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

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I absolutely love reading these posts, so I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite fashion and beauty purchases from May.

First up is this stunning floral wrap dress from Primark for £13 which caught my eye because of its gorgeous ruffles and Latin inspired style. Initially I was going to wear this to the Maison de Choup launch but decided to opt for jeans and a top combo due to the poor weather that was forecast for my journey up to London. However, I will definitely be wearing this in Mallorca later this year with a pair of black strappy heels.

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Life is too short to wear boring clothes.

Next up is a few impulse beauty purchases. After being pampered by the lovely ladies at my local Benefit Brow Bar and Urban Decay prior to my trip up to London. I decided to invest in the following products.

Urban Decay Total Pervision duo set £22

Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray £23.50

Benefit Gimme Brow £20

The great thing is I was also given a free makeover by Urban Decay after purchasing two products, this was particularly enjoyable as I was able to attend the MDC launch looking lovely and glam thanks to the lovely Louise.

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Last but not least is this stunning tribal inspired print bikini from Accessorize. I really love bright colours and the pink tassels add just the right amount of sass to complete my beach look. I will be pairing this with a big floppy straw hat and a cheeky pina colada.

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These are just a small selection of my latest favourites. If you would like to see another post like this then please do leave a comment. I hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Bank Holiday.

 

Love Emma

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They say you always want what you haven’t got and whilst I love my long hair, sometimes I do feel that it can be incredibly high maintenance and as for achieving salon worthy results, the closest my hair usually gets to such results is when I indulge myself with a special hair treatment whilst enjoying a nice long soak in the tub.

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After being sent the new Arconic brush which was designed by hair dresser John Gillespie I was a bit sceptical, after all exactly how amazing can a paddle brush be? Described as revolutionary to the hairdressing industry, the Arconic brush offers greater control when blow-drying larger sections of hair and promises salon results at home. I have to confess that my poor hairdressers usually spend hours on cutting, styling and colouring my hair and when it comes to drying my hair, well I defiantly don’t envy them.

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But when I tried out the Arconic brush it provided plenty of grip for my heavy locks whilst enabling me to brush my hair without it getting all in a tangle. Whilst £19.99 does seem rather deer in price, I suppose when you weigh up the cost of a blow-dry at your local salon, it is defiantly an investment that is perfect for those in-between salon moments.

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Also despite it’s size, the brush is incredibly light weight, making it the perfect hair essential to throw in your suitcase for that Summer holiday that is just around the corner.

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Have you used the new Arconic brush yet?

Love Emma

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Whilst I was very kindly sent this hairbrush for review purposes, all opinions and views are my own.

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Glorious Summer days filled with sunshine and freshly cut grass often mean that your calendar is jam-packed with weddings, festivals, birthday parties and christenings or sun soaked holidays in the Mediterranean. Whilst this can be a very exciting season, it does also mean that your hair is often neglected and left forgotten about.  Factor in a pre-holiday session at the salon and your hair can be left feeling tired and dry prior to you even jetting off, to those Pina coladas and days sunning yourself by the poolside.

Whether you are a natural blonde like me or you are a bleached blonde and you want to invest in some stunning hair products, that deliver salon worthy results instantly, then make sure you don’t leave without these three hair essentials.

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Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo

After falling in love with this simple but gorgeous packaging, I thought I would be left disappointed with the contents. But the first thing I actually noticed was how thick and rich the shampoo was, the consistency was just right and meant that I didn’t need to use a lot despite having fairly long thick hair.

Blonde Life Brightening Conditioner

After soaking in the tub for a few minutes, I rinsed and lathered my hair as instructed and then massaged this bio advanced peptide complex in – apparently that means it reconstructs damaged strands and targets hair that has probably seen better days. Of course if you are going to be Blonde then you want to have gorgeous, luscious locks and that is where Joico’s blend of exotic ingredients come in to ensure you are left with a gorgeous shine that is guaranteed to turn heads.

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This masque made my hair feel incredible and this little extra treatment also felt like the perfect way to round off these three rather luxurious hair care products. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with Joico’s new range and I think I may just have to enjoy a nice candlelit bath later – any excuse to indulge myself again.

 

They say Blondes have more fun which may be true, but that doesn’t mean that your crowning glory need suffer. After all, us Blondes deserve nothing but the best when it comes to hair care.

 

Discover Joico

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So as some of you may already know, last week I was very lucky and got a free beauty box from ‘Boots’ when I went in to buy a few Summer essentials for my upcoming canal holiday.

Now if there is one thing that I absolutely love more than freebies, then it is trying new things especially beauty products and as bizarre as it may sound this actually inspired me to write about my ‘Summer Beauty Essentials’. I know completely random – but that’s me. So let’s get to it shall we?

Liz Earle - A Skincare Essential!

Liz Earle – A Skincare Essential!

First up, I want to talk about Liz Earle who I cannot believe I didn’t know existed until last year. I know, what planet have I been on? Liz Earle is so perfect, I could rave about it all year if you let me. As someone with super sensitive skin, this is an absolute godsend to me. It makes my skin feel amazing and so fresh. It’s also great for removing waterproof makeup without leaving my skin all sore and dry. Also if you buy three products you usually get a few freebies – perfect if you want some travel size beauties.

After trying their cleanse and polish range, I thought I would give their hand-cream a try, personally I am not mad keen on the scent but it does leave your hands feeling silky smooth and you don’t need too much which has got to be a plus right?

This smells divine

This smells divine

I have always been a huge fan of the ‘Champneys’ range and this was no exception. I am so glad Boots included this little gem in their beauty box. It smells so summery and it has a really nice consistency to it which means your skin is left feeling moisturised without feeling greasy.

Olay - Perfect for sensitive skin.

Olay – Perfect for sensitive skin.

My Mum has always stressed the importance of a good skincare routine from a young age and I have to say she has got incredible skin. Unfortunately, I am unable to use the regular anti-ageing products as my skin tends to react to them. However, Olay’s standard beauty fluid is so gentle I can use it twice a day and it provides the perfect foundation for my makeup.

Protection from the sun is crucial for the prevention of ageing.

Protection from the sun is crucial for the prevention of ageing.

I haven’t actually used these products yet. But I am looking forward to trying them, especially the sun cream as you can apply it under your makeup, meaning there is no excuse not to wear sun protection.

A little thought for the day.

A little thought for the day.

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OK so this a boring one, but this was actually recommended to me by my dentist and it is great for the prevention of cavities and makes my teeth super white, at a fraction of the cost of standard teeth whitening treatments – result!

Jo Malone - Summer in a bottle.

Jo Malone – Summer in a bottle.

My all time favorite scent has got to be the ‘Wood Sage and Sea Salt’ cologne by Jo Malone. It smells so fresh and although I promised myself it would be kept purely for special occasions, owning to the fact that it is quite dear in price. I have actually found myself being unable to resist reaching for the bottle on a daily, if not constant basis. What I love most about it, is that I find that it instantly lifts my mood and I often find myself being swept away to some distant shore, where the only thing that lies beneath me is the sand between my toes and the smell of palm trees and a cold Pina Colada – ahhhh 🙂

Have a great weekend :)

Have a great weekend 🙂

Have you enjoyed this Post? I am off to Bath next week on my first ever Canal Hols. Would you like to see some more travel related or beauty posts? Comment below and let me know what you would like to see next on the blog. Until then have a great weekend.

Love Emma

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