3 August 2015

Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm - bargain alert

Since discovering Emma Hardie skincare back in 2011 no matter what new products I try, I always find myself gravitating back to the moringa cleansing balm. It really is one of the best cleansers out there! This weekend whilst out shopping I came across a rather fab offer which I thought would be worth sharing in case anyone else wanted to stock up: 
I had no idea Emma Hardie did mini sets of the moringa cleansing balm but considering it comes with 3x50ml for the same price as the usual 100ml tub this set is seriously good value. Plus the smaller size will come in so handy for travel. Even better there's currently a 20% off code for Marks and Spencer (link here) making the entire set just £30.40. You'll have to hurry though as the discount code expires tonight. 

At the time of writing it's currently sold out online but if you're also a fan of the Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm then I would definitely recommend popping into a larger store today and picking one up! 

ETA: It's now back in stock online, link here.

PS. Not a sponsored post, I just though was a really good offer and wanted to share 

30 July 2015

Street feast at Lewisham Model Market

One of the many reasons why I love living in London - the amazing pop ups and food markets that spring up all over town during the summer. I'd heard that Lewisham has a food market but not being able to find it I wasn't too fussed until Gemma shared her photos over on Flutter and sparkle. Needless to say I was soon convinced and it wasn't long before I was arranging a trip to Lewisham model market myself: 


Located just behind the shopping center Lewisham model market makes use of an abandoned shopping arcade every Friday and Saturday during the summer. The line up changes regularly but luckily for me most of the favourites seem to be there every week.

With around 15-20 stalls we were spoilt for choice with everything from Asian street food to burgers and desserts. There's also a bar and lounge area upstairs where you can enjoy dinner and drinks overlooking the market.


We started with these Korean chicken wings from Spit and Roast which were so good we ended up going back for more. Crispy bite sized wings coated in the most amazing sticky chilli sauce. Deliciously moreish and definitely a dish that I would recommend. 


Next came these giant ribs from Smoke House. Cooked over a flame grill and smothered in BBQ sauce these were ridiculously messy to eat but oh my goodness were they good! Juicy tender pork that went perfectly with the sweet smokey sauce.


After a few dishes we were in need of some hydration and what better than a refreshing cocktail served in an hallowed out watermelon. Very Instagramable and a fun way to share a drink. 


Yum Bun was another favourite and both the scrimp and pork belly were absolutely delicious. Salty meat and flavoured mayonnaise/hoisin sauce wrapped in the lightest fluffiest bun. In fact we enjoyed these so much we went back for another 2 servings. 

I have Gemma to thank for the last savoury dish of the day. The double candy bacon flipper from Mother Flipper (above in the first photo). A juicy beef patty in a brioche bun with melted American cheese, pickles and candied bacon. The whole thing was so well flavoured and the crispy bacon absolutely delicious too. I've never had it with maple syrup before but it's definitely something that I'll be recreating at home.


There were a few options for dessert too. I'd planned to try some brownies from SE bakery or a Meringue girls sundae but in the end I couldn't resist this ice cream from my favourite Yum Bun. I loved the combination of cold coffee ice cream and warm toasted brioche bun and it was the perfect end to our meal. 

Lewisham model market has a fun chilled out urban vibe and as the night goes on it gets packed with full of people all out to have a good time and enjoy the food and atmosphere on offer. It's on all summer and if you're ever in the area then I would definitely recommend a visit.

Have you been to Model Market before? What are your favourite street food stalls?

23 July 2015

An introduction to Sulis & Thermae

One of my favourite things about blogging is being introduced to lots of amazing new brands and websites. I've lost count of the number of products that have gone on to be firm favourites so when new website Sulis & Thermae got in touch and asked if I'd like to try a selection of their items I jumped at the chance:



Sulis & Thermae very much focuses on luxury aromatherapy inspired skincare, bath and bodycare and features a mix of well known brands such as Miller Harris and newer launches such as Arran Aromatics and Rue de Marli.

Of the 4 my favourite has to be Aromaworks nurture body oil. Body oils always feel so luxurious and moisturising anyway but the blend of may chang, chamomile and sandalwood smells incredible and when used during a massage I could easily close my eyes and imagine I'm in a posh spa somewhere. There's also a mini sample of Aromaworks nourish body finish cream. A light quick absorbing body lotion which has more of an invigorating herbal smell.

The Pretty Peaushun skin tight body lotion is an interesting one. It has light reflecting particles to give a subtle glow to the skin and the combination of plant extracts is designed to lift, firm, minimise bruises, ease sore muscles and even repel insects too. Now I can't say I've had much experiences with bruise and insect bites so far but it does make for a nice moisturising body lotion and the metallic pouch ideal for throwing into my travel bag. 

Mini fragrance samples aren't usually my thing but I like that the Miller Harris La Collection Decouverte comes with spray vials rather than little tubes which makes it so much easier to use. I've always found the brand a little overwhelming for the sheer number of scents but a sampler set like this allows me to try them in the comfort of my home. In general they're a lot smokier than my usual perfumes but my favourite so far has to be La Pluie and Terre d'iris.

Have you tried anything from Sulis & Thermae before? What are your favourite aromatherapy inspired products?

15 July 2015

Glossybox July 2015 - Vive La France

It's been a while since my last Glossybox review, but their limited edition designs are always more special and thanks to the gorgeous Parisian inspired theme it was love at first sight with this month's Vive La France box




As much as I love the beauty samples my favourite boxes are always the ones that include a little something extra, be it a lovely print or a beautiful travel bag, both of which are in this month's Glossybox. Not to mention the gorgeous Parisian inspired box itself. Recently I've been having a big clear out and throwing out a lot of the old Glossyboxes but this is one that I'll definitely be keeping for make up storage. 

The products themselves are very skincare focused and whilst I would have loved to see a summery nail colour or a pink lipgloss I can't really complain as they're all well chosen and can be easily incorporated into any skincare routine. I'm particularly excited about the Teoxane cosmeceuticals perfect skin refiner, a combination of hyaluronic and glycolic acid to help resurface and rehydrate the skin as you sleep at night. Vichy aqualia thermal cream is both lightweight and hydrating and the sample size perfect for taking away on holiday. 

You can never have too many lip balms and not only does Lollipops lip balm delicieuse smell sugary sweet, it also contains antioxidants and vitamin E to help protect against UV rays. Finally completing the set is Noxidoxi enhancing serum base, a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which you apply before moisturiser to help protect and hydrate the skin. 

French skincare is often hailed as some of the best in the world and whilst I'm not familiar with most of the brands, I'm really looking forward to giving them all a try. Plus the clear pouch will come in so handy for travel and I'm already planning on framing the Parisian print for my desk. 


Are you a Glossybox subscriber? Did you like this month's Parisian inspired theme?

7 July 2015

Sachajuan volume and protective hair perfume review

Of all the products on my bathroom shelf, haircare always seems to be the one that always runs out first. I'm forever replacing my shampoo and conditioner but the upside is that I get to try lots of lovely new brands. The latest of which is Sachajuan haircare and for the last month or so I've been putting 3 of their products to the test:

Sachajuan volume shampoo and conditioner, Sachajuan protective hair perfume, Sachajuan, Review
Sachajuan volume shampoo, volume conditioner and protective hair perfume

The entire Sachajuan range is designed to be beautifully  minimalistic, yet still very practical and eye catching. I love that it comes with a pour out lid and shape makes the bottle nice and easy to hold. It's also got a lovely powdery floral scent which reminds me of the high end brands they use in fancy hair salons.

Of the 3 my favourite has to be the Sachajuan volume shampoo. It foams up easily to produce a satisfying lather, doesn't irritate my scalp, rinses away without any residue and always leaves my hair feeling bouncy and deep cleansed. The Sachajuan conditioner is very light and would be ideal if you have very fine or greasy hair. Personally I prefer something a little richer and tend to top it up every week or so with a deep conditioning mask. Completing the trio is this lovely Sachajuan hair perfume. A luxury purchase but a gorgeous scent all the same and it'll definitely make you feel extra glam for a special occasion.

Have you tried anything from Sachajuan haircare? What products are you currently using?
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