11/05/2015

Frenchies Dessert Parlour - Camberley.



Today I thought I'd review something a little different. It's something I've always had in mind so no time like the present.

Last year one of my work friends informed me that an amazing place had opened up in Camberley, like nothing around here. Serving up waffles, gelato, milkshakes and all sorts of wonderful treats. So we paid it a visit and it's been a love affair ever since.

So what is Frenchies? Back at the end of 2013, Lucy Bass was talking to her family about a business idea she had. Fast forward to April 2014, after lots of hard work and many sleepless nights she was opening the doors to Frenchies to the general public.

When first entering the restaurant you're greeted with a big ice cream cabinet full of all different colours and flavours of gelato and sorbet. A waitress will quickly get you seated, explaining the menu if you haven't been before. After giving you a reasonable amount of time to take everything in and try and narrow down what you'd like, they'll be back to take your order.

This is the perfect chance to take in the surroundings. The floor is classic checkered black and white. The eating area though compact, doesn't feel cramped because you're seated in a booth, giving you a little more privacy. There's also the choice of eating outside, having a window seat or sitting at one of the bars.

The bottom half of the walls are decorated with textured, black paper covered in holographic glitter. Whilst the top is painted white it's covered with iconic quotes, framed vintage movie posters and there's always an old film being projected onto one of the walls. Over the doorway it's full of registration plates from all around the US. I love that thought has gone into every little detail. They've succeeded in giving it an American diner feel.
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Moving onto the good stuff - the menu. There's only one savoury item available, an American hot dog. But where Frenchies really shines is through their desserts. They do a range of waffles, sundaes, crepes, sorbetto, gelato, cookie sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

There's many, many different flavours of gelato to choose from. Everything from Nutella to good old vanilla. Mint choc chip and classic strawberry - there's just far too many to list. This means that I can guarantee there's a waffle, sundae or crepe that will take your fancy. If not there's always the chance to create your own from different flavoured scoops of gelato, about a million different toppings ranging from fruit, nuts and a whole range of different sweets, treats and flavoured sauces.

They also have a seasonal additions, a breakfast menu, fondue, afternoon and cream teas. Plus they will cater to any food allergies you may have. They even have a gluten and wheat free waffle mix. But if you have your own they are more than happy for you to take it along and have them cook it for you. They also stock a range of diabetic ice creams.

After all that food you'll need to wash it down with something. Be that a bottomless soda, with the option of having a float. Or a premium milkshake, I can highly recommend the Ferrero Rocher! If you're feeling something a little less rich you could opt for a fruit smoothie or a range of different coffees, both iced and hot. But if you're there of an evening you could also treat yourself to a cocktail or two, or perhaps even a hard milkshake.
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If that's not enough for you Frenchies is open to bookings for private functions in their room upstairs. Be that a birthday party, a work meeting or even a book club. They are more than happy to help you plan an event.
They also provide different groups on a daily and weekly basis for little ones. Which all come with a small, iced treat for them.


A Whole Lotta Coffee waffle - £4.95
This is the waffle that my mum favours most when she visits. It's topped with dolce latte gelato and whipped cream, sprinkled with chocolate coated coffee beans and flaked milk chocolate shavings. Finished with a generous drizzle of chocolate and caramel sauce.


Tutti Frutti waffle - £5.95
Since I've been visiting Frenchies and what with such an expansive menu, I always try something different. In the past I've had the Blue Moon and Nutella Dream waffles, just to name a few. I've never managed to finish them completely because they are definitely for those with an extremely sweet tooth.
I had in mind that I was going to go for The Canadian but with what such lovely weather I opted for something on the fruity and fresh side.
The Tutti Frutti waffle is topped with tutti frutti gelato which even has small pieces of jelly sweets mixed in with it. It comes with a generous helping of fresh fruit, which you can choose. I went for pineapple, strawberries and kiwi. Finished with whipped cream and a selection of sauces that are the same flavour as the fruit you go for.
It's delicious and refreshing and my first one that I'd managed to finish since it's not too sickly. I didn't want it to end. Perfect! I think this might become a favourite.
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A little while after opening, Creams moved in right down the road. It seems people have naturally compared the two, though I must say I am unable to as I've never ventured into Creams myself. Personally I don't think there's any competition. Frenchies is a small, locally run business and I will continue to give them my custom. Over the first few months of opening they had some bumps in the road, which may have put people off but I think all businesses suffer with them, even more so if you're not a chain and you're just doing it on your own.

I cannot recommend Frenchies highly enough. I have been many different times and I will always go back for more. Their waffles are wonderful and the toppings are plentiful. If you're in the surrounding area or perhaps just having a day out in Camberley, put Frenchies on your to do list. I promise you won't regret it.

Sorry for waffling on (geddit?) and for that terrible pun, I just had to. I'd also like to point out that whilst this review may look sponsored, the money came out of my own pocket. It's just such a delicious place to eat I couldn't help but rave about it. 
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Where to find them:
35 Obelisk Way
The Mall
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3SG

01276 683870


Opening hours:
10AM to 10PM - 7 days a week
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09/05/2015

Glossybox - April.

I'm a little later than usual in posting this Glossybox review. I kept meaning to get swatches but I found myself preoccupied with other things. I debated not posting about it but here I am!

April brings us the 'iconic edit' box*.



POP Beauty - Kajal Eyeliner Pen - Sooty Black
£6.50 / 0.9g
I didn't swatch this as I'm sure most people are aware of what black eyeliners look like. This is a grey black. It's not as dark as I'd like but its great if you don't like to go too heavy on the eyes but like a darker smoky look.
The smudger on the opposite end blends the product out easily. I do find it's not as long lasting as the formula seems to move about easily. I prefer something a little more permanent.

Lord & Berry - Lipstick Pencil - Kiss
£10
I always favour blue based reds. Having a cool skin tone I find they just look a lot better on me. Kiss is a classic red with a strong orange undertone to it. I found the pencil applicator a little bit of a faff. I usually don't have much trouble so I'm wondering if it's the formula.
Regardless, it's matte and lasts for a good while. Leaving behind a slight stain once worn away but it can get a little uncomfortably drying.

Nougat London - Soothing Bath Pearls
£6 / 35ml
I can't remember the last time I opted for a bath. I love indulging in them but I generally go for a shower just because it's quick. These bath pearls don't really appeal to me. But they're said to be delicately fragranced and leave your skin with a very subtle shimmer. Something which I feel some people may dislike. I'm all for glitter personally.

Color Club - Nail Polish - Barely There
£4.10 / 15ml
This shade is part of this years spring 'Shift Into Neutral' collection. For the longest time I've been searching for the perfect nude polish, also known as 'mannequin hands'.
Barely There is perfect for this. I've even managed to wear it to work without a single person noticing. It just blends into my skin tone.

Darphin - Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream
£65 / 50ml
Let's start off by getting the obvious out of the way. This face cream is crazy expensive so with such a small sample it's hard to get a feel for if it truly works. I believe this aimed at more mature skin as it claims to soften lines and wrinkles due to its probiotics. Leaving your skin protected and nourished.
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It seems that a lot of people were unhappy with this months selection of products. I think this was due to an Astral moisturising being included. It's a very cheap brand that you can find in most supermarkets for just a couple of pounds. If I had recieved this, I probably wouldn't be very happy either.

Regardless of that, I don't think the theme was carried through to the contents of the box. Rather just how it was packaged. The contents were quite varied, my favourite being the nail polish. I can see me getting a lot of use out of that one.

I'm hoping next months pickings will be a little better and if it has a theme, that it continues throughout both the contents and the packaging.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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07/05/2015

Blowing Away The Cobwebs.



Every now and then I think we all need to get away, even just for a few hours. It's perfect for clearing your head and putting everything back in perspective. Things have been a little odd of late. I say odd because I can't quite describe it. I'm sure (and hope) I'm not alone in this. Something hasn't felt right if you will. Whether that's something that's missing or something that's going on, I'm not able to put my finger on it so I'm unable to work towards fixing it.

A couple of days ago my mum (who is currently up visiting) and I took a road trip to Hayling Island. I haven't seen seawater or been near the coast since before I moved over 2 years ago. It was the perfect chance to take my mind off things for a little while and a good excuse to get proper feel for my Olympus PEN E-PL7. I've had it for a little while but haven't had a chance to take much other than product photos for my blog, shameful I know.

We opted for a sunny but blowy walk along the seafront and by that I mean we actually witnessed someone struggling to open her car door because it was blowing such a gale. Before stopping for a spot of lunch. Then it was another walk back along the coast, with some running away from waves thrown in. To protect my camera from the water - obviously! Before finishing the day off at the amusement arcades. It's amazing how much entertainment you can get with a little pot of 2 pences. There's something satisfying about hearing the sound of a bunch of coins falling off the edge and into the winning tray.

It was just what I needed and has left my mind feeling a little less cluttered.
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23/04/2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

I love wearing makeup but one of the things I hated was taking it off. It always seemed like such a chore. Once it's done though, nothing feels better than letting your skin breath.

Quite some time ago Caroline Hirons posted about this and since then everyone seems to have picked up and raved about it. It can often be hard to hold of because it seems to be constantly out of stock. So when I saw it in Boots I just had to pick it up.


Cliniques Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a lightweight balm. I've never used anything like this to take my makeup off so I have nothing to compare it to. I use it as my first cleanse, starting with a small amount and warming it in my palms before massaging it into my face, whilst dry. If needed I add a little more, generally depending on how much eyeliner I've been wearing, yano? I then rinse with warm water and follow up with my second cleanse.

It melts away even the most stubborn, waterproof of makeup including any that contain SPF. It feels soft, smooth and silky on the skin, not at all oily and greasy like I imagined. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable like it does after using micellar waters. The balm itself isn't scented which is kind of boring but it means there's no added fragrance oils which could irritate sensitive skin.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's one of those products that does exactly what it says. It's easy to use and makes removing makeup so much more enjoyable. If that's even a thing?
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Price:
£22 / 125ml

Where to buy:
Clinique
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