Black Friday Deals from Notino

As mentioned in previous beauty blog posts with Notino, I've started a monthly partnership with them where I get to choose some products to review for the month.

That wasn't enough for me though, and I seem to have ordered a bit of a haul from them in the interim before my next months allowance. Whoops.

Anyway, before I blog about the beauty swag I've picked up (as I'm still wading my way through some of it) here are some Black Friday deals from Notino.... Because sharing is caring and it also helps to detract me from buying all the make up myself if other people buy the bargains before I do.

Black Friday Beauty from Notino

  • Free delivery for orders over £35
  • Free Makeup Revolution mystery package when you spend over £25 on Make Up Rev
  • 25% off on selected brands (Such as Foreo, Babyliss, Rowenta and Remington) 
  • Fragrances have up to 45% Off 
  • And there's a load of beauty and cosmetics discounts of up to 60% off

Check out the Black Friday deals at Notino by clicking here:

You can find out more about Notino in my previous post here.

Food Blog: 1847 Vegetarian Restaurant Birmingham

1847 restaurant birmingham

When one of my friends recently told me that they'd gone vegetarian, I'm not gonna lie - I was disappointed.

Not because I have anything against vegetarianism as a choice.

But because they're one of those friends you always tend to go for food with and I felt like this would really limit out culinary choices.

After 6 months of the transition though, I must admit, it's not that bad. I mean, we've eaten at various places with mixed success... Some places have limited choices of great quality and other places can have a plethora of choices with 'meh' quality. Until this weekend we hadn't been to an exclusively meat-free restaurant and with previous experiences of the choices on offer in regular restaurants I wasn't quite sure what to expect!

menu at 147 birmingham

1847 - The Meat Free Restaurant Choice in Birmingham

When I first browsed the menu at 1847 it left a lot of mystery I must admit. The dishes are presented almost in the form of listed ingredients for what goes on to the plate. 

For example, on the starters menu you have choices such as:

Beetroot / Basil Emulsion / Leek / Pickle / Beetroot Powder
Chicory / Stilton / Apple / Walnut 

But obviously. I'm going to assume they were salads....

As I was feeling a little delicate from the evening before, we chose to go straight in to the main courses (After beginning with a coffee, which I must say - the latte was one of the smoothest and most delicious latte's I've had for a good while!)

Battered Halloumi or Tofu / Curried Vegan Mayo / Gherkin / Lemon / Triple Cooked Chips is pretty much what it says on the tin. It's almost like a posh mega-twist on fish and chips. 

The battered halloumi was deep fried to perfection, whilst the chips were endlessly moreish. Despite the smaller portion size, the flavours of the curried mayo, with the gherkin and zesty lemon was the perfect compliment to the creaminess of the halloumi and crunch of the chips.

The second main was Confit Beef Tomatoes / Red Pepper Jus / Pickled Courgette / Smoked Aubergine / Crispy Potatoes, which we chose simply out of intrigue. For some reason in my head, it was a pasta dish, but that was just me assuming things and plucking ideas out of thin air! 

main course vegetarian restaurant birmingham

What we were presented with was the juiciest tomato to ever grace my lips, alongside a really moreish red pepper sauce. I must admit, the smoked aubergine wasn't my thing, as it was pureed and the grey appearance just didn't quite.... look right? And we do eat with our eyes after all. 

The flavours of the rest of the dish were perfect though. Fresh, creamy, tangy and juicy. All in one. As it was a saucy dish, I probably could have done with... 2 more crispy potatoes on the side to mop up the deliciousness.

Overall 1847 in Birmingham is great to cater for vegetarians who love to let the flavours do the talking. However, the portion sizes would benefit from being a little larger for me personally. As it's £17 for two courses, it's definitely more of a 'treat' lunch than your average lunch choices.

So, have I changed my attitude when it comes to eating vegetarian when out and about? Definitely.

I thought it would limit my choices, but a lot of places cater for vegetarians and with the on-going trend of niche vegan and vegetarian restaurants popping up everywhere it might not actually be long until I do a brief spell of meatlessness myself! 

(I say that now, but as soon as I write my next food blog post featuring a lovely steak, I might take that back)

Beauty Blog: Are Dermacol Products Any Good and Can it Cover Tattoos?

Dermacol is a brand that has been doing the cult beauty rounds for a while now.

Praised for their infamous full coverage foundationDermacol gets mentioned online a lot. Particularly on blogs, YouTube and online forums such as a Facebook group, I'm a member of called 'Mrs Gloss and the Goss.'

But does the Dermacol Foundation live up to the hype? 

I recently received three items from Dermacol in my Notino haul. Including the coveted foundation. I was really excited to try this after reading so much about it. 

Online you do tend to find mixed reviews, which already gave me the impression that it wasn't a product for everyone. A lot of people compare it to EsteĆ© Lauder Double Wear, which is actually one of those foundations I just cannot get on with. 

The reason I don't like Double Wear is that it dries so cakey on me and seems ever so drying.

Whereas the first noticeable difference with the Dermacol foundation is that it doesn't seem to dry matte and retains a slightly oily finish. 

When I say oily, don't get me wrong, you don't look like a grease ball. It's kind of hard to explain. It's almost like a slicker dewy finish? But not in an awful way. A quick dab of powder soon sorts that out anyway though.

It is worth noting that you'll want to finish with a setting powder whether you like the dewy finish or not though, as this foundation does tend to transfer a lot, even when 'set'. 

With the above in mind, I cannot fault the overall finish and ease of use though. I mean, a little goes a long way.... We're talking less than a 5pence piece worth of product is ample to blend over your whole face. And it's amazing that such a small amount actually gives such a heavy, flawless finish.

You have to be careful with the amount you use though and ensure you add in contour, blush and the whole shebang, otherwise, the coverage is so heavy that you do end up having a bit of a mask effect if used alone.

Does Dermacol cover tattoos?

A lot of people praise Dermacol for covering tattoos as well. As you can see from the swatches, you can get a good coverage on tattoos, but once again you do need to set with a powder to ensure a better finish. This also means that it would be great for covering acne scarring or micro pigmentation.

The swatches below show a very rough blending of Dermacol with a beauty blender sponge, on top of a tattoo which is approximately 15 years old, with no setting powder:

Would I recommend the Dermacol Foundation? Yes - especially for nights out. And it's great to use daily if you mix a small amount with your regular foundation for added coverage. If only for the addition of SPF30 if your regular foundation has no SPF in!

If you like the sound of it, you'll also enjoy the fact that it's only £8.20.

The Dermacol Primer

Dermacol also do a range of other products, but with not as much hype around them as the foundation. They do a whole host of different products, not only make up! There's even bath and body stuff. All for a super affordable price.

Alongside the foundation, I picked up the Dermacol Pearl Energy Primer. This tiny bottle packs a punch, with a formula containing pearl extracts and a smooth finish for your make up.

I was a little surprised at the size of the bottle versus the price, when compared to other Dermacol products. You only get a 15ml bottle for around £10.

After using it a few times now, I've found that the smaller amount of the product actually gives better results for the day ahead though.

At first I used two full pumps and the make up kind of slid off my face.

After playing around I've found that using half a pump is enough to cover the surface of my face and doesn't have the slightly greasy finish. It also helped my foundation apply a lot better and blend more consistently, alongside helping it last a lot longer throughout the day.

So overall I can't wait to get my hands on some more products from the range.

You can browse online at Notino here (and if you have any more suggestions for products to try let me know on Twitter! @helloterrilowe)

Interior Blog: Making a New House a Home (in between the decorating!)

If you follow me over on Twitter, then you will know that I have just bought my very first house(!)

I'll be doing a blog post all about the buying process and some interior updates in the near future.

But for now, I am living from boxes and trying to make little corners feel more homely, whilst I wait for the decorating to be done.

To be fair, the house isn't in bad condition. It's just flooring I want redoing and some wallpaper/general decorating to tick off the list. So I'm trying to keep as much as I can in boxes within the rooms that need things doing!

In the interim, I am making the key places feel a little more settled and adding small additions to these spaces to feel a bit more relaxed about it. 

Making my new house feel like home...

The perfect starting point to make any space feel more homely is candles and fleecy blankets. Familiar or seasonal scents really do help you to escape from the bare plaster walls and half finished living room.

If you're on a budget (after spending a million quid moving) then you'll want to check out TJ Hughes. I picked up these Yankee Candles(!) and fleecy blanket for under £30. They have so many home accessories and I didn't even realise!

The scents are perfect for Autumn and I cannot believe how soft and big this blanket is for the price! For only £14.99 the only downside is that the cats want to steal it from me.

Damn fine coffee...

Another way I've found to ensure that my house feels as much like home as possible, is to ensure my beloved coffee machine was one of the first things I unpacked. 

I've had a coffee machine for years now and honestly, it just doesn't feel right not having one! Living alone it's just a pain to have milk in, as it always goes off before I manage to drink it. Coffee pods solve this issue by having a long shelf life... Not like they ever last me longer than a few weeks when I drink so much coffee.

I also recently discovered that you can get Nesquick Hot Chocolate for the Dolce Gusto Machines from The Coffee Mate*! The perfect way to wind down an evening, in this fancy latte glass I got from there too. These double wall latte glasses have always intrigued me, so I'm glad I finally have one!

Now I've got some essentials around me to add a little calm to the storm, I can also start upping my blog posts again and showing some more interior blog posts. I really can't wait to unpack properly and settle in. 

Collaboration: How Early is too Early for Christmas Shopping?

The countdown for Christmas is officially on! With only 6 weeks to go until the big day - are you prepared?

I'm one of those shoppers who HATES buying items for the sake of it. I tend to do all my shopping 'as and when' I see things that make me think of people. 

A lot of people I know (especially ones with kids) have had their Christmas shopping list in action and actively ticked off for months now! In fact one friend actually does her shopping in the January Sales ready for the next year.

Now, that's what I call 'expert level' Christmas shopping.

Recent research by eBay reveals that my friends are the only super organised ones and apparently 28% of Brits have Christmas shopping all wrapped up by the end of September!!

45% shop first for person that’s most important or is guaranteed to give the best reaction - so in my case that would be.... me (wink wink)

and 75% shop for kids first and Dads last; which is weird because I always find my niece and my dad the two easiest ones to shop for! It's always my Nana that's the tricky one!

The study also revealed that the average household is set to spend up to £747.78 on their loved ones this Christmas. WELL, after just buying my house, I'll be deducting about £700 from that amount for my loved ones - but that's where websites like eBay come in a DREAM for bagging unique bargains for everyone.

Tips for Christmas Shopping on eBay

I've been using eBay ever since I got an internet connection, so have picked up a few tips for bagging the best bargains along the way. Here's a few tips to really get the most out of your Christmas eBay shop.

 Always search for a 'loose' spelling of the item you're after. Sometimes people make typos, or get the names of products slightly wrong. You can even use websites like to find them!

 If you don't mind waiting for shipping (and are one of those shopping in September), try looking for items from international sellers. You have to wait a little longer for delivery, but when I've ordered from Chinese sellers there are no custom fees, delivery is often free and the items are so much cheaper.

 To find the cheapest items you're after, order Auction Items in 'ending soonest' and any Buy it Now items in lowest price for postage AND packaging. You'll soon be dropping on some great buys.

Beauty Blog: Introducing Notino. Your New Favourite Beauty Website

When it comes to buying beauty products online, I always tend to talk myself out of it.

Whether it from a UK based site such as Beauty Bay, or from Amazon's beauty section. There's always been something which has stopped me parting with my cash. Sometimes it's the shipping costs, most of the time it's due to the products on the websites being quite pricey, in all honesty.

That was until I discovered a beauty website called Notino.

Notino is based in Czech Republic, but delivers to the UK for an incredibly affordable price. Standard shipping is only £3.99! The range of products available also suits any pocket!

I usually have to put in an order with my friend Tereza for any European beauty products that I want to try. Dermacol and Catrice make up being my usual brands of choice.

Well she can relax and ignore my shopping lists now, as I can get my fill of all my European favourites from Notino!

Not only do they stock some of my most-wanted brands, but they also do the regular faves too. From Make Up Revolution to a load of haircare brands like Olaplex. It's like the Pandoras Box of beauty sites.

And did I mention it was all so affordable too?


But I will say it again - it's all so affordable!

If you were worried about understanding the language on the products from abroad - don't be. Notino have got you covered and in the parcel they include an overview, complete with simple instructions!

Recently I also signed up to their Beauty Blogger Database (which you can do as well, if you're a blogger, by clicking here). This means that each month I can bring you my latest favourites from Notino and show you some more brands and products they have to offer! I'm so excited!

I'll be reviewing the above products from Dermacol and Bielenda over the next few days, so stay tuned if you want to know how they worked out. (spoiler alert: both brands are brilliant so far)

About Hello Terri Lowe

A UK Lifestyle, Food, Beauty and Music Blog, based in Staffordshire, you can also expect to see reviews of places around the country. Often spotted Manchester or Birmingham at the weekends, you can expect to see a little bit of everything from festivals to food and everything in-between. When not blogging, you can find me having a nice sit down with my cats, Stevie and Kitty, or enjoying a fine cup of coffee. Don't forget to take a look at my 'about' page if you're interested in collaborating on any exciting opportunities!

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