Handbag Essentials!*

.......with Carmex* and Soap and Glory!


If you read my 'What's In My Handbag Post' you'll already know what I carry around with me but I wanted to talk to you about a couple of things which I ALWAYS carry with me and am always obsessed with! Lip balm and hand cream!



After winning a twitter competition recently I was lucky enough to be sent a mini hand food and heel genius from Soap + Glory. I'm already obsessed with this brand and have previously tried their hand food, so knew I was in for a treat with these two! I have loved using them and have actually bought the full sized of both of these because I love them so much! The smaller sized hand-food meant carrying it around with me was easy enough and meant my hands were always smooth and moisturised! The heel genius worked wonders on my feet and left them smelling great, fully moisturised and wanting more! I love having small versions to try out so I get to know if I love them or not! And who doesn't love Soap + Glory!? (Obviously I don't carry my heel genius around with me, I'm not THAT weird! aha!)


Another handbag essential is lip balm and recently I've been trying out the mango and peach one from Carmex*! I have found it to be moistursing and hydrating on my lips and I love the smell. It comes in a handy squeezy tube which makes getting out the right amount very easy. I love the small compact size, meaning it can fit into the smallest of bags or pockets. I haven't tried anything from Carmex before but I will definitely be re-purchasing once my two tubes have run out!! I love being introduced to new brands and Carmex is definitely a new one to me and one I shall be investigating more in the future!




Have you tried either the Soap and Glory hand cream or heel genius before now?! Which one is your favourite!? Ever tried the Carmex lip balm? Love mango and orange!? Me too! Aha!

(This post also features my new LYDC Bag* which I'll be talking about at a later date!! Stay Tuned!)

Love, Sarah 


*The Carmex Lip Balms were kindly sent to me for review but all opinions are my own ;)

'Meet The Blogger' Series Interview 39

Meet the Blogger!

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)

Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:

Hello Darlings, I’m Emma and I’m from the blog Precious Needs, which is a blog mainly based on fashion and beauty (travel coming very soon). My blog is really new but I am enjoying it so much! I am a qualified Make-up artist, Teacher and Beauty Therapist and I enjoy all things luxurious!

Q2: At what point did you decide to make a Blog and share it with the world??

I have always had a little but of a shopping addiction and a love for the luxury lifestyle and I would share this on my personal social media. My friends and family were messaging me a lot asking for beauty, fashion and make-up advice, so I started the blog to share with them all the tips and tricks I have learnt and also products and fashion that I love. At the moment, my blog is just a hobby that I love and I write one fashion and one beauty post a week (Wednesday’s and Sunday’s).

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all?

I like to write as if I was chatting to you and I like to add a bit of humour and eccentricity. A lot of people that read my blogs say that that is what they love about my blog. They feel like they are there with me, having the same experiences.

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which Bloggers do you emulate?

I love reading luxury fashion blogs and I like reading about how they save for that special purchase. For luxury, my favourite is chouquette.co.uk

I also love travel blogs and the ultimate travel blogger for me is tuulavintage.com so when I’m not saving for those luxury pieces I am saving for a once in a lifetime holiday! (My poor partner!)

For keeping it real blogs, I love thelondoner.me and although her lifestyle definitely isn’t ordinary, she writes and shares pictures like an everyday journal, which I adore!

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline on the Blog which you are particularly excited about?!

I am travelling to some very exciting places this year, so I can’t wait to bring the different fashion to my readers. I love to match my fashion to the destination that I have chosen!

Q6: Does anyone else know about your Blog? What do they think about it??

I have already managed to get quite a lot of readers, which is great! The feedback that I’ve received has been amazing and now I regularly receive help mail, which I love and find really exciting, I like helping people and making them feel better about themselves with the help of beauty or fashion!

Q7: Are you obsessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?!

Eeeer, YES! My favourite is the experimenter because it fills your bath with the most amazing colours and smells amazing!

Q8: Has your Blog helped you in other areas of life?!

My blog has really ignited my passion for fashion, I always loved it but now I am obsessed and that is what I will be doing in my spare time… Guaranteed. It has also made me more conscious in my saving. I want to save more to share some great pieces to share with my readers but because I blog so frequently I always need new materials to write about, so now I have learnt to love the high street bargains as well.

Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?!

My blog is fabulous because my readers are so fabulous, so you guys need to come and join the fabulousness!!!

Q10: Finally, can you recommened anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!)

The Zoeva ‘Naturally Yours’ palette is incredible! It is great value for money and the pigment is amazing. I just wrote a blog all about it if you want more information but as a make-up artist and a tutor, I have shown and used this product a lot and everyone that I have shown this to has LOVED it!

So that concludes our 'Meet the Blogger' for today! Thank You so Much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated!

Please take the time to check out the blog/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc, be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via Writing & Rambling! Thank You!!

The Last Dance by Kierney Scott Promo Blitz

The Last Dance by Kierney Scott Promo Blitz

Blurb: American born Prima Ballerina Georgina Fairly made a mistake that could destroy her. Saving her career means selling her soul to the Russian government. Now a spy who uses her body to lure men and secure their secrets, Georgina is tasked with seducing Roman Zakharov, the most dangerous Oligarch in Russia.

Roman Zakharov a man with a past as ugly as his disfigured face. An assassination attempt left him horribly burned, but the scars go deeper than the frightening exterior. Jaded and cruel, Roman lets Georgina into his world but only to punish her and teach the pretty dancer that no one crosses Roman Zakharov. He will show her what it means to be used. And he will teach her to beg.

Universal Buy Link: https://t.co/iMV8ajGQ12

About the author: American born Kierney Scott, lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her kilt wearing husband and their daughter. When she is not writing, she is reading or drinking tea or spending far too much time on social media. She is fluent in Spanish, and by that she means she knows all the words to La Bamba. She loves hearing from readers. You can contact her on Facebook or Twitter.


Lobster Homeware Apron Review*

Meet The Geraldine Apron!

If you know me, or have had a read of my previous posts on here you'll know that I love to get in the kitchen and whizz up a cake or a batch of cupcakes. To do this successfully I need an apron and not just any apron, oh no, I need a Lobster Apron! 


Featuring integrated oven gloves, a height adjustable neck and a small pocket for mobile phones and tea towel holders this apron is like the swiss army knife for aprons! It has all you could ever need, for you to successfully get creative in the kitchen! I chose this particular one because of the colour! It just stood out to me in their online store and I knew it would brighten up baking time! 


The idea of the removable oven gloves is just fantastic because I'm sure as everyone knows, you put them down for a second but can never remember where and you end up grabbing the tea-towel to get the baking tray out of the oven, and BAM! You end up burning yourself! This has happened too many times to count but with Lobster it is a thing of the past! Secure them to the apron with Velcro and store inside the pockets, or leave them hanging free by the side, safe in the knowledge they're within easy reach when needed. Can also be used as a heat mat once detached, saving counter tops from being scorched and you running around trying to find something to place the hot dish upon! 

The stretchy elastic to which the gloves are attached allows you to easily reach into the oven without being restricted. They can also be hidden behind the apron by undoing the two poppers on the side, allowing you to show off this gorgeous apron in all it's glory. 




Another fabulous feature of Lobster aprons are the poppers on the neck which make it instantly height adjustable, meaning you can have one apron for everyone in the house! Whether you are tall or short, simply move the popper along to the required number and voila! One perfectly sized apron! 


 What I love about this apron ( i mean, apart from EVERYTHING!) is how thick the ties are! All too often they are too thin to get hold of and do up properly and they either end up in a knot you can never untie or are so loose the apron never stays on! Thankfully this is a thing of the past with Lobster as each apron comes with thick belt ties which are guaranteed to never get knotted or come loose. Finally!!


Always losing track of your tea-towels? Can never find it when you need to answer the phone? Two loops for your right or left handed pleasure feature on every apron! Bonus! 

The more I write about this apron, the more I'm loving it! They have thought of everything and really have made their aprons like a swiss army knife! Each of their aprons are made of cotton and have a thick texture which provides security when getting messy in the kitchen, but with the knowledge that it can be thrown into the washer should the worst happen. I feel like this beautiful apron, featuring colours of the Dominican, will last me a lifetime because of the quality of it. Never before have I had such an apron and I feel like there's a whole lot more baking in my future because I now have this apron in my life! 



 This apron retails for £25 and, in my opinion, is worth absolutely every single one of those pennies. It is an investment piece which will serve you well and allow you to fully concentrate on becoming a domestic goddess in the kitchen. (If that's what you want to be of course! It will also make a fashion statement, if that's what you're into!) 

I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new cookbook from The Hummingbird Bakery 'Life Is Sweet' whilst wearing my new apron and seeing what new creations I can come up with! 


Each apron is handmade to order and are all made in the UK and delivery is between £4-£5. An absolute bargain for what you get. So go on, support this British business, help get them off the ground and buy yourself a Lobster Apron today! You will not regret it! 

Have you heard of Lobster before?! What do you think of my new apron? Do let me know!

Love, Sarah

*PR sample but all opinions and photos are all mine!

April Showers and Wedding Flowers Cover Reveal!

April Showers and Wedding Flowers
Lindsey Paley

The wedding cake is baked, the champagne is on ice and the bridesmaid dress is a perfect fit. Everything is ready for Hannah and Archie's wedding at the picture-perfect church in the sleepy village of Aisford in the Lake District.
But if Camille Carter, 'Queen of Culinary Chaos', thought everything would go according to plan for a change, then she was wrong. When tragedy strikes at the Stag Party weekend there's a risk the wedding will have to be called off.
Will Millie team up once again with irritating-but-hunky Fergus McKenzie to untangle the mystery and ensure the wedding of the year goes ahead without a hitch? Or should she leave well alone and return to her little Parisian patisserie to concentrate on her fledgling Afternoon Tea business?
April Showers and Wedding Flowers is sure to delight fans of the Camille Carter series.

Author bio: 
Lindsey Paley is the author of contemporary romance novels and a cosy murder/mystery series set in the English Lake District. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes and indulging in a spot of Afternoon Tea with her friends where a glass of pink fizz is often the highlight. She loves walking in the countryside and is also a keen archer!
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'Meet The Blogger' Series Interview 38

Meet the Blogger!

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)

Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:

Hey! I'm Rachel, a 20 something year old blogger! My blog is mainly beauty based, anything from review products, to wishlists to things I want to share with you which I have bought! Make up and skincare galore!

Book Tour: Nice Day For a White Wedding + Giveaway!

Nice Day for a White Wedding!

Hello again! Another day, another book tour for you! Today I have the pleasure of hosting A.L. Michael for you, with her book 'Nice Day for a White Wedding' which may just be the perfect antidote to wedding season....!

Blurb: Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?


About the author:

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of 'Wine Dark, Sea Blue', 'The Last Word', 'My So Called (Love) Life', 'Driving Home for Christmas', and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now', based upon her experiences as a London barista. 

Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with 'Goodbye Ruby Tuesday' and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she's not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.


A.L. Michael is also putting together an Italian bag of treats for my lucky readers!! Enter now to be in with a chance!!

Thanks for reading and best of luck in the giveaway! Does this book sound like something you'd like to read?!?! Do let me know!!! 

Love, Sarah

Kiehl's Skincare #Review!*

Dreams Come True With Kiehl's! 


This picture proves that dreams do come true!!! Well, in the blogging world anyway! By now I'm sure you're aware that Kiehl's held a #KiehlsBlogs Twitter chat and very kindly gifted those who took part a few of their products to test out and review. And that's exactly what I'm going to do for you here so sit back, grab something chilled and read on!

I have always held Kiehl's in the highest regard and have loved them from afar for as long as I've been a blogger, which is about 4 years! I never thought I would ever get the chance to try any of their products, either through my blog or by purchasing them myself because they are quite expensive and there are better alternatives on the market which I could try instead. So you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to talk to them via twitter and get myself onto their media list, even that made me oh so happy! As I'm sure it would for you, too! I nearly fell off my chair when an email landed in my inbox, wanting confirmation of my address so they could send me a couple of products to test out! :O Incredible......here's what I received!


Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 30. (50ml)

“...with Beech Tree Extract, Jasmine Flower Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate. Visibly lifts, firms and re-texturises skin.”

Another winner! I love the smell of this cream as it has a lavender scent about it which instantly relaxes me so I have been using it at night to help set me up for a good night's sleep. It has the consistency of a night cream but that doesn't mean it sits on top of the skin without sinking in. It simply sinks in after a little time spent rubbing it in which you do with a night cream. Saying this though, you could of course use it as a day cream without it feeling heavy on the skin. The SPF 30 protects you from the sun's harmful rays which we know is all kinds of good! (Find The Best Suncream For You here with my helpful post!) I highly rate this moisturiser if you're looking for a product that could multi-task as both a day and night cream whilst helping to address many visible signs of ageing including loss of bounce and youthful contours, prominent lines and wrinkles, texture imperfections and lacklustre complexion.

Available online here and retails at £49.50

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Moisturiser


With Salicylic Acid and extracts of cinnamon bark and ginger root for oily, blemish-prone skin....Blue astringent herbal lotion, this oil-free moisturiser is absorbed quickly and penetrates pores to help clear blemishes so skin appears healthier. An additional balancing effect allows the formula to mattify skin, reducing the appearance of pores and leaving skin with a matte, hydrated appearance and texture. This non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) formulation helps prevent new blemishes from forming.”

I love this moisturiser! It may look odd because it's blue in colour but don't let that put you off because it works absolute wonders at preventing blemishes from appearing. Whilst I have been using this I swear that I have not had any new spots forming on my chin; which is where they usually collect. This is due to the salicylic acid; which is an important ingredient to look for in products which claim to help prevent blemishes or even get rid of them. This light moisturiser goes on easily, sinking into the skin without delay and allowing me to get on with the rest of my routine. It does not have a weird smell that you have to get used to, so you can use it as liberally as you like without fear that you're going to smell like some sort of weird herb garden all day!

As my skin is now slightly on the drier side, I find that this moisturiser clings to the dry patches, whilst delivering a hit of moisture, much needed by my dehydrated and parched skin! It really nourishes my skin and once applied I know that my skin really appreciates it and I think this moisturiser is the one I've been waiting for, much like the rains in the desert lands of Africa are most welcomed! I also love how well my skin has been behaving and not developing new blemishes!! For me this is amazing because of how my skin has been in the past. If I knew about this years ago, I would definitely have snapped it up!! Thanks Kiehl's!

Available online here and retails at £26.50


Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate (Eye Cream - 15ml)

Clinically demonstrated to noticeably decrease the appearance of crows feet and sub orbital wrinkles. Visibly brightens the eye area and minimizes dark circles.” With 10.5% pure vitamin C and Haloxyl.

This eye cream is quite different to ones I have previously used as it has a different texture, one which feels like it disappears as soon as I rub it in. Whilst this is good, it doesn't feel as hydrating which is what I want from an eye cream as my eye area always feels dry and I notice immediately if I haven't used any! Whilst I am not saying this isn't a good thing, quite the contrary as I'm sure it's just the texture which is confusing me!

After application of this super concentrated eye brightening cream my eye area did feel moisturised and smooth although I can't say for sure if it helped with my dark circles! I would recommend this eye cream though as I definitely enjoyed using it and will continue to finish my little bottle of it. Perhaps I just need to get out of the mindset of eye creams being hydrating to fully enjoy this concentrated version from Kiehl's.

I do like how it comes in a little bottle with a pump which makes application so easy and means you don't accidentally squeeze out too much of the product which can lead to wastage. It is small enough to take away with you and doesn't go over the 100ml limit for flights, which makes it perfect to take on-board to use mid flight.

Can be purchased online here and retails at: £39.00


Kiehl's Creme De Corps Body Lotion (30ml)

Superb all over body moisturiser of superb quality for extremely dry or flaking skin. Enriched with the finest ingredients known to Kiehl's, for a rich, elegant skin texture. Continued use for 10 days will provide a skin texture heretoforee unattainable.”

This body crème is quite thick to what I'm used to, even with the body butters I've used in the past. It was quite hard to squeeze it out of the bottle and I had to use both hands which kind of defeats the point in my opinion! Perhaps this is because it is a small bottle and therefore the mix is quite hard to get out of the smaller hole in the top of the bottle. Aside from this though, the actual body crème sinks in easily enough and leaves my skin soft and moisturised. With the added vitamin C I would say does add that little extra hit of moisturisation that you'd be looking for but if I had to choose between this and say a Body Shop body butter I'd go for the Body Shop one everytime. I'm sad to say this but I just like my body cremes so sink in quickly and easily even if they are slightly on the thicker side. But I wouldn't not recommend it if that is what you like though! It worked well enough but after finishing this bottle it is not one I'll be putting on my wishlist!

Available online here and retails for £8.50




So you can see I had quite a mixed bag with the products from Kiehl's but that doesn't mean I'm turned off the brand, quite the opposite in fact! There are so many products from their line I would like to try, mainly their Midnight Recovery Concentrate Facial Oil and the Daily Reviving Concentrate I love facial oils and have heard so many great reviews that I'll definitely be putting them on my wishlist i.e. my birthday/christmas lists! I would like to once again thank Kiehl's for being so generous as to send me these products to try I have enjoyed them immensely and will definitely be back!

Have you heard of any of these before? Is Kiehl's a brand you'd love to try!? Are their any products I should definitely try that I haven't mentioned?! Please do let me know below! 

Love, Sarah

*denotes PR samples but as usual all opinions and photos here are 100% mine!
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