SICK OF BITCHES ON THE INTERNET


I'm 24 years old and I have no girl mates, because I quite frankly hate girls. I've always been someone who can easily maintain the banter and upkeep of a male friendship; but I've always struggled with girls. Look at the guy friend I took along for brunch at The Royal Albert Hall a few weeks ago; who happened to also shoot these photos for me. Friends for almost 10 years and not one argument, fall out and certainly no bitchiness in our friendship.  Maybe it's genetical science? Fate? Who knows.

Last week, I made a video talking about this exact topic. Unfortunately, my video editing software mucked up the files, which is why I'm finding myself now typing up all of my thoughts and feelings on my blog instead. So here goes darlings. Get your tea and biscuits ready. Or gin and tonic. It's Friday, no judgement around here.


Last week, I was informed by a blogger that another blogger in this apparent "supportive" community, had decided to write a blog post about me. This post was nothing but a dedicated post to slag me off to all of her followers. Now, I have a very thick skin and I wouldn't usually let things like this get to me. However, all of her facts in the post were actually incorrect and according to her inaccurate blog biography, she states "I live by positive thinking, kindness and gratitude"; amongst other easy to claim qualities, but again anything but true

So, it got me thinking. 

Whilst I don't run around topless with a sign on my head written in period blood, stating that I am a hungry feminist (take this lightly or click off now), I am actually very strong on the topic. I think it's important that as women, we strive to carry on living our lives supporting other women. I can't imagine kicking another woman down, publicly humiliating them or tweeting directly or indirectly all for social attention. That's until now, because bitchy bullies on the internet deserved to be called out


The feminist female's post went on to tell her (teeny tiny) fan base, that I deserve to have my nudes leaked on the internetI can't even comprehend how this thought can land in a woman's brain, let alone the audacity to openly state it on the internet for all to see. It's ignorant, rude and disgusting reading this by someone who reckons they radicalise positivity, kindness and good morals. Sounds to me like these people need re-parenting or their brains to be re-tuned.

It's a funny feeling when you read articles and tweets/comments online about yourself. It's almost as if people think they know you better than you know yourself. I've been lucky in the almost six years that I have been blogging, that I haven't read many negative articles or really dealt with much trolling. Until now, that is.

We are almost on the 4th month of the year and I've already dealt with being slagged off for writing about my life online by the feminist chick. Just last week, I was called racist by another blogger (who I thought was my friend, lolz), for publicly stating that terrorists (of any religion) who kill innocent people don't deserve to live afterwards. I'm sorry, but stating that a killer deserves to die after killing innocent people, does not make me racist. Then there was a girl I had on Facebook who decided to call me a pig and troll my blog with hate comments because of the same "oh-mah-gaaad, you're racist" thing. Oh and my personal favourite, directly and indirectly being tweeted childish bullshit a few weeks ago and even more recently by my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend; and so far, 4 of her troll-doll friends too. 


I think the likes of #InternationalWomensDay is a load of bullshit. On the actual day, I tweeted my thoughts on people who try to shame the day and take it away from us women who simply feel proud to be women. However, not even a month on and I do wonder to myself why women support women on one day of the year, but kick and punch them to the floor for the other 364 days of the year.

Obviously, I am well aware that not ALL women are complete and utter bitches and I am overwhelmed with positive tweets and blog comments from women everyday. Ten nice comments outweigh one horrible one and as I say, it's not a regular thing I have experienced until recently.

I was brought up in an environment that is saturated with women who run the pack and do it well. These women are strong fighters and have experienced fear that I can't imagine ever having to face. It's second nature to me to lift women up, praise them and carry on fighting for the equality that our ancestors and family that have been on these grounds since-before-you-were-born*, have fought to have in place for so long. 

*Must stop quoting Harry Potter and remain serious. 


COAT: MISSGUIDED BUT THEY USE REAL CAT FUR SO I WON'T BUY FROM THEM ANYMORE!
TOP: NEW LOOK
BAG: TRENDEO*
JEANS: RIVER ISLAND
BOOTS: TRENDEO*

I am not afraid to voice my opinion across the internet. I have around 15,000 followers across all of my social media platforms and that's a scary audience for some people. For me? It's anything but. One follower is just an extra pair of eyes to read my work or look at my photography on Instagram. An extra pair of ears to watch my videos or Snapchat stories. An extra voice on the internet to voice their opinion or constructively criticise a blogger or vlogger's content. But to bitch, slate, slag off and advertise hate to your followers about someone else? That's something else. That's not being a follower or reader of someone's content. That's just being a straight-up bitch. 


The blogging community as of late, seems to have become this super shiny, clean and minimalistic world, which I don't want to be a part of. I couldn't think of anything worse than sticking to a norm because it's what everyone else is doing and what everyone thinks they need to be doing too.

There's only so many lipstick swatches, Instagram's of your poached eggs and avocado breakfast and the coffee connoisseur glorified image of your Starbucks cup, before I get bored and totally switch off. It's all the same.

You're either nodding with me agreeing or about to write a hate comment on this post disagreeing with me, but I am only saying what so many other people are thinking. It's difficult to differentiate yourself from the 10 million other blogs and influencer social accounts across the globe. However, if it means voicing my opinions and honest thoughts online to make content that little bit different and relatable; then I won't stop. 

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES


For almost six years, I have written about the gritty things in my life. From the time when I got dumped by a text message, when I lost my beloved pup, Maisy and when I walked away from an emotionally abusive relationship.  These are all negative experiences of mine, which I have turned into a positive by documenting. 

My aim is nothing but to document my memories away, but the highlight is being able to connect with so many people from around the world. People who understand that I don't beat around the bush and share real life experiences because well... this is real life and unfortunately not a world full of unicorns and glittery rainbows. 


So, I am sorry if my content on my blog or social platforms offends anyone from this day moving forward; including this post too. I am in no way going to change who I am and what my blog is all about. I speak my mind, am completely open and incredibly raw when sharing my life and that's the way things will stay.

I have no care in the world what people think anymore. In a way, I feel like I am too old to be caring about what other people think, but I thought it would be worth writing about this subject as so many of us bloggers have seen a huge rise in negativity in the community as of late.

The last thing I have to say is... if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all. Or at least have the confidence to @ me in your content if you feel the need to write about me in such a negative light. For now, I'll just hit the block button and carry on doing my thanggg. 

Until next time. Ta'ra. x

4 PHIL SMITH HAIR PRODUCTS YOU NEED TO TRY


The truth is, I always end up going back to my favourite shampoo and conditioners, because I find it hard to find new ones which beat my old faithfuls. However, these hair products by Phil Smith are exclusive to Sainsbury's and will definitely be purchased by me in the future. 

I've spoken about my hair an awful lot over the years and I'm sure you're all sick and tired of me always stating that my hair is dry and has to be straightened most days to get rid of frizziness. Newsflash. When you hair is silver, it's going to be as dry as a bone. However, these four products have proved themselves to me over the past month or so.


The Super Smooth shampoo is one of my new favourite shampoos to use. It contains Keratin proteins which help to fight against frizz and adds shine into your hair. I always get recommended by hairdressers to use Keratin based products on my hair and now I know why! Put it this way, I haven't found myself reaching for my straighteners after using all 4 of these products. 


Shea Butter is another key ingredient in hair products that I look out for. The Hello Moisture range by Phil Smith contains Sheet Butter extracts; adding moisture and smoothness into the hair. I tend to reach for the Intensive Conditioner far more often than the normal conditioner and the results are amazing. Hello moisturised and hydrated hair.


I have tried a lot of serums and most of them never seem to work for me. However, this one is an utter game changer. Instead of weighing my hair down, making it feel like it's built up with lots of product and making it feel greasy; it smooths my hair and adds shine.

I have applied this most days for the past month and have tried it on both wet and dry hair. The results are the same no matter what and I honestly don't know how I survived straightening my hair beforehand without using a serum.

This range of products by Phil Smith are definitely worth trying out. They actually do what they claim to do and they're purse friendly too. I don't think you could get any better!

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

FINDING THE BEST EQUITY RELEASE FOR YOUR HOME


Whether we all like it or not, one day we will be heading towards retirement and be in the position of not knowing what to do with our homes. With important key terms such as mortgages and equity release being thrown at me as a 24 year old; it recently got me thinking and interested to read up on the subject more. 

What is equity release?
Equity release is the financial arrangement that lets you access the tied up money in your home. Currently only available to home owners aged 55 and over; it allows you to take the money you release as a lump sum or in separate and additional payments.

What equity release options are there?
There are two which are worth knowing about at any age. As my parents will be selling and buying a new property within the next year, it's important to educate myself on this subject for my dad who's aged over 55.


Type 1- Lifetime Mortgage:
This involves taking out a mortgage that is secured to your property. This is only applicable if the property is your main residence and you have complete ownership of it. It's entirely up to you whether you choose to make repayments over time or instead, let the interest add up. The mortgage loan you borrow and any interest that has built up over time, is either paid back when you pass away or if you move into care for the rest of your life. 

You can usually borrow up to 60% of the worth of your property, but this does depend on what equity release scheme you decide to go with. 

Type 2 - Home Reversion:
Home reversion involves selling all or part of your home to a home reversion company. In return, you'll be given a lump sum in whole or regular additional payments. Both options give you the right to live in your property until you pass away without having to make any payments such as rent etc; as long as you agree to keep the property in its best condition. 


Both options are quite different, but definitely do give you the option to secure the value in your property. This is especially great if you're approaching retirement age and looking to start thinking about securing an inheritance for your family.

So, where do you start when you're looking for the best equity release? EquityRelease.co.uk is a free online comparison tool, which lets you find the very best. At the click of a button, you can find out how much cash you could release. It searches the web for the best deal possible; saving you from having to carry out the chore of finding this yourself. 

A recent survey showed that 63% of people in 2016 used the money released from equity release on improving their properties; a 2% rise since 2015. It also showed that 31% of people in both 2016 and 2016 use it to pay off debts; whilst 29% also use equity release to book their dream holidays.

Definitely interesting and something to consider in the future, right? There are literally so many things you need to know when buying a property and I now feel a lot more educated than I did before.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Equityrelease.co.uk. Stock images from Pixabay.

5 THINGS I'D DO IF I WON THE LOTTERY

Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, but for someone like myself who has never bought a lottery ticket or scratch card before; the dream of winning millions will always live on.

Quite recently, it's really got me thinking what I would do if I woke up one day to see millions had been deposited into my bank account. Like any one else, it's unlikely I would ever have to work again and so many life long dreams would be fulfilled.

I had a recent conversation about what would be the first thing I'd buy if we won the lottery. I definitely would not be someone who splashes £200,000 on a car; and not even half of that either.

Buying a lottery ticket has never been easier. I didn't know until recently that you can actually play the lottery online on Lottoland UK. This makes it much more convent for Lotto newbies like myself, who are more likely to forget to pick up a lottery ticket in a shop.


I decided to make a fantasy list of the top 5 things I would do if I won the lottery. Obviously it depends on how much I'd win... but here's 5 things I'd love to do!

1. Buy my own house and another abroad

I'm still living at home, with no near future plans of becoming a homeowner. The joys of being a 20 year old something in London, eh? Therefore, it would be amazing to be able to buy my very own house and furnish it inside with my own style and aesthetic. Already imagining all the endless IKEA trips!

I have a dream of being able to hop on a plane and leave the UK for a week or two whenever I like. It would be SO cool to be able to do this if I had another house abroad. Somewhere hot, near a beach, with cocktails at the click of my fingers.

2. Open a dog's re-homing centre

I think it will always be a dream of mine to be able to run my very own dog's rehoming centre. I have always had dogs in my family growing up and am fortunate enough now to have my very own dog. There are so many dogs in need of new homes and some loving, so it would be a joy to own and run a place full of nothing but happy dogs.


3. Travel my bucket list
There are so many places in the world that I would love to see before the day I die. From Bali, Japan, Vietnam, Bahamas and most of America; I want to see the whole world with my very own eyes. I think if I won the lottery, then travelling would be the first thing I ever did with the money.

I would literally book a one-way ticket to somewhere, with no plans and go from there. I imagine I'd go away for at least a year and enjoy seeing new places, eating new foods and meeting new people from different cultures and backgrounds. How amazing would that be?

4. Help out the family
Of course, it would be important to me to make sure that my family are well off and can enjoy life without the worries of money, bills and such. Firstly, I'd make sure my Nan and Grandad was comfortable in a house with a garden. It's one of the top things I'd love to see in life as my Grandad is a London man and hates living in Essex currently!


5. Save and invest!
Saving money is not the first thing on the agenda when it comes to winning the lottery. Not that I know, of course. However, I'd want to make sure I invest some of the money to ensure I don't squander it all and have enough money for my future. Not saving money is one of the biggest regrets I have as a teenager.

There are many different Lotto games that you can play on LottoLand. The EuroMillions game is the most popular, with one bet costing £2. There is less than a day left with the chance for you to win £40 million! Other games include Powerball and Irish Lotto.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with LottoLand. All words/opinions are my own. 

LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL


A few weeks ago, I took my friend Andrew along to a Sunday brunch at the Verdi restaurant inside the grand Royal Albert Hall. This is the only restaurant which opens itself up to non-ticket holders, so we was really excited to pop along. 

Verdi is an Italian restaurant, but also serves Afternoon Tea at particular times. We was lucky enough to be invited along to review the Live Music Brunch. Held every Sunday at 12pm, the restaurant is buzzing with hungry people live bands or artists performing jazz or classical music. 

Tickets cost £31.50 for adults and £16.00 for children; which includes a drink, breakfast, dessert and an afternoon of musical entertainment. 


Andrew ordered a Bloody Mary cocktail and a coffee, and I went for a fresh orange juice. This was also the first time and the last time that I'll ever try a tomato based cocktail. Totally not for me!


The brunch menu is short and sweet; with majority of the dishes involving eggs. Personally, I don't tend to ever order eggs and would always usually opt for something like bacon and avocado. However, I decided to order scrambled eggs on breakfast muffins, with hollandaise sauce and smoked ham. 

Again, I would never usually order a sauce that I'm not very familiar with; but the hollandaise sauce was perfect. It wasn't too rich and complimented the smoked ham very well.


The entertainment was slightly more classical than jazz, which I didn't mind. However, both Andrew and I agreed that the brunch's entertainment on a whole would be more appreciated by older diners. 

We have both been friends for almost 10 years and have the same music taste; rock, pop punk and metal. The entertainment was lovely, but we was definitely the youngest people in there.


Andrew is vegetarian, so he ordered the 'bubble and squeak'. It's a huge plate mixed with aubergine, pepper, tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese and sunflower seeds. This is definitely something I would usually order and I'm sad I didn't, because look how yummy it looks! 

As for Andrew, he really enjoyed it and couldn't stop complimenting it after he had finished. That's always a good sign when reviewing a new restaurant!


Dessert was a choice of dessert of the day or another Bloody Mary cocktail. We both decided to go for the Chocolate Brownie and Passion Fruit Ice-cream, which was absolutely amazing. Andrew asked for his without ice-cream, but I obviously wanted the full calorie intake and asked for ice-cream. SO good.


We had a lovely time catching up and eating great food and I am very impressed with the overall experience we had. However, I would say you really do need to enjoy that music in order to really benefit from the experience. For an adult ticket which is priced at just over £30, it's not a cheaper brunch option; but definitely worth it if you or your loved ones like that music type. 

The Live Music brunch is every Sunday and you can buy tickets here.

Disclaimer: I was invited along to review a complimentary brunch for two. All words, opinions and photographs are my own.

DRESSING MUM FOR MOTHER'S DAY WITH BON MARCHE


BREAKING NEWS! It's Mother's Day tomorrow and it's the one day that all mum's should feel their best. Whether that's being pampered from head to toe, fed really good food or bought a brand new outfit to wear; she deserves it all. 

My mum's personal fashion sense is much like my own. In fact, I often find her eyeing up things I've recently bought and most of the stuff I give away gets recycled into her own wardrobe. It's also great because it means I can do the exact same and have a nosey through her wardrobe. Whether you're a man or woman reading, I'm sure we all have those days where we haven't got a stitch to wear and get all flustered. Therefore, it's wonderful having a mum with a similar style to myself!


Bon Marche have really improved their game over the last year or so. A high street shop that I completely dodged when out shopping, because I always judged it to be for people like my Nan. However, they have really thought about their consumers and have quickly become a fashion-forward brand for the more mature woman. Saying that though, after having a little nosey on the website; there's so many items that are new in, that I'd wear myself!


I've selected a few of my favourite items that are all currently available on the website. My mum happens to LOVE all these items too. I'm honestly going to consider Bon Marche in the future when buying presents for the older females in my life!


From large and vibrant floral prints on spring/summer dresses, to going full out and having cold shoulder tops available. There's even floral embroidered jeans which I would totally wear myself! I am also in absolute love with the polka dot culottes and may need to pop in-store to hunt them down.... for myself. Whoops!

Don't forget to check out my Mother's Day Gift Guide, if you're looking for a last minute gift for your 'ma!

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Bon Marche. All words/opinions are my own. 

TRICK YOUR BRAIN AND TASTE THE CRAVING WITH SLISSIE


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!

*** Get 20% off your purchase with code ASHLEIGH20 ***

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

GHD CURVE WAND CREATIVE CURL + VIDEO


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. 

MOTHER'S DAY 2017 GIFT GUIDE

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.