Lee Stafford Haircare has been one of my favourites for years and years, and years. The first product, or products I discovered were from the Hair Growth Range “For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length”. I started using the Hair Growth Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment once every couple of months to give my hair a treat. I always noticed such a difference after I’d used it and it was a product range I kept coming back to. Other than noticing my hair really did grow considerably faster than it would have usually – it also worked as a nourishing and conditioning treatment. I’ve spoken in depth about this range previously.

Lee Stafford Haircare Favourites

I mentioned in my initial review of the Hair Growth Range that I was yet to try the “Hair Growth Scalp Serum”. I just never felt like I needed it as part of my routine. And I usually bought the products when they were on 3 for 2 or 3 for £15 offers so I focused on the “main” three – the Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment. Recently I thought I’d try the Scalp Serum and boy have I been missing out. I absolutely love this product. I’ve been using it twice a week – immediately after washing my hair. Adding one or two full pipettes to my scalp and massaging it into my roots. I then make sure I comb through my hair to disperse any leftover product throughout my hair. This has been working wonders for me. My hair is so much healthier, shiny and volumized.

Another product I’ve been loving recently is the “Original Dry Shampoo”. I don’t think there’s much to say about a Dry Shampoo but this has become my go-to over the last couple of months. I washed my hair quite often after going blonde as I was trying to tone it with a blue shampoo. As much as this helped the overall colour of my hair, it also meant my hair expected a wash more than the twice a week it was used to. I opted for dry shampoo on the “in-between days” when I could just about get by without another wash.

The third product I wanted to mention is the “Hair Growth Treatment”. You can see how much I love this range. I can never stop babbling on about it. I’ve started using this as a once weekly treatment since bleaching my hair to keep it in optimum condition. This little pot seems to last forever. You really don’t need to use much with each treatment. The treatment helps to reduce hair loss, improves follicle health, soothes the scalp and improves strength, volume and feel of the hair. I have tried so many different treatments over the years and I keep coming back to this one.

I just wanted to quickly sneak a fourth product in here too. The “Argan Oil Anti Frizz Serum Spray”. What a little miracle product this is. I’ve only discovered it in the last week, so I’d already planned this post and taken the photographs. But I just couldn’t leave it out. I have a really nice natural wave to my hair but it’s so thick and frizzy. I’ve been using the Serum Spray to tone down the frizz and it really has been a miracle product for me and has been taming my hair for the entire day. Amazing.

Have you tried any Lee Stafford Haircare products? Do you have any recommendations?

Until next time,

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When I was invited to attend Valley Fest as a guest of Weleda I jumped at the chance. Valley Fest is based within the Chew Valley Lakes, Chew Magna to be exact, which is only a 30 minute drive from mine. It’s nice to be able to attend an event that’s a little more local to me, rather than having to spend half the day travelling. Valley Fest is a festival of “food, music and fun” – and really is in the most gorgeous location. When I saw the tents pitched up overlooking the Chew Magna Lake, it made me regret not camping. Just imagine waking up to these views. Absolutely breathtaking.

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We arrived at Valley Fest at 10am and made our way to the Weleda tents to say hello to the girls. I’d already met Naomi and Sophie at the Bristol Bloggers Meet so it was nice to see some familiar faces. I also met Carol who was going to be giving me my Weleda Skin Food Facial later that day.

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Before we did anything else, it was straight to Pukka for a cup of tea. They had so many on offer and they were so affordable. I know “it’s only tea” but Jess and I expected them to be around £3 each considering it was a festival yet they were only £1. They were also selling their eco-cups for £10 which included free tea for the entire weekend. I tried the Supreme Matcha Green Tea and fell in love and Jess had the Mint Refresh which is now a firm favourite of hers.

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There was so much going on when we looked around. Zumba at the “Lake Stage”, a Circus Workshop at “The Yard”, Chicken Run showing at “The Flicks” and a Baby Massage Class at Weleda. There was something for everyone. We had a wander around the various retail tents, selling everything from clothing, to incense, to handmade mosaic ornaments. But before we knew it, it was time to head back to Weleda for our Skin Food Facials.

Skin Food is Weleda’s signature product – it’s “a universal saviour of dry, rough skin” with “extracts of gentle viola tricolour, calendula and chamomile”. Skin Food is full of High Quality, Natural Ingredients. The facial was based around this product – starting with a aromatic rosemary compress to awaken my tired looking skin and moving on to a cleanse to remove any excess make-up. This was followed by a relaxing facial massage. I completely forgot that I was in a tent in the middle of a field, I could have been anywhere. The Skin Food was then used as a mask before the facial was finished with a lavender compress.

I’ve been using the Weleda Skin Food since the Bristol Bloggers Meet over a year ago – yet I’d never thought of using it as a mask. Which is definitely something I’m going to try at home with my sample that was given to me after the facial. My skin felt amazing immediately afterwards and I let the oils continue working their magic for the rest of the day. But more importantly I felt well and truly relaxed. And hungry of course, so it was time to find lunch.

Jess went for a Quesadilla from The Mexican Kitchen and I had a Vegetarian Curry from the Yeo Valley Canteen. For dessert we both had Eton Mess, again from the Yeo Valley Canteen. And I couldn’t resist one of their Gluten Free Brownies – divine. Again I was so impressed with the value of the food compared to other festivals. My curry was around £5 and it was a giant portion, the brownie was £1.5o and the Eton Mess £2.50. It was then time to head back to Pukka for a final cup of tea before leaving Valley Fest.

We had such a lovely day at the festival. We really didn’t want to leave. The atmosphere, the views, the food – everything was perfect. Not forgetting the wonderful facial from Weleda. That made the day for us. Thank you Weleda, and Valley Fest for having us.

Have you been to Valley Fest or anything like this before? I’d love to go again.

Until next time,

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Guess who’s back, back again… Manicure Mondays are back! For good this time. Have I said that before? As you can see, I haven’t been blogging as much as I probably should be. I’ve had a lot going on, we’ve completely renovated a house, and moved into it over the last few months, so blogging has taken a back seat. But this little lull has given me a chance to reflect on my blog. And where I want to take it over the next few months, or should I say, years. One thing I have really missed writing are my Manicure Mondays, so I’m bringing them back – starting with the gorgeous Collection Boo Blue.

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that I haven’t tried any Collection Nail Polishes before. But my oh my have I been missing out. Collection Boo Blue is from the 7 Day Wear Collection and these little beauties are only £1.99. Yep, less than two pounds. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a £1.99 polish, but this exceeded any expectations I may have had. I find many brushes on the cheaper nail polishes are quite chunky but the brushes on these polishes are perfect for my little nails. The polish seems to glide onto the nail too.

The colour payoff isn’t great after one coat, I was slightly disappointed at first. But the second coat totally transforms the colour, and gave this absolutely gorgeous result. Collection Boo Blue is perfect for the summer months/festival season and it’s one of those ‘goes with anything colours’. I can imagine I’ll be reaching for this colour quite often.

I can’t wait to try some of the other colours from the Collection 7 Day Wear range now. Especially True Coral, Lemon Meringue and Ice – I think all of these would be perfect summer colours. You can shop the range online here or at most Boots, Superdrug and larger Tesco stores.

What do you think of Collection Boo Blue? Are you pleased to see my Manicure Mondays back? I’d love to hear from you if you have any particular colours/ranges you’d like me to feature.

Until next time,

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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.

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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.

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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.