Saturday, May 31, 2014

Biore - Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser - A Review

I'm a great lover of clay masks when my skin is playing up, the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask  is a firm favourite but masks are strictly reserved for the weekend when I can relax and take things easy. As such, I'm always looking to find quick ways to unclog and decongest my skin mid-week without having to sacrifice my limited me-time during the evenings.

I recently spotted the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser during a trawl for new and exciting products in my local Boots, as it was only £3.33 on offer I thought I'd have nothing to loose. I remember Biore from my younger days when those rather lovely black headed clearing nose strips (please tell me I'm not the only one who used those) were all the rage.
This product has actually been around for a while in the States, (naturally I only know these due to my love affair with Allure Magazine) and it certainly grabbed my interest given that it seemed to be a cleanser version of above mentioned face mask .
This cleanser promises to draw out dirt and impurities leaving your face tingly smooth and pores twice as clear as compared to a normal cleanser. Quite a promise eh? The big question is whether it delivers.

Ok first things first, the tingle, it really does tingle whilst massaging into my skin, it wasn't uncomfortable by any stretch but I would warn, don't get this too close to your eyes, it will sting. The things I do to test products! 

The smell of the product reminded me of menthol so this may explain the tingling sensation!

Next, don't be put off by the rather attractive black colour of the wash, once you're massaging this into the skin it actually turns into a white foam and rinses off clean. The texture is more akin to something I'd expect from a gel cleanser as opposed to what I'd expected from a peek inside the bottle, i.e. something more clay like.
In terms of effectiveness, my face felt refreshed after use without any dryness or tightness which I did anticipate on some level. A lot of skincare aimed at blemished skin can really leave my skin feeling overly dry after use but not this!
Here's a closer look at what you can expect to come out of the bottle!

All in all, even at the full price of £4.99 I think this cleanser is great value, my skin was left feeling fresh and clean post use and I noticed that my misbehaving skin had calmed down even after just three uses in the morning. I can attest to the effectiveness as rather helpfully a large blemish popped up on my left cheek the day before I purchased this and three days later, whilst it was still a little red, it was no longer raised or angry looking!

Have you tried to new Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser yet? What did you think?


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Tasties No.35 - Honest Burger - A Review

Regular readers of my blog will know that Ad and I have been on a mission to find London's best burger and this weeks Tuesday Tasties sees us (and our good friend Tom) heading to the newest branch of Honest Burger in Oxford Circus.
Whilst there is a vegetarian option, I would say that Honest Burger is definitely aimed at the meat eaters among us with 5 beef options (featuring beef from the Ginger Pig) and a chicken option as well for those who are health conscious.
To start, it was drinks all round, I opted for ginger beer, Tom the homemade lemonade and Ad starting early with a Shoreditch Blonde. I love the retro jam jars with paper straws, it really fits with the vibe of the place and it's mismatched hand crafted furniture.
Ad fancied trying some sides of beer battered mini sausages and some curry style dip in addition to our burgers. The sausages were scrummy with batter being super crispy, the dip reminded me of the curry sauce from my local chippie in terms of taste, albeit a heck of a lot better in terms of quality and quite clearly free of any nasties.
Tom opted for the onion rings, again, featuring a super light batter, it was refreshing to have the onions stay put after every bite, normally I take a bite and the entire ring comes free leaving me with three quarters of a ring of batter. Please tell me y'all know what I mean, I can't convey this into words!
Lordie, look at the burger! Each burger comes with complete with rosemary fries which really are the shizzle. Ad & Tom both opted for Tribute burger, however, I'm sure what you really want to know is what I scoffed right?
Lets take a moment to absorb the gorgeousness that is my Cajun Special. 

This beauty features a blackened beef patty, fried onions, bloody mary ketchup, which incidentally trickled all down my hands, tomatoes and red leaf lettuce which you can see poking out the bottom. It was delicious and wolfed down as swiftly as I could manage without making an absolute mess, not easy given how juicy this bad boy was!
Ad reckons these are the best burgers in London, I'm a little undecided, I currently have two burger joints vying for my top spot and Honest Burger is one of them. All of the burgers are big and juicy, the staff are super friendly and the prices are reasonable with my burger and fries clocking in a just £10.

Overall, I'd recommend that you pop Honest Burger on your list of burger joints to try during a visit to London!

Have you been to Honest Burger? What did you think?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Champneys - Mediterranean Bliss Shimmering Body Oil - A Review

So the Champneys Spa Indulgence Mediterranean Bliss Shimmering Body Oil (I didn't come up with the super long name) was another find on a recent rummage through my local Boots, albeit this one is not such a new product.
Before I start the review, I feel I should add a little context to why this ended up in my basket and that is my legs. They are ridiculously pale, look very odd in a skirt or shorts and no matter how much I seem to try, they never seem to tan leaving them looking either lobster red from trying or vaguely resembling that which belongs on a chicken. My point being, they make me rather self conscious.

Anyways, when the sun does come out, this undoubtedly means I cannot cover my shame with tights, it's to hot and to sticky thereby meaning it is completely impractical. In a bid to help with my abnormal dislike of my legs, I purchased a couple of products in the hopes that it'll make them look that little bit nicer.

I'd had my eye on something similar from Nuxe, however, given this was only £6.67 on offer in Boots, I thought I'd have nothing to lose!

I appreciate it looks pretty scary in the bottle, something akin to that which my 90's child self would use for a 'glow' but bear with me. Before using, you do need to give this a frikken good shake about to mix the oil and shimmer together.
Now the smell is gorgeous, I suspected the sesame oil element would be somewhat overpowering and nutty, but combined with jojoba, ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli oils it's actually incredibly pleasant on the old nose not to mention super nourishing on the pins. Given the budget price tag, I think it smells pretty darn expensive so this pleased me no end.
The shimmer within the oil isn't as in your face as you would lead you to believe, it's actually quite subtle. Don't get me wrong, there is quite clearly shimmer going on here (hence the name of the product) but it's certainly not offensive. I would say the glow it gives my legs is just right, from an onlookers perspective they certainly look healthy, hydrated and well, glowing. I've tried to capture the shimmer in the picture below which you can just about see.
Overall, I think this is a great budget buy and I will definitely repurchase once I've finished the bottle, I obviously cannot compare it to it's Nuxe equivalent as I've never used the shimmer version but there are plenty of reviews online. A little does go a long way so I suspect the bottle will last me most of the summer.

Have you used the Champneys Shimmering Body Oil? How does it compare to others on the market?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What Laura Wants - The Summer Edition

I realise I've written summer essentials above, but what I really mean is that I consider these beauties to be little extras that I want to add to my stash, clearly this is a What Laura Wants Edit, i.e these are bits and pieces I've got my beady eye on.

  • Stila Convertible Colour - Petunia - £16 - This is a rather lovely pinky coral cream blush. As it's cream based it'll sit wonderfully over dewy make-up giving a more natural glow than your usual powder blushes which can sit in your pores as the more humid weather creeps in. I've been swatching like mad in M&S and it certainly seems to be blendable with staying power once it's set. UPDATE - I got this yesterday as I had 20% off, stay tuned for a review!
  • Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter - Tutti Frutti - £5.99 - Is it bad that I've never used a Revlon lip product? Everyone seems to be raving about these and as I'm not the bravest when it comes to colour, these seem like a gentle nudge in the right direction without being to in your face. Tutti Frutti has a pop of coral, but with all the nourishment that comes with a lip balm. Win win on both counts.
  • Murad Oil Free Sunblock - SPF 30 - £24.30 - I'm a big fan of Murad products and was lucky enough to get some of this in a goodie bag last year. As this is specifically formulated for the face, it won't clog pores, it's non-oily making it ideal for combination skin and it's packed full of anti-aging loveliness. I love the matt finish this leaves but I love the fact that this doesn't break me out even more. It's a must have for your handbag.
  • Burberry Brit Rhythm - £40 - This might not be the ideal summer fragrance, but if I like something, I'm not overly fussed about the time of year. I had a sample of this a while ago and the neroli and peppercorn notes just filled my head with glee. WANT....preferably now.
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside out - £11.29 I love Angela's blog, her photography is wonderful and everything looks delicious. All of her recipes are vegan and whilst Ad isn't always a fan of salads, provided I plonk some cooked chicken on the side, he's quite content to munch it. Her long awaited cook book is packed with recipes such as Tex Mex and Chocolate Torte and I reckon these would be fabulous over the summer when we all start to prefer lighter meals.
What's on your summer want list?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Tasties No.34

Wow, it's been toasty these past few days. This has undoubtedly meant that I am simple not in the mood for hearty stodgy meals and instead I'm favouring high protein, vegetable packed delights. I've been lucky enough to have been sent some money off vouchers for steak as part of the Tesco Orchard Programme (click HERE for more info and to sign up yourself!) which meant that I could afford to try something a little fancier than what I'd usually go for.

Steak with Kale & Cannellini Mash
Whenever Ad and I have steak, it's almost always with chips and a peppercorn sauce. However, as part of the programme I thought I would experiment and try something different. This recipe is ideal for a midweek meal and is pretty protein packed making it ideal for a post-workout meal as well. You'll need:
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 steaks, whatever your preference
  • 200g bag of kale
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • A little rosemary
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, drained
  • 100ml of chicken stock
  • A little lemon juice
First things first, combine a little bit of olive oil with the mustard and rub this all over the steaks. Heat up your pan before frying them off on both sides and seasoning with some salt & pepper. Cook to your liking before setting to one side to rest.
Now, I'm going to show you a handy tip for cooking your kale, this has made my life so simple! All you need is a kettle full of just boiled water and a colander.
Put all of the kale into the colander before CAREFULLY pouring the just boiled water over it. This will cook (aka wilt) the kale to perfection. Just leave it to cool slightly before squeezing out any excess water or you'll more than likely burn yourself.

Time to make the mash, firstly use the same pan in which you cooked the steaks and add a little more olive oil the onion, garlic and rosemary to the pan and fry for around 5 minutes. Cooking the mash in the same pan means you get some of those lovely beef flavours into your mash. Then, add the beans, stock and lemon juice to the mixture before leaving to simmer a little. 
Once the beans have softened, add the kale and give everything a good stir before plating up. I like to give my beans a little bit of a smoosh to add some texture. Pop the beans on the bottom before adding the steak to the top of the mash.
The simply scoff away. I haven't had kale in such a long time, but seeing as it's all the rage at the moment, I thought it was time to dive back in!

How do you normally have your steak?

As part of this recipe I received a voucher from the Orchard Programme at Tesco which secured me some money off of my steak. If you fancy getting involved then please feel free to click the link above to read up.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chanel Mini Haul

Recently my Dad come over from New Zealand with work, so Ad and I ventured up to Scotland to pay him a wee visit. Naturally this meant going through Gatwick Airport and the inevitable allure of World Duty Free. I was super excited to say the least, and I'd been stalking my local Chanel counters with a view to ascertaining what products were right for me(try all of them!).

Anywho, the two products I quite obviously had my eye on were the recently reformulated Les Ombres palettes and Les Beiges both of which I'd heard wonders about, not to mention, the packaging is super chic for both products and would be a welcome addition to my dressing table.

A recent trip to the Chanel counter confirmed my colour match for the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder to be the shade 20 which is incidentally the same as my Chanel foundation match. I did try the slightly darker colour but it was ridiculously noticeable on my skin  and not for me.

If you've never heard of Les Beiges, this is a powder compact which gives a very sheer light coverage (we're talking seriously sheer, almost barely there, I certainly can't feel it on my skin). I have no idea how it works, but somehow it manages to give my skin a very natural and luminous glow without the product itself being particularly noticeable on the skin. Like my skin, but better is how I tend to describe such products. As a bonus this has SPF 15, smells incredible, comes with it's own brush and has a rather handy mirror to boot. This has remained in my handbag since it's purchase as it's handy for touch ups on the go.

Let me know if you want some photos showing the before and after and I'll plonk these up as soon as possible.

Now, lets talk about the eyes. I'm a natural girl at heart, and one colour in particular obviously stands out in the photo above as being particularly un-natural. The palette I went for was the Tisse Vendome which has this rather lovely peachy shade. The pigments in all four shades are amazing and due to these being formulated sans talc (making them feel almost cream like in texture), they blend really well and are pretty long lasting on the lids. 

The shade in the top right of the photo is designed to be the highlighter shade, however, I've mostly been using this all over my lids as it's really brightening. For evenings I've blended the colour in the top left into my crease for a subtle smoky eye effect. For a colour pop, I've used the peachy shade as a liner but it equally works well over the lid on it's own. The palette is super versatile and I've been able to come up with a few different looks just using these four shades.

I'm super chuffed with both of my purchases, it's always nice to find time to treat yourself eh?

Have you used either of these products? What did you think?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Soap & Glory - The Ultimelt - Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser - A Review

I have a rather large skincare collection, maybe one of these days I'll actually share you with my bathroom side, it's bulging under the weight of shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and around 6 different cleansers. Over Christmas I got my mitts on the Peaches & Clean cleanser from Soap & Glory which I reviewed HERE. Given it's price point, I was pretty frikken impressed. It's worth noting the boffins behind Soap & Glory are also the same boffins behind spa brand Bliss so I wouldn't expect anything less!

As such, during the 1/3 offer in Boots, I grabbed myself a tube of The Ultimelt which is normally only £10 and I thought may be another good alternative to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.
As you can see from the box, it's formulated with B5, Sweet Almond Oil, Orange & Lavender Oil as well as Clary Sage and Rose. You can imagine how lovely this smells whilst rubbing it into your skin, slightly medicinal (which is quite reassuring when your skin is misbehaving) whilst the rose and lavender make this wonderfully relaxing to use.
The box also came with it's own cloth so don't worry if you're lacking in this department.

The cream comes out quite thick, however, the second you start to massage this into your skin, it transforms into a balm like texture. I've been massaging this into dry skin at the end of the day to remove my make-up, and massaging my face for a good minute-two minutes before using a hot flannel to remove the product.

It dissolves almost all of my make-up in one go and the cloth obviously helps to rub away every last trace  of dirt (almost like a mini exfoliation) without drying out my skin. Given it's balmy texture, it feels pretty nourishing and I it helps my skin to feel a bit more Ahhhhhhh after a  busy day in the city.

For £10, I think is an absolute steal even at full price and I'll definitely be repurchasing once it's finished.

I'm starting to be a big Soap & Glory Skincare fiend, are there any other products which you think should be on my radar?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday Tasties No.33 - Rock Tea at the W

First of all, I should start this post by apologising for the lack of post yesterday, it was my Birthday and I decided to take the evening off to recover from the masses of sweet treats which passed my lips and left me in a sugar coma. 

I had been dying to go to the W for a long time and as a birthday treat, Ad took me for their Rock Tea, the W's take on the classic afternoon tea with an awesome rock and roll inspired twist. The Rock Tea has always appealed to me as there is a much more relaxed (and less pompous) feel to their menu; it's all incredibly informal and served in the lounge amongst the plush sofas and provocative d├ęcor. 
We decided to go for some of Rock mar-teani as an extra treat (and in addition to the delicious tea), plus what's a birthday treat without a delicious cocktail or two?
The mar-teani was incredible and came served in a quirky teapot and was served with a slice of lemon peel to add a touch of zing. In all honesty, this lasted me a whole 5 minutes, I could hardly taste the alcohol making this cocktail rather lethal. 
To start, we had the Dark Side of the Moon, a selection of sandwiches, some of the most amazing scones I have ever had the pleasure of tasting (and Ad's first scone) with a side of clotted cream and strawberry jam. 
The next tier was filled with some of my favourite sweet treats of the afternoon, Sticky Fingers of meringue, rose financiers and the Cherry Bomb complete with marzipan wick. 
The top tier as you can see was complete with a twist on a battenberg cake cheekily named Purple Haze with a side of Sweet Emotion with really pretty glitter hearts on top.
To top it all off there was a decadent chocolate mouse style pudding, it tasted like smoked cocoa with very little sugar added so this is great for those chocolate snobs who aren't fans of the milk based stuff. By this point, I was almost in a cake induced coma but the W wasn't finished with me yet. They brought out an rather large slice of red velvet cake complete with a candle so I could make a birthday wish. I had to ask if I could take this home as I was just to stuffed to manage even the tiniest mouthful!
All in all, I had an awesome time. Ladies, if you're looking for an afternoon tea which you could share with your man then this is it! There's a very chilled and relaxed atmosphere to the Rock Tea, there's no pressure to finish your treats within a certain amount of time and the staff were friendly and content to leave you to your own devices. The hotel itself has a pretty sweet vibe to it; trendy, modern and a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square.

Have you been to the W? What did you think?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

O.P.I - Diva of Geneva - A Review

Regular readers of my blog will know I'm a sucker for an O.P.I polish. For me, these are one of the best, quick drying and pretty hard wearing. I'd recently stumbled across this colour whilst randomly perusing one of my local beauty haunts.
This colour is pretty difficult to a) describe and b) capture well on camera. Whilst the initial shade in the bottle is a light plum based purple, in certain lights it has a golden glisten to it which you can almost see peeking through to the right of my picture.
Again, you can see the gold shimmer in the picture here. I've read on the net that the golden-ness can dissipate slightly over time so always ensure that you give the bottle a really good shake before cracking on with your manicure so everything is well mixed.
I don't think I managed to capture the shimmer in this picture, but you certainly get the full colour intensity of the purple. I loved this shade as it's something pretty unique in my collection, I've not spotted anything like this colour before, but perhaps I just wasn't looking. Using a base coat and top coat I managed to get 4 full days of wear before the colour started chipping. As I write this, I'm on day 6 of wear and we're now at the point where I need to remove the polish as it's looking pretty scruffy, two fingers in particular have suffered some major damage!

Have you spotted any shades like this on the High Street? What do you think of the Diva of Geneva?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday Tasties - No.32 - Shake Shack - A Review

Holy Mama, I love me a good  burger. We're still on a mission to find the best spot for a burger in London and in doing so, we've finally hit out next mark, Shake Shack.
This place is pretty easy to find and is tucked away in the Covent Garden Piazza. We decided to get here nice and early to avoid the queues. If you do happen to stumble across this place mid-afternoon, don't worry, the queue goes down very quickly and for CG, there's actually a lot of seating space available.
If you're having trouble spotting it, keep your eyes peeled for these signs, there's another one which resembles a burger, once you have it in sight, make a b-line as swiftly as possible. Right, onto the food.
We ordered two shack burgers (your basic cheeseburger and the burger of choice when comparing to other burger joints) some fries and two lots of concrete, more on the latter later. Ad also had one of their Ales which are brewed exclusively for the chain.
The grub definitely has a fast food feel to it, thin patty (which was FULL OF FLAVOUR) simple accompaniments and killer garlic style mayo, otherwise known as Shack Sauce. The fries were crispy with fluffy insides, the fact they're crinkle cut kinda indulges your inner child. Next time, I'll be going for the double patty.
Now for me, the real star of the show was the concrete. This isn't your usual ice cream, it's actually custard which comes with a variety of goodies which can be thrown in. I opted for for the Union Shack which you can see above, chocolate custard, hazelnut brownies, Paul.A.Young chocolate chunks and sea salt. OH MY this stuff was INCREDIBLE and is hands down one of the most indulgent chocolate treats I have ever had the pleasure of scoffing.
Ad opted for the big blend, vanilla and chocolate custard, chocolate brownies and sugar biscuits. I think it's safe to say there was some serious food envy here as Ad is a big fan of chocolate (dark of course, he's not a sugar addict).

For me, the custard seriously outshone the burgers, that's not to say the burgers weren't good, they were actually pretty darn tasty. As a bonus, the whole meal (including one alcoholic beverage) was a little over £25 making it a steal. I'll definitely be heading back.

Have you been to Shake Shack, what did you think? 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Outfit of the Day - The Not So Short Denim Shorts (AKA Gap)

As the sunshine finally rears it's head, for us women, this means more and more flesh is on show. Not being one for massive body confidence, shorts are something which tend to fill me with fear. The British High Street is awash with super short shorts which sit high on the thigh (if at all, some of the things I've seen are pretty much akin to underwear) and aren't really suitable for wearing by a normal human being.

You can imagine my glee when I stumbled across these little beauties from Gap, the boyfriend fit denim short which is a much more flattering fit for those of us ladies with larger thighs as they sit closer to the knee than your conventional denim shorts.
Today I'm wearing:

Sweater: Gap - Stripe Boatneck Sweater - £17.99
Shoes: F&F at Tesco - £3 (my bargain sale buy last summer!)

The shorts are more jean like in feel than what you may expect as there is not an awful lot of stretch, but the fit is much looser which balances everything out. I'm usually a size 10, and whilst these shorts are also a 10, they do fit generously on the waist and just right on my thigh. Being a curvy girl, my thighs are usually a bit of hindrance when searching for the perfect pair of jeans!
The jumper has a nice slouchy fit to it which means its a good option for those days when I'm feeling a wee bit body conscious. As the jumper is quite loose, it doesn't cling to my body, and the thin material will ensure that it'll see plenty of wear during the summer.
Make-up wise, I've kept things incredibly simple, I'm wearing my trusty Lancome Air De Teint as my base, Hourglass Dim Infusion on my cheeks, and then on my eyes I've used a couple of shades from the new Chanel Les Ombres Palette in Vendome using the highlighter shade all over the lid and the coral shade as a liner. On my lips I've used my Dior Lip Glow.

All in all, this is a very low key, easy make-up look that fits with the relaxed feel of my outfit.

Have you tried the Boyfriend Shorts from Gap? How did you find them?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Summer Beauty Essentials

Well, as we're heading into May, it seems the warmer weather (I didn't say anything about sunshine) is here to stay, things are getting sticky and despite the rain, I think things are still pretty humid. Moving on, here are a few products which I think will be essential over the summer months.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop - £16.50 - The Cheek Pops are a fairly recent launch for Clinique and if, like me, your second home is the internet, then you will have noticed there's a pretty good buzz around these super pigmented blushes. As you can see, it has super cute packaging and almost seems a shame to disturb the pretty daisy design. Whilst you'd expect the blush to be a powder, the texture seems to be somewhere between a powder and a cream formulation making these long lasting on the skin despite the sticky feeling in the air.

Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub - £12.50 - Now is probably the first time your skin has seen the outside world in a good few months. To help slough away dead, dry and sad looking skin, it's wise to invest in a good body scrub. This one's a cracker, it looks and smells like fresh raspberry jam and uses raspberry seeds to exfoliate. Whilst this one's good enough to eat, I wouldn't recommend it, it does taste like soap (not that I'd know of course).

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR - £21.00 - This stuff is a summer staple for many a beauty editor. This is a super nourishing body oil with just a hint of shimmer, the smell alone is enough to remind you of sunny summer holidays abroad. The plant based oil can be used all over your body  to hydrate and repair angry skin (bye bye scaly chicken legs!) and any left over oil can be lightly smoothed through your hair for a slight glow. Just be sure to give the bottle a shake first.

Dior Lip Glow - £22.50 - I've rambled about this before, a made to measure lip balm which reacts to everyone's lips slightly differently giving a unique colour for each wearer. No one likes dry lips over the summer, we want full luscious lips we can slather with a brightly coloured gloss so it's important to keep them nourished. This product also has SPF built in so hopefully you can avoid burnt lips this summer.

Leighton Denny - Bon Voyage - £11 - A gorgeous colour for summer, this is a coral/tangerine shade which will look lovely on even the palest of ladies. Make sure to keep your talons chip free and don't skip on the hand cream this summer, your hands on one of the first places to show signs of aging so it's important to look after them.

What are your summer essentials? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014 with Next

A very very quick post which I've timed to fit in with your lunchtime munching slot. As I am sure you're aware, over the course of the year, there are many opportunities for bloggers to be recognised for their hard work, passion and awesome writing talent (if I do say so myself).

Cosmopolitan have recently launched their Blog Awards for 2014 which include categories such as Best New Beauty Blog, Best Food Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog amongst others. However, they're relying on you guys to provide them with some nominations to give them an idea of where they need to look! If you'd like some more information, you can check out the Cosmopolitan Website HERE.

My blog covers so many different areas but I would be super grateful if you could nominate me for the NEXT PRESENTS: Best Newcomer Award which you can do HERE.

If you're feeling in a generous mindset, you can simply click the link and stick in a nomination confirming me as a newbie into the scene. You just need to enter your name, email address and the URL for my blog (making sure you untick the box that says it’s yours) and would only take a minute of your time!

There are so many blogs that I love to read and this is a great opportunity for those new to the scene to gain a little bit of recognition and even spur them on to achieve great things.

Thank you in advance for your time!

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