Illustrator Jake Retsuko Enamel Pin – Review

If there is actually a spending ban I have given to myself this year it’s buying enamel pins. I bought FAR too many throughout 2018 and as gorgeous as they look on my pin flags in my bedroom, I can’t wear them all all the time (hence why I want/need an ita bag! :P) which in turn makes me sad.

So although I will buy the occasional enamel pin, I have cut down on buying them as much now. Even when I went to Comic Con in Birmingham last month I only bought one enamel pin, which is the one I’ll be talking about today!

I’ve been following Illustrator Jake for a while now and always loved his kawaii pastel designs. He came up with an adorable Retsuko enamel pin design but this was only available through a Kickstarter campaign nearly a year ago.

So when I was at Comic Con and saw Illustrator Jake had a stand I knew I had to go for a look. I didn’t plan to pick anything up in all honesty but when I saw he had the Retsuko pin for sale I KNEW I had to pick her up!

Since then I’ve worn her on my Persona 5 varsity jacket from Insert Coin Clothing and I don’t intend to swap her over for something else anytime soon…

I wanted to share this adorable enamel pin with you guys today, as I know a lot of you guys LOVE Retsuko and enamel pins, so it would be stupid not to talk about it really. ๐Ÿ˜›

This pin is really good quality and has a good feel and sturdiness to it. It’s gold enamel which I feel works with the colour scheme for Retsuko’s design. Silver just wouldn’t have worked but rose gold may have. Either way I love the gold.

The backs are standard with two backing posts which come with two black rubber clutches. I always love enamel pins with two backing posts as I feel these are more secure than just one. For example a few days after pinning this to my jacket one of the backs came off, which I found on the floor near me moments later. Imagine though if this just had one backing post and I hadn’t even realised a back was missing. I could have lost this pin and I tell you what, I would have been gutted!

As I mentioned previously the colour scheme for Illustrator Jake’s designs are very kawaii with a pastel theme, which I love. I feel like these pastel colours work with anything and aren’t too in your face with it. I especially love the relaxed colours with Retsuko and I feel like it gives a different feel for the character as a whole, considering she’s meant to be pissed off and sings metal because she hates her job. ๐Ÿ˜›

It just works really nicely together to bring a unique design for the character.

The price of the pin is ยฃ8, which I feel is a standard price really when it comes down to enamel pins. I was definitely more than happy to pay this price!

I never know fully what to write when it comes down to enamel pin reviews… I just love to show off amazing designers pieces and hopefully introduce you guys to a potential new enamel pin designer to check out in the future.

I highly recommend Illustrator Jake if you love anime and gaming and feel nostalgic at the likes of Kirby and Studio Ghibli movies.

I already have my eyes on his newest Retsuko Perfect Panda enamel pin as well as the Animal Crossing Isabelle Bumper Kart enamel pin.

The Studio Ghibli designs are gorgeous too, but I don’t think I need anymore in my collection. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you love the look of Illustrator Jake’s work then make sure to keep your eye on his Kickstarter as he has loads of awesome projects planned for that, including a sweater and then some Eeveelution enamel pins!

I’ll link Illustrator Jake’s store below, as well as his social media handles

Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Kickstarter

What do you think of Illustrator Jake’s work? Do you already own some of his pieces? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re ready for Easter weekend! I know I am. ๐Ÿ˜›

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MOD Pizza Coventry – Review*

A couple of weeks ago I was invited alongside loads of the Coventry Bloggers to another new restaurant addition to the Cathedral Lanes in Coventry, this being the new MOD Pizza!

I felt so lucky to be invited to the press night, especially with some of my favourite blogger gals. I’d had a pretty shit day at work prior to this event and actually felt really down in the dumps, so much so I almost cancelled going to this event. I’m so glad I didn’t however, as I had such an amazing time and I discovered a great new place to eat in Coventry!

*Of course due to the fact I was invited to the press night, all my food and drink was gifted to me for reviewing purposes. This being said 100% of what I’m writing about are entirely my own opinions.

MOD Pizza is actually an American company that has started to gradually make it’s way over to the UK.

I didn’t quite know what to expect though for the evening at MOD Pizza and for some reason in my head I thought we were having a masterclass on making our own pizzas, but how wrong I was. It wasn’t as messy as I originally thought it was going to be and in some aspect we were going to be making our own pizzas…

If there is one thing I loved about MOD Pizza the most it’s just how creative you can get with your pizza, without the price of your pizza making your bank account cry.

The concept of MOD Pizza is that you can create your own pizza for a set price and have as many (or as little) options on your pizza as possible, which I think is amazing. This being said you don’t have to make your own pizza. You can of course choose from the menu of pizzas they have on offer. Personally though none of them took my fancy so I went for the create your own option.

I obviously can’t speak for if you pick a pizza from the menu (as I didn’t do this) but if you create your own you make your way around the counter at all the different sections and add as many or as little to your pizza! When you approach the counter to order the staff will take your name to add to a brown baking parchment, which they use as to log your order down on as they make it.

Before you really get your creative thoughts going for which pizza you would like to order and create, you’re asked if you would like any starters, sides etc. Kayleigh (Hazelnut Musings) was telling me how she wasn’t sure which side to order so I suggested she order one thing and I order the other and we could share.ย  Me and Dane do this all the time when we go out for food so that we can try as much as we can! So I went for the MOD crinkle wedges and Kayleigh went for the cheesy garlic strips.

There are so many options available for starters, sides and even desserts!

First of all you pick your base which come in three different options – MINI (ยฃ4.97), MOD (ยฃ7.97) and MEGA (ยฃ9.79). I went for MEGA as I eyed up Amy’s (Writing into the Ether) pizza base and it looks really good! That and I’m not a fan of thin pizza bases, go big or go home… You know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜› In regards to bases you can of course go for a gluten free option but let me just warn you this does cost an extra ยฃ2.

The next stage is to add your sauces and cheese. Like the base you can of course choose to have vegan options with their dairy free cheese.

There’s loads of options for both the sauces and cheese but I was boring and went for the normal red sauce (tomato) and mozzarella. For sauces you can choose – red, BBQ, garlic rub, pesto and white. Cheese you get the options of – mozzarella, asiago, blue, feta, Parmesan and dairy free.

The girl who was looking after us at the dairy section was so lovely and fun as she made the cheese “rain” for us! I regret not doing a boomerang video of it over on my Instagram stories (you can find my Instagram account here) but I took photos which is just as good!

After you’ve seen your cheese rain (hahaha cheesey joke :P) you go onto adding your meats if you want them. I didn’t feel like there were any Quorn style meats that vegetarians and vegans could add, but I tell you what, there was so much choice! The fact you could have them all if you wanted really blew my mind. I didn’t do this however and ended up opting for chicken, bacon, ham and chorizo.

The meat selection is really good and there are even a couple ofย halal options on there – bacon,ย grilled chicken,ย ground beef, ham, mild sausage, pepperoni, salami, spicy sausage, anchovies, chorizo and spicy beef.

Then finally you have the last sections of the counter where you can choose any greens, veggies, herbs and more. I didn’t really bother much with this section (being the unhealthy person that I am!) and just opted for some roasted sweetcorn on my pizza. I feel like people who like this choice on pizza get judged for it… Is it just me? I bloody love sweetcorn on pizza haha!

The options here are huge though and range from all sorts including – rocket, romaine, spinach, artichokes, black olives, chickpeas, green peppers, jalapeรฑos, mushrooms, pineapple, red onion, roasted red peppers, roasted sweetcorn, spicy red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, tomatoes, chilli flakes, chopped basil, coriander, garlic and rosemary.

Like that wasn’t enough you can finally add some sauces and/or salad dressings to your pizza too. I wish I’d don’t this now but at the same time I’m glad I didn’t.

You can choose from –ย balsamic fig glaze, bbq swirl, hot buffalo sauce, pesto drizzle, ranch (garlic dip), red sauce dollops, sri-rancha, pesto sri-rancha, pesto ranch, hot honey,ย balsamic, caesar, honey mustard, italian, olive oil & vinegar and ranch.

Finally your pizza is created and is put into the oven to cook whilst you order a drink and take a seat. I opted for a milkshake and went for the Biscoff shake, which was amazing! I don’t want to compare this flavoured shake to anywhere else but bloody hell it was good. It was really thick and I actually had to stop myself from drinking it before my food arrived. This being said, I think from having this milkshake it stopped me from eating most of my pizza… Not that that was a massive issue. ๐Ÿ˜›

You’re given a buzzer which vibrates when your food is ready! I liked having a bit of time to chat with my girls, as well as take in all the gorgeous decor of the MOD Pizza in Coventry.

From what I’ve seen/read online all the MOD Pizza restaurants have a different and unique theme, with Coventry having the “You Be You” theme and style, which I loved so much! They had some postcard with this on, which I took home with me, alongside some MOD stickers. ๐Ÿ˜›

One by one everyone’s pizzas slowly started turning up, including my own. This is by far one of the best, if not THE best pizza I’ve ever had and I loved it so much.

The pizza itself was just so fresh tasting, with all of the toppings I picked for it working together to create a perfect pizza for me. The best bit about this pizza for me however was how dry the base was, no grease in sight! Something that I absolutely hate about takeaway pizza or having pizza out. I feel like if you want a good pizza you usually have some greasy around but nope, none of that here! The base was also really crispy and the crust was just perfect for me. It didn’t seem burnt just that perfect crunch as you bite into it.

As I mentioned before I ordered wedges as my side, whilst Kayleigh ordered the garlic bread. The wedges were seasoned so lovely and were so moreish to eat. The garlic bread was really good and had fresh garlic on it, which was surprisingly nice! I’ve eaten raw garlic in the past and I hated it, so was pleasantly surprised by this. I feel like it was Emily (The Emily Chapters) who had loads of wedges left over and donated them to our table. I was loving life! ๐Ÿ˜›

One thing that did annoy me though was how one of the girls was waiting ages for her pizza to arrive. Even though staff were quick to amend this issue when it was raised, the amount of times they came over to the table to ask how we were etc – you think they would have noticed one of us didn’t have side, let alone her pizza! When I worked in both a coffee shop and a bar if I noticed one person didn’t have food out of the group or at least an empty plate I always sensed something was up.

I understand they were busy though and I liked that they were honest about what had happened with her pizza, along with getting her a new one out quickly so fair play to MOD Pizza for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

As I mentioned somewhere, I couldn’t actually finish my pizza and only managed to eat under half of it, so when Dane picked me up from the train station near our house, he decided to have a cheeky slice and commented how lovely it was. He agreed with myself in regards to how it was none greasy and fresh in comparison to some takeaway pizza places out there.

Overall, I LOVED MOD Pizza and I’m already craving to go again soon either on a date night with Dane, a double date night or even just a good place to go for lunch whist shopping with my friend Sophie.

This is such a great addition for Coventry, especially as student life seems to be growing there lately. I feel for students this is an affordable place to go after a heavy night of drinking on a budget friendly hangover cure.

I know I’m talking about the Coventry MOD Pizza but I also wanted to share where else MOD Pizza is at throughout the UK:

Borehamwood – WD6 1AE

Coventry – CV1 1LL

Gateshead Metrocentre – NE11 9XG

Leeds Cardigan Fields – LS4 2DG

Leeds City Centre – LS1 5BQ

Leicester High Cross – LE1 4SA

London Leicester Square – WC2H 7AT

Nottingham Market Square – NG1 2DR

Romford – RM1 1AU

Waford High Street – WD17 2DJ

I really hope you enjoyed my review of MOD Pizza in Coventry and if you liked the sound of it I also hope there’s one nearby you so you can go and try it out for yourselves!

What do you think about MOD Pizza? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Palms Bar Coventry – Lunch Menu Review*

Good evening everyone! I do first of all apologise (again!) for being quiet for almost a week. Life is very hectic for me right now but I’ll be explaining that over the weekend so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that. You know what though? Although life has been hectic, it’s been so worth it and especially with blogging! I’ve had so many blog opportunities this month and I’ve really loved it.

One of the events I attended last weekend was tasting the new lunch menu that Palms Bar in Coventry are bringing out! Emily over at The Emily Chapters and the owner of Coventry Bloggers invited myself a couple of Coventry Bloggers to try some of the yummy Nigerian and East African Cuisine the restaurant has to offer!

I’ve never really tried this type of food before so I was a mixture of excited and nervous for what was on offer. We’d had the chance to have a sneak peak of what was on offer for us to try and although I wasn’t 100% sure what some of the menu was, I wanted to go to Palms with an open mind and hear from them what everything was instead of Googling. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Palms Bar is located on Far Gosford Street, which is just a stone throw away from FarGo Village. Their new lunch menu that Palms have released is a new project called LoveatPalms with their slogan being, “Cooked with love” which it definitely felt like it was when we tasted all the yummy food that was brought out to us.

The menu itself isn’t huge, which I really like. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere for lunch and having a huge menu to browse, decide, order and eat all in the space of between 30-45 minutes. We were gifted some of the items on the menu to taste test, of course due to the fact this was a [GIFTED] event I’ll mention and * which items we were gifted for review purposes. ๐Ÿ™‚

The first dish that was brought out for us to try was suya* [GIFTED] which is a spicy grilled beef marinated in a bend of African spices.

This was AMAZING and definitely the best way to start off the lunchtime meal. A few of us worried it might be a bit too spicy for some of us, but personally I didn’t have a problem with this and I don’t think anyone else did either! The meat was so soft and juicy, was so perfect! I’ve craved this since last weekend and I plan to try and cook it myself in the future. ๐Ÿ˜›

After this starter dish we were inundated with various dishes from the lunch menu as well as a couple of dishes from their main menu too!

My favourite dishes were definitely the jollof rice* [GIFTED} and fried rice* [GIFTED] which were so moreish to eat and enjoyable! When they described to us what the jollof rice was, it reminded me so much of Mexican spicy rice.

Jollof rice is seasoned rice cooked in a blend of tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. I’m not a healthy eater at all but if there’s three things I turn my nose up to eating it’s all of the above! So when I tried the jollof rice, I was surprised by what was actually in it. It’s so damn yummy and I’ve been craving it since the blog event! ๐Ÿ˜›

As I mentioned we also had the fried rice which is stir-fried rice with mixed veg. This was lovely too but not as good as the jollof rice was. Around the rice there was some fried plantain which is like a banana but more savoury and eaten after it’s been cooked. Due to me having an allergy to bananas, I couldn’t eat these, which was a shame. They sound yummy though! ๐Ÿ˜€

This is the spicy turkey* [GIFTED], which I liked but at the same time I didn’t for reasons. It was somewhat spicy, but the level of spice I love! The thing I didn’t like about this dish was that every piece of turkey I picked up had a piece or two of bone in, which put me off having anymore of it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

There were a couple of these pasta salad pots* [GIFTED] on the table, one without mayonnaise and meat and one vice versa. The one photographed was pasta with sweetcorn, sweet potato and crab. I did try a little of this and rather liked it. The fact it’s a cold pasta salad really complimented the rest of the meal and it’ll especially be great in the summer when the hot months are here.

Another one of my favourite things at the lunch was both the BBQ wings* [GIFTED] and the fried wings* [GIFTED] which came with some sauces and dips! These were so good, especially the fried ones! I couldn’t get enough of them and I felt like I ate too many… ๐Ÿ˜›

This was what I helped myself to the most, which I’ve already mentioned were my favourite dishes! You can never go wrong with chicken and rice! I swear if I could eat this sort of lunch nearly everyday for my lunches at work, I would ADORE it! As I said previously, I LOVE the jollof rice, which worked really well with the fried chicken wings.

Palms told us before and after we tasted the food how the new lunch menu is aimed at everyone and anyone, but mostly office workers and students as they intend to have the menu at affordable prices, which of course is perfect when university students want to meet up for a yummy lunch, but not break the bank doing so! The menu will only be available between 12pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

The one thing I loved the most is that with office workers Palms said how if say offices have their lunch breaks for staff at 1pm, you would be able to pre-order the lunches for everyone in the office to be delivered at that time, which I thought was amazing! I wish I could do this in my office at work! ๐Ÿ˜›

If there is one thing I kept thinking whilst trying the new lunch menu is just how well I think it will do throughout the year, but especially during the summer! If there is one thing that stands out to me with this menu is how it makes me excited for the nicer weather, BBQ’s and a cheeky pint in a beer garden. We were having a chat after we’d eaten about how that would work wonders at Palms and they agreed! So in the future there is definitely some potential for a BBQ summer menu to come out!

As well as having this amazing lunch menu during the week in the bar and restaurant, they also have a normal menu throughout the rest of the week and even cater for people!

Personally I feel like Palms Bar in Coventry is definitely a hidden gem that everyone needs to know about! The one thing I’ve noticed with FarGo Village is how everyone notices that and probably nothing around it, but why?! The shops, eateries and more have just as much to offer as the places in FarGo Village do!

I just want to say a massive thank you not only to Emily for inviting me along to this event, but also to Palms Bar in Coventry for having us there to try out their amazing food! ๐Ÿ˜€

Will you be given Palms Bar Coventry a go in the future for your lunch menu? Would you office love to be able to get this sort of food delivered at lunchtimes? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re ready for the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Esquires Coffee Coventry – New Menu Review*

I do apologise for how quiet I have been the past week on my blog! I just feel like I have been so busy throughout March and time for myself just didn’t happen. So I stopped and allowed myself to have that time. ๐Ÿ˜›

Last week I was invited through Coventry Bloggers to attend Esquires Coffee in Coventry to test their new menu, which launched on the 1st March.

Myself alongside some new and old faces were invited along to trial a dish of our choice from the menu. I’ve been to Esquires Coffee in Coventry a couple of times now and I really love it! The baristas really know their coffee and as someone who used to be a barista, I love when someone is passionate about what their do and has plenty of knowledge behind it.

When I heard there was food on offer, I was in there! What can I say, I love food and especially good food, which I already knew Esquires Coffee would offer.

Myself and the other Coventry Bloggers got the chance to have a look at what the new menu had to offer before the evening at Esquires Coffee. We also got the chance to pre-order food that we wanted to eat and review on the evening too, which I thought was great!

I was so torn with what I wanted to eat, as the menu has loads of yummy dishes on offer! There’s a massive range of breakfast and brunch dishes, as well as deli. I finally settled on something from the breakfast and brunch menu, which was the Eggs royale* [GIFTED].

All the food and drinks I received at Esquires Coffee Coventry were gifted to myself in exchange for a review on my blog, so as always I’ve popped a * in the title of this post, as well as * next to items I was gifted ANNNNND of course [GIFTED] is in here too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I travelled straight from work to the event so was ready to fill myself with yummy breakfast foods and coffee! On arrival the staff asked us what we would like to drink. They’d recently released their cortado* [GIFTED] drinks into store, which I was rather excited by. For those of you who may not know a cortado is an espresso sized drink which I’ve always described as a flat white in espresso size. The coffee is strong and the milk is velvet and smooth. I loved drinking them every now and then when I worked at Costa Coffee but since leaving over 3 years ago I’ve not had one until last week at the event.

The cortado I was served at Esquires Coffee was delicious and perfect! I also loved the gorgeous little fern on the top of my drink. I was very happy with my choice of hot drink and after I finished it, I knew I’d be ordering another one before I headed home from the event. Random but I’m sure I ordered a cortado with vanilla syrup… But I cant remember if I did or not! ๐Ÿ˜› Either way it was delicious!

Through this event I got to meet some of the new Coventry Bloggers, as well as see some familiar faces! I got to meet some lovely girls, who were all so chatty and bubbly. It’s been nice seeing them again since this event too, as well as talking to them on social media.

After loads of chatting, taking photographs and drinking our coffees our food started to come out one by one to each person. Most people seemed to have the same thing and a pattern of the Esquires full vegan breakfast were starting to emerge. That was one thing I loved the most about this new breakfast menu, the vegan full breakfast being offered!

I know, I’m not vegan but I LOVE when I see places offering these options to people. It’s always good if you’re with someone who IS vegan and even if I’m not vegan now, what if I decide to be in the future? It’s always good to know what my options could be in the future!

The range of breakfast items on this new menu were amazing, which is why I found it so hard to choose something to eat. As I mentioned earlier, I ended up going with the Eggs royale. This includes two eggs, cured smoked salmon, baby spinach and hollandaise sauce on toasted English muffin. Right up my street, I’m a sucker for salmon! This costs ยฃ7.45 which I feel is such a reasonable price for how much you get.

By the way, the sausage isn’t included! Emily (The Emily Chapters) asked me if I wanted anything else with my food and for some reason I said, “Erm… A sausage would be good!” and I got one! I don’t know why I wanted a sausage… Maybe I just fancied one? It was yummy. ๐Ÿ˜›

I couldn’t wait to dig into my eggs royale though! I made sure to film some egg yolk porn over on my Instagram stories the night of the event. It was definitely fun to watch back. ๐Ÿ˜› The eggs were perfectly poached and the salmon was thicker than it looked. It was perfect all around and although this is a breakfast meal, I’d gladly eat it at any time of the day!

It was lovely talking to everyone about what food they’d chosen and were eating! Some people also had sandwiches, which looked AMAZING! Alongside people having hot food, there were also some pastries too, one of them being a raspberry/strawberry croissant* [GIFTED]. I can’t remember which it was, but I feel like it was raspberry. It was so pretty to look at (and of course take photos of! :P) but it was so yummy too. It had slight jam in the middle, which I’m never usually a fan of but it was so good! I regret not ordering a pastry to try from the menu to be fair, but I know in future I’ll happily venture to Coventry Bloggers for coffee and pastries in the future!

After the meal I decided to order myself another cortado but this time I had a mocha cortado with coconut milk* [GIFTED].

It was AMAZING and I was so glad I ordered it! Ages ago I tried a mocha with coconut mil and loved it so much. I am a massive soya hot chocolates as I find the soya milk can give them a really nice nutty flavour to the drink. The coconut milk works really well in this drink and if anything compliments both the coffee and chocolate flavours.

This was lovely drink to wrap up the meal and I was so glad I ordered it. I’d definitely order it again in the future from Esquires Coffee!

We had more of a natter at the end of the meal and then headed off home. I had a lovely journey back home and I especially felt great that I’d made some new blogger friends and got to have a catch up with some old faces.

This was one of my first blog events of 2019 and I loved it so much!

So, do you think you’ll venture to Esquires Coffee in Coventry soon to check out and try their new menu? If so what would you order yummy?

I also want to know what drinks you order when you go to coffee shops? I usually order a flat white with vanilla if I want coffee or a soya hot chocolate with marshmallows if I want a treat!

I loved this event so much and now I’m craving eggs royale. ๐Ÿ˜›

Until next time all, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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Skinthetics Coventry*

I can’t believe we’re already over a week into March, 2019 is really flying by but to be honest I am loving this month so far. It’s full of positive vibes so far, both in my personal life as well as with my blogging. I’m just loving it at the moment, I hope to bring you guys a very happy and positive catch up post towards the end of March.

Last week I was very much hungover after a night out of drinking with my work colleagues, so thankfully this treatment being booked in for the late afternoon was something I was really looking forward to having done!

I’ve never had a facial treatment before so this was a definitely first for me and due to that I wasn’t sure what to expect other than someone rubbing treatments all over my face.

Image taken from Skinthetics.co

Before I talk about the treatment itself, I’ll talk about Skinthetics. They’re a brand new clinic that opened at the start of March, so at the point of writing this post they’ve been open just over a week now. I was invited alongside some of the other Coventry Bloggers to the event last Saturday to partake in one of the many treatments they have to offer.

They’re located in Earlsdon and specialise in laser hair removal, beauty, weight loss, teeth whitening and more! They have so much on offer and it’s amazing!

When I was asked which treatment I would like to try I was offered loads of various different ones which ranged from:

Fibra DFA – a pain free laser hair removal.

T-Shape – body shaping machine that targets fat cells and uneven skin to smooth and tighten the target area.

Iridium – Eye treatment that helps active ingredients penetrate the skin deeper than usual.

Aqua 3 – An amazing facial that is ideal for oil, spot-prone skin and is a deep exfoliator.

I went for the Aqua 3* [GIFTED] treatment as it sounded right up my street due to it being ideal for oily spot prone skin and as it also offers deep exfoliation I really loved the sound of it.ย  I also found out during the treatment that this works on stretch marks too, which I would LOVE to give a go on the ones in my hips! This is also said to work wonders on acne prone skin too, which I think is amazing!

Whilst I was waiting for my treatment to be started I was reading one of the leaflets and inside it tells you a little more about the treatment, which I have added above as well as below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Aqua 3 is a 3 in 1 system where the technology combines the properties of water based peel containing sequential acids with microdermabrasion and the transdermal delivery of cosmetic ingredients.

  • Water based peel with sequential acids
  • Deep moisturisation with hyaluronic acid
  • Restructuring and oxygenating your tissues

When I entered the clinic it looked so clean and fresh, as well as welcoming. It was lovely and when I entered the building Emily (Drained Beauty) who runs Cov Bloggers had just finished her treatment (she had the same as me) so we had a little natter about the treatment as well as some general stuff.

The waiting room is gorgeous and for the grand opening of the clinic Skinthetics had some food and drinks out for people visiting the clinic, as well as some gorgeous cakes! At one point I heard someone ask, “Are they real?” as no one had cut into them throughout the day! I hope they were eaten eventually and also very yummy. ๐Ÿ˜›

My treatment was due to 4pm but I didn’t actually get seen for my treatment until around 4.30pm due to some communication issues. The clinic waiting room wasn’t exactly huge so I get why there had been those issues. Loads of people suddenly turned up and due to the size of the room it was getting all confusing. The wait was a tad annoying and it took me asking what as happening for me to get seen.

This being said though, the treatment itself and the service that was provided throughout it made up for the half an hour wait.

My treatment was done by the lovely Shahana who was chatty throughout the whole treatment with me, which I really loved! I felt so at ease and relaxed with her and just the fact we bounced on and off each other with conversation made her the perfect beautician for me.

FYI this photo was taken after the treatment, hence the paper being a bit messy on the bed where I’d been lying.

She took me up to the treatment room which was small so there was some privacy for just yourself and the person doing your treatment. There’s various seating so if you did want someone to come in with you you’d be able to. This being said I regret not inviting Dane in with me to take some photos of me during the facial. Again, it’s a lovely size and nothing too spacious.

The Aqua 3 facial treatment requires various different stages, all of which feel as good as the next one! I found a video on the Baldan Group website, who are the company to provide the Aqua 3 equipment and machinery to Skinthetics. I feel like the video will describe so much better than I ever will about the treatment and how exactly it works to leave you skin feeling and looking fresh, bright and silky smooth.

The treatment itself lasted for half an hour, even though I was told an hour originally when the treatment was booked. Either way the treatment was amazing and really did leave me feeling fresh and like a new woman! ๐Ÿ˜›

Shahana was so lovely throughout the treatment, making sure to let me know each stage of the facial, what it was, what it would do to my skin and even warning me about how each may feel.

The tool on the right is for deep cleansing and was a suction handpiece that had a mixture of water, mandelic acid and salicylic acid which helps to remove surface impurities. This can work on all skin types and sucks out all the dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads thanks to how strong the vacuum is. (info taken from Baldan Group website)

The tool on the left is the diamond tool that contains diamond granules to help with mechanical peeling on the thickest of skin. It helps to perform controlled, non-invasive microdermabrasion that can free the skin from the superficial stratum corneum. This improves the appearance and texture of the skin and restores elasticity. (info taken from Baldan Group website)

These both felt amazing on the skin and really did make me feel like I was being pampered, especially the deep cleansing tool. I’d honesty love something like that at home to use on both mine and Dane’s skin once a week! ๐Ÿ˜›

Now this tool, whilst I thought was going to be my least favourite part of the treatment ended up being my favourite and I’ve actually been craving it since which sounds so odd! ๐Ÿ˜›

When Shahana was talking me about how this treatment would feel I was worried I’d signed up to something I didn’t mean to. Alas this wasn’t the case. I was told it might feel painful in certain areas, especially my forehead and how it had a slight prickling sensation to it. This sensation was accurate but it wasn’t painful for myself at all and if anything, I didn’t even feel that sensation on my forehead! It was oddly relaxing and satisfying in the way it felt and for a couple of days after the treatment I wanted to feel it again on my skin as it just felt like it woke up my skin a little! It’s like the little dermal roll tools you can buy online but it doesn’t look as scary! ๐Ÿ˜›

How the tool works is by harnessing the power of the mesoporic handpieceโ€™sย transdermal delivery, the skin is restructured by hyaluronic acid and Dermaklรฉb serums. (info taken from Baldan Group website)

The final stage of my treatment before some facial moisturiser was a bubble mask, which reminded me of the Elizavecca milky piggy mask (which you can read about here) and I loved the feeling of the mask expanding.

Throughout the treatment I was told by Shahana how lovely my skin was, which was such a compliment as I love to think I’ve looked after it pretty well the past 29 years. ๐Ÿ˜› I asked her how often I’d need treatments and she told me either once a month or maybe even once every two months.

The cost of the treatment can vary depending on your skin so it’s best to have a chat with someone in the clinic to see what the options are for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry I’m not able to give you guys a price. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Before without glasses

Before with glasses

Straight after treatment without glasses

Straight after treatment with glasses

5 hours after treatment

5 hours after treatment

5 hours after treatment

24 hours after treatment

A week after treatment aka me sat in bed as I write this post… ๐Ÿ˜›

So here are some before and after photographs of my skin. I apologise about the amount of photos of my face, as well as the lighting by the way. I was trying to get some better photos but it just wasn’t happening for me. It’s definitely more noticeable in person than what any photo can show. I hope the photo from today helps you guys see how it’s left my skin.

My skin was a tad sensitive for the first couple of hours after the treatment itself but this soon faded and left my skin looking brighter and younger, which was lovely. I asked Dane how he thought I looked after the treatment and him being him I thought he was going to say, “You look the same!” but to my surprise he commented how my face looked fresh faced, plumper and bouncy. His wording was, “I mean if I flicked your cheek it would jiggle.” What a cutie. ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the only thing I didn’t like in the clinic was if you want to get your teeth whitened it appeared to me that you had to have the procedure done in the waiting room, in front of everyone else when you may have just wanted some privacy. I understand they’re new so this may be temporary but personally, I just wouldn’t enjoy it. It wouldn’t relax me and it wouldn’t add to the experience either. This being said, I didn’t have this treatment so I can’t really fault it… If that makes sense!

Overall I LOVED the treatment I received and it was definitely an amazing and memorable first experience for my first facial. I would love to get more treatments of the Aqua 3 done on my skin in the future as it’s really helped with my breakouts, as well as my oily t-zone.

I’m unsure if this was done to the facial or just the massive shift in the weather but a few days after the treatment my face was really dry on my cheeks and it was uncomfortable. I use tea tree daily to cleanse my skin and I’ve NEVER had a problem with it for the almost ten years of using it on and off. I’m combination skin so maybe on my dry patches on my face (cheeks and chin) this treatment may have been a bit too much for it. The dryness has gone now and only lasted a couple of days, but nonetheless it’s something to be wary of if you have combination skin like I do.

I wouldn’t let this affect my experience though as I honestly loved every moment of the treatment and I highly recommend Shahana for your Aqua 3 facial if you pop to Skinthetics in Coventry for a facial!

As I mentioned near the start of the post you can find Skintentis in Earlsdon, I’ll pop their address, opening times and contact information down below:

The Old Nail Factory

Allard House

28 Moor Street

Earlsdon

CV5 6EQ

Telephone: 01926 629 001

Email: info@skinthetics.co

Opening times:

Monday – Wednesday: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Thursday – Saturday: 9.30am – 7.30pm

Social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

I know this is something different for my blog today, but I hope you enjoyed reading about the treatment I had just as much as I did when receiving it! As I mentioned this was [GIFTED] to me so I’ve popped the * in the title of the post as well as where I mentioned the treatment for the first time.

Would you ever give the Aqua 3 treatment a go? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all, I hope you have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Win A Baylis & Harding Set!*

It’s the last day in February and it’s been such a gorgeous week. The weather has been fabulous and I’ve enjoyed it as much as possible! Roll on drinks at the pub after work tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜›

Recently I’ve really had to up my hand care as my hands have been really sore lately, which is down to my eczema. One of my favourite brands to buy is definitely Baylis & Harding! A few days ago I picked up their oatmeal, milk and honey hand wash which is great on my hands.

As hand wash brands go, Baylis & Harding is definitely my favourite for many reasons and I always find they have scents to suit the season. That in mind with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, I know I don’t speak for myself when I say I’m getting in the mood for spring and summer!

So the big question is, how do you like the sound of trying to win a gorgeous Baylis & Harding hand wash set for yourself? Keep reading to find out how!

The lovely people over atย WOW Free Stuffย have kindly sent me over a Baylis & Harding hand wash set* [GIFTED] for me to show you guys, as well as tell you all about a competition theyโ€™re hosting so that you can one for yourself.

The scent they sent me is sweet mandarin and grapefruit, which is the same set up for grabs in the competition. You get a cleansing hand wash and a moisturising hand and body lotion in the set, that come on a gorgeous stand to keep them both in. Perfect for any bathroom or kitchen sink!

“So, Nat? How do I win these?!” I hear you all ask!

WOW Free Stuff are currently holding a competition to offer you the chance to win 1 of 20 Baylis & Harding Set! All you have to do is visit the page where the competition is being held here and follow what you need to do to be entered into the competition.

To win, all you have to do is โ€˜Likeโ€™ our Facebook page, fill in your name and email address and you will be qualified for the competition!

The competition closes on 31 March 2019, so you have plenty of time to give this a go!

Terms & Conditions

This competition ends on the 31st March 2019.

By entering you agree to sign up to WOW FreeStuff Newsletter

Must be over 18 and based in the UK

Are you going to enter the competition? Do you like Baylis & Harding? If so tell me your favourite scent(s)!

Until next time all, take care and I hope youโ€™re having a lovely week so far!

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Elodie the Unicorn Humidifier – Review

I was meant to review this towards the end of January but I just never got around to it in all honesty. 2019 has been a hectic year so far and it’s doing my head in. I feel like blogging has been put on hold and posts aren’t as regular and they used to be due to that!

This being said, this review has been worth the wait as I actually discovered some better things about it throughout February that I may not have really mentioned previously.

This Elodie the Unicorn Humidifier has been on my wish list since it first came out as a Kickstarter campaign in July 2017. I nearly picked it up via Kickstarter but due to the prices for shipping (as well as customs!) I left it.

Just before Christmas 2017 Firebox started to stock this on their website and I KNEW I had to have it! Fast forward over a year later and I was finally gifted it for my 29th birthday in January from Dane’s parents, with some essential oils too.

I couldn’t wait to get it plugged in, full of water and ready to go! When I first started using this I popped it on the other side of the bedroom, as it just seemed like the right place to keep it at the time. Although it was okay in this place, both me and Dane didn’t notice it was even in the room apart from the slight sound it makes when the air is coming out. I was sort of disappointed, but it was only a matter of time before I moved it closer to me and Dane.

I was really poorly recently and came down with what felt flu but I think it was just a really bad cold. I was in desperate need of something to help me breathe so Dane suggested I move the humidifier onto my bedside table and pop the eucalyptus oils inside. It was so much better on my bedside table to be honest with you and the oils really helped clear my blocked sinuses.

Since then I keep this by my bed and make sure to pop it on for a couple of hours before I go to sleep. I keep it on for an hour whilst I settle down and then for an hour as I’m starting to sleep.

The humidifier is powered by a plug, no batteries here guys!

With the humidifier it lights up various different colours, you can either keep it on a loop of all of those colours, or pick whichever colour is your favourite. You also have the option for how long you want the humidifier mist on for, which ranges from constant, 1 hour, 2 hours and 3 hours.

You can just have the mood light on if you don’t want to use the mist, which I really like! Especially if you’ve had enough of the mist halfway through the day/night and want to change it up.

The one issue I have with the humidifier is trying to take off the lid so you can fill it full of water and empty the old water. It’s not the easiest thing to remove and does take some getting used to and definitely some patience!

You aren’t meant to keep reusing the water in the humidifier after 3 days, which is understandable due to mold. I didn’t use this for a week due to being busy and hadn’t emptied the water out of it, so when it came to sorting it out to use it was pretty gross inside. I had to give it a good clean with some anti bacterial spray. It wasn’t so bad to be fair.

When you go to pop your water into the humidifier you have fill lines, with a min and max line on them. I’m aware I have mine filled just past max and I really don’t know how that happened! I only usually fill it half way to be honest with you haha.

I love to use the lavender essential oils in this as I mostly use the humidifier when I’m gong to bed. If I feel poorly throughout the day or night I’ll use the eucalyptus one. As of yet I haven’t used the other essential oil I was bought, which is tea tree. I just haven’t found the right time to use it in all fairness. I only add max 5 drops to the water, although the booklet only suggests that you need 3. 5 for me is more than enough. I tried 10 recently and it was far too strong and I ended up having headaches.

Overall I really love my Elodie the Unicorn Humidifier and I was so grateful to receive it as a gift! For ages I was close to picking it up myself, but I just never got around to it. Having this on my bedside table to use before bed has changed up my night routine and it really does add something cute to the table as well!

This would be great to get for a child, teenager and of course a grown adult who love unicorns! Elodie is adorable and I really love owning stuff with the cute unicorn on lately.

It costs ยฃ39.99 which I know isn’t cheap considering you can get humidifiers on Amazon for ยฃ15-ยฃ35. But I don’t care! I wanted an Elodie one and for the price I think it’s so worth it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Make sure to read about the Elodie ramen bowl and the Elodie light up umbrella (which was kindly gifted by Firebox).

If you’d like to pick this up for yourself (or anything else on Firebox in fact!) then make sure to use my ยฃ5 discount code, which I’ll link here.

I apologise that this is a short review, but there isn’t a whole lot to really say about this other than how it works and how much I love it! ๐Ÿ˜›

What do you think of the Elodie the Unicorn Humidifier? Would you pick one up yourself? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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