Hidden Gems of Norwich | Beautifully Gifted 

Welcome to a new blog series – Hidden Gems of Norwich! Here I will be telling you all about some of my favourite independent establishments in Norwich, Norfolk and where to find them. I’m starting with a recent discovery – Beautifully Gifted.

This beautiful gift shop can be found on the grounds of White House Farm in Sprowston, Norwich. It sells gorgeously quirky, unique and thoughtful gifts at very reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for an exciting gift for a loved one, which is anything but ordinary, then it is worth taking a visit.

Inside you will find –

  • Handbags
  • Accessories – including bag charms, jewellery, purses, scarves and much more!
  • Greetings cards – all with very unique and often humorous designs
  • Stationery
  • Cosmetic bags and wash bags – I purchased one of these for a friend which had blue tits embroidered on it – just beautiful!
  • Gifts – for him and her, for baby, bath and body and weddings
  • Home and Interior Accessories – candles, kitchen and dining, throws and cushions

The layout of the shop is thoughtfully and carefully positioned to showcase all of the beautiful items from a large variety of brands and designers. As you browse the shop, you will come across gifts from many designers and sellers, some of whom you may have never heard of before.

Designers include –

  • Lisa Buckridge
  • Casey Rogers
  • Caroline Gardner
  • Sophie Allport and more!



The men’s gifts are gorgeous too! The range includes wash bags, shower gels and body scrubs, home accessories and other unique ideas.


Candles provide displays which really stand out when you walk inside. My husband particularly liked these beautiful tin candles. Let me tell you, they smelt delicious!


Other candle brands include –

  • Heart and Home
  • The Country Candle Company


Being the mother of a baby myself, I was particularly drawn to the baby gifts. I absolutely adore Rufus Rabbit (and so does Baby J!) so was excited to see that they had some of the toys and accessories in store.

There were other baby gifts, which were made to such a high standard and of beautifully soft materials, that I wanted to go back in time to when my baby was teeny tiny so I could give them to her. You won’t be at a loss if youre looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower. You’ll also be able to pick up something for the mother-to-be whilst you’re there!


To find Beautifully Gifted, take a look at the map below.

Opening Times –

Wednesday 10am–4:30pm
Thursday 10am–4:30pm
Friday 9:30am–4:30pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 10am–4pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed

You can also shop online, if you’re not local. Take a look at their wonderful website here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey – Part 4

Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me again on my 10k journey. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of mini milestones. Firstly, I reached my charity place sponsorship target! I’m now over the £100 that I needed to raise. If you sponsored me – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think about your support and kindness when I’m out training and it really does spur me on.

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My second piece of news is that I’ve begun my 5k to 10k training program. It’s really bloody scary and hard work sometimes, but I can’t believe the leap I’ve made in my fitness levels. Just two months ago, I couldn’t do the 30 seconds of running intervals in the early stages of the 5k training without feeling exhausted. I’m now running solidly for 40 minutes! The one thing I have to contend with now though, is the heat…

It really hit me yesterday, whilst I was out, that this 10k is going to be HOT. It’s in August, in the middle of the city and there will be a lot of other bodies around me. I’ll be honest when I say that this has freaked me out slightly. I’m hoping we get a cool day on race day, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

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I thought I’d also share a recipe for good runner fuel that I’ve been loving this week. I call it a recipe, but really I just dump all of these items onto my plate –

  • A baked sweet potato
  • Chickpeas roasted in chilli powder
  • Poached eggs
  • Rocket salad
  • Sundried ttomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Green Pesto


Overall, it has been a good couple of weeks. I’ve had to step it up a gear and really challenge myself, but this is what’s needed. I’m still loving it!

Even though I’ve reached my target, your sponsorship is still needed. If you’d like to sponsor me and read my story, visit my Just Giving page here.

Kerry x

Itsy Nails London | DuraPRO Gel Effect Nail Polishes

Itsy Nails London were kind enough to send me four of their DuraPRO Gel Effect polishes to try last week. Itsy Nails are a cruelty free, vegan friendly brand with an amazing collection of beautifully coloured and high quality nail polishes. 

The polishes themselves are very inexpensive at only £5.99 and for this you get a long-wearing, gel effect varnish which packs a colour punch! All of the colours in the gel effect range are unique and stunning for any occasion. You can view them all and buy online here.

Below are the four polishes I received and how they look after two coats on my thumbnail. I’m currently rocking the pink shade on all my nails and so far, I’m chip-free!

Green With Envy

No Fear

In Deep

Bohemian Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the Itsy Nails London Instagram for some amazing nail art inspiration here.

To buy some of the polishes for yourself, click here.

Kerry x

 

My First Experience as an MUA | Photography by Oliver Lall | Model – Grace Appleby

To date, I have only applied makeup to my own face (and my Mum’s at Christmas – see that here). In my year off work for maternity leave, makeup has become more of an obsession to me than it previously was. I have always loved makeup and the world of beauty, but my love for it has grown, along with my need to know more about application techniques and tricks. Writing this blog has helped me learn and share what I have learnt with all of you and I have loved every minute of it.

When I was contacted by photographer Oliver Lall about joining him on a photoshoot as an MUA – I immediately said yes! I had already been thinking that I’d like to do makeup on a friend and then have some photos taken, so for me this was an opportunity not to be missed! Oliver put me in touch with Grace Appleby, our beautiful model and I instantly knew that we were all going to work together so well.

Here’s a little post about how the day went.

As I was feeling pretty nervous in the build up to the shoot, I planned out every aspect of Grace’s makeup look beforehand. I have a Makeup Artist Face Chart book which meant I could list every product I planned to use and also draw out how I would use them.

The location of the shoot was the Norwich Cathedral and the weather was perfect! When I arrived, I was greeted by Grace, who put me at ease instantly. We found a lovely spot under a tree and I got to work!

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Grace Before
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Products used –

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Grace After!
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Grace After!

When the makeup was complete, I was able to join the team for a little bit of the shoot.

I had an absolutely amazing time and gained some new friends out of it too! I will be working with Oliver again, so will keep you posted on that.

For now, here are some photos from the day!

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If you would like your makeup done by me and have some photos done with Oliver, then please get in touch via the online form below.

Kerry x

 

 

The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Lavera | Natural, Organic and Vegan Beauty Products

 I have been in contact with Ingrid Hume from Pravera for a while now and she has kindly sent out some high-quality and beautiful natural products to me. You may have previously read my post on Benecos Cosmetics (if not, click here) where I gave them a glowing review. Now it’s the turn of the brand Lavera – a natural, organic and vegan beauty brand.

I created the look pictured below, using the products I was sent. Here’s a run down of everything I used and how I used it.

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Lavera Illuminating Eyeshadow Quattro Indian Dream 03 – 4 x 0.5g

This eyeshadow quad is just STUNNING. My mind went into overdrive when thinking of all the looks I could create using just these four colours. I love the mix or peachy pinks and golds with khaki greens. They just match beautifully. I’m really into khaki eye makeup at the moment, so was very excited to try this out.

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Swatches in natural light
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Swatches taken with a flash

 

 

Here I created a very simple look using the mini palette. I used my Benecos single eyeshadow in Mauve in the crease, as I like to use matte shades there. I then used the pink colour over three quarters of my lid, starting from the inner corner. On the outer corner I used the peachy/gold tone. Along the lower last line I used a tiny amount of both of the green/gold colours.

Lavera Mineral Sun Glow Powder Duo – Golden Sahara 01 – 9g

This bronzer has a beautiful texture and consistency and blends like a dream. The colour is very buildable and I would say it looks much darker in the pan than it actually is. You can use the colours singly, or swirl them together with a brush. I mix them together as I find this to be the perfect match for my skin tone. I applied the bronzer just below the cheek bones, around the forehead and perimeter of my face. I love how glowy it made me look!

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Left to right- lightest shade, darkest shade, both mixed together

Lavera Organic Highlighter 4g – 03 Golden Shine

Wow, this little highlighter really packs a big punch! It is a cream product, so is best used before a powder. I have particularly enjoyed this on no-foundation days as it gives me maximum glow without all the other products. It’s been brilliant on these hot days we’ve been having. I applied the highlighter to the usual places where a glow is very welcome – cheekbones, bridge and end of nose, Cupid’s bow and brow bone.

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Swatched in natural light
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Swatched with a ring light
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Applied to the cheekbones. Taken with ring light

Lavera So Fresh Rouge Powder – Plum Blossom 02

Sorry guys, but here’s another product I just LOVE! I really don’t have anything negative to say about any of the Lavera products I’ve tried. This blush is pigmented, creamy, buildable and easy to blend out. It looks just stunning on the cheeks for that ‘glowing from within’ look. It is a plum toned powder, with a shimmer. I applied this to the apples of my cheeks.

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Swatched in natural light
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Swatched with a ring light

 

I’m so pleased with how these products transferred onto my face. They have brilliant staying power too – I’ve even been for a run this evening and the eyeshadows haven’t creased! These are lovingly made, high-quality beauty items. I’m excited to try more from the range. Lavera also have skin, bath, baby, men’s, dental and other products to name just a few. Definitely check them out on Pravera here.

What do you think of my finished look?

Kerry x

Hollywood Browzer | Simple, Speedy and Pain-Free Hair Removal

Hollywood Browzer were kind enough to send me their nifty and innovative little hair removal tool. This tool eliminates the need for painful threading, waxing and tweezing of unwanted hair.

The Hollywood Browzer removes hair from unwanted areas in a quick, easy and virtually pain-free fashion. You can use it on many areas of the face and body including –

    • Eyebrows
    • Upper lip
    • Chin
    • Uneven hairline
    • Peach fuzz
    • Fingers and toes
    • Back of neck
    • Stomach
    • Bikini line

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The Hollywood Browzer is very simple to use – just place it at a 45 degree angle onto clean skin and gently stroke away the unwanted hair. Another benefit of this tool is that as well as removing hair, it also exfoliates your skin! Contrary to belief, the Hollywood Browzer will not make your hair grow back coarser or denser and this has been verified by Natalie Fisher a Dermatology Nurse.

To watch more videos for specific areas of the body, click here.

So what other features and benefits are there to the Hollywood Browzer? –

  • Removes hair in seconds
  • Virtually painless
  • Leaves no redness or irritaton
  • More affordable that waxing and threading
  • No time consuming visits to a salo or clinic
  • Smoothes and exfoliates the skin
  • Get professional results at home or on the go

For £15 you get two Hollywood Browzer tools and also a handy little pouch to put them in. To buy your own kit, click here.

Kerry x

Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

xoBeauty Matte Lipstick in Philocaly

When I watched Shaaanxo’s new makeup line announcement video last week, I was so excited by the beautiful colours and quality of both her liquid and regular lipsticks. I was especially excited by the matte lipstick in the shade ‘Philocaly‘ and settled on just this one. It arrived today – just a week after it was posted from New Zealand!

Shaaanxo is by far my favourite YouTube Beauty Guru. I first discovered her when scouring the web for a wedding makeup tutorial. I actually used her one for my own wedding makeup (yes I was brave enough and mad enough to do my own makeup!). She always manages to achieve pure magic with any eyeshadow and her makeup tips are useful and achievable.  I was extremely excited to see that she’d actually signed the card that came with the lipstick too – I had a extreme fan-girl moment when I saw it!

The lipstick came packaged in a cute white box with grey polka dots on it. Inside, the tube of the lipstick has a chrome/mirror effect which is just so classy and pretty. The lid clicks into place over the lipstick, so there’s no need to worry about it coming off in your handbag.

I did a swatch of the lipstick on my arm first and it swatched beautifully. It has a very creamy texture which glides onto the skin. The colour looks even more beautiful in real life and I think I picked well for my skin tone. It is a stunning pinky nude – my fave!

Swatch – xoBeauty Matte Lipstick in Philocaly

When I put it onto my lips, I was first impressed by the gorgeous smell of crème brûlée – don’t worry if you don’t like strong smells in your makeup, this is a beautifully subtle scent. The lipstick went smoothly onto my lips and didn’t cling to patches as matte lipsticks have a habit of doing. It feels very nourishing on the lips too. I’ve had it on all day and my skin doesn’t feel dried out at all. It also really stayed put! There was very little transfer when kissing Baby J and the hubby and it stayed on very well during meals.

Overall, I’m very happy with this lipstick. I’m so pleased that it has been lovingly designed and created by a brilliant YouTuber, who has worked hard to get to this stage. You could tell from her announcement video how much this collection really meant to her. Philocaly also really reminds me of MAC’s Brave in colour – but I actually prefer this formula! It has better staying power and is much easier to apply.

To buy your own xoBeauty Matte Liptick in Philocaly, click here. To check out the other lipsticks in the range, click here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 3

The past two weeks have been brilliant in terms of my progress and excitement for the 10k. Firstly, I completed the Couch to 5k program! I’m so happy and can’t actually believe I managed it.

Now that the training is complete, I have been doing free runs. I was worried these would be hard to do because I don’t have a ‘coach’ shouting encouragement in my ear and telling me what to do next. However, free runs have actually been amazing. I’ve pushed myself harder than I ever have before and have been running non-stop for longer distances. I ran my first two 5k distances in the last couple of days, without stopping to walk once and I couldn’t be prouder! I have never managed to go this far without needing a quick break – even before having Baby J. This really is a big deal to me!

I have still been making the right choices in terms of my diet and I’m seeing the results in my physique. I’m fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes – with room to spare!

I have decided that the start of June will be the start of my 5k to 10k training program. This will mean I’m more than race ready by August.

Today was an exciting day in terms of the Run Norwich 10k. I was invited by the charity I’m running for – Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – to attend a pre-run meet up at the Norwich City FC ground. I took my husband and Baby J along too (my hubby is a BIG NCFC fan booooo hissss). We were given a goody bag at the door – win!

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Inside were other runners taking part for the charity, it was lovely to see everyone who are running or such a great cause. We had a little talk from one of the charity spokespeople and were also introduced to the special guest – Jessica Jane Applegate, the paralympic swimmer who won medals at Rio 2016 – so exciting!

Overall, I’m feeling good! With just over a month until the Colour Run with my Mum, I’m feeling confident about running the 5k with a half-decent time. Mum and I actually went for a run together on Thursday evening and it went very well. Having her with me made me run further and faster – she’s a brilliant pacer!

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Worst photo of me EVER!

Remember, if you’d like to sponsor my for the Run Norwich 10k, click here. I am over half way to reaching my target. I need to raise £100 by 19th June, so not long to go!

See you again in 2 weeks for another update!

Kerry x
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