Merry Christmas Everyone!

I know ‘Happy Holidays’ is more accessible, but I just find it way too American. So Merry Christmas it is! This isn’t a proper blog post, it’s just a quick message to wish you a great few days of holiday cheer and a reminder to spend it with your loved ones – they’re the most precious things!

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November Love Lula Subscription Box: Mini Review!

Hello! This is the third and final time I’ll be letting you know my first impressions of this subscription box – I’ve decided that even though it is GREAT value for money, I’ll save the money instead as I’m (hopefully) going travelling in Spring/Summer. The previous posts can be found here and here.

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The first product is Laidbare’s For Richer, For Porer Face Mask which is really weird because it’s been on my wishlist for a while! For me this made the entire box worth the money as I would have bought this anyway. I’m not blown away by this face mask; it’s quite runny and doesn’t sit well on my oily areas (where it’s supposed to work best!). But it smells lovely and exfoliates as well as cleanses, so it’s an overall thumbs up from me.

Next is Lyons Leaf Beauty Balm; this is so lovely, I wish it was a proper size rather than just a sample! It smells lovely and also gently exfoliates as well as cleanses. I’ve been using this to remove make up and it’s great EXCEPT it does make me eyes sting. So for me this isn’t as good as the Balm Balm in the previous box.

PHB Gentle Moisturiser Sample; this is fragrance free and so suitable for sensitive skin. I found this to be perfect for a day mosturiser and it sunk into my skin fairly quickly, leaving no oily residue – perfect!

PHB Pencil Eyeliner; I was so excited when I saw this in the box! I’ve wanted to try more make up brands that are Vegan, Organic and have great ethics… Unfortunately, this didn’t work well for me at all. I tried to use it on the waterline and on my eyelid and the colour pay off was patchy so it looked more grey than black! I like a strong black eyeliner, so this isn’t for me.

I was a bit suspicious of the FOM Contouring Body Serum ‘How can a serum contour?!’ but it’s really just a fancy infusion of oils. It’s supposed to be used on wet skin and it feels so spa like! My skin felt moisturised even 24 hours after applying it, so this is definitely worth it.

I’ve been using ODYLIQUE Replenishing Cream as a night cream, although it says it can be used as a rich day cream. It’s meant for dry skin so I may use it as a day cream as it gets colder, but for now this is perfect for me as a night cream! It doesn’t smell particularly nice, but it isn’t strong so I don’t mind. It’s been a great replacement for my Organic Surge Night Moisturiser which has now run out!

I think this is definitely worth £12.50 per month if you have the money – you get such a range of products and it’s a great way of finding new brands.

Go Vegan for a Day on March 20th!

This is a great idea – I hadn’t heard of Meat Out before but apparently it’s an annual day to raise awareness about vegan-ism. I’ll definitely be participating 🙂

Leila Lina

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If you have been searching for the opportunity to give the vegan diet a try, but have lacked the incentive to dive in, here is your chance! On March 20th, you can join the thousands across the world pledging to go vegan for a day. One day does not seem like much, but only 3 vegan meals can do tremendous good for the earth and the animals. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life!

pig and lambThe benefits of going vegan are not only amazing for the animals and environment, but also extend to your health. Choosing to eat vegan is an effortless way to go cholesterol free, cut down on fat, and eat more nutritious fruits and vegetables. But of course, there are plenty of…

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Final week of the Declutter Challenge!

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As it’s the final week, I ended up looking in a variety of places for stuff to donate; the bottom of the wardrobe, under the bed and rarely used drawers. There were old jewellery boxes, old make up (which obviously I had to throw away rather than donate!) as well as the bits and bobs in this photo.

Also, I told my family about the challenge and they had a clear out too – 6 bags of clothing and old toys!

How have you done this week?

Third Week of the Declutter Challenge

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This week I turned to my bookshelf and jewellery collection for inspiration; I’ve been meaning to get rid of the textbooks on the left for ages, and I’m not one for rereading books so once I’ve read them they generally just sit on the bookshelf – no good for anyone! Same goes for most DVDs so there’s a few of them I donated too.

Jewellery has always been a downfall for me – I love the look of pieces but then I wear them for a couple of days and never again! So they all had to go.

The textbooks went to a local second hand book store (as they’re more specialist) but the rest went to one of the charity shops in town. Honestly, I don’t miss any of the things I’ve donated so far – there’s just a bit more space!

Declutter Challenge – Second Week

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This is a selection of more clothes I donated to charity shops this week – more items that I haven’t worn in a while/don’t fit!

Make sure if you’re joining me in this challenge that you spread your donations to different organisations. There are 5 charity shops in my town so I’ll give one bag to each one this month.

Also, if you have an Oxfam nearby, they take bra donations even if they’re used as long as they’re clean!

(Modified) 30 Day Declutter Challenge

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I’m joining Louise (Paupertoprincess), along with many others, in the 30 Day Declutter Challenge – ‘The idea is that you get rid of (to the bin or a charity shop depending) one thing on Jan 1st, then two things on Jan 2nd, until Jan 30th where you do thirty things!’.

I thought this was pretty intense (but a fab idea!) and volunteered instead to just donate a big bag of things a week throughout January. The first bag was so easy – I just looked in my wardrobe and removed anything that doesn’t fit me well (the blue playsuit on the right for example), an item that was bought specifically for one event (the purple dress on the right – beautiful but not exactly something to wear day to day) or items I just don’t wear (the jeans in the middle). The photo shows a sample of what went in the bag!

These are all good quality items so will be going to a charity shop this weekend.

I’m loving the feeling of space this has given me – perfect for the new year 🙂