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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sabon Lavender Apple Body Scrub & Shower Oil

Despite having blogged for over two years, I'm still coming face to face with great quality brands I've never heard of before. I love that blogging gives me the opportunity to try so many different products that may ordinarily pass me by because they're not in the 'mainstream'. Sabon is a brand that falls into this category.

Sabon originated in Israel, although they are now widely found in US and The Netherlands. Not so long ago they came over to the UK with their very own store nestled on Neal Street in Covent Garden. The brand began making handmade soaps based on a 70 year old Australian formula, but nowadays specialise in developing products for the body that are beautifully packaged, high quality and use natural ingredients.

Lavender Apple Body Scrub*
I'm particular with my body scrubs, and this is just the type I like. It contains sea salt, enriched with natural oils and vitamin E which blend together to create this deliciously fresh and fruity smelling scrub. It's a gentle sea salt that removes dead skin cells and renews the skin, leaving it feeling super silky and smooth. It feels incredibly luxurious on the skin and leaves a soft oil in it's wake which keeps skin feeling moisturised and gorgeously soft. It's scent is heavenly, and mixes soft lavender with touches of green apple which really lingers on the skin after use.

Clear Dream Shower Oil*
I've never used a shower oil before so was really intrigued by this product. It's a unique liquid soap that works to deeply moisturise and smooth the skin. It's rich in essential olive, avocado, jojoba and wheat germ oils which work to respect the natural PH of the skin. It's also full to the brim with Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 and vitamins A and E. As olive oil is rich in antioxidants which protect and moisturise the skin, this shower oil feels like the big sister to regular shower products and goes the extra mile to leave the skin feeling amazing after use.

I've absolutely adored using these Sabon products and always look forward to hopping in the shower as a result. Having surveyed their website, they feel like a grown up version of Lush and The Body Shop and I'm desperate to try some more of their products (particularly their bath bombs, my weakness). Their Christmas range is launching this month and I'm super excited to see what they have in store, I've no doubt they'd make gorgeous gifts.

Have you heard of Sabon before? 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Favourite Blushers

Despite being a bit of a blush hoarder, my hand seems to reach for the same ones over and over again.  I've always been a fan of blushers, I think they really polish off the overall makeup look and if applied right (there is a fine line) can add a pretty warmth to the face. I tend to angle towards soft pink shades as I feel these suit my skin tone the best and work for me no matter the season. I thought I'd share the ones that have been gracing my face time and time again recently:

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Obsessed
I picked this up back in January, and have worn it religiously ever since. It was my first dabble into Marc Jacobs makeup and the quality of this blush stands strong next to the name. It's such a pretty warm pink shade that edges into the peach spectrum too so is perfect if you're keen on either shades. It's not as powdery as some other blushers so you do need to give your brush a good swirl around the product to pick it up, but it applies beautifully and really lasts on my cheeks.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose D'Or*
Bourjois Powder Blushers are incredibly classic and take me back to my youth as they're probably some of the first I owned. With that being said, I think it's understandable why these are still so popular as the quality and shade range is second to none. I love how small and compact these are as they fit perfectly in my makeup bag to take around for everyday touch ups. My current favourite shade is Rose D'Or which is a soft pink with very subtle gold shimmer running through.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
I picked up this Tarte blusher in April when I was in New York, after hankering for one for a few months. I'd heard great things about the quality of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes and haven't been disappointed since having one of my own. Dollface is a cool toned light pink shade that applies quite sheer making it a good blush for gently building up on the skin.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush - Rouge Initial
The most recent addition to my collection is this jaw dropping Chanel number. I feel like angels sing every time I open the compact to reveal this gorgeous dainty rose pink shade. The shade has a subtle gold and pink shimmer to it, which isn't visible on the skin but does help add some depth. Although the most recent, this is probably my favourite blusher of the moment, because it lasts so well on my skin and feels so luxurious every time I use it.

What are your favourite blushes?

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Cream Tea & UK Staycations

When I was a child, a holiday didn't really feel like a holiday unless I got on a plane. However since reaching adulthood I've become partial to what is know as a 'staycation': a holiday spent in your own country. Living and working in London means my life is pretty fast paced, I'm always on the go - and as such have come to appreciate time away, no matter where that may be.

My family moved to east Devon nearly ten years ago - our house sits on the border of east Devon and Dorset which is a quintessential part of the world with quaint seaside towns and vast rolling hills at every turn. Admittedly the weather is temperamental in the UK no matter the season, but this doesn't put me off as there's something heart-warming about running through English streets dodging the rain and finding solace in a warm pub.

Parkedean Holidays recently ran a survey that showed that up to 41% of Devon and Cornwall residents choose to holiday right on their own doorsteps. Being lucky to have my very own escape to the country in the form of my parent's house means I can see why. I have such fond memories of holidaying in the UK as a child, from crab fishing, tucking into hot fish & chips and homemade picnics after a long country walk - all things I'd still enjoy now.

Branscombe is one particular area that I love - it's a small village nestled in a valley that reaches down to the sea on east Devon's dramatic Jurassic Coast and is surrounded by picturesque countryside. I recommend the Mason Arm's pub for great food and gorgeous outdoor seating. With staycations being a fraction of the cost of a regular vacation and a great opportunity to explore your own country better, they're something I'm actively trying to do more of this year.

Parkdean recently sent me this delicious hamper* full to the brim with Devon themed afternoon tea delights to help me reminisce on my favourite UK staycation memories. They also invited me to get involved in the scone debate between Cornwall and Devon as to whether the jam goes on first or the cream - turn's out I'm obviously a Devon girl through and through as I strongly side with their angle on this, clotted cream first, jam second.

Parkdean Holidays are also currently running a competition where you can test out your knowledge of Devon and Cornwall and be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday at one of their resorts.

Will you be going on a staycation or a vacation this year? 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sunglasses Shop & Ray-Ban 4184 Wayfarers

For me, Ray-Bans are probably the most iconic sunglasses brand around - their styles are classic and instantly recognisable. I was delighted when Sunglasses Shop got in touch to see if I'd like to choose a pair of sunglasses from their site, and I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous pair of tortoiseshell Ray-Ban Wayfarers*.

I love this pair as they're so timeless and will work with any occasion or outfit. I always tend to go for brown or tortoisehell frames as I find the colour suits my hair and skin tone better and is a softer alternative to black. My new frames are part of the Ray-Ban 4184 sunglasses range which is a rounder alternative to their best-selling 2140 Wayfarer.

Sunglasses Shop have a huge range of designer sunglasses to choose from for both men and women, including major brands like Tom Ford, Chanel, Ray-Ban and Miu Miu. As an added bonus, Sunglasses Shop offer free delivery, free returns and a whopping 365-day returns policy. It's also important to note that they are an authorised dealer for all the brands they stock, so you know what you're buying is 100% genuine. My gorgeous new Ray-Bans cost £108 (RRP £125) and can be picked up here.

What do you think of my new sunglasses?

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra Brush

For many years I was indifferent when it came to the hairbrush I used - whatever was cheapest would probably be the brush of choice and I never really gave it much more thought. Over the last few years however I've done a complete 180 and am now a bit of a hairbrush snob, I like what I like and I hate to use anything different. 

The first brand that made me recognise the benefits of a good hairbrush was Denman - I always saw them as the front runners in top quality hair brushes. However when the likes of Tangle Teaser and The Wet Brush (my current favourite) came on the scene, my Denman went into retirement. 

With that being said, my old friends Denman got in touch to see if I'd like to try a Tangle Tamer Ultra Brush* - their latest summer product launch which is perfect for detangling long, thick, wet or dry hair, extensions or wigs. 

I've grown quite accustomed to my current hair brush, so initially didn't think I'd like the Tangle Tamer Ultra because it's bristles were much softer than my preferred brush, but I was wrong. The Denman Tangle Tamer has super-soft nylon bristles that come in a variety of length sizes and sit on an air-cushioned pad which means that the brush is able to follow the contour of your head for smooth, damage-free grooming.

This really does glide through the hair so effortlessly and softly that you barely notice you're doing it. I have a lot of hair which is left completely tangle free and I have no concerns about pulling the hair too hard or snapping it when it's wet because the brush is so gentle. It's a little large to carry around with me day to day, but Denman have a smaller version available (Tangle Tamer) which would be great for handbags. 

The Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra Brush costs £12.50 and is available to buy online from Denman

What is your hair brush of choice?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Antipodes Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum

Antipodes is one of those brands that I always get excited about. Their products are organic, natural and full of goodness so I love using them and have written about them on more than one occasion.

This year, Antipodes have launched their new Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum* - a product designed to help fortify the skin against early signs of ageing. Whether you're closer to 30 like me (cry!), or still a fresh-faced 20 year old, in my opinion it's never too early to start protecting your skin against the signs of ageing. It creeps up quick let me tell you!

The new Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum (which is certified as organic) targets skin at a cellular level, helping to maintain a healthy and energised face. It features raw antioxidant extracts with boysenberry blackcurrant, kiwi, coffee berry, acai and Antipode's trademark Vinzana grape seed extract at it's core. In a nutshell, the Worship Serum works to fortify the skin barrier so that it's better prepared to face daily aggressors - stress, pollution, free radicals, UV etc - this means it's not repairing the skin per se, but strengthening it so that the effects of ageing are less noticeable.

The Worship Serum is a water-based serum that's very similar in formula to other Antipodes' serums I've tried. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave me feeling oily or sticky - if anything it has slightly the opposite effect. What's most noticeable for me is how hydrated and healthy my skin feels after using this, it hasn't made a huge difference to the quality of my skin (blemishes, pigmentation etc) but it has helped to make it feel healthier and plumper.

If you like natural, organic products then Antipodes is the brand for you and it would definitely be worth trying this serum out. I've also used Antipodes Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum which was great for reducing pigmentation on my skin and is also worth a look. Antipodes' Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum (30ml) is available at Feel Unique for £33.99.

Have you tried products from Antipodes? What's your favourite?

Monday, 3 August 2015

Happiness Boutique Snow White Statement Necklace

Whilst I've spoken about my minimalist approach to jewellery in the past, I can be swayed by a statement necklace. They're not something to be worn everyday, but can totally transform a simple outfit into something a little more exciting. 

The Happiness Boutique is an international online store for positive, fashion-forward women offering timeless jewellery and clothes with a vintage spin. They very kindly asked me if I'd like to receive one of their necklaces, and I was immediately drawn to the Snow White Statement necklace* for it's pretty pearl white detailing and gold chain. 

I've worn this necklace at every possible occasion as it perfect for spicing up a simple outfit and I've loved how pretty it looks twinkling when the sun hits it. The Snow White necklace costs €22.90 which works out at around £16.00 which is great value for quite a weighty necklace. Best of all, The Happiness Boutique offer free shipping and a Customer Reward programme, so the more you promote the more you can buy. 

I'd definitely recommend the Happiness Boutique if you're looking for some pretty new statement pieces that won't cost you the earth, and I'm already eyeing up some more for myself! 

What do you think of my necklace?

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