Wednesday 10th October 2018 for many marked World Mental Health Day, so it seemed only appropriate that The Body Shop down in Brighton, should host a VIP Bloggers Event promoting their latest seasonal ranges for Halloween and Christmas as well as the importance of self care.

Naturally good mental health starts with healthy eating, so it seemed rather fitting that the store should also choose to partner with Leon who offer healthy alternatives to fast food.

The restaurant provided us with some delicious tasters from their vegan food and drinks menu which included their spicy lentil masala,  fruity mango and blueberry pots and refreshing goiji berry and passion fruit juicy waters to wash it all down with.

After sampling some of the delights that Leon had to offer, we were then left to mingle with all the local bloggers and explore the latest products that the store had to offer.

This was shortly followed by a talk about the importance of looking after ourselves, a little overview of how the evening would unfold and a sneak preview of some of their exciting Christmas range which included three new scents as part of their enchanted forest collection – peppermint candycane, vanilla marshmallow and berry bon bon.

I have never been particularly fussed about beauty calendars and would always sway towards the traditional chocolate filled offerings from Cadbury’s. But I have to say Freddie the fox and his chums which include Olivia the owl and Dani the deer could be about to sway me. Prices start from £45 for their standard enchanted version, but I have to say with an array of goodies on offer from coconut body scrub, almond hand cream, strawberry shampoo and vanilla bath bombs to name just a few and a combined total worth up to £85 there really is nothing basic about this little gem.

If you fancy treating yourself or a loved one then make sure you check out their Ultimate calendar for £99 (worth £231) from Freddie the fox who is filed with 25 surprises which are designed to leave you feeling re-energised after all those Christmas parties and endless hours of shopping. In keeping with their mental wellbeing theme, the calendar also comes with a set of daily tasks for you to complete to help you reconnect with nature. What’s more, your empty boxes can be put together to create a picture puzzle which reveals some beautiful creatures roaming in the wilderness.

With hand massages, beauty makeovers, skincare consultations and the option to personalise our very own body butters we were spoilt for choice on how to spend our evening. Sadly, my Sister was unable to attend the event, so I decided to get a body butter made up with her name on as a little thank you for being my wonderful Sister. As a Mum of two she very rarely gets time to pamper herself and just relax, so I knew she would love this idea.

Next I decided to treat myself to their vegan banana body yogurt which smells sooooooo good and I had been eyeing it up since April when I attended another VIP Bloggers event at the Brighton store. I am so glad I decided to get it, as it was an absolute bargain at just £4.50 and I have already used it at work everyday. I find washing my hands and the changing weather has made them really dry, but this vegan banana body yoghurt helps to combat that and every time I get a whiff on the scent I feel like I am transported back to the sunny shores of Alcudia beach in Mallorca.

Of course, I couldn’t leave without having a go at the guess the scent game, where we were blindfolded and had to guess the scent (kind of self explanatory I know). Sadly I didn’t win a prize as I only got one right, but I didn’t walk away empty handed, as the store gave each of us a very generous goody bag which was filled with vouchers from Leon and lots of beauty goodies which I will be sharing with you over on my Instagram and YouTube channel shortly, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that.

Thank you so much to The Body Shop in Brighton for hosting such a fun-packed evening and to Leon for let us sample your delicious dishes and drinks. Will you be purchasing any of their festive calendars this year?

Love Emma

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Some of the products featured in this post were very kindly gifted to me from The Body Shop and Leon. However, as always all opinions and views remain my own. 

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* Thank you Katie Kirk for kindly letting me use your images from the event.

Last Saturday was a very exciting day for me, in the morning I went and gave notice for our wedding later this year and in the evening I travelled down to Chichester, where the lovely Katie Kirk and the Jo Malone team had put on a stunning bloggers event, in the local House of Fraser store, as part of the launch for their new limited edition fragrance collection – English Fields.

Play. Combine. Create.

 

First, we were encouraged to mingle with the other lovely ladies whilst sipping on grapefruit prosecco, fresh grapefruit juice and delicious tiny morsels such as miniature scones with jam and cream, shortbread and biscuits that were all lovingly prepared and served to us by the incredibly talented Wild Mint Kitchen Café.

“Quintessentially British” 

After catching up with some familiar faces, Peter – the store manager – and the team at the local Chichester store spoke to us about the 5 new fragrances that had been created by Celine Roux and Mathilde Bijaoui as part of the new English Fields collection that had been inspired by fresh florals, cereals and grains from the English countryside.

We were each provided with an opportunity to take in the new scents which included Poppy and Barley, Green Wheat and meadow-sweet, Primrose and Rye, Honey and Crocus and Oat and cornflower.

I instantly fell in love with two of the new scents, first the striking freshness of rich red poppies which was softened with powdery notes of musk. The warmth, cheerfulness and happiness that this scent evoked, instantly made it perfect for a Spring day.

Next was Primrose and Rye which immediately had me drifting off to some exotic beach in the Indonesian ocean. This fragrance is warmed with gold corn, brightened with mimosa and softened with vanilla notes and rye. The best way to describe all of the new scents for me personally is “sunshine in a bottle”.

“Poppies Dancing In The Wind”

 

 

“Five Captivating Scents”

Peter was such a lovely host and made us ladies feel like VIPs for the evening, topping up our glasses of prosecco and offering us more delicious scones, whilst we all enjoyed a beauty pamper from Bobbi Brown as well as hand and arm massages from the lovely ladies at Jo Malone. What more could you wish for?

Having been a fan of the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne for quite some time now, I was eager to try out some new scents and when Lyn, the House of Fraser beauty manager, told me that the Jo Malone collection had been designed so that you can combine more than one fragrance, to help create a scent that reflects your mood and personality, I was excited to try it out for myself!

Despite, sadly losing all of my data on my iPhone (more on that in a separate post) I was left feeling rejuvenated, pampered and eager to get my hands on the new collection. Having met all of the team in Chichester, I will defiantly be travelling back down there for my complimentary bridal consultation and to purchase my very own personalised bridal fragrance – Peony and Blush Suede is already a firm favourite.

After an evening of pampering, delicious food and wonderful company, we were each given our very own gift box, complete with our own personal blog hashtag stickers and ceramic tags which had our initials embossed on. I will confess, I am absolutely terrible at gift wrapping, so it came as no surprise to me when I couldn’t nail the traditional Jo Malone bow. Luckily for me, the lovely team were on hand to help me out.

The new English Fields collection is expected to fly off the shelves fast within the next three weeks. So, if you want to experience the essence of the English landscape, make sure you get your hands on one of these beautiful and captivating scents from £47.00 for 30ml.

Make sure you check out these beautiful ladies who I had the pleasure of meeting at the event:

Katie

Lauren

Emily

Amelia

Georgia

Georgia K

Hannah

Beth

Eliza

Charlotte

 

Have you tried the new English Fields collection yet? What is your all-time favourite scent from Jo Malone? Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma

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Thank you so much to the Jo Malone Team in Chichester for having me. It was a fantastic event and I can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

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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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Find out exactly what I got inside my Lush goodie bag over on my YouTube channel.

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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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