The Body Shop - Body Yogurts & Face Mist Launch! 100% Vegan

Hey,

The other evening I was lucky enough to of been invited to an Exclusive event at The Body Shop - The event was to Launch two new products; Body Yogurts and The Face Mists.


 For those of you who have been here for a while you will know that I am a lover of all things from The Body Shop and you will always find at least one of there products on my bathroom shelf that I use daily so the launch of two new products was exciting for me!



(Bunny Headband, Bath Bombs/bubble Bars, Strawberry Lip Balm & Almond Milk Body Yogurt - these products were purchased with my own money although the other products featured were gifted by The Body Shop)









Now I must admit when I heard that another Body Butter type product was launching I was fairly specticle about it, now since getting pregnant I have been using many different types of Body Butter/Lotions daily to try and prevent stretch marks so I have used many different brands. One thing I found with applying these different products is that once you have applied them you then have to sit around and wait for the product to 'soak in' meaning you can't just rush out or with some even sit down due to sticking to the furniture *not good*


Although it became apparent to me after watching the demonstration of the new Body Yogurts that this wasn't the case with this product, it soaks in in only 15 seconds... yes that's right! It's simply amazing and the Almond Milk scent smells delicious.




(Directly from The Body Shop's Website describing the new Body Yogurts)
NEW lightweight, fast-absorbing gel-cream formula
100% vegan
48hr moisture
Enriched with Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain
87% agree the formula absorbs instantly*
86% like that the formula works on damp skin*
3 in 4 agree they can put their jeans on straight after application*95% agree skin feels moisturised*81% agree skin appears radiant* *User trial on 104 women & men.



The other Brand new product that launched were the incredible Face Mists. These come in a range of scents such as; Coco Calming (Hydrates), Strawberry Smoothing (Hydrates), Mint Matifying (Mattifies), Mandarin Energising
(Energising) and Rose Dewy Glow (Illuminates).
All these face mists are Makeup friendly meaning you can apply them over your makeup and they will not disturb it although they do not set makeup. They are also all hydrating.


I chose the Coco Calming Face Mist because it smells amazing and will be perfect for everyday use and to pop into my hospital bag! 








I hope this post may of inspired you to pop into your local Body Shop and try out some of there new products which are also 100% vegan. I am honestly blown away with the new products and I have been using both of them daily. 


Once again thank you to Soton Bloggers and The Body Shop.

Until next time,
Stormydoos
















Emma's Beautique - Capital FM

Hey,

A few weeks ago I attended an event hosted by Capital FM's Emma at the Hilton Ageas Bowl.  The evening was full of large and small Beauty, Hair and Skincare brands demonstrating and showing off their products. The evening also included various blogging panels and talks from Clinique and some of the other brands who attended. 



 The Body Shop's products looking good enough to eat! (Definitely don't do that, although they are 100% vegan!)


Clarins were offering free makeovers in store along with some great samples.


We were greeted with tasty Ice Cream from Jude's - The Very Vanilla flavour was scrumptious!

I was very excited to attend this event after hearing about it last year and unfortunately not being able to go but luckily this year I could (despite waddling round!) Once again same as many of the other events I attend I went with some of the lovely girlies from #SotonBloggers. 

The event was in aid of Globals Make Some Noise charity who help support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK and all the money raised from the raffles and entry fees went to this great charity.


Of course no event is complete without some great photo opportunities! 


Posing with the lovely Southampton Blogger Girlies (left to right)


 I was lucky enough to try out some of Laura Geller's new products too! Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a big lipstick and gloss girl so any chance I get to try out some new lip products I jump at. Here I am trying out Laura Geller's New York Color Luster Hi Def Lip Topper. Which I am so gutted I didn't buy on the evening because it felt incredible, I might have to make a trip to Debenhams soon.

 Once we had wondered round the incredible brands and demonstrations we then sat and watched a great panel all about blogging, beauty, skincare and social media. It was really lovely and inspiring to sit back and watch these lovely ladies take their hobbies (blogging) and speak about it to a large audience.
(Left to right)


I would like to say a massive thank you to Emma and Capital South Coast for hosting this delightful event, The Hilton Ageas Bowl for such a prestigious venue and to all the Brands who took their time showing us their products, thank you!

Until next time,
Stormydoos 






30 Week Pregnancy Update (Bump Shot)

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Once again I can't believe I am sat here writing my 30 week pregnancy update, it seems like only a couple of weeks ago I was posting my 20 week update. 
Only 10 weeks to go until we meet our princess and we couldn't be more excited! 

1. How many months pregnant are you?
I am 30 weeks which is approximately 8 months apparently?


2. Do you know the sex of the baby?
Yes, we found out at 16 weeks and we're having a girl.

3. Do you want more children?
I definitely don't want any until this little one is at school because due to my Hyperemesis Gravidarum it is likely it would occur with other pregnancies and I am barely able to function when im poorly, let alone look after a little baby too.

4. What’s been your biggest craving?
I haven't really had many cravings although I do find myself eating a lot of sweets which I never usually do.


5.What’s been the best part of being pregnant?

Growing our little human and feeling her move.

6. What’s been the worst part of being pregnant?
The sickness and not being able to work since early on in the pregnancy.

7. Do you have any names picked out?
Yes we do but it's a secret!

8. Who will be with you during labor?
My partner.

9. Do you have a birth plan?
I haven't yet spoken to my midwife about my birth plan although I believe we do so in my next appointment (next week) 
At the beginning of the pregnancy I was set on having a water birth with just gas and air although now I am leaning towards wanting an epidural but its impossible to know how you will cope with the pain until it happens.

10. Will you record your labor?
I wont be, no.

11. Natural or medicated birth?
Medicated, if gas and air counts?

12. Are you scared about labor?
To be quite honest I have been fairly 'chilled' out about the thought of labour until the last few weeks when I've been experiencing Braxton Hicks. I am beginning to get more and more nervous & scared as the weeks go on.

13. What do you most look forward to after pregnancy?
Having my body back -  Now as 'bad' as that may sound these last 9 months have been very difficult for me, I have experienced things that I could never of imagined and it has changed my life. Of course I can't wait to meet our baby too!


14. Will you breastfeed?

I have decided to bottle feed from birth.

15. Do you plan to work or be a stay at home mom?
I will be a stay at home mum and work the odd days when I can.

16. Will you make your own baby food?
When it comes to weaning then yes although I will also be buying baby food from supermarkets for practical reasons.

17. Do you have any nursery ideas/themes?
I actually won't be having a nursery due to our current living situation although I will put some photos below of nurseries that I do like! 


So here's to the next 10 weeks, I have a very busy few weeks with various things such as my baby shower, midwife appointments and of course the final preparations for our baby. I will be posting updates on Instagram and blog posts when I can.

Until next time,
Stormydoos 


Bump shot at 30 weeks.

Pizza, non alcoholic cocktails and great company! - Supermarine


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On thursday evening I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event at Supermarine in Woolston as part of the Sotonbloggers. For those of you who may not be familiar with Soton Bloggers (Southampton Bloggers) it is a group for bloggers, vloggers and influencers run by the lovely Alice Spake. 

For this particular event we attended Supermarine in Woolston which is a 'wood fired Pizza' restaurant and who doesn't love a good pizza, right? This event was a chance for the restaurant to show us there new menu and we were definitely all  
blown away.



One thing that I really noticed about the menu at Supermarine was that they really cater for everyone despite some of us bloggers being vegan, gluten free or vegetarian (not myself, but others!) We had a large selection of starters which consisted of; Pesto and fresh basil Crostini, Avocado and Balsamic Crostini, Sausage and Mozzarella Crostini, Nocellare Del Belice Olives and Cured Meat.










I was so gutted that I wasn't able to drink because the cocktails looked incredible although I was able to enjoy a non alcoholic mojito which was extraordinary.

The interior decor was very swarve too from the copper lights and bare ceilings to the fresh flowers on the tables it was very instagramable (perfect for a group of bloggers!)


 How gorgeous is the interior decor though?!






The pizzas are all cooked in the wood fire oven which you can view from your table, this gives the pizzas a really fresh taste. The pizzas that we enjoyed were done in sections so that we could sample all of the different ones on offer at Supermarine. 

They do not just do 'savoury pizzas' - We also were treated to the delightful desert pizza covered in fresh strawberries and nutella.


Now would I go back to Supermarine? Yes definitely, the pizzas were so tasty how could one not? All the staff were lovely and couldn't of been better hosts, so thank you for having us all and putting up with us positioning food to get 'good lighting'. You can find Supermarines' new menu here 



 I would just like to say a massive thank you to all the girls that attended this event and of course to Alice for organising such a wonderful evening, it was my first Soton Bloggers event and to be quite honest I was fairly nervous and I look forward to my next one. I came away from this event feeling so inspired and motivated   after spending time with such a                                                                   wonderful group of talented women.

You can find all these lovely ladies below -









We visited the Pug Cafe!

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On Sunday 25th of February we visited the Pop Up Pug Cafe in Nottingham *No I haven't gone insane!* We were travelling up to Nottingham for the weekend to visit family so what a better way to spend our sunday than at the Pug Cafe. Our family in Nottingham also have a pug called Missy so of course, she came along too! 

Now if you're anything like me you had never heard of a Pug Cafe before, let alone what one involved. It was like pug heaven... pugs everywhere, running around, drinking Pugaccinos and playing with each other. Also inside the pug cafe was a lovely little stall that sold homemade dog biscuits and Sobar was catering for us humans. 
We met some really lovely people at this event and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who owns a pug or simply likes them (you don't have to own a pug to go)


Myself, Abbie, Missy and Mia.


Mia's first ever time staying in a hotel... believe it or not she was very well behaved! 








Pug Cafe is currently on tour around the country so if you would like some more information on the upcoming events you can find out here

Until next time,
Stormydoos 

20 Week Pregnancy Update (Scan Photo & Bump Shot)

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I can't believe I am sat here writing my 20 week update... It's strange because it feels like it has come around very quick although at the same time it feels like it hasn't'. For those of you who may not know, 20 weeks is considered the 'halfway' point in Pregnancy because full term is considered 40 weeks (seems a very long way away!)

I decided when I found out that I was Pregnant that I didn't want to do weekly updates so I thought it would be a good idea to do one now at 20 weeks to let you all catch up with what's been going on.

My Hyperemesis Gravidarum has now settled a lot more than it was, I am now not being sick every day and can eat more meals which is very good. Although I still have my 'off' days a majority of the time I feel reasonably ok, which is a dramatic change to a few weeks ago.

We have most of the baby's clothes now too which seems very strange but I have a very good reason for this... with Hyperemesis it is likely that around 30 weeks pregnant the sickness will return and I may become poorly again, so I have been buying clothes and other 'baby bits' since my gender scan at 16 weeks. Some people I have spoken to think that I may have done it all 'too early' but personally its allowed me to relax slightly now and know that I am prepared If the sickness does return (hopefully it doesn't!) Let me know below if you would like to see a blog post about my favourite baby items I have bought so far.

I am also feeling little kicks and movements now which is a very strange feeling, every time it still surprises me. She is kicking me quite low down which can be quite uncomfortable but i'm sure she will start moving a lot more soon. 

I also have had my 20 week anatomy scan which in the UK is the scan that checks that the baby is healthy and measuring at the right size. I was very nervous about having this scan (which is totally normal) because I was so sick at the beginning of the pregnancy I was worried that she may be measuring slightly small but she isn't, she is measuring totally normal.


My Baby Shower is being planned as we speak and I am so excited for it, I can't wait to see all my friends and family. There will definately be a whole blog post about the day! (It isn't for a few weeks yet)

That's enough chatter now what about the baby? 

At 20 weeks Pregnant she is about the size of a Banana, which seems pretty big! 


I have definitely got a bump now! 
(I use an app called 'Bumpies' to take my 'bump shots' every week)


I would just like to say a massive thank you again for all the support and lovely comments over on my Instagram from you all, it means a lot.
I love being able to share this journey with you all and bring on the next 20 (ish) weeks!

Until next time,
Stormydoos 

Soy Wax Melts From The Fragrant Faeries


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For those of you who follow my instagram you will know that recently I have been posting about collaborating and supporting small businesses. I want to share unique products with you all that I think you would all like too. This week I wanted to share with you all these beautiful, soy wax melts from The Fragrant Faeries. 


The Fragrant Faeries are a small independent business run by a mother and daughter, now I discovered them on Instagram (although they have other social media accounts) and I was immediately drawn to there colorful scented melts and I knew that  I had to collaborate with them. 



First of all I am a big sucker for cute packaging, so can we just appreciate this for a second?! PINK TISSUE PAPER hand wrapped sealed with a Fragrant Faeries sticker. 


Wax melts are a fairly new thing for me as I only got my wax burner at Christmas so in all honestly I didn't know what to expect scent wise. But I was very, very surprised at the amazing aroma that I discovered as soon as I unwrapped these products. 


'Pink Champagne' & 'La Vie Est Belle'.


For those of you who are not aware I am currently pregnant and suffer with a rare condition called 'Hyperemesis Gravidarum' (there is a whole blog post explaining it) so choosing scents was a large part of this collaboration as many scents makes me feel very poorly. I decided to go for quite 'sweet' smelling melts and my personal favourite is 'Snow Fairy' which smells very much like Lush Cosmetics Shower Gel.


Not only was the packaging beautifully done but the actual melts themselves are topped off with purple glitter, what's not to love?!



I would like to thank this wonderful company for sending me some of your unique brilliant products to try and review, so thank you.

If you would like to head over to The Fragrant Faeries social media's and there Etsy shop - You can find all the links below (UK based business)


Until next time,
Stormydoos



*I would like to say that I would never recommend a product that I did not personally find of good quality and safe. This is not a paid collaboration although the products were sent to me to be reviewed and possibly featured - If you have a small business and would like to collaborate please contact me via email*