L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation Review

Now I've been using the same foundation for years, not because of brand loyalty. But because it is a mission to find a decent foundation for my particular skin tone. The sun is finally out and I've decided that it is the perfect time for a change.

I have seen the L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation #YoursTruly campaign on the TV many a time. Boosting that their foundation is available in 23 shades and matches 98% of UK skin tones. I was curious, and set off on my hunt to find it. It took me a while to actually get my hands on it as it was always sold out or not in stock no matter what shop I went to. 

I finally picked mine up from Superdrug and made the most of my UniDays 10% off discount. I got the shade C10 espresso. And I have to say I am rather impressed with it, I like that it isn't full coverage. In this heat I don't want my face to be caked. However, if you are after a fuller coverage another layer will sort that. 

I found the foundation very blend able, and left my skin with a flawless luxurious finish which left my skin with a healthy glow. It contains SPF 17 and comes with a pump which i find much easier to work with.

The only minor point is that the foundation is a bit oily and runny. Something which I am not used to as I normally use a stick foundation. So you may need to make sure that you set it with a good powder and setting spray. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation. Great value for money at only £9.99 and all day coverage. I hope more drug store brands take note and start making foundations in more tones as there is a real gap in the market.

Have you tried L'oreal Paris True Match, and if so what was your opinion of it?. Do you have a favourite drug store foundation?

Ralph Lauren Father's Day Giveaway

Father's Day is only around the corner (18th June) and to celebrate Fathers and the important male figures in our lives. I am hosting a fabulous giveaway to win a Ralph Lauren Wallet worth £59!!
The Ralph Lauren Polo leather wallet comes in a mahogany brown, with the front of the wallet featuring the signature Ralph Lauren Polo Player logo embossed on the bottom right corner. Inside the wallet there are two large top compartments for notes with a woven lining. Two slide pockets and three compartments on each side of the wallet offer suitable storage for credit cards, Driving License and ID cards. This wallet is for men of all ages

The wallet also comes in a Ralph Lauren gift box for that added special touch of class.

This giveaway is inconjuction with Mainline Menswear, who have an amazing range of clothing and accessories. Perfect if you are looking for a Father's Day present.

To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below. 

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So tell me, what will you be doing this year to celebrate Father's Day?

Win a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a Fire Kids Edition Tablet


Can you believe that we are already in the middle of May?? Are you looking forward to summer? looking for something to entertain you whilst you are away on your summer holidays. Or something fun and educational for the little people in your life. Well I have a treat for you

Once again a whole host of amazing bloggers have teamed up to offer you the chance to win a great prize (something we couldn't do individually), but who are this group of amazing people; well check them out:

Mother Distracted | The Rare Welsh Bit | Renovation Bay-Bee | Pretty Big Butterflies | Probably Busy | Mums Wine HQ | Tantrums to Smiles | Cats and Contours | Hubby Helps | Really Missing Sleep | Bump and Beyond | The Reluctant Traveller | The Diary of a Jewellery Lover | Mum Dad Plus 4 | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels | Helerina Blogs

Melanie's Fab Finds | We Made This Life | Precious Little Worlds | Sparkles at Midnight | Spanish Mummy | Our Bucket List Lives | Boxes and Swatches | Testing Time Blog | Ladies Pass It On | EmmaDrew.info | Being Tilly's Mummy | Mrs MummyPenny | Me, My Life and the Tardis | Tilly's Travelling Telegram | Lotty Earns | Just Average Jen

Beautiful Things | Hex Mum Plus 1 | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

Joining forces together has meant we can bring you the chance to win not only a Fire HD 8 Tablet (8gb) but a Fire Kids Edition Tablet (in pink or blue) alongside some accessories (think screen protector and a case for the Fire HD 8). Now that's going to make for one lucky winner!

So how can you be in with a chance of winning? Well all you need to do is let us know:
What do you have planned for this summer? Anything exciting?

The only mandatory entry is to answer the above question, all following entries are optional. However, we would, of course, love it if you could give the bloggers behind this giveaway some support. Full T&C can be found within the Rafflecopter widget. 

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5 Tips for Eating Out with a Toddler

I don't know about your little one, but mine loves nothing better than going out to eat.
The thought of eating out with your toddler can seem a little daunting, here are some great tips and tricks to make your meal out a success

Research the restaurant beforehand. You don't want to find yourself in a restaurant that is not children friendly. There is nothing worse than having people looking and mumbling because your child is innocently making noise. Do they have a Childrens menu? if not are there foods on there that you know your child will eat.

Bring your own snacks, I know it might sound strange to bring food along to a restaurant. But it doesn't hurt to bring snacks like dry cereal or crackers if your food takes a while to be brought to your table.

Bring along some entertainment.Colouring books, stickers, small toys anything that will keep them busy. Also Apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime allow you to download shows to your phone or tablet which are lifesavers.Some restaurants have colouring books and crayons

Offer your toddler a choice. I notice my little one eats better when she picks her own meal. It makes her feel like a big girl,  I don't worry about what she has chosen as most restaurants offer an array of meals with nutritious choices. Also this the perfect opportunity to introduce their foods by offering them to try a bite of what you are eating.

Bring wet wipes, they are multi useful. From wiping down the table before your little ones eat, to wiping messy faces and hands after they have eaten. Most importantly, do not feel embarass by any of the mess made, resttaurants expect some degree of mess even from adults!!

So those were my tips for eating out with a toddler, they are not fool-proof and I would be really interested to hear what your tips are.

Gousto Food Box Review

At the moment I am juggling being a parent and studying for my end of year exams. So finding time to meal plan and go shopping is hard.

So when Gousto got in touch to see if we wanted to try one of their boxes I jumped at the chance. I have never tried a food delivery box before, and was curious to see how it worked.

Firstly you choose your box, option for2 or 4 people. Their family boxes feed 2 adults and 2 - 3 children. Then pick where you would like your box to be delivered to. Then the fun part you get to pick what meals you want, from quick & easy to vegetarian to low calorie,  there is a recipe for everyone. I was most definitely spoilt for choice.

You then choose a delivery time & day that suits you. They offer free nationwide delivery which is a bonus. The box arrives insulates with ice packs.I was out when my box was delivered, however they left it in a safe place which i picked and everything was still nicely chilled when I opened it.

I loved that all the ingredients are pre measured and labelled so I wasn't flapping around trying to weigh everything. I have never cooked biryaini before, however,  the recipe card was easy to follow and I actually enjoyed cooking the meal. 

For a family of 4, boxes are  £41.99 for 2 recipes, £51.99 for 3 recipes and £59.99 for 4 recipes. I know you must be thinking but Leighanne, I thought you are meant to be saving money?

But wait .... I have a promo code for you guys if you fancy tying out your own Gousto box. The code TORNADO will give you a £20 discount on your 1st and 2nd Gousto orders.

Have you ordered from a food subscription company before? Do you get stressed worrying about what to cook for dinner or do you enjoy it? 

5 Things I Stopped Buying to Save Money

A while ago I started to think about where all my money was going and how I was spending it.. I realised that without thinking I was wasting money here and there on not much at all. It became obvious that if I started putting this money together to buy other items, I'd be able to treat myself to some really nice things!


I have been buying magazines since I was a teenager - when I used to love reading up on the latest celebrity gossip. It was a habit that I was still into as an adult, although the price of magazines has risen drastically over the last couple of years. I realised that at £4+ a time I was spending money to read out of date celebrity news and style guides that didn't match me, my body or my style.

Small Supermarket Shops

It is so easy to pop into the shop on the way back from dropping D at nursery or when I am heading home from carrying out other jobs, however I realised that it was an amount that was soon adding up. Instead I have tried to stick to doing bigger shops and buying what I need in bulk rather than popping in for a few bits at a time - which usually means I end up buying items I never planned on buying and spending even more money.

Convenience Food

Another way I have changed the way I shop is to buy items that need preparing, rather than items that have been prepared already. It's really easy to grab frozen chopped onions and grated cheese, but they're so much more expensive. Instead now I buy items as they should be and shop and grate them myself, which in the grand scheme of things takes next to no effort or time!

Beauty Products

I haven't cut out buying beauty products altogether, but instead I now make sure I use what I have. It is so easy to read blogs or browse sales and grab items that seem great and I can convince myself that I need However, rather than spending money on items I don't need I have tried to use what I have and make sure that these are emptied before I start to spend money on other items.


In the past I have spent a fortune on clothes, getting carried away with trends, bloggers and fashion sales. Nowadays, I try to think about what I am buying, ensuring that it is something that I need and will actually wear. Gone are the days of having a wardrobe full of dresses with tags on, these days I try to be much more sensible with my fashion purchases.

Of course, with any money saving scheme a money saving discount code is always handy - keep an eye out for those too!

What do you think you'd cut back on, if you were trying to save money?