Saturday, 19 December 2015

Ayumi Naturals Tranquility Massage Oil | Review

Ayumi Naturals are a brand which I have only recently discovered and I can say I'm very glad I have. When I really looked into Ayumi I realised its a brand nothing like I've ever come across before. They combine the ancient holistic benefits of Ayurveda to nourish and protect the body from the harshness of modern living. Ayurveda means the science of life, a holistic system that focuses on health and well-being, in which we can use its beliefs to change all areas of our lives for the better. Everything we eat, apply to our skin and the lifestyle we lead affects the way we look and feel, which I totally agree with. If you want to read more about this you can head over to the Ayumi Naturals website.

All of the products from this brand have been researched thoroughly and ingredients have been chosen for their individual strengths and the experience they create. The product I tried was the Massage Oil in Tranquility, there are four to choose from including Sensual, Detox and Muscle. I chose the Tranquility as I love relaxing products. This oil is enriched with Sandalwood, Myrrh, Lavender and Frankincense which create the most amazing scent, really relaxing and soothing.

This oil has many uses, you don't just have to use it for massages, although it does work great for that! I've used this in the bath as a bath oil which is perfect for an evening bath to relax your mind before bed. It makes the room smell great and gives your skin extra moisture while you soak. You can also use this as a body moisturiser, either apply to dry skin whenever or even wet skin after bathing or showering and your skin will be left looking amazing and feeling super soft, believe me this really works!

Using this product has left me really wanting to try more from Ayumi naturals! I'm eyeing up the hair oils on their website as we speak! Have you tried anything form Ayumi Naturals before? x


Thursday, 17 December 2015

500 Twitter Followers Giveaway!

I know this may not be a big deal to a lot of you, but to me this is HUGE! I wanted to say a massive thank you to you guys for reading my little blog and just generally being so lovely! When I created this I didn't know I was going to love doing it so much or even have one person reading it, I can't tell you how much I love this blogging community.

So, one of you will win these little treats including an Aromatherapy Associates 'The Star', an Origins Make A Difference mini hand cream, a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates and some yummy gold coins! It's not a huge prize I know, but I wanted to pick out some little luxuries that you may not be able to buy yourself at this time of year. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below, good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar | Review

I know I say this about most of the Lush festive range but this is probably the product I most look forward to seeing back in stores. If you've ever smelt this bubble bar you might know what I mean! I LOVE the scent of this one! For those of you who don't know, firstly where have you been?! And secondly a bubble bar is exactly what it says on the tin it's a bar that bubbles when you crumble it under running water, and they don't disappoint they definitely create bubbles, loads of them! 

I love the name Candy Mountain, it kinda reminds me of Elf and that's okay with me. I love the look of the product, it's super cute. I love the colour it turns the bath, pink! And most of all I love the scent, it literally smells like candy, really sweet and yummy. One of the best things I find is that the scent tends to linger around you for the rest of the day. You get little whiffs of it every now and again when you swish your hair. I also find that my skin feels really moisturised after using this one which I wasn't expecting at all, so that was a nice surprise! 

For £2.95 you can absolutely not go wrong with Candy Mountain, and I also think it's quite acceptable to stock up until next year! Have you tried this one? X


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas At The Eden Project

Down here in Cornwall we are lucky enough to have The Eden Project right on our doorstep. Now I think Eden is a magical place to visit all year round but at Christmas they really step it up a gear. The place is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, reindeer, Santa's grotto and so many fairy lights!  Even if you don't want to take part in anything its lovely just to walk around and soak in the Christmas spirit. You can also take dogs into the grounds now so they can get in on the action too, just maybe not the ice skating!

One of my favourite parts which is new to this year is the tropical biome which is transformed into an enchanted forest. Yes, fairy lights, carol singers and SNOW! They have put so much effort into this part this year, it was a really special festive experience and unlike anything we have in Cornwall. There is even a part at the end of the trail where you can hang up and leave Christmas messages for lost loved ones which was lovely to see.

If you live in Cornwall or if you visiting this Christmas I would definitely set aside an evening to spend at The Eden Project it's nothing like you'll see anywhere else! It's such a different experience to be around beautiful tropical plants and flowers but to be singing carols and ice skating! Also be sure to stop in the gift shop at the end, it's one of my favourite parts they have some really unique gifts and decorations.

Have you ever been to The Eden Project? I'd love to hear what you thought! x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Lush So White | Review

It's not the most exciting Lush bath bomb to look at but this little beauty is one of my festive favourites. Now you may know by now that anything with a fairy tale name is okay by me, and as you may have guessed this one is inspired by Snow White and smells like apples! 

In my opinion this could be sold all year round as it's not quite as Christmassy as the rest, but it is one I look forward to every year. As I mentioned it smells of apples, really fresh apples. I like using this one in the morning, as the scent wakes you up more than any other bath bomb, plus it'll leave you and your bathroom smelling amazing all day. Also don't be fooled by it's cool white exterior, the moment you pop this into your bath you'll notice there is much more to this little bomb, it's definitely a case of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. It leaves your bath PINK! And it's soooo pretty! 

Have you tried So White? What's your favourite bath bomb?! X


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Planning A Disney Holiday Part 2 | Where To Stay

If you've seen my previous post you might know that I'm in the process of planning a trip to the happiest place on earth! If not you can get up to speed here. Today I wanted to talk about probably the first thing you'll decide when planning a trip to Disney and that's where your going to stay. 

There are SO many options and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. This time we are staying on Disney property at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, but on previous trips we've stayed off property in a villa and also in a value hotel. So I feel like I have all angles covered here!

This time, for the first time, it's just my boyfriend and I so a villa was out because we didn't feel we needed all that space. However a villa can be a great idea for many reasons. I've stayed in villas twice before when I've travelled  with family and the space is welcome when your with so many people! It's so nice having your own bedroom, and a living room you can all relax in at the end of a long day at the parks. Also having your own kitchen and cooking for yourself can keep the cost down for a large family. 

The big question for us this time around was whether we were going to stay on or off Disney property. Now this will be the first time we've stayed at Disney so I can only talk about staying off site from experience. Staying off site can be a lot cheaper, we've stayed in various budget hotels in the past when we've been with family. When your paying for a big family like ours and you also want to do everything a cheaper hotel is sometimes the only way to go to be able to do that, well it was for us anyway! By doing everything I mean Disney, Universal, Sea World, Bush Gardens, Wet n Wild, driving down to Miami, honestly our 'down' days were the days we spent at the water parks! But staying somewhere cheaper was how we did this, and to be honest we were only sleeping there! We've stayed in a Quality Inn before on International Drive (which I don't think is even there anymore?!), also more recently we stayed at the Ramada Gateway Hotel just outside of Disney, we could see some of the Disney landmarks from the top floors of the hotel, so close!! 

This time we're staying at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, sorry have I mentioned that?! We were honestly umming and arring for a while trying to decide on or off property. We were prepared to spend a little bit more this time as it's just the two of us. There are some really nice hotels to choose from off property, The Buena Vista Place was a close contender! But after a lot, A LOT, of consideration we decided on Disney because:
1, We'll be in the magic ALL the time! 
2, We qualified for a free dining plan so don't have to budget for food everyday
3, We only have to hire a car for a week. to do things outside of Disney as whilst on site all transport is complementary.
4, We get picked up and dropped off at the airport which most importantly means we can have a cheeky celebratory drink(s) on the plane on the way over! 
5, We get a memory maker included.
6, We get magic bands!! 
7, We're planning to spend most of our time at Disney not just at the parks but exploring the resorts, Disney Springs and the Broadwalk so it made more sense.
8, We get a $200 Disney spending voucher included.
9, Disney customer service is amazing and we want to feel special for two weeks haha. 
10, I've dreamed about saying at a Disney resort hotel since watching the planning video as a little girl, and they say dreams come true. 

So, there we have it! Don't forget that these are my thoughts only and not every family will be the same, remember when planning a holiday like this it's YOUR holiday and you should do it how you like! 

Have you ever been to Orlando? Where did you stay? X


Friday, 27 November 2015

Lush Butterbear | Review

One of my all time favourite Lush bath bombs is the Butterball. Not because it's flashy, colourful and bright (because it's not), but because it totally relaxes me when I use it in a bath. At Christmas Lush turn the butterball into this cute little bear and I love him! 

This bath bomb is all about being pampered, it's super moisturising, you can actually feel how soft your skin is whilst still in the bath. It has the loveliest vanilla scent which I find really comforting and the cocoa butter leaves your skin feeling amazing. 

For me this is the ultimate in relaxation, you can just drop it in the water, forget about it and let it work it's Lush magic. Your not interested about what colour the bath is going, how much your going to have to scrub the bath clean, or even worried about taking an Instagram! Just lie and relax! Also I can't believe this little fella only costs £1.95! 

What's your favourite festive Lush bath bomb? X

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Lush Haul #1

It's that time of year again when I just can't keep myself away from Lush. The festive range is my absolute favourite and I obviously couldn't resist doing a bit of shopping, so here's what I got! 

Firstly I picked up a non-Christmas item, I've never used Intergalatic before but seen the most amazing bath displays on Instagram, so had to try one of these! 

Next I picked up So White, this smells incredible, like apples. It's so fresh smelling I think it would be great for a morning bath. 

This is possibly the yummiest smelling Lush product I have ever tried, this is Yog Nog and I can't wait to use this one! I think I might wait until Christmas Eve to use this. 

Next is the Butterbear, the Butterball is one of my all time favourites and what's not to love when it comes in bear form?! 

Lastly we have Candy Mountain, this is definitely a festive favourite of mine, the scent just reminds me of Christmas baths! 

Let me know what your favourite festive Lush product is! And is there anything else I MUST try? X

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Stocking Filler Gift Guide

99 Hair Grips Purse Not On The High £9.50

Lip Pencil Set Topshop £10

Pug Christmas Socks Asos £10

Travel Passport Cover Asos £8

Beanie Hat Asos £8

Unicorn Corkscrew Asos £8.99

Copper String Lights Asos £8.99

Aromatherapy Associates Gift Cult Beauty £10

Heart Earrings Asos £12


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Disney Christmas Gift Guide


Main Street Bakery Candle
This is for the true Walt Disney fan who has been Lucy enough to visit the parks. Scents can bring back the most incredible memories and this is one of the  yummiest at Disney World. Be sure to check out all the other amazing Disney scents from Colchester based brand Mapel and Whisky on Etsy. 

Minnie Mouse Pyjama Bottoms
I always love to get pyjamas at Cristmas, there's just something about changing into your new pj's and playing board games in the evening! These are from Asda. 

Mickey and Minnie Christmas Jumper
Christmas jumpers are becoming a must now for every year! I love this Disney one from Asos. 

Alice in Wonderland Tote Bag
These tote bags are a great idea for a gift especially now the plastic bag charge has come in! They come in all different characters but I loved this Alice one from the Disney Store. 

Chip and Dale Christmas Mug
How cute is this!? The Disney store also have a Mickey and Minnie one. 

Disney Vans Slip Ons 
These are probably the most subtle out of the Disney Vans range and a great gift for any Disney lover! They're also in the sale on Asos.

Mickey Mouse Socks
I mean it wouldn't be Christmas without a pair of socks in our stockings right? Also from Asos. 

Disney Vans Cap
I think this is a great present, it's a different way to wear Disney if your feeling a little more cooler! 

Mean Girls Disney Princess Mug
This is so cute! Perfect for any Mean Girls /Disney fan! This is from Etsy by a brand called missharry. 


Saturday, 14 November 2015

A Trip To The Happiest Place On Earth | Part 1 - The Details

I wanted to do a little post today about a very exciting holiday that I'm currently in the process of planning. Yes, we're going to ORLANDO! And yes, more importantly we're staying at DISNEY! I've been to Florida may times before (including this trip I posted about here) but have never ever stayed on Disney property before, and I couldn't be more excited! The thought of planning a disney trip can be quite daunting, I mean there are so many hotels, so many parks and so much to do, where do you start!?

For me this trip is all about my boyfriend and I having the most fun two weeks imaginable, it's also about us getting away from everyday life and trying to relax a little as well. I think it's important to remember when your planning a holiday like this that it's YOUR holiday, you don't have to do everything, you probably won't have the time to anyway! My plan is to pick the things we MUST do, then let everything else fit in around that. I'm not going to plan absolutely everything because we don't know how we're going to feel once we're there, and we don't want to completely exhaust ourselves, this is a holiday after all!

So, the details. We're flying with Virgin Atlantic on the 20th April 2016, we've never actually flown with Virgin before so really looking forward to that! We'll then check into Disney's CARIBBEAN BEACH CLUB, can you tell I'm excited? At the time of booking we had a few things kindly thrown in by Disney, we both have a complementary quick service meal plan which is amazing. This is actually the reason we decided to stay on property as we probably would have spent the same over all staying off site and paying for meals everyday. We also have a $200 Disney spending voucher included which will come in very handy for things such as Minnie ears and the endless cute mugs I'm going to want to take home! I think it's so great that Disney put on offers like this and it's really worth looking out for them when your planning your holiday. There are also a few other things which will also be included such as the Memory Maker, this is great especially if it's just the two of you as it'll mean you'll get other photos than selfies! You'll also get ride photos included!

Whilst writing this post I've realised there is SO much I want to share with you guys so I'm going to make this part 1 of many to come. I'll be talking about the My Disney Experience App, the parks, dining and more so keep an eye! Also get in touch and tell me what you'd like to know about planning a trip to the happiest place on earth x


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sensationail Raspberry Wine | Review

You might remember a previous post I did about Sensationail and their ingenious at-home gel nail system, if you don't you can find it here. Well, for while I got a little lazy with my nails and completely forgot I even had this set. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of painting my nails, I find the whole process of removing, filing, painting, really really boring. I also hate having chipped nails. These two don't go well together! I recently discovered this set again and oh my gosh why did I ever stop!? 

I think one of the reasons I stopped using Sensationail is because I only had two colours and apparently I get bored easily. So I decided to branch out and buy a few new colours to try, and the first one I've used is Raspberry Wine.

I'm going to be honest, the reason I gravitated towards this colour is because it instantly reminded me of Christmas, and as we've got past bonfire night now I'm all about that. This is the most gorgeous festive colour, it's slightly more red on the nails than it looks straight from the bottle, but not quite a pillar box red. It also has a really subtle shimmer to it which makes it super glossy. I think this is going to be my Christmas nail colour! 

The photo below was taken 6 days after I painted them, 6 DAYS! No chips, just perfect nails and I didn't even have to step outside the house or more importantly take of my pyjamas! 

Have you used Sensationail? What colour should I try next? x
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