Wednesday, 16 September 2015

AA skincare collection - Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion •Review •

I love love love love looooooove this lotion!!!

I haven't had a good face lotion in a long time! 

I used to use them religiously then I became a bit lazy and my skin suffered, becoming dry and spotty on occasion.

I recently gave myself a kick up the bum and started looking for a lotion that would magically transform my face and I was having no such luck finding one!
Then I was sent AA Skincare - Lavender & Tea Tree lotion to try out!

Lavender and Tea Tree are two of my favourite essential oils so I was more than excited about trying it out.

     ** Lavender essential oil helps  sooth, calm and balance skin. Tea Tree essential oil helps clear and refresh.  Rosehip Oil helps rejuvenate skin as well as Sunflower oil - high in Vitamin E to help lock in moisture, keeping skin feeling soft. **

It is very light and sinks into your skin straight away with out the leaving heavy feeling some lotions can give. 

It smells lush and it leaves your face feeling silky smooth! 
I have been using it twice a day and my skin seems to have its glow back and whatever spots I did have, have gone!

'Naturally antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal, making it perfect for acne prone skin, spots, blemishes and other abrasions and can help skin heal.'

It's in a great size bottle that will last for a while and at only £5.56 you really are getting a lot for your money! 

I will defiantly be buying more once I run out!! 

About AA Skincare :

They have many years experience in aromatherapy and natural skincare, creating naturally effective products to give your skin a treat without costing the earth.

The AA Skincare range combines essentials oils with classic natural ingredients such as Frankincense & Rose, Almond & Sandalwood and Seaweed & Aloe to create fantastic products! 

Why not check out the rest of the AA skincare range over on their website::

AA Skincare have given me a special 20% discount code for you very lucky people!!!


Check out my other AA Skincare reviews here - 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Basingstoke Green Week - Festival Place

If you are in or around Basingstoke between 19th September - 26th September, you may want to head over to Festival Place and take part in the environmentally friendly events they have on as part of Green Week.

The week will see Festival Place supporting the event with information on everything from recycling and local produce to what eco-friendly products are good to use.
Speaking of the event, Centre Director at Festival Place, Steven Connolly, said: “Sustainability is a very important part of Festival Place’s ethos and it felt like a natural fit to take more of an active role in supporting Green Week this year.  We are very excited to be hosting a range of different green related events, helping to educate the public on how they can be more environmentally friendly along with providing more details about the sustainability work Festival Place has been undertaking for a number of years.”
Full details of the activities and events included are below:

Basingstoke Green Fair - Saturday 19thSeptember, 9am to 5pm
Porchester Square
Kicking off the week, the Basingstoke Green Fair will show off a variety of products and information from a range of community groups, including local organic vegetables from Northdown Orchard, Basingstoke Energy Co-operative, Cycle Basingstoke, Incredible Edible and Goodlife Gateway's organic plant food. 

Porchester Square
Exploring the benefits of Green Transport, at this fun event customers will have the chance to make a tasty free smoothie, all with the power of the Sustrans sponsored Smoothie Bike. If that isn't enough, customers will also be able to take a look at Green Transport options, including the BMW i8 supercar, Tesla supercar and the new Renault Zoe.

Porchester Square and Festival Square
During Recycling Day the council's Recycling Officer will be on hand to give recycling advice and information to answer customers’ recycling questions. The environment industrial experts, Mechline, will also be explaining their food waste to water system and how it works at Festival Place. Plus, customers will be able to meet Ed, the friendly Festival Place environmental mascot! And for those in need of a clear out, the Salvation Army trailer will be accepting donations of clothes and textiles. 

Porchester Square
On Energy Day Festival Place energy efficiency specialists, Megaman, will be in Porchester Square, providing a whole host of information on how to make the home and business more energy efficient. 

Pop-up Shop - Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th September, 10am to 4pm
The Green Week team will have a shop in Festival Place, offering energy efficiency advice, lighting advice and recycling information from Basingstoke Energy Co-operative, Megaman and other experts. 

Plus look out for the beautiful handmade recycled bouquets, all made by local primary schools for the Basingstoke Primary Schools Recycling Competition. 

To keep up to date with details of these and other upcoming events at Festival Place visit  

At Festival Place they take the impact the centre has on the environment very seriously.  Since 2006 Festival Place has implemented a number of initiatives to increase recycling, save energy and reduce water usage!!

How to get there - 

Travelling by car is easy, they're just minutes off junction 6 of the M3 and have over 2,500 safe, secure car parking spaces directly above the shopping centre.

To find our car park by sat nav, input this postcode RG21 7BA or click here for directions from Google Maps.

By Bus - The Bus Station is located at Festival Place, with direct access from the entrance by BHS and from our Restaurant area. 

For information on bus timetables please call 0845 121 0180 or visit

By Train - Basingstoke train station is located in the heart of the town centre, just a 5 minute walk from Festival Place with fast and frequent trains from neighbouring towns.

Leave the station by the main exit and walk straight ahead, crossing the road, towards Sainsbury's. Keep walking straight ahead, following the pedestrian walk way and you will find Festival Place entrance in front of you. For information on train times please call 0845 748 4950 or log on to South West Trains website

Darkmouth - Worlds Explode • Book Review •

You join Finn, his best friend Emmie and Estravon the assessor on the search for Finn's father. 
Who just so happens to be on the infested side. 
To find his father he needs to find a map ..... But what map and where is it???

Darkmouth - Worlds Explode is the follow on from the first Darkmouth book written by Shane Hegarty

Shane was a journalist and editor with The Irish Times, but left to be a full time writer after Darkmouth became a global publishing sensation. He lives with his family near Dublin.  

Noah enjoyed this book so much he never wanted to put it down, and i have to say the feeling was mutual!

We were on the edge of our seats dying to find out what was going to happen next.

The book captures you straight from the get go! 
It has everything a boy could dream of reading about,  adventure, monsters, gateways to other worlds and mystery of the unknown.

Finn being an ordinary kinda boy, other than the fact he is a legend hunter in the making really helps young boys connect to the character.

*** "You teamed up with a Legend to go on a quest across the infested side." "Yeah, but I'm still worried the Orthrus is just bringing us somewhere so they can do terrible things to us," said Finn.
"You've defeated legends."
"Kind of run away from them mostly," admitted Finn. ***

Noah read this book mostly all by himself with only a little help from myself.
He is such a great reader and I'm so pleased he finds as much joy in books as I do! 

We are both looking forward to what Shane has in store next!!

I highly recommend this book!!!

If you fancy joining Finn on his adventure, you can buy it over on   Amazon
You can follow Shane on Twitter @Shanehegarty