Thursday 24 March 2016

Hotel Chocolat Easter Collection Gift & Giveaway

This Easter why not think outside the box when it comes to gifting something chocolatey.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a traditional Easter Egg, but if you’re looking for a little more variety AND a show stopping gift in one, then look no further than the Easter Collection Gift from Hotel Chocolat.

This mega choccie packed collection has something for everyone in it- from big to little people, to people who prefer something plain to people who love a filled chocolate.

Within this beautifully presented git set you’ll find the following;

Ribbon-tied bag of Salted Caramel Puddles. These are without a doubt my FAVOURITE Hotel Chocolat treat. Think mellow, creamy caramel and a subtle hint of sea salt. My it’s just perfection in a bag!

Everything Pocket Selection.  A mini selection set featuring 8 of their favourite recipes including smooth pralines, Mousse au Chocolat and a fruity strawberry cheesecake. The strawberry Cheesecake really is as good as it sounds, believe me!

Egg on Toast lick. This super cute solid 40% milk chocolate lolly with a white chocolate yolk is perfect little treat for the small people in your life, or someone who loves milk chocolate!

Bag of Milk Egglets. A bag of 8 Easter egglets filled with super smooth hazelnut praline, all sealed in milk-caramel chocolate. These iconic Easter egglets are the same size and shape as quail's eggs and are deliciously moreish!

Eggs on Parade. These bad boys are something special and feature 4 seasonal chocolate flavours; Praline, Blood Orange, Raspberry Supermilk and salted caramel. These didn’t last long and Blood Orange and Raspberry Supermilk are absolutely scrummy!

Solid 40% milk chocolate bunnies & Solid 70% dark chocolate chicks. These cute little bunnies and Easter chicks in solid milk and dark chocolate are perfect for little people and for scrummy little treats!

At £35 for the box it isn’t the cheapest chocolate gift for Easter but is perfect for gifting to friends and family as something a little bit different and definitely special!

Head over to the Hotel Chocolat website now to order yours or pop into your local store.
OR, you could enter my giveaway to win one all for yourself!

Thanks to the guys at Hotel Chocolat you could win one of these fabulous gift boxes. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below and keep your fingers crossed!

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

The DreamGenii Pregnancy Pillow

Pregnancy has a very clever way of trying to prepare you for life with a newborn baby months before your baby is due to arrive.

As your bump grows, you may find that little thing called sleep harder and harder to achieve, or at least, a decent nights sleep.

 I remember this well from when I had my son. I can’t recall exactly at what stage I started to feel uncomfortable at night and unable to sleep, but it happened!

Thankfully you don’t have to put up with this extremely irritating side effect of pregnancy and this time around I wanted to make sure that I could get as much decent sleep as I could and I knew that in order to achieve this I was going to need a decent pregnancy pillow.

I tried several first time around and while they worked reasonably well, they were big, I mean, HUGE, cumbersome and made turning over in the night a massive ordeal.

This time around I came across DreamGenii and I literally haven’t looked back since.

The DreamGenii support pillow is a multi-award winning product that supports your back, bump and your knees without taking up all the space in your bed. (I can practically hear your partners rejoicing already!)

The pillow features a small cushion for back support, a center panel where you lay, a bump support cushion and leg support.

Unlike some other pregnancy pillows, the DreamGenii’s unique and compact design actually encourages you to sleep on your left side in the recovery position, which if used regularly from the second trimester can encourage your baby to get into the optimum position for birth- winning!

If like me you can’t stay sleeping on one side for too long (I’m talking hip pain in my case) then it also still possible to sleep on your right hand side and thanks to the pillow’s design, it isn’t an ordeal to turn over and you don’t need to flip or move the entire pillow. 

Simply take the bump and leg support out from between your legs, shift onto your other side then place back between your legs. Genius!

This need to move the entire pillow when I wanted to turn over was one of my biggest bug bears in my first pregnancy and the fact that it is so quick and easy with DreamGenii is just perfect.

The support cushions are just the right size- not huge and cumbersome but not too small and soft and the leg support gently elevates your legs while you sleep so that pressure is taken off your back and tummy.

It’s such a blissfully comfortable way of sleeping I only wish I had found it first time around!

The DreamGenii original comes with a removable, washable cover on the pillow and can be used beyond pregnancy as a helpful support when feeding your baby- and trust me, while babies may look small when you’re holding them in the same position for what may feel like forever, you’re going to want some extra support for your arms!

The DreamGenii couldn’t be more aptly named and is in my opinion, the best pregnancy support pillow I’ve come across.

You can get yours now from the DreamGenii website where it costs £47.99.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

One of the problem areas on my face as far as I’m concerned is my eye area.

Perhaps it’s because I haven’t slept properly since I had my son over 2 years ago, maybe its age creeping up on me or most likely it’s a combination of both, but one way or the other, this area needs special attention.

I’m always on the hunt for eye creams, lotions, serums and potions that help to make me look more awake and fresh.

My latest find is Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (£20 for 14ml).

This small but perfectly formed little pot contains a beautifully rich, thick and creamy treatment.

It has a delicate green hue and a fresh, natural scent and has to be, in my opinion, one of the loveliest eye creams I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.

Now, this product doesn’t claim to be anti ageing, rather, it is designed to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around your eyes.

It contains Vitamin A, Avocado Oil and fatty acids which provides a real hit of nourishment that can be immediately felt on application.

This cream possesses some cool qualities in that it does not migrate into your eyes, unlike some other products that can run or spread.

When applied the thick cream immediately takes on the texture of a much lighter product, making even distribution easy peasy and thanks to its super subtle scent, it isn’t over powering and won’t irritate your eyes (It is after all both Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist-Tested).

Straight away my eye area feels more soothed and nourished, awake and pampered!

I prefer to use this product at night time as due to its richness it someone times reacts with my concealer in the mornings, but to be honest it is so moisturising that come morning I don’t really need another dose.

If you’re looking for an eye cream that is going to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, nourished and pampered then this is your product!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is available now from their website and costs £20 for 14ml or £33.50 for 28ml.
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