Friday, December 15, 2017

Blogmas Day fifteen - A quick festive pamper session

I love a good pamper, however being at uni doesn't make it so easy as this year I don't have a bath and that tends to be my go too for a good pamper. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products to use for a bathless pamper. 

Starting off I wanted to mention the Janina whitening trays* now I'm not going to linger on these as I know a lot of people aren't into teeth whitening but I did put up a full review yesterday should anyone want more information. I know for me having white teeth just makes me feel good and these are just easy and pretty much mess free. 

I also love a good face mask, I have tried so many recently and some I'm really loving are the soap and glory ones. You can pick masks up for such low prices, some from primary are 80p which is just crazy. I would also definitely recommend the Garnier sheet masks which are beautiful for dry skin and the Boots sheet masks are also lovely. 

In any pamper post lush have to be mentioned. I think something I really love to do which takes about two minutes is to give my lips a good scrub and moisturise. The lush lip scrubs are my favourite, the one I am currently using is the sugar plum fairy one which is part of the Christmas range. Once I've scrubbed I always like to put on a super thick balm like the Nuxe Reve de meil.

Another lush product I'm loving for a quick pamper is the Snow fairy body conditioner which is just perfect for anyone who hates moisturising as it can be done in the shower in the warm. I know a lot of brands have these in shower moisturisers however I find this is the only one that leaves my skin feeling like it has had a proper moisturiser on it. Also it smells amazing especially when layer with the Snow fairy shower gel. 

So that's just a couple of quick and easy ways to pamper yourself over the festive season. I'd love to know what your favourite quick pamper products are! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blogmas Day fourteen - A white (smiley) christmas

I have naturally quite yellow teeth so any products which claim to whiten my teeth I amp up for trying. When Janina reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their products I knew I wanted to review them for you.

First off we have the ultra whitening toothpaste* which is £11.50. This has an incredibly gritty texture and a pretty extreme mint flavour. I have to say I have seen some gradual improvement in the staining on my teeth however when it comes to actual whitening it hasn't helped so much. I believe this one would be amazing for someone who smokes or drinks coffee and has stained teeth rather than naturally yellow teeth. 

Moving on the other product I was sent over are the teeth whitening tray* which retail at £30.00 which isn't the cheapest however it's a lot more affordable than some whitening products on the market. This pack contains 5 sets of ready filled trays which you literally just pop on your teeth and leave for around thirty minutes. I am honestly so impressed with these, there was visible results after day one and after the five days my teeth really have improved. The only thing I will say about these is due to the fact they aren't fitted to your teeth the whitening power tends to be focused on the front four teeth. I personally find my canines are the worst for staining, however after the five days they were definitely less yellow the effect wasn't quite as strong than on my front teeth. 

Overall I am really impressed with these products and I would definitely recommend them. The whole Janina line currently has a third off so if you are looking to give these a go this is definitely the time! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blogmas Day thirteen - Festive reds

I love a good red lip and if there is any time to wear one it is the festive season. Today I thought I would go through a selection of my favourite reds at the moment. 

Maybelline Super stay Matte ink in Pioneer - 
These are a sort of hybrid lip product. They are somewhere between a gloss and a matte liquid lip eventually drying down to a matte finish. This is a stunning pink toned red which is just really easy to wear. With it being a strange hybrid type product it stains so well meaning the lasting power is amazing. 

Rimmel Kate moss lipstick in 107 - 
This is such a blogger favourite and for good reason. It's a gorgeous berry red with a satin finish. This is one of those lipsticks that's just so comfortable to wear yet requires minimal faff which is what I need from a lipstick. 

Mac Matte lipstick in Chilli - 
Chilli is a slightly different red, it's a more orange based making it a more terracotta shade. This one is perfect if you don't want something so bright red and want a deeper shade. This is one of mac's more comfortable matte formulas however the lips do definitely need to be well prepped. 
Pioneer, 107, Chilli, 06, Wifey

Essence Matt Matt lipstick in 06 - 
This is a stunning very classic red shade, I have mentioned these lipsticks in a couple of posts recently as for the price they are absolutely incredible. They are creamy and comfortable similar in texture to the Rimmel matte lipsticks. If you are wanting to branch into red lips but don't want to spend too much yet want good quality this is the one to go for. 

Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in Wifey (LE Family collection) -
Wifey is a darkened almost true red and I am a little obsessed with it at the moment. It is ever so slightly blue toned meaning that it makes the teeth look super white. You will probably all already know how much I love the formula so I want go on about it but if you are looking for a red liquid lipstick I think this is the one to go for. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blogmas Day twelve - Being vegetarian

TodayI thought I'd write about something I'm pretty sure I haven't mentioned on my blog before. I've actually been veggie for almost a year and a half now and today I just thought I'd have a little ramble about it and give some tips on how the switch over was and the things you have to watch with a vegetarian diet. 

Now first off I am 100% completely vegetarian meaning that I don't eat any meat or anything containing meat such a sweets containing animal gelatine. My first tip would definitely be if you are wanting to go full vegetarian then there are so many things which you wouldn't think have meat in them like haribos. I know not all vegetarians are this strict so it is completely up to you. I more decided to be strict as it also helped me reduce my sugar intake as sweets I can have are very limited. 

If you are going veggie you need to be ready prepared for the "but don't you miss meat?" question. This is one that I get asked regularly when I first tell someone I'm vegetarian. For me this really isn't something I struggle to explain as me going veggie was more about the fact I didn't enjoy eating meat rather than the ethical implications of it. Don't get me wrong the more ethical implications have become more important to me over the time, however my initial decision was based purely on my tastes. 

I do think you definitely need to be a little more aware of the foods you are eating in terms of their nutritional value. For me I have always been a big believer in taking supplements to ensure I am getting everything I need however if they aren't for you I would always suggest taking conscious choices and thinking about things like how much iron you are consuming. For me I think taking vitamins means I don't have to worry about any of it so I think before going veggie it is something that needs to be considered. 

Another thing I wanted to mention is that you can pretty much make vegetarian versions of a good 95% of meals you love. There are such a huge variety of meat free proteins out there now that most dishes can be converted to meat free. If you are going veggie I would suggest incorporating these proteins into your diet before making the switch completely as not everyone loves them. I personally love cooked quorn but hate the fake ham they do, whereas others love it. if you know what you like before you commit to it you are much less likely to be disappointed and end up switching back. 

So that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post, I know it's something a little different for my blog!