29 June 2016

Restaurant Review: The Mayfly, Fullerton, Hampshire

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27 June 2016

Collection: Everyday Essentials On A Budget

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation review, beauty bloggers, beauty blog UK

Being wary of the foundation we use is built into us - how many of you have found one foundation that just works, and nothing has ever matched up to it, so for years you stock up on this one particular foundation and refuse to try anything new? I fall under that category of people.
For years I have been very loyal to my foundation, until I started delving more into the world of beauty blogging and eventually got a catalogue of samples to test out - this is when I ditched my 'the one' foundation. But I have stumbled upon one product in particular, that shocked me in every single way: price point, quality and effect on skin.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation is a high street product which you can find in Boots and Superdrug, with the price tag of £3.99 - that's right, cheaper than lunch from Pret! Honestly, for a foundation that costs less than £10, I didn't have high expectations - how very snobby of me. But I did completely learn to never judge a book by its cover once I tested the foundation for it's coverage, longevity, and effect on skin.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation review, beauty bloggers, beauty blog UK

The Illuminating Touch foundation applies evenly onto skin - I use makeup brushes to apply my foundation every morning - and creates a natural, yet substantial coverage with a radiant glow. I finish the base with a touch of powder, and the foundation lasts me for the whole day (from 7am to 7pm) which to me is a great results.

I also admit, there has been one or two instances when I fell asleep with the foundation on (Making A Murderer marathon until 5am for example!) - and this is awful for skin, I would never tell anyone it's OK to do that. But it happens. Compared to some other foundations, Illuminating Touch didn't have the worst effect on my skin - granted and expected, I woke up with a couple of pimples rather than the usual outbreak I get if god forbid I forget to do a proper cleanse the night before.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation review, beauty bloggers, beauty blog UK

I team my foundation with the Collection #BlushAndGlow blush palette - it includes two shades of blush, a highlighter and a bronzer: everything you could ever need. I start by contouring my face with the bronzer, then a dab of blush on the apples of my cheek, and finish with the highlighter dabbed on the arches of my brows.

These two products from Collection have become my daily essentials - and for such a bargain price, it's difficult to argue results vs the investment.

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26 June 2016

Everyday Lip Hydration With Balmi

Balmi lip balm review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Balmi Cubes* - Roseberry, Cherry and Blackcurrant £4.99

On average, every day we apply moisturising lip balm to our lips from 2 to (hold it) - 30 times a day! Lip balms have quickly risen in popularity since more people understand the importance of hydration and nourishment for our lips as well as our skin. 
I have a drawer dedicated to lip balms in my dressing table which I religiously dip into every morning and before bed. And of course, if you dare to snoop in any woman's hand bag you will undoubtedly find a lip balm sitting at the bottom, or in a hidden pocket. With such a big amount of products we apply on to our lips, balms is the one product that is essential to keep your pout smooth in preparation of lipstick application.

The shelves at drugstores are filled with fun colourful tubes and tubs that have all sorts of essential ingredients, flavours and tints. Lip balms are created to protect our lips from sun damage, with some going up as high as SPF35. And with such a high variety of picks to choose from, it's no wonder we keep to our tried and tested balms.

Balmi lip balm review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Balmi lip balm review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

Balmi is a moisturising easy apply lip balm which contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea butter and jojoba oil. The balms have been designed to not only provide moisture, but also protect lips from harmful UVA rays - Balmi Lip Balm provides SPF 15 Sunscreen and UVA & UVB Protection.

I love how compact these lip balms are - I have one on my dressing table, and one in two of my everyday bags so there is always a Balmi on hand. The balms make my lips super soft, smooth and glossy - most days I don't even bother with a lip tint as I'm happy with the way my lips are. Balmi come in a range of flavours - this summer I'm super excited to try the coconut version! 
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24 June 2016

Restaurant Review: Bibimbap Soho, London

Bibimbap Soho London review, food bloggers, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

Before attending a blogger event last weekend, I met two of my lovely blogger gals Nicole and Segun for a spot of lunch and catch ups. We thought Bibimbap Soho sounded delicious - and I've been dying to try real Korean bibimbap for ages! I even bought a kit for home making, but I needed to see what the original authentic bibimbap was like before attempting to recreate it.

Bibimbap Soho London review, food bloggers, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
Bibimbap Soho London review, food bloggers, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

Located in Greek Street this eatery is easy to get to and is perfect for both a big lunch and dinner - and when I say big, I mean it! I ordered the spicy pork bibimbap with a raw egg (it was actually really tasty!) - my meal came out in a hot stone bowl, packed with rice and crunchy delicious vegetables. There was essentially no wait either - the food came out minutes after ordering, and we had our drinks to entertain us for a while anyway.

The way it works in Bibimbap Soho is that you pick your rice (white or brown); then pick your main from a selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes; choose an optional egg (fried or raw - don't be put off as the egg cooks in the hot stone bowl!); and then you pick your bowl from a regular bowl or the hot stone that keeps your food hot for longer.

Bibimbap Soho London review, food bloggers, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

There was so much flavour in the bowl - I really enjoyed my food and woofed it down pretty quickly (the other girls were being so civilised with their food, and I just demolished mine). I would highly recommend Bibimbap Soho for a quick lunch or dinner - and just to try out a bibimbap for yourself! There are also other things on the menu like noodles, soups, rice dishes and an array of delicious sides.
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23 June 2016

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum Review

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum Review, beauty bloggers, uk beauty blog

French Pharmacy at its best, La Roche-Posay has over 30 years of experience working with dermatologists around the world to create skincare and makeup products that meet the needs and requirements of all types of skin. The brand has become a leading player when it comes to developing products specifically formulated for sensitive skin - high tolerance and safety come high on their list when working with new products.

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21 June 2016

What I Wore To The Bloggers Ball

How to wear a tutu, how to style a tutu, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog
How to wear a tutu, how to style a tutu, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog
what i'm wearing: tulle skirt Never Fully Dressed // top Zara // bag Dune // shoes Office // watch* Jord // necklace Topshop
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20 June 2016

Restaurant Review: The Three Cups, Stockbridge, Hampshire

The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK

Settled in the heart of Hampshire, right next to the River Test and on the high street of Stockbridge, sits The Three Cups Inn - a quaint, warming traditional pub with a lit fire to keep cold winter nights warm, and a green garden by the river to enjoy warm summer evenings.

The Three Cups has been our 'local' for years - and by local I mean the pub and restaurant of choice. Perfect for catch up drinks with friends, as well as date nights, The Three Cups has plenty of ales, ciders, sparkling wines and a menu of local produce.

Charcuterie board, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK
Baked figs, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK
Eggs Florentine, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK

Our most recent trip was (admittedly) a little while ago for our engagement dinner with a couple of our close friends. The menu at The Three Cups changes quite often, due to seasonal produce and availability - I previously reviewed The Three Cups about a year ago (read the post here), and this time we got to taste some more hearty food. The charcuterie selection with pickles was good - although I wouldn't rate it the best I have had. The charcuterie felt very average - just like a board that we usually make for Friday night cheese, charcuterie and wine night. What I did really enjoy were the eggs Florentine that Liam had - now this was a tasty bite!
Something that I did notice which was missing was the homemade bread - one of my favourite things about The Three Cups used to be their delicious, homemade bread which was served with butter and dipping oils. The bread would arrive at our table minutes after we ordered to keep us occupied prior to the main meal coming. That alone got a 10/10! This time, we had to order bread which was just not the same as before - I was thoroughly disappointed.

Catch of the day on the River Test, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK
Pheasant stew, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK
Duck Confit, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK

The Three Cups burger is delicious and always a good choice (take that as a tip if you're visiting!) - you can never go wrong with a good ol' burger in a bun with chunky, fluffy chips. During this evening, I decided to give up the burger for a night and switch to Catch of the Day (which on the night, as I recall, was brill) with sea vegetables and fries. Delicious fish, great fries and as far as the sea vegetables? It was samphire - which was delicious and I love samphire, especially with fish. My fiancé had the confit of duck which he really enjoyed (and absolutely demolished on his plate), and my maid of honour had a pheasant and root vegetable stew - which I had a couple of bites from and it was very, very moorish. I would expect in Hampshire any pheasant that is served in a restaurant is caught on their doorstep which is why they always taste so good!

Chocolate fondant, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK
Cheese board selection at The Three Cups, The Three Cups in Stockbridge review, food bloggers UK

We finished the night with some chocolate fondants and local cheese selection - huge lovers of cheese over here so if I can fit any more food in after 2 courses, it will usually be cheese with a glass of dry red wine. YUM. We really enjoyed the cheese, but a tip for the restaurant is to use more rustic looking biscuits because there was something not quite right about eating delicious cheese with biscuits that resembled Jacobs Crackers selection in a beautiful eatery.
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19 June 2016

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Review

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Antipodes Divine Face Oil - Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip* £19

I recently found out that surprisingly oils are good for all skin types - including oily and acne prone skin. Oils contain many anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and nourishing elements which are great for you skin - and unlike a lot of skincare products that fight against acne, oils contain vitamins, amino acids and anti-oxidants which help to heal, soothe and protect your skin.

Many of us fight spots and blemishes with harsh products that strip our skin of natural oils - this isn't good, because skin reacts to this and over-produces the oils which have been suddenly stripped away. This creates more blemishes, spots and clogged pores.

Antipodes Divine Face Oil is made with 100% pure avocado oil, sweet orange rind and jasmine petal, and has 100% products from natural origin, with 95% ingredients grown organically. Divine Face Oil is light and non greasy, but works hard to keep skin feeling soft and hydrated, smooth and radiant.
Ylang ylang helps the oil smell divine, and regulates/balances skin texture; Omega 9 keeps skin strong and hydrated; avocado oil is an added antioxidant in this natural skincare product.

The Antipodes Divine Face Oil can be applied day or night to the face and décolletage - I like the hydration boost it gives my skin during the day and I usually apply it five to ten minutes before foundation. An all round great product from Antipodes: natural, organic and great for all skin types.

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15 June 2016

Marula Oil Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Marula Oil Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

Let me introduce you to Marula oil - an ancient moisturising oil which has been used by women in South Africa and Mozambique for absolute ages. The oil is extracted from the nuts of the Marula tree and has been traditionally used in cosmetics (amongst many other things like preserving meat, and also in cooking) - the oil is cold pressed to preserve its exceptional quality and nutrients.
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12 June 2016

Superdry Sport

Superdry Sport bloggers, fashion bloggers, fashion blog, lifestyle blog, Superdry

I was always under the impression that if you look good when exercising, you will end up exercising more and getting really stuck in to whatever sport you're doing. Clothes, regardless of what the occasion is, can change the way you feel and behave - looking like you're ready to take on the track will make a huge difference when it comes to facing the 'wall'.
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1 June 2016

Temple Spa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt Review

Templespa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Templespa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Templespa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Templespa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt Review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

Temple Spa is a brand inspired by the Mediterranean culture and climate which uses natural ingredients, essential oils and reduced chemicals, and very importantly doesn't test on animals. I became familiar with the brand through testing some of their products, and the more research I did - the more I fell in love with their ethos, as well as their skincare.
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