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Avalon Organics Intense Defense Collection Review*

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Skincare obssive? Right here! I just love taking care of my skin. I gain so much out of taking my makeup off, moisturising and caring. I have a whole draw full of amazing products and I love adding to it! Today I'm here to share an amazing brand, Avalon Organics. I had never heard of them before but now they will stay a staple in my skincare! I got sent three beautiful products from the Intense Defense range. Avalon Organics use no gmo's, parabens, sulfates, colours, fragrances and they don't animal test!

First is the Intense Defense Cleansing Gel. Containing Vitamin C, White Tea and Lemon. It claims to lather away toxins and impurity's. It smells so fresh, the lemon and tea really come through. It's a really nice smell for in the morning! You use this on wet hands and you work it into a lather on your face and neck. It's cooling and you can feel it in your pores. Once rinsed off your face is left clean, soft and radiant. After using this everyday for a few weeks I can see such a difference. My breakouts are less, my skin looks so healthy and anything I use after sinks in perfectly. This is a real feel good cleanser and I love it!

Next is the Intense Defense Renewal Cream. Again containing Vitamin C, White Tea and Lemon. It claims to deeply moisturise and encourage skin renewal. I like to use this everyday in the morning ready for a face of makeup! The cream is super thick yet so easy to blend into the skin and drys super fast! After the first use my skin feels so soft and honestly any dryness I had is gone. It just adds so much moisture it pulls it away, it's so amazing!

Lastly is the Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil. This contains Apricot, Raspberry and Argan Oil. This helps retain moisture and replenishes the natural lipid barrier. I'm a true oil lover! I love how skin feels after just a few drops. I use this before bed. I use three drops and a rub it into my face and neck. This has such a silky feel to it but not greasy it dries very fast and smells so amazing! In the morning my skin is so soft and has a slight glow. I find the smell very calming before bed which is a plus!

Overall I'm loving this brand and I really want to try out a few other pieces! You can buy Avalon Organics from Holland and Barrett, Waitrose, Biovea and Amazon.

Have you tried this brand before?
What collection do you always turn to?
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*these were sent to me to review. as always all opinions are my own.

My Current Skincare Routine Morning

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My skincare has changed dramatically over the years. I used to be a full on makeup addict but now skincare has joined the party! I enjoy taking my makeup off, caring for my skin and helping it be the best it can be. It's taken time to know what works for me but I'm very happy at the moment with my skin. I thought today I would share current skin care for the morning. Next week we shall have the evening!

The first thing I do in the morning is use my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I love how refreshing it is and it's a great wake me up! I use one pump, cover my face and then work it into my skin using circular movements. My skin feels instantly clean and ready for the day. I then buff it off with my muslin cloth and pat my skin dry. I love the glow that is left after this product and how soft my skin feels!

Once a week I will go in next with my NIP+FAB Kale Fix Clay Mask. This is such a lovely morning mask as it's not heavy, not messy and gets to work instantly! I apply a layer over my face and I will leave for ten minutes. It contains kale, watercress and witch hazel. It helps add a glow to the skin, extra moisture and the witch hazel draws out impurities without drying the skin out. Once washed off I'm left with super clean skin, less visible pores and my skin feels healthy!

I always use something on my eyes in the morning. There are so many things that can make them look dull, dark and even feel sore. The NIP+FAB Dark Circle Fix has been a love of mine for years. I use a tiny amount that I use under my eye and on my eye lid. It helps reduce puffiness, dark circles and premature ageing. My eyes instantly feel refreshed and ready for the day and the dark circles are minimised dramatically!

Lastly is moisturiser and I have been loving Avalon Organics Intense Defence Renewal Cream*. It's a rich emollient moisturiser that encourages collagen. I like to apply a good amount to my skin and really work it in. It's a very thick moisturiser but that doesn't show when applying. It's super easy and drys so fast! It leaves me with super soft skin, it's cleared up my dry areas and protecting them now. My skin has improved dramatically since using this!

That is my current morning skincare! 
I shall post the evening one very soon!
What is your skincare routine?
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Quick and Healthy Red Pepper Dip

Friday, January 06, 2017

It's a new year and yes I'm trying to be healthy and it's going really well! Considering the amount of chocolate in the house I haven't caved in and I have been really mindful about what I'm eating. I love creating quick easy things in the kitchen and I really wanted to start sharing more recipes on my blog so today I have one for a red pepper dip. Now this to me is my holy grail. It's delicious and can be used for so many things! It's also vegan, all natural and there is nothing bad in it! The best thing about this dip is there is no cooking!

You will need:
one green or red chilli
227G chopped tomatoes
460G roasted red pepper
salt & pepper
garlic and ginger paste
chilli flakes
dried coriander
food processor or potato masher

Place the red peppers, chilli, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, coriander and tomatoes into your food processor. Put the garlic and ginger paste in last. Now this bit is vital! You don't want it to be liquid for a dip so you want to pulse the ingredients. Do it twice then check the consistency of the dip. You want it to be chopped small but still very chunky. Once you have your desired style you are done, it's as easy as that! You can really play around with the ingredients, adding more or less to your own taste!
Serve with pitta, cucumber chunks, carrots and you have a quick healthy snack! This recipe will make you a huge bowl that can keep in the fridge for four days and can be frozen. You could also use this in burgers, wraps, cook and add to pasta for a red pepper sauce or even process into liquid and have a red pepper soup!

Would you give this a try?
What are your quick healthy recipes?
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My New Year Goals 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017

First of all let me start this post by saying, Hello and Happy New Year! Here it is, the start of 2017 and I am excited! I love starting a new year. You can put the past behind and start planning amazing things, making yourself a better person and having a great mindset. Things on the blog have been a little quite for a while and I'm sorry! My laptop broke and then my phone. No blogging or posting to Instagram, sad times! I'm back with my swanky new laptop and phone and I'm so excited! Today being the first I thought I would do a post on my new year goals, of course!

Healthy Life Style
This is most likely everyone's goal but for me this is a big thing. I'm not as active as I used to be, I don't eat as good as I did and I feel crap! I did get into good habits a few years ago but once I got married, I got super comfy. I'm also taking about my mindset, that is far from healthy. I want to work more on being mindful and overcoming my anxiety. I want to eat amazing, healthy food and get my self moving more. I just want to be healthy in all aspects of me.

Blog, Photography, Write
These are my three biggest passions. This year I really want to push myself into all three and learn, do and be the best I can. I want to sit and create amazing content for you guys, I want to have day trips just for photography and I want to start writing again. Lucky enough all three work together so perfectly!

Stop The Negativity
I can be a very negative person. Not all the time but if I get myself into a rut I pick holes in everything! I want to be more positive in everything and not make a tiny problem into a massive one. I need to learn to take a breath, look at the situation again and make it a good thing, not worse!

Cook With Love
Cooking is my life, I just love it! Getting into the kitchen and creating something just fills me with joy. I learnt to cook from my Nan and Mum when I was younger and I have been taking it to a whole other level. I want to learn everything from Indian, Thai, Turkish, you name it I want to learn it, all from SCRATCH! Yesterday I cooked a Lamb Rogan Josh from scratch with the hubby and the satisfaction was amazing. 

Take Time Out Once In A While
I took some time off the internet a month ago and it was the best thing for me. You can read the post here. I want to have one day where I don't touch my phone or laptop a week. I want to use that time to pamper, watch a full box set, eat and just do what feels right. I do get into a rut of just being stuck to my phone but it's really not healthy so one day a week with no tech, perfect!

Explore The World
I'm excited for holidays and day trips this year! I can't wait to see things I haven't before. I want to travel more this year! I also really want to explore the UK! There are so many places I have still not seen and I must. Day trips are by far my favourite because I am such a home girl. I want to go to little villages, seaside towns, one off shops! Getting out into the world excites me!

Lastly, Sort Mental Heath Out
Now this can't all be fixed in a year but some can. I want to have as much CBT as possible and deal with my issues. Along with doing the above and what makes me happy I know I can overcome my issues! Within this goal I also don't want to put so much pressure on myself, I need to go with the flow and know I'm trying and that is all I can do!

There you have it, my goals! I will let you know if I stick to them but I'm sure I will as I have been so fed up with the way I am. I'm ready! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's to it being a good one! 

What are your goals for this year?
Did you have a nice Christmas?
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L'oreal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo Review

Monday, December 12, 2016

I love washing my hair! I love the feeling of washing away all the product and build up and being left with lovely soft, clean locks! I have tried so many different shampoos and conditioners it's crazy. I have some real loves and I also have some ones I would never touch again! The only thing that has never changed is the way I wash my hair. It's been the same since I was little, shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse. I might add new things in such as oils, hair masks and clay but the way I wash my hair has never changed until now. Meet L'oreal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo! This shampoo is a gentle cleansing cream with no foaming action and no sulphates. Being someone that bleaches my hair a lot, adds random colours then goes back black my hair takes a lot of damage. My hair is very fragile and washing it can sometimes do more bad than good. This is the reason why I was drawn to this shampoo. It has a non-foaming formula which means less rubbing and less damaging the hair. It's quite strange because we are so used to the big lather of shampoo! It feels so light and it will instantly make your hair feel soft before you have started getting it to work. Once you have used it your hair will feel so clean and free of anything that was on it! Another great thing about this shampoo is you don't need conditioner! The idea behind this is when you have damaged hair the last thing you want to keep doing is washing it and rubbing it! With this product you can cleanse away all the dirt and oil then have the added bonus of the conditioning ingredients! The way you use this product is:
  • On wet hair apply 10-15 pumps from roots to tips (depending on hair length) I have very short hair so about 7 is enough for me
  • Massage gently from roots to ends. Try not to rub like a normal shampoo to much, take your time and be gentle!
  • Leave it on for three minutes.
  • Rince out the product while combing through with your fingers.
For those three minutes, the product is really getting to work moisturising the hair and making sure that all the bad stuff is gone! Once rinsed you can feel then that your hair is clean and soft but it will show once dried! Another great thing is when you have coloured hair if you wash too much you will make the colour fade faster but with this product you only rinse once so that will help keep your colour more vibrant for longer! 

This shampoo is so gentle yet effective and perfect for everyday use but in my case I can go three to four days without washing and it still feels as clean and soft. At the moment I have a wash in hair dye on and it's hardly come out since I started using this which is amazing! I'm completely sold on this product and I highly recommend it! If you have dry, damaged, coloured hair that needs some extra care or if you are going away and want something effective and quick you need to get this product!  

Have you tried this before?
What shampoo/conditioner are you loving at the moment?
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