Palmer’s New Coconut Oil Bodycare Range Review

I’ve used Palmer’s products since…forever. I have so many fond childhood memories and to be honest with you my nostalgia is always accompanied by the sweet and distinctive reminiscent smell of Palmer’s original body lotion, so, when I was offered the chance to give their new Coconut Oil body care range a try, I couldn’t refuse.

Now, I must admit, I’m not entirely new to this range as I’ve been using the coconut hair care range for a few months and I actually can’t fault it. It’s so hard to find hair care products that leave my dreadlocks feeling squeaky clean, and smelling great without having some sort of weird residue, so do try the range out if you come across itย – but anyway that’s a review, for another time.

Coconut Oil works wonder for skin (and hair), so Palmer’s is definitely on to something with this range, but it’s also infused with one of my favourite oils – Mono Oil – great for hydrating, as well as Almond Oil – which is known for it’s soothing properties, perfect for treating any skin type especially as we are subject to this ridiculous weather.

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Before using this range, I’d been committing a multitude of sins by using Vaseline everywhere – not a good look when you want to look well moisturised but end up looking like a grease ball. So, when I introduced Palmer’s new range into my routine, I was impressed to say the least.

The first product I tried was the Coconut Oil Body Cream. The whole range smells divine but I found that this pot of thick creamy goodness had the most intense scent – so much so, that would often go without wearing any perfume.

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I found the coconut oil body cream super moisturising and luxuriously creamy, however, I did notice that I really had to massage in the cream otherwise it left a grey cast on my skin.

As a result I moved on to the body oil. I normally hate using oil but the packaging really drew me to use it, I could just imagine spraying the oil on and looking like I’d just stepped off a beach… and to be honest, I did (without the tan). The oil gave me such a nice dewy glow, without feeling or looking oily. The coconut scent is very subtle too so using this wasn’t overwhelming at all. Once I sort out my next getaway this will definitely be packed too!

 

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On days where I felt I needed a bit more moisture, I added a ‘top coat’ of moisture using Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion. This was actually my favourite product in the range because of the formula and consistency. It’s a great in-between to the other two products in the body care range. The smell is amazing, and because of it’s light consistency it was easy to work with, especially when getting ready in a rush before work, which is a plus,

Overall I loved using this range, and I’m not at all surprised considering how much I loved using the hair care range. I loved the formula, especially as I felt I could work with the amount of moisture I could apply to my skin without looking or feeling ridiculously shiny or oily. Palmer’s have impressed me again!

Will you be trying Palmer’s New Coconut Oil Bodycare range? If so, let me know your thoughts!ย 

 

*this post contains PR samples however all views and opinions are my own.

Double Tap That: Five To Follow

Hey ya’ll,

I can’t lie, but right now I am loving Instagram, it’s my favourite app to scroll through, which is probably why I’ve been neglecting this blog๐Ÿ™ˆ. Only God know how many times I scroll through Instagram a day, but I just can’t resist exploring amazing images and finding new people to follow.

Now I know there’s been a lot of controversy about Instas ever-changing and very annoying algorithms, like-bots, spam comments and all that malarkey, but let’s face it, we all love to double-tap that…

With Instagram being a MainStage for Influencers and bloggers to become recognised or as we all like to say – Instafamous, I’ve got more than a few favourites that I’d like to share, so let me show some love to…

IslandBoiPhotography

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The beauty of women is perfectly captured when Joey is behind the camera. His photos are magnetic, and his subjects are not only glamorous but real. Follow him on a journey to unlocking true beauty, and explore the rich velvety texture of the many shades of melanin. I literally cannot get enough of this guys images so, spam his comments so I can get a photo shoot with this guy PLEASE!

In My Sunday Best

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It’s undeniable that Sade has a way with the camera. Perfectly portraying her love affair with vintage fashion her photos are infused with a nostalgic warm twist. I love that we get to see Sade’s confident and elegantly cool personality relayed through the lense too. With her good sense of fashion and great coffee spots what more could you want from life?

Asiyami Gold

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If you have holiday blues, look away NOW.  Asiyami captures awe-inspiring images from her travels all over the world. Using natural backdrops, vibrant colours, colourful food and beautiful subjects she’s is dubbed as a visual storyteller. This girl is living life, all while looking like a melinated supermodel and I love double-tapping whenever she uploads.

ChanelCocoBrown

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I’m back on my 3-4 times a week gym grind and as you may imagine, it’s way too easy to fall off, especially with all these food snaps. Nevertheless, I love searching hashtags like #fitness to keep me on the straight and narrow to achieving my body goals, but one person I always look to is Chanel. She is all types of body goals and I love that she takes us on her fitness journey that she has perfectly made her lifestyle, she’s the ultimate motivation for me, plus I love her clean and feminine feed.

TheSlumFlower

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My girl Chidi is killing it! She oozes beauty and fearlessness and on the few occasions I met her she has been a positive energy that I can’t get enough of. Follow this beaut for encouraging hella funny quotes, fire selfies and the odd travel post. Love her.

I follow way too many creative Instgram pages to pay homage to, but these are the feeds are just a few that I’ve just kept on coming back to. Leave comment and let me know who you’ve been loving on Insta, so I can give them a nosy, also feel free to give me a follow x

 

Primark False Nails: Achieve the perfect at-home manicure

Hey dolls,

I’m just going to shimmy past the fact that I haven’t posted in ages and tell you how much I’m loving Primark’s false nails.

I never really go into Primark, but, after a failed attempt to swipe up their infamous Chip mug #chipgate – if you managed to get one – I hate you, I found myself looking around and ended up in their beauty section.

As of recent I’ve been having a little bit of a style crisis. I find myself liking things but second guessing if I could ‘pull it off’, but when I found their false nails I thought –ย efff it!

The funny thing is I’m not a fan of fake nails but, after looking through Primark’s vast array of options I just couldn’t help myself.

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After whittling my choices down to two sets of falsies (it was a hard decision especially as each pack was only ยฃ2!) I ended up with a chromatic pair which I’m currently wearing and a pretty gold metallic pair which I love.

To be completely honest I never really have much faith in anything Primark, as even if I find an amazing product, I find their quality just isn’t as great as it could be, but of course it’s expected considering how affordable everything is.

Since the end of last year I stopped treating myself to getting shellac so, in a bid to pamper myself, I took my time and prepped my nails as well as the falsies and applied them andย they’ve lasted a whole 4 days without any retouches – which I’m sure we can all agree is amazing for any do it yourself false nails and especially as they’re from Primark!

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But,ย let me tell you how I’ve managed to make them last so long.

  1. Prep nails. Take off any nail varnish and remove any oil from the nail beds by using nail varnish remover. Wipe clean and don’t wash hands.
  2. Cut, file & buff. I think this is the most important step. Cut your nails down short, file them into a nice shape then, with the extra rough side of your nail file, buff all over the nail bed. This will leave some debris on the nail bed but leave it on as this debris will help the nail stick with the glue.
  3. Assign false nails to each finger. I found that there wasn’t a great deal of sizes in Primark’s packet. They were either too big or too small, which meant I had to spend a bit more time filing the larger nail options down to fit on my nail bed.
  4. Glue time! Let me tell you that this glue is actually really strong, I thought I may have to buy stronger name brand glue, but Primark’s has sufficed. I made sure to cover my whole nail bed with glue as well as on the backside of the nail I had assigned to each of my nails, paying particular attention to the edges so that they stuck down properly.
  5. Once each nail is was stuck down, I held down with pressure for about 30 seconds and moved on to the next.

Wa-lah! There you have it.

I’m really really pleased with the quality of these nails, as I have bought more expensive packets of false nails before and always been been a victim of one suddenly popping off in public or looking down at my hand to find a two missing #NotaGoodLook.

Have any of you tried Primark’s falsies? Or anything from their ever-growing beauty range? What did you think?

Also let me know if you try my way of applying falsies at home x

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11 thought-provoking quotes from Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Adichie

It feels that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and actually focus on anything blog related in a lifetime.

I’ve missed this feeling. And I only have my annoying iPhone to thank, there’s always a problem with it. Luckily I have my upgrade to look forward to next month, so I may move on to something else, but probably not as I’m a sucker for punishment.

Anyway, I digress.ย Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Southbank Centre for their annual Women of the World Festival (check it out) where one of my all time favourite authors – Chimamanda Adichie – hosted a talk all about feminism.

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First of all, I have to thank Stylist magazine, as I had no idea that this festival even existed until it was printed in their magazine. As soon as I saw that the talented and sometimes controversial Chimamanda was talking there, I booked my tickets immediately as I’ve literally dreamt of having the chance to sit down and quiz her about her books, since I finished Half of a Yellow Sun, and although this was hardly a one on one, the chance to see her in real life was good enough for me lol.

Ever since reading a few of her books, I have been a die-hard fan of Chimamanda, I mean she’s even featured on Beyonce’s tune – if you haven’t heard of her, what have you been doing?!

Two weeks ago she released a short essay called;ย Dear Ijeawele or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestionscheck my insta – in response to a friend who asked her how to raise a feminist daughter, which she also discussed in depth on stage and let me tell you the whole experience was life!

I’ve never really liked labelling myself as a feminist, as I feel it has soooo many negative connotations, and in my opinion, you either agree with the equality between men and women or you don’t, but Chimamanda discussed many great points, during her talk and in her book, that after listening and reading I proudly say ‘I’m a feminist’.

She shares so many suggestions, some of which really did have me chuckle, so I thought ย  I’d share my favourite quotes with you, although I do recommend that you read for yourself as it’s such a quick,ย humorous and thought-provoking read:

  • Be a full person
  • Never apologise for working. You love what you do, and loving what you do can be a great gift.
  • ‘Because you’re a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.
  • The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.
  • Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not.
  • Reject likeability.
  • We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable.
  • Never treat marriage as an achievement.
  • Kindness matters… but teach her that her kindness should never be taken for granted.
  • To love is not only to give but to take.
  • If you criticise X in women but do not criticise X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women

There are so many quick-fire quotes from this book, that I’ll always have in mind, especially in the fight of feminism. Have you pocketed any quotes from this book?

Do you label yourself a a feminist? Have you ever read any of Chimamanda’s other books, if so, which is your favourite?

 

Life Begins with a Bottomless Brunch

Living Hygge is something we’ve all become obsessed with.

Enjoying life’s simple pleasures may take on different forms to different people, but since taking on the responsibilities of being a properย adult, enjoying going out and exploring has become one of life’s pleasures for me. After all, life shouldn’t begin and end with work.

Bottomless brunch has been on my cards for a while, which is why I sought to find the best bottomless brunch in the city… well one of the best according to Time Out.

Villandry ticked all the boxes for me and after looking at the menu ยฃ35 a pop seemed like a great deal, especially as this bottomless brunch features never-ending prosecco!

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Sitting right in the middle of Great Portland Street, Villandry stood out in all it’s glory, it was so pretty.

I was greeted by very welcoming staff and sat my pretty table for two waiting for my Mr to arrive.

Considering they seemed to have very strict booking rules, the staff were very understanding as we were about an hour late (the booking supposedly lasts 2 hours, but I think they don’t mind how long you stay depending on how busy it is), but they assured me that time only starts from when the first prosecco is poured – result!

Once bae and I were both seated, we scanned the menu and ordered food pronto – by this point it was about 12:30 and we were both starving.

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I opted forย poached eggs and avocado on rye bread he and a Full English!

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My boyfriend is not a big drinker but as he didn’t drive and we both caught the tube into central London, he let loose and had like 5 glasses one after the other – ย literally never seen him like that.

The staff were really friendly, and kept topping up our glasses, it was a bit insane, especially as it was so early. The only time I’ve ever had ay alcoholic beverage at that time is on holiday.

About 30 minutes after we had eaten we decided it was time to go. Too much prosecco had been downed and we were actually acting like a couple of fools. Plus, we wanted to have a walk around Oxford Street. To be honest I think they were surprised we were leaving so early.

All in all I would rate Villandry an 8/10. The mood and atmosphere was spot on, the waiter ensured neither of our glasses were even half empty, but I have to say the food let the experience down – as it looked lovely but it was just OK – I would say The Breakfast Club is better quality. I also noticed that a few groups who came in after us, were served before us, which Iย feel is plain rude.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a nice picturesque spot in London to hang and have a good time with the girls this is the place, but if you’re looking to chow down on a nice brunch with prosecco being very much an after-thought, this place isn’t for you.

I would love to try another Bottomless Brunch just to have something to compare Villandry to…Have you been to any nice spots for brunch?

 

One Year On…

Today riannemitchell.com turns one!

And I feel it’s only right to dedicate a whole post to my blogging journey.

Since I was quite young I always wanted to have a successful blog. I’ve always loved writing, and enjoy sharing my experiences, however, it wasn’t until this day last year that I plucked up the courage to actually make this blog a reality.

It’s still surreal to me that people read my blog (like I actually have real like subscribers-eeek). People who tweet me, like my sh*t and follow me on multiple social platforms. Although I’ve hit many milestones, a year on and I’m feeling a mixture of emotions about being a ‘blogger’. There have been ups and down, great events and PR invitations, as well as the chance to become involved in something big, where I’ve been able to make friends and craft real relationships with fellow bloggers as well as companies.

But, I can’t lie, it’s been hard. Hard to balance life, working full time as well as creating content to blog about. Hard to choose what events to attend, because who wants to take Annual Leave for an event that’s totally cool but will have no relevance on my blog and last but not least, majorly hard to keep up with ever-rolling timelines of social media – because who cares about what was tweeted 10 minutes ago.

But, in some of life’s crisis’ there’s always a silver lining and one thing that I read very recently taught me that if I want an interest or hobby of mine to succeed, I need to work at it full time and put in the same amount of time and effort I put in at my 9-5 – which really put things into perspective.

So with that in mind, I’ve listed a few goals that I’d love to achieve and look back in a years time and say check! (and sometimes that means going back to basics)…

Goals

  • To grow my blog presence – I still can’t believe people actually read and comment on my blog, but I wana go global baby! (maybe not global but definitely bigger and better)
  • Post 2 times a week
  • To join at least 2 twitter chats a week – I mean who doesn’t love a good twitter natter
  • To grow a travel & lifestyle blog that people actually go to for date night ideas, travel destinations etc.  – I love finding new destinations from publication like Time Out so why not gain a real review from moi
  • To comment on blogs that I love reading – This is the hardest thing for me as i’m always reading something, so I feel it’s only right to show appreciation if I enjoyed the read.

One year on, and for the first time I’m feeling confident about my vision for this blog, so as I switch things up a bit, I hope you all stick around for the journey.

See you on my next post x

Pretty in Paris: My In-Flight Essentials

Happy New year guys!

It’s been a minute since my last blog, and so much has happened – Christmas, NYE antics (not so much in my case), plus going back to work – it’s definitely been a whirlwind. But as it’s the New Year, I’ve promised myself to have a fresh, new outlook on life and set myself a few resolutions too!

One major ย resolution of mine is to travel even more than I did last year… and im off to a nice start, even if I do say so myself, as I’ll be jetting off to Paris tomorrow (yay me!).

As a result I teamed up with Tripping.com – a comparison site that help you find the perfect home/villa rentals abroad – to tell you all about what my-flight essential are, so keep reading to find out…

Mints – Currently in my handbag there are three different types of mints to choose from lol. I love having them handy as they’re just nice sweets to suck on, but they especially come in handy for on the plan as ย I hate my ears popping ๐Ÿ˜–

Snacks– food is always an essential! When flying short haul flights food isn’t always available, so having something to munch on is a must, no-one wants to start their trip off #hangry do they. Pass me a bag of salt and vinegar crisps and I’ll be fine ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Handย sanitinser – I’m a city gal and hand santinzer is a must. I’ve literally just recovered from the norovirus, so I am not messing around with any germs coming into the New Year. When travelling abroad and even on public transport around London you just never know what you’ll have to encounter, soย hand sanitiser is definitely an essential. Better to be safe than germy! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hand Moisturiser – in- flight air con is a MF so, i’ve packed my Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Hand Cream in grapefruit- smells so lush! And it keeps my hands beautifully moisturised it’s defo a contender to my beloved – Lush Helping Handย 

A Blanket Scarfย – as its bitterly cold here in London and I’m sure it will be in Paris a blanket scarf just makes sense. I’ve had mine in tow since last October!ย I love a quick nap in-flight too (much to the annoyancenof my bf๐Ÿ™ˆ) so a cosy scarf helps me wrap up and keep warm, plus you never know the air-con situ. Plus, if too hot in-flight it can double as a neck pillow!

Laura Mercier Setting Powder – Whenever I go on holiday I never usually wear much makeup in-flight, but as I’m off to Paris which is a very short haul flight I’ll be packing all my usualย makeup essentialsย plus my new Laura Mercier translucent powder. This product is the bomb.com, it really helps my makeup stay in place and keeps the shine at bay after only one use. To be honest, I doubt I’ll actually use it as it’s THAT good but I like to keep it handy. ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿพ

Cards/ Netflix – I’ve got a thing with collecting playing cards from destinations I’ve visited. I love playing cards, as it was past time that still happens in my house. No matter who I’m travelling with, I make sure I have a pack handy. Plus it makes the flight go faster. ย If I’m not playing cards I’m probably watching something I downloaded prior. Sidenote: Did you know you can now download shows on Netflix?! I’m loving Power at the moment!

Comfy Clothesย – Going to the airport is an occasion in itself, but for me its all about being comfy, no matter how long the flight is. However, being the blogging queen I am, I love accessorising which can easily vamp up a really simple outfit. ย I love to transform my jeans and jumper with a choker and covetable ring stack. Add some lippie and I’m good to go and looking like I was made for this jet-setting lifestyle ๐Ÿ˜œ

Do you have any inflight essentials? Also if you plan on travelling throughout 2017 do check out Tripping.com for accommodation made a little easier x