21 Jul 2014

SKINCARE: YOU'VE HAD SUGERY?? - SMOOTH SHAPES AT DESTINATION SKIN

Yes, I've had surgery. In fact, I'm not opposed to it, at all. Ok, well what I had was a non-invasive treatment, which means they didn't cut me open. Like most people I have cellulite, in the mildest form. (Thank God) and before I headed to Thailand, I wanted to reduce the appearance of cellulite as much as possible since I was going to be prancing around in bikinis and shorts for 3 weeks. I was interested in the Smooth Shapes treatment, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get one done.

I'm sure you know what cellulite is, but I thought I'd explain a little further.
Cellulite is a dimpling of the skin and appears in areas with underlying fat deposits, giving a lumpy, uneven texture.

Cellulite often appears around the buttocks and thighs, and develops after puberty, and can be caused by many different factors such as:

Hormonal factors - hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.

Genetics - certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.

Diet - people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.

Lifestyle factors - cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Clothing - underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.


Now I know exercise helps to reduce cellulite, but with a week before my trip, I needed something quick and effective, so I headed down to Destination Skin in Knightsbridge and I was introduced to my therapist Tia, who was so lovely, and extremely knowledgeable. I was given a pair of goggles to wear to protect my eyes, and away Tia went with the Smooth Shapes machine. he treatment usually takes about 30 mins. As my cellulite was in it's mildest form I was able to see a difference after one treatment, however 8 treatments twice a week for 4 weeks is recommended. The treatment ranges from £50 - £195 depending on the area.

Usually 8 treatments would cost you £1,295 however at the moment they have 50% off treatments, so you only £647.50. 
Can you see why I was sold on the treatments, I mean look at the before and after pictures.


For more information on Smooth Shapes visit
Destination Skin

18 Jul 2014

BEAUTY: SCHOLL VELVET SMOOTH RANGE

This isn't the sexiest topic on Wande's World, but it may lead to something of that sort if you get my drift. Well, it did for me lol. With the sun showing us more love than usual, it's definitely the time for sandals and flip flops. But the surge of seeing cracked feet everywhere just isn't appealing. To bring more love to the world....well more importantly our feet, I thought I'd share with you the Scholl Velvet Smooth Range.


The range includes the Essential Moisture Day Cream; it's a very rich but easily absorbed cream that I now apply as part of my moisturizing routine. I use every type of moisturizer which include an eye cream, face cream, body cream, hand cream, and now foot cream. Although it sounds like a lot of different creams, I've really seen a difference in my skin, and now I can say that I've been evicted from the ashy feet gang, if ever I was part of it.

The Foot Soak is predominantly a cleansing and soothing soak  which leaves my feet incredibly soft. I do this twice a week, usually Wednesday and Saturday which are my pamper days. It is a typical serum consistency, hence the name so the texture of it is much thinner so absorbs rather rapidly.

Lastly, but by no means least is the Night Mask which is my other favourite product. Its a thick, rich and creamy product that really does remove all trace of dryness and its perfect prep for sandal day the following day. You can use it on your hands, but I feel strange using foot cream on my hand. It's also fine for everyday use. 

Also, if you'd like to get a free pedicure courtesy of Scholl then head down to Westfield White City, London for the Scholl Express Pedi Beach this weekend,  Friday 18th – Sunday 20th July 2014. you'll also be able to meet Abbey Clancy

Availability:

How do you care for your feet?

16 Jul 2014

SPONSORED VIDEO: BENEFITS THEY'RE REAL PUSH UP LINER

I think just about every blogger and their dog uses the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. We’ll I’m guessing it’s because it’s the first lash-hugging waterproof matte gel liner that'll give you a cat eye without fumbling with cotton buds and other cleaning materials.




I’ve heard it’s one of the best liners out there because it doesn’t budge one bit. You do have to work with it quite quickly though, because once it’s dry, girl it’s dry. You could probably wear it to the gym or on a super-hot day and not worry about turning into panda eyes. 

There’s different looks that you can do with the Benefit They’re Real Push up Liner, and if you need a hand, their pinterest page is filled with helpful tips, so you don’t go wrong. Benefit really wanted to prove to you that their liner is their best invention yet, so they did a survey of 32 women after using the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, and found the following:

• 91% said it was long-wearing
• 81% said it was waterproof
• 88% said it hugged the lashline
• 84% said eyes looked visibly larger


It’s proven to work very well with the Benefit They’re Real Mascara, that they launched a little while go which is still getting a lot of traction even. When removing make sure that when you want to remove the liner, use a waterproof makeup remover like the They’re Real Remover which is a creamy gel formula with lifts away the product with tugging on the delicate eye area.


Have you tried the new Benefit They're Real Range?

Sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics

14 Jul 2014

I'M BACK FROM THAILAND + UPDATE

Ok, so I know you are expecting a full blown Thailand blog post and vlog. However I have over 10,000 photos (who knew I could take so many pictures) and 3 hours of footage. So while I'm back and preparing the photos and editing the vlog, I'll update you on all that I was trying to update before I left.


So anywho.... (thinking of where I left off) I've still got to tell you about my stay at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel with the lovely bf.  I also need to share with you my favourite skincare product, and give you an update on my sk:n peels, which are going to be starting back up again. I found the ultimate foot care product, which again, I need to update you on. Your feet will thank me for it. They are so soft now I have to fight off a certain someone from playing with them. 

I've been reading a new book, which has been quite hilarious called Break-Up Recipe; it's not entirely as the name suggests. It's more to do with a guys understanding of relationships. It's hilarious! I'll have more of an update on that when I actually finish the book.

Right now I'm off to an event, which I'll probably be instagramming about.

I'm not sure if you know one of my favourite lenses broke in Thailand, which made me put down my dslr camera altogether. I've ordered a new lens so it should be here in a few days, so hopefully I'll be back to outfit posts again.

I do need your help first though, which post should be next, smooth and sexy feet guide? Or Pestana Chelsea Bridge experience. Do comment, and maybe you'll win something I bought from Thailand.

Next post idea? 
Sexy Feet Guide or My Hotel Experience?

15 Jun 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: PACKING FOR ASIA + LIFE UPDATE




Busy doesn't even come close to describing what the last few weeks have been like. It's actually mental. I've got some fabulous news to tell you. Firstly, I'm now a legitimate driver. I pass my test on 3rd of June which is great. I had the best driving instrutor in the world! Secondly, I'm in a lovely new relationship that I'm super duper happy about. My sweetheart is truly a sweetheart. I'm so happy and loving life at the moment. Lastly, I'm going to Thailand on Tuesday!!!! I've always wanted to go, so I'm going with for my friend Alistar's birthday who you might remember from when I went to Calais in this vlog. There's seven of us going, and I'm going to be vlogging over in my vlog channel.

I've been looking at recipes with eggs, and researching into the calories in eggs. Last week my foodie friend TJ had baked avocado and egg for lunch, it actually was orgasmic. You have to try it, we used this recipe. The bf did feel a little left out though lol. Do you have a foodie friend, that you just get super excited about food with? TJ and I get so excited when cooking together. We made the best salad in the world a few weeks ago at a barbeque that he hosted. It contains strawberries, nuts, avocado, lettuce, olives, feta cheese. It was divine. However serving it to Nigerians who pretty much don't see anything past chicken, they really couldn't appreciate the flavours.

I've been doing a lot of reading, and I don't really talk about my faith or spirituality, but I've just finished reading this gripping book by Cezanne Poetess. It's more to do with her spiritual journey to her freedom. Although it's not all true, I did resonate with a lot of her points. There quite a few point's that I did diasgree with for example her thoughts on Jesus being a metaphor as opposed to a being. Do have a read a let me know what you think.

A friend of mine got injured serious, so it feels like I've been spending my life on the phone with Leo Claims. Thank goodness that they are a fabulous bunch of people and their staff is great. It eases the situation massively.

I'm finally back on iPhone so, there'll be more instagram photos from me again. 

I'll see you in three weeks, when I get back from Thailand.

Thanks for all your support! 


11 Jun 2014

OOTD: GOLDEN GRECIAN

Hey guys, this one's a flying visit of an outfit that I wore to a wedding a few weekends ago. The theme was either, gold, purple, or white (who asks their guest to wear white)? I knew that I'll be eating loads, so this golden Grecian inspired maxi ticked all the boxes. It was a beautiful and simple wedding. Enjoy the pics.













Outfit Details:
 Grecian Pleated Belted Maxi Dress ~ Topshop  (in peach, mauve, and white)
              Sandals ~ New Look (similar, similar, and similar)

Would you wear white to a wedding?

31 May 2014

TRAVEL: LONDON HILTON HOTEL PADDINGTON

A few weeks ago, I went out for a night out in Paddington at Steam Bar. Who knew it was going to turn into a week long stay in  hotels. I've stayed at the Hilton in Newcastle, but never in London so it was a new experience for me, since it was my home town. The room was lovely, clean, and very English but with a modern edge with its design. The bed was super comfortable, hence why we ended up staying a few extra nights because of how comfortable to bed was. 


After the night out a few of us stayed in the room and chilled. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine and champagne. Apparently I was mid conversation, talking, then I just fell asleep, so my friend decided to draw me sleeping. Ha!


We literally slept till late afternoon. As in that how comfy the bed was. We decided to order room service, and I'm sure it's no surprise how much I love salmon. The salmon was well made, and tasty too. As you can see I love me some pepper, so my salmon is usually coated with it.


Considering the fact that we booked the hotel 2 minutes before we entered the club. It was reasonably priced at £130 a night, and we stayed for 3 nights.

For more information, visit:
Hilton Hotels

Would you stay in a hotel after a night out or would you go home?

28 May 2014

BEAUTY: THE BODY SHOP ENGLISH DAWN GARDENIA




The Body shop has set the mood this spring with their latest range, English Dawn White Gardenia collection. The floral scent reminds me of the British countryside. It's completely different to the range that The Body Shop usual release this time of year, but I definitely appreciate this range.

The English Dawn White Gardenia is a fresh floral fragrance with notes of Bergamot, Tuberose, White Gardenia and Sandalwood and I'm sure you all know by now that Body Shop, use ethically sourced ingredients. I wear the fragrance every day and it's new home is my dresser.

The range consists of an Eau De Toilette, Fragrance Mist, Body Lotion and Shower Gel priced from £6.50 to £15.

Sadly The English Dawn White Gardenia collection is limited edition and only available from March to June, so you still have time to get your hands on this collection. They still have it online.

Available
thebodyshop.co.uk

Will you try The Body Shop English Dawn Gardenia collection?

26 May 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: THE PALM BEACH CASINO MAYFAIR & UPDATES

Oh my goodness, my week has actually been chock a block! It has finally started to slow down a little. Thank goodness for that. I had to put my room on hold because 101 other things came up. That's life I guess! With the bargain hunter that I am, I've been looking up outlet stores in the UK. I want to venture out and not be so limited to shopping in London. I've heard great things about London Designer Outlet, so I'll be giving that one a try.  

Speaking of venturing out, I was looking up artists that are in town. I came across Dolly Parton on The O2 website. I know what you're thinking... but when I was much younger, I used to watch Stars In Their Eyes, and people used to perform songs, so I'm, thinking of going to see her live. 

I keep saying that I'm going to post about the hotels I stayed in last week, but there's so many pictures. It's  finally scheduled to go out this week, so be on the lookout. 


A proper update is coming regarding my new room, but a lot has changed since the last post, but after massively getting side tracked. I'm finally on the ball again. Although it's not finished yet, I LOVE getting ready now, due to my amazing new set up.

There are a few new places I've been going to in London. I've already told you about VQ, but another place that I've been loving is Cakes and Shakes in Ilford. They serve deliciously tasty deserts. You guys can see why I've been loving this place, although it's not so great for my tummy.



The second place that I've been loving is Palm Beach Bar. The Palm Beach Bar is situated in London's most stylish spot, Mayfair. It's an intimate lounge bar with a DJ playing the latest music to get you in the mood for your night out. I love this place. It's so chilled, and elegantly decorated.  There is a restaurant and a casino in the venue, but it I mainly go to the lounge area.



Have you tried any new spots lately? 

24 May 2014

FOOD: BLUE ELEPHANT RESTAURANT, CHELSEA

Another date and another food post. I'm sure you can see that my love is looking up, but I'll update you on that in a video. Last week I went to a restaurant that has been on my bucket list for ages. Having a bucket list of restaurants isn't strange is it?  I went to the ever so popular Blue Elephant Restaurant situated in the heart of the newly modernized Imperial Wharf, in Chelsea. 

We were greeted by the elegantantly Thai themed decor that had me lost in its beauty for a few moments before we were taken to our seats. There was a small bowl of crackers already on the table. First things first, drinks! I'm always sold with anything with pineapple and coconut , so I selected the Sweet Solada, a non alcoholic drink with lychee, coconut Cream, apple juice, and pineapple. They were so tasty that I had three. 




Not only was this restaurant on my bucket list, but their tasting menu was, that way I could nibble on a bit of everything. They have two tasting menus: Amazing Thailand and Memories of Siam. My date was sold on the marinated free range chicken, accompanied by the home-made peanut sauce from the starter of Memories of Siam menu, but I was completely sold on the steamed salmon from the Amazing Thailand menu. We decided to go to separate tasting menus, but unfortunately it wasn't an option  as the Amazing Thailand requires a minimum of two people, so we both opted for the Memories of Siam menu. 

After selecting our dishes, we were served with a complimentary Zakouski (appetizer).  The selection gifted from the head was Ma Hor, which was pineapple and sweet turnip with peanuts. The sauce is spicy Tomyam which is a traditional thai soup with lemon grass. 


My date on the other hand went for a bottle of the 2011 Minervois, Famille LĂ©onor, Roussillon, France. Although in the end, I helped him finish the bottle by being served two glasses of wine.



Starter:
Mixed Satay of Free Range Chicken and Bristish Buffalo: Mixed strips of grilled naturally reared British buffalo and marinated free range chicken, accompanied by our home-made peanut sauce and cucumber salad. 

Chef Nooror's Ma Auan: Steamed minced chicken with crab meat and foie Gras - originally created during the reign of King Rama V. Served with a very spicy sauce separately. 

Catfish and Prawn Salad: Catfish and Prawn Salad of crispy catfish and grilled prawn with organic lemongrass and ginger, tossed in a spicy lime dressing.



Tom Kha Chicken: A soup of free range chicken and organic galangal with coconut meat from Thailand.




Fresh Lime Seabass: Steamed fillet seabass flavoured with lemongrass, fresh lime juice and crushed chilli. 
Wild Catch Black Pepper Prawns: Stir-fried with garlic and black pepper, topped with crispy organic lemongrass. 
Tamarind Duck: Slices of marinated duck breast grilled and served rare on a bed of seaweed, topped with exotic sweet & sour tamarind sauce. 
Chicken Panaeng: A rich curry of chicken and coconut milk flavoured with sweet basil
Coconut Rice: Thai “Hom Mali” rice cooked in coconut milk flavoured with Pandanus leaves.


Sodsai and Jasmine Cake: Sodsai is a Thai rice pudding made in coconut with a small piece of jasmine cake,garnished with pomegranate and strawberries.

I loved how they served the bill. It was in a very cute ceramic blue elephant.

Overall I loved the food, it was so tasty, and the fusion of flavours in my mouth with the exceptionally customer focused service, had me leaving with a massive smile on my face, heading back to the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel where I was staying. Oh gosh, I need to tell you about that too, maybe in tomorrows post.

Restaurant Details:
The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Rd, London SW6 2UB
020 7751 3111
www.blueelephant.com

What are your favourite restaurants in London?

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