Lifestyle : Coffee#1, Newbury Branch.




 

Weekends are made for chilling and this bank holiday is no different. Yesterday Tom and I had some errands to run in town, so we popped down fairly earlyish to tick off a few bits and pieces from our to do list. While sauntering through the delights of the Parkway Shopping Centre we decided to stop off in Coffee #1 for a quick beverage before heading home. 
This particular coffee shop has become a favourite of ours, along with many others in the town. On this particular Sunday was rather busy! Coffee #1 has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I find other chain coffee shops always seem a bit hectic when you go in, with the baristas shouting orders at one another and  trying to get you served as quickly as possible. You don't get that in here. It's all very chilled which is something that comes across with the interior of the shop itself also. You've got the  Mix and match different styles of furniture dotted around the place, which gives the shop a very homely relaxed feel. For those of us that love to curl up with a good read and a big cup of hot chocolate there's a fairly large shelf in the middle of the seating area stacked full of a variety of different books which you can just help yourself to. along with some very comfortable arm chairs at the very back of the room which are perfect for getting stuck into your new novel. 


I'm not a coffee drinker so I often opt for a regular or deluxe hot chocolate (Marshmellows and whipped cream, yes please!) along with one of their Gluten Free Rainbow Cookies. Who can say no to a cookie? For those of you that are more health conscious they also offer fruit juices and Smoothies, as well as the usual range of coffees and frappes. Most of their drinks come in regular or large sizes at about the £3/4 mark so fairly similar to the other coffee shops that are out there!  If you are feeling a bit peckish and want something a bit more substantial than a cake or cookie, they also have a range of different sandwiches, panninis and croissants all with a wide selection of fillings. I am yet to try any of these, but just by taking a look of them in the fridge I know they will probably be delicious! If you fancy checking out what they have to offer you can have a look on their website here

After having a chill for about 20 mins along with trying to take a few photographs without looking like a complete weirdo, we headed off to buy ourselves a new Slow cooker - We are so domesticated! 

What did you get up to at the weekend? Have you tried out Coffee#1 at all?

Much Love, 

Home : The Body Shop Fragrance oils.





It’s fair to say that candles, play a big part in our lives – dramatic much? Lets be honest though, bloggers love candles. They make good props to have in photos and it seems to be a unwritten rule to have one burning in the background of a Youtube video. There are a few popular brands out there that often make the cut; Yankee Candle, Flamingo Candles and also Lily Flame. Now I am a fan of course, especially of fresh or vanilla scents to keep my home smelling nice but purchasing candles on a regular basis can start getting pricey. I decided to switch things up a bit and try out home fragrance oils instead. A few weeks ago The Body shop had a bit of sale on, with an added 40% code I decided to give their oils a try. With the discount the final price was £2.40 per oil which wasn’t bad at all. I figured if they weren’t a big hit I wouldn’t be losing too much money on them!  I purchased their Vanilla & Tonka Bean oil along with the Jasmin & White Frangipani version. With a classic oil burner in hand and a hefty supply of Tea lights in my stash I was keen to give them a try.

Well what can I say, these oils really do give off a strong scent when burnt. Vanilla is and will always be a favourite so that was the first one to be tested out. After burning the oil for about 10 minutes the scent was carried throughout the flat, and it wasn’t too overpowering given how concentrated the oils are. It was very pleasant in fact. I loved it so much I continued to use it until it ran out. You don’t need to put too much into the oil burner either so they last a decent amount of time!

Next I tried the Jasmin & White Frangipani version. I’ll admit it I purchased this one hoping it would smell all spa like, unfortunately it wasn’t really too my taste & a bit too floral, so I made a bit of a faux pa right there! I degress. If you are someone who likes that scent this will be a winner in your books. I’d be tempted to say the scent was stronger than that of the vanilla oil. Extremely overpowering if I am honest, you hardly had to burn It in order to get a good scent pay off – is that even a real term?! So really worth your money if you want to keep your home smelling nice!
I will be repurchasing the Vanilla & Tonka bean oil again. It retails for £4 full price, however with the way the Body Shop run, I’m sure there will be a discount code floating around somewhere on the internet for me to use. There are also a lot of other scents to try so there’s bound to be something for everyone’s tastes. Heck I might go crazy and order them all just to try out…


Have you tried home fragrance oils before? 

Much love, 

Currently on Trial : Hair Products.




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I’m always intrigued when a new product comes on the market that is a little bit different from the norm. So when I saw the new Ultimate Air Dryer brush* from Eco tools, with its unique shape & various claims to improve your hair drying experience I was keen to try it out. First I would like to point out that this hairbrush is extremely lightweight & untangles my hair like a dream. I think this is due to the placement of the bristles & the fact they have a huge gap in the middle of them. The large hole in the centre is there to help improve the drying time by 40%  so you don’t damage your hair as much by using the heat for a long amount of time.. If I am completely honest, I don’t feel as though I decreased the amount of time it takes me to blow dry my hair but like I previously stated it works really well as a detangling brush. Compared to other detanglers on the market without a handle – you know who I am talking about – I would go for this brush instead because I know I am not going to fling it across the room with wet hands! This Eco Tools hairbrush is available in Boots for £10.99

Another product available to aid with reducing damage to your hair are the invisibobble hair bands*. 70% of the time I just wear my hair down, but there are occasions where a topknot or pony tail is called for. Usually halfway through the day at work when I get annoyed with my hair being in my face! Or if I decide to do some actual exercise.  – Still have Charlotte Crosbys DVD to do! -  Invisibobbles do look like thoseKeyrings with the clips on the end from the 90’s, so I was a bit reluctant to put them in my hair at first. I just figured my hair would get tangled up but surprisingly it doesn’t, and my hair actually manages to stay up in a ponytail too! I would agree that by using these to tie your hair up, you do avoid those nasty kinks regular hair bands leave, & avoid snagging, which is a thumbs up in my opinion. However in regards to them being completely invisible in your hair I don’t think this is the case. Especially considering the fact they come in a range of colours including bright yellow and pink! Would I say these are worth the spend? Well at £3.75 they aren’t a complete waste of money but I don’t see them as a necessity, on the plus side if you do buy the pink or yellow ones, you’ll be able to find them in the bottom of your handbag easily!


Label M professional haircare has been around for 10 years, and to celebrate they collaborated with Designer Giles Deacon on 3 of their backstage favourites products* used during London Fashion week. Giving them a cute kawaii makeover with the ‘Silhouette of the clouds’ print. Having tried their hairspray before & liked it I was keen to see if their other backstage favourites; the Volume Mousse & Texturising Volume Spray would live up to expectations too. 

I've been using them in my morning routine in order to give my hair that added bit of oomph! I've used mousses in the past where you can really feel the product in your hair after drying, which instantly makes me dislike it. Fortunately this isn't the case with the volume mousse from this range, it doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or clogged with product, provides a good amount of volume at the root too which is exactly what you want really. Other days were I'm looking for a little more texture to my hair I opt for the spray, as a product you apply to dry hair, I just spray a few spritz' at the roots, tip my head upside down and rough it up with my hands. Instant massive hair. As there is no white residue like dry shampoo, I've used this to spruce up my 2nd or 3rd day hair to give it a little more life! With each of these products priced at around £13, you cant really say no. They are more affordable than some of the volumising and texturing products bloggers talk about which makes me happy! I don't really want to go out of pocket purchasing haircare! Label M products are also easily available, you can purchase them at Toni & Guy salons or alternatively if you are an avid online shopper you can get them direct from the Label M website or Look Fantastic.    

Have you tried any of these products at all? 

Much love