Going back to blogging after giving birth

Going back to blogging after giving birth has genuinely been a lot easier than expected. This is partly down to the fact that my husband has been with me every step of the way, which I wasn’t factoring in that this would be happening. So, we are making the most of spending this incredible time together until the new year, when sadly he will have to go back to work. I went ‘back to work’ in a very exciting way- my first blogger event sans baby and maternity bra (thank the lord!) was an exclusive party with KISS products and Pixie Lott.

The party was at The Cuckoo Club, Mayfair, a very smart affair indeed and one that I had not visited before. The atmosphere was busy from the get go, so I decided to take my drink and have a sit down with a talented henna artist.

@tropicalbirdart

ImPRESS nails and KISS lashes were being applied to the room- I loved seeing the latest releases and some of my favourites too.

Such a glamorous table! I got my all time favourite KISS lashes applied- ‘Lily’, pics below!

It was great bumping into Fran (@apageofme), another blogger babe!

Finally I got to have a chat with the latest brand ambassador for KISS- Pixie Lott! She wanted to know all about baby Alice and told me she really wanted kids too, but waiting for the right time.

See if you can spot my auto, just above Pixie’s. Below are my top two picks from the latest imPRESS collections. The most amazing new colours and designs for the party season available from Boots in store and online.

Going back to blogging after giving birth has been possible thanks to the incredible support network around me- you know who you are so thank you. And as for me, I am happy to spend the day away to have some time by myself as a blogger. Then when I get home, Alice is waiting for me!

Saharasplash x

Catch up with my latest parenting post: Alice’s first scrapbook by Potato Print! 

 

Celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX

This week we are celebrating National Spa Week. There’s nothing I love more than a good old pamper, whether that’s getting a massage, manicure or a more specialist treatment like experiencing a non evasive face lift from Facegym! So, I’m here to show you how to get involved and start celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX. Q Hotels have come up with a spa-at-home experience that you can get inspiration from and get pampering today!

As a new mum, it is a truth universally acknowledged that ‘me time’ is now being shared by ‘baby time’ as well. These past few weeks it has been a huge accomplishment if I have managed to drink a whole cup of tea without it going cold or brushed my teeth before lunchtime. Though I have this new commitment, which I would not change for anything, I want to make sure that I haven’t forgotten myself along the way. I am still the same person, even if that means swapping a spa day out for a spa day in.

Q Hotels have provided an incredible selection of products I want to share with you so no matter how you like to get your R and R- there is bound to be something here that floats your zen boat!

Jessica Phenom Instastyle Fall Collection

Inspired by the latest styles, these three on trend colours along with Finale Shine top coat will have your look completed for the next big event.

ESPA Optimal Skin Introductory Collection

This collection will nourish, balance and restore the skin ready for winter. Included is a procleanser, a 3-in-1 cleanser, exfoliator and mask, a toner and a proserum. A great way to refresh your skin routine or add to your Christmas gift list at £26.

Mii Cosmetics

If you’re not into nails and you already have a skincare routine that suits you, why not give Mii Cosmetics a go? In the #QSPAINABOX I found their Power matte lip creme, Glamourous trio face bronzer and Showstopping Lash Lover mascara. This trio will have you ready in a jiffy when looking for a quick makeup turnaround!

Find some time today to get celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX and do it your own way. What would you like to try? Send me a message over on Twitter or comment below!

Saharasplash x

Check out baby Alice as she rocks her first post with a special Rockbox gift box!

PR samples included

New to the scene Shop Skincare

New to the scene: Shop Skincare

I am really delighted to announce that I will be working closely with a new website called Shop Skincare. I’m sure you’ve all heard of sites such as Beauty Bay, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique. I myself have used all these to purchase beauty products and have them delivered straight to my front door. So, why is Shop Skincare any different? There’s a very good reason why you should read on, as these guys, although new to the scene, know exactly how to treat us beauty obsessed! Shop Skincare offer a unique service where if you spend £40 or more on their site, they will send you a gorgeous goody box filled with surprises! Not as a one off, not as a subscription service and not just your average gift box. This is how you are rewarded just by purchasing your usual beauty buys:

Akin
Cleansing Micellar Water

Akin are an Australian made and owned brand with some lovely cruelty free products. In my surprise box I received a cleansing micellar water with organic coconut water and green tea extract. It smells wonderful and it’s the perfect addition to a night time routine with hints of lavender to wind down the day.

Natura Siberica
Snow Cladonia Day Cream sample & Hand Cream

This hand cream is super luxurious and smells divine. The cranberry seed oil will have you sniffing the back of your hand for ages after use. If you’re into products using a combination of herbs and flowers then the Snow Cladonia Day Cream is one to try. It’s super absorbent and leaves the skin nicely moisturised and refreshed for a youthful glow.

Hollywood Browzer
Brow Shaper & Hair Remover

I was really intrigued about this product- at first I thought it was a brow grooming kit, but on closer inspection it was nothing I had ever tried or tested before. This is a brow and soft hair remover blade! You can use the blade at a 45 degree angle to quickly get rid of peach fuzz type hair (perfect for upper lip and chin) as well as shaping your brows.

This is a pain free method which needs no prep time such as soap or water, so if you find yourself showered, dressed and then you look down and catch a glimpse of that one really annoying stray leg hair, problem solved! I’ll be doing a video on my Instagram soon to demonstrate the Hollywood Browzer so make sure you’re following me!

Ultrasun
SPF 30 Family Sun Lotion

The great thing about this sun lotion is that it is perfume free. I can’t stand the way some sun lotions smell, and so this water resistant cream from Ultrasun is perfect. I find myself getting a slight sunburn in an hour’s drive as UVA rays can penetrate through car side windows. There is a constant need to protect my arms, neck and shoulders each time I get in the car, so I know that this will be going straight into my handbag!

Saaf Skincare
Pure Face Cleanser & Exfoliating Cloth

I was so excited to try this tester size face cleanser and cloth out from Saaf inside my Shop Skincare box. It smells amazing with the grapefruit peel oil just singing out the jar. The brand is also cruelty free!

So it’s well worth trying Shop Skincare out if you’re looking to buy conscious beauty products for hair, face, skin and body. Why wouldn’t you want to receive a free beauty box each time you shop too?! Stay tuned to find out more from what’s new to the scene and Shop Skincare 💋

Saharasplash x

In collaboration with Shop Skincare.

All thoughts my own.

Why not see what I got up to on my latest London adventure with F&F Clothing and Cancer Research UK! 

 

RUSH Salon Wimbledon Village

When it comes to salons and regular appointments, I must admit that this is so not me. I’m the type of girl that never gets root touchups and would rather leave it six months until a sort of ombré happens. So when I eventually do make it to a salon, I’m going to have something major done. Here’s my experience of the RUSH Salon Wimbledon Village.

The RUSH Salon Wimbledon Village has been open for just a few months now, so I was really excited to visit its brand new site. There are two RUSH salons in the area, one being just Wimbledon and this one being much closer to Wimbledon Common on the High Street.

Here are some snaps of my hair before- far too long and much damage and breakage due to  brushing and styling. Can you believe the last haircut I had was before my wedding back in November?! My stylist Zoe had just the thing, starting off with the best hair wash complete with massaging chair!

Zoe used the Kerastase trio above from the Volumifique range as well as cutting off a sizeable chunk to refresh my hair.

Having long, fine hair will also weigh it down more, meaning less volume unless you style with product.

Here is the after pic! So much better right? The ends look so healthy compared to just an hour beforehand, I was so pleased to have some fullness back in my hair.

I know there’s a mirror line in this shot but I was trying to be edgy and sort of like it! What do you think of my hair difference? Have you been to a RUSH Salon before? Let me know in the comments below!

Saharasplash x

I was sent to RUSH Salon Wimbledon Village for my honest review, all thoughts are my own. 

 

Brand new Botanics Collections

So the day of this event was one of the stupid crazy hottest days of the year. Even in the cab ride over with the AC full blast, I was seriously melting! The hot summer ride pulled up outside the venue in the heart of Soho, and I stepped into a magical scene filled with botanicals everywhere the eye could see. The exclusive range at Boots has had a drastic makeover and I’m here to share the brand new Botanics collections news with you!

You can search the hashtag #theplantone on social media for all the details, but I’ll fill you in on the main points. The Botanics brand focuses on natural skincare and using the power of plants to induce healthy skin. This new launch sees us celebrate five new collections which targets different areas of skincare:

Botanics- Organic
Botanics- All Bright
Botanics- Hydration Burst
Botanics- Radiant Youth
Botanics- Triple Age Renewal

 

I was shown round the display room and had a chance to sample, smell and learn about each of the collection’s unique properties.

This Organic green range is powered by Rosehip, rich in Vitamin C and Omegas 3+6

Not only were the brand new Botanics collections there on the day, there was also an Australian Yoga wear company called Dharma Bums showcasing their new plant inspired collection! They had a monogramming service too so I was so thrilled to take away my favourite pair of leggings with my initials. I tried them on over my bump and the stretchy material worked just fine.

Instagram: @Dharmabumsactive

I had such a fun time hand picking products from the new range tailored to my own skincare needs. I’m trying out:

Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish: £9.99
Hydration Burst Cleanser: £6.99
Hydration Burst Day Cream: £8.99
All Bright Micellar Cleansing Solution: £5.49
All Bright Eye Roll-on: £11.99
All Bright Radiance Balm: £7.99
Organic Facial Oil: £11.49

The entire new range is available exclusively at Boots (on shelf) as of tomorrow and online as of today! Tailor make a skincare collection that’s made just for you via Boots.com.

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading all about the brand new Botanics collections. If you’re in the mood for one more post, definitely read the one where I went to a Magnum ice cream party!

Simply Argan Brunch

This post is going to be very to the point and simple. I’m not going to put my usual spin on things as there really is no need. If you are ready for a no nonsense post then you are in the right place! I don’t feel like this needs any elaboration as the products speak for themselves, it’s that simple! So here is a little glimpse into a fantastic time at the Simply Argan Brunch.

I met with Yasmine, a selection of bloggers, our hosts Cat PR and representatives of the brand Simply Argan. The location was a niche little cafe called Friends of Ours on a bright and chilly morning, just a few days after getting married. First things first, food order and a hot chai tea latte…

We were introduced to Simply Argan’s main man Darren Smith and their beauty expert and product developer Amanda Cooper, who were just so lovely and eager to tell us about the brand.

They are both local to Wilmslow which is just below Manchester. It’s here they decided to open up their first shop after the huge success of launching Argan oil in the UK. Before this time you couldn’t easily find a good stock of Argan oil anywhere in the United Kingdom, so the plan was (and is) to bring back a slice of the golden goodness from Morocco so that we can all enjoy it.

You can learn more about their amazing back story and journey here via the website.

Onto my second drink- a matcha latte!

I was so impressed by the cafe’s food at the same time listening to what Darren and Amanda had to say. A perfectly cooked egg with runny middle atop the creamiest sauce, crushed potatoes and salty bacon crispies!

A few of the key benefits to Argan oil is that it’s moisturising, anti-ageing and can help acne and stretch marks.

Here are my top three products!

Left to right:

Simply Argan Collagen Facial Moisturiser

Simply Argan Pure Organic Argan Oil

Simply Argan Hair Treatment

Yasmine and I at the Simply Argan Brunch

There’s only one place to buy Argan Oil in the UK and that’s from these guys! www.simplyarganoilshop.com

Saharasplash x

If you enjoyed this post or want to ask me any questions about the products featured, put a comment down below and I will be happy to talk more!