Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil ReviewIsn’t it lovely how the sun keeps trying to shine lately? I only hope it continues to do so even more as we step ever closer to Summer! With Summer comes thoughts of fresh sunny days, dreams of tropical holidays, visiting the seaside, snacking on the most delicious fruit and enjoying lovely drinks on those brighter lighter evenings!

New season, new skincare! It’s time for me to change up my skincare with the season and use something lovely. So in stepped this wonderful brand I have only just recently discovered, Tropika! Tropika uses a blend of premium virgin coconut oil, alongside plant-based, aromatherapy extracts. They have 3 different collections available – Tropika Little Spa, Tropika Mums Spa and Tropika Skin.

Tropika Little Spa consists of a lovely herbal cream and massage oils in choice of either Lavender and Rose. All are perfectly gentle for your little one’s skin and the massage oils are a great natural choice for dry skin, nappy rash and cradle cap. The Tropika Mums Spa collection comprises of a massage oil, massage cream (which has the added benefit of helping to ease morning sickness!) and a tummy butter – so if you’re expecting or you’re a new mum, these could be perfect treats for you! Or, if you’re not, I think these would be perfect gifts to give to friends and family who are!

We then move on to the Tropika Skin range, which features this lovely cleansing oil I’m reviewing, alongside a gently blended coconut and tea tree moisturiser – and we all know how great both those ingredients are for our skin!

Now, let’s talk about this fab coconut cleansing oil. It arrived in a beautiful little Tropika bag, wrapped in tissue, tied with ribbon and a personalised tag with a little “A” embellishment. It was gorgeous! The team had placed a handwritten note inside wishing me a happy belated birthday and wrote how they hope I enjoy their product. How lovely of them! Well, I’m pleased to say, yes! Yes I really do love this product!

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

I’ve been trying out the Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil for the past few days and I’ve been really impressed with it. You only have to use the smallest amount of the oil (3-4 drops) with a little water to create a beautiful milky texture and gently massage this into your skin. As soon as you bring the cleanser up towards your face, suddenly you are awakened by the stunning scent of this product. Coconutty, even a little fruity in a way, this cleanser has a wonderful tropical-like scent to whisk you away to a foreign land. It’s *SO* lovely! The scent is not too in your face, it’s a perfectly balanced scent, but oh my! I love it!

I have combination skin, and I found this left my skin feeling fab, clean, smooth, moisturised from the natural oils and of course smelling equally as fab! This cleanser will also gently remove your makeup at the end of the day for you too.

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

Now what if I was to tell you that this bottle of amazingness is also vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced!? Tick! Tick! Tick! What more could you ask for?

I think the bottle will look lovely on the side in your bathroom too, as the packaging looks great!

So if you’re after a cleanser that works, smells great, is ethical and looks pretty. Look no further than Tropika’s Coconut Cleansing Oil!

You can find out more about the brand over on their website here: http://www.tropika.co.uk/

*I received this product free of charge from Tropika, but my thoughts on this fabulous little cruelty free and amazingly scented cleanser are most definitely my own!

My Second Floating Experience at floatation.life Milton Keynes

A little while ago I was invited along to floatation.life in Milton Keynes to try out this completely new way of relaxing….floating!!! You can read all about my first experience at floatation.life (based in Crownhill, Milton Keynes) *HERE*

floatation.life Milton Keynes

If you missed my first write up about floatation.life, here’s the low down on what it’s all about and how you float your way to total relaxation. So, floatation.life is a hidden gem in Milton Keynes, and once you walk through their door, you leave your stressful, busy, hectic world behind and enter a completely new one. One where you are warmly welcomed by the friendly team, symbolically hand over your phone once you arrive and start your experience by sitting in a lovely chair whilst listening to the most chilled spa-like music ever. It’s time to 100% switch off!

Once you’ve had a few moments to ease yourself into relaxation mode, the team will lead you through to your own personal floatation room. Inside you will find a very space age looking tank, filled with beautifully warm water with added Epsom salts – which of course, is key to your float! The room also has an area for you to get ready, have a shower and be fully prepped for your experience. There’s a mirror, wipes provided and even a little sachet of petroleum jelly to cover any parts of sore skin – after all you don’t want to sting in the salty water! (I’d recommend shaving your legs the day before!).

Once you’re prepped and ready to experience your float, you can dip your toes into the warm water, close the doors of the tank behind you and switch off the internal tank light if you wish. It’s time to get comfortable, zone out, and float your way to freedom and relaxation.

The great thing about your second experience is that you know all of the above! No longer are you apprehensive about what to expect from this unusual new experience. No longer are you freaking out about whether you’ll feel odd lying in this tank in complete darkness (you can leave the light on in the tank if you wish!). No longer are you wondering how to complete the experience. You know the room, you know the drill, you know the tank… You’re already a pro!

This is when the magic happens…

With your new found expertise in how to float your way to relaxation, comes a whole new level of relaxing altogether! You’re so accustomed to it now, that you can feel each and every muscle in your body relax just that little bit more than last time. You can feel as if you are completely relaxed, but believe me, as you chill more and more whilst floating you’ll feel little muscles in your body letting go just a tad more as the time passes. And oh my did that happen to me! It happened so much that (especially in the last half of the experience) I drifted off to sleep for a few moments on more than one occasion. Yes, I was lying there in the beautiful warm water and air, relaxed enough to sleep whilst floating! A very surreal thing, but don’t worry, it’s completely safe to do so and a lot of people do end up falling asleep in this experience whilst every muscle is catered for by the ever-supportive Epsom salt-filled water.

So it’s true what they say. Your second float is truly where this experience comes to life and surely it can only get better from then on!? I’d really recommend giving floatation.life a whirl. Treat yourself, your body and your mind. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and so much more at ease with life in general. It’s bloomin’ lovely!

Don’t forget, as I mentioned in my original post, once you have completed your float, floatation.life has a room where you can dry your hair, apply your moisturiser/makeup etc. Plus, there’s a wonderful post-float relaxation room, where you can relax with beautiful music and images on a screen, partake in a little soothing colouring in and chill out in their lovely massage chairs. Perfect!

To find out more about floatation.life in Milton Keynes, do pop over to their website here: https://floatation.life/

*I received my float free of charge from floatation.life but my thoughts on this beautifully relaxing experience are most definitely my own. I mean. I can’t lie about being so relaxed I fell asleep! Ha!

Glo&Ray Makeup for Palmer//Harding at London Fashion Week

Glo Ray London Fashion Week

A couple of weekends ago I was invited along to an experience I’ll never forget. The fabulous Glo&Ray makeup team invited me and a few fellow bloggers down to London to the Palmer//Harding show at London Fashion Week.

Now I know some people get invited to these things all the time and some just aren’t interested but personally, I was so excited! It’s not every day that you get to watch all the “behind the scenes” hustle and bustle of a show, let alone at LFW – so I loved it!

Back at uni I actually studied Fashion Marketing and was always aware of the fashion weeks around the world, but never thought I’d attend any shows! So I must say a big thank you to Glo&Ray for inviting me – it was a fab way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Naturally, all the models were wearing Glo&Ray makeup. The theme of the show was “Glam Goth Rebellion”, so think edgy, think mysterious, with a touch of glam for good measure. The models looked amazing and rocked a streak of black eyeliner at the top of the eyelid, with a dot of gold on the inner eye for that added glam!

It was so fun to watch the craziness of backstage, with makeup being done one side and hair on the other. Down the middle of the room it was a rush of photographers, bloggers, helpers and so many more! Amazing!

Glo Ray London Fashion Week

The stage itself was amazing, so mysterious and pretty damn cool. The floor looked like bark chippings but was actually a load of recycled rubber pieces. There were dividers dotted along the runway, with chicken wire-like panels and aged-looking plaster which was falling away. Smoke filled the air to ensure the mysterious atmosphere was automatically portrayed, whilst tree branches hung from the pitched roof ceiling – it was stunning!

The models paraded around weaving in and out of the dividers on the runway. The Palmer//Harding clothing designs looked so lovely, so effortlessly chic. They’re known as “the shirt boys” – and wow! They definitely had some awesomely cut shirt style designs on these ladies!

Palmer Harding London Fashion Week

What an amazing show! Again, thank you so much Glo&Ray for the opportunity to come down and see the show!

Do go and check out the fabulous range of makeup that Glo&Ray provide. Their products are both stylish whilst being totally affordable – http://glo-ray.co.uk/

You can also view the Palmer//Harding collection here – www.palmerharding.com

Switching Off Feat. floatation.life Milton Keynes

When was the last time you completely switched off? I mean, had a real “me, myself and I” moment? Completely zoned out. No mobile, no laptop, not even Netflix with a glass of wine in the bath kinda moment? I know it’s been wayyy too long since I last did!

With the pressures of a modern life, trying to be here there and everywhere, working a busy job, trying to fit everything into your evenings, see everyone, say yes to every opportunity, please as many people as we can, trying to be, you know, perfect. It’s very easy to forget to take time out for ourselves to completely and totally chill out. But recently I was given the opportunity to completely, and I mean 100% COMPLETELY relax.

I was invited to go along and check out the brand new floatation.life centre in Crownhill, Milton Keynes. And ohhh em geee, I am so glad I did! It left me feeling totally and utterly refreshed and ready to take on the world.

But what is floatation.life I hear you shouting at your screen!? floatation.life is where you step into another world and leave this hectic one behind for just a little while. You float your worries away in your own personal floatation tank filled with Epsom salts, within your own room. No one else. Just you.

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

As you arrive at the centre you’re greeted by the lovely team, who welcome you in, help to put you at ease and forget the outside world. At reception they even ask you to hand over your mobile phone as a symbolic way to signify that you’re truly leaving the ever busy and connected world behind.

Before heading on through, they provide you with lovely chill out music to listen to whilst sitting in a wonderfully relaxing massage chair. These 10 mins of “wind down” time are the perfect bridge between the busy world you just left and the soothing one you’re about to enter.

Once the 10 minutes have passed, it’s your time to head on through to your very own relaxation space. Everyone has their own room, complete with a shower (body wash, shampoo and conditioner are all provided!) and a little area with a mirror to ensure you’re prepped and ready for your float! The team provide you with ear plugs (ones that just cover your outer ear/they don’t go all the way in like usual ones), face wipes, cotton pads and buds and a little bit of Vaseline to ensure any cuts/graises are covered up to prevent them stinging – that water is filled with Epsom salts after all!

Before taking a dip, you have a shower and wipe your face with the wipes provided to ensure your body is stripped of any oils etc. Then that’s it! You’re ready for your floating experience!

Then you step into your float tank and close the side door behind you. There’s a little light on in your tank, so if you feel comfortable you can close the roof of the tank too, to ensure you have complete darkness once you switch the light off inside the tank.

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

If you’re worried you may end up with salt water in your eyes…don’t! They provide you with a water spray and flannel for your face should you need it at all.

Once the light is off and the doors of the float tank are closed, it’s time for you to enter a world of pure tranquillity. Get comfortable and float on your back with your head back, just like you would in a swimming pool. (If you don’t feel happy putting your head right back there is a blow up neck cushion provided in the room should you wish to use that instead).

The salt in the water will comfortably take the weight of your body and as the water temperature is carefully matched to that of the air, once you have 100% relaxed in there a completely surreal but beautiful floating feeling is created. You lay there listening to the lovely chilled music playing lightly in the tank for the first few minutes as you feel your body relax more and more with each moment that passes. I can’t even begin to give the feeling justice with my words, I simply can’t compare this pure relaxation to anything else I’ve ever experienced. Nothing else in the world matters, you can simply and honestly just get back to being you. As cliché as that sounds, right there nothing else matters, it’s like hitting your body’s reset button.

As your hour in the tank passes by, don’t worry if you even fall asleep as it’s perfectly safe to do so – I think I did for a few seconds! They have a brilliant FAQ section on their website, should you have any further queries about the experience.

Once your hour is coming to end, the music will quietly start to play once again. After you step out of your tank, you can have a quick shower once again to rinse your body. Get dressed and pop round to their dedicated area where you can go and blow dry your hair and use the face wipes, face moisturiser, hand cream and bottles of water as provided – how lovely! Now you’re feeling refreshed, you can head on down to their relaxation room where you can sit in a fab massage chair once again, whilst listening to chilled music, watching beautiful scenes on the screen in the room or even sit there and do a spot of colouring in to further relax. Water is provided in this room too and it’s filled with lovely candlelight and plants, perfect!

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

When you’re ready for the real world once again, head back to reception, retrieve your phone from the team and that’s it. You’ll be ready to face anything the outside world throws at you! “Hello world! Hello refreshed new me!” …you’ll be saying!

I honestly can’t recommend this experience enough. As I said earlier, there’s nothing I can compare it to. Total, pure, wholesome relaxation. Our physical and mental wellbeing is so important and we need to take time out to ensure we truly relax and I genuinely personally feel that floatation.life can really help a whole host of people to do exactly that. It’s really worth having a read through their site here: https://floatation.life/ and reading through the benefits of both the experience and the Epsom salts themselves.

The business is family run, and after speaking to the owner I can totally feel how passionate they are about the experience they provide. Why not give their experience a go?

Head on over to the floatation.life website to find out more and book your experience: https://floatation.life/

(This experience was provided to me free of charge, but the views as written above are most definitely my own!)

Festive Finds at intu Milton Keynes

intu invited me along to their fab shopping centre and challenged me to find some amazing Christmas gift ideas for those fashion and beauty loving people in our lives. You can also read about the last challenge I took part in for intu *here*.

Challenge accepted! Here is the task sheet I was handed…

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

First stop was Karen Millen…..oh wow! I completely fell in love with every. single. thing. The store itself is a breath of fresh air – clean, tidy, fresh, spacious, pleasant, it’s a perfect haven away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers walking around. The clothing and accessories are all beautifully hung in colour stories, making it super easy for you to find your favourites. I especially fell in love with their accessories, I genuinely don’t think there was anything I didn’t like!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Chirstmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

 

Here are my fabulous fashion discoveries – perfect for all those fashionistas this Christmas!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

I discovered this beautiful bag and matching purse in store, it’s the perfect size to take you from the working day, through to drinks, dinner (or shopping at intu!) in the evening. I’ve been on the hunt for a Black bag just like this, so maybe this could be the perfect Christmas “treat to self”!? (Saffiano Large Tote £200, Saffiano Foldover Purse £60).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Isn’t this collection of nude accessories just so pretty!? I think my mum would love this shade, so I’d definitely love to gift this to her for Christmas this year. A beautiful colour to take you through from the Christmas season onto the lighter shades of Spring in the coming year – an investment well made! (Quilted bag £135, quilted purse £60, platform sandal £145).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Oh hey there perfect Winter jumper dress! This is the most luxurious fuzzy gorgeous jumper dress ever. It skims beautifully over your hips to create a nice shape, whilst staying slouchy in all the right places to hide a multitude of festive eating and drinking sins. Perfect for finishing off those last bits of Christmas shopping or enjoying lovely drinks at home when you want to feel warm, cosy yet still stylish. (Bouclette Knit Dress £130).
intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Next up, I chose this fun little ensemble from New Look, because, well, I wanted to feel a bit like a princess in this mesh swooshy skirt! I love it! It comes with an underskirt and a longer length pleated mesh layer on the top. With an elasticated waist band, you definitely don’t have to worry about dining out whilst wearing this – win! I paired up the skirt with a comfy black cropped top with frilled detailing. Totally in love with this combo! :) (Black Frill Trim Tank Top £8.99, Grey Mesh Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

…can I just apologise for the state of my hair? I had literally just been indoor skydiving just before taking some of these selfies!

Anyways, let’s talk about this absolute beauty of a dress from TopShop, with it’s super flattering wrap style and fab star print. The dress is textured in a plissé style making it feel super luxe. Isn’t this star print just perfect for the twinkly light loveliness of the festive season!?

Next up I uncovered a few festive beauty gems…

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Bare Minerals is definitely a range I want to discover, I’m yet to try it but I’ve heard many a good thing about their collection of products. I loved the look of this “Let It Glow” gift collection, which consists of Illuminating Mineral Veil® Finishing Powder, Florest Blush in Pink Bloom Shimmer, Mini Well Rested® Face & Eye Brightener and Marvelous Moxie® Lipgloss in Leading Lady. The contents are worth over £62, so this is such a great value gift and a great way to introduce someone who is new to Bare Minerals. (Bare Minerals Let It Glow gift set, Debenhams, £29).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Doesn’t this palette just look amazing!? Imagine this sitting pretty on your dressing table this festive season! This is the new Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette. I think this palette would be a great gift for all our beauty loving family and friends, simply because of the range of shades available. Whether you need a nude colour for the day time or a full on smokey eye look for the evening – this palette has totally got you covered! (Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette, Debenhams, £38.50).
intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Mitlon Keynes Christmas Shopping

Now this one is for all the fun loving and creative friends (or family members!) we have out there. This is the Full Spectrum palette by Urban Decay, a beautiful array of stunning colours. This is perfect for creating a wealth of looks, the creations will be endless with this. Do you know someone who would absolutely love the brightness of this palette? (Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, Debenhams, £43).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

After chatting to the Urban Decay team in Debenhams Milton Keynes, I just had to let you know about this service. If you’re picking up a few bits and pieces from the Urban Decay stand in Debenhams this Christmas, definitely speak to the team about getting your gifts wrapped up in these fab gift boxes! It’s the perfect finish which would light up the face of any Urban Decay fan on Christmas day I’m sure!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

If you read my recent post about the Too Faced Makeup Masterclass I went to in Debenhams (intu Milton Keynes), you’ll know how much I’ve fallen in love with their collection of makeup products. You can read that post *here*. Whilst in the masterclass, I tried out their Melted Matte Lipstick. I was so impressed with the consistency of this lipstick and loved the Cool Girl shade (Child Star looks fab too!). There’s a shade for everyone in the range and I think they’re something a little different from your usual stick style lipstick. A great gift for those lippy loving friends! (Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick, Debenhams, £19).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

Also from the Too Faced collection is the Cocoa Powder Foundation, now, this would definitely be a good “gift to self” in my eyes. I’m after a new powder foundation and I love that this one contains cocoa butter to help hydrate your skin – it even has cocoa powder giving it a lovely light chocolate scent, yummy! (Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, Debenhams, £28).

Do make sure you take in all that intu has to offer. Not only are there some amazing places to buy fashion and beauty gifts like the fab items above. There’s also a lovely Christmas market with fantastic gift ideas and festive foodie treats. Here I am by the Christmas Market (photo as requested by my challenge sheet!) …although I do look a bit windswept and tired (no makeup!) after doing a round of Indoor Skydiving! You can still just about make out the goggle marks on my face, hence a B&W photo…ha! :)

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

There’s also a “Generosity Tree”, where you can take a moment to gift a little something to someone less fortunate than yourself, which I think is such a wonderful idea and I’m so pleased that intu have given us the opportunity to do so.

I hope my post has given you the inspiration you need to get your Christmas gift shopping well under way! Do tweet me @Amanda_Alston and let me know what you find at intu Milton Keynes – I’d love to see your festive finds!

To find out more about intu Milton Keynes, including all the need-to-know information about opening times, how to get there & much more, head over to: http://intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes.

You can also find intu on Twitter here: @intuMK and on Facebook here: intu Milton Keynes – they’re always posting some really fun inspirational ideas.

*Just want to say a big thank you to intu for the fun festive challenge and to the great brands that contributed to the wonderful goodie bag we were gifted too. (Brands that contributed: intu, Karen Millen, Debenhams, Waterstones, Pret and Clinique.)

Merry Christmas all! :)

Too Faced Fall Collection Masterclass Review in Milton Keynes

I was recently invited along to the Too Faced fall (ya know, a.k.a. “Autumn”) collection masterclass in Debenhams (found inside intu Milton Keynes).

The session was based around discovering the brand, their background, who the masterminds are behind it all and uncovering their products for the new season.

All attendees met up with the team at the Too Faced counter in the beauty section and were then led to the upstairs café. The team had cordoned off an area, ready for all the masterclass fun!

Straight away we were offered glasses of Prosecco or orange juice and a yummy biscuit, so who was I to say no to that after a long busy day at work!?

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

We watched a couple of videos to get under the skin of Too Faced cosmetics. One was all about the founders of the brand Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson – who came across as two very lovely and funny people! The second video was all about their head office, which looks absolutely amazing!!

Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you. Before this masterclass, I was a Too Faced virgin (man that sounds bad!) …but it’s true! So this masterclass was perfect for me to completely discover the brand from fresh.

On to the products I loved…

I completely fell in love with the Hangover Face Primer, which is infused with coconut water and not only does it do wonders for your skin…it makes this primer smell amazing as you apply it too! This one went straight on my wish list.

The Retractable Kabuki Brush – now this is such a clever brush! Whether you want a light, medium or heavy coverage with your foundation, this brush can do it all! Just twist the brush to adjust the length of the brisles to adjust your coverage. The brush is suitable with powder, blushers and bronzers – and it’s suitable for vegans too!

Born This Way Concealer…this totally just makes me want to sing it in the style of Lady Gaga… “Baby I was born this way…”. Now I’m not one to wear makeup to work as I’m not ever so keen on wearing makeup every single day on my skin, but, concealer is one thing I do usually have a little dab of each morning to just slightly cover up the odd one or two blemishes. So I definitely had to try this product out and I was really impressed with it. The consistency was lovely and again, the product is infused with coconut water, making it super hydrating. I’ve actually been looking for a cruelty free replacement to replace my current product – so I think this will do the trick nicely!

I’ve only recently tried a few lip colours, I’ve usually been a lip balm and go kinda girl. However, I tried out the Melted Matte Lipstick in the colour “Cool Girl” and oh my! What a colour! I absolutely loved the liquid consistency of this product too. Honestly, this product is definitely worth a try next time you pop by the Too Faced counter. I really want to go back and check out all the different shades.

With a complete collection of makeup products, from the above to mascaras, bronzers, foundation and sooo much more! Too Faced will definitely fulfil all of your makeup wishes!

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Too Faced Masterclass Milton Keynes

Final thoughts on the session…

There were a few team members on hand, ready to show you the new products, how to apply them, share their top tips and to speak to you on a one-on-one basis for any questions you may have.

I found the team to be so approachable, which I feel is really key to ensure that those (like me!) who still have a lot to learn about makeup feel at ease to ask questions and try out products.

One of the best things to note about the range is that it is cruelty free, and as I’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, brands get a big big thumbs up from me when they are – because, shouldn’t all brands be!?

The masterclass was attended by people of all types of skin colour and age, with many of them being big fans of the brand’s existing products. I think this is great to see as it proves the range is accessible and usable for everyone!

The Too Faced team are looking to run more masterclasses in the coming year. So do keep an eye out for tickets at the Too Faced counter, the intu Milton Keynes website or the intu Twitter page.

*intu provided me with a free ticket to review this event, but the views on the masterclass and the products are very much my own :)

Discovering Autumn/Winter Style at Intu Milton Keynes

I’m sorry to break it to you, but summer is over. Yeap, sorry girl. But do you know what!? …that’s okay! …because Autumn/Winter is here and it’s time to get loving layers, deep rich colours and luxe materials.

So light that cinnamon candle, fix up a lovely hot drink, draw the curtains, grab that snuggly blanket and let’s delve into a few awesome finds I’ve discovered at Intu Milton Keynes for the new season.

Last week Intu challenged me and a few other lovely local bloggers with a series of tasks. We had tasks tailored to each one of us to mix things up a little bit!

Task one…

“One of this season’s latest trends is velvet. Think gorgeous deep colours and beautiful draping and you’ve nailed it! Your first task is to head to New Look, H&M and TopShop to find the perfect outfit for a night out with the girls.”

New Look was totally “on it” when it came to this trend and they had a plethora of pieces for you to choose from. If this is your trend this season, I’d highly recommend heading straight there! Dresses, tops, bodies and even accessories have been created with this beautiful material. Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll find in-store right now…

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

I decided to try on a couple of the beautiful velvet dresses in my hunt to find the perfect girls’ night out outfit. These dresses were so comfortable to wear and would look great paired together with some chunky heels and a leather jacket for an edgy look. Or, if you don’t want to go all out in velvet styling, you could just try a velvet choker or backpack (as seen above!).

Here’s a couple of selfies for ya!!

Intu Milton Keynes

This beautiful little number comes in at £29.99 and plays on the choker trend with a choker-look neck band (which is very comfortable against your neck BTW!). This print is stunning and will definitely serve you well for nights out and dare I say “festive” meals as we go deeper into winter time.

Intu Milton Keynes

The second dress I tried on was this black ditsy floral print velvet dress, which is priced at £24.99. This was my favourite of the two, as I loved the way it fitted my body. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it looks so flattering once on, I fell in love – so much so that I went back to the store at the weekend and bought it! This looks perfect with a choker necklace, add some fab chunky boots and a leather-look bag and you’re ready to go.

Now for task two…

“Lush is known for their love of good, natural ingredients to make gorgeous homemade cosmetics. Your second task is to head into Lush and find the perfect winter bath bomb and the perfect winter hair care to combat the cold weather.”

I absolutely love Lush, not only do they create beautiful products that smell divine, but they’re also not afraid to shout about animal cruelty issues and highlight the unnecessary use of animal testing in the beauty world – and for that I highly commend them!

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Now there’s nothing better than a soothing hot bath to warm you up on the colder days is there!? Follow that by snuggling into your PJs for the evening, sofa time, a hot chocolate and life truly is complete.

For the most comforting winter bath this year, I’d highly recommend trying the Twilight bath bomb (£3.75 from Lush). I picked out this particular one for the challenge as it includes delightful ingredients such as lavender, which is widely known for its calming and relaxing properties. A perfect ending to a stressful working day or a great way to relax your body after day of shopping til’ you drop at Intu Milton Keynes!

I just had to take this bath bomb home with me and give it a whirl myself to show you exactly what it’s like. As you can see, from the outside it’s a pink ball of cuteness! Covered with stars and moons!

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

A sweet yet comforting aroma fills your bathroom as Twilight fizzes around your bath, making the water look like a beautiful pink and blue galaxy. The water turns into a stunning shimmery deep purple colour – it’s totally on trend for Autumn/Winter! It was so relaxing to use and felt so lovely and silky against my skin – I love it!

In winter time, our hair can go through a lot of rough and tumble – tying it up in high winds, blow drying and styling for parties, heating drying it out… Thankfully, those awesome people at Lush have come up with a fab little stick of loveliness for our hair. The “damaged” hot oil treatment stick! (£6.50 from Lush). You simply stir the product slowly in hot water to create a lovely creamy product. I’d never spotted these before the other day, so I’m pleased a sales assistant pointed this product out to me. I’m yet to give this a go, but I’m very excited to try it out on my long locks!

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu Milton Keynes

It was so much fun taking part in the #intuMKblogger challenge! I can’t thank them enough for the fun opportunity and the beautiful goodie bag they gave me – thank you Intu!

There are so many great things to discover this new season in the shops at Intu Milton Keynes. Do go and take a peek at the Intu Style Garden which has popped up in the centre too, it has A/W inspiration for the whole family.

Intu Milton Keynes

Intu have also teamed up with fabulous blogger Megan Ellaby to bring you this season’s hottest trends. Do go and watch the video of Megan over on the Intu site here for A/W inspo. She looks great!!

Planning a trip to Intu soon? Click here to visit the Intu Milton Keynes site to find out all the essential information you need and go grab a slice of the Autumn/Winter action!