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17.10.17

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home Review + Giveaway

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home* is a collection of selected poems by Dane Cobain - an author and poet influenced by what most people would deem mundane, making you think about how we don't pay much attention to the things that we do regularly or most days, such as taking public transport. 

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home explores a variety of topics, including consumerism, politics, vegetarianism and inequality without the use of unnecessary fancy words, that resonate with everyone as he writes about such topics in a way that is easy to relate to - which is why I enjoyed reading the book: it is easy to read and understand -metaphors and all- but it's about current topics and relatable experiences. 

Today Dane Cobain has generously provided me with a couple of prizes to do a giveaway: 
the 1st place will get a signed copy of Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home, and 3 runners up will get an electronic copy of the book!

To enter:
- Complete any of the easy steps on the form below (the more you complete, the bigger your chances of winning)

Terms and Conditions:
- Open to everyone that follows the requirements above.
- Competition is open to internationally (Please note that in order to be eligible to win the signed physical copy of the book you must reside within the UK.).
- If you are under 16 ask your parents for permission before entering.
- Giveaway starts 17/10/2017 and ends 31/10/2017 at midnight GMT.
- Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
- I'll contact the winner(s) by the 7th November by email.
- Winner(s) must reply within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
- Financial compensation was not received for this post.
-*Gifted item

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

xo

12.9.17

Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil

Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil

A couple of weeks ago I received the Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil, which is a blend of organic oils that hydrate, nourish and restore damaged hair. Scented with rosemary, lavender and lemon, this natural oil blend will restore and smooth dry, damaged hair. 

The Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil consists of sunflower, sesame, coconut and olive oil, which moisturises, protects from UV rays, tames frizz and stops breakage. 

When I first tried it, I found that this oil did actually tame my frizzy hair. I applied 5 drops my palms, rubbed together then smoothed throughout mid lengthts and ends my hair (the recommended amount is 2-5 drops), and after letting my hair dry naturally, it was nowhere near as frizzy as it normally gets. It also made my hair feel soft and I love the lemony scent that comes through after the rosemary fades. 

As you only need a tiny amount, this oil will last for ages. It also can be used as an intensive treatment, with 2-3 full pipettes massaged into the scalp and length of the hair, leaving it overnight and washing it out the next day, which is when the arnica extract would work it's magic as it has anti dandruff and itching combating properties, as well as strengthening hair follicules, thus preventing hair loss. 

It is also really affordable for a natural, organic product at £10 for 50ml, or £13 for 100ml.


xo

6.9.17

Asymmetrical Dresses at Rosegal

The last few days of summer are sadly already here, but it would be great to take advantage of them wearing transitional pieces, such as a black asymmetrical dress, which you could layer with tights, an oversized cardigan, ankle boots and a hat, or even a lightweight scarf if it's too chilly. Here are a couple of my favourite black asymmetrical dresses from Rosegal:

 Rosegal Asymmetrical Dress

The dress on the left is a wrap style one, with a very flattering V neck and it ties back around the waist. It has long sleeves so it will keep you warm as the temperatures start to slightly drop, and the floral print is beautiful. The skirt has flounces, which makes it very flirty looking, and it is a bit short but you can always add a pair of tights to keep your legs warm.

The dress on the right looks quite simple, however it has a subtle round hem that goes up at the side to add some interest to the design. It has a slightly rounded v neck and short sleeves, and another subtle detail at the back: a seam right along the middle. As I mentioned before, this short sleeve dress could be worn with a nice, cosy oversized cardigan and if it's too cold, with some tights, not necessarily in black, but maybe in a burgundy or forest green to add some colour to the outfit.

Which dress was your favourite?

xo

22.8.17

Recovering

Flower Bouquet

It was my birthday 10 days ago, and I had a lovely day, however I'd been waiting to have an appointment at the hospital for a scan, which after a week of waiting I didn't even have a date for. 

Last week we went to A&E and after tests and hours of waiting I got an appointment for a scan the next day (Thursday). That same day after my scan they admitted me and told me that the laparoscopy I needed could be done within 1 or 2 days. 

Later they said to me that they could perform it the same day. I was so scared. However everything went fine and I'm now at home, slowly recovering. I was actually discharged less than 24 hours after surgery. I know it's not a major operation but it was my first ever and it was terrifying. Dotcito has been looking after me and I'm feeling stronger every day.  

I think I lost some weight as I wasn't allowed food after they admitted me, and after the operation I didn't even feel hungry. It all happened so fast and was very emotional but I'm feeling a bit better each day. Can't wait to be able to laugh without pain again ha.

xo

15.8.17

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel

A few months back I saw the Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel on offer on the Boots website so I ordered and picked it up in my local store. I remember using it a couple of times when staying over at my cousin's about 10 years ago haha.

I finally opened it last month and also took it away with me on our trip to Mexico, and it's the only cleanser I've been using for both morning and night routines. 

It lathers ever so slightly, which is good as it doesn't dry out my skin, in fact it leaves it feeling very soft. It cleanses well without leaving it tight or irritated and has a very faint, almost imperceptible fragrance. 

You onlyneed the smallest amount and I also love that the packaging is great for travelling as the twist cap prevents it from leaking or opening randomly in your luggage.

Find the Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel in Superdrug and Boots

Have you tried the Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel?

xo

8.8.17

We're Back


Got back to the UK on Sunday morning. Been so jet lagged, waking up at 4 am once for 2 hours, and from 12:30 to 4 am last night. On other news, it's my birthday on Saturday ;D

xo

1.8.17

Birthday Flowers

Yellow Flowers

It's my birthday this month! In less than 2 weeks and I can't wait, finally an excuse to treat myself ;D

xo

25.7.17

Greetings From Mexico

Greetings from Mexico

We are in Monterrey visiting my family and getting some sun. Pictured: a gift from Dot, a new plant.
Follow me on Instagram for daily pictures.

xo

12.7.17

Cute Blouses at Rosegal

With summer's sunny days and high temperatures, sometimes all you want is stay in the shade with a nice refreshing drink. But if you must go out in the heat, consider wearing light colours. White is an excellent choice when it comes to summer dressing, as it reflects sun light and keeps you considerably fresher than if you wear dark colours. Here are a couple of my favourite white blouses from Rosegal:

       Rosegal blouse    Rosegal blouse

The blouse on the left is super trendy and wouldn't look out of place at a summer festival. I love that it's very floaty and looks so comfortable. The off the shoulder detail is super trendy and will keep you feeling cool .

The shirt on the right is also, you guessed it, white. I think a shirt like this is such a staple in any wardrobe as you can wear it to practically any occasion, be it formal or casual.

Now for the fun part - a special discount code for you! Do you want some new clothes, why not taking a look over here? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit!

Rosegal sale

Happy shopping!

xo

11.7.17

Maybelline Baby Lips in Strike a Rose

Maybelline Baby Lips in Strike a Rose
I'm a big fan of tinted lip balms, and a while back I found this baby (no pun intended) in the beauty clearance section in Tesco, so I picked it up. 

The Maybelline Baby Lips are almost a classic in the world of tinted lip balms - when they came out in the USA, everyone went crazy and couldn't wait to get their hands on them in the UK as there was a lot of hype around them. 

As the name suggest, they intend to leave the skin on your lips baby soft, thanks to the use of natural moisturisers such as shea butter. 

I couldn't wait to try it and in terms of moisturising, it did not disappoint - my lips felt soft and nourished, no more dry skin; however, in terms of the colour I just didn't think it suited me and for that reason I wouldn't repurchase, but if you are a fan of neon pinks then you should probably give it a try.

Find Maybelline Baby Lips in Strike a Rose in Superdrug and Boots.

Have you tried Maybelline Baby Lips?

xo

4.7.17

7 Free Image Hosting Sites

Orchids

With the unnameable website that last weekend decided to start charging an extortionate amount of hundreds of dollars a year for 3rd party image hosting, a lot of blogs and websites have had to look for a new place to host their pictures. Here are a few alternatives:

27.6.17

OGX Kukui Oil Hair Care

OGX Kukui Oil Hair Care

A few months ago I won the OGX Kukui Oil Hair Care set in a giveaway, so they sent me the Shampoo, Conditioner, Oil and also a keratin Hair Mask. I've been using them for a while now (except the oil) so I wanted to write about them. I'll probably write about the Ogx Kukui oil Hydrating Oil after I finish my Garnier Ultimate Blends Blonde Illuminator Oil

OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo - what I like about this shampoo is that it doesn't feel drying, it lathers a little bit and seems to clean hair nicely. It has a sweet scent that doesn't linger, rinses out easily and my hair gets less oily. What I don't like is that my hair feels somewhat dry and it's hard to run my fingers through it, which is not what I expected from a shampoo with oils in it. 

OGX Kukui Oil Conditioner - this conditioner is so thick, it's almost impossible to get it out of the bottle. It has a butter consistency and has a nice scent as the shampoo, but didn't make my hair feel that more softer. I don't think either the shampoo nor conditioner made a big difference on frizz. 

OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Miraculous Recovery: this is a hair mask and I would have expected this to have a thick consistency, however it is quite runny, almost like a body lotion, if not thinner. It is easy to use (unlike the conditioner) and rinses out easily, however I don't find it leaves my hair that much softer, which is what I normally expect from a hair mask.

So unfortunately I wasn't veryimpressed with these OGX products, hopefully the hair oil will be better, but as for these 3 items, I don't think I will be actually purchasing them.

Have you tried OGX?

xo

23.6.17

Stylish Dresses at Yoins

With the current heat wave in full blow, all I want to wear are light colours, flowy fabrics and short sleeves - or even no sleeves. At Yoins they have a great range of stylish dresses that you will want to wear this summer. A couple of my favourite Yoins items are pictured below:

Printed Dress Yoins Ginham Top & Short Set

The dress on the left will keep you cool with it's flared short length skirt, v neck shape and sleeveless strappy style. I really like how the dress is fitted on the top and airy at the bottom, and the tiny floral print is cute and feminine. The white background colour will keep you feeling fresh even when you head out in the sun.

At Yoins they also have a collection of sexy tops, and one of my favourite is pictured on the right side above. This top is actually quite similar to the style of the dress on the left, as it features straps and a v-neck, but it also has a tie ribbon on the front, a peplum shape and a super trendy gingham print. The top also comes with a pair of shorts, making it an ideal set for summer holiday time.

This is a sponsored post. 
xo

20.6.17

Summer Skincare Must Haves

Summer Skincare Must Haves

With the inevitable burning sensation of the UV rays hitting our skin during the summer months, we want (or at least I do, don't know about you) something that will protect our skin from premature ageing (lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation) because sun exposure is one of the main factors of skin ageing. 

So of course, products with SPF are a must, and it is crucial we wear them on our face (and any exposed skin) year round. Look for products with at least SPF 15, but do go higher if you burn easily. Note that products with SPF 50 or above aren't that much more effective, the key here is to apply generously and to reapply if you will be spending most of the day outside. Also try to avoid exposing yourself to UV rays between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 as it is when they are the strongest. 

My current summer SPF products are the following:

Face: I've been using this Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator SPF 15 for normal to oily skin. I must say this is actually quite lightweight and doesn't leave any glittery particles on my face, which is what I was scared of when I read the word Illuminator in its name. It also leaves no white cast or sticky sensation, sinks in quite quick and has a light scent. The only thing I don't love is that it contains parabens, but other than that it is a really good product. 

Lips: I've been using the Blistex Classic Lip Protector, it has SPF 10 and it has a mixture of natural oils in the ingredients, as well as chamomile and aloe, which makes it not only moisturising but also soothing. It has a subtle and sweet vanilla scent and taste to it as well. I would like to try the Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Mint SPF 15 lip balm too, which would be ideal to freshen up your breath after a meal. 

Hands: they are the first to show signs of ageing (along with the eye area) as skin is constantly exposed to the sun and rarely cared for. I've been loving The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream, it has SPF 15, it's super lightweight, hydrating, softening and smells of roses. What more could you want? Oh, yeah - it also prevents the appearance of dark spots thanks to rosehip oil in the formula.

What are your summer skincare must haves?

xo

13.6.17

New In: May 2017

St Tropez Tan
Poundland LED Lights
Pierre Cardin Leather Passport Cover
Didn't buy a lot of stuff last month, as my birthday is coming soon I'm kind of waiting so I can go crazy (maybe) and treat myself in 2 months.

From Aldi I got a little succulent plant, some evening primrose oil capsules and Argan body oil. Also got a sample of the St Tropez Gradual Tan with a magazine.

From Poundland I got a set of LED micro lights. Last but not least, a leather Pierre Cardin passport holder from a charity shop and a Botanics Hibiscus Toner from Boots.

xo

11.6.17

A Stylish Way to Protect Your Contactless Card Details

Myne Card Contactless Protection Card
Myne Card Contactless Protection Card

Last week I received a pair of Myne Contactless Card Protectors to try out and review. They have teamed up with The National Gallery, so there is 4 different designs to choose from. I picked out the Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield with Cypresses and  Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder - Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase designs. The artwork on the card seems to be a good quality print, with no pixellated or blurred areas. 

In the pictures the Myne Cards looked like any other card bank card but upon receiving them I realised that they are much thinner, almost paper thin, which is great as it takes virtually no space in your wallet or purse and you could even fit it into the same slot as your bank card. 

The great thing about the Myne Cards is that you can protect your contactless bank card details from being stolen by simply having the Myne Card in your wallet, in front of your contactless card. Of course I had to test them to make sure they worked, so when out shopping and using the self service till, I placed the Myne Card in between the bank card and the reader machine and nothing happened (as expected) but as soon as the Myne Card was no longer in between the reader and bank card, the transaction was instantly done. 

Father's Day is just a week away, and I think this would be a really nice little detail to help your dad (or anyone, really) keep their information safe and preventing fraud, since contactless bank cards are becoming increasingly common. 


xo

6.6.17

Garnier Moisture+Restore Night Cream

Garnier Moisture Restore Night Gel Cream

Recently I started using a new night cream as my Naturally Radiant night cream ran out. I picked this one as one of my gifts for Valentine's from Dot as it was on sale and the gel-cream name was intriguing. 

The Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture + Restore Night Care Recovery Gel Cream is meant to recover moisture, replenish and revitalise thanks to the use of Revival Flower extract. With active ingredients it "locks hydration and skin feels soft and comfortable". 

What I like about this night cream is that it's very lightweight, with a gel consistency and absorbs really quickly into the skin without feeling greasy at all. It also lightly moisturises so it feels like a really adequate cream for someone with oily skin like me. And because it is so lightweight it spreads easily and you only need a small amount, which is great (if you use too much it starts to feel sticky). 

What I don't like is how strong the scent is. I'm not someone bothered by scented skincare but this stuff is strong, even after probably 30 minutes to an hour I could still smell it on my face. Also the fact that it kind of stings a bit around slightly irritated areas (like my nose if I'd earlier sneezed and had to blow it) isn't great. All in all it's a nice moisturiser but I don't think I would buy it again because of the aforementioned reasons and because I don't feel like it does anything special for my skin besides lightly moisturising it. 

Even though it says New on the packaging it seems to have been discontinued or maybe it's being rebranded but I can't find it on the Boots or Superdrug website, only on Ocado.

Have you tried this night cream?

xo