Good Morning Kiwi and Melon Smoothie

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Good Morning Beauties!

It’s Sunday and have I got the perfect pick me up for you today. This recipe is one I found through the FodMap diet. So it is suitable for those with sensitive tummies. It also contains a great amount of skin loving vitamins and immune system boosters to give you a great start to the day. It  tastes delicious and is easy to make, so let’s get started. :)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Honeydew Melon, diced and peeled.

1/2 Kiwi, cubed and peeled.

1 tbsp. Lemon juice.

1 tbsp.  Stevia.

1 cup Lactose free milk or yoghurt.

1 tbsp Chia seeds

A couple of ice cubes.

Method:

1. Put the diced fruit and lemon juice into a blender.

2. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients (except the seeds) and blend until smooth and creamy in texture.

3. Pour into a glass and sprinkle seeds over the top. You should consume immediately as the kiwi and milk will separate over time.

This recipe works well as a breakfast and also as a snack, I’m loving it because of the taste and because it’s easy on my stomach too. For the next month I will be following the Fodmap diet- which has been specially formulated for those who have tummy sensitives and food intolerances. The diet was founded by Australian researches and is available to download as an application through I Tunes and Google Play. If all goes well I will be blogging more about my progress over the following weeks.

Stay tuned and let me know if you try out the recipe. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe for more!

Ashley xx

 

 

 

S/S Skincare Routine

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Well the summer sun and lifestyle have both taking a toll on my skin. As with most people I’ve had to give my skincare routine a whole shakeup to fit my new skin needs. If you want an idea of my previous routine that fits a more oily to combination skin type then click here.

YES TO CUCUMBERS DAILY GEL CLEANSER: I’ve been using this cleanser for the past month or so and I have to say it is by far one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used. It doesn’t irritate my skin and does a fab job of removing my makeup. It’s working as both an evening and morning cleanser as it does a super job of removing my makeup too. For my full review click here.

Korres Wild Rose SPF 6 Day Cream: For the first time in my life my skin is dry – I guess It’s my skins way of showing that I have left the teenage part of my life (and about time too). I apply this after cleansing in the morning and leave for a little while before applying my mineral foundation. It is in a lotion form and has a delicate scent of rose. It is doing a good job of replenishing my dry skin without caking my makeup but I still see some dry patches forming.

Night Treatment: I created this DIY lavender salve for my hands but it has been the best moisturiser I have ever used on my face. Usually, if not always my creams rub off during the night whilst I’m sleeping. However, this seems to be an exception to that. When I wake up my skin feels hydrated, smooth and looks glowing. I can’t recommend this salve enough! Check out my recipe here.

Mask: I’ve been lucky enough to try out a few different face masks this month in sample forms but I still find DIY masks the best. Avocado is a big favourite just now alongside honey. I usually use a mask once to twice a week depending on how much time I have and how my skin is feeling. I’m also enjoying Korres Wild Rose Facemask  at the moment as it brightens up the skin.

Exfoliate: Dry flaky skin appears more evident on the skin, that is why I am more diligent with my exfoliation routine at the moment. As always, I use a sugar scrub to exfoliate at least once a week and if there are any coffee granules left in the pot I use that too because of its amazing ability to exfoliate and moisturise at the same time.

As always, a big thanks to my readers and subscribers. I haven’t been 100% with my blog recently as I’ve been busy but I still love getting to know all you other natural beauties out there. So keep the comments flowing and don’t forget to subscribe!

Next week I’ll be posting about Organic Beauty in Copenhagen so be sure to check back for that.

Ashley xx

DIY Lavender Salve

This salve is perfect for dry skin, particularly for the hands and elbows but it also makes a great night time facial moisturiser too. Out of all the DIY recipes I’ve made; this has to be my favorite. For once, when I wake up in the morning my moisturiser hasn’t rubbed off. It leaves my skin feeling baby soft and nourished so I’m certain that your going to love it too. The best part is it’s so easy to make!

Ingredients to make 2 salves:
2 tbsp. Beeswax pellets.
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil.
4 tbsp. Olive Oil.
Handful of Dried Lavender Flowers (optional)
15-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil.

Equipment Needed:
Pan of boiling water or a microwave.
Glass bowl for cooking or a Pyrex jar.
Spoon for measuring and mixing.
Small sterilised jar to put in or 2 cupcake molds.

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Method:
Melt the beeswax, dried lavender flowers, coconut and olive oils together in either a makeshift double boiler or in a microwave at 30 second bursts until all the oils have melted. Once melted, take off the heat and add in the lavender essential oil. Mix well and pour into your jar or molds. Allow to cool for a couple of hours the voila you have your very own hand salve. :)

Thanks for reading today and be sure to try out the salve if you can. It really is a must try!

Ashley xx

June Favourites

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Coconut Oil:
I have been using coconut oil more and more the past few months. The scent, texture and performance of the oil is just amazing. It is a light oil and absorbs into the skin very well. I am currently using a little to moisturise my face, nails and hair every day. It’s great for Normal to combination skin types as it isn’t too oily.

Benecos Rose Garden Lipgloss:
Ah, this is so pretty. I love using it every day on my lips for that extra pop of colour. It is very pigmented and the consistency is great. It’s easy to apply, isn’t sticky and lasts well throughout the day. I usually pop an extra layer over my lips after I’ve been eating but I think that’s the standard with most lip glosses anyway. If you can get a hold of this then I definitely recommend it.

Jasön Organic Sunscreen:
I always wear some level of sunscreen for protection but I have never burnt or tanned until this summer. The Danish sun has both giving me some level of tan and at it’s worst.. sunburn. :( To be on the safe side I purchased the Jason Kids Sunscreen in SPF 45. It’s working really well, and smells great. It has a soft coconut/tropical scent. I was worried that it would be too thick too apply and would leave me with a thick layer of cream on my skin, but it hasn’t. It is relatively light in texture and absorbs very well.

Lily Lolo Blondie Foundation:
Now that my skin is a little tanned I have gone up two shades. I love this foundation and really like this new shade. For pictures and a full review click here.

Laidbare Tantastic:
I don’t like my legs to be completely bare under the summer sun. They look white and every little dimple or mark appears to be 10 x bigger. Tights also annoy me, they’re either too dark a shade, make you feel too hot or they tear. I bought this fake tanner for my legs just to give it a little more colour. No one even notices because it changes my skin from super pale to fair. :D :D
I mix it in with my regular moisturiser after I shower every evening or second day if I’ve built up enough colour. It works really well and doesn’t have a strong fake tan smell. It builds up in shade over about 4 hours and has a little smell but once you next shower it disappears.

Well that wraps it up, what are your June Faves? Do you share any with me?

Also, don’t forget to subscribe and share if you like. ;)

Ashley xx

Lily Lolo Blondie Foundation

Hello beauties,

Today is a going to be a fairly quick post showing you Lily Lolo’s Blondie Foundation.

I’m so excited to share this because I’m not using the palest foundation shade anymore! In fact I haven’t just gone up one shade but I’m using a foundation 2 shades darker. Who’d of thought that was even possible for me? ;)

I’ve been wearing porcelain for about 6 months but now feel that it is too light for me. (I can’t believe I’m actually saying this). I’m pretty impressed with how long the foundation latest me though. Six months is great considering I’ve been using it pretty much every day. If you wan’t to read my full review on the foundation with before and after pictures of the shade ‘porcelain’ then click here.

Here are some pictures of the new improved packaging and of me wearing the shade ‘blondie’.

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I love the new packaging as it looks lovely and because I find it makes it easier to distribute the powder onto my makeup brush better. I’m still using my real techniques brush but I am looking into alternatives. I like the look of those super big brushes. :) I am also experimenting with the ‘wet’ application technique. This is simply a matter of dampening your foundation brush before dipping it into the minerals. I really like it actually as I feel like the foundation absorbs better into the skin and gives better coverage.

I am adoring this shade. It’s the pale girls version of a tan. ;)

Thank’s for reading today and don’t forget to subscribe and follow on twitter!

Have a great weekend.

Ashley xx

S/S Beauty Wishlist

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Despite having a beauty blog, I’m not actually one for buying too many cosmetics. I like to keep things simple and buy what I actually need. However, this summer I have a handful of products that don’t meet the ‘What I need’ category but that I do really want to try. I thought I’d share my wishlist with you guys to see if anyone has tried out the items on my list and think they’re worth buying. So I guess you are doing the reviewing today for a change. ;)

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion:

First on my list has to be this tanning lotion. I tried out a sample a few weeks back and really loved it because of its ease of use and pleasant scent. What I like most is that it is washable. Having pale legs like me doesn’t look great in the summer. Any imperfections suddenly seem magnified under the summer sun. This seems like the perfect alternative to stockings, however the price is pretty high. At £26.oo for 100 ml I’m not sure it’s worth the investment. What do you guys think? Have you tried it?


BWC Concealer Pencil:

I’m a complete mineral makeup convert now but the one thing I really do find difficult is the concealing of any blemishes. This looks so perfect and creamy. The lightest shade also looks like it would work well with my skin tone. It’s pretty cheap, £6.99 for 4 g. I’m super tempted but don’t actually NEED it. What do you think? Should I or shouldn’t I? ;)


BWC Soft Kohl Pencil:

Another BWC product.. There are two shades that I am dying to try out. The Charcoal Grey and Deflt blue. Both would make the perfect summer eye, I think. It’s also really cheap too at £4.99 no one can mumble. The worry I have though is the staying and creasing power which is all too familiar a problem with Kohl pencils.


Lily LoLo Eyebrow Duo:

This contains both a setting wax and a powder. I just wan’t to try it out so much but again I don’t need it and the shipping charges put me off. If you have tried this out then let me know if it’s something I should buy now or can wait to try once my current brow powder runs out.

 
benecos Super Long Lashes Mascara:

This is a really budget friendly eco brand in Denmark that I can’t wait to try out. I have been without mascara for about 6 weeks now and miss it so bad. If anyone has tried this or any other of this brands mascaras, do you recommend them?


Ok, so that’s it for now. Let me know what you think in the comment box below and if you have any reviews on the above products then comment with a link to them!

 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Ashley xx

YES TO CUCUMBERS DAILY GEL CLEANSER

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I’m such a lucky girl. I have been on the look out for a new cleanser for what feels like months.. luckily I stumbled across this little gem in a sale for £3.00 last week. It’s by far my favorite natural cleanser that I have ever come across. It doesn’t irritate my summer sensitive eyes and it balances out my combination skin type perfectly.

There’s a good load of 93 g worth of cleanser in this product and it’s retailing for about $9.00. Which makes it purse friendly too. :)

How to use:
It’s best to apply to an already wet face. I like to splash my face a few times with warm water to open my pores and then massage into a lather for a minute or so before rinsing off with a couple of splashes of cool water. Sometimes, when I feel that I have more makeup than usual on, I use my muslin cloth over the top for an extra deep cleanse.

Product Performance:
It’s doing a great job at removing my makeup, including my eye makeup. It has a very delicate scent of cucumber and is not irritating my skin at all. I am having particular troubles with eye allergies at the moment. So the extra coolness is a warm welcome. It’s marketed for sensitive skin but I feel that it fits the oily-combination skin types rather than dry. It isn’t drying but it does remove any excess oils without adding any particular moisturiser on top.

Product Ingredients:
The main three ingredients are cucumber, aloe-vera and green tea but it also contains some skin protecting oils such as sunflower. It is 96% natural in total and isn’t tested on animals. For the full ingredients list click here.

Where to buy:
You can purchase from the yes to carrots website and from most beauty stockists online such as feelunique.com Also keep an eye out in your local health food shops as this seems to be a favorite.

Thanks for reading today beauties! Let me know in the comment box below if you have tried the range and also don’t forget to subscribe. :)

Ashley xx