new to some people out there. Hopefully you've taken some inspiration from my recommended products and will be excited to potentially try them out as well. I'd love to hear if you have tried out any of the above products in particular anything from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, Evolve or if you are interested in signing up to the Little bit Lavish subscription box. 

Creightons Shampoo & Conditioner Review

My favourite current shampoo and conditioner has to be the Creightons Beautiful Brunette. I decided to try this out a while ago when I spied it in my local pound shop and thought it was worth a go. Lucky for me the wonderful people at Soapbox PR contacted me to send me some of the Creightons products and because I already knew I loved the products I obviously jumped at the chance to try them out again plus some more products from the Creightons range. Of course being a true brunette I've been using the Beautiful Brunette shampoo and conditioner the most and can give the most detailed review about these products in particular. The Beautiful Brunette range consists of argon and chestnut, something in particular that really stands out to me with the Creightons range is that it contains Pro-Vitamin B5 and sunscreen to protect your gorgeous hair, although I'm sure you'll be shocked to read we've actually had some really warm days in the U.K recently so the sun protection factor is much appreciated. Both the shampoo and condition come out in a dark brown shade, slightly off putting but this is all to help with enhancing either your natural colour or if you're a colour treated brunette. I've found that the combination of both leaves my hair feeling super soft and clean and I would certainly recommend the Creighton brand to others. As I mentioned above I have found this brand in Poundworld but it is also available through Tesco for £1 250ml.

 Top picture- Beautiful Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner- Sunshine Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner 
Bottom picture- Sunshine Blonde Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner- Fizz No More Shampoo and Conditioner- Fizz No More Sleek & Shine Miracle Serum

Unfortunately I don't really have any use for the blonde hair care products so I'll be giving them to family & friends to try out and enjoy. I've started adding the Fizz No More Sleek & Shine Miracle Serum to my hair care routine and like to run a couple of pumps of it through my hair at the ends and a slight less amount on the top as these are the areas of my hair that tend to frizz during styling. I've found that this product has kept my hair relatively frizz free and it doesn't encourage oil or the greasy hair that I tend to get when I apply more products. In the coming week I'm looking at re-colouring my hair so I'm saving and planning on using the Fizz No More shampoo and conditioner then once it's done as it says it's colour kind so I think it would be best to save it for then. 

Have you tried out any of the Creightons range? I'm really enjoying the products and the fact that the Creightons range specifically caters to different hair types. I would certainly recommend these products but would you agree, as the products are so cheap at just £1 do you get what you pay for? 

** This product was sent to me for review purposes, all opinions are honest and my own