Joules Competition: Design a Pair of Wellies!

Hey everyone! 

It's definitely that time of year when the wellies and jackets come out and we all get a bit muddy! Nowadays wellies are much more fun and aren't just plain old green, you can get them in all sorts of colours and designs. 

Bella Italia: Norwich's Italian Sibling*

If you're a lover of Italian food then you would have heard of the popular restaurant chain, Bella Italia. They have recently had a few refurbishments including Norwich's Red Lion Street branch! They put £60,000 into it and the work has really paid off. The restaurant used to be quite dark and crowded but since it's new lease of life, its light airy and very cool. 

Norwich Bloggers Event #3: Make-Over Tutorials with Charlie Long

So, most of you may of attended the Norwich Bloggers event back in August. It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed themselves which is nice to see! We (Hannah & Justine) decided to host a third event but honed in on beauty bloggers specifically this time. We chose Aroma Bar/Cafe which is in Tombland in Norwich. It's such a cute and quirky place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a bad ass cocktail. 

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lashes: Are They Worth It?*

Hi everyone, 

Since I can remember I have always used Rimmel mascara, it's affordable and it works. However, when I was given the Younqiue Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lashes* to try I wanted to see if it was up to the task of beating my trusty Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara. 

Hair-O-Scope: What Your Star Sign Says About Your Hair!

Hi Everyone, 

I am a bit of sceptic when it comes to horoscopes, I sometimes think they are a load of rubbish, but when I found Madison Reed's Hair-O-Scope I was intrigued as to what it had to say about my hair!

Madison Reed are a hair colour brand who sell hair care products and colours which help maintain healthy and radiant hair! A lot of their hair colours are packed full of good ingredients such as Argan oil, Keratin and Ginseng Root.

Okay, so now you know a little bit about the brand, let's take a look at my hair-o-scope...

I can't believe how spot on this is! I know lions have crazy manes sometimes, so maybe that's where they got my hair-o-scope from but it's exactly how I have my hair if i'm going on a night out. 

My general routine is to give my hair a quick blast with the hair dryer making it damp. I then spray on some Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray and let my hair do its thing! It goes naturally wavy and wild, so this hair-o-scope is so bang on it's crazy! Who'd have thought it?! 

If you would like to find out your hair-o-scope simply click here and it will take you straight to their blog all about it! 

Whilst on the Madison Reed website I also discovered Colour Advisor page which helps you determine what colour is best for your hair! You can check this out here. 

Thanks for reading - let me know what your hair-o-scope says and if it's true to your normal hair routine!

Barry Alan Hair Salon: The Perfect Place for A Blow Dry!

Hi everyone, 

I have had quite a busy week in terms of blogging, I've had the pleasure of dining at Wagamama, testing out some beautiful cleansers by Bee Good as well as getting my hair blow dried at the Barry Alan Salon in Norwich. 

I'm not usually one for making my hair look half decent, most mornings I don't even brush my hair before I head to work (bad I know). When I was contacted by Barry Alan Salon to give one of their blow dries a try I jumped at the chance. I like it when other people do my hair and make it look glamorous, as I am just awful! 

Let me tell you a little bit about the new blow dry service the salon is offering:

The 'Express Blow Dry Bar' is designed for individuals or groups to feel pampered and come out feeling a million bucks but without the hefty price tag! This is the first blow dry bar of its kind in Norwich and:
'aims to fulfil the demands of the busy modern woman by providing a well-designed, luxurious experience in order for her to have beautiful styling that enables her to maintain the quality of her hair in between cut and colour.'

As soon as I walked into the salon I was instantly impressed. The decor is beautiful and is deceptively huge inside! Spread over two floors, Barry Alan is a spacious, airy and simply delightful salon to be in. 

I was greeted by Lydia, she would be transforming my hair into something fabulous and I couldn't wait!

Lydia took my jacket, sat me down and took me through a few options I could go for. We decided on a beach wave look, I believe the exact name of my blow dry was called 'Wrap It'. All of their blow dries are £15 and take around 45 minutes to complete which is plenty enough time to relax and enjoy my JUG of squash!

(the biscuits were good too...)

Lydia started off by washing my hair and giving me one of the best head massages of my life! I could of sat there for hours! She was telling me how she recently went to Sassoon for a week in London, it sounded like she had an amazing experience!

I was then taken downstairs to start the magical process of the express blow dry.

Lydia was such an enthusiastic person who you can tell really has a passion for hairdressing. She has such a fantastic talent and quite frankly i'm envious of her! She was also rocking some serious Vivienne Westwood jewellery, girls got style!

As Lydia was working her magic, she was talking me through the various products she was using on my hair. All the products they use are Barry Alan products and are cruelty free, woohoo! I was a big fan of the Elements hair product, this was similar to a leave in conditioner but without the greasy/shiny aftermath! 

Just a few of the products available to buy in the salon. 

So, after 45 minutes of Lydia doing her thing this is how my hair turned out!

I was so happy with the outcome and think the Express Blow Dry Bar is such a brilliant idea. It is great for groups of ladies for a hen do, night out, birthday,or whatever you fancy! They also provide your group with bubbles too which is a lovely touch to the whole experience. As the blow dries are only £15 they are great for students too! 

If you would like to get yourself booked in to their blow dry bar, you can contact them here. Also, feel free to follow them on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!

What do you think of my blow dry do? Have you used Barry Alan before? What did you think of your experience? Please leave your comments below :)

Thanks for reading!

Wagamama's: A Delightful Eating Experience

Hi guys, 

One of the great things I love about my blog is that it is so varied, only last week I was writing about nail polishes and cleansers and today I am writing about my amazing experience at my local Wagamama. 

I love food as much as the next guy, but Wagamama has always had a special place in my heart. Asian food is always a delight to eat due to the aromatic and flavoursome dishes you can choose from, but sometimes it's nice to go to a restaurant and enjoy the whole experience rather than order from your nearest take-away. 

Myself and my boyfriend headed to Wagamama last Friday for a feast and this is how we got on...

Firstly, the service was impeccable. The staff were very welcoming and friendly which is exactly what you want to see at a restaurant, so 10/10 for that folks! A lot of people I have spoken to find Wagamama a giant canteen but I enjoy the way the restaurant is laid out, it's clean crisp and efficient. 

My boyfriend went straight in with a Kirin Ichiban beer, a traditional Japanese beer founded in 1885. My boyfriend described it as a high quality lager (Mick isn't a fan of lager, he's an ale man!) so top points for that. I on the other hand had to settle for a diet Coke as I was the designated driver!

We wanted to try a few dishes we hadn't had before, so I ordered the Pad Thai with chicken and prawns with a side order of steamed chicken Gyoza's (sorry Slimming World). I was too hungry and forgot to take a photo of my steam chicken Gyoza, but they are dumplings which are served with a dipping sauce. They are extremely tasty and aren't a rich and heavy dish due to them being steamed which I liked. 

Mick had the duck Gyoza:

As you can see these have been deep fried, I had a taste and was pleasantly surprised of how much duck was in one little dumpling. They are quite rich, especially with the hoisin sauce added but they were very moorish.

He just could not wait to get them in his mouth!

Wagamama has always served up Japanese dishes since it opened in 1992 but recently they have introduced some Thai dishes too. I think this is a nice touch as it gives the menu even more variety than it already has! 

Mick delved into the Beef Massaman Curry, a mild Thai curry dish. This dish is made up of beef, sweet potato, shiitake mushrooms, aubergine, massaman curry sauce and steamed rice. If you are a lover of curry without a huge kick of spice then this would be ideal for you. 

I asked Mick what he thought of the curry and this is what he said:

"The shiitake mushrooms had a strong flavour and came in pretty big chunks. The beef was nicely cooked, very tender and fragrant. There was a mix of different chillies in there so every mouthful was a bit different. It was a nice blend with the flavours. I also loved the sweet potatoes as they are always delicious."

I had the wonderful Pad Thai with Chicken and Prawns, classically known for being a street food in Thailand. This wonderful dish was jam packed with ingredients, including, tamarind sauce, egg, beansprouts, leeks, chillies, shallots and peanuts. 

The initial mouthful was crunchy from the peanuts and you were hit straight in the face with a multitude of different flavours. Every mouthful seemed to change from the previous one, in one dish I experienced sweet, spicy and fragrant mouthfuls of spring onion, leeks and beansprouts. I can't handle chillies very well so I had to take them out unfortunately but it was delicious none the less!

I didn't leave a trace!

A lot of people don't know that Wagamama also sell desserts - I knew they existed but never had space to try one. On this occasion my stomach decided to make some room for the third course!

We were recommended to try the Banana Katsu which is 'banana in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream', according Wagamama's website. I was a little dubious trying this as I wasn't sure on the idea of deep fried banana! As soon as it touched my lips I was sold. It has got to be one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. The salted caramel ice cream was so creamy and perfect for someone who has a sweet tooth! The banana fritters just melt in your mouth, I could of eaten it three times over (sorry Slimming World...again).

Above is the mixed Mochi Ice Cream, raspberry, toasted sesame and coconut flavour! This is a very popular dish with the Asian community and apparently order it as a starter, pretty cool! The outside is made of sticky rice aka mochi and the filling is the ice cream. 

They are slippery little things but stay true to their flavour! 

As I am a huge fan of herbal teas, I finished our dinner off with a palette cleansing green tea.

If you have never tried Wagamama's before then I highly recommend it, there is something for everyone and the staff are incredible! 

*This was a review opportunity courtesy of Wagamama.

Thanks for reading!

Have you ever been to Wagamama before? What did you try? Leave your comments below!

Bee Good Cleanser Review

Hi everybody, 

Before I start my blog post can I ask everyone a question? Who else is really excited by the fact it is nearly autumn? I absolutely love autumn, it's my favourite time of year! 

Today's blog is focusing on two fabulous cleansers from the UK based brand Bee Good, a premium skincare company who use British bee ingredients.  One of the cleansers I received is from my Norwich Bloggers goody bag and the other one I was given as a treat, thanks Bee Good! 

( top left: Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing water// right: Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser)

This is a 30ml product (travel size) which I received in my Norwich Blogger goody bag. It comes with a cute little muslin cloth to wash the cleanser off and has won various awards! Any beauty product that smells as good as this one is fine with me; it's also super moisturising which comes from wild flower honey, crambe oil and British Propolis ( known for healing and antimicrobial properties)

I have been using this product during the evenings and have been very happy with the way it makes my skin feel. The last thing you want is to wash your face and it ends up feeling dry and tight; this isn't the case with the Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser.

I was very grateful to receive the Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water, it's perfect for those of you who are in a hurry and need an effective way of getting rid of make-up and impurities. 

I have been using the cleansing water day and night and have found it very gentle on my skin. One of the big pluses about this cleanser is that it is easy on the eyes due to its mild formula of British wild flower honey, propolis, red algae and wild water mint. 

I'm not going to lie, this is one of the best things to use if you are exhausted from a hangover! You can literally grab some cotton wool and wipe off last nights face! Then it is up to you if you can handle putting on some moisturiser :) haha. 

This is a very refreshing cleanser and would highly recommend it! 

By purchasing these products you are supporting British beekeepers, giving something back and keeping your skin looking beautiful, it's a win win situation! All products are free from nasties such as parabens, synthetic colours and mineral oil. 

If you like the sound of these cleansers you can purchase them from the following places:

Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave a comment! 

Exposed and Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish Review

Hi everyone, 

As you know, the goody bag from the latest Norwich Bloggers event was pretty epic and is still taking me a while to work through! I recently tried out the Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish* as well as the Exposed nail polish* too! 

I wanted to go for an autumnal look and thought these two shades go perfectly together. The Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish is in 'Mica' and only took two coats to create a solid colour. The Exposed nail polish is called 'Champagne Rain' and took quite a few more coats due to it being a glitter polish but looked fantastic once it had dried. 

I love painting my ring finger a different colour to the rest of my nails! Gold was definitely a good choice. 

These are both very reasonably priced: Crabtree & Evelyn £6, Exposed £3.95. You can buy both of them online however, the Exposed nail polish can be purchased at Just Essentials in Norwich! 

Thanks for reading!

A Students Guide To Norwich's Nightlife

If you got the grades you had hoped for then I imagine you are getting yourself all packed and ready to move to your chosen university. This is exciting times for you and you should make the most of it as the working world can sometimes suck!

Norwich is one of the best cities in England and that's not just me being biased, it's the truth. If you are heading to Norwich to study at the UEA, Norwich University of the Arts, or City College then you are going to need to read this important guide to help you find the best bars/pubs to drink at.

I'm going to tell you right away that this guide is going to be based on good places to eat, drink and have a good time. It may be seen as a 'tunnel visioned' opinion but, one night down Prince of Wales Road and you will understand why I haven't mentioned any bars or clubs down there.

So, let's get started:

If you are someone who likes to just sit and chat over a coffee or glass of wine then there are quite a few places dotted around the city that will be of interest to you. 

(image source: Frank's Bar Website)

Frank's Bar: A cozy little treasure tucked down Bedford Street. Frank's Bar is a superb place to go for a coffee and cake during the day, or if you prefer to come out at night, this place is open until midnight (Tuesday-Thursday) and 2.30am (Friday and Saturdays) - The food served here is some of the nicest food you will ever encounter in Norwich. The notorious Frank's Platter is ideal for those who like to share their food ( I know it's not for everyone) which consists of hummus, mixed breads, olives and oil & balsamic. They also do breakfast, brunch, tapas and mouth watering dinners. Frank's Bar has vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options which is great as some places can be a bit tight with variety.

* They also do great movie nights here too, find out more via their Facebook page.

(image source: The Bicycle Shop Facebook)

The Bicycle Shop: Situated on the ever so trendy St Benedicts Street, The Bicycle Shop is an uber hipster place to be. Believe it or not but the name of this bar wasn't just plucked out of the air, it was a bicycle shop for 82 years and so they carried on the theme. You can't really miss this place, they have intricate and highly detailed window displays -  even if you pop in for a coffee, you will have a great experience. They serve breakfast, tapas and dinner as well as host numerous gigs and events ( you can see the upcoming events here.)

My favourite part of the Bicycle Shop is the downstairs bar, it is super comfy and has a real chilled out vibe than. I highly recommend you try this place out! Follow them on Facebook.

(image source: The Birdcage Facebook)

The Birdcage: This is a very popular pub right in the heart of the city. You can find The Birdcage down Pottergate, opposite the notorious Grosvenor Fish Bar. Grab yourself a pint, order yourself some fish and chips from over the road and soak up the atmosphere. The Birdcage has a good vibe and a cute cat which you will see lazing around the bar. If you like, cocktails, good beers, dj's, open mic nights, speed dating and board games, then this is the place for you. Follow The Birdcage on Facebook  and Twitter.

(image source: The Playhouse Bar Facebook)

The Playhouse Bar: If you are going to NUA then this will be your local watering hole - this bar is a stones throw away from the university and is bloody fantastic. I have been going to The Playhouse since I can remember, many good times have been spent here including seeing James Acaster perform at the Playhouse Theatre which the bar is attached to. Although it's not the biggest bar in the world, you can make it work. There are sofas scattered around as well as ample outside seating which looks out onto the river. They sell a great range of beers and their house doubles aren't too expensive either!

If you want to grab a table then I suggest you get there early ( straight after uni preferably!) Over the weekend they have some great DJ's on and one thing I must remind you all to do... look at the ceiling.  .. you'll know what I mean when you see it.  Follow this wonderful bar on Facebook  and Twitter.

(image source: St Andrew Brew House Facebook)

St Andrew Brew House: What once was Delaney's ( an Irish bar)  this hot spot is now the face of the St Andrew Brew House. This is a relatively new pub and is perfect for those of you who love your ales. You will see the magic happen right before your eyes as the pub is also the brewery of their own delicious pints. If you are an ale fanatic, then their tours of the brewery might be something to look into!

For those of you who like to follow sport then this is also a great place to watch your favourite team, recently they have been showing rugby and tennis, so if that's something that takes your fancy then pop in. St Andrew Brew House also host live music and have a great menu if you're feeling a bit peckish.

I visited this pub only a few weeks ago and really enjoyed myself, I would highly recommend this place! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

(image source: Aroma's Facebook)

Aroma: If coffee and/or cocktails are your thing then the Aroma on Upper King Street is the place for you. Aroma is split into two sections, the downstairs cafe and the upstairs bar, both perfect in their own way! Indulge in a pastry and a hot coffee from 7.30am or if you want to start your evening with cocktails then head to their bar which is open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. ( the cafe is also open until midnight at the weekends.)

This is such a lovely bar and is very chilled. I spent an evening here playing cards and drinking cocktails, oh yeah, and it's table service which is awesome. In terms of prices, an Americano is £1.90, a toasted ham, egg and cheese muffin is £2.95 and cocktails vary in price ( not too expensive though!)

SIDE NOTE: Myself and two other bloggers, Justine Pendrill and Hannah Roberts are hosting a beauty bloggers event at this venue on October 19th. If you are a blogger studying in Norwich, hit us up on Twitter ( @Norwich_Blogger) for future events.

Follow these guys on Twitter and Facebook.

(image source: Gonzo's Tea Room Facebook)

Gonzo's Tea Room: If you are one for dancing then Gonzo's Tea Room is a good shout. This is a very compact bar\club and has recently been renovated to look the tits. I want to say they are open in the day, but I'm not sure, the best thing would be to find out through their Facebook page! This used to be a place where people who have made it 3am come to party but now it's a little less like that, you will catch people coming in here around 10/11pm and finding a nice spot to sit and relax until you want to get your disco feet on.

Gonzo's Tea Room hosts a wide range of nights including comedy nights and live music over the course of the week. The inside of the Gonzo's is really something, back in the day it was nowhere near as cool as what it is today. It has scrubbed up very nicely and is one of the most popular places to go for a night out in Norwich.

They do a great range of cocktails, beers and spirits, so there is something for everyone. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest events and updates.

There are many other bars and clubs to visit but these are some of the best around to get you started. Let me know if you venture to any of these venues and send me your opinions! 

Welcome to Norwich peeps!