Scrub up on the latest make-up removal trend.

Face wipes. A God send for those looking for a quick, no mess, no fuss make-up remover – am I right? What if I told you our holy grail makeup wipes can take up to 100 years to break down in landfill? Or that even those that are “bio-degradable” have carbon pollution embedded into their ongoing production and distribution? Scary stuff, I know. It is common knowledge that we as humans are rapidly destroying our home and it’s up to us to repair and undo the damage we’ve caused through pollution and waste over the years. Every little change we can make to improve our planet really does count, so adjusting your make-up removal routine is a really easy place to start. Imagine if we all took a stand and found a more ethical way of removing our make-up? Imagine if we all found a way to keep our skin and our planet happy? Well, imagine no further.

Introducing, Face Scrubbies; the environmentally friendly, cost effective and re-usable make-up removal tool. I discovered these little gems through the lovely Symone who runs Symone’s Treats on Facebook (find her here). Symone crochets these beautiful pads out of 100% pure cotton into a variety of patterns, textures and densities making them the perfect tool for wiping away make-up and applying skincare.

Three crocheted 100% cotton make up removal face scrubbies in white next to a crocheted storage/wash bag on a blank white background

It was actually my mum (hi mum!) who jumped on the Face Scrubbies band wagon first, and it wasn’t long before myself and my sister followed. Now we can proudly say we are a household of woman who are choosing to look after our skin and the planet with these super Scrubbies.

Symone sells a set a set of 5 Face Scrubbies that come in a storage/wash bag – also crocheted – for just £5. The tight-knit scrubbies are brilliant for a deeper, more exfoliating cleanse and the chunkier knit ones are brilliant for a lathering face wash. However, there are no rules in how you decide to use your Scrubbies. I personally love to use the chunky Scrubbies with a face wash and water, followed by the tight-knit Scrubbie paired with micellar water to remove eye make up and anything else I missed with the face wash. Once I’m done with using my Face Scrubbies, I pop them back into their bag and throw them into the next wash load where they’re ready to be used again, good as new!

A pack of face wipes set us back on average between £1 – £3. It’s clear to see that switching to Face Scrubbies and paying a one-off fee of approx. £5 is much more cost effective. Society has money saving and planet saving at the top of their priority lists nowadays, and with this in mind, Face Scrubbies make more than just perfect sense -they’re a no brainer. Another added bonus of investing in a pouch of eco-friendly Face Scrubbies is that you’d be supporting a small business. In my humble opinion, it’s vital we support small businesses, like Symone’s Face Scrubbies, instead of continuously pumping money into corporate giants. It’s a really lovely feeling knowing that the money you spend is going into supporting someones passion, ethos and values. Handmade items always feel more special to me, too.

After reaching out to Symone to ask if she’d mind me doing this write up, she also very kindly sent me some other eco-friendly and reusable Face Scrubbies made from microfiber that her friend hand makes. If you want to know more about these you can ask Symone on her Facebook page, linked above. The microfiber ones are soft, yet exfoliating and feel really good when massaging product off of your skin. Again, these can be washed and re-used and come at a fraction of the cost of high-street make-up remover wipes.

So, if you were lost for ways of where to start on how you can look after our planet, whilst looking after yourself, I hope my mini review on Symone’s Face Scrubbies has given you some inspiration. Join the Scrubbie movement today! If you have any other eco-friendly and cost effective ways of removing make-up please share your tips in the comments as I’d love to find out what other ways there are to try. Thanks for reading – Paige x

 

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Take Care of Your Hair with Jerome Russell

Take Care of Your Hair with Jerome Russell

Hiya! Thanks for checking in on my blog – I hope you are doing well and feeling fab.

This post is all about caring for coloured hair – so whether you regularly dye those locks or you’re thinking of taking the plunge and dying your hair for the first time, this post will have some great colour protection tips for you.

The guys at Bblonde Jerome Russell very kindly sent me a full size (250ml) Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner to try out. Now, I know what you’re thinking “BUT WHAT IF I’M NOT BLONDE?!” This company may have blonde in their name and the majority of their products are catered towards the blonde beauties of the world, HOWEVER, their Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner can be used on ANY HAIR COLOUR. Whether you are blonde, brunette, black, red, ginger, green, blue, pink, whatever – these colour protecting products are for YOU!

So, what do these products claim to do?

You can purchase this shampoo & conditioner from Superdrug and the description reads:

“This sulphate free highly nourishing and gentle cleansing shampoo formulated with Colour Protect Complex helps to prevent fading and is suitable for all shades of coloured hair. Enhanced with a combination of Camomile and English Poppy Seed Oil this shampoo/conditioner provides deep nourishment for vibrant colour results. The result is healthy salon quality hair.”

 

My Verdict

I took these two products away with me on holiday to Dubai. I regularly dye my hair a dark brown/black shade, and constantly washing my hair and being in the sea/swimming pool and exposing myself to sun alot, I knew I needed a really good shampoo and conditioner to stop my hair drying out and looking unhealthy/faded.

I have to say, I was really impressed by these products. The smell is really gentle yet fresh and girly and my hair felt nourished and cared for after every use. I love the sleek black and gold package design and wouldn’t hesitate to re-purchase these products.

How do I use my Jerome Russell Colour Protect Shampoo & Conditioner?

My hair is naturally very thick and curly, and I regularly colour it, so I have a hair routine that keeps my hair shiny, frizz-free and nourished. Here’s what I use in the order of use:

  • I’ll wet my hair in the shower with warm water then apply the Jerome Russell shampoo (£4.99) and lather in all over.
  • After rinsing the shampoo I’ll take a generous amount of the Jerome Russell (£4.99) conditioner and start by rubbing it into my ends, then the midlength of my hair, then distribute the rest all over my roots and back down to my ends.
  • I’ll leave the conditioner in for 3 – 5 mins to let my hair soak up the goodness!
  • After showering and rinsing the conditioner, I’ll apply a small amount (you don’t need loads!) of raw, cold pressed coconut oil to ends. I purchase my coconut oil from Aldi for £2.99.
  • Finally, before drying and styling, I like to apply a few drops of Ojon’s Rare Blend Hair Therapy Oil (£30) all over my hair from the roots right to the ends.

I find this hair care routine keeps my high maintenance frizzy hair looking healthy and shiney and my colour stays looking vibrant for longer.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and I hope I’ve given you some hair care tips you can use in the future! Do you have any hair products you swear by? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading xo

 

 

Payday Wishlist

Payday Wishlist

Who doesn’t love a little payday treat? There’s been a few items I’ve had my eye on for a while and I thought it’d be a nice idea to pop them all into a wishlist and share them with you. I’m not saying I’ll get all of these things, but I would if I could! It’s a pretty random mix of stuff that I hope you enjoy, let me know if you’ve been wanting to try anything on my list or if you’ve already tried it!

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in ‘London Fog’

london fog

I’ve been LOVING grey and purple toned make up recently, so when I spotted this little beauty in the Gerard Cosmetics section on Beauty Bay I lusted over it straight away! I usually prefer cool toned lip colours, so I have a feeling this will be a new fave of mine. It’s just £9.95 from Beauty Bay at the moment.

Gerard Cosmetics ‘Slay All Day’ Setting Spray

GC slay all day

Another GC product, but this time it’s their new Slay All Day  Setting Spray. How could you not fall in love with this product? The name, the packaging, the selection of scents – it’s an all around winner in my eyes! I would personally buy this one in peach, just because I love the smell, but it’s also available in green tea, jasmine, lavender and lemongrass. These are currently going for £12.50 on Beauty Bay.

‘Yinka’ Creepers in Beige Faux Suede by Public Desire

beige creepers

I saw these on my Twitter timeline the other day and instantly needed them! I need more casual summer shoes and I think these would look great in my wardrobe. There’s lots of other colours available like pink, grey, black, orange, blue and khaki. You can grab them from Public Desire for £24.99

Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Sorbet

pina colada body shop

Do you like Pina Coladas? I certainly do! The taste and the smell of them are amazing and so summery. I had a smell of the new Pinita Colada Body Shop range recently and it smells like summer holidays that have been packaged into tubs and tubes for us to enjoy! I love the Body Shop Sorbets, since trying the strawberry one I thought I just had to add this summery number to my collection. If you’ve never tried the sorbets, they’re ultra-lightweight moisturisers that give you juicy burst of moisture with a deliciously fruity scent – perfect for quick freshen ups on your summer travels! You can grab this sorbet and many others from the Body Shop for just £8.

Jeffree Star’s Mint Condition Highlight

mint con

I absolutely bloody love me a bit of Jeffree Star. He’s the sassiest mf out there and his make up game is so strong! I have been loving the look of his Velour Liquid Lipsticks and there’s so many shades I want to try (like Scorpio and Gemini) but he’s recently released his own highlight range and omg. It’s perfection. This gorgeous blue/silver highlighter is called Mint Condition and I need to make sure I am on the ball with his release dates because I can’t not have this! It’s so different to any highlighter I’ve seen before. I have so many pretty gold/pink toned highlights so I can’t wait to see what this  colour would look like on my skin. You can grab this from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics site, although you need to follow him to find out when his release dates are because they are often sold out! They’re $29 which is roughly £20.

Coconut Shea Butter Scrub Souffle by SkinSincere

coconut sugar scrub

I recently discovered SkinSincere on Twitter, as a fellow blogger called Gemma Allies is the founder and owner of the company. SkinSincere offer fabulous organic skincare, without parabens or sulphates & bursting with natural ingredients. It’s perfect for ladies with sensitive skin, although it suits all skin types, and it’s 100% cruelty free – amazing! I recently ordered a few sample pots from their site (you can pick 3 samples for free and just pay £2.99 for P+P!) and one of my samples was the Coconut Shea Butter Scrub Souffle. It smells absolutely gorgeous! It’s got a creamy texture with exfoliating sugar that leaves you feeling silky and soft all over. I’ve had no trouble using it on both my face and my body. I think it’s really important to help small businesses, especially our fellow bloggers, so I’ll definitely be purchasing a full size tub of this yummy scrub! It usually goes for £19.95 on the SkinSincere website, but it’s currently on sale for just £12.95 which is amazing for a 250ml tub! I’ll be doing a separate blog post all about SkinSincere, reviewing my samples, very soon.

I really hope you enjoyed having a browse through my current wishlist. I would love to know what you guys are after trying at the moment? Thanks for reading, until next time x

 

 

 

 

 

Hippy Paste: Your earth friendly deodorant

Hippy Paste: Your earth friendly deodorant

One of my main goals for 2016 was to start using more cruelty free beauty products, and to find alternatives for my current products that are not cruelty free. It can be quite a difficult process seeking out brands that are honest with their testing policies, however, wonderful companies, like Earth Conscious, make life so much easier. Earth Conscious are the creators of Hippy Paste; an all natural deodorant made from 100% natural ingredients. It contains anti-bacterial properties that combat body odour all day long AND it’s not an antiperspirant, so it won’t block your sweat glands, allowing your body to remove toxins as nature intended – lovely!

My experience with Hippy Paste:

Hippy Paste comes in 6 different scents; lavender, citrus, tropical, ylang ylang, pure and mint. I opted for the lavender flavour simply because I love the smell of lavender and the calming properties it has, however, I would love to try the mint scent too. Here’s my Hippy Paste:

hippy paste

The main goal of is Hippy Paste is to provide an all natural deodorant that’s a healthier option for your body and the environment.They use tins to hold the deodorant as it’s more environmentally friendly and super convenient. You can recycle the aluminium once you’re finished with the tin, and it’s way easier to pop into your bag than a standard aerosol can!

I’ve been using the Hippy Paste for about 2 weeks now. I won’t lie to you guys; it takes some getting used to! Firstly, the scent (although lovely) is very subtle, so if you’re a guy or girl that likes a really strong scented deodorant this will be quite different for you. However, just because the smell isn’t strong, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It definitely does. I noticed throughout the day, I just didn’t smell of anything? Or, if i wore perfume, that’s all I could smell. The smells are so subtle because Earth Conscious only use natural ingredients, and their scents come from essential oils, so there’s no nasty chemicals in there to enhance the smell. In fact, because the deodorants are made with all natural ingredients, they are technically edible! However, I haven’t tried to eat it, and I wouldn’t recommend it… Unless you really want to – go wild!

One other thing to point out is, because Hippy Paste is not an antiperspirant, it doesn’t stop you sweating all together. I don’t tend to sweat that much anyway, but this basically means your body still removes toxins from the skin through sweating, but it doesn’t smell at all. Pretty cool.

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Hippy Paste Scents.

If you’re not already tempted to try this new style of deodorant, here’s a few more reasons why I’ve loved making the switch to Hippy Paste:

  • As well as being anti-bacterial and earth friendly, these deodorants are also pretty economical! The tins retail at £5 each on the Hippy Paste website, which is a lot cheaper than most other natural deodorants on the market. The tins are also 60ml which is a lot of product! You only need enough product to cover the tip of your finger per underarm, so one tin will last you a long time!

 

  • It’s SO easy to apply. The deodorant is in a cream paste form. The easiest way to apply it is to scoop a small amount up with your fingers and rub it in under your arms. If you have any residue on your fingertips it also makes a great hand cream so just rub it in or rinse it off. No mess. Applying deodorant to your underarms with your fingers may feel unusual at first, but it’s just your armpits and Earth Conscious want to encourage everyone to get more in touch with their bodies!

 

  • Earth Conscious are also super awesome because they donate a percentage of each sale to the Marine Conservation Society. The MCS is a UK charity that protects our seas, shores and wildlife, so they’re super important and I love the fact that a bit of the money I spend on the deodorant goes to helping these guys. Earth Conscious say “Conservation of our waters is very important to us. It is one of the reasons we do not compromise on our packaging, despite the challenges it presents us, we do not use plastic.”

SO, what do you think? Will you give this body AND earth friendly deodorant a try? If you do I’d love to know what scent you choose and how you get along with making the switch.

You can purchase your all natural deodorant here: Hippy Paste

You can also find these guys on Twitter under the username @HippyPaste

Thank you for reading!

*Special thanks to Hippy Paste for allowing me to write this review – you’re awesome!

 

 

 

 

Are you Wriggling yet?

Are you Wriggling yet?

I wanna see you wriggle. No, seriously, go on – I wanna see! Ok, ok, you can stop shaking what your mother gave you because I’m actually talking about the service, Wriggle. Wriggle are the guys giving you the BEST deals on loads of Bristol Restaurants, and I’ve teamed up with them to try their service so I can tell you guys just how amazing and easy it is.

“HOW DOES IT WORK?!” I hear you cry! Firstly, you can sign up FREE to the Wriggle website right here. You can also download the Wriggle app for your phone. Just pop in your details (email & create a password) and you’re ready to get a Wriggle on. When you pick a deal, you simply enter your payment details and you’ll be sent a confirmation & code to use when you eat out in Bristol restaurants. With me so far? Great! because we’re moving on to the tasty bit…

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(The Wriggle homepage)

Wriggle has great daily deals from a number of independent Bristol restaurants, so when I decided to try their service, I had a browse and found this amazing deal: 2 burgers & 2 sides for just £12 (usually £20!!) at a place called The Chicken Shack. I’d heard great things about this quirky Bristol eatery before, so thought it was the perfect opportunity to treat myself and the boyfriend to their Wriggle deal!

wriggle 2

 

As you can see, there are a limited number of deals per restaurant available and allocated times in which you can claim them. However, the time slots give you ample time to get down and tuck in and as long as you’re quick, you’ll never miss a deal!

SO, I claimed my deal and I was instantly sent a text code to show when I arrived at the restaurant. I had no fuss when I showed the code, it was just like “Yo, I’m Wriggling, look, I’ve got my code and everything” and they were like “Sweet, let me check that and I’ll get the chefs cooking for ya.” Easy peasy! The whole process of using credits, receiving your code and showing your code at the restaurant is slick and problem free. Bliss.

Here’s some pictures from my visit to The Chicken Shack at The Love Inn, Stokes Croft;

This is the restaurant from the outside, it’s a cute and quirky little venue on the corner in Stokes Croft called The Love Inn. The Chicken Shack is within The Love Inn – that’s a mouthful!

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We decided to take a seat outside, because although it was clearly a cloudy day, it was super warm… The outdoor area is small and cosy. It’s got real personality!

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And here’s our food! We both ordered the Maryland Chicken burger with a side of fries each. IT WAS DELICIOUS. Seriously, no complaints. The chicken was juicy and the fries were seasoned to perfection; the perfect lunch! Although we had chicken, there was the option of a veggie burger, and you could opt for onion rings instead of fries if you wanted.

the love inn 2

Although we didn’t sit inside, I thought I’d take a picture for you guys as it was so cool and had a really friendly and welcoming vibe. I love their lighting!

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I can honestly say without Wriggle I would never have discovered this gem of a restaurant, and I know it’s somewhere I will be revisiting, for sure. Great service, great food and great decor.

Overall, I feel Wriggle has changed the way I’ll eat out in Bristol. It allows me to discover SO many tasty independent Bristol restaurants whilst receiving amazing discounts, and it couldn’t be easier to use. So, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you sign up today and start Wiggling your way around Bristol’s tastiest eateries! If you have Wriggle already I’d love to know what you think, and if you don’t have it but you try it out, let me know how you get on, let’s chat food!

Go on, get a Wriggle on! https://www.getawriggleon.com/

*Special thanks to the lovely guys at Wriggle for asking me to get involved, I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing your service and will definitely be using it whenever I am out in Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sephora NYC Wishlist

Sephora NYC Wishlist

So, as some of you may or may not know, I am off on the trip of a lifetime to New York! My boyfriend and I are going together for 5 fun filled days of sightseeing, eating and, of course, SHOPPING! I mean, what girl wouldn’t want to go shopping in NYC?! It’s got the biggest and best version of all of our favourite stores from Forever 21, the Apple Store, Macy’s and, of course, the holy grail of all makeup stores – Sephora! *Melts into an excited puddle on the floor.*

Since us bloggers LOVE a good beauty related post, I thought I’d put together a wishlist of everyyyything I would ideally buy from Sephora. DISCLAIMER – just because these items are on my wishlist does not mean they’re on my ‘reality list’. There’s no way in hell I could afford ALL of this stuff, but it’s what I’d grab if money was no object. I plan on getting at least 2 or 3 bits though, so expect a NYC haul sometime in the near future! But for now, enjoy my wishlist! Also let me know if you’ve already tried any of these items and what you’d put on your wishlist.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation.

marc jabobs foundation

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette.

too faced sweet peach

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

UD naked basics

Smashbox #ShapeMatters Palette.

smashbox shape matters

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer fluid in green and/or pink.

 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

brow wiz

Becca Under Eye Brightening Concealer.

becca under eye

Bareminerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer.

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Marc Jacobs The Face III Buffing Foundation Brush.

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10 things you NEED to do when you reach your twenties.

10 things you NEED to do when you reach your twenties.

 

  1. Invest in a versatile wardrobe piece or two

Quit dashing to the nearest Primark store whenever your leggings get yet another hole. In the long run, you’ll save more money if you invest in pieces that are a little more expensive and go with almost everything. You’ll save a tonne of time when it comes to outfit planning too, which means an extra 5 mins in bed – winning!

on weds we wear oink

 

 

  1. Chase your dream job

You’re an adult now. It’s time to start living for you and doing what makes YOU happy! Whatever your dream job may be, there’s never been a better time than now to start making that dream a reality. Check out all of your options and do whatever it takes to get where you want to be – do it for you and no one else.

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  1. EAT!

For goodness sake, stop panicking about having that one slice of pizza, or that square of chocolate brownie. Food is made to be enjoyed, and one piece of cake is not going to make you suddenly gain five pounds. As long as you have a balanced diet, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying food and treating yourself now and again.

 

bread makes you fat

 

 

  1. Go on holiday with friends

Whether it’s a cultured city break or  a ‘sun, sex and suspicious parents’ style get away, making time to go away with your squad is something every twenty-something should do. You don’t have to fork out loads of money – just gather your mates and go somewhere to let your hair down all together. Create some memories together and go wild before you’re too much older and tied down by other responsibilities.  Go crazy, life’s too short!

 

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  1. Ditch those toxic friends

You know who I mean. That “girlfriend” who makes you feel insecure around your boyfriend. That dude who constantly makes jokes about you, but you have to laugh it off because it’s all “banter”. From flaky friends to two faced mates, it’s time to ditch anyone who isn’t 100% loyal and fun to be around. Remember, its quality not quantity!

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  1. Say “Yes”

Stop making excuses. Stop worrying. Stop second guessing. Make “yes” your new favourite word. The more you say yes, the more opportunities you’ll discover, the more people you’ll meet and the more confident you’ll become. Give it a go!

 

yes man

 

  1. Stay in

Sometimes staying in with a cheap bottle of rose, a take away and Netflix is way better than venturing into your local sticky-floored nightclub. Sure, you may feel “old” or “boring” when you watch your mate’s snapchat stories as they stumble around the dancefloor downing jäger, but who’s going to be feeling fresh and hangover free tomorrow? That’s right –YOU! Winning.

fwb

 

  1. Tell them how you feel

If you fancy someone just tell them! Stop panicking or harbouring a childish crush like you’re back in high school. Life is too short to wait, so just be open and honest with the people around you. Who knows where it could lead?!

 

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  1. Be selfish

Stop feeling bad about doing things for you. One awesome thing about entering adulthood is the fact you get to make your own decisions. If you want to travel, do it. If you want to get that tattoo, do it. If you want to start a business, do it. Just do you!

im an adult

 

  1. Stop worrying

About your body. About social media. About coming off as a “bitch”. About getting older. Stop worrying about it all. It’s time to kick old habits to the curb and enjoy making the most of your life. At the end of the day, worrying will never change the outcome.

you're perfect