Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Wow. These 3D Moodstruck Fibre Lashes from House of Exquisiteness at Younique are frankly amazing. Check out the before and after results below. There’s no doubt that they make a statement!

Fibre on the brush I’ve never used any fibre lash product so had no idea what to expect. The first stage is to use the transplanting gel as you would do a normal mascara and then quickly, whilst its wet, use the 3D fibres over the top so they stick and then seal the look with a final application of the gel.

I was pretty fascinated with the fibres when I pull the wand out of the tube, it’s nothing like a traditional mascara. It took me a little bit of practice to make sure that the fibres were in the right place (I ended up using a cotton bud) and then I sealed them on.

I found the finishing effect really outstanding. Long and thick lashes. Lashes where there were none before! I could even tell the difference when I popped my glasses on.

The products are packed with vitamins and other extracts ‘known to provide antioxidant benefits’ which you can find out more about on the website.

As with all mascaras (maybe just on me?) I found that by the end of the evening (a full day later) I did notice that there were a few stray fibres underneath my eyes. This could just be because it was the first time I’d used the product.

3D Moodstruck lashes are now at the very top of my favourite beauty products, probably not for every day use but definitely nights out, special occasions and on days when I need to feel extra fierce!

Before and after 3D moodstruck fibre lashes

Want some? The 3D Moodstruck Fibres lashes set is $29 and you can order yours from the lovely Michelle at the House of Exquisiteness.

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Riding Mill is a small village close to the A69 in Northumberland and incorporates the ancient hamlet of BroomHaugh which is where the fabulous stone cottage, Yew Tree is situated.

Opposite the Methodist Church, you can’t fail to notice the large Yew Tree growing in the front garden, pruned to ensure it doesn’t take over the street! The lintel over the front door dates back to 1699; this cottage has a real back story.

When you walk straight into the main sitting area from the front door, the open floor living space comprises the lounge and kitchen. Super comfortable and very traditional, my favourite spot had to be right in front of the very large fire place on the seat in front of the fire! The kitchen leads out into a really sweet yard, which in the summer I expect will be a lovely suntrap.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is wonderful. A large king size bed (comprising of 2 beds together with a mattress topper so no divide in the middle!) made for a really comfortable sleep. I’m normally woken up at 6am by the staff going to start their shift in the food factory near by, so the peace and quiet was wonderful.

There is another really amazing fireplace in the room and the high ceiling and beams make it a unique and comfortable space.
The en-suite bathroom has a powerful shower and is actually a ‘Jack and Jill bathroom’ meaning there is also a door leading to the other single room.

This is a really comfortable cottage. Recently awarded a Gold Award from Visit England, we stayed in all evening playing backgammon with the fire on. Mike’s response when I asked him what he liked most; ‘historic, comfortable, quiet and cosy’ and Yew Tree Cottage is all of those things.

If you’re in Northumberland to explore there are loads of fabulous towns close by. Corbridge was 6 minutes on the bus, Hexham is 10 minutes away on the train, Newcastle about 25. The train also goes straight over to Carlisle which means really easy access to the Lake District.

But we really love the Northumberland Coast. A 40 -45 minutes drive and you’ll be plodging in the North Sea.

Even though the cottage is only 30 minutes drive away from our house we really enjoyed our stay and would love to return.

Check availability and prices on the YewTreeCottageRidingMill website and follow Sheila Bull, the owner of Yew Tree and Apple Pie Cottages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Sports kit from Aldi

A sentence I didn’t think I’d be likely to write is “I need some running kit”.

But high on the bucket list agenda for me and my dad is running the Great North Run.

We got signed up to run for Willow Burn Hospice  in Derwentside at the end of 2016. I paid dad’s entry fee as a Christmas present. I am a good daughter. We are DOING THIS. Our current conversations are about not coming last.

Anyway, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on running kit (why would I this is a nine month investment) and my cycling mad family swear by the sports kit in Aldi.

What I love:

The leggings are thick and comfy and have a zippy bit on the bum for change. They feel really nice to wear.

Ditto the yoga top. Comfy, seamless and wicks the sweat away.

I like the patterns and I really like the reflective running gilets and jackets. They’re really lightweight but will make sure you’re visible too.

The bras look nice on but there are two different styles so make sure you get the one that supports! The other one needs something else underneath.

I’ll be tracking our training progress this year on the blog. We can’t change our mind or give up as we have a commitment to our chosen charity.

And besides, the boys (Dad, my brother Stephen, and partner Mike) all cycled from London to Paris for the 70th birthday bucket list challenge (Dad’s 72 now by the way) so this running malarky is proper dad and daughter time.

I’m off to the gym.

Nic x

PS There will be a Just Giving page to follow.