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!


LUSH®

BREATH OF FRESH AIR 

Ingredients:

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 Chloé 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!


anitagrant®

ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL

Ingredients:

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 Chloé 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?


For the Harry Potter Fanatics

22 August 2016


Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter! This morning the Metro posted a new article indicating that Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone would be in concert. I mean, personally I'm not too fussed about this BUT if you know me or have been following me for a while you will know I loveeee Harry Potter. So it got me thinking, "What are all the Harry Potter related  things I NEEED to do or have in life (in no particular order).


HARRY POTTER

The complete book set


Photo Source : Amazon

I already own the book set, but I noticed I was missing The Chamber of Secrets? Strange, regardless it's a fantastic excuse to buy a new book set for the sake of it! The only reason why I haven't bought new ones are just because I don't know which hardcopy cover art I want, which sounds a bit pathetic, but hey, I will eventually own a new book set and ship my old ones off to a charity shop!


HARRY POTTER

Orlando studios



Photo source: Pinterest


Universal Orlando


Visit Harry Potter Studios in Florida -

Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Since the park opened in America, it's made the idea of going Disney Land much more enticing.
Hogsmeade has 3 rides, Honeydukes, The Three Broomsticks, Dervish and Banges, Owl Post and Filches Emporium of confiscated goods.

Diagon Alley includes attractions like Diagon Alley, Kings Cross, Knockturn Alley and Harry Potter and the escape from Gringotts. Shop in Borgin and Burkes, Madam Malkins, Olivanders, Quality of Quidditch Supplies, Weasleys Wizard Wheezes, and Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment.

This is just the cake on the icing really? I've been to the Harry Potter studios in London and LOVED IT! Lost all my photos so I'll have to go again! What a great excuse! The idea is me and my friend Nikita are eventually going to plan to go! I say that's the idea 'cause boy'o'boy it cost a leg to get there and a half to visit the parks!


HARRY POTTER

THE CURSED CHILD



Photo source: Harrypottertheplay

Watching the Cursed Child in London

So far I have the book, I spent 4 hours in a bloody virtual queue the other day and got NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA! Which means I'll most likely be going to this in the year two thousand and never. Real heartbreaker there. I read the book and tbh I don't know how I feel. Make sure you keep an eye out for the blog post review.


HARRY POTTER

fantastic beast and where to find them



Photo source: Pinterest

So when JK launched the original trio of books I obviously had to obtain the pack. It came with Quidditch through the ages and The tales of Beedle the bard. The book wasn't anything special but the movie is looking to be amazing! Instead of being set in England featuring Hogwarts, Fantastic beast and where to find them is set in America, featuring a school moulded on Hogwarts called Irvington. My bestie Nikita got my back again and told me she's taking me to see it at IMAX this November for my birthday.
Wooooooo!


HARRY POTTER

ebook series



Photo source: Pottermore

Recently JK announced that these three fab new books were coming:

  • Short stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies

But sadly, only on Ebook -__- . This pleases and annoys me, simply because I want physical copies, not an Ebook version! After the other short stories, I got I wasn't sure I would want to buy short books again, but after reading the story behind Irvington I'm sure these mini-series will be amazing as well!

Have you been to any of these places or got tickets to the theatre, let me know!


Cypriot Natural Soap

21 August 2016



cypriot

olive oil soap 

When I went to Cyprus I bought these lovely little soaps! They are made from olive oil, no duh. They're 100% olive oil which is good for the skin as it contains Vitamin A and E as well as other antioxidants which help moisturise skin without clogging pores. The soaps came in all these littel different colours/versions/smells.

 I'm sort of annoyed I didn't read the ingredients properly. I didn't realise they were scented. I thought they were mixed, but hey ho they are super cute and really good for the skin as they add moisture.

The scents I bought are:

Avocado, Lemon, Aloe Vera, Honey and Pomegranate. They have a really cute imprint of cyprus island on them too, looking back i wish i bought the volcanic ones as they were meant to be from greek volcanos and be super good to the skin! Darn it! But im sure these soaps will be cute and beneficial to use!

Have you ever used olive oil soap?



Body Scrubs for Summer

20 August 2016


Going on holiday means exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation! Because that ultimately is the way to an amazing tan! So here are 3 scrubs I've purchased to see which works best and does what I need!


GROUNDED ®

G R A P E F R U I T 

C O F F E E S C R U B


Ingredients:

Coffee Robusta Seed Powder, Coffee - Obvs, Sucrose, Brown sugar, Sodium chloride, Sea salt, Prunus amygdalus ducluis oil, Sweet almond oil, Tocopheryl acetate, vitamin E, Citrus paradisi, Grapefruit extract oil and Limonene.

What Grounded say:

Hi, I’m Grounded grapefruit coffee scrub ® nice to meet you! You may have already heard about me, I’m the little tropical body scrub packed with the vitamins, mineral’s and antioxidants you need for gorgeously smooth skin. Made with ground Robusta coffee beans, I’m a little rougher than your average scrub with enough caffeine in me to pack a punch.
 I also contain brown sugar and Himalayan rock salt which helps scrub away any dry, dead or flakey skin leaving you extremely soft. I want to make sure your skin is as moisturised and hydrated as possible that’s why I’ve added vitamin E and cold pressed sweet almond oil. I'm zesty, fruity and sharp. With my added grapefruit oil I'll wake up even the most tired looking skin.  

What Chloé says:

This really packs a punch! It's super messy in the bathroom though, so beware. Having used it before my holiday my skin was soft and felt really buffed afterwards. The smell is a bit perplexed. It smells more like Orange Chocolate than Grapefruit but who cares when it really does the job. It is a bit fiddly and they weren't joking when they said sharp!






lush ®

B u f f y  B o d y  b u t t e r


Ingredients:


Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Ground Rice, Ground Almonds, Organic Ground Aduki Beans, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, Citral, Limonene, and Linalool

What Lush say:

Slay dead skin with this scrub-in-a-bar that's filled with essential oils, cocoa and shea butters, and ground-up goodies that are great to use on thighs and bums, leaving you looking dewy. Rub the bar on wet skin to release the goodness: ground rice, almonds and aduki beans get to work polishing away dead cells, while the blend of lavender oil, cocoa butter and shea butter replenish moisture.


What Chloé says

This slayyyyyyyyed. I took this Cyprus with me because it was easy to transport and I thought the butter would help keep my skin moisturised. I was right! This balm kept my skin amazingly soft and buffed. I was Glowy Chloé, honestly! The bits were super tough mixed into the soft butteriness of the bar giving it a soft but sharp texture resulting in honestly super soft glowing skin. By far my favourite product, except it melted really easy in the bathroom because of the warmth so I had to keep chucking it in the fridge after every use! My favourite Lush scrub so far!




lush®

R U B  r u b  r u b 


Ingredients:

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Lilial, Perfume, Colour 42090, and Colour 45410.

What Lush say:

An exfoliating shower scrub that can also be used to wash, volumise and add shine to hair. Packed with mineral-rich sea salt, Rub Rub Rub can be used as a gentle scrub on wet skin, or on dry skin for a really good buff before you get in the shower. Sea salt, a natural antiseptic as well as an exfoliant, is combined with lots of lemon juice to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and it also adds shine and volume to hair.

What Chloé says:

This was my original favourite scrub, it's amazing to use on dry skin and even better on wet. With rich sea salt, this product is key to anyone who has back acne ( I don't but, just saying) as the salt is antiseptic and can help fix those pesky bumps. There is no way I would use this on my curly hair as I don't need extra volume or to dry my hair out any more than it originally is, ha. But for anyone with fine hair this could really aid. A great alternative!

Have you used any of these?
Let me know


Mini Zara Haul

9 August 2016


zara haul


Zara have been dishing out some amazing basic pieces recently.  I'm not a look book person so it is unlikely I'll be posting my #ootd photos, but I thought I'd post some of my purchases thus far!

Dress with gathered hem - £25.99


Gaaah, I love this dress, the elastic at the bottom takes some time to get used to as you walk but its sooo comfortable and it looks amazing! Slightly annoying that every time I wear this, everyone wants to know where its from. I'm going to be a cow and hope that it sells out soon so EVERYONE and their mothers aren't rocking it.

Culotte trousers - £22.99


Cullotes are my favourite sort of trousers to wear currently! And a girl at work was wearing these and I had to buy them! So super cute, the elastic at the top is a tad strange so its literally a pair of trousers you must TUCK everything in.

Pleated trousers - £22.99



Firstly can we just acknowledge how ugly the models shoes are and what an ugly outfit this is. Anyway, these are really comfy and go with anyyyyything! This are basically my go to trousers as of now! I bought the other similar looking pairs from toyshop and they just don't fall as nicely as these.


Leather Jacket - £119

Ahhhh, Leather jackets are probably the hardest to buy. They're usually never real leather or they sit weird or cost a bundle! I love this leather jacket as its not too expensive and it sits perfectly on my body!



Oversized T-shirt "Dress" - £12.99

Firstly, I would never wear this as a dress in England, I don't wear anything over the knee tbh as a dress. I bend over and my ass comes out so that says it all for me, but matched with the culottes above and this basically becomes my favourite outfit which I own, is that tragic? I bought this "dress" in emerald green and black too! 

These are all my fab fav buys from Zara recently, is there anything you've bought?


Face scrubs for Summer

5 August 2016


Dermatologist suggest we use different products during different seasons, because your face has different needs. So I've bought products here and there over this "summer" and these are my favourite thus far which, also happen to be perfect for maximising that summer glow!



NEVER A DULL MOMENT®

SKIN-BRIGHTENING FACE POLISHER WITH FRUIT EXTRACTS

Ingredients:


Ingredients: water\aqua\eau; citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water; butylene glycol; lecithin; behenyl betaine; glycerin; polysorbate 60; propylene glycol stearate; polysorbate 20; sorbitan laurate; polysorbate 80; sodium chloride; carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract; eucalyptus globulus leaf oil*, abies sibirica oil*, prunus amygdalus amara (bitter almond) kernel oil*, mentha arvensis leaf oil*, rosa damascena extract, barosma betulina leaf extract, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel extract, limonene; prunus armeniaca (apricot) seed powder; juglans regia (walnut) shell powder; copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax\cera carnauba\cire de carnauba; mangifera indica (mango) seed; mangifera indica (mango) fruit extract; propylene glycol laurate; phosphoric acid; peg-30 dipolyhydroxystearate; ppg-5-ceteth-10 phosphate; ethylhexylglycerin; caprylyl glycol; disodium edta; hexylene glycol; potassium sorbate; sodium dehydroacetate; phenoxyethanol

Origins is about 90% natural, so although there are a few ingredients in the that don't look like they belong there, they are naturally and ethically sourced.

What Orgins say:


Smooth away blah, bleak looking skin. Exfoliator with finely ground Apricot and Mango Seeds plus potent Papaya Extract dissolves lackluster cells with no irritating friction. Polishes skin to perfection. Leaves it beaming with youthful radiance.

What Chloé say's:


I love this product for my skin as so many people told me in the days that I used it that my skin looked good. The scrub smells good and is thick, meaning you don't have to cake the face with loads to apply evenly. I wish I had invested in the Gin Zing instead slightly, just as with added caffeine that is sure to give that wide awake slowly feel to ones skin, but I do love this, and it does do the job!



BRAZENED HONEY®

FRESH FACE MASK

Ingredients:


Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, sage, rosemary and juniperberry infusion, fresh organic free range eggs, honey, glycerine, fresh fennel, ground almond shells, almond oil, bentonite gel, fresh ginger root, fresh organic parsley, fresh organic coriander, ground numeric, ground cardamom, clove bud oil, ginger oil, vetivert oil, juniperberry oil, benzyl salicylate, eugenol, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, linalool, and perfume.

What Lush say:


Wake up your skin with this fresh face mask containing fresh fennel, ginger root, parsley and coriander to detox and stimulate. We use a sage, rosemary and juniperberry infusion with cardamom and clove bud oils for their antiseptic qualities, fresh lime juice to cleanse the skin and free range eggs, honey and almond oil to soothe and moisturise. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.



What Chloé say's:


I love Lush products, they're just that bit more "naturified" (not a real word I know). The ingredients list is literally words you can understand! This mask smelt divineeee! All soft like vanilla honey sort of smells, and it was thick too like the Origins mask but you could feel those almond shells! The only thing I hate about this mask is because it is so darn fresh, it has to stay in the fridge. Which means it has a reduced shelf life. Can't always feel pressured into scrubbing my face!


Have you used these products? Let me know!


Treasure Tress Subcription Box

1 August 2016



[ Disclaimer: This is a complimentary box sent from the Treasure Tress Team ]

This cute box appeared in my post this week from the folks at Treasure Tress. This is my first hair subscription box, I've had makeup ones before i.e Birchbox but never a hair one so I was quite excited just to see what was inside!
Subscription boxes are great tools for those just starting off in the natural game and don't know which products to invest in as they offer such choice. They offer small size products for you to test what you like without wasting your money and usually come with advice on how to use said product. 


They wrote me a little note and everything which was super cute!


So the box included:

Hand luggage-sized. 

AFROCENCHIX 

'SWISH' SHAMPOO(50ML) 

Use this PH balanced shampoo inclusive of ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Pro-Vitamin B5

 to cleanse your scalp and hair.


pALMERS 

Olive oil conditioner sachet x2

This Olive oil based conditioner is perfect for injecting any moisture lost

 in the cleaning process back into your hair.


AFROCENCHIX 

'Sheen' moisturising spray(50ML) 

Super for refreshing your curls/kinks throughout the day.


AFROCENCHIX 

'seal' oil(30ML) 

Seal the hair cuticle using this yummy smelling combination of castor oil and jojoba oil.


suitcase-sized 

shea and coconut

curling custard(246ml)

Use this curling custard for medium hold and super definition - whether it's a wash & go or a twist out.


SHEA AND COCONUT

flat out frizz fighter(237ml)

Fight the frizz using this leave in lotion/cream. Useful for those tempted to flirt with heat tools this summer, or those looking for a sleeker frizz free style.


Now, being truthfully honest, subscription boxes aren't for me. Just because I'm so particular about the brands I use for my hair and I'm not particularly great with "surprises". I am however really going to try using these products, either on holiday or pack them in my locker at work for when my hair needs taming and the hopefully make a review! 
Have you recently received a Treasure Tress Subbie Box? Let me know!




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