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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IF AN ITEM OR PRODUCT WAS GIFTED TO MYSELF FROM A COMPANY FOR ME TO REVIEW – YOU WILL FIND OUT IN THE BLOG TITLE, AS WELL AS THE POST, THAT I HAD THIS ITEM COMPLIMENTARY AS I WILL LABEL THEM!
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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 – 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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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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Pixi Beauty – Eye Reflections Shadow Palettes – PR

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A beautiful collection of neutral, every day shades, or shimmering delights!

I was very lucky to receive these products from Pixi Beauty’s PR List for me to review for my blog – Please note I received this complimentary!

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Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette

I love these new formulas of these eye shadows, they’re such an improvement on the previous ones. The amount of fallout has decreased, yet the pigmentation is a wonderful improvement. These eye shadows have a long lasting formula with added Vitamin E to nourish and protect the eye area during wear. The micro fine Mica is brilliant at adding lustre without adding chunky glitter found else where. The lustre they create is subtle or build-able depending on how its applied – wet or dry!

The two new palettes are available in either Natural Beauty, a stunning array of neutrals and browns, or Reflex Light, which is a diverse collection of golden, red and mauve shades. The Natural Beauty palette composed of matte and shimmer shades to help define and contour the eye area, where as the Reflex Light palette is an all shimmer bonanza!

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Reflex Light Palette

Bottom Line: Decide between beautiful, neutral shades for day time escapades or stunningly sparkling shades – either way, you’re on to a winner.

Price: £24.00 each at @ Pixi Beauty.

Rating: ****

 

 

Lifestyle – PR Event – The Real Eating Co x Lunch’d Menu Collaboration

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A deliciously healthy alternative to your work lunch!

I was very lucky to attend this press event for the launch of the new The Real Eating Co. and Lunch’d collaboration pop-ups for me to review for my blog – Please note I received the meal/drinks as complimentary in exchange for a review!

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This event was to celebrate and introduce the collaborative efforts of The Real Eating Co. and Lunch’d at the Bournemouth branch, where we were being introduced to the new dishes on offer. These healthy menu pop-ups will be available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays – with two options, differing each week.

 

The first week was the delicious Big Phat Greek Hotbox, which I was lucky enough to sample, and the Jerk Chicken Hotbox. The second week debuted Panang Pad Thai and a Skinny Lasagne. These menu items will be available to take away or eat in, making it a wonderful healthy lunch alternative to the standard meal deal!

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As you guys know, I am a lover of Greek cuisine so I was absolutely thrilled when I got to try their Big Phat Greek Hotbox which had a delicious Aubergine Moussaka with a Quinoa Greek Super Salad, and Beetroot Hummus on the side.

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The portion was extraordinary – such a generous amount, yet light, fresh as well as very filling, it kept me going until dinner time! The meals come dairy and gluten free – with vegan options to suit those sans animal products.

Lunch’d is the brainchild of Oli Perron, who decided to go on to reinvent work lunches and turn them into a healthy, inspiring meal instead of the boring, mundane meal deals from the high street shops. This made the Real Eating Co collaboration undeniably irresistible as Helena Hudson, has the same ethos when it comes to stocking her indie cafes with healthy, quality eating. Her restaurants and cafes only uses the freshest, quality ingredients from local resources and suppliers to make it good for us, as well as good for the environment.

Pop in to The Real Eating Company in Bournemouth every Tuesday & Wednesday to see what delicious meals are popping up from Lunch’d!

Lifestyle – Event – Lush Bournemouth’s Palentine, Galentine, and Valentine Day!

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A wonderful evening for those looking to self pamper, or with a loved one!

I was very lucky to attend this event for Valentine’s day for me to review for my blog. The lovely ladies at Bournemouth’s Lush welcomed us with lovely Rose and Raspberry mock tail to set the mood, and introduced themselves to us and gave us an overview of what will be happening during the night.

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We also introduced ourselves and then relaxed whilst sipping the delicious mock tails and browsing the store as it was closed to the public – giving us free reign of the stock to try!

To start with we each created the Sex Bomb bath bombs, and was taught how the master compactors at the nearby Lush factory make hundreds each per eight hour shift, as they are seasoned professionals – where as it took me two tries to create one where you can see the Rose!

After this, we were introduced to Lush’s collection of solid massage bars and given information about each type and what they’re best for. Then we all grabbed a massage bar each, and gave each other arm and hand massages after learning the special techniques that Lush utilise in their Spa’s to soothe their clients aches and pains.

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Once we were soothed, we had more mock tails and then made our own Rosy Cheeks face mask from scratch, learning the important properties each ingredient contributes to the mask and the benefits they give the skin.

After all the events and activities we were allowed once more to peruse the shelves and select items we want to purchase, as well as one-on-one time with a Lush expert to have our queries answered! The lovely ladies bid us adieu! and gave us a wonderful goody bag, each containing a few surprise goodies and our personally handmade bath bombs and face mask!

Pop in to your local Lush store to see if they are holding an event soon. The next one open to public in Bournemouth is on the 28th March 6-8pm for Mother’s Day celebrations, please contact the store to reserve a spot!

 

Pro Teeth Whitening Co. – Day and Night Set – Keep Your Teeth Sparkling Night and Day – PR

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Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night Set – A two in one kit for brightening and moisturising your teeth!

I was lucky enough to be gifted this Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night set from the use of the new Brandbassador App – you can find my review on the App here! They were also kind enough to sponsor my latest giveaway on my Instagram which was up last week.

I’ve seen activated charcoal kits before, and even tried the SmileLab whitening toothpaste, but have never used a dual kit before. It was a very unique experience, I’ve never thought of moisturising my teeth. My skin obviously, but teeth? Never.

The premise of these toothpastes is pretty self explanatory – you use one in the morning which polishes teeth, whitens their appearance and provides all day protection. The night time one uses to moisturise your teeth and also balance pH which prevents cavities caused by the breaking down of food by bacteria in your mouth. This is why its important to brush your teeth before bed! They say that using a combination of the two is the best way to achieve optimal oral health ensuring all day protection – Day and Night. All of their products are created from natural sources and made entirely in the United Kingdom!

The day one I found bizarre – its black from the activated charcoal, and has a sweet, minty taste. I’ve noticed that my teeth have whitened up a shade over the paste few days, and I hope with continued use they’ll be sparkling white. Using the Night toothpaste I’ve found I don’t have morning breath as much, and my mouth doesn’t taste as weird in the morning – something they’ve put down to the balance of pH which prevents and neutralises the over night bacteria activity! This pack provides a two month supply of toothpaste which I have noticed lasts a while if you use the recommended pea-sized amount.

Bottom Line: A unique product which provides around the clock protection, and over times helps brightens your smile.

Price: Currently £12.99 @ Pro Teeth Whitening Co. 
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Rating: *** Expected more dramatic results.

Velvet Caviar – Phone Cases & Accessories – Express Your Unique Style – PR

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Phone cases to suit your style, mood, and lifestyle!

I stumbled upon Velvet Caviar cases on an Instagram post, and knew I must have them in my life. Velvet Caviar sell a wide variety of cases for both iPhone, Samsung and Android phones with complimenting accessories such as grip rings, which help you hold your phone and prop them up – making them perfect for on the go commute binge watching of Friends on Netflix – even though we have seen the entire series hundreds of times.

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They’ve recently dropped a case, reminiscent of Too Faced’s Peachy collection which is very much on trend – so if you’re a massive Peachy fan – or proud of a peach of your own (squat club!) – you can represent it with their new clear Just Peachy Phone case! Or if you’re a fan of marble effects they have a plethora to choose from, and if you want to be extra – they have holographic marble! To be even more extra, they also offer grip rings in coordinating colours so that you can look on fleek, and help your selfie game! By using the ring you’re able to get new angles without worrying about dropping your phone – also perfect for in bed viewing so you don’t drop your phone on your face. We’ve all been there… owch!

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They have numerous designs, one to fit your personal style, or Instagram theme if you want to add a more personal item to your Instagram flat-lays or selfies. The designs aren’t the only distinctive feature for Velvet Caviar – they take the safety of your phone very seriously. Each case is created to meet their strict protection requirements, and each case offers coverage on all sides & buttons, a front raised lip for screen protection, and a shock absorbing interior for drop safety – keeping your device safe from all sides!

If you’re interested in updating your phone case to a Velvet Caviar one, make sure you use “RosemaryHXO” at checkout for savings on your phones new best friend!

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Brandbassador – App Based Missions to Earn Commissions – My First Impressions Reviews

This app is Pre-Launch with a 2-3 week waiting list; I have a VIP link here, or ask me to email you the invite if you wish to use the app straight away!

UPDATED 2020 – at bottom! How I made £1000 in 3 months on the app!

So, as someone who uses affiliate links to fund and help keep this blog in motion – I am always looking out and trying new “Influencer Apps”. I’ve tried Tribe (aka buy the product and we might pay you if we like your product but chances are will block your account. If you haven’t sensed it yet – AVOID!) and a few other up and coming apps which were slightly more successful – but often tedious in the process. That was until I stumbled upon Brandbassador – I had an email from one of the Brands featured as they use it as their main platform for affiliates and influencers and they wanted me on board.

Brandbassador is an app for iPhone & Android, also available on PC, where you select your brand and they have “missions”, each mission has a commission. So far I have seen either; a freebie, cash deposit, gift card deposit or a joint giveaway opportunity for your followers. All of which simply require you to apply to the mission, Follow the brand on their social media, or like/comment on their posts. Now this appears to be mutually beneficial – they get better engagement, and you get 10-20 cents just for that one “like”.

But here’s where it becomes more beneficial for you – by commenting and liking you’re putting your own blog/brand out there. I’ve even started dropping my latest post URLs on my comments to get myself some engagement!

The more missions you do, the more cash and gift card balances you collect along with points. The more points you get – the higher your Brandbassador level is. But to upgrade levels you also need sales. How do you get sales I hear you ask? By using your personalised affiliate links or discount codes. So by simply putting a “hey if you’re already going to buy this product, you can get ##% off by just using my code/link and I also get something in return” on your website you can get between 4-15% commission on all sales, increasing as your level does. It’s basically an affiliate marketing app without the obligation to buy a product, with tiered percentages instead of a fixed base rate.

In one day I managed to “earn” $1.31, just from liking the brands content and dumping a few of my links on their Facebook posts;

They also have missions where you regram one of their posts and they will pay you 10p per like – but you can also request a higher amount for each like!

The best thing is the gift card amounts can be spent in any of the companies online stores so you can use your “earned” $$$ to buy the products to then review, blog about or use for Instagram photos – which if you include your discount codes/links means you’ve effectively boosted your commissions without spending your own cash to fund the content – unlike Tribe where they make you buy the product to create the content. Also your cash balance can be exchanged for gift card value which has a higher exchange rate meaning you can earn more in credit than in cash!

I’ll be using this App for a bit longer to see if it really is as good as it’s coming off to be, but if you don’t spend money on the content – its basically a free way to get affiliate marketing on your blogs/content.

If you’re interested in joining, or even seeing what it’s about you can find out here!

P.s. This is not a paid review – I’m just letting my fellow bloggers who need more $$$$ to host their blogs know about this pretty simple, straight forward affiliate marketing app!

UPDATE; 31st July 2018

I’ve used this app for a while now and have had my freebie sent and received, and set up my giveaway on my Instagram account. I’ve noticed that every day you can earn 2-3$ from Hairfinity due to them uploading new missions more frequently – such as comment on this post, like this post – so I’ve been doing those to earn a lot more. I’ve also done a blog post which is currently being approved to earn a £100 Gift Card!

UPDATE; 24th July 2018

So after using this app for the past 2-3 days I’ve now been sent a Freebie, have a company doing a sponsored Giveaway for my followers and now earned $7.35!!! It’s been 3 days! Never had this type of conversion and Brand involvement on an app before!

 

Update: July 2020

So I’ve been using the app on and off for the past few years but over this current pandemic I logged back in and was able to make over £1000 which I’ve already been able to cash withdraw! I’ve also been able to email the app to ask for a fast track Gold Brandbassador level which they now offer on a account basis as they check how much you’ve used the account – I’ve done over 300 missions!

I was able to make this amount from sales and use of my personal discount codes – seems like if you have a big following or a bit creative in how to promote your discount codes you can earn a lot more!

Sign up here if you’re still interested!