Tuesday, 28 June 2016

FOOD: Vita Coco Coconut Oil

 The many uses of coconut oil have impressed me and there's always new ones cropping up all over the place. I don't think there's ever been a time where hints, tips and hacks were so widely shared, helped along by the ease of sharing a post on Facebook or a retweet on Twitter.

I made the switch to coconut oil about a year ago when I was reading up on the benefits of it, not just in cooking but for cosmetic reasons too. There's been a huge shift in the trend towards coconut oil from the cheaper alternatives such as olive and sunflower. Coconut oil contains a huge amount of vitamins and minerals - such as Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Stearic and Lauric Acid and these help to nourish the body from the inside if you cook with it and from the outside if you use it in your beauty routines.
Coconut oil lasts for ages, we purchased our last pot around 4 months ago and we use it everyday. I even took a couple of scoops out into a travel pot for use on my hair, face and for oil pulling. Vita Coco have sent me a mini pot alongside the normal size and I will fess up to doing a little squeal in the office when I saw the cute pot of coconut oil. What is my life! 

Anyway, oil pulling is an odd one and I really have to psych myself up to do it, but I do see the benefits. I don't really find that my teeth look whiter but my mouth feels so squeaky clean afterwards.
 Over the next few weeks I'm going to be documenting just what I use coconut oil for and using the Vita Coco Coconut Oil. I'm hoping I can try all the various uses of coconut oil and find some new ways that I've not tried before.

What's your favourite way to use coconut oil?

Saturday, 25 June 2016


There's no hiding from the news that NYX have finally made their way across the pond and have now set up stands in Boots all over the UK. It's not just the main superstores either, I picked up these in my local, slightly smaller, shop!

In fact, if I am being totally honest my reaction to seeing NYX in front of me was so far from cool. Dressed in my volunteering clothes ready to head to the dogs home, I'd popped into Boots to pick up some medicine and as soon as I walked into the store I started to hit Shelley on the arm in excitement.

Since deciding to move towards a more ethical lifestyle back in March, I quickly stopped purchasing any cosmetics that are not cruelty free. I'm not going to sugarcoat it and say I've been totally fine with completely stopping buying new things, my bank balance has loved it, it's hard to be so involved with an industry such as beauty blogging and not feel a pull towards a new release etc.
However, this was a release in the UK that I could get excited about as NYX is cruelty free and I plan to make the most of it when I need to repurchase products going forward. The range is much more affordable than I thought; the foundation was only £6, the lip cream was £5.50 and the contour palette was £18.
I was slightly put off by the price of the contour palette, however since purchasing (and falling in love with) the Anastacia Beverly Hills one, I needed to find a cheaper alternative. There are definite differences in the quality of the NYX one and it's a lot chalkier, but I'll keep testing it out and do a comparison in the future.

I have fallen head over heels in love with the foundation and soft matte lip cream though, to the point of saying my new favourite foundation is only £6! The lip cream is in Morocco and it's the perfect bright orange/red. I've been really enjoying wearing this with a simple thin eyeliner, mascara and natural base makeup.
The foundation swatch looks a little bit ridiculous because I had recently fake tanned, however the foundation does dry darker. We couldn't get a perfect match in the shades so we played it safe and both bought the lightest one. 

I am so glad that this range is over in the UK now, please leave any "must have" products from the range below.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

BEAUTY: The Vegan Kind Beauty Box May 2016




Following on from my post about The Vegan Kind subscription box I wanted to blog about the products in my first The Vegan Kind beauty box, which is sent three times a year. 

Without sounding like a broken record, I wanted to make the switch to vegan as easy as possible. I'm now three weeks without cows milk and feeling great!

The products in this box were: 

Grounded Coconut and Lime Hair Mask (£12.50)

This smells incredible. I love that I now have a box full of products from brands I've never heard of and I have been already searching for other products in this range. You can use this mask as a quick conditioner, a hair mask or even an overnight mask. Packed with my favourite coconut oil, the mask also contains Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil and Grap seed Oil. 

PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Eye Gel (£16.95)

Another great product to find in my box. I'm currently using a Boots own eye cream which cost me the huge price of 99p. I had hoped this would be a great find, but at 26 now I think I need something more and hopefully this is it. The gel contains argan oil, seaweed, rock rose and lavender to target signs of aging. As soon as my cheapy one runs out - I'm going to be all over this. 

Two Birds Woodland Rose Epsom Salt Bath Soak (£2.00)

Our boiler is due to be fixed tomorrow as we have been without full hot water for a good few days. I can't wait because the first bath I have is going to be full of this. Epsom bath salts are my absolute favourite, especially after a hard gym session. HA who am I kidding - I never work hard in the gym! 

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (£3.99)

I'm a big fan of the Lush Lip Scrubs, but a lemon drizzle flavour one? YUM! This is so yummy and the first lip scrub that I've actually eaten.

Alva Natural Cosmetics Green Equinox Sparkling Harmony Mineral Powder (£7.50)

This powder is multi use; eyeshadow, highlighter, mix with nail polish and even on top of lipgloss. I love a nude anything when it comes to makeup and I can't wait to use this alongside all my eyeshadows, mainly the Naked Palettes. 

I'm so impressed with this box, not just because of the value but the products are all ones that I either needed or just love. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FASHION: Trying to find the perfect black shoe

black shoes

I recently hit a milestone in work and I was treated to a business dress shopping spree which was just amazing. I ended up with a whole new capsule workwear wardrobe and even a bright orange pair of shoes.

There was one thing missing though, a pair of simple black flats. A pair to wear with trousers, skirts and dresses, which don't eat my feet during the day.

Naturally I've been online shopping and I've narrowed my search down to three very different styles. The simple black flat from Daniel Footwear, slightly more expensive than I would usually go with anything really, however if I want shoes that aren't going to give me blisters then I probably do need to invest. Plus these are in the sale.

Dorothy Perkins is where my bright orange shoes were from and it's one of the first places I head to when shopping for new shoes. I find Dorothy Perkins sizing really consistent - I've never had a bad fitting shoe from there.

My personal favourite are these from New Look, I love the extra straps and the cut out details. The downside is, they would probably rip my feet to shreds!

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