30 September 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. NEXT Fringe Cardigan, £38
I have a thing with knitwear. I love it! I love this time of year. This chunky cardigan with fringing detail is perfect!
2. Lulu & Boo Rose & Chamomile Toning Mist, £16.95/100ml
I've finished up my orange blossom toner and would love to try this one next! I bet it smells lovely and will be perfect for my sensitive skin.
3. Roman Originals Shawl Collar Jacket, £30 £20
I love the print on this blazer. It would be a great piece to finish off an evening or interview outfit.
4. Ted Baker Bead Cluster Bracelet, £45 £22
Isn't this just stunning?! I love the deep blue shade and the dash of rose gold hardware.
5. Botanicals Himalayan Rose Mineral Bath Soak, £24.95/450g
I love luxury bath products and this sounds divine! I imagine it smells incredible.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

29 September 2015

September At A Glance + Monthy Favourites

September is coming to an end, so that means that my birthday (20th October) is edging ever closer! And then there's Christmas, of course.

Judging on the length, this blog post should have been re-titled "September, the novella"...

We had just one movie night this month - a Horror Movie Night where we watched The Babadook and Annabelle. Love both of those! Have you seen any good horrors lately?
My friend Tracy and I had a lovely walk down to the old flour mill on a very warm, sunny day. I took the opportunity to take a few scenic snaps; there were people fishing in the River Stour and we also spotted a dragonfly. I've still never made it inside the mill, which is still functioning today.

One evening, we met up with another couple, our friends, Tom and Lian, for a meal at The Half Moon Inn, in Shaftesbury. It's a lovely pub with a great interior and plenty of seating. I had the cheese and onion potato skins to start, which were delicious and also came with a sour cream dip. I opted for the chickpea burger for my main, which came with coleslaw, chips and a side salad. The chips were lovely and crisp, but I found the burger too dense and it tasted unusually like chorizo. I went for the toffee waffle sundae, as did Lian, and it was really nice but I don't think the pieces of waffle worked! Popcorn would be a great substitute. A refreshing glass of elderflower cordial accompanied my meal.

Tracy and I met up again later in the month and visited the pretty market town of Sherborne in Dorset. We are hoping to check out the many markets which are regularly held there. It was the weekly general Saturday market which featured fresh fruit and veg, a jewellery stand, a pet food stand and a stand selling pretty plants.
We happened across Naturalife, a store selling wholefoods, natural beauty and eco-friendly cleaning products. It was a great discovery and I spotted many great brands. I can't wait to return! You can check out my mini haul in my up-coming monthly purchases post. Next time, I plan to pick up some Booja-Booja goodies! The shop also had a re-fillable ecover laundry products section which is a great idea! The staff were very pleasant and accommodating, and are happy to order in specific products for you. They also stock some lovely locally-made products such as fresh juices and food items.

Unexpectedly, Dean's sister and her new partner came to visit, so we ended up going out for another evening meal, along with his parents and brother. We dined at The Plough Inn in Manston. I opted for the baked brie starter, which was lovely. I chose the veggie pie & chips for my main. The good mood ended abruptly when I was unknowingly served a chicken & leek pie! We enquired if the gravy was vegetarian, and when the waitress returned, she explained and apologised that I had been given the wrong pie. In that moment, I felt somewhat betrayed and lost all trust in eating out. In that moment, my right not to eat meat was taken away. They quickly removed the dish and went to make a fresh, vegetarian pie. They explained that they would remove this from the bill. When my main finally arrived, everyone else was almost finished there's, so all in all, I was really put off and hardly touched the pie. I'd lost my appetite. No-one else wanted dessert, so we paid up and went home.
It was a horrible experience and made me realise that when you have decided to follow a strict diet (i.e. no eating of meat or meat industry by-products), there really is no place for naivety. You have to put your trust in others and you have to speak up for yourself. I'm now very weary of eating out and will have to slowly build up my trust in others to respect my diet choices.

If it wasn't for the fact that it had been planned for some time and was to celebrate Tracy's recent birthday, I would have skipped the next day out, as I didn't feel ready to face eating out again - the day after the bad experience. We met our friends, Tracy and Alex, at The Green Man in King's Stag. We all sat down for a Sunday carvery lunch. Tracy and I opted for the meatless option, while the boys piled their plates high with beef, turkey and all the trimmings! I really enjoyed my roast and felt more at ease. We all indulged in a dessert - I went for sticky toffee pudding with ice-cream, which was gorgeous and had plenty of toffee sauce! We went for a little stroll around the local area to burn off some of the calories.

We made a few cinema trips this month and went to see Mazerunner 2; it took an unexpected turn and was really good, Transporter: Refueled; not bad, but nothing new here and I must admit, I prefer Jason Statham, and Legend; a somewhat light-hearted (in some places) take on The Kray Twins, which was a really interesting and quite comical watch! On the evening we saw Legend, we went for a meal at Wagamama's beforehand. I opted for the Yasai Katsu curry (sweet potato, aubergine and butternut squash coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, covered in an aromatic curry sauce served with sticky rice and a side salad) and it was pleasant enough, but became a little too spicy towards the end - there was a lot of sauce! I also had the banana Katsu (banana in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream) for dessert, which was really yummy.

As always, Dean and I watched lots of DVDs this month, including Wild BillBeasts Of The Southern Wild, It FollowsThe Harsh Light Of Day and Still Life. I also made my way through the whole Harry Potter series - I love these!

And onto this month's favourites:
I discovered The Great British Menu on BBC iPlayer (currently on it's 10th series) and loved it! Very interesting and inspiring.
I've been loving chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate - be it in the form of a chocolate bar, chocolate sauce on my ice-cream or a mug of it!
I'm also loving having fresh flowers around the house at the moment! Dean can get them at his work, heavily reduced and the lilies in particular last ages!
And lastly, I'm loving early nights in with the darker evenings and snuggling up in my PJs on the sofa!

Well done if you reached the end of this post! Today marks the proper start of our holiday, as my parents and their two spaniels, Fern and Bailey, are coming to stay this evening, for the remainder! I only see my family a couple of times a year, so it will be lovely to have them here. We are planning on exploring the local area and going for many dog walks! I'm hoping this will result in much-needed exercise, fresh air, new sights, oh, and some content for future blog posts, hopefully! I have many blog posts pre-scheduled for the coming weeks, as I will be taking a step back from full-on blogging while we enjoy our break, but I'll still be around in some form or other! Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of guest posts from some lovely bloggers!

28 September 2015

A Striped Sunday Shopping Trip

Outfit Details:
Wallis Striped Colour Block Jumper Dress
NEXT Black Leggings
Dorothy Perkins Striped Flats
5th Avenue Striped Pink Bow Bag

This was the outfit I wore yesterday. I managed to match my dress with my bag and shoes; I love the blocks of pink, as they brighten up this otherwise neutral look. We spent a few hours in Yeovil, looking round the shops.
I picked up a gift set size of Faith In Nature's coconut shampoo and conditioner for RRP £6.99 £4.99 (my favourite hair duo) and some delicious bottles of cream soda (£4.99 for 4) from TK Maxx, then I picked up a pair of super skinny grey jeans from Tesco for just £14; I went for a size 10L and they are true to size in the sense that they fit like a glove, but have room for a big meal without feeling like they're going to burst! They are soft and stretchy and super comfortable - I'm considering getting a pair in each colour, that's how good they are! Oh, and I also picked up these pretty flowers for £3, to brighten the place up in time for my parents' arrival tomorrow evening - hopefully they'll stay fresh until then! We lunched at Subway - my first visit since turning veggie - and I went for the veggie pattie on flatbread, with salad and BBQ sauce which was really yummy. They also ask if you'd like them to change their gloves, which is good!

How did you spend your Sunday?

27 September 2015

5 Current Beauty Favourites

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £22/30ml
First up, we have this lovely, award-winning rosehip oil. This is a great multi-use product with lots of beneficial properties! It's a great skin healer and it's also great at injecting your skin with a boost of moisture. A very nourishing treat for the skin. Read my full review here.
Pure Coconut Oil, £9.99/500ml
Coconut oil has so many uses! I used to use it solely for my hair - it's great as an overnight hair mask. Now I've started using it as a make-up remover and it's great! Not only does it do a great job at removing every last trace of make-up, it also leaves your skin soft and hydrated.
Badger Sleep Balm, £4.25/21g
I wasn't too sure about this at first. It may not be a magical sleeping aid, but it has lots of other uses! I love to massage this into my temples and rub it under my nose before going to sleep. I also like to use it as a hand salve on any sore, broken skin to help heal and soothe it. And it's also great as a lip balm. I only wish the scent was a little stronger and longer-lasting! I love the simple, clean ingredients - Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Natural Beeswax, Castor Oil, and Essential Oils of Bergamot, Ginger, Organic Rosemary, Lavender & Organic Balsam Fir.
Neve Cosmetics Occhioni Black Mascara, £10.95/10.5ml
A brand new make-up purchase, but already a favourite. This mascara has a semi-dry formula and an unusually-shaped five ball brush. I wipe off the excess product on some tissue, then apply by gently wiggling through my lashes, after curling them. This gives a lovely, natural look with definition and added length. There is virtually no clumping and no flaking, even at the end of the day! The formula is vegetarian-friendly and features ingredients such as beeswax, sunflower seed oil, sweet and bitter cherry seed oils and oat kernel extract.
Hurraw! Coconut Lip Balm, £3.99/4.3g
I loved this after the first swipe across my lips! The sweet coconut scent is heavenly. The formula is super smooth and gentle, leaving a glossy sheen on your lips and keeping them hydrated and nourished. I really like the practical shape of the tube, too. The formula is vegan-friendly and the ingredients are lovely and simple - cold-pressed, organic sweet almond oil, wild-crafted candelilla wax, raw, organic coconut oil, cold-pressed, organic jojoba oil, raw, organic cocoa butter, cold-pressed, organic castor oil, cold-pressed, organic olive oil, organic coconut flavour and vitamin e.

What are your current beauty favourites?

25 September 2015

Autumn Touches For The Home

With the cooler temperatures seeping in, it's time to cosy up indoors and light a few candles! I adore this time of year and love adding a few autumnal touches to my home. Whether you make big or little interior changes, it can really transform a room. Here are some of my current favourite homeware pieces:
1. Matalan Fairisle Mug, £3
Keep your hot chocolate warm in this pretty fairisle mug!
2. Matalan Metal Fruit Basket, £6
Place this metal fuit bowl on a rustic wooden coffee table to encourage yourself to eat more of your five-a-day!
3. TK Maxx Cable Knit Cushion, £14.99
Cosy up your sofa and add some texture with this cable knit cushion.
4. TK Maxx Deer Serving Tray, £12.99
Delight your guests with this stunning deer serving tray!
5. H&M Faux Fur Blanket, £49.99
Keep cosy, log fire or not, with this super soft faux fur blanket.
6. The French Bedroom Company Copper Cluster Wire Pendant, £140
Isn't this copper wire pendant amazing?! Add a luxe, rustic touch to your home with this stunning light fitting.
7. BHS Lilac Hydrangea In Milk Urn, £20
Don't forget a splash of colour! This pretty flower arrangement will do the trick.
8. NEXT Aubrey 4 Light, £85
Lighten the mood with this pretty chandelier, adding a romantic touch to your room.
9. Oliver Bonas Stag Jewellery Stand, £20
Place your little trinkets and jewellery pieces in this pretty holder.
10. M&Co. Balmoral Check Cushion, £19
Add warm, autumnal shades and classic patterns with this check cushion.

24 September 2015

The A-Z About Me Tag

This tag has been going around Facebook recently, so I thought I'd take part via my blog. Let me know if you take part, or why not post your answers in the comments below?!
A- Age: 25. It's my birthday next month!
B- Biggest Fear: Spiders!
C- Current Time: 09:41am.
D- Drink you last had: Twinings' camomile & spearmint tea.
E- Easiest Person To Talk To: Dean, my husband.
F- Favorite Song: Currently, it's Release by Pearl Jam - love that song!
G- Ghosts, are they real? I believe so!
H- Hometown: Aberdeen, Scotland.
I- In love with: Dean, my husband.
J- Jealous Of: Kate Beckinsale's hair!
K- Killed Someone? No.
L- Last time you cried? A few days ago.
M- Middle Name: Charlotte.
N- Number of Siblings: 3 - I have two sisters and one brother.
O- One Wish: To ban animal testing and all animal cruelty for good!
P- Person who you last called: My Mum.
Q- Question you're always asked: What? or Sorry? Apparently I mumble... But perhaps people don't listen!
R- Reason to smile: My wonderful husband makes me smile! As do my beautiful nieces.
S- Song last sang: No idea! I usually do it subconsciously.
T- Time you woke up: 08:33am
U- Underwear Colour: Black.
V- Vacation Destination: Norway; truly stunning!
W- Worst Habit: Subconsciously picking the skin around my nails.
X- X-Rays you've had: Just a few dental x-rays.
Y- Your favourite food: Chocolate, of course!
Z- Zodiac Sign: Libra.

23 September 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. ASOS Ultimate Biker Jacket, £48
I love the berry shade of this jacket and there is definitely a faux leather biker jacket shaped hole in my wardrobe! I'm hoping this will end up in the sale, then perhaps I'll snap it up!
2. Poetry Embroidered Scarf, RRP £34 £7.99
This embroidered scarf is really delicate and pretty - I love the trim! This will look great with autumn layering.
3. Spode Tea Spoon Set Of 6, RRP £19 £9.99
These teaspoons are so pretty, and I'm always running out of teaspoons!
4. Graceland T-Bar Court Shoes, £14.99
These are such a bargain and they actually come in my size! I probably couldn't walk in them, but aren't they gorgeous?
5. Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask, £9.79 £7.83
Creamy avocado and dark cocoa antioxidants promise to deeply nourish dry and damaged skin, leaving a smooth, healthy complexion. I bet this smells divine!
6. Garden Trading Cream Jug, RRP £15 £9.99
I've been after a jug like this for ages. This would look great with some fresh flowers!

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

22 September 2015

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good

I'm working my way through my beloved Harry Potter films, so this title seemed fitting! Today I am going to finish off my tower of ironing, while watching the third film - this will make the chore much more enjoyable! I might even reward myself with a Harrods salted caramel hot chocolate when I'm finished. Today has been a housework type of day, so I'm staying indoors today. I'm currently trying to help my elder sister pick a name for their new puppy - a gorgeous golden lab! So far, my favourites are Alfie and Caleb. Any suggestions? My younger sister, who is currently soaking up the sun in Greece with her fiancé and his family, kindly sent me a baby bump photo - their little girl is due in January - so exciting! I am completely intrigued and curious to find out what a half Greek, half Scottish baby will look like, haha.

As I'm feeling a little uninspired with blogging at the moment (why does this always happen when you have loads of free time, which you could be dedicating to your blog?!), I thought I'd share with you today's simple, casual outfit.
Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Red Pocket T-Shirt
Krisp Distressed Skinny Jeans
New Look Buckle Ankle Boots
Leopard Print Scarf

Mischief managed!

20 September 2015

Shop My Stash: Organic Beauty Products

As it is Organic September and the end of Organic Beauty Week, I've put together a shop my stash collection of my certified organic beauty products!
Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Facial Cleansing Milk, £7.49/198g
Certified organic by NSF. This cleansing milk has a pleasant lavender scent and cleanses skin well. However, I purchased this with make-up removing in mind and it doesn't do this brilliantly, so I'm not sure if I'd re-purchase again.
Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub, £8.45/113g
Certified organic by NSF. I still haven't tried this yet, as I'm finishing up another product. Can't wait, though!
Lulu & Boo Orange Blossom Toning Mist, £16.95/100ml
Certified organic by The Soil Association. I have the tiniest amount of this toner left, and I'm eager to purchase a different one as I've had this for ages! It's really refreshing but I don't love the scent like other orange blossom products.
Neal's Yard Remedies Soothing Starflower Daily Moisture, £25/100ml
Certified organic by The Soil Association. This is a recent purchase of mine, as I needed a new daily moisturiser. It smells quite unpleasant, but I'm hoping I'll get used to it! A little goes a long way and it seems like a good match with my skin type.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £22/30ml
Certified organic by The Soil Association. This rosehip oil is a great multi-use product. Read my full review here.
Badger Vanilla Bean Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, £2.91/7g
Certified organic by USDA. This lip balm is super hydrating and softening on my lips. I love the chocolatey scent!
Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Hand & Body Lotion, £6.99/340g
Certified organic by NSF. This smells divine! A little goes a long way and it helps keep my skin soft and moisturised.
Bentley Organic Deep Cleansing Hand Wash, £4.15/250ml
Certified organic by The Soil Association. This has quite a herbal scent and leaves a squeaky clean feeling. We currently use this in the kitchen. I'm not a huge fan, so I won't be re-purchasing.
Organic Surge Tropical Orange & Bergamot Deep Cleansing Hand Wash, £4.95/250ml
Certified organic by EcoCert. This smells really refreshing, but we haven't used it yet.
Dr Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray, £2.99/59ml
Certified organic by USDA. I keep this in my handbag at all times while out and about. I love the lavender scent!
Dr Bronner's Hemp Rose Pure-Castile Soap, £1.99/59ml
Certified organic by USDA. This multi-use soap has a lovely rose scent. I haven't used this yet.
Neal's Yard Remedies Comfrey & Mallow Foot Balm, £13.50/50g
Certified organic by The Soil Association. This super hydrating cream sinks in quickly and leaves my feet lovely and soft. Read my full review here.
Badger Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm, £4.25/21g
Certified organic by USDA. This has a lovely scent, but it fades too quickly! Massaging this into my temples does help to relax me before going to sleep.
Acorelle Vanilla Blossom EDP, £30/100ml
Certified organic by EcoCert. This natural perfume has a gorgeous vanilla scent! Read my full review here.

Are you a fan of any of these products?

17 September 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Emma Bridgewater Black Toast Boxed Feasting Platter, £59.95 £50.96
I can just picture this festive platter taking pride of place in the centre of the dining table on Christmas Day!
2. Viridian White Willow Capsules, £6.85
I wish to replace my general medicines such as pain killers and seasonal remedies with more natural alternatives and these white willow capsules sound like great all-rounders! Have you tried these?
3. Marks & Spencer Luxury Hooded Shimmer Dressing Gown, £45
When the cold weather sets in, I pretty much live in my dressing gown! I like to have two so that while one is in the laundry, I have another to keep me cosy. I left one at my parents' house in Scotland earlier this year to save taking it back and forth in my luggage, so I now have a space for a new one! Isn't this M&S offering the most snuggliest, softest thing you ever did see? I want it to be mine.
4. Caroline Gardner Piña Colada Three Pocket Notebooks, £4.99 £4.24
Who doesn't love pretty stationery? These mini notebooks are sure to come in handy!
5. IKEA STRANNE LED Floor Lamp, £52
This LED lamp is everything I could want in alternative lighting; it's modern yet not too bold, it's soft and subtle, whilst looking interesting, and it's just so darn pretty!
6. The Body Deli Coconut Creme Hand & Body Cream, £24.95/7oz
I love coconut-based products and this hand and body cream sounds super hydrating!
7. Forever 21 Pleated Woven Top, £10
This top is such a bargain and so versatile. It would work with a smart-casual look, as well as being perfect work (or interview) attire!
8. Dorothy Perkins Lyndsey Heeled Ankle Boots, £39
I've wanted a pair of navy ankle boots since forever and these are gorgeous! 20% off if you spend £40 at the moment...

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

14 September 2015

Alternative Movie Night Ideas

I love movies. My husband really loves movies. This results in many movie nights, whether it's just the two of us, or a gathering of friends! We recently had a "Shit Shark Night", where we had some friends over and watched Sharknado, Sharknado 2 and Ghost Shark. All pretty terrible movies that you can have a good laugh over! We're already looking for more bad shark movies for the next one!
A Themed Movie Night
Choose a theme and base your movie choices, drinks and snacks around the theme! For example, you could go with zombies as your theme, have some Halloween snacks, and watch zombie films such as Shawn Of The Dead, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Or, you could choose British as your theme, get some afternoon tea snacks, and watch some great British films such as Skyfall, Billy Elliot and The King's Speech.

Fancy Dress Movie Night
Why not dress up for your movie night?! You could watch a favourite film franchise such as Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings, and each dress up as your favourite character.

Genre Movie Night
Choose a genre such as horror or sci-fi. The Conjuring, Rec and The Babadook are some great horror movies you could watch. Make sure all of the lights are out, and perhaps you could light a couple of candles to create an eerie atmosphere!

Pyjama Party Movie Night
Why not have a movie night in your PJ's?! I'm currently planning a "Pixar & PJ's" movie night, where we will be wearing our PJ's while watching our favourite Pixar films! A PJ movie night would also work well in winter, where you could watch your favourite Christmas movies! To compliment the comfy, cosy PJ theme, I think comfort food would be the best snack accompaniment - think crisps, sweets, popcorn and pizza!

What does your perfect movie night consist of?

12 September 2015

My Haircare Staples

I like to keep my haircare routine as simple as possible, with a minimal number of products. I still like to try different shampoos and conditioners, but otherwise my hair products stay the same.
My current shampoo of choice, and one which I feel will be sticking around in my routine for that deep-cleaning option, is Living Naturally Rosemary & Marshmallow Soapnut Shampoo. It leaves my hair super clean and refreshed, getting rid of any product build-up and prolonging the cleanliness of my hair.

Aside from everyday conditioners, when I need that hit of deep hydration, I reach for some coconut oil. I melt a small amount and apply all over my hair as a mask and leave it on for as long as possible (sometimes overnight). When it's rinsed out and my hair has been washed and dried, it leaves my hair well-conditioned, soft and smooth, with reduced frizz.

Before heat-styling my hair, I always apply a fine mist of my Giovanni 2chic Flat Iron Styling Mist. This helps protect my hair from the harsh heat and reduces the chance of frizz.
I currently wash my hair every other day - I wish it would last longer - and on the no-wash days, it can start to look greasy towards the end of the day. So if I'm going out on a no-wash day, I will use dry shampoo to help soak up any excess oil and make my hair look refreshed. I've been experimenting with a D.I.Y. dry shampoo - just a basic mix of cornflour and cocoa powder. It's not perfect, and I need to add some essential oils to mask the cocoa powder scent. Any other D.I.Y. recipes would be greatly appreciated!
And as for tools, I use a Tangle Teezer for brushing my hair and I also have a compact one that stays in my handbag.

What are your haircare staples?

09 September 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. LaClare 25cm Heart Round Casserole Dish, £9.99
Isn't this the cutest casserole dish?! I love pastel colours in our kitchen so this would fit in nicely. Well, if I had extra storage, that is!
2. New Look 2 Pack Boucle Slipper Socks, £3.99
Autumn is on its' way and so is the cold. My feet feel the cold really easily so I like to keep well stocked up on fluffy, cosy socks like these!
3. Forever 21 Chenille Heart Lounge Pants, £15
And these would be super cosy for lounging around on a cold winter's evening (or day!).
4. Love Natalie Rose Gold Fancy Back Earrings, £? (out of stock)
I'm really starting to like rose gold more and more. These earrings are really pretty and I love the double feature style.
5. Anthropologie Celestial Shimmer Glass Votive, £10
I love the grey and metallic specks on this candle holder. A few of these dotted around would look really great!

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

08 September 2015

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

About the brand:
Pai is a cruelty-free, certified organic beauty brand who strives to produce natural products suitable for the most sensitive of skins. All products are formulated and manufactured in West London and all products are free from nasties such as phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol, artificial fragrances, formaldehyde and SLS. Where possible, their packaging and stationery is produced from recycled materials.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £22/30ml

Encased in pretty, recyclable packaging and housed in a glass bottle with a glass pipette for dispensing, you instantly feel luxurious using this product! This certified organic oil is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. The scent is quite subtle and slightly earthy, but not offensive in any way. The thin, orange oil can be dropped directly onto your skin or onto your hand, ready to apply to your selected areas. The oil is easy to dispense in small amounts and is easily spread evenly over skin. It leaves a slight orange tinge to the skin until it has soaked in, which may take some time. I prefer to apply mine overnight, often mixed with a moisturiser. The scent does seem to linger for some time!

When applying and massaging in the oil, it feels really luxurious and relaxing. Any dry patches are instantly hydrated and nourished. This oil helps to reduce any pesky blemishes I may get, and it helps to heal and soothe them too. It definitely helps to even out skin tone and improve the overall texture and appearance of my skin. It also helps to reduce and calm redness, which I am prone to. I can't say too much about the effects it has on fine lines and wrinkles as firstly, I'm lucky enough not to have many yet, and secondly, I don't feel I have been using it long enough to judge it in this particular area.

The healing properties in particular are pretty impressive; I've applied directly to fresh scratches and the next day they have disappeared. Dean was unfortunate enough to splash hot cooking oil very close to his eye recently, and he used both this oil and an aloe vera gel for a week or so on the affected and surrounding area, and now you'd never even know it had happened! Check out the before + after photos:
Completely healed and no scarring! Also, isn't his new, short haircut super cute?!

Overall, I think this is a great multi-use beauty product that has lots of great properties. I can't see why I would ever drop this from my beauty routine. It may seem a little expensive at £22, but I know this first bottle is going to last a long time! You really don't need to use much per application. It's perfect for my sensitive, combination skin!

Rosa canina (rosehip CO2) seed extract*, rosa canina (rosehip CO2) fruit extract*, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*
*Certified Organic by the Soil Association (Organically produced 99.8% of product).

Have you tried Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil?

07 September 2015

Recent Empties #2

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Brightening Mask, £11.35/50ml
This face mask treatment is pretty awesome! It's one of those products where you almost instantly see visible results and it lives up to its' claims. You can check out my full review here.
Re-purchase? Yes.
Earth Conscious Men's Natural Deodorant, £4.99/60g
This is the best natural deodorant I've tried and is now a staple in my daily routine. It keeps me dry and odour-free all day without the need for re-application. I did experience some irritation with this variety - redness and peeling, but no pain. I'm now using the citrus variety which, so far, has caused no irritation and performs just as well.
Re-purchase? Yes, but not this particular scent.
Di Palomo Orange Blossom Moisturising Body Wash, £9.95/250ml
This smells so good and the scent lingers all day after use. It softens and moisturises skin well. This lasted ages with the pump dispenser. Not a great ingredients list, though.
Re-purchase? No.
KORRES Almond & Linseed Conditioner, £10/200ml
This smells gorgeous and deeply conditions and softens hair, leaving it smooth and less frizzy. It's quite expensive for the amount of applications you get, plus the ingredients could be improved.
Re-purchase? No.
Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser, £4.95/100ml
This has been my staple daily moisturiser for a very long time, but I want to switch to an even more natural product, with better ingredients. This smells beautiful and balances out my skin well. It's also super affordable!
Re-purchase? No.

Have you tried any of these products?

03 September 2015

August At A Glance + Monthly Favourites

Well, August was pretty uneventful, and it passed by in a flash! Last month saw one big lifestyle change for me; I turned vegetarian! I also had my first eating out experience as a veggie. We went to a local 15th century pub, The Bull Tavern in Sturminster Newton, with another couple for a catch up and our evening meal. I'd read on the website that every Sunday, they have a carvery which includes vegetarian options, so I was pretty certain it would be good. Their menu changes on a daily basis. There was only one vegetarian option for the starter and main course. The main just happened to be a huge mushroom dish - I hate mushrooms! Please tell me I'm not the only vegetarian that hates mushrooms? The starter, on the other hand, was baked brie with salad. I love cheese. So, while the others enjoyed their starters, I sat nursing my elderflower cordial, patiently waiting for them to finish up. Then for my main, I had the brie starter with a side of chips! It was really delicious, but it wasn't a great first experience, considering the vegetarian lifestyle choice is quite a popular one now. Also, the sticky toffee pudding tasted more like treacle and there was not nearly enough toffee sauce! So, although the pub itself was nice, I'd have to phone ahead in future to see if there were options to suit me, so it seems unlikely that we will return in the near future. Everyone else also enjoyed their meals!

We had our latest movie night which was Zombie Night. We gathered a few friends round for food and films, picking out Zombeavers and Wyrmwood. Zombeavers was terrible, and not really in that so-terrible-it's-good kind of way... Wyrmwood was more serious than expected and was pretty good, if unusual and strange!

We also went over to another couple's house for a catch up and a take-away meal. We watched Devil's Knot with them - we'd already seen the documentary about this and it's really interesting but also worrying how the police acted and ended up sending innocent teenagers to prison.

We also went to see Absolutely Anything with a couple of friends at the cinema. I'm a big fan of Simon Pegg, so was really looking forward to it. The best role, of course, was Dennis the dog, voiced by the late and great Robin Williams! I really enjoyed the film, even though I think they could've taken it a little further. Also suffered hair envy from the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale.

DVDs we watched last month included, The Theory Of Everything, which was extremely well done - Eddie Redmayne was amazing and portrayed the role of Stephen Hawking brilliantly and thoughtfully. Wild had been on our watch list for a while, and I have to say I really enjoyed the story! It was a very different role for Reese Witherspoon and she nailed it.
We also finished watching the latest season of Trollied which is really fun to watch, if a little overly silly at times!

My August's favourites are as follows:
This almond hand cream by Fair Squared smells gorgeous! Check out my full review here. I've also discovered a decaf coffee I love - Douwe Egberts Pure Decaff. It smells horrible while you're making it, but tastes lovely! I usually have mine with one small sugar and coconut milk, but I'm going to try and reduce/omit the sugar if possible. I've also been loving veggie burgers - they're my go-to saviour when I need something quick. I usually have mine in a bun with a side salad.
Oh, my pretty, Pretty Little Liars, how I shall miss you! I marathon watched it and got up-to-date last month. I loved it! I hear there will be a season set five years in the future? Exciting!

What did you get up to in August?

02 September 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. John Masters Orange & Ginseng Exfoliating Body Bar, £7/128g
I've never used a solid body scrub before, so this has me intrigued! The scent sounds really refreshing.
2. Inlight Organic Chocolate Face Mask, £45/50ml
This is a chocolate face mask - need I say more? Ok, so I'd have a very hard time parting with this kind of cash on one beauty product, so it's definitely a wish list item, but it sounds amazing!
3. Anthropologie Setora Nut Bowl, £10
Isn't this bowl so pretty?! I love the china blue/white colourway and pattern.
4. Dunelm Mill Merlin Cushion Cover, £9.99
I need new sofa cushions and I'm currently in love with anything grey/silver and chic. I love mixing textures too.
5. New Look Suedette Panel Waterfall Jacket, £39.99
I really love the waterfall style and would love to fill my wardrobe with waterfall jackets and cardis! This grey faux suede one looks really chic and is a great autumn piece.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?

01 September 2015

Becoming Vegetarian: One Month On

Over a month has passed by already since I became vegetarian! I haven't missed meat at all. The hardest thing about it is cooking for two when one is a meat-eater and one is a vegetarian! It requires lots of planning and imagination.
It's only been the last week or two of the month that I've started to experiment with making vegetarian meals from scratch - I made spinach and ricotta cannelloni the other day which tasted quite good, if a little bland, and was also a bit fiddly to make. It's all about trial and error! Veggie burgers are my saviour, but I must try making my own. At the moment I'm favouring Tesco's nut cutlets. I have tried some meat alternatives from Quorn and Linda McCartney - most have been fine, but to be honest I don't really want to be eating faux meat. I think it's a bit of a cop-out, really. Although, Quorn mince will come in handy for making lasagne and cottage pie, which Dean will eat too.

I now have to check labels on everything. I do most of my grocery shopping online, and sometimes the information I need isn't there. So, I also have to do some research on brands to find out whether I can eat their products anymore. And sometimes it's not quite as simple as people think. As a vegetarian, we can still consume dairy products, - make mine free range/organic, though - but some dairy-based products are not suitable for us veggies, after all. I've found a lot of ice-cream desserts such as Magnums, Viennetta and basically the whole Wall's range are not veggie-friendly. Oh, and you can imagine my disappointment when I found out that my favourite cider brand, Rekorderlig, is not veggie-friendly. I'm not a great fan of alcohol, but on the rare occasion I fancy something alcoholic, it's usually a fruit cider. But, there are other brands - some of which are vegan.

I was truly surprised that since eliminating meat from my diet, I've not been overly hungry; I thought I would feel constantly hungry, but I don't! I also rarely get that really full, sluggish feeling you often get after eating, say, a roast dinner. And best of all, my digestive system is much, much happier.

So, my vegetarian journey is going really well and I'm feeling really happy about my decision. Now I just need to nail a few veggie dishes and we'll be all set! Can you recommend some staple veggie dishes?