Happy Monday lovelies!

I thought this week I’d kick off the blogging with a review from a fantastic product which I had the pleasure of reviewing over the weekend. On Friday last week I was invited to an event at Superdrug Surrey Quays to celebrate the launch of the imPRESS press-on manicure nails. Not only was this an exciting event with product testing, other bloggers, photos and cake (no event is complete without cake!) I was also super excited to meet the amazingly talented Rachel Leary, YouTube makeup extraordinaire who was there too!

The event was fab and I was lucky enough to take away a couple of samples of the imPRESS nails to try at home and since I was going to a party on Friday evening I thought it was a great opportunity to try out my favourite style which was the beige and silver.

About the product

The imPRESS press-on mani is a ‘press and go’ manicure which enables you to have fabulous looking nails in half the time (and a fraction of the price!) of getting them done professionally. The nails are easy to use with no glue; simply match up a false nail to the size of your own, peel off the plastic on the back of the nail and press down onto your natural nail. The imPRESS nails have a new super-hold technology which means that the adhesive is really strong allowing maximum wear time and less chance of nail related incidents at events! They are also super easy to remove at the end of the night with no painful removal and no damage to the natural nails underneath.

What I thought

My past experience of ‘stick-on’ nails has been limited. I have used a few brands which use nail glue before but have always been disappointed by having nails ping off in the middle of parties! As a previous acrylic addict, my natural nails are pretty ruined so while I am waiting for them to become stronger something which can give me low maintence and easy pretty nails for an evening would be perfect for me – needless to say I was excited to try the imPRESS manicure!

I am delighted to report that the imPRESS press-on manicure nails live up to all of their claims and my expectations! They were super easy to apply, even including a nail prep pad and cuticle stick within the pack to help prepare nails to ensure optimium application! Something else which I love about this product, that sets it apart from others on the market, is that it contains 30 nails in a pack including lots of different sizes so it was easy to find one to fit each finger. The application itself really was as easy as ‘press and go’ and they felt very sturdy all evening.

So did they last? Yes! They lasted all evening and I only lost one before I went to bed. I removed them the next morning which was easy and painless, considering how strongly stuck down they felt it was actually surpisingly easy to pull them off. I really like the fact that the imPRESS nails are shorter than others on the market which I think helps add to the durability and still look fab with less risk of losing one! I found that pressing them down regularly throughout the evening helped keep them strong.

I absolutely loved this design in particular and imPRESS make sooo many cute designs – plus the fact that every pack includes accent nails if you want to shake it up and add something different to your mani! I received loads of compliments on my nails and no one could believe they were out of a packet! For a quick and easy manicure that looks natural and lasts I would thoroughly recommend the imPRESS press-on manicure.

**Please note: I was given this product for reviewing purposes but the opinions, as always, are my own**

 

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on press-on nails?

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It was a good few months ago now that we went on our sneaky Easter minibreak escape to Montenegro and I’m ashamed that I haven’t had a chance to publish a travel post about it yet! So, before we go on our summer holiday (2 weeks and counting!) I thought it only fair to give our trip a little write up and share our photographs seeing as it was so stunning.

The first question most people asked us when we mentioned where we were going was.. well.. why Montenegro? It’s a fair question. Up to this point we are the only people we know out of all of our friends and extended family that have ever been! Scores of people seem to flood to Croatia these days, so I find the lack of the same enthusiasm for it’s neighbour odd, as Montenegro shares a similar vibe, climate and even looks similar! Plus, it’s still a pretty undiscovered gem, so perfect for a quiet, secret escape!

Our holiday

As it was a quick ‘let’s get out of here’ last minute holiday affair, we decided to go inexpensive and simple. Out of season (early April) the climate in Montenegro looked good and we found a great value all inclusive deal at a five star hotel in the holiday beach resort of Budva. All inclusive is not usually something we would go for our main holiday because we like to cook for ourselves and eat out in different places, but for the type of super relaxing short break we wanted we decided to go for it.

The hotel was called the Iberostar Bellevue and it was absolutely stunning. I was blown away when we first got there. Mainly because I’ve never seen a beachfront hotel over looking the sea which is also surrounded by spectacular mountains on the other side! The landscape was just something that you would never see in your normal Spain/ Portugal holidays and I couldn’t get over it! I was super happy to take loads of gorgeous photos with the stunning backdrop. Our room was fine, perfectly comfortable and functional with a lovely big balcony and a sea view which we weren’t expecting and was a lovely surprise. We could actually hear the sound of the waves at night which was amazing.

The Iberostar Belleview hotel

The weather we had was mixed. A bit of rain on the first two days so we took the opportunity to explore the local historic town of Budva and the montain city of Kotor to get some culture and sightseeing in. Due to it being out of season, Budva was a bit dead with a lot of shops and restaurants closed, but Kotor was much more lively and seemed to have a lot of tourists visiting despite the weather. Budva would definitely be worth a day trip particularly the old town to see the historic architecture, and the harbour which had some pretty pricey looking sun seekers! There were also some nice craft shops and cute restaurants.

Budva harbour

Budva old town

The city of Kotor was about an hour bus ride away and it was a whole other level of beautiful! If I had visualised a perfect, quaint Eastern European town then this was it. You can climb up some mountains at the back towards a church and get a load of this crazy stunning view.

The holiday was perfect for what we wanted, a ‘do-nothing’, relaxing break with a bit of sunshine.

 

I would thoroughly recommend considering Montenegro for your next holiday. It’s got great summer weather, beautiful safe beaches and stunning landscapes. Kotor is a stunning historic city and well worth a visit, as it’s a pretty small country most of it is accessible with a short car or bus journey. Although it was a bit quiet when we were there, you could tell that they were gearing up for a busy summer season so there would be no shortage of things to do there.

Have you been to Montenegro? Would you consider it?

 

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Spring is the perfect time to spring clean and shake up your skincare routine. Lately, I’ve really upped my skincare game. I feel like at the age of 25 it’s the right time to really invest time and energy into keeping my skin healthy. It’s so important to be consistent with a regular skincare routine to keep skin looking clear and glowing. Recently, I’ve discovered some gorgeous new products which I absolutely love and have done wonders for me, and I’ve also got some old favourites that I can’t live without! I’m going to share a few of my favourite skincare saviours with you.

Skintifique Cleanser P Hypoallergenic Micellar Water

This is a new addition to my skincare routine which I was recently sent to review. You can read my full review here, but I’ll just summarise what I love so much about it that has meant the Cleanser P is now part of my daily morning skincare routine. Firstly, in the mornings I am usually extremely pushed for time, and the nature of this micellar water means I can literally apply some to a cotton pad and cleanse my face in less than a minute, with no washing, faffing or otherwise! It does a great job; gently removing any traces of makeup from the day before and it really wakes me up and makes my skin feel fresh in the morning. Also, my skin is pretty sensitive so I love how gentle this cleanser is gently and completely hypoallergenic and nasty-free, which is something that is really important to me. If you are looking for something that will give great results with minimal fuss this is a great addition to your routine.

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

The original game changer and forever my favourite. I have been a loyal fan of Liz’s range for years and this cleanser is an enduring winner for me. I use the hot cloth cleanser every night when I’ve got more time and I really want to feel like I can wash the day away by deep cleansing my face. The product lathers up into a thick foam which I love because it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh afterwards, and then removing it with a warm muslin cloth (as recommended) helps to sooth and deep cleanse all my pours. A truly luxurious product.

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Mask

Now, this baby is something I picked up from the wonderful Exuviance skincare stall at BlogConLDN and I must say I am totally hooked and so glad I discovered it! I have had oxygen facials before, in salons (usually at great expense) and have found the results to be excellent. The benefits of bringing oxygen to your skincare are many, brightening dull skin, renewing, rejuvenating and so on. The Bionic Oxygen Facial mask contains pure essential oxygen plus Exuviance’s Bionic Complex for energising and bringing new life to the skin. I have found the results to be outstanding and this is now a staple item in my skincare collection. It’s on the high-end side in regards to price, but in my opinion totally worth it! I use the product roughly once a week and notice how bright, clear and glowing my skin feels afterwards. Five stars Exuviance – very impressed.

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment

This mask is my next choice and is an old favourite of mine. I like it so much because it’s gentle enough to use regularly (several times a week) and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It’s naturally active ingredients promote brightening and the plant oils nourish skin to make it feel softer and smoother. I have used this mask regularly for years and I still find it a great mid-range choice which gives great results.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks

I must admit despite Elemis’ popularity I have never really tried many of their products at home but I recently received a sample of these collagen eye masks and I thought I had to include them in this little line up. Even at 25 (which is not old by my standards!) I am self conscious about fine lines and tired looking eyes. This mask comes in the form of little eye patches and are clinically proven to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As I wouldn’t say that I don’t have any really noticeable wrinkles I can’t say for sure whether they do ‘instantly reduce’ them but I did see an immediate brightening and refreshing of my eye area and I was really impressed with the product. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Clarins Multi Active Day Cream

Last but not least, this little wonder which has actually caused me to change my lifelong faithful moisturiser! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Liz Earle moisturiser but for now I have switched to the Clarins day cream, simply for how incredible it makes my skin feel! It smells amazing, is suitable for all skin types and after using it my skin feels smooth, tightened, brightening and just generally gorgeous! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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I hope you enjoyed my skincare saviours round up! I love writing about skincare and trying new products. I know good quality skincare can be a pricey investment, but I feel these products are a mixture of mid-range and high-end, but are all high quality products which are really worth it for the excellent results they give.

What are your skincare saviours?

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Morning lovelies! I’ve done quite a few hair-related posts lately which is not like me at all. I genuinely neglect my hair – hardly ever having it cut and I’m generally just a wash and go kinda girl. I rarely use product in it – other than the occasional bit of Argan oil when it’s feeling super dry. However, when I was a #BlogConLDN (we are going all the way back to March now! It’s gone so quickly!) I had a chance to chat to a lovely lady from Natural World Haircare about my barnet. She ‘diagnosed’ my hair as being fine and damaged, I knew it was damaged that’s for sure and I always have issues getting volume and lift into it so I guess it is pretty fine. She recommended that I try the Chia Seed Oil range which would help give my hair volume and a bit of life. I was excited to try it out and see.

I’m a big fan of Chia Seeds in ‘real life’ and I know all about the benefits of eating them, but not much about what they can do for my hair! Apparently the seeds are fantastic for giving hair natural shine and making it fuller and more bouncy. Natural World use only organic Chia Seed Oil, which I love, and their products are paraben, phosphate and gluten free (I didn’t know that was a thing with hair shampoo – but there you go!).

I have been using the Chia Seed range shampoo, conditioner and hair oil for several weeks now and the results are positive. I do feel like after using them my hair does have a bit more ‘bounce’ and it definitely feels less flat at the roots. I have noticed a more shiny appearance as well and I feel like my hair has become stronger. The only thing I’ve been finding tricky is where I usually use products which are geared more towards deep conditioning (as my hair is so dry) rather than volumising – I’ve been finding my hair is much more tangled when I’m done washing it than I’m used to. It takes me a bit longer with the Tangle Teaser than it does with other ranges, but once my hair is brushed and dried the results are fantastic and I’m very impressed.

To find out more about the Chia Seed Oil range or any other Natural World products then you can check them out online here.

***Please note: I was sent this product for reviewing purposes, however the opinions are my own***

Have you tried any of the Natural World products? What do you prefer to use in your hair?

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Don’t you just love getting your hair done?! I honestly enjoy going to the hairdressers so much. I love the feeling of being pampered, having my hair washed and styled and, even though I only ever have a trim, I love how my hair feels when it’s freshly cut. I always think it makes you feel so much better.

So, when I was asked to visit new Rush hair salon in the beautiful Wimbledon Village for a haircut I was only too happy to attend. Not only for the above reasons but also because I generally love Rush salons and I have always found them to give an excellent service. In fact, my local Rush salon in Greenwich was actually responsible for saving me from a hair colour PURPLE DISASTER 5 days before my wedding day (no, I’m not making this up), but that’s a story for another day.

On this occasion I was booked in for a haircut and blowdry at Rush Wimbledon Village. The salon itself is situated in the rather lovely and upmarket area of Wimbledon Village; a short walk from the main town and train station at Wimbledon. I made a morning of it and as it was a nice day spent an hour window shopping in the cute gifty shops and had a coffee in one of the quaint independent cafes. Rush is located perfectly in the heart of the village.

When it was time for my appointment I was greeted at reception and showed to my seat quickly. The salon inside is really stylish and has definitely got that ‘new’ feel. I’m obsessed with the stunning crystal chandelier they’ve got! Once seated I was delighted to be presented with magazines and my choice of drink (apple juice), but not only that – the drink came accompanied by popcorn, biscuits and Lindor chocolates! Amazing! It was a fabulous touch which will really make customers feel extra special.

My stylist Zoe came over to see me quickly and chatted to me about what I wanted to do with my hair and how much would need to come off the ends. Although I like to keep my hair long, I also love getting rid of all the dead ends so that my hair looks fresh and healthy. Zoe was very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable in the new salon straight away.

So, after feeling super well looked after and chatting through how I wanted my hair cut and blow dried with Zoe I was taken through to have my hair washed. My favourite part! Is there anything more relaxing in the world?! Well, the relaxation is taken to the next level at Rush, with the hair wash room being dark with twinkly lights, relaxing music and reclining chairs that massage you! Bliss. Zoe talked me through the shampoo options and asked me what type of products I like to use. She explained she would be using Shu Umeura products on my hair because they use rich natural oils to moisturise and give life back to the hair – something my locks were in desperate need of! Zoe also explained the different treatment options which I could add as an extra to my hair cut. I chose a deep moisturising and repairing treatment.

After the hair wash it was time for my cut. I was only having a simple style – a few inches off the ends and some graduated layers around my face (my usual) but Zoe took her time and did an excellent job. I was so impressed with how she dried my hair too. I asked for it with a natural curl and she blow-dried my hair in sections, each with a loose, bouncy curl and I have to say it looked amazing! The curls even held for the next day or too and, due to the treatment she used, that ‘shiny, new hair’ feeling stayed with me for several washes afterwards. I left feeling a million dollars, so much so I even took some selfies of my hair when I got home!

Overall, I loved my experience at the salon and I would highly recommend it. I was very impressed with the salon itself, the friendliness of the staff and the excellent service I received, as I have been with all Rush salons I have visited before. I had a great time chatting to Zoe who was so friendly and an amazing hair dresser. Everything from the décor of the interior to the professionalism of the staff made for a first class salon experience.

You can visit the salon’s website for more information and to book here.

***I visited this salon for reviewing purposes but the opinions are my own***

Where is your favourite hairdresser? Have you got a regular or do you change it up?