Bathroom Interior Trends I'm Loving Right Now *

Monday, 21 October 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Bathrooms Direct Yorkshire Ltd, all opinions are my own-

A couple of months ago I did a blog post all about
Interior Design Trends I'm Loving Right Now and I really enjoyed writing that post so I thought I'd do a post solely about bathroom trends that I like the look of. Most UK bathrooms are pretty bog standard with the essentials and then it's up to you what you do with them depending on your style preference and also what your budget is. We all have different tastes in our house so we've just kept the bathroom pretty basic and it does what it has to do. So in this post I'm talking about both what I like the look of and what I'd have in our bathroom if I could choose whatever I wanted.

Freestanding Bath 
It's pretty boring really but I'd love a freestanding boat style bath just because I think they're really aesthetically pleasing. I'm really into the look of metal baths right now and I think they can kind of be a feature in a bathroom too. I honestly don't know if I would choose a simple white bath or a gorgeous copper bath but either way, I'd love one.

Statement Walls - Wallpaper, Bold Tiles, Marble
Something else I really like is statement walls and I'm not going to lie, if I could do a feature wall in our bathroom, I definitely would. But I think the hard part would be choosing what I actually want. I love the look of bold wallpaper specifically made for a bathroom, pretty pastel coloured tiles and also stand out marble tiles too. I also think you could really "dress up" the feature wall as well, especially if you had it on the wall where you have your sink because then you could choose your furnishings to match the statement tiles. 

Plants Galore 
Not only am I a crazy cat lady but I'm also a crazy plant lady too. I really like plants from succulents, cheese plants, cacti, aloe vera and more. I really like watching them grow and also shocking myself when I don't kill a plant within a couple of months of owning it haha. I am always careful what plants I have in the house though because of having cats because obviously I don't want to make them unwell. But you could always put the non-toxic or less harmful plants closer to the ground such as on your storage unit or in the window and then any plants you're a bit unsure about you could put higher up on shelves... or just buy a load of fake plants to mingle in with the real plants. 

Rose Gold/Gold/Copper Accents 
Yes, I'm one of those people who has been sucked into the rose gold, copper and gold hype and no, I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon. I'm not sure what I would choose for my dream bathroom, I think it would depend on the feature wall choice but I'd definitely have my taps, mirror and lights all matching in either rose gold, gold or copper.

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In Wall Shower Storage
This is probably something which sounds so boring to most people, especially people who live in new builds but I'd love an in wall shower storage area. If you're not familiar then it's basically just a cut out in the wall to store your go-to products. I like how it'd help to keep the shower/bath area tidier but also how it's also a space saver if you have a small bathroom.  

Simple Patterned Tiled Floors
Something else which I love the look of and seems to be all the rage right now is classic patterned tiled floors. From simple squares to geometric shapes, I think it's just enough to make the bathroom look nice and cosy but not super busy. I could see a simple tiled floor working well with a bold wallpaper feature wall.

A "Wet Room" Shower 
This is something that I've wanted for a long time but since becoming unwell with my chronic pain, I want it even more. I'd love a wet room kind of shower and they're not even that much money to buy. I think if we had the spare space in our bathroom then we'd definitely add one in and have the bath and shower separate. Imagine just being able to walk into a shower instead of stepping or climbing in. All of my chronically ill readers will get what I mean.

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A Radiant, Hydrating Duo From ARK Skincare

Saturday, 19 October 2019

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-This post contains PR/gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
If you've been reading my blog often this year then you'll know I've been really enjoying ARK Skincare. I've tried a selection of their products now and I've loved the majority of them. I also love that they are a cruelty-free brand, their products are made from natural ingredients and all of their products are vegan friendly too.

To prepare my skin for the Autumn, they kindly sent over their Triple Action Exfoliator (75ml) RRP £35* and their Hydration Injection Masque (75ml) RRP £35* which are both from their skinperfector range and formulated for all ages. 

My skin goes a little haywire around this time of the year because it doesn't know whether to stay being it's usual oily self or go more towards the drier side and it also becomes more sensitive too. It's really annoying but it's something I've gotten used to over the years. So in my bathroom cabinet I have an array of skincare for both an oilier skin type and a more drier/sensitive skin type. So the hydrating duo from ARK Skincare sounded right up my street for this time of the year. 

I've been using them for a couple of weeks now and I'm already a big fan. Here's why - 

The Triple Action Exfoliator is the kind of exfoliator that you can tell is doing something whilst using it but it doesn't feel super gritty and uncomfortable. It's on the gentle side and it definitely helps to remove dead skin cells and I can personally see a difference before and after using it. My skin looks more even and brighter which is fab! It's made from physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action to create a smoother skin surface. With a hybrid oil-milk formulation with Abyssinian oil which helps to diminish skin imperfections and promotes radiant, youthful skin. The "grains" in the exfoliator are made from bamboo micro particles which gently but effectively remove dead skin and debris from the surface. The AHA's side of the product is made up from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon which all help to reduce the appearance of acne scars and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The only slight niggle I have with the Triple Action Exfoliator is that I'm not a huge fan of how the product comes out of the tube because it gets quite messy which is down to the press down lid. 

The Hydration Injection Masque is a muti-vitamin masque which has been made to give your skin a nice hydration boost. ARK Skincare state that you should use it 1-2 times per week as a pick-me-up for tired, stressed out skin. The hyaluronic acid booster drenches the skin with moisturise and provides long lasting protection against water loss. It contains Sugar Beet and Abyssinian oil which both work together to provide you with a luxury skin feel. I really like this masque and I'll go as far to say it's my current fave face mask for when my skin is feeling on the drier side. It's got a gel-cream consistency so it doesn't feel super heavy on the skin and I like that because it gives me peace of mind that I'm not weighing my skin down with too much hydration which then makes it break out or become more oily. It's one of those products that immediately makes you feel as if your skin is going "ahhh" once you put it on. It's calming and refreshing all at once and it makes my skin look more rested and calmer. I tend to leave it on for 10 minutes or so before removing it with a wet warm flannel.

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Hair Products I Can't Live Without *

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Melissa Salons, all opinions are my own-
In today's post I'm going to be talking about my holy grail hair care products as well as some hair care tips I've picked up along the way. I've always had quite damaged hair ever since I picked up my first pair of hair straighteners when I was about 11 or 12 (RIP to my hair). After I started using a lot of heat on my hair, every time I visited my hairdresser she would tell me to put the heated hair tools down and give it a break. But because my hair has always been quite frizzy and not "perfect" I'd still attack it with the hair straighteners every day as well as the hair dryer after I'd washed it too.

This continued until I started doing a hairdressing course after I finished school and even though I didn't love doing hairdressing itself, it definitely helped me understand hair more and how to look it after it properly. From making sure you give your hair a break from heat, getting it cut often to make it look and feel healthier, using the right shampoo and conditioner and pointing the hairdryer nozzle down when blow drying to close the cuticles and make your hair feel softer and look shinier.

I also think you should treat your hair to some TLC often because making your hair look better instantly makes you feel better, right? You can do this by visiting a Top Hairdresser in Manchester, popping an intense hair mask on once or twice a week or using a silk pillowcase to try and minimise breakage and any damage. It's kind of like self love but for your hair.

I've definitely found some products that I swear by and repurchase time and time again. I'm always recommending them to my friends and family so I thought it was time I'd talk about them in a blog post as well.

First up is the Umberto Giannini "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which I've been using for a while now, it must be easily over 18 months and it's honestly so good for my naturally frizzy hair. It smells nice with a light floral scent and it isn't heavy on your hair either so it doesn't weigh it down or make it get greasy quicker. Plus it's super affordable and easy to pick up from Boots. 

I really like the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* and I like that it's a leave-in conditioning treatment which also protects your hair from heat. Another thing I like about it is that I personally think it smells kind of like Love Hearts sweets and it also lasts for ages even if you use it multiple times per week. I've also been using the Cake Beauty The Mane Manager* recently which is new to the UK. It smells like cake as you've probably already figured out and I found that it works well and reduces frizz.

Lastly is basically just a shout out my all-time fave hair masks which are the Lee Stafford ones. They're affordable, they smell lovely and there's something for everyone. I'm currently using the Keep It Clean Replenishing Mask and I think it's my favourite one out of all of the ones I've tried. The range is aimed at hair that gets oily at the roots quickly. The whole range smells absolutely gorgeous and the mask just makes my hair so much more softer and more manageable, especially when I pair it up with the UG Milk product. I cannot recommend it enough! I tend to apply it to my mid lengths and ends as that's where my hair is most damaged and frizzy and let it work its magic for around 10 minutes.

What are your fave hair care products or tips?

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Transitional Beauty Picks With Fragrance Direct

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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In today's post I'm talking about transitional beauty, because around this time of the year our skin decides to change a little which means we should opt for products which are more moisturising and aimed for people with a drier, sensitive skin type. I've also popped a new fragrance in this post which is a bit different to what I usually go for.

I'm already a massive fan of the Rituals Happy Buddha range and I always make sure I have the shower foam in my shower because it smells so nice! Although it's a foaming product which are known for drying out the skin usually, I actually find that it makes my skin feel nice and soft so it's kind of a 2-in-1 product. So when I saw that Fragrance Direct are now selling Rituals I had to pop one of the products from the Happy Buddha range in this blog post. I decided to get The Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Scrub* which has the same sweet orange and cedarwood scent that I love. I find that the scent is uplifting but also quite comforting at the same time. The scrub itself is a sugar based scrub with luxury oils, so it is quite a gritty scrub but the oils counteract that and leave your skin feeling super soft after removing the product. I also think you get a great amount of product for the £16.99 price tag.

Another brand that I've tried a few products from is Love Beauty and Planet and I recently picked up their Delightful Detox Shower Gel* which is infused with Rosemary and Vetiver. You get a whopping 500ml for £5.99 which I think is a steal. I also think the scent smells like something you would find at LUSH. I tend to find that cheaper shower gels all have very similar scent families but this is honestly so different and nice. It's quite earthy but sharp and I think it's a great one to use in the shower first thing in the morning to wake your body up, because let's face it, getting out of bed on a winter morning is a struggle for all of us. I also like that Love Beauty and Planet are vegan, contain no "baddies" and their bottles are recyclable. Adding to that, their scents are made up from natural and ethically sourced extracts and oils. I just think they're a great brand overall and I'm definitely going to try more from them before the year is out.

With my skin having it's weird on/off reactions to certain foods and products (I literally don't know why either) I make sure I always have some sort of calming, anti-redness product in my skincare cabinet all of the time now. I usually use my Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence which I talked about in this post but I thought I would change it up a little and try the REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum* which is priced at £16.99 on Fragrance Direct's website and it's honestly been a game changer. It not only works well at calming my skin when I'm having a weird reaction when my cheeks go bright red and really hot but I've also noticed since using it that my skin hasn't been breaking out as much as usual. I'm definitely going to be picking this up again as soon as I run out. It's also just over £15 less than the RRP on the FD website - bargain!

When the seasons change I like to treat myself to a new perfume and I usually opt for something that has more of a warmer, deeper scent but this time around I've decided to get the Calvin Klein Women Eau de Parfum Spray*. I'm not going to lie, I mainly chose it because I really like the unusual bottle design. It's still quite a woody scented perfume but it's also got floral notes running through it. With top notes of: Eucalyptus Acorns, heart notes of: Orange Flower and base notes of: Alaskan Cedarwood, it's definitely a nice transitional perfume and it's one of those perfumes that doesn't lose it's scent after a few hours.

I couldn't talk about transitional beauty without mentioning a lip balm! I've already noticed my lips have become more drier as we move into the colder months so I've always got one close by. I tend to go between using my Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com or Carmex Flavoured Lip Balms. This time I chose the Strawberry flavour* in the tube but I'm not usually that fussed on the flavours because I think they're all lovely.

Following on from lip balms, the last thing I wanted to mention is lipstick because when it gets colder I tend to sway away from liquid lipsticks because I find that they can be extra drying on my lips so I tend to opt for either standard lipsticks, lip glosses or lip butters during the colder seasons. The Max Factor Lip Butter in Matte Dawn Dew 118* is such a pretty nude that's slightly on the warmer side and is super comfortable to wear. It's also really affordable at £2.49 with a saving of £6.50. I'm really liking it so far!

What products do you make sure you change up when we move from Summer to Autumn/Winter?

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Two Skincare Products From IT Cosmetics

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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 I was very kindly sent a couple more products from IT Cosmetics that I really wanted to try a few weeks ago. Two of them being skincare products which I didn't even realise IT Cosmetics did up until recently. So now that I've been using the two skincare products for around two weeks, I thought it was about time I share my thoughts on them both. 

First up is the Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm RRP £30* which I was really intrigued about because they claim the sulphate-free formula infuses your skin with deep cleansing extracts and botanicals which removes all traces of makeup and impurities without drying out or irritating your skin. It contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, antioxidant rich tumeric root extract and oat kernel extract which is anti-inflammatory. 

The instructions just say to massage onto dry skin and rinse well with warm water or wipe off with a face cloth and pat dry. I kind of do both just to make sure I've got all of my makeup off because my skin gets very angry at me if I leave even a trace of makeup. Overall I really like this balm because it leaves your skin feeling moisturised but not greasy and oily like a lot of balms do, which isn't great when you have an oilier skin type. I also think you get a good amount for the price and a little really does go a long way with this product. The first time I used it I definitely used too much and was like oopsy. If I have the spare ££ to buy this again when I run out then I will because I do like it. It works really well at removing your makeup, it doesn't smell of anything and when you look at the amount you get as opposed to my usual cleansing balms such as The Body's Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter and Pixi's Double Cleanse (which I prefer the balm over the cream) then this works out at a good price.

The second product I was sent over is the Confidence in a Gel Lotion RRP £30* which I really liked the sound of because I definitely prefer a gel lotion over a thick cream any day. If I use a moisturiser that's on the thicker side then my skin will break out in no time. I've been loving the Patchology Aquaflash Daily Gel Moisturiser* over the past couple of months but it does work out more money than the IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion because you get less amount of product for the price.

The Confidence in a Gel Lotion is described as a fast-absorbing oil-free gel moisturiser which transforms into a water-light liquid when it's massaged into the skin providing 72 hours of hydration. It's formulated with moisture-retaining ceramides, softening glycerin and ultra-hydrating cactus flower extract. It also will work for all skin types. 

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit obsessed with this lotion already. It really makes your skin feel super smooth and soft and it's a great base for makeup whether if it's a minimal look or a full-on look. It sinks in nicely and doesn't feel tacky on the skin either. I wasn't sure if my skin would agree with it being such a intensely hydrating product but my skin seems to be loving it, especially as I'm going through a weird dry skin spell because of the season change. I'm definitely going to be picking up another bottle when I run out because it's bloody lovely! I highly recommend picking this up if you're in the market for a new moisturiser/cream.

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What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To Lately

Thursday, 10 October 2019

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I thought it was about time I did another "What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To Lately" post because I realised I haven't done one since May! There's definitely some stand out TV shows I've watched over the summer as well as some old favourites. I haven't got any films to add to this list because I've just not been into films over the past couple of months. My Netflix watch list is growing but I just can't be bothered to sit and watch a film if that makes sense? Anyway here's what's been keeping me entertained over the past couple of months...

I've only read one book all the way through over the past few months and that book is The Hormone Diaries: The Bloody Truth About Our Periods. When I found out that Hannah Witton was bringing out The Hormone Diaries as a book, I just had to pre-order it there and then. I followed her "The Hormone Diaries" on Youtube and it was really interesting and the book is just as interesting and funny as the YouTube series. It's mostly about period having people, hormones and how having a period and dealing with hormones affects our daily lives. It's informative, interesting and funny - I wish I had a book like this when I first started my period! It's from Hannah's perspective as well as people who sent in their thoughts and experiences about specific "womanly" things.

Brassic on Sky 1 (or Now TV) was so funny and I wish there was more episodes but if you're not a fan of long series and like to watch things in one or two sittings then I highly recommend Brassic if you're looking for a comedy. It reminded me of Shameless which I loved back in the day (although I was definitely too young to be watching it when it first came out haha). The show follows Vinnie and his five mates living in their hometown called Hawley which is in the north. They all commit petty crimes to keep some money in their pockets but some of them aren't happy about being stuck in their hometown and want to get out. It also touches on mental health a little in both a serious and kind of funny light-hearted way too. It only came out in August and I'm already looking forward to watching season 2 which will hopefully be out next year at some point.

I was looking forward to watching Sanditon when I saw the adverts before it actually came on TV, I've not read the book (well the half written book) so I didn't really know what to expect at all. I'll admit that you can tell that they're on a set sometimes lol but the storyline is pretty good and I think it's got a good amount of everything going on in each episode which I think is what keeps me hooked and wanting to watch the next episode. It follows Charlotte who is bored at home and doesn't have much life experience in anything but looking after her family. So when the opportunity of moving to a sleepy seaside town arises, she jumps at the chance. She soon realises that not everything is innocent in life and she meets a mixture of people from all walks of life. It's a good Sunday evening kind of TV show if you get what I mean. Would I sit and rewatch it? Probably not. But it's alright... I really like the comical characters like Arthur and his hypochondriac sister (I forgot her name) and I quite like Lady Denham because she's sarcastic and tells everyone how it is. 

Kathy Burke's All Woman deserved at least another 10 episodes because it was brilliant. In the three episodes she talks about and explores what it's really like being a woman in this day and age and she also shares her own experiences in the topics covered from beauty, sex and relationships, motherhood and more. Me and my mum sat and watched each episode together and we were both laughing our heads off. It was honestly one of the best shows I've watched this year and I really hope channel 4 team up with her again soon.

I've got to talk about Peaky Blinders because we've all waited two years for season 5. However I definitely think it was worth the wait! I was feeling a bit let down after the first episode because it just didn't seem to pick up but then I think it got better with each episode. THAT CLIFF HANGER THOUGH OMG. I can't believe we've got to wait another two years to know what happens next. Also if you haven't watched Peaky Blinders then what are you doing?! 

For music there's been a lot of good stuff that's been released since May. Foals have released three songs from their next album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 and I love every single one so far. I definitely think Black Bull is my favourite though. I can't wait for the heavier album.

Bombay Bicycle Club broke my heart when they broke up... I was gutted. Absolutely gutted. BUT they came back this year with Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) and it's been on repeat ever since they released it. It's more like old Bombay which I really like. It's an easy to listen to kind of song and I just can't get enough of it. I can't wait for the new album in January.

I've also been listening to The Cure a bit after watching their performance at Glastonbury. I've been brought up listening to the likes of The Cure so I already know most of their songs but I think because I couldn't believe how well they sound live all these years on, I just got a little obsessed. They are definitely one of my favourite bands without a doubt. I honestly can't pick a fave song by them because I like so many of them.

Lastly is a recent discovery and by recent I mean literally a few days ago. I stumbled upon Love Fame Tragedy on Spotify and was like... I know that voice? It turns out it's the lead singer from The Wombats and I've loved The Wombats since they first came about. He's started Love Fame Tragedy as a solo project but the songs still sound very similar to The Wombats (in a good way). He's only got an EP out at the minute but they're all so good! I love Backflip and Your Cheating Heart the most as I think they're the most catchiest.

What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately?

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Do You Need The Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic In Your Life?

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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It's safe to say that the Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel that was released earlier this year is now one of my favourite cleansers. It's great if you have an oilier skin type which sometimes gets dry patches, like mine is doing right now because of the season change and it's a great alternative to the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which unfortunately doesn't agree with my skin at all. So when they released the new Exfoliating Brightening Tonic* I was really intrigued and to be honest I'm a bit bored of the exfoliating tonic I currently use which is the Pixi Glow Tonic. Don't get me wrong, it's a great product but I'm not super keen on the scent (I think it smells like old ladies perfume lol) and I also think my skin has gotten a bit immune to it lately. 

The Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic RRP £28* claims to provide a natural, gentle exfoliation which smooths and evens out skin texture (which I definitely need!) as well as brightening and evening out your skin tone and increasing elasticity too. It basically sounds like a dream in a bottle really, doesn't it?

The pomegranate enzymes in the formula work to release any trapped bacteria that can lead to skin problems as well as enhancing cellular renewal which should lead to a smoother, even skin texture. Sytenol A is what helps to stimulate the collagen production and Tego Cosmo C250 brightens the skin as well as helping to improve the skin's clarity and tone. The Aloe Vera is the hydrating and soothing hero that makes the skin look and feel calmer and refreshed. It's also dermatologically tested, cruelty-free and free from parabens, silicone, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrance, petrolatum, mineral oil, sulphates and animal ingredients. It also smells just like the Moringa Light Cleansing Gel which I bloody love! 

The application directions on the box say to apply the product by spraying it onto a cotton pad but I just feel like I'm wasting the product because the spray is very light, so you need a fair few sprays to get the cotton pad wet with the product and I just find that the majority of it sinks into the cotton pad anyway. So instead I've been applying it by spraying it into my hands and then applying it to my face that way. I guess it's just personal preference but if I'm spending £28 on a product then I want to get all my money's worth at the end of the day. 

So do I like the product? Yes! I can definitely see and feel a difference when I use it, especially if I apply it at night before bed. I wake up the following morning and my skin looks a lot more awake than usual, even if I've had a rubbish nights sleep. My skin just looks radiant without looking too glowy and I think it helps with spots and also healing old scarring aswell. I'm not super keen on the fact that it comes in a spray bottle as I've already addressed but again, I think it's just personal preference and I've found a way around it that works for me. So I think I will pick it up again when I run out. I definitely prefer it over my Pixi Glow Tonic right now and I prefer the lovely Moringa scent over the weird old lady perfume any day. 

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3 Reasons To Replace a Faulty Or Broken Boiler *

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with BOXT-
Have you had your current boiler for over a decade? Is it starting to make some strange noises or costing you money for maintenance on a regular basis? It’s probably time to accept defeat and replace your faulty or broken boiler. 
Of course, there’s plenty of other more enjoyable things to spend money on, like clothes or make-up, but sometimes you’ve got to think practical. 
Our boilers are like a lifeline during wintertime, we depend on them completely to keep our homes cosy and warm. Replacing your broken boiler in plenty of time for winter means you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to sleep in every jumper you own.  
Here’s the top three reasons why saying goodbye to your old broken boiler is a great idea… 
1. Improved Efficiency
If you’ve had your boiler for over ten years, its efficiency rating is probably much lower than the standard model these days. There are now strict laws in place, meaning all new boilers must be at least 90% efficient, if not more. 
You might think that you’ll save money by sticking with your current boiler and battling through the winter, but this is simply not the case. A faulty or broken boiler can cost you even more, by sending your energy bills through the roof. The more efficient your boiler, the less energy you will need to use, and the more of your hard-earned cash you can hold onto – to spend on the finer things in life! 

BOXT install the most efficient boiler brand around, Worcester Bosch, to homes across the UK. Their speedy and high-quality service means you can have your old boiler taken away and a new one in its place, whenever is convenient for you! Even if you want a new boiler by tomorrow, nothing is too much trouble. 
2. Help to save the environment.
Whilst replacing your broken boiler is great for saving money long term, you can reduce your carbon footprint too! 
It’s no longer acceptable to ignore our environmental impact. The reduced use of plastic in our everyday lives is one way to help, but there are plenty of other ways to make a difference too! Replacing an ancient and inefficient boiler is one small yet important way to help save the planet. The less energy you waste when heating your home, the smaller your impact will be on the environment. 
3. A safer home. 
Finally, saying goodbye to a broken boiler can make your home a far safer place to be. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas, and older boilers are far more prone to releasing this if a fault occurs. 
This gas is impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide detector, so can be fatal if it has chance to spread through your home. It’s simply not worth putting yourself, your guests, or even your pets at risk by using a boiler that is known to be on its way out. Opt for a new model to put your mind at ease and keep everyone as safe as possible!
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Urban Noir: Rock Chick Meets 50s Classy Lady *

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Back in the 40's and 50's, noir was a cinematic style. It was musky, dark, gloomy, mysterious and always intriguing. Audiences were captivated by the smoke, the classy women who were also deadly dangerous. Perhaps for the first time women were depicted as not so dainty and delicate. Scheming beauty, women weren’t afraid to play the evil character in film and finally this style brought up new challenges for viewers. The style of dress many of the women wore was that of a classy woman, alluring, tempting yet someone who carried themselves with dignity. They wore blouses, blazers and most importantly skirts. Skirts that were somewhat snug but they also wore draped skirts too but normally inside. This gave a parallel view to the audience, innocent and sweet indoors but out in the open she was someone you should not second guess. In this day and age, styles are merging and now you have the opportunity to mix rock chick with classy noir.

The Mr. moto
There are all kinds of tops you can wear to mix the noir style with the newer urban or rock fashion. However, if you’re going to do it right you should be wearing black leather. However, punk leather jackets have a lot going on, they’re supposed to drown the onlooker in attitude and rebellion. Yet, for the merge to happen successfully you have to look at bold lines and jackets that are thicker than their counterparts. Of course, Mr. moto jacket is one of the top choices. It's simple yet it's got a flare to it that instantly says, urban rocker. It's also got a little bit of the motorcycle gang look to it. Or perhaps you would like the modern high waist long arms leather jacket that is worn mostly with dark jeans. This is something that again, won’t be overpowering and take the center stage but it will be something you can wear to staple the overlook outfit. Granted because of it's color and material, it's perhaps the one item that won’t be forgotten about the urban noir vibe.

Gotta get somewhere
All urban styles come out of large cities and mainly the capitals of Europe and America. You need something that will fit the modern lifestyle of the metropolitan woman but also, not be too casual. Trainers are far too casual for this look. Black leather jacket and running shoes don’t really blend together as you can imagine. However, something that is more classy yet still comfortably urban, are Vans shoes. It's recommended that you get a white pair of sneakers for this outfit as you will balance out the powerful dark shade of your top. The authentic - unisex model is perfect. The heel is not too low for it to be a slip-on, which would be too casual. The face of the shoe is flat and slightly rising and the high volume of lace holes make sure it's not too casual and distinctly urban. 

The classy addition
This would not be a noir outfit if not for the skirt, but which kind should you have? It has to have the classic drape style and it has to be slightly snug. This particular knee length pencil skirt is the modern variation of the noir skirt. It has an asymmetric drape with detailed rings that clearly show a point of difference. This is perhaps a mix of the indoors and outdoor classic noir skirt as from the front it looks ruffled and from the back it's the classic plain straight shape. You have to see it from different angles to get the true picture of the overall outfit. It adds a little class and mysteriousness.

The hallmark
Watch any noir film and you’ll see the hallmark of the killer, the evil trickster and venomous flower. The woman you’d least suspect of being the ‘bad guy’ is always wearing satin long gloves. This is something that will complete the entire outfit and finish it off with a classic 50s smokey murder mystery noir feel. There are of course many different styles as with all gloves but, go for any that have small bows up by the wrists. Lace designs are also recommended and in fact probably even more so due to the deceiving look of innocence they give off. 

The modern urban noir style is something that could of only come out of cities like New York and London. It's got attitude with the black leather jacket, the class of the draped skirt and the contemporary modern lifestyle addition of the sneakers. 

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Magnitone Fuzz Off 3-in-1 Hair Trimmer Tool | Is It Any Good?

Sunday, 6 October 2019

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The Magnitone London Fuzz Off 3-in-1 Rechargable Precision Hair Trimmer* is priced at £30 on their website and it's a great way to get rid of any stray hair or unwanted female facial fuzz. They claim that it's quick and easy to easy and also pain free which is a ~big~ deal to me. I wouldn't say that I have a low pain threshold at all especially with all my health problems but I do find that plucking my eyebrows (especially if I've let them get out of hand a little) hurts a lot! Obviously using the 3-in-1 Hair Trimmer means that the hair isn't pulled from the root like it would be if you was using a pair of tweezers or an epilator so this means the hair will grow back at a quicker rate but if you want to remove hair quickly and in a pain free way then maybe this is the way to go for simple things such as your brows, lip and chin hair, stray underarm hair and even your bikini line (which there is a specific attachment for). 

It's rechargeable by USB and 1 charge = 90 minutes of use and it comes with 3 interchangeable heads for facial hair removal (peach fuzz), brow shaping and bikini/underarm trimming along with a comb-guard to alter the trimming length. It also has a little brush to brush off any hair on the heads. It spins at 300 times per second so that it removes the fine hairs and leaves the skin soft and smooth and it's also suitable for sensitive skin types. There's two options to choose from in terms of colour and these are white and pink.

It's honestly been a dream to use over the past few weeks and even my mum is thinking about buying one. It hasn't annoyed my skin in any way and my skin is erring on the sensitive side these days and it's super easy to use and pain free as they promised. The only thing I haven't used it for ~yet~ is the brow trimming aspect and this is just because I had an accident a few years ago with a brow trimmer where I literally took off half of my eyebrow. But to be fair I wasn't properly concentrating so it was my own fault. So I had to walk around for a good month with a very obvious pencilled in eyebrow. So yep, I'm probably scarred for life after that incident if I'm being totally honest haha. I think I might try it on my arm hair as a tester a couple of times and see how I get on but don't hold me to it because I'm scared.


So overall I've used it for peach fuzz, lip and chin hair, removing hair underneath my brow (very carefully!) and just tidying up around my brows and also my bikini line and I've got no complaints at all. I think it's really handy to have at hand if you've made last minute plans or if you've noticed you got a patch of stray hair under your arms or on your legs etc because you can just whip the Fuzz Off out and get rid of it in no time. It's obviously a great tool to have whilst travelling too because it's small enough to fit inside a makeup bag, lightweight and charges via USB. Once again, Magnitone have done it again and it's a big thumbs up from me and I know it's only October and it may be a premature but this really would make a fab gift for someone at Christmas!

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Latest in Beauty Balance The Night Time Edit

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

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A few weeks ago I received the Latest in Beauty Balance The Night Time Edit box completely unexpectedly and it couldn't have come at a better time! I was really struggling to sleep due to both my chronic pain kicking off and also anxiety over the many things going on in my life right now. I was excited to see some products which sounded and looked very interesting as well as a few products I know I already love. The best thing is that the box is worth over £145 but you can pick it up from Latest in Beauty for just £38 - what a complete steal! Altogether in the box you get a whopping 16 products and 6 of them are full size. So in this post I'm going to be talking about how I've been getting on with the products and whether I think the box is worth picking up... 

First up is the Jurlique Limited Edition Fragrant Rose Hand Cream* which comes in a very boujee looking box and it's one of those hand creams that you can tell is going to get to work straight away. It's not super thick but it's not thin and weak either. I'm also a big fan of the scent with it being rose scented. It's that kind of rose smell that's kind of old fashioned but in a nice way.

The box also contains a Spacemasks Self Heating Eye Mask* which I'm already a fan of and can't recommend enough! I tend to use them more for when I have a bad headache/migraine as the masks are infused with jasmine which helps you to relax whilst you drift off to sleep or soothe a bad headache. I always make sure I have a few in because they really do work wonders.

I haven't gotten around to trying the Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask* just yet as my skin has been very oily over the past couple of weeks and I don't want to annoy it with a thick overnight face mask. However I am a fan of Dr Botanicals and I'm pretty sure I'm going to like the Sleeping Mask. I'm also a fan of the packaging, I just think it looks cute on my skincare shelf.

Next up is the Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm* which I've actually been wanting to try for a while. I saw MissBudgetBeauty mention it ages ago in a video and she said it was a great multi-tasking balm but it's quite pricey at £40 (full size). So I was excited to see the mini version in the box. They claim it's suitable for all skin types and it contains antioxidant rich, organic wild rosehip oil and a blend of geranium and patchouli essential oils. It does smell really nice and kind of spa-like if that makes sense. I also like that it contains wild rosehip oil as I have been trialling rosehip oil over the past couple months on my skin to see if it helps with clearing up spots and healing any old scars and I do think it's been pretty helpful. So far I've used the Wild Rose Beauty Balm to give me a nice sheen with a minimal makeup look, to soothe my skin where I've had some irritation and dry patches and I've also used it as a cleanser. I feel like it's been great for all of the above and I definitely want to pick up the full size when I have the spare ££.

I do use a lot of epsom salts as I find having an epsom salt bath helps when I'm having a bad pain flare up but I've never tried Dr Teals before so I was looking forward to trying the Dr Teals Pure Epsom Slt Soaking Solution - Soothe and Sleep with Lavender*. I do think it should have a locking strip at the top of the packet because I personally think putting the whole bag in one bath is too much because the lavender scent is really strong. I think it would actually knock me out if I put more of than half in! Overall I did like using it but I'll probably stick to my usual Westlab bags as they're cheaper and aren't heavily scented. 

Talking of baths... I've been using the Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil* as a moisturising treatment after I have a bath in the evening because it's obviously really hydrating but it's also really soothing, so it's perfect to use before getting into bed as it helps to put you in a relaxed mind space. 

Next up is the Link Nutrition Magnesium Food Based Mineral Natural Health Supplement* which I haven't tried just yet as I'm not sure if I can take the supplements with the prescribed meds I'm on so I'm going to ask my doctor about it when I next see her because I am really intrigued about using magnesium to help promote sleep and also relieve restless legs.

I was so happy to see Pukka Night Time Organic Herbal Tea* because I used to use them all of the time and for some reason I've just stopped and I don't know why?! But I've loved being reintroduced to them and they really do help me to relax and sleep. Highly recommend!

You also get some Patchology Eye Gel Patches (single) in either Down Time or Flash Patch* in the Night Time Edit box. I got the Down Time option which are described as "calming tea-infused aromatherapy eye gels". They contain Calendula, Lavender and Evening Primrose so as you can imagine they make you feel very relaxed which is perfect if you've had a stressful day.  Overall I really liked them and it was nice to try another product from Patchology as I'm currently using their AQUAFLASH gel moisturiser* and I absolutely love it. 

You may have read in this blog post that I've been trying to be more eco friendly and Glov Makeup Remover ECO* is a fab way to stop using cotton wool rounds or face wipes because it's literally a glove made from fibres which removes your makeup with just water. You also don't have to put it in the washing machine like the reusable cotton pads I currently use (and love) as you can just clean the glove with a gentle soap and then leave it to dry. I also like that the packaging it arrives in which looks suspiciously like normal plastic is actually made from starch so instead of it taking 500 years to decompose it will decompose in 12 months instead. 

I haven't actually gotten around to trying the L'Oreal Botanicals Fresh Care Arnica Repairing Mask* but I'm looking forward to using it. I'm currently trying to get through my half empty hair mask bottles/pots that are cluttering up the bathroom (lol) but I'll report back when I do use the L'Oreal hair mask and let you know what I think on insta stories.

I'm a big fan of Tisserand Aromatherapy already but I'm always up for trying more of their products. The Sleep Better Pulse Point Roller Ball* is a great product to have on your bedside table before you go to sleep at night or even to take out with you if you're feeling stressed out and feel like you need a calming scent to bring you back down to earth. The scent doesn't last for long with it being an oil-based product but I would still pick it up again as I've been reaching for it a lot over the past couple of weeks.

Next up in the box is the Guinot Gommage Biologic Exfoliating Gel* is a natural exfoliating gel with fruit acids and green tea extract. I've only tried it once but I found it to be gentle but it also left my skin feeling super soft and a little glowy. I think I need to try it a few more times before I completely make up my mind on the product but it's nice.

I've only tried the original pillow spray from This Works and I do like it but it is pricey for what it is and my current pillow mist is only £7 and I find that it works just as well as the original This Works one. However in the Night Time Edit Box there's a mini version of the This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray* and I've got to admit, it's sooo good! It literally knocks me out in about 10 minutes (if I'm already feeling sleepy but can't actually fall asleep). It is pricey... it's even pricier than the original but I think I might have to pick up the full size once I'm out of the mini spray. 

Another discovery which I've been loving using over the past couple of weeks is the Puressentiel Rest and Relax Air Spray*. I'd never heard of Puressentiel until now but after trying the Rest and Relax Air Spray, I'm definitely interested in trying out more from them. I tend to just spray it over my bed and it really does fill the air with the calming lavender scent without being super overpowering like some lavender scents can be.

Lastly in the box is a 30 Days Free Trial Voucher for Calm app* which I've actually not got around to signing up to yet but I have heard good things about Calm from a lot of people so I'm definitely putting "Sign up to Calm" on my to-do list for next week.

Another reason why I like Latest in Beauty boxes is because inside the leaflet which tells you what exactly is in the box, they also have some discount codes which are exclusive to the LiB boxes. For example in this box you get a 15% off code to use at This Works, 15% off code to use at Jurlique and a £10 off voucher if you spend over £30 on Neal's Yard Remedies (online or instore) and the expiry dates are also a month plus so it gives you enough time to decide what you want to pick up.

I think this box is a complete steal especially if you struggle with your sleep or anxiety because it's really helped me over the past couple of weeks. So it's a big thumbs up from me and a big well done to BALANCE and Latest in Beauty for putting together another fab box! 

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