22 September 2014

THE PERFECT STAY AT OX PASTURE HALL HOTEL SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE

You know when you have one of those days that couldn't be more perfect?
 Friday was one of them.

After a super crazy and stressful week, I packed my little suitcase and escaped the busy city to the tranquility and beauty of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel a luxury, country house hotel which is around three miles outside of Scarborough in East Yorkshire.

After nearly three hours in the car singing our hearts out to Westlife, the boy and I arrived at the traditional stone building surrounded by lush hillsides and a beautiful, green garden peppered with pink and red roses growing around tree trunks.


We were greeted by the lovely receptionist who showed us to our room, the 'Wetherby Suite.' 
Each of the rooms are named after places nearby which I think is a really nice touch.

The suite was perfect, a large space with a dressing area/living room leading to a large bedroom complete with king size bed and a beautiful bathroom that housed a deep bath and a waterfall shower.
I loved the modern country style of decor, it felt homely and welcoming which was then complemented by the boutique touches, chandeliers in the rooms and a 'his 'n' hers' sink in the bathroom.


After settling in and unpacking, we headed into the cosy lounge area where we decided to become all decadent by indulging in afternoon tea.

I have never had such a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and pastries, the cheesecake and chocolate brownie were particularly divine, even better to be munched between glasses of Prosecco and Yorkshire Tea.


As the afternoon passed and all of the delights on our cake stand were devoured, we decided to take a walk around the grounds.
With the crisp Autumn setting in, the greenery was so bright against the light mist that hovered over the hills. It was on our little walk that we discovered some friendly residents to which I was absolutely overjoyed, two beautiful cats snoozing on a seat.


We were booked in to have dinner later on in the evening so we had a few hours to spare, I was absolutely delighted to see the enormous bath tub so I couldn't resist a super bubbly bath.
The tap was so cool, distributing water like a waterfall.


Once we were ready, we headed to The Bistro for a drink before dinner at the highly acclaimed Courtyard Restaurant.
We were sat next by the window next to the courtyard which looked so beautiful with the gardens lit dimly which provided the perfect backdrop for date night.

Now, I know that I have said the word amazing rather a lot in this post however, I think the adjective spectacular can be whipped out to describe the food.
The Courtyard Restaurant doesn't feature in the Michelin Guide for nothing.
The food was the best I have eaten in a very long time.

I started with a homemade mushroom soup followed by the in house 'Ox Burger' - The menu is so extensive with both traditional and A la Carte listings. 
I was simply blown away by the quality of the food and of course the service which was outstanding.


After dinner, we treated to the lounge for a few glasses of wine before heading back to retreat to the super comfy king sized bed for a good nights sleep.

In the morning I opened the window to a beautiful dewy morning and a perfect silence before heading to breakfast which was equally as amazing as dinner the night before.
I choose a cooked breakfast but there were cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt amongst other breakfast foods and drinks that were available. 

After breakfast, it was time to head home.
My stay at Ox Pasture Hall hotel was magical and it is just what the doctor ordered.
I would highly recommend heading there for a meal or even for afternoon tea if you are in the Scarborough area, but above all I would recommend that you stay there as it really is the perfect place to get away from the madness, enjoy luxury comforts and eat incredible food.

They also accommodate weddings providing the perfect natural backdrop for your special day, in fact I was chatting to a fellow blogger on Instagram who is thinking of having her wedding at Ox Pasture Hall. 







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16 September 2014

SALLY HANSEN 'AIR BRUSH LEGS'

The Sally Hansen ‘Air Brush Legs’ formula is a secret that isn’t well known amongst my friendship group which is odd as we are a bunch of fake tan fiends however, in the beauty community I am exceptionally late on the bandwagon. 

I bought the spray on ‘perfect legs’ formula for £5.99 which for 75ml of product isn’t a complete bargain but it is well worth the price tag.

The product itself is essentially body foundation which aims to cover up imperfections, veins, blotches and freckles. I apply the formula with gloves as it can stain the palms of your hands. The consistency is a thick, foundation-like substance that is sprayed onto the legs and then rubbed in. It takes a bit of work to blend but once blended and set the results are amazing, your legs look perfect and the product gives the illusion of wearing tights.


Normal fake tan tends to not take very well on my calves and the backs of my thighs so I like to use the Air Brush legs to even out my fake tan and keep my legs looking flawless when wearing shorts, a dress or a skirt.  

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15 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: IBIZA HONEY FAKE TAN


For the best part of two years I waved goodbye to my fake tan addiction and kept my skin pretty porcelain. Since I became a full time blondey some six months ago, the fake tan came back. My favourite high end fake tan is the ‘Glam Tan’ by Lauren’s Way but I find that it is a little bit too pricey to repurchase over and over to use regularly. 
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13 September 2014

THE HAIR: CLAUDIA SCHIFFER 'BLONDE ULTIMARE' HAIR DYE

I had noticed that my roots were showing up heavily amongst my pink hair. With blonde hair, the rooty look is more acceptable however, with artificial pink hair my dark brown roots made my hair look greasy and untidy. 
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5 September 2014

Before & After L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review // Pink hair, don't care!

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

After finally achieving my perfect shade of blonde, what did I go and do?
Dye it pink of course!

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

I really don't know what the matter is with me but I can't seem to stick to hair colour for very long.

I have been wanting to dabble with pastel hair for quite some time now and when I saw the 'Pastel, pink flamingo dye' by  L'oreal Feria on offer I decided to give it a whirl.

This is a semi-permanent colour which is supposed to last for between 3 and 5 washes, I'm not sure how it will fade out but I love the washed out look.

I applied a generous amount of the pink toning conditioner to damp hair as advised. Upon drying I found that the vibrancy of my hair wasn't quite pink enough so I applied a second layer to dry hair.
The conditioner leaves your hair extremely soft and nourished whilst depositing a light wash of colour.

My hair is a mixture of dark blonde and light blonde so some areas took more colour than others. The shade on the box is also not realistic to the colour I achieved but perhaps on super bleached, white hair, it would be.

The toning conditioner is reusable and contains no bleach or ammonia so even people like me with damaged hair can still enjoy fun hair colours.

I really recommend giving this a go if you are feeling adventurous with colour.

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1 September 2014

THE HAIR: NICE 'N' EASY 'ROOT TOUCH UP'


When my friend told me that my roots were a sold seven on the 'root scale' I thought that it was high time that I did something about them.
As a natural dark, brunette it only takes around three weeks before my golden blonde hair is massed with a dark shadow.
Now, don't get me wrong i'm all for the rooty look but with a black tie event on the horizon, lots of photographs and a spare hour I decided that that touching them up wasn't a bad idea.

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