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Lovely & Affordable January Buys

I know it’s new year and I know we’re all skint but if you’re feeling like you just need to get something to perk you up, this pick below should do the trick.

I’ve selected 10 of my favourite things, everything from a contour kit to help hide those winter blemishes and dark circles, to the cutest flamingo 2017 diary and THE best skincare product from Liz Earle – seriously this stuff will change your life. jan

  1. Alphabet Tea cup £4 | 2. 2017 Diary £8.50| 3. Maybelline Correcting Kit £9.99 | 4. OPI Nail Varnish £12.50 |   5. Handheld Spiralizer £11.99 | 6. Oliver Bonas Ring £18 | 7. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser £15.50 | 8. Scented Candle £6.50 | 9. Calvin Klein Bralette £20 | 10. Cath Kinston Cosmetic Bag £8

 

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June Wish List

 

June

Joe Fresh swim | Reiss shirt dress | Pixie Mood metallic grey handbag | Ray-Ban sunglasses |adidas superstar 80’s REN firming and smoothing serum | Pixi lip brush | Off-the-shoulder dress | Pandora ringTopshop sandals | Olivia Burton watch

I could have featured so many more things on my June wish list. There’s too many nice things out there!

I had a REN facial last month and I can’t tell you how amazing my skin looked and felt afterwards. I hadn’t had a facial in so long (I am talking years). REN firming and smoothing serum is a little pricey but I have fallen in love with it.

Another favourite is personalised items, I don’t have any the moment but definitely have my eye on these adidas superstar 80’s that you can customise – you can even put you name on them!

I had to feature this Olivia Burton watch. I’ve been a fan for ages but haven’t actually purchased anything from her range yet. I love the new collection she’s just launched and this grey mesh watch is so classic looking.

Pandora has been my go-to jewellery brand for years and I just love with this black stone ring.

Happy shopping everyone.

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My Winter Beauty Picks

The cold, wet and windy weather is playing havoc with my skin. Dry, chapped and lacking that healthy boost it has in the summer months. There are so many products out there to fix every beauty problem, but if you’re anything like me you haven’t got the cash to be splurging on expensive creams, lotions and potions.

There are a few key beauty products that I use that seem to be doing the trick. They don’t cost a
fortune either.

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Keep your hands moisturised and hydrated with Nivea hand cream with Macadamia Nut Oil

It’s a constant battle trying to keep my lips hydrated. eos lip balm is currently answering my prayers.

This isn’t technically a winter essential. For me it’s an all year round essential! I have searched and searched and I am pleased to announce this mascara actually does what it says. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Volumising Mascara

If your skin is feeling dry give this Organic Rose Hip Oil a try. It’s the bee’s knees.

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I always find picking a foundation tricky. I am yet to find the perfect one but Maybelline hydrate + smooth foundation is working out pretty well at the moment. Mix with a drop of moisturiser in the day for a fresher look.

This is my splurge product but it’s totally worth it. Lancome Hydra Intense hydrating gel mask. Apply a thick layer, chill for five minutes then remove with a tissue or dry flannel. This mask feeds your skin leaving it super smooth and hydrated. It’s my winter wonder product.

Last up is Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance. It’s a lightweight conditioning spray for weak and distressed hair. It’s perfect if your hair gets in a tangle easily. I have been using this for a few weeks and I don’t know how my hair coped without it.

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Jealous Body Scrub Review

When Vancouver-based body scrub brand Jealous Body got in touch to see if I’d like to test out its first product to launch – a natural Coffee + Coconut Body Scrub I replied instantly. After months of hiding my body away through the winter my skin was in need of a refresh and wake-up call and this was the perfect product for the job.

So what did I test?  I was sent a pack of Jealous Body Scrub

What is it? It’s an all over body scrub (you can slap it on your face too). The scrub contains premium robusta coffee, organic cold pressed coconut oil, raw brown sugar, sea salt, vitamin E and minerals. There are no ingredients you will struggle to pronounce which is always a good sign, oh and it smells delicious – if you like the smell of coffee that is.

Why should you use it? What body exfoliator are you currently using? Does it work as it should? If it doesn’t and you are really looking to give your skin and treat then order some Jealous Body NOW. I have to be honest I am sceptical when I read that a product will reduce the appearance of cellulite but I have to say the appearance of my skin does appear to have improved. It doesn’t banish cellulite (it doesn’t promise to) but with summer days approaching this stuff will give you added confidence about baring your skin in public. Jealous Body is also good for reducing the appearance of eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins, psoriasis and acne.

How does it work? So the coffee beans aren’t just there to make it smell good, they work away to exfoliate and rejuvenate, the brown sugar and sea salt hydrates and moisturises your skin and the vitamin E and minerals work their magic to protect and repair your skin. It’s super easy to use too. Use 2-3 scoops for your whole body and rub into wet skin in circular motions. Leave it there to do it’s thing for 5-10 minutes. Now this is why it works, because you leave it there to soak in and do it’s job. I have to admit I used to exfoliate in a flash, rub it on, wait a minute or so and get rid. Jealous Body forces you to have some chill time in the shower, take 10 minutes out whilst it’s on your body. Call your friend for a catch up, do some squats even, go through your to do list in your head. The important thing is you leave it there to work. Then after your chill time and after inhaling the smell of coffee you just rinse it off.

What’s the result? Seriously smooth, bright and rejuvenated skin. Your bathroom will smell pretty good too.

Where can I buy it? Jealous Body is available online at jealousbody.com and they ship all over the world so there is no excuse not to have smooth and luscious skin.

Cost? $17.95 or around £9.40 if you live in the UK. Shipping is free to Canada and the US and $3.95 to everywhere else.

I think it’s pretty obvious that I love this stuff. As you know I love natural products and this certainly ticks that box. It smells great, it’s different and even the packaging is cool.

Arm yourself with a pack of this and you will not be disappointed. The Jealous Body website is packed full of faqs and you can order directly from the website too.

Happy scrubbing people.

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Do You Go Bare-Faced?

Does the word bare-faced fill you with dread? For most women it does, but it really shouldn’t. Recent reports suggest that women should adopt the 5:2 plan for their face, and that giving your skin a break from make-up is the key to a perfect complexion. Experts believe that having two make-up free days can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just one month. Pass me the make-up remover!!

Beauty brand Essential.com conducted a survey that revealed two-thirds of British women wear make-up seven days a week and three-quarters suffer from breakouts as a result. Only a quarter would skip make-up for more than one day a week.

Do you have the confidence to leave the house make-up free? (I barely had the confidence to post the picture above) Well I tried it yesterday and although I didn’t feel as confident without make-up on, my skin felt so much better by the time I was going to bed. The beauty of working from home is that I can sit bare-faced and feel quite comfortable about it. My major issue is the ever so attractive purple skin under my eyes (see above). No matter how much sleep I have I never seem to shift it, and without make-up I do tend to look ill. Allowing your skin to breathe is always a good idea though and I am definitely going to stick with the 5:2 rule.

If you fancy giving it a go here are a few tips to help you on your way.

1. If you wear foundation and you’re not comfortable opting for a lighter BB cream ensure your foundation is packed with ingredients to let oxygen through to your skin. Benefit’s Hello Flawless’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation helps to boost cellular respiration and protects against the dirt and grime that can often cause breakouts. It also contains vitamin C and E derivatives known to prevent the signs of ageing. If you do fancy trying a BB cream I recommend Garnier BB cream, I’ve used it for a while now and it’s light and hydrating.

2. If you go make-up free don’t forget to hydrate your lips. My personal favourite is Rosy Lips Lip Therapy from Vaseline. With a hint of colour it will brighten up your face as well as ensure your lips stay smooth.

3. Curling your eyelashes is another trick to help your face look a bit more awake, and there is nothing in the 5:2 rule book about not being able to do this. I have used Shu Uemura eyelash curlers for years and in my opinion they are the best.

4. Give your skin a healthy glow with Rose Hip Oil and a mini DIY facial. I stumbled across this video which shows how you can give your skin a radiant glow from the comfort of your bathroom. I have tried it out and it feels amazing.