Saturday, 3 November 2012

Beauty goes green- Eco Age of beauty

So what makes a beauty product truly green?

Being green has become the new big thing. Everybody is stepping into the green revolution where being environmentally friendly is the name of the game. We’ve already seen ‘green’ hitting the high street with eco friendly clothes, products and the iconic bag for life, but the beauty counter is also a big contender in the green war.

So what really makes a beauty product green? There are so many products out there that promise to be environmentally friendly, be made from natural and organic products and to do wonders for your skin due to their plant extracts. So how do we really know what’s green and what’s faking it?

When I think of natural beauty products two brands come to my mind, The Body Shop and Lush. Both these brands commit themselves to being green and eco friendly, with all their products being natural and free from chemicals and artificial bits and bobs. 

I love the fact that specific brands pride themselves of being natural and green. These products are often tipped at being slightly more expensive than other brands, but when you think of how much more work has gone into sourcing the ingredients naturally and making them individually, rather than products being massed produced, it’s worth that extra bit of cash. 
Take Lush for example. It’s always a nice little gesture when you buy a bath bomb from them because you can always see that it’s a unique product and looks different to all the others on the shelf. This makes the green side of beauty a bit more quirky and fun than it first seems. 

Another big beauty buzz is that of Mineral Makeup, the healthier alternative to liquid and pressed products. The Mineral Makeup phase is continuing after last year’s hype and everyone is still loving that ‘no makeup feeling’ it leaves you with. As it says on the tin, all the mineral products are mineral based and they’re one of the newest and best known Green beauty products available right now.

But as beauty itself is becoming more universal, the green side of beauty is stretching beyond the fancy beauty counters and past the big brand names. Natural DIY beauty products, regimes and tricks are the new green beauty. 

What could be more green than making products yourself out of all natural ingredients?  

There are so many simple and easy things that you can use to make green beauty products at home and some of them are so easy you could do it in minutes.
Take a lemon for example.  
The yellow citrus fruit, packed with Vitamin C is a great health benefit. They contain natural antioxidants that battle the signs of aging and their acidic properties make them great for drawing out impurities. Lemons are a beauty secret that has been used for generations causing some lemon infused products can be expensive. Using this simple fruit and some things from your kitchen cupboard you can easily knock up some beauty concoctions for next to nothing. Lemon juice can be used to make a quick refreshing toner. Mixing together lemon juice, water and witch hazel makes a light formula which is suitable for everyday use. You can also mix lemon juice with oatmeal and a bit of honey for a facial scrub. And for a cheap moisturiser, shake up lemon juice, almond oil and honey and there you go.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy as the phrase goes.

It doesn’t just stop at lemons though. 

Many fruits are a big part of the beauty industry and can be made into products at home. Next time you have a pineapple in your fruit bowl, instead of just sticking it into a fruit salad, why not try popping it onto your face!? Pineapple is high in bromelain, an enzyme found in abundance in pineapple’s flesh. This works great on your skin as a skin polisher, and also combats large pores and flakiness. Or why not try using the humble pear? Peel it, mash it and mix it with some sour cream and honey, for a mask that will combat redness and ease tight sunburned skin. How’s that for a fruity surprise?

So... the green side of beauty. Can you get any more green than making a beauty product at home? You’re saving on the packaging and the money and most importantly, you know that it’s actually a natural product. So is DIY beauty the greenest of them all? I’ll let you decide. But I know I’ll be popping a few lemons into my basket next time I’m out getting my groceries.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Hi All.
It feels like its been ages again! So much stuff has happened since my last post it is UNREAL! But real :D
Basically Uni is now over, I have all my results back so that is that snippet of my life complete! Majorly scary!
And now I have a trip to Salford Quays in Manchester on the cards!! I'm off to do a work placement at the Media City (the home of media in the UK for those unaware) I'm very excited as I get to see where my dad grew up as he is from Manchester & I have never been before. I'm over the moon about my placement & would love for it to lead somewhere but the chances of that are so so slim.
Anyway, I will keep updating with my Manchester antics & things & I hope you don't mind that it's not all completely beauty related but I will included some OOTDs and probably a haul as I so want to go to the Traffird centre haha.
I leave this Sunday so stay posted.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Here comes the summer

Hello :)
Just thought I'd post a few piccies of the lovely summer sun we have at the moment here in England & what I've been getting up to.

Pic1: Olympic torch kids in Cheltenham
2: salad!!
3: Me in the sun
4: An artist at work
5, 6 & 7: My pretty town
8: Chelt Olympic torch relay crowds
9: Feet :) nail varnish by Avon

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Weekend "Summery" OOTN

Well this weekend the weather has been glorious where I live in England! About time too if you ask me it's May!
And when it's gorgeous weather it makes me want to party!!!
Me and my friend decided to have a few drinks & a dance in our town do thought i'd do a summery-ish outfit of the night!

Purple Blouse- £9 F&F @ Tesco
Black bodycon skirt- £4?? H&M
Blazer- £10 Primark 2 years ago
Black patent heels- £12 Sainsburys

Hair curled with GHDs

Thursday, 10 May 2012


So I haven't posted in a few days & that is because I have been really poorly. Had that awful cold & cough thing. Honestly I have never coughed like it & am still coughing now. I gave up on sleep last night & resorted to watching countless episodes of Location Location Location on 4OD on my iPhone. Got to love Kirsty & Phill :) Made it a better night that trying to sleep was being anyway.
Well apart from being ill I also had a final law exam to contend with & revision when fun isn't great & neither is sitting an exam whilst coughing up your guts and your nose dribbling everywhere. Yep, what an attractive image -_-
I'm currently being a child & sat in bed wearing my glasses & watching good old children's classic Rosie & Jim. And I really am watching the old classics as the DVD I'm watching is from an old video. Couldn't bare to loose that part of childhood haha. I even have Rosie & Jim rag dolls, life size too, and they're awesome. They're made by the actual people who made the original dolls for the tv show so they are so authentic :) Sad but amazing!!! And I am ill so celebrating the fact I have them is currently allowed :)
Hopefully I'll be lots better soon & be able to get some decent products, do some reviews, hauls & more OOTD.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Autumnal Spring

Well if you live in the UK you will know how awful our spring summers are. It's may and it's as if it was October. Great stuff for us.
I'm just off out for lunch at a Toby Carvery and then off to Uni to do law revision but I thought I'd share with you what I'm wearing for this weird weather.

Wine Skater Dress: Topshop £20
Belt- Set of 3 Primark £2
Leggings- New Look £7
Cardigan- Matalan last winter £15ish
Nails- No7 Simple


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Boots Haul

I popped into Boots today to get a few bits & bobs and found some little jewellery bargains!

Prices below & pics underneath :)

Falsifeye Mascara 17- £4
St Ives Scrub- £3.99
Earrings- £2.50
Long necklace- £3.50
BarryM lip lacquer crayon - £4.99


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

These are some BIG beauties

I have a product rave! This doesn't happen to me often as I switch up things all the time but after discovering these in August last year I can tell you now, I LOVE :)

And here are the items of my affection- the Body Shop shower gels. Now I love the massive pump bottle ones. They're 750ml each and they smell Devine!! You literally want to eat them. And the best thing about them? They last for ages! Literally! I discovered these when my friend got me the Moringa one for my birthday last August. I've used it every single day since then & it's now the following October and I've just finished the bottle!! Not even kidding!
This stuff is a little gem! Well big gem really.
Sad thing is I went into the Body Shop recently to purchase another one and they no longer stock the big bottles with the pump BUT (it's a good BUT though) you can still pick them up in body shop outlets! I got my two new ones from the Swindon Designer Outlet and they were 2 for £10.50. Bargain when you think that's like 2 years worth of shower gel!
My 2 new purchases were the strawberry one and it smells like heaven. If you've ever smelt the strawberry Body Shop body butter it's the exact same smell. Gorgeous!! The second one I got was the pink grapefruit and it is lush. It smells so refreshing and clean- a great one to get you up in the morning!!

They're awesome & if you can find them they are a definite good buy! They still sell all the shower gels but just not in the big pump bottles :)


Let's get this party started!

Wow! It has been officially AGES since I last posted here! Saying I have been busy is possibly a massive understatement but I should not use it as an excuse (but I kinda am anyway. Cheeeeky)
Life has been mental the past few months as Uni is coming to a close & I have to be a big girl now!
Dissertation is in!!!!
Ultra scary having to apply for proper jobs & act all profesh! Eeeee. I'm also super exited as I want to do something with my life now as I've spent so much of it in education. But on 25 May (this month & in 24 days time) my education is officially over. Scary stuff!! My degree will be done & the world will be my little gem.

Currently revising law!

But what to do now?! I'm applying for jobs and placements and internships and grad schemes and traineeships so much that they're coming out of my ears, but secretly I really want to travel and work in Australia for 3-6 months. I'm thinking going January :) but this means saving & currently with only a weekend job I will struggle immensely! Boooooo.

Any who, enough of the ramble ramble I need to do something constructive on this blogging scene, you get me ;) yes bruce (I so wrote bruv then, but auto correct changed it to Bruce. So much cooler :P)
I'm doing some shopping tomorrow to get away from law exam revision do may do a blog haul inc some bits I've bought within the last few weeks.
What'd we think about that? Is it goooood? Sparkly? Fantastico?
I hope so.
Keep your eyes peeled, and hearts open for some craaaaazy bargains!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Panoxyl 5% Gel

Recently I have had such awful skin! I've started going to the gym loads more & do a lot of exercise classes & I think getting so hot & sweaty (oh how attractive) so often, has played havoc with my skin.

When I was about 12-16 I suffered with acne and was prescribed Panoxyl 5% gel by my doctor. It worked for me back then so now at the age of 20 & my horrible skin has made a new appearance I thought I'd go and purchase a tube of it. It cost me £3:67 from a Lloyds Pharmacy from where I live in the UK. I couldn't be bothered with going to the drs again so just cut out the middle man & got it myself.

Panoxyl is a drying product. It contains benzyl paroxide which is used to treat acne. You have to apply a tiny amount onto the affected area of skin & let it absorb. I'm on day 4 now & have applied it every evening. I put it on after taking all my makeup off & cleansing my face as normal, around 2 hours before I go to bed. Then before I get into bed I apply my normal moisturiser as this will dry your face out no end.

So far, on day 4, my spots I had before have reduced in size. I don't expect miracles as it's only been a few days & I know from experience that it takes about a week/2 weeks to see a real benefit. The areas where I've applied the gel are very dry. It kind of feels like when you've applied a peel off face mask, except you can't peel it off. So I cannot stress enough the importance of moisturiser when using this product & a light exfoliator a few times a week will help too.
After a while though the dryness should ease (well it did when I used it before) so I'm hoping that by the time I've used it a week, it should start to get better.

I'll pop back with an update soon & maybe a few pics of my skin.

So far here is my skin on day 4

Hopefully it'll get better!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Heart over head

Ok, so new post and all that I thought I'd be extremely genuine and talk about something that we all have and usually waste.
Yep, I am a big lover of wasting time especially when it comes to something important. I can sit down and study and I can learn and teach etc etc but can I not waste time when it comes to a beating heart?! No, apparently not. I'm a great believer in follow your heart, but I am one of those people that foolishly follow their head over heart every single time. Now, don't get me wrong, sometimes following your head can lead to great decisions and the better choice, but for me it seems to go the complete opposite way. I follow my head and end up stuffing up and wishing I'd followed my heart instead. I waste time on too much thinking and should really just do what I want, and I expect I'm not alone in this thought process. I have now decided, in light of recent events, that I am no longer going to follow my head when it comes to hearty decisions, as you seem to end up regretting it and wishing you could turn back the clock. Well this is what happens to me anyway.
I have learnt a valuable lesson, do not be a complete and utter douche bag, and don't let the past block the future. I have a thing about doing that too. You know when something has gone wrong in your life and you don't want to ever do it again?! Like, I don't know, let's say for instance that you crash your car and then for ages and ages you are scared of driving. This didn't happen to me but I have the more "relationship" side of this rubbish bargain. Bad things happen and I don't want to be involved with anything again because it frankly frightens me to death. Why would you want to put yourself in a vulnerable situation just to put yourself right out there so you can get shot down and be back at square one?! That's the way I think anyway and it's a bloody awful way of thinking. I know that now, but what's the bet I'll still do this again, and again, and again. People say I'm lonely because I'm alone. I'm not, I'm just a bit of a twat.
So firstly, time wasting and being a douche and then not following heart and now to being afraid of the future because of past experiences.
What's happened to me ey?!
Well over and put, hopefully the next post will be more cheerful.

Heart on my sleeve ey? Heart on my bloody sleeve.