Hello Gorgeous!
Last week I have been invited by Wilkinson Sword to take part in a topiary class lead by a a celebrity florist, Jamie Aston and learn about the new Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini Razor and Quattro Bikini Razor. The event was so lovely and I learnt a great, new skill – topiary!

What is Topiary?
Topiary is the art or practice of clipping scrubs or trees into ornamental shapes. European Topiary dates back to the Roman times. Within the atrium of a Roman house or villa, a place that had formally been quite plain, the art of the topiarius produced a miniature landscape (topos) which might employ the art of stunting trees.
Who is Jamie Aston?
Jamie Aston is a leading florist of his generation, with a unique style and and a great expertise. He is often called upon by the world’s elite names in fashion, film, music and dance. His main floristry school is based in London, and another one just opened in Seoul, South Korea. 

How do you do it?

The trees that we made during the event with my fellow bloggers, were made from scratch by us! We were given a knife, scissors, a Wilkinson Flower pot, wet oasis and dry oasis. The first step was to cut the dry oasis so that it fits in the pot. The wet oasis was then shaped into a ball, and a wire was wrapped around it. It was then very important to precisely push the twig inside the ball (half way) and into the dry oasis. This was then a base for the flower arrangement. Each girl got a set of flowers and she could arrange them anyway she wanted, keeping in mind that the ball should be round and the balanced. After the ball was complete, 3 mosses were available to choose from and they would be placed at the base of the tree.

Is it difficult?
It may seem challenging at first but once you learn the rules and follow them, it is quite easy and very enjoyable! You can make it more difficult by adding more elements to it like moss, twigs and green elements, the beauty of topiary is that you can do whatever you like!

Is it fun?
Yes, it is great fun, and I really enjoyed arranging the flowers. I went to the class prior to my exams and I must admit that this activity was very relaxing and distressing. You can be as creative as you want so the more you experiment the more fun it will be as well. 

Location 
19 George Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3QN

Wilkinson Sword and Topiary 
This lovely event was organised by the Wilkinson Sword to demonstrate the two new products, Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini Razor and Quattro Bikini Razor. It was such a great idea to connect topiary with learning about the management of bikini. I will post a full review of both trimmers as soon as I try them as summer is fast approaching! For now you can check them both at Wilkinson Sword Website.

Ania’s advice:
1. Learn about the magic of flowers
2. Try Topiary 
3. Stay glowing!

Ania 

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Hi there!
I hope spring is treating you well, and that wherever you are in the world, you are getting some sunshine! Being a candle addict, there is nothing better for me as a warm evening gorgeously lit by candle lights. This month I have been trying the candle from Willow and Honey, a British brand owned by three siblings, focusing on making beautiful products and fragrances. All the soy wax candles are handmade, in the heart of English countryside. 


Let me start with the fact that I am a fan of Willow and Honey’s mission statement which is, ‘Lift the mood of every room by creating a range of beautiful products and fragrances which deliver a euphoric and memorable experience’. This mission statement fits in perfectly with the brand and their products, as immediately after lighting the candle, I experienced an improvement in my mood and a feeling of internal calm. 

The scent 
The scent of my candle was Eau Verbena, which is a mix of lemon verbena and lemongrass with a base note of fresh freesia. For me, a scent has power when it brings back memories, and this fresh citrusy smell reminded me of a warm evening in Verona when I was sitting outside, watching a beautiful sunset. When I light the candle, and kept it on for about two hours, the scent filled the whole room and was quite long lasting. 
The design  
My favourite style of interior design is when everything is white, so you can imagine that this candle straight a way found a place in my room and in my heart. The candle is made of milky white glass, as you can see on my photos, so it will fit into any interior style which makes it a perfect gift idea for anyone.
Burn time
Up to 15 hours 
Impressions
If you love candles, and are a fan of beautiful things with beautiful scents, you should give Willow and Honey a go. The products are stunning, so you can always reuse them for makeup brushes or use them as a candle holders. The Verbena candle is perfect for the summer period, and it will make the summer evenings cosy and romantic!

Available from
Willow and honey website, £12.50.
Also available in bigger size

Ania’s advice:
1. Embrace the sunshine
2. Fill your evenings with candles
3. Try Willow and Honey products!
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Ania

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Hello Beautiful!
During the London Health Show I discovered a lovely brand called Fair Squared. As you might have realised from the name, the brand sells fair traded cosmetics. The entire range is licensed and certified by The International Organisations governing Fair Trade, ensuring that the producers get a fair price for the products. I love brands which are trying to give something back to the community and are not purely focused on sales, which is why I think that Fair Squared is a great brand. 


Fair Squared Lime Shower Gel 
I have dry skin, so I am always looking for shower gels which will be hydrating. This shower gel is formulated with olive which helps to moisturise and cleanse the skin. It is also an antioxidant which soothes, rejuvenates the skin and slows down the ageing process.

I used this shower gel daily and came out of the shower with smooth and hydrated skin. I loved using it in the morning as the smell of fresh lime was great in waking me up and preparing me for the day. The smell is light and discreet so you can layer your scents on top when you leave the shower. The packaging is very convenient, as it has a pump, meaning that it won’t spill everywhere which always tends to happen. I would recommend this shower gel to citrus lovers for sure! (Available here, £8.10)

Green Tea Body Butter 
I am a fan of body butters and I use them like they are water! The Green Tea Body Butter, like the Lime shower gel has a very refreshing smell. It is made with fair-trade Shea Butter from Burkina Faso, fair-trade olive oil from Palestine and fair-trade green tea from India. 
It does feel rich and luxurious, as it has a silky texture which sinks into your skin, leaving it smooth and nourished. I would suggest using it in the morning and evening for optimal effect. It comes in 300ml size so it is quite long lasting and efficient. I will last for at least 2-3 months – great value for money!  (Available from Fair Squared Website, £10.52)

The Fair Squared products come in a variety of smells and uses as you can see in the samples above. The next one that is on my list to try is the Olive Hand Soap!
Ania’s advice:
1. Try Fair Squared Products
2. Look for brands with great philosophy
3. Enjoy the sunshine!
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Ania

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Hello Gorgeous!
Spring has finally arrived and with spring a fresh start! I already got rid of my winter clothes and made space for the summer ones 🙂 March has been a lovely month, surprisingly for London, full of sun and warm days. I visited the amazing Brick lane market and the Caledonia Road Flower Market which you must all go and see! I feel that all the products that I loved this month are so refreshing, ideal for spring months.

Quality 1st All In One Sheet Mask 

I got these sheet masks from my parents when they went to Japan. Inside, there are 7 masks which are  very hydrating. I started using sheet masks, after my friend from China showed me her beauty routine, and her skin is perfect. Sheet masks are especially good if you are looking for instant hydration. These sheet masks are great, and they were hydrating, leaving my skin glowing and plumped. I would use them 2-3 times a week to keep my skin looking healthy. I will buy it again as compared to other masks they were more hydrating and more effective as well. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
I always seem to come back to this Toner as it is one of those products that doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight after using. It has a lovely, delicate smell which is suitable for both morning and evening. I use it everyday after double cleansing my skin and before applying my serum and moisturiser. It is suitable for all skin types, but I would recommend it especially for people who suffer from dry skin! This is my third or forth bottle of this toner already and I am still fully satisfied with the results (Available at The Body Shop, £9.50).

 L’Occitane Neroli and Orchidee Body Milk 
One scent that I love to use during spring is L’Occitane Neroli and Orchidee, as it smells of fresh orchids mixed with my favourite ingredient, Neroli. This lotion is quite light, so it is not as hydrating as body butters but I mainly use it for the scent rather than hydration. I would suggest applying it on arms and upper body and layer scents on top of it (Available from, L’Occitane, £54/75ml). 


Lancome Hypnose Doll Mascara 
There is a general belief that often the drugstore mascaras are better than the more expensive ones and sometimes, I must say this is true. However, not this time. This mascara has made my lashes so long and thick I don’t know if I will ever want to change it. The packaging is very chic as well, and it is definitely a luxury product, which unfortunately comes at a price… but sometimes you need to treat yourself 🙂 (Available from Boots, £23.50)

Kneipp Lavender Balancing Herbal Bath 
I rarely take baths due to lack of time, but when I do, I always use something to make it perfect. I adore the smell of fresh Lavender, especially in baths as I find it very relaxing. Lately I tried this bath soak from Kneipp, and it smells divine. I used about half of the bottle for a bath, which turned the water into the  colour of lavender, a light shade of purple. Overall, the scent was long lasting, making the whole bathroom smell beautifully. A hot bath, with tea, candles and this essential oil, is the perfect way to destress and spend a relaxing evening at home (Available from Feelunique, £9.95/100ml).
Ania’s advice:
1. Add a new product to your beauty routine
2. Wear a crazy lipstick or eyeshadow!
3. Enjoy Spring 

Ania

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Hello Stunning! 
So many of my friends have been asking me to recommend them a great scrub, and lately I have been using so many different brands but to be honest with you, the most effective and the best value for money is a coffee scrub which you can make at home. All you need is freshly ground coffee, coconut oil, sugar, coarse sea salt and almond oil (optional).

Ingredients:
1 cup of coffee
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of coarse salt 
5 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of almond oil 
Recipe
Put coconut oil in a glass jar and put it in a microwave until it is in a liquid state. Gradually add the coffee while mixing, then add sugar, salt and almond oil. Mix well and leave it for 1 hour, when it solidifies, I suggest you use a spoon to mash it up so it is easier to use.
Uses 
This coffee scrub can be used as a face scrub as well as body scrub. It has amazing results on face, especially if you have dry skin, and scars or acne, it will reduce the marks and improve your skin’s condition. It can also be used as a body scrub, as it helps to get rid of cellulite and fade stretch marks. I usually use it twice a week and it makes my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.  
 Ania’s advice
1. Make your own coffee scrub 
2. Prepare for summer season 
3. Give me feedback!
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Hello Beautiful 

Once again, Libbie Club is here! This month the box contains products which help you boots your complexion, skin and mood. For those of you who don’t know, Latest in Beauty has launched a Beauty Box for bloggers called the Libbie Club. The bloggers receive special offers especially for their readers, who can buy great quality beauty products for less. The discounted products are available here! Enjoy!

Salon Science Celluluxe Shampoo and Conditioner
This is the first time I tried products from Salon Science and I must say I really like them. Mainly because I have dry hair so I need something hydrating and repairing. The shampoo contains powerful plant stem cells extracts from rare Swiss Apples which reapairs the hair, enhances volume and has antiageing properties as well. 

The products smell amazing! The smell is very fresh with a hint of sweetness from the apples! I was satisfied with both products as they volumised and hydrated my hair, without weighting them down, plus my hair smelt gorgous throughout the day!
SPECIAL OFFER! Free Hair Mask with Shampoo and Conditioner! Save £21!

Elemental Herbology Radiance and Vitality Cell Food

This is my favourite product from the February Libbie Club, it is a real beauty gem. It contains 14 active ingredients, and 6 antioxidants which help to boost radiance and vitality. It is filled with vitamins, proteins and antioxidants which hydrate and revive your skin. The ingredients are 100% natural which is another plus, especially since I am trying to use more and more natural products.

I used this serum twice a day, in the morning before make-up and in the evening before applying my moisturiser. It has a fantastic effect on my skin, I can feel instant hydration, the pores are less visible and the skin is glowing. Best part about it? You only need two drops for the magic to happen 😉

SPECIAL OFFER! Free Cleanser and Night Cream! Save £20!

Scentered Stress Less Therapy Balm 
In the fast paced environment, we are often exposed to stressful situations and we do not have too much time to relax. The balm by Scentered will help you soothe your mind, and ease your tensions.It contains neroli, chamomile and mandarin, but for me the most prominent are the notes of neroli and mandarin, so if you are a fan of those scents, this balm will be ideal for you.
I applied it on the pulse points and temples during stressful moment, before going to sleep or when I simply needed some aromatherapy. The packaging is very convenient and lights so it can be easily carried in a handbag, and used on the go!

Ania’s advice
1. Use a serum everyday
2. Apply conditioner from roots till the ends
3. Buy yourself a Valentine’s gift
x
Ania 

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Hi Stunning!

On the 8th of February Melvita is launching its New Nectar De Roses Hydrating Body Collection. It combines 3 types of blossoming wild roses, featuring the wild rose extract which is known for activating skin hydration. So if you suffer dry skin, and are looking for something gorgeously scented, you are going to love this collection! The range is available on Melvita website.


Wild Roses Eau de Toilette
Let me start with my favourite product from this range. I am absolutely in love with the Eau de Toilette, the scent is very fresh, feminine and subtle. The main ingredients consist of 3 wild roses which come from Drome, Bercors and Chile. The bottle is just the perfect size, and lately it has become my handbag essential, and I always use it on the go. Even thought it is very delicate, the powdery scent is long lasting. Definitely a must have! (Available for, £36).


Nectar de Roses, Rose Petal Shower Gel 

This is a beautifully scented shower gel. The smell is light and it stays on the skin for a little bit after you shower. I really liked its texture as it is quite thick but when mixed with water, it transforms into foam. Thanks to the gorgeous scent, you will feel like you are in a garden full of roses. (Available for, £13).
Nectar de Roses, Hydrating Body Veil, 
When I started to use this I thought it will be very light and slightly hydrating, but it is actually very hydrating. It is quite runny and it absorbs into the skin quickly so you don’t need to wait for 20 minutes before getting dressed. Like the shower gel, it has a stunning smell of rose, which is very light and not dominating. The body veil is enriched with Rose Floral water, and it provides instant hydration, keeping your skin moisturised throughout day or night! (Available for, £15).

Nectar de 3 Roses 

This balm can be used for lips, dry skin, cuticles and even hair ends to provide instant hydration. The scent of this balm is very light, as it is enriched with the Shea Butter which is known for its nourishing and repairing properties. As the name suggests, it consists of 3 Roses: Canina Rose, which stimulates the circulation and moisture, Gallica rose, known for regenerating properties and Mosqueta rose which hold the moisture in your skin cells. 
I really like this product as it is hydrating, smells fantastic (I know, I am so repetitive!) and the packaging is beautiful! And who doesn’t love a multipurpose product? It is convenient, saves space in your bag an just makes life so much easier (Available for, £10).

Ania’s advice
1. Get this range as a Valentines gift
2. Do try the Eau de Toilette 
3. Get ready for spring! 

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Ania

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Hello Stunning!

It is time for favourites once again! This month I decided to focus on skincare, healthy eating and sports which you probably realised by looking at my favourites. This month I also attended the London Health Show which inspired me to focus on my health and wellbeing, as external beauty is in fact the reflection of inner health. 

Beuti Skincare, Beauty Sleep Elixir  
This January I have been using this new Beauty Sleep Elixir from Beuti Skincare. First of all lets all take a moment admiring the packaging, it is so cute and gorgeous! It is a 100% natural product, containing 98% organic oils. It contains 14 precious plant oils which support the skin barrier, fight inflammaging, and counteract irritation as well as inflammation. The oils are well known for their anti-oxidant properties, which support the skin barrier.

I usually applied this product in the evening after I cleansed my face, and followed with a moisturiser to supply my skin with all the precious nutrients, minerals, vitamins and omega 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9. After the night treatment I woke up with a hydrated and glowing skin. What I liked about this product is that it was 100% natural so I knew that it is healthy and good for my skin.

Since the serum is made of oils it does have an oily texture but it absorbs into the skin quite quickly.  I also tried it as a base for makeup and it did a pretty good job, but you need to ensure you don’t put too much as  you can end up with an oily skin! You can use it in the evening as a serum, blemish treatment and for brightening the skin. Available from Beauti Skincare Website (Price, £40)


Skin and Tonic London Steam Clean 
I always come back to the cleansing balms during the winter months, as they are hydrating and the routine is very relaxing. This month, I have been using the balm from Skin and Tonic, a British, organic brand. It has a minty, eucalyptus smell which has a calming effect on your body and mind. 
I think the best way to use a cleansing balm is to massage it into the skin, then add a little bit of water to melt the makeup and dirt then following with a hot muslim cloth, removing all the grime. I like to treat it as an evening ritual, always enjoying the aromatherapy, and the hot towel. Available from Skin and Tonic Website (Price, £27)
Greenfrog Botanic Geranium and Peppermint Botanical Wash 
As you all know, I LOVE herbal scents, especially geranium and peppermint so this soap has taken a special place in my bathroom. It is made with soapberries from the Himalayan Mountains, which are also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat eczema and dry, sensitive skin. They are non invasive, so they will not affect the Ph of your skin. I do have dry skin so if a product is unsuitable my skin will be itchy, 
I found the Botanical hand wash to be very nourishing and hydrating, leaving my skin soft and clean.  It contains aloe vera, which has soothing effect, peppermint oil which has a cooling as well as refreshing effect and calming geranium oil. I used this hand wash few times a day, and found to be different to the other products available on the market, which do tend to dry out my skin. What I also like about this brand, is that it is eco-friendly and 100% vegan. The products are biodegradable, parabens and SLS free, and do not contain harmful chemicals. The hand wash is a great bathroom essential and it is available on Greenfrog website, (Price, £7.40) 

Toni and Guy  Guy Wave Memoriser 
Lately I am a fan of messy hair look. I love the ‘out of bed’ style, messy waves or ponytails so when I saw this in Boots I decided to give it a go. My hair is naturally quite wavy but I don’t like to use mousse as it sticks them together and they look terrible so I was hoping this will enhance my waves.
I was quite surprised by the results, it made my hair super wavy, giving my hair this ‘surfer look’. It does not stick your hair together, but smoothes the frizz and enhances the waves. I love the packaging, especially that it is purple and the gorgeous scent of this product. Available in Boots, (Price, £7.49)

Sunsoul 
This is a new brand that I discovered during the London Health Show and I am happy to say that a healthy energy drink has finally arrived. As many of you, I am quite busy and often I do need to just keep going. I cannot drink all those sugary, drinks with taurine as they simply make me feel like I am about to have a heart attack and I feel worse than when I am tired. 
I know I don’t normally write about non beauty products but this definitely deserves a mention. The Sunsoul drinks are designed for women. They are low in calories (only 84) per can, and they are made with 100% natural ingredients such as Guarana, kola nut and baobab which give you energy without nasty effects on your body. They taste amazing as well, my favourite so far is the Raspberry and Elderflower, but you can also get them in flavours like Spiced Mango and Pineapple or Lime and Lemon. 

Ania’s advice:
1. Find exercise you will love
2. Eat healthy!
3. Make smoothies *-* 
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Ania

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Hello Everyone!
I have some exciting news to share with you today! I have been thinking about this for a while and I finally filmed my first video featuring Empties:) Please let me know what you think and what you would like to see next. Enjoy!

Ania
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