Monday, December 5, 2016

Harley Street Haircare Hamper


The Harley Street Hair Clinic, know for hair loss advice got in touch to send me a haircare hamper to give my hair some TLC and it gave me a great opportunity to try some new brands.

Sachajuan is a brand that I had not heard of until I opened my hamper and I've since discovered they originate in Sweden and the range features Ocean Silk Technology which tends to all hair types whilst aiming for simplicity and function from their products so they are easy to use. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Shampoo* provides the aforementioned ocean silk technology and natural vegetable proteins to give your hair structure, volume and strength, inside and out so you are left with hair that is strong and shiny. I love the smell of this shampoo, more so than the Balmain and it worked wonders on my hair. I'm quite lazy at times with my hair and am still letting it air dry although at this time of year it can be counterproductive depending on the shampoo I use, but the Sachajuan Ocean Mist didn't let me down.

Also from Sachajuan was their Hair Repair* your familiar treatment to aid stressed and damaged hair by promoting cell regeneration. I haven't used this yet as due to it's handy sachet size and 'healing properties' I've added it to my travel bag as it'll be perfect to join me on my holidays next year. As is the Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Hair Mask* for dry or brittle hair to repair damaged locks which can take some heat whilst holding in the sun or swimming in the sea. This mask contains an innovative formula with botanical keratin, an active ingredient that penetrates the hair's surface to mimic natural keratin and replace lost aminio acids.

I was very excited to see Balmain's Moisturising Shampoo* and Moisturising Conditioner* as it's possibly the closest I'll get to owning anything from Balmain! Is their haircare range a gimmick or are the products worth hitting buy now was the question I wondered.

The Balmain Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner will nourish hair whether natural or colour treated and have a 'mysterious, feminine fragrance' which was something that further intrigued me. I have to say I didn't find it too 'mysterious' and was quite floral to me although I admit not as synthetic as perhaps regular shampoo scents but that might have been mind over matter.

Further claims from this duo which contains Argan Oil is that it will hydrate and calm an irritated or sensitive scalp whilst ticking the boxes of enhancing shine and leaving behind manageable hair. This was a nice hair duo which I liked but didn't instantly love. I am happy however to pop its travel sized duo into my bag of minis and I will likely take it with me to Centre Parcs were I'm heading next month for a weekend break.

Thank you Harley Street Hair Clinic for an introduction to these brands.

*this post contains press samples and/or affiliate links


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Country Living Christmas Fair


Following my trip to the Spirit of Christmas Fair I was also invited to attend the Country Living Christmas Fair*, a similar style of event but somewhat different than I expected. Coined as the 'festive occasion where the pages of the (Country Living) magazine comes to life' this fair had a very different 'vibe' than the Spirit of Christmas Fair starting with the venues with the Country Living Christmas Fair feeling much for smaller, held at Londons Excel Centre, and more 'homely'.

Whereas the Spirit of Christmas felt sophisticated, the County Living Fair more homely yet it was rather cluttered and was certainly far busier and cluttered. On a positive note it did feel more festive and I'd liken it to your local Christmas fair on a larger scale.

If it hasn't become obvious I didn't enjoy the Country Living Fair as much as the Spirit of Christmas Fair as it's success meant, I imagine due to loyal Country Living magazine readers, it was so busy and congested that I spent more time standing stationary in queues trying to work my way round. Which was another point of note, the layout didn't provide an obvious route and you'd find yourself repeating areas and I overhead many people saying 'have we been this way'.

Country Living Christmas Fair
Really Homemade
Country Living Christmas Fair
Really Homemade

Country Living Christmas Fair

Whilst you'll see some similar brands and businesses as at the Spirit of Christmas Fair you will find more homemade types and there seemed to be more festive options to purchase but I was tempted with less personally.

Country Living Christmas Fair
La De Da Living
Country Living Christmas Fair
La De Da Living
Country Living Christmas Fair
Aerloom London
Country Living Christmas Fair

There was a significantly older audience and perhaps the brands on display were representative of that? It was also lacking in the food stalls, there were one or two options dotted around but nowhere near to the degree as the Spirit of Christmas Fair which I thought was an usual choice.

Country Living Christmas Fair

The food options were also less sophisticated and whilst there was a champagne bar is was small and nestled in between the busy stall holders. That said the food areas on display were packed with people enjoying tea and cakes although that may be again due to the limited choices.

Country Living Christmas Fair
Fairies of Knapwell Wood
Country Living Christmas Fair

Country Living Christmas Fair

The Country Living Christmas Fair in comparison to the Spirit of Christmas as I've explained was very different in experience so you could attend both with success although it'll be personal preferences that will leave you choosing one over the other.

Country Living Christmas Fair
My Design Collection - Cracker Cards
Country Living Christmas Fair
Eat Sleep Doodle
Country Living Christmas Fair

I would return to the Country Living Christmas Fair and have been many times in the past but I think I need to be more prepared for how busy it can be and what is on offer.

Do you enjoy Christmas fairs? Where is your favourite?

Country Living Christmas Fair

*I received complimentary tickets for the Country Living Christmas fair

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sponsored Post | Daniel Footwear

Michael Kors online UK

After the success of my Michael Kors Pouch whilst on holiday earlier in the year I decided I needed another for my trip to Italy, a gold one to be specific. With a christening to attend and not wanting to incur Ryanair excess baggage charges and have multiple bags I thought that one of the Michael Kors Pouches would be perfect for both day and night events. After no luck at Lewis Yates another local stockist, Daniel Footwear had the bag in stock - I must add this was all decided a matter of days before departure - and my holiday wardrobe was saved from disaster.

Daniel Footwear is a brand familiar to me through the aforementioned local branch but they have a fantastic website stocking many luxury brands offering their footwear and handbag ranges such as Michael Kors. including at present, a silver coloured pouch in the style I've come to love.

One of my favourite features of the website is it's ability to search exactly what I might want or need. Earlier in the Summer I was trying to find a replacement for a pair of red sandals I love and it was so frustrating when I'd look online and often online retailers would not offer the full range of search options at first click, particularly in reference to colour. At Daniel Footwear I can easily search at any starting point whether its colour, size or style.

Daniel Footwear offer all style and design of shoes you could wish for, in fact as I write this post and am clicking back and forth on the site I'm making a rather long wish list. More comfort over style is the infamous Ugg brand. Typically I pick up Uggs in the US and was tempted with a black pair of Classic Short Uggs to wear this Winter but the exchange rate being what it was it didn't make sense to purchase on my recent trip to Las Vegas. Now I know I can hit 'add to bag' or pop down to the local brand and purchase a pair there. For now I'm making do with my love them or hate them leopard print version I brought a few years ago and wear about the house as slippers but perhaps I should just buy these instead.

*this post is sponsored by Daniel Footwear

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review | Busy B DAY A PAGE DIARY 2017


I love a diary but I'm incredible fickle about my choices and have been known to chop and change between types and methods throughout the year depending on where my life is at. Currently, whilst 'unemployed' I no longer have the Outlook diary in the office which I can view at a glance five days a week and no need to carry my Louis Vuitton Personal Organiser around because I now have the Ban.do weekly diary to hand during some point of the day.

I'm finding the Ban.do Diary currently suits my needs as I keep track of what is becoming a far busier lifestyle during my 'sabbatical' but I have managed to find a way that works for me perfectly - and I may well share with you in due course.

Something I am conscious of is returning to the corporate world and wanting to maintain my diary at home and my blog requirements. That is where the Busy B Day A Page Diary 2017* comes in. The Ban.do is perfect for keeping track of appointments, notes and reminders but what about my plans for the day when I need more space than a few lines to plot my day?

Currently whilst finding my 'working from home' routine I'm using a regular notebook simply to write down my tasks for the day whether blog or home related and only yesterday I was writing the dates for the forthcoming week to add future tasks that are coming up which isn't ideal and a day to a page diary would do just the job.

When I return to work and I'm reliant on scheduling posts and some might say being more in front of my blog planning the Busy B Day a Page Diary 2017 will be perfect for this and I wish I could start using it now - in fact as I write this post I remember my 2016 diary that has been untouched and will start using that for the remainder of the year. 

I'm sure stationery lovers are already familiar with Busy B as they have some wonderful products to keep you organised whilst aesthetically pleasing. The Day a Page Diary I have compliments my marble Ban.do planner and is A5 in size so sits nicely atop it and create one of those areas of your desk that you could almost consider Pinterest worthy. 

It's not a diary I would want to carry around in my bag on a daily basis as with most day a page diaries it is weighty but not overly so, compare it to one of your more heavier books you're reading. The cover is soft, similar to your Moleskine notebook which ensures there is no added weight but has a sturdiness I'm not concerned about becoming too damaged. It's cream colour I'm sure would suffer some battering over time but I'm not too worried about that for now.


Its internal design is very simple, a day a page and that's that. The pages are lined which is a thumbs up for me and my preference and there's enough space for me to cover my tasks for the day whether simply 'share post on social media' to reminding me of products to follow up on. I can easily make notes about products I'm currently testing and other such musings on the pages.

Another thumbs up from me in addition to lined pages is that Saturday and Sunday are also included as full days to pages. So often diaries limit the space for weekends which would drive me crazy. When I was working full time it would be the weekends when I would have to run most of my errands, particularly blog tasks so its great to see that I can carry on as normal without limited space.

In short for me I will be using this less of a typical diary and more of a dated note or list book - which I guess is what a diary is! I'm sure there will be some days left blank and I'm keen to investigate some stamps or stickers for repetitive daily tasks that will be time saving in the future and if I'm so inclined I can pretty the pages with some washi tape if the mood strikes me.

Diaries are very personal things depending on your lifestyle and requirements but I'm Busy B will have one for you.

What diary method do you use?

*this post contains press samples and/or affiliate links

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Monday, November 28, 2016

US Drugstore Haul Hits & Misses

US Drugstore Haul Hits & Misses

Whilst I miss my friend Rose it is rather handy having a friend who lives in the US and can pick up all those products that I either can't get hold of in the UK or in advance of their release date. This collection of goodies accompanied her on her last trip to visit after she foolishly asked if there was anything I'd like picked up for me.

Starting with L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads part of the new Revitalift range currently only available in the US. You'll have already read about my favourite exfoliating toners in this handy pad form so I couldn't resist trying these. Anti-wrinkle and brightening pads designed to resurface dull or rough skin with Glycolic Acid. The pads themselves are thicker than others I've used and are great to reach for for days when my skin isn't playing ball. Would I go to such effort to get hold of these in future? Probably not, they've been great to try but at the same price point as other favourites I'll stick with what I can pick up in the UK.

Moving onto L'Oreal 24 Hour Matte Waterproof Foundation which is available in the UK although I hear it's a different formula - and that worries me. I LOVE this foundation and it's swiftly moved into holy grail territory since appearing in my August Favourites so I need to know whether to stock up on the US version or risk trying the one found on my local high street. Rose added this to my goodies as she'd been unable to track down the newer release, L'Oreal Glow Foundation (never fear I have since purchased for myself and my thoughts are forthcoming). I was so pleased as I'd had my eye on this but had not been able to justify it's purchase.

For a high street foundation the coverage is flawless and I'm confident enough in it's finish that I've taken it away on all my recent holidays due to the added bonus of a travel friendly tube. My only concern is I've gone through it at a rapid rate and fear it's coming to the end of it's life. Whilst I'm loving the foundation from my Chanel Haul I could happily settle with this drugstore alternative.

A disappointing product was the Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombre Blush in Princess Daiquiris. I'm a big fan of Wet n Wild as a brand and usually find there products have great pigment. This blush did not. I enjoy blusher and the pop of colour it gives to cheeks and  whilst I don't mind a subtle flush of colour on occasion this felt like it did nothing for me.

Maybelline Color Jolt Lip Paints are now available in the UK, called Color Drama Lip Paints although I believe there are some differences in shades as I can't find Talk Back Red, the one I have in the line up. This product is another thumbs up and I've since purchased two further shades on my travels. A rich red I find this product creamy, doesn't dry the lips out and is easy to apply. For lasting power this does well and it's such an easy product to slip in my handbag I grab it often for days when I'm out and about.

Finally is the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick which again is now available to pick up on the US high street. I have the shade Medium Nude Glow and interestingly have a number of similar highlighting sticks that I'll be posting about soon - they are clearly one of those products that all the brands are sharing right now. My biggest issue is perhaps my lack of 'skill' but I know where I am with powder products. When using these creams sticks I wonder if my unimpressed stance is because I'm applying on top of a powder blush and we know the rule, creams before powders. I'm persevering and am interested to see how it compares to others I have to see if it's the product type or particular brand I'm not keen on. Stay tuned, and do let me know what your thoughts are on strobing sticks.


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