One of my favourite British skincare brands Merumaya are celebrating their 5th Birthday with a bang & offering customers the most fantastic gift with purchase worth over £56. So between 13th – 19th October, when you spend £25 you will get this 6 piece GWP FREE!
I have been using Merumaya skincare since it launched and I’m so pleased to see the brand go from strength to strength. Their skincare helps you feel beautiful, uplifts confidence and boosts youthful radiance. I love that Maleka (the founder of Merumaya) & her brand have such a positive message and over the years with their #beautyhasnoage hashtag have built a fantastic, supportive community spreading a positive, inclusive message.
FULL-SIZE Mud Marvels Mask Deluxe travel size
Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF 20
Deluxe travel size Melting Cleansing Balm
#beautyhasnoage makeup bag
Daily Cleansing Cloth value
Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil 3ml
This Birthday GWP includes many of Merumayas best selling products, including the first product I ever tried 4 years ago, the Melting Cleansing Balm which is a gentle balm cleanser that will remove your makeup with ease and leave your skin looking radiant and feeling plump.
If you’re new to Merumaya this GWP offers a great selection of products for you to try and get a feel for the brand and if you are already a fan it offers a lovely range of products to help you refresh your skincare for the colder months.
Merumaya skincare is one of the most effective and affordable brands I have tried and I wish them a very happy 5th birthday.
I have a very exciting QVC TSV from London based perfume house Shay & Blue. They will be launching a 4 piece fragrance collection for one day only on Wednesday 11th October. This collection will feature not only their best selling fragrance but you will also get the opportunity to try their newest scent that will isn’t available anywhere else until 2018!
This unique collection is made up of
1x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Atropa Belladonna
1x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Black Tulip
1x 200ml Body & Hand Wash in Atropa Belladonna
1x 200ml Body & Hand Lotion in Atropa Belladonna
So the deal includes Atropa Belladonna which is Shay & Blue’s best-selling fragrance and is an intoxicating beauty of cassis berries, jasmine, white narcissus and patchouli.
The other scent in the collection is Black Tulip which is new for 2018 so you’re getting the opportunity to experience a fragrance that has not even been smelt yet by the beauty editors of the major magazines. This latest fragrance is a beautiful floral gourmand of snowdrops, cyclamen, rich black tulip, juicy plum and smooth white chocolate. It’s very much a modern floral scent with lovely fresh, sweet notes.
If purchased individually these 4 products would cost £112 but QVC are giving its customers a chance to purchase it for, under £50, that’s a saving of over £60. Just remember this is a TSV offer so will be available for one day only!
SAVE OVER £60 Collection value: worth over £112 QVC special price: under £50
I have visited Amsterdam quite a few times over the years & I have to say that it is one of the best Cities for Vegan options. They have so many fantastic Vegan-friendly restaurants & more are opening every month. It makes me so excited and when I visit I go armed with a list of places I really want to try. So I thought I would share a few of my favourite Vegan-friendly places to eat in Amsterdam,
OK – now where do I start with this one?! My husband & I both 100% agree that this is the best burger we have ever tried Vegan or otherwise. We visited the original burger bar on Staringplein 22 but I’ve read online that they have opened a second location just last month, which is so exciting. We visited at 6 pm on a weekday & it was packed inside & out – it seems we were not the only people who had heard how incredible the food is! We had a short wait for a table but people are super friendly and we ended up sitting with another couple which was nice.
We both ordered the original burger & chips and omfg they were utterly delicious! I really liked the spring & fried onion mix which added such a crunch to the burgers. We didn’t have time to visit again but I am dreaming of the day I can return and eat their burgers every day.
It isn’t the cheapest place to eat but I do like to support Vegan enterprises & this was worth every penny! Oh, & their Vegan mayo is so good. This has to be top of your places to eat in Amsterdam, whether you’re a Vegan or not!
Now this is a pricey, trendy juice bar & they also sell smoothies, bowls, soups and wraps but it’s all really fresh and super healthy. We felt a little under the weather one day so in a bid to keep the sickness at bay we had an expensive juice each.
I was a little sceptical about eating here & I have to admit that I initially thought it was a marijuana burger cafe – well it is in Amsterdam after all but my husband assured me it was referring to seaweed, not drugs! I am pleased he talked me into going as the food here is amazing and 100% plant-based.
We ordered their famous weed burger & some wish & chips. The burger comes in a bright green bun due to the superfood chlorella (microalgae packed with nutritious proteins and Omega acids) & the burger patty is made of briny soy shreds and Royal Kombu, a tasty and healthy winter weed, sustainably cultivated in the Dutch region of Zeeland
The wish & chips are deep-fried, crunchy golden green bites with a salty sea flavour. They’re made of beans and microalgae: green protein power! It was well worth hunting down the restaurant (as it is tucked away up a side street, although it is quite close to the Foodhallen). We ate an early dinner which meant we had the restaurant to ourselves & our food was cooked fresh to order.
I didn’t have room for them (sad times) but I did notice they had a selection Vegan doughnuts and cakes, I should have bought one to have back at the hotel.
This is a 100% Vegan Cafe & Shop. The menu is small but they offer a good selection of breakfast & lunch options & some amazing sweet treats. The cafe doesn’t have that many seats but it is worth waiting if it is full. The service is quite slow so I wouldn’t recommend if you’re in a hurry but the prices are very reasonable considering everything is made fresh.
We really wanted to try their famous Vegan doughnuts but they sold out each time before we got there. So we visited twice once for breakfast & I had the Green Smoothie bowl and a fresh Ginger Tea. The smoothie bowl was delicious, the portion size was really big and topped with a really nice selection of fruit, goji berries, coconut and muesli.
The second time we only popped in for a sweet treat & after being disappointed that the doughnuts had sold out, we opted for a carrot cake & a raw snickers bar. Both were very rich & we struggled to finish but they were tasty but I am still craving a doughnut. We also bought quite a few snacks from the shop to have in the room.
This was my husband’s suggestion, he loves pizza and has been on the hunt for the best Vegan pizza for a long time now. He had heard very good things about Mastino Pizza so we arrived as it opened at 4.30pm and managed to bag the last table. The restaurant is very small but has a great atmosphere, it has a nice & familiar neighbourhood vibe to it.
Being used to such limited Vegan options at most pizza restaurants (usually no cheese) we felt quite spoilt for choice as they had 5 options. We both went for the Full Moon & a refreshing Fritz Cola (my absolute fave fizzy drink). You can see your pizza being made which made our mouths water with anticipation.
The toppings were very generous and the Vegan cheese was one of the best dairy-free mozzarellas I have tried. The pizza was huge & I couldn’t manage it all, so took the rest back to the hotel to have as a midnight snack & it was just as tasty cold.
If you love Pizza then this has to be on your hit list – even non-vegans as they cater for all dietary requirements & it is just a delightful, friendly place to eat.
This is a lovely salad bar and within the last few years they’ve opened up in quite a few locations all over Amsterdam, we were lucky enough to have one next door to our hotel. SLA only take credit or debit cards, so you can’t pay with cash. This seems to be a recurring theme in a lot of eateries in Amsterdam now.
The menu it SLA is pretty good for Vegans & they are very accommodating if you want to add an ingredient or take something out. Everything is seasonal, organic, fresh and healthy. The decor inside their cafes is really nice & covered in plants & greenery. Their salad bowls are very big & we often get the Vegan Nourish Bowl to share along with a side of falafels & that is more than enough food for 2. Their turmeric tea is delicious too.
This is a chain and there are so many locations dotted about Amsterdam. You’ve probably guessed it from the name but they are a bagel cafe, however, they also have salads on the menu too. We have eaten here so many times over the years and always get the same thing – Gluten Free Bagel with Hummus & Sundried Tomatoes & it is so fresh and filling, especially on a cold day. This time, however, I was excited to see that they’d added a Vegan Pecan Pie to the menu. So of course, I had to try it and it didn’t disappoint, it was delicious, not too sweet.
So if you’re visiting Amsterdam anytime soon let me know if you visit any of my suggestions and do leave me a comment with any recommendations for places I should try on my next trip.
This brand new Ecstasy Shine launch from Armani Beauty combines the high shine finish of a glossand the hydration of a balm into one handy lip cream. It is fantastic for giving a pretty wash of colour whilst also protecting and nourishing your lips. This is a great all rounder.
As with all Armani Beauty products the packaging of this new lip range is utterly luxurious. All 18 shades come in the signature ergonomic bullet case, lacquered in the immediately identifiable red 400 of Giorgio Armani Beauty, with the iconic magnetic clasp. They feel weighty and luxe and the magnetic closure means the lid will never come off in your handbag!
I have been testing 6 out of the 18 colours and as you would expect the lighter shades are more sheer but the deeper plums and reds offer a more bold finish but these are meant to be easy to wear and light on the lips. They have more of a fresh feel, modern feel especially after a year of the ever popular Matte lip. I personally love the balm like texture of these, they glide on the lips with ease and because the colour isn’t too vibrant they’re fuss free to apply. No lip liner needed and if you’re in a rush a mirror isn’t even a must! As Armani say Minimal input, maximum impact.
These have a modern glossy finish to them, not your throw back gloss of the 90’s but a more radiant, non sticky, light reflectant finish. They feel lovely and smooth on the lips and despite them being a gloss / balm hybrid the staying power was impressive. I have to say at £29 each they are very much a luxury beauty product but If there is a shade you fall in love with (& with 18 wearable shades to pick from that won’t be too hard) I guarantee you will want to use it all the time. My lips feel and look so good when I am wearing these and also once the colour has faded my lips still feel soft and hydrated.
100 is a light pink neutral
200 is a nude brown
401 is a cherry red
500 is a pretty pink
505 is a deep vibrant pink
602 is a berry
Top to Bottom > Night Viper 602 / Silenzio 200 / Crescendo 500 / Smile 100 / Ecstasy 505 / Hot 401