2021 – Happy New Year! Happy New Deals!

Happy New Year!

Let’s hope 2021 is a whole lot better!

💸 To celebrate, I have gathered all the new discount codes and money off links for the forthcoming months! 💸

As always – If I don’t use it or trust it – I won’t promote it!

Makeup Discounts & Offers;
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.   With exclusive Outlet offers here, free delivery on orders over £15 – and new TRIBE loyalty scheme where you can earn £10 off purchases -they’re one of my trusted online stores!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, ranging from Mean Girls, Marble lovers, Mermaids and Sirens. 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”. They’re the exclusive home to brands such as Milk Makeup and give out free samples on orders over £50! Use this code to get £10 off your first order of £50!  
Smashbox have created the best line of premium primers with 8 to choose from you’ll always find one to get you photo ready! They’ve also launched their new Legendary collection of matte and metallic liquid lipsticks!   Click here for 10% off your first order!Benefit Cosmetics are a premium makeup brand which ever make-up lover has dabbled with. They specialise in Pore-fection and killer brows!   Click here  for free delivery on all of your orders, and 10% off for students! Use my special link here for £5 off your order!Revolution Beauty are the masterminds behind many budget friendly makeup brands. You can find my reviews of their collection here. Get 10% off as a student here! Use my special link for £5 off your order!  
Skincare Discounts & Offers;
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.   They’re also very generous with samples – even online you can get up to 3 deluxe samples & complimentary gift wrapping! Use this link for £10 off your first order of £40!.Foreo are the current leaders in the skincare electronic markets with their ultra cleansing and pulsating facial cleaning brushes.   You can find my review of their brushes here! You can purchase their cleansing brushes here at Cult Beauty!Nail’s Inc are one of the most popular nail varnish companies and you can get 10% off your first order here! You can get 15% student discount here. As well as a free fullsized nail varnish on any £35 spend, here!
Lifestyle Discounts & Offers;
Some of you ask where I get my clothes from; the majority of my outfits are from Missguided. Here you will find the most bad-ass, slaytastic outfits and accessories at budget friendly prices! Loved it when I was a student.   I’ve managed to score you this link for free delivery!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 cheap, fashionable, great quality clothing! Find their latest seasonal garments here!FOLLOW ME ON MY SOCIAL NETWORK SITES, AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY CAPTIONS FOR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS STRAIGHT FROM THE BRAND THEMSELVES!

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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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Travel – Santorini – My 10 Day Exploration of Santorini

I’ve been terribly lucky with the fact that I was able to have such along holiday in a destination on my Bucket List. Ever since I saw those iconic white buildings with their bright, bold blue roofs I knew I had to experience it for myself in person – and so I was able to!

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We stayed in the Villa Sagini, which is located in Imerovigli, situated amongst the stunning greenery that covers the valley. It is a 5* Villa with its own housekeeper who visits every morning with fresh pastries for breakfast, along with a villa manager who is contactable via Whatsapp who gave superb recommendations for activities and restaurants to dine out in.

The villa boasted two bedrooms and a guest house situated in a cave to the side of the house. It also had an infinity pool which overlooked then island – it was simply stunning.

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The stunning views didn’t stop at the villa. I frequently stopped off in Fira, around a 10 minute drive from the villa – if visiting Santorini, I do recommend renting a car to navigate the island.

Fira offers amazing views of the Caldera and the surrounding islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirasia, with many restaurants situated on the edge of the cliffs offering a breathtaking panoramic view. It’s also the main city centre, where you can find supermarkets, an abundance of jewellery stores and souvenir shops.

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Another place I stumbled upon was the ancient village of Megalochori, which has the traditional Greek architecture that was native to the island. It’s a bit tucked away as you must park up and walk into to explore it due to the narrow roads that don’t allow for vehicles.

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There are numerous beaches to explore with each having a unique charm – and different coloured sand. The three hot spots are the Red Beach, White Beach and Kamari beach, the latter having black sand. The Kamari beach is easy to get to with plenty of taverna on the beach front to provide much needed sun in the midday sun. The Red Beach requires a hike along the cliff edge to get to it as it is within a cove with no roads or footpaths to gain entry. The White Beach is purely accessible via boat with no way to get to it otherwise – there are many ferries which will take you there but beware the last boat back is at 7pm!

Stay tuned for my next blog post where I give my top five activities to do whilst visiting the island!

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Mask Time – South Korean Subscription Box – You Got It Glowing On – PR {PAID}

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I was very lucky to have Mask Time to reach out to me, and help me share in their new subscription box showing off the new South Korean skincare range from 9CC – Please note I was gifted this subscription box complimentary and paid to feature a review on my website.

The first thing that struck me regarding Mask Time was their wide selection of gift boxes – it’s not just a one size fits all kind of deal; they have a variety of boxes to suit every budget, every skin type and every personality.

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Mask Time have different tiers of boxes, ranging from their £9.95 – Glow Starter box, which is their basic, to their £24.99 – Glow Setter box which contains more full size goodies. Each box has a variety of exclusive South Korean masks ranging from Fibre Masks, Peel Masks and Wash Off masks. These boxes are designed to easily fit through most letterboxes so you can order them and not have to worry about a trip to the post office if you were out!

The box I was sent was their special collaboration with the brand 9CC (Nine Changeless Champion) which contained an 100ml foam cleanser, an 100ml water drops cream, and three fibre face masks. As the products are Korean, they included a handy guide in English to instruct on how to use your new skincare goodies, along with some of their tips! Included with the products is a guide about the brand, and how its making waves in the beauty world with their products that are powered by the energy of the South Korean Sea.

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My first impressions of the products included were how they were full sized, and the quality of them. The fibre masks were thick, not the usual thin “tissue-paper” material with a hydrating and non sticky serum. The foaming cleanser has a iridescent sheen and cleansed my skin without leaving it feeling exposed or dry. The water drop cream had more of a balm appearance, but instantly dispersed into tiny droplets as the name suggested. Mask Time included a guide on how to categorise your skin from the drops appearance. They are very attentive to their customers and ensure we receive in-depth information regarding the products they include in their boxes – which I have found to be unique as I often find subscriptions boxes seem like a jumble sale of uncoordinated items, whereas these are curated regarding the items included.

Overall I would say this would be a brilliant subscription to have – the items included are quality items, full sized and not discontinued bits-n-bobs that were cheap to throw together you find in other subscription boxes. The variety of prices make them a budget friendly treat, and Mask Time also have their own online store where they sell individual Korean skincare masks and items, so if you don’t want to have a box – you can always pick up a single mask from their store!

Bottom Line: A brilliant box to explore Korean sheet masks and more!

Price: Subscriptions start from £9.95 a month, at Mask Time, or you can purchase individual items from their store! 

Rating: ****

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