I recently won a competition over on instagram to win a set of perfumes from www.aaroncoby.co.uk.

As it will take me forever to try all the different scents I just quickly wanted to let you know about Aaron’s fragrance range and what scents are available. The following is taken from his website:

Neroli Haze

Neroli Haze combines beautiful Neroli which is the Orange flower blossoms. with citrus and soft floral notes, creating a bright, Light and happy feel. ‘ As soon as I smelt organic Neroli I was inspired to create a fragrance that at its core is this beautiful note.  I love this on days when I am happy and want to feel like a light summer day’

Storm

Born of the night. Storm is dark, dominant, sexual and mysterious. A fierce contradiction of Oud, Musk, leather and Rose absolute, bought together in perfect symmetry and balance.​​​​​​​

Aaron’s Comment ‘Storm is the most dominant Oud fragrance ive designed. People who love this are strong and need to leave an impression when they leave a room’

Oud Extreme

​​​​​​​Oud Extreme combines Oud, Vanilla, Tobacco. Simply beautiful and evocative.

Aaron’s comments ‘.With Oud Extreme I use vanilla tincture instead of synthetic vanilla , this allows Oud Extreem to not be sweet or sickly. This is my favourite day time scent. Its amazing layered over the top of Oud rush.
Oud extreme is simply beautiful and soft without being feminine’

Oud Rush

​​​​​​​Oud rush opens with a combination of Oud and exotic woods intertwining with sweet citrus top notes, forming a complex but exciting curiosity.

This is an amazing Unisex scent for people who dont feel they can ware Oud.

Aaron’s Comments ‘ This was the first fragrance that I got followed and asked what it was. What started out as an unnerving experience ended up being so rewarding. When ever I ware this I know Il get stopped and asked what it is’

Jasmin Narcotique

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Inspired by the debaucherous origins of Jazz, An intense base of Oud and Musk open to narcotic Jasmin sambac. Intoxicating, heavy and dark. To be worn at night.

Aaron’s Note: ‘This was the first fragrance I developed. I wanted a fragrance that was perceived as you approached someone and lasted in the room after you had gone.
Jasmin Narcotique utilities Jasmine Sanbac at its core and is not floral. it is heady, narcotic and deeply sensual. Jasmine narcotique throbs with a narcotic sensuality.
This is my longest lasting fragrance. I get about 18 hours out of one application.’​​​​​​​

Violet Delirium

A modern take on the classic Gourmand fragrance. Sandalwood and oriental musk’s open to Chocolate, Rose and Vanilla absolute. Truly decadent and delicious. To be worn day or night.

Aaron’s note: ‘I wanted to create a fragrance centered around vanilla bean, chocolate and Rose absolute. I’ve managed to create a feeling of being snuggled in a big warm jumper whilst eating the most beautiful dark chocolate dessert.’

Check him out if you are on the look out for a new fragrance!

Sarah x

Going dairy free was a big decision for me. It was something I had been thinking about for a very long time and one day I woke up and decided that today is the day.

It has only been a few weeks now and I am still struggling with knowing what I can and can’t eat and food shopping is taking a lot longer as I am having to check the ingredients on everything! I had no idea there was milk powder in naan bread?!

I have grown up with migraines, like as long as I can remember. I am on daily medication to prevent them and I have them under control compared to when I was younger. I used to get several a week and now its maybe one a month, not even that? They aren’t too sure what causes them. It could be something I eat, stress, bright lights, my eyesight, literally anything. They tried to figure it out when I was younger by eliminating certain foods but it didn’t make a difference.

Fast forward to about 3-4 years ago. My acne was at it’s worse and I was getting stomach aches after eating certain foods. I self diagnosed my stomach aches as milk. I still continued to chug those chocolate milkshakes and eat pizza loaded with cheese but it got to the point I thought, well maybe just a small amount will be ok.

A friend of mine went for an allergy test called the vega test which is where the use a special machine and electrodes to identify if your body reacts to certain things, anything from certain food groups to animal hair. I thought I would give this a go out of curiosity and mine came back saying I reacted to wheat/yeast, not individually but when mixed together and also cows milk.

The test was good as it helped you identify any allergies but at the same time it said your body reacted to these things but doesn’t advise how. Were these effecting my migraines? Which was giving me a tummy ache? Did either of them make my acne worse?

I made the decision to switch to almond milk and give up cows milk. My migraines did get slightly better but that may just me growing out of them or the acupuncture I was receiving for them. My skin got slightly better and my tummy aches got better so I thought I was on to a winner.

I toyed with the idea of giving up dairy completely to see what would happen but I thought no way I can do that, I love pizza and chocolate etc. Over the last two years I very slowly moved onto dairy free butter and yogurts but I just couldn’t give up Dominos or chocolate. If I had more than half a pizza my skin would flare up crazy the next day and my stomach would hurt so bad. I needed to do this for my health.

I made the decision after I ate my Easter chocolate that was it. I’m done with dairy. It has only been a few weeks but I honestly feel so much better in myself. I feel healthier and my skin is clearing up. I thought I would crave a bar of dairy milk but after trying some free from chocolate I am totally fine and don’t look back.

The hard part will be going out for dinner or going to someones house but luckily my family are all being very supportive. No more takeaway pizza for me but do you know what, I don’t even care. I am at that point where I am like, yes this is hard, but it is my choice to make and I am just going to get on with it.

It really does surprise me how many foods have milk powder in. I went though all our cupboards to sort out if there was anything I couldn’t eat and it was a real eye opener. What also shocked me was how you can look at a branded product eg jaffa cakes or after 8 mints and they have dairy in but if you go for a tesco or asda own then they don’t.

I am really glad I made this choice and if you have any good suggestions that are dairy free please let me know!

Sarah x

Did you see my previous post where I tried out my first wig? I got on so well with it that I decided to get another one and go for a different style/colour. My new one is the Echo wig from www.hothair.co.uk and is in the shade creamy glow.

I wanted to go for a slightly longer and blonder wig as I would love to go blonde naturally but my hair cannot handle the bleach!

I braided my hair to get it out of the way and keep it as flat to my head as I could.

I love how natural this one looks and you can change where the parting is and if you want a side or middle fringe etc.

I found this wig so comfortable to wear and I think it looks such great quality and looks so realistic.

It takes a bit of practice to get used to wearing a wig and takes a bit of adjustment to get them to sit perfect on your head but they are so comfy to wear throughout the day.

Would you try a wig? I think I would like black one next as I have always wanted black hair but the darkest I have gone is dark brown.

Sarah x

Back in the day, I would only drink your standard English breakfast tea in tea bags and was never open to trying different flavours. I then branched out to drinking green tea and peppermint tea but now I am loving trying different flavours.

Adagio have the largest selection of tea flavours I have ever seen! You can buy tea bags, loose teas, tea pots, tea strainers and even bags to put loose tea in!

I got my hands on the tea maker which is a cool gadget you can brew your tea in, on top of your mug. I am pretty impressed by this, meaning you can brew your loose tea easily.

Or you can always buy the tea bag papers to make your own tea bags if you would prefer. These are also a great idea if you want to mix different flavours together and pre-make some tea bags.

They have so many different flavours and you can buy sampler boxes which then contain a variety teas within that range.

The first teas I wanted to have were the herbal garden box, this box contains: peppermint, spearmint, chamomile and lemon grass. I went for peppermint first as this is my all time favourite flavour tea.

Each sachet tells you how much tea you should use per cup. I personally use less than this as I don’t like my tea too strong but you will soon learn what you do and don’t like.

It is so easy to use the tea maker. You put the tea in and then add the water in. When you are then ready to put it in your mug you simply place it over the mug and it has a special mechanism underneath which then flows the water through into your mug and leaving the bits in the tea maker. You can use it to make two mugs/cups of tea and then it is so easy to just rinse out. I think you can put it in the dishwasher but I find it just as easy to hand wash and then its ready straight away for when you next want to use it.

I am really impressed with how easy the teas are to use and also at the variety of flavours, there really is something for everyone.

I decided to take some of the tea into work to share with my colleagues and to see what they thought of the different flavours as they are all tea drinkers. The ones they tried were:

“Lovley vanilla tones, feels very calming. A good one to have before bedtime” – Earl Grey Moonlight

“Smooth and fresh like a warm summers day” – Wild Strawberry

“Delicately refreshing with a hint of orange” – Blood Orange

“Smooth, delicate tasting tea. Thoroughly enjoyed.” – Earl Grey Bravo

“Refreshing and crisp – full of raspberry flavour” – Raspberry Patch

“Light, delicate, I loves it. Would be good served cold too! – Lemon Meringue Green Tea

“Smells wonderful and tastes subtle. Slight caramel taste too.” – Candy Apple Tea

My favourite ones were

Herbal garden box:

peppermint – A native of the Mediterranean, revered for its cool, crisp aroma, deeply fresh flavour and smooth finish.
spearmint – Refreshingly clear, soothing aroma. Slightly smoother, more grounded than peppermint, gentle to the palate.
chamomile – A beloved herb from Egypt’s Nile River Valley. Aroma of freshly cut apples, calming floral-sweet flavour.
lemongrass – Native of Southeast Asia, with delicate Meyer lemon flavour, hint of sweet ginger and uplifting floral aroma.

Berries tea:

strawberry – Fresh strawberry flavour and bright Ceylon black tea. Fresh sweet-floral and berry flavour, smooth and sugary texture.
raspberry – Crisp black tea with playful raspberry flavour. Candy-like aroma, jammy flavour, tangy dry finish, not too ‘cheeky.’
blueberry – Ceylon black tea with fresh blueberry flavour. Highly aromatic, slightly sweet, rounded texture. Perfect hot or iced!
blackberry – Ceylon black tea infused with sweetly tart berries. Floral-fruity and bakey aroma, like fresh berry scones.

Earl grey teas:

rooibos earl grey – Caffeine-free twist on a classic blend. Zesty citrus, but smoother and sweeter than traditional Earl Grey.
earl grey green – Green tea from China with the robust flavours of bergamot (a citrus fruit). Zesty and refreshingly dry.
earl grey moonlight – The comforting flavours of vanilla and cream combine to soften the citrus notes of traditional Earl Grey.
earl grey bravo – Zesty, citrus sweet, and balanced orange rind flavour. Perfect with milk.

What is your favourite tea?

Sarah x

I love beauty boxes. I used to get the Lookfantastic one but I was finding I wasn’t always using all of the products as they weren’t all to my taste. I wanted to find an option where I could pick exactly what was int he ox and came across the 9-product Beauty Guru one off box from Latest in Beauty.

For £25 you can pick 9 items from a massive list of products. I went for mainly bath products/hand cream and lip products but there are so many other things to pick from.

They add different products quite regularly and it would make a great gift for someone or as a treat for yourself. There really is something for everyone on there and the products are split into sections so the website is easy to navigate.

The product I chose were:

Tinted Lip Balm in Rose
Hair Ties Set in Black and Gold
Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil
Natural Lipstick in Sunset Cruise
20100 Shiny Crayon Lipstick in Diva
Herbal Baths
Old World Jasmine Hand Therapy
Rose & Violet Blossom Hand Cream
Rose Otto Bath Oil

When you think about how much this would have costed to buy all of the products individually it is such great value.

I am so impressed and in a few months I may treat myself to another box.

Do you ever buy beauty boxes?

Sarah x