Underbelly Festival

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Every city welcomes the unique, eccentric and unconventional. London is especially no stranger to this. The Amazing Blog appreciates the unusual and fun events that the city puts on, and this programme is no exception. Over the past decade, the Southbank has hosted the Underbelly Festival, and it’s back this summer for another wild experience. Until the end of September, you can purchase tickets to attend live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment

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Join the live entertainment this month, accompanied by international food and drink, right on the banks of the Thames. Prepare to have your mind blown, according to Time Out, with the showgirls of the House of Burlesque. The provocative performance will have you singing and dancing along with their soundtrack and sing-alongs. Come and celebrate their 7th year performing on the Southbank!  On until 27th September, you can purchase a ticket here for £21.00. The show lasts about 80 minutes.

After you’ve witnessed the revolutionary movement of the House of Burlesque, attend Europe’s most prestigious Burlesque competition, Burlesque Idol 2018. In its 9th year, the competition has produced starlets from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Paris and America. At the event, guests will be greeted by showgirls and given a ballot to vote on their favourite contestant. Help the judges pick the next Burlesque Idol by purchasing tickets here for £21.00.

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Next up on the lineup, is cabaret with The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret and Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique. For one night only, on the 19th September, the talented group, Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret will be performing. Tickets can be purchased here from £21.00. Don’t miss out on headliners such as Ray Gelato and the Giants who have played for H.M. Queen, Sir Paul McCartney and Richard Branson. If you can’t make it on the 19th, don’t fret! Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique will have shows this month. You can purchase tickets here from £17.00.

Most shows range from £21.00 or less! Find out about the other exciting events happening at the Underbelly Festival. There is something for everyone!

 

CHIC CHIQ - Face Masks

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We always try to make the glorified phrase 'treat yourself' the centre of The Amazing Blog’s mantra! One of our most cherished pastimes is slipping into our pyjamas, throwing on a face mask and chatting for hours on facetime to our friends. We used this time to try out CHIC CHIQ’s anti-ageing and rejuvenating powder masks, relishing in taking much needed time out, at home.


After an inspired trip to India, the founder of CHIC CHIQ, Patrycja Rotithor, became captivated in the rich and ancient culture of Ayurveda practices. These practices became ritualised in her own daily skin, hair and health routine. The company started with facemasks, one of the oldest cosmetic traditions and the core of Ayurveda. The products are all-natural and serve three primary functions: cleansing, nourishing and moisturising. Rotithor’s goal was to uphold this tradition that she grew so fond of, making the process convenient and global ingredients accessible.


We had never tried a powdered face mask before, so were intrigued by both the de la Mer and à la Rose products. Cleverly, keeping a face mask in powder form allows for greater longevity, because unlike other processes, the ingredients don’t reduce the shelf life. CHIC CHIQ’S face mask powders are activated when mixed with warm water, making these face masks healthier and fresher for the skinWhat we like about these powder masks is their purity, how refreshing it is to have no additives or chemicals - you really feel like you are at one with nature. Apart from the contents, the packaging is pretty impressive too. The stylish bamboo containers lend themselves to being showcased alongside other super-star products in the bathroom.


The de la Mer rejuvenating face mask contains anti-ageing properties that nourish the skin with spirulina algae and lemongrass. When mixed with water it turns a lovely shade of pond green with a zesty/spirulina smell. The spirulina algae have vitamins A and C, which are full of anti-oxidants. Other main ingredients include vervain and barley. Vervain heals wounds and infections while barley preserves skin elasticity. The à la Rose anti-ageing mask is infused with rose petals and jojoba oil to moisturise and reveal a healthy glow. The mask works to soothe inflammation and balance dry skin. This was our favourite, as not only did we love the vibrant pink mask, but we also liked the refreshing and floral fragrance. Purchase the de la Mer mask 100ml here for £21.99 or the à la Rose mask 100ml here for £21.99. Chic Chiq also offer one-off travel sizes for a packet mask for £4.99 each here.

Lola’s Apothecary

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Amongst the hustle and bustle of city life, The Amazing Blog finds it necessary to make time for relaxation, whether it’s watching a marathon of our favourite box sets or drawing a warm bath. Lola’s Apothecary helped us unwind with their Delicate Romance Balancing Bath & Shower Oil and Tranquil Isle Bath Salt. Lola’s Apothecary is a UK and Devon based company who take a holistic approach to wellness and spa, with products which are grounded in nature. We found ourselves reaching nirvana with their intoxicating fragrances. All the handmade products are created with the intent to enrich your self-care rituals.

The award-winning Delicate Romance Balancing Bath & Shower Oil is composed of plant essences that emit a romantic fragrance of flowers and spices. The scent is warm and inviting and immediately commands the body to relax. It only takes a few drops to feel the effects of instant gratification. The glass bottle is simple, yet elegant and inside has a selection of adorable floating rosebuds. You can also reap the benefits of the aromatherapy by rubbing a few drops onto your décolletage before slipping into the bath for a soak. The source of vitamin E treats sensitive skin. Beta Carotene stimulates cell turnover with its high level of omega 6. Other ingredients help reduce redness and inflammation and regulate hormonal health.

Similar to the bath oils, the Tranquil Isle Bath Salt is concentrated in essential oils that create a therapeutic experience. The calming smell of lavender puts your mind at ease of everyday stresses. The Himalayan Crystal Salt is one of the purest salts with traces of many minerals that are also very beneficial to health. Roman Camomile acts as an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent for sensitive skin. The Vetivert is a relaxant that aids sleep and relieves nervous tension.

To use, create a complete atmospheric experience for yourself – dimming the lights and lighting a candle. You can indulge in the pleasures of aromatherapy without leaving the comfort of your own home. As you draw the bath, drip a few drops of the oil or sprinkle the bath salts. Step into the tub and let the therapeutic smells take over. Purchase the Balancing Bath & Shower Oil 100ml here for £40 and the Tranquil Isle Bath Salts here for £50.

 

 

Rouge Bunny Rouge - Aubades and Serenades

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One of The Amazing Blog’s favourite pastimes is walking up-and-down the aisles of the cosmetics counters and seeing all the perfectly uniformed new products. While sifting through the rows of make-up, we seem to find ourselves looking at the collections of foundations. We're always searching for a lightweight formula that matches our skin tone during the peaks of summer and winter. This is where Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Aubades and Serenades Colour-Matching Concentrate come in, and their shade of ‘Sonnet’, we couldn’t resist. The Amazing Blog has previously written about many of this company’s products, including the Rose Bunny Rouge eyeshadow, Impalpable Finishing Powder and more.

Long gone are the days of a mismatched foundation. We know finding the perfect foundation for your skin tone can be quite difficult. Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Colour-Matching Concentration helps adjust your foundation with its much-pigmented solution.  The product is easily blended and used year round. As the Colour-Matching Concentrate customises your foundation, your skin will absorb the additional benefits of the product, too. The ingredients within the formula are free of oil, fragrance and parabens. Instead, Rouge Bunny Rouge uses panthenol and vitamin E as a soothing agent, witch hazel to tone and purify and Pansy Extract for moisturising.

Rouge Bunny Rouge advises its users to apply the product after the face has been cleansed and primed. Pump a small amount of this product and your foundation on the back of your hand and then mix the liquids together. To test the colour before applying to the entire face, lightly tap your finger into the liquid and swipe on the jawline. Then, begin blending upwards toward the cheekbones. Continue adding more Colour-Matching Concentrate if necessary, to achieve the right skin tone. What could be easier? You can purchase the product at their website for €44.00.

Belazu Olive Oils

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Do you ever wonder where the professional chefs source their ingredients from - not so much the obvious ones which are just a question of researching the supermarket shelves, but more those definitive nuances which play with your taste buds and turn simple dishes into something utterly extraordinary? If so, like us, at The Amazing Blog you should certainly check out The Belazu Ingredient Co, they sound Italian, don’t they? In fact, this exciting company is the product of our own fair island, based in Middlesex, and supplying all manner of goodies to the catering trade throughout the Midlands and the South East; as well as us the consumer.

The team behind Belazu not only offer up their fabulous produce, but also an extensive range of fabulously delicious menu ideas to enable us to get the very best out of their products. The Verdemanda Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a case in point, which we were completely seduced by. We used it in one of their recipes for grilled nectarines and were blown away by the result.  However, brace yourselves for a seemingly simple idea of Tomato Toast, which is transported to gourmet heaven by their Fresh Parsley Extra Virgin Olive Oil, not forgetting to mention their delicious Fresh Basil or Fig Leaf Extra Virgin Olive Oils. These latter three are very special indeed, as they are made by compressing the leaves which are thrown amongst the olives as they are being stone ground. The two oils are cold extracted, already 'fused' together, at least in a culinary sense. In our view, this is what makes these so tasty and special as all the goodness from the leaves is captured together not compromising the flavours. 


Belazu clearly have an acute passion for what they do, and the products they bring sustainably to the marketplace. Their website also offers an insight into the Belazu Foundation, a charity they set up to bring education to the children of Morocco, through their schools and a women’s centre, allowing students to read, write and speak French, Arabic and Berber languages.

The components of The Belazu Ingredients Co reach far and wide, and in the process offer up something very special in their core products, which are available to us all through stockists and of course their website. Prices range from £12 for the 500ml for the moreish Fresh Basil Extra Virgin Oil, to £18.70 for the zesty Fig Leaf Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You will be entranced by the variety and will want to try their recipes, but the best part of this innovative company is that once tasted, you'll just keep coming back for more!