22 August 2017

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update
This is hella late (again), but I still wanted to create this post. I've been feeling a little 'meh' about my blog and its content lately, and if I'm honest that's mostly why I'm behind on blog posts. I feel like my posts aren't seismic enough, they don't educate or help people, and I'm just not a good blogger. But, my favourites posts are my only form of online diary. So no matter how behind I am, I really do want to keep up on these so I can look back on the memories I made each month, and discover how my life changed to become what it will become in the future. 

20 August 2017

Book of the month - 'Eat Pray Love'

Book of the month - 'Eat Pray Love'

Book of the month - 'Eat Pray Love'
I know that everyone and their mum got around to reading this book before I did, but I still wanted to put a few words out there about it. It's the best book I've read in a long while, and I now want all my friends and family that haven't read it to give it a go. There are so many passages in the novel that I bookmarked because they impacted me. The paragraph above about depression made me think for days about all the things I've ever thought might cause my own.

The book is separated into three sections, each 36 chapters long. The first section starts off with an introduction into Elizabeth Gilbert's past life, as the novel is semi-autobiographical. Crying on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night, Liz starts to realise that her marriage is going down the pan: she simply doesn't love her husband any more. They've bought their dream house in Manhattan, but her life is empty.

During their gruelling divorce (turns out things get messy when only one person wants to end things), Liz gets into an on and off relationship with a new man called David. When she's not near David she craves him, and every time they break up they're both drawn back to one another, but once they're together Liz always knows they're not right for each other.

After one final break-up, Liz decides that she needs to start doing things for herself. She begins to learn Italian; something she's been wanting to do for years. Soon she hatches a plan to get her life back together. First, she's going to Italy to put her newly learned speech into use. Then, she's going to spend a few months in an Indian ashram. There she'll follow the guidance of a yogic guru she felt inspired by after meeting her in New York. Finally, she's going to revisit the town of an ancient medicine man in Bali, whom she met on a work visit a few years back.

Liz's time in Italy is all about learning how to enjoy herself again. Faced with the guilt of 'ruining' her husband's future with her, she'd lost a lot of weight and become reliant on anti-depressants. She spends her months there trying every food she could possibly want to in Italy, speaking to people in the language she's fallen in love with and sightseeing around Rome and Naples.

Her time in India is entirely the opposite. Liz wants to learn self-discipline, and to become happy by changing things on the inside. At the ashram she gets up at 3am every morning to scrub the temple floors, before spending a good chunk of her day meditating. On the face of it, this seemed like the most boring section of the novel, but it actually turned out to be my favourite.

Finally, in Indonesia she searches for balance between extreme self-indulgence and self-sacrifice. She becomes part of a community in Indonesia, and has possible the greatest time of all her travels. And, she starts to accept that she could look for love again ...

I honestly enjoyed this so much, and would recommend it to everyone!

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16 August 2017

Makeup brush cleaning wipes: do they actually work?!

Makeup brush cleaning wipes: do they actually work?!

Makeup brush cleaning wipes: do they actually work?!

We can all agree that cleaning makeup brushes is one of the worst chores out there. I mean, it's on par with changing the bed sheets. Both chores make you feel amazing and totally in control of your adult life when they're done, but the process is just ugh

Cleaning my brushes is something I just totally forget to do. That is until they're full on grimy, covered in product and I can't use them without breaking out. We've all been there (right?!).It doesn't make the cleaning situation any easier. Instead of a quick weekly clean, I end up doing a super long every-time-I-remember clean, which is nowhere near weekly. 

There are so many brush cleaning products out there at the moment. You've got solid cleansers, liquid cleaners, gel cleansers, mitts, brushes to clean your brushes. The list goes on. But, Ecotools do makeup brush cleansing wipes. I'd never heard of such a thing and had to try them.

You use them by placing a wipe on the palm of your hand and swirling the brush around your palm to get rid of product. I was so excited to give these a go, and honestly kinda expected them to be a miracle product that would make brush cleaning quick and easy. 

To be brutally honest, I was completely disappointed. They barely touch my foundation-encrusted brushes, and probably took about as much makeup off them as it would just using my hand. I was gutted.  However, there is a silver lining! Ecotools recommends using these for minor cleaning, which was totally not what I was trying to go for, and they actually have a brush shampoo to pair with the wipes for a deeper clean. This is not a sponsored post, I just love the ethos behind this company!

Having given them a couple of goes now (there's 25 in a pack so why not experiment?!) I can say that they can come in handy. They're pretty fab at removing powder makeup. So, I now have a quick, portable way to clean my eyeshadow and powder brushes. But, I'm still on the hunt for a good all round brush cleaner. Please send me your recommendations, because I need to get a new one asap!

What's your favourite type of brush cleanser to use?

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13 August 2017

July book haul

July book haul

July book haul

We all know I love love LOVE a good book haul. I genuinely feel so blessed by the fact that there's an amazing British Heart Foundation charity book shop in my town, and it sells some absolute gems for a fraction of their OG price. 

11 August 2017

Currently crushing on: my new daily planner

New daily planner from Ohh Deer X Urban Outfitters

New daily planner from Ohh Deer X Urban Outfitters

My yearly diary is my very own lifeline. I always have a mid year to mid year one because when I was at uni it was what made the most sense. Now I've kept up the tradition as it's nice to have that little six monthly reset: I set new goals and ambitions at New Year and re-motivate myself at around this time with a fresh new diary.

8 August 2017

Honey I Washed My Hair Solid LUSH Shampoo review

Honey I Washed My Hair Solid LUSH Shampoo review

Honey I Washed My Hair Solid LUSH Shampoo review

Honey I Washed My Hair Solid LUSH Shampoo review

Solid shampoos are my ultimate bae at the moment. They last for ages, they don't waste any plastic packaging, and once you get the hang of it, they're really easy to use. I've got a myth-busting post all about how to use them and what they're really like here, but essentially you massage the shampoo bar into a lather between your hands and then use it as you would normal shampoo.

I've got quite dry hair at the moment, what with it being summer and with having dyed my hair a lot in the last few years. So, I wanted to go with something that would really moisturise my hair, keeping it soft and shiny. Honey I Washed My Hair seemed like a fab answer to this, and in a way it was.

It kept my hair shiny and feeling super clean, but I was so upset to realise that it's definitely had an impact on my sensitive scalp. I've had really bad dandruff recently, and once I stopped using this there was a noticeable improvement. However, if you don't have a sensitive scalp and just want your hair to be kept hydrated and moisturised then this is honestly really fab. 

Have you ever used a solid shampoo? What did you think?

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7 August 2017

8 quick and easy ways to support other bloggers

8 quick and easy ways to support other bloggers
There's been so much hate and nastiness in the online blogging community recently; it feels as though I can't log on to twitter without seeing a series of subtweets about a blogger's recent post or Youtube video. So, today I thought I'd share the love a bit with this post on some really quick and easy ways to support your fellow bloggers. Let's spread the love, not the hate!

1.) If you love a post of theirs, send out a tweet about it. Let them know that you're reading their work and share it with your followers.

2.) Pin their images. I get so much inspo from other bloggers' images, so I pin them to beauty boards, photography boards or straight up blogging inspiration boards. 

3.) Like their Instagram posts. IG sucks at the moment in my opinion. Everyone's engagement is down and it's basically impossible to gain a reasonable number of followers anymore. Scroll through your timeline for a few minutes and give a lil double tap to all the bloggers you love.

4.) If you find a blogger you love, follow them on their social media pages as well as bloglovin. There's SO many blogs that I read that I only recently noticed I wasn't even following on Twitter. If you love them, help them boost their growth.

5.) Support #AD or #Spon posts. Just a quick RT or a two minute read of a post can help boost engagement so they can feel fab about the post they've written.

6.) #Follow Fridays. I suck at doing this, but I always feel so happy and supported when someone does it to me, so I'm determined to do it more often.

7.) Do a monthly roundup of all the bloggers and posts you've been loving. It will make someone's day, and I love both reading them and making them to find new bloggers to follow.

8.) Leave a comment on their post. I know it's a little 'old school' in the blogging world, but everyone breaks out into a smile when they get a nice, thoughtful comment on a post.

What else would you add to the list?
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6 August 2017

Soap and Glory foot rescue duo

Soap and Glory foot rescue duo

Soap and Glory foot rescue duo

Soap and Glory foot rescue duo

Soap and Glory foot rescue duo

Working on your feet all day must have some perk somewhere down the line, but I'm not sure I've found it yet. The dull pain you get in your heels at the end of a long day never really goes away, no matter how often you work on your feet, or how long you've done it for.

A little pamper is my favourite kind of indulgence. A face mask, hot bath and lots of candles are a vital part of my mental health self care routine. But, sometimes it's important to remember to take care of the bits of your body you don't associate pampering or skin care with.

Without getting too OTT, your feet guide you on this earth, and if Yoga with Adriene has taught me one thing, it's how important taking care of them is. FYI, if you're into yoga, then her channel is one of the best out there to help improve your practice. 

My self-care/pamper routine with my feet involves a hot bath and face mask obvs. I set myself up with a book, lots of candles and my favourite shower gel. Towards the end of the bath I reach for my Soap and Glory Scrub of your life. It's honestly the best scrub I've ever used. I massage it into all areas of my feet: the heels, the ball, the toes. I actually take the time to take care of my feet and think about all the pressure I put them under and how important they are.

I have quite sensitive skin, so I always have to moisturise after exfoliating. Every single foot lotion I've ever tried is peppermint scented, and I hate it. But, Soap and Glory's heel genius butter 1.) doesn't smell like peppermint and 2.) really works its way into my feet and makes them SO SOFT. I slather this on, and again, massage it into my feet, and then pop my fluffiest bed socks on for a few hours.

This pair is honestly a godsend for people who work on their feet all day, and it's one of my favourite parts of my pamper routine. What do you do to keep your feet soft and happy?

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3 August 2017

5 Netflix Originals you NEED to watch

5 Netflix Originals you NEED to watch

Netflix is a godsend for the modern day introvert. You can binge watch your fave program without advert interruptions, and can do it wherever you want: you're not restricted to your TV. I for one am a massive fan. It got me through TV-less student life, and now that we're living in an actual adult rented property, we've found that all we need is this and amazon prime. I mean, we totally intended on getting a Sky subscription and have the TV licence for it, but I'm not sure how I would handle only watching one episode of a show at a time. I mean, who does that???

Netflix originals used to be pretty shite. IMO anyway. But in the last couple of years they've definitely come into their own and now I'm obsessed. They're pretty much all I watch on Netflix at the moment and I canNOT wait for some new seasons of my faves to come out. So, here are my top 5 must-see Netflix Originals: 

1.) Orange is the New Black. This is the first Netflix original that really made it big and I can 100% see why. It celebrates diversity in all its forms, and is the first mainstream show I've watched that has unapologetically shown what being a trans* individual is really like. It features a cast which isn't whitewashed, and covers some really important topics. Each series just gets better and better in tackling political issues and taboos.

2.) Riverdale. This is totally different, and a bit of an easy, fun watch. Not that OITNB isn't, but this is targeted at a younger audience I believe. So far there's only one season of Riverdale, and I've not finished it yet, so NO SPOILERS PLS, but I'm hooked. It tracks the murder of high school football star Jason Blossom, and I'm very excited to find out what actually happened to him. Plus, I fall a little bit more in love with Jughead as I watch each episode.

3.) 13 Reasons Why. This had me shook to my core. It comes with a massive trigger warning from me about self harm, suicide and sexual assault. It's incredibly powerful. Each episode in the series is one side of a tape recording that Hannah made for the thirteen people who gave her cause to kill herself. It makes you think about your impact on others' lives. My one problem is that the way it is played out suggests that Hannah can get some kind of retribution for her death, and almost see what's going on post-mortem. 

4.) Spotless. This is definitely the least well known of my five, but 100% worth a mention. If you enjoyed Dexter (which isn't a Netflix OG but is one of the best TV series' ever), then you'll porbably enjoy this. It follows the story of a Frenchman, Jean Bastiere, living in London, whose brother turns up one day with a corpse in his van. It's a dark comedy, in which the pair get dragged into a criminal underworld via a series of accidental situations.

5.) Stranger Things. I couldn't leave this out, could I?! This rocked everyone's world last Autumn, and totally has the added benefit of reminding me of that time of year (which FYI is my fave). Stranger Things is all about a small town in America in which a young boy goes missing. No one knows what's going on, but his mum is convinced he's still alive. Will is indeed alive, but he's not exactly in the same place as his mum is anymore. It's creepy and thrilling and season two is coming out soon so ya better get watching. 

What's your favourite Netflix original series? I need more to watch!

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2 August 2017

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

FINALLY adding decor to our home (aka a lil Homesense haul)

I'll be the first to admit that the house that me and my partner rent is bare. When we moved in we were intent on using our money to buy furniture. Then Christmas rolled around. Then a big holiday. Now, ten months in we're finally starting to get there. We've put some wall art up that's been hanging around in the basement since day 1. We've taken some rugs off of the floor that just weren't working for us (we've been ignoring it in the hope that it just ebbs away for months now).

I've been so intent on the idea that we need big, expensive things to make this house a home that I've overlooked the little things we could be changing. I'm obsessed with the idea of having lots of mirrors and real plants and decluttering our possessions, but we haven't had the time or money to sort any of this out.

But, it turns out that Homesense totally has my back. I always find that when I head in I either hate every single product I see, or find hundreds of things that I 'need'. 

You see, I found a leftover Christmas voucher (yaaaaaas) and decided to actually spruce up our home with some little things to make a big difference. This haul has made me so inspired to switch things up in our house to make it more homely.

Candles

I love candles. To an almost unhealthy extent. I've got a big ol wicker toiletries basket of them, and if I'm sat down at my desk to do some work I usually have one or two lit up in my office. Burning candles has been something that has helped me concentrate on my work for years, and I actually always used to have one going when I was doing my homework.

I must have sniffed at least 50 candles in Homesense, until I found three that looked beautiful and smelt incredible.

Sand and Fog's simple glass candle with a patterned lid is only made better by the fact that it's strawberry mimosa scented. For real. I've never had a strawberry mimosa before, but I need to try one now. This is sweet and delicate and I cannot wait to burn it.

I couldn't resist DW Home's lavender chamomile candle either. I'm a BIG fan of lavender. But, so many lavender candles I smelt were either too bitter, too faint or just a bit musty. This is a fresh, sweet lavender scent and I love the fact that it's hand poured, so has that extra bit of love. 

The last candle I picked is one that I want to burn whilst doing yoga. I've never had an aromatherapy candle before and the 'breathe' one from Mindful Earth smells incredible. It's a mix of citrus and herbs and freshness, and is the strangest smelling candle I've ever come across. But I love it. Plus, have you seen how pretty the jar is? It reminds me of an old-fashioned medicine bottle. 

Plants

I really want a home filled with lots of plants. Real, fake, big, small, whatever. I want to breathe in their goodness and break up the stale white walls of our home. At the moment I have one solitary plant indoors. It's a red demon chili plant, and I'm SO proud of having grown it from little seedlings. BUT, the chilis are so strong that I can't handle eating any of them, ffs.

This cute lavender pot plant is exactly what I had in mind in terms of plants. I would LOVE a real lavender plant, and I'll get one someday. I really wanted a plant (or two) to pop in the bathroom, but there's no ventilation system in our one and I just know that any plant wouldn't thrive there. This fake lavender fits perfectly on our bathroom shelves and just adds a splash of colour to the room. 

Beauty

Does anyone actually head into Homesense without coming home with a brand new strange beauty product? It's like hunting through a treasure chest to find a speck of beauty gold that 1.) isn't just pure shite and 2.) actually suits your needs. 

I'm just about starting to get into the whole sheet mask trend. It took me a while to find ones that actually worked for my skin, and I'm really hoping these ones do too! I got a four pack of sheet masks from Beauty Concepts: two are tea tree and claim to repair your skin, and the other two are charcoal masks and claim to purify it. I honestly canNOT wait to give these a go as my skin is in serious need of being both repaired and purified. 

Food

I always get drawn in to the weird and wonderful herbs and spices at HomeSense. Himalayan pink salt IMO is the way forward over regular table salt. It's a lot better for you, and although it's a little more expensive, I got this massive bag of it for £2.99 so I can keep my salt pot topped up. 

So there we go: my little HomeSense haul which has totally inspired me to focus on changing the little things in our home to get a better overall image.

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29 July 2017

French lavender hand cream (that leaves your hands grease-free)

French lavender hand cream (that leaves your hands grease-free)

I'm a serial hand-washer. There's no two ways about it, I'm obsessed. I'm not saying this because 'omg so proud about how clean I am', but because I do it to a point where I require hand cream to salve the damage I create. I work in a restaurant, and wash my hands after every dirty plate I touch. That's a whole lotta plates. 

Admittedly, the skin on my hands is a lot worse in winter. Not only does it have to cope with lots of soap irritation, but also wind chapping. In winter I need some seriously heavy duty creams, but in summer I can get away with something a little lighter. This is where this beauty from Bath and Body Works comes in.

I've tried so many different hand creams. I've got half a desk drawer of them. I've even tried the holy grail of hand creams for sore hands: The Body Shop's hemp oil cream. Every time I mention that my hands are cracked or dry someone recommends it to me. The problem is that it doesn't sink into my skin properly (and irritates my sensitive skin, but y'know). So, I'm left with sticky, tacky hands. Which makes me want to wash them again. It leads to a vicious cycle and makes the whole point of using the cream useless.

I didn't have high hopes for this mini French lavender scented hand cream from Bath and Body Works. I totally picked it up because lavender is my fave scent ever, not because I thought it would save my hand skin. #priorities. 

However, I've finally found a cream that sinks into my skin perfectly. It smells amazing, it's lightweight and it totally evaporates into my skin. It doesn't irritate my very sensitive eczema-prone skin at all, although this doesn't mean it might not do it to someone else. I've finally found the product that provides balance between moisturing my hands without leaving a film of hand cream behind. I LOVE it, and the next time I head back to America this is at the top of my 'need to buy' list.

What do you use to keep your hands moisturised?

(This is totally not sponsored, I just have a whole lotta love for it) 

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28 July 2017

The responsibility of being a mental health blogger

The responsibility of being a mental health blogger

I LOVE writing about mental health. I love challenging people's stereotypes about MH sufferers, I love spreading awareness and I love tackling taboos. It's something I bring everywhere I go. I chat about it in the workplace, in my relationship, with my friends, on social media and of course on my blog.

BUT

I definitely feel inhibited in terms of chatting about it on my blog. For me, it's my most important platform (even more so than vocally talking about it to people), because it's there on the internet for everyone to see. It's not a conversation that happens and is forgotten, or a tweet that goes missing amidst a sea of thoughts and blog post promos. Instead, it's something that people can look for, and come back to when they need it.

I'm not saying that I think people use my blog as some kind of mental health bible, or that I don't feel comfortable sharing my story on the internet. I firmly believe that personal tales are key to reducing the stigma around mental health, which is why I spoke about my own struggle with self-harm. Instead, I'm saying that I feel an immense amount of pressure to say the right thing. 

Usually I find writing blog posts fun and carefree. I love letting you guys know what kind of lipstick I'm loving at the moment, and I honestly do not feel guilty if someone bought it because of my post and hated it. It's rubbish, but it happens, and it's not my fault that we don't enjoy the same things.

With mental health posts it's different. I read and reread and consider every single word I say. I'm permanently conscious that every word is a potential trigger. My self harm story post was probably the hardest post for me to write for this blog. Not because it re-surfaced old traumas that I'd put behind me, but because I was trapped between not wanting to say too little or too much.

I didn't want to talk in-depth about how awful I found recovery at first; I didn't want to put anyone off attempting it. Equally, however, I didn't want to pretend it was easy; I didn't want anyone trying to recover to think that they were strange or isolated for struggling with recovery. It's exactly this trying to create a balance that makes things hard when writing mental health posts. I want to be honest, but I don't want to trigger people. I want to talk about things in depth, but I don't want to encourage people to do the things I have. I worry that I'm being selfish by not helping others by creating MH posts, and worry that I'm being selfish by using my blog as a space for my own catharsis, when it could trigger other people.

There's so many things I would want to talk about, but know that I would have to spend hours finding the right words, or even deciding whether it's a safe topic to talk about. I want to spread awareness about helping others who are suffering from self-harm. I want to write about how to potentially spot whether someone may be doing it, so that someone could be stopped from taking it one step too far, but I equally know that I would have HATED this when I was struggling; I would have been angry, mortified, and it would have triggered me to be worse. 

I'd love to talk about other mental health concerns. I've had some incredibly close friends that have suffered with eating disorders. I'd love to work to reduce the stigma against these types of mental health issues, but I feel like I can't because I haven't suffered from them myself.

All in all, I'd like to do more, but this concept of responsibility plays on my mind all the time. I want to make things better, not worse and I feel as though it's often a very fine line to tread.

Would you like to see more open or explicit MH posts? Do you blog about MH too? What are your thoughts on the whole notion of responsibility?

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25 July 2017

How to keep a rabbit safe in the summer heat

How to keep a rabbit safe in the summer heat

How to keep a rabbit safe in the summer heat

How to keep a rabbit safe in the summer heat

How to keep a rabbit safe in the summer heat

Before I launch into this (what I consider) very important post, can we just take a minute to appreciate how cute this little floofer is?! His name is Ted. He's an almost 4 year old male cross-breed bunny. And he's the calmest, friendliest lil bun that I've ever cuddled.

I always get worried about him and our other small furries in the warm weather, and the heatwave we had a few weeks ago had me in overdrive making sure he was always okay. If it's hot enough for us to pass out or get ill in, then it's definitely hot enough for your pets to suffer too. So, here are some things you can do to help keep them safe and healthy in the summer sun:

1.) Make sure at least one part of their hutch is always shaded. Most hutches have a 'bedroom' area with an opaque door, but if yours doesn't, then make sure the hutch is positioned so that your bunny can get out of direct sunlight if he or she needs to.

2.) Ensure that their water is always topped up. This seems obvious, but it's important to keep an eye on it. Ted prefers to drink out of bowls rather than bottles, so we fill one up in the morning and top it up in the evening so he doesn't end up thirsty overnight.

3.) Protect them against fly strike. This is really important, and my family had a bunny that actually passed away due to this before we had Ted. Fly strike is more likely to happen in summer as there are more flies about. The flies are most likely to be attracted to your rabbit's anus due to its warmth and wetness. Once there, they will lay eggs in and around the anus, maggots will hatch and they actually eat into your bunny's flesh. We've got a fly strike spray that we use once a week all over Ted's fur. It repels the insects, and can be used as a treatment once fly strike has set in. Obviously if you notice that it has take your bunny to the vets straightaway. Ensuring that their hutch is disinfected weekly and soiled bedding (which attracts flies) is removed regularly helps a lot too.

4.) Brush their fur daily whilst they molt. Ted is actually still getting his summer coat in at the moment. Brushing their fur means that they won't end up with matted fur, and will help them stay cooler, as you brush out their loosened winter coat.

5.) Place a frozen water bottle in their hutch. They can lie against it if they need that little something extra to cool down. I usually place one in a bit of hay so that it doesn't sit directly against Ted's fur. He seems to really enjoy lying against it during the heat of midday. We take it out again in the evening, pop it back in the freezer, and bring it to his hutch again in the morning.

Do you have any small pets? How do you keep them cool?

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21 July 2017

Trying out a bee venom sheet mask*

Trying out a bee venom sheet mask*

Sheet masks really have taken over the entire beauty market recently, as more and more Asian beauty inspired products are becoming popular. I'm still not 100% on them, as I love a good mud mask to de-clog my pores and soften my face. Plus, I have a huge mouth (fo real) and the mouth hole is always too small for me and I end up with the sheet mask liquid in my mouth. Gross.

But, when Shills offered to let me try their bee venom infused sheet mask* I knew I had to try it because when else would I get a chance to use something like this? Plus, I've been obsessed with the idea of trying out a bee venom formula ever since Nip + Fab released a range containing it. 

This hya-dermis mask is designed to give your face a bit of a lift and soften it. I was a little worried that the mask would make my face sting, or at least tingle a little, but it honestly didn't do that at all. It looked and felt similar to any other hydrating sheet mask I've ever used, but I have to say that the formula was quite nice and thick, rather than runny. I imagine this has something to do with the manuka honey in the mask (which totally drew me to it as well). 

I wasn't expecting to suddenly have the shiny face of 12 year old me back, and I'm very glad I didn't, but I did definitely notice some improvements. Once I took it off, I rubbed the excess moisture into my skin, and unlike other sheet masks I've used before *cough I'm looking at you Garnier cough*, it didn't leave my skin feeling sticky or tacky. It felt plump and clean and fresh. 

My skin is really hit and miss at the moment. Some days it's like full on chip shop grease (grim, I know), and others it's like the Sahara desert. Summer is not doing wonders for me at the moment. But, for the few days after I used this, it felt like my skin actually settled down to a happy medium. I would definitely use it again to help my skin find a nice middle ground.

Have you used something similar before?

*Although this post contains a product that has been sent to me, all opinions are my own*

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19 July 2017

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Range

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Range

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Range

I'm a big fan of a good detox. Whether that's from dairy, or sulphate shampoo, or soft drinks, I just love the idea of helping my body to help me out. I always think of a detox as a way to go back to ground zero, and a way to feel pretty zen. So it's no surprise that I had to give the detox blend range from Nip + Fab a go. 

Detox blend body wash

This was my favourite out of the three. The whole range is tea tree and jasmine scented, so as you can imagine, it smells very fresh and a little floral. This woke me up in the morning and made my skin feel genuinely clean. 

Detox blend body scrub

I was so excited to try this, but so so disappointed with the formula. I don't know if mine had gotten water in it, or what had happened, but the consistency was honestly like water with a few exfoliating beads in. I used up the whole bottle in four uses, and I was actually quite glad to get to the bottom of it. I tried so hard to persevere and use it, but it just ran off my skin, and the little bit of scrub that I managed to keep hold of just didn't exfoliate my skin as much as I would have liked. 

Detox blend body lotion

This was much better than the scrub. Although it was described as a lotion, it was fairly thin, so was almost like a milk. It's also the only lotion that I've ever used with a pump (I'm more of a body butter tub kinda gal normally). The lotion I used before this was so thick and greasy; it just refused to sink in. So, this was such a welcome break from that. It applied really easily, and felt clean and refreshing, which is definitely what I needed in the recent heatwave.

Have you ever tried any skin care from Nip + Fab? What would you recommend?

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