Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new releases from the Garnier Skin Active range. And I’ve been loving them so much I just had to tell you all about them. I’ve always got to try skincare for quite a while before I can even give you my first impressions as I have strange [read as: awful] skin. But from the moment I received this selection, something told me I was going to love it. Maybe because I’m already an avid user of the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Waters, which have been transformed into a Gel Wash as part of the new collection.

Garnier Skin Active #SkinActivist Micellar Gel Wash

So I’ll go straight in with the Gel Washes I’ve just mentioned. Garnier have introduced the Micellar Gel, available in Sensitive Skin and Combination/Sensitive Skin. My skin is definitely combination, but not the usual oily t-zone and dry patches; it’s more ‘oily for a month, then really dry, then oily again’. So frustrating. Both of these have seemed perfect for my skin type so far. One thing I do find with these however is they sting my eyes a little, which I don’t find with the Micellar Waters. To overcome this I’ve been sticking with my trusty Nivea Cleanser and Toner for my eye area and then going in with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash as a second cleanse.

The next product that has been introduced into the Garnier Skin Active range is the Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist. I’ve finally given in and gone make-up free in the office as my skin has reached a new low. I cannot keep clogging my pores with make-up each and every day as it really won’t improve. Fingers crossed for better skin this summer. My morning skincare routine currently consists of washing with the Micellar Gel Wash, then massaging in Bio Oil to hopefully help with acne scarring and finally a spritz of the Hydrating Mist. I’ve also been taking this into work with me so I can apply it to my skin throughout the day (when I remember).

I finally got around to trying the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask last night. You can find a slightly questionable photo of me using it on my Twitter if you’d like. I always giggle at how I look when trying new face masks. I loved this one right away. It’s relativity easy to apply then it needs to be left on for 15 minutes, although I think I left it on for slightly longer than this. Then you simply remove it and massage in any excess serum. I found I had quite a lot of excess serum so removed a little with a cotton pad before massaging the rest in. I noticed an immediate different in the tone and feel of my skin. I’ll definitely be picking up some more of these when I’m next in Boots.

Garnier has also released the Pure Active Sensitive range. Aiming at sensitive, blemish prone skin, highlighting that it’s not just a teenage problem, thank you Garnier. The Sensitive Collection includes an Anti-Blemish Soap Free Gel, an Anti-Blemish Care-In Toner and an Anti-Blemish Soothing Moisturiser. All of these I haven’t had the chance to try yet, as I’m using up my similar items first. I’m sure I mention all the time that I hate opening new products before finishing old ones. I’m so funny about leaving products open and going back to them. I always try and finish a products within 3-6 months of opening it then usually throw it away if it’s left open longer than that. Especially with facial skincare products as I have such sensitive, acne-prone skin. I may start to use the Anti-Blemish Soap Free Gel Wash in the mornings instead of my Micellar Gel Wash.

I’ll be sure to let you know what I think about these products once I’ve been trying them for a little longer. You may even spot them in a monthly favourite post as I’m starting them again as of next month.

Have you tried any of these Garnier Skin Active products? What do you think?

Until next time,

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I was kindly gifted the new Garnier Skin Active range to try. As always, opinions are 100% honest.

Tucked away in the South Wales Countryside is The Vale Resort, Cardiff. A 650 acre resort consisting of a 143 bedroom hotel, two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, an award winning restaurant and a huge array of sport facilities, from a fully equipped gym and a 20m swimming pool, to full size tennis, rugby, football and squash courts. And the beautiful Hensol Castle is also within The Vale Resort. The Hotel is also a quick 20 minute drive from Cardiff Centre and a tiny bit further from the wonderful Cardiff Bay. I can safely say we weren’t stuck for things to do during our stay.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Sam and I have been working flat out for the last 6 weeks, spending 8am-6pm at our ‘day job’ then going straight to our house to work on that until about 10pm. As guilty as we felt having a couple of days off, my gosh did we need it. We made out way to The Vale Resort after finishing work on a Saturday. It was a quick 50 minute drive from Gloucestershire so we arrived in no time. I honestly didn’t realise Cardiff was so close to us.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

We made our way to our room right away, after checking in of course. We were in one of the ground floor rooms (506) with a gorgeous terrace looking out onto the golf course. I felt relaxed the second I stepped into the bedroom, it was so tranquil. The bedroom was very spacious, with a large king-size bed, a plasma TV, a wardrobe, desk and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom consisted of a separate bath and shower (although I don’t think that’s the case in all the bedrooms). And the bath was something else, I’m sure Sam and I could have led alongside each other in it. A bath is a luxury for me at the moment so I made a point of bringing Bath Soak and a Lush Bath Bomb and took the opportunity to have a well deserved soak.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Soon after arriving I made my way to the Spa as I had a Temple Spa Drift Away Massage booked for 5pm. This was what I was looking forward to the most. I was amazed by the size of the Spa, well I suppose that’s a silly thing to say considering it’s Wales’ largest spa. Equipped with 19 treatment rooms and three relaxation zones, including a chill zone, float zone and slumber zone. I’m writing another post dedicated to the spa so I won’t go into too much detail here. This could be a very long post otherwise. The Drift Away Massage is a ‘top to toe massage, formulated with a dreamy blend of essential oils, guaranteed to have you drifting away. A full body and scalp massage – we’ll wind you down and take your mind off your thoughts for a while’. Definitely what I needed.

The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Butternut Squash Soup at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

8oz Sirloin Steak at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Blackcurrant Cheesecake at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

After my massage I made my way back to the room to start getting ready for dinner in the award winning Vale Grill. Again, you’re getting a whooooole other post on the Vale Grill as I have too much to say and too many photos to share with you to include in this post. Although if you want a sneak peak into the gorgeous 3 course meal we had, there’s lots of photos on my Twitter. I went for Butternut Squash Soup to start, Cod Loin with Vegetables for my main course and Raspberry and Strawberry Mille Feuille for dessert. Oh and a side of the chunkyist chunky chips I’ve ever seen in my life. Sam went for Pork and Apple Roulade, 8oz Sirloin Steak and Blackcurrant Cheesecake. We couldn’t resist each other’s desserts though so we had half of each. Best of both worlds.

With our bellies full we made our way back to the room, surprisingly it was 10:30pm by the time we’d finished eating. This is when I took the opportunity to have my relaxing bath, before falling asleep just before midnight (which is very early for me). All the pampering, relaxing and eating must have tired me out!

 The next day we woke quite early, eager for breakfast, which was just as divine as our meal the previous evening. It was a buffet style breakfast so you could help yourself to as much (or as little) as you wanted. Sam took it upon himself to pile his plate with a full Welsh Breakfast. I skipped the cooked part and headed straight for the Croissants. As anyone that’s been reading Ami Rose for a period of time will know, they’re my guilty pleasure. And yes I did have three. Accompanied with a Cinnamon Whirl, or two. How could I resist? I also had some fresh melon and pineapple with yogurt, you know, to balance it out a little… I’m sure I was still stuffed from dinner anyway.

Before we left The Vale Resort we wanted to make use of the Leisure Facilities. We didn’t have a chance on Saturday as we arrived later than planned but were pleased to know we could use the facilities all day on Sunday despite checking out at 11am. We had a dip in the pool first, but made our way to the Sauna/Steam Room/Jacuzzi quickly afterwards. Spending 15 minutes in each the Sauna and Steam Room as then sat in the Jacuzzi until our bodies resembled that of a raisin. We both felt totally and utterly relaxed and ready for a day exploring Cardiff.

There’s still posts coming on The Vale Grill and the Temple Spa Drift Away Massage so look out for those. I may even write one on our day in Cardiff/Cardiff Bay too. Thank you for having us The Vale Resort, we both had such a wonderful, relaxing time. Spa, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Breaks at The Vale Resort start at just £99pp.

Have you visited The Vale Resort before?

Until next time,

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Written in collaboration with The Vale Resort. All opinions are 100% my own.

I went a little crazy in the LUSH Christmas Sale, just like I did last year. I just can’t resist any more. Especially when they are 50% off. A couple of these products were featured in last year’s LUSH Christmas Sale post so I’ve left them in the packets, but you can view these here. Stardust is still one of my all time favourites.

For those who don’t know (where have you been), LUSH offer 50% off their Christmas and Autumn products on Boxing Day. And afterwards if there’s still products in store. I didn’t buy all this until the 27th at the LUSH Cribbs Causeway Store. There was still plenty left. The online sale was a little crazy, or should I say insane this year. So I didn’t even bother. There were ‘holding queues’ of about 90,000 and upwards of a 5 hour wait to get on the site, I avoided it like the plague and thought I’d go into store instead. I tried to pick up one of everything available as my local store still had plenty in stock.

LUSH Christmas Sale Picks. 50% off LUSH!

The first bubble bar I picked up was Snowie, there were only two of ‘him’ left. This was a tribute to David Bowie and creates huge fluffy bubbles. It smells like Grapefruit and Rose, I think it’s the same scent as ‘Frozen’. The only other bubble bar I bought was Candy Mountain. This has an absolutely gorgeous Sweet Vanilla scent and I’ll be using this one right away.

Next it’s on to the bath bombs, and of course I bought plenty of these. Who could resist at 50% off? Firstly Stardust and Butterbear which were included in last year’s LUSH Christmas Sale Haul. Stardust is one of my all time favourites, it reminds me of talcum powder for some reason. But that scent takes me straight back to my childhood years and I love it. Butterbear is another Vanilla scented product, with a generous helping of Cocoa Butter to nourish and protect skin.

I couldn’t wait to try Northern Lights, this one looks so funky. This one is meant to look like the night sky when it fizzes (I may add some photos once I’ve used it). Scented with Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. A lovely, fresh scent. Lastly was ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ – what a name. Full of fresh ingredients including Wild Orange, Lime and Banana.

I also bought the Autumn Leaf bath bomb. But as you can tell from the name, this was from their Autumn range rather than the Christmas one. I love the scent of this, Sam hates it. I think it’s one of those scents.

On to the non bath bomb/bubble bar items. Firstly the Salt and Peppermint Bark, the first body scrub I’ve tried. The sea salt will softly exfoliate your skin and it’s filled with Cocoa and Cupuacu Butter to soften skin. The LUSH body scrubs are meant to last quite a while too. Next is the ever so famous Rose Jam Shower Gel, this is one of my favourites from this entire selection as I love anything Rose scented.

Who knew I could babble on about LUSH for so long? Nearly finished, promise. The last couple of products I picked up were the Sugar Plum Lip Scrub and Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. I just had to pick one Snow Fairy product up so I went for the Body Conditioner as I’m yet to try one of these. It smells divine, I’ve got the pot next to me here and I can’t stop sniffing it. Sugar Plum smells just as good, it’s a very strong blackcurrant scent. I’ve had a lip scrub on my wishlist for a while so I’m glad I finally got my hands on this one. I’d say it smells almost as good as the Bubblegum one.

Obviously Intergalactic wasn’t 50% off but the very very lovely Annie at the LUSH Cribbs Causeway Store gifted it to me when she heard what an awful Christmas/end of 2016 my family and I had. You can read about it in my 2017 Health and Fitness Goals post if you’d like. Annie heard that I was yet to open any Christmas Presents and wanted to give me my first Christmas Gift. She honestly made my Christmas, so thank you Annie.

[February Edit: When I put this post live, I was meant to include a this giveaway but completely forgot – I was in a rush to get it live and I’ve only just remembered now sorry guys. But here we go, an international giveaway (my first international giveaway may I add) to WIN 2 Lush Bath Bombs of your choice. Any ones. Subject to availability of course! It’s not an entry option but I would love for you to comment below with the Bath Bombs you’d choose if you were the lucky winner].

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Did you shop the LUSH Christmas Sale? What did you buy?

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I’m going to start a ‘new products this month’ series. Featuring products I’ve bought or been kindly gifted by PRs & brands. I’m still going to keep up monthly favourites (or start them again next year) but these posts will be mainly showing you new products before I’ve had a chance to test them out and letting you know of fantastic offers before it’s too late. My favourite in this selection has to be the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush or the 50% off New Look Roll Necks. But more about those later.

New Products feat. Rimmel Santa Rose Blush

I’ve got to mention the New Look Roll Necks first; I bought a couple last year and been meaning to buy more ever since. I picked these up in Burgundy, Black & White and Grey/Black. They’re already an amazing price at £9.99 each but New Look have 50% off at the moment and they were just £4.99. I wish I’d picked up more colours now. I live in these over Autumn/Winter.

I’ve also included a couple of purchases from a recent trip to Swindon McArturGlen outlet. I picked up a couple of sets of Elegant Touch Nails, and some Wooden Snowflakes from Paperchase to use as Christmas Blog Props. Lastly the little earrings from Claires, I thought these would be perfect every day earrings as I don’t wear any at the moment.

I couldn’t resist a 3 for 2 deal on Rimmel at Boots. Especially when most of these products have been on my wishlist for a while. I picked up the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush as I spotted it in Tanya’s video then I’d also seen the Stay Matte Powder featured everywhere. I then bought the Brow This Way Clear Eyebrow Setting Gel as I’m yet to try one and got the Make-up Case and Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit free. So get yourselves to Boots lovelies, I bought all of this for £7.98.

Just a couple of other products to mention. I featured the Quick Fix Facial Exfoiliating Scrub Mask in my Christmas Gifts For Girls That Have Everything last week and was gifted this beautiful Glass Robin from Robyn Coetzee at the Bath Christmas Market. Lastly is this Collection Bronze Glow Bronzer; I’ve been on the hunt for a subtle, non shimmer bronzer for a while so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Have you tried any of these products? How gorgeous is the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush?

Until next time,

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This post features gifted items. All opinions are 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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This post contains items gifted in consideration for a review. All opinions are 100% honest.