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An Evening at Lush Spa Cardiff

That’s right, the day has finally come.. Today is the day that the Lush Spa Cardiff is opening and it is going to be wild!
If you aren’t too sure on what this is, then a little brief is that Lush is a skincare and cosmetics brand that love to use natural products that really aid your skin and are tailored to each individual skin type! The scents are just incredible, the longevity of the products and you will be wanting to come back for more and more each time and never become disappointed with what’s next!

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Lush sell products from Bath Bombs to Bubble Bars, Bath Melts, Skincare (Cleansers, Toners, Moisturisers..), Make Up, Fragrance, Haircare (Shampoos, Conditioners and Treatments) and just so much more! But now they have expanded the company even further by adding in a full spa with so many incredible treatments, which is so exciting!!

We fortunately received an invite to visit the Lush Spa Cardiff yesterday evening as a pre-opening for today and believe me, it did not disappoint!


Firstly, we got stuck right in and were able to make our very own face masks and bath bombs as two lovely employees from the Lush Factory in Poole, England came down to show us and hold a workshop which was so much fun!

Me and Laura (laura-simone.com) got to make our own Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb which has ‘Balancing and Calming lavender oil and calming and soothing Chamomile Blue Oil’ and believe me, it smells incredible and has gold glitter in it too! Also, they actually use these bath bombs in the spa treatments too so it goes to prove how soothing these are!

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Straight after creating our own products, we were able to try out so, so, so many different products around the store which left us smelling and feeling so incredible! We had the lovely Lowri showing us around the new store and giving us demos, she did such an amazing job and her memory is spot on!

I think that one of my favourite products from the night was definitely Plum Rain which is a shower gel which contains Osmanthus Absolute which is full of floral tones,Sicilian Mandarin Oil to brighten the skin and the best part, it is crammed with Fresh Plum Juice which smells so delicious! I cannot wait to use this in the shower and hope that my whole bathroom is filled with the scent for ages!

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We were then shown around more of the store (it is massive compared to their other Cardiff store!), getting to see the exclusive products they have and what they use within the spa treatments.
There was so much choice of products in this new store that I genuinely could not think straight when I started purchasing stuff. I was lusting after so many products, it was crazy!

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We then moved onto browsing and testing out the massage bars and seeing how they are used within the treatments that they have at the new spa. I have never personally had a spa experience and did not expect much from a simple hand and arm massage with a massage bar but boy, was I surprised! It felt so incredible and when I say incredible, I mean that I immediately purchased these products and decided to try the same out on my boyfriend when I got home! (He even said it was amazing!).

This sample of the treatment was all about putting pressure on certain parts of the arms and then instantly cooling them, to give off an Icelandic Spa feel (when people go into a sauna and then dash off into the snow straight after).

We had a good look through the Spa Treatment Brochure and I spotted two that I would absolutely adore! Firstly, I feel like I need to point out the fact that some treatments don’t even require you getting undressed to an extent. As I have never had a spa treatment, I have always been so nervous about going for one and undressing. It would be completely fine whilst I’m there, but the anxiety beforehand would freak me out! So I thought I would point out that at Lush Spa Cardiff, they actually do treatments where there’s very little undressing, some undressing or down to your underwear but beneath a cosy sheet.

The first treatment I spotted obviously involved chocolate..

‘The Comforter’
’60 Minutes of pure imagination, full of candyfloss, fantasy and bittersweet cacao kisses.’
A sweet experience to love you tender and cloud you in candy floss and the heavenly ministrations of massage. Then a bubbling rose serum, hot, rich and dripping on your skin, deliciously floral for your body to savour. You’re drunk on chocolate, fantasy and music, on the weird and wonderful chords which send you high up to Hushabye Mountain. Fireworks of thought conjure up fantastical, long-lost daydreams which scamper to greet you like childhood pets, layers of warmth and nostalgic rapture to wander in, free from responsibility.
Awake, tickled pink with velveteen skin and a reawakened sense of playfulness.

This sounds outstanding, right?!
This is essentially a hot chocolate body scrub and warm, nourishing rose body serum for 60 minutes.

The second treatment that really intrigued me was A Hard Day’s Night and I know you’re probably thinking ‘Isn’t that a Beatles song?’ Well, yes it is..

‘Hard Days Night’
‘Here’s a recipe for 75 minutes of delicious, undisturbed rest, steeped in sweet dreams and refreshment which lasts.’
Take an album of Beatles classics and sift vigorously. Add one pair of pyjamas, soft, oversized and stir the two into a reverie of massage, music and golden slumbers. Tip out, kneading away the knots of this complex dough with an unwinding massage of gentle, passive stretches which lengthen, strengthen and relax, aligning and fine-tuning from head to toe.
Add a dash of the weird and wonderful, the feeling of soaring skyward in a dream and bake with a splash of home comfort. A liberal sprinkle of Liverpool and leave to rise, starry-eyed, with the sun.

This sounds right up my street and I adore The Beatles, so this is perfect! Also you get to wear pyjamas – what could be better than that?! This treatment is 75 minutes with a 15 minute consultation beforehand.

There are so many more different treatments which are all on their website here, but these are just two that really stood out to me!

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 11.22.34Go check out these ladies’ twitter accounts and blogs here: katiedoesbeauty, wdaydreaming, paigehelenblog, ohbexhowells, lb_chelsea, pip_says, laurasimoneowen

I would like to thank Lush Spa Cardiff for having us at another of their events and they just keep getting better and better each time! We had an amazing time as always, as usual coming home covered in glitter (hell yes!) and smelling insane!
Feel free to follow their social media accounts here:
Twitter – @LushCardiff
Instagram – @LushSpaCardiff
Facebook – /LushSpaCardiff

Are you heading to Lush Spa Cardiff to check out the opening?
What is your all-time-favourite Lush product? I’d love to know!
xx

Want more posts to read? Check out:
Lush Cardiff Christmas Event
What’s On My Beauty Wishlist
January Favourites

Prosecco Flow Event

Myself and a few more of my incredible blogger friends were so kindly invited to Prosecco Flow’s Event. This is a one-off event where so many different and incredible brands come together to give us a night to pamper ourselves and have a great time.

The brands that were involved were Yogi Bare, Yume Cardiff, Nando’s, Ten Mill Lane, UFit Fitness, Pixies and Poppets and so many more!

We had such an incredible evening which started off with some RnB Yoga from Yogi Bare which was so refreshing to see and so enjoyable! We then moved onto getting our eyebrows tinted and waxed which was so great – especially as I have never had my eyebrows tinted professionally, so there’s always time for a first!

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We then moved onto the Ten Mill Lane booth who made endless cocktails for us all which were so tasty it was unreal! What better to go along with amazing cocktails? Nando’s, of course!
Nando’s Cardiff were so kind to cook us up a whole bunch of amazing food from their stores and let us all loose!

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Once we were all refilled and raring to go, we headed straight to Yume Cardiff’s stand where they did these incredible hair braids! I really wish I had the talent to do something like this myself and I apologise again to the ladies for having to battle my super thick hair! It looked so gorgeous in the end though and was well worth it!
They had so many different beauty therapies at Prosecco Flow, but we didn’t manage to get around all of them!

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Afterwards, people got swiftly transported to Ten Mill Lane to carry on the night and party away after being pampered all evening. Unfortunately, I had work the next day so sadly I had to give this one a miss but I’m almost certain that everyone had a blast!

A huge thank you to Prosecco Flow for having us and we cannot wait to see if there are any more future events! Such a great idea to give the perfect Friday night and to combine so many different brands all at one time!

Want to see previous event posts? Check them out here:

Lush Cardiff Christmas Blogger Event

Christmas At The Grape and Olive Swansea

NYX Cardiff Blogger Event

Bootlegger Cardiff Event

I am back again with another review! This time I was very kindly invited to Bootlegger in Cardiff which is a new 1940s, Post-Prohibition Jazz and Cocktail Bar which is on Womanby Street, Cardiff.

Firstly, I adore Jazz music and anything to do with the 1940s. I also just completed a university project where I decided to design a 1940s Jazz Club in 3D. But enough rambling about me..

Bootlegger has it’s first bar in Bristol and has had a huge success since it has opened! So, why not open more elsewhere?
I believe that Cardiff has definitely needed this bar, as I personally am fed up of going to the same clubs, with the same genre of music, the same Justin Bieber songs will play..
I need some jazz, blues, soul, motown and right now!

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Bootlegger Cardiff has been absolutely transformed and is such a gorgeous building now! It is full of wooden floors, red brick walls, intricate wall decors and the most incredible genre of music floating around in the background.

We were very lucky to taste a few of their cocktails and believe me, there are a lot of cocktails on their menu (107, to be precise..) so you will never get bored of any flavours, although you’ll have a tough time deciding! I went for a Jaffa Cake Espresso Martini which blew my mind! Firstly, it has chocolate in it which is always a winner in my eyes. It has such a rich espresso taste that completely compliments the orange and chocolate – and even comes with a jaffa cake on the rim too!

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There was such a great atmosphere here and they even have live musicians and singers come into Bootlegger who were outstanding – such beautiful voices!

I would highly recommend checking it out, especially if you want to escape the generic night clubs that are everywhere. They also have a Gin Bar too and additional rooms so there is always room for all sorts of occasions at Bootlegger, whether it’s a casual drink, an event, a full blown night of alcohol and excitement..

A huge thank you to Lee and Drew for an amazing evening with great entertainment – we cannot wait to visit again! 2 cocktails down, another 105 to go!

Don’t forget to check out their Website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Want more posts to read?

My Time at the Netflix Apartment

Let’s Talk About Respect..

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My Time at the Netflix Apartment

A Netflix event sounds incredible, right? I was so fortunate to attend Netflix’s event at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff for a great evening of teaser trailers and exclusives for their upcoming shows for 2017.

We walk up to the front door of the apartment which bares a sign with Netflix written on it. We are then greeted and filled with such warm welcomes to the apartment which looks absolutely incredible. The apartment is adorned with Netflix branded cushions, notepads, pillows, photo frames and so much more. There is a huge table filled with all of the beverages you could imagine from Champagne, Prosecco to bottles of Lager and soft drinks.
From the apartment, you get an incredible view from the ceiling to floor windows looking out along Cardiff Bay which is a sight I never can get tired of!

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We get to know each other, introduce ourselves and give a brief background of our lives and almost instantly we burst out into conversations of TV Series, films and different platforms that we watch Netflix on.

We are then shown some really exciting teaser trailers from upcoming shows for 2017 that include 13 Reasons Why (this is based on the book by Jay Asher, which a review is coming up shortly!) and Mindhunter which instantly reeled me in just from the teaser trailer!
I have a ‘What shows am I looking forward to in 2017‘ post where I go into more detail about both of these shows and more. I have left links on each title to Netflix’s website so you can go watch the teaser trailers now.

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The champagne is still in full flow, we are so kindly served canapĂ©s and macarons throughout the evening and I knew it was time that I had a photo opportunity with the Netflix Bed (Hey, I couldn’t resist – those cushions were a must!)

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I would like to thank Netflix and the team so much for the incredible event and for inviting us along. We had such an amazing time, so appreciative for getting to see exclusive clips of upcoming shows that I am dying to watch and hope to stay in contact and see some future events to spread the word about even more great shows coming to us!

Now, less of me rambling on and more of me getting my Netflix binge started for the day!
Do you guys love Netflix? Which shows are you currently binging? I would love to know!
xx

For more posts, check out:

Let’s Talk About Respect

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Sky Is Everywhere

What I’m looking forward to in 2017 on Netflix

Doctor Who Experience

A super short post here!
I went to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff with my university for a day out and it was such a blast, even if you don’t know a massive amount about Doctor Who (like myself) – I still had such an amazing time and saw so many of their iconic pieces here!

The experience itself was brilliant too – you are sent on a journey to help the Doctor save the planet, this is all interactive and you even have to walk through some Weeping Angels in order to complete this!

Here are a huge jumble of the images I took, feel free to send me a comment if you have any questions about this!
Here I’ll leave the link to the Doctor Who Experience website too! 🙂

Lush Cardiff Christmas Blogger Event

I was very lucky to get invited to Lush Cardiff‘s Christmas Blogger Event last week. I was so excited to have a nose at some of their previously amazing seasonal products and to see what’s new in store for this year!

There were bloggers in christmas jumpers, lots of festive music, vegan food and drinks which were to die for and every single thing in there smelt incredible!

We had the lovely Lorna show us around the store, giving us demos of a huge range of seasonal products such as Yog Nog, Christingle, Bubbly, Santa’s Belly..

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*shown above: Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly – which contains nourishing Fresh Apple Juice, Star Anise Infusion which is Warming and spicy, Rose Absolute for the balancing and restorative element and Neroli Oil to uplift and tone.

Firstly, we got to try out all of the shower gels and cleansers and boy, are there some extremely amazing scents this year! I completely fell in love with a shower gel called Bubbly (which is a warm scent of grape, orange and lime) and Christingle which is a Body Conditioner that has an amazing minty scent to it (Believe me, I am so smooth, fresh smelling and tingly after using this in the shower!).

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*First image: Snow Fairy Shower Gel and Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream.
Lord of Misrule contains warming and clarifying Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil which is exotic but earthy, Vanilla Absolute and Organic Wheatgerm Oil which is full of nutrients!

We then got shown a few lip scrubs and lip tints, before moving down to the soap and bath section where things got even more interesting (& more glitter-filled demonstrations!).

Everyone was so friendly and amazing to talk to at the event and they provided us with so much information about the background of the products, the ingredients, what the benefits of the ingredients are..

Unfortunately it’s another 2 months until Christmas, so I’ll just have to try keep my festive spirit in for at least another month yet! Go ahead and check out the christmas range at lush.com/products/christmas!

So, a huge thank you to the lovely ladies at Lush Cardiff for this amazing event and we cannot wait to see the new Lush Spa that’s going to be opening!
What are your favourite Lush products? What is the best festive Lush product in your opinion?
xx

NYX Cardiff Blogger Event

So I was fortunate enough to get an invite to attend the NYX Cardiff Blogger Event at Boots last week.

The Boots store at St Davids has had a brand spanking new NYX counter for a few months and it’s been so chaotic there, especially with people after the Lingerie Lip Colours.

At the event, we were shown so many amazing new products, how to use them and I was treated to a cheeky little eyebrow tutorial from Jade who did an incredible job!
I am forever struggling to keep up with my eyebrow pencils running out on me and them wiping off after loads of activity BUT BEHOLD, Jade has found me a holy grail product – NYX Eyebrow Gel in Chocolate.

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I cannot rave enough about this product, Jade claims that you can sleep with these on and they’ll still be there and my god, she is correct! I definitely put these to the test and was really pleased – also, the fact that you have to use the tiniest bit of gel to cover both eyebrows, it’s going to last me so much longer than my pencils!

The NYX Counter looks outstanding at St Davids and has such a huge range of different products always in stock. At the Blogger Event, there was also the chance to purchase a small number of eyeshadow palettes at a discounted rate which were incredible value for money!

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The ladies hosting the event were so generous too by giving us a select few taster products to try out ourselves from brands such as The Body Shop, L’Oreal, Lancome and Vichy..
I’m still waiting to find the perfect time to try out a few of these products, so bare with me and expect to see some posts on what I think.

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Obviously I couldn’t leave empty handed either, so I decided to pick up a few items so I went with the NYX Lingerie in ‘Push Up’ as I thought it would be work appropriate, NYX Stacked Mascara to give me some length to my lashes and also the Eyebrow Gel in ‘Chocolate’ which is out of this world! So look out for some reviews on these products – I’ll be posting them soon!

I want to say a huge thanks to the ladies at NYX Cardiff for all their hard effort and knowledge that went into the event. I had such an amazing time and cannot wait to see some future events from these ladies!
What is your favourite NYX product and why? I’d love to know!
Zoe
xx

Cadburys Collaboration!

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A quick little post before I start heading off to Heathrow Airport!
I luckily got emailed by a company called Cadburys Gifts Direct, who sell a massive variety of gifts and hampers! They saw my blog posts and were looking for graduates to send a hamper to, so that we could give one to somebody that has helped with our studies and supported us! Amazing idea!

I decided to split this with my parents and my two flatmates from Cardiff, as I had my last night out before I leave for Australia. We all got together, had a nice evening with some Milk Tray and Moet & Chandon and then we headed for town!

I would like to say a massive thank you to my parents for supporting me with university, especially being understanding of my choice to study Graphic Communication. I have heard that a lot of parents don’t really support Art & Design courses, as they aren’t “academic”..
But I would also like to say a big thank you to my flatmates from Cardiff (David, Jack and Chloe) as they have always been there for me (Jack & David since the beginning). They have put up with me, helped me when I was ill and kept passing out and have even helped when I am stressed out of my brain with uni work!

I would also like to thank Cadburys Gifts Direct for sending me this hamper, it was such a lovely opportunity and it came at the perfect timing!

If you would like to see the massive range of hampers, then visit: http://www.cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk/

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So now it is time for me to pack the last few remainders into my backpack and then I’ll be off to Heathrow to book into the hotel! I will be updating you on more of my adventures, but for the time being don’t expect any other blog posts besides my travel updates! I will also be doing a vlog as well!
I hope you all take care whilst I’m away and make the most out of the summer (if it’s still here)!
I’ll speak to you all soon!
xx

Cadburys Collaboration!

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A quick little post before I start heading off to Heathrow Airport!
I luckily got emailed by a company calling Hemingways, that work together with Cadbury’s for their online gift service. They saw my blog posts and were looking for graduates to send a hamper to, so that we could give one to somebody that has helped with our studies and supported us! Amazing idea!

I decided to split this with my parents and my two flatmates from Cardiff, as I had my last night out before I leave for Australia. We all got together, had a nice evening with some Milk Tray and Moet & Chandon and then we headed for town!

I would like to say a massive thank you to my parents for supporting me with university, especially being understanding of my choice to study Graphic Communication. I have heard that a lot of parents don’t really support Art & Design courses, as they aren’t “academic”..
But I would also like to say a big thank you to my flatmates from Cardiff (David, Jack and Chloe) as they have always been there for me (Jack & David since the beginning). They have put up with me, helped me when I was ill and kept passing out and have even helped when I am stressed out of my brain with uni work!

I would also like to thank Hemingways for sending me this hamper, it was such a lovely opportunity and it came at the perfect timing!

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So now it is time for me to pack the last few remainders into my backpack and then I’ll be off to Heathrow to book into the hotel! I will be updating you on more of my adventures, but for the time being don’t expect any other blog posts besides my travel updates! I will also be doing a vlog as well!
I hope you all take care whilst I’m away and make the most out of the summer (if it’s still here)!
I’ll speak to you all soon!
xx

I have graduated!

So, that is it! That is the end of my three years at university, and I can say that it has been one of the best experiences!
I will be writing a ‘My University Experience‘ post tonight, so it will be up tomorrow.

I graduated in St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Thursday, which was a really nice venue. I was getting excited for graduation weeks ago, then I started to dread it incase I fall over – but it was actually an amazing day and I’m sad that it’s already over!
It was a really nice day, super sunny and it was amazing to see some of my friends (couldn’t see too many as we were so busy) before we all leave, as most people have moved home already.

We had tears of happiness, sunshine, Red Hot Buffet and such a good day with friends and family.
Here are a few photos of my graduation day, I wore a Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Tartan Aztec Dress, with my Vivienne Westwood Melissa Lady Dragon Heart Sandals.

Also: 46 Days until Australia!

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