BEING ASHLEIGH

Personal blog by Ashleigh Dougherty. Read with a pinch of salt and a cuppa' rosy lee.


When I heard about this product, I knew I had to give it a try. Let me introduce to you Slissie; a cute lipstick-sized device, which is set to take the world by storm. 

How often do you find yourself reaching for the biscuit jar? Cutting another slice of chocolate cake that you baked at the weekend? Throwing away yet another Galaxy Ripple wrapper? I'm guilty of all of these and I bet you are too!


Slissie was designed by a lovely lady called Slissie Lizzie to empower women to take control of how they feel and what they eat; without having to start diets with slow progress. The Slissie helps you to resist snack temptation by giving your appetite and cravings what they want; the flavour. 


When flavours that we like are detected by our tastebuds and olfactory receptors, signals are received by the appetite control part of our brain and leaves us feeling satisfied. However, if you have a big sweet tooth like myself, you'll find it's much harder to control your portions and amount intakes of your favourite treats.

I just love the biscuit jar.

Slissie allows you to taste your favourite flavours at the press of a button. The hand-held device is incredibly easy to set-up and use and I've been enjoying using it over the last couple of weeks. Now you can taste things like chocolate, mint, gingerbread and caramel coffee without living with the guilty feeling of the calorie and sugar intake. 


You simply screw one of the flavours onto the Slissie and breathe it in; even though it's vapour free and completely safe. You're left with the taste of your favourite flavours and thus; your craving has been fulfilled. Voila! 


Slissie is priced at £39.99 from Slissie.co.uk and free refills and accessories are available by joining the reward club on the website. Definitely worth the money in my opinion. I don't find myself reaching for the chocolate digestives and cream cakes half as much since I've been using my Slissie!

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Disclaimer: In collaboration with Slissie. All words, opinions and photographs are my own. 

For years, I have been using hair straighteners to achieve curls and waves in my hair. I've used many hair tongs and curlers over the years, but none have really worked for me. Curls only really last in my hair if I over-saturate it in hairspray, so I don't tend to ever reach for my other wands because the curls they achieve just seem to drop within an hour or two. 


My hair is incredibly hard to maintain a curl in, but with straighteners I find that curls or waves seem to last. However, this is usually only if I set the heat setting to its highest at 230°C . Not that great for your hair when it's silver and already as dry as a bone. 


I have been trialling out the ghd Curve Creative Curl Wand over the last week or so and I am utterly converted; despite never having used any ghd products before! With a 28-23mm wand/barrel, I was excited to see what kind of curls the wand would achieve on my hair.


It reaches around 185°C, which is actually all you need in order to create the perfect curl. For years, I was thinking I need to use a scorching heat to achieve the look I wanted, but it's actually just down to buying and using the right product.


This ghd Curve Creative Curl Wand retails at £120.00, directly from the ghd website. Admittedly, this is quite a hefty price tag for a wand; considering there are so many cheap alternatives that you can buy instead. However, I thought I would take them to the test in a first impressions video to see whether they are really worth the price. 

Here's how I got on...


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Here is my final result and I am so pleased with it. The curls look completely different to what they usually look like when I use hair straighteners. They are wavy, bouncy and most importantly; sleek and natural looking. The tapered wand has made my hair achieve voluminous waves and I couldn't be  happier! 

I applied a little bit of hairspray to lock them in place and I'm pleased to report back that the waves stayed in all day and night... even after a nap!


For £120, it's an investment in my opinion, but one that is completely worth the money. I'm thankful for being able to achieve waves in my hair without drying out the ends from using an overly hot hair tool. 

If you're shopping around for a new wand and looking for waves to last for a long time without dropping, definitely check out the ghd products. The Curve Creative Wand is recommended for people with shorter hair and gives beach wave results. However, there are several different wand types available, depending on your hair type and what result you are looking for.

Disclaimer: PR sample. In collaboration with ghd. All words, opinions and photographs are my own. 
My mum is the most special lady (other than Elsie) in my life. I like nothing better than to spoil my mum every Mother's Day. I'm sure the majority of you will feel the same about your own mum. I know some people don't have a mum for a number of different reasons, so if you are one of these people, then you are in my thoughts this Mother's Day.

Here's a little gift guide if you're stuck on ideas for what to treat your mum to. After all, she did carry you for 9 months, so it's important to make sure the gift is special and something your mum will love. 

Argos have an exclusive perfect gift for a mum who likes to look good and keep active and fit. Whether she likes long walks with the dog or enjoys an evening run to clear her mind; she will love this kit from Terraillon. It includes an Activit Band, so she can easily keep track of things like steps, distance and calories burned. It also monitors your sleep, has a handy clock and a vibrating alarm. Included in the set are the Terraillon Weight Scales, so Mum can monitor her body if she's trying to lose or put on weight.


Walker's Shortbread Biscuits - £5.00
Satisfy your mum's sweet tooth with this delightful tin of mini shortbread biscuits. If she's a tea dunker, biscuits are the best gift idea for Mum this year. Walker's shortbread melts in the mouth and are rather more-ish!


Belkin Mixit DuraTek™ Lightening to USB Cable - £24.99
If Mum's an avid iPhone user, she will love a spruced up lightening USB cable from Belkin. This durable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye charging cable, comes in 4 different colours. This is the rose gold one, which looks great with white or rose gold iPhones!


Kopparberg Sparkling Rosé Cider - £6.50
These brand NEW releases from Kopparberg are set to be popular amongst women of all ages. Enjoyed at its best in champagne flutes with fresh fruit to accompany, choose from Strawberry or Raspberry.


With an ABV of 7%, these are great for those summer evenings that are ahead of us. Available at a promotional price of £5.00 in ASDA stores, but are usually priced at £6.50. Kopparberg know how to do it right!

Mylee Pro Elite 4+1 Starter Kit - £54.99
Treat your mum to a super easy gel nail in the comfort of her own home. This fantastic starter kit comes with a 12 watt bulb LED lamp and a selection of gel nail colours from Bluesky. Achieve the gel nail look using the included gel Top Coat and Base Coats. Her nails will last THREE times as longer than using a normal nail polish!


Superdrug Paradise Tropical Fruits Bath Salts - NOW £2.66
This 3 pack of bath salts are from Superdrug's own pamper beauty line. The salts are presented in test tubes in the following scents; Berry Burst, Pineapple Punch and Tropical Mango. If Mum is partial to a relaxing soak in the tub after a long day's work; she will love these fruity smelling bath salts. Reduced from £3.99.


Tile Slim Bluetooth Tracker - £29.99
If your Mum is anything like mine, she is forever misplacing important things like her keys and phone. However, she doesn't have to fear any more thanks to the Tile Slim. It's the world's thinnest bluetooth tracker. Simply stick it to something you want to keep track of and use the free app which you download, to track where your belongings are!


If it's your phone you're looking to find, simply press down on your tile and it will signal your phone to ring; even if it's on silent! Available directly from Tile, Amazon and Maplin. There is also the Tile Mate version (£23.00), which is a keyring to help locate your keys!

Cocofina Coconut Gift Pack - £19.99
If Mum's all about caring for her skin, hair and health; she will love this 3-pack of coconut based products from Cocofina.


Cocofina Coconut Oil
A cold pressed and virgin coconut oil, sourced from the UK Soil Association. With a light texture, sweet aroma and nutty taste; this one is a great alternative when Mum's cooking.

Cocofina Coconut Nectar 
This one is produced from separating the sap from the coconut blossom. A perfect substitute for sugar in tea and coffee, baking and cooking.

Cocofina Coconut Butter
Produced from grinding the white of the coconut, the butter is 100% coconut and has antibacterial properties. Perfect for moisturising your hair and skin!

Dorca Eve 6 Razor - £4.55
I've featured these razors on my blog before and I'm featuring again because they're just that good. If Mum hates shaving, then these are the razors she needs in her life. Cuts and scrapes to her legs are no more thanks to the ever so gentle blades that the Dorca Eve 6 has. There is even a handy subscription service which delivers them straight to your door!


Button & Wilde Body Wash & Body Lotion Gift Set - £24.98
Treat Her to a luxurious and divine Body Wash and Body Lotion duo from Button & Wilde. There are many different scents to choose from, but these are the Citrus Rose scent. You can even personalise the bottles with a message or her name. The branding and packaging is so sweet, you won't even need  to worry about gift wrapping.


Hoochie Mama Candle - £22
These brand new MAMA candles are set to please any Mum this Mother's Day. They come in 10 different scents and are at an affordable price of £22. They're made from 100% plant wax, using a handmade glass jar and give Her 40-50 hours burning time.


Una Brennan's Superfacialist Neroli Super Lift Day Cream - £16.99
Available from Boots, this Day Cream by Una Brennan has SPF15 and has a unique formulation of Shea Butter for moisturising, UV filters for protection and Hyaluronic Acid for firming properties.  Currently £8.49 at Boots.



Lacura Caviar Illumination Roll-On - £2.99
NEW to Aldi's skincare range, this roll-on stick contains liposome concentrate and Hyaluronic Acid to keep those under eye wrinkles at bay. Simply apply this in the mornings and evenings to refresh and rejuvenate her under eye area. Available in-stores NOW!


Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Bottle - £25.95 - £29.95
With a leek-proof camp, this Klean Kanteen bottle keeps drinks hot and cold, contained and spill free whilst you're out and about. If your Mum is a big fan of the outdoors or enjoys long walks with the dog, you may want to get her one of these. Available in a range of different colours and sizes.


Tropic Skincare Best Hands Gift Set - was £28.00, NOW £22.00
If your Mum loves to keep her hands silky soft, she will appreciate this little handy gift set. Pardon the pun, but I couldn't resist. The In The Best Hands Collection from Tropic is a limited edition gift set. It comes with the Hand Smooth Revitalising Polish. This deeply nourishes the skin and restores hands to be as smooth and soft as they should be.


The Soft Touch Intensive Hand Mask is an intense and rich moisturising cream,which should be applied in the evenings before bed. Simply let Mum know to pop on her Bamboo Gloves, which should be slept in the help lock in the moisture. She will wake up with hands softer than she could ever believe was possible.


Hair Dryer & Straightener Stand - £15.00
A Place For Everything is a website that literally is a place for everything. They specialise in different storage systems for every possible need you could have. This mega-handy stand pops onto a door, mirror or a side unit and allows her to safely store her hair straighteners and hair dryer away. This is a great device to allow heated tools to cool down; making it a #1 gift idea for Mum this Mother's Day.


Esthechoc Food Supplement - £42.50 for 21-day supply
Dark chocolate is long believed to contain antioxidant properties and this is exactly what this product is. If Mum's on a health kick this year or is maybe just trying to cut down her sugar intake; the Esthechoc 21-day programme could be perfect for her. This is an anti-ageing supplement programme, which is said to protect her from ageing and promotes luminous skin. Simply have one chocolate per day (38 calories per chocolate), for 21 days and reap the awards.


There it is! My mighty Mother's Day Gift Guide for 2017. I hope this has given you some inspiration for gift ideas before Sunday!

Disclaimer: PR samples but all words, opinions and photographs are my own. 

Detangling brushes are a must for me or I am faced with a battle in trying to remove knots from my hair using a normal hairbrush. 

Tangle Angel are one of my favourite detangling brushes to use due to the long handle. It makes it much easier to hold the brush when gliding through the hair. No pain, no fuss and more importantly; no knots!

They recently got in touch to ask whether Elsie and I would like our own matching brushes. Yes, that's right... they now have Pet Angel brushes for dogs. I couldn't quite believe how adorable it would be to have a matching hair brush with Elsie, so of course I said yes please!


Elsie loves being groomed but does tend to think that absolutely anything is a toy, so these photos do bring a smile to my face. Once I presented her new brush to her, she just looked at it and didn't know what to do with it.

So, she ended up staring at me, as if trying to say "Mum, what is this pink device and why are you taking photos of it with me?".


I think it stayed on the floor for about five minutes before the "Ok, I'm gonna try chewing it now, Mum!!".


It's like butter wouldn't melt though, isn't it? .... 


So, now it was time to get the in action shots, but Elsie wasn't having any of it...



So, we tried to trick her with some of her favourite biscuits...

Labradors are such suckers for food.


And it seemed to work until she realised there was another biscuit still left to eat. The battle then commenced...


She soon saw that I had my very own Tangle Angel and she soon got bored of putting up a fight and was very intrigued by my brush. 


So much so, it was as if she was thinking "If I kiss mummy, maybe she will let me use her new detangling brush as a new chew toy".

Wrong Elsie.


Elsie soon let me carry on her grooming and she was left with a super sleek and shiny coat. We have many grooming brushes for Elsie and some of them have gone straight in the bin after the first use. 

Her coat is typical Labrador at the front, but thick and coarse towards the back; which she got from her Retriever dad. This means that she needs a good enough brush to comb through the back, but also gentle for her shorter hairs. 


I myself have been using Tangle Angel detangling brushes for years and they remain my favourite. I have very thick hair which tangles and knots quite easily, so these brushes which retail at £12.95 are an utter dream for me. 


The Pet Angel retails at £14.95, which is an amazing price and probably cheaper than what you can get elsewhere. They come in three different sizes; standard, mini and 'baby' size for puppies or extra small dogs. 


As you can see, her coat is glossy and healthy looking and she always gets complimented on this by people. Grooming is essential for her as she is a water baby, so we have to bath her quite often after her muddy walks and swims in lakes. 


Elsie and I have really enjoyed using our Tangle Angel brushes and cannot recommend them enough. Thank you so much to Tangle Angel for hooking us up with the cutest matching hair brushes! We LOVE them!

Disclaimer: PR samples. All words, opinions and photographs are my own. 

I absolutely love it when I am introduced to a new product that I've never heard of and then end up LOVING it. 

These bam drinks are an all-natural, free from refined sugars and sweetened with honey. Now, I was a little apprehensive as I'm not a fan of the taste of honey. However, these drinks literally taste like a normal and ordinary chocolate or banana milkshake. It's great to know that I can enjoy a nice milkshake without having to worry about the sugar intake and nasty additives that are in the ingredients. 

They are the perfect post-gym treat to keep you going before lunch or dinner. One single drink (330ml) is packed with 11g of protein, so they are great if you need a protein boost. They also have a handy screw cap, so you can carry them everywhere with you. 


Bam milk drinks are gluten-free, made with British whole milk and use ethically sourced cocoa and bananas. A single drink retails for £1.60 in Sainsbury's.  I definitely would rather pay that little bit more for a drink that is doing my insides a whole load of good! 

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Holiday season is fast approaching, even though it seems like Summer is already here. Anyone else absolutely loving this sunny weather that March is bringing to the table?!

I am already in the midst of putting together and finalising my travel plans for Summer 2017. However, no girly holidays will be occurring like they did last year.

Last year saw us heading over to Magaluf for a week, for a post-break-up-he-never-deserved-me-anyway type of holiday. You may remember my blog post on it back in September last year, but I never quite got around to putting together this post thereafter or the after movie!


That was my first (and probably last) girls only holiday and I have so many thoughts on Magaluf as a holiday destination. 

1) The barman is only flirting so you buy extra drinks
We was always pulled into a bar opposite our hotel by its barman called Callum. Don't get me wrong, he was a very nice guy but he dropped some over-flirtacious comments. It was quite obvious that these barmen are like this so that you end up spending all your night's money in his lonely bar. 

2) The boys are gross
I had just broke up with someone, so I was out in Magaluf to have a good time. However, I didn't speak to anyone because 99.9% of the guys out there are absolutely gross. You definitely will not find your Prince Charming in Magaluf (and if you have then by all means, a pat on the back to you!). All you have to do is smile back at a guy and they think that's an invitation to down under. 

3) Don't pack heels in your suitcase
Literally no girls go out onto the Magaluf strip wearing heels. Even though we all took a pair or two, we ended up dancing on sticky floors in sandals and flip flops. Everyone does... it's like heels are a non-existent thing in Magaluf. 


4) Learn to say no
We had a lot of club PR's and reps coming up to us and trying to get us into their clubs/bars or buy tickets to events during the week. We ended up getting talked into buying tickets to a huge event at the biggest club, BCM. It's important to note that these people all get paid commission on how many girls and guys they can get into places, so don't be afraid to say no ta.

5) You can't relax around the pools
Our hotel was a popular hotel for 18-35's, so it was near impossible to do any relaxing during the day. Don't get me wrong, I loved the loud house music and the non-stop cocktails; but I didn't like being hit by footballs every 2 minutes. It all comes down to the guys being gross... of course.

There we have it! 5 things every person should know before visiting Magaluf. It's a great holiday for a cheap and cheerful time and you're guaranteed to get a tan if visiting in August!

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