Friday, 24 November 2017

Holland and Barett beauty kitchen

As much as I go on about the importance of looking after yourself, taking time to relax, I am guilty of sometimes working myself to the point of burn-out. This month alone I have moved house, gone on holiday, dealt with a bucket load of stress at work, been so poorly I've ended up in A&E, and been a 24/7 shoulder to cry on for a very close friend with their personal issues. I'm not going to lie, I'm physically and mentally exhausted! If there is one thing that makes it possible for me to instantly relax and unwind though, it has to be a good pamper night. I was super excited then when I heard that Holland and Barrett were opening their ‘Beauty Kitchen’ with a range that almost felt made for me – “Chill me”.

100% natural, 100% effective, 100% affordable are the promises of the Beauty Kitchen, available both online and in selected refurbished stores. It comes in 6 different ranges ‘Love me’, ‘Inspire me’, ‘Wake me’, Refresh me’, ‘Spoil me’, and my favourite, ‘Chill me’, which has strong scents of lavender and rosemary – my favourites! I was lucky enough to be sent a little goodie box from the beauty kitchen to try.

The chill-me hand soap is a beautiful spectrum of different shades of purple, it has a relaxing scent of lavender that is strong and long-lasting, resistant to other strong scents that can sometimes take over (I’m guilty of getting coffee on my hands most days). What is even better about this is how soft it leaves your hands after use, I have now got it next to my kitchen sink to help moisturise my hands after the abuse they go though cooking and cleaning.

My bath was made perfect with the bath-bomb, I tried it after my first run of three years – so I desperately needed the relaxation! It dissolved quickly turning my bath the same colour as parma-violets, and smelt gorgeous. It wasn’t as strong as other bath bombs can be either so I could wash my hair without risking it getting greasy. The best bit? The bomb is split into two halves meaning you get double the use for the same money.

My absolute favourite was the 60-second manicure. I like to take a break from my acrylics once every few months to let my nails recover from the damage of having them done. Usually this means I take weeks of buffing and moisturising to get them back to normal and to get them growing again. With the use of this, it took just two weeks. The product is like an oily exfoliating scrub that buffs away ridges, moisturises nail beds, and stimulates growth in 1 short minute. 

I was so happy when I learnt that there was a store local to me in York that stocked the products so that I could go and try out some more goodies. The new layout of the store looked fantastic, and the staff were amazingly helpful in going through the different products and what they can be used for. I definitely think that Beauty Kitchen lives up to its promises, and their products are now something I now use every day. If you have a beauty kitchen store near you pop in and see what you think! (if not, then the products are also available online)



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Rosannah Style Party

Image isn't everything, but when it takes only 7 seconds for us to form a first impression you are more likely to be judged by your outfit than your kind-heartedness and your volunteering, which is something we all worry about in professional situations like job interviews and important meetings. To be honest before I started university my wardrobe is something I very rarely considered, and the idea that different colours could suit people in different ways was something I had never comprehended - that is until I had an incident with a yellow dress that made me look like Orville crossed with a canary that made me vow to sort out what I wear! 

Thankfully, there are people who understand style, and have businesses that can offer you a colour consultation and a 'style party' to get you started on understanding what suites you. I turned for help at Roseannah,  a fair-trade company in Orchard Square, Sheffield. Rosannah sells a selection of accessories, clothes, scarves, jewellery, that are fairly traded and ethically sauced, with the proceeds going towards helping restore lives affected by the horrors of human trafficking, through charities in the UK and abroad. Their mission is to restore lives affected by poverty in developing countries and enable people to take control of their lives through trade, education, and economic independance

The owner of the company, Rachel,  also hosts Style Parties, where people get a colour consultation to see what shades and tones suit them best, and I was lucky enough to be invited along to one with some lovely bloggers a few months ago. 
Roseannah ethical style
Roseannah ethical style
Roseannah ethical style

The shop is possibly one of the most photogenic places I have ever visited, it is pristine in clean white which makes all the colours of the stock stand out. Against one wall there are large floor-to-ceiling mirrors with chairs in front of them, which is where the consultation took place. As I took a seat in front of the mirror Rachel started with a silver and gold piece of material lay next to my face, we were told to see which colour made subtle changes to my face - such as making me look younger, taking away my dark circles, and making me generally look healthier. We then repeated the process with warm and cool shades of red, blue, and pink. It turned out I suit "cool bright" colours best, and it was amazing to see that wearing them colours next to my face could actually make me look like I had a face lift!

Roseannah ethical style

After the consultation I got chance to nosey around the shop. As Roseannah works closely with charities around the world which work to empower the workers and pay a fair wage, all their products are ethical, fair trade, and sustainable. What's more is that, unlike a lot of charity products which you can buy, they are also so stylish and fashionable enough to wear with pride - especially with my new wardrobe! If you want to check out Roseannah they can be found in Orchard Square, upstairs, next to Starbucks, or online here.

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