The Beauty Temple Mapperley - Blogger Evening

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Crabtree & evelyn La source review*

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Monday, 14 August 2017

The Beauty Temple Mapperley - Blogger Evening


Splashes of glitter,

Cocktails and cupcakes,

Pampering to perfection!



Hello Lovelies!
When I was contacted for the chance to attend the newest beauty salon within Nottingham, I was in my complete blogging element. As you may recall my blog post in regards to the Nottingham fashion press event, that was held at The Beauty Temple; well, this is their latest establishment in Mapperley; Just a 15 Minute bus journey from the city center, with their doors opened on the 27th of June this year!

I attended the event with my two blogging buddies, Sarah and Stacey. Luckily, Sarah's husband works not too far from the location, so I felt more at ease when she was able to guide us in the right direction!


Upon arriving at The Beauty Temple, we were greeted by the staff and the PR team; where we were given an insight on the evening and our treatment times. While it was still quite early this gave us the perfect chance to have a wander around and snap some pictures! The decor and the colours used were stunning, and felt completely luxurious, just how they intended with their royalty themed packages.




One of the services which the Beauty temple provides, is their blow dry bar. With this service a treatment you can have is a semi-permanent colour named 'The Royal Indulgence colour cocktail' they use the brand Milk_shake, to create mermaid vibe effects to your hair!
We were given a live demonstration of how this product is applied and used; it was interesting to watch and learn about, due to being a person that likes to colour her hair whenever she gets chance!


Just take a look at the beautiful colour swatch wheel that can be created! For best results and a more vivid shade, it's ideal to be used upon lighter hair. Yet it gives a stunning hue on darker shades as it glistens in the right lighting.


Just from the side of this, one of the treatments we could have chosen to have, was the glitter application; A member of staff provided a selection of glitter which the client could choose from, and it was applied to the face with beautiful effects. Festival vibes were flowing as we indulged our glitter bomb cocktails and the in house DJ was spinning the latest hits.



On the other side of the salon, there were two nail stations neatly set-up, with two members of staff smartly dressed in their salon uniforms; In turn we were called over, firstly Stacey, then Sarah, then myself.
 We were given the chance to choose which nail varnish shade we'd like and I had to go for the more coral/orange undertone, it just screamed summer to me! 
My nails were neatly filed and shaped, then the base coat and varnish was further applied; I had such a lovely chat with the beautician, but sadly I didn't catch her name, but she couldn't do enough and made me feel at complete ease. She kindly also painted my toe-nails the same shade, so I felt extra relaxed and refreshed and brave to wear sandals!


Just like the main salon in the city center, they have a bar set up in the corner and we were treated to delightful miniature cupcakes and canapes. I find this such a fun and girly touch to a pamper session! And it's definitely a unique concept to a beauty salon.


The beauty temple is ideal for a well earned pamper for yourself, your family and friends; with plenty of packages to choose from and all at affordable rates too.
They also stock and use the following brands -  Elemis, Delilah, CND Shellac, ST.Tropez, LVL Nouveau lashes and HD brows just to name a few!
I had a marvelous time and felt like an official VIP for the evening with a big thanks to the team; Blogger's pamper day is definitely on the cards!!


As we left the salon, we were generously handed goody-bags which contained in depth information about the new salon including treatments and packages; a beautifully created tiara shaped cookie, a CND nail varnish in the shade Mauve Maverick #206 and a leave in treatment by Milk_Shake! I'm excited to try all of these and I'll be sure to let you all know how I get on with them. 
For more information about the Beauty Temple, including price-lists, packages and pop-up parties feel free to click here

 Love Ellie xo




Thursday, 29 June 2017

Catch up with me / Spring Edition

Hello my lovelies;
 I thought I'd put together my blogging experiences over the Spring, into a blog post, which I will pre-warn you, It will be photo heavy!
I've had some amazing experiences during the past couple of months; I still feel honored and grateful for each moment and friendship that I have made along the way.


Nottingham In Fashion - Official Catwalk Shows










This event that took place in Nottingham, which I previously spoke about here, was a fabulous array of models, fashion and music. I attended two out of the three shows on the Saturday, and caught up with some of my lovely blogging gals. During the same day, Intu Victoria, invited us along to a taster which involved fruity Bellini's at Caffe Rizzoli, an insight on the best spring pieces and how to turn an outfit from day into night wear; A thrilling challenge which I actually had a crazy rush around the center which was pretty entertaining, and to be topped off with a meal at the Handmade Burger Co. We were truly spoiled and I couldn't have been more grateful, for all that the Intu Team do. 




Kiehls Counter Opening In Leicester 






During the Nottingham In Fashion event; Outside the venue in the Market square was a fabulous double decker beauty bus, as well as a beautiful Kiehl's on wheels bus! I've not tried much of Kiehl's before, yet there's a lovely store within the center of Nottingham. The ladies on the stand were warm and informative, about the effects of Kiehl's and the way it can treat all skin types. A quick consultation about our skin and experience with the brand, then determined which samples we could take away and try! We discussed about staying in touch and left our contact details with the team, in regards to their upcoming counter opening at Leicester.
 I traveled to the location with Stacey, Sarah and Loren in which felt like a bloggers road-trip! (Something I'd love to do some day!) The counter opening was within the Highcross, but for the event we were to meet outside, to be greeted by Hannah and Saff and their tour store. There was a lovely set up of tables and chairs, with brown paper goody bags and black satin ribbon beautifully tied, with heartwarming words written on tags. As we all started to form together, Hannah and Saff gave us deep information on the Kiehl's history and their most loved products by customers. 
Did you know, That their Midnight recovery oil, sells one globally every 10 seconds?! Unbelievable!
We were given products to pass around and try out on our hands. We used all of our senses to see the progress before our eyes. We also had a fun quiz to test how much we learnt, from the talk, and I won a Kiehl's lipbalm! *Super proud of myself* 
Hannah and Saff took us to see the new counter, which is within Debenhams in the shopping center; It is well lit and easy to find the products, due to the uniformed merchandising.  Kiehl's definitely is a brand that I'll be trying more of and will be sharing my thoughts with you over time.


Lush Event - Nottingham 





During May, I heard that Lush Nottingham, were holding an event to introduce their Spring and father's day range. I was extremely excited when I was accepted to the guest list, since Lush is one of my favorite brands for empowering others and glorious bath and body products.!
The evening consisted of a welcoming arrival, which included doughnuts from the marvelous Doughnotts local company, fruit infused water; Talks from the passionate staff who also provided treatments from foot pampering to hand and arm massages. Basking in the heavenly scent I opted for some TLC for my feet, the lady who performed it was immensely informative and allowed me to choose from recommended products. My key ideal product used, was the Pink peppermint foot lotion; For one it's Pink! But the consistency was sleek and quick absorbing. After an amazing massage, foot mask and exfoliant, I truly felt like I was walking on air!
Each location of the shop had someone there to advise on the products and offered consultations, which is perfect if there's a certain product or line you'd thought about trying. 
I feel like a kid in a candy shop whenever I hear about new releases and the father's day range really was beyond all my expectations; They had a complete manly feel to them, with retro and pop art designs and quirky names. These made brilliant gift ideas!


Another new release was the reformulated Think Pink bath bomb; This was such a girly, glittery ball of gorgeousness! We had the chance to see this in action, it bubbled away and created a radiant rose tone to the water. 



Towards the end of the evening, we were surprised with goodybags of our choice of either a bathbomb or shower gel, a self-preserving product and a father's day bath bomb or bubblebar!
I chose the Plum rain shower gel, the mask of magnaminty facemask and the Superdad bath bomb, which I gave to my dad for father's day!

I hope you enjoyed this look over what I've been up to, and thank you to the companies for having me! I'll be back soon with some exciting posts so keep a look out on my Twitter and other social sites!

Love Ellie xo

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
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