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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Establishing Boundaries to have a Healthy Relationship


I have felt a little bored with blogging the past few years, it has changed so much and its become very 'samey' and competitive. I've never been one to follow the crowd, I don't feel the pressure of having to write about a particular topic or be a people pleaser. I set up my blog more than 10 years ago and have always viewed blogging as a hobby and a way of helping others. I like to keep things real and will always give my honest opinion. Recently I've felt inspired to start sharing posts on self awareness, self love and self development. Beauty products can make us feel great & give us a confidence boost, but true Beauty starts from the inside.
First topic I'd like to share is about creating boundaries. Healthy boundaries is something I have struggled with growing up. Being a caring person I tend to attract people that use me or take advantage of my kindness. I have realised recently, although I'm still very much caring and kind, I have much healthier boundaries, strength of dealing with difficult situations and I'm not afraid to speak up when necessary.  
It's so important to establish boundaries to have a healthy relationship and it is an inherent aspect of self-care. Otherwise, manipulative, abusive & unhealthy relationship patterns are created....this can be related not only to a relationship with a partner but with friends, parents, children 💖


Establishing boundaries means:
• having self-respect, self-esteem & self-worth
• teaching others how to treat you - instead of letting them treat you anyway they choose
• defining what's acceptable and unacceptable to you
• placing limits on what you do to others
• placing limits on what you do for others
• placing limits on what you allow others to do to you
• placing limits on what you allow others to do for you
• knowing when to speak up for yourself
• having the courage to speak up for yourself


Boundaries necessary to maintain healthy relationships:
• I won't accept anyone verbally abusing me.
• I won't accept anyone physically abusing me.
• I won't accept anyone emotionally abusing me.
• I won't accept anyone making their feelings, thoughts and beliefs my responsibility.
• I won't place my partner on a pedestal.
• I will not live to please others.
• I will take responsibility for my feelings/actions.
• I won't put my partner's needs before my own.
• I won't cheat on my partner.
• I won't accept my partner cheating on me. If I find out, I have to respect myself by leaving or sign us up for relationship counselling.
• I will end relationships on good terms.

What are your boundaries for a healthy relationship? 

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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Beauty Bargain: Aldi Beauty Lacura Glycolic Acid Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads

I have been testing a few newly launched beauty bargains from Aldi's Beauty Lacura range over the last couple of months. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much due to the low price but I have been pleasingly surprised! I am super impressed and they are comparable with more expensive premium brands on the market.

Aldi Beauty Lacura Glycolic Acid Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads are formulated with Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Fruit Acid blend. These radiance boosting pads help retexture and resurface skin to reveal a brighter and smoother looking complexion. 
Aldi Lacura Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads vs Nip & Fab Daily Cleansing Pads

These new cleansing pads have been inspired by leading beauty brands and cost just £2.49 for a tub of 60 pads and compared to similar Nip and Fab Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads, they cost 80% less which is a steal! I highly recommend these for super smooth soft skin which creates the perfect makeup base. Even more impressive is that Aldi's Lacura range is Leaping Bunny certified, meaning their products are not tested on animals and are cruelty free.

Have you been impressed with Aldi's beauty offering?

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Friday, 16 March 2018

World's first anti-ageing sandwich!



BFree has created the world’s first anti-ageing sandwich recipe, packed with healthy ingredients known to help combat the signs of ageing. The youth enhancing sandwiches have been created by Julie Montagu, health and wellness expert and The Future Countess of Sandwich, to address the nation’s obsession with looking and feeling younger. 

The anti-ageing sandwich (called ‘Roll Back The Clock’) only uses ingredients that can help combat the signs of ageing. These include a gluten and wheat-free BFree Multigrain Wrap (containing a combination of buckwheat and amaranth, both of which support cell repair and combat wrinkles), spinach (the richest vegetable source of antioxidants, known to slow the ageing process), sweet potatoes (loaded with beta-carotene, which helps to prevent the damage caused by free radicals, which age cells over time) and sun-dried tomatoes (bursting with lycopene, that can strengthen the skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen). 

To celebrate these new sandwiches they were on offer from 14th-16th of March at The Sandwich Spa, the only place in the UK where people can choose from the brand new menu concept offering sandwiches paired and served with complementing beauty and wellbeing treatments. 



THE FULL SANDWICH SPA MENU: 

Roll Back the Clock, the anti-ageing wrap – served with a collagen boosting and revitalising facial 

Mindfulness Bites, a mood-enhancing sandwich – served with a session of mindfulness using uplifting and mood enhancing scents.

B.L.T (Beautiful, Long, Tresses), a wrap with hair conditioning and strengthening properties – served with a scalp boosting, antioxidant oil loaded head massage.

A Slice of Energy, an energy boosting meal – served with a comforting and anxiety easing neck, shoulder and back massage.

Good Gut Club, a bloat-preventing pitta pocket – served with a skin conditioning and inflammation reducing full body wrap.

Julie says: “My one piece of advice is always: you are what you eat." BFree aims to make a healthier life easier by providing a fantastic alternative to everyday baked goods, packed with quality ingredients that people can trust, and that are suitable for the whole family.
The range is free from wheat and gluten as well as 16 EU allergens. They are also suitable for vegans and high in fibre, low in fat and reduced sugar. BFree products are available at Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. For more information on The Sandwich Spa and to view all of the recipes on offer that have been designed to be easily recreated at home visit:  http://unbouncepages.com/bfree-sandwich-spa/


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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Freebie Alert: Clinique Lipstick


Happy New Year! I wanted to share something to make you smile. Pop to the Clinique counter at Debenhams on Leeds Briggate tomorrow (19th Jan 2018) to claim your free full sized Clinique Lipstick! No purchase necessary but we quick as only a limited amount are up for grabs! 
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Friday, 8 December 2017

5 Crystals to Enhance Your Life


Happy Friday! I'm a great believer in the magic of crystals and with 2018 approaching I thought I would share Sara Doone from The Intuitive Pathfinder's top 5 crystals to help enhance your life. 

It’s believed by many that crystals help you live a better life, whether that’s by reducing stress or even increasing your luck. There are many ways these magical stones can help you see life in a different way.

BLUE LACE AGATE – will help you to speak more freely, getting rid of any anxious thoughts. It will encourage you to be clearer when explaining your feelings. Whether that means telling your crush you have feelings for them, or just being more open with your friends, this is the crystal you need. 
How it helps: helps you tell your crush you like them. 

MOONSTONE – A day spa in a crystal, helping you to feel deeply relaxed, especially after a long & stressful day at the office. If you suffer from PMS this stone will help you deal will those mood swings & tension. Rather than savaging your husband for not making the bed AGAIN, you’ll want to kiss him all over! How it helps: eases those PMS symptoms & gets you in tune with your inner goddess. 

CITRINE – this crystal possesses a beautiful sunny energy. Sometimes known as the Merchants Stone – it can bring a wealth of abundance into your life. If you’re hoping for a pay rise, seeking a promotion or need a boost of confidence then this is the crystal for you. How it helps: boosts your confidence & increases opportunity. 

ROSE QUARTZ – this crystal is all about self-loving. It encourages you to self- care, helping you to look after yourself and others. It assists you in exploring your inner beauty, supporting you in matters of the heart. How it helps: helps you to feel supported & brings passion/love into your life. 

MANGANO CALCITE - if you're trying to get over your e. & your heart is still aching, then this Crystal is the one for you. It takes the edge off your emotions, helping you to see things clearly - what an idiot he was to let you go! How it helps: helps you emotionally get over your ex. 

Do you believe in the power of crystals? What are you favourite crystals? 
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

‪Liz Earle Gift Set half price at Boots‬!

Christmas is quickly approaching so thought I'd share this fabulous Boots Star Gift offer from Liz Earle ‬that would make a wonderful present for any beauty lover or skincare junkie. 

‪From today, Thursday 7th Dec 2017 for one week only, Liz Earle are offering their ‬Liz Earle Route to Radiance gift set half price at Boots. Was £60 now £30! 

Find your glow and take cleansing to a new level with this radiant route to clean, balanced feeling skin. Iconic Cleanse & Polish™ deeply cleanses to remove daily grime, pollutants and make up, while Deep Cleansing Mask draws out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm. Explore the benefits of multi-masking with 2 other masks and refresh, soothe and tone with Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic. A bespoke approach for naturally healthy-looking skin.

What’s inside the gift box? Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml, Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic 200ml, Deep Cleansing Mask 75ml, Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml, Brightening Treatment Mask 15ml, 2 Pure Cotton Cloths, 2 Sponges. 

You can purchase the gift set here
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Freebie Alert: Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm!

 
Just a heads up that Clinique are offering a free mini 15ml pot of their 'Take the Day Off' cleansing balm on 25th and 26th May! 

Just head to the Clinique counter at John Lewis to take advantage of this freebie* and there's no purchase necessary! 

*whilst stocks last 
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Monday, 9 May 2016

Inside & Oat Lifestyle Challenge



Last week I started the ‘Inside & Oat’ challenge* with Aveeno to try their holistic Lifestyle for one week. This involved swapping my normal moisturisers for Aveeno products and cooking healthy plant-based meals with Honestly Healthy author, Natasha Corrett as well as fitness. I hadn't tried any of the Aveeno products that I was testing before so I was excited to see if they would improve my skin along with the lifestyle changes.

The Benefits of Oats In Skincare:

Hydrates: helps to restore and protect the skin’s natural barrier helping to prevent water loss and maintain moisture.
Soothes: oatmeal is known for its soothing benefits on sensitive skin
Cleanses: the oat particles adhere to dirt and dead skin cells allowing them to be washed away
Protects: creates a protective film on the surface of the skin
Buffers: helps return skin to normal pH levels

AVEENO Daily Moisture Skincare

Aveeno Lotion
The bottle is a huge 500ml. This lotion is thicker in consistency comparison to the daily moisturising lotion. It is suitable for dry and sensitive skin and babies from 3 months who may be prone to eczema. I found I only needed a small amount of this lotion, a little goes a long way, and it has more of a thick cream texture than a lotion. I found it hydrated my skin well and kept it feeling moisturised all day, even in the hot weather we've been having the last few days! It has a slight oat scent and although I liked this product it wasn't my favourite and I found the bottle bulky.

Daily Moisturising Lotion
This fragrance-free lotion promises to keep dry skin feeling moisturised for 24 hours! I like the pump action bottle as its a lot easier to use. I found I only needed to use a small amount of lotion and it sinks in nicely without feeling greasy. I enjoyed using this product, it was hydrating and very soothing especially after being outside in the sun all day.

Moisturising Creamy Oil
This was my Favorite product from the range I tested. I loved the thin oily yet creamy consistency, it was easy to apply and it absorbs very quickly without being greasy. It made my skin feel like silk afterwards and even after a few hours I still felt moisturised. I really enjoyed the summery almond oil scent which also lingers on the skin all day.

Hand Cream
This rich cream is very thick in texture and so only a tiny amount is needed. Once applied to the skin it absorbs immediately leaving a silky barrier almost that’s not greasy. My hands felt hydrated even after washing hands quite a number of times throughout the day. I was impressed with this product!

Lifestyle & Diet



I have noticed a great improvement in the hydration of my skin the past few days, it's feeling moisturised and looks glowing. Before beginning the challenge, with the change of weather from cold to hot and with the heating and air conditioning at work, my skin was dehydrated and I had dry patches on my legs and arms. The dry patches have cleared up. I feel the combination of introducing the Aveeno skincare, along with the diet changes and I have been drinking more water have all contributed to my improved skin health.

I enjoyed the healthy meals I prepared and cooked, although they did take a little longer time to prepare than usual. I found the recipes very filling and they made me feel fuller for longer. I have noticed I have been snacking less. I managed to combine some of the exercises into my day. I generally feel better, healthier, have more energy, been sleeping better and my skin is feel moisturised! I agree that I feel better inside and out as a result of the #InsideAndOat challenge. I feel inspired to keep going with the new lifestyle changes.


If you would like to find out more you can visit www.aveeno.co.uk or www.facebook.com/AveenoUK for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®



*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinions are my own*


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

AVEENO® INSIDE AND OAT CHALLENGE




This week I’m taking part in a holistic Inside & Oat AVEENO® skincare and lifestyle challenge*. For the next seven days, I will be using AVEENO skincare products as part of a daily skincare plan and I’ll be reviewing the effects to see if I see an improvement in my skin.

AVEENO® have partnered with Dr Shetalo Rajpopat and alkaline chef Natasha Corrett of Honestly Healthy to develop bespoke healthy skincare and lifestyle plans. In addition to testing the skincare products, I have been given some exercises to do and new healthy plant-based recipes to cook. I will be reporting back to see if or how they helped to contribute towards feeling healthier both inside and out as a result of the challenge.

AVEENO® believe healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of inner health and daily moisturisation. Wellbeing for skin is our main purpose, and their philosophy is that looking after your body on the inside, as well as the outside, is fundamental in achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin every day.

I tend to suffer with dry, dehydrated skin in the winter months or cold weather, so I’m looking forward to testing the products as I have read about Oats being amazing for skin health and for those that suffer with Eczema prone skin. I’m most excited to try their mosturising creamy oil – which contains naturally active oatmeal and sweet almond oil and promises to moisturise like an oil but non greasy and absorbs like a cream which sounds fantastic!

The AVEENO® brand unlocks the benefits of oats in skincare. Containing naturally active ingredients, AVEENO® products are specially formulated to gently cleanse and moisturise dry, sensitive and irritated skin. The moisturising products are fast absorbing, non-greasy and provide moisture for 24 hours.

I will report back with my #AveenoInsideandOat results with you next week, along with sharing a few skincare tips and healthy recipes! If you would like to find out more you can visit www.aveeno.co.uk or www.facebook.com/AveenoUK for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®


*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinions are my own*


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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

GLOSSYBOX The Rose Gold Edit






For the festive season GLOSSYBOX has launched a Rose Gold Edit in collaboration with Beauty Blogger Really Ree. 

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll on (*full size* worth £30.66)
This eye roll on promises to instantly soothe and hydrate delicate skin so handy to have during the party season. The cooling gel leaves the most tired of peepers looking refreshed and radiant. I have not heard of this brand before and this eye product is pricey so I'm excited to try and I have high expectations!

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil (*full size* worth £15) 
This product leaves a gorgeous glow to the skin and is perfect for strobing and highlighting cheekbones. The highlighter is powered by organic chia seed to hydrate and silk peptide to promote skin suppleness and elasticity. The product is formulated without mineral oil and doesn't use parabens or phthalates. This product is perfect for the party season. 

Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream (worth £10.83)
This hybrid oil/cream ensures your complexion stays nourished and protected all winter long. This product contains an indulgent blend of essences from 280 petals! I am really happy to recieve this product as Darphin is a high-end luxury brand with an expensive price tag and this is a product I have not yet tried. This generous sized sample is perfect to use when travelling or a weekend away.

Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Paint (*full size* worth £7)
These quick beauty fix nail paints have been developed by the team behind Cowshed. Long-lasting, quick drying and with a super glossy finish I'm looking forward to giving myself a cheeky mani with this pink 'candy shop'!

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off (*full size*worth £2.50)
This liquid lipstick gives you the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss, making for the perfect addition to your makeup bag this Christmas. I haven't tried any lip products from this budget friendly brand before, but I am a fan of their mascaras so I have high hopes for this!

Bonus Product: Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask (*full size* worth £8.50)
As a festive treat there is an extra product to try this month. This mask is an absolute skin saviour during the party season, because they hydrate and pep up pre-party skin and rescue tired 'morning after the night before' complexions. I received 'Red Carpet Ready' I'm excited to try this as each sheet mask is soaked in 30ml of the vitamin-packed serum - the equivalent to a full bottle!

I adore the theme on this limited edition GLOSSYBOX and it contained five full sized products of which I haven't tried before! I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to £74.49 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is fabulous value! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. This would make a lovely gift for a beauty loving friend. 

Looking for the perfect monthly treat? Indulge yourself with one of GLOSSYBOX subscription offers. Choose from a three, six or twelve-month subscription, or why not purchase it as a gift for a beauty-loving friend? What do you think of this special edition box?
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