The thirteen year old girl who had her first introduction into the magical world of make-up in store at The Body Shop would be squealing with excitement right now. Fifteen years on and I’m still pretty impressed The Body Shop asked me to review one of their products. I’ve always had a soft spot for The Body Shop, as a teenager I could browse and try out products undisturbed, without being hassled by assistants who clearly knew I couldn’t afford to buy half the stuff I was testing out. As an adult I’ve come to appreciate the moral price we pay by purchasing products manufactured unethically. Shopping at The Body Shop you can forget checking the labels for place of origin or animal testing, your conscious is clear and you’re free to enjoy messing around with make-up.
So I didn’t need to check the label when a pot of Moringa Body Butter arrived, I could focus on testing out the product. Anyone who has tried The Body Shop body butter before will know, thick creamy moisturiser containing Fair Trade shea butter is standard across the whole range and this product is no exception. I did notice how quickly the body butter absorbed into my skin and was pleasantly surprised that the fragrant scent remained long after the product had disappeared into my skin. To me Moringa smells like a heady mix of honeysuckle and jasmine after a summer storm, quite delicious. This one might not be a product I’d use everyday over my entire body, as I have oily skin but I will be smoothing this lush body butter into all/any dry patches of skin to ensure I’m bikini ready for the summer- thank you The Body Shop for this lovely gift.
About an hour and a half down the road from Norfolk lies Thoresby Hall & Spa. The historic pile looks like Downton Abbey and is full of beautiful architecture and antiques. Add in an amazing spa, a courtyard with bespoke boutiques including my fave jewellers and I’m a happy camper.
Don’t be put off by the fact the hotel is run by Warners. Yes the average customer might be 60 years old but this means it’s quiet, no unwanted attention for women travelling alone or with friends and the spa attracts ladies who lunch, so you’ll be in good company. Plus no children, not even in the grounds (where I found this little fellow)!
Sequin manicure, matt polish, cuticle tattoos, mock croc effect…. with so many trends and nail art tricks, I fancied something more vanilla this week.
With Spring well under way, I’m hankering for a fresh, fun manicure- nothing to full-on and cumbersome. Something more light and natural, nails that compliment not compete, a look that’s a whole lot more vanilla than a feather manicure or chalkboard nails. Last year I would’ve headed straight to the nude section in my nail varnish collection (remind me to show you this sometime- I know you’ll be impressed with my colour coded, OCD organisation) but this year I’m adopting glitter as a base/nude shade. Usually glitter would fall firmly in the ‘look at me’ category but worn without a base colour and lightly applied, I think glitter qualifies as nude. Today I’m wearing silver glitter with a scatter of scarlet red dots called Ha Ha by Spa Rituals. Welcome Spring.
Team ASOS know the way to my heart…. via fortune cookies, statement jewellery (more on that later) and nail varnish.
The lovely folk at ASOS sent over a welcome box of goodies to celebrate #AccessAllASOS. Nothing says ‘hello’ like a golden fortune cookie teamed with a new pot of nude Barry M nail polish. This shade is Mocha and comes in a matt finish but I couldn’t help adding a top coat and a spot of ring finger bling. Perhaps pastels may not be my cup of tea but nudes suit me down to the ground.
And my fortune ‘An opportunity to learn is on your horizon’…. and I can’t wait!
Korres Lemon & Basil Body Scrub…. Spring in a bottle.
Every time I use the Korres fresh and fruity Basil Lemon scrub in the shower I’m reminded I need to write this post but anyone who runs the show and works for them-self will know sometimes you just don’t get round to doing everything, there’s just not enough hours in the day. So before I forget, here’s the review.
After using the heavenly Korres Lemon and Basil Shower Gel from a mini gift set, I had a pretty good idea of what the product would smell like (very zingy and refreshing) but the consistency of body scrubs can vary drastically. Personally I find pure salt scrubs too drying so this one with ground bamboo and jojoba beads is rough enough to remove dead skin but also works as a moisturizer too. The added minerals of zinc and magnesium works to hydrate the skin and relax tired muscles, great for soothing aching legs. So there you go…. that’s what I think about Korres’ Basil Lemon Body Scrub.
Jewels from My Flash Trash and mini-mani nail polish from Ciate…. what a wonderful way to end the year!
On Saturday the postie finally bought a gift addressed to me…. I know it’s Christmas, the time for giving but a spot of self-indulgence never hurt anyone. My Flash Trash mint blue block necklace with sparkly faux diamonds will go perfectly with my fave Swarovski encrusted clutch from Jaeger for an unforgettable Christmas Day look.
Nearly a month of Ciate Nail polish and I have a whole chest of colours to choose from. To complement my new necklace, I’m going to give my nails a coat of Pepperminty with a top coat of Snow Globe. Have you planned your Christmas Day outfit yet?
(My necklace has sold out but here’s a similar one.)
Last year I missed out on the Ciate Mini Manicure Calendar, so this year I pre-ordered mine extra early. 12 days in and I’m loving all the different shades and sparkles. Below is the very first manicure using the new colours, Kiss Chase for the base coat, Mistletoe sequins and a clear top coat. The mini pots are the perfect size for trying new colours and I have 11 more windows to open!
Every now and then I like to change-up my shampoo and conditioner, I think it stops my hair going dull and I’m always keen to try out new products. This week I’ve treated my locks to the undisputed queen of perfumery, Jo Malones’ Lime Basil & Mandarin Shampoo.
Reviewing the Bliss Lemon & Sage Shampoo a couple of weeks ago, I thought I had a good idea of what this one would smell like- I was wrong. I expected citrus, fresh with a woody hint, instead an intriguing mix of expensive gentleman’s cologne and fresh limes filled the room.
The product worked perfectly, as expected, leaving my hair squeaky clean and shiny. Perhaps Lime Basil & Mandarin is an acquired taste, personally I liked it… just don’t expect a citrus punch.
*On the subject of scent, the top image features my new (& favourite) Dorma candle. The Orange Blossom candle I bought this summer was divine so I purchased the Spice Fig and Grape one for winter. It’s a nice change from the traditional Christmasy cinnamon, berry, pine numbers.
I’ve painted my nails every colour imaginable, ghastly green to ‘caught in the car door’ yellow….. all in the name of fashion. It’s the quickest (and usually cheapest) way to instantly update your wardrobe. One quick coat and I feel bang on trend again.
Designers are getting in on the act too. If you can’t afford the whole ensemble straight from the catwalk, nail wraps are a great way to get the look for less. Opt for a simple outfit and let your talons do the talking.
Sophie Webster brings her A/W13 collection to life with 3D rockits from Nail Rock. Marchesa have the perfect party season nails, Revlon have created a collection of jewel nail appliqués inspired by Marchesas’ signature designs.
Do your bit for charity, Matthew Williamson creates a limited edition bottle for Nails Inc ‘Pinkie Pink Polish’ campaign.
House of Holland team up with Elegant Touch for a quirky collection of geek chic false nails.
Make like an eight year old and add Giles Deacon Lego nail wraps to your Christmas wish list.