Lucent Studios – Jewellery to Delight – PR {Ambassador}

I stumbled upon Lucent Studios on my Brandbassador app, and looked at their jewellery and decided to apply to become a brand ambassador due to their styles being aligned to my aesthetic.

The vast array of jewels and designs made me instantly fall in love with their designs, the range from natural crystals embalmed in silver, to floral displays in resin and beautifully mounted means there is something for everyone.

If jewellery is not your thing – do not fret as it is not all that they offer. They have a lovely homeware section which has stunning accessories for your living spaces, and a gift section with letterbox friendly jewels and crystal starter packs to cheer up and brighten your loved ones lives.

Bottom Line: Amazing quality, and stunning detail on their jewellery making anyone who receives them delighted.

Price: Ranges from £8 for seconds, and up! Shop them here.

Rating: ***** 

See my unboxing of my first Lucent Studio’s delivery here!
Find the latest 15% off your order here!

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My Beauty Must Haves – What’s In My Kit? – 2022

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A new year marks the start of a new collection.

As you can see from my blog, my beauty and skincare goals have evolved as the years go on – taking bits from different trends to create my own favourite style.

I decided with us entering a brand new year I would declutter my makeup bag – out with the old  – and probably expired! – in with the new products to rejuvenate my zest for makeup.

Also probably saving my skin from an abundance of breakouts – please remember to adhere to expiry dates and use by on your cosmetics your skin will thank you!

To start, I sat down and thought about what I would like from my make up kit – did I want full coverage? Sheer coverage? Was I looking for subtle or bold colours? Drugstore or Premium? Did I want my routine to be a quick 15minutes or a self indulgent few hours? From here I was able to decide on my new ultimate kit!

First I wanted a new bag for my new items, so I decided to kill two birds and buy some new mini brushes from Spectrum Collections as their ‘The High Flyer’ collection is half price at £25 and includes an adorable light pink and rose gold case. Use that link for an extra 15% off.

I made up my mind and wanted my new kit to offer me sheer coverage with subtle bronzer and blush, but products that I could easily build up coverage in case I needed fuller coverage. This is what I bought to suit my new look;

I’ll be showing off my new makeup over the upcoming weeks on my Instagram as well as on here, so keep your eyes open for the in-depth reviews!

New Year, New Discounts!

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Happy New Year!
Here are the first discounts of the New Year!

If you’re looking for all up to date offers, you can see them by clicking here!

If I don’t use it or trust it – I won’t promote it!
These are my genuine favourite sites/brands to buy from.

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Ever seen a luxury makeup brand that you couldn’t find online?

Well Beauty Bay is your dream come true. They carry brands that are scarce for the UK Market.

Spectrum Collections are taking Instagram and the beauty world by storm with their chic, luxurious and vegan friendly brushes! They have brushes to suit everyone’s aesthetic.

You can get 15% off your order with my special link! 

Cult Beauty are beauty curators. Rather than selling full beauty lines, they’ve created a shop where every product is chosen by a world-class expert panel – giving you the “cult favourites”.

Use this code to get £5 off your order!

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The Pro Co. have a huge array of natural products ranging from retinol creams to charcoal teeth whitening kits!

You can find my most up to date 15% off discount code here!
YesStyle.com is the home for all things Korean when it comes to beauty and fashion!  You can find brands from Corsx to Laniege, to Tony Moly all in one shop!

Use the code “RHXO2021” for 10% off your orders!

Revolution Beauty are the masterminds behind many budget friendly makeup brands including XX and numerous collabs.

Use my special link for £5 off your order!

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Space NK is the number one destination for my skincare purchases. Their staff are very knowledgeable and more than happy to give you a personal consultation in store to find the best products suited to your skin.

Use this link for £10 off your first order of £40!.
Lili Margo have a skincare routine and set for every type of skin. Invented and produced in France, they create moments of pleasure and relaxation.

Find my most up to date discount here, as well as how to join their team.

Nail’s Inc are one of the most popular nail varnish companies and they’ve branched out into skincare. You can find sheet masks and makeup galore!

As well as a free fullsized nail varnish on any £35 spend, here!

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Add your aesthetic to your living space with Desenio prints.

With their Personal Shopper page you can narrow down your perfect wall art.

Find the most up to date 10% off discount code here.
The other place I get my wardrobe from is New Look. I loved this store during my Uni days and I just can’t give it up!

They have budget friendly, fashionable, great quality clothing!

Find their latest seasonal garments here!
If you’re looking to indulge in Self Care, look no further than Neom Organics. 

Their array of aromatherapy oils, skincare and home items are perfect for adding wellbeing to your life.

Get 20% discount code here!

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Lifestyle – Simone Thomas Salon, Westbourne – My Hair Cut Experience – PR {Gifted}

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A beautiful salon, with friendly and professional colleagues!

I was kindly invited by Tegan, head of the Salon’s press team to experience a pampering hair cut and treatment at the Simone Thomas salon situated in Westbourne, Bournemouth. Please note I received this experience as complimentary in exchange for a review!

IMG_1139As soon as I entered the salon I was greeted with a very friendly “Good Afternoon!” and shown my way to the chicest waiting area ever – it was definitely my aesthetic. I was asked if I would like a beverage, so I chose my go to apple juice. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that’s my “I’m having my hair done.” drink – I’m very predictable. 

I was then approached by my hair stylist, Ashleigh, who is a Senior Stylist and Colourist at the Salon; and we discussed what I wanted today and to discuss the general health of my hair.

IMG_1116First off, wow! – you could tell Ashleigh knew her stuff! Straight off the bat she could guess my hair routine just from my hair condition. She also pointed out where I had severe breakage from my straightener addiction – Why did none of you guys tell me I was missing a huge chunk of my hair at the side?!

Moving on, we discussed how to sort out and even my breakages, and how we can add layers to thin out my hair as it was getting warmer, and what I would like from my Olaplex treatment.

I was lead to the hair basins to get my hair shampooed and treated using my personally recommended Olaplex treatment. Mine was a three step process where the treatment is left on in intervals to help penetrate my hair. Once my hair treatment was finished, I had my hair conditioned and towel dried awaiting my cut. Back in my throne, I was given a top up of my apple juice and a few cookies to nibble on, whilst Ashleigh got to work in giving me a two inch cut off the length and layers to help style my hair. 

IMG_1094My experience happened a few weeks before posting – before the March 23rd lockdown in the UK – and I was very impressed with the preventative steps I was seeing to help reduce the spread. I could clearly see the staff spraying down chairs, side tables and mirrors with disinfectants between clients and routinely. I felt very safe knowing how much the staff here were safeguarding their clients. But this isn’t all that Simone Thomas does for her clients – I was told by Ashleigh about their new well being range as well as the amazing work that happens upstairs in their hair loss clinic.

After my hair was cut, I was treated to a blow dry and we both decided to curl my hair to make the most out of my recent layers and to make my hair colour pop! I felt absolutely amazing afterwards – my hair felt so nourished and smooth from my Olaplex treatment and my cut hit all of my personal expectations!

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LIFESTYLE – PRESS EVENT – Dirty Dancing @ The Pavilion, Bournemouth

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I was invited along to the Press Event to spend the evening captivated by Dirty Dancing on Stage at The Pavilion, Bournemouth, by the lovely folks at BHLive. This production will be showing until Saturday 13th July, you can book tickets at BHLiveTickets.co.uk

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At the event I was greeted in the Pavilions Theatre Bar with a cocktail from their “Time of Your Life” specially themed Cocktail menu. I went for the “I Carried A Watermelon” one, as I cannot get enough of watermelon in this Summer Heat!

I took to my seat for Act One, and as I’ve never seen the film – I KNOW! – I was excited for what was about to happen. Wow! I was simply blown away, being a Dirty Dancing virgin, I wasn’t exactly sure about the plot, or how well it stuck to the movie, I was assured by Emma at EvenAngelsFall.com that it was true to the Hollywood version -so a must see for any Dirty Dancing fan.

The cast was superb and captured the audiences attention as soon as the curtains went up. The music, singing and dancing was more than enough to get me into the mood to try some Dirty Dancing-eque lifts in my living room as soon as I got home. The set design was amazing, and transitions between scenes were smooth and kept the theatre magic alive!

Dirty Dancing will be showing until Saturday 13th July at Bournemouth’s Pavilion – you can book tickets at BHLiveTickets.co.uk

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GUEST SPOT – HolzieLoves – My Anxiety Tips!

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Please give Holly from the lifestyle, health and positivity blog, HolzieLoves, a warm RosemaryHelenXO welcome!

 

ABOUT:

Holly has been blogging for around three years which developed from writing about things she loved – then it has further evolved into talking about being positive, giving advice and sharing her journey of being a chronically ill person and how she get’s through it!

Writing is a huge passion of hers since she was handed pen and paper. Being part of the blogging community really is great and she has made some amazing friends along her journey. She recommends anyone who wants to start blogging to definitely go for it.

 

You can keep up to date with Holly by following her adventures on Instagram, HolzieLoves!

Enjoy her post below!

As you aren’t a regular reader here, you won’t know my anxiety history. I’ll leave my story of how it started here in-case you want to have a nosey. Let’s just say I’ve had it for going on two decades and I’ve picked up some helpful coping strategies;

❤️ When you feel an anxiety attack coming on, try and get out into the fresh air and sit down if possible. I get hot and lightheaded in an attack so fresh air and somewhere to perch my bum is much needed.

❤️ The main thing is to concentrate on your breathing to try bring it back to normal. So breath in for 4, hold for 7 and let out for 8. I thought oh my goodness I can’t breath in for that long. But it really does work.

♥️ I have always found music to be the perfect distraction when I’m anxious. In particular I like soft music like acoustic or love songs. Songs that have great lyrics you can focus on. I also love listening to a crackling fire on the relaxing sounds app. Alternatively if you want loud music to try drown out the anxious thoughts that helps too in my opinion.

♥️ You’ve all heard of the grounding tip of things you can see etc using all your senses. Well I’ve come up with this one.

In your bag have something that has a scent that makes you happy like your fave perfume or cologne. I do love lavender too so some essential oils are really handy too. Have your happy photos on your phone in a folder easily accessible so you can look at them to bring your emotions back to not being stressed out. Your phone will come for the next two senses which is listen – so it could be the music I mentioned, or some affirmations that you can pre record to remind yourself that everything is going to be ok. Your mouth without a doubt will be dry in an anxiety attack so popping your favourite sweet in will definitely calm you down, tried and tested by me.

Last sense is touch. There are so many stress relievers out there on ebay/ wish / amazon. Having that at hand in your bag will come in so handy if that’s all you can manage to get during your attack.

♥️ Reach out and ask for help or just message/call someone you trust and say help me take my mind off things, distract me, make me laugh. Pretty sure you have one person you can turn to.

I really could go on and on and on but I think I’ll leave it there.

I’m always here for any of you if you feel the need to chat.

Hope this has been of some help.

Til next time,

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REVOLUTION LONDON – Eyeshadow Palette – Foil Frenzy

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This palette is my go to for any makeup looks where I want a foil finish – the wide variety of shades make it useful for numerous colour schemes. The quality is superb, as always is from Revolution, especially considering the price point.

The shadows are easy to use, and best applied like other foils, by using your finger to get instant pigmentation and the unmistakable foil finish. You can use these shadows with a brush, either wet or dry, but they do not have the same appearance when applied.

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Bottom Line: Amazing quality, pigmentation, quickly became my makeup bag staple for foil shadows.

Price: £10 at Revolution & BeautyBay.com

Rating: ***** 

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Lifestyle – PR EVENT – Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa – Summer Launch 2019

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I was invited along to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa to celebrate their summer launch where I was showered with canapes, champagne and great company. The summer launch was to officially showcase the Upper Deck’s new menu along with their refurbishment.

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To make better use of the beautiful views the hotel has over the Christchurch harbour, they have reinvented their alfresco dining terrace and created a fresh, exciting new menu by their award-winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken.

It was a wonderful launch, with amazing company from the lovely ladies at Bournemouth Bloggers, and we all enjoyed the cocktails and paella stylishly served in oyster shells.

The views from the terrace and gardens are exquisite and stunning, and the weather was perfect to get in the swing of Summer alfresco dining!

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Guest Spot – Skincare Sensei – fresh – Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in HONEY & SPICE – REVIEW

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Please give Maemi from the Beauty and Skincare blog, Skincare Sensei, a warm RosemaryHelenXO welcome!

 

About:

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Maemi is a fellow skincare enthusiast, and offers her wonderful views on a variety of products to help you make informed decisions rather than believing the Instagram hype!

You can keep up to date with Maemi by following her adventures on Instagram, Skincare Sensei!

Enjoy her review below!

 

fresh – Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in HONEY & SPICE

4.5/5 💮
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Claims to nourish, moisturize, protect, smooth and tint – It does all of these things
Application – Super smooth and easy
Texture – Soft and thin
Scent – Sweet but also a strange scent to it
Parabens – No
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This is my favorite lip balm! These two colours are gorgeous, soft and yet colourful. It has SPF 15 SUNSCREEN(!) which is lovely and it repairs dried lips quickly. It’s long lasting on the lips and moisturising, while still giving a tint of colour of your choosing.
The only reason why I cannot give it a full score is because of the smell. There’s something I dislike about it, I cannot point out what it is and it doesn’t particularly smell like something I could be able to explain. But it doesn’t stop me from wearing it, I can only feel it when I apply it! 100% recommend!

I also wish they could extend their shade range a bit more to these type of colours above but really 2 shades that fit is enough for the average person.

Purchased at @sephora

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Fenty Beauty – Instant Retouch Primer – Santorini Sephora Haul

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A new supreme reigns!

Well, as I said to the lady I was looking for a primer to rival the Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch when I purchased the Benefit Pore Score set, and I’ve decided nothing can compare to the real deal. Rihanna has stepped up the beauty game – and she’s winning. I bought this as part of my Sephora haul in Fira, Santorini – for my entire haul you can view it on my Instagram, or to see my Santorini travels, click here!

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Where do I begin? This primer is soft, moisturising, and keeps my makeup matte all day – without drying out my skin. One thing that I admire about the formula is how a little goes a long way, and it doesn’t sink into pores or fine lines. It’s easy to apply via sponge or fingers, I find its hard to apply with a brush as it causes the bristles to bunch up making application streaky.

The formula is creamy as if a moisturiser – and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or has that awful silicon texture. It doesn’t cause your foundation to peel or shift as its applied as it dries quickly and forms its priming layer so the two never mix. It’s mattifying and helps combat my oily T-Zone. It’s a shame I tried to buy other primers like the Benefit Pore-fection, as I wish I bought this one sooner!

Bottom Line: Bin your old primer – this one is the one to rule them all.

Price: £24.00 from Fenty Beauty

Rating: *****

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