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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Perfect Father's Day Gift Idea | Ted Baker M Gift Set


If you're looking for a present for Father's Day, then The Perfume Shop have the perfect thing - the Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette gift set:

Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette gift set | Ted Baker Gift Set for Men | Father's Day gifts | UK Fashion & Beauty Blog
Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette gift set, £14.99 | Link

The gift set contains: Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette (30ml), a body wash (100ml) and aftershave balm (100ml) which all come packaged inside a rather stylish paisley print box:

Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette gift set | Ted Baker Gift Set for Men | Father's Day gifts | UK Fashion & Beauty Blog
I love this print!

The bottle of the fragrance is pretty stylish too:

Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette | Mens Gift Set | Father's Day gift ideas | UK Beauty Blog  
I really like the clean modern design and triangular shape:

Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette | Ted Baker M Mens Gift Set | Father's Day present ideas | Beauty blog

The scent of the Ted Baker M Eau de Toilette is described as being "an understated, fresh fragrance with a spicy blend of black pepper, amber, vetiver and musk" - I'm not an expert on men's fragrance, but I can tell you that this smells great! Overall I couldn't think of a better Father's Day present than this Ted Baker M gift set!

What do you think? Isn't this set a brilliant gift choice for Father's Day?!

Aimee xx


*PR Sample


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Current Beauty Favourites


I thought I would share a few of my current beauty favourites with you today - check them out:

Nail HQ Strengthener

I don’t wear false nails so the Nail HQ Strengthener (yup as the name suggests it’s a nail strengthener) has been helping me get my natural nails all nice and ship shape. Now the problem that I have with my nails are that they grow to a lovely nice length then wham just break! Yup don’t you just hate it when that happens?! Luckily the Nail HQ Strengthener has made my nails noticeably stronger than before – yay!!

Nail HQ Nail Strengthener | Nail Strengtheners | UK Beauty Blog | Beauty Blog
Nail HQ Strengthener, RRP £6.99 | Link

Nail HQ Strengthener is described as “an intensive nail strengthening treatment with keratin & multi-fruit complex of alpha hydroxyl acids.” Once the product been applied and has dried your nails will be instantly harder and stronger. In fact thanks to Nail HQ Strengthener my nails are much stronger and don’t seem to break as much as they once did - good stuff!!

Overall this is a great product for people with weaker nails – I love it! You can snag yourself a bottle from Tesco and Amazon.

Hair Rehab London Syn One Piece

If you’re a fan of TOWIE’s Lauren Pope, or her gorgeous hair for that matter, then you may already have heard of her premium clip-in hair extension brand Hair Rehab London. Lately I’ve been really really loving their ‘Syn One-Piece’ clip-in hair piece:

Hair Rehab London | Syn One-Piece | UK Beauty Blogger
Hair Rehab London Syn One-Piece – in the shade Chocolate £34.99 | Link

Now first things first – this hair is majorly silky!!! I’m not sure if a picture can sum up just how luscious and silky this hair really, is but here you go anyway:

Hair Rehab London | Syn One-Piece | UK Beauty Blogger



…Hair so silky that you won’t be able to stop touching it – nor it seems will your siblings: My sister actually follows me around the house stroking my hair whenever I have this hair piece on – true story!!

The hair is synthetic which means that you can’t use heated appliances on it so I save this hair piece for days when I’ve had my hair blow-dried straight for a glammed up party look.

Hair Rehab London | Syn One-Piece | UK Beauty Blogger 
The Syn One-Piece features four sturdy clips which you simply clip in amongst your own hair for instant volume and length. The length of the hair is approximately 20" which worn on me looks like this:

Hair Rehab London | Syn One-Piece | UK Beauty Blogger 
In the picture above, since I wanted to give you a rough idea of the length, I’ve clipped my own hair up - thus all the hair that you see above is actually all the hair piece. Gorgeous isn’t it?! Basically if you’re looking for a great quality hair piece which serves as an instant volume and length booster then you should definitely look into the Syn One-Piece.

Overall I'm thoroughly impressed with the amazing quality of this hair piece and absolutely love the length! I can definitely see why the Hair Rehab London brand is so popular, especially with celebrities! You can visit them online at www.hairrehablondon.com.


The Wet Brush

Now one product which I’ve been hearing and seeing lots about on blogs lately is the Wet Brush, so naturally when I was given the chance to try it for myself I excitedly accepted…the curious side of me was dying to find out what it was about this hair brush that had earned it the title “America's No1 best selling brush.” Yes that’s quite an impressive statement isn’t?!

The Wet Brush | UK Beauty Blog | Beauty Blogger
 The Wet Brush, £11.99 | Link

The Wet Brush can be used on wet or dry hair and works on extensions and wigs too, although I don’t really brush my hair when it’s wet so tend to use this on dry hair only. The Wet Brush is basically all about the bristles, as it’s the brush's special bristles that set it apart from other hair brushes. The bristles on the Wet Brush are thin and flexible so simply glide through the hair combing out tangles with ease, whilst the round soft tips on the ends of the bristles massage your scalp stimulating circulation at the follicle.

Right so my verdict: This brush definitely does what it says on the tin. It really does glide through tangles effortlessly, whilst the lovely bristles give your scalp a nice massage. Due to its special bristles, I feel as though the Wet Brush is much kinder to my hair than most other regular hair brushes which is why this is the only hair brush that I currently use. Overall: The Wet Brush definitely lives up to the hype!

The Wet Brush is available from Sally stores, sallyexpress.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and salons nationwide.

I hope you enjoyed my current beauty favourites. What do you think of the above products?

Aimee xx


*Post contains PR Samples for review


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lifestyle | All Things Healthy: Eat Natural & Aduna


Eat Natural Cereal Bars | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog | lifestyle blogger | Health Blogger 
I have been obsessed with all things healthy these past few months, so for today’s post I thought I’d share two great health-related brands with you:

...First off, an old favourite!

Eat Natural

The Eat Natural cereals and cereal bars and cereals are a somewhat of a kitchen cupboard staple in my household. All of their products are full of good wholesome ingredients such as oats, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, which you can enjoy with the peace of mind that there is not a preservative or artificial flavour in sight. When it comes to breakfast I like to opt for something healthy but quick and fuss-free, thus the Eat Natural cereals fit the bill perfectly. There are five different varieties and lately I’ve been reaching out for their gluten free toasted muesli with buckwheat:

Eat Natural gluten free toasted muesli with buckwheat | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | Healthy Blogger 
This cereal contains a gluten free blend of toasted buckwheat and crisped rice with mixed seeds, dried fruit, coconut and a pinch of cinnamon. You don’t have to be gluten intolerant to enjoy it though! This crunchy, indulgent cereal is simply delicious and makes for a yummy way to start the day:

Eat Natural gluten free toasted muesli with buckwheat | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | Healthy Blogger

Eat Natural gluten free toasted muesli with buckwheat | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | Healthy Blogger 
I’m also a big fan of the Eat Natural cereal bars as they’re a great healthy snack [well much healthier than a chocolate bar!] for popping into your handbag and taking on the go with you. The Eat Natural bars come in numerous different flavours (there are currently 13 different varieties I believe), here are a few of my current (very yummy!!) favourites:

Eat Natural Bars | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | UK lifestyle blogger 
almond & apricot with a yoghurt coating: ‘A simple mix of juicy unsulphured apricots, crunchy almonds and coconuts, completely smothered in a smooth yoghurt coating.’ These are sweet and chewy and make for a healthier alternative to a chocolate bar:

Eat Natural almond & apricot with a yoghurt coating | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | Health Blogger

Eat Natural almond & apricot with a yoghurt coating | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog 
dark chocolate with cranberries and macadamias: ‘A grown-up indulgent bar for those who love a sneaky bit of dark chocolate now and then. You’ll also discover a feast of coconut, brazils, macadamias and cranberries.’

Eat Natural dark chocolate with cranberries and macadamias coating | The Belle Narrative Blog | British lifestyle blog 
These are pure heaven, particularly if you like dark chocolate! This flavour is normally the first to finish in our house - that's how delicious these bars are!

Eat Natural dark chocolate with cranberries and macadamias coating | The Belle Narrative Blog | British lifestyle blog 
brazil & sultana with peanuts and almonds: ‘A bar simply stuffed with wholesome dried fruits and nuts. Juicy sultanas and apricots with almonds, peanuts and brazil nuts. Pretty straightforward...but also pretty special.’

Eat Natural brazil & sultana with peanuts and almonds | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog

Eat Natural brazil & sultana with peanuts and almonds | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog 
This bar is very filling – highly recommended for beating the mid-afternoon slump!

As mentioned earlier, these bars are great for taking on the go with you – that includes picnics!

Eat Natural Bars | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | UK lifestyle blogger 
Overall when it comes to healthy, natural food products that taste delicious then I personally vouch for Eat Natural - what can I say, I love this brand! Find out more at www.eatnatural.co.uk.

Secondly, a recent discovery:

Aduna

Aduna is an Africa-inspired health and beauty brand and social business. Their mission is to create demand for exceptional and underutilised natural super-ingredients sourced directly from small-scale producers in rural Africa – starting with two of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet, baobab and moringa. The brand gets their baobab and moringa direct from small-scale producers in Ghana, and since Aduna is a social business, profits are put back into supporting their producers. I have to say that I really love this ethos! So not only is Aduna a great ethical business, but their products are pretty awesome too! I’m really interested in superfoods lately so have been trying out a few samples of Aduna’s superfood powders:

Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder & Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | lifestyle blogger

Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder & Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder | The Belle Narrative Blog | UK lifestyle blog | lifestyle blogger 
The orange packet contains Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder: “Aduna Baobab is a 100% natural, nutrient-dense, raw wholefood. It is a rich source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and thiamin. It is also almost 50% fibre and has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world.”

…it’s no wonder that Vivienne Westwood and Lily Cole are fans too! I love how easy to use the powder is:

Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog | lifestyle blogger 
The green packet contains Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder: “One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, Aduna Moringa is a 100% organic green superfood made from the naturally-dried leaf of the moringa tree.”

The health benefits are amazing:

“Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder is a natural multivitamin. It is a rich source of protein and has no less than thirteen essential vitamins and minerals at RDA levels, including iron, making it ideal for vegans and vegetarians. These nutrients combine to give it a wealth of health benefits, ranging from energy release to skin health.”

...once again the powder is very easy to use:

Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder | The Belle Narrative Blog | lifestyle blog | lifestyle blogger 
These sachets are easy peasy to use - they're such an effortless way of incorporating some amazing superfoods into your diet!

…okay so I’m sold! I love the fact that both of these products are high sources of antioxidants so I’m definitely going to buy the bigger sized versions to see how I fare in the long run. These are top-selling products so I am very positive about the potential results - great looking skin and increased energy - bring it on!! Find Aduna online at www.aduna.com.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my current go-to ‘healthy’ brands – are you a fan of these brands or all things healthy too?!

Aimee xx

*Post contains PR Samples for review