Sunday, 31 May 2015

TT Beauty Mask Review

Dim the lights, get your favourite scented candle on the go, nice cup of peppermint tea, (or if you're naughty like me a nice glass of prosecco!), it's time to relax and treat yourself and I'm going to show you how.

Now I love a mini home spa night, I love playing around with different treatments so when I got the opportunity to try Timeless Truth Beauty Masks I was very very excited!



Now when I'm wanting to chill out and relax with a little pamper sesh I don't like too much messing. I'm not a fan of having to smear something all over my face, wait for it to dry, try not to smile, sneeze or sing and crack it up and then try to get it all off. I'm supposed to be relaxing for pete's sake! So for a while now I have favoured a sheet mask. Sheet masks, if you don't know, are exactly as they sound a sheet which you put on your face as a mask. Usually soaked in a serum and when applied help boost hydration and help replenish moisture and oils to the skin. I also like them as they are the most hygienic way to treat your face as you don't have to smear anything on your skin with your fingers, just tap on and relax.

Good right?

Well TT Beauty Masks have just made everything a whole lot better!



Their innovative, patented system means that the mask is not just soaked in serum, the actual mask itself is made with dried powder already in the cloth. The powder combined with the serum makes for the first intensive masks of this kind.

I was sent the Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle Mask which claims: to be a rich herbal infusion with Immortelle Extract to make skin feel nourished, hydrated, helping reduce fine lines, relieve dryness and blemishes. They say that the mask helps boost cellular activity and optimises hydration creating smoother finer looking skin.

Immortelle is a flower know for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, Imortelle's ability to stimulate the production of new skins cells makes it popular in facial care for mature skin.

You just open the pack, unfold the mask and peel off a plastic layer then place it on your face. It fit my face really well, just pat it on and let it do its thing! My favourite thing was that I could still sip my wine with it on without it cracking like other masks! Hehe! You leave the mask on for 15 - 20 minutes so you have time to moisturise your body, or do your nails, or just sit down and relax as its a very calming feeling having the mask on your face. When I took the mask off my skin was glowing and bright, but not greasy in anyway, it dried straight away and my skin was so soft to the touch.



I love it because I do spend a lot of time abroad and in the sun,  I'm a real sun junkie and my skin is starting to pay the price for that. This mask is like an intensive facial. I've paid in excess of £30 - £50 for a facial treatment before and I'm not kidding this would rival some of those. These aren't cheap masks, its £4.90 for one so you can tell the quality. I'm so glad I found this brand, I love nights in, having a long soak in the bath, ex foliating, doing my nails and popping on a face mask. But I feel a lot of the time the ones on the high street are kind of cheap and uneffective. This feels like you are paying for a real treatment, a real boost for your skin and there are so many to choose from!

Check the rest of the Fusion range here - there are absolutely loads of masks for every skin type and preference!

I'm also really excited to try out this amazing and totally chic travel pack I was sent. I'm planning on using it when I travel to America soon. My skin always gets really dehydrated on flights so I'm planning on using the three step system recommended for trips such as that.



I am genuinely so happy I have this ready for that trip as I can't wait to see the difference in my skin when I show it some love on long flights.

For more information on TT Beauty Masks check out their website here -http://www.thebeautymask.co.uk/

All products can be bought through the website and I really recommend you picking the perfect mask for you and having a home spa night!


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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Summer Sandals

Let's all just take a moment and take in how truly gorgeous this shoes are.   



Genuine leather in tan, block heel bang on trend for this season, and they are SO comfy to wear.

Then let me tell you where I found these beauty's...

F&F by Tesco! 



Unbelievable! I've never bought clothes or shoes from Tesco before, I've never even looked but I was passing through and these grabbed my attention as they are just so darn stylish! But wait it gets better they were half price! £35 down to £17.50. It's definitely going to make me return to have a look through their collections again some time! 

This shape of these sandals make them the perfect shoe for summer. Easy to wear day to night and be dressed up with skirts and dresses, or, as I intend, you can pair them with shorts or white jeans for a laid back feel. 

I'm pretty pleased with my bargain pair so it's worth checking your local Tesco clothing section to see what other finds are in their Sale section. 

I'm pretty sure these are set to sell out so I've found you some high street alternatives as this is a trend that's going to be around all summer ..

Kurt Geiger £110


Office £65


Office £60


Aldo £60 


Topshop £55


If anyone else has any summer shoe suggestions or inspiration let me know! 






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Thursday, 21 May 2015

The ultimate in luxury scents! Heir and Grace Candles.

For girls who love to live luxuriously, I've found something you are going to love.
For anyone who loves to surround themselves with something simply sensational, read on.
For those who like the finer things in life I present you with..

Heir and Grace. The freshest fragrance faces on the luxury candle scene. 





I was lucky enough to be gifted a beautifully packaged and presented Heir and Grace candle as I am a self confessed candle-a-holic. And not just candles; anything that smells lovely, room fragrances, perfumes, difusers.. I just love my home to smell fantastic. Not only that but I love scents that truely feel luxurious. I love a candle that can fill the room with its aroma and create the perfect atmosphere to spend some quality time in. 



I received from Heir and Grace their Citrus and Jasmine candle and it is just the freshest, most delicious and divine fragrance ever. 



When I was trying it for the first time I was having a little home spa session, I dimmed the lights and lit my candle and the fruity tones combined with the feminine floral jasmine notes truly brought my senses alive. Its the perfect summer smell to really get you in the mood for those summer vibes. 

They describe it as: "A beautiful pick-me-up fragrance to conjure images of a country garden. This scent has fruity notes of lemon and mandarin with an exuberant floral heart of sun-drenched jasmine and patchouli."



I've just had a new kitchen installed and its the hub of my house. I love spending time in there and it's great for entertaining guests and family and friends in. I plan to keep this candle in there as it fits perfectly with the class and style of the room and keeps everything smelling fresh, clean with the crisp citrus scents of lemon and mandarin. As this is the first room people enter into from outside, I want to make sure that it smells fantastic. 

This is going to be my top scent this season and I'm hoping I'll make some beautiful summer memories so that when I light this candle, (and I'm sure I will be purchasing this in the future), it will take me back to gorgeous sunny, summer times. 



You can browse the range of Heir and Grace here - http://shop.heirandgrace.co.uk 


The candle I have is Citrus and Jasmine which costs £40 for 200g  which gives you 45 hours average burn time.




I'm already planning on purchasing the English Rose candle for my bedroom which has a blend of rose, cassis and grapefruit combined with tomato leaves, jasmine and ginger. With a base of musk, precious woods, amber and orchid, this fragrance is the essence of modern romance.




I also need to mention their exclusive limited edition Charlotte candle created to celebrate the new Royal baby. Key scents are sandalwood, apple, watermelon and cassis, along with rose and fressia floral tones. 

The really special thing about this candle however, is it is only available as a limited edition of just 100 candles, each one hand signed and marked with an edition number. All profits from these exclusive candles will be donated to Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity who support families of seriously-ill children.



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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Hotel Pisa - A great place to stay in Rome!

I recently visited Rome for the first time to do some sight seeing. I stayed for 4 nights and as this was just a quick getaway trip I really didn't want to pay a fortune for a hotel.
Anyone who has looked at hotels in the centre of Rome will understand that although there are plenty, they can really range in price and quality. So if anyone is on a budget but looking for some where for a really pleasant stay in the beautiful capital then I've found the place for you!

Hotel Pisa 




I found a great deal on hotels.com for this place. It was £134 for two people for 4 nights with breakfast included. If you compare that with many centrally located hotels it really is a bargain and you don't have to compromise on quality for this either. It's worth comparing prices on different websites as some offer discounts and special offers so you might be able to shop around. Websites I would always check are -
booking.com
trivago.co.uk
hotels.com
olotels.com and of course its always worth contacting the hotel directly.

The staff were extremely friendly, their English was great and they couldn't be more pleasant no matter what time of day, (or night), it was.

My room was spacious, clean, with ample wardrobe and drawer space. There's air con, a great shower, and a lovely view of either the little winding street or the lovely garden area.


Breakfast consisted of a croissant, toast, biscuits and juice and a coffee or tea. This could be served in your room, (perfect for pecking at whilst getting ready to head out and see the sights), or in their beautiful little private garden to the back, complete with orange trees and a very Italian feel.





























I loved the location of this hotel, the Colosseum and its surrounding areas are only a short walk away and there is a metro stop only 2 minutes down the road. Its also a 20 minute walk away from the Roma Termini station, (or 10 Euro in a taxi). The area is quiet, with local businesses and shops in the surrounding streets. A couple of great restaurants are a stones throw away with amazing waiters and a real authentic Italian experience. A brilliant base for all those who are looking to explore by day but want somewhere clean and pleasant to stay at night.

It's definitely a place I would recommend to anyone I know going to Rome and would love to return to stay if I'm ever in Rome again. Find out more at www.hotelpisaroma.com

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Sebamed Skin Care Review

When I receive products to try out for the first time I don't like to read the blurb first, (apart from the instructions of course), I like to try it out and see what I have to say about it so I don't get influenced by the sales pitch. This is the case for Sebamed. I was kindly sent out their (Face and Body Wash - more information here) and I couldn't wait to jump in the shower and see what I found.



When reading afterwards what Sebamed have to say about themselves I was surprised that this is exactly how I felt! They described the idea behind their range as 'medicinal skincare' and I think this is spot on. Using this product feels like it has been prescribed for my skin by an dermatologist. I walked out of the shower feeling squeaky clean but without the drying effect of some shower creams, nor with any oily or moisturising residue. It felt like my skin should naturally feel and provided a perfect soft base to apply my body moisturiser.

Sebamed say : We often don’t realise that the skin is actually our largest organ and that to make it the best that it can be we need to choose the products we use on it wisely. By maintaining a PH level of 5.5 Sebamed stops harmful bacteria and fungi finding a home on the skin’s surface whilst stabilising the barrier function. This way no water can be lost from the skin (causing dehydration) and pollutants or irritants can’t get through.


I tried out the Face and Body Wash in the shower. It comes out as a green pearlescent liquid, thinner than a usual shower gel, or body wash. As it is 100% soap free, I was expecting that it wouldn't be as bubbley or lather up as well as other products, but this is not the case at all. I tried it on both a shower puff ball and a body brush and I hardly needed to reapply at all. It has a really clean smell that reminded me a little of aftersun and made me feel like my skin was being soothed.

                                 


It is a face and body wash and even though this did feel good on my face I wouldn't use it day and night as my regular face wash. Its something that if I was jumping in the shower and didn't bring my face wash in I would be happy using as I washing my body and that is really good to know. I definitely wouldn't feel like doing this with other products I use on my body but would confidently feel that my face was taken care of when using this wash. It feels like something you could take on holiday with you without having to take your face wash along and it would be great for your skin after time in the sun.



Sebamed decribes itself as 'science for skin care' and is really how it feels. Its nice to use something gentle that's not soap based, it feels like there is real science behind it, that skin care is something Sebamed really 'get' and that you are doing something good for your skin. I think there is a trend recently to go for very organic, or totally natural products, but these often leave me disappointed. Yes I don't want to be putting lots of chemicals on my skin but what I want is to know that that what I'm using is actually helping, protecting and cleaning my skin. Sebamed fits the bill perfectly, no harmful soaps or alkali just moisturising, cleansing skin care.

I am definitely guilty of buying, sometimes very expensive, body washes and body skin care just because of the packaging or because it feels like a 'treat' for the skin. Most of the time it's probably worse for you, there are all kinds of perfumes, and naughty extras that while make for a nice smell while you are in the bath or shower actually dry the skin out or worse leave residues that don't need to be there on your skin. I think being kind to your skin and helping keep it at the right PH balance and clean and fresh is so important and although I do like to keep a bottle of something pretty in my bathroom, I'd rather have skin that feels great and is being cared for properly than something that just looks flash.

I would definitely like to see what it would be like using Sebamed in the shower and finishing up with the moisturiser to keep skin perfectly balanced.  I received the 200ml Face and Body wash which you can pick up for £6.35 and looks set to last me a long time.I like the fact that you can get a 1 litre bottle with a pump, to leave in the bathroom which would be great for the whole family.



Sebamed have a whole range of products not just body washes; they have shampoos, conditioners, face care, body lotions, lip balms, even specific targeted care such as moisturisers for stretch marks and a whole baby collection.

Check out the full range at http://www.pasante.com/product-category/skin-hair-care/sebamed/classic-cleansing/
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

What I wore in Rome - Day Three

Day 3 we decided to head out of the city and jumped on a train for the Coast. Although the weather was overcast in the centre of Rome, just an hour away by the sea in Santa Marinella it was baking hot!



I put my beautiful and super expensive looking Primark bikini under my clothes. 
I never like to wear anything too expensive to the beach as things get covered in oil and cream, sand and sea water and I'm more one for sunbathing than posing!




My entire outfit is from Primark in this picture. Skirt £8, tshirt.. wait for it £1.80 (!?!) and sandals £4. The bikini was £6 for the top and £4 for the bottoms which is great because you can mix and match sizes if your a little bigger or small on top than bottom! 




At night to show off my tan I wore my White Amelie Jeans from River Island. They are £40 but are a perfect fit so worth every penny. The top is also River Island £35 and is so carefully detailed and intricate. It's quite heavy with all the beading and feels like a much more expensive piece!



Catch what I wore on Day One and Two here!

For more fashion and travel pics check out my instagram account - @wanderlustandwonderlust
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What I Wore in Rome - Day Two

Thinking of heading to Rome? Don't know what to wear? Here's just a little outfit inspiration for you using items I've just bought from the high street! (Check out the post here)

I spent 4 nights in the beautiful captial of Rome recently. The weather at this time of year is always a worry as it can be so unpredictable even in warmer climes so I packed a little of everything and here is what I wore...

Day 2

Day two was a cooler day, a little overcast but still mild with breaks of sunshine. We were visiting the Vatican so we had to have our shoulders and knees covered and we had a lot of sightseeing left to do so I wanted to dress comfortable.




I wore my new River Island White Amelie Jeans, (which I didn't include in my haul as I bought them afterwards with this top on yet another River Island shopping trip splurge!), with a casual, (and a real bargain), grey basic tshirt from George at Asda £6. The Primark sandals got an outing again and my trusty city break bag my darling, (if rather grubby now) Longchamp LePliage Tote.

We went out for a delicious authentic Italian meal at night and as it was a little cooler I covered up a bit with a silky River Island blouse and my black coated H&M jeans. I wore these more dressy sandals from.. yes you've guessed it Primark.

Cheers!

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What I Wore in Rome - Day One

Thinking of heading to Rome? Don't know what to wear? Here's just a little outfit inspiration using items I've just bought from the high street! (Check out the haul post here)

I spent 4 nights in the beautiful captial of Rome recently. The weather at this time of year is always a worry as it can be so unpredictable so I packed a little of everything and here is what I wore...

Day 1

This was a gloriously sunny, warm day which was great as it meant I could dress in some of my more summery purchases!



We spent the morning walking round the Ancient ruins out in the sunshine. We visited the Colosseum. Roman Forum, Palatine Hill. Then lunch time walking through the beautiful streets, to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and the surrounding areas.



I wore my White Lightweight Embroidered Neck Vest Top from River Island, New Look Navy Chino Shorts, teamed with Primark sandals and my bargain Primark sunglasses. I always prefer if I'm wearing sandals on a city break to go for a cheaper pair. The streets can make your feet so dirty and I've caught my foot between pavement cracks and broken sandals before now so I couldn't bear to be throwing away an expensive pair of sandals at the end of my trip. These beauties were £4 and super comfortable, plus white goes with everything!






Top: River Island £25
Shorts: New Look £14.99
Sandals: Primark £4
Sunglasses: Primark £2
Bag: Longchamp LePliage Tote £68
Watch: Swatch £105


At night we were exhausted from an extensive day of sight seeing so we didn't have a big night planned. I just wore my new White Short Sleeve Lace Tshirt from River Island with an old a pair of River Island black skinny jeans which have a rip in one knee and my sandals. We walked by the Colosseum by night to see it all lit up and then grabbed a pizza slice and headed back to our hotel.






Top: River Island £35


Click here for Day Two!
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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

City Break Rome - Holiday Shopping Haul

I'm extremely excited to be visiting Rome next week, I can't wait to visit the beautiful city and see some of the most famous sights in the world.

I will of course be blogging about my time there, reviewing where I am going to stay and also offering up an itinerary based on my research and experiences there.

But as well as rigorous holiday planning in the lead up to the trip, there also comes the planning of what to wear!

It's a tricky time of year as it could be blazing heat, or there could be rain, or chilly temperatures.

I figured my holiday wardrobe could do with updating so gave myself an excuse to go shopping!

Here's what I bought:


Bikini Primark Top £6 Bottoms £4






I cannot wait to wear this bikini this summer! It's so silky and beautiful and the pattern is so feminine and pretty! When I brought it home away from the hustle and bustle of the Primark shopping experience I actually forgot where I had bought it from as it looks much much more expensive than a tenner for the set!

I wouldn't say I've been particularly excited about getting my body out on the beach any time soon as I've not been the healthiest mode recently but in this baby who cares! I can't wait to show it off!


White Lightweight Embroidered Neck Vest Top River Island £25




I love this top, its an extremely flattering fit as it angles around the neckline and it is long and flowy, perfect for keeping cool in the sun.

I plan on wearing this for a full on day of sight seeing in Rome, paired with shorts or a skirt but I intend to get my use out of it for the foreseeable future, to wear with jeans casually or with some smart trousers for work when the sun is out!


White Short Sleeve Lace Tshirt  River Island £35




This is the prettiest thing ever, From the gorgeous lacy cut out top to the silky camisole underneath this is a really beautiful garment. There are even lovely little buttons down the back. I can't wait to wear it with a long maxi skirt, or shorts, or jeans, or anything really, it will look great with lots of different looks. I would definitely say it's more cream than white though.


Cream Crochet Scallop Shorts New Look £17.99




These feel lovely to touch and the stretchy waistband means they are a really comfortable fit. Perfect for holidays when you don't want anything to tight or uncomfortable. I think these are casual enough to wear to the beach over a bikini, but fancy enough to doll up at night with a nice top.

Navy Chino Shorts New Look £14,99




I've been looking for a pair of smartish yet causal shorts for a while and these tick that box for me. The only shorts I ever seem to wear are denim so these are a nice breakaway from that but still casual enough for every day. I plan to get my wear out of these in Rome, possibly pairing them with the white River Island top. I love the addition of the little belt, I think touches like that really make a difference when I'm out shopping and its something I could wear with other items on its own.

Black Floral Print Shorts  New Look £14.99




I wasn't crazy about these on the hanger but when I tried them on there was no way I wasn't getting them! They are a really comfortable, flattering fit, nice and flowing but without looking big. I also bought the top below to wear with them as they look great together. The slightly high waisted fit is great for holding that little bit of tum in for a perfect silhouette too!

 Black Double Strap Layered Cami New Look £12.99



This top is lovely and floaty, and hides everything I need hiding! The neckline and straps are really flattering and I think this would be great over shorts or a skirt like I intend to wear it in Rome, or under a blazer, or cardigan for work. The price is really fair too, they also do this top in khaki and cream and I'm thinking I might have to indulge in the full range!

Playsuit H&M £12.99




I think this is a real bargain. I love the summery, floral print. It's strappy, its short, its just made for the warmer weather and can be a cool and casual choice, or serves as a perfect base for a ton of accessories, wedges and glam! I especially like the little criss cross detail to the back. I'm not sure I'll get my wear out of it in Rome, except maybe if I head for one of the local beaches, but I've saving it for Portugal for sure.


Short Twill Shorts  H&M £7.99



Speaking of bargains, ahem, did you see the price of these shorts? Super cheap, great quality and they make me feel like Lara Croft. What more could I ask for?



I also bought three pairs of sunglasses.. I know, it might sound extravagant but wait til you hear the prices! I've been wanting a pair of decent, designer sunglasses for a long time but I just can't commit on a style. Plus I know I'm probably going to sit on the them or break them, or lose them so I'm putting that off for a while.


The bottom two pairs are from Primark and were £2 each I believe or could have been even cheaper!  Primark is great for trying styles at prices you don't mind losing them for!

I've always fancied an aviator style so I thought I'd give these a whirl, I also got a style similar to the Rayban Clubmaster just to give me a change.

Then for a bit of a sturdier, well made pair I found the top ones in M&S for £15! They feel like a decent pair and I think they will last me a long time. I like the cat eye feel to them and will be keeping them in my bag all summer.

So thats my city break haul! Hope you found it useful/interesting. I can't wait to actually get out there to Rome and wear all this stuff. I'll be posting Outfit of the Day posts on my instagram account - @wanderlustandwonderlust and twitter @k_elleblog and will do a blog post on here with what I wore, when I wore it and how for you all to have a little look at.

Let me know which are your favourites, how you would style them and if you own or are planning on buying any of the items on here!

Happy shopping! xxx
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