Friday, 6 January 2017

Kaeso Beauty Firming Face Mask Review




Early last year, I completed a wellness course - which was provided by my daughters Sure Start centre. The course helped me to develop my meditation and massage skills. I was already interested in relaxation techniques and yoga before hand so, I was in my element learning about aromatherapy too.

I was treated to a facial during our last session together, and the therapist used Kaeso face masks and moisturisers along with aromatherapy products. I loved how fresh my face felt afterwards so I asked questions about the masks and creams. I was informed that they are designed for spa's and therapists and were only available through hair & beauty stockists.

I was eager to find out more about the brand, so I quickly found and ordered the firming mask online through the ever so helpful - eBay. It was only around £5 for 95ml too. It has lasted me quite a while, even though I've used it frequently. This is because it isn't necessary to apply it thickly. A thin layer is just enough. The scent is Pomegranate and white nettle, I love how the smell stays on your skin a little while after removing the product. 

The quality, the price and the results are all worthy of a share. My face is feeling lovely after each use, I finish my treatment with a mixture of grape seed oil and a drop of lavender essential oil which locks in the moisture. It is total TLC for my skin.

Find your Kaeso stockist here.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Manduka Eko Superlite Travel Mat Review

http://www.yogamatters.com/manduka-eko-superlite-travel-mat.html


http://www.yogamatters.com/manduka-eko-superlite-travel-mat.html

Considering that I have been using this yoga mat for a good six months now, I believe that I can give it a thorough review. I was not sent it for this purpose, but I love to share my views regardless. The Eko Super lite travel mat is well designed for the wanderer, it is super thin but sturdy. Although I don't travel much, I feel that this mat is also perfect for the casual yogi. Due to how easy it is to store and use it whenever desired. 


http://www.yogamatters.com/manduka-eko-superlite-travel-mat.html


Using a good quality mat can make all the difference to your yoga practice. I know as I have used cheaper quality mats too. The cheaper ones tend to fall apart quickly while also leaving much to be desired, when it comes to the 'non slip' claims. The Eko mat helps me to stay balanced on wooden floor securely. Now I'm not a yoga pro, not by far... but I would go as far to say my practices are entering the intermediate stages. So, it definitely stands up well with some of the more difficult poses.

This mat is made from non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber. I feel that knowing this, makes my practice feel even more authentic. The only draw back is the smell, at first it was quite overpowering. Now it has worn off, but if you're deep breathing in dolphin pose it can become a slight distraction.

Being so thin, the mat doesn't provide much support, however that has never been an issue while I have used it. If you had an injury to take into consideration then this could pose a problem though. The length is perfect and I can see mine lasting for years to come. Hygiene wise, these babies do need cleaning from time to time and Manduka offer a cheap and effective cleaning spray to do so which is a must buy!


http://www.yogamatters.com/manduka-mat-wash-spray.html
I would confidently recommend this brand to others and also buy from them in future, I think that they offer great quality, professional items, that are durable too!

Friday, 23 December 2016

#VeryDresses



http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

A month or so ago (Yes I am VERY late here) pardon the pun.
Myself, along with a mob of eager bloggers gathered around the sparkly, glamourous new attire at the VERY HQ. It was a privilege indeed. Especially considering that Very is an online department store, which don't have a high street shop - that you can normally waltz into. Alexandra and the rest of the PR team were fabulous hosts and we were treated with cupcakes and fizz while we soaked up the festive vibes.

http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end


http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

http://www.very.co.uk/women/dresses/party-dresses/e/b/1655,4294917557.end

Although the dresses were being showcased for Christmas wear... which I'm too late to recommend them for. I believe that as they have something for everyone, if you are still looking for that showstopping New Years Eve dress then you should definitely take a browse of their party collection.

I was sent a piece of my choice which I can't wait to wear on an evening out!

http://www.very.co.uk/ax-paris-metallic-skater-dress/1600114609.prd?crossSellType=item_page.recs_1

http://www.very.co.uk/ax-paris-metallic-skater-dress/1600114609.prd?crossSellType=item_page.recs_1

I love the pattern on this AX Paris metallic dress. The golds give it a cute Christmassy feel.
Merry Christmas to my readers and happy Christmas eve, eve!! 




Sunday, 27 November 2016

Kilner pop up shop at REX Liverpool


https://www.instagram.com/times2style/
Don't be deceived by the recent silence on my blog, I am still active as ever on social media, however I'm leaning more towards Instagram these days. So make sure to follow me there for daily pics and updates.

<<<<<<<<<<

I wish there was at least 2 more days in the week, then maybe I could get EVERYTHING that I want doing and never be behind. A 9 day week sounds like heaven. I haven't been able to put as much time into my blog due to being bogged down with college work and the Christmas build up.

However! I do have a lot of posts that are waiting to be written, Kilner being the first on my current list. Not because it is the post that I should be writing about first but because I had such a great time that I'm more eager to mention it.


  

 The pop up event was hosted in REX Liverpool on Bold street.
Rex is a creative concept store which offers spaces to unique brands to create and collaborate with them.
Learn more about the store here.

The Kilner pop up shop will be there all week with their versatile range of glassware. I have the drink dispenser above on my Christmas list and a little birdy says I've been good enough too!

We were greeted by an array of cocktails, shot samples and even a freak shake workshop. It was so much fun. The pop up shop and workshops are running all week too. So if you can, get there and join in with the workshops! I spent the evening in awe at all of the lovely products and had a fab catch up with some of my favourite local bloggers Allie, Sarah and Steph and met some new bloggers too!

The Chocolate Cellar joined in on the evening providing tasters of their satisfying confectionery. I tried a freshly made chocolate turkish delight and had my name wrote on a plain bar of chocolate too. The chocolate cellar are Wirral based and often frequent local markets too. They would be a fabulous choice for gifts and parties, check them out on Facebook here.




Bakchich who are also located on Bold street in Liverpool, provided deliciously rich Lebanese street food. Which perfectly complimented the Kilner storage jars. We all tucked in and were able to pop our empties in our goodie bags, for home use. I'm a big fan of meal prepping so these have come in handy already. I've been using mine for overnight oats and Greek yogurt variations.

At the end of the evening, after enjoying our refreshments and product viewing, I decided to buy a spiraliser because I love cooking and GADGETS! 

No brainer.

The staff member who served me called Natalie had a chat with me and I asked her about the grotto downstairs. To which she offered me the opportunity to have a peek, even though it wasn't open officially yet. I invited the girls down who I was speaking to at the time and we couldn't have been more excited to see it!



The night was a bloggers dream so thank you to Rex, Kilner UK, Bakchich and The Chocolate Cellar for making it amazing :)
& to you the reader..

Thanks for visiting Times2style!
                                      


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

#VoodouChristmas


So much is happening this year leading up to Christmas, there is a fresh kind of excitement oozing out of everyone already and it's still November. I'm loving the buzz and it's encouraging me to get stuck in with my Christmas planning early.

Although the Voodou salons are well known for their creative vibes and experimental hair styles, they have really raised the bar with their Christmas offerings!

In the run up to Christmas they are offering a selection of pretty unique, styling options.

There's ribbons, sparkles, beads galore so if you're looking to impress this December, you won't be disappointed by their fabulous selection of hair designs.

During the evening we were all treated to one of hairstyles on their poster display. Now, although I adore the glitter roots, I chose the ribbon braid instead because I wasn't going out afterwards and I didn't want to stand out too much on my way home. However, if I was going out I would definitely rock the glitz!




Tom, my hair stylist worked wonders on my hair and I was literally SO impressed with his client care. Although the room was packed with chatty bloggers, some of which were waiting to be styled by him next, he still managed to stay cool and totally focused on making sure that I was completely happy with my hair.

I didn't feel rushed in anyway and even though my hair is naturally super fine he managed to back comb it like nobody's business! Book in with him if you can because your hair will 100% get the TLC it deserves.

While I was getting my hair worked on, I also had a lovely chat with another member of staff regarding the treatments which are available for fine hair. One of them was called Cerafill Defy, so this may be worth a try in future.



I thought the store was so versatile, because they have so many options available, stock wise. Its a dream!
Redken are heavily used in the salon and along the high end products is also a range from independent brand Hippy Club. While I was at Voodou, I got to speak to the owner all about the brand, their ethics and history. Which was quite insightful. I couldn't resist their deal on the night, which was a dry shampoo and hair trinket for £10. I've used the dry shampoo quite a lot already because not only is it great between washes but it also helps give me a little more volume even when my hair is freshly washed.



Among all of that, I also got to spend time with my sister, mingle with lots of fellow bloggers and fabulous goody bag too. Suffice to say we all had an amazing night and the event was perfectly composed by the marketing team! Thanks so much to everyone at Voodou Liverpool for the evening.


Follow them below:

Friday, 4 November 2016

Metquarter Unwrapped


Kicking off the Christmas excitement, last week Met quarter hosted a wonderful press day showcasing a whole variety of dazzling stock. Met quarter is Liverpool's most stylish shopping mall and they delighted many bloggers with the preview, throughout the day. Of course we were treated to sumptuous nibbles and flutes of bubbly, it really was a privilege to be invited! 


The room which hosted the day was beautifully presented. A Christmas tree stood in the window modeling many of the decorations, which are now available at Paperchase. They are are currently on offer at 3 for 2 so they would be a great option to personalise your own tree, to your own choices.

The furniture which complimented the festive vibes were selected from Made.com who produce bespoke, designer furniture and homeware.

Although I should have asked, I was itching to know where the 3D pictures were from, that were hanging on the wall. They are so eye catching and homely.




We were in our element with the style offerings. dresses, jewellery and menswear too. From fabulous high end labels such as Diesel, Armani Exchange, Kurt Geiger mixed in with independent designers including Olivia Divine and Francesca Couture.


We were beyond spoilt with shopping inspiration!


We got one of the first glimpses of Mac's holiday collection, which is out now! I absolutely love the nutcracker design although it is pretty festive, it is also timeless meaning it will see you through Christmas and throughout many other seasons too.

I had my make up done by a make up artist from Mac and was so impressed. Her name was Jane or possibly Jayne and she really helped make my eyes and lips pop, with the use of vampy tones. A woman named Charlotte took over as Jane was due a break, Charlotte finished off my look with glamorous highlighter.

I didn't manage to get good lighting to take many pictures and we were also heading to the Radio City tower, straight after for a view of Liverpool.


I took this picture later on in the day, although it doesn't showcase the make up too well it does show how confident and happy I felt.


A silly one of me and my sister, we went up the tower afterwards with another of our sisters and our nephews. I have since returned with my daughter too and we all thought it was a great experience. Liverpool is overall a great city to visit and you can also maximise your shopping experience and have fun this Christmas!

Thank you to the Metquarter and Carousel PR for a fantastic press day!
I could go on all day about the fabulous brands and designers on offer, however you will have a much better time by visiting and seeing for yourself.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

MoRunning 2016 Support The Movember Foundation




November is fast approaching and with that comes a few exciting dates for me, of course the obvious Bonfire night then it is my youngest sisters birthday, shoutout to AMY.. and now, I am also adding MoRunning to my list of upcoming events! MoRunning support the Movember foundation which has become massive over the last few years - and rightly so!

Although the Movember foundation is primarily known to be a charity, which raises funds for prostate and testicular cancer, the foundation also cover funding for premature deaths in males; due to mental health and suicide. They are the only global charity focusing on men's health on a global scale. Given that a man dies every minute due to suicide it is paramount that these figures reduce, which is were your funding plays a part!


Due to the popularity of Movember it is now common place for Men to grow their moustaches in November and Mo Sistas (their female sponsors and reps) can don joke shop facial hair all in bid to spread awareness. In the past I have donated to the charity and also shared silly selfies to get involved however this year I will be showing my support by taking part in the charity 10k race in MoRunning 2016. I love that women can participate and get involved to support the cause.

The fun run is being hosted on various dates this November in A MASSIVE 17 LOCATIONS over the UK. It is so easy to join in!! 


Could you run a 5k or 10k for Movember??
Click here to sign up!

The dates to participate:

Leeds Saturday 5th Nov 10am
Dublin Saturday 5th Nov 10am
Swinley Forest Saturday 5th Nov 10am

Belfast Sunday 6th Nov 11am
Newcastle Sunday 6th Nov 2pm

Edinburgh Saturday 12th Nov 10am

Battersea Park Sunday 13th Nov 10am
Glasgow Sunday 13th Nov 10am
Cardiff Sunday 13th Nov 11:10am

Birmingham Saturday 19th Nov 10am
Liverpool Saturday 19th Nov 10am

Nottingham Sunday 20th Nov 10am
Manchester Sunday 20th Nov 10am
Milton Keynes Sunday 20th Nov 10am

Brighton Saturday 26th Nov 10am
Greenwich London Sunday 27th Nov 10am

 Please visit my Just Giving page and donate if you possibly can.  JustGiving - Sponsor me now!