Brunch at The Ivy, Brighton

I have always associated the Ivy restaurant in London’s Covent garden with celebrities and luxury dining and was a place I wanted to try out one day. So, when I found out that they were branching out and opening a Brighton restaurant I was so excited and of course I had to make a reservation straight away.

The Menu

There are a few menus to choose from starting with breakfast, followed by brunch, then lunch, afternoon tea and then finally dinner. There is also a bar which you can sit at sipping cocktails throughout the day if you fancy a little shopping break.

The restaurant

We were greeted at the reception and shown to a lovely corner seat – gorgeous velvet fabric and plumped with cushions of course. The interior design of this restaurant is literally so beautiful and it really has to be seen to explain it. The walls are painted in bold, beautiful and tropical prints but there is still an overall art deco feel to the place which is a fab mix. The most exciting room though had to be the bathrooms. As soon as I walked into the room I was blown away but then I should have expected this really. The fabulous dusky pink seating area in the centre of the room (I literally need one of these in my life), the music, being surrounded by mirrors with gorgeous lighting and to top it off, you have your own personal cubical, basin slash beauty station.

Overall Verdict

Overall though if I am really honest, the décor was more exciting to me than the food and the service wasn’t quite how I expected it to be. I personally don’t think I will go back for a meal again but I would like to try the cocktail bar. I have heard excellent food reviews though from others, so perhaps it was just the meal that I chose. The time of my reservation meant it was the brunch menu and I had the Ivy full English breakfast. That aside, I had a lovely experience visiting this restaurant and am pleased I was able to go and try it out.

To make a reservation visit the Ivy website here

The beautiful bathroom – love these little beauty stations

What I wore for my Brunch trip:

Shirt: Topshop. Handbag: Jimmy Choo

New moisturising body yoghurts from The Body Shop

When I was younger, The Body Shop was always somewhere that I would like to visit. If you are from the same 90s school era as me, you will remember their white musk perfume that everyone used to wear, the little pearl bath oils, the soap shaped like fruit or animals, the distinctive logo and the packaging that all of the products had. I feel all nostalgic just thinking about it!

Ethical Values

Not only were The Body Shop founded in Brighton (which I absolutely love, being a Brighton girl myself), but they have always been active campaigners against any form of animal testing and have a strong belief in ethically sourced and produced skincare, haircare, fragrance, body products and make up.

This is a really hot topic in today’s society as people have really woken up to environmental issues, so the fact they started with this mindset back in the late 70s is so inspirational.

I’m not too sure what happened, but the Body Shop really fell off my radar for quite a few years if I am honest, until recently when they have caught my eye again and I am so pleased about this because they have had such a style make over and I am seriously impressed.

The classic logo remains the same but the branding and packaging has had a sleek makeover. The products all still have those beautiful bold fruity scents too but the range of products has really expanded and it is not easy to go in there without picking up a load of products that you get the urge to try out!

The Body Yogurts

I went into the Brighton store the other day and fell in love with a brand new range of body yoghurts that have recently launched onto the market which are 100% vegan friendly. These are the cutest pots and have a generous amount of body cream in a selection of different scents, and let me tell you, they literally smell good enough to eat. I chose a pot of the mango as well as the strawberry and I have been using them daily. They have a cool gel like consistency and the thing I love the most about these is how quick they dry into your skin. The texture is nice and lightweight without any stickiness what so ever which is perfect for these hot summer days at the moment, when you still want soft skin but without feeling uncomfortable.

These body yogurts claim to give you 48 hours of moisture in the skin but I have been using these every day and been really enjoying using them as you can quickly apply it to the skin and get dressed pretty much straight away. If you’re anything like me, I just don’t have the patience to wait for a body cream to dry and creams like that put me off wanting to use them again.

Each body yoghurt is enriched with community trade organic almond milk from Spain and a little goes a long way – the only tricky part is choosing a favorite, but at £8.50 per tub you can definitely afford to treat yourself to more than one.

There are 6 gorgeous scents to choose from including: Mango, Strawberry, British Rose, Moringa, Coconut and Almond milk which are all nature inspired flavours.

Overall verdict

On a final note, The Body Shop now have a loyalty card scheme which is free to join and every time you earn over 500 points when spending in store, you will receive £5 back to spend. They will also send you a gift on your birthday and send out regular emails with discounts and deals to take advantage of. You can find these body yogurts and the rest of their gorgeous range in store or online here

The eye product you need to try to fight dark circles

I have suffered with dark circles under my eyes for a while and they literally drive me mad. There is nothing worse than having a full face of glam makeup being ruined by the dreaded discoloration under the eyes still showing through. Even if I had a full 8 hours sleep a night, I was still waking up the next day with the same tired looking eyes. I have tried a lot of different products to reduce this problem and have really struggled to find something that I am happy with until recently when I came across the Kiehl’s midnight recovery eye cream.

The formula

This is specially formulated for the delicate under eye area and claims to achieve fresher, younger looking eyes, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After reading this, I had to try this for myself.

I have been using this cream for around 3 weeks now during my evening beauty regime and I have to say it has really helped a lot. I can definitely notice a reduction in puffiness and the dark shadows have improved. I can’t say that it has completely removed the problem as I actually don’t think a product exists on the market that completely gets rid of dark circles forever (if there is one please let me know!!) however this is the best that I have tried so far and I am really happy with the results.

Using the eye cream

The tube is 15ml which seemed really tiny at first but you only need to apply a small amount. As soon as you put it onto your skin it melts into a luxurious lightweight cream and you will feel a very slight tightening sensation which I love as it feels like it is getting to work straight away! As with all eye creams it is important to press lightly around the eye area and using your ring finger, without dragging or pulling the skin. We don’t want to make things worse for ourselves!

What ingredients are in the eye cream?

Here are the list of ingredients used to create this eye product:

·         Squalane which helps to restore the skins natural moisture balance to keep it soft and supple.

·         Lavender Essential Oil to help soothe and begin the repair process for fresher looking eyes.

·         Evening primrose oil which is an effective on skin barrier and helps to boost radiance.

·         Butchers broom which improves microcirculation, reduces inflammation and puffiness while soothing the skin.

Why do we get dark circles anyway? Well this could be anything down to genetics, age, allergies, lack of sleep or over indulging in alcohol.

I have also recently been using the Revolution concealer in the shade C8 which has been a real favourite  drug store product among make up bloggers and YouTubers and is now a staple item in my makeup collection. For the price of this concealer, the quality and consistency is excellent and is very similar to a concealer by Tarte Cosmetics but a more affordable option which is great. You can buy products from Revolution here or in Superdrug stores, however they are not always in stock in store as they now have quite a cult following, but if you haven’t tried this yet I highly recommend it.

Let me know what your hero products are for combating dark eye circles. I would love to hear what you are using to combat this issue.

You can purchase the Kielh’s Midnight recovery Eye cream here.

Morning treats at Peggy Porschen

It is probably one of the most popular images that you will see on Instagram at the moment but with good reason! The Peggy Porschen cake parlour truly is one of a kind. I have been past this shop several times over the years but have never actually visited, but after seeing so many fabulous photographs online I just had to go and see if it was as amazing as everyone was saying.

Located in Belgravia, and a short walk from Victoria Station, as you start to get closer you can see the beautiful pink building in the distance. It is covered in pretty hanging flowers and pastel colour wooden bee hives by the front door, and there is a selection of tables outside the front. The road itself has a lot of lovely stores, many of which are covered in large flowers which is so nice to see and an Instgrammers dream for the perfect photo opportunity! If you visit Peggy Porschen I recommend walking up the street to have a look around the area as it really feels like a secret little part of London. Even the local chemist is covered in hanging lilac wisteria.

We were seated very quickly and were handed a pretty menu to look through but we decided to go into the actual store to have a look at the rows of cakes that were available to help with the decision making. Choosing which one to have is the hard part!  There were rows and rows of stunning cupcakes decorated with real attention to detail, as well as beautiful whole cakes which you can have a generous slice of. I decided on a slice of the English strawberry and champagne cake which was so light and delicious I was really impressed. Alongside this I had the classic English pot of tea. I love how all of the plates and tableware are all pink, running along with the whole colour scheme of the brand. At the moment there is a special Summer collection as part of the menu, including a really sweet range around bees, named Queen Bee. You can view this new special range here

I really loved the whole experience of visiting Peggy Porschen and definitely recommend it if you are ever in London.

Outfit details: Clutch bag Jimmy Choo, Heels Topshop, Shirt Zara

The lipstick range that you’ll fall in love with

Tarte cosmetics is a brand that has been on my radar for a while but I haven’t got round to trying it until now. I watched an unboxing video on YouTube recently where someone was testing out a huge set of all the new lipstick shades that were new on the market. It was the most fabulous collection I think I have ever seen and I was mesmerised watching it so decided that I needed to test this brand out for myself!

As this is an American brand, there are not any beauty counters available in UK stores yet so the options we have is to either buy direct from Tarte online, but face quite hefty shipping charges, or we can buy from QVC as they carry a selection of the products. I’ve said it before, but the thing I love about QVC is that you can test out products for 30 days and if you are really not happy with what you have bought, you can send it back for a full refund which is so amazing, especially with beauty products which are usually always non returnable once opened.

I chose one of the colour splash lipsticks from the ‘Colour of the Sea’ range and in the colour Colada which is a nude light brown shade. The packaging was really pretty and as soon as I opened it I could wait to test it out. I was surprised at how creamy and luxurious it felt and it has a real moisturising texture to it without being oily. I matched a lip liner which I already owned from Barry M in the shade 24 carat which went perfectly with this particular shade. The colour was very pigmented and was long lasting which was great as there is nothing more disappointing than a lipstick that wears off the moment you step out the door or have a sip of a drink.

Something else to mention is that this is a vegan friendly product and contain a blend of algae and marine flower extracts that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin. It contains shea butter which helps to retain elasticity of the skin.

For £18 I feel like this was really worth the money purely for the quality, the depth of the colour and how long lasting it was so I will definitely be purchasing more of these. There are 24 shades to choose from so the only thing now is to work out which colours to try next!

Check out the full range available here

image: www.tartecosmetics.com

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