Monday, 31 August 2015

Looking Back On August | Life

This month seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. So we say goodbye to August on this glorious day that is oh-so typically Summer. Ahem, it's been chucking it down all day. Happy Bank Holiday guys :'D
It was an average month, mainly full of rain (shock horror) and a hell of alot of work but we had some good times. I felt the pressure at work over August, I'm not sure if it was the sheer busy periods as it's still the school holidays or if it's holiday mode coming to show making me not want to work at all. I tried so hard to save all the money I possibly could for Florida which also proved really difficult with all the Summer clothes I need to take :p I stepped up my exercising game, opting for plenty of home workouts and I prepped so many meals for work, no more nasty takeaways and fastfood.
So let me reflect over the past 31 days and share some gems with you all...
The real countdown to Florida began... as soon as the tickets arrived, that was it. The annoying countdown on every bit of social media that everyone absolutely hates but god forbid if they told me to shut the fuck up ;) I've spent the last few weeks making restaurant reservations, booking FastPasses for rides and character meets and filling out 'The DIBB' holiday planner. I am so ready!

I got a new camera lens... A 50mm to be precise. After much thought, plenty of research and lots of recommendations from fellow bloggers during a chat one evening. I decided to take the plunge and order a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens from Amazon for a bargain price of £69.00! I haven't had much time to play around with it but the time I have, it's been amazing! I can't wait to experiment some more with it.

I got to hang out with some awesome friends and more importantly got to catch up with one of my very old and dearest friends. I'm a bit of a social hermit with my social anxiety still rearing it's ugly head but when I feel the pang of confidence I really look forward to seeing friends. There's something really nice about catching up with old friends and this was a long time coming!

I ate beetroot... and I liked it! This is a massive thing for me. All my life I have absolutely hated beetroot. I would often try it, masking it in a dressing sauce or with fish or meat and I still hated it. However, I'm going through some serious changes to my food habits to ease my IBS. I walked into Marks and Spencer during my lunch break and picked up a box of beetroots in balsamic and red wine vinegar. And they were so delicious. Since then I've been back and got myself 3 more boxes. SO SO GOOD. Eat more beetroot.

I fell in love with Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars. I've been trying really hard to switch to more natural products. Since starting to use the Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars, my favourite being Brazilliant Shampoo Bar and Jungle Solid Conditioner. I have noticed an improvement in the condition and overall cleanliness of my hair. Not to mention the smell of them is just incredible! Full post and review coming soon.

As you can see I really struggled with this one. August wasn't as great as I thought when I looked back on it. I have so many thing planned for September so here's to hoping September is better!

What was the highlight of your month? Do you have anything planned for September?

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Ahava Time To Hydrate Skincare Review | Beauty

If there's one skincare problem that sticks out to me most, it's my dry skin. Honestly, I can cope with all the odd 'time of the month' breakout and diet related blemishes. But no matter what I use; how much I use; how expensive and raved about the product is, my dry skin is never fully replenished. It has in most recent situations really knocked my confidence. My dry skin stops me from wearing makeup because I am wary that foundation sticks to dry skin and sadly draws more attention to it. This is where Ahava Skincare saves the day...
Ahava is a natural skincare company based in Israel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Founded in 1988, Ahava have been researching the beneficial properties of the Dead Sea and producing products for all skin types containing dead sea mineral, Osmoter. Osmoter promises to replenish and rehydrate skin. All of Ahavas products are natural, paraben SLS/SLES free. Aswell as allergy tested for sensitive skin and free from animal testing.
Ahava Time to Hydrate Hydration Cream Mask* is a thick and creamy face mask to be used just 1-2 times per week. I like to apply this to very dry areas of my face and neck and soaking in the bath letting the mask do it's magic for 20-30 minutes. It can also be used as an overnight treatment. However as a restless sleeper I found this to be a little messy.
So far I've only used 3-4 times, however I've noticed such a difference to the most dry areas of my face. Prior to this trial I had been suffering from dry flaky skin around my nose and upper lip. No idea where it came from, but it was itchy and not so attractive. Using the Hydration Cream Mask has really helped soothe that area and smooth the skin right out.
Ahava Skincare Time to Hydrate Active Moisture Gel Cream
Along with the Hydration Cream Mask I have been trialing the Ahava Time to Hydrate Active Moisture Gel Cream*. It's a really nice consistency, between a gel and cream moisturiser. It's doesn't hold a heavy scent which is nice as I do hate moisturisers that linger with unpleasant smells.
I use this twice daily in the morning and evening. It soaks into my skin well prior to applying makeup, which is something I look for as I'm always in a hurry to get ready for work. I've also noticed red blemishes to my skin, especially cheeks have also reduced drastically. A bonus!
I'll admit, I've never purchased a cream specifically used for eyes. I know, I know. I am bad. So I was totally up for trying Ahava Time to Hydrate Gentle Eye Cream*. Eyes are such a delicate area that they do need a treatment especially for them. I noticed recently that my eyes are getting quite dry, in my brow arch and the outer corners of my eyes. I like to use the gentle eye cream before bed. Gently dabbing on the eyelids and under eyes. This gives a nice cool feeling and soothes the bits of skin that are dry.

Overall I really love these three products from Ahava Skincare. They provide soothing relief from dry irritating skin. If your pain skin concern is lack of hydration, then Ahavas Time to Hydrate range is for you!

Ahava skincare can be purchased on eBay via the Ahava store. They stock a wide range of skincare solutions for every skin concern plus bath, massage, hand and nail products. You can also save up to 50% on every purchase, bargain! There's also a range of start skincare kits, which these three products are included in. The Ahava Skincare Time to Hydrate Kit* which retails at £86.00 and also includes free shipping!

Have you tried Ahava Skincare before? Are Dead Sea Mineral skincare products something that appeal to you?

*this is a sponsored post. However, all views and opinions are my own

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

5 Reasons to Visit Aruba | Travel

Aruba is an Island I have wanted to visit for a while. My grandparents first visited a few years back on a cruise and since then I haven't stopped looking at photos of what seems to be such a beautiful and romantic holiday destination.
Aruba, also known as the One Happy Island, is a small (just 20 mile long) Dutch island located off the coast of Venezuela. It boasts some of the best beaches in the world, you can see why in some of the photos below. A stunning location for anyone and any occasion. Beaches Peaches and Bear Travel Blog
An All Sun, All Year Island
Aruba is a tourist favourite thanks to it's dry climate. It's located just outside of Hurricane Alley meaning there's rarely a rainy day in Aruba. Perfect for a guaranteed sun-filled holiday on some of the most stunning beaches. Including Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island, an exclusive adult-only beach hosted by Renaissance Aruba Resort. A stunning beach with, you guessed it, Flamingoes roaming the beach. Flamingo Beach Renaissance Island Aruba
Source Natural Pool. Peaches and Bear Travel Blog
Breathtaking Diving Spots
There are plenty of beaches and coastal points to literally dive in to and soak up what the ocean has to offer: coral reef; tropical fish and more! Visit the West Coast for the best of Aruba's Water Fun! The image above is of the gorgeous Conchi Natural Pool located in Arikok National Park, a must experience for tourists.
If you're anything like me (a beginner and lacking confidence when diving) then De Palm Tours will win you over for beginners experiences! They offer everything from Submarine tours to Underwater Helmet Walking so you won't miss a thing.

Delicious Dining Experiences
The hotel strips and capital Oranjestad play host to a wide range of multicultural cuisine from restaurants to bars and sweet little beach front cafes. You can find everything from South American to Asian, Steak houses to Al fresco dining. Aruba really does offer everything you heart desires in terms of food. Fofoti Tree on Eagle Beach Aruba- Peaches and Bear Travel Blog
An Eco Friendly Island
Did you know 20% of Aruba's energy is generated by Wind Turbines? And the island plans to go 100% fossil-fuel friendly by 2020?! It's incredible to think such a small island cares about the ecosystem and sustaining it. Even people of Aruba respect and appreciate the flora and fauna of Aruba meaning every where you look there is natural beauty in it's rightful place. Locations such as Eagle Beach where the Fofoti Trees scatter the beach beautifully really show it's natural beauty in contrast to the .

Aruba Aloe - Aloe Vera Beauty Product - Peaches and Bear Travel Lifestyle Beauty Blogger
A Beauty Bloggers Dream
Aloe Vera was first planted on the island in 1800s, and today it is in the big business for it's uses in everything from hand creams to treating sunburn.
Aruba Aloe Museum Factory and Store provide an insightful tour on the history of aloe, the process of extracting its gel and the making of Aruba Aloe products* including suncare, moisturisers, deodorants and more!
The products, especially Special Care Lotion and Shower Gel have been treating my skin very well after the sunburn I accidentally got during all the dog walks last week!

To discover more of what Aruba has to offer pop along over to this site.

Have you ever been to Aruba? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have! If not, is Aruba somewhere you would like to visit?

*this post may include sponsored content. However, all views are my own

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Serenata Flowers Hamper Review + Giveaway!

With all the work and studying I've been doing, I've barely been able to take a break and enjoy a little pampering or 'me time'. So when Serenata Flowers offered to send me one of their bespoke Gift Hampers to review I leapt at the opportunity. After browsing their website of hampers and discovering they really do have a hamper for anyone and any occasion, I decided on the Pamper Her Perfect*.
Ordering couldn't have been easier, using their Checkout system to select a preferred date and time then simply waiting (impatiently) for the courier to deliver safely to my door. They even offer extras such as balloons, teddy bears and birthday cakes and Standard Delivery is FREE too, making treating yourself or your loved one to a hamper all the more deserving!
The Pamper Her Perfect hamper arrived safely in a chic striped box, opening it to find the wine wrapped carefully in bubble wrap and everything else present neatly with celophane and a pillow of shredded paper and a little greeting card with personal message and discount code for the receivers first order.

The Pamper Her Perfect hamper contains exactly what you'd expect for a night of indulging alone in the tub: a box of Caramelised Butter Fudge; Salted chocolate truffles; Champagne and Strawberry truffles; A bottle of Le Paravel Rose wine and best of all; Bomb Cosmetics Hawaiian Flower gift set.
I won't lie to you I was very happy to receive this on my much needed day off and didn't hesitate to run a bath and drop the first Bomb Cosmetics bath bomb in! Sipping on a glass of wine, because hey, I deserved it after all! If you're looking for the perfect bespoke gift or bouquet of fresh flowers for a friend or family then Serenata Flowers is the website for you. Bouquets and House Plants start at £19.99 and come in various types, sizes and colours.
The Pamper Her Perfect hamper is priced at £39.99 which I think is great value for money for that you're getting. I'm now thinking of getting my Mum one for her Birthday. She was cooing around this one alot!

Serenata Flowers has kindly offered to let me host a giveaway to my readers, offering you the opportunity to win a hamper or bouquet of roses. There are so many to choose from so I have very helpfully selected the top three for the winner to decide which she/he would like to win :)
The prize to choose from are as follows:
French Linen Pamper Set
20 Luxury Pastel Roses
Sweet Ladies Who Bathe Hamper

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I must apologise for the photos. My camera is still off being fixed so until then, shoddy phone photos (woo)

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Blogger Twitter Chats List & Tips

Twitter chats are increasingly popular within the blogging world (and beyond). They are perfect for networking with bloggers and are great for blog exposure. There seems to be a twitter chat covering just about any topic and for any person. I find it so hard keeping up, which is where this wonderful list comes in really handy.
Top Tips For Twitter Chats:

Most chats are an hour long and come either in general chat form or with a specific topic.
Check the Twitter account associated with the chat or the hashtag itself before the chat starts to find out if there is a topic for the chat that day!
Chats move fast - During it's a good idea to keep 2-3 tabs open, I like to keep the hashtag, the host and my notifications open so I can be up to date at all times.
Join in as much as you can. Don't be scared if you can't answer a Q - If I don't like the topic I often sit and read others tweets just to learn something new!
Remember to include the hashtag and @mention if you're tweeting directly. I sounds a bit silly but I'm sure we've all been there and forgot at some point, or even used the wrong hashtag if you're in more than one, oops!
Get organised. Familiarise yourself with Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. They're great for setting up tabs to monitor hashtags and accounts. You'll never miss a thing!
Fancy hosting a chat yourself? Many Twitter chats offer the opportunity to guest host a future chat for the day, if you would like the opportunity to guest host a chat you should contact the main host.
Don't be afraid to plug your blog. If you have a relevant post relating to a topic why not share it?
Relating to above, be sure not to over plug your links. During general chats when there's no specific topic the chat can sometimes become overwhelmed with blog links.
Share any general social media links at the end of the chat.
Lastly all chats in this post are listed with GMT times.
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