Sunday, 7 February 2016

Filming with Holland & Barrett

Back in December myself, Tilly & Lulu were invited along to Manchester to film with Holland & Barrett. We recently received the videos back so I thought it was about time I shared the footage with you all, plus a few photos from the day & what we actually got up to! I was really pleased to find out two of my friends had been asked to attend the event too, Abi with beautiful Bella the Border Collie & Cat with pretty little Prunella Pug! I didn't realise until we got the invitation that Holland & Barrett actually sold Dog products so it was great to see what they had available & the Pugs enjoyed munching on lots of treats & food. 

When we arrived at the studio the Pugs instantly spotted the bowls of food on the floor & ran straight over to have their second breakfast of the day, greedy Pugs! There was also lots of toys dotted around for them to play with, they were in their element running round with the other dogs playing & causing mayhem! After the producers had finished shooting all the Holland & Barrett dog goodies it was our turn to be filmed & interviewed. We began with group shots of us all playing with the dogs which was fun getting them to run around with each other but also quite tiring too! Then we all took part in individual interviews which I was really nervous for because I'd never been filmed before & I actually didn't realise we were being filmed, I did think it was the just Pugs so I was a bit unprepared! Props to all you YouTubers who make it look SO easy! It's definitely given me the 'feel' for YouTube though & I would love to give it a proper go this year. You can watch my interview below, sorry for the awkwardness & also about 2.54 I know I look like I'm strangling Tilly but I promise I'm not haha, I had to keep her on the chair & she was such a wriggle butt! 
Once filming was over I was given a goodie bag for the Pugs, it had the Yarrah Vegan Biscuits in which the girls had loved eating whilst they had been good during the shoot! We also got given a really nice Shampoo & Conditioner to try out, the Scruffy Chops Zest in Show Shampoo & Muddy Marvellous Conditioner. Both smell fruity & leave the girls coats feeling silky soft & clean! I'd never used a conditioner on them before but it makes all the difference so I will be doing so from now on. There was also some supplements included, Glucosamine being one of them which I was really pleased to see as Tilly Pug suffers from bad legs & it's important for her to take Glucosamine to look after her joints. 

I had the best time at the event, I loved being able to bring my two little puggies with me, I always take them with me wherever possible & would love to take them to more blog-related events again! Thank you so much for inviting us along & for the girls goodie bag!

L x

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Five Beauty Secrets from MissBella

Five Beauty Secrets
True beauty comes from within but that does not mean that we should neglect the face we show the world. Our outer layer can say a lot about who we are and we should always be careful to show those around us that we care. You can look great and feel great too, when the way you look on the outside reflects who you are on the inside. Keep things simple and you will discover that your beauty shines through. Here are five of the best beauty secrets – they may not be quite what you were expecting:

Keep it Simple
Skin, hair, eyes, mouth, body, clothes: all of these elements come together to create your 'image' – the message that you send out to the world. Keep it simple. All you need to do to be beautiful is think about how each of these six elements fits into your whole image. It is not rocket science, you simply have to make sure that each of these elements is at its very best: clean, healthy, natural. Do this and you are sure to look and feel great.

Don't Be A Mindless Consumer
At times we can all of us be guilty of buying things we do not need. Think carefully about which beauty products you choose. It is not about doing without, it is simply about not buying things that you do not require or which are not right for you. Sometimes, when we are lured by advertising or fancy packaging, we can end up with a whole bunch of products. Here is the big secret – sometimes we can be doing more damage than good by putting so many products on our skin and hair which can trap us in a consumerist loop where we are constantly trying to repair the damage we have done – drying out our skin or hair with products and then endlessly trying to get the moisture back in.

Beautiful Skin & Hair The Natural Way
Inner and outer beauty can come by finding a closer connection with the natural world and caring about our planet can also mean caring about ourselves. Get beautiful skin and hair the natural way with organic, natural products. Our physical bodies are amazing things and on the whole, they are able to find their own beauty and balance if you just let them. The big secret? You can get the best hair and skin ever by doing three simple things: eat healthily, get some exercise, protect yourself from the sun. Work with nature and you can be naturally beautiful.

Be Your Own Best Self
Nature can take us a long way but we always want to make sure that we are being our own best selves. We have to work with what we have naturally but there in nothing to stop us from making the most of what we have. A smile, for example, costs nothing, but it can illuminate even the most ordinary of faces. Your physical body is only part of you but you should always take care of it. By making sure you are looking the best you can, you show the world that you care.

Develop Inner Confidence
Remember, at the end of the day, the most alluring thing of all is inner confidence. The whole thing is something of a confidence trick but it is strange but true that when you have faith that you look at your best you will absolutely look at your best. Developing inner confidence is one of the top beauty secrets of all.
Written By Elizabeth Waddington
Content Credit MissBella
L x

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

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A Jo Malone fragrance has been on my 'to buy' list for a long, long time however before a bottle found it's way into my life I wanted to make sure I was 100% on which one to go for first. Since moving to Liverpool I've visited the Jo Malone store multiple times to test out a few of the scents I'd had in mind. I was really, really torn on which one to choose because I fell in love with so many of the fragrances, it took a lot of umming & ahhing before I settled on Pomegranate Noir. In the end I decided to go for Pomegranate Noir because it is somewhat different to any other perfume I have in my collection. Also as this was a gift for my birthday & being a Winter baby I felt this was the most appropriate for the time of year. 

Now, I have to warn you I am pretty terrible at describing smells, I'll give it a go but I highly advise you to hunt down a Jo Malone stand/store to give their fragrances a sniff! I'm having a bit of a thing with Pomegranate at the mo, I can't get enough of those delicious little seeds sprinkled on top of my porridge every morning - perhaps this is another reason I was drawn to Pomegranate Noir in the end!? The fruity Pomegranate, Raspberry & Plum top notes are complimented by a touch of Pink Pepper, Casablanca Lily & Woody base notes that create a musky, spicy, fruit scented cologne with a hint of floral. It's definitely a perfect fragrance for the Autumn/Winter months with it's smokey, dark ambience. Usually I'm quite heavy with my perfume application but as the aroma of this one is so strong a little goes a long way. In fact I often just add a quick spritz to my scarf for a more toned down, delicate version of the fragrance but I do tend to save it for evenings out or special occasions.

Jo Malone products are truly luxurious, housed in simple yet classic packaging that looks beautiful anywhere. I have my perfume sitting on my dressing table, it just has to be on display! I'm lusting after a candle for our living room, a hand wash to treat our guests to (and ourselves of course!) & a bath oil to perch on the edge of our huge bath tub, because all bathrooms need a little luxury! Next on my hit list is something from the Peony & Suede Blush range, but I also loved English Pear & Freesia too. 

Whats your favourite fragrance from Jo Malone?

L x 

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Monday, 18 January 2016

LUSH Shiny Happy People Gift Set

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As a huge LUSH fan I was really excited to receive the Shiny Happy People gift set on my birthday, especially because it contained 3 products I'd never tried before! In fact this was the first LUSH gift set I'd ever received so it was a pretty exciting moment for me! 

The box is wrapped up in yellow smiley face paper and contains three products, Refresher Shower Jelly, Layer Cake Soap & Beautiful Shower Gel. I've tried the LUSH Shower Jelly's before, although they can be awkward to use I do love the novelty of them! The refresher one has a zesty, zingy lemon fragrance, it's definitely one to use in the morning when you're still half asleep thats for sure! On the Lush website it says you can pop it into the fridge or freezer for an extra refreshing feeling, I might give it a go in the Summer, right now my house is like an igloo though so I won't be rushing to freeze it just yet!

Layer Cake soap is made of five fruity layers, however the piece in my box only has two of the layers which I'm a bit disappointed with. On the website it shows the rainbow layered soap which looks amazing but my block is just two layers, purple & red. Each layer represents a different fruity fragrance & contains fresh fruit juices which smell so good! I'm a fruity over floral kinda person usually so I really enjoy using this soap! It lathers up lovely too & leaves my hands feeling squeaky clean.

Beautiful Shower Gel is another fruit fragranced product & one that I didn't know existed until now either, so it's was nice to see something new! It's a peach scented shower gel which is absolutely heavenly, peach fragrances are one of my favourites as they're still really fresh & fruity but a bit different from your usual fruity product! One thing I love about Lush shower gels is the fact you only need a small amount to get a huge amount of lather & fragrance. Even the small bottles seem to last me forever because you just don't need to use a lot at all!

I was always a bit wary about LUSH gifts because I like to be able to pick out my faves but getting this gift has really opened my eyes to the amazing selection of sets available! They're all so beautifully wrapped too, it's worth the extra £££'s!

Have you received a LUSH Gift before? Let me know if you have a favourite!

L x 

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