Thursday, 25 November 2010

Duvet covers for your feet?! Well, Big Brother's Craig Phillips loves them

Big Brother 1 winner Craig loves Heat Holders socks
I love the summer and HATE the winter.
It's not that I don't like seeing crisp white snow layered upon every surface outdoors - I do. I just hate having to drag myself through the centimetres of thick snow and then arriving at work with freezing cold feet of which, no matter how hard I try, do not get warm again!

So, I was thrilled when the Sock Shop contacted me in regards to their new range of Heat Holders Thermal Socks. 
I was told the socks can keep your feet seven times warmer than normal cotton socks. When I first heard this I was a little sceptical but thought there was no harm in trying them. 

I received two pairs of the socks - one long length and suitable for wearing with wellies and the other best suited to shorter boots. They both came in pretty pink girly colours, which I was very happy about, but the most interesting part is they both have a tog rating of 2.34. 

As soon as slipped the socks on to my feet I was amazed. Honestly it is like wearing a foot duvet!
I have never EVER come across socks that are so comfortable. 

I know it's not snowing everywhere - yet - but it has gotten quite cold these last few weeks, so I have worn the socks pretty much daily (when I have had boots on) to work. While in the house, I haven't even bothered to wear slippers, there is just no point when you have socks on which are that good!

A spokeswoman for the Sock Shop said: "Heat Holders provide a practical and economical alternative to layering socks. The intense brushing process each sock has been through holds warm air close to the skin, keeping feet warmer for longer. The long pile cushioning adds comfort and support where feet need it the most. Their gentle grip prevents rubbing or discomfort that may be experienced from a sock with a lower tog rating."
She added: "Heat Holders provide a perfect solution to the snow day blues.  No longer will family snowball fights in the garden be plagued by cold feet."

Available in a variety of different colours Heat Holders, suitable for men, women and children, start at around £4.99.
The socks are perfect and can be used time and time again.
As they are so thick my only criticism is you can't wear them with certain boots and shoes - I couldn't get my feet into one pair of boots the other day. But just do what I did - change your boots and be warm!
With Christmas just weeks away a pair of Heat Holders will make a brilliant stocking filler so visit the Heat Holders website and get yours now.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Elemis Eau De Parfum Exotic review

The second fragrance from spa and skincare brand Elemis, loved by celebrities Sienna Miller and Emma Bunton, is Elemis Eau De Parfum Exotic.
After trying Elemis' first fragrance Eau De Parfum, after its launch in spring this year, I was eager to try the second creation from this well-known brand.
Described by Elemis as "intoxicating, sensual, mysterious and exotic" I decided to try out the perfume to see if it was indeed those things - although if i'm honest I really don't know how a perfume can be mysterious!
Upon using the product for the very first time, my initial thoughts were that of a overwhelming floral scent.
As an avid fan of Chanel No.5, which has a delicately light flower feminine fragrance, I found Elemis Exotic had a smell which was maybe a bit too powerful for my liking.
It is the type of perfume you smell on people when they walk pass you on the street and you can still smell it minutes later!
However, after an hour or so when the smell was less powerful, the fragrance - which combines ylang, ylang with sandalwood, tuberose, frankincense and jasmine - was a lot nicer and quite traditional but not old fashioned.

Noella Gabriel, Director of Treatment and Product Development at Elemis, said she was thrilled about the new perfume addition.
She said: "Following the debut Eau de Parfum I am excited to introduce a second scent that encapsulates the ‘exotic’ discovery phase within Elemis’ 20 year journey. The combination is a deep fragrance with a heady mystery and a powerful effect on your mood.”
For me as a 27-year-old woman, I personally wouldn't put Elemis Eau De Parfum Exotic in my top 10 list of favourite perfumes, but I'm sure women in their 40s and above would love the traditional, powerful smelling scent. 
I really loved the packaging and the purple pouch that comes with the perfume as it is really stylish and also means the bottle can pop into your bag neatly. 
For those who would love to try Elemis Eau De Parfum Exotic, it costs £35 for a 28 ml bottle.
It is available to buy from, Elemis spas and salons nationwide and at Elemis counters at selected Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Selfridges' stores.