A very welcome bit of fun and smiles, on what has been a tough couple of weeks.
Its just beautiful isnt it?
The new Filofax Springboard organisers are available in pocket and personal size from May 2013 and are priced £30 – £35.
Filofax, are a fantastic brand, one that I know, love and trust. When I was asked to review a Filofax on the blog that not only looks amazing but was created to raise money for children who are struggling with literacy in the UK, I couldn’t say no.
The colours are bold, and contrasting, in a raspberry and vivid green, and it has two useful pockets on the front and back cover, as well as a black ruler page marker. The organiser comes with extra pages too, which are full of inspiring ideas which make reading, writing, spelling and language development fun and rewarding – a great touch!
£1.50 from the sale of every Springboard organiser will go to the charity Springboard for Children which aims to raise aspiration and attainment of children (in Britain) who are, for whatever reason, left behind in the education system. It will help these children reach their full potential. Its is proven that this kind of one to one tuition offered can change a child’s life. What an amazing organisation, and something very close to my heart.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with Springboard for Children”, says Sharon Golbey, Head of Marketing Services at Filofax. “It’s a natural association for us to support a charity that encourages and helps children to read and write. Springboard is a relatively small charity and we hope our support will help raise awareness of their work and make a real difference to the children they help”.
I hope this campaign is extremely successful, and I will be supporting it in any way I can.
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The beauty department at John Lewis In Nottingham has had a radical Makeover, not only has it introduced new brands but it looks and feels so different. I am incredibly impressed, the whole thing has been done so quickly and without disruption to the shoppers.
Amanda Dammers, managing director of John Lewis Nottingham said:
“This investment will enable us to offer our customers an enticing range of new brands in store and demonstrates our commitment to the local community, having traded here for more than 40 years.
“The refurbishment will also contribute to the vitality of Nottingham city centre to ensure it retains its rightful role as the regional shopping destination of choice.”
Penny, Becky and I were invited to the opening, and were given a guided tour of the department. As ever the staff are passionate and always know their stuff. We were greeted by the lovely Louise (who is the head of Marketing and PR for the store) and the gorgeous Lucy (who you will remember me blogging about before…she is my personal stylist now, don’t you know) later with a glass of champagne. It was a real treat, to listen to Jen from ‘A Little Bird Told Me‘ talk about what her top 5 beauty must haves are, as well a watch a live Bobby Brown Makeover.
There are a few new brands that have been introduced, Aerin being one of them. Really beautiful make-up and skin care range from the granddaughter of Estee Lauder, luxurious but young and fresh, I would describe it as. This is a brand I must try out soon!
Also new to the team is Bare Minerals, also a make-up and skincare range.
As the mineral experts, we believe makeup and skincare should not only make you look good, but they should also be good for your skin. That’s why we started the mineral makeup revolution with our award-winning Original SPF 15 Foundation, and it’s the reason minerals remain an essential part of every innovation that we develop for your skin. Experience the transformative power of bareMinerals.
I know this is a very popular range, and the counter was always busy on the night.
Origins and Benefit have also got gorgeous new beauty areas, both firm favourite with me. Each of the Spa areas has also had a makeover, with a complete refit to the Elemis spa room. It smelt devine, I cant wait to pop back for a facial some time!
Penny and I before we left, decided to take Bobby Brown up on the offer of a 5 minute Instant Make-up refresh.
I am a real liquid liner girl, I have tried everything else but it just doesn’t compare. My Bobbie Brown beauty advisor recommended that I try the gel eyeliner, AND most importantly the correct brush for the job. Well what a revelation, she tweaked also where I applied it, and also recommended that I try a cream blush rather than a powder, adding a little lip glass, and in under 5 minutes I had been Bobby Brown’ed.
Well let me tell you I loved the new look!
The transformation of the beauty department at John Lewis Nottingham, is so impressive, if gives the shopper more access to each of the brands, in the way they have arranges all of the counters, making it feel more accessible to feel and touch products. Well done John Lewis, another triumph!
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Disclaimer : I was not paid to write this post, but was given a goody bag for attending the event.
We were sent 2 packs of Aqua Ears by Cirrus Health Care, and some Ear Planes ear plugs to test out on the blog. We are going to save the Ear Planes, for the next time we are on a plane. But we have been trying the new Aqua Ears – due to be launched in Boots in June, for the last couple of weeks.
Miss N (10) especially, has always had problems with her ears being in water, so much so we had to cancel her swimming lessons. She gets something called swimmers ear, and her ears have a problem draining the water away, and the ear infections that she gets can be very painful. We even have to be careful when she has a bath or shower. So this is why I really wanted to test the Aqua Ears as we really want to use the swimming pool as well whilst we are on holiday in the summer.
Well they have been fantastic, very easy to insert, and they didn’t hurt or fall out, so the ear area remained dry. You can also use them to reduce noise, so great if you are off to a festival this summer! Here is a little about the technology…
Aqua Ears use the same technology as BioEars™, which is one of the best selling products from the world’s leading innovators in ear care, Cirrus Healthcare. BioEars™ are the only earplugs which use ACTIValoe™ a powerful anti-microbial agent, which keeps the earplugs free from the bacteria that can lead to degradation in ordinary earplugs, thus ensuring that the ear canal remains fully protected.The earplugs are easily moulded to the shape of your ear providing a comfortable airtight seal, resulting in your ears being protected from water penetration and harsh noise.
They come in lots of designs, so you will definitely be able to please all ages. They are priced at £4.99 for three pairs and come in a waterproof carry case. Make sure you check out the range in larger boots stores from June.
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