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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Breast Augmentation; One Year On

As I write this, one year ago to the minute, I was laying on the operating table in theatre, ready for my breast augmentation - or as it's more commonly referred to, boob job. I was freaking out so much they had to give me gas and air because my heart rate was just too high to administer the anesthetic, to say I was nervous was an understatement. Funny looking back... not so funny at the time. 

I have previously blogged about the procedure, firstly on the technicalities (you can catch up here), and also on the actual surgery and initial recovery (you can catch up here, if you're not too squeamish), simply because when I was researching the procedure, I genuinely didn't feel like there was enough support, advice or real life accounts of what it was like to go through, what happens before, during and after etc. On the same note, I feel like one year on, a reflection is just as important because it's not always an easy (and pain free) road to recovery and it's important for people who are thinking about going through it themselves to decide with all the facts - not just the fluffy, surgeons website who will tell you nothing hurts and you're basically set for life and won't have any complications. Not true. I also asked everyone on Twitter to submit anonymous questions they would like answered honestly so I'll cover all of that too. 


Mary Berry's Malted Chocolate Cake Recipe

In honor of the Good Food Show in Birmingham this weekend and the competition I ran on my blog a couple of weeks ago to win tickets I've given Mary Berry's Malted Chocolate Cake Recipe a go. 

With a little (okay, a lot) of help from the world's second best baker (obviously Queen Mary comes first), my Mummy, we gave the cake a go ready for a family dinner. Of course, it went down a storm.

The cake is really easy to make, is extra creamy, and serves between 8 and 10 people - depending how big your slices are!!


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Heaven Skincare Review

I was first introduced to Heaven Skincare at my event, Big Blogger Conference back in August. Heaven's founder Deborah, is out to conquer the world (literally) with stockists in nearly every corner of the globe, but whilst this is an international brand, the thing I love most about it is how clearly involved Deborah is. 

Deborah came to our event and spoke most enthusiastically about the brand, really showing her passion for the products. I don't know about you guys but seeing the owner, even after massive success still being involved and going to such a small scale event really makes me love the company more. 

Anyway... on to the products!

Heaven Skincare is synonymous with the famous Bee Venom Mask, being the first skincare brand to use ABEETOXIN. Dubbed as 'Botox in a pot', this cream is popular among celebrities all over the world. Rumour has it, even our Princess, Kate Middleton uses it; and if it's good enough for K-Mid, it's good enough for me!

At the Big Blogger Conference, Deborah kindly gifted me some products to try out for myself which was great as I didn't actually get much chance to talk to her about them during the event as I spend most of it running around like a headless chicken. 

The Products

Silver Bee Venom Mask - 5ml (£7.50), 30ml (55.00) or 60ml (82.00)
You can buy yours here

Weekender Skincare Kit - £28.00 (available for different skin types)
You can buy yours here


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Janjira Skincare Review

Before Blonde Vision, I was always so rubbish with trying out new products, choosing to stick with what I knew - or what I thought I knew. Now I love exploring new brands and finding out how they can change either my skin, my looks, my make up etc. 

Before I was asked to review Janjira, I admit, I hadn't heard of it. After doing some research, I realised it's definitely the kind of brand I'd like. In their words,

"Inspired by nature's beauty, and built around the bathing rituals of ancient Thai Royalty. Janjira is an innovative, skin and body care brand born in Thailand that provides the ultimate well-being experience. Our uniquely formulated spa inspired products balance the body, mind and spirit by nurturing the skin." source

I tried out the brightening cleaner, Illuminating day cream and the Regenerating Night Cream, all from the Marine Radiant White range as shown in the photo below. 


Monday, 23 November 2015

Amphora Aromatics Candle Review

If you haven't heard to Amphora Aromatics, you need to check them out. 

Taking inspiration from their travels through Europe, Iran, Pakistan and India, founders Christine and Peter Carroll combined traditional formulas with exotic herbs and oils to creative high quality products at competitive prices. 
"Providing specific beauty or wellbeing solutions, Amphora Aromatics extensive range of essential oils, creams, gels, balms and body care products are the result of many years experience seeking out independent producers from across the globe to source the best quality ingredients." source
With Christmas coming up, I know we are all diving for the nearest Christmas / Winter smelling candle to snuggle up on the sofa with some good TV, and if you're one of those people, this candle is for you. 


Friday, 13 November 2015

Introducing Audley Travel

During the crazy week of WTM, I was invited to an event hosted by Audley Travel to find out more about the brand. This was one blogger event that caught my interest straight away, as I love to blog about travel but I also work in travel, organising events all over the world, but had never heard of Audley. 

It was one of those nights where I walked away from the event thinking, 'wow, I really love this company'. Not just for their totally unique offering, but for their culture and staff. 

Because they can explain in a nutshell, much better than I can, Audley Travel explain, 
"Our trips don’t come off the shelf, there’s no set recipe - they're tailor-made down to the finest detail around your tastes and interests. Quite simply, we listen to what you want and then carefully design an individual trip to match, working to your budget and with an absolute commitment to quality."  source
 This most definitely isn't your average holiday company, in fact, they don't even like the word holiday, preferring to describe it as a journey or experience, which is much more exciting don't you think?! 


Thursday, 12 November 2015

London Haunted Pub Tour

On 30th December, to celebrate Halloween, I took a group of bloggers on a Haunted London Pub Tour on behalf of Best London Walks and Lantern Ghost Tours to discover London's haunted past and have a couple of drinks in some supposedly ghost filled pubs.

I'll try not to spoil the tour just in case you give a go yourself but we heard tales of Sweeny Todd the Fleet Street Barber and visited Mrs Lovett's Lair, heard a spooky story about Spencer Perceval's death (the only Prime Minister to ever be assassinated), before heading over to the famous Cheshire Cheese a regular watering hole for Charles Dickens, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, P. G. Wodehouse and Dr. Samuel Johnson. 


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Tribute to the Victoria's Secret 'Bombshells'

Last night, the elite in female supermodel's took to the stage for the Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show a.k.a my favourite night of the year. 

I know there is always a lot of controversy around the show, due to the slim body types of the women involved but in my opinion, these people take life WAY too seriously. 

Most of the world's supermodel's have starred in the show at some point in their career including, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and most recently Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. To be asked to walk in the show, in a pair of those astounding wings, is an accolade saved for the best, as the names above show. 


Monday, 9 November 2015

Competition Time; BBC Good Food Show

Anyone who knows me, will know I spend the majority of my time either eating, meal planning, recipe searching... You get the picture! 

I know a lot of you out there share my love for food so Blonde Vision has teamed up with BBC Good Food Show to offer you guys the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show in either London at Olympia or Birmingham at the NEC on the dates stated in the terms and conditions.

What is the Good Food Show? 

Bursting with special new features, first class entertainment, fantastic inspiration and great shopping from London’s finest selection of artisan producers – the show has all the ingredients to be the tastiest day out in the capital.

Don't miss highlight of the show, the Super theatre where you can watch the best celebrity chefs in the business cooking delicious dishes. Get tips for tasty seasonal food and plenty of culinary inspiration in this entertaining show whilst hearing from the likes of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jr., James Martin and Tom Kerridge live.

The BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show is now part of BBC Good Food Show London. Your ticket will grant you entry to this second show free of charge (subject to capacity)!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

LDN Meet Up Events & Holidays

As most of you will know, since January 2015, I have been organising Blogger events in and around London with a couple of fellow bloggers helping me along the way. 

If you don't know anything about LDNmeetup, our events have ranged from Hula Fit to chocolate making, small events for 10 people and large events for 60. Our aim at all events is for everyone to make new friends and learn something new. Our events have now also turned into holidays spanning across Europe which is even more exciting! 

I'm always asked what events we have coming up so this page will constantly be updated with all of our past and upcoming events, as well as any info about events yet to be announced. 

Whilst we always send invites to everyone on our database, you can now quickly look at a list of our events right here. To find out the scoop on any of our previous events, search the hashtag's listed and I'm sure there will be loads. 











18-21st March 2016

5-12th July 2016

Race for Life, Hyde Park
31st July, London

If you haven't already done so, make sure you sign up to our database to receive the full invites to all of these events. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported our events in the past, and we look forward to welcoming more of you for the rest of 2015 and also into 2016. 

I'd also love it if you'd been to a previous LDNmeetup event if you could share your write up of it on the comments below! 

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