Winter Cleansers: Shag, Marry & Avoid

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 I thought I would go through and rate/categorise if you will, a few cleansers and why I would choose them to be my winter cleanser of choice. Starting with the avoid as we’ll end with some positives…

Click on the product name for a direct link to purchase it, if it sounds like a bit of you! 


Avoid 

Simple - Moisturising Facial Wash -£2.49 

Nothing against this cleanser, the formula is incredibly light and foams well. As it’s a light and foamy cleanser, I think it’s best suited for a refreshing cleanse on a summers morning. 


Shag 

Glossier - Milky Cleanser - £15

I do love this cleanser as it’s weird gel like consistency removes make up well and it’s moisturising on the skin. I absolutely love the scent of this cleanser, it’s lightly rosy and just leaves the skin feeling clean and supple. 

Lush - 9 to 5 - Discontinued (Lush pls bring it back) 

Another winter fave, but sadly discontinued product, which I hope they bring back. This is very simple and moisturising for a cleanser. I love lush products because they are made with natural ingredients and very soft on the skin.


Marry 

Liz Earle - Cleanse & Polish - £15.50

This is a thick and creamy cleansers and once applied, you remove with a hot muslin cloth. It really gets into the pores and removes makeup well. The muslim cloth also creates a light exfoliation on the skin. Trust me, this adds a cosy cleansing experience with the hot cloth which is definitely needed every winter morning/evening. I cannot wait to re-purchase my cleanse and polish for the winter months. 

Emma Hardy - Moringa Cleansing Balm - £47

This cleanser is so expensive but if it’s within your budget, I would definitely give it a try. It’s 100 and 10% worth all your money and it lasts forever. (Well I made mine last forever). It melts your makeup off your face and once mixed with water, changes from a luxurious balmy oil to a milky consistency. I know Christmas is coming up and would recommend this if you want a treat. Smells incredible and will definitely make those darker morning and evening skincare routines a lot better.





5 sustainable swaps to try!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

If you read my post on educating yourself around sustainability, see this is as part two. If not, please give it a read, first. Here are a list of things to start buying, swapping out things that are unsustainable. 


Cotton Pads SWAP for Re-usable Cotton Pads


A simple swap that will save you money in the long run. Re-usable pads to exactly the same trick as the cotton pads you just need to pop them in the wash instead of throwing them away. If you take care of them, they will last you a long time. 


Coffee cup from Starbucks for Reusable Keep Cup 


How about a pumpkin spice in a re-usable keep cup to save the planet. Usually cafes will give you a discount aswell so there is another plus! It’s a simple thing to carry around and coffee cups aren’t generally recyclable because of the film that covers in the inside of cup. One of my fave brands is Frank Green. I used to have one of their re-usable keep cups and you can pop the lid to stop it leaking out. The plastic was also biodegradable.


Start shopping in eco friendly collections and investing in your clothes 


I want to do a post separately on sustainable fashion but here are a few of my fave brands that do good recycled clothing items.

Primark 

H&M - the denim is really good! 

Tala - sustainable workout clothing. 


Swap plastic water bottles for a chilli bottle. 


Chilli bottles or insulated metal bottles are not that expensive and genuinely worth investing in. We are all constantly throwing away plastic so do your part and get a cute reusable bottle to fill on the go. 


Try swap one meal with meat in, to a veggie meal.


Unfortunately burgers are one of our leading causes of climate change. Not burgers personally but cows and the whole creation process. Simply swapping a meal or doing a meatless Monday will save us an incredible amount of water, land, CO2 and an animal or two. It may also be fun to get creative in the kitchen and make some delicious plant based meals. 


Even though these are simple swaps, if everyone changes something small, it’ll lead to big change. So I motivate you to try doing one of these swaps for Mother Earth. 

 

Speaking up about mental health in the workplace

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

 I wanted to speak up about this as this is something that has happened to me recently and if I can motivate just one person to speak up about their mental health from this, I will be happy. 

We spend most of our lives working so it’s really important that it doesn’t take over and affect us mentally. 

 

Something I am quite literally terrified over is opening about mental health so if you feel the same, you are not alone. 


My first tip would be to know how you would like to communicate it. Who or what is affecting you? Is it your manager or something at work? This will answer the question of who should I speak to about this.

After we have that covered, how would you like to communicate this? Are you someone who likes to talk and would rather vocalise your concerns or would it come out better in an email. I really like writing (hence having a blog) and find that a good way to communicate my concerns but everyone is different. If it makes you feel better, maybe send a draft to a friend or family member and see what they think as second opinion can always help. 


Once you’ve spoke to someone about it, you’ll feel so much better. A good manager/company should be there to support you 24/7 so if they aren’t and you are still unhappy, maybe it’s time you started looking elsewhere as you definitely deserve better. 

How to educate yourself on sustainability and climate change!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sustainability is becoming more and more important, which is great considering the absolute state us humans left it in. If you are new to Sustainability, I thought a little post on where to start, may be helpful! My awareness came from a talk I was lucky enough to experience at work. Sustainability is part of my role in my day job. Since listening to this talk, I have further explored the topic because it interested me a lot. I have listed my fave books and a few documentaries I recommend watching to gain a better understanding on sustainability.


Books:

No one is ever too small to make a change - Greta Thunberg 

Minimal how to simplify your life and live sustainability - Madeline Olivia 

(Plenty more, these are just ones I've read) 


Training:

AdGreen - I was trained through my work as I am part of their “green team” but it would benefit my job due to the nature of the industry I am in. Maybe this will inspire you to talk to your boss about making a team that focuses on some sustainable initiatives. 


Documentaries: (all can be found on Netflix) 

Cowspiracy 

A Plastic Ocean 

Down to Earth Series 

A life on our Planet - David Attenborough 


My fave sustainable creators (Youtube): 

Madeline Olivia 

Sustainably Vegan 

Immy Lily

Positive things to do on your commute

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

 Commuting is a massive part of my life since I work around an hour and half away from where I work in London. That means when I go into London I spent a total of 3 hours a day travelling. That’s a lot of time. Of course some of it I’m driving and walking around but chucks of it would be on public transport. As it’s early in the morning and where your day is just starting, I think it’s important to fill it with positive activities to get it started on the right note. 





Here are some ideas of things I do on my commute:


  • Write out 10 things you are grateful for 
  • Listen to a fun playlist or your fave podcasts - I don’t know about you but I love keeping all my fave podcasts for cardio in the gym, walks and commutes! 
  • Call a friend and have a catch up, just not in the silent zone.
  • Text your friends, because you have no time in the day to do so… unfortunately me!!
  • Work on a hobby or do something creative - whether that’s a cross stitch, graphic design or a blog
  • Catch up on your fave tv program… or zzz (love an after work nap on the commute home).