Serenata Flowers Review & Giveaway



Flowers are something that I really love receiving, or even buying for myself. They make me feel happy and they add such a lovely touch to a room. They're also the perfect gift, whether you're saying happy birthday, get well soon, i'm sorry or I love you, they can get a message across and I don't know many people who wouldn't appreciate being given a bunch of flowers. Being a gift that is best received when they're fresh sending flowers used to be an impossible, or expensive option. However, now sending flowers is a possibility, with online retailers such as Serenata Flowers able to deliver fresh flowers to loved ones across the country. 




Serenata Flowers kindly sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers* to review, and I was very impressed. They arrived, well packaged, fresh and ready to bloom and also came along with a box of chocolates! My bouquet contained pink lisianthus, white chrysanthemums and white lilies that bloomed a day or so after arrival. The flowers also came with instructions on how best to look after them, which for a flower novice like me was very helpful. The chocolates were also delicious, and definitely a nice addition for a gift. 


Serenata Flowers offer an amazing range of not only beautiful bouquet's but hampers, chocolates, wine and plants. They're a really great service especially for sending thoughtful gifts to loved ones. I'd definitely consider using them for sending gifts, or even for treating myself! Serenata Flowers have also kindly offered one of my readers the chance to win a £40 gift voucher to spend on anything on their site! 

Giveaway will close in 3 weeks at midnight on 21st October 2015. The winner will be announced within 1 week of the closing date, if the winner does not reply after 72 hours another winner will be chosen. I hold no responsibility for producing this prize, the winners details will be passed to Serenata Flowers who will provide the prize. No alternative is available. The winner will receive a £40 gift voucher to spend at Serenata Flowers


*Serenata Flowers sent me the flowers & chocolates to review, and are providing a gift voucher to giveaway to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Clothes Show 2015: Ticket Giveaway



I've never been to The Clothes Show but I've heard really great things, so when they got in touch and offered me a chance to come along this year I immediately said yes! I can't wait to check out all the independent brands and hopefully pick myself a few pieces. With a catwalk, independent and well known brands, a pamper lounge, style studio and a wine bar (I know where I'll be!), there is so much to do it's going to be a great experience. 

Obviously, there is something in it for my readers, and The Clothes Show have kindly offered a chance for one reader to win a pair of tickets for the Monday! (8th December 2015) This is definitely an event to be at, especially if you're a fashion lover. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win. Good luck! 

Giveaway will close in 3 weeks at midnight on 19th October 2015. The winner will be announced within 1 week of the closing date, if the winner does not reply after 72 hours another winner will be chosen. I hold no responsibility for producing this prize, the winners details will be passed to The Clothes Show who will provide the prize. No alternative is available. The winner will receive 2 tickets for the Monday show and will have to provide their own transport to the venue in Birmingham.  

*The Clothes Show provided me with a ticket to this event and also provided 2 tickets for one winner  to win via this giveaway. 

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Autumn Ready with George at Asda

Autumn is coming and I couldn't be more ready, give me jeans, boots, jumpers and scarfs and I am a happy girl! However September is notorious for being an in-between month where we can have warm sunny days but also start to feel winter with rain, wind and cold. To prepare for this George at Asda challenged me to make a Summer outfit Autumn ready with their range of denim and knitwear. I was definitely up for this challenge and chose my items ready to get into that Autumn vibe. 

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

My first key item for transitioning into Autumn is these Wonderfit High Waisted Skinny Jeans* in a dark blue, they fit amazingly because of their stretchy material, and they're thin enough so you're not sweltering on those warm September days. High waisted jeans are my go to item of clothing, casual or a bit more dressed up, they work just as well with converse as they do with some high heels. My second staple item comes from the knitwear section. This lightweight Patterned Wrap* is that perfect throw on for when you need an extra layer but it's not time to dig out the thick woolies. I love the print on this, and the colours are so gorgeous, not your classic A/W shades, but I think the darker blue brings it into Autumn nicely. 

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

Summer often means casual tops with denim shorts, something like this 'I like you a Latte' T-Shirt*, which as a Latte lover totally called to me. Paired with jeans instead of shorts, a pair of converse and the gorgeous blanket wrap over the top as an added layer this outfit is definitely my easy Summer to Autumn look. The top is a really nice quality, however I did size up from my normal size and I'm glad I did as this isn't a top I'd want 'hugging' my curves. I paired the outfit with this Fringe Bucket Bag*, a trend that has been pretty popular this Summer but will easily work for so many Autumn outfits. 

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

Maxi dresses are definitely a Summer must have, but they're not something I'd usually think about wearing in the cooler months, however I think I've been proven wrong. This Black Maxi Dress* instantly becomes Autumn ready with the blanket wrap, a hidden pair of tights if needed and any pair of shoes that keep your toes warm. The fringe bag also brings this outfit into the Autumn. As soon as I put this maxi on I fell in love, it fit beautifully, and with the gathered waist it gave me a lovely shape. The material isn't too thin but also doesn't feel heavy. If you're looking for a maxi dress that would work well for this season I'd definitely recommend checking it out. 

George at Asda A/W Clothes Review

I can't wait for Autumn to be in full swing so I can't start bringing out my jumpers, boots and scarfs. Until then I'll keep these transition pieces at the front of my wardrobe! I'm really impressed with George's new season items, I really want to get my hands on some more bits! Check out George's DeminKnitwear for some really lovely pieces. Whats your go to season transition piece? 

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Balance Active Vitamin C Power Serum Review

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum Review

The world of serums is something I've only recently begun exploring. I wasn't sure what to expect from them, or whether they were just going to be another unnecessary step added to my skincare routine. The Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum* claims to brighten your complexion, even out your skin tone, decrease appearance of age spots and smoothen the skin. For all skin types, it contains Vitamin C to improve the complexion for younger looking skin. 

From the description of this product I think it's clear I'm not exactly the target market, it might be more appropriate for my mum! However, my skin can always do with some brightening and keeping it looking young. The serum is very lightweight and non greasy, it skins into the skin quickly without leaving any residue or tackiness. I apply this all over my face and the top of my neck both morning and night and one full 'tube' of the pipette easily covers it all. The thing I like about this product the most is the smell, it has a refreshing, orangey smell that really wakes me up in the morning!

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum Review

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum Review

I guess the main question is, does it do anything? Now I've already said, I'm not exactly the target market for this product, I don't have any age spots, my skin doesn't particularly need firming or to look much younger! Therefore I can't really comment on those aspects, however I have found this to make my skin feel a bit smoother and it gives a nice extra layer of hydration before I go in with the rest of my skincare. I'm not sure if my skin is looking any brighter in the 4 weeks I've been using this, however I will be continuing to use it, as it's a lovely fresh scent which really rejuvenates me and wakes me up. 

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum Review

At £5.99 this product is a really good price as it lasts for ages, I've been using it twice a day for a month and I'm about half way through. I was lucky enough to be given another one of these at the Bloggers Festival I attended recently, so I'm going to be passing that over to my mum to see if she notices any improvements with her slightly older skin. Unfortunately, this isn't a holy grail product that I will swear by and send everyone out to buy, however it isn't a bad product and I've been enjoying using it. I think for someone who may benefit more from some it's actions would love this. If this sounds like something you might be interested in trying you can buy from Beauty & The Bunch.   

Have you entered the world of Serums? Do you have a favourite or any recommendations? 
* I was sent the Balance Active Vitamin C Power Serum in exchange for a review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is over, and I'll be honest, I couldn't be happier. Summer is probably my least favourite season as I just don't enjoy being hot! It's sweaty and uncomfortable and I much prefer the other seasons. However, there has been a few beauty products that have been my saviours during the sweaty summer months. First up is the MooGoo How Now Brown Cow gradual tan which is hands down the best gradual tan I have ever used! I've spent most of this summer inside so my legs are as pale as ever, this tan is so easy to apply and I never get any streaking, and I can promise I am no tanning pro. When I first tried the Rimmel Wake Me Up mascara I wasn't that impressed, however I've grown to like it and I've found it to be the perfect everyday mascara. When I just need something on my lashes, but don't want them super thick and heavy I go for this, it's a really lightweight consistency and it feels like there is nothing on your eyelashes, it also smells like cucumber which I love! 

The Loreal Infallible Mattifying Primer has definitely helped keep my makeup in place when normally it would be sliding off my face in a hot sweaty mess. For those days when I haven't had enough sleep I've been turning to the Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Nude to brighten up my eyes. Put this on your waterline for an instant brightening effect, it works, I promise. To add to that brightened look I've been loving the Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Brick, it's a shimmery golden blush that gives such a gorgeous highlighted effect while also adding a bit of colour. So quick and easy and makes me feel very summery. 

On my lips I've been mostly wearing nude lipsticks all Summer, and my favourite has to be the Essence Long Lasting lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty, it's a gorgeous nude muted rose shade and is a really lovely moisturising formula. The whole range of lipsticks are such a great price for the quality so I'd really recommend checking them out. I also love lip balm and always have one on me, this Nivea Lip Balm in Peach has been my top choice in the Summer months, mostly because it smells like peach which I adore, it also gives a light shine and peachy colouring which is nice. 

I was recommend the Lush No Drought dry shampoo by Rhianna and I've been very impressed with it. Basically a scented talcum powder type product it soaks up any grease in your hair and doesn't leave any residue and has a lovely lemony smell. Much better than the aerosol options. If you saw my review of the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette then you will already know how much I love it, and it's pretty much all I've been using this Summer, and I know it's going to continue being used throughout Autumn. My final saviour product this Summer has to be the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder, this does such a great job at setting and mattifying without being cakey or heavy. A lifesaver in the hot weather which makes me skin even oilier. 

Have you tried any of these products? Make sure to let me know what products you've been loving this Summer, and any products you think are going to be favourites for Autumn. I'm looking forward to dark lipsticks!

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