Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Lake District

A few weeks ago I took some time out from the stresses of work to go to the Lake District. This was a first for me and probably the furthest I've traveled to somewhere else in the UK, but it was so worth it.

I was blown away just by how beautiful it was, It almost didn't seem real. Although it wasn't summer by any means I loved it being all wintery and getting all wrapped up and going for walks.

And at the end of the day I got to go back to the luxurious Langdale Hotel and Elemis Spa so I certainly made the most of those massages!

So I thought I'd share with you some of the amazing scenery I experienced on my little winter holiday.... Enjoy!

Friday, 7 November 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar 3- Step Anti-Blemish System

As part of La Roche Posays biggest Launch this year I was fortunate enough to be sent their brand new Effaclar 3-step Anti Blemish system to trial before it went live in boots and online.

I'm such huge fan of their products, especially the effaclar duo + so I was preeetty excited to get my hands on this.

The kit comes with a purifying gel cleanser to reduce sebum, a clarifying toner to reduce the appearance of pores and last but not least the holy grail product that is the effaclar duo + which helps to reduce blemishes and the appearance of red and brown marks. These products have been deemed appropriate even for the most sensitive or acne prone skin.

How To Use

Step 1: Cleanse

Work a small amount of cleanser into damp face to create a lather and massage in circular movements. Rinse off with clean water. I tend to use a hot flannel to rinse off for extra cleansing and exfoliation. 

Step 2: Tone

Apply to a cotton pad and sweep all over the face avoiding the eye area.

Step 3: Correct and Moisturise

Apply thin layer to entire face or problem areas, this can be used before applying make up as it doubles up as a great primer. Take care again to avoid eye area as this stings!

The Results

After 6 weeks of use I am gutted to say that the 3 step system really didn't work for my skin. I put emphasis on my skin as I don't aim to trash talk products on my blog, It may work for others particularly those who do suffer with oily or spot prone skin. But unfortunately the cleanser has had quite a drying affect on my skin to the point where I experienced tightness and stinging. I wonder however, if this may be prevented if used in combination with the Effaclar H multi compensating moisturiser? The toner  was okay but had very little noticeable impact. Both products however did successfully remove all my make-up so I guess that is one up side. 
I'm still loving the effaclar duo + for spots and problem areas mainly as opposed to an all over face cream as for that I prefer something a bit richer. This is something I will continue to purchase again and again but sadly it's a no from me to the cleanser and toner. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Mari for sending me the kit to trial. I always welcome trying new products, It was just unfortunate this time It didn't work miracles on my skin. If you wish to try it out for yourself the 3-step system is now available in boots for £32.50. That aside this isn't the end of my love affair with La Roche Posay products as I will continue to use my much treasured favourites

Have any of you tried the 3-Step Anti-Blemish system? If so how did you get on? Drop me a comment below. 

Thanks For Reading.... 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Back For Good, For Now.

So after dropping off the blogosphere for what's been about 3 months now I've decided to get back into blogging again, for good.. well for now. I say this because I'm not going to make promises to myself and pressure myself into continuing with this because for me it's just a hobby, not a career. I do it because Its something that I enjoy doing and would hate for it to become a chore. 

You may be curious as to why I stopped altogether for a while and it's not something I wish to go into huge detail about out of respect for my personal life.. but lets just say in the last few months or so I've been going through some tough adjustments which led me from having some sort of life plan to having no plan. It panicked me because I felt like for the first time In a long time I had it together, I knew what I was doing and In a single moment it had been ripped from underneath me and I was back to having no direction as to where my life was going.

To put it bluntly, It's been real shit and quite frankly the last thing I was arsed about doing was blogging.

But I got a big kick up the bum to get back into it when I was contacted by a few people asking me if I wanted to test products and take part in other blog related things, which felt strange cause I hadn't been on here for what seemed like so long. It reminded me of why I loved doing it and that clearly there are a small number of people out there that read this and like what I do. Slowly but surely I'm beginning to piece things back together and shape some sort of future and I hope that my blogging can continue to be a part of that.

So for now I'm back with a little bit more direction... but not much more of a clue.

Friday, 25 July 2014

OOTD: AllSaint/ AllSinner

Top: AllSaints
Shorts: H&M
Belt: Primark
Bag: Milli Millu (here)
Shoes: AllSaints
Sunglasses: Vans
Necklace: Accessorize

Probably not the most weather appropriate outfit considering it was incredibly hot on Wednesday but I needed an excuse to flash my new Milli Millu handbag which I am madly in love with. I was in desperate need of a new bag and a big one at that and this certainly fits the bill (Thanks Jay!)

If you haven't got yourself down AllSaints recently you may not now that sale has gone down to 70%! Generally I'm a huge sale snob as I hate having to rummage through racks of stuff chucked together not to mention its usually in sale because its out of season, but with AllSaints you can never really go wrong and the shops are always so pristine. I managed to get this top for the bargain price of £17.50...

Thanks for Reading, 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Free From Frizz Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

I'm doing a giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers in collaboration with the lovely guys at Free From Frizz.

Up for grabs is a lovely shampoo and conditioner which I have talked about in a previous post here.

In order to win all you have to do is simply fill in the entry form. Manditory entry only requires you follow me on bloglovin (If you haven't already) and follow Free From Frizz on twitter. To increase your chances of winning you can also follow my twitter account and tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #ashleedelfreefromfrizzgiveaway. But please please do this via the entry form below otherwise your entry may not count.

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Thanks for reading and goodluck!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Skincare

I've begun to realise more recently that skin care products are my absolute weakness.. As much as I love my make-up when I'm shopping in boots or browsing online, It's skincare products that I home in on. Which may explain why (and I really don't mean to blow my own trumpet here) I seem to have healthy clear skin most of the time.

On one of more more recent trips to boots I went to pick up some more La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, (which I've spoken about in a previous post here), as It's now a staple in my skin care collection. Without going on about it too much as its a widely renowned blogger favourite this is your best friend in a skin crisis. I had a break out a few weeks ago around my jawline and within 24 hours (I kid you not) It was pretty much already gone and after 2 days it was as if It was never there. I can't stress enough if this is not in your skin care collection then you need to go out immediately (after reading this post of course) and buy it. Like right now.

So yeah now that's out the way, I can tell you about the other products I found myself drawn to, the Astrigent Lotion Micro-Exfoliant and the Effaclar K Anti Relapse.

One of the main reasons I'm particularly fond of the Effaclar range in the first place is that it is designed for oily/combination skin, which I have, and not only this it seems to have something to tackle every little skin care issue.

I've been using the Astrigent Lotion after cleansing as advised as it claims to gently exfoliate, unclog and reduce the appearance of pores and eliminate any excess oils. These are all things that I definitely need in my life as my pores on my chin and nose in particular have been pretty clogged up recently (mmm fit).

The sciency bit as to how it can perform such miracles, is that it contains Lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) which has been proven to exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation so it's also great for things like acne, redness etc. And I have to say after only a short time of using this product I have really noticed the difference in my skin. It fees so much smoother and I've already seen pretty remarkable reductions in the size of my pores.

Next  I picked up the Effaclar K Anti Relapse which sounds pretty self explanatory, so it helps to maintain the up keep of your good skin, unclog and tighten your pores, reduce imperfections and smooth the skin. Essentially these products are like little godly skin miracles and they bloody work! My skin feels so much softer and the effects are almost instant.  This one also works great as a primer for make-up so I've mainly been using this in the morning after cleansing.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and you're all now off to go and buy everything from this range. As always please leave me a comment below, I love reading them and it's always great to hear you're thoughts. Also keep and eye out on future posts as I'm also doing a very small giveaway to thank you guys for helping me to reach 100 followers on bloglovin! A small milestone but a milestone none the less...

Thanks for reading,

Friday, 20 June 2014


Dos cervezas por favor!

The one and only spanish phrase I know translating to.. "two beers please".

Yes I am finally getting my butt into gear and writing a post on my lovely trip to Barcelona.

I'm not really too sure what kind of post this is going to be, I was just going to post a load of pictures of my holiday with a little intro but then thought actually It might be helpful to do some sort of blog post guide to Barcelona in case anyone was thinking of going and wanted some advise on where to stay, what to do, where to go etc..

Also when it comes to new places or just a sense of direction in general, I am probably the most incapable person ever. I rely largely on Jay to find things, and to know where we're going because I'm just useless.. So if you're like me and you're a bit of an idiot abroad, this may be quite useful.

So me and Jay stayed in La Rambla, which is one of the busiest streets in Barcelona and probably one of the main tourist areas. This was great for us as it was conveniently in the heart of everything, we had a tube station almost directly opposite from our hotel and we didn't really mind the crowds or the noise. If you're looking to stay in an area thats maybe a bit quieter and chilled out you would probably be better to look for a hotel in Catalunya which is a bit further up but still very close to La Rambla.

As I mentioned La Rambla is pretty alive with hustle and bustle during the day and in the evening... So that's always a great starting point. Once we had settled into our hotel after the flight we decided to go and do a bit of exploring (and have a beer obviously). 

On our travels we found this incredible market called the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or just simply la Boqueria. This was possibly the busiest and most diverse undercover market I've ever seen, selling things from fresh fruit, to fish, cured meats, nuts, sweets, olives... you name it they had it! It's pretty handy if you're looking to get a snack or some lunch as you can actually dine at some of the market stools too.

On our first evening we intended to find the cathedral as we'd been told that we could find some nice restaurants around there.. However after getting a bit lost a  random drunk guy kindly pointed us in the complete wrong direction. So we decided to eat at a restaurant in a little square called Placa Reial, which is just off La Rambla. Originally me and Jay weren't too sure how things worked in Spain in terms of tipping etc but if you've been before you'll know that the Spanish are pretty relaxed and impeccable customer service isn't exactly pushed like it is over here (They really are living the dream). So it's probably why tipping isn't generally the norm in Spain but with tourists 5% of the bill is usually the acceptable amount. 

We then wondered over to this slightly alternative looking bar called 'Sidecar' which was pretty cool. They played good music and alcohol was cheap which is all I need for a good night out. Jagerbomb is a language we can all speak.. evidently. 

On our second day In Barcelona we decided to do the touristy thing and hopped on the tube to go and see the Sagrada Familia. *Top Tip: It's worth getting  BCN card for a couple of days as it gives you free use of public transport and discount on tourist attractions, you can get these from the machines in the underground*

If you haven't heard of the Sagrada Familia, It's a large and very famous Roman Catholic church that was originally constructed by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi unfortunately died in 1926 leaving it unfinished, however many sculptors and arctitects have pitched in over the years to add their own touch to Gaudi's project. The church still remains unfinished however it is estimated that it will be complete by 2026... Only what 100 years later.

After mooching around for a while we got the tube to the stop Universitat as we'd been told they have a wicked vintage shopping area along Carrer de Pelai and Carrer dels Tallers *Top Tip: Get a map, it will be your best friend*

It definitely didn't disapoint and we found some seriously cool shops including one called Pink Flamingo which charges you on the weight of items so it's super cheap! 

We even found a cute little flea market on our travels just outside the Cathedral de Barcelona....

Day 3 was mostly spent on Barceloneta Beach which is just a short walk from La Rambla. The beach is awesome and has plenty of bars to sit and drink, and quite a few of them hire out sun loungers for the day pretty cheaply. 

Our final day before catching the flight home was spent in Parc de la Ciutadella which is a stunning oasis just to the east of the old town.  We hired a boat on the lake and gazed in awe at the cascade fountain. The parc also has a zoo but no Zoology museum much to my dismay as it has now been moved to a different location. 

And not to be forgotten one of the main parts of any holiday.... Food. We were pretty savvy when it came to finding good places to eat. One place recommended to us was an Argentinian Steak House, I can't remember the name for the life of me but it was around Carrer de L'Almirall Cervera In Barceloneta. From the outside it doesn't look like much at all, in fact a little off putting but the steak was the incredible and about the size of my head as you can see.. It actually defeated me. 

Another Great find was Bo Bun which is a quirky Vietnamese restaurant located near the Barcelona Cathedral on Calle Sagristans. We went here for lunch and got 3 courses for just 10 euros!

Another awesome place to go in Barceloneta is Makamaka beach burger cafe.. The burgers are incredible! There's usually a bit of a wait for a table, especially on hot days as it is so popular but its definitely worth it. 

And finally on the last night we found a quaint little restaurant called Suculent on Rambla de Ravel, this place was a little more pricey and a la carte so to speak but again the food was on point and a little different which was nice. It was definitely one of the less touristy restaurants we visited which was good for Jay as he got to practice a few more of those Spanish phrases. 

Well that was an awfully long post... I hope you enjoyed reading something a little bit different from my normal babble and it was in some way helpful. As always please leave me comments, I love reading them and replying.  If you liked this then would you like me to do a similar post on my trip to Amsterdam? 

Thanks for reading guys,