Lifestyle : Turtle Bay Restaurant Review*

It's very rare that I am as excited to share my thoughts and reviews on something as I am today! A couple of weeks ago I was invited down to my local Turtle Bay restaurant in Chelmsford to try the new and exciting summer menu. Turtle Bay has restaurants based all over the country in cities such as York, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, and claim to be 'The best Caribbean restaurant in Britain' (which for the record, I think is 100% true!).

My family have been to Turtle Bay once before this trip and had such an amazing experience that we were all excited to return. One of my favourite things about this restaurant, aside from the food of course, is the perfect Caribbean theming both inside and outside. The 'fairy light' lighting and Cabana inspired seating area truly makes you feel like your about to step out onto sandy beaches and the painted wall murals are beautiful to look at. I also love the whole tea towel napkin set up, as it makes you feel like you are just popping round to eat with family. 

The menu at Turtle Bay is quite small compared to other chain restaurants that I have been to in the past, but there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. As I was invited to try the new menu, my family and I chose a selection of bits with the heart icon (the heart was there to signpost new dishes). 

For drinks I decided I wanted to try something new and different to just coke. So I went for the new Pineappleade which tasted AMAZING. I loved how it came in a little bottle wrapped up, it's all about the little details with me! My dad decided to try something off of the new menu as well, so went with the Caribbean craft lager which he said was really nice as well. 

For starters, I went with something completely normal for me, Garlic 'n' Herb Flatbread! This was something I remember having last time we visited and I have not had a garlic bread since that day that has compared to it. My brother had the 'Our Jerk Pit Wings' which he loved. My dad had the 'Crispy Chilli Squid' which looked amazing too. 

Garlic 'n' Herb Flatbread

Our Jerk Pit Wings

Crispy Chilli Squid

The remainders of the Flatbread, shared by the whole family! 
I decided before we arrived that I wanted to try something off of the new menu for my main course. After a small internal debate, I went for the 'Two-way Chicken Burger' which came with a side of fries and Caribbean slaw. I am never normally an adventurous person when it comes to trying new foods, but loved every bite of this dish! Inside, there was a spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pulled jerk chicken and lettuce. There was also a fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in the sweet bun. Initially I didn't understand the point on having pineapple in a burger, but it added to the flavour and texture of the whole dish. 

My mum decided to also choose something off of the new menu and went for the 'Slow Braised Beef Ribs'. Her dish consisted of marinated pork ribs with a side of sweet potato fries and a fresh watermelon, lime and coriander salad, which again I thought was a little odd but she loved! 

Following on with the new food theme, my dad went with the 'Babyback Pork Ribs' which was recommend to him by our lovely waitress Alex. His meal came with two pork ribs, sweet potato fries and the caribbean slaw. He commented on how succulent and tasty his ribs were, which from him is saying something! 

My brother also went for the new menu and had the 'Bajan Beef Cheeks', which he actually described as being 'the dogs bullocks' when he finished his final mouthful. His meal came with six hour slow simmered beef cheeks, okra, potato, garlic and ginger served with steamed rice and roti flatbread. His food probably looked the best, and I think I will absolutely be having that on my next trip! 

Two-way Chicken Burger £8.50

Babyback Pork Ribs £10.25

Slow Braised Beef Rib £14.95

Bajan Beef Cheeks £10.80

Desserts and Drinks
One of the best parts about eating at Turtle Bay is how light the meals are. Although we all enjoyed our meals we didn't in any way feel completely full which meant plenty of room for dessert (apart from my brother who was filling himself up in the form of the Red Stripe beer!). As soon as I saw the menu I knew instantly what I would be choosing. 'Banana and Toffee Cheesecake'! My dad also decided to go with this and it was definitely not a mistake. My mum went with the 'Dark Chocolate Brownies' which was served warm with vanilla ice cream. My parents also decided to get a coffee whilst we had desserts, and enjoyed a Latte and Americano. I loved the teeny tiny bottle that the milk came in. 

Americano £2.25 & Latte £2.25

Banana and Toffee Cheesecake £4.95

Dark Chocolate Brownie £4.95
Overall, our whole Turtle Bay experience was absolutely outstanding. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated so well from everybody we met. From the smiling faces of other guests, the feeling was clearly mutual. Our lovely waitress Alex was equally incredible. She was cheerful, friendly and didn't at any point make us feel rushed or pressured in any way. Her knowledge of the menu was also very clear and she helped to guide us through the best dishes to choose from, which I would like to think they would do to every guest. One of the things Turtle Bay does well, aside from the amazing theming, is the spicy food. Spice is certainly not something I generally enjoy from a meal, but would happily eat most of the dishes from here. If the eating isn't your thing then Turtle Bay are also great with their cocktails, and they actually have a '2 for 1 happy hour' which I believe is everyday after 10pm. Seriously though, the food is incredible and both of my visits have always been a pleasure. More importantly my family and I had a lovely time to sit and talk over great food which is priceless, so we will definitely be back again in the future. 

Have you ever been to Turtle Bay before? 
Let me know what you think of the new summer menu if you visit! 

Until next time, 

*I was kindly invited to visit this restaurant to try out the new menu. As always photographs, opinions and thoughts are 100% my own and are always honest. 

Beauty : Eye Candy Lashes Review!*

Today's post is very different from the ones I am used to posting! Over the past couple of months I have really been enjoying experimenting more with my makeup and using more of the products that I have rather than buying new. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago to see if I wanted to try some of the gorgeous lashes from Eye Candy, which of course I did! As soon as they arrived I knew exactly the eye look I wanted to create with them. 

The lashes I was sent were '004 Volumise Strip Lash'. Much like it's name, these lashes are perfect for given the impression of thicker fuller lashes. I will be honest, when I first saw them in it's box I thought they would appear a lot heavier and thicker than they actually did when being worn. The box states that they are a 'classic Style', 'Balanced Look' and 'Lightweight'. All of these statements are spot on in my opinion. In the box you also receive a small amount of clear eyelash glue. Personally, I have been loving using my Pinky Goat black eyelash glue instead, but the clear glue also works perfectly too. If you are looking for a pair of lashes that don't look natural and will give an impact then these are the lashes for you! 

To match the lashes, I thought that I would try out a few of the colours in the Too Faced Peach Palette that I have never used before. The photograph above isn't really showing off the colours that well, but they are much greener in person. I used the shades 'Bless her heart' all over my lid, and blended 'Peach pit' into the outer corner and in the crease. I then applied a little bit of 'Bellini' just above the crease to blend out the edges of the shadow. To finish the eyes I reapplied 'Bless her heart' with my finger into the centre of the eye as well as in the inner corner. It was at this stage I applied the lashes as close to my natural lash line as possible which I found easier than I thought to do. After applying the lashes I used my Makeup revolution black liquid eyeliner to hide the lash strip. Finally I used my favourite Benefit 'They're Real' mascara to blend the lashes to my own. 

Overall I am really pleased with how this eye look turned out! I am not used to wearing such a heavy makeup look generally, and usually stick with using more bronzed tones on my eyes so loved venturing out of my comfort zone to create this look. 

The lashes are also a big hit in my books. I love how they looked on my eyes, and although they aren't everyday lashes, they would make the perfect lashes for the right occasion. 

What do you think about false lashes? Have you tried any that you think I would like? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time, 
*The lashes mentioned in this blogpost were kindly sent to me. Like always the photographs, words and opinions are 100% my own and are honest.

Beauty : Glossybox May 2017

Hello, it's been a while...

The last couple of weeks have been so busy as I have officially finished my university course studying Fashion Textiles! Even just typing that sounds crazy! Unfortunately with there being so many deadlines I had to take a little step back from blogging, so although there have been a few scheduled posts going up on a Sunday, the majority of them were written way way back in March! But I am so excited to finally have the free time in the evenings and weekends to actually blog and take photographs again. (Although this post is going up a little bit later than planned!) 

For those who may have not read any of my other posts, each month I share the contents and my thoughts on the latest Glossybox UK, which in my opinion is the best beauty subscription box that I have tried. This months May box is equally as exciting, and I am really excited to try out a few of the products already. Arriving in its cute little pink box with black accents and matching black bow, this months Glossybox was themed around 'basics'. Lets take a look inside...

Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub | £13.95
This body scrub was the first product that really caught my eye when I opened this months box. Charcoal beauty products have really made their entrance over the past couple of years, yet I personally haven't ever tried any! This product is 100% natural, vegan and vegetarian friendly, which can only mean great things for your skin as well. With the summer coming soon and fake tan season approaching, I know I am going to be getting some good use out of this! 

Dr. Paw Paw Original Balm | £6.95 | Full size product
When looking for a 'basics' product, this little gem is perfect. The balm can be used for pretty much anything, which makes it the best handbag accessory to have ever! It can be used as hand/face/body cream, lips, hair, bug bites or even patted lightly on top of the cheek bones to give a natural looking glow. Seriously, this is the product that keeps on giving! I am so excited to finally give it a try.

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral | £14.99 | Full size product
Ok, so the picture of this product doesn't really give it much justice, trust me it isn't as bright as it seems! This cute little pot of blusher is perfect to add a pop of colour to your cheeks for a summer glow. The powder is really silky and applies lovely when used with a small blusher brush. My only issue with this product is the price. For a £14.99 product, I would have expected better packaging and more product. The pot just feels a little bit too plastic-y for my liking! 

Model Launcher Brow Duo Pencil | £10.50 | Full size product
This is the one product in the box that I was the most excited for this month. It's only been in the last couple of years that I have really started to fill in my brows properly when doing my makeup. I am obsessed with Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil, and am always on the lookout for other products which could work as well. I think I may have just found it here. Appearance wise, this product is very similar to Benefits Goof Proof. The double ended applicator has a spooly one side and then the product on the other in a angled point, something that Benefit are known for with their brow products. After swatching this product I noticed how much more precise you are able to be with it, something that I would probably want when doing a full face of makeup for an evening occasion. I am going to be giving this a little try for a while, so make sure you check back soon for my final thoughts! 

Lavera Naturkosmetik Hand and Cuticle Cream | £4.95
This is probably the least exciting product in the box, but important when it comes to basics all the same. The hand and cuticle cream has a light texture with a refreshing smell. This product contains organic olive oil, chamomile extract and avocado oil, which works together leaving the hands soft and smooth whilst also protecting the nails and cuticles. 

Overall, I am pleased with some of the discoveries in this month's box. I am really excited to try out the brow product, and love the initial look and sound of the charcoal scrub. If you receive glossybox, what bits did you most love this month? Let me know! 

Until next time,