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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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: ****

 

 

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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BEAUTY DEALS – MARCH 2018 – BEAUTYBAY.COM – Save The More You Buy!! Up to 30% Sitewide, ICONIC LONDON – 20% Off Everything!! MISSGUIDED AND OTHERS!

So, here are all the beauty offers I have found for March 2018 which are as follows…

All Banners/Images take you straight to the offer and brand website – keep an eye out for special promo codes as you will need to enter these at the checkout!

  • BEAUTYBAY.COM;

They’re offering all of you makeup lovers a range of discounts depending on how big your haul is – getting ready for the Easter Haul-i-day!
If you spend £50 they’ll give you 20% off, Spend £80 you get 25% off making it a tasty £60 haul and then Spend £120, your haul becomes £84 – Saving £36!!!!!
Perfect time to complete your Anastasia Beverly Hills collection!!!!

Click here to shop, or the banner!

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Also just to update you lovelies, Beauty Bay have just stocked three new and exclusive Morphe makeup brush sets! Here are the new deets on these new brush sets;

  • Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio

Featuring three essential eye tools for creating flawless eye looks, Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio makes buffing and blending effortless. Made from synthetic fibres, the carefully designed brushes have super soft bristles for high pigment coverage.

  • Exclusive Elite II 4-Piece Complexion Brush Set

Featuring four face brushes, Exclusive Elite II 4 Piece Complexion Brush Set has everything you need to create a flawless base. Apply, conceal and buff foundation and concealer like a pro with this comprehensive must-have set.

  • Exclusive Rose Gold 6-Piece Brush Set

Exclusive Rose Gold 6 Piece Contour Brush Set features six super soft brushes specifically designed to provide a flawlessly contoured finish. Masterfully sculpting and defining your cheekbones, jawline and nose, this incredible set is a makeup bag essential

Click here or the banner below to see the new, stunning brushes!!!

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  • Iconic London:

They’re offering a tasty 20% off their site! CODE NEEDED; FLASH20, just get shopping!

View this offer here, or click the banner below!

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  • MISSGUIDED;

Missguided are offering 24% off EVERYTHING with the code ‘gogogo′ !! Spruce up your wardrobe with this adorable offer!

Click here for the offer or the image below!

 

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Beauty Deals – January 2018 – BEAUTYBAY.COM – 50% off Laura Lee Palette and NEW EXCLUSIVE Morphe Brushes!, Iconic London – FREE CONTOUR PALETTE, Benefit Cosmetics – Three FREE Funsized Brow Products!! AND OTHERS!

So, here are all the beauty offers I have found for January 2018 which are as follows…

All Banners/Images take you straight to the offer and brand website – keep an eye out for special promo codes as you will need to enter these at the checkout!

  • BEAUTYBAY.COM;

They’re offering all of you makeup lovers 50% off Laura Lee’s Cat’s Pajamas Palette with the special code; ‘LAURALEE50’ !
The 50% off now makes this stunning palette £17.50, down from the original £35!!
Click here to get the offer, or click the image below!

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Also just to update you lovelies, Beauty Bay have just stocked three new and exclusive Morphe makeup brush sets! Here are the new deets on these new brush sets;

  • Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio

Featuring three essential eye tools for creating flawless eye looks, Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio makes buffing and blending effortless. Made from synthetic fibres, the carefully designed brushes have super soft bristles for high pigment coverage.

  • Exclusive Elite II 4-Piece Complexion Brush Set

Featuring four face brushes, Exclusive Elite II 4 Piece Complexion Brush Set has everything you need to create a flawless base. Apply, conceal and buff foundation and concealer like a pro with this comprehensive must-have set.

  • Exclusive Rose Gold 6-Piece Brush Set

Exclusive Rose Gold 6 Piece Contour Brush Set features six super soft brushes specifically designed to provide a flawlessly contoured finish. Masterfully sculpting and defining your cheekbones, jawline and nose, this incredible set is a makeup bag essential

Click here or the banner below to see the new, stunning brushes!!!

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  • Iconic London:

They’re offering a free Cream Contour Palette with every order that is over £35!! NO CODE NEEDED, just get shopping!

View this offer here, or click the banner below!

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  • BENEFIT Cosmetics:

Benefit are giving away three, deluxe funsized brow trios with every order over £40 when you use the code ‘WINTERBROWS’ !!!

Click here for the offer – remember to copy the code – or the image below!

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  • MISSGUIDED

Missguided are offering 30% off wardrobe staples with the code ‘TAKE30′ !! Spruce up your wardrobe with this adorable offer!

Click here for the offer or the image below!

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  • Cult Beauty;

Did you see that Too Faced has landed at Cult Beauty?! To celebrate this huge brand coming to their store, they’re offering FREE DELIVERY on all Too Faced items, so get stocking up!

Click here to see what’s new or the banner below!

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Cult Beauty also have the following offers on the go;

FREE Deluxe Elasticizer (40ml) with any Philip Kingsley purchase

FREE Brow Duo with a £25 spend on Benefit

FREE Detox Kit when you spend £45 on Caudalie

FREE Deluxe Alkaline Infusion when you spend £30 on Kiki Health

FREE Full Size Essential Daily Moisturiser when you spend £40 on Skin Laundry

Nia Skincare – Fully Charged Serum x Moisturiser 2 in 1 – PR

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A lazy girl’s skincare regime in one simple step! 

I was very lucky to receive this product from Nia Skincare for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this complimentary!

I received this serum as part of a promotion the lovely people at Nia Skincare was throwing. The NIA in Nia Skincare stands for Not-Into-Ageing, and their skincare line promotes that ethos with every product sporting anti-ageing properties.

They market this hybrid serum as a “one and done, lazy girl” product due to ease of use and the multi-functioning properties it has. This serum / moisturiser hybrid simplifies what are usually complicated 3 step routines into one sole product.

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My first impressions of this serum is that’s a very light moisturiser, therefore it doesn’t leave my skin feeling heavy and clogged up. I did have to reapply in some of my dry-problem areas, but that is common with light moisturisers I find. This fully-charged hybrid left a healthy subtle glow whilst it brightened my skin, especially around my eye area. I certainly found that it hydrated my skin, particularly after cleansing using my new Foreo Luna Play, where after cleansing my skin is gasping for moisture.

Its packed full of hyaluronic-amimo complex which is designed to mimic the skins natural hydration and support the skin barrier function to boost skins health. Remember hyaluronic acid is a friend – it helps aid hydration. It also has various other extracts such as Dragon Fruit, Wild Indigo and Plankton which work together to minimize the signs of aging, increase skins luminosity and reduce dullness, as well as to nourish and protect the skin. This product is also formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and help prevent future signs of aging – see they’re really Not-Into-Aging.

Bottom Line: If you’re not into fully fledged skincare routines, or want to simplify your current one, then this product is for you!

Price: £33.00 at Salon Skincare & ULTA.

Rating: *****

 

SERENITY CANDLES – Medium 30cl Glass Jar – Christmas Spice – PR

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Adds a touch of Christmas Magic to your house.

I was very lucky to receive this Christmas Spice candle from Serenity Candles NI for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this complimentary!

I was very eager to light this candle on Christmas eve to get me in the festive mood after working non-stop over the holidays. This candle is fragranced with a hint of spice, with the warmness and sweetness of chocolate orange underneath – it reminded me of the Christmas mornings surrounded with cinnamon sticks whilst I ate my body weight in chocolate….

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This candle burnt for a very long time, lasting from morning to evening, and then during Christmas day, with approximately 26 hours of life. As the candle is soy based, it burnt cleanly, rather than ashing everything, which is common with standard high-street candles – including Yankee Candles, which have now stained my wall a charcoal grey…

Bottom Line: A luxurious, handmade and poured candle that can give Yankee Candle a run for their money!

Price: £8 at Serenity Candles NI.

Rating: ****

Serenity Candles – Rose Gold Tin – Black Cherry – PR

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I was very lucky to receive this Black Cherry candle from Serenity Candles NI for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this complimentary!

Serenity Candles is a company that prides themselves on being 100% natural, only using the best ingredients in every item they hand-make. They only use Soy wax, which is environmentally friendly and made from vegetable oil. Their packaging oozes pure luxury with their classy rose gold tins that will look beautiful on everyone’s vanity!

Soy wax candles are becoming the new candles of choice due to their eco-friendly aspect and cleaner burning. Due to the soy wax having a lower burning temperature than traditional candle wax, it produces less soot which enhances the aroma and prevents nasty smoke being let off.

This black cherry scent is beautiful, and is reminiscent of a perfectly baked cherry pie. The container is a stunning rose gold tin, which looks amazing on my vanity. This candle burnt for a long, long while and lasted me approximately 60 hours over various days!

Bottom Line: A luxurious, handmade and poured candle that can give Yankee Candle a run for their money!

Price: £10 at Serenity Candles NI.

Rating: *****

BEAUTY DEALS – November 2017 – BeautyBay.com – UP TO 30% OFF SITE WIDE!, KIKO Cosmetics- Buy 3, get 3 free!, MISSGUIDED – 50% off dresses and UBER-BABE sale!! and OTHERS!

So, here are all the beauty offers I have found for November 2017 which are as follows…

All Banners/Images take you straight to the offer and brand website – keep an eye out for special promo codes!

  • BeautyBay.com;

    UP TO 30% OFF SITE WIDE – AND SPECIAL ITEMS 50% OFF!
    BeautyBay.com is ofering up to 30% off on all items – including Zoeva, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Jeffree Star, and Morphe to name a few! Click here or the banner for the deal! 

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  • They’re also offering up to 50% off on these following items, which is only for today and you use the code; TUESDAY50:

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  • KIKO COSMETICS:

    KIKO are offering a “Buy 3, get 3 free!” offer for this entire week, ends 26th November. This offer works just buy adding the 6 items to your cart and the cheapest 3 will be free!!! Click the image or here for the deal!

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GK NATURALS – Whipped Body Butter – Lavender – PR

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A whipped treat for your skin and hair with a beautiful scent.

I was gifted this from GK Naturals in return for my honest review on this product – so here it is!

I’m always looking for a good moisturiser as I suffer with dry skin and often get patches where it seems my skins just expelled all of its moisture… I found this to be good quality as a little goes a long way and it only sits on the skin for a few moment before its absorbed – which I like. I hate it when moisturiser just gets gobbled up instantly and I’m left wondering if it will even get the job done or I’m going to have to lather myself up again.

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I love using this after my showers as the lavender oil means it has a very comforting and sleepy-esque scent which makes me want to wrap up warm in my duvet and hibernate for the evening! The lavender oil is tastefully added though, so its comforting rather than making me smell like I’m about to enjoy a whole bag of humbug mints…

It delivers a punch of moisture to my skin – but not so much I break out – especially on my back where back acne is an issue. I haven’t used this on my face as I do not enjoy using thick body creams as they do cause my facial skin to go from dry to oily mess, which in turn causes it to break out.

Bottom Line: Sinks in nicely after warm bath or shower. Use it sparingly as a little goes a long way.

Price: £5.95 at GK Natural Creations

Rating: **** (That cosy lavender scent! <3)