Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Freshly Cosmetics Product Review | ELLEKATE


A few weeks ago I was approached by the wonderful folks at Freshly Cosmetics, newly launched in the UK they are a big deal back in their home of Spain. So before I even begin I would like to say a big thank you to them for considering to collaborate with me on this post and to kindly gift me some products to give a whirl.

Let’s get straight into it then. I am going to start with giving out a bit of a background into the company – not because I have to. I WANT TO. I mean, come on this company are doing incredible things, why I hear you ask? Because all their products are Vegan and Cruelty-Free. Mainly, this was the reason I responded to them in the first place but also found a whole heap of great products.

I will be leaving their social links at the bottom of this post so that you are all able to go and check them out!

Out of the two products, I had one definite favourite. But I am going to leave this one till last. Let's begin with this Rose Quartz Facial Cleanser! Nope, this is not just a rose-scented product that was the one thing which worried me as I am not a personal rose-scented fan. I would describe this more as having a fruity, fun smell to it. Something I do think is slightly important in my skin routine – cause I want to smell fresh not just feel it. What made this particular product stand out to other cleansers I have tried before it, is it helped to clean my skin but left it feeling hydrated and tight. I would still personally recommend that you use this product after using something such as micellar water to take the bulk of your daily makeup away. But this is still a definite from now on in my beauty cabinet.  Little fun thing I enjoyed is a little goes a long way, add a touch and it will lather up perfect nightly skin routine addition. This product retails for £16.00, for this you get a 100ml bottle.

Secondly, let's get to my favourite of the two the Red Velvet Oil Serum. Wow oh WOW, this product has knocked me off my feet. If you are familiar with my blog, you will be familiar with my ultra-dry skin. When the delivery arrived at my house, I had to get this straight out of the box, because I am highly impatient and had this on my mind ready to try. I got this straight out and tried it on my skin. I was with my mum at the time and her honest words were ‘You’re glowing’, from the FIRST USE. Now, I might have thought I was getting ahead of myself so I did resist writing this post until had utilised this product fully. I didn’t personally use it every single night as recommended, I do change up my nightly routine just because it’s something I enjoy to change up from time to time. Including this product into my routine has had noticeable benefits, I have brighter skin, more hydrated and I feel as if when applying it I am giving myself a serious pamper session. I have been reading up a bit into what ingredients are in this product in case yall were interested. Included in this serum is are various plant oils and extracts, most of which have been derived from natural essential oils or organically farmed! I could rant about this stuff all day if I could, put simply if you suffer from dryness, redness, irritation or just simply want brighter more hydrated skin here is your new skin go-to. As I mentioned for the previous product, this retails at £31.00 you get a 30ml bottle. It is recommended that you use this product nightly using 3-5 drops peruse. A little bit more pricy – however if you sign up on their website they do give a 15% off code for your first purchase.

Phew, well. This has been a rather in-depth post for your Tuesday evening. I know that it’s been a fun one for me to write. We all love a good throwback to the older styled post I had here on the website. So without further ado, I hope you all have a nice weekend. I have left all the social links for Freshly Cosmetics and to their website – go give them a follow, like I say they are new to the UK market but my my are they going to make a splash sometime soon. If you enjoyed this post – then you are in luck. I have a VERY exciting plan for next weeks. HINT: its similar to what we have spoken about today but on a bit of a bigger scale.

See you then,
Elle x 

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Mouth of the Tyne Festival | Sam Fender | ELLEKATE

Happy Saturday!

If you were not aware from my stupid amount of Instagram story posts, the other night we managed to go along to Mouth of the Tyne to see Sam Fender play the home stage – and my god was it one HELL of a night.

We arrived ready for the forecast of lightning storms and non-stop rain. Personally, I rocked up in a yellow fisherman’s raincoat and stomping ground boots. Despite this we got nothing but glorious sunshine – leaving me sweating, ditching the jacket and spending the rest of the evening in my Snoop Dog t-shirt… Did manage to get out hands on one of the paintball t-shirts, however, which if you haven’t seen already were a brilliant idea too whoever thought of them.

Sadly, we didn’t go and grab a bite to eat from any of the surrounding food stalls. If you have never been to the Mouth of the Tyne Festival before, the event is totally family and chill friendly. You can grab some food from (some of who were there last night) Meat: Stack, Fat Hippo, Hatch 76 and Canny Coffee. You can even bring in your own drink, heck you can even bring a deck chair. If you are going to one of this year’s events over the next coming day’s you can click HERE to go and check out all the information you might need to know ahead of the event.

For the support acts, we got to listen to my childhood in the form of Little Comet’s, having introduced them to a couple of the younger members of my family last year it was nice to have them singing along with me this time. Not stood clueless wondering who they ever were. The other support was a young girl I have personally never heard of till now. Her name was Rachel Chinouriri, but worth keeping an eye on this one – her voice was acoustically perfect and her song had beautiful meanings. I have linked all the acts from the night in this post.

Now, every good gig has to start with a good intro. So coming out to a live band playing local hero, possibly had to be one of the more culturally bang on decisions of the night. My head couldn’t decide if I was at a gig or ready to watch the match at St James Park.  I am not the best when it comes to describing a gig when it comes to understanding music I know how to strum a chord on a guitar and sing lyrics to more or less every song they would play in Gotham (RIP). All I know, that this gig was possibly one of the best I have been to in a very long time. If It wasn’t for the sheer love from the crowd, it was down to Sam Fender and his band put on a flipping brilliant performance. We got to hear a few well-known bangers, but a couple of mellow songs from the new album – which I cannot wait to come out, and if anything I appreciate the push back on the release date to get it perfect.

All in all, we had an utterly great night. What topped it for me, had to be dancing along to a couple of my favourite songs, surrounded by new and old friends, my family and the glorious sun setting over the priory. I can only apologies if you missed this, cause I am so hyped up for the December gigs to roll around know so I can relive this whole experience.

Thanks to Sam Fender and his Band for putting on a belta show – and to Mouth of the Tyne for possibly being one of the best festival venues in the UK.

Till next time.
Elle x

Monday, 24 June 2019

Ultimate Packing Guide | ELLEKATE

Hey Guys,

So in my previous post I mentioned that I would be doing a mini-series for you all about my holiday in Florida. Today I have the next post all here and gleaming for you all to read about…. PACKING! The worlds most hated – but needed activity. I know that this time I seriously struggled with packing, getting all the little bits and pieces together and just generally having a clue as to what on earth was going on. Being my first time going away long-haul and by myself (I mean I was with Dan but let’s face it the planning and organising of this entire trip were down to me) I knew the organisation was key.

Going through the whole process of packing and having everything ready to ship off and go was where this whole post idea came from, I am a bit of a pain in the bum for writing lists. Shopping, daily activities; you name it I have a list for it! This time around I put my list writing to the very test which I am going to share with you all today along with some top packing tips and tricks.

When it comes to making sure you have enough room you are going to have to ensure you have the correct travel equipment, which can normally cost a pretty penny. But, you have to remember these items are investment pieces these are what is essentially keeping all your personal possessions safe for 4..5..6 up to 24 hours! Personally, I have had my Jack Wills Ski Bag Suitcase for a little under 8 years now and each holiday its seen me through the crap of trying to fit all my purchases into it without having to sit on top jumping up and down to just close the buggering thing. Which is what brings me to my first tip…

  1. Get the CORRECT travel equipment – Buying a state of the art, duel action suitcase isn’t exactly always a go to and will often set you back an utter fortune, but neither is buying a nice one on the high street which has a nice rose gold star on the front, I can guarantee this will get returned to you covered in marks and no more sparkles! I would recommend heading to a mid-range store sale and grabbing up a bargain case which will see you through the next ten years give or take. Here are some links to ones I have seen online... TKMaxxTrippDebenhams.
  2. Putting clothes inside clothes – Now I am a girl. I fully understand that there are limits to how much you can RAM into your case before you snap and realise that taking your full wardrobe possibly wasn’t the best decision. In this case, I would recommend using some smart packing tips! Lying t-shirts all together then rolling them up in a ball, put socks, knickers and other smaller accessories inside of your shoes. No, you are smuggling just being space aware
  3. Remember to put your shoes inside of a bag! – You will thank me for this later and thought it might just seem a bit of a strange one, keeping your shoes separate by placing them inside of a recycled shopping bag will keep your clothes a bit fresher in scent and stop getting any marks from whatever you stood on that night in town after too many shots.
  4. Get a toiletry bag – Keep your toiletries separate and well-kept, not only does this offer a bit more smart storage but if your conditioner pops you aren’t gonna be crying over only having one bikini to wear for the rest of your trip. Now, I was gifted mine from the wonderful people at Ellis James Designs but what I am about to say is completely my own words. I am in love with this bag, you can fit full-size products into it, hand it from the back of your door and it looks beautiful whilst doing so. I have left a link HERE so you can go see the full collection. I would highly recommend this product if you are going away or even looking for a little bit of extra bathroom storage.
  5. Get yourself a list – Drum roll please, now it is time for the fun part. Below this, you will find a PDF printable sheet made by yours truly about getting yourself into the swing and on top of everything you need before jetting away this summer. Feel free to get this off your computer and keep it handy with you for your travels – even take it along with you for your trip so you can double check you have everything ahead of your trip home. Now I have made this to include important information for travelling to the states including ESTA – feel free to ignore these or replace it with any form of Visa or entry form of where it is you are travelling too
For today that is it from me, if you are still yet to have your holiday this year I am beyond jealous – have the best time in the sunshine but remember to stay safe! How’s about everyone leaves a comment in the section below as to where they will be jetting off to – or even travelling around the country to this summer. As always thanks for reading

Elle X 

Monday, 3 June 2019

Universal Orlando Photo Diary | ELLE KATE


Happy Monday everyone, it has been another moment. I am currently speaking to you all from an A&E waiting room feeling a wee bit worse for wear. But if you follow me on social media, I am sure you will all be aware - last week Dan and I went to Universal Orlando for a holiday of a lifetime. As much as I would like to fill you all in with a big post full of tips and tricks, I am currently lying in bed in quite a bit of pain, don't worry that post will be coming. Rather than waiting around I though that today I would give you all a photo diary of everything we got up to over the week.

Stay tuned for my tips post which should be coming over the next week or so when I can physically handle the idea of sitting up for more than 30 minutes at a time. If you have any suggestions of things you would like to know about what to do whilst in Orlando or if you are also going to Universal and are wanting further advice on what to eat, do, sleep, drink etc whilst you are out there, let me know in the comments section below. I'll be sure to add it into the next post or do an exclusive piece about it.

Until then enjoy all these cute pictures which could make me cry right now at how much I wish to be back in the sunshine - until next time Orlando!

Elle x