Two weeks ago a few local bloggers and I were kindly invited along to the launch of Beauty Temple Mapperley. Beauty Temple already have an established beauty salon in Nottingham city centre but have recently branched out to the quaint area of Mapperley, and I was intrigued to see what the brand new salon had to offer.

Upon entering the salon I was greeted warmly and offered glittery cocktails and mini cupcakes (both which tasted great). There was also a DJ playing, adding to the atmosphere, and a choice of canapes. The salon itself was also very pretty, the decor akin to ones you see plastered all over your favourite Pinterest boards. The salon is large in size with various spaces and rooms dedicated to various treatments.

Each of us bloggers got to choose from a range of beauty treatments to try, options including makeup, nail and hair services. I decided to opt for glitter station makeup, as it's a look I've admired on others but hadn't been brave enough to attempt to recreate myself. I was a bit apprehensive about how it'd turn out on me, but I ended up being in love with how it looked!

I also watched as some bloggers opted for getting streaks of colour in their hair courtesy of Milk_Shake - a hair brand which provides a simple way to add a pop of semi-permanent colour to the hair. The finished result looked great on everyone who had it done.

Beauty Temple Mapperley offer many lavish services at very reasonable prices. These include the Bottomless Proscecco Blow Dry (only £35), the Rose Garden Hand Treatment, the Chelsea Blow Dry (if you fancy having your hair emulate Kate Middleton's signature hairstyle), a Champagne Nail Bar and much, much more.

They also provide all the classic services such as lash enhancements, massage and body treatments, makeovers, facials, St Tropez tanning and male friendly services, to name a few.

If you're looking for a place to host a birthday party, hen-do or girls night you can take advantage of Beauty Temple's Royal Gathering packages. Bridal packages and children's party packages are also available.

A huge thank you to everyone at Beauty Temple Mapperley! I really enjoyed spending an evening at the salon and hope to visit again in the future to try some of the many amazing treatments.

Click here to check out Beauty Temple's website!

Amani x

Beauty Temple Mapperley

11 Aug 2017

Jamberry is a beauty brand that provides a simple, at-home solution to professional nail looks - in the form of nail wraps which can simply be stuck onto the nail.

Jamberry has tons of extremely cute and trendy nail designs to choose from on their site - from Coachella inspired nails to galaxy designs, to some more sophisticated and demure nail looks. There is definitely no shortage of enviable nail wraps available in their catalog (I kind of want them all). 

Lucky for me I was kindly sent over some samples by Claire at Jamberry, to try out for myself!

I received five different nails styles in the post. I first tested the water by trying only one of the styles on each ring finger, amongst loosely matching painted nails. After a few days I then decided to switch things up and wore the remaining four altogether, alongside a painted thumb to tie together the colour scheme. Even though each nail wrap I was given differed, I actually thought they looked pretty cute together. My favourite design out of the five was definitely New World; I loved the pale pink/purple water colour effect and the geometric design.

As these were samples the wraps didn't all fit my nails perfectly. But when you purchase your Jamberry nails you receive a range of sizes (and then some), so you'll be able to choose the perfect fit for each finger nail.

The application process is really simple too. All you need to do is cut your chosen wrap to the length of your fingernail, apply a bit of heat to the sticky side of the wrap, stick the wrap to your nail, trim to match your nail perfectly, and then finally apply pressure so the wrap is nicely secured to your nail. I found the process quite fun, especially once I got to see the end result.

Jamberry state that their wraps last for well over 7 days, and from my experience with them that does appear to be the case!

Jamberry nail wraps are a great option for me as I don't really like false nails - I find them too clunky. But Jamberry provides a more relaxed and lightweight way to experiment with different nail designs, which I really appreciate. And with so many pretty designs available I definitely see myself purchasing more nail wraps from them in the future. 

Click here to have a browse of Jamberry's UK shop. You can also join Claire's Jamberry Facebook group here.

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Amani x 

Jamberry Nail Wraps

31 Jul 2017

I was kindly tagged by Karishma from This Adventure Of Mine to answer 25 questions about myself. Here are my answers to those questions!

1. What's your middle name? I have two; Azadeh & Ruth. One is from my Iranian side of the family and other from my American side (named after my grandmother).

2. What was your favourite subject at school? I think this definitely varied over the years. In secondary school I remember enjoying media, in college (before university) I definitely really enjoyed English literature.

3. What's your favourite drink? Non alcoholic? Slightly random but I am obsessed with elderflower cordial. Alcoholic? I usually drink vodka because it doesn't have much of a taste and can blend well into other drinks!

4. What's your favourite song at the moment? The last few months my favourite song has been Taro by Alt J. It's an amazing song!

5. What's your favourite food? I struggle to answer this because there's loads of foods that I love. To give a safe answer I'll say pizza. I think it's universally accepted that pizza is amazing.

6. What's the last thing you bought? The last thing I bought was a packet of popcorn! But if we're talking more exciting purchases then I bought a few clothing items recently. This mesh top from H&M is one of my favourites out of those purchases.

7. What's your favourite book of all time? I have so many! To name a few; To Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs Dalloway, The Thirteenth Tale, The Accident Season, I Capture the Castle, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the Night World Series.

8. Favourite colour? To wear, definitely black. But colours that I just like to look at are dusty pink and duck egg/pale blue.

9. Do you have any pets? Unfortunately I do not. But I would love to have a dog.

10. Favourite perfume? At the moment I really like 'First Love' by The Library of Fragrance (it smells of flowers and Love Hearts).

11. Favourite holiday? There have been a few good ones. But the one that stands out is when I travelled the U.S. for nearly a month.

12. Are you married? Nope! *sad face*

13. Have you been out of the country, if so how many times? Maybe around a dozen times?

14. Do you speak any other languages? I understand Farsi.

15. How many siblings do you have? One (half) sister whom I only got to meet for the first time last year!

16. What is your favourite shop? For clothes, H&M and Forever 21. I also like a lot of alternative online clothing shops, like Disturbia.

17. Favourite restaurant? I honestly can't choose, it depends on what I feel like eating at the time. And there's so many good ones.

18. When was the last time you cried? I think I actually cried yesterday. Oh dear.

19. Favourite blog? Okay, these 'favourite' questions are going to be really hard for me, because I'm very indecisive and love a lot of things. For this I'll go with Sprinkle of Glitter as it's one of the first blogs that I remember getting into.

20. Favourite movie? Once again I have a bunch. Some of my favourites are The Dark Knight, Inception, Requiem for a Dream, Shawshank Redemption, Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd

21. Favourite tv shows? Lost is my all time favourite TV show. I like a lot of sci-fi and fantasy shows.

22. PC or Mac? For the moment, PC. But I'm considering switching over in the near future!

23. What phone do you have? iPhone 5 (I think it's a 5?).

24. How tall are you? 5 ft 5.5!

25. Can you cook? I like to think I can, but I also don't experiment with cooking as much as I should. It's something I want to do more of.

Thanks once again Karishma! I hope those reading have found out a few things about me that they didn't know before. And I now tag Beauty and the Bird, Motherhood Diaries, Cocktails and Cats, Crazy Little Thing Called LoveWoman in Progress and The Mamma Fairy to answer these same questions!

Amani x 

25 Things About Me

12 Jul 2017

As you may have seen in my previous post, I was recently given the chance to try out recipe subscription service Gousto. And today I'm back reviewing yet another food subscription box. This time I was kindly sent a box from Everdine - a high end food subscription service that provides an easy solution to clean eating. The subscription box contains a selection of what are essentially ready meals, except they are fresh and healthy and are simply kept in the freezer to preserve the freshness. All you need to do is pop your meal into the microwave, and then within minutes you have in front of you a healthy and tasty meal.

Using Everdine's site you are able to choose either 8 or 12 meals from a varied menu, with there also being a 'veggie' subscription option. The only issue I found was that a lot of the meals that were available when I ordered contained nuts or fish, both things that I'm allergic too, which meant my options were a bit limited. But luckily you are able to repeat meals that you like when ordering.

You can choose how often you get your Everdine subscription, be it every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

I ordered 2x Coconut Katsu Chicken, 2x Lemon & Pepper Chicken, 2x Pulled Beef Ragu Spaghetti, 1x Parsnip & Paneer Curry and 1x Smoky Chicken Fajitas. The meals arrived on the allocated day in a large box which contained the aesthetically packaged meals, as well as an Everdine tote bag and info regarding my chosen menu. As with Gousto, ice packs lined the food containers to preserve them. 

The meals turned out to be improvised takes on original dishes, containing added healthy ingredients such as kale, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and celery paste. Some of the meals I really, really liked, whilst others I found weren't quite as good. But I'm a fairly fussy eater so it's not really a surprise. I'm sure those who are into superfoods and enjoy spaghetti made out of vegetables would enjoy it all.

Some of the dishes can also be very light. which can be either a good or a bad thing. The lighter meals can make for a good lunch, or for dinner if you don't have many remaining calories come the end of the day (a common issue in my life).

As Everdine's food is high quality the pricing is a bit on the higher end, with the 8 meal box coming to £55 and the 12 meal box at £77. Though this may sound like loads it works out to just over £6 per meal, not too dissimilar from a meal you could find in Marks & Spencer. 

Overall I enjoyed Everdine. It's a very convenient way to eat well. I appreciated the fact that it forced me to eat healthily by containing so many added nutrients, as that's something I often fail to do!

Click here for £25 off your first Everdine box!

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Amani x

Everdine | Clean Eating Subscription Box

12 Jun 2017

Gousto is a subscription service that delivers meal ingredients and recipes to your door. I had been intrigued by Gousto for a while, and lucky for me I was kindly sent over a Gousto box to try out in exchange for a review. 

Via the Gousto website you are able to select and order the meals that you would like to make. There is a variety of cuisines to choose from and the meals change up every week. Though if you order too late the more popular meals can run out, which is unfortunately what happened in my case, meaning I wasn't able to get my first choices. The meals I did end up selecting were Lemon Pepper Chicken & Rosemary Potatoes and Greek Chicken & Feta Bake. 

A Gousto box is large in size and packed with fresh ingredients. The box also contains ice packs, meaning that your food will be fresh for up to 24 hours without being refrigerated, in case you miss your delivery and your box is left with a neighbour. The food came separated by storage type. A large, wooden spoon was also included, which was a nice little extra.

My Gousto box, as selected by me, contained 2 servings of 2 meals. And there was about a 5-day window for the meals to be made before expiration. As I was only cooking for myself I was able to have the 2 meals twice. The full price of these meals, had I have paid, would have come to around £27. I believe this is a good deal, especially considering the high quality of ingredients that I received. 

The first meal that I tried out was the Lemon Pepper Chicken & Rosemary Potatoes. I was worried this would be a bit bland, but it was the opposite; I was actually really surprised at how great it turned out. Both the chicken and potatoes were really tasty and fragrant. In the future I will be sure to use the rosemary potatoes recipe again in particular.

My second recipe - the Greek Chicken & Feta Bake - didn't turn out as good. I felt it was a bit undercooked; the feta and potatoes weren't baked as well as they should have been within the suggested time. But it's possible that this was my error and not theirs, as I was rushing on this occasion! I unfortunately wasn't able to try out the meal for a second time, as some stuff came up for me and I didn't manage to cook again until after the last batch of chicken had expired. This was a bit annoying as I hate wasting food. So if you do try Gousto make sure you're in a position to be at home enough to make the meals within a few days of receiving your box.

I generally had a really good experience with Gousto and am likely to order from them again. It's a fun and efficient way to implement cooking from scratch, and one of the two meals I had was amazing and I imagine others will be too. Saying that, I will hold off getting a subscription until after I graduate, when I will hopefully have a more consistent income. Even though Gousto is great value for money it's still slightly out of my student budget!

If you would like to try out Gousto for yourself you can get £20 off your 1st and 2nd orders using the code: TORNADO.

Have you tried Gousto? What do you think?

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Amani x 

Trying Out Gousto

16 May 2017

Last week I attended a Southern Comfort Masterclass; one of the many events that were put on by Nottingham Loves Cocktails, as part of the week-long cocktail festival.

The masterclass was held at Nottingham's Das Kino. I had surprisingly never set foot in Das Kino beforehand, despite having always heard good things about it. Das Kino is a bar and restaurant which serves a great range of food and houses a few ping pong tables to boot. And the atmosphere inside the place is awesome. It's dark yet pleasantly lit with neon lights and signage; an electric Americana vibe.

In case you didn't know, Southern Comfort is a whisky based drink that 'packs a hug rather than a punch'; the presence of fruits and spices mellowing done the traditional whisky taste. During the masterclass we learnt about the history of the drink, as well as some history about New Orleans (where the drink was created) and its vibrant drinking culture.

We also participated in a taste test involving Southern Comfort at different levels of strength. Then, as our fourth and final drink of the night, we were given a Southern Comfort, dairy and egg white based cocktail. And here we were all able to join in on the cocktail making experience by each having a go at shaking the mixture; thorough shaking was apparently integral in this case. Despite being apprehensive when it came to tasting the drink - due to the ingredients - it actually tasted really good!

Finally, in a welcome continuation of the Southern Comfort themed night, Das Kino provided us with chicken wings made with Southern Comfort. And they were suitably amazing.

Many thanks to the people at Southern Comfort and Das Kino! 

Amani x

Southern Comfort Masterclass

4 May 2017

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