Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Marshamallow Blends = Bathing Bliss!

Marshmallow Blends = Bathing Bliss!

I came across the site on Facebook where the group is growing in number and glowing reviews. I tried to resist but the beautiful pictures and mouth watering products made it just too difficult.

Hence, I placed my first order with Marshmallow Blends just a few short weeks ago, and promised the owner I'd write a blog to share my purchase and thoughts with you all so here it is...

The home page on the site (linked above) states:

'Marshmallow Blends was created for all those sweet toothed ladies like myself who crave delicious scented body products with a twist.

Our Luxurious skin care products are packed full of gorgeous skin nuturing ingredients which will leave your skin feeling soft as marshmallows and smelling sweet.

Our mission is to make every single product deliciously perfect . Each and every item is made up in small fresh batches to ensure you get a quality product which is hand crafted with Love and finished with a sprinkling of fairy dust.'

A mission I can vouch for when I tell you that the products are just divine! All of the sweetness with none of the calories!

Ok, so , onto my purchases....

I opted for two cold process soap slices in Pumpkin Cream and Raspberry and White Chocolate (£3.99 each) and two soft brown sugar body scrubs in Caramel Cupcake and Rustic Gingerbread (£4.99 each). On the day of the order, there was an offer where a Creme Brulee body scrub sample were included with all orders......and to my delight I also got some sample pots of Vanilla Lip Butter and Cupcake Body Butter.

Now, the soaps were meant to be gifts for my family for christmas......

Now, I tried to resist opening the lovely packaging (hence the delay in blogging) but alas, with some persuasion from the company via Facebook (yep, I'm blaming you Marshmallow Blends!) I opened them......

 Raspberry and Chocolate Slice

'This beautiful soap smells amazing. Sweet creamy white chocolate with crisp juicy raspberries. a real bath time treat. Made with added silk and kaolin for a creamy silky texture.'

Oh my days! How delicious does this look? and the smell is all the description leads you to hope for and more...yummy!!!

The detail is fab, from the glittery sprinkles, raspberries and cream on top to the marbled base. I pm'd to make sure I couldn't eat them..... the reply .....they are for external indulgeance only! Oh well!


Pumpkin Cream slice

'Creamy coconut milk and silk have been added to this pumpkin scented cold process soap. Made with shea butter, palm oil, coconut oil, almond oil, castor and olive oils. Packed with moisture.'

Soft and sparkly and such a wonderful product - just right with Halloween around the corner!

You can feel how packed with moisturising goodness these products are just by handling them. I can't wait to get stuck in...... looks like I'll have to get some more in for the family now!

Onto the tubs...

Caramel Cupcake Scrub
'This body scrub has a delicious bakery cupcake scent and is loaded with soft brown sugar to gently buff away dry skin and leave it looking healthy and feeling amazingly soft. Each jar contains at least 140g of body scrub and contains shea butter, grapeseed oil and vitamin e.'
Rustic Gingerbread Scrub
'A gorgeous soft brown sugar scrub scented with warm gingerbread. A true bakery scent with ginger and sweet cinnamon. Rinses off to leave skin glowing and soft.'

Again, the scent on the products are just too good to be true! I've opened the tubs at least a dozen times and it just makes me wanna eat cake!!!

I've already used half the sample tub of Creme Brulee (as you can probably tell from the pic) and being a huge scrub fan, have to say it was excellent! It was easy to use, only needing a little to slough my arms free of any bumps and dead skin. The sugary scrub also melts away making it really easy to rinse off and leaving no sand-like residue at the bottom of the tub. Result!

(Not the best of lighting but you can see how gritty and easy to apply it appears)

I've also tried the lip butter and body butter on the back of my hand. The lip butter is really smooth and easy to apply. The body butter literally melts into your skin and leaves it scented for ages afterwards.


All in all, I've nothing but good things to say about these products. My only possible opoint for criticism is the postage - £3.99 regardless of the order size - great if you are buying in bulk, not so cost effective if you just want a single item so bear this in mind.

Why not visit the site and add yourself to the facebook group..... tell them you heard about them through me and let me know what you think of the products too.


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Review: Paris City Break (March 2012)

This year I've taken two short breaks to Paris - firstly in March for my birthday, and again in September. As we enjoyed our time there so much, I thought I'd do a blog post and share my experiences with you all.

For our first trip we stayed at The Waldorf Trocadero.
The hotel is close to a number of attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe. I booked through's top secret hotel option - you select which area you want to be in and which star rating and then get given the full hotel details once your booking is confirmed. We were so happy with the allocation as I'd researched a few hotels near the Eiffel Tower, this being one of them, and managed a saving of over £100 on the normal cost of the room using this option.

As it was my birthday during our trip, we ordered breakfast in bed. Loads of yummy croissants, tea, coffee and my brekkie favourite - pains au chocolate! mmmmmmm!!

Eiffel Tower

For our first day in Paris, I'd booked a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower through Viator ( linked here ). The weather was so crisp and clear but bitingly cold - well worth taking some layers if your planning a trip around this time of year.

Our guide for the tour was brilliant. She was informative, energetic, patient and friendly. Being Canadian she was easy to understand and follow as she led us up and around the tower. We learnt some interesting facts about how and why it was constructed, and about events that have taken place both on and around the structure throughout history.

From the top of the tower, the views are amazing! There was something to pick out at every turn - so many Parisian landmarks dotted below us. Here are a couple of the pics we took to give you an idea of what you can see.

Notre Dame.

Sacre Couer.

There are souvenier shops, a restaurant and a museum within the levels of the tower. Our guide shared some useful info on travelling around Paris using the Metro system - a very cheap and effective way of packing in as much sight-seeing as possible - and details on additional tours run by the company.

Following our tour, we walked through the Esplanade du Trocadero - you'll be bombarded by street sellers offering cheap keepsakes and souveneirs here, stop still and they swarm around you - be firm in your refusals and be mindful to watch your valuables.

A few minutes walk away was the Cafe du Trocadero where we decided to lunch and watch the people bustling by. We both had the French Onion Soup and Raviolli with a bottle of white for me and red for the Mr. It was quite pricey but mainly due to the wine - the food was lovely and the atmosphere too.



My other half is an avid fan of The Doors music. As a result, he really wanted to go to Pere-Lachaise to see the grave of Jim Morrison.

The cemetery is the final resting place of many, many well known people. We totally underestimated the size of the graveyard! It took us more than two hrs wandering through the many streets and paths of this spectacular place before we found it! Should you want to visit, it's well worth investing in a map or doing your research first. Here's a link to the virtual guide.

It was an amazing place. So peaceful and beautiful. There were graves which were simple and undecorated, and there were tombs which were so ornate and detailed - a contrast you have to experience to appreciate. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the intricate structures you can see.


O Chateau

We booked a two hour wine tasting with O Chateau mainly due to the fact we love wine! Me white, the Mr red. You can book the tours at this beautiful wine bar direct with the company here. The atmosphere was great and the small group size made it feel more intimate and private. We got to try a champagne as well as arange of white and red wines. 

The session was really relaxed. We learned about the different wine regions in France and how the bottles are labelled. We were shown how to determine whether a wine is sweet or dry, and how to detect the acidity using swirling and tasting techniques.

You can also purchase bottles to take away (which we took advantage of!) and were given a handy reference sheet to remind you how to continue enjoying wine and using the skills you picked up on during the tasting. We stayed at the wine bar for a few hrs after and tried a few more flights having spent some time talking with one of the bartenders.

It was a wonderful experience and one we would definitely recommend. 


Moulin Rouge

It was my birthday whilst in Paris so we booked the dinner and show package at the Moulin Rouge (again via Viator). The food was really good and included a half bottle of wine. The show was full of glitz and sparkle and although there was a lot of flesh being shaken and shimmied, it wasn't smutty. The dances were structured around the songs and told the story well. In between there were a few addtional extras - a huge water tank with snakes inside, into which one of the girls dived and weaved in and out of the serpents!! The wine menu was super expensive which was the only down-side. Be prepared to take a lot of cash or a credit card!

Sadly you aren't allowed to take pictures whilst the show takes place so I can't give you any sneak peeks on this one.


Notre Dame

An unmistakeable landmark. Amazing detail on the stonework surrounding the doors. The gargoyles featured on the sides of the building are quite intimidating as they stare down on you - eyes seeming to follow you as you pass. Considering how many people were outside, once you enter the cathedral, it's just so peaceful and quiet. We didn't take a guided tour of the building but it's definitely something I'd want to do in the future as it's such a well-known historical building it'd be great to get to know more about it.  

I'll add a few pics but say no more:


We also took a stroll down the Champs Elysees via the Arc De Triomph

(Crazy taxi has nothing on the driving there!), passed St Sulpice,

the outside of the Louvre, and ate a beautiful meal - tournados rossini - at Gaspard, a kosher, family run restaurant just opposite our hotel. There was just too much to pack into one visit to enjoy it all in one trip!

So, as you can see, there's plenty of things to see and do in Paris - it's a beautiful city and although some activities are expensive, getting around is cheap if using the Metro system (listen out for the buskers on board who go from carriage to carriage and watch your belongings!) or good old fashioned walking, and there are plenty of sites you can visit for free. You really do need to plan your trip to make the most of the time you spend in the city.

We had such an enjoyable time that on our return, I booked another trip for September which has noww been and gone - I'll blog about that one asap too.


I hope you've found my post interesting. I'd be keen to hear what places in Paris you've visited and would recommend.