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    Personalised ClaireaBella Jute Bag Review

    I was very lucky to recently be gifted with a fabulous ClaireaBella jute bag.  These are wonderful jute bags which are hand painted in the UK with generous amounts of glitter and sparkling Swarovski elements.  They feature a character which you can personalise to look most like yourself by choosing an eye colour, skin colour, hair colour, length and style and even an outfit!  The website is so fab it even lets you preview your chosen design before you purchase to ensure you are happy with it.  You can add a name, business name or even short message to the bag too.

    Personalised ClaireaBella Jute Bag Review

    Personalised ClaireaBella Jute Bag Review

    I chose a purple outfit, long dark hair, natural tone skin and blue eyes.  I excitedly awaited my ClaireaBella arrival!

    The bag arrived quickly and came in a pink mailing bag via a courier service meaning the bag reached me in the finest condition.  As soon as I opened the bag I was instantly impressed.  The bags look even better in real life and are even more sparkly.

    Personalised ClaireaBella Jute Bag Review

    I will most definitely be taking my dazzling ClaireaBella on my next shopping trip.  Using a jute is a much more eco-friendly way to shop rather than wasting carriers from the stores.  This personalised ClaireaBella jute is also much more glamorous!

    You may have spotted ClaireaBella on TV as they are featured in two national TV adverts regularly shown on E4, MTV, E! and Viva.  ClaireaBella has many celebrity fans too including Amy Childs, Michelle Keegan, Kelly Brook, Tess Daly and Una Healy.  They have all been spotted out and about with their very own personalised jutes.

    So how did the ClaireaBella brand come to be?  It was started by a lady called Claire who wanted to raise some extra money for her family.  Claire is a mum of five and had a job working in the police force too.  She never dreamt the brand would grow so considerably and it is now the bestselling personalised fashion bag in the UK.  This is an amazing story and a fabulous brand to support and watch grow.

     Personalised ClaireaBella Jute Bag Review

    The bags are available from www.toxicfox.co.uk/claireabella where they also stock a whole range of personalised products.

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  2. Review: Polka Dot Beauty Salon in Cheltenham

    In August I decided to download the Groupon app and see what it was all about.  I’m very glad I did as there was an offer for a 30 minute aromatherapy massage and 30 minute reflexology for just £18 at a new beauty salon in Cheltenham.  This deal was just too fantastic to miss so I instantly purchased a Groupon voucher and soon booked my appointment time.  I had both treatments back in September and returned last Saturday for a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage with a mini manicure afterwards.

    Polka Dot Beauty Cheltenham Massage Beauty Salon

    Sally, the salon owner, is just lovely.  She’s warm, friendly and greeted me both times with a fantastic huge smile.  Her presence is so welcoming I feel like I’ve known her for years.  I instantly felt comfortable and relaxed at the salon.   Sally has the perfect personality for making you feel at ease which is just what is needed for such personal treatments.

    As the massage began we chatted away and caught up on what’s been happening since our last appointment.  I was impressed Sally remembered some things I’d said which shows she really listened and took interest in what I had to say.  After a few minutes of talking I thought I’d better be quiet and relax; the whole point of booking the treatment!  So I closed my eyes, listened to the totally soothing music and imagined as best I could lying on a magnificent desert island away from life’s daily stresses.  Although the massage was only 30 minutes I felt like I was lying there much longer which is always a bonus.  Sally worked on some knots in my shoulders which always seem to build up and make me feel tense.  My shoulders felt much more relaxed afterwards and I didn’t feel so hunched up.  As for my mind, I felt completely chilled which was of course the desired effect.

    The salon is located at the top of the Cheltenham High Street.  I was a little worried the hustle and bustle outside would be a distraction but I didn’t even notice it.  The room is adequately darkened, pleasant relaxing tunes are playing and Sally’s massaging technique is so wonderful you can truly escape reality.

    Polka Dot Beauty Cheltenham Massage Beauty Salon

    I’d decided to treat myself to a mini manicure afterwards as my nails were horrific.  I have a great fear of pushing my cuticles back myself and just can’t seem to manage to do it.  My partner tried to give it a go once but I was too freaked out he was going to hurt me so that was a failure too.  I’d definitely rather someone professional do it who knows what they are doing! 

    The mini manicure was a great success and really tidied up my cuticles, sides of nails, hang nails and actual nails themselves.  They look so much neater and healthier already.  Sally added lots of nourishing solutions and added a layer of base coat which gave them an excellent shine also.  My nails were shockingly short; I’d not realised how soon my appointment was and naughtily bit them all off last week.  I have promised to grow them so there is more length to work with next time to be shaped and polished.  I’m not sure you want to see a photo of my silly short nails at the moment so I’ll take one next time when they are longer and more feminine!  Sally ensured I was happy with the results before finishing up and I definitely was.  They really did look a billion times better!

    I’ve already booked again for December and plan to have a treatment every six to eight weeks after this.  I think it’s a good idea to relax and de-stress regularly whilst giving any tired muscles some much needed TLC.  I’m incredibly glad I started going for massages this year as they seem to be the perfect remedy for soothing my body and mind.  If you are local to Cheltenham I highly recommend Polka Dot Beauty for fantastic customer service and totally wonderful treatments.

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  3. The Best Natural Tension Headache Cure

    I rarely suffer from headaches which I put down to drinking copious amounts of water every day.  Apparently 90% of headaches are caused by dehydration.  If I did ever feel one coming a pint of water would usually do the trick.  Not yesterday.  My head really hurt at the sides and in the middle and it felt tight.  I was pretty sure this was a tension headache from lack of sleep (I work late and rise early) and slight work stress.  Ouch.  Headaches are not fun.  Moving around was seemingly making it worse but I was at work last night and my job is rather active.  I’m not a big fan of taking pills so unless I am in excruciating pain I would rather try something a more natural remedy.  Tiger Balm was exactly what I needed and off I popped to purchase some.

    The Best Tension Headache Cure | Tiger Balm White Ointment

    Ooh this stuff is just totally amazing.  Using my fingertips I rubbed a generous scoop onto each of my temples.  Even this motion started to relax my head.  After around thirty seconds my temples started cooling from the menthol.  I find the minty menthol smell very soothing and this in itself started to cool my headache and the pain began to ease.  I applied a second lot after one hour and then my headache was forgotten about after this.

    I would definitely recommend reaching for some Tiger Balm next time you have a tension headache.  The jar is around £4-£5 and it lasts a few years.  For me this stuff really is a miracle cure for any overtired/stress/emotionally caused headaches.  It eases the pain whilst relaxing and soothing the head and mind.  A real bargain that actually works and is totally natural too!

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