Thursday, September 7

Zoella Lifestyle Christmas Gifting Collection 2017 | #ZoellaWinterWonderland

I'm a big Zoella fan. I've followed Zoe for a long time, since the early days of her announcing that Louise was in labour with Darcy, via a webcam, on Louise's channel. Anyone else remember that?! Over the years, I've watched her grow and I'm amazed at the Zoella Beauty & Zoella Lifestyle branding. Each collection seems to be getting better and better, and with Christmas round the corner, I want to put a spotlight on the beautiful gifting ranges available from Zoella Lifestyle. If you'd like to see some of the Beauty bits too, be sure to watch my Weekly Vlog on my YouTube channel on Monday!


Wednesday, September 6

Refreshing My Flat For Autumn | Homesense Homeware Haul

 This post is kindly sponsored by Homesense.

Monday, August 21

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea | The Sanderson Hotel, London

Last Saturday, I met up with two of my oldest blogger/YouTube friends, Dionne & Lucy. We were celebrating both their birthdays, whilst having our annual catch up. As we live all over the country, and our lives are very busy, we don't often get many opportunities to spend time together. Therefore when we do, it's really special and memorable. We decided Afternoon Tea was the perfect idea, so searched across the web for something we'd all enjoy. As a huge Disney lover, the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel certainly caught my eye. I'd heard many good things, so we booked three weeks in advance and here's exactly what I thought!

Monday, August 14

New In: The Body Shop | Summer 2017

I'm a big fan of The Body Shop. I love how innovative they are, along with being cruelty-free, they're very affordable and I love the quality. I recently received these new products in my PO Box, and thought I'd share the new releases!

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Toner
Launching 15th August for £9.50, The Body Shop have two new toners to add to their range. Both 100% vegan, I love the sound of both. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Milky Toner is the first brightening milky toner with ginseng root and rice extra for smoother, right, revitalised skin. Formulated without alcohol and enriched with Community Trade sesame oil, I'm looking forward to seeing how my skin responds to this. However, I'm very keen to pick up the other toner, British Rose Petal-soft gel. The extra-gentle, hydrating toner is infused with real rose petals for touchably soft, soothed and replenished glowing skin. It's enriched with COmmunity Trade organic aloe vera, and sounds like something I'd love.

According to The Body Shop, people all over the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the damaging effects of pollution and toxins. In addition to living and eating well, urbanites are actively swapping their haircare products for those with natural or organic ingredients. Since finding out I have an allergy to some fragrances and suffering with skincare issues and eczema (especially on my scalp) for years, it's really important to me which hair products I pick. The Body Shop has created cruelty-free haircare ranges featuring the finest ingredients and textures, with natural oils, butters, and purees. All the formulas are 100% veggie and some are even 100% vegan.

I'm so impressed to see a scrub for once. I suffer with dandruff and a peeling scalp, especially if I use a shampoo I'm allergic too, and I only ever see masks on the market. I know for a fact that more people want products that condition and care for the health of the hair and scalp, and I'm excited to try the Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub. In the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan, green tea leaves are collected to create the finest extracts. They have bended their green tea infusion in a nature-powered recipe with mint menthol, salt and Community Trade honey. This refreshingly purifying scrub will make your scalp feel instantly refreshed, and your hair feel revitalised with a healthy-looking skin. The also have a matching Shampoo and Conditioner, which I presume smells just as good as the scrub!

First of all, how gorgeous is the packaging for this?! Tattoo Artist Saira Hunjan exclusively designed a unique label for the new balm and it really stood out to me when I opened the box. The said "I really wanted to celebrate the life force of the Amazon jungle through colour and pattern with my signature style. My design captures wildlife through birds and butterflies and the distinctive Amazonian vegetation, including Babassu kernels, where the Community Trade babassu oil is extracted, comprising one of the nice ingredients."

The new Multi-Purpose Amazonian Saviour Balm is my new desk-essential. It's great for hands and nails, but I've even applied as a lip balm too. A multi-tasking beauty essential with a conscience, made with 100% natural-origin ingredients, the oil-rich texture is a rare find when it comes to caring tattoos, skin marks and more. For centuries, Amazonian communities have relied on potent natural ingredients to care for wounded and tattooed skin. These same natural oils are used to enrich this product. 100% vegetarian, without silicones, colourants, mineral oil, paraffin or fragrance and with only 9 ingredients. Well done, The Body Shop! 

I'm so in love with the Spa Of The World Range from The Body Shop, even their candles are to die for! With summer here, The Body Shop have introduced their fourth regime to the range, a new Firming ritual. Infused with a blend of fruit extracts from forests and vines, and blended into refining textures and invigorating fragrances, their uplifting regime is designed to empower skin, body and mind. Including the Ethiopian Green Coffee Firming Body Cream, French Grape Seed Body Scrub and the Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil, this range really is gorgeous. I was kindly send the oil, infused with zingy makrut lime, for toning and firming that's quickly absorbed and infused with Community trade marula oil to nourish your skin. 

This is only a small selection to the incredible new releases The Body Shop have. I'm particularly excited for the new hair tools, including bamboo hairbrushes, coconut oil, Banana Shampoo and Conditioner and Rose Petal-soft gel Toner. If you're interested, you can shop the new products here!

*PR Samples.

Thursday, August 10

Walt Disney World 2017 | My Top 20 Bucket List Must Do's

I'm not going to lie, I still can't quite believe I'm going to Walt Disney World in Florida next month. NEXT MONTH. It's coming round so quickly and everything is booked, paid off, itinerary written, dining reservations in, fast passes secured...we are ready! With the peak of my excitement, I wrote down and wanted to share my Bucket List "must-dos". I'm very open to understanding that I'll never get it all done, but there's a few things I really can't wait to see/do/ride/ here we go! (ps. If you'd rather watch the video with photos of everything I mention, scroll to the bottom!)


Monday, August 7

Friday, July 28

MedSailors: Second Time Round, Solo! | Croatia Sailing 2017

How has a year passed so quickly?! HOW? It felt like yesterday I went to Greece with MedSailors, and the minute I landed back in the UK, I knew it wouldn't be my last trip. This post is very kindly sponsored by MedSailors, and I'm proud to be working with them again. I went as far as naming Greece 'a trip of a lifetime' and was so eager to go again, that MedSailors invited me back to try their Croatia Discovery route. Only this time, by myself!

This post is very photo heavy, I had over 500 photos and I shared over 70 on Instagram, I think that in itself speaks for how good it was but I've narrowed down my favourites, along with my honest thoughts and feelings about the trip. Read on to see what I got up to in a week!

Thursday, July 13

Simple Skincare Water Boost Range & Launch | Brockwell Lido, London

If you've read my blog for a while or watch my YouTube videos, you'll know I am very fussy about my skincare. Understandably, as I have eczema and an allergy to some fragrances. Some brands seriously irritate my skin, to the point I get so fed up spending so much money trying new things. Simple Skincare is a brand I have loved and used for years. Their Micellar Wipes are my favourites by far, I always have a stash of them in my draw (and in my gym bag, boyfriends house, travel toiletries etc!). Over the years, I've dipped in and out of their products, but haven't particularly fallen in love with a new range...until now.


Monday, July 10

DKNY Nectar Love Perfume Launch | Ham Yard Hotel, London

On Wednesday 5th July, I was kindly invited to the Ham Yard Hotel in London for Breakfast with DKNY, to see and smell their beautiful new perfume, Nectar Love. On arrival, not only could you smell the scent itself, but so many fresh flowers! They had a little ice cream cart, hair braiding, a flower wall, photo booth, flower crown making and little afternoon-style tires of breakfast treats. The sun was shining and even at 9.30am, it was so warm.


Tuesday, July 4

Skincare Saviours | Summer 2017

I'm very fussy when it comes to skincare. I have very dry, eczema-prone skin, alongside an allergy to Fragrance Mix II - a group of perfumes added to products to make them smell nicer, which a dermatologist has pinpointed as the cause of my eczema after we did a patch test a few years ago. It's very rare I try new products, and have become very loyal to these ones in particular, my skincare saviours!


Monday, July 3

sketch Gallery, Afternoon Tea | Mayfair, London

She won't admit it, but my Mum is one of those people who's really hard to buy for. Although she likes the little things in life, I'd call her a lady of class. She often enjoys the finer things and has quite a particular taste when it comes to gifts. This year, I thought I'd save myself the worry of getting it wrong, so pitched the idea to my brother about taking her for Afternoon Tea. Sometimes, an experience is much more valuable. She's not really a Spa Day kind of lady, and we've done a lot of the restaurants in Bournemouth already, so it was a no brainer to take her two hours on the train to London for a nice afternoon out. She's seen and heard of sketch before, but we've never had the chance to get it organised. Three weeks prior, reservations opened up and I was able to book into the Gallery of sketch in Mayfair.


Friday, June 23

Las Iguanas Review | BH2 Leisure Complex, Bournemouth

Last night, I was very kindly invited to the new Las Iguanas in Bournemouth. We have an awesome new complex called BH2, filled with many of my favourite chain restaurants. I've never been to Las Iguanas before, so took my best friend Megan to give our honest verdict, and discover the flavours of Latin America.

On arrival, we were greeted by the friendliest faces, and ordered a drink at the bar. To our surprise, it's 2 for 1 all day, EVERY DAY! Brilliant. £8.75 cocktails, £18.95 pitchers. Buy one glass or pitcher, get the same one free. We tried our hand at making our own Caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian cocktail made with cacha├ža, sugar and lime. As I was driving, I sadly couldn't enjoy the alcohol, so ordered from the non-alcoholic menu and was extremely impressed with the choice! Normally at restaurants it's just a fizzy soft drink or juice to pick from, but Las Iguanas had a great selection. I tried a Tropical Cooler and a Raspberry Cooler, both gorgeous AND 2 for 1 too. Bonus!

We shared nachos to start which was a good shout, as I wouldn't have finished a whole plate to myself, they're huge! They were such good nachos that I had to photograph our empty plate, I think that speaks volumes in how much we enjoyed them.

I was torn on what to have for my main, and almost wish I'd gone for fajitas as I'd heard great things however, wanted to try something with plenty of flavour. I chose the Bahian Coconut Chicken, which doesn't look very good as a photo, but honestly was so tasty! Chicken breast strips pan-fried in cumin, coriander and cayenne, cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and coriander, and served with spring onion rice & shredded spinach. I have to admit, it was the kind of dish I think I could make at home, but I still enjoyed it. Megan opted for a Burrito, a wheat tortilla stuffed with chipotle rice, refried beans, crunchy slaw and cheese with salad, soured cream, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa. The only gripe? It's all served on the side! I personally prefer my burrito stuffed full of the extras.

It was a no brainer for dessert, we love churros and were not disappointed. They were very well cooked and the caramel sauce was heavenly. We shared a plate of 6 and it was the perfect treat to finish the evening.

I really enjoyed our meal. It's very well priced, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The music was a little loud at times, but otherwise, I can't fault it. Our waitress was vibrant and knowledgeable on the menu. We discussed her favourite dishes and as a vegetarian, she said how well catered it is for vegans and vegetarians, with gluten-free options too. On the website, you can even tick a box for 'nut-free' and it shows all the options available! There are so many options that even if you fancy something a little lighter, there's plenty of tapas dishes and salads to choose from.

We'll definitely be coming back, Las Iguanas is a new favourite for me and has something for everyone. Huge thanks to the team for having us, until next time!

*Complimentary meal. I was not asked to write a review, I just genuinely really enjoyed it. 
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