My Favorite Bath and Body Products

I realised today that I have never written about what beauty products I use, I think its about time! My beauty philosophy is keep it simple. I dont wear much make up or do anything special with my hair and the products I use always have very simple and natural ingredients. I believe that in order to look after your skin and body you should always use the most gentle products you can find, even if you have oily skin gentle regular cleansing is a lot better for you than the oil stripping skin care products you find on the highstreet.

I don't spend a fortune on my beauty products but I don't buy bargain basement stuff either. I like to be able to read and understand the ingredients and feel confident that what I'm putting on my body is as natural as it possibly can be.

 - I can't guarantee that the skincare products I recommend will suit you. My sensitive skin responds extremely well to these products but everyone's skin is different. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing. -

I buy most of my products from Whole Foods which has a surprisingly amount of very inexpensive products. I don't have a huge amount of money to spend on myself ( London is bloody expensive) so I also shop in Boots occasionally as I really like their Botanics range especially the Organic products. Anyway lets jump into the products I am loving at the moment.

Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo - Around £4. This smells divine, my bathroom turns into a country herb garden when I use this. I have a sensitive scalp and I am allergic to most standard shampoos but I love this one. Gentle plant derived cleansers enriched with volumizing Wheat Protein, Vitamin E, Chamomile, Copaiba and Rosemary thoroughly cleanse while building volume from root to tip for thicker, fuller body.

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant - £27. This is one of the most expensive products I have bought but it is such an amazing product and I don't use it very often. I used to have quite a few Aesop
products but it became a very expensive habit! I do love this brand though. A dry mix of crushed botanicals to buff combination or normal skin. When mixed with a cleanser (gel or cream-based), this powder of ground Tea Tree leaves, crushed nut shells and purified clay sloughs away tired surface cells to effect immaculately cleansed and polished skin.

Method Gel Hand Wash - Around £3. Naturally derived, paraben and triclosan-free, heavenly scented hand wash. It also doesn't dry out your hands. 

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask - £11.50. I love this mask as you don't even have to wash it off, perfect for lazy people. Very rich in Avène thermal spring water, this mask intensely releases all of the water's soothing and anti-irritant properties. Its nourishing and moisturising elements restore the cutaneous barrier and thus promote skin hydration (in the upper layers of the epidermis).

Avene Cold cream Ultra Rich cleansing gel - £8. Ultra rich cleansing gel for dry and very dry sensitive skin. Soap free, it has an extremely mild washing formula and a pH level which is perfectly adapted to that of the skin, allowing for gentle cleansing.

Iris Hantverk Face Brush - £14. This is a great thing to have in your bathroom as you'll save a lot of money by not needing to purchase exfoliators. Face brush in oak and horse hair. Use the brush wet with your facial cleansing lotion to remove makeup, dirt, and simultaneously get rid of dead skin cells.

Jason Soothing 70% Aloe Vera Hand & Body Lotion - Around £7. This botanically rich, non-greasy daily lotion delivers deep, long-lasting hydration. Highly concentrated, soothing Aloe Vera Gel instantly relieves discomforts of dry, irritated, sun damaged or newly shaven skin.

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist- £28 ( I'm using the travel size right now that is a lot cheaper). If I had to pick one brand to use for the rest of my life it would be Dermalogica. I had eczema when I was a teenager one one side of my face that really used to get me down. I was allergic to all the usual products I could find in Boots etc. I tried a Dermalogica cleanser and it completely got rid of the eczema. If it does flare up, which is rare I use this product to soothe it. 

I hope you find my recommendations useful!

My Top Five Smoothie Recipes

I just bought myself a Breville Blend Active blender as I have been really desperate to try making my own smoothies for breakfast. So far I'm addicted.

I've only had it a few days but I am really enjoying trying out different combinations of fruits and flavours to get the most out of my mornings. I feel fuller and more energised and I really look forward to making my fresh smoothie everyday. I bought a gorgeous melon yesterday and I cant wait to try that out with some flat Spanish peaches!

I bought this particular blender because I was looking for an inexpensive yet powerful tool that I would be able to use for many different sweet and savoury recipes. Plus it fits it onto my small kitchen cupboards!

Ive found that I am eating so much fruit without even really thinking about it. Smoothies are so delicious and nutritious, it feels like a real treat. Here are my top five smoothie recipes:

Zingy Green Apple, Grape and Spinach with Linseeds

1 Apple cut into cubes
2 Bananas cut into slices
A handful of white grapes
A handful of spinach
A tablespoon of Linseeds
4 dates

This one is quite thick so I added some water into the mix too. I enjoyed this smoothie this morning and the sharp green apple really woke me up!

Creamy Banana and Almond with Oats

2 Bananas cut into slices
A tablespoon of Almond Butter
A tablespoon of Oats
A splash of Almond Milk

Deliciously creamy and indulgent, tastes like a treat! The oats and the almond butter will keep you feeling full for longer too.

Peach and Strawberry with Yoghurt and Honey

1 banana
2 peaches
A handful of strawberries
A tablespoon of natural yoghurt
A squeeze of honey

This one is perfect if you feel like a Summery hint of sweetness. Peaches are a wonderful fruit filled with vitamins A and C as well as lots of fibre to keep you full.

Fiery Pear, Apple and Ginger

2 Pears chopped
2 Apples cut into cubes
A teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

This smoothie makes a great Autumnal breakfast when you might be feeling a little sluggish. The ginger will calm and soothe your digestive system, perfect for the morning time.

Berry Super Smoothie

A handful of blueberries
A handful of frozen forest berries
1 banana
Fresh orange juice

This one tastes like Summer in a glass! I love using frozen mixed berries as they make the smoothie really nice and cool. Blueberries are a wonderful fruit and do wonders for your skin as they contain the highest number of anti-oxidants.

Paint it

Here's another trend round up post semi inspired by my new blog design. You all must know by now I love me some DIY, so I've popped some great How To's in too. This lot are a super summery bunch and I'm sure you'll find some eye candy in this post. I also hope you like watercolours.

Hip Hop Style

I keep seeing really awesome Hip Hop themed products and prints all over the internet. There are of course some really not awesome Hip Hop themed stuff too, but I think I've found some pretty great examples. Dat Beyonce mug tho. As always click caption for links.

Fly Art - The joy of life (1906), Henri Matisse / Hell of a Life, Kanye West

FOAM magazine

Oh my wow. Possibly the happiest editorial I've seen in a long while.  I am really enjoying lots of colour at the moment and these images are like little pieces of colourful design candy. Yum.

See the whole shoot here.


Pop Rocks, with Erin D. Garcia for FOAM Magazine
Shot by JUCO
Sets by Erin D. Garcia

How to Make Healthier Iced Tea

Its been a really hot few days here in London. Getting the tube into work has been a nightmare, a sweaty nightmare. I've been craving cold refreshing drinks all week but they are full of sugar. I whipped up this iced tea today in no time at all and boy is it good.

This has a bit of a twist as I used organic honey for the sweetener which tastes so nice with the lemons. The taste reminds me of hot lemon and honey that you drink when you feel ill, its so comforting. I hope you enjoy this super simple recipe and feel refreshed.

What you need:

Organic Honey
English Breakfast Tea Bags
Three Lemons

In a large tea pot cover four or five tea bags with boiling water, we will be adding cold water later so you need to make the tea strong. Fill up most of the tea pot

After brewing for five minutes add two table spoons of honey.  Let the tea cool down to room temperature. Pop the tea pot in your freezer for about half an hour.

Once your tea is nice and cold squeeze the juice of three lemons, you could also add some zest if you want your tea to be really lemony. Give it a good stir and check the flavour is good for you. You will need to top the tea with cold water, if you like weak tea just add more water. You should have enough for 10-12 glasses.

This recipe is a lot cheaper and healthier than the iced tea you buy from supermarkets and I don't think you'll go back!

Try out making this with different types of tea, I think Earl grey would be amazing.

Elizabeth Suzann

I have adored Elizabeth Suzann's work for a long time and I have finally gotten around to writing about her new collection. Take a look at her beautiful clothes below.

The Compartment Store

I've been wanting to write up a post about these guys for ages now. For about four months the name of Kitty Farrow and Gift Wrap HQ's joint venture had totally slipped my mind. After about an hour of research and internet sleuthing I finally found... The Compartment Store.

I first saw these guys at one of the Hackney Flea Markets. I'm very lucky that I live so near such a fantastic market as everytime I go there are a few gems waiting to be discovered. She doesn't know this yet but I would love to commision Kitty to make a bespoke box for me! Take a look at their marvelous and fun work below and visit the site here

The Best Summer Sewing Patterns

As you probably know I've been getting into my dressmaking recently. I have keenly scoured the internet for the best inexpensive ( or free ) patterns and tutorials to share with you. These clothes are more appropriate for Summer but some could be layered for the colder months. Enjoy! 

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