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Candles And Giveaways

3 Sep

Hi folks,

Over the last week I have been filling my home with some lovely fragrances from the Classic Candle Company.

Whilst I was opening the box they arrived in, I could smell them. The scents are stunning… & that’s even before anything has been lit!

So… What did I receive?

  • 6 Mini Lights in fragrances: Berry Burst, Rose Petals, London, Relax, Classic Cotten & Colourful. Each will last 10-12hrs
  • Reed Diffuser in Orange & Anise. Lasts up to 12wks
  • Medium Jar in Belgian Waffle. Burns for 50-70hrs
  • Wax Melt Bar in Tiare Flower. Lasts for 48-60hrs

First of all… the one thing that stands out to me is the clean, crisp look of the products. With the wax being white & having a transparent casing, it just gives it an elegant feel & look. Any of these products would blend into any home decor. With other fragranced candle brands they may be coloured, which is lovely, but sometimes it deters you from certain fragrances if it means it won’t match your colour scheme.

With this lovely, clean white look… I can’t help but think of Wedding centre pieces.

Imagine a beautifully dressed room with these stunning candles all lit in the centre of the tables. It would look so elegant & it’d smell divine. Or, if not a wedding – a Christmas table. I think I’ll be getting one of the festive fragrances for the centre of my table on Christmas Day. Simple but stunning. This Belgian Waffle fragrance is beautiful. But then I do love sweet, foodie kind of fragrances. I lit this in my dining room & I could smell it all over the house. I have a 4 bedroom home too, so the fragrance had plenty space to spread out & try to fill. I can also say that there was no black smoke… with some cheaper candles I have found you can get a little black smoke. This was a nice clean burn. Also, with this candle almost being like a pillar candle, it doesn’t take long for the wax to pool & spread, giving an even burn – no tunnelling at all.

The mini lights are perfect for a little burst of fragrance. In no time at all after lighting, you’ve got an even pool of wax across the top scenting your room.

I’ve been lighting these ones on an evening once my little boy has gone to bed. I think my favourites have been Classic Cotten & Berry Burst. They’re all lovely… But I do love a fruity fragrance & you can’t beat that clean laundry scent.

These beautiful little candles would make amazing Wedding favours. Or Baby Shower favours; Baby Powder would be the perfect fragrance. With Christmas just around the corner too, these little mini lights would make a gorgeous little gift for your christmas dinner guests, or if you’re making your own crackers – they’d make a lovely little surprise.

I do love a wax melt, I’ve been melting the Tiare Flower wax melt bar in our kitchen.

It’s great that you can split the bar into 6 cubes & burn 1 at a time. This fragrance has been great for banishing foodie cooking smells.

If you’re not a big fan of candles, then maybe the Reed Diffusers would be perfect for you.

This fragrance is so stunning. Admittedly, this wouldn’t be a fragrance that I would choose, but it’s so fresh smelling. I opened this & popped on the windowsill in our office. When my husband came in from work a few hours later, he said he could smell it as soon as he walked into the porch. Our office is at the other end of the house. I think he got excited thinking I’d been baking some fancy cakes lol.

With the orange scent in this, it’s almost got a festive feel to it. It really is lovely & strong enough to fill the whole of my home. With so many fragrances to choose from, you could find the perfect fragrance to suit any room. One of the fresh classic fragrances would be stunning in the bathroom.

If you head over to their website, you can view their full range of fragrances & styles. They’ve actually just launched a new 2 wick candle too! Now here’s the exciting part… you can WIN a 2 Wick Large Candle worth £24.50 in the fragrance of your choice, delivered to your door for FREE!!! Enter HERE. Competition will close Mon 24th September 2018. UK Only.

If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on some beautiful candles then use code: ixxypoco at checkout to get 20% off!!! But be quick, as this discount will only be valid for 7 days!

Thanks so much for reading & don’t forget to enter this fab competition!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

Frantic and Frazzled but Feeling Fantastic

2 Feb

Hi folks,

February has arrived so we can firmly put January behind us. January always seems to be a very busy month. Recovering after Christmas… late nights over the festive period, parties, over spending… yikes… the list goes on. So, we all begin January with our ‘New Year New Me’ mantra… rid our homes of the festivities & bring in a little bit of calm. But, it never seems to happen that way. Our work load seems to be more hectic than ever after having time off over the holiday period. We have stacks of housework too that seems to have been put aside while celebrating. The school run re-emerges & we’re simply back on that hamster wheel of life.

What we need is that element of calm & relaxation as we enter our safe haven we call home. You all know that I’m a Crabtree & Evelyn super fan! I’ve been trying out 2 products over the last few weeks that I’m simply in love with.

Lets start with the linen mist. This is simply stunning & I can already tell that this will be something I’m going to have to buy on a regular basis. Lavender is one of my favourite scents anyway, but partnered with the hint of freshly pressed coffee – its simply stunning. I have been spritzing this on our bed each morning after making it & I’ve also been spritzing it in our guest room. Our guest room only gets used when we have family or friends staying with us which isn’t all of the time. So this has really kept the room feeling fresh. I sometimes think that unused rooms can become a little stagnant. In Seth’s bedroom he has a beautiful little corner sofa in his reading area, so I’ve been spritzing that every few days too. We have a spare room that is simply unused right now… that’s what I’m hoping will soon become a nursery in the near future. I’ve been lightly spritzed the carpet in there with this beautiful scent just to keep that fresh feeling. I really do love it. I’ve kept this as purely an ‘upstairs’ fragrance with it being predominately a lavender scent.

I love the Citron & Coriander Body Wash from the Energising range… It’s gorgeous. It’s perfect for those dark, cold gloomy mornings. The ‘zestiness’ of it really wakes you up. I have very sensitive skin on my arms & legs & can honestly say that this is really gentle & I’ve had no redness at all. I get a little nervous trying out new body washes & scents, just in case you get that sting or redness… or both! But nothing at all with this body wash. It lathers up lovely on a body scrunchie. I really like this one.

Valentines Day & Mother’s Day are both quite literally around the corner… so if you’re struggling for ideas… I can hand on heart recommend these products. There’s nothing worse than receiving a pointless present in my eyes. At least with lovely buys like this – they’re luxurious, practical & they won’t break the bank. In fact, if you’re not already signed up to the Crabtree & Evelyn newsletter, you could receive 10% off your next order! Simply head on over to their website to sign up!

So, the perfect way to feel fantastic & less frazzled is a perfect little treat for yourself from one of my favourite beauty brands 🙂

Thanks so much as always for reading! I hope I’ve given you some gifting inspiration 😉

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Gorgeous Goodies… Thanks Crabtree and Evelyn 

8 Sep

Hi folks,

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of Crabtree & Evelyn & I’m delighted to say I’ve been trying & reviewing more of their beautiful products! 

Now… where to start… let’s start with…

I decided to start with this product as this was my ultimate favourite in the pack I was sent. It is hands down my most favourite product from Crabtree & Evelyn now. I literally adore this hand scrub. I’ve menetioned a lot in previous blog posts that I suffer with mild dermatitis on my hands – especially along the index finger on my right hand. So, a hand scrub is something I’d really not buy. I’d presume that it would aggravate & inflame my sore skin, but… How wrong I was… 

This scrub is super soft & gentle. It almost seems to buff the sore, dry, rough skin. When you wash it off your hands they feel so soft. They even look fresher & brighter too. Almost like they’ve been given a brand new lease of life! I’ve been using this once a day. The fragrance is gorgeous. I cannot recommend this product enough! 

Lavender & Espresso Calming Soap

I’m really old school in the sense that I still love a good old bar of soap. I’ve always got a bar of soap in a soap dish at the side of the sink. This soap did not disappoint. I love Lavender as a scent anyway, but with the mix of Espresso in there too – it gives a lovely kick. This mix is naturally purifying without stripping away at the skin. This soap would actually be perfect in your kitchen for after you’ve been chopping stinky onions & garlic. It’ll get rid of those strong foodie smells in an instant. Whenthis bat of soap is out of its wrappper it literally fills the room with its aroma.

Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery

This product smells utterly fantastical! I knew as soon as I used it that it had patchouli in there somewhere & after reading the ingredients – I was right! Patchouli is one of my most favourite scents. It always makes me think of Autumn days… I don’t know why… but it does. For me – it’s a very uplifting scent & it’s also long lasting. So you tend to take the fragrance with you. 

This hand recovery is lovely. It’s been lovely to use on an evening. It seems to give your hands that much needed burst of hydration after a long day of running round after a toddler… constantly washing, scrubbing etc… you know what I’m talking about lol. This handcream has been kept in my bedside drawer… it’s now part of my bedtime skincare regime. I mean… we moisturise our face before bed… so why not our hands too!?  

With Christmas fast approaching – you must visit your nearest Crabtree & Evelyn shop or visit them online. Imagine receiving some lovely luxury items in your Secret Santa? I mean you can buy some of their luxury foodie items for as little as £5. They have something to cater to all budgets. With Crabtree & Evelyn you always know you’re going to get top quality products. So go on… treat yourself & your nearest & dearest. With only 3 more pay days until Christmas… you’d best get your skates on! 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fragrant Florals

27 Jun


Hi folks,

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to test & try more gorgeous goodies from Crabtree & Evelyn. Right now we’re in the throws of Summer & all you can think of is beautiful beach days & gorgeous picnics in the countryside surrounded by stunning fragrant flowers. Well, both of these products will have you feeling like you’re surrounded by lots of luxurious, highly scented flowers. Imagine a sweet flowery field.

Ventian Violet Body Cream

I’ve been using this body cream each morning after my shower. It’s really thick & luxurious. I’d always choose a cream over a lotion as I have quite dry skin & I always feel that cream moisturises my skin so much more. The smell is so gorgeous & quite subtle as there are vanilla tones mixed in to give a lovely sweet scent. For me this is a perfect pampering, luxury product. The jar is glass & simply lovely. Everything about it screams class & sophistication. It’d look divine sat on any vanity unit.

The benefits to this cream are:

  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Leaves skin intensely re-hydrated
  • Contains exclusive Tri-Oil blend

Also, for a 200g glass jar you’d normally pay £30… but right now there is a HUGE sale on their website where you can grab this little beauty for just £18!!! You could treat yourself without feeling guilty that you’ve over splurged! Or you could stock up & save for Christmas as gifts. Perhaps the secret Santa at work? It’d be crazy to miss out on such a bargain.

Florentine Freesia Body Lotion

This body lotion is actually a limited edition product, making this a fab gift for someone… I mean who doesn’t love the exclusivity of having something ‘limited edition’? I used this lotion before bedtime to give my skin (especially on my arms) a little more hydration. I find that the summer weather tends to dry my skin out a lot – especially on my arms & the backs of my hands. There’s a lovely little hint of oranges & pears too – lovely to be wrapped in a light fresh scent for bedtime.

This lotion also has the added benefits of:

  • Trio Oil Blend
  • Rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants to nourish skin all over
  • Formulated without colour, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates or propylene glycol

Again… this little beauty is also on offer right now! So instead of paying £24, you’ll only pay £14.40!!! Again… treat yourself… your best friend… everyone!

Across the Crabtree & Evelyn website they have up to 40% off selected items, but, be quick as stock is shifting fast & this sale can’t last forever. There are some utterly gorgeous bargains to be had!!!

Have fun shopping!

Thanks so much for reading as always,

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Black Friday Beauty Bargains

15 Nov

Hi folks

Here’s another instalment of… ‘What to buy folk for Christmas!?’

You just cannot go wrong with a lovely beauty buy as a Christmas gift. So… what if I told you, you could treat your nearest & dearest to some fabulously gorgeous beauty buys at a bargain rate?

The Black Friday sales are looming & Yves Rocher have some fantastical bargains coming… I should know as I’ve had privilege to a sneaky peak of what their bargains will be like…Utterly fabulous!

The Yves Rocher Black Friday Sale will go live 23rd November.

If you’re not familiar with the Yves Rocher brand – then you should most definitely acquaint yourself. The brand has been going for over 50 years & Yves Rocher is the creator of Botanical Beauty.

On the website you will find Make Up, Fragrances, Hair Care, Skin Car, Bath & Shower Stuff, Nutrition & Well-Being, as well as Men’s Toiletries! There is so much to choose from! You’re literally going to be spoilt for choice. I’ve also heard a little rumour that you could be getting 70% off some items too!!! And… when you spend over £27 you will get free delivery!!!

If you head to their website now – you can sign up to their newsletter which will update you on any special offers, promotions & sales. But, in the meantime you should definitely add the website to your favourites & check back on 23rd November – you really do not want to miss out on the fantastic prices & products! Especially if you haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet!

Or… if you’ve bought all of your Christmas gifts – like I have.. then go on & treat yourself! Buy yourself some new make up for all of those Christmas Parties & get togethers!

You quite simply cannot afford to miss out on these beauty bargains!

You can find their website here: http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Thanks for reading & happy shopping!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

**Below is just an advert… the ‘Shop Now’ will not work as the sale is not currently live.

Bloom and Wild

1 Nov

Hi folks,


A week a go I received some absolutely gorgeous flowers from the online flower delivery company, Bloom & Wild. The bouquet I received was: Anoushka. I’ve still got this bouquet in a vase in my lounge over a week later! All of the flowers are hand picked in bud to last that little bit longer.

The great thing about this delivery service is that they are packaged in such a way that they can fit through your letterbox! So you never have to worry about the recipient missing the delivery time. The flowers were so carefully packed. They were delicately wrapped with a light net around each flower head to protect it. Not one of the flowers were snapped or damaged.

There’s little add ons you can tag on too, such as chocolates or scented candles. Flowers always make such a lovely birthday gift or simply a little pick me up for that special someone. They’ve got a fabulous range of Christmas flowers too!

Unlike some florists, Bloom & Wild  offer FREE delivery! Yes, thats right… FREE delivery! Also, if you like a bargain, you can get 20% off your first order with coupon code: PETAL. So, now you don’t have an excuse not to buy a beautiful bouquet. 

They’ve also got an app. With the app you can sync it to your calendar so you can set up reminders for birthdays etc… There’s also app exclusive promotions & offers. If you send a lot of flowers – the app is most definitely worth having.

Bloom & Wild flowers are blooming’ beautiful!

Thanks for reading folks!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Subtle Whispers

18 Feb

Hi folks ✨

This week I received the most beautiful Luxury Baby Hamper from Subtle Whispers. This hamper is priced at £60 & it comes in White, Baby Blue & Baby Pink. It was so beautifully wrapped that I almost didn’t want to open it 

   
The hamper comprised of:

  • Teddy Bear
  • Blanket/Shawl
  • Babygrow
  • Hat
  • Scratch Mittens 
  • Booties

The garnets are beautiful soft cotton.  

 I’ve already done all of my laundry for the little man before he arrives. Everything has washed so well!!! I’ve actually packed the blanket, hat & babygrow in my hospital bag. My little Prince is going to look so gorgeous & fancy in his beautiful Subtle Whispers attire on the maternity ward… Pictures to follow 💙  

   I’ve been trying to think of creative ideas for the basket that the garnets came in. I’d love to do something with it in the nursery. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
It’s such a gorgeous gift. I’d thoroughly recommend it for a baby shower. The whole package shouted quality. Everything from the bow, netting & the items themselves are beautiful. I also love the simple embroidered SW logo. It’s classy & feels expensive. White is always such a beautiful colour choice for a baby too… Crisp & clean. Well… Until feeding time haha. But at least we know it washes & dries beautifully. 

Overall I would highly recommend this hamper. If you’d like to visit their website, you can do so here. You can also find Subtle Whispers on Facebook too! You really do need to check out their shop. They also have beautiful homewares as well luxury robes etc… So check them out! The candles look stunning. 

I’ll be reviewing Subtle Whispers again once our bambino arrives… I’ll be taking lots of pics of him modelling his gorgeous garmets 💙

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

There are so many people out there who tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say “Watch Me”. 

9 Jun

Hi folks… I hope you’ve all had/are having a lovely Tuesday ✨ 

I’m loving my new morning regime of moisturisers… I’m currently using an Olay day cream & primer all in one along with an eye cream from Marks & Spencer.  

 Since hitting my 30s, I have really oily skin. Most primers make it worse & then by like 10am my make up is so shiny & greasy. But not with this. My skin has been utterly amazing & it seems to be keeping the greasiness down to a minimum.  

After a bath or a shower, I’ve been using Grapefruit body butter from Bodyshop. This is one of my fave products from the Bodyshop. It’s just such a lovely, zesty, summery fragrance & massively moisturising. I have lots of scars on my right leg & its sensitive & delicate enough to not sting or hurt them. Such a good buy! 

The ‘getting ready regime’ began with a nice Yorkshire Tea by the hubster  

My make up choices for today were fairly boring really… Naked Palette 2 with They’re Real Mascara  by Benefit & Talk Flirty Lippy also by Benefit

  

  

  

   
 Seeing as it was so super cold yesterday here in South Yorkshire… I decided it needed to be a thick blue tights & golden brogues kinda day today

Before heading off to work I had a quick flick through the current Women’s Health magazine. Inside was some free herbal teas to try from Birt & Tang. I love trying out new teas. I slipped them into my bag to take to work to try out.  

 They all seem to have individual health benefits & most claim to aid with weightloss… So that’s a massive plus surely!? Let’s just see how they taste… Eeeeeeeck! 

Breakfast this morning was a tad random… Scrambled egg with fat free cottage cheese. I get my eggs hand delivered at work from my friend Anna who has chickens. So my eggs are always fresh & very free range ☺️✨ 

   I didn’t make anything for my lunch today as I decided to risk going to the refectory at work for lunch… I’ve literally not been there this year… So decided it was about time to give it a go.

Once I got to work I was greeted with a lovely little gift on my desk off Joe ☺️ 

 Freddo Frog & a mini bag of Haribo ✨ I love them! 

Anyway… Lunch…  

I was pleasantly surprised with my yummy lunch of Baked Potato, Cheese & Beans! Really nice for a change & something that I’ll defo be getting again. There was only 20g of cheese so that wasn’t too bad at all. 

I gave one of my teas a go this afternoon… I went with the Mulberry Leaf one as it reminded me of the designer bags… In name only. To be fair… The tea weren’t half as tasteful as the bags!  

The tea itself looked a tad radioactive… It didn’t actually taste of much so wasn’t as nice as a regular green tea if I’m honest. But at least it wasnt disgusting…  So every cloud & all that. 

Once home me & the hubster decided to open a nice bottle of red  

Then I opened this months GlossyBox… To be honest I was not very happy with this months offering. It really wasn’t the best combo of ‘luxury’ products! A £2 nail polish to me is not luxury… Not a happy bunny.     

   This evening so far has been a rather lazy one ❤️ Just what we needed.

I hope you’re all having a lovely Tuesday ✨

Thanks for reading as ever!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx