Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Latest In My Sheet Mask Collection


If you follow me on Instagram you'd know that I am a big fan of a sheet mask. I can sniff a new one out a mile off. People message me for recommendations or even to let me know about a sheet mask they love. Some say it's an out of control problem, I think it's perfectly fine to have a giant collection that I ended up having to buy storage for, totally fine.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Heavy Heart


We've all been through hard times, sometimes the hardest times are in the mists of a breakup when nobody can really say anything to make you feel any better than the way you feel at that point. All you hear is, it'll get easier, you're better off without him and you deserved better. As much as the people saying these things just want to be there for you and pick you back up when you're at your lowest, it's not always easy to hear.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Supermarine | Pizza, Pasta & Wine


Okay, so I'm finally back from my blogging break to tell you all about *Supermarine, a new establishment in Woolston, Southampton, full of all the carby goodness we all love. Supermarine is all about Pizza, Pasta and Wine, also conveniently located super close to me. I got to go along for an evening here with a group from SotonBloggers to try out the menu and it's safe to say we all left full and happy. Maybe a little tipsy too.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Soap & Glory | The Mask Force


If there's a new collection of face masks you can guarantee I'm straight on it. Everyone has their beauty weakness and mine is well and truly face masks. Honestly, my collection overwhelms me but I'm still going to pick a couple up next time I find myself wondering around my local drugstore. I will try any face mask on offer, but I do lean towards a good sheet mask. I had popped into my local Boots a couple of times for these masks but there was only the odd one there. After having a bit of a bad day I popped into Boots just to get a drink and almost walked past the whole collection, cue a double take and a little inside happy dance. I grabbed them all, totally forgot the drink though.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sisters That Blog Together

Blogging can be hard specially if you don't have anyone in your life that really understands what it's all about. Lucky for me, my sister Alice has been in the blogging world a lot longer than me. She's the one that opened my eye's to the blogosphere and encouraged me to be a part of it. I don't think I could ever thank her enough for that, it gave me something to focus on when things weren't too great for me. She's also partly to blame for my shocking spending habits.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Primark Beauty Haul


I know, a beauty haul from Primark! I've found myself browsing around their beauty section a lot but never picking anything up. I've been dubious about buying anything because it's Primark, but if you don't try it you'll never know if you've missed out on a goodun. I think the fact I started to see more and more people hopping on the PS... beauty hype made me cave. But then again, it didn't really break the bank so why not?

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Vospers | Cocktail's And Burgers


One of my favourite things about being involved with SotonBloggers is the opportunities the community gives us, one of the most recent being a visit to *Vospers with the gang. Vospers is a brand new Burger place ran by the front guys at Mettricks. If you know us SotonBloggers well, you'll know we are big fans of Mettricks so of course we were all eager to sample what Vospers had to offer.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Favourites


It feels like it's been forever since I last did a favourites post, which then made it difficult to widdle down to a small number of items. I won't lie, I am the worst person where money is concerned so I am constantly trying new products. But I'm also super lucky to be sent some items to try out too. If you've read my previous favourites posts then you'll know I'm super good and not just sticking to a beauty bundle, I always seem to manage to have at least one product that isn't even slightly related to beauty.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Lush Haul


I recently got to attend the Sneek Peek event of Southampton's brand new Lush store, we left with a goodie bag while also having a chance to have a little shop ourselves too. It would be rude not to do a little haul post of all the treats I ended up coming home with even though I definitely didn't need to add to my collection at all.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

L'Oreal Bright & Blemish Rescue Pure Clay Masks


It's no secret that I am a lover of L'Oreal's skin care, specially their pure clay collection which is full of masks and face washes dedicated to easing certain skin issues. I popped into my local drugstore and clocked these two new additions that I didn't even have a clue were being released. So obviously they came home with me, specially as they were the only two there.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pixi Peel And Polish


You may have been living under a rock if you haven't seen any of Pixi's new skincare making the rounds on social media. I'm a sucker for anything new, as soon as I see that word next to a product I need it in my life. The Peel & Polish resurfacing concentrate was calling out to me, so it was only right I tried it out.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lush Southampton | Bigger And Better


A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend the sneak peak opening of the brand new Lush Southampton store and boy, oh boy was it a treat! I think a lot of people will agree when I say this new store has been long awaited. As much as I loved popping into the old tiny store that had been there since I was little, this move was needed.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

L'Oreal | Hydra Genius Aloe Water


It's no secret that I'm a big fan of anything super hydrating for the skin. I've recently been trying out a whole lot of L'Oreal skin care, to the point that I've pretty much switched my whole routine to their Fine Flowers collection which you can read about here. Along with that collection, I've been using the clay masks and washes and my skin has reacted well to all their products so far. So when I noticed the Hydra Genius Aloe Water doing the rounds on social media of course I was pulled in and went on the hunt to find the Dry & Sensitive version.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

FrezyDerm | Sun Screen Velvet


We all know sun protection is a must, whether its summer or winter I consciously buy products that have SPF in them already. Let's face it, even when the sun isn't at its strongest there's still the possibility that the sun is causing an effect on your skin. With this in mind, I've been giving FrezyDerm* a try through these last few weeks, and I have been pleasantly surprised by it.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

 Okay, so the title really gives away this post, but I had to do a little write up for the All Nighter foundation. Finding foundations that work is a super hard task for me. I'm extremely pale, my skin is scarred and acne prone, and on top of that it can get rather dry at times. See why finding foundation is hard for me? Well, luckily I don't think I'm on the hunt anymore. Possible holy grail right here.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Yoga With ParkLives


Yoga is something I've always wanted to try, but never actually went ahead and gave it a bash because I didn't think I would be coordinated enough to do it, until now. Alice and I got the chance to join in on a beginners class to see what ParkLives Southampton is all about.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

COSMO Westquay Southampton


There's been a lot going on food wise around Westquay recently with all the new restaurants that have opened up. I've been lucky enough to go to most of the opening nights and even a few reviews in there too. Since the opening of the Westquay South development the area has come alive, so many places to go and eat for any occasion and it was very much needed. Cosmo is one of the new restaurants to open, so when I was offered the chance to pop in and review I was all over it. I had never eaten at a Cosmo before which made me even more excited to try it.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Southampton Bloggers Brunch | Rogues Cafe


A couple of weekends ago Alice and I held a Soton Bloggers event and this time it was all about brunch. We were lucky enough to hold the brunch event at Rogues Cafe who offer a fab menu, there's something for everyone, including a cafe dog by the name of Percy who's all for the attention he gets. As it had been a while since there had been a large gathering of all the lovely people that get involved with Soton Bloggers, it was only right to meet some new and old faces over pancakes and smoothies.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Urban Decay | Naked Heat


Guess what landed in my hands this morning?! Forgive me for being so quick off of the mark with this post but I just had to share this new release from Urban Decay with you. Let's face it, if you knew about the pre sale of this palette on Monday, you were definitely joining in with the sweaty palms and heart palpitations trying to get hold of one. Naked Heat is the newest member of the Naked Palette family and my god am I glad this palette has arrived.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

L'Oreal / Fine Flowers Collection


I'm a firm believer in using skincare for a long enough period to see how it really works on the skin before reviewing it. I'm an absolute sucker for skincare, anything marked as new I instantly want it. But I'm now learning to control this bad habit of mine, mainly because I think I've finally found the skincare products that work for me. Finally. And that's saying something considering I'm prone to break outs and suffer with mild acne due to medication I take. Who would have thought it would be drugstore skincare that was the answer for me!?

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

There Is Still Space


Let's face it, the blogging world is fucking vile at the moment. It can be really disheartening when you're new to the scene, and you can end up feeling that there's no place left in the blogging world for new faces to pop up and write about what they love. Let me just tell you something, whether you're doing it as a hobby or if you have a plan and want this to be your job, there is 100% a place for you. As much as some people would like to think, NO ONE has control over the number of bloggers there is. So keep your head up and do you.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Garnier SkinActive | Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask Collection


Now, we all know I love a bit of skincare goodness. I also am a sucker for anything marked as new. When the first moisture bomb tissue mask hit the stores, I grabbed a couple to try out. Which that soon became a weekly ritual. So it was only right that I tried out the whole collection, well...that's my excuse anyway.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Feel Good Movie Night


Let's face it, there's nothing better than a movie night or a box set binge with an array of sweet treats. Whether you're having a night in on your own or you have a few friends round, it's a nice change from the usual pre drinks and dancing till you can't stand anymore. I've said it before, but it's always nice to have a break from social media, put your phone and laptop down for a while and just enjoy watching something without the distraction. If it's a me time night or a girls night in *HMV have you covered.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

April Favourites


Another month, another favourites post! I can't not do one as I'm so spendy I always seem to find something new to love every month. Which has also now ended in me putting myself on a spending ban because I have no self control where beauty products are concerned. Not only did I find new things in stores that I love, I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of items that made my list too.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

L'Osteria | Westquay Southampton


Did Southampton really need another Italian restaurant? Yes, yes we did. I am a lover of Italian food and always have been, I've tried all the Italian restaurants in Southampton and we definitely don't have one that's up to the standard that *L'osteria has set. I missed the original opening night and heard so many good things from everyone that went, so I couldn't wait to try it out for myself.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Skinny Tan | From Pale to Glowy


I know for some people, if they are going to fake tan, they want to be a bronzed goddess. But that's not what I personally go for. As a girl that is paler than the walls of Santorini, fake tan worries me. I can go from ghost to wotsit in a matter of minutes. I was in two minds when *Skinny Tan first got in touch, but they were really helpful with picking out the right products for me.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Time To Switch Up For Spring


It's finally that time to start adding a bit of colour into my life, and to slowly step away from the berry lips. Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year, and by the looks of instagram, everyone else is also enjoying the bloody beautiful blossom filled season. I kinda feel like a bad blogger because I don't actually have a shot of blossom on my insta feed.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wonderland | The Mayflower Theatre


I mean, who doesn't love Alice in Wonderland and all the wonderful films and productions that have come from the iconic girl that fell down a rabbit hole. I may have done a little happy dance when I found out the production us SotonBloggers had been invited to was *Wonderland, a musical adaption of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

March Favourites


A new month has rolled around, so of course that calls for another monthly favourites post right? Pretty much all of these products are new to me except one. Which it's only right I share my thoughts on my new faves! I try and keep these mainly beauty related but I'm really good a chucking something in there each month that isn't remotely beauty but deserves the praise. And yes, I will soon realise I need to stop buying new shit all the time, maybe.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

You Don't Compare, Because You Shouldn't


Trust me, I get it, It's hard not to compare yourself to others in the blogging world. But in reality, a lot of the time people are comparing themselves to bloggers that are established, already found their place and have pretty much been doing it for years. It's an unrealistic comparison, inspiration maybe, but don't ever compare.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Antipodes | Aura Manuka Honey Mask


Who isn't a lover of face masks? I've recently shared my love for Antipodes and their scientific organic beauty range. Since my first purchase I have a wish list as long as my arm and my collection is growing. You may have noticed through reading other blog posts of mine, I'm a bit of a skin care fan. My skin is blemish prone and scarred, so often, if something is advertised as helping blemished skin I jump straight on the band wagon.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Purple Is The Colour Of My Life


Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day. Not many people are aware of Epilepsy and the difficulty it brings to peoples lives. I have said it before, but even though I do live with the side effects of my condition and struggle with them daily, I'm lucky enough to still be able to live my life with limited restrictions. But that doesn't stand for everyone.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

I Am Not My Illness


As Epilepsy awareness day is fast approaching (March 26th) I thought it was about time I whacked another Epilepsy post up. There's a lot to be said about this condition, you could never compare two people with the same condition because I can guarantee there's a lot of difference between what each person suffers with. But this one will be a little light hearted compared to my next.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Fair Skinned Foundation Problems


Let's face it, finding the right foundation can be an absolute nightmare sometimes. Specially if like me, you are super fair skinned. If the only way of me getting a certain foundation is by ordering it online with out colour testing, it's a no go. I've spent countless hours wondering around beauty counters to try and find the perfect match. And I still can't find it!
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

February Favourites


Wouldn't be right to see a month pass and not do a round up of my faves would it? It's a little bit of a miss match of items this time round, a couple of old time favourites and a few new items that I've grown to love. I'm sure there's something in there for everyone.
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Sunday, 12 March 2017

L'Oreal Pure Clay Face Wash Collection


I've said it before and I'll say it again, if a beauty product is marked as a new product, I'll be buying it. I already have the whole Pure Clay Mask collection so it was only right that I got the new wash collection too. Just like the masks, it was a mare trying to find them all, but I did and I'm so glad about it.
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

There's More To Life Than A Schedule


Trust me, I know it feels good when all things blog are ready and scheduled but, you can't always meet it. It's impossible sometimes, because ya know, life and stuff. It's okay to miss a day or a week and not feel bad for it. Yes, you may lose a couple of followers here and there, but there's more to life than numbers.
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Antipodes | Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream


Eye cream is something I've only recently introduced into my skincare regime. I was told that your skin starts to age from 25, so what with recently turning 25, I decided my skin needed that little extra care. I've always looked at eye creams and thought I didn't need them. But I definitely did. I trialled out a No7 skin care set that included an eye cream and I really noticed a difference. I had heard good things about Antipodes , so when I noticed it on Asos I popped it straight in my basket.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Twenty Things They Didn't Tell You About Your Twenties


Apparently your twenties are the years to be selfish, but life gets in the way doesn't it? And then all of a sudden something happens and you're wondering why things didn't work in your favour or why you haven't done this or that yet? I'm from now on referring to my twenties as my dramatic years, because shit goes down once you're in that age bracket. So. Much. Shit.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Frank Body Coffee Scrub


Ever tried a coffee scrub? I've tried most brands and always come back to Frank Body. If you follow me on instagram you would have seen me telling everyone that it's something they need to try. This scrub also features in my monthly favourites that went up last week. We all know taking care of all parts of your skin is important, but hard to keep up with. I'm a nightmare for sticking to routines but coffee scrub is one thing I religiously use. I end up so fricken soft!
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Monthly Favourites


You know you're buying too much shit when you can do a monthly faves post and it mostly all be new products. I'm so good at buying anything marked as new. I wish I could say these were necessary purchases, but they aren't. Although, they are good enough for you guys to know about them! So here's my monthly round up.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

There's More To Love On Valentines Day


Valentines Day has always been full of mixed emotions for some people, I've personally always called it Hallmark Day. We are all fully aware that its a massively commercialised holiday. I mean, brands that make bread are chucking hearts on their packaging for fucks sake. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm not one to celebrate this "Holiday", although some people love to celebrate it. Each to their own. 
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Billy Elliot The Musical at Mayflower Theatre


Visiting the theatre is something I've grown to love recently. Thanks to Mayflower Theatre*, little groups of us have been able to come and fall in love with the theatre experience all over again. Alice who runs SotonBloggers has teamed up with the guys over at The Mayflower Theatre to give us lucky lot a new experience with blogging. Yes the usual blog events are fun, but it's always nice to throw something in to mix it up. We all get to meet before hand, have something to eat, a catch up and chat about the production we're about to see. It's always fun to go with a mixed group because you can guarantee there's people that have seen the movie or read the book, or be like me and never watched or read anything to do with the production before. I was going to watch the movie, but a friend of mine that is very involved in theatre production told me the movie isn't as good as the production. So I decided to go in blind and enjoy the theatre production.
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Time To Be Selfish


Sometimes when you feel like you have people relying on you or even leaning on you for support, you can easily forget that you are just as important to take care of as anyone else in your life. I've always been the kind of person that will drop everything for someone that needs me, I've often put people before me, pushing aside what is going on in my life, I've even made myself ill with regards to my epilepsy because I was doing too much to help someone else. But when the tables turn and realise that there isn't really anyone in your life that would do that for you, its a bit of a shitter. I mean at the same time I'm very good at suppressing issues in my life, so maybe it doesn't look like I need that support? 

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

No7| Beautiful Skin Collection


I've never been one for having a good skincare routine. Yes, I have some care products I love and use religiously but I've never had a full routine day and night. After turning 25, the age your skin starts to age as I've been told, I decided I really needed to get myself into a routine. I tweeted about advice on what eye creams people like and  No7 was mentioned a lot. 
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Real Greek | Westquay Southampton



Not everyone gets a launch night perfect, but the guys at The Real Greek* did just that. A group of us SotonBloggers got the chance to go along to see what they are all about. From the moment I set my eyes on the decor, I fell in love. With the classic blue and white through out the restaurant, a wall with the back drop of the beautiful Santorini, even different crockery on the walls. If you have visited any Greek friends houses, you'd know about the crockery rules. You'd also know that Greek food is for sharing. Which is exactly what we did.
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Thaikhun | Westquay Southampton


Last week I was lucky enough to visit Thaikhun* twice for two different experiences, Thaikhun has only recently opened in Southampton in the new foodie area of Watermark. Its known for bringing a little corner of Thailand over to us, which there was definitely a space for it. Everyone working in there were so energetic and knowledgeable about the brand and what they stand for. I personally am a nightmare with food, I'm not every adventurous at all and I've never tried Thai food, specially not Thai street food, so I was looking forwards to trying it out. We also had the opportunity to partake in their Dry January event. 
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Makeup Revolution 144 Ultimate Matte Eyeshadow Palette


If you've read before, you may have caught my post on the shimmer version of this palette. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I absolutely love the products that Makeup Revolution have on offer. For the price the products retail at. they are so much better than you would expect. Over the Christmas period Makeup Rev had a lot on offer, this 144 ultimate matte eyeshadow collection being one of them. I won't lie, I ordered from tam beauty and it was an utter nightmare and as you may have noticed the product arrived with a cracked case, slightly disappointing. But once I was over that, I had a little play about and loved a majority of these shadows.

As I swatched the original palette I had, it was only right that I did another 144 swatches to show off the colours in this one. Since having both palettes I haven't reached for anything else for my eyes!
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Lush Masks My Face Loves



Don't you just feel like you've done Sunday right when a face mask has been involved?  My go to for extra refreshing face masks has always been trusty ol' Lush. They have something for everyone and every skin type. I'm yet to come across one that I don't like, but these 3 are my absolute favourites.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Dumpling Dumpling | Westquay Southampton


A little group of us were lucky enough to be invited along to try out Dumpling Dumpling* located in what's better known as Westquay Watermark. Dumpling Dumpling aka Flavour Bombs as they are also known, is the brain child of Dan and Nat. You can tell their hearts and souls go into this and they have so much passion for what they are doing, just by having a little chat with Nat. The pair were living out in China teaching English, and that's where the love of dumplings grew. Nat's Chinese name was even Jiaozi, meaning dumpling in Mandarin! It was meant to be. 

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