Review: Chia Oats and Chia Pods

I am by no means a morning person, but I do make sure that I always eat something for breakfast – and preferably something nutritious to set me up for a (hopefully!) healthy day. Most mornings this means I’m reaching for a combination of oats, muesli, granola, yogurt, omega sprinkle, or fresh fruit – basically anything that I can easily carry to work in my rucksack and eat at my desk. (Which isn’t the healthiest way to eat a meal, but at least I’m not distracted by hunger before lunch! I like to see it as the pros outweigh the cons…)

So when I met The Chia Co at the Olympia Beauty Show and they offered to let me sample some of their Chia Oats and Pods, I was stoked to try a new breakfast option that I could easily transport to work.

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N1 Postcode Bangle by Whistle & Bango

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About a year ago I stumbled upon Whistle & Bango, a brand founded by three South-West London girls with an adoration for London, and ever since I’ve been desperate for a postcode bangle. Specifically I wanted the N1 bangle as a homage to Angel and Upper Street, my stomping grounds while studying my Masters at City University, and the first area of London that felt like home from the beginning. In the words of Whistle & Bango’s founders, I wanted to wear my heart on my wrist. But the bangle falls into the ‘luxury’ category, and with a wedding, honeymoon and what felt like endless bills (yawn) and social commitments (aka: fun times out with friends!), each month my funds fell short – until recently. Continue reading

My new fair trade makeup bag, via Not on the High Street

Ever since I started on my journey to find perfect skin my makeup and beauty collection have absolutely grown! My cupboards were overflowing, my makeup bags were bursting, and I’d begun stacking my products ever-so-carefully in the bathroom – an avalanche of serums and creams and balms ready topple at any moment.

And so, I started hunting for a new makeup bag… and stumbled upon this bad boy!

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How to get free MAC lipstick… and when to toss makeup

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Did you know that you can get free lipstick from MAC? With the Back to Mac program, you can get a free lipstick of your choice for every 6 empty MAC products you bring back to a counter or online.

Which is fantastic because it means I can do my bit for the environment by recycling the old plastic packaging, avoid getting nasty bacteria that grows in makeup overtime on my skin (and therefore avoid potential infections – though I’ve been lucky enough to never catch anything when I’ve used old products!) while also getting rewarded with a new product in return. Continue reading

Closet Detox! Following Into Mind’s Cheat Sheet

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I’m an aspiring minimalist. I long to own less so that my closet and home are clutter-free, but somehow no matter how much I get rid of I always find ways to replace it. And then when I try to detox my home, I have 101 excuses as to why I absolutely must keep whatever I’m looking at…

  • That book? I haven’t read it yet and I’ll get around to reading that one day!
  • One day I will have a reason for wearing a formal black dress – it’ll be the day after I get rid of it!
  • I’ve never worn that necklace, but it was a gift so I absolutely must keep it!

So when I saw Into-Mind had a Closet Detox Cheat Sheet, I printed it out, taped it to the wall, and promised myself I’d follow it and go through my closet and drawers in hopes of becoming clutter free. Continue reading

Review: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Pearl

joan_collins_lip_gloss_review_2Maybe I’m not the most up-to-date on these things, but I had no idea that Joan Collins had a beauty range until the team at Urban Retreat gifted me the Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Pearl from her eponymous range. But I am oh so glad they did!  Continue reading

Celebrating Feathers’ 40th Birthday

Outside Feathers in Knightsbridge at the Feathers 40 years partyOne of my favourite things about living in London is that you get to meet all sorts of people and there’s never a shortage of options to keep you entertained. So along those lines – that’s pretty much how I found myself on the guest list along with a friend for Feathers’ 40th Birthday Party on Thursday night! Continue reading