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Sunday, 27 October 2019

#ad A Budget Stay in Kensington | Point A Hotels

A budget stay in Kensington?! I know, I hear you, I didn't think such a thing existed either, but Point A Hotels have well and truly proved me wrong.

Last weekend, they kindly gifted me a stay at their Kensington hotel and I was honestly so impressed. I am not a hotel snob, normally me and Andy stay at a Travelodge or a Premier Inn, so trying out another budget hotel chain was right up my street. 



We book hotels in London probably four times a year, not living together has many disadvantages so it is nice to actually get to spend some quality time together once in a while. London is always a good middle ground for both of us, with Andy living in Essex and me living in Surrey, but both of us commuting into London for work. 

Monday, 9 September 2019

Morphe 35B review | look & swatches


If you've been around here for a long time you'll know that I used to have a slightly unhealthy obsession with buying makeup. Pretty much 25% of my student loan definitely went on unnecessary makeup purchases, but it was my biggest passion at the time. For quite a while makeup was on the backburner and I really enjoyed creating fashion content, but now makeup has won it's way back to 1st place. With the fashion/beauty battle going on in my heart (wow that sounded dramatic), I hadn't made any new eyeshadow palette purchases in quite some time, until the Morphe 35B palette caught my eye with its bold and bright colours.



If you're here, chances are you were thinking of buying this palette and wanted to see what someone else thought of it and what the pigmentation is really like. Well, short answer is that it is a great palette with pretty good pigmentation, but as with all palettes there are some colours which are lacking a little. Stay tuned for all the swatches!

Monday, 2 September 2019

A healthy pot noodle you say... | gifted

Yup, you heard correctly, a healthy pot noodle is now on the market. I've never actually had a "real" pot-noodle, but I was so intrigued by Mr Lee's after meeting with the brand at the Holland & Barrett press day. The story behind the brand is what really got me, and I was desperate to try these noodles after speaking with their PR. They very kindly sent me these to review, and i've really been enjoying having them as an easy office lunch for the past week and a bit.


Ok, so I know you're al intrigued by how these can be 'healthy', I hear you, so let me rewind to the story behind the brand. Mr Lee's was created by a man named Damien, who was told by doctors that he had weeks left to live after being diagnosed with Cancer. Whilst receiving his treatment, all he craved was his favourite instant noodles, but he knew that they were full of crap and essentially wouldn't help him fight his battle. So that was when Mr Lee's noodles were born.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Let's all stop pretending cellulite isn't normal.

I am so done with seeing ads and marketing campaigns for products that will "get rid of your cellulite". Where has this concept come from that cellulite is something "bad", something that we shouldn't want to have? Everyone has it, it's not to do with the size we are or how fit we are - you'll often see lots of fitness influencers with the most insanely fit bodies talking about their cellulite, so why are we demonising it?


Monday, 12 August 2019

Ethique: planet-friendly beauty bars | gifted


Is anyone else feeling really guilty about their habits, particularly when it comes to their plastic consumption? Well recently I went along to the Holland & Barrett Press Day and learnt about all the new sustainable brands they are introducing into their stores, and since then I have been feeling incredibly awful about the amount of plastic waste I am generating on a day-to-day basis (through completely preventable things). 

I was lucky enough to meet a brand called Ethique whilst I was at the press day, and they have helped me to eliminate some plastic from my life through their incredible, innovative products.


I was drawn in by the fact that they are a zero-waste brand, meaning even the packaging that the product comes in is biodegradable and compostable. But after a bit of research I learnt so many more good things about the brand such as they only use plant-based ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter in their products, and the best thing - they don't test on animals.

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