31 July 2015

My July Purchases

First up were some purchases via BHS:
Wallis Striped Knitted Jumper Dress, £25 £10
This striped knitted dress/tunic will be perfect once autumn and winter arrive. I'll probably wear it with leggings and knee-high boots.
Wallis Animal & Rose Print Knitted Button Back Top, £19.50 £9.50
This gorgeous knitted top features buttons down the back and is really soft. I wish the length was a little longer. You can see this in my latest OOTD.
BHS Grey Rose Metal Jewellery Hanging Rack, £12 £6
This jewellery storage was a perfect addition to our bedroom make-over. I love the rustic grey metal and rose detail.

Next up was an online order from Forever 21 with free P&P (on orders over £50):
Abstract Brushstroke Pleated Dress, £18 (went on sale next day!)
Isn't it just my luck that this dress went on sale the very next day, at just £12.60?! Never mind - I'm glad I got it when I did, as it quickly went out of stock! I adore the monochrome print, the tassel belt, and the loose, casual fit!
V-Neck Burnout Tee,  £9 £6.30
I've been after a basic v-neck top for a while, and I think this grey one will be great with jeans and a long necklace for a laid-back look.
Smocked Paisley Skirt, £15 £9.99
In my (so far, fruitless) attempt at embracing skirts, I bought a skirt. This hot pink and purple combo, with a pretty paisley print. And silky, floaty material.
Retro Geo Shorts, £9.75 £4.99
I very rarely wear shorts, either, but these blue geo print ones really caught my eye. I think they'd be great with tights in the cooler months. I like that they have pockets, too!
Stretch-Knit Tank Top, £3
This basic tank top will be used as a layering piece. Not bad for £3!
Two-Tone Faux Stone Necklace, £4.50
This long necklace will be great for sprucing up a simple outfit! I've been wearing it loads since I got it.
Faux Stone Arrowhead Necklace, £4.50
I love the deep blue colour of the stone; this piece will add interest to laid-back looks.
In-store at TK Maxx, I picked up this Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Cream, RRP £7.99 £3.99/75ml, some Himalayan pink salt, £2.49/500g, and another wash mitt, RRP £4 £2.99

When the up to 60% off Naturisimo sale email popped into my inbox, how was I ever going to resist a quick peep at what was on offer?
So, that quick peep turned into a completely un-needed, frivolous purchase of Acorelle's Vanilla Blossom Eau De Parfum, £30 £15 £13.50/50ml. This was a gamble as I hadn't sampled this scent before - this was my first natural perfume purchase! I adore vanilla, so I was sure I'd love this; and it smells absolutely beautiful! On top of the 50% off price tag, I also bagged a 10% off code, yay!

I was in desperate need of new flats, as my current ones were falling apart and I needed some go-with-everything options, so I placed a little order on Dorothy Perkins when they had a sale.
Red Round Toe Pumps, £12 £7
These simple red flats will look great with skinny jeans and will brighten up a neutral outfit.
Denim Stripe Round Toe Pumps, £15 £12
These striped denim-style flats will compliment lots of outfits, as they have a pretty neutral colourway.

And I also treated myself to a new pair of leopard print flats from Long Tall Sally.
Daisy Ballerina in Chocolate, £30 £25.50
LTS's shoes are great quality and I had wanted to replace my old leopard flats for ages. I managed to bag 15% off these beauties, plus free delivery.

What did you purchase in July?

30 July 2015

Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream

About the brand:
Burt's Bees began in 1984 with candles made from beeswax. A friendship between Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby blossomed into a business partnership and Burt's Bees was born. By 1991, their famous lip balm formula was created and became a best-seller. Today, the company has a huge range of beauty products and they strive on using natural, simple ingredients and recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream, £9.99/57g

I've had this hand cream in my stash since Christmas; it was on my wish list and I received it as a gift. It has a semi-solid, very thick formula and a little goes a long way - which is why it's lasting so long!

At first, it has a pleasant banana scent, but then the full-on, cloying scent hits you - it's an almost medicinal-type scent and is so strong, it catches in my throat! It's really unpleasant and Dean thinks so, too!

I only use this overnight, as it is quite greasy. With beeswax and aloe vera, it does a good job at hydrating my hands and softening them. It's nothing special and the scent is really off-putting. I do really love the packaging; the cream is housed in a recyclable glass jar with a metal screw-top lid. I wouldn't re-purchase this product as I know I can get better hand creams with a much more pleasant scent!

Ingredients:
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, aqua (water, eau), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), kaolin, stearic acid, parfum (fragrance), citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, beta-carotene, sodium borate, glucose, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, citral, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.

Have you ever tried this hand cream?

29 July 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Pieces Basic Short Sleeved Top, £15
I love monochrome pieces and this zig-zag top would look great with jeans and sandals for a laid-back outfit.
2. e-cloth Glasses Cloth, £1.99
I hate trying to keep my glasses clean - it's such a chore! For under £2, I'm willing to give this e-cloth a try. This cloth is meant to leave your glasses (and camera lenses) sparkling clean without the use of chemicals!
3. Kuhn Rikon 20cm Cast Iron Casserole Dish, £19.99
This pastel pink casserole dish is just so pretty!
4. JOIK Shimmering Raspberry Body Scrub, £18/245g
With sugar and pink clay, this gorgeous-looking scrub should clean and exfoliate and leave a subtle shimmer on the skin. I bet this smells amazing!
5. Long Tall Sally Check Coatigan, £65
This check coatigan would be perfect for transitioning into autumn and winter.

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

27 July 2015

Emma's Special Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Macaroni Cheese is my favourite dish, ever. It's a real indulgence that we don't have too often as it's anything but healthy! It's particularly lovely on a cold winter's evening. I have been cooking it for years, using a basic recipe and adapting to our own tastes and preferences. I recently upped my mac n' cheese game by adding a new ingredient: chorizo. Dean adores chorizo, so I swapped the usual pancetta for something a little stronger! It was an instant hit.
Ingredients:
200g dry macaroni pasta
60g sunflower spread
1 large onion
70g diced chorizo, seasoned with garlic & paprika (purchased in-store The Co-operative)
30g plain organic flour
600ml organic semi-skimmed milk
200g grated organic cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to season
(click ingredient links to see exactly what I used)

You can omit the chorizo for a vegetarian-friendly dish - I promise it will still taste delicious!
(If you can't source this particular chorizo, just purchase plain diced chorizo and add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and paprika when seasoning the sauce.)

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a large baking dish.
  2. Heat butter alternative in a large pan, add onion and chorizo. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat.
  3. Add flour and stir over low heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Add macaroni and a sprinkle of salt to a small pan. Cover with boiling water and cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid pasta sticking and clumping together.
  5. While pasta is cooking, gradually add the milk to the large pan, stirring until smooth. Return to a medium heat, stirring or whisking, and cook for 5 minutes or until sauce has almost boiled and thickened. Add seasoning, 100g of the grated cheese and the cooked, drained macaroni to the large pan. Mix well.
  6. Pour the finished mixture into your greased baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, covering evenly.
  7. Pop in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden.
  8. Serve with a side salad and eat. Enjoy!

What's your favourite dish? Let me know if you try this recipe!

26 July 2015

JĀSÖN Super Shine Apricot Shampoo & Conditioner

About the brand:
Established in 1959, JĀSÖN is a leaping bunny certified, cruelty-free brand and all of their products are free from the usual chemical nasties. Their products are created in their manufacturing plant in Culver City, California; the factory is a certified organic processor, their packaging is biodegradable and is packaged in recycled and/or recyclable containers. All products are vegetarian-friendly.

JĀSÖN Super Shine Apricot Shampoo, £6.49/473ml and JĀSÖN Super Shine Apricot Conditioner, £6.49/473ml

The shampoo has an almost transparent, gel-like formula; it's not particularly thick, but it doesn't run off your hands, either. The apricot scent is gorgeously fresh and summery! The shampoo foams up extremely well and distributes evenly throughout your hair with ease. My hair feels thoroughly cleansed and refreshed after shampooing.

The conditioner has a really thick consistency, and a little goes a long way. It is a little more difficult to spread evenly through your hair, but I find lathering between your hands first works well. The conditioner has the same fruity scent and is really moisturising and great at de-tangling hair.

These products seem like great everyday products; they leave my hair feeling clean, soft and smoother. I can't say I've noticed that my hair is shinier with these products, but I feel it's difficult to achieve this with my hair colour. My hair smells lovely and fruity until the next wash! I think these are great value for money, as they are really big bottles and last ages.

Shampoo Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Suflate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance (Parfum).
*Certified Organic Ingredient.


Conditioner Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein , Panthenol, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol , Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance (Parfum).
*Certified Organic Ingredient.

Have you tried any JĀSÖN products?

23 July 2015

Recent Empties

Inner Soul Organics Scandinavian Decadence Bath & Body Salt Scrub, £30/250g
A little while back, Inner Soul Organics were giving out free samples of this scrub on their website, and I managed to snap one up! When I first used the scrub, I loved the scent, but then it seemed to change and I really wasn't very keen on it! The texture is a little crumbly, and scent aside, this is a great salt scrub which exfoliates well and leaves you with soft, smooth skin.
Re-purchase? No.
7th Heaven (Montagne Jeunesse) Moisture Miracle Conditioning Hair Mask, £1
This hair mask had a gorgeous, chocolatey scent, thanks to the shea butter. It spread evenly and easily throughout my hair and I rinsed it out with cool water after 10-15 minutes. I used the clear serum on wet hair before styling, distributing evenly through the ends of my hair. Once I had blow-dried my hair, I was really impressed by how soft and smooth it was! It also looked glossier. I don't think the serum did much for me, and it left some strands of hair on the underside of my hair clumped together with product which looked greasy.
Re-purchase? Yes.
7th Heaven (Montagne Jeunesse) Shine Control Mask, £1.49
This mud mask with Argan oil and crushed acai berries worked brilliantly for me. It is really thick and easy to spread a decent layer on your skin, and it has a pleasant scent. I left it on for as long as possible and let it dry up. I removed it with a hot flannel and was instantly impressed; my pores were clearer and visibly reduced all over my face, and it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. I finished with applying the accompanying face cream which did help reduce shine a little and felt moisturising without being too heavy, although I wasn't too keen on the scent of the cream.
Re-purchase? Yes.
Faith In Nature Chocolate Shower Gel & Foam Bath, £5.60/400ml
With organic cocoa, this chocolatey shower gel foams up nicely and leaves skin soft, clean and smelling sweet!
Re-purchase? Yes.

Have you used any of these products?

22 July 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. PHB Skin Restore Gel with Aloe Vera, £13.75/120ml
Isn't the packaging so pretty? Although I'd heard of PHB Ethical Beauty before, I only just discovered that all of their products are free from phenoxyethanol (among all the other chemical nasties), which is great as this is something I'd prefer to avoid, but a lot of natural products contain it. This restore gel sounds like it would be a really soothing treatment for blemishes.
2. Rosie For Autograph Short Sleeve Pyjama Set, £35.50
I'm in need of some new PJ's and I'd like to invest in some good quality sets. This lace detail set by Rosie is really pretty and looks lightweight enough for summer.
3. Kaé Moroccan Natural White Clay, £14/200g
I keep hearing how great clay is for blemish-prone skin, so I'd love to try this natural white clay which comes as a powder, allowing you to experiment a bit with what you add to it to create a face mask!
4. Fig + Yarrow Sea Scrub, £20/170g
This detoxifying body scrub sounds perfect for a deeply exfoliating treatment.
5. Javi Home Teal Geometric Patterned Pouf, £39.99
This little pouf would fit right in to our living room, adding a splash of colour amongst all the black gloss!

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

21 July 2015

Blog Love #3

I'm all for supporting other bloggers, and I'm always very appreciative when someone else shows my blog some love, so I'm aiming to "show the love" to fellow bloggers by dedicating at least one post per month to some of my favourite blogs.

Recently Discovered:
Emily's Collection Of Tangents by Emily.

I recently discovered Emily's blog and have been enjoying her many lifestyle and natural beauty posts! I really enjoyed reading her latest "Pictures From My Week" post.

Old Favourite:
xclaireabella by Claire.

I have been following Claire's blog for some time now and love her great fashion sense and lovely lifestyle posts! I loved reading about her recent trip to Bettys Tea Room.

Sustainable Living:
Curiously Conscious by Besma.

Besma writes this wonderful blog about eco-friendly, sustainable living and healthy eating. I found her recent post about organic food to be really informative and an interesting read!

Which other blogs should I be reading? Leave your favourite links below!

20 July 2015

Animal & Rose Print For A 70th Birthday Celebration

Yesterday was my Father-in-law's 70th birthday, so we went out to a local pub, The Crown Inn, Marnhull, to celebrate! I chose to wear a new purchase - this button-backed, lightweight knitted top with animal and rose print.
Outfit Details:
Wallis Animal Rose Print Button Back Knitted Top (similar)
ASOS Skinny Jeans (similar)
Faith Pointed Bow Flats (similar)
BHS Zebra Print Cross-Body Bag
Forever 21 Rhinestone Stretch Bracelet
We all opted for the vegetable soup to start, which was really tasty. I opted for the spinach and ricotta cannelloni for my main, with chips and a lovely, crisp salad. Dean opted for the supreme of chicken with smoked bacon, walnuts, and a cheese and mustard sauce. For dessert, I had Turkish delight ice-cream, which was lovely! And then out came the birthday cake! The service was really good and everyone really enjoyed their food.

19 July 2015

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo & 50:50 Balanced Conditioner

Included in the Naturisimo travel essentials discovery box I bought last month, were some mini (60ml) haircare products from Giovanni. I already use and love Giovanni's 2Chic Flat Iron Heat Protection Styling Mist, so I was eager to try more of their products.
About the brand:
Giovanni was developed by Arthur Guidotti in 1978, who had his own hair salon and with time, his hands started to react badly to the many haircare products he used, so he decided to create his own! Giovanni created a huge portfolio of high-performing, salon-chic, cruelty-free products which were also natural and safe. All products are manufactured in the US, most of which are vegan. The products are free from the usual harsh chemicals, such as SLS, parabens, and phthalates.
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, £7.99/250ml and Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Conditioner, £7.99/250ml

The shampoo is not something I would have chosen for myself, as although I love mint-scented products, I prefer not to use them on my scalp. This shampoo has a predominantly mint scent and a gel-like consistency. I felt it was a little difficult to distribute evenly throughout my hair without using extra product. The menthol and tea tree give a tingling sensation to the scalp, which I'm not completely comfortable with; this also transferred to the back of my neck and top of my back, where my hair was sitting, but I was left with no visible skin irritation. I do feel like this shampoo gave a really deep cleanse and reduced the dryness on my scalp. I wouldn't re-purchase this product.

The conditioner, on the other hand, is something I am more likely to have picked up myself to try. It has a pleasant botanical scent and a thick cream consistency. Only a small amount of product is needed. This conditioner left my hair lovely and soft, and deeply conditioned. I would love to try the full-size versions of both the shampoo and conditioner from the 50/50 range!

Shampoo Ingredients:
Aqua (Purified Water), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Menthol, Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil*, Achillea Millefolium Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Extract*, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil*, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Leaf Extract*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract*, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract*.
* USDA Certified Organic.

Conditioner Ingredients:
Aqua (Purified Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Natural Fragrance, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, *Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, *Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, *Achillea Millefolium Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract,*Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, *Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract.
*USDA Certified Organic.


Have you tried any Giovanni products?

18 July 2015

Bedroom Makeover: Before + After


For the last six months or so, I have been slowly collecting bits and pieces for a little bedroom makeover. We live in a privately-rented property, so can't go all-out in the decorating department. We are currently saving up a deposit towards a mortgage on our own property, but until then, I wanted to have a mini makeover in the bedroom. My vision of a perfect bedroom is a clean, simplistic style with added luxe touches and textures. I would love a feature wall with glittery grey wallpaper! Obviously I cannot complete my vision in a rental property, but this mini makeover will act as a starting point for our next property.

Here are the before and after photos!
Budget:
Under £100.
What we bought:
x2 Chevron Cushions, £9.99 each - TK Maxx
Rose Gold Be Happy Cushion, £7 - George @ Asda
x2 Oxford Edge Double Duvet Sets, £25 each (got one for £20!) - Tesco
Cream Floral 3 Tier Drawer Unit, £9.99 - Dunelm Mill
Cream Floral Pen Holder, £1.99 - Dunelm Mill
Grey Rose Jewellery Stand, £12 £6 - BHS

Wall canvases, FREE - taken from other room
Floral bouquet, FREE - my wedding bouquet

Total Cost:
£89.96.

As you can see, there are not a lot of huge changes, but I love the new crisp, white bedding with a grey satin edge, the rose gold lettered cushion, and the practical yet pretty beauty and jewellery storage. I am considering getting another set of the drawers, so I can put my make-up in there as well as my daily beauty products. Oh, and perhaps Dean could have a drawer?

Other things I would change if I could:
I'd change the beech-wood wardrobes for grey wood, with a better layout.
I'd remove the beech-wood desk shelf and get myself a proper dressing table and french-style chair.
I'd have a feature wall of grey glitter behind the bed.

So there you have it... a mini makeover on a mini budget!

17 July 2015

3 Looks For Summer

Hi, guys! I hope you have a great weekend. I thought I'd put together some summer outfits, as I haven't created any for a while.

Look #1:
This outfit is a classic day-to-night look; simple, classic, stylish, and versatile. The colour palette is a neutral mix of whites and nudes, finishing with a gold layered necklace and faux snakeskin heels.
Summer Look #1
New Look Vest, £4.99 £3
H&M Jacket, £29.99
Matalan Capri Trousers, £20
Dorothy Perkins Caged Heels, £38
Forever 21 Necklace, £8
ZARA City Bag, £39.99 £22.99
Total Outfit Cost: £121.98

Look #2:
This outfit has a casual, laid-back vibe. The structured jacket pulls the look together and the delicate crystal necklace adds that finishing touch.
Summer Look #2

H&M Textured Jacket, £29.99
New Look Crochet Hem Cami, £12.99
NEXT Linen Utility Trousers, £28
Dorothy Perkins Woven Pumps, £15
New Look Zip Front Across Body Bag, £7.99
Accessorize Prism Long Pendant Necklace, £22
Total Outfit Cost: £115.97

Look #3:
This look is all about femininity! The gorgeous, floaty tunic speaks for itself, but I've added neutral, classic accessories and a sparkling statement necklace for that added luxe touch.
Summer Look #3
Darling Demi Tunic, £69 £39
Dune Two Part High Heel Court Shoes, £85
H&M Handbag, £14.99
Forever 21 Clustered Faux Gem Statement Necklace, £8
Total Outfit Cost: £146.99

Which look is your favourite?

15 July 2015

The Weekly Wish List

1. Cutie Polka Dot & Grid Print Dress, £38
I'm a little bit in love with this dress! I love the print and the neutral colourway.
2. Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Hand & Body Lotion, £6.99/340g
I love ylang ylang and I bet I'd love this lotion! With 70% organic contents.
3. Badger Sleep Balm, £4.25/21g
Sometimes I need nothing to aid me into sleep, but sometimes I could do with a helping hand. This balm contains rosemary, bergamot, ginger, balsam fir, and lavender, and sounds wonderful!
4. Anthropologie Felicitation Bowl, £48
Stripes - yes. Monochrome plus red - yes, please. This bowl is gorgeous! Shame about the price tag.

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

14 July 2015

My Skincare Routine

Today I will be taking you through my current skincare routine and showing you which products I am currently using. For your reference, my skin is sensitive/combination.
I use The Konjac Sponge Co.'s Bamboo Charcoal Facial Puff Sponge to cleanse in the morning and evening. If I am wearing make-up, I will use The Body Shop's Vitamin E Cream Cleanser to remove it first, then follow up with the konjac sponge. I use Amie's Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover to remove my eye make-up.
I use Lulu & Boo's refreshing Orange Blossom Toning Mist after cleansing, either by applying with a reusable cleansing pad, or spritzing all over my face.
I then apply Amie's Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser all over my face - it smells gorgeous! In the evening, I like to add a few drops of my Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil to my moisturiser - this is my favourite way to use it! The addition of the rosehip oil creates a luxe product and helps enhance the moisturiser.
I finish my routine by applying a lip balm - usually it's Badger Organics Vanilla Bean Cocoa Butter Lip Balm - to keep my lips soft and hydrated.
If I get any pesky blemishes, I apply Amie's All Clear Instant Action Spot Clearing Gel to help reduce redness and heal skin.
As and when needed, I use LUSH's Bubblegum Lip Scrub to buff away dry, dead skin from my lips and get them in good condition.
Twice a week, I use Andalou Naturals' Chia + Omega Radiant Skin Polish to buff away dry, dull skin, and help improve the texture and appearance of my skin.
Once a week, I will apply Andalou Naturals' Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Brightening Mask to refresh my complexion, helping to even out skin tone and reveal brighter, fresher skin.
If I need a relaxing treatment, especially while having a soak in the bath, I'll slather on Eve Taylor's Aloe Vera & Comfrey Balancing Masque to soften and soothe my skin, while inhaling the wonderful aroma.

My skincare routine is not perfect, but I do like to try and keep it as simple as possible. Once used up, I will be seeking a more natural alternative to the cream cleanser, and I'd also like to try a different moisturiser, exfoliator, and spot treatment. Oh, and I need to get myself an eye treatment. Let me know your suggestions!

12 July 2015

My Summer To-Do List

I thought it would be fun to create a to-do list for the summer, to hopefully motivate me to tick off as many items as possible from the list! Once I have completed an item on the list, I will tick it off and where possible, link to the relative blog post for you to check out! Let me know if you're doing something similar this summer!
1. Visit Ilfracoombe, Devon. Ilfracoombe has been on my to-visit list for ages! This summer seems like to perfect opportunity to go.
2. Go for a picnic. It's been such a long time since I went for a proper picnic - I'd love to have one this summer.
3. Make my own ice-lollies. I am always up for trying healthier alternatives when it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth, and I'd love to try making some home-made frozen treats!
4. Visit Nether Stowey, Somerset. Another place I've been meaning to visit for ages! It sounds like it could have some lovely walks and scenery. They even have their own cheese.
5. Wear a skirt. You're probably thinking this is an easy one, but I'm not comfortable in a skirt! I do want to give them a try, though.
6. Visit Corfe Castle, Dorset. Believed to be the inspiration for Kirrin Castle in the Famous Five books; Enid Blyton visited the castle in 1940. There is even a Ginger Pop Shop made from recycled castle, filled with Enid Blyton and vintage memorabilia! I absolutely loved The Famous Five and would love to visit this castle.
7. Attend a food festival. There are always food festivals going on in the South West and we haven't been to one for ages, so I'd love to attend one this summer!
8. Visit Tyneham, Dorset. Tyneham is a ghost village, situated near Lulworth. In November 1943, it was commandeered by the War Office to use as a firing range for training troops. This supposed temporary measure saw 225 villagers leave their homes, in the hopes of returning after the war ended. In 1948, the Army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land, and it was and still is to this day, used for military training. I think this would be an amazing place to visit and photograph.
9. Make a DIY beauty product. I love natural beauty products and I'd love to have a go at making my own! I have a dream of creating my own natural beauty brand... but I actually need to start experimenting first!
10. Complete my online courses. Last year I purchased an online course on Criminal Psychology, and more recently, an online course on Interior Design, and I need to motivate myself to get them finished!

If I think of anything else, I'll come back and add it to the list!