Wednesday, 27 July 2016

- Themed Wishlist: Beach Bags...

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.

Well, Summer's finally here and with the recent UK heatwave settling down, I've found myself craving more heat and sunshine.

Good job I'm off on holiday next week.

Woop woop.

Yup, it's my turn to be that annoying person. After pining over sea, sand, sun and swimming pool shots on social media for months now, my time has finally come round...and I can't wait! I'm off to Madeira which I've not visited before, so I'm super excited to explore.

This does of course mean I'll probably be missing on the blogosphere once again, so please bear with me. However, today I managed to find time to show you my top beach bag picks from House of Fraser* - my go to place for any fashion or beauty item due to it's wide brand selection and the fact one is pretty much on my doorstep (dangerous stuff).

I use the term 'beach bag' loosely because if you're picturing Madeira as a place with white, sandy beaches, think again. It's an ancient volcanic island (bring on the hiking) with black volcanic sand and rocky beaches, so I'm keen to see the different scenery. That being said, I'm still in need of a 'beach bag' for around the pool and general holiday-ing.

So why did these bags make the cut? Well, typical me was immediately drawn to 2 & 3 due to their splash of texture and print, and I love 4 & 5 for their denim theme - finished off beautifully with both the leather trim and colourful tassels and pattern. Number 6 instantly reminded me on an inflatable beach ball or windbreaker with the Summer coloured stripes. Lastly, 1 is genius! You probably recognise the famous Lulu Guinness red lips, but this pouch can also be used as a foldaway shopper - perfect for a day or evening holiday bag!

So, TTFN guys- I'll be posting snaps over on Instagram and will catch you all on my return!

What do you think of these bags? Have you visited Madeira before?

*ad collab.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

- Relaxing with Buff & Butter and Organic Aromas...

You only need to take a look at my sporadic blog posting lately to realise life has got super busy for me. Gone are my days of planning blog posts way in advance, having a strict schedule, perusing Twitter as and when I want and, perhaps the one I miss the most, reading all of your guys' blogs! I used to feel so up to date and really enjoyed reading about the happenings in your life, latest beauty releases and all of the current trends; whether it's the latest shoe to rock or avocado concoction to munch on.

Despite missing my more frequent, present blogging days, I'm still happy. I'm lucky enough to say I work full-time in a job I love. In a city I love. I'm learning things I'd never thought I'd learn and can see in myself that I'm growing as a person. So, whilst I get back into the swing of things with my little space here on the Internet, I'm going to make sure I'm not too harsh on myself. I'm definitely a big lover of relaxing (who isn't?!) and have always been a big believer in having some me-time now and then.

With my now busy lifestyle relaxing is even more important to me, and it's to the point where I'm tempted to pencil in slots into my diary solely dedicated to painting my nails or doing a face mask. In the past few days I've delved into a whole new world of relaxation: aromatherapy and essential oils.

In all honesty I know very little about essential oils and my experience with them is minute, but when Buff & Butter offered to send me some I couldn't help but be intrigued.

When it comes to scents, I'm a big fan of pretty much anything as long as it's not sickly sweet. Therefore, when I browsed the wide range of Essential Oils on offer, it definitely took me way longer than it should have. As I love floral, fresh, fruity, woody scents I decided to go for a mixture to cover all bases and suit all moods.

I opted for Ylang Ylang and Rose Geranium for floral additions, Grapefruit and Eucalyptus for more refreshing, revitalizing options and Lavendar to help calm me after a stressful, long day. I had heard of adding a few drops of essential oils into your bath tub (which I've been doing a lot), but also took to my good friend Google for other uses and wow, there's so many! Add drops to your laundry, moisturiser, cleaning products; the list goes on!

Ylang Ylang*
Rose Geranium*

Raindrop Diffuser*

Funnily enough, as my package of oils was out for delivery, I was contacted by Organic Aromas. I hadn't heard of them before so I clicked on their website to find they do the most beautiful oil diffusers - what a coincidence! I immediately said yes as I couldn't wait to try it out with the oils.

Already big in the USA, Organic Aromas are wanting to spread word of their amazingly designed diffusers over here in the UK. I was generously sent the Raindrop model which isn't only effective, but also a great decorative piece.

As you can see, it arrived beautifully packaged with the wooden base and glass reservoir treated with evident care. Organic Aromas also sell essential oils and the package contained a bottle of their Signature Blend. I'm yet to try this out as I was too excited with the arrival of the other ones, but it smells heavenly from the bottle.

The diffuser couldn't be simpler to assemble and once plugged in you just need to add 5 or so drops into the glass reservoir and then adjust the switch to your preferred option. When I first tried it, I was surprised to see it features a mini light inside which gradually changes colour. This is such a lovely touch and adds to the relaxing aspect - particularly when using it at nighttime. With soothing scents and lights, this is my new go-to way of switching off!

What's your favourite way of using essential oils? Have you tried a diffuser before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

- Degustabox: June'16...

It's time for another Degustabox*, and this time it's BBQ themed! During the rare doses of sunshine that sporadically hit the UK everyone rushes out to have a BBQ, so this is a perfect theme now we're in the midst of Summer!

If you're new to my blog and not heard of Degustabox before, it costs just £12.99 (inc. delivery) for a selection of 9-14 surprise food and drink items, most of which are new to the market.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BLDEG15' when registering to get £7.00(!!!) off! It used to be £6 but they've increased it even more!

So let's see what they have to offer this time around...

Heinz Amoy, RRP: £1.99
Sacla, RRP: £2.79

Coconut milk and pesto = two cupboard essentials! One of my favourite dishes to cook is a thai green curry so this coconut milk will be perfect. I also love Sacla as a brand. When it comes to pesto, it's definitely worth paying a little more in my opinion.

Haywards, RRP: £1.89
Schwartz, RRP: £1.49
Branston, RRP: £1.65

This is the perfect group of goodies for a BBQ. I can't wait to see what the burger mix turns out to be like; American Smokehouse sounds perfect though. And topped with the spicy tomato relish with tangy silverskins on the side...mmmm...

Destrooper-Olivier, RRP: £1.10
Bakedin, RRP: £1.50

Continuing the "mmmm" moment with this Belgian Butters - yummy thin 'biscuits' to go with your afternoon cuppa to get you through the 4pm slump. The Bakedin Mug Brownie wins for convenience but was tiny, which shouldn't be allowed when it comes to brownies, AMIRITE?!

Butterkist, RRP: £1.69

Butterkist have released yoghurt coated popcorn, say wuttt?! Okay, so I'm not actually the biggest popcorn fan but I enjoy this idea and might just have to try it myself rather than save it for guests...

Smooze, RRP: £2.50

I love the coconut Smooze ice lollies, and now they've got a fruity twist! This mango and coconut flavour is even more refreshing than the originals and would finished off a BBQ perfectly!

Marstons, RRP: £1.70

Lastly, a can of King Star lager - a really light, refreshing drink- and one I enjoyed after a hectic day at work!

This month's box didn't exactly 'blow me away', but it's still a high scorer and I'd say Degustabox have tackled the Summer BBQ theme wonderfully! What do you think of this Degustabox? Don't forget, you can receive your first box for just £5.99 using the discount code above!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.