Lush 9 to 5 cleansing Lotion


Lush 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion– £4.75

‘Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen? Then this quick cleanser is the thing for you! A simple yet beautiful liquid facial cleanser for those times when you’re in a hurry and need to just cleanse and go. We make this by steeping fresh dove orchids in almond oil overnight – then strain the petals out and use the infused oil as the base for this cleanser. 

Contains a lovely light fragrance of honeysuckle and ylang ylang. 9 to 5 will gently remove all traces of dirt, grease and make up without dragging the skin. You will be left feeling fresh, clean and ready to start the day. Although you might also want to pour yourself a cup of ambition.‘- Lush

I have never really been one for buying lush products, don’t get me wrong, I love a little browse in the store, taking in the sweet soapy smell, feasting my eyes on the bright colours and amazing looking bath bombs, however I’ve never really felt the urge to buy their products. I’ve just started to run out of my Liz Earle cleanser and toner, and even though i love them dearly and anticipated re purchasing them, I couldn’t help but feel like I should try something new- especially being a blogger, I wanted to try something new to write about. I was considering testing out some of the body shops face care lotions and potions, as they seemed to look alright, and were under the £10 mark (I wanted to go for something a little cheaper than the Liz Earle set) but then I realized that i’d been there and done that, so then it hit me that the place I hadn’t yet dabbled within was of course- lush! 

 So I took a trip to my local lush branch, and had a little gander, however one things for certain in the lush shops, and that is that I never have a clue what I’m looking at, what the items do and what my skin should be using. However much I love the ethos of the place, its all a bit ‘in your face’ and finding the right skincare products can seem a little daunting, to my rescue was a lovely and helpful sales assistant who talked me through their most popular cleansers and toners, and she recommended 9 to 5 Cleanser, which is a lotion based product, and is a simple yet highly effective cleanser.

 The idea of this product is that its quick and simple, and great for woman on the go or have little time to get ready, now Im never usually in a rush in the mornings, but I thought id give this ago for sheer curiosity. Now I’ve only been using this product a couple of days but I have already fallen in love with it, the instructions read that you take a small amount and rub it in to the skin, and then wipe off with a cotton pad or flannel of some kind, this cleanser also takes off makeup, really easily might I add, it reminds me a lot like the Liz Earle cleanse and polish concept. The cream has a very pungent organic smell which is lovely, you instantly get a feeling that there are no harsh chemicals within the product, and that all the ingredients are natural.

 The consistency is quite thin, and it can be a bit of a messy job to put onto the face, but nothing major, after I smooth it in to the skin, I already feel rejuvenated, like my skin is having a big glass of water as it feels so moisturising and creamy, it also melts your makeup off instantly. I use this product morning and night and wipe it off with a cotton pad, I tend to use this product twice of an evening to ensure my makeup is fully off. After using this cleanser you are left with very clean, soft and subtle skin, which is so nice to touch and feel. This cleanser also leaves your skin smelling so organic and florally which is lovely, I then complete my skincare step with a spray of my toner from lush (review to follow) and I feel so fresh, like I’ve just had a full organic facial, one things for sure, after using this highly organic and ‘kind to skin’ product, I shan’t be going back to drugstore cleansers and toners.


My Top 8 Independant Cafes’ in Headingley

When in the city of Leeds, its easy to stop off for a coffee and a bite to eat at the likes of Starbucks, Costas and Greggs, yet the city also boasts a great deal of independent coffee shops. Aside from the more generic chain stores, these cafes ooze authenticity, a sense of community, relaxation and diverse culture. The student area of Headingley is brimming with these distinct and quirky cafes, from the ‘grab a coffee and go’, to the ‘sit down and relax’ types, the town offers new and interesting places to experience away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city.

These independent, eccentric cafes are often cheaper, set up by passionate owners and more efficiently run by using local produce and fair trade. It’s clear from the booming independent scene in Headingley that these far from standard cafes are standing strong against the global coffee companies. So step out of the city centre, hang up your generic coffee gloves, and take a trip to the more cultural and varied part of Leeds. Divulge into the sweet surroundings of Headingley town, eat fresh, local produce and take a moment to relax away from the constant rush of daily life.

Here are the reviews of what I believe to be the best independent cafes in Headingley…

1. Love Rouge Bakery
51 Otley Road, Headingley,
0113 345 8441
With its pastel blue walls, patriotic bunting and shabby chic inspired decor, Love Rouge Bakery is the perfect place to sink your teeth into a mouthwatering cupcake whilst enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. Lydia and Becky, two ambitious women who left their previous rather mundane jobs to start up this independent café/bakery, are undeniably passionate about their business. “We always loved baking and knew that we wanted to open our own, Headingley was the perfect place for the cafe as it is notorious for its independent community.” This quaint and tranquil café oozes indulgence, with its rustic but also playful furniture and colourful selection of cupcakes; it really does give a sense of individuality against other cafes. The bakery not only serves baked goods on the go but also has a quiet and cosy seating area for customers to come out of the cold and take a moment to indulge in the peaceful atmosphere.

21a North Lane
 West Yorkshire

07988 660 768

Far from your normal in and out coffee shop, Café Lento is all about taking your time and enjoying your experience in this exquisite and relaxing environment. The café was opened five years ago by owner Richard Lindley and daughter Kate and has now carved itself a popular space in Headingley for anyone to enjoy a fair trade coffee and a locally produced meal. The name ‘Lento’ in Italian means ‘slow’ which is ironic as this café is all about relaxation and getting away from modern day life. “Myself and Kate wanted to create a place which had the atmosphere similar to cafes abroad, I loved travelling and found that coffee shops had a much more relaxed and chilled feeling in Europe, and I wanted to reignite that feeling in Headingley.” With its impressive lunch menu and delicious coffee selection, this café is somewhere to chill and eat good food. While it mostly attracts students, this café also welcomes many older local residents as well as many university lecturers looking for a quick coffee and some peace.

3. Dare Cafe
49 Otley Road
Leeds, LS6 3AB(0)113 230 2828

Dare Café is a seemingly popular, busy and lively café, with it’s sleek and modern interior, friendly staff and fabulous lighting, it is a great place for anyone to come in and chill out over a delicious meal. Set up in 1993 by a man named Dan Dare, it has been enjoyed by many over the years, and has recently been booming against most other chain cafes’ in the area. Dare café offers a wide range of food including Mexican, Italian, and of course, British. The portion sizes are very generous and every dish appears delectable and presentable. This place can be enjoyed by the passers by wanting a quick coffee and a slice of cake, or the restaurant goers, who fancy a top notch 3 course meal, with its spacious and sleek seating area, Dare Café is quickly becoming one of the more popular cafe’s in the Headingley area.
4. Costello’s
61 Otley Road
Leeds LS6 2
Area: Headingley

0113 278 7847

Costello’s Bakery is a highly authentic and classic looking bakery which sells just about everything including fresh bread, pies, cakes, curds and sauces. This café exudes a sense of nostalgia and patriotism, with the open oven section at the back which lets customers watch their bread being made, it instantly takes you back to the 1960’s. With a cute little seating area in the corner, it’s the perfect place to stop for a coffee, however there’s a sense that this place is used more as grab and go bakery. Owner James and his wife Louise set up Costello’s in November 2011, after inheriting the company from his grandfather. The bakery gives a great sense of family and community, they mostly attract older residences as a few of the baked goods are slightly old fashioned, such as the ‘rabbit pie’, however Students are sometimes spotted on the odd occasion picking up a cake or two.

5. Mint Cafe33 North Lane

tel: 0113 226 48

This Mediterranean and Lebanese style café is something a little different if you want to get away from the ‘coffee and cake’ side of Headingley cafes, with a diverse and cultural menu of exotic wraps, sandwiches, crepes and breakfast dishes, it sets itself aside from the usual cheese and ham Panini’s seen in various mundane cafes. The nutritional dishes as well as the slightly more ‘guilty pleasure’ meals will definitely wet anyone’s appetite. Set up by owner Marcus as a place for the locals to try something new and interesting, It has grown over the years and is enjoyed by the locals as well as people from further parts of Leeds “I wanted to create a space where people could enjoy new and interesting dishes, as well coming in for a coffee and a friendly chat.”

6. The Bowery
54 otley road
ls6 2al
t – 0113 2242284e –
The Bowery café, is a modern, innovative and creative place to visit. On entry you are instantly met by the sumptuous smell of coffee, all smiles from staff and a slightly odd amount of paintings. This café is hardly your bog standard coffee house, it has a very creative vibe, with paintings, ornaments and other interesting pieces on show, it seems not only be a coffee house, but also a gallery where art can be shown and bought. The bowery is also special as it uses all press coffee, which is considered a leading specialty coffee roaster in the UK, and if that’s not enough reason to visit, the food menu is highly desirable, with bagels, pies, soups, pastas and wraps and for reasonable prices, it really has got it all. The café also offer WIFI, so if you’re a die-hard student, you can take a couple of hours to work whilst enjoying their coffee.
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7. The Agora restaurant
55 otley road
Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Agora restaurant is a Greek/Turkish inspired café situated within the centre of Headingley town, which offers a wide selection of authentic Greek food, as well as giving the option of trying other oriental selection. Opened two years ago by Greek born owner, Alex, it gives off a very interesting and cultural vibe. From the sleek and sophisticated furnishing’s to the Greek inspired ornaments, this place gives the vibe of the relaxed and family orientated Greek way of life. “A lot of restaurants in Leeds use frozen food, the food from Agora is all locally produced and fresh.” Alex understandably prides himself in the fact that every item on the menu is fresh and nutritious. The Agora also and unlike other independent cafes in the area gives you the sense that you are abroad, with its Greek inspired atmosphere and decor, which is a great mini vacation.
8. Jinos Tai café
46a Otley Road
Leeds LS6 2AL
Tel: 0113 2788088
If your love for Tai food is through the roof, then this is the place for you. With its Tai inspired interior greeting you as soon as you walk through the door, this is the place to come for a great and authentic Tai curry. The menu has everything you could possibly want from tai food, however if you’ve come for a great coffee and an Italian inspired meal then disappointment will prevail, as this is solely tai, and doesn’t really step anywhere out of that bracket. None the less, this restaurant will have you begging for more, from the classics like the green Tai curry, to the more interesting dishes such as the ‘Kaho soi’ this is the Number one place to visit if you are a Tai fanatic.

Hyperlocal Blogging in Leeds

Woodhouse Lane, Famous for its historic culture, student happenings and Hyper local news.

Woodhouse Lane, famous for its historic culture, student happenings and Hyperlocal News.

Online blogging has created a vast impact regarding the way we now gather, read and digest news. It has carved itself a large sector within the Internet, and is nowadays regarded as a respected and almost reliable form of citizen journalism. With the most generic genres of blogging being fashion, culture and news, and with thousands of these blogs competing for traffic and followers this  phenomenon has become somewhat of an online rat race.

With the City of Leeds famous for its vibrant and cultural scene its no wonder handfuls of bloggers are evaluating, discussing and reviewing various factors and features of the city, and its clear that there is a high demand for these rather more specific blogs, also known as hyperlocal. Hyperlocal blogging is something that is becoming increasingly in demand and is a diverse and more precise type of online writing which I believe, is effective and relevant.

Hyperlocal blogging, put simply, is news written for a specific area. Hyperlocal blogs are helpful and current as they allow residents to read news on their specific area, which is written from another locals perspective. Rather than traipsing through a more broad unbiased news website, you can get your local news instantly, with more character, opinion and almost word of mouth. This type of blogging is rather under crafted and is somewhat lacking in hits and numbers over the Internet compared to other more generic blogs. However, it has progressed significantly over the years and is now slowly making a name for itself online.

There are a handful of more established and impressive hyper local blogs in the leeds area, which cater to wider audience of the city. One being South Leeds life, a blog set up by a group of local residents whom contribute news and features specifically on the south area of the city. With its sharp and witty contributors to the blog regarding various goings on in the area, it has become a some what of an information hub for those living in that area. Another Blog, which I found quite impressive, was the Leeds citizen , which is again, a blog specifically catering to news around the Leeds area. This is a relevant and interesting blog which promotes and pushes citizen journalism as The writer (whom is a hard hitting journalist himself) has engaged with his audiences by asking if others would like to contribute to the site, which also acts as a stairway for aspiring writers in Leeds.

There are also a handful of more specific up and coming more specific hyperlocal blogs. These are blogs which are currently under development but could potentially follow the footsteps of that of the larger and more diverse Leeds blogs. I have ruled out a few, which I found engaging, with great content and relevance to the area. Firstly, the blog for the woodhouse area of Leeds named ‘Woodhouse moor online’ this blog has a lovely aesthetic, and great content. With its concise written work and great imagery it really does set the tone for the area and deliver fast and interesting news to the residents.

Another some what professional blog is the Kirkstall online, a highly worked on and impressive looking blog, which again features musings from various writers regarding that area. One story I partially liked was its latest piece on volunteering, it not only pushes the progression of participation with the residents, but it also highlights the importance of volunteering and the ethics regarding community life and getting involved.

Probably the most impressive and outstanding looking blog would have to be the Hyde park and woodhouse online blog as it generally comes across very artistic and well presented, it has some great news worthy stories for the area, keeps the local up to date with important council decisions, and uses fabulous imagery. Another blog is Holt Park today, again in keeping with that professional feel and pushes the locals to contribute.

One blog which is in the process of development and in my opinion is heading in the right direction is Leeds wellbeing blog  not only does the writer promote their own blog in the ‘about’  section and reach out to other writers, but they are obviously new and up and coming and so its important that these blogs are promoted and read as much as the more developed hyperlocal ones.

It is evident that hyper local blogging is becoming much more popular with the locals, and especially starting to appeal to and target a younger resident audience. With relevant, interesting and generally well written news stories and features, these blogs will no doubt set the tone for hyperlocal blogs for the future. They have already created and carved a respected and evidently popular space for themselves, and no doubt will progress as the digital world develops.