I was eagerly awaiting the postman for this month’s box. And I tweeted hoping that it was a Christmas themed box as it’s the last one before Christmas. I was over the moon when the Degustabox UK Christmas Box arrived. All the products are so dreamy, but quite naughty. Here’s to hoping the December Degustabox is full of healthy treats for a New Year health kick. As I’ll definitely be needing one of those!

Degustabox UK Christmas Box

You can still get a huge £7.00 off your Degustabox UK order meaning your first box will be just £5.99. That’s such an amazing price considering all the goodies in this box add up to the grand total of £26.70.

It’s strange because I am SO fussy yet the Degustabox is always filled with products I love. The Ryvita products in this month’s box especially, along with the J2O Glitter Berry and the Hartleys Glitter Jelly. I’m going to have some fun with this.

I ran out of my favourite tea so have been drinking the Lime and Ginger Tea I got in …’s Degustabox. I was pleased to see another tea in the Christmas Box. This time Pear and Cinnamon Strudel Tea. Now how amazing does that sound? Obviously this will be accompanied by the Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn as I’ve never had something so delicious.

Sam’s already claimed the Good Cider Co. Ciders. I received the Wild Berry and Strawberry flavours. As I don’t drink, Sam always knows he gets the alcohol to himself. Although I couldn’t have been more pleased with the J20 Glitter Berry as this is a festive favourite of mine.

How good does the Broderick’s Crunchy Slam Dunk Peanut Chunk look? Including whole roasted peanuts, rice krispies, Belgian chocolate and chunky peanut butter. Marbled with white and milk chocolate. This may be a little too sickly for me but I do know someone that would love it… Oh and the Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares look just as divine. I cannot wait to dig in to this box.

Are you subscribed to Degustabox UK? What do you think of this Christmas Box?

Until next time,

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Bath Christmas Market has been on my ‘to-do’ list for years and years and years. Although Bath is relatively close to us, it’s somewhere Sam and I have only gone a handful of times. This year I was determined to go. And boy have I been missing out. It was absolutely magical.

Bath Christmas Market is the South West’s biggest shopping event and a celebration of local, and regional independent businesses, with 85% of business coming from Bath and the surrounding areas. With over 170 unique chalets, there is something for everyone. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind gift ideas, from homeware to clothing to jewellery, children’s toys, artisan food and much much more. The Bath Christmas Market is open from Thursday 24th November – Sunday 11th December.

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For the first time ever, this year’s Market will see the ‘Bath Glow’, a magical light display. The Abbey Chambers will illuminate and ‘the city of Bath will be brought to life in a spectacular animated projection’. We stood and watched this for a little while and loved it. The Bath Christmas Market is definitely more magical at night. As well as the Bath Glow. As usual they’ll be lots of festive entertainment scattered around the city. I could have listened to some of the local musicians all day.  Along with the carol singers, brass bands and theatrical performers. If you weren’t in the Christmas spirit before visiting Bath, you certainly will be now! I’m still driving Sam insane singing Christmas Carols.

It goes without mentioning, Bath is a beautiful city without the Christmas Market. Make sure you explore beyond the market too. The culture of Bath is outstanding. Some of the museums in Bath are offering discounts throughout the Christmas Market so make sure you pay at least one of them a visit. The Roman Baths have always been a favourite of mine since my childhood. The Museum of Bath Architecture is pretty spectacular too. But even if you skip the museums and just wonder around Bath for an hour, I can almost guarantee you will leave inspired.

Back to the Christmas Markets though… I just found myself getting lost talking about the beauty of Bath. I’ve included some photos of my favourite stalls at the Bath Christmas Market here. The stalls that I found exceptionally spectacular and unique. The amount of time, and effort that goes into creating these one-of-a-kind gifts is incredible. So thank you for sharing your remarkable talent with us. And thank you Visit Bath for giving them the opportunity to shine. I know I’m going to be returning to the Bath Christmas Market for years to come.

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From Beautiful Handmade Wooden Gifts at Timber Treasures to Glass Decorations from Robyn Coetzee Designs or Jo Downs Handmade Glass, or Wooden Ties, Cashmere Socks and Traditional German Christmas Decorations. There was so much to choose from and it was so hard to pick my favourites.

A big thank you to Visit Bath for inviting us and to Bertie and Jack, Boop Design, Bath Gin Company, Dimkins Patisserie, Fudge Kitchen, Kat Aromatherapy, Keylime Design, Robyn Coetzee Glass and Shining Seren for the gorgeous goody bag items. I’m sure these will be featured on my social media channels, or here, very soon. I can’t wait to hang my little glass Robin on my tree.

Will you be visiting the Bath Christmas Market this year?

Until next time,

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I was invited to the Bath Christmas Market by Visit Bath and gifted some of the items mentioned. As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own.

I’m one of few people to actually love Winter. I think as long as you’re dressed for it, what’s not to love? It’s not like we don’t get rain all summer anyway. But one thing that doesn’t love the Winter is my hair. I’ve been trying a few products over the last few months and have come up with these Winter Hair Care Tips. And my gosh have they worked wonders for my hair. I’m getting compliment after compliment and I’m not quite sure I could ever get used to it.

Before I start with my Winter Hair Care Tips, I quickly wanted to add – get your hair cut little and often. I used I think that leaving my hair for months and months and months without a cut would mean Rapunzel hair in no time. Spoiler: It didn’t. It mean having almost 4 inches cut off my hair at once as it was so damaged. I haven’t looked back though, it’s honestly never looked better. I now have my hair cut every 6 weeks.

Winter Hair Care Tips and Top Products

The Dove Advanced Hair Series products are my favourites out of this selection. And I’ve only just used up the conditioner. I feel like I’ve been using it forever. I’ve also used the Shampoo and the Dry Oil Treatment Mask. Although I’ve not used the Treatment Mask as much as I should have. These all contain African Macadamia Oil which replenishes hair leaving it silky, shiny and more manageable. I haven’t felt the need to use the Dry Oil Treatment Mask weekly as my hair feels smooth and silky as it is.

The first Hot Oil Treatments I ever tried were the Moroccan Argan Oil range from Avon. These worked wonders for me so I jumped at the chance to try the VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil Treatments. These should be used weekly but I’ve been using them every 2/3 weeks instead as I don’t feel my hair needs it every week. These smell amazing and only take a couple of minutes to use. Unlike Oil Treatments that require 15 minutes of your time; I always skip those.  I’ve been using some of the V05 products featured here since my early teenage years, especially Smoothy Does It and their Texturing Spray. Another favourite of mine that isn’t pictured is the VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Power; this is a godsend.

Heat Protection goes without saying really. I don’t use heat on my hair much but when I do I always use TRESemme Heat Protection Spray. Again, this is one I’ve used since I got my first pair of GHD’s, aged 14. I know this is a Winter Hair Care post but this Heat Protection Spray is a perfect all rounder. I always take it in my suitcase when I go away as the sun can be so damaging.

The last products I’m going to mention here are a couple from Toni and Guy. The first is a firm favourite of mine. The Radiating Tropical Elixir. This is very similar to Moroccan Oil, if not identical, with a much lower price tag. This also has UV Protection so like the Heat Protection Spray mentioned above, this would be perfect for Summer too. You only need to use a tiny bit of this. I massage this into my hair after each wash and leave my hair to dry naturally. The results are instant. The last product is Party Ready Volume Lotion. And it does exactly what it says. Ideal for the upcoming party season.

Have you tried any of these Winter Hair Care products? I’d love to hear your favourite Winter Hair products?

Until next time,

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I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for a while but I keep putting it off as I know it’ll probably take me all day. Although I don’t want to babble too much. I love writing holiday posts like these. Where I can share my pictures and talk about my adventures. They’re always lovely to read back on too. Especially last years Portugal post where Sam proposed, I read that one over and over again. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I visited a place that’s been on my bucket list for years – Santorini. Santorini really didn’t disappoint, it really is as beautiful as the photographs.

We arrived very late at night on the 3rd May and were staying at the Santa Miramare Resort. Which was a short 20 minute drive from the airport; always lovely when you arrive late at night. We were shown to a ground floor room with a terrace. As nice as the room was, I cheekily asked if there were any sea view rooms left, luckily there was. I’m in the process of writing a full hotel review so I’m not going to go into too much detail about the hotel itself. We went straight to bed as it was nearly 2am by the time we were settled.

We woke up at around 7:30am. Sam and I aren’t morning people whatsoever but we managed to get up early for breakfast every single day. We were so well rested and just wanted to explore. As Santorini is only 15 miles long, we vowed to see absolutely everything, we did.

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

The first day was more of a wonder around and get our bearings day. We walked into the nearest town of Perrissa and bought a few bits and pieces. Then wondered the other way into Emporio and bought an Ice Cream from Terra Nera, it was gorgeous. I’m not sure where the first day went but it was soon time for dinner, we were half board so ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel and most definitely got our money’s worth. Anyone else eat ridiculous amounts at buffets? Every day I was like I’ll be healthy tomorrow, and every day I ended up needing a rest before going out for the evening as I was so full. Oopsie.

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

We rented quads for the next two days. And paid 30 euros for the two days which is a really good price compared to other places we’ve visited. We always like getting some sort of vehicle so we’re not dependant on busses to travel round. Which was a good thing as we found there was only two busses a day anyway. We explored the South of Santorini on the first day – visited as many churches as we could, bought strawberries from a little market, saw the red beach and went right to Akrotiri Lighthouse, the Southern tip of the island. We had a wonder around Megalochiri and Athinios Port before making our way back to the hotel for dinner.

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

On our 7th Anniversary, and the second day of having a quad, we explored the rest of Santorini. After a quick breakfast we went straight to Ancient Thira, one of the oldest, if not the oldest city on the island. It was quite a trek to get to, 570m up a mountain. But these views were totally worth it. The Ancient City was pretty cool too. We then made our way to Oia, the Northern tip of the island, stopping in the capital of Fira on the way. And being the fifth people ever to have a Santorinian McDonald’s. After Oia, we visited Amoudi Bay and walked around the cliffs but quickly made our way back to the hotel as it was dark, chilly and we were getting hangry. It took around 45 minutes to get from Oia to Perissa by quad.

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

The fourth day was my favourite day, we went on a boat trip to visit the smaller islands, which meant we’d seen every single part of Santorini – in four days. We visited, and walked around the active volcano that created the beauty we call Santorini. Then swam in the thermal hot pools. The thermal hot pools were an amazing, surreal experience. But my gosh was it cold swimming back to the boat afterwards. We then spent two hours in Thirassia, the second biggest island and one of the original parts of Santorini before making our way to Oia then right along the coast back to Athinios Port. I love boat trips and Sam and I always make a point on going on at least one every holiday. They give you the opportunity to visit areas you can’t access by car and see the area from a different perceptive.

Adventures in Santorini Greece

Adventures in Santorini Greece

I’m really trying to keep this post as short as I can but there’s so much to fit into it. The next day was a relax by the pool day, finally. We had an overly extended breakfast which saw me drinking nine, yep nine, cups of Green Tea. We made this a habit too. Then we spent some time by the pool and on the hotel’s private beach before making our way into Perissa to find something for lunch. We only had lunch twice in the entire week as we were so full from breakfast. Both times I had a Greek Salad and Sam had a burger of some sort. We found a nice restaurant that served food on the beach so we sat there for a little while. Before heading back to the hotel for more swimming and sunbathing, and a couple of games of cards.

We were told that we couldn’t visit Santorini without watching the sunset from Oia so we rented a car for the day. We were amazed that the cost of renting a car for the day was only 20 euros, including insurance. And we only put 5 euros worth of fuel in to drive from one end of the island to the other. Stopping at anything we hadn’t already seen on the way, including visiting the fishing port.

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We arrived in Oia for around 6:30pm so walked around the town and bought a few souvenirs and gifts before heading to the castle. This was apparently the best place to watch the sunset from, everyone had got the memo.  The sunset was beautiful but it wasn’t amazing, it can’t be the best sunset in the world every day though. After watching the sunset we had to drive home right away as otherwise we would have missed dinner.

The last day was another chill day, we had to be out of rooms by 11:30am, which is quite late in comparison to other hotels so we had breakfast first. I then took some photos of the room for my hotel review and took blog photos for post that you have probably seen by now. We stayed by the pool all day as we didn’t want to venture too far and miss our coach transfer to the airport. We bought lunch from the hotel snack bar which was lovely, then changed into something more comfortable for the journey home.

As you can see, we filled so so much into our week away, we really did want to see everything. I know I would have regretted it if I came home and someone said ‘Did you see…’ and I hadn’t, relaxing is overrated anyway right? If Santorini isn’t on your travel bucket list, I really suggest you add it right this second. It’s absolutely wonderful and I’d go back again in a heartbeat.

Have you visited Santorini? What countries are on your Travel Bucket List?

Until next time,

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I first met the Dr. Botanicals team at the Blogger Halloween Party and I was drawn in right away. Their products* are 100% natural and paraben and harmful preservative free. And never tested on animals. Cruelty free skincare and makeup is hard to find, which is what I love about Dr. Botanicals. They have such a vast range of skincare products for all skin types including Serums, Oils, Moisturisers, Cleansers and much more.

Natural, Cruelty Free Skincare with Dr. Botanicals

Natural, Cruelty Free Skincare with Dr. Botanicals

They had a selection of products displayed at the Blogger Halloween Party for us to try. The members of staff were so helpful. They chose specific products for my skin type, oily, and explained in depth about each product and how it would help me. Up until recently I had combination skin. Usually oily around my t-zone with quite a few dry patches around my nose and cheeks. But now it’s just ridiculously oily, and I can’t think for the life of me what I’ve changed in my routine to make it that way.

Emma at Dr. Botanicals suggested a few products for me to try. The Protect and Balance Hydro-Cleanser, the Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil and the new Intelligent Tea Tree and Jojoba Hydro-Repairing Mask. The Intelligent Tea Tree and Jojoba Hydro-Repairing Mask is my favourite from this selection. This one is also Vegan Friendly. The Tea Tree works to deeply hydrate the skin and the Jojaba to repair and protect it. This is to be used similar to a night cream. Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin and allow to absorb into the skin and leave overnight. The Tea Tree is so subtle but so lovely.

The Protect and Balance Hydro-Cleanser works to leave the skin feeling cleansed and invigorated. Without stripping it of essential oils and nutrients. It contains Green Tea, Grapefruit, Apple and Rosemary to tone and cleanse the skin. I’ve been using this as a second cleanse after removing my makeup. You can really smell the citrus from the grapefruit.

Last but by no means least, the Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil. I use this in-between cleanses. This oil works to protect the skin from UV exposure throughout the day and boost skin renewal throughout the night. It contains Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Cherry Seed Oil to moisturise, nourish and protect skin. It also contains Bisabolol, an active ingredient from Chamomile to protect and heal the skin from the effect of daily stress. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

These are top end skincare products, retailing from around £90 per product. But your skin is definitely worth the investment. You only need to use a tiny bit to get the full benefits from products so they’ll last months. I’ve been using the Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil for just over a week and it looks untouched.

The Dr. Botanicals team have very kindly given me an Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil and a Protect and Balance Hydro-Cleanser to give to my readers. So you can reap the benefits of the fantastic duo worth £200 for yourselves. All the details of entry and terms and conditions can be found below.

You can enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. You need to make sure you’re following on Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram (these options are mandatory) then I’ve given you a couple of options for bonus entries also. This is a UK only giveaway but I have an international giveaway coming very soon. The winner will be announced via Twitter on 1st December. Thank you and good luck.

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Have you tried any products from Dr. Botanicals? What is your top cruelty free skincare?

Until next time,

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