Win KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose Sleeping FacialThe KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial is more than a mask and more than a night cream as it claims to enhance natural cell renewal overnight to moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. The combination of Wild Rose oil, vitamin C, Jojoba, Mimosa & Sunflower waxes and Hyaluronic acid repairs and moisturises while you’re sleeping. Its soufflé-like texture melts instantly into the skin and your complexion becomes continuously brighter and more even-toned.

According to the ‘blurb’, 97% of women reported improved skin Wild Rose KORREStexture after one use and after two weeks 100% of women reported a ‘visible reduction in appearance of expression lines’. I usually take facts like this with a pinch of salt but hey Ladies, it’s always worth a shot, isn’t it?! There hasn’t been one single KORRES product yet that I haven’t loved so I’m going to give this Sleeping Facial a go anyway!

To WIN the KORRES Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial worth £26, just RETWEET THIS TWEET and for an additional entry, comment on my blog and tell me what your favourite beauty product is.

Winner will be announced on Twitter on July 6th and will also be posted on my Twitter Winners Page

In case you didn’t know…….. KORRES is a Greek skincare brand with roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy and today KORRES offers a natural and certified organic range in all areas of beauty and skincare.

Here’s what I thought of the Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser 

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A Night In The Park Plaza Cardiff

Park Plaza Cardiff roomLast weekend Mr. C and I did something that some people might think was a bit odd. And for those of you whose minds are wandering in the wrong direction here, it was all good clean fun!

Ok, so this might sound a bit mad but bear with me……. We live in Cardiff, we work in Cardiff but last week we went on a 24 Hour ‘Mini-Break’ in Cardiff……. Yup, you did read that correctly!

Cardiff really is a fantastic city but I think when you live somewhere you kind of take it for granted. We trundle off to Brighton, London, Aberdeen etc for occasional weekend breaks and always have a whale of a time but the getting-there is always a bit of a pain frankly. Particularly as weekend breaks usually entail driving on motorways on a Friday. And as Michael MacIntyre will confirm, for some obscure reason everything takes twice as Park Plaza Cardiff Spalong on a Friday and sitting in a traffic jam is almost inevitable.

Anyway to cut a long story short, we fancied a night or two away without the hassle of ‘getting there’ and after I saw a Tweet mentioning cocktails at the Park Plaza Cardiff , I thought I’d see if we could get a good price room for just the one night. Obviously staying in a hotel was going to be dearer than the price of a taxi home at the end of the night but all things considered, I thought it was going to be worth it for the fun-factor alone! And so it was!

Strawberry MojitoTo maximise ‘value for money’ we checked in at 2pm, checked out our huge, contemporary Executive Room (Yay, we got an upgrade!), clocked the toiletries, sat on the comfy sofa, stretched sideways out on the massive bed, unpacked our few bits and bobs and went straight out over the road to Revolucion de Cuba for a quick beer or two before going down to the amazing Cardiff Street Food Circus. A few nibbles and a Sticky-Toffee Creme Brulee later, we mosied on back up to the Park Plaza Laguna Kitchen & Bar for a few of those afore-mentioned cocktails. I’m a sucker for a Park Plaza Afternnon Teagood cocktail and boy were these good cocktails! Mr. C worked in Brazil for a long time and loves his Caipirinhas and my Mojito hit the spot perfectly.

We’ve already decided we’re going to back for another ‘mini-break’ as it was fun and it genuinely felt like we were ‘properly’ away. Next time though we’re going to call it a Spa Break and do Afternoon Tea again and make sure we find time for the fab Park Plaza Spa. In Arnie’s words ‘I’ll be back’!

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Premier Inn Southampton

Premier Inn Southampton roomWe’re quite the gadabouts really, aren’t we!  One month in Scotland, the next down on the South Coast.  That’s what comes of having offspring scattered all around the place.  It’s a reason (or excuse) to travel from one end of the country to another on a regular basis.

Our latest venture took us to Southampton – the land of the cruise ship and…. hmm, I’ll have to get back to you on that.  Come to think of it, what is there in Southampton apart from the Cruise terminals and Isle of Wight Ferries anyway?  I’m wracking my brain to think of something else, but nothing’s ringing any bells yet.  There are quite nice parks that run all the way down toward the town from the University in the North of the city, a few nice pubs and restaurants in the Oxford Road area, an airport and… and… ??? Our main reason for going was to take Daughter Southampton Premier InnNumber 2 out for a meal for her birthday. She’ s a medical student at The Uni and as Daughter Number 3 is studying in the same neck of the woods, we were able to kill two birds with one stone (so to speak)……

We stayed at the Premier Inn Southampton City Centre, situated conveniently close to the centre, yet far enough away to avoid any of the noise, hustle and bustle associated therewith.  It was very quiet actually, despite discovering that the South Coast mainline railway ran through the back of the hotel reception.  The soundproofing was obviously very effective and we slept like logs – as we always seem to do in Premier Inns.  Lenny’s Good Night’s Sleep Guarantee is built on pretty sound foundations if you ask me.

The other thing we like about Premier Inn is the ease with which you can check-in.  It really is as simple as typing your surname or Number Four Wine Bar Southamptonbooking reference into one of the machines in reception and voila! Here are your keys and ‘Have a Nice Day!’.

Breakfast was excellent, all nice and fresh, hot and tasty.  Just what the doctor ordered.  There’s plenty of choice including Continental and Full Monty and it was all laid out in a simple and queue-avoiding arrangement.  There’s nothing worse than standing in a queue with a half-filled red-hot plate waiting for Mrs Bloggs to get her toast out of the toaster before you can get your baked beans.  Well there is, but I won’t go into that here and now.

To summarise, this isn’t my first Premier Inn experience, neither will it be my last.  But the one thing I’ll say is that they never disappoint.  The standards are so very high for the price you pay and standards seem to be well maintained wherever you happen to be – from the top to the bottom of our mighty land.

PS: If you do end up in Southampton, then The Number Four Coffee and Wine Bar has a great ambience, the wine is good and they do a mean Baked Camembert!

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Aloha Hawaii Talented Tote Bags!

Hawaii Talented Tote BagI live in Wales and as a ‘green’ nation, there’s a charge for carrier bags in all the shops here so we tend to carry around our own ‘bags for life’, cotton shoppers, totes or whatever you call them.

Last week I picked up a really bright and snazzy new tote bag, primarily to keep in my handbag for extra shopping. When it arrived though, I fell in love with it and have decided to use it as my ‘Summer Bag’. It’s defintely coming on holidays with me to Crete in the Summer as it’s a good size and will easily fit all the bits and bobs I need for a day by the pool or on the beach.

Talented Tote BagsI’ve got the cerise and the blue ‘Things I Know About Hawaii’ tote bags and they’ve been designed by Julia Gash at Talented. I know, I know…. it’s greedy buying two but hey, I couldn’t resist them. British sustainable tote bag brand, Talented really has got a stunning collection of tote bags using vintage Hawaiian themed canvas fabrics which have been overprinted with geeky geographical facts.

Facts such as:

Did you know there are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet? And that Aloha means hello, goodbye and is also the word for love?

“Things I Know About Hawaii” totes are made of 100% cotton and are perfect for just about everything!

You can get Talented tote bags  from www.doodle-bag.com and from www.madebytalented.com

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Face Mask Fun

orchid-extract-beauty-maskLast weekend, Mr. C. had the fright of his life after walking into the bedroom to see me practising my ‘mindfulness’ wearing a face mask. And this was no ordinary face mask either as to say I looked like Hannibal Lector at his scariest was an understatement!

It wasn’t one of those sticky masks which set rigid on your face so you have to peel them off, it was more of a Facial Sheet Mask, I suppose. I used the Orchid Extract Replenishing Mask from the Luxury Range at Timeless Truth and it was made from elastic cotton, bio-cellulose and silk fibres. The elasticity ensures that the mask fits perfectly to the Orchid Extract face maskface and neck so that the serum comes into contact with all the contours of the area. Perfect!

Even after the recommended 20 minutes, the mask was still lovely and moist and continuing to hydrate my skin. When I took it off I actually used it to wipe over my arms, legs and chest as a kind of body moisturising treat! My face felt lovely and soft and smooth all day and the next. Not entirely sure I looked radiant or 21 again but hey after my half hour relaxing Me-Time, I definitely felt it!

My mask came from TheBeautyMask.co.uk .

 

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Win KORRES Water Lily Bath & Body Collection

KORRES Water LilyI love KORRES products and always have and I love to bits the new KORRES Water Lily Bath & Body range. I think you’ll like them too so below there’s a chance for you to win them! Yay!

The KORRES Water Lily Shower Gel is lovely and moisturising. Apparently it’s something to do with the wheat proteins which create a kind of protective film on the skin to keep your skin hydrated. The Water Lily Body Milk is gorgeous too. It’s got all sorts of goodies for the skin in it including almond oil and shea butter.  The scent is ‘just right’ – not too strong and light enough for you to still wear your usual perfume after applying.  Having said that if you don’t want to put perfume on tKorreshen you’ll still be aware of a subtle water lily scent all day.

 

Anyway, if you’d like to Win the KORRES Water Lily Bath & Body Collection, all you have to do is:

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Winner May 22nd

The Winner can be seen on My Twitter Winners’ List

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A Glasgow Sleepover!

Strawberry MojitoA few weeks back we went up to visit our eldest daughter in Aberdeen. Helena has been living and working in Aberdeen since she left Uni and loves it up there. Obviously I’m happy she’s happy, has a great job, lovely boyfriend and all the rest but Aberdeen is flipping miles away so every visit is a trek and a half! Cardiff Airport doesn’t offer flights to Aberdeen, otherwise we’d fly every time. We have flown from Bristol but we still had to leave our house in Cardiff at stupid o’clock to drive an hour, park and be there an hour before. Granted flying gets you to Aberdeen quickly but with all the faffing around beforehand, you sometimes wonder if it is the best option. My other bugbear is that every time we want to go, the prices seem to go off the scale.

Anyway, I’m fortunate that Mr. C is one of those rare bods who actually enjoys driving. I don’t get it personally but who am I to gripe when he’s more than happy to sit in the driving seat at 6 am Glasgow Buchanan Galleries Premier Innin Cardiff and power forward for the entire day to get us to Scotland same day?! He has driven up in one go once but usually we have a stopover somewhere and then do the last few hours the next day.

This time he drove us to Glasgow in record time (and yes we do stop every two hours or so for coffee, wees and whatever unhealthy snacks we happen upon!). I think we left at 6 and were parked in Glasgow around 7/8 or so hours later. I think Mr. C probably could have kept going but Aberdeen is still another few hours past Glasgow so better safe than sorry….

Premier Inn GlasgowWe stayed in The Glasgow Buchanan Galleries Premier Inn – one of numerous Premier Inns in Glasgow – which is smack bang in the centre. Check-in was as painless as ever. A super-friendly ‘meeter and greeter’ directed us to the self-check-in machines. I tapped in the name and two key cards promptly appeared from the slot as if by magic. As fate would have it, we arrived at the room to find the keycards wouldn’t ‘give us the green light’ . Mr. Meeter and Greeter sorted us out though in a Glasgow Premier Innblink of an eye and within minutes we were in our room. It was absolutely huge and most surprisingly had a chaise lounge in it. In a Premier Inn – who’d have though hey!

As we’ve come to expect of the chain, our room in the Glasgow Premier Inn was brilliant value for money, contemporary, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you need for an overnighter. The TV was a tad high on the wall but the bed was amazingly comfy and the room was really quiet so we had an amazing night’s sleep. As you know, Premier Inn say ‘A Great Night’s Sleep Guaranteed’ Ask Restauranton their site. Usually I take these blurbs with a pinch of salt but we’ve genuinely found that we sleep like the proverbial logs whenever we’re in one. Once in the Brighton Premier Inn, we actually slept in till Ask Restaurantnearly midday. We hadn’t set an alarm as we assumed we’d wake at a normal enough time – mistake!

Our visit to Glasgow really was a flying one….. We decanted our bags and went straight out to stretch our legs. We wandered around for a bit before happening upon the Hard Rock Cafe where it being a Friday afternoon, I went for a Strawberry Mojito and then an interesting Margarita. Mr. C.  on the Premier Inn Restaurantother hand, seemed more than happy with his Stella. I find it very hard to resist more exciting drinks when they’re on offer – I obviously don’t get out enough! We opted to eat that evening in Ask, just around the corner from the hotel. There were so many restaurants nearby that you really were spolt for choice though.

Breakfast next morning, in the newly refurbished Thyme Restaurant, was hot and plentiful with everything you’d expect including plenty of fresh fruit and croissants. We filled our boots and after a painless check-out, were on our way further North to The Granite City.

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WELEDA Iris Hydrating Day Cream

Iris Hydrating Day creamI’ve been a fan of WELEDA moisturisers and hand creams for a long, long time but I’ve only just tried the Iris products for the first time recently.

The WELEDA Iris Hydrating Day Cream comes in the same sort of tube as the Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream which is one of my all-time favourites and my ‘go-to’ everyday moisturiser. It has a vague kind of iris-like scent I suppose, but although I’m not a fan of irises, I actually quite like the light floral scent in this moisturiser.iris-weleda

On WELEDA’s own site it says that the Iris Hydrating Facial Care range is for skin ‘up to the age of 30′. Now I’m way, way, way past that, nonetheless, I found the Iris Hydrating Day Cream absolutely fine as a general moisturiser. It sinks in nicely, doesn’t leave the skin greasy, makes my skin feel soft, smells good and for a natural ‘nasties-free’ product is inexpensive. Yes I’d probably opt for the Wild Rose or the WELEDA Pomegranate range as a Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Creamfirst choice but I’d be perfectly happy using the Iris range if my other two favourites weren’t available.

I’ve been using the Iris Hydrating Night Cream too and have nothing but praise for that one as well. The texture is slightly creamier and isn’t absorbed quite so quickly – just as you’d expect from an overnight moisturiser. It smells divine though and as an all-round night cream, you can’t go wrong!

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Win a Lindt Gold Bunny Soft Toy With Mini Milk Chocolate Bunnies

Lindt Gold Bunny Soft ToyHow would you like to win a Lindt Gold Bunny Soft Toy to give someone special this Easter? If so, here’s a quick Easter Competition for you!

This very sweet and cuddly Lindt Gold Bunny Soft Toy would make a lovely Easter gift, particularly for children. It’s got the added bonus of having a hidden pouch stuffed with the famous and super-scrumptious Lindt mini milk chocolate bunnies. To top it all, the Lindt Gold Bunny soft toy has the same red ribbon and bell as the Lindt chocolate Gold Bunny.

What’s not to love?

TO WIN THIS LINDT GOLD BUNNY SOFT TOY …..

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Competition closes on March 31st and winner will be announced on Twitter and on my Twitter/Blog Winners List. Hopefully then the winner will have the prize for the Easter Weekend! :)