Affordable Haircare – Organic Shop

When Organic Shop got in touch with their new affordable hair care I couldn’t wait to try it. Not only are the products affordable, they are completely natural, with zero parabens, cruelty free and all packaging is recyclable. So you know you’re doing your bit for the planet, especially with this plastic obsessed world we’re living in at the moment!  I think sometimes you get drawn into the expensive price tags of haircare, thinking that these are clearly the better products to purchase to make your hair look beautiful

Organic Shop pride themselves on sourcing the very best ingredients from all around the world. Blending ingredients with traditional recipes, you will get to experience the power of nature, through this new hair care range.

Moroccan Argan and Amla Shampoo & Conditioner

So we all know how good Moroccan Argan oil is don’t we? Known for helping to repair damaged hair, and if you lighten your hair like I do, it’s a saving grace for keeping your hair looking healthy. Combined with organic Amla which deeply conditions your hair, the shampoo and conditioner provides a one stop shop for repairing damaged hair. With blonde hair, I find it hard to find a product that adds shine to my hair, but these products have brought it back to life. The smell of both products is akin to sandy beaches and coconut palm trees, they have left my hair smelling divine for hours after using the product. The packaging is luxurious and any form of product that has a pump dispenser is a winner for me. I think they just add a touch of high end to them. Is that just me?

Moroccan Argan and Amla Hair Mask

Nothing beats putting a hair mask on, on a Sunday evening after a heavy weekend and a tiring week ahead. They’re known for adding intense hydration and repairing the heat damage that we leave on our hair. The hair mask is incredibly creamy and thick, and you get so much in the pot! I apply a generous amount onto the ends of my hair after washing and leave for around 5 minutes. If your hair is particularly damaged then leave on for longer for an intense repair treatment. The mask, as with the shampoo and conditioner are rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin E which all help to increase elasticity in your hair and prevent breakage of ends.

There are plenty more products in the range to suit what your end goal is for your hair:

  • Coconut and Shea – moisturising, softness and revival
  • Honey and Avocado – repairing, softness and vitality
  • Raspberry and Acai – voluminising, strength and thickness
  • Pomegranate and Patchouli – invigorating, smoothness and perfection

All products are incredibly affordable at just £2.50 each, is it just me that likes an even round number? The products are exclusively available at Tesco.

Organic Shop are also running a competition to send you and a friend to the Caribbean! So you’ll be able to lap up the Caribbean experience, not just through the hair care products. To enter and for T&C’s simply go to the website www.organicshop.co.uk

 

*I have been sent these products for review purposes. All opinions are my own*

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Facial Skincare – What products I’m using

I’ve never been a skincare connoisseur. I don’t moisturise enough, I’m not experimental with products and I have no idea what my skin type is as it constantly changes. However, lately I’ve tried to spend a lot more time caring for my skin and finding products that work for me. Coco Chanel once said “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” I don’t know about you, but when I get old, I want my skin to look fabulous!

Garnier Skin Pure Active 3 in 1 Clay Mask Scrub Wash

I love using facial washes, scrubs, exfoliators and anything that will make my skin wake up in the morning, with minimal effort! This product works as a wash, scrub and mask, so it’s up to you on how you use this product. I tend to use this as a mask around 3 times a week, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse off. I’ve found once I’ve used this product my pores have all opened up and leaves my skin matt and oil free. It’s also helped to improve breakouts and spots. Who knew at the age of 24 you still get breakouts?! It still happens guys. The eucalyptus extract in this product helps me feel awake, so using it in the mornings as well really helps to cure my tiredness.

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Moisturiser 

This product has appeared on my blog before, see here. This is by far one of my favourite products and something that I just keep going back to again and again. I use it every morning before applying make up, and my foundation goes on so smoothly as it reduces the visibility of pores. It smooths you skin and prevents a greasy t-zone, something I get throughout the day. I also love how it sinks into your skin as soon as you apply it, it doesn’t leave your skin greasy or clogged but fresh and awake. You can use this product both morning and evening, but I tend to use it in the morning.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

In my aim to branch out with my skincare, I’ve tried some of the Liz Earle products, as I’ve heard great things! My favourite is the Skin Tonic Spritzer, just because it’s such an easy application. I spritz some of this on my face after cleansing to ‘finish off my skincare.’ It gives an added boost of hydration and the smell is divine. It contains aloe vera, chamomile, lavender and sweet orange, which makes for a lovely floral scent. As it’s alcohol-free it’s suitable for all skin types and it’s great if you don’t have time to ‘do the whole skincare regime.’ It makes you feel like you’re taking care of your skin, with minimal effort.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Revitalising Oil

In the attempt to look after my skin for now and for the future, I’ve started experimenting with facial oils. I’ve always been reluctant to try them as I’ve found in the past that they do nothing for my skin. Other than leaving me with a few spots in the morning, yuk! I’ve persevered with this product for a while, and it has made my skin glow and smooth. The product is meant to reduce the signs of ageing, however, I don’t have any fine lines of wrinkles yet, (touch wood) so I’ve got nothing to compare this product to on this aspect. All I know is that my skin is so soft and has taken to the product well. It doesn’t leave my skin sticky after using and my skin quickly absorbs the product. The ingredients are Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil which leaves you with radiant skin. I love that the ingredients are all of natural origin and are not harmful on the skin.

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Make Up Remover

I remember how I used to use baby wipes to take my make up off, and my skin was so so dry and dull! Thanks to the internet, I learnt how wipes are an ultimate no no for removing make up, so bottled make up remover and cotton pads it is. I decided to put my trusted Garnier Micellar Water away and try a different make up remover. This product specifically targets eye make up. I find these type of products are a saviour if you don’t want to scrub at your eyes to get the mascara off, which can often leave your eyes to become red and dry and also, not all of the make up off! This product removes my eye make up in one clean sweep and is so gentle on the eyes, leaving them feel soft and clean. It has no added fragrance, colour or alcohol making it kind to your skin. I do feel that using eye make up remover specifically, adds time into your skincare regime and also, another product to add in to your long list, but it is so worth it.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Sleeping Mask

If you find your skin has become dry after the cold months and the snowy weather we had last week, then this product is the perfect indulgence to give your skin intense hydration. The consistency is a gel cream, something I’ve never tried before, so it’s thick and creamy, so you know instantly it’s going to work wonders. Vitamin E is known for targeting the deeper layers of your skin and encourages the natural growth of collagen, as well as reducing the appearance of scars and wrinkles. This would be great if you suffer with scarring from acne or want to reduce fine lines. I lather a generous amount of product onto my skin just before bed, about twice a week, and sleep in it. It can be quite off putting, going to bed with a ‘sticky’ face, but it soon sinks into your skin after a couple of hours and when you wake up your skin is soft and hydrated.

If anyone else has any products they are loving in their skincare routine, let me know, as I’d love to try new products!

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Real Girl Struggles…. The Heat!

Firstly, I’d like to apologise that I didn’t post on Wednesday, I was struck by the plague i.e flu and have been a sniffling mess, still am, for the past few days. It seems pretty ironic that I’ve managed to catch a winter cold at this time of year! Which brings me on to my post, it’s bloody hot isn’t it?

Us Brits, can’t be happy whatever the weather, well especially me. I complain when I’m too cold and I complain even more when it’s too hot. I like the thought of basking in the sunshine, but unfortunately I have to park my bum in the shade within a couple of minutes, in the case of overheating and ending up looking like something that’s just come off the BBQ. I feel like it’s worse for girls, sorry guys. That summer dress that you thought would be just perfect for this weather, is now sticking to your bum and you can’t even dream about sitting on the grass because you end up with bits of nature stuck all over you. Not to mention the flies that are hovering around you because you sprayed too much of your Britney Spears perfume, you might as well just accept that everyone thinks that you must smell. I envy boys sitting all comfortable in their shorts and vest, stretching out and enjoying the rays, whilst I’m worrying if the sweat dripping down my face is going to make my make up streak. It’s a hard life.

Sunglasses, thought to be the holy grail when the suns out, but someone’s forgot to mention that they get caught and savage your hair in the process, as well as leaving little indents in your nose, making it look like you’ve been punched in the nose. Someone, anywhere, needs to invent comfortable sunglasses, please, for my sake at least. Can you tell that the heat makes me agitated? I want to love the heat and I really do try, but it seems to be that the sunshine makes me happy for all of two minutes, then I turn into a grouchy, sweaty mess. 

The only thing that would sum up my mood right now and to sum up me in general over the Summer period, is this picture. It’s okay though, I’m pretty sure we will be going back to Arctic temperatures in a couple of days…

 

Has anyone got any tips to keep cool and to prevent your make up from streaking in the heat?

 

Lots of Love,

Clox

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Real Girl Stuggles… Taking Compliments 

I know, everyone loves compliments whether it’s about their hair, style and even to how good they smell, you can’t deny that it’s a real ego boost. What I struggle with is how to react after someone pays you a compliment? Most people say thanks and give a compliment back, a standard procedure, however a part of me dies inside and I feel my face heating up like a slow cooker.

Instead of being courteous and thankful like the good British etiquette, I half smile and justify why I should get that compliment.

Why do we need to justify compliments? When someone says “oh I really like your top,” why do I feel the need to say “yeah I only got it because it was on sale, I don’t really like it.” Why not, YEAH I GOT IT BECAUSE I LOOK SO DAM HOT IN IT! Obviously not to that extent, you don’t want to blow your own trumpet too much,  but you catch my drift.

I guess it depends on what kind of person you are, I’m definitely the person that would like others to admire from afar rather than put me through that humiliation and torture of complimenting confrontation.

It ends in me looking to the floor and coming across like a socially awkward potatoe.

I apologise in advance and thank you in advance for any, if any, compliments that may cross my path.
Lots of love,

Clox

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Real Girl Struggles…Being Romantic

I would never claim to be the next Cupid and I’m not counting the days until Valentine’s; I am far from those

 American teenager characters in films that gush over every loving word, and write their secret crush in their notebook.

I hate everything about being romantic, well, I hate how hard I find it to be romantic. I cringe at every Facebook, Instagram and Twitter update that tells me how loved up people are, and it repulses me when I see people’s tongues swirling around at each others. I can’t stand it. I may sound bitter and jealous, but I’m not,believe me. I am ridiculously happy and content,  I just struggle to see how people be romantic without being sick a little bit.

So, in the bid to release my inner cupid, and to show Adam at how thoughtful I can be, I decided to do something romantic. A picnic, which involved lots of food and wine which makes anyone happy, especially me. The only way I could get through it was by indulging in cheese and biscuits and get mildly tipsy on a small bottle of wine.

The day was a success. I didn’t feel sick at how horribly cringey it was, only sick by eating way too much.Admittedly, it was great to just spend some quality time together in the outdoors, and not having to worry about anything for the afternoon. We walked 10 steps from the car, plonked ourselves down and we were happy with that. Who says romance is dead?

Maybe I can be this idyllic romantic rose that blossoms at the sight of love? Maybe I’m not so bitter after all? Maybe this is the start of my new romantic side?

Watch this space for updates on ‘how much I love my boy’ and watch out for the photos of me sticking my tongue down ‘my mans,’ throat.

Maybe in another life.

Lots of Love,

Clox

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