LUSH Spring Haul

I think there’s a theme going on here, recently I visited Westgate in Oxford, a recently remodelled Shopping Centre. Now, it opened late last year, perfect timing for Christmas! For an exploration though, not good timing, I’m not a fan of busy and crowded places, I’ve said to Yasmine since I heard about it’s re-opening, we should go and visit. Finally, we had the opportunity to go visit!

I’m not going to go too much in depth about Westgate and my adventure there, as you’ll see from the title, this post isn’t about that. Some could say it’s about something so much better! That’s right I’m talking about LUSH, somewhere I’ve become addicted too since leaving Plymouth actually. We’re not lucky to have one in Aylesbury, our closest is either Oxford or Milton Keynes. Depending on what way you want to go!

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Holland & Barrett exclusive goodie bag

When I attended the launch of the Holland & Barrett More store in Plymouth, I received a cute little goodie bag. In the bag there were a variety of different items that they sell in the store. The theme of the bag was coconut which might not be to everyone’s taste but was definitely to mine. Everything inside was made from coconut in different ways.

There was a big bag of Sweet Coconut & Vanilla flavoured PROPERCORN, it was nice to see a big packet as I just love their popcorn. There’s such a nice taste to it, I really enjoy eating them and if I had a choice over a supermarket’s own popcorn and this. I would definitely go with Propercorn. The taste of Vanilla does not over power the taste of Coconut which is nice as sometimes when there is meant to be two flavours you can only taste one.

It’s not just the taste that’s good, it’s also the fact that it’s gluten and wheat free. They are also suitable for vegetarians. The packaging is very appealing and it stands out, whatever the flavouring is there are illustrations on the front to go with it. For each of the flavours there are different colour schemes, which relates in some ways to the flavouring.

From Coconut Merchant there was a bag of Coconut Chips, I wasn’t too sure about these but once I opened them up and tried some, they weren’t actually that bad. They come in all different sizes which shows just how natural they are. They also advertise that their products don’t include any preservatives or artificial flavours. So you know what you’re eating here is a coconut rather than something they’ve created to taste like a coconut.

It’s in a cute resealable packet which is perfect for travelling or just a light snack throughout the day. For me, I couldn’t eat the whole packet within a first sitting so I do like the fact that it is a resealable packet. It’s great to just stick in the cupboard and not worry about them loosing their flavour. As long as you remember to reseal it probably!

While I was wondering around the store, I came across Bounce Energy Balls cute little protein balls that come in a variety of different flavours. I was pleased to see one of these in the goody bag as it’s always nice to try something different. The flavour I received was Coconut Lemon, now I’m not really a massive fan of Lemon but I thought I would give it a try.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would and I believe this is mostly because the lemon flavouring is quite overpowering. There’s a nice smell of coconut when you open it up and when you first bit into it, the coconut flavour is nice. But then you get the strong after taste of lemon though and it just wasn’t nice for me.

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There was more than just food related products in the goody bag. There was a massive jar of Coconut Oil from Perfectly Pure. which along with being good for cooking, can also be used as a moisturiser. To me this seems a little odd as it is labelled as Coconut Oil on the front, but once you read the directions, it is possible to use it as a moisturiser.

I have yet to try it for myself but looking around, I have read that the oil is quite good for your skin and hair. Including dry skin, something that I do suffer from. Also it’s apparently good for your hair as it gives your hair a shiny quality.

The last product that was supplied was a lip balm from Dr. Organic, a product on their Bioactive Skincare range. This is a cute lip balm that includes coconut oil, it is small enough that it’s a perfect size to put into your handbag. When you twist it up you can smell the coconut flavouring, it’s just perfect.

It’s not a wet lip balm that you sometimes find, where you can add too much if you’re not careful. It’s just the right consistency to add to your lips. The oil is said to improve hydration, firmness and tone.

So that’s it for the products included within the goodie bag! If you wish to try out any of these products for yourself, or different flavours. Why not head over to your nearest Holland & Barrett! Would like to say a massive thank you to Holland & Barrett More store in Plymouth for inviting me along to their launch and for the goodie bag.

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Holland & Barrett Beauty Kitchen

As some of you may know, I attended the launch of Holland & Barrett More in Plymouth last week. Nearly half of their store was dedicated to the Beauty Kitchen, a new concept to allow customers to make their own beauty products. They have kits to ‘make your own’ lip balms and bath bombs and even a Make Your Own Body Scrub station. It’s really cool having these products as you can personalise them to suit your skin type.

The body scrub station is really cleaver as there’s just three simple steps to produce your personalised scrub. You can add anything you wish to the scrub and the different ingredients help with different things. So you really can personalise it to yourself. It’s a good idea as everyone has different skin types. It’s a really effective way of creating your own scrub, something that you can be proud of.

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For the Grand Opening they had people on hand to give you a taster treatment with the scrub. There were different body scrubs available to try, the one I tried was Love Me Body Polish. During the treatment the minerals within the scrub were ruff and didn’t feel very nice at all. After it was washed off though, it made my hands feel really soft and had a lovely smell!

Exploring the Beauty Kitchen there were different sections for everything. Everything was cutely displayed, lip balms and lip liners were in a cute wooden display in their sections. With the different shades on display at the front. The descriptions for the different products were displayed on a wooden clipboard keeping in with the theme. With the price list cutely displayed next to the testers.

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The testers were easy to identify as they were clearly displayed on top, with the sale products underneath. So you don’t have the worry of picking up a tester product, we’ve probably all done that at least once!  Even the nail polish were in a neat order with going in shade order which stands out. Everything seems to be neatly ordered in its own home. Which is nice to see as you immediately know where everything is.

They also have a Scent Station which includes a range of scents from Pina Colada to Pumpkin. There’s a massive display of these where you can pick them up and smell them before you buy. These are small melts that when burnt produce the smell, this is becoming a bigger thing in people’s homes. So it’s nice to see a display like this, especially as it bright and colourful with the different shades.

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These are pretty cool as I can see these being popular with homeowners, I love them myself! I might have to pick up a few myself to burn on my Scentsy warmer. They also sell their very own warmers so if you don’t have your own, you can purchase one. Along with the melts, they also sell incenses if the warmers aren’t your cup of tea. They have a range of smells in these aswell.

There’s also a nice selection of bath bombs, a variation of different sizes and colours, depending on the types of ingredients. The bombs are filled with natural ingredient, along with the big ones that have colourful insides, they also have small bombs that are on a Pick n Mix offer. Which is interesting as you can pick up as much of these as you wish and the different variations.

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For the Grand Opening, they had a bicycle at the front of the store where you could produce your own body scrub. With a little help from Corinne, we were able to produce a small amount of body scrub. Using a little bit of oil and Himalayan Salt we were able to produce the scrub. The mixer was attached to the front wheel and as you peddled it mixed the contents.

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I would like to just say a MASSIVE thank you to all the staff who were all so friendly. And thank you for reading this post, let me know in the comments what you think of the Beauty Kitchen from Holland & Barrett! Also be sure to check out their official Twitter page HERE for the latest information regarding their stores.

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Holland & Barrett Drake Circus Launch

July is proving to be a busy month! Along with attending the preview for Plymouth Young Contemporary Open 2016 and the relaunch of H&M, I’ve also attended the launch of Holland and Barrett More. This concept store is the first of its kind within the South West, which is pretty impressive. First of its kind stores are always bigger and better than their normal stores.

I was very impressed with the overall look of the store as it was very bright and inviting. To celebrate their Grand Opening, the store had planned a fun-filled day. Allowing customers to experience all the new concepts the store had to offer. All the staff were very friendly and allowed you to explore the store but were still on hand to help out! Which is always nice.

I loved the way in which they had everything on show, everything was clearly labelled and their displays were amazing. They had props to symbolise what exactly it was. The honey section was amazing as there were beehives in the middle to display all the different honeys. The display was of course bright and inviting as it was the strong yellow that you would recognise with bees.

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For all the different tea bags, they had them all on display in these cute little glass mugs for you to smell before you buy. It’s super inviting and you just have to smell them all! For me the smell of tea is just as important as the taste. Of course you can’t smell them all and not have a favourite. I loved the smell of Blueberry Bliss by London Fruit & Herb Co., Strawberry & Kiwi Tea by Charbrew and Apple & Cinnamon by Heath and Heather.

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There just seemed to be very good ideas all round in this store as they had a Pick n Mix station. Normally these are filled with sweet favourites like strawberries, chocolate raisins, fried eggs and jelly beans but this was the healthy option with different fruits and nuts. This is such a cool idea as when you buy the already packed fruit mix, there might be something there you don’t like.

This way though you can personalise it to yourself, so add as much or as little as you want and you don’t have to worry that there’s anything there that you won’t eat. They had a good selection here and I will be coming back here to pick up my own bag of goodies as I just love my dried fruit. Even putting in some cheeky chocolate covered raisins. Ideas like this may even help more people to eat fruit as they can choose what they want.

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Moving on from one Pick n Mix station to another, they even had one for olives so you could chose different olives to fill a pot. It’s exactly the same as the fruit and nut Pick n Mix station just it’s olives instead. These are a good idea as you can just help yourself to exactly what you want. I’m not much of an olive fan myself but I can see this being really good for a lot of people.

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Now this next area of the store isn’t really my area of expertises but I thought it was still an interesting part of the new store. One whole corner of the store is dedicated to Sports Nutrition which I see as a good thing as you know exactly where it is. Anyone sporty will be able to pick up the best protein powders on the market from here. They also have a Body Analysis machine which can measure your BMI and hydration levels.

The staff located within this section of the store are all trained to help customers to improve their fitness and sporting performance. This machine goes one step further in helping customers as they can get the full experience out of shopping for their proteins. I can see this being a big hit within the new store. Especially as it’s something new and exciting.

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As part of their grand opening, they had an ice-cream cart outside with desserts that were diary and gluten free. A lot of items that Holland & Barrett sell are free from foods and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. For me, I’m not a massive fan of free from foods, some I’ve tried in the past haven’t been all that good. You can tell that a certain ingredient is missing.

These desserts though were amazing, there were three flavours from Pudology to choose from Chocolate Orange, Banoffee and Chocolate. They tasted much better than I thought they would be which was nice. I couldn’t help but try all three and I’m glad I did. It was a nice idea having the cart outside as it was enticing customers to the new store. Who doesn’t love a good pudding!

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Thank you so much for reading this post, be sure to let me know in the comments what you think of this new concept store from Holland & Barrett. Also if you’ve visited a More store, tell me your thoughts about the stores and what you like about them.

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H&M Drake Circus Relaunch

Along with my friend Corinne Bygrave from Organic By Nerve, we attended the relaunch of our local H&M in Drake Circus. For the past three months H&M has been turned upside down while builders have been transforming the store. Every time I adventured in, it was different from the previous time. As they didn’t want to loose out on business throughout this time, the store was kept open.

It was nice to see the store slowly transforming in front of your eyes. They have changed the interior to make it look more like stores you would find overseas. Every time you popped in there it felt as if you were seeing an exclusive to the new look. If it wasn’t for Facebook I don’t believe I would have known about their relaunch as there didn’t seem to be much plastered on their windows leading up to the event.

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This was a must event for not only me to attend but attend with my bestie Corinne as we just love all things H&M. We always seem to be shopping in there whether it’s for some really cool logo tees or just some basics leggings! We always seem to pick up something we both like so as soon as I told her we planned to attend. H&M decided to make a good party out of their relaunch.

I had planned to be outside the store pretty early as I thought it would be quite busy, especially with the good perks that came along. Everyone who attended received a special goody-bag that included a MASSIVE shopping bag, a H&M umbrella and something that always comes in handy, a lint roller. Not forgetting though! The first 200 hundred people to queue up would receive 25% off their shopping!

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The relaunch was just one massive party, music blaring out from the speakers from the live DJ, H&M staff getting their groove on with a performance before the store officially opened to the public and balloons, there were even balloons outside. Watching the staff perform was interesting as they were all smiling and laughing together. Showing that they are all one big happy family and are excited to see their new store open.

After the grand opening, finally we were allowed in to see the finished work. The interior was all white and crisp, it felt like walking into a brand new store. Even though there’s no windows to the outdoor world, the store felt very light and airy. Compared to what it was previously you could tell it was a new store, everything was super clean and organised. After months of chaos, it was nice to see the store back to normal.

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The one massive thing I was disappointed with, every time previously I went into H&M there was always something that jumped out at me. This time though, absolutely nothing! Which was very disappointing as I wanted to take full advantage of the 25% off everything. In the end I did manage to pick up some cute little pieces. It took me longer than I thought and it wasn’t a hard decision to make.

It’s all good me saying how great the new store looks, but see it for yourself. I was able to take a few photos while shopping around. Believe me though! It was not this quiet within the store. So take a peak at this exclusive new store below!

 

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Rainbows in the form of make-up, it’s super pretty and eye catching.

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It’s not just the clothes I like, the lights are pretty!

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Mannequins, mannequins everywhere. It’s like Doctor Who all over again.

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So that’s it guys! Hope you liked the little sneak peak of my home city’s new H&M store. Maybe they will start changing all their stores across the United Kingdom. Will look amazing if they do.

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