Liebster Award!

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A big thanks to Elegantly Eco for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

Here are the rules:

1. You must link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by said blogger.

3. You must nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and provide them with 11 unique questions.

4. You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.

5. You must inform your nominees by providing a link to your post explaining the award and rules.

 

Here are the questions that Elegantly Eco gave me:

1. What skincare product can you not live without?

It definitely has to be coconut oil,  it moisturises, cleanses, removes makeup and protects the skin and hair. Also, it smells gorgeous.

2. Where is the most exotic or exciting place you have travelled?

That’s a hard question.. probably the time I visited Disneyland as a child. :D

3. What is your favourite DIY recipe?

My favourite DIY Recipe is my Lavender Skin Salve. It’s the most moisturising salve I’ve ever used. It nourishes the skin for hours. It’s also super easy and fun to make too!

4. If you could have one wish what would it be?

I wish that we didn’t have to lose our loved ones. :( Immortality! ;)

5. What is currently in your purse?

My wallet, keys, Pacifica perfume, study books, tablet and a Lavera lipstick.

6. If you have a talent that nobody knows about, what is it?

I’m not bad at singing… :P

7. If you could have any super power in the world what would it be and why?

I’d love to be able to fly, If there’s such a thing as past life’s, then I think I was a bird.

8. What are your favourite brands in beauty?

Lily Lolo, Caudalie, Neals Yard, benecos and John Masters Organics.

9. What is your favourite exercise?

I love running but I’m getting a bit bored of it at the moment. I am curious to trying some dance and martial arts classes.

10. Do you prefer camping or cottaging?

Depends on the weather, location and the company. A little camping adventure is usually fun though.

11. What is your favourite snack?

Chocolate!

 

My Nominations:

Finding One’s Inner Eco Diva

eles, eaesthete

orightuae

The Lamwich

beautyshenanigans

Julia Homeopath

Alexis Camille Evans

Girl Behind The Glasses

Love Shine Glow

Zoe Says

Cruelty Free Me

My questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

2. What is your signature perfume/scent?

3. Where is your ideal holiday destination?

4. What’s your favourite sport?

5. What are your 3 desert island beauty essentials?

6. What do you want to achieve with your blog?

7. If you could pick, what would be your last ever meal?

8. Where is your favourite place to be?

9. What is one of your favourite quotes?

10. What songs would be included on the soundtrack to your life?

11. What was the best compliment you ever received?

A big thanks again to Elegantly Eco for the nomination and to all my readers and subscribers over the past year! <3

Ashley xx

The All Natural First Aid Kit

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A great post on natural alternatives that work!

Originally posted on Elegantly Eco:

I don’t know about you. But I don’t like to use conventional medicine if I don’t have to. Why? Most conventional medications are full of toxic chemicals that merely mask symptoms. To me, using these medications is the equivalent of using a hammer to kill a spider. It’s overkill. Most of the time, we don’t need two Advils or Extra Strength Tylenol unless our pain threshold is significant. That’s why my first time of defense when I get a headache or any other boo-boo is to use something all natural. The wonderful thing about these items I’ve listed below is that they perform more than one function.

So here’s a list of what I would put in my All Natural First Aid Kit besides the obligatory bandages, gauze, scissors, etc. You can use an all natural product, or if you’re a real purist grab a single ingredient. For the products…

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Eco Beauty Shopping Guide: Stockholm

Hello beauties,

So, I am heading back home to Edinburgh for a few months to study. It has felt strange to be back in Stockholm again, but it’s also been fun to see friends, discover the city more and to practice speaking Swedish again. Before I go though, I decided to visit my favourite Eco beauty boutiques and shops in Stockholm, and to write up a little guide for anyone visiting Stockholm or living here. Here is the lowdown of my favourite Eco beauty stockists. :)

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Vita Vera:

I first found this little gem whilst I was at a Christmas market in the area last December. It stocks a good range of health foods and supplies, but also a fab range of organic cosmetics. It has a pretty decent selection of interesting books too, a few on DIY Organic Beauty products actually. I spent quite a while in here mesmerized by all the goodies and felt very warm and welcome in the atmosphere. It is a little bit out of the center of Stockholm, but still worth the visit if you can. It’s also just a 3 minute walk from the metro station.

Address:

Nybodagatan 1, 126 32

Midsommarkransen T-Bana (Red Line towards Fruängen).

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Lavera makeup Stand at Vita Vera

Gryningen:

You’ll find quite a few health food shops in Stockholm – particularly in Södermalm, but what I like about this store in particular is its relatively large selection of Eco beauty cosmetics. They stock a pretty good selection of brands including: Dr. Hauschka and Faith in Nature, and there’s also a lot of small organic beauty brands stocked here, which I like to see. I enjoy discovering new brands and supporting those that are for a good cause. The only problem I found is that it is a pretty small and cramped store. So, not the perfect environment for browsing in. However, don’t let that put you off, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Address:

Folkungagatan 68, 116 22

Medborgarplatsen T-Bana (Green Line Towards Hagsätra).

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Apoteket and High street Stores:

The Apotek stores (pharmacies) usually stock a few organic beauty brands. Typically, IDUN minerals and Estelle & Thild. Most high-street shops usually stock a few organic brands too. One in particular is the french organic cosmetics brand UNE. The department store Åhléns normally sells these too alongside REN and BareMinerals. I also recommend giving the beauty store, Kicks a try whilst you’re there, I found some Burts Bees on sale last year. :D

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Oikos Butik:

Last, but certainly not least is my favourite Eco Beauty Store in the whole of Stockholm. It is beautifully decorated and stocked. Whilst just being 1 metro stop away from Central Station! This gorgeous boutique has many fabulous brands including: NVEY Eco, Florascent and much to my surprise, Neals Yard Cosmetics.  If there is only one store, you’re going to visit then make sure that it is this. Find more out on their website here.

Address:

Hantverkargatan 18, 112 21

Rådhuset T-Bana (Blue Line towards Akalla or Hjulsta).

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Thanks for reading guys! I hope you found it useful and will try out some of the stores on the list if you visit Stockholm.

Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more posts. :)

Ashley xx

 

 

DIY Mint Chocolate Lip Balm

Hey beauties,

It’s a dark and rainy evening here in Stockholm, which has given me the perfect excuse to get some blog writing and planning done. I just came to realise that I haven’t posted many DIY’s lately and decided that this was a good time to get this gorgeous recipe out of the drafts and published. It uses mostly the same base ingredients as  my other recipes, but with a little twist. I really think you’re going to enjoy this one. ;)

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Ingredients:

1 tsp. Cocoa Butter

2tsp. Coconut Oil

3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

1/2 tsp. Cocoa Powder

Vitamin E capsule

Sterilised Lip balm tube or tin

Makeshift double boiler

Method:

Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a makeshift double boiler on a very low heat for about 15 minutes. Once melted, take off the heat and mix in the other ingredients until everything is evenly mixed and smooth. Finally, transfer the mixture to a lip balm tube or tin and leave to set.

August has been a month full of birthdays and boy, has this recipe been a favourite. :D If you have a sweet tooth and a chocolate addiction, then you would be mad not to try out this recipe. It’s also definitely one to make for Christmas gifts this year.

Have you got any recipe suggestions or any ingredients that you would like recipes for? Then, let me know if the comment box below.

Thanks for reading and be sure to subscribe for more DIY Recipe ideas.

Ashley xx

80s Inspired Makeup

Hey beauties,

Thanks to an 80s themed party invite, I finally had the chance to be a bit more creative with my makeup. I took some inspiration from Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Smith and also The New Romantics. Here’s my finished look with some details on how I created it.

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Makeup Used:

Lily Lolo Foundation

bareMineralsMoxie Lipstick: Never say never.

bareMinerals Blusher: Rarest Rose.

benecos maximum volume mascara (applied with L’Oreal telescopic lash mascara brush).

bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal eye shadow.

BWC Charcoal Grey Eye Pencil.

Application:

After foundation, I outlined and filled in my natural eyebrow shape with BWC’s eye pencil. To hold in place I put a layer of bareMinerals velvet charcoal eye shadow on top. Next, I blended the eye shadow over my whole eye area – including the brow bone. This seems to be a pretty standard look for the 80s. For some extra definition, I applied BWC’s eye pencil on my top and lower lash line, but on my bottom lash line I blended it out as to prevent it from looking too harsh. I finally finished my eye makeup with a few generous coats of benecos mascara.

Lips were pretty easy, all I did was shape them and fill them in with the lipstick until I was happy with the shade. Cheeks however, needed a little more work. I mainly concentrated on the cheek bone and temples. The distinct 80s look is quite bold when it comes to blusher but not too clown like! I suggest applying a little, and then building it up.

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Awesome!!!! I had so much fun, it’s great to be able to experiment and play around with your makeup. As you can see, it’s also possible to be fun with more ‘natural’ brands. So don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. ;)

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Ashley xx

How To Make A Watermelon Pizza by Styles – Ideas

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Have you guys tried this? :o

Originally posted on Styles Ideas:

Are a lot of different variations of a pizza and every one of us has their personal thought of the excellent pizza. But we can all agree that it would be amazing if there was a wholesome version of pizza out there. The excellent news is that there is a single, but it’s made out of f… if you want to view full content please visit this http://www.styles-ideas.com/how-to-make-a-watermelon-pizza.html

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Immune Boosting Smoothies!

Hello beauties!

Autumn and winter are just around the corner, and that usually brings with it a good few bugs and viruses. Fortunately, we can start boosting our immune systems now to help fight off those pesky cold and flue viruses. Here are a few of my favourite Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipes.

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Banana, spinach, carrot, strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, probiotic powder.

This blend is packed full of super ingredients for your immune system and overall health. The carrot contains beta carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that turns into vitamin A once it is digested. We already know that vitamin A is great for the immune system, the skin and is a good cancer preventer. The oranges give a good boost as well with the vitamin C content and the berries are another good source of antioxidants. By adding in some flax seeds, we can benefit from the omega 3 content too!

 

Beetroot, carrot, celery, cucumber and ginger.

Beetroot contains quite a few immune boosting ingredients, some being: vitamin C, manganese, iron and betaine. All of which are great for the immune system and the liver. Betaine is especially detoxifying, I love to take this when I am feeling  run down as it boost both my immune health and helps to clear out my system.

 

3 cups green tea, banana, blueberries, goji berries,vanilla protein powder.

Sweet, delicious and better than any lemsip. Why? Because, it contains so much vitamin C and antioxidants, plus some protein for energy too. This, to me, is like a comfort food – but healthy. It gives me instant energy, and protects my immune system throughout the day. As I said, better than any lempsip. Try it out next time you’re in need of an extra boost or whenever you’re feeling under the weather.

I am so big on recipes at the moment, if you have some suggestions then let me know in the comment box.

Ashley xx