The Mid-Week Pamper Treats: Special Birthday Edition

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Mid-Week Pamper: Special Birthday Edition
If you can't indulge in a pampering session on your birthday, when can you?! Here are four products that I'll be reaching for to celebrate my birthday this week.

The Mid-Week Pamper: Special Birthday Edition
The Hair Mask: Naturtint Vital 5 Hair Mask* (200ml, £14.99, link)
With all this humidity going on thanks to the longest, stickiest heatwave I can ever remember, it's safe to say that my hair has not been looking its best recently. A combination of too much sun and far too many styling products have left it feeling ultra dry and looking quite flat and sad. It's time for an intervention! Luckily, I have this gem from Naturtint on hand and their Vital 5 Hair Mask is fantastic for rescuing stressed out and parched hair. Formulated with key ingredients such as Wheat Proteins, Shea Butter and Canola Oil, it helps to deeply moisturise dry hair, add volume, vitality and shine, and strengthen it overall. Free from SLS and parabens, it's a great hair mask to try and gets to work in just 5 minutes for the ultimate quick hair fix.

The Face Mask: Janjira Marine Radiant White Instant Brightening Bubble Mask* (40ml, £24, link)
I've been testing out a bunch of new face masks lately, but none have impressed me as much as this Instant Brightening Bubble Mask from Janjira. This Thai-inspired brand is all about spa friendly products, so they were a perfect match for this special Birthday pamper edit. The Instant Brightening Bubble Mask feels a little gimmicky at first as you apply a couple of pumps of the mask to the skin and then wait for it 'bubble' up. It quickly turns into a light foam within around 3-5 minutes and then you rinse it off. The lather/foam is produced without SLS which is always a winner in my book, and I was very pleased to see a noticeable brightening effect to my complexion immediately after using, thanks to an interesting ingredient called Algowhite (trademarked) which is extracted from Brown Algae. There's also Vitamin C (well known for its brightening qualities) and Vitamin D3 in the formula to help protect the skin against pollution and keep it hydrated. A fun mask to use and one that actually works!

The Mid-Week Pamper: Special Birthday Edition

The Luxury Body Oil: Antipodes Heavenly Body Oil* (100ml, £24.99, link)
Whilst Antipodes do some amazing skincare products, their body stuff is not to be overlooked as this Heavenly Body Oil is my newest favourite from the organic New Zealand brand. Despite feeling like a light and non-greasy oil on the skin, it's actually very rich and hydrating due to nutrient-rich base of Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E, so it's a lovely body oil to reach for in this kind of weather when your skin might be feeling dry or dehydrated from too much sun exposure! The addition of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils makes it smell incredible too. It's such a gorgeous luxury pampering product to have in your bathroom!

The Bath Soak: Botanicals Deep Peace Mineral Soak* (70g travel size pictured, full size is 500g for £27, link)
If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep in this heat, taking a bath before bedtime can really help. I've been enjoying using Botanicals' Deep Peace Mineral Soak which contains a blend of Pink Himalayan Mineral Crystals, Dead Sea Salt and Epsom Salt, all of which are infused with organic essentials oils of Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Geranium, Lavender and Marjoram. This is a very relaxing bath soak as it really helps me to switch off after a busy day and prepare my mind for a restful night's sleep.

What are your favourite pampering products?
Have you tried any of these?

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Staying Safe in the Sun: Organic Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin from Green People

Monday, 19 June 2017

Staying Safe in the Sun with Green People
As the UK basks in another heatwave this week, take this post as your daily reminder to slap on some much needed SPF so that you can enjoy this beautiful weather safely - you never know when it's going to rain again!

Sunscreen is the most important staple to have by your side during the Summer months. I know it's common sense, but the number of people who I've seen this past weekend who have been really badly sunburnt, makes me realise that it's something that needs to be brought up again and again.

It's not rocket science people - if you're going to be outside at this time of the year, you're going to need some sunscreen! Apply it 30 minutes before going outside, and re-apply it every two hours (or more often if you're swimming or sweating a lot). Simples!

Here are two of my favourite organic and cruelty-free summer skincare essentials from Green People, both of which are ideal for the whole family to use and are especially ideal for anyone who has sensitive skin:- 

Staying Safe in the Sun with Green People

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30* (200ml, £22, link)
If you have sensitive skin, it can be really difficult to find a suitable fragrance free sunscreen that isn't going to irritate it. Luckily, this one from Green People is one of the best that I've tried and it will happily cover any of my eczema prone areas without upsetting my skin - hooray! This natural based formula is 78% organic and provides a protection of SPF 30 against both UVA and UVB rays so that you and your family are fully covered. It applies like a regular body moisturiser and absorbs easily, without any greasy feeling, making this the perfect choice for any fussy kids who might not like the feel of thick or sticky sunscreens on their skin. This is also a great sun lotion for those who suffer from Prickly Heat to try out. I love it!

Green People Hydrating After Sun Soothing Moisturiser* (200ml, £15.95, link)  
Ah, the blissfully cooling benefits of a high-quality after-sun product! These can be a real godsend if you've caught too much sun during the day and Green People's offering is a lovely, non-greasy, ultra-cooling moisturiser that you can use all over the body to reduce peeling as it helps to heal the skin with a range of natural ingredients. Formulated with the likes of Organic Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Myrhh and Mint, this after sun is 94% organic and feels wonderfully refreshing on the skin after a long day in the sun. The big 200ml tube will keep the whole family happy this Summer, and you can use it as a light and fresh body lotion all year round too - win win.

Do you use any products from Green People?

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Summer Holidays: Ted Baker Enchanting Treats Blush Pink Vanity Case Gift Set review

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ted Baker Enchanting Treats Vanity Case Gift Set review
Looking for a new toiletries set to jazz up your summer holiday this year? Ted Baker's latest Porcelain Rose bath and body collection has just launched into Boots and it's a beauty!

Ted Baker's new collection features a whole host of fresh floral scented treats to get you in the mood for Summer, and there are three new fragrance ranges to choose from; Pretty Pearl, Opulent Petal and Blush Pink. Each one has its own products which you can purchase singularly, or if payday is coming up, there are some gorgeous gift sets available including this one which immediately jumped out at me when I first saw the new collection.

Ted Baker Enchanting Treats Vanity Case Gift Set review

The Enchanting Treats Blush Pink Vanity Case Gift Set is based around a beautiful vanity case in a chic and stylish floral print, and has metallic rose gold detailing for some added luxe (the signature Ted Baker bow on the zip is super cute!). Unlike smaller toiletries sets, this vanity case is a very generous size that's perfect for longer holidays as it has loads of space to store your favourite toiletries in. It also looks great sitting pretty on your vanity desk at home - I've already had lots of compliments about it!

Inside the vanity case, you'll also find three full-size products:-
  • Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Wash (200ml)
  • Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Souffle (300ml)
  • Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Spray (150ml)

This Blush Pink range smells amazing with subtle notes of Jasmine and Neroli on a base of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Musk. It's a very floral, feminine and summery scent overall and I think Ted Baker are onto a real winner with this collection!

Ted Baker Enchanting Treats Blush Pink Vanity Case Gift Set* retails for £25 and is available from Boots stores nationwide and online at boots.com

Are you a fan of Ted Baker?

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Foodie Friday: Cacao & Almond Energy Balls (Deliciously Ella / Vegan Recipe)

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cacao & Almond Energy Balls (Deliciously Ella / Vegan Recipe)
Happy Friday! For this week's Foodie Friday post, I wanted to share one of my favourite recipes by Deliciously Ella and show you how easy it is to make these delicious Cacao & Almond Energy Balls at home. 

These are perfect as a post-gym/workout snack or just as a healthier, refined-sugar free alternative to reach for when that afternoon energy slump happens! I've stuck mostly to Deliciously Ella's original recipe, but I have added slightly more Almonds to up the protein percentage, as I personally like to grab one of these when I've finished a workout.

I love to make these at the weekend in advance of a busy week, and they'll happily keep in the fridge for about a month in an airtight container.

Cacao & Almond Energy Balls (Deliciously Ella / Vegan Recipe)
 Ingredients:- (makes around 12 Energy Balls)
  • 150g Almonds
  • 200g Medjool Dates
  • 2 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Pinch of Salt

Method:-
  1. Place the Almonds into a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces.
  2. Add the Medjool Dates and Coconut Oil, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Next, add the Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Power along with the pinch of Salt, and blend everything again until it looks like a thick paste mixture.
  4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Set aside on a plate lined with greaseproof paper and continue making balls until all the mixture is used up. Depending on the size that you want, you'll probably end up with around 10-12 balls in total.
  5. Pop the rolled balls on the plate into the freezer for about an hour to firm up, and then transfer to the fridge into an airtight container. They will soften up again but should retain a firm ball shape. Enjoy!

Cacao & Almond Energy Balls (Deliciously Ella / Vegan Recipe)
Have you tried making your own Energy / Bliss Balls?

Green Beauty Box: LoveLula Beauty Box - June 2017 review

Thursday, 15 June 2017

LoveLula Beauty Box - June 2017 review
My favourite green beauty box from LoveLula arrived last week and I've been enjoying its contents as it includes a good mix of makeup and skincare from some amazing brands.

Here's what I found inside:-

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask with Muslin Cloth (5g travel size) 
This gentle exfoliating face mask comes as a loose powder that you mix with a little water to create a paste. It's made from simple natural ingredients such as Brown Rice Flour, Ground Hibiscus and Rose Geranium Essential Oil, to give the skin a deep cleanse that draws out clogged pores and impurities. I've only used it once so far but it left my skin looking much clearer and brighter so I''m looking forward to using it more often in the future!

John Masters Organics Lavender, Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang Soap (42g, RRP £3)
I always have a solid bar of soap on the go in my bathroom, usually as a hand soap by my sink, and this one from John Masters Organics features three of my favourite essential oils; Lavender, Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang. Needless to say it smells beautiful, and the SLS-free base of Organic Olive Oil and Cupuacu Butter means it won't dry out my hands. 

Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme in Antique Pink (full size, RRP £20)
I was really pleased to see a makeup item in this month's box because I feel they've been missed in previous months, but this liquid lipstick from Bellapierre certainly makes up for it! Worth £20 on its own, I received the shade Antique Pink which is such a gorgeous everyday shade for me to wear, and the matte formula is really great too. It even smells good - win win!

Madara Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm (full size, RRP £15)
You guys all know that I love my multi-purpose products and Madara's Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm has been on my wishlist for a while now. Suitable for face, body, hands and any dry bits like cuticles and elbows etc, this balm-meets-super-rich-cream helps to protect the skin from dryness and extreme weather conditions by giving it an intense shot of moisture where it's needed the most. It's something that I'll definitely get more use out of in the winter months, but I'll be keeping it on my bedside table to tackle my dry cuticles and hands until then.

LoveLula Beauty Box* is a monthly subscription box priced at £13.95 with free postage in the UK. Visit lovelula.com to find out more.

Have you subscribed to LoveLula's Beauty Box?

3 Toning Mists to Cool You Down This Summer

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

3 Toning Mists to Cool You Down This Summer
Summer is well and truly on its way with the mercury set to rise this week, so it's time slap on the SPF and make sure that you've got one of these toning mists on hand to keep you cool and refreshed in the heat.

Summer skincare tends to fall into two main categories; for oily skinned guys and gals, you might be reaching for all the mattifying products in the world right now, and for drier skin types, the key is to stop your skin from getting parched by the sun. But toning mists are beneficial for every skin type to use and as someone whose face likes to be dehydrated and looks like an oilslick in the hotter months, they are an absolute saviour for rebalancing all that excess sebum and soothing the skin.

Here are three of my current favourite toning mists to help cool you down this Summer:-

3 Toning Mists to Cool You Down This Summer
Best for Anti-Aging & City Dwellers: Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Defence Moisture Mist* (100ml, £20, link)
For a really effective toning mist that also doubles up as a protector against pollution, this new Daily Defence Moisture Mist from Evolve Organic Beauty will appeal to city workers and skincare fans alike. The 99.4% natural (20.5% organic) formula boasts three key ingredients; Hyaluronic Acid for locking in moisture and boosting collagen, Moringa Peptides to protect against the irritating elements of pollution, and Prickly Pear which calms and hydrates. These key ingredients are housed in a base of Rose and Orange Flower Water, and this mist can be used over make-up throughout the day to protect and refresh, as well as a being a daily staple in your skincare routine after cleansing. It's quickly become one of my favourite new skincare discoveries and is definitely worth trying. Also available as a handy travel size.

Best for Balancing Oily & Sensitive Skin: IHANA Skincare Arctic Facial Toning Mist* (50ml, £25, link)
If you have a bigger budget and want a toning mist that has a much higher percentage of organic ingredients in it, look no further than IHANA's Arctic Facial Toning Mist which is ideal for all skin types, but is particularly useful for anyone who has oily, combination and easily irritated sensitive skin. The Arctic Facial Toning Mist contains an impressive 99% natural formula, 94.8% of which comes from certified organic ingredients. It features the likes of Cranberry Fruit Water and Rosewater to soothe and hydrate, natural Glycerin to keep in moisture, Arctic Meadowsweet Extract to clarify and tone, and Heather Flower and Arctic Roseroot Extracts help to further soothe and reduce any redness and skin irritation. This one feels really refreshing and cooling, and I think that sensitive skin types will certainly appreciate it.

Best for Brightening & Refreshing: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer* (30ml, £6.50, link)
Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic has been a longtime favourite of mine, and it's one of those products that I've used on and off for years. Formulated with lots of soothing natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile and Cucumber, it's these combined with the floral water base which gives it such a unique and uplifting fragrance that so many people love. It also has a subtle brightening effect which is great for perking up a dull complexion, and the alcohol-free formula ensures that skin is kept hydrated and happy, even in the hottest weather. I love keeping one of the travel size bottles in my handbag for a quick refresh on the go!

What are your favourite toning mists?

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