Thursday, 3 May 2018

Getting to know my allergies with Neutral 0%






 Last week being Allergy Awareness week I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you a little bit more information about myself and what allergies I suffer with.

Something that I don't talk about much is my allergies, I have hayfever which is an extremely common allergy. But one that's a little less spoken about in my case, is the fact that I'm allergic to most washing detergents. That's why I was really excited to try out Neutral 0% and see if it would work for my skin.

Ever since I was a baby, my mum struggled to find detergents that wouldn't irritate my skin or give me an allergic reaction. We then found one company that worked and that was it. That's all we could use. One washing detergent. For twenty five years, that was the only detergents I have been able to use. As I've grown older, I'm constantly looking for alternatives as it's quite restricting.

I remember going on family vacations and my mum would always pack washing detergent incase any of my clothes needed to be washed so that my skin wouldn't be irritated.

One day when I was around eleven years on a family holiday in Cyprus my mum took us to our uncles house where my cousins and I wanted to go to his farm to feed the sheep. My aunt kindly offered for me to change into my cousins clothes so that mine wouldn't get ruined.

All was well and good until after about fifteen minutes in the sun I started feeling really itchy and uncomfortable. By the time we got back and I showered and changed, my skin was covered in a rash like I've never seen before. And coincidentally, it was only on the areas that I was wearing my cousins clothes (that were washed in a different washing detergent to my normal one).

That night, I knew there had to be a better solution to this. And ever since then I have always made sure that everything that comes into contact with my skin is fragrance and colourant free. I'm always on the hunt for a new brand so when I heard of Neutral 0% I knew I had to try it out for myself.

1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from allergies, this number is growing every year and almost half of UK households are currently affected by allergies. The older I get the more conscious I become about the things that touch and go into my body. Using products that are kind to your skin is so important to me. #neutralsensitiveskin

Neutral 0% has made a name for itself and as a result is a leading brand in Scandinavia. It's new to the UK market, however being such a growing concern in the UK market, it's sure to find it's space in the sensitive section. 

Now that I'm older I'm able to make more conscious decisions and be able to try different products.

If you’re interested in trying the products, the Neutral 0% Washing Liquid and Fabric Conditioner are currently on promotion in Ocado and the range is also available from Sainsbury's and Amazon. To find out more about Neutral 0% visit www.neutralsensitiveskin.com.

With no colourants, perfumes or parabens in their products they're perfect for anyone who suffers with any skin allergies or irritants like me.

DISCLAIMER: I recommend doing a patch test for compatibility, especially is you have sensitive skin.

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Monday, 23 April 2018

The Arch London A Luxury Boutique Hotel In The Heart Of London







Earlier this month I spent the night at The Arch London, where we sampled their afternoon tea and stayed in a beautiful suite. Personally, I love staying in hotels. It's a great escape from your everyday life and being a travel blogger means I get to see beautiful hotels all over the world. However, one of my favourite places to stay has to be in boutique hotels in London. They're quintessentially British, small and have their own charisma you can't find anywhere else.

As a London girl, I don't tend to stay in hotels in my home town much, so it's always nice having a short stay at a home away from home. And that's exactly what The Arch London is. It's home away from home, it's luxurious and it's extremely charming. From the moment you walk in, you start to notice the beautiful art pieces that were all commissioned for the hotel all with a nod to something to do with London.

I've been to the Arch London before around the same time last year for Afternoon tea (see here) and ever since then I knew I wanted to have the full experience of staying at the hotel.

On the outside the hotel blends in with the rest of the street, I had stopped outside to take some pictures, and my boyfriend didn't realise that we had arrived. Personally, I liked the fact that it was quite inconspicuous. Unless you're looking out for the large sign, you could miss it.


  
The Hotel

The hotel is made up of seven Georgian townhouses a stones throw away from Marble Arch station. It's on a beautiful residential street which resulted in us going for a late night walk after dinner. The quiet streets made for perfect conversation and beautiful views. We were both so surprised that we were in the heart of London, yet there was no hustle and bustle you usually get in town. Pure bliss.

Once you walked through the hotel, it is anything but inconspicuous. The decor bring homage to London with lot's of different art pieces curated specifically for the hotel. We were lucky enough to stay in the Sullivian suite. A beautiful suite with a blue theme throughout.



The room

The room had all the normal facilities you find in a five star hotel plus more. Staying on the lower ground floor, we had our own private outdoor terrace with outdoor heating, plus a bath with a tv to name a few.

The room also has a spacious shower with four different shower heads. This was something that I took full advantage of and enjoyed the waterfall effect one. Trust me, showers will never be the same now! I also decided to have a bubble bath while there because I'm a sucker for a bath and I needed to try the tv out.



Breakfast

We had the option to have breakfast in the room but decided to head to the dinning area so that we could see a bit more of the hotel while we were there and experience more than our suite. The hotel restaurant is Hunter 486, which offers a best of British menu. We opted for poached eggs on toast, me with avocado and my boyfriend opted for spinach instead. A latte each and a smoothie later I saw some hot croissants come out from the kitchen and just had to have one. It was one of the nicest croissants I've ever tasted, so buttery and flakey at the same time.






Afternoon tea

My second time trying the afternoon tea at the Arch London was just as pleasant an experience as the last time. A typically english menu consisting of smoked salmon, ham and cheese, egg and cress, chicken corrination and cheese and pickle as the savoury options. When it comes to afternoon tea, in my opinion, the simpler the better. Typically english flavour combinations work best and makes me feel quintessentially British.

Desert was a mix of a raspberry trifile, strawberry tart, passionfruit cheesecake, battenberg and a chocolate and orange cake that reminded me of a jaffa cake. However, my favourite part of any afternoon tea has to be the scones. Soft and buttery, I love to load them up with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Tell me, are you a clotted cream or jam first kind of girl?

As I mentioned last time I visited The Arch London, their afternoon tea has been one of my favourites, and I'm sure I'll be back again to try their new menu. I also vlogged my experience at The Arch London so make sure to check it out below.


A huge thank you to The Arch London for hosting us. We had such a wonderful stay.

Have you ever stayed here before? What's your favourite thing about London hotels?

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Monday, 16 April 2018

WHY YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY TO FAIL






It's ok to fail. It's ok not to be the best in the class, and sure is ok not to win every competition you enter.

Now you're all probably thinking what is she on about? But trust me, I have a point. Failure. It's drilled into us from a young age that we should always want to succeed, and I'm not saying forget what you know and start slobbing around the house doing nothing, but what I do mean is that you should work as hard as you can and if the end result is not what you expected. You failed so to speak. It's ok. It's not the end of the world. What you should focus on is what's next.

No one has successfully gone out and done something and first time round got it right every time. I myself have failed many times. I failed my first driving test and I failed at finding journalist jobs. That's life. Did these failures stop me? No. After (a lot of crying) I booked my next driving test and passed a few weeks later. When I couldn't find any journalism jobs I started working harder on my blog and it's now my full time job.

Failure doesn't have to be a negative thing. It's how we react to that failure and what we learn from it that makes it ok. There's that saying, fall seven times, stand up eight times. That's exactly how you should see it. 

That exam you didn't pass, that relationship that broke down, it's ok. As long as you treat it as a lesson, and learn from your mistakes. Didn't revise enough? Got nervous? That's fine, next time take these points on board and work on how to improve where you failed last time.

I'm the sort of person who sees life as what you make it. The harder you work, the more you strive to better yourself, the better your life will be. And I'm slowly learning, it's ok to fail. I'm not a very competitive person, but I am extremely determined. So failure to me just makes me work harder. See your failures as lessons and you'll see how things change for the better.

I was watching something the other day unforutunately I can't remember what it was, but they said to fail fast and fail hard. That way the next time the chance of failure is a lot lower. Since hearing this it has pushed me to put even more of my all into everything that I do. And look at my failures in more of a positive way.


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

DO YOU NEED MANAGEMENT AS A BLOGGER?







This is something that has been playing on my mind for a while now. And at the begining of this journey I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I never knew that I could be in a position to even consider management and now that I have considered it here are my thoughts about the subject and my personal experience.

When it comes to management for bloggers generally I have noticed that the blogger will give around 15-25% of their earnings to their management. That's not an issue when you know that they are getting you jobs left right and centre. But it all becomes a bit of a grey area when management wants control of emails/exclusivity.

Again, with exclusivity, I have no problem as long as I am the first point of contact. I am happy to forward emails to management, but to have someone else manage from start to finish is a completely scary thought for me.

As someone who is a total control freak when it comes to my blog I don't think I ever could give complete control to anyone other than myself. I need to know what's going on and I sure as hell need to know what goes on in emails.

I've had people in the past approach me regarding becoming my management. And after reading the contracts I couldn't run fast enough out the office.

I feel like people think bloggers are naive and try to prey on the innocence of people just to get themselves ahead. And frankly I am tired of seeing this happen. Management should be something that will add value to a blogger not the other way round.

A little while ago, someone who occasionally finds work for me cc'd me in an email for me to see that they were bad mouthing me about something that wasn't true. Luckily the brand responded in a completely professional manner and I emailed to confirm that what was said wasn't the case. But this one small thing had me thinking. If this is what I see, I wonder what else has been said in the past to other brands.

I wonder if management could ruin your opportunities because they bad mouth you, or they respond to a brand in an unprofessional manner. When you choose a manager or management team, they are a representative of you. If they do something wrong that represents badly on you and can lead to loss of future contracts. Scary thought isn't it.

I decided to do a little research on the matter and talk to a few agencies who all came back with the same answer. "Half the time the management ruin things for the bloggers". When I asked how so they replied that they were sent rude emails, unrealistic demands and unwillingness to compromise and cooperate.

I've seen management contracts that state you have to pay for their expenses, they will not be subjected to any damage of your reputation from their behalf and even that they don't have to get you any jobs. That's when the nail hit the head for me and I decided at this moment and time management is not something that I wish to pursue.

In an industry so young it hurts me to see that people are trying to take advantage of the unknown and I want to pass the message on that you do not NEED to have management to be successful. If you find management where you can trust their work ethics and have read through the contract with a fine tooth comb then I see no problem in signing with a management.

I have blogger friends who have signed with management and they gain some amazing opportunities and have seen them grow their blog. But they didn't go into the contract blind.

If you take one thing from this blog post it's to read, reread and then read to a parent/ friend/ send to your lawyer and then sign any binding legal documents. Sometimes the lawyer jargon is so hard to understand and you don't realise that there's nothing protecting you in the contract.

These are all my personal experiences. I am in no way telling you what to do, I just want people to go about this subject with a clearer stance on their rights and not to sign a contract that ultimately doesn't have their best interests at heart.

Are you signed with management or had any experience? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Hotel Barcelo Torre De Madrid X 48 Hours In Madrid

















If you’ve been following my blog for the last year or so you will know that one of my favourite things to do is travel. Whether it be a city break or a two week island break I’m up for it. Just no backpacking. Please. I don’t think I’m quite cut out for that. Not any time soon anyway.

When I travel I like to stay in luxurious hotels. Travelling in itself is quite a stressful process so I like to reward myself with a beautiful hotel. I spent the first part of this week in Madrid staying at Barcelo Torre De Madrid. This hotel is situated right in the centre of Madrid. It’s a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle from the streets below.

Barcelo Torre De Madrid has to be one of the more stylish hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It has such a cool relaxed Scandinavian vibe with different furniture placed strategically next to the coolest lamps and beautifully painted walls I’ve ever seen.

HOTEL

The interior for this hotel is a millenianals dream come true. From the entrance to the hallways and the bedrooms, every part of this hotel has been thought out and individually the items might not sound like a good idea, but once placed together they create such a powerful look. Each pastel and vibrant coloured piece compliments the next creating a very relaxed ambiance.

Some of my favourite things about the hotel has to be the interior and the large floor to ceiling windows found all around the lobby area. This area is such a beautiful space for those days where you want to get out of your room, but can’t be bothered to leave the hotel. It’s the perfect space to grab a laptop and do some work which is exactly what we got up to while out there.

LOCATION

Having a hotel in the centre of Madrid meant that we were in walking destination to all of the hotspots including the Palace. We went on a walking tour where we got to see all the touristic spots including the world’s first restaurant which was built in 1725.  As well as this, the hotel is a few minutes walk to any shops including my favourite, Zara. I just can’t go to Spain and not visit Zara. It’s not possible as they would say.

BEDROOM

The view from our twin deluxe room was incredible. There is a large window, which makes the room feel so light and open. The views from the room are incredible. The Madrid equivalent to Oxford Street is just down the road and you can see this from the room. Initially, this made me anxious as I thought we’d struggle to get to sleep with all the street noise. However, we soon realised the room was silent. Absolutely blissful.

I also had one of my best sleeps in this hotel. The beds were extremely` comfortable and

FOOD

The hotel has it’s own restaurant called Samos. Here they serve a small Spanish menu with few few options. That said, there is something foreveryone.


If I ever get the chance to visit Madrid again, I will definitely be visiting Barcelo Torre de Madrid, even if it is to sit in the bar or lobby area.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Treatment Mother's Day Treats








For as long as I can remember, my mum has had the same skincare routine. She would always use the Olay Day Cream and the Olay Night Cream. Over the last ten or so years it's never changed, and to be honest, she has the loveliest skin. Being a blogger who has a keen interest in beauty, I have always tried to get her to use all the other products I use. But she's never diverted from her trusty Day and Night Cream from Olay.

This mother's day I thought I would introduce a new cream into her routine and have us both trial it and see how we get along. The Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol EyeTreatment is great for treating fine lines around the eyes and keeping your under eye area plump. As someone who suffers from fine lines and dark circles around my eyes, I knew this would be a great product for us both to use.

It was an easy addition to my mum’s beauty routine and because she's such a fan of Olay, it wasn't hard to convince her to try it out and include it into her everyday life. The Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment smooths the look of wrinkles in just four weeks. Since using the Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment weve both noticed the difference around our eyes. My fine lines have reduced and my mum has noticed her eye area looks a lot plumper than before.

My mum has always had very sensitive skin and thats why she tends to only use Olay products. She never hesitates when trying new Olay products as she knows their creams are very gentle yet effective.

With mothers day around the corner why not try this product for yourself and your mum. Its a nice little challenge for you both to do together and with results like ours itll be silly not to try it out for yourselves.

For those who love the science behind products, the three main ingredients in the Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Treamtment are Pro-Retinol this stimulates the production of collagen, Niacinamide which hydrates and regenerates the skin’s appearance via surface cell renewal which allows the skin to retain moisture and Peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating the area.


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