Friday, 25 July 2014

La Bella - Interview With Sam Faiers and Her New Fragrance Launch.


Yesterday I got to interview the gorgeous Sam Faiers ahead of her coming to Cardiff THIS Saturday (26th) to do a signing and launch of her new fragrance La Bella. For anyone who wants to pop along it will be at 2pm in The Fragrance Shop which is on the ground floor of the St.Davids Center.

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Congratulations on your debut fragrance! Ahead of you coming to Cardiff this Saturday I have some questions as I know us Cardiff girls will LOVE meeting you and trying out your new fragrance!

Where did the beautiful name La Bella come from? 
I wanted my debut fragrance to represent me, so I chose La Bella which means 'the beautiful' in Spanish and Italian. Growing up I lived in Spain, and my grandparents still live out there – it's like a second home, 

What is the inspiration for you behind La Bella?
I wanted to build a fragrance that was elegant and pretty, I wanted it to mean something to me. I didn't want to put my name to just anything, I was involved with everything in the fragrance from the bottle to the scent. 

Tell me a little more about the fragrance notes...
It's quite sweet, but it's not sickly sweet. It has my favourite scents, vanilla, iris flower and benzion at the heart with a bed of glamorous musk laced with a luscious caramel in the base notes. 

What kind of woman wears La Bella?
My following is quite young but I wanted to fragrance to be across all ages. It me it represents sophistication and can be worn everyday as well as being classy and elegant. 

What is your all time favourite fragrance and does it bring back any great memories?
I think La Bella is my favourite fragrance, but it's inspired by Chanel and Jo Malone. 

Do you wear the same fragrance everyday or do you like to mix it up or change with the seasons? 
I do like to mix it up with fragrances for day and the evening, I think you have to or else you're always going to be used to the same scent!

What is your top beauty tip for this Summer?
I can give you more than one! I've not got a treatment in particular I like to get; I'm not really one that always gets treatments. I do always make sure I've got my nails done and have a facial before I go, but really I just make sure I have all my beauty necessities. I'll take my BB cream instead of foundation, I make sure I have my Bobbi Brown shimmer brick and a nice coral lipstick for holiday. I always use an SPF factor on my body, but usually an oil as I'm lucky and have quite dark skin anyway, but I always make sure to still use a factor - I'm always worried about getting wrinkles and looking old!

If La Bella was a song would it be - Pharrell's 'Happy' or Pharrell's 'Get Lucky'? 
Obviously 'Happy' as I'm in such a good place right now and looking forward to seeing you all at The Fragrance Shop, in St Davids Dewi Saint at 2pm tomorrow

There we have it! I will have to swing by and have a smell of this when I get back into Cardiff, I used to work in a perfume shop and still have a huge love for all things fragrance.

Hope your weekend is going swimmingly, I'm off to do my first spinning class now - wish me luck! 


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Vanity Rooms and Spa Cardiff

On Monday I was invited along to the Vanity Rooms & Spa in Rhiwbina village in Cardiff.
I had heard of it before but as I live so close to town the last time I had ventured up that way was a loong time ago so hadn't actually been up to see it yet. It's the 3rd Aveda salon in Cardiff and the 2nd Aveda spa here too!

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Gorgeous flowers were provided by Flower Lodge.
As soon as I got there I was offered a drink and then was whisked off to the spa treatment room for an Aveda Facial. The room smelt all spa-like and amazing and was candle-lit which set me off to relax right away.

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As its so hot at the moment my skins been pretty oily so the wonderful Charlotte applied the Aveda tourmaline charged radiance masque on me and left me to relax for 5 minutes. I was also treated to a couple Aveda rituals such a hand massage and an awaking after the facial was over. 

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My skin felt so refreshed and amazing afterwards but I did look a bit look like I had just woke up so I was given a mini-makeover using the Aveda make-up range. The tinted moisturizer was amazing and I was given a little glow with the blush. 

After my facial I was treated to Gelish nails which was great as mine from the Superdrug Event had just came off! I chose black:

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I felt so welcomed and at home in Vanity Rooms and I am desperate to go and get my hair done there (I have some money off vouchers too for my first visit!) I was offered a blow-dry at the event but I was headed to the gym after so there was little-to-no point! I saw some other girls getting their hair done though and it looked amazing (something I'm yet to find in Cardiff - a good hairdresser!).

If you are local I highly recommend popping down and you can check out their twitter for the latest deals and treatments available.

I'm off down to Devon as of tomorrow for a week relaxing! But will have a little post up with a special interview this week ;)


Monday, 21 July 2014

What Will Be, Will Be.

Oh Hey!

I've just back from some pampering (but more on that tomorrow ;p) after a stressful day! My weekend was so fun, I went out Friday, then went for a nice meal with some pals on Sat and on Sunday went to the beach with some more friends - it was nice and relaxed, I even took a dip in the sea which was surprisingly warm.

Anyway recently I was sent a little treat from the babes over at Skinniebelle and it's right up my crystal-healing street:

Opalite Choker - c/o Skinniebelle.
I think it's a double-wrap choker (as seen on the website) however I prefer to wear it as a longer pendant :)

Opalite is great during meditation (usually placed on the crown chakra) and is great for positive feelings and soothing anxiety and nervousness, bringing inner peace. 

It also came with this little card which sums up Opalite beautifully. I've stuck this onto my pinboard in my bedroom above my desk and keep it as a little, sweet life reminder :)

Hope your weekend was fun!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Gym Essentials.

I've loved my past month at the gym, each day I go I feel like I can do much more than the last time and go a bit further and push myself. The feeling after is really great and also it gives me an energy boost followed by a good nights sleep!

I thought I'd share with you my essentials, I know I'm missing things like - hand towel and the clothes but they are a given! 

Here they are:

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Swimsuit - ASOS
I'm lucky enough to have a pool/spa at my gym so this is a must!
Sports Bra - Primark
DO NOT try it without one!
Headphones - Primark
We have TV's built into the equipment - catching up on Real Housewives is a blast,
Tangle Tamer - c/o Superdrug.
For my wet hair after the pool/shower.
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Dead Sea Spa Magik - Moisturiser and Body Lotion - c/o Oganicopia.
I love these gentle products I use them after I've been in the pool and showered to keep my skin soft and smooth after the chlorine.
The rich moisturiser is UV protective and is very light and non-greasy which is great for after the pool.
The lotion calms and soothes and a little goes such a long way! Both of these products are made using organic ingredients and are both Vegan :)

P.s - get 10% off Organicopia using my code: organ1c10%
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Bounce Protein Ball - Holland & Barratt
These little things are meant to give you lots of energy! I eat one before the gym and they come in a huge range of delicious flavours. They taste like peanut butter - yum!
I want to try the cacao and mint one next.

What are your gym essentials?


Monday, 14 July 2014

New Cid Lip and Cheek Tint - Cosmo Freebie Review.

Happy Monday!

I always usually hate Mondays but today I've had a positive one and have been really motivated today so I'm going to run with it and hope it continues for the rest of the week!

On a break at work I wanted to read a magazine (but as usual got distracted by the free gifts) so ended up with Cosmopolitan. The cover was Nicole Sherzwanger, or whatever, who dries me out to no end so I didn't really read the magazine.

ANYWAY the free gift was a lip and cheek tint by a brand called 'new cid cosmetics' (or there was a mascara but I have about 200 already) and I chose the colour Strawberry Souffle - the items are all worth £15 each, bargain!

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The smell is so sweet I love it! The colour isn't as bright as I had thought but it is a nice colour red, not really orangey which makes me glad as orange tones don't suit me at all. It's a crayon style and rubs on easily and actually lasts very well for a tint!

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As you can see in the pic I've applied it on my lips and cheeks, I usually wear highlighters or darker shades of blush so I think I will probably just use it as a lip crayon. I've not been wearing make-up to work for the past month of so now which is soo good for my skin although last week I had a little break-out which I think was just down to either stress or steam room/sauna combo which makes my claim of 'stress' sound dubious.

Have you ever heard of new cid or tryed any of their products? Which magazine freebies have you been after this month?
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