Saturday, 30 April 2016

SASS Intimate Products

Over the last few months, a brand of products I've found myself turning to more and more frequently is SASS.

I first received the Intimate Purifying Cleanser in a Glossybox last summer, and I was instantly impressed. Though it's not for internal use obviously (as no products are) it makes me feel really fresh and clean, without causing any irritation.

This cleanser can be used daily, and I've repurchased it from Boots already, which shows how impressed I am, because I wouldn't readily spend £7 on a shower gel normally.

I've never really bought into the 'intimate' products on the market, believing them to be a bit of a waste of money, but having done some research it seems that these are actually really worthwhile. SASS do a range of products not only for health, but also for sports use. These products don't affect the natural PH of your body, and are gynaecologically approved, which is reassuring. 

The second product I received in Glossybox is the Perfect Skin Concentrate which is a soothing balm that can be applied after shaving or waxing. This lotion is really soothing and gets rid of any redness and shaving bumps/rashes. Sometimes I find after maintaining that area my skin feels sore and sensitive, but this totally eradicates that. In fact, my sensitive skin is soft and supple after using it.

Finally in my hat trick of products, is the Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel. I decided to pick this up after being so impressed with the other two products. At £10 it's not the cheapest on the market, but it's worth every penny for the smooth, close shave it gives. The gel is also clear which helps you shave more precisely, and it contains a formula that helps prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Whenever I use this gel I feel so clean and smooth, it's brilliant.

SASS is a brand I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on - it's rare for me to be so impressed with a range of products. From browsing the website there seems to be a whole host of other products available which also look amazing.

*This post is not sponsored - all simply my own opinion!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Veleza: The App For All Beauty Lovers

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Like most of us these days, I'm usually glued to my phone.
Despite that, it's rare that I take to an app (other than the usuals such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) usually getting bored fairly quickly and deleting it off my phone.

So when I was introduced to Veleza a few months ago, I agreed to give it a try, but never expected to grow to love the app as much as I have. 

Veleza is a free mobile app where beauty lovers/bloggers can unite to discuss beauty tips, share photos, and review products. When you join, you're asked a series of questions about your skin type so that you can discover compatible skincare products.

I love make-up and skincare, but I'd be the first to admit that I'm definitely no expert on the subject, in fact it isn't something I blog about all that often as there are far, far more bloggers who specialise in beauty and are very knowledgeable. 
But the Veleza community never makes you feel like that, in fact it's a community of really lovely, like minded ladies who all boost and empower each other on a daily basis.

One of my favourite features of the app is the Shelf; where you take a photo of your product and it digitally matches and links to the product, where you can then write a review about it. You can also add a Wishlist and post photos to your hearts content - it's addictive!

The pink 'V' image below is what comes up when you search for Veleza on the App Store. 
You can also link your blog to your profile, which then helps you network and discover new blogs to read.

It's safe to say that Veleza has quickly become one of my favourite apps, I love scrolling through it with a cup of tea and keeping in the loop with everyone's posts. Also, I've never encountered any negativity from any of the other users, everyone is just genuinely interested in seeing and hearing about each others tips, hauls and selfies!

I use it so much, that the lovely admin ladies have recently made me an Ambassador for the app. 
It's definitely not something I'll be deleting off my phone any time soon!
Post written in collaboration with Veleza, but all views/opinions are completely my own.

Have you tried the app?


Sunday, 24 April 2016

A Sunday Post / Six

Hi lovelies!
Hope everyone is having a fab weekend so far, and that wherever you are it isn't quite so gloomy as it is in Wales right now!

1. I feel like I've really neglected my blog over this last month, and this April brings the least amount of posts I've ever written since I first started concentrating on blogging properly. Unfortunately real life has got in the way, and everything has been really busy. I definitely need to stick  to my word when I say I'm going to try and find more balance in my life, over the past few weeks I've let everything build up again which means I haven't had the time to properly invest in the things I DO love. This blog, as well as numerous other things, have fallen by the wayside a bit. But I plan to have more inspired content again soon!

2. One of my passions is photography, and I got chatting to an old friend the other day who's a photographer (I seem to know a lot of them! Ha) and he encouraged me to start taking a few more photos again, I guess since meeting B I've taken less, as he's usually the photographer on any days out we have. So when I saw this beautiful double rainbow through my window the other week, I popped out to take a quick snap on my phone. Pretty pleased with how it came out considering it took approximately 30 seconds to take! 

3. If you follow my blog, or any of my social media accounts, you'll have seen that I went for a weekend in Manchester to go and see Muse. I wrote a full post here if you'd like to hear about it in a bit more detail. The hotel was incredible, and boasted possibly the best customer service I've ever known. We stayed in The Lowry and I wrote a review as part of my monthly hotel series here.

4. Another weekend, another hotel, or at least that's how it seems! I swear, my life really isn't that glamorous at all! Last weekend my Mum and I returned to The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool for a relaxed weekend of shopping. We visited there in December and loved it, although my pledge last time was to visit the spa, which we didn't do again - but I think the price just seems a little steep. Especially when you take into account that I had a little spending spree! But the hotel was every bit as incredible this time around! We relaxed in our room for a while before having a cocktail in the bar and heading out for a lovely meal in Miller & Carter.  When we got back I headed for a bath in the massive bath tub, perfect!

5. On the subject of baths - my bath bomb of the week has to be Intergalactic! I've heard so many people rave about this one, and when I did my last order (I'm on a strict Lush ban for the forseeable future) I decided to pick one up. It didn't disappoint - the swirling colours were beautiful and the smell was divine!

6. On our second day in Liverpool, we decided to take in a bit of culture instead of carrying on shopping, which my bank account was grateful for! I'm a huge fan of churches and cathedrals, I just love the architecture and I can spend hours browsing around inside taking everything in. My Mum suggested we visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Liverpool Cathedral, and I loved both. 
The Metropolitan was very modern and colourful, and really striking and photogenic; whereas the Liverpool Cathedral was much more traditional, but the neon art piece by Tracey Emin took my breath away.

We also visited the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Institute (where Paul McCartney and George Harrison studied) but the weather had gone a bit grey and gloomy by that point so the photos don't really do them much justice.

Finally, we stopped off for a late lunch at Leaf which is one of my favourite places in Liverpool. I went there with the girls on my birthday a few years ago and it's definitely a must-see if visiting Liverpool.

7. Finally (I have waffled a bit) this weekend has been a quiet one. Tea and cake on Saturday, followed by a dog walk. It was perfect and just what I needed to wind down from a busy and stressful week. I think Daisy's position says it all.

How has your week been?


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to stay overnight at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
The Lowry is Manchester's first 5* hotel, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Blending modern and minimalistic style with luxury and warmth, the hotel is contemporary, stylish, and welcoming.

We stayed in a superior deluxe twin room with a view of the river, which was huge with a comfortable leather chaise longue near the window adding style to the room. The beds were large and comfortable, and there was contemporary artwork on the wall as well as a large warm bathroom filled with Aromatherapy Associates products (one of my personal favourites) and a tea tray with plenty of little extras.

After we'd settled in to our room we went to explore the rest of the hotel. Unforutunately the spa is currently undergoing a renovation so we couldn't see what that was like, but consoled ourselves by heading to the bar for a cocktail.
As anyone who reads this blog knows, cocktails are basically my life - so there was no way I was passing up the opportunity!
P.S. They were as good as I expected.

I slept wonderfully, in a quiet, comfortable and perfectly sized bed in a room that was just the right temperature for me. I never sleep too well in hotels because I like a really cold room and they never are, but regardless of the temperature, it was perfect.

Breakfast was a continental buffet and then a cooked selection. I was deliberating whether to have my usual eggs benedict for ages, but eventually settled on a full English. It was delicious.

Every aspect of our stay - from the friendly reception staff, to the luxurious room, the comfortable bed, powerful shower, fluffy robes and delicious food and drink was superb.
I had a bit of a crisis the following morning (nothing major) but the staff went above and beyond what is normally expected in a hotel stay, which was just amazing.
I'd love to stay again!

Have you ever stayed at The Lowry?

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Glossybox / April Review

It's Glossybox time again!
Despite this year flying by in every other way, this month's box has seemed a long time coming, so it was a welcome surprise to come home from work this week and find it waiting for me on my doormat.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist

Whenever I do my nails, I find I'm just too impatient and end up smudging them badly. I've used a drying spray before and they really are as good as they profess to be. This spray is a welcome addition for my collection, and it'll definitely help me hide how rushed and disorganised I am when it comes to my nails.

The Body Shop 'Oils of Life' Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

I've quite recently fallen back in love with The Body Shop, and had a long awaited haul last week. This facial oil is new and I saw it being advertised quite heavily on the website. I've only used one facial oil before but have wanted to try another, as I've heard they're really moisturising. This one has great reviews so I'm really looking forward to giving it a go.

Next Make Me Beautiful Lipstick

I love this range of cosmetics from Next, and currently use their bronzer and blusher daily. They're really good quality, and the packaging is smart and looks expensive for the money. This lipstick is creamy and pigmented, the only problem is that the shade I received; 'Simply Peach' doesn't really suit me, I'm sure I can use it with a lipgloss though to still get some wear out of it over the summer months.

Bandi Intensive Moisturising Cream

This limited edition moisturiser from Bandi promises to leave your complexion 'supple and radiant'. It contains hyaluronic acid which is good for hydration, as well as vitamins A, E and D. I've never heard of Bandi Cosmetics, but one of the best things about subscribing to Glossybox is getting to try new brands. This is also a great size for travel.

Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner

As are most people these days, I'm absolutely obsessed with my brows. Although mine are naturally dark and quite thick, I always use make-up to make them neater and more defined, and this double ended pencil is said to flatter all shades, as well as highlighting the arch of the brow. This is definitely something i'll be popping into my make-up bag for touch-ups during the day.

What do you think of this month's Glossybox?

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