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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 …

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 …

Travel // The Most Scenic Places to Visit in England #AD

England is so much more than its busy capital. It’s more than bustling cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle- as fantastic as these places are, they don’t show the entire picture of the UK. England is full of truly sensational scenery and landscape, and if you want to be wowed by the views or take some pretty pictures, here are a few places you could consider visiting. The Peak District The Peak District is most famous for its interesting terrains such as its stepping stones and limestone valleys. Located in Derbyshire in central England, there are plenty of Derby hotels where you can enjoy a relaxed stay in the country for easy access. When visiting the Peak District you get the chance to hike trails, explore caverns, visit a reservoir or view the opera house and other historic buildings. Nearby you have stunning Pavillion Gardens where you can see stunning landscaped scenery, beautiful greenery, plants and wildlife. Nearby you have a local village where you can soak up the quaint English way of life, …

Recipes // 4 Easy Dinner Recipes

It’s been so long so I lasted posted recipes on Ruth Writes. Nearly a year I think. If you know me in real life you’ll know I love to cook. I’ve followed Slimming World for nearly a year now and having successfully lost (and kept off!) 1 and ½ stone, so cooking tasty dinners that taste naughty yet nice is a must! So, expect lots of new recipe posts about meals I’ve tried, tested and enjoyed making. Just like these four… Sausage Casserole Sausage casserole is a firm fave in our house. I used Aldi’s skinny sausages, threw in loads of chopped veggies – courgette, mushrooms, leeks, peppers and onions along with paprika, chilli flakes and chopped tomatoes. Served with mash, this is a winner one-pot dish. In-a-hurry Curry Fried Rice Taken from my Joe Wicks, Lean in 15 cook book, this recipe does what it says on the tin. It’s really simple to make and fast too – great if want to eat fresh without spending all night in the kitchen. I love the …

Interiors // Dressing Room Decor

If you caught up with my last post or follow me over on Instagram, you’ll have seen that Darren and I have moved house. Into our first very own owned home. Leaving renting behind is a fantastic feeling but now comes the task of decorating an entire house! Whilst we’re lucky that we already have all of our furniture, decorating each room and maximising our newly found space is the next job on the list! We’ve utilised the different rooms, meaning Darren has a man cave and I get a dressing room, winner. Today I thought I would begin by sharing little snapshots of my dressing room / spare room as it comes together and my plans for the room. Dressing Table I’ve wanted a dressing table for so long – my own space to house my skincare, makeup and perfumes, without Darren leaving his stuff lying around. Over the coming weeks, I plan to add prints to the walls, a full-length mirror and a comfy chair to this room so I can use it …

Life // Things I Loved in April

Life lately has been busy. Manic, in fact. Whilst I do plan to talk in full about everything that’s been going on (if you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll see we bought a house and got engaged. Yep). Whilst our move is still on-going, I thought I’d check-in and share what I’ve been up to in April across Liverpool! We’ve moved to South Liverpool so with a new house comes a new area to explore, dog walks to try and restaurants to eat at. Throwing our 30th birthdays into the mix too, it’s all go. Things and places I’m loving lately The Florist Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, you must have spotted the latest opening in Liverpool city centre. The Florist is beautifully decorated making it an Instagrammers dream. We went along to try their Sunday Roast, which was spot on. You can read my full post about The Florist in Liverpool here. Hale Village Coastal Walks We’ve moved house not far from Hale Village. Tucked away in one of the most …

Travel // Why Everyone Should Solo Travel

Travelling the world is a very exciting experience but when you try and make plans with a group then this can make the whole thing that bit more difficult. After all, you have to make sure that everyone is free on the same day and that everyone is up for the activities that are present as well. If you find yourself a chance to travel alone then this may not appeal to you at first, but if you think about it, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this. Bucket List Moments Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, only to be let down because nobody else wants to do it with you? Maybe you have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon or maybe you have been interested in Hajj packages but you have never found someone to go with. Either way, you should always take advantage of chances like this because it may be the only chance you’ll ever get to go and live your dream. You’re …

Travel // 4 Great Spa Destinations to Visit This Year

Winter takes a lot out of us. The days are dark, our immune system is stretched to its limits, and we want to make changes to our lifestyle to stay more active and healthier. There’s no better way of embarking on a journey of transformation than visiting a spa resort or a remote retreat for a few nights. If you feel like your mind and body need a bit of TLC, check out the below destinations for a great relaxing spa break. Bath, UK The traditional spa town is full of culture and great quality boutique hotels. Whether you are looking for quiet nights and long walks, or want to take on yoga, try some of the best treatments for rejuvenating, this is the place to be. You will love the narrow streets of Bath and the small shops, as well as the designer boutiques in the city center. You can book a tour, visit the gardens and parks, and learn more about the city’s history retracing the steps of Jane Austen. Queretaro, Mexico If …

Beauty // April Cath Kidston x Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed my monthly Birchbox subscription, but as a long-time fan of Cath Kidston I couldn’t not mention this one…. As usual the box include x5 beauty products – Cath Kidston hand cream Model Co Baked Highlighter BB Crean Shaving Cream Brow Gel For me, the two stand-out products from this month’s Birchbox are the Baked Highlighter and the Cath Kidston hand cream. The hand cream makes a new addition to my desk at work as it smells so lovely when applied throughout the day!

Life // Blogging, Earning Money and Saving For a House Deposit

Today’s post is slightly different to usual but about a topic I wanted chat about. Earning money from blogging and sponsored posts. I’m lucky enough to get contacted by brands and PR/SEO agencies alike, wanting to work with me and my blog. A hugely flattering request and one I always consider carefully. Making money from my blog will always be a perk and whilst I don’t accept every offer that lands in my inbox, over the coming months you may notice a rise in sponsored posts. In a bid to remain truthful and in full-control over the content I feature on Ruth Writes, this is because we’re in the process of looking to buy our own home and the money earned from blogging is all going into the deposit savings pot. Saving for a house deposit, alongside currently renting feels like an upward struggle. It’s hard and whilst I get that my life on Instagram looks like it’s all liquid lunches and drinks, the majority of it is for reviews to showcase to you guys. …

Lifestyle // Being a Bad Friend and How To Fix It

Over the past few years, I turned into a real homebody. I find joy in having fresh flowers on my windowsill, spending a Saturday morning cleaning every corner of the house, to try and encourage spring to hurry up and I love to meal plan. Sometimes I worry if I’ve become boring. I’m massively aware that I don’t see or check in with my friends as often as I should and for that I get the guilt. The guilt that I’m a bad friend and should be around more. It doesn’t always have to be going out for drinks or food. Especially as we’re all trying to build up the savings pot for one thing or another…houses, weddings, babies. Sometimes, just catching up with friends, over a pot of tea and having a good gossip and heart-to-heart is all it takes. Especially as I spend so much time preening my home. Why not invite my closest pals over to enjoy it and sit on the newly-hoovered sofa. I mean, it won’t be free from dog …

Life // Is It Embarrassing to Rent in Your 30’s?

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘from the heart’ blog post around here. Without sounding too ‘Dear Diary’ this is one of those topics that I think about often, cos it’s my life. And as we all know, Instagram is the devil for making us feel like we’re not where everyone else in life is up to. Oh and comparison is the thief of joy. I’m nearly 30. Two months away, in fact. And the bf is just one month away. We rent a house. Well, we’re on our second rented property and soon to be third, as our landlord is selling. TBC as no one’s made an offer and we’re saving for a rental deposit. We’ve started viewing houses and whilst we can’t really afford to be picky, some have been less than ideal…. So, is it embarrassing to still be renting, a million miles away from the property ladder and nowhere near a house deposit in the bank? In my relationship, we differ. He wishes we were further along. I think …

Beauty // Superdrug B Clay Face masks

I’m sure we’ve all spotted the hype around face masks and clay masks in particular over the last 12 months ago. Whilst the variety of green and grey masks have intrigued me, I’ve been yet to try them. Until the B Beautiful team from Superdrug got in touch… The B range is available in Superdrug and stocks make up, skincare and men’s grooming products. I also didn’t know until reading up on the brand that it’s vegan, cruelty free and targeted the skin care products at different ages so you can shop and experience the brand at any age, from your 20s to your 60s and your using the right products that you need to look after your skin. The most popular masks on the market have to be L’oreal. But, I didn’t fancy splashing out on something I didn’t know would work for my skin. The B Beautiful masks are designed to – Purify The skin Provide hydration Get rid of toxins The small sample size masks good enough for about 3 masks per …

Beauty // Lola Make Up Red Lipstick Review

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack, Coco Chanel I am such a red lipstick girl. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve been blonde, a redhead or a brunette. A red lipstick is the classic colour that you bring out for all the right occasions – date night, job interviews, Christmas parties. It’s fun, playful, sexy and shows you’re not afraid to play with colour. And whilst I’ve worked my way through the different reds – girls, we all remember purchasing our first Ruby Woo for MAC, snapping up on the Rimmel Kate Moss shades and then over the years, I’m sure we all retreat to our tried and tested. Well, I thought I had mine. Until Lola Make Up turned up on the doorstep and switched up the game. Matte red? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Comfortable to wear? Tick. Enter, the game changer. This is the first piece I’ve tried from Lola Make Up. Up until now, they’re a brand I’ve spotted on Instagram and shown some virtual love too, but I was yet to …