Women of the World Festival

Here at the Amazing Blog, we love to hear about the powerful things women can do and advocate for women to become their strongest selves. Therefore we are delighted for the return of WOW - the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in London.

The festival is designed to champion gender equality, celebrating the wonderful achievements of women all over the world. The event started in 2010 and has since grown into a global gathering of people who come together to inspire women and girls everywhere. Although its base is in London, the festival will be hosting events in other locations such as Cambridge, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Australia, Iceland, New York, Sydney, and Egypt.

Over these next few days, you will be able to hear from influential and diverse speakers, take part in mentoring and workshop sessions, and see some of the greatest female comedians, musicians, performers, and writers around.

We know that this year's WOW Festival will be fantastic, and past incarnations of the festival have included speakers such as Annie Lennox, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, Sandi Toksvig, Grayson Perry, and Gordon Brown. There are various events that you can buy tickets for, such as 'Louder Voices', a project where women over 60 can take part in a singing course, and 'Polari', celebrating LGBT women's writing.

We are sure that you'll be able to find something special to take part in at this year's Women of the World Festival. It is taking place from the 7th - 12th of March, and you can buy day and weekend passes, as well as one-off events here.

 

Cleansing Balm - Love Grove Essentials

It's always exciting at The Amazing Blog to receive products from brands that had previously been unknown to us. So we are delighted to share with you today Love Grove Essentials. We are so glad to have been introduced to them as they have a brilliant range of natural and handmade skincare, all of which are designed to support you through the various stages of life. There's something for everyone with Love Grove Essentials as all of the products are made from wholesome ingredients that let your natural radiance shine through.


We were lucky enough to try Love Grove Essential's excellent Cleansing Balm. Ideal for all skin types, the balm is full of natural ingredients such as apricot oil and shea butter which helps to cleanse and boost natural radiance. The formula has been created to completely remove and dissolve make-up and grime leaving your skin looking and feeling cleaner, softer, and more refreshed. The lemon and geranium essential oils in the balm deeply cleanse and help to balance your complexion.

The balancing nature of the Cleansing Balm means that it's excellent at hydrating drier skins whilst also helping to even out combination to oilier skin types. To use the cleansing balm take an amount, about the same size as a 5-pence coin, and massage onto a dry face until liquid. Remove the cleanser with a warm damp cloth. An alternative suggestion would be to leave the balm on the face for 5 minutes after massaging it in, so that it acts as a hydrating and cleansing mask, before removing with a damp cloth.

Love Grove Essentials are committed to managing their business responsibly, and they are clear about their natural ingredients and the sustainability of their process. Since the products are all handmade, they are ultra-potent with fresh ingredients that benefit the skin. We love that this brand uses such high-quality ingredients and that their products promote skin health, well-being, as well as help protect the future of our planet.

 

Embrace handmade natural skincare with Love Grove Essential's Cleansing Balm here for £37.

Fruit Jerky - Snact.

We hate waste at The Amazing Blog, which is why we love the concept behind Snact. The Snact founders wanted to create a delicious alternative to chocolate and crisps that would also contribute to sustainability. Buying fruit that would otherwise have been thrown away and making their packaging 100% compostoble, Snact has created these delicious, healthy and environmentally friendly treatsthat we were lucky enough to try. Snacts are a chewy and flavoursome fruit jerky made from 100% blended and dried fruit.  They are also vegan and gluten free! Snact's are available in a variety of fruit bursting flavours, our favourite was the Apple, Blueberry and Banana! Not only do they make the best late afternoon pick me up, but we love that with every 65 calorie packet we're also helping the environment and sticking to our diets. Snacts are everything we love, delicious, healthy and good for the environment! So if you are looking for some 'snactivism' to get behind, you can purchase a pack fo five sachet's a here for £4.50.

We hate waste at The Amazing Blog, which is why we love the concept behind Snact. The Snact founders wanted to create a delicious alternative to chocolate and crisps that would also contribute to sustainability. Buying fruit that would otherwise have been thrown away and making their packaging 100% compostoble, Snact has created these delicious, healthy and environmentally friendly treatsthat we were lucky enough to try.

Snacts are a chewy and flavoursome fruit jerky made from 100% blended and dried fruit.  They are also vegan and gluten free! Snact's are available in a variety of fruit bursting flavours, our favourite was the Apple, Blueberry and Banana! Not only do they make the best late afternoon pick me up, but we love that with every 65 calorie packet we're also helping the environment and sticking to our diets.

Snacts are everything we love, delicious, healthy and good for the environment! So if you are looking for some 'snactivism' to get behind, you can purchase a pack fo five sachet's a here for £4.50.

Collagen Masks- Beauty Pro

With the regular cold and gloomy weather, it's tough trying to persuade yourself to go out, and it's the same here at The Amazing Blog. We love spending nights in, and what's better than relaxing with a face mask? That's where Beauty Pro’s Collagen Face Masks come in.

Beauty Pro have developed a wonderful line of products to help your skin recover and recuperate this Winter. We tried the Rejuvenating and Brightening Collagen Masks, and were impressed with their effectiveness at livening up our complexions. Both are suitable for all skin types and have an anti-ageing formula. The Rejuvenating Mask has green tea extract and works to re-balance oily T-zones, hydrate dry areas and diminish fine lines as well as wrinkles. The Brightening Mask is the same in design, however the Vitamin C within the formula works to brighten the complexion and improve the elasticity of the skin.

The lightweight masks are really easy to use and the soft sheets are slightly scented but not overpowering, allowing you to relax for 15 minutes before taking them off. We loved how soft and smooth the masks left our skin and we particularly noticed a renewed vitality with the Brightening Mask.


Get the glow in time for Spring with Beauty Pro’s Collagen masks, at £2.45 each.

 

Apple Green Tea, Rooibos Choc Cinnamon - Piacha

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Here at The Amazing Blog offices we love our tea time, and lately we've been enjoying some great blends from the artisan tea bar and shop Piacha. They sent us some samples in the form of a lovely envelop (as you can see on the picture) and our favourites were the Apple Green Tea and the Rooibos Choc Cinnamon.

The Apple Green Tea blends Chinese green tea, known for its high level of antioxidants, with sweet apple pieces and cinnamon. What we liked the most about it was its refreshing taste mixed with the slight spiciness of the cinnamon. We used 2 to 3 teaspoons per mug and waited a little bit before pouring boiling water directly onto the leaves, as Piacha suggests, since this can make the green tea go bitter.

Our next favourite, the Rooibos Choc Cinnamon, blends the caffeine-free rooibos with cocoa shells, cinnamon and cardamom. We love to have this one with milk as we feel it works perfectly with its 'chai' flavour and the sweet aftertaste of cocoa and vanilla.

For the perfect 'tea experience' go check what Piacha has to offer. You can purchase their Apple Green Tea here or their Rooibos Choc Cinnamon here for £6.90 each.