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Saturday, 31 December 2016

LIFESTYLE | GOODBYE 2016


2016 has been a confusing year for most of us, with plenty of ups and downs along the way. But as usual I want to end the year focusing on the accomplishments I have made this year. So here are five things I am happy to reflect on from 2016!

1. Being part of a fantastic organisation and raising over 2.3million for The Princes Trust with my small ambassador team. 

2. Entering my 5th year of part time study with the OU and LSE studying BA Combined Social Sciences, still motivated still passionate and still dream chasing whilst working full time and mothering my blog.

3. Having intense therapy and not letting BPD or Anxiety get in the way of my dreams accomplishments and daily life. 

4. Being invited to Buckingham Palace for tea to meet royalty and get recognition for the work I have done. 

5. Having two new furry friends added to my little family and 
Adulting like a boss maintaing my own home and work life!

Happy New Year.
What are you proud of from 2016?

xx
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

BEAUTY | BEAN BODY COFFEE SCRUB

Its been a long time coming, but I have finally found the time to sit back, relax and put up this blog post. For ages I have heard about coffee scrubs and never really understood the hype. I mean coffee... on your skin? Maybe its because of how I grew up but this idea, this new craze, didn't really have me jumping for joy and running up and down the high street looking for coffee to slap onto my skin.  Or maybe it is because I have never been fond of that strong coffee smell, like who actually goes into a coffee shop and breathes in the coffee smell in the air and thinks... oh this is the life? Not me I tell you, it usually has the opposite effect, I pop in smell it in the air and feel sick. I guess you wont find me in Starbucks getting happy about a new cup and a caramel latte... Damn! I'm missing out on all those typical blogger goals. haha

Then suddenly one day, postman pat knocks on my door and hands me over a package. And there amongst the tissue paper was a gifted coffee scrub, not for me to try but a gift. So after sticking my nose up at the idea. I actually had a chance to see if I could be proven wrong. Of course I was more skeptical. Now three bags in (constant repurchasing) I can honestly say i'm no longer skeptical.... Since then the Bean Body brand has been my favourite to purchase as it has infused scents that makes the coffee not as strong.
The Bean Body coffee bean scrub helps to soften moisturise and hydrate rough, dry and dehydrated skin as well as treat stretch marks and cellulite. This product can certainly last longer than what you expect it too. I use this beauty to exfoliate my body up to twice a week. Rinsing myself down in the shower to ensure my body is wet and ready for the coffee granules to stick to my body, I use a few handfuls in order to get my whole body exfoliated massaging it into the skin in circular motions, I've noticed ive come quite accustomed to falling into a anti-clockwise routine.

Once fully coated in the peppermint good stuff I end up sitting on the edge of the bath watching something on Netflix to pass the time whilst the coconut oil, vitamin e and sea salt gets to work, as it suggests to let yourself naturally dry for up to five minutes. But I never follow the rules because I am a rebel, I constantly change up the waiting time depending on what ive got going on. Usually I find myself pulling out all the stops, avocado face mask on, deep conditioning hair treatment mask on and soaking my feet in a shallow bath to get rid of the crust. (Yes we all get crusty feet). And once i'm ready to move on I rinse off all the granules to unveil super soft silky smooth moisturised skin that even a new born baby would be jealous of,... take that baby.
Bean Body do have other scents and infused scrubs to their range so make sure to keep an eye out for them, So I guess I was proven wrong, (I'm not going to hype as it still has a lingering smell of coffee but it isn't as bad as I first thought) It definitely is a lovely product and as someone who suffers with psoriasis I am very cautious about what I use on my body, as it can cause my skin to become more inflammed or irritated and this done the complete opposite, calmed my skin and reduced the redness. What more could I want?  

Bean Body gets a 9/10 from me! You can find the range here

xx
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

LIFESTYLE | PREVENT CHAPPED LIPS THIS WINTER


Now the weather is definitely changing, and the cold breeze is starting to bite. Autumn will soon turn to winter, and we all know what that means. The big cosy jumpers, autumnal candles, thermal socks and leggings, and vampy makeup. Ever year is always the same for me, and I'm sure I am not alone when jack frost visits and leaves everyone with frost bite and chapped lips. This year I am changing the game, this year I have looked into products that can help us beat the chap. 

We all have a few beauty favourites that we reach for every year, those holy grail products you reach for in the bottom of your draws and the back of the cupboards you just need to dust off. Through the summer months I never really have an issue with keeping my lips moisturised and chap free, but during winter I tend to find it trickier. Over the years I have learnt (which I'm sure most of you are thinking... well done Einstein) moisture is key, lip scrubs and lip balms make all the difference. Of course you can make your own lip scrub at home with brown sugar, honey and a drop of olive oil, But I have an even tastier alternative.... 

Heard of LUSH? Who the hell hasn't, unless you have been living under a rock you would know all about bath-bombs, bath products themed around seasons and the amazing sugar scrub that can be purchased online and in-store. LUSH Sugar Plum Fairy, is one not to be messed with, this sweet remedy gently exfoliates dead skin leaving your lips extra smooth. But that's not only the best bit, once you've got rid of pesky crust you're then free to lick off the excess sugar scrub leaving you with the taste of blackcurrant and orange. What more could you want?

Now that your lips have benefited from a light exfoliation and are hydrated by the orange oil that is infused in the scrub, I never go anywhere without a lip balm of some sort, from Nivea to Carmex and from Carmex to EOS, you will always benefit from keeping one of these little beauts in your handbag or pocket. I remember when EOS came out and it was a frenzy across the world amongst all bloggers a couple of years ago, and please believe it still is! How could it not be? Many of us are a big fan of US products because there are so many we just cannot get are hands on, although Target.com is my secret american loophole to by not only lip balm but more! EOS comes in many flavours and varieties but that is not only what makes it so good, its the long lasting moisture it gives to your lips. 

Finally to keep those chapped lips at bay, if you're like me you are ready to put some lipstick on to add colour to your lips. Majority of the time I am a sucker for matte lipsticks but once it gets colder I try to steer clear of matte finishes and tend to reach for a creamy finish, similar to the Rimmel Moisture Renew.The Rimmel Moisture Renew is a moisturising lipstick that comes in a variety of colours, and its unique selling point that has got bloggers talking about this product, is how hydrating it is to the lips. Moisture Renew has a creamy texture which I am fond of, leaves lips super soft and ready to pucker up.  

Goodbye Chapped lips

xx
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

BEAUTY | AVENE HAUL

Avene has been a product I have used for a number of years now, if I had to estimate probably around four years. I was first introduced to them by accident then got to know more about the brand and their products during a blogger networking event. Over the last few years, I have suffered with psoriasis all over my body and although I have been prescribed ointments and creams to help soothe irritation Avene products have also worked wonders.  
The time came when all my skincare products had finished, is it just me or does this happen to everyone, everything you have seems to finish at exactly the same point? So I just had to go on a splurge in Boots, and whilst I bought my usual cotton pads, face wipes, sprays and other toiletries, I headed over to the Avene stand to get a few of my usual's and a few things I hadn't tried before. 

My Avene shopping list consisted of:
Eau Thermale Avene- Tolerance Extreme Creme
This is something I always need for my psoriasis and eczema, especially at this size that can just pop into my handbag. It is so rich and hydrating I would recommend it to anyone who wanted something for dry skin that is thick and keeps you moisturised all day.
Eau Thermale Avene- Tolerance Extreme Mask
I don't suffer with psoriasis on my face but from time to time I get dry skin, so make sure to keep this product stocked in my bathroom for when I need a holy grail product to give my skin life again. The mask doesn't leave your skin dry, it is recommended to leave the mask on for five minutes but I have found myself leaving it on for twenty minutes and boy does it do wonders for hydrating my skin. The mask is very thick which can be a bit daunting to some but really is worth it.
Eau Thermale Avene- Tolerance Extreme Emulsion
Avene Emulsions is probably my favourite from this haul, it is so hydrating but not as heavy as the cream so I can actually use it on my oily combination skin type when it is needed. This product is one that I can use morning and night, and is a constant repurchase product. Very worth the hype and the product. 
Eau Thermale Avene- Hydrance Optimale*
Now this is something I was sent and boy was it not a good match, the hydrance optimale is meant to be a hydrating skin tone perfecter and I was told it was meant to be suitable for all skin tones, which I was already hesitant about... How can one product match every skin tone....hmmm? So once the product turned up at my door, I eagerly tried it on and was seriously disappointed. Mainly because I was left grey and ashy. Even on a second and third attempt I was still turning into a ghost version of me that I met previously whilst trying this product.  
All of these products can be purchased from Boots.com,  And that;s it the end of the haul!

xx



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