Living Pure Natural

This post contains gifted products:

Using only natural ingredients from places and people it trusts, Living Pure Natural creates fragrant, gentle and effective products which  are kind to people and planet.

Charcoal Soap

£8

Charcoal is such a great product for your skin and can really help with eliminating impurities. This is designed to be used as a facial soap to help cleanse your face and prevent acne but it could also be used in your body if you had any particular areas of blemishes or even if you just wanted to use it as a daily soap to wash with as it’s great and making sure your skin is super clean without drying it out and is gentle as it’s designed for your face!

OLEUM Repair & Anti Aging Serum

£45

This serum is great if you want to start using anti ageing products. It’s important to try and prevent signs of ageing as it’s a lot easier to prevent than reverse! The serum is really nice to apply to the skin and soaks in really well. I have been using it every other night and you can notice by morning that your face looks more plump and you look more refreshed. It smells nice and it’s nice to be able to use more natural products on my face. It includes olive oil, argan oil and almond oil which are all very beneficial for your skin.

TIMELESS Deep Hydration Night Cream

£40

This night cream is really hydrating for your face and I have been using this the night ha I don’t use the serum and it has really helped any dry patches I have on my face and also has been helping with my acne scars. It’s a nice consistency and it soaks in really well.

Vegan Lipgloss

£10.50

This lipgloss comes in a variety of shades and I love the design of the packaging. It applies well with the wand and leaves a nice hint of colour as well as a shine to your lips without being sticky. It would look great on top of lipstick too. I think it’s important to use more natural products especially on your face and on your lips as you don’t want to be loading your lips so chemicals!

I have been really impressed with the products I have tried from Living Pure Natural. Have you tried anything from them before?

Sarah x

Brushbox

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I have been trying out a few different products from Brushbox recently. They are a great company that want to help you whilst helping other people in the world.

“We’re a team of people who want to change the way people think about, and look after their teeth, whilst having a positive impact on the world. We want to turn something that’s good for you into something that’s good for others and good for the environment too, which is why each and every time you buy a brush, we donate one to a disadvantaged child and plant a tree on your behalf. Our sustainable service therefore sends you a year’s supply (that’s x6!) of bamboo brushes straight to your door – no gimmicks, no hidden charges, just great quality products, and the knowledge that 6 children will have been helped, and 6 trees planted, because of you.”

The products I have tried are:

  • Toothpaste tabs
  • Sustainable bamboo toothbrush
  • Bamboo travel case
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Eco floss

I have really enjoyed using a bamboo toothbrush and find it quite comfortable to hold and the bristles aren’t too harsh. It is great that you can get a toothbrush holder to fit it so you can keep it neat on the side or in a cabinet without it touching other things in the bathroom and it is always handy to have a travel case too. I hate having to take my toothbrush out of the house when going away and you end up having to put it in a sandwich bag or in with your make up and worry about what might touch it etc so a real case is a must have. I think the travel case looks really stylish and is a great addition to the range.

As well as trying out a new toothbrush I have been using a different floss and also tooth tabs which are a great alternative to a tube of toothpaste.

The toothpaste tabs are designed as a zero waste product as even the bag they come in is biodegradable! To use them you just pop it in your mouth and chew it and then brush with it. So easy to use and actually quite fun! They are also a great idea if travelling as you can just pack how ever many you need rather than having to take a whole tube of toothpaste!

Have you used a bamboo toothbrush or tooth tabs before?

Sarah x

Femmeluxe Loungewear

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times before and I have recently picked out some really great co ord sets as well as tracksuit bottoms, tshirts and jeans. I wanted to pick up a few pairs of tracksuit bottoms to wear. They always have so many great things to pick from but for now I wanted to get some more comfortable pieces.

I went for three pairs of cuffed joggers, in different colours and went for a size 12.

I also picked out a loungewear set which is a Large.

The size is spot on for the three pairs of joggers as they are baggy enough to be comfortable lounging in all day but not too big that they fall down or I trip over the bottom of them.

They have so many shades to pick from in the Lizzie style and I really like the shade of peach. I always usually go for black, navy or grey on tracksuits but fancied a changed and I think the pink is really nice to go with a black or white top.

Black Cuffed Joggers – Lizzie 12/ Black

£11.99

Peach Cuffed Joggers – Lizzie 12/ Peach

£11.99

Stone High Waisted Seam Cuffed Joggers – Roxy 12 / Stone

£12.99

I wanted to pick up a few pairs of different colour tracksuit bottoms to wear with a plain black t shirt. These ones are really soft and comfortable. I really like the cuff at the bottom as I much prefer tracksuit bottoms that go in at the ankle.

They are true to size and I always find the loungewear from Femmeluxe to fit me well.

These are perfect to wear at the moment whilst at home but also will be great to wear if popping to the shops as I love the look of baggy tracksuit bottoms with a t shirt and a pair of high top trainers.

All three pairs I picked are super soft and I have been wearing them a lot whilst working from home just with a baggy t shirt rather than staying in my pjs!

Black Contrast Stripe Cropped Loungewear Set – Hazel L (10/12) / Black

£26.99

I find all of their lounge wear sets are super comfy. The material is quite thick for a lounge wear set and I love black clothing. The trousers fit perfectly and I love having a top to go with it. Ideal for wearing around the house or to work out or for going out.

I think to get two items of clothing for this price is so good. You can either wear them together or wear them with anything else really. The trousers would look good with any hoodie/jumper or top really, they don’t necessarily have to be worn as the set.

The delivery is always really quick which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I am always skeptical about ordering clothes online as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are so good and for the quality I would have expected them to be more expensive.

Sarah x

Tips on How to Build a More Productive Mindset

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Your mindset has everything to do with your achievements and success in life. All you’ve got to do is learn the most effective ways to develop the right kind of mindset. One way to nurture the right mindset is by being productive. You need to understand that productivity is something that most people strive for. This means getting the most out of the time you’ve got, being authentic, and the best you can be.

Image via Shutterstock by Marekuliasz

When it comes to having a productive mindset, it’s all about focusing on your goals and using the resources at your disposal to achieve your goals in an organized way. This guide explores a few aspects that can go a long way in helping you build a productive mindset.

Be Motivated to Keep Going

Motivation is an essential driver in helping you attain your goals, and this makes it a crucial element when it comes to developing a productive mindset. If you already have items on your to-do list, but you are not motivated to mark them off, it will be impossible to be productive.

Therefore, the best way you can set up a productive mindset is by having clear motivation. Take note of the motivations that are a driving force to your success, and ensure that you hold them at the forefront of your mind. This will help you to get through your day productively.

Have a Proactive Approach

You probably have thousands of thoughts crisscrossing your mind each day. You may not be fully aware of all of them, but it’s highly likely that you will take action on some of them. Your belief is the foundation of your thoughts, and it comes from your environment, conditions, and past experiences. The unfortunate thing is that most people develop more negative than positive beliefs when growing up.

Understand that one of the profound mistakes you can make is to react to each of your thoughts like it’s a fact. By doing this, you end up being a slave to your thoughts. Given that thoughts are based on personal beliefs, some may support you, and others may not. The only way you can be productive is by thinking productively.

For example, if you just get to work and have several tasks to complete, the thought that you have a huge workload and you can’t get it done will not help you complete them. Instead, you need to think about the best approaches to handle the tasks at hand, and this will get you the results you desire.

Remain Persistent

While motivation may be a driving factor towards attaining your goals, you still have to remain persistent if you want to keep going when things get tough. Whenever you hit the rough patches, motivation isn’t enough to get you through, especially when you’re feeling like you aren’t making any progress.

When you are persistent and don’t give up easily, you are bound for long-term success. Persistence is the key determinant in overcoming different challenges because it strengthens your resolve, helping you become more productive.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a psychological process that involves acknowledging your physical sensation, thoughts, and feelings. You can easily trait it through mindful walking, yoga, and meditation. By being mindful, you can easily create a more productive mentality. This is because being aware of every moment helps in bringing you mental composure and clarity.

One of the greatest hindrances when practicing mindfulness is the inability to focus. However, this is a problem that you can easily fix, for instance, through CBD gummies. CBD helps you in controlling your thoughts, and this is crucial in helping you get rid of the unwanted ones.

Have a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is an important aspect of a productive mindset and a mindset that values success. Your attitude plays a critical role in how you’re going to live your life, and this is a decision you’ll have to make on your own. While there are instances where you may find it challenging to control outside factors, you are always in control of your feelings.

There is no doubt that everybody has negative feelings, but it is easier to change negative thoughts to positive ones. When you remain positive and work on your productivity, you’ll get the results you need.

Final Thoughts

Building a more productive mindset can sometimes prove challenging to people who are looking to attain their goals. So, if you are struggling to remain productive when working from home, the few tips highlighted in this guide can help you achieve the productivity you’ve been longing for.

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This post contains gifted items:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anything else is struggling!

Home

Asda Photo Blanket

57″ x 37″

£40

I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.

Prezzybox – Crazy Cat Lady Mug

£9.99

This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.

Pankhurst Gallery- Ronald Junior Mug

£9.50

Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.

Edit – Self Care Co Candle

Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.

HD Mirrors – Malibu Hollywood Mirror

£34.99

The Malibu portable makeup Mirror is 19 x 25.2 x 2.4cm and weighs only 625g. It is perfect mirror to either use at home or to carry around in your bag if travelling.

I love the fact it has a built in light as it really helps to illuminate your face of using to pluck your eyebrows or apply make up.

It has full surround lighting in a portable solution with a USB rechargeable 1000mAh battery. The lighting can be full brightness, with the option to dim by holding down the power button.

Carfume – Luxury Car Air Freshener

£11.99

This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma. 

They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.

They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.

Moonlight Melts – Wax Melts

£1.99 per pack of 3/4 depending on shape.

Moonlight melts create a vast range of different scents and shapes of max melts. You can order personalised ones or the standard packs of 3/4 in different scents depending on what you require.

Wax melts are basically scented wax candles without a wick and all you do is melt them in a wax burner. The melts are heated by the tea light and fill the room (or whole house) with beautiful scents.

They have such a great range of scents from Orange spice to Christmas pudding!

Experiences

Photography Courses & Gift Experiences

From £250

A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.

Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.

Skincare/Beauty

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Lip Balm Set

£14

Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.

This lip balm set contains:

1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.

Neve’s Bees – Hand Salve

£10.95

This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.

Neve’s Bees – Cuticle Butter

£8.50

This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.

Beauty By Jas – Jasmine Joy Bamboo Face Scrub

£12

Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.

“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”

Beauty By Jas – Happy Himalayan Body Scrub

£10

This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.

“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion

£10.99

This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash

£10.99

I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.

SheaMoisture – Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energising Bath, Body And Massage Oil

£11.99

I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Cosmic bath bomb

Adult size £3.50

Child size £2

For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.

I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.

Tweezerfile

£19.99

This amazing creation is the original tweezer sharpener. How many of us have had to replace tweezers that we love when in-fact you can just sharpen them?!

The tweezerfile is so easy to use and would make a great gift for anyone that is into beauty products and tools.

The small pocket-sized beauty file allows you to bring your favourite tweezers back to life. No need to throw them away and buy a new pair.

Now blunt, useless tweezers are a thing of the past – keep Tweezerfile in your beauty bag and your tweezers will always be in tip top condition.

Mettalife- Pure Savvy Overnight Radiance Serum

£60

Mettalife is an eco-friendly vegan online marketplace bringing together a range of over 100 different brands. The two products I have tried are from the brand Pure Savvy.

This serum has so many great ingredients and is so good to help your skin. It really does leave your face looking smoother and brighter.

Hyaluronic Acid – protects the skin from UVB rays and provides a protective barrier on the skin to lock in moisture

Willow Bark Extract – multi-tasking botanical powerhouse rich in anti-oxidants, helping to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and balance skin and reduce redness in skin

Papaya Fruit Extract – natural enzymes gently help to remove dead skin leaving the skin looking fresher and brighter

Spilanthes Acmella – plant-derived extract proven to restructure, firm and smooth the skin with a noticeable effect

Mettalife- Pure Savvy 3 in 1 Miceller Water

£8-24 depending on size

Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.

Clothing

Squatsnotsweeties – Medium To High Impact Black Signature Sports Bralette

£26

I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.

Squatsnotsweeties – Black Signature Leggings

£34

These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.

Food & Drink

Cake & Handle – Cake Box

From £3.99

This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.

Il Gusto – Star Liqueur Set

£15

This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:

Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry

It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.

Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.

Eh-co Chilli Oil

From £3.99

This basil infused oil is perfect for any chilli or oil fan. It’s a great accompaniment to salad or to drizzle on chicken as well as having it as a dipping oil for bread.

Etinde House Chilli Oils deliver the best of provenance; made with sustainably grown extra virgin/cold pressed Rapeseed oil (UK Grown), Habanero chilli, Carolina Reaper Chilli, Basil & Rosemary.

Their range is all vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Mockingbird Spirit – Miniature

£3.99

This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.

I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.

Prezzybox – Personalised Marmite

£11.99

I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.

Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box

From £7.99

The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home. 

This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!

Social Stories Club – Ethical Gift Box

From £16.50

Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.

They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!

Electrical

Always Personal – Wireless Phone Charger

£14.95

These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.

Books & Games

Victoria’s Torton Tales – Story Time Bundle

£24.99

Victoria’s Busy Day: Volume 1

Pop Comes to Sewards’ Yard: Volume 2

Roser and Tanner Steam Roller Friends: Volume 3

Victoria and the Teddy Bear: Volume 4

This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.

The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come. 

Victoria’s Torton Tales- Early Learning Counting Book

£3

This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.

The Dark Imp – Coaster Games

£6.99

This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:

• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.

• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.

• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.

• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.

• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.

• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.

On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!

Prezzybox – Learn Something New Everyday About Cats

£9.99

This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.

You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.

Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?

Sarah x