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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Supporting Sustainable Fashion


I recently started researching more into sustainable fashion brands. After reading frequent posts about Emma Watson's push on Sustainable Fashion during her tour of Beauty and The Beast, I decided to take a peek myself and find out more about sustainable brands. Check out Emma Watson's new Instagram which promotes her eco-friendly style. 

Yesterday I made my first sustainable purchase. I have honestly fell in love with the concept of what it means to be more thrifty and how to implement change for good. I have spent so much money on fashion - I dread to think what the actual figure totals to! However, I thought if I could drive my fashion addiction in a more positive direction, at least I am putting my money to good use and receiving a worthy product at the end of it. 


Yesterday I purchased two leather purses from a company called Maykher formerly know as Lola and Me. They didn't cost very much £30 for both of them however, not only were they made of repurposed fabric, they were handmade by the companies artisan partners in Haiti and 10% of the profit has gone towards the education of young girls. #ForWomankind


I love Maykher's brand ethos! They are more focused on helping others than making a profit.

I wanted to write this post because it makes me feel good that I can make a difference - no matter how small it is. I also wanted to use the platform I have to share the importance of supporting brands that want to make a global difference. I am still doing my research, but I wanted to encourage you all to do the same. 


I'm not saying that I won't still shop online at my favourite stores, because I will. However, I will be more considerate about the change that I can make and influence that I can have. 


One of my New Year Resolutions this year was to be a better person. I feel that this brings me one step closer to achieving that. I support sustainable fashion 100% and I hope to continue to make clever purchasing decisions and try to encourage others to do the same. 
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Why I'm Keeping It Simple


Lately I have been having so many issues with my skin! Ugh, it's just been terrible.  I'm not sure if it's due to the weather, a hormonal thing or perhaps a product that just isn't working well on my skin. But whatever the reason, I'm a 27 year old woman getting blemishes like a 17 year old girl. It's not good! 

Due to this, I have decided to take drastic action and stop using all of the usual products I would put on my skin. Instead, I have stripped back completely and started using Simple. After researching the best way to balance out my skin and get back my clear healthy looking complexion, I found that I needed to first find the route cause of the problem. However, in this little trial of mine, I have  discovered that I really do not look after my skin well. I use harsh products and I really do not remove my makeup in the right way! Oh and I have seriously fell in love with Simple products. 

Nothing like a little self discovery right! 

Yes, yes I know Simple is a brand that is targeted at younger women/teens  which I'm not sure if I sit in that bracket at 27? Do I need to start using anti-ageing products now??? I think not! Anyway, I don't care if I'm not in their average age category. After using their day and night cream as well as the cleansing wipes to remove my makeup. I have seen dramatic changes in just a week and I really like how dewy and soft it makes my skin. 

My skin has a glow and I really love that not only is it great for you, packed with vitamins to help nourish your skin but it's also super affordable and doesn't have any weird smells to it. I don't know about you, but I am so tired of spending stupid amounts of money on products that just break me out. In actual fact, I'm pretty pissed about it. 

I won't be doing that anymore without getting a sample to try first. I have learnt the hard way. 

I have decided this is my go-to brand of the month already and it's only the second week of March! If you are in need of a product(s) that can help re-balance your skin, make you feel good on the outside and clear up those blemishes, then try them out!

I hope this was helpful!! 
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Lipstick that loves you back



A few weeks ago I was invited to Burt's Bees launch party for their new lipstick collection - I say new collection, but these have been available in the US for some time now, but they have only recently launched in the UK. Situated in a swanky part on London, I made my way there with my vlogging camera in hand ready to snapshot the day. Little did I know that I was going to get more involved with the ongoing activities than I ever expected to. Which was a great surprise and needless to say I loved it. It was so invigorating mixing with people with the same love for beauty. Everyone who I crossed paths with on that day had their own stories, their likes and dislikes. But the best thing of all is that we were all their for one reason - Beauty! Best of all - lipstick. 

I love Burt's Bees. They were one of the first brands I ever received any free goodies from and as a beauty blogger starting out, that small kindness is a HUGE deal. They were also the one brand that sold a lifestyle choice rather than just a product. Being a natural beauty and skin care brand meant their market was so niche yet so wonderfully good. I honestly adore them. 


When I heard they were launching a lipstick range I was beyond excited! I couldn't wait to try them out to see what they were like and I wasn't disappointed. They have reinvented the wheel with their combination of moisture and pigmentation. They are nourishing and keep your lips super soft. Due to the ingredients used to make them - Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Mimosa Flower Wax and Community Sourced Beeswax.


I have tried every single shade and I have my personal favourites which you can find out in my video above. They are incredibly hydrating and I find that the lipsticks last around 6 hours on me. One great thing about them is that they are so easy to reapply and they don't make your lips dry whatsoever. They have that perfect glossy finish that makes your makeup look incredible. 

18 LIP SHADES

  1. Iced Iris
  2. Doused Rose
  3. Fuchsia Flood
  4. Magenta Rush
  5. Sunset Cruise
  6. Nile Nude
  7. Blush Basin
  8. Suede Splash
  9. Scarlet Soaked 
  10. Crimson Coast
  11. Ruby Ripple
  12. Russet River 
  13. Tulip Tide
  14. Wine Wave
  15. Lily Lake
  16. Brimming Berry 
  17. Juniper Water 
  18. Orchid Ocean 
You can buy them all here.
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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Get creative with breakfast


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to scientist, nutritionist and anyone with a fitness Instagram page. But one thing I find is that I either don't have enough time in the morning to fix up a good breakfast or I go for something boring that's easy to make. Not that this is a problem, but there is only so much porridge one girl can eat. 

So I decided to do some research to find some quick and easy fixes to kill my breakfast hunger and also satisfy my need for good tasty food. Here is one of my breakfast go-to options for the everyday hard working person. 


  1. Granola! This can be your choice, I personally prefer extra nutty Granola with no dried fruit. The added nuts give it a better crunch and I find I am more full after eating this type. 
  2. Hazelnuts - I always like to add extra hazelnuts to my breakfast. Nuts are healthy fats so it's worth including. However, it's not necessary if you don't want to, I just like it! 
  3. Natural yogurt - I always go with the full fat natural yogurt. It's only two extra calories than the low fat version. It's the same amount of sugar also. Add two or three tablespoons of this on top of your Granola.
  4. Mixed berries - you can add whatever fruit you like, but I like to have berries. They give little hints of sweetness and are easy to eat. They also taste great with yogurt! 
So that's it. Mix them all together and get stuck in! 

I hope you found this useful! 
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Monday, 16 January 2017

Banana & Ginger Muffins


Yesterday I made these amazing Banana and Ginger muffins. A healthy recipe I found online and made my own. I recently started being more healthy and making better life choices - starting with fitness and food. After posting this out on Instagram I was asked to share the recipe which I couldn't refuse so here you go: 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of self-raising flour 
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar - add more if you want it to be sweeter 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger 
  • 50g of butter - unsalted 
  • 4 tablespoons of skimmed milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 banana 
Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and ginger. Cut butter into a few chunks and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingertips. This should create a bread crumb consistency. 
  3. Mix milk and vanilla in a small glass. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until the mixture starts to come together. Add the banana chunks (mash the banana before adding to the flour mixture) and continue to stir, adding more milk if necessary, until dough comes together.
  4. Pat dough into a disk about 1 inch thick. Cut into sections with a knife and place each on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400F for 17-20 minutes, until light gold.
I hope you found this useful! Next time I am going to swap out the ginger for cinnamon! Will let you know how they turn out. 
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Monday, 12 December 2016

My engagement story

Yes, you have just read that title correctly!! I am officially going to become Mrs Newson. After four beautiful years together, Gary got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I know for a fact, that pretty much every woman I know has dreamt of this moment, myself included. I have to say, is was an even better reality!


As much as I share quite a lot about myself through my site and in my videos, I try to keep Gary out of everything as I think he deserves to have a private life. However, he has given me the thumbs up with sharing this news and letting you know how it all happened!! 


It was around 7am in Mauritius, we were up early everyday for breakfast on holiday so I didn't think much of it when Gary asked if I would like to go for a walk on the beach. So I threw on anything I could find and headed out with our towels. 


We found nice space near the sea and laid out our towels. Before we got to the beach, Gary said he had a present for me! Which was sweet, I wasn't expecting anything. Now, when Gary buys me gifts, he's extremely practical so it's usually something for the kitchen or chocolate - because he knows me so well! 


Gary said I needed to close my eyes and hold my hands out - which I did after plonking myself down on my towel. Gary was like, No no, you need to stand up for this, which I did find unusual but still, nothing clicked. 


He then told me to open my eyes, I did and he was down on one knee. He had my ring held out and I just burst into tears. He said, will you marry me - at this point I was still sobbing which he replied 'is that a yes? 


I can't tell you what went through my mind. I remember thinking how brave he was, and how much of a big moment this is. I was so proud of him and I felt so lucky! I have never been after a fairytale ending, nor have I imagined a blockbuster moment when it came to my proposal. But Gary made this so special for me. It wasn't cheesy, or embarrassing - it was real. I have never loved Gary more than I did in that moment! He is such a wonderful and caring person and he did it perfectly. It's a great story to tell the grandkids.. And who said romance is dead! 
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Room 1053 - Mauritius


It's taken me three months to write this post. Which is crazy as I started as I was wandering off the plane typing away in the notes section via my iPhone. On the 11.5 hour flight, I was thinking over and over again how I can account for the 14 days I spent in Mauritius.


I have to honestly say, people were right - Mauritius is such a beautiful part of the world. It's everything you see in a holiday brochure and more. I don't think it's easy to put into words how unbelievable everything is - so I am going to try with the aid of pictures! 


I am not 100% sure where to begin, so I think it's only right that I start at the very beginning and sharing the main highlights of our trip (otherwise you will be here hours reading this novel).


 Travelling to London Gatwick...  

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