Friday, 18 December 2015

Wellness: Healthy eating in Pregnancy



Like most pregnant women I suffered from morning sickness in early pregnancy, making it hard to eat a healthy balanced diet. I supplemented with a multi-vitamin and tried to stay hydrated, but in early pregnancy I did loose weight, which isn't uncommon. Now that I am over twenty weeks, the sickness has faded and trying to eat healthily has a whole new set of challenges, with cravings and feeling extra hungry making it easy to overindulge in things my baby and my body simply don't need. 
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

New in: BeutiSkincare Beauty sleep Elixir


I have said it time and time again, but a good blend of plant oils is an essential in my skincare routine, all year round. Today I am pleased to introduce you to Beuti Skincare and their beautiful beauty sleep elixir.
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Budget beauty: Some best buys under £10


Everyone loves a bargain, especially when that bargain doesn't compromise on performance. Today I thought I would show you a round up of some the best products under £10 I have been testing. I like to mix and match price points depending on my needs but I feel that recently the quality of the budget products I have tested has been really high and some of these brands deserve to be talked about more than they are. 
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Behind the brand: FOM London skincare



One of the things I most enjoy about blogging is getting to chat to brands and to explore what they have to offer. I have recently had the pleasure to chat to Zaga, the founder of FOM London. FOM London was a brand created with the balance between science and nature in mind.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

Pregnancy update: 22 Weeks



Well this pregnancy is flying, so many people I have spoken to have said that your second pregnancy goes by much quicker than the first and that is so so true! Apparently baby is now fully formed and just needs to grow which is pretty amazing. We had our twenty week scan a few weeks ago and everything is looking good so far, we took our seven year old and he was fascinated by the whole process!
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Giveaway: Mallow and White Skincare



Today is the final day of my festive giveaways and I have another delightful brand to introduce you to, Mallow and White.
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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Giveaway: Heartwood candle company

We are coming to the end of my festive giveaways, but today and tomorrow I still have two lovely brands to tell you about. Today we have the absolutely lovely Heartwood candle company founded by friends Laura and Dominique, if you have been following me for a while you will no stranger to this handmade candle brand, I have reviewed several of their scents and have watched them evolve as a brand, recently unveiling their beautiful new packaging. 
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Giveaway: Angela Langford's spice of life set


***The winner is Sarah Heslop***

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to an amazing British brand, Angela Langford. Angela started creating her own skincare when she lived in Gibraltar as she couldn't find her usual favourites and decided to create her own. Angela is a talented cook, appearing on Masterchef in 2014, Angela's approach to skin is very much linked to her love of cooking and is based around finding the right recipe for your skin. Angela is still very much enjoying her love of cooking and currently does a pop up monthly restaurant. 
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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Giveaway: Pinks Boutique Ultimate Anti-oxidant Renewal eye cream


This is the latest launch from luxury organic brand Pinks Boutique and it is a real treat! I have been testing it now for a few weeks and have fallen in love with the texture, feel and results. I will have a full review coming soon, so stay tuned for that but today I am delighted to be able to offer one of my readers the chance to win this beautiful product. 
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Giveaway: Amphora Aromatics Candle


Today's brand has a lovely selection of skincare and aromatherapy products, Amphora Aromatics is one of the UK's biggest suppliers of essential oils and sundries. Having recently launched an all new home fragrance range, which easily competes with luxury brands, at half the price Amphora Aromatics are kindly spreading some Christmas cheer and giving one of my readers the chance one of their beautiful soy wax candles. 
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Giveaway: Ishga organic Scottish seaweed skincare

I have a special affinity with skincare ranges both inspired by and that use marine ingredients, so I am a big fan of Scottish organic skincare brand Ishga who mix the therapeutic properties of seaweed with well chosen natural ingredients to create a range that is effective and luxurious. If you would like to know more about the range I did an in depth review here
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Giveaway: La Belle Lune Organic skin



Because everyone needs an amazing serum in their life I am particularly excited by today's giveaway! I have teamed up with the lovely people at La Belle Lune who have recently launched their organic skin, which is a potent night treatment to nourish and heal the skin overnight. With it's luxurious labelling and miron glass packaging this serum really looks the part on your dressing table. 
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Giveaway: Barefoot SOS Face and Body rescue cream


I have another great British brand to showcase for you today, Barefoot SOS. Barefoot SOS specialise in natural formulas created for their therapeutic benefits. Barefoot SOS products are free from paraffin, parabens, SLS, artificial colours and fragrances as well as being suitable for vegans. 
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Giveaway: Win a wellness bundle with Viridian


With the festive season upon us it is easy to overindulge and forgot to take care of ourselves, but don't worry supplement brand Viridian is here to help. Viridian are the market leaders in organic, environmentally conscious and ethical supplements for all the family, with a fantastic selection to choose from there is something for everyone and personally I choose them because I love the quality they provide. 
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Giveaway: Tisserand Aromatherapy


I can think of nothing more festive than hot bath and so today I am delighted to be able to bring you another fantastic giveaway courtesy of one of my favourite British aromatherapy brands Tisserand. If you have yet to try anything from Tisserand I have raved about their bath oils which are such a perfect treat at the end of the day but they also have some of the most beautiful candles and a variety of skin treats for you to indulge in, all fabulous quality at reasonable prices. 

Tisserand have some fabulous seasonal products, including a Winter warming bath oil and vaporising oil scented with Eucalyptus, clove and Rosemary for a deeply aromatic experience. 

Tisserand are kindly offering my readers a chance to win a Winter warming bath oil and vaporising duo for themselves, all you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter below. Good luck! 

Ana x 

Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is kindly sponsored by Tisserand. Open to over 18's only. Giveaway is for UK residents. The giveaway closes on the date stated on the rafflecopter and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Tisserand are responsible for shipping the prize, no cash alternative given, neither Ana goes green nor Tisserand will be responsible for prizes that are lost or damaged.


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Giveaway: Win a makeup bundle with CosNatural



Day three of giveaways and today I have a fantastic make up bundle to giveaway from the on-line store CosNatural.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Giveaway: Petits Rituels



The festivities continue here on the blog and I have another fabulous brand for you today Petits Rituels, maker of luxury natural candles and wax melts. I have thoroughly enjoyed the candles I have tried and think they would be a perfect addition to anyone's home this festive season.
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Giveaway: Bloom Remedies



I thought I would arrange some festive giveaways for my readers to bring some festive cheer, I have reached out to some of my favourite brands and today I am very excited that I have a lovely Cornish brand to share with you today, Bloom Remedies.
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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Eight ways to have a more conscious holiday season



This time of year is full of hustle, bustle and stress as well as joy and for some sadness. Whilst I love time spent with loved ones, the joy on my sons face on Christmas morning and making memories, I do find the pace of the holiday season can make even those who live the most conscious of lives go a little off track.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Gift Idea: Candles and wax melts


I think candles and home fragrance make excellent gifts, let's face it good quality candles can be a bit of a luxury but they add so much warmth and ambiance to a room. Whether you are hunting for the perfect Christmas candle or for a gift for a loved one, I have a round up here of some of my favourites and it goes without saying that all of these use natural waxes and fragrances!
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Friday, 27 November 2015

New in: Youth to the People


When I posted a photo on instagram of this range that is freshly landed in the UK this month, it attracted it's fair share of nice comments and I have to say I do think it is a real crowd pleaser of a range. A Beautiful world has built a reputation on scouting out ranges that are a little different, and Youth to the People is in fact exclusive to them in the UK.
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gift ideas for Men

I find men on the whole quite hard to buy presents for, although all of these products would make great Christmas gifts or stocking fillers they would be perfect for the men in your life all year round.
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New in: Alchemy Organic super blends


Superfoods are nothing new in themselves, for the past few years a new food of the moment comes up pretty much every month. Whilst I am a firm believer in real, whole foods rather than fads, I also like the convenience of powders for adding extra nutrition to juices and smoothies.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

AA Skincare Soothing and balancing gift set and giveaway



If you are after affordable gift sets that are great quality this Christmas, AA skincare have you covered. Yesterday I mentioned the Helping hands set in my Christmas gift guide and today I have a review of the Soothing and Balancing kit for you, with a giveaway at the end so stay tuned!
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Christmas gift guide 2015


This year there is such a wonderful variety of gifts available from natural, organic and ethical brands, we really are spoilt for choice. Here are some of my favourite ideas for all the family:
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

New in: Lulu and Boo Chocolate Orange cleansing oil



Lulu and boo is a brand that I have been a customer of for a while. Back last year I purchased a cleansing balm and an eye gel, both of which I loved so imagine my excitement when I got an email about their latest release.
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Uma oils review


I have an extremely overdue review for you today, I have been testing these products from Uma oils since August now so am ready to weigh in and give my thoughts. Uma has developed a bit of a cult following, when they got in touch I had already seen several rave reviews on US based beauty blogs and the brand had landed at Cult Beauty in the UK, always a positive sign. 
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bodhi and Birch and the Heartwood Candle company collaboration




I am absolutely in love with the collaboration between two of my favourite brands; Heartwood Candle company and Bodhi and Birch. A few months ago I paired the Chamomile, Lavender and Rose candle with Bodhi and Birch Camomile sky bath and shower therapy, they complemented each other so well and the result was so heavenly I contacted Elijah Choo the founder of Bodhi and Birch to let him know how much I loved it.
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Naturisimo Make up discovery box



Another Naturisimo box has landed on my doorstep and I think they are such good value consistently, best beauty boxes on the market at the moment!
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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Greener cleaning with Eco Diva starter pack



Months ago I was approached by Abi Dean the founder of an interesting home care brand called EcoDiva. I have now been using this awesome multi-purpose cleaner since June, all around my home and am delighted to share it with you as well.
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Soothe, nurture repair: Products for Autumn


Soothe, nurture and repair is pretty much my mantra at this time of year. The change of seasons tends to lead to rapid changes in my routine, dry skin, lack of hydration and irritation all make themselves known. I have been testing a lot of products recently that I have yet to write about and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favourites for the season, although many of these are perfect all year round. 
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Pregnancy update: The first 16 weeks


A couple of weeks ago I let it slip in my Minvita challenge post that I am expecting my second child. Thank you so much to everyone who tweeted me congratulations and left me comments on Instagram and the blog, it has been a long first few weeks but we are thrilled as a family to be adding another little person in to the mix.
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Believe Beauty breakfast cereal from Fushi




Can a cereal be beautifying? Whilst there is of course a strong link between what we eat and our skin I did initially struggle with the marketing of this Believe Beauty breakfast cereal* (£4.50 for 450 grams) by Fushi Wellbeing. However after trying the product regardless of it's beauty claims I have to say I think this is a fabulous and very tasty cereal.
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Friday, 30 October 2015

New Launch: Holistic Green Beauty


Today is a very exciting day, it sees the launch of Holistic Green Beauty a line created by former Green beauty blogger Danny and his partner Scott. Danny has been a friend of mine since we met through blogging, I have been privileged enough to chat to Danny about the range from the moment he started formulating it and have witnessed first hand the knowledge, passion and hard work that have led up to the launch.
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The three ingredient DIY facemask for all skin types




I have never been a great advocate of DIY skincare, I tend to think there is a reason why skincare brands exist and generally they do a far better job than we could do ourselves. I certainly would never recommend making anything water based yourself unless you really know what you are doing (one word mould! ick!), but even for the DIY reluctant like me there are a few core recipes that are easy, great value and worth taking a few minutes to do yourself.
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Give your skin a boost with Pai Skincare



With the colder months ahead of us, dry skin can be a problem, but Pai skincare has a great and customisable solution that is perfect for delicate skins. If you dislike heavy body butters, this combination is the perfect solution and is in fact a great trick for supercharging any body lotion you may be using that just quite isn't affording you enough moisture alone in the colder months. 
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Taking the One good thing challenge with Minvita



When I was approached about taking part in the Minvita One good thing challenge, I was immediately excited, it works on the principle of adding in good things to crowd out the not so good choices.
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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Luxury and Hydration with 001 London and Antonia Burrell



One of the lovely things about blogging has been just how much I have learnt about products, skin and brands. I don't think a week goes by that I don't learn something different. Something I have been focusing on lately has been adding hydration to my routine without overloading my skin, as it has been less dry than normal thanks to the reasonable weather we have been having. 
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Disappointing products #4



I was checking the blog the other day and I realised that it has been a whole year since I last did a disappointing products post. With the volume of products that come through my door there are bound to be things that just don't cut it at times, rather than posting lot's of individual negative reviews (although I write them when in the mood) I tend to pop things together in a post like this. These days there is a heck of a lot more pressure on bloggers, with more PR involvement and everyone seeking positive coverage, it is easy to sweep disappointments under the carpet for an easy life, however this is still my corner of the internet and people come here for my opinions, so I wouldn't want to be afraid to give them. 
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

New Launch: Petits Rituels



Cosy winter evenings in my house wouldn't be complete these days without the log burner on and a candle burning. It is no secret that I am obsessed with eco candles, by that I mean candles that use clean burning soy wax and essential oils for scenting, rather than the use of cheap paraffin wax.
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Naturisimo De-stress and unwind box


I think of all the Naturisimo limited edition boxes, this one has to be my favourite. With a theme like de-stress and unwind it has some absolutely gorgeous brands and all for a very reasonable price, as usual much below the RRP of buying the products individually. 
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Monday, 5 October 2015

Talking skin with expert Andy Millward


When it comes to the confusing world of skincare we are swamped by well meaning advice, some of which ranges from the ludicrous to the downright dangerous. What products do we really need? What is the best routine for our skin? These are the questions I have been seeking the answers to from Skincare Specialists that I trust.
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Interview with Jayn Sterland from Weleda UK


When I think of original natural beauty brands Weleda is one of the first that springs to mind, a brand that is nearing 100 years of history, it is a cornerstone of the natural and organic movement. I caught up with Jayn Sterland from Weleda UK to talk about Organics, sustainability and Organic September:
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Bath time Bliss with Tisserand bath oils




British brand Tisserand is an Aromatherapy pioneer, founded by Robert Tisserand, the brand now has a substantial range of bodycare and aromatherapy products for you to choose from. As well as being British, the brand has great natural and free from properties, no animal ingredients and gentler ingredient alternatives to the common SLS and parabens. 

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