Beauty

Sustainable living swaps

To continue with my sustainable living, I have kindly been sent some items to share with you. I have spoken about becoming more suitable quite a lot recently and abut the items we can use to protect our environment. 

Health and beauty

We use them everyday, but a toothbrush is something that isn’t wonderful for our environment. Made completely of plastic and something that should be changed monthly. So in our house that’s 48 tooth brushes per year that we are throwing away. It’s now possible to use wooden eco-friendly brushes, they might cost a little bit more but in the long run they will help the environment. These little wooden brushes come from The Humble Brush. and lovely little eco friendly company. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with the way it cleans my teeth and the condition it still in.

Cleaning between your teeth is also really important to your oral health. But floss and the interdental brushes add up to the landfill pile, The Humble Brush also have a great range of eco-friendly interdental brushes. I have tried them and I like them, they do feel slightly different but the more I use them the more I like them.

shampoo bar

Shampoo is something we use every day in our house, I have to say I do try not to wash my hair daily as I don’t think it is always a good thing. I also use it sparingly, but even so each month we use at least one bottle of shampoo and one of conditioner. For a long while I have been reading about using a shampoo bar, I’m so pleased I did. I love it, it took a few goes to work out how best to use it. But I found wetting it with nice hot water and the rubbing around my hands to gather a lather I was able to then use that for my hair.

It leaves my hair really shiny and soft, I have to say I was shocked at how much I like these Shine Shampoo Bars. I think I will last a lot longer than my standard bottles of shampoo. I do feel like I might want to add some conditioner which is something Shine don’t make.

sustainable makeup

Make up is a big one for me, I do love to wear make-up and I generally buy the pricey items. However I don’t wear tones of make-up and I’m far from being the next greatest make-up artist, but I like it. When lavera offered to send me one of their eye shadow palettes I was keen to try it out. I often find that when I try out something new it just isn’t quite a good and what I would normally choose. I was wrong about this, the eye shadows are all neutral colours and are highly pigmented that you don’t need to use too much of them. They are also long lasting I’m impressed with them.

Removing make up can be a challenge, sometimes I find that I end up using 4 or 5 different cotton pads to remove it. Which over a week or a month really adds up not only in cost but in the amount of landfill we are filling. EcoPanda make fabric makeup pads which come in a bamboo pot and with a little string bag. You use them to remove make up and them pop them into the bag and wash them. They work really well, plus they wash fabulously as well. I will not be buying cotton wool pads again.

Natural World products are just amazing, I was sent these samples and they smell amazing. They are made with all natural ingredients, are paraben, phosphate free, they only thing is they come in plastic bottles. However they are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. These will be living in my overnight bag for all of my trips.

Getting personal

I have been wondering about changing my sanitary products for a while now. I don’t like the how much waste they produce and how long they will in landfill for. I had a long conversation with my sister in law on holiday, she is now using a menstrual cup and loves it. So when I was offered some modibodi period pants I was keen try them out.

I did read lots of reviews and was quite unsure about them, what if there was a smell, what if they leaked. But I didn’t need to worry, they are comfy, not odours and no leaking. I really like them, I would need to buy a couple more pairs the first outlay would be high but over a few months the money I would save on disposable items would out weigh the costs. I know they can be worn alone, with nothing else, but I think I might wear mine along side a cup if I buy one.

sustainable intimacy products

YES are a company leading the way in sustainable intimacy. I mean it might not be something I had thought about before, but they work we have had lots of fun trying them out. YES have a range of different products depending what you are looking for, organic lubricants, vaginal moisturisers and intimate washes.

Have you made swaps to more sustainable product? My next plan is to look at the what items I use in the kitchen.

 

*I have been sent products to start my sustainable living journey.*

The importance of using eye creams

We are in the middle of renovating our forever home, the last couple of months has been all about talking to trades men, stripping wall paper, paint samples, lots of dust and stress to go with it. I’ve had a few sleepless nights, worrying about the spiralling costs, the colours of the walls and not forgetting the hours and hours on the internet research lamp shades, log burners, bathrooms and a million other things.

Safe to say that my skill has slipped down the list of priorities. At the moment my face is lucky if I remove all of my make from the day. I then might pop a blob of moisturiser on before chucking on a quick layer of foundation afterwards. Terrible, I know and I must get this sorted.

importance-of-using-eye-creams

Recently I have been looking at the importance of looking after you skin and especially using an eye cream. I have always worn a moisturiser and always containing a SPF for as long as I can remember. I am also very good about wearing all over sunscreen in warmer months.

The importance of using eye creams

Eye cream is something however I pop on when I think about it but I do not religiously wear it. So I have looked at why eye creams are very important.

No one wants to see those dreaded wrinkles appearing it’s one of the first signs of ageing. However, around the eyes is the first area of your face to show signs of ageing. The skin in this area is very delicate and lacks the oil glands that can be found around the rest of the face and body meaning skin around your eyes are also prone to being dry.

Did you know that the skin on your face and particularly around the eyes gets stretched out with all of the amazing facial expressions we make all day. That is means with all the stretching it starts to show those lines and wrinkles sooner rather than later.

As the skin over your eye lids is the thinnest on your body it’s extra important to look after your eyes. I have to say I thought that eye creams are just the same as your daily moisturiser.  However there are differences.

Eye creams are specially designed

Eye creams are specially designed to be used on the eyes, they contain less chemicals, fragrances and even preservatives that can cause eye irritations. They also feel different to moisturisers and are designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness that your eyes are often prone too.

Using eye creams, help to protect that thin skin of your eye lid and also around the whole eye area, keeping the area moisturised and nourished. It is also proven that using moisturising eye creams will help to delay the signs of ageing.

Eye creams also help to prevent dryness, and dry skin is well known to make those little lines start to appear before they should. Eye creams are designed to fill in those tiny little gaps between your skin cells which help to make your skin to smoother.

I always ensure that my daily moisturisers and fountains contain SPF and I like it to be at least 15, I wasn’t aware that you can also get eye creams that contain SPF. I will make sure that I only buy one that continues SPF in the future, it’s so important to help protect your skin from damaging sun rays.

I’m going to ensure that I up my skin care game, I ensure I protect my skin and also limit those little lines that are appearing around my eyes. Just make sure you always check the ingredients to see if there is anything hiding that you could be allergic too.

 

*This is a collaborative post.

Luxury Christmas gifts for her

Can you believe that another year has almost passed and it’s time to really start thinking about what Christmas gifts. I am going to be working on a couple of gift guides this year, one for him and one for her.

I love to buy Christmas gifts, finding something special that the person you are buying it for will love. When gifts are bought for me I normally like items that I wouldn’t buy for myself, a little treat that I just wouldn’t splash out on. It doesn’t always have to be bespoke jewellery, although it would be nice.

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I have put together some fabulous items that the lady in your life will love to find under the Christmas tree.

Home

There is nothing like breakfast in bed, and with this absolutely gorgeous hand made tray from Vincent Trading, means that my Hubby can treat me to breakfast in bed. Making a this beautiful tray at gift that will keep giving. The finish on the tray is just beautiful, Vincent Trading are based in Devon and I could happily fill my home with their beautiful hand made items, mini tables, chopping boards, benches and dinning tables. It’s the perfect size for a pot of tea and maybe a slice of cake.

Sass and Belle are one of my go to brands for gifts, they have someone for everyone. Having bought my niece and daughter numerous items from their unicorn range. I have chosen this gorgeous Seagrass basket with little grey pom poms, I have wanted one for ages, it is going to look fabulous with my blankets in. I have a bit of a jewellery obsession so this cute little gold honey bee hive jewellery tray with bees on is just gorgeous, I love bee’s and I am really thinking about having a hive in the garden. Both perfect gifts for the lady in your life.

During the winter months I love nothing more than snuggling under a blanket watching a film, so a blanket for me is the perfect gift. Secret project make a secret pillow, it is basically a blanket that folds up to make a pillow. It’s so warm and cuddly, plus looks lovely on the sofa. The Secret Project is a a project that is empowering women all over the world to produce items which helps them with financial independence. The Secret Project make lots of different items each of which I would be happy to be given as a Christmas gift.

Flowers

I love Flowers, they really do make me happy. It doesn’t matter if they are daisies picked by the children or a beautiful bouquet bought for me by my Hubby. On the occasions when I arrive home to flowers I love it. Imagine how that would feel on a monthly bases for a year, with the gift of subscription flowers. Appleyard flowers have a stunning range of bouquets that can be delivered to your door. The subscriptions can be from 3 months to ongoing, with costs from as little as £22 per month, which for one of the Appleyard Flower bouquets each month I think is great value.

Beauty

I love a makeup bag, I think you can never have too many of them. This gorgeous one from Oli Olsen is just gorgeous. It has got plenty of space, and will be perfect for having in my hand bag each day, with it’s wipeable fabric means it will last for ages. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous make up bag for Christmas?

Stocking fillers are a must have, Curaprox toothbrush and toothpaste, amazingly sharpe Rubis twisters, a Twist and Spritz refillable perfume tube that’s great for just popping in your hand bag filled with your favourite perfume. Not forgetting Olverum bath oil, which is perfect for relaxing after all of the festivities. I have used Olverum for a while now, and it is a lovely product, you get out of the bath with smooth silky skin and wanting another bath. Also, these are some awesome organic and natural bubble baths to check out.

I love to have pretty nails, so having nail varnishes from Cienna Rose and a fabulous nail art kit from Sensationail are a must for me. These little gifts are wonderful stocking fillers.

Each year on my Christmas list I pop on a bottle of perfume, I love to have a few different ones on my dressing table so I can use something different depending on my mood. I love this Seksy entice perfume, it has a fresh fruity smell that is perfect for everyday.

Every lady loves a bath bomb, so a hamper full of them is just perfect for any lady. My 5 year loves to have a bath bomb in her bath so no doubt a Bomb Cosmetics hamper from find a gift will be shared with her. Packed with bath bomb, soaps and even a fabulously smelling candle. The hamper really is large, I would love to see it waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning.

One thing that I always have in my handbag bag is a lip balm, O’Keeffe’s have a fabulous range for hard working hands and feet. Their gift set comes with a lip balm, hand cream and foot cream. It’s a great gift, when you are on your feet all day and maybe like me don’t use quite enough foot cream. I cannot wait to start using this gift set.

Sweet Treats

Yummy chocolate is a must have gift for any lady, these cute little chocolate squares from Oli Olsen make a great little stocking filler.

I do love a nice glass or two of Prosecco, Popaball produce a large range of different flavoured balls that you add to your glass and then they flavour your drink and they pop in your mouth. I have tried a few different flavours, but I’m looking forward to trying the Lychee ones they have recently launched. Popaball also have some designed for gin. Yummy!

A little treat

Candles are just about always burning in our house, in the family room, the living room and on occasion our bedroom. So being gifted a candle will always makes me happy. Me and Mats love candle is lovely and this one actually arrives wrapped and smells amazing when lit.

I love heading to the beach for the day, enjoying the sun and the sea. However I really hate sand. It gets everywhere, all over my towel and in places I didn’t know would be possible get sand. However, Tesalate have designed a towel that is sand repelling. It basically means that the sand will not stick to it, it just falls off, which is also perfect for when you are packing up for the day.

The towel folds up really small into it’s own little bag. So you can pop it into your beach bag with the knowledge that it is not going to add extra sand to you bag. Tesalate have a fabulous collection of styles, I really loved To Tuscany style. The towel has a more waffle feel to it rather than the standard fluffy beach towel, but if it keeps the sand away then it’s a winner for me.

As you readers will already know, I’m a stationery lover. So being gifted a gorgeous Filofax note pad and pen set from Ryman the stationery, is one of the most perfect gifts for me. I always have a note pad on me, they are also all over the house. This Filofax note pad is lovely, as it has moveable pages and page separators, perfect for all of my lists.

I love to read, so finding books under the Christmas tree is also a joy for me. I really like easy reading, girly romance style books. A new map of love by Abi Oliver has got great reviews and looks like the perfect story for me to enjoy on the sofa with a cuppa on a Sunday afternoon. No one but you by Tessa Levy is a post war story about a young lady who has a difficult life on but in America and England. It’s not my normal style of story but it looks like a great read.

I have been trying to eat healthier over the last few months and I plan to take that into the new year. So having the A Kitchen Fairytale is a fabulous book packed full of lovely healing with food ideas and recipes. We also really want our own vegetable patch to grown our own produce, I’m not saying we would grow enough for all of our vegetables but enough to enjoy and make a few messages. The Grow Happy, Cook Happy and Be Happy book is going to be a great helping to enjoy all everything we will be growing.

Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? I know it’s been a big part of my life for a very long time, it makes me so happy that we now have the Fantastic Beasts films to enjoy. I’m just in love with this cute little Niffler trinket dish it’s just the perfect little gift for any Happy Potter lover.

The little things

With the new year not so far away, it’s the start of new things and that often means a healthy eating plan. This is cute little flamingo lunch box on my list means I will have be able to plan out my lunches and not pop to the shop on the way to the studio.

I am always trying to ensure that I drink more water, Stigg have sent me this gorgeous blush coloured water bottle. It keeps cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. I haven’t tried it hot yet, however it really does keep things cold. It also looks fabulous when I take it from my hand bag. It really has helped me to up my water intake.

We have been trying to keep away from plastic straws, so these reusable ones from Klean Kanteen are perfect for the cocktails and the kids drinks. Plus I love this travel cup, so I can take it along on the school run. Wonderful stocking fillers that are practical and brilliant Christmas gifts.

It’s no surprise that I love a handbag, who doesn’t right. I have taken to using a back pack on occasion when out as a family, it really does free up your hands for the children. My Mia Tui bag is gorgeous, I love it’s mustard colour, and the hidden zip on the back so I can pop my purse and phone in there and not worry about someone getting them while it’s on my back. My Jess backpack is the perfect size as well, it’s not big enough to look like a school bag, or so small it should belong to my 5 year old. As with all Mia Tui bags they are vegan friendly and made to a really high quality.

 

Whatever you get your lucky lady for Christmas I’m sure she will love it, don’t forget that how your wrap your presents is also really important. So why not add them into a beautiful Christmas sack from Hand Made Christmas, you could even get them personalised, for added brownie points.

I hope you have got some inspiration from my gift guide for finding the perfect gift for the lady in your life and you have the most magical Christmas.

Happy Christmas!

 

*I have been sent the items for inclusion within my gift guide. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*