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Sunday, 10 July 2016

LIFESTYLE | FIRST DATE ETIQUETTE

2016.
What exactly is a date? The 1950's driving to go see a movie and being back home by 11? Or the 2000s hanging out together at the park eating ice-cream or down the arcade just to be in each other's company.

2016? What exactly is a date in 2016, and I'm not talking about going to get a cheeky nandos. Nor am I talking about having your date broadcasted on snapchat for your love news reports.

I've always been a girl who likes creature comforts, so a perfect date for me would be to come over, watch some movies, bake cakes together and order a takeaway. Pretty chill day right?!? Or that's what I thought.

But I want to open up a question, this is for everyone reading this right now. When has it become acceptable for people to assume going to someone's house means having sex? Where and how was you raised to assume that? To expect something that has not been offered?

Now your all probably wondering how I know this. Well this was me a couple of months ago.... And after this "date" finished, without getting what they had expected, I haven't heard from the person since. 

Which made me think about the actual characteristics of people. And let's not forget after five months speaking you still didn't know my name or could get it right.

As we all do, we sit with our friends and discuss things that have happened, and then I thought this definitely should be a blog post.

The things is I know polite people exist, but it comes to a point where I wonder how can you put on a pretence just to get in a bed? Or get your **** wet? And it comes down to self esteem and morals no?

So let's start over. When I think about first dates, I think personally it is about getting to know one another, our likes and our dislikes. What I hope for from a person is common decency, manners and politeness. Talking about interests we share, and values we may hold. You know getting to know each other intellectually before physically.

A date doesn't need to be fancy nor extravagant. It's the little things that count right?
So I think what I'm trying to say is first dates should be fun and chill without any hidden expectations or persuasions.

Can we have a little bit of what the older generation had. Without constant interruptions of ping noises from your iPhone and paying attention to what's right in front of you.

Let's try and do it old-school, and maybe starting out as friends could turn into something more. These times relationships don't last five minutes and it's sad that our generation is so lost within this society. I think the older generation know something we don't know.  Maybe we can all learn something from them.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

EVENTS: PEGASUS BEAUTY SHOWCASE 2016

Pegasus beauty showcase graced us with their annual showcase of all the latest launches from the brands they represent. I was invited to come along and get a sneak peak of new and upcoming launches in the near future. I headed down to the event after work meeting up with camera-woman Sarah from SRFTaylor, and arrived a little after 5pm. As expected the showcase was packed of many people eager to see the launches, get their hair, nails, makeup and even their eye-lashes did. 

Whilst we was shown around each section, I couldn't help but try and jot down as much as possible in order to remember what was being said. Brands such as Novalash, Soft & Gentle, Rapid White, Weleda, Collection Cosmetics and much more, was ready and waiting by their displays to discuss new collections and launches. 
The showcase had a Trends report by Anna-Marie Solowij and Helen Yeardsley, the talk was open to all attendees. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and the fact I was able to know a little more about how skincare and health beauty have developed over the years and what to expect with trends over the next few years.  The talk opened my eyes to how women are consuming beauty products, for example more than half of women using products are now using products with natural ingredients over the past year. 
Post coming soon in more detail sharing the Trends Report!
Thank you as always to Pegasus for the invite, thank you as always to the lovely Amy for being so welcoming- it is always lovely to see you!
Be sure to see upcoming posts about these new launches in reviews, favourites and many other styled posts to come in the near future. 
xx
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

EVENTS | SL EVENTS: BLOGGERS BALL 2016

And of course the lovely Scarlett has pulled it off again. This time with the ever exciting and well anticipated #BloggersBall! Bloggers and Vloggers alike have been eagerly awaiting for this day and it finally arrived, trekking down to Piccadilly Circus I met with Sarah from SRFTaylor and Mariah from StarlaSays. We bobbed and weaved through tourist crowds and the few street performers trying to catch our attention and reached our final destination, DSTRKT.
The bloggers ball commenced at 2pm and was expected to finish at around 4:30, it was held in the swanky lounge and restaurant area of DSTRKT. The venue was modern and refreshing with the restaurant area holding majority of the stalls and brands. (the more vibrant and lively of the two sides) whilst the lounge had a more relaxed, cool and collected vibe giving a chance for us all to bask amongst the ambience. It was a lovely opportunity as always to meet new bloggers and brands, and have a well deserved catch up with friends. 
The afternoon was full to the brim of bloggers and brands, as soon as 2pm hit the brands was ready and waiting to talk to us all without breaks. Brands such as Exuvience, Vatika, Chin Up, So...? and Bravura came out to play for the day, as well as many many more. 

By 3pm my mouth began to get dry from all the talking, legs started to wobble and we needed a good old rest in the lounge (not to mention our bags started to weigh us down too). After having a few drinks at the bar and a final mooch around networking and handing out business cards we was all ready to hit the hay. 

Thank you Scarlett for the invite and I look forward to the next one!
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

BEAUTY | BATTLE OF THE BATH OILS

Oh how I have missed doing posts like this, I honestly don't think I have written a battle post for over two years now. Everyone who reads my blog knows that I am a huge massive fan of Temple Spa, but I promise you this post is not going to be in any way, shape or form biased. 

So what is this all about..? After I meeted and greeted Mr Postman I unwrapped the package like it was Christmas morning all over again, and there hidden amongst the bubble wrap was the Kneipp: Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue Bath Oil and the other tucked under the tissue paper and courtesy card was my bae Temple Spa: In Good Spirits- Energising Bathing & Massage Oil. Seeing both of these products lying on my bed was giving me plenty of excuses to do nothing and relax in countless amounts of baths with bubbles, candles and netflix. And that's just what I did! What? I wanted to make sure you guys had a nicely reviewed post of the two products, this is definitely not me rubbing it in your faces that I was able to pamper nearly every other day in the last two weeks. :)
Kneipp
So what do we know about the brand Kneipp?
Kneipp are a high quality medicinal product and nutritional supplement brand. The brand also dabbles in body care and bath products such as the Rescue Bath- joint and muscle oil.

What they say about the product?
The herbal bath oil is said to be specifically used after physical activities in order to relieve joints and muscles. Kneipp oil is infused with active ingredients such as arnica blossom and aroma intensive essential pine oils. these active ingredients help to calm joints and destress muscles from aches and pains. The whole body can benefit from its revitalising and soothing effects as well as leaving skin moisturised and soft.

How much does it cost?
The product can be bought for £9.95 from online stores such as graftonsbeauty.co.uk or feelunique.com.

My experience of using the product?
Of course I had to let you all in on what I thought of the product, otherwise it wouldn't really be a battle now would it. If you are looking for some bath time healing, massage therapy, or something to soothe the ache and pains of the body then this little beauty is a miracle in a bottle.  I don't know why but I am subject to many strains and cramps in my legs, so I first started using the oil to massage the muscles to get rid of the cramps. When I first started to use it in this way I thought it was lovely and the scent made it easy for me to fall asleep....But boy was I wrong, the best way to use the Kneipp body oil is in the bath before bed, when you are looking to wind down after a long day at work! This has helped with my restless nights and although it is specifically for muscle and joints its perfect for every single part of the body, and helps me to fall into an easy sleep. 
Overall what can I say? The price is amazing and the product even more so... It's a no brainer 10/10
Temple Spa
So what do we know about the brand Temple Spa?
Temple Spa is a brand recognised worldwide, in spas and stores around the globe. They specialise in luxurious skincare, body and bath products, giving you that spa feeling in the comfort of your own home.

What they say about the product?
In Good Spirits is an energising bathing and massage oil infused with over 30 Mediterranean essential oils including mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, ginger and peppermint, that works together to restore hydration levels to the skin and elevate your mood.

How much does it cost?
Temple Spa In good Spirits bath oil can be bought for £24.00 from their own website Templespa.com.

My experience of using the product?
This product right here is certainly a treat, I love the smell and love how fresh it makes me feel after I get out the bath, but I'm not sure I would say I'm energised from it.
The brand suggests it raises energy levels, I do find myself feeling fresh, hydrated and 'in good spirits' in particularly for my mood. But I do prefer to use the bath oil as a treat for relaxing or pretending I am having a spa day. Although £24 is not the most expensive financially, being the frugal little buyer that I am, I do prefer products that are a little more affordable. Me and bae have had a long relationship and so far I have yet to find a product that I do not like. When using the In good spirits oil, I could stay in the bath honestly all day imaging that I am a mermaid.
Overall... Although I do feel like a mermaid in the bath tub, and fresh to death when I jump out into my towel, it certainly would be a 10/10 if it was a little bit more accessible to everyone. So for that it's gotta get a 9.5/10
The Winner? KNEIPP
Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue Bath Oil, I have to be honest it was fairly close to make a decision. And as much as I would like to indulge in luxurious products and remain loyal to bae, Temple Spa is not easily financially accessible all the time, and the Kneipp bath oil is just as good. Luxurious product at affordable prices.

xx
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