Breakfast at Frankie & Bennys

I woke up this morning without any weekend plans and so I thought I would take a trip to my local Frankie & Bennys for a breakfast. My local restaurant is in Selby, North Yorkshire which is only about ten miles from where I live and there are also some great bargain shops around the area and so I thought I would stock up on cleaning supplies whilst I was out. How exciting is my life!!?

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I haven’t been to Frankie & Bennys for quite a while before today but their breakfasts are really good value for money. I was seated in a little booth near the kitchen. In some restaurants I hate sitting next to the kitchen but in Frankie & Bennys I quite like it as you can see the chefs at work.

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I chose a glass of fresh apple juice and a Twinings Breakfast Tea to warm me up as it is totally cold outside today. The drinks were brought to my table pretty quickly and my waitress asked if I was ready to order. I chose the Big Breakfast which included a large herby sausage, three rashers of streaky bacon, two fried eggs, a tomato, a huge mushroom and baked beans. It also comes with herby potatoes but I asked to swap these for my favourite hash browns and this wasn’t a problem at all. I asked for a side of toast and butter as I love toast and thought I may as well go the whole hog!

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I really enjoy the atmosphere of Frankie & Bennys, with the old songs on and cosy booths and it didn’t take long for my breakfast to arrive. I dived in and I loved the fact that the waitress didn’t keep bothering me to ask if everything was okay, but as soon as I asked for more butter, she was more than happy to help. The breakfast itself was gorgeous and you certainly got plenty for £5 – so much in fact that I couldn’t finish it and could have done with a lie down afterwards haha! The quality of the food was fab and it wasn’t greasy either, I really couldn’t complain.

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There was so much choice on the breakfast menu, with a luxury menu and a light bite menu, therefore something to keep everyone happy. I will definitely be returning for a Frankie & Bennys breakfast, it was scrumptious. You can find your local Frankie & Bennys here.

Have you had breakfast at your local Frankie & Bennys? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Latest in Beauty The Dream Box III from British Beauty Blogger

I am a beauty box fanatic and have always loved the boxes from Latest in Beauty and especially the Dream Boxes from Jane Cunningham over at British Beauty Blogger. I found my holy grail mascara in one of Jane’s boxes (Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara) and I am astounded each time by the amount of products and quality for money Jane achieves in her boxes. Unfortunately this time, I wasn’t able to buy Jane’s latest release The Dream Box III as I had to move back to Yorkshire and therefore I had to leave my job, and so whilst I am on the hunt for a new job, money is rather tight. I couldn’t believe my luck when Jane kindly offered to send me one of her boxes – as mentioned in some of my blog posts, I haven’t had the greatest luck lately and Jane extremely kindly showed me that there are some truly wonderful kind-hearted people out there. I received my box today and I cannot get over how many products are in this box – I took them all out and couldn’t even get them all to fit back in. I wanted to get this review done today just to showcase the astounding range and quality of the products inside whilst there is still stock available.

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Inside the box is a little booklet which gives a little introduction from Jane herself and also she gives you her reasoning behind each product choice in the collection. Don’t discard this booklet though as it includes generous discounts and offers from the majority of the brands inside the box. Jane knows her stuff, believe me, she has been a successful beauty blogger since 2008 and has a fabulous website which she updates daily with all of the latest products from the beauty world (and sometimes fashion) and one thing I love about Jane’s website is that it isn’t all high end products – I dread to think the amount of products Jane gets offered to review or sent, but she treats them all equally whether that product is costing £1 or £100.

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Anyway, enough of my babbling, I am sure you are all dying to know what features in The Dream Box III…(Colours of products may vary from box to box)

Eye of Horus Eye Pencil RRP £17 – I received this eye pencil in a beautiful amethyst shade, which I found goes on super smoothly, which enables you to control the depth of look you are wanting. There is also a smudger (probably not the correct terminology!) sponge at one end of the pencil if you are wanting a smoky eye look. This is the first of many brands from this box which I haven’t tried before and so it is all very exciting.

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Benefit They’re Real Remover RRP £14.50 (Please note this is a sample size) – I have used both the Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Eyeliner before and they are not easy to budge, which is great for longevity during the day but when you want to remove it, it can be a little stubborn. Therefore this travel sized version of the Remover is perfect for popping in your make-up bag. I love both the mascara and eyeliner and so I am sure this product will work just as well.

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Essence Nail Polish in I’m Lost In You and Sweet At First Sight RRP £1.80 each – I have tried out quite a few of the Essence cosmetics range as they are soooo reasonably priced and are always bringing out new colours and trends. The I’m Lost In You shade is from their Nudes range and is a true nude colour, whereas the Sweet At First Sight polish is from the Pastels collection and is a pretty pearlised pink.

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Dr Organic Lip Balm RRP £3.49 – I received the Cherry flavour, which I am very happy about as I love cherry lip balms! I just want to sit here smelling it – it smells gorgeous! It is clear in colour and also has an SPF 15 to help protect our lips from that spring sunshine. I have tried Dr Organic products before and have always been impressed as they definitely know their stuff when it comes to skincare.

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The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Luxury Soap RRP £4.95 – I received the Sea Kelp scented version of this soap in a tin and oh my gosh I really want to try the other products in this fresh-scented range. This would make a really cute present and it comes in a lovely teal coloured tin and the soap inside is wrapped up in tissue paper. I must admit I didn’t expect to see this in the box but I love it and it is a great addition.

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Orelia Gold Tattoos RRP £8 – I have seen Jane rave about gold tattoos on her blog and Instagram and they look so pretty! I received some lovely silver and gold leaf patterned ones and I cannot wait to try these out in summer.

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Deciem Hand Chemistry RRP £5.99 – This is the Number One selling hand cream in Boots and I know it is one of Jane’s favourites. I personally haven’t tried this brand before but it claims to give results in just ten days! Hand cream is always useful and this one is super soft and smooth.

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Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion and Mini Mitt RRP £37.50 (for Full Size) – I have actually recently been sent this to try out for my blog and I am desperate to try it as it is supposed to last 2-3 weeks! I have certainly not seen any other tan out there which lasts a whole week never mind more! I shall let you know how I get on with this and the mini mitt included is super cute too!

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Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Sample – I have seen a lot of Roger & Gallet products on various blogs I love to read and have noticed how popular it is. I am so glad to be able to try the scent for myself in this handbag-handy trial size although after just one sniff I definitely would purchase the full size in this gorgeous heady, fruity fragrance.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Body Lotion RRP £5 – I have worked with Crabtree & Evelyn before and love their traditional vintage style products. The Pear & Pink Magnolia scent is quite sweet, but not overbearingly so and I think the smaller sized bottles are perfect for travelling or keeping in your handbag.

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Salon Science Reglosse Smoothing Serum RRP £18 – Another new brand to me, this serum from Salon Science is great for repairing the hair and providing it with a radiant finish. I suffer from split ends all the time and so this product will be fab for me to try.

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Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser RRP £24 (for Full Size) – I am so into my skincare routine at the moment as my skin took quite a hammering after my operation, medication and not being able to stand up for very long. This looks and smells a little like marmalade! Really fruity and juicy and is a mix between a serum and a balm. It is designed to melt away your makeup rather than you having to rub your makeup off and therefore I think this little treasure will be great for my skin.

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MakeUp Revolution The One Fluid Blusher RRP £3 – I received this in the shade Malibu Ocean, which is a shimmery bronze colour. As I have quite pale skin, I would probably use this as a bronzer once I have caught a tan in summer or on holiday but I would definitely be interested in trying the paler pinks as I have heard a lot of good things about it.

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Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute Mask RRP £18.50 – I love face masks as they really help me to relax (I suffer from anxiety attacks) when I am having a lovely warm bath. This particular mask is great for soothing and rehydrating the skin, which will be perfect as we are now out of winter and into spring. Hurrah!

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Bourjois Rouge Velvet RRP £8.99 – I have seen this lipgloss on blogs and blogs everywhere and I know it is one of Zoella’s faves! I received the shade Don’t Pink Of It! which I love as it is a pretty dusky pink colour. It goes on really well and it is a mix of a gloss and a lipstick as the depth of colour is amazing for a gloss. It also lasts quite a while too before coming off.

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So that is every single amazing product in British Beauty Blogger’s The Dream Box III – if you want to get your manicured hands on your very own then head over to the website here. The box costs a bargainous £21.95 with free postage and packaging and when you think of the actual value which is over £120, let’s face it, it would be a crime not to!!!!

Also, if you would like to read more about Jane and see her amazing reviews, check out her blog, British Beauty Blogger here.

Have you tried out a beauty box before? Which are your favourites?

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Time for Tea with Dorset Tea

I was recently sent some amazing herbal teas from Dorset Tea to try out along with a mug and flask – everything I need to chill out with a good cuppa or even for when I am out and about. I received seven different flavours, including Green Tea with Sunshine Lemon, Blackberry Syllabub, Pure Green Tea, Foraged Fruits, Earl of Dorset, Strawberries & Cream and Cool Camomile. It wasn’t until the last few years when I got into tea, as I used to prefer soft drinks, but I love settling down with a brew and a blanket and having some me time.

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As mentioned, I was also sent a tin mug and a flask with the Dorset Tea logo on, which was super kind of them. The tin mug is a real traditional style and is really cute to wrap your hands around. The flask is also really handy as it the lid turns into a mini cup so I can enjoy my tea on the go.

The boxes themselves are really bright and colourful with lots of pretty flowers and plants all the way around the packaging. The boxes are super easy to open and leave a big enough gap to get one sealed tea bag out of the box without any remnants going all over the worktops. Each individual teabag is wrapped in a wrapper that matches the box and you simply tear open and take out your teabag, which has a little Dorset Tea tag on it to enable you to take it out of your cup without having to use a spoon.

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The Green Tea with Sunshine Lemon I found really refreshing and I love sipping this in a morning to wake me up and it really reminds me of summer. The Dorset Tea range include all natural flavours and for example this one is 96% green tea and 4% lemon flavour.

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Blackberry Syllabub is like warm blackberries with a hint of creaminess and I love this as a treat as it tastes just like a dessert. You get 20 teabags in each box and at £2.25 a box, that is just 11.25p a teabag! Definitely cheaper than going out to an expensive teashop which can charge you more than the price of the whole box for just one cup of tea.

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The Pure Green Tea is really good for when I feel like I need a bit of a detox. It isn’t my favourite flavour but Green Tea does wonders for the body. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, which includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and much more.

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Foraged Fruits is definitely one of my favourites out of the range, and includes yummy blackberry, strawberry and raspberry flavours to give a gorgeous fruity delight. I love how British these teas are, and each of these fruits can be found amongst the hedgerows of Dorset – super cute.

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Cool Camomile is the flavour I take when I have had a busy or stressful day and just want to chill out. Camomile is super relaxing and I find it also helps when I am on my period as it soothes my tummy and keeps it warm.

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The Earl of Dorset flavour is my Dad’s favourite as he loves Earl teas and I quite like this one mid-morning with a little biscuit or two (or three or four). This is definitely more of an everyday tea, in the way that you can have this anytime throughout the day and as many times as you wish – I personally find with fruity teas that I enjoy one or two a day but prefer a good old regular tea flavour if I am having a craving tea day. Pinkies at the ready!

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Last, and certainly not least as it is my absolute favourite from the range, Strawberries & Cream is a blend of the fruit with a hint of creaminess. It reminds me of when I was little and I visited Dorset with my family and we all sat on a picnic table with our cream teas. This flavour is perfect for when you fancy something a little bit special. Yummy.

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Are you a tea or a coffee person? I definitely enjoy both but tea swings it for me every time, typical Brit!

You can view Dorset Tea’s amazing range here.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

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