Just a heads up, this post will consist of very few images and mainly of my opinions which I think are appropriate for this post.
As I am sure many of you know, I recently went on a little vacation to Barcelona, Spain. Prior to getting our flight, we decided to stay at a close-by hotel for the night as our flight was early morning. And by early, I mean we had to get to the airport at 04:50am.
We went to Airport Inn (Gatwick) on Sunday 28th July 2019 at around 19:00pm. The good thing about this hotel is that it is very easy to travel to and from the airport and/or train station. We just had to hop on a bus which took you straight to the hotel and then hop on the bus in the morning which takes you back to the airport. There is a bus approximately every 20 minutes, so it is very convenient even if you miss the bus. The price of the bus is £2.50 per ride, so was £5.00 per person to and from.
What Did The Accommodation Look Like?
These photos are taken from Booking.com.
The hotel itself and the rooms looked exactly like the photographs provided on Booking.com. It was clear to us that we would only be getting a room and a bathroom/toilet room. The only difference was that we didn’t have the blue and/or red runner across the bottom of the beds. Other than that, it was everything that we had expected it to be.
For this trip, there was 5 of us in total, including me, Kevin, Tiff, Aaron, and Charlie. I booked this on Booking.com and to be honest it was so quick and easy to make a reservation. I originally booked a double room and a triple room. This was because we wanted a double bed, and then 3 single beds in the triple room. When I was making this reservation, I can confirm that the pictures and what appeared on my screen were exactly that. However, when we got to the hotel, they had changed the arrangement. We ended up getting 2 double rooms which had a double bed and a single bed in each one. We weren’t at all too bothered about this, but it was a little bit annoying because it wasn’t what we had expected and for that reason, we had to change the sleeping arrangement.
The prices for the rooms were at a very good price. The double room was £67.00, and the triple room was £87.00.
Would I Ever Recommend This Hotel?
The staff were incredibly friendly and were very helpful, especially when I was asking a lot of questions about what I had to do. It had multiple smoking areas, one being near the reception and the other outside in a little garden with plenty of tables and chairs. I really liked the idea of having it near a petrol station as I was able to go there in less than an minute to get some snacks and drinks for the duration of the stay, as well as for the flight the next morning.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay near Gatwick Airport and I would 100% stay here myself again. It was very much worth the money we paid.
“Bateaux London’s fleet includes two handsome boats, River Room and Glass Room, specially designed for dining and celebrating on the water. As the boat sets sail, enjoy fresh food served to your table while London’s landscape unfolds around you. Our tailored entertainment enriches the experience and creates a truly timeless atmosphere that you, a partner, family or friends will remember for a long time to come. Choose from a classic dinner cruise, an afternoon tea cruise or a lunch cruise and enjoy sparkling wine, live music and spectacular views of London. The history of the river is narrated as you sail” (Bateaux London, 2019).
What Did I Think of Bateaux London?
From the very start to the very end, I felt like a very important person. The staff were ever so friendly and were professional at all times. It is definitely one of those dressier events, clearly, I didn’t know that. It was a great experience to have lunch whilst taking the tour of London. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and found myself wanting to sightsee rather than eat my lunch LOL.
The food was really nice, although there was not a vegetarian option available. They just took out the meat from the main course of what everyone else had. The starter was a choice of bread and butter, soup, and a couple other things. The food was not anything special, but I do think that you pay for the experience of the whole thing, rather than the food specifically. Sadly, the drinks were not included and the prices were extortionate – for two small Proseccos we paid £18.00. As the meals were spaced out over the 2-hour tour, I found myself not getting very full. I was still hungry by the time we got off. Personally, the food isn’t really worth it, so if you’re going to expect an amazing meal, then this isn’t the place. If you want an exceptional experience and an amazing tour of London, then you will LOVE IT!
For a couple of months now, I have had my eyes on this beautiful little gadget, the HP Sprocket Plus Printer. I have seen a few YouTubers, such as Zoe Sugg and Mark Ferris advertise this on their channels and if I am going, to be honest, it looked pretty darn amazing. As you can imagine, for a photographer, as soon I saw it, I just wanted it!
I love being able to print out my photographs and display them around my room to remind me of all the perfect shots I’ve captured, as well as all the amazing adventures I’ve been on. Fortunately, I actually received the HP Sprocket Plus (White) as a gift, from Kevin’s parents for Christmas. I was so happy to have received this as I honestly loved it from the moment I saw it and was saving up to purchase it myself. I do actually own an instant Polaroid camera, although it doesn’t save the photos and the quality isn’t great. So, this was just perfect.
I have decided to review the HP Sprocket Plus (White) on my blog as I think it’s important to read a range of reviews about whether to make a purchase like this or not. I am going to be completely honest and share with you my exact thoughts about this, including the printing process and the quality etc,.
Use the HP sprocket app to quickly print your favourite photos via Bluetooth
Filters, borders, emojis and more are available to edit your photos
No ink cartridges required – just the paper
(HP Development Company, 2019)
How does it work?
Download the HP sprocket app from your smartphone app store
Complete the required steps –> My Sprocket –> Sprocket Plus
Follow the steps to turn on, load paper and connect using Bluetooth
YOUR DEVICES ARE PAIRED!!! Time to start printing
How to use the HP Sprocket Printing app?
Choose a photograph that you would like to print
select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji
As soon as you have pressed that little printer button with the green dot your photograph will transfer to the sprocket and begin to print. Only press the button once and wait for the screen to change to the white printing section. Sometimes it can take some time to send over, and if you press the button twice, you will get two photographs printing.
How to add filters, borders and emojis?
Choose a photograph that you would like to print
Click the pen on the top right corner
Then, play around with the different options along the button (i.e. filters, borders, emojis, cropping and many more)
When you’re happy with your photograph, click on the tick in the top right corner
Select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji
I absolutely LOVE this little gadget…I THINK IT IS PERFECT! This is incredible, not just for someone like me whos interested in photography, but for anyone who loves to treasure their memories. It is very easy to set-up, as well as editing and printing. I think the quality is amazing, especially for a small version coming out. It is really difficult to make the photographs being printed in good quality because that will always go fuzzy, as I am taking a photo of it. But, you can still see how incredible they look.
I am looking forward to print many more photographs, as well as putting them around my brand new flat in the next few weeks. If you would like to see how I organise and place these photographs around my home, please comment and I will create a post based on that.
I hope you found this post useful. Do you have the HP Sprocket Plus?
Hello, how are you today? It is so lovely that the sun is finally here in the U.K. It makes me so happy because it means now I can now write my blogs outside in the beautiful sunshine which I love very much. This blog post is something that I have been urging to write for the past week now, but I have been waiting for the sun to come out to take some lovely photos for you. As you probably know, the U.K. recently has been having a lot of snow and rain, so I was hoping it would clear for the day I needed to write this… and it did which is brilliant!
Fortunately, a couple weeks ago I received an email from Rahil Verma who is a Senior Content Manager at Folsom & Co. who proposed an offer for me to review one of their new watches free of charge. As you can imagine I was over the moon about this. It is not often I get an email from a company wanting me to review one of their products, so without a doubt, I decided to accept the offer. I did ask if there was any terms and conditions with this proposal as I have never heard of this company, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask. Luckily, they were happy to send me a sample watch completely free with no charges as long as I published a review which I would love to do.
Personally, I think it is very important for you to do a little bit of research into a company, especially if you have never heard of them before. This is so that you are aware of what you are about to receive or whether or not they are legit and if it is a product that you feel happy talking about. For me, this was no problem at all! I had a look at the watches that I wanted to review and chose the one that was more my style which I then requested for delivery. The next part was simple… just wait for the product to arrive. This took a couple of days which was exceptional considering I did not pay for a delivery cost.
Overview of the product:
Below is a screenshot of what the website page looks like right now selling the exact same watch which was sent to me. I can see that it is £0.00 with a limited time offer and all you are needing to pay is a small delivery charge. I will be talking in this post about my experience trying the Alexandria Watch and whether or not it is worth it.
Minimalist brushed stainless steel crafted to perfection
Choose your style available in 4 different colours: Rose Gold, Gold, Black and Silver
I wanted to make sure that I knew exactly what was being sent to me so that I could give an honest review. This is important because it is good for people to know whether or not what is being shown on the screen is what it says it is when it’s delivered in the post. I was very shocked at the number of great offers being shown on the website which is why if the review was to go well, I would definitely be back on doing my own shopping because it is very good value. I do think that a website like this can be a bit intimidating or worrying because they are offering products free and all you have to do is pay for delivery. I think you should look at reviews about whether or not the product is worth the delivery price.
What did I receive?
Without knowing exactly what the parcel would look that I was receiving, I just guessed it was this grey packaged parcel as nothing else was being sent to me that day. In the images below, I will be showing you the process of me opening the parcel, my first impressions and how the watch fits and suits me with my everyday fashion. If you have any questions at any point, please don’t forget to comment as I would love to be able to answer them and advise you the best I can.
In the post, this small grey packaged bag came which I guessed would be the product I was about to receive from Folsom & Co. I thought that it would arrive in some sort of box as it is a watch which is why after receiving this I thought that it wouldn’t be exactly what the picture was showing. However, I thought to myself that I shouldn’t judge the product based on the packaging because I do not know what is inside.
Once I opened the package, I noticed that it was wrapped in polystyrene and in a clear sealed packet. This did change my perspective of the product as it came apparent to me that not all watches need to be in boxes. This was clearly appropriate for the design of watch that I had received and the packaging was carefully put in place which caused no damage to the watch. The product was not broken at all and is in full working order. However, what I did notice is that originally the price is £42.00 and for that price, I do expect something this fragile to come in a box. I have had parcels before which have not arrived in full working order, so I was slightly worried if it would work. It would not cost much extra to send and it looks more presentable, giving you somewhere to put it on days you do not want to wear a watch. As this was completely free for me and I did not have to pay anything I was not bothered. On the other hand, if I paid £42.00 plus delivery I may have expected a little bit more based on what great watches you can purchase in high-street shops with a similar price and with better presentation.
WOW!!! I thought this watch was absolutely sensational. It is beautiful! I love the Rose Gold colour so much. It is definitely the colour I would have chosen, regardless if it was free or if I was going to purchase a watch as it looks great. It looks exactly the same as what was being offered online which of course is something to mention when doing a review because that is what’s important. Personally, I think that it is a very fashionable and contemporary watch that I will be wearing on many different occasions; whether on a night out or if I am needing to dress up smart because this will add and complement accessories perfectly.
The watch is made out of steel which gives it a slightly heavy feel, but I don’t think it is a bad thing. I really like the idea of having a bit of weight on a watch as it feels a lot better and I prefer wearing one with that feature. The watch is in full working order which is sealed with a white cap. Once that cap is taken off you are able to set the dial and the watch begins to work. Unfortunately, I have had this watch for 2 days now and I am unable to state exactly how long the batteries last as mine is still working.
I really like how easy the watch is to adjust. You can bend the watch to fit your wrist suitable for to your preference. I am unsure whether or not this is supposed to be like that, but I actually like the idea of having to bend the watch yourself. It is better for fitting purposes. I think this watch is very good for the value. I think the watch size is very good and when I tried it on, it fits me PERFECTLY! I can not fault the sizing of this watch as it fits me absolutely fine and still with plenty of room if for any reason my wrist got bigger or smaller. I think the watch is a really good size in terms of the dial as well as the strap. It doesn’t look oversized or too small and looks great in proportion to my hand and body.
I would definitely wear this watch out on a daily basis. It is really comfortable to wear, looks astonishing and is very stylish and fashionable, especially for someone in the similar age group to me and is looking for something affordable. I think this watch can be worn for many different reasons and styles. I would wear this for many occasions, such as a night out, a day at the beach, casual walk, looking sophisticated or doing a presentation e.g. Job Interview or Teaching.
In my opinion, I think that you should get yourself one of these watches while they are free because they really are beautiful. I feel so blessed that Folsom & Co. were able to send me one free of charge to review because I would have never heard of this company and what they have to offer. I know there are many reviews positive and negative on the internet, but until you try a product you will never know whether it is worth it or not. I am looking forward to wearing this new watch and showing it off to all my friends and family.
I have read many reviews of this watch online which I think is beneficial for all do when purchasing anything and a majority of the reviews are negative. I don’t disagree with what is being said because I am not an expert in this field and all I am required to do is to give an honest opinion on the product I received. However, I think that the watch is amazing for being free, it is lovely and beautiful, it works and fits perfectly. There are no faults with the watch itself yet, except I think the parcel packaging should be better.
At the moment the website sells the watch free of charge, but there is a small delivery price. I am under the impression that the price changes dependant on where you are located because the reviews I have read online did not match the price my laptop was showing. To see if this watch was really free, I wanted to try to purchase one and see if there is an added cost. When I did try, the watch appeared free but there was a delivery charge of $11.25 which when converted into pounds is £8.40. I would definitely purchase from this website because the watch I received was honestly beautiful and I think it would pay that price for it. I wouldn’t personally pay £42.00 plus delivery without seeing in person first, however, I believe I can trust this website for future products at a cheap price. The question you have to ask yourself if whether or not this ‘free’ watch is worth £8.40. I will let you make the decision for yourself whether or not this is good company because I would not want to be biased.
Thank you so much to Rahil Verma from Folsom & Co. who introduced me to the products available and this company. I look forward to trying and reviewing more of your products. Don’t forget to leave any comments or feedback below as I would love to get in contact with you. I hope you have a lovely day!
Hello, welcome back to another beauty blog post. Today, I will be sharing with you my latest shopping haul from The Body Shop, my top picks and my favourite beauty products. The Body Shop was founded by Anita Roddick who began making her own products and infusing them to make a change to the world; in regards to beauty. Their products are about working fairly with farmers and suppliers and helping communities thrive through our Community Trade programme, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing (The Body Shop International Limited, 2018).
I absolutely love using beauty products from The Body Shop whether if it’s make-up, skin care or fragrance. I love the quality of their products, especially for the price that’s being paid, which is very much similar to the products you would buy in an everyday high street drug store. Ever since I made the switch from using random different brands of skin care or make-up to only The Body Shop, my skin is looking a lot more fresh and healthy, reducing redness and cleared up all of my spots. It is very rare that I will get a break out of spots anymore which I am thrilled about. If it wasn’t for The Body Shop, I would definitely be feeling down about my skin because before it was not healthy at all.
I am looking forward to sharing with you all the products that I have purchased today. I would like to share with you the reasons for purchasing and how I intend to use the products. Some of the products that I have purchased are very new to me and thought it would be nice to give it a try. If you read my blogs, then you will notice that I do use other products than what’s in this post from The Body Shop, so if you would like any particular tutorials please let me know. Without further ado… let’s move straight on to the products.
The organic cotton round pads are a perfect solution for taking off an excessive amount of make-up. I use these every single day whether if it’s removing make-up or cleansing my skin. These circle pads are brilliant! On the packet, it states that they are ‘double-sided, textured and twice as nice’. These pads are designed to remove any make-up, nail polish and to help cleanse and moisturize your skin. There are 100 cotton pads in the packet which is worth it for the price that is being paid. I use these pads to safely remove my make-up with the correct make-up remover provided by The Body Shop to keep my skin clean and fresh. Alongside this, I also use these to apply my moisturiser and cleanser for effective results when applying to my face. These are just exquisite for ensuring that your skin is always cleaned effectively.
This is by far one of my favourite products by The Body Shop, purely because of how effective it is and the results it provides. This is the make-up solution which I use in accordance with the Organic Cotton Round Pads, as it gives the most effective results which leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I purchase on average of 3 bottles of this a year which is reasonable considering I wear make-up on a daily basis. Even though this product states that it is an eye make-up remover, I find that it gives the best results as a full face make-up remover. It does not take long to remove and it completely removes everything. This make-up remover is suitable for sensitive skin which suits me fine. Ever since I have been using the Camomile remover I have not had a break out of spots. This has basically saved my skin from having a break out of spots whenever I apply makeup. I am so happy that I managed to find this product because it is brilliant, easy to use and has left my skin forever feeling soft and healthy.
I can’t believe I haven’t gotten one of these a lot sooner. For someone who loves applying and trying makeup, this is something I have needed for a while now. For a long time, I have been using my Disney Minnie Mouse Ears to push back my hair from my face… I mean it did the job, but I did look funny when people would watch me. I am looking forward to using one of these as it will be a lot more useful and convenient. The headband is made from cotton which is just perfect. I really like using cotton products just because it is so good for your skin by preventing rashes, spots and ensures that your body stays clean. I will definitely be using this headband when applying and removing make-up and also when cleansing.
Yassssss! Doesn’t everyone just love purchasing a new lipstick… well I do! I was searching for a colour which screams spring as well as bold, especially for those nights out. I have decided to go for the Matte Lipstick in shade Sienna Rose. It is a beautiful colour that I can wear as an everyday colour and as an evening dressy up colour. I am very excited to use this lipstick because it is very different to any colours that I have at the moment. I tend to just stick with the pale nude or the eccentric dark reds, however, this is in between. I absolutely love using The Body Shop lipsticks as they stay on very well and don’t crumble throughout the day. They are designed for a nourishing, long-lasting finish with 7 bold shades to choose from that are completely vegan.
WOW!!! This smells so beautiful… I am mesmerised! It is so fresh leaving your hands cleans and well moistured. I am not even kidding you right now, honestly, the smell is insane. You have to try it. This is a perfect little bottle which is great for on-the-go purposes, especially when travelling abroad. I absolutely love carrying these travel size hand cleansers with me in my bag because they are pretty much a requirement in my daily lifestyle. I am always washing and cleaning my hands, so these are absolutely perfect. This is the first time of me using the coconut flavour as I always purchase the orange scent. I recommend trying these as they are perfect and completely worth the price that’s being paid. I would like to try all the different scents available in this as I am intrigued as to what they all smell like.
The makeup setting spray is another first time buy for me. I have decided to give this a try. A few of my friends have spoken to me about the products and brands they use for setting their makeup which is why I decided that for my first time, I should probably use The Body Shop considering a majority of my skin care and beauty products come from there. The makeup setting spray is 100% vegan, anti-smudge and weightless which keeps your makeup in place for the whole day. It is recommended for people with sensitive skin that is enriched with aloe vera. I am looking forward to using this setting spray as I would like my makeup to stay on my face that slightly bit longer, with full coverage, especially in those hot summer days.
These are all of the products that I purchased today from The Body Shop. Additional to all of the above, I was surprised to receive a goody bag of free products as I spent over £25.00.
**THE BODY SHOP FREE GOODY BAG WORTH £15.00**
I am really pleased with the way The Body Shop says thank you to their customers as it is always by giving out free products or samples. I was absolutely thrilled to receive a goody bag which I way I thought I would share it with you now. Unfortunately, you cannot choose your goody bag or the products inside. I actually liked this idea because I found it exciting opening it up and discovering what products I had been blessed with. I have received 3x product samples, liquid lipstick and shower gel.
The first thing I found in my little goody bag was a sample pot of the iconic Tea Tree Oil that is predominantly used for acne prone skin. It is renowned for it’s powerful, purifying properties. ‘Our iconic Tea Tree Oil is a cult classic and is great for on the spot application’ (The Body Shop, 2018). It should be used in areas that you are concerned about to reduce blemishes and the outbreak of spots or acne. It can be used up to 3 times a day. I am very happy to have received a small little sample as I have been wanting to use one of these for a very long time. I used to use a product very similar to this from Arbonne, except it was almost £100 and I couldn’t keep paying that much, due to the fact that I am a student. Tea Tree Oil’s are generally the best way to prevent spots and acne as they are pure, clean and purposely made to beat the outbreaks. I am convinced that if this sample goes down well, I will sure purchase a much bigger bottle.
Oooh, this looks interesting! As you are probably aware, I absolutely love trying different facial cleanses as I want my face feeling clean, fresh and healthy. I haven’t used the Tea Tree Daily Solution just the Tea Tree Facial Cleanser which I love soooooo much. I use this as part of my night time routine to ensure my face is clean while sleeping which reduces the chances of my spots breaking out. I am looking forward to giving this daily solution a try as I want to see what works well and what is the right product for my skin. It is very important to remember to not use a range of skin products at once as you may irritate your skin. You should try on different days for the most effective results. ‘A lightweight, pre-serum concentrate that combats blemishes and improves the overall condition of the skin. After 4 weeks, skin looks and feels:
Soothed, with reduced redness and imperfections’ (The Body Shop, 2018)
Yasssss! Another sample. I absolutely love trying different samples of facial products. It means that you can keep trying until you find a perfect one for your skin. I am delighted to have received a sample face masque as I have wanted to try a different one for The Body Shop for some time now and the full large product is a little bit pricey, so having this is wonderful because I can see if I like it before I purchase it. I am so happy to have received 3x sample products for free. It’s not every day you get freebies when shopping which is why I love purchasing at The Body Shop.
OMG!!! I am sooooo happy that I have received a new lipstick, especially as a freebie. You can never have enough lipsticks. It is very rare for me to wear lip liquid ones as I prefer just an ordinary, easy to apply, everyday lipstick. However, I am looking forward to giving this a try. The colour looks beautiful. It is like a sparkling red/burgundy colour…definitely a colour I have not tried before. You will be seeing some photos of me using this new product on my Instagram, so stay active. I am really surprised to have received a product of such value as the last few things have been samples of products. This is definitely a deal that you all have to go get. I am actually quite surprised to have received this free because normally in the goody bags, it’s more product samples rather than the actual product.
WOW! Another full-size product worth £5.00 and a beautifully scented shower gel. I love using the shower gels from The Body Shop because they smell so lovely and the scent sticks to your skin throughout the day. I really like using shower gels that stay on you whilst you are out and about. Sometimes I would forget to use perfume, but with these, there is no worry because you will be smelling fresh throughout the day. ‘With a warm, exotic scent our non-drying argan oil formula, luxuriously cleanses and softens the skin with each use’ (The Body Shop, 2018). I completely agree with The Body Shop here as whenever I used their shower gel products in the past my skin has felt clean, soft and smells lovely. You should definitely try their shower gels as you will be surprised with the results. There are so many scents to try, you would want to have them all.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my little large shopping haul from The Body Shop. I am very excited to continue trying the products I already use and I am looking forward to trying all the extra samples and products that are very new to me. I think it is a really lovely way to say thank you to your customers by giving them a goody bag of free products when they spend over £25.00. For me, this was very easy because I already spent over that amount and when I went to the till point, I was surprised with the free gifts in the goody bag. If you like shopping at The Body Shop or would like giving some of these products a try, I will assure you that you will love them. You should definitely go purchasing whilst the goody bag deal is on as you will be getting a lot more for your money.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog again, it means a lot to me. I am intrigued to see if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them? Leave a little comment below, I would love to hear your opinions and feedback. If you would like me to do any make-up, hair or skin routines/tutorials please just leave a comment or message me directly.