Wednesday, November 22

Garnier Skincare & Haircare Launches 2018 | #GarnierNow

Garnier is a brand I've loved for a long time. I'm very loyal to the Micellar Water, and recently started using their new PureActive Sensitive Gel Wash, so I was very excited to be invited to the #GarnierNow event yesterday, to see what the future has in store for Garnier including their latest beauty innovations set to launch in 2018.

Before we jump into the products, Garnier have two new amazing collaborations. Firstly, they're working with UNICEF to help 300,000 children living in danger to play, learn and receive basic healthcare in designated safe spaces. They showed us kits that are used in Unicef's dedicated child friendly spaces that help children get childhoods back and continue their education during emergencies.

They've also started working with Terracycle, giving customers the opportunity to recycle their old Garnier bottles and packaging (including the sheet mask packets!), playing a fundamental role in reducing plastic waste. You'll soon be able to locate your nearest drop off points, or post using a shipping service to the Terracycle centre.

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS JELLY? This new 3-in-1 Aloe Water Jelly has a 96% natural origin formula containing organic aloe vera and natural origin hyaluronic acid. It felt so amazing on my skin, and the smell was gorgeous too. It can used for a day cream, night cream and as a mask. Garnier sources eco-friendly and organic aloe vera from Mexico, and their farmers are guaranteed a fair wage. The aloe leaves are then processed and concentrated into a 100% preservative free and organic powder, that retains the aloe's essential properties.

Aloe Water Jelly: £12.99
Launching January 2018

NUT YOUR AVERAGE HAIRCARE! Ultimate Blends introduces a new Argan Oil and Almond Cream hair range, inspired by nature and enhanced by years of research and technology. The formulas, enriched with argan oil and almond cream, offer nourishment for soft and smooth hair. The Argan Oil is sustainably harvested and produced in Morocco by a women's cooperative. Ensuring these women a fair wage helps them to be independant and empower them both socially and economically. The bottles are made from 30% recycled plastic in eco-responsible manufacturing sites, and are 100% recyclable.

Argan Richness Shampoo: £3.99
Argan Richness Conditioner: £3.99
Argan Richness Hair Mask: £4.99
Launching January 2018

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM! This is a product I've never seen or heard of before but wow, I was so impressed. The Express Retouch is a grey hair concealer with a unique cushion applicator to easily retouch roots, temples and first greys. Quick and easy, use it anytime, anywhere! Ideal for on-the-go touch-ups, Nutrisse Express Retouch is perfectly portable and slips into your handbag. The packaging is very clever, the cushion applicator makes it so simple! Available in Black, Dark Brown, Brown, Blonde and Light Blonde.

Garnier Express Retouch: £9.99
Launches February 2018

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE BOLD! Go bold with Olia's new bold collection, a vivid permanent hair colour with no ammonia! Powdered with 60% oils, this collection has six carefully crafted  shades including Deep Violet, Intense Red, Intense Copper, Rose Gold, Deep Rose and Violet Red. Olia means care as well as colour, and is proved to improve the quality of your hair with use, leaving it up to three times more shione, and improving smoothness of hair by up to 35%.

Olia Bolds: £6.99
Launching January 2018

POLLUTION, MEET YOUR MATCHA! Let's move on to face masks now, starting with the new PureActive pore unclogging Detox Mask. Formulated with Matcha Tea Extract, it instantly absorbs excess oil and pollution residue from your skin. Living in urban environments means living with pollution, so the skin needs high performance cleansing and care to ensure it stays clean and fresh. With around 20,000 pores, your face is like a sponge, absorbing particulates in the air. The new mask is enriched with matcha tea extract and kaolin clay, to deeply cleanse your skin in just 10 minutes.

Matcha Detox Mask: £4.99
Launching January 2018

CHARCOAL IS THE NEW BLACK! Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Masks, an innovation in tissue mask technology inspired by Asian Beauty. This new generation of charcoal infused tissue masks offer dual action benefits: skin is hydrated and feels purified. The masks are made of cellulose fibre tissue, and offer the equivalent of 1 week of hydrating active in concentration, in just 15 minutes! I know Benji and I are going to really like using this, tissue masks are so easy to pop on and off, especially in the bath.

Charcoal Tissue Masks: £2.99
Launching January 2018

DELICATELY DOES IT! We all love Garnier's Micellar Water, but this Micellar Oil Infused version contains cornflower water from organic flowers in France. This new generation formula combines cornflower water with micelles, providing an easy and efficient cleanser that is gentle enough for delicate eyes and skin. I wear contact lens, and often need the kindest products on my eyes, so I know I'm going to enjoy this one! The formula removes dirt, impurities, and all make-up, even waterproof, with no rubbing, tugging or rinsing.

Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water: £5.99*
Launching December 2017

At the end of the event, Garnier very kindly let us pick out some products to try from their 'pick and mix' station, including new haircare, sheet masks, the Matcha Mask and a perfect mini Micellar Water for my holiday next month. I'm so impressed with their commitment to sustainable fair-trade sourcing, cutting carbon footprint, developing lighter, more recyclable packaging, and how they're evolving from a brand that uses natural ingredients, to a natural brand. They are committed to cutting down their impact on the planet, and delivering effective and accessible beauty for all. Hats off to you, Garnier! Very impressed.

Huge thank you to Garnier for having me, I loved learning about the brand and can't wait to try the new products! I think I'm most excited about the Aloe Water Jelly, so bouncy and soft on the skin.
*RRP, subject to change. 

Monday, November 20

Lyme Regis Weekend Away | Hedgehog Corner Retreat, Dorset

Having a weekend away is the perfect opportunity to feel like you've travelled and escaped, but you don't have to go far to enjoy some of the beautiful cities or seaside towns the UK has to offer. I'm based down in Bournemouth, so Lyme Regis was just over an hour's drive away along the coast. Benji & I wanted to celebrate his birthday, and when I asked where we wanted to go, he suggested Lyme Regis. His family are from there and he's visited almost every year, but it was a first for me and I couldn't wait to see what it had to offer.

We arrived on a bit of a drizzly Friday afternoon in November, and booked a little retreat called Hedgehog Corner. We found it on Google after looking for somewhere with a hot tub, and picked The Retreat (although next time, we're trying the Acorns). There's something a bit nice about getting in a hot tub with the cold winter air outside, so we were sold on this element. We packed some food, several bottles of prosecco, a portable speaker, cosy clothes, slippers, wellies and some DVD's...perfect.

The retreat was a lot more modern than I thought it would be, but we LOVED it. You have to book for two nights which was actually really perfect. When we walked in, there were plastic boxes by the door with towels for the hot tub, spare flip flops and a big torch.  Joy, the owner, has gone as far as labelling everything and really taken the time to think about what guests might want or need. The lounge had a lovely reclining sofa and a TV (with built in DVD player), but no wifi. We like watching Netflix and catch-up shows on our laptop, but ended up watching a couple of Disney films we bought with us instead. It certainly wouldn't put us off visiting again, but worth noting.

The bathroom had an amazing power shower, it was so hot and perfect for washing my hair after the hot tub. The bedroom was snug too, a big thick duvet and comfortable mattress. We hung our clothes in the wardrobe and had easy plug sockets by the bed to charge our phones. Finally, the kitchen had absolutely everything, when it says 'fully functioning' it really means everything! We loved cooking our dinner in there on Saturday night. Joy left a basket with some breakfast bits, fresh homemade bread, milk, eggs and juice in the fridge too.

On the Friday night, for Benji's birthday, we booked to eat at Hix Fish & Oyster House near The Cobb. I'd heard amazing things and WOW, it did not disappoint. We got a taxi from our little place which cost no more than £10, and arrived to the friendliest staff at the restaurant. We arrived early, so they took us downstairs to the kitchen, gave us a complimentary drink, and showed us where the magic happens. We had the opportunity to ask the Sous Chef some questions, and were torn for what to have, but saw the most amazing Fish Pie leave the kitchen and were both instantly sold. I had a prawn cocktail to start, whilst Benji had Garlic Mayo Cuttlefish. We shared a bottle of Rosé, and finished up with a chocolate mousse for dessert. It was one of the best meals we've ever had. A solid 10/10.

On Saturday, we walked into town for shopping and ended up purchasing a large portion of our Christmas gifts for our families! Everywhere was so quaint and pretty, I loved mooching in and out. We were greeted by so many small business owners, and stopped for some chips on The Cobb for lunch. It chucked with rain so we took shelter in the arcades and played our favourite games.

I'm a sucker for a seaside town, especially living so close to the sea in Bournemouth, but Lyme Regis was so peaceful, that I genuinely felt like we had escaped. On Sunday, we used a Treasure Trail I had purchased online for Benji's birthday, essentially a walking guide to find clues and significant points to help guide us around Lyme Regis. We loved it, and completed it in about two hours. We stopped for Cornish Pasties and took more photos, before heading back home. The car park was only £2 to park for the whole day too, so easy and convenient.

We absolutely loved Lyme Regis, it holds a little place in our hearts now for somewhere special to visit, and wow I can't wait to have that Fish Pie at Hix again! If you're looking for a day out, a weekend away, or somewhere to let your worries wash away, then Lyme Regis really is perfect. We stopped at a couple of Farm Shops on the way home for some pie, fresh veg and mash and wow, just look at that view. Breathtaking.


Friday, November 17

Legally Blonde The Musical | Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Omigod, oh my god you guys! 

I knew I HAD to write about a show when I've played the soundtrack NON-STOP since seeing it for the first time on Tuesday. Legally Blonde is a film I LOVED growing up; so many classic lines to quote, and who can forget the Bend and Snap?! With that in mind, I actually had low expectations for the Musical, I thought it would be too cheesy but oh how I was wrong! I saw the show at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, along with two of my pals Joe & Kalem, and spoiler, we all absolutely loved it.

Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy. It's bright, fun and highly energetic, with a real feel-good factor. Plus, it's surprisingly FUNNY! I was laughing out loud and grinning the whole way through.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. I personally think it's very girly, but that's why I like it so much. It's very 'me'. I came out the theatre and actually felt GOOD, you know that buzzy "YEAH THAT WAS AWESOME!" feeling?! I've seen a lot of shows and musicals on stage but this really left me in a fabulous mood.

Lucie Jones, the actress playing Elle, had big shoes to fill when you're used to Reese Witherspoon in the film however, she was absolutely amazing. Playing Paulette is EastEnders' Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell for which she has won numerous awards and is one of Britain’s best loved actresses. She did not disappoint! The UCLA’s Delta Nu sorority girls were some of my favourites too, they were so much fun and really add to Elle as a character. I loved their total sass and girl boss attitudes!

The songs are so catchy, you'll want to play the soundtrack the minute you're out the theatre! My favourites are "Omigod", "Serious", "What You Want", "Positive", "Ireland", "Legally Blonde" and "Find My Way". Honestly, have a listen on Spotify!

I actually couldn't fault the show at all. It was so perfect that I think I might even prefer it to the film! If you get the chance, the show is currently on it's UK tour, so definitely check your local theatre and book tickets!


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.
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