Sunday, 2 August 2015

If You Like Rose Scented Products, You're Going To LOVE This!

rose&co rose scented beauty products

Rose & Co. is totally right up my street and I knew this from the very moment I clapped eyes on the beautiful shabby-chic-style packaging. I absolutely adore the whole apothecary, vintage, antique store, country-girl vibe the the company carries. As much as I’ve tried to move away from this type of style and in to something a bit more modern, I am always drawn back to it! I just love how romantic and enchanting it is - and something like this is always a bit different in the world of beauty. It kind of infuses what I love in interior design but in a beauty product.

If you have a look on their beautifully designed website, you get an instant sense of what the brand is all about and there’s such a lovely story behind it. I guess it might be too sickly sweet for some people, but I’m really enticed by the packaging and overall experience of the brand.

Rose & Co. sell a range of bath and body products including bath soak, hand wash, body lotion, hand cream, cupcake soaps and hand-made bath melts! All packaged up in the cutest of ways!

Here are my thoughts on the Rose & Co. products I’ve recently tried:

rose&co rose scented beauty products

Hand Wash & Hand Lotion, £5 each:
My house seems to have LOADS of bottles of hand-washes scattered around in the kitchen, in the bathroom and toilets. I think each of my housemates have bought their own household products - but there seems to be more hand wash than any other product! I have to say, though, that my pink bottle of Rose & Co. looks the best… and as I said above, the brand is different to it’s competitors which in this case is the likes of Imperial Leather, Carex, Palmolive, Dove and Radox to name a few. 

The gentle hand wash (and the moisturising hand & body lotion) are both from the No. 84 which is a brand new range! The fragrance is a really pretty modern rose scent with hints of tea, violet, jasmine and iris - enriched with powdery cedar, amber and musk. 

handmade bath melts
handmade bath melts

Hand-Made Bath Melts:
LOOK HOW PRETTY THEY ARE!! I’ve got to be honest though, I’ve not had the chance to use the bath melts yet and I don’t think I’ll be using them any time soon! I used to have a bath every evening after work but now I only have time for a quick shower in the morning and when I get in. I’m living in a house with 4 other people (there’s another two rooms so potentially, there could be 7 people in the same house sharing one bath tub… so I’ve got to be considerate and be aware not to spend more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time in there). I’ll save these bath melts for when I’m visiting home… I CAN’T wait for a long soak in a big bubble bath!!!!

rose scented lip balm

Rose Petal Salve:
Beautifully presented in an ointment tin, this salve is a a bit of a hero product. At only £5 per tin, this balm does so many things: it helps soften the skin on your lips, and anywhere else you may have dry patches - elbows, heels, knees, hands, cuticles, anywhere! It can also be used on lashes and brows! The salve has been an absolute saviour for my cuticles which have been so dry lately. 

Have you tried anything from Rose & Co. before? If you’d like to check our their range, Rose & Co. are stocked in Harrods, House of Fraser, Fortnum & Mason and selected independent retailers.


Monday, 27 July 2015

The Righteous Butter | There's One Sold Every 20 Seconds!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

The Righteous Butter was the first Soap & Glory product I ever used. It was either that or The Breakfast Scrub (now called Smoothie Star) but I feel like The Righteous Butter has always been in my life! I take it for granted and I’d be lost if they ever discontinued it! Thankfully, it is one of Soap & Glory’s best selling, award-winning products so I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be around for quite some time!

There has been lots of little things that I've taken as a good sign as to why I feel like I’m working at the right brand at the moment! Receiving a personalised tub of The Righteous Butter the day after my interview at Soap & Glory was one of the signs! And another one was that a couple of my photos was used at an important presentation last week. I don’t think that it was done on purpose or if they knew it was my images, but it made me smile when I unexpectedly saw my content being used in the blogger segment of the presentation! It just made me feel like I was totally in the right place.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Anyway - back to The Righteous Butter! There is one tub sold every 20 seconds which is pretty darn impressive! At the moment, I’ve got the big tub back at home in the north, it's a special tub because it's personalised but I’ve bought a mini travel size tub with me to London! The two key ingredients in this body butter are shea butter and aloe vera - both of which are used for it’s extremely moisturising and soothing properties which is what makes The Righteous Butter PERFECT for really dry skin! 

The texture is a rich, luxurious, creamy lotion which is what I like in a body butter. I dislike the thick, stiff consistency that feels like lard but The Righteous Butter is easy to smooth on to skin and it absorbs really well. It’s best used after a shower or bath when your skin is still damp. It makes your skin feel so lovely and smooth.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

The fragrance is hard to pinpoint and I think it’s because it’s not immediately apparent from the packaging as to what the scent is but I can definitely pick up a fresh, floral note. For me, this is THE signature scent of Soap & Glory.

There’s an offer on at Boots (online and instore) where you get a full size 300ml tub of The Righteous Butter for FREE when you spend £10 or more on Soap & Glory Indulgent Bathing products! Freebie alert! Go and check it out before the offer ends!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Photo Diary: Colourful London

coloured houses at earls court in London

Life in London has been very colourful so far and it’s only when I look back at the photos I’ve taken that I realise how truly lovely it is. I’ve been rushing around like mad this past fortnight that I don’t really remember the minutes, the hours, the days as and when it's happening - I wake up at 6:30am, I’m out the door by half 7, and it takes me an hour to commute to work. At the end of the day, it’s the same but reversed and I don’t get home until around 7pm. 

I shower, I eat, and then I pass out in bed until I fall asleep which I guess is totally normal but I've gone from having the flexibility of being self-employed for the past six years to this... it takes some getting used to! But thankfully, I am fairly good at self-motivation and I've jumped out of bed (most mornings) excited to go to work! But without the photos I've taken, I would have totally forgotten what I've seen and done throughout the day so thankfully, I have these to look back on so looking at these refresh my memory on what I've actually been up to! Scroll down for a lot of COLOURFUL pics!

the experimenter lush bath bomb

Last weekend, I went to Oxford Street and visited the new (ish) LUSH store. In the past year or two, I’ve really got in to LUSH and I’m always checking the site for new arrivals but there has been very little update since Easter! 

lush bath bombs at their oxford street store

The Oxford Street LUSH store is amazing, it’s spread over three floors and there are lots of exclusives such as flamingo bubble bars, colourful nuggets of bath oil and my favourite, The Comforter Shower Gel. 

lush the comforter shower gel
shower gels at lush
lush bath oils
lush bath oils

I didn’t actually buy anything because at the time, our bathroom wasn't ready and I couldn't use the bath tub, but secondly, because I’d spent a lot that week - mainly the deposit for the flat, agency fees, and boring things like light bulbs, hangers, mirrors, cleaning stuff and grocery - so, as you can imagine, I'm on a bit of a spending ban but when I get paid, I’m going to be all over LUSH like a rash!

the tiger store in london

I was recently introduced to Tiger by Jemma from Floral Etiquette blog and just like LUSH, Tiger is such a fun store to visit! It's quite a random mix of stuff, but f you love quirky little knick-knacks that are extremely reasonably priced, then do pop in to the Tiger Store! It reminds me of the cute things you can buy from IKEA!

leto cafe soho london

Since my sudden move to the city, I’ve been incredibly lazy with cooking. Back in the north, I cook a lot and I don’t eat ready meals. I also don’t snack or eat chocolate that often and I’m generally really careful with what I eat! However, the past fortnight has been a completely different story! I feel like I’ve been thrusted back in to a ‘student lifestyle’ but I’m older now, I should know better! All I’ve eaten are ready-meals, snacks and chocolate! And plenty of cake... oh the tempting, irresistible cakes! I haven't stopped eating! I'm currently typing this up whilst eating a huge bag of popcorn!

leto cafe london cakes
Hummingbird cakes london

I think it’s because I’m walking a lot more, I’m running around and using more energy that my body craves food all the time. I’ve actually got a big bag of chocolate and crisps underneath my desk at work which is really bad!! I definitely need to start eating clean again and have a complete detox. I’ve suffered for it this weekend and I must start eating better from this week onwards. I’e just been so tired to cook but that’s absolutely no excuse as I can rustle up a healthy salad within 5 minutes! 

picadilly circus
the ham yard hotel
novelty flamingo straws for party

This week ended with a lovely Summer Party, a work function held at the BEAUTIFUL Ham Yard Hotel. I know that A LOT of blogger events are held there and now I know why. It’s a really amazing hotel with a lot of character!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who read and left comments on my blogpost last week. I was surprised to get so many comments and as I was still feeling a bit homesick at the time, it really did cheer me up, so thank you! x

How has your week been, guys?


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Funkin Cocktails | Cocktails Made Easy

funkin cocktails

I’m getting thirsty looking back at these photos, I am now craving an ice chilled mojito cocktail! When Funkin Cocktails asked if I’d like to try a selection of their drinks, I jumped at the chance! You see, I’m not good at making cocktails. I do tend to experiment and make it up as I go along, and more often than not, the end result is a questionable brown coloured liquid that tastes like an out-of-date cough medicine. Pretty gross. But I do LOVE a good cocktail especially when I’m on a night out despite how expensive they are! But what’s better is a ready made cocktail that you can drink at home, at BBQ’s, festivals, girls night in, or parties!

ready made cocktails

Funkin Cocktails are ready made non-alcoholic mixers and all you need to do is add your choice of alcohol. They taste absolutely delicious on it’s own though, so if you’re tee-total, Funkin Cocktail Mixers are suitable for you too! I’ve been drinking them without alcohol in a tall glass with a load of ice! The flavours I’ve been trying are strawberry daiquiri, mojito, strawberry woo woo, cosmopolitan, margarita, pina colada and…. a brazilian. 

funkin cocktails ready made mixers

The best thing about Funkin Cocktails Mixers is that they’re made with 100% natural so it’s free from preservatives, colourings and flavourings. My favourite is strawberry daiquiri, mojito and pina colada which I blogged about here. The pina colada one tastes like Yakult which I love! Funkin Cocktails are so ideal for fun summer occasions, and because they’re so delicious and easy to make, it’s bound to be a hit with everyone! Not only can you make tasty cocktails, you can also make yummy ice lollies out of the mixers too!

Funkin Cocktails also sell a range of purees and cocktail syrups so if you’re a bit of an pro at making drinks (or if you like to experiment), then do check out the flavours because there are some unusual ones such as Earl Grey, Agave Nectar, Pickle Juice, Rhubarb, Sugar Cane, and Ginger. 

funkin cocktails ready made mixers

You can purchase Funkin Cocktails products at Waitrose, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges - or directly from Funkin Cocktails website! Prices start from £2.99. Keep your eyes peeled for them! I highly recommend the Pina Colada!

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