Monday, 20 April 2015

5 Things To Do In Bruges


Bruges is one of those 'must see' places and here are my five things to do when you are in Bruges.

Of course Belgium is renowned for Beer, Chocolates and Frites (chips) but there is so much more!

Here are five fab things I think you should do when in Bruges.

1. Take a Boat Ride and spend 30 minutes meandering the canals, taking in the sights and wonderful architecture of this great city. 



2. Eat waffles!

There are plenty of outlets but I really rate Chez Albert.  This is a tiny unassuming small kiosk/shop front with no seating but they make the most delicious fresh waffles. Eat one plain or indulge and choose from a multitude of toppings. I had strawberries and caramel sauce (pictured below) but I also had a waffle with Belgian chocolate sauce which was super tasty too.



3. Visit the 'Basilica of the Holy Blood' - 

This Basilica is a gothic architectural masterpiece and holds a phial that is said to contain a cloth with the blood of Jesus. Check times to visit as the phial is not on display at all times.






4. Visit a Tea Room and enjoy delicious coffees and sublime hot chocolate -

I highly recommend De Proeverie - The room is spacious and wonderfully decorated with nice little touches. I loved the roaring fireplace which made it cosy. We enjoyed coffee and hot chocolate, complete with cream and 3 mini chocolates from the chocolate shop across the road. The liquid hot chocolate that you add to warm milk is also from the same chocolate shop. A highlight of our visit to Bruges.





5.  Visit The Belfry Of Bruges 

Featured heavily in the film 'In Bruges', The Belfry (Bell Tower) is situated in the Market Square and is a prominent symbol of Bruges. The medieval Bell Tower has 366 narrow and steep steps that you can (for a fee) climb to the top of and take in the sights of Bruges or perhaps re-enact the film....



Be charmed by the cobbled streets and gentle pace of life and when in Bruges, don't forget to look up!


Bettina x


Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Cocoa & Berries Review

When I was introduced to Linwoods Milled products I was rather taken by the Flax, Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries,  many months on I am still purchasing and eating it daily with my morning porridge. I was keen to try another one of their products so I picked up the milled Flaxseed, Cocoa & Berries version from Holland & Barrett.

Linwoods say 

Have you had 25 fruit & veg today? Now you have! This blend of milled flaxseed, cocoa and berries really is a SUPER food product that packs a punch, with the same antioxidant value as 25 fruit and vegetables in just 30g! Plus you get iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium & Vitamin B1.

My thoughts 

I add a couple of teaspoons to plain yoghurt and blueberries for a pretty healthy afternoon snack. It helps beat afternoon slump and tastes absolutely delicious and is happily nutritious.
Have you tried any of the Linwoods range?

Color Club Barely There Nail Polish - Nails Of The Day



Color Club's 'Barely There' Nail Lacquer was included in this month's Iconic Hollywood Edition Glossybox. I am a huge fan of nude nail polishes so I couldn't wait to apply this to my nails.

I think the description of 'barely there' is pretty much on the button, it is a gorgeous mannequin nails shade and perfect for no fuss, glossy nails.

I needed to apply 3 coats to achieve this look. I have to say I did find application quite tricky as the brush/lid design is quite long.  Also the product runs down from the top of the lid towards the brush causing drip so you have to be careful about that too.

Color Club 'Barely There' Nail Lacquer costs £4.10 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Glossybox Iconic Hollywood Edition Review



Oh Glossybox how I adore thee this month.. well the box is just gorgeous isn't it? Mine has a lemon bottom and a white top with an image of Marilyn Monroe - A hollywood legend and icon. I am a huge fan of the lovely Marilyn so I was delighted to receive this box.

As you can see the theme for this month's box is the 'Iconic Hollywood Edition' and contains all you need to inject some Hollywood glamour to your skincare and makeup.

So what's inside?


Skincare

Darphin - Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream 5ml (full size £65 for 50ml) 

This promises to enhance firmness and boosting skin's luminosity for a red carpet glow, I will let you know how I get on...

A pampering session before a night out is a must and so included in this box is

Nougat London Soothing Bath Pearls in Cherry Blossom £6 

This has a delicate fragrance and will leave a subtle shimmer on the skin to create a limb lengthening sheen. Watch this space for a review.

Makeup

Color Club Nail Polish in shade Barely There - £4.10 

Nude nails are a perennial Hollywood favourite and I must say one of mine too.. a nails of the day wearing this nude shade will be popping up on my instagram shortly.

Red lips and a feline flick are forever synonymous with Hollywood Glamour and so they both feature in this special edition box... I will be attempting to recreate a Hollywood look very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss £10 

I am a big fan of Lord & Berry products so am looking forward to trying this pencil version of a red lipstick.

POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen in Sooty Black £6.50 

I like the look of this eyeliner pen, it looks really easy to use and features a smudger at the other end for a smoky effect.

Great theme & great box this month from Glossybox 

Glossybox Iconic Hollywood Edition is available now and costs £10 + postage. 

*PR Sample

Twinings Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Review


Browsing the tea aisle my eyes were drawn to this new tea from Twinings - part of their Loose Leaf Pyramid range - Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam. Well I found it too hard to resist and it found its way into my shopping basket...

Twinings say 

A sweet chocolatey and creamy hazelnut taste, like a praline truffle.

Ingredients - Black Tea, Cocoa Nibs (20%), Hazelnut Flavouring (8%)

My thoughts 

Now I was rather excited about the prospect of a chocolatey tea so broke open the packet as soon as I got home, followed the instructions and drank my tea black. Personally I didn't find it sweet at all, even a touch bitter. For me the flavour that stood out was the one of hazelnuts with a subtle flavour of chocolate. All that was missing was some caramel and you would have had a delicious toffifee in a tea! Now there's an idea...

Perfect as a treat in the afternoon. 

Twinings Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Loose Leaf Pyramid (12 pyramids) costs £3.49

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review


Garnier say 

So easy. So effective. so gentle.
So no excuse not to take your make-up off.

Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin.
No need to rub to remove impurities and make-up.

The Result: Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without rubbing or rinsing.
Use in the morning to refresh skin. Use at night to remove make-up, cleanse and soothe.

Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a generous 400ml format for up to 200 uses*.
*Based on 2ml per cotton pad.

My thoughts 

I bought this all in one cleanser to take away with me on my recent trip to Bruges. I was looking for no fuss cleansing and makeup remover in one and rather than a few bottles I had just this one and some cotton pads.

This micellar water has no scent so it is very much like using a water. There is no doubt that it is an effective cleanser but I did need a couple of pads to remove all my makeup (including waterproof mascara).

However, I did find that my skin didn't feel particularly soothed it seemed to tingle slightly and seemed to leave my skin feeling drier than usual. For this reason I wouldn't use it for my morning cleanse and probably will just use this product to remove my makeup in the evenings.

I am unlikely to repurchase this product.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml costs £4.99

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bluebird Tea Candyfloss & Rhubarb & Custard Teas Reviewed


As a bit of a tea fiend I love seeking out new and different flavours and my interest was piqued by these delicious sounding teas from Bluebird Tea - Rhubarb & Custard and Candyfloss no less!

Bluebird say 

"Our passion comes from creating your perfect cup of loose leaf tea! We love to mix up unique and exciting tea blends in flavours that have never been seen before to make people smile!"

As these are loose leaf tea I got out my infuser and popped in the loose leaves... I then sat back and enjoyed... 

First up is Rhubarb & Custard 


Bluebird Tea says 

Tangy rhubarb + creamy custard guilt free sweet treat. 

Our Rhubarb and Custard Tea really is a pairing made in heaven. This naturally caffeine free, antioxidant rich rooibos tea blend will satisfy your sweet tooth with less than 1 calorie p/cup!

My thoughts 

I have to say out of the two this was my fave. This took me right back to my teenage years when I would be on a small hoppa bus and the driver would stop the bus, pop to a tiny village shop and buy a bag of rhubarb and custard sweets and offer them round to the passengers, those were the days! 

The tea smells EXACTLY like the much loved traditional sweets. It has a perfect delicate taste that manages to capture tangy rhubarb and creamy custard completely. This was dreamy to drink and suitable any time of day. Nice one Bluebird Tea Co Mixologists!

Candyfloss 


Bluebird Tea say 

Join us at the fair with this sweet + scrumptious Candy Floss white tea.

My thoughts 

Now I would think that it is quite hard to capture the taste of candyfloss in a tea unless it was just a bundle of sugar... so I was happy to discover this tasty white tea concoction blended with flowers, fruit and sweetener. The result is a lightly flavoured sweet and fruity drink that is ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. 


I am looking forward to trying some of the other fabulous sounding tea concoctions from Bluebird Tea Co... 

If you want to find out more about this Independent Tea Mixology company and see the complete range visit Bluebird Tea Co

*PR Samples


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