Friday, November 21, 2014

- James & Co: Where Style Meets Humanity...

Faux Leather Violetta Bag, £35.50*
Faux Leather Lelia Purse, £32.00*

James & Co is an Australian based business designing faux leather accessories. As well as having their website, James & Co ship their items over to America and have recently started to reach out to the UK via Amazon. Their products are predominantly bags, purses & jackets - all of which are made from vegan faux leather.

I was kindly sent the Faux Leather Violetta Bag and the Faux Leather Lelia Purse. I selected these two items as I'm really liking different textures in outfits at the moment, so the mock croc effect of these really appealed to me. Both the bag & purse look and feel high quality, and each have many different pockets. The bag can be worn as a shoulder bag or cross-body and I love how roomy the clutch purse is! It's funny looking back at how tastes change over the years as I would have never picked out mock croc a few years ago - I guess that's what makes fashion so exciting!

Leather has remained a huge trend for years now, and James & Co are the perfect alternative to wearing real leather whilst remaining stylish - hence their caption 'Where Style Meets Humanity'. None of their products use leather, fur, wool or silk and they've been accredited by Peta to carry the 'Peta-approved Vegan' logo.

What do you think of this bag & purse? Don't forget to check out the rest of their items here!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

- #BloggersSecretSanta14: Nottingham Bloggers Meet Up...

On Saturday, I headed to The Ned Ludd in Nottingham for #BloggersSecretSanta14 which was arranged by the lovely Hannah & Emma. It was obvious from the start that they had done a marvelous job as the room was decorated appropriately and we were all greeted with a drinks reception & fabulous name tags! I sat with Jess, Leah, Gemma & Alex which was really lovely as it immediately felt like we had been friends for ages!

Four speakers visited to introduce us to their brands and products. First was Ian who spoke to us about The Ultimate Fix which is a spray used to increase the longevity of nail varnish. He also spoke to us about Hello Breath Spray which is available is 3 different flavours - Supermint, Grapefruit Mint & Mojito Mint!

Next was Lekha who gave a really informative talk about MERUMAYA skincare. She told us how Maleka took initials from her relatives in order to form the name of her brand which I think is a lovely touch. We were given samples to try which I was really pleased about as I had previously tried a sample of their Melting Cleansing Balm & Iconic Youth Serum and was left super impressed!

Then there was Suzie from The Xenca Way who gave us an in-depth talk about the importance of being healthy. She passed around samples of the Five A Day + and I was surprised at how nice it tasted! This green powder is mixed with fruit juice or water and provides you with the nutritional equivalent of 5-7 servings of fresh fruit & veg - a great way to ensure you lead a healthy lifestyle.

The final speaker was Holly from Lush who told us about their strong views against animal testing and passed around some of their new massage bars & shampoo bars. Their coffee massage bar smelt amazing, as did the new honey shampoo bar! We then got the opportunity to make our own Lush bath bombs! I chose to make 'Cinders' which contains popping candy and has a sweet & spicy cinnamon scent. It was really interesting to see just how their products are made behind the scenes and was great fun!

At the end, we were kindly handed an overflowing goodie bag. Hannah & Emma really did do wonders with these and I'm so excited to try out everything! Highlights for me is the Crabtree & Evelyn cracker which contains their spiced ginger hand cream, the Leighton Denny nail shade, the Your Tea tiny tea, Dream Dots which I have heard so much about, and the generous gift card from Personal Planner!

I in fact graduated from the University of Nottingham last year so a couple of my friends visited the same day. After the event, I headed to Las Iguanas which was amazing as per usual and then we headed out for some drinks! A wonderful blog event combined with a mini-reunion - perfect weekend!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Also, don't forget that UK Blog Awards is still running - I would absolutely love if you could spare a second and vote for me here.

Thank you in advance!

Monday, November 17, 2014

- Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Range...

I'll shamefully admit that my hair care routine is lacking. I've never been particularly fussy about which products I use to wash my hair, in fact if a bottle is labelled with 'shampoo' or 'conditioner' then that's enough for me. That's until I tried the new release from Herbal Essences - the Clearly Naked range.

Boasting zero parabens, dyes or silicone, this collection is taking things back to basics to give tired hair a boost. There are three scents in the collection (white tea & mint, white grapefruit & mint and herbal mint fusions), each focusing on providing hair with either shine, volume or moisture. As you can see from the images above, I have the shine version which contains White Tea & Mint.

Whilst I'm not a huge fan of the taste or smell of mint, I was surprised how much I liked the scent of these. The white tea balanced out the mint enough to avoid it being too overpowering. I didn't really have any expectations before I applied these, to me they were just another shampoo & conditioner, but I was left seriously impressed with the results. As soon as I rinsed off the products, my hair was literally squeaky clean and felt so soft afterwards. There was also noticeably less frizz, and I can confirm that they left my hair really shiny!

For someone who doesn't tend to mind what they use in their hair, I'll definitely be swaying more towards this range from now on. As well as a shampoo & conditioner, there is also a dry shampoo available which I'd love to try!

Have you tried anything from the Clearly Naked range? Let me know in the comments.