Monday, 28 December 2015

The Lowdown on Natural Soap: Le Savonnier Marseillais

Le Savonnier Marseillais is a brand I had never heard of before, so I was interested to hear more about the history. It is a family company, which specializes in their original solid soaps, and now their olive oil based liquid soaps, which is what I am featuring in my blog post Today. 
I opted to try the Peppermint Essential Oil version of their body soap; yet they do have quite a selection of interesting fragrances. The reason why I picked this one is because one of my favourite scents is peppermint, it makes for a perfect Morning shower product as it is so refreshing and really helps to wake me up. This soap is brilliant for both a shower or bath, it really smells like peppermint and the scent lasts on the skin for a short while after using; which I think is a great thing - I love to smell of peppermint! 

The product is made from 100% natural ingredients, is dermalogically tested, and suitable for all skin types. The product is also made from real essential oils, and no synthetic scents or colours are used in the making of the product.  

The liquid soap lathers a lot and so quickly, so it makes for a great bubble bath too! My skin feels so soft and nourished after using this, it is very relaxing and I have enjoyed using this liquid soap for both a quick shower on a Morning and a relaxing pamper bath on an evening. The scent, in my opinion, is pretty impressive and I love that it is made with essential oils which I know do my skin the world of good. I find products with a pump so handy and very convenient, especially in a shower. A little does go a long way, so I would see this as a good purchase as the 500ml bottle lasts a long time.

Le Savonnier Marseillais Extra Pure Olive Oil Body Soap - Peppermint Essential Oil retails at £12.50, and is available to buy online at MyPure here.

Mypure: Website | Facebook | Twitter

*PR sample*

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Eve Wishes

I hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you to all of my readers and followers for your continued support of me and my blog this Year, I truly appreciate it and it does mean so much to me, thank you.

See you in the New Year!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Soap and Glory The Whole She - Bang

I have picked up the 'big star gift' Soap and Glory set again this Year, and what a treat it is! I am such a fan of the brand and can not resist this amazing deal; £70 worth of products, retails at £60... and is just £30 at Boots during it's Week as the star gift. 

I think I have taken advantage of Soap and Glory's star gift every Year apart from last Year, sometimes I ask for it for Christmas and other times I pick it up myself.
The Whole She - Bang includes 9 full sized products; Peaches & Clean, Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss, Thick & Fast Mascara, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Scrub Of Your Life, Heel Genius, The Righteous Butter Tinted Body Lotion and Hand Food Hand Cream. I love that this set always includes great products that I know I will get a lot of use out of.

Have you grabbed yourself any beauty bargains recently?

Monday, 21 December 2015

Soap and Glory #Mistletoepout

Anyone that knows me or has been reading my blog for a long time knows that my favourite body care brand is Soap and Glory. I love their products and they are that one brand that I will forever repurchase from.

The Glory Girls are Soap and Glorys top team that have been touring the country to bring all things Soap and Glory to beauty fans across the UK. When I heard The Glory Girls were heading to the Birmingham area, I knew I had to pop down and see what was going on.

The Glory Girls were offering mini make-overs, discount and free products, they were lovely too and a lot of fun. I loved my mini Soap and Glory makeover, I opted for a pink blush and nude lip with a natural eye. I loved the look that one of the girls had created, it was really simple and very me. It was great to try out some of the Soap and Glory make-up line; I have tried quite a few of their cosmetics before, and this makeover has made me want to buy more! There was also a chance to receive a free travel size body product if you shared a picture on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Mistletoepout... how cool is that!?
The Glory Girls were also giving out 20% discount vouchers on the day, so I went and purchased the nude lip from the makeover; Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Powder Coat in Super nude. I love it!

The girls are next in Nottingham, so if you are local, I would recommend going over and having a makeover.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Pretty Lovely Bloggers Santa's Grotto Event

I am finally starting to get excited for Christmas, and have done so by watching plenty of Christmas films this afternoon. I have shared a few gift guides on my blog, including stocking filler ideas, quirky cards, my top picks from Boots and some last minute gift ideas. I love Christmas!
Today is another festive themed post; featuring a lovely blogger event I attended recently, which was put together by Pretty Lovely Bloggers. It took place a few Saturdays ago at the Rose Villa Tavern near the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. It was a Christmas themed event called Santa's Grotto, I was super excited about wearing a Christmas jumper before December and I loved the decorations and the Christmas songs that were playing in the background.

The event was a lot of fun. There were quite a few brands at the event who gave talks and showcased their products, it was great to hear more about a variety of products and talk to the team behind them. Brands that attended the event included: 

Pretty Lovely Bloggers had also arranged a raffle, with money being donated to the charity Mind. There were lots of things to get involved in and plenty of people to talk to. We also received a very generous goody bag with lots of brilliant products, I will be featuring those on my blog in the future too. A big thank you to all brands involved as I really do appreciate it.
I had a lovely time at the event and it was great to talk to bloggers; some I had met before and some I hadn't. I loved the venue and it is somewhere I have never visited before, but I am hoping to go back soon.

Thank you to both Adele and Kirsty for organizing the event. You can really tell how much time, effort and hard work they both put into all of their events and I had a brilliant time.

*Images belong to Clare*

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Five Uses For Coconut Oil

I am a big fan of coconut oil - it is one of those items that is kept in our house and is a real multi-purpose item. There are probably tonnes more, but I have included just five ways I use coconut oil.
The coconut oil I have been using recently is by brand Virdian; it is their 100% organic raw coconut oil*.

Lip care
Coconut oil makes a brilliant alternative to a lip balm, keeping chapped lips away.
Food and Cooking
I love to use coconut oil as a replacement for dairy!
Body and Skin Care
Coconut Oil can be used in so many ways for the skin, my favourite is to use it as a hand lotion, shaving lotion or general body lotion, it leaves the skin feeling lovely.
Hair Care
I use coconut oil to tame my hair, and I have heard it works well as an overnight conditioner, I must try this soon.
Around the House
Coconut oil also backs up as a handy product to use for household jobs too - I have used it to fix stuck zips and to shine my shoes.

How do you use coconut oil?

*PR sample*

Sunday, 13 December 2015

November Degustabox 2015

This Months Degustabox is brilliant! It is full of treats and really useful products for the festive season.  Degustabox have a fantastic discount code for you - BLDEG15 - which takes £6 off your order.
Degustabox Discoveries 
This Month, there was a selection of Degustabox Discoveries. I received three of the DB Discoveries. The products I received were the Jim Jams - Choc Spread, the Tuckey's - Digestives, and the Rekorderlig - Cider. Now, I have only recently started eating chocolate spread, and this is a really tasty one! The Tuckey's biscuits are sweet and perfect for tea dunking, and the Rekorderlig cider was tasty and refreshing.
The other products in this Months box were Britvic - Gourmet Drops, Ryvita - Crispbread, Branstons - Chutney, Butterkist - Popcorn, Bourne & Wallis - Pickles, Nim's Fruit Crisps - Mango & Pineapple Fruit Crisps, Ryvita - Crackers, Hartley's - Jelly, Belvita - Soft BakedDivine - Chocolate, and the final product which was included in the box was Diageo - Bailey's, there was an email from Degustabox stating there would be an added extra and this was it, what a treat! Thanks Degustabox.
The Britvic Gourmet Drops are the perfect addition to a hot chocolate, they are my new favourite thing. I am a big fan of Ryvita so these crackers and thins went down a treat and also make great party food. Butterkist popcorn is my favourite, we loved trying out the salted caramel flavour! Me and my Sister have been buying the Belvita biscuits for a while now, so it was nice to try something new from them - we will definitely be purchasing these in the future. We shared the block of Divine chocolate betweeen us, which was super delicious. I am a big fan of fruit snacks, so the Nim's Fruit Crisps didn't last long! The Branston Chutney and Bourne & Wallis Pickled Onions are being put away and saved for Christmas, can't wait for all the party food! The Hartley's jellys will also come in handy as I have plans to make some trifle - even better that it will be glittery! 

Don't forget to check out the Degustabox website and keep up to date with them on their social media platforms, all of which are linked below.

Degustabox: Website | Facebook | Twitter 
*PR sample*

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Hi everyone, so it now less than two Weeks until Christmas, hasn't that crept up on us?
Every Year since I started writing my blog, I have written festive blog posts and gift guides but this Year I haven't had the time to share many Christmas blog posts apart from my previous gift guide which you can view here. I really wanted to write down some recipes and lifestyle posts, but for now I have my second and final gift guide sharing just three last minute gift ideas which I think would make great stand alone presents or stocking fillers. 

For the tea lover in your life, why not gift them a lovely My Tea Time* box. It includes everything they may need for that special cup of tea; four of their latest tea blends, self-fill teabags and a little brewing guide which explains everything they need to know. I was actually lucky enough to receive this from a blogger event, and I loved the concept so much I wanted to share it in a post because I think this makes a really special gift. 

For a skin care fanatic, the Docteur Renaud My Glowing Complexion Kit* may be just up their street. It includes their raspberry cleansing water, apple anti-tiredness eye care, and carrot anti-pollution radiance cream. Little gift sets like this are a great way to introduce someone to a new brand. I have used products from the brand before and can say only great things! 

The last little gift idea comes in the form of this adorable gingerbread man bath bomb, which I picked up from the pound shop of all places - you really can find some hidden gems in there! I think this would be great paired with another gift as a secret santa present or stocking filler. 

*includes PR samples*

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Quirky Christmas Cards

I love finding special cards for the people I care about, and my favourite type of cards are cute and fun cards that you don't often find on the high-street. Made With Love Designs sell a range of different handmade Christmas cards that are unlike any others I have seen.

The adorable Fan(tash)tic and Christ(moose) cards are simple and quirky, and would look really cool in a frame for next Christmas. I have a few friends that are Twitter and Instagram mad so I know this #christmascash card is one that will make that social media addict in your life smile.
The Modfather card is brilliant if you know someone that loves their music, you can personalise this card and add a name which always makes a card a lot more special to the recipient. Again this simple yet effective style is one that you won't find on the highstreet and looks like you have made a lot of effort in picking the perfect card.
Have you checked out Made With Love Designs yet?
*PR samples*

Monday, 7 December 2015

Stocking Fillers | Gift Ideas

I can't quite get my head around the fact that it is just a few Weeks until Christmas! I seem to say this every Year but it does seem to come round so quick. I have shared a few items I think would make good Christmas presents for stocking fillers or items that are ideal if you are on a budget.

There is nothing better than getting cosy at Christmas, so these fairisle slippers are just perfect for lazing around the home on a chilled Winter evening. What would Christmas be without socks? I personally think socks are a good gift as everyone uses them and although it is quite a boring item, it is something anyone would appreciate.

I think sentimental gifts always go down well, so these photograph strips* from Cheerz are perfect to pop into a Christmas card. I also think Christmas is the best time of Year to have a family game night, so quizzes and card games like this Top Trumps set are perfect playtime for anyone in the family.

I have included some make up in my gift guide, probably because this is something I like to receive myself! If you know of a beauty lover or someone who is just getting into make-up, products from brands like Sunkissed, Natural Collection and Models Own are perfect because they are inexpensive and are great to try out a new look with. I've also included Benefits Roller Lash Mascara* for those huge make - up junkies in your life; I highly recommend this mascara and think it would make a brilliant little gift for those who love their luxuries. I also included the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Hand Cleansing Gel as I think this makes a brilliant stocking filler. It has an awesome scent and everyone loves a good old hand sanitizer.

Other little items I have added to the stocking fillers are chocolate.. 'cause who doesn't love chocolate hey?! A pretty necklace and car air fresheners are also great stocking fillers or maybe even for a secret santa gift.

*post includes a PR sample & a product I have purchased with a gift voucher*