Thursday, 30 October 2014

Diy Christmas Scented Bath Salts Tutorial

diy christmas bath salts tutorial

Hello lovelies! I know it's a little early but this afternoon the dark nights really seemed to kick in and Christmas overcame me. I haven't gone completely nuts, I haven't put the decorations up but I did decide to make some Christmas/winter scented bath salts. I love the smell of Christmas, there's nothing better than the smell of cinnamon and ginger bread men! I though i'd share with you my quick and easy tutorial to make gorgeous scented bath salts which also have some health benefits!

diy christmas bath salts

What you'll need: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, Epsom salts and a container/ jar

Benefits:
 Ginger is perfect for those cold nights as it raises your temperature. The raise is temperature helps to detox your body by sweating out the toxins. Ginger is also great for colds and flues and relaxes your muscles if your feeling stressed or sore. Plus it helps with cramps!

Cinnamon is again great for keeping you warm during the colder months and acts as a natural disinfectant which cleanses your body. Cinnamon is also known to lift your mood which could be perfect if you've got the winter blues.

Nutmeg is great if your feeling sore or your muscles are hurting and can also help with cramps! 


diy christmas bath salts tutorial

Method: Add your chosen amount of epsom salts to a bowl (I used 100 grams as a sample). Add one and a half tablespoons of cinnamon, one tablespoon of ginger and one tablespoon of nutmeg and mix it all together. You can adjust this depending on what you like the smell of the most or also to the amount of salts that you use. Make sure you've mixed it in thoroughly otherwise you may find some loose powder floating around your bath. Add your mixture to a jar or container and you're ready for your lovely bath.

diy christmas bath salts tutorial

The scent is so nostalgic to me I just love it. It's such a beautiful scent to relax in and I can't help but feel happy ... I keep having a little sniff of the jar every time I go in the bathroom. It's not just your bathroom that will smell gorgeous, after your bath your skin should smell amazing. After your bath make sure you drink plenty of water as you need to replenish your water levels after a detox. These would make a lovely gift for Christmas but I'm not going to lie, I'm keeping this one all to myself!


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Monday, 27 October 2014

Review// Sanctuary Spa Glycolic Face Peel

Sanctuary Spa glycolic face peel
Sanctuary Spa glycolic face peel
Sanctuary Spa glycolic face peel

Hello lovelies! The idea of creating a spa at home really appeals to me. Not having to leave the comfort of your own home, lounging in your pyjamas and of course not paying the hefty price tag either. Sanctuary Spa do fabulous home facial kits which are affordable and leave your skin feeling amazing. When I was looking to see if there were any kits that I hadn't tried, the only one I could find was the Sanctuary 30 day Youth Revolution Glycolic Peel Off Mask and Serum System (£22.50)... that was a mouthful! I'm not too concerned about ageing skin at the moment so I was unsure whether or not to buy it (but of course I did).

Packaging:

Inside the box you will find your glycolic peel which is in a beautiful glass pot (which, may I add, looks gorgeous on my bathroom shelf). You also get a quality brush to apply the peel onto your face and then to follow you get an anti wrinkle serum to apply. 

Ok so back to why I bought the glycolic face peel. I read somewhere that glycolic acid helps to remove a layer of dead skin which can help to brighten and tone your face. As I have acne marks I thought that this would be perfect to brighten up my skin and help remove some of the pigmentation left behind.


How to use it:

The instructions state to use the peel twice a week for thirty days (not on two consecutive days). Firstly wash and dry your face then apply the mask with the brush. Avoid your eyes and make sure that you only apply a thin layer. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes then the fun starts. Do you remember at school when you would pour pvc glue all over your hand then peel it off? It's kind of like that but much more therapeutic. Start at the bottom of your face and work upwards peeling the mask off. It's so satisfying! After you've removed the peel, apply the anti wrinkle serum. I must admit I only used this a few times as I forgot but it is recommended that you apply this or SPF afterwards as you will have revealed fresh skin which will be super sensitive to those damaging rays.

Results: 

I love this product. It feels really indulgent without having to pay for the real deal plus who doesn't like to be pampered?! This definitely brightens my face up and helps to take a layer off those annoying spots which is all I wanted. As for anti ageing I can't say as of yet if it works. Maybe ask me again in a few years time. I've had this product for a while now and I use it now and again when my skin is looking particularly dull. You get so much product that this lasts way beyond the 30 days. 

Sanctuary Spa's Glycolic Face Peel would be a lovely treat for those of you who are worried about ageing skin or would like to try a preventative method. If you're like me and aren't too worried about ageing just yet, I'd still recommend it if your skin needs a bit of brightening.


Have you tried any Sanctuary products? 




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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lush: Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic Review

Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic
Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic
Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic
Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic

Hello lovelies! A few days ago I mentioned how I'd received some bath bombs as a gift. Rose Queen is my absolute favourite bath bomb and I am completely loyal to it meaning that I hadn't tried Tisty Tosty (£3.35) before. I instantly fell in love with the look of this bath bomb. It is a lovely white heart shape with beautiful dried flowers inside. It was so pretty that I didn't want to use it ... but I did. 

The label reads

"This ballistic is a love spell. Fill the bath, get in, hold the ballistic in your hands whilst contemplating your chosen one. Lower into the water to unleash its powerful magic. Watch the seven rosebuds emerge from the swirling potion and count your way to a budding romance."
How could I resist after reading that?! I'm a sucker for a romantic story so I instantly fell in love. I placed the bath bomb into my bath and it made a small fizz. The fizz didn't spread out very far so if you like your bath bombs to whiz around your bath then maybe this isn't for you. After the bath bomb has started to dissolve the water will turn a cloudy white colour and you'll find your seven rosebuds floating in the bath. The scent is absolutely beautiful, it's a combination of Geranium, Jasmine and Roses. I found it so relaxing just lying there although I could have done with a few more rosebuds. Afterwards my skin smelled so good plus the bathroom smelled amazing! This bath bomb is perfect for those of you who are worried about drying your skin out as I found this wasn't too harsh. This is such a dreamy product and is a lovely gift idea for Christmas especially for you romantics.

What's your favourite bath bomb?  


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Autumnal Outfit Of The Day And A Trip To The Park


autumn

Autumnal outfit of the day

Autumn days out

alpaca


Autumn Day Out
Autumnal days out

Hello lovelies! Yesterday we took our little boy to see the animals in our local area. He's loving Baa Baa Black Sheep at the moment but the Alpacas didn't seem to impress him as much. We still had a lovely day having a walk about and it was so much easier to appreciate the scenery as no one was around. I'm really enjoying Autumn at the moment especially with all the colours, it's so beautiful! I had so much fun teaching my little boy to jump on the leaves. Who else agrees that the crunch sound is so satisfying? I'm trying to reign in my excitement for Christmas and make the most of Autumn as I'll probably regret wishing the months away when the cold weather kicks in.


Autumnal outfit of the day

Outfit Of The Day
Coat: River Island
Hat: River Island
Scarf: Topshop
Shirt: Topshop
Trousers: Topshop
Shoes: SCHUH

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review // Rose Queen Bath Bomb


Lush rose queen bath bomb

Lush rose queen bath bomb
Lush rose queen bath bomb

Lush rose queen bath bomb

Hello lovelies! A few days ago I received some bath bombs from Lush as a lovely gift. I was so happy when I peeked inside the bag and saw my favourite Lush bath bomb Rose Queen (£2.75). I'd recently been looking in my local store and couldn't find any of these although a few of the Christmas ones did catch my eye. Rose Queen has a light floral smell and is absolutely gorgeous. I don't like it when smells are too overpowering as I feel a bit queasy but this is perfect. I've been a little stressed lately and I couldn't wait to hop into the bath with this. 

Once the bath has been ran and you've placed the bath bomb in, the water begins to turn a gorgeous pink colour. When the bath bomb has dissolved slightly, you'll start to notice flowers and petals popping out. The smell, colours and flowers are perfect for relaxing and I can't help but feel happy when I'm surrounded by a mass of pinkness. A few hours after my bath my skin still has a lovely floral scent which is good for when cuddling up to someone during the dark nights. The only downfall is that after your bath you end up with a plug full of petals. It's still more appealing than pulling out a plug full of hair so it doesn't bother me too much. Rose Queen is relatively cheap compared to some of Lush's products. It would make a lovely gift for someone special especially with Christmas being just around the corner. Or you could just treat yourself...

What's your favourite bath bomb?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

How To Make A Homemade Hair Mask


I recently posted about how I grew my hair out after years of struggling with dry short hair. If you would like to read about this click here. In my post I mentioned that home made hair masks were one of the many things that helped my hair to grow stronger and longer. Here is one of the masks that I do once every so often especially when I've bleached it to give it some life again.



Honey is great for hair growth and reviving your hair. It is a natural antioxidant which is good for keeping your scalp healthy and helping with dandruff. My hair can get particularly dry especially in Summer and Winter. Honey is said to lock in moisture and smooths hair which means that frizzies are less visible and your hair looks more shiny. 



Eggs are full of protein which are important for damaged hair. Protein helps make your hair stronger which in turn means less breakage! Eggs also contain oils which can help your hair to shine and are great for giving moisture to dry hair.


Coconut oil is well known for being great whether used on skin or hair. This is super cheap and is a quick fix for damaged hair. Even if your hair isn't damaged, it is still beneficial. Coconut oil contains proteins again and is also known to be excellent for soothing dandruff. As you can imagine, coconut oil is extremely moisturising and hair absorbs it well. I use this alone and in a mask to moisturise dry ends. It is also a quick fix for reducing the look of split ends.

If my hair looks or feels pretty dry or damaged I quickly make a hair mask. For this one I crack an egg or two and pour them into a bowl. I then scoop out a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil and add a tablespoon of honey. You can adjust this depending on you hair length or thickness. I then mix this together and microwave it for a very brief amount of time. I don't want to cook the eggs! I then hang over the bath and rub this from root to tip all over my hair as it can be quite messy. I usually go in the bath and leave it on as long as possible but you can also just wrap your hair in a towel until you've had enough. Remember when washing it off, use cold water at least to begin with. I've found that warm water seems to make oil harder to remove. Keep doing this process a few times a week and then reduce it to once a week, once every other week and then once a month when your happy with the results. You can also use olive oil if you don't have coconut oil. The best thing about home made hair masks are that they're so cheap and you usually have all the products in your cupboards. You can make hair masks out of each of these products separately or together. Why not create your own mask?


Do you have any homemade mask recipes?


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

What's In My Bag?


I love reading what's in my bag posts. There is something exciting about getting to look inside someone's bag as it seems quite personal. Here's your opportunity to look inside my bag without being arrested!



I love this bag! I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of this. I bought this in Urban Outfitters ages ago and I'm still using it. I use this bag for general day to day outings but if I need to carry anything bigger I'll use a different bag. It seems to go with everything and I think it looks quite boho. As long as it has two handles I'll keep using it.


How cute is this Evelyn Lomography camera? I love lomo, in the past I've spent hours trawling Pinterest as the photos are so pretty. This is much smaller to carry than our Nikon camera which means I'm not stuck dragging it around (I only have little arms). I also love the surprise of not knowing what your'e going to get until you print the film. You can also buy these at Urban Outfitters.



I always like to have a selection of lip products in my bag as you never know when you'll need something. I like to carry The Body Shop's Hemp lip conditioner. This is amazing. Hemp is known for targeting dry skin and as I have dry lips, it's perfect (especially with winter coming). This week I have Kate Moss Lasting Finish in shade 107, MAC in Lady Danger and Kate Moss Lasting Finish in shade 20. If you want to see my review of Lady Danger or Kate Moss 107, click here. I like to have a variation of colours in case when I'm out I realise I look a bit drained then I can quickly throw on whatever I feel like at the time. Finally I have my YSL mascara. The packaging is so pretty. I feel really glamorous when I wear it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.



I always like to have a book in case I get a spare moment which isn't very often. This week I started reading The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne. It is about a girl who works in an antique shop and is obsessed with imagining the stories and history attached to each object. When she is given the opportunity to visit Scotland and value antiques in a castle she grabs it (of course, who wouldn't). But are antiques the only thing she is falling in love with? ... DUN DUN DUNNNNN


This is actually really handy. This is Kirstie Alsopp's weekly planner. I'm pretty sure I found this is a supermarket for really cheap but I can't actually remember! Kirstie is so creative whilst juggling all of her children (not literally I hope) so if having this planner can give me a shot at being anywhere near as organised as her then it was worth it. Look at the lovely floral pattern!



I also have my phone and of course I'm listening to Arctic Monkeys. I've played this album non stop for over a year. If you haven't already, check out Submarine's soundtrack as Alex Turner wrote all the songs for the film and it's lovely.



Finally, my most important item. My purse. I bought this from River Island and it's perfect for holding all your cards and even has an enclosed purse in the middle for all your coins. It's looking a little battered but it's survived many shopping trips and that's all that matters.

I hope you enjoyed having a peek inside my bag. I'll be doing a make up bag one soon!


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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial Using The Konad Nail Stamp Kit

Konad nail art stamper

Hello lovelies! I know it's a bit early to be talking about Halloween but I'm always quite premature when it comes to holidays. Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who bang on about Christmas in October! I have also been known to put my tree up in October... I know what you're thinking, she's way too enthusiastic. To distract from my Christmas obsession, here's a quick tutorial for some fun Halloween nail art!

Barry M orange nail polish

Step 1: Paint your nails! I filed and buffed my nails and then added Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails as a base coat. It also great for stopping my nails snapping. I then chose Barry M's Gel Shine Nail Polish in the shade Satsuma as it's very Halloweeny I guess with its orange tones.



Step 2: Next I used my Konad nail art kit. It was bought for me last year and I love it especially during holiday seasons as there are so many cute designs available. I can't wait to use the Christmas ones! Today I used the pumpkin and haunted house design as they were perfect for my theme.



Konad nail art stamp
Konad nail art stamp kit

Step 3: I used my Konad double sided stamp set (£5) to prepare and apply the stamps. The first step is to apply the Konad nail polish in black (£5) onto the pattern that you want. Step two is to use the scraper to wipe the excess polish away from the stamp. The third step is to quickly grab your stamping tool and roll it across the image then immediately press it onto your nail!


Konad nail art kit Halloween nail art tutorial

Konad nail art kit Halloween nail art tutorial


And there you have it! Your very own Halloween nail art. I'm not very good at doing nail art so the Konad set is perfect as I certainly don't have a steady hand!

Let me know what you think!


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Friday, 10 October 2014

The Coat That Time Forgot: The 60's Coat

60's style mustard coat

Hello lovelies! Would you believe I actually bought this coat three years ago in a River Island sale! It was reduced to £10 as a button was missing and I love anything mustard so I obviously had to get it. I tried the coat on but I never knew what to wear it with and I felt paranoid that it was too baggy (I didn't want to look like Paddington Bear). I didn't completely forget about this coat. Ok I lied. I did forget about it but I had promised myself when I bought it that I'd wear this one day... I just never got round to it. 

This morning my little boy was looking out of the window (he likes waving to passers by bless him) and I noticed all the leaves on the ground. It really is starting to feel like autumn! It reminded me of my poor jacket and I decided to give it a try. I teamed it with a tartan scarf and surprise surprise I actually loved it. I felt like I should have been kicking leaves or whatever else you're meant to do in Autumn.



I love how cute the buttons are!

The lining has a lovely 60's vibe!

So for now I have learned my lesson. I hope I'm not the only clothes neglecter. That's right, I admitted it. Guilty as charged but I'm hoping to fix that. Why not look in your wardrobe and find an item of clothing that you haven't worn or feel you've neglected. Give it a chance to shine. Even if it needs a a helping hand, you could always customise it with some accessories.

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