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Eden’s Semilla Review

Eden’s Semilla have a range of oils including Jobobo, Vitamin C and Rosehip. I was sent the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid serums to test. At first I was sceptical as although I have used oils on my hair and for aromatherapy I had never tried them on my skin because I have sensitive skin.

Seeing the ingredients of the serums was a huge positive for me knowing that there is only a very small chance my skin could be irritated by the serum.

Vitamin C

The ingredients include Aloe Vera extract, Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil.

I used this product every morning before applying any moisturisers and other skincare products. After a few days I noticed a difference in how bright my skin looked and also how I had a natural glow on my face.

A little goes a long way with the oils so only a couple of drops is needed to successfully cover your face. The formula absorbs well and doesn’t linger on skin, which was a huge relief for me as I thought it would leave behind a residue.

It felt nice to awaken my face up to a nice oil skincare routine and I noticed that the serum has reduced the redness around my breakouts and shrunk my pores.  It is a really hydrating residue and my skin now looks and feels healthier.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The packaging boasts that will reduce fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate dry patches. I immediately started using the product and every evening before bed I would cleanse my face then spread the serum evenly and leave it to soak in. Now I have always loved using essential oils and using a product such as this one that has natural and organic ingredients is something that does attract me in terms of purchasing beauty products.

After using the product every day for over a week I have noticed huge changes. My skin feels softer, firmer and my dry patches have completely disappeared.

The only concern I had about using the serums was that I was worried it would make my skin greasy however the formula does not leave any residue, it isn’t sticky and I was so pleased it didn’t leave my skin with excess shine and make it look greasy.

I recommend adding serums into your beauty regime if you haven’t already and if you have then go ahead try the range from Eden’s Semilla! The products suited my skin types and really worked for me, overall I had really positive experience with the oils and I can’t wait to experiment more with serums.

Have you used serums before?

Thanks for reading,

Gee

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*I was sent this product in exchange for an honest and genuine review. All opinions are my own*

Garnier Skincare Review

Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

The Moisture bomb tissue mask promises one week of hydration in just 15 minutes and it includes ‘anti thirst’ technology. Soaked in a serum which includes hyaluronic acid, plant serum and naturally-derived ingredients including the infusion of pomegranate, the mask is a quick fix for your skin after a long week of wearing makeup.

Perfect if your skin is in need of pampering, the sheet mask is suited to all skin types and feels extremely refreshing on your face.

The tissue mask is ideal for those that are travelling or those looking for a post party treatment as it requires minimal effort and it is great if you are on the go.

I found the product a little fiddly and awkward to apply as it is a large mask. The one-size-fits-all shape was too big for my face and I found it difficult to smooth the mask down in the right places. The serum is sticky and almost feels slimy, however on application it felt cold, comforting and smelt lovely.

After wearing the mask for 15 minutes my skin was glowing! I was surprised at how instantly I could see and feel the effects of the mask. My skin felt smooth, soft, and it definitely felt hydrated and revitalised. Even when I woke up the next morning I was still feeling the effects of the tissue mask including plumped, radiant, and youthful looking skin.

There is no doubt that this mask does exactly what is says on the packet and did in fact leave my skin feeling refreshed. However, although I enjoyed using this product I do think for those that have oily or combination skin like myself it should be used once a fortnight rather than weekly as I think it doesn’t help those oily sections of the skin.

Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar water is a popular product and many have rated it over standard cleansers and makeup removers. The formula is made up of tiny micelles that remove dirt and lift impurities to leave your skin feeling and looking clean and product free.

I ditched makeup wipes a year ago and chose to use gentle cleansers and micellar water based products to remove my makeup. I have used Nivea and Simple cleansers but found the Garnier micellar water for combination skin my favourite.

The bottle is 400ml and Garnier claims you can get 200 uses out of it, obviously this depends what products you have on your skin and how much makeup you are wearing. I do find that my bottle does last quite a long time and you only need to use a small amount to successfully cleanse your skin.

A simple and effective treatment it takes only minutes to pour some on a cotton pad and cleanse your face. The water prevents blocked pores and removes excess oils without stripping the skin of the natural oils it produces.

For me micellar water is a better alternative to makeup wipes as it is gentle and unscented. It requires little effort and overall it cleanses quickly and effectively alongside leaving your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

As previously mentioned I suffer with combination skin so I am always on the lookout for a daily moisturiser that can hydrate my skin effectively but not leave it looking greasy and shiny.

Moisture Match Daily Moisturiser

Garnier has launched the moisture match range of moisturises to suit all skin types. The range includes 5 different moisturisers aimed at people with normal, dry, very dry, dull and oily skin. I purchased the oil-free moisturiser which promises to give your skin 24h hydration and shiny control.

On opening the product I wasn’t expecting miracles but I can honestly say that I was really surprised with this product. Enriched with green tea extract the moisturiser absorbs into your skin quickly and instantly mattifies without leaving your skin dry as a result. The formula is a whipped consistency that feels fresh and cooling on the skin.

The only criticism I have is that I wouldn’t recommend using it as a night moisturiser. I don’t think it is hydrating enough to last a whole night and that’s why I would only use this as a day cream.

Overall my skin feels smooth and soft, the product is a nice and light consistency and the texture actually makes it a great primer for makeup. It has a long-lasting matte effect and doesn’t leave skin looking oily. It leaves you with a natural shine and healthy glow and it is moisturiser I will definitely purchase again!

All products can be purchased from Boots.

Have you used any of the products above? Leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading,

Gee

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A Costa Blanca Vacation

I spent a week with my family on vacation in Calpe. Located  in the northern region of Alicante, Calpe a fishermans town that has two bays right on the water.

We were stayed in a large villa up in the mountains in an urbanisation called Maryvilla. Used mainly as holiday homes for the Spanish people and homes for many who have retired out in Spain, Maryvilla is a quiet place with only one bar, a couple of restaurants and a lovely beach at the bottom.

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Little did I know until I got there that Costa Blanca is actually the perfect place for sport climbing, water-sports and outdoor activities. Known to have some of the best beaches with clear water and plenty of sand and further out small coves and caves making the Costa Blanca perfect for rock climbing over the sea (water soloing).

There is a warm climate for most of the year and with many resorts, restaurants, bars and shops remaining open throughout the winter months, Calpe and surrounding towns have become  a popular destination for families and many couples looking for a weekend break.

If you love going for a swim then head down to the local beach or watersports centre where you can kayak, learn how to paddle board, snorkel or do I what did and have fun on a giant inflatable sea assault course.

Playa De La Fossa, Levante and Arenal-Bol are the main beaches in Calpe but are only just a few of the beautiful beaches across the region. Hire a boat or pedalo and explore the tiny beaches or sail down the coast to the larger resorts and towns.

beach.jpgAlongside the beaches and boat rides, wandering The Old Town was a highlight of the holiday as it features Mudejar-Gothic architecture and historic sites. If that isn’t enough for a history buff then the Calpe is also home to The Museum of Archaeology which has an array of artifacts and also has the ruins of a castle.

If you fancy a crazy night then head over to the Benidorm, in particular English Square, for a night of drinks, tribute bands and 24-hour fry ups. My one night in Benidorm was definitely an experience! Popular with stag and hen parties the cheap drinks, hilarious comedians, and the general atmosphere give Benidorm it’s British reputation but I can’t deny it was one of the funniest nights of my life!

Calpe has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a rock climbing weekend or a laid back beach week, Calpe and the rest of the Costa Blanca will not disappoint!

Things to do in Costa Blanca:

  • Visit the beaches
  • Explore the variety of water-sports
  • Climbing
  • Visit Benidorm for a wild night!
  • Go to the archaeological museum in Alicante
  • Aqualandia waterpark
  • Book a boat ride

Gee

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Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation Review

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a Kabuki brush and a pot of natural mineral foundation from the company Dusty Girls

The Dusty Girls make-up range is part of an Australian company named MooGoo. Moogoo has an entire range of gentle products that are made with natural ingredients and all are chemical free.

Our Mineral Foundation Powders are lightweight and filler free, which means you can get a natural coverage without the chemicals

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Now I’ve always been interested in mineral powers and foundations and have previously tried them and found that they sometimes leave uneven coverage. However the good thing about mineral foundations is that they are lightweight, natural and aren’t prone to clogging pores.

The Dusty Girls foundation comes in little blue pot in a gorgeous blue colour and it is nice to see a company have no waste packaging and not over-pack their products. The cute  outer card sleeve packaging has a few little quotes on and instructions. Another key feature of this packaging is that the pot has a plastic lid type cover that you can twist and turn to stop the product from falling out.

I love love love the Kabuki brush! Soft bristles not made of animal hair and a perfect size to fit in any makeup bag!

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I got the shade in medium and it was perfect for my skin tone, this company has a selection of 7 shades and the Fair and Medium shades are also available with pinks and gold undertones.  The light shimmer in this foundation finishes off any day look and it is perfect for anyone looking for a natural, light coverage. I recommend moisturising first then using a concealer to cover any blemishes and finally using a kabuki brush to lightly blend in the foundation to avoid excess.

The Dusty Girls and Moogoo makeup range is designed for anyone with blemish prone skin and the natural ingredients mean less chemicals are being put onto your delicate skin!

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“Campaign Cake Face! Dusty Girls say no to cake face and yes to natural, healthy skin. Beauty is within but there’s no harm in highlighting our good features. Our number one beauty tip? Smile

Overall I highly recommend this foundation, the light formula means it is ideal for warm weather and I can’t wait to take it on holiday with me!


Have you ever used a mineral foundation powder before or used any of the products from Dusty Girls? Leave a comment below!

Thanks

Gee

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East Sussex National Hotel & Spa Review

Last weekend I took my mum to the East Sussex National Hotel & Spa for a relaxing spa day and birthday treat. I booked online through a company called Spa seekers which offers a range of spas to choose from in your area.

The hotel itself and the surrounding grounds are beautiful, and the Horstead Health Club is located on site next to the main hotel.

We were pleasantly greeted by friendly staff who assisted us in booking our spa treatment times and lunch. After being handed our robes, towels and slippers my mum and I made our way to the changing rooms and then into the spa.

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The spa facilities are excellent. Visitors have the choice of the large heated pool, a steam room and sauna, and a Jacuzzi. There is a selection of loungers, chairs and tables around the pool, and the choice of hot and cold complimentary drinks are available during your visit.

During our day visit I discovered there was a gym onsite at the health club and I was gutted I didn’t bring my gym clothes, however I certainly had an amazing time relaxing and napping around the pool.

The Horstead spa has nine treatment rooms and offers a range of treatments guaranteed to leave you feeling indulged and relaxed. The staff were helpful, attentive and made sure we were comfortable before allowing us to choose our massage and treatment oils.I decided to opt for a back,neck and shoulder massage and my mum had a facial, both treatments were tailored to our needs and specifications.

We shared a treatment room and the quiet ambiance and soft music left both of us nearly nodding off!

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Lunch was a delightful and delicious bento box filled with different sandwiches and cakes alongside a cream tea. As you can see I didn’t hold back and already tucked into a sandwich before snapping this pic!

I have visited a few spas in the Sussex area and overall I definitely think the facilities at the East Sussex National are some of the best, I highly recommend this spa if you are looking to escape the business of your everyday life and I can’t wait to go back and maybe even play a round of golf next time!


 

What spas have you visited? Leave a comment below.

Gee

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Adventures In Morocco

Its been a year since Jamie and I went to Morocco so here is my throwback post sharing our experience in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has two parts the old town (the medina) and the new town, we stayed in the Medina in a beautiful Riad we found on Air Bnb. Every morning we were greeted with a traditional Moroccan breakfast and our host would give us tips on surviving the souks and ideas of places we should visit.

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We visited Marrakesh during Ramadan a time considered to be low season, however it was the hottest time of the year, over 40 degrees and the souks were hot, crowded and humid. Getting lost in the mazes was both frustrating and tiring but walking through doorways and courtyards you could find yourself in a cool spot of shade being offered mint tea.

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The souks are the heart of the Medina and a must-see when you’re visiting the city. If you don’t plan on shopping for leather, tea or spices, the souks are still a crazy experience. There are motorbikes, people and cars trying to squeeze down the smallest alleyways and lots of cats! It is a unique atmosphere that heightens your sense; the smells of tea and donkeys, the sticky heat, and the loud motorbikes and stall owners shouting at nearby tourists.

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We decided to purchase a rug and we discovered that as well as haggling, Moroccans like to trade. So alongside a small amount of money we traded a pack of cigarettes and some sunglasses for a lovely berber rug. Both parties were extremely pleased with the trade, I even got a hug off the stall-owner because he was so grateful!

Navigating through the souks is tough challenge, it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of concrete walls as you cannot depend on the Moroccan signposts, and locals who want to “help” (ask for money for awful directions that then lead you to the wrong place)

“Follow this road , turn left, head towards the alleyway then walk past the tourism shop and you will be greeted with a road, turn right and you will be in Jemaa el Fna square”  

It took hours to reach the main square,even with a map! You almost feel like a real-life Hansel and Gretal, wanting to leave trails of breadcrumbs behind you to avoid becoming totally disorientated.

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The Marjorelle gardens were made famous by Yves St Laurent and without a doubt was my favourite place in Marrakesh. Tranquil, peaceful and visually stunning these gardens are picturesque. The bright colours and surrounding cacti took my breath away.

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If you are going to Morocco it is definitely worth trekking up to the Atlas Mountains, we organised a car to take us and even though the trip was roughly two hours in the 40 degree heat, the Ouzoud falls are just stunning. We had the chance to go swimming in the pools, had lunch with the locals and even fed some monkeys! I think this was Jamie’s holiday highlight.

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Our last day was spent at a beautiful farmhouse just outside the towns not far from the airport. We relaxed by the pool, met this cute chocolate Labrador puppy and also had a private lunch (chicken tagine) in the olive gardens. The quiet poolside was a far cry from the craziness of the Medina and was definitely the best way to spend our last day.

Marrakesh is a beautiful place, the bright colours, the lush greenery and gardens that thriving in the souring heat. A truly fascinating place where you can find a tiny slice of peace in a Riad or courtyard among the craziness that is outside.

Things to do in Marrakesh:

  • Buy some tea, spices or leather handbags
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, although it’s not open to those that are not Muslim, the building itself it magnificent.
  • Stay in a Riad,
  • Try Moroccan mint tea and eat a traditional tagine.
  • Visit Museum of Marrakech.
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains
  • There is plenty of temples and muesuems so you won’t be short of culture.
  • Go to a hammam and get scrubbed down
  • Go see an exhibition at the Maison de la Photographie.
  • Visit the Jardin Majorelle
  • Find a rooftop in the square to spot the storks

 

Beyoncè Wembley Stadium Review.

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Opening the show instructing her fans to shout “I slay” Beyoncè was already encouraging 90,000 admirers to show confidence and be fierce. The influential singer and advocate for black lives matter performed her crowd-pleasing opening song Formation with her choreographed dance troupe marching behind her.

It is crazy to see how far she has come since Destiny’s Child growing as an artist and entertainer. A passionate and strong woman, the world has still carefully scrutinised her over the years from her age and pregnancy to Jay Z’s infidelity rumours. However Beyoncè always comes back fighting and as she fist pumps the air the strong message of independence and female empowerment echos through Wembley Stadium.

An expert storyteller Bey’s latest album Lemonade does just that. It tells a story of forgiveness, redemption, and combines her own personal experiences with black people’s suffering in America. Of course her set wouldn’t be complete without some older material from her previous albums Dangerously In Love and I Am Sasha Fierce alongside Destiny’s Child throwbacks.

A packed out stadium Beyoncè had her fans (also known as the Beyhive) bowing down to their Queen and all the females uniting to sing “Run the world (girls)”.  Labelled a modern day feminist she has inspired many to stand up and support one another.

Her beautiful a capella rendition of “me, myself and I” stuck a chord for many in the arena as she coincided it with an emotional speech about self importance, and striving to achieve a wonderful relationship with yourself.  She didn’t shy away from declaring her love to her Alabamian/Creole roots whilst playing a short clip of family images and videos. Beyoncè reminded us that we all our human and we should be proud of our heritage and who we are.

Even her interludes didn’t fail to impress; washing the crowd with purple lighting to pay homage to the late Prince. After a quick change into a glittering leotard her powerhouse vocals paid a poignant tribute singing “The beautiful ones” by the legend himself and purple confetti rained across the audience.

Survivor, freedom and halo were the last songs of the evening, and performing these accomplished dance routines in shallow water proved what a true, master show-woman she really is.

When life serves you lemons you make lemonade.