Thursday, 20 October 2016

5 Body Essentials For The Colder Months

5 Body Essentials For The Colder Months
Usually I get a little lazy with keeping my body hydrated during the colder months, simply because it is just too cold to be standing around half naked for 5 minutes applying products. I'm now a changed woman. Lately I find myself reaching for body products more frequently and have now got myself into a little routine.

Today I am sharing what my top 5 body essentials are that do wonders during the colder months.

Grounded Chocolate Orange Coffee Scrub
I am sure you are all aware of coffee scrubs, they are something original and unique that are very beneficial. This scrub is available from Boots and they come in a variety of flavours, I of course went for chocolate orange purely because Christmas is upon us and I want to be using exciting, nostalgic products. As you take a shower/bath you apply this scrub all over your body/face and let is sit for a while before you simply wash it off. These are incredibly messy scrubs, but the results are amazing, my skin always feels incredibly smooth after I have used this.

If I can double up having an extra layer of hydration then I will do it. The Nivea In Shower is the perfect product for upping moisturizing. If I am having one of those 'I can't be bothered' days, then I will go ahead in the shower use a normal shower gel and then apply this all over my body and rinse off. I love this product as once I am towel dried I don't feel the need to apply lotions. This product sets me off for the rest of the day and I just love that you can use it in the shower.

I like to reach for the Fair Squared Shower Gel before I apply the Nivea In Shower, which smells amazing. I love shower gels that smell yummy and leaves your body nice and hydrated which this product does. I also really like using the Shaving Soap* for shaving, some products leave my skin feeling dry but this doesn't and it again smells amazing. Fair Squared is a great brand to check out if like organic products that don't contain all the good stuff.

For those days I can be bothered to moisturize my body after a shower I like to reach for this product. This smells so lovely and really helps not only keep my skin hydrated but relaxes my body too. I like to apply this just before I hit the hay and I always wake up with smooth skin.

LUSH Coconut Hand Scrub
This coconut hand scrub is something else; I don't even think I've got a hand scrub in my collection. I love anything coconut and this just screamed at me for whenever my hands are feeling a bit on the dry side, I like to wet them and scrub them with this. I am left with very smooth and coconut-smelling hands and I cannot recommend this product enough if you suffer with dry hands, you could probably get away with using this on your feet too.

What are your body essentials for the colder months??

Monday, 17 October 2016

Top Tips For A Good Nights Rest

Top Tips For A Good Nights Rest
Am I the only one who feels as though sleep is just not an option lately? Since the days are starting to shorten and the evenings are getting chilly, I find that a good night's rest is just not an option at the moment neither is a lie in! I have been changing things up a bit and trying out new techniques that, believe it or not, have improved my sleeping pattern and my nasty dark circles! 

Here are my 7 easy tips to sleep easier and better.

1. Get a Routine - This is definitely the most significant step to get a better night's sleep. Set yourself a time for every evening to unwind and de-stress as this will completely relax your body before bed.

2. 9pm Turn Off - Since the New Year I set myself a goal to spend less time on my computer and more time doing other hobbies and believe it or not I have gained a better night's sleep. Definitely try and step away from your laptops an hour before bed and relax with a book or even some music.

3. Herbal Tea Break - Fitting with tip 1 I have a routine every evening of around 7pm to make myself a cup of green tea. I find hot drinks very relaxing and totally prepares you for bed. (Just maybe not the coffee)

4. Do Something Therapeutic - If your mind is elsewhere after 8pm then it's beneficial to do something therapeutic. For example, buying yourself an adult colouring book and spending an hour or so before bed colouring. It definitely takes your mind off any worries and relaxes you at the same time.

5. Get Prepared - This one I often suck at and that is being organised the night before. If you've got work or college the next day it is worth meal prepping, sorting out your outfit and washing your hair the night before. If everything is sorted before you go to sleep you are definitely going to be able to sleep worry-free.

6. Sleeping Mask/Spray - A new tip that I find works really well is spraying some sleeping mist onto your pillow just before you hit the hay and zoning out with a sleeping mask on. The sleeping mask or face blanket I like to use is by the brand Ooloom* which is an online site that sells a variety of different animals sleeping masks to help you get a better nights sleep. You can even purchase a dream journal which is amazing and something I wish I had thought of buying years ago as I quite like researching what my dreams mean on the dream meaning app.  

7. Little Touches - I always find that if you dim your phones brightness, light some candles and turn down the volume on your TV you are definitely in chance for a better nights sleep. If your TV is blasting your more focused to be wide awake and if any lights are bright it can be harder to shut off.

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How do you get a good nights sleep??

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Bath & Body Works Candle Dupes

Bath & Body Works Candle Dupes
My apologies for being a little afk with my blog lately I've kind of fallen out of love with blogging so I needed a break for a few weeks. I am back now and eager as ever to write lots of autumn, festive blog posts and what better way to come back then to come back with a cheap and cheery candle dupe blog post.

Someone posted a photo on Instagram a couple of weeks back of these Bath & Body Works candle dupes from B&M. I mean it is probably a good thing not having a Bath & Body Works store here in the UK as my money would just fly out my hands, so I of course had to check out the dupes in the meantime. 

When I popped into B&M I was amazed at how many autumn scents they actually had! I picked up Apple Orchard, Brown Sugar Spice, Black Cherry Merlot and Radiant Red Apple (which I've already used). I was almost tempted to get the famous Marshmallow Fireside candle, but I couldn't bare the overly sickly scent. These candles cost you £2.99 each which is such a bargain considering Bath & Body Works are around $20. Since my trip at B&M I've seen photos of wintry scents on Instagram so I will be making another trip there soon!

I was surprised at how good these candles lasted to be honest, I thought with them being quite cheap they'd not last long, and yet they did! They give off a very subtle scent that isn't too overpowering, but enough that when you walk into the room you can instantly smell them. I really like these candles and I can see why everyone is rating them well.

Have you tried these candles yet??

Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Favourites

September Favourites
So long, farewell to yet another month honestly I could have sworn I was only writing my August Favourites last week. So as we say goodbye to another month we are finally saying farewell to summer and hello to autumn. I love the weather change it excites me as I can finally start digging out my knits and stock up on LUSH bath products. I decided to conclude September with a favourites post on all the bits and pieces I have been enjoying recently and why.

LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo - My hair desperately needs cut so to prevent paying £30+ for a trim I decided to pick up a volume shampoo from LUSH in the hope it will give my hair some temp-life (until payday). I surprisingly love this shampoo I mean, the salt grains did freak me out a bit but once rubbed into your scalp it's quite relaxing. This leaves my hair smelling amazing and really helps restore some life to my hair without having to blow-dry upside down for volume. I actually really like this shampoo so I will definitely be checking LUSH's hair care range out more in the future!

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation - I mentioned in my Drugstore Makeup Tryouts post (here) that I was starting to not see the benefits of Double Wear foundation so I opted for a cheaper alternative. I've never tried L'Oreal foundation before and since purchasing it I have been wearing this on my face almost every day since, it is amazing. This gives you a medium coverage with a light finish that doesn't melt off throughout the day. I love how light and healthy this feels on my skin, it has really made me think twice about splurging on high-end foundations as often.

Gold Makeup Brushes - I discovered these Zoeva dupe type brushes here on Aliexpress and decided to try them out. I never thought I would like them as much as I did but they are amazing! I find my eyeshadows blend in so nicely and there are so many brushes to play around with. I have been using some for highlight, powder all sorts! They are so inexpensive as well I think its £2.50 for like 12 or something.

St Tropez Instant Tan - I think I got this in a magazine one time and only now have I started to really get into it. I have been applying this tan all over my body for that instant tanned look. It is very blendable, natural and builds up so nicely, I am never left with any streaks, orange patches and when it washes off in the shower it all washes off nicely. I really like this tan and I can definitely see me purchasing the large version.

Nivea Micellar Water - Every time I look up micellar waters this one is always recommended, I have tried pretty much most of the drugstore brands apart from this one so I decided to give it a try. This takes my makeup off so much better than other brands I have tried, it definitely gets the job done quicker. I do find I go through this bottle a lot faster than the likes of Garnier but, it does leave my skin super hydrated and clean. I really like this product it doesn't dry my skin out and gets the job done fast.

Other Random Bits - Other things I've been loving this month includes chokers I am really digging that 90s vibe at the moment. I think they are so trendy and really help bring together a simple outfit. I've also been enjoying a documentary on Netflix called 72 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia, I've really been getting into that and discovering stories behind each animal.

What have you been loving this month??

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

September Degustabox

September Degustabox
As I type this it's currently the 25th of September, not to alarm anyone but 3 months until the big man gets here, but hey who's counting? I can't believe I am writing about September's Degustabox already, it feels like yesterday since I talked about August. This month's box is filled with a variety of foods some of which are unknown to me so I was excited to try them out.
Cape Drinks
Cape Drinks 2 x £1.59
Cape is a sparkling blend of anti-oxidant packed Rooibos Tea and delicious fruit juices with added vitamins, ginseng and natural botanical extracts. It is made with all natural ingredients and contains no refined sugars. Both of these flavours really appeal to me I love fruity, refreshing drinks that don't leave you feeling bloated or unsatisfied. I rarely drink fruity drinks but because these are packed with vitamins I might have to give them a go.
Chia seed
Chia Bia Seed Sachets 2 x £1.00
Chia seeds are something I have in my diet daily, I always sprinkle them onto my porridge, in a bottle of water or in my salads. They are tiny black seeds that are added to foods to boost nutrition, they are packed with omega 3, fibre and is also a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. These have no flavour to them whatsoever so they are really easy to consume.
Hartleys jelly
Hartley's Jelly Pots 4 x £0.50
Who didn't used to eat these as a child and always have one popped into their pack lunch? These non added sugar jelly pots are great snacks to brighten up any lunchbox. I haven't had these in years so when I tried one it brought back so many memories as a child. So yummy!
Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins £1.00
These deliciously light and crispy popcorn thins are made from corn so they have a unique texture and crunch to them. I always like to snack on these if I am craving some chocolate but don't want to indulge into a chocolate bar. These are so addictive and perfect for healthier snacking alternatives. They are great for popping in your bag for on the go snacking too.
Miso Soup
Miso Taste Soup £3.65
Soup is one of those light lunches I always have with crackers or some bread, and these little sachets will come in perfect for when I am at work. Miso Soup is made from 12 month fermented soybeans and rice with a hint of Japanese shchimi spice. These sachets come with two separate packs for an authentic flavour, they are suitable for vegans and only contain 45 calories! I can't wait to try these out!
Cirio Borlotti Beans £1.89 (pack of 3)
Cirio beans contribute towards a healthy, balanced diet and contain dietary fibre, vitamins, vegetable protein and carbohydrates. I personally have never tried these myself they just look like your standard beans, I am not entirely sure whether I would like this but I would imagine they'd be nice mixed into a sauce or some sort.
Get fruity
Get Fruity Bars £1.00
This is an award winning fruit and oat bar that has a high percentage of the named fruit making it authentically fruity. Containing gluten free oats and virgin coconut oil with no added refined sugars, produced on a nut free site and is 100% natural. These just sound incredibly good. I have tried one of these before and thought they tasted delicious so I was excited to receive one in my box. They are great for on the go snacks or if you are feeling a bit peckish.
Mrs Crimble's Fusilli £1.99
This is gluten free corn fusilli pasta with a gourmet mushroom and cream sauce, perfect accompaniment to meat or fish. I have never tried fusilli pasta before not that I am aware of anyways but I hate mushrooms so I know I won't eat this. I do like how it is gluten free though, perhaps I will check out the brand for other flavours.
say yes to no bread
Say YES To No Bead Chips £1.49
I have had these in a box before I am sure and I thought they were nice but a bit drying so perhaps I'll top them with a dip of some sort. These do taste really good and don't leave you feeling bloated like some snacks do.
Teisseire Sirop £2.99
For water worth savoring, add a dash of this stuff to still or sparkling water. The soft and fruity raspberry taste, boosted by the freshness of the cranberry flavour, gives an extraordinary experience with zero sugar. I like the sound of this drink it sounds really refreshing and great to spice up water so I can't wait to try this.

Overall I would say this box was good but not my favourite I did like how their was a lot of brands I haven't tried before but, a lot of the bits didn't really appeal to me. The popcorn thins were definitely my favourite as they are a great healthy snack alternative.

I would really recommend people who enjoy food and want to try new brands out to give this box a try. Who doesn't love the element of surprise especially with food?! It is like Christmas every month. You always come across some amazing brands and try some yummy recipes too!

If you want to find out what other yummy treats Degustabox send out their website link is here, or you can find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information. 

If you are interested in trying this yummy box out they have kindly sent me a £6 off discount for you all, using the code: BLDEG15

Last Two Month's Boxes:
August Degustabox

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