The Soho Soap Co

Well Winter is well and truly here and as much as I love some things about Winter, I can’t help but think about Summer. The Soho Soap Co have some gorgeous smelling bathing products and I wanted to tell you all about some of my favourite scents, which remind me of Summer.

My favourite fragrances from the collection include Strawberry Daiquiri, Coconut Paradise and Vanilla Smoothie. All three scents remind me of the summer months, strawberry daiquiri cocktails in Egypt, Coconut Paradise reminds me of suntan lotion and Vanilla Smoothie reminds me of summer evenings smothering vanilla body butter on my skin to cool down the Summer warmth.

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Each tube of Bath and Shower Gel have little paragraphs on them telling you about the ingredients and here’s what is on mine…

Vanilla Smoothie – Tales of passion and intrigue have surrounded this exotic vanilla orchid bean for centuries…all I feel is nostalgia and ice cream sweetness.

Strawberry Daiquiri – A gentle fruit born in France would you believe, which may explain why its scent smells of quiet romance and creates calm in the craziest of days.

Coconut Paradise – Its flowers adorn Hindu weddings and its fruits play fairground games of tall dancing trees and swimming in its milky sweetness.

I think this is a really cute touch and the formulas are all allergen and paraben free and so are fab for even sensitive skin and leave your skin smelling gorgeously fresh and silky smooth.

What scents remind you of summer?

The Soho Soap Co is available at Sainsburys.

Love,

Kathryn xx

TONIC Clothing Summer Soiree

On the 26th June, TONIC Clothing teamed up with Street Hub, inviting members from the press, customers, fashion bloggers and members of the public to TONIC’s shop on Fulham Road, London to celebrate summer.

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For three hours that evening guests had the opportunity to grasp a better understanding of TONIC’S philosophy and discover the dynamic and multicultural brands that blend together to create its unique identity.

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There were videos, music, drinks supplied from Blue Nun wines and Van Bulk beers, Italian canapes and a presentation of TONIC’s new brands along with a 20% discount on all items in the shop. Summer-inspired goody bags were offered to guests upon arrival and there was also a nail bar provided by iZBeauty.

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The goody bags included;

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* A pair of BLEND male reversible swimshorts

* A Streethub shopper bag

* A Silvian Heach neck warmer

* The largest mug I have ever seen from The Pure Package

* A cord bracelet from Coster Copenhagen

* Nail Wraps from iZBeauty

* A £10 Bounce Minicab App Giftcard

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With TONIC’s recent 1st Birthday, this event was to bring together those who were or weren’t familiar with the shop to introduce and remind them of who TONIC is and to celebrate the start of summer.

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Founded in 2013 TONIC Clothing is a multi-brand fashion shop based in the area of Chelsea, London with over 10 different European brands coming from Italy, France and Denmark.

Protest Halliwell Jacket

A girl needs two things to get through a British summer – a good pair of sunglasses for when it is sunny and a jacket for when it gets colder and/or (usually both) it pours it down with rain!

The Summer range from Protest have a range of clothing that is perfect for all weathers. I got to try out the Halliwell Jacket (£99.99).

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The colour of the jacket is a light khaki green, which is perfect to go with both light and dark colours, and is coated in PU to give it a waterproof finish, perfect for those spring showers that last all year.

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Inside the jacket, it has a neon orange lining, which is thin enough for when the weather turns a little warmer, and is a fab summery touch. The jacket has a hood attached, which the lining is a really pretty ditsy floral print, and there is a cord running through the hood with two leather stoppers on the end.

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The jacket has a great quality zip as well as some large brown floral embossed buttons – a very versatile wear.

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I wore the Halliwell jacket this weekend as the weatherman had predicted both rain and sunshine, therefore this jacket was light enough to carry around with me as well as being warm enough in case of chillier weather. It did rain, as promised but I was well equipped with my hooded, waterproof coat without looking like I was dressed for winter!

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Protest have an amazing range of summer-ready clothing as well as skiwear and board wear, which you can check out atwww.protest.eu

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Clarins Eau Des Jardins

I mentioned before my love for Clarins fragrances and so wanted to share with you my latest love Clarins Eau Des Jardins. This version of the treatment fragrance I found really uplifting and quite fruity, which is not a scent I am normally keen on, but Clarins have added a few woody notes which make this perfect for me.

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The notes of this fragrance include an opening of grapefruit, citrus, bergamot and orange, a heart of mint, laurel leaves, rose and blackcurrant bud absolut, and base notes of cedar wood, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. I was taught aromatherapy massage at college and so I do know quite a lot about different essential oils, and as well as smelling beautiful, many of these essential oils really help promote your wellbeing, as well as being beneficial to your skin.

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The bottle itself is ruby and chartreuse coloured glass that complement the fragrance really well and reminds me of a sunset, which is perfect as the fragrance itself makes me think of summer. I shall definitely be using this over the next few summer months as I have had numerous compliments on it already.

You can purchase Clarins Eau Des Jardins at www.clarins.co.uk for £32 for a 100ml bottle which as I have mentioned before, is such good value for a high end fragrance.

Love,

Kathryn xx

Models Own Nail Polishes

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I love bright colours, especially bright coloured nail polishes and when I saw the new Models Own Polish For Tans Collection I instantly ordered all five colours – Bikini, Sun Hat, Beach Bag, Flip Flop and Shades.

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These five neon shades have been designed especially to enhance and compliment a natural tan. As soon as these arrived I couldn’t wait to try them out, in fact I couldn’t even choose which colour so I went for all five – it’s summer so why not!

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I used OPI Start to Finish as my basecoat and then for added pizazz I put a layer of white nail polish over the basecoat as I have found this really enhances neon shades of polish. The collection includes;

Bikini – A super bright highlighter yellow

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Sun Hat – A bright Barbie pink

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Beach Bag – A gorgeous peachy orange which is definitely my favourite!

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Flip Flop – A highlighter green and the brightest of them all, which I thought would be my least favourite but is actually my second once I saw it on my nails.

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Shades – A coral pink colour, very pretty.

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All topped off with the OPI Start to Finish and I am ready for any beach that will have me! I really do love these colours and I had recently put myself on a nail polish buying ban because I rarely wear them and buy so many but this was a total exception.

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The Shades for Tan Collection costs £5 a bottle and you can get them from Boots, Superdrug or the Models Own websitewww.modelsownit.com

Love,

Kathryn xxx

It’s Summertime!

Bonjour petals,

I’ve been really rubbish at blogging recently as I’ve just been so busy! If I’m not at work, I’m doing other work and bits and pieces so it’s been a bit mental, but Kathryn has been posting some great reviews before she went on holiday! She comes back from Egypt this evening, so I promise we’ll have a business meeting (or just a catch up and gossip involving lots food and drinks 😉) when she’s back and get back on it!

I thought I’d just write a little post talking about what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been buying and loving recently because I don’t know about you, but I love it when bloggers do little lifestyle posts! Even if it’s not super interesting, the nosey person I am just likes to know, especially if they do it in vlog form! (I love that Zoella is vlogging every day in June, she has such an exciting life!)

Firstly, I’ll tell you about a trip to Manchester I took at the beginning of the month. I can honestly say it was one of the best weekends of my life; my best friends, nice food, lots of cocktails… AND ONE DIRECTION!

We went to Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant Rossos which was amazing (the pizzas are lovely!) and sat in the sunshine having a few Rekorderligs and Cocktails before the show, and went to the champagne bar in Selfridges for a glass of fizz (avoiding the Michael Kors bags and Mac counter so as not to damage our bank balances more than we did!). We stayed in The Works Aparthotel, which was like having our own city centre apartment. My friend Abbie made us breakfast the next day too which was so good (thanks again, Abs!)

If you don’t know me well, or at all, actually, I’m ALWAYS singing an out of tune, screechy rendition of Midnight Memories, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE One Direction!

The Where We Are tour was incredible! So much so, it passed in the blink of an eye! We had the best night singing, dancing and probably annoying everyone around us, but we had so much fun!

Here’s a few pictures from the day:

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A couple of weekends earlier, I visited one of my best friends, Laura, in London. My dad and uncle went to the FA cup final to watch Hull City get beaten by Arsenal (we were robbed!) so I took advantage of getting a free lift down!

Although I was there for less than 24 hours, I had such a good time catching up. I used to live with her in Newcastle, so whenever we get together, it’s like no time has passed at all!

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I’ve also made a few purchases lately which I thought I’d rave about!

As summer is here (although on some days, it doesn’t feel that way) I HAVE to have a tan!

I recently discovered Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self Tan Mousse.

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This fake tan is incredible! It’s a crunchy sounding mousse much like Fake Bake mousse. For some strange reason, I find the sound of it really satisfying! It expands on your tanning mitt, so the bottle lasts a long time! It gives the most incredible colour. I usually like darker shades of tan, but much prefer the Light/ Medium in this to the Medium/ Dark!

It also smells really nice! Not biscuity at all. It does have a fake tan smell to it but I really like it; it’s sort of fruity, sort of sweet, a little fake tanny, but the overall scent is pretty good!

It’s £9.99 a bottle, but they occasionally also have it on special offer!

Real Techniques Face Expert Brush

I purchased this brush on a whim really. I’d heard good things about it but had never been like OH MY GOD I NEED THIS! I got it in Superdrug one Saturday afternoon after going for lunch with my friends Jemma and Keira. As a fellow Tanya Burr fan, Jemma and I started discussing her latest video, I think it was the Nicole Sherzinger Missguided tutorial video, and Keira said the words that we dread from our friends: “who’s Tanya Burr?!” Of course, we had to convert her and swiftly moved to Superdrug to introduce her to Tanya’s cosmetics range.

As her stand is next to Real Techniques, I thought it would be rude not to make a purchase as they were on offer (buy one, get one half price – I made Keira buy the Core Collection as she didn’t own any… Times have now changed, thank goodness)

I love this brush. It blends your foundation beautifully and I now don’t know how I lived without it! It’s a must have for any make-up wearer!

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(Apologies for how dirty it is… I will endeavour to wash it as soon as physically possible!)

Coca Brown Fake Tan

Another tan I tried out recently after seeing so much hype was the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse.

I do really like the colour of this, it was dark and a really rich brown, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hype!

I found it difficult to apply as it had hardly any colour to it originally, and ending up quite streaky around my wrists and ankles which is never a good look. It was also quite dry, so I felt I had to put a lot on my mitt.

I will use it again though and would like to try other products in the range. If it’s good enough for Millie Mackintosh, it’s good enough for me!

I picked this up in Primark actually, for just £6!

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got2b Volumizing Spray Mousse

I’m not a huge fan of using mousse in my hair… I’m not the type to go for a scrunched curly wet look, which is what I always associate with hair mousse. But when I saw this on the shelf, I thought I’d give it a go for volumising purposes!

It’s a spray, so you can spray it directly on to your hair, or like me, spray it into your hands to plump up your hair.

I recently took a big step in life and got my hair cut. Yes, I know you’re supposed to get it cut every 8 weeks(ish) to keep it healthy, but I had a nightmare and got it butchered by some idiot who needs her qualifications stripped of her, and it scarred me for life.

Since having it cut and coloured (I’m now a Zoella-esque ombré!) I’ve really enjoyed wearing it curled. I’ve ditched my ratty extensions and I’m embracing the natural length, and I feel a wavey style suits it a lot better.

This little beauty keeps it all in place and volumised, and the smell of this is INCREDIBLE!

It smells like Sherbert mixed with forest fruits and it makes me want to inhale my hair every time I get a wiff (I’m saying some really strange things in this post…). It really is gorgeous though, the best smelling hair product I’ve ever come across!

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Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter

Another hyped product that I decided to try was the Revlon Colourburst butters. I went for Wild Watermelon which is a gorgeous reddy, coral colour (if that exists!)

It feels so nice on the lips, and you can build it up for a brighter shade, or use just one coat for a daytime look. I’ve been wearing it so much, as it adds a pop of colour to any look, whilst being moisturising on the lips!

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Seventeen Skin WOW! Highlighter

I’ve wanted a creamy highlighter for ages, but didn’t want to spend loads of money on it, so decided to give this ago and love it!

It’s so easy to apply to the tops of the cheek bones. I blend it in slightly with my Expert Facebrush after doing my foundation, powder, bronzer and blusher (I don’t know if you’re supposed to do this, but it works)

It comes out as a silvery cream, so I dot a tiny bit on the back of my hand, no bigger than a pea. It looks like it will last for ages, and gives a gorgeous dewy glow when it catches the light!

It’s so cheap too, I think I paid around £5 for it, so it definitely doesn’t break the bank!

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And lastly, on the worlds longest blog post (if you read this far, thanks for sticking with me!) I’ve been really enjoying wearing this camisole style from Dorothy Perkins.

I have two now, and will probably purchase more, as they’re so easy to wear and hang really nicely.

You can dress them up by tucking them in to a skater skirt with a statement necklace, or down with leggings and converse. I’ve even worn them to work a few times with pencil skirts and a black cardigan.

They’re only £12 and come in so many prints and colours! I’ll be purchasing some more on payday!

This one is one of my favourite prints:

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And that, my friends, is a wrap! Sorry if I’ve rambled on for about a century but I just thought I’d do a little haul/ lifestyle post all in one as I personally love reading them!

We’ll get some more reviews on the website as soon as we can (my blog bag is still humongous!) and if you did get this far, you deserve a medal! Let me know in the comments if you did 🙂

Love, Emily x

Nair Argan Oil Washable Roll-On Wax

With my holiday to Egypt vastly approaching, I recently tried out the Nair Argan Oil Washable Roll-On Wax on my legs, as I hate the stubbly look I get on my legs after shaving and there are now that many different wax products on the shelves that there is no need to visit a salon for waxing.

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Nair Argan Oil Roll-On combines a practical, washable, reusable roll-on applicator and an exclusive, ultra-effective formula that can be rinsed in water.

  • Suitable for dry and sensitive skin
  • Results last up to 4 weeks
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Quick – Heats in less than 1 minute
  • Easy – Roll on, wax off
  • Efficient – Removes very short hair (1-2mm)
  • Washable – Easy to clean

 

I found the kit really simple to use, the instruction booklet that is inside the box, is very concise and easy to follow. The process involves rolling on the wax, applying the included strips, and then ripping the strip off (not as scary as it sounds, I promise!).

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The fragrance of the wax is gorgeous, it is like sweet honey, with a little orange running through it too. The wax contains Argan Oil, which I am sure the majority of you will know how amazing it is for skin and hair, and is wonderful for soothing dry skin. I did find that this particular wax didn’t leave my skin as red as other wax products have, which may be down to the Argan Oil properties. The results lasted about three weeks for me personally, but I am really happy with this, as it is much better than shaving.

 

The Nair Argan Oil Washable Roll-On Wax costs £9.99 and is available from stores such as Boots. You can also check out Nair’s complete product range at www.naircare.co.uk