Saturday, 31 December 2016

Lush Sale Haul

Is it too early to talk about Lush-gate? If you took a break from social media (and the internet in general) over Christmas you may have missed that hundreds of thousands of people queued online to try and access Lush's sale on Boxing Day this year, resulting in lots of abusive tweets and Lush's customer care team working overdrive to try and respond to peoples' comments and questions about when their orders would be arriving. I decided to stay away from the madness and camp out on the sofa eating Ferrero Rochers instead. So I was pretty sure that the sale had come to an end completely, however, when I went into Basingstoke to meet up with a friend this week I was delighted to see they still had some sale products in store!

All of their Christmas stock was 50% off so I had a little spree and stocked up on some of my favourites!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

December Favourites

December meant three things for my skin and hair; cold, dry and dull. This month was all about moisture and putting some glow back into my skin! Here are some of the products I've been loving this moth...

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist  - Much lighter than a hair mask, I can spritz this on to my hair and leave it overnight before washing off in the morning or spray some on to the ends of wet hair before blow drying as an extra conditioner.

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask (£14) - A watery gel mask that provides relief for for dry and uncomfortable skin to leave it soft, hydrated a refreshed. Ideal for sensitive skin, this feels like a jar of pure water and calms my skin when it flares up from the cold weather and heating.

Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask (£24) - A great all-rounder face mask to add to your cleansing routine, this mask contains rose clay and jojoba beads to deep clean while exfoliating and refining skin texture. It shrinks pores while adding a glow.

MooGoo Cleaning Oil  - After starting to use cleansing oil to remove makeup earlier this year I was really excited to discover the Australian skincare brand MooGoo as they create cleansing oils for all different skin types. It comes in a handy pump bottle making it far easier to transport and use on the go without any hassle or mess. It removes all traces of makeup without making skin greasy.

Clarins Everlasting + Foundation - I did a review of this foundation last year and recently repurchased it after my bottle ran out. Some long wear foundations can be cakey or drying but this helps to nourish skin so is ideal for winter weather.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Skin Smoother - I only recently discovered this product at The Body Shop and I am in love with it! I use it as a makeup primer and it completely evens out my complexion and helps makeup to last longer.

Mai Couture Blush Paper - Mai Couture papers are portable blotting papers enhanced with makeup so you can top up and apply on the go. They have bronzing, foundation, highlighting and blush papers and it's as simple as tearing a sheet out and pressing it to your face! I love these handy little books of paper for topping up my makeup for events after work.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Is there a cost of keeping fit?

Fitness; is it a case of throwing an old pair of battered trainers and going for a run in your local park or squeezing in some sit-ups on your lounge floor at the start of the day? Or do you need to be dedicated to gym memberships, fitness classes and extensive training plans?

I'll be honest, in the last year my fitness has hit rock bottom. In recent months I have gone to a Barre class once a week and occasionally gone for a run once a fortnight or so. Before I moved to London I was used to having a gym membership and went to a mix of cardio and weight classes roughly three times a week, but since moving to London I haven't quite worked out what is the best financial investment for me.

Gym prices in London have sky rocketed (my nearest Virgin Active costs £120 a month) and some of the cheaper value gyms like The Gym group, Pure Gym and Anytime Fitness don't all offer classes. I'm very bad at motivating myself and, quite frankly, often get a bit overwhelmed and daunted staring at all the various machines in the gym and wondering what the hell they are for. I feel much more motivated to work out in a group and London has some amazing group fitness classes on offer, which can usually range from between £15 to £25 per class.

So this got me thinking, is there really a cost of keeping fit? Do most people commit to gym memberships and training sessions, or are they able to work out without spending a penny? I asked a group of fitness bloggers to share their thoughts...

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Face and Body Serum

Coconut Oil became a much-loved multi-use product this year and I use my tub for pretty much everything from removing makeup to moisturising my body and healing split ends on my hair, so I thought it was genius when Fake Bake brought out a new self tanning serum made from coconut oil.

I'm a regular user of fake tan which unfortunately means my skin has been dried out no end and I constantly have the dreaded triangles inside my elbows. Luckily Fake Bake’s brand new Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum is packed full of nourishing coconut oil to moisturise as it tans. The serum is refreshing on the skin and and melts on contact - making it quick and easy to blend!

It delivers a golden glow which isn't sticky and dries pretty quickly on the skin so it is safe to dress afterwards and it won't rub off on bed sheets. In terms of the shade it says it is 'Medium' and it comes out a nice golden colour, however, I found that a lot of the colour did wash away in the shower. If you are looking for a more natural or lighter shade then this is ideal. I have tried out a few products from the Fake Bake range and this is by far my favourite.

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum costs £29.95 and is available from Boots, Superdrug and most online beauty retailers.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Affordable Christmas Gift & Stocking Filler Guide

I've been enjoying lusting over fellow bloggers' Christmas gift guides recently and have finally rustled up the motivation to start doing some Christmas shopping of my own. I've managed to find some great value gift sets and stocking fillers which I have picked up for different members of my family. Here are some of my suggestions...
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