Bardia’s: Inside Stratford’s Loveliest Coffee Shop!

I had given up hope of going to a pretty cafe that was outside of London, until Isobel showed me a really pretty and independent cafe called Bardia’s in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She promised to take me there after doing our little photoshoot in Stratford Butterfly Farm and I was so excited! I didn’t have much to eat that day, so by the time we arrived I was really craving some cake. 

The cafe was tucked away in the middle of the town centre, not too far a walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace and I would’ve walked right past it if Isobel hadn’t pointed it out. It looked so cosy and cute! Ivy hung from the ceiling and entwined themselves around the lights that emitted a soft glow, giving the whole cafe a warm feeling (which contrasted greatly to the cold, windy weather outside). We went in and only had to wait a few moments before we were seated.

It’s Pretty but… Does It Actually Work? Feferafe Ice Cream Mask Review!

Hey cutie and welcome to my very first Face Mask Wednesday! I’ve been wearing one sheet mask a week since mid-last year, and I thought: why not make it into a series on this blog? This might be more of a bi-weekly feature as I want to slowly ease myself into this before committing to doing it every week. Anyway, this week I want to feature the Feferafe Ice Cream Mask that I bought from Mask Time. Yes, I have been given boxes from Mask Time for free in the past (here’s my previous Mask Time review to know more about them), but this time I wanted to treat myself during this lockdown period!

What really caught my eye was, of course, the packaging. I am a sucker for cute things and had to add this one to my basket! I was a bit skeptical at first because it’s usually for those with oily skin (I have dry skin/eczema) but I wanted to give it a go. Here’s my review!

Feferafe Ice Cream Sheet Mask Review by hellolizziebee

Does Elan Cafe London Live Up to the Hype?

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We saw a sight we thought we’d never see; the streets of London were completely silent. Only those who were out for their morning job were out and about when we made our way to EL&N (Elan) Cafe in Knightsbridge. It was a Sunday morning and even I was wondering if we were crazy to be out in London this early in the morning, but the day was sunny and fresh – perfect for a cute cafe date. We arrived ten minutes before they opened and waited patiently outside while the staff were making preparations. I was so excited to go to Elan cafe that my sister exclaimed that it was as if I was waiting to meet a celebrity as I couldn’t stop fidgeting!

Sundose Supplements: A Daily Dose of Energy

Disclaimer: This Sundose box was given to me in return for an honest review. Read more about it here.

Y’all know me; one minute I’m super hyper and excited but next I’m in a massive slump and just want to fall asleep for the rest of the day (*cough* like at gyaru meets *cough*). So I was really excited to receive a Sundose box – a bespoke box of supplements – to help boost my low energy levels. After a few medical questions (like how often I exercise and whether or not I’ve had any blood tests recently), they reached out to me via email to see what flavour supplement I’d like. I opted for the Vitamin C/Orange flavour. The box arrived on my doorstep a week later!

Rabu Rabu! Japan Candy Box, Valentine’s Day Special!

Disclaimer: This is an ad – I got this box for free in return for a review. Read my disclaimer for more info.

Hellooooo February aka the month of luuuuurve. I’m so glad that Valentine’s Day exists because it gives me something to look forward to after the January blues. Everything is decorated in pink and red hearts and I love it! In Japan, “Rabu rabu” roughly translates to “lovey dovey”, and today I’m going to be showing you Japan Candy Box’s “Rabu Rabu” February box as well as what I thought about each product. There’s also a chance for you to win a free box of Japanese candy for yourself! Scroll right down to the bottom to enter, but for now, let’s take a look at what’s in their February box…

Japan Candy Box February 2020 Review

Trick or Treat! October Japan Candy Box Review + Giveaway

Trick or treat? Or, in our case, treat or treat? Yep, this post is gonna’ be about the October edition of the Japan Candy Box! If there’s one thing I love about Halloween, it’s all of the sweets/candy, especially themed sweets. The packaging is always adorable so I was really excited to see what was included in this month’s box which was kindly given to me by Japan Candy Box to review. I’ve also collaborated with them to give one of these to you FOR FREE (amazing). Are you ready? Let’s take a peek…

Disclaimer: This post contains gifted products. Read this post for more info.

October Japan Candy Box Review by hellolizziebee

A New Gaijin Gyaru Magazine?! Introducing… Papillon!

I’m so happy to be writing this post right now. I’ve just flicked through the first few pages of Papillon (the brand new gaijin gyaru magazine) and oh my gosh I love it. It’s filled with insightful articles, makeup tutorials, and enough outfit inspo to last you through to the next year! There’s also a special feature with – wait for it – Black Diamond, yes, THE Black Diamond gyarusa! But before I ruin it all,  let’s take a peek to see what the first issue of Papillon has in store…

Papillon gaijin gyaru magazine

Pusheen the Boat Out: A Trip to ARTBOX Cafe ‘Pusheen Snack Parlour’!

I cannot tell you how excited I was to go to the ARTBOX cafe in Brighton which, I can say with confidence, is the cutest cafe in the UK. The owners had recently announced that ARTBOX Cafe would transform into a themed cafe every three months, kicking off with “Pusheen Snack Parlour” as their first theme where – you guessed it – Pusheen the Cat is the star of the show. Here’s a little peak into our trip to the Pusheen Snack Parlour!

Please note: as of February 2020, the Pusheen Snack Parlour has now been changed (as ARTBOX Cafe changes their theme every few months).

Pusheen snack parlour at Artbox Cafe in Brighton via hellolizziebee

MaskTime Sheet Mask Kit Review

(*Disclaimer: post includes gifted items from MaskTime.)

If there’s one thing you should know about me is that I have a non-existent skin care routine. I know, quelle horreur. My skin is extremely sensitive and I’ve started getting quite a few spots recently due to stress but – like the fairy godmother – a sheet mask box from Mask Time appeared at my door with a choice of 4 masks inside. I was excited at the thought of trying these out as I have never tried sheet masks before, but I was worried that it’ll give me a horrible rash or a reaction of some kind. Luckily the kit they sent out was a starter kit which is perfect for gals like me who have no skin regime. So I bit the bullet and just did it – and here’s my MaskTime sheet mask kit review!

MaskTime Sheet Mask Kit Review by hellolizziebee

Japan Candy Box ‘Sweet Summer Fruits’ Collection + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: this is a gifted post because YAY SWEETS. Thanks Japan Candy Box!

Okay so I’m in heaven right now: I’m currently chomping away on some rice crackers as I write this post, and I can’t guarantee there would be any left by the time I hit “publish” (or, to be more accurate, “schedule”). Yep, I’m back again with another review of Japan Candy Box* and this time I’m having a lil’ taste of their Summer Fruits Collection! I’m also doing a giveaway with them so scroll to the bottom of this post to win some Japanese candies. Right, now let’s have a look at what I’ve been munching on…

Japan Candy Box review by hellolizziebee

Reasons why I love the new EGG magazine (+ mag scans!)

EGG, gosh, where do I start? There was a public outcry when EGG magazine announced that they were ceasing publication a few years ago, but now – along with a set of new gyaru models – they’ve brought out a new mook (magazine book) for their June 2019 issue. I am so pumped about this issue; not only because it’s EGG, my favourite magazine, but because of how gal all of the models were. The old-school gyaru spirit is back! Here are some other reasons why I love this new issue…

EGG magazine June edition via hellolizziebee

Body Positivity is the New Black

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Disclaimer: this post contains items gifted to me from Blush Atelier, who helped me in my journey to body positivity.

Three girls are standing in front of a mirror; one exclaims “god my hips are huge!”, another says “oh god please I hate my calves”, and the third scoffs “you guys can wear halters, check out man shoulders”. They all turn to the fourth girl, Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan) and she hurriedly blurts out, “I have really bad breath…?”

We’ve all been brought up like those girls in Mean Girls; no matter how perfect our parents tell us we are, we are slowly taught that this is not the case. Society bullies us to believe that there’s always a “flaw” and that we should do all that we can to correct them. Things like having man shoulders, huge hips, or in my case, small breasts.

Body confidence is the new black by hellolizziebee

Boba Life: Bubble Tea Masterclass at Bubble Boba

Disclaimer: Ad-Gifted experience courtesy of Bubble Boba.

I first learnt about Bubble Tea when I was a young gyaru in London; I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew that as soon as I accidentally gulped down the tapioca that I was in love. I couldn’t get enough of the squishy balls at the bottom of my cup and soon I was going for bubble tea at every gyaru meet we had. Unfortunately I’ve long moved away from London and my favourite bubble tea cafes, and had lost all hope that I would go again. But, as life would have it, one of my best friends, Amy, introduced me to Bubble Boba, and I was over the moon! And a few weeks ago she invited me to their first ever masterclass and of course I HAD to say yes.

Bubble tea masterclass at Bubble Boba by hellolizziebee
Photos courtesy of Bubble Boba

Vegan Afternoon Tea at the Laura Ashley Tearoom, Coventry

Disclaimer: This is a gifted review however all thoughts are my own.

If you told me a couple of years ago that I’d be invited along to try out some afternoon tea, my eyes would be popping out of my skull. It’s one of my favourite things to do (and gobble down) so when I found myself sitting in the Laura Ashley Tearoom in Coventry waiting for our vegan afternoon tea I was almost trembling with excitement. The room was empty so I kept getting off my seat to walk around and take photos, with my husband’s eyes following me in amusement. Soon the waiter came in and laid out a delicate bowl of tomato soup in front of us (aka tomato amuse bouche), and I couldn’t contain my surprise. Soup? Where was the tiered platter of cakes? We waited for a while but soon realised that the tiered platter was not going to turn up anytime soon, and tucked into the soup.

Eating vegan afternoon tea at the Laura Ashley tearoom in Coventry by hellolizziebee
And this little piggy went to afternoon tea…