Marie Claire & Balance Me event Oct 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ey up!

Whilst on my 2 week moving house break this month I was invited to go along to Debenhams in Leeds to an event organised by Marie Claire and Balance Me.  Balance Me is a brand I'd seen around but hadn't tried any of their products so was excited to see what they had to offer!

I love a good beauty event and it didn't bother me that I had to get the train over.. I was on holiday so time wasn't an issue!

Sian Jones, Balance Me's director was there to welcome us all and offer a 10 minute consultation specifically looking at my skincare needs. They also had a crazy contraption set up that looked at the condition of your skin under a blue light- surprisingly to me I was told that my skin is in really good condition and only a slight bit of dryness under one of my eyes! They actually told me that I have pretty normal skin- for years I've always thought my skin was extremely dry!

The relatively small but cover all bases Balance Me range on offer!

A bit of info about Sian Jones- the skin expert!

One of the lovely bloggers having a chat with Sian!

The very friendly Balance Me ladies!

I found the team and the other ladies really friendly and we all had a good natter (and prosecco!) whilst waiting to get our skin looked at.

Of course with an event comes a bag of goodies. I love getting these as it means I can try all of their best sellers before having to part with my cash!

Heres what I got-

1. balance me cleanse and smooth face balm £20 125ml- I've tried this and instantly love it! Its a oil based cleanser with oatmeal powder in so you can really feel it working away at your skin in a gentle yet effective way. You pop it all over your face when dry, splash with water then remove with a cotton cloth- I use my Liz earle muslin cloth.

2. balance me moisture rich face cream £24 50ml- WOW...i've been looking for a moisturiser recently that can compete with my Benefit Triple Performance emulsion and this is a serious contender! I love a good thick cream that gives an instant feeling of softness and this does the job for sure! It is rather pricey though!

3. balance me super toning body wash £9 200ml- I've tried this once but i'll be honest.. I wasn't that keen- i think i know why though- I usually use shower gels/body washes that probably aren't so natural- most of the big brands are full of artificial fragrances and colours so I'm automatically conditioned to think that's normal- when really it isn't! This body wash, along with all of balance me's products are 99% natural origin meaning no paragons,sulphates,petroleum,mineral oils,silicones,sea,pegs (ehh?!) propylene glycol and colours and fragrances.  I don't give up with products though so I'm going to give this another go!

4. balance me rose otto hand creme £14.50 100ml - I haven't used this product- Im not really keen on rose scents so I'm going to pass this on.. mum you fancy it?! If its anything like the moisturiser it will be lovely and thick!

5. balance me facial expression filler £22 15ml- I have used this product once.. Im not sure whether its something I need just yet at my age so I can't comment on whether it works or not.. sorry balance me!

6. Another little sample of the face balm (so happy as i really like this!)

7. balance me wonder eye cream £20 15ml - I've used this a few times now.. along with the Mr trying it out! It really does brighten your eyes. After having the blue light skin survey thing with the balance me team this is something I'm using religiously.. no under eye wrinkles or bags for me please!

8. balance me radiance face oil £30 30ml- i'm already a face oil user so this is a good one to add to my collection. Before using this i was using carrier oil but this one smells a lot yummier! You only need a tiny drop to do your whole face so although it seems expensive it would last you a good 6 months +!

I also got a copy of this months Marie Claire to read on the train home :)

Overall I'm really impressed by the products I received from the event- my favs have to be the face balm and the oil. They both are things that fit nicely into my skincare routine.

Have you used any balance me products? Which are your favs?


Country Baskets

Monday, 20 October 2014

Evening all, 

Long time no blog eh! I've had a crazy few weeks moving house and also going away with work!

I wanted to do this post before I moved house but as you can imagine I was swamped with boxes and bubble wrap galore.

I was contacted a while back by Country Baskets, an online retailer for artificial flowers and craft and party supplies. They very generously offered me the choice of some flowers- now anyone who knows me personally will know I have terrible track record for looking after living plants so artificial ones are THE ones for me.. near to no maintenance (apart from a bit of dusting now and again..) but still really pretty if you spend a few extra £'s. 

I chose peonies, bluebells and antique peach orchids. They, to me, are timeless classics and I of course was thinking of them matching the new decor in my house.

Here are a few pictures of them in situ!

I love these peonies.  I had the standard trip to ikea when I moved in and bought this cute milk bottle to pop the flowers in. I think they look so cute! The picture in the background is one that i received in an instagram swap I did- me and Kirsty did a swap of handmade items and this is one of the bits she sent me. 

These antique roses are a gorgeous orange/peach colour, I love the intricacy of them, lots of detail has gone into making them- to me this shouts quality!

These bluebells are a lovely pop of colour when teamed with the roses!

I decided to display them on my newly Annie Sloan painted chest of draws. If you haven't used/heard of Annie Sloan PLEASE look it up... its been my go to paint over the last couple of weeks- the great thing is you don't even have to prepare the piece you are wanting to paint- just up my street eh.. no planning or preparation!

I've got another bunch of peonies waiting to go into place in our new place but.. as always theres plenty more unpacking to do.. this is the vase i got for them off ebay recently-

Another oddity to add to my collection!

Once I've done with the unpacking I was thinking of doing a house tour post.. would you like to nosey round my new place? I am obsessed with other peoples houses.. i'll admit it now.. I'm one of those who can't help but look in windows as walking past... not a weirdo..i promise!

Country Baskets also have a fab xmas range to prettify your house and make it all festive!

Here are some of the pieces I've got my eye on-

Medium Xmas Red Berry Wreath
Woodland Hanging Stag Decoration
Xmas Metal Bucket Calender 

Red Berries Holly Bush

It does feel weird to be thinking about xmas already yes but theres nothing wrong with being prepared eh! What i found from looking through Country Baskets website is that the prices are pretty good and you get the added bonus of the flowers lasting for years! Have a look through the site,pick out some xmas goodies and let me know what you think!

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