Monday, 30 June 2014

Food Review | The Blue Bell Inn Rothley

Recently I met up with Emily ( and Alex (, two local and ever so lovely food bloggers from the Midlands. I had already met Emily several times before, however this was the first time in meeting Alex. Needless to say after 5 minutes gossiping together I felt like we'd all known each other for years!

We decided to meet at the newly renovated The Blue Bell Inn in Rothley on a Wednesday. Thinking it'd be nice and quiet and wouldn't draw too much attention to wrong we were! We arrived to a busy and bustling pub full of energy and customers wondering why the hell we were taking pictures of everything we saw!

The Blue Bell Inn, is part of the Little Britain Pub Company, it's one of three pubs (the others are The Curzon Arms & The Windmill Inn). Upon entering the car park, your eye is drawn to the crisp white walls of the building, it's original features and outside seating area. It really is beautiful and ever so welcoming.

The decor takes center stage when you want to discuss ambiance within the Blue Bell. It mixes old and new styles in such a way that makes you think taxidermy is cool, and that everyone needs a light fitting made of old rope and wood... I don't know why but everything seems to 'fit' and nothing looks out of place. In short - it's pretty damn cool.

So now, onto the most important factor. The food.

One thing I love about the Little Britain Pubs is that they are always changing their menu, month on month to take advantage of seasonal fruit and veg. Fab stuff.

To start, I opted for the pulled pork, fried onions, baby gem & sesame toast (£5.95). In short this was delicious. The pulled pork was mouth watering, juicy and extremely tasty - you could really taste the smokiness. You also got a hell of a lot! I would have liked for there to have been more sesame toast (or perhaps less of the pork) as I don't like the main ingredient to out weigh the accompaniments. (You tend to get this with terrine, where you get a mahoosive chunk of it and the tiniest bit of toast...rant over!)
Overall I'd certainly have this again.

Emily opted for the asparagus, spinach & fried duck egg on sour dough, bĂ©arnaise (£6.50) . This looked incredible and the fact that the fried egg was crispy and gooey at the same time was just bang on.

Alex went ahead and had what I was originally going to go for, and that was the sea salt & pepper squid with a mango & chilli salsa (£6.50). I actually got to try some of this (that was the agreement I had with Alex!) and I can confirm it was delicious. The squid was very lightly fried and the mango & chilli salsa was the perfect summer accompaniment. It was fresh, zingy, sweet with a subtle kick. Nothing that was going to blow your head off anytime soon.

For my main I wanted fish, so when browsing the menu I couldn't help but go for the obvious fish & chips (£11.45). This is not to be snuffed at - perhaps one of the nicest plates I've had. The fish was coated in a light crispy batter, and when cutting into it, it flaked apart and melted in the mouth! The chips were nice and crispy on the outside but light and fluffy in the middle and I just loved the pea puree that came with it - you could tell it was homemade and fresh. On a side note - I adored the mason jars that held the tartare sauce!

Emily went for the pan fried devilled scallops, cucumber & mooli salad, lime yoghurt served with skinny fries (£17.25) and Alex went for smoked & braised Hereford beef rib, potato salad, smoked butter corn on the cob (£14.95). Can I just say Oh.My.God. The beef was perhaps the best thing I've tasted in a long time! Alex actually allowed us to try it...if it had been my main course no one would have had a chance to taste it, as it was so divine I couldn't have bared to share!

In the end, we opted out of having a dessert, not because we didn't fancy anything - purely because we were way too full to even consider stuffing our faces with pudding! Next time time.

The Damage? The prices seem to be pretty standard for a good meal nowadays. I am a strong believer in I don't mind paying good money for good food and in this case it was certainly worth every penny.

All in all, I would 110% recommend giving The Blue Bell Inn a go as the food was perfect, the ambiance was great and it's welcoming to all ages. A real pub, with real pub food.

Monday, 9 June 2014

NYX Haul

So last month I went to the NEC Beauty Convention in Birmingham with the beauty herself that is Lauren ( Lauren and I have become solid friends since we stared blogging and when ever we get together I know a serious amount of money gets spent. She's terrible! Always persuading me to buy way more than I should!

Charlotte's NYX HaulSo one of the main reasons we went was because NYX were there and offering some pretty good discounts and considering they're not that easy to get hold of, we took advantage! Well Lauren certainly did!! Haha!
Charlotte's NYX Haul
So I knew I wanted some of the NYX Lip Butters, so I opted for Vanilla Cream Pie which is a creamy rose pink, Creme Brulee which is more of a nude rose and Merengue Merengue which is a vibrant pink. The consistency of these is amazing. They are super creamy and smell divine. They aren't sticky at all and really moisturise my lips. 
My next purchase was the NYX Photo-Loving Primer in Anti-Redness, I'd heard quite good things about the NYX primers so I thought I'd try this one. The consistency is a bit like the Benefit Porefessional but green! haha. It seems to work though as I've noticed since using it, my redness hasn't come through as much and I've not noticed it through my foundation!

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt & NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Silky Cashmere
From left to right: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt, NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Silky Cashmere
Finally I caved into 2 eye products. The NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt and the NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Silky Cashmere. I love the NYX Jumbo Pencil I wish I'd got more but I'd already gone over budget! Next time I'm going to get a few Jumbo Pencils as they work really well as an eye shadow base or just an eye shadow itself. 

So that's all I bought from NYX and I have to say I'm really impressed with this make up brand. It's not too expensive, it's actually really affordable and good quality. I'm excited to try more products in this range!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on NYX Cosmetics in general?

As always, It's been a pleasure.



Monday, 2 June 2014

Illamasqua Lipsticks

Illamasqua Perfect Pout SetSo about a 2 months ago a entered a competition run by Jules over at I never thought I'd win, but what the heck? I entered anyway! So to my shock, I received an e-mail from Jules telling me I'd won! I couldn't believe it.
Illamasqua Perfect Pout Set
From Left to Right: ESP (vivid violet), Plunge (bright mauve pink), Fable (bright rose pink), Over (bright coral pink), Scandal (warm coral pink) & Isis (red pink)

Illamasqua Perfect Pout Set
These are some pretty insane colours! I absolutley love each and everyone of them. Some of them aren't colours I'd wear everyday, but I'd certainly wear some of them on a night out! Below are some pictures of me trying these babies out.

One thing I've found since using these lipsticks, is that the formulation takes a bit of getting used to. Also you've got to have really smooth moisturised lips for the best application.

Illamasqua Over Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick

Illamasqua Scandal Lipstick

Illamasqua Plunge Lipstick

Illamasqua Isis Lipstick

So, which ones your favourite then? Let me know down in the comments as I'd be really interested in finding out what you all think.

Once again, thank you to Jules for the giveaway. I couldn't be happier!

As always, It's been a pleasure!


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