Author: Ruth Writes

George’s Great British Kitchen, Liverpool Review

If you’re ever stumped for somewhere to eat in Liverpool and you ask a mate for recommendations, they will probs reel of a long list of restaurants and bars to visit. Whether it’s date night, getting lunch in town while shopping or just want to see where’s the latest go-to; there’s a mass of eateries in and around the city centre. George’s Great British Kitchen however, has been on my must-visit list for a while. Darren’s a high school teacher meaning impromptu date nights during term-time are a no-go zone. But when a v lovely email landed from the George’s PR team at the start of the summer hols, it was a sign. We were finally going to try the latest addition to the food scene. And we were not disappointed. Handily located near John Lewis, I met Darren off the 82 bus and we headed on in. Initially we were struck by the decor. I didn’t actually know the restaurant specialised in fish and seafood so that was a pleasant surprise. Shown to our …

Derma V10 Clay Masks Review

I love a pamper sesh and having my new dressing room space in the new house (how long can I keep calling it new after living for here three months?!) means I can take myself upstairs, now Love Island has finished for a pamper. Derma V10 is a brand I first came across a few years ago. Making their way into the buge skincare market with budget products that work just as well as slightly pricier items. Stocked in Savers and Bodycare, Derma V10 has a rather impressive range of products under their belt – skincare, body lotions and hair dye to name just a few. So when the lovely Derma V10 team got in touch asking if I’d like to review the clay masks – of course I bloody would! Derma V10 Clay Masks There’s three different clay masks to try – Red algae designed to brighten the skin Charcoal to detox Eucalyptus to purify the skin I’ve given each of the three masks a whirl when I felt my skin needed a little …

Revolution, St Peter’s Square, Liverpool

Revs is one of those places you think of for stag do’s, hen do’s and basically the place you used to head to on a uni night out for cheap drinks and shots. Being from Wigan, Revs is one of the places that I used to go to for food and drinks, so when the Revs St Peter’s Square branch got in touch inviting me along to trial the new menu, I was ready to go with a rumbling belly… We were invited along to review the lunch menu which compromised of a starter, main and a drink. The menu was separated into starters, sharing boards, mains, pizzas and burgers. We chose the Street Food Crate to share to start – filled with mini beef burgers, buttermilk fried chicken strips, two slices of pepperoni pizza, BBQ dusted chunky chips and dips. It was v v enjoyable and so moreish. However, upon receiving the bill at the end, the platter wasn’t included in the lunch deal so beware if you’re ordering using the lunch offer. It …

Life Lately – July Round-Up

July is another month that’s passed me by in a blur. These summer months are by far my fave thanks to the never-ending sunshine, enjoying great food and exploring new places on the doorstep. Here’s what happened – The lovely Laura over at My Foodie Journey headed over to the Titanic Hotel as I sadly couldn’t make it. The extremely picturesque Liverpool landmark hotel hosted an intimate bloggers evening of cocktails and canapes on the terrace. I’m told it was a lovely summers eve and the perfect spot to enjoy an #Instagram worthy drink or two. Thanks Laura for heading along for me! Towards the end of the month we headed across to Sefton Park to LIMF – Liverpool International Music Festival. Tickets were just a fiver and with a restaurant review planned just down the road, it was the perfect excuse to tick Trevor Nelson off the bucket list. Dancing along to old school RnB was just what the Dr ordered. The fiance surprised me with a wedding planner. We got engaged a couple …

Just Wings, Aigburth Road Liverpool

Since moving to South Liverpool we’ve enjoyed exploring the many different areas on our doorstep – Wooton Village is just a stones throw away, Otterspool prom is perfect for dog walks and Aigburth Road is home to Space Coffe, our new breakfast haunt and further up you’ll find Just Wings… As the name suggests, this place specialises in all things Chicken. Burgers, wings and a boat load of sides – all available in 12 different rubs or sauces for both the weaklings amongst us (hi!) and those who love to indulge in mouth-watering spicy food every now and again. We popped along on a Saturday evening before heading to LIMF in Sefton Park. Handily located, towards the top of Aigburth Road, it’s easy to get too by either bus or train. We rocked up with rumbling bellies and with a few menu recommendations in our arsenal, we got to grips with the menu. The menu may be small, but it’s certainly might. Just WingsJust Wings is part of a Merseyside chain or takeaways and the …

An Introduction to Soap & Glory Bodycare

I’m a long-time fan of Soap and Glory products and they’re my go-to when I fancy a pamper sesh. I read this post from I Like Tweet this morning asking if skincare is the new self-care and I couldn’t agree more. Taking the time to lock myself in the bathroom with a range of products to soak, steam and scrub leaves me feeling so refreshed. Soap and Glory is a brand that’s been in my bathroom for years. Every Christmas I hope that Darren will have taken his annual trip to Boots in an attempt to secure me the huge bumper pack of goodies at a discount price. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be selected to join the Soap and Glory new micro-bloggers project, aptly names ‘Babes of Glory‘. Receiving just two mini’s added my never-ended and always evolving collection. Ill go on record to say that no body wash shaves your legs (and other bits…) as well as the Sugar Crush Body Wash and my small but mighty bottle of Heel …

July Birchbox Review

I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for a good few months now and whilst, I do sometimes get bored of the familiar samples that arrive month on month; every few boxes I get to try a box full of brand new products. Welcome, July… As much as I’m a makeup fan, I love receiving hair, body and skincare products in my box. I don’t know about you, but buying shampoo, conditioner and shower gels are often a chore. The products I need to use daily/weekly but I’d rather be spending it on a new foundation or lippie. I’m yet to try these products but I’ve added them to my evening shower stash and will be trying them out over the next few weeks. Reviews in full coming soon…

Getting Engaged & Unecessary Pressure

I feel like I’ve taken a much more lax view to blogging lately. I’m enjoying sharing little snippets here and there and working with brands that I enjoy and want to share. I thought I’d check in with a little life update and to share these photos I took earlier this week. We’ve been in our new house for 8 weeks now and it’s slowly coming together. We can’t decorate just yet with it being a new build, but we’re enjoying choosing colour schemes for each room and having already got all of our furniture, we only need to buy the little things aka lampshades, curtains, rugs etc. The best bits essentially! I love having fresh flowers in the house and our bay window in the lounge is the perfect spot for a large bouquet of blooms. The lovely people over at Appleyard London got in touch recently asking if I’d like to receive one of their Purity bouquets,   I was more than happy to oblige and work with the brand. I’ve been torn on …

Beauty // BECCA Cosmetics, Glow Bar Launch

BECCA is a makeup brand I’ve admired for a good few years. I initially followed the brand for their range of highlighers, namely Champagne Pop. So, when I heard the brand was launching a makeup counter in John Lewis in L1 and had a mini launch planned, I headed along to learn a bit more about the brand and eye up the latest releases… I had always thought the brand was very similar to MAC in that sense that they’re all about heavy coverage and the full makeup look. However, talking to the senior MUA, she said the complete opposite, which was a lovely surprise! The counter offers free 15-minute mini makeover classes – I was treated to a foundation and concealer session. As I’m very pale, I didn’t want anything too different from my normal skin tone and medium coverage whilst it’s summer. Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Trying the aqua luminous perfecting foundation in the lightest shade, it was gently buffed into my skin, following a layer of the Becca First Light Priming Filter. …

Food // Wagamama, New Mersey Retail Park

Wagamama’s is one of those restaurants that you visit time and time again, yet every time you re-remember why you enjoy it so much. Our recent move to the Speke area and South Liverpool has massively been improved, thanks to the New Mersey retail park, literally just down the road. So, when an email dropped from Waga’s invited us along to the new restaurant launch, it was a resounding Hell Yeah! Making an average Tuesday night greatly better, Darren and I went along with zero expectations, except that of us hoping to try a couple of new dishes. The lovely in-house team were super welcoming and went above & beyond to ensure we got a real Waga’s experience and left with full bellies! First up, I love the decor. With a cool, industrial vibe and varied seating options – booths, tables outside and longer benches towards the back of the restaurant, Waga’s caters for all group sizes. We also love a restaurant with an open kitchen – watching food being cooked and taken to each …

Life // May Favourites

It’s been a while since this blog had a strong beauty focus, and I mean even though I’m currently not evening wearing make-up to work, I’m letting my love for beauty and skincare products take over. Being in the new house means I love finding new corners to take photos and share on here and across on my IG. So, in the spirit of getting back to regular blog posts and creating the type of #content I want to share, here’s a handful of things, I’ve been loving lately – #BABESOFGLORY campaign Last month I was selected to join the fab Soap & Glory #babesofglory blogger campaign. Aimed at smaller, micro-influencers, I loved the idea behind it and as a long, long-time user of the brand, I thought it suited me and the posts I like to create, down to a T! I’m excited to learn more about the brand and share new launches with you! Lydia Millen x Take Flight podcast I’ve been following Lydia’s content for years now and I always look forward …

Beauty // Indeed Labs Skincare Review

I’m sure you know how much I love discovering new skincare launches and trying new products. Whilst I’m brand loyal when it comes to some products; Estee Lauder for foundation or L’Oreal for mascara for example, I think the skincare market is huge and there are so many cool brands bringing new things to the market. Indeed Labs got in touch and I was excited to explore the brand a little more and I’ve been trialling two of their skincare products for the last few weeks. The two launches -are due to launch in Boots stores this month and they’re stocked on the brand’s website too. Moisture Jelly Moisture Serum Both of the products are designed to be applied to freshly cleaned skin in the morning and once again at night. I’ve been wearing the serum as a primer underneath my make up and the moisture jelly to almost give my skin a drink at the end of the day. Using just a thin layer of each, the translucent skincare gliders into the skin. The …

Beauty // Bathroom Makeover & Evening Routine

When we bought our house, we had a plan for the majority of the rooms but our bathrooms (yep, plural!) we had no idea. Our main bathroom was a blank canvas and we’ve enjoyed looking for accessories to make it a little more homely. We were both sold on the colour scheme – white and grey. Clean, serene and calming was the vibe I had in mind and I think we’re on our way to achieving it. Whilst I do have plans to add a large mirror above the sink and more tiles along the bath, blinds and greenery from faux plants, I’m pleased with how it’s looking after just 4 weeks. Having an en-suite on the top floor with a shower means this bathroom is very zen and used mainly in the evenings when we’re getting ready for bed. I have a selection of products that I’m using currently that have either been gifted or I have received via my Birchbox subscription. So, I thought whilst I’m showing off my bathroom, I’d share the …

Spa // Macdonald Craxton Wood Spring Spa Indulgence Review

I don’t know about you, but a spa day is such a welcome way to relax in my world. The last few months have been all go with lots happening; house moves, engagements and turning 30, so a day of relaxation in beautiful surroundings was certainly needed. The Macdonald Craxton Wood hotel & spa is located on the Wirral, about half an hour from Liverpool city centre. Upon arrival, I was taken by the beautiful countryside surroundings and the calming décor. The spa and hotel are completely separate and I liked the fact that we arrived at a separate entrance, which made our visit feel special for non-hotel guests. We were invited along to enjoy the Spring Spa Indulgence spa day, which included – 55-minute ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial 2-course lunch Glass of prosecco Full use of all the facilities Towels, robes and slippers I’m quite the luxury bitch in that I’ve attended quite a few different spa days and I’m partial to a facial every now and again, so I can tell a …

Beauty // Aldi Lacura Anti-wrinkle Day Cream, Review

Blog posts are few and far between around here at the moment whilst we still continue to live without the internet in our new house (thank god for free wifi on buses and trains) but it’s been so long since I’ve posted about beauty and I’ve really missed it. Not that I’ve bought many new products lately… Enter Aldi. The mecca of all things amazing. Cheap food, a fantastic middle aisle filled with gorgeous homeware and all the stuff you didn’t realise you needed. I think our entire home is 90% Aldi and I’m not mad about it. But I was yet to try the beauty and skincare products until recently… I love trying new skincare. I’m sure that nothing new if you’re a regular reader. High-end or supermarket – I’m a fan. And whilst Aldi is somewhat a dupe one-stop shop, I thought it was time to try out their skincare. Since we moved house, we’ve found our local store which I’m guessing is quite new thanks to the fab layout and huge beauty …