Spa Sundays

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So, as a birthday treat to each other, we visit a spa twice a year in order to relax, rewind and destress. The spa we visited last Sunday was Champney’s in Henlow, we have never visited here before. We really have done the rounds when it comes to spas, and to list a few we have been to Champney’s Tring, Nutfield Priory Surrey, Marriot London and Sopwell House St Albans.

On arrival, we were greeted with the most delicious mini blueberry muffins, fresh orange and ginger juice and of course berry granola with natural yog. YUM.

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After breakfast, we slipped into our complimentary robe and slippers and took to a sun lounger. With our ‘Essentials Spa Day’, we received a 25 minute aromatherapy wrap and a 25 minute full body massage. The aromatherapy wrap was a very interesting experience, firstly we were body brushed from head to toe, covered in oil and then wrapped in a plastic sheet for around 15 minutes. Our full body massage followed, complete bliss… We then headed to the sauna, steam and swimming pool and enjoyed each in turn.

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The rest of the day was spent relaxing in the beautifully ornate restrooms and wandering around the grounds on a glorious sunny afternoon. Also with the spa day, you receive a buffet lunch which had to be the best part of my day! A plate full of fresh fish, meat and vegetables.

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Perfume Passions

IMG_6307 copySo this weekend we decided to finally try out our perfume set purchased from THE PERFUME STUDIO LONDON, we bought this set last Christmas and have only just got round to giving it a go!

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When blogging, we love lighting a candle to create a relaxed and creative atmosphere. This new Eve Victoria candle has an extremely exotic and oriental fragrance with a blend of Jasmine, Ginger and Frankincense. Certainly getting us ready for Christmas!

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The perfume process started with trying out every single one of the 18 different fragrances. We started by laying out all of the fragrance bottles and individually dipping tester strips into them. We then waited a few seconds for the smell to develop, whilst wafting the tester strips, we then quickly sorted out our favourites from the disappointments!

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Here is what we thought of the fragrances…

Number 3 – The smell of this fragrance was not something we would wear, maybe something my granny would have worn?

Numbers 4 and 6 – This was a pleasant smell, but more of a room fragrance, maybe for a washroom, definitely NOT a body scent

Number 5 – Absolutely LOVED this scent, ready made perfume, could be worn on its own and not mixed with any other fragrance

Numbers 7, 8 and 9 – Neither of us are fans of floral scents, so these 3 fragrances did not work for us as all were too flowery

Number 12 – One of our faves, again could be worn on its own! Overall, not an overpowering scent, something that could be worn all day, not sickly sweet

Number 13 – Another room scent, but still a very fresh scent, linen fragrance

Number 15 – Gorgeous lavender scent, although we love this smell, probably not suitable for a perfume

Number 50 – Beautiful smell, but not for females! Very manly and typically something you’d find in a cologne

In the end, our fragrance consisted of a mixture of fragrance numbers 1, 5 and 12. Our fragrance contained bergamot, this fragrance automatically evokes a classy and expensive vibe, and is typically found in most high end perfumes.  From the start, we wanted to incorporate bergamot into our perfume, and it worked so well! We made up the 30ml glass perfume bottle, we will definitely be wearing this scent everyday!
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Festival Fever

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After one of the most incredible weekends at Bestival, we wanted to share with you our festival essentials. We tried to pack lightly but really struggled and ended up massively overpacking! At least we know for next year what is needed and what can be left behind.

Toiletries and Accessories:
First up, a real essential are  these Eyelure Exaggerate 140 Lashes. We have tried so many pairs of eyelashes, and these are perfect for adding length and thickness without being too overwhelming. So easy to apply and the glue lasted all night!

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Essential to keeping fresh and smelling nice are these deodorants and dry shampoos. The Sanex is great as the scent is simply fresh and clean, and the mini is handy for one if not sharing toiletries. Without access to running water the dry shampoo was a life saver, this floral and flirty combo kept hair grease-free for the entire weekend. Fab!

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The Minion tissue pack was too cute to resist, plus handy for portaloos… The dry shower body wash was handy for the one day we couldn’t reach the showers, left us feeling brand new.

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For us, the floral headbands were a must have to complete the festival look and be part of the boho/ hippy crowd. Our general fashion included lots of denim, shorts, tassels and fringing, Hunter wellies and of course NEVER being seen without a bum bag!

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Vibez:
Here’s a collection of our favourite personal pics from the weekend. Not only was Bestival amazing, we also got out and explored the rest of the Isle of Wight as being such a small island we travelled around it all.

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Bites To Eat

Nonna’s Kitchen, Hoddesdon
This has been a full packed week of eating out a LOT, probably too much but it was well worth it. Our first meal out of the week was at Nonna’s Kitchen, Hoddesdon. This was our first visit to Nonna’s, and we were not let down by the Sicilian food and overall charm of the restaurant.

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To eat:
Pane E Olive
Basket Of Fresh Bread With Olives And Dips
Calamari fritti
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Gamberoni alla diavola
King Prawns In A Spicy Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti Vongole
Spaghetti With Clams In White Wine Sauce

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Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti With Smoked Bacon, Eggs And Cream
Ice Cream – the ice cream was out of this world, I had a combination of mint, hazelnut and pistachio, it really was the finest gelato.

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Boydens Kitchen, Barnet
Our next stop was at Boydens Kitchen, Barnet. A super cute family-run cafe/ deli serving the most beautiful ‘Big Breakfast’, this breakfast is the works with an abundance of sausage, bacon, eggs, beans and even black pudding…

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Honest Burger, Soho
Honest Burger has been on the list to try for a while, and as we were in London looking forward to a night at the Palladium seeing Sinatra on Stage, we thought it would be the perfect time to pay it a visit. We went to the Soho restaurant, cramped yet cosy we had a spot right in the corner. We both went for the homemade lemonade, the ‘Honest Burger’ and a side of onion rings. After visiting a lot of burger joints this was exceptional. The ‘Honest Burger’ was a combination of beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce, absolutely delicious. We will definitely be visiting again!

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Sinatra On Stage, London Palladium
Here are a few photos of Frank, although only young we are huge fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes. The show at the Palladium is only running until mid- October, so if you get a chance to go, we seriously recommend it, we were completely blown away and overwhelmed.

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Seven Days in Cyprus…

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Camel Park
Our first visit was to the the Camel Park in Mazotos, where we enjoyed our first ever camel ride. Although early on in the week, this was probably the highlight of the holiday, an experience completely different from anything else! Feeding the camels was terrifying yet exhilarating as they literally ate out of the palms of our hands…

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Famagusta
Fascinating historical town, even if it is a little chilling. This area of Famagusta really takes you by surprise. An abundance of buildings, shops and hotels that have just been abandoned. It is hard to imagine the heartache and desperation of just walking away from your home: So far never to return…

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Water Works
From snorkelling to diving, we did it all! Most fascinating was the Under Sea Adventure. We took the opportunity to stroll along the seabed in over 10ft of clear turquoise water, we observed the sea life around us and even had an opportunity to feed the fish. This really was an amazing experience, as unlike diving, the helmet enabled you to have a constant supply of fresh air pumped in, perfect.

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Foodies
As we stayed in an all inclusive hotel, we enjoyed an excessive amount of meals every day and really took advantage of the food. But in particular, the à la carte restaurant was outstanding, we ate…

To start:
Halloumi stuffed red peppers
Mushrooms in a creamy garlic, white wine sauce

Main:
Surf n’ Turf Sirloin Steak and Prawns, with asparagus and country wedges

For afters:
Hazelnut praline cream filled chocolate profiteroles, with vanilla pod ice cream

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High End vs. High Street

Nars, Sheer Glow Foundation
First up, we have selected the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. This foundation gives great coverage and looks really natural on the skin! This can be built up nicely, so can be used for both day looks and night time wear. Also perfect for that dewy complexion, and can be powdered for a matt finish. Luckily, this product is great for all skin types and doesn’t cling to dry patches, super long lasting!

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L’Oreal, Infallible 24H Foundation
Great foundation for normal to dry skin, leaves a dewy complexion yet covers fully. When it says 24 hour wear, it really means it… You can leave in the morning and return home with flawless coverage still in tact, this has been personally experienced! If you have oily skin, we’d say go for the… L’Oreal, Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

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Benefit, Hoola Bronzing Powder
This bronzing powder is a great all-rounder that will warm up your complexion whilst contouring at the same time. The colour is perfect and you can wear it as subtle or as bold as you fancy, no real shimmer (which we love). Stays on all day and really defines those cheekbones!

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Lovely warming bronzer, leaves skin with a healthy glow and definition. This gives a really nice even finish which once again has no shimmer so can be used for both contouring and bronzing… leaves you perfectly sun-kissed!

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Benefit, Gimme Brow
Perfect for a quick and easy defined eyebrow look, leaving brows looking filled in, plumped up yet oh so natural. Great applicator wand, leaving no excess around the brow!blogimage22

Maybelline, Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil
Perfect pencil and powder combo, so quick and easy to pencil in sparse areas of brow and then run the powder through the eyebrow using the foamy applicator stick to finish off.

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Benefit, Roller Lash
Ideal mascara for curling and thickening. We especially like it as it lengthens and separates each lash, using the tiny soft hooks on the applicator wand. No transfer marks left on eyelid… Ideal!

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L’Oréal, Paris Telescopic Mascara
Lengthens and adds thickness to lashes without clumping. Overall, can be used for a natural everyday look or it can be built up for that false lash dramatic look.

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Mac, Lipstick Pure Zen
This lipstick suits every makeup look, a light nude with pinky peach undertones which compliments all skin tones. One of Mac’s Cream Sheen lipsticks so no matt finish, no need for lipgloss!

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Rimmel, Moisture Renew Lipstick
Another nude with a peachy undertone lipstick, suits a wide variety of skin tones and gives a natural yet classy look whilst moisturising the lips. Great handbag essential, we love the moisturising quality of this one and the wide variety of colours available!

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Hope you enjoyed our top 5 High End vs. High Street essentials, if we had to pick it would have to be a combination of the two looks… let us know what you think below and what your essentials are!

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Westgate Weekender

A few weeks ago Els and El took a trip to Westgate, a beautiful town in Kent. This was a welcomed break from busy London life, but still buzzing with excitement and full of fun!

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Albariño, Broadstairs

We ate at Albariño, a beautiful tapas in Broadstairs. Like most restaurants in Broadstairs, the restaurant was tiny and narrow yet perfectly comfortable. The food itself was beautiful, a real hidden gem!

We all went for the tapas of the day, which included:

Grilled bread & Spanish olives

Chickpea & fennel chips

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Smoked haddock, horseradish aioli

Potato & onion tortilla

Local venison burger, spinach, sultanas & Marcona almonds

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Rabbit cooked in oloroso, garlic, wild mushrooms, pancetta and rosemary

All these dishes were absolutely delicious, really fresh and simple.

Il Tricolore, Ramsgate

On arrival, Ramsgate did not seem the most welcoming of towns, and tottering around in our heels opposite the local run down kebab shop we almost headed home… However, our experience at Il Tricolore made us forget where we were. The food was top quality, fresh and full of fantastic flavours.

To eat:

Pane all’aglio e mozzarella- Garlic bread and mozzarella

Calamari fritti- Deep fried fresh squid dusted with seasoned flour served with a mayonnaise dip

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Saute di cozze- Fresh mussels in white wine parsley in light fresh cherry tomato sauce served with croutons

Linguine ai frutti di mare- Linguine pasta with mussels and clams in a white wine and fresh cherry tomato sauce

Penne al forno- Penne pasta cooked with chicken strips and pancetta in creamy red pesto sauce served oven baked topped with mozzarella

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The food went down well with a bottle of house white wine.

The Chapel, Broadstairs

This has to be the quirkiest place we have ever been, where old books meet locally brewed cider. The idea of this micro pub is great, however the cider was not to our liking as it was warm and I don’t know if it was off but it tasted horrible. Definitely something a bit different!

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Paolo’s Kitchen, Broadstairs

As a burger lover, this really is up there. We stumbled in quite late in the evening, and we were not disappointed. The menu isn’t overly complicated and relatively cheap and you can BYOB.

To eat:

Battered tempura prawns

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Battered calamari

California burger

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New York burger

Garlic mushrooms

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Onion rings

Whilst waiting for our food, we were amused by a list of quotes on the wall, our favourite being: ‘Never eat more than you can lift’ – Miss Piggy. This was definitely relevant at the time…

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