Girl Talk With Laura

BLUSH + BLOW LONDON // BLOW DRY REVIEW //












Since I was down London I thought I would pop into the most instagrammable hair salon for a blow dry! Why not ey?! You guys know me, high maintenance, diva and anything to get those Insta pics.

I've seen pics of this salon and honestly, its so me! 

I headed to Blush + Blow London which is just off the tube (totally forgotten which tube station you need to get off at) but it was so easy to find, plus there is a lovely coffee shop just outside the tub station for on your way there or on your way back.

As I headed in I seen there was the most gorgeous dog wandering around the salon and it was so cute to see the dog at home not being a bother at all! Its only small but its interior is amazing. 
The back room is the best which is where the big neon sign is but also the most amazing (how many times do I wanna say amazing) pedicure chairs. When I go back here I NEED to get a pedi just to sit on the chairs. 

Back in my chair after a relaxing wash, she gets me a coffee and some mags and lets me know they cater for bloggers as they have a charger already plugged in ready to use and their wifi code on the wall infant of you. Finally, people get us! 

Chatting to the lovely girl that done my blow dry and she says that Tanya Burr was just in the day before. If its good enough for her then its defo good enough for me.

The blow dry was amazing and I loved being in this place. If I lived in London this would defo be my happy place where i'd come every weekend for a pick me up! It's no secret I love a good pamper. 

PLUS, finally a salon which has the perfect backdrop for pictures of your hair! 

Have you been here before?

Laura x


INSULA ALBA | CRETE | THOMSON HOLIDAYS | REVIEW




















// THOMSON HOLIDAYS  // INSULA ALBA // CRETE //

I know I know, its taken me so long to write this review!

So, if you seen on my Instagram then you would know I went to Crete last month and my hotel was the most photogenic hotel ever and I got loads of messages about it so I thought I need to write a review incase any of you are looking to book. And holidays are expensive so you need to know what to expect or if its worth your money.

But this we booked through Thomson as a package holiday so with flights and hotel which was half board, We would have loved to have been all inclusive but unfortunately thats not an option. Thats the only thing I would say is missing from this hotel is the lunch and free cocktails. If it was all inclusive then we would have had cocktails on tap and the service. So because we didn't get drinks included then we took our own and bought things to make cocktails with which I highly reccomend as it breaks your day up and you're not just drinking the same drink. We made mojitos, pimms (which we took) , champagne, wine and gin cocktails. You only had a little mini bar fridge in your room tho which was a struggle fitting it all in.

Anyway the hotel, reception is a dream, a white dream. Its all white which is totally Grecian with their gold features. The hotel has amazing interior and I couldn't fault it on that side. Everything was so clean and crisp.

Our hotel room was THE BEST EVER. Its very simplistic but the views and our sun bed area is the best i've ever had. And you guys know I like to holiday a lot! You had your own private double sun bed on the pool where you can lie on your sun bed and dip your feet in the pool. All the rooms around our pool (our pool wasn't the main pool) had their own sunbeds so everyone wasn't fighting for beds. You're guaranteed a sun bed which is perfect and good so you don't have to wake up early and go to nab them.
The room that we stayed in is the Double room with pool view, shared pool and terrace.

'These stylish double rooms will have lots of natural light from the patio doors - plus you'll have access to a shared swim-up pool with views of the pool from your terrace. Inside you'll find air-conditioning, a double bed and a sofa-bed or armchair bed in the bedroom. There's also Wi-Fi so you can stay connected and a minibar, bathrobes and slippers.'

So our pool was private and only we could use it which was great for us because we like to be more private from the main pool. The main pool was still nice with double four poster beds and bean bags around the pool with a bar.
The restaurant is so cool and the decor is spot on! The food - is a bit random. One night I seen Brussel sprouts. Thats the main factor I would change because I felt it was the same food every night so one night we actually went out to the beach restaurant just outside our hotel which was so lovely to have pizza on the beach watching the sunset. But after that night the food was really nice so its not a massive deal because it is nice, I just like to change it everynight.

The service is amazing and I couldn't fault it whatsoever. They do anything for you, they even help you break into your suitcase when you accidentally get locked out of it!

The area that the hotel is in is so cute and dainty, you've got the typical Grecian streets which are lovely to wander in. The beach isn't anything special but its very photogenic. The coach trip from the airport to the hotel is about 45mins which isn't too bad.

If you wanna see more of my snaps the search the hashtag #gtwltravels on Instagram - @girltalkwithlaura

Hope you enjoyed this review & let me know if you guys book because of my recommendation!

Laura x

BENEISLAND // PRIVATE ISLAND WITH BENEFIT // AM I A GOOD ENOUGH BLOGGER TO BE HERE??






























// BENEISLAND //

Where do I start?

I'll start with the invite. So I got this email off the amazing Benefit Team and it was that kind of email that makes your week. All it said was to save this certain date and more info would follow. Then the second email was telling you where we had to meet, what to pack and not to be late.

So obvs I started planning my outfits since the first email because I kind of had an idea what kind of vibe it would be and I had the perfect outfit. In the email it said pack for pool party vibes and festival attire. Plus, I know that other bloggers and influencers are going to be there (let the paranoia begin) and I know they're all going to be so amazing at makeup which I'm not so if theres anything I want to stand out for is my fashion style. Back to the paranoia, I had a lot of 'I'm not good enough to be going to places with all these amazing people', 'I haven't got enough followers to be here', 'Am I too ugly to be here'. ALL OF THESE were running through my mind and it wasn't until one of my amazing blogger friends  Carly Musleh said to me "Don't be so stupid, no one is better than anyone!"
So I pushed this all to one side so I could really enjoy myself.

Luckily I had my photographer and boyfriend coming with me so it made me at ease too as I knew all the people going would all know each other and there would be little old me sat in the corner.

So we headed down to London at 2.30 am from Manchester, parked the car and walked to the place where we had to meet. But stupid us didn't know where exactly it was so we held everyone up when the email said DON'T BE LATE, WE WILL LEAVE WITHOUT YOU. So glad they waited and were super patient with us. But we got on one of the massive coaches to be greeted with a Pret a manger breakfast which was so cute! They had the choons blasting and eventually told us where we were going which was an island in Essex! (who even knew Essex had islands?)
Apparently its where John Frieda's brother owns it and David Beckham wants to, its also where Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Amy Winehouse recorded their albums.

You can only drive to it at certain times when the tide is out otherwise you would have to get a boat over!

We arrived there to the most prettiest decor ever and it was just totally amazing. It had lots of little houses and some big massive manors which have like 10 bedrooms, two kitchens and about 3 lounges. They have bikes parked up everywhere, donkeys, boat houses, a pool and some cool barns. We got off the bus to confetti and cocktails from some very hunky men! Helloooo.

Me and Adam were staying in a little house with the biggest bed ever! The kitchen was filled with Lindt chocolates and our beds were full of Benefit goodies and GHD straighteners! Yes, Adam also got his own personalised makeup haha!

It was time for our pool party so we got dolled up and headed there which it was totally Benefit style. BBQ, cocktail bar serving cocktails in Pineapples, pool filled with flamingo inflatables, a live DJ and artist, hoola vans, massive deckchair, and finally a room where you can get your brows done! We had an absolute blast and got very drunk..oops!

We were due to be at our twinkle lit dinner at 8 so we had to have a nap before to sober us up but also because we had been up since 2.30am.
Twinkle lit dinner was sooo cute, it was dressed like a wedding room with lights everywhere, roses, personalised makeup and a photo booth with plenty of wine. For our desert, it was smores!! There was a hut filled with marshmallows, biscuits, and all sort of sweet things with camp fires outside to roast our marshmallows. There was also a disco hut, a cocktail bar AND a coffee cart.

Honestly, they had thought of everything.

It was such a fun night to see everyone, although I was a proper wimp and didn't really speak to many people I follow because I didn't want it to be a fan girl moment. WIMP.

To sober some sore heads up the next day they put on a good breakfast spread before leaving the island.

And that was all to celebrate their brow products 1st birthday and to say thank you to every blogger and influencer for their support but I'd like to say THANK YOU BENEFIT!

Laura x
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