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Friday, 24 November 2017

Pampering myself with Absolutely Blendid

 *AD - GIFTED* If you are a regular to my blog you will already know I'm a huge fan of smaller indie brands. I especially love indie beauty brands. I love knowing someone has loving though up and made a product, designing everything themselves from start to finish. So when the new beauty brand Absolutely Blendid got in touch to see if I would like to try some products I had to say yes.

Absolutely Blendid is a Leeds brand making handmade, natural beauty products using essential oils. All of the products are free of parabens and preservatives. 

Absolutely Blendid body scrub

My first product from Absolutely Blendid is the Healing frankincense, patchouli and lemon body scrub. The scrub is made from dead sea salts and is perfect for easing joints and relaxing the mind.

Being a false tanning queen I do love a good body scrub. I like them to be strong enough to really exfoliate without hurting or scratching my skin. This one does the job perfectly! It exfoliates really well and leaves the skin feeling clean and new. The oils in it mean it is like a moisturiser as you rinse it off so it leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. The scrub smells divine too.

This scrub is £10 and will last me a good few pampering sessions.

Absolutely Blendid Healing body scrub

Absolutely Blendid Healing body scrub

Absolutely Blendid lip scrub

My second product from Absolutely Blendid is the cinnamon and vanilla lip scrub. This is available in a set with a lip balm for £6.

Now for some reason I've never tried a lip scrub before! After using this a few times I'm definitely a convert. It scrubs all the dry skin away but isn't harsh at all. Afterwards my lips feel really soft and smooth. The scrub smells amazing and (I'm not sure you're meant to eat it but) it tastes really good too.

I am definitely adding this lip scrub to my beauty routine. It will be especially great for nights I know I am wearing liquid matte lipstick so it has a smooth, chap free surface to stick to.

Absolutely Blendid cinnamon and vanilla lip scrub

Absolutely Blendid cinnamon and vanilla lip scrub

Absolutely Blendid Ultimate Blendid balm

My last Absolutely Blendid product is the Ultimate Blendid balm. The balm is infused with orange oil and has multiple uses. You can use it on problem dry areas or as a cleansing balm and make-up remover. The Ultimate Blendid balm is £5.

Using the balm on dry skin I'm finding a little goes a really long way. It is really moisturising and soaks in to the skin quickly. It has a gorgeous orange scent that lingers after you put it on and it soaks in.

Using the balm as a make up remover really turns it in to a pampering session. Use a cotton pad to apply it and rub it in then a hot muslin cloth to wipe it off. It does remove mascara easily but I haven't worn waterproof mascara to try that.

The balm makes an amazing cuticle cream too. If you are doing your nails rub a little around your cuticles once you have finished.

Absolutely Blendid Ultimate blendid balm

Absolutely Blendid Ultimate blendid balm

Absolutely Blendid - final thoughts

All of my beauty products from Absolutely Blendid are amazing. They all work exactly how they should and do what they say. All three are super moisturising and smell divine. I think the prices of them all are really good too.

Nimisha, the owner of Absolutely Blendid, is so lovely. She clearly puts so much thought and love in to all of her products and it shows. I love that the beauty products are hand made at home by someone passionate for beauty without the nasty chemicals.

I would love to help Nimisha and Absolutely Blendid grow so, you can find her shop here and follow her on instagram here. Please do check them out and give her a follow.

What handmade beauty products from Absolutely Blendid would you like to try?

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites

*AD - GIFTED* Did you know November is peanut butter month? Today I am celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites. Innovative Bites are an American wholesale company that import American food and drinks. I don't know about you but as a foodie I have always been jealous of the amazing sounding treats they have over the pond in the USA. Make sure you keep reading until the end as I have an amazing giveaway for two of my readers as well. 

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Twinkies

Twinkies are literally the most iconic American candy. These chocolate peanut butter flavour Twinkies are exclusive to Innovative Bites. They are every bit as good as I had always imagined. The chocolate cake is moist and chocolatey and the peanut butter creamy filling is delicious.

You can buy the Twinkies from Asda and they are £5.50 for a box of 10.

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Hostess chocolate peanut butter Twinkies

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Hostess chocolate peanut butter Twinkies

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Peanut butter cups

My next peanut butter treat is the Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups. They come in 4 different kinds. Crunchy peanut butter, smooth peanut butter, grape jam peanut butter and strawberry jam peanut butter.

They have a thick layer of milk chocolate and are filled with peanut butter. My favourites are the jammy ones as the layer of fruity jelly tastes amazing, especially with the peanut butter and chocolate.

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter bars

Lastly in my celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites is the Chocolate Buddy peanut butter bars. These are small bars of chocolate with a peanut butter filling. I really like these as they are small so they're a great little treat. 

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites - Chocolate Buddy peanut butter cups

Would you like to try all of these for yourself? If so make sure you enter my competition using the Rafflecopter below. Two UK people will be winning a hamper of chocolatey peanut butter goodies and celebrating peanut butter month with Innovative Bites too.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

My new Winter wardrobe with Look of the Day

 *AD - GIFTED* I always love finding new online stores to shop in. Theres nothing quite like filling your online cart full of lovely new things to wear and waiting for the postman to deliver them. LOTD (Look of the Day) is a new online UK clothes store. They are here to dress you from the 9-5 to the weekend, and everything in between. They connect with customers through a mutual love of fashion and are creating a place where females of all ages can look good every day. Their aim is to be inspirational, confident, creative and fun in everything they do. I was thrilled to get an email asking me to collaborate with them. So, today I am sharing my new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day. 

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day - black floral dress

The first item in my new winter wardrobe is this Multi colour baby doll floral dress   which is £12.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day multi floral babydoll dress

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day multi floral babydoll dress

The dress is really thick, quality material. The print is really pretty and eye catching. The length is perfect for me and the babydoll shape hangs perfectly on my frame. I'm a size 10-12 and this is a size small so I would say they are quite large fitting.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day multi floral babydoll dress

I really love the lower shape neckline at the back and the three quarter length flare sleeves look so pretty.

I am teaming the multi baby doll floral dress with thick tights, ankle boots and a leather jacket for a great day time look. It will look equally amazing with bare legs and heels or over the knee boots for a cute night time look.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day multi floral babydoll dress

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day - red floral dress

Sometimes you want to wear something a bit brighter. A bright pop of colour can cheer you up on a grey, miserable winter day. This Red floral print dress is £15 and a perfect choice.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day red floral tunic dress

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day red floral tunic dress

Again this dress is really soft, quality material. It is slightly more lightweight than the black floral dress. The red is a gorgeous shade that will be flattering to all skin tones. The little daisy print is really pretty and girly. The length is just right for me and sits just above my knees. I'm wearing a size small in this too so I would recommend downsizing in this dress too.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day red floral tunic dress

It has really eye-catching tier, flare sleeves that add an interesting twist to an already pretty dress.

Once again I have thick black tights and ankle boots on for a great day time look. Like the black dress though it can easily be dressed up for a going out look.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day red floral tunic dress

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day - pink jumper dress and skinny jeans

My last outfit in my new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day is this gorgeous Cross up back detail pink jumper dress which is £20. I'm pairing it with the blue basic skinny jeans which are a real bargain at £10.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day cross up back jumper dress

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day basic skinny jeans

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day cross up back jumper dress and basic skinny jeans

The pink cross up back jumper dress is really thick and chunky so it is really warm. I'm wearing a size M/L and it is a perfect, slightly over-size fit which I like with jumper dresses. It's a great length for me and long enough to wear with leggings too. (I don't know about you but I always like clothes to hide my bum in leggings!)

The basic skinny jeans are nice and soft with a good amount of stretch in them. They're really comfortable to wear all day. They don't lose any shape after a couple of days wear which I'm really happy about. They jeans are quite small fitting so I'm wearing a size large.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day cross up back jumper dress and basic skinny jeans

The back of the jumper is the absolute star of the show in this outfit. I'm literally in love with the cross over back detail. It turns what would be a casual outfit into something much more dressy.

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day cross up back jumper dress and basic skinny jeans

My new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day - review

I am so happy with all four items in my new winter wardrobe with Look of the Day. All four pieces are really well made and quality material. I have worn them all a few times and they still look as good as new after washing several times.

Look of the Day is definitely my new favourite online clothes store now! I already have a mental shopping list of what I'm getting next.

Which is your favourite look from my three outfits?

If you would like to shop at Look of the Day why not pin this to your fashion board to remind you of the site.

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