28 July 2016

Five Reasons Why I Love The Body Shop Vitamin-E Range.

The Body Shop, Vitamin-E, Cleanser, Skincare

ONE
It smells amazing, simple as that. There is just something special about the smell of this range that sends me head over heels for it. The smell instantly relaxes me as soon as I smear my face with the cream cleanser. The cleanser just smells like clean. Its soft, a little floral and reminds me a little of baby powder. The perfect way to revitalize me in the morning and also relax me in the evening.

TWO
It leaves me skin feeling incredible! Theres few cleansers that as soon as I rub them on my face my skin instantly feels nourished and plump. Even on days when I do a quick lazy cleanse and shamefully don't really follow up with anything after a quick cleanse and a cotton pad, it still leaves me skin feeling clean, moisturised and super soft. I just wish i'd used this as a teen instead of those dreaded make up wipes.
THREE
It is not tested on animals. As i’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m slowly transitioning to products that don’t test on animals, replacing my products with cruelty free alternatives as I run out. Luckily this was already in my stash of facial cleansers, so I’m able to carry on using a cleanser I love without having to search high and low for a new one. Although I am currently on the hunt for a new micellar water if anybody has any suggestions.

FOUR
It is pink. Yeah, thats a reason. It looks good on my little skincare shelf in the bathroom, sat next to my Peaches and Clean cleanser by Soap and Glory theres a nice little pink theme going. I know it's a little sad to colour code your cleansers but if you've seen my bookshelf you'll know I find real enjoyment in beautifully organised shelves. Especially those that are colour coded.

FIVE
It is pretty affordable. Now I'm not saying its the cheapest skincare range out there, but its affordable in my books. I wish I was somebody who had the cash to spend £30-£40 on a cleanser but that simply is not possible. I think quite often its easy when you read beauty blogs and watch youtube videos to feel inclined to buy all these 'must have' products and sometimes you can feel a little crappy if you can't afford the newest product that everybody is raving about. 


Do you have a favourite skincare range you'd recommend?
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09 July 2016

Big Changes.


Some exciting things have been happening this week in the world of Alice. I started a Youtube Channel! Yeah, you heard that right, Youtube. I've got to say it's not my first channel, as I started one back in 2012 and uploaded 4 terrible videos filmed on my Macbook pro's photo-booth feature. But lets not talk about those ones. 

I've been considering starting a Youtube channel for a while now and I've finally taken a leap of faith and decided to get off my ass and do it! I've always liked the idea of creating content in a different form than my usual blog post format, but damn that world of Youtube is scary right? All those stories about the hate that can come from there (Guru Gossip I'm looking at you) is quite terrifying for somebody who already lacks confidence. But I finally decided to suck it up and just give it a try, plus I thought me sitting talking to an 'audience' might help me on days when Im off work and feeling a little lonely.



So yes, here is my channel! Just a quick little intro explaining what kind of things to expect (please excuse my awkwardness) but hopefully I'll get a little better as time goes on. I am wanting to film a little 'get to know me' Q&A video soon - so if you have any questions please head over to twitter as I've got a hashtag #askalicechristina where you can send me over any questions.
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08 July 2016

Ninja Burger Launch At No28

Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger

Back at the beginning of June I received an exciting email in my inbox inviting me to the launch of a brand new burger brand called Ninja Burger. I must admit I hadn't really heard much about them and even google couldn't help too much in finding out who they were. But I was curious and the event itself was hosted in my all time favourite bar No28 - where I spent many an evening sipping cocktails with my old university housemates. Luckily I was allowed to bring a plus one, so I grabbed Lee and we headed on down after work. 

We were greeted as we entered by the lovely Cheish who arranged the event and were instantly given glasses of Prosecco to get us started. There was loads of tables set up around the bar so we opted for a little table right by the window, the best spot for lighting as the bar is quite dark and atmospheric - there are no photographs to really do justice on how gorgeous this location is.

Once everybody got settled down with drinks, we were told a little about Ninja-Burger themselves. They're a Newcastle based company who use local North-East suppliers for their burgers, the meat coming from Gosforth and the bread buns from Kingston Park. The beef burgers are a special recipe containing 50% short-rib, 25% chuck and 25% brisket and cooked sous vide - which results in a super succulent burger that melts in your mouth. 

At this point they started bringing out platters of the beef sliders for us all to sample and I quickly grabbed one off the plank as the waitress rushed by. I must admit the burger itself was delicious, super succulent and full of flavour. However our little table got quite forgotten about when it came to service. Many of the larger tables were given platters to share between them where as we ended up with one tiny slider each, so we ended up a little bit hungry in the end.

Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger

Next came the popcorn chicken sliders, which looked amazing! Sadly we didn't get to sample these at all, as the waiter brought them over and let me take a photo, but then took them away again and never brought any back! But from what I've heard they were really tasty so I was quite disappointed I didn't get to eat them. I hate to say this but we were a little disappointed and were getting quite frustrated that our table got ignored, especially as we could see everybody else enjoying them so much. So instead we proceeded to take advantage of the forever flowing Prosecco - which I wouldn't recommend on an empty stomach.

The next part of the evening involved two eating contests for us to enjoy. The first being a spice roulette challenge, where the contestants to turns took pick chicken wings that may or may not have been cooked in chilli sauce made with ghost chilli's. Disappointingly the guys all managed quite well with the spice and even had some hot chilli shots at the end, with nobody crying in pain! I've no idea how they managed it, they must have had iron stomachs.

Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger
Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger

The second challenge was a speed eating test. Where four contestants raced to see who could eat the most burgers in 3 minutes, however the time kept changing as our hilariously entertaining host got a little distracted. The winner ended up eating four burgers in just as many minutes! I have no idea how he did it, but the contests resulted in a really entertaining evening and added a nice touch to the launch night.

Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger
Burger, Food, Newcastle Eats, Ninja Burger

We all found out afterwards that Ninja Burger will be taking a permanent residence at No28, so I'm excited to go back and finally get a chance to try those popcorn chicken burgers everybody has been raving about.
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