Soap and Glory Christmas Box Set 2014

For all you Soap and Glory fans out there… That wonderful time has come!! You can now get your hands on the Christmas edition box of products which is on sale in Boots stores and online.

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This box set is the literally ‘The next Best thing’, and is full of gorgeously indulgent products to make you feel pampered from head to toe now and well into 2015.

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This all comes beautifully boxed in two designs, which have come from a collaboration with British illustrator Hattie Stewart. The set is worth over £75.00 but is currently priced at an amazing and affordable price of £29.00 – I know sounds too good to be true right?! There’s nothing not to love about a Soap and Glory products, pretty in pink packaging and they smell just divine.

What’s inside this beautifully packaged box of treats?

HAND DREAM™ – Super Cream
ORANGEASM™ – Body Wash
BUTTER YOURSELF™ – Moisture Lotion
HEEL GENIUS™ – Foot Cream
SUGAR CRUSH™ – Body Scrub
WHIPPED CLEAN™ – Shower Butter
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ – Body Butter
OFF YOUR FACE™ – 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths
SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lipgloss Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive
THICK & FAST™ – Super Volume Mascara
A BONUS DRAWSTRING BAG

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Have any of you bought this set yet? Are you giving it as a present or are you totally tempted to keep it for yourself?! I wouldn’t blame you!

Chantelle x

Christmas Jumpers

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Photo Source – blog.loveknitting.com

Yesterday many of you across the land joined in with the official Christmas jumper day. I am sure many people out there just jumped on the bandwagon and saw this as brilliant excuse to dress up in some festive attire, (and this is ok) but there was also a deeper meaning to this dress-up-day. Save the Children decided to head their Christmas campaign by spreading the jumper joy! Children and adults across the UK donned their favourite winter woolly jumper in order to ‘make the world better with a sweater’. These were worn to work, school and most likely featured in a festive selfie on your instagram page! #XmasJumperDay was trending on twitter and more importantly the donations were flooding in to a well deserved charity.

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If you would like to donate to Save the Children and haven’t already done so, it is so simple. Just text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £2. You will be billed £2 plus standard rate text message. Save the Children receive 100% of the donation.

It is not too late to get involved in novelty jumper wearing either. There are still 18 days left of December, so if you haven’t already got a woolly number in your wardrobe, here is a peek of a few of the knitted beauties in the shops right now.

1. Embellished Stocking Christmas Jumper – M&S – £19.60 (Was £28.00)

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2. Penguin Snowball Bobble Christmas Jumper – F&F Tesco – £9.00 (Was £18.00)

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3. Carrot Snowman Christmas Jumper – M&S – £17.50 (Was £25.00)

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4. Mrs Claus Apron Christmas Jumper – Primark

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5. Christmas Novelty Elf Jumper – F&F Tesco – £9.00 (Was £18.00)

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6. Gingerbread Jersey Sweater – Next – £26.00

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7. Merry Christmas Filthy Animal Jumper – Karma Clothing – £14.99

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8. Happy Holla Dayz Jumper – boohoo – £12.00

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9. Festive Snowman Scene Jumper – Primark – £12.00

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10.  Sequin Embellished Bow Jumper – M&S – £17.50 (Was £25.00)

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The Christmas jumper has really grown in popularity over the past few years, and I think you will agree that there out in full force this year. So which jumper have you chosen for this xmas festive season?

Thanks for reading, keep calm and get festive!

Chantelle xXx

November Favourites…

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I can’t believe it is this time already… I feel like I have only just published my October faves post. So it is time to round up all those lovely little things that have been a welcomed part of the past month.

Bloggers Love Hub Events
During November I was lucky enough to attend some brilliant blogging events. Each week a big bunch of us blogging gals and guys had the chance to network, make new friends and discover both existing and newly established fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands. I am currently using the gifted treats and I will be sure to blog about them once all tried and tested. For other bloggers reading this, be sure to check out the site bloggerslove.co.uk  for more information and to keep an eye out for more invitation only blogging events coming up in London in 2015.

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Champneys Spa Indulgence, Distant Shores Body Scrub
I bought two of these pots for my mum and I as a November pampering treat and it was a worthy beauty purchase. Wish a refreshing smell of passion fruit and mango extracts, it actually smells good enough to eat! Please don’t try this at home though…THIS IS NOT A FOOD! Twice a week I used this body scrub in the shower, massaging into the skin to get the most out of the exfoliating beads. The oil in this product is bound to leave your skin feeling silk and soft and with a radiant sheen.

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Primark Wooly Jumpers
I purchased these two jumpers at the beginning of autumn, but as of recent I have hardly had them off my back! They are a perfect ‘not too hot, not too cold’ addition to my wardrobe and they stock a collection of colours too. I purchased the khaki green and grey, but thinking I may have to pop back in store for the burgundy one! You can find these in the Atmosphere collection at Primark, for a bargain of just £10.00 each. Hurry whilst stocks last!

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BBC Drama ‘The Missing’
This Tuesday night BBC Drama is comprised of 8 episodes and during November we saw the action really unfold and many truths revealed. We have been led through a trail of evidence and various crime scenes leading to some key discoveries in the search for missing child Oliver Hughes. ‘The Missing’ explores the emotional turmoil for both the family and community when a child is abducted. The story line at times can be a little confusing as it spans over two different times frames and in two countries. Due to the sensitive nature of the story line it can be a little horrifying, but as my dad would often remind me when i am glued to particular TV shows and soaps “Its not real!” There are 3 episode left of this gripping drama and if you haven’t already seen it, I would suggest catching up on it online using BBC iPlayer or purchase from the BBC online shop.

Essie Nail Polish
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I am slightly obsessed with this brand of nail lacquer! Essie is a global brand with more than 300 different colours and they are all totally gorgeous and with unique and quirky name labels. Not only are they a really durable polish, they are also readily available on the hight street. ‘chinchilly’, ‘style cartel’, ‘go overboard’ and ‘bahama mama’ are my recent favourites and I have been wearing these non-stop! For best finish results and nail protection, I recommend you apply a top/base layer before and after, it really does makes a huge difference.

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My Birthday!
I have just celebrated my 30th birthday and this had to be on the November favourites list, as it was just A…mazing. I was so lucky to have received some incredible gifts, all of which I am totally grateful for. One of which was a shiny new laptop so I can blog till my hearts content, yipee! I was also taken on a surprise trip to beautiful and picturesque Paris. This was a dream come true and I have some amazing memories which I will never forget. This was my first time to this magical city and it felt like such a spectacle. It was literally bucket list moments from start to finish. Paris is full of fine wine and good food, art, fashion and architectural icons. It is a place I would highly reccomend for a long weekend city break and I will for sure be saving to go back there in the future.

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Toni & Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist
This is a brilliant mist spray, to use on hair before blow drying and styling with your heated hair tools. It helps to prevent heat damage and breakage to the hair, which is a common consequence of over straightening or curling those luscious locks. I am always using the GHD straighteners on my unruly maine and although they are ceramic plated irons, it is still advisable to use additional protection in the form of a spray or serum. You simply spray this onto damp hair and comb through before styling. I have noticed a huge difference in frizz control and my hair feels less dry and more nourished. It also contains an anti-static control product and smells so fresh and fruity. I feel like this spray helps to prolong how long my hair remains straight for too, even in this wintery And highly un-predictable British Weather!

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Benefit Dallas Bronzer
This is one of benefits boxed blush/bronzer powders, in a medium brown shade with a rose tint. At this time of the year it seems like the perfect make up must-have for an instant healthy glow. Benefit describe this as ‘an outdoor glow for the indoor gal!’ I couldn’t put it better. Its colour pigmentation seems to benefit many complexions and its slight shimmer adds a radiant wash of colour. Dallas is easy to blend, has super cute packaging and comes with an mini application brush too. Just sweep this across your cheeks, chin and forehead for a warm bronzed effect. This is also a really great on-the-go product due to its compact size and mirror which is attached inside the lid.

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Let me know what has been one of your recent favourites; a new mascara, a netflix series or maybe you have discovered the perfect winter accessory?

Festive wishes being sent your way… Chantelle Xx

Motivational Monday – Better late than never

As it is the start of the week it’s time to put up todays motivational post. It is now also November – A new month, new beginning, new mindset, new intentions and hopefully some new results.

Today’s blog post is inspired by my inner desires to still achieve so much more in my life. I am turning 30 later this month and this has got me looking at my life and being reminded that I am not quite where I wanted to be. At large this is down to my current battle against Chronic Lyme Disease. My life is currently at a sort of stand-still in many ways, but this doesn’t stop me from thinking on a regular basis about all the things that I WILL do when I am better.

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Photo Source – GymRa Blog

So life hasn’t quite turned out how I planned, but does it ever? I do think we all have a destiny but life seems to like to throw us some curve balls on our way there!

There is a quote that I read one day and it has always stuck in my mind…

“Always make sure your dreams are bigger than your fears and your actions are louder than your words.”

Of course at times this is going to be easier said that done, but as a whole I think this is a great mantra to live by. One must put in the effort and then you shall reap the rewards. Good things don’t come to those who wait, they come to those who get up and work for them. Never give up.

I hope you all have a brilliant week. Let me know if you are setting yourself some new goals or maybe thinking of making a 5 year plan. Where do you see yourself in the future? What could you do now to make these dreams a reality? I look forward to hearing from you all.

Keep smiling and stay motivated.

Chantelle Xx

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Minvita Review – Superfood Powders & Body Oil

On Saturday morning I woke up to a box of goodies from Minvita, an established company which sells 100% natural health products. I came across their superfoods online and I loved the idea of powders which you can simply add to food. Although I am sure you may feel you have seen similar products before, I think that these stand out as some of the most nutritional I have come across, let alone completely natural and organic.

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We strongly believe that nature provides us with fruit, vegetables and herbs that contain all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that our bodies require. Why resort to artificially manufactured products when a natural, organic alternative is available. (Minvita)

My package form Minvita contained the ‘Baobab Superfruit Powder’ and the ‘Mulberry Superfood Powder’… I really couldn’t wait to get taste testing.

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I added this powder to my smoothie and it was really delicious. I felt it gave it a refreshing taste and helped to quench my thirst. I am a huge fan of smoothies, but sometimes I can’t afford to add exotic fruits or those that are high in antioxidants, such as blueberries and acai. I often buy frozen fruits when doing my weekly supermarket shop. I find these perfect for smoothies, convenient and often great value for money. I take out what I need the night before and by the morning its defrosted and ready to blitz up.

This Baobab powder is a perfect addition to any smoothie or juice. With just 1 desert spoonful, you instantly add a multitude of beneficial vitamins, multivitamins and antioxidants. Perfect for any health conscious individual and this comes at an affordable price of £14.69 for a 250 gram tub.

This morning I tried the ‘Mulberry Superfood Powder’. I decided to add this to my bowl of gluten free porridge oats, which I cooked up with some almond milk and a little water.

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When I opened the sachet I was faced with a forest green coloured powder so once I mixed this into my oats you can imagine it wasn’t necessarily the most appealing bowl of food! Maybe you could do this for Halloween and sneak some of this goodness into your kids breakfast.

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I mixed in a small squeeze of honey, and topped with chia seeds and mixed berries and this definitely looked more appealing. I am not sure I would add this to my breakfast again and maybe stick to Minvita’s recommendations of adding to smoothies, juices or tea! I did however feel like I had eaten a really healthy breakfast, with the added benefit of the powders ability to control my blood sugar and the added calcium in it. This powder is also high in iron and due to my current medical condition I have developed low iron levels so this was definitely a breakfast bowl bonus! This is priced at £19.99 for a 250 gram tub.

The company also sent me some sachets of their ‘Baobab Body Oil’ which is great for this cold weather when I feel like all my skin does is dehydrate, itch and look a bit scaly! That’s all fine if your a reptile but not so great for any human. I have added this oil to my skin after my shower twice a day for the past 3 days and I already notice a difference. There is a increase in the smoothness of my skin texture and a reduction in the irritation from the cold weather and central heating.

Photo Source - Minvita.co.uk

Photo Source – Minvita.co.uk

  • This 100% natural and organic body oil is suitable for all skin types has many benefits.
  • The ability to improves skins elasticity, softness and appearance.
  • It nourishes ageing skin and intensively moisturises.
  • Can alleviate scaring and bruising.
  • Rich in Vitamins B1, B2, A, D, E and F.
  • Contains Phosphorous, Iron and Protein.

This oil is easy to use, you simply massage it into the skin and it is absorbed quickly. I have used many types of body oil before but I always get put off by the greasy residue left on my skin, but this was different. I also like the fact it can help in the reduction of scars and bruising as I am particularly clumsy since becoming ill, and am always walking into things!

If there was one thing I could change about this, I would love for the oil to have a nice scent, I know super girly right?! At the same time though, I understand that this probably isn’t always possible if you want to keep the product completely natural. I really would like to continue to use this product over the next few months and hopefully have a better set of pins by next summer!

When I run out of Baobab powder, I am sure I will be purchasing another and I am keen to try the ‘Cocoa Superfood Nibs’ that are also made by Minvita. These little chocolate flavoured nibbles also contain magnesium, which is great to help combat tiredness and fatigue.

If you want to get your hands on any of these products I have reviewed, be sure to visit the Minvita online site at http://www.minvita.co.uk

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This company stock a range of super-foods and beauty products which you can buy online and have delivered worldwide. You can also follow Minvita on populate social media networks; Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and if you have any recipe ideas using them.

Chantelle x

*Disclaimer – The products reviewed in this blog post were gifted to me from Minvita.

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