NIOXIN #FULLERHAIRFULLERLIFE


For just over a month, I have been working really closely with a hair brand called NIOXIN. Tailor made for people who are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, NIOXIN claims to transform your hair if you use their products consecutively. They have a campaign running at the moment called #NIOXIN30Days - in which you are to use NIOXIN products for 30 days and you should see fantastic results.

NIOXIN carried out a global research project on 4000 adults. The results confirmed that those with thinning hair hold back from living a fuller life. A staggering 27% of these people admitted they would rather avoid social situations because of little confidence they have with their hair.

Since I was younger, my hair has always been thick and made most people envious. However, four years ago when I started the transformation from brunette to blonde, my hair began to deteriorate. What used to be a thick and bouncy pony tail, became a limp and lifeless one. Whilst the waist length used to be natural, I now wear hair extensions because I feel much more confident with a thick and lusciously long Rupunzel head of hair; rather than limp, thin and shoulder length hair.

According to the research carried out, a mighty 68% of 25-34 year olds admitted to feeling concerned about hair loss and thinning. Over 50% of these people reported being less likely to take a selfie and upload it to social media, due to not feeling confident about their hair. I'm about four weeks away from sitting nicely in this age bracket and I can completely agree. I'm a sucker for any new kind of product launch that claims to thicken your hair when blowdrying, hair masks that will apparently give you the softest hair in the world and serums that will maintain those pesky flyaways. However, there I still was; pencilling in 30 mins of my next weekend to wash my hair extensions.

So many claims from brands and the media and yet there's not many products out there that I firmly believe in; nor many that claim to do exactly what they say they will do. However, I had high hopes for the new NIOXIN 3-Part System Kits and around six weeks of using these products; my hair has drastically transformed and improved.


These products have a new formulation and are the first innovations in colour protection, enhancement and the delivering of thicker and fuller hair up to TWO times more than normal. There are a total of six NIOXIN 3-Part System kits in the range and one for absolutely everyone. The systems are being introduced to salons for in-salon treatments, so you can use the handy salon finder to find  where uses them. Alternatively, NIOXIN products are available singularly at LookFantastic; should you want to buy and try them at home. The RRP is £32.10.

NIOXIN 3-Part System: Kit 5


My #NIOXIN30Days challenge started by meeting an expert from NIOXIN. We discussed my hair and the concerns I had with it. Whilst I weirdly do have quite a healthy head of hair for someone who's been bleach blonde for a few years, I have been quite concerned about the amount of shedding my hair seems to be experiencing lately. I always notice it in the mornings when I am straightening my hair and look down to find lots of broken hair on my legs or the floor. I do tend to lose a fair amount of hair when washing too, so it was great to get some advice about this problem and be involved in a campaign that could help me solve these issues.


A special microscope tool called the Nioscope 2.0 was used to study my hair. It was in all honesty, quite shocking seeing my hair zoomed up to 2,000 times. The expert studied my scalp and density of my hair. Apparently, my hair was overall quite healthy but very congested on the scalp. This meant that my hair's density has detoriated over the years due to congestion. Follicles in the scalp were blocked with residue of years of products and chemical treatments, preventing my scalp from breathing and sprouting new hair.

After my diagnostic, I was prescribed with Kit 5 for chemically treated hair with progressed thinning. It claims to help achieve noticeably smoother and denser looking hair, so I was looking forward to getting started. It says to use it everyday for 30 days to really achieve and see results, but in reality... who has time to wash their hair everyday for a month? Instead, I was told that I could wash my hair every other day and just do a double shampoo cleanse when I do wash it. This is the routine that I stuck to, but I sometimes did wash it every day depending on how busy I was.

NIOXIN 3-Part System: What's inside the kit

Inside the kits, you get three products. Starting with the Step 1: Cleanser Shampoo, gently massage into the scalp and rinse. If washing your hair every other day, shampoo and rinse again. Then it's time to use the Step 2: Scalp Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner. I love this because it can be applied all over the hair; including the scalp. I massage it into my scalp for a few minutes, worked it across to my ends too and then wash it out. Finally, comes Step 3: Scalp and Hair Treatment; a gel like consistency that is applied to the scalp and roots of damp hair and not rinsed out. This nourishes the scalp and removes the build up of product residue.


The shampoo and conditioner products have a natural, tea tree smell and feeling to them; making my scalp tingle upon application. It's hard to explain, but after rinsing the shampoo from my hair, my scalp felt 'squeaky clean'. My scalp has never looked so healthy before. No dandruff or redness.


Also in the range and thus also tested during the 30 days is the NIOXIN 3D Diaboost Hair Thickening Xtrafusion. This targets thinning hair and delivers visibly thicker and fuller hair upon application and final style. It's easy to use and can be applied to damp or dry hair daily. It should be massaged into the roots only and combed through.


Finally, I have been using the NIOXIN Deep Protect Density Hair Mask to lock in extra moisture to my dehydrated, blonde locks. This can be used in replacement of the conditioner or used afterwards. I didn't use it every time, but I did use it at least once a week and found it helped maintain frizziness and maintained the dryer parts of my hair. More than anything, I found it drastically changed the amount of breakage my hair usually suffers from.

I decided to keep a diary on my phone notes using the NIOXIN system, so that it would be easier and more memorable to record my thoughts and opinions for this post. Here's what I recorded:

Day 1: Hair feels really dry today, so I am going to start the NIOXIN 30 day trial. I've double cleansed using the shampoo and used the other two products in the system kit. I also applied the Deep Protect Density Mask for extra moisture. The products have a menthol/minty feeling and smell to them.

Day 5: Hair feels super smooth today and I am really impressed. Today's the first day where I've straightened my hair and it's not gone fluffy by midday. I will shampoo again tomorrow.

Day 5: limp, lifeless and a thinner ponytail 

Day 10: Used the same products as day 1. Noticed a significant less amount of shedding and the shedded bits are smaller than usual. Having to usually use a serum in my hair routine, my hair feels silky and thicker without having to use a serum.

Day 16: Someone commented on my hair today and how fuller it looks.

Day 20: Double shampoo cleanse today and hair feels squeaky clean. The second shampoo lathered up better than the first. Used the hair mask again and hair feels super smooth and bouncy. Again, not the usual amount of shedding.

Day 23: Washed hair again today. Skipped the hair mask step, but massaged step 3 into my roots with a head massage technique. Followed this with a root boosting mousse from WELLA. Very voluminous hair today, bouncy and shiny. Hardly any shedding at all!

Day 25: Hair feels amazing today. My mum commented how different it looks and that it seems to be growing.

Day 30: Double shampoo cleanse today. Used the mask and the Diaboost Thickening product before blowdrying. Hair feels very voluminious, thick and smooth after straightening. My hair definitely looks a lot sleeker! I haven't worn my hair extensions for the past 2 weeks!

Day 25: a much thicker ponytail

Endorsing a brand with products that has these kinds of claiming results is a big thing to do, so it's also important to only agree to do so if you truly believe in the products themselves. After just the first use of the 3-part system kit from NIOXIN, I was very impressed by the results and can honestly say that my hair has never felt better. I have already recommended the kits to so many people who are intrigued due to seeing the results after 30 days on my own hair.

Feeling a lot more confident to leave the house without using hair extensions to lengthen and thicken my hair is a massive thing for me, but it's something I have managed to do after just 2 weeks of using the NIOXIN products. I even feel more confident to wear upstyles, such as a ponytail or top knot. I am still continuing to use the products and have actually just started using another kit within the range to see how that works for me too.


After 30 days of using the NIOXIN 3-Part System kit and additional products, I headed over to The Wella World Studio in London to work closely with the NIOXIN and WELLA hair teams on some content creation (all of which is credited below each piece of content in this post). I worked really closely with NIOXIN ambassador, Kay McIntyre who created a tutorial on how to use one of the systems with my own hair. It was a really good day and very interesting to hear more about the brand and products themselves.

One of the biggest things I learned at the studio day was that breakage is usually always down to two things; cheap hair straighteners and not using a heat protection spray - both of which I am 110% guilty of! Whilst I have recently chucked away an old hair dryer and got a new one, I think simply taking a little more care of my hair can save it from suffering any longer.


I love NIOXIN so much, that I cannot imagine not using them in my routine now. Even if it's not consecutively and just every now and then to unclog the scalp and thicken my hair, these products will be sitting on the corner of bath waiting to be used the next time.

They say your hair should be full of secrets, but mine's not. My hair is is full thanks to NIOXIN. #FullerHairFullerLife

Disclaimer: This post is a collaborative paid partnership with NIOXIN. All words are my own. Photography and content is owned by NIOXIN and is credited where required. Please do not distribute any of the content on this page without permission. All content is my own unless otherwise stated. 

JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ EASE GLOSSING MIST


I remember the old days when I had shiny, glossy hair but that's something I haven't seen in absolute years. Being blonde also means that it's much harder to maintain a natural shine to my hair. However, the hair god from the heavens above aka John Frieda, has invented a product that makes up for all the glossiness that most of us are missing out on.

I'm already a huge fan of the John Frieda Frizz Ease range, so I had high hopes for the Glossing Mist Spray. Made using an ultra-light and grease proof formula, the glossing spray can be sprayed onto dry or wet hair as and when you wish. Use it in-between washes to keep those locks super glossy and make the whole office envious of the shine you're rocking at your desk.


I've used it on both wet and dry hair and find it works great on both. I particularly like using it when I've washed, dried and straightened my hair and I'm looking for something to make my hair look super sleek. It doesn't weigh down my hair or make it look greasy either, which is always a bonus! Honestly, it's great.

A 75ml spray bottle of John Frieda Glossing Mist is available from Superdrug and Boots for £5.99.

Disclaimer: PR sample. All words and photography are my own.  

35 DATES IN ONE WEEKEND?!


You've probably clicked this post because you're wondering how one person has the time to go on a series of 35 dates in just 2 days. Whilst I don't think that's quite possible, it's not impossible either

Last week, I had an unintentional weekend of double speed dating. I am trying to say yes to more things, so it was great to kill two birds with one stone; meet new men for serious beau options and of course; new girl-friends.

Friday.
I had organised to meet Tanya from Glam Glitz Gloss on Friday night after work. The event was booked and hosted with Original Dating, which I thoroughly recommend if you're looking for speed dating events across London. They have a whole range of different locations, age ranges and themes - perfect if you're looking for something inparticular. 


After a quick cocktail at the First Dates restaurant in St Pauls, we headed over to a restaurant and bar called Dion in the same area. When we walked in, we was ambushed by a group of seriously hot sorts (the exact type I am trying to avoid because I fall weak at the knees for them, but surprise surprise... I can't resist an Essex boy or 4), who persuaded us to both sit down and have a mini speed dating event with them. Very funny guys and extremely flirty, but sadly they wasn't there for the ACTUAL speed dating. I could tell one of them just wanted to tuck into his duck spring rolls, bless him,  so we said our goodbyes and headed downstairs. 


As I had never been to speed dating before, I didn't really know what to expect. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the event hosts who registered us and gave us a score sheet and pencil each. We headed straight to the bar and ordered a bottle of prosecco to share between us and had a little gossip about people who caught our eyes.  FYI, at this point... nobody did.  I was slightly gutted, but hoped some hotties would turn up soon... or maybe just the Essex boys from upstairs.  (I know, I'm terrible.)


We was seated at the bar which was great because it meant the barmen were constantly filling our drinks up (totes VIP service) and it also meant that mine and Tanya's backs were to each other, so every now and then we could turn round and have a little gossip and I could warn her about the guy I had just met who she was about to meet.

How does speed dating work?
The idea of speed dating is in the name. Each event usually has around 25 women and 25 men - give or take.  The women sit down and don't move for the entire evening (absolute dream when you're tired from working all day). Each guy makes their way around the room and has a 4 minute date with each girl. It sounds quick, but when it's a no chemistry date, it can feel like the longest 4 minutes of your life! After each guy says bye, you mark them down on your score sheet. You can say yes, no or mark them down as a friend. When you've met every single guy, your results get collected and you find out who you matched with the next day. If it's a mutual match, you can chat over the website or app messaging system and go from there.  

Who did I meet? Now, I should mention now that this event was aimed at 23-35 year olds, which fits the age range for me perfectly. I met around 35 guys over the whole weekend, but could only remember a memorable 18 of them, so here's my experience on my first time ever speed dating; two nights in a row!

P - THE RECEDING HAIRLINE
My first speed date, ever. The spanish guy with the receding hair line. The one who told me he was 10 years younger than he actually was. His legs didn't reach the floor and dangled like a small child's. The one I had about -36% chemistry with. It must get better than this.

G - THE FLIRTY CANADIAN 
Not my usual cuppa tea looks wise, but very tall with an infectious smile. A photographer, living in London. Handy for the old blog, that one is Ashleigh, I think to myself. He sits down and he has an accent. I ask him where he's from and he flirtatiously replies 'Canada'. I'm already planning all of my summer holidays for us and our children but reality hits and I remember I don't fancy him. 

J - THE HOT, BEARDED ONE
I already noticed him at the bar when I walked in. Looks wise, he's a bit of me. Someone I'd probably try to dance with in a club. Definitely the one I'd have no hesitation over swiping right for. No tattoos, but he has a beard that would make most men envious. I'm waiting for the sexual chemistry to spark up but it fails to ignite. What a disappointment. 

A - THE REAL LIFE DOC BROWN
The scientist with the heavy Glaswegian accent and an ex boyfriend's name. Kept talking about pubs and beer.

J - THE OVER ENTHUSIASTIC GAMER
One of the guys I had been dreading speaking to for 4 long minutes. He stared too much and had a creepy smile to make things even worse. He didn't ask me one question and just kept talking about xBox games. I think I now know everything there is to know about Halo. Snore, Zzz. 

A - THE UNDER COVER 45 YEAR OLD
Definitely was not even 40, let alone the so called maximum of 35. He told me straight away how he's recently divorced and had travelled from Cambridge to London for this event. Slightly desperate if you ask me. I have no interest in divorced or even recently single people, so I had no initial interest in this guy and knew there was absolute no chance of it getting any better. 

J - THE FAKE HARRY POTTER FAN
The short, bald guy from Watford. Automatically, I tell him I only know of Watford because of the WB Harry Potter studios. 'Oh, I LOVE those films!", he says with such animation and excitement. In my head, of course I'm already planning our Harry Potter themed wedding and such, but sadly he looked at my Harry Potter tattoo with such a confused expression. The smell of bullshit left with him after four minutes too long. 

H - WILLY WONKA'S TWIN BRO
The first thing I noticed was his frizzy and unkept hair. A serious lack of style and the fact that every woman in the room was anxiously exchanging looks at each other; all of us thinking the same thing. At least I know I wasn't the only one. 

A - MR MIRROR MUSCLE
"So babe, do you like my muscles?". The first thing he said to me when he sits down in front of me. Inside I am thinking, what muscles? I definitely put my contact lenses in this evening, but I am failing to see any biceps, triceps or pecs poking through his badly ironed shirt. He proceeds to tell me he's not looking for a relationship and if I fancy some casual fun, I should talk to him at the end of the night. At the end, he later approaches me and my devil glare comes out. He doesn't bother me again. 

F - THE DANGEROUS ONE
An interesting and well travelled guy; working in the British Army as an engineer. He works abroad in Afghanistan. Too much of a scary job to have in a potential future date or partner. I keep it sweet and hope he doesn't approach me later on. 

D - THE IT CONSULTANT LOOKING FOR A BRIDE
A case of East meets West. I haven't even asked him for his name yet and he's already asked me if he can take me out for drinks and dinner. Too much creep. Goodbye.

L - THE GUIDE DOG TRAINER
The only one my eyes lit up for. With a curly mop of blonde hair on top of his perfectly shaped head, this 6ft2'er grins and sits down in front of me, introduces himself and tells me it's nice to meet me. Ticking the polite box, I can't wait to chat to him some more. Turns out, we grew up in the same area in London. Then he drops the bomb that he works with guide dogs. I lose my shit and start telling him about Elsie; already excited at the prospect of her having a new friend.

Fast forward, he comes over to me at the end of the night and we get chatting some more. We both end up saying yes to each other (fact, the only one I said yes to) and we exchange numbers via the Original Dating app. We have a brief chat but then he leaves me on read, ghosts me and he's archived into my Whatsapp Graveyard. Always beware of the sweet, quiet ones. 


Saturday.
With not much faith so far for speed dating events, I met up the next evening with Sophie, Natasha and her friend, Susie. We was actually reviewing this event this time with a different company called DateinaDash - another great speed dating company who I would definitely book with again in the future. This one was held at Kensington Roof Gardens which we had all wanted to visit for a while. 


Kicking off at around 8pm, I think we was all a little worried looking around at the ages of the women in the queue to get in. Fear not though, it turned out there was two speed dating events on at the same time; one for us and one for older people. Phew.

£47 later on just two drinks (the ditzy blonde (lol me) thought the barman was bantering with her), I met a whole bunch of new men and walked away feeling completely exhausted. Slightly deflated and a little creeped out at how many older guys had decided to spruce up their supermarket bought shirts with cufflinks from last year's Christmas crackers and a cheap, watered down cologne they've been wearing since they were 13 and first discovered boobs. 


A - THE FELLOW PUPPY OWNER
Myself and A hit it off straight away with a conversation about our dogs. Looks wise, he wasn't someone I would necessarily have eye sex with, but it goes to show you that an attraction can be there if you put the effort in to talk to someone who's not your normal type. He wore a nice coat too. 

J - THE DREAMY AUSTRALIAN HUNK
You know all us women have that ideal dream man that we will probably never meet? This guy was the Tom Hardy amongst a sea of Donald Trumps. I was mesmerised by his dark hair, dark eyes and that addictive accent that said 'Hello, I'm Mr J...'.  Probably the only guy who made every woman's knickers wet and ovaries explode, but we never matched. His loss. 

J - THE JOURNALIST 
Maybe someone I would give a second glance to at the bar. It's always a party inside my head when I get talking to someone either in person or over an app who I have things in common with. So, imagine the initial happiness of a blogger meeting a journalist. Pretty much the chocolate fudge sauce on top of the cake. Turns out things were mutual and he liked me enough to say yes to me and it resulted in a match the next day. He dropped his phone number over to me in my private messages on the website, but I never ended up texting him. I guess he didn't excite me enough after all.

D - THE PRETTY BOY LAWYER
One that would probably whisk his woman away to the middle of nowhere most weekends; treating her to bottles of champagne, caviar, bubble baths and fluffy robes. However, not one that I could imagine would chuck me around the bedroom when I wanted him to. I just didn't get those dreamy Mr Christian Grey vibes that most twenty something year old women crave. Me included. 

J - THE DOUBLE DIPPER DATER
The creep that asked every single girl on a date during his four minutes with us all. Seriously J, us girls all talk afterwards and we all knew your game. I had three friends there and I should imagine a lot of the other girls were in groups too. J needs to try a different game. I should imagine he ended up with zero matches at the end of the night. Unlucky to be J right now. 

J - THE PORTUGUESE SERIAL-SMILER
There's a fine difference between smiling a lot and smiling too much. I don't think he really understood anything I was saying and vice versa. He kept saying what to most things I said and just seemed to smile his way through the conversation. At one point, I had no date and he started to wander back over to me, so I had to quickly get my phone and pretend I was busy!

L - THE ONE EVERYONE LOVED - ME NOT INCLUDED
All the girls seemed to have loved this lad, but me. He sat down in front of me and didn't engage with me at all. It was very mutual because I have a particular type and try my best to avoid certain types. I could tell he was probably very much into his tennis and polo games on Saturday mornings and probably wore cardigans. Not my cuppa tea.  Man, I don't even like tea. 


So after a weekend of first time speed dating and 35 men later, I've been creeped out, followed onto the tube by the Canadian and ghosted by the only decent one. Just my luck. However, I'd probably go again and hope that there's a few more guys that catch my green eyes. Back to the basics tomorrow though, as I'm off on a Plenty of Fish date. Will this one be my catch?

Disclaimer: I was invited along to review the DateinaDash event, so was offered a press ticket in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All words are my own. 

FRESHPET NATURAL FOOD & 5 WINNERS GIVEAWAY!


Five minutes ago, I placed a bowl of scrambled eggs on Elsie's food mat and told her to wait 5 minutes for it to cool down. This is a treat breakfast and breaks up her usual breakfast of dried biscuit food. We don't feed her any human leftovers (but she does tend to steal my prawn crackers when we have Chinese takeaway), as we find it extremely important to love the inside of Elsie as much as we love the out.

I am about to switch her over to some hypoallergenic dried biscuit food, as I think there's an ingredient in her previous food which she's allergic too. Unfortunately, the vets have already told me she has a slight case of doggy eczema, so even though her coat is lovely and shiny; her skin does get quite itchy.

Therefore, I look at all of the ingredients in the tins of her wet food which she has for dinner, mixed with biscuits. However, having recently been on a shopping trip to Tesco, I came across a fridge down the pet aisle which offers freshly cooked food, with natural ingredients for both dogs and cats from a brand called Freshpet. Coincidentally, Freshpet emailed me a week later, introducing me to their products for pooches and pussies.


Freshpet have a wide range of less-processed and wholesome pet food. It contains none of the nasties and preservatives that many processed dog foods have. In fact, our last dog constantly regurgitated her wet tin food! Thanks to Tesco, Freshpet are now exclusive to pet fridges in their supermarkets and have now introduced an American business to the UK.

Freshpet foods are made using fresh poultry and vegetables and cooked in Freshpet kitchens in smaller batches.  They are 100% complete and balanced and refrigerated as soon as they are made and all the way during their journey to Tesco supermarkets. Best of all, they are free from wheat, corn, soy and fillers; some of which I think is what Elsie is allergic to.


A lot of thought and care goes into each batch that is cooked, so every food product produced is that of a high quality. The range has been developed by vets, scientists and nutritionists to make sure the products produced are at their 100% very best.  There's many different products to choose from; including a wide selection of different recipes and pack sizes.


Pack sizes range from £3 to £13.50, which means it costs less than £2 per day to feed adog. That's also only around £1.50 per day to feed a cat on Freshpet food. Definitely cheaper than other leading pet food brands, but also a lot more beneficial to our pets.

I have teamed up with Freshpet to offer 5 lucky readers of my blog the chance to win their very own bundle of Freshpet products for their dog or cat. Each winner will win a goody bag containing some vouchers to buy Freshpet products, a chopping board, bandana, storage tub and pen - which all comes in a very cool bag too! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


T&C's: There are 5 winners who will each win a goody bag worth £15. It will contain vouchers to buy Freshpet food, a chopping board, bandana, pen and a storage tub. Open to UK citizens only. Entries MUST follow Freshpet on Twitter (@freshpet), Instagram (@freshpet), tag a friend in the Instagram comments AND me on Instagram (@ashllyd). Giveaway is open for 2 weeks and will end on November 20th . Winners announced on Twitter & Instagram. 

KLAIRS FRESHLY JUICED VITAMIN DROPS


Working in Central London has meant that my skin has been quite dehydrated and conjested over the last few months. Although genuinely clear, it's felt quite right and felt like it was lacking moisture; without actually peeling or flaking. I've basically put it down to the thanks of the London underground.

However, fear not because I have found a true magical product that has transformed my skin. Being completely vegan and cruelty free to, it's to no surprise that it's currently sold out.

Up until now, I was a virgin to Korean skincare products but now I feel like I need it ALL to try out. Klairs is the first Korean beauty brand that I have explored and I honestly cannot wait to try out some more.

Koja Beauty is an online website that stocks many different Korean beauty products; including other brands like Klairs. They kindly sent me over a whole bunch of different products to try, but the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops from Klairs is definitely my favourite try out.


With the power of main ingredient Vitamin C, the freshly juiced vitamin drops is a serum type product that is packaged in a 30ml glass bottle with a stopper to distribute. It smooths out the skin's complexion and texture, rejuvenates lack of moisture in the skin and brightens any dullness.

I have been using it every evening in replacement of a moisturiser, but it can be used after a moisturiser day and/or evening. It makes my skin feel amazing, healthy and glowy; and it certainly does brighten it when my skin is looking a little dull or sallow.

Available at KOJA Beauty for £19.99 

Disclaimer: PR sample. All words are my own. 

SCANDAL BY JEAN PAUL GAULTIER


I have an utter scandal for you today ladies. No, literally I do.  That's right, Jean Paul Gaultier has released a brand new fragrance called Scandal and it's definitely one of my new favourites.

Jean Paul Gaultier is renowned for having a daring style that never sticks to the rules. In fashion, he brushed off gender boundaries and dressed men in skirts. Those famous pointy breasts that Madonna rocked were also a JPG statement. For his catwalks, he cast his models from the streets. He has never been somebody who follows the same ways of working as everyone else and that's something to truly admire.

We all know the original JPG fragrances are presented in bottles that model the breasts, torso and stomach of a woman. Not something that any other perfume designer has ever done since and to be honest, not one that can be competed with. It's what makes Jean Paul Gaultier THE Jean Paul Gaultier.


Scandal is a brand new release which follows the same feminine and edgy style as the original. It's packaging consists of a glass bottle with a silver lid which is a pair of ladies legs in the air wearing stilettos. Just below this, the name of the fragrance is labelled in silver, capitalised as SCANDAL. It's presented beautifully in the famous tin box - with a textured velvet material.

A perfect gift for Her all year round.  

The perfume designers wanted to create a fragrance that could be worn both day and night; but smell completely different but similar at the same time. In the day time, the perfume gives off a fresh honey, gardenia and blood orange vibe. Wear it in the evening, and you'll smell a seductive honey blended with patchouli.


How dare Jean Paul Gaultier make a perfume that has two scents in one?! What an absolute scandal!

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal is available from The Fragrance Shop now. Prices are as follows: 30ml £44.00, 50ml £63.00 and 80ml £82.50.

Disclaimer: PR sample.  

NUTELLA B-READY BARS

I'm sure if you have clicked on to read this post, then you're probably really interested in finding out where you can get your hands on nutella B-ready bars.

The famous nutella spread has introduced a new product to its line and it's definitely got me converted enough to want to purchase again.

This brand new release to the UK has been well sought after and is now finally stocked on the shelves at all major UK supermarkets. Definitely easy to get hold of, but definitely in high demand as my local supermarket has sold out already!


nutella B-ready bars are made up of a crunchy wafer shell, filled with delicious nutella and puffed wheat crispies. For someone like me who tends to shy away from having nutella for breakfast, these bars are great for those mid-morning slumps at my desk.

They can be enjoyed completely guilt free, as each individual bar is made up of less than 120 calories. Probably tastier than your average chocolate bar and a bit more kinder too.

nutella B-ready bars are priced at 59p each or a box of six is priced at £1.99. Definitely worth it in my opinion and I already cannot wait to get my hands on another box. Whoops.

Disclaimer: PR samples. 

WRENDALE DESIGNS BY HANNAH DALE


I love it when I find bespoke and one of a kind products that really do deserve a mention. I was recently introduced to an illustrator called Hannah Dale. She started her designs and illustrations from her kitchen table in Lincolnshire and is now the proud owner of Wrendale Designs; with the help from her husband on the business side of things. 

Inspired by everything outdoors in the beauty countryside of Lincolnshire, Hannah started by painting hares and other wild animals. Hannah was then commissioned to illustrate a book with different dog breeds; with quirky facts to go alongside each breed. 


From the completion of this product, Wrendale Designs now has a wide collection of pet illustrated products; including pet tins and bowls for cats and dogs and homeware products too. However, all of her original paintings of wild animals can be found on products such as mugs and notebooks. There really is something for everyone at Wrendale Designs. 

Hannah asked if I'd like to pick some of her products to feature. I chose the dog food tin for Elsie and the cat treat tin for Albert, and the three of us was very excited to receive these in the post. 

Elsie has a mix of dry and wet food for both breakfast and dinner, so the dog food tin is perfect for keeping her dry pellets in. It is slightly larger than the treat tins - with a white body and slightly off grey lid; matching the decor of our kitchen perfectly!


The whole tin is illustrated with different dog breeds; including pugs and beagles. It also comes with a sturdy scoop which is really handy when transferring the food from tin to bowl. This tin is priced at just £23 which I think is an amazing price.


Elsie really loves it too and sat proudly next to her new food tin for a picture (or 30!). Fact: I always have to entice her with treats for these kinds of photos, or she doesn't cooperate! 


Albert's treat tin is perfect for him as he has a slight addiction to the cat treats called Dreamies. They are basically like cocaine for cats! There's some little beef sticks from the supermarket which he loves too, so we now keep these in his new tin. 


Again, the cat tin is illustrated with lots of different breeds of cats, and is the perfect size. It's slightly cheaper at £14.00 and utterly purr-fect for your feline friend too. 

A massive thank you to Wrendale Designs for these beautiful and unique pet tins. They sit very proudly on our kitchen shelves and the fur-babies love them too!

Disclaimer: PR samples. 

THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE WITH SQUAT MAGIC - MY RESULTS


The 30 day challenge is over and I have never been more excited to share a final result. I introduced this challenge back in August and then had to stop the challenge due to a knee injury at the gym. I started it again a few weeks ago and told you all last week that I would be sharing my final results with you in a week's time.

Well, this is THE blog post AND video with those peachy results.



Incase you're not already familiar with the Squat Machine from my other two posts - it's a very light and portable machine available from HighStreetTv for a special price of £69.99 at the moment (usually £79.99).


It has three levels (beginner, intermediate, expert) and these are changed by the orange plugs at the base of the machine. It works by resistance, so the harder the level, the more strength it requires to push the seat down with your bum.

Here's the machine up close and how I used it during my challenge.


I was very intrigued by the machine when I was first ever told about it and now I've been able to use it, I can totally see why there's such a hype right now in the fitness world for it. Squatting has never been easier and you can do it in the comfort of your own home too.


I thought it would be a lot fairer if I wore the same workout leggings for both my before and after results, so here's what Ashleigh Dougherty's bum looked like a whole 4 weeks ago. I am wearing the Gymshark Seamless Leggings which are by far my favourite workout leggings, ever. They are extremely high waisted, so suck you in on all the right places. 

My bum was okay before, but definitely needed a bit of a work on to lift it and to generally make the glutes a lot stronger. I have used the squat machine from New Image for 4 weeks with a few rest days as part of the challenge and is my result.


So, it hasn't gone from Kylie to Kim in 30 days, but it has certainly lifted and got a lot more perk to it. I have noticed it sits a lot more comfortably in all of my skinny jeans and definitely feels like the muscle has grown a lot stronger. At least, it doesn't feel as jiggly! 

I cannot recommend Squat Magic enough for those inbetween workouts where I am too busy to get to the gym or simply cannot be bothered! Challenge yourself to squat for 30 days (with a few rest days too) and you will soon start seeing results! 

Squat Magic is available now and retails at £79.99 - but is priced at just £69.99 right now, exclusively at High Street TV.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with High Street TV, in exchange for an honest review. 

ARIANA GRANDE SWEET LIKE CANDY FRAGRANCE


The beautiful Ariana Grande has just launched a limited edition rendition of her fragrance, Sweet Like Candy. I've never smelt the original ARI fragrance, but this is new and improved and it really has had a true makeover.

Sweet like Candy is now available in a brand new red-hot design. The iconic multi-faceted gem-like bottle has been slightly redesigned - with a striking, matte red overall design. It includes a sleek, silver cap and Ariana Grande's name engraved just below. The new design finishes with a super cute red pom pom. It really is SO Ariana, but so very Ashleigh too!


Sweet Like Candy really does live up to its name. The original scent has been improved on a whole new level; going from fruity, to floral, to flirty. Its top notes bursts with a mix of delicious fruits, such as red berries and pear. The heart notes are very irresistible; with jasmine and dewy honeysuckle to name a few. It's a very flirty scent; combining its dry down notes of sensual musks; including  that of alluring liquid amber and fluffy marshmallows.

It's a great scent for any occasion and you can't really go wrong with it. I instantly feel happy and ready to start my day productively when I spray this.  For duration, I wouldn't say it lasts all day (how many perfumes do though?). However, it's a great one for date nights or shopping with the girls; or to pop into your handbag for top ups during the day. I mean who wouldn't want to pull this incredibly cute bottle out of their bag?!


I wasn't sure if this would be really sweet and end up reminding me of the Britney Spears scents that I used to wear when I was 13 (cringe). However, it's really surprised me and I definitely recommend smelling a sample if you can. It's a great one for any Ariana fans out there or anyone who likes a sweet and sensual scent.

The Limited Edition Sweet Like Candy is available from Superdrug and is priced at £30.

Disclaimer: PR sample. All words and photographs are my own. 

THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE WITH SQUAT MAGIC - MY HALF WAY THOUGHTS SO FAR


At the beginning of August, I introduced you to a magic seat called Squat Magic. This is a squat machine that if used regularly (with a good diet too), can tone and lift your bum.

I started a 30 day squat challenge which was meant to see me squatting a certain number of times, every day for 30 days. I then said I would report back half way through with my thoughts and then do a final post at the end of the challenge. Unfortunately though, I had a slight injury on my knee from the gym a few days after publishing that post, so I had to leave my fitness regime for a while and let my knee recover.

A few weeks ago, I started the challenge from scratch all over again and this is now my mid-challenge update. I am going to save the before and after photos for the finishing post coming soon, but for now I just wanted to report back with my thoughts.

It's worth mentioning that I have stopped going to the gym temporarily as I am in the midst of changing over gyms. Therefore, the only exercise I have been actively doing is a lot of walking and using my squat machine.


I have been using the squat machine every evening before having a shower and going to sleep. I have been following the 30 day challenge poster that comes with the machine. It's taken me a while to get back into a fitness regime due to my break, but it can be difficult to hit 100 squats on your first few days. However, my body is used to going to the gym everyday, so I haven't found it that difficult to reach up to 300 squats in one sitting.

I haven't been using weights - but I intend to try using some resistance bands to increase the resistance between each squat. I use them a lot anyway and find they work great if you feel like you're not getting any results with just a pure stand alone squat.

I will report back next weekend with my overall thoughts and some before and after photos of my Squat Magic butt!  There will also be an EXCLUSIVE giveaway for ONE lucky person to win their very own Squat Magic seat!

Squat Magic is available now and retails at £79.99 exclusively at High Street TV.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with High Street TV, in exchange for an honest review.