Tuesday, 15 April 2014

#NeomStressLessChallenge



Stress (noun)

A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances

Cocoon (verb)

Envelop in a protective or comforting way

Stress is a huge part of life nowadays. Busy lives, social pressures and the ever constant connection technology means that more people are suffering from stress and there are far more people struggling with anxiety and depression.

This April, Neom is encouraging people to take the #NeomStressLessChallenge - a programme designed to balance the emotions and soothe the soul. Central to this is their Cocooning candle which has to be one of my favourite Neom scents. The candle has a blend of six key oils, including anxiety-reducing Roman chamomile, deeply relaxing jasmine and three citrus essential oils (mandarin, lemon and orange) to combat blue feelings and boost immunity.

So the challenge is pretty simple:

Step 1 ) Light your Neom Cocooning candle and allow the aroma-therapeutic air to gently scent the space. 

Step 2) Leave lit for at least 1-2 hours to feel the full effects of this calming treatment. 

Step 3) Use once or repeat during stressful periods and keep track of your stress levels to report on your treatment.

I am all about finding new ways to relax and to help calm my mind. I've just had the busiest three months of my year and so am enjoying being able to totally chill out when I come home. The Cocooning candle is the perfect welcome home. 

Neom have also launched an ezine which covers all things stress and is a great read- you can find it here.

You can also buy the Cocooning candle and find out more about Neom at www.neomorganics.com.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Favourites: My Top Three


I missed out on my February favourites, and generally haven't been very good at blogging over the past few weeks! It has been the busiest time of year for me at work so most evenings I have been coming home and flaking out on the sofa. Enough of the excuses though, here are my top three products from March!

♥ Organic Surge Extra Care Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser - I blogged about this new offering from Organic Surge recently (here) and am still absolutely loving it. My skincare at the moment seems to be working wonders for my skin and this is definitely contributing. It's so lovely to use, removes all of my make-up and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised.

Have also just been told that Organic Surge are having a flash 24 hour sale with 40% off selected products- definitely worth a look here.

♥ La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ - as I mentioned above my skincare has been working really well for me and this is a key part of my regime. I apply it after cleansing, and before moisturising so that it gets to work overnight. Since using it my skin has been clearer and I've not had any spots pop up - my skin just feels so much better generally. Hooray!

♥ Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation - A few months ago I was lucky enough to get tickets to a L'Oreal sample sale and this was one of the products I picked up. I really wanted the Luminous Silk foundation but sadly they didn't have it available, so I snapped this up instead. The shade is slightly too dark for me at the moment, but I've been mixing it with lighter shades of foundation to get it perfect and have been loving it. The foundation is designed for normal to oily skin and is a medium coverage. It is water-based so you need to shake it before using, and reminds me of Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere (which I also love). It leaves a lovely finish and a little goes a long way.

 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Our Bathroom - Before and After

Last September, Chris and I bought our first flat - a two bedroom place in South East London. The flat has needed some work doing on it as the previous owner had not taken the best care of it so it's a bit of a project place. We have now almost finished two out of the five rooms so I thought I'd share our bathroom and what we've done on it.

Before

The main problems with the bathroom when we moved in were the position of the sink (so close to the bath!) and it just generally looked tired and in need of some TLC. It had a very old dusty radiator running next to the sink and the side of the bath was falling apart. It was just generally uninspiring!


In progress

Here are some pictures of the work in progress. Chris and my Dad removed all of the bathroom tiles and we could quickly see that we needed a professional in to sort out the walls! While the builders were in we asked them to do most of the bathroom work and we did the decorating.


After

The best pictures of the lot - the end result! We decided to move the sink to a much more convenient place (it's on the left as you come in, just before the bath) and it opened up the bathroom space really well. We replaced the toilet and sink with a new set from Victoria Plumb but decided to keep the bath and just fit a new tongue and groove bath panel to it which we bought from Wickes. We also bought Westminster sink and shower taps from Homebase which I absolutely love. 

We decided to get metro tiles for the bathroom which we think we'll also use in the kitchen and went for light laminate flooring. We wanted to keep the room as light and bright as possible (as there is no window in the room) which is why we also got 6 spotlights installed.

I think our favourite feature has to be the Victoria style radiator/towel rail. I love how this looks in the bathroom. The final touches came from a canvas print from Sainsbury's home (I love their home stuff!), a cabinet from my parents and a lovely mirror from IKEA for a bargainous £15.

We really love how it looks now and there is nothing better than running a big bubble bath and relaxing in there! We just need to put a shower mount on the wall and it will be perfect!




Saturday, 22 March 2014

Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

I received some exciting news from Organic Surge this month. They are launching their first ever anti-ageing range, Organic Surge Extra Care, which combines high quality natural and organic ingredients to treat the skin where it needs it most.

The full line-up will be revealed in May but the first product is launching now – the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is the hero product of the range and the brand's first Hot Cloth Cleanser. 

It works as any other hot cloth cleanser does. Simply massage into dry skin (it's fine to use on eye make up too) and then wipe away with a cloth soaked in hot water. A little goes a long way and I find that two small pumps is more than enough - the product feels rich and luxurious on my skin and feels so moisturised after I've finished. It has a lovely subtle scent- a blend of aloe vera, shea butter and cocoa butter.

I am a huge fan of the Liz Earle cleanser and was looking to re-purchase (for probably the tenth time!) however this offering from Organic Surge is really really lovely. I have only been using it for a week but my skin has been loving it and I am finding it so enjoyable to use. Even better is that it is priced at a really reasonable £12.50 for a 150ml pump. 

It can be purchased online from www.organicsurge.com and will also be launching in retailers soon which include John Lewis, Peter Jones, Ocado, Waitrose and Coop.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Instagram catch up


I have been neglecting Instagram this year and need to get back on board! Above is a selection from the past few months. 

Cutty Sark last weekend in the sun// leftover Christmas chocolates - you can tell which ones weren't our favourites!// Charlie and his new love- a raccoon toy

Chocolate teapot// Got sent this photo while I was work from my parents- jealous!// dinner at Butlers Wharf Chop House

Love this storage - from Sainsbos// Hotel Chocolat Chocolates for Valentines Day// Chris and I last weekend

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Love Me Beauty - March 2014 Box

 
 
It's Love Me Beauty box time! Here is one of the menu offerings from their March edition and it's probably been the box I've been most excited for.

In my box for this month I received:

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix (RRP £14.95) - 'A refreshing eye gel in a cooling roll-on applicator to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area'

The Vintage Cosmetic Company False Lashes in Gracie (RRP £6) - 'These lashes are natural enough to be worn during the day or at night to give more definition to your evening makeup look.'

♥ BlanX White Shock Toothpaste (RRP full size £7.50) - 'BlanX White Shock is the only toothpaste in the world to contain ActiluX, a non-abrasive, peroxide free formula that whitens teeth all day long.'

Deep Steep Foot Stick in 'Candy Mint' (£3.60) - 'Deep Steep's Candy Mint Foot Stick contains powerful essential oils to instantly refresh as organic Shea and Cocoa Butters to restore your feet to their soft beginnings.'

Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask (RRP full size £25) - 'The treatment is the perfect way to free skin from dull, dry surface cells and trapped impurities while the antioxidant-rich formula defends skin from harmful free radical damage'.

Quintessentially English Bath Salts in 'Vintage Bouquet' (RRP full size £4) - 'These soothing bath salts are made with dead sea salt and pure essential oils.'

I think I like this box so much because it includes some of my favourite types of products. I adore eye products which come in a rollerball so the Nip+Fab Eye Fix was whipped out to try straightaway. I love how easy they are to use and how cooling they feel. I have been quickly rolling this on under my eyes before bed. Not too sure of the effects yet but I am enjoying using it!

I have also been regularly using the Deep Steep Foot Stick as I go to Florida in May and want to get my feet in a more summer-like state before I get the flip flops out! This is brilliant as you just apply it onto your feet and as you apply it the essential oils start getting to work and the product melts onto your skin. Hard to explain but it's extremely moisturising. I like how you can just apply, pop on some socks and leave to work it's magic as I don't like applying foot creams and then having to wash your hands because they are covered in cream - bleurgh. 

I haven't tried any of the other products but am very looking forward to trying the Murad mask and the Quintessentially English Bath Salts - adore a face mask teamed with a hot steaming bath so will be using these two together on a pamper night!

I will be giving The Vintage Company false eyelashes a whirl on my next night out and the toothpaste will be coming with me on holiday as mini sizes are so handy! 

You can subscribe to Love Me Beauty here- boxes are £10 plus P&P each month.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Neom Luxury Organics Complete Bliss Candle

The rose is widely regarded as the world's most beautiful flower and it plays a big part of the Neom Organics Complete Bliss range. Each drop of rose essential oil is derived from up to 60 roses, and is blended with black pepper and lime for added warmth. 

Rose is a proven mood-regulator and great for easing the tensions and stresses of the day, which is why the Complete Bliss is such a popular range for Neom. For me personally it's not my favourite of their scents as it's quite strong and floral but lovely to try something different to my usual and as with all Neom scents and products the Neom Organic Home Candle* lasts a long time and fills the room with fragrance. 

Complete Bliss is one of Neom's key fragrances and you can buy it as a Candle (£39.50), Bath Oil (£32) or Body Oil (£30). They are all available from www.neomorganics.com.
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