In the kitchen: Mango, beetroot & coconut juice

Hey dolls! I’ve really been loving juices and smoothies recently and this is definitely my favourite juice at the moment and will probably be my signature drink for summer.

mango, coconut and beetroot juice

Ingredients:

  • fresh mango, chopped (I used about a quarter of a mango)
  • coconut water
  • beetroot juice (I love Cawston Press radiant roots)
  • ice cubes
  1. chop up your mango into smallish chunks
  2. put a couple of ice cubes into your blender
  3. fill up about a third of the way with the beetroot juice
  4. then top up with the coconut water making sure you leave enough space to add the fresh mango pieces.
  5. add the mango chunks
  6. blend until completely smooth
  7. pour over ice, add a straw and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this juice as much as I do.

Much love,

Paige x

Review: Sebamed Clear Face

Hey dolls! I won a lovely goodie bag full of SEBAMED CLEAR FACE skincare products at the Shropshire Blogger Meet at the beginning of the month. I’ve been testing a few of the products out for a few weeks now so I thought now would be a perfect time to write a review about them.

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Antibacterial cleansing foam

My first thoughts: It’s really gentle on the skin and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry after using it. It has a very pleasant smell and it made my skin felt really clean after the first used.

After 1 weeks use I noticed that my skin looked a lot clearer and it had reduced the size of those really annoying large under skin pimples that are really painful, though I was still getting small breakouts on my nose and chin in particular (probably due to hormonal shiz).

What are the positives? It has reduced large breakouts, skin feels smoother, gentle on sensitive skin, doesn’t dry my skin out or make it feel tight like some cleansers aimed at oily/acne prone skin.

So what’s wrong? Skin still gets quite oily through the day, I’m still getting some small pimples though this is a huge improvement as I have oily skin and have always been prone to breakouts.

Overall thoughts

Generally impressed my breakouts have significantly reduced and have only increased if I’ve eaten some rubbish food, I love crisps.. a lot.  But my skin has been generally clearer and feels really soft and smooth.



Deep Cleansing Facial Toner

First thoughts: it’s quite strong and it made the more sensitive areas of my face go a little red.

After 2 weeks use I noticed my skin feeling cleaner but I also noticed it stripped all the moisture leaving my skin feeling quite tight. It left my skin feeling quite dry, also I noticed some redness on my cheeks especially as they are quite sensitive.

What are the positives? It really removes any dirt or grime that the cleansing foam hasn’t removed.

So are there any negatives? It feels quite harsh on my sensitive skin, it’s created some redness and sore patches on my cheeks.

Overall thoughts

I love that it’s a heavy duty toner that will get rid of any remaining grime, however I dislike that it’s harsh on my sensitive skin and has left me with some redness.



Anti-Pimple Gel

First thoughts: I love a good spot treatment and this reduced redness quite quickly. It’s great because you can use it several times a day to those pesky problem zones.

After 2 weeks use I noticed that it managed to reduce the size of any large pimple that popped up.

What are the positives? It dries out all those annoying pimples and reduces redness, it also provides antibacterial protection and reduces inflammation which is great if you have an angry spot or two.

What’s wrong with it? I think the only thing that’s wrong with it is that the tube dispenses too much of the gel even when you squeeze it gently.

Overall thoughts

I love a good spot treatment and this has been brilliant. This dries out spots and reduces inflammation like a dream and keeps redness at bay.



Care Gel

First thoughts: It’s oil free so ideal for someone with oily skin. It provides antibacterial protection which reduces blackheads and skin impurities.

After 2 weeks use I noticed that it wasn’t keeping the oiliness at bay, though large breakouts have been reduced. I noticed that my skin became really oily and shiny quite quickly which I’m not a fan of.

What are the positives? It’s reduced large breakouts and has helped prevent my skin becoming dehydrated.

What’s wrong with it? my skin becomes oily after a couple of hours.

Overall thoughts

I love that my skin isn’t breaking out and it doesn’t feel as though it’s dried out like some moisturisers aimed at oily skin can do. However I don’t like how quickly my skin becomes oily. I’m not a huge fan of this product, I’d like it a lot more if it managed to keep oiliness at bay longer as it does everything else brillinatly.

If you’ve tried any of these products I’d love to know what you thought of them.

Much love,

Paige x

Shropshire Blogger Meet

Hey Dolls! So I’ve been really slow updating my blog but I was recently lucky enough to be able to attend Shropshire’s first ever blogger meet in Shrewsbury hosted by the lovely Kirsty of Just a little bit ginger. The event was held at a local restaurant called The Two Henry’s. I was originally going to catch a train into Shrewsbury to meet up with Chris of Shrewsbury from where you are not before heading to the venue as we were both very nervous to meet all these new people but as I arrived at the station my train was just pulling away (gutted) so I called a taxi to take me to Shrewsbury train station but somehow the taxi driver got lost twice and I ended up getting the taxi to driver to pick Chris up from the train station and head straight to the venue.

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At The Two Henry’s we were treated to a lovely gift bag full of wonderful goodies from loads of amazing brands and also a cute little frosted cupcake each.There was also a raffle with some amazing prizes (I was lucky enough to win a goody bag full of SebaMed skincare products) and to top it off all the money raised from the raffle tickets went to a wonderful charity called Scope which supports people with disabilities, something which is very personal to Kirsty.

frosted cupcake

raffle prizesstella and dot

We had a really interesting talk from a lovely representative from Smashbox who spoke about their large range of primers and the new contour stick trio which I really want to try now. This was followed by a talk from Sarah of Everything you don’t need to know about Sarah… who gave a Stella & Dot demonstration, she showed some amazing pieces which can all be worn in an array of different ways, achieving an endless range of looks. .  We were lucky enough to receive items from Prairie Charms and I chose some adorable purple and gold hair ties.

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As the afternoon went on we were treated to a lovely buffet lunch, including potato wedges and samosas which I LOVE so I was a very happy bunny. I was also really excited to see two huge boxes of PROPERCORN which I absolutely adore. After lunch we had a brief talk from Chelsea of Loving life in wellies whom I was lucky enough to be sat next to she gave us some great tips on how to improve our blogs, which I found really helpful.

veggie lunch

propercorn

For me the best part of the whole day was meeting so many lovely bloggers. I was able to sit with some amazing ladies and Chris who happened to be the only male blogger attending. I was sat next to the lovely Hannah of Pull yourself together who I found I had a lot in common with as she suffers from depression and blogs daily about her life, Angela from Garden Tea, Cakes & Me who had such a warm friendly presence making it incredibly easy to talk to her, the really nice lady behind The secret world of a beauty blogger who prefered to stay anonymous and Jasmine from MineYeung who is absolutely gorgeous and though she’s quite new to blogging she’s already an established YouTuber which I find incredible for someone so young.  At the end of the meet I had a lift back to Telford from Hari of Beauty by Hari Pixie and Demi of Underlands Confession.

blogger goodies

sebamed raffle

When I got home I was able to look through my amazing goody bag that Kirsty made up with tonnes of great brands, plus the raffle prize I had won. I was really excited to try the Nanshy Marvel 4 in 1 makeup blending sponge, the LiLash eyelash serum and the Timeless Truth face mask in particular but all of the goodies were amazing. I had a really great time at the meet and I felt so blessed to have met so many incredible people so I would like to say a huge thank you to Kirsty for organising the whole thing, I can’t begin to imagine the time and effort involved but she did a fantastic job and I really look forward to seeing everyone again.

Much love,

Paige x

Maintaining blonde curly hair

Hey dolls! I’ve been asked a few times by people with Afro Caribbean hair how I maintain my frizz free curls so I thought I would write about the products I use to keep my hair healthy and what I use to style it as well.

Firstly I should say I very rarely comb my hair (shock horror) but when I do I use a wide tooth comb before drying it or while I’m in the shower whilst I’ve got my deep conditioner on. Otherwise daily I just finger comb my hair whilst I’m in the shower as this seems to keep my curls quite nice. I always use a conditioning mask as my hair tends to dry out a bit overnight so I like to replenish my hair with to help it stay soft, shiny and strong.  During summer I like to let my hair dry naturally unless I’m in a rush then I will use my hair dryer with the diffuser on the cool setting to avoid heat damage though I will still use a protector spray on the ends in particular I like to use the John Frieda heat defence spray I love the smell.

If I want to style my hair in an up do I use my invisibobbles as they won’t damage my hair or put any annoying kinks in it and if I’m trying to make it particularly neat I’ll pop a couple of bobby pins in it or hair grips. Though I generally like to do a quick messy bun or a standard ponytail. I’ve found that styling wise curly hair is quite low maintenance as I wear it down pretty much everyday and I always carry an invisibobble with me in case I fancy popping it up through the day.

To rid myself of any flyaways I like to use hair serums but finding serums that aren’t heavy can be difficult and I’ve found that they often leave a sticky residue on my hair which I hate and some have even ended up drying my hair out more than if I just left my hair with the flyaways. However I believe I have found the perfect hair serum that is lightweight has a silky feel, leaves no residue and keeps flyaways at bay! Bold statement to make I know but this serum has been working a dream on my hair especially with the weather getting warmer my hair is prone to drying out and becoming frizzy. So far I’ve had no issues with frizz since using this serum I cannot praise it enough now I know you’re probably thinking come on Paige just tell us what serum it is! Well calm yourselves because I’m going to tell you. It’s the BLEACH London split fix serum! Boom! It’s available in Boots and is super cheap

Having Afro Caribbean hair I’ve spent years chemically straightening it, over-using straighteners on it using a lot of  hair products that aren’t designed for my hair type. From 16 until I was 21/22 I was had my hair chemically straightened because I’d always wanted straight hair and I hated my natural curls (because it was more like a ball of frizz) while my hair was straight I went through a huge range of hairstyles long, mid length, pixie crop, bobs, asymmetric bobs and a pixie crop again and then I finally decided that I wanted to grow my hair again however when I hit 21 I just couldn’t be arsed to keep spending the money on having it straightened so I decided to grow it out. Luckily this was during my pixie crop phase so it was easy to grow out though It was very time consuming, it’s taken about 4 years to get it to the length it is now. Crazy huh? 

Regular hair cuts? Well regular for me is once every 3 months as supposed to the six to eight weeks recommended though in all honesty I’ve only been getting my hair cut regularly for the last year or so. I used to get my hair cut twice a year at best as I’d only get it cut when I was bored of my current hairstyle and wanted a complete change. I am much better now though, I just get a trim and I always have my hairdressers straighten it which breaks their hearts as they have expressed repeatedly that they prefer my hair curly and they don’t like straightening it but my thought is always “well I’m paying the best part of £100 on my hair I’m getting my money’s worth and having it straightened”. I don’t think they’re a fan of that thought process but it’s very rare that I have my hair straight anymore so it’s nice to have a change occasionally. 

Now I’d like to make a point of saying that this has not been a quick process, it has been a very long process taking a few years to reverse the damage done by the years of chemical and heat damage on my hair. So please I cannot stress enough that you need to stick with it even if you’re frustrated that it doesn’t seem to be working or that your hair still feels dry or gets frizzy throughout the day. It will get better you just need to stick with it and you will start to see results. Afro Caribbean hair is really high maintenance to look after but the pay off is amazing and definitely worth the time and effort that you put in.

 Current favourite products
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Invisibobbles – The Groovy Food Company Coconut Oil – BLEACH London Split Fix Serum – Davines All in One Milk – BLEACH London Silver Shampoo & Conditioner – Bed Head by Tigi Dumb Blonde Reconstructor – Catwalk by Tigi Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo
Paige x