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Bar Smith’s Farringdon: A Tiki Review

A Tiki review.

What is the Tiki culture?
The Tiki culture can be traced back to a man named DonThe Beach Comber. He was Texan born but knew that there was a world outside of the states so he went to explore.
His travels took him to the rum centred Caribbean and South Pacific. He loved the laid back lifestyle and on his return home opened a bar to recreate his adventures, the bar was like stepping onto a Caribbean island and he made the cocktails to match.

I was invited to attend Bar Smith’s in Farringdon to try the Tiki menu, to say I was excited would be an understatement. If you know me, you know I’m a lover of cocktails, so I was very much looking forward to having a taste.

Arriving at Farringdon, which is wheelchair accessible, we headed to St John’s Street, just a 2 minute walk from the station.

Upon entry to Bar Smith’s there was 3 steps leading into the bar, with no accessible ramp, but once inside it definitely felt like we were transported to a beach holiday.
The bar was a large open area with tall tables and high chairs, alongside lower table and chairs dotted around the space.
It was very rustic and dark which complimented the Caribbean relaxed vibe.

We were approached by a member of staff who asked if we wanted a table for two.We agreed. At this point he said that he would go and check with his manager to see if my dog was allowed inside
I politely explained that she was a working dog and she is allowed in, but he went off to ask anyway.
On his return he had 2 members of staff with him, one being the manager.
They said that the dog wasn’t allowed in. but we could stay. Again, I explained that Ida is a Guide Dog and legally she is allowed in.
I was told that the dog could stay if I ate outside.
Needless to say I was not a happy bunny, and I explained this, alongside stating that I was here for review purposes.
Their tune quickly changed.

We were then sat at a lower table, given menu’s and left to it for a few minutes, Ellie couldn’t see a Tiki menu so we asked for one.

cocktail menu at the tiki bar

Ellie and I both ordered pizza: I ordered the beef rib and Ellie ordered the Hawaiian .
As we were here to review the Tiki, we couldn’t not order a cocktail! Ellie opted for the Navy Grog which alongside the was out of ingredients, so we both went for the XOXO, very tasty indeed!

Our food arrived promptly and was plentiful. As Ellie and I are such little things we took our time eating the pizza’s, I managed to finish mine because i’m a fat pig, Ellie on the other hand did not…
It was a good 10 minutes after we had finished that Ellie caught the waiters eye and asked for some more drinks, the bar was very quiet, but staff didn’t seem to be around.

Beef Rib and tomato pizza

Ham and pineapple pizza

We ordered one more cocktail each, Ellie had a Pina Colada and I opted for the Tiki classic of A Zombie, they went down rather quickly…

Two Easter head style cups with ice and a straw poking out the top

We headed to the bathroom and I was disappointed to see that there was no disabled toilet.The toilet cubicles were small and the taps were quite high, this would not be accessible for a wheelchair user.

As we were in no rush to leave Ellie and I stayed for another 15 minutes or so, chilling and chatting.
The atmosphere was somewhat spoiled by a man climbing a ladder and fixing lights off to our right.
We left with our empty plates still on the table.

Although the food was very tasty and the cocktails were delightful, I don’t think i’ll be returning to Bar Smith’s Farringdon in the future.

Accessibility: 1/5
The tube station was the only accessible part of our experience.

Quality of service: 2/5
There were only 4 things on the Tiki menu, 3 of which being pizza, I originally asked for the salad but they had run out of ingredients.
Although the food was tasty and came quickly, the waiter failed to ask if we wanted more drinks, and did not take away our plates.

Hospitality: 1/5
I was made to feel very unwelcome because of Ida, even after I explained that she was a Guide Dog.
There was also a lot of confusion with regards to the bill, I explained that I was attending for review purposes…. I’m not too sure this information was passed onto the floor staff.

*I was invited by Bar Smith’s for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sensse hot and cool toner and massage bar

If you are a beauty lover, are into your skincare and enjoy learning about new gadgets or techniques that can improve your routine, then I think you’ll like this product! Welcome to the sensse hot and cool facial bar! 🙂

It is a light weight, handheld facial massager and toner. It is white, thin and sleek, it actually reminds me of a microphone! It has three settings; hot, cold and vibration mode. You can use the vibration mode for both hot and cold settings.

What Amazon says:

Hot Mode – Relax and Soften Your Skin

The 42°C temperature in hot mode is optimal for increasing blood circulation and relaxing facial muscles. The increase in blood circulation and muscle relaxation from hot mode smoothes out wrinkles, softens your skin and activates cell re-growth.

Hot Mode with Ultrasonic Massage – Increase Moisturizer Absorption

The gentle ultrasonic vibrations combined with the 42°C hot mode massage your favorite moisturizer into your skin. The hot temperature and ultrasonic vibrations increase absorption to help you get the most from your products.

Cool Mode – Soothes Sore Facial Muscles and Reduce Redness

Uses optimal 6°C temperature to soothe sore facial muscles and relieve skin fatigue. The cool temperature reduces redness and stiffness making your skin look bright and beautiful. Also closes your pores to enhance moisturizer absorption and prevent dirt and grime buildup.

Cool Mode with Ultrasonic Massage – The Relaxing Wrinkle Reducer

Optimal 6°C temperature combined with ultrasonic vibrations tones and firms your skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What does the sensse hot and cold bar do?

* Stimulates Blood Circulation
* Aids in Lymphatic Drainage
* Increases Cell Metabolism
* Cleanses Away Toxins
* Enhances Skin Care Product Performance
* Tightens and Tones Neck and Facial Skin
* Diminishes Wrinkles and Fine Lines
* Reduces The Appearance of Congested, Puffy Eyes
* Refines Large Pores
* Improves Skin Texture and Tone
* Clarifies Acne and Blemishes
* Lightens Dark Under Eye
* Fades Scars, Freckles, Age Spots and Redness

sensse hot and cold facial bar in its white box

How do I use the sensse hot and cold facial bar?

After Reading the instructions I put the bar on charge for the recommended six hours. There is a light to indicate the bar is charging. Once it is fully charged both the stand and and bar will go the same colour.
Scrape hair back and wash face and hands with hot soapy water.
Towel dry your face and apply moisturiser.
Put a P sized amount of your moisturiser onto the round metal slate at the top of the bar.
There is only one button on the device, press and hold force three seconds, this will activate the hot mode.
Press the bar with the moisturiser on the metal plate to your face.
Gently run it around your entire face, and under your chin. Be careful and sensitive when applying it to your eyesockets, if you have sensitive eyes do not use.
You should only use for two minutes at a time.

Press the button once and this will activate the vibration mode. This opens up your paws and helps your moisturiser sink deep into your skin.
Press the button again to activate the cold mode. This will change very quickly.
Continue the motions all over your face, the cold will close your pours.
Press the button once more, this activates the vibration mode. This cools and tightens the facial muscles, and brings blood to the surface to reduce Red/puffy skin.
Hold the button for three seconds, this will turn off the device. If you forget, it will automatically turn off after two minutes.
Clean the metal plate with a damp clean cloth.

Pros:

I love the whole design and packaging of it, it’s very sleek and stylish which makes it look expensive! I am a massive fan of the white and rose gold combo and it looks great on display!
I’m really impressed with just how quickly it can heat up and cool down. Within a few seconds it’s ready and it’s also a really good temperature on both ends.
the hot is very relaxing and definitely helps release any tension in my face.
The cold Setting is really refreshing and helps close up your pores.
I like how there’s a vibration mode for each to really get deeper into your skin.

sensse in a white box next to a mac book

The charging stand is also really handy, it’s very easy to just pop the device on top and it begins charging away.
Being rechargeable is great as it means theres no added expense of batteries to buy.
Instead you simply plug the base unit in with the usb charging cable attached
It goes from hot to cold in 6 seconds.

It automatically shuts off after 2 minutes to save battery life.
You have a 60 day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your purchase.

Cons:

the only thing i would say is that the pad where the gadget stands in is not very deep at all so it balances on it. This means it can get knocked off very easily, and it has to be on a flat stable service when charging.
This is the era of technology with most gadgets having a USB port/charger… However it would have been good if the company included a plug for the USB.

I really enjoy using my facial bar, it’s great for a good morning and night routine. A fab way to look after your skin and give yourself a little pampering too!
If you enjoy a good skin routine, this is a perfect added bonus. I would highly recommend. 🙂

Do you have a sense hot and cool facial bar? Would you consider buying one after this review? I would love to know in the comments 🙂

Access ability: 5/5
It’s lightweight and fits perfectly within the groove of your hand, no long set up process to endure, once it is fully charged you are good to go!
If you are visually in paired, with each mode change the button lights up on the bar.
I’ve used it for a few weeks now, and the charge still hasn’t died!

Quality of service: 5/5
It arrived quicker than the time I was initially given, it was packaged safely, and beautifully presented.

 

*I was gifted this product for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Honest Grapes Wine Festival In SOHO

Wine tasting at the Honest Grapes wine festival.

Last week Gary and I were invited to attend the Honest Grapes wine festival in SOHO.Gary and I are only really just getting into wine tasting and discovering different brands that we like.
My Dad is a wine buff and has taught me lots over the years, often asking me to “try this and see what you think” most of the time I wasn’t interested, but as I got older my taste buds began to change, with Champagne becoming a firm family favourite; especially around Christmas and New Year!

Needless to say I was rather excited to attend the wine festival .Gary enjoys being my guide for certain blogging events, especially if it includes food and alcohol!
I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend this event without sighted assistance, so it was good to get Gary on board and make it into a fun date day:)

After getting delayed with thanks to broken signals on the railway, having to walk half way around St Pancras just to get to the underground, and then having to ask for assistance and walking the 100+ steps up the escalator we finally arrived in SOHO.
Thankfully it was only a 5 minute walk from the tube station, and handy Google Maps got us there with no issues.

As we entered the building we were greeted by a lovely Chinese lady who informed us that the lift would only be able to take us up, so we would have to walk back down the stairs upon exiting.
Ida and I are becoming well versed in stairs, so I wasn’t particularly bothered about this.

Arriving upstairs we walked into a large, open, bright and white room.
The kind gentleman checked us in and even got a tray for Ida to have a drink from.
We asked if it was OK to bench Ida while we went around, just so she didn’t get under anyones’ feet, and he was more than accommodating, even offering to look after her on his table.

And then the fun began…

The first table we visited was Exton Park, an English Brewery. situated in Hampshire where the grapes are Grown in a very chalky environment which adds a distinct flavour to the wines.

We tried the Exton Park Brute first, this was a white sparkling wine.

We both thought it tasted very nice but as with most brutes’ it was Dry

You can purchase a bottle for £27.90

The next wine we tried was the Exton Park Pino MeunierRose. This was a sparkling Rose Wine with a fruity burst of flavour.. Out of the 2 this was our favourite.

You can purchase a bottle for £39.00

The second table we visited was the Chene Bleu- Vineyards, this is situated in the la verriere region of France.

The first wine we tasted was the Chene Bleu Rosé 2016. – This was a Rose wine with a silky smooth finish.

You can purchase a bottle for £20.90

The second wine we tried was the Chene Blue w 2010. This was a Red Wine,, I found it too full bodied for my personal taste. I’m not a fan of red wine as a rule and the taste made it a bit sour and sharp for me.

The third table we visited was the Clemens Busch- German Wine maker

We tried the Clemens Busch Vom Grauen 2015. This was a dry sharp red wine.

You can purchase a case of 6 for £122

The second wine we tried was the Clemens Busch vom roten Scgiefer This was a fantastic red wine, which I felt was not too full bodied for my taste. I felt that the wine completed itself nicely, by this I mean the flavour didn’t linger on the tongue or leave it dry. You can purchase a case of 6 for £122.40

Clemens Busch Marienburg GG The third wine we tried on this table was the Falkenlay 2012. This was a smooth sharp white wine that didn’t stick to the pallet..

The fourth wine we tried was the Greatest hits.

Grace Bridge Pino Noir 2013. This was a light fruity red wine, and affordable at £18.40 a bottle.

Luke Lambert Australian wine maker standing in front of a big barrel of Wine

The next table we visited was the Team Picks table.

Brownstone Winery.

We first tried the Chardonnay 2015. – This was a light yet Crisp white wine.

You can purchase a bottle for £13.80

The second wine we tried was the Chateau Trebiac Rouge 2012-. This was an earthy flavour but was a light red colour.

You can purchase a bottle for £13.40

The next table we visited was the Spanish Tapas table.

We tried a selection of cheeses including; goats cheese, very creamy but not over powering.

A semi mature cheddar which was crumbley.

A mature cheddar which was strong and smokey, with a bit of crumble.

A blue cheese which was potent and creamy, not to my taste but Gary thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also tried some cooked ham cut straight from the hoof, this was sort of slimy in texture but tasted nice.

I also managed to taste the ham wrapped in breadstick, this was very tasty, it gave the ham a good crunch.

Our final tasting was the semi mature cheese with a sweet jelly, this was completely ccomplimentary to the cheese, and apparently very popular in Spain.

The next table we visited was Fine Wine.

The first wine Gary tasted was the Mastrojanni Brunello Montalcino 2012 This was a Medium bodied red which stayed on your tongue for a while, not to Gary’s taste.

You can purchase a bottle for £53.59

The last wine that Gary tasted was the mirafiore barolo lazzarito 2008 This was the last red wine Gary tasted, he thought it was very full bodied and clung to the pallet;not to his tastes

You can purchase a bottle for £66.50

The first wine I tasted was the Cal del Bosco Annamaria Clementi 2007 This was a white sparkling wine that was slightly dry, but refreshing.

You can purchase a bottle for £89.70

The second wine I tasted was the Frerejean Freres Blanc de Blancs This was a crisp white wine, it was tasty but not my favourite.

You can purchase a bottle for £61.40

The final table we visited was the Australia and New Zealand Wines

We met the co- founder of Honest Grapes,; Nathan, who had just come back from a 5 month trip to Australia and New Zealand meeting young people growing their own wines. He was very friendly and clearly very passionate about his job and the company.

Taras Ochota a wine maker Nathan met on his travels to Australia and New Zealand

The first wine we tried was the Jamsheed Ma Petite Francine Cabernet Franc 2016. – This was a very light and fruity Red Wine, both Gary and I enjoyed it.

Nathan explained that most people who declare they don’t like red wines, do in fact like these, because of their fruity flavours, he was definitely right.

You can purchase a bottle for £19.80

The final wine we tasted was the mirafiore barolo lazzarito Another very light and fruity red wine, it was not full bodied at all, and we both found it very easy and tasty to drink.
You can purchase a bottle for £66.50

Timo Mayer another wine maker Nathan met while on his trip to Australia and New Zealand

Gary and I had a lovely day learning, tasting and meeting so many passionate people who knew so much about their craft. It was so interesting meeting the people that grew the wine, finding out their back stories as well as gaining more knowledge about how the wines were produced.

The only down side to the day was the public not understanding that Ida was a working dog and needed to be left alone. Too many people went over to her and gave her fuss that she became very excited and wouldn’t settle, so we ended up taking her around the last few tables with us.
She settled down instantly, but I do wish people would not interfere with her.

Before we headed out we headed back to the exton park table and tried the rose and brute one more time. The rose was definitely a hit for both of us, and it is wine we will be purchasing in the future.

Thanks to honest Grapes for inviting us, we had a fab day! 🙂

Accessibility 3/5

Getting to SOHO as a disabled person was a challenge, many of the train stations lacked lifts and had too many stairs or just escalators. The venue the event was hosted at unfortunately had a broken lift which only went up, meaning you would have to come down many stairs on your return.
As a wheelchair user this event would not have been accessible to me.
All of these things are totally out of Honest Grapes control.

Hospitality 5/5
The people that worked there on the day were absolutely fantastic, showed real passion and enthusiasm for the job, and were also extremely accommodating with my blindness.

Are you a wine lover? Would you attend a festival like this?

*We were given tickets for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Light Up Your Life With Cello And Village Candles

Light Up Your Life With Cello And Villiage Candles.

I’ve always loved candles, and scented candles have taken the world by storm over the last 7+ years.
There’s something so relaxing and yet perfectly pretty about watching a candle light dance about in it’s jar/ holder.

A scented candle can help create an atmosphere like no other; sea salt can create an atmosphere of tranquility and freshness, escorting you to your favourite beach in summer.
A mulled wine candle can create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and cosiness. Transporting you to a winters evening curled up on the sofa eating cheese and crackers.

Your sense of smell is the most powerful of all the senses, evoking memories and moments in time. This is why scented candles have become so popular in the last decade.

Being a scented candle fan, I have always been curious to the lure of the wax melt candles.

I am very happy to report that i now have one of my very own with thanks to Village Candle UK! I have a white wax melt holder with a simple but contemporary oriental design with tactile markings.

Black wax melter with oriental design, with two books to the left and a love picture frame on the right. Creating a relaxed and contemporary vibe

When it arrived it came fully assembled, all I had to do was removed the protective seal, add the melt, and plug it in.

What’s different about wax melt candles is the design. The holder contains a bulb, that warms up and heats the dish to melt the wax candle, to give off your chosen scent.

From a blind person’s perspective I really love the design, one flick of your switch and the bulb does all the hard work for you.
I cannot tell you how many times I have burnt my finger/ hand trying to light a scented candle and having to put my hand into the jar, only to find out the flame wasn’t touching the wick, so my efforts were foiled and I had to repeat the process all over again!

Although i do have light perception, meaning I am able to see the light flickering from the candle, I feel safe knowing that I will not accidentally leave a lit candle burning through the night, potentially causing a house fire.

I chose 2 different scents for my wax melt; Fresh strawberry and Black bamboo. I tried Fresh Strawberries first, well it’s summer after all and who doesn’t love the scent of strawberries?

The wax melts came in a plastic box with individual cubes of the scented candle.
Again, from the perspective of a blind person, I thought this was very handy, I didn’t need to faff around trying to cut up the wax, because it was already done for me!

Turning on the wax melt I thought the scent was sweet and light, just like strawberries themselves.
After 20 minutes or so I was a little disappointed that the scent wasn’t potent,especially as the fragrance of the candle in it’s box was so strong. Everything I want in a scented candle.
That was until I realised I could add more than just one cube to the dish… After adding 2 cubes to the dish, I could really smell the scent of strawberries emanating around the room, which made me very happy indeed! 🙂

The Black Bamboo gave off a polar opposite scent in comparison to the Fresh Strawberries
It’s almost masculine in scent and heavy, without feeling like you r suffocating from it’s strength of fragrance.

Although I love both wax melts for their differences, I would say that in terms of creating an atmosphere, I would use Fresh Strawberries and curl up on the sofa reading a chick flick,, with Pimms in hand.

Whereas I would use the Black Bamboo after a long day to unwind and destress. I would soak in the bath listening to jazz.

Black wax Melter with oriental design on a table with black bamboo and fresh strawberries packs in front

Accessibility: 5/5
The website was easy and smooth to navigate with a screen reader, and each item had it’s own description so it gave me a visual representation of the product, and what to expect from the scent.

Quality of service: 5/5
Email and Twitter correspondence was very quick, friendly and efficient. I received my order just a few days after placing it.

Are you a scented candle fan? Have you got a wax melt candle? Would you try one?
I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Much Love,
Sassy x

*I was sent this beautiful wax melt holder. and the wax melt candles for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Photography courtesy of my Sister.




Adventures At Butlin’s Bognor Regis Part 3

Butlin’s Bognor Regis Part 3

Day 4.

Gary and I clearly needed a night of chilling, we didn’t get down to
breakfast until after 09:30.And we weren’t the only ones who had a lay in either, I guess we all needed it.
Breakfast.

Breakfast consisted of cereal and boiled eggs on toast, I wanted something that was going to fill me up for the day but not be too heavy as we planned on going for a swim in splash world; all free as part of your Butlin’s booking. The only thing we needed was a £1coin for our lockers which would be returned to us afterwards.

Although the sun was lovely and hot, the wind had picked up giving you a good breeze.
This would have been absolutely fine if my dress wasn’t thin and floaty…

A family were just behind us with their child saying “doggy” when I shouted over my shoulder, yes it is a doggy!
At the same time a big gust of wind came and blew my dress unto my waist, revealing my underwear and bum!
I squealed and tried to push my dress down, but the damage had been done, I had scarred their retina’s for life!
I sort of regained my composure and jokingly said; “Well, that was certainly a Marilyn Monroe moment!”
To which everyone giggled!




Splashworld.

Splash world was great fun, , there was nowhere you could properly swim around, but let’s be honest I was there for the flumes and water rapids!
After wondering around for a minute or two and Gary pointing out what was where, we decided to head for the water rapids first.
You have to be a minimum height of 1.4m and be able to swim, because the jets of water are that strong that they push you around.
You can choose to use a rubber ring or let the current take you. I Opted for the rubber ring, it was great just lazing and having the water push you around the pool.
I had just gotten off the rubber ring and was about to swim around when a life guard came over and asked me to get out of the pool, both Gary and I said to the life guard about my blindness, but he didn’t want me out because of my sight, but because he wanted to measure my height against the measure thing.
I explained that I had already measured myself, Gary likes to embarrass me with these sorts of things. But the lifeguard insisted I get out so he could see for himself.

I became very petulant and declared that as I was a 26 year old woman,I was not getting out of the pool.
Gary persuaded me; “Sassy it’s his job at the end of the day, he needs to check.”
Meanwhile the lifeguard agreed I may be 26 and measured myself but he had to check.
I very reluctantly got out and stood infant of the measuring thingy, what a lovely humiliating moment that was!

all was good; and I was sent on my merry way. After a few more circuits of the water rapids we decided to head over to the wave pool.
Gary seemed very enthusiastic about the waves until he realised the wave machine wasn’t going to get any stronger and then he started to pout.

I kept jumping onto his back so I could have a little ride and enjoy being lazy some more!

We then headed off to the water slides; the highest slide is called the space bowl, this is where you go down a normal shoot and right at the end it spins you around and around and spits you out into a big plunge pool at the end.
When we reached the top Gary asked the lifeguard if he could assist me getting onto the slide.
The guy was very friendly but said he would have to radio his boss to see if I was allowed to go on the space bowl, Because of the way it throws you out, you need to know which way to swim when you reach the surface.
Gary and I joked that I’d wasted 10 years walking up the stairs (big, sturdy and very accessible for VI people), that I may have to turn around and go all the way back down.
Thankfully the guys’ boss agreed that as long as Gary went first and shouted at me to guide me to the steps then he was happy to let me go down.

So off I went, down the slide, at my usual slow pace and suddenly i’ve turned a corner and sped up, I did squeal a little as I was not expecting that sort of speed!
I got to the bowl bit and slowed down, when it finally spat me out, I landed flat on my back, not only was that rather uncomfortable to say the least but the pressure of the plunge threw my bikini bottoms off right down to my knees.
So I was frantically pulling them up with one hand as I held my nose with the other, even after I exited the pool Gary and I were still rearranging my bikini bottoms, and my dignity… It could only happen to me!!

We then continued onto the slides we had passed on our way up the Devil’s drop.
There was an orange one and a green one side by side, after helping me get to my slide Gary was going to shout over for me to go and we could race.
The water was gushing down the flumes so loudly i couldn’t hear when he said go.
They were much quicker than I anticipated, but not as fast as the space bowl shoot.
The one thing I’m not a fan of with water slides is the way it scratches your back on the way down.

The last and final water slide we went on was a proper race against one another slide. A great chance for all the family to race each other if you are the competitive type!
With this slide you had to sit up but have your arms folded across your chest but touching each shoulder.
Unfortunately this didn’t make me go faster, and when I shouted across to Gary that I had stopped halfway down he just told me to stand up… I was at the end.
There was me expecting another plunge pool kind of thing…

After a few more circuits around the rapids, without a rubber ring this time, it definitely feels like you are going much faster, especially if you are going backwards.
We decided it was time to head back to the chalet and go see how our little pup had survived without us.

Ida lying on the floor with Dylan a brown Alsatian lying his head on top of her head

Funfair.

Being the big kid I am, and with it being our last full day I said to Gary that i wanted to check out the funfair.
The first ride we went on was the giant swings.
It wasn’t until we were on the ride and Gary was swinging out that he exclaimed he didn’t much like this ride.
He became more adamant that he didn’t like the ride when he apparently was at a 90 degree angle.
I just sat there cackling my head off. For good measure I said, oh maybe your swing is broken?
The horror on his face was priceless, it just sent me off into more hysterics!
The man operating the ride was helpful by looking after Ida, and saying how good she was the whole time we were on the ride.

The next ride we went on was a cart where a metal bar is placed over two of you and lock in place, this stops you from falling out but is also there as a handle if you need it.
Gary demanded that he was not going on this ride, I was a horrible person and basically forced him to go on.
I’m so glad i did, his reaction was beyond priceless on this ride!!
He was fine with it being up in the air and going around, but the second the cart tilted at 45 degrees his way and then started bobbing up and down his reaction was pure gold!
I was laughing so hard I was almost crying, he kept telling me off and saying not to laugh, especially when the girl in the cart behind us started screaming, I just laughed even harder!!
Gary was almost squealing with delight when it stopped!
The lady operating the ride was also fantastic, even bringing Ida to us, and then gave her an ice cube to cool her down.

Ida sitting on a pebble beach with the sea behind her

The final ride we went on was the dodgems.
Did you know that Billy Butlin’s introduced Britain to the dogems? He was over in America and saw it as part of their funfair and decided he wanted them on his fairground in Britain.
We took Ida over and asked the controller man if he would mind looking after Ida when we got on.
He radioed and got another member of staff to come stand with Ida while we went on the dodgems. We thanked the lady and walked to the back of the queue.
Before we even reached the back the man gestured for us to go to the front and get on first!
We got on with me sitting in the drivers seat and Gary as passenger.
Ida had clocked us and was watching us intently so we gave her a little wave!
Gary gave me great direction and we only had a few collisions!
One being the wall… Gary said turn right, so I did: he meant left… See this is why blind people don’t drive!!

As we got off the man was very friendly, checking I was OK and wishing us a good day.
The lady looking after Ida said that she was watching us intently all the way around!

There are plenty of other activities at the fun fair including a Helter Skelter, a kids pirate ship and another seat in the air ride.
There are also paid rides/ activities you could do including; 2 go kart tracks, a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course with a zippier at the end.
These activities cost £5 a head, and if we hadn’t of run out of time (all the clubs and activities shuts at 5PM), then I would have definitely done the obstacle course and rock climbing!

There was a quiz on at 19:00 that evening so we headed off to dinner very early, straight from the funfair.

Dinner.

For our last evening meal I had an assortment of random food: fish fingers, beef, veg and spaghetti bolognese. Gary had brought me over some chocolate gateau, but when I discovered treacle sponge was on the menu I had to have it…Gary at this point had finished his dinner, and although he was going to grab treacle sponge for Lenny too, as Lenny was waiting for the custard to come out. I insisted he go up and get mine.
The wait was barely 2 minutes so Gary headed off to get our desserts, when he came back, and put them on the table I said to Lenny, oh is this one yours I can smell custard.
No love i’ve got mine right here.
Custardgate ensued…
I was more annoyed because neither Gary or I like custard!!
Poor Gary had to go back up again, and Lenny was left eating 2 portions of treacle sponge and custard!

On our way back to the chalet Ida and I came across a family who asked to say hello to Ida. I got her to sit whilst doing my usual spiel of her being on harness, when the man agreed and said he completely understood, because he and his wife were puppy walkers for Guide dogs!
I was totally excited at this point and asked them a bunch of questions, alongside giving them all my love and thanks, because without puppy walkers giving their own timing patience, blind people like me wouldn’t be in the position we are! 🙂
The man and his wife are not currently puppy walking as they have 2 young boys, with the eldest being 4.
It was so great to meet puppy walkers and hear that they keep in touch with the pup through the Guide dog owner! 🙂

Entertainment.

As our group was so large we split off into 3 separate teams, not that that really mattered, we were sharing a table so were confirming the answers with one another.
We got 10 out of 10 on the music round with thanks to me: I was the only one on our table that got Rude and Magic! I even did a very loud woo when it was announced!
Mostly because Gary played it on repeat for about 6 months, was on the other team to me and frustratingly didn’t know the answer, so I told Mark that my only guess for the artist was Magic, and BOOM I was right!!
Can you tell I like quizzes? 😉
I am also very proud to say that our table of 2 teams, came 2nd and 3rd in the quiz, missing out on a prize of £71.
It would have been nice to win, but I am actually glad we didn’t, the politics that would have come along with it because of certain members of the team would have caused a giant headache!

With it being our last night in the chalet a large group of us congregated in Lenny’s chalet, where lots of alcohol, laughter and jokes were had!

What happens in Butlin’s stays in Butlin’s! 😉

A group of white plastic chairs at night with a light underneath shining up and making them light up

Bye Bye Butlin’s.

All the carbs, alcohol and late nights caught up on just about everyone, lots of us woke up with hangovers, in the case of Gary and I, we had very poorly tummies, Breakfast was a very slow and uncomfortable affair.

I was genuinely worried how we would cope on our journey home.

Gary and I thankfully seemed to bypass the worst of it before we left, thank god!

Gary and I had a fabulous time at Butlin’s, the staff were incredibly polite and friendly, nothing was too much bother.
The neighbours that we had were lovely, and every interaction I had with the public with Ida was also a very pleasant one!
Amazing times were had, lovely people met and lots of wonderful memories were made!
My highlight had to be introducing Ida to the seaside, watching her investigate, learn and explore! 🙂

I will definitely be returning to Butlin’s in the near future, this time I will complete the rock climbing wall and obstacle course, it would also be great to stay in the hotel and compare.
From what i’ve hear the butlers are attentive and the cleaning staff are thorough and make origami with your towels!

Butlin’s is certainly a family fun getaway for any age, and the support received as a disabled person was second to none!

Thank you Butlin’s!

Accessibility 4/5
There is a large set of stairs either side of the stage, it does have a lift. However, on the rat Pack night the lift had broken. Meaning that people had to use the stairs to exit. If I were a full-time wheelchair user I would not be able to exit the building.
However I cannot blame the staff as they went above and beyond to assist people leaving. As a Guide dog owner, it was more than accessible,

Hospitality: 5/5
The staff were all very friendly, welcoming and informative

Quality of service:4/5
I was very pleased with my stay and the service I received when out and about, with special thanks to the fair ground staff.
I would like to have seen for towels in our chalet, instead of two. Most importantly a bath mat to be provided.
Or the website it said that you could order pancakes/omelettes for breakfast, however during our stay this was not offered. Both Gary and I would definitely have liked this option.

Venue Details.

Upper Bognor Rd,
Bognor Regis
PO21 1JJ

Click here to visit Butlins Bognor Regis website.




Adventures At Butlin’s Bognor Regis Part 2

Butlin’s Bognor Regis Part 2

Day 2.

Breakfast is served between 08:30 and 10:00, we met everyone down at the food court at 08:45, apparently our group had been there from the second it had opened and was already on a second/ third helping!
There is a large selection for breakfast including: typical English breakfast, Yoghurt, porridge, cereal, fruit and toast with a selection of jams and marmalades.
I opted for cereal and a cooked breakfast, with lots of tea and fruit juice… Well why not? I was on my holibobs!

Gary and I both feeling rather tired decided to have a chilled morning and go back to the chalet, we may or may not have had a little snooze… Nope nothing at all to do with the late night and alcohol we had consumed the night before!

The Beach.

As the sun was so utterly beautiful we decided to head down to the beach, not even a 5 minute walk from our door to the beach front!
It was so much fun watching Ida attempting to run on pebbles, and not understanding why she kept skidding everywhere!
She was intrigued and nervous in her new environment: growling at the seaweed and jumping back in surprise…

In typical Ida fashion, 5 minutes later she was trying to eat it, and the many pebbles under her feet!!

A stony beach with the sea in the background

Gary managed to coax her down to the sand and shore; after running away the first few times as the waves came in, she then found her footing and bobbed her little paws in and out of the surf.

After a good few hours on the beach we were a little toasty so treated ourselves to a slushy before meandering back to the chalet.

Ida a Black labrador standing on a stony beach with the sea in the background

Dinner.

With dinner being so early at Butlin’s 16:30 to 18:00, our friends were already heading down for their evening meal.

So we decided to join them.
For every evening meal there is a choice of fish, carvery and whatever is on the menu for that particular evening.
I had sausage casserole, new potatoes, mash, veg and chicken pie. Oh and yummy chocolate cake!

According to our brochures the entertainment for the night was The Rat Pack, starting at 21:45, however after speaking with our friends who had been to see the Whitney Houston act, she started at 21:15.
So Gary and I decided to head back to the chalet to chill and get ready for the evening.

Entertainment.

We left our chalet at 21:00 and went in search for our friends.
The Rat Pack were already playing when we arrived, and we searched in earnest for our friends for a good 15 minutes before getting a hold of them and asking where they were.
Turns out they were back by the entrance … we had managed to walk right past them!

We were sat far enough away from the stage and speakers that if we talked loud enough we could hear each other, , perfect for a bunch of blindy’s like us!

The Rat Pack were truly fantastic. singing as a group as well as doing brilliant solo performances, even staying in character and speaking in a New York accent when addressing the audience.
I loved that they performed as if they were the real Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr tap dancing and singing the famous Bo Jangles.
The act finished with a audience participation of New York New York, a firm favorite on our table!

Although there was further entertainment for the last hour of the evening for adults only, none of our group fancied sticking around so we headed back to our chalets to continue our own little party!
Needless to say that it was another night full of laughter and alcohol!




Day 3.

Each day got hotter and hotter, we definitely struck it lucky with the weather.
We had been at Butlin’s over 24 hours and Ida was getting the swing of where she was going.
We got lots of comments from the public, including a lot of parents educating their children on not touching working dogs, and what Guide Dogs were for.
It made my heart melt every time we passed a young child or toddler exclaiming; doggy!

Breakfast.

For breakfast I decided to have a cooked breakfast, and even managed to fit in some boiled egg on toast!

On the way back Gary, Lenny and I discussed how disability friendly the staff and site were for people with disabilities.
The paths although not tarmac smooth were flat as much as they could be allowing those in wheelchairs, or those with impaired walking to get around with as much ease as a person with a disability can manage.
It was also great to see that there were so many families and carers enjoying themselves too.
Butlin’s really does cater for all ages, and fantastically supportive for people with disabilities! 🙂

Beach Fun.

After chilling in the chalet for a few hours we decided to head down to the beach once again, mostly because we wanted doughnuts, did I mention we were on holiday? 😉

A stony beach with the sea in the background

Along the beach front there is a selection of kiosks selling everything from many flavoured ice-creams to slushies to doughnuts.
There was also a dog drink station and a few pieces of gym beach workouts in the form of pull up bars, and tricep dips.
Gary and I both gave the tricep dips a go and failed miserably at life!
There is also a pub at the end of the beach front but we didn’t visit.

Deciding that it was doughnut time we headed back down walking past the shuttle train on the way, Gary and a little boy gave a thumbs up to one another as they passed us.

A long Blue beach train with a quite scary red lipped one tooth smile

The back end of a long blue beach train

Ida and I were sitting down in the seated area when a lady and her son came over to us and asked if they could say hello to Ida.
I made Ida sit and explained that when on harness a Guide Dog is working and I don’t usually let people say hello to her when she is working.
At the same time the lady echoed my little speech and said that she sponsors Guide Dogs.
She said that she and her son wanted to come say hello as they have never met a working guide Dog in all the time she has been sponsoring them.
She asked me how long we have been a partnership and has it made a difference? I started gushing about how much Ida has changed my life for the better and given me my confidence back, at this point the lady turned to her son and kindly said; that’s great to hear, and exactly why we donate.
She was a genuinely lovely lady and I thanked her for sponsoring Guide Dogs. 🙂

After consuming our delicious doughnuts and refreshing slushy we finally headed onto the beach itself, all the while Ida pulling like a mad thing and being very disobedient!
I had to give her a very stern telling off, and she settled down.
Clearly she loves the beach as much as I do!

Gary and I were keen to dip our feet in the sea, and encouraged Ida to join us… Gary threw a stone into the water and Ida chased it! She’s such a daft dog!

Ida running towards the sea on a stony beach

It was so relaxing standing in the surf and having the surf crash at our feet, what made the moment even more special was Ida running in and out of the water, splashing and kicking up sand as she ran along the waters edge.

Evening.

On our way to dinner there were a lot more “doggy” comments, and this time it was followed up by “yes, that’s a very special doggy. It’s a blind dog!”
Gary and I couldn’t help but laugh, I don’t think Ida would be much use to me if she was blind also!

Dinner.

You can tell it’s buffet style because when Gary brought my plate to me I had a selection of different foods: hunters chicken, chicken wrapped in cheese, meatballs with pasta, veg and new potatoes… Seriously what is up with this boy and getting me new potatoes everyday? I don’t even really like them that much!

Entertainment.

The evening entertainment on the centre stage was soul night; this was the night I was most looking forward to.
I am a huge fan of soul and mouton, that if they weren’t mostly about break ups and heartbreak I would have to have them play at my wedding!

The guy’s’ voice was brilliant, and no wonder; he was the voice coach for the X Factor, and now The Voice.After a bit of name dropping he carried on with the set.
One of the women vocalists did a beautiful rendition of a Jackson 5 song.It was truly amazing.
Apart from sitting in silence and absorbing that particular song, our entire table were dancing in our seats and singing away merrily to every song they performed.
For entertainment purposes I just wished their set was longer than 45 minutes!

You could definitely tell that the partying and late nights were catching up on us because we all headed back to our respective chalets and crashed out for the evening.
It was nice to have a night in cuddled up on the sofa watching TV with Gary.

You can find part 3 here.




Adventures at Butlin’s Bognor Regis

Butlin’s

Billy Butlin’s was an entrepreneur who created the British iconic holiday parks for family’s to have an affordable UK break, now commonly known as a staycation .
Butlin’s Skegness opened on the 11th April 1936 and was officially opened by Amy Johnson; the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
Billy’s dream was to create a place for family’s to eat, sleep and be entertained which was also situated close to a beach.
There are now 3 sites: Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead, welcoming millions of families each year.
Some of the most widely known comedians, actors, singers, dancers and double acts have found fame because of Butlin’s.
Laurel and Hardy, The Drifters, The Foundations,Dez o’Connor, Cliff Richard and Ringo Star to name but a few!

A group of us had booked our 4 night stay months in advance, and having never been to Butlin’s before I was really keen to go.

A few days before we left I went on the website to see what we could do when we were there.
Clearly geared towards family I was blown over by the sheer amount of activities there were to do, which were all included as part of your holiday costs!
I was also happy with the accessibility of the website. The mobile version is not very compatible with screen readers, but after switching to desktop mode, I had no further issues. I flicked through page after page with ease and eager anticipation for the Butlin’s holiday ahead!

Our destination was Bognor Regis in West Sussex, situated between Brighton and Portsmouth. This was ideal for us as it was only a 2 and 1/2 hour drive.

Arrival.

The first thing Gary noticed was the giant millennium dome, meaning everything was under cover. Perfect for the unpredictable British weather!
The majority of our friends were there already and had checked in, so we headed to the Oyster Bay reception to ask for directions.
The staff were friendly and extremely helpful, and ended up giving us verbal directions to our chalet as they had run out of maps.

Our Chalet.

Being visually impaired and having a Guide Dog, we were given a ground floor chalet which conveniently had a large grass area, and bins right outside our door.
The chalet itself had a living room area complete with two sofas, a television and coffee table.
A dinning table and chairs were immediately on our right as we entered.

4 person table, two leather two seater sofas and a small tv

The kitchen was fitted with a fridge freezer, cooker, microwave and kettle.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that tea, coffee and sugar had been provided along with cutlery and crockery; perfect for a group who wanted to self cater.

Kitchen with microwave, kettle, toaster and cooker

Our bedroom was a decent size; homing a double bed, 2 bedside tables, a set of drawers, wardrobe and a desk and chair with a mirror above it.
The only criticism i would have would be for the bathroom, the toilet cistern took about 10 minutes to fill up, the shower cubicle was quite small, and didn’t drain quick enough so your feet would be in a bath of water, and having no window meant that the bathroom would be completely steamed up. On day 3 Gary found an extractor fan but it didn’t really live up to it’s name.
Possibly the most annoying of all was that there was no bathmat, meaning that the floor became soaked as you exited the shower or you had to use your own towel to mop up the mess.

A double Bed with white bed sheets and green feature wall

Wardrobe and window with the bed at the bottom

Dressing table and the door

Food.

As we wanted our holiday to be as easy-going as possible we paid for breakfast and dinner buffet style as part of our package.

After dropping our bags off we headed down to dinner to meet up with the rest of the party.
Not before going to the wrong restaurant and getting turned away because we hadn’t paid for that meal package!

We opted for the cheap and cheerful option and we dinned in the Coral Beach restaurant for the entirety of our stay.

As it is a buffet style food court you can go up as many times as you wanted.
I was very happy to find out that hot and cold drinks were part of the package and unlimited, the only drinks you would have to pay for would be fizzy drinks or alcohol.
Because the food court was so busy Gary offered to go up and get me an assortment of foods : chicken, new potatoes, veg, gammon and minted beef, not forgetting the lovely slice of cake for pudding.

Entertainment.

There are 2 main stages at Bognor Regis Butlin’s:Reds and Center Stage.
On our first evening the entertainment on the center stage would be Whitney Houston in concert, Ive always loved Whitney Houston so I was keen to go along. According to our brochure we got with our check n details it said that the performer would not be on stage until 21:45 meaning we had plenty of time to have a wander around.

We went into the local shop which was full of everything you could need for a self catered holiday.
However having the luxury of Gary driving we decided to head off to the local supermarket, less than a mile away.
We stocked up on the essentials; alcohol and coconut scented toilet roll!

Arriving back on to the parks premises Gary noticed that there was a closer entrance to our chalet, so we politely asked if he could drop myself, Ida, Lenny and Dillon off and then park the car back in the Oyster Bay car park.
The man on the gate was very accommodating, letting us through and saying he would give the heads up to his colleague on the other gate.

2 blind people, 2 Guide Dogs, a crate of beer, box of wine and a carrier bag full of other things made the much shorter walk a whole lot easier… See having a disability has it’s perks! 😉




By the time we got back to the chalet it was time to head off for the evening entertainment.
By this point neither Gary nor Lenny fancied it, so we headed next door to Lenny’s chalet for a quiet night.
Phyllis, Lenny’s chalet mate had returned from the entertainment saying she wasn’t in the mood.
The 4 of us stayed in chatting, drinking and laughing until 2Am in the morning!

You can find part 2 here.

Review: we all deserve to look and feel LUSHcious

I’m a big fan of Lush; their products and ethicacy is the reason I return time and time again.
Not so much of the scent of the shop; it assaults your nostrils even when you are in a 3 metre radius of the place…
But individually I love the products. I have received many a product as birthday/ Christmas gifts, over the years and given them out in return!
Lush is a firm favourite of mine and my friends. And i’m excited to say I have some lovely products ahead that I have reviewed. 🙂

*Disclosure: I apologise for the photos.. I got far too excited about trying out the products that I forgot to take pictures beforehand… I’m a terrible blogger!
Lush Review.

Godiva Shampoo Bar.

Lush Description: “There’s no need to be modest about having great hair once you’ve used this – you’ll want to parade around town. Godiva cleans and conditions with a host of nut oils and butters, and then leaves a heady, lingering scent of jasmine on your newly-glossy tresses. It’s stuffed with butters and oils to condition, moisturise and soften the hair: cocoa butter, cupuaçu butter, shea butter, camellia oil, organic macadamia nut oil and extra virgin coconut oil”

Looking at the bar you don’t expect it to be as half as good as it is.
When I was at the Lush shop the fabulous manager explained the shampoo bar’s properties and how well it cleaned and nourished your hair.
I was skeptical at first, mostly because i’m a liquid shampoo kinda girl, but I gave it a go and I was happily surprised.
The bar lathers well and you only need to roll it around in your hand once or twice to get a decent amount for shoulder length hair.
I left it in my hair for a good 5 minutes while I continued the rest of my shower routine. By the time I rinsed it off my hair was already feeling silky ; the oils and butters in the bar is what conditions your hair. The after affect was even better, once I had combed and blow dried my hair.
The scent of the jasmine isn’t too powerful, which is good for me as it’s not my favourite scent.
The bar will last around 6 months and in my opinion its great for when you are travelling because you don’t have to worry about liquid luggage restrictions. 🙂

Round shaped bar,in banana yellow colour palm sized.

 

Tender Is The Night Massage Bar.

Lush Description: “A sensual massage bar filled with romantic essential oils. Shea and murumuru butters are specially blended to melt easily onto the skin to allow a smooth massage. As well as helping the bar glide, they also help to lock in moisture. As the bar warms and softens, it releases the heady blend of ylang ylang oil, Fair Trade vanilla absolute, and jasmine absolute.”

I’m a big fan of this massage bar, not only the does it smell great, but with it having a tactile flower o the right hand side of the bar, being blind I love distinguishable features, and a pretty pink flower does the trick.
I used the massage bar like a solid lotion applying it directly to my skin with a few firm strokes, and rubbing the residue into my skin.
As I was rubbing it in I could feel my skin getting smoother. I was also happy to discover that I didn’t need to apply moisturiser to my body after the shower because the butter within the bar had done it for me!

At a separate time I chose to break some of the bar up and crumble it into my bath, it took a long time to dissolve, which is a good thing as it’s not made as a bath bomb, but again I left the bath feeling soft and moisturised all over. 🙂

Oval shaped bar, cream coloured with barbie pink flower on right hand side,this is also tactile.. It is Palm with but height just larger than palm size.

Maypole Soap.

Lush Description: “If this soap had feathers and smelled like painted canvas, then we’d suggest you only use it to wash your favourite ice cream. Sometimes things don’t need to make sense; like this addictive peppermint soap, threaded with our own soap noodles to create a stick of whimsy. Support Keep It In The Ground with this MPG free soap base created from glycerine and sorbitol whilst you dance around the Maypole and enter a surreal world of nutty mintitude.”

This is possibly one of my favourite Lush items. I have a major love for the smell of mint, and adding in the sticky sweetness of the maple syrup it gives the air a minty sweet kick. It smells so good, I just want to eat it!
The soap itself creates lots of lather and leaves my skin feeling soft and not dry, which unfortunately is the case with my skin and most soaps.
If you are a fan of mint, I would highly suggest you go out and buy some!

Slightly larger than palm size, shrimp pink colour outer rim with lime green marble effect centre.

Salted Coconut Hand Scrub.

Lush Description: “Superbly soft skin and scrubbing go hand in hand. This creamy coconut and sea salt exfoliator is the perfect way to keep your paws in tiptop condition. Apply a generous dollop to wet hands and scrub all over or use when your hands are dry for a rougher cleanse. Sea salt is a wonderful natural exfoliant, packed full of restorative minerals to cleanse and treat the skin, whilst coconut oil deeply hydrates without making your hands sticky. Those who love the sweet smell of the outdoors will love to get stuck into this scrub – fragranced with the smell of sweet gorse.”

I will admit that when I first had a nosey at the coconut hand scrub, i wasn’t particularly keen on the sea salt part. I have a weird thing about my hands being dirty, the feeling of applying suncream when you are on the beach and all the sand gets scrubbed into your skin makes me very unhappy and uneasy, and this was exactly what came to mind when I applied a little bit to the back of my hand.
I have since used it when I am near a sink so I can give my hands a thorough wash after application.
I use the coconut scrub when my hands need a proper pick-me-up or when my hands get overly dry. Having eczema and seasonal changes means this happens frequently.
The scrub definitely does what it says on the tin and i’m always left stroking my wonderfully soft baby smooth hands every time i use it.

Palm sized black pot light beige colour cream.
Rough to the touch because of the salts.

Left hand pot is salted Coconut hand scrub, Centre pot Love and Light Hand Cream, Right pot African Paradise Body Conditioner. Lush Description:

African Paradise Body Conditioner

Black palm sized pot with light chocolate coloured cream.

Love And Light Hand Cream.

lush description: “I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To hydrate the hand I love so well.”
If the washing up is making you consider extreme hand preservation measures, let a little Love And Light into your life. This softening neroli and Fair Trade organic cocoa butter cream will make light work of moisturising your hands, so keep it within reach when dryness strikes.

I’ve never been one for hand cream, I have always felt that they have left my hands greasy and sticky, or sometimes both. So I did think that the Love and Light hand cream would be the same. But boy I was surprised; not only is the cream thick that you only need a minimal amount, but it soaks into my hands beautifully leaving them baby soft, delicate and smelling gorgeous!
I am happy to say I am now a hand cream convert! 🙂

Black palm sized pot with cream coloured cream.

9-5 Cleansing Lotion.

Lush Description: “Take the day off and brighten the skin with this almond oil and dove orchid cleansing milk, to soothe and moisturise. This is a loose emulsion with an exquisite blend of floral essential oils to brighten the skin, removing all dirt and makeup. We use dove orchid for its soothing properties, and almond oil to make your skin feel refreshed after a hard day.”

I’ve always been a make up wipe remover type so I was concerned about the time and effort I would have to go to to remove my make-up and then having to wash my face 2 or 3 times just to get rid of the remaining make up/ greasy feeling.
Although it was a lot to do with laziness on my part, I was also concerned about the cream irritating my eyes or face, as mentioned above I have eczema, and I also have very sensitive skin, so I was dubious I would wake up with a blotchy face the next again morning.
Imagine my surprise when not only did 9-5 cleanser removed my make up without the need for a facecloth or water but it left my skin feeling hydrated and clear the next again day.
Of course i’m no dermatologist but if like me you have dry and sensitive skin, this is definitely the cleanser for you. Even better is that a little. goes a long way! 🙂

The one thing I would say is that although I was wearing a full face of make up, I am not one to apply it heavily, and i also do not use waterproof mascara. So for those of you that do, you may need to apply more cleanser, or use the assistance of a facecloth and warm water.

Left bottle shows comforter shower cream pink liquid in a bottle, Middle bottle Beautiful shower gel with honey coloured cream, 9-5 Cleansing lotion with white coloured cream

The Comforter Shower Cream.

Lush Description: “This berrylicious, reassuring shower cream brings to mind warm, familiar memories. The blend of sweet cassis absolute, uplifting bergamot and assuring cypress essential oils create a blackcurranty aroma that’s like being wrapped in a snug hug.”

What can I say about the comforter shower cream? Firstly it smells absolutely delicious! It almost makes my mouth water every time i smell it, yes, I am a weirdo!
I wouldn’t exactly say that it feels like I was wrapped in a snug hug after I used it, but I definitely felt fresh and energised to start the day after my shower. And technically that could be a lot to do with the shower itself, but hey, the comforter is great and I smell frutilicious for the rest of the morning. So really, what’s not to love? 🙂

95g bottle in raspberry pink colour cream.

 

 

 

beautiful Shower Gel.

 

Lush Description:

“If you feel anything less than a vision of loveliness in the morning, this peachy keen shower gel is the one for you. A blend of warming and exotic myrrh resinoid brings a sensual musk to the sunny perfume of fresh peach juice and dried apricots, and feels sensationally soft on the skin. Adorn yourself in the rich, creamy lather of this warm, floral tonic to feel gorgeous, inside and out. 1000 kisses from us to you…”

The first thing I noticed with Beautiful is how thick it’s consistency is compared to other Lush shower gels I have used.It was kind of gloopy to apply but thankfully it lathered up and soaked into the skin nicely.From the second you open the bottle the sweetness hits you, the blend of peach and apricot is a scent I have not come across before but I was pleasantly surprised.
Although I could still smell Beautiful on my skin if I lifted my hand to my nose, it’s not an overly powerful scent. Personally for me because of the sweetness I prefer it that way.

100g bottle with honey coloured cream

Gorgeous Moisturiser.

Lush Description: “A light but highly effective face cream. We’ve filled this with freshly-juiced fruits, cold-pressed and organic oils to leave your skin feeling like velvet. Made fresh in small batches, we’ve used fresh pineapples, which contain enzymes to refine pores, fresh organic lemon and orange juices encouraging the skin to stay matte and to help remove dead skin cells, and orange blossom honey water to soothe and moisturise.”

Gorgeous definitely lives up to it’s name in the way it makes your face feel and look. Since using Gorgeous my dry skin has improved dramatically and it leaves my face with a healthy glow.
I’ve been using the sample pot daily since I opened it, and feel it’s perfect for on-the-go moisturising as well as a great matte base for your foundation.
I’m glad I got a sample of this because at the price of £42.50 for 45g, I wouldn’t have given it a second look.
My skin is very important to me, and I love that Lush use natural products that are then handmade, but i’ve picked up moisturisers over the years for a quarter of the price and less, that have made my skin feel just as great.
However it is definitely an extravagant purchase I would consider buying if ever I wanted to treat myself.

Solid Sample Perfumes.

These are metal pots containing 10g of the solid perfume each.

Kerbside Violet.

 

Lush Description: “Soft, green shoots entwined with heavy concrete – a romance of earth and stone imagined in sweet, green hues. Sweet violets border the kerbs; tenacious in their delicacy, earnest little faces fragile enough to crush underfoot. Look closer. See how the petals flush with colour and dew hangs at the throat of each bud. See how the violets spread, mycellium-like, through an urban jungle, adorning avenues of gravel and brick with purple plumage. A tentative springtime imagined in perfume, still tempered by morning frosts, but with the promise of summer to come.”

Opening the metal pot I was transported back to my childhood and eating the palma violet sweets. Although I enjoyed the journey the scent took me on, I found it far too sweet and overpowering to actually wear.
Maybe if I tried the spray perfume I may feel differently, but for me it’s not a perfume I would wear again.
10g sized metal pot with violet coloured wax.

Sun.

Lush Description: “A simple, optimistic citrus cologne-strength fragrance. A ray of sunshine in the depths of winter. Fizzy sweet orange and mimosa burst over sandalwood to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. For those moments when you need to lift your spirits.”

The fresh citrus scent hits you as you first open the metal lid which I loved, however after applying it I found the spiciness of the sandalwood overpowering, and made me feel like i was a man in his 70’s recapturing his youth.
I would like to test the spray on my skin to see if the aroma of orange counteracts the spiced notes.
I gave this to a friend who fell in love with the scent immediately, it’s true that we all have different tastes. 🙂

10g metal pot dull pineapple coloured wax.

Vanillary.

 

Lush Description: “A sweet, yet sophisticated vanilla fragrance. A blend of vanilla absolute with tonka and added a hint of jasmine for a reassuring, powdered caramel perfume. Vanillary settles on the skin for a long-lasting warmth that is difficult to resist.”

For a perfume, and a solid one at that, vanillary was definitely my favourite perfume out of the 3. I’m a big fan of vanilla, whether that be a candle, cake or perfume, and i’m happy to say it smelt good on my skin and was long lasting, I even received a few compliments wearing it.
This would definitely be a spray perfume I would purchase in the future.

Vanillary is a 10g metal pot with light coffee coloured wax.

Are you a keen Lush buyer?
Have you bought or used any of the products i’ve listed? If so, what were your thoughts?

Leave me a comment, i’d love to know! 🙂

***I was gifted these products for my honest review. All thoughts, opinions and dodgy photography is all my own!

Much love, Sassy x

Twisted Tales: Book Review

Twisted Tales: A Book Review.

Wooden floorboards with some rough rope twisted. title says " Twisted Tales" "A collection of dark short stories with a twist" at the bottom center it says the aurthors name "Deborah A Stansil"

I’m excited to be introducing a lovely lady, writer and now author!

Debbie is a blogger, and just happened to be one of the first people who I found on Twitter who I reached out to.
Debbie hosts her own Linky every Monday called #AnythingGoes and again, this is one of the first linky’s I ever joined as a blogger!

Not only is Debbie very friendly, welcoming and helpful but her blog is a place where she shares her thoughts and opinions on everything from budget holidays to book reviews to Politics!
Debbie’s blog is eclectic and one of the main reasons I keep coming back for more!

In April Debbie took part in the A-Z Challenge, where she wrote short stories, every title starting with each letter of the alphabet, her theme was flash fiction; the darker side of human nature.

I absolutely loved reading every piece that Debbie wrote for the A-Z Challenge, and if i’m honest I was sad when the challenge was over, I along with quite a few other bloggers said that she should write a book.
When Debbie announced she was not only releasing a book, but it was an extension of her A-Z short stories I was really excited, when she declared that there was an opportunity to review the book, I jumped at the chance!

Blurb:
Twisted Tales is a collection of twenty-seven short horror stories. Ranging from crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory.Journey through the twisted minds of the central characters as they make their choices, and watch their lives spiral out of control.Hate them, empathise with them, and stay on your guard. There’s a dark streak in all of us just waiting to come out.

My Thoughts:

My curiosity was peeked from the very first story. I couldn’t put the book down. It was easy to get lost in the storylines, and it gave me a rollercoaster of a ride I will never forget!

I was utterly gripped by every plot,, just when I thought I could guess what was coming, the characters took me down a winding path further into the depths of darkness and insanity. Some real heart stopping moments!
If you are into horror; this is a must read! With each story being bitesized you’ll keep turning the pages!
My personal favourites were: Gaze, Jump and Done Deal
Twisted Tales is available to buy on Amazon now!

I would Highly recommend this!

Interview With The Author:

what is your favourite genre to read and why?

1. I read so many genres – horror, YA, crime, and I’ve just started reading fantasy too. I think my favourite would have to be horror though. I like that anything can happen within the genre, and you don’t always know what’s coming next. Plus, I love the feeling you get when you read something that’s genuinely creepy!

If you could spend a day with any author Dead or alive, who would it be and why?

2. This is a tough one. My favourite author is Stephen King and a day picking his brains would be amazing, but I’d be worried I ended up all tongue tied and looked ridiculous. I just have visions of ending up acting like a teenager at a Justin Bieber concert haha.

How long does it take you to write one of your stories?

3. The length of time depends on what I have going on. If I can sit down and write in one session, it takes me probably two hourish for a five thousand word story, and then maybe another half an hour to edit and polish it.

For you,are your characters/plots clearly defined before you are writing or did you have to think about them when you extended them for Twisted Tales?

4. I usually have a rough idea of where the story will go when I start it. Honestly though, it’s very rare it ends up there. All the advice says to have a clearly defined plot outline, but I feel too limited when I have that. I often start out with a certain ending in mind, and as I write, something better comes along. Often the way a story turns out is as much a surprise to me as it is to the person reading it.

If you had to choose just one favourite which story from Twisted Tales which would it be and why?

5. I think it would have to be Gaze. I love that character, she is so ruthless and twisted, but she doesn’t see it that way. She thinks the ends justify the means. I think to an extent, we can all relate to that story. Who hasn’t spotted a stranger across the room at some point and found themselves imagining what it would be like to be with them, although, I hope no one has gone to the lengths the girl in the story did!

Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you! It was great to hear your thoughts!
You can find Debbie on the following:
Blog:
www.myrandommusings.co.uk

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/myrandommusingsblog/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/randommusings29
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/randommusings29
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/debrandommusingsblog29/

A Day In Brighton

A day in Brighton.

Back in April myself and 2 friends visited Brighton for the day. I’v never been to Brighton before so it was a nice way to explore the famous sea side town.

It was raining for the majority of our train trip so we weren’t particularly looking forward to stumbling about in the rain… Lucky for us as we got off the train and walked through the station the rain stopped!

I popped to the disabled toilets in the station before we headed off, they were clean and smelt nice 🙂 The member of staff by the barrier was very friendly also! 🙂

We were going to walk down to the Marina but as the bus stop was just across the road from the station we decided to catch the bus. A local came over to us and started chatting to us until our bus arrived, he was very friendly. The bus driver could tell that we were not locals and gave us a few ideas of where to go.

We caught the bus down to the Marina, the bus journey itself wasn’t that long, but entertaining. Not only did my friend manage to insult another passenger by announcing that she couldn’t tell whether the passenger was a man or a woman (the passenger was a woman, she had her head shaved and said she gets it a lot).
But the most exciting part for me was that the bus itself was electric and a talking bus! Great for the environment and the blind! Talking buses announce each stop and tell you what stop is next! I fell in love with the town instantly!

Number 7 electric and talking bus

We got off the bus and had a walk around, snapping some pictures and enjoying being in each others company!

Mermaid Statue

Brighton Marina with docked boats

Stone Fountain spraying water into a large basin

We decided to go for lunch and Zee-Zee’s , I have been to the chain before and as we were out celebrating my birthday I was given the deciding vote 🙂

We were seated promptly and given menu’s and our drink order was taken.
I asked for a Braille menu and the waitress went and fetched one for me; another bonus to Brighton!
After Kathy explained we were out for my birthday I was given a complimentary glass of Pressecco!

After the drinks were brought over there was a swap of waitresses, and the new waitress Maddie took our order She was very friendly and bubbly.
I ordered King Prawn Linguini in a tomato sauce with courgette shavings.

King Prawn Linguini in a bowl with courgette

Lenny ordered spicy meatballs in a tomato sauce.

Spicy Meat balls in tomato sauce

Kathy ordered some vegetarian rubbish 😉

Goats cheese salad and bread

As we were placing our orders Lenny and I were trying to encourage Kathy to get a meat dish, and kept trying to tell Maddie our lovely waitress that she should bring her a giant plate of food with various meats, much to Kathy’s dismay!

I would like to point out that neither of us have any problem with people’s life choices and if Kathy were not such a great friend, we wouldn’t have wound her up! 😉

When Maddie returned baring gifts of delicious food she too joined in the banter exclaiming that there were extra prawns in Kathy’s lunch! Kathy just about freaked out and Lenny and I couldn’t contain the fits of giggles we burst into!
Not only was our lunch delicious but having such a bubbly waitress with a great sense of humour totally enhanced our experience at Zee-Zee’s Brighton!

We were far too full to order any desserts, although they were mouth watering, we may have had another Pressecco or two 😉 of course drinking all that Pressecco called for a bathroom stop.
Zee-Zee’s Brighton had very disabled friendly toilets, they were clean and smelt that way too! 🙂

After letting the last of our drinks go down and giving our tummy’s a rest we asked for the bill.
Lenny i’m sure was batting his eyelashes at the lovely Maddie!It was fun to not only chat to her but get to know her a little too!
She even gave us some money off our bill!

As we were gathering our things I mentioned to Maddie that I was a blogger, and I planned on doing a review for Brighton, and was going to do a special mention of Zee-Zee’s and their fantastic service!

She said she wanted to read it, then I suddenly got bashful! So Maddie if by some very slim pickings you do ever read my blog; thank you for making our trip to Brighton all the more enjoyable, it was lovely to meet you!

We left Zee-Zee’s and headed out towards the Marina to take a few pictures, and then we took an easy stroll along the sea front back towards the train station. There is a tram service which passed us but as it was really warm and sunny we wanted to take in the sea air and soak up the sun.

Brighton Beach with a calm sea and the peir in the distance

We popped into Pret- A Mange for a quick drink as the sun was beating down! :

We also dropped into a quirky music shop; there were so many cool instruments and they allowed you to pick them up and try them out! 🙂

Lenny Plucking the Chello

A wall of guitars

Our entire trip to Brighton was fantastic, we enjoyed our leisurely time there, and would happily go there again, especially to explore the pier and the more touristy bits!
The locals were extremely friendly and welcoming, the services they provide are accessible and accommodating to Visually Impaired people, I would definitely recommend visiting Brighton!

Have you ever visited Brighton? Do you have any recommendations?