Friday 4th November marked an incredible weekend full of candy floss, fireworks, chats with friends over coffee, lunch in a cosy pub and an incredible evening spent at the Christmas Lush event. Thanks to the lovely Katie Kirk and the Lush PR team I received my first invitation to my favourite bath and body shop on the high-street. To say I was estastic would be an understatement.

As soon as we stepped through the doors, we were greeted with lots of Lush loveliness, a Christmas themed spread laid on by Laura (think mince pies, celebrations, candycane crisps, satsumas and sparkling rose) and her lovely team and of course a festive playlist to help get us all in the Christmas spirit. You would have to be a complete scrooge to not secretly enjoy the early nod to the most wonderful time of the year.

After everyone had mingled, the lovely Laura introduced herself and told us that we would all be given the opportunity to create our very own buche de noel cleanser, Mark was also going to be showing us some Lush cocktails (sadly not the type one can consume) but rest assure the sight of them had us all jumping with joy and gasping at the magnificent sight of all of the glorious colour combinations. This man is a potion master and both Mark and the lovely Lush fairies were so passionate about the brand that you couldn’t help but get excited about their latest collection which is centred around pure natural, self preserving ingredients.

 

Hayley, who it turned out was an old school friend of mine, was incredibly informative about the Naked Collection and was on hand to answer all of my questions about the new range. I was amazed to discover that by reducing the water content of most of their products, they were in fact preventing bacteria from growing, which in turn removed the need for artificial preservatives and packaging such as plastic pots. This is something that I am very excited about as not only is this great for our environment, but it also means better quality products for our bodies – everyone is a winner.

I had such an amazing night and I can’t believe how quickly it was over, the build up to it had me feeling like a child on Christmas Eve and, just like Christmas itself, the event certainly didn’t disappoint. Moreover, just when I thought my evening couldn’t get any better, we were all presented with a very generous goody bag packed full of Lush treats, which included our very own handmade buche de noel cleanser.

Thank you so much to all of the Crawley Lush team (Laura, Mark and Hayley) and to Katie Kirk for helping to arrange it all. It was an absolute pleasure meeting all of you who attended the event and now I can’t wait for a very Lush Christmas.

Check out @CrawleyLush on Twitter and @lushcrawley on Instagram for my Lush goodies.

Will you be going naked this Christmas?

Love Emma

XxXx

 

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Tonight sees the unwrapping of Christmas at Long Barn in Alresford, where a sparkling reception will be laid on especially for guests along with one-night-only offers to tempt you. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this wonderful event for all the exciting festivities, but I may have popped in twice last weekend for a little sneak peek at the incredible range of their latest products and for a slice of ginger cake (on Saturday) and a lavender biscuit (on Sunday).

Lavender of course is something that Long Barn have been growing and distilling for over a decade now from their farm based in Hampshire. So, if you’re looking for some wonderful aromatic products, then I highly recommend their candles and bath and body collection, as the smell is just amazing and they’re made entirely of pure natural ingredients.

Alongside their lavender based products, Long Barn also offers a wide range of lifestyle products, Christmas decorations and Tabitha Webb’s first cashmere collection, which you can see tonight between 5-8pm.  I could go on all day about how incredible this place is, but they say a picture paints a thousand words, so prepare for exactly that.

What I particularly like about Long Barn is that a bit like the seasons, the products change to reflect the time of year and you can guarantee that whenever you drop by, there is bound to be something new and exciting waiting for you. So, if you are looking for some unique stocking fillers or gifts then make sure you put this place at the top of your nice list and maybe treat yourself to something naughty from the delicious café onsite – after all you deserve it after all that Christmas shopping you are bound to do whilst there.

Happy Shopping

Love Emma

XxXx

You can find out more about Long Barn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course their website.

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Christmas Eve is a magical poignant moment in any child’s life, even at the age of 28 I can still remember being filled with excitement whenever I made freshly baked mince pies with my mum in preparation for Santa’s arrival and how I always insisted on a carrot for Rudolph and some fresh cold milk.

Now of course, I have the pleasure of witnessing the excitement from my nephew’s point of view. It is so wonderful seeing how a child’s imagination can truly bring the Christmas spirit and the magic that comes with it alive. Which is why, when I stumbled across these beautiful boxes from TreatBox, I knew they would be perfect for making 2017 an extra special occasion.

Each box comes with everything you could possibly need for the night before Christmas, from a delicious chocolate lollipop and coins for the recipient to reindeer food and a special bottle to put Santa’s milk in. The box also includes a reusable straw, ingredients to make a hot chocolate drink with marshmallows, a personalised print for your child and a hanger to go on your door that reads ‘Santa please stop here’. This beautiful gift comes in a cardboard festive house which is finished off with ribbon and a tag. Of course, for that extra special touch, each gift Includes a sprinkle of festive confetti.

This gift is guaranteed to put a smile on their face as well as get them involved in the Christmas preparations before bedtime. Imagine the look on their faces in the morning, when they see that Santa has been to deliver their gifts.

TreatBox also offers personalised gifts that can be added to your own unique design for your loved ones. If however you are rushed off your feet, then TreatBox can help take the stress out of finding that perfect gift for your Sister, Aunt, Mum or whoever you wish to treat via their pre-made boxes.

If you want to find out more, then all you have to do is check out the TreatBox website here.

You can also find them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Love Emma

XxXx

 

 

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If you are wondering why there wasn’t a post last night, I was invited by the lovely Katie Kirk and Lush to a bloggers event in Crawley, as part of the launch of this year’s naked Christmas range.

More of that in a separate post later, but today behind door number 3 are these delightful Christmas decorations by Wild Home Online. If you are searching for a unique Christmas tree topper then these are perfect. I absolutely love their bright neon colours and the fact that they are made by local artisans, in Kenya out, from banana leaves and sisal.

If you are looking for a unique gift on a tight budget, then at £3.95 these are a great idea as you can also stand them together to create a stunning display. There are four designs to choose from including praying, harpist, trumpeter and star.

In addition to these beautiful charismatic angels, Wild Home Online also sell vibrant jewellery, bags, baskets, beaded sandals, homeward pieces and accessories – meaning that there is a gift for every occasion and recipient.

To see the full range make sure you pop over to their website.

You can also follow them over on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend enjoying the firework displays with your family or friends.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

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Good evening, guys and welcome back to day 2 of the advent calendar reveal. Behind today’s door I have the XO Balm which is brilliant for keeping your hands moisturised, whilst also offering protection against the harsh elements that come with Winter.

If you are looking for a gift for a beauty lover, then this is absolutely perfect as XO Balm contains four natural ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed oil. This multipurpose formula can offer hydration and nourishment for your skin or hair, making it a must have beauty essential for those Christmas office parties.

Also, thanks to its neutral branding and packaging this could be a great stocking filler for that special man in your life and the synthetic free formula means it is perfect for sensitive skin like mine. One of the things I particularly love about XO Balm is that it was founded with a passion for solutions, whilst also offering a sustainable alternative for our beauty needs.

At £12.50 XO Balm also ensures that local UK Businesses are supported as all materials are sourced from local suppliers, sustainable packaging is used to help reduce their environmental impact and they support a local charity ‘Give Bees a Chance’ to help keep bee populations healthy.

This little tin is so much more than what meets the eye and if you give XO Balm to a loved one this Christmas, you can guarantee that it will come sealed with love.

 

Reasons why I love XO Balm

 

  • Natural Ingredients.
  • Non-greasy formula.
  • Sustainable packaging.
  • Against animal testing.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • The tin can be washed out and reused for storage.

 

 

For more information on XO Balm you can find them on:

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What are your beauty essentials for the festive season? I would love to know if you have any recommendations for me to try. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, for my next surprise and more gift ideas for your loved ones.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

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