Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn - Summer sets


Crabtree & Evelyn has come together with London-based designer Josie Shenoy to create the vibrant packaging for our new summer gift sets, including travel kits, Hand Therapy sets and more. Josie’s illustrations focus on themes of nature and decorative arts as well as a love of storytelling. At the heart of her designs for Crabtree & Evelyn are the floral treasures found within a glasshouse and the distinctively English tradition of afternoon tea. 
With these as inspiration, Josie has created a kaleidoscopic composition in a palette of vintage colours and textures that serves as beautiful packaging for our premium gifts. Along with the gift sets is the NEW Floral Body Care collection. The collection transforms the three beloved scents of our Flower Water perfumes into shower gels, body lotions and Hand Therapies.
Hand Therapy Samplers 
These spring treats are the perfect assortment of 3 x 25g Hand Therapies. Available in four carefully curated fragrance combinations, they make the perfect gift for family and friends.
NEW Fresh Cut Florals Hand Therapy Sampler 
Florentine Freesia Hand Therapy
Venetian Violet Hand Therapy
Old World Jasmine Hand Therapy 


Classic Florals Hand Therapy Sampler 
25g Lavender Hand Therapy
25g Rosewater Hand Therapy
25g Pear & Pink Magnolia Hand Therapy 

Botanicals Hand Therapy Sampler 
25g Pomegranate Hand Therapy
25g Citron Hand Therapy
25g Avocado Hand Therapy 
Deluxe Hand Therapy Collection
For the ultimate hand care gift. Hosts our best-selling fragrances in a collectable tin. 
Contains 12 x 25g Hand Therapies 
Gardeners
La Source
Rosewater
Lavender
Nantucket Briar
Summer Hill
Citron
Avocado
Pomegranate
Pear & Pink Magnolia
Evelyn Rose
Goatmilk 
Review of the bestsellers kit 
Uncover the delightful artistry and fragrance of nature’s prettiest flowers, with precious scents that cherish and sweeten the senses. Each range is composted with a fresh and uplifting twist, an invitation to rediscover the bouquet of these favoured English Garden Classics. 
La Source 5 Piece Traveller Set 
Take the power of the sea with you away for the weekend. The new La Source Traveller contains five hair and body essentials packed in a clear, zip top bag. 
The kit contains: 
50ml Refreshing Body Wash
50ml Hydrating Body Lotion
50ml Volumising Seaweed Shampoo
50ml Revitalising Seaweed Conditioner
25g Hand Therapy 
Mini Travellers 
These three piece travel sets are perfect for a weekend getaway. Each contains a travel size body wash, body lotion, and hand therapy and comes in a clear zip top pouch. 
Available in 7 fragrances: 
NEW Old World Jasmine 
NEW Florentine Freesia
NEW Venetian Violet
Rosewater
Pink Petal
Pomegranate
Goatmilk
Mini Traveler Contents 
50ml Body Wash
50ml Body Lotion
25g Hand Therapy

Florentine Freesia 
Hand Therapy 100g
Bath & Shower Gel 300ml
Body Lotion 300ml
Body Cream 200g
10ml Flower Water 
An enticing scent of freesia blended with elegant fruity floral notes. The heritage of freesia, a member of the iris family, the white iris was prevalent throughout Florence. 

Venetian Violet
Hand Therapy 100g
Bath & Shower Gel 300ml
Body Lotion 300ml
Body Cream 200g
Flower Water 10ml
Elegance of violet's with a fruity twist. Italian violet was the first to charm the Crabtree & Evelyn. In Venice, the Violet decorates as a symbol of purity and modesty. Venetian Violet Flower blended lychee, raspberry and peach, base notes of cedar wood and musk. 

Old World Jasmine 
Hand Therapy 100g
Bath & Shower Gel 300ml
Body Lotion 300ml
Body Cream 200g
Flower Water 10ml
The beautiful intense aroma of this classic flower that remains fashionable. Balancing white jasmine with a sparkling citrus notes. Valencia orange and Meyer lemon add a sweet refreshing edge. While gardenia, cyclamen and tuberose a floral fresh and very feminine. 
I love these gift and travel sets of various scent's, it really is a gift that can achieve anything from calming, extravagance and plain relaxing. New releases of scent's is always exciting. Crabtree & Evelyn really did produce quality sets for anyone you may need a gift for, or if you want a well deserved pamper evening. 

The natural ingredients mean's the scents and the quality is outstanding. As I said  I'm not a floral type of girl, so will stick to mostly fruity or sweet scents. I however now think that smelling nature in full bloom, is the most uplifting feeling to start the day with.The floral travellers sets are inspired by summer fresh blooms. 

It is inspired in every step from the grouping of products, to the beautifully illustrative decor on the hand therapy sets to the sturdy elegant travellers kits hand presentation. Is the best way I can describe this collection.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Healthy life


We all say come new year and summer "I need to get fit and healthy". Something I would often do myself. However things have changed for me over the last year,  with going into a hospital and receiving treatment daily took its toll.
I needed a break from blogging as when you have tubes all over you, being clumsy and overzealous it would be my luck to have sat and pulled them all out. Not a pretty mental visual image. 
So I said "body you need a permanent boot camp". So I had started doing resistance exercises with my physiotherapist plus weights to help reverse the muscle wastage I'd incurred.
Nothing over what was comfortable or that could cause an injury, so I used resistance bands and bar bell weights. So my body was pretty much doing a slow but sure ride to recovery.
Diet on the other hand is more problematic due to my heart and kidney disease, plus diabetes i can safely say i needed to improve my diet, to accommodate all three conditions.
 So we sat down and spoke about the low salt, low fat, natural and no sugar allowed. (I do allow myself a cheat day however 😁😁) So being that my husband is into muscle workouts and eating clean has given me the drive also to improve my eating habits.










Friday, 23 June 2017

Scentsy


About Scentsy 
Since 2004, Scentsy has grown from a small family business to a thriving international company. We still hold true to our core values and a dedication to contribute with our Consultants and customers.  
We're completely in love with fragrance  and how it makes life better. Share the Scentsy Love with inspiring new ways to show off your style. Our products are sold all over the world by the best people ever: Scentsy Consultants. At Scentsy, we're a family. We're honest, hardworking and real.  

Albert Einstein — quoted "Try not to become a man of success. Rather, become a man of value. A successful man takes out of life more than he puts in. A man of value will give more than he receives."

Buddy Clip's 
These clip-on cuties are filled with scented beads — perfect for backpacks and bedrooms! Each Buddy Clip features its own unique fragrance.

Lenny the Lamb Buddy clip

My buddy clip is for when I'm in hospital as I have terrible trouble sleeping, so Stella is just a little scent of home. They are both well made and my niece loves Lenny the lamb which has definitely helped her to doze off more calmly. The clip is perfect as then there is no chance in loosing your buddy. Ideal for anyone whom cant warm waxes but wants the scents for there home. The scent packs will also do this job also. 

Stella the Unicorn buddy Clip
Name: Stella
Species: Unicorn
Favorite hangout: At the end of a rainbow
Favorite activities: Prancing, dancing and spreading good cheer!
Favorite book: The Last Unicorn
Favorite song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Favorite sports team: Indianapolis Colts


Food I crave: Cupcakes, lollipops and all things sweet!
Fun fact: Historically, unicorns are symbols of purity and grace, and have been thought to have magical or medicinal powers
Ambition: To help others believe anything is possible.

Scented waxes 
Paradise Punch & Raspberry Rush
Paradise punch and Raspberry rush are perfect summer scents for your home, especially with the weather being so beautifully sunny. 

Extras included also 
Zen garden washer wiffs
Twister scented wax sample
Dipdab scented wax sample 

must say since trying a sample off my lovely consultant Kayleigh, I have wanted to try more and more scentsy. The scent throw is unreal as it permeates through the whole house. I can cut the wax down if I want to warm the wax for shorter time. Plus the recent samples were duo mixes to show how versatile the wax is and the scents you can get when mixed. I cannot wait to purchase some more scent packs and waxes to warm as they last plus come in a sturdy packet for storage. I do suggest while its so hot that they are stored in a cool place so they don't start to melt. 

My Scentsy consultant 

Kayleigh: https://kayleighschofield.scentsy.co.uk/ 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Essie Gel Couture


Time to Hit the Red Carpet
Introducing the essie gel couture® platinum grade finish top coat and five stunning new colours. The Gel Couture® range we know and love is back, this season with a platinum finish.

The Essie gel couture® Gala Bolds collection boasts five new permanent shades and a platinum grade finishing top coat with pro-platinum technology that provides impeccable mirror like shine for luxurious long-lasting wear.

The sophisticated Essie Gel Couture® Gala Bolds collection offers a glimpse into a world of quality craftsmanship and artistry. The gel-like formula has an extraordinarily long wear without any harsh removal, features a revolutionary swirled brush for perfect coverage, and comes with no need for a separate base coat as the incredible formula already has it built in to every essie shade.


Is easily applied with a two-step system; first apply 2 coats of your favourite essie shade, before finishing with the platinum grade finish top coat that offers show stopping platinum-grade and long lasting gel-like shine. Be red carpet ready with the following, dazzling shades:

Inside scoop: this sheer tea rose pink with a slight blue undertone keeps you in the know

V.I.please: one wave of your hand wearing this deep, berry violet hinted with red and the world is yours

Style stunner: set it off in this outré bright orange with an underlying red, you’re the centre of attention in any room

Platinum grade finish top coat: this finishing top coat with pro-platinum technology and impeccable gel-like shine is the final stage of your two-step gel couture manicure



As always Essie has hit a winner with these amazingly vivid shades to enhance your look for any occasion. It could be to brighten up a seemingly monotone day look, or coordinating alongside your glamorous nights out. I love each colour with there versatility to do accent nails or nail art to just add an extra wow factor. 

The application is flawless and they do dry fairly quickly, ready for the platinum top coat. The platinum shine is probably the most unique polish I own, as it gives the illusion of a professionally applied manicure. The polish is opaque and astoundingly pigmented bar the "Inside scoop" shade, which requires at least 2-3 layers for the sheer rose pink to give a good colour payoff. However that is my opinion as it does clearly state its meant to be subtle and sheer, so ideal for French manicures.

I loved treating myself to acrylic nails in the past but now with the tightened purse strings, I find doing my nail's as an enjoyable addition to my pamper session's. Overall I'm loving the vibrancy, ease of application plus the new platinum top coat.

Crabtree & Evelyn

Whether you have been preparing the garden for spring or simply admiring flowers in bloom, our Gardeners collection will help restore, soothe and protect your hands. Blended with natural ingredients and botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden, our hand therapy, soap, body butter and more, are fragranced with notes of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme and oak moss.
Spring has officially sprung! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Crabtree & Evelyn’s cult classic Gardeners range, we’ve partnered with London-based designer Cleo Ferin Mercury, who’s playful updates on the traditional caught our eye. Our Gardeners range is inspired by an English herb garden – it’s eclectic and unique. Cleo’s take on our iconic signature range is quirky and modern whilst still giving attention to detail, quality and heritage – all the things we treasure. 

Gardeners Exfoliating Soap
Our Gardeners Exfoliating Soap is a triple milled pumice soap, which cleans and gently exfoliates over-worked hands. A parcel of garden goodness awaits you upon unwrapping this gentle buffing bar, enriched with conditioning herbal extracts. Formulated with ultra-fine pumice, this soap bar cleans and gently exfoliates overworked hands while the herbal extracts leave hands infused with vibrant, horticultural notes of fresh rosemary, sage and thyme. Skin is left soothed and moisturised.
  • Exfoliating with ultra fine pumice
  • Triple milled soap
  • Skin is left feeling nourished
Gently lather onto wet skin and rinse thoroughly.
Fragrance: Fresh Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
The exfoliating soap is perfect for these hot sticky nights, when used in the morning it gently infuses your skin with a fresh scent. It exfoliates the dead skin and the clammy clogged pore feeling you have during humid nights. I felt so fresh after my showers with this soap plus the scent revitalises the senses for the day. Its calming when Ive used the soap in the evening. Beautifully presented and amazing soap for anyone wanting that extra clean feeling especially if you have dry areas of skin.

Gardeners All purpose Balm
Our Gardeners All-Purpose Balm is a rich formula of beeswax and shea butter, for chapped and dehydrated skin. Soothe outdoor roughened or weathered skin with this botanical infused balm. Fresh from the garden, herbaceous and botanical notes of clover leaf, eucalyptus and rosemary lift the senses.
  • Rich formula of beeswax and shea butter
  • Perfect to soothe dry hands
  • Uplifting aromas from fresh herbs
Apply to rough or dry areas and massage.
Fragrance: Fresh Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

The gardeners balm is a multipurpose light almost wax textured balm. It reacts to body heat and can be used for any dry areas of skin, that need an on the go travel friendly remedy. The scent is again a fresh mixture of the garden in summer. If you enjoy the scent then it can be used as a solid fragrance for your handbag. Im not usually a fan of solid balms but this little tin became a useful handbag must have item for me. 

Gardeners Hand cream
After a long day of handling thorny situations, our Gardeners Hand Therapy is just the help you need. Containing a blend of nutrient-rich shea butter, moisturising glyercin, deodorising clover and soothing bisabolol from camomile our hand therapy will help nourish and condition work-roughened hands. Combine the Hand Therapy with our Conditioning Hand Wash and Exfoliating Hand Scrub for the complete 3 steps to beautifully silky soft hands.
  • Shea butter rich formula
  • Soothes
  • Conditions
  • Restores softness
  • New durable polylaminate tube
Fragrance: Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Shop more Hand Cream and discover more from our Gardeners collection.
The gardeners hand therapy cream is rich yet light on application. A radiant scent as the cream is rubbed into your warm hands. Again this cream is a handbag travel friendly size. The cream leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft. If you have sore hands with dry area's, then this hand therapy will soothe.
It is an essential for for your everyday handbag must have's, as i love how soft my hands feel and smell so fresh. 
Also anyone whom has hands that need added moisture, especially if your constantly washing them then this is a saviour. 
The new gardening collection is a beautiful set of products. They are fresh and radiate the incoming scent of summer. 
I love this set as they tackle everything for all skin types, plus being made from natural ingredients the quality is outstanding. I must confess I'm not a floral type of girl and stick to mostly fruity or sweet scents. I however think the gardeners range reminds me of opening my window at the start of summer's day and smelling nature in full bloom. It could be freshly cut blooms and grass all mixed in with the dawn fresh scent together. Is the best way I can describe this collection. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Essie - Wild nudes collection


Essie’s NEW Wild Nudes Collection are nature inspired and perfectly neutral. Become one with the outdoors with the wild nudes collection. These four rich crème colour shades are a permanent addition to the essie core range to add to the popularity and demand for essie nudes. These edgy shades are a modern take on a neutral palette.

Bare all with these scantily clad shades: 
Bare with me: You’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions in this apricot tone with grey cast

Exposed : Show your true colours to the world in this shade of mossy green with a slight white overcast

Clothing optional (hero shade): This sumptuous shade of lighter sienna brown covers all the essentials

Winning streak: it’s no sin to win. This shade of dark purple with a greyish tone loves to get your streak on

Choose neutral shades with a distinctive point of view with the essie wild nudes collection.

I have to say the packaging of this collection was so beautiful, then it made me excited to see what the shades would be like. I was not disappointed at all with these lovely wild nude colours. They are pigmented even with one coat, apply flawlessly and dry with a beautiful true to shade colour finish. They are versatile shades that can be mixed with other shades from Essie, to brighten or have a neutral look depending on the event your attending. 

As the sun was shining I decided to do some nail art, taping off half the nail then using each shade having the glitter tip to really pop the colour. I love the effect and was impressed by the longevity of this collection with no chips or need to touch up the polish. Fantastic collection and this is the first part of my Essie series. I will have a review and more nail art with the vibrant new Gel Couture shades plus highlight four of the treatment polishes for brittle nails with tips on great nail health. 


Crabtree & Evelyn - Summer sets

Crabtree & Evelyn has come together with London-based designer Josie Shenoy to create the vibrant packaging for our new summer gift...