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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Trying Coffee Scrubs

Trying Coffee Scrubs

Here's to me covering my face in coffee

The whole coffee scrub craze has been around for a while already if you hadn't noticed. Yes, us beauty obsessed lot will try anything all for the sake of better skin, including putting something that normally gives us a kick up the butt in the morning on our skin. There is some logic in it- caffeine eye creams have had a firm standing in the beauty industry for many years, so why not go the full hog and put it everywhere?!

Now to be perfectly honest, my first experience with a coffee scrub was not a good one. I was sent one in a gift box and tried it out in the bath on my whole body. Long story short, it left some suspicious brown streaks on my body like I'd badly fake tanned and a huge mess in the bath that took longer to clean up than to actually have my bath *huff*. I vowed to myself that it just wasn't for me and I would never try it again. But here I am. With a coffee scrub on my skin. Again.

Now before you say anything, I am no hypocrite. Honest. I promised myself I would never use coffee on my body again. But when I was approached by Scrub Love, a scrub company whose product you can use on your face and your body, I was intrigued. So I said yes, and my little scrub turned up at my door. 

I knew my downfall the last time was using it in the bath, not the shower. But the consistency of that other scrub was also a lot more wet, meaning it probably would have stuck to my entire bath (and myself) regardless. So trying it on my face seemed a more gentle option, as I could take off the excess with water in the sink, and then any remaining bits in the shower. 

First of all, this stuff smells amazing. I could probably just buy all the coffee scrubs and just smell them all day every day without using them. I am a sucker for mint and this stuff reminded me a bit of an After Eight. Also, the texture is drier yet more compact, meaning when I applied it there wasn't as much fallout and excess. At first, I was quite surprised at the tingling sensation that started on my skin, but as it wasn't painful I soon got used to it. It felt like it was actually working some magic on my skin. After leaving it for a couple of minutes, I splashed some water on my face and it came off pretty easily! There was only some left on the back of my neck which was easy enough to get off when I showered. 

The results? I was left with beautifully soft skin that felt like it had had a pick-me-up, so this would be great to use in the morning if you have time! I can imagine it's just as great used on your body as it was on my face, but I would suggest using this every couple of days instead of every day on your face, as it could irritate it if used more often. 

Trying Coffee Scrubs

Trying Coffee ScrubsTrying Coffee Scrubs


I think I've been converted slightly back to coffee scrubs as I've found a way for them to work for me. The fact that you're putting natural ingredients on your face instead of plastic beads is great and super helpful for the environment! 

Have any of you used coffee scrubs before? What are your thoughts, and is it worth the hype?

Gx



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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Last Taste of Summer with Hotel Chocolat

Last Taste of Summer with Hotel Chocolat

It's time to slip back into those jeans and tights!

I had a bit of a late start to autumn. As you may know, I hopped on a plane to Cyprus for a couple of weeks recently, and while I was away everyone on social media was getting excited about pumpkin spiced lattes and big scarves while I was sitting on the beach in my bikini! But now I'm back I'm slowly weening myself into the autumn mood. 

These little beauties were waiting for me on my return from holiday, and were perfect to enjoy on the last few warm days we've had this month! I'm one of those people that will make the most of any bit of sun regardless of the season. The fun thing with these was that you could pop them in the fridge and enjoy them cold for a refreshing hit of chocolate and alcohol, making them more of a treat than they already were! My favourite was the Passion Fruit Margarita (top right in the box) which had a subtle perfect mix of passion fruit and tequila for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. 

Clockwise in packet: Passion Fruit Margarita, Moscow Mule, Grapefruit Gin & Tonic, Mojito Cocktail

Last Taste of Summer with Hotel Chocolat

Last Taste of Summer with Hotel Chocolat


 How have you all been spending the last few days of summer? And are you ready and raring to head into autumn? Be sure to also check out Hotel Chocolat's autumn range including caramels, pralines and even gingerbread chocolates! 

Gx



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Sunday, 18 September 2016

How To Pack Like A Pro

How To Pack Like A Pro

I think I've nearly mastered the art of packing.

Let me tell you- this wasn't easy and took a very long while to come around. But I'm pretty confident now, and after going to Cyprus at the beginning of the month, I felt ready for the planning and packing. I'm definitely not perfect at packing, but I've been on a few short and long trips in my time (be it acting work or holidays) that I've found a system that I'm happy with. 

How To Pack Like A Pro

 - TRY ON YOUR OUTFITS - 

I'm pretty sure I picked this tip up from Josie from FashionMumblr and I've really stuck to it ever since I discovered it! Every time I sort out what clothes I'm going to take with me, I work it out by outfits. I plan two outfits per day, one for the day and one for the night, and I actually try the outfit on before I put it in my suitcase. This has seriously saved me a lot of time and agro- I'll never forget one trip when I put a brand new dress into my luggage, then went to wear it only to discover it was too big. Not great, and it's space in your bag that you could use for other things! I also take pictures of these outfit combos so I know exactly what I'm wearing for each day. 

- PACK HEAVY ITEMS AT THE BOTTOM -

This may sound like a no-brainer, but I still know people who don't do this. By packing items like shoes at the bottom of your suitcase, they are less likely to squash delicate clothes that crease easily and toiletries so that they burst. And no one wants shampoo over their clothes, do they...

How To Pack Like A Pro

- USE MULTIPURPOSE BEAUTY -

Ever one of those people who packs really light clothes-wise, but goes over their luggage weight because of the amount of beauty you bring? It's easily done, especially if you end up doubling up on items. Finding 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1 skincare helps cut down on the amount of bottles you have. Micellar water will always be a winner as it'll remove all your makeup in one go, and 2-in-1 shampoo conditioners are a bonus. Also, bringing makeup palettes means you have multiple shades and products all in one container.  

- USE YOUR STATEMENT ACCESSORIES -

When you can't bring your whole wardrobe with you, accessories are your best friend. You can change up an outfit that you've worn twice (maybe even three times) without anyone noticing with the power of statement accessories to take the attention away from your clothes. Also, holidays are the perfect time to try out something you may not necessarily wear at home, so go crazy while you're there! 

- MAKE USE OF YOUR SAMPLES -

Now's the time to crack out all those samples you've been hoarding away! As a blogger, we are inundated with sample products from press events and goody bags, so I always save them for travelling as I can try out new products without having to take a full size! Plus it doesn't matter if you throw it away at the end of your holiday, as it was free, and takes the hassle out of decanting my products into travel bottles.

 - LISTS -

I'm am one of those people who loves making lists, so when I prepare to pack I go crazy! I always do a tour of my room and daily routine and write down what I need, then cross things off once I've packed them! This still works for people who hate making lists, as there are plenty of ready-made lists online that are suitable for every journey! 

- MIX AND MATCH -

I love putting together holiday outfits, but usually find that I've brought about 10 of everything even though I'm going on a long weekend...oh dear. This goes hand in hand with the first tip, as once I've tried on all my outfits, I whittle the amount of certain articles of clothing down to a sensible amount. Will you really wear 5 skirts? If the answer is no, thin it down. If you really need to wash items to wear again, hotels normally have washing facilities, but there's nothing wrong with packing a small bottle of detergent and clean them in the sink. 

 - DO THE ROLL -

The one tip that has snuck up on us in lightening speed! Rolling items that won't crease easily (think cotton and jersey) actually creates more space when packing as aside to folding. No idea why but it works! As well as t-shirts I also roll underwear and stuff it into shoes, hats and down the side of the case to fill every available space. 

How To Pack Like A Pro

- PUT DIRTY SHOES INTO PLASTIC BAGS -

And finally...are you worried about your clothes getting dirty from the soles of your shoes? Simple- just wrap them in plastic bags! This applies to both journeys, and also makes packing shoes a lot simpler. Just make sure that they're wrapped tightly with no air in them to save on space.

So what do you think- think I've nailed the whole packing thing? Let me know if you have any packing tips, or whether you're going on any exciting trips soon!


Gx



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