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Does stuff make us happy?

Are 10 dresses hung up in the wardrobe better than just the 2 you actually wear? Bottles and bottles of moisturiser, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and face wash, when a bar of soap Would do?

When you have a couple of hours to kill so you go shopping, feeling a bit blue? Shopping? New job? New outfit! Single? New outfits!! 

What has happened to buying once and buying right? 

We have become such a throw away society and it’s killing the planet!

We buy so much crap. Let alone the single use plastics we use. We buy into fast fashion, buy an outfit for when we lose weight (we never do) or in a colour we really should wear (but never do). We buy air fresheners that pollute our homes, cleaning products which poison us and eat food that are killing us. 

No more!! Not in my house!

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Reviving review

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I have had the Monuspa Reviving mist for a couple of months now and i absolutely love it!

I got it just before i went on holiday to Spain as the spray was really refreshing and it smells really nice. So when your all hot and bothered and might not be feeling the freshest spritz a little of this onto your face, back of neck and body and it leaves you feeling much better!

It is also great t set your make up, one spritz of this keeps your make up there all day!

The product its self i got from a beauty box subscription and just haven’t managed to tell you guys about how amazing it is! This is a full sized sample and you can pick it up for Β£11.95.

“The perfect pick-me-up for dull days and stressed skin, to leave you feeling calm, comforted and in control. Created using a blend of zesty essential oils. A blend of zesty essential oils from Lemon and Rosewood to Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Geranium and Clary Sage. This invigorating combination will leave skin feeling deliciously cool and refreshed whilst providing an irresistible fragrance to tantalise the senses.” – Glossybox

Here is the website so you can buy your own!

The sacred truth

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I went into lush the other day and asked one of the advisors about what would be best for dry skin. Ive tried one from Lush that had oats in it and although it did help at first by the time the next day arrived it was as dry as ever. With this information i was told that The Sacred truth was the next best for moisturising and i should give that a go. He also gave me a sample of Skin drink moisturiser to try after the mask.

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The mask its self is really thick, green and slimy. I loved the smell of it tho! Its busting full of natural ingredients like lavender oil and jojobah oil smells great! When you put it on its really quite cool and refreshing on your face and you can feel the little bits of exfoliating matter throughout the mixture.

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After leaving it on for the required time the mask itself didnt set as such but you could tell a difference between just putting it on and theend result. Washing it all off was quite easy and didnt cause quite as much mess as is usual.

Both mine and Andrews skin felt great afterwards really soft and my face felt slightly plumper but not in an alarming way. The moisturiser we used afterwards was also quite thick so we didnt need to use very much of it and it definitely made a difference.
This morning when i woke up my skin still feels lovely so its already better than the last one i tried!

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Much Love Helen x

Day 4 meat free

To start the day off right especially on my day off!! Woop! I made a juice πŸ™‚

8 small carrots
3 small apples
1/2 inch peeled ginger
1 small orange
6 inches of cucumber

Tastes soooo nice!

Andrew then made scrambled egg on toast! He makes the best eggs ever nom!

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We went to Ikea today…which was dangerous but we only spent a little bit so all is good πŸ™‚ could have come back with too much stuff!

After this we went to Frankie and Bennys with our friends Louise and Ryan. Its never something I’ve noticed before but WOW how slim are the pickings for vegetarians? There were about 5 options overall with a disclaimer at the bottom saying the food was prepared alongside everything else. This is kinda disgusting really, you make a life choice and have it undermined by food chains!
Anyway i had the vegetable burger and Andrew had the red french pizza πŸ™‚ both very tasty πŸ™‚

We got home about 8pm and wern’t really hungry so we didn’t have any dinner last night but i made some breakfast bars. As getting up early to make breakfast is not my thing!
There is a separate post all about the recipe and where and why πŸ™‚

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Much Love Helen x

Day 3 Meat free!

Hi everyone!

So day 3 went well!

I had fruit and a coffee for my breakfast! So exciting haha!

For my dinner i had a brie and grape butty πŸ™‚

As Andrew was off today it was up to him to make tea! Which is all good he made a vegetable curry with home made pappadoms! Soooo tasty! Quite hot too ha!

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In the curry:

Aubergine
Peppers
Potato
Onions
Passata
Garlic paste
Tomato paste
Coconut milk
Masala paste
Curry powder
Brown rice

Nom nom!

Ive really discovered over the last 3 days that vegetarian lunch time food is cheese and something… now dont get me wrong i love cheese but where are all the other options? I dont know whether its just because i work outside the city centre, as Andrew has had quite a few good meals on his lunch break such as: mac and cheese burger!

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So far sooo good πŸ™‚ im not missing meat at all which is a suprise! Well to me anyway!

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Much Love Helen x

Trying to make a difference

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This is the food i eat on a weekly basis. Now im fully aware of the fact each one of these meals is primarily full of meat. Chicken, fish, beef, lamb i eat every thing. Now after putting in some serious thought, i want to change. I read somewhere a horrible statistic about how many animals each person on earth consumes on average throughout their lifetime. It is truely mind blowing. And i’m ashamed. I do feel that if the animal is well looked after and doesnt suffer then there is a little less concern. However both my husband and I have pledged to eat less meat. There is no need to have meat in every meal, so to kick start things as of Monday 27th we are going meat free for a whole week. I know to some this may seem like a tiny obstacle and that it wont make much of a difference but we are trying to shift the way we look at our food and how it gets to our plate. We have agreed to do atleast a week but who knows maybe it will go on for longer.

Im just trying to make a difference in my own life.

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Much Love Helen x

Glossybox review

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Noxidoxi – Enhancing serum base.

A serum is the power-house of any skin care regime. From Bordeaux born brand noxidoxi, this has a CRC6 moisturising complex, which hydrates the skins surface as well as the deeper layers, while a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories protect the skin. Layer under moisturiser. Full size Β£33.46
Www.noxidoxi.com

Helen thinks:
It is a really watery consistency and it smells like baby wipes. It did make my skin feel smoother and tighter (in a good way) and once it has soaked into the skin after just a few seconds, my skin felt nice and soft. Not sticky at all which is great! However i cant see any noticeable difference with the cream on. Maybe its something i will only notice after prolonged use.

Lollipops – lip balm delicieuse

A wonderful french find. This rich and creamy balm immediately soothes and softens with antioxidants and vitamin e, as well as protecting the lips from UV damage. Perfecr for the summer! Full size Β£4.15 http://www.lollipopsmakeup.fr

Helen thinks:
It tastes amazing, smells even better but looks like ive got vaseline all over my mouth. It also doesnt work well as a base for lipstick!

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals – perfect skin refiner

With hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin, 10% glycolic acid to help resurface the skin and calming ingredients to reduce irritation. Start by using it every other night (you’ll feel a mild tingling at first), and as with all potent treatments, a high SPF is a must during the day. Full size Β£70 http://www.teoxane-beauty.co.uk

Helen thinks:
It smells really chemically (not sure if thats a word) makes the surface of the skin feel a little numb when you have just applied it. I cant say if my face needa much plumping as i cant see a massive difference, but may be different on someone with a few wrinkles. It definitely felt different.

Yves Rocher – comme une evidence eau de parfum

This quintessentially french musky floral scent is light, feminine and airy. It intertwines notes of violet leaves, rose, lily of the valley and patchouli for a subtle scent that lasts all day (or night) long. Full size Β£24.50 http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Helen thinks:
The perfume has come in such a sweet looking bottle and box! It really does look classy and expensive! Im normally into musks that arnt flowery but i actually really like this. I dont think i would want to wear this at night but would be nice during a warm summers day. πŸ™‚

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Much Love Helen x

Beauty review

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Clarins gift set: So it was my birthday at the end of June and my very generous friend Louise bought me this awesome gift set. It has an exfoliating body scrub, a huge bottle of moisturising lotion and body oil. All three of these products smell different but just as lovely as the next.

The moisturiser is a beauty. Its not oily or sticky. It soaks right into the skin and really does make my skin feel loved! I havent looked to see how much they are as that would be rude! But im sure they are well worth the money!

The Body scrub is a small size so i have just been using this on my face to get the most out of it. It makes my skin feel really clean, soft and invigorated before applying any other creams afterwards.

Body oil i havent tried to use this yet as they do nake me a little nervous!  It smells really nice tho! I will have to try it when if ever i get a day off! πŸ™‚