A Spa Break with Bannatynes {gifted}

Travel

At the beginning of the week I had pleasure of venturing down to Hastings, East Sussex for an overnight spa break which was very kindly gifted by Bannatynes.
I decided to take one of my best friends as we had not been on holiday together in a really long time.

When we arrived at the hotel, it was pretty much everything I was expecting. A big country style house set in the middle huge green grounds, it truly felt like we were on holiday.

The spa is located a short 2 minute walk down the driveway, which we headed to straight away after we had checked in and seen our room. The room was extremely spacious and clean and had really quirky features. The highlight for me was the big bath room and bath tub!

In the spa we were given a little tour of the facilities and were made to feel really welcome. We headed straight to the Jacuzzi as it was empty as I wanted to get some photos in there before it got busy, so we timed it perfectly.

After being outside for a while we decided to try out the steam room and the indoor Jacuzzi before heading back to the room to get ready for dinner that evening.

Before dinner we headed back down to the gardens out the back of the hotel to take some photos, and ordered a cocktail from the bar for some more photos.

The gifted experience included a two course meal, as a really fussy eater I was a little bit concerned about not liking enough of the food, but I can safely say I liked it all. For started I had the watercress soup, followed by chicken in gravy with potatoes and cabbage.

On the second day we woke up nice and early to the sun streaming into our room making it feel like a sauna. We headed down to breakfast, it was buffet style with everything you could of wanted along with made to order specials.

Before driving to Hastings beach we had our treatments in the spa, we both chose to have facials. This was my first facial so I was a little bit anxious about having it as I was just thinking of all the horrible things the person would say about my skin. However, this was not the case. The lady who did the facial was really nice, and I just laid back and relaxed.

Thank you to Bannatynes for giving us this amazing opportunity and allowing us to come and stay!

If you want to get 20% off your own spa break over £200 then you can use my code VICTORIASMART20

Xx

My hair care routine

Beauty

Hair care is not something which I take too seriously, I would much rather spend my money on skincare, than my hair. Luckily for me brands like Percy & Reed and ESalon keep my hair looking good. I am very lucky to be able to say all these products are gifted and sent for me to try out.

I use the Percy & Reed shampoo and conditioner , the packaging is just so luxurious and they smell amazing so it’s always lovely being able to use them. I have very long thick hair, so washing my hair is the least favourite part of my beauty routine, I tend to only wash it about two times a week which is more than enough for me. Having great products make washing my hair so much nicer.

After I have washed and conditioned my hair I bung it up in a towel and leave it dry as much as it can do before attempting to brush it. Before I brush I apply some of the ESalon Leave in Conditioner which helps add some more moisture to my hair and makes it easier to tackle.
The brushing is the worst part, no matter, my hair gets extremely knotty! I use either my Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer to battle the millions of knots.
After I have brushed it out, I like to apply a couple of pumps of the ESalon oil, just to help smooth out the ends and prevent any breakages.

Unless I am going out and need my hair to be styled a certain way I just let my hair dry naturally, although recently I have been loving curling it!

Once my hair is dry, the morning after the wash, I like to add in some of the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm, this acts as another leave in conditioner and helps tame it through the day. If my hair is looking a bit on the dull side, then I LOVE adding the shine & fragrance spray from Percy & Reed, this adds shine and makes it smell amazing, which is also great for when you havn’t washed your hair.

Dermalogica |Skinfluencer {gifted}

Beauty

As a Dermalogica ‘Skinfluencer’ I am so lucky to receive amazing skincare which actually works on with my skin. I happened to upload an instagram story saying how I’d ran out of the Daily Microfoliant and Dermalogica messaged saying they would send me a new one, along with everything I received in my initial parcel.

I love using Dermalogica so much, I truly feel it is one of the only brands which actively helps my skin and prevents breakouts. I do use other skincare, but in the evenings I religiously stick to the Pre Cleanse, Cleanser and Microfoliant and I this has really helped.

Their primer is actually my favourite primer of all time, I used to love Benefit Porefessional, but the Dermalogica one has the same texture, but contains SPF, therefore making it a little bit better dare I say.

Dermalogica have also just released their new Prisma Protect SPF 30 daily moisturiser which seems amazing, I have yet to try it out as I am saving it for my summer holiday as I like to be bougie on holiday with expensive brands.

New Hair Products | ESALON {gifted}

Beauty

I have recently just been gifted all these lovely hair products, as someone who refuses to spend money on their hair and would much rather spend money on skincare, I really am excited to give these a go.

At £13 a bottle for the shampoo and conditioner I can definitely say this is the most luxury product my hair has had, and probably will have.

My hair is pretty ok most the time, but occasionally it does get a bit dry, so the moisture shampoo and conditioner will be great for locking in the moisture, especially in the hotter months.

I am a huge lover of leave in conditioner, this one provides moisture and stops frizz all day long, another product perfect for the summer. Along with the leave in conditioner, I was also sent some hair oil, I love oil in the summer, when I’m on holiday and I’m doing minimal hair styling, it works so perfectly to tame my hair and make it look healthy.

You can check out their website here to get products suitable to your hair.



Pixi Skin treats {gifted}

Beauty

Last week I received this wonderful parcel from Pixi Beauty, again! I still cannot believe I have made it onto their PR list and now receive amazing this like this so often!

Skin care is my absolute favourite thing to try out, especially masks, so the fact that this came with loads of different masks to try out is brilliant.

I have never tried any of the Pixi masks before, but it’s safe to say that on the day I received them, I did some multi masking and tested out a few.

I use their Glow Tonic every night, so I was really happy to see that they do matching sheet masks! And, also really love that I now have 30 pairs of eye masks!

The Peel & Polish will be a new staple in my skincare routine as I can see this helping my skin out, by sorting out the texture along with the Glow Mud Mask.

I cannot wait to test all of these out and start including them in my skincare routine!

Thank you so much Pixi for sending me all of this to try out!

jecca black. sculpt & soften palette

Beauty

I was very kindly sent the new Sculpt and Soften palette from Jecca. They are a brand who does not just aim makeup at females, instead they aim it for anyone which I think is a really great idea. The palette is also vegan and cruelty free.

The sculpt palette contains a cream highlighter which is the perfect shade for me, it is really creamy and light weight and will be perfect for my under eye area.

The contour shade is a lovely rich bronze shade, I use cream bronzers like this everyday anyway so this is the perfect addition to my collection.

I really like how compact the palette is as it will be ideal for travelling.

You can pick up your own palette here

New In Beauty: Bee Good Cleanser

Beauty

This past week has been such an amazing week for PR packages, I have never received so much before in just one week, so I thought I would start sharing what I have been sent. So I will start with the most recent bit of mail from Bee Good. This brand is completely new to and omg, its’s so cute! The whole concept behind the brand is amazing, they are all about supporting the countryside and they give a share of their profits to bee keeping!

I am a huge lover of cream cleansers as I love how softly they remove make up. The cleanser comes with a cloth. To remove make up it works by massaging it into dry skin and then using the damp cloth to wipe away makeup. 

The cleanser contains British honey, propolis and beeswax along with naturally active botanicals and potent plant oils. 

The cleanser is really gentle on the skin and smells really lovely!

Another amazing this about this package is that they have included a little envelope of seeds to scatter for the bees which I think is such a lovely idea!

And not to mention they sent me chocolate! But look how cute this is! It has bee’s on it, and it was especially made for Bee Good by New Forest Chocolates. 

Pixi LOVE

Beauty

You know that moment when you see everyone on Instagram receiving amazing PR packages and you just keep wishing and hoping that one day that might turn up on your doorstep… well it did! I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of Pixi Beauty, and it totally made my weekend receiving all this in one day.

Skincare is my ride or die, I live for it, and when it’s as pretty as this it’s hard not too! I received the WHOLE of the Pixi Beauty Rose range. I had only ever tried the rose toner previous to this so I was 
utterly taken back when I saw that I now owned ALL of this. Not only all of the products, but 
the beautiful travel bag it all came in! I am 100% taking this away with me on every holiday 
from now as it I love it. 
This bag contains everything, from make up wipes, toners, spritz, moisturisers and balms, it is just full of so many gems!
On the same day I also received a box of their new eye shadow palettes and three brushes! The shades are perfect and so pigmented. My favourite palette is the bottom one, containing the warmer shades. i love wearing the middle third row and the left third row down on their own, just for a pop of colour.

Thank you so much Pixi! ❤

My haircare saviours

Beauty

I have been super lucky to be approached by a wonderful haircare brand, Percy & Reed, and I shall be working with them for the whole year which is super exciting! Each month I will be sent different products to try out and photograph. For me, I personally love just being able to take photos of products, testing them out is just an added bonus. Before this I had only ever tried one of their products which came in a subscription box, now I have a whole selection and could not be happier!

As you can see, the team at Percy & Reed have been super generous and I LOVE receiving these like parcels monthly.

So far, favourite has to be the overnight recovery, this is a hair mask which you can leave on for hours and hours. I tend to do mine every Sunday when I wake up if I have no plans for that day. I then let it work it’s magic the throughout the whole day. What’s great about this mask is that you only have shampoo your hair, no need for conditioner, so it totally speeds up the whole showering process (especially when it’s cold outside).

As I havn’t had these products for long I still havn’t had a good chance to try them, although before I went and took some outfit photos, I sprayed on the shine and fragrance spray which 1. smells amazing and 2. it actually made my hair look amazing!

And that’s all I’ve tried so far…

Spring afternoons | {gifted} Femme Luxe Jumpers

Beauty

Just as the nicer weather is coming our way I thought I would share some new jumpers which were sent to me from FemmeLuxe. I got to pick which clothing I wanted to try, and as it turns out, I ended up picking the same jumper but in four different colours.

The first jumper is in a really lovely camel shade, I have never owned anything in this colour before, and I actually really like it. 
The style of these jumpers feels very 70’s to me, especially the camel colour. The material itself is really thick and you can definitely tell it is good quality and will last you until next winter.


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/camel-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber
Next up is an army green shade, I think this is one of my favourite shades, like the camel one, I 
have never owned anything this shade so it’s nice to add it to my wardrobe. 


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/khaki-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber

I decided to try a mustard shade too, I think it goes really well with the tan skirt. I think the 
oversized sleeves as a little something to the jumpers, they make it stand out from other brands and I feel like the are quite flattering.


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/collections/mustard-jumpers/products/mustard-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber
And lastly, this beautiful pink, I did intend on wearing this with black wet
look leggings and going for the ‘cool’ look, but I stupidly picked up my work trousers instead, so pink skirt it was. 


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/pink-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber

Cosy knitwear from Femme Luxe {gifted}

Beauty

Femme Luxe are always so kind letting me pick out some of their clothes, as its winter I decided to get some cosy knitwear to add to my wardrobe.

First up we have this really cute oversized grey polo neck, this is so cosy and comfy it makes the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I love that this is perfect for days at home, lounging around the house but it is also great for work.
I don’t own any polo neck jumpers but I really do love the look of this one.
You can find it here in white as the grey has sold out.


The next jumper is this statement one, it is very similar to the grey, but a little less oversized. I love the colour of this one, it’s unlike anything I own so it’s always great to go a little out of your comfort zone.

You can find it here.
And last but not least is this cute baby pink off the shoulder jumper, this jumper is more lightweight than the other two so I can see myself wearing this for a bit longer as the weather gets warmer.
I think the off the shoulder style gives it a really cute, girly look and the wide sleeves add a very casual effect.
You can find it here.

Garnier sent me a package full of goodies…

Beauty

Last week I had a bit of a surreal moment, I received an email from a Garnier employee asking if they could have my address so they could add me to their mailing list for future launches, they also asked if there was anything I really wanted to try! As a face mask addict I ofcourse just said “I love facemasks”.

A week went by and a pretty heavy box landed on my door step, when I opened it and saw it was Garnier I actually felt like crying, it felt so amazing to have a brand that I love and use actually acknowledge me and send me a box full of their products.

As you can see from the photos above they really did treat me and I am beyond thank you for everything they have sent!

The main product that I use by Garnier is their sheet masks, the fact that I have now been sent another five to add to my collection is wonderful, I am especially looking forward to using the ‘after sun mask’ when I go on holiday as this just seems perfect for treating your skin after a week in the sun.

Apart from the sheet masks every thing else is new to me so I am really excited to try it ALL!

A big thank you once again to Garnier and I’m sure you will be seeing these in my upcoming skincare routine!

Thanks for reading xx