14 Jul 2019

Home Scents & Candles I'm Loving

Following on from this blog post about cleaning I thought I'd share some of my current favourite home scents and candles. My cleaning routine is one of my favourite jobs in the week and making the house smell nice is the best finishing touch! I'm not sure if anyone is interesting in reading about my cleaning routine but if you are, let me know and I'll write up a post. Anyway, today's post will be about the good smelly stuff!

Of course Zoflora is first on this post. Zoflora is my favourite and I love having different scents for different rooms. I really enjoy using lavender in the bathroom because it makes it smell clean and fresh. The mountain air scent is best for mopping the floors and since it's pet friendly, it's fine for Milo (our new little kitten). I also really recommend putting half a capful in a diffuser and it'll make your house smell a-ma-zing!

Zoflora has so many different uses. You can use it neat or diluted and use it to wipe down worktops, in a spray bottle to use as a disinfectant, a capful down plugholes to make it smell nice and even mix with other sprays (e.g. shower sprays, surface cleaners) to make it smell even better!

The Aldi Velvety Rose No14 Candle is the best bargain dupe for a Jo Malone candle! Priced at just £3.99, the candle is scented like an oud smell and isn't too feminine nor masculine - it's in the middle. I don't think you can go wrong with an Aldi candle, I highly recommend checking them out!

If you are after a powerful air freshener, the Unstoppables Febreze Air in Spring is amazing! If you've used Unstoppables for laundry, this is basically the room spray version and it is the strongest scent. We use it in the living area where our kitten is (because let's be real they can be smelly) and it really helps to eliminate odours.

Instead of purchasing a separate fabric freshener, it's really easy to just make your own. Pop a little bit of your laundry fabric softener in a spray bottle with some water (you can even add a little Zoflora) and voila. Your very own fabric softener! I love spritzing this around every morning and it just makes everything smell fresh and clean.

Another candle and the last one for this post, the Watermelon Lemonade candle by Bath and Body Works. I stocked up on a couple of Bath and Body Works candles last year during a visit to the UAE and I wish I could've bought them all! You can actually purchase B&BW candles to the UK via Notino.

What are your favourite home scents?

7 Jul 2019

The Beauty Glow Edit

Summertime means the comeback of fresh faced make up, dewy skin and all the glow. Until a few months ago, I'd never really bought or looked into products that encourage glowy skin so now that I've tried and tested them, I wanted to share with those also looking to achieve the same look this summer.

Before we get into them I wanted to make a quick disclaimer that I have extremely dry / eczema-prone skin so these products are suitable for those with the same or similar skin type but may also be great for those with oily or spot-prone skin, but unfortunately I can't confirm this. 

So first things first, I think that if you can try and get a natural glow from your skin, not that much make up is needed. Starting with skincare, I did a bit of research into ingredients to look for in skincare products that can help with glow. The top ones that came up were Vitamin C, Retinol (Vitamin A), SPF and any form of exfoliant. Keeping this in mind, I purchased some new skincare, which I'm really impressed with. 

I am so pleased I discovered this product because it works instantly! I usually apply this prior to applying make up or as the last step in my morning skincare routine as it leaves my skin looking super glowy and feeling soft. Plus, the smell is super refreshing!

I first assumed that products like this would be too harsh on my skin but this seems to work really well. I use it probably once every fortnight and apply a little blob to my fingertips and massage into my skin. It then starts to peel and bobble off all the dead skin, essentially exfoliating it, and leaves my skin super soft and smooth.

You'd think this post is sponsored by The Body Shop but it's (unfortunately) not! I went on a shopping spree a few months back and purchased a bunch of products including these and some from the Shea Range. Anyway, this is a great SPF for the face and neck. I like how slim the packaging is, it makes it easy to travel with and isn't super bulky in my skincare stash.

So I'm currently using this retinol based cream every few days as a night treatment - you can use this in the day but SPF is recommended as the reaction can be quite harsh on the skin. Previously I've enjoyed The Ordinary 0.2% Retinol in Squalane.

Make up wise, I've really been enjoying the No7 Skin Illuminator. I've had this small tube for a few months and a little really does go a long way. I'm on the hunt for more inexpensive liquid highlighters so if you know any, please comment below! Also, the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow is a stunning powder highlight that can be built up from a soft glow to a kapow in your face glow. 

I also think that a lighter base helps with a natural and dewy look. I'd really recommend The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream but I know they have a lot of different products that offer a lighter base. 

What are your glow-giving favourite products? 

30 Jun 2019

3 Serums To Try If You Have Dry Skin

I've been having a little switch around of my skincare products recently and found that I seem to alternate between 3 different serums depending on my skin situation. As I have a dry, dehydrated and eczema prone skin type, I thought this might be helpful for those who have a similar skin type and are looking for a hydrating serum.

The Odacite Hydrating Serum is a great serum to mix into your day or night cream. It comes in a teeny tiny 5ml bottle and is priced at £41, which I admit is pricey, however it just works wonders for the skin. As it is more of a luxury product, I usually only use this when I'm having a pamper evening so maybe once every 2 weeks and that seems to make the product last a long time!

The one I have is the hydration focussed one and contains Pomegranate and Rose Geranium (gentle skin conditioning ingredients) but the range has different ingredients for different skin concerns. I highly recommend if you are looking for a new special serum.

My everyday serum is the Nip & Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum. The hyaluronic acid provides hydration and dragon's blood (from a tree) plumps out the skin and combined it leaves the skin feeling nourished and refreshed. One pump of this after toning and before moisturiser keeps my skin feeling soft all day long.

I really like how this product doesn't irritate my skin and is gentle for my sensitive and eczema prone skin.

The Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum has got to be one of my favourite discoveries from this year. I got a tiny sample of this a while back and after using it, I knew I had to get my hands on the full size product. Like the Odacite serum, a little bit goes a long way, except this comes in a big bottle! I like to use this maybe a couple of times a week as a hit of moisture for my skin.

My skin loves this product a lot and I feel like it will become one of those products I will have to keep in my collection all the time now. It really works to keep the skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Do you have any favourite serums? I'd love to know! 

23 Jun 2019

Beauty Empties From The Past Few Months

I really enjoy watching people empties videos on Youtube and reading blog posts so I figured I'd do my own. I've been collecting my empty beauty products over the past few months and today I wanted to share mini reviews of each product and also my decision on whether I'd repurchase. Let's get stuck in...

9 Jun 2019

Recipe: Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

I've been doing a bit of baking lately (as you may have noticed from my Instagram) so I thought I'd share one of the recipes on my blog this week. These cherry bakewell cupcakes are a favourite with family and friends. If you enjoy cherries and love icing, this one is definitely for you!

5 Jun 2019

Lifestyle and Beauty Tips For Those Who Suffer With Eczema

Hello fellow eczema-prone skin people. I’m Fatima and I have a daily battle with my eczema.  It’s been about two years and I have not found a permanent or long-term solution for my eczema but I have discovered patterns and methods that have helped me control it to a certain extent.


19 May 2019

A Beginner's Guide To Lettering

Last September I attended a brush lettering workshop and have been inspired ( & a bit obsessed) with lettering ever since! I'll get onto the details of the workshop shortly but I wanted to write up a post to help those looking to learn how to letter get some information so they can get started.


12 May 2019

Five Uses For The Body Shop 100% Natural Shea Butter

Not long ago I wrote this post as I had discovered a new Body Shop range that I am obsessed with! From the range, I was most impressed by the 100% Natural Shea Butter, which I didn't realise I needed until I used it.


6 May 2019

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5 May 2019

Lifestyle Favourites From The Past Few Months

It's been a little while since I did a favourites post so today I thought I'd share some of the lifestyle bits I've been loving over the past few months. Let's get stuck in...


28 Apr 2019

Our First Ski Holiday | Tignes, France

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, you definitely should!) you'd know that last weekend we had just returned from a week in France. We thought we'd do something a little different for our holiday this year and skiing was something really out of the ordinary for us. We usually like warmer places like the UAE or Singapore so a ski trip to Tignes was a new adventure!

I thought I'd share a picture diary with you all as well as provide you with details of our trip. Or if you are thinking of going on a ski trip but aren't sure if it's for you - this blog post may help you out a little.

We travelled in April, which is towards the end of the ski season so the clothing was discounted in lot of stores - wahey! We'd never been skiing before so we had to buy all the correct clothing: ski jacket, salopettes, thermals, base layers, hats, gloves, boots - the lot! The Mr actually got given salopettes and jackets from family and I got just the salopettes so after scrounging around, the rest of our clothing was bought from Aldi (when they had ski themed special offers) and Sports Direct (especially the Nevica branded stuff). Skiing in April is also a lot warmer so we didn't have to invest that much in warm layers but do make sure to do your research before purchasing!

As we were travelling in a group (there was 9 of us including 2 children) we decided to rent out a chalet. We settled on this chalet as it ticked all the boxes: close to the resort, looked so cosy and included my husbands request for a hot tub! The accommodation definitely lived up to the expectation - it was brilliant. Lots of space for larger groups like ours and the kitchen was very well equipped, which was important for us as we wanted to cook dinners. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are after similar things. 

Learning to ski
So the Mr and I had never actually been skiing or tried it prior to this trip. It's probably wise to book into a session of indoor skiing before looking into a ski holiday but we weren't too bothered as we were up for the challenge and enjoyed the company.

We got ski passes and booked ski lessons for the week we were there. Group lessons are between 9am-12pm so be prepared! We had a backpack filled with the necessities... water, snack bars and lunch (of course). Anyway, after day 1 of our ski lessons we were well and truly pooped. I'm not a fit person, exercise wise, so skiing was a massive work out for my legs. The lesson itself was okay but we felt a bit out of our comfort zone as the instructors took us on a green slope (the easiest one) and we really struggled to get down.

Luckily, our family and friends who joined us on the trip did know how to ski and they actually helped us out more so than the instructor. So after day 2, we decided to ditch the lessons (which you can totally do) and practice on our own. By day three we had mastered the green slope and started to experiment with faster speeds and sharper turns - it was so exciting! 

If you are going with people who know how to ski already, I'd say ditch the lessons and ask them to help you out instead. It's much more productive and of course a little cheaper (the ski passes are the biggest cost). 

The best part
Was definitely hopping on the cable cars to see the most amazing views (and you can hop on them to come straight back down instead of skiing!) 


21 Apr 2019

Five Favourites From IGK Hair

A few months back I won a Caroline Hirons giveaway - I'm not quite sure how but I'm extremely grateful as I got a chance to try quite a few products from IGK Hair! I'd heard great things about IGK through watching Lily Pebbles and since she seems to have a similar hair type to me (frizzy & curly) I knew I'd love the products.

More about the brand, IGK was created in 2016 and was designed to simplify hair care & styling routines and the products definitely reflect that, which you'll soon see! The branding and names really stood out to me - they are quite edgy and cheeky with their brand, which is just one of the reasons I love displaying them in my bathroom.

After trying some of the bits I got, I've accumulated some favourites and thought I'd share them in case you are intrigued by the brand and would like to try some products.

Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub
So this is favourite not just mine but also my husbands! He really enjoys the minty scent of this product as it is super refreshing, especially for those morning showers. It's a scrub for your scalp and I especially like to use it when there is a lot of product build up at my roots. This normally only happens when I've styled my hair and used some styling products or when I've left it really long between washes and my hair is very greasy. It's a great product to clear out the gunk and leaves your roots feeling squeaky clean.

No More Blow Air Dry Spray
This product honestly blew my mind. I like to air dry my hair and since it takes hours to dry naturally, I can only shower in the evenings. This product basically freezes your hair and makes it air dry 46% faster than usual - which is mind boggling. Because of this product, morning showers before work is possible!

Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum
My biggest complaints about my hair includes frizz so I obviously tried this product out first and fell in love with its effects. It's a lovely thick serum that you can apply onto your dry hair and it just calms the frizz and smooths the hair down. I have never really explored hair serums before but I'll definitely have to after giving this one a go.The name makes me giggle every time I use it too!

Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil
This product is also a solution to my frizz problem. I apply this to the lengths and ends of my hair usually when it is damp but also when my hair is dry as an overall hair treatment. I like to massage it into my roots and leave it in for as long as possible before washing out. It leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Top Coat
I've heard lots of people raving about this product so I was very grateful when I got it in my giveaway package. Similar to a top coat of a nail varnish, this sets out to give the same kind of shine. And it does, my hair looks healthy and glossy when I apply this product onto it. It's a great finishing touch to a styled or unstyled look.

Have you tried anything from IGK Hair?

14 Apr 2019

Rituals Dao Bath & Shower Range // Review

I am a creature of habit when it comes to shower products but recently I've been inspired to explore more after trying the Ritual of Dao range from Rituals. I've always been tempted to try Rituals but the price always put me off. However, I was lucky enough to be gifted a set of Rituals products and I was so excited to finally give them a go!

The Dao range is inspired by the ancient Chinese philosophy which revolves around getting the harmony between Yin and Yang in order to fulfil a balanced life. The range aims to get you to relax, slow down and find peace and tranquility.

The products I've got are all infused with White Lotus Flower, which are considered a symbol of peace, purity and spiritual growth in the Far East. The other prominent ingredient, Yi Yi Ren, originates from China and is often used in medicine for hydration.

This range is supposed to be calming and when you smell any one of the products, you'll definitely understand why. The scent made me feel like I was in a spa, it is a really nice soft, relaxing scent that isn't too overpowering.

The first product I used was the Mindful Body Scrub. This product fills the shower with the most relaxing scent, it is amazing. The scrub is made with super small bamboo particles and combined with the hydrating coconut oil based cream, it leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

The Calming Shower Oil is a beautiful oil which turns into a soft foam upon contact with water. Upon massaging into the skin it instantly leaves the skin feeling nourished. I feel like this product adds a new step into my shower routine. I don't have any other products like this in my collection but if there is anything else similar in the market (preferably high street!) I'd love to know.

The Balancing Foaming Gel is a really cool product. Just shake the bottle, pump a little bit out and watch it go from a liquid gel to a foam. Then apply the foam onto your skin and your skin feels squeaky clean. I have a mini version of this product to take away on our travels (follow me on Instagram to see where I'm off to!) and I'm so glad I do!

Have you tried anything by Rituals before?
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