I’ve been meaning to bring back something similar to the Diary posts I used to do for sometime now as it’s a great way for me to include (hopefully) interesting snippets that wouldn’t work as a whole post. I decided to change the format from last time and base it more around photos but, inevitably, I’ve ended up writing quite a bit too. I think it’s going to be the type of post that changes depending on what I want to feature. We’ll see…
The Harrods Mini Rewards Christmas Event
For the past 18 months, I’ve been taking my daughter, Hannah, to these amazing events for children run by the Rewards team at Harrods. Last weekend it was the Christmas themed one and each child got to make their own gingerbread house to take home (along with a lovely good bag). The atmosphere at these events is always so warm and friendly and the kids have a huge amount of fun. They’re ridiculously well organised and the attention to detail is meticulous. Hannah has made some very happy memories at them and I feel she’s lucky to have been able to attend so many.
The events are free for children who have a Mini Harrods Reward card and a parent needs to have the normal Harrods Reward card for their child to qualify for a mini one. It takes longer to build up points with the Harrods Reward card than, say, the Boots one but it’s great for big purchases. After buying Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags I earned enough points to get a Hermes scarf which I was very pleased about. You also get invited to other events and 10% off weekends so it’s definitely worth signing up for. Another advantage of having a Harrods Reward card is that you get priority booking to see Father Christmas at the Harrods Christmas Grotto which is the best and most magical Santa experience in town. I’ll be taking Hannah along in a couple of weeks so I’ll share some of the details from that in a later post.
A Harrods chef demonstrating how to build the gingerbread house
The gingerbread house essentials laid out waiting for the kids to get stuck in
Hannah loving her hands-on experience
Oska Poska – the book loving bear that lives in Harrods toy department.
The feast on offer for both the kids and adults
A very happy Hannah in the car on the way home with a beautifully wrapped gift from her goody bag
The Autograph Illuminating Touch Tinted Moisturieser
A few weeks ago Sarah Jossel gave the Autograph Illuminating Touch Tinted Moisturiser a rave review in The Sunday Times Style supplement and this week I finally got round to picking up a tube. As it’s only £9.50 I thought it was definitely worth taking a chance on and I have to say my gamble paid off. It’s very much a tinted moisturiser in as much as the coverage is light but it spread well over my skin and gave a healthy glow. The quality is excellent and equally as good as similar products that I’ve tried at three times the price. Not surprisingly there’s been a run on it and it’s currently sold out online though I’m sure M&S are working on replenishing the stock as fast as they can.
A Present From Ultrasun
I was sent this lovely little stocking with the SPF 30 Hand Cream in it by the top sun care brand Ultrasun. This was a nice reminder to keep on protecting the hands and face from UV rays throughout the Winter months. Using a broad spectrum SPF all year round is the best way to keep skin smooth, strong and healthy. Ultrasun is particularly good because it offers an extremely high absorbance of UVA rays which are the ones responsible for ageing the skin. UVA rays are also constantly present when it’s light and penetrate through clouds so even when it isn’t sunny they still cause damage. Here’s a Q &A post I did with Abi Cleeve, the MD of Ultrasun from earlier this year and here’s a review of my 5 favourite Ultrasun products for city living.
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