Crabtree & evelyn La source review*



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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Crabtree & evelyn La source review*

When Crabtree & Evelyn reached out to me about their newest collection for 2017, I was both excited and thrilled!
La Source is a new line of products that are available both online and in stores; With a variety of skincare and hair-care to choose from.
La Source has been inspired by the sea and the properties from it, providing marine goodness for the skin, hair and body and gives you an overall spa like feel in your own home.
Within the range there are four Marine Blends, each containing their new hero ingredient Green Seaweed Extract combined with a specific Marine-Based ingredient to boost skin benefits.

There four new marine blends and properties are -
Refreshing Marine Blend- Green Seaweed + Brown Algae Extract Actions: Cleansing, purifying and moisturising
 Hydra Marine Blend- Green Seaweed + Blue Sea Lavender Extract Actions: Nourishing and purifying
 Restorative Marine Blend- Green Seaweed + Red Sea Algae Extract Actions: Protective
 Rejuvenating Marine Blend- Green Seaweed + Sea Fennel Extract Actions: Rejuvenating

Here are my thoughts after trying out some of the collection-
Crabtree & Evelyn Refreshing Body Wash - 250ml - £15

My first thoughts were how beautiful this packaging actually is! For a body wash, it arrives in a sleek but yet matte like finish box, in their sea blue shade. The printing is flawless and readable and I noticed this on the bottle itself too. I love how they capture the seashell in with the collection, almost like a 'signature' and it gave me fond memories of the seaside with added luxury.
For 250ml, you receive a substantial amount of product that can be poured into travel sized containers, if you were to take it on your break away; Rather than taking the entire bottle!
The product consistency, is an aqua colour, clear like gel formula, which a little goes a long way. I'm more of a shower user so I found this ideal especially when I need that energetic, refreshing pick me up before and after work.
I found the product's scent to be fresh and uplifting, it really awakens the senses; I didn't find the scent to be too long wearing after use, but enough to feel deeply cleansed, which still restored moisture to the skin. Overall I just adore how luxurious this product makes me feel, I find that this range would be great for both male and females because the scent is captivating.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hydrating Body Lotion - 250ml - £17
To follow in the range, the body lotion has to be one of my key favourites! Capturing their unique marine scent this product comes in a sleek pump bottle in a soft blue tone; I only had to use two pumps to dispense the lotion into my palm but this can vary due to the area of application. Currently I've had dry patches especially on my legs, so I targeted these areas.
The lotion feels lightweight, non greasy and absorbed quickly into my skin, adding plenty of moisture. I suffer with sensitivity from a lot of products, but I had no irritation from using this in the slightest. It contains rich green seaweed extract and nourishing blue sea kale, the combination worked miracles on my skin and the fragrance is beautiful; It reminds me of Davidoff Cool Water actually!
I've used the lotion after showering and find that it provides extra nourishment, and my body feels so much more relaxed and pampered.

Crabtree & Evelyn Overnight Hand Therapy - 75g - £19
Lastly the overnight hand therapy; I was very excited to try this when I saw it. The packaging of this item is in a long sleek box, in a deep navy shade, with the seashell icon at the top standing out in white. The tube is also in the same colour and I prefer the fact that it's quite narrow, so that it's easier to hold when applying. Because we're coming out of the winter season, my hands have appeared drier and I will admit I don't rarely use a handcream. So this was very new to me and came simple to use just before sleeping. I used a small amount and massaged it into my hands, ensuring I also got my nails and cuticles and felt it do its magic! The cream is light, and didn't feel at all heavy or sticky, it blended in well and I felt a miraculous difference when I woke up. Deeply conditioned thanks to the rejuvenating marine blend and a concentrated complex composed of amino acids, vitamins and arginine.
This is an item I would recommend to those who have suffered with dryness and needs a richer formulation to show vast results; It's ideal to use it nightly or as a special treatment when needed.

If you'd like to check out the full range and prices, feel free to find out more here
There is currently free delivery when you add any La Source item to your basket!

Let me know which item you'd try out and why in the comments below!

Love Ellie xo
*All comments and opinions are 100% my own and I've not been paid to say them

Saturday, 1 April 2017

#DerbyBloggersBrunch at Olivers

Old School Classics,
Bottled Cocktails,
Food Taster for the day!

Derby is one of the places I like to spend the day at when I can; And I was so thrilled to be invited along to a Bloggers Brunch, hosted by Monet, at Olivers on Friar Gate.
We arranged to all meet at 11.30am, and this was perfect due to travelling and the mixed weather conditions!

Oliver's is a quaint little place along Friar Gate, with one side for take-aways and then another room where you can sit and indulge, taking up the scenery and homemade scents that bring you back to pleasant food memories.
Walking through the quirky phone booth printed door, Myself and Sarah took some shots of the stylish venue, whilst talking to the enthusiastic staff about the day ahead. One by one, the ladies who attended the brunch arrived and we looked over the scrumptious home-baked cakes and decor; I was already falling in love with the place.

We had a long table set up in the middle of the room; With comfortable seating and copper salt and pepper pots with cute menus between them, I was in awe.
The menu had been specially created for the brunch, and I truly felt like a VIP. I love organisation and the menu details packed a lot of excitement, from beginning to end we were catered for completely.

For the first part of the brunch, we were introduced to The Rested Cocktail Company. They produce handcrafted bottles of cocktails, that literally can be just poured over ice; When the cocktails have been created, they let them rest in steel barrels for over 30 days, this gives them a smoother and richer taste. We were shown the current collection which contains a dry martini, The Harvard and The Old Fashioned.

I opted for the old fashioned, which was mixed with soda water. My taste buds had a rush of rum and spice, I'm not much of a drinker so small sips did the trick! We had a wonderful talk, as we found out the story of how two friends made such a practical idea work and win awards for their creations.

The next part of the brunch was the food bit! We were chosen to taste dishes that could become part of Olivers new menu; Starting off, The Peanut butter and Jelly shake!

Now if you follow me on Instagram, you probably came across this picture recently! They were presented in petite glasses on this delightful serving tray. I had to have a waft of the scent, I could smell the rich peanut butter and began to indulge. The only point I'd have to make was that as they used Banana for thickness, it did mask the other flavours out. This was a shame really and may put me off in ordering a full size, but I'm glad that I was able to step out of my comfort zone and just give it a try! I do like the fact that they have put this type of flavour into consideration though as it's a brilliant American classic.

Next we had the smoked salmon with horseradish, soured cream and chives. For a savory dish, this had to be one of my favourites. Everything just worked so beautifully together, cooked to perfection; I would have to order this if they were to place it onto their menu! The egg was cooked just right so that the yolk would work with the fresh salmon, and crispy potatoes; The lightness of the sour cream made it overall refreshing and subtle to taste.

Moving onto the next dish, we had a soft fluffy coconut pancake with roasted rum pineapple and a scoop of vanilla icecream. Absolutely mouthwatering.. I have never tasted anything so sweet and sharp. This was my second favorite of the whole menu, I could eat this daily if I could!

We then had a short interlude where we could let our tummies rest a little for the next dishes; it was very pleasant to talk and sip our cocktails and reflect on the food that we just had.

Credit to Sarah for the picture of the next course
This was a dish I was a little bit nervous for! I've never had black pudding before, so I thought i'd take the plunge and try it. This also came with roast potatoes and applesauce, and I was actually surprised at the taste. The black pudding wasn't as bad as I thought, it tasted quite herby a little like stuffing, and the applesauce complimented it well. I was proud of myself to be a bit more adventurous with food!

Last but not least, we were presented with brioche french toast, with maple roasted apples, and mascarpone. French toast was another thing that I had on my 'to try' list! I absolutely loved it, the brioche bread was sweet to the taste, and the mascarpone was lightly gooey which together melted in the mouth. I couldn't believe how full I was after the brunch, but it was worth it!

Towards the end of the experience, we were given a sheet each to fill out about our thoughts on each dish, to give it a rating and to then add what we would like to see on their new menu. As you could probably gather, to limit it down to one selection was tricky. I'm looking forward to finding out which dish that they add, when I return.
We were given sliders of mini treats, which unfortunately I couldn't eat that much more, but had to get a shot for you all. And beautifully finished off with a coffee; The day was an enjoyable one and intimate, with the amount of bloggers there and the venue's size.

A big thank you to Monet for organizing it and Olivers for the fantastic brunch!
It's a place I'd definitely recommend to all, do feel free to have a browse at their website and maybe pop in if you're ever around Derby!

Love Ellie xo

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Chino Latino Birthday Celebrations

Ravishing Reds,
Bold Blacks,
Exploring the pan-Asian Cuisine in Style.

When I received an email in regards to attending Chino Latino's Birthday celebrations; I couldn't resist the urge! I've not been to Chino's before, But I had heard many wonderful reviews on the food and atmosphere. 
Chino Latino has their venues within 4 locations, Nottingham is one of them and can be found upon Maid Marian Way, right within Park Plaza. They create and serve pan-Asian cuisine, And have created Latin cocktails that will compliment the dishes.
 The email pointed out, that there will be a dress code of red and black which I found exciting and had to hunt the perfect outfit out for the evening! I decided to go with a shocking red shift dress, with bell sleeves, and used a black clinch belt to provide a hourglass effect.

On arrival at the venue, red lanterns gracefully hung across the ceiling, where a walk way led us to two smiling ladies, to take our names and mark us off of the list. Our welcome, was very warm and inviting, as we were offered an alcoholic beverage and watched as the guest list arrived in style. Outside was an outstanding fire performance that literally made us 'ooh' and 'ahh' in her marvelous display; Including the popular fire eating trick which left us speechless.

It was brilliant to see the way that the guests used the dress theme, stylish dresses along with modern statement accessories; The night quickly became busy, as a long outstretched table with freshly caught sushi cleverly positioned upon it, it was definitely center of attention. 

Staff would come around offering delicious canapes of intense flavours, That can only make me wonder what their full menu would be like, as we mingled and conversed; It was great to see a lot of the East Midlands blogging ladies there too as it gave us time to catch up and enjoy the night together.

Within the reception area we were then surprised by their very own Chinese dancing dragon! The dragon dance had to be my own personal highlight of the evening, the live music was so powerful and strong. The costume itself was fantastic, with batting eyelids and moving mouth; Telling a story through it's movements and emotion, it was spectacular.

The dance then led us through to Chino Latino's main dinning and cocktail area; a colourful selection of cocktails to try on trays, was presented on the bar. A DJ then took over so that they could take the party deep into the early hours, and yes it was the best time to throw a few dance moves out there!

At the far end of the room, there was a miraculous display.. Think of it as the supreme dessert table; Fresh melon fruit, spelling out Chino Latino as surrounding it were mini desserts, a tower of profiteroles with thick cream filling and drizzled in milk chocolate. It was ideal to take a few pictures of this masterpiece before the actual unveil.

It was seriously one of the most amazing Birthday celebrations I've been invited to; and it was a complete honour! Thank you to the lovely Cartwright Communications for the invitation, and to Chino Latino's hospitality. I'll be heading back again soon to try out their dinner and tasting menu, and shall report back on my thoughts!

Credit to The Gem Agenda for this picture!  

Love Ellie xo

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Nottingham In Fashion - Press Evening

Glitter Bomb Cocktails;
Live in house DJ,
Fashion bursting at the seams.

Nottingham is bringing back its Yearly event, by showcasing the spring/summer style it has to offer for all.
Our evening was hosted at The Beauty Temple, in the heart of the city, and it was a glamorous atmosphere for the perfect presentation of the upcoming trends.

As we arrived, we were greeted by the Gemini PR team as well as the staff of the beauty temple; and were then handed a cocktail coupon, which could be redeemed during the evening. I took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures whilst it was still early and that I could enjoy networking more and having a good mingle! As the night progressed, more familiar blogger faces appeared and we were all treated to the most scrumptious cocktails, called the glitter bomb, with actual edible glitter in may I add!

There was entertainment with an in house DJ, who played tunes from the past and the latest hits; while we sipped cocktails and sampled the amazing pizza generously provided by MOD.
It was lovely to see Kimmy Rolfe, who will be presenting many of the shows this year and from just talking to her, you can really sense how passionate she is for getting the brands and public together in the city.

It was so pleasant to also speak to the adviser from the brand Delilah, which I've not come across before, but they are stock-listed at The Beauty Temple. It's a luxurious brand and aims to make women feel immaculate every day when used. They had the most beautiful packaging which was specifically created for the brand, a flawless pewter tone which makes it a stand out piece in any makeup bag!
Makeovers were offered as the story of Delilah unraveled; They do not test on animals and all of their products are paraben free which I love to hear. I especially loved the look of their blushes, with pops of pink and coral undertones and the cream lipsticks, which reminded me a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury nudes.

We were all then seated, as we were given a little fashion show of the main trends, that will be appearing at the upcoming weekend.
As informed there will be three different types of shows that will cater for every taste-
Show 1 : From Campus to Club, providing high street brands and iconic vintage stores that can be found Hockley way; This is perfect for any student or if you are on a budget but yet want to be in the trend.
Show 2 : From Desk to Dinner, This is more aimed for the working professional in the city, for showcasing tailored looks for work to then be dressed up for a night after clock off!
Show 3 : Style Classics, for those key pieces from high end stores, located in the heart of Nottingham.

So, what are some of the key trends this Spring/Summer 2017? Well, be prepared for -

  •  Fuchsia - Bold pinks whether they're an accessory, clothing item or even a rocking pink lip is key this season.
  • Check-mate - Checks will be sporting the catwalks and stores which can be dressed up or down with the retro hounds-tooth print and plaid for days.
  • Spring Bling - This is one i'm excited for, floral prints with statement accessories with extra bling and sparkle!
  • Born In the 80s - Think padded shoulders, Jumpsuits and mini neon bags; it's all coming back!

A big thank you to the two models, Jamie and Ryan, whom showed us how to style the pieces and giving us a personal insight of the 24th and 25th of March. 
As the evening drew to an end, I thanked the team for having me and we were kindly given goody bags which included generous discounts, sweets and perfume samples as well as information about #NottmFW.

I'm so excited to attend on the 25th and will be dressing up in the newest trends that's for sure! Feel free to say Hi if you spot me!

More information about shows and times can be found here as well as giveaways and discounts on the days.

Love Ellie xo

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Hidden gems found with Snizl

'When you buy from a local business;
An actual person does a little happy dance'

This couldn't be more true! 
On the 13th of February myself and a mixture of other local bloggers, were invited by the newest App on the block, Snizl, to attend a 4 stop tour of Nottingham's local businesses, for an insight on places to venture to.

Firstly let me just tell you what Snizl actually is; Snizl is an app where you can get quick deals and offers in your local area, sent straight to your device! There's also competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs too. They will soon be reaching out to more cities so watch this space! To download all you need to do, is to head over to and follow the steps.

I adore Nottingham as I admire the growth of local businesses, there is always something for everyone when you visit. On arriving that evening our meeting point was The Pudding Pantry.

The Pudding Pantry - Trinity Square Nottingham

I've passed the pudding pantry on many occasions and always had a peek through the windows, seeing the delightful cakes and beverages that have all been homemade. This was the first time I've actually been in and I know for definite i'd be back!

We were greeted by the Snizl team who were wearing their bold red jackets, clutching tote bags with delicate paper roses peering out from them. They were very friendly and overwhelmed with us camera armed bunch! I could already sense the night would be fantastic as they had so much in store for us!

We were led to the area of which they reserved for us; wooden tables and chairs in a row, with glass drink bottles and soft pink roses placed in them. The room was very bright and pastel shades graced the walls, it was definitely the most beautiful eatery I have seen. 

The pudding pantry is very well known for their Freak shakes, and we were lucky to sample the mini versions of this phenomena! A concoction of chocolate milkshake, thick chocolate sauce, Whipped cream, salted caramel sauce drizzled and a chunk of chocolate brownie right in the middle. Thank goodness it came with a spoon! It really was heavenly, I'm not too sure i'd be able to manage the full sized version though!

We were then offered a slice of their scrumptious cake which simply melts in the mouth, the sponge was so light, topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a toasted walnut. The flavors complimented so well together, It's great that they also do gluten free deserts too! 

I do apologize if these pictures are making you slightly peckish..! With brunch to afternoon teas, The pudding pantry is a spot to try out! I can just picture myself there in the summer, Freak shake in hand and a slice of cake.. what could be more perfect?

Cabella - Bridlesmith Walk Nottingham

Now as you know I'm a complete makeup addict.. whether it's buying it or applying it. So to hear our next stop would be Cabella, I was like a child in a sweet shop!

This is a hidden gem in Nottingham; if you're looking for a place to learn a new makeup technique or need that TLC before your night out with the girls, Cabella provides all of that. With budget friendly advice and tutorials, we were welcomed in by the flawless looking staff and the drop dead gorgeous decor. 

This deco-den till was definitely goals!
I loved the fact that they also used pressed glitters by Glitter Eyes which I've followed on Instagram for a long time. We got the chance to swatch the products and I had serious glitter envy.. The pigmentation in one swipe was incredible and not at all messy. I may have to go back to Cabella and purchase a palette.. or two..

We were all seated to watch a makeup demonstration with a glass of bubbly, hearing about their most loved products that they use on their clients. From MAC to even Miss sporty I was pleasantly surprised and had to take note on what to add to my wishlist.. Roll on payday! 
They told us about their makeup brushes and kindly gave us one each, which was the CB2 Angled crease brush which you can find here.

Everything was girly in Cabella and that was their aim; I'd love to decorate my future home the way that they do and have my very own boudoir!
With makeovers and even LVL treatment for gorgeous lengthy lashes, it's the place to treat yourself and others.

Weavers of Nottingham - Castle Gate Nottingham

After the fantastic trip to Cabella, we soon made our way to our third stop, Weavers. I've not actually heard of Weavers of Nottingham before, this is why I adore Snizl. They've really opened my eyes up to places I only dreamed about. 
We were led to a very charming Georgian building, specially set up for where they perform their wine tastings.
Inside was the most elegant and nostalgic rooms, making us feel like true Vips for the evening. This is where we met the fourth generation of the family, Alan Trease, whom is the managing director and two of his experienced staff, Fergus and Pete. Their knowledge was astounding and presented us each with a glass of Cremant Du Jura, which I found very palatable. It had a scent of sherry entwined within it and tasted divine. 
Behind us was a laid out table of samples of reds and whites, both wines were talked through and you could just admire the passion that they had, as they led you through the story of the way they were produced.

We were also given the rare opportunity to go into their cellar caves, I have never seen anything like this before as we all spooked ourselves out a little, with some stories thanks to Pete! Being underground it was actually a peaceful feeling, keeping at a comfortable chilled temperature all year round.
It's intrigued me on their wine tasting events and will truly be something I'd have to attend some time. Upon leaving they gifted us with a bottle of their red wine which I'll admit, I did give to my mum, but that's due to her being more of a red wine drinker than I am.
This will be an experience I'll look back on!

400 Rabbits - Hurts Yard Nottingham

Our final stop of the evening was 400 rabbits. A tequila bar that was very well hidden away from the market square. The question was, how many bloggers can you fit in a bar? 
Surprisingly we all did!
I loved the vibe that the bar gave, with uptempo 90s hits, that we couldn't help singing along to and amazing mexico decor hanging from the ceiling. We were handed some quirky bandannas and pop up hats, and were shown around. I was way too happy to see a Sega mega drive set upstairs, as well as a  foosball! This was such a quirky place that I wished I had found it sooner!
Back downstairs they were sampling sangria, along with shots of Tequila and Mezcal; which goodness me they were strong! I'm more of a classic cocktail kind of lady so I did have to refuse certain spirits! I can see why they are called 400 rabbits though, as we were given the full insight on the bar's history and enthusiasm to their ingredients in their cocktails through a masterclass. 
If you were wondering, they have a happy hour every day 5-8pm! 

I'll have to stop by for a catch up with the ladies, a cocktail and a game of Sega!

It was one of the most enjoyable evenings, and was great to meet so many lovely bloggers and fabulous businesses, big thanks to all of the Snizl Team and the companies for having us!

Let me know if you download the App and what your thoughts are on it.

Love Ellie xo

Friday, 17 February 2017

Galentines Prosecco brunch at Caffè Rizzoli

I was invited a long with other local bloggers, to a very surprising and thoughtful treat from the wonderful Intu Victoria Center Marketing team. It was the Sunday before Valentines day and love was in the air, shop displays with hearts and flowers galore, I arrived with Sarah to the venue, Caffe Rizzoli.
This is a new Prosecco bar that is within the Victoria center in Nottingham, nestled next to the newly placed Emett Clock. With modern surroundings the sleek exterior worked perfectly. Smartly dressed waiting staff were tending to cleaning and preparing for the day ahead as I headed round past their mouthwatering cake display and gelato cabinets, eager to meet the other ladies and find out more about Rizzoli.

We were automatically greeted by the host. A smartly dressed lady who was warm and welcoming, directed us to our table. The ladies from Intu welcomed us and began to give us an insight of the day.
Sitting in a corner area as the bloggers began to join us, an enthusiastic male came to our table and introduced himself, This was Jeremy.
 Jeremy is the owner of Caffe Rizzoli, which first established in August 2012 at Medowhall shopping center along with his two sons. To then open it's doors in our city center, Nottingham, it's definitely a place to go after a long day of shopping with the girls!

I asked for a Strawberry bellini and it was exquisite! I adore prosecco and although it was 11am.. it was rude not to! We started to look through the menu, dish after dish. with thorough ingredient information and affordable prices I opted for the Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.

The food was fabulous quality and completely fresh. We all talked about our work and studies and had a full heart to heart over brunch, typically one of the best days in a long time, it felt much deserved.
We were gifted the kindest present, and the packaging was very me! The gold on teal effect was picture worthy and the contents simply shocked me. One of my favourite brands is Skinnydip and luckily we have a pop up store within our Intu, well.. Ladies who didn't have an iphone, were surprised with this beauty..

All hail the mermaid vibes!
This wallet/purse is really up my street! I adore the rainbow glitter effect, and it can hold all cards and money in a compact way. It was very kind and will be added to my Skinnydip collection!

Jeremy came over to speak to us and was extremely attentive to everyone's needs and requests. He kindly allowed me to ponder as I found it hard to choose my desert! But I felt that I chose wisely as I went for the chocolate fondue with cream. Lush!

The sponge was light and fluffy, with rich melting chocolate that oozed as I sank my fork into the heart of it. It complimented the meal wonderfully and it was beyond my expectations. I'd highly recommend Caffe Rizzoli to anyone whom is looking for a nice spot of lunch, with fresh Italian ingredients and a choice of beverages, speedy service and helpful staff. I can't wait to go back again!

As we were finishing up at Rizzoli, with a kind goodbye from Jeremy, we began to head to House of Fraser which is in close proximity and were taken to the beauty department, where brands stood from Bare Minerals to Bobbi Brown.

With more prosecco flowing, we browsed the counters and were guided to our chosen brands for a makeover! I requested Bare minerals due to never trying the brand before and would love to see how it works with my skin especially their powders, but unfortunately their makeup artist wasn't there so my other choice was Urban Decay, which I love their palettes and had my eye set on the Naked 3.

I wandered over to the Urban Decay counter, browsing the beautiful shades of lipsticks and the pristine palettes, which graced the shelves.
Greeted by Ashleigh, who conducted the makeover, I discussed that I was more than happy to try anything; as I arrived at the event with barely any makeup on at all! (pretty scary for me!) So she did a full face, going step by step on how the product will benefit with its wear ability, and left me wanting every product she used!
I actually went the following day to purchase the Naked 3 palette, i'm a sucker for rose gold and the shades were stunning she really sold it to me!

At the end of the event, we were handed an adorable hot pink bag with selected samples of the brands, from skincare to fragrance and left us all feeling very glamorous for the rest of the day.
I'd like to thank Claire and Sophie for organizing the day and making it so enjoyable for us all!

Love Ellie xo
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