Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sniffy Wiffy Body Scrub

I am forever running out of body scrubs as I use them so regularly! I'm currently using the Palmers Cocoa Body Scrub which basically smells like chocolate *let the drooling commence* but I'm always on the hunt for new ones to try. So I was delighted to be sent a body scrub from the brand Sniffy Wiffy, and presently hopped in the bath to try it out. 

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*Sniffy Wiffy Vanilla Body Scrub*

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I absolutely love the ethos behind this brand! They are a small family-run company who are dedicated to encouraging ladies & gents to self-check for early signs of breast & testicular cancer. They do this by using clever labels showing how to perform a self-examination as a little reminder when using their products. They make the products themselves and donate money to charity from every purchase! 

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This tub is huge, so you get a whole load of product for your buck! Even though they don't use flashy packaging, I don't think this matters as if they did, it would take away from the message they're trying to put across. Of course, I love the self-examination label- its such a great and original idea! Its very detailed but easy to follow, making the examination a doddle. Unfortunately, I have found that the container does leak a bit. There was a slight discolouration in the box I received it in, but I only noticed it later on. I can't work out just yet whether the container is split or if it's coming from the lid, but at the moment I keep it in pot in my bathroom to catch the leak. 

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Product
This is a really interesting product. I chose the Vanilla fragrance (they had such a big selection to choose from so it took me a while to decide), and when I opened the container the fragrance was almost overpowering! But I think that's because it was freshly made, and once applied to the skin it calmed down to a lovely sweet smell. The product had separated when I opened it so you have to stir it up a bit to mix it in. The consistency reminds me of when you make your own body scrubs using sugar, so a little goes a long way to avoid it being too harsh on the skin. This scrub is very moisturising, leaving the residue on the skin after washing the scrub off, and it sinks in quite quickly. I still used a body lotion afterwards to give that extra moisture boost, and my skin felt so silky smooth afterwards! I think this would be best used as a luxurious evening treat more than a daily scrub as the residue might put some off if they want to jump out the shower and go. 

Will you be trying any Sniffy Wiffy products? 

Gx


Sunday, 18 January 2015

NEW VIDEO: Beauty, Books and Bath Haul!


This is a haul I filmed at the end of last year (can't believe I'm saying last year when it was just a month ago...) but I had to postpone it for a number of reasons which you can find out more about in this video.

But basically its a HUGE haul of beauty bits, books, calenders, and an assortment of stuff from my trip to Bath. Hope you enjoy it!

What's your favourite thing you picked up this month?

Gx

Friday, 16 January 2015

OOTD: Just A Little Krush

During winter, it can be really hard to be adventurous with smart pieces of clothing due to the arctic wind blowing outside (in the UK especially). It's just so easy to crawl into a pair of jeans or leggings with a big jumper and hibernate. But IKRUSH are certainly helping me get through that with these gorgeous dogtooth trousers that they sent me! I absolutely adore the pyschedlic print of these- the red lines help break up the dogtooth and they are super comfy! They are a really lovely fit as well; I turn up the bottoms when wearing them with boots and strappy heels to make them ankle grazers. The elasticated waist has certainly helped with post Christmas/New Year food baby, but the hipster cut means that you can see the waistband if you wear tops over it, so your silhouette isn't as streamlined. But apart from that, I think they are an awesome way to brighten up smart trousers! 









I love the print clash between the trousers and my new & Other Stories bag I picked up a couple of days ago for absolute bargain in Regent Street! They have a huge sale at the moment with loads of pieces 50% and even 70% off! This was originally £79 but had 70% off so I grabbed it for an amazing £23! 


*Trousers- IKRUSH*
Hat- Topshop
Polo neck- New Look
Bag- & Other Stories
Heels- New Look
What's your favourite way to dress up in winter?

Gx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

NEW VIDEO: New Year, New Start


So I was really quiet at the end of last year as a lot of things were happening in my life. This is a little updates video about what's been going on in my life at the start of 2015, and a few of my new years resolutions. There are some parts to this video where I'm not my normal happy self, just to warn you. But they are for valid reasons. And don't worry, I didn't cry!

What are your new years resolutions?

Gx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Flora: A Bereavment

Firstly I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are enjoying the holidays. I've had a great time making the most of having my nearest and dearest nearby, trying to spend as much time as possible with them before things get hectic again in the new year. I also got hit with a really bad cold/flu/bug thing which uncharacteristically knocked me down for quite a few days, which is also why I've been silent on the old blogging front. But another reason is one that I'm mainly going to be talking about in this post today. 

Let's cut to the chase. 

On Monday 8th December, at 9:20am I lost someone very dear to me. Her name was Flora, and she was one of my oldest childhood friends.

It's taking me this long to figure out what I wanted to say after getting over the shock of her passing, but I feel like I'm ready to talk about it and let the words flow out. 

I knew Flora for most of my life; I can't remember exactly when or where I met her, but she lived just down the road from my house, where I have lived for 15 years. I remember her coming to my birthday parties and how we got on so well. I remember being told that she had CF (Cystic Fibrosis), which is a genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs, making breathing difficult. I remember her being in and out of hospital and feeling relieved when she pulled through each time. 

I remember hearing the news she had passed away. I was doing my last blog post in fact, and had just published it. I had gone on Facebook to promote it and while scrolling down my feed saw the status that had been posted on her account. I must have sat there for at least 10 minutes re-reading it as I kept telling myself it wasn't real. When my parents came in they explained that they had seen a lot of cars outside Flora's house and had thought the worst, but decided not to say anything to me as they didn't want me worrying in case it was nothing. After they left me, things got a bit hazy as I tried to come to terms with what had happened.

Now before I continue, I need to make it clear that I wasn't her best friend. I would never claim a role like that if it wasn't true. However, she was a constant beam of light in my life. We would check in on each other now and again to make sure we were both well, and I watched her grow into an inspiring, beautiful young woman. I looked up to her, not just because she was older and wiser than me, but because despite her illness, she never let it get her down. She made sure she lived life to the full each day, and achieved as much as she could in a short amount of time. One of the last conversations we had consisted of her telling me how she wanted to try her hand at acting and join a drama group. I was so thrilled to hear that, and I hope she got a chance to try it out. 

I have suffered bereavements before, losing a couple of friends and my grandma in the past 10 years. But this time it was different. I think its because in the past she had always got better, and from a young age I came to think that would always happen. I definitely do not want any sympathy for myself- all sympathy goes to her family who lost someone very special this month. But I do want to thank my parents for helping me get over the shock, and showing me that she would want me to move onwards and upwards, to carry on her belief of making the most of every day and to do everything bigger and better than before. I want to thank my friends for putting up with me not being my usual cheery self 24/7 and for endless supplies of hugs. And I want to thank a very special someone who dropped everything after he finished work that night, came and picked me up and hugged me until I stopped crying. That person who has been my rock since her death, for making me smile when I feel low, and when I thought I saw her at a Bombay Bicycle Club concert two weeks ago, helped me hold back the tears . You know who you are.

Thank you Flora for letting me be a part of your life. Thank you for showing me how to live my life without stressing about the small things but by looking at the bigger picture. You are inspirational, kind, loving, and I shall miss your smile and constant happiness. Thank you for making me a better person.

Rest In Peace, Flora

Gx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

OOTD: Super-Novo

Before you say anything, yes I know its nearly Christmas and extremely cold outside. But yes, I'm very under-dressed in this OOTD. This is mainly because I took these photos on one of the very last warm days we had this year and decided to make the most of it. Secondly, because this dress is perfect for party season and I wanted to show it off in all its glory and not hidden behind a massive coat like I normally do. However, you may be able to tell I'm not exactly dressed for party season in these photos, and that's because I wanted to try styling this dress for day as well as night to test its versatility. 

I feel like I've had to explain myself a lot already in this post and we haven't even got to the pictures yet! I'll stop.

Anyway.

This biker inspired mini dress is from Novo London's AW14 Pre Collection and its thick and stretchy material hugs your body beautifully. The studs and mesh sections take this dress from boring old LBD to another level, and survive the train and commuting easily. The only thing I found was that it did rise up at tad if you walked for a period of time, so had to style out pulling it down! But apart from that, I adore it! As well as my Cambridge satchel and New Look brogues I also teamed it with a leather jacket to go with the tough sleek silhouette of the dress. 

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*Full Embellished Biker Dress- Novo London*
Satchel- Cambridge Satchel Company
Brogues- New Look
*Necklace (worn as bracelet)- Present*
Thank you to Novo London for gifting this dress to me and to Lizzie for taking these photos of me! 

What's your favourite outfit to wear at party season?

Gx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Present Ideas: Lush

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and its time to start thinking about Christmas presents! Sometimes its so hard to find presents for loved ones, but there are a couple of shops that are sure-fire winners in the present stakes, and one of those shops is without a doubt Lush! They have such a huge variety of things to choose from for every single of person; from small indiviual treats for your secret santa to the big boxed gift sets for your best friend. I was kindly invited to the Lush Christmas Bloggers event a while back (as soon as I saw the invite in my inbox I was like 'I HAVE TO GO!!!') and I thought this was the perfect time to share the photos with you all so you can take a look and get some present-spiration (get-it, see what I did there ;)). And can I just say, the Regent Street Lush store staff are the loveliest people ever! Definitely pop in just to say hi next time you're passing <3

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Soft Coeur Massage Bar

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Eau Roma Water Toner Water

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Wizard and Christmas Eve Bubble Bars

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Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

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The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar

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The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar

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Butterbear Bath Bomb

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The wonderful Gregory Kara hard at work using the Lush makeup to make us over

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Rhea from The Grid LDN getting her makeup done

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Oops spotted ;)

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So there we go, definitely a lot there to get ya brain cells whirring! We were given errmaaziingg goody bags at the end, possibly one of the best I've had! We were kindly given two of the gift boxes, so from experience I recommend the Golden Wonder box for festive people and the Little Ro's Flowers box for those who prefer sweet floral scents over glitter. 

What's your favourite Lush product at the moment?

Gx