Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Take a peek inside the Zoella Apartment...

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Earlier this month I hot-footed it down to London, to take a peek in the beautiful Zoella Apartment and have a preview of quite possibly the most exciting launch of the year - Zoella Lifestyle.

Yes, that's right - as well as a beauty range and a book series, Zoe is now adding a range of lifestyle products to her already extremely impressive repertoire. The Zoella Apartment showcased these beautifully, as well as allowing press and bloggers to have a look at the new additions to her beauty range - including a Christmas range of products!

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zoella christmas

When I arrived at the apartment I fell in love almost immediately - walking through the doors I was met with Christmas music and Christmas products galore - along with a table set for Christmas dinner, and a real Christmas tree! Copper accents were in place throughout, and overall the whole room just screamed Zoe. I had a look at all of the Christmas products Zoe is releasing this year, and there are SO many gorgeous things. All in a delicious gingerbread scent (I am SO excited about this), the Christmas range includes everything from fizz bars to hand cream, makeup bags to lip balms, and even a brand new fragrance! One of the stand-out products has got to be the Pamper Hamper, which retails at £50 from Superdrug and includes shower cream, hand cream, bath salts, a bath fizzer and even an adorable little purse, all in a gorgeous white wicker hamper.

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zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle

On to the next room, and I walked into a beautifully scented bedroom which was home to Zoe's debut fragrance collection, as well as a few other bits and pieces. The bed was covered in a plethora of cute pom pom cushions with the words 'Naps fix everything' emblazoned across them (these are part of the lifestyle range and cost £12 each), and around the room there were candles and reed diffusers everywhere. Zoe has created a range of scented candles and diffusers, in several scents. There's 'Lazy Days', with notes of fresh linen and cotton, 'My Eden', a gorgeous floral scent with roses, jasmine and geraniums, 'Seaside Stroll', a scent of fresh air and ocean breeze, 'Daisy Picking', a mix of wildflowers and green grass, 'Gingerbread Village' (exclusive to Superdrug), a delicious Christmassy scent of gingerbread, vanilla and cinnamon, and 'Homemade Treats', a delicious mix of sweet whipped buttercream and salted caramel cupcakes, which is currently just available as a diffuser. The candles are £10 and the diffusers £12, which I think is pretty reasonable considering how good they smell and how pretty they look - even the packaging is seriously gorgeous. There are a few gift sets in the fragrance range too - including a candle duo with 'Daisy Picking' and 'Seaside Stroll' (£18), the candle and reed diffuser from the 'My Eden' (which is said to be Zoe's favourite) range, and a super cute 'Lazy Days' set, featuring the candle of the same name and some soft knitted grey socks (£16).

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Attached to the beautiful bedroom was an ensuite, full to the brim with some new additions to Zoe's classic beauty collection. There's now a hand sanitiser (£3.50), sugar scrub (£7), bath soak (£7) and body cream (£8), all of which have the lovely classic fragrance.

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zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle
zoella lifestyle

Finally, a step into (what I'm calling) the office area revealed a closer look at my favourite range of all - Zoella Lifestyle. Zoe's brand new collection of home and lifestyle products are perfect for anyone who loves Zoe's taste in decor - particularly if you're a fan of marble and copper! I have a lot of time for both so am absolutely head over heels in love with this range. With pencils (£5 for the set), storage pots (£10 for two), a keyring (£6), travel mug (£14 in a set with fingerless gloves) notebook (£14) and stationery book (£10), as well as the 'Naps fix everything' cushion (£12) mentioned previously, this collection is total homeware goals. I literally want EVERYTHING from it - in particular I have my eye on the 'Once upon a time...' notebook and 'Topped with cream and sprinkles' travel mug. I just love it all and after seeing it in the flesh I can profess that they are just as beautiful (if not more) in person than they are in the pictures above.

All of the beauty products will be available in Superdrug and Feelunique, and the lifestyle range will be available on Boots, Debenhams, Superdrug and Waterstones. There's even a gorgeous grey rucksack complete with goodies inside which will be available exclusively to Boots, too. The best thing? Superdrug released the new collections online yesterday, so you can now get your mitts on Zoella Lifestyle on the Superdrug website (or just click the relevant links above to take you to each product).

Phew! That was a long one, but totally worth it as this is such a cracking range. I will have some review posts on a few of the goodies I picked up a the apartment very soon, so keep an eye out for that!
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Getting back into fitness with new workout wear

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I have to admit, I've been really lacking on the fitness front lately. After going in all guns blazing a while back, things have slowly begun to slip and my heart just doesn't feel in it like it used to. I half-heartedly go to the gym, do the same routines whilst watching YouTube videos and then head home, feeling good but slightly deflated that I didn't really give it my all. The solution for my fitness lull? New gym wear, of course. 

I realised recently that, as well as my gym routines feeling dull, my gym wear has been feeling a bit on the boring side too. As much as I love my trusty Primark workout gear, it's not the most stylish and doesn't exactly have me feeling pumped for the gym anymore. So, I thought it was about time I branched out and found some new fitness gear to help get me back to my former, gym-loving self. A brand I had admired from afar for quite a while was Pink Soda Sport, which is a hit with celebs and fashion bloggers alike, so I thought it was about time I got my hands on some. 

Available from JD Sports, Pink Soda Sport is a fairly new range which everyone who is anyone seems to be wearing. In super stylish styles that are still affordable, it's no wonder the brand is so popular. I was kindly sent the 2-in-1 Muscle Tank Top*, which is basically a tank top and sports bra in one, with the reflective Pink Soda emblem on the front and a really cool open back. It goes perfectly with the Heart Capri Tights*, which are super comfy and make you feel really secure. It has a hidden pocket and an elastic drawcord to ensure they stay up, too. Whereas I normally opt for more colourful options when it comes to gym wear, I actually really love this grey and black combo and feel really confident in it. 

Here's hoping that these new additions to my wardrobe will bring me some of that much-needed motivation back - all being well, I should have a post to help with workout motivation up in a couple of weeks. Now I just need a pair of new kicks to complete the outfit! 

Do you find what you wear affects how you work out? Let me know! 
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Treatbox: the adorable subscription box you need in your life



We all know that subscription boxes are HUGE news right now. There are monthly beauty boxes, food boxes... even boxes for our pets! One subscription box I hadn't come across until recently, however, is Treatbox.

Treatbox most definitely stands out to me, particularly in this increasingly over-saturated world of subscription boxes, because it's just so different. Instead of just supplying beauty products or healthy snacks, with no frills whatsoever, Treatbox is a monthly lifestyle box bursting with an array of different things. From adorable notebooks to pretty fairy lights, cute coasters to sparkly bath bombs, it has a little bit of everything I love, with a selection of cute quote prints thrown in for good measure.

I feel like this subscription box is just perfect for the uber Instagrammable world we're currently living in... it's super pretty, packed with inspirational and motivational quotes, sweet treats and goodies you'll actually use. I've received both the July and August Treatboxes and have been completely and utterly in love with them both.

The July Treatbox* (pictured to the bottom) was all about summer - and even opening it up I was hit with the uh-mazing smell of all things tropical. With a Pina Colada candle, an adorable makeup bag, pineapple bracelet, watermelon badge, 'Every day is an Adventure' plaque, several cute prints and other sweet add-ons like a packet of confetti, love heart sweets, bubbles and a 'hooray' flag, I squealed with delight upon opening it and have found the perfect home for everything featured.

The August Treatbox* (pictured at the top) was all about dreaming big - and as a self-confessed dreamer, I felt a bit like this box was made for me. With a selection of cute cards, some lovely heart-shaped bath bombs, wire fairy lights, a rainbow patch, a set of two super sweet little notebooks, a 'Do what you love every day' coaster and of course, the obligatory sweeties and prints, I absolutely love every single thing in this box and I just feel like it's so me!

Treatbox costs £12 as a subscription or £12.95 as a one-off, and I think it is totally and utterly worth it. I'm pretty sure the contents add up to more than that and the way each box is put together every month and comes through the postbox like a little surprise of loveliness makes it worth every penny. If you're not keen on surprises, you also have the option to put your own box together too - or you can buy the goodies featured in the boxes separately too.

Overall I absolutely adore Treatbox and cannot recommend it enough. If you're looking for a new subscription box to sign up for, this is it! It's such a lovely monthly treat (pardon the pun!) that honestly always brings a smile to my face and brightens my day! I believe there are only a few September boxes left so get in quick if you want to get your treat on for next month!
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Make Time to Treat Your Feet




If there is one thing I always neglect when it comes to my beauty regime, it has got to be my feet. Aside from the (very) occasional haphazard application of polish to my toes, I literally do nothing else to look after them. And, considering how much feet go through (you know, what with being walked on all day and all) I thought it was about time this changed.

I will admit, the beautiful summer weather has definitely spurred on my mission to get my tootsies looking their best - slipping on your sandals when you have chipped toe polish and a whole lot of rough skin going on isn't the nicest. Add to that the fact I'm going on holiday soon and will be donning flipflops 90% of the time, I thought it was probably best to start incorporating a bit of foot care (how glamorous?) into my beauty regime.

When it comes to making your feet look their most fabulous, there are three key products you want to invest in: a foot scrub, a foot cream, and some kind of foot-scrubbing gadget. Now, I'll admit that as I haven't really been one to beautify my feet much up until now, I haven't tried that many foot products. However, I know a good product when I see one and so I thought I'd run through the foot care favourites I've been loving recently.

First up, I just have to confess my love for Bomb Cosmetics' incredible foot care duo. If creating amazing candles wasn't enough, Bomb Cosmetics also do some pretty awesome beauty bits, and since receiving these I haven't been able to stop using them. The Dr Foot Refreshing Foot Scrub* is fantastic - in an absolutely gorgeous citrus scent, it contains shea butter and sunflower oil to moisturise and hydrate feet, along with black pepper and lemongrass essential oils to help perk up tired feet. It definitely feels super refreshing and isn't too harsh on the feet either. Also from Bomb Cosmetics, the Tippy Toe Revitalising Foot Lotion* is possibly my favourite of all the foot products featured in this post - this is just the most indulgent and luxurious treat for your feet ever, with 30% pure shea butter, peppermint and rosemary essential oils and sunflower oil, it is super rich and melts from a lotion into more of an oil once rubbed in. It leaves my feet feeling incredible and so every chance I've had I've been slathering them in this!

If you're looking for a bit more of a travel-friendly foot cream, or perhaps have a few more pennies to spend, however, I'm also a big fan of Elemis' Treat Your Feet Foot Cream. A little of this goes a long way and as it's infused with patchouli, eucalyptus and lemon oils, it smells amazing. It contains shea butter and jojoba oil to intensely moisturise and soften feet, and definitely feels somewhat thicker than the Bomb Cosmetics lotion, so is perhaps better for those suffering with really dry feet.

Finally, the most exciting thing about pampering your feet has got to be when it's time to get the gadgets out. Now, I've always admired these hard skin removing products from afar, never feeling the need to really invest in one, but after trying the MicroPedi Nano* I feel like this might have to change. It works to exfoliate and get rid of any dry, hard skin, leaving your feet feeling super soft and smooth. I was a bit apprehensive about using it at first, but once you get into it it's actually really satisfying almost sanding away at the hard bits on your feet! In a matter of minutes my feet were feeling SO much softer and smoother, all thanks to that nifty little gadget.

Of course, it wouldn't be a proper treat for your feet without painting those toes, and at the moment my go-to polishes have got to be All That Jazz polish in this gorgeous sparkly pink colour, or, if I want to go a bit more pastel and pretty, I'll opt for Barry M's Coconut Infusion lacquer in Laguna. Both apply beautifully and look fab on the toes!

What are your foot-pampering must-haves? Do you neglect your feet when it comes to your beauty regime too? Let me know!
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