Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas gift set from Balance Me

Balance Me Rose Otto bath and body set

Balance Me gifts inside

You may have seen my previous Balance Me reviews - they're a natural, organic skincare brand started up by a pair of sisters (Clare and Rebecca Hopkins) who stepped away from their corporate careers and retrained in a holistic career, making skincare products in the home, in search of a better work life balance.

They've released a lovely range of Christmas gift sets, ranging from the rose otto bath and body set above, to body wash trio's to skincare collections for different skin concerns.

One thing I love about Balance Me is that they're free of parabens, mineral oil, sulphates and other nasties, and more importantly, they don't test on animals, yay.

The products of theirs I've used have been lovely, they've been hydrating, they've smelled amazing and felt really luxurious.  This would be a great gift for a friend, or mother/sister/daughter - and at £10 for the set, could even be a stocking filler, or a lovely present if you're on a tight budget.

You can find the set here if you're interested in picking it up, or have a look at their Christmas range here.

What are your favourite pieces from Balance Me?
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Newsflash: Yves Rocher Black Friday deals

Yves Rocher black friday deals 2014

Yves Rocher currently have just launched some amazing Black Friday deals - they start today and go on until Monday 1st December, they have up to 70% off 40 of their best selling products, good deal eh!  Could be a great opportunity to pick up some of your favourite products, try some new ones or pick up some affordable presents or stocking fillers for loved ones.

Anyway, I've put together a quick image on some of my top picks from their best sellers and a quick links to help you find them :)

What would be your top picks or on your wishlist?

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Yesterday, today & tomorrow

#AngelAddiction - Yesterday, today and tomorrow

A slightly different post for me today, a lifestyle post.  When something big happens in your life, one of those big events, it's a time when you evaluate where your life is going, where it's been and where you are, and ultimately if you're happy where you are and where it's going.

Needless to say, where I am right now and where it's going, I couldn't be happier with.  The people over at Angel perfume,Thierry Mugler have challenged bloggers to create a moodboard that encapsulates your most cherished addictions, both from the past, present and future.  

The top strip of the image reflects my past, Sooty was one of my most cherished childhood addictions, I was obsessed with him! I used to cry if he was told off, I used to cry when the show was over, and when I was little my mum took me to the theatre to see Sooty, I remember being so happy then :)  Then there's the stargazer lilly, a flower obsession that started when I was 15 and got my first job, working as a Saturday girl in a flower shop.  I discovered how beautiful these were, and how amazing they smell.

My present - well, my cat is a big part of my life, she's been a staple in it for the past 9 years and I hope she'll be in it for at least another 9 years.  She's certainly a character, she doesn't like other people, she's not friendly with others, but she's really affectionate with the hubby and I and just wants to be near us all the time, very cute.  Then we have an image of My Neighbour Totoro, probably my favourite Studio Ghibli film - the image represents my love of Studio Ghibli and their animation style, their beautiful details illustrations and fantastical stories.  I really hope that Squidge will grow up loving these too.

Next, my future.  It's going to be an obvious one, my future is these two, my baby and my husband. My life revolves around them and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Squidge is now 7 weeks old and coming on in leaps and bounds, and this Christmas (Dec 16th) will see the other half and I being together for 13 years (married for 6).  It's been a hell of a year, mostly horrendous and I have to say, I can't wait to see the back of it - but having Squidge and getting pregnant was the diamond in the rough, I guess that's life balancing itself out, if only it wasn't at such great emotional expense.

What does the future hold? Who knows, I hope it holds us raising a happy and healthy baby boy, moving to a bigger house to allow us to have baby number 2 and all of us being happy and healthy, that's about all I can wish for :)

What are your most cherished memories and what are you most looking forward to about the future? What are your #AngelAddictions?

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