30 July 2017

Beauty | Peachy Fox - Natural affordable skincare

I have recently discovered a new brand of skincare by Peachy Fox, which is offering natural ingredients at affordable prices. 

The first product I tried was the eye gel, I instantly added this to my morning routine (in replace of my usual Garnier) and within 3 days I really felt I could see a difference, I looked rested and the dark circles and puffiness around my eyes had really reduced. 

I love that it soaks in quickly when applied to the skin and is scent free. 

After 2 weeks use, I purchased the daily collagen retinol moisturiser, I was excited to see the same affects as the eye gel, this product was more a creamy texture. It left my skin hydrated and soft, but I couldn't see complexion changes. 

It is so nice to try out some different brands, as I am guilty of just picking up the usual high street choices in Boots or a splurge on Estee Lauder. 

I also have The Ordinary on my list to try! 

Let me know if you have any more brands I could try!

Kristina x 

Disclaimer - I was sent a discount code to use on a product from Peachy Fox, all opinions are my own. Peachy Fox products are available from Amazon.co.uk


10 July 2017

Life | Coffee on the go with KeepCup

When reading a post over the weekend on Bloglovin from everygirl.com about cutting spending habits, one point of the post in particular stood out and really made me think.  

It has made me question about how often I buy a coffee on the go... sometimes when I don't need to and should have saved myself that £4. I do go alot less now my office is out of town, there is only one place I can get one on my daily commute and that is a costa machine in the local petrol station, so it's desperate times if I end up calling in there first thing in the morning. 

I have so many take out cups I have collected over the years, but I don't use them as often as I should! 

One of the cups I have in my cupboard is this colourful KeepCup!

If you haven't heard of KeepCup before, it is an Australian brand formed in 2009 by a brother and sister on a mission to reduce wastage from their own cafe. They thought there must be a more environmental friendly approach and decided to produce a reusable cup and reward their customer by reducing the price of coffee on the go if they used one. I don't know if local cafes near me do this, but I know starbucks do give a slight discounts if you use your own cup. 

So what is different to KeepCup compared to picking up one from Tkmaxx or Starbucks?

It's bespoke to you! There are so many colour combinations, it is rare you will know someone with exactly the same cup (unless you copy!). 

I made this one for my brother a few years ago, but he said my colour choices were a bit too bright for him (oops), so I ordered him another (let him choose this time) and I kept this one. It matches my car perfectly! 

It's a really lovely cup to drink from as it is super light and with the rubber band it stops your fingers getting too hot.

If you fancy designing your own cup it is made up of 5 elements so you choose the size, cup, band, lid and cap all separately - a complete cup starts at £7. 

I am now going to aim to ditch cafes on a regular basis and keep them for special occasions instead, like meeting a friend or if I am somewhere out of town. 

Now, if I want some chill out time with a coffee, I know can get all that at home! Like today, I switched off the tv, lit some candles and if I need a treat, I will make some!

Making your own biscuits are so quick and easy, I didn't have any biscuits in for my friend coming over on Saturday so I created these delicious cinnamon shortbread and they were gorgeous! Luckily there were a few left for today's moment of need. 

Hope I have inspired you to ditch the cafes or drive thru and consider boiling the kettle instead.  

Kristina x
** This post is not sponsored by KeepCup I just really like the brand, all opinions are my own. 

3 July 2017

Beauty | Dreaming of paradise - with & other stories

I love summer scented products... ones that as soon as you breathe in the fragrance you are instantly at the beach, sun on your face and dreaming of pina coladas.

While shopping in Leeds on Saturday, I found myself trying out all the bath and body products from & other stories. New in store is the Topanga Waves collection, which takes me straight to the beach. 

It is described by & other stories as 'Endless beach days catching coconut waters and pineapple winds' then with the beautiful palm leaf and blue sky packaging, I was in love!

In the collection is hand and body lotion, fragrance, body soufflĂ©, body scrub and body oil all with prices starting at £5.

I picked up the Eau de toilette 50ml fragrance for £26 and the hand lotion 250ml for £5. 

Packaging of the fragrance is basic, with only the description printed on the ribbon but i think thats fine for the price and it is the perfect size to keep in your bag to top up through the day. 

I have been wearing it for a few days now and I have to top up a couple of times during the day... but maybe that was just for a blast of beach vibes to get me through the day!

If you don't fancy smelling of summer, then I am sure & other stories would have something else to take your fancy. 

I also picked up some hand wash as per recommendation by my sister in law,  Lemon Daydream and Miami Muse (candy floss scented!)!

Kristina x

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