5 Things I Love About The Body Shop

Recently I’ve become addicted to browsing around The Body Shop and looking at all their different products, they have soo much on offer for different people with all kinds of skin conditions. It’s stretched so far that even the partner has fallen in love with their Body Butter and is always smelling of a different fruit!

I thought I would share with you today why exactly I love The Body Shop, so without further ado let’s begin.

1.Varitey of Scents

There is soo many different scents, it’s unbelievable how many they’ve got to offer! I’m pretty positive there’s at least one you’ll love. I love that you can get the same products for every scent, so you can pick up a Soap, Shower Gel, Body Butter, Hand Cream, Body Mist and even more! My favourites are Mango, Peach, British Rose and Strawberry.

2.Loyalty Card

They have their own Loyalty system called Love Your Body Club, they push massively for people to join their club which I love as there’s lovely bonuses! For every £1 you spend in-store or online, you receive 10 points, when you receive a total of 500 points you’ll get a £5 voucher, how amazing is that!

For your birthday, you also receive a £5 birthday, so you can buy yourself a cute present for yourself. Both vouchers are live on your Love Your Body Club card for 3 months, which is brilliant as you don’t have to rush to use them! I know vouchers from Argos are only valid for a month, doesn’t feel long enough!

3.Free Samples

If you follow The Body Shop on either Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know that sometimes they’ll give out free samples! This is an amazing opportunity to try a product without having to buy the full size item, it’s annoying when you buy something and it isn’t what you thought it would be!

4.Helpful Staff

I can’t talk for all stores across the United Kingdom but for all The Body Shop stores I’ve visited, the staff have all been really friendly and helpful! I don’t always need help, as it’s mostly just picking up a new Body Butter but when I visited the Exeter store and looked at their skin care range, the consultant was very helpful!

I explained to her what I required and she pointed me in the direction of the Tea Tree Oil skin care range. I fell in love with this range, after it worked really well with my skin, you can read more about the Tea Tree Skin Care HERE. After using these products for nearly 6 months now, I can see a difference and I won’t be going back to my old routine.

5.Their Commitment

The Body Shop was founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976, their story started with the belief that business could be a force for good. They are against Animal Testing and have campaigned a lot to end Animal Testing in the cosmetics industry. You’ll be amazed at how many companies test on animals.

They are also commitment to trading fairly with suppliers and in 1998 became a founding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. It’s amazing how much The Body Shop supports everyone to be a force for good. If you wish to know more about their commitment, head over to their website HERE.

Well guys, I hope you have enjoyed my reasons for loving The Body Shop, it has made me want to venture in and pick something up! Let me know your reasons for loving The Body Shop, does anything stand out to you. I cannot wait to read your thoughts.

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March Favourites

I can not believe how fast 2017 is going! One minute it was 1 March and now March is finished and April is in full swing. That means a wrap up of my favourite things from March. For me, March was pretty busy as I traveled a lot during the month, first I went to London for an interview for a Magazine Training Course with Press Association.

I had a lovely time in London, I was only there for a day but as the interview was in the morning, I was able to spend the afternoon sightseeing! Which I loved as I haven’t had a stroll around London in a while, when I went for my Autosport interview for the Junior Programme I was busy all day. Press Association is based a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace, so I jumped at the chance to visit there.

The first and only time I’ve visited the Palace was when I visited London last year but was late at night so I didn’t see any of the guards. This time around, the Palace was bustling with life as the guards were standing outside and tourists were all admiring the Palace which I loved! From here, I went and visited Big Ben/Westminster.

I love visiting this part of London as all my favourite monuments are within walking distance. As I was able to take a nice stroll from Westminster to Trafalgar Square, it’s lovely to see so many people admiring all the sights in London. I don’t know how far I walked but I bet it was a lot! Time surely does go fast and before I knew it, it was time to start traveling back home to my Uncle’s, my day in London came to an end.

If you follow me on my social media platforms, you’ll know that I am a massive motorsports fan! I was lucky to attend the Britcar: Endurance last year at Silverstone as Media, this year I’ve done one better. I managed to attend the Season Launch of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park as media, a dream come true!

This was an amazing experience as I was able to go trackside at a circuit that I’ve never been too, along with meeting up with my photographer friends again. The Season Launch kicks start the new season for BTCC, this is a day of testing along with driver and car reveals. There are some gorgeous cars this season and I was soo lucky to take photos of them!

I also said hello to my good friends over at Team HARD who continue to grow as a team. I’m looking forward to the BTCC season, especially as I’ll be attending Rounds 25, 26 & 27 at Silverstone in September. This was a massive experience for me as BTCC is much bigger than Britcar and I know a lot more of the drivers and teams.

I also learnt a lot in regards to photography as my dad brought a new lens for his camera so this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice with this lens. It was super easy to use, left my arms dead as it was super heavy! As I spent the day with Ian Cutting from Ian Cutting Photography, who was taking photos for Essaar Motorsports, if I had any problems, I would have been able to learn from him.

It was Mother’s Day at the end of March, also known as Mothering Sunday, so I spent the day with my mum and two sisters. We went to Frankie & Benny’s for lunch, yumm! Afterwards we watched Beauty & the Beast, I’m still not sure about this movie as the animated film is one of my favourite Disney films, but after hearing a lot of good things about it, I thought I would give it a try.

It was lovely to spend some quality time with the family, everyone must have had the same idea as everywhere was super busy! Beauty & the Beast was a really good movie, there seemed to be a lot more singing and dancing though, it’s amazing what they can do with special effects. I loved that everything was a lot more French orientated, the animation it wasn’t as grand.

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I love doing these favourites as it makes me re-think about everything I’ve done during the month. I really struggled in the beginning with ideas for March’s Favourites, as I feel that I haven’t done that much, anything interesting at least but then I look through my Instagram and realise I’ve been really busy. It’s crazy how fast March has gone, I really hope that’s not the same for April!

I hope you have enjoyed what you’ve seen here, April is going to be a very busy month for me as I’m traveling to Italy at the end of the month, so look out for those photos!

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Artemis & Xena February 2017

Subscription Boxes are becoming more popular amongst everyone, as no matter what your interests are, I guarantee there will be a box out there for you. As you know, I am subscribed to Infinity Crates, a crate filled with entertainment goodness. I love receiving this every month, as I never know what I’m going to receive until I open it up.

I came across a new Subscription Box, Artemis & Xena, I immediately fell in love as I love the concept of the box. Ani founded Artemis & Xena after struggling with her mental well-being as a teenager and during the first year of University. A change of thinking and lifestyle helped her to get through her difficulties, therefore she wants to help other women who may be facing difficulties too using what helped her.

By creating a well-being Subscription Box for both teenage girls and women, with an amazing aim to empower women and cheer them up every month. I can certainly agree with this statement, as I was very happy with what was included in the box. The boxes are based on a theme every month, February‘s theme Love Yourself, ties in nicely with Valentine’s Day.

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It’s amazing how pretty Ani made the box, I love the addiction of the Washi Tape across the fronts, adds a simple but effective decoration. I was being soo careful when I opened this as I didn’t want to ruin it. Inside I found everything neatly wrapped in this pretty reusable pink floral tissue paper! I loved this and I’ll definitely be keeping it to use it for future blog posts.

I love the card inside, very pretty and I love that it includes the theme of the box! Just as a nice little reminder if you had forgotten. When I opened the box up, it smelt amazing! Made me want to just rip the tissue paper to find out where the smell was coming from. It completely made me excited to see what was inside, of course, I was not disappointed!

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I used to love temporary tattoos when I was growing up, especially the ones with cute animals, I sometimes received them in my sweets and couldn’t wait until I was home to put them on my arms. I’m excited to receive these, as I know they’ve become popular recently, especially the gold temporary tattoos, I look forward to using them!

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Food… I always love receiving food and trying something new. The milk chocolate heart like amazing, I wish there were more of these because they are exactly the type of sweets I like. It was the first thing to disappear from the box, oopps. The Love Heart Sweets I won’t be eating them as I don’t like them but I do know someone who will eat them, the partner.

Recently I have been into trying herbal tea, so I’m really excited to see a herbal tea from Pukka included. I love that it’s flavour is called Love, I definitely love the taste and smell of this tea. It feels very relaxing and calming, well worth the five minutes to allow it to infuse probably. All the ingredients go really well together, a match made in heaven.

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When I was younger, I adored Nail Stickers, I used to love just sticking them on my nails after painting them, so I can see myself using these, especially the Cupcakes! I can picture the ring finger being a Cupcake with the other nails painted. I’m really excited to use these, hopefully they will be as easy as they look to use. Sometimes these can be a pain in the butt.

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These little stationery items I am in love! The Washi Tape, amazing, I can see myself sticking this on Notebooks and my Planner to add some decorations. I love Sticky Notes, I normally use these to highlight pages in books that I use for University. These though, I’ll probably use in my Planner to add a bit of colour. I’ll stick them in and then write on top of them.

The Buttons I am not sure what I’ll use these for, maybe in my Scrapbook, I suppose they can work in there! I don’t think I would use them for actual Buttons on a jacket or something. More of a crafty use with my Scrapbook or Planner. The final crafty item I received was these little confetti, adorable I love, they look rally nice in the background and I can see myself using them in future photos.

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I found the source of the amazing smell! It’s these amazing mini aromatherapy glitter heart-shaped bath bombs in the scent Rose, I am in LOVE! I can not wait to use these, especially as there’s no animal testing and vegan friendly, so I’m hoping this makes them okay with my sensitive skin. These are also created by the Etsy company Dreamybath, natural handmade bath & skincare products.

I love that there’s an introduction of Etsy stores here, I think this is an amazing thing to give these smaller businesses more credit. I am definitely going to take a look at her other products! The Collection Mardi Grass Lip Balm is amazing, makes my Lips feel amazing afterwards as well as smelling soo good. Good enough to eat shall I say, I think that’s bad though, oopps.

It feels like it’s getting colder as spring approaches so this is perfect to keep my Lips feeling fresh. A heart-shaped Beauty Blender umm why not! This is soo pretty but I’m not sure how well it will blend make-up, I won’t be able to test this out, as you know I’m not one for make-up. I know a couple of people who could put this to use.

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I have always been a massive fan of colouring in, I used to always colour when I was younger, it was a favourite of mine whenever I traveled anywhere with the family. God knows how many different colouring books I had, I never ever seemed to finish them. I love these little colouring pages as they have meaningful messages on them. Very simple designs and I can not wait to colour these in!

The next item I was a little bit unsure over, because I didn’t know what it was! After having a look at the information leaflet I found out it was an envelope full of positive self-love affirmations which I love! These are perfect for the theme of the box, there’s a total of 31 in the envelope so you can open it each morning and pick one out for a whole month.

I love the thought that went into these, there’s some lovely phrases like ‘Today, I choose me’, ‘My struggles are opportunities to learn and grow’ and ‘I am learning each and everyday’ of course there’s so many more. They also made me smile when I read all of them, I would love to see something similar like this in the next box, as you can do so much with this idea.

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Another item that made the box smell AMAZING, were these heart-shaped soy waxed melts. I can not wait to try these on my Scentsy, I would love to have my room smelling like this, I can not place the exact smell, but they are in the scent Love Spell perfect for the theme of the box. Just like the mini aromatherapy glitter hear-shaped bath bombs these are handmade by DollysCandles.

I love that Artemis & Xena have included different Etsy stores, as it gets the amazing work out there that these people create all by themselves. I actually might check out both stores and see what else they produce. This little butterfly is really cool, he’s a wall sticker so you can pretty much stick it anywhere you want! This butterfly is definitely brightening up my room, pride of place on my bookcase.

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In another envelope was this collection of beads to make my own bracelet this is really cool and I’ve always loved creating my own bracelet. I think it’s a sense of personalisation, you can create anything you want. I love that there’s letter beads aswell, so you can try and spell out something, I’m not quite sure on what I’ll be spelling. I like that there’s a variation on the styles and colours of the beads.

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I also received a nice little collection of jewellery, first up a pair of love earrings, these are a little heavy so I’m not sure if I’ll be wearing them much but I do really love them! I also love what was included on the leaflet to describe these, ‘a pair of cute earrings to complement your beauty!’ how adorable is that. Next this lovely heart-shaped necklace, I absolutely adore this, I’ve been wearing it quite a lot recently.

I love that it’s silver as that’s my favourite coloured jewellery to wear. The card that it’s displayed on is really pretty, I love the quote behind it, very inspirational. The last item I received was this bracelet, I love the different charms on it, I’m not sure if it’s a bit busy for me as when you’re wearing it, you can’t see all the different charms.

For my first Artemis & Xena I am really impressed with what I received, this is only their second box so I’m really excited to see their future boxes. I really didn’t expect to get all these items and for the price, I am very impressed. You’ve still got time to pre-order your March box, with the theme of Spring Time. Like other subscription boxes, there are different styles, including monthly, 3 month prepaid or one-off boxes.

Go give some love to Artemis & Xena on their Twitter and Instagram.

The Wrong Side of Prohibition

I was kindly invited by Thespis Project Theatre Company to attend their performance of The Wrong Side of Prohibition with a few other bloggers from Plymouth. This was the first performance by Thespis that I have watched and it didn’t fail to amaze me. The performance explores the lives of gangsters in 1920s America.

An era that I’ve always wanted to know more about, as after watching Vampire Diaries I fell in love with it. Anastasios Chalas portrayed the club owner Tony, who showed good interactions with the other characters, despite acting like a strong character there were those moments where you sympathized for him. He had an amazing bond with all the actors and their characters.

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Blogger Swap Box with EnchantedVamp

I love meeting new people and making friends who have the same interest as me, yupp you’ve guessed it blogging. There’s so many great people in the blogosphere and I’m lucky to meet some. Recently I’ve become friends with Simone, a Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger, who is behind EnchantedVamp.

We got chatting on Twitter after seeing she was looking for someone to do a Swap Box with, I was intrigued to know more and before I knew it, we were chatting about products to send one another! I’m really glad we did this, as I love meeting new people and I suppose this is a new and interesting way of getting to know someone.

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February Favourites

Where on earth did February go! Felt like yesterday that it was the end of January, now it’s the end of another month and on to another Favourites. It was quite tricky for this month, as there was nothing that stood out to me like last month. I have managed it though and here is a summary of those things I’ve enjoyed this month!

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Beauty Kitchen Create Your Own Lip Balms

Since Beauty Kitchen opened a concession store inside the Holland & Barrett More in Plymouth, I have been loving all their beauty products, especially as all their products are 100% natural. Over the Christmas Break, Georgina Minter-Brown hosted a competition on her Twitter where you could win one Christmas gift.

I was one of the lucky winners and I chose the Create Your Own Lip Balms from Beauty Kitchen. When I received it in the post, I was jumping for joy! I couldn’t wait to create the Lip Balms, I’ve been very busy since receiving it, so I’ve only just been able to make them. I will admit, they were a lot easier to make than I thought!

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Random Question Generator

I believe Q&As are the perfect way to get to know a person, I love finding out more about a person. Recently I came across a post by Like Sally Bee that takes a spin on the normal Q&A. Instead of her asking her followers, she used a Random Question Generator to get her questions, you can check out her post here!

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The Bedtime Tag

Bedtime – My favourite time of the day, I love winding down after a long day and getting tucked up into bed. The lovely Charlotte from Charlie’s Wonderland nominated me for the Bedtime Tag. I would love for you to stop by her blog, she is a lovely Beauty and Lifestyle blogger! You won’t be disappointed by her content.

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January Favourites

Can you believe it! January has been and gone, it’s now February! For the New Year, I thought I would introduce a new series, at the end of each month I am going to sum up what I’ve been loving. This may include some beauty items along with places and things I’ve been enjoying over the month.

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