I have been trying to use more natural skincare now that my acne has calmed down and have been trying lots of great things. I am really impressed with the naturaline range and have tried a few things:

Aloe vera/eyebright eye make up remover

I always like to remove my eye make up before I wash my face so using this on a cotton wool pad is eyedeal(see what I did there haha). I often get sensitive eyes so as this is more natural it doesn’t make my eyes sore when I remove my make up.

Cucumber/guava facial wash

This wash is great to use in the morning. I like to wash my face as soon as I get up to help wake me up and feel refreshed ready to start the day. The cucumber is so hydrating and refreshing.

Edelweiss day cream

I like to use a small amount of cream after I wash my face in the morning, anything too heavy and my face feels too greasy. This cream feels very soft to apply and I only use a small bit over my whole face to keep it hydrated all day but without being greasy.

Really impressed with this range!

Sarah x

Nutreelife have created a new selection of vegan and gluten free bars. They are all high in protein and plant based as well as being soy free/ dairy. I think it is great how many products you can get nowadays that are free from lots of things as so many people have allergies and it is hard to find snacks.

Each bar has a different formula depending on what you want to eat it for:

Detox – Our Activated Charcoal and Blueberry Bar is ideal to cleanse and support everyday health. The Activated Charcoal works to improve digestion by binding to certain compounds and reducing bloating, while the Blueberry provides essential antioxidants for a detoxing effect.

Recovery – Designed to aid recovery and increase energy levels the all-natural way, the Turmeric and Black Pepper Bar contain active ingredients as well as plant-based protein. Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric, which has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits.

Energy boost – Containing plant-based protein crispies, Beetroot and Guarana, this bar is the ideal way to provide vital energy the natural way. Beetroot, which is rich in nitrates, helps to increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which can help in providing the body with a consistent source of energy.

Wellbeing – In a delicious pistachio flavour, the Cacao, Chlorella & Coconut is designed to support overall wellbeing. With three key ingredients, Chlorella is an algae that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals known to support immune system health. In addition, Cacoa is packed full of phytonutrients, which are a great source of magnesium. Finally, Coconut provides energy and improves digestion.

My favourite is the energy boost, not just for the fact that it helps to give you energy when needed but it is my favourite tasting one out of the four. I quite like the texture of the bars and that they are all peanut based as I love peanuts. I really do think its great they appeal to anyone that is gluten free as well as vegan/dairy free or soy free.

You can buy a mixed box or buy a box of just one variety, so if you want to try them all before you pick a favourite then you can. I love the chocolate brownies you can buy on their website too.

Have you tried these?

Sarah x

I love AnuUK products, I have had a couple of their candles before and the scents were so beautiful and the candles such great quality. I have been trying out the essential oil burner which I think is so beautiful and was only £22. They have such a great range of oil blends to use in the oil burner too which you can pick up from £5.

I am really into meditating recently and trying to create a calm atmosphere in our bedroom to relax before going to sleep. I have found that burning candles or using an oil burner has really helped. You can get so many great oil blends that help to calm you as the scent is released into the air.

It is as simple as lighting a tealight underneath and then placing water and dropping the oil into the top bowl. If you find that you fall in love with a scent then you can also get the ceramic diffuser to put in your car or hang up in another room or somewhere. I think this is a super cool idea and have never seen anything like it before.

The scents:

OPULENCE

The scent: Fresh lavender fields, herbal

The energy: calming, relaxing, connecting

AURORA

The scent: forest walks, fresh air, connection to nature

The energy: grounding, supporting

ROSEMARY SPANISH

The scent: Fresh, herbal

Consistency: Light

LAVENDER SPIKE

The scent: Sharp, herbal, fresh

Consistency: Light

You can of course mix the scents together, my favourite one has to be opulence with a bit  of lavender added.

Have you used an oil burner before? Do you have a favourite scent?

This would make a great Christmas gift 🙂

Sarah x

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If you are in the mood for giving, how about doing something to brighten up the home, which, after all, gives you and your family essential shelter. It might be a small improvement, but it will certainly add to the already happy ambience as Christmas approaches, and with that in mind, here are a few great home makeover ideas for your home this Christmas.

1. Change The Taps – If your taps have seen better days, this is the perfect time to replace them. You can find a great selection of Franke taps from an online home improvement supplier, who can be found with a simple Google search. As a finishing touch, tie some red ribbon around the hot tap and blue around the cold for a really seasonal look. If you have neither the time nor inclination to fit the taps, call out your local handyman, who will be happy to help.

2. Replace The Light Shading – This is one way to brighten up the home prior to Christmas, and with coloured units, you can change the hue to suit the occasion. If you want to see a wide range of home lighting solutions, simply search for an online building supplies retailer, who would have many stylish options, all at affordable prices.

3. Focus On The Kitchen – This is the room where the whole family will spend their time this coming holiday. With all that delicious food cooking, it will be the warmest room in the house, and some luxury vinyl flooring would really transform the room. It comes in tiles and if you buy from an online supplier, you will likely get trade prices. If the lighting leaves a lot to be desired, replace with LED units that are both stylish and economical. A nice pendant light over the main table, where the whole family will enjoy their traditional Christmas Dinner.

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4. Redecorate The Hall – You will, no doubt, have many visitors during this long festival and what better way to welcome them than a hallway renovation. Either a repaint or some soft wallpaper will transform the area and with all the accessories available from a single online supplier, you can soon have the reception area ready for the many Christmas decorations.

5. Add Some Wall Art – An inexpensive way to revamp any dwelling, the right wall art will blend well with the Christmas decorations and break up the expanses of bare wall, making the room feel more homely, ideal for Christmas. There are great Christmas wall art ideas to give you some inspiration, and you can find some of them online.

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If you are a DIY enthusiast who is always working on projects at home, you should forge an alliance with an online building supplies company, who can provide both essential materials and tools as you gradually improve your living space. The above ideas are but the tip of the iceberg, and with some online searching, you can find many sites that are dedicated to home improvement projects, and with a good online supplier, you can focus on transforming the family home.

Sarah x

Sometimes we don’t realise how fast time is going, but here we are, approaching the end of yet another year. Christmas is nearly upon us, the new year chimes will soon be echoing in our ears, and it will be time to start another twelve months with the best intentions. We all know that many resolutions can include an abundance of things. However, have you thought about how you can help yourself as you enter into the new year? Not all of us have the confidence to make incredible goals and have the belief that we can smash them. So here are some of the ways you can give yourself that confidence boost now to help you rock the next year ahead, whatever it has install for you. 

 

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Change your look

 

Let’s start with an obvious thing that you can do, and that is changing your overall look. You could do this in a few different ways. You can wear a bright colour or be bold with your wardrobe. You could change your hairstyle and be different. You could swap out your usual makeup routine and try a few different techniques. Don’t be afraid to change your look; it could be the quickest way to feel confident and fabulous. 

 

Do something different

 

Maybe when it comes to your appearance, you want to do something a little different than the usual change of hair or makeup style. This could be something like getting a piercing. You may not have any right now, so you could start with your ears. Or if you do why not looking into a daith piercing, with many daith earrings online to choose from they can be a great addition to your look. You may even want to consider a piercing elsewhere. Doing something different with your look might include a change of hair colour, or also having cosmetic procedures. Do what you feel is right and don’t be afraid to be you. 

 

Work on your mindset

 

There is no point changing lots of things if your mindset isn’t in the right place. You need to start thinking more positively and be happy with yourself. Confidence comes from within. It is a mindset, and you won’t believe how many people fake it before they feel it. Step out of your comfort zone and start to feel good about yourself. Life is too short. 

 

Start smiling

 

A smile is a powerful thing, and so why don’t you do it more often? Smile at people in the street, smile at people you come into contact with. Just smiling more can change your outlook and your mood without you even thinking about it. 

 

Show gratitude even for the littlest of things

 

Finally, show gratitude for them as much as you can. Getting a parking space, the rain stopping, the traffic lights being on green, your coffee being hot. Anything. The more you say thank you, subconsciously or out loud, the more things will start to slot into place. It’s all about what you attract, and so feeling grateful can help you to feel better and more confident in your life and the choices you make.

 

Sarah x