Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

15 January 2017

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

For Christmas, I received a clinique sonic system purifying cleansing brush. Wow, that's a mouthful!
I'd been doing some research and decided I really wanted one but wasn't too sure which brand to go for as there are so many on the market.
This product is perfect for those who have dry skin or sensitive skin! Unlike the other brushes, this one really lightly pulses which get rid of dirt whilst looking after your face at the same time.The whole point of using one of these brushes is that it cleans your face 5x more than if you used a cloth or your hands.
The brush itself is a really small, lightweight model which comes with one head. There are plenty of other heads to buy including one for acne, charcoal face mask and even a bloody brush for applying foundation. A step too far maybe.
The pack includes a brush and a charging port which doubles as a stand.

The brush comes with a cute carry case which isn't usually included but my little bro managed to snag me one. 
 The head has two different colors, the green is for the most gentle zones like that oily t-zone and the white for the rest of the face which bristles that are a bit sterner.
The bristles have their own antimicrobial material which keeps them clean for constant use.

When using the brush, I use it two different ways.
The first way is I wet my face, apply the product onto the brush, and then push the button twice to get 1 minutes worth of cleaning. Clinique recommends pushing the button once first (30 seconds) when getting used to using the brush and then twice (60 seconds) when your skin has gotten used to it.
The second method I use is typically when I have a mask on. I apply my masque (charcoal mask above) let is dry for however long the instructions stipulate and then when dried I then work the brush (which I dampen) starting on my temples first and work its way inward.

Overall I feel like this is one of the best investments to ensure a clean face, whilst not spending too much. What's better is once charged, you only have to charge it every 6 months. Handy.


Les Deux Alpes - Do black people even ski?

11 January 2017

Photo credit//hannahbrie

Les Deux Alpes

If you read my previous post you would have seen my infactuation with France and travel generally, so when the oppertunity to go skiing came up I was like Heeeellllllll yeahhh.

So I messaged my girls in my uni group chat and asked if any of them wanted to go, only to find out none of them did. 


One is a modest Muslim and said the clothing wouldn't be appropriate, the other is going to a wedding, the other is saving for a wedding and lastly the other said, "Do black people even ski"?

Determined to have done something memorable at university, I put my name down. Annnddddddddd I'm slightly regretting it.

So, as I have no friends going with me (thanks, guys), I went to my first Ski Social in the attempt of getting to know people. When you stay at the hotel, you share a room. I don't know anyone to share a room with and would, therefore, prefer not bunking with a strange girl who smells like sheep.
 So, at this social, I learned something very important. Apparently, black people don't actually ski (who knew, Black-ish lied to me), there were 2 Asian boys, butttt I basically was the darkest person there and only the girl of colour.
Now usually I can make friends with anything and anyone, I pride myself on being approachable, so you could imagine how strange it was as none of the girls even looked my way let alone said hi really bar two! The guys who sorta own the club were super nice and made conversation with me here there but besides that there were only two girls there made me feel slightly welcome etc but then two problems arose.

Firstly, they all drink. I, however, do not drink. One of the girls told me that the main thing everyone does when they go skiing is going out to drink in the evening. I don't drink so I'm a bit anxious as to what I'll be doing every evening. 

The second is, I don't see myself sharing rooms with these girls as one of them said she invited her friend to go on the trip so other people didn't feel like they were babysitting her. So I'm not exactly going to feel comfortable with her and her friend babysitting me.

In all honesty, I was really prepared to withdraw my deposit, but why miss out on an amazing opportunity for 8 days because of the people there aren't my people (don't be racist, I didn't mean because they're not black ).
I've sort of decided that I'm going to embrace being a loner and take the time to reflect, be grateful and just get on with it so I can say I did it. And it was amazing.

Let me know your opinion on this? Am I freaking out too much?

Lush Sunflower Deodorant

6 January 2017

Lush Solid Sunflower Deodorant 

Can I start by being mildly disgusting and informing you it is 9 am, I'm sitting in bed and I've sniffed my armpits and I still smell of this deodorant (and mild sweat). I don't go sniffing my armpits regularly, but I'm impressed! Anyway, onward to blog post!

So, I walked into Lush the other day just on a curious spree (once your halfway down Oxford street the smell sort of entices you to come visit) and I spotted this deodorant bar. I know what you're already thinking, you're asking why would anyone actually use a bar of deodorant rather than traditional roll on or spray. I think that is its own blog post outright. Long story short, a lot of people claim that deodorants are dangerous because of parabens (linked to cancer), aluminum (mimics estrogen, too much - cancer), silica (cancer linked), triclosa (a pesticide), and other ingredients. Check this link here for more.

Getting back to the point, I saw this and was like, ohhh interesting. This can go down on my Christmas list.

So the deodorant is a solid bar with a flower inside. Cuteeeeeee.
Lush describe it as 

"Pressed with antibacterial chrysanthemums, and full of uplifting antibacterial citrus juices and oils, this deodorant block will get you ready to Gogh - think of it as a roll on without the extra packaging! Slip over clean, dry armpits and absorbent sodium bicarbonate will take care of any moisture and ensure you stay fresh from morning to starry night."

I'll start by saying, I have no idea what flower a chrysanthemum is, and nor do I care really. Ha. *googles*- defo not the flower on the inside.

After using a few times this deodorant bar is pretty effective, combats the smell of sweat really well and leaves you smelling fresh and flowery for 24 hours! My armpits smell cute, and cute is defo the word here. The only down bit is I have no idea how to store this properly and would have loved directions on how to use. In the end, I just re-wet my pits and rubbed it on. Think I'll have to buy a tin from lush to store it in, but would have loved someone to actually inform me of that! either way, this product is here to stay.
Win win.

Travel blog - Making decisions

3 January 2017

photo credit // paperblog

For the last few months knowing that university is going to finish this year has led to questions like: Where will life take me now or what will I do next? 

A lot of people finish university, then go and get amazing job opportunities or graduate schemes, or you know, some don't. And I realised I really passionately felt the need to travel when I've finished.
 Thinking back to my childhood, the need has always been there. And I kind of realised it's always been something I've wanted to do. When I went on my first holiday at 13/14 I really wanted to be an air hostess (realistic dreams here, I wasn't about flying planes). Then researching with my mum, I found out most hostess jobs have a minimum wage of 20k, crappy hours, you had to be over 5'6 (I was really short at the time) and you had to live an hour away from an airport. That dream was killed.

Modern languages introduced my next venture. France.
At 16, I told my mum I wanted to be an Au Pair so I could live in France and learn the language. She said, "You are not going to France to be a babysitter or cleaner" anddddddd I've never bothered to look into it again.

During my first year of university, I was convinced I would study for a couple of months in Dubai until I found out it was a year minimum, whilst the European universities were 6 months, the French universities didn't support my chosen degree field.

Years later with university ending in just months away, I've decided that before I get a "real job" or start pushing kids out like M&m's I'm going to do what I've always wanted to do and have no regrets when I'm slaving away after my children. You can see my views on motherhood are extremly optiistic.

I think everyone feels the need to explore. Not just themselves but the world. What better way to learn about yourself. What your pain threshold is, your endurance. To value life more.
It's spending money of experience rather than materialistic objects.

So I made a goal that I want to visit a minimum of 5 countries this year.
The best bit about it is I feel I have something to work towards. The extra shifts at work will motivate me to go there! Take that extra cash to save! Save towards an adventure, something memorable! And whilst I can't find an abundance of friends that want to scour the world with me, I will (HOPEFULLY) develop the balls to do something alone. (I highly doubt this, but who knows).

First stop will be FRANCE for snowboarding and skiing in April!

Are you planning on going somewhere this year? Let me know!

Victims of New Years Resolutions

31 December 2016

Well hello there, long time no post!
2016 is coming to an end, finally. I think we can safely say it's been one hell of a year. And with 2017 approaching in a few hours, it is so important to be appreciative of what we have before we start making list for what we want. 
I've seen so many blog post on New Years Resolutions, how to make them, how to keep them, but none really on appreciating on the goals of 2016. We are al victims of creating a fresh slate and producing plans for next year, but not appreciating the plans we made and conqured the year before. Appreciating how far we've come and how proud we should be for making it to the end of an eventful year. 
So here is my list of all the things I've achieved this 2016. No matter how little they were. I did them! And I am proud - even if no one else is.

  • Made it through the second year at University
  • Switched blogging from WordPress to Blogger - even though it's been inconsistent
  • Made new friends at uni (yes Faye, you count as a new friend)
  • Booked 2 holidays for 2017 without family! (I'm a wuss)
  • Went on holiday with my family and Mr
  • Went on Holiday with the hubs
  • Celebrated an anniversary - nigga we made it 
  • Drove for the whole year without any claims or killing myself 
  • Straightened my hair only after 10 months! 
  • Went to the theatre to see Lion King
  • Managed to not kill my mother numerous times
  • Devised less plans to kill my mother - (seriously it took up all my time in 2015).
  • Saved money monthly
  • Got a curly hair cut
  • Donated blood
  • Donated clothes
  • Donated money
  • Read a hella load of books!
Whatever it is that you did this year! Be proud!

Yoga Log - Session 2

3 September 2016

Photo source: Pinterest



Yoga Lab

When I wrote the first yoga log, I was like what could I possibly write in the second one it'll be exactly the same.... This class was completely different!

The yoga class we attended was called Hatha Yoga. Taught by our amazing instructor Mary! Firstly it was strange to see that three guys had turned up to the lesson as in the previous one there were no males. 
*Side note, this one guys' breathing sounded like he was having sex alone and I couldn't stop laughing. 

The classes start the same in this really slow boring way, where you lie on the floor and focus on your breathing. zZzZzZz... I'm literally lying there just waiting to move to the next exercise where I can push myself. The breathing is meant to calm and relax you, which makes the muscle movement easier. It's amazing how the beginning breathing and the end breathing differs. I'll explain later.

The class differed in the sense that the focus there was more flexibility and strength to the poses. Having been a gymnast my toes instinctively go into a point because it's how I was taught. A lot of the exercises focused on using flexed feet. The movements stretched our bodies to its limit and holding them ached, but the release felt so beautiful.

I liked Mary more than the other instructor as she helped align my body in the right positions. She wasn't afraid to walk around the class and twist someone's hips or pull their arms into the right position which I think is key for a new learner.

There were so many periods in this session where the deep breathing was all you could think about as you held the pose. Focusing on the breath to get you through the ache.

A lot of the time Mary would tell me to tuck my bum in and actually, explained to me in a nut shell my body posture is awful. I stand wrong and stick my bum out when it should be naturally tucked.

The breathing at the end is really essential, it little feels like when you are breathing the floor is slowly engulfing you. It's amazing how annoying the breathing at the beginning is and how relaxing and necessary it is at the end. 

Overall, I loved my class again, and think ill be trying Hatha again next Tuesday!
Have you tried a yoga class before?
Let me know 

Yoga Log - Session 1

26 August 2016

Yoga log

session one 

Yoga Lab

 Yoga, I've always sort of wanted to do it but the idea of teaching myself inside my bedroom didn't really appeal to me. I sort of feel like I'm going through this phase where I need to do something sporty, but the Gym isn't really the option and I was sort of at a loss until my friend showed me this voucher on Groupon.

My class was at this place called Yoga Lab situated in Hackney. I wasn't really sure how it was going to be so I opted for a sports bra, leggings and a loose tee. I bought a big bottle of water (which I hardly used). Compared to all the other classes and sports I've done in life this is the most tame and my expectations were I would be bored by the slow pace or constant stillness. I was completely wrong. 

Photo from: Hackney Central Space

It was a small intimate space where there were 6 people and the instructor. It was super hot because of the weather so I was glad there were only 6 people!

The type of Yoga class I had today was called  Dynamic flow and Meditation class. These classes are designed to capture the essence of yoga, focusing on coordinating the movement & breath, with meditation. 
Throughout the first half hour, I began giggling quite a bit. Just because my friend in such funny positions seemed hilar, the seriousness and the relaxation hadn't quite kicked in. When movements began to require a bit more attention and effort that died quickly. The stress of holding your leg in the air behind you whilst your other foot started slipping from sweat soon demanded my full seriousness and attention. By the end of the lesson I was sweating like a donkey! (Do donkeys sweat?) And I was excited to go again! Even to buy my own mat! 
The class required attention and strength (which I lack) the sun setting atmosphere, therapeutic music, and concentration on breathing made it all relaxing whilst slightly energetic and even slightly painful (holding in plank when you have no core strength! LAWL).

I was slightly disappointed the next day, I was expecting my legs and joints to ache from having not used them in foreverrrr and instead I just had a new found sort looseness to my body (this usually comes after the soreness). Overall I loved the lesson, defo encourage anyone considering to go, to go.

Next week I'll be going to a Hatha Yoga class, make sure to check how that differs!
Do you, or have you tried yoga? Let me know below!

Summer Loving Toners

24 August 2016

summer loving toners

Toners have always been one of those products that I question do we need. I invested in these because as well as toners, I love a good face refreshing mist!




Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Rosemary Oil, Limonene, and Methylparaben

What Lush say:

This is the most refreshing of all our toner waters, with mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract and rose absolute to tone and balance the skin. This is perfect to use as a spritz in the summer to cool down, or any time of year when you want to feel refreshed. Rose absolute will help to reduce redness whilst patchouli oil is cooling and astringent on the skin.

What ChloƩ says:

I'm not too sure about this, firstly I hate the nozzle, the spritz is soo heavy so I can't really use this as a refresher which is annoying. There isn't anything really about this product which would encourage me to buy it again. It does make my face feel refreshed and I tend to spray this onto a cotton pad and then apply to my face and neck!




Organic Witch Hazel (Hamamalis Virginiana)

What Anita says:

Distilled Organic Witch Hazel (Hamamalis Virginiana). Made from organic witch hazel distillate, it’s a soothing anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory; an excellent,  alcohol-free skin and scalp toner with a pH of 3.0 - 5.0. Provides perfect pH balanced moisture to both skin and hair. 

Excellent for daily use to restore moisture and maintain a balanced pH.Witch Hazel - Nothing else! Free from alcohol, additives & preservatives. Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly.

What ChloƩ says:

I have such a love-hate relationship with my witch hazel. WHY? Because I absolutely love it but hate the smell! It's like apple cider vinegar! just yuck, but I noticed it makes my skin feel amazing and really tones down my breakouts, it's an amazing product, now if only I could love the smell!

Have you used any of these products, or have any recommendations?

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