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Superdrug Haul & First Impressions

This was a bit of an impulse buy because it was on offer. I was searching for an exfoliator and this gylcolic scrub was actually a bit better suited to my skin needs. I've used it once in the shower, so far, and it wasn't too rough and left my skin feeling really good. Let's see how this helps my dry skin.

I was in the need of a new liquid eyeliner and super slim sounded like the right one for me. I've been experimenting with eyelash extensions at home and I've put this to the test filling in little gaps. It was so easy to use, really black and stayed put during the first trial run. I'm looking forward to trying it for a night out.

The night that I did the order was cold and wet which left me wishing for Summer, sunshine and a healthy glow. I've used Palmer's Cocoa Butter for years and this was quite a good price. I tried it out the other night thinking it was pretty much a gradual tanner. I was a bit slap dash and didn't wash my hands very well - BIG MISTAKE. I'm looking a lovely colour, except for the bright orange between my fingers.

This teeth whitening product was the reason I was on the Superdrug website. Some of my friends had been speaking about this at dinner a few weekends ago and it reminded me of seeing it on Youtube. I'd checked for the different charcoal polish options and this was affordable... but out of stock. Finally it was back in and I snapped it up. It's really messy to use, I'll only be doing it on days when I've got time to be cleaning the bathroom!! It didn't taste of anything, it was a little gritty but it didn't bother me. I've noticed a slight difference after just one use.

This miniature was a freebie when you bought 2 skincare products. I'd never smelt this fragrance before and a little 5ml bottle is both a good chance to try it out but also a handy size for in a handbag or whilst travelling. 

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Hair Care Range

Who doesn't want gorgeous hair? Phil Smith Be Gorgeous is a haircare range from the celebrity hairdresser with over 10 different collections. There's something to suit different types of hair, colours and problems areas. All of the collections have a distinctive colour scheme making them easy to identify and also bright and attractive sitting in the shower.  My favourite is the Cocolicious range with a sleek white bottle and amazing copper writing. I've got long, blonde, mega processed hair and I was looking forward to trying out a product from 3 different ranges - Hello Moisture SOS Rescue and Cocolicious*.

Argan Oil is well known for it's nourishing properties, it's been a buzz word in the beauty industry for years. This conditioner felt quite light and creamy in my hand before feeling a similar way in my hair. A heavy conditioner can make my hair feel greasy and lifeless but this one was the complete opposite both in the shower and once I'd finished my blow dry. It takes a while to notice actual signs of repair but my hair did feel stronger and healthier, ready to be styled.

The part I was excited about was the scent and it didn't disappoint. It smelt amazing and definitely earned it's Cocolicious name. Unfortunately this didn't leave my hair feeling as silky in the shower as I was expecting, which is a shame. I'm not sure how hydrating this actually is but maybe paired with the rest of the range it would be a favourite.

I love an intensive conditioning treatment. It's part of being a blondie who's partial to straightening and curling. I quite often use a conditioning treatment in place of a normal conditioner just to keep my hair in really good condition. This one with shea butter didn't disappoint. My hair felt smooth and hydrated in the shower after leaving it in for 5 minutes (I've also tried 15 minutes for a proper pamper night too). After washing it out, drying my hair and styling it my hair felt smooth and a little less tangled than usual. 

Phil Smith haircare is available from Sainsbury's at only £3.50 each which is a really fair, and affordable price. There's no need to spend a fortune when you can get gorgeous hair at high street prices. Unforftunately I don't have a Sainsbury's anywhere near me so I'll be stocking up at any chance I can. I wonder if Phil Smith uses his products on celebrities too?

Matalan Homeware Top Picks

I love Matalan homeware. We bought loads there when we first moved into our house about a year and a half ago (how has it gone that quickly!?). It's also the first place I go when Christmas starts creeping in because their decorations are also gorgeous and great value. So with that, it's been a few months since I've checked out their latest arrivals. It didn't take long for me to be longing for a basket full! Here's my top picks from their new homeware...

This style of photo frame is one of my favourite. They're easier to change but also look cute and quirky in any room. We have so many photos together it would be easy to fill this up.

I hate to admit it but the oven gloves in our kitchen are still our Christmas ones! We need something new and because our kitchen is grey and blue these mint coloured ones would be perfect. The hearts aren't too over the top girly so I'd definitely get away with it.

Since starting Slimming World at the start of the year I've been loving cooking so much more. We have 2 plastic chopping boards but there are times when the recipe has me chopping loads of different things I could do with an extra. Also, what's peoples' opinions on wood vs. plastic chopping boards? I feel like a wooden one might be more hygienic?

How Emma Bridgewater is this mug? Also, how heart themed is this post? This mug looks simple, gorgeous and is no where near the price tag of the designer version. It would be easy to make a little set of these as a gift for Mum for Mother's Day or a housewarming present.

If you don't know we've got a Lionhead rabbit so rabbit themed things tend to be a winner in our house. This bunny mug is obviously part of their Easter collection but I can so imagine my fiancĂ© drinking his coffee out of this every morning. 

Speaking of my fiancĂ©, I would win huge brownie points if I bought this sleek beer barrel for him. Can you imagine this packed full of ice and stocked up with beer for a BBQ in the summer? As long as he'd let me sneak a couple of prosecco bottles in there I'd quite happily oblige.

This is an ultimate Slimming World tea towel... got to get that speed food in! I love the cute cartoon veggies. Do I need more of an excuse to buy this?

Matalan has loads of fairy lights in at the moment but these mason jar ones caught my eye. I'm not sure where I'd put them but I instantly thought of cocktail nights or BBQs when I saw them. The colours are beaut too!

Start Living an Organic Lifestyle

When you hear the term organic, you might just think of food and buying organic food from the supermarket. That is certainly something that you can do. It is often the most obvious thing if you are looking for somewhere to start and aren’t too sure. While buying organic food is part of it, there are plenty of other things that you can do if you are looking to lead a more organic lifestyle. I think that the definition of an organic lifestyle is doing as much as you can to lead a healthy lifestyle, as well as caring for the environment. So what are some of the other things that you can do, to improve your health, as well as the environment?

Buy locally

When you buy local produce, you are not only helping a local business, but you are having a much more positive impact on the environment. Imagine if we all ate locally sourced food. There would be no need for planes or boats to fly all across the world, just full of food that is being brought to different areas of the world. That would help to reduce pollution and carbon footprint a lot. So look for local food markets that you can buy from, as well as smaller shops and greengrocers, for example. Food that hasn’t had to travel around the world will also be fresher, which can be better for you. Eating food when picked in its prime state is best. There might be farms in your area that you can buy eggs from or get your meat from. Buying locally is a winning situation in many ways.

Source organic clothing

We can often forget just about how many things that we can source that are organic. Clothing is one of them! Man made materials are best to be avoided, as they aren’t natural. So when they are just sent to landfill, they will be much harder to get rid of. Look for clothing made from materials like organic cotton. Not only will this make them better for the environment, but it will also make them much better for your health. As anything that we put on our skin will affect our health and could irritate our skin.

Use natural cleaning products

If you look on a lot of the bottles in your home that you use for cleaning, there are lots of warnings and symbols on them. They can be so bad for our health when we use them in our home, despite them being used to make things ‘cleaner.’ They can also be horrific for the environment. When we clean our sink or toilets with bleach, it all gets washed down the drain. This goes into the water around us and can damage animal and aquatic life that live in the water. So choosing a natural option, like essential oils, for instance, can be a helpful way to still make your home really clean, but be much better for you and for the environment.